Nite Jewel and Chairlift do their best Salt-n-Pepa, reveal extraordinary dance moves on tour this spring

Nite Jewel and Chairlift do their best Salt-n-Pepa, reveal extraordinary dance moves on tour this spring

Get your favorite twirling shoes on! There will be lots and lots and lots and lots and just LOTS of that going on when Nite Jewel and Chairlift embark on their topsy twirly tour this spring! Do you even have enough lung room to breathe in all your excitement?!? Better shape up to shake out some shapes. Nite Jewel, a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pseudo-80’s electro sweetie Rrrrrrramona Gonzalez (tongue-rolling used for dramatic effect purposes), will join forces with the equally sassy Chairlift this March.

Maybe you should try to assemble your totally awesomely 80’s ensemble now. It’s a fine line between dorky 80s and so insanely 80s chic it’s fashion all over again! Your BFF’s NJ and CL want you to get it right. If you want to get your “Ahhhh! Push it!” move down, you’ll want to scroll down to the bottom of this article, and click over to Nite Jewel’s website link to stream her latest club nite jam “One Second of Love”.


03.14-17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.26.12 - Boston, MA -Brighton Music Hall
03.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.28.12 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03.29.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.31.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
04.03.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
04.07.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.08.12 - Portland, OR -Doug Fir
04.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
04.12.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
04.14.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.17.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.18.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.20.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.21.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
04.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.24.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Nite Jewel:
• Chairlift:

Jeff Mangum stares down the impossible; the impossible blinks; adds Earth and Mount Eerie to already stellar ATP lineup

It’s official: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better festival lineup ANYWHERE than the one Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel, duh) has dreamed up for the ATP Festival spot he’ll curate this March in the UK. ATP had previously announced Mangum’s initial choices, which included such heavies as The Fall, Young Marble Giants, The Magic Band, The Magnetic Fields, Low, Thurston Moore, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Joanna Newsom, Mike Watt and George Hurley, Sebadoh, and A Hawk and A Hacksaw. Not a stinker in the bunch, but like a good soup, wouldn’t hurt to add a little something new to the mix.

Mangum’s latest draft picks include Mount Eerie, TMT fave Matana Roberts, the legendary Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Rafael Toral, Yamantaka and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performing Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.” Bryars’ piece is a 25-minute 1971 composition (later extended and re-recorded) based around a reoccurring loop of an unknown homeless man singing, and was originally used for a documentary highlighting London street life. It was later re-recorded for Brian Eno’s Obscure record label in 1975.

ATP, in their infinite wisdom, has also gone ahead and invited Blanck Mass, Demdike Stare, and Earth. Very cool. The Mangum-approved ATP Festival is set for March 9-11 in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Tickets available here.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:

RIP: Etta James

From CNN:

Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and the wedding favorite “At Last,” has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.

She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.

She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category.

“I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”

The powerhouse singer, known as “Miss Peaches,” lived an eventful life. She first hit the charts as a teenager, taking “The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)” – an “answer record” to Hank Ballard’s “Work With Me, Annie” – to No. 1 on the R&B charts in 1955. She joined Chess Records in 1960 and had a string of R&B and pop hits, many with lush string arrangements. After a mid-decade fade, she re-emerged in 1967 with a more hard-edged, soulful sound.

Throughout her career, James overcame a heroin addiction, opened for the Rolling Stones, won six Grammys and was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite her ups and downs – including a number of health problems – she maintained an optimistic attitude.

“Most of the songs I sing, they have that blue feeling to it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don’t know what I’m sorry about,” she told CNN’s Denise Quan in 2002. “I don’t!”

• Etta James:

Girls head out on tour with hair like the golden thread of Rumpelstiltskin

The backstory behind San Francisco’s Girls has been reiterated so many times that I won’t reiterate it here. But I will reiterate how often it’s been reiterated. It’s been reiterated so often that people hardly even mention the glorious hair of frontman Christopher Owens. That stuff is transcendent, like it came out of a fairy tale or something. You know, like the golden thread made by that charming rascal Rumpelstilskin. Or that Rapunzel lady! In a just world, articles about Girls would always begin with “Girls, whose frontman Christopher Owens has some seriously great hair…” Also, Chet “J.R.” White has a pretty good haircut, too.

