Emeralds reach post-pubescence and take the opportunity to tour Europe unchaperoned

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When they’re not busy conquering the world of new-wave Kosmische musik or releasing slews of CD-Rs with their cavalcade of side-projects, the three space cadets in Emeralds do appear to have lives outside of recording music. Those lives are made up entirely of touring. That’s right, the princes of the outer realms are once again setting out across the mighty waters to prove they’ve still got what it takes to twist them knobs and pluck them echo-laden strings under the scrutiny of live eyes and ears, perhaps playing a few ditties from last year’s Does It Look Like I’m Here? (TMT Review) on Editions Mego. Check the dates below. Oh, ALSO, guitar man Mark McGuire has a solo date in Colorado comin’ up real soon.

Yes, Emeralds are realizing it’s a big world out there and sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that Cleveland, while still the greatest city in the world, does not encompass the world.

Emeralds Dates:

05.14.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hornstull Strand Etablissement
05.15.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
05.16.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Musikcaffeen
05.17.11 - Kortrjik, Belgium - De Kreun
05.18.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Indiestad Festival (OT301)
05.20.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancinne Belgique
05.21.11 - London, UK - Village Underground
05.22.11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.23.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
05.24.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
05.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primaverasound Festival
05.27.11 - Paris, France - Sonique Villette Festival
05.28.11 - Milan, Italy - Audiovisiva Festival
05.30.11 - Pisa, Italy - Circolo Caracol
06.01.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra ^

^ Caribou

Mark McGuire dates:

04.13.11 - Boulder, CO - Communikey Festival

• Emeralds: http://clevelandwagon.blogspot.com
• Editions Mego: http://www.editionsmego.com

RIP: Gil Robbins of folk group The Highwaymen

From The Los Angeles Times:

Gil Robbins, a musician and actor who was a member of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, died Tuesday at his home in Mexico, said his son, actor-director Tim Robbins. He was 80 and had prostate cancer.

“He was very charming, open and funny,” Tim Robbins said Saturday. “He had a real strong moral center; he spoke up for what he believed in.”

• The Highwaymen: http://tinyurl.com/273tlax

R. Stevie Moore needs YOUR help funding a world tour! Quick, now’s your chance to be his Batman!

Attention all gentrified landowners, cake-eating serfs, and pudding cup-eating music kids! Have you ever sat around and thought about how great it’d be to invest money in something that’s less lo-fi than the Stock Market is? Well, dear friends, you’re in luck, because lo-fi pop’s proverbial Godfather (and possibly Wavves’ Nathan Williams’ real Godfather too, given the man’s advanced age for the rock biz) R. Stevie Moore currently needs YOUR financial resources to help pay the up-front costs of an impending world tour. And, to make matters even more storybook-philanthropic: he needs it SOON.

You may recall that, back in January, we told you all about the home-recording savant’s campaign to fund his latest album with fan donations via the Kickstarter program. Happily, that fund-raising goal was a complete success, and Moore is now rehearsing with a new backing band called Tropical Ooze while also trying to negotiate the perilous ins-and-outs of a massive tour so that he can bring his willfully DIY music to the masses. The whole shebang will also be filmed for an upcoming documentary on his life and work.

Once again, Moore has created a Kickstarter campaign to help defray the damn-near prohibitive costs that are apparently involved in cementing one’s musical and cultural legacy (I’ll have to keep that in mind for later). HOWEVER, the deadline to submit is May 7, which is less than one month away. “Simply put, we need your donations to help with our transportation,” Moore says on his Kickstarter. “We’ll be eating bologna sandwiches and sleeping on spare couches most nights… which is fine! But without gas, a van, and a few plane tickets, there is no tour.” And with several cities already confirmed and a film crew raring to go, the time to help this man out of a jam is now. Check out the video and links below for more info, and donate your pudding cup money today!

Currently booked RSM dates:

04.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
04.15-16.11 - Purchase, NY - (SUNY Purchase) Culture Shock Music Festival
05.14.11 - Sacramento, CA - Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom Festival
05.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord

• R. Stevie Moore: http://www.rsteviemoore.com
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rstvmo/r-stevie-moore-tropical-ooze-…
• More on the RSM tour: http://rsmtour.tumblr.com
• Even MORE: http://www.rsteviemoorefilm.com

Google bans Grooveshark app from Android Market after pressure from labels and squares that can’t groove

“Woe ye demon possessed, Grooveshark!” shouted Google CEO Larry Page, dabbing his brow with a carefully folded handkerchief. “Thy wanton uploading and fiendish streaming have made a mockery of Law, and now you and your children… nay, your children’s children, are this day banishéd. May your doorsteps forever be pungent from fecal matter.”

Harsh words in 2011, but that’s (roughly) how it went down on Wednesday, when the Grooveshark app was pulled from Android Market e-shelves. Google’s public explanation is that they simply “remove apps from Android Market that violate our terms of service,” but it’s likely that label pressure had a hand in the decision, given Apple’s yanking of Grooveshark from their App Store last August due to complaints from Universal Music Group UK. Grooveshark has since made this statement to Mashable:

We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated. We have always had a positive relationship with Google as evidenced by the Grooveshark App’s active and featured presence in the Android Marketplace for the past one and a half years.

We respect copyright law and the rights of content owners, generating positive results and revenues for the artists and labels that we have agreements with. Regarding the content for which we do not have agreements in place yet, we abide by, and pay royalties, according to the rules outlined in the DMCA, the same legal act that governs Google and YouTube’s activities.

The music streaming application has been in the doghouse fairly frequently in the last few years, battling lawsuits from monoliths like EMI due to their controversial upload system that allows users to add whatever music they want and share playlists with other users, unlike other streaming apps that force users to listen to a pre-approved Mumford & Sons song after they give a thumbs-up to The Incredible String Band. Grooveshark has avoided litigation in the past by striking up licensing deals with whoever’s angry, which is how the EMI lawsuit was dropped in 2009.

Interestingly, Google’s general counsel Kent Walker testified that same Wednesday before the House Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee in regard to their handling of copyright issues, such as allowing links to piratey material in their search results. As Billboard put it, “[k]nowing [that] Walker would be testifying today, and knowing that Google is negotiating music licensing deals for its pending music service, the industry placed what one source defined as ‘strong political pressure’ on Google to remove from the Android store any objectionable apps.”

Interesting developments, but honestly, how can any of these guys get out of bed, let alone argue over copyright violation, when America’s most wonderful group of all time, LCD Soundsystem, has left us??

Radio K releases tape comp of “in-studios,” including Kurt Vile, Surfer Blood, The Vaselines, and more!

We all wax poetic about our old days as radio hosts for our college FM station. If you were never a DJ with college/community radio, then you wax poetic — or bitter — about how inspiring, gratifying, groundbreaking the experience might’ve been, if only you were given the chance, dammit. Well, the University of Minnesota has a pretty good radio station — so good that they’ve established an impressive tradition of in-studio performances from amazing artists big and small, and as proof they make tape compilations of these to share outside of Radio K’s broadcast area.

The newest comp in the series is Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape (naturally following 2008’s Stuck on AM 6), and as its name indicates, it comes on an inherently hip formation of plastic, weighing a few ounces and fitting snugly into the Walkman you wish you never threw away. Of course, for 2011’s modern listener with a MacBook Pro, iPod, and smart phone, the cassette comes with a digital download. The cassette release (and Part One of said download) features “Off the Record” performances from local artists like Dark Dark Dark, STNNG, and Retribution Gospel Choir. However, Radio K’s gotten some pretty formidable faces to come through the studio over the last two years, and for the download this year, they’ve added 24 tracks from some “national” musicians you just may want to hear — from The Vaselines to Kurt Vile to M83. Think Peel Sessions! Think Daytrotter! On tape! (Ahem… the “local” half, anyway). There are also a few tracks thrown in from the arts & culture program “Culture Queue,” to remind you that it’s still college radio (and thus, like, we’ve got to reflect and think about the state of media and society as we do these things).

If you’re in Minneapolis, you can pick up a copy of Stuck on AM 7 for free at the Electric Fetus on Record Store Day — but then, you can probably also listen to Radio K on your car stereo, so you’re pretty lucky all around.

