Pavement to Curate ATP in May 2010, Tickets on Sale Friday

- Who: Pavement
- What: ATP 2010 weekend, curating and headlining
- When: May 14-16, 2010
- Where: Minehead, England
- Why: Because they're reunited, and it feels so good.

From ATP:

It would be fair to say, we at ATP get to present some very special bands. But we are beyond excited to announce that legendary US band Pavement will headline and curate the weekend of May 14th-16th in 2010!
After years of speculation, arguably the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the line-up of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010 including curating and performing at ATP Weekend 2 on May 14th – 16th.

Described in their own Wikipedia entry as having experienced "moderate commercial success," Pavement's catalogue for the Matador, Domino, Drag City and Treble Kicker imprints has come to define in the eyes of many, the blueprint for independent rock over the past generation and we are thrilled to have them join our illustrious list of curators.

Tickets are priced at £160pp for room only and £170pp for self catering and go on sale this Friday 9th October at
See below for full information on Early Bird and Instalment Tickets...
A second ATP festival weekend featuring a different curator on May 7-9th, 2010 will be announced next week!

Find more info on the reunion shows at their official website.

RIP: Suzanne Fiol, founder of Brooklyn venue ISSUE Project Room

From ISSUE Project Room:

It is with great heartbreak and sorrow that ISSUE Project Room announces the passing of our founder, artistic director, and driving force, Suzanne Fiol. Born on May 9, 1960, Suzanne died at 1:05 pm on Monday, October 5, 2009, after fighting a courageous and inspiring battle against cancer. Suzanne passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Our hearts go out to her daughter Sarah, her sister Nancy, and her parents Lawrence and Arlene Perlstein.

- ISSUE Project Room

Jay Reatard Ain’t Got No Band No More

We all know that keeping a band together can be tough; we’ve all seen (and loved!) That Thing You Do, but now Jay Reatard knows firsthand that a band often functions as a collective, and that sometimes communal projects simply fall apart once Europe gets involved (like with Russia, for instance).

While using Twitter, Jay Reatard had this to say: “Band quit! Fuck them! They are boring rich kids who can't play for ahit anyways ... Say hello to your ugly and boring wifes opps I mean lifes guys suck it." Apparently, Mr. Reatard was so broken up about the whole thing that he forgot how to use the DELETE key to erase his mistakes. Or perhaps he's trying to exhibit a certain level of authenticity?

So, yes, drummer Billy Hayes and bassist Stephen Pope have left the band and Reatard is, of course, looking for a couple new string and skin men. And, at the moment, none of Jay Reatard’s upcoming European or U.S. tourdates have been cancelled.

Phoenix to Release Remix Collection of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Conquer Playlists of Men with Waist Sizes Under 30

Life is good for the members of Phoenix. Whether sidling their way into the Coppola family, rocking the stages of Saturday Night Live, or sounding cool in a reggae mash-up, Phoenix have been living well as of late. Their latest album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, has garnered rave reviews and is a lock for best-of lists at the end of 2009. So how do they close out the year? By releasing Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Collection), a 15-track digital release that’s pretty self-explanatory.

The album will be released October 20 via Loyaute/Glassnote Records. You can listen to Animal Collective’s remix of “Love Like A Sunset” in the meantime. Tracklist below, which also doubles as a list of their cool friends:

1. Lisztomania (Alex Metric remix)
2. Fences (The Soft Pack remix)
3. 1901 Bo Flex’d (Passion Pit remix)
4. Lasso (2 Door Cinema Club remix)
5. Fences (25 Hrs A Day remix)
6. 1901 (L’aiglon remix)
7. Love Like A Sunset (Turzi remix)
8. Fences (Boombass remix)
9. Lisztomania (A Fight For Love – 25 Hrs A Day remix)
10. Fences (Friendly Fires remix)
11. Armistice (Yacht remix)
12. Girlfriend (Young Fathers remix)
13. Fences (Chairlift remix)
14. Rome (Neighbours with Devendra Banhart)
15. Love Like A Sunset (Animal Collective remix)

It’s Official: China Hates Indie but Loves Beyoncé; Buzzcocks, British Sea Power Banned from Modern Sky Festival

Foreign affairs enthusiasts will know that on October 1 China celebrated its 60th anniversary as the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese authorities also used this opportunity to extol their country’s cultural “purity” by cancelling all foreign acts at an upcoming indie music festival.

Bands including Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, and International Noise Conspiracy (sorry guys the word ‘conspiracy’ really just doesn’t go down well in perennially-insecure China) were scheduled to play at the Modern Sky Festival in Beijing from October 4-7. Foreign acts were due to comprise “over a quarter of the festival's performers.”

China’s Ministry of Culture made it clear that “the city's cultural administration authorities and the cultural and entertainment businesses will redouble their efforts to ‘focus on enforcement, to ensure safety’ in order to eliminate all kinds of security risks... in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding [of the People's Republic] in a safe, cultural atmosphere."

China clearly feels that Beyoncé is conducive to a “safe, cultural atmosphere” when it was confirmed that she will be able to bring her “‘I Am...Sasha Fierce’ tour to the Chinese capital for a single show on October 23.”

So it’s official then: indie constitutes a “security risk,” while pop ensures a “safe, cultural atmosphere.” The staff at Tiny Mix Tapes are incensed and begin their boycott of China today with a freeze on all purchases of Chinese food (TMT writers’ staple diet). We hope our fellow indie-lovin’ Americans will follow suit.

Efterklang Sign To 4AD, A Subsidiary of Cap’n Crunch

The good news: jubilant Danish indie-rockers Efterklang have signed to legendary label 4AD. The group plans to release their follow up to 2007’s Parades on the label in early 2010, in all areas except Scandinavia, where they will put it out on their own Rumraket imprint.

Fans waiting for the band’s new record can sate themselves with Performing Parades, a CD+DVD set capturing the band’s September 2008 performance of Parades with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra at Copenhagen's Koncerthuset. Performing Parades will be out October 19 on The Leaf Label.

The bad news: signing to 4AD made Efterklang remember how much they loved This Mortal Coil. They’ve been locked in their room listening to It Will End In Tears for days now. Somebody make sure those boys are okay!