Tyler, the Creator releases new single, “LUMBERJACK” for his upcoming record

Tyler, the Creator Shares New Song “Lumberjack”: Listen | Pitchfork

Tyler, the Creator released his new single “LUMBERJACK” along with an accompanying music video Wednesday morning in anticipation for his upcoming record.

At just over two minutes, “LUMBERJACK” is the first single Tyler has dropped since his most recent collaboration with Coca-Cola.

The track marks a major return to the rappers roots opting for a much hip-hop oriented sound, contrasting the pop influence he had for his last studio record IGOR. The music video is directed by Tyler under his Wolf Haley alias and primarily features a wintery atmosphere along with cozy-cabin imagery.

Much like teaser he released to his Instagram two days prior, the video ends abruptly with a small jingle chanting the name of his forthcoming record; CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.

Speaking of the title, the official album website, callmeifyougetlost.com, was also recently updated to reflect the new album teaser and single.

Calling the number listed on the website leads to a 20 second snippet of a track likely to appear on the album.

There is no word on an official release date for the album but it’s unlike Tyler to keep fans waiting too long.

Listen to “LUMBERJACK” here:

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator set to headline Day N Vegas

Day N Vegas released the official lineup for their upcoming 2021 festival on Monday morning, featuring major names headlining all three days.

After taking a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Day N Vegas is coming back with a bang securing three of the heaviest hitters in Hip-Hop for center stage.

The official post on their social media revealing the lineup simply stated, “we back.”

While concerts have returned in some states like Florida, Day N Vegas marks a hard push for the return of live festivals. For many artists this will be their first official return to live performances as a whole.

Kendrick Lamar, who has not performed since 2018, will be kicking off the festival on Nov. 12. For Day N Vegas, it seems he will be performing songs all the way “from Section.80 to DAMN.” as the byline states. Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator will be headlining the following 13 and 14 respectively.

Other notable performers include the likes of fellow TDE member Isiah Rashad, SZA, Thundercat, Lil Baby, Dababy, Doja Cat, Earl Sweatshirt, Ari Lennox, Freddie Gibbs and many more.

Nevada began vaccination rollout in Dec. 2020 and since then has delivered over a million vaccinations have been administered in Clark County alone. Furthermore, fully-vaccinated individuals in Nevada have not been required to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor locations since May.

With that being said, Nevada is rated moderate in terms of risk and remains at tier 3, which allows some businesses to open with modifications.

Regardless, tickets for Day N Vegas will be available for pre-sale Friday, Jun 18 at 12 o’clock PT.

Release Roundup: Japanese Breakfast’s Jubilee

Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee Album Review | Pitchfork

Japanese Breakfast, the solo musical project of Michelle Zauner, released her third studio album Jubilee this Friday.

Jubilee features a lot of the same quirks found on Zauner’s previous record, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, while still featuring enough small departures that mange to make it still feel fresh and exciting.

As the title would suggest the record is meant to have a more happy celebratory tone. If that wasn’t enough in a tweet announcing the record Zauner herself said the album was about “joy.”

Japanese Breakfast is known for her self-directed visuals, the music video for her track “Boyish” gaining a ton of traction following its release.

So it’s no surprise this record would come with a shmorgishborg of its own music videos all of which are once again directed and written by Zauner herself.

As if the singer couldn’t keep anymore busy, just a few months before the release of Jubilee, Zauner released her first book Crying in H Mart: A Memoir. A book named after a viral essay the multifaceted singer wrote in 2018 for the New Yorker.

Jubilee is now available for streaming:

My Bloody Valentine brings nearly all unreleased work to streaming services

The Story of My Bloody Valentine 'Loveless' | Classic Album Sundays

My bloody valentine’s previously unreleased works like the feed me with your kiss and you made me realise EP have officially been brought to streaming services for fans to appreciate.

