Is that buried treasure or just Broken Social Scene? Treasure Island festival anounces lineup

Is that buried treasure or just Broken Social Scene? Treasure Island festival anounces lineup

Arrrh, matey! I was goin’ ta be tryin’ an write this whole land-lovin’ article in pirate-speak, but fuck that, pirate-speak is dumb.

Do you have any plans for the days of October 16 and 17? If you don’t, then let me tell you that X marks the spot on your calendar when you’ll be heading to the 2010, fourth annual edition of the Treasure Island music festival! This year’s fest features the same picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay and a stellar lineup that features LCD Soundsytem, Broken Social Scene, and the first West Coast appearance by Belle and Sebastian in four years! Two-day and VIP tickets are already available for the fest, with one-day passes going on sale soon, but don’t wait too long to nab your chance to attend the kickinest festival this side of the Equator or you’ll risk missing an interactive village full of games, a live mural wall, a photo booth, local craft vendors, a 60 ft. Ferris wheel, slaughterhouse, gourmet food vendors from local San Francisco businesses, a casino, a refillable water program, Burger King, and buses to and from the festival!

Hey, did you know that this here Treasure Island music festival has never repeated an act? Neither did I until I read the press release! I also found out therein that the festival features two stages that alternate between artists rather than having multiple bands play at the same time (like one Chicago festival that shall remain nameless until the next sentence. Bad form, Lollapalooza…) so that everyone can hear every note of every band! The festival also breaks its two days down into easily-categorized set times, so that each day represents one genre of music: Saturday is electronic! Sunday is indie rock!

Tickets can be purchased on the Treasure Island website. That’s about all I remember from the press release, but is there anything else you really need to know?

Oh, yeah! The entire confirmed lineup:

Saturday, October 16:

LCD Soundsystem
Kruder & Dorfmeister (live)
Miike Snow
Die Antwoord
Little Dragon
Four Tet
Holy Fuck
Maus Haus

Sunday, October 17:

Belle & Sebastian
The National
Broken Social Scene
She & Him
Rogue Wave
Surfer Blood
Ra Ra Riot
The Sea & the Cake
The Mumlers

• Treasure Island Music Fest:

It’s time to have a very pretty dance party: Jon Hopkins to release new 12-inch and tour with Four Tet

Hey, remember when studio badass and ambient/electronic music whiz Jon Hopkins released Insides (TMT Review) last year? Well, Hopkins is hoping that you don’t, actually, so that he can sell you a couple of its songs all over again. Well, sorta. Let’s read on together!

On August 9, Hopkins’ label Domino is dropping a new 12-inch featuring a “garage-tinged” remix (I think that means he did it in Mario Paint?) of Insides jam “Vessel,” backed with a re-imagining of that same album’s “Wire” courtesy of Nathan Fake. Fans may recall that Hopkins himself recently remixed the Four Tet tune “Angel Echoes” for that eponymous 12-inch single (also via Domino), so I guess it’s only fair that Four Tet hits him back. (This is quite a racket Domino has going, huh?) You can check out the “Vessel” remix over here if your ears are trying to hear that shit. I haven’t listened to it yet, myself. But I’m just assuming right now that it sounds like this.

In addition to all of this generous remix back-scratching, Hopkins also gets the honor of supporting Four Tet on a string of North American dates this fall. Let that be a lesson to you, everybody. If you want to tour with famous electronic musicians, you just have to put your name on their music and sell it back to them!

Jon Hopkins tourdates:

09.05.10 - Long Island, NY - Electric Zoo Festival
10.14.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
10.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater *
10.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.20.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
10.21.10 - Montreal, QC - Studio Just For Laugh *
10.22.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10.24.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *

* Four Tet

• Jon Hopkins:
• Four Tet:
• Domino:
• Nathan Fake:

RIP: Melvin Bliss, soul singer known for the much-sampled "Synthetic Substitution"

From The Atlantic:

There are few examples of hip-hop’s capacity for preserving obscure nooks of our cultural past than the second life of Melvin Bliss, a relatively obscure 1970s singer whose “Synthetic Substitution,” a throwaway B-side, became one of the most frequently sampled songs of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The-Breaks has a fairly exhaustive list of “Synthetic” samples, Fat Lace has the YouTube links, and here’s a Matthew Africa “Synthetic” mix from a while back.

