Someone Must Have Been Speaking Praise of Josef K, Because An Album Is Finally Getting Released In The United States

The Kafka museum in Prague is pretty damn awesome. Not only do they have facsimilies of a good deal of Kafka's handwritten diaries and manuscripts (most of the real shit's in England, due to a history of pilaging), but they've got photos of all of his friends and these rooms built to encapsulate the joy, openness, and freedom found in Kafka novels. Unfortunately, the museum makes no mention of Scottish band Josef K, the greatest entity ever to be named after a Kafka character (at least until my Gregor Samsa Bug Off (tm) hits the shelves).

Well, luckily Domino Records U.S. cares about the fate of (GET READY FOR THE MOST OVERUSED PHRASE IN MUSIC JOURNALISM) seminal post-punk band (WHEW!) Josef K. An anthology entitled Entomology is due out on November 7. The album is the third in Domino's "The Sound of Young Scotland" series, following Orange Juice and The Fire Engines. This is exciting news, because no Josef K albums have EVER been released in the United States, meaning the cost of buying an album on import is high in both money and intimidation.
22 reasons to buy:

1. "Radio Drill Time" (Postcard 7" Version)
2. "It's Kinda Funny" (Postcard 7" Version)
3. "Final Request" (B-side of "It's Kinda Funny" single)
4. "Heads Watch" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
5. "Drone" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
6. "Sense of Guilt" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
7. "Citizens" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
8. "Variation of Scene" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
9. "Endless Soul" (from aborted album Sorry For Laughing)
10. "Sorry For Laughing" (Postcard 7" Version)
11. "Revelation" (B-side to "Sorry For Laughing 7")
12. "Chance Meeting (Postcard 7" Version)
13. "Pictures (of Cindy)" (B-side to "Chance Meeting 7")
14. "Fun 'N' Frenzy" (from The Only Fun in Town)
15. "Crazy to Exist" (from The Only Fun in Town)
16. "Forever Drone" (from The Only Fun in Town)
17. "Heart of Song" (from The Only Fun in Town)
18. "16 Years" (from The Only Fun in Town)
19. "The Angle" (from The Only Fun in Town)
20. "Heaven Sent" (Peel Session, June 22nd, 1981)
21. "The Missionary" (Peel Session, June 22nd, 1981)
22. "Applebush" (Peel Session, June 22nd, 1981)

If you're a visual person, Josef K videos can be found here; if you're a literary person, Kafka's stories might be even more relevant in these troubled times; and if you're a people person, go out and spread the news. Josef K: Start your morning right.

So Many Dynamos Tour MidweststewdiM ruoT somanyD ynaM oS

To support their latest album, Flashlights [TMT Review], St. Louis's So Many Dynamos are once again venturing out on tour! Excitement! Danger! Whoo! Spazzed-out, quirky, dance punk! All shall accompany So Many Dynamos as they trudge tirelessly through the deep and treacherous snows of poorly-named Hot Springs, Arkansas and the bear-filled territory of Beloit, Wisconsin. Who knows what dangers may befall our heroes as they battle their way through the desolate plains of Chic-A-Go or the mythical land of Houston, Texas. How many Bartles will need to be slain as our band of warriors battle their way through Bartlesville, Oklahoma? And all to perform for you, the charming lad who has never ventured beyond his provincial upbringings in Springfield, Missouri. So go! Go and purchase a ticket! A chance to see these fabled heroes, a chance to witness their glory!


09.10.06 – St. Louis, MO – University City Loop
09.12.06 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
09.13.06 – DeKalb, IL – House Cafe
09.14.06 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
09.15.06 – Beloit, WI – Beloit University
09.16.06 – Decatur, IL – Millikin University
09.18.06 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
09.19.06 – Little Rock, AR – Whitewater Tavern
09.20.06 – Hot Springs, AR – The Exchange
09.21.06 – Lake Charles, LA - TBA
09.22.06 – Houston, TX – Walters on Washington
09.23.06 – San Antonio, TX – Midtown Pizza
09.24.06 – Austin, TX – Emo's
09.25.06 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
09.26.06 – Bartlesville, OK – The Wherehouse
09.27.06 – Kirksville, MO – Dukum Upp
09.28.06 – Sioux Falls, SD – Discordia
09.29.06 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
09.30.06 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
10.01.06 – Edwardsville, IL – Glen Carbon Senior Center

RIAA Temporarily Sets Aside Lawsuits Against Dead and Computerless Single Mothers To Yell at College Students Loitering On Their Lawn

Taking a page from alarmist Cold War propaganda, the RIAA has recently been distributing an informational anti-piracy DVD on college campuses in an effort to educate students on illegal file-sharing. So far, there has been a largely positive response nationwide; dozens of fraternities have set up public screenings on Friday nights with free pizza and soda for all attendees. Just kidding. The DVDs are being used as absinthe coasters and lock picks.

