Kill Rock Stars get a new boat. Oh, I mean Boats sign to Kill Rock Stars. But a boat would be cool too.

Kill Rock Stars get a new boat. Oh, I mean Boats sign to Kill Rock Stars. But a boat would be cool too. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-02-boats.jpg

KIll Rock Stars really enjoy boats and boating activities. Sometimes, as they work out the schedule for upcoming releases, or as they design promotional material, they stare wistfully out of a nearby window and remember fishing with their dad, or last year’s work party on the yacht, or when they rode bumper boats at that second-rate theme park in Tucson, and at those moments, Kill Rock Stars can’t help but feel happy as they remember the peaceful feeling of rocking back and forth on the surface of calm water, or bumping into other bumper boats.

It’s that happy feeling that urged Kill Rock Stars to sign Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s Boats, which in turn aided the creation and eventual digital release of the Canadian band’s second album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs, on March 1. The band will also head out on tour, but that has nothing to do with boats — maybe, perhaps, they’ll ferry down the Mississippi?

Anyway, Kill Rock Stars actually signed Boats because A LOT of people liked their first album, Intercontinental Champion (named after Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat) and then all of those people were like, “I wish a well-respected and nationally distributed record label would release a sophomore album by these entertaining Canadian lads.” Plus, Kill Rock Stars enjoy releasing critically acclaimed albums because, you know, it makes it easier for them to pick up chicks at cool Portland bars.

So, you know, the rest is history, eh? Kill Rock Stars was won over by Boats’ ability to be a “noisy indie-pop band with high-end hopes but low-end equipment, (singer) Mat Klachefsky’s bizarre vocal chords, infectiously catchy pop songs, and boundless energy.” After that, everything else became storybook love and an album set for (digital) release on March 1.

Tourdates:

03.11.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Lo Pub
03.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cause Soundbar
03.13.11 - Lincoln, NB - The Clawfoot House
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Marq
03.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.22.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
03.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Three Club
03.24.11 - Fresno, CA - Bel Tower
03.25.11 - Bakersfield, CA - The Gate
03.27.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*
03.30.11 - Eugene, OR - Luckey’s
03.31.11 - Portland, OR - The Woods
04.03.11 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
04.04.11 - Olympia, WA - The Northern
04.07.11 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx
04.08.11 - Calgary, AB - Broken City

* David Dondero and Franz Nicolay

• Boats: http://www.yeahboats.com
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

Radiohead decide to release The King of Limbs today instead of tomorrow, change how we think about music forevermore

When Radiohead released In Rainbows, the band flipped the industry on its head with its ‘revolutionary’ pay-what-you-want release method, and now Radiohead have done it again! Earlier this week, Radiohead announced the release of The King of Limbs, a new album that would be available this Saturday (TMT News). But of course, that wasn’t ‘revolutionary’ enough, so Radiohead have decided to scrap that release date last-minute and release the digital version TODAY, available to all pre-orderers here.

Could this become a new template for the industry? Will bands start announcing release dates only to change them last minute? Should we expect albums to come out a day early from now on? Probably! Check out the video for “Lotus Flower” over at the Chocolate Grinder and enjoy the album courtesy of Tiny Mix Tapes and the guy from the State Farm insurance commercials.

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com

[Photo: Sebastian Edge]

Guitar Wolf announce US dates; don’t get too excited, there’s only two of them

Yow! Guitar Wolf are so crazy and cool and Japanese that they can make ridiculous things look awesome. Like lightning bolt guitar straps. Or weird Tarantino-esque promo shots. Or even wifebeater tanktops. Be sure to check out their raucous live show if you find yourself in Japan this spring. Or in Brooklyn. Or Chicago.

US dates:

04.13.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
04.19.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

Japan dates:

03.17.11 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quatrro
03.18.11 - Shinsaibashi, Japan - Sun Hall
03.27.11 - Niigata, Japan - Club Riverst
04.07.11 - Sendai, Japan - MA.CA.NA
04.10.11 - Fukuoka, Japan - Live House CB
04.17.11 - Sapporo, Japan - Bessie Hall
04.24.11 - Ebisu, Japan - Liquidroom

• Guitar Wolf: http://www.guitarwolf.net

Jim “Ol’ Reliable” O’Rourke slings out another collab (with Merzbow and Mats Gustafsson) for Editions Mego

Regardless of his intentions when making the migration from the states to Japan a few years back (apparently to learn the art of filmmaking) Jim O’Rourke just can’t seem to keep his little musical fingers still. Just in the past year the man has released collaborations with Oren Ambarchi & Keiji Haino, Lee Ranaldo & Christoph Heemann, and The Thing, and he’s got another collaboration with Heemann coming out this Tuesday called Plastic Palace People Vol. 1. As evidenced, O’Rourke possesses all the qualities of a childhood pet — he’s loyal, consistent, lovable, and plays well with others. Apologies if you didn’t have a childhood and can’t relate.

But those weren’t enough! Clear the “recent arrivals” bin, record store folks, because One Bird Two Bird will be released on March 11 via the always excellent, increasingly popular Editions Mego label. The disc features a 2009 Tokyo studio session between Masami Akita (a.k.a. Merzbow), Mats Gustafsson, and O’Rourke. If you’re not familiar with these dudes, I’m gonna go ahead and tell you to expect somethin’ brutal, cause that’s exactly what it’s gonna be.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• Editions Mego: http://www.editionsmego.com

Alela Diane now computer-literate enough to announce news of a third LP

Back in the early 2000s, when the terms freak folk, anti-folk, and psych folk actually kind of signified something, Alela Diane emerged from Nevada City with a friend like Joanna Newsom and a voice like a toned-down Diane Cluck singing Townes Van Zandt (evidenced most brazenly by the first track on her Myspace). Last June, we mused about her technological deficiencies, but we also hinted at a 2011 album. As will happen with the passage of time, the year is now 2011 and we have confirmation of said album, entitled Alela Diane & Wild Divine.

A real family affair, Diane’s third studio endeavor consists of herself (naturally, the “Alela Diane” half), plus her husband and father, both guitarists named Tom, and friends Jonas and Jason on bass and drums, respectively (together, Wild Divine). To sweeten the deal, Scott Litt (ahem — R.E.M. and Nirvana) produced the whole thing. Alela Diane & Wild Divine is out April 5 from Rough Trade. Just to assuage your fears about the craziness of this album, no animals were harmed during the production of this album.

• Alela Diane: http://www.aleladiane.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

Oh hai guyz, our bad! US government shuts down 84,000 websites “by mistake”

In accordance with “Operation Save Our Children,” ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center seized thousands of domain names last week that they thought were questionable. “Thought” being the operative word here. Last Friday, thousands of site owners were surprised to find the following banner in place of their sites:

Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.

Pretty intense! Unfortunately, ICE didn’t pay close enough attention when they convinced a district court judge to sign a seizure warrant that prompted the domains in question to show the warning message instead of their usual content. Somewhere along the way, the domain mooo.com — which belongs to FreeDNS, a large DNS service provider — was seized and 84,000 subdomains were wrongfully seized as well. The owner of FreeDNS commented on the situation: “Freedns.afraid.org has never allowed this type of abuse of its DNS service. We are working to get the issue sorted as quickly as possible.” Several days after the seizure, the non-offending sites were reverted from the warning banners back to their old content. Hmm. Hey Department of Homeland Security, maybe double-check yourself the next time you try to flip the “off” switch on the internet, okay?

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