Glee beats Beatles’ US singles chart record; only six more signs of the apocalypse to go!

Glee beats Beatles' US singles chart record; only six more signs of the apocalypse to go!

Dear John Lennon,

How are you, dude? How is everything going up there in the afterlife? Guess you were a little off base when you imagined “no heaven,” huh? Hahaha. Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Say, speaking of heaven, I hope you gave J.D. Salinger a good kick in the ass when he got up there last year. LOL! (Oh, that means “laughing out loud,” by the way. It’s kind of a recent thing down here.) Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a happy 70th birthday, man. Congrats for sure. Unfortunately, in lieu of a present, I’ve got some bad news for you:

According to the BBC, the cast of the US TV show Glee (a show about the tribulations of a geeky high school choir… seriously) just beat your band’s long-ass-standing record for the most appearances in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a non-solo act. Only your idol Elvis Presley and that James Brown guy have scored more US hits, with 108 and 91, respectively.

See, the way it works is that songs that the kids sing on the show are released digitally (don’t ask, John; you don’t want to know) after each episode is broadcast. Six new entries this week brings their total to 75 chart entries, compared with your guys’ 71. Of those six entries, five were covers of Britney Spears songs (again, probably best not to ask). Among them was a version of the singer’s mega-hit “Toxic,” which landed at 16, making it the show’s highest new entry to date. In fact, that track sold 109,000 downloads (copies) in its first week of release. And all together, Glee has moved 2.8 million albums and 11.5 million downloads, according to the Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

And to make that wound a little saltier, your 71 songs with The Beatles charted between 1964 and 1996, while Glee’s hit parade only got started last June! Yeah, I know. Sorry. But hey, on the plus side, only 14 of Glee’s hits have stayed in the chart for more than one week, giving them a cumulative total of 105 weeks on the Hot 100, whereas you’ve hung around that particular chart for a commutative total of 617 weeks. That’s pretty damn impressive, John. Still, I can see how this news can be kind of irksome on your birthday. I hope you’re not still a jealous guy?

Peace and Love,

• John Lennon:

Animal Collective’s Deakin gets in on the shoe thing

I’m gonna assume you have already caught a glimpse of those Avey Tare-designed Keeps. Perhaps you even ordered a pair or two thinking you better hop on it before every other hip kid on the block snatches one. You were probably right too, because the demand for these puppies has supposedly been through the roof, and honestly who didn’t see that coming? Not only are these shoes pretty fly, but they also support a worthy cause for their fellow animal kingdom.

Fortunately for you chaps who either weren’t diggin’ that clean-cut white low-top design or just didn’t give a shit in the first place, you’ve got yourself another choice in Animal Collective footwear. Member Deakin has decided to add his furry touch to the sneaker world by releasing his own Keep design, a custom “aquatic/Central American”-inspired version of the Guerra high top. In my humble opinion, these kicks got way more flavor than Avey’s. That multi-colored ankle weave is just too damn sweet to pass on, am I right? Plus, do something for the fishies out there, or whatever it is that this is supporting, because odds are you’ve been pretty selfish lately.

• Keep:
• Socorro Island Conservation:
• Animal Collective:

Doomtree embark on Wings + Teeth tour, shoot to the top of the “Doomiest Tour” shortlist

Heard that Broken Social Scene was going on tour. That ain’t that doomy. Heard that Belle & Sebastian was going on tour. That’s even less doomy. Heard that Deerhunter was going on tour. Guess that’s a bit doomy. Heard that Doomtree was going on tour. Now that, my friend, is doomy! And to ensure the maximum amount of doom, all seven members of the Minneapolis hip-hop collective are, for the first time ever, participating in what they’re dubbing the Wings + Teeth Tour. In case you forgot (or, well, never knew) who those seven members are, here’s a quick Doomtree roll call: P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mikey Micatlan, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger. While all those folks will crowd the stage during a full crew set, the tour will also feature solo sets from Doomtree’s members. Now if only DOOM would join this crew, thus reaching the logical conclusion.

Doomtree’s Wings + Teeth tour:

11.04.10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
11.05.10 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
11.06.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court (all ages)
11.06.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge (21+)
11.07.10 - Missoula, WT - The Palace
11.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.10.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
11.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
11.13.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
11.16.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.17.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
11.19.10 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
11.20.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11.21.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.22.10 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
11.23.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
11.24.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11.27.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
11.28.10 - Portland, ME - Space
11.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
12.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
12.02.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
12.03.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
12.04.10 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge
12.05.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

• Doomtree:

Tapes ‘n Tapes to release new album Outside in January; dude, their MySpace is BLOWING UP!

