When you think of The Smiths, you think Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, right? You think of the groundbreaking drums and bubbly bass that made The Smiths a household name in the ‘80s and a looming influence on everything indie since then, right? The snotty romanticism of the lyrics and the signature jangle of the guitar lines are pretty much an afterthought in any conversation about The Smiths.
That's right... it's opposite day!
Of course, if one were to know even a tidbit about The Smiths, it would be concerning Morrissey or that guy from Modest Mouse. That's why a DVD documentary from the point of view of the band's B-team (Joyce and Rourke) is not enough to make America's twee set spend $35 for an import of Inside the Smiths, which has already been released in the UK. It could, however, drum up enough interest to make said set plunk down $16.95 when it's released stateside January 22.
If it suits your fancy, you can take a look at a trailer for Inside The Smiths at here.
Without Mozz and Marr (or any Smiths' music due to legal issues), we're left with Joyce and Rourke guiding us through the band's history, tales of Rourke's heroin addiction and subsequent dismissal, and outsiders like Peter Hook and The Kaiser Chiefs (?) discussing the scope of the The Smiths' influence.
It may turn out to be quite interesting, or (and judging by the Amazon.co.uk customer reviews) it may wind-up like listening to a Garfunkel album.
Friends Of John: Tokyo Police Club and Vampire Weekend To Play a Benefit Concert For Ra Ra Riot’s Late Drummer
When Ra Ra Riot's John Pike was found dead only 24 hours after being reported missing, the entire music community's thoughts went out to his family and friends. Now, in his memory, Pike's bandmates have teamed up with two of his favorite bands for an unbelievably charitable cause. Titled "Friends of John," Tokyo Police Club and Vampire Weekend are scheduled to headline a benefit concert December 15 at Boston's Middle East.
Organized by Syracuse's Ra Ra Riot, all of the proceeds from the event will go to a memorial fund in Pike's name, which aims to lend musical instruments to underprivileged children. According to CMJ, the band's violinist Rebecca Zeller noted, "Because we are musicians and because John loved music, we thought a benefit concert would be the most appropriate way to raise [that] money."
If you cannot attend the show but wish to show your support, donations are accepted by mail (c/o Citizens Bank, 37 Enon Street, Beverly, MA 01915) or through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, tickets for the event can be purchased here.
"The show this year will mainly focus on getting money to help the family get the library started, and hopefully in the years to follow, we will be able to do more and more with the money raised," said Ra Ra Riot's manager, Josh Roth.
The last time Stephin Merritt and co. hit the road, it was 2004, and critics and fans alike were murmuring “i. i? i?!” in an attempt to find deeper meaning in the title of that year’s Magnetic Fields album, which was of course, named i. The title of each track began with an “i” word or the pronoun “I.” What WILL they think of next? 2008 brings us the answer in the form of a new record entitled Distortion, and you know what that means!
Tour (readers’ input as to what Chicago did to get so lucky are welcome):
02.11.07 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
02.12.07 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
02.14.07 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
02.15.07 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
02.22.07 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
02.23.07 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
02.28.07 - San Francisco, CA - The Herbst Theatre
02.29.07 - San Francisco, CA - The Herbst Theatre
03.02.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Henry Fonda Theatre
03.03.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Henry Fonda Theatre
03.06.07 - Seattle, WA - Town Hall
03.07.07 - Seattle, WA - Town Hall
03.14.07 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music $
03.15.07 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music $
03.16.07 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music #
$ two shows, 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM
# two shows, 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM
I don't know about any of you, but New York spaceout psychsmiths Secret Machines aren't fooling me with any of their "cool band name shit."
These boys may play like a pack of ‘roided-up alien kill bots set to "freakout" at their live shows, but from the looks of things, they ain't got no "secrets," clandestine or otherwise.
Seriously. There's nothing up their sleeves whatsoever.
"What about the news of recently departed (uh, from the band, not from the earth) bandmate and/or sibling Benjamin Curtis," you say??
Nope. That's old news at this point. Dude was only holding ‘em back anyway, if you ask me.
"But did you know that they recently did a four-week residency at The Annex in Manhattan, where they debuted a bunch of epic new songs like ‘The Fire is Waiting,’ ‘Atomic Hell,’ and the more free-form epic ‘Have I Run Out,’ which bass/keys/vocalist Brandon Curtis describes as a ‘long section of instrumental music,’'' you persist??
Yeah. I knew that too. And besides, they did that residency like two months ago. Hardly worth reporting, man. Sorry...
"Well, okay, okay," you continue. "But there must at LEAST be some big news about their forthcoming third album for Warner Bros, the follow-up to 2006's Ten Silver Drops that they're currently working on completing, right? Maybe something about Brandon Mason handling the production duties? Some juicy studio details? A tracklist? Some cover art? A drop date??"
Man, I WISH. Well, actually, Brandon Mason IS producing, but i don't even know who that dude IS (probably not this guy, huh? ). And other than that, no, no, no, and NO.
No release dates.
They're not even playing any goddamn shows until next year! What the hell is THAT?!?
Get with it, Secret Machines. If you guys scare up some details about your next LP, feel free to e-mail me. In the mean time, I'm going to go watch Food Network...
Fiery Furnaces to Tour U.S., You to No Longer Need Coats, Mittens, Blankets, or Those Warming Inserts for Snow Boots or Gloves
Warming up never felt so warmed-up, ladies and gents.
And according to a recent press release, your favorite bacon ‘bergers are shifting their style a bit. Known for rearranging their work as medleys in live performances, this string of dates marks a significant cherry-pop for FF. As in, they’re going to play songs normally. Apparently.
Maybe. Don’t hold them to it.
Hip-hop is dead. Nas said so. So where does that leave the vets still cranking out good tunes? It's tempting to overfetishize early ‘90s boom bap and turn Enter The 36 Chambers into a religion, keeping hip-hop alive in the same way Elvis impersonators imitate his behavior and insist he was really abducted by aliens and is living fat and happy in outer space, an approach that's worked wonders for the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks, Army Of The Pharohs, The Demigodz, etc. Others, like the Def Jux crew (who had a fabulous diss war with JMT n' Co. a few years back), leave it all behind in a mess of incomprehensible abstractions about martians and comic books, along with a sense of production reaching more toward industrial music and The Mary Anne Hobbes show.
It's not much of a surprise, then, seeing Del team up with Def Jux. Last century's Deltron 3030 laid Del's sci-fi nerd roots bare over Dan The Automator's Big Money Sound, and Hieroglyphics has always indulged in fantasies involving extraterrestrials. So, let's get excited already -- more self-consciously intellectual babbling over broken synths and found sounds! Awesome!
Seriously, though, this is an exciting development for the "independent as fuck" crowd, whether you think Celph Titled is the second coming of Christ or Aseop Rock is a mouthpiece for the Godhead. Del's produced the entirety of his new LP, The 11th Hour, on his own, so we won't have to worry about El-Producto getting his grubby little hands all over his sound. Who knows, maybe Del can bring a little of that early ‘90s sound he had on I Wish My brother George Was Here and No Need For Alarm to Def Jux's relatively stagnant "experimentation." You can do some detective work on your own and see Del perform his new material live with that Devin The Dude guy, or alternatively pick up Del's new DVD, also titled The 11th Hour, shot during the early stages of production for Del's first solo work in eight years. Let's just hope we can figure out what the hell Del's going on about once the album's released on February 26, 2008.
Free press release (TBD Records = Radiohead's own imprint, FYI):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2007
RADIOHEAD'S IN RAINBOWS CONFIRMED FOR JANUARY 2 RELEASE
On January 2, 2008, TBD Records/ATO Records Group will release in North America the physical version of Radiohead's In Rainbows.
Released in download format earlier this year, In Rainbows has already received tremendous acclaim in the press. British music magazine Q wrote "In Rainbows is a brilliant work" while Rolling Stone said the album "delivers an emotional punch that proves all other rock stars owe us an apology." New York magazine raved, "Radiohead has made their best music in years, maybe ever."
TBD/ATO are currently focusing on both "Bodysnatchers" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" as the North American radio singles.
Produced by Nigel Godrich, In Rainbows is the band's seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2003's RIAA certified Platinum Hail to the Thief.
More information about the album release and the band's touring plans to follow.
Now, check out how pathetic we are:
- 11-05-2007: Radiohead Webcast, Box Set, Etc., Etc.
- 11-01-2007: Radiohead’s In Rainbows Confirmed For Release on XL
- 10-15-2007: Radiohead In Rainbows review
Future Radiohead stories pending.
Hot Water Music Are Post-Hardcore; My Journalism Is Super Post-New Journalism – Dr. Gonzo, Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer Can Kiss My Ass
Hot water music, cold war kids, kids in the hall, hallway monitor, flat screen, drug screening, lsd, dsl, donkey lips, potato chips, donkey bits, monkey tits, finger tips, roofie slips, money clips, cowboy whips, cowgirl hips, lazy eyes, fruit flys, johnny thunder, sleep asunder, cookie monster, red lobster, john foster, America, America, god bless erica, tricky dick, fat-lipped mick, number nine, number nine, naked time, dandelion wine, feel just fine, leather pants, true romance, high school dance, super hickey, rourke comma mickey.
Oh, Hot Water Music are getting back together! It's been almost two whole years since the band stopped doing stuff. Specifically, they haven't done anything since March 13, 2006, the day they "officially disbanded"! HOLY SHIT! Wait, that's not a long time. I've taken longer shits than two years. Isn't two years essentially just a break between projects? I mean, most sophomore efforts take two years to write. I don't know. This is all very confusing. Has the Shitfaced Newsathon ended? Whatever.
Hot Water Music are getting back together for three shows this winter, but no plans for new music have been announced. However, there is a compilation in the works, titled Till The Wheels Fall Off, set for release January 22 via No Idea Records.
Catch ‘em, kids!
Howdy, padner. I’m gonna spin you a little yarn about ol’ Ramblin’ Jack – one from back in the day when he wasn’t so ramblin’. We return briefly to the Age of Giant Reptiles, or, as I like to refer to it, 1993:
A little old movie called Mr. Baseball hits theaters to mixed critical reviews. A risqué biopic that gets at the true nature of Ramblin’ Jack, the real Jack Elliot. None of that fluffy, Time Magazine, cowboy bullshit. The sordid tale begins, as Wikipedia so eloquently states, when “[Elliot] an aging American baseball player [is] put on the trading block by The New York Yankees in favor of a younger player (former Chicago White Sox legend, Frank Thomas), and there's only one taker: the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.”
Needless to say, Jack didn’t much like Japan. As you can image, the movie documents how “the arrogant Elliot clashes with the Japanese culture and soon alienates his new teammates.” Truth is, Jack’s been dealing with aliens all his life. Ever since they picked him up as a small boy in Brooklyn and performed all those experiments on him, he’s been a little... well, let’s just say Jack’s been jumpy. Speaking of which, let me tell you about th... whoa... give me a second... there it goes again. Alright time to take summore of my medicine. I’ll catch you fine folks on your way back.
11.09.07 - Midway, UT - Herber City’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair
11.10.07 - Midway, UT - Herber City’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair $
11.10.07 - Midway, UT - Herber City’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair $
11.10.07 - Midway, UT - Herber City’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair $
12.01.07 - Berkeley, CA - The Freight
$ Multiple performances (12 PM, 1 PM, and 6PM) as part of the CPGBF
Daptone Records Is Soul Excitement! (Free Daptone Mix Now Available, Plus Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Release Video And Add Dates with The Budos Band!)
Hey there, TMT fan! Are you treading water in a sea of identical-sounding indie-folk compilations? Are you wondering why it bothers you when your favorite new artists sing?* Perhaps you’re wondering what that uncontrollable feeling in your pants was that one time you heard Aretha Franklin playing over the sound system in CVS?
Fear not, reader-baby, for I’ve got the cure for your indie rock blues: The Daptone. If you ain’t down with Daptone Records, then you had better get yourself down. For the past five years, the Brooklyn-based label has been putting out some of the finest grooves that you can feel deep down in your bones. In fact, listening to just one Daptone 7-inch has been scientifically proven to make you 60% funkier 85% more likely to realize what a large ensemble can sound like when its members are actually musicians (eat it, Broken Social Scene!).
Let me hip you to some things you might have missed:
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, probably the most well-known artists on the label, recently released their third LP, 100 Days, 100 Nights (TMT Review). They have just added dates to their North American tour (TMT News) featuring labelmates The Budos Band. If they won’t be stopping by your town, you can temporarily fulfill your need for throwback soul lovin’ by watching their new video here. You can also learn a bit about Jones’ history by watching this CNN clip. Can you believe CNN knew about her before you did?
Sharon Jones has also contributed heavily to the movie The Great Debaters, a Denzel Washington flick due for theatrical release December 25. Not only does she appear on the soundtrack alongside Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Billy Rivers, Teenie Hodges, and others, but she also appears in the movie. The soundtrack features early blues, folk, jazz, and gospel songs personally selected by Mr. Washington and is set for release December 11 via Atlantic.
Great Debaters soundtrack tracklist:
1. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Sharon Jones - "My Soul Is a Witness"
2. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, and Teenie Hodges - "That's What My Baby Likes"
3. The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart - "I've Got Blood in My Eyes for You"
4. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Teenie Hodges - "Step It Up and Go"
5. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Teenie Hodges - "It's Tight Like That"
6. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Busy Bootin'"
7. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "City of Refuge"
8. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Sharon Jones, and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "Two Wings"
9. David Berger and the Sultans of Swing - "Delta Serenade"
10. David Berger and the Sultans of Swing - "Rock n' Rye"
11. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, and Teenie Hodges - "Wild About That Thing"
12. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
13. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart - "How Long Before I Change My Clothes"
14. Sharon Jones and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "We Shall Not Be Moved"
15. Sharon Jones and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "Up Above My Head"
16. Art Tatum - "The Shout"
17. Papa Charlie Jackson - "Scoodle Um Skoo"
18. The Delmore Brothers - "I Ain't Got Nowhere to Travel"
19. Marian Anderson - "Begrussung"
Finally, for all you MP3-downloading mouth-breathers who ain’t got no turntable, Binky Griptite (of The Dap-Kings) has released a free hour-long mix of Daptone singles to bring you up to speed on the soul you need. The first “show” on the fictitious WDAP radio station, Binky Griptite’s GhettoFunkPowerHour features 27 tracks from Daptone’s catalog, as well as interludes from Binky himself. Many of these singles have only been released on vinyl until now, so stop trying to shove that 7-inch into the side of your laptop and get to the listening!
You know, they sound kind of like Amy Winehouse.
Binky Griptite’s GhettoFunkPowerHour! tracklist:
1. The Sugarman 3 Feat. Charles Bradley “Take it as it Come”
2. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Give Me a Chance”
3. The Poets of Rhythm “More Mess on my Thing”
4. Antibalas “Che Che Cole”
5. The Daktaris “Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti”
6. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Why Don’t We All Stop Paying Taxes”
7. Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “Mellomatic Mood”
8. The Sugarman 3 “Sugar’s Boogaloo”
9. Lee Fields “Could Have Been”
10. Bob & Gene “Sailboat”
11. Bob & Gene “I Can Be Cool”
(instrumental underneath talking is Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” inst.)
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “How Do I Let a Good Man Down?”
13. The Dap-Kings “Nervous Like Me”
14. The Mighty Imperials feat. Joseph Henry “Never Found a Girl”
15. Charles Bradley & the Bullets “This Love Ain't Big Enough For The Two Of Us”
16. The Budos Band “Aynotchesh Yererfu”
(instrumental underneath talking is Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “Brooklyn Soul Stew” inst.)
17. The Sugarman 3 feat. Lee Fields “Shot Down”
(instrumental underneath talking is Binky Griptite “Stoned Soul Christmas”)
18. The Sugarman Three “La Culebra”
19. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “The Dap Dip”
20. The Sugarman Three feat. Naomi Davis “Promised Land”
21. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done, My Brother?”
22. The Budos Band “Adeniji”
23. The Menahan Street Band “Make the Road by Walking”
(short preview underneath talking) #
24. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” #
25. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “You’re Gonna Get It”
26. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Genuine”
27. The Sugarman 3 “Honey Wagon”
# Released on the Dunham Records imprint
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings adjusted tourdates:
11.09.07 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Underground !!!!!
11.10.07 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !!!!!
11.11.07 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe !!!!!
11.13.07 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
11.14.07 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.15.07 - Chicago, IL - Park West
11.16.07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.17.07 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.18.07 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
11.20.07 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.01.07 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern
12.02.07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy Theatre
12.04.07 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
12.05.07 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
12.07.07 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.08.07 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.09.07 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
12.10.07 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
12.14.07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts !!!!!
12.15.07 - Washington, DC - Black Cat !!!!!
01.04-09.08 - Jamcruise! (Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Roatan, Honduras - Costa Maya, Mexico)
!!!!! The Budos Band
*This bothers you because they are bad at singing.