By the second half of 2009, Live Nation (LYV) and Ticketmaster (TKTM) hope to merge into one giant entity called Live Nation Entertainment, "the world's premier live entertainment company." The deal would be a tax-free, all stock merger, totaling roughly $2.5 billion. According to the official press release, Live Nation Entertainment hopes to:
- Improve Access and Transparency
- Improve Ticket Pricing Options
- Invest in Better Ticketing Technology
- Increase Event Attendance
Sounds pretty good right? WRONG. If the merger goes through, don't be too surprised if you have to start fighting with your concert buddies for those tickets ("ticket-moshing"?): among the many fears is that the new company would bypass the primary ticketing market and begin auctioning tickets (through the Ticketmaster-owned TicketsNow) in the secondary market. Not only would this system favor the tech savvy who have the cash to pony up, but it'll also create a ridiculously overwhelming presence in both the primary and secondary markets for a single company. Hell, even if the company chooses to focus on the primary ticketing market, there would be significantly less competition for venues and tours after the merger. And those much-hated "convenience" fees? They'll probably be rolled into the face charge.
Of course, the actual merger hasn't taken place yet, as the companies still need to go through the usual legal process -- namely, the regulatory review -- and I'd expect to hear some loud antitrust cries resonate throughout the industry (there are already plenty, including this one from LiveStub CEO Michael Hershfield). Hopefully the cries will be loud enough to reach the smellholes of the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission. Obama, where are you?
Meanwhile, TMT's rebranding experts hail the possible enterprise a great idea, as the word "Ticketmaster" itself is already among the chief causes of high blood pressure in music lovers between the ages of 15 to 28. TMT's in-house critics, however, are puking as I type this.
Since you're reading Tiny Mix Tapes, you are obviously excited to learn that Bonnie "Prince" Billy has announced dates for his upcoming spring tour, which will coincide with the release of his new album, Beware, on March 17 via Drag City. Following up on a bunch of stuff that you already know about, Billy will play a show nearly every day until April 11 starting in mid-March. He will then take a break for over a month to do that eclectic and charismatic stuff that you have read about him doing in his free time before returning to touring on May 21. If he chooses to add tourdates to this gap in time, they will be posted to this website, and you will definitely read him.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, whose real name you already know, first affected your life in the early ’90s with an album that you quickly came to identify with and find comfort in. In the intervening years, he has released several albums, all of which you own, under several different monikers, all of which you have memorized. While you have appreciated the evolution of his music and enjoy his recent creative direction, his early work still holds a special place in your heart, having provided emotional solace during a difficult and formative period in your life. You will definitely purchase tickets for one of the following shows:
03.12.08 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
03.13.08 - Urbana, IL - Independent Media Center
03.14.08 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
03.16.08 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
03.17.08 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador
03.18.08 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
03.19.08 - Minneapolis, MN - The McGuire Theater (Walker)
03.21.08 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada - Pyramid Cabaret
03.22.08 - Saskatoon, SK, Canada - Broadway Theatre
03.23.08 - Edmonton, AB, Canada - McDougall United Church
03.24.08 - Calgary, AB, Canada - MacEwan Hall
03.25.08 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - The Vogue Theatre
03.26.08 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
03.27.08 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
03.29.08 - Sonoma, CA - Sonoma County Historic Church
03.30.08 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
04.02.08 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
04.04.08 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Co
04.05.08 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
04.07.08 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
04.09.08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
04.10.08 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
04.11.08 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
05.21.08 - New York, NY - Apollo Theater
05.23.08 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
05.24.08 - Charlottesville, VA - Fry's Spring Beach Club
From the LA Times' music blog:
Somewhat lost in the flurry of Grammy activity was the news that Blossom Dearie, the jazz-cabaret singer with a voice as sweet and precious as her name, died of natural causes in her Greenwich Village apartment Saturday.
With a breezy, gentle vocal style that echoed a little girl's innocence, Dearie's appeal as a vocalist lies beyond genre classifications. In fact, many Pop&Hiss readers may have unknowingly first become familiar with Dearie as the voice for a few "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoons in the 1970s, including the gorgeous "Figure Eight" and "Unpack Your Adjectives."
New York's blog-appointed "loudest band" is back in the studio and getting ready to hit the road. No, not Swans. I'm talking about this generation's "loudest band" and indie media darling, A Place to Bury Strangers. Although the Brooklyn trio may not actually make you puke from their sound levels in the grand tradition of "loudness" started by their predecessors, (and who really wants that anyway?), they do deliver on the drone, so earplugs are definitely required. The band is currently working on the follow-up to their self-titled debut and recently finished shooting the video for that album's third single, "My Weakness." And get this: according to a press release, "The desert portions of the video were shot in Vasquez Rocks where Star Trek was frequently filmed." STAR TREK PEOPLE, STAR TREK!! And also, according to Wikipedia, episodes of Lassie and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, in which, "due to a life support malfunction, Buck is accidentally frozen for 504 years before the derelict spacecraft is discovered in the year 2491." Surely this video will be magical.
A Place to Bury Strangers will also be making their first-ever Coachella appearance in April and touring the UK and the EU in support of their single "Missing You," available on Rocket Girl
03.05.09 - New York, NY - Kimmel Center at NYU*
03.31.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
04.01.09 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
04.02.09 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
04.03.09 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
04.05.09 - Birmingham, UK - Barfly
04.06.09 - London, UK - Kings College
04.10.09 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique Festival
04.11.09 - Cologne, Germany - Wekstatt
04.12.09 - Stuttgart, Germany - Universum
04.13.09 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
04.14.09 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
04.15.09 - Berlin, Germany - Knaack Klub
04.17.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
* Ra Ra Riot, Marnie Stern & Apache Beat
Serge Gainsbourg’s Lolita-Esque Classic Histoire De Melody Nelson Released for the First Time in the U.S.
On March 24, Histoire De Melody Nelson, Serge Gainsbourg's classic collaboration with chic lover Jane Birkin and composer Jean-Claude Vannier, will be released in the United States on Light in the Attic, 38 years after it was originally released. Often considered the psychedelic pillow-talker's greatest work and clocking in at a little under 30 minutes, Melody Nelson is a compact, semi-autobiographical, Nabokovian concept album that follows the story of Serge hitting a young nymph named Melody (Birkin) with his car and getting lost in a deeply passionate French love affair with her, much like the love affair (and later marriage) he had with Birkin, 20 years his junior.
The reissue includes deluxe packaging inspired by the original release, as well as extensive liner notes, translations of interviews, and lyric sheets that you'll still be reading long after the needle has started spinning itself in silent circles.
For a preview, I highly recommend checking out Melody, the 1972 musical of the album filmed. In it, you follow Serge driving and hitting Jane; strutting around before rotating red hearts; walking with her in and out of hallways filled with two-dimensional stills of nudes from the 1600s; then minutes of Birkin hypnotizing you with a repetitive hippie-mating-dance movements in white thigh-highs on top of wicked guitar solos. Hot.
Histoire De Melody Nelson tracklisting
2. LA Ballade de Melody Nelson
3. La Valse do Melody
4. Ah! Melody
5. L' Hotel Particulier
6. En Melody
7. Cargo Culte
Quintron and Miss Pussycat Hit the Road with Psychedelic Horseshit on the Fantastic Fucking Names Tour ’09
So, in case you didn’t already know, Mr. Quintron is basically the Bill Nye the Science Guy of pants-shaking fun-times. Inventor of the light-harnessing electro miracle Drum Buddy, Mr. Q (no relation to our own beloved Mr P) makes musical mischief in his eponymous band Quintron, alongside his enticingly creepy maraca-shaking foil/puppetmistress Miss Pussycat. Together, the two put on a scientific and sweaty show that may just include a puppet show if you’re lucky!
In case you weren’t about to control-T it to Ticketmaster already, fucking Psychedelic Horseshit is gonna be with them every step of the way. Actually, that’s not completely true. Quintron and Pussycat will play a hometown show in New Orleans February 13 with none other than the burgher of Funhavia, Andrew W.K.. So if you like to smile, celebrate life, or just generally enjoy yourself, get your ass to some place where these folks are playing. It will be, dare I say, a significant hoot.
02.14.09 - Lafayette, LA - Blue Moon Saloon
02.23.09 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks $
04.03.09 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar #
04.04.09 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar#
04.06.09 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
04.07.09 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium #
04.08.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
04.10.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle #
04.16.09 - Columbus, OH - The Summit #
04.17.09 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity #
04.18.09 - Toronto, ONT - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #
04.19.09 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi #
04.23.09 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs #
04.24.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotell #
04.26.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's #
04.29.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 #
05.01.09 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx Nightclub #
05.02.09 - Atlanta, GA - Center for Puppetry Arts
# Psychedelic Horseshit
$ Andrew W.K.
Attention All Members of the TMT Tote Society: Compose a List of Your 20 Favorite Songs from Merge Records and Perchance Win a Tote Bag!!!
Esteemed members of the venerable Tiny Mix Tapes Tote Society: As you well know, 2008 was a landmark year for toters the world over. Who could forget the night Orson Tagliacozzo set New York’s Spring Tote Week ablaze with his unctuous bricolage of pre-Jacobin debasement and post-Verhoeven dystrophy? And what of that enchanting Milanese afternoon when Howard Bacchiglione sent Totecon ’08 into hysterics with a deeply sexual yet staunchly antediluvian tote-isé on Tajik callipygia? Yet despite its myriad peaks, this sublime year, of course, was not free of tragedy’s snares… we’ll see you and your immaculate totes at the crossroads, Sherman de Montefeltro.
