Brian Eno announces new solo album LUX. I hope nothing on it SUX.

Brian Eno announces new solo album LUX. I hope nothing on it SUX.

Day-yum! Just when you thought it was safe to stop pretending to like ambient music, here comes Brian “The Bald Bull” Eno, charging hard to the house with a new solo album for the Warp label! This shit’s called LUX, because, say it with me, now: this man is All. About. The. Razzle. Dazzle! Woooo, you know that it’s true! LUX is the Bald Bull’s first solo album for the Warp team and his first solo album since 2005’s Another Day on Earth, and yo, if I can holler out to his press release for a minute, y’all, this shit finds him “expanding upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.” You just can’t make this stuff up! And folks, this thing will be comin’ at you IN EYE-POPPING 3D on vinyl (Double 180g LP in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 300x300mm prints and download redemption code card) November 11 and CD (in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 120x120mm prints) and download on November 13. Now that’s what I call skills to pay the BILLS, kids. Oh, how sweet it is!

But that ain’t all, folks! Not by a long shot. This. Man. Is. Re. Lent. Less. Unlike his first two joints with Warp, (Small Craft on a Milk Sea with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams and Drums Between the Bells with Rick Holland), my man also sees the new album “as a continuation of his “Music for Thinking” project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).” Specifically, it’s a “76 minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy.” Hell yeah, what’d I tell ya? The Bald Bull is RELENTLESS! Maybe that’s why any time this powerhouse of a man does anything out there on the court, I’m all up here in the press box going “Sonic BOOOOOOM!”

Sonic BOOOOOOOM (LUX tracklist):

01. LUX 1 (19:22)
02. LUX 2 (18:14)
03. LUX 3 (19:19)
04. LUX 4 (18:28)

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X mark some spots for a fall tour, including Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest

Spring arrives. Baby birds are born. Lambs frolic. College dudes on Midwestern college campuses start wearing shorts even though it’s like 50 degrees out. Summer comes. The beach explodes in a riot of teens and hormones. Ice cream is born. It’s America’s birthday and all of her children celebrate by getting capital-W Wasted. Fall arrives. Election ads get all up in your television. Leaves turn (somewhere in America that is not stupid Los Angeles). X goes on tour. Such is the circle of life in America these days, and in the case of seminal L.A. punk band X’s annual cross-country migration, it is a beautiful thing.

X have been going strong for 35 hard-rockin’ years, and making regular jaunts across the US for the past several or so. And this year’s no different. John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake are kicking things off this November with an appearance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, before heading out to Dallas and then descending upon the historic and whale-filled East Coast. X will be joined from New York on by the Reverend Horton Heat and Austin’s Not in the Face.


11.02.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.30.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
12.01.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
12.02.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
12.04.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
12.05.12 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage *
12.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts *
12.07.12 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *

* Reverend Horton Heat, Not in the Face

• X:

[Photo: Irfan Khan]

US Congress to spin magic ‘wheel of destiny’ to determine the future of internet radio royalty schemes

Does anyone actually know how royalties are awarded to rights holders when their copyrighted material is played online and through other non-traditional (a.k.a. non-AM/FM radio) channels? Slate sure does, and it’s a lot more complicated than you probably thought. While AM and FM stations don’t pay royalties thanks to a sweet deal they got before computers ruled our waking existence, the exciting world of the 1990s brought us the reality artists, labels, publishers, and songwriters deal with today when their content is streamed online or through satellite radio.

Because services like Sirius and XM (now Sirius XM) were up and running when the Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed in 1998, their royalties scheme was set up under something known as the 801(b) standard. This royalties provision requires services like Sirius XM to pay a portion of their gross revenues as royalties. In 2008 it was 6% and is expected to hit the mid-teens in the coming years. That actually doesn’t seem like a bad deal given that the people they’re paying royalties to are providing the subscription services with their bread and butter, the actual music they provide to customers.

What we know today as internet radio wasn’t so lucky. Services like Pandora have to pay royalties based on something called ‘willing user/willing seller.’ This has resulted in Pandora reporting a royalty payout of nearly 50% of gross income in 2012, with those rates continuing to rise. The problem with this scheme is that it arbitrarily sets rates based on what the industry determines is fair market value, without an actual fair market in existence from which to draw its conclusions. Being a self-serving and -destructing scheme could lead to bankruptcy for streaming services in the coming years, ultimately removing a huge source of exposure that rights holders need in order to keep collecting the royalties they need to make money in the first place. The vicious cycle.

So, what’s to be done? Having two separate and definitely not equal schemes for providers who are essentially doing the same thing, delivering music to consumers, doesn’t make any sense. In an attempt to reform the schemes, two congressmen and a senator have proposed a bill (the Internet Radio Fairness Act) that would streamline the royalty scheme to reflect the 801(b) standard for all satellite and internet music providers. And right on cue, another senator has stepped in to fill the US government’s apparent contrarian requirement by submitting a bill — the Interim Fairness in Radio Starts Today (FIRST) Act — that would impose the unsustainable willing user/willing seller model on to all of the players in the game.

