Mango Starr’s Tour Roundup: Deerhunter, Emeralds/Pain Jerk, Max Tundra

Who says I can't copy Mario Speedwagon's "Under the Radar News Roundup"?

- I'm going to start this tour roundup with a tour cancellation: Deerhunter, whose 2008 album Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (TMT Review) landed at our not-so-coveted #1 spot on our Favorite Albums of 2008 list, have canceled their upcoming European tour. Originally slated to begin in Prague February 11 and last until mid-March, the tour was canceled due to "unspecified health reasons." Deerhunter are still scheduled to play the ATP Fest May 15-17 and plan to reschedule the European dates shortly, so don't you cry-ee-eye t'night.

- And how about some more European tour news?? Drone trio Emeralds and Japanese noise legend Paink Jerk are touring Europe as you read this. They've brought with them a limited-to-500-edition CD, inappropriately titled European Tour 2009, which features one track from each act. You can also get it from Second Layer Records. Meanwhile, Emeralds have a new album, What Happened, coming out on No Fun Productions, which follows their Hanson release from last year, Solar Bridge (TMT Review).

- Last week, Max Tundra played his first two New York shows EVER (review forthcoming). This week -- actually, today -- he kicks off a UK/Ireland tour in support of last year's Parallax Error Beheads You (TMT Review). I think Tippex put it best: "All the teenage girls of the country should have a poster of him in their bedrooms."

RIAA and Harvard Law Team Quibble Over Live Net Feed

As the RIAA winds down its nearly decade-long campaign of lawsuits against file-sharers (read: youth and students), it still has a few unresolved suits to clear up. One of these, a $1 million action against Joel Tenenbaum, will be broadcast live on the internet thanks to the efforts of the law students of Tenenbaum's lawyer. According to hypebot, Professor Charles Musser and his students at Harvard Law School filed a motion with Massachusetts District Court Judge Nancy Gernter to make a live internet feed of the trial available. Gertner approved the motion, opining that since the case primarily concerns "a generation that does not read newspapers or watch the evening news, but gets its information largely, if not almost exclusively, over the internet," it would be beneficial to those following the case to have it streamed live.

The RIAA, none too happy that the world will be able to watch it and its lawyers sue the shit out of Tenenbaum for downloading a mere seven songs, moved to appeal the motion over the weekend. In a PDF response linked on the JoelFightsBack Twitter, Musser and his team said, "If the RIAA's position is to educate people about the business and legal climate of the music industry, it is unclear to us why they are appealing this decision."

While it seems uncertain at the moment how the stream will be made available, we know that the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School will be undertaking the finances and logistics of the project under a Creative Commons license so that the feed will be free to whoever chooses to watch. Musser and company have said that they "are working hard to ensure that the Berkman Center is not the exclusive distributor of the content," so presumably there will be multiple sources for viewing the legal proceedings when they began with a hearing this Thursday. Check JoelFightsBack for updates.

Attract the Man of Your Dreams on The Animal Collective Tour

Last week, Animal Collective announced a mega-sized European tour (TMT News), which made those of us living in the U.S. a little jealous. Today, however, AC have appended North American dates to their tour itinerary. BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM: you know you won't be able to find a date in time!

My solution? Find a date at the Animal Collective show! I know what you're thinking: why do some women always have men pursuing them, no matter what their age? I have a friend who is 74 who continually has interesting, successful Animal Collective fans asking her out. When I grow up, I want to be like her. She has sparkle. She has charm. She is a man magnet.

Recently, I asked a popular man magnet what some of her strategies were for attracting Animal Collective fans, and research substantiates many of her points. Here are three secret tips to help you attract the man you want at an Animal Collective show:

* Stand in the middle of the room.

At the show, try standing in the center of the room. (Don't hunch your shoulders, slouch, or wear a pair of shoes that hurt your feet so much you can't stand to stand.) Move around a little, talk with people near you, but if you want to be in a position to choose who you want to meet, never sit down. Stand smack dab in the middle of the crowd. When you see someone interesting (perhaps someone with an Animal Collective shirt), move near them -- gracefully -- and start a conversation about their new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion (TMT Review).

* Look your best.

This may sound too obvious, but never go out of the house without looking your best. Know what colors you look good in and wear attractive clothes in your best shades. Animal Collective fans are attracted to pink-peach. That color is flattering to most skin tones. People are also attracted to you when you are wearing the color(s) of your eyes. (You have multiple colors in your eyes -- choose clothes that include one of those colors.)