It’s been over 2 months since my bloody valentine broke their long silence and brought their main records Loveless and m b v to streaming services. Along with that, a slew of vinyl and CD reissues became available for pre-order thanks to their new label Domino.

Since then my bloody valentine has been consistently rolling out new content. Such as remastered versions of their previously released music videos and unique visualizers for various cuts off their other records. They’ve also been re-entering the public eye appearing on various magazine covers and giving plenty of interviews.

One interview involved front man Kevin Shields giving details as to when new my bloody valentine music would release. Shields going as far to say that fans could expect it as early as this year.

Along with both EP’s a full complication of their earlier EP’s from 1988-1991 and rare tracks was also released allowing fans to have a reliable way to stream them.

2021 is the best time to be a my bloody valentine fan and they only seem to make it better with each coming week.

Release Roundup: St. Vincent’s Daddy’s Home

St. Vincent – 'Daddy's Home' review: this '70s funk pastiche is her warmest  album yet

Daddy’s Home is the newest release from Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent.

It’s St. Vincent’s sixth studio album and also her most stylized. Since she announced the record St. Vincent has completely dedicated herself to her 70’s theme. Complete with a full overhaul of her musical style and physical appearance she never appears without.

The title of the record has many meanings to the eclectic singer. In a sense it’s literal as the release of the album coincides with the release of her father from prison, where he’d served almost a decade due to his role in a stock manipulation scheme. However, St. Vincent maintains the meaning of the record is still up for interpretation.

“I wanted to make sure that even if anybody didn’t know my personal autobiography that it would be open to interpretation as to whether Daddy is a father or Daddy is a boyfriend or Daddy is a pimp- I wanted that to be ambiguous” she said to Apple Music.

Daddy’s Home is available for streaming everywhere.

3 years of Turn off the Bright Lights

About three years ago I decided it was time to make a change in my life. I knew I needed to do something with my time that would benefit me in the long run. I wasn’t sure how long I would do it for, most projects I do are fleeting, but I knew I had to do it. I started this website in one night and in a few days published pieces I had already written. Over time this website has become far more than just a hobby. In a sense, its become my duty. Right now, this website is one of the most important things I have done.

I want to thank all of you reading this for being here. I don’t have many followers but I really don’t care about all that. I’m just glad I have this small community of people that read this website. I appreciate the few comments I get and the viewers I reach. I appreciate the time all of you spend reading what I make.

Four months ago I made the decision to write here more than once a month. I’ve tried keeping the most consistent schedule I possibly can even when there’s slow news. I want to make as much content here as I possibly can. With everyone’s support and love I have somehow been able to do that. Turn off the Bright Lights will not end. It’s my portfolio without being my portfolio.

Usually there’s some sort of an announcement with these posts. The only thing I have to really say is that I’m considering buying the domain fulltime and making this website a dot com. I’ve kind of always hated this being a blog type and I’ve been trying to take it more seriously. I completely overhauled the way this website looks and functions so why not take it to the next level.

With that out of the way, I think that’s all I have to say for this yearly post. I appreciate all of you for reading. Thank you, and once again, please turn off the bright lights.

Release Roundup: Young Stoner Records – Slime Language 2

Slime Language 2

Young Stoner Life Records released their second label compilation Slime Language 2 this Friday marking another major slew of high profile collaborations.

It is the official continuation of their 2018 record; Slime Language and features several notable names like Travis Scott, Drake, NAV, Future, Skepta, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, YMW Melly, Big Sean and Kid Cudi.

Of course, all members under YSL Records are all present on the album as well including Young Thug and Gunna themselves, who are no stranger to big collaborations. However, with this record it’s nature of kinship is very much intentional.

The cover for the album features the collective in a large-scale family style portrait reflecting the familial nature of the album. Something the trailer for the record also emphasizes heavily as YSL Records refers to themselves as “The biggest family in the world.”

The tracks also reflect this notion as well. Thugger appears in nearly every track carrying the album all the way to the finish. “Proud of You” sings the praises of Lil Uzi Vert who’s featured on the track and even Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk snags a verse on “Real.”

