Soft Machine Founder and Living Legend Kevin Ayers Returns with a Fanclub of Ladybugs from Helsinki

Many musicians try to make a go in this absurd industry, solely to savor that delicious power that comes with having someone on the payroll whose primary role is to pick the yellow M&Ms out of the rider bowl with their asscheeks or the satisfaction that comes with trying to break your groupie “hour plow” record nightly. Don’t get me wrong, we love hearing about it, but sometimes it makes us feel a whole lot hollow inside. A few folk have an altogether more refreshing slant on making music. Kevin Ayers, for example, seems to have it all figured out. After running ramshot over listeners’ expectations early in his career with a number of groundbreaking critic’s faves (Soft Machine, Wilde’s Flowers), he realized that it is decidedly better to fade away and rust rather than to burn. Ayers has spent the last few decades playing the nomad, jamming and recording with friends and admirers, and famously, never taking himself too seriously.

Celebrated among the unconventionals for his influential work with Daevid Allen and Robert Wyatt in Soft Machine for a right-smart spell, Ayers has more recently been rightfully given his dues by the wicker men and ladies fair of the psychedelic pastoral scene, mostly because his imaginative late-1960s/early-1970s solo albums, which have been revisited through the power of the reissue. As is increasingly the case, the piper has united with some of his rats to record a new album, due on LO-MAX Records September 3. The Unfairground, Ayers’ first album in 15-odd years, was recorded in pieces in New York, Tucson, Glasgow, and London by Gary Olson, Peter Henderson, and Ayers himself, and is chockablock with impressive collaborators. Here is the full supporting cast and songlist for the album:

Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor), Jeff Baron (Ladybug Transistor), Heather McIntosh (Ladybug Transistor, etc.), San Fadyl (Ladybug Transistor), Joe McGinty (keyboard wizard, Baby Steps), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub), Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Bill Wells (UK avant-jazz great), Kellie Sutherland (Architecture in Helsinki), Tara Shackell (Architecture in Helsinki), Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki), Frank Reader (Trashcan Sinatras), Robbie McIntosh (guitar hero), Candie Payne (Liverpool’s finest songbird), Robert Wyatt (Robert Wyatt), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), Graham Henderson (frequent Ayers sidekick), Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.), Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground, Morcheeba), Bridget St. John (husky-voiced psych-folk legend), Dave McGowan (Isobel Campbell, Teenage Fanclub).

1. Wide Awake
2. Cold Shoulder
3. Walk on Water
4. Friends & Strangers
5. Brainstorm
6. Unfairground
7. Baby Come Home
8. Shine a Light
9. Run Run Run
10. Only Heaven Knows

Mm..Shows? “Super!” Mm..Shoes? “Super!” Mm..Reissue? “Super!” MF Doom Is A MF-ing Busy MF-er

This summer, everyone's favorite Metal Face-d MC has prepared for his fans a three-course gourmet meal with all the fixings. Hope you're hungry, because by the time this is over, you'll have a lot on your plate.

Up first, right after the hors d'oeuvres and wine-tasting, is a succulent reissue of the rapper's 2004 album Mm..Food?, pan-seared and served tomorrow (July 24) alongside a bonus DVD of live and behind-the-scenes footage. This course was prepared by Rhymesayers Entertainment -- after almost two years of being out of circulation -- and will also be strictly offered as a seasonal dish in a limited-edition package that includes a tour poster, sticker, and, most notably, a scratch-n-sniff wrapper with the scent of chocolate.

Without even a week to digest the first of his offerings, Doom's spicing things up on his second course with an array of tourdates for those with a trans-continental palate starting July 19. As part of the Rock the Bells tour, MF Doom will be served char-broiled with a side of Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, UGK, Mos Def, and more. Delicious!

And as if your belt won't be feeling a little tight by then, dessert is still to come. For those of you with a sweet tooth, pastry chef Nike has you covered. A new pair of skateboarding high-tops designed by MF Doom himself are now available but sure as hell don't come cheap (talking about the shoes, not the labor). Expensive taste is expensive taste.

Well, I'm already stuffed just writing this story. Time to hit that Stairmaster.

Mm..Food? Tracklist:

Tourdates:
07.29.07 - New York, NY - Randall's Island (Rock the Bells)
08.08.07 - San Diego, CA - Canners
08.10.07 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
08.11.07 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Hyundai Pavilion (Rock the Bells)
08.12.07 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
08.15.07 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
08.16.07 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
08.18.07 - San Francisco, CA - McCovey Cove Parking Lot (Rock the Bells)
08.25.07 - Minneapolis, MN - Metrodome Parking Lot (Rock the Bells)
08.26.07 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion (Rock the Bells)
08.28.07 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
08.29.07 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Center (Rock the Bells)

A friend of mine often says “Never can be too happy, never can be too sad.” I think he says it mostly to irritate me, because he knows full-well that many people (and me famously) can jump between sets of euphoric highs and heartbreaking lows in the span of a minute. These are particularly tough times for us extreme types. Whenever we are in an elated state for too long, some devastating horror story on the news flashes in front of our eyes or some devastating asshole cuts in front of us in line at Wendy’s and sends us plummeting down the sad ladder for a spell. Sigh. Sometimes the only thing you can do to keep inner peace is to completely block out the outside world and hermit for a bit while you take your daily dose of Dälek.

