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.


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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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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Light at the end: Mazes announce release date for debut album A Thousand Heys

Time heals all wounds. And, in our case, delivers all records. Last fall, the British group Mazes (as opposed to their American counterparts in Chicago) signed to FatCat Records (another nationality hint) and made the obligatory announcement of a debut sometime in the “2011” future. People have been saying it for years now, but folks: the future is today.

As a cordial salutation, the debut full-length is entitled A Thousand Heys, and will be out on April 12. The album will consist of the singles and numerous tracks that have been circulating for the last year, plus (comparatively) new material. Listen to “Vampire Jive” here. If you’re still unsure about a band who, up until now, purport to be more comparison (Guided by Voices or Eric’s Trip, FatCat say) than anything else, then you should be happy to hear this next tidbit: Mazes are playing their first American show at SXSW (and some European dates with Dum Dum Girls), so you can decide for yourself.


03.15-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.31.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute ^
04.01.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans ^
04.02.11 - Belfast, Ireland - The Black Box ^
04.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo ^
04.04.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ^
04.05.11 - London, UK - Dingwalls ^
04.06.11 - Brighton, UK - Komedia ^

^ Dum Dum Girls

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Maserati tour the US while they can still get away with this whole 70s retro-future A.O.R. thing

Okay, Maserati, let’s huddle up. Come on, come on, bring it in here. Okay. It’s the 4th quarter, there’s two minutes left, and we’re down by a few points. I know it’s been a long, slow tour cycle for you guys, and the effort has been really great so far all around. I mean, REALLY great. But let’s just get out there one last time and make this tour of the US count. Because let’s face it: the window for proggy, guitar jams is CLOSING. At the rate things are going around here, your most recent record, Pyramid of the Sun (TMT Review) won’t be fit to sell sports cars in like three months.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys here. The hip kids of tomorrow aren’t into albums. They want singles. They want to be re-sold something fresh. Something new! Something original! Bold! Honest! They want Kurt Cobain! But are you guys gonna let the fickle tastes of the kids stand in your way??? Hell no! Who’s with me?!? So what if you’re out-numbered, out-trended, out-cooled? You’re still Maserati, dammit! So come on, before you fall behind the retro-pop times for good, why don’t you get out there and show ‘em one last time what a bunch of excessive guitar delay, bloated song-lengths, über-clean tones, and krautrock beats can do! Come on, who’s with me?! Let’s get the old band chant going, boys! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid…


04.07.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.08.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s
04.09.11 - Houston, TX - The Mink
04.10.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.12.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
04.13.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunkspace
04.14.11 - San Diego, CA- Soda Bar
04.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite
04.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
04.18.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.19.11 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.20.11 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
04.21.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.22.11 - Denver, CO - The Summit
04.23.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
04.24.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
04.25.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
04.26.11 - Champaign, IL - The High Dive
04.27.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
04.28.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
04.29.11 - Athens, GA - The 40 Watt

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Pixies tour Doolittle, still hotter than Shaq’s Icy Hot patch

Let’s stroll down memory lane, shall we? The year is 1988. Hot babies Rihanna and Sasha Grey bunned out of their mothers’ ovens, El Niño was up to his sporadic poor weather shenanigans, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman was busy marrying 18-year-old Mandy Smith, his girlfriend for five years, and a band called the Pixies released their seminal album Doolittle. Ah, another time. A simpler time….

Whoa! “Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman was busy marrying 18-year-old Mandy Smith, his girlfriend of FIVE YEARS?” I’m no mathlete but the simple equation 18 - 5 = 13 looks a tad askew. There’s nothing simple about that! On to more sophisticated matters. Much like El Niño, the Pixies had already spent a few years devastating both coastline communities and land-locked towns with their brand of bizarre, clamoring pop, but Doolittle pushed the quartet into another sphere of popularity altogether. The Pixies have fully embraced the reunion concept over the last seven years or so, and over the past two, have toured the world playing their breakthrough record live.

The continuing Doolittle tour will now take the foursome to the US, but only for three dates. No sirees and madams, this particular tour is a gift to Canada, where “center” is spelled “centre,” and “theater” is spelled “theatre.” See? Look below! Hmm, two shows in Winnipeg? I smell a blackmail scheme afoot! Noo doot aboot it!

Gigantic, in concept at least:

04.09.11 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Metro Centre
04.10.11 - Moncton, NS - Centre Casino Moncton
04.12.11 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Albert Rousseau
04.13.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
04.14.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
04.16.11 - Ottawa, ON - Civic Centre
04.17.11 - Kitchener, ON - The Centre in the Square
04.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.20.11 - Hamilton, ON - Wentworth Room at Hamilton Convention Centre
04.22.11 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
04.23.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
04.24.11 - Saint Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
04.26.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Centennial Concert Hall
04.27.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Centennial Concert Hall
04.29.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Tcu Place
04.30.11 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
05.01.11 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
05.03.11 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
05.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
05.05.11 - Victoria, BC - Save on Foods Memorial Centre

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