The Paper Chase Announce Tour, New Disaster-Themed LP, Topic Provides Too Much Fodder for a Focused Headline

I don't know, man. The new Paper Chase album Someday This Could All Be Yours (Part 1), released this week on Kill Rock Stars, is probably good, but what about that tracklisting? "The Extinction," "The Blizzard," "The Mass Hysteria"? I mean, John Congleton's production on the new St. Vincent album is decent. Super, even. But I really can't read about disasters without thinking of the Armageddons and Twisters and Outbreaks or a photo shoot for America's Next Top Model. My brain just overloads with jokes, like it does when I hear the words "Laserdisc" and "GeoCities."

Also, there will be a (Part Two) next year, equally disaster-themed. This is where I cop out.

Someday This Could All Be Yours (Part 1) tracklist:

1. If Nobody Moves Nobody Will Get Hurt (The Extinction)
2. I'm Going to Heaven With or Without You (The Forest Fire)
3. The Common Cold (The Epidemic)
4. The Laying of Hands The Speaking in Tongues (The Mass Hysteria)
5. Your Money or Your Life (The Comet)
6. What Should We Do With Your Body? (The Lightning)
7. This Is a Rape (The Flood)
8. The Small of Your Back The Nape of Your Neck (The Blizzard)
9. This Is Only a Test (The Tornado)
10. We Have Ways to Make You Talk (The Human Condition)

The tourdates:
06.18.09 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
06.19.09 - Hattiesburg, MI - Thirsty Hippo
06.20.09 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
06.21.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06.22.09 - Washington DC - DC9
06.23.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
06.24.09 - Philadelphia, PA - M Room
06.25.09 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.26.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
06.27.09 - Providence, RI - AS220
06.28.09 - Montreal, QC - II Motore
06.29.09 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
07.01.09 - Lansing, MI - Mac's Bar
07.02.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
07.03.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07.04.09 - Dubuque, IA - The Busted Lift
07.05.09 - St. Louis, MI - Firebird

Dr. Dre Debuts Detox In A Dr. Pepper Commercial; In Other News, Da Brat Was Seen Picking Up Empty Soda Cans On A Highway

Not unlike Chinese Democracy, Dr. Dre has been promising the release of his long-awaited final album, Detox, for a long time -- in this case, since the early part of this decade. Originally set for a Fall 2005 release, the album has now been scheduled for release “sometime in 2009 by Interscope Records.” Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, Dr. Dre has come up with what seems to be the ideal way in the 21st century to promote Detox: by partnering up with Dr. Pepper. Hmm, why does this all sound so familiar (TMT News)?

According to Billboard, Dr. Dre will appear in the last installment of Dr. Pepper’s current ad campaign, entitled “Trust Me, I’m A Doctor,” which previously featured appearances from Dr. J, Dr. Frasier Crane, and Gene Simmons (a.k.a. “Doctor Love”). The commercial is scheduled to begin airing June 1. Don't know what a TV is? Don't fret: you can watch it on Billboard’s website right now.

Co-Ed Tours Deemed Okay by 9 Out of 10 Parents; Mika Miko and The Strange Boys Go on Tour

The all-girl L.A. punk crew Mika Miko are hitting the road with all-boy Austin punk crew The Strange Boys. I kind of imagine this as being like a classic middle-school dance -- girls on one side of the van, boys on the other -- but instead of jammin' some Whitney Houston and talking about Jonathan Taylor Thomas, they'll be jammin' their Killed by Death comps and talking about the new issue of Maximum Rock’n’Roll.

Together, they will hit the road to promote their new records -- Mika Miko's brand-new slab called We Be Xuxa (TMT Review) on PPM, and The Strange Boys' recently released debut, The Strange Boys... And Girls Club (TMT Review), available for purchase through In The Red.

The two will hit the road June 5 in Denton, Texas and end things on June 29 at Mika Miko's hometown spot, The Smell. So, look out for a van of pesky kids driving way too fast and throwing Slushies out the window, and then follow them to the gig

06.05.09 - Denton, TX - Rubbergloves
06.06.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7
06.07.09 - Houston, TX - Mangos
06.08.09 - New Orleans, LA - Saturn Bar
06.09.09 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
06.10.09 - Greensboro, NC - UNCG/Square One
06.11.09 - Washington, DC - Comet Pizza and Ping Pong
06.12.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
06.13.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
06.14.09 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
06.15.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Danger Danger Gallery
06.16.09 - Worcester, MA - Ralph's Diner
06.18.09 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
06.20.09 - Columbus, OH - Bourbon Street
06.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
06.23.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.24.09 - Iowa City, IA - Public Space 1
06.25.09 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
06.26.09 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
06.27.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
06.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell

Photo: [Fu-Ya]

Clueless Pop Mega-Star, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Attempts to Sue Anonymous Bloggers (Because He’s R

It seems as if having millions of dollars in one’s bank account (thanks to a successful music career) does not quite prevent you from bouts of uncontrollable rage. Recently Kanye West got seriously pissed at a few twitterers who were pretending to be him on everyone’s favorite micro-blogging service. Now Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has taken the war on everything-internet-related to the next level by attempting to sue some anonymous bloggers who were impersonating him. The Judge dismissed the case since... eh, well... as nobody knew who these bloggers were, they naturally didn’t bother showing up in court (how funny would it be if one of them actually did though).

Sure, I guess most people would get annoyed at others spreading false rumors, unsubstantiated “facts,” and commenting on your mother who passed away last year, but Steven, dude, we’re talking about the fucking internet here. I get all kinds of abuse sent to my inbox as a result of writing for TMT, which I simply laugh off in the knowledge that as a TMT writer I am better than every other person who dares to venture online. As a global megastar, Mr. Tyler, I think you’ve got better things to do than waste time taking a few morons to court because they weren’t very nice on the internet. Maybe soothe your rage in your own personal Jacuzzi, sleep with your gorgeous girlfriend, or get started making a new Aerosmith album. Just sayin’...

Endless Summer 4EVA 2009 Tour: Calexico Embarks on Globe-Trotting Jaunt through North America and Europe

They started off as mere "former members" of Giant Sand, branching off into the Friends of Dean Martinez. From there, it was onwards and upwards to the likes of Richard Buckner and Victoria Williams, also collaborating with Lisa Germano, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Neko Case, and so many beautiful others. This is Calexico we’re talking about here -- namely founding members Joey Burns and John Convertino -- and not only are they hot off the recent(ish) release of the New West DVD Live from Austin, TX, they’re also in the beginning stages of the world’s longest summer tour. They’ve got dates with Neko Case! Dates with Andrew Bird! Dates in a friggin’castle (or at least somewhere that purports to be a castle)! If you’ve ever wanted to throw your workaday existence to the wind and follow some band around, but were too freaked out by the concept of becoming a Deadhead, the Calexico Summer World Tour ’09 might be your best, most mariachi-filled bet.

05.28.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
05.29.09 - Boulder, CO - Chautauqua Auditorium *
05.30.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
05.31.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *
06.02.09 - Tacoma, WA - Pantages Theater *
06.15.09 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Perform.Arts **
06.17.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
06.18.09 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall **
06.19.09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavillion **
06.20.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Arts Center ***
07.03.09 - Duisburg, Germany - Traumzeit Festival
07.04.09 - Cluses, France - Musiques en Stock
07.05.09 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
07.07.09 - Szczecin, Poland - Pomeranian Duke's Castle
07.08.09 - Berlin, Germany - Citadel Music Festival ****
07.09.09 - Passau, Germany - Residenzplatz Open-Air
07.11.09 - Riehen, Switzerland – Wenkenpark *****
07.12.09 - Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07.14.09 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Zeltival
07.15.09 - Darmstadt, Germany - Centralstation
07.17.09 - Wiesen, Austria - Nuke Festival
08.07.09 - Herefordshire, United Kingdom - Big Chill Festival
08.09.09 - Zofingen, Switzerland - Heitere Open Air
08.11.09 - Nurnberg, Germany - Serenadenhof
08.13.09 - Avenches, Switzerland - Rock Oz'Arenes
08.15.09 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out Festival

* Neko Case

** Andrew Bird

*** Decemberists, Yeasayer

**** Lambchop, Lucinda Williams

***** Lambchop

Record Labels Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine: Usenet Site Sues Dutch RIAA

Record companies love to sue! There’s nothing quite like cornering some dastardly file-sharer with a class-action lawsuit. However, it seems that the Dutch have got pretty well fed up with the labels’ lawyers taking the world and his wife to court every time an illegal download is made. The Usenet site is suing BREIN, the Dutch equivalent of the RIAA, arguing that "FTD only facilitates communication between people who quite legally download from Usenet. FTD does not facilitate or carry out any upload and therefore can not be held liable.” (via hypebot)

FTD have asked the court in the Netherlands to clarify a number of points, including the idea that downloading is legal even where copyrighted material is the subject of the download and that revealing content to users on Usenet via FTD is legal without the permission of copyright holders. I can already see label executives shuddering at the thought that the court might rule in favor of FTD. Maybe they shouldn’t have been so aggressive with their never-ending lawsuits.

Camera Obscura Touring, In Danger of Depleting Stage Banter Supply by Fall

I challenge you to find a more disgustingly cute couple than the one in Camera Obscura's "French Navy" video. Although watching them frolic and swap spit around Europe kind of makes me feel like this googly-eyed ball of fur getting tickled.

The Glasgow band will tour in support of its latest release on 4AD, My Maudlin Career, ending right before summer goes from excitingly warm to thickly miserable, everyone laying around in pools of their own sweat. Prime time for ice pops!

The tourdates:
05.28.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.29.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.30.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
06.01.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06.02.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.04.09 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.05.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.06.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06.08.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.09.09 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
06.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
06.13.09 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario
06.15.09 - Austin, TX - Antone's
06.16.09 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
06.18.09 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.19.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
06.20.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
06.21.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.22.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
06.24.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.25.09 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
06.26.09 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
06.27.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
06.29.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center (OSU)
06.30.09 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

Glastonbury Offers Answers of the Holy Grail in the Form of Music Festival; Lineup Finalized, Children’s Crusade to Follow

Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England, is shrouded in myth and lore. The church on the hill is rumored to have been built roughly 65 years after Jesus died and house the Holy Grail. It is said that the remains of King Arthur and Guinevere were found there and then moved and subsequently lost during reformation. Recently, ancient papers were found regarding the legendary music festival that happens there once a year, previously thought to be unconnected to the cities more mysterious mysteries. Carbon-data testing shows that the texts were written circa 1267, when people in England sounded a lot more like Americans. The text:

So like, Joseph of Arimathea was hanging out with Jesus at Avalon a long, long, time ago, and shit, drinking mead, playing ping-pong, talking about dinosaurs, ya know. Chillin'. When Joseph was like ‘Let's do this all the time, J’ and then Jesus was like ‘For real! We could have some bands come here and play, and shit, like once a year’ and Joseph was like ‘Dude. That's why you're the prophet. You always gots the best ideas and shit.’

The rest of the document was rendered illegible due to the passage of time and bong-water, but from what scientists were able to piece together, Indiana Jones, after finding the grail years later, decided to start Jesus' festival himself, calling it the Glastonbury Festival, since the town of Avalon had been long ago been renamed in favor of something easier to spell.

This year's already sold-out Glastonbury Festival, running June 24-28, features many stages and many, many performers, including Neil Young, The Specials, Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party, Doves, Fucked Up, Q Tip, The Streets, Ray Davies, Fairport Convention, Animal Collective, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Pussy Parlure, British Sea Power, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Kasabian, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dizzee Rascal, Spinal Tap, Eagles Of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park, Peter Doherty, Peter, Bjorn and John, The Broken Family Band, Jarvis Cocker, Passion Pit, Tindersticks, Bon Iver, M Ward, Horace Andy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Noah And The Whale, Rye Rye, Eliza Carthy, Badly Drawn Boy, Stereo MCs, Blur, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Bon Iver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Art Brut, The Boxer Rebellion, Echo And The Bunnymen, Black Eyed Peas, Roots Manuva, Cold War Kids, Alela Diane, Terry Reid, Micachu and the Shapes, Robyn Hitchcock, The Aliens, Magic Numbers, Peaches, Appleblim.... and many more.

No Talkies Allowed This Saturday: The Books, Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller, and More Collaborate on Original Movin’ Pictures at Massachusetts’ SPLIT / SIGNAL Audio/Visual Evening

The crashing of the waves in the bay. The chattering of college students from MIT and Harvard. The distant echoes of pilgrims past, repressing someone in their quaint speech of yesteryear. Ahh, Boston. The unofficial “Capital of New England.” “The Cradle of Liberty.” “Beantown.” And now, home to SPLIT / SIGNAL, the movie/film event where original works of film receive live scores from acclaimed musicians. Well, actually it turns out SPLIT / SIGNAL is occurring at The Center for Arts at the Armory in beautiful Somerville, MA, which is just north of Boston, but for those of us living outside the area, the idea of “Boston” gives a pretty decent geographical idea of where this awesome event will be happening, and besides -- when a town has a nickname like “Beantown,” you gotta work it in as much as possible.

SPLIT / SIGNAL is a one-night only event. The people behind the night describe it with the following words, which I am directly quoting in their near-entirety, because I think they are funny:

Film without music. Music without film. Ripped apart at birth and cultivated in non-neighboring states. Only to be Frankensteined together with fishing wire and a searing-hot needle. Oh yes. It. Is. Alive. And now, all the striking incarnations come together in one place. One night. For your eyes and ears only.

Participating musicians include The Books, Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller, Cul de Sac, Caspian, Black Yodel, Arms & Sleepers, Devil Music, and Mike Dunkley & Todd Brozman. They’ll be working with filmmakers Rich Remsberg, Michael Maraden, VJ Dziga, Bryan Deblasio, Jon Cianfrani, Dado Ramadani, Barrett Films, and Handcranked Productions.


Location: The Center for the Arts at the Armory

Time: Show 7:00pm (Doors 6:00pm)

Admission: 21+

Tickets: $25 (

Check out the fest's Facebook page here.

They Might Be Giants Play New Dates, Tour Manager Seems to Have Just Given Up

A few years ago, I was somehow under the impression that John Popper, that guy from Blues Traveler, had died. Turned out, he had just lost a lot of weight. So, if I don't hear from you musicians in a while, assume that I've found an old CD of yours, wondered what you were doing, paid my respects in the event of death or weight loss, and moved on.

On that note, They Might Be Giants, who are not dead, are touring. And they're hitting quite the hodgepodge of places: assorted music fests, museums, a university, a casino. I know they won a Grammy for their children's album Here Come the 123s and all, but these are some rather odd venue choices nonetheless.

Anyway, now it's your turn to have "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" in your head.

The tourdates:
05.30.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
06.12.09 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.13.09 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center (two shows)
06.14.09 - New Haven, CT - New Haven Town Green
07.04.09 - Aspen, CO - Aspen Institute
07.11.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.25.09 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival
09.19.09 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art (two shows)
10.04.09 - New York, NY - American Museum of Natural History (two shows)
10.14.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
10.17.09 - Kutztown, PA - Kutztown University
10.18.09 - New York, NY - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
11.27.09 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den at Casino Mohegan



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