The Thermals set tour in support of Personal Life

The Thermals set tour in support of Personal Life

Playing in a band is no piece of cake, especially when you’ve been together for as long as The Thermals have. For their latest album, Personal Life, due out on September 7 from Kill Rock Stars (TMT News), the trio found themselves in therapy, working out a few of their own personal issues, Some Kind of Monster style. TMT got the chance to sit down with The Thermals’ therapist and find out the story behind the music. Apparently, newest drummer, Westin Glass, was receiving odd hazing rituals from Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, so much that Personal Life producer Chris Walla had to step in and break things up. Unfortunately, Walla is in Death Cab For Cutie, which makes him a little sensitive by default, so he was no match for Harris and Foster’s ruthless antics. Thankfully, their therapy sessions got The Thermals back on track and Walla’s broken nose healed and all was well. The entire incident is documented thoroughly on Personal Life. Be sure to listen closely for Walla’s whimpering noises in the background.

09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.08.10 - Bend, OR - The Tower Theatre
09.09.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - MusicFest NW
09.12.10 - Portland, OR - Kennedy School
09.25.10 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo @
09.26.10 - Spokane, WA - The Seaside
09.27.10 - Billings, MT - The Railyard Ale House
09.29.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
09.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club %
10.01.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill %
10.02.10 - Madison, WI - The Annex %
10.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10.04.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s %
10.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick %
10.07.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern %
10.08.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom %
10.09.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace %
10.10.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways %
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church %
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza %
10.14.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club %
10.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat %
10.17.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern %
10.19.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt %
10.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In %
10.21.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree %
10.22.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks %
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater %
10.28.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
10.29.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.30.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

@ Japandroids
% Cymbals Eat Guitars

• The Thermals:
• Kill Rock Stars:

[Photo: Alicia J. Rose]

Nite Jewel asks Am I Real?, feel free to reply on her tour

Ramona Gonzalez, better known as Nite Jewel, will be going on a li’l tour across the US in support of her upcoming EP titled Am I Real?, performing alongside a myriad of other artists who you just might know.

Am I Real? is available right now as a digital download on her website and will be released on vinyl via Gloriette Records on August 16. The EP was produced in collaboration with Cole M. Greif-Neill, a former guitarist of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, with the title track featuring the Los Angeles duo Teen Inc.

P.S. A second album is in the works, and is scheduled to be available in the winter of 2011.

Am I Real? tracklisting:

01. Another Horizon
02. We Want Our Things
03. Forget You & I
04. Falling Far
05. White Lies
06. Am I Real? [ft. Teen Inc.]

The fun-sized Nite Jewel tourdates:

07.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
08.09.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
08.10.10 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Cafe Metropolis $
08.11.10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott %
08.12.10 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine &
08.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
08.14.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $

* Memoryhouse, Baths, Kisses
# Violens, Prince Rama
$ The Samps
% Glasser

• Nite Jewel:
• Gloriette Records:

RJD2 brings democracy to the people with fan-created B-side contest

If there’s one musician’s name that is synonymous with the phrase “Democracy in Action,”* it must surely be Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen er, RJD2. The talented producer/instrumentalist just released Inversions of the Colossus, an album of B-sides and instrumentals on his own RJ’s Electrical Connections label, a companion album to The Colossus (TMT Review) from earlier this year. And now, fans have the chance to use the free remixing software available here and do a number on RJ’s track “The Glow.” One and only one lucky fan will reap all the fame, champagne, and glory that comes with the honor of having your winning remix included with a Flosstradamus remix as the B-sides to the as-yet-unreleased digital single.

Also in RJD2 news, you can now pick up free tracks from Inversions of the Colossus on dude’s MySpace page, including a hip-hop remix of Bassnectar’s “Son’s Cycle” and a bootyshakin’ remix of Candy Panther’s “The Glow,” which is coincidentally also the track featured in the remix competition.

* Okay, so looking back on this I see that it’s not TECHNICALLY democracy as the fans are not also doing the voting. But you know what I mean, right, like about how anyone can participate? Right? Riiiiight?

• RJD2:
• RJ’s Electrical Connections:

J. Tillman was going to shower, but he decided to release a new album instead

J. Tillman is many things. He drums for Fleet Foxes, and in his spare time he’s also an accomplished singer/songwriter. He isn’t, however, a frequent bather. I guess it’s hard to blame the guy, especially with locks that are this unruly. Still, your mane would be much easier to manage, J., if you would just condition every once in awhile! Come on, man! Instead of getting in touch with his Herbal Essences, Tillman will release a new album on September 14, entitled Singing Ax. Due out on Western Vinyl, the album was recorded by some guy named Steve Albini at some place called Electrical Audio in Chicago. You can catch Tillman and his luscious locks on the road for the rest of the summer:

07.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
07.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *#
07.30.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
07.31.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre *
08.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet *
08.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
08.06.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
08.07.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
08.09.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
08.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
08.14.10 - Providence, RI - Club Hell *
08.15.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *

* Phosphorescent
# Little Wings

• J. Tillman:
• Western Vinyl:

Bottomless Pit reveal sophomore album Blood Under the Bridge; real bottomless pit revealed to be not bottomless at all, just really deep

A real bottomless pit is kind of a ripoff. You know it’s not bottomless, that it’s just a really deep hole some hillbilly huckster dug to make a few bucks, and you’re really just paying to see how laughable it can be. Chicago indie-lifers (half of them used to be in Silkworm, don’t you know) Bottomless Pit, on the other hand, would never rip you off. Their supremely precise post-punk is about the best deal on the market for that kind of thing, but they haven’t been doing a whole lot of business lately, as they’ve had no new releases since 2008’s Congress EP and no new full-lengths since their debut Hammer of the Gods (TMT Review) from 2007. That silence will end August 10, when they debut their sophomore LP Blood Under the Bridge courtesy of Comedy Minus One.

With a title like Blood Under the Bridge, you can expect some serious pep from these Bottomless Pit guys. The band’s description of the album supports such a high expectation, as the “album explores the awful and thrilling randomness of fate, with a hard fix on the future.” Gosh, sounds like someone’s making a serious bid to soundtrack all your late summer barbecues! Bottomless Pit will also be embarking on a short tour in November, with Black Helicopter opening all dates.

Blood Under the Bridge tracklisting:

01. Winterwind
02. Summerwind
03. Rhinelander
04. Late
05. Dixon
06. Kiss Them All
07. Is It a Ditch
08. Q.E.D.
09. 38 Souls

Bottomless Pit tourdates (all with Black Helicopter):

11.05.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.o6.10 - Milwaukee, WI - TBA
11.11.10 - Pittsburg, PA - Howlers
11.12.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle Est
11.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11.14.10 - Columbus, OH - Treehouse

• Bottomless Pit:
• Comedy Minus One:

RIP: Margaret Ann Rich, songwriter and wife of Charlie Rich

From Billboard:

Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country star Charlie Rich, has died aged 76 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Several of Margaret Ann Rich’s songs were recorded by other artists, including her best-known composition, “Life’s Little Ups and Downs,” which made No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in January 1991 when recorded by Ricky van Shelton (Columbia). The song was originally published as “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” and published by Make A Million/BMI. Other artists to record her songs included Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (“A Part of Your Life”) and Tom Jones (“Field of Yellow Yellow Daisies”).


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