Artist-friendly Myspace II coming soon to make you re-think the way Google Plus made you re-imagine Facebook as a Myspace reboot!

Artist-friendly Myspace II coming soon to make you re-think the way Google Plus made you re-imagine Facebook as a Myspace reboot!

Man, I was just thinking about how there’s not really enough social media sharing buttons at the bottom of every stupid piece-of-shit thing I read or listen to on the internet! Thank you, Myspace! How did you know that exactly what the world needs right now is a slightly-different-here-and-there-but-mostly-similar-so-as-to-remain-familiar-enough-to-not-seem-intimidating social media platform? Oh, what’s that? Because Justin Timberlake told you?? Oh, duh. Now it all makes sense. End of news story! See you tomorrow, readers!

Aaaaactually, what the heck: as long as we’re all here, let’s trudge through the nuts and bolts of this, shall we? Like, how “new” is this design? Did Justin Timberlake make it himself in his college dorm room? Did Steve Wozniak help? What sorts of cutting edge arts and entertainment technologies will be implemented to lure bands and fans away from Facebooks, Soundclouds, Bandcamps, and Lemonpartys? Is everything 3D? 4G? 5x? (Oh, you probably don’t know what that one is yet…) Well, according to Fact, the new Myspace was built “entirely from scratch.” So I guess I’ll just assume that to mean that new co-owners (Specific Media and Timberlake) must have built their own hardware, created some sort of radical new graphical user interface, wrote software to run on that interface and hardware, and then used all that to make another Myspace? Wow, sounds ambitious. And plausible! What else? Oh yeah, a new message posted on their website goes like this:

We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community.

Dude, I’m totally allthose things! I gotta sign up for it before all the poseurs do! Out of my way!

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Mouse on Mars seek intern for transferring audio/visual archive to HD for upcoming box set, plus donut runs and back rubs

Ahh the romance and glamour of the life of the intern. Fetching donuts! Pretending to laugh at your uncle’s outdated Monica Lewinsky jokes! Collating! It’s enough to make any promising young college coed rush right out the hallowed halls of Financial Burden U and throw themselves at the feet of Finkelstein & Harmon Paper Products Inc. or Rod’s Long Haul Trucking and beg for the opportunity to order more coffee filters. So, imagine the unicorn-laden, comet-spangled holy grail of internships that working for Mouse on Mars must be!

“What?” You scoff. “That’s just a dream,” you say. “Mouse on Mars? Need an intern? Why before that happens Ann Romney’s dressage horse will lie down with a mere mule!” But you’re wrong, oh wrong indeed, boy-o. Because Mouse on Mars are, in fact, looking for Berlin-based interns to transfer the band’s extensive sound and video archives to HD. But before you book your ticket to Berlin, what do these two guys want you to do? (And, if you already live in Berlin, let’s just say, um… before you send Jan and Andi the most expensive cookie bouquet in the cookie bouquet catalog, what do these two guys want you to do?) Well, they’re preparing to release two decades-worth of Mouse on Mars jams in a fancy anniversary box set, and they need help finding stuff on all kinds of pre-MP3 formats like TAPES! And then they want you to help them transfer this stuff onto HD, modern technology! And they’ll pay you by the hour, in money and back rubs! (Just kidding about the back rubs, don’t sue me.) The lucky intern(s) will also get a shout-out on said box set. Imagine, your name enshrined in box set fame forever, like one of those sad little ants encased in amber. But in a happy, awesome way.

“How do I sign up?” You’re saying. Well, it’s simple. All you gotta do is shoot the guys a friendly, non-psychotic application via the Mouse on Mars Facebook page.

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Mind Over Mirrors releases new album via French label Hands in the Dark

Like a lonely wizard in a decaying tower spinning a requiem for a forgotten world, Mind Over Mirrors’ music casts a spell. New York-based dream-spinner Jaime Fennelly creates pulsating, distorted melodies on that churchiest of instruments, the harmonium (basically a keyboard-lookin’ contraption that sounds like an accordion), and then bends and messes around with the tones it emits. The result is something akin to a Target Lifescapes CD scored by a consumptive 19th century Parisian invalid who has just gotten really, really into Game of Thrones. Or that aforementioned wizard. See? This isn’t lazy journalism. Mind Over Mirrors just brings soOoOoOooo many evocative images to life.

And now French label Hands in the Dark Records is releasing Mind Over Mirrors’ new one, Check Your Swing. Limited to 300 copies on classic black vinyl, the album drops November 13, with preorders available October 16 via the label’s website, where you can also get an earful of the track “Breaking a Jam.” Check Your Swing is Fennelly’s third full-length under the Mind Over Mirrors moniker. He has previously been involved with Peeesseye and Acid Birds. Track info for Catch Your Swing is not yet available, but hey — a good wizard never reveals the ingredients in his magic potions.

