Craig Finn announces release date of new solo LP, dispels rumors of his “secret illiteracy”

Craig Finn announces release date of new solo LP, dispels rumors of his "secret illiteracy"

Good news, hoodrat, meth-addict, sexually-excited-by-Jesus assholes! Craig Finn, the hyper-literate-but-not-in-that-cloying-Decemberists-way talk-singer of The Hold Steady, has just confirmed a release date for his debut solo album. Due January 24 on Vagrant, the album’s called Clear Heart Full Eyes. I know, seems lame right? But it’s cool; it’s probably some next-level reference from Dante or Kerouac or something. Let’s go to the press release: “It’s a juxtaposed reference to ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a TV show that excited and moved me and also happened in Texas.” D’oh!

But wait, there’s more. The album consists of songs Finn wrote in his Brooklyn apartment earlier this year. See? Brooklyn. This shit’s probably experimental as hell! Hook me up, press release: “I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative.” DAMNIT.

Okay, okay. But still, the studio lore behind this has to be cool, right? I mean, Finn’s a pretty infamous partier. Let’s consult his first-hand account of the recording porcess. Let’s see… looks like he recorded the album in Austin with Spoon and …Trail of Dead producer Mike McCarthy this past July because he wanted to “gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working with new people.” Aw, come on, man! At least give me something about reciting Pound’s Cantos while sniffing coke off of some college girl’s Chi Rho-tatooed tits! It’s not like being a 40-year-old man who still pretends like he’s 18 for the sake of keeping up appearances in a cool rock band is too much to ask, Craig.

Clear Heart Full Eyes tracklisting:

01. Apollo Bay
02. When No One’s Watching
03. No Future
04. New Friend Jesus
05. Jackson
06. Terrified Eyes
07. Western Pier
08. Honolulu Blues
09. Rented Room
10. Balcony
11. Not Much Left of Us

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• Vagrant:
• The Hold Steady:

Wu-Tang Clan bring (the motherfucking) ruckus in December and January

L.A., stand up! You better protect yo’ neck ‘cause come January 21, Wu-Tang Clan is in the muthafuckin’ buildin’! The RZA, the GZA, (Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RIP), Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, and the Method Man are all slated to appear at Club Nokia… which apparently means the shows before might not feature the full Clan?

RZA is notorious for being a no-show, particularly at last year’s Club Nokia gig, and if he’s to go all Shaolin chess master on us, he might try to teach us that history repeats itself. So y’all looking to see the full lineup, better go rub yo’ ass in the moonshine (for good luck?), or hope that they’re still the kind of men who about they C.R.E.A.M. The Los Angeles date is the final show on a short string of dates that takes them through Anaheim, Las Vegas, Boston, and New York, among other stops.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now via Ticketmaster.


12.15.11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12.17.11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
12.18.11 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
12.28.11 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
12.29.11 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
01.18.12 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove of Anaheim
01.19.12 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
01.21.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia

• Wu-Tang Clan:

Jeff Mangum announces 2012 US tour

Jeff Mangum, whose ATP fest was recently cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” has not only rescheduled the event and the surrounding shows for March 2012, but he’s also gone ahead and scheduled — without permission from us, mind you — a US tour for late January/early February 2012. This announcement definitely gets a 5/5 from me (10/10 on the Pitchfork scale).

Tickets are on sale this Friday. Check Merge for more details, or you will die by sundown.

01.18.12 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theater
01.20.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music
01.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania
01.27.12 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
01.30.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall at University of North Carolina
02.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
02.04.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
02.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theater
02.07.12 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theater
02.08.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
02.10.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
02.11.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.07.12 - Dublin, IRE - Vicar Street
03.09.12 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum
03.13.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel
03.14.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel

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TuneCore: “We’re launching a new music publishing service!” Major labels: “Why didn’t WE think of that?”

TuneCore, the leading digital distributor for independent artists, has launched a complementary service for administering music publishing rights. Not intended to replace music publishers themselves, the new service will simply aid artists in working with publishers to help them collect royalties from the use of their work.

The new division is being led by Jamie Purpora, former EVP of Bug Music, and already has the support of one high-profile TuneCore artist, noted trendsetter Trent Reznor (from the Facebook movie), who signed up for the publishing assistance service during the beta trial. The service is currently only available to artists who use TuneCore’s distribution services, but is expected to be made available to all rights holders in the future. The cost for the service is a flat, one time fee of $49.99, plus 10% of any royalties collected.