But it's not just alcoholic, drug-addled criminals that are railing against the RIAA's campaign; the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Consumer Electronics Association, and advocacy group Public Knowledge all oppose the short film. In a joint statement, all three organizations urged those cooperating with distribution to "take a closer look at the inaccuracies, distortions and contradictions in the RIAA message." Aside from the usual fine-line-legality magic tricks, the presentation provides little information and relies heavily on "real life scenario" scare tactics and bitchin' guitar jams.

The centerpiece of the film is an interview with Derek "Mickey" Borchardt, a college student who was caught committing sonic thievery and faced heavy criminal charges. "I'm going to have to explain forever why I'm a felon," he explained. "That's never going to go away." Because file-sharing is on the same level of social deviancy as child molestation.

In response to mounting criticism and public disapproval, the RIAA has decided to hold a quick, impromptu race around the table in their leather chairs.

Austin, TX produces bands like TMT news writers produce crap opening sentences (well, this one at least). Stark and convoluted, cold and sexy, embryonic and futuristic, incongruous and rational (is that enough?), The Weird Weeds are the latest great band to turn heads as they straddle that tricky conventional/experimental divide. Strange newfound sounds are discovered, even after tons o' listens. I'm guessing I'm wrong, but I swear I heard a sound not unlike that of a tiny bat squealing the last few times I've listened to the band's Weird Feelings album. I should know – I caught one flying around my apartment last month, and while most bats don't give off sounds when they echolocate through the air, they make very distinct and eerie sounds when caught with a stove pot and a Sabbath record cover. I invited the bat back recently to visit and listen to the latest Weird Weeds album to see if he could shed any light onto his vocal behaviors and possible similarities to snippets of Weird Weeds songs. After downing the better half of a 60-pounder of whiskey together, bat got a little strange and I got a little hungry:

Bat: Weird Weeds are from Austin? I spent a week there one night. Boo-doom pissh!

Me: What a poorly done cymbal. Allllllright...? Yeah, Austin.

Bat: I was up for the role of comedy sound voice double for Cadet Jones in the first Police Academy, but I've got flat feet.

Me: What?

Bat: There's too much blood in my alcohol system stream...

Me: You're drunk. This is getting shitty.

Bat: I had amnesia once... maybe twice.

Me: Okay, enough of this nonsense. You've been here long enough.

Bat: How long a minute is depends what side of the bathroom door you're on.

Me (grabbing bat off the couch): Alright...

Bat: ...if #2 pencils are the most popular pencils, why are they still #2...

Recipe for Bat Soup:

- 1 bat (young, preferably)
- A suspicion of grated ginger
- A soupçon of coconut milk
- 1/2 can Guinness, 1/2 can chicken stock
- Chopped scallions
- Dash of secret "Seoul Spice"

We love Weird Weeds at TMTHQ, and we can't wait to see 'em on tour and show them how guests should act after consuming copious quantities of whiskey. The tour starts tonight in (where else) Austin! Look for a split single with Shapes and Sizes to be released this month on Asthmatic Kitty and a November/December tour to be confirmed very shortly. We'll let you know about that in our next Weird Weeds installment.

Go to these or go back to the hinterland, assbats:

09.06.06 - Austin, TX - Emo's
09.07.06 - Baton Rouge, LA - Red Star Bar
09.08.06 - Nashville, TN - Ruby Green #
09.09.06 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light #
09.10.06 - Raleigh, NC - Bickett Gallery
09.11.06 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree Space
09.12.06 - Kutztown, PA - Good Vibes
09.13.06 - Gettyburg, PA - Emmaus
09.14.06 - Brooklyn, NY - Uncle Paulie's
09.15.06 - Manhattan, NY - The Cake Shop $
09.16.06 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery
09.17.06 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College Dining Commons
09.18.06 - Cambridge, MA - Zeitgeist Gallery
09.19.06 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
09.20.06 - Toronto, Ontario - Cameron House%
09.21.06 - Oberlin, OH - Cat in the Cream
09.22.06 - Chicago, IL - The Note
09.23.06 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
10.25.06 - Austin, TX - Red's Scoot Inn ^

# w/ Peter and the Wolf
$ w/ The Dirty Projectors
% w/ Eric Chenaux & Alex Lukashevsky
^ w/ Wooden Wand

In America: Asobi Seksu globalize, tour this fall; In Japan: Playful Sex (Blurred Genitalia Galore!)

I can't believe TMT let me become a staff writer. I'm just Jethro at the Alta Vista trailer park out of Louisville, Kentucky. So I will admit that before I wrote this article, I thought Asobi Seksu were some sort of new energy drink that I could mix my Jack Daniels with. My wife shouted, "How the freak can an energy drink go on tour?" Don't worry: I silenced her with a snack of my little friend "Hand-tonio Banderas." That shut her up.

I decided to do a little detective work, and I got on this thing called the internets to look up the cryptic name. I assume you all have heard of this internets thing. It turned out that Asobi Seksu is a musical band, and their name means "Playful Sex." I laughed so hard that I fell ass-backwards off my stack o' bricks. That was the funniest thing I heard until my dog farted.

