Tiny Mix Fest 2007 Cancelled!

UPDATE: Sorry everyone, but it looks like Tiny Mix Fest 2007 is not happening anymore. Weirdest thing: all the artists simultaneously dropped out because they realized TMT is full of irresponsible journalists! Okay, enough with the jokes. Truth is, as many of you already know, the fake fest was actually an early April Fool's joke. Thanks everyone for your gracious humor (including the artists who were in on the joke with us), and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might've caused, especially to those of you who had to answer e-mails on our behalf. Although we wish we could blame the holiday, we take full responsibility for our actions. Who knows, maybe if stop fucking around, we'll get a real fest going. Anyway, thanks for reading, and we'll be back Monday with more irresponsible journalism.

Oh, and here's that -- ahem -- "exclusive" NMH track.

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Greetings, TMT readers! We are excited to bring you Tiny Mix Fest, the first event ever sponsored by this piece of the internet. You may have heard about it from other sources beforehand, like this one, for example. I just want to thank Phil personally for making such a cute joke about our abbreviation and the ninja turtles. YEAH WE HAVEN'T HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE THANKS.

You're reading the poster right now, I'm sure, and yes, your Cheerios should be everywhere. The mighty Neutral Milk Hotel, the most indie-celebrated band of the past decade, is reforming to play one of the two days of TMFest in what Jeff has promised will be a one-off gig. (No opening for Pixies on a West Coast trip anytime soon, thank goodness!) We have the date with the Hotelers set, but the other day is being negotiated (read: arm-wrestled for) with the esteemed Triple Rock Social Club in lovely Minneapolis, hence the vague "August 2007" date. Maybe we will just decide to jam the whole month?

And jamming is not all that will be at TMFest. We will have a used book swap, a Slip 'n' Slide (well, Mr P lives a few minutes away, and I'm setting it up in his yard), and Mango Starr. Oh, and merch. You guys love merch, amirite?

Once we announce the dates, tickets will be on sale through Ticketweb. We hope to see you there! One-day passes are $30 each, and two-day passes are $50. We have been putting this together for a while now, and we gotta thank all the killer artists for signing on to what is sure to be one stupid, stupid party. (And no thanks to Jackson Browne for completely blowing us off. Dude must not read his e-mail.)

Oh, and the festival theme?? BALLOONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not really, but bring balloons, please. For me.

ONE MORE THING: Stay tuned later today (hopefully around noon) for an exclusive clip of NMH rehearsing. We just have to figure out how to put an MP3 player on this thing.

Tiny Mix Fest 2007 Cancelled!

UPDATE: Sorry everyone, but it looks like Tiny Mix Fest 2007 is not happening anymore. Weirdest thing: all the artists simultaneously dropped out because they realized TMT is full of irresponsible journalists! Okay, enough with the jokes. Truth is, as many of you already know, the fake fest was actually an early April Fool's joke. Thanks everyone for your gracious humor (including the artists who were in on the joke with us), and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might've caused, especially to those of you who had to answer e-mails on our behalf. Although we wish we could blame the holiday, we take full responsibility for our actions. Who knows, maybe if stop fucking around, we'll get a real fest going. Anyway, thanks for reading, and we'll be back Monday with more irresponsible journalism.

Oh, and here's that -- ahem -- "exclusive" NMH track.

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Greetings, TMT readers! We are excited to bring you Tiny Mix Fest, the first event ever sponsored by this piece of the internet. You may have heard about it from other sources beforehand, like this one, for example. I just want to thank Phil personally for making such a cute joke about our abbreviation and the ninja turtles. YEAH WE HAVEN'T HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE THANKS.

You're reading the poster right now, I'm sure, and yes, your Cheerios should be everywhere. The mighty Neutral Milk Hotel, the most indie-celebrated band of the past decade, is reforming to play one of the two days of TMFest in what Jeff has promised will be a one-off gig. (No opening for Pixies on a West Coast trip anytime soon, thank goodness!) We have the date with the Hotelers set, but the other day is being negotiated (read: arm-wrestled for) with the esteemed Triple Rock Social Club in lovely Minneapolis, hence the vague "August 2007" date. Maybe we will just decide to jam the whole month?

And jamming is not all that will be at TMFest. We will have a used book swap, a Slip 'n' Slide (well, Mr P lives a few minutes away, and I'm setting it up in his yard), and Mango Starr. Oh, and merch. You guys love merch, amirite?

Once we announce the dates, tickets will be on sale through Ticketweb. We hope to see you there! One-day passes are $30 each, and two-day passes are $50. We have been putting this together for a while now, and we gotta thank all the killer artists for signing on to what is sure to be one stupid, stupid party. (And no thanks to Jackson Browne for completely blowing us off. Dude must not read his e-mail.)

Oh, and the festival theme?? BALLOONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not really, but bring balloons, please. For me.

ONE MORE THING: Stay tuned later today (hopefully around noon) for an exclusive clip of NMH rehearsing. We just have to figure out how to put an MP3 player on this thing.