It’s a more personal record to the collective and Young Thug than one may initially expect. The group has undeniable chemistry and their connection only seems to exude in each track that follows.

Slime Language 2 is available everywhere.

My Bloody Valentine teases something new

My Bloody Valentines official Instagram suddenly became active again after nearly a year of silence to tease something new releasing on March 31st.

The cryptic teaser in question, features visuals lifted from their album Loveless, as their song Only Tomorrow plays in the background. Text in their iconic rounded typeface spells out, “M B V 31 03.” A link to their website is in the caption for the video which has become a mostly blank page where an email sign up is available. Many fans believe this is the band promoting an official release of their 2013 album MBV to streaming services.

Due to the album being self released it has never seen any outside of their personal website since its debut. Much of the rest of their catalog has also practically disappeared from streaming services up till recently.

With all that being said some eager fans have also come to the conclusion that the band is gearing up to release a brand new project. The band has reportedly been working on new material since 2018 but has since not met any deadlines promised. The most recent lead comes from Writer and Producer Andy Savors biography on his personal website which states he has “been recording the new album for MY BLOODY VALENTINE and worked with KEVIN SHIELDS on remastering ‘loveless’ and ‘isn’t anything’ for Vinyl.”

With all their info currently being updated on streaming services fans will have to wait a very short amount of time to figure out what it all means for the iconic act.

Justice files cease and desist against Justin Bieber stolen cover designs

Electronic duo Justice sent a cease and desist letter to Justin Bieber following the release of his newest record under the same name, according to Rolling Stone.

The duo claims the album cover and subsequent merchandise makes use of their “cross” logo which has been trademarked in both France and the European Union.

Justice’s co-manager Tyler Goldberg in a statement to Rolling Stone said, “Aside from seeing it all over the internet ourselves, we heard from hundreds of people throughout the day — industry people, Justice fans — and the Justice guys received a ton of messages, not only compelled to point out the similarities between the Justice Justin Bieber album, but confused. ‘Is this a Justice collaboration?’”

In the letter, Justice alleges that the use of the logo was intentionally designed to “deceive” and “confuse” customers. The letter also includes an email conversation between a Bieber representative and Justice representative, about how they would go about finding the original designer of Justice’s logo. However, after a meeting was proposed Biebers team ceased contact.

“Not only was Bieber’s team actually aware of Justice’s use of the Mark, they sought to use the same artist to essentially duplicate it for the Album.,” the letter reads.

As of now, Justin Bieber has made no official statement regarding the cease and desist.

Soundcloud rolls out new payout method to help independent artists

SoundCloud Launching "Fan-Powered" Streaming Payouts For 100,000  Independent Artists - Magnetic Magazine

Artists who monetize from SoundCloud will be able to enjoy a brand new fan-powered payout method innovated by Soundcloud themselves beginning in April.

Fan-powered Royalties is the new way SoundCloud plans to payout artists who use their monetization features. They explain it as a more “equitable” and “transparent” way for independent artists to get paid. “The more fans listen on SoundCloud, and listen to your music, the more you get paid,” said the platform.

This is SoundCloud’s newest system designed to pay more artists fairly and create more full-time musicians.

Before this new model, payout was divided up from a giant pool of money that was later paid out based on artists share of total streams. It was a model that as SoundCloud described, “mostly benefits mega stars.”

However, now artists are going to be paid directly based on fans’ actual listening habits. A model meant to benefit independent artists.

On their page they noted two artists, Chevy and Vincent who both saw an outstanding increase in payout after switching to Fan-powered Royalties.

Last year, SoundCloud introduced Repost, a new avenue for artists to spread their music to major streaming platforms, gaining a wider audience. It would seem Fan-powered Royalties are yet another way SoundCloud is trying to innovate their systems in order to better support their massive independent user-base.

Fan-powered Royalties will begin rolling out April 1st, 2021.