Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) to release “If ‘n Oof,” an 800-page graphic novel made using a wonderful rainbow of colors

Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus) to release "If 'n Oof," an 800-page graphic novel made using a wonderful rainbow of colors

Sometimes, Brian Chippendale gets a little tired of playing super-fast drums and singing with a mic in his mouth and a mask on his face. When these times hit, Chippendale relaxes with ink and paper and works on graphic novels. Already an accomplished artist, Chippendale has two graphic novels under his belt (Maggots in 2007 and Ninja in 2006) and has just announced that his third project, If ‘n Oof is completed and set for release on November 1 through PictureBox.

The 800-page tome is three years in the making and features a “Laurel and Hardy-esque duo who suffer a series of misadventures amidst Chippendale’s frenetic landscapes on their simple quest to just survive, eat, pay rent and avoid confrontation.” I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, isn’t that your life, Kid Midnight?” Yes, I commissioned Brian Chippendale to record my life (and my series of misadventures with my pal, Rufus) through his beautiful pictures, and I think the finished project is spectacular.

To celebrate the new book (and my life), PictureBox and Chippendale have scheduled a couple book-release events throughout the country. I suggest you go to the dates below. After that, make sure you check out Chippendale’s serialized (and also new) graphic novel, Puke Force, which will be presented on the PictureBox website.

If ‘n Oof book-release dates:

11.18.10 - New York, NY - The Strand
11.19.10 - Portland, OR - Floating World Comics
11.20.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Family
12.02.10 - Toronto, ON - The Beguiling

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Gorillaz tour with N.E.R.D., everyone they’ve ever met

Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to join Gorillaz on their Escape to Plastic Beach (TMT Review). The world’s most celebrated cartoon band is heading to the US and Canada this fall, along with some extra-special guests, including backing band members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. (You might know them from a little band called The Clash.) Just in case they get bored and, you know, wanna start a Gorillaz vs. Gorillaz softball league, or say, make multiple guest appearances on medical dramas during sweeps week, the band has recruited a few friends to come along for the ride. Special guests will include the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Bashy, Little Dragon, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Roses Gabor, Bootie Brown, Kano, and Miho Hatori (for Los Angeles and New York dates only.) The schedule of artists who will appear at each date can be found online at the Gorillaz website. Also getting on the bus: N.E.R.D.! That’s right, Pharrell Williams and crew will be opening for Gorillaz at all North American dates.

10.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.05.10 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
10.06.10 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
10.08.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
10.10.10 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
10.11.10 - Washington, DC - Patriot Center
10.13.10 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
10.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
10.16.10 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
10.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.19.10 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
10.20.10 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
10.22.10 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
10.24.10 - Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Theatre
10.26.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
10.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
10.28.10 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
10.30.10 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena -
11.02.10 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11.03.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

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New Fiona Apple album expected in spring 2011; apparently pigs can fly after all

Although she’s been recording since 1996, it’s a little shocking to learn that Fiona Apple only has three full-length albums under her belt. Next year, that’s all going to change, as Billboard reported recently that she’ll be putting out album number four sometime during the spring. There’s no title or exact release date yet, but I’m sure Apple will have a lot to say given that it’s been five years since her last album, 2005’s Extraordinary Machine. In the meantime, you can tell your older sister (the one who used to have a nose ring and dyed her hair purple and now has two kids and lives in the burbs) that she can entertain herself by checking out Apple’s newest song “So Sleepy,” released earlier this year on the Jon Brion-produced 826LA benefit compilation, Chickens in Love.

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Cue the mind explosions: Radiohead wrap up new “group of songs”

Sound the trumpets! Ring the alarms! Praise the music gods! According to a recently published essay written by Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, that little band he plays in “have just finished another group of songs, and have begun to wonder about how to release them in a digital landscape that has changed again.” You can (and should) read the entire essay — which was written for the UK organization Index on Censorship — right here. Greenwood comments on the state of the “music marketplace” and reveals that Radiohead are “trying to find ways to put out music that feel as good as the music itself.” I recommend Greenwood talk the rest of the band into launching their new album in an atomic bomb and then exploding it onto earth, because that’s sort of what it feels like when you listen to a Radiohead album: mind explosions.

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Vivian Girls move to Polyvinyl, announce new album for the spring

Last year, Vivian Girls won over the latest incarnation of the fuzz-pop girl band circuit with their sophomore album, Everything Goes Wrong (TMT Review), a fast-paced, jangly study of just how crappy things can get. Things have turned around now, if the cheerfully saccharine title of the forthcoming album is any indication. The Girls’ third full-length, Share the Joy, is slated for release sometime in the spring of next year, with another significant step up: a switch to Polyvinyl.

Thankfully, the split with In the Red doesn’t seem to be as bad as the breakups in their songs. Guitarist Cassie Ramone has a solo album, Zenith, lined up for release on In the Red, so they’re on speaking terms, if not already comfortable hanging out.

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Maserati announce new single, new album, and tourdates. ALSO: look under your chairs; everyone reading this story today is getting a FREE MASERATI!!!!

Okay, so. First things first: no one’s getting a Maserati.

Now that that’s settled… dance-y, kraut-y, Athens, Georgia post-everything band Maserati are releasing their new album, Pyramid of the Sun, on November 9 via Temporary Residence. The album, which was mixed by Justin Van Der Volgen (!!!, Out Hud) and Jeremy deVine (Temporary Residence’s founding duder), features eight new tracks (including two joints with Zombi’s Steve Moore).

If you’re interested in this whole music fad thing, you can download one of those eight tracks, the instrumental jam “We Got the System to Fight the System,” over at the Pitchfork medias. If you’re like me, though, you can forget about all this download-upload-kilobits-gigawatts-buzzbin-usedbin malarkey and just turn on the soooothing sounds of sports talk radio instead (today’s HOT DEBATE? Was Derek Jeter right to fucking pretend to be hit by a pitch in Wednesday night’s game against the Rays??? Fuck, I’m calling in. Let’s see… 1-888-SAY-ESPN. Ringing…).

Oh. Also, the band is touring this fall with A.E. Paterra of Zombi on drums. Gotta go!

Pyramid of the Sun tracklisting:

01. Who Can Find the Beast?
02. Pyramid of the Sun
03. We Got the System to Fight the System
04. They’ll No More Suffer from Hunger
05. Ruins
06. They’ll No More Suffer from Thirst
07. Oaxaca
08. Bye M’Friend, Goodbye


11.11.10 - Arlington, VA - Iota * ^
11.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie * ^
11.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl * ^
11.14.10 - New Haven, CT - Lily’s * ^
11.15.10 - Boston, MA - The Middle East *
11.16.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks !
11.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle !
11.18.10 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar !
11.19.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
11.20.10 - Athens, GA - The 40 Watt #

* The Psychic Paramount
^ Steve Moore
! Parlour
% Royal Thunder, Brainworlds
# Powers

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