Ben Gibbard finally covers GG Allin for WFMU benefit compilation, alongside Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and other nice depraved guys

Ben Gibbard finally covers GG Allin for WFMU benefit compilation, alongside Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and other nice depraved guys

If you’re anything like the average TMT reader, you have a tendency to hate life and consider everyone around you a scumfuck, and yet you also can’t help but swoon over the gentle, tender-hearted melodies of dapper fellows like The Mountain Goats and Death Cab for Cutie. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of slitting your forehead with a razor, just to confront the fear, you hear a highlight from Transatlanticism come on KISS FM, and suddenly you’re alive again, floating in the aether, suffocating with love. Well, for the hundreds upon hundreds of people like you, New Jersey’s (really, the Universe’s) premier radio station WFMU is offering a very special 7-inch compilation that marries your two tendencies in a big way.

Rated GG features squeaky-clean renditions of Allin classics by Ben Gibbard, Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and Fucked Up, and since only so many swears can be censored on one 7-inch single, the party spills over into the digital world, with a bonus download of more covers by people like Home Blitz and, well… TBA. Rated GG will only be available to those that give generously to WFMU’s pledge drive, which started yesterday and runs for two more weeks. The single is being offered as part of a prize pack for those pledging $75 or more during TONIGHT’S broadcast of “The Best Show on WFMU,” hosted by comedy legend (and GG enthusiast) Tom Scharpling. The show broadcasts from 9 PM-12 AM EST, and will even have some live performances by Ted Leo and A.C. Newman. If you need some time to sort out your finances, there will be a second opportunity next Tuesday — same time, same show.

$75 might seem a tad steep for one 7-inch, but you’re also getting a “Best Show” poster, t-shirt, and button, a WFMU shirt and sticker (or soap!), and the satisfaction of helping out an amazing radio station that relies entirely on listener donations. There are plenty of other incentives for pledges of any amount (including fantastic handcrafted mix CDs by the station’s on-air DJs), which you can see in a nice list right here. If you got anything out of freeform radio during 2010, now is the time to give back. After all, it’s exactly the kind of altruism that GG Allin embodied every night on stage.


Jesu releases new album Ascension in May… assuming people are still interested

There comes a point in every music writer’s life when they are faced with a solitary daunting task that challenges their very core. For some, it’s coming up with that one descriptor that’s going to perfectly capture an album’s essence. For others, it’s letting go of some long-held musical pretense that will enable their taste and writing to evolve naturally to its next phase. For many, it’s writing about Radiohead. For this guy, it’s writing about Jesu. I mean is there really something that can be said to make J. Broadrick’s newest incarnation sound interesting? No offense to you fans out there, and honestly I don’t think the music is half bad (honestly), but come on, you gotta admit it’s as boring as this year’s Oscars. Trust me, the press release on this provided little help in the “intensity” department.

In any case, on May 10, Jesu will be releasing a full-length titled Ascension on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde record label. The aforementioned press release states that this will be “the first traditional release since 2007,” whatever that means. It then goes on to describe the album as being “more like a weather pattern than a piece of music.” Seriously, people are getting paid to do this?

• Jesu:
• Caldo Verde:

The Control Group signs The Deer Tracks, hopelessly confusing fans of Deerhoof, Deerhunter, and Deer Tick

The Deer Tracks recently announced that they have signed with The Control Group for their new EP, The Archer Trilogy pt. 1 — a pretty big deal, if you’re into a label that offers ringtones for its bands alongside tour information (seriously — check out the website; who doesn’t want Kings of Leon to play every time your mother calls?).

While The Deer Tracks may also seem to slip into a long roster of forest/fauna-named bands from the US, once you hear their bittersweet brand of electronic pop with tinkling piano notes and airy vocals, it makes perfect sense that a) they’re from Sweden, and b) they should join the same label that brings us El Perro Del Mar.

Out on March 15, the new album is, as its name indicates, the first in an anticipated trilogy from the duo, with pt. 2 to follow in the summer.

The Archer Trilogy pt. 1 tracklist:

01. The Smallest Cube
02. Ram Ram
03. Karlavagn
04. Mio
05. Books of Blood

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• The Control Group:

Here it comes, the Death Vessel tour! My oh my, the Death Vessel tour starts todaaaaaay!

Forget this internet business, it’s old hat! The new wave of the future, why that’s musical theater. Mark my words, everybody’s going to be trading in their iPhones for Broadway season tickets in five years. (People buy season tickets to Broadway plays, right? I don’t know, I live in Texas.) To stay ahead of the curve, here’s the first-ever Tiny Mix Tapes musical, a work I have titled “Death Vessel Are Going on Tour.” Come, friends, lend an ear:

[Man enters stage right.]

Man: Death Vessel, they’re going on tour! They’re going on tour in the month of March, the month of March, oh yeah!

