Edan To Come Over To Your Mom’s House, Treat Her Right, Maybe Tour Too

So there's this band that has this onomatopoetic name, and they're this badass trio from Chicago. They have a dude just chillin' on the bass, this babe who's bumpin' on the organ (keyboard on the organ setting) and singing you stories you've never heard, and another man/machine who sits behind a drum set and makes it emanate sounds known to this earth but before him were thought to be lost forever beneath the oceans.

The first member is known as Pit, the second as Er, and the last as Pat. Together they are Pit Er Pat and they form an unstoppable team. Not only are they musical fiends, but they have the coolest looking CDs and LPs (possibly the most important factor when purchasing music), and they retain their DIY roots by printing on thrift store T-shirts and making their own unique pins (scenesters: now you'll never be embarrassed because you had the same pin/shirt as someone else at that show). But most importantly, they're some of the nicest people you'll meet, and make sure to do just that when they stop by your town.

Pit Er Pat are in the middle of their tour across the U.S. and they released their second full-length, entitled Pyramids, this October, and there are only 800 copies of the vinyl available (they come with a poster), so get one quick! More importantly, however, is the fact that they will be touring Mexico at the end of this month and into the next! If you miss them here, you'll always have the chance to visit another country AND see an amazing band. Wow. That's almost like buy one get one free. If you've never heard Pit Er Pat before and you want to know what you're missing out on, check out their MySpace or download the few songs they have on their website.

"You're going to like what you hear, I guarantee it."1

11.08.06 – St. Louis, MO – Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
11.10.06 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
11.11.06 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
11.13.06 – Provo, UT – Starry Night
11.15.06 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11.16.06 – Portland, OR – Holocene
11.17.06 – Salem, OR – Ikebox
11.18.06 – Oakland, CA – Lobot Gallery
11.19.06 – San Francisco, CA – 12 Galaxies
11.20.06 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Art Center
11.21.06 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
11.23.06 – Mexico City, Mexico – Publico Arts (I swear, two dates are listed for today)
11.23.06 – Mexico City, Mexico – Centro Cultural de Espana en Mexico
11.30.06 – Puebla, Mexico – Pulque Para Dos
12.01.06 – Guadalajara, Mexico – FBOLKO
12.02.06 – Mexico City, Mexico – Cultural Roots

I didn't list who's playing with Pit Er Pat at some shows, because the fact that they're playing should be enough to get you to go. But if you really want to know, Asobi Seksu are playing with them on 11.15.06, Ebb & Flow on 11.19.06, The Album Leaf on 12.01.06 and 12.02.06, and I'm pretty sure that there will be other bands at like every show. I mean, I've never been to a show before so I can't be sure, but that's just what I've heard.
1 George Zimmer actually said this about the band.

Bonjour, mes amis! Je m'appelle Squéo et je suis un américain. Je suis désolé. Comment vous appellez-vous? Bon! J'aime les États-Unis, mais j'aime mieux Canada. Les Georges Leningrad sont canadiens! J'aime Les George Leningrad! Aussi, je t'aime! Les Georges Leningrad sont une groupe de trois personnes - Bobo Boutin, Mingo L'Idien, et Poney P. Ils ont un nouveau LP s'appelle Sangue Puro sur Tomlab. C'est magnifique! Les Georges Leningrad sont trés sympathique, individualiste, et assez excentrique. Oui, c'est vrai: J'aime Les Georges Leningrad.

Donc. Les Georges Leningrad vont aller à une tournée des États-Unis et du Canada le 8 novembre à le 10 décembre. J'aime Canada et des canadiennes! J'aime Les Georges Leningrad! Je t'aime! Merci pour écouter. J'ai honte. Mon dieu... j'ai honte.

