A nominal legal victory over our corporate ticketing overlords Ticketmaster returns about $2 to your pocket

A nominal legal victory over our corporate ticketing overlords Ticketmaster returns about $2 to your pocket http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1406/news-14-06-ticketmaster.jpg

People say miracles don’t happen anymore. But that’s not true. This is some Moses parting the Red Sea shit here. This is some Jesus feeding 10,000 people from an ever-multiplying few rolls of bread and fish or whatever. This is like that movie where a maaaaagical reindeer gets lost from the North Pole and mends a broken family again. (That’s how that movie went, right? I mean, one assumes.) This is… the TRUE STORY of Ticketmaster reaching a settlement in the 2009 class action lawsuit filed against the money-sucking behemoth by a few customers who were like, “stop charging me $19 in ticket fees on a ticket that cost $32 originally.” (In other words, the plaintiffs rightly claimed that Ticketmaster inflated online fees exclusively to make some mad dough.)

Okay, so it’s not quite a reindeer/Moses/Jesus-level miracle. It’s more of an “I found a parking spot at Whole Foods without circling the f**king parking lot for 15 minutes” kind of miracle. A “yessssss, the cashier at Chipotle forgot to charge me for guacamole” kind of miracle. But it’s something, innit? So now Ticketmaster is going to pay out $400 million to customers who bought tickets online between 1999-2013… but it’s like this. The company is willing to issue 161 million $2.25 credits and up to 4.9 million $5 credits, but people have to spend money to redeem these credits and OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. If less than $10.5 million is redeemed within a year, Ticketmaster will throw a pizza party for users or something. (Actually they will make some events free for lawsuit participants. USA! USA!)

The Afghan Whigs go on tour in support of Do to the Beast, THEY GONNA DO IT TO THAT BEAST YA HEARD

Watch out, the beast! You’re going get it done to you! What does that mean? Hell if I know, but The Afghan Whigs probably do. One would hope, considering they just put out a new record, their first since reuniting, called Do to the Beast. Hopefully, they didn’t name it that because they’re “just being random.” Cut that out, Afghan Whigs. That’s what Hot Topic teenagers do. You’re grown men.

With Do to the Beast (WHICH I’M SURE HAS A VERY MEANINGFUL EXPLANATION) out, it’s time for Afghan Whigs to tour on it. And, boy oh boy, they are touring on it! Seriously, The Afghan Whigs are playing a pretty enormous amount of dates. They’re going to Europe! They’re going to the UK! And they’re going to America, which isn’t that impressive what with them being from America, but they are going to a lot of America! Lots of states. Not most of the states. But a lot of them. Do to the beast, guys.

The Afghan Whigs dates:

06.28.14 - Norrkoping, Sweden - Bravalla Festival
06.29.14 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
06.30.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
07.02.14 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
07.03.14 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.04.14 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Rock For People
07.05.14 - Sopron, Hungary - Volt Festival
07.07.14 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
07.10.14 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
07.11.14 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.12.14 - Russelsheim, Germany - Phono Pop Festival
07.13.14 - Bruges, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07.14.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
07.15.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
07.17.14 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
07.18.14 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
07.19.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.20.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Longitude Festival
08.26-27.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08.29.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
08.30.14 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.03.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.05.14 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
09.06.14 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
09.09.14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.10.14 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
09.12.14 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
09.16.14 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
09.18.14 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
09.19.14 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
09.20.14 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
09.26.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival
09.27.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
10.01.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.03.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.04.14 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
10.07.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle
10.08.14 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10.22.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.24.14 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
10.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
10.28.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.29.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10.31.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk

• The Afghan Whigs: http://theafghanwhigs.com
• Sub Pop: https://www.subpop.com

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New Media Art and Sound Summit 2014: Noveller, Gary Wilson, Xander Harris, and more gather for Austin’s sixth annual brain reshaping

Casper-inspired though the organization may be, Austin’s Church of the Friendly Ghost specializes in something much less pure than the nature of that ghost’s character: “counter culture expression,” which is appreciated in a society where channels like TLC exist and have subsisting ratings, and where irrelevant celebrity weddings garner the attention of even the so-called 24/7 “news” networks. Enough about Kim and Kanye and whatever absurd but also really fascinating (as a case-study) conversations they be must having; what are the real artists/bohemians/sound experimenters doing?

