One of the biggest surprises of last year was when Beyoncé released a 5th album as a complete surprise to all fans and press. It caused a huge splash and further respect for Queen Bey. Today, it appears other artists are following suit, the latest of whom being Kid Cudi, who today released his album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which was originally due out on April 29th.
The approach completely goes against all things traditional, whereby the marketing leading up to the album release often outdoes the album itself. We typically see three singles released before an entire album, and all leading up to the release, fans are anxiously awaiting the day they can get their hands on the entire album, either legally or illegally. But as we’ve seen it, the shine tends to wear off pretty quickly, and in modern-day music consumption, many will move on to the next bright and shiny new release after a run through of that album. Many times, people wont even get to the end of the album if the songs at the beginning of the stack aren’t strong enough.
The fast-paced, ADHD modern method of consumption leaves artists with few options but to release single after single, put out free music, or, as we’re seeing here, completely rethink the system.
So here we have it: an entire Kid Cudi album, two months early, released with minimal marketing efforts, available via iTunes.
What do you think; is this a method that other artists should use to put out their music? Or is it one only fit for Queen Bey herself?
“Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now” – Kid Cudi:
Download KiD CuDi Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
The countdown is on for the inaugural Bottle Rock Music & Art Festival in Napa Valley, California. The festival begins tomorrow night, Wednesday May 8th, with a headlining performance by none other than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Between Wednesday and Sunday, the show will feature over 60 bands on three different stages, top wineries from the region, the best of the local food, a slew of microbrews, and today’s top comedians (including my personal favorite, Rob Delaney).
The festival has made quite a splash in the Northern California social sphere, as thousands of people flocked to the website on the day tickets first went on sale. Since then, the buzz has built and the nascent festival has amassed over 50,000 fans on Facebook.
So what’s all the fuss about? Well, aside from the local flavor of the greatest vineyard-filled land in the country, the lineup is rather impressive. Here are my top three picks for each day of the festival:
Wednesday 5/8: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (there aren’t many other performers this day, so I stuck to one here)
Thursday 5/9: The Avett Brothers, Delta Spirit, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Friday 5/10: The Black Keys, The Shins, Blues Traveler
Saturday 5/11: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Iron & Wine, Sharon Van Etten
Sunday 5/12: Grouplove, Mavis Staples, Rogue Wave
If you’re going out to the festival (see you there!) and are concerned about how to get around the area, fear not! One of my personal favorite transportation companies, Uber, will be set up in Napa with easy ways to get from place to place. They’ll have a bunch of cars set up ready to take you to and from your destination.
Lastly, continue reading for a playlist I put together with the Best of Bottle Rock musical performers.
It’s official: Justin Timberlake will be releasing the 2nd half of The 20/20 Experience on September 30, 2013. Rumor had it this was going to happen (?uestlove tweeted about it back in March), but today Justin Timberlake confirmed the rumor via a photo on Instagram.
The release will come just six months after The 20/20 Experience as we know it today was released. Already, that album has sold more than 1.5 million copies. It’s the best-selling album of 2013 so far.
Ladies, and gentleman,
On Friday night in Minnepolis, Danny Brown got head from some random fan (she was a female, I think) while on stage. While having this act performed on Danny Brown’s unit, he still managed to keep rapping, and as he tweeted (before he deleted it) to Kendrick Lamar saying he didn’t miss a bar.
Jacked from the Huffington Post:
Brown was playing the city’s Triple Rock Social Club as part of The Old & Reckless tour when he invited some female fans to get closer to him, according to AllHipHop. However, one fan took that offer far further as others looked on. This NSFW photo that various publications have been linking to should clarify what happened.
One concertgoer near the front row explained what transpired with female fans grabbing at Brown’s crotch before one lady flashed the musician before performing fellatio on him.
“Then I’m behind her and I start getting pushed against her by the crowd shifting,” the fan wrote. “It horrible and i hope you guys will be donating to my future therapy sessions but also i came back with a story. He rapped the entire time during too.”
Is this real life? Danny Brown is a weird dood, we all knew that, but apparently he can spit bars and game while on stage, however, I cannot say the same for the female. Too much? Too far? Have a nice day.
Big Boi is soon to release what could be one of the greatest hip hop albums of the year, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The album will come out on December 11th via Def Jam, and today we get to see the full tracklist. Of the features, who are you most excited about? Needless to say, I’m most excited about Kid Cudi.
