RIP: Barry Beckett

From Billboard:

Producer and keyboard player Barry Beckett, who recorded and accompanied singers Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Paul Simon and numerous country music stars, has died, his family said on Friday.

Beckett, 66, died at his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home on Wednesday, his family said. He had been diagnosed with cancer and suffered strokes, according to local media.

- Barry Beckett Wikipedia entry

sunn 0))) to Tour, Kid Midnight to Write About It While at Work

Okay, hold on a second... let me help this customer... awkward pause]. Alright, sorry about that. Have a good night, sir! What were we talking about? Oh, right yeah! Monumental Metal Monoliths [sunn 0))), pumped as hell about receiving the vaunted Eureka! merit badge for their new one on Southern Lord, Monoliths & Dimensions (TMT Review), are sprinting off on a tour of the Midwest and are finalizing dates and schedules for a West Coast tour in August and a jaunt around the East Coast in September.

Interesting fact: sunn 0))) have not set foot in the Midwest in quite a while, and for some of the states/cities this will be the very first time the band has played there-- hold on... 'nother customer...

Sorry about that, just some whiny old bitch who couldn’t find the vodkas. Where were we? The lineup for these here shows will be as follows:

Attila Csihar -- invocations

Steve Moore -- trombone, keys

Stephen O’Malley -- guitar

Greg Anderson -- bass

Cool, right? Who doesn’t want to watch a guy named Attila deliver invocations?? Touring with sunn 0))) will be labelmates Eagle Twin, recent Southern Lord signees.

Ahhh, sorry to say this, but my boss just got back from his lunch break and I really need to make it look like I’m busy. Quick, here are the dates for sunn 0)))’s “American Live Aktions”:
07.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07.05.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
07.06.09 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium/Underground
07.07.09 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
07.08.09 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
07.10.09 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe
07.11.09 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater
07.12.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House

A Belligerent Russia, Concerns Over Energy Security, Terrorist Threats, Lifting Europe Out of Recession… Fuck That: The Green Party Wants to Legalize File-Sharing

Last week, millions of Europeans voted in elections for the European Parliament (with turnout expected at a democracy-lovin’ 45%). Of course, this should be a time for the disparate nations of the European Union to debate how Europe should engage with an increasingly hostile Russia, how its future energy needs can be secured, and how to respond to Islamic extremism. The Green Party, on the other hand, hopes to obtain votes by promising to help millions get their favorite music absolutely free. They have already shown themselves to be on the side of dastardly file-sharers by blocking legislation that would make it easier to disconnect alleged pirates from the internet and opposing a law that criminalized forms of copyright infringement.

Your correspondent was seriously pissed at finding out about this particular policy after he had casted his all-important vote (Liberal party ftw!), naively going into this election wanting to vote for a party who campaigned for greater European cooperation and advocated reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (Euro elections are exciting stuff). Oh well… just have to wait another five years, by which time of course all file-sharers will be locked up in jail and the state will be monitoring all websites its citizens visit.

Women Rejoice! Lilith Fair without All the Straight Jokes and Pachouli: Cat Power, The Pretenders, and Juliette & The Licks Outdoor Tour It

After watching The Fabulous Stains for, like, the thousandth time, dyeing each other's hair, smoking toothpick-shaped cigarettes Chan stole from her mom, and drinking the peach schnapps Chrissie bought with her fake ID, Chan Marshall, Chrissie Hynde, and Juliette Lewis decided they were going to be best friends forever. Or at least for the summer. They called their respective record labels and set up a series of outdoor shows. Tickets are on sale now. Men, don't worry, there's something in it for you, too; grassroots sources predict that these shows will not only be a great place to listen to punk-tinted indie pop, but it will also be a primo place to pick up chicks.

08.08.09 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
08.09.09 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
08.10.09 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
08.12.09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavillion
08.13.09 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
08.14.09 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
08.16.09 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavillion Outdoor
08.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
08.20.09 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Council Bluffs (Stir Cove)
08.22.09 - Littleton, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
08.23.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
08.25.09 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheatre
08.26.09 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
08.27.09 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
08.29.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery *
09.01.09 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
09.03.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre

* The Pretenders and Cat Power only

The Dodos Tour the World; Thousands Conditioned to Crave Beer with a Hint of Lime

I'm a slave to advertising. What makes it worse is that I'm well aware I'm picking up some dang Cottonelle because it has a foofy dog on it.

