Jet break up; music industry crumbles

Jet break up; music industry crumbles

It’s a dark, Wachowski-esque apocalyptic week. And, I hate to be the badger of bad news, but here it goes:

It all started last night at spinning class. I try my best and, typically, I can tolerate the Flo Rida, Pink, and Lady Ga Ga tracks played. But, when that fucking “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” song by Australian band Jet plays, I angrily want to throw my exercise bike at the gym mirror, rip off my clothes, and cut myself all over with a shard of glass in the sauna as the cops try to talk me out of the room.

This is a natural reaction and not a slight at all to Jet, who composed what my pastor called, “The worst fucking feces of a song I’ve ever heard.” Seriously, hearing that song for the billionth time really weighed heavy on my mind all night. “Why is that song still everywhere?” “Why do I see people bob their head to it?” “Why God, why?”

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard the news the next morning that Jet had broken up. According to Pitchfork, the band announced their fallout on their website with the concluding statement:

After many successful years of writing, recording and touring we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight.

It is stated in their press release that Jet plan to keep their “music, legacy and brand alive through new licensing, publishing, merchandise, re-records [sic] and releases.” You bastards! Build me up to knock me right back down again. Really though I shouldn’t revel so much in their demise (even though they kind of deserve it), and who could forget the time when playing Rock Band with me where I sang the words, “Big black boots,” as, “Big black boobs.” It garnered laughs. And, for that, I thank you, Jet. See you in hell.

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200 Years combine wispy forces for brief spring tour, Ben Chasny preps new 7-inch for May

Drag City duo 200 Years are Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny, both of whom had successful careers with different bands prior to creating, implementing, and road-testing 200 Years. And it’s to our benefit they’ve decided to do so because November’s eponymous debut LP (TMT Review) proved that both had taken everything they’d learned prior, combining forces mystically, and not only showed they’ve still got their singular musical chops fine-tuned but also provided ample evidence that they also work incredibly well together.

Much like the fabled relationship of such past greats as chocolate and peanut butter or beer and pizza, Ambrogio and Chasny display a definite, comfortable knack for working together to better kick out proverbial jams. They haven’t played much as a unit live — their individual personal schedules keep the days pretty full — so this is a nice Easter treat for all the well-behaved girls and boys. Speaking of personal schedules, Chasny recently reported on his Six Organs of Admittance website that he’d recently finished recording a version of Roland S. Howard’s song “Shivers” for a special 7-inch with buddy Fabrizio Palumbo who also recorded the song for the other side of the 7-inch; the single is due this May.

200 Years tourdates:

03.30.12 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records
04.06.12 - Montague, MA - Montague Bookmill *
04.07.12 - Syracuse, NY - Roji Tea Lounge
04.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
04.09.12 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington
04.10.12 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo College
04.11.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzibar
04.12.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04.13.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
04.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Soft House
04.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
06.18.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo

* Kath Bloom, Arborea

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Diamond Terrifier tours with Patrick Higgins in April; alliteration is an art

Solo saxophone superman Sam Hilmer’s Diamond Terrifier is going on a tiny tour with ex-Animal axeman Patrick Higgins a.k.a. Bachanalia. Hilmer will be humping audiences’ heads and hearts with hits from his hectic and harmonious hellbender Shrine Flu tape on Words+Dreams, while Higgins will be gyrating on our souls’ genitals with his guitar with fresh joints from his experimental chamber jams.

Check out our exclusive stream of Shrine Flu’s Side B at the Chocolate Grinder and see why it’s already one of TMT’s favorites of 2012.


04.03.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.04.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04.05.12 - Oberlin, OH - The Chapel, Oberlin College
04.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Soap Box Music
04.07.12 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s
04.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.19.12 - Boston, MA - Arc-En-Ciel Studios
04.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda
04.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
04.22.12 - Washington, DC - Back Alley Theater
04.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Trembling Bells just folking around together on new joint LP… and then daggering

It’s a tale as old as tyme. Boy meets girl. American folk artist meets Scottish folk band. New audiences meet amazing transatlantic folk collabo. And this round, it’s the Will Oldham and Trembling Bells edition. I’d reckon you city slickers know a thing or two about Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy a.k.a the guy who was inexplicably in that Kanye West video a few years ago. But, you may be asking, “Can you tell me a little bit more about these Trembling Bells fellas?” Answer: YES. According to the band’s Myspace, Trembling Bells “are Alex Neilson’s song-based group who seek to reanimate the psychic landscapes of Great Britain and relocate them to some vague, mythic land where basic human crises are encountered and conquered.” Okay guys, in America we just call that a Renaissance Festival.

Neilson and Co. call up memories of traditional British folk music in all its lilting majesty, Lady of Shalott-lookin’ dresses, and FALCON HUNTING glory. (Come on, Renaissance people loooooved falcon hunting.) And now, after a fortuitous encounter while working on Alasdair Roberts’ 2005 album No Earthly Man, they’re calling it up with America’s very own Will Oldham! The album resulting from the sessions, The Marble Downs, is due for an April 9 release in the UK via the venerable Honest Jon’s label. Honest Jon’s is allowing fans to peep a sample of this folking awesome collaboration through an eight-song EP called Duchess, available through the label website. The eight songs are unique to the EP, but half of them were culled from the same sessions as The Marble Downs. The other tracks include what seems to be acapella folking around (sorry, I meant “folk singing”) and a Scott Walker cover or two.

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Liars album release date revealed. But not in this headline!

We’ve all been anxiously awaiting new info on the next Liars record ever since that cryptic blog started posting random pictures and tidbits of the band in the studio with pixelated pals. Well, today Mute Records has let the cat out of the bag and announced that the sixth studio album by Liars will be released on June 5. The as-of-now-untitled record will be their follow-up to Sisterworld (TMT Review) and finds the band working more collaboratively than on previous recordings.

The record was recorded in L.A., as you guessed from the palm trees in the blog pics, and was self-produced by the band with additional production from Daniel Miller. Tom Biller then mixed them shits.

According to the press release, “the album, is hard to shake, tough to pin down, and impossible to get out of one’s head even after an initial listen. Simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging release from these iconoclasts, it is both a summation of Liars’ work up to now and a complete break from anything you’d ever heard the band do previously.” This means that they can officially replace Radiohead now.

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Sigur Rós announce new album Valtari for May, prompting investigations into whale-blubber vinyl production facilities

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for mentioning what slipped out in a recent interview with list-loving Q Magazine: Sigur Rós have a new album with a shorter name than their last! The follow-up to 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (TMT Review) is called Valtari (which translates to “steamroller”) and will be released in the UK May 28 on a record label. My first guess is XL Recordings, and only the passing of time will tell if I’m as much of a “seer of things yet to be [announced]” as they say, whispered around the halls of Q Magazine.

Local xenophobes should again stay clear of this new Sigur Rós effort, as none of the lyrics will be sung in English, spelling disaster for any Americans hoping to hold office in the future when there’s an old 2012 YouTube video of them singing along to “Dauðalogn” in the tub, which roughly translates to “George W. Bush Is Still a War Criminal.” Other details on the album revealed in the interview: Valtari will be focusing on the use of electronics; Valtari will include a girls’ choir; Valtari was chosen as a title for the way, like a steamroller, “the music kind of just rolls over you,” hopefully leaving out the subsequent popping of every ligament individually and shooting arterial sprays of hot blood across the linoleum floor.

[UPDATE: listen to the album’s second track, “Ekki Múkk,” below.]

Sigur Rós are also going on tour through the Euro festival circuit this summer, with many more dates to be announced soon. The band plans to specially design the set pieces for their stage and lead singer Jónsi has pledged to give a wry, distant smile to fans at every stop. Fúkk


Valtari tracklisting:


1. Êg Anda

2. Ekki Múkk

03. Varúð

04. Rembihnûtur

5. Dauðalogn
6. Varðeldur
7. Valtari


08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.18-19.12 - Osaka/Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.25.12 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Steinberggasse
08.28.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.31.12 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.04.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
09.05.12 - Ljublhana, Slovakia - Krizanke
09.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.09.12 - Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09.16.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum
09.17.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum

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