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Tracklist)
02 The Thickets [ft. Sleepy Brown]
03 Apple Of My Eye
04 Objectum Sexuality [ft. Phantogram]
05 In The A [ft. T.I. & Ludacris]
06 She Hates Me [ft. Kid Cudi]
07 CPU [ft. Phantogram]
08 Thom Pettie [ft. Little Dragon & Killer Mike]
09 Mama Told Me [ft. Kelly Rowland]
10 Lines [ft. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram]
11 Shoes For Running [ft. BoB & Wavves]
12 Raspberries [ft. Mouche & Scar]
13 Tremendous Damage [ft. Bosko]
14 Descending [ft. Little Dragon]
15 Higher Res [ft. Jai Paul & Little Dragon] (Deluxe)
16 Gossip [ft. UGK & Big K.R.I.T.] (Deluxe)
17 She Said OK [with Theophilus London, ft. Tre Luce] (Deluxe)
Give a band a symphonic accompaniment, and chances are I’ll fall in love. In this case, it was a dangerous addition, because I already had an undying love for The Avett Brothers. This nearly pushed me over the edge. Apologies for being a bit late on this, as their performance was on November 2nd on Jimmy Kimmel, but it came across my radar today and I had to share it. In addition to bringing the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra on stage, the Avett Brothers also wore impressive suits on stage. Bam. Love.
Oh Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in…
[via Fuel Friends]
Lil Wayne hates kids. He proved it earlier this week when he was sitting courtside at the Duke-Kentucky basketball game in Atlanta and he cursed out Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon. Sulaimon had a little something to say about it after the game.
Still a @liltunechi fan but was shook when he cursed me out court side lol. Where the duke love at slime
— Rasheed Sulaimon (@sheed_ctmd1) November 14, 2012
Lil Wayne wasn’t able to slow down the kid, Sulaimon; the freshman went on to score 10 points, grab 6 rebounds, and dish out 5 assists as No. 9 Duke upset No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday. Bam. Joke’s on you, Weezy.
As you guys likely know by now, alt-J has become a favorite band of mine of late. And it seems I’m not the only one catching on to their incredible and unique talent. They’ve been playing sold out shows night after night on both sides of the country (and beyond!), they’ve received a Mercury Prize Nomination, and they’re not stopping to catch their breaths. They’ve announced that they’ll come back to the West Coast in December (YES.), and tickets can be purchased starting October 12th at 12:00 PST here.
Listen below to the SARM acoustic versions of both “Something Good” and “Tesselate,” both of which were recorded at SARM Studios in London this past July.
Related: An Introduction To alt-J
Hit the jump for upcoming tour dates!
As one of my favorite music festivals (if not my very favorite), ACL, rounds the corner, I sadly realized that this is the first year in three that I have not written for the festival. It’s a sad realization, but one that comes to no surprise of my own. Time is a precious thing these days, and sadly there isn’t much that I can devote to festivals. That said, I still it in me to find time to put together a suggested schedule for all my friends and readers who are lucky enough to go to Austin City Limits this year!
For me, festivals aren’t a time to get up super early and wait in line to get into the gates. I’d rather get my sleep and rest up for a full day of music and sun. Luckily, the best performers typically aren’t put on in the morning, with an exception this year. My new favorite band of the moment, Alt-J, is performing Sunday morning, and I would absolutely make the trek out early to see them perform. Other than that, here’s my suggested schedule with some sample MP3s for ACL 2012.
Friday October 12
Start your day off slow with Patrick Watson. You may need to ease into the ACL experience. You have a full weekend ahead. You wont have to pick up your pace too quickly with this schedule — Delta Spirit into Ben Howard and either a break or Tegan and Sara will ease you into the experience, but the energy will pick up with your arrival at Alabama Shakes. Then Florence + The Machine…if you haven’t seen her live yet, just wait. Your mind will be blown by the insanity of her vocal pipes. And you can’t really go wrong with M83 or The Black Keys. What a Friday.
