The Apples in Stereo Travel the Galaxy on New Album and Plan North American Orbit; Hire “Space” Ace Frehley as Band Manager

The Apples in Stereo Travel the Galaxy on New Album and Plan North American Orbit; Hire “Space” Ace Frehley as Band Manager

My, how they grow! Denver pop nuggets The Apples in Stereo will release their seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time, April 20 through a holy trinity of record imprints: Yep Rock, Elephant 6. Seventh album! It seems like yesterday when I came across bright lil’ singles/EPs and witnessed a barnstorming basement set by Robbert Bobbert Schneider and his touring company at the time. At this present time, Schneider is joined primarily by longtime band members John Hill and Eric Allen, as well as old friends Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control, Sunshine Fix), John Ferguson (Big Fresh), and John Dufilho (The Deathray Davies). Time marches on, but the irresistible songs remain the same.

Travellers in Space and Time:

01. The Code
02. Dream About the Future
03. Hey Elevator
04. Strange Solar System
05. Dance Floor
06. C.P.U.
07. No One in the World
08. Dignified Dignitary
09. No Vacation
10. Told You Once
11. It’s All Right
12. Next Year at About the Same Time
13. Floating in Space
14. Nobody But You
15. Wings Away
16. Time Pilot

Given that the show I saw moons ago was an exuberant display of joy, you can imagine what kind of spectacle The Apples will put on in April and May with an expanded back catalogue and can’t-miss new album tracks at their disposal. All shows below will have support sets courtesy of
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Dead Meadow Releasing new LP on Xemu with Accompanying Film

On March 23, West Coast feedback-laden rockers Dead Meadow will have something extra special for their fans with The Three Kings. Not only does the LP feature five brand-spanking new tracks — which will likely with that ever-present 70s stoner vibe they tend to dish out — but it’ll also include a handful of live tracks recorded on the 89th and final date of their last major tour. And if you haven’t had the honor of catching Dead Meadow live, trust me, it’s something to be psyched about.

But hold up, that’s only half of it. This, my friends, is the zinger: Along with the album, the band is including a conceptual film that incorporates footage from the previously-mentioned live tracks, along with a feature film that the band has created in collaboration with the freaked minds of Artificial Army. If this alone hasn’t gotten you all tingled and aroused, here’s a quote from bass player Steven Kille concerning The Three Kings:

A stunning mix of fantasy film and multi-camera live concert footage, *The Three Kings* overlays the transcendental experience of the band’s music with film vignettes of *The Three Kings* at work. They are sort of a play on characters we allude to a bit in our last record (*Old Growth*), but elaborated on with the biblical Bedouins concept of wandering holy mystics and function as a vehicle to bring all these ideas we have had for years into your living room. The Kings look into our mortal world where each of the three human characters we play are tempted by the dark side of things and each react differently. Not sure if it is a moral tale, but I suppose a viewer can look at it like that.

On top of all that buzz, scenes from the film were shot at locations like the California sand dunes, which played as the backdrop for Tatooine in Star Wars, and a house in Palm Springs that was used for the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. I honestly don’t see how this could be bad. Enough of my drooling. Here’s the tracklist:

01. The Kingdom Come
02. Between Me and The Ground
03. Good Moanin’
04. At Her Open Door
05. The Whirlings
06. To The One
07. That Old Temple
08. The Narrows
09. Push Em To The Crux
10. Seven Seers
11. Greensky Greenlake
12. Beyond The Fields We know
13. Everything’s Going On
14. Lady
15. Darlin’
16. Queen of All Returns

Oh yeah. Here’s a teaser trailer, and you can watch the video for “That Old Temple” at the Chocolate Grinder.

And, of course, they have a smattering of tourdates:

03.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.31.10 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
04.01.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.02.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

• Dead Meadow:
• Artificial Army:
• Xemu:

ATP New York 2010 Announces Guest Curator Jim Jarmusch

The All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals have always had an impressive record of guest curators. We reported earlier that the two UK events this year are being put together by Matt Groening (May 7-9) and Pavement (May 14-16). And in the past, events were curated by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, and Thurston Moore.