If you’ve still got Voxtrot EPs in your Oldsmobile’s 6CD changer and you still haven’t washed the Broken West t-shirt you wore to the last Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! show, then you probably remember Minneapolis blog-bloomers Tapes ‘n Tapes, who, after getting promptly booted off the radar for not being D.I.Y. enough on 2008’s Walk It Off, kinda went the way of the… well, blog band, I guess.

Or did they??? Tapes ‘n Tapes are apparently not about to take this whole being-written-off thing lying down. Not D.I.Y. enough, you say? Fine. Then how does a self-produced third full-length released on your own record label sound? Bam. Yeah, indie as fuck, man, that’s how. The band booked a studio in their home town and tracked the thing themselves over a span of two weeks. Then they asked Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to help mix. And instead of those corporate rock shills over at XL Recordings who released their first two albums, this one — titled Outside because of how outside the mainstream they clearly are — is dropping on their own newly-resurrected Ibid Records on January 11. Ahhh, can you even handle the blog appeal right now? Servers are crashing and shit. I can hear them crashing.

“We weren’t worried about if our label thought the mix was right for radio,” said singer Josh Grier. “We weren’t making a record that a label was going to own. We were just making a record for ourselves. We feel very fortunate that we got to make it the way we wanted with such a great group of people. We can’t wait for people to hear the record.” Dude, see? When was the last time you heard someone talk about making the record they wanted to make? Like, never! No one has ever said that. Ever. And I’m sure a D.I.Y. tour is on the horizon following this release. I bet it’s gonna happen in their own cars and shit. Insanity.

Outside tracklist:

01. Badaboom
02. SWM
03. One in the World
04. Nightfall
05. Desert Plane
06. Outro
07. Freak Out
08. The Saddest of All Keys
09. Hidee Ho
10. People You Know
11. On and On
12. Mighty Long

• Tapes ‘n Tapes:
• XL:
• Ibid Records: Page Not Found: Too Independent for the Internet

Upcoming Tricky tour wassails its way across North America

As a young child growing up in suburban Minneapolis, my mother always used to tell me, “Liz, if you behave this year and are a good girl, then perhaps Tricky shall come to town, with his reindeer and his large red velvet bag full of candy canes and atmospheric trip-hop songs.” For many years, those words and that promise lived in my heart, and now, in grand tradition, Tricky has returned to North America for another magical winter season. Well, actually he’s returning to rep his latest album Mixed Race (TMT Review), which was released yesterday on Domino. Perhaps you’ve heard the first single, a reworking of Echo Minott’s “dancehall classic ‘Murder Weapon,’” with vocals by Irish chanteuse Franky Riley? Good news: Ms. Riley will be heading out with Tricky in his enchanted sleigh full of hypnotic melodies and bristling raps to bring goodwill and joy to denizens of the New World. (Only if you believe, though, and are nice to your mom.)

Tricky dates:

12.09.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
12.10.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
12.11.10 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
12.12.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
12.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
12.14.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity
12.17.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.18.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
12.19.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.21.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
12.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

• Tricky:
• Domino:

Cymbals Eat Guitars extend US dates and practice sneering with The Thermals

There are many different faces a singer/guitarist can make while on-stage with his band. Perhaps the most popular look is the “eyes closed, scrunched up face” maneuver. Although he’s only been at it for a few years, Joseph Ferocious of Cymbals Eat Guitars is already a pro at making this famous face. Still, he could stand to gain some advice from a seasoned vet like Hutch Harris of The Thermals (pictured), who not only closes his eyes and scrunches his face at the same time, but also steps away from his microphone to allow for maximum stage movement potential. Be sure to see if Joseph has picked up any of Hutch’s moves on their fall tourdates — already in progress!

Cymbals Eat Dates:

10.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10.07.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern *
10.08.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
10.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
10.10.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
10.14.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
10.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
10.17.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern *
10.18.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt *
10.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
10.21.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree *
10.22.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
10.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *

* The Thermals

• Cymbals Eat Guitars:
• The Thermals:

[Photo: Alicia J. Rose]