Well now marketing geniuses have tapped into my music library, so I'll inevitably be purchasing crappy beer in the near future. In case you missed the ad, The Dodos' standout song "Fools" was featured in a Miller Chill commercial (via Stereogum). Seven bucks, meet drain.

In an interview with Pitchfork, the duo says they've sucked in a vibraphone player and expanded to three members since last year's album The Visiter, and now they're working on a new album, tentatively scheduled for a fall release. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to tend to a beer run.

The tourdates:
06.14.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
07.01.09 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
07.02.09 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
07.03.09 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
07.04.09 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.09.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater
07.10.09 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Festival
07.11.09 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Theatre
07.16.09 - St. Tropez, France - Plage de Rock Festival
07.17.09 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.18.09 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.19.09 - Niljmegen, Netherlands - Valkhof Affaire
08.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Getty Museum
08.14.09 - Seattle, WA - KEXP Mural Amphitheater Summer Series
08.29.09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.01.09 - Birmingham, England - Glee Club
09.02.09 - Bristol, England - Thekla
09.03.09 - London, England - Bush Hall
09.04.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
09.05.09 - Manchester, England - Ruby Lounge
09.07.09 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
09.08.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Rotunda
09.10.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
09.11.09 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
09.12.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.13.09 - Dorset, England - End of Road Festival
10.04.09 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

Finally My Ex-Roommate Has Something to Match His AC/DC Pajamas: Questionable Sneakers!

So you love AC/DC right? You can sing all the words, you always crank up “Dirty Deeds” when it comes on the radio, and you’ve probably tried to learn their songs on guitar (or, you know, whatever instrument floats your boat).

Yes, you’re a superfan and you want the ENTIRE world to know. You have a bitchin’ AC/DC denim jacket (with the sleeves cut off), your closet is stuffed with countless AC/DC t-shirts, you've got posters, a dozen hats, probably some AC/DC underpants, the aforementioned PJs, and a pile of ticket stubs. However, remember when you got all dolled up in your AC/DC outfit (including some killer shades) and you were always, always, forced to wear a boring pair of plain, black sneakers? That sucked.

BUT NOT ANYMORE MOTHERFUCKER! Converse has announced that its fall collection will include new sneakers branded with images of AC/DC! Oh, and Metallica as well. The official press release goes a little something like this:

Iconic band graphics and visuals inspire this unique collection of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe designs that celebrate two distinct bands that broke musical barriers and brought their inspired originality to music fans globally. With a rich musical heritage, Converse has collaborated with a wide range of groundbreaking artists and musical visionaries of the past, present, and future.

Quit filling my head with legal mumbo-jumbo and just tell me where and when to buy ‘em! I’m takin’ a stroll down the Highway to Hell!

Normally our weekly office knee’s up has no problem getting into full swing, but last week’s was weird. We could have blamed it on the uneasy feelings surrounding the changing of the guard from Leno to Conan, but we really couldn’t care less about who hosts Late Night now that NBC didn’t choose our preferred replacement. Whatever the reason, whether known, unknown, or speculated, it sucked (someone mentioned something about their “monthlies” ruining early proceedings… I think it was Jon Lorenz). That is, it sucked until someone had the good grace to cue up Deastro’s upcoming Moondagger album (Ghostly International, out June 23). From that moment the night turned from Remains of the Day to Bachelor Party

Here are Moondagger’s tracks and their corresponding mise-en-scènes during our bash:

1. Biophelia -- Kid Midnight drew a pistol and started firing shots into a vodka-infused watermelon, screaming, “That’s how the West was won, beotch!”
2. Parallelogram -- Annapocalypse and Kenny Bloggins, wearing a tiara and Boba Fett “Underoos”, respectively, shotgunned Sapporos and only talked gibberish.
3. Tone Adventure #3 -- Burke and Elzee competed for the title of “Best Skeet” with the staff’s fine ceramic phalli.
4. Toxic Crusaders -- Nobodaddy, to quote April Wine (and Hot Chocolate), “could have been alright, could have been here tonight, could have been sweet as wine, could have been a lady.” Sadly, he was none of these.
5. Greens, Grays, and Nordics -- Shelley Su yelled, “Who’s the piece-a-pooper who tied everyone’s shoes together!” before using the mess of shoes like a manriki to interrogate and whiplash our reviewing staff into confessing. Unfortunate for them, really, as the shoestring culprit was actually Mango Starr practicing his sailor's knots...
6. Day of Wonder -- Kasia Galaxy made white trash pad thai for everyone (Ramen noodles, peanut butter, Tabasco), then dished out block rockin’ beatings to anyone who wouldn’t eat it.
7. Pyramid Builders-- Hatchet had both asscheeks singed after maniacally performing blue angels out of the dumbwaiter.
8. Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed in the Heart with the Moondagger by the King of Darkness and His Ghost Is Writing this Song as a Warning to All of Us -- Did someone say they wanted to witness a circle jerk populated by Ze Pequeno, Liz Louche, and Couscous (a triangle jerk)? No one said it, but they saw it.
9. Rivers of Life -- Brom built a gazebo that was solid and dependable