The third ATP New York is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 3 to 5, and will be held at Kutsher’s Country Club, Monticello.

Those few days were already looking worth the money (even if you’ll be missing an arm), but a new announcement just upped the ante. On Friday, September 3, such legendary bands as Iggy and the Stooges, Mudhoney, and Sleep are performing some of their most iconic albums as part of ATP Don’t Look Back. Saturday, the lineup thus far includes Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, The Breeders, Fuck Buttons, and The Books. But hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because it only gets better.

ATP has just announced that filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is the guest curator for Sunday, September 5, and he’s already come out with his first picks:

• The Brian Jonestown Massacre
• Raekwon
• Girls
• Fucked Up
• Wooden Shjips
• The Black Angels
• Vivian Girls

There’s no need here to enumerate Jarmusch’s connections with music and musicians, which are many and known to probably just about every music geek in the 16-to-49 age bracket. A few examples for the hell of it: the RZA did the entire soundtrack for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Tom Waits starred in Down By Law and joined Iggy Pop in Coffee with Cigarettes. Jarmusch introduced countless numbers of disaffected youth to Ethio-jazz with Broken Flowers. sunn 0))) and Boris were included in the soundtrack to The Limits of Control (TMT Review). And those are just the obvious associations.

Unlike most of Jarmusch’s work, however, the day will most likely not be slow, quiet, or contain Roberto Benigni.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:

RIP: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack

From the BBC:

The lead singer of The Knack, Doug Fieger, who co-wrote the hit “My Sharona,” has died at the age of 57.

Fieger, who died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, had been battling cancer, and had undergone surgery to remove brain tumours in 2006.

“Our hearts are broken, we will miss you Doug,” his band members posted on The Knack’s official website.

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• Doug Fieger:

MTV Drops “Music Television” From Logo

This has been coming for years. By all accounts, MTV has sucked for a real long time now. Lately, it seems to only care about reality shows, silent libraries, lame dance crews, and Snooki’s tits, all of which are aimed at 14 year olds who or may not become pregnant soon. So, it comes as no surprise that MTV has dropped the words “Music Television” from its logo. It has officially realized that it can no longer keep using the word “music” so prominently in its logo without looking even more idiotic. But what is the “M” gonna stand for now? Monotonous? Mind-numbing? Mandy? Moore?

• MTV:

The Fiery Furnaces Promote I’m Going Away By…Well, Going Away; Tourdates Announced

Sometimes an artist’s songs are a window into his or her personal life. It’s almost a cliché now to talk about how Rated R was therapy for Rihanna after Chris Brown. In 2009, The Fiery Furnaces released a 12-inch single called “The End Is Near,” but this is one instance in which you shouldn’t read into the lyrics. Before the close of last year, the brother-sister team also released a full-length album, I’m Going Away (TMT Review), and a curious collection of covers off the former, entitled Take Me Round Again. The end is not near, and the Friedbergers are definitely not going away anytime soon — except on tour.

If you didn’t make it to any Fiery Furnaces shows last year, hopefully you saw them on one of their tour dates in the US this January. Otherwise, you can always fly out for these upcoming dates, ending with the Pavement ATP festival.

02.17.10 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
02.18.10 - Paris, France - Trabendo
02.19.10 - St. Malo, France - L’Omnibus (La Route du Rock)
02.20.10 - Bordeaux, France - L’Espace Satrie
02.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razz 3
02.23.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
02.24.10 - Valencia, Spain - El Loco
02.26.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Santiago Alquimista
02.28.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Indigo
03.02.10 - Athens, Greece - AN Club
03.11.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Pasaguero
03.12.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Garage
03.13.10 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Larva
05.15-17.10 - Minehead, UK - Pavement ATP Festival

Also check out The Fiery Furnaces’ new video for “Even in the Rain” (from I’m Going Away), directed by Scott Jacobson and starring John Oliver (The Daily Show), Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Scharpling and Wurster), Ted Travelstead, and Jason Loewenstein (The Fiery Furnaces’ bassist, Sebadoh) — plus Matt and Eleanor Friedberger. It even features Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda… sort of.

• The Fiery Furnaces:
• Thrill Jockey: