RIP: Jani Lane, ex-lead singer of Warrant

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From TMZ:

Jani Lane – former lead singer of the rock band Warrant – was found dead at a hotel in L.A. Thursday evening … TMZ has learned.

Lane’s body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. So far, no official cause of death has been released.

• Jani Lane: http://www.janilane.net
• Warrant: http://www.warrantweb.net

Remember El-P? He’s on Fat Possum now with a new album… or so they say

Attention reader: The following is the first part in a 17-part series called “According to Pitchfork,” which will feature large dumps of information originally published on the website known as “Rupert Murdoch’s favorite source of independent music news.”

According to Pitchfork, El-P (Spanish for “The P”) will literally crawl out from under the rock he’s been hiding under to hand-deliver his new LP (whoa!) to Goodwill and indie record stores across the nation… sometime in 2012.

The rapper’s new album is tentatively titled Cancer for Cure, and is to be released sometime next year on the Fat Possum label. Cancer for Cure is the follow-up to his 2007 TMT-acclaimed album I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.

As part of their summer single series, Adult Swim is streaming a track from the upcoming album, titled “drones over BKLYN (censored mix).” If you like to click on links and then hear music, click here. If you like hearing uncensored versions of songs… well then, I guess you just have to fucking wait.

• El-P: https://www.facebook.com/THEREALELP
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com

Walmart to rollback its Mp3 store. And by rollback, I mean roll it out back to the dumpster, because it’s closing.

You know, considering how great Walmart is at selling shoddy products to lazy slobs, I’d have thought that their Mp3 store would have worked out a little better. All you gotta do is point, click, and punch in a few numbers, and as quickly as you can say “Kevin James is hilarious,” you’re mouthbreathing along to your favorite Days of the New tracks and reminiscing about your winning high school football season, right? I mean, I wonder what went wrong?

Well, according to digital music news, it’s all those yoga-doing hipster Democrats over at Apple’s fault, coupled with the fact that “point, click, and punch in a few numbers” isn’t really all it takes to use Walmart’s lumbering service. Even though their store has long offered 88-cent Mp3s (compared to Apple’s 99-cent—$1.29 range), the fact that iTunes has a slicker interface, the ability to store credit card info and tether purchases on multiple products, and relatively seamless integration with computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc. means that lazy slobs everywhere could care less about spending a few extra cents in exchange for doing less work, even if Apple is a company full of soccer-playing soybean-eaters. So, short of Jeff Foxworthy coming out with his own line of Wamart-friendly smartphones, operating systems, and user-interfaces in the next week or two, anyone who was using the download store is sunk like a rogue jalapeno in delicious cheese sauce. Check out Walmart’s letter to its distribution and licensing partners:

After eight years in business, the Walmart Music Downloads Store located at mp3.walmart.com will close on August 28, 2011. All content in the Store will be disabled and no longer available for download from the store.

The sale of physical record music products on Walmart.com as well as in Walmart US retail stores will remain unaffected. Walmart Soundcheck (soundcheck.walmart.com) will remain operational as a live streaming site without any download options.

But don’t worry, Days of the New fans. Walmart has also noted that older, protected files will still be supported. “We’ve made a business decision to no longer offer Mp3 digital tracks as of August 29, 2011,” an executive said. “We’ll continue to provide support to our customers who previously purchased digital music through Walmart Music Downloads so they may continue to enjoy and manage their existing WMA files.” Wait, what the hell is a WMA file?

• Walmart: http://www.walmart.com

Hunx and His Punx spray love all over September on tour, release new video

Mothers, lock up your sons and daughters: Hunx and His Punx are at it again. Beginning in September, Seth Bogart (a.k.a. Hunx, formerly of Gravy Train!!!!, or as I like to call him, Shangri-Lad) and his gang of “punkettes” are leaving on an East Coast tour with a pretty formidable lineup of openers. The news comes accompanied by a new video for “Lovers Lane” on MTV Hive, which proves two things: Hunx and His Punx must be doing well breaking hearts across the nation, and MTV does care about music and new bands — off the air.