- 1:30 – 2:30 Patrick Watson (MP3: “Great Escape” – Patrick Watson“)
- 2:15 – 3:15 Delta Spirit
- 3:15-4:15 Ben Howard
- 4:30-5:30 Break or check out Tegan and Sara
- 5:30 – 6:30 Alabama Shakes
- 6:30 – 7:30 Florence + The Machine (MP3: “Swimming” – Florence + The Machine)
- 7:30 – 8:30 M83
- 8:30 – 10:00 The Black Keys
- 1:15 – 2 Bombay Bicycle Club
- 2:00 – 2:45 Dry the River (MP3: “History Book” – Dry the River)
- 3:00 – 4:00 Oberhofer (close pick over K.R.I.T.) (MP3: “ooOOOOooo” – Oberhofer)
- 4:00 – 5:00 Andrew Bird
- Break, or go check out Big Gigantic if you’re ambitious
- 6:00 – 7:00 Kishi Bashi or The Shins…both are great. Take your pick. (MP3: “I Am The Antichrist To You” – Kishi Bashi)
- 7:00 – 8:00 Gotye
- 8:00 – 9:00 Jack White (Neil Young is a dead man walking. At this hour, you’ll fall asleep.)
Sunday, October 14
Sunday is the day I’d be most excited for if I could attend ACL this year. The lineup is incredible. It starts with one of my favorite bands of 2012, Alt-J, and before closing with Red Hot Chili Peppers, you get to see gems like The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and Childish Gambino. Sadly I’ve never gotten to see them live, but I have never heard anything but absolute praise for The Avett Brothers’ live show. It’s supposed to be one of the best of our time. All of these sets should be ones that stick with you forever, so if you must do anything over the course of the weekend, please do yourself a favor and stay for the whole day on Sunday. Then go ahead and thank me later.
- 11:30 – 12:15 Alt-J
- 12:15 – 1:15 The Boxer Rebellion (MP3: “Locked in the Basement” – The Boxer Rebellion)
- 1:15 – 2:15 Freelance Whales
- 2:15 – 3:15 Gary Clark Jr. (MP3: “The Life” – Gary Clark Jr.)
- 3:15 – 4:15 Tennis
- 4:15 – 5:15 Two Door Cinema Club (close call over The Civil Wars)
- 5:00 – 5:45 The Lumineers (sad to say it, but you have to skip The Weeknd to run to see The Avett Brothers) (MP3: “Classy Girls [B-Side Version] – The Lumineers)
- 6:15 – 7:30 The Avett Brothers (MP3: “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise” – The Avett Brothers)
- 7:30 – 8:15 Childish Gambino
- 8:15 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Remember when Coachella was just a dinky music festival in a desert where people went to
do drugs listen to music and hang out in the sun? Those days are over. Coachella has now stretched its imagination and has expanded to a COACHELLA CRUISE. No, scratch that. TWO Coachella Cruises! Both trips will leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the first voyage will be a 3-day trip to the Bahamas, the second will be a 4-day trip to Jamaica. The lineup has been released, and some of the artists include Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, El-P, and more (see the poster above). Oh, and there are still more artists to be announced. Tickets are going for $500 and that includes a cabin on the ship, food, and…obviously…entertainment. Follow @sscoachella on Twitter for more information.
Tito Lopez is hip-hop’s new buzz name, it seems. He has released this song called “Mama Proud” that has made such a splash that Tito Lopez has now been cosigned by Dr. Dre, and the single has made it to onto Billboard’s Top 100 Hip-Hop/R&B charts. So the question is: Is Tito Lopez hip-hop’s next star?
Frankly, I think this song is totally overrated. Sure, it’s doing some things right. Those include:
- Singing a song to his mama. I admit, I love that tactic. It’s definitely what caught my eye in the first place and made me listen.
- Good rhymes. Yes, the dude can rhyme. That much is clear with one listen of Mama Proud.
- Creating a video showing the impoverished rural South. That’s got charm to it as well; you can’t deny that.
It’s all been done before.
I’ve been saying this for a bit now, and I’m finally putting it into an argument. This summer should, and hopefully will, belong to Big Sean.
Let’s take a flashback to the summer of 2011. Any avid music fan can tell you one thing: Drake owned the summer months. He was the artist everyone was talking about. With consistent release after release, eventually leading up this his sophomore album, Take Care, Drake stayed atop of the game. Even if it was just a feature, everything he did was impressive. Let’s look at the timeline.
May: I’m On One becomes the latest buzz single.
June 9th: Drake releases Marvins Room
June 21st: Trust Issues drops.
July 31st: Headlines hits the radio airwaves.
August 12th: Drake assists Weezy for She Will.
August 16th: Assists Game with Good Girls Gone Bad.
September 11th: Club Paradise, Round of Applause, & Free Spirit are spring out on the internet.
After that, the promo for his album started to get heavy as Make Me Proud and other singles dropped, but I think I made my point. Drake owned Summer of 2011. Hit the jump to see why Big Sean is on path to own the Summer of 2012.