Yoko Ono Releases ‘tUnE-yArDs as YOKO’

In 2010, Yoko Ono performed several shows with the Plastic Ono Band and special guests. At the Orpheum in Los Angeles, Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Perry Farrell, RZA, Lady Gaga, Carrie Fisher and Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid tribute to Yoko, performing songs from throughout her career.

Yoko also invited a young group she had recently fallen in love with: tUnE-yArDs, whose breakthrough album, Whokill, was still a year away. tUnE-yArDs wowed the audience and famous guests, updating the original 1972 lyrics of Yoko’s “We’re All Water.” Yoko loved their performance and urged tUnE-yArDs to record the song for this benefit single, second in a series of 10″ records, each with a different artist performing Yoko songs.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs described the project: “Getting familiar with Yoko’s vast body of work has been a true education for me. When it came time to choose one of Yoko’s songs to cover, and then later one to remix, I had the opportunity to delve into the ground-breaking, punk-before-punk, radical, brave and brilliant work she had done, album after album. More musicians should learn Yoko’s history as a songwriter and performer — she’s been light years ahead of us for decades.” Yoko replied: “Merrill, Thank you for giving your love to “We’re All Water.” It’s incredible!”

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Also included is tUnE-yArDs’ remix of Yoko’s song “Warrior Woman,” an out-take from the Plastic Ono Band’s “Feeling The Space” album (1973). The remix is a sneak preview of a 2nd volume of the critically acclaimed Yes, I’m A Witch to be released later this year, featuring re-inventions of ONO’s catalog by an eclectic group of cutting edge artists.

The 10″ records are a limited edition of 1000 copies. On the flip side of each is a Yoko etching.

Profits from the records, and 100% of income from the downloads (at http://www.ChimeraMusic.com) are being donated by Yoko, Tune-yards and Chimera Music to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, who have been doing great work for one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, providing emergency food and shelter, and helping families and businesses get back on their feet.

On downloads purchased from iTunes in the U.S., iTunes is also donating their share of income to the cause. Thank you iTunes.

Yoko Ono Starts Celebrations For Her 80th Birthday

One of the most daring and influential artists of our time, Yoko Ono, will be celebrating her eightieth birthday with a music performance at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin on Sunday, February 17. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will be led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon, who collaborated with Yoko on her 2009 critically-acclaimed record, Between My Head And The Sky. The album received 4 & 5-star rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME, Spin & many more, and was picked among Mojo Magazine’s top albums of the year. Additionally, Mojo honored Yoko with a Lifetime Achievement Award and she received the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at The Venice Biennale.

Over the past few years, Ono has achieved a record string of nine consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard dance charts. In September, Ono released the improvisational YOKOKIMTHURSTON album with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Other recent collaborations have included recordings and performances with Eric Clapton, Lady Gaga, RZA, Antony, Ornette Coleman, the Flaming Lips, the Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and tUnE-yArDs.

Yoko Ono’s retrospective, HALF-A-WIND SHOW opens at the Schirn Kuntshalle in Frankfurt on February 15, and will tour to major museums across Denmark, Austria and Spain in 2013 and 2014. Numerous projects are slated for 2013 including the reissue of her albums from 1968-1985, a career-spanning art book, Infinite Universe At Dawn highlighting six decades of her work, and the curation of the 2013 Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre in London in June.

photo: Kevin Mazur
photo: Kevin Mazur

Special Edition Mini-Mag Featuring DJ Khaled Cover & Two Free Bonus CD Samplers Inside

XXL & RED Distribution is excited to announce the XXL Special Edition mini-mag available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide starting October 9. As part of Best Buy’s first partnership with XXL & RED Distribution, the $5.99 limited edition mini-mag will be positioned in the music section of all Best Buy locations.

The XXL mini-mag features DJ Khaled on the cover, and inside readers will find exclusive interviews from DJ Khaled, Eve, RZA, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, T.I., Joey Bada$$, and more. Each mini-mag comes with two free bonus CDs, including a times, rhymes & beats sampler with new music from Future, Method Man, Ryan Leslie, and Ca$h Out, and a Mizay Entertainment sampler featuring music from Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, Tarvoria and Reema Major.

