Low, Boredoms, and Dead Meadow get spiritual at Melbourne Festival

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If Beck’s lager is known for anything, it’s the cool, refreshing taste of spirituality. Well that’s the premise, at least, behind the Beck’s Festival Bar lineup at the Melbourne Festival in Australia this October. And honestly, what a cool premise it is! The performances focus around the ideas of shamanism and “music as a religious experience,” with featured artists including Boredoms, Mariachi El Bronx, Dead Meadow, Low, Dengue Fever, and Sri Lankan metal band Stigmata, along with spades of Australian bands. Contributing to the atmosphere will be Melbourne-based design duo tin&ed, who will be decking the Forum Theatre out in something called Holygrams, to fill the “many nooks, crannies, and archways of the Forum Theatre. This collection of handmade shrines, built on layers of relics, found objects, and offerings reveals the many facets of worship in pop culture, iconic artists, and underground musical heroes.” All nights will cost ya $20.

Here’s the lineup:

Boredoms, Kes Band, Bum Creek, Dead Meadow, Stigmata, Blarke Bayer/Black Widow, Sage Francis (w/ special guest B. Dolan), Dexter, Horrorshow, Dengue Fever, The Break, Johnnie and The Johnnie Johnnies, Low, Pikelet, Ponzu Island, The Drones, P.K.14, The Twerps, Mariachi El Bronx, Eagle & The Worm, and The Ukeladies

10.09.10-10.23.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre

• Melbourne Festival: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au

!!! go on tour in support of Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, even though I haven’t listened to them since 2005

A lot’s changed since the days when you were expected to give a shit about “dancepunk” outfit !!!. For instance, did you know that the band now consists of frontman Nic Offer, guitarist Mario Andreoni, horn player/keyboardist Daniel Gorman, and saxophonist/percussionist Allan Wilson, with vocalist Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum) and drummer Paul Quattrone (of Modey Lemon) rounding out the current live band? No? Me neither, because I haven’t really listened to !!! since 2005.

And did you further know that they’ve been making records (er, once in a great while, at least) this whole time, and that Warp is dropping their newest one, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? on August 24? (You can stream, download, or watch the video for the lead single “AM/FM” here; I bet it sounds dancy.) Did you maybe hear about how it was was recorded in Berlin, New York, and Sacramento? Or how it was co-produced by the band along with Eric Broucek, who is the former house engineer for DFA Records. No? Me neither, because I haven’t really listened to !!! since 2005.

And how about the fact that !!! are going on a WORLD motherfuckin’ TOUR in support of this new album? Did you find that online by google-searching “!!!”? (Oh, wait, you can’t even do that). Well, did you maybe hear that earlier from someone? No? Me neither, because I don’t really know anyone who’s listened to !!! since 2005. But jeez, look at all those dates down there. Let’s hope that someone’s been listening.

Strange Weather, Isn’t It? tracklisting!!!:

01. AM/FM
02. The Most Certain Sure
03. Wannagain Wannagain
04. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05. Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks
06. Hollow
07. Jump Back
08. Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss
09. The Hammer
10. Blue


07.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.30.10 - Yuzawa-machi, Niigata , Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
09.05.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
09.06.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.07.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
09.09.10 - Denver, CO - The Blue Bird Theater
09.10.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
09.11.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
09.13.10 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s
09.22.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.23.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
09.24.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
09.25.10 - Lincoln, NH - The Nor’easter
09.26.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.28.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - the Blind Pig
09.29.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
09.30.10 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
10.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.09.10 – Paris, France - Factory © Festival d’Ile de France, La Cigale
10.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.29.10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy II
10.30.10 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
11.01.10- Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
11.02.10 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
11.03.10 - Brighton. UK - Concorde II
11.04.10 - London, UK - Koko
11.05.10 - Orleans, France - Astrolabe
11.06.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher de Palmer
11.08.10 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
11.09.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Club
11.10.10 - Oporto, Portugal - Sa Da Bandeira
11.12.10 - Barcelona, Spain - San Jordi
11.13.10 - Marseille, France - Cabaret Aleatoire
11.15.10 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
11.16.10 - Florence, Italy - Auditorium Flog
11.17.10 - Lausanne, Swtizlerand - Les Docks
11.18.10 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
11.19.10 - Berlin, Germany - Festal
11.23.10 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
11.24.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
11.26.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.27.10 - Hamburg, Germany - U&G
11.28.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Trouw
11.29.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie
11.30.10 - Rockhal, Luxembourg - Box

• !!!: http://www.chkchkchk.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

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Nick Lowe rereleases “trilogy” on vinyl, tours North America with full band, audience wonders how Elvis Costello got so handsome all of a sudden

For the first time this millenium, England’s pied pub piper Nick Lowe will drag himself and his rambleshamble backing band (I don’t think they have a proper name, so we’ll just call them the New Lowes) across these United States. What can audiences expect from a pop superbrain who hasn’t tread upon our shores since the burst of the dot-com bubble? Well, I suspect he’ll cull a lot of material from his acclaimed trilogy of albums that started with 1994’s The Impossible Bird, Empire Strikes Backed with 1998’s Dig My Mood, and finished strong with 2001’s charming The Convincer. It just so happens that all three of these albums will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 21 through Yep Roc. You kids still like all them wax stacks, right? Lowe, you silver slicked bastard, you’ve done it again for the first time!

