From Rags to Riches and Back Again: Raglani and Emeralds’ Gear Stolen at No Fun Fest

We've all heard horror stories of music gear getting stolen, because the stories are simply endless. Most don't get their gear back, but once in awhile stolen equipment will be discovered and returned to the artist. Hopefully this is another such case.

After playing at No Fun in New York last Friday, Raglani's van was broken into and all of his many synths were stolen. And not only did Raglani walk up to see another car loaded up with his and Steve Hauschildt's (Emeralds) equipment, but they almost got run over by the car while chasing after them! Due to the loss of their gear, Raglani, who was on tour with Steve Hauschildt, had to cancel the remaining dates.

Since most of their equipment was made up of shit you don't see every day, some equipment might be easily recognizable. So check out the list below, pass it around, and keep an eye out.

Also, a page has been set up so that people can donate money to help Raglani and Haushildt get new equipment. Of course, you could always buy their records too. Raglani saw his Kranky debut last September with Of Sirens Born (TMT Review) and Haushildt has many tapes and CD-Rs you can pick up from Arbor, Gneiss Things, etc.

Raglani's stolen gear:

Moog Voyager Old School white wash

Moog VX-351 Expander with cable

Moog Voyager Case ("Raglani" stenciled in black)

Sequential Circuits Pro One (J-Wire) with black plastic case

TWO Traynor KB-4 Keyboard amps ("Raglani" stenciled in white on bottom)

Pedal board case

Flower Electronics Little Blue Boy Deluxe custom build modular synth
with wood sides
3ms (4MS) Noise Swash Pedal, silver

Boss Super Shifter (blue pedal)

Boss re-201(?) SPACE ECHO PEDAL NEW

Sony walkmen

Behrenger 12-channel mixer (silver)

Moog Ring Modulator Moogerfooger pedal

Line 6 DL4 delay modeler

Shure microphone beta 51

DJ case with new headphones and tools, all my patch cords, including
several expensive adaptors and color cables

Mac Powerbook laptop computer

Garwin GPS

Steve Hauschildt's stolen gear:

Moog Micromoog with flight case

Moog Lowpass filter Moogerfooger pedal

Frostwave resonator filter pedal

Akai Headrush pedal

Boss Graphic EQ (white pedal)

E.H. Small Stone phaser pedal

Behrenger xenix mixer

Various cables and adaptors

HEALTH Announce New LP Details, Featuring Such Uplifting Tracks As “Die Slow,” “Eat Flesh,” and “Kill Everyone Because Life Is Not Worth Living, FUCKER”

HEALTH never shied away from their dark noise-punk leanings. And doesn't look like they'll shy away anytime soon. Take, for example, the tracklisting for their new album Get Color, due September 8 on Lovepump United:

1. In Heat
2. Die Slow
3. Nice Girls
4. Death+
5. Before Tigers
6. Severin
7. Eat Flesh
8. We Are Water
9. In Violet

I don’t know about you, but I’m genuinely terrified to hear how harsh a song called “Eat Flesh” sounds, especially since Get Color was recorded in a not-so-great part of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles. I even hear The Crips totally recorded a guest-spot on a few of the tracks. Spooky! To hear the first single, “Die Slow,” you can visit HEALTH’s Muxtape page. Or go see them on tour this summer and hear it in person:
06.18.09 – Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
06.20.09 – Brooklyn, NY – Danbro (New York Night Train Happening) &
06.26.09 – Calgary, Alberta – Sled Island Festival
06.27.09 – Calgary, Alberta – Sled Island Festival
08.21.09 – Kiewit, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
08.22.09 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival

& Awesome Color, Kid Congo Powers, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin

Sabre Smoothin’ and Harem Goosin’: New Sir Richard Bishop Album and Tour

Hey kids, do you love Middle Eastern music but hate the paralyzing stereotype of fanaticism and chaos that comes with enjoying it? Have you been looking for a genuine dose of incense-drenched North African guitar grooves without that pesky stigma of perpetual instability? Hmm, but have you been looking... locally? Let’s say around Arizona or California ways? Ha, I’m not surprised! If you’d looked ‘round there, you would’ve already found former Sun City Girl Sir Richard Bishop, and boy howdy if that white boy ain’t programmed by God or Allah or whoever else to provide the perfect soundtrack for a litter to carry the most beautiful virgin in the Ottoman Empire through a particularly busy Tangiers market soon as his hands touch guitar.

In fact, ‘ol Richard is heading out on a U.S.A. tour pretty damn soon. Plus his brand new album The Freak of Araby will be out May 26 through Drag City, giving you the perfect opportunity to savor the luxurious aroma of recorded Middle Eastern guitar music that doesn’t support terrorism! We’re all winning today, America!

