RIP: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack

RIP: Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-02-doug_fieger.jpg

From the BBC:

The lead singer of The Knack, Doug Fieger, who co-wrote the hit “My Sharona,” has died at the age of 57.

Fieger, who died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, had been battling cancer, and had undergone surgery to remove brain tumours in 2006.

“Our hearts are broken, we will miss you Doug,” his band members posted on The Knack’s official website.

• The Knack: http://www.knack.com
• Doug Fieger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Fieger

MTV Drops “Music Television” From Logo

This has been coming for years. By all accounts, MTV has sucked for a real long time now. Lately, it seems to only care about reality shows, silent libraries, lame dance crews, and Snooki’s tits, all of which are aimed at 14 year olds who or may not become pregnant soon. So, it comes as no surprise that MTV has dropped the words “Music Television” from its logo. It has officially realized that it can no longer keep using the word “music” so prominently in its logo without looking even more idiotic. But what is the “M” gonna stand for now? Monotonous? Mind-numbing? Mandy? Moore?

• MTV: http://www.mtv.com

The Fiery Furnaces Promote I’m Going Away By…Well, Going Away; Tourdates Announced

Sometimes an artist’s songs are a window into his or her personal life. It’s almost a cliché now to talk about how Rated R was therapy for Rihanna after Chris Brown. In 2009, The Fiery Furnaces released a 12-inch single called “The End Is Near,” but this is one instance in which you shouldn’t read into the lyrics. Before the close of last year, the brother-sister team also released a full-length album, I’m Going Away (TMT Review), and a curious collection of covers off the former, entitled Take Me Round Again. The end is not near, and the Friedbergers are definitely not going away anytime soon — except on tour.

If you didn’t make it to any Fiery Furnaces shows last year, hopefully you saw them on one of their tour dates in the US this January. Otherwise, you can always fly out for these upcoming dates, ending with the Pavement ATP festival.

02.17.10 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
02.18.10 - Paris, France - Trabendo
02.19.10 - St. Malo, France - L’Omnibus (La Route du Rock)
02.20.10 - Bordeaux, France - L’Espace Satrie
02.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razz 3
02.23.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
02.24.10 - Valencia, Spain - El Loco
02.26.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Santiago Alquimista
02.28.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Indigo
03.02.10 - Athens, Greece - AN Club
03.11.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Pasaguero
03.12.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Garage
03.13.10 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Larva
05.15-17.10 - Minehead, UK - Pavement ATP Festival

Also check out The Fiery Furnaces’ new video for “Even in the Rain” (from I’m Going Away), directed by Scott Jacobson and starring John Oliver (The Daily Show), Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Scharpling and Wurster), Ted Travelstead, and Jason Loewenstein (The Fiery Furnaces’ bassist, Sebadoh) — plus Matt and Eleanor Friedberger. It even features Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda… sort of.

• The Fiery Furnaces: http://www.thefieryfurnaces.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Police Arrest Several Swedes in File-Sharing Swoop; Claim That Fire is Best Way to Fight Fire

The IFPI, the evil legion of record companies, has struck another blow against file-sharing by using IPRED legislation in Sweden to force police to take action against illicit file-sharers.

Police recently raided file-sharers, suspected of sharing between 9,000 and 17,000 tracks, in five separate locations: Gothenburg, Docksta, Handen, and Upplands Väsby. One 28-year-old man, suspected to be the hub owner, was arrested while others had their equipment confiscated.

Speaking with Swedish radio, IFPI Sweden’s chief executive Lars Gustafsson announced that “This business is still too large. There are so many new and good options there is really no reason anymore for people to steal music.”

In contrast, Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Swedish Party, criticized both the raids, and the IPRED legislation that made them possible, saying, “When the police go in and take people’s private computers because they have shared music, it’s completely wrong.”

Beware (if you are Swedish and run a illegal music hub).

Wolves In The Throne Room Tour the Least Black Metal of All Continents, Australia

Wolves in the Throne Room are hitting the road — well, after they fly out to Australia, because they sure aren’t driving there. Once they hop off of their plane, they’ll do a 10-day stint there, showing them Australians a thing or two about American black metal. I just hope Australia isn’t full of dudes who only listen to the Norwegian shit. I doubt it.

02.18.10 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live
02.19.10 - Hobart - Brisbane Hotel*
02.20.10 - Sydney - Gaelic Theatre^
02.21.10 - Melbourne - Arthouse Hotel~
02.23.10 - Canberra - The Basement#
02.24.10 - Byron Bay - NSW
02.25.10 - Brisbane - Hi Fi Bar^
02.26.10 - Sydney - Bald Face Stag^
02.27.10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar
02.28.10 - Geelong - National Hotel

* Ruins
^ Agents of Abhorrence
~ Blarke Bayer/ Black Widow

• Wolves in the Throne Room: http://www.myspace.com/wolvesinthethroneroom

Grandaddy and Earlimart Members Form New Band Admiral Radley; What a Stretch, Huh?

Former Grandaddy mastermind (read: hat guy) Jason Lytle and chain-smoking Grandaddy drummer (read: human metronome) Aaron Burtch have joined forces with Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of Earlimart to form a new entity that calls itself Admiral Radley, according to a recent cryptic news update posted on this hilariously cheap-looking website. From the looks of things, Lytle dubbed the group after stumbling upon what might possibly be the best Craigslist posting I’ve ever seen.

And while there’s no news of a proper release forthcoming, save from that news post’s murky affirmation that they’ve made one, the supergroup does seem to have a couple of shows already booked. But in the mean time, fans of both antecedent bands will forgive this reporter from saying that, well, we can all pretty much imagine what it’s probably gonna sound like: Grandaddy + Earlimart = Elliott Smith fronting ELO. Does that sound about right to everyone?

03.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - “Six Stages Over Texas” Block Party (Haiti Benefit)
03.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater

• Admiral Radley: http://www.admiralradley.com