Liars Bring Thom Yorke, Tunde Adebimpe, and Bradford Cox On Board For Sisterworld Bonus Disc

What could be better than a new Liars album in 2010? How about a new Liars album with a bonus disc included? Liars’ fifth album, Sisterworld, which is due March 9 on Mute, is now set to feature a bonus disc with “remixes and reinterpretations” from Thom Yorke, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, the Melvins, Suicide’s Alan Vega, and Blonde Redhead.

Liars are also hitting the road this spring to spread the good word about Sisterworld to the masses.

04.10.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
04.14.10 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
04.15.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
04.16.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
04.17.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
04.18.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s *
04.29.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
04.30.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - TBA *
05.01.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *

* Fol Chen

RIAA Asks FCC Not to Block Anti-Piracy Measures; Court Questions Whether FCC Is Legally Entitled to Set Net Neutrality Rules

On January 14, the RIAA wrote to the FCC arguing that they must allow anti-piracy efforts to proceed without obstruction. The FCC is currently consulting on the issue of net neutrality, with January 15 being the deadline for public comments. This would regulate how ISPs should manage their network traffic.

In the RIAA’s submission, they say, “huge amounts of the Internet’s bandwidth are tied up in unlawful traffic.” They also add, “we have a particularly strong interest in ensuring an Internet in which media applications – which, unlike file-sharing applications, have a low tolerance for network delay – can function smoothly and without the network congestion caused by piracy-inflated traffic.” And all at fair prices, right RIAA?

This, of course, all depends on whether the FCC is legally entitled to set rules governing net neutrality anyway. A D.C. appeals court questioned this very matter recently. The FCC proposed net neutrality rules in October 2009, but some reckon “there isn’t anything in the Communications Act, or any other statute, actually giving them power to regulate such things.” The Commission believe they can get around this by citing “ancillary jurisdiction” – where the FCC can take on powers “necessary to ensure the achievement of the Commission’s statutory responsibilities.” Comcast actually took the FCC to court over the fact that the ISP had throttled BitTorrent and the Commission censured them.

Spoon, The Shins’ James Mercer, Yo La Tengo Cover Love Songs for Starbucks Valentine’s Comp; Are You Listening, Rachael Ray’s Husband?

In 2005 (a.k.a. the Golden Age of music sales), Starbucks’ then cutting-edge Hear Music label poured millions and millions of marketing dollars into thinking up a fantastic name for their first Valentine’s Day compilation CD of Indie LITE artists covering classic love songs… then they looked down at some of those candy hearts or something and decided to just call the damn thing Sweetheart instead… then they realized that they had no business trying to sell their own new music in their stores and kinda stopped doing a lot of that… then last year, they released a sequel to the series anyway… and now, with the economy doing better than it ever has in history, Starbucks has dropped yet another Sweetheart album.

This time around, they’re really hoping that your lady is totally INTO covers of songs she’s never heard before unless she’s a music person and owns the songs already. Killer strategy, right? The Shins’ James Mercer collaborates with his brother Robert on a version of Bob Dylan’s “Spanish Harlem Incident,” Spoon take on The Damned’s “Love Song,” Yo La Tengo try out The Zombies’ “You Make Me Feel Good,” (okay, that actually sounds awesome) and José González contributes his version of Kylie Minogue’s “Hand on Your Heart” (yeah, man, digging deep here). Elvis Perkins, Grand Archives, Mates of State, The Long Winters, and The Avett Brothers also make some Starbuxianly (I just made that up) non-offensive appearances.

But the best part? Dude, the comp’s for sale on iTunes RIGHT THE HELL NOW. Valentine’s Day shopping = all done, man. Now we can hit up the In-N-Out Burger, get some burgers, some beers, have a few laughs or whatever…. Your former troubles are over, dude.

Sweetheart 2010:

01. José González: “Hand on Your Heart” (Kylie Minogue)
02. Grand Archives: “Cupid” (Sam Cooke)
03. James Mercer & Robert Mercer: “Spanish Harlem Incident” (Bob Dylan)
04. Spoon: “Love Song” (The Damned)
05. Elvis Perkins: “Teneme en Tu Corazon (Keep Me in Your Heart)” (traditional)
06. The Long Winters: “Give Me All Your Lovin’” (ZZ Top)
07. Yo La Tengo: “You Make Me Feel Good” (The Zombies)
08. Céu: “Eu Amo Você (I Love You)” (Tim Maia)
09. Diane Birch: “I Go Crazy” (Paul Davis)
10. Jason Collett and Zeus: “Every Night” (Paul McCartney)
11. The Avett Brothers: “I Love” (Tom T. Hall)
12. Mates of State: “Long Way Home” (Tom Waits)
13. Angelique Kidjo: “Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away)” (Jacques Brel)
14. Hey Marseilles: “True Love Will Find You in the End” (Daniel Johnston)

Raekwon Promises via Twitter Two New Solo LPs in 2010

And so, let it be known that the Wu’s own Raekwon rang in two-oh-ten twitting a very tall tweet. How tall of a twat was the tweet, you ask? Well, son, I’d be lyin’ if I didn’t tells ya that it’s just about the tallest tweet I ever did done see betweeted upon the twitterverse. Here’s the Chef in his own words:

O I forgot my announcement on jan 1st to give yall so ima tell ya now! “I WILL BE DROPPIN 2 ALBUMS THIS YEAR!” Rt this crack….

Hmm… I want to believe you, Rae. Don’t get me wrong, I very much want to listen to those new records. I really do. But it’s just that, well, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II (TMT Review) took like 10 years to see the light of day, and you promised us that new joint with you, Meth, and Ghostface would drop in February, and… well. Whatever. I’m sure all those things are gonna come out eventually and they’ll be great and everything, but man, I just want to hear them soon. Like you’ve promised. Okay, enough grumpy grumbles. Let’s all just lose our inhibitions in a glass of red wine and a bubble bath and watch the Wu-Massacre series all over again (check out a leaked track from the upcoming album over at the Chocolate Grinder).

Let’s Wrestle Release New LP on Merge, No Current Plans for Release-Show Cage Matches

Let’s Wrestle, the London band responsible for lo-fi pop gems about Hüsker Dü, Hulk Hogan, and… stuff are now gonna be responsible for more songs about stuff… this time on Merge. Due for a March 23 release, the band’s first album for the venerable indie label is called In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s.

According to frontman Wesley Patrick Gonzalez:

Let’s Wrestle are Big Rock Stars in England, fighting off girls and suing all the other pop stars (they once sued Seal and Heidi Klum for custody of their children), but they are relatively unknown in the US of stateside. Let’s Wrestle are getting ready to play poker with the Yankee big dogs. Now when I say Yankee big dogs, I mean Great fucking Danes which is something you have probably heard about Merge.

Look out, Lady Gaga. It seems as if your throne is about to topple.

Man or Astro-Man? Reform for SXSW

Starcrunch, Birdstuff, and Coco of Man or Astro-Man? have decided to stop not-reforming and reform, just in time for Austin’s SXSW Music Festival. Why? Apparently, they “must see what has become of earth in the wake of their absence.”

Activity dates thus far:

• 1992 – 2001
• 2005 – 2006
• 2010 – ??

They’ll be playing a bunch of SXSW shows (March 17-21), but you can check them out March 6 at The Bottletree (hi Leah!) in Birmingham, AL.