Fare thee well, sweet Technics: hi-fi audio brand Technics officially discontinued

Fare thee well, sweet Technics: hi-fi audio brand Technics officially discontinued http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-11-technics.jpg

Alas, poor Technics! I knew them, Horatio: a turntable
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: they hath
spun me tunes a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Blah blah blah blah blah.

(I wrote that myself.)

So, the rumors are true. Despite the dramatic rise of vinyl sales in recent years, Technics has discontinued production on analog turntables, leaving millions to weep softly and beat their chests whilst their gorge rims. Rim away, gorge, rim away.

&bull Technics: http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/technics_dj

Strange forces conspire to keep Idlewild out of America… could it be the Tea Party?

In a bit of unfortunate news, it seems that fan-favorite folk-punk Scottish band Idlewild will have to cancel their forthcoming tour in North America. Rod Jones, the band’s guitarist, broke his collarbone in an “unfortunate accident” that has rendered the musician unable to play.

Jones apologized by saying, “Myself and the rest of the band are absolutely gutted that we won’t be able to do these shows at this time. I know this is a disappointment to some of you who have been patiently waiting for five years to see us there and it is a feeling we share with you as a band. Again I’d like to extend my sincere and heartfelt apologies and hope to see you some time in the near future.”

Now, I’m no Dashiel Hammet, but something about this whole thing stinks of conspiracy. An ‘unfortunate accident?’ Strange. It sounds like somebody covering something up. Perhaps I’m just still disappointed from the election, but what type of people would conspire to keep foreigners out of America? That’s right, I’m thinking it was that collective of miscreants, The Tea Party, working against true American interests and keeping Scottish bands out of America. I’m not certain of this whole conspiracy, but I’d better talk to the Bay City Rollers and make sure they’re careful if they plan to tour anytime soon.

Cancelled Idlewild dates:

11.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.20.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
11.22.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.23.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.24.10 - Cambridge, MA. - Middle East Downstairs
11.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

• Idlewild: http://www.idlewild.co.uk

Wilco: The Coffee makes its grand debut; dads everywhere ecstatic they don’t have to go to the Bucks anymore

You’ve got your Wilco albums (CD, vinyl, and digital), your Wilco t-shirts, your Wilco hooded sweatshirt, your Wilco hats, posters, DVDs, DNA collection, and you just finished eating your Wilco sandwich and need a tasty beverage to wash down your delicious meal. Well, until they create and market Wilco Water (coming June 2011), the best choice you got is a cup of brand new Wilco Coffee.

Yep, that’s right, Wilco brand coffee is coming soon to a caffeine retailer near you. Here’s a quick review: “The aromatics of coffee blossom and violet make way for an incredibly graceful and elegant cup. The body has a light and silky quality, like fresh whipped cream, that beautifully compliments the ever-present note of citron, juniper berry and vanilla. As it cools, the cup blossoms into notes of confectioner’s sugar, rosehips, and soft raisin, resonating on a pristine finish with a touch of milk chocolate.”

MMMM! That sounds delicious! Can I have some? I can if I just go to Wilco’s website.

Now that Wilco have taken two steps (the sandwich and the coffee) away from “traditional rock band merchandise,” what can we expect in the future? Here are my ideas:

01: Wilco A.M. Alarm Clock
02: Wilco Brand Condoms, cuz nothing makes me wanna fuck like Wilco!
03: Wilco Wheels, for those times you just wanna turn on someone
04: Wilco Razors
05: Wilco Brand Personal Labelers, because then you can Wilco brand anything

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net

Ra Ra Riot announce first shows of 2011, don’t know how to stop touring

It has gotten to the point where it’s not that Ra Ra Riot can’t stop touring, it’s that they don’t know how. Also, they’re probably homeless at this point, so it just makes sense for them to stay on the road as long as possible. Thankfully, 2011 will provide them with more opportunities to do so, as the Syracuse, NY-based band has already announced tourdates for January 2011 supporting this year’s The Orchard (TMT Review). Check them out below, along with their last remaining dates for 2010:

11.30.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12.01.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
12.02.10 - Boston, MA - WFNX Orpheum Theatre
12.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
12.04.10 - Kingston, ON - Chalmers United Church *
12.06.10 - Albany, NY - WEQX Show @ Jillian’s
12.16.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
01.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall &
01.22.11 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s &
01.23.11 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater &
01.25.11 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall &
01.26.11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre &
01.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s &
01.28.11 - Victoria, BC - Sugar &
01.29.11 - Vancouver BC - The Biltmore &

& Givers
% Wintersleep
* The Most Serene Republic, Imaginary Cities

• Ra Ra Riot: http://www.rarariot.com

[Photo: Cameron Muilenburg]

Thom Yorke wants you to do stuff, and you like doing stuff, right?

Like most of the liberal types who read this here website, you’re probably one of those tree-hugging types who wants to ensure that our planet isn’t a complete hellhole by the time your pubes turn white. Well, cool, because Thom Yorke (of 90s one-hit wonders Radiohead) feels the same way you do; in fact, he wants you to get off your lazy ass and do something about it. But what can a disenfranchised citizen, like yourself, do? According to Yorke, make some art.

Over the weekend, Yorke made a special request on Radiohead’s official website: “WANTED 2000 people who want to be part of human King Cnut type image facing the sea that is visible from space as part of the Earth350.”

It’s a confusing request, I know, so let me explain. Earth 350 is an art project aided and abetted by Yorke with the goal of creating “massive public art installations to show how climate change is already impacting our world as well as offer visions of how we can solve the crisis.” The installation will assemble a group of people so large that it’ll be visible from space, thus signaling to extraterrestrial beings that we — like the old Norwegian King Canute who Yorke references — can control the waves, too.

Earth 350 is being put together so that the citizens of the Earth are educated about climate change and are prepared to make their voice heard at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which be held in Cancun, Mexico (“Last one in the pool is a ‘creep’!”) this year between November 29 through December 10. So, if you live in Brighton, England, want your picture taken via satellite, but mostly don’t want to miss a chance to meet Thom Yorke, then register here.

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com/deadairspace

Lykke Li tends to her Wounded Rhymes on new album in March

Magical Swedish pop unicorn Lykke Li has set a date for the release of her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes. It’s slated for a March 1, 2011 release on her own LL Recordings, with production by the Bjorn in Peter Bjorn and John. Wounded Rhymes is the follow-up to 2008’s Youth Novels (TMT Review). Lykke Li conceived of the album while on a vision quest in the California desert. (Okay, that’s just a guess, but when you think about it, isn’t the process of LIFE a vision quest? I know: WHOA, right?)

Written in Los Angeles and recorded in Stockholm, the new album was inspired by Leonard Cohen, This Mortal Coil, Alan Lomax’s field recordings, and more. She’s playing a sold-out show on December 1 in New York, but most of us will have to wait until spring for some live Lykke.

Dates, near and far:

12.01.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05.17.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.20.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
05.23.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.26.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
05.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
05.28.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom at Regency Center

• Lykke Li: http://www.myspace.com/lykkeli