March 27, 2012


Genre Report: A New Santana Album & More

Victor Chavez
Victor Chavez

ROCK: Santana Returning with New Album
Carlos Santana will release his 36th album Shape Shifter on May 15, and it'll be a 13-song instrumental joint coming out on his own record label, Starfaith Records. A pre-sale of the album starts today at iTunes and Shape Shifter is dedicated to Native Americans, and chances are it will sound really smooth and soulful. [Sacramento Bee]

HIP HOP: Aesop Rock Releasing First Album in 5 Years
Classic backpacker rapper Aesop Rock has been off the radar for about five years, but he's coming back this summer with an album called Skelethon. The whole thing will be produced by the rapper himself, and it'll feature contributions from Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches, the duo that rose to fame after appearing prominently on the Juno soundtrack. We hope this Aesop Rock album is heavily influenced by Kimya Dawson's super lo-fi flavor. Now that'd be interesting.  [HHDX]

ROCK: Black Keys Don't Like Spotify
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has beef with Spotify. The best evidence of this is that the Ohio-bred duo prevent their albums from being available on the service, and the second-best evidence is an interview that Carney gave to a Michigan radio station: "If it was fair to the artist, we would be involved in it." He also commented on Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and a Spotify board member: "He's an a**hole. That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that's the bottom line." [Rolling Stone]

HIP HOP: Rapper's Song Is In A Video Game Because He Pestered People on Twitter
Southern California rapper Kadillak Kaz has just done what a million internet rappers dream of: He got one of his songs into a video game, and he did it by pestering people on Twitter. An indie video game developer is going to feature Kadillak Kaz's song "Drugs" in an upcoming game called Demon Chic. As you can imagine (considering the song's title), the developer is being forced to tweak the lyrics first. [Kotaku]