Now This Is What It’s Like When Worlds Collide, Now This Is What It’s Like: Acid Mothers Guru Guru Tour

At my (real) place of employment — we'll call it a warehouse job — the employees are allowed use of the Musicmatch Jukebox. This is a luxury no other previous workplace I've encountered has afforded its employees, so we all feel very privileged.

But, more than a privilege, it's a responsibility.

But no one IS responsible; we're all a bunch of greedy fucks. No one takes turns: everyone puts their track selections ahead of everyone else's; people select outrageous amounts of music. Worst, no one has any sense of decency when selecting picks in music tracks — there's a lot of R. Kelly, shitty reggaeton, and Top 40 R&B.

Come to think of it, maybe the true crime is that which is not available through the service — 95% of The Beatles' catalog, good Captain Beefheart, the early Suicide albums, etc.

But I was surprised to see one Acid Mothers Temple album, Electric Heavyland, and so I selected the first track, the 15-minute "Atomic Rotary Grinding God/Quicksilver Machine Head." Not two minutes of the track played until it was skipped by Krista over to Powerman 5000, which caused her to lip-synch and bop her head in delight. Now, I guess, this is what it's like when worlds collide. Now this is what it's like.

Out there in the real world, when Tsuyama Atsushi and Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple and Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru collide, they become Acid Guru's Temple — no, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, and then they go on a U.S. tour:

XBXRX Consider Being Special Middle East Envoys for Palestinian Governance and Economic Issues

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Three reasons why you might not go see XBXRX:

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07.21.07 - Baltimore MD - Whartscape Festival
07.22.07 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
07.23.07 - Murfreesboro, TN - The Boro Bar
07.24.07 - Athens, GA - Caledonia
07.25.07 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
07.26.07 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Cafe
07.27.07 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggo‘s
07.28.07 - Orlando, FL - Taste
07.29.07 - Miami, FL - Churchill‘s
07.30.07 - Jacksonvoille, FL - TSI
07.31.07 - Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Laundro Lounge
08.01.07 - Washington DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
08.02.07 - Brooklyn, NY - Toddpnyc.com
08.26.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fuck Yeah Festival @ The Echo

Sounds tracklist (improv EP out later this year on Important!):

[Photos: Chris Woo (first photo), Sun Humns (second photo)]

Now This Is What It’s Like When Worlds Collide, Now This Is What It’s Like: Acid Mothers Guru Guru Tour

At my (real) place of employment — we'll call it a warehouse job — the employees are allowed use of the Musicmatch Jukebox. This is a luxury no other previous workplace I've encountered has afforded its employees, so we all feel very privileged.

But, more than a privilege, it's a responsibility.

But no one IS responsible; we're all a bunch of greedy fucks. No one takes turns: everyone puts their track selections ahead of everyone else's; people select outrageous amounts of music. Worst, no one has any sense of decency when selecting picks in music tracks — there's a lot of R. Kelly, shitty reggaeton, and Top 40 R&B.

Come to think of it, maybe the true crime is that which is not available through the service — 95% of The Beatles' catalog, good Captain Beefheart, the early Suicide albums, etc.

But I was surprised to see one Acid Mothers Temple album, Electric Heavyland, and so I selected the first track, the 15-minute "Atomic Rotary Grinding God/Quicksilver Machine Head." Not two minutes of the track played until it was skipped by Krista over to Powerman 5000, which caused her to lip-synch and bop her head in delight. Now, I guess, this is what it's like when worlds collide. Now this is what it's like.

Out there in the real world, when Tsuyama Atsushi and Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple and Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru collide, they become Acid Guru's Temple — no, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, and then they go on a U.S. tour:

I know right?

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Okay, writing this article without the 200-word space filler of arbitrary letters is more difficult than I thought (I’m totally aware that this does not say much for my ability as a writer). Additionally, I made an OiNK joke the other day, so I can’t fall back on that. So uh... straight news?

Artist in Residence has released a book that follows Sigur Rós through Iceland on their 2006 Takk tour. The “Classic” (read: lame) version of In a Frozen Sea: A Year with Sigur Rós retails for $20 and contains 32 pages of “never before seen photographs, observations and quotes that captures the band in their words, in their world.” The Limited Edition (what is with bands doing this lately) (I think I’m subconsciously linking myself to prove that I do not ALWAYS suck at writing) sells for $150 and contain 12-inch vinyls of Agaetis Byrjun, ( ), and Takk. Additionally, the set holds the first 12-inch pressing of Smaskifa (this is where the OiNK joke would have gone). This edition is limited to 5000 units, 50 of which will be signed by the band.

The book’s site (which may or may have not been an area from cut from Myst IV: Revelation) will allow visitors to listen to Sigur Rós’ music, watch videos, interact on message boards, learn more about the D’ni civilization, and hopefully save Atrius from certain doom.

Finally, the site contains a section for independent musicians to submit their own music to be judged by Alan Moulder, Flood, and Sigur Rós. However, according to the release we received, the purpose of this judging is left as a cliffhanger worthy of a Trapped in the Closet chapter.

Clear Channel Is That High School Bully Who Had More Money Than Anyone But Had Really Bad Body Odor So No One Liked Him

You really have to beg the question, "When will these assholes give it up?" The only answer for that probably is, "Never." Sad too, because I can't imagine those corporate jackasses are actually happy with their lives. I mean, they really aren't happy with anything, because they're always trying to fuck things up. Let me tell you what our good friends at Clear Channel have been up to.

Clear Channel allows independent and local artists to submit music for air and online play. Normally artists get digital performance royalties if their music is streamed online. Clear Channel has decided to do away with this detail, opting for a solution that requires the artists to waive their performance royalties. Essentially, this means the artists get absolutely nothing out of it. Even worse, when the artists submit their material, it immediately gets placed under a "royalty-free non-exclusive right and license," which means Clear Channel can use the songs for other things besides air play and internet streaming. You and I know what those other things can encompass. Advertising, etc, etc.

You may also be asking, "why in the shit would an artist be interested in giving their music to Clear Channel and what the shit would Clear Channel want to do with indie music anyway?" Well, aside from the obvious answers (exposure, money sans digital performance royalties, etc.), earlier this year, CBS Radio, Clear Channel, and Entercom struck a deal with the American Association of Independent Music to set aside 8,400 half-hour blocks of air-time for local and indie artists. But why again was that "deal" struck anyway? Well, have you heard of payola before? Perhaps not lately with these particular broadcasters, because in addition to the blocks of air-time devoted to indie/local artists and a $12.5 million payment, the settlement for the recent payola scandal included no admission of wrongdoing.

I guess there was no scandal after all!

Eric Copeland of Black Dice is a Mysterious Hermaphrodite Who Likes to Have Relations with Grizzly Bears. Not Grizzly Bear the Band, But Actual Grizzly Bears. Oh, and He’s Releasing His First Solo Album in August.

The word "hermaphrodite" can explain many different things. For one, it can define the sexual orientation of a person. For instance, there is a staff member at TMT who is a hermaphrodite. Can you guess which one? It rhymes with Ant Murdem. The word "hermaphrodite" can also mean the combination of two opposite qualities or extremes. When thinking of the experimental voyage of Black Dice, you may often hear sounds that are contradicting and disparate. This experience is akin to Eric Copeland, member of Black Dice and Terrestrial Tones, and his solo music. So how fitting is it for Copeland's first solo effort to be titled Hermaphrodite?

It is a perfectly fine-ass fit for Copeland and a much anticipated, if not, mysterious release. And we often associate these compelling atmospheric loops and layers with the unknown. According to Paw Tracks, the sexy label releasing Hermaphrodite: "like a good mix tape, Hermaphrodite flips the listener with each new song, engaging them to keep up, make the connections, and, ultimately, enjoy." Now that doesn't sound too mysterious. So to clear things up, I did some research, and in classic Emceegreg fashion, I slept on that research and a bag of Cheetos for three days straight. My conclusions of the life of Copeland are exalting and are as follows:

- Hermaphrodite will be released August 14, 2007. This is the same day as Emceegreg's birthday. Concidence?

- Eric Copeland is often mistaken as Eric Stoltz by New York City passerby. This enrages Copeland, not because he dislikes Stoltz' work, but because they think Copeland is the Stoltz' character from the Cher-tastic film, Mask.

- Eric Copeland made some of this album to work with the films of visual artists Theo Angel, Yuki Kimura, and Jim Mickle.

- Eric Copeland is only "doin' the music thang" to upstage his brother, Bjorn.

- Eric Copeland will be touring throughout North America sometime this year. Only Oprah's vag (va-jay-jay) knows exactly when this will occur.

- Black Dice will be releasing a new full-length on Paw Tracks in October, including a North American tour.

- Eric Copeland will be staring in the film Grizzly Man 2: Back in Action. The film will document Copeland's enthusiastic but trite love affair with an Alaskan grizzly bear named Scarla. The film will win many awards.

- Eric Copeland hates Emceegreg. They are mortal enemies but have much respect for one another at the same time.

Hermaphrodite tracklist: