Signing Round Up: Ariel Pink Unites with 4AD, Art Museums Joins with Woodsist, Freelance Whales Ties with Frenchkiss/Mom+Pop, Sally Seltmann Marries Arts & Crafts… and All Four Book Jadakiss for Their Wedding Ceremonies? Awk-waaaard…

The economy is tough and December ain't the best of months to put a smile on a miser's wintery face. But if anything can turn those hangdog faces right-side up is a Christmastime shopping spree! Some of our favorite labels have bucked the trend of holiday scrooging and have been splashing out the green by signing acts to their respective rosters lately. Here be cheer:

- First up is Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti who have jumped from Paw Tracks to stylish and venerable U.K. legend 4AD. Pink and company are working on new material for a springtime release but until then you will have to whet your appetities with back catalogue nibbles. Likewise, North American dates will be announced closer to when new stuff hits the stores/web but if you want to experience the lo-fi greatness in person, the ensemble will play over the next few days in France, Belgium, Germany, and England

12.11.09 - Aalst, Belgium - Network
12.12.09 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
12.13.09 - London, England - Lexington

- The San Francisco duo of Josh Alper and Glenn Donaldson make music as The Art Museums and have recently inked a deal with hot property Woodsist. The debut album will be called Rough Frame but as far as a release date is concerned, we have nothing more than the ominous portent of "TBA, 2010" to report. We do have the song titles, yip yip!

Rough Frame:

Side A:

1. We Can't Handle It
2. Sculpture Gardens
3. So Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
4. Paris Cafés
5. When Amber Melts

Side B:

1. Oh Modern Girls
2. Rough Frame
3. Sing a Song of Stacie
4. 30 Seconds

- The eclectic Queens quintet Freelance Whales have signed on the dotted line with Frenchkiss and Mom+Pop to issue their debut album in the spring too. Le savy NY label will join forces with Mom+Pop to release Freelance Whales' Weathervanes "in the spring" and we couldn't be happier for this three-way union! The band is on tour now with Fanfarlo

12.11.09 - Arlington, VA - Iota Cafe #
12.12.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox #
12.14.09 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe #
12.17.09 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears #
12.18.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
01.13.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot, Case Western Reserve University
01.14.10 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's Tavern $
01.15.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop

# Fanfarlo

$ Surfer Blood

- Now we suspect that Sarah Seltmann was already under contract to Arts & Crafts when details of her upcoming album were announced given the fact that the label has already put out her two albums (The Last Beautiful Day and Somewhere, Anywhere) and one EP (er, EP) that she produced under the moniker New Buffalo. But for the integrity and theme of this news story we will include her among the other new signees. The Australian songbird always makes lovely and interesting music but is probably best known as the co-writer of the popular Feist track "1234." Whether you adored that song or wanted to take a gatling gun to your TV every time it played in a Nano ad, the prospect of Seltmann releasing an album's worth of tunes is exciting news. Now, if her husband would get around to recording his band's loooong-awaited sophomore album, then we could sleep easier at night. Seltmann's Heart That's Pounding will come, yes, in the spring of 2010. The lovely first single "Harmony to My Heartbeat" is available free o' charge until December 15 here.

18th Annual Noise Pop Festival Set to Snap, Crackle, and Pop in San Francisco; Dates and Lineup Teasers Announced

"Noise Pop has been described as one of California's most important music festivals,” says festival co-founder Kevin Arnold, “and is a perfect opportunity to experience San Francisco's world renowned music scene, and the 18th year will be no exception.” In a move surely done to confirm Mr. Arnold’s predictions, the suits behind the Noise Pop Festival have begun to release dates, locations, and performers for the annual festival celebrating independent music, art, and film. The entire shebang is set to run February 23 through March 1, 2010 at venues throughout the San Francisco, CA metro area.

Artists already confirmed to play include The Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Rogue Wave, Atlas Sound, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Four Tet, John Vanderslice, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Wallpaper, Zee Avi, The Limousines, & Foreign Born. Further announcements regarding shows, musicians, films, artists, and more will be forthcoming.

The festival will also play host to the Industry Noise conference where open discussions, panels, speakers, interpretive dances, and individual mentoring focusing on the topics of independent music, technology, artistic and musical business ventures, and the changing industry will take place on February 27 at the Swedish American Hall in San Fran.

Updates, and further information on the Industry Noise mini-conference, are available at their website.