Part 1: Local (cassette and download):

01. Leisure Birds, “Say So!”
02. Buffalo Moon, “Jamba Samba”
03. Dark Dark Dark, “The Hand”
04. Zoo Animal, “Worker Bee”
05. Doomtree, “Accident”
06. The Cloak Ox, “Artist at the Door”
07. Gospel Gossip, “Ponds”
08. The Blink Shake, “Wire Mr. Owl/Soft Zodiac”
09. Grant Cutler & The Gorgeous Lords, “Orphan”
10. Roma Di Luna, “Before I Die”
11. Dante & The Lobster, “Wake Up”
12. Wizards Are Real, “Stay Golden”
13. Private Dancer, “Diane”
14. Pink Mink, “Black Door”
15. Eyedea & Abilities, “Sky Diver”
16. Retribution Gospel Choir, “Workin’ Hard”
17. STNNNG, “The Long Middle”

Part 2: National (download only):

01. Lower Dens, “Rosie”
02. Disappears, “Lux”
03. The Besnard Lakes, “And This Is What We Call Progress”
04. The Black Angels, “Haunting at 1300 McKinley”
05. The Mynabirds, “Let the Record Go”
06. M83, “Graveyard Girl”
07. A Sunny Day in Glasgow, “Shy”
08. Lightning Dust, “I Knew”
09. Here We Go Magic, “Fangela”
10. The Antlers, “Thirteen”
11. Kurt Vile, “Hunchback”
12. Foreign Born, “Vacationing People”
13. Holy Fuck, “Stilettos”
14. Woven Bones, “Your Sorcery”
15. Dom, “Bochica”
16. The Vaselines, “Sex with an X”
17. Serena-Maneesh, “Reprobate!”
18. Surfer Blood, “Take It Easy”
19. The Soft Pack, “Answer to Yourself”
20. The Octopus Project, “Fuguefat”
21. The Concretes, “My Ways”
22. Sharon Van Etten, “Peace Sign”
23. Foals, “Spanish Sahara”
24. Twin Sister, “Other Side of Your Face”

Culture Queue:

01. Tess Weinberg, “The Art of Last Rite, Obituary Building”
02. Zach McCormick, “Lee Dorsey, New Orleans Funk”
03. Sarah Boden, “All About Zombies”

• Radio K: http://www.radiok.org

Implodes get kranky to the point of implosion from announcing new album on Kranky in April; sorry we brought it up

Implodes have been garnering attention here and there these last few months, and thus now is the time for the Chicago quartet to release their long-anticipated debut full-length on Kranky. The album, Black Earth, going by its press release (here’s one source out of many), sounds like a mystical journey into the lands of Tolkien, or at the very least into borderline black metal territory. There’s no mythology involved in the album, nor corpse paint in person. Not quite shoegaze, too rich for a diminutive fuzz/sludge/drone label — everyone is united in a hesitancy to classify Implodes as part of a particular genre (a cliché these days, maybe, but one to be thankful for). Whatever category Allmusic decides on, those acquainted with Implodes are unanimous about the appropriate and just decision that no other label than ambient/experimental aficionados Kranky should release this first official LP.

Implodes have been working together for a several years now, spearheaded by Matt Jencik and Ken Camden, and joined by Emily Elhaj (the face behind the cassette label Love Lion) and Justin Rathell. In 2009, the Chicago label Plustapes released Implodes’ first album on cassette; it quickly sold out, was repressed, and sold out for the second time. Don’t worry though — many of those now-obscure tracks were demos for tracks fully (and beautifully) realized on Black Earth. The album is officially out on April 20, but if you’re in the mood for a related primer in improvisational drone, check out Ken Camden’s solo (also Kranky) debut from last year, Lethargy & Repercussion (TMT Review).

Black Earth tracklisting:

01. Open the Door
02. Marker
03. White Window
04. Screech Owl
05. Oxblood
06. Meadowlands
07. Wendy
08. Experiential Report
09. Song for Fucking Damon II (Trap Door)
10. Down Time
11. Hands on the Rail

• Implodes: http://www.myspace.com/chicagoimplodes
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net