MTV Kanye West spent much of summer 2010 seeding the Internet with new music via his "G.O.O.D. Friday" track releases, previewing a number of the songs from his own My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
And on Wednesday, West announced that he's packaging up some of those goods for a proper release. "Goodmusic. The album. Spring 2012," he tweeted, providing just a tease of what's to come.
'Ye's label, Def Jam, confirmed the release as well in a tweet, hyping upcoming albums from Rick Ross, the Roots, Young Jeezy and Rihanna, though a spokesperson could not be reached at press time for further details on the disc.
The G.O.O.D. Music bench is deep, so it's possible the disc could contain tracks from Big Sean, Kid Kudi, CyHi Da Prynce, Mos Def, Common, Mr. Hudson, Pusha T and John Legend. It could also contain a few of the "Friday" tracks that did not make the cut on Fantasy, including "Chain Heavy" with Talib Kweli and Consequence; "Looking for Trouble" with Pusha, CyHi, Big Sean and J. Cole; "Christian Dior Denim Flow" with Kid Cudi, Pusha, John Legend, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie; and "Take One for the Team" with Keri Hilson, Pusha and CyHi.
West recently took a stroll down to New York's Zuccotti Park to check out the action at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, not long after wrapping up his Twisted world tour in September at Austin City Limits. But he won't be chilling for long, as he's slated to kick off the Throne Tour with Jay-Z on October 28 at Atlanta's Philips Arena. The tour is currently slated to run through a December 18 date at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
the guardian Radiohead will return to the studio later this year to record the follow-up to The King of Limbs. After a handful of gigs in America, the band are also planning a tour next year – with an additional drummer.
Clive Deamer, who has played with Portishead, Jeff Beck and Hawkwind, is now a core component of Radiohead's touring team. He made his live debut with Phil Selway at Glastonbury this summer, but since joining the band in New York, Radiohead are planning their next tour based on his availability. For most of this year, one of Radiohead's managers explained, Deamer was on the road with Portishead. "He wasn't available," Chris Hufford told Rolling Stone magazine, "and it's why we couldn't go out on tour until next year."
It's not clear if Deamer will join the band in the studio. "We can get things together quite rapidly at the moment," Yorke said. They have planned recording sessions for December and January, and at least one song – Come to Your Senses – is nearly finished. "It's a five-minute rehearsal, but it has the essence of what we need," he said. "There are a few of those. It would be fun to have them ready when we go to play next year. I don't know how we would release them."
Yorke is also trying to finish his next solo album, Atoms for Peace. Although he recorded last year with his touring band, including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich weren't satisfied with the results. "Some of it worked," Godrich said. "[But] we also went back to some of the electronic stuff … We're waiting for the lightning bolt to strike." Yorke added: "It's not good enough yet … [We] were excited about it for so long, then we kind of lost our way."
Yorke's first solo album, The Eraser, was released in 2006. Radiohead's first remix album was released earlier this week.
So far this year guitar virtuoso Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has been treating us with a track a month (three of which have been covers so far, original up next).
What have your opinions been? I'm really enjoying them, and find myself looking forward to mid-month for the next one. It's sparked a bit of interest for me in what so far has been a reasonably dull year for music (granted it's only May).
Jan 18 - Bernadette (The Four Tops) Feb 22 - Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) Mar 22 - Invisible (Bumblefoot) Apr 19 - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John) May 17 - Father (Bumblefoot)