The Black Keys to release a black box set on Black Friday

The Black Keys to release a black box set on Black Friday

The Black Keys are so proud of their latest album, Brothers (TMT Review), that they’ve decided to reissue it as a special, limited-edition, numbered box set that will be available on the retail-dreaded shopping day of Black Friday, November 26.

The Keys were so excited about the rave reviews they received for their new Long Player that they knew there were fans out there who would love to buy the album twice; accordingly, they created a brand spankin’ new version that will include two fabulous formats — an outdated CD version and the hip-to-be-square double 45-rpm vinyl format, a bonus 10-inch record with six previously unreleased live songs, and a limited-edition poster that, hopefully, shows guitarist/songwriter Dan Auerbach in some sort of a sexy pose.

The new box set is, in actuality, not a product of The Black Keys’ secret desire to make their fans buy their albums twice, but is merely a means to support Record Store Day, that glorious holiday when we look back on yesteryear, when vinyl was king and kids didn’t keep their music as binary-coded machine language reproduced as digital tones and listened to through miniature headphones that drill “music” (a.k.a. equalized and processed data) straight to your brain so that you know what to buy with total convenience and isolation.

Bonus 10-inch tracklist:

01. Everlasting Light
02. Next Girl
03. Tighten Up
04. Howlin’ for You
05. She’s Long Gone
06. Too Afraid to Love You

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[Photo: John Brassil]

Throbbing Gristle is dead, long live X-TG: Genesis P-Orridge quits the band

A few days ago, Genesis P-Orridge bid his adieus to Throbbing Gristle. In two emails received by TG members and their management, P-Orridge said he was no longer interested in performing with Throbbing Gristle, and was planning to return to his home in New York. As a result, TG were forced to cancel their show tonight in Prague, but will put together an alternative set under the name X-TG for their November 2 show in Bologna, Italy and their November 5 date in Porto, Portugal. The remaining members of Throbbing Gristle — Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Chris Carter — plan to continue freaking people out and being awesome as X-TG.

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The Flaming Lips may introduce children to acid on Yo Gabba Gabba! in November

Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! has had its fair share of legit musical acts unafraid to represent for younger folks in the past. Artists like Mark Mothersbaugh, Biz Markie, Cornelius, of Montreal, and MGMT have all made their distinctively freakish imprint on the show at some point during its brief but highly prestigious history. And yet, none of these past guests are nearly as notoriously freakish as The Flaming Lips, who will be the featured musical act on the show come Friday, November 5, performing the Embryonic (TMT Review) favorite “I Can Be a Frog,” which was apparently penned by the Yo Gabba Gabba! writing team(!). Word has it that live performances of the jam involve the usual animal costumes, smoke machines, and full-on acid freak-out, so expect something along those lines. Or it could be like this.

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Small Sins announce tour of the very sinful country of Canada

Small Sins, the Toronto-based indie rock band, have made a list of “23 Sins They Must Commit Before Death,” and they plan to use their recently announced tour of Canada — a modern day Sodom — to check at least 15 of the sins off the list. Coincidentally, the band will also be promoting their new album, Pot Calls Kettle Black, which became available in stores on October 12 via Small Sins Music and Arts&Crafts Distribution.

I called up Thomas d’Arcy, frontman for Small Sins, and asked if he could tell me what any of the 23 sins were, and this is exactly what he said: “Well, I don’t… It’d be tough to… It’s. I’m not sure if… I’ll give you four clues: Buffalo, Heroin, Hockey, Rubber Gloves.” Just promise you’ll be careful.

Small Sins Canadian tour:

11.11.10 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod’s
11.12.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
11.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
11.15.10 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
11.18.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms Hotel
11.19.10 - Regina, SK Cultural Exchange
11.20.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s
11.21.10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
11.22.10 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
11.25.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club

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[Photo: Bree Kristel Clarke]

The swamp is closed: Crocodiles cancel remaining tourdates

Bad times have struck fuzz-rockers Crocodiles. The Brooklyn-based band has been forced to cancel the remainder of their lengthy US tour, citing a serious family emergency as the reason. The group states that refunds will be available for each show. Guess you’ll have to get your crocodile fix elsewhere.

Crocodiles canceled dates:

10.28.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
10.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.31.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree Cafe
11.02.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.03.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
11.04.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
11.05.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.06.10 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
11.07.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival

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Something old, something new: The Mountain Goats compose score for screening of silent film Sir Arne’s Treasure

Little known fact about John Darnielle: in addition to having a prodigious repertoire under the guise of The Mountain Goats and, most recently, Extra Lens, he is a patron of the fine arts. We’ve all heard of those silent film screenings with live musical accompaniment: a string quartet tucked in a corner, a sole pianist tinkering along with City Lights. This year, the San Francisco Film Society has announced that on December 14, a screening of the 1919 silent film Sir Arne’s Treasure will be accompanied by an original score from The Mountain Goats, performed live at the Castro Theater.

This injection of pop into the classic Swedish film about Scots is hardly an aberration for the Film Society. In recent years, the society has commissioned such legends as Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Black Francis, Jonathan Richman, Superchunk, and Lampchop to provide music to screenings of silent cinema. (All of which makes me wonder if the SF Film Society has an arrangement with Merge.) For more information about tickets and previous screenings, check out their website here.

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