EMI Gains Access to BBC Archives Containing a David Bowie Documentary, Live Pink Floyd, and Other Cool Shit

EMI is now able to open the BBC's own Cave of Broadcast Wonders, which gives me the mental image of a huge iron door laboriously wrenched open and Syd Barrett careening out, only to hit the opposite wall. In a deal forged this week, the BBC has agreed to grant unfettered access to EMI in exchange for use of EMI's artist performances in their programming. EMI plans to use this reservoir of material to create exclusive live DVDs, CDs, and digital download content.

"In the BBC vaults there is a wealth of unreleased and high quality material from EMI artists that we will now be able to bring to fans," says EMI senior VP Pete Duckworth. "At the same time, we can offer new revenue opportunities to our artists that simply weren't there before."

As mentioned in the headline, some of the hidden treasures include a 1975 Bowie documentary and a 1967 Pink Floyd performance of Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Hey, check it: EMI had a good idea! Devote time to the artists in your catalog that are actually good, and people will probably buy your swag! Oh man, this defies logic. Or follows it. I need to lie down (with David Bowie).

Cogito, Ergo Blow Your Fucking Mind; Indeed, Mars Volta Expands Tour

Dear Diary,

Is my mind more than a spot on the surface of a spherical flame? If so, how does its orbit establish my existence in relation to the emptiness of the void? Does it overcome insignificance and achieve true being, or does being simply achieve insignificance, overcome by truth? Are you there, God? It’s me, Cedric. I’m cold.

“Everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.” Yet still the carnal desire to tour this September wells up within me, to educate the masses, the plebeians, the scum who remain ignorant to the sonic goddess that is my masculinity, personified through poetry. Fact: there are certain metaphysical truths which reveal themselves only in the Dionysian ecstasy of a half-hour bass solo. How long have I been in this room?

My dharma, through events set into motion before the dawn of time, has been to overcome my status as sidereal Libra, omnivore, and American, and, through sound, manifest eternal triumph. Mine was a virgin birth, for I am the child of pure art and unconditional strength. I can rise to this challenge. I can create light. I can. I can! I am man! I am art! It shall be!

Oh, to be!

xoxo,
Cedric Bixler-Zavala

M.I.A. Cancels Tour Onstage Last Friday, Confirms Cancellation This Week

Last Friday, M.I.A. announced during her performance at McCarren Pool that she is canceling her upcoming tour. She confirmed the cancellation before her performance at MoMA's "Party in the Garden."

“This is my last show. I cancelled the UK tour," M.I.A. told New York Magazine. “Nobody knows. This is it. You’re hearing it first. My manager was supposed to cancel it yesterday, but he was watching football — don’t tell anyone — and he forgot. So nobody knows. I guess now they will.”

Why M.I.A.? Why?

“I’m canceling because I feel like physically I just have to stop for a second. It’s too insane. I was losing a sense of just, like, reality, you know what I mean? I think for an artist like me, it’s so important for me to be in the streets and go to the same shop every day and see the same people and, like, communicate. And it’s really difficult to do that when you’re in the city every day for 24 hours. Like, I love connecting with my band, but I want to actually help them and be a part of peoples’ lives. Which is really hard when you’re on tour.”

Oh, I see. But what about a new album?

“I’ve been writing on tour. I’m really into writing new songs. I’m going to put out a new record instead. At the end of the day, I’m here, you know.”

It's unknown whether or not the entire European tour is canceled or just the UK dates, but New York Magazine believes its the entire tour. Also unknown is if this cancellation includes her Bonnaroo appearance, but I'm guessing probably not. Really, your best bet is to simply show up at any of the following dates and wait and see if she shows up. If she doesn't, you can be all, like, "Wow, she's truly M.I.A.!"

Warner Music Group No Longer Offering Free Ad-Supported Music On Last.fm. That Means No More Streaming Old Puff Daddy Albums For Me. Fuck You WMG, How Could You Be So Selfish as to Take Away My P Diddy? (This Is The Point Where Mr P Will Edit The Headline To Read: “I Got Your P Diddy Right Here, Scoutty Boy.”)

Warner Music Group has yanked itself (and its music) from the free, ad-supported music streaming feature on Last.fm, after they were unable to reach an agreement regarding proper compensation.

Warner Music Group was the first major music group to sign up with Last.fm's streaming service, but the shit turned sour as Warner Music Group believes that the compensation rates on Last.fm aren't as good as those offered by competing site IMEEM and the soon-to-be-launched service from MySpace. WMG has also been ticked off about Last.fm's lack of a music subscription service.

CBS, the owner of Last.fm since May 2007, released a statement claiming that it is currently in negotiations with WMG, so my guess is that WMG will likely be back on Last.fm soon. WMG would be stupid not to put its music back on the site, since Last.fm has become such an important player in the music industry. Not having its music on the site could lead to lost profits for the major, and it wouldn't want that, would it?

