Cap’n Jazz: Reunited, Reissues Analphabetapolothology on Vinyl (Updated)

Cap'n Jazz: Reunited, Reissues Analphabetapolothology on Vinyl (Updated)

The always awesome Jessica Hopper, writer and author of The Girls’ Guide to Rocking, has confirmed via Twitter that Cap’n Jazz — the influential early-90s group formed by Tim and Mike Kinsella — will officially reunite this year. The band already played one show earlier this year as part of Joan of Arc’s Don’t Mind Control Variety Show, but the “official” reunion tour begins July 17 at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge.

UPDATE: Jade Tree has also confirmed the reunion. The band’s anthology album, Analphabetapolothology, will be reissued on vinyl for the first time on June 15. Packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket, the reissue will include bonus material, including new photos, fliers, and liner notes by Tim Kinsella.


01. Little League
02. Oh Messy Life
03. Puddle Splashers
04. Flashpoint: Catheter
05. In the Clear
06. Yes, I Am Talking To You
07. Basils Kite
08. Bluegrassish
09. Planet Shhh
10. The Sands Have Turned Purple
11. Precious
12. Que Suerte!
13. Take On Me
14. Tokyo
15. Ooh Do I Love You
16. Hey Ma, Do I Hafta Choke On These
17. Forget Who We Are
18. Olerud
19. We Are Scientists!
20. Sea Tea
21. Troubled By Insects
22. Rocky Rococo
23. AOK
24. Sergio Valente
25. In the Clear [bonus downloads]
26. Soria [bonus downloads]
27. No Use For A Piano Player When You Got A Player Piano [bonus downloads]
28. Scary Kids Scaring Kids [bonus downloads]
29. Bluegrass [bonus downloads]
30. Winter Wonderland [bonus downloads]
31. Geheim [bonus downloads]
32. Easy Driver [bonus downloads]
33. Theme to 90210 [bonus downloads]
34. Ooh Do I love You [bonus downloads]

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Noveller Tours, Joins Xiu Xiu in March

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you would have seen the name Noveller pop up a couple times on TMT. Expect to see it a few more times too, as Noveller, a.k.a. Brooklyn-based triple threat Sarah Lipstate, is hitting the road. You can catch Noveller a couple times this month in New York as well as on tour in March with Xiu Xiu. The tour with Xiu Xiu hits most of the southern and western United States, so there’s a little bit for everyone — if you’re an American at least.

Anyway, check out Noveller’s MySpace for up-to-the-minute information. Stay tuned for a new album album too.

02.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $
02.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls &
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *#
03.07.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *#
03.09.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack *#
03.10.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions *#
03.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern *#
03.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live *
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
03.16.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *%
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *+
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *+
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *+
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *+
04.23.10 - Brookly, NY - Core 66

$ Secret Machines, Bear in Heaven, Mon Khmer, PAPA
& Sisters, Lame Drivers
* Xiu Xiu
# Girl in a Coma
% Extra Life
+ tUnE-yArDs

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EMI Bought With NYC Pensions, Terra Firma Wants Its Money Back

We recently reported on some troubling developments at EMI involving employee layoffs and budget cutbacks. Well, it turns out that the company’s losses could end up affecting not just the folks who work there, but also many people employed by the city of New York.

In a bizarre twist of corporate finance, the pension funds of some NYC public employees are apparently tied to the success or failure of the British record label. It’s complicated, but we’ll try to explain:

EMI was acquired back in late 2007 by private equity firm Terra Firma. During the takeover, Terra Firma pulled $2.35 billion from its cryptically named investment funds Terra Firma II and Terra Firma III to help seal the deal. According to an article run by, those funds include “pension funds, life insurance companies, college endowments and other institutional investors.” Pensions of state employees all across the nation, from Oregon to Indiana, are attached to Terra Firma’s investments in EMI. But the plight of NYC employees is being highlighted in a lawsuit Terra Firma has brought against Citigroup, the bank that brokered the EMI buyout back in 2007, for misrepresenting the deal. Terra Firma alleges it paid too much for EMI because Citigroup lied in claiming there were multiple bids for the label.

It’s certainly a tangled web. Let’s just hope a solution can be worked out so that EMI can keep making those records, and NYPD retirees can rest assured they didn’t work the beat in vain.

Wild Beasts Tour, Music Goers Flee in Terror (To Their Shows)

Wild Beasts, whose awesome Two Dancers has been making winters everywhere easier to deal with this year, are going on their first full North American tour. If I could think of something cool and funny to say about that, I would. In the meantime, check out these clips of them playing live on Later with Jools Holland:

Convinced? Good. Now go see ‘em:

02.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
02.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.24.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
02.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
02.26.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg

European dates can be found here.

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• Domino:

Micheal Jackson’s doctor charged with “Maneater.” Wait… Wrong 80s identity, actually Manslaughter.

It’s no form of “Guessing Games” that “Crime [doesn’t] Pay,” but Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, was charged with manslaughter last week. Sir Jackson was administered propofol as a sleep aid, and as all of us pharmacologists know, propofol is used as an anesthetic for major surgery. It’s “The Art of a Heartbreak,” but the doctor is facing up to four years in a state prison. The Judge refused the prosecutions request of a $300,000 bail, for it was far above the $25,000, but they hugged and settled on a $75,000 bail.

In previous cases, the judge said that Murray was sued for dodging child support, and it makes him less likely, or ‘inclined,’ to show up for his criminal case. I guess he’s no “Family Man.” It was a “Delayed Reaction,” but Judge Schwartz said, “I don’t want you sedating people.” “Open All Night,” the court showed that doc was on his cell phone for 45 minuets before he called an ambulance when he came in to see Jackson unconscious and not breathing.

Jackson also called propofol ‘milk’ — that’s a little creepy right? Just sayin’… This is just another high-profile case that reveals the hidden world of Hollywood Medicine. You know, the one that resides outside of health care reform and the government, the one that hangs with Magic Johnson.

UK Independent Record Stores Show Solidarity in Stemming the Decline in Music Stores

Indie record stores in the UK have joined forces to try to prevent future music store closures. A website has been created so users can search for their nearest indie store and see what the shop has to offer. Indierecordshop is supported by the Entertainment Retailers Assocation (ERA) and Digitalstores.

There were 774 indie stores in 2004, but now less than 300 remain. Unsurprisingly, it’s people like you who have caused these waves of closures. Last year, 150 million singles were sold in the UK, with 98% being downloaded. Kim Bayley, ERA director general, said “It’s hard to tell whether it’s [Indierecordshop] going to stem the tide, but I think, to be honest, we’ve seen most of the fallout in the sector and the stores which are left are probably the best of the best.”

I bet you feel bad downloading that latestSupersilent release, don’t ya!?

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