Yann Tiersen signs to ANTI-, releases long-awaited mandolin jams, Dust Lane

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Sage Francis collaborator, Amelie soundtrack composer, bouzouki enthusiast, and all around cool French guy Yann Tiersen has his first album for ANTI- in the works. Entitled Dust Lane and set for an October 12 release (October 4 via Mute in Europe), Tiersen’s latest release finds him rockin’ out on every instrument besides drums, including guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, toy drums, bass, and vintage analog synthesizers. The album also features vocals from Matt Elliot, who has worked with Blonde Redhead, Mogwai, Thurston Moore, and The Pastels. Elliot also lays down some spoken-word excerpts from saucy surrealist Henry Miller. Come to us, October 12, come!

Dust Lane tracklist:

01. Amy
02. Dust Lane
03. Dark Stuff
04. Palestine
05. Chapter Nineteen
06. Ashes
07. Till The End
08. Fuck Me

• Yann Tiersen: http://www.yanntiersen.com
• ANTI-: http://www.anti.com

Bert Jansch cancels tour with Neil Young

“Bert is deeply disappointed to be missing the shows,” reads the official press release before saying sorry, “and [Bert] apologises sincerely to all the fans who were hoping to see him… [Bert] is looking forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”

That’s right, all you folk fans and people who enjoy Neil Young opening acts, Bert Jansch (who is, without a doubt, an incredibly acclaimed and important modern folk musician) has had to cancel all of his dates as opener on the Gulf Coast leg of Young’s solo tour. In addition to the dates with Neil, Jansch was also forced to cancel a series of solo shows on the East Coast. Furthermore, the folk legend has been forced to back out of a performance at this year’s Farm Aid, which Bert was “very much looking forward to.”

What caused all the hubbub and cancellations? Well, Bert has a condition known as “lung cancer” and has decided to undergo an “urgent operation to deal with complications” from said lung cancer so that he will continue living. While fans are disappointed, they definitely agree with Jansch’s assertion that staying alive is more important than playing shows. Don’t worry though, Jansch has been told by his doctors that “he should be fit and well again soon.”

Let’s hope he gets back on the road!

• Bert Jansch: http://www.bertjansch.com

The mysteries of Blank Dogs will be revealed in time. Until then, new LP Land and Fixed due October 12!

Blank Dogs: so dreamy, so mysterious! Less mysterious than they once were, since Blank Dogs main man Mike Sniper no longer simply goes by Mr. Blank Dog, but there are still plenty of mysteries involved. What exactly makes those dogs so darn blank? How do you get to be both under AND under? Did he build the pyramids? When’s he putting out a new record? Well, heeeeeey, I got an answer for that last one: October 12, that’s when he’s putting out a new record! Land and Fixed, that’s what it’s called! And get this: Sniper’s own Captured Tracks label is the one putting the record out!

Sniper claims the new record is more cleanly recorded, with a focus on creating an expansive sense of space. That’s all well and good, but I’m more interested in the fact that Sniper says he holds himself to “Prince-like standards.” What higher standards can there be? None, there can be none.

Land and Fixed tracklist:

01. Goes By
02. Collides
03. Longlights
04. Northern Islands
05. Insides
06. Blurred Tonight
07. Languages
08. Elevens
09. Out the Door
10. All Around
11. Through the Wall
12. Treelines

• Blank Dogs: http://www.myspace.com/blankdogtime
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com

Massive Attack tour with Thievery Corporation, release new benefit EP

Massive Attack are heading to the lush, (occasionally oily) green shores of Northern America this fall for a string of dates from Coast to Coast. There’s a lot to be excited about on this tour, from the magic sparkly light show to tourmates Thievery Corporation. Massive Attack are concurrently releasing their follow-up to this year’s lukewarmly received Heligoland (TMT Review), an EP to support War Child (a charity that works to help children affected by… war). The limited-edition vinyl version comes with a numbered screenprint.


01. Atlas Air (edit) film
02. Atlas Air (Tim Goldsworthy remix)
03. Redlight (feat. Guy Garvey)
04. Redlight (Clark remix)

Dates (all with Thievery Corporation):

10.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.19.10 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.21.10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10.22.10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10.23.10 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
10.26.10 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
10.27.10 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
10.29.10 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater
10.30.10 - Asheville, NC - MOOG Festival/Asheville Civic Center
11.01.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
11.04.10 - San Diego, CA - RIMAC Arena
11.05.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
11.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Greek
11.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Gibson

• Massive Attack: http://www.massiveattack.com

Small Black announce new tourdates for the millionth time, forget which city they call home

If you’re friends with or dating or related to a member of Small Black, it’s pretty much a given that you haven’t seen them much in the past year. The band itself is even beginning to forget which borough they call home. Luckily, the members of Small Black will make a pit stop in Brooklyn to jog their memories when they open for No Age this weekend, before heading out on a month-long tour in October. Unlike the other 500 times that Small Black came to your city, this fall they’ll be supporting and most likely playing songs from their debut album, New Chain, which is due October 26 via Jagjaguwar.

09.18.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
09.20.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church ^
10.22.10 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West &
10.23.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 &
10.24.10 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Baracade &
10.26.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn &
10.27.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder &
10.28.10 - New Orleans, LA - The Saint &
10.29.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Jr. &
10.30.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern &
11.01.10 - El Paso, TX - TBD
11.02.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space &
11.03.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah & %
11.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo & %
11.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent & %
11.08.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene & %
11.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project & %
11.10.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club & %
11.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court &
11.13.10 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis &
11.15.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle &
11.16.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick &
11.17.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop &
11.18.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club &
11.19.10 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont &
11.21.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott &

& Class Actress
% Young Prisms
^ No Age

• Small Black: http://www.myspace.com/smallblacksounds
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Jean-Luc Godard helps out a stranger, gives 1,000 euros to downtrodden Frenchman arrested for MP3 downloads

We reported recently on the Swedish downloader who shared a paltry 6,000 audio files, hopefully scaring you into putting your torrent obsession on hold. As we know, internet piracy happens the world over, and in France James Climent was brought to court for downloading 13,788 MP3s (at the time of his arrest in 2005; now he claims to have more than 30,000). Finally, after years of judicial jousting, he was fined 20,000 euros in 2009.

These things never seem to end, and Climent has been in and out of French news since the court proceedings began in 2007 (for the last year, he has given updates on his blog as he makes plans for an appeal before the European Court of Human Rights). In August, the French paper Libération ran a profile on Climent, detailing his woes, and caught the attention of one Jean-Luc Godard.

That’s right. Jean-Luc Godard, better known as the masterful director who induced you to dabble in ostensibly high-brow cinema with Breathless, Masculin Féminin, and Week End. After reading about Climent in Libé, Godard was so moved by Climent’s tribulations that he offered 1,000 euros to help pay for his legal expenses.

If you are familiar with post-New Wave Godard (not everything ended in 1968), this display of support may not come as a total surprise. Only last year, he declared in an interview (loosely translated, entitled “Artist rights? The artist only has duties”), “Of course, I’m against HADOPI. There is no intellectual property.” (He continues with an interesting quote against inheriting artists’ rights and property: “Je suis contre l’héritage, par exemple. Que les enfants d’un artiste puissent bénéficier des droits de l’œuvre de leurs parents, pourquoi pas jusqu’à leur majorité….”)

Since announcing Godard’s contribution, Climent has also admitted that he has received between 1,000 and 1,200 euros from ATILD and a hefty sum from followers sympathiques via PayPal and Flattr.

Now why didn’t those Johnny Depp movies show this kind of kindness towards pirates?