Torche sludges across America with Coheed and Cambria (who will be shrieking across America)

Torche sludges across America with Coheed and Cambria (who will be shrieking across America)

Torche, those detuned panhandlers who were conceived from the aborted fetus of Floor, leave in April to tour in support of their split 12-inch with Boris from 2009 on Hydra Head. The tour (with Coheed and Cambria) begins April 22 in Charlotte, giving the real North Carolinian stonermetalheads two days to come down before getting blasted again before the Torche show.

Check out a live version of “King Beef” from the aforementioned split here.

“Freedom comes to those who fuck all.” - Torche, “Holy Roar”

Tourin’ with C&C:

04.22.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
04.23.10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
04.24.10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues (Orlando)
04.25.10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
04.27.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
04.28.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ
04.29.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
04.30.10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
05.01.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
05.03.10 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
05.04.10 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre
05.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
05.07.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.08.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
05.10.10 - Murray, UT - Murray Theater
05.11.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.13.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.14.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
05.15.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
05.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.19.10 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
05.26.10 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
05.27.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.28.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

• Torche:
• Hydra Head:
• Coheed and Cambria:

The Doors documentary to surface in April, high school kids who really “get it” swoon in anticipation

Ah, just what we need… another classic rock doc. I guess this is what happens when Cocksucker Blues grows another layer of dust on it or something… or people get tired of digging up Rapidshare links to it.

In any case, the first feature-length Doors documentary is on the horizon, offering an insider’s look at the short years between The Doors’ formation and Jim Morrison’s demise. The documentary, titled When You’re Strange and written and directed by Tom DiCillo, will see its theatrical release on April 9 and has already screened at Sundance, Berlin, Deauville, and San Sebastian film festivals. But wait! There’s more! When You’re Strange has an accompanying soundtrack to be released on March 30, and will include 13 songs from the Doors’ six albums, in addition to vintage recordings from The Ed Sullivan Show.

Well, I’d better go and find my best Morrison t-shirt. I think I left it somewhere in my sophomore year of high school’s dresser drawer… hmmm.

When You’re Strange:
• The Doors:

Pirate Bay buyer wanted to also purchase Mininova

The man who wanted to purchase The Pirate Bay also attempted to purchase Mininova, it has emerged. In the fall of last year, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) agreed to buy The Pirate Bay. The company aimed to turn it into a legal music downloading site. At the same time, however, GGF’s CEO Hans Pandeya had “finalized a contract last summer” to also acquire Mininova.

In August 2009, Pandeya cackled to TorrentFreak that he would “try to buy as many torrent sites as possible.” His deal with Mininova rested on the outcome of a case brought against the torrent index in the Netherlands. The Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, who took the case to court, won and Mininova was forced to remove all copyright-infringing torrents. Consequently, the deal fell through.

Clearly Pandeya’s deluded aim was to monopolize the market in legal music downloading (hasn’t he heard of iTunes?). By acquiring both The Pirate Bay and Mininova, he hoped to grab the two most popular file-sharing sites and turn them into legal enterprises, hoping their millions of users would continue to use the sites. However, both deals collapsed.

This man’s unparalleled evil is truly chilling. In a licensing negotiation with one of the major labels in London, Pandeya explained to his colleague Wayne Rosso, “I’m going to buy Mininova too and eliminate all the competition.” He also told CNET that “I have a lot of secret plans I’m working on.” Holy shit! Run for the fucking hills!

Watch out, Flaming Lips: Johnny Rotten to cover Dark Side of the Moon too?

Nostalgia — or whatever this is — is a funny thing. Last year, The Flaming Lips and Dennis Coyne’s band Stardeath and White Dwarfs reinterpreted Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon (TMT report). Henry Rollins and Peaches guested on the recording, and this summer, the whole thing is happening again live at Bonnaroo. While strange, it was not any more surprising than hearing about Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu’s plans to cover Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures live this spring.

Such homages are bizarre, but the connections are nonetheless predictable. Recently, The Quietus editor John Doran interviewed John Lydon, who revealed his own (and much more bewildering) willingness to cover Dark Side of the Moon. Wayne Coyne is today’s psychedelic legend; he covers Dark Side, and it’s just another day in Oklahoma City. But John Lydon, a.k.a. the frontman of (the newly reunited) Public Image Ltd., a.k.a The Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten, joining forces with Pink Floyd? “I’d love to go into the studio and do something with the album with them,” he mused. Who knew?

Apparently, such a collaboration is more plausible than one might think. During the same interview, Lydon admitted that Pink Floyd asked him in 2008 to perform some of Dark Side on stage with them at a concert in Los Angeles. He very nearly did it, too, but explained to Doran that he would rather play alongside the group in a studio than for a crowd of “20,000 people.”

Of course, this isn’t the strangest thing to hear from Lydon, who, aside from his infamous thousand-and-one crazy, punk antics, once starred in a British commercial for Country Life butter. For now, his casual statement of intent is all we have to go on for a Dark Side Goes Rotten project, but who knows what the future will hold?

• Johnny Lydon:

Harvey Milk announce new album; no, Sean Penn did not contribute

When I think of Harvey Milk, my thoughts first turn to Sean Penn’s role as the first openly gay politician, not the sludge-metal band from Athens, Georgia. Unfortunately, Sean Penn did not contribute to their new album, A Small Turn of Human Kindness, due out May 18 on Hydra Head.

A Small Turn of Human Kindness tracklisting:

01. *
02. I Just Want to Go Home
03. I Am Sick of All This Too
04. I Know This Is No Place For You
05. I Alone Got Up and Left
06. I Know This Is All My Fault
07. I Did Not Call Out

Milk on the road:

03.05.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre %
03.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie %
03.07.10 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar %
03.08.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge %
03.09.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs %
03.10.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore %
03.11.10 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room %
03.12.10 - Hamtramck, MI - Small’s %
03.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean %
05.27.10 - Nashville, TN - Rockettown $
05.28.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade $

% Coalesce, Atlas Moth
$ Converge, Lewd Acts, Black Breath

• Harvey Milk:
• Hydra Head:

Frightened Rabbit ready new LP, spring tour, Coachella and SXSW dates; we’re tired just thinking about it

After the considerable success of The Midnight Organ Fight (TMT Review), Scottish jangle poppers Frightened Rabbit are at it again with: a) an upcoming album due out March 9 on FatCat; b) an appearance at this year’s Coachella festival; and c) a spring tour, with SXSW dates included. So pack your bags, grab your southern-fried rotisserie (or bathing suit if you’re Coachella-bound) and get ready for some seriously well-arranged and heartfelt angst. The Winter of Mixed Drinks is Frightened Rabbit’s third full-length LP, and is sure to be the centerpiece of their Coachella performance, not to mention the lengthy tour to follow. And if I know Frightened Rabbit’s career progression, I’m sure we can expect impressive things from the boys – on the album, but even more so live.

Don’t be frightened:

03.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.19.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
04.21.10 - Houston, TX - Walters
04.22.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom (Loft)
04.23.10 - Little Rock, AK - Revolution
04.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.25.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.28.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.29.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
05.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
05.06.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
05.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.09.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
05.10.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
05.12.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
05.13.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
05.16.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s (Crystal Ball Reading Room)
05.17.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
05.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05.22.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

• Frightened Rabbit:
• FatCat: