Radiohead drummer Phil Selway surpasses Thom Yorke as the most popular member of Radiohead with the release of Running Blind EP, says anonymous source

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway surpasses Thom Yorke as the most popular member of Radiohead with the release of Running Blind EP, says anonymous source

Our source is correct. Yes, Phil Selway has overtaken the position currently held by Thom Yorke and previously held by Jonny Greenwood as the most popular member of Radiohead. The reason for this surprising surge in popularity was further analyzed by our anonymous source thusly: “The rise in popularity is a two-headed beast; firstly, Selway has a new EP, Running Blind, set for release on July 25 in the UK, and secondly, Phillip has also opened a new theme park, DrumLandPhilFun, that children across Europe all desperately want to visit so that they can ride the new combination rollercoaster/water-slide High and Dry.”

The new EP, a follow-up to last year’s Familial, is comprised of four songs originally intended for Familial but left off because Selway thought they were good enough (and special enough) to deserve their own seperate release. The tracks, reworked while on tour and re-recorded with a full band, are expected to boost Selway’s newfound popularity to even more spectacular heights.

“Selway’s new fame is exciting and invigorating,” said our source, “I only expect it to rise and rise and rise, until Thom releases a new album, a new photo, or a new blog post.” North American release information is still forthcoming, but everyone can check out the title track here.

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Black Francis announces July acoustic tour blah blah blah where’s the new Pixies album

Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black, a.k.a. Frankie Blacker, a.k.a. Frunkie Blackcock, has announced that he will be heading out on an acoustic tour of these United States in July; while the tour skips over such popular cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New Orleans, Black has promised that Wellfleet, MA (where Black plays his final date of the tour) will be receiving their best, and first, public concert since Bill “Boogie Woogie” Bumballer played the city in 1939.

However, while Frank Black fans are always happy to see their favorite bald-Bostonian play some tunes, the overwhelming response from fans at the shows is sure to be “why the fuck haven’t you (Black) finished a new Pixies record yet?” After news on the potential possibility of future forthcoming Pixies album became public, fans gave up on any interest on Pixies news stories that didn’t include a release date and a tracklist with at least 10 new songs.

But since it’s very unlikely that a new Pixies record will ever happen, even if Bono asks for it, please enjoy one these many solo acoustic sets from Black Francis, the guy who should be working on a new Pixies record.

Black Francis US acoustic tourdates:

07.12.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
07.15.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
07.18.11 - Kansas City, KS - Knuckleheads
07.19.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
07.20.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
07.21.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
07.22.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
07.24.11 - New York City, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
07.28.11 - Wellfleet, MA - Beachcomber

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Arrington de Dionyso puts out Songsmith-recorded album, claims it so abrasive that it will rip the skin from your bones

Arrington de Dionyso is many things. He’s a mammal — but if we start there, we’ll never get to the meat of this story. Let’s instead start with his music credentials. Arrington de Dionyso is a musician behind abrasive, howling projects like Old Time Relijun and Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa, whose recent album Suara Naga is a TMT favorite. So with that long a history in the field of scraping songcraft, calling any record one of his “most unlistenable and abrasively grating” is quite the statement. But those are the exact words Mr. de Dionyso used to describe his new record Slow Dancin’ Under the Moon Tonight! Guh-asp!

Don’t take that guy’s word for it, though. Take it from his Bandcamp page, where you can hear the whole thing in full. If the level of abrasive sounds a bit different than the rest of the man’s discography, it’s because he’s had help from someone… or something. Remember that program Microsoft put out a few years back to write songs that match the singer’s voice? Well, that program is called Songsmith and de Dionyso used it for the creation of this record.

Slow Dancin’ will only be available through that aforementioned Bandcamp page. You can download it there for $5 in a variety of formats, including 320k Mp3 and FLAC. If you’re on the fence about whether this caustic buffet is worth your five bucks, know that all the money is being raised in service of funding Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa tour of Indonesia. Hint, hint, Indonesian Arrington de Dionyso fans!

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Erykah Badu releasing dance mixtape under new alias in the hopes that you’ll sweat ‘til you bleed

The inimitable Erykah Badu is adding another feather to her headwrap, as well as adding a new alias to her list of names. Born Erica Abi Wright, the lovely and talented Ms. Badu is now going by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, at least when she’s behind the ones and twos. That’s right: Ms. Badu/Brown is now a DJ, and she’s on the verge of releasing her first mixtape. Details are scant so far, but who can blame her? Badu has been one busy lady lately.

Over the past few years, she has toured, released New Amerykah Vols. One and Two, and — get this — made an appearance on psychedelic kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba! Word on the street is that DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown did her own mixing and producing on the upcoming mixtape, which is rumored to be dance-oriented in nature. Earlier this year, Flying Lotus announced that he was producing for Badu, but there’s no word yet if this dream duo teamed up in some capacity for her mixtape or for an as-yet-unreleased project. Badu/Brown has done her DJ thang at shows around the USA lately, so keep your eyes peeled for a mysteriously familiar young lady rockin’ the decks at your local music venues/festivals.

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Justin Timberlake now part-owner of Myspace! Bring it on down to Bad Investmentville?

If you’re like me, then the mere mention of Myspace at the top of this article is probably serving as a good reminder that you still need to log in to your account there (if you can remember the password still) and deactivate it. Go ahead and do it now while you’re thinking about it. I’ll wait here….

If you’re not like me, than you’re probably a little more like Justin Timberlake, who Specific Media (Myspace’s official new owner as of yesterday) just revealed to be a stake-holder in the company! According to Billboard, Timberlake “will be playing a major role in developing the future strategy for Myspace.” Oh yes, folks. This thing won’t die. In fact, he and Specific Media have already declared their intentions to “unveil their vision” of Myspace v. 1,000.0 at an “exclusive press conference” they intend to hold later this summer after everyone forgets about Bad Teacher. No further details let loose, save for Specific Media’s assurance that they and JT plan on making Myspace a “premiere digital destination for original shows, video content and music.” In other words, they plan on using the internet.

It seems, then, that all the licensing stuff that allows Myspace to stream music and video for free will seemingly remain intact, with label sources with knowledge of the situation saying that Specific Media is simply taking on Myspace’s ownership stake in the Myspace Music division, and all music licensing hoo-ha will remain just as boring and difficult to report on excitingly as it was before. “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect,” Timberlake crooned in a soft R&B voice at a teen awards show he hosted recently. “Myspace has the potential to be that place. Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalize Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.” Presumably their campaign will include Timberlake dressing in giant white gloves and a foam Myspace logo at some point, because that’s all I can remember him for at this point.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, your hunch is correct: it’s reported that Specific Media paid $35 million for the thing, as opposed to the $580 million that NewsCorp paid for it back in 2005. Myspace Tom is probably not smiling in his current profile pic.

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Beauty Pill reunite, decide to make up for lost time by recording new album in public

They may not be the Washington, DC band that everyone was hoping would get back together after a lengthy hiatus (coughFUGAZIcough), but Beauty Pill don’t care, they’re just psyched to be back. The group will not only be releasing a new album, but they’ll also be creating said new album in public, as an homage to the famous Abbey Road Studio Two window. Beauty Pill will embark on a summer residency from July 16 to August 2 and a winter installation in December/January at Arlington, VA’s Artisphere Black Box Theater, where the public can come and watch them create their new record live.

“The way that we make music involves a lot of stumbling in the dark,” said frontman Chad Clark, in a press release. “Making that process accessible and visible to the outside world will, if nothing else, be an exercise in vulnerability.” Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington.

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