Times New Viking Take the Matador Company Jet to Europe and Expand Spring Tour

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Ahhh, to be a member of Times New Viking. All dating cast members of Gossip Girl, popping champagne with Diddy, and getting animated e-cards from the President. One day you’re a band from Columbus, Ohio, releasing records on Siltbreeze… the next thing you know, you’re opening for Yo La Tengo and singing karaoke in Hollywood with the good-looking Kardashian. And then, whilst the rest of us are sitting in our cubicles waiting for summer to finally FINALLY arrive, you’re jetting off to Europe for an extensive spring tour! Some people have all the luck*.

* At least two of these statements are true. I’ll let you guess which ones.

More dates:

03.17.10 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
03.18.10 - Glasgow, UK - Nice & Sleazy
03.19.10 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
03.20.10 - London, UK - The Dome
03.21.10 - Cambridge, UK - The Portland Arms
03.23.10 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
03.24.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar
03.25.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
03.26.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
03.27.10 - Umea, Sweden - Umea Open Festival
03.29.10 - Oslo, Norway - Mono
03.30.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Parken
03.31.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Musikcafeen
04.02.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007 Strahov
04.03.10 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
04.04.10 - Vienna, Austria - B72
04.05.10 - Munich, Germany - 59:01:00
04.06.10 - Wurzburg, Germany - Cairo
04.07.10 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.08.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Nato
04.09.10 - Hanover, Germany - Glocksee
04.10.10 – Munster, Germany - Gleis 22
04.11.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
04.12.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
04.20.10 - Porto, Portugal - Plano B
04.21.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
04.22.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
04.23.10 - Valencia, Spain - El Tinglado No 2
04.24.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
04.27.10 - Norwich, UK - Arts Centre
04.28.10 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
04.29.10 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega Social Club
04.30.10 - York, UK - Stereo
05.01.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Victoria

[Photo: Julio Enriquez]

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Sole Leaves Anticon Records

The new decade has already brought some strange changes to the independent hip-hop scene. First, with Definitive Jux on hiatus and now Tim “Sole” Holland, the founder and mastermind behind Anticon records, is leaving — for good. It’s not exactly like Sole’s abandoning a newborn child here; it’s more analogous to him kicking out an 18 year old from the house who needs to grow on their own.

The California-based Anticon has grown into something much more than an underground and independent hip-hop label; it now houses artists of varying genres. Sole couldn’t have predicted Anticon’s growth into something much more mainstream and strictly business orientated back when it was founded in 1998. While some might argue the label isn’t as focused or as dedicated to the reasons behind its genesis, it wouldn’t have survived at all without the expansion. And so life goes on.

For Sole fans, it’s not over. He’s posted his plans for the future, including his reasons for leaving and his thoughts about the current music industry. He finishes his announcement by stating his future releases will be made available via Soleone.org on his newly created Black Canyon Records.

• Sole: http://www.soleone.org
• Anticon: http://www.anticon.com

Thom Yorke Helps Spread the Green and Announces Concert in Support of UK Green Party

Thom Yorke really thinks highly of Tony Juniper, a progressive English fellow hoping to land a seat in the UK Parliament as a Green Party Member, and would love to help raise awareness for his campaign. So what does he plan to do? Well, apparently what he does best: play some music. Yorke announced, via the Dead Air Space website. that he would be using the Cambridge Corn Exchange in Cambridge, England on February 25 to play a “low key solo thing” in support of Juniper’s political hopes.

Yorke also used the announcement as a further way to praise Juniper by noting his skills at “dealing with the murky brown waters of politics when it comes to the environment” as well as Juniper’s willingness to both “doing more than paying lip service to climate change” and “maybe rip(ping) shit up a little.” Yorke also said he is not prone to involving himself in politics but said he agreed to the show after Juniper “bought me a pint and twisted my arm.”

Local artist Pete Um will open the show. Tickets can be purchased at the W.A.S.T.E shop at “midday” today.

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com

Mount Eerie Plays a Few US Shows and Lots More in Harder-to-Reach Places

Mount Eerie, a.k.a. Phil Elverum, is playing a ton of shows in support of his kind-of-totally-awesome latest record Wind’s Poem (TMT Review). Concertgoers can presumably expect a dark, soul-searching, windy time — particularly those in Europe, who will be treated to a full band (!!!). No Kids are supporting most of the Europe dates, while Julie Doiron will play the Asian dates.

