Coen Brothers writing Dave Van Ronk-inspired script, plan on casting Dwayne “The Ronk” Johnson

Coen Brothers writing Dave Van Ronk-inspired script, plan on casting Dwayne "The Ronk" Johnson

The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan) have all but officially announced that they are working on a script for a music-based film inspired by the life of Dave Van Ronk. According to the L.A. Times, who spoke to an anonymous source, the Coens are using the autobiography The Mayor of MacDougal Street as the basis for a film on Van Ronk and his status as the undisputed heavyweight of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s.

If you’re unfamiliar with Greenwich Village heavyweights, Van Ronk is most well-known for his involvement and leadership in the same folk-music scene that Bob Dylan was born out of, with Van Ronk giving Bobby D his first big gig. In addition to discovering Mr. Dylan, Van Ronk also had a hand in developing the talents of both Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs, both artists eventually gaining fame as two of my mom’s Most Played Artists.

Finally, while the Coen’s have never been the type of filmmakers who do sequels, I’m hoping that whatever movie is developed from Van Ronk’s life will take its place as the necessary prequel that The Big Lebowski deserves.

Neutral Milk Hotel records that aren’t In the Aeroplane Over the Sea to get reissued, proving existence of other NMH records to college freshmen

With the recent news about Jeff Mangum’s upcoming tour, the iron is hot for some Neutral Milk Hotel reissues. And when the iron is hot, so is Fire Records! Because fire is hot and so is the iron and shut up, me. The point is, Fire Records will be reissuing both the band’s first 7-inch, Everything Is and their debut full-length, On Avery Island. As a TMT exclusive, we managed to get the following quote from the college freshmen of the world:


Yes, young scholars of the world, Neutral Milk Hotel released music that wasn’t In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, and soon that music will be far easier to purchase. On August 8, Fire will reissue Everything Is, unchanged from its original vinyl release. Two weeks later (August 22, if you’re not into math), the label will reissue On Avery Island, which will be available on CD, as well as on separate red and yellow varieties of vinyl. Now, kids, let me tell you about of Montreal records released in the nineteen-hundred and nineties…

On Avery Island tracklist:

01. Song Against Sex
02 You’ve Passed
03. Someone Is Waiting
04. A Baby For Pree
05. Marching Theme
06. Where You’ll Find Me Now
07. Avery Island / April 1st
08. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
09. Three Peaches
10. Naomi
11. April 8th
12. Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye
13. Everything Is
14. Snow Song Pt. 1

Everything Is tracklist:

01. Everything Is
02. Snow Song Pt. 1
03. Aunt Eggma Blowtorch

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Spank Rock returns with big summer tour… opening for Ke$ha and LMFAO. Sigh.

Baltimore MC Spank Rock (a.k.a. Naeem Juwan) has been dearly missed. The combination of twisty electro beats and mega-filthy rap isn’t an entirely fresh concept, yet Spank Rock made it sound fun and likable on his 2006 debut, YoYoYoYoYo. He’s been fairly silent since then, but it looks like 2011 may be Spank Rock’s comeback year. A few months back, he introduced his Italo disco side project Mobroder, and on September 27 he will be releasing his Boys Noize-produced sophomore record Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar through Bad Blood Records.

With all this activity, all the man needs now is a huge summer tour to really get the hype flowing. That’s why I’m so delighted to report that Spank Rock has exactly that sort of tour planned! Surprisingly, the rapper’s legend has evidently grown so much that he’s able to headline huge arenas, quite the feat for an underground MC who’s been laying low for the past few years…

Hrmm? What’s that? He’s opening for Ke$ha and LMFAO on their summer tour?

Oh. Oh my. Well. Those dates are listed below. Enjoy?

Spank Rock dates (all w/ Ke$ha and LMFAO):

07.30.11 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinett Arena
07.31.11 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08.02.11 - Spring, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08.03.11 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center
08.04.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
08.07.11 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
08.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheater
08.10.11 - Charlotte, NC - Road Runner Mobile
08.12.11 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
08.14.11 - Toronto, ON - The Molson Amphitheater
08.16.11 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
08.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier
08.20.11 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08.21.11 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
08.23.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State
08.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
08.26.11 - Clarkson, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
08.30.11 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
08.31.11 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
09.02.11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
09.03.11 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
09.06.11 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
09.07.11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
09.09.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
09.10.11 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre at Qwest Field
09.11.11 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena-TOTC
09.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
09.16.11 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood Resort
09.17.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
09.18.11 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
09.20.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre

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Throbbing Gristle bring new life to Industrial Records, prep crazy reissues and reworking of Nico album

2010 was a tumultuous year for the venerable industrial group Throbbing Gristle. In October, Genesis P-Orridge announced that he would no longer be performing with the group. Just under a month later, Peter Christopherson passed away. But with the announcement that the remaining members of TG have restarted their Industrial Records label, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are once again proving the adage that you can’t keep a good band down.

The group’s contract with Mute Records expired in June 2010, which is when members started thinking about doing their own thang and reissuing the Industrial Records/Throbbing Gristle catalogue via a revived Industrial Records. The TG webstore is now your exclusive record label distributor of all things Throbbing Gristle, and come September 26, Industrial will get into the limited deluxe vinyl reissue game with new editions of The Second Annual Report, D.O.A. The Third & Final Report, Heathen Earth, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits. The albums will also be available on CD and in a myriad of digital formats.

All well and good, right? Well, it gets better. TG are also starting a “Time Capsule” series, which includes the albums listed above, with the addition of a bonus live disc chronicling the band’s performance history. And whoa whoa WHOA: Industrial will also be releasing the final TG studio recording, a re-interpretation of Nico’s Desertshore album. Amazing. My brain just exploded.

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EMI now for sale by Citigroup; Ze Pequeno last seen doing a victory dance down Market Street

You know what’s really awesome? Not only when you’re certain you’re right about something, but also when you’re proven right. That’s how I feel right now. You see, last December, as part of our year-end spectacular, I reported on what I had seen at the time as the inevitable self-destruction of Big 4 music group EMI, home of The Beatles, predicting its demise to be sometime this year. With the reasons numerous, I figured the man with the coolest name, Guy Hands, would probably begin a selling-off of the company’s assets in some way to save his financial ass.

Well, my bank Citigroup did me a favor back in February and accelerated the process outright by seizing the company from behind Guy Hands’ back, thus losing said ass overall. Why would this process accelerate? Because banks are in the business of producing money in and of itself, and collateral in the form of physical (e.g., physical property, employees, etc.) and abstract (e.g., intellectual property) assets can only earn money through an actual sale, and the only time such assets are gained are as default collateral. Put simply, banks do not like holding on to three things:

01. Student loans
02. Sub-prime mortgages
03. Any property seized because of bankruptcy or default (e.g., EMI Group).

So thus, it was inevitable that the whole of EMI Group would be sold off in some way; it was only a matter of when. That “when” came to be Monday, when Citigroup formally announced the sale of EMI to interested bidders, as well as formally considering “other options” such as recapitalization (good luck with that) and an initial public offering (duly good luck with that). Almost immediately, the sharks got out of their cages and chased the blood. While all three other music groups are showing interest in buying EMI assets, the one group that stands out is the largest of them all, Universal, which sources say will bid on the company.

Universal’s bid carries risk: As the largest group with over 30% of the market, the company would face higher scrutiny from FTC regulators than usual and would likely be forced to take only portions of the company, such as the publishing division, EMI Japan or EMI Europe (which remain surprisingly profitable), or the Pink Floyd and Beatles back catalogs. Still, such a full-scale bid seems more probable than Universal buying out Warner Music Group back before the latter was bought last month by oil oligarch Len Blavatnik. Speaking of that Russian, he is likely to also bid on EMI after the Warner sale is completed this summer, bringing speculation of a Warner-EMI merger full circle.

While the process will take months, it seems likely that EMI’s sale will be completed before the year is out, thus aligning with my prediction. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must celebrate in some fashion. Cake? Riots? French hookers?

…Any other suggestions?

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Tammar release debut LP Visits in (Wake Me Up When) September (Ends)

After eating famous “coney bagels” from Diamond Dan’s Deli with my family in Bloomington, Indiana, we decided to see local band Tammar play at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack. But due to both Tammar “taking too long to set up” and “unforeseeable gas pains,” my parents decided to permanently separate, effective immediately.

My dad drove back home in our Ford Festiva, and my mom took a cab. I stayed to watch the show. Tammar finally hit the stage, but it wasn’t pretty: lead vocalist Dave Walter’s effect-laden wails reminded me of my parents’ fighting throughout the years in our two-story trailer home, while drummer Sarah Wyatt Swanson’s precision on the drums reminded me how my mom would slap my dad in a consistent 6/8 time signature.

Sure, I enjoyed the music and afterwards listened to Tammar’s two vinyl EPs released on St. Ives. Their sound, however, would remain like human taint in my mind.

Despite my personal experience, Suicide Squeeze will release Tammar’s debut record Visits on September 20. I plan on buying the record at the local drug store when it releases (as well as bottle of Green Apple Boone’s Farm) and then proceed to cry for a month. We at TMT, and I can speak for everyone here, hope our readers have a more enjoyable experience listening to Tammar than I will.

Visits tracklisting:

01. Heavy Tonight
02. Summer Fun
03. The Last Line
04. Deep Witness
05. Arrows Underwater
06. Yung Jun
07. Frost Meter


07.09.11 - Madison, WI - UW Madison Union Terrace
07.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
07.11.11 - North Manchester, IN - The Firehouse

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