BLEEP BRRRRRR KKKKKK BTBTBTBT: New Autechre LP this March

Ah, Autechre, I can always rely on you to produce an album I won’t enjoy until roughly 12 months after I hear it for the first time.

Oversteps is released March 22 on Warp.

Tracklisting:
01. r ess
02. ilanders
03. known(1)
04. pt2ph8
05. qplay
06. see on see
07. Treale
08. os veix3
09. O=0
10. d-sho qub
11. st epreo
12. redfall
13. krYlon
14. Yuop

…remind me again of why these guys bother to title their tracks?

Tourdates:

03.11.10 - Manchester, UK - Pure
03.12.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Rainbow
03.13.10 - Minehead, UK - Bloc Weekender
03.15.10 - Nottingham, UK - Stealth
03.16.10 - Numbers, Glasgow - Sub Club
03.17.10 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
03.18.10 - Brighton, UK - Pavillion Theatre
03.19.10 - Lille, France - Tri Postal
03.20.10 - Paris, France - Locomotive
03.21.10 - Nantes, France - Olympic
03.28.10 - Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska
03.29.10 - Budapest, HU - A38
03.30.10 - Vienna, AU - Flex
03.31.10 - Brno, CZ - Fleda
04.01.10 - Berlin, DE - Berghain
04.02.10 - Copenhagen, DK - Concerthall
04.03.10 - Oslo, NO - Park Teatre
04.04.10 - Gothberg, SE - Nefertiti
04.05.10 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
04.06.10 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefährlich
04.07.10 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
04.09.10 - Brussels, BE - AB (Domino Fest)
04.10.10 - London, UK - TBA

• Autechre: http://autechre.ws
• Warp: http://warp.net

Jack Rose’s Final LP, Luck In The Valley Finds Release With Memorial/Record Release Party Featuring Thurston Moore, D. Charles Speer, and More

On December 5, Jack Rose, the highly regarded acoustic guitar slinger and former Pelt member, passed away in his Philadelphia home. His legacy, however, will continue, as many musicians in the scene that Rose influenced will come together February 13 at the Latvian Society of Philadelphia (in Philadelphia) to pay tribute to and remember Rose. Performers for the night include D. Charles Speer & The Helix, Thurston Moore/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano, Michael Chapman, Pelt, The Black Twig Pickers, Glenn Jones, Byron Coley, Meg Baird/Chris Forsyth, Megajam Booze Band, DJ Ian Nagoski, and video clips curated by Tara Young.

The night will also double as a release party for Rose’s final full-length album, Luck In the Valley, which will find its official release February 23 on Thrill Jockey. Get your tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/4067

Luck In the Valley tracklisting:

01. Blues For Percy Danforth
02. Lick Mountain Ramble
03. Woodpiles On The Side Of The Road
04. When Tailgate Drops, The Bullshit Stops
05. Moon In The Gutter
06. Luck In The Valley
07. Saint Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)
08. Tree In The Valley
09. Everybody Ought To Pray Sometime (Crumpton, Summers)
10. West Coast Blues (Blind Blake)

• Jack Rose: http://www.myspace.com/jackrosekensington
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Wilco is an Awesome Live band + Wilco Offer Concert Downloads for Haiti Relief = Get Out Your Headphones and Wallets

Paying for music content in 2010?? Alas, that kind of logic seems questionable at best these days. I’ll pass, man. DONATING for music in 2010??? Now that’s a horse of a different color!

To help raise a bit more dough for ongoing Haiti relief efforts, Jeff Tweedy and his compatriots in Wilco have posted two complete live concert downloads on their official site in exchange for a requested donation to either Oxfam or Doctors Without Borders. The live sets include a stint from Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park last summer in which Feist and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste joined the band for a number of songs, as well as their gig last fall at London’s HMV Forum. “In exchange for the free music,” the band writes, “we ask that you make a minimum donation of $15 to the [Emergency Relief Funds of] one of the organizations listed above if you are able.”

These are some awesome Wilco shows, ladies and gents. But then again, any show that features these two monster shredders is bound to rule.

“Radiohead of the Midwest,” you’ve done it again! Here are those donation locations one more time:

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net
• Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org/en/haitidonate
• Doctors Without Borders: http://doctorswithoutborders.org

New Irish Pub Fenn O’Berg Opens in East Village… Wait a Second, That’s Not a Pub…That’s a Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, and Peter Rehberg Collaboration!

The other day in the East Village, Christian Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, and Peter Rehberg were sitting in a new Irish pub when they realized that it had been eight whole years since their last collaboration (using the moniker Fenn O’Berg) had been released. They also realized that their previous two albums were just live edits and that they’ve never released a proper studio album together.

The guys were practically speechless and decided that this was a major deficit for the musical world-at-large and, after finishing their corned-beef sandwiches, agreed that they would remedy the situation and record a new album together that they would release on vinyl and CD through Editions Mego on March 2. They also decided that the new record would be called In Stereo, and that they would add to the “expected digital madness and sampling” by including guitar, piano, bass, and percussion.

Here is the tracklist that the boys decided on and, yes, the “parts” are purposely jumbled around:

In Stereo:

01. Part III
02. Part IV
03. Part V
04. Part I
05. Part VII
06. Part VI
07. Part II *

* vinyl only

Franz Ferdinand Angry At Label for McDonald’s Ad: “I’d rather eat a cow-pat on a bun than a bloody McDonalds.”

Because of unapproved usage of a Franz Ferdinand song for the website latenitemcdonalds.com, a ‘twat’ at Sony gets reemed out by Franz Ferdinand singer and author of Sound Bites (a popular food and travel book), Alex Kapranos. His twitter account reads:

Dirty bastards. Stupid arrogant motherfucking pig-brained arseholes. I’d rather eat a cow-pat on a bun than a bloody McDonalds.

Later, Kapranos said that he doesnt hate MickeyDeez, but he does consider them a “psychopathic corporation” and has similar feelings towards Sony because of their flavorless usage of the Franz Ferdinand song.

Another tweet mentions that he does have a soft-spot for fast food:

I’m just pissed off because I had a sponsorship deal with White Castle on the cards which is now totally scuppered…I was going to get a lifetime supply of those cute (much tastier than McD) burgers and they were going to open a Dennistoun franchise.

Epic is Franz Ferdinand’s American label, and it is under the greater umbrella of Sony (as are Columbia, Arista, J Records, Jive, and many others). Domino, the band’s UK label, knew nothing of the usage and are equally pissed off.

RIAA Victim’s $1.92 Million Fine Reduced to $54,000

The weirdness continues as Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s music copyright infringement fines are lowered by Judge Michael Davis. Thomas was the first individual to be tried (Capitol v. Thomas) before a jury in a file-sharing copyright lawsuit by major record labels, with the original case taking place in 2007 for illegally downloading 24 songs.

The damages of that original case came to $222,000 but Thomas was retried in 2009 due to an error in jury instructions. The second trial brought the damages up to a bloated $1,920,000—obviously the RIAA was giving the jury instructions this time around.

Ms. Thomas appealed against the $2 million damages claim, resulting in Judge Davis’s reassessment saying, “It was the jury’s province to determine the award… and this Court has merely reduced that award to the maximum amount that is no longer monstrous and shocking.” That new award was set at a still-shocking $54,000, and the RIAA was given a week by the court to challenge that reduced verdict.

The ultimate artifice in all of this comes from the announcement that any damages awarded to the RIAA will not go to the artists whose music was downloaded, but instead to more anti-piracy campaigns; a final “fuck you” to consumers and musicians across the US.

For those interested in the full chronology and details of the case, check out the heavily referenced Wikipedia page.