The Most Serene Republic release new digital EP, tour a largely chaotic republic (America)

The Most Serene Republic release new digital EP, tour a largely chaotic republic (America)

Shit, The Most Serene Republic are (despite their band name) violently pointing a gun at my head right now and forcing me to tell you the following!! First off, they want you to know that they have a new song that is available for free download on their website. The song is called “Photocall” and features samples from Jon Brion’s work for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Oh god! Just don’t shoot me, Most Serene Republic! Please! I’ll swear I’ll tell them anything!

Okay, okay, okay: now they want me to tell you that their video for “Heavens to Purgatory,” directed by Ben Steiger, is nominated for the Juno award for “Video of the Year!” Congratulate them! Please! Oh, and, and, they also want me to let you know about their new video for “Jelly Chamber,” which is a track off their new six-song digital EP, Fantasick Impossibliss. The EP is available tomorrow on the band’s own label, Home Of The Rebels, and you can watch the video at the Chocolate Grinder. Here’s the — OW, FUCK — tracklisting:

01. Comeuppance
02. Pink Noise
03. Jelly Chamber
04. The Church of Acorns
05. Ache of Goon
06. Fantasick Impossibliss

So what else do you want me to tell them?! Please, just point the gun away from my baby! I had nothing to do with this review!

Okay, finally, The Most Serene Republic want you to know that they will be heading out on a spring co-headlining tour with Annuals this May!! Here are the dates, which I swear on my life are accurate:

05.05.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
05.06.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN - The 400 Bar
05.11.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
05.12.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
05.16.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.19.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
05.20.10 - Houston, TX - Mangos
05.21.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
05.23.10 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.15.10 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06.16.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
06.17.10 – Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.18.10 – Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
06.19.10 – Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.20.10 – New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

PLEASE CALL THE COPS! I’m not joking around, The Most Serene Republic have a gun to my head and they keep making me do this and I just want to take my baby home and nourish it… maybe if I just… *BANG!*

[ed: TMT would like to take this time to mourn the violent and unexpected passing of Kid Midnight. Condolence cards are discouraged.]

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I have heard the future and it is horrible: The Chap condense new album to under four minutes, release as free preview to longer, more boring version

To tease the hearts of buzzy experimental pop fans who rabidly await the release of their fourth album, Well Done Europe, The Chap have used technology brought from the future, in a time machine, to condense the entire album down to three minutes and twenty-nine seconds. But why make this version a preview? Why release the long version at all? Will we really have time for long music in the future?

And why stop there? If you can condense one album to the length of a song, I want an album in which all of the songs are albums. Do you hear me, future? I want a pogo stick that never tips over and a horse with a British accent. I want music that makes time last longer.

Listen to the condensed LP, courtesy of Bandcamp. It’s definitely worth the time. Then check out the condensed lyrics here.

Well Done Europe arrives July 6 (May 24 in Europe) through Lo Recordings, and is available in a deluxe edition that includes an entire meal in a pill and a car that is also a pill.


01. We’ll See to Your Breakdown
02. Even Your Friend
03. We Work in Bars
04. Obviously
05. Gimme Legs
06. Well Done You
07. Nevertheless, The Chap
08. Pain Fun
09. Torpor
10. Maroccan Nights
11. Few Horoscope
12. Chalet Chalet

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The REAL problem of leisure: which Gang of Four one-off event to attend in London?

To hell with poverty: let’s get drunk on free wine and hors d’oeuvres ART MUSEUM STYLE!!!!!!! One hopes there will be canapes at least for our friends in seminal post-punk band Gang of Four during any of the very special one-off events taking place in London this June as part of the group’s “History’s Not Made for Great Men” series. After all, Gang of Four’s Jon King and Andy Gill are kicking things off by conversing with author and former A&R dude John Niven on June 7 at 1-5 Exchange Court in Covent Garden. What says finger sandwiches and Bordeaux more than a salon-style chat with a fellow artist? Fun fact: Niven is perhaps best known for Kill Your Friends, a novel about a music industry insider who could probably show Bret Easton Ellis’ Bateman brothers a thing or two in the nastiness department.

The adventure continues with a live performance by Gang of Four on June 9 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Expect a sneak peek of the band’s upcoming full-length, Content, currently scheduled for a September release. Whilst at the ICA, fans can also check out photos of the band, Gang of Four art and artifacts, and prints by Gill and King based on the artwork for the new album. There’s also a listening station where people can check out a recently rediscovered cassette tape of the group’s first show ever.