Many of you thought that once ’09 wrenched ’08 of her breath with time’s annual garrote, toteistry’s zenith was poised to pass into memory. Fie! Fie I cried on you then, and an even more furious fie I cry on you now! Behold: Merge Records has proposed a challenge to tote, t-shirt and mixtape lovers alike. In conjunction with their mammoth 20-year anniversary compilation SCORE!, Merge wants you, the tote-adoring consumer, to shoulder the task of curating your very own Merge compilation CD. Simply pick 20 of your favorite songs available from Merge’s digital store, put them in a list, post them on Merge’s Make Your Own SCORE! message board, and wait until March. A winner will be chosen at random, and along with the dubious honor of having their mix made available for sale in the Merge digital store, they will also be able to choose between either some pitiful, most likely rabies-laden t-shirt or this exquisite, penguin-bearing tote.
Your choice is simple, seasoned toter. I know not how the rest of you feel about this “indie-rock,” but I do know this: Were that sumptuous tote possessed by the Morningstar himself, I would hasten forthright to Abaddon to massage his loins until his demon seed gushed an unholy fountain upon all the damned. I know what I must do, and I trust you do as well. Semper Tote!
As announced to me personally through telepathy, instrumental metal band Pelican have left one respected indie-metal label and signed with a new respected indie-metal label. Pelican have up until this point released the bulk of their recordings through Hydra Head Records, including their amazing debut full-length Australasia and their most recent work City of Echoes. However, upon the release of their forthcoming EP (currently being recorded at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA), they will officially be under the Southern Lord label.
Guitarist Trevor De Brauw gives us a hint of what we can expect from the newest material: “The new material promises to be heavier, darker and very "riff-oriented." Well, butter me up and call me excited! I love riffs! The band further teases us that a “very special guest guitarist” who “has been very influential to the band” will be making an appearance on the EP. I’m betting that it’s a guy with a bunch of tattoos and some sort of interesting facial hair. That or Kevin Shields -- he’s everywhere these days.
In addition to the new label, Pelican are also heading out on a tour. Yay! The tour, alongside new label mates Wolves in the Throne Room (this is surely the best Wolf-related band name yet!), features a return to SXSW for the Southern Lord showcase. The band also assures us that, upon completion of the musical road-trip, the band will hunker down in their power cave and begin hammering out their fourth full-length.
Pelican March/April 2009 tour:
03.15.09 - Iowa City IA - The Picador *
03.16.09 - Kansas City, KS - Riot Room *
03.17.09 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee *
03.18.09 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar * plus Tricky
03.19.09 - Little Rock, AR - Vino's **
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Elmo's - SXSW
03.22.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7 **
03.25.09 - Tempe, AZ - The Sets **
03.26.09 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah **
03.27.09 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour **
03.28.09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's **
03.29.09 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre **
03.30.09 - Bellingham, WA - Nightlight **
03.31.09 - Seattle , WA - Neumo's **
04.02.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas **
04.03.09 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre **
04.05.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle **
* Tombs, Dredg
** Tombs, Wolves In The Throne Room
From the LA Times:
Tom Brumley, a legendary steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s before spending 10 years performing with Rick Nelson, has died. He was 73.
Brumley died Tuesday at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, eight days after suffering a heart attack, said his wife, Rolene Brumley.
Lo-fi psych sensation Women will be making a trek this spring to prove to the masses that they are indeed men -- that, and to show off tracks from their particularly solid debut LP Women (TMT Review). Although it's a blogger-happy song, “Black Rice” has still got to be one of the best tracks to come out of this millennium, and the rest of the album ain't too shabby either.
According to Jagjaguwar, Women’s label, the group will be setting out this spring to show off their awesomeness for crowds in the United States and Canada, with help from Abe Vigoda, Crystal Stilts, and Chad Van Gaalen. The dates with Chad Van Gaalen especially make sense, since he both recorded Women's album for them and has had Women members in his touring band.
02.13.09 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
02.14.09 - Glasgow, UK - Captain's Rest
02.15.09 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
02.16.09 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day Cafe
02.17.09 - London, UK - White Heat Mayfair @ Madam Jojo's
02.19.09 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun !
02.20.09 - Lille, France - L'Aeronef w. The War On Drugs
02.21.09 - St. Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival
02.22.09 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
02.23.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
02.24.09 - Hannover, Germany - Ruby Tuesday @ Cafe Glocksee
02.26.09 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet Club
02.27.09 - Leipzig, Germany - NATO
03.01.09 - Lloseta-Mallorca, Spain - Teatre Lloseta
03.02.09 - Elche, Spain - Centre Cultural Escorxador
03.03.09 - London, UK - Scala
03.08.09 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
03.09.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
03.10.09 - Mt. Vernon, IA - Cornell College
03.11.09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
03.12.09 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
03.14.09 - New York, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg*
03.15.09 - Washington DC - DC9*
03.16.09 - Lexington, KY - Al's Bar*
03.17.09 - Jackson, MS - MS121 Milsaps*
03.18.09 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's*
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.22.09 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada#
03.23.09 - Norman, OK - Opolis#
03.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland+
03.30.09 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door+
03.31.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill+
04.02.09 - Portland, OR - Holocene+
04.03.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey+
04.04.09 - Victoria, BC - Sugar+
! The Constantines
* Crystal Stilts
# Abe Vigoda
+ Chad Van Gaalen