The two Earl Sweatshirt albums he released with Columbia Records distribution will be getting their vinyl issues for the first time. This includes Doris and I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt. Doris did come out on vinyl before but only as a promo item in Europe. As you can say, both have new cover art that are exclusive to the format. Both will be released during the holiday season, December 11th to be precise and are available via pre-order from Amazon:
Cherry Bomb (Odd Future/Sony) is the brand new album from Tyler, The Creator and considering what has happened since its release, maybe some are asking about the future of Tyler, or the future of Odd Future.
This is what we know. Odd Future as a collective are no more. Earl Sweatshirt seems to not be part of the camp. Other people who were within the camp have released music recently. Tyler, The Creator is still creating and on Cherry Bomb he shows why he is one of the best MC’s around and one of the best artists out today. If you feel that Tyler is trying to create music that is accessible to more people, then be free to say that. However, Tyler never does anything regular despite the fact that some of the songs here are more developed and arranged than his previous works. It’s a more in-depth Tyler, and it’s nice to hear him go off in that way. If he’s trying to answer to the current vibe of hip-hop, he does that in a number of songs. Yet there are times when he’s not only answering back, but adding his own sidebars and information to let people know he is in control of his destiny, he’s not trying to comply or simplify. There are tracks where he actually sings and jokingly says he can’t sing at all.
What I really like is when a song may have two, even three different arrangements so waht looks like an 11-track album may have 15 or 16 songs total. Some of it comes off like mini hip-hop operas in the vein of Beastie Boys’ “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” or Siah And Yeshua Dapo ED’s “A Day Like Any Other”, where you’re unsure where a part of a song will drift to until you listen to it in full. Even that will lead listeners to want to listen to it a few times to get a grip. While Cherry Bomb shows hints of where he came from, it very much shows a path he is ready to explore, where it’s the unpredictability of something along the lines of Divine Styler or maybe twist and get into MC 900 Ft. Jesus mode, all while showing a solid style that shows he’s more than capable of dropping in a hardcore way without getting freaky or eccentric, all while being that freak and eccentric rapper he is known as. The album is a nice balance of the known and previously unknown, so I hope he will continue to balance on that fine line for projects to come.
It’s one thing to be a new Tyler, The Creator video, which is very cool. Then you realize it’s actually two songs in one. In addition, this project features Charlie Wilson, Chaz Bundick (b/k/a Toro Y Moi), and Cole Alexander? How did all this goodness happen in one place? Find out for yourself in this new clip directed by Wolf Haley. Oh yeah: various Golf Wang members are in it as well. The video was made in support of Tyler’s forthcoming album, Cherry Bomb.
There was a time when artists would take two to six months to announce the release of a forthcoming artists but now, they’ll announce it a week before with little to no fanfare. When the news is released, the fanfare begins. Today, Earl Sweatshirt announced the release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, his latest effort for Tan Cressida/Columbia, and that’ll be out on March 23rd. Until then, if you are in Austin this week for SXSW festivities, Earl will be there with five scheduled shows, so be sure to plan your schedules and head to one of them, or all if you can:
March 19… Austin, TX (The Gatsby – 708 E 6th Street @ 10:00pm)
March 19… Austin, TX (Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces Street)
March 20… Austin, TX (Stubb’s BBQ – 801 Red River @ 12:00pm)
March 20… Austin, TX (The Gypsy – 1504 E 6th Street @ 13:45pm)
March 20… Austin, TX (Hype Hotel – 1100 E 5th Street @ 11:00am)
To prepare, watch the video for “Grief”.