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Amon Tobin explores life outside the cube, preps new Two Fingers album Stunt Rhythms

If you’ve been keeping up with Amon Tobin’s activities over the past year-and-a-half or so, you’d know that he’s essentially taken up residence inside a mammoth cube structure, otherwise known as the centerpiece of his spectacular and groundbreaking ISAM Live performance. It takes a keen eye to notice it, but if you look closely, either during the performance itself, or at images online, you’ll see not only a toilet, but also a bed covered with, apparently, Spiderman bedsheets, in one of the cubes towards the back. I’ve always known that Mr. Tobin was dedicated to his work, but I think he might be taking things a bit far here…

I’m only kidding, of course. Amon Tobin is indeed dedicated to his work, but fortunately for his psychological well-being, he continues to embrace activities in the non-cube world. His hip-hop-tinged Two Fingers project began in 2009, and on October 8, the release of Stunt Rhythms via the Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada, will mark the project’s revival — well, mostly.

Whereas Two Fingers began as a collaboration between Tobin and British producer Joe “Doubleclick” Chapman, Stunt Rhythms is wholly the result of the former’s work. A press release describes the album as Amon Tobin’s “love letter to hip-hop,” with (as you might expect) powerful beats and heavy bass.

Also keeping with expectations, the release comes with some truly exceptional packaging options — first, there’s a limited edition “heavyweight, triple yellow vinyl” available only on the ISAM Live 2.0 tour, currently underway. Then there’s the “main run” of the 3LP release, available now, which comes in a beautiful baby blue. Both vinyl editions are held in a “triptych dye cut sleeve,” which doesn’t really mean anything to me, but it sounds fancy. October 8 marks the date of the 2CD release, which you can pre-order here.

Finally, the track “Fools Rhythm” is cited as the “model” for the album. Go here to listen to it. No bling required.

Stunt Rhythms tracklisting:

1.1. Stripe Rhythm
1.2. Snap
1.3. Defender Rhythm
1.4. Fools Rhythm
1.5. Magoo
1.6. Sweden
1.7. Lock86
1.8. 101 South
1.9. Razorback
1.10. Elmer Rhythm
1.11. Little Brat
1.12. Crunch Rhythm
1.13. Deep Jinx
2.1. Stude (feat. Peedi Crack and Chinko da Great)
2.2. Smurf (Instrumental)
2.3. Problem (feat. Lady Pharroh)
2.4. Crunch (feat. Peedi Crack and Chinko Da Great)
2.5. Form One
2.6. Rock Scissors
2.7. Smurf (feat. Brefontaine)
2.8. Stude (Instrumental)

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Mike Love gets one step closer to being the only Beach Boy

After reading that headline, how many of you thought that a couple more Beach Boys had died? Well, you can be relieved because it’s nothing that grim. Unless you consider a Beach Boys line-up that consists of Mike Love and no other founding members grim. Which I do, and you should, because Mike Love has taken The Beach Boys back to “Kokomo” style, boring, state-fair playing, Oldies-playing, money-grubbin’, bullshit Beach Boys, and has kicked out the coolest, most talented, founding member.

According to a public statement released by Mr. Love (via The Huffington Post): “As we (The Beach Boys) move on, Bruce (Johnston) and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band.”

And apparently that “end” is halfway through the anniversary tour. In a nutshell, Mike Love has kicked Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, as well as long-time member David Marks, OUT of The Beach Boys. And I repeat, in the middle of their tour. Mikey thinks that The Beach Boys with only one founding member makes better fiscal sense, in the same way that idiots think that a car with only one tire is better in the long run.

Let him explain: “You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited line-up], but they’ve said, ‘Give it a rest for a year’. The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5.” Mike Love must be unaware, however, that The Eagles are the worst.

Brian Wilson let loose his grief on CNN: “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

You see that Mike? WE. Not MIKE LOVE and other people.

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The Replacements documentary gets a DVD release date; break out the whiskey and crushed dreams!

Transplanted Minnesotans weeping into a pile of flannel, Paul Wellstone bumper stickers, and whiskey, take note! (And any other fans of straight-up-good-old-fashioned punk rock music.) You know that Replacements documentary your mom kept sending you newspaper clippings about? That documentary that was blowing up the festival circuit? Well, now that very documentary, Color Me Obsessed, is now being released on DVD, thanks to MVD Entertainment Group. So pick up one of the 35 plaid shirts balled up on your floor, tear the Wellstone bumper sticker off your sobbing mouth, and dry your booze-streaked eyes, because you’re gonna need those peepers to shove Color Me Obsessed into your DVD player and you’re gonna need that mouth to sing along.

Color Me Obsessed includes interviews with Replacements-lovin’ musicians like Colin Meloy, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart, Patrick Stickles, and (HOLD THE PHONE!) Craig Finn, plus noted music critic types Robert Christgau and Greg Kot. The doc also features interviews with Hollywood fans Dave Foley, Tom Arnold, and George Wendt. Plus interviews with just straight-up normal fans, whether they’ve seen the band three times or 300. The DVD includes 19 deleted scenes, complete interviews, and various behind-the-scenes moments. You can check out the trailer at Prefix. Color Me Obsessed drops November 20.

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