Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Approved (Not By Us)

Before I go to a live music or sporting event, I weigh my ticket options carefully. Sometimes I’ll get my tickets from Ticketmaster, other times times I’ll buy them from Ticketmaster, or to save time and waste money I might purchase tickets online with Ticketmaster. That may all change, however, with the new Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger, which plans to open a world of options for sporting fans and concert-goers (like myself) everywhere.

First, some background. Live Nation owns over 100 venues, promotes and/or produces 22,000 events annually, and sold over 50 million tickets in 2008. Ticketmaster—as if you didn’t know—is the US’s premier ticket sales and distribution company, selling over 142 million tickets in 2007. As a company, Ticketmaster is reviled (by just about everyone) for their notorious service charges and poor-to-non-existent customer service. Combined, these two already-powerful companies will coalesce into the perfect shit storm for ticket buyers, venues, and musicians.

So what do they have to say for themselves? In yesterday’s press release, the new super company assures us that, “Through this merger, the parties believe that the combined company will have the tools to develop new products, expand access, improve transparency and deliver artists and fans more choice. This will drive greater attendance at live events and bringing more value to all major constituents in the industry.”

More choice? More value? Improve transparency? Ticketmaster, please don’t piss on our backs and tell us it’s raining.

The merger was proposed last year in February, finally clearing with approval by the US Department of Justice on Monday, but not without some legal stipulations. According to the DOJ, the new company will be “watched” for 10 years and forced to obey “tough anti-retaliation provisions,” supposedly to prevent abuse to any competition. But then again, who could really compete with Ticketmaster before the merger?

To find out more about what’s being done to combat the merger, and to sign a petition against it, head over to which is directly affiliated with the American Antitrust Institute.

Alec Ounsworth Announces First Headlining Tour; Vows To Not Be Forgotten Like Whats-His-Name From Tapes ‘N Tapes

Desperate to not end up like whats-his-name from Tapes ‘N Tapes, Alec Ounsworth is hitting the road without his Clap Your Hands Say Yeah band mates for his first headlining tour ever, in support of his new album, Mo Beauty and his side project band Flashy Python’s Skin and Bones, both out on ANTI- Records.

01.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg &
01.29.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 &
01.30.10 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre &
02.02.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.03.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
02.05.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative Lounge
02.06.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
02.09.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
02.10.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
02.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
02.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
02.13.10 - Brookdale, CA - The Brookdale Lodge
02.15.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02.16.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
02.18.10 - Boise, ID - The Neurolux
02.19.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court Gallery
02.20.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.22.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
02.23.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
02.24.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
02.25.10 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s

& Cold War Kids

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There Isn’t Much That They Feel They Need, But Animal Collective Are Nominated For BRIT Awards Anyway

FACEBOOK UPDATE: This one band I know The Animal Collectives have been nominated for this, like, totally underground awards thing that you’ve probably never heard called the BRITs Awards. They’ve been nominated in two of those categories that never even air on TV because they’re so DIY—best international album and best international breakthrough act.

The show will take place on Tuesday February 16 at some warehouse space somewhere in one of London’s bad neighborhoods called Earls Court Arena, and some buddies I know from art school will be stop-motion filming the thing for this indie cable access channel called ITV and airing it live somehow (they’re just that fucking good at stop-motion, man. It’s SICK). Anyway, if you need to know the address of this place, then you’re not invited. Sorry bro.

The Animal Collectives will be up against the following jerkwater Philistines :

International Breakthrough Act
- Animal Collective
- Daniel Merriweather
- Empire Of The Sun
- Lady Gaga
- Taylor Swift

International Album
- Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
- Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D.
- Empire Of The Sun - Walking On Dream
- Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
- Lady Gaga - The Fame

By the way, you can check out the trailer for AC’s ODDSAC movie over at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Animal Collective:
• Domino:

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Joanna Newsom Triple Album, Have One On Me, Out on February 23 – Yeah, You Read that Right: TRIPLE

NME revealed late last week that Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming LP Have One On Me will be a triple album. Well, I guess this makes up for the lack of any Newsom harp action in 2007, 2008, or 2009. Now she just needs to release another album later this year so 2010 won’t be a complete disappointment.

Have One On Me is out on February 23 via Drag City Records. There’s a stream of a track called “‘81” on Drag City’s website (upper-right corner).

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Ah, Autechre, I can always rely on you to produce an album I won’t enjoy until roughly 12 months after I hear it for the first time.

Oversteps is released March 22 on Warp.

01. r ess
02. ilanders
03. known(1)
04. pt2ph8
05. qplay
06. see on see
07. Treale
08. os veix3
09. O=0
10. d-sho qub
11. st epreo
12. redfall
13. krYlon
14. Yuop

…remind me again of why these guys bother to title their tracks?


03.11.10 - Manchester, UK - Pure
03.12.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Rainbow
03.13.10 - Minehead, UK - Bloc Weekender
03.15.10 - Nottingham, UK - Stealth
03.16.10 - Numbers, Glasgow - Sub Club
03.17.10 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
03.18.10 - Brighton, UK - Pavillion Theatre
03.19.10 - Lille, France - Tri Postal
03.20.10 - Paris, France - Locomotive
03.21.10 - Nantes, France - Olympic
03.28.10 - Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska
03.29.10 - Budapest, HU - A38
03.30.10 - Vienna, AU - Flex
03.31.10 - Brno, CZ - Fleda
04.01.10 - Berlin, DE - Berghain
04.02.10 - Copenhagen, DK - Concerthall
04.03.10 - Oslo, NO - Park Teatre
04.04.10 - Gothberg, SE - Nefertiti
04.05.10 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
04.06.10 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefährlich
04.07.10 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
04.09.10 - Brussels, BE - AB (Domino Fest)
04.10.10 - London, UK - TBA

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Horse Feathers to Release Thistled Spring on Kill Rock Stars

Strap on your not-too-ironic indie/country belt buckle and hunker yourself down in your favorite old-time-listenin’ rocking chair. Why? Because one-time-Portland-folk-duo-now-turned-four-piece Horse Feathers will be releasing their second full-length for indie powerhouse Kill Rock Stars. Yep, on April 2o, the band will be droppin’ Thistled Spring, the follow-up to their 2008 album House With No Home.

From the looks of it, they’ll be bringing their slightly melancholy piece of rustic sound to SXSW, followed by an apparent US tour in March/April, but the full tour has not yet been revealed. Check their MySpace for confirmed dates.

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