OM reschedule fall tour, ride dinosaurs this time instead of skateboards

OM reschedule fall tour, ride dinosaurs this time instead of skateboards

Emil Amos plays drums in OM, and earlier this summer, he got pretty banged up in a skateboarding accident. OM had to postpone their fall tour, and that’s what’s most important here, but I can’t stop thinking about two other skateboard-related things: Rocket Power and Skrillex. Those Rocket Power kids rode their skateboards everywhere. Skrillex skates too. Or so I’ve heard.

But I’m not here to ramble about some old cartoon or a self-proclaimed psychedelic glass dolphin blower. I’m here to say that OM have now rescheduled the tourdates. They’ll be supporting their new album, Advaitic Songs, which came out back in July on Drag City. We chatted with them recently, and even though we didn’t ask if they’ll be skating from city to city, I’d reckon there’s a damn good chance they won’t be.


11.17.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
11.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
11.20.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.21.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
11.24.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
11.25.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.26.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11.28.12 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop

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Trail of Dead announce new album and share new song about the trail of dead in Syria

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are fed up with the apathy to Real World Events (non-Olympic) that they feel “has plagued the independent music scene for over a decade” (starting exactly a month after Fugazi released The Argument). They are fed up and, unsurprisingly, they are so angry they could easily leave a trail of dead in their grumpy wake. But that would hinder the point that …AYWKUBTTOD are trying to make: the independent music scene needs to start giving a shit about Real World Issues like the Syrian civil war and its accompanying massacres. Like, right NOW, right now. So they’ve released “Up To Infinity” (via Pitchfork) which is about the Syrian civil war, and they hope it helps YOU to start giving a shit, to start mobilizing on issues, and to do somthing about Real World Problems. They’ve already made a song about it, but what are YOU going to do now?

“Up To Infinity” will also see release on …AYWKUBTTOD’s forthcoming eighth studio album Lost Songs, put out by Richter Scale/Superball Music and available October 23. Getting even more serious about Real World Issues, frontman Conrad Keeley said the album was inspired by the band’s shared belief that “tyranny and despotism suffered by any people, anywhere, is intolerable and should not be treated as an internal matter, but completely justifies intervention by the international community.” For real, though.

In case you want to get more involved in Real World Events, check out …And you Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead on their tour. Dates listed below:

11.04.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.09.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.10.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.15.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.16.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11.17.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
11.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.20.12 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
11.21.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge

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BPI admits “mistake” in “accidentally” requesting removal of negative Drake review from Google; I mean, they could be telling the truth…

Among the informed class of music lovers (of which I obviously include readers of TMT), the caricature of the Big Four record labels, and of the popular music industry in general, is not unlike a suit-wearing version of Star Wars’ Empire leadership. They presumably collude in the dark recesses of their offices. They operate on a presumably amoral basis. And perhaps most importantly, they’re uniformly (if not always blatantly) focused on crushing any and all opposition. Were you aware that their opposition now extends to negative reviews of albums posted on the internet? Well, at least some people think that’s the case.

A bit of background: about a week ago, Henry “Rizoh” Adaso, the founder of the hip-hop website The Rap Up, wrote about the mysterious disappearance of an album review from Google’s search results. The review was a brief, but decidedly not-positive take on rapper Drake’s album Take Care, which was conclusively referred to by Adaso as a “safe-alternative to sleeping pills.”

After investigating, Adaso found that the review was removed on the basis of a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint, initially thought to have been made by Universal Music Group and which included numerous other URLs containing supposedly infringing material. Adaso maintains that the page with his review was entirely innocent, writing “The only UMG property on that page is the artwork, and IT IS fully credited. So what’s the issue here?”

The issue, apparently, is the power given to entertainment companies by the DMCA. As Billboard first reported, it was BPI, the UK’s equivalent of the RIAA, and not UMG, that requested the removal of Adaso’s review. They claim it was a mistake and an “isolated” incident. Their entire statement reads as follows:

BPI uses the DMCA process to request the removal of millions of links in search results to infringing sound recordings every year. We have no intention of ever trying to remove links to reviews or writing about music.  In this case, we regret that an isolated error occurred with the effect that we mistakenly asked for a few links to reviews to be removed.  Immediately on learning of the mistake, we asked Google to reinstate the links concerned and are undertaking a review of our processes to ensure this does not happen again. We apologise to all concerned for our mistake.

I don’t know. Part of me wants to give BPI the benefit of the doubt. The other part imagines them pointing the Death Star at Alderaan and deceitfully announcing, “You may fire when ready.”

