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RVNG comes to those who wait

Well, the folks who were unable to secure a copy of Purple Brain, the insane mix CD + 7″ from the equally-insane-minds of Andre Bumrocks and Jason Convict!, released last June are in luck. The fine people at RVNG International recently unearthed exactly 56 copies of this mindbender of a mix, complete with the purple 7″ and the 22″ x 30″ poster.

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Absolutely Massive Jack Rose Tribute Compilation Released

Jack Rose

This last December, guitarist Jack Rose tragically passed away of a heart attack at the age of 38. Aside from being one of the most masterful guitar players I’ve ever seen, Jack was also one of the nicest and most genuine people I ever had the opportunity to work with. In addition to his well-documented awesomeness as both a person and a musician, he was also a prodigious music fan (who introduced me to a few records I still count as my favorites) and staunch supporter of the underground music community, of which he was such an integral part.

Earlier this week, a phenomenal tribute project was announced by the folks at Three Lobed Recordings. Honest Strings: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Jack Rose, is a download-only “record,” that can only be described as massive. It clocks in at over six and a half hours (yes, 6.5 hours) of new contributions from friends and people inspired by his staggering talent.

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Flying Lotus “Cosmogramma Special 4/20″ Radio Broadcast

Flying Lotus Cosmogramma

One of the most anticipated records of 2010, Flying Lotus‘ 3rd full length Cosmogramma, will be released to the world on May 3rd. However, as a special treat for everyone on this, the 20th of April, ol’ FlyLo is doing a live radio broadcast over at Dublab. He’ll be showcasing a few chosen tracks from the upcoming record, and bringing a handful of his Brainfeeder pals (The Gaslamp Killer,  Ras G, Daedelus, etc) along with him. Sounds like a party, right? EDIT: Well, get on it, since that shit is starting NOW (2pm CST).

Just as an additional FYI, FlyLo & Dublab suggest you “enjoy the broadcast in a way fitting for the occasion.”

Listen, chat and connect to the video stream at flying-lotus.com/radio, and check after the jump for bonus exclusive pre-order art from FlyLo himself.

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Four Tet Live at Le Poisson Rouge

Four Tet

There is Love in You, the latest release from Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) had been on fairly constant rotation for me since it came out back in January. Interestingly, the first thing to unseat it was this 84 minute live set from his There is Love in You tour stop at Le Poisson Rouge in New York.

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Would you like fries with that digital download?

Earlier this week, the always enjoyable blog on data visualization Information Is Beautiful posted an interesting infographic on musician earnings via current popular distribution channels. Designer and Author David McCandless took on the question “How much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace?” He combined data culled from a previous post on the subject at The Cynical Musician, combined it with some of his own research and then illustrated the amount of sales/streams needed to reach the US monthly minimum wage benchmark ($1,160) via each channel.

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There are a few issues I have off the bat with the graphic. First off, calling it “Selling Out” is only going to raise the ire of everyone involved (artist and label alike), and seems to imply musicians by trade should not make money off their music. Additionally, for smaller, more independent labels, bands often make more than .09 off of downloads from iTunes. There are still some 50/50 rev splits in the music world, which after the iTunes cut, can bring a band up to .39 per song sold.

McCandless does give us a few disclaimers. First, that the figures do not include publishing royalties that are paid to composers of songs, and second, that researching the data is very difficult since “Industry figures are hard to get hold of. Some are even secret.”  There is already some reasonable discussion regarding the accuracy of the data in the comments on the original post as well as some constructive conversation over at Mashable (if you have time to read between the rants). Additionally, you could be the first ever commenter on Lagmag, and start your own conversation about it below!

But overall, as a general snapshot of the current digital marketplace, its an interesting graphic. Plus it looks, uh… beautiful, and we love that kind of thing here at Ladies & Gentlemen.

See the full (giant) infographic after the jump.

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Major Lazer’s Keep it Going Louder = Summer Jam of the Year (Again)

Now, I realize this isn’t anything new, so don’t get all “old news, dude,” on me. The album has been out nearly a year, and the single dropped like 6 months ago. But in honor of Major Lazer’s recent blow through town, the fact that I’m grilling out on my roof tonight, and my all-out obsession with the song, it’s getting some belated post love.

Add “video directed by Eric Wareheim” to an already perfect song, and you have the complete multimedia package here folks. Just try to listen/watch without enjoying yourself, its impossible.

Congrats to Major Lazer, Ricky Blaze, and Nina Sky for still soundtracking my summer a full year later.

Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do is (still) out now.

Autechre “Oversteps,” Deluxe Vinyl Edition

Autechre Oversteps

Last month, British duo Autechre released their 10th album, Oversteps on longtime home Warp records. Longtime visual collaborator(s) The Designers Republic was once again tapped for the artwork. After the unfortunate news of the Republic having closed its doors as a “studio” in 2009, it’s fantastic to see founder Ian Anderson again throwing out compelling work.

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