* Be aware of your body language.

Body language is everything. Smile a lot, look people in the eyes, get lost in their curls, and when you see that one special Animal Collective fan, tilt your head, drop your eyes, and then look back at him. This may sound contrived, but it helps to know what subliminal messages are being sent by your actions. Apparently, giving your hair a slight flip is also an attraction signal, as well as stroking the inside of your arm or your neck. If an Animal Collective fan is standing across the room, this is one way to let him know that you would be interested in talking to him.

Follow these steps, and you're sure to nab that one cute Animal Collective fan to share your life with. Test your skills at one of these shows:
01.20.09 - New York, NY - Grand Ballroom
01.21.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^
01.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro
01.23.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater #
01.24.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour !
03.04.09 - Oslo, NO - Rockerfeller
03.05.09 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
03.06.09 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
03.08.09 - Cologne, DE - Gloria
03.09.09 - Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof
03.10.09 - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son
03.11.09 - Lucerne, CH - Konzerthaus Schuur
03.12.09 - Florence, IT - Viper Room
03.13.09 - Rome, IT - Auditorium -Teatro Studio
03.14.09 - Milan, IT - Rolling Stone
03.16.09 - Strasbourg, FR - Laiterie
03.17.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
03.18.09 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
03.19.09 - Lille, FR - Aeronef
03.20.09 - Nantes, FR - Olympic
03.22.09 - Bristol, UK - The Trinity
03.23.09 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
03.24.09 - London, UK - The Forum
03.25.09 - Leeds, UK - TJs
03.26.09 - Liverpool, UK - The Static Gallery
03.27.09 - Dublin, IE - The Tripod
03.28.09 - Belfast, UK - Stiff Kitten
05.11.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.12.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.13.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.14.09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.15.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
05.16.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
05.18.09 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
05.19.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
05.20.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.24.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
05.25.09 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.26.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.27.09 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
05.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
05.30.09 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05.31.09 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
06.01.09 - Albuquerque, MN - Sunshine Theater
06.02.09 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
06.04.09 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
06.05.09 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
06.06.09 - Oxford, MS - The Library
06.08.09 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
06.09.09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.10.09 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
09.12.09 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrow's Parties

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¡Yes We Puede!: Free Inauguration Mix Tape from Vosotros

Did you just finish watching the Inauguration? Feeling patriotic? Well you're not alone! Along with probably a few other people around the country, the musically adventurous, LA-based label Vosotros feels proud to be American today. So much so that they've decided to release a FREE compilation appropriately titled, ¡Yes We Peude! (in case your Spanish is a little rusty, "peude" means "can").

You know the tides of this country have turned when small indie labels are suddenly releasing updated interpretations of classic "Go America!" songs, and that is exactly what Vosotros has done. Featuring the likes of B.R.A.M, Learning Music, and Obi Best, ¡Yes We Puede! somehow manages to make a song like "My Country Tis of Thee" into an overdriven-Rhodes-and-drum machine jam! Similarly, the demented analog synths and 808s of Dream Kids' version of "Yankee Doodle" is more Ween than it is first grade.

Best of all? IT'S FREE. So if nothing else, download this, keep it on your shuffle playlist, and when one of these songs pops up months down the road, let it remind you of all the promises you made to get more involved and help improve this country back when President Obama was still President-Elect. I'm sure we'll need it just as much then as we do now.

Get iYes We Puede! here.

Speedo? Check. Suntan Lotion? Check. Creative Concept Album? Double Check! Today Is the Day for Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer to Get All Dark and Wet and Sandy with His Side Project Blackout Beach

Although it was originally supposed to be released in December, today is the day when Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer releases his second album as Blackout Beach, entitled Skin of Evil. Issued through the Soft Abuse imprint, Skin of Evil was written, played, and recorded entirely by Mercer and features an ambitious conceptual storyline concerning a girl named Donna and her past paramours. Loyal TMT readers have had this date circled on their “Indie Stars” calendar for awhile now, but if you haven’t already gone out to pick up Mr. Mercer’s opus, maybe these quotes will help you decide to run out or log on now or to finish your Fruit Loops then go get Skin of Evil.

