Spotify finally announces US launch; bring on the trumpets!!

Spotify finally announces US launch; bring on the trumpets!!

So some of you, having pockets filled with money (or just sheer luck), may have gone hopping on the old continent we call Europe in recent years and discovered a certain service called Spotify. Your friends in Sweden and the Home Islands and France are all buzzing about how awesome the service is. Unlike, say, that slothy grouch they call Pandora, Spotify allows you to listen to whatever track you want, free of charge. Furthermore, finding new music was made easy and quick, and there were a boatload of other features that kept Eurofans (and Zucks Marquise) swooning.

However, an American launch always seemed far away. There would be a mention here or there, and then someone would get fired for mentioning a launch date that passed with not a word. The hang up had always been that cantankerous lot known as the major labels, with licensing deals and all that cal.

But no more. Today, while Zucks was announcing the merger of Facebook chat with Skype (another brilliant European invention… where have we been? Oh right, jets) Spotify announced the imminent US launch of the service. No official date has been set, but the site offers invites, and the fact that they announced on their site means it’s likely to be soon-ish. CNET reports that the service will remain similar to the European version.

What remains to be seen is whether the labels we at TMT champion (Social Registry, Merge, etc.) will get a fair share of the Spotify cake, or will get screwed over by the majors like in the EU. But surely you don’t care about that… right?

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Matador Records sign Ceremony, still working on deals for Ritual and Celebratory Observation

Perpetuating their image as a record label, Matador have announced their signing Bay-area based hardcore band Ceremony to a record deal with an astounding 19-album minimum.* Ceremony (not to be confused with Chastity Bono’s band of the same name) have already released three non-Matador issued albums, but it was the band’s most recent album, 2010’s Rohnert Park,that truly caught Matador’s attention; the label claims that after hearing it, they sat in dark rooms and asked themselves: “Can you imagine what these guys will do next?”

Head honchos at Matador quickly decided that what the band should do next is release an album on their label. After news of the signing was made public, the band had this to say in my head: “The new album, slated for release in 2012, is surely going to be our best album, we really believe in forward progress, you know? Plus, it’ll be the best album that Matador has EVER released, we promise. Sorry to dethrone you, past champion Planet of the Wolves by Guitar Wolf.”

If you can’t wait ‘til 2012, then pick up the band’s last release for former label, Bridge 9, a six-song 12-inch EP/CD called Covers where the band make like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and cover some of their favorite tunes, then go see them in concert!

* not really

Ceremony 2011 tourdates:

07.22.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Sound And Fury Festival
07.24.11 - Rokycany, Czech Republic - Fluff Fest
07.25.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
07.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
07.27.11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Juha West
07.28.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo Werk 21
07.29.11 - Koln, Germany - Underground
07.30.11 - Mol, Belgium - Breakout Fest
08.01.11 - Hannover, Germany - Bei Chez Heinz
08.02.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
08.03.11 - Berlin, Germany - Hafenklang
08.04.11 - Fredericia, Denmark - Fredericia Hardcore Festival
08.05.11 - Leisnig, Denmark - Sucks’n’Summer
08.06.11 - Brugge, Belgium - JH Comma
08.08.11 - Port Lympne, UK - Hevy Fest

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Pitchfork makes sure Paris has a bon hiver with a new festival curated in part by Bon Iver

Things I learned today:

1) Do not accidentally click on instead of ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE AT WORK.
2) Paris just got a little bit more awesome.
3) Pitchfork just got a little bit more awesome.

And it’s all because Pitchfork announced on Friday their PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL PARIS!!!!

After six magical years in Chicago, the Pitchfork Music Festival is ready to conquer Europe. Chicago will still remain the proud base of the US festival, but come autumn our European friends will be able to experience the joy, the fun, the Twitter frenzy that is the Pitchfork Music Festival. Now, those of you in the know (or like, in Spain or the UK) may already be aware of the venerable music blog’s concert collabos with Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival and England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. But this new festival is a whole new ballgame.

Pitchfork has teamed up with French agency SUPER! to make sure the festival is 100% fantastique. Pitchfork Paris will go down at La Grande Halle de la Villette, a fancy schmancy venue in the city’s largest cultural park. Over October 28-29, La Grande Halle will play host to over 20 bands and DJs, including the appropriately Frenchish-monikered Bon Iver, who will curate a stage on October 29.

The full lineup will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but so far Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Kathleen Edwards, and Pantha du Prince have been confirmed, in addition to Bon Iver.

Fest dates:

10.28-29.11 - Paris, France - La Grande Halle de la Villette

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Grandaddy reissue The Sophtware Slump now that the slump applies to everything

In the distant past of the year 2000, a band named Grandaddy released The Sophtware Slump, which depicted the untimely fall of technology (“sophtware”?) and also the broken hearts that would occur. The reminiscent synth-looping sounds of this oldie band will be unearthed once again with a reissue of the album on August 22 through Universal/V2… overseas, that is.