“XXL was more than happy to join forces with Sony RED and Best Buy for this project. It helps us reach a wider audience and showcase RED’s roster while also offering a special edition of the mag to our dedicated readers.” – Vanessa Satten, XXL Editor-in-Chief

“I am pleased and excited about the RED, XXL and Best Buy partnership on the XXL mini mag. I’m confident that the Best Buy customer will thoroughly enjoy the content as well as the 2 CDs included. Hopefully the fans will enjoy reading as much as I did about Eve getting back into the hip hop game, she has truly been missed.” – Sonya Askew, Senior Buyer, Anderson Merchandiser

Cricket is running a contest in conjunction with times, rhymes & beats. Contestants can enter to win 1 year of service to Cricket with Muve Music® included plus an Android Smart phone signed by RZA. Additional rules contest details can be found in the XXL mini-mag, and at Facebook.com/timesrhymesbeats.

Disc One Track Listing:
1. Eve “She Bad Bad”
2. Ryan Reslie “Beautiful Lie”
3. Future “Turn On The Lights”
4. The Revelations “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Ca$h Out “Big Booty”
6. Deon Young “Party Life”
7. King L “Val Venis”
8. Mad Child “Monster”
9. Method Man “Built For This”
10. Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
11. Casey Veggies “Toe Tag”
12. RZA “Just Blowin In The Wind”

Disc Two Track Listing:
1. Waka Flaka Flame Ft. Sony “24 hours”
2. Dbo Montana “Dbo Montana”
3. OJ DA Juiceman “Wea Ya Been”
4. Dirt Gang Ft. Waka Flocka “Rambo”
5. Young Joey Ft. Waka Flocka & Fred Da Godson “I Fuk Wit Em”
6. Reema Major “Major moves”
7. Tarvoria “Be Quiet”
8. Joses Moses “Ratchets Dirty”
9. Fetti Gang “Jaw”
10. Woo Da Kid “What’s Brackin”
11. One Thurd “Stop & Go”
12. Shuga Shane “Ring Bells”
13. Cartier Kitten “Bring It Back”
14. YG Hottie “West Hanin”
15. Cartier Kitten “Guala Guala”
16. Bo Deal “Wow”
17. Fetti Gang “Good Morning”
18. Bo Deal “Clap”
19. Joe Moses Ft. Ty S & DJ Mustard “Bitch”
20. OJ Da Juiceman Ft. Gunplay “I Sell”
21. Reema Major “I Am Legend”

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23

RZA ENLISTS THE WU-TANG CLAN, KANYE WEST, THE BLACK KEYS, CORRINE BAILEY RAE, PUSHA T & MORE

The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack and score will be released on October 23 via Soul Temple Records/STAX/RED Distribution. In addition to making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man for the action-adventure, RZA also acted as executive producer for the soundtrack and score albums along with Quentin Tarantino and others. RZA enlisted The Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, The Black Keys, Corrine Bailey Rae, Pusha T and more for the soundtrack. The first single, “Built For This,” by Method Man, Freddie Gibbs & StreetLife will be serviced to mixshow radio today.

RZA recently discussed the making of the film’s unique score at Comic-Con 2012, explaining: “We went and got some of The Wu-Tang original songs…we took out a lot of stuff that was in it, and we re-orchestrated it.” “STAX also came on board to help us out, and they gave me about 10 of their famous STAX cues, songs from William Bell, from Isaac Hayes, from Mable John.” “So you’re going to have a great time listening to this movie as a soundtrack.” RZA chose to launch the soundtrack and score albums via his latest music industry venture, Soul Temple Records. Soul Temple releases will reflect independence, authenticity and artistry, engaging all elements of the creative community.

The Man With The Iron Fists Track Listing -subject to change
1. The Black Keys / RZA “The Baddest Man Alive”
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P / Pharoahe Monch “Black Out”
3. Kanye West “White Dress”
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Talib Kweli / RES “Get Your Way (Sex as a Weapon)”
6. Raekwon / Ghostface Killah / Kool G. Rap “Rivers of Blood”
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife “Built for This”
8. 24 Carat Black “Poverty’s Paradise”
9. Killa Sin “The Archer”
10. RZA / Flatbush Zombies “Just Blowin’ In The Wind”
12. Corrine Bailey Rae “Chains”
13. Pusha T / Raekwon “Tick Tock”
14. Frances Yip “Green is the Mountain”
15. The Wu-Tang Clan “Six Directions of Boxing”
16. Mabel John “Your Good Thing Is About To End”

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With The Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA–alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu–tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. The film arrives in theaters on November 2, 2012.