Brian Jonestown Massacre Defy New “Green” Legislation by Continuing Their Irresponsible and Non-Renewable Mining of the 1960s Touring in Support of Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?

If case you didn’t get the message in your pathetic Microsoft Outlook Action Item Blackberry Inbox List, The Brian Jonestown Massacre don’t have loser jobs. They are a cool, vintage-y, garage-psych band. They make their own luck with cool hands and hot sex. What I mean to say is: leather jackets are valuable status symbols in anarchist society. Sunglasses at night and all that shit. No, its cool to say “shit”; they swear a lot. They have attitudes and opinions and stuff. Like, about the Viet Nam War or something, I think.

Their new 4-track, 2-inch tape, cut-straight-to-vinyl-in-the-studio, heavily-Tibetan-influenced A-side radio single is called “Let’s Go Fucking Mental.” You can download it (whatever the FUCK that means, John F. Kennedy) over here. But you can’t download subversion. That’s in the air. That’s free. The song’s really repetitive, which is another way of saying that it has a really urgent social/socialist/Socialist message.

The band’s 10th album is called Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, so you know it’s going to be at least as good as The Beatles were. It’s due on February 23 — at least according to the Capitalist Machine’s Commie Mind control Calendar — and their US tour kicks off May 28 in the most tuned-in and turned-on City on this existence plain: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fuck, man. The doors of perception and shit. You know what I’m saying. I mean, don’t you just hate your day job? Thanks, Anton.

05.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
05.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
05.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.31.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.02.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
06.03.10 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
06.04.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
06.06.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.08.10 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
06.09.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.10.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Mad Hatter
06.11.10 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway
06.13.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06.14.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.15.10 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
06.17.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
06.18.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.19.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06.21.10 - -San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
06.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater

Check here for European dates, which start in February.

• Brian Jonestown Massacre: http://brianjonestownmassacre.com

Rocky Votolato Announces New Album and Tourdates

With a name like Rocky, you don’t have to try too hard to get people’s attention. Still, Rocky Votolato isn’t going to sit idly by and do nothing. Instead, he’s releasing a new album, True Devotion, due February 23 on Barsuk. True Devotion was mixed by Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, David Bazan) and John Goodmanson (The Blood Brothers, Sleater-Kinney). Anyone who pre-orders the album before its release date will get access to a digital version of the album plus a bonus 7-inch single with two non-album tracks, and will be entered into a contest to win a private house show performance by Rocky himself. If you don’t win the private show, be sure to catch Rocky when he comes to a city near you:

02.13.10 - Reno, NV - Rainshadow CCHS !
02.24.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (CD Release Show) !
02.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas (CD Release Show)
03.02.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
03.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
03.07.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.09.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03.10.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive (16+)
03.11.10 - Provo, UT - Velour
03.13.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s (CD Release Show)
04.01.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
04.03.10 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar %
04.05.10 - Toronto, Canada - Drake Hotel % (19+)
04.07.10 - Alston, MA - Great Scott %
04.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian %
04.11.10 - Washington, DC - DC 9 %
04.13.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks %
04.14.10 - Akron, OH - Musica %
04.15.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House %

! My Flag Is on Fire, The Bindle Stiffs
% Brooke Waggoner

• Rocky Votolato: http://www.rockyvotolato.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

Rhymesayers Entertainment Announce Charity Benefit Concert for Haiti Hosted by Slug on February 9; Brother Ali, Freeway, Jake One to Perform

Rhymesayers Entertainment and its roster of musicians, like most of the world, feel the pain of Haiti and its citizens and are determined to help in any way possible. Accordingly, and appropriately, the record label has released information on a benefit concert set for February 9 wherein ALL proceeds will be donated to various charities to aid with the relief effort. The list of performers set to help raise funds for the event include Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, I Self Divine, and plenty of others, with the whole night set to be hosted by Slug of Atmosphere.

The show will take place at Minneapolis’ own First Avenue, costs $20, and will make you feel better about not getting off your ass and doing something with your life. Tickets are already available at plenty of outlets, and more information can be gleaned off the Rhymesayers website.

Below are a few quotes from Rhymesayers artists about the tragedy in Haiti.

