Wilco add The Books, Sir Richard Bishop, Vetiver, and more to Solid Sound lineup

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When you’re a band of Wilco’s caliber, you can pretty much do whatever you want. If you want Justin Bieber to sing harmonies on your new album, he’ll appear out of nowhere. If you want Animal Collective to be your backing band, they’ll show up at your house… unannounced. If you want Lil Wayne to— well, he’s actually in jail, but you get the point.

But rather than asking their musician friends for favors, Wilco decided to help them by curating a festival and having them play it. Aw, how nice! Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival is set to take place August 13-15 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA. In addition to previously announced bands like Wilco’s headlining set (uh, duh), The Nels Cline Singers, On Fillmore, The Autumn Defense, and Pronto, the following bands have now been added to the lineup: Avi Buffalo, Sir Richard Bishop, Vetiver, Mountain Man, Brenda, The Books, Deep Blue Organ Trio, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Story Pirates.

The capacity for the festival is limited to 8,000 for the entire weekend, so expect tickets to go quickly. Early-bird pricing is only available through May 31. Tickets can be purchased here.

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net
• Solid Sound Festival: http://www.solidsoundfestival.com

K Records holds out a hand to our robotic brethren, offers digital singles club

The singles club has been a longstanding tradition for us fleshy, underground music-loving humanoids. But what about the robots? Untrusting of anything other than digital music files, men and women made of steel and iron have been unable to taste the sweet fruit of a label’s singles club. They have never known the joy of a new Halo Benders 7-inch delivered to their home.

Thanks to K Records, the robots will suffer no longer. The venerable label is launching the K Singles Zip-Pak, a digital single series. Starting on July 1, the label will send subscribers two songs from K Records artists like Mirah, Chain & The Gang, LAKE, Karl Blau, The Strange Boys, and a bunch of other folks. These tracks will be drawn from physical releases for those of us who eat and breathe, like the International Pop Underground 7-inch series, but six weeks ahead of the physical street dates. Along with the delivered tracks, the Zip-Pak will also feature exclusive mixes, bonus songs, live documents, exclusive photos, custom wallpaper, and other special additions to warm the robotic heart.

Although the Zip-Pak is awfully robot friendly, our robot friends will still have to use regular old human money to subscribe to the service. A one-year subscription to the service will be $50, but those who sign up before May 31 will receive an introductory rate of $45.00. Think about what the enterprising robot could do with another $5! It could do anything!

• K Records: http://www.krecs.com
• K Singles Zip-Pak: http://www.krecs.com/KZipPak

MySpace continues to hemorrhage money, will hopefully one day bankrupt Rupert Murdoch

Since Facebook supplanted MySpace as the “it” thing for all of those uppity kids playing tiddlywinks in my front yard as I shake my fist at them from my porch, the News Corp.-owned MySpace has only done one thing well: lose money. After last year, the News Corp. sector of which MySpace is a part lost $88 million. Reports on News Corp.’s profits this year showed that the same division lost almost double that this year, $150 million.

While MySpace’s financial woes spell trouble for the thousands of local and independent bands who use it in place of an official website, I can’t help but hope that it one day loses enough money to put News Corp., which includes Fox News as its crowning jewel, out of business.

• News Corp.: http://newscorpsucks.com

The Dead Weather announce summer tour (the weather should be fine, actually)

The Dead Weather is a “super-group” that a couple of friends and I came up with after soccer practice one day at our high school. See, we’re all kinda involved in some pretty kewl rock ‘n’ roll bands already that a lot of the girls (even the varsity ones!!!:) :) :)!!!!) seemed pretty in 2 (Mine is called The Turpentine Stains; u should check us out on MySpace 4 sure). But there was this sophomore anti-drug Lock-In coming up, and there was only time for one of our bands to play at it. So my bro Lonnie (who plays kick-ass bass riffs in The Casket Bastards) suggested we all come 2-gether and form a big-ass party band for the occasion.

For the lock-in, we mostly played our favorite Blink songs, but after that, we started writing all this crazy original stuff, and before we knew it, it was Junior year, and we had an album out on Third Man Records (my uncle Larry’s label). I know, right? Craziness. Our parents weren’t so in 2 the idea at 1st… but then they saw this kick-ass show we did at The X-treme Bean Coffee Shop opening up for this college band The Vermin Turds, and they kinda realized that we had something way kewl going on (finally!).

Anyway, now me and my friends are all about to graduate next week. So we’re taking this thing on the road before we all split up and attend different colleges. On May 11, my uncle is putting out our new album, Sea of Cowards, and we’re going to go on our first real tour of the US this summer!!! (btw, u can check out the video for our single on my uncle’s site right now). First we’re doing this fest in Tennessee, and then we’re, like, hitting up every city in America starting this July! Seriously can’t wait. This summer is going 2 rule.

06.12.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.13.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.14.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
07.15.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
07.17.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
07.19.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
07.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
07.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
07.24.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
07.27.10 - Billings, MT - Babcock Theatre
07.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
07.30.10 - Chicago, IL - The Congress Theater
07.31.10 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
08.02.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live!
08.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park

• The Dead Weather: http://www.thedeadweather.com
• Third Man Records: http://www.thirdmanrecords.com

“My name is El-P, I produce and I rap too. Okay, well, on this album, I just produce.” El-P announces all-instrumental LP

In a totally unsurprising move, El-P, well-respected producer and founder of Def Jux, has announced that he will releasing the third volume in the Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx series. The previous two volumes were all previously only available on tour, but the new mixxx will be available in stores August 3 from Gold Dust.

El-P, no stranger to the creation of albums (his official follow-up to 2007’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is also in the works), has said some admittedly mundane things about the process of creating the new album: “I wanted to do little mini-movements that had a real beginning, middle and end and then moved on.” Wow, a beginning a middle, AND an end? What experimentation!

What other developments have been introduced, El? “The challenge for me was taking all these seemingly unrelated little pieces of music I had laying around and fitting them together as a cohesive piece. I wanted to craft a record that had an arc.” Sounds like you really want to make what we call an “album.” That, or all the Yes you’ve been listening to has truly made on impact on the concepts for your records.

El-P has also stated that he really hopes anybody who listens to the album won’t “at any point get bored.” Isn’t that anybody’s hope when making an album? I mean, unless you’re a bunch of assholes.

Despite all the obvious observations about the creation and goals of the album, when has an El-P record been anything less than cool? Plus it has a Young Jeezy remix, and Jeezy rules.

Tracklist:

01. Take You Out At The Ball Game
02. Whores:The Movie
03. Meanstreak (In 3 Parts)
04. DMSC
05. Drunk With A Loaded Pistol
06. Time Won’t Tell
07. Secret Police Man’s Ball
08. I Got This (El-P Remix) Redux
09. Jump Fence, Run, Live
10. He Hit Her So She Left
11. Driving Down The Block (El-P Remix) Redux
12. Honda Redux
13. How To Serve Man (Stripped)
14. Contagious Snippet (Wilder Zoby Feat. El-P)
15. Eat My Garbage 2

• El-P: http://www.el-p-weareallgoingtoburninhell.com
• Gold Dust: www.golddust-media.com

M.I.A. titles new LP /\/\/\Y/\, changes release date to July

According to Pitchfork, M.I.A. has titled her forthcoming album /\/\/\Y/\, and it’s due July 13, not June 29. Expect M.I.A. to take over our Facebook soon.

/\/\/\Y/\ tracklisting:

01. The Message
02. Born Free
03. Meds and Feds
04. Lovealot
05. Tequilla
06. It Is What It Is
07. XXXO
08. Tell Me Why
09. Story Told
10. Space

• M.I.A.: http://www.miauk.com
• N.E.E.T.: http://neetrecordings.com
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com
• Interscope: http://www.interscope.com

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