Warner Music Group has at least five serious bidders, is offering free shipping with ‘Buy It Now’

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Hey, Warner Music Group is really getting the hang of this whole eBay thing! According to Billboard, the lumbering music company is getting more bids than it thought for both its recorded music division auction and the entire company auction, despite having a pretty low feedback score.

In addition, Warner has also listed its music publishing division, Warner/Chappell (the part of the company typically thought to be the most stable), and has gotten quite a few “best offers” from more than five different companies (“more than five” usually means six in my experience, but what do I know?) The big names thus far include Sony Music, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies, Platinum Equity, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries (which already owns 2% of Warner), and good old BMG Rights Management. I guess all but BMG met the reserve with their bids, and BMG came back later with a higher bid after hocking its nicest pair of turntables. The Financial Times has put the range of bids for Warner/Chappell at $1.4 billion to $2.0 billion, which is nice but still a ways away from the “Buy It Now” price of $16 trillion million USD. Oh well. Dream on, Warner.

Last week, financial so-and-sos Bloomberg issued their own report that “more than 10 bids” had been received, although it only actually mentions three. And contrary to the Bloomberg report, Billboard’s word is that Sony/ATV (Sony’s publishing division) did NOT put in a bid for Warner/Chappell. Although, to be fair, its pretty common knowledge that Sony usually likes to wait around until the last 10 seconds of an auction before swooping in to outbid the competition. I’m pretty sure I lost a neon light-up Budweiser sign to them once.

Another absent Warner/Chappell bidder thus far has been Universal Music Group, a.k.a. the current leading market share owners for both recorded music and music publishing. Although, Universal is in talks with Warner to purchase a number of Warner’s global recorded music assets locally via Craigslist instead, which is a convenient way to bypass all of those pesky “regulatory hurdles” that would crop up if it attempted an acquisition of an entire Warner division. Let ALONE the shipping charges. Sheesh.

• Warner Music Group: http://www.wmg.com

Sebadoh finish tour of West Coast, waste no time announcing tour of East Coast with Richard Buckner

There are two great things about bands — in this case, Sebadoh — touring. There’s the nature of the event, being that you get to see the greatness that is and has been Lou Barlow for the last two decades. Then — and this gets a little more tricky — there’s that pairing that comes every once in a while between two artists that just really makes sense in sharing a bill. This spring, it’s Sebadoh, with Richard Buckner as support — very fitting, since Lou Barlow has made his peace with Dinosaur Jr. and Richard Buckner has gone a little while without crooning about past relationships. His last album, in fact, was in 2006, but Merge promises that he’s working on new material to satisfy the moody, sensitive folk sect. Who could ask for more?

(Note, in light of Sebadoh’s habit of tours like wine-and-cheese pairings: they just finished a tour of the West Coast with Quasi, which, you know, makes sense too.)

Tourdates (all but 03.30 w/ Richard Buckner):

03.23.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
03.24.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
03.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.26.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.27.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.29.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.30.11 - Tallahassee, FL - The Charles Mansion *
03.31.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.01.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.02.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
04.03.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.04.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.08.11 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.09.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.10.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom

* Emperor X, Woset (no Richard Buckner)

• Sebadoh: http://www.sebadoh.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• Richard Buckner: http://www.richardbuckner.com

Millions of teenage girls let out Wilhelm screams as James Blake announces world tour

It’s time to get dubstepping to the ticket booth, people, because James Blake is going on tour. Sources close to Blake’s camp inform us that he’s decided to haul his big ol’ palette of minimal sound around the globe entirely on account of TMT’s glowing review of his self-titled album, released just last month on Atlas/A&M. Gosh, who knew we had such clout?? As a little “thank you” to Mr. Blake, we’ve decided to collectively compose a haiku in his honor.

