Download : De La Soul’s Entire Catalog for Free

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In honor of their debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, turning 25 year old this year, legendary hip-hop group De La Soul are giving everyone an amazing gift. For the next 24 hours, starting now, you can download their entire catalog for free at their website. According to Posdnuos from Rolling Stone, “it’s been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.” Well, what are you waiting for? Get at it!

Kickstarter Spotlight : Musicians’ Desk Reference

We at MOKB are huge fans of music. Whether it is promoting artists on our blog or booking them for live show through MOKB Presents, we always want to do anything we can to help great music find a place with a larger audience. Throught the years, we have had the pleasure to come in contact with many individuals in the music industry that we consider a part of the MOKB family. One of those people is Brian Penick, who is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene. For the last 2 years, Brian has been working with The Counter Rhythm Group offering assistance in areas such as record marketing, publicity and radio promotion to a broader demographic of artists than traditionally serviced. The Musicians’ Desk Reference was developed as a system that would offer guidelines and instructions to musicians on a larger scale while remaining customizable. So just like all great ideas, it was created out of need with thought to keep the cost low for musicians. We will let them explain the thoughts behind this idea in their own words. From the Kickstarter page:

The purpose of MUSICIANS’ DESK REFERENCE is to create a set of guidelines that define the unknown variables musicians inevitably face when dealing with the music business. The working model of the book organizes and chronologically displays a set of instructions that will help both those who are just starting their musical careers to established and experienced musicians working on their own progression.

Through a collection of constructed documentation, including templates, instructional guides, examples and video tutorials, MUSICIANS’ DESK REFERENCE offers a completely customizable experience for the user by highlighting several pertinent aspects of the music industry.

It is the belief of the author that through standardization of information and working models within the music business, musicians will have answers to the ever important questions of WHEN, WHY and most importantly HOW to progress within the modern music industry.

Right now, they are to a little over half of their goal of $20000 with 8 days remaining on the campaign. If you find this to be a worthwhile idea, head over to their page to donate, even if it is only a dollar. For music fans, it should always be a priority to keep this profession as viable as possible for the artists.

Just Announced : RUN D.M.C. to Reunite for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

The remaining members of the legendary RUN D.M.C. will reunite for the first time since the passing of Jam-Master Jay in 2002 at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX that runs from November 2nd – 4th. They will headline the main stage and D.M.C. will, also, perform a solo set during the festival showcasing tracks from his new album. You can check out the fun teaser video for this announcement below. The full lineup is expected out later this week.

For more on the fest, go here. General Admission passes and tickets will go on sale in July. However, PIP passes are currently on sale.

Forcastle Festival Lineup : Louisville, KY : July 13th – 15th, 2012

The Forcastle Festival announced the full-lineup for this years event. My Morning Jacket were brought in the fold to help curate the event for its 10th anniversary as well as perform. In addition to MMJ, the festival will feature such acts as Wilco, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Real Estate, Wilco, and much more. The fest will take place at Louisville’s Waterfront Park on July 13th – 15th. You can purchase tickets here.

The Priceless Music Project : Tender Loving Empire

And so here it is 2012 and with it comes another totally rad idea from Portland Oregon’s own Tender Loving Empire. It seems the label founders, mates Jared and Brianne Mees, in addition to their band (Jared Mees and The Grown Children) and handmade goods/printing studio/consignment store, have yet again found a way to push the envelope when it comes to community unity between fans and their favorite bands. The Priceless Music Project is a new take on the e-commerce platform of pay-what-you-want for music model. Fans can choose the option of paying nothing for an album, yet agree to spread the word about the band to friends, or on social networking sites, as well as getting out to see them on tour; or up to any price they feel the album is worthy, including the above and beyond album price donation option. Such a gesture on the fan’s part can nab some awesome Scooby-snacks, like bonus songs not otherwise included, links to pre-ordered concert tix, access to live video and any other VIP delights the band wants to share with its top donors. Each band can also choose a percentage of total sales to be donated to a charity of its choice, letting the fans know that ultimately their music consumerism is giving back to the community where the artists live. A win-win-win, if you will.  