All this talk about haircuts has me completely forgetting about the actual subject of this story. Even though I could talk about haircuts ALL DAY, I should mention that Girls are going on tour in March. Accompanying them on most of their dates will be Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Hey, any word on their haircuts? If you have any info on the haircuts of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, send an e-mail to

Girls dates:

03.01.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Coconut Grove *
03.02.12 - San Diego, CA - Birch North Park Theatre *
03.03.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
03.05.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *
03.07.12 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit *
03.08.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
03.09.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
03.12.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
03.13.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
03.16.12 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
03.17.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
03.18.12 - Reno, NV - Cargo at CommRow *
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella

* Unknown Mortal Orchestra

• Girls:
• Unknown Mortal Orchestra:

The Promo Bay starts taking applications as The Pirate Bay aims to further legitimize their torrent services

Arrr matey! The Pirate Bay brings us news of a new free advertising service called The Promo Bay to help promote independent artists! Unlike major labels and their cadre of big name content creators (a.k.a. land lubbers), many out there in the vast ocean of artists are more concerned with getting their output to the people than they are with having their output stolen or pirated. Many would say that if their work was in such high demand that it warranted pirating, they’d probably be doing a pretty good job of creating other streams of revenue.

In the spirit of Google’s homepage ‘doodles,’ The Pirate Bay has begun allowing artists of all stripes the chance to apply to have their ‘doodle’ replace the usually omnipresent Pirate Bay icon for a day. Artists must provide a link where users can download or stream content for free (movies, music, manifestoes, etc.), the aforementioned doodle, and a list of three countries where they’d like to have the doodle featured. The aim is to expose users to new content and promote cross-cultural exchange at no cost to artists as long as they’re making something available to users for free.

The Pirate Bay has come under attack from major labels who see the torrent service as a haven for illegal downloading, and this move is yet another step in the right direction for legitimizing what this and other sites do for internet users (and what bills like PIPA/SOPA are trying to keep offline). By creating a community of content creators who openly support the free distribution of their work as a means of exposure that will lead to people buying concert tickets and other merchandise, it increases the acceptance of such practices (as will the blackout that took place on Wednesday across a huge range of media sites, including TMT, in solidarity against such censorship legislation). A few big name artists, including Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, have already openly supported The Pirate Bay by making some or all of their work available for download on the site — hopefully this promotion will help create some of the next big names in music and film, further placing the focus on the quality of the product instead of the quality of the marketing plan.

• The Promo Bay:

Anonymous gets revenge for the takedown of Megaupload, takes down RIAA, Universal Music, Justice Department, BMI, US Copyright Office, MPAA, EMI, FBI, HADOPI, and an unofficial Bon Iver fansite

Call the coroner. Megaupload is DEAD AND GONE. The Feds said “SHUT IT DOWN,” and the outcry has been enormous. Before you freak about how you’re going to watch HBO now, the file-sharing site, whose CEO was recently revealed to be Swizz Beatz (just like the rest of us, he doesn’t think his own albums are worth a cent), already has a new site that can be found at, which will hopefully be able to avoid the fate of its predecessor.

But things are getting heated. In retaliation for the takedown, the well-known pranksters referred to as Anonymous claim to be behind the outages of many websites. RIAA, Universal Music, and the Justice Department were the first ones to go, and now BMI, the US Copyright Office,, EMI, the FBI, and HADOPI, a French authority, have joined the “involuntary #SOPAblackout”. This is by far the largest takedown of sites that Anonymous has ever carried out, as they DDoS the piss out of the big wigs.

Gawker has more details on how you might be unintentionally taking down sites yourself by clicking on the links that Anonymous is posting on its Twitter account. Read Anonymous’ statement about all the attacks from today here.

• Anonymous:!/YourAnonNews/status/160181678717927424



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