Help pay off Steve Albini’s studio mortgage!

Help pay off Steve Albini's studio mortgage!

Steve Albini — the hunky dreamboat behind such top-40 balladeers as Shellac and Big Black and proprietor of the famed Electrical Audio recording studio on Chicago’s northwest side — is seemingly always down to help struggling bands make records on the cheap… apparently, even to the detriment of his own finances. He’s a regular Jimmy Stewart from It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s not that his studio is in any immediate danger of closing like Stewart’s character’s bank was in the movie; it’s just that the man has reportedly racked up an outstanding mortgage balance of $230,000 (er, and I guess there’s also the Stewart parallel that he might jump off a bridge at any moment, too). But thankfully, Tim Midgett (of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit) is kinda like Jimmy Stewart’s hot-ass 1940s wife from that movie, because he has single-handedly launched a campaign to pay off Electrical Audio’s mortgage!

As A.V. Club Chicago points out, Midgett has launched the “Pay Off Electrical Audio” online campaign. The idea is beautiful in its commie simplicity: if 2000 people donate $115 a piece, the total will cover the rest of the mortgage, thus freeing Electrical Audio from the shackles of The Man for good, allowing Albini to focus more on “making art,” yadda yadda yadda. As Midgett wrote on the donation page, “I think the place should be paid off by now, and I think we have the ability to do it.”

The campaign, which just launched today, has already raised almost $15,000 in donations. And to answer your annoying questions, no, no one has to pay unless the goal is met, and no, there’s no minimum donation amount. So throw in a couple bucks if you’ve got it. Who knows, maybe Albini will give you naming rights. I can see it now: Tiny Mix Tapes Presents Electrical Audio. Nice.

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Les Savy Fav announce new tourdates; meanwhile, guitarist Seth Jabour has the cutest wedding ever

When you have a best friend that works for a women’s magazine like I do, it’s safe to say that 98% of the links she sends your way are related to weddings, even if you’re not engaged or married yourself. Sometimes, it pays off, though, like when I stumbled upon a link featuring Seth Jabour from Les Savy Fav, who managed to have the coolest wedding ever, documented over at Brooklyn Bride. With a wedding party featuring Tim Harrington (along with the rest of Les Savy Fav), you have to wonder if Harrington had to resist the urge to rip off his tux and take over the dancefloor in a neon spandex ensemble. Luckily, it appears from the wedding pictures that he decided to keep it classy. Anyway, after he gets back from his honeymoon, Jabour will join his bandmates on the road this fall in Europe and the US, probably playing tracks from their spankin’-new album on Frenchkiss, Root For Ruin (TMT Review).

Les dates:

10.01.10 - Outremont, QC - Espace Reunion
10.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11.05.10 - Boston, MA - Royale
11.13.10 - Glasgow, UK - ABC2
11.14.10 - Leeds, UK - Constellations Festival
11.15.10 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
11.17.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebäude 9
11.18.10 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.19.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw
11.20.10 - Paris, France - Nouveau
11.21.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
11.22.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom

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Weezer reveal Pinkerton reissue details, even though most of us are too annoyed with Rivers to even finish reading this headline

I can hear my friends from high school now: Blah, blah, blah, “90s Weezer is still the jam”… something, something “seminal first two albums”… blah, blah, “made me want to embrace being a band-geek”… something, something, “Pinkerton changed my life”…

Phooey, I say! I still chuckle at my “If it’s too loud, turn it down” t-shirt as much as the next 90s Weezer fan, but those first two records are retroactively ruined, and you know it. “Impossible!” you say? Bosh, I say! Totally possible. I can’t listen to “Tired of Sex” without thinking that I’d been had all those years ago by some kind of hyper-self-aware, “all art is shit,” pop-as-irony, hip-to-be-square hit machine named Rivers Cuomo. And I’m betting I’m not the only one.

But I’m also betting that many of you are still on the fence. So, here comes your chance to get pushed off that fence one way or the other for good, as Weezer prepare to roll out the two-disc (4LP) Pinkerton - Deluxe Edition reissue on November 2, via DGC (or “Interscope,” in the parlance of our times). The reissue includes, natch, a remaster of the original Weezer-produced album and a whopping 25 Pinkerton-era bonus tracks, including all of the official B-sides (Angus fans, rejoice!) and 16 previously unreleased recordings. And what do you know? A few of those previously unreleased records are actually unreleased songs (e.g. “Tragic Girl” and “I Swear It’s True”) and not just unreleased live recordings of songs I already have a 14-year history with. Okay, that’s mildly interesting… but still.

And speaking of live tracks, the live tracks I was speaking of when I last spoke of live tracks were taken from their 1996 Reading Festival slot, radio sessions in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, and a lunchtime performance won by a Seattle high school (a chilling omen of the shillery to come). Oh, and there’s also a booklet with photos and the obligatory Karl Koch essay, and blah-blah-blah-bling-blah. Look, just buy it already. I’m over it. I’m too into Deerhunter to even care. This news story is over.

