Ready or not, Wyclef Jean considers running for president of Haiti

Ready or not, Wyclef Jean considers running for president of Haiti

According to his family, Wyclef Jean is thinking about running for president of Haiti. “Wait,” you think to yourself. “President?” It’s true that Jean has been ambassador-at-large for Haiti since 2007, and everybody knows about his Yéle Haiti Foundation, which raised enormous sums of money for Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January. But everybody also knows about the controversy surrounding Yéle’s fiscal history. And if elected, Jean would inherit the job of rebuilding the country — a role a bit more difficult than the humanitarian musician who speaks up for Haiti at the Grammy Awards.

While there’s no doubt about Wyclef Jean’s love for his country, Arcade Fire love Haiti too, but Régine Chassagne’s not talking about a mayoral bid for Port-au-Prince (he has his own Haiti-based charity too, Jean). Shirley Temple was also an ambassador once, but she never considered entering Czech or Ghanian politics (okay, so she didn’t have the residency qualification). Nonetheless, the deadline for announcing candidacy is August 7, so we’ll know soon enough just how serious this is. Though, if Jean chooses to run, he’ll have some competition: his uncle, Raymond Joseph — also US Ambassador to Haiti — has already announced his plans to run.

• Yéle Haiti Foundation:

Born Ruffians announce fall tour, encourage “spastic dancing”

Following up a popular debut album with a new record can be a difficult task, but when The Los Angeles Times warns that “spastic dancing may ensue” at your shows, it’s safe to say that you’re still somewhere on the buzz band radar. Toronto’s Born Ruffians will engage in their own special blend of “spastic dancing” on tour this fall. Their latest album, Say It, is out now on Warp Records.

09.28.10 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
09.29.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
09.30.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
10.01.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.02.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.03.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
10.04.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10.05.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.06.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Random Row Books
10.07.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.08.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.09.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.10.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
10.11.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.12.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10.13.10 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
10.14.10 - Austin, TX - Emos
10.15.10 - Denton, TX - Haileys
10.16.10 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
10.17.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.18.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.19.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
10.20.10 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft / UCSD
10.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill
10.23.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
10.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.26.10 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
10.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.30.10 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic

• Born Ruffians:
• Warp:

Shonen Knife slate new album Free Time for US release, tour North America, remain excessively Japanese

Looking at this press release announcing Shonen Knife’s new tour and album, I wonder if the band’s PR team was merely playing up to my own misguided expectations of how an announcement from such a hyper Japanese band should read. For instance, “the new Shonen Knife album Free Time,” due out in North America on Good Charamel Records come August 31, “is a product of Japan’s invincibility.” With an additional two bonus tracks not found on the Japanese version, “this is an exposition of the Rock. Free Time is hard and is also pop, and it is mellow and kitsch as well.” I mean, after bleaching my good judgment of an entire nation with dozens of YouTube videos from sadistic game shows and hundreds of hilariously mistranslated photos from, is Shonen Knife just continuing the tradition by yukking up the whole “happy robot breakfast kidney” stereotype of Japanese pop culture? Or scarier yet, is this actually how they contact the press about their new material? Did Sub Pop act as a glorified proofreader for the band in the late 80s? So many questions from one simple release! I guess they did the job right. “Very very active Shonen Knife!”

Free Time tracklisting:

01. Perfect Freedom
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll Cake
03. Economic Crisis
04. Do You Happen to Know
05. Capybara
06. An Old Stationary Shop
07. Monster Jellyfish
08. P.Y.O.
09. Love Song
10. Star

Oh and tourdates!

