Unparalleled turntablist and eternal child (see pic above), Kid Koala is much more than just a man with four turntables and no microphone. He is also a remorseless rock ‘n’ roller with The Slew, his collaboration with fellow wax scratcher Dynomite D and a couple of Wolfmother expats. More Grand Funk Railroad than Funky 4+1, The Slew slayed eardrums back in 2009 with 100%, combining heavy riffage with scratches and samples galore. For their yet-to-be-titled-or-slated-for-release follow-up LP, The Slew are ditching the sampled vox and turning towards the meaty, screech-filled throats of scream demons like Faith No More’s/Tomahawk’s/everything else’s Mike Patton and John Spencer of his own Blues Explosion to flesh out the rawk. So lock up your doors and cover your daughters’ ears, cause there’s noises a-comin’ from thems that usually hip-hops!
Kid Koala sunders depths of hell with insane scratches to summon Mike Patton and Jon Spencer for service on new Slew record
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Riot Fest announces more bands, makes you feel really old
By Annapocalypse on Aug 19 2010
Without a constant stream of reunion announcements, music festivals surely would have gone out of business a long time ago. Instead, festival bookers strive each year to remind you, the aging music fan, that you are old as fuck and all the bands you liked as a youngin’ are now reuniting to a new generation of kids. Take, for example, Chicago’s Riot Fest (going down October 6-10 at venues all across the city) and its recent lineup additions of Cap’n Jazz, Pennywise, The Bronx, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Torche, and Kylesa. No doubt the organizers threw Cap’n Jazz on there — along with previously announced reunions of Snapcase, Articles of Faith, and Corrosion of Conformity — just to remind you that the grim grasp of death is right around the corner. In addition to the festival’s 17 shows spread across five venues, there will also be a Busted at Oz compilation album (featuring early recordings of premiere Chicago punk bands) benefit show on October 6 at the Double Door with performances by Naked Raygun, The Effigies, and The Subverts, among others. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Tickets for Riot Fest are on sale now and are available here.
Previously announced lineup: Bad Religion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Circle Jerks, Anti-Flag, Articles of Faith, Snapcase, Less Than Jake, The Lawrence Arms, Bouncing Souls, High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Riverboat Gamblers, OFF! (Keith Morris of Circle Jerks), Red Oktoberfest with Propagandhi, “Busted at Oz” Reunion, Cro-Mags, FUN., Negative Approach, Smoking Popes, Bhopal Stiffs, The Meatmen, Agnostic Front, Off With Their Heads, Brendan Kelly, The Toasters, Roy Ellis a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, Righteous Fool, and
Mandy Moore many more.
• Riot Fest: http://www.riotfest.org
New Stereolab album is Not Music, just the way TMT likes it
By Liz Louche on Aug 19 2010
See what I did there with that headline? Perhaps you were expecting some kind of angry tirade, something like “This ethereal indie pop/lounge band that sometimes sings in French is making an ABOMINATION of good old classic song structure! Etc.!” It wouldn’t be difficult to make this sort of mistake: I mean, after all, I am a circa 1950s stuffy classical music professor who burns records by The Beatles and Philip Glass on the front lawn of a church during my spare time. But no. Not Music is the name of Stereolab’s new album. Recorded in France back in 2007 (during the same session that yielded Stereolab’s last album, Chemical Chords), Not Music hits stores November 16 via Drag City.
Not Music tracklist:
01. Everybody’s Weird Except Me
02. Supha Jaianto
03. So Is Cardboard Clouds
05. Lelekato Sugar
06. Silver Sands
07. Two Finger Symphony
10. Sun Demon
12. Pop Molecules (Molecular Pop 2)
13. Neon Beanbag (Atlas Sound Mix)
RIAA and NAB mull peace treaty, ask Congress to put FM radios into cell phones. But why stop at cell phones??
By Ze Pequeno on Aug 18 2010
There has been a bitter war between the armies of music and radio. The taxes that the Recording Industry Army of America (RIAA) demand of radio duchies across the country remains a contentious enough issue to have the National Army of Broadcasters (NAB) strike at them at every opportunity, and neither side has been willing to give in to the argument fully. With their plans for inward expansion on each others’ small kingdoms at a standstill, they look outward and see vast amounts of territory around them, territory they once knew and loved but now filled with the unclean and ignorant masses that were once called “potential listeners.”
All these wretches are different, except for one common feature: They wield this new fancy device they call a cellular telephone, one that can receive the same “radio waves” that once powered their great empires cooperatively. Many also wield the small clockwork device known as the “MP3 player,” which is equally capable, though often not equipped, to receive these airwaves. Realizing the potential of restoring their golden age and the mutually-assured destruction of their continued campaigns, Marshal Mitch Bainwol of the RIAA sued for peace with the NAB, with an offer: In return for an arbitrary annual sum (a paltry $100 million), they would unite their armies and lay siege on the
League of Nations U.S. Congress, demanding that these new “cell phones” and other portable clockwork devices have a chip inside that would play their radio waves. The NAB has not yet agreed to all the details, but according to Lt. General Dennis Wharton, if they agree to this treaty, implementing the chips into these devices “in possible legislation would be a reasonable idea.”
