Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks announce fall tour; Bob Nastanovich announces day job

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Man, I love me some “Gold Soundz” as much as the next guy, but thank god that abysmal Pavement reunion is over. And don’t pretend like I’m out of line and just not a big enough Pavement fan to have “realized the significance” and blah blah blah. No. You know I’m right. That shit sucked. Plus, now Malkmus can get back to doing what he most loves to do: confounding people’s expectations left and right with all of his pretty-spotty-but-still-generally-cool-and-interesting Jicks records. In fact, I hear there’s a new one coming out soon. Why don’t you tell us all about it in ‘graph 2, Nobodaddy?

Hey, thanks Nobodaddy, and welcome back folks! Okay, the new Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks record, Mirror Traffic, is hitting streets in the UK on August 22 via Domino and August 23 in the US via Matador. And after you’ve had a few weeks to learn all of the non sequitor lyrics by heart and master all of the drum fills on your air-drums, the band will hit the road in North America for a month’s worth of theater dates so that you can scream the words and air-drum along with the band to your heart’s content. You know, kinda like Bob Nastanovich.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks dates:

09.20.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
09.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
09.22.11 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
09.23.11 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
09.24.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.26.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.29.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
09.30.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
10.01.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10.02.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.04.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.05.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Earth House
10.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.07.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
10.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.20.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

• Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: http://www.stephenmalkmus.com/
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

SoundCloud receives investment from Ashton Kutcher, and I’m dying to make a Punk’d joke about it

So, yeah. Takin’ the high road on this one. No Punk’d jokes or cougar references or anything. You want to read that low-brow shit, buy one of Mr P’s overpriced books. Meanwhile, like my classy friends over at Billboard tell me, the cloudy, music-sharing-y website SoundCloud (you know, the one that lets people write annoying remarks like “whoaa, fuckin AWESOME!!!!” right on top of the waveform graphic thing?) has just received “an undisclosed amount” from Ashton Kutcher’s venture capital fund, A-Grade Fund. The way it goes down is that Kutcher, along with artist manager/entrepreneur Guy Oseary and billionaire investor Ron Burkle, basically go around throwing stacks of cash, blood diamonds, and editions of Action Comics #1 at whatever cool start-up companies they think might have a shot at hitting it big (for instance, they’ve previously made investments in such startups as non-hotel company Airbnb and non-illegal scalpers SeatGeek).

At the same time, SoundCloud also reported that it has recently surpassed five million users of its puffy, cumulus service, and co-founder Alexander Ljung is all about chalking that growth up to the butterfly effect. “It’s totally awesome to welcome Guy and Ashton into the SoundCloud family, especially this week as we celebrate such a significant user milestone,” he said. “A-Grade are joining our mission to get everyone creating and sharing sound in their everyday lives, and with their knowledge and passion for new technologies and using social media to reach and influence people all over the world, their support will be invaluable.” See? Things we do, like, totally affect the future! Ahhhhhh.

But seriously folks, the growth that SoundCloud is experiencing right now is kind of nuts. Only two months earlier, Ljung apparently reported that the company had just surpassed 4 million users. Even more crazily, it had a measly 1 million in May 2010. EVEN MORE CRAZILY, it blew up from 2 to 3 million in only 97 days. So maybe consider posting the message “congrats SoundCloud Dudez!!!!!” on one of your roommate’s new “sample heavy” loop tracks the next time she shoves one down your throat using SoundCloud.

• SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com
• Ashton Kutcher: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005110

Twin Sister double your pleasure with the release of new LP and summer tour

In the annals of suspenseful horror films, there is no harbinger of evil greater than the presence of twins — girl twins specifically. In the annals of teen literature, there are no greater emissaries of teen angst, shallowness, and 80s hair than the twin sisters of the Sweet Valley High series. (Hey, come on, that one about the haunted carnival was really awesome.) And in the world of indie pop, there is of course, no nouveau-dreampop band with quite the chops, the melodies, the easy haunting vibes of Twin Sister. Doublemint Twins, you ain’t s%@*! Because this summer Twin Sister will double your pleasure and double your fun like never before.

That’s right, the Long Island five-piece is in the news today for the DOUBLE announcement of a forthcoming release and an upcoming summer tour. After the release of two successful EPs, Domino Records have announced that they’ll be sending the group’s first full-length, In Heaven, out to those of us on terra firma come September 27. It’ll be available as a CD, LP, and digital download. If you can’t control your Twin Sisters cravings until fall, well never fear, for the band is already on the road reppin’ their new material. They’ll be playing venues across the US through July, including a stop off at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival.

