They’re Trading in Their Chevys for Some Cadilac-ac-ac-ac-acs; Tapes ’n Tapes and Wild Light Movin’ Out on Tour

It is the future: 2009. It's nice to dream that this year will be different, that we will not have another year ruled mercilessly by the big bad hype monster influencing our minds and music tastes. But we all know that won't happen. Artists will continue to be lauded as the second coming this year and many more to come until the actual second coming happens (2017, by all accounts). Until then, we will have to rely on bands to break the mold.

A good example of a band bypassing the buzz trap is Tapes ’n Tapes, who have weathered the perfectly asinine storm of hype/backlash with good grace and a smart game plan: by concentrating on writing and releasing good music with little regard to current music fads ’n fashions. They also get bonus points for NOT dating Drew Barrymore or Winona Ryder.

With all of this in mind, Minneapolis' finest will continue to play in support of its sophomore disc Walk It Off as they embark on a hefty string of dates starting tonight in Omaha, taking along tomorrow's new pop quartet, Wild Light, for the long ride. For Wild Light, this will be their first U.S. national tour, and they will be no doubt be playing plenty of tracks from their forthcoming debut record Adult Nights, which was produced by Rob Schnapf and is due March 3 through StarTime International/Almost Gold.

This is what it's all about:
01.15.09 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
01.17.09 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
01.19.09 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
01.20.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
01.21.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
01.23.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
01.24.09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
01.25.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
01.27.09 - Santa Fe, Santa Fe Brewing Co

01.29.09 - Austin, TX - Parish
01.30.09 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
01.31.09 - Norman, OK - Opolis
02.02.09 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
02.03.09 - Columbia, MO - Mojos
02.04.09 - Ames, IA - Maintenance Shop
02.05.09 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's
02.06.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.20.09 - South Bend, IN - Legends
02.21.09 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
02.22.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
02.24.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.25.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.26.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.27.09 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
02.28.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
03.02.09 - Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
03.03.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.04.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
03.05.09 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
03.06.09 - Louisville, KY - Phoenix Hill Tavern
03.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro

They tried to run from it. Lead singer Peter Morén buried himself in his solo album, The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling claimed he was “busy” producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling, and Primal Scream. Hell, they even thought they’d float a low-key and mostly instrumental (and mostly terrible) album, Seaside Rock, out there and see whether or not anyone noticed that, you know, they were the same band responsible for... you know, that song.

But finally, it caught up with them. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The Sweedish trio cannot hide any longer, and the time has come for Peter Bjorn and John to... sigh, follow up... to follow up... “Young Folks.”

Yeah, I know. You’re sitting there thinking, “Oh fuck.” And rightfully so. It’s hard to believe, but it has been two years since Sweden’s Peter Bjorn and John subversively sauntered onto the world MOR stage with the seemingly never-ending success of that unfathomable anti-song. “Young Folks” was a sheer anomaly. A song so annoyingly anti-catchy that it became the catchiest damn thing on the face of the planet; that fucking song became a global smash and was almost certainly DIRECTLY and SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for “PB+J” (as they came to be annoyingly referred by young urban professionals in suits everywhere) blowing-the-proverbial-fuck-up and performing to sold out venues and late-night TV talk shows all across America and beyond. This fucking song was even named "Track Of The Year" by iTunes; oh, and don’t forget how it, you know, casually popped-up in countless movies and TV shows until you were about ready to shoot yourself. Oh, and remember how SEVERAL cover versions then appeared in not only English, but also Spanish and Japanese? And then how, because of “Young Folks,” Writer’s Block ended up earning an absurdly prominent spot in the upper reaches of the general music press’ often-dubious year-ennd polls, with the ever-so-classy Paste magazine even declaring, “PB+J give us even more reason to love the Swedes”?? Yeah??? Remember all that stuff, do you?!?

Well, me too. And so does everyone else. And so do they, I bet. So here we are: New album. Living Thing. Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International record label. March 31, 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén. There was a bunch more press-release hype, but yeah, I just went ahead and deleted it. Best of luck, guys.

Living Thing tracklist:

1. The Feeling
2. It Don’t Move Me
3. Just the Past
4. Nothing to Worry About
5. I’m Losing My Mind
6. Living Thing
7. I Want You!
8. Lay It Down
9. Stay This Way
10. Blue Period Picasso
11. 4 Out Of 5
12. Last Night

War Child Announce Full Tracklist And Artist Lineup For Heroes Benefit Compilation, Now Complete With “Heroes” Cover!