The non-profit Church hosts a number of “future-minded” events throughout the year, but their most purposeful is the annual New Media Art & Sound Summit (NMASS), which will enjoy its sixth iteration like… now, essentially — June 12-14 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater (and in partnership with the Austin Museum of Digital Art). Attention is promised to directors and workshop-organizers alike, but on the (principal) aural side of things, check out the full line-up here. For the lazy: Noveller will be there, in addition to J.G. Thirlwell, spacey quartet S U R V I V E, and the nigh-unclassifiable Gary Wilson, among more than a dozen others.

Tickets and passes are available here, here, here, and here. Seems like a no-brainer for Austinites with a penchant for media-enhanced mind-expansion.

• New Media Art & Sound Summit: http://nmassfest.org
• Church of the Friendly Ghost: http://www.churchofthefriendlyghost.org
• Austin Museum of Digital Art: http://www.amoda.org

Interpol announce 2014 US tour, team up with famous people for typical Illuminati new album BS

Comin’ atcha straight outta one of those “These Early-2000s-Era Things Will Make You Feel Old!!!!” lists, it’s Interpol! Which is great, because Interpol keep releasing great new albums that build on yet never seem stuck in that turbulent era and almost never make us feel like imminent death is only moments away after opening our politico boss’s mail from a shipper aligned with… oh God, what? Arnazon.com? Not even Amazon.com? Ahhhhh the anthrax years. It’s really great to not be in the early-2000s anymore, isn’t it.

Anyway, this may seem like a crazier coincidence than Iraq not actually having weapons of mass destruction (I’m still on the early-00s thing, stay with me), but the band has just embarked on a super-ultra-lengthy tour to festivals and lovely cities all around the globe. And wouldn’t you know, they’ve got a new album, El Pintor, coming out on September 9 via Matador. It’s just crazy! First the tour, then this new, fifth studio album! Get this: the Spanish words “el pintor” (meaning “the painter”) are an anagram for Interpol! So many coincidences, it can only be further proof that the music industry, like politics, really IS controlled by the Illuminati (which is an anagram for “exercise logic, Beyoncé does not worship an owl god”!) I mean, there IS a song called “Ancient Ways.” And like all good albums, this one has a lot of SPECIAL PEOPLE on it (read: Illuminati), so here’s your list: producer James Brown (Arctic Monkeys), mixed by Alan Moulder (Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain), Mr. Paul Banks on bass, plus guests Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver). Here’s more on all that:

El Pintor tracklisting:

01. All the Rage Back Home
02. My Desire
03. Anywhere
04. Same Town, New Story
05. My Blue Supreme
06. Everything Is Wrong
07. Breaker 1
08. Ancient Ways
09. Tidal Wave
10. Twice as Hard


06.20.14 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - The Best Kept Secret Festival
06.21.14 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.23.14 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.24.14 - Paris, France - Alhambra
06.25.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
06.27.14 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Music Festival
06.28.14 - Evreux, France - Rock Dans Tour Ses Etats
06.29.14 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rock-A-Field
07.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
07.02.14 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.03.14 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.06.14 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
0708.14 - Nimes, France - Nimes Festival
07.10.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive
07.12.14 - Keflavík, Iceland - All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland
07.25.14 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.20.14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
08.21.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.10.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

• Interpol: http://www.interpolnyc.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Ty Segall announces new album Manipulator and world tour, once again raising suspicions that he is a hologram

Look, we all know people who always seem impossibly productive. While the rest of us are toiling away trying to write a single email to that one friend who’s been waiting for a response for weeks, this person is churning out all their work like it’s nothing and on top of that they’ve got all their little passion projects on the side that are going just great. And there’s that part of our brains looking at them and wondering, “Could they be hologram?” But we always quickly correct ourselves with a, “No, no of course not, that’s absurd.”

But then there’s Ty Segall. He’s churned out an album every year since he started releasing music, not to mention all those side projects, collaborative albums, EPs, singles, and producing gigs. On top of that it seems like he’s always touring. And now he’s doing it again? Well it sure seems that way, as it’s just been announced that he’s releasing a new album, Manipulator, via Drag City on August 26, backing it up with a massive tour that will take him all over the US and Europe.

