Silversun Pickups issue cease and desist letter to Romney campaign; Romney issues cease and desist letter to Obama campaign

Silversun Pickups issue cease and desist letter to Romney campaign; Romney issues cease and desist letter to Obama campaign

Draw an equivalency between the two major American political parties all you want; only one of those two seems to have a serious immunity to cool. Why, it was just last week when Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello issued a scathing criticism of Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, writing in Rolling Stone, “Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta ‘rage’ in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.” RATM is supposedly one of Ryan’s favorite bands too — or, maybe I should say, was one of his favorite bands. I can’t imagine recovery comes easy from that sort of verbal flogging.

Also last week (on Wednesday, to be exact), Silversun Pickups requested that the campaign of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney discontinue use of the song “Panic Switch” during campaign stops around the country. The attorney for Silversun Pickups sent a cease and desist letter, while the band itself issued a statement that reads, in part, “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.”

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responded thusly via The Huffington Post: “The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign’s regular blanket license, but we will not play it again.”

Is there a band out there that actually wants Republicans to use their music at campaign events? Maybe I should be more specific. Is there a non-country-or-bluegrass band, whose members don’t have mullets and wear shirts of American flag, that actually wants Republicans to use their music at campaign events?

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Jason Lescalleet gathering up static electricity for his August US tour (which starts tonight)

Noisemaker Jason Lescalleet, whose most recent full-length on Erstwhile, Songs About Nothing (TMT Review), received our praise, is boarding his horse-drawn carriage and traveling to susceptible villages to sell his elixirs and potions, and then by the cloak of night, he’ll make his timely escape before the townsfolk all awake with sudden baldness. Be one of the privileged few to witness his staged miracles. It all begins this evening:

08.17.12 - Greenfield, MA - John Doe Jr
08.18.12 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room
08.19.12 - Pentress, WV - Voice of Valley Fest
08.20.12 - Richmond, VA - Hack-RVA
08.21.12 - Carrboro, NC - All Day Records
08.22.12 - West Columbia, SC - Conundrum
08.23.12 - Ashevile, NC - Black Effectors (above Forever Tattoo)
08.24.12 - Atlanta, GA - Beep Beep Gallery
08.25.12 - Nashville, TN - Brick Factory
08.26.12 - Lexington, KY - Institute 193
08.27.12 - Louisville, KY - Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge
08.28.12 - Columbus, OH - 400 W. Rich St.
08.29.12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
08.30.12 - Rochester, NY - Carriage House
08.31.12 - Albany, NY - Upstate Artists Guild, 247 Lark Street

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Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years

The controversial court case of Pussy vs. Jesus came to a disappointing close today, as the verdict for the political punk activists Pussy Riot found the group guilty of acts of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” “and for wearing clothing that is not in keeping with the normal rules of dressing in church.” The Russian female trio had been obtained by police after a guerrilla protest of fascist President Vladimir Putin in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. The five-month case that could have potentially convicted the three Pussy Riot members to a maximum of seven years resulted in a two-year sentence this morning.

The verdict is received, obviously, with much outcry over the injustice of the sentence. Members of the courtroom were reported to shout “Shame! Shame!” as the guilty verdict was delivered. Some such responses have led to additional arrests, with a number of people apprehended outside of the courtroom, including chess champion-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov, according to The Guardian.

Amnesty International declared Pussy Riot “prisoners of conscience” and expressed concern that they faced the danger of being sent to labor camps, where they would be at risk of physical and sexual abuse.

I tried to call Putin for comment, but he ain’t answering the phone today.

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Action Bronson signs to Vice/Warner Bros., has some harsh words for candy canes

Action Bronson is a Queens-based rapper whose profile has been rising all year, for better or worse. For better, he put out the excellent mixtape Blue Chips with producer Party Supplies. For worse, he made fun of transsexuals on Twitter and it was pretty lame. You win some, you lose some? Hrmm. While we’re at it, let’s hit all the other Action Bronson talking points: sounds like Ghostface. Albanian. Culinary student. And, as FACT reports, he has just signed to the Warner Brothers subsidiary Vice.