Let’s first hear from Mercer friend, frequent accomplice, and compatriot Dan Bejar, who seems to like the album:

Maybe it’s about a girl, about salvation’s undoing through romantic love, wreckage of this kind…No matter, the important thing is that this is the first time I’ve REALLY heard theatrics AND atmospherics in a records, and such an abundance of both. One exception is Roxy Music’s Avalon, which this record reminds me of if only for how incredibly well you can (thankfully) hear every last thing. And though Bryan Ferry’s version of control and release are slightly different than Carey’s, Skin of Evil is more just different lyrical concerns, which we’ll here call ‘worldview.’ I believe Skin of Evil is the best record I will hear this year, but let’s not get into that.

Any reason to bring in the ravaged but elegant corpse of Bryan Ferry’s early 1980s career into the mix is okay with us, but let’s see how Mercer himself breaks down his album in this stunning sound bite:

I wrote this record because I desired to make something that stays on task. I picked an easy task: desire, longing, flight, the sorrow of absence...the DNA of most good songs. The heart of the record is simple to describe: beautiful Donna and the men she has left. Eight past lovers, some bitter, some crushed, all in some state of duress, all still in love. Each dude gets his song. Donna gets her song. William, her boyfriend, gets his song.

Lastly, something is missing, so let’s pad out this newsie and read a quote I just nabbed from my neighbor Henzel, a devoted heavy metal fan trapped in 1987, a time when the only way to tell women and men apart was from their breasts or studded breastplates...

I have no idea what this is that you are talking about but I like a good concept if it has chix in it, he, he. Let me know if it has grave-rattling bass ‘n’ drums and twin blazing kamikaze guitars in the classic slow/fast manner that I am accustomed…you know, absolute savage menace! I dunno, I do like the album title. Sounds like something I would buy anyways if I saw that title. I wouldn’t mind that on my tombstone, he, he…”Here lies Henzel…skin of evil…”, he, he. If it comes on a shaped picture disc, maybe like a crucifix, or a sorcerer’s balls or sumthin’, I might buy it. Or if it was on blood red vinyl, or etched on one side with sexual magic scripture or Dio lyrics or sumthin.’ Death to false metal!!! Can I borrow an egg?

Confused? I don’t blame you. You should see how the dude cuts his lawn! When is the last time you’ve even heard talk of a scythe, much less seen a 45-year-old chartered accountant wearing a lime green tunic and chain mail wielding one on his front yard! Sorry for the distraction... but you are still excited about Blackout Beach, right? Good.

Tracklist:

1. Cloud of Evil
2. Biloxi, in a Grove, Cleans Out His Eyes
3. Three Men Drown in a River
4. William, the Crowd, It's William
5. The Roman
6. Woe to the Minds of Soft Men
7. The Whistle
8. Nineteen, One God, One Dull Star
9. Sophia, Donna, I Was Down the River Waiting
10. Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982

The Music Tapes Ride the Elves’ Cloven Hoofed Horsey for American Tour

I don't know about you guys, but doesn't it seem like Julian Koster of The Music Tapes has... I don't know... changed? Ever since the acclaim for last year's Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review), Koster has seemingly adopted a slacker attitude. Sure, 2008 was a great year for him -- Clouds and Tornadoes landed at #5 on our Favorite Albums of 2008 list; the E6 celebration he organized was a huge success; his caroling tour in support of The Singing Saw at Christmastime was met with rave reviews -- but his new claim to fame has definitely effected his creative energy in 2009. First off, he hasn't released any new music this year. C'mon, musician, do your job! Second, he's just announced a tour, but he only booked 19 shows! That's just downright crazy. (Why is that crazy? SHUT UP, that's why.)

But perhaps most alarming are his new musical inventions. While his live performances up to this point have shared the stage with fantastic self-made band members like The 7 Foot Tall Metronome, Orbiting Human Circus Tapdancing Machine, The Clapping Hands Machine, and Static The Television, his newer toys are simply uninspired. Don't believe me? Here are exclusive looks at a couple inventions he plans to bring on his upcoming tour:

They're named "Amplified Hamster In a Wheel Thingy" and "Blender Machine Something Something." Like I said, uninspired

02.10.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
02.11.09 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
02.13.09 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture Gallery
02.15.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02.17.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.19.09 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
02.20.09 - Anacortes, WA - Department of Safety
02.21.09 - Portland, OR - Backspace
02.24.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02.25.09 - Chicago, IL - AV-aerie
02.26.09 - Ann Arbor, MI - The B-side
02.27.09 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Lee's Palace
02.28.09 - Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit's Soundlab
03.01.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
03.02.09 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
03.03.09 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bellhouse
03.04.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Basement
03.05.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03.07.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt

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