The video, directed by Hannah Lew, could easily come from the lost archives of John Waters’ romantic comedies (on a day Divine was sick, anyway) — there’s hairspray, hitchhiking, and girls on the corner, which is basically the beginning of Waters’ classic rom-com, Female Trouble. Check it out here, and if you haven’t already listened to the new-ish full-length Too Young to Be in Love on Hardly Art, for God’s sake, get on that.

Tourdates:

09.01.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s +
09.02.11 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s +
09.03.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge +
09.04.11 - Baltimore, MD - Windup Space +
09.05.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 !
09.06.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #$
09.07.11 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar #
09.08.11 - Gainesville, FL - Boca Fiesta (The Backyard) #
09.09.11 - Miami, FL - The Stage (free w/ RSVP) #
09.10.11 - Orlando, FL - Wills Pub #
09.12.11 - Nashville, TN - Springwater *
09.13.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
09.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (free w/ RSVP) *
09.15.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House *^
09.16.11 - Gambier, OH - Horn Gallery @ Kenyon College *
09.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *%

+ K-Holes
! Cute Lepers
$ Xray Eyeballs, White Mystery
# The Coathangers
* Natural Child
^ Swimsuit, The Pizzaz
% The Beets, Making Friendz

• Hunx and His Punx: http://www.myspace.com/hunxsolo
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

Hella kick out all those other jerks, announce new record Tripper

First, there were two. Then there were a whole bunch of other people. Of course, I’m speaking of noisy duo Hella. When the world last saw drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill and guitarist also-extraordinaire Spencer Seim together, it was 2007, they were hanging out with other folks, and they had put out There’s No 666 in Outer Space (TMT Review). But things change, sometimes by reverting to exactly the way they were before. Seim and Hill have kicked out those other chumps (or perhaps just parted ways amicably) and returned to their prior status as duo/best friends for all time.

To celebrate their new/old status, Hella are planning a new record. On August 30, the band will put out Tripper through Sargent House. Check out the terrifying inflation-centric video for opening track “Headless” here. Or download the song’s Mp3 over here at Sargent House. While you’re at it, also check out “Yubacore” here via Pitchfork. Congratulations! You’ve now heard one-fifth of the new Hella record! Way to do it, friend!

Tripper tracklist:

01. Headless
02. Self Checkout
03. Long Hair
04. Yubacore
05. Netgear
06. Kid Life Crisis
07. On the Record
08. Furthest
09. Psycho Bro
10. Osaka

• Hella: http://hella.bandcamp.com
• Sargent House: http://sargenthouse.com

Labels affected by Sony fire see growing support from online community

Yesterday, we reported that a Sony/PIAS distribution warehouse was burned to the ground in a North London riot, resulting in catastrophic losses for nearly 200 independent labels. The Chicago Reader reports that Thrill Jockey “estimates wholesale losses of £189,000 (more than $300,000), with anywhere from ten to a hundred copies of each of the label’s 280 back-catalog titles destroyed” — and that’s just for a Chicago label. Labels based in the UK like Ninja Tune and Beggars Group (which includes Matador, 4AD, Rough Trade, XL, etc.) used the warehouse exclusively and lost 100% of their stock.

Even if your feelings about the riots are mixed, this tangential destruction is a shame by anyone’s measure, and it would be wrong to ignore the plight of labels that support and represent countless artists that we cover here at TMT. So to help rebuild what was lost, a number of campaigns (and excellent suggestions) are bouncing around the internet with an aim to help these labels get back on their feet.

LabelLove is in the process of being set up as a support fund for PIAS-distributed labels, with further plans to organize a series of live benefit events. You can follow their progress on Twitter, or inquire about other ways to help by sending an email to labellovebenefit@gmail.com.

— The best way to help out a label you love is to buy something from them directly; PIAS lists all the labels they distribute, and Drowned in Sound founder Sean Adams has put together a spreadsheet of this list along with their attendant websites/stores and the artists they represent.

— Manchester-based indie online retailer Boomkat has set up a page listing every PIAS-distributed item for sale on their site (129 pages worth), encouraging people to buy digital albums to help the labels recoup necessary manufacturing expenses.

The Quietus has put together a list of 20 recommended albums to purchase digitally from some of the affected labels.

— Finally, if you want to help the city of London in general, riot cleanups are being organized in a number of areas.

[Photo: Suzanne Plunkett]