Wooden Wand announces new album this fall on Young God, summer tour

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I think we know more about the extremely prolific Wooden Wand than we used to (example TMT News, 2006). In fact, we know quite a lot about Death Set, the forthcoming album by Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth, which will be released this October under the name Wooden Wand (not “and the Vanishing Voice,” “and the Sky High Band,” “Wand,” or any variations thereof). Recently, Toth released James & the Quiet (TMT Review), as well as his last album, a collection of demos, through experimental god Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label. But Toth wasn’t satisfied with just one deity. For Death Seat, he’s moved on to work with another legend, Michael Gira (Swans) and his Young God Records.

The new album, as you can expect from a WW offering, includes collaborations with a slew of musicians, including William Tyler of Lampchop and Silver Jews, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev, and Big Blood’s Colleen Kinsella and Caleb Mulkerin. You can listen to a non-album version of the titular song from Death Seat on Wooden Wand’s MySpace. I recommend a front porch, sunset, and lonely breakup to go along with it.


06.18.10 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival *
06.19.10 - London, ON - GIgs *
06.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.22.10 - Chicago, IL - The Abbey
07.21.10 - Lexington, KY - Al’s Bar ^

* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes
^ D Charles Speer & the Helix

• Wooden Wand: http://www.myspace.com/woodenwand

Geddy Lee thinks Rand Paul is a tool: Rush sues Senate Campaign over use of hit singles

A lot of people love Rush. The Mars Volta love them. Broken Social Scene love them. Fans are determined to see them inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But more importantly, libertarians love them, especially after the revelation that the seminal album 2112 was based on Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem. (That of course explains the song “Anthem,” too.) So it should be of little surprise that quasi-libertarian Senate candidate Rand Paul would have hit single “Tom Sawyer” playing in a YouTube video supporting the candidate, as well as blasting “The Spirit of Radio” at the candidate’s victory rally in Bowling Green on May 18.

But does Rush love them back? While we can question whether Geddy Lee liked Kevin Drew’s singing, we know for certain that they did not like Rand Paul putting up these songs lackadaisically: The band has filed a cease-and-desist to the Paul campaign and have requested YouTube remove their music from the campaign video in accordance to its copyright policy. YouTube complied with the request, and the video is now silent. Rush’s lawyer, Roger Farmer, wrote in the filing that “The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes: any public venue which allows such use is in breach of its public performance license and also liable for copyright infringement.” Mr. Farmer attempted to distance the political element in the filing later on, saying that “This is not a political issue — this is a copyright issue,” and that “We would do this no matter who it is.”

Campaign manager Jesse Benton is attempting to suppress the situation even further, saying “The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue.” However, such subjugation of copyright raises some questions. Rand Paul is clearly attempting to pattern his campaign in the form of his father Ron’s presidential campaign from 2008. The Texas congressman has taken a lonely stand in favor of fair use for consumers and consumer privacy, which is against the RIAA/MPAA’s campaign of IP lockdown that is supported by most of Congress. Does Rand, especially in light of these allegations, follow his father’s ideals in this regard? The campaign has not responded to calls as of press time.

(Special Thanks to Joshua Green of The Atlantic for the headline)

It’s not a Hot Snakes reunion, but it’s close enough! Obits go on tour with Night Marchers

About half a decade ago, awesome Brooklyn garage ragers Hot Snakes broke up. Since then, vocalist Rick Froberg formed Obits, while guitarist John Reis started The Night Marchers. That’s all fine and well, but the question of whether Froberg and Reis (who also played in Drive By Jehu together) would share a stage again loomed large. Now, that question has an answer — sort of. Technically, the two will share a string of stages as their respective bands tour the West Coast this July. They just, you know, (probably) won’t occupy it at the same time. Still, it’s not like either of them is going to hog it or anything, so they’re still totally sharing it.

