The Album Leaf Tour After New Album Veers Violently Into Hip-Hop-Style Collabs

So, the Album Leaf are apparently a band from whom we can expect pretty much the same thing on every album, right? Well, apparently not. Word has it that their new release, Into the Blue Again — simultaneously a reference to Talking Heads' classic "Once in a Lifetime" and an admission of a failure to innovate — is in fact their most daring piece of work yet.

With instrumental duties on the album turned over almost exclusively to the band's only real member, James Lavelle, the sounds found on their new slice of shellac are unlike anything we've come to expect. Gone are the soft keyboard tones and rock-solid drum loops found on the Sigur Ros-aided In a Safe Place. In come collaborations with Richard Ashcroft, Mike D, Badly Drawn Boy, and Thom Yorke, amongst others. The album flits from song-to-song, in a schizophrenic but increasingly measured way, culminating in the moody "Bunny in Your Flashers," featuring one of Yorke's most affecting vocals. It certainly puts The Eraser in its place.

The Album Leaf will be falling all over the place this autumn:

10.05.06 – San Diego, CA – Museum of Contemporary Art
10.08.06 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10.18.06 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
10.20.06 – Austin, TX – Parish
10.21.06 – Houston, TX – Proletariat
10.22.06 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s
10.23.06 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s
10.24.06 – Birmingham, AL – BottleTree
10.25.06 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder (FSU)
10.26.06 – W. Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
10.27.06 – Orlando, FL – Social
10.28.06 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10.29.06 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10.30.06 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theater
11.01.06 – Philadelphia, PA – Jonny Brenda’s
11.02.06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (CMJ)
11.03.06 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
11.06.06 – Brooklyn, NY – North Six
11.07.06 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
11.08.06 – Montreal, PQ – Main Hall
11.09.06 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
11.10.06 – Buffalo, NY – Big Orbit’s Soundlab
11.11.06 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
11.12.06 – Chicago, IL – Lakeshore Theater
11.13.06 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
11.16.06 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11.17.06 – Vancouver, BC – Plaza Club
11.18.06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
11.19.06 – Euguene, OR – W.O.W. Hall
11.21.06 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Hot Chip Tour; Jock Bands Get Ready To Shout NEEEERRRRRRDS From The Back Of The Room

Seriously, you guys in the USA have it easy. Your disco artists know how to look the part. Check out James Murphy. Motherfucker's like 60 or something, but he still manages to rock the blazer and t-shirt look like it's 2003. You'd see him from across a bar, and you'd think, Hey, check out grandaddy over there, but then you'd realize how perfectly his hair is tousled... how he's not shaved for exactly the right number of days... and just how deep his eyes go... and how you totally didn't expect his thighs to be that smooth, and how it all feels so wrong but it's just so right, and, and...

Damn, I'm sure I had a point somewhere.

Oh, shit, yeah! Hot Chip! Tour! Series of tired jokes about how their nerdy appearance compares to James Murphy! Here's the dates!

11.01.06 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar ! %
11.02.06 - New York, NY - Webster Hall $ !
11.03.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Webster Hall ^
11.04.06 - Boston MA - Paradise % !
11.05.06 - Montreal, PQ - La Sala Rossa %
11.06.06 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club % !
11.07.06 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop ! %
11.08.06 - Columbus, OH - Wexler Center @
11.10.06 - Chicago, IL - Metro % !
11.10.06 - Chicago, IL - Smart Bar (DJ set)
11.11.06 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue * %
11.14.06 - Seattle, WA - Neumos % !
11.15.06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ! %
11.17.06 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine % !
11.18.06 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater % !
11.19.06 - San Diego, CA - Casbah ! %

! w/ Shy Child
$ w/ Gang Gang Dance
% w/ Born Ruffians
^ w/ Justice
@ w/ Mouse on Mars, Birdy Nam Nam
* w/ Jamie Lidell

A Matt Pond PA News Story by rrrachel


You know those puzzles where you turn one word into another? Y'know, cat to dog is cat, cot, cog, dog? Watch Matt turn to Pond:

MATT

PATT

POTT

PONT

POND

That's not the only solution! This works as well:

MATT

MATD

MAND

MOND

POND

If you're supersmart, you can do it in only one move:

MATT

POND

There's a new album too called Several Hours Later, but there's nothing fun to do with that. Onto the tour!

