Holy Shitizzle! Snoop Dogg Named New Creative Chairman of EMI Music’s Priority Records

When you’re an internationally famous hip-hop star that was just named Creative Chairman of EMI Music’s Priority Records, what do you do as your first task on the job? If you’re Snoop Dogg, you promote your own upcoming album, duh! With Snoop at the helm, Priority Records’ next release will be his new studio album, Malice N Wonderland, due out this December.

Priority Records made a name for itself by becoming a major force in the West Coast Rap scene of the 80s and 90s. Snoop will be in charge of relaunching “the legacy of Priority and will drive efforts to maximize untapped digital and branding opportunities at the label,” according to the press release. All of which basically means that the Priority label execs are catching onto this whole internet marketing phenomenon thing (omgz Twitter is totes exciting!). Snoop will also be an executive producer for a new series of Priority releases that are due out next year commemorating the label’s 25th anniversary.

Of course, no story about Snoop Dogg is finished without a direct quote from the Dogg Father himself. From the press release:

Starting fresh with EMI is a great feeling. It's a new partnership, a new Priority Records, and a new Snoop Dogg: the Creative Chairman... the Boss Dogg... the Dogg Father. The business model we've developed will bring the musical heritage of groups like N.W.A. to the forefront. And you definitely got to get ready for my new album Malice N Wonderland in December to kick it all off -- this is going to be the most potent dose of Snoop Dogg yet!

Fuck Buttons Drag Their Drony Asses Across Europe and North America in Support of Their Upcoming Drony-Ass Record

Last year, British partners-in-feedback Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power (Damn, that is one stately-ass name!), better known together as Fuck Buttons, released their debut album Street Horrrsing (TMT Review) to what the internet calls “generally favorable reviews”. By all accounts it would appear the drony duo have been enjoying the fruits of their success, choosing to pass the long hours between blistering live shows and recording sessions by stroking only the finest mares and dining on succulent surge protectors at England’s poshest bistros.

But the vacation can’t last forever, so it’s back to work for these Buttons of Fucking. In fact, Hung and Power (If that isn’t already the name of some seedy glory hole parlor, then I call dibs) will be extremely busy over the coming months, staying on the road steadily until the end of November. Smack in the midst of their frenzied tour schedule, the band will release their sophomore effort Tarot Sport October 20 on ATP/R.

Welcome to the autumn of Fuck Buttons, everyone! Be safe, wear a sweater and have fun, k!
09.17.09 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club #
09.18.09 - Sheffield, England - The Corporation #
09.19.09 - Oxford, England - The Cellar #
09.20.09 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute #
09.21.09 -Nottingham, England - Bodega #
09.22.09 - Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds #
09.23.09 - Newcastle, England - The Other Room #
09.24.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
09.25.09 - Lancaster, England - The Storey #
09.26.09 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall #
09.27.09 - Brighton, England - Audio #
09.30.09 - Porto, Portugal - Plan B
10.01.09 - Lisbon, Portugal - Zbios
10.02.09 - Madrid, Spain - Experimenta Club
10.03.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
10.09.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg %
10.10.09 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10.11.09 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
10.12.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
10.13.09 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
10.14.09 - Leipzig, Germany - Connie Island %
10.15.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar %
10.16.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique, The Rotonde
10.17.09 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
10.18.09 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
10.19.09 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
10.20.09 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
10.21.09 - Lyon, France - Grrrnd Zero
10.22.09 - Lille, France - Ground Zero Festival
10.23.09 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
10.24.09 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Exit07
10.27.09 - London, England - Heaven
11.01.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Night Club
11.02.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.03.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11.04.09 - Washington DC - DC9
11.05.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.06.09 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.08.09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.09.09 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
11.11.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
11.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.14.09 - Portland, OR - Worksound
11.15.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.18.09 - Northfield, MN - Carleton College
11.19.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
11.20.09 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge
11.21.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.22.09 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.23.09 - Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
11.24.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
11.25.09 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
12.11.09 - Minehead, England - Ten Years of ATP Festival

# Zun Zun Equi


Pavement Reunion? Sure, I Could Definitely Fuck with Some Pavement Reunion.

Here's the question of the moment, the inquiry of the indie rock zeitgeist, the preoccupation of the "slacker generation": When the fudge is Pavement reuniting?? Earlier today, no one seemed to know. Anderson Cooper didn't know. Greg Kot didn't know. Kurt Cobain's avatar didn't know. Not even Ryan Schreiber™ knew. But all that changed at 7:35 PM, when Brooklyn Vegan and its "reliable sources" seemed to know:

There will be multiple, possibly four, nights of shows at NYC's Central Park Summerstage in September [2010]. That could be part of a tour. That could be the end of a tour, the middle of a tour, or even the beginning of a tour, but it seems reasonable to speculate that they might make their official comeback at Coachella in April.

It's also time to start guessing who might be the big curator of September 2010's ATP NY festival (the job Flaming Lips had this year, and My Bloody Valentine the year before that). Might as well put Pavement high on the list of possibilities for that too.

A rumor and speculation? Wowee Zowee! Obviously, the rumor is unconfirmed, but does anyone else feel like releasing some cream of gold from your slanted and enchanted carrot rope?

Photo: [neonwar]

Nobunny Goes On Tour, Everybody Goes As Nobunny For Halloween

I’m calling it now: Nobunny will be the hot Halloween costume of 2009. Just like how there were no less than eight Jokers at your party last year, you’ll be seeing dozens of dudes with scary bunny masks and no pants this time around. Sales for creepy rabbit masks will skyrocket in a way they haven’t since Donnie Darko first came out.

But why all the Nobunny fever? Because the fluffy-tailed garage rocker is going on tour, that’s why! The guy is hitting the road for the next two months, appropriately wrapping up the tour on Halloween, where he will surely stare back at a crowd of himself. Some of the dates will be in support of his brother-in-scuzzy-arms, Jay Reatard. Love Visions vs. Blood Visions: the ultimate showdown!

Speaking of Love Visions, Nobunny will follow up that 2008 debut with a new record on Goner Records in the first half of 2010. The new album is tentatively titled ONO, which is what you’ll yell when you find some sucker wearing the same costume as you this ‘Ween.

Nobunny loves tour:
09.17.09 - Las Vegas, NV - Boomer’s
09.18.09 - Flagstaff, AZ - TBA
09.19.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
09.20.09 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.21.09 - El Paso, NM - TBA
09.22.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.23.09 - Denton, TX - Mable Peabody's
09.24.09 - Memphis, TN - Gonerfest 6
09.28.09 - Chicago, Il - The Empty Bottle *
09.29.09 - Toronto, ON - The Reverb *
09.30.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
10.01.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
10.02.09 - Boston, MA - Harper’s Ferry *
10.03.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
10.11.09 - Valencia, Spain - Funtastic Dracula Carnival ^
10.13.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Vielle Montage ^
10.14.09 - Oslo, Norway - Funhouse ^
10.15.09 - Berlin, Germany - Cortina Bombs ^
10.16.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Brasserie Bellevue ^
10.17.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pacific Parc ^
10.19.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Great American *
10.20.09 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
10.21.09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
10.24.09 - San Francisco, CA - Budget Rock 8
10.30.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern
10.31.09 - Spookland, CA - Super Secret Scary Show (details TBA)

* Jay Reatard

^ The Okmoniks and Rock n’ Roll Adventure Kids

Last.fm to Launch as Broadcast Stations in Four Markets

CBS Interactive Music Group, owners of Last.fm, feel that you poor souls are missing out on some totally awesome HD Radio. Starting October 5, the Last.fm station will be “multicast on CBS's high-definition radio channels in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco-as well as streamed on CBS Radio's website-as a programmed channel,” according to Billboard.

Listeners will discover the delights of Last.fm’s user-generated weekly charts, which will provide part of the playlist mixed with interviews and live performances. Sat Bisla, the man behind A&R Worldwide and the MUSEXPO Conference in Los Angeles, will host the station’s flagship program, “Last.fm Discovers,” featuring new music and artist interviews.

Times New Viking Will Make Simple Things Really Loud All Across America on Their Fall Tour; Also They Will Release a New Record This Month; Yes, It Will Be Loud, Too

Gee whiz, pop music used to be so nice before Times New Viking had to go off and make it so damn loud and raunchy. I mean, I bet they’re really nice boys/girl, but golly folks, I have to use my ears all day at my job! My job at Crunkmatics Car Stereo Concepts! Where my cochlea gets so rattled from bass beats all day that it’s like there’s an Escalade bouncing on a trampoline in my skull! When I come home, all I want to do is kiss my parakeets, draw a nice cold bath, and pretend I had children who actually give a damn about their father, but every time I try it’s always Times New Viking on the radio, pounding my poor eardrums all over again. So please, on your upcoming tour and new album , titled Born Again Revisited and out on September 22 on Matador, just try to keep down the damn racket, you crazy kids!
10.14.09 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
10.15.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.16.09 - Urbana, IL - The Courtyard Cafe
10.17.09 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
10.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
10.19.09 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
10.22.09 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
10.23.09 - Olympia, WA - The Northern
10.24.09 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
10.29.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.30.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
11.01.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Part Time Punks)
11.03.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
11.06.09 - Dallas, TX - The Lounge on Elm St

11.07.09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.09.09 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
11.11.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
11.12.09 - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
11.13.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.14.09 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
11.15.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11.18.09 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.19.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
11.20.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
11.21.09 - Boston, MA - Great Scott