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Daughn Gibson is accidentally signed to Sub Pop (Sub Pop thought it was getting David Puddy)

Dream-country balladeer and ribbed cotton A-shirt spokesmodel Daughn “Don, Not Dawn” Gibson has up and signed a little old deal with that nice young label down the road called Sub Pop. Fans of either Gibson’s pretty good music or Tiny Mix Tapes’ pretty great writing will recall that Gibson just released All Hell the other month on the White Denim label. So why the sudden change? Rising fame? More money? Wider distribution? Naw, I think it’s probably just that white denim is a bad look for a cowboy.

Gibson’s Sub Pop debut is slated for some time next year. However, to consummate the deal, Gibson did go out of his way (or maybe he didn’t; what the hell do I know?) to sample his new labelmates in Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers on a new track called “Reach into the Fire,” which is streaming below. He also expanded his currently-in-motion US tour, because “touring until it’s no fun anymore” is in his contract now.


08.23.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
08.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave *
08.25.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
08.26.12 - Denver, CO - Ogden *
08.27.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
08.29.12 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl *
08.30.12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune *
08.31.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
09.01.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF FEST
09.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
09.06.12 - Reno, NV - The Chapel Tavern
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - Music Fest Northwest ^
09.11.12 - Allentown, PA - The Sportsman’s Cafe #
10.29.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - Apop Records
11.01.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
11.03-04.12 - Austin, TX- Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.06.12 - Oxfort, MS - Lamar Lounge
11.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl !

* Yeasayer
^ Pains of Being Pure at Heart
# Merchandise
! Earth

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Old Man Gloom announce first West Coast tour after a very gloomy decade away

Metal supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of ISIS, Cave In, Zozobra, and Converge) have announced that they will be “caving in” and “converging” together for some shows. The tour, albeit a short one, will be the band’s first of the West Coast in nearly a decade, in support of their new album, NO. Additionally, for fans in Portland, Old Man Gloom will be joined by Big Business and The Melvins, making a night with not just a supergroup, but a super-lineup. Dates are listed below.

For those of you wondering why it took so long for Old Man Gloom to head back to the West Coast, let me offer an explanation: 2012 actually marks a very significant date, a date predicted by an ancient society: the year of the Cleansing Equinox, a two-week period in September that only occurs every six years when metal-heads from across the globe feel compelled to visit California (the sunniest place on Earth) and step out of their doom-and-gloom lifestyles by hitting the beach, cruising for chicks on the L.A. strip, hanging-ten, getting tans, and making a very uncharacteristic trip to Disneyland. Sociologists agree that the Cleansing Equinox frees the world from an overt level of darkness — at least that’s what my astrologer tells me.

Old Man Gloom West Coast tourdates:

09.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
09.04.12 San Diego, CA - SodaBar*
09.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of theHill**
09.06.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - The Hawthorne Theatre+
09.08.12 - Seattle, WA - The Highline

+ The Melvins, Big Business
* William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious, & Ides of Gemini
** William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious

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Prince Rama start Kickstarter to fund “now-age psych opera,” create second Kickstarter to fund explanation of what that means

Soon after everybody agreed that the forthcoming Prince Rama record, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, sounds awesome, Prince Rama looked into their mystical pool for their next move. The mystical pool spoke only these words: “Now-Age Psych Opera.” If it was you or me talking to a mystical pool, we’d have no idea what to do with this information. Beyond that, we’d be baffled by this whole mystical pool concept. Prince Rama are not us.

As Prince Rama interpret the “Now-Age Psych Opera,” it is a short film called Prince Rama and The Scorpion Tornado, intended to accompany Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. Short films cost money, though; you can’t pay for ‘em with just karma. Accordingly, Prince Rama have launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce those funds. Their goal is $15,000 within 20 days (16 days left), with incentives including recipes, a producer credit, a role in the film, customized songs, multi-course dinners, and glowing energy. The glowing energy one is not real, but would you have been surprised? No.

So what’s this film about? Let Prince Rama tell it: “SET IN A NOT SO DISTANT DIMENSION, the film takes place in a world ruled by a despotic new-age queen (played by Nimai). In this world of love and light, one existential pop-star (played by Taraka) seeks to discover the depths of her dark side. We follow our heroes as they grapple with inter-dimensional portals and chiseled abs to the inevitable bloody and apocalyptic conclusion.” Oh, so a NOW-age psych opera. Why didn’t you just say so?

If produced, Brooklyn-based studio Astral Projects will shoot the film. The studio’s duo of Tony Lowe and Lily X. Wahrman directed Icon Eye, the documentary focusing on Icon Give Thank (TMT Review), the recent collaborative album from Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and The Congos. Tentatively, the film should see release in November, the same release month as Top 10 Hits of the End of the World. A month later, the world will not end and the cosmos will continue and stuff.

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