It is, in fact, a brilliant idea.
That said, a small militia that supposedly defends the rights of cell phone and MP3 artisans, known as the Consumer Electronics Army (CEA), have blasted the plans of the proposed Nabriaan Grand Army. General Peter Shapiro of the CEA complained that the maneuver is the “height of absurdity,” and that the two armies “act like buggy-whip industries that refuse to innovate and seek to impose penalties on those that do.” The rabblerouser even remarked that it was “not in our national interest.” But what does he know? Lt. Gen. Wharton remarked that the CEA “always opposes new rules” that serve them and the nation best. It is not an invasion; it is a mere re-civilizing of the masses, giving them, as Lt. Gen. Wharton remarks, “lifeline information” in case of a real invasion.
But why stop at “cell phones?” Surely, we can go further than that to “re-civilize” the poor and the wretched. We can implement radios on these new adding machines they call “computers,” or lights or clocks! Maybe even implementing them as the sounds you hear when you are ringing someone on the telephone or while you are placed on hold. We can go further with microwaves and toasters, perhaps even lamps! If the Nabriaan Grand Army is to truly regain its empire, then its struggle must continue until the misguided creatures around it shall have their ears bathed in enough sound to cause their vision to be cleared, to have them understand that not only is resistance useless, but that those whom they may hold as enemies have no purpose except to consecrate them to capitalism and liberty, and to open them to a way to happiness.
Animal Collective, Girls, and Sleigh Bells featured on soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s short film I’m Here; Bob Dylan woefully lacking
By Erika H on Aug 18 2010
Remember Where the Wild Things Are (TMT Review)? Family film from last year, hip soundtrack from Karen O? Of course you do. Now that you recall, push it out of your mind: Spike Jonze now has a new short film with a soundtrack that makes Where the Wild Things Are’s sound like the soundtrack for City of Angels.
I’m Here is a 30-minute short sponsored by Absolut Vodka. (Luckily, the film itself has nothing to do with Absolut, short of the title — “An Absolut Love Story.” Yes, Zooey Deschanel, you’re still #1 for worst commissioned work… what were you thinking, Cotton?) Chocolate Industries worked with Spike Jonze on the soundtrack, which includes original music from The Lost Trees (comprised of Flea, Aska Matsumiya, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zimmer — take that, Karen). The real “cred,” however, comes from the addition of tracks from Sam Spiegel, Girls, Sleigh Bells, and Animal Collective, with others as of yet unannounced.
The film is a “love story between two robots… co-existing alongside humanity in Los Angeles,” presumably making it a rob rom, +/- com. Sienna Guillory stars as the female robot, who looks like a steely version of the chick from Eyes Without a Face (Andrew Garfield, the male robot interest, looks more like Andrew Garfield wearing a PC tower over his head).
I’m Here tracklisting:
01. The Lost Trees & Aska - “There Are Many of Us”
02. Gui Borratto - “Beautiful Life”
03. Sleigh Bells - “A/B Machines”
04. of Montreal & The Lost Trees - “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal”
05. Animal Collective - “Did You See the Words”
06. Girls - “Hellhole Ratrace”
07. Aska - “Y.O.U.”
08. Sam Spiegel - “Lonesome Robot Theme”
09. Sam Spiegel - “There Are Many of Us (Electric Dream Reprise)”
Sleigh Bells set to open for LCD Soundsystem this fall; this week’s TOUR OF THE YEAR
By Annapocalypse on Aug 18 2010
When LCD Soundsystem announces new tourdates, a collective buzz can be heard amongst the skinny-jeaned hoards. But when they procure one of the most up-and-coming buzz bands to join them on the road, it’s enough to bring on an early onset of hipster heart attacks. This fall, LCD Soundsystem (of This Is Happening [TMT Review] fame) will team up with Sleigh Bells (of Treats [TMT Review] fame) on a US tour. The entire jaunt will culminate at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, where Hot Chip will also join the two bands. Wait a minute… LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells, and Hot Chip? Expect Silver Lake to look like a ghost town and every taqueria line to be non-existent on October 15.
LCD Soundsystem and Sleigh Bells dates:
09.24.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Naval Cruise Terminal (Making Time)
09.25.10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post-Pavilion (V Festival)
09.26.10 - Baltimore, MD - University of Maryland – Baltimore
09.27.10 - Burlington, VT - Memorial Auditorium
09.28.10 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
10.01.10 - Clinton, NY - Hamilton College
10.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.05.10 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
10.06.10 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
10.08.10 - Houston, TX - Verizon Amphitheater
10.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
* Hot Chip