Brightblack Morning Light and Matador Continue Offsetting CO2, Must Believe in Global Warming Theory or Something

Spacey (like the sky, man) rockers Brightblack Morning Light, known for their activism, are sure making their left constituents proud lately. For example, there was that "No U.S. Military entities in any form allowed within the event" request in their tour rider. However, this turned out to be a mistake made by their record label, Matador Records; the band actually meant, "No military recruitment for the U.S. Government may be held on site." Sean Hannity did not see the difference.

Now Brightblack Morning Light are trying to help the environment. How, you might ask? By partnering with Matador and TerraPass to offset CO2 emissions from their upcoming Winter Crystal Totem Turr tour. And not just the band's emissions, but also those of fans going to and from the shows, as well as the electricity used to power said shows. That is an estimated 30,000 lbs of CO2 emissions. According to Matador, the "goal is to offset every single ounce."

Here's the deal: every time someone (or something) makes a purchase at Matador's webstore, the label will purchase 50 lbs of CO2 from TerraPass. TerraPass, in return, will match 10% of Matador's contribution. As of March 22, 6,550 lbs of carbon have been offset (see meter to the left).

I, personally, run on hot air and have suddenly run out of steam.

Turr dates:
04.17.07 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
04.18.07 - Austin, TX - Emo's
04.19.07 - Houston, TX - Mink
04.20.07 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.22.07 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.23.07 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.25.07 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
04.26.07 - Bloomington, IN - Landlocked Music
04.27.07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.30.07 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab
05.02.07 - Middletown, CT - Eclectic House
05.04.07 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College
05.05.07 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.06.07 - Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw
05.09.07 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
05.20.07 - Somerset, England - Butlins Minehead (ATP vs. the Fans)

THIS JUST IN! The Hold Steady to Play Bruce Springsteen Tribute

TMT proudly presents Reason #45539202 for The Hold Steady to never tire of those Springsteen cracks!

According to a reliable source, The Hold Steady will be sharing the stage with the likes of M. Ward, Pete Yorn, Badly Drawn Boy, and Babyface (!?) to pay their respects to the Boss himself at the ultra-glam Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 5. Proceeds will benefit the UJA-Federation of NY Initiative Program to Support Music Education for Underprivileged Young People. You heard it here first! The Hold Steady clean up pretty nice AND throw down for the community. No word yet on whether or not I’ll pull a Courtney Cox during “Dancing in the Dark.”

Little Known Band Makes Little Known Murder, Good Charlotte Still Rock!

Most of you probably remember the chart scorcher Mo’ Money Mo’ 40z. Self-released in 1998 by the pop-punk band Mest, it included the hits: "Muckaferguson," "Beer" and "R Ska Song." The cover art was probably something worth remembering as well. Naturally, the centerpiece was a forty with the label changed to read the same as the CD title. Stage left had some dolla bills backed by a pair of dice. The ever-present cigarette and ashtray filled stage right, and of course Mest was awarded the highly coveted Parental Advisory label. By 2000, Mest had been picked up by Maverick Records. This label probably pops up quite frequently in your home collection with such artists as Tantric, Story of the Year, and Michelle Branch (A little bit of laughs, a little bit of pain/ I'm tellin' you my babe, it's all in the game of love — oooow woooh. Yeah, I know you’re singing it now). But back to the matter at hand: we all love Mest. The wanna-be SoCo pop-punk band hailing from outside the sunny coast of Chicago made it big time when they signed on Benji Madden (Good Charlotte fame) to guest on the single "Jaded." This could have been a cheap move, trying to bask in Good Charlotte’s light, but Tony Lovato, the lead singer, said otherwise, “The song was going to happen, whether GC had become famous or not.”

****UPDATE*****

GC is now the cool way to address Good Charlotte.

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The lifestyle of the rich and famous (eww, sorry but I had to do that), however, caught up to Lovato last week when he went all O.J. Simpson on his ex-girlfriend’s new lover. Police in Los Angeles arrested Lovato Sunday for criminal homicide. Lovato was held on a $1 million bail and had admitted to stabbing Wayne Hughes, 25. The police had been called to the location of the murder once before to settle a dispute between the two, but evidently the second time was the charm, or something like that.

Although murdering someone is never really fun, nor is death a laughing matter, we can safely assume Lovato is pretty psyched to have landed a full-time gig in the big house. Since his band is now defunct and income was most likely unsteady, the guaranteed three meals per day, free clothing, and free shelter probably sound pretty nice. So first, shame on you, Mr. Lovato. Then, mad props for stickin’ it to the system.

Arctic Monkeys Make Bad Pets, Tour With Be Your Own Pet

I'd really love to know what happened when former Be Your Own Pet drummer Jamin Orral was like, "Guys? I know Thurston Moore thinks we totally kill it, and we get to drink a lot without asking that weird dude outside the convenience store to buy us beer, but... I'm gonna go to Target now. I need a Medusa lamp for my, uh, dorm room. Because... I'm going to college. To drink cheap beer at frat parties."

I'm guessing lead singer Jemina Pearl threw a big bleached-blonde tantrum and the rest of the band stood around looking distinctly underage. Never fear, the new and improved (though slightly grumpy) Be Your Own Pet hit the road in May with Arctic Monkeys, who have perfected their own special brand of British smarminess.
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