Micheal Jackson’s doctor charged with “Maneater.” Wait… Wrong 80s identity, actually Manslaughter.

It’s no form of “Guessing Games” that “Crime [doesn’t] Pay,” but Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, was charged with manslaughter last week. Sir Jackson was administered propofol as a sleep aid, and as all of us pharmacologists know, propofol is used as an anesthetic for major surgery. It’s “The Art of a Heartbreak,” but the doctor is facing up to four years in a state prison. The Judge refused the prosecutions request of a $300,000 bail, for it was far above the $25,000, but they hugged and settled on a $75,000 bail.

In previous cases, the judge said that Murray was sued for dodging child support, and it makes him less likely, or ‘inclined,’ to show up for his criminal case. I guess he’s no “Family Man.” It was a “Delayed Reaction,” but Judge Schwartz said, “I don’t want you sedating people.” “Open All Night,” the court showed that doc was on his cell phone for 45 minuets before he called an ambulance when he came in to see Jackson unconscious and not breathing.

Jackson also called propofol ‘milk’ — that’s a little creepy right? Just sayin’… This is just another high-profile case that reveals the hidden world of Hollywood Medicine. You know, the one that resides outside of health care reform and the government, the one that hangs with Magic Johnson.

UK Independent Record Stores Show Solidarity in Stemming the Decline in Music Stores

Indie record stores in the UK have joined forces to try to prevent future music store closures. A website has been created so users can search for their nearest indie store and see what the shop has to offer. Indierecordshop is supported by the Entertainment Retailers Assocation (ERA) and Digitalstores.

There were 774 indie stores in 2004, but now less than 300 remain. Unsurprisingly, it’s people like you who have caused these waves of closures. Last year, 150 million singles were sold in the UK, with 98% being downloaded. Kim Bayley, ERA director general, said “It’s hard to tell whether it’s [Indierecordshop] going to stem the tide, but I think, to be honest, we’ve seen most of the fallout in the sector and the stores which are left are probably the best of the best.”

I bet you feel bad downloading that latestSupersilent release, don’t ya!?

• Indierecordshop: http://www.indierecordshop.com

The Apples in Stereo Travel the Galaxy on New Album and Plan North American Orbit; Hire “Space” Ace Frehley as Band Manager

My, how they grow! Denver pop nuggets The Apples in Stereo will release their seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time, April 20 through a holy trinity of record imprints: Yep Rock, Elephant 6. Seventh album! It seems like yesterday when I came across bright lil’ singles/EPs and witnessed a barnstorming basement set by Robbert Bobbert Schneider and his touring company at the time. At this present time, Schneider is joined primarily by longtime band members John Hill and Eric Allen, as well as old friends Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control, Sunshine Fix), John Ferguson (Big Fresh), and John Dufilho (The Deathray Davies). Time marches on, but the irresistible songs remain the same.

Travellers in Space and Time:

01. The Code
02. Dream About the Future
03. Hey Elevator
04. Strange Solar System
05. Dance Floor
06. C.P.U.
07. No One in the World
08. Dignified Dignitary
09. No Vacation
10. Told You Once
11. It’s All Right
12. Next Year at About the Same Time
13. Floating in Space
14. Nobody But You
15. Wings Away
16. Time Pilot

Given that the show I saw moons ago was an exuberant display of joy, you can imagine what kind of spectacle The Apples will put on in April and May with an expanded back catalogue and can’t-miss new album tracks at their disposal. All shows below will have support sets courtesy of http://www.applesinstereo.com
• Yep Rock: http://www.yeproc.com
• Simian: http://www.myspace.com/simianrecords
• Elephant 6: http://www.elephant6.com

Dead Meadow Releasing new LP on Xemu with Accompanying Film

On March 23, West Coast feedback-laden rockers Dead Meadow will have something extra special for their fans with The Three Kings. Not only does the LP feature five brand-spanking new tracks — which will likely with that ever-present 70s stoner vibe they tend to dish out — but it’ll also include a handful of live tracks recorded on the 89th and final date of their last major tour. And if you haven’t had the honor of catching Dead Meadow live, trust me, it’s something to be psyched about.

