project than Portishead'slatest album, Third (TMT Review). Released December 10, the track is available in digital format here from 7digital. It's not free, but at 99 cents -- with all earnings going to Amnesty in support of the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," it's not a bad deal either, at least if you support human rights."Chase the Tear"> project than Portishead'slatest album, Third (TMT Review). Released December 10, the track is available in digital format here from 7digital. It's not free, but at 99 cents -- with all earnings going to Amnesty in support of the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," it's not a bad deal either, at least if you support human rights."Chase the Tear"> project than Portishead'slatest album, Third (TMT Review). Released December 10, the track is available in digital format here from 7digital. It's not free, but at 99 cents -- with all earnings going to Amnesty in support of the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," it's not a bad deal either, at least if you support human rights."Chase the Tear">

Portishead Releases “Chase the Tear” Single as Benefit for Human Rights

"Chase the Tear" -- a new Portishead
single, features their usual dark-electronica sound, perhaps sounding a
little more like Geoff Barrow's Beak> project than Portishead's
latest album, Third (TMT Review). Released December 10, the track is available in digital format here from 7digital. It's not free, but at 99 cents -- with all earnings going to Amnesty in support of the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," it's not a bad deal either, at least if you support human rights.
"Chase the Tear"'s release coincides with the 61st anniversary of the
adoption of the document expressing basic human rights on a global (rather than national) level.

Not sure if you want to fork over a buck? Well, you can view the black-and-white music video here.

TMT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Thom Yorke Announces Official Blip Festival 2009 Lineup

On Monday, the TMT offices received a routine call from Thom Yorke (perhaps better known by his stage name, "RadioHead"). Normally, our receptionist forwards Mr. Yorke's calls to a voicemail box that no one ever checks (around the breakroom, we jokingly call it "The Black Hole"!) and goes back to sorting CD-Rs. At the particular moment of Yorke's call, however, Candace had happened to leave her desk to bring Mr P his mid-morning mille-feuille and pomegranate cordial, and the call was automatically re-routed to the desk of ace writer Nat Towsen. Eyes glued to a spectral analysis of a web-exclusive Leonard Cohen cover by Beck and The Record Club, Towsen unwittingly answered the errant communique. After suffering an audibly teary plea from Mr. Yorke, Towsen found a soft spot in his usually granite-hard exterior, and agreed to conduct an interview in person the following morning. This is that interview.

NT: Thank you for sitting down with me, Mr. Head. Can I call you Radio?

TY: You can call me Thom, which is my name.

NT: Noted. How are the kids, Thom?

TY: The cost of education, simply from a sociological perspec--

NT: Let's get to the point. You said you had a big announcement. You wanted the story done right. You came to TMT. Let's have at it, clammy.

TY: Fine. I want to announce that... the 2009 Blip Festival, which is December 17-19 at Brooklyn, NY's The Bell House, has confirmed its lineup.

NT: Wait, Blip Fest? Really? Chiptune? 8-bit synths and video art? You're into that stuff?

TY: Oh yeah. I try to keep abreast of all the fringe music scenes. I listen to Sunn O))) and The Bug. I once let Rudolf Eb.er spit in my eyes. I even used a modified NES on one of the Radiohead albums.

NT: Really? Which one?

TY: Whatever.

NT: Which album?

TY: The point is, Blip Festival is going to be exhilarating, even transcendent at times. Just like last year.

NT: You were there last year?

TY: No, but you were.

NT: I was! And it was exhilarating, even transcendent at times! I was amazed by the variety of performances and musical styles united by a single element that is both physical and aesthetic!

TY: That's the ticket! This year's fest includes U.S. favorites Bit Shifter and Nullsleep, as well as Japan's The Hunters, France's Eat Rabbit, and so many more musicians! Plus, visuals from a host of talented folks, including VBlank, The C-Men, and No Carrier. You can check out the full lineup here!

NT: You just spoke a hyperlink. How did you just do that?

TY: I told you, I keep ahead of the curve. Earlier in this interview, I pronounced "Sunn O)))" and you didn't even flinch.

NT: I was still shocked by the fact that you'd set up an exclusive interview just to announce a festival that you actually have nothing to do with.

TY: You know, if you mistype "festival", you can write "festical", which is just like "testical". Testicle.

NT: GET OUT OF MY HEAD!

TY: This interview is over.

NT: Really?

TY: No.

NT: Good, because I--

TY: Okay, now it's over.

Blip Festical 2009 Lineup (Music Act -- Visualist):

Thursday, December 17:

Silent Requiem -- Jean Y. Kim

failotron -- Paris

Leeni -- VBLANK

minusbaby -- Enso

Chromix -- C-Men

Je Deviens DJ en Trois Jours -- NO CARRIER

Albino Ghost Monkey -- outpt

Eat Rabbit -- Rosa Menkman

Friday, December 18:

Disasterpeace -- Enso

Starscream -- Jean Y. Kim

Fighter X -- outpt

little-scale -- Rosa Menkman

I, Cactus -- VBLANK

Nullsleep -- Rosa Menkman/Paris

Rainbowdragoneyes -- C-Men

Patric C -- NO CARRIER

Saturday, December 19:

The J. Arthur Keenes Band -- Rosa Menkman / Enso

tRash cAn maN -- Jean Y. Kim / Paris

Bubblyfish -- NO CARRIER / outpt

The Hunters

glomag -- C-Men / VBLANK

Bit Shifter -- outpt / Enso

David Sugar -- NO CARRIER / VBLANK

Psilodump -- Paris / C-Men

18th Annual Noise Pop Festival Set to Snap, Crackle, and Pop in San Francisco; Dates and Lineup Teasers Announced

"Noise Pop has been described as one of California's most important music festivals,” says festival co-founder Kevin Arnold, “and is a perfect opportunity to experience San Francisco's world renowned music scene, and the 18th year will be no exception.” In a move surely done to confirm Mr. Arnold’s predictions, the suits behind the Noise Pop Festival have begun to release dates, locations, and performers for the annual festival celebrating independent music, art, and film. The entire shebang is set to run February 23 through March 1, 2010 at venues throughout the San Francisco, CA metro area.

Artists already confirmed to play include The Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Rogue Wave, Atlas Sound, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Four Tet, John Vanderslice, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Wallpaper, Zee Avi, The Limousines, & Foreign Born. Further announcements regarding shows, musicians, films, artists, and more will be forthcoming.

The festival will also play host to the Industry Noise conference where open discussions, panels, speakers, interpretive dances, and individual mentoring focusing on the topics of independent music, technology, artistic and musical business ventures, and the changing industry will take place on February 27 at the Swedish American Hall in San Fran.

Updates, and further information on the Industry Noise mini-conference, are available at their website.

Record Labels May Owe Up to $6 Billion Due to Infringing Copyright

Lily-livered liberals who spend too much time on the internet are blowing their load over alleged copyright infringement by record labels. Not many people have heard of that backwater known as Canada (they have music there too apparently) but due to a quirk in Canadian law, members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association could face damages of up to $6 billion.

The legal change took place in the 1980s and allows record labels “to use songs as long as they pinky swore they would get authorization and pay the artist for it eventually.” These were often for compilation albums and the like. However, the labels never bothered to get permission and have now run up a list of 300,000 songs where they should have paid royalties. The lawsuit is “asking for both statutory and punitive damages for the labels' behaviour... meaning that the labels could be asked to pay up to $20,000 per infringement.”

Big deal! When you think of all the quality artists like Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake that the labels have promoted over the years they should be given a break. The artists can handle the loss in revenue at any rate. They’re still raking the cash in. Who gives a fuck about what happens in Canada anyway?

Nonsensical Band Names Unite! Cymbals Eat Guitars Take Bear in Heaven Out on the Road with Them

If you're a buzz band, how do you achieve even more buzz without selling your soul to the devil? Simple, you take a young upstart band on the road with you! With their early buzz and your old, beginning of 2009 buzz combined together, there's no telling how many bloggers will swoon... or collapse from a massive coronary. After they close out 2009 at the Primavera Festival this week, Cymbals Eat Guitars will take new dudes on the scene Bear In Heaven out on the road with them starting in March of next year. Please be sure to purchase your defibrillators in advance of the tour.

Cymbals:
12.10.09 - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club Festival
12.11.09 - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club Festival, Caracol
12.12.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Club Festival, Sidecar

Cymbals and a Bear:
03.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
03.06.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.07.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.09.10 - Nashville, TN - The End
03.10.10 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
03.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.13.10 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
03.16.10 - Houston, TX - Mango's
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.23.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
03.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.29.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03.31.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
04.01.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.02.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
04.03.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.06.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
04.07.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.08.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.09.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Disappears Get Kranky, Debut Full-Length Due Out Next Year

Chicago's Disappears are many things and irritable is apparently one of them. Well, not irritable, but at least slightly kranky, as in Kranky Records, the label they just signed with this week. Kranky will release Disappears' debut full-length, Lux, next April. Meanwhile, the band (which features members of The Ponys, 90 Day Men, and Boas) is hitting the road in February with another small-time Chicago band, Tortoise, and stirring up interest for their forthcoming debut at a city near you.

Disappear here:
02.11.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
02.12.09 - Nashville, KY - Exit In
02.13.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.14.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
02.15.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
02.16.09 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
02.17.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small Theatre
02.18.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

  

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