Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, R. Stevie Moore, and others contribute to benefit album for Japan

Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, R. Stevie Moore, and others contribute to benefit album for Japan

Despite the fact that most Western news sources have stopped coverage on the Japanese earthquake of March 11 and aftermath, the world of Western Indie Music has not forgotten and have instead banded together to form a giant robo-mech that, when fully charged, will offer both protection and humanitarian sources.

However, the Kickstarter account that was opened, “Giant Robo-Mech for Japan,” failed to raise enough money and the collective of musicians has now decided to release a benefit album instead, which is a much more feasible and beneficial decision. The album, Recorded for Japan, features songs recorded between April and June 2011 in response to the earthquake and will see release on August 4 as a digital-only album with all proceeds going “directly towards the continuing recovery and reconstruction effort, specifically the Japanese Red Cross.”

Recorded for Japan tracklist:

01. Beige, “Focus”
02. R. Stevie Moore (feat. Members of MGMT), “You Are Too Far From Me”
03. K. Heasley, “Belief Match”
04. Ice Choir, “Two Rings (Hard Mix)”
05. Chairlift, “The Chase”
06. Pablo Picasso, “Whip”
07. Kurt Vile, “Been Searchin’”
08. Kuroma, “Running People”
09. Acrylics, “Sparrow Song”
10. Violens, “When to Let Go”
11. Erika Spring, “6 More Weeks (Vacation Version)”
12. Patrick Cleandenim, “In My Baby’s Eyes (After Dark Version)”
13. Regal Degal, “Excuse Me Who Am I Talking To?”
14. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Thespian City (Live)”

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Mogwai take a break from bartending, release Earth Division EP, tour the US

So, there’s this bar on Donaustraße in the Neukölln district of Berlin called Das Gift. I was there a couple times while in the city earlier this summer. One instance, I was looking for my friends, who were apparently DJing in the back room of the place. I did not know that said room was another secret room not immediately obvious to view. So, being the American I was (despite Neukölln being this really immigrant-based neighborhood, with a lot of expats and scheiß deutsche being spoken), I looked like a confused puppy, probably to the amusement of this small throng of people near the entryway.

As I was later told, said throng turned out to be Mogwai and friends. Which makes sense, given band member Barry Burns runs the bar with with his (I’m assuming) wife and a couple others. Imagine a stunned Ze and an annoyed Mr P when this happened.

But enough about bar stories, let’s talk about Mogwai. They put out an album earlier this year with the greatest title ever, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (TMT Review), whose rating I say should be flipped with Explosions in the Sky’s latest offering (but that’s just me). And yet, they already got a new EP in the can called Earth Division, which will be up and running September 13 on Sub Pop. To show their enjoyment of bars and bar music, piano will play a larger role than in the previous LP. But, to many, it’s the same old kind of Glaswegian post-rock resonance with a nice malkie touch to it.

To support the EP (and the LP, to a lesser extent), Mogwai will take a brief East Coast bar tour in September. Perhaps they’ll share a round with the Boss (or Jeff Mangum) when they hit Asbury Park on September 30. Who knows?

Earth Division EP tracklisting:

01. Get to France
02. Hound of Winter
03. Drunk and Crazy
04. Does This Always Happen?

Will Be Back Before Last Call in Berlin, Which Doesn’t Really Exist:

09.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
09.29.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Center (ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror) *

* Portishead, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra, Earth, etc. etc. and all that cal

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Sony Corp. announces quarterly loss of enough money to buy several small private islands

It’s a sad day in Sony land. The Tokyo-based company announced a 15.5 billion yen ($199 million) quarterly loss, due largely to the recent disasters in northeastern Japan, sinking TV prices, and a huge online security breach. The beleaguered entertainment and electronics giant stated that it would be lowering its profit projections for the fiscal year (ending March 2012) from $1 billion to $769 million. But before you get out your box o’ tissues to weep for Sony, let it be known that this still signifies a profit for the company after three years of not making a profit at all. So it’s actually good news! Or is it bad news? Ambivalent news? I don’t even know anymore.