Last fall, we reported brilliantly on charity organization War Child and the then-forthcoming details of their partnership with Astralwerks Records in releasing Heroes, a benefit album whose proceeds will provide humanitarian assistance to the war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions in the world.

In case you’ve forgotten, the album's concept mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child's efforts in war zones around the world -- to place faith in the next generation (not that Next Generation, you nerd). In other words, they basically asked a whole heaping mess of rock elders to select a classic track from their own canon and nominate an artist from the current scene to create a modern reworking of that classic song.

Well, it seems the record is now complete, boasting 16, count ’em, 16 tracks of classic tunes from the likes of The Clash, Dylan, The Kinks, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, and many more, as interpreted by such TMT-relevant acts as TV on the Radio, Beck, The Hold Steady, Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. It’s like your very own Best New Music compilation CD... whatever that is!

Anyway, Heroes will officially be released on February 24, 2009 via Astralwerks. And hey, it looks like our personally-biased, overly-critical, yellow journalism has paid off once again, because what’s that down there rounding out the tracklisting? A cover of Bowie’s “Heroes!” Ah, the system works... Ahem, now, save those kids, everyone!

Heroes tracklist:

1. Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
2. The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
3. The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
4. Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
5. Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
7. Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
8. Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
9. Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
10. Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
11. Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
12. Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
13. Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
14. Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
15. The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
16. TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

Leonard Cohen Will Perform in America for the First Time in 15 Years

I can't believe that:

- more than 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip.
- Guantanamo agents have gotten away with so much already.
- the porn industry is asking for a bailout.
- Bin Laden is still making headlines, urging jihad against Israel.
- Carla is still in the running on Top Chef, but she is pretty awesome.
- a teen killed his mother and wounded his father after they took away Halo 3 from him.
- Leonard Cohen will be playing his first American show in 15 years on February 19 at New York's Beacon Theatre.

On April 16, Merce Cunningham -- the influential dance choreographer who has worked with everyone from John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg to Radiohead and Sigur Rós -- is celebrating his 90th birthday with a BAM. Along with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, mixed-media composer Takehisa Kosugi, and the lovable humans in Sonic Youth providing the soundtrack, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform a new piece, to be held April 16-19 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

AND THERE IS MORE. In addition to some Steve Shelley shows in February, Lee Ranaldo's traveling group exhibition "Bad Moon Rising 3," and a Sonic Youth multimedia museum exhibit titled "Sensational Fix," Sonic Youth are also putting the finishing touches on their Matador Records debut (TMT News). According to a recent Uncut interview, Thurston Moore said they're making a record "replete with juicy supersonic songs!" Whoa, how newsworthy of him to say!!

And, finally, look for Sonic Youth at No Fun Fest 2009, May 15-17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY (TMT News). Their performance is on the 16th, and they say it'll be a "noise set." Gotta please the fans.

04.22.08 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.23.08 - Munich, Germany - Haus der Kunst
04.24.08 - Dusseldorf, Germany - 3001
05.16.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Girl Talk Tours; He’s Also in a Microsoft Commercial – Odd, I Always Pegged Him as a Mac Man

Being a student at a university known for its football and beer, a.k.a. Penn State, can surprisingly have its perks: sometimes we get free shows featuring semi-decent artists. Well, this past December, right before finals week, Girl Talk graced Happy Valley with his presence -- FO FREE. It was all very exciting until I entered the auditorium and saw that Gregg Gillis had to perform with the lights on, and that there was a shit load of people in a small-ass room. By the end of the night, apparently things got destroyed -- like a magazine rack -- and now the school is pissed off! God only knows who will be booked at the next free concert -- Maroon 5? (Actually that would be pretty sweet... but that is beside the point.)

Luckily, Girl Talk is touring right now, so I have another chance to see him with the lights off. Too bad I will have to pay this time, but I guess you could consider my overpriced tuition as payment for that Girl Talk show and for fixing the magazine rack. Sure wish his shows were pay-what-you-want, too

01.16.09 - Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub *$
01.17.09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *$
01.18.09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *$
02.12.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room !
02.13.09 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford !
02.19.09 - Missoula, MT - University of Montana Ballroom %
02.20.09 - Bozeman, MT - Gallatin Co. Indoor Arena %
03.03.09 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggos *#
03.04.09 - Gainesville, FL - The Venue * #
03.05.09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon *#
03.06.09 - St. Augustine, FL - Harvest of Hope
03.07.09 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone *#
03.08.09 - Miami, FL - Langerado Music Festival 2009 - Bicentennial Par

* Grand Buffet

$ Hearts of Darknessess

! Mad Happy

% That 1 Guy

# Hollywood Holt