a-ha reunite for farewell tour, or whatever

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I hate a-ha, but that hasn’t stopped them from reuniting again this past year and touring. The Norwegian trio are currently working through what they promise will be their final North American concerts. The group will play their final show of all-time in Oslo, Norway on December 4, 2010. The date marks the 25th anniversary of the last time the band did anything significant, the release of their debut album, Hunting High and Low, and its nefarious single, “Take On Me.”

“Take On Me,” a song so evil that hearing only a fragment of its refrain can cause one to privately hum its melody for up to six days, was released just over a month after the date of my birth. Since then, it has resonated vestigially through American pop culture, playing an average of 375 times a day on American radio. Averaged out, this means that every day, “Take On Me” plays once every three minutes and fifty seconds. The song is three minutes and forty-six seconds long, leaving four seconds before the song begins to play again. This also means that “Take On Me” has been playing for 57.5 seconds of every minute of my life.

It is in the remaining two and a half seconds that I plot my revenge. I’m coming for you, a-ha. I’M COMING FOR YOU. I’M COMING FOR YOUR LOVE, OKAY? TAAAAAAKE ONNNN MEEEEEEEE… DAMN YOU, A-HA! YOU WILL NOT BE REMEMBERED! YOU’LL BE GONE! IN A DAY OR TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

a-ha: http://www.a-ha.us

Pinback announce special “Rob and Zach Show” tour

Pinback are no strangers to touring, so for their West Coast tour this summer, the core duo of Rob Crow and Zach Smith have decided to switch things up a little bit. Instead of touring with a backing band, Crow and Smith have decided to go out on the road alone and present their music as a duo, dubbed “Pinback Presents the Rob and Zach Show.”

According to a message from Smith: “The idea is to present our music at times in a more broken down manner very similar sounding to how it might be for Rob and I when we’re coming up with a song for the very first time. Hopefully, this way we can create a new atmosphere for a familiar song.”

Smith also notes in his message that the tour is by no means an end to Pinback’s full band live show, so stop cutting your wrists, readers.

07.01.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
07.02.10 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
07.03.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.05.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball
07.06.10 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
07.07.10 - Portland, Oregon - Doug Fir Lounge
07.09.10 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
07.10.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Green Room
07.11.10 - San Luis Obispo, California - Downtown Brew

• Pinback: http://www.pinback.com

No upside to Torche getting gear torched in Chicago; um, at least they left the van?

We may be a lot of things (deadbeat uncles and aunts, bedwetters, secret Toto enthusiasts), but we would be remiss if we let this story of low-life shitheadery go unreported. Miami’s true hard cases Torche had a vanload of music equipment and personal pieces stolen by thieving bastards after a gig at the Congress Theater in Chicago on May 14.

Although this sort of crime would make even the most lily-liveredest of acts go postal, the band itself has taken the whole thing like professional troopers. After quickly organizing a few small DIY gigs, Torche will meet back up with Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive, who they were to shadow in Canada (until the worthless douchebags took a number of band member passports) for the remaining scheduled dates. It may be a potential pitfall of touring, but it still sucks so much whenever this happens. If you can’t make it to any upcoming Torche shows please consider making a donation to TLCforTorche@gmail.com at PayPal here.

Here is a list of the stolen stuff:

- Custom Electrical Guitar Company bass w/hardcase #220
- First Act custom bass w/hardcase serial number # JN-0901002
- Black Gibson Custom Les Paul w/SKB hardcase (has chip on the top L side of headstock, visible neck repair on top side of the neck, may have missing paint opposite vol and tone knobs if sticker was removed)
- Custom woodfinish guitar w/hardcase
- Acoustic 370 Bass Head
- 2 x SKB PS25 pedal boards
- 2 x Boss tuning pedals
- MXR Phase 90
- Boss DD5 pedal
- Boss guitar EQ pedal
- Custom 3 way amp selector (metallic blue)
- Fulltone OCD pedal
- Aguilar Tone Hammer pedal
- Boss Bass EQ pedal
- Shure Beta 57
- Misc. Mogami, Monster, and George L’s cables
- Suitcase style 7 space guitar stand
- Black iPod Touch
- Black Compaq Presario laptop
- Nikon Blue Coolpix camera
- Sony CyberShot camera
- Garmin 205W GPS
- Black Luggage containing: tubes, guitar strings, instrument cables, speaker cables, tuning pegs, surge protectors

