Lil’ Wayne Tours With Elephant Six Member on Bass; This Probably Means Nothing to Lil’ Wayne

Lil' Wayne, recent picker-upper of Grammy Nominations, has decided to take his show on the road once again. Big deal. However, through some bizarre series of coincidences that apparently involves playing with Gnarls Barkley at some point, Heather McIntosh of Elf Power and Circulatory System will be joining him on bass. Weird!

I sincerely hope Ms. McIntosh takes this opportunity to introduce Carter to her and her friends' psychedelic pop universe. Being the sponge of influences and information that he is, Wayne can only turn his E6 influence into more gold. Lil' Wayne travels to India. Lil' Wayne taps the Tall Dwarfs to open a run of shows. Lil' Wayne quits Pink Floyd. The possibilities are endless.

Upcoming dates on which Wayne will probably be too busy autotuning things in his dressing room to listen to any new music:

* T-Pain, Keyshia Cole

** T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Keri Hilson

*** Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Keri Hilson

Dischord Vinyl Being Remastered; Dude, Now Your Minor Threat 12-Inch Totally Lost Half Its Value!

It's no shocker that the past few years have seen a huge vinyl resurgence, and Discord Records has just cemented that fact even further with its decision to remaster and re-cut most of its back vinyl catalog. According to an announcement on its website this week:

We will begin by re-pressing current titles, and later re-issuing others, all re-cut at Chicago Mastering Service and featuring complimentary MP3 album downloads. This move will coincide with a small but long overdue price increase from $10 to $11 (on Dischord vinyl only) that will begin with newly pressed titles and extend to all titles in January 2009.

Can’t wait to buy some Dischord vinyl? These classic titles are available right now:

- Minor Threat - Out of Step 12-inch EP (now on 45 rpm, new cover from original drawings, black vinyl)
- Minor Threat - First 2 7 inches 12-inch EP (now on 45 rpm, new yellow cover, black vinyl)
- Faith/Void - Split LP (on purple vinyl)
- One Last Wish - 1986 (first time on LP)

Vetiver Are a Thing of the Past, But They’re Touring Anyway

Vetiver, who released Thing Of The Past earlier this year on FatCat, are set to tour the U.S. starting today in Louisville, KY.

But who cares?

Ugh... Man, I'm so sad right now. My baby is gonna be at a soccer tournament all weekend long and I'm not gonna see him till monday which is some depressing shit I tell you...this morning was so cute tho we were chillin and stuff like we usually do just talkin and whatever, and then I walked him to the bustop (as usual) and when it was the cut off point I was like "Man I'm gonna miss you so much." and he was like "I'ma miss you too" and he gave me a kiss and was like "Bye, I love you" and I was like "Bye, I love you too" - it was so sweet....

then this afternoon I was trippin cuz you know how when your walking and a car goes by? Well, when that happens I dont even like look at the car right. So me and Alicia were walking and this car drives by and I was thinking in my head, "That looks alot like Fernando..." and then the car drove by and then Alicia was like "You know Josh was in that car right? He was waving at you." I was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! OH MY GOD NOOOOOOOOO!!" I was so mad and I was like hes not gonna know I didnt see him, oh shit I messed up!

But, it was alright cuz he called me when he went in the office and I told him I aint see him, lol. And then he was like "Man, I'ma miss you for real" and I was like "I'ma miss you too!" and he was like "I love you" and I was like "I love you too" and then he had to go...I'ma miss that boy...

Judge Sentences Noise Violaters to Listen to Barry Manilow, And I Want To Know Who Your Personal Barry Manilow Is

Are you a Barry Manilow fan planning on committing a noise violation? You should probably do it somewhere in the jurisdiction of Colorado’s Fort Lupton Municipal Court, where citizens who receive noise complaints suffer a particularly unique punishment. Judge Paul Sacco, tired of repeat offenders despite fines, devised a plan wherein offenders must sit in a room for one hour while Barry Manilow and/or the Barney theme song blasts from speakers at high volume. Apparently, this has actually worked – repeat offenses are on the decline.

Sure, this is funny, but what about you, lovely TMT reader? If someone wanted to effectively punish you with the music you’d least like to hear on repeat for an hour, what should they play? Tell me here, and I will compile a special-edition Tiny Mix Tape of the music our readers think are the most annoying. Unless anyone has a better idea for how to put it to use, I’ll play it to reprimand Mango Starr every time he gets lazy and does one of those fill-in-the-blanks tour announcements he’s grown so fond of lately.

Sam Beam to Produce Next Rosie Thomas Album, Sam Beam’s Beard to Play Bass

Shocker Alert: Seattle Indie-Folker Rosie Thomas is planning on enlisting Indie-folker Sam Beam, who of course fronts the Indie-Folk outfit Iron and Wine, to produce her Indie-Folk follow-up to 2006's Indie-Folk affair These Friends of Mine. Hey, sometimes you’ve just gotta think outside the box, man.

Thomas, who is currently touring in support of her recently-released Christmas album, A Very Rosie Chistmas, claims that this totally radical, totally experimental, and highly unorthodox collaboration has been brewing for some time, critics be damned. "We've been talking about doing it for a year," Thomas said. "I think it's going to be different because we write different kinds of things [ed: ?!?]. I'm just going to come up with a bunch of songs, and when I like them I'm going to give them to him and he's going to start putting them together musically." (I wonder who used to do that job before...)

Uh, but yeah, in all fairness, Thomas does have a slightly different vibe planned this time around. Namely, she intends to “move the rhythm up a bit... go for a more soul-filled feeling" on her forthcoming tunes, which she says comes, of all people, at the behest of the dowdy, flannel-wearing Beam. "He was really pushing me for years; ‘I want you to write that Motown record you've always wanted to write,’" notes Thomas, who apparently also can’t believe that Sam Beam likes R&B. "I just start laughing, 'cause it's like, ‘Sam, look at you. You have a beard. How can I go to you to write this kind of stuff?' But I know he has it in him. It'll be fun, regardless." Well, it can’t be that hard, Rosie. This guy seems to manage just fine.

Thomas says she's written a few things already but plans to start working in earnest after the New Year, when she goes to either New York, Los Angeles, or Nashville to hunker down. "I tend to need to get away to write, get out of my comfort zone," she explains. "That's when I feel most creative." Yeah. Me too, Rosie. Say, I think I’ll get away after the New Year and maybe ask the label to fly me on down to... oh wait, I have a day job.

A Very Rosie Christmas Tour:

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

You're almost done! Now, I know you're extremely anxious to see which of the above albums make the final list (I'm especially excited to see the top 10), and I know we didn't mention this before you started the poll, but we'll need your demographic information before you can submit your albums.

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Are you older than 21?

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Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

Do you own a car? If so, what kind/model?

Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

Have you had sex?

Do you know if any of your sex partners liked Diet Coke?

Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

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As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

You're almost done! Now, I know you're extremely anxious to see which of the above albums make the final list (I'm especially excited to see the top 10), and I know we didn't mention this before you started the poll, but we'll need your demographic information before you can submit your albums.

Demographic Information (Please check all that apply):


Are you older than 21?

Are you female?

Have you completed high school?

Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

Do you own a car? If so, what kind/model?

Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

Have you had sex?

Do you know if any of your sex partners liked Diet Coke?

Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

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As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

You're almost done! Now, I know you're extremely anxious to see which of the above albums make the final list (I'm especially excited to see the top 10), and I know we didn't mention this before you started the poll, but we'll need your demographic information before you can submit your albums.

Demographic Information (Please check all that apply):


Are you older than 21?

Are you female?

Have you completed high school?

Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

Do you own a car? If so, what kind/model?

Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

Have you had sex?

Do you know if any of your sex partners liked Diet Coke?

Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

----

As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Tokyo Police Club Tour in December, February, And March – No Word Yet On January

Because of the famous company Tokyo Police Club have been keeping lately, I feel kinda like a writer for Us Weekly. OMFG Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)! That guy from Blink-182 (Angels & Airwaves, Blink 182)! Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives Sports Night)! Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, The Golden Girls)! These are just a few of the beautiful people who TPC have met during a busy 2008. Some 2008 highlights? Releasing their Saddle Creek debut album, Elephant Shell (TMT Review), embarking on headlining tours, playing half-full U.S. arenas while opening for alt-nerd-rockers Weezer, and guestspotting as a band not named Tokyo Police Club on Desperate Housewives.

Even with all those accomplishments in 2008, you'd think the band would take the rest of the year off. Nope. Instead, the band is set to start another little tour following an appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on December 10. This tour will take them to Canada with fellow syrup-drinking leaf-lovers Metric, The Dears, and Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains.

The band's pace for 2009 seems to mirror that of 2008, as they have just announced a U.S. tour beginning February 24 in Providence, RI that runs for about three weeks and covers about two-thirds of the States. Harlem Shakes, Ra Ra Riot, and Born Ruffians, respectively, will open those shows. After the tour is over, the band will begin work on the follow-up to Elephant Shell.

Tourdates:

RIP: Odetta Holmes, Folk Singer, “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”

From YouTube:

From the LA Times:

Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was 77.

She was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for a checkup in mid-November but went into kidney failure. She died there Tuesday of heart disease, her manager, Doug Yeager, told the Associated Press.

With a repertoire that included 19th century slave songs and spirituals as well as the topical ballads of such 20th century folk icons as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Odetta became one of the most beloved figures in folk music.

She was said to have influenced the emergence of artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman.

- Odetta Wikipedia entry
- MC Records