James, you are the man
Our tweeters start vibrating
Whene’er you are near

Dates:

03.10.11 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
03.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.23.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
03.24.11 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
03.26.11 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
03.27.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
03.29.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
04.01.11 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
04.03.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Sodra
04.05.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.07.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
04.08.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Schouuwburg
04.10.11 - London, UK - Ether Festival
04.12.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
04.13.11 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
04.15.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
04.16.11 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
04.18.11 - Munich, Germany - Atomic Cafe
04.19.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Plaza
04.21.11 - Milan, Italy - Lambretto Art Project
04.23.11 - Bourges, France - Printemps de Bourges
04.25.11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
04.26.11 - Turcoing, France - Turcoing Grand Mix
04.28.11 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.30.11 - Leeds, UK - Academy
05.08.11 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
05.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
05.11.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.12.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Rivoli Cabaret
05.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
05.16.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
05.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
05.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
05.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

• James Blake: http://www.myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction
• Atlas/A&M: http://www.interscope.com

Antlers announce new album Burst Apart for May, drive followers crazy on Twitter

The Antlers announced this week that the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album Hospice (TMT Review) will be titled Burst Apart and is set for release on May 10 via Frenchkiss Records. The album was recorded without the assistance of an outside producer or engineer in the band’s own Brooklyn studio over a period of five months. Singer/guitarist Peter Silberman has said that the album was strongly influenced by the band’s love of electronic music, which he describes as “music that keeps moving and is kind of entrancing and expansive at the same time.” Let’s hope that means it will sound more Radio Dept.-ish and less like a Scissor Sisters B-side.

In the meantime, The Antlers will be playing songs from Burst Apart live during a headlining set at the NPR SXSW showcase at The Parish in Austin on March 17, which will also be available to stream on NPR’s website. Before they head off to Austin, though, The Antlers — who we interviewed not too long ago — will also be annoying the fuck out of you if you follow them on Twitter, given their newfound love of retweeting any anagram of Burst Apart that their fans tweet at them. Seriously guys, we get it. We’re excited for the new album. Now STOP RETWEETING!

Burst Apart tracklisting:

01. I Don’t Want Love
02. French Exit
03. Parentheses
04. No Widows
05. Rolled Together
06. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
07. Tiptoe
08. Hounds
09. Corsicana
10. Putting the Dog to Sleep

• The Antlers: http://www.antlersmusic.com
• Frenchkiss Records: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Harder, better, faster, more refreshing: Daft Punk to appear on Coca-Cola bottles

Coca-Cola has announced that later this month they will launch Coca-Cola Music, a collaboration between the soda giant and today’s hottest bands. First up? Maroon 5, of course! They’re pretty relevant these days, right? Either way, Coke will fuel the Maroon 5 dudes for something they’re calling a “24hr Session,” which will take place on March 22 and will feature the band creating a song over a 24-hour period by incorporating user suggestions. That’s going to take a whole lot of “Coke” for them to stay awake for 24 hours.

Coca-Cola aren’t stopping with Maroon 5, though. They’ve also decided it’s time people pay attention to this little French band known as Daft Punk, by slapping their robot-clad faces on Coke bottles. Now Daft Punk will get the acclaim they deserve! Thanks, Coca-Cola!

• Coca-Cola: http://www.coca-cola.com
• Daft Punk: http://www.daftpunk.com

Cymbals Eat Guitars embrace Barsuk, cover Uncle Bob (Pollard), ready second LP

NYC quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars have announced their signing to Barsuk Records, home to such fellow luminaires as David Bazan, Maps & Atlases, Menomena, and Viva Voce. The band — no slouches, they &mdash spent nearly the last two years touring 2009’s Why There Are Mountains and are set to record their sophomore release later this month with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), who knows a thing or two about twisting knobs; the new LP is due this fall.

Cymbals Eat Guitars also contributed a cover of Guided By Voices nugget “Gleemer” to an upcoming Guided By Voices tribute LP entitled Sing for Your Meat on No More Fake Labels, which also boasts contributions from the likes of Lou Barlow, Blitzen Trapper, Crooked Fingers, Elf Power, Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Sorry About Dresden, and Superdrag. That there album is due April 16. You can listen to Cymbals Eat Guitars’ version of “Gleemer” right here, right now.

• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://cymbalseatguitars.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

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