Emotional yo-yos throughout the world will rejoice when they hear that Newark, NJ hip-hop pioneers Dälek -- the hyper-dynamic duo of Dälek (MC) and Octopus (DJ) -- will be releasing their second album of 2007 tomorrow (July 24) entitled Deadverse Massive Vol. 1: Dälek Rarities 1999-2006 through Hydra Head. Following the release of the wonderful Abandoned Language (Ipecac) in February, the time is ripe for a Dälek compilation that contains a heap of remixes, rarities, and unreleased genre-defiling mindwarps. These types of collections are tough sells normally; too many of them are full of half-baked ideas resulting in half-assed albums. Thankfully, Dälek bake their ideas until they are done and give us whole-ass albums all of the time, forever reinventing themselves while always remaining unmistakably “Dälek.” It’s enough to make a grown man cry, or laugh hysterically, or scream, or sulk, or....

Here are the tracks on Deadverse Massive, complete with a crude ‘n’ confusing original release info legend you can cut out and keep in your wallet next to that four-year-old, unused condom. And the three-month-old soiled one. Congratulations on getting laid... now throw that shit out already!

1. Megaton (Deadverse Remix) *
2. Angst **
3. Ruin It, Ruin Them, Ruin Yourself, Then Ruin Me (Deadverse Remix) ***
4. Vague Recollection ****
5. Desolate Peasants *****
6. Rouge (Deadverse Remix) ******
7. 3:46 *******
8. In This City (Deadverse Remix) ********
9. Music for ASM *********
10. Streets All Amped **********
11. Ascention ***********
12. Maintain ************
13. Back to Burn *************

* from “Technoanimal vs. Dälek split 12” (Matador, 2000)

** previously unreleased (1999)

*** from Kid606 vs. Dälek split 12”/CD (Tigerbeat6, 2002)

**** from Kid606 vs. Dälek split 12”/CD (Tigerbeat6, 2002)

***** from Dälek vs. Velma split 12” (Namskeio, 2002)

****** from Dälek vs. Velma split 12” (Namskeio, 2002)

******* from Dälek vs. Dalek 7” (Man Vs. Ape, 2002)

******** from Enon’s In This City Remix EP (Touch & Go, 2003)

********* previously unreleased (2003)

********** from Streets All Amped 12” (Ad Noiseum, 2006)

*********** from Streets All Amped 12” (Ad Noiseum, 2006)

************ from Streets All Amped 12” (Ad Noiseum, 2006)

************* from Streets All Amped 12” (Ad Noiseum, 2006)

Harry Potter Has Huge Clientele, If You Know What I Mean

My more dedicated readers (looking at you, mom) may have noticed that I’ve been missing from the hallowed (OMG WAIT FOR IT!) pages from TMT this week. Well, I would apologize, but I’ve been reading every Harry Potter leak I can get my hands on. I’ve read the leak photographed on the red carpet, the leak photographed on the grey carpet, and the typed-out version of the leak photographed on the red carpet. Hell, I even read the 784 page fan-fiction. So now I present you, and I guess JK Rowlings legal team, the Official Tiny Mix Tapes Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Spoilers Aggregate (® pending).

SPOILER ALERT! HIGHLIGHT TO READ!

SRSLY SPOILERS COMING UP!

LOTS OF THEM!

I’M NOT KIDDING! DON’T E-MAIL ME BEING ALL PISSY IF YOU READ THIS AND THE BOOK IS RUINED FOR YOU!

The Clientele is touring. Yeah, that was predictable and yet still a total letdown. Dates:

Disclaimer: I have never actually read a Harry Potter book, but I’m pretty sure it will turn out the Krum is Harry’s brother. You heard it here first.

Mr. Lif Tours, Wikipedia Continues to Kill Dreams, Steal Souls

Dear Reader, Baby, Sweetheart,

Here’s a tasty, dream-killin’, Wikipedia-provided truth: Everything comes full circle -- and Dave Matthews-listening, ice-luge-blistering, hot-wings-finger-licking-in-between-videogame-control-clicking dudes are omnipresent:

Mr. Lif’s pseudonym comes from a Phish song.

That he liked.

Seriously. A quick check of Wikipedia will kill your spirits.

Mr. Lif is hitting the open road for the hip-hop-you-don’t-stop Paid Dues Festival. He may or may not spark up a doobie with da’ boyz from Phish after the show.

You buy a Dutch Masters cigar and peel off the paper, I’ll roll us one... Oh, can that chick you’re bangin’ pick us up some Natty-light?:

Pinback Preps For Tour As I, Infirm With A Laid Up Left Mitt And Gorging On A 10-Day World Of Warcraft Trial, Engage In this Conversation With A Sexy Nightelf I Secretly Suspect To Be Pinback’s Rob Crow

PinBizRbCr: hi. do u wnt 2 cyb3r?

ShAzAmUrFaCe: thnx but I’m doin quests

PinBizRbCr: rofl.anywyas I”M MARRIED

ShAzAmUrFaCe: cool

PinBizRbCr: i’m in aband, u know

ShAzAmUrFaCe: who?

PinBizRbCr: ill g1ve you a clu. my cd dr0pz Sep 11

ShAzAmUrFaCe: um//

PinBizRbCr: k clu numbr 2, my webtsit rawks

ShAzAmUrFaCe: uh. i dunno. fallout boy?

PinBizRbCr bursts out in dance

ShAzAmUrFaCe: dood, dont rub your nightelf cooties on me

PinBizRbCr: I wll cut u. 8====D

You slap PinBizRbCr across the face. Ouch!

PinBizRbC has challenged you to a duel

ShAzAmUrFaCe: how bout a little kiss on my FIST

PinBizRbCr: oww

PinBizRbCr is dead

You receive: [indie street cred]

ShAzAmUrFaCe: pwnd

Count the Concrete Seconds to your tourdate of choice:

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