Last One In Is a Rotten Fake-Dreadlocked Corpse: Caribou to Return for an April Swim

Last One In Is a Rotten Fake-Dreadlocked Corpse: Caribou to Return for an April Swim

What was it that Van Morrison said? Something about, if he was a gunslinger, “There’d be a lot of dead copycats about.” Now, don’t think we are condoning the slaying of “dude from Counting Crows” (but DO feel free to pistol-whip him if he should pass by your bus stop), but Van the Man has a point, up to a point. Poor imitators are depressing but inevitable; unoriginal, unauthentic, space-wasters are even more stomach-churning than copycats. That’s why we love to report news on genre-bustin’ mavericks like one man grandstand Dan Snaith, or Caribou as he has been known for the last six years.

Caribou returns with a new album on April 20 called Swim via Merge Records (City Slang elsewhere, April 19). By all accounts and recent appearances (culminating in the free-for-all Vibration Ensemble performances September past), Snaith will be leaping onto unchartered dancefloors this year. I’m no Nostradumbass, but after hearing Swim’s leadoff track “Odessa,” I predict a different, still amazing Caribou this year, one who is not only, in his own words, attempting to find his “own sonic vocabulary,” but one who is heck-bent on shaking titties and moving moobs. You can stream the track at the Chocolate Grinder.

Istanbul, not Constantinople. Caribou, not Manitoba.

01. Odessa
02. Sun
03. Kaili
04. Found Out
05. Bowls
06. Leave House
07. Hannibal
08. Lalibela
09. Jamelia

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Bonnaroo Announces 2010 Lineup

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2010 has been announced, but all you need to know is that The Flaming Lips are performing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Seriously, the rest of it doesn’t matter. Well, maybe: there’s also Daryl Hall & Chromeo (fucking, yes!), the guy from the Yardbirds, buddy from CCR, my friend from the Traveling Wilburys, Baroness, LCD Soundsystem, Martin Sexton, Mayer Hawthorne, Miike Snow, Stevie Wonder, The Black Keys, and The Dan Deacon Ensemble.

Full lineup:

Against Me! / Baaba Maal / Baroness / Bassnectar / Big Sam’s Funky Nation / Blitzen Trapper / Blues Traveler / B.O.B / Brandi Carlile / Calexico / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Clutch / Cross Canadian Ragweed / Damian Marley & Nas / Dan Deacon Ensemble / Daryl Hall & Chromeo / Dave Matthews Band / Dave Rawlings Machine / Deadmau5 / Diane Birch / Dr. Dog / Dropkick Murphys / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Gaslight Anthem / GWAR / Here We Go Magic / Hot Rize / Ingrid Michaelson / Isis / Jamey Johnson / Japandroids / Jay Electronica / Jay-Z / Jeff Beck / Jimmy Cliff / John Fogerty / John Prine / Julia Nunes / Kid Cudi / Kings of Leon / Kris Kristofferson / LCD Soundsystem / Les Claypool / Local Natives / Lotus / Lucero / Manchester Orchestra / Martin Sexton / Mayer Hawthorne and the County / Medeski Martin & Wood / Michael Franti & Spearhead / Miike Snow / Miranda Lambert / Monte Montgomery / Mumford & Sons / Needtobreathe / Neon Indian / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Norah Jones / OK Go / Phoenix / Punch Brothers / Rebelution / Regina Spektor / Rise Against / She & Him / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Stevie Wonder / Tenacious D / The Avett Brothers / The Black Keys / The Dead Weather / The Disco Biscuits / The Dodos / The Entrance Band / The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs perform Dark Side of the Moon / The Melvins / The National / The Postelles / Temper Trap / The xx / They Might Be Giants / Thievery Corporation / Tinariwen / Tokyo Police Club / Tori Amos / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Wale / Weezer / Zac Brown Band

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Media Institute Disputes Performance Right, Says Artists Should Stop Trying To Eat The Cake They’ve Got

How many of you out there know about the controversy surrounding the “Performance Rights Act”? Whoa! Calm down! I had no idea everyone was so emotionally invested in congressional bills H.R. 848 and S. 379.

For the few of you who don’t know, the Performance Rights Act is a piece of legislation that, if passed, would require terrestrial radio stations (regular ol’ radio stations) to pay performing artists and labels for broadcasting their music. Thought that was already happening? Nope, only songwriters and publishers get paid for airplay. So if you hear an artist on the radio, that doesn’t necessarily mean their making coin off of it. Sound complicated? The plot thickens.

The Media Institute recently released a paper that argues against the Public Performance Right Act. They reason that because radio airplay increases album sales for the artists and labels whose recordings are played, radio stations shouldn’t have to pay royalties on top of what amounts to free promotion. The current system is a “symbiotic relationship” that is both “fair and equitable.” The paper maintains that many stations couldn’t afford this new fee and would either go belly up or be forced to a non-music format. So, they argue, unless we’d be content with just a handful of talk radio stations, we shouldn’t pass this bill.

Of course, it’s not so simple. Satellite and internet broadcasters currently pay royalties to performing artists and their labels, so one might wonder why terrestrial radio should be exempt? And, the vast majority of foreign countries have laws that require radio stations to pay performance related royalties, so why not in the US?

It’s hard to figure out who’s being greedy and who’s getting robbed. But someone’s livelihood is definitely at stake, so we’ll keep you posted on any developments.

