P.O.S. Heads the Hell Out on Tour; Plays Guitar and Everything

Can we say punk-rap now? Or even rap-punk? Have enough people forgotten about Linkin Park? Have Beastie Boys fans given up on the insane notion that Mike D and company were viable punk rockers? Hell, even if punk-rap or its vice-versa were an accepted genre label, it’d be silly to assign the mighty P.O.S. with such a label. Sure, the dude is all “aggressive” and plays “electric guitar” and stuff, but come on. Let’s quit distilling interesting performers down to the most basic terms that are comfortable to us. Mainly what I’m saying is: just see P.O.S. live. As a man who was not disappointed by his live concert show, I feel comfortable giving the Mike McHugh Guarantee that you, too, probably won’t be disappointed by his performance either. So let’s put ourselves out there, America! Go vegan or go home!

02.02.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
02.04.10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
02.05.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
02.06.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.07.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.08.10 -Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.09.10 - Missoula, MT - Badlander
02.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
02.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
02.13.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
02.14.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
02.16.10 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
02.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.19.10 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
02.20.10 - San Diego, CA - The Loft - UCSD
02.21.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
02.22.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers
02.23.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02.24.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
02.26.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
02.27.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey
02.28.10 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
03.02.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03.03.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
03.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
03.05.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.06.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
03.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
03.11.10 - Portland, ME - Space
03.12.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
03.13.10 - Montreal, QC - II Motore
03.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
03.16.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
03.17.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.18.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
03.19.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.20.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall

• P.O.S.: http://www.myspace.com/pos
• Rhymesayers: http://www.rhymesayers.com

Rhymesayers Entertainment Announce Charity Benefit Concert for Haiti Hosted by Slug on February 9; Brother Ali, Freeway, Jake One to Perform

Rhymesayers Entertainment and its roster of musicians, like most of the world, feel the pain of Haiti and its citizens and are determined to help in any way possible. Accordingly, and appropriately, the record label has released information on a benefit concert set for February 9 wherein ALL proceeds will be donated to various charities to aid with the relief effort. The list of performers set to help raise funds for the event include Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, I Self Divine, and plenty of others, with the whole night set to be hosted by Slug of Atmosphere.

The show will take place at Minneapolis’ own First Avenue, costs $20, and will make you feel better about not getting off your ass and doing something with your life. Tickets are already available at plenty of outlets, and more information can be gleaned off the Rhymesayers website.

Below are a few quotes from Rhymesayers artists about the tragedy in Haiti.

“This is one if the greatest tragedies of our lifetime. It’s time for all of us to help the people and families who are suffering.” - Brother Ali

“It’s embarrassing to admit how unaware I’ve been of the living conditions in Haiti. And that’s before the earthquake hit. I’m honored to be involved with this fundraiser and I’m thankful for the conditions that allow me to be on the giving end of this charity. I trust that our fans feel the same way.” - Sage Francis

“The great people of Haiti live in the poorest nation in our hemisphere and have been impacted by the largest disaster in our hemisphere this century. This isn’t about charity, this is about respect for humanity.” - Toki Wright

“At this moment Haiti needs the world’s assistance. It’s a privilege to be a part of something so special. Not only should we assist with donations for aid, food, and water, but let’s come together 6 months, a year from now and help with the rebuilding process.” - Muja Messiah

• Rhymesayers: http://www.rhymesayers.com

David Byrne Teams Up with Fatboy Slim and Every Available Female Singer to Release Concept Album, Due February 23

Oh, concept records. We love ‘em, and we kinda hate ‘em. Okay, but we really do love them, especially when they are born of David Byrne’s imagination, and HE CAN DO NO WRONG. NO WRONG!

What’s more, Byrne has teamed up with dance/electro DJ Fatboy Slim on the record. Fascinating… so does this mean we can expect to catch Byrne in a hotel busting a move in mid-air on a bike while Spike Jonze leads a troupe of mediocre dancers outside? Okay, enough brazen questions.

As cool as my aforementioned scenario would be, Byrne and Fatboy Slim actually intend to release a 22-track record about the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines and her childhood servent, Estrella Cumpas. The record, which will be titled Here Lies Love, will also feature performances by Santigold, Florence Welch (of Florence and The Machine), Sia, Steve Earle, St. Vincent, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, and more. Not a bad lineup there, Byrne.

Here Lies Love will be released via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records on February 23.

• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com
• Nonesuch Records: http://www.nonesuch.com

Iannis Xenakis Art Exhibition at The Drawing Center in SOHO until April 8

If you find yourself in New York (or you are one of the 8.5 million people who live there), you would be doing your brain a huge favor to check out the Iannis Xenakis exhibit at The Drawing Center in SOHO.

One of the pioneers of “computer music,” Xenakis was interested in the application of physics and mathematics to music. In addition, he was a Greek resistance warrior (really!) and an architect.

According to the press release:

Xenakis brought together architecture, sound, and advanced contemporary mathematics, moving away from traditional polyphony to create music comprised of masses of sound, shifting abstract aural gestures, linear permutation, and sonic pointillism.

Xenakis began with an obsession in the mathematics and physics of music; later in his career, he discovered that the mathematical methods that proved most aesthetically pleasing were so deeply ingrained in his mind that he no longer needed to do the math — this is precisely why he is considered a pioneer in music theory and technology. All the while, he was unrestricted in his creativity, allowing him to become a master of multimedia art.

This exhibition explores the architechtural drawings, graphic scores, and sketches of Xenakis and will be up until April 8, 2010.

Shearwater to Traverse The Golden Archipelago, North America

Jonathan Meiburg sure isn’t shy about reminding you about his day job. The sometime-Okkervil River collaborator and ornithologist won’t stop with naming his band after a sea bird: no, now he’s getting set to release the final album of a triptych — the second of which was called Rook, by the by — about the gradual destruction of nature at humankind’s hands. It’s like the UN Climate Change Report, with more pianos and ghostly vocals.

The Golden Archipelago, inspired by Meiburg’s student trips to such far-flung islands as the Falklands, Tierra Del Fuego, and the Galapagos — I mean see, geez, man, we get it, you care about nature — is due February 23 on Matador, with Meiburg and the shifting groups of musicians he calls Shearwater also heading out for a supporting tour in March. No word yet on whether they’ll be bringing a field guide and a pair of binoculars.

Keeping with the whole diligence-of-a-scientist thing, though, Archipelago will also feature a “dossier” full of related materials compiled by Meiburg himself, though you’ll only get it if you’re willing to help the band out.

The Golden Archipelago tracklist:

01. Meridian
02. Black Eyes
03. Landscape at Speed
04. Hidden Lakes
05. Corridors
06. God Made Me
07. Runners of the Sun
08. Castaways
09. An Insular Life
10. Uniforms
11. Missing Islands

North American Tour dates
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 #
03.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
03.25.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
03.26.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *
03.27.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
03.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
03.30.10 - Boston, MA - T.T. the Bears *
03.31.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa *
04.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.02.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
04.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar *
04.07.10 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College *
04.09.10 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *
04.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.23.10 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress
04.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
04.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.27.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.28.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
04.29.10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
04.30.10 - Pullman, WA - The BellTower
05.01.10 - Boise, ID - Nuerolux
05.04.10 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
05.07.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish=

# Jonathan Meiburg solo, backed by Xiu Xiu
* Wye Oak

• Shearwater: http://www.shearwatermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

IFPI Considers Civil Suit Against Former OiNK Admin

• On a Friday: This one, specifically, January 15, 2010. Allan Ellis, former admin of popular torrent site OiNK, was found not guilty of ‘Conspiracy to Defraud’ the music industry.
* Meaning: Your torrent site = Not cool. Sweet coin you made = Kinda cool.

• The following Thursday: The IFPI is considering levying a civil suit to reclaim some of the £200,000 for ‘artists’ it claims to have been swindled.
* Meaning: We want your monies, Mr. Ellis.

It took him two years to clear his name, and all the man wants now is to get on with his life, but clearly the IFPI has other plans. Saying incendiary things like “This is a hugely disappointing verdict which is out of line with decisions made in similar cases around the world,” and “The defendant made nearly £200,000 by exploiting other people’s work without permission,” the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry spokesman John Kennedy (no relation to you know who) is going to try to get his/theirs.

And just a little forbearance of our egos as smart consumers, here’s some sweet legal mumbo-jumbo about the inner workings of this from a real life lawyer:

I think they may be thinking about filing suit on it’s own behalf – as an association of labels. For example, IFPI vs. Oink and DudefromtheArticle[Ellis]. IFPI’s stated goal is to “safeguard the rights of record producers”. Look at the field of imprints published on its homepage. Those aren’t the corporate logos of “various artists”. They’re giant fucking record labels. After the industry lost the “make you shit in your pants” criminal trial to *gasp* a dude and jury of his peers, record companies are going back to more of the same: civil actions. Civil, as in we will sue your ass into bankruptcy and complacence. We know how that’s going. So far, mostly inneffective at stopping what’s practically a tidal wave. And the lawsuit angle definitely doesn’t play as well in the media, at least not when it’s grandmas and 12 year olds.

Whether or not a particular artist gets x% of the money for every song they have stolen, I don’t know. For sure they don’t get 100% passed straight on to them. At the very least the lawyers will be well paid out of any settlement. The record companies don’t just eat their legal expenses and pass the savings on to the bands. How much the labels/”publishers”/producers have agreed to pass on to the individual artists isn’t at all clear to me.

There’s a reason I pay a retainer, to pay off in ‘sitches like this.

Read: Lawyers win.

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