Les dates de la tournée:

11.08.06 - Allston, MA - O'Brien's Pub
11.09.06 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
11.10.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Khyber
11.11.06 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head Club
11.12.06 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.13.06 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
11.14.06 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
11.15.05 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree Cafe
11.16.06 - New Orleans, LA - The Republic
11.17.06 - Houston, TX - Proletariat
11.18.06 - Austin, TX - Emo's
11.19.06 - Dallas, TX - Cavern
11.21.06 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
11.23.06 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.24.06 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
11.25.06 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.27.06 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.28.06 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.29.06 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
12.01.06 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
12.02.06 - Edmonton, AB - Velvet Underground
12.03.06 - East Saskatoon, SA - Amigos Cantina
12.04.06 - Winnipeg, MB - Collective Cabaret
12.05.06 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
12.06.06 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
12.07.06 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
12.08.06 - Detroit, MI - Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
12.09.06 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
12.10.06 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon Nightclub

tout les dates avec Duchess Says

Green Day Hear Grocery Clerk’s Album, Wait 12 Years, Release Several Superior Albums, Record Grocery Clerk’s Album, and Then Finally Release It Under Their Own Name; Uh, Okay

Hearing Green Day's "American Idiot" album took Paul McPike, a 32-year-old grocery store checker in Medford, right back to high school.

But it wasn't just the album's punk-pop indictment of authority that reminded him of being a teenager. He claimed to have sung all the songs for his classmates at Independence High School, an alternative school in Sutter Creek, Calif., back in 1992.

McPike, who has lived in Medford for four months and worked at a ski resort in South Lake Tahoe last winter, filed a copyright infringement complaint in U.S. District Court last week. (1)

He filed a two-page complaint in the US District Court. As evidence, he has submitted a copy of 'American Idiot' and a claim that the words Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong sings on the album don't match those printed in the liner notes. (2) Obviously Armstrong has problems remembering the words because he did not write them.

In a cruel move, a judge dismissed the case, but kept the possibility of justice alive by suggesting that McPike could further research his claim and resubmit it. This is exactly what McPike plans to do, spurred on in his quest by mystery evidence he has yet to disclose. What we do know is that McPike has been writing and recording songs for fun since he was a teenager and it?s likely one of his buddies, recognizing a singular talent in their friend, bootlegged one of McPike?s performances and passed the recording along to Green Day. (3)

"It was just disbelief every time I heard it on the radio," McPike told Medford's Mail Tribune newspaper.

McPike claims to have written several letters to both the band and their label, Warner Bros. Records, but never received a reply to his allegations. So he felt that he was left with no alternative but to go to court. He's seeking an unspecified share of the profits from the 2004 album and the 2005 Bullet In A Bible concert CD/DVD that includes songs from American Idiot. (4)

(1) http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2006/1024/local/stories/green-day-suit.htm

(2) http://www.nme.com/news/green-day/24905

(3) http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2006

(4) http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2006/10/2703.cfm

TMT Holiday

Report: Big Labels are Fux0rd. In Other News, My Body Requires Oxygen.

You've seen them on message boards, forums, blogs, IRC, and fucking MySpace, but a semi-respectable tech site interview is an unlikely place for an anti-DRM advocate. We've all read about the filthy hippies running Defective By Design, but those nerds didn't have anything to do with Pink Floyd or The Rolling Stones. Nor do they have a clear idea of what they're doing. So when The Register runs a Peter Jenner claiming that the major four music labels are "fucked," a few more people listen. That's good.

One of the primary reasons we're not seeing anything done about DRM is nobody knows about it. I mean yeah, you're here, but your mom and pa aren't coming by the site later to read about why DRM sucks my ass (although passing along the link is not discouraged). The Register isn't exactly Reader's Digest, but hopefully this opens a few more eyes to the dangers of this kind of control. There is no other industry I can think of that demands the consumer to give up so much freedom over the product. Can you imagine the outrage if every new couch was built to spontaneously combust if the company who built it went out of business? Or worse yet, what if Sony brand condoms infected the wearer with the bubonic plague just for a laugh. There would be riots.

