Rancid to Cash In on B-Sides Comp, TMT to Cash In on Yet Another Cheap Joke at A Band’s Expense

EEEEEEEW, rancid B-sides for sale?!?

Who the HECK in their right mind would want to buy a bunch of rancid B-sides? That's just gross; that's just unsanitary; that's just...

Wait... what's that, Mr P?

OOOOOH, I get it: Rancid B-sides!

Wait...

Who the HECK in their right mind would want to buy a bunch of Rancid B-sides?!?

Ziiiiiiing!

Okay, okay. But seriously. B Sides and C Sides:

Uh, let's see.

What else... what ELSE...

Oh, December 18.

Rancid Records.

I guess that's it.

Merry Christmas, unemployable Mohawk Guy.

2(x + 5) = Neko Case Announces Concert Dates With Help from Crooked Fingers’ Eric Bachmann

In between her work on a forthcoming album and the recent Bloodshot Records reissues of Furnace Room Lullaby, Blacklisted, and the super special totally amazing new bonus version of 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, it has been a busy year for Neko Case*. And things don't look to be slowing down. In a move that will thrill alt-country fans, New Englanders, and the lovelorn man who stood next to me and repeatedly shouted "I love you, Neko! Oh yeeeeeah!!" the last time she played my hometown, Neko Case has announced a string of concert dates in the eastern part of these fine United States. Case just put the finishing touches on some new tracks, and she and her band will be testing them out on unsuspecting (until now!) New England audiences this winter. Case will be joined in her systematic track-testing endeavors by Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers, who will be providing both musical and scientific support. Better fire up those Bunsen burners, Eastern seaboard, and don't forget your safety goggles -- the winter months just got a little hotter!

* Well, sort of. I mean, those reissues were kind of already written, but you know what I mean.

Flywheel Venue in MA Is Moving on Up, And You Can Help!

I don't know if you've heard of Flywheel -- I haven't, considering I'm on the other side of the country -- but it's a non-profit arts collective/venue in Easthampton, MA. Playing host to everyone from Ted Leo and Deerhoof to Magik Markers and Fat Worm of Error (as well as many other totally amazing weirdo and non-weirdo bands), the collective is associated with the totally gnarly label Ecstatic Peace, who are of course home to a slew of Thurston-approved artists. Anyway, Flywheel is currently gearing up to move into a bigger, nicer venue, where it can more readily reach its full potential. So, what do they need from you?

Donations!

Volunteers!

Go here to learn more about how to help out some like-minded, art-damaged nerds.

Want to here it straight from the dudes? Check it:

Hey Folks-

As many of you know, Flywheel, in Easthampton, MA is a non-profit multi-use art space that has hosted some of the country's most innovative and unsung performers. Artists such as Ted Leo, Fugazi, Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth not to mention dozens of Ecstatic Peace artists, have played Flywheel along the way. Flywheel has also hosted film screenings, cabaret, spoken word, art openings, children's programs and even a traveling circus over it's storied nine year history.

Earlier this year Flywheel was given the opportunity to move into a beautiful new space twice the size of it's previous one. The new centralized location will significantly raise the public profile of Flywheel and allow them to finally live up to their original vision of serving a wider portion of the community. The increased size of the new performance hall will also allow Flywheel to book shows and put on performances that were impossible in the old space.

They've been busy raising the funds necessary to renovate and maintain this new space and would like to reopen in early 2008. Ecstatic Peace has made a commitment to help Flywheel and we hope you'll also consider doing what you can.

How You Can Help
1) Make a donation via PayPal to support Flywheel's general expenses.
2) You can also donate by mail. Make checks payable to Flywheel and mail to:

Flywheel
43 Main Street

Easthampton, MA 01027
3) Sign up to be a monthly supporter via your credit or debit card. Simply email fundraising@flywheelarts.org for details.
4) If you live near Easthampton, you might also consider volunteering for Flywheel.

For more information about Flywheel, go to their website:
http://www.flywheelarts.org

That's it for now. On behalf of Ecstatic Peace and Flywheel, thanks for the help and support.

Andrew

Thom Yorke Lets His LOLcat Blog, To Release A Remix by Burial Today And More This Week, 12-Inches Later


4 sum reason raadiohead frunTman tHom york really enjoyz beIn cryptik nd typng liek a child or a Stoopid talkin kat. But p3r thIS announcment, he will b bearing giftz toodaye nd this weeek for uS all TOO enjoy and siP eggnog or sIng "Dekk the halls" to, incluDing REmIXES by BURIAL, MODESELEKTOR, AND MORE.

YayAyaYayAyayA~!!~1`!! chekk it out:

please excuse this addiTion to YouR pile of email.

ThIs is not stricTly junk.

this

is a quick notE to Let YoU know thAT there will be shorttlY be a bunch of rmxs

of some of the songs from the ERAser album made available to download from boomkat.com.

on the 17th of Dec a BURIAL rmx of anditrainedallNight

a ModeSeleKtOR rmx of skipdivideD

& a VAriouS rmx of aNaLYse

on the 18th of Dec a FoURtet rmx of AtoMS for PEace

& two Christian Vogel rmxs of 'Black sWAn'

on the 19th of Dec the SuRGEon rmx of the CLock

a rmx of HarrOWdown HiLL by THE buG

& a rmx of Cymbal RUsh by The FIEld

that's it. apoloGIes for the disturbanCE. check themm out if you get amoment.

i Hope yours is a pEaceful CHRistmas.

>

thom yorke.

Ahem.

It has also been reported that XL Recordings will issue three vinyls of remixes (including the above) from Yorke's solo album The Eraser in the UK. The first 12-inch is due January 21 and includes "And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)," "Skip Divided (Modeselektor Remix)," and "Analyse (Various Remix)"; the second is due January 28, featuring “Atoms for Peace (Four Tet Remix)," "Black Swan (Christian Vogel Remix 1)," and "Black Swan (Christian Vogel Remix 2)"; and since we've gone this far, the final 12-inch is due February 4 and includes "Harrowdown Hill (The Bug Remix)," "The Clock (Surgeon Remix)," and "Cymbal Rush (The Field Remix)."

And for those wondering, Thom's secret message through CAPS amounts to: TYRTITELYUATIYERA BURIALNMSKORDVASNLYDFVRA MSPECVBWADSRGECL HOWHLLTHEGCRUTFIEGICEHCHR

Maybe you watched a lot of Ghostwriter or played a lot of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? growing up and can crack this code, but I'm fucking stumped. All I can make out is something about "trying to tell you I... Burial score divas... MySpace... how the hell... chair." First person to send me the content of the message gets my love and affection.

Nothing says holiday cheer like a severed, snarling deer head, which is why The New Pornographers chose such an image to grace the cover of their new Christmas EP, The Spirit of Giving, available now on iTunes.

The three-song EP kicks off with the Dan Bejar-helmed Challengers track, "The Spirit of Giving." In typical Bejar fashion, the lyrics are cryptic and only hint at any Christmasyness. And besides the title, the only overtly seasonal line is "Overcome with the holiday spirit/ Mark says the herald angels won't hear it."

Next up is the unreleased "Joseph, Who Understood," which opens with the great line, "Rumors are flyin' all over Galilee these days/ And Mary I'm tryin' to be cool." An A.C. Newman and Neko Case duet, the second song tells the story of the Immaculate Conception from Joseph's point of view. As the story goes, Joseph does turn out to be cool about the whole thing, but The New Pornographers have him telling his mysteriously pregnant bride, "You're asking me to believe too many things."

The final track is actually two cover songs, "Arms of Mary" by Iain Sutherland of The Sutherland Brothers and "Looking At A Baby" by The Collectors. As "Arms of Mary" gives way to "Looking At A Baby," the Pornos crank it up into one of their soaring closings à la "The Bleeding Heart Show." But without Case echoing A.C.'s lines during the climax, it's not nearly as powerful.

All in all, The Spirit of Giving is far from a Christmas miracle, but it's better than a lump of coal.

And there you go, readers. A review embedded in a news story.

When Satan Calls, You Answer; Underworld Reschedule Dates

I like to picture Lucifer as a hybrid of Charles Nelson Reilly and Ann Coulter ruling over a sticky, wet-hot Floridian summer, constantly holding a frothy chocolate milkshake just beyond arm's length. The soundtrack is Saliva's 2001 album, Every Six Seconds. Vocally, the Devil is likely stuck between the cadence and intonation of Gilbert Gottfried and Fran Drescher, so when the Dark Lord called out to his soldiers in the brooding electro-pop twosome Underworld, they wisely obeyed. Initially, we were told that the group would be postponing their European tour in support of this year's Oblivion With Bells (TMT Review) due to "severe illness" within the band, just months after band member Rick Smith was injured by 30 anarchists armed with baseball bats and tear gas during a festival set by The Beastie Boys. I say, Satan's minions come in all forms.

As a result, the band's tourdates spanning Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium throughout October and November were canceled to allow time to "heal." Sure, dudes. But can you really blame them? If anyone wields enough power to get a tour canceled, it's the Big Bad Guy. But being the loyal servants they are, Underworld completed whatever dark tasks they were assigned and are back to treating their own faithful across the Atlantic. Don't forget to sacrifice that virgin blood or they might not show.

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