“This is one if the greatest tragedies of our lifetime. It’s time for all of us to help the people and families who are suffering.” - Brother Ali

“It’s embarrassing to admit how unaware I’ve been of the living conditions in Haiti. And that’s before the earthquake hit. I’m honored to be involved with this fundraiser and I’m thankful for the conditions that allow me to be on the giving end of this charity. I trust that our fans feel the same way.” - Sage Francis

“The great people of Haiti live in the poorest nation in our hemisphere and have been impacted by the largest disaster in our hemisphere this century. This isn’t about charity, this is about respect for humanity.” - Toki Wright

“At this moment Haiti needs the world’s assistance. It’s a privilege to be a part of something so special. Not only should we assist with donations for aid, food, and water, but let’s come together 6 months, a year from now and help with the rebuilding process.” - Muja Messiah

• Rhymesayers: http://www.rhymesayers.com

David Byrne Teams Up with Fatboy Slim and Every Available Female Singer to Release Concept Album, Due February 23

Oh, concept records. We love ‘em, and we kinda hate ‘em. Okay, but we really do love them, especially when they are born of David Byrne’s imagination, and HE CAN DO NO WRONG. NO WRONG!

What’s more, Byrne has teamed up with dance/electro DJ Fatboy Slim on the record. Fascinating… so does this mean we can expect to catch Byrne in a hotel busting a move in mid-air on a bike while Spike Jonze leads a troupe of mediocre dancers outside? Okay, enough brazen questions.

As cool as my aforementioned scenario would be, Byrne and Fatboy Slim actually intend to release a 22-track record about the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines and her childhood servent, Estrella Cumpas. The record, which will be titled Here Lies Love, will also feature performances by Santigold, Florence Welch (of Florence and The Machine), Sia, Steve Earle, St. Vincent, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, and more. Not a bad lineup there, Byrne.

Here Lies Love will be released via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records on February 23.

• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com
• Nonesuch Records: http://www.nonesuch.com

Iannis Xenakis Art Exhibition at The Drawing Center in SOHO until April 8

If you find yourself in New York (or you are one of the 8.5 million people who live there), you would be doing your brain a huge favor to check out the Iannis Xenakis exhibit at The Drawing Center in SOHO.

One of the pioneers of “computer music,” Xenakis was interested in the application of physics and mathematics to music. In addition, he was a Greek resistance warrior (really!) and an architect.

According to the press release:

Xenakis brought together architecture, sound, and advanced contemporary mathematics, moving away from traditional polyphony to create music comprised of masses of sound, shifting abstract aural gestures, linear permutation, and sonic pointillism.

Xenakis began with an obsession in the mathematics and physics of music; later in his career, he discovered that the mathematical methods that proved most aesthetically pleasing were so deeply ingrained in his mind that he no longer needed to do the math — this is precisely why he is considered a pioneer in music theory and technology. All the while, he was unrestricted in his creativity, allowing him to become a master of multimedia art.

This exhibition explores the architechtural drawings, graphic scores, and sketches of Xenakis and will be up until April 8, 2010.

Shearwater to Traverse The Golden Archipelago, North America

Jonathan Meiburg sure isn’t shy about reminding you about his day job. The sometime-Okkervil River collaborator and ornithologist won’t stop with naming his band after a sea bird: no, now he’s getting set to release the final album of a triptych — the second of which was called Rook, by the by — about the gradual destruction of nature at humankind’s hands. It’s like the UN Climate Change Report, with more pianos and ghostly vocals.

The Golden Archipelago, inspired by Meiburg’s student trips to such far-flung islands as the Falklands, Tierra Del Fuego, and the Galapagos — I mean see, geez, man, we get it, you care about nature — is due February 23 on Matador, with Meiburg and the shifting groups of musicians he calls Shearwater also heading out for a supporting tour in March. No word yet on whether they’ll be bringing a field guide and a pair of binoculars.

Keeping with the whole diligence-of-a-scientist thing, though, Archipelago will also feature a “dossier” full of related materials compiled by Meiburg himself, though you’ll only get it if you’re willing to help the band out.

The Golden Archipelago tracklist:

01. Meridian
02. Black Eyes
03. Landscape at Speed
04. Hidden Lakes
05. Corridors
06. God Made Me
07. Runners of the Sun
08. Castaways
09. An Insular Life
10. Uniforms
11. Missing Islands

North American Tour dates
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 #
03.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
03.25.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
03.26.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *
03.27.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
03.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
03.30.10 - Boston, MA - T.T. the Bears *
03.31.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa *
04.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.02.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
04.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar *
04.07.10 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College *
04.09.10 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *
04.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.23.10 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress
04.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
04.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.27.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.28.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
04.29.10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
04.30.10 - Pullman, WA - The BellTower
05.01.10 - Boise, ID - Nuerolux
05.04.10 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
05.07.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish=

# Jonathan Meiburg solo, backed by Xiu Xiu
* Wye Oak

• Shearwater: http://www.shearwatermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com