Obits tourdates:

07.20.10 - Alex’s Bar - Long Beach, CA *
07.21.10 - Blank Club - San Jose, CA *
07.23.10 - Dante’s - Portland, OR *
07.25.10 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver BC, Canada *
07.27.10 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA *
07.28.10 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
07.29.10 - Casbah - San Diego, CA *
07.31.10 - Che Café - San Diego, CA *

• Obits: http://www.obitsurl.com
• The Night Marchers: http://www.thenightmarchers.com

Ariel Pink to guest on new Avalanches record? Welcome to paradise-dise-dise-dise…!

When they heard that the powers that be over at TMT had named their modest little collage-based chill-hop record from 2001, Since I Left You, to the #40 spot on their Favorite 100 Albums of 2001-2009 mega-list, the mystery-shrouded Australian crew known as The Avalanches thought twice about having never followed that record up.

Scrambling back to the studio to cash-in on our game-changing accolades before the last of the sparkle had faded, the guys hastily grabbed the first doofus they could find who managed to score four-and-a-half of those little circle thingies from our intentionally confounding ratings system, figuring this sort of partnership would hook the kids of today. That doofus just happened to be Ariel Pink, whose Before Today (TMT Review) recently got the world’s teeny-bopping Kin users more bent out of shape than Dave Grohl on a coffee binge.

And low, just yesterday, according to Pitchfork, an administrator on The Avalanches’ message board confirmed that Pink has indeed been enlisted for some guest vocal duties on a new Avalanches jam. “I hear ariel pink is recording some guest vocals for it and once those are done, the album will be finished (!),” read his brief post. I guess we’ll have to wait a little while longer to see where this all goes. Hmmm… in the interim, what’s say we pass the time by revisiting another one of many delightful Dave Grohl videos that our fine sponsor, the Internet, has to offer. (Talk about the antithesis of chill-wave…)

• The Avalanches: http://www.theavalanches.com
• Ariel Pink: http://www.myspace.com/arielpink

Crystal Castles announce US tour, pray for a complete lack of controversy

I’ve got to give it to Crystal Castles; they’ve managed to stay controversy-free for some time now. Alice Glass and Ethan Kath have made it through this year so far without punching anybody or accusing anyone of gear theft or getting tangled up in copyright infringement suits. Three cheers for them, I think! But touring does tend to put their controversy avoidance to the test, so we’ll see how it goes when they tour the US throughout August and September. They’ll be supporting their recently released self-titled album (follow up to 2008’s self-titled album), which also manages to be fairly uncontroversial. Unless, of course, you loathe bands having more than one self-titled record, but you’re probably too busy trying to fight Weezer anyway.

Crystal Castle tourdates:

08.06.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre &$
08.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Summer Music Festival @ LA State Park
08.09.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *&
08.11.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek *&
08.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre *&
08.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Koolhaus *$
08.15.10 - Montreal, PQ - Metropolis *$
08.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *$
08.18.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *$
08.20.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
08.21.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
08.22.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.07.10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
09.08.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Room)
09.09.10 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
09.11.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
09.13.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
09.14.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues

* HARD Summer Tour w/ Sinden and Destructo
& Proxy
$ Rusko

• Crystal Castles: http://www.myspace.com/crystalcastles

Crooked Fingers ask fans to set aside their dreams to help fund their new covers EP

I want you to imagine the sort of things you buy all the time: toilet paper, coffee, Netflix subscriptions, blackmarket kidneys. Now, I want you to think about what would happen if you took all of that and were just, like, “Fuck it! I wanna put my money to some good use, something that I’ll have to show my grandcats and tell that that ‘I was a part of this piece of art.’” Well, if you contribute to Crooked Fingers’ new fan-funded covers EP, that toilet-paper-less dream could become a reality.

That’s right: Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf is releasing the Reservoir Songs Volume II EP on July 6 — with your help, of course. Bachmann plans on covering Merle Haggard, Thin Lizzy, and The Kinks this time around. The EP will be a vinyl- and download-only release from the Foreign Leisure label. Interested parties can visit Kickstarter for more information. And check out his cover of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” at the Chocolate Grinder if you need some enticement.

• Crooked Fingers: http://www.crookedfingers.com


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