Record Labels May Owe Up to $6 Billion Due to Infringing Copyright

Lily-livered liberals who spend too much time on the internet are blowing their load over alleged copyright infringement by record labels. Not many people have heard of that backwater known as Canada (they have music there too apparently) but due to a quirk in Canadian law, members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association could face damages of up to $6 billion.

The legal change took place in the 1980s and allows record labels “to use songs as long as they pinky swore they would get authorization and pay the artist for it eventually.” These were often for compilation albums and the like. However, the labels never bothered to get permission and have now run up a list of 300,000 songs where they should have paid royalties. The lawsuit is “asking for both statutory and punitive damages for the labels' behaviour... meaning that the labels could be asked to pay up to $20,000 per infringement.”

Big deal! When you think of all the quality artists like Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake that the labels have promoted over the years they should be given a break. The artists can handle the loss in revenue at any rate. They’re still raking the cash in. Who gives a fuck about what happens in Canada anyway?

Nonsensical Band Names Unite! Cymbals Eat Guitars Take Bear in Heaven Out on the Road with Them

If you're a buzz band, how do you achieve even more buzz without selling your soul to the devil? Simple, you take a young upstart band on the road with you! With their early buzz and your old, beginning of 2009 buzz combined together, there's no telling how many bloggers will swoon... or collapse from a massive coronary. After they close out 2009 at the Primavera Festival this week, Cymbals Eat Guitars will take new dudes on the scene Bear In Heaven out on the road with them starting in March of next year. Please be sure to purchase your defibrillators in advance of the tour.

Cymbals:
12.10.09 - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club Festival
12.11.09 - Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club Festival, Caracol
12.12.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Club Festival, Sidecar

Cymbals and a Bear:
03.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
03.06.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.07.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.09.10 - Nashville, TN - The End
03.10.10 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
03.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.13.10 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
03.16.10 - Houston, TX - Mango's
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.23.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
03.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.29.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03.31.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
04.01.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.02.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
04.03.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.06.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
04.07.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.08.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.09.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Disappears Get Kranky, Debut Full-Length Due Out Next Year

Chicago's Disappears are many things and irritable is apparently one of them. Well, not irritable, but at least slightly kranky, as in Kranky Records, the label they just signed with this week. Kranky will release Disappears' debut full-length, Lux, next April. Meanwhile, the band (which features members of The Ponys, 90 Day Men, and Boas) is hitting the road in February with another small-time Chicago band, Tortoise, and stirring up interest for their forthcoming debut at a city near you.

Disappear here:
02.11.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
02.12.09 - Nashville, KY - Exit In
02.13.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.14.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
02.15.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
02.16.09 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
02.17.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small Theatre
02.18.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

Slayer and Megadeth and Testament, Oh My! Co-Headlining Tour Announced for Metal Greats

It’s been 18 years since Slayer and Megadeth last shared an American stage together (1991’s “Clash of the Titans”), but planetary alignment and ancient Sumerian rituals have once again forced Behemoths of Metal Slayer and Megadeth to join forces and rid this world of boredom. The two bands, joined together into one mega-band known as SlayDeth, have jointly announced the “American Carnage” tour and released dates for shows throughout the U.S. of A. The tour will also feature Testament, who were also on the “Clash of the Titans” tour, as special guests.

Both bands will be supporting recent albums: Megadeth’s Endgame and Slayer’s World Painted Blood (released in September and November, respectively). Testament will be supporting a special tour edition of The Formation of Damnation, which will be released on February 23, 2010 and features “special unreleased bonus tracks.” Each stop on the tour will also feature a limited amount of tickets at the “1991 price” of $10 to help out fans in our tough economic times

01.18.10 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre
01.19.10 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
01.21.10 - San Francisco, CA - Cow Palace
01.22.10 - Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Arena
01.23.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
01.25.10 - Denver, CO - Magness Arena
01.26.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
01.27.10 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Coliseum
01.29.10 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless
01.31.10 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
02.01.10 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
02.02.10 - Louisville, KY - Broadbent Arena
02.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
02.05.10 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
02.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena
02.09.10 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre
02.11.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
02.13.10 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Center
02.14.10 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
02.16.10 - Quebec City, QC - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
02.18.10 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
02.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
02.20.10 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
02.22.10 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
02.23.10 - Halifax, NS - Metro Centre

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