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

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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

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).

Tracklisting:

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

New mixtape from Das Racist, Sit Down, Man, up for download September 14!

“Stoner jokesters,” eh, New York Times? How typically dismissive. At this point, if all you know of Das Racist is a clever name and “Combination Taco Bell and Pizza Hut,” you’re seriously missing out. Their first mixtape, Shut Up, Dude, came out earlier this year, causing reviewers everywhere to cautiously tip-toe around terms like “pomo rap” and “ethnic electronic band” (these dudes’ words), quickly positing Das Racist as one answer not only to Sasha Frere-Jones’ lament about the demise of hip-hop, but also ye old racial polemic.

Das Racist are now preparing to unleash a second mixtape, this time more courteously titled Sit Down, Man. Check out the trailer (yes, a trailer) here, a nice fireside-style chat with Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez, including a few audio clips from Sit Down, Man tracks and a shout-out from Diplo. Sit Down, Man, presented by Diplo, Mad Decent, Greedhead Entertainment, and Mishka, will be available online September 14 at maddecent.com, greedhead.net, mishkanyc.com, and djbooth.net. For only their second mixtape, Das Racist is really packing heat: there’s production from Diplo, Boi-1da, Dame Grease, and Scoop Deville, plus guest artists El-P, Teengirl Fantasy, Vijay Iyer, and more. Holy shit, dude.

Check out the music video for “Who’s That? Brooown!” over at Pitchfork, diligently bringing hip-hop in all its forms to middle-class college students everywhere.

Sit Down, Man tracklisting:

01. All Tan Everything (Prod. Sabzi)
02. Town Business [ft. Kassa Overall] (Prod. Kassa Overall)
03. Puerto Rican Cousins (Prod. Gordon Voidwell)
04. Amazing (Prod. Keepaway)
05. Roc Marciano joint [ft. Roc Marciano] (Prod. Mike Finito)
06. We’re Rapping to You [ft. Lakutis] (Prod. Sha-Leik the Engineer)
07. Fashion Party [ft. Chairlift] (Prod. Chairlift)
08. Love It Mane [ft. Fat Tony]
09. And the White Man Get Paid Off of All of That (Dusk/Blackdown Cover)
10. Commercial (Prod. Teengirl Fantasy)
11. hahahaha jk? (Prod. Boi-1Da)
12. Return to Innocence (Prod. Dash Speaks)
13. Rooftop f/ Despot (Prod. Dame Grease)
14. Julia (The Very Best) (Das Racist Remix)
15. You Can Sell Anything (Prod. Diplo)
16. Sit Down Man [ft. El-P] (Prod. Scoop Deville)
17. Free Jazzmataz (Prod. Vijay Iyer and Das Racist) [bonus]
18. Fatima’s Oppression Part 2 (Prod. Das Racist/Ben Sinclair) [bonus]
19. Irresponsible [ft. Lakutis] (Prod. Das Racist) [bonus]

• Das Racist: http://www.myspace.com/dasracist

RIP: Noah Howard, jazz saxophonist

From Billboard:

Noah Howard, a New Orleans-born musician who spent most of his career in Europe, has died. Howard, 67, died unexpectedly on Sept. 3 while vacationing in southern France, said his agent, Florian Eisele.

Howard was born in New Orleans and performed as a young man with Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong, Eisele said. Becoming a driver of the early Free Jazz movement, Noah quickly developed into one of the world’s most celebrated alto saxophonists. Eisele said. Howard debuted as a leader for the ESP label with Noah Howard Quartet in 1966.

Disenchanted by the lack of appreciation for musical avant-garde in the United states, Noah moved in 1972 to France and in 1983 to Belgium, Eisele said. Howard recorded more than 28 records, including “Voyage” in 2010.

• Noah Howard: http://www.noahhoward.com

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