In Heaven tracklisting:

01. Daniel
02. Stop
03. Bad Street
04. Space Babe
05. Kimmi In a Rice Field
06. Luna’s Theme
07. Spain
08. Gene Ciampi
09. Saturday Sunday
10. Eastern Green

Dates:

06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg [Northside Festival]
07.11.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
07.12.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar *
07.13.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club AE *
07.14.11 - Columbus, OH - The Basement *
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.18.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom **
07.19.11 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo **
07.20.11 - Montreal, QC - II Motore **
07.21.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall **
07.22.11 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall **
07.23.11 - Winooski, VT - Monkey House **

* Wild Nothing
** Lost Boy?

• Twin Sister: http://twinsistermusic.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Seefeel cancels June tour; will we ever see them on this side of the ocean?

Last October, we announced that Seefeel, the London electronic-semi-shoegaze-wtf-post-rock-pop band, were planning to release an album for the first time since 1996. In January, Seefeel came out on Warp, and this summer the group was all set to begin a brief tour in America — for the first time ever. If you live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York, prepare to be disappointed: the tour’s been cancelled.

That’s right: no free show with Cave in Chicago’s Millennium Park, no appearance at the Brooklyn Bowl. Their official statement is as follows (best read with bleeps and bloops added):

Seefeel and Warp are extremely saddened to announce the cancellation of Seefeel’s US tour. Bureaucratic hoop-jumping beyond the band’s control is unfortunately to blame, and the fans will have to suffer for it. Again, we’re so very sorry to disappoint you all with this news and hopefully fans can bear with the band a while longer before the US tour (which they very much want to happen) can occur without any snags.

Bummer, man.

• Seefeel: http://www.myspace.com/seefeelmyspace
• Warp: http://www.warp.net

Sun Ra 30-CD box set coming soon! Need somewhere to store them? Space is the place.

During his brief time on this puny little planet, I presume that experimental jazz overlord Sun Ra had numerous mystical insights into the future, both of music media platforms and of non-recyclable waste disposal. These insights undoubtedly led him to two working predictions: 1) The Compact Disc is going to come back in a HUGE way in 2012. 2) In the future, rather than clutter our bloated landfills, we will simply blast all of our plastic waste products (such as those that result from mass production of physical media) into the heart of the sun on pollution-free rockets powered by “positive vibes.”

Well, hopefully those predictions play out well, because according to a recent post by The Wire, this summer will witness the ponderous release of a THIRTY-DISC CD box set (or perhaps a “crate set”?) of the jazz legend’s music. Details are a little sketchy at the moment, but the collection has been compiled by Michael D. Anderson, current director of the Sun Ra Music Archive, is currently slated for a July release, and is titled (get this) The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1. That’s right: VOLUME ONE, people. Thirty discs is apparently not nearly enough room for you when the whole dang universe is your muse.

The set covers the period 1924-1956, during which time he did everything from playing the piano sideman role to producing and coaching vocal groups to composing, arranging, and conducting his own stuff. In addition to all the music, the set will also contain interviews, audio excerpts, extensive (duh) liner notes, and rare recordings by bands that don’t even contain Sun Ra but that simply influenced the man in his own work. Man, who else is so crazy/influential that they get their favorite songs by other people included on their own career-spanning retrospectives? And again, if you’re worried about having like a thousand CDs cluttering up your life in 2011 like I am, keep in mind that there’s plenty of room for all of our refuse in outer fucking space, a.k.a. Sun’s place.

• Sun Ra Archive: http://sunraarchive.webstarts.com
• Sun Ra Arkestra: http://www.elrarecords.com

Daily dose of schadenfreude: guess how much money iTunes costs Apple per year?

The other day, I was a bit incensed when I went to the grocery store and found that nearly every item on my receipt was just about $3, be it a pound-and-a-half of grapes, a gallon of milk, or “health nut” bread on sale. Everything these days is expensive — but do you know just how expensive things are for Apple?

Recently, Apple released some data revealing the costs of programs like the iTunes store, iPad apps, and all those downloads that you (of course!) purchase legally. The total ran to $1.3 billion per year, not including pizza deliveries and comp’d beer runs for Apple tech staff (probably another couple grand, right?). Here are some more annual Apple statistics, c/o Asympco:

15 billion iTunes song downloads
130 million book downloads
14 billion app downloads
$2.5 billion paid to developers
225 million accounts
425k apps
90k iPad apps
100k game and entertainment titles
50 million game center accounts

Check out the chart of content margins over here (with an economics-for-dummies explanation). And I thought my life was expensive!

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