Cat Power Doppelgänger Tours With The Dirty Delta Blues In July

Allow me to take the moral high road for a moment of your time: I am concerned for Chan Marshall. The more I hear about her new lease on life, the weirder I feel inside. A burgeoning acting career, spokesperson for Chanel, "candid interviews" about alcoholism and depression? It feels wrong -- not like Dylan doing a Victoria's Secret commercial, but like she's apologizing for the music she's made and acknowledging that ridiculous, tired assumption about "depressing music." What happened to the person who wrote "No Sense"? Or "Shaking Paper"? Or "Satisfaction"? Well, we know what happened to the person who wrote that last one: he's been catatonic for years. Cat Power's best songs destroy with each line and transcend with single words, something infinitely hard to do when good lyrics are so 1995. The sound of a solitary person in a dark room -- nothing else let in, physical or otherwise (other than the occasional Beastie Boys loop) -- that's the Cat Power I miss. Come back down here, pretty pretty please with a skull on top.

HEY, Y'ALL PUMPED FOR THE TOUR NOW???!!:

* Built to Spill

Photo: Mark Whitely

With such a derivative name as To Live and Shave in L.A., it's fitting that the group was founded by a dude named Tom Smith. The band name comes from a Ron Jeremy porno parody of neo-noir film To Live and Die in L.A., and according to Smith's philosophy of "PRE," To Live and Shave L.A., offshoot band To Live and Shave in L.A. 2, Ron Jeremy's To Live and Shave in L.A., and the 1985 feature film To Live and Die in L.A. all consist of the same, equally essential energy. Says their Wikipedia entry:

In a Blastitude interview, Smith said that he created the band to develop the idea of PRE in contrast to what he called the wrong idea of "POST" (compare with the genre term "post-rock," coined by music critic Simon Reynolds), which he derides as the fallacy of an "errant supposition that spiffed-up or newly hatched movements supplant others fit for retirement." In other words, Smith sees all genres and movements as being part of the same essential energy and movement, and equally valid—as opposed to a Platonic or historical hierarchy structure—mirroring Friedrich Nietzsche's rejection of the progressive in favor of an Eternal Recurrence of the Same. (Alternatively, Smith, who as of 2005 was pursuing a Master's degree in Ethics, has been quoted as having "serious problems with Martin Heidegger's aesthetics," preferring the social pragmatism of George Herbert Mead and the bold progressivism of John Stuart Mill.) Smith first wrote of "PRE" in a 1980 issue of short-lived Athens, Georgia fanzine Hot Java.

Dada dada dada dada!!! Okay, shuddup, TLASILA quiz time:

TRUE OR FALSE

1. Tom Smith is in love with Grindhouse's Zoë Bell
2. Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu rejected TLASILA's remix of The Air Force because it was "too creepy"
3. TLASILA is releasing a 7xCD3 box for Melted Matchbox
4. Billy Corgan teabagged Bill Maher's face
5. Tom Smith has made up with Weasel Walter and supports the release of TLASILA2 material
6. Rat Bastard invented the Rat distortion pedal
7. Thurston Moore plays on last year's Noon and Eternity (TMT Review)

MULTIPLE CHOICE

8. Who is NOT featured in the upcoming tour lineup?

A. Chris Grier

B. Graham Moore

C. Don Fleming

D. Weasel Walter

E. Rat Bastard

F. Ben Wolcott
9. Who makes the best butterscotch cookies?

A. Maria Sharapova

B. Tom Smith

C. Phil Elverum

D. Lewis Pardun

E. Tike All Mompsen
10. Which TLASILA album below is NOT being released on Savage Land?

A. Les Tricoteuses

B. Clap Your Hands Say Jergens, Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer

C. Commmiinnggg! and Practis'd the Black Art

D. A collaboration with Kevin Drumm
11. Which day is missing from Tom Smith's calendar?

A. March 12

B. December 19

C. April 1

D. February 12

ANSWERS

True of False: (1) T (2) F (3) T (4) T (5) T (6) F (7) T

Multiple Choice: (8) D (9) D (10) B (11) C -- nobody fools Tom Smith

Savage Land will release Les Tricoteuses at the end of this month. Check out TLASILA's blog and download some out-of-print back catalog stuff.

Devendra Banhart Recording New Album, Hiding Details in Beard

XL Recordings announced this week that everyone’s favorite mountain man will grace us with a new album in the near future. Note: I really hope he’s recording in Woodstock again, because it’s close to me and I will stalk him. And by stalk him, I mean not stalk him. Obviously.

No title yet, but the support staff can’t be beat: Andy Cabic of Devendra’s touring band Vetiver, Joanna Newsom’s bro Pete, and Luckey Remington of the Pleased, to name a few, who may or may not be growing larger beards of happiness during this endeavor.

Yeah!

Elvis Costello Reissues Some Stuff, Proves Why He’s Still The King

It’s that time of year again, kids, when stuff happens. It always seems to take place right before the money from tours come in and when rent is due. But Costello is re-releasing some stuff. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not exactly calling these potboilers. It’s just what’s the point? But fear not, for that question among two or three others will not go unanswered. The King, Elvis himself, is with me.

Petya: What exactly is being released?

Elvis: The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years and Rock and Roll Music. Also, we are releasing my first 11 albums digitally.

Petya: Ew, bringin’ it back to binary I see.

Elvis: Yeah.

Petya: What is the point of reissuing these shits, my man?

Elvis: It wasn’t really my initiative.

Petya: Yeah, whatever. Blame it on the Universal Music Group.

Elvis: Okay, I will.

Petya: What if I say I don’t want to buy any of these rehashed, gilded bits of history?

Elvis: There's no compulsion to buy these records. If they interest you, you'll buy them. The fact that they're going to be available (digitally) makes people's ability to buy them in excerpts easier, because people tend to do that these days when they're online -- if they haven't stolen them already.

Petya: Ew, in my face. Psh.

Well, that’s all the quotes I could round up from Billboard.com. Seriously, though, while Elvis Costello is doing well (including a ten-day tour starting May 2 in California), there are plenty of other Elvises who have been blowing it lately. For example, Elvis Presley is super-dead. Elvis Grbac? The boy gets constant boos in Baltimore, and after he tore his vagina or something, people starting yelling, “Elvis has left the building.” Bringing up the rear is Elvis Stojka. He used to be a decent figure skater, but now he’s retired. Wait, a figure skater? Yeah, he sucks. Moral of the story: support Elvis Costello before we run out of a reputable Elvis to cheer for.

Spiderman 3 Soundtrack is Equal Parts Webslingin’ Good and Joker-Lovin’ Bad

One could draw a line graph representing level of cool on the Spiderman 3 soundtrack; jumping off the charts with artists like Black Mountain and The Walkmen and hitting the ground with Jet. But I digress. While many would feel that allowing Snow Patrol to compose a movie theme (or produce any new material whatsoever) is not a wise choice, The Flaming Lips kinda make up for it by throwing down their new Spiderman-inspired track, "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Be in Love." However, it used to be called “Spiderman vs. Muhammad Ali.” Personally, I’d love to see the Lips write an entire album of imaginary face-offs. “Anderson Cooper vs. Bill O’Reilly”! “Fall Out Boy vs. The Black Lips Resulting in Many Busted Lips for Fall Out Boy”!

The “indie-leaning” (thanks, MTV) comp also includes the likes of Rogue Wave, Wolfmother, Wasted Youth Orchestra, Chubby Checker (!?), and uh, The Killers -- who probably don’t live up to their name at all and would definitely get their asses whooped by The Flaming Lips.

Yours to mock/appreciate May 1 on The Record Collection, three whole days before the film release.

Bipolar tracklist:

1. Snow Patrol - "Signal Fire"
2. The Killers - "Move Away"
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sealings"
4. Wolfmother - "Pleased to Meet You"
5. The Walkmen - "Red River"
6. Black Mountain - "Stay Free"
7. The Flaming Lips - "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Be in Love"
8. Simon Dawes - "Scared of Myself"
9. Chubby Checker - "The Twist"
10. Rogue Wave - "Sight Lines"
11. Coconut Records - "Summer Day"
12. Jet - "Falling Star"
13. Sounds Under Radio - "Portrait of a Summer Thief"
14. Wasted Youth Orchestra - "A Letter to St. Jude"
15. The Oohlas - "Small Parts

Google Still Plans to Implement YouTube Filter That Will Add Technicolor Effect to All Videos; Industry Can’t Wait

On Monday at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "We are very close to turning this on." He's referring to Claim Your Content, the new name for Google's YouTube filtering system that would supposedly cut out your favorite music videos (and TV shows and movies, etc.). But how does it work? Will the burden be placed on the content uploaders or the content owners? With little details revealed in Las Vegas, Schmidt left the industry -- particularly the media conglomerates -- confused.

A little more to the mystery was revealed yesterday at a keynote discussion at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Schmidt explained further: "Under law, the copyright owner has to monitor what’s going on your sites. So we’re automating that process.” To the dismay of content owners, it's appearing that the "filtering" system may continue placing the burden on the media conglomerates to find and remove copyrighted material, a currently non-automated shitball that has already prompted a $1 billion lawsuit from lovable, friendly giant Viacom.

It's been roughly four months since an announcement was made to filter out copyrighted content from YouTube, and media companies are increasingly frustrated with what some call Google's "stalling tactics." But hey, Google's busy selling ads on all of the radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications and acquiring ad-serving software DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Can you blame them? And the traffic at YouTube is skyrocketing!! Besides, the filter couldn't possibly work good enough to please the media companies. Could it? Gotta please the media companies!! Sigh.

'Scuse me while I iron some wrinkles.

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