Anyway, the TOTALLY good news is that despite repairs, cleaning, and damage caused by the spring earthquake and tsunami, the company is recovering quicker than expected. (Sony is also recovering from a series of cyber attacks that impacted the online PlayStation network.) Plus there’s that whole “Sony-made TVs are selling less” thing. But hey, some things are looking up. Like sales of Adele’s 21, Beyonce’s 4, music from Glee, and flicks like The Green Hornet. So yeah, go music industry! Get well(-ish) soon.

Lykke Li is going on tour! Now you have one thing to look forward to!

I’m sure, like most people in the modern age, you feel like you and your significant other have begun to lose contact and drift apart; most of us nowadays just get so caught up in our own interests, hobbies, and other sex partners that we forget to spend quality time with our boyfriends/girlfriends. That all changes now, though, because Lykke Li has announced that she will be heading to the US on tour, finally providing something that a couple can enjoy while in each other’s company, besides sex!

The crowd-favorite performer, along with other female acts like Marnie Stern and Cass McCombs, has been paving the way for making music that boyfriends and girlfriends can listen to together rather than sitting apart from each other in separate rooms, listening to separate music, most successfully with her latest album on LL/Atlantic, Wounded Rhythms (TMT Revew). “The goal has always been to make music that couples can enjoy together,” said Li in a made-up statement. “My lover and I could never agree on music. I wanted soft and airy and complex when he wanted angry, brooding, ballsy, and with lyrics about titties and masculinity. I decided to release music that combines all of these things so couples the world over can enjoy beautiful music together without getting caught up in the endless discussion on girl-music and boy-music.”

If you need something to do to get back into contact with your spurned lover, check out Lykke Li’s tour today!

Lykke Li tourdates:

08.01.11 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage
08.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
08.05.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
08.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
11.05.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.07.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
11.09.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.11.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
11.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
11.15.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
11.17.11 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
11.19.11 - Ashville, NC - Orange Peel
11.20.11 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
11.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s

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Odd Future announce fall tour: Finally you can get kicked in the face by Tyler the Creator in your very own home town!

Apple cider. New notebooks. Rustling leaves. Although it’s hard to admit, fall is on its way. And in spite of all these well-loved symbols of the changing of the seasons, really nothing says “fall” like a controversial rap tour, now does it? So gear up for some dope beats, some fresh flow, a little bit of stagediving, and just a drop of misogyny because Tyler, The Creature and that ragtag band of lovable weirdos collectively known as Odd Future are about to take to the road!

Right now Tyler and friends are gearing up for high-profile performances in Japan and Europe, including stops at several big summer festivals like Bestival, Reading, and Leeds. Then, in late September, the group will be heading back stateside for their first-ever full US tour. Destinations include Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and not just one but TWO stops in Colorado. (People are angry there, apparently.) So ready your helmuts, Odd Future fans. This could be your only chance this year to get kicked in the face by the man who wrote Goblin.


08.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Festival
08.13.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.14.11 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.17.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Open Air Festival
08.18.11 - Bohemia, Czech Republic - Hip Hop Kemp
08.19.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Highfields
08.20.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.21.11 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.23.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
08.24.11 - Belfast, Ireland - Vital Festival
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
09.08-10.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.28.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10.02.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
10.03.11 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
10.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
10.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10.08.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
10.09.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10.11.11 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
10.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.15.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
10.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10.19.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.21.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.22.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10.27.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
10.30.11 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Experience
10.31.11 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
11.02.11 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
11.03.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre


RIP: Eugene McDaniels, influential soul musician

From OC Weekly:

​Songwriter, artist and producer Gene McDaniels passed away today, his friend Ann Ruckert announced on her blog.

McDaniels was famous for his 1961 hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay,” which reached No. 3 in the charts in 1961. He also recorded “Tower of Strength,” “Chip Chip” and “Point of No Return.”

According to Ruckert, McDaniels’ composition jazz-soul protest song “Compared to What,” made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris in 1968, has appeared in eight major films, including Ice Storm starring Sigourney Weaver, and Casino starring Robert DiNero. It was recorded last year by John Legend with The Roots. Hardcore punk band OFF! also has a stellar cover of that song.

As a music producer, McDaniels worked with A&M, MGM, BMG, CBS Sony, Capitol, Motown and many independent labels. Ruckert said that “Roberta Flack recorded more Gene McDaniels tunes than any other artist.” In 1974, Roberta Flack reached No. 1 with “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” penned by McDaniels, which won a Grammy Award.

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