RIP: Jason Noble of Rachel’s, Rodan, Shipping News

RIP: Jason Noble of Rachel's, Rodan, Shipping News

From Caring Bridge:

Around 10:15AM this morning Jason went into cardiac arrest for a second time. After 45 minutes of CPR and other heroic measures the NIH staff were unable to get his heart to pump again. Jason passed away just before 11AM surrounded by friends and family. He will be cremated here in Maryland early next week prior to making his final journey back to Kentucky. Plans for a larger gathering to celebrate Jason’s life is still in the works but is expected to be at least a few weeks out.

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Mount Eerie to tour North America this fall, possibly conjuring heat lightning and abnormal high tides along the way

A one-eyed man leads you from the woods to the ocean, and as you watch clouds roll in over the water, he tells you about storms, mountain fires, root systems, and the moon. He asks what you know about traveling, and before you can reply, he unfolds a map with tiny, old-fashioned farm tools drawn along the coastlines. Before you can ask where to go or even what his name is, the one-eyed man disappears.

The wind kicks up, and a path materializes.

Mount Eerie tourdates:

08.25.12 - Rochester, WA - Helsing Junction Sleepover
08.26.12 - Astoria, OR - Kala Hipfish Space
08.27.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09.02.12 -Olympia, WA - Northern
09.03.12 - Missoula, MT - Zoo City
09.05.12 - Minneapolis, MN - CO Exhibitions
09.06.12 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin, Music Hall
09.07.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
09.08.12 - Albany, NY - Rest Fest, at St. Joseph’s Church
09.09.12 - Buffalo, NY - 9th Ward at Babeville
09.10.12 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
09.11.12 - Syracuse, NY - Badlands
09.12.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
09.13.12 - Burlington, VT - Studio A at North End Studios
09.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
09.16.12 - Manhattan, NY - (le) Poisson Rouge *
09.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.18.12 - Washington, DC - Montserrat House
09.19.12 - Durham, NC - Duke University
09.20.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09.21.12 - Louisville, KY - Quill’s Coffee
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - TBA
09.23.12 - Ames, IA - the Orange Gentleman / Maximum Ames festival
09.24.12 - Omaha, NE - DP Muller Studio
09.25.12 - Lawrence, KS - Lawrence Arts Center
09.26.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.27.12 - Austin, TX - the Parish
09.29.12 - Marfa, TX - TBA
09.30.12 - Tucson, AZ - Topaz #
10.01.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom #
10.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Public Fiction #
10.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts #
10.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
10.05.12 - Oakland, CA - Lobot #
10.08.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge #

* Loren Mazzacane Connors
# Bouquet

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[Photo: Marc Krause]

Six Organs of Admittance blast off onto West Coast tour with new spacetacular album Ascent

Psych-folk freak Six Organs of Admittance is back with… a hard-rockin’ journey into space, heavy riffs, and sad sad loneliness (from the looks of the album art and the press release, at least)! Fortunately, this particular voyage dans la lune is more likely to get you headbanging than say, banging your head into a wall and/or glass of vodka — unlike Reigning World Champion of Ultra Depressing Space Pop Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home).” (God that song is depressing.) See, Six Organs’ Ben Chasny has teamed up with his compatriots in Comets on Fire to bring fans a new full-length called Ascent that’s waaaay heavier than the usual Six Organs of Admittance modus operandi (e.g. last year’s Asleep on the Floodplain), in the best possible way. You can check out the album’s reworked version of the track “One Thousand Birds,” which originally appeared on 2002’s Dark Noontide via SoundCloud below. Ascent drops on August 21 via the good people at Drag City.

And coming this fall, Chasny will be packing up some good old fashioned face-scorcher rockets and blasting off on to a brief West Coast tour. He’s assembling a special band for those dates, several of which will have members of Comets on Fire sharing the stage with the Six Organs mastermind. East Coast tourdates are in the works for our friends who do not live in close proximity to the Pacific.

Ascent tracklisting:

01. Waswasa
02. Close to the Sky
03. They Called You Near
04. Solar Ascent
05. A Thousand Birds
06. Your Ghost
07. Even If You Knew
08. Visons (From Io)


09.20.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.21.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
09.22.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Cabaret
10.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.04.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

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[Photo: Giovanni Troili]

µTorrent begins free content monetization thing, helping artists, but (probably) bothering its users

Trying to acquire free stuff over the internet? Turned off by the inherently commercialized nature of the entertainment industry? Well, if you’re currently using µTorrent, and in the immortal words of… I believe it was Heathcliff Huxtable, “Too bad. So sad. Your dad.” — minus the “dad” part.

