Surfer Blood sign to Warner Bros., stand in front of colored backdrops, officially morph into Weezer

Surfer Blood sign to Warner Bros., stand in front of colored backdrops, officially morph into Weezer

Surfer Blood: they’re the new Weezer! At least, that’s what nearly every positive review of their debut record Astrocoast claims. But you can’t be the new Weezer without a major label deal (or can you?), so, lo and behold, Surfer Blood are signing to Warner Bros. Before they make the jump for real, they’ll be releasing one last EP for current label Kanine, due sometime next year. Granted, that won’t be the last of their partnership with Kanine, as their next full-length will be released by Warner Bros. in conjunction with Surfer Blood’s current label. One can only expect (hope?) that that second record will be a brilliant, commercially unsuccessful record centering around a song detailing singer John Paul Pitts’s infatuation with a, say, Korean fan. Then the band will disappear for several years and, well, let’s not worry about what happens after that. Also, some Spike Jonze videos somewhere in the mix.

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Swedish man busted for sharing 6,000 audio files — just 6,000?

You’re sitting at your desk, finally positioned with a cup of tea and the episode of Mad Men that took forever to download. It’s dusk, and the glow of the laptop screen casts a bright hue across the dim room. Suddenly, bright halogen lights flood through the windows, the curtains billowing inwards as a violent gust accompanies the unexpected illumination. Wagner blasts from outside (maybe “Carmina Burana,” if those Valkyrie chicks are too cliché). Glass shatters, as men in the unmistakable black uniform of authority drop onto the carpet, their eyes instantly focusing on the laptop in front of you.

Such is what I imagine happened in Sweden recently, when police went on a good ol’ fashioned raid in central Sweden after getting wind of an alleged “pirate network.” I’m not sure how Scandinavian raids work since the decline of the Vikings (especially when the tipoff comes from places like IFPI), but I like to think it’s a variation of the Simpsons scene where Mr. Burns thinks he’s finally tracked down Homer’s mother.

A pirate, you say? Sounds familiar these days. The culprit, a man from outside Österlund, is suspected to have shared a whopping 6,000 audio tracks on the internet (which may pale in comparison to your library of 12,000, but hey, who’s the one getting caught?). While there are plenty of Swedes who actively download and share music — we all know about The Pirate Bay, for example — those, like the man arrested, who use Direct Connect, often end up sharing their entire collections. By doing so, they provide much more hard evidence than people who use BitTorrent.

If convicted, the unfortunate man who presumably helped propagate The Knife and Peter Bjorn and John could be sent to prison at worst, or at least receive fines or a suspended sentence. His “computer media” was confiscated, according to prosecutor Henrik Rasmussen, leaving him without a computer and, worse, without music. Let this be a lesson to you: don’t use Direct Connect, and don’t believe that the Swedish get away with everything.

Iron and Wine announce Kiss Each Other Clean in a soft, feathery, doe-eyed, beard-wispy, heather-grey voice

When last we officially shilled for Sam Beam and his revolving pack of pals that make up the indie-folk pillow fort Iron and Wine, they were sicking The Shepherd’s Dog on us (TMT Review), a relatively rollicking and oh-so-sweetly fucked-up departure from Beam’s earlier solo bedroom folk. Beam’s trademark mouth-full-of-marshmallows was still on full display, but those ‘mallows were nicely toasted by Brian Deck’s earthy, dense, and impeccable studio productions. Then, after making all of the post-album rounds, a couple of years went by, and we all just kind of assumed that Beam had returned to his day job of Bee Husbandry or Light House Keeping or something. There were a few shows and an old rarities collection, but for the most part, our folk hero was nowhere to be found.

But now, hold everything. Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah, and he looks an awful lot like Sam Beam. That’s right, as Pitchfork reports, he and his cohorts are back with a new album titled Kiss Each Other Clean, which is due in early 2011, presumably for Sub Pop?

Beam is currently in Europe finishing up a few full-band gigs, after which he will return to the US to play a few acoustic shows around the Midwest (where else?). And odds are probably pretty good that he’ll be showing off a few new tunes at these gigs! Finally we can stop wearing out the Nick Drake and suffering through Conor Oberst’s awkward attempt at cool folk. Whew. Thanks, Sam.