Tourdates:
05.22.09 - Oakland, CA - The Stork Club
05.29.09 - Santa Cruz Mountains, CA - Historic Brookdale Lodge *
05.31.09 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
06.01.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
06.03.09 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
06.04.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
06.08.09 - Athens, GA - Tasty World
06.09.09 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
06.10.09 - Greensboro, NC - Square One
06.11.09 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head Club
06.12.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
06.13.09 - New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
06.14.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg $
06.16.09 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel
06.17.09 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
06.18.09 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery
06.20.09 - Montreal, Canada - Lab Synthese
06.21.09 - Toronto, Canada - Music Gallery
06.22.09 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
06.23.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Your Inner Vagabond
06.24.09 - Louisville, KY - Skull Alley
06.25.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.26.09 - Iowa City, IA - Picador
06.27.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.30.09 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
07.01.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.02.09 - Eugene, OR - University of Oregon Campus
07.03.09 - San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

* Bachelorette

$ Bill Callahan

Sunset Rubdown Tour with Nothing Clever Tacked On

So, it is not much of a secret that I have a man crush on the talent of Spencer Krug (were it a secret, it is no more). Soon to be Dragonslayers, Sunset Rubdown will be heading off on tour with other creatures of legend Elfin Saddle and Witchies. According to the band’s label, Jagjaguwar, the tour finds them in unlikely dragon haunts, but chances are people who enjoy their music might well live there anyway. Hopefully Sunset Rubdown will be sporting this totally tubular instrument to show their enthusiasm for the new album: BEHOLD!

Dragonslayer is due June 23, but if you pre-order now, you'll get a digital download tomorrow, May 21.

Tourdates:
06.11.09 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
06.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
06.13.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
06.14.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.15.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06.16.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
06.20.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
06.22.09 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
06.23.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
06.24.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
06.26.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06.27.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06.28.09 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
06.30.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards
07.02.09 - Calgary, AB - The Marquee Room
07.06.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
07.08.09 - Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub
07.10.09 - Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace
07.11.09 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore (sorry, no Witchies!)

All dates w/ Elfin Saddle, Witchies

RIAA Looking for People Who Hate File-Sharers and Enjoy Lawsuits: 62 New Lawsuits in April

If you’ve ever felt a twisted sense of satisfaction in people getting sued and file-sharers being brought down to size, join the RIAA! Thanks to a government bailout, the RIAA will almost certainly be looking to improve on their record of 62 lawsuits in April, which means there’s plenty of scope for a young, ambitious go-getter like yourself to start taking those pesky file-sharers to court.

No holds-barred suing! That’s what this country needs! Apply today!

Danger Mouse Releases Blank CD-R for Dark Night of the Soul; Why Didn’t I Think of That???

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: what Danger Mouse often lacks in his half-assed, undercooked, soft-boiled, or hit-or-miss collaborations (Cee-lo, Beck Hansen, The Black Keys, and Mark Linkous have suspiciously all cut better records before the “Grey Album Guy” stepped in to add his... signature sound... of... what, exactly? More vintage drums, I think.), he more than makes up for with his awesomely crass, anti-industry skullduggery! Besides, when you think about it, it’s really the “Shock-And-Awe” factor that Mr. Mouse is going for with these “unique artist pairings,” and this same “bitch, what’s my name!?” vibe is what gives him the cred as he needs to write the next chapter in the choose-your-own-adventure novel that is 21st century music distribution, once again flaunting the fact that it's the fans, not record labels like EMI, who have the upper hand in the digital age.

See, Danger Mouse has been working on a collection called Dark Night of the Soul, an album-length piece of music by Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and a host of guest vocalists, along with a collection of original David Lynch photography inspired by and based on the music. Sweet, right? (2009 is, after all, the year of the comp, so I’d say his timing is right on.) Well, apparently, relations with EMI on the project have, um, broken down like a James Brown middle-8, and the long and short of it is that EMI is kinda sorta refusing to release the music. Now, if you’re Danger Mouse, the guy who’s literally FAMOUS for being a copyright-law flaunting, industry decrying, music pirate, what DO you do, I wonder?

No brainer, you release the photographs, which provide a visual narrative for the music, compiled in a limited-edition, hand-numbered 100+ page book; and you package that with, yup, a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: "For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will." And I’m sure I don’t need to mention that the music leaked on P2P networks over two weeks ago and is currently available as an on-demand from NPR. Sha-booz-baz! Take that, EMI!

But wait! “Sounds Illegal,” you say? Well, if EMI owns the copyright to the sound recordings that make up Dark Night (which, come on now, it probably does, being a Major Label and all), then yes, this could perhaps be construed as “inducing” copyright infringement. But as EFF has pointed out, there’s an interesting little wrinkle in copyright law that might-could step in and work to Danger Mouse’s (and our) favor -- if the blank CD-R is a royalty-paid "music CD-R," then the copies made by fans (whether made from NPR or P2P) would be legal under 17 U.S.C. 1008, which provides that no infringement lawsuit may be "based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of [a digital audio recording] medium for making digital musical recordings." Digital audio recording medium (DARM) is defined to include "music CD-Rs" on which a royalty is paid to copyright owners.

Damn, Danger Mouse! That’s some Legally Blond shit, right there.