While no details have been offered as to Bronson’s future releases on the label, the MC has released a statement that he will “never make candy cane bullshit music as long as [he lives].” Whoa, Action Bronson! What’s wrong with candy canes? Candy canes are pretty good, man. I eat them every Christmas. Disappointing to hear this primitive viewpoint on candy canes, Action Bronson.

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Earth has a long North American tour planned for this fall; they’ll be traveling in slow motion and only at night

A forest burns somewhere in the South.

Earth released Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II earlier this year (TMT Review), and on Pitchfork, you can still stream the entire album.

Somewhere in the South, three people arrange rocks into a circle.

Following September shows in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, Earth will begin their most extensive American tour since 1990.

Three people arrange rocks into a circle, then shake bark from their hair and brush ashes of dragonflies from their cheeks.

Mostly, Earth will play material from this year’s record, but the tour’s lineup will reflect the band circa The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (TMT Review). Steve Moore on keys and trombone, Don McGreevy on bass, Adrienne Davies on drums, and Dylan Carlson on guitar, but only Davies, McGreevy, and Carlson will play the September shows.

Ashes of dragonflies seep into the soil.


09.07.12 - Wellington, New Zealand - SF Bathhouse
09.08.12 - Auckland, New Zealand - King’s Arms
09.09.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
09.12.12 - Melbourne, Australia - The Toff in Town
09.13.12 - Sydney, Australia - The Hi-Fi Bar
09.14.12 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers Live
09.15.12 - Perth, Australia - Rosemount Hotel
09.16.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
09.19.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Earthdon #
09.20.12 - Osaka, Japan - Pangea #
09.21.12 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Upset &
09.22.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever ^
10.24.12 - Portland, OR - Rotture *
10.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
10.28.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
10.29.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar %
10.31.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room @
11.02.12 - Austin, TX - Auditorium Shores (Fun Fun Fun Festival)
11.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern %
11.04.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks %
11.06.12 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub %
11.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl +
11.08.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle %
11.09.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel !
11.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield !
11.11.12 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears !
11.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s !
11.13.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar !
11.14.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop !
11.15.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom !
11.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Township !
11.17.12 - Chicago, IL - Township !
11.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club !
11.19.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar !
11.21.12 - Denver, CO Marquis Theatre %
11.24.12 - The Shakedown - Bellhingham, WA =
11.25.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ~

# Mamiffer
& Mamiffer, Eternal Elysium
^ Mamiffer, Boris
* Fontanelle, Stebmo
% Stebmo
@ Balmorehea, Stebmo
+ Daughn Gibson, Stebmo
! Eagle Twin, Stebmo
= The Body, Low Hums
~ The Body, Stebmo

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Editions Mego ventures into the danceable world of hard trance with new LP by Lorenzo Senni

I’ve never been much of a trance person myself, but I readily consume almost anything that Editions Mego releases. They’re releasing a “hard-trance inspired” album; thus, I will readily consume it. Were the label to release a collection of Michael Jackson covers performed by its employees, I’m not sure that I’d readily consume that, but the name “Editions Mego” would certainly convey a degree of experimental badassery. I’ve always thought “Billie Jean” could’ve benefited from some bassline distortion anyway.

Where were we? Ah yes, the “hard-trance inspired” album. On October 8, artist and composer Lorenzo Senni (also owner of the Milan-based Presto!? label) will be releasing Quantum Jelly, an album said to be “deeply influenced” by his “love of 90s trance/hard-trance music.” As FACT points out, Senni has taken the “most obvious characteristics” of the genre and re-imagined them “in relation to his own background in experimental and noise culture.” Each track was recorded in one take using a single Roland synthesizer, and the album itself represents somewhat of a broadening in style for the label on which it’s being released.

When was the last time an Editions Mego release inspired head-nodding? Sensate Focus might’ve done it for you recently. Quantum Jelly might take things even further. Pre-order it here.

Quantum Jelly tracklisting:


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