Alright, no time to waste! Too many dates:

02.13.10 - Olympia, WA - Hall of the Woods
02.27.10 - London, UK - Union Chapel
03.11.10 - Seoul, South Korea- Rolling Hall *
03.05.10 - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan-(金)渋谷 O-NEST *
03.06.10 - Yamagata, Japan -(土)山形 蔵オビハチ *
03.07.10 - Sendai, Japan -(日)仙台 Cafe Mozart Atelier *
03.09.10 - Nagoya, Japan -(火)名古屋 得三 *
03.11.10 - Kyoto, Japan -(木)京都 UrBANGUILD *
03.12.10 - Matsumoto, Japan-(金)松本 hair salon群青 *
03.13.10 - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan-(土)渋谷 O-NEST *

* with Julie Doiron

With full band:

03.24.10 - Krakow, Poland - OFF Festival Club at Alchemia
03.26.10 - Budapest, Hungary - Toldi Cinema
03.27.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - SC
03.28.10 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
03.29.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007 Strahov
03.30.10 - Nuremberg, Germany - K4
03.31.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Schorndorf
04.01.10 - Colmar, France - Supersound Festival
04.02.10 - Paris, France - Fleche D’Or
04.03.10 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
04.04.10 - Glasgow, UK - NiceNSleazy
04.05.10 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
04.06.10 - London, UK - Scala
04.07.10 - Brighton, UK - The Freebutt
04.08.10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
04.09.10 - Groningen, Holland - Vera
04.10.10 - Rotterdam, Holland - Motel Mozaique Festival #
04.11.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Domino Festival #
04.12.10 - Koeln, Germany - Subway
04.13.10 - Berlin Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.14.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - TBA
04.16.10 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
04.17.10 - Oslo, Norway Revolver
04.18.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
04.19.10 - Leipzig, Denmark - UT Connewitz

# all dates with No Kids, except these dates

Summer US shows:

05.01.10 - Tacoma, WA - Viaduct
07.16.10 - Anacortes, WA - What The Heck Fest
08.14.10 - Coupeville, WA - Coupeville Fair

Phew, that took a long time to type!

• P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
• No Kids: http://www.myspace.com/nokidsband
• Julie Doiron: http://www.juliedoiron.com

The Clientele to Star in Next Season of Rock of Love, Quietly Tour the United States

God, how I hate the quiet. I feel weird without the radio or TV on in the background. I think the sound of sirens when I’m falling asleep at night is strangely reassuring. So, logically, I shouldn’t like The Clientele. But ohhhh how I do. And that’s why it’s absolutely fantastic to hear that the men and woman of The Clientele will be swinging stateside to promote their latest, Bonfires on the Heath (TMT Review), a critically-acclaimed Galaxie-500-meets-The-Zombies gem of pastoral British indie pop.

Tourdates:

02.21.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
02.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
02.23.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.24.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle
02.25.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
02.26.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.27.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
02.28.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
03.01.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
03.04.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.07.10 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
03.09.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.11.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
03.15.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
03.16.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.19.10 - Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe Tavern
03.20.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.21.10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
03.23.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• The Clientele: http://www.theclientele.co.uk
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

White Stripes Get Apology from Songwriter Accused of Plagiarizing for Superbowl Ad

Did you watch the Super Bowl? I didn’t, because I was at work. Also, I don’t really care for football. Jack and Meg White (or someone associated with them), however, were apparently watching the game and noticed something awfully odd about the Air Force Reserve’s new commercial. Namely, the fact that the ad is soundtracked by a song awfully similar to The White Stripes’ hit “Fell In Love With A Girl.” How similar? Well, judge for yourself: the Air Force Reserve ad can be seen here (via The Huffington Post) and the “Fell In Love With A Girl” video can be seen here. The Stripes’s website has a side-by-side comparison, but the Air Force Reserve has removed the ad from their website since the controversy.

Along with the comparison, the band’s website displays a statement from the group about the song’s usage.

We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management. The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.

Since the controversy’s inception, Kem Kraft, composer of the Air Force Reserve ad’s song, has responded to the Stripes’ accusation. “I’m sorry it sounds the same. It wasn’t my intention, truly, truly, truly,” the composer told The New York Times. Kraft also took responsibility for the song’s existence, saying that “as far as I’m concerned, I’m responsible. Just me.” And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said “I don’t even listen to those guys.”

Mike Lee, owner of Fast Forward Productions, the company responsible for the ad, also made a statement to The New York Times. “I wasn’t familiar with the White Stripes song. I’ve heard of the White Stripes but I’m not a listener of theirs. I had no idea there was similarity until after the fact.”

• The White Stripes: http://www.whitestripes.com
• Air Force Reserve: http://afreserve.com

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