Ted Leo Announces Brutal New LP, Considers Ripping A Swine In Half To Celebrate, Rips Soy-Based Swine Substitute In Half Instead

Ted Leo, patron saint of hooky guitar-pop, has the worst luck with labels. The guy released three LPs on legendary pop-punk label Lookout Records, then the label got in all kinds of legal trouble. Jumping over to legendary Chicago punk label Touch and Go probably seemed like a stable move, until that label went belly up. Jeez! Thankfully, the man has once again found himself in the employ of a legendary label, that being Matador this time around. Which is great and all, but, um, please don’t kill Matador, Ted.

Even if Leo does turn out to be the record label reaper the third time around, he’ll at least be able to put out his new record, The Brutalist Bricks, out on Matador. The new collection will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats on March 9. Do you like yellow and/or bees? Then check out the album’s cover. Do you like songs? Then check out “Even Heroes Have To Die,” the first released song from the record. Do you like seeing Leo’s shining visage in real life? Then good news: he’s touring in December

12.02.09 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
12.03.09 – Washington DC – The Black Cat
12.05.09 – Cambridge MA – Middle East
12.06.09 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom (sold out)
12.10.09 – Madrid, Spain – Primavera Club ‘09
12.11.09 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Club ‘09
12.12.09 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Club ‘09
12.14.09 – Brighton, UK – Engine Room (with Dillinger Four + Hard Skin) *
12.15.09 - Canterbury, UK – Bramleys *
12.16.09 – London, UK – Brixton Windmill *
12.17.09 – Kingston, UK – New Slang *
12.18.09 – London, UK – Grosvenor (with Wat Tyler) *

* solo dates

Oh shit! Dateline: Barcelona or whatever! Get yer ya-yas out! Annie, get your gun! Get back to where you once belonged! Get Smart! Get up, get-on-up, stay on the scene like a sex machine! Yes, dudes and dudettes; major league butt-kicking is back in town! Primavera 2010 is about to take out a ruler and, you know, rule the fuck out of all those other two-bit spring and summer side-shows that call themselves big, outdoor fests. After already handing Perry Farrell's own Ben Stiller-lookin’ ass on a platter with the announcement of Pavement and Pixies headlining shows, Primavera is taking things up another few notches with their first batch of confirmed artists at the 10th annual fest, which will take place May 27-29, 2010.

Sure, some of the choices were easy enough for the Primavera organizers in Barcelona. Panda Bear? He already hangs out over in Lisbon, so he’s like right across the street. Wilco? Well, they’ve been dressing like a Hispanic Mariachi band for at least the past year or so. The Fall? What’s a better icebreaker than fans from all over the world gathering in Barcelona to muse about a band called “The Fall” playing at a festival named after the spring? It’s the ultimate Dad Joke.

For bands like The New Pornographers, The XX, Wild Beasts, The Antlers, Dum Dum Girls, and Delorean, however, the jokes, puns, and tenuous semantic associations become a little bit more difficult. But hey, that’s why I’m a capital-J Journalist, man. When I’m out of jokes, I just end the story and cut to the stats. And you know what? I make it seamless. This is a skill, folks. You have to earn this kind of power. LATER.

Complete Confirmed Artists as of November 30:

The Antlers, The Bloody Beetroots, Camarón: La Leyenda Del Tiempo 30 Años Después (Duquende and Chicuelo amongst others), Delorean, Dum Dum Girls, The Fall, Ganglians, Here We Go Magic, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Joker featuring Nomad, The New Pornographers, Panda Bear, Pavement, Pixies, Wilco, Wild Beasts and The XX.

Tickets are on sale NOW via Ticketmaster, the CD Drome shops, RIFT shops, Seetickets UK, Fnac France and through PayPal on the fest’s website.

European Commission Says No to Three Strikes without Judicial Oversight

As previously reported by TMT, the European Union ain't taking no shit from internet-denyin' heads of government. Now they've told Spain's authorities that "measures that allow for the disruption of Internet access without a fair hearing before a judge, are certain to clash with the European Union."

These words were spoken by Vivane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, in response to Spain's proposals to block internet access indiscriminately. She also argued that "disconnections may even run counter to the rights and freedoms which have become part of Europe’s values since the French Revolution.'"

Comrade Obama might like to be reminded of another revolution when considering his own ideas to tackle online pirates. America did not fight a bloody war with the British to have its citizens hand over their health care, SUVs, and internet access to the government.

Spencer Krug Goes Solo As Moonface, Announces Debut EP

How many projects is too many projects? If you’re Bob Pollard, trick question: there’s no such thing. If you’re most musicians, one or two should be enough. If you’re Spencer Krug, the answer lies somewhere between the range of “Bob Pollard” and “most musicians.” Indeed, the man splits his time between quite a few endeavors (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Wolf Eyes?, etc etc.) and he’s about to split in a little bit more, as he launches a solo project by the name of Moonface.

Krug is making his Moonface debut with the awesomely titled Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums. Jagjaguwar will release the EP January 26 both digitally and as a one-sided 12-inch vinyl. Sorry, Spencer Krug obsessive with only an old boombox: you must shed bitter, bitter tears. However, you can still enjoy the dream journal that will be packaged with the vinyl! The dream journal will also be included with some of the digital downloads, though it has not been specified what exactly “some” constitutes.

Incidentally, Sunset Rubdown released an EP by the title of Introducing Moonface earlier this year. Whether the new project ties in with this release at all is currently unclear.

Spoon Help a Robot Get Its Groove Back, Head Out on Winter Tour, Release LP A Week Early

Spoon are on the move again, bringing their Can-influenced indie rock to select cities in Europe and the US. They’ll be repping their upcoming release Transference (TMT News), which comes out January 18 on ANTI- for our European friends and January 19 on Merge Records here in the States (note the new release dates).

At this point, details about further dates are scant, so I thought I’d provide you with the following gem of information related to one of the group’s more recent albums, Gimme Fiction. It’s gleaned from America’s favorite news source, Wikipedia:

"Don't You Evah" and "I Turn My Camera On" have become popular on YouTube as dance soundtracks for the Japanese robot Keepon, accumulating over two million hits.

Did you hear that? A ROBOT!!!! A robot who loves dancing to Spoon. If a non-sentient "being" can get down with these rock jams, you know these guys put on a good show.
12.03.09 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
12.04.09 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre*
12.11.09 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom**
12.12.09 - La Jolla, CA - RIMAC Arena***
12.31.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre****
02.14.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
02.15.09 - Manchester, England - Academy 3
02.16.09 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
02.18.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.19.09 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
02.20.09 - Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club


*Phoenix, Passion Pit

**Black Joe Lewis

***Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, White Rabbits, Manchester Orchestra

****Jay Reatard

The Muslims — err, The Soft Pack — Announce Debut Album for 2010

Maybe you remember The Soft Pack from when they were called The Muslims. Or maybe you saw them open for The Breeders or play CMJ last year. Either way, the newly named band has announced the release of their debut self-titled album, due out on February 2, 2010 from Kemado Records. You can preorder it now from Insound, or you can just miss out on everything fun.

The Soft Pack tracklisting:

1. C’mon
2. Down on Loving
3. Answer to Yourself
4. Move Along
5. Pull Out
6. More or Less
7. Tides of Time
8. Flammable
9. Mexico
10. Parasites

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