Let’s get metaphysical, physical: Celebration release Electric Tarot project

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Oh man, you guys have no idea what an effort it has taken me to not start this story off with some asinine phrase like “Celebration are laying their cards on the table with this new release” or “Let’s get metaphysical” or some other crap like… oh, too late, I guess. Sorry. Seriously. A commercial took over my body and started typing slogans. Celebration’s Electric Tarot project is one of the cooler things I’ve heard about in recent memory, and it deserves better. (I can’t say coolEST, because those little frogs that live in pitcher plants are pretty amazing, you can’t deny that.)

The thing is, Celebration has left 4AD and hooked up with Baltimore’s Friends Records to release nine free digital tracks over the course of the year that will be compiled near the end of 2010 into a free digital LP and a not-free physical LP entitled Hello Paradise. Each song of this Electric Tarot project represents a different card in the deck. (Every time I read that it blows my mind again. Tarot + Celebration = AMAZING.) Friends Records also plans on releasing cassettes with material from Celebration, although info on tape release dates has not yet been announced.

• Celebration: http://celebrationelectrictarot.com
• Friends: http://www.friendsrecordsbaltimore.com

M.I.A. announces her “Red-Headed Massacre” tour

Turns out that M.I.A’s music video for “Born Free” wasn’t just a gripping short film that speaks in shocking images and metaphors to bring the realities and injustices of genocide to an audience that rarely considers the threat of the widespread murder of a group of people as something that might effect them or even as something that still happens in the world despite our modern “civilization.”

The London-born singer, who recently released her third album, /\/\ /\ Y /\ (TMT Review), has announced that she will be heading out on the “Red-Headed Massacre” tour where, upon arriving in a town, she will systematically round up all the ginger-haired and freckled-faced weirdos in the local area before escorting them to her concert, where, between sets, M.I.A. will “eliminate” their presence using the sound of gunfire to segue into her closing tunes, which will be highlighted by popular single “Paper Planes.”

In a prepared statement, M.I.A. informed the world that, “we were warned, early and often, the video wasn’t just entertainment or simile, but a mission statement… and that any deaths won’t be on her hands.” M.I.A went on to assure her public that “the idiot writing this news ‘story’ that you are reading right now is an insensitive buffoon who is only adept at making off-color and inappropriate jokes about a very serious topic and that I (M.I.A.) do not condone or practice genocide… also, more dates to be announced soon.”

M.I.A. will be accompanied on the tour by Rye Rye, the first artist signed to M.I.A.’s label, N.E.E.T. Recordings

09.21.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
09.22.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
09.25.10 - Washington DC - V Fest
09.26.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
09.27.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
09.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
10.03.10 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
10.04.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10.05.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10.09.10 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park -Austin City Limits
10.12.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

(We’re kidding, of course.)

• M.I.A: www.miauk.com
• N.E.E.T. Recordings: www.neetrecordings.com

The Black Heart Procession together with Lee “Scratch” Perry, Eluvium, and The Books at last

Fall is on the horizon, and those great purveyors of autumnal folk-styled indie rock The Black Heart Procession have a gift for you! Whatever could it be, you ask? Perhaps a nice gift box full of scented soaps? A brownie mix with a poem comparing cooking to friendship? Dockers pleated slacks? Well, this is Black Heart Procession, so it’s something called Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit, and it’s a limited-edition EP available on October 12 via Temporary Residence Limited. The EP includes three new songs from the group, plus a collaboration with famed dub dude Lee “Scratch” Perry and a reworking of the track “Drugs” by Eluvium.

To celebrate the unleashing of Blood Bunny into the world, Black Heart Procession are hitting the road this fall with fellow Temporary Residence amigos The Books.

Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit tracklisting:

01. Blank Page
02. The Orchid
03. Silence (Remix by Mr. Tube)
04. Devotion
05. Freeze (Remix by Lee ”Scratch” Perry)
06. Heaven Below (Remix by Mr. Tube)
07. Drugs (Remix by Eluvium)
08. Drugs (Remix by Jamuel Saxon)

Blackened dates:

09.28.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
09.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
09.30.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.10 - Durham, NC - Shaefer Theater, Duke University
10.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.04.10 - Knoxville, TN - Square Room
10.05.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10.06.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
10.21.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
10.22.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
10.23.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.10 - Ottawa, ON - Capitol Music Hall
10.25.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.26.10 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10.27.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club, Calvin College
10.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
10.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at the Henry Fonda
10.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
12.03.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
12.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
12.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

* WITHOUT The Books

• The Black Heart Procession: http://theblackheartprocession.com
• Temporary Residence: http://temporaryresidence.com

Dead Meadow reunite with original drummer, rock out in California and Australia

There comes a time in every band’s life when the words “reunion tour” take on a shining, new allure, when a long-lost drummer returns to music from the scholarly clutches of law school and the group decides to set forth on a series of reunion shows in California and Australia. For psych rockers Dead Meadow, that time is now. Original drummer Mike Laughlin is back with guitarist/vocalist Jason Simon and bass player Steve Kille, in his first appearance with the group since 2002.

Dead Meadow are hot off a successful US and European tour, and now, reunited at last, the group will continue on to their upcoming Cali/Australia dates in support of the recent Xemu Records reissue of the group’s first two albums, 2000’s self-titled LP and 2001’s Howls from the Hills, as well as this spring’s dual DVD/LP release Three Kings (TMT Review).

Romantic evenings in dead meadows:

10.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
10.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.10.10 - Melbourne, Australia - The Tote (Jason Simon solo show)
10.11.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Toff In Town (Jason Simon solo show)
10.12.10 - Geelong, Australia - The National Hotel
10.13.10 - Perth, Australia - Amplifier Bar
10.14.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theater
10.15.10 - Brisbane, Australia - Globe Theater
10.16.10 - Sydney, Australia - The Lair (matinee/late shows)
10.17.10 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers Live

• Dead Meadow: http://www.deadmeadow.com
• Xemu: http://www.xemu.com

A Classic Education ready Hey There Stranger EP on Lefse, think about college options for the future

A classic education. Greek, Latin; Herodotus, the Socratic method, Euclidian geometry. Things aren’t quite the same these days. A classic education is now a little Canadian, a lot of Italian, and they’ve given up Aristotle’s logic for Lefse, which is set to release A Classic Education’s new EP, Hey There Stranger in the US on September 21.

Okay, enough academic mumbo jumbo. These Bolognese boys have been working their way up since 2009, when Holiday Records released their single “What My Life Could Have Been” b/w “Toi” (a free download from Holiday: a poppy, up-tempo musing followed by a 60s sashaying cover of Gilbert Bécaud). Singles are all fine and good, but a band can only go so far with free downloads and 7-inches (Best Coast managed for a while, but we got restless, if you will remember), and ACE’s first 12-inch EP (First EP) only had content on one side. Still, the promise is there, and in the meantime, nobody’s complaining about free downloads (download the opening track from Hey There Stranger here).


01. Gone to Sea
02. Terrible Day
03. What My Life Could Have Been
04. Devilish Coast Sway
05. I Lost Time
06. Toi

• A Classic Education: http://www.aclassiceducation.com
• Lefse Records: http://lefserecords.com

The RIAA spent $1.398 million in the second quarter; apparently it still lives in 2001

It was reported by Digital Music News that the RIAA spent a hefty $1,398,227 on lobbying initiatives this past quarter. Here is a list of things that we at TMT feel the RIAA should spend its money on instead:

1. Financing the tours of hard-working independent bands.

2. Splurging on a spa day, so it’ll stop being stressed out about how people are still downloading music illegally.

3. A time machine to get itself to 2010.

• RIAA: http://www.riaa.com


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