So now we’ve all got to be wondering again, “Could he be a hologram?” Is it possible that Ty Segall is some kind of garage rock Hatsune Miku with Drag City controlling this avatar who isn’t actually there? I keep telling myself, “No, no of course not, that’s absurd,” but there’s still that creeping doubt. So do me a favor, when you’re at a Ty Segall show this fall like you should be, fight your way to the front of the crowd and just try and reach out to touch him. Then get back to me.

Check out the album preview, tracklist, and tour dates below.

Manipulator tracklist:

01. Manipulator
02. Tall Man, Skinny Lady
03. The Singer
04. It’s Over
05. Feel
06. The Faker
07. The Clock
08. Green Belly
09. Connection Man
10. Mister Main
11. The Hand
12. Susie Thumb
13. Don’t You Want to Know? (Sue)
14. The Crawler
15. Who’s Producing You?
16. The Feels
17. Stick Around


06.12.14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.29.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.30.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.31.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
09.03.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.04.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace *
09.05.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Outside *
09.06.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
09.07.14 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
09.08.14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
09.09.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09.10.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder (FSU) *
09.11.14 - Miami, FL - The Stage *
09.12.14 - Tampa, FL - Epic Problem (Skatepark of Tampa) *
09.13.14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre *
09.14.14 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall *
09.15.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.17.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
09.19.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
09.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal at Club Soda #
09.21.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall #
09.22.14 - Detroit, MI - Trinosopes #
09.23.14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall #
09.24.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club #
09.25.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
09.26.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
09.27.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
09.28.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar #
10.09.14 - La Rochelle, France - La Siréne
10.21.14 - Paris, France - La Cigale
10.22.14 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
10.23.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
10.24.14 - Madrid, Spain - BUT
10.28.14 - Clermont Ferrand, France - La Cooperative De Mai
10.29.14 - Geneve, Switzerland - L’usine
10.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotive Club
10.31.14 - Roma, Italy - Artisti Atlantide
11.01.14 - Venice, Italy - Interzone Art Center
11.03.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.04.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11.05.14 - Dresden, Germany - Beat Pol
11.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
11.07.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuest
11.08.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbana
11.10.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
11.11.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudennel Social Club
11.12.14 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom

# La Luz
* Wand

• Ty Segall: http://ty-segall.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Harvest Records assembles dream line-up of The Clean, Mount Eerie, Angel Olsen, Pete Swanson, William Tyler, and more to prove that record stores aren’t just for Record Store Day

Believe it or not, as we wade our way through the nuclear fallout of the digital music economy, there are still one or two stubborn record stores in 2014 who refuse to die. While the big-end-of-towners are faring worse than a T-rex in a meteor storm, it’s the small, independent stores that are maintaining their relevance in this post-apocalypse environment. I like to think (lovingly) of independent record stores as the cockroaches of the music industry.

One such cockroach is Harvest Records in Asheville, North Carolina, who this year are celebrating the fact that they have defied all the odds by keeping their doors open for 10 years.

To mark the occasion, store owners Mark Capon and Matt Schnable have roped in some of their favorite bands to play real, live, actual music over three nights in and around Asheville. You can check out the full line-up below, but it’s fair to say that any bill running an x-y axis from The Clean to William Tyler is going to be a pretty stellar collection of bands.

The whole shindig is being called Transfigurations II and runs from August 28-30 at Grey Eagle and The Mothlight in Asheville (Thursday and Friday) and Blannahassett Island in Marshall (Saturday). Weekend passes are available now for $125 from the Harvest Records website, and tickets for individual nights will be available later this month.

Transfigurations II line-up (prepare for your mind to be blown):

The Clean
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Michael Hurley
Sonny & The Sunsets
Moon Duo
Angel Olsen
Mount Eerie
Endless Boogie
Reigning Sound
The Sadies
Steve Gunn
Hiss Golden Messenger
Kevin Morby
Sir Richard Bishop
Pete Swanson
William Tyler
Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs + Fumie Ishii)
Wooden Wand
EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats)
Bitchin Bajas
Dylan Golden Aycock
Nest Egg

• Harvest Records: http://harvest-records.com/transfigurations