TuneCore isn’t the first provider of independent publishing services, though. SongTrust, which launched in March 2011, offers similar services and returns all royalties to artists after they pay an upfront fee. While the lack of a commission is an appealing draw, TuneCore’s integrated distribution services may prove to be a better package deal for artists looking to increase their revenues. Regardless, Tunecore’s expanding services are a boon for independent artists looking for help in managing their careers and is another example of why major labels just aren’t important anymore.

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The Kills release flexi disc for Record Store Day Black Friday, chart winter tour

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since The Kills first unleashed a fuzzy little tornado of psychotic rock ‘n’ roll onto that first unsuspecting audience. In the intervening years, the duo have toured the globe, received numerous critical accolades, started hit side projects (The Dead Weather, duh) and married supermodels (Kate Moss, duh.) Their songs have featured on myriad film and TV projects, including Gossip Girl and that one show about the unconventional doctor. (Yes, I know it’s called House.) In the immortal words of Virginia Slims, “You’ve come a long way baby.”

So what’s next for these übercool rock ‘n’ roll banshees? If I said opening a Communist Russia-themed waterpark in rural Scranton, would you believe me? No, of course not: that’s stupid. Okay, so how about if I said “going on tour”? Yes, because obviously they’re going on tour. After the past few months playing Lollapalooza, David Lynch’s new Paris-based, Mulholland Drive-influenced Club Silencio, and a string of South American dates, Mr. Hince and Ms. Mosshart will be packing up the ol’ Airstream trailer once more and heading through Europe this month in support of their latest album Blood Pressures on Domino. Then in the new year, to celebrate one truly rockin’ decade, they’ll be swinging back stateside for a bunch of shows, including a special birthday party for the band at New York’s Terminal 5. Also in the works: a special “Limited Edition Postcard Flexi Disc of “The Last Goodbye”” available exclusively on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 25. What the hell is a postcard flexi disc? I don’t know, but it sounds super rad, doesn’t it? Scientists refer to this as The Kills effect.


11.11.11 - Ameins, France - Zenith **
11.12.11 - Paris, France - L’Olympia **
11.13.11 - Paris, France - L’Olympia **
11.15.11 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur **
11.16.11 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini **
11.17.11 - Nantes, France - La Carriere **
11.18.11 - Nancy, France - L’Autre Canal **
11.20.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks **
11.21.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - X-Tra **
11.25.11 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso **
11.26.11 - Brussells, Belgium - Cirque Royal **
11.27.11 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk **
11.29.11 - Muchen, Germany - Tonhalle **
11.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle **
12.03.11 - London, UK - Brixton Academy **
01.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Rivera *
01.21.12 - Kansas City, KS - Midland Theatre *
01.23.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
01.24.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues *
01.25.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
01.26.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *
01.28.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution *
01.29.12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues *
01.30.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Theatre *
02.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
02.02.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
02.03.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston *
02.05.12 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia *
02.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus *
02.11.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *

** Gang of Four
* Jeff. The Brotherhood

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[Photo: Kenneth Capello]

Radiohead announce US tour to support their Oxford quintet-edness

Radiohead, purveyors of something or another, have confirmed the first several dates of a US tour in support of, yes, The King of Limbs (TMT Review). But the group is planning to record new material in December and January, so who knows? Maybe we’ll be hearing some new songs come February and March 2012, when the band hits the old forums-arenas-bank-centers circuit. And maybe they’ll be all hypnagogic or something.

Opening the shows will be TBD labelmates Other Lives, who are most famous for being the openers of Radiohead’s upcoming US tour. W.A.S.T.E. will provide some tickets on Wednesday, with general tickets going on sale this Saturday.

02.27.12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
02.29.12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
03.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
03.05.12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
03.07.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
03.09.12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
03.11.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
03.13.12 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
03.15.12 - Glendale, AZ - Arena

And hey, don’t forget to bid on Ed O’Brien’s Kid A guitar. The eBay listing says the condition is “very good,” but the picture shows the guitar obviously tarnished by these scribbled signatures on the pick guard. And surely the cheesy riff in “Optimistic” should lower the price, too. But eh, it’s for the Billie Butterfly Fund, so that’s cool. You can read more about the Billie Butterfly Fund here.

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