Califone return with Stitches LP, find themselves drenched in Kelsey Grammer

Califone return with Stitches LP, find themselves drenched in Kelsey Grammer

Who out there can resist the siren song of Kelsey Grammer? No man living can. Tim Rutili’s Califone has been up to a number of things since his band’s last album, 2009’s All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, including painting, writing scripts, and working on scores for films such as last year’s Beauty Is Embarrassing. He also just so happened to work on the score for the Starz series BOSS, starring a one Mr. Kelsey Grammer. This — in my mind and probably nowhere else — led to many late nights between the two, sharing wine and conversing about the foibles and misunderstands of the upper-middle class. When you’re in Grammer-land, it’s tough to return to the real world.

But return Rutili has and he’s brought Califone with him. On September 3, the band will release their new album Stitches through Dead Oceans. This album’s creation came after a year of absolutely no Califone activity, which ended when Rutili simply woke up one day and started writing Califone songs again. Listen to the record’s title track below; see if you can pick out the Frasier references, then sigh when you realize that there are no Frasier references.

If you’re a person of strange ideas, you might have noticed that the aforementioned title-track lacks “that Chicago sound.” Good reason for that: Stitches is the first record of Rutili’s in which none of it was recorded in Chicago. Instead, the band recorded with Griffin Rodriguez in Los Angeles, Michael Krassner in Phoenix, and Craig Ross in Austin. Also: Frasier Crane in Seattle.

Stitches tracklist:

01. Movie Music Kills a Kiss
02. Stitches
03. Frosted Tips
04. Magdalene
05. Bells Break Arms
06. moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool
07. Moses
08. A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust
09. We are a Payphone
10. turtle eggs/an optimist

Califone dates:

06.28.13 - Chicago, IL - Big Star’s Third @ The Vic Theatre
09.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.08.13 - Richmond, VA - Capital Ale House
09.09.13 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
09.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
09.12.13 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live at The Queen
09.14.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Upstairs
09.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
09.17.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe nine
09.19.13 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
09.20.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Pirate Bay founder sentenced to two years for hacking, would most definitely hack in to a car if he could

According to Torrent Freak, Pirate Bay founder and notorious car-downloader Gottfrid Svartholm has been sentenced to two years in a Swedish prison after a hacking conviction. Hacking, of course, is a very serious crime. Contrary to popular belief, it is neither easy nor glamorous. From personal experience, I can say it often takes me as long as three grueling hours to figure out my roommate’s Facebook password so I can make all of his friends think he’s actually a woman who is gearing up for a short-notice trip to India. The media’s reckless portrayal of hacking has surely contributed to Svartholm’s current plight, who cites Lisbeth Salander (of the popular Millenium trilogy) and the “edgy chick” from CBS’ NCIS as his primary inspirations.

With the help of accomplice Matthias Gustafsson (who has been sentenced to probation), Svartholm reportedly hacked into the Swedish IT company Logica. Logica apparently worked closely with local bank Nordea. Details are scant on what exactly the two did while hacking into Logica’s computer systems, but many have speculated that they spent most of their time changing people’s screen savers so they bore threatening messages, e.g. “Anders, I have become sentient and I will use my infinite computing powers to wreak havoc on your small family.”

Svartholm’s sentence comes in addition to his current jail time for copyright infringement committed during his time at The Pirate Bay. Additionally, Svartholm is expected to be extradited to Denmark soon to face charges for doing basically the exact same thing there: hacking into the mainframes of CSC, a Danish IT company that worked with the government, and making employees there think that they were on the verge of the robotic apocalypse.

The Pirate Bay, of course, is an online torrent repository, most commonly known as “the place where you can download the thingies that let you watch Game of Thrones without having HBO.” Back in February, Swedish filmmaker Simon Klose released the film The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard, a documentary about the origins of the site, which reportedly contains detailed instructions on how to actually download a car.

The Burlies to play New York dates, Dismemberment Plan to play festivals, Travis Morrison to sip a refreshing drink

The Dismemberment Plan have been back together for a few years, even to the point of testing out new songs live. That’s great and all, but that’s not going to stop Travis Morrison from starting another band. Last year, the Dismemberment Plan frontman emerged with a new group, The Burlies. According to Brooklyn Vegan, they made their live debut with a few shows last year. Unfortunately, though, Hurricane Sandy prevented them from playing any shows in their hometown of New York. Well, Hurricane Sandy is thankfully long gone, giving the band a chance to play a pair of New York shows later this month. They’ll be playing Union Hall on June 14 with Noveller and Drunk Tigers, then hitting up Shea Stadium on June 20.

All well and good and all, but look, the world wants a little more Dismemberment Plan. Great news: the world’s getting just that, a little more Dismemberment Plan! The band has two festival dates announced for the year: Riot Fest in Chicago and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Detroit. Both festivals take place during the weekend of September 13-15, so the year’s supply of The Dismemberment Plan will be limited to a very specific area at a very specific time. Hey, Travis Morrison! Spread some more of your bands around! Some of us live in, oh, let’s say, Texas.