10.07.06 - Fredericksburg, VA - Mary Washington University
10.08.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
10.10.06 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10.11.06 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10.12.06 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
10.13.06 - Covington, KY - Mad Hatter
10.14.06 - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
10.15.06 - Madison, WI - The Annex
10.16.06 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
10.19.06 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
10.21.06 - Vancouver, BC - The Center in Vancouver for the Arts
10.22.06 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10.23.06 - Portland - Wonder Ballroom
10.24.06 - Sacramento, CA - Harlows
10.25.06 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
10.26.06 - Los Angeles - Spaceland
10.27.06 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

House Democrats Demand Investigation Of Buried FCC Reports; House Republicans Surprisingly Less Interested

Earlier this month, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) made everyone feel real awkward when she busted the door down at FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's re-nomination hearing. After snapping the elastic bands on several prominent senators' party hats, Boxer whipped out a 2004 FCC study on localism in the media that she believes was purposely buried. Unfortunately, the Senator delivered her speech next to a stack of amps and could not be heard above the pounding trance music.

Boxer remained unfazed and returned a week later, clutching another unreleased report on media ownership from 2003. The study found that "between March 1996 and March 2003, there was a 35% decrease in the number of radio owners," and that the largest owner, Clear Channel, "went from owning 62 stations in 1996, to 1,233 in 2003." Chairman Martin noted that he was not in charge at the time of the reports and tried to turn the stereo back on, but Senator Boxer slapped his hand away.

Since the discovery of the missing reports, a group of 34 House Democrats joined Boxer in requesting an all-out cavity search of the possible motivations behind the documents' concealment. In a joint letter to FCC Inspector General Kent Nilsson, the Democrats wrote: "If one or both of these reports were suppressed because they did not support official FCC policy, such actions could not only constitute fraud, but could also run counter to the FCC's stated goals of transparency and public involvement in its media ownership proceedings."

Representative David Price (D-NC) felt like adding a slam dunk of his own, and whispered, "Good public policy is supposed to reflect what is best for the American people. If the FCC can't be trusted to present the results of its own studies to the public, how can it be trusted to act in the public's interest when it comes to the ownership of our airwaves?" Price then winked at everyone and did a moonwalk out of the building.

Chairman Martin has now expressed equal concern over these issues and promises to release an updated report on media ownership before the end of the legal proceedings. If anyone needs to reach him before then, he will be sitting in his bedroom with the blinds drawn.

Apples In Stereo New Album Talking Points

Just so you don't have to feel like you missed out on the news last week about the upcoming release of a new album from the Apples In Stereo, TMT is providing you with a Talking Points memo. Yup, it's just like the ones used by the Bush Administration that make them all seem like robots from planet "We Never Mess Up and Terrorists Could Kill Your Little Baby At Any Moment Unless We Get What We Want." Now you can make it seem like you read every article written about this topic. You can even write your own, it's not so hard. They let me do it, don't they? Enjoy!

-Band:

Robert Schneider, Eric Allen, John Hill (ex drummer Hilarie Sidney left the band in August 2006, no replacement has been announced)

-Title:

New Magnetic Wonder

-Label:

Simian, a joint venture with Yep Roc/Red Eye, helmed by Elijah Wood (the actor better known as Frodo from The Lord of the Rings films). Robert met him at SXSW in 2003. Definitely work that into the story... a very interesting angle. Let those Hobbit jokes fly!

-Release Date:

February 7. (Try not to mention the fact that many people will download this album "illegally" well before this date. Get them excited about owning a shiny disc with stuff on both sides!)