Bliss passed away yesterday. It’s unlikely he would have been famous enough to merit all that much more fact-checking beyond nailing down his place of birth and exact age (he was believed to be in his 70s). But thanks to old soul devotees like Wax Poetics and others who have wondered where “those drums” came from, we can begin to affiliate a life with that mysterious, perfect name. A soul man named Bliss? Can’t be real. (It wasn’t…)

Check out the different ways in which Melvin Bliss has been sampled here.

The Thermals set tour in support of Personal Life

Playing in a band is no piece of cake, especially when you’ve been together for as long as The Thermals have. For their latest album, Personal Life, due out on September 7 from Kill Rock Stars (TMT News), the trio found themselves in therapy, working out a few of their own personal issues, Some Kind of Monster style. TMT got the chance to sit down with The Thermals’ therapist and find out the story behind the music. Apparently, newest drummer, Westin Glass, was receiving odd hazing rituals from Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, so much that Personal Life producer Chris Walla had to step in and break things up. Unfortunately, Walla is in Death Cab For Cutie, which makes him a little sensitive by default, so he was no match for Harris and Foster’s ruthless antics. Thankfully, their therapy sessions got The Thermals back on track and Walla’s broken nose healed and all was well. The entire incident is documented thoroughly on Personal Life. Be sure to listen closely for Walla’s whimpering noises in the background.

09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.08.10 - Bend, OR - The Tower Theatre
09.09.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - MusicFest NW
09.12.10 - Portland, OR - Kennedy School
09.25.10 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo @
09.26.10 - Spokane, WA - The Seaside
09.27.10 - Billings, MT - The Railyard Ale House
09.29.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
09.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club %
10.01.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill %
10.02.10 - Madison, WI - The Annex %
10.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10.04.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s %
10.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick %
10.07.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern %
10.08.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom %
10.09.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace %
10.10.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways %
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church %
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza %
10.14.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club %
10.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
10.17.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern %
10.19.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt %
10.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In %
10.21.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree %
10.22.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks %
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater %
10.28.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
10.29.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.30.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

@ Japandroids
% Cymbals Eat Guitars

• The Thermals:
• Kill Rock Stars:

[Photo: Alicia J. Rose]

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone plans final tour, effectively dismantle the entire genre of sad-sack casiocore

If you’re the peculiarly specific type of personality that’s constantly downtrodden and only enjoys the sound of Casio keyboards, you’ve had a friend for the past 13 years in Owen Ashworth, a.k.a. Casiotone for the Painfuly Alone. That said, if you’re that exact type of person, you may need to sit down for a second. As it turns out, Ashworth has decided to disband his one-man band. He still plans to make music, just not under the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone name. The man may even branch out into the fruitful world of Yamahas.

Before you, the dedicated Casiotone enthusiast who gobbled up last year’s Vs. Children (TMT Review) on Tomlab, start looking for the tragic undertones in Wesley Willis records, know that Ashworth isn’t letting his old project just fall off the face of the earth. No, the guy is sending his Casio to the grave all Viking funeral style, except more “going on an enormous tour” and less “being cremated at sea.” Ashworth will tour North America throughout September and October, and then he’ll head to Europe to tour through late October and November, though those dates have yet to be booked. But don’t take it from me, take it from Ashworth, whose full statement (from the group’s MySpace) lies between here and his North American itinerary:

You may have already heard that I’ve decided to end Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I’d just like to clarify that this doesn’t mean that I’m quitting music. I love writing & recording songs, & I hope to make lots more records in my lifetime. But, after nearly thirteen years of being the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, I’m ready for a fresh start & a new challenge. So, after December 5, 2010 (the thirteen year anniversary of my first show), I’m throwing out the old songs & I’m trying something new. I’ll have more news about new projects & plans in the coming months.

Between now & December 5, I’m going to try to play as many Casiotone for the Painfully Alone shows as I can. In September & October, I’ll be touring the United States & Canada with some good friends from Melbourne, Australia. They’re called Otouto & they are so great. Those tour dates are below. Later in October & on into November, I’ll be touring Europe & the United Kingdom. That tour is still being booked, but I should have the dates ready to share in a couple of weeks. I’m coming home for Thanksgiving, & then I’m going to try to do something extra special for the big thirteen year anniversary grand finale. I’m not exactly sure what it’ll be yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out.

