Pickathon 2012 lineup announced, and it’s folktacular!

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While Newport Folk Festival, the eminent gentleman of the roots music festival world, has announced a lineup so heavy on the usual-suspect indie artists that it’s starting to feel like pandering (Iron and Wine, Conor Oberst, The Head and the Heart), Portland, Oregon’s homegrown alternative, Pickathon, comes out the gate with a lineup full of folk and roots artists that most people likely won’t have heard. Don’t get me wrong, these artists kick ass, and super folk nerds like me are fuckin’ down with it, but the Paste crowd are gonna be scratching their heads over names like Los Cojolites (the Mexican son jarocho version of the Avett Brothers), Vieux Farka Touré (son of Africa’s Malian guitar king Ali Farka Touré), or Bruce Molsky (dopest old-time fiddler around).

Sure, it may not be the best financial strategy, but it is a sign that Pickathon has become a destination in and of itself. People go to Pickathon to be part of Pickathon, not to see some giant bands from the 90s that we all keep trying to forget about. And organizers are already predicting a ticket sell-out, which makes it a perfect position to be in for any really creative festival director: now they can finally concentrate on booking amazing artists rather than worrying about which artists are going to draw and which other festivals will be competing for a top act. Being at Pickathon is like being at a festival that really cares about your experience, the kind of festival that grows on its own and is beholden to no corporate sponsors and no Live Nation bullshit. That’s why you’re gonna want to go to Pickathon this year. So save August 3-5 on your calendar right now.

Oh yeah, and that part where we talked about the artists being crazy obscure? Well, I like to nerd out and talk about obscure folk artists, but the reality is that PICKATHON FUCKING KNOWS MUSIC. I mean seriously: Blitzen Trapper, Neko Case, Alela Diane, The Cave Singers, Bowerbirds, Langhorne Slim, Laura Gibson, Dr. Dog, etc., etc.?? Check out the lineup for proof:

Neko Case
Dr. Dog
Blitzen Trapper
Heartless Bastards
The Wood Brothers
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Cave Singers
Vieux Farka Touré
Langhorne Slim
Abigail Washburn
Lost Bayou Ramblers feat. Gordon Gano
Cass McCombs
Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Alela Diane
Los Cojolites
Handsome Furs
CW Stoneking
Laura Gibson
Bruce Molsky
Robert Ellis
White Denim
AA Bondy
Cajun Country Revival
Sonny & The Sunsets
The Mynabirds
Petunia & The Vipers
Whitey Morgan & The 78’s
Lake Street Dive
Southeast Engine
Reverend KM Williams
The Barr Brothers
Foghorn Stringband
Doug Paisley
Captain Bogg & Salty
Two Man Gentlemen Band
Y La Bamba
Shovels & Ropes
Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys
Lonnie Walker
Midtown Dickens

Here’s a great preview of what you can expect at Pickathon:

• Pickathon: http://pickathon.com

Tomahawk announce vinyl collection, so you can just put those Mr. Bungle/Helmet/Jesus Lizard records in the trash

Somehow, there are records involving Mike Patton (of Faith No More/Mr. Bungle/Fantômas/you get the idea) that haven’t been put out in every conceivable format. This puzzles me. Mike Patton nurtures the sort of fandom where I can only assume every single one of his fans owns every thing he’s done in every way he’s done it. He’s the kind of guy who could release a new single on a pile of spaghetti with no explanation toward use/reason and his fans will buy three. In fact, they may well prefer it that way.

Which is why it’s so weird that Tomahawk’s three records have never been released on vinyl. For those who forgot and those who lost track of Patton’s 700 projects, Tomahawk featured Mike Patton, John Stanier (Helmet/Battles), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), and Kevin Rutmanis (The Melvins). Some might refer to the band as a “supergroup” and, sure, that’s just fine. FACT reports that, for Record Store Day (April 21, mark your calendars), Ipecac is putting out From Eponymous to Anonymous, a vinyl box set containing the band’s three full-lengths: 2001’s Tomahawk, 2003’s Mit Gas, and 2007’s Anonymous. The set will be limited to 5000 copies, presumably all of which will be picked up by individuals locked in arguments about whether King for a Day…Fool for a Lifetime or Album of the Year was better.