09.08.10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
09.09.10 - Vancouver, B.C. - Biltmore Cabaret
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09.11.10 - Oakland, CA - Uptown Night Club
09.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
09.13.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
09.17.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
09.18.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft w/ Lovies
09.19.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
09.20.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave
09.21.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.22.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt *
09.23.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st St. Pub
09.25.10 - New York, NY - Asia Society Museum
09.26.10 - Washington, D.C. - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End
10.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place

* Grass Widow

• Shonen Knife:
• Good Charamel Records:

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Make a love connection at Southern Lord’s “Power of the Riff” fest

Finding love in the metal scene can be a long and arduous process. You think you really like someone and then you find out they prefer grindcore over doom-metal, and suddenly you’re single again and looking for someone who really understands you. Trust me, I’ve been looking for a Sif to match my Thor for ages now, and it seems increasingly harder to find anybody who actually respects the devotion that a metal addict requires.

That’s why I’m heading down to Los Angeles on August 8 (a Sunday!) to attend the Southern Lord-presented “Power of the Riff” festival. The event, curated by Southern Lord’s Greg Anderson and Night Horse’s Sam James Velde, will surely be the event of the summer to find your one-true-metal-soulmate. What sweetens the deal even more is that the concert is all-ages and free to anyone who sends an RSVP to this website.

The one-day festival is also the kick-off date for the Southern Lord West Coast mini-tour, featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool, and Corrosion of Conformity. The three-show tour features plenty of Southern Lord artists and even includes the recently reunited, 1986 Animosity album lineup for Corrosion of Conformity.

Besides the butt-kickin’ music, you can also expect the festival to feature a record swap meet of local record-purveyors, pop-up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord, and more, DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors, and a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining.

The Power of the Riff Festival 2010 lineup:

Corrosion of Conformity
From Ashes Rise
Trap Them
Black Breath
Night Horse
Eagle Twin
Early Graves
Righteous Fool
Semen Sundae
The Fucking Wrath
Rats Eyes
Spider Fever

Southern Lord West Coast mini-tour:

08.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo and Echoplex (The Power of the Riff Fest)
08.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
08.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos

• Southern Lord:
• Power of the Riff:

RIP: Al Goodman, soul singer for The Moments and Ray, Goodman, & Brown

From CNN:

Al Goodman, who sang baritone on such soul classics as “Love on a Two Way Street” and “Special Lady,” died Monday, his family told CNN.

Goodman, 67, died of heart failure during surgery to remove a tumor at Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey, according to his daughter, Rhonda Goodman.

Goodman was “joking and laughing” before his surgery, she said.

“There’s mourning all over the world – in England, in Germany and in Japan,” said Marshall Thompson, leader of the Chi-Lites, on Tuesday. “We’re all mourning for Al Goodman.”

• Al Goodman:

Newsflash: Saddle Creek is still relevant! Land of Talk announce fall tour!

Lest you are under the impression that Saddle Creek Records has gone the way of Touch & Go or Lookout, Canada’s Land of Talk are here to remind you that the early 00s indie monster is still up and running. In this case, Land of Talk are embarking on a fall tour in support of their latest release, Cloak and Cipher, due August 24. The follow-up to 2008’s Some Are Lakes (TMT Review) was not only recorded in Montreal with producer Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown), but it also features guest appearances from pretty much every Canadian that can play an instrument, like Patrick Watson and Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire, as well as various members of Stars, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, and Esmerine, for starters.

Canadians in your cities:

09.16.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
09.19.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
09.21.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
09.22.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
09.23.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
09.25.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
09.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
09.29.10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
09.30.10 - Calgary, AB - Dicken’s Pub *
10.02.10 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar *
10.03.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore *
10.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile # *
10.05.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios # *
10.07.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent # *
10.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Plex (Culture Collide Festival) # *
10.09.10 - Costa Mesa - Detroit Bar # *
10.10.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah # *
10.12.10 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room # *
10.15.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
10.16.10 - Dallas, TX - The Nightmare *
11.02.10 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery
11.03.10 - Boston, MA - TT the Bear’s
11.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
11.06.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.07.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.09.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.10.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.11.10 - Nashville, TN - The End

* Suuns
# Besnard Lakes

• Land of Talk:
• Saddle Creek:

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