Reform is needed, and if you like the cheap or even free services you get through, Pandora, etc., TMT would recommend you contact your lawmakers and ask them to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act, even if it doesn’t have a catchy acronym like the FIRST Act. Do it for the internet.

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RIP: Andy Williams, multi-platinum recording artist, “Moon River” singer

From CNN:

Legendary singer Andy Williams lost his year-long battle with bladder cancer on Tuesday night, his family confirmed in a statement. He died at home in Branson, Missouri. He was 84.

Williams was well-known for his Oscar-winning song “Moon River,” which was featured in the iconic 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but that’s far from his only hit.

The crooner, who got his professional start in the business at the age of 8, also saw success with songs like “Canadian Sunset,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” and “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” for which he received his first of five Grammy nods.

Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie (pictured with Williams above in 2009), and his three kids, Robert, Noelle and Christian.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

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Talk Normal announce tour of warm part of United States with Future Islands

Look for Brooklyn duo Talk Normal this fall as they tour with Future Islands. The tour is primarily hitting warmer parts (i.e., the South) of the US before they make their way to the desolate tundra that is the Midwest. Remember to bring your scarves, Bloomington! Also remember to prepare your eardrums for some feedback.

In addition to the tour, don’t forget that the follow up to their debut album Sugarland is out next month. You can get your greasy mitts on a copy of the Sunshine LP on October 23 courtesy of the fine folks at Joyful Noise, but I’m sure you already knew that.

Tourdates (all w/ Future Islands):

11.02.12 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11.03.12 - Savannah, GA - The Wormhole
11.04.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
11.05.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.06.12 - Miami, FL - Bardot
11.07.12 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
11.08.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
11.09.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
11.10.12 - Houston, TX - Rudyards
11.11.12 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.13.12 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
11.14.12 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
11.15.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
11.16.12 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.17.12 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording
11.18.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.19.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroo

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[Photo: Joe Perez]

The Mountain Goats announce another Satan-fueled, cloven-hoofed leg of fall tourdates

Dear Satan:

Well, you were right. It’s happening. It’s all really happening! I feel so freaking good right now! Just think: they all laughed at me when I told them that a brainy, insular mash-up of indie folk and death metal could be non-terrible… but who’s laughing now, Satan? Me and you, buddy. That’s who. HAHAHAHAHA! (Ooh, btw, in case you don’t understand certain colloquial grammar and usage conventions up here, those “HA” things are are textual-renditions of my laughter.) Really, though, this is a dream come true for me, and I never could have gotten here without selling my immortal soul to you. What a bargain.

Now that the band you helped me start with your Satan-powers, The Mountain Goats, has a new album called Transcendental Youth coming out next week (October 2, eeeeeeee, excited!!!) on Merge, we’re going on tour of North America to show it off, and we just added a whole ‘nother leg of dates! Can you believe it, dude!? That’s, like, a thing that Prince would say! Like: “Oh, hello, I’m Prince, and I’ve just added a second leg of Prince US tour dates in support of my new Prince album. This is what it’s like when Doves cry. Blah blah blah!” (Oh man, listen to me telling you what Prince sounds like, like you don’t own that guy for all eternity!) Ooh, and did I mention that singer/songwriter Matthew E. White, who’s opening for us on most shows, is letting us borrow his freakin’ horn section to flesh out all the arrangements for our sets? And did you further hear that, before the tour kicks starts, we’ll be performing five songs from Transcendental Youth in Durham, NC with the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4 (on October 6, FYI; can you come???), in “special vocal arrangements” done by Owen Pallett? Yup, and it’s all thanks to you, Satan. Thank God I met you at that singles-only bowling night thing back in the day. Whoops! I mean, God-who? I mean, all hail Satan’s Godly name! I mean… uh, here, check me out on Pitchfork TV.

Transcendental Youth tracklist:

01. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
02. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
03. Cry for Judas
04. Harlem Roulette
05. White Cedar
06. Until I Am Whole
07. Night Light
08. The Diaz Brothers
09. Counterfeit Florida Plates
10. In Memory of Satan
11. Spent Gladiator 2
12. Transcendental Youth


10.06.12 - Durham, NC - Reynolds Industries Theatre (w/ Anonymous 4)
10.09.12 - Richmond, VA - The National *
10.10.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar *
10.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
10.13.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.14.12 - Brooklyn - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.15.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
10.16.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
10.18.12 - Boston - House of Blues *
10.19.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
10.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10.22.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Ladies Literary Club *
10.23.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
10.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre *
10.26.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose TapHouse *
10.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
11.04.12 - Huntington, WV - Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center (Mountain Stage)
11.29.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
12.01.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
12.03.12 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
12.04.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
12.05.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East *
12.07.12 - Sante Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Co. *
12.08.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
12.09.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
12.10.12 - San Diego, CA - Irenic *
12.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
12.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
12.16.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre *
12.17.12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox *

* Matthew E. White

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