BitTorrent Inc., the owners of the popular BitTorrent client µTorrent have just announced a series of “experiments” aimed at, according to TorrentFreak, allowing artists to generate revenue through free distribution. Contrary to expectation, these “experiments” begin not with crazed doctors performing homicidal research, but with a DJ Shadow partnership, that involves bundling with µTorrent exclusive content and tracks from his upcoming archival album Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions from the MPC Era, 1992-1996, as well as sponsored software and other “goodies.” BitTorrent Inc. plans to continue the bundling experiment as a means of producing a “lucrative” revenue stream for artists, while simultaneously giving users access to more free content.

Wondering how bundling free content with µTorrent generates revenue? The (optional) installation of bundled software (such as a media player or anti-virus program) produces the revenue. That revenue will then be partially split up between the artist and BitTorrent Inc. With regard to DJ Shadow’s bundle specifically, “New users will get the option to download it when they install µTorrent, and existing users will see banner and text ads promoting DJ Shadow’s bundle.” Doesn’t that just sound… well, rather annoying?

Still, the idea is an interesting one, and the fact that the bundles are free is bound to appeal to some µTorrent users. Others, like myself, have a natural impulse to click “no” to these sorts of offers. A “lucrative” revenue stream? I’m betting more on a trickle — the type that splatters in the middle of the bowl, when it’s the middle of the night, and you’re trying not to wake anybody up. Er, yeah.

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Boomslang 2012 promises to slang more booms than ever before, with help from Jeff Magnum, 0PN, Deerhoof

Naming an indie rock music festival that takes place in Lexington, Kentucky after a sub-Saharan Africa-dwelling tree snake may seem like an odd thing to do, but the good people at Boomslang know what they’re up to, so stop trying to figure it out and just enjoy this year’s stellar lineup.

Headliners for the 2012 festival, known to festival goers as “Boom Slangers,” are The Jesus and Mary Chain and Jeff Magnum, with Das Racist, Saint Vitus (Saint Vincent’s weird cousin), Baroness, Deerhoof, and Cloud Nothings rounding out the top billings. I know I could slang a boom to that roster of acts all on their own, but there’s so much more! The festival’s full lineup includes a whole nest of other bands and artists worth checking out (including TMT favorites Oneohtrix Point Never and The Music Tapes), and with art, film, literature, and queer-themed events scheduled as part of the larger cultural digest of Lexington, a $70 festival pass is quite a steal.

The festival is presented by WRFL 88.1 FM, and will take place September 20-23 across a host of venues in the horse capital of the world, so watch your step.

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Stephen Colbert announces “StePhest Colbchella ‘012: RocktAugustFest,” which is either another music fest that he’s hosting or one of the less-memorable passages from Finnegans Wake

Take heed, Comedy Central-watching hippies! In the ultimate demonstration of his staunch political conservatism, Stephen Colbert has decided to hunt down some of the most liberal minds in independent rock and (possibly) blow them up with a bunch of missiles. As Billboard reports, the pundit recently took some time out from eating another bald eagle egg omelet to announce "StePhest Colbchella '012: RocktAugustFest," a fiendish plan (disguised as a hipper than hip concert event) that he plans to execute on August 10 aboard New York's Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. Viewers may recall that, last year, this madman went on a similar murderous conquest with "StePhest Colbchella `011: Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane." All of the artists corralled into that one must have ended up dead, because I can't remember (and can't be bothered to look up) a single one of them; but I do know that this year’s list is pretty top of the mark: Flaming Lips, Santigold, Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear, and fun. I’d like to see even Wayne Coyne charm his way out of this one!

The performances/bloodbaths and Colbert’s interviews with/interrogations of each act will subsequently air on The Report during the week of August 13, sadistically subjecting any jobless losers haplessly watching Comedy Central at the time to the shock-and-awe execution of some possible musical heroes. And while there’s certainly nothing we can do to stop him from carrying out his nefarious plan at this point, we at TMT want to suggest that you pop in some ALF DVDs or something next week instead, just to spare yourself the pain.

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