-Guests:

There are many, so check the press release for the full list. Includes JEFF MANGUM, members of Olivia Tremor Control and engineer Bryce Goggin. (Hint: make special note of JEFF, almost to the point of overshadowing the band and the record. God knows everyone loves Neutral Milk Hotel, so this will increase exposure and interest!)

-Details (add these to the mix once everything above is covered):

Group's first new album in five years, a dual-sided enhanced-CD.
53 minutes long, 14 proper songs, and 12 segue songs, (Schneider calls them "link tracks"), recorded in five cities (Brooklyn, NY; Lexington, KY; Benton, KY; Denver, CO; and Athens, GA) over 12 months.

Album based around Schneider's own invention, the "Non-Pythagorean Scale" of music, further explained on the enhanced portion of the CD, which contains "digital files for MIDI usage and an in-depth description by Schneider... in both document and video form."

Sidney has left the band, is still on the album, and wrote two songs for it. (Do not mention her divorce from Robert; it would be in bad taste.)

National and regional tourdates for the Apples in Stereo will be announced shortly.

In conclusion, make sure to add references to past pop music masters like Brian Wilson, Jeff Lynne, etc. Use fun words, like Pop, Confetti, anthems, jams. The E6 was about fun and love.

New Magnetic Wonder tracklist:

{Side 1:

1. Can You Feel It?
2. Skyway
3. Mellotron 1
4. Energy
5. Same Old Drag
6. Joanie Don't U Worry
7. Sunndal Song **
8. Droplet
9. Play Tough
10. Sun is Out
11. Non-Pythagorean Composition 1

Side 2:
12. Hello Lola
13. 7 Stars
14. Mellotron 2
15. Sunday Sounds **
16. Open Eyes
17. Crimson
18. Pre-Crimson
19. Vocoder Ba Ba
20. Radiation
21. Beautiful Machine Parts 1-2
22. Beautiful Machine Parts 3-4
23. My Pretend
24. Non-Pythagorean Composition 3

** Composed by Hilarie Sidney

YouTube Underground Railroad Launched

YouTube. It's home to skateboarding videos, people falling down, music prodigies, and recently major corporate sponsorship. YouTube is more than that though. It's a community, a place to hang your hat. YouTube is a place to go, a destination, an end result of boredom. But my problem with it is that it's just a catch-all for videos. In this day of target audiences and individualism, YouTube is all about everything, from video blogs to soft-core porn.

So I propose spin-offs to appease some of my interests.

Pool CueTube: It's a fact that everyone enjoys billiards, and even more people enjoy instructional videos on how to assemble, hold, and use a pool cue, all of which I produce.

MewTube: Pokemon are an international phenomenon, and Mewtwo is the poor man's Pikachu. Mewtwo is older, uglier, and a d-bag, but what can I say, I gotta catch 'em all.

Seattle SlewTube: I love this 1977 Triple Crown winner. So Slew me!

Big League ChewTube: I have a LOT of videos of me chewing gum.

There you have it: my personalized versions that we all can relate to. It seems YouTube has gotten a big head with all their sponsors and advertisers, so they shot me down. But they liked my idea of individualism, so they created a contest that only deals with music.

According to Digital Trends, the video site is teaming up with Cingular Wireless to make the YouTube Underground. It's a contest — a talent search, if you will — for unsigned bands and musicians. These people will create "original videos from October 2 to October 18, 2006. The YouTube user community will vote to select the finalist, and Chop Shop Music Supervision founder Alexandra Patsavas will select the winners for best song, best music video, best live performance, and best creative work." The four winners will get trips to New York City for a spot on Good Morning America and some guitars from Guitar Center. (Personal note: I expect the contest to fail because the name doesn't rhyme.)

The winners get to use the Gibson Guitar tour bus, which features the Les Paul Combustion Engine. Cool! They also get a "photo shoot for a top music publication." Huh? Who knows! Anyway, that's cool that people will vote on faux musicians and the media will create a faux buzz. Cool! If only they'd take a look at my suggestions, YouTube might be a success.

  

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