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The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd to Teach Oklahoma College Class Tomorrow, Answer All of Students’ Burning Questions About the Enigmatic “Double Guitar”

Tomorrow, February 10th, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will present a master class with Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist and adjunct professor of Badass, Steven Drozd. Open only to enrolled students (awww), the class will consist of an interview and a Q&A session with the indie drum legend and seemingly eight-armed keyboard and guitar mastermind, who will discuss such invaluable topics as musicianship and what life is like for a professional musician (hint: there’s probably a lot of driving involved). “I wish this [school] would have been around when I was a 17- or 18-year-old kid,” Drozd told NPR recently. Although, if it were around, Drozd might have set himself on a different musical path and the spacetime continuum deal would be ALL screwed up, and who KNOWS who’d be president… so, personally, I’m sort of fifth-dimensionally glad that it wasn’t.

But either way, as NPR further reports, it’s actually not all that odd that Drozd is showing up to school with these kids, as he and Lips manager Scott Booker helped start the Academy in the first place just last fall, with the mission of teaching students about both music and the music industry. And actually, he’s not even the first music star to guest-lecture there. Last semester, students got a Master Class from the Who’s Roger Daltrey (mostly about middle-aged male hair care) , as well as a concert from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, backed by a some lucky Academy students.

The school, which grants a two-year associate’s degree in music performance and production, is the US branch of Britain’s groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England. I guess that’s why crazy old Roger Daltrey showed up and lip-synced a lecture or two?

• The Academy of Contemporary Music (Oklahoma):

Chain and the Gang Tour with Strange Boys, Prep Passports

Ian Svenonius cannot sit still. The former Nation of Ulysses frontman will embark on a globe-spanning tour with his newest project, Chain and the Gang. Svenonius’ Gang will trek across the US this February and March with The Strange Boys and a few other guests showing up along the way. The Chain Gang will then head to Europe for a host of shows and festival appearances. If you’re curious, here’s the TMT review of Chain and the Gang’s 2009 debut album, Down with Liberty… Up with Chains!

02.19.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Inside *
02.20.10 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s *
02.23.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
02.24.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
02.25.10 - Isla Vista, CA - Biko’s Garage *
02.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
02.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room *@
02.28.10 - Reno, NV - Rainshadow Community Charter High School *
03.02.10 - Salem, OR - The Space *#
03.03.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern *#
03.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern *$
03.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club *
03.06.10 - Portland, OR - East End *
03.24.10 - Krakow, Poland - OFF Club %
03.27.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Zoro
03.28.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
03.29.10 - Munster, Germany - Gleis 22
03.30.10 - Bielefeld, Germany - Forum
04.01.10 - Lille, France - Club Aeronef
04.04.10 - Bordeaux, France - St Ex
04.05.10 - Toulouse, France - Le Saint des Seins
04.06.10 - San Sebastian, Spain - Le Bukowsky
04.07.10 - Madrid, Spain - Nasti Club
04.08.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
04.09.10 - Nice, France - Le Volume
04.14.10 - Neuchatel, Switzerland - Queen Kong
04.15.10 - Clermont-Ferrand, France - Maison de l’Oradou
04.16.10 - Angouleme, France - La Nef
04.19.10 - London, UK - Cargo +
04.20.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club +
04.21.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo +
04.22.10 - Sheffield, UK - Sawa
04.23.10 - Paris, France - La maroquinerie
04.26.10 - Metz, France - L’Emile Vache
04.27.10 - Lyon, FRANCE - Ground Zero
04.28.10 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop Festival

* Strange Boys
@ Ty Segall
# Hive Dwellers
$ Lovvers
% Mount Eerie, No Kids
+ The Sticks

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The Title Track from Title Tracks’ Self-Titled–Just Kidding; Ex-Q and Not U Member Comes Out With Sensibly Named Debut as Title Tracks, Prepares to Tour

For those who attended high school in the early 2000s, almost all of us had an erstwhile love affair with Q and Not U. When they broke up in 2005, we lost an essential reference point for explaining to less-cool friends what post-hardcore was, and a small chapter ended in our lives (or maybe it was just adolescence). In a surprising twist, shortly after the band’s dissolution, drummer John Davis formed the indie pop duo Georgie James with Laura Burhenn, coming out with one album of innocuous, more or less generic power-pop from Saddle Creek. While nothing special and certainly, nothing lasting, Places — the first and last album from the duo — at least gave Davis the opportunity to branch out musically. Rather than sticking to percussion, he alternated vocals with Burhenn and took charge of most of the instruments.

Burhenn and Davis split up shortly after Places, and once again the very capable Davis was left to his own devices. Having perspicaciously anticipated the breakup, he began work on a solo album as early as January 2008 (Georgie James didn’t officially break up until that summer). In 2009, he released a single under the name Title Tracks on old QANU standby Dischord, and thus Davis returned to the indie radar. (For those interested in Laura Burhenn, she too began a new band, The Mynabirds, and is releasing an album in April with Saddle Creek.)

John Davis’ long-overdue debut full-length as Title Tracks, It Was Easy, is at long last set for digital release from Ernest Jenning Record Co. on February 9 (CD/LP out February 23). With the exception of two covers of Bruce Springsteen and The Byrds, the songs are all Davis’. He also commandeered all the instruments, though you can listen for a sax contribution from Kriston Capps on one song and vocals from Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on two. Title Tracks is still not Q and Not U, but it’s also not Georgie James, and Davis’ songs are decently catchy and varied enough to keep you interested.

Check out the video to “Steady Love” at the Chocolate Grinder and then catch Title Tracks on tour, with a backing band comprised of Nick Anderson, Michael Cotterman, and Andrew Black.

02.11.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
02.14.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *
02.16.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room *
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
02.19.10 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar at Wisconsin Union *
02.21.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
02.24.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
03.01.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
03.02.10 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 *
03.03.10 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe *
03.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
03.05.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East (Upstairs) *
03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
03.07.10 - New York City, NY - The Cake Shop *
03.11.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop ^
03.12.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot ^
03.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge ^
03.14.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ^
03.15.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^

* Pretty & Nice
^ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

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[Photo: Shervin Lainez]