Faust Tourdaten bring Sommerfreude!

Naughty cabarets. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. My surname. Germany has given us so much over the years, and most certainly one of those greatest contributions is Krautrock. And while most of those things will likely NOT be coming your way soon (because they are either immobile, dead, or penniless), take heart! music fans, because the legendary 1970s Krautrock innovators Faust are conducting a mini-tour! Original members Zappi Diermaier and JH Peron are bringing some friends on the road to practice their English language skills in Ireland and the UK.

And be sure to lookout for In Autum, a 3CD/1DVD boxset of live material from their 2005 UK tour.

Ah, sehr, sehr gut!

“Someday in the Future, Frog Eyes Will Tour with Evangelicals. Probably June-ish.” –Nostradamus

A man was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will tell everyone how smart and brave you are and how you are my hero" The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will be your loving companion for an entire week." The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for a year and do ANYTHING you want." Again, the man took the frog out, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a year and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me? Are you gay or something?"

The man didn't reply. But the joke wasn't on the woman -- it was on the man. He was deaf.

Frog Eyes tourdates:

& Bishop Allen

Grand Archives Tour, Annapocalypse Gets Older

My birthday was this week, and because of that, I decided to throw out all the rules of journalism for the remainder of this news story. Silly? Yes. But it's my birthday week, and I can do what I want, damnit! So, here is a story about a band called Grand Archives all in one sentence and with limited punctuation:

Grand Archives are from Seattle and feature Mat Brooke, a former guitarist from Band of Horses -- they are on tour this summer and you should go see them play live because their debut self-titled album just came out on Sub Pop and it’s really awesome and has cool songs like “A Crime Window” which is fast and “Sleepdriving” which is not so fast and I’m sure they would be a fun live band although I have not seen them live I am contemplating going to their show at the Empty Bottle in June.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have birthday cake to finish:

FreeKY Fest Tomorrow with Apples in Stereo, Hair Police, and The Coup

The University of Kentucky's student-run radio station (WRFL-FM 88.1) is celebrating 20 years of being commercial-free (if only TMT could be ad-free) with the 12-hour FreeKY Fest. AND IT'S FREE! Featuring artists like Apples in Stereo, Hair Police, Mahjongg, The Coup, and Robert Bobbert (a.k.a. Robert Schneider) & the Bubble Machine, the festival will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, in downtown Lexington. It'll also showcase interactive art installations, live action art demonstrations, breakdancing, and even a children's concert, which will kick things off at 11 AM. Hope the children stick around for Hair Police!

Here's the schedule:

- 11am-Noon – Children's Concert performances including:

Robbert Bobbert & the Bubble Machine, Pezhed and the Blipsquad, Rakadu Gypsy Dance, Snow Monster!

- 12:30-1:30pm – Big Fresh presents "A History of College Radio"
- 2:00-2:30pm – Indian Dewali & Punjab dance performance
- 3:00-4:00pm – The Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band
- 4:30-5:00pm – Hair Police
- 5:30-6:30pm – Mahjongg
- 7:00-8:00pm – The Coup
- 8:30-9:30pm – Jolie Holland
- 10:00-11:00pm – The Apples in Stereo

Read more about FreeKY Fest here, and find out how you can help WRFL here. And if you've ever been curious about the antelope, check out this page.

KRS-One Suffers Violence on “Stop the Violence” Tour; Plans “Stop the Blowjobs” Tour Hoping For Parallel Results

A KRS-One performance in New Haven, CT descended into utter irony last weekend when an attendee cut the evening short by jumping on stage and throwing a bottle at KRS. Though the bottle actually hit him and even fucked him up a little bit, he urged the audience to remain calm, saying “Let it go. When negativity comes your way, let it go.” This pacifistic response was necessitated by the fact that the show was part of a tour dedicated entirely to preventing violence. KRS was later treated for dehydration and a fractured hand.

As someone who has never actually listened to KRS-One, but did listen to the Sublime song about KRS-One almost daily through high school, I was hit hard by news of the tragedy. Exactly who, if anyone, will address such issues as hamburgers and steak, Elijah, Mohammed, or the welfare state while KRS recovers is anyone’s guess. Indeed, the fans are the ones who will suffer the most and are in that sense much like Lou Dog after the untimely death of Brad Nowell in 1996. KRS canceled shows along the East Coast after the incident and will have to forego community meetings in Chicago scheduled for the end of the month.

Microsoft Zune to Release Joy Division Player, Apple iPod to Release Awesome Stuff All the Time

Microsoft Zune, the Buzz Aldrin of MP3 players, will release a Joy Division version of its better-late-than-never music player here in the United States June 10 to coincide with the DVD release of Grant Gee's documentary of the famed post-punk pioneers.

In addition to, you know, not being an iPod and pandering to a relatively small group of die-hard, late-’70s/early-’80s underground rock fans and collectors, the underdog player will feature the artwork from the band's seminal 1979 debut album, Unknown Pleasures.

Meanwhile, seemingly unfazed, Apple is counteracting by introducing some innovative new products of its own into a thirsty, thirsty marketplace.

What a time to be alive.

Outkast Promise New Album By 2009

Think back, all the way back to the fall of 2003. Johnny Cash had just died, Arnold Schwarzenegger was recently elected governor of California, Michael Jackson was (finally) arrested for serving Jesus juice and touching little boys, and Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” was more impossible to escape than a suicide bomber (too soon?).

Fortunately, history has a way of repeating itself because, according to MTV.com, it appears that 2009 will see the launch of “Hey Ya!” version 2.0, as Outkast have promised the release of their new album sometime next year. Oh, what’s that? You thought they broke up? Don’t worry; Big Boi has cleared up those misconceptions for you:

“We got a few songs we already picked out,” Big explained. "We pick the beats first. I drop my [solo album] in July, Dre puts his out [later this year], and we drop that Outkast record at the top of [next] year."

In the meantime, get your Outkast fix with Big Boi’s upcoming solo album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dust, due out in July.

Scout Leader Kyle Photoshops Universal CEO Doug Morris: “The RIAA Spent $2.8 Million On Lobbying Last Year” Edition

Doug The Wizard of Lobbying:

The RIAA magicked $2.8 million last year on Capitol Hill in hopes of maintaining their greedy status quo and destroying muggle file-sharers like you.

“This Ain’t No Picnic” Says One Angry TMT Staffer. Yes, Actually It Is, And With The Roots. (Also: Tour with Erykah Badu)

Last Sunday, we here at the TMT offices decided to take a little break from the daily news grind and go out for a picnic. After packing as many staffers as we could in the TMT Winnebago, we hit the road for the nearest state park. I’m not saying some writers didn’t get left behind (the interoffice feuds have been getting awfully heated lately), but what I am saying is that a good time was had by all. Tunes were bumped, volleyballs were tossed, white hots were roasted, and some staffers (I’m looking at you Reviews) even had a little 4/20 fun on an extended nature hike. Even after P put us all to shame with his fabulous beach bod (photos to come), we still managed to find room for a S’more and Creamsicle nightcap.

In fact, our TMT staff picnic went so well that The Roots decided to have a picnic of their own June 7 in Philly. Unlike us, who invited only each other and our parents, The Roots are bringing along Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Santogold, Deerhoof, J*Davey, Diplo, Esperanza, The Cool Kids, and YOU. Tickets are $50, but since you’ll be getting them from Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com, they’ll probably end up costing somewhere in the thousands.

And if you can’t make it, it’d be awfully charitable to play The Roots' new record Rising Down at a picnic of your own sometime after it comes out April 29. Then again, maybe not. But you do have a chance to check them out on tour, a majority of which will be shared with Erykah Badu, who released New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (TMT Review) earlier this year.

The Roots have an awful lot of free time:

# Erykah Badu

“A Load of Bollocks”: Virgin Media On Net Neutrality, Customers, Fairness, Children, Puppies

The industry news mavens over at TorrentFreak continue to drop jaws, this time with a story on Virgin Media's new outspoken CEO Neil Berkett. The man has made no secret of his lust for money and disdain for flowers and candy by literally scoffing at the very concept of net neutrality, a concept saying all data carried over the internet should be treated the same, leaving no preference to higher-paying websites or corporations. In an interview with Television magazine, Berkett called this idea "a load of bollocks" (and then proceeded to gut the stuffing from a teddy bear).

Instead, he was proud to announce that Virgin had already begun to speed up traffic for specific, deep-pocketed "media providers," who likely also supply him his nightly glass of lamb's blood. According to the article, Virgin Media boasts 3.5 million users countrywide -- a number that is likely rising rapidly -- and due to high volume traffic can't support the stress of all the added bandwidth. The very public slap in the face is highly disheartening to evil, heartless users of file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent, which makes large-sized transfers as easy as a couple of clicks.

To them, Berkett says "phooey," but he decided to cast his net a little wider and call out the BBC as well. With his cross-hairs on their popular iPlayer service, the seething CEO lashed out at all public broadcasters, noting that if they did not pay a higher premium for speedier service, they would be designated to "bus lanes." This process, known as throttling, has recently come to worldwide attention when it became clear that mega-giant ISP Comcast had been throttling many of its users when it noticed high-volume activity, with no inquiry into the legality of the bandwidth being used. Still, as Virgin Media has made clear, you pay for a service and they dictate how you use it.