The Saga of Wu-Tang and Ghostface Killah Ends Here; Wu-Tang Album Release Date Pushed Back

I don't know about you guys, but Squeo and I have been bummed all weekend. We reported last week the good news of RZA winning a chess tournament for charity, but also the bad news of Wu-Tang canceling their tour (TMT News). Whether confirmed or not, we couldn't help but feel the cancellation might have had something to do with Ghostface being pissed about how the release date of Wu-Tang's new album, 8 Diagrams, was moved to December 4, the same release date of Ghostface's forthcoming solo album, Big Dough Rehab.

Well, after countless hours of the best sex of our lives, followed by a serious discussion about Wu-Tang's market saturation, and finally a picnic in Grant Park, where we talked about the sex we had earlier, Squeo and I decided to push back the release date of Wu-Tang's 8 Diagrams to December 11 and leave Ghostface's Big Dough Rehab release date for December 4. And guess what? RZA thought our idea was fantastic. So, RZA's happy, Ghostface's happy, and consumers are happy. Now Squeo and I just have to have a serious discussion about getting those Wu-Tang shows back.

Don't worry. Squeo and I know exactly what to do first.

Thurston Moore Teases Fans With Mini-Tour

Step 1: Announce upcoming solo album several months before its release and unleash incredible excitement and anticipation among fans.

Step 2: Release album to great reviews and critical acclaim.

Step 3: Go on a five date mini-tour... No, wait, what?!

Oh, Thurston, why must you do this to us? You know, your faithful fans who have loved you from the beginning? (Well, not entirely, seeing as I wasn’t exactly born until four years after Sonic Youth formed.) Of all people, Thurston, you should know very well that a full U.S. tour should directly follow the release of one’s album (in your case, last month’s excellent solo effort, Trees Outside The Academy.)

But, no! Instead you throw five measly West Coast dates in our faces and expect us to like it?! Well, I’ll tell you what, Mr. Moore... aww, don’t give me that sadface, no, seriously, I was only joking! Yes, you know I still love you. What’s that, you’ll pay for my plane ticket to see one of your shows? Oh, you’re too much!

All delusional conversations aside, any Thurston Moore news is good news, am I right? Check him out at the following dates:

Xiu Xiu, Islands, Boards of Canada, and Why? Make New 12-Inch Singles, Confusing Syntax

Why?, the Californian indielectronica flip-hop pioneers, are set to release a set of two four-track singles. A 12-inch will be released in Europe and the U.S. November 18 and 19, respectively. Each version is on track to be released with different tracks from the other, each featuring remixes and cover versions of released and unreleased Why? tracks, in addition to the track on the single cover, “The Hollows.” Ahem. The European version of the single was recently released through Tomlab and will feature “Good Friday,” as remixed by Boards of Canada, while the U.S. single release will be found on Anticon of which Why?’s Yoni Wolf is a founding member.

Why? Why?’s double single? Well, the trio will release an 11-song LP on March 11 in the U.S., entitled Alopecia (European release date and LP title explanation yet to be released). The LP will include “The Hollows,” as well as the un-remixed versions of “Good Friday” and “By Torpedo or Crohn’s.”

Prepare for the new release by listening to old, released songs on the Why? MySpace page.

The Hollows (European Version) tracklisting:

A1. The Hollows

A2. Good Friday (Boards of Canada remix)

B1. Yoyo Bye Bye (covered by Dump)

B2. Broken Crow (covered by Islands)

The Hollows (US Version) tracklisting:

A1. The Hollows

A2. By Torpedo or Crohn's (Dntel remix)

B1. Yoyo Bye Bye (covered by Xiu Xiu)

B2. Pre-teen Apocalyptic Film Acting [Medley] (covered by Half-Handed Cloud)

Comcast Is Controlling Your Life, And You Didn’t Even Know It!

It's not like those times you find yourself watching Anthony Bourdain on the travel channel and think "oh, just one more episode," and then suddenly it's two days later. It's more like those times you're trying to share that sweet new Kanye track and you can't. Yeah.

Comcast, the second largest internet company in the country, has been caught totally blocking certain web traffics. Like, well, high-speed subscribers sharing files. What does that spell? Data discrimination, dude. Which totally runs up against ideas of net neutrality. Dude.

The discreet blocking is one of the most gnarly examples of data discrimination by a U.S. internet provider to date, even involving company computers pretending to be users. AND if these tactics were used by all U.S. internet providers, it would totally kill file-sharing networks. Like that.

Comcast's file-sharing blocks are part of a pretty lame way of controlling bandwidth, and it comes in the form of blocking uploads, not downloads. But if nobody is uploading anything, then there's nothing to download, right? Right.

So heres the process:

- go to upload something

- another "user" (a.k.a. Comcast company computer) sends a message to stop communications

- upload stops.

- ta-da!

This could be seen as simply "traffic shaping," which is common, but what Comcast is doing involves overt trickery, only effects one type of traffic (file-sharing), and actually stops uploads, instead of just slowing them down. It's also completely random, so it could in fact be stopping legal OR illegal files. My assessment? Bullshit!

DND Chat Transcript: The iTunion Deearem Freedom Campaign Part Two

GameMaster: As you know from our last campaign, the iTunions freed the EMI Major Labelus songlings from the cursed Deearem, which prevented the songlings from being transferred, burnt, and copied under certain restrictions. This was annoying for the users and has sparked a flame within the capitol.

Indey Labelus: The capitol being the Music Industry?

GameMaster: Correct. Now let me set the scene. Indey, you are at the capitol and you are next in line for the freeing of the dreaded Deearem from your body. You step up to the throne and before you stands Emperor Stevus Jobes. He speaks to you.

Steveus Jobes: By all that is iHoly! It is so exciting to see you before me today! I know that not all of your brethren in iTunia will be joining you, but you represent a large chunk of Indyland, so most of you will be free of Deearem, and I will bless everyone with a ninety-nine centia price tag.

GameMaster: Steveus Jobes casts Deearemfreedomus; he rolls a 17. I need you to roll to absorb the spell.

[Indey Rolls]

[Indey Rolls a 20]

Indey Labelus: Fuck yes!

GameMaster: Dude, don't be lame -- stay in character, no meta-game thinking or speaking! Your character would not say "fuck yes."

Indey Labelus: Least I'm free of Deearem! Oh man, brb -- my mom just came downstairs and told me the pizza is here. I'm gonna go grab a slice.

[Indey Labelus is AFK]

GLOSSARY:

Deearem - DRM, Digital Rights Management. Bullshit pieces of code that
prevent you from fully enjoying music you've legally purchased.

iTunion, iTunia - iTunes

Indey Labelus - Indie Labels

Stevus Jobes - Steve Jobs

GameMaster - Guy who runs Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. Sometimes known as a Dungeon Master.

Songlings - Songs

AFK - Away from keyboard. World of Warcrack players use this a lot.

"By all that is iHoly" - Typical expression when Apple addicts cream
themselves for shit like the iPhone. These same people whip out their
iPhone at every opportune time.