Hoofdriver: wrestling move or Busdriver ‘n’ Deerhoof collaborative 7-inch?

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Game over, bands! If you named your 7-inch anything other than Hoofdriver, you officially DO NOT have the best-named 7-inch this year. Sorry, better luck next time. Maybe you can name your next 7-inch something like “Antlersmasher” or “Cometnailer” and win in 2011.

All great names have a genesis, and here’s the one for Hoofdriver: a collaboration of sorts between L.A. MC Busdriver (a.k.a. Regan Farquhar) and San Francisco art-rockers Deerhoof, put out by the esteemed Polyvinyl Record Co. On the single’s A-side is Busdriver singing over a Deerhoof instrumental, while the B-side features a track from Busdriver’s Physical Forms project, a group that features members of The Mae Shi. The record will be available on yellow vinyl (with an MP3 code) and is limited to a supply of 1000 copies, so get with it and jump at this opportunity to own such an exquisitely titled single.

Hoofdriver may not end up the only “Deerhoof + SOMEBODY ELSE” 7-inch out there, though. As it turns out, it may simply be the first in a possible series of Deerhoof 7-inches that feature guest vocalists singing their own lyrics over original Deerhoof instrumentals. I’m excited, but it’s admittedly halfway due to the treasure trove of awesome names this could open. Deer Age! Hoof Parade! Lightning Hoof! Deer, um, Hunter?

• Busdriver: http://www.myspace.com/busdriver
• Deerhoof: http://www.myspace.com/deerhoof
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Adrigu]

Ghosts and graffiti and mutants, oh my! Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Os Mutantes terrorize US cities together this fall

Remember when I ranted this past summer about Ariel Pink and Wayne Coyne duking it out for King of Weird while their goofy-ass bands were on tour together?

Well, apparently the recently resurrected Brazillian tropical psych outfit Os Mutantes caught wind of that story and were having none of it. So offended were they at being left out of the weirdness conversation that they dropped whatever weird stuff they were doing and scheduled a joint tour with Ariel Pink a scant one month after the Lips/Graffiti thing is wrapped up. Expect bearded ladies and sword swallowers and toad-licking galore on this one, kids. Not to mention lots and lots and lots of resort-wear.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s 4AD debut, Before Today (TMT Review), was released back in June. Os Mutantes also have a recent-enough record to promote (last year’s Haih or Amortecedor, on ANTI-), but I’m pretty sure they are just touring in support of McDonald’s Happy Meals instead.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti complete fall tourdates:

09.14.10 - Lubbock, TX - Foundation Room
09.15.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.16.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
09.17.10 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant *
09.18.10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note *
09.19.10 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
09.20.10 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
09.21.10 - Winnipeg, MAN - Burton Coummings *
09.23.10 - Calgary, ALB - University of Calgary *
09.24.10 - Edmonton, ALB - Events Center *
09.25.10 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
09.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl *
09.27.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater *
09.29.10 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater *
10.01.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
11.05.10 - Dallas, TX - Showroom #
11.06.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest #
11.07.10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds #
11.08.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack #
11.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety #
11.10.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats’ Cradle #
11.11.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
11.12.10 - Philadelphia PA - Trocadero #
11.13.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
11.14.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston #
11.16.10 - Montreal, PQ - National #
11.17.10 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House #
11.18.10 - Bowling Green, OH - Clazel Theater #
11.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
11.20.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #
11.23.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird #
11.24.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
11.26.10 - Vancouver BC - Vogue #
11.27.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s #
11.28.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s #
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Regency #
12.01.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater #
12.02.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda #

* The Flaming Lips
# Os Mutantes

• Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: http://myspace.com/arielpink
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com
• Os Mutantes: http://www.myspace.com/osmutantes
• ANTI-: http://www.anti.com

You turned off the TV, but we know your secret; MTV rated the largest music site in August

There are some complaints that just have to be revived from time to time. One particularly tiresome whine is the one about MTV and how “it doesn’t play music anymore.” Well, get on your angry faces, guys, because guess what? MTV made the cut for most-visited music site this August, at 53 million visitors. Vevo had 49 million, and MySpace Music came in third with 26.4 million. Tiny Mix Tapes, to no one’s surprise, came in fourth, claiming a whopping 22 million (by TMT, I mean AOL Music).

So let the angry rants begin. Since when does streaming Teen Mom qualify as perusing a music site? We all know that Adam Lambert music videos don’t count. But hey. Of all MTV’s problems, it at least provides stupidly entertaining, non-music-related games online (and if you clicked on that link, you just implicated yourself in the problem).

• MTV: http://www.mtv.com

Matador Records turns 21, orders three Long Island iced teas, pukes, releases a six-CD box set

Wow. Matador Records is turning 21? 21 years old? That’s old. It seems just like yesterday that no one but the coolest dudes around knew who Matador was, just before it released Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville. Regardless of how long it’s been (or how long it feels like it’s been), Matador is now of official drinking age, and it’s going to Vegas to celebrate.

During the weekend of October 1-3, the respected indie label has scheduled a massive celebration concert that includes sets by classic and contemporary Matador artists like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Fucked Up, Chavez, Cold Cave, Guitar Wolf, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Superchunk, Cat Power, Perfume Genius, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Come, Girls, Esben and the Witch, Harlem, The Clean, Times New Viking, Kurt Vile, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, and Shearwater (TMT News). The only problem is that the show is mega-expensive and you have to go to the geriatic-paradise and asshole-breeding-ground that is Satan’s sphincter, Las Vegas.

As an alternative to the show, Matador has announced that it will be releasing a six-CD box set and a two-record LP on September 28 as a means to include all its fans in the celebration. Matador at 21 will be a limited-edition set that includes five CDs documenting the vast history of the label, with remastered songs from 1989 to 2010 as well as a disc of unreleased live recordings from the Matador 10th Anniversary concerts from 1999. The box set also includes an 85-page booklet with essays, photos, ephemera, emails, and poker chips. Yep, cuz every Matador fan is just waiting and hoping for Matador poker chips.

As mentioned above, Matador will also release a two-record LP that includes disc five of the box set, “Matador Today.” Because vinyl fans are only interested in modern music. The LP will be available the same day as the box set and, fortunately, doesn’t include poker chips.

Finally, all proceeds from the set will be donated to charities selected by the label owners, and even the artists featured on the box set have agreed to donate their royalties. Way to go, Matador!

Matador at 21 tracklist:

Disc 1 – The Pre-Dawn (1989-1992):

01. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
02. H.P. Zinker – Dancing Days
03. Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
04. Dustdevils – Throw the Bottle Full
05. Railroad Jerk – These Streets
06. Come – Fast Piss Blues
07. Bettie Serveert – Kid’s Alright
08. Chain Gang – Cut Off The Drug Czar’s Head
09. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – More Glee
10. Unsane – This Town
11. Circle X – Compression of the Species
12. Toiling Midgets – Mr. Foster’s Shoes
13. Bailter Space – The Today Song
14. Pavement – Perfume-V

Disc 2 – The Years of Milk And Honey (1993-1995):

01. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Afro
02. Yo La Tengo – Big Day Coming
03. Railroad Jerk – The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
04. Helium – Superball
05. Pizzicato Five – Baby Love Child
06. Liz Phair – Mesmerizing
07. Pavement – Silence Kit
08. Guided By Voices – Game Of Pricks
09. 18th Dye – Whole Wide World
10. Chavez – Peeled Out Too Late
11. Come – String
12. Moonshake – Secondhand Clothes
13. Guitar Wolf – Midnight Violence Rock’n Roll
14. San Francisco Seals – Back Again
15. Bardo Pond – Rumination

Disc 3 – Days of Whiskey and Tears (1996-2001):

01. Boards of Canada – Telephasic Workshop
02. Spoon – Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
03. Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
04. Chavez – You Must Be Stopped
05. Silkworm – Tarnished Angel
06. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 1 (Beck)
07. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 2 (Mike D)
08. Pole – Fliegen
09. Cat Power – American Flag
10. Belle & Sebastian – We Rule The School
11. Mogwai – Helps Both Ways
12. Arsonists – Backdraft
13. Large Professor – ‘Bout That Time
14. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
15. burger/ink – Flesh & Blood
16. Pavement – You Are A Light
17. Arab Strap – Blood
18. Matmos – L.A.S.I.K

Disc 4 – Don’t Call It a Comeback (2002-2007):

01. Interpol – Hands Away
02. Cat Power – He War
03. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day
04. The New Pornographers – From Blown Speakers
05. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
06. Dead Meadow – Good Moanin’
07. Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
08. Mission Of Burma – The Setup
09. Early Man – Death Is The Answer
10. Belle & Sebastian – Dress Up In You
11. Pretty Girls Make Graves – All Medicated Geniuses
12. Cat Power – Love & Communication
13. Shearwater - Johnny Viola
14. Brightblack Morning Light – Everybody Daylight
15. Lavender Diamond – You Broke My Heart
16. Jennifer O’Connor – Tonight We Ride
16. Earles & Jensen – Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine
17. Stephen Malkmus – Discretion Grove