• The Burlies:
• The Dismemberment Plan:

The Flaming Lips to hopefully not perform anything called The Terror at Oklahoma tornado relief benefit… also add a few more dates

I think it was Ben Franklin who said “tornadoes are a lot like three-day-old fish… fucking horrible all the time.” Can’t very well argue with the first president of the United States now, can you?

That’s probably why on July 23, The Flaming Lips, along with some other guys you might have heard of (Kings of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill), are performing at the Rock for Oklahoma tornado relief benefit concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tickets are on sale now (for $35 and $50) and all proceeds will be dispersed to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities (via local charities) to benefit ongoing relief efforts associated with the devastation left behind after this spring’s brutal Moore Tornado. According to a press release, losses “are estimated to reach upwards of $2 billion” and while many of the short-term needs of the people affected have already been met, “the goal of Rock for Oklahoma is to help them with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods.”

Or, in the words of Lips frontman Wayne Quote-master Coyne:

Shakespeare said, “It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after.” In our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them.

I’m guessing that Coyne and the boys may choose to downplay the, y’know, blisteringly abject apocalyptica of this year’s The Terror (TMT Review) in favor of some more uplifting fare. But for those of you who just can’t get seem to get enough of that good existential dread in your diet (no matter how much Taco Bell you consume), don’t worry; the band has also added some more dates to their summer/fall trek. Heck, there’s even a few new dates with Spiritualized! So go ahead, moody brooders, get out there and get just as high on bummer-drones as you wanna be!

The Flaming dates:

07.11.13 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Pavilion *
07.12.13 - Greenville, SC - Charter Amphitheatre *
07.13.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre ^
07.16.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Outdoors ^
07.17.13 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark
07.25.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park
07.27.13 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield
07.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.31.13 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Pacific Amphitheatre
08.01.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Bud Light Music First, House of Blues
08.17.13 - Omaha, NE - Maha Maha Festival
09.06.13 - Isle Of Wight, England - Bestival
09.07.13 - Stekene, Belgium - Crammerock Festival
10.21.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz
10.22.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz
10.23.13 - Osaka, Japan - Hatch
10.24.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall

* The Black Keys
^ Spiritualized

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• Warner Bros:

Jay-Z set to release new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, shoe-in for this year’s “confusing mixed metaphor album title” award

It’s that part of the year where all the biggest names are beginning to roll their albums out en masse. Kanye, Boards of Canada, Sigur Rós, and Lonely Island are now being joined by Jay-Z in the hype-cycle and he is lining up to dominate the whole thing. He’s announced, via commercial, that his new album is titled Magna Carta Holy Grail and it comes out on July 4.

Also, at least initially, it’s going to be available via an app on Samsung Galaxy phones. Yes, this album will be brought to Android users first, as part of a multimedia package including a look into the stories behind the album and the inspiration for it. It’s all kind of surreal and eyebrow raising.

For those reading this that need a history refresher, the Magna Carta is a medieval document that has the distinction of being the first set of laws basically forced onto a ruler, in this case a king, in an attempt to legally bind him. So yes, there are some possible political underpinnings there.

The Holy Grail is the mythical cup that caught the blood of Jesus and went on to cinematic fame when it resurrected Indiana Jones’ father after he had been shot by a Nazi. Please note that it is the cup of a carpenter and looks appropriately worn. Don’t make the same mistake Donovan did and end up getting turned into an animatronic, Alison Doody-molesting skeleton. Let’s hope Jay-Z takes this into account and selects his grail wisely.

• Jay Z:
Magna Carta Holy Grail:

Daughters return for single show in Rhode Island, ending four-year-long prodigal journey

Invisible Oranges reports that familycore pioneers Daughters will end their hiatus for at least one show on September 13 at The Met in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It will be the band’s first performance in the almost five years since the 2010 release of their excellent self-titled full-length. Fellow family-core bands have surely felt a great absence in the intervening years, and will no doubt be ecstatic to welcome the prodigal group’s grindy, shouty, and sorta scary presence back into the fold. More info on the event is available at the venue’s website, and though tickets only went on sale last Friday, according to the band’s Facebook page, they have already sold out.

Of course this will also be the band’s first show since the unfortunate semi-demise of Hydra Head Records, the label that put out both 2006’s Hell Songs (TMT Review) and the self-titled release in 2010.

No word yet on if there will be any other shows or new recordings, but I’ve got my fingers crossed they’ll team up with their familycore cohorts around the world to bring back the dearly missed Family Values Tour. Or maybe they could just tour with Dads and call it the Father-Daughter Dance Tour or the Bring Your Daughter to Work Day Tour because those things would be, as my own father says from time to time, “way too adorable.” And I mean, whatever if it wouldn’t really make sense musically. It’s all about synergy, folks, and The Bring Your Daughter to Work Day Tour practically screams synergy.

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