Lowe tourdates:

10.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.07.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.12.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
10.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.15.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.16.10 - Tarrytown, PA - Tarrytown Music Hall
10.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
10.18.10 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
10.20.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.21.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.22.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.23.10 - Mt. Tabor, NJ - The Tabernacle

• Nick Lowe: http://www.nicklowe.net
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Efterklang: totally coming to (North) America on tour

Danish indie rockers Efterklang are, like the Neil Diamond song of the same name, coming to (North) America. They’re touring in support of their most recent album, Magic Chairs (TMT Review), out now on 4AD. This is where the similarities to Neil Diamond end… or do they? (I hear Neil likes chairs… if you know what I mean. Wait, what the hell are you thinking of? I meant to sit on. Weirdo.)


09.07.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
09.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
09.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
09.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Arts *
09.13.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
09.14.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
09.17.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
09.18.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
09.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
09.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
09.24.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
09.25.10 - Frisco, TX - Oysterfest
09.26.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
09.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - Earl #
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
09.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
10.01.10 - New York, NY - Santo’s *
10.02.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *

* Buke and Gass
# Field Music, Buke and Gass

• Efterklang: http://www.efterklang.net
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

[Photo: Nikolaj Holm Møller]

Bryan Ferry announces details on new album Olympia; one need only add Jesus and John Lennon to guest list to fulfill my “People I’d Have Dinner With…” wish

So maybe this is a cliched point of reference, but… you ever see Scanners? You know, the scene when the head explodes? Hope you’re not too attached to your face, because the same thing’s about to happen to you. Bryan Ferry’s back to recording after his 2007 Bob Dylan tribute, and the new album, Olympia, packs a mighty fucking hard wallop. His first on Astralwerks Records, it features a mind-blowing, teeth-shattering lineup of guest artists, including Brian Eno, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Mani of Primal Scream and The Stone Roses, Marcus Miller, Nile Rodgers, Flea (who saw that coming?), and more former Roxy Music folks, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay.

The album has eight original songs by Ferry and two Ferriations (Ferry variations, that is) of Tim Buckley and Traffic: “Song to the Siren” and “No Face, No Name, No Number,” respectively. Olympia isn’t out until October 26 (25 via Virgin in the U.K.), but the single “You Can Dance” will officially drop August 9 (check out an early version with DJ Hell here). Man, oh, man.


01. You Can Dance
02. Alphaville
03. Heartache by Numbers
04. Me Oh My
05. Shameless
06. Song to the Siren
07. No Face, No Name, No Number
08. BF Bass (Ode to Olympia)
09. Reason or Rhyme
10. Tender Is the Night

• Bryan Ferry: http://www.bryanferry.com
• Astralwerks: http://www.astralwerks.com

I-Dosing: teens use music to get high! And not just in that “high on life” way, but the REAL kinda high!

According to a news story outta Oklahoma, teenagers around the world are now vulnerable to a brand new and “dangerous” internet phenomenon known as “I-dosing,” a form of digital drug that promises to get users as high as marijuana, cocaine, opium, and peyote could ever take them.

“I-Dosing,” the modern form of huffing paint, is an elaborate process wherein kids find digital drug dealers to sell them digital drugs (through a PayPal account) and then the kids get high — not digital high, but real high. If you’re curious about what the “digital drugs” are, then let me tell you: “digital drugs” are downloaded music tracks (the music mostly just a constant droning) that the teens listen to through headphones before entering a euphoric state of highness.

Yep, according to public schools in Oklahoma, this is a real threat. One school district in particular is even taking action by sending home a letter and banning iPods at the school. And it’s not just educators who are taking notice, “Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places,” says Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward.

One of these “digital drug” tracks, “Gates of Hades,” was available on YouTube, but has since been taken down by I-Doser.com due to a “copyright claim.” More tracks are available for purchase and downloading but don’t blame me if you just entered the gateway to hard drugs and a life of disappointment.



Is this really the world I live in? Is there nothing left to be afraid of?