Disc 1:
01. Tired Of Sex
02. Getchoo
03. No Other One
04. Why Bother?
05. Across The Sea
06. The Good Life
07. El Scorcho
08. Pink Triangle
09. Falling For You
10. Butterfly
11. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
12. Devotion
13. The Good Life (Radio Remix)
14. Waiting On You
15. I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
16. The Good Life (Live and Acoustic)
17. Pink Triangle (Radio Remix)
18. I Swear It’s True*
19. Pink Triangle (Live and Acoustic)

Disc 2:
01. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight*
02. The Good Life (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
03. El Scorcho (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
04. Pink Triangle (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)*
05. Why Bother? (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
06. El Scorcho (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
07. Pink Triangle (Live at Reading Festival 1996)*
08. The Good Life (Live at X96)
09. El Scorcho (Live and Acoustic)*
10. Across The Sea Piano Noodles*
11. Butterfly (Alternate Take)*
12. Long Time Sunshine*
13. Getting Up And Leaving*
14. Tired Of Sex (Tracking Rough)*
15. Getchoo (Tracking Rough)*
16. Tragic Girl*

*Previously unreleased

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RIP: John Hansen of The Slickee Boys

From the Washington City Paper (via The Daily Swarm):

John Hansen, a longtime fixture of D.C.’s punk scene known for his pranksterish joie de vivre, who spent much of the ’80s as the roadie, soundman, and then the guitarist of The Slickee Boys, died last Friday [September 17]. Hansen took his own life, according to his sister, Christine Hansen Martin. He was 47.

Hansen was 16 when he began working for The Slickee Boys around 1979—he had dropped out of high school along with his friend and future brother-in-law Seth Martin, who was then working sound for the early punk and new wave act. Hansen toured with The Slickee Boys throughout the ’80s, and when rhythm guitarist Kim Kane left the group in 1988, Hansen took his place until the band broke up in 1991.

“He was kind of like the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Marshall Keith, The Slickee Boys’ guitarist. “He was the powerful person in the club who always got things going.”

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Deer Tick leave for tour in unspecified mode of travel after auctioning off their bus for $2000

So if there’s one thing TMT has established, it’s that Deer Tick like to tour. Nobody knows why, and frankly, we’re getting a bit tired of reporting on it. In fact, instead of touting their newest tourdates, I’m going to point out the little-known fact that John McCauley is not the biggest John McCauley there ever was, unless you specify John Joseph McCauley III. The elder John McCauley (no relation) was an NHL referee in the 70s, a man in whom the love of ice hockey coursed long and strong and was passed down to his progeny.

Big or small in the name game, John J. McCauley really loves playing music, and we’re happy for him, the rest of the band, and folksy rock as a whole. So let’s hear it for Deer Tick and the continuation of — well, what they did all summer; hell, they played Lollapalooza as just a little gig to promote their third full-length album, The Black Dirt Sessions. Listen to “Piece by Piece, Frame by Frame” from the album on Partisan Records here.

Now for the real question: how are they getting around? For all of 2009, Deer Tick traveled around the States in “The Flagship.” But in light of the continued urgent need for aid for Pakistan flood victims, Deer Tick — heartless bloodsuckers that they are — sold the bus on eBay for $2000 (only 122,134 miles). A majority of the proceeds will then be donated to those afflicted in Pakistan (via Oxfam America).


10.06.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.07.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club * #
10.08.10 - Greenville, SC - Fall for Greenville *
10.09.10 - Auburn, AL - Bourbon Street *
10.10.10 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
10.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Bronze Peacock Room (House of Blues)
10.13.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.14.10 - Laredo, TX - Old No. 2
10.16.10 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn
10.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Loft (UCSD)
10.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
10.21.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret %
10.23.10 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
10.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.27.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.28.10 - Omaha, NE - TBA
10.29.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
11.02.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.03.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

* Jason Isbell
# Blitzen Trapper, Malcomb Holcombe
% Phosphorescent

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Brainwash Festival in Leeds attempts to brainwash public through Melt-Banana, Dosh, Shining; Brainwash festival pretty bad at actually brainwashing

How do you brainwash someone? Hypnotism! That’s one way, I suppose. If Anthony Burgess is to be believed, taping someone’s eyes open and just showing them a whole bunch of violent acts will also do (but that seems sort of specific). There are also surely some hard-science techniques that are too complex to go into in a simple news story. Announcing dozens of bands for your experimental music festival? That’s probably not going to get the job done.

But Leeds’ Brainwash Festival — running October 22-24 — is going to try just that. For the festival’s fifth anniversary, organizers have put together a lineup headlined by Melt-Banana, Dosh, and Shining. As for the rest of the lineup, it goes a little something like this: Trio VD, Juffage, Nitkowski, Cowtown, Nope, Two Minute Noodles, Nedry, Chickenhawk, The Plight, Yndi Halda, 65daysofstatic (DJ set), Glissando, Howard James Kenny, Invisible Cities, Mojo Fury, Loose Talk Costs Lives, Paul Thomas Saunders, Himself, Wot Gorilla?, Sam Airey, Holy State, Youves, The Bacchae, Diascorium, Wooderson, Yanni Montoya, Canaya, Sketches, Mimas, Tweak Birds, Gallops, Castrovalva, Blacklisters, Fran Rodgers, Milk Teeth White Teeth, Humanfly, Dolphins, Traitors, Yonderboy, and Master & The Mule. According to the festival’s website, there’s more where that came from. Better be some doozies in the brainwashing department, because after typing up that lineup, I’m still feeling pretty in control of my own mind.

Tickets are on sale at the festival’s website. Now, watch out for those scary hypnotists and you should be fine.

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