I imagine I’ll be repeating this sentiment a lot between now & December, but thank you so, so much to everyone who has been so supportive of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone over the past thirteen years. I never would have started playing shows or making records without the encouragement of some great friends, & it’s blowing my ever-loving mind how many more friends I’ve made through music over the years. Seriously, thank you.

Tomlab is planning to release a 10-inch around Christmas as a final goodbye.

Casiotone for the Painfully Final Tour:

09.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
09.09.10 - Iowa City, IA - PS1 *
09.10.10 - Omaha, NE - The Bourbon Theatre *
09.11.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
09.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Subterranean/Slowtrain Records *
09.13.10 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective *
09.14.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern *
09.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
09.16.10 - Victoria, BC - The Legendary Castle Troyler *
09.17.10 - Victoria, BC - Logan’s *
09.18.10 - Portland, OR - Artistery *
09.19.10 - Portland, OR - The Wail *
09.21.10 - Oakland, CA - 21 Grand *
09.22.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
09.23.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA -SLO Art Center *
09.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell *
09.25.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
09.27.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s *
09.28.10 - Houston, TX - Khon’s Rooftop *
09.29.10 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
09.30.10 - Memphis ,TN - Hi-Tone *
10.01.10 - Nashville, TN - The End (Next Big Nashville Festival) *
10.02.10 - Lousville, KY - Zanzabar *
10.07.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - WIDR Barking Tuna Festival *
10.08.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston *
10.09.10 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar *
10.10.10 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10.12.10 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak & The Ax *
10.13.10 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s *
10.14.10 - Manhattan, NY - Mercury Lounge *
10.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Monster Island Basement *
10.16.10 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10.17.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Arts

* Otouto

• Casiotone for the Painfully Alone:
• Tomlab:

[Photo: MySpace]

Wan bemul! (That’s an anagram for “new album” from Mice Parade, itself an anagram for Adam Pierce)

So what does it mean to be left-handed? There’s got to be more to it than an affinity with Helen Keller, Jimi Hendrix, and Michelangelo, or the need for a left-handed can opener. Mice Parade just might have the answer – or perhaps Adam Pierce simply has no qualms about false advertising. What It Means to Be Left-Handed, Pierce’s next album (marking the first of the second decade in which he has taken on a rodent moniker, and first since 2007) will be released September 14 on FatCat Records.

According to the press release, “splashes of West African Highlife mingle with Flamenco, Brazilian jazz, and the late 80s indie rock that band founder Adam Pierce was stuck on in high school.” Such a trendy hodgepodge of cultures is bolstered by an almost absurdly multifarious list of collaborators: Pierce’s tour lineup includes classical guitarist Dan Lippel, Caroline Lufkin, and Doug Scharin (drummer for HiM – insert shrug), but for various What It Means tracks, he’s also recruited Gregory and The Hawk’s Meredith Godreau, the Swahili singer Somi, and members of Clammbon. To satisfy that “80s indie rock” promise, the album includes a cover of “Mallo Cup” by The Lemonheads, in addition to the swirls of stylistic appropriation encompassing all the rest. There is also a cover of Tom Brosseau’s far more recent song, “Mary Anne” (originally on Empty Houses Are Lonely [TMT Review]) As of now, you can listen to “In Between Times” on Stereogum, a poppy, heavily percussive ditty replete with hand-claps and pleasantly melodic vocals from Caroline Lufkin. Fall tourdates coming soon!

What It Means to Be Left-Handed tracklisting:

01. Kupanda
02. In Between Times
03. Do Your Eyes See Sparks
04. Couches & Carpets
05. Pond
06. Recover
07. Old Hat
08. Mallo Cup
09. Remember the Magic Carpet
10. Even
11. Tokyo Late Night
12. Fortune of Folly
13. Mary Anne

09.23 - Allston MA @ Great Scott
09.24 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
09.25 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
09.27 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09.28 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09.29 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
09.30 - Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange (Pop Montreal)
10.01 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

• Mice Parade:
• FatCat Records: