Your Monday Morning Just Got A Little Suckier: Explosions In The Sky Cancel Their Summer Dates

Explosions in the Sky have communicated in a brief statement on their website that they have been forced to cancel all of their European summer dates due to a family member falling seriously ill. This includes an imminent date at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, which I was totally going to go to. Damn, man.

TMT's thoughts are with the band and their family and hope for a speedy recovery.

If you live in any of the following towns, get ready to stamp your foot and go "Oh, for Fu":

The World Don’t Move to the Beat of Just One Drum; Strokes Guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. To Tour

Fresh off an opening slot on tour with everyone's favorite rap/rock/bro/jock/alt/funk/metal band Incubus, The Strokes' rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. is going on a solo tour! Yes, that band. Mmhmm, The Strokes -- our former "Saviors of Rock 'n' Roll." I know, I know... that never quite panned out. Of course, they're all still alive! How could you ask such a thing? No, he's not the one who dated Drew Barrymore; that's the drummer. Albert Hammond, Jr. is the thin, unkempt, scruffy looking one. No, not the tired-looking one; that's the singer. You know Hammond, Jr... the one with the skinny suits! Yeah, I guess you're right. Hmmm, more distinguishing... well, he's the one with the hair -- a little messy, a little styled... come on! There's only five of them! Okay, okay, you're right. It has been a few years since this band was relevant, which is exactly why I prepared this insightful, informative, and educational quiz:

Different Folks Make Up The Strokes! Shall we get started?

1. Which Stroke attended an elite school in both New York City and Switzerland?

a) Julian Casablancas, lead singer

b) Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist

c) Both 'a' and 'b'

d) NME circa 2001 called and it wants its quiz back.
2. Which band member indulges in thrift store garb?

a) Fabrizio Moretti, drummer

b) Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist

c) Both 'a' and 'b'

d) Ah, so that's how they all look so cool.
3. Which Stroke measures in at over six feet tall?

a) Nick Valensi, guitarist

b) Nikolai Fraiture, bassist

c) Both 'a' and 'b'

d) You mean they're tall AND handsome?!

Ah, fuck it. Who am I kidding? They're all the same. Catch one of them on tour this summer.

But they got Diff'rent Strokes. It takes Diff'rent Strokes to move the world:

Brooklyn’s Finest: Dirty Projectors To Tour, Book Your European Vacation Now!

Peep the style and the way the cops sweat Dirty Projectors. The number one question is can the Feds get them. They've got vendettas in dice games against ass-betters and those who pump wheels and drive Jettas. Take that with ya. They've got mob ties like Sinatra. Peruvians tried to do them in (they ain't paid them yet). Tryin to push 700s (they ain't made them yet). Rolex and bracelets is frostbit. Rings, too, people round the way call them Igloo Stick. Who? Motherfuckers.

I don't know how much more blunt things could get, but if you didn't catch that, Dirty Projectors, the Brooklyn-based brainchild of eclectic indie composer/deranged racket-causing mastermind David Longstreth, are bringing their tortured pop music to the masses. After recently sharing the stage with such acclaimed acts as Grizzly Bear, Hella (a quintet now, WTF!?), Battles, and Deerhunter, Projectors will participate in the David Bowie-curated High Line Fesitval in New York City (with Deerhoof) to be followed by a summer jaunt through Europe, including a couple festival dates. In late April, the band will again set their roots in the city they call home with a performance at New York City's Whitney Museum.

Currently supported by the cooing harmonies of Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian, The Dirty-Dirties are at their finest and represent a shining beacon of everything that's right in independent music. With an ever-evolving sound blending dizzying guitar lines, commanding percussion, and vocals that alternate between gooey-sweet melody, haunting lows, and shrieking highs, the band is sure to impress. You can hear their recent session at the Daytrotter Studio here for a taste of the dazzling eccentricities this band has to offer. Longstreth's yelps and hollers are almost as frightening as his pleasantly bizarre lyrics, casting him as one of the most welcomed spokesmen of the fucked up and pissed off since Jaime Stewart of Xiu Xiu first started scaring the shit out of us with songs about crushing depression and a deformed penis.

If you're not in NYC or Europe, try this:

Raise Your Candles in the Air; Sonic Youth Touring and Playing Daydream Nation

Remember last year when you were so pumped about seeing Sonic Youth play your hometown? Remember when they took the stage and didn't play a single song written before the war on terrorism began? Remember how disappointed you were? You just wanted to hear "Teen Age Riot" one more fucking time to get out all that adolescent angst that didn't get dispelled during your teenage years. Well listen, you're 35 now and the time has come. The question now is will you be there? Because Thurston, Kim, Lee, and Steve will be jet-setting across the world in collaboration with All Tomorrow's Parties' Don't Look Back series, playing Daydream Nation from start to finish at most stops along the way. The tour will be an extensive North American/European escapade to promote the June 12 release of a deluxe version of the 1988 classic.

Geffen will be releasing the double CD, and SY will self-release a quadruple LP on their Goofin' Records label. Disc one will feature the originally released version of Daydream plus a home demo of Eric's Trip, while the second CD will feature live recordings from the Daydream Nation tour and four cover songs: Within You, Without You – The Beatles, Computer Age – Neil Young, Electricity – Captain Beefheart, and Touch me, I'm Sick – Mudhoney.

There's no excuse for missing this one. They're playing everywhere:
06.02.07 - Primavera Festival - Barcelona, Spain*
06.15.07 - Greenfield Festival - Interlaken, Switzerland
06.16.07 - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
06.18.07 - Manezh Kadetskogo Korpusa - St. Petersburg, Russia
06.19.07 - B1 Club - Moscow, Russia
06.23.07 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen, Germany
06.24.07 - Hurricane Festival - Scheessel, Germany
06.26.07 - E Werk - Koln, Germany
06.27.07 - Columbia Halle - Berlin, Germany*
06.29.07 - Open'er FestivalGdynia, Poland
07.01.07 - Furia Sound Festival - Cergy Pontoise, France
07.03.07 - La Palio - Istres, France
07.05.07 - Spaziale - Torino, Italy*
07.06.07 - Piazza Castello - Ferrara, Italy*
07.07.07 - Romano di Ostia Antica Roma, Italy*
07.13.07 - Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, IL*
07.19.07 - Berkely Community Theater - Berkeley CA*
07.20.07 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
07.28.07 - McCarren Park Pool - Brooklyn, NY*
08.15.07 - Paredes de Coura Festival - Near Porto, Portugal
08.22.07 - ABC1 - Glasgow, Scotland*
08.26.07 - Openair at ARENA - Vienna, Austria
08.29.07 - La Vilette Jazz Festival - Paris, France with Mats Gustafson, Michel Doneda, and Jean-Marc Monterra
08.30.07 - Roundhouse London, England*
08.31.07 - Roundhouse London, England*
09.01.07 - Roundhouse London, England*
09.02.07 - Electric Picnic - County Laois, Ireland

* Playing Daydream Nation

It Takes an Entire Market Research Company to Realize the Music Industry Isn’t Hurting At All

eMarketer is reporting that the music industry's revenues are continuing to rise at a healthy and steady pace. What? I thought the RIAA said that everyone was punishing the artists by illegally downloading music and that the industry was losing millions of dollars. Wrong.

You see, where CD sales and music services fail, tours, music licensing, and Sub Pop songs on Grey's Anatomy more than make up for the lost revenue. Hell, eMarketer is even reporting that hoodie, t-shirt, and P.Diddy thong sales more than make up for the CD sales as well.

Let's crunch some numbers shall we?. According to eMarketer, the music industry is growing at an average annual rate of 2.8% a year. Essentially that means in 2006 the industry made $23.1 billion, and in 2011, the industry will make around $26.5 billion. How 'bout that?

This writer rejoices that the music industry is doing so well but is throughly confused as to why the RIAA has to suck so fucking bad. It's frightening to think that the RIAA and their ass coalition of record labels will go so far as to try and lie, spin the truth about CD sales, and scare people with their outlandish threats.

So, there you have it; it took a research company to figure out the RIAA is wrong and that the music industry has huge growth potential. Now if I can just hire a research company to check out this growth on my ass.

Starlight Mints’ Gear Stolen: Americans - 0, Terrorists/Communists - 5487

It seems like every week there is news about equipment being stolen from a band that typically doesn't deserve it. I know you're thinking, what band deserves such travesty? That band is Hinder. Hinder is that band. Feel free to steal any of their "musical" equipment and give it to a real band in need. You know, sort of like a Robin Hood of our time. Of course, I really don't condone this sort of behavior. You gain nothing in the end, except possibly a record deal where you perform at sold-out cola stadiums under some pretentious alternative title, like Hinder. It's not worth it.

I almost spit up my Taco Bell breakfast at my computer screen this morning when I read the news that Starlight Mints recently had their gear stolen. First, my sympathy went out to the eclectic band, and then I saw the bigger picture of how this has been a constant issue. The Norman, Oklahoma group reported on their MySpace with the following bulletin:

Please help us keep an eye out for the following gear that was stolen out of our trailer which was parked at our hotel in St Paul on May 3rd.

Gibson ES-135 in standard hardcase shell Serial # 92582329

Fender USA Jazz Bass in flight case

Fender USA Stratocaster in standard hardcase shell

Martin Electric Acoustic in standard hardcase shell

Midiman Keyboard

Yamaha/Akai Stage 88 Piano in flight case

Gemeinhardt Flute Serial # 125574

If you have any information that could help them, please leave a message on their MySpace. The band has been touring since their release of Drowaton on Barksuk last year. It is possible that there's no quick or easy answer to stopping fools (or terrorists, as I like to call them) from thieving, but we can always try to help these bands out the best that we can. Don't invite your klepto friend, Steve, to the next show you go to. Instead, buy him some tickets to go see Hinder.

  

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