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Titus Andronicus add more summer tourdates, prudently stay north of the Mason-Dixon

Last night, Titus Andronicus leader Patrick Stickles had a dream in which Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Eddie Van Halen came down to earth from planet Vulcan and told him that if he didn’t keep Titus Andronicus on the road this summer, they’d melt his brain.

Not surprisingly, today we dutifully find a new listing of summer tourdates for Stickles and his crew in support of this past spring’s XL Recordings release of The Monitor (TMT Review). And just to keep the ghosts of both of those great men happy, Titus Andronicus will also increase in size for this next leg and perform as an eight-piece ensemble. Currently consisting of Stickles (vocals, guitar), Ian Graetzer (bass), Amy Klein (guitar, violin), David Robbins (keyboard, guitar), and Eric Harm (drums), the band will also welcome several of their tourmates from Hallelujah The Hills into the fold for most of these dates, including David Bentley (cello), Elio Deluca (keyboards), and Brian Rutledge (trumpet and trombone), all three of whom played said respective instruments on The Monitor. That little bonus oughta keep General Sherman’s spaceship out of Stickles’ hair for a while. And maybe now Eddie will finally rest in peace.

(Hey, shit, wait a minute… are they supposed to be ghosts or aliens? Aw, whatever… I’ll just distract everyone with some impeccably formatted tourdates!)

Titus Andronicus Summer Tour-stravaganza 2K10:

06.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth benefit)
06.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Barge Park / Northside Festival
07.10.10 - New Haven, CT - Lily’s Pad / Toad’s Upstairs
07.11.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
07.13.10 - Buffalo, NY - Ninth Ward
07.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
07.15.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Lounge
07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.28.10 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest

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Ariel Pink to makes his sci-fi debut

When certain indie musicians decide to switch from the audio to visual medium, it’s usually at the very least surprising. Yo La Tengo as The Velvet Underground in I Shot Andy Warhol is an oft-cited one that comes to mind, and I also can’t help to think of the recent appearance of Teeth Mountain members on Judge Judy giving quite the convincing and hilarious performance. Oh, and who can forget JP from The Locust on Jerry Springer (although that one tends to slide a little under the radar, The Locust being who they are).

Nonetheless, when I was exposed to those performances, I found it slightly surprising that the given artists would go that route, but when news that lo-fi overlord Ariel Pink would be guest staring in an up-and-coming sci-fi series, my reaction was “well, of course he is!” Honestly, if I were told the dude came from another planet, I would hardly shrug.

So on May 1 that is precisely what happened at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during the midnight screening of the brand new series The Multinauts. From what I’ve gathered, The Multinauts appears to be taking a bit of a throwback approach to the sci-fi series by using time-consuming analog and early digital techniques to show a more warm and hand-crafted touch. Here’s a quote from the show’s production house Telefantasy that sums it up better than I can: “The Multinauts involves time travel, holographic spaceships, and a rescue mission that sets up the story’s heroes to wage a battle against “a powerful mega-corporation and its mutant empire.”

There is no word on air dates or as to where Pink fits into the plot line, but shit, it sounds so ridiculous it’s worth a watch regardless. Godspeed Ariel and crew.

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Apple shutting down Lala after months of ownership, and you can’t do anything about it

This past December, popular cloud-based music service Lala was purchased by computer conglomerate Apple for an undisclosed sum. For the following months, not much changed for either company; Apple still sold beta versions of products to the public for free product testing (here’s looking at you, iPad), and Lala quietly remained one of the internet’s best cloud-based music subscription services.

Today, though, Lala posted an announcement on its front page that it would be shutting down, effective May 31. This follows a month that found the site no longer accepting uploads via their Music Mover application, closing beta testing for its iPhone application, and now no longer accepting new members to the service. Users with web purchases from Lala will get credit to the iTunes store, as well as remaining money and gift card balances with the site, and any downloaded songs from Lala will work with iTunes.

Apple has not released a statement in regard to what will happen after Lala closes. There have been rumors swirling since the company’s purchase of Lala that Apple will be building their own cloud-based music subscription service into iTunes using Lala’s technology, but nothing definitive has been announced. For now, there’s nothing to do but await the fallout of all those dead links that’ll soon be cropping up on Pitchfork.

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