Wilco Tour Starts February 7; Dads Rock Out

Everyone’s favorite art-dad-rock outfit Wilco are going on tour. Dates below:

02.07.10 - Missoula, MO - Missoula Adams Center
02.09.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall
02.10.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
02.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - David Lam Park (Winter Olympics free show)
02.15.10 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium
02.16.10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee Auditorium
02.17.10 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
02.19.10 - Duluth, MN - DECC Arena
02.20.10 - Madison, WI - Madison Overture Hall
02.21.10 - East Lansing, MI - Wharton Cobb Great Hall
02.23.10 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
02.24.10 - London, ON - Centennial Hall
02.27.10 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
03.01.10 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
03.03.10 - Halifax, NS - Forum Multipurpose Room

[Photo: Jason Tinder]

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net

P.O.S. Heads the Hell Out on Tour; Plays Guitar and Everything

Can we say punk-rap now? Or even rap-punk? Have enough people forgotten about Linkin Park? Have Beastie Boys fans given up on the insane notion that Mike D and company were viable punk rockers? Hell, even if punk-rap or its vice-versa were an accepted genre label, it’d be silly to assign the mighty P.O.S. with such a label. Sure, the dude is all “aggressive” and plays “electric guitar” and stuff, but come on. Let’s quit distilling interesting performers down to the most basic terms that are comfortable to us. Mainly what I’m saying is: just see P.O.S. live. As a man who was not disappointed by his live concert show, I feel comfortable giving the Mike McHugh Guarantee that you, too, probably won’t be disappointed by his performance either. So let’s put ourselves out there, America! Go vegan or go home!

02.02.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
02.04.10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
02.05.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
02.06.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.07.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.08.10 -Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.09.10 - Missoula, MT - Badlander
02.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
02.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
02.13.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
02.14.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
02.16.10 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
02.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.19.10 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
02.20.10 - San Diego, CA - The Loft - UCSD
02.21.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
02.22.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers
02.23.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02.24.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
02.26.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
02.27.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey
02.28.10 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
03.02.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03.03.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
03.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
03.05.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.06.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
03.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
03.11.10 - Portland, ME - Space
03.12.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
03.13.10 - Montreal, QC - II Motore
03.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
03.16.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
03.17.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.18.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
03.19.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.20.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall

• P.O.S.: http://www.myspace.com/pos
• Rhymesayers: http://www.rhymesayers.com

Garbage Islands in the Stream, That Is What We Are: Gorillaz Release Plastic Beach March 8

America’s favorite cartoon band is back! (Sorry, Jem and The Holograms, I’m talking about REAL cartoon bands only.) That’s right, five years after the release of their last album, Demon Days, Gorillaz are back… and apparently based out of one of those garbage islands in the Pacific. The press release even says so!

The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

Well, that’s gross. But the news of this new album, Plastic Beach, is anything but. It’s scheduled for a March 8 release on Virgin, and the band is celebrating by headlining Coachella on April 18. Check out first single “Stylo” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

This tracklisting is… sigh… bananas:

01. Orchestral Intro (feat. Sinfonia ViVA)
02. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
03. White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy & The National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
04. Rhinestone Eyes
05. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)
06. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul)
07. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
08. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
09. Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
16. Pirate Jet

• Gorillaz: http://www.gorillaz.com
• Virgin: http://www.virginrecords.com

Microsoft Brings $43 Million Lawsuit Against Lithuanian Torrent Site LinkoManija

Maybe I’ve got it all wrong, but I didn’t think you could earn $43 million running a torrent tracker out of Lithuania. Well, Microsoft seems to think you can. TorrentFreak is reporting that the software giant has filed a lawsuit to that tune against one Kestas Ermanas, a man it accuses of facilitating the theft of its Microsoft Office products by operating the widely used LinkoManija website. Ermanas stated in an interview with TorrentFreak that Microsoft never once contacted LinkoManija with a torrent takedown request.

Microsoft probably realizes that it’s unlikely, if not impossible, to get the full damages it’s seeking, as Lithuanian law limits possible winnings to a mere $53,000 dollars. Perhaps Microsoft is using the case to set precedent, so it can chase after, or just scare the bejesus out of, other torrent sites similar to LinkoManija.

The development comes at a time when other media giants, like the RIAA, have decided to slow down the lawsuits against file-sharers and find new ways to rein in the digital black market. To avoid reputation-tarnishing lawsuits, the RIAA has been increasingly working to forge agreements with ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to limit or even cut off bandwidth to customers they suspect of downloading music illegally. So, for the moment, it looks like the media companies are using tricks both old and new to keep their intellectual property safe, but the battle for the internet rages on, with no clear end in sight.

The National Announce New Tourdates and Album, Can’t Decide on an Album Title

Every time a news story is published about The National’s forthcoming album, due in May on 4AD, it seems apparent that the band is having troubles picking a name for it. Since The National are all about the one-word album titles (see previous albums Alligator and Boxer [TMT Review]), I suggest they break that pattern and go crazy. How about a three-word album title? Or, gasp, why not make it five?! Have fun with this one, dudes.

In the meantime, check out The National on the road this spring:

04.22.10 - Richmond, VA - The National Theater
04.23.10 - Richmond, VA - The National Theater
05.06.10 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
05.07.10 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
05.09.10 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
05.23.10 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theater
05.27.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06.02.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
06.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
06.06.10 - Washington DC - DAR Constitution Hall
06.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
06.16.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall

Mom Rejects RIAA’s Settlement Offer, Goes to Third Trial with Middle Fingers In Air

As we previously reported, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was fined $54,000 on January 22 for illegally downloading 24 songs via Kazaa (yes, it was that long ago). The fine was delivered after Thomas-Rasset appealed the original verdict of $1.92 million, which Judge Michael Davis himself called “shocking.”

But it didn’t end there. The RIAA thought it was being even more reasonable when trying to settle with Thomas-Rasset by asking the file-sharing heroine to donate $25,000 to “an appropriate charity benefiting musicians” (and if they hear one more guffaw, they’ll sue your ass too!). However, the RIAA’s nemesis (and mother of four) has once again stuck her mighty middle finger up at the major labels by rejecting the settlement offer. This means the case will go to trial for a third time.

Joe Sibley, Robin to Thomas-Rasset’s Batman (otherwise known as her lawyer), said “Jammie is standing on principle here and will not accede to payment demands that the RIAA is making through an unconstitutional statutory scheme (that they lobbied for the creation of) and we will ride this train to its appellate end no matter how many future remittiturs are rejected.”