10. Vermillion Plaza -- Heidi Vanderslice dropped $5.00 at the feet of “Bo-tae,” the blind, cockfighting rooster that we sponsor, and asked him to “bring the car around.”
11. Moondagger -- Kat Gardiner tongued this scary statue we bought on eBay (this happens at most TMT functions)

12. Kurgan Wave Number One -- Squeo, high on peanut skins, stopped everyone he walked past with a “nipple crippler” and his famous catchphrase, “Well, I don’t like golf, but I’m all for getting my balls washed!”
13. The Shaded Forests (Gift Giver’s Version) [bonus track] -- Everyone who I haven’t mentioned in this story sat in the corner and gave me stink-eye for not mentioning them

14. Tree Frog CD exclusive bonus track] -- [Mr. P streaked through the office giving random “drive-by shockers” (again, not an uncommon sight at one of our parties).

Such madcap scenes are bound to occur at any party that is soundtracked by the thoughtful electro-pop songs created by Randolph Chabot (Deastro to his parents). Try it yourself at home or, better yet, at one of the following live shows and see how things get swell and the venue suddenly fills with silly string dancers and billy goat gruffers. If that doesn’t sound cryptic enough, make sure to check out the cryptic 2010 dates taken from Deastro’s MySpace page. Click on each date at that page for important information on show details, ticket cost, and travel tips. Cheeky bastard!
06.10.09 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Studio B (Northside Festival) $
06.13.09 - Montréal, QC - Le Divan Orange
06.15.09 - Cleveland, OH - B-Side Lounge
06.16.09 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
06.17.09 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
06.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.21.09 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
06.22.09 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
06.23.09 - Portland, OR - Holocene
06.24.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
06.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
06.28.09 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vollrath
06.30.09 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick %
07.03.09 - Detroit, MI - City Fest
01.01.10 - Mercury, the Solar System Skyfest - Caloris Basin
01.02.10 - Venus, the Solar System Skyfest - Gula Mons
01.03.10 - Mars, the Solar System Skyfest - Valles Marineris
01.04.10 - Jupiter, the Solar System Skyfest - Genetropolis
01.05.10 - Saturn, the Solar System Skyfest - Titantica (on the moon Titan)
01.06.10 - Uranus, the Solar System Skyfest - The Outermost Epsilon Ring
01.07.10 - Neptune, the Solar System Skyfest - The Great Dark Spot
01.10.10 - Pluto and Charon, the Solar System Skyfest - Plutonia!
12.25.10 - In Outer Space, Detroit, MI

$ Michna, Lusine, Mike Servito

% Black Moth Super Rainbow

First a Digital Download Shop for Radiohead and Now a Rare Solo Set from Thom at the Latitude Festival??? More Like GRATITUDE FESTIVAL!!!!

You’re in luck, good folk of Suffolk (and beyond)! Thom Yorke is either bored, flat broke, or worried that Radiohead is becoming less cool than Animal Collective or something, because he’s willed himself onto the bill at this year’s Latitude Festival, taking place July 16-19 in jolly old Henham Park... in cheery old Southwold... in merry old Sunrise Coast... in jovial old Suffolk... in ebullient old England.

Anyway, rejoice sinners, because the Radiohead frontman hasn’t played a giant public solo set like this one since the release of The Eraser (TMT Review), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’ll most likely play that “Cymbal Rush” song that the kids are always talking about, and probably some Panda Bear covers.

Specifically, Yorke’s solo set is scheduled to be immaculately conceived on the... good-humored old Obelisk Arena stage at noon on Sunday, July 19, and is scheduled to be completed before the last petal falls off of some enchanted rose somewhere. Ticket information for the festival itself, including whoever the hell else is playing there, is available at the Latitude Festival website.

OH and the man's main band released a bunch of their stuff digitally through their own W.A.S.T.E. store!!!! So if you've been on the lookout for a non-solid copy of the "ehh..." second disc of In Rainbows, the "mmm..." aforementioned Eraser, or the "ohhh!!