The Twinkie Defense Is Not an Acceptable Excuse! Go See Harvey Milk on Tour!

Keen followers of my horseshit rants (hi Mom!) know darn well that anytime I can throw in a reference to my favorite movie, Back to the Future, I will. Even if the news is bad, like when the famous courtyard and clocktower sets were destroyed in a fire on the Universal Studios lot last week, I will take the time to write about it and you, rightfully, will not take the time to read it. Apparently I’m not the only one with a BTTF fixation. In memorandum of the destroyed film sets Harvey Milk have planned their forthcoming tour on the space-time continuum featured so zanily in the trilogy.

It looks like a strange tour itinerary, and I do spot a couple of oversights: the band are covering dates in the Old West in 1885 by traveling back in time in the DeLorean, but a dozen shows in the U.S. starting this June 17 in Atlanta seem to be missing. Likewise, the band will undoubtedly McFly somewhere in the year 2015 to play some gigs, but I don’t see a bunch of confirmed July dates in Europe, mostly in Germany, where the band has been hailed as the second coming of Accept. I guess you can’t count on anything these days... except for Harvey Milk to completely destroy at any date they play, without the use of fire. Check the U.S. venues for supporting acts, which may include sets by Major Stars, Pride Parade, Torche, Clouds, Dead Goats, Growing, Bloody Panda, Dead Bird, 27, Black Helicopter, Pigs!, or Dianogah, depending on which show you WILL attend. All Euro dates are with Hydra Head label friends Oxbow.

Roads? Where Harvey Milk are going, they don’t need roads

06.17.08 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06.18.08 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
06.19.08 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club (downstairs)
06.20.08 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
06.21.08 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.22.08 - Northampton, MA - The Elevens
06.23.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa
06.24.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.25.08 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
06.26.08 - Wilmington, NC - Soapbox
06.27.08 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
06.28.08 - Birmingham, AB - Bottle Tree
07.06.08 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk #
07.07.08 - Stuttgart, Germany - Club Schocken #
07.08.08 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg $
07.09.08 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang #
07.10.08 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Worm #
07.11.08 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart #
07.12.08 - Birmingham, England - Supersonic Festival
07.13.08 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC2
07.14.08 - Manchester, England - The Ruby Lounge
07.15.08 - London, England - Underworld
07.16.08 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie %
07.17.08 - Dortmund, Germany - Fzw #
07.18.08 - Dour, Belguim - Dour Festival #

# Oxbow

$ Oxbow and Parts & Labor

% Oxbow and Red Sparowes

The Milk, now fortified with additional nutrients like Joe Preston (Thrones, Melvins, Earth), released their latest album, Life...The Best Game in Town on Hydra Head, on June 3. If you own it, these might look familiar:

1. Death Goes to the Winner
2. Decades
3. After All I’ve Done for You, This Is How You Repay Me?
4. Skull Sock and Rope Shoes
5. We Destroy the Family
6. Motown
7. A Maelstrom of Bad Decisions
8. Roses
9. Barn Burner
10. Good Bye Blues

Jaguar Love (Featuring Ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves/Blood Brothers Members) to Release Debut Album, Tour This Crazy World

Last week, Jaguar Love -- consisting of Johnny Witney (ex-Blood Brothers), Cody Votolato (ex-Blood Brothers), and J Clark (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves) -- released a self-titled EP on Matador. And in a couple months -- August 19, to be exact -- the band will release its debut full-length, Take Me To The Sea. So what will they do in the meantime? I mean, if they're not going to get regular jobs like the rest of us (assuming they don't have regular jobs like the rest of us), they better start contributing to society in some meaningful way.

Maybe they can tour? Maybe have them tour Europe in order to expand the Matador presence over there? Then maybe we can have them come back late July to play a couple U.S. festivals? And then have them startup a brand new North American tour this fall with The Faint? Ha, maybe! Anything's possible in this crazy world.

If Dirty Deeds Were Done Cheap, There Would Be a New AC/DC Album Exclusively Sold at Wal-Mart. Oh, There Is?

Apparently, AC/DC's newest, yet-to-be-titled album will be sold exclusively this fall through Wal-Mart stores, according to the Wall Street Journal. AC/DC will be following in the footsteps of past Wal-Mart buddies, like Garth Brooks, The Eagles, Journey, and Gerry, the old "Welcome to Wal-Mart" door-greeter.

And just what does this mean for AC/DC fans?