Well, I smelled that too!

So who doesn't enjoy cute Japanese women and rock music? And if you don't enjoy these things, then you probably hate America with a passion. I'll even go out on a limb and say that you are probably a terrorist. Why can't you just enjoy a cold beer, a slap of the wife, and a refreshing episode of Blue Collar TV? We aren't bigots like we used to be. It's nice to hear some music with gushy, foreign gibberish in it. Take Asobi Seksu, for instance. This New York quartet play eclectic indie pop in the vein of My Bloody Valentine, with vocals in both English and Japanese. See, there's enough proof we can get along with countries!

And hell, they even have a guy name Haji in the band.

It would be anti-American for you not catch this spectacle of assimilation when the diverse kids head out on a gigantic shaft of a fall tour in support of their fruity new effort, Citrus. They're even playing some shows with those fine young fellows Man Man. You can't get anymore American than that!

I'm gonna go get acquainted with Miss Pamela Handerson Lee, if you know what I mean!

Go America!

09.08.06 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.14.06 - Boston, MA - Tufts University #
09.15.06 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
09.16.06 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab
09.17.06 - Ottawa, ONT - Babylon
09.19.06 - Montreal, QC - Green Room @
09.20.06 - Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe
09.21.06 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
09.22.06 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.23.06 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
09.24.06 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
09.26.06 - Calgary, AB - HiFi Club
09.27.06 - Canmore, AB Canmore Hotel
09.28.06 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
09.29.06 - Anacortes, WA - Department of Safety
09.30.06 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey %
10.01.06 - Portland, OR - Holocene %
10.04.06 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Attic%
10.05.06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar %
10.06.06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo %
10.07.06 - San Diego, CA - Beauty Bar
10.10.06 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
10.11.06 - Albuquerque, NM - House Show
10.12.06 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10.15.06 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio, Radio
10.16.06 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
10.18.06 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.19.06 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.20.06 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
10.21.06 - Durham, NC - Troika Festival
11.11.06 - San Francisco, CA - Riott Festival at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

* with Serena Maneesh
# with Man Man
@ with Dengue Fever
% with Darker My Love

Guys, I’ve Got THE Sweetest Thing To Tell You! Remember However Long Ago, When Those Blogs Were Putting Up Special Christmas-Themed Sufj- What? Who Told You? Damnit. Well, Guess We’re Done Here. See You Tomorrow.

Tracklisting for Noel: Songs for Christmas, Vol. I:

1. Silent Night
2. O Come O Come Emmanuel
3. We're Goin' to the Country!
4. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
5. It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!
6. Holy Holy, etc.
7. Amazing Grace

Hark!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. II:

1. Angels We Have Heard on High
2. Put the Lights on the Tree
3. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
4. I Saw Three Ships
5. Only at Christmas Time
6. Once in Royal David's City
7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
8. What Child Is This Anyway?
9. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III:

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Come On! let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!
3. We Three Kings
4. O Holy Night
5. That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!
6. Ding! Dong!
7. All the King's Horns
8. The Friendly Beasts

Joy: Songs for Christmas, Vol. IV:

1. The Little Drummer Boy
2. Away in a Manger
3. Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
4. The First Noel
5. Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)
6. The Incarnation
7. Joy to the World

Peace: Songs for Christmas, Vol. V:

1. Once in Royal David's City
2. Get Behind Me, Santa!
3. Jingle Bells
4. Christmas in July
5. Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming
6. Jupiter Winter
7. Sister Winter
8. O Come O Come Emmanuel
9. Star of Wonder
10. Holy, Holy, Holy
11. The Winter Solstice

Hey, sorry, forgot my hat. I'll be out of your hair in a second. Oh, by the way, you already heard about- Yeah. Exactly. Just checking. G'night:

09.11.06 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #
09.15.06 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater #
09.16.06 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater #
09.19.06 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues #
09.20.06 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater #
09.21.06 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall #
09.23.06 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Theater #
09.24.06 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant #
09.25.06 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater #
09.26.06 - Chicago, IL - Riviera #
09.28.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre #
09.29.06 - New York, NY - Town Hall #
09.30.06 - New York, NY - Town Hall #
10.01.06 - New York, NY - Town Hall #
10.09.06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #
10.10.06 - Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall #
10.11.06 - Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall #
10.13.06 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom #
10.14.06 - Vancouver, British Columbia - St. Andrew's Cathedral #
10.15.06 - Seattle, WA - Paramount #
11.01.06 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
11.02.06 - Manchester, England - Academy 2
11.03.06 - London, England - Barbican
11.05.06 - Ghent, Belgium - Voorhuit
11.07.06 - Barcelona, Spain - Casino L'Allanca
11.09.06 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
11.10.06 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria
11.11.06 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
11.12.06 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.14.06 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.15.06 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
11.16.06 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Frikirkjan Church
11.17.06 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Frikirkjan Church

# w/ My Brightest Diamond