It’s being called a world tour but for teh time being, this leg of Tyler, The Creator’s tour is not heading to Asia, Australia, or Africa. Maybe that’s in the future but this “World Tour” is limited to Europe, which will begin in April after he does shows at this year’s Coachella. He’ll do some U.S. shows, head to Europe, then fly back home. Look and see:
April 6… Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)
April 11… Indio, CA (Coachella)
April 18… Indio, CA (Coachella)
April 20… New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)
April 21… Oxford, MS (The Lyric Oxford)
April 22… Athens, GA (Georgia Theatre)
April 24… Jacksonville, FL (Mavericks at the Landing)
April 25… Saint Petersburg, FL (Jannus Live)
April 26… Miami, FL (The Fillmore)
April 28… Orlando, FL (The Plaza Live)
April 29… Charlotte, NC (The Fillmore Charlotte)
May 1… North Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)
May 2… Raleigh, NC (The Ritz)
May 3… Norfolk, VA (Norva)
May 5… Richmond, VA (The National)
May 6… Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)
May 8… Cincinnati, OH (Bogart’s)
May 9… Detroit, MI (The Fillmore Detroit)
May 10… Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection)
May 12… Glasgow, UK (Barrowland)
May 13… Manchester, UK (Academy)
May 14… London, UK (Roundhouse)
May 15… Bristol, UK (O2 Academy)
May 17… Utrecht, Netherlands (Ronda)
May 19… Hamburg, Germany (Mojo)
May 20… Copenhagen, Denmark (Vega)
May 21… Berlin, Germany (C-Club)
May 23… Zurich, Switzerland (Volkhaus)
May 24… Munich, Germany (Theaterfabrik)
May 25… Cologne, Germany (Kantine)
May 26… Paris, France (Le Bataclan)
May 28… Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound)
June 1… Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theater)
June 2… El Paso, TX (Tricky Falls)
June 4… Oklahoma City, OK (Diamond Ballroom)
June 5… Dallas, TX (Bomb Factory)
June 6… Austin, TX (Emo’s)
June 7… Tulsa, OK (Cain’s Ballroom)
June 9… Winston-Salem, NC (Ziggy’s)
June 10… Baltimore, MD (Rams Head Live)
June 12… New York, NY (Irving Plaza)
June 13… Wallingford, CT (The Dome at Oakdale Theatre)
June 14… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
June 16… Louisville, KY (Mercury Ballroom)
June 17… Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)
June 19… Indianapolis, IN (Egyptian Room)
June 20… Saint Louis, MO (The Pageant)
June 21… Columbia, MO (The Blue Notes)
June 23… Kansas City, MO (Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland)
June 24… Boulder, CO (Fox Theatre)
June 26… Fort Collins, CO (Aggie Theatre)
June 27… Salt Lake City, UT (The Complex)
June 28… Missoula, MT (Top Hat Lounge)
June 30… Spokane, WA (Knitting Factory Concert House)
July 1… Seattle, WA (Showbox SoDo)
July 2… Portland, OR (Roseland Theater)
Tickets for some shows will be made available on Friday the 13th of March, you can head to GolfWang.com for more info.
The OFWGKTA is making themselves known for the first time in 2015 and they’re starting off the year with a mixtape project from Hodgy Beats and Don Cannon. This one is called Dena Tape 2 and features assistance from Domo Genesis and Hit-Boy and production from Left Brain, Hit-Boy, Sap, and Marvel Alexander.
If you like Syd The Kyd of The Internet, you are definitely going to enjoy this new track by rapper Ayn Bassa. “Tell Me” not only features Syd helping out with her singing, but the song was produced by The Internet. If you like what Bassa is about, prepare for his forthcoming album, Hugs & Slaps.
The 3rd Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival has been announced, with tickets to be made available to the public tomorrow (Friday, August 8th) and what you see is not a joke: Pharrell Williams will be headlining this year, hat and all. Also scheduled to attend include people like Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, MURS, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, and such Odd Future folks like Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, The Internet, Domo Genesis, and many more. Early bird tickets can be purchased directly from Camp Flog Gnaw.
Oh yeah: as for where it will be, it’ll be held again at The Park at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 8th.
Left Brain and Hodgy Beats are back again as MellowHype with what’s being called a free album because it is. Insa sounds as prime as a professionally released album, so if you’re someone who loves the MellowHype way of life, this new album will thrill you out in a mega-way. Left Brain’s productions are very much on the outside of the mainstream, which makes it sound incredible. I really love “Bars” and the droning echo that runs throughout, how it sounds as if one is in a metal room and are unable to decide if it’s a nuisance or if it is exciting. The guitar work is basic but could easily appeal to rock fans, and the song could have turned a different way too. “Dunita” sounds like something you’d expect to hear on a Christopher Cross or album on CTI Records circa 1979. The 7th song is called “7” and could be a reference to the spiritual, mathematics, or the sum of what is being equated. What makes Insa work, and what makes much of Odd Future’s output work is that they know how to create something with little to know samples and it still doesn’t sound as if something is missing. MellowHype is so full of content and value that it will become an album you’ll want to listen many times, especially to catch what Hodgy Beats is saying, just in case he may be pulling doubles on you.
(Insa is available as a free download by heading to OddFuture.com.)
If you’re a devotee of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All empire, you already know this but if not, listen up. Hodgy Beats and Left Brain are back together again as MellowHype and they released a new album on the 4th of July called I Need Some Answers (Odd Future). My review of it is coming very soon, but this basically means you have to snatch and get this album right now, it is a must. Head to OddFuture.com and download it pronto.