Disc 5 – Matador Today (2008 – present):

01. Fucked Up – Son The Father
02. Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster
03. Kurt Vile – Amplifier
04. Yo La Tengo – Nothing to Hide
05. Jay Reatard – There Is No Sun
06. Times New Viking – Move To California
07. Harlem – Friendly Ghost
08. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Bottled In Cork
09. The New Pornographers – My Shepherd
10. Cold Cave - Youth and Lust
11. Interpol – Summer Well
12. Shearwater - Castaways
13. Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
14. Girls – Lust For Life
15. Magic Kids – Superball
16. Delorean – Stay Close
17. Cat Power – Metal Heart
18. Perfume Genius – Learning
19. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

Disc 6 – Unreleased Live Recordings from the 10th Anniversary Concerts, New York City, September 1999:

01. Pavement – Here (Live 1999)
02. Pavement – Trigger Cut (Live 1999)
03. Pavement – The Hexx (Live 1999)
04. Pavement – She Believes (Live 1999)
05. Pavement – Unfair (Live 1999)
06. Pavement – Zurich Is Stained (Live 1999)
07. Pavement – Debris Slide (Live 1999)
08. Pavement – Spit On A Stranger (Live 1999)
09. Come – New Coats (Live 1999)
10. Bardo Pond – Walking Stick Man (Live 1999)
11. Bardo Pond – Tommy Gun Angel (Live 1999)
12. Cat Power – Good Woman (Live 1999)
13. Cat Power – Naked, If I Want To (Live 1999)
14. Cat Power – You May Know Him / Sea Of Love (Live 1999)
15. Mogwai – Ex-Cowboy (Live 1999)

• Matador Records: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Dismemberment Plan reunite! All their shitty post D-plan projects are instantly forgiven!

Holy creative-use-of-synth-bass, Batman! The Dismemberment Plan, that mathy, dancy, poppy, proggy, jazzy, glitchy, twitchy, brilliant, trite, indulgent, deranged, beloved, awesome Washington DC post-punk crew that changed the way we all thought about (among other things) the relationship between outer space and garbage day, is officially reuniting for a small east coast tour… and MAYBE MORE.

As The Washington Post reports, Barsuk will reissue the band’s 1999 mindfuck Emergency & I as a double LP (complete with, apparently, an oral history of the record by The Onion’s Josh Modell, because the last thing we want get for our money is music I guess) on January 11, after which the band will take to the road for five glorious nights of spazzin’ out DC-style. If you live anywhere remotely near the East Coast, now’s your chance to see for yourself just how awful the past 30 or so bands you’ve seen live really are.

And to make awesome matters even more awesome, the band seems to be hinting at the possibility of more awesome awesomeness to come. “We’re not planning a new record,” bassist Eric Axelson told The Post, “but we’re doing these shows and taking it day to day after that.” Wooo! Fire up the memory machine, boys and girls.

You Are Invited:

01.21.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
01.22.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
01.28.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
01.29.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

• The Dismemberment Plan: http://dismembermentplan.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

[Photo: Richie Graham]

Gang of Four to release Content, the band’s first new material in 16 years; album contains vials of band members’ blood (seriously)

GOOD NEWS: Gang of Four are releasing a new album entitled Content, which features the group’s first new material in 16 years. According to Gang of Four singer Jon King:

What I’ve been thrilled by over the years is that our music still seems to make sense to our audiences, however old they are, and these days they’re mostly under 30. They tell us that our music means something, that it makes them want to go start a band. That amazes me. I would never have imagined when we started off that we would have this impact after such a long time.

BAD NEWS: Content isn’t coming out until next year (on Yep Roc Records).

BETTER NEWS: The album’s coming out January 25, so it’s actually not that long of a wait.

BEST NEWS: Not only will the album will be available on CD and vinyl, but it’s also being released as an “Ultimate Content Can,” which contains, according to the press release, “the new album on CD, a book version of an art piece Jon and Andy have done on ceramic tiles depicting the last 40 years of world history, a book of lyrics, a book of Rotoscoped photographs of the band’s emotions, phials [vials] of band members’ blood and a scratch and sniff booklet which reflects the key areas of human activity.”

Every album should be released as an “Ultimate Can.”

• Gang of Four: http://www.gangoffour.co.uk
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com