Morning Music Notes – He’s On Fire!

Jay-Z Adds Big Names to Made in America Festival, Becomes Executive Producer of NBA 2K13

Jay-Z’s new Made in America festival already boasted a pretty good line up. Joining Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Passion Pit and others at the September 1/2 festival in Philadelphia are Drake, Chris Cornell, The Hives, DJ Shadow, and Run-DMC (via Consequence of Sound). There’s still tickets on sale, so go grab one – it’s a killer line up.

You would think that being a new father, owning an NBA team, and running a festival would keep most people more than busy enough. Jay-Z isn’t most men, and won’t stop until he gets zero hours of sleep. Adding to his list of tasks – a new reality show with Carrot Top executive producing the NBA video game NBA 2K13. Couldn’t he have worked on NBA Jam instead? I’d LOVE to hear Hova say “Boom shakalaka!” And no, this doesn’t mean you’ll see Beyonce as a cheerleader (damn!) or Jay-Z appearing as the new point guard for the New Jersey Brooklyn Nets.

Jay-Z will be picking the soundtrack for the video game (via Consequence of Sound). Oddly, the soundtrack consists of 95% Jay-Z songs, 4% Beyonce songs, and 1% Kanye West songs. Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad. In reality, it does feature a lot of Jay-Z and Kanye West songs, as well as Coldplay, U2, Nas, Daft Punk, Santigold, Puff “Where have you been” Daddy, and Dirty Projectors. The game is out October 2, and check out the full tracklist below.

NBA 2K13 Soundtrack Tracklist (cpmpiled by Jay-Z)
01. The Hours – “Ali in the Jungle”
02. Too Short- “Blow the Whistle (Main)”
03. Eric B. and Rakim – “I Ain’t No Joke”
04. Phoenix – “1901″
05. Jay-Z – “Pump It Up (Freestyle)”
06. Puff Daddy and the Family – “Victory (feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)”
07. Daft Punk – “Around the World (Radio Edit)”
08. Santigold – “Shove It (feat. Spank Rock)”
09. Kanye West – “Amazing”
10. Jay-Z – “Run This Town”
11. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is the Move”
12. Nas – “The World Is Yours”
13. Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
14. Roy Ayers – “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby”
15. Justice – “Stress”
16. Jay-Z – “The Bounce”
17. Kanye West – “We Major (feat. Nas & Really Doe)”
18. Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones, Pt. II”
19. Meek Mill – “Ima Boss (Instrumental)”
20. Kanye West – “Mercy (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)”
21. U2 – “Elevation”
22. Jay-Z – “On to the Next One”
23. Jay-Z – “Public Service Announcement”
24. Jay-Z – “H.A.M. (Instrumental)”

Why Didn’t the Aussie Swimmer Win Gold? Twitter and Facebook

Twitter is taking a fuckin’ beating at these London 2012 Olympic Games. From being blamed for messing up the television coverage of the Cycling Road Race, to getting athletes kicked out of the games, to getting journalists banned from Twitter, it seems to be a hot topic of conversation. The latest item involves Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm, the favourite at the 100-metre backstroke (that’s swimming, not horses, right?). She ended up with a silver, so good for her, but she didn’t get the gold she reckons because she stayed up too late the night before responding to messages on Twitter and Facebook (via Digital Trends). Pretty sure Carl Lewis never had this problem.

“I guess when you swim that fast in the heat, then people put pressure and more pressure on you, saying, ‘Oh, you’re going to get the gold.’” Seebohm told Australian reporters after her loss. “Maybe I just started believing that and just thought I’d already won by the time I had swum and I hadn’t even swum yet. I don’t know, I just felt like I didn’t really get off (social media) and get into my own mind.” At least she wasn’t using Twitter in the pool, like the swimmer who came last.

Beastie Boys Brooklyn Walking Tour this Saturday

For those of you in the New York City area, this is a must for fans of the Beastie Boys. There will be a free Beastie Boys walking tour on Saturday, hitting up the site of their first show, the location the iconic Paul’s Boutique album cover, and many other locations. There will also probably be lots of crazy Beastie Boys fans, so time to net that Beastie Boys girlfriend you’ve always wanted. The tour runs from 9am to 8pm, and happens the day before what would’ve been MCA’s birthday (via Brokelyn).

Amazon Launches Service to Compete with Apple’s iTunes Match

As we outlined in our music Cloud service article, Amazon currently has the Amazon Cloud Drive to compete with Google Music Play and Apple’s iCloud. As part of Apple’s service, they have iTunes Match, which lets customers scan their iTunes library and match it with recognized songs in the iTunes database to get a top quality version of the song. Of course, this all comes with a fee. Now, Amazon is launching a similar service (via Yahoo).

Amazon’s service will search your computer for music files, and will make matching versions of those songs and store them in Amazon’s cloud drive. Amazon also said that all songs purchased from Amazon will be stored online for free – so nice! 250 songs will be matched for free, and it’s $24.99 per year to match up to 250,000 songs.

Watch! Feistodon – A Commotion

Remember the wickedly odd pairing of Feist and Mastodon for the Record Store Day’s special release, Feistodon? Well, your memory sucks (or you don’t read PeteHatesMusic enough). They have a slick new video for their single, A Commotion. The video features only Feist visually, but you can switch the audio depending on whether you want more Feist or more Mastodon. Check it out on Feist’s site.

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