[Woman enters stage left, coquettishly.]

Woman [softly]: Ohhhhh, Death Vessselllll, they are going on tour! The tour is in Europe, Europe, Europe! If you live in Europe, you are the kind of person that can go! and! see! them!


03.01.11 - London, UK - Old Blue Last
03.02.11 - Hull, UK - The New Adelphi
03.03.11 - Coventry, UK - Taylor Johns
03.04.11 - Bristol, UK - Cube Cinema
03.06.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
03.07.11 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
03.08.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Cabaret Voltaire
03.09.11 - Liverpool, UK - Stanley Theatre
03.10.11 - Sowerby Bridge, UK - Puzzle Hall
03.13.11 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
03.14.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
03.15.11 - Clonakilty, Ireland - De Barras Folk Club
03.16.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
03.18.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruner Jager
03.19.11 - Munster, Germany - Amp Club
03.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
03.21.11 - Dresden, Germany - GrooveStation
03.22.11 - Munchen, Germany - Kranhalle
03.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena

• Death Vessel:
• Sub Pop:

David Pajo leaves Interpol, makes the very un-rock ‘n’ roll decision to spend more time with his family. Boring.

After only about a year of service, David Pajo (who made his name as a member of Slint, Tortoise, and Zwan) has announced that he will be leaving Interpol immediately. Pajo, who decided that time with his family was more important than life on the road, joined Interpol last year after original bassist Carlos Dengler left the band and decided to spend more time doing nothing important.

The remaining members of the band and Pajo both composed and published public statements, which can be read on Interpol’s website, explaining the departure. Interpol assured fans that “We’re all friends. It’s just an Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing. He’s going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.”

After Pajo broke the news, he explained the separation: “I’ll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons — it’s really as simple as that!” Fans who might be afraid of a future without Pajo-music had their fears washed away like rain, as Pajo made sure to mention that he “will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won’t be touring as much.”

Interpol have already tapped Brad Truax (who’s played with a whole bunch of bands ranging from Cass McCombs and Animal Collective to Soldiers of Fortune and Home) to be Pajo’s replacement. Truax’s first gig with the band will be the March 3 tour kick-off show in Hamburg, Germany; dates for that tour are below.

Interpol dates:

03.03.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks +
03.04.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Dock +
03.06.11 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene =
03.07.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus +
03.08.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall +
03.10.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee +
03.11.11 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rokhall +
03.12.11 - Munich, Germany - Kesselhaus +
03.14.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex +
03.15.11 - Paris, France - Zenith +
03.16.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena +
03.18.11 - Bournemouth, UK - O2 Academy +
03.19.11 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall +
03.20.11 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange +
03.22.11 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy +
03.26.11 - Moscow, Russia - A2
03.27.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
04.13.11 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
04.14.11 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
04.17.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04.18.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.20.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
04.21.11 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
04.22.11 - Helotes, TX - Josabis Amphitheatre
04.24.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
04.25.11 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.26.11 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
04.28.11 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
04.29.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
04.30.11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
05.02.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.03.11 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
05.04.11 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
06.03.11 - Nurburgring, Germany - Nurburgring
07.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field *
07.08.11 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre *
07.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field *
07.17.11 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium *
07.20.11 - East Rutherford, NJ - New Meadowlands Stadium *
07.23.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium *
07.26.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field *

+ Matthew Dear
* U2

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• David Pajo:

Foot Village announce epic return to New Jersey for ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror event

The first — and only — time that Foot Village ever played in New Jersey, it was for an astounding crowd of six. Not content with their first try, the band has announced that they will be playing at the All Tomorrow’s Parties event I’ll Be Your Mirror (which is curated by Portishead and features The Ultramagnetic MCs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and JEFF MANGUM)! To celebrate the occasion, the band has written a new song, “New Jersey,” which the band describes as a love song dedicated to the six people at their fateful first NJ gig.

Foot Village will also be heading out on a tour of the Western (and cooler) states of the continental US. The tour, while serving as a build-up to the ATP show, is primarily in support of the band’s new 7-inch single featuring the song “Totally Tween,” and will see release through How To Fight Records. The tour is called the Totally Tour Tour, which is being promoted with some bitchin’ artwork, and dates for the Eastern states WILL be added later.


03.15.11 - Tempe, AZ - Yobs
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - The Smell/KXLU SXSW Showcase
03.19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.11 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
03.22.11 - Grand Junction, CO - House Party
03.23.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loft
03.24.11 - Boise, ID - Colorcube
03.25.11 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
03.26.11 - Portland, OR - House Party
03.27.11 - Oakland, CA - Sugar Mountain
03.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP (I’ll Be Your Mirror)

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• How To Fight: