Pulp or no Pulp? Jarvis Cocker sides with Pulp and reunites his old band for Primavera

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It’s been pretty close to a decade since Pulp have played a show together, and to tell you the truth, the world seems a little emptier because of it. Don’t get me wrong, Jarvis Cocker puts on a mighty fine show, but it’s just not quite the same. Cocker and his former bandmates must be feeling the same loneliness I am, because if you haven’t already heard, the former Sheffield superstars have announced their intentions to reunite and play 2011’s San Miguel Primavera Sound (the fest also recently confirmed Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Suicide, and John Cale).

The show will include all the original members (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, and Mark Webber), because if it didn’t, then what’s the fucking point?

I’m sure that all the little Pulpites out there are collectively wondering when the band will schedule dates across the globe and then head back into the studio to record and release a new album. I don’t know much about the dates, but I can tell you that the band will release a new album in February 2012 called White Whale Eats Ahab. How do I know this? I have a time machine and you really don’t want to know what happens when you turn 22, so don’t ask.

• Pulp: http://www.pulppeople.com
• Primavera Sound: http://www.primaverasound.com

Wavves and Best Coast write Christmas song for Target; does this mean it’s cool to wear Mossimo shirts again?

Forget about Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby. This Christmas, everyone will be trimming their trees to “Got Something For You,” the new duet from Wavves and Best Coast that appears on mom-and-pop chain Target’s The Christmas Gig compilation (along with Bishop Allen, Crystal Antlers, others). You can currently stream the song (and the rest of the album) right here, and it will be available for download starting November 28. Perhaps you’ll get to hear their new Christmas song during their tour next year, when both Wavves and Best Coast get so stoned they think that guy with the white beard motioning to them is Santa instead of a disgruntled venue stage manager. Check the merch table for any Puma-sponsored cassettes.

Those dates again:

01.21.10 - San Diego, CA - Soma
01.22.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
01.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
01.25.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
01.26.10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
01.27.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
01.28.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.31.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
02.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
02.02.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.04.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.05.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
02.06.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
02.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.10.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
02.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
02.12.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
02.14.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
02.15.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.17.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theater
02.18.10 - Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
02.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center

• Wavves: http://www.myspace.com/wavves
• Best Coast: http://www.myspace.com/bestcoast

At last, a Buddha Machine app for iPads

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, this mind-numbingly long bus ride/dentist office visit/family holiday would be sooooo much better if only I could make weird drone noises on my iPad?” If so, well then buy yourself a lottery ticket, because it’s your lucky day! The Buddha Machine, a small, battery-powered box that creates looping drone noises has just been reborn as an iPad app and as a new model, called Chan Fang. (Chan Fang translates to “zen room.” YES.)

Chan Fang, like all Buddha Machine creations, is the product of Chinese art duo FM3. Chan Fang will deliver four different ambient loops performed on a seven-string zither called the Qin. The iPad app features the sound of six different Buddha Machines.

• FM3: http://www.fm3buddhamachine.com

Domino, Merge, Beggars Group leave eMusic as the major labels push themselves in

Changes are afoot at eMusic, and not necessarily for the better. The download-to-own-subscription service, which currently boasts 400,000 subscribers (a figure that has leveled off since the end of 2007), has recently changed its pricing model from a credits-based retail structure to a per-track model. This means that rather than paying a monthly fee and receiving a set number of downloads, eMusic members now have to pay per track. The change is suspected to be linked with eMusic’s recent partnerships with the majors, as the service is set to add 250,000 new tracks later this week, mostly from Universal, its latest partner.

Indie labels aren’t happy about this. In fact, such heavy hitters as Domino, Merge, and the Beggars Group of labels (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL) are pulling their catalogs from eMusic effective tomorrow, November 18. Bad news for indie-oriented eMusic members, as these labels represent such artists as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Spoon, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Pavement, The Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and more. And you like some, if not all, of these artists!

In a statement on its website, Matador wrote “As you might have read elsewhere, the Matador Records catalog will no longer be available via eMusic after November 18. This is unfortunate, but as eMusic has brought more major labels into the fold, they have changed the terms on which they deal with labels, some of which we have found impossible to accept, in our own interests, those of our artists, and ultimately those of their fans.”

eMusic posted a statement too on its message board: “This is as heartbreaking to us as it is to you. Please know we have done everything we could to keep them from leaving. Forging deals with our label partners can be pretty complex. As many of you know, labels have come and gone over the years, and we hope to see these labels back soon.”

Tiny Mix Tapes has yet to make an official statement because no one gives a shit about us, but let it be known: eMusic will suck after November 18.

• eMusic: http://www.emusic.com

Beach House continue to bounce around the world, come back in February for more shows before waking up from Teen Dream

Now begin the days when we hum the chorus of “I can’t believe 2010 is almost over.” A coda to that song could be, “I can’t believe that album came out this year.” It seems impossible that Joanna Newsom could have released Have One on Me as recently as February, or that The Magnetic Fields’ Realism made headlines and was promptly forgotten only the month before. Believe it or not, the same day that Realism came out, Beach House released Teen Dream on Sub Pop, which makes us feel a little like Rip Van Winkle looking back in disbelief.

It’s been a long and (probably) exhausting year for Beach House, who have been touring since Teen Dream hit shelves so many months ago. How do such ethereal, somnambulistic musicians have so much stamina? Tired or not, these B-more champs have announced final dates for Teen Dream, beginning shortly after both the album’s first anniversary and their return to the States from touring Australia. If you pre-order tickets, you’ll receive a limited-edition Beach House sweatshirt that will jog your friends’ long-term memory and remind them how much they liked “Walk in the Park.”

02.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.23.11 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
02.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
02.26.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

• Beach House: http://www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Callooh! Callay! The Decemberists announce 2011 tour

Apparently, The Decemberists want everyone in the whole world to know that they are done subjecting us to bloated, convoluted, proto-metal-prog-folk meta-opera for a while. They seem especially heavy-handed in their distinction of the forthcoming LP The King is Dead (due January 18 on Capitol and January 17 in Europe via Rough Trade) as a “deliberate turn toward simplicity” after 2009’s expertly performed, arranged, and recorded but piss-poorly conceived The Hazards of Love (TMT Review). Although, for whatever reason, they describe that record as “wildly ambitious” instead of “piss-poorly conceived.” Go figure.

Anyway, while we all wait and wonder what a simple album from Colin Meloy and co. might sound like, we can marvel at the satisfyingly straightforward list of tourdates they’ve just announced for 2011. The 16-city run kicks off at New York’s Beacon Theater on January 25 and culminates with a hometown show at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall before making a left turn at Albuquerque and heading for Europe. Also, to keep the simplicity theme going, I’m told that the band will be touring in a Hyundai Accent, wearing their pajamas as their stage clothes, and listing only “bread crust” and “water” on their riders.

Oh, also, they’ll be performing the lead single from The King is Dead, “Down by the Water,” Thursday on Conan O’Brien’s ho-hum basic cable talk show with folk star Gillian Welch (who is also featured on seven of The King is Dead’s 10 tracks) as a special guest. (Please note that Gillian Welch is a totally different person than Gillian Anderson.)

Tourdates:

01.25.10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre *
01.28.10 - New York, NY - House of Blues *
01.29.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
01.31.10 - Montreal, Canada - Olympia De Montreal *
02.01.10 - Toronto, Canada - Sound Academy *
02.02.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre *
02.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
02.05.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre #
02.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre #
02.07.10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre #
02.09.10 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater #
02.10.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre #
02.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #
02.13.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues-San Diego #
02.14.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater #
02.18.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom #
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
03.04.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.05.10 - Glasgow - UK - ABC
03.07.10 - Birmingham, UK- Birmingham Institute
03.08.10 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Academy
03.10.10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.11.10 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
03.13.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.14.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.16.10 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

* Wye Oak
# Mountain Man

• The Decemberists: http://www.decemberists.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com