1. The album won't be slapped with a Parental Advisory sticker, since Wal-Mart doesn't sell music promoting violence or sex (or unions). To cure the "No-Big Balls" blues, buy a shotgun and take out your anger by shooting pretty things in nature.
2. Yes, AC/DC has "sold out," so to speak. But rumor has it that the album will be groundbreaking and complimentary to the forthcoming tour. And by "rumor," I mean Rumor Willis. What does she know?
3. Make a day out of it. Take the whole family with you to buy the AC/DC album. Stop at McDonald's or Subway, get a manicure, get your oil changed for cheap (tip: some workers forget to put the oil cap back on), and finally get your eyes checked, teeth done, credit evaluated, and hair cut.

To support the demand of AC/DC fans, several Wal-Marts will be built near swampy areas.

Icy Demons to Excorcise Themselves On U.S. Summer Tour, Regan MacNeil, Emily Rose Relieved

It's time to excorciiiiiise the demons, America! This summer, Chicago-via-Philadelphia supergroup Icy Demons will be awaking from their centuries-old slumber, spreading their ghoulish wings, and projecting their polyrhythmic, asymmetrical pop-jazz all over the U.S. like so much green pea soup.

But what exactly is the otherworldly cause of the United States' sweeping summertime demonic possession (and subsequent lazy punnery on my part)? Why, a new record, of course! Miami Ice -- the band's third unholy long-player of satanic freakouts, under-handed knee-jerks, ill begotten squiggly-lines, and... oh yeah, catchy pop tunes -- was officially unleashed on the U.S. this past week via the band's own insidious label, Obey Your Brain. Featuring co-founders and presumed devil-worshipers Chris Powell (a.k.a. "Pow Pow" from Man Man and Need New Body) on drums, Griffin Rodriguez (a.k.a. Blue Hawaii from Need New Body and Bablicon) on bass and vocals, as well as guest musicians Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar, Josh Abrams (Prefuse 73, Sam Prekop) on upright bass, highly-esteemed Chicago improviser Tomeka Reid on cello, and Russell Higbee (Man Man) on guitar, Miami Ice promises to offer more trouble to staunch, conservative-minded, glory and praise-singing Catholics hoping to keep their kids off demons.

However, even this all-star lineup isn't demonic enough for this utterly satanic tour, as the touring lineup will also include members of Chicago electronic funk group The Chandeliers and Dylan Ryan (Michael Columbia, Bronze). So run for the hills, America. Or... alternately, head over to one of these venues-turned-hell churches this summer. The demons are coming. And they're rolling deep.

Icy Tourdates:

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$ Extra Golden

[Thanks Dave Broonum!]

MTV Fined $484,500 for Showing Aphex Twin Video and “Racist and Homophobic Text Messages”

Ohhhh maaaan -- it seems like the most basic human response is to make cheap jokes when you read about MTV Networks Europe being fined £255,000 ($484,500) for what British media regulator Ofcom calls "widespread and persistent" breaches of broadcasting code stuff. So I am going to make those cheap jokes. Was it "widespread and persistent" airing of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila? Annoying television hosts in their early thirties wearing teenybopper clothing and screaming "What's up y'allllll?" Perhaps one too many live broadcasts from Spring Break in Cancun?

Well, actually it's for airing Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker," among other things. It all happened so quickly, before 9 PM, when small children were still awake and experiencing a rare showing of music videos. Apparently multiple instances of The F Word in "Windowlicker" didn't sit well with audiences. And neither did what are described as "racist and homophobic text messages" aired on MTV France's Belge Chat program. Naturally many viewers find Jodie Marsh offensive, but especially so when trailers for her ostensible reality show contain the line "I just don't want you settling down with some fucking wanker from a modeling agency." So that's another fine for MTV Networks Europe, currently tallying up to a cool $152,000 owed by MF, $66,500 by MTV France, $152,000 by MTV UK, and $114,000 by MTV Hits.

It’s hard being one of the lesser known bands on a huge indie label, but the fellows in Son Ambulance -- who recently dropped the comma from their band name -- have been dealing with this injustice for quite some time now. After all, it’s not their fault that Saddle Creek is most often associated with more popular acts like Bright Eyes, Cursive, and The Faint. And now, with the signing of buzz bands like Tokyo Police Club and Georgie James, it appears that most people have forgotten about those old reliable Saddle Creek mainstays, like Now It’s Overhead, Mayday, and, of course, Son Ambulance.

Unlike those bands though, at least Son Ambulance are doing something to combat their no-name status by touring in support of a forthcoming album, titled Someone Else’s Déjà Vu, their first full-length in three years. The album is due July 8 on Saddle Creek (who else?) and features guest appearances from Tilly and the Wall and The Faint.

Also, because you will most likely forget about this news story and Son Ambulance in less than five minutes, here’s a handy mnemonic device to help you out:

Son Ambulance = Sun Ambulance = Sunshine Ambience = Shine Ambien = Shenanigan.

Alright, now that you’ll remember their band name forever, go check them out on tour (a second batch of dates will be announced shortly):

& Jennifer O’Connor

  

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