The circus is in town… or something: The Intelligence tour with King Tuff

The circus is in town... or something: The Intelligence tour with King Tuff

The Intelligence have relocated from Seattle to the sweat-filled dream factory that is Los Angeles (seriously, it’s hot here right now, and we don’t have AC), and so mastermind/garage rock wizard Lars Finberg (ex-The A-Frames, now-Thee Oh Sees and Wounded Lion) has put together a brand new City of Angels band lineup, and like a denim-jacket (or possibly leather, I dunno what they like) becloaked (it’s a word NOW, deal with it) P.T Barnum, Finberg’s taking his show on the road to perform daring rock ‘n’ roll feats in order to promote the band’s recent In the Red Records release, Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me. Audiences from Denver to San Diego will spend the fall The Intelligence tour oohing and aahing and clutching their pearls and their daughters.

The Intelligence have been together since 1999, and with a few handfuls’ worth of singles, splits, EPs, and albums to their name, the band has spent quite a bit of time together. And so on this latest album, Mr. Finberg’s got the Seattle lineup playing some tracks and the Los Angeles lineup playing some tracks. Yes, there are two different lineups. How baller is that? And there are even tracks that’ s just our pal Lars doing songs on his own. WHAT ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING TO?!?!? You just don’t know. Don’t trip out, though, it’s all cool. It’s all The Intelligence. The Intelligence, in whatever incarnation Finberg rustles onto the circus train, are touring with King Tuff, as well as playing a date or two here and there with the likes of Mike Watt, footballs, Poor Moon, and Man or Astroman?.

10.04.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
10.06.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
10.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.09.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10.10.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.11.12 - Detroit, MI - The Lager House
10.12.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.13.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Montore
10.14.12 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
10.15.12 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
10.18.12 - New York, NY - CMJ
10.19.12 - New York, NY - CMJ
10.20.12 - Providence, RI - AS220
10.21.12 - Purchase, NY - Whitson’s
10.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.23.12 - Washington, DC- Black Cat (backstage)
10.24.12 - - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse
10.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
10.26.12 - St. Augustine, FL - Nobby’s
10.28.12 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
10.30.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Retrofit Records
10.31.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
11.01.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11.02.12 - Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
11.05.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits
11.06.12 - Tucson, AZ - Topaz Tundra
11.07.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
11.08.12 - San Diego, CA - The Griffin

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Google censors The Pirate Bay, stealing it from the public in a fashion similar to a pirate

Like you, when I hear the word “pirate” I think of someone using censorship (mostly because the word “ship” is in there, but I don’t know, I’m on a lot of painkillers). Sure Google is cool because it turns into a Moog every once in a Bob Moog birthday, but God-Ra (my name for the god-like Mothra creature I just conjured in my mind) knows that Dogpile is the shit.

Unfortunately, Google controls all and also decides to censor certain words that can be detected by the Autocomplete and Instant features. For example, if you type in “peni,” “clown por,” or even “mantittyfuc,” the Autocomplete feature doesn’t even show the obvious results. Interesting, right?

Wrong! It is interesting. Even more intriguing is how, since January, Google has censored “piracy-related” terms, such as “Megaupload,” “Rapidshare,” “BitTorrent,” and more, thus aligning the massive company with the never-ending political debate. Now you can also add “The Pirate Bay” torrent site to the blacklist, including iterations of “thepirate,” “,” “” — all of which will not appear as a suggested search in Google.

Clearly, this underhanded attempt helps to drop search results, and Google no longer has a guilty conscience about planting the suggestive seed of piracy. Will users really be deterred from The Pirate Bay? I really have no idea, which is why I Googled that last question — 3,130,000 results.

Note: I also used Google to see if Dogpile was still a running search engine. It is!

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Andy Stott’s problems are Luxury Problems, new album due in October

A spaceship sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Inside, electronics break, and Andy Stott knows how they sound in slow motion. He strung the sounds together on last year’s EPs, We Stay Together and Passed Me By.

What about Luxury Problems, Stott’s new album on Modern Love? According to FACT, Stott has invited Alison Skidmore to record live vocals (a Stott first!), so we can probably expect something slightly different. But what won’t be different is the care that Modern Love will bring to its packaging, which will come as a six-panel Digifile CD and gatefold 2xLP. Can’t wait.

Luxury Problems is due October 29 via Modern Love.


01. Numb
02. Lost and Found
03. Sleepless
04. Hatch the plan
05. Expecting
06. Luxury problems
07. Up the box
08. Leaving

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The Weeknd signs to Universal sublabel, announces Trilogy, and quickly gets back to singing the clothes off of people

Music for love-making sounds so much sweeter when it’s backed by the burly (if not blood-stained) hands of a major record label, doesn’t it? Don’t answer that — just assume that’s the case for the sake of this particular article, okay?

In this instance, the envoy of said music-for-love-making is Abel Tesfaye a.k.a. The Weeknd, who, last year, almost single-handedly inspired flashbacks to the 90s, when traditional R&B artists actually enjoyed sustained popularity. The Weeknd’s three albums/mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday (TMT Review), and Echoes of Silence, all received a rather astounding degree of attention — astounding not because they were undeserving, but because they were all limited to digital downloads via The Weeknd’s website.

Naturally, that kind of musical appeal doesn’t often go unnoticed, which is why The Weeknd has since signed with Universal Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Just announced, his first release on the label will be the aptly-named Trilogy, which will include mixed and mastered versions of all of the aforementioned mixtapes, alongside unreleased material. It comes out November 13, which is just in time for some Thanksgiving ugly bumpin’. And no, I most definitely do not mean with the turkey. Sickos.

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Addison Groove announces new label, Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray

Are we sure that Oprah Winfrey officially ended her talk show in 2011? Because it seems as though someone is giving away free record labels. “YOU get a record label! And YOU get record label! And YOU, and YOU… ” This isn’t a huge stretch from what actually seems to be occurring right now.

Add Bristolian producer Addison Groove a.k.a. Antony Williams (a.k.a. Headhunter) to the list of those idealistically trying their hand at record label-ing. His new label is called Lost in Translation, and whether or not future releases follow the same prescription, the first 12-inch EP, Audioporn, featuring Chesus and The Organ Grinder, seems to reside firmly in house territory. You can preview it here:

I’d link you to Lost in Translation’s website, but it doesn’t seem to exist yet, as spontaneously-borne as the label appears to have been. I’ve previously remarked at how difficult it is to start and maintain a successful record label. I’d like to formally retract the former part of that statement.

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Charles Manson releases album of unreleased material; “Most people won’t like it,” says person who released it

According to a recent L.A. Times article, a new vinyl of unreleased music by Charles Manson (yes, this Charles Manson) has already hit the shelves and, according to the man who put out the record, Manuel Vasquez, it has “sold about 200” copies to people weird enough to enjoy music made by a psychotic cult leader.

Vasquez, who turned to a friend of Manson’s to secure the tapes that he recorded at a prison medical facility, used Kickstarter to press and release 500 copies of the album. Vasquez, not a professional publicist, says the music has a “nasal, bluesy folk music-like sound,” and “[m]ost people won’t like it. It probably requires an acquired taste.” In addition to the novelty of owning music made by a guy with a swastika tattooed on his face, fans can look forward to the fact that none of this music has ever been released on any of the already released albums by Manson, which number around 20. The album, available now, exclusively, at Vasquez’s L.A. area store Beauty Is Pain Boutique (road trip!!), also features artwork by Manson.

For those of you unaware of who Charles Manson is or anything related to the 1969 murders for which he is associated and incarcerated, then I refer you to this video.