Torche Stripped Live:

05.26.10 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield *
05.27.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
05.28.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
05.29.10 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues *
05.31.10 - Harrisburg, VA - The Blue Nile %
07.28.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In ^
07.29.10 - Louisville, KY - Skull Alley ^
07.30.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Vollrath Tavern ^
07.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean +
08.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Festival
08.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar ^
08.05.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree ^
08.06.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Big Daddy’s ^
08.07.10 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum ^
08.08.10 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s ^

* Coheed And Cambria, Circa Survive
% Human Smoke, Kill Your Brain
^ Beings
+ Baroness

• Torche: http://www.myspace.com/torche
• Hydra Head: http://www.hydrahead.com

[Photo: Lauren Roero]

!!! announce Strange Weather Isn’t It, promise Berliniest album ever

It’s hard to imagine Nic Offer toiling over anything (because it’s hard to imagine Nic Offer sitting still for five seconds), but it must happen. Proof: !!! records. Offer and the rest of boys ‘n’ girls in !!! tend to take their good, sweet time, releasing a new record every three years or so. And because it’s been over three years since the release of the dance-punk outfit’s last record, Myth Takes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, on August 24, Warp will release Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, !!!’s fourth record.

Following in the footsteps of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Depeche Mode (and Liars, though I doubt the new !!! record will bear much resemblance to Drum’s Not Dead), the group trekked out to Berlin to record the new album. “Everyone’s got a Berlin record in them and I guess we just wanted to see what ours would sound like,” Offer said. As it turns out, only about a fourth of the record was recorded in Berlin (with the rest being split between New York and Sacramento), so it’s more like 25% of a Berlin record. Still, the group claims to have drawn inspiration from the wisdom of the frequently Berlin-based Brian Eno, so there’s still something to that whole “Berlin record” thing.

Strange Weather, Isn’t It? will mark the recorded unveiling of !!!’s new lineup. Where the group could once double as a functional basketball team, the lineup has, with the departure of John Pugh and Justin Vandervolgen, been whittled down to a recording lineup of Offer, guitarist Mario Andreoni, horn player/keyboardist Daniel Gorman, and saxophonist/percussionist Allan Wilson, with drummer Paul Quattrone and vocalist Shannon Funchess on board for their live show. The new record will also be the group’s first since the tragic death of drummer Jerry Fuchs last year (TMT News).

Strange Weather, Isn’t It tracklist:

01. AM/FM
02. The Most Certain Sure
03. Wannagain Wannagain
04. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05. Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06. Hollow
07. Jump Back
08. Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09. The Hammer

• !!!: http://www.myspace.com/chkchkchk

RIP: Paul Gray, Slipknot bassist

From MTV:

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray — one of the group’s founding members — was found dead in an Iowa hotel room early Monday morning (May 24), according to reports. He was 38.

The Des Moines Register reported that police were called to the TownePlace Suites hotel in Urbandale, Iowa, shortly before 11 a.m. after an employee discovered Gray’s body in a room. There was no evidence of foul play, police told the newspaper, but the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. A toxicology test will also be done to determine any contributing factors to his death.

• Slipknot: http://www.slipknot1.com
• Slipknot MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/slipknot1

Liars tour slated to make this motherfuck’n summer hype

Liars are hitting the road this summer in support of their latest release, Sisterworld (TMT Review), an album based thematically around the “discarded dreams amassed in LA” and apparently some kind of Lost meets Lord of the Flies photoshoot in a business-casual environment where everyone wears cutoff shorts. (Seriously, check out the promo shots.)

The Los Angeles-based fellas are heading out with Fol Chen by their collective side to rock cities (and the Pitchfork festival) across the United States. Our Canadian friends can expect a performance at what looks to be a date around Pop Montreal time. They can also expect to receive numerous desperate pleas from me, for them, to take me to Pop Montreal.

06.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Newtown Barge Park
07.13.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
07.14.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
07.15.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick*
07.18.10 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House*
07.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In*
07.21.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s Youth Center*
07.22.10 - St Louis, MO - Firebird*
07.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck*
07.24.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater*
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National

*Fol Chen

• Liars: http://www.myspace.com/liarsliarsliars