So from now until February 8th, TLE is raising the funds needed to develop The Priceless Music Project, with the goal of releasing their entire 2012 roster on this program. Incentives for donation include a laundry list of groovy goods, from un-developed disposable cameras their bands took with them on recent tours, to the Mees’s giving a donor (hopefully a super generous one) the ability to choose their unborn daughter’s middle name. FREALZ, yo. I mean, they are Portland’ers after all. And clearly, uber-passionate about their label, it’s artists, their fan base and community. For more on this campaign, go to IndieGoGo.com. You can also check out the short, sweet, informational video on The Priceless Music Project below.

Download: Tender Loving Empire Sampler

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New EP : The Babies : Cry Along with the Babies

There’s lo-fi, and then there’s lo-lo-fi. The Babies are bottom-of-the-well-fi, combined with buried-in-the-grass-tech. In other words, their Cry Along with the Babies EP sounds rather like the experiments my ex and I did in our attic, in the ‘90s – you could hear some great song ideas; and it felt real, and sincere. Occasionally we hit sonic pay dirt, but we were unpredictable; inconsistent.  On the other hand, we didn’t finish the first track on our demo with a major-to-minor guitar stroke (one of the Beatles’ early signatures).  I don’t know if we left our listeners wanting more.

Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby, a/k/a The Babies, leave me wanting more. So after the track that ends with the major-to-minor guitar strum (“Big Mercedes”), I let “Trouble” rip. There’s no change in either fidelity or technical ability. Still, I find myself kinda lovin’ it. If you’re into Daniel Johnston, the Beatles’ early demos, the Modern Lovers, and (especially) the Shaggs, you might just find yourself kinda lovin’ the Babies too. Oh, and their sound is more consistent than that of my ex and me, which is probably at least part of why we’re now ex’s.

Cry Along with the Babies will be available digitally January 10th and physically January 24th through New Images. You can order the album here.

The Babies – Trouble

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Yuck cover “Natsu Nandesu” by Happy End + release 6 B-Sides on Deluxe Edition

Yuck have released a stream their cover of Happy End’s “Natsu Nandesu” – one of bassist Mariko Doi’s favorite bands. This track has been included on the Japanese-only edition of their debut LP, released last month through Pachinko Records. This cover is also the first time Mariko Doi sings lead vocals for the band.

Natsu Nandesu

The band has also released their deluxe 2-disc edition of Yuck, which included six b-sides, through Fat Possum. Hear “Soothe Me” below…

Soothe Me

YUCK on Tour:
11/12 – LEEDS, Constellations Festival
11/13 – BIRMINGHAM, HMV Institute*
11/14 – NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms* (sold out)
11/15 – MANCHESTER, Academy 3*^ (sold out)
11/16 – SHEFFIELD, Leadmill*^
11/18 – NEWCASTLE, Academy 2*^
11/19 – EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaire*^ (sold out)
11/20 – GLASGOW, King Tuts*^ (sold out)
11/21 – PRESTON, 53Degrees*^
11/22 – PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms*^
11/23 – NORWICH, Waterfront*^
11/24 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom*~ (sold out)
11/26 – DUBLIN, The Button Factory
11/27 – BELFAST, Speakeasy Bar
1/19 – 1/23 – MIAMI, FL – THE WEEZER CRUISE
1/28 – RISBANE, Australia Laneway Festival
1/30 – AUCKLAND, New Zealand Laneway Festival
2/04 – MELBOURNE, Australia Laneway Festival
2/05 – SYDNEY, Australia Laneway Festival
2/10 – ADELAIDE, Australia Laneway Festival
2/11 – PERTH, Australia Laneway Festival
2/12 – SINGAPORE, Laneway Festival

* with Fanzine
^ with Gross Magic
~ with Old Forest