09.10.10 - Mainz, Germany - 3Sat Festival
09.11.10 - Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09.12.10 - Leeds, England - Howard Assembly Room
09.14.10 - London, England - Union Chapel
09.15.10 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Zakk
09.16.10 - Zürich, Switzerland - El Lokal
09.17.10 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
09.18.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root Festival
10.12.10 - Iowa City, IA - IMU Main Lounge
10.13.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10.14.10 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University

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Let’s get metaphysical, physical: Celebration release Electric Tarot project

Oh man, you guys have no idea what an effort it has taken me to not start this story off with some asinine phrase like “Celebration are laying their cards on the table with this new release” or “Let’s get metaphysical” or some other crap like… oh, too late, I guess. Sorry. Seriously. A commercial took over my body and started typing slogans. Celebration’s Electric Tarot project is one of the cooler things I’ve heard about in recent memory, and it deserves better. (I can’t say coolEST, because those little frogs that live in pitcher plants are pretty amazing, you can’t deny that.)

The thing is, Celebration has left 4AD and hooked up with Baltimore’s Friends Records to release nine free digital tracks over the course of the year that will be compiled near the end of 2010 into a free digital LP and a not-free physical LP entitled Hello Paradise. Each song of this Electric Tarot project represents a different card in the deck. (Every time I read that it blows my mind again. Tarot + Celebration = AMAZING.) Friends Records also plans on releasing cassettes with material from Celebration, although info on tape release dates has not yet been announced.

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David Bowie says: “Buy Station to Station again, and I’ll bring back Tin Machine”

Bowie’s back from space with another glorious reissue of one of his albums; this time around, it’s his 10th studio album, Station to Station, which’ll be loaded up with extras and sent to stores everywhere, care of EMI. However, the twist is that Bowie, who’s been exploring the outer reaches of space in an attempt to prove that no woman in the universe is more beautiful than his wife, Iman, needs cash to buy astronaut food and has promised all of his fans that if they all buy the album, he’ll resurrect late-80s/early-90s band Tin Machine as a reward! Although no one but Bowie seems too excited about the proposed resurrection of Bowie’s band (who charted with “Under the God”), they are excited for the reissue!

If YOU’RE interested, well then you should know that you can get it on September 28, and that it’ll be available in a 3CD version (with a booklet and photos and a recording of the famed 1976 concert at Nassau, Coliseum) or in a “Packed Full of Stuff” version that includes the original album, the Nassau concert, unreleased songs, 3 LPs of the CD material, a DVD, a massive booklet, a poster, and tons of other stuff that any real fan needs.

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Broken Social Scene reissues early EPs, ruins your totally cool trivia

I can picture it now. You’re at a party talking up this hipster chick/dude. Someone puts on Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It In People, track two rolls around, and you drop your bomb: “Hey, you know this song, ‘KC Accidental’? Yeah, that was totally the name of Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin’s band before they were Broken Social Scene.” Then you might make up some story how you saw them with three other people in the back of a taco restaurant. S/he swoons, and the rest is history.

But the jig’s up now! On October 26, Arts & Crafts will reissue the group’s two self-released EPs, Captured Anthems for an Empty Bathtub and Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills, in one package under the creative title of… Captured Anthems for an Empty Bathtub // Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills. The record will be available in double-CD, double-LP, and digital formats.

If you’re new to Broken Social Scene, these KC Accidental EPs might be a bit different than the slick Forgiveness Rock Record (TMT Review) jams you’re used to. Both EPs were recorded using a reel-to-reel 8 track and a DA88 in the glamorous respective settings of Drew’s bedroom and a friend’s living room. While the first EP was created almost solely by Drew and Spearin (with trumpet parts played by Metric/Broken Social Scene member Jimmy Shaw), the second EP features contributions from a lineup of future Broken Social Scene superstars: horns by the aforementioned Shaw and Stars’ Evan Cranley, bass by Jason Collett on one track, drums by Justin Peroff on two songs, and a duet between Drew and Metric’s Emily Haines.

By the way, if you’d like to see a bunch of those people in their new-fangled Broken Social Scene group, they’re currently on tour.

Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub // Anthems For The Could’ve Bin Pills tracklist:

01. Nancy and the Girdle Boy
02. Something for Chicago
03. Anorexic He-man
04. Save the Last Breath for Me
05. Kev’s Message for Charlie
06. Tired Hands
07. Instrumental Died in the Bathtub and Took the Daydreams With It
08. Residential Love Song
09. Silverfish Eyelashes
10. Ruined in 84
11. Them (Pop Song #3333)
12. Is and of The

Broken Social Scene dates:

09.10.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.11.10 - Richmond, VA - The National
09.13.10 - Washington, DC - The Warner Theatre
09.14.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
09.18.10 - New York, NY - Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
09.20.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
09.21.10 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
09.22.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09.24.10 - Ithaca, NY - State Theater
09.25.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Hall
10.01.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
10.02.10 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera
10.03.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.06.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theater
10.07.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Odeon Events Centre
10.08.10 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
10.09.10 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
10.10.10 - Kelowna, BC - Community Theatre
10.12.10 - Victoria, BC - Element
10.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom

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