Jenner speaks for those with a brain when he claims digital music pricing has been a scam where the consumer pays for manufacturing and distribution, when neither of those are done anymore. Ten years ago a 'single' required physical material and distribution by vehicle to get it to you. Now it's technically possible to finish the song in the studio and upload it to a server across the planet, without ever having to create packaging or pay for shipping. And you still pay one dollar a song. And the artist still only gets between 8 and 14 cents of that dollar, depending on their status with the label. If you're trying to support an up-and-coming act, you're currently better off burning a DRM-free copy of the album and mailing the artist a dollar. You're cutting out the greedy ass middle-man, and you don't have to worry about the CD infecting your computer with a virus.

The remainder of Jenner's interview is spent discussing his blanket-licensing model for countries to adopt, and it's a pretty sound idea. It's similar to the system we have here in Canada where we pay levies on blank media, but with Jenner's model there's no product involved, and everyone just pays a small monthly fee. This money is pooled and distributed according to artist market share, which will be tricky to figure out. The plan involves a lot less money for the labels, which partly backs his prediction of their doomed future. Another aspect of the plan (which I love) is to bring the musicians closer to the fans. By offering multiple recordings of hit songs, live cuts, and behind-the-scenes concert footage to fans, artists can tap those who would pay for such items. Everyone knows one person who owns everything The Radio-Head have ever sold, and this plan opens that level of fandom to all artists. I just hope it's not too late for K-Fed.

“You Wanted the Best …You Got the KISS DVD Instead!”

As a rule, I generally try to not get too blog-like on your asses, but some scenes have to be set using the simplest, most conversational tone. When I was six years old, I pestered my parents to send away an enrollment form and a little bit of cash to pay for my membership in the KISS Army. Although I started listening to music from an early age, KISS was the first band I held dear to my thin chest and ribcage and regarded as "my band." For my part, I received many treasures from this inclusive club — newsletters, badges, photos, and the like. However, the most important prize was an iron-on decal that came to the mailbox one day. I immediately got my mom to affix it to a shirt and consequently wore the thing out.

Do you want a less heartfelt and much sadder story? Before I was lucky enough to have that homemade t-shirt, I actually went and had another one made at the local flea market, "Shirt Stop." It was pumpkin orange with dark blue fuzzy-felt letters that simply stated "I LIKE KISS." Can you imagine? Well, you don't have to because the photo is to your left. Good grief man, if I had any credibility before (not likely), this posed picture of yours truly, bowl-cut intact, grinning like a jackass, proudly displaying said stupid t-shirt while perched on my Dad's knee, sure as hell seals the deal!

As embarrassed as I am of this, I've never been shy about confessing my allegiance to early-period KISS. I have had no problems mostly avoiding the band's past 25 years — including many awful group and four simultaneously-released solo efforts, the movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (which rules, actually), "unmasking", endless reunion tours, current reality show madness, co-writing songs with Michael Bolton, his and hers fragrance lines, the KISS Coffeehouse, and the boning of 20,000+ groupies — but still love the vintage, raw nuggets contained on those first few albums by New York's finest. Make no mistake, I know that KISS are all about the sell and very little about the music, but that's no reason not to be pumped about the release of KISSology Volume One: 1974-1977 this past Halloween (when else?). Needless to say, this DVD is going to be awesome when I get my hands on it. The two-disc set (three-discs in limited quantities and certain locations) covers the band's nascent years and apparently features the stuff that all good music DVDs should: loads of archival television appearances, four full concerts (San Francisco '75, Detroit '76, Tokyo '76, and Houston '77), interviews, and rare, unreleased footage including, among other things, a performance by the band at Ace Frehley's wedding in 1976. Bring on the bliss!

So, friends, have pity on the cherubic lame-ass in the photo, and trust me on this one. When it comes to KISS, you can take my words to the bank.