The two-disc album, including B-sides, unreleased tracks, and demos, comes at a time when starving artists, such as Björk and Radiohead, must adapt to technological movements like mobile apps and digital releases in order to remain relevant. According to Pitchfork, Grandaddy has the balls to go even more old school with vinyl reissues of their first three albums — Under the Western Freeway, The Sophtware Slump, and Sumday — via The Control Group on July 19 in the US. What’s a vinyl?

Obviously, this band is stuck in the past and doesn’t care what the people want. Where’s the interactive 3D Blu-Ray? The Grandpa’s are even re-releasing old merchandise (corncob pipes, whizzer-jazzers, etc.) on their website. Perhaps our grandparents might appreciate this nostalgia, but us youngsters will stick to the Internet Super Highway, thanks!

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Dum Dum Girls are done getting high, now just falling asleep: Only in Dreams out in September, world tour to follow

It was the 90s. Weezer’s Blue Album was out and I was obsessed with “Only in Dreams,” that eight-minute-long closing track with the easiest — and most satisfying — riff since “Come As You Are.” I remember sitting at home, playing that line along with the CD and thinking, if only there were a girl version of Weezer, some similar female incarnation that I could really sing along to, without changing pronouns or getting out of range (remember, I was young and hadn’t yet done much investigating outside of The Pretenders and Blondie). Years later, Dum Dum Girls have fulfilled my wish: their new album, Only in Dreams, is coming out September 27 from Sub Pop.

Now, okay, there’s not really any coherent link between River Cuomo’s reverie and Dum Dum Girls’. Dee Dee makes no mention of him when describing their sophomore full-length, only that, “The first record was basically the first songs I’d ever written, and I was thinking nostalgically about being a teenager. This record, it was pretty much impossible not to write about very recent, very real things.” If you knew nothing about the songs, the reality of those things might seem a bit suspect given the oneiric nature of the title, but they do in fact cover extremely personal matters — most notably, the death of Dee Dee’s mother last fall. This time around, though, Dee Dee’s not the only girl in the spotlight: all four members of the group purportedly sing on the forthcoming record.

Richard Gottehrer, who produced 2010’s debut I Will Be, did the honors again for Only in Dreams, along with The Raveonette’s Sune Rose Wagner (the two of them also worked together on the EP He Gets Me High). To make their credits even more illustrious, Dum Dum Girls recorded the album at Josh Homme’s (yes, that Josh Homme) Pink Duck Studios, which looks like it would be pretty fun if this video tour is any indication of the experience. Check out the tracklisting below, and then check out the newly announced giant world tour, where Dee Dee and her husband Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) finally get to be together on the road!

Only in Dreams:

01. Always Looking
02. Bedroom Eyes
03. Just a Creep
04. In My Head
05. Heartbeat
06. Caught in One
07. Coming Down
08. Wasted Away
09. Teardrops on My Pillow
10. Hold Your Hand


07.12.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
07.13.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
07.15.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.16.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Rock n Coke Festival
08.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction
10.01.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah $
10.02.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar $
10.03.11 - Hollywood, CA - Troubadour $
10.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $
10.07.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $
10.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl $
10.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos $
10.12.11 - St. Paul MN - Turf Club $
10.13.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
10.15.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick $
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace $
10.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore $
10.19.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise $
10.21.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $#
10.22.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat $#
10.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer $#
10.24.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s $#
11.03.11 - Berlin, Germany - FESTSAAL
11.04.11 - Cologne, Germany - MTC
11.05.11 - Lyon, France - Le Clacson (Tinnitus Festival)
11.08.11 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
11.09.11 - Roubaix Lille, France - La Cave aux Poètes
11.10.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.11.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - London Calling
11.13.11 - Manchester, UK - FAC251
11.14.11 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
11.15.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
11.16.11 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
11.17.11 - London, UK - University of London Union

$ Crocodiles
# Royal Baths

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Radiohead drummer Phil Selway surpasses Thom Yorke as the most popular member of Radiohead with the release of Running Blind EP, says anonymous source

Our source is correct. Yes, Phil Selway has overtaken the position currently held by Thom Yorke and previously held by Jonny Greenwood as the most popular member of Radiohead. The reason for this surprising surge in popularity was further analyzed by our anonymous source thusly: “The rise in popularity is a two-headed beast; firstly, Selway has a new EP, Running Blind, set for release on July 25 in the UK, and secondly, Phillip has also opened a new theme park, DrumLandPhilFun, that children across Europe all desperately want to visit so that they can ride the new combination rollercoaster/water-slide High and Dry.”

The new EP, a follow-up to last year’s Familial, is comprised of four songs originally intended for Familial but left off because Selway thought they were good enough (and special enough) to deserve their own seperate release. The tracks, reworked while on tour and re-recorded with a full band, are expected to boost Selway’s newfound popularity to even more spectacular heights.

“Selway’s new fame is exciting and invigorating,” said our source, “I only expect it to rise and rise and rise, until Thom releases a new album, a new photo, or a new blog post.” North American release information is still forthcoming, but everyone can check out the title track here.

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