Rogue Wave’s Pat Spurgeon Needs Kidney; TMT Encourages You to Donate and Go to Benefit Concert!

Now is not the time to bemoan the fact that the U.S. health care system is failing; it's ineffective and inadequate. Or that millions are uninsured, costs are forever skyrocketing, and competition and profit are undermining the traditional beliefs of medical practice. Or that it is becoming even more bureaucratic. Nope, it's not the time to squabble about the feelings of anger and alienation the program creates or address the eventual onset of financial ruin resulting from getting a boil lanced. No siree, not the time at all.

However easy it is to rant on the subject of the nation's health care sideshow, there's always more important things, namely the plight of those who badly need the care. Rogue Wave are putting on a benefit for Pat Spurgeon, their 'fro'd jack of all instruments (drums, keys, bass, guitar, autoharp, sample-master, shakey shaking things, etc.) at the end of their current tour. Spurgeon will be going under the knife to replace his one and only weakened kidney, a pricey procedure for him, his family, and his prospective donor that can't be covered scouring the nickels and dimes left on the floors of bars after shows. Joining in the goodwill and well-wishing at The Independent in San Francisco on September 30 will be various Death Cabs (Gibbard), Nada Surfers (Caws), Gusters (Miller), and Vanderslices (um, Vanderslice).

Here's the band's statement:

On September 30th, 2006, San Francisco band Rogue Wave will host a benefit concert to raise money for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

The benefit concert will feature performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Ryan Miller (Guster), John Vanderslice, and other special guests. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) will MC the event.

Pat was born with one kidney and it failed. He had his first transplant in 1993 which served him well until now. After 13 years, it has started to deteriorate. He has been on dialysis since April and is hoping desperately to find a donor. Some of their friends have gotten tested to see if they are a match, but Pat has yet to hear good news. Provided he finds a donor, there will be an enormous amount of costs that both pat and his donor will incur.

In a logical world, medical insurance would cover his donor's and his expenses after the procedure, but it does not; so he and his family must carry the financial burden. The expenses can be huge. We are trying to raise money for costs like: donor's travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc., as well as pat's expenses, care, bills, etc. while he is in recovery.

If you cannot attend the show, we encourage you to donate whatever you can.

Thank you for your love and continued support,

Rogue Wave

(Zach, Pat, Gram, Evan)


Wow... Vanderslice too? He never plays live! [roll eyes] Band leader Zach Rogue told Billboard in June that there's a bunch of material written and ready to be recorded for the third Rogue Wave album. However, the band's label status is less secure. Sub Pop has handled the band's previous albums, including last year's much-loved Descended Like Vultures, but the current contract between the band and the legendary imprint is done. Whatever the status of Rogue Wave's next album and label situation, Spurgeon's forthcoming operation is occupying everyone's thoughts in the here and now. So... donate! Setbacks are setbacks, but failures are failures, people! Here's the rest of Rogue Wave's upcoming live dates:
09.21.06 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern *
09.22.06 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
09.25.06 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch *
09.26.06 - Solano Beach, CA - The Belly Up *
09.27.06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *
09.28.06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Vanguard *
09.29.06 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Attic *
09.30.06 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater #
09.30.06 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent $

* Jason Collett & Foreign Born

# Download Festival 2006

$ Ben Gibbard, Matthew Caws, Ryan Miller, John Vanderslice, etc.

FCC Holds Public Hearings on Media Ownership Issues; Practices Its Tomato-Dodging Skills

I don't know about you, but when I discover I've forgotten my iPod/giant binder of CDs/anything that keeps me from listening to Mix 97 in the car, I have the urge to bang my head on the steering wheel. (I've actually done this. Not a great plan. Beeping your horn for no reason at a stoplight does not make new friends.)

Once I've resigned myself to my fate, I stick to one of two freqs: the "oldies" station, in the off chance that they might play "Hang On To Your Ego" by The Beach Boys, and the college radio station, because, damn, the chick who does that Indian music show sounds F-I-N-E.

But if I venture away from those spots on the dial, I suddenly feel the need to drive into a tree (or even better, certain radio transmitters), because let's face it, kids: commercial radio is the worst thing since the dudes from Atreyu were like, "Hey, let's like... uh. Let's. like, be in a band but be all goth and shit but. like, trendy. Do you know how to put on eyeliner?" If the radio actually repped what's been released in this joint for the past 50-odd years, Led Zeppelin's catalog would boast, oh, maybe five songs.

But wait! There's hope (kind of)! Last week, the FCC announced that it will be holding six public hearings on "media ownership issues." Allow me to translate: "Media ownership issues" actually means "yeah, we know we let Clear Channel go all Pac-Man on radio stations and you're forced to hear 'Livin' On A Prayer' 57 times a day, but mannn, we was stooooned."