Those arguments will be temporarily silenced by the news that Tomahawk is putting out a new record. Ipecac says that the new album should be out this summer. The label also stated that the forthcoming work will be a Detroit techno-inspired soundtrack for a conversation Dario Argento once had with Eddie Murphy. That last part’s not true, but why wouldn’t it be?

• Tomahawk: http://www.ipecac.com/artists/tomahawk
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

Black Dice announce tour, share new song on SoundCloud, earn 28% less than white dice

So get this. Here I am at the TMT offices, minding my own business, watching The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask walk-through videos on YouTube, right? Typical Monday. And who walks in but fucking Squeo, the goddamn geriatric, suspenders-wearing, cigar-smoking News Editor who still wears his high school class ring all the time. And here he is in my office pointing his smoldering cigar all in my face, and he’s all like like: “Nobodaddy, Black Dice just announced some shit, and I need you to polish up a gem on it toot-sweet! What a scoop!” So I say “sure thing, boss; you can count on me” but internally I’m all like: ugh, really? Black Dice?? On a Monday??? I was just about to find out how to get the Bunny Hood from Romani Ranch so that I could use its powers to run faster across Termina on-foot in order to stop the moon from falling from the sky and crushing Clocktown by the end of the Third Day because of that spell that the Skull Kid put on it when he was possessed by Majora’s Mask!. Again, I should stress that this was all internal.

Anyway, so I’m like, “what ‘shit’ did they announce, boss?” And he’s pretty excitable, so he’s twitching and gesticulating and getting cigar ashes all over my little Formica-top desk when he explains, “Well, they just used a new-fangled doohickey called Soundcloud to share the opening track “Pinball Wizard” from their upcoming full-length Mr. Impossible, which is hitting the streets April 10 in the US and April 9 in all them communist countries on that-there Ribbon Music label! What’s more, they big North American tour in store, which they’re calling they, uh, ‘Electronic Mind Monsters Reader 2012’ tour or something It’s hot stuff, just came in off the wires this morning. Priority one, Nobodaddy! Mr P wants it yesterday!” So I just kinda jot down what he’s saying and nod, trying to seem oblivious to the billowing curls of pungent cigar smoke that are slithering out to all corners of my shit little office. Without looking up from my notepad, I mumble some shit like “What about those Legend of Zelda reports you wanted, Squeo?” And he doesn’t miss a fucking beat. “Oh, no, definitely do those first.”

Black Dice:

04.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Living Bread (album release show)
05.03.12 - Boston, MA - Blue Triangle
05.04.12 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
05.05.12 - Toronto, Ontario - Polyhaus
05.06.12 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House
05.07.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
05.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
05.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Tavern
05.12.12 - Portland, OR - YU Contemporary
05.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab
05.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for Arts
05.18.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
05.19.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
05.22.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.23.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.24.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Emoda Warehouse
05.26.12 - New York, NY - Secret Project Robot

• Black Dice: http://www.blackdice.net
• Ribbon Music: http://ribbonmusic.com

Young Man releasing Vol. 1 on Frenchkiss Records. And he’s not just confusing everyone, he’s touring!

I bet you think gathering and writing news stories here at TMT has something to do with emails and Google searches. You’re wrong. Ever heard of an Incredible News Flash Contraption? It’s shaped like a tuba and built mostly out of popsicle sticks, glass bottles, and papier-mâché. Throughout the day, various announcements shoot out from it, usually slips of paper folded into airplanes, and occasionally birds or hats.

This morning, I unfolded my airplane and read about Young Man, the project of singer-songwriter/producer Colin Caulfield. He’s about to hit the road for a spring tour, and on May 22, he’s releasing Vol. 1, an album produced by John McEntire (who’s worked with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Tortoise, and The Sea & Cake). Even though the title implies that it’s the first in some sort of series, Vol. 1 is actually the second part of an album trilogy that began with last year’s Ideas of Distance. Because reports from the News Flash Contraption come equipped with miniature music players and tiny sets of speakers, I got to listen to an alternate version of “Then & Now,” a track off of Ideas of Distance, and you can check it out at IFC.

Vol. 1 tracklist:

01. Heading
02. Thoughts
03. By and By
04. Do
05. Fate
06. Wasted
07. 21
08. Wandering
09. Directions


03.05.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
03.06.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
03.07.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
03.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
03.09.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
03.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl *
03.13.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
03.14-18.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.19.12 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill *
03.20.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
03.22.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
03.23.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *

* Fanfarlo

• Young Man: http://youngmanmusic.virb.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Screaming Females tour America, because if not them, who?

Forget firefighters and police officers, New Jersey’s Screaming Females are the true unsung heroes. Nobody tours America these days, because who would want to? It doesn’t have the sexy glamour of Canada or Denmark. As grey and dull as America is, the people still want their brash punk rock. So give a hand to Screaming Females for touring this scorched country, doing what nobody else wants to do. The band has two trips through the United States planned for the next few months. First, they’re heading out with Jersey siblings Titus Andronicus down the East Coast and to über-festival SXSW. Once that rigamarole is over (yeesh, SXSW, am I right??), they’re going on a rather extensive tour through the Midwest and out to the West Coast. They’ll be joined by Memphis crusties Tragedy on those last few dates.

AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, Screaming Females have a new record called Ugly coming out April 4 through Don Giovanni Records. Don Giovanni will always remind me of Fat Wreck Chords offshoot Honest Don’s Welcome Wagon. Screaming Females also have a rather gross new video out for the Ugly track “It All Means Nothing.” You can watch that at Paste, but I’d pass if you’re at work or really like cats.

Screaming Females dates:

03.05.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
03.06.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
03.07.12 - Nashville, TN - Freakin’ Weekend *
03.09.12 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge *
03.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement *
03.11.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *
03.12.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - Bar 96 (SXSW - BrooklynVegan Showcase)
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Beerland (SXSW - Chaos in Tejas Showcase)
04.05.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
04.06.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
04.07.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Pilam’s Human Barbecue
04.08.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
04.09.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto Project
04.10.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04.11.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
04.15.12 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
04.17.12 - Boise, ID - The Crux
04.18.12 - Seattle, WA - The Rendezvous
04.19.12 - Bellingham, WA - JINX Art Space
04.23.12 - Oakland, CA - 1234 Go! Records
04.24.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
04.28.12 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe (early show)
04.28.12 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink (late show)
04.29.12 - Pomona, CA - VLHS
05.02.12 - Las Cruces, NM - The Trainyard &
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 &

* Titus Andronicus
& Tragedy

• Screaming Females: http://screamingfemales.com
• Don Giovanni: http://dongiovannirecords.com

Michael Jackson’s entire back catalog of unreleased music stolen by mean, pop-loving hackers

Forget the whole “rest in peace” thing. That was never really an option for Michael Jackson, especially once Sony paid his estate $200 million for a guaranteed contract that awarded them the rights to 10 projects over the next seven years. The theft of Jackson’s back catalog apparently happened last April when Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked, compromising the data of 77 million users. It’s only today via the BBC that Sony has confirmed the stolen property included Jackson’s unheard material.

The hackers are said to have copies of unreleased studio material from Jackson’s classic albums Thriller, Off the Wall, and Bad, and possibly more songs from other Sony artists, like Avril Lavigne, Black Eyed Peas, and Jimi Hendrix. Sony has since “plugged the gap.” Hit The Guardian for further detail regarding the whole mess.

• Michael Jackson: http://www.michaeljackson.com