But hold up, that’s only half of it. This, my friends, is the zinger: Along with the album, the band is including a conceptual film that incorporates footage from the previously-mentioned live tracks, along with a feature film that the band has created in collaboration with the freaked minds of Artificial Army. If this alone hasn’t gotten you all tingled and aroused, here’s a quote from bass player Steven Kille concerning The Three Kings:

A stunning mix of fantasy film and multi-camera live concert footage, *The Three Kings* overlays the transcendental experience of the band’s music with film vignettes of *The Three Kings* at work. They are sort of a play on characters we allude to a bit in our last record (*Old Growth*), but elaborated on with the biblical Bedouins concept of wandering holy mystics and function as a vehicle to bring all these ideas we have had for years into your living room. The Kings look into our mortal world where each of the three human characters we play are tempted by the dark side of things and each react differently. Not sure if it is a moral tale, but I suppose a viewer can look at it like that.

On top of all that buzz, scenes from the film were shot at locations like the California sand dunes, which played as the backdrop for Tatooine in Star Wars, and a house in Palm Springs that was used for the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever. I honestly don’t see how this could be bad. Enough of my drooling. Here’s the tracklist:

01. The Kingdom Come
02. Between Me and The Ground
03. Good Moanin’
04. At Her Open Door
05. The Whirlings
06. To The One
07. That Old Temple
08. The Narrows
09. Push Em To The Crux
10. Seven Seers
11. Greensky Greenlake
12. Beyond The Fields We know
13. Everything’s Going On
14. Lady
15. Darlin’
16. Queen of All Returns

Oh yeah. Here’s a teaser trailer, and you can watch the video for “That Old Temple” at the Chocolate Grinder.

And, of course, they have a smattering of tourdates:

03.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.31.10 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
04.01.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.02.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

• Dead Meadow: http://www.myspace.com/deadmeadow
• Artificial Army: http://www.myspace.com/artificialarmy
• Xemu: http://www.xemu.com

ATP New York 2010 Announces Guest Curator Jim Jarmusch

The All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals have always had an impressive record of guest curators. We reported earlier that the two UK events this year are being put together by Matt Groening (May 7-9) and Pavement (May 14-16). And in the past, events were curated by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, and Thurston Moore.

The third ATP New York is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 3 to 5, and will be held at Kutsher’s Country Club, Monticello.

Those few days were already looking worth the money (even if you’ll be missing an arm), but a new announcement just upped the ante. On Friday, September 3, such legendary bands as Iggy and the Stooges, Mudhoney, and Sleep are performing some of their most iconic albums as part of ATP Don’t Look Back. Saturday, the lineup thus far includes Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, The Breeders, Fuck Buttons, and The Books. But hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because it only gets better.

ATP has just announced that filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is the guest curator for Sunday, September 5, and he’s already come out with his first picks:

• The Brian Jonestown Massacre
• Raekwon
• Girls
• Fucked Up
• Wooden Shjips
• The Black Angels
• Vivian Girls

There’s no need here to enumerate Jarmusch’s connections with music and musicians, which are many and known to probably just about every music geek in the 16-to-49 age bracket. A few examples for the hell of it: the RZA did the entire soundtrack for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Tom Waits starred in Down By Law and joined Iggy Pop in Coffee with Cigarettes. Jarmusch introduced countless numbers of disaffected youth to Ethio-jazz with Broken Flowers. sunn 0))) and Boris were included in the soundtrack to The Limits of Control (TMT Review). And those are just the obvious associations.

Unlike most of Jarmusch’s work, however, the day will most likely not be slow, quiet, or contain Roberto Benigni.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

RIP: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack

From the BBC:

The lead singer of The Knack, Doug Fieger, who co-wrote the hit “My Sharona,” has died at the age of 57.

Fieger, who died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, had been battling cancer, and had undergone surgery to remove brain tumours in 2006.

“Our hearts are broken, we will miss you Doug,” his band members posted on The Knack’s official website.

• The Knack: http://www.knack.com
• Doug Fieger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Fieger