Chairman Kev Martin sez: "Public input is integral to this process [...] I look forward to hearing from the American people on a variety of subjects at these hearings such as the impact of the Commission's rules on localism, minority ownership, and various types of programming like independent and religious programming and children's and family-friendly programming."

Allow me to clarify: "We actually have no idea where all the independence and localism went in radio. I think it has something to do with that Clear Channel dude. One day we woke up, and it was all gone. Anyone have ideas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?"

Radiohead Re-Sign with Warner/Chappell; Confusion Abounds!!

It's true: Radiohead have apparently re-signed with Warner/Chappell. In a statement, some douche (yeah, I said it) named Richard Manners from Warner/Chappell said, "This keeps us in the Radiohead business for a substantial time. We are thrilled to have come to an agreement with the band." Hahahaha! The Radiohead Business. Whatever.

Anyway, a bunch of fansites, blogs, and online magazines seem to think this means an end to the possibility of Radiohead signing to an independent label. Well, they're absolutely wrong. Warner/Chappell is DEFINITELY not the same thing as the record label division of Warner. As of today, Radiohead are not currently signed with any label to release their next album (due out in 2007). And besides, Radiohead were never even signed to a Warner record label in the first place; they were signed to EMI (and Capitol in the U.S., which is owned by EMI).

At least now you know, and knowing's half the something-something. Check this site out to see which songs Warner/Chappell has on list for Radiohead: :)

In other news, I've decided to start writing again for TMT. I got a sweet beej last night.

Decemberists Further Their Work In Decemberology, Tour

Can I assume everyone knows who The Decemberists are? I think it's pretty obvious. Well, okay, I don't want to alienate our fragile readership, so let's all go back to high school. A Decemberist is someone who is an expert in Decembers, making a living in Decemberology, an overlooked, albeit necessary, field.

For instance, without them, we would know nothing of Christmas, Hanukkah, or Chanukah. I know, you're wishing you were a Decemberist. Too bad you had to be a communication major, hmm? Here's another twelfth month tidbit: December was named as the tenth month of the early Roman year, which means ten. And, for those who didn't do any Decemberific experiments in school, Pearl Jam's album Ten was named for December, and all the songs take place in that month. Wild!

The Decemberists in this country are the finest in the world. To attest to that, they have created the atomic December, a cloned December (November), and perfected space travel during our month of conversation. But they have really outdone themselves as of late. Not only are they world-renowned in Decemberology, they also are world-class musicians. Who knew? I did.

Their new collection of singles, that is, formerly known as an 'album,' The Crane Wife on Capitol Records, will be out on October 3, an ironic date. You see, Decemberists have a sense of humor, and they aren't going to get pigeonholed in one time period.

Of course, now you're imagining The Decemberists in some laboratory, turning bunsen burners on and off. Now, you'd be right about that, but sometimes they leave. Where do they go? I'm glad you asked.

Every tourdate is hilariously and ironically in December:

10.17.06 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom*
10.18.06 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom*
10.19.06 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre*
10.21.06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern*
10.22.06 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater*
10.24.06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's*
10.25.06 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom*
10.26.06 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues*
10.27.06 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle*
10.29.06 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club*
10.30.06 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club*
10.31.06 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre*
11.01.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*
11.03.06 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom^
11.04.06 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre^
11.05.06 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis^
11.06.06 - Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus^
11.07.06 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo^
11.09.06 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre^
11.10.06 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion^
11.11.06 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre^
11.12.06 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue^
11.14.06 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre^
11.16.06 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre^
11.17.06 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre^
11.18.06 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom^
11.19.06 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom^

* with Lavender Diamond, ^with Alasdair Roberts

Chevy Trucks Change From Being Like A Rock To Being Like Little Pink Houses For You And Me; John “Cougar” Mellencamp Makes TMT News!

Oh, but ain't that America for you and me? Ain't that America? Chevy Trucks are something to see, baby! Ain't that America, home of Chevy! And I mean, who really gives a crap about rocks, anyways? It's not like when you see a rock on the ground, you think, "Hey, I want to buy that," or, "Gosh, I have this sudden urge to go over to my local Chevrolet dealership and buy a solid, dependable, four-wheel drive truck."

So take that, Seger! No longer will your kitsch ballad "Like A Rock" be plastered all over advertisements for the American automobile company. According to Automotive News, the marketing team for the corporation at General Motors has enlisted none other than John "Cougar" Mellencamp to assist them with their next ad campaign.

Apparently, the budget for said campaign will run at around $400 million; chump change considering the types of revenues that the Cougar could bring them with his sweet, sweet-loving, adult-contemporary MOR. But wouldn't someone like Don Henley be better? He could sing "Silverado" and maybe even do a Beatles' "Free As A Bird"-esque duet with Johnny Cash (or Jamie Foxx impersonating Cash) on it. Now THAT would sell.

You know what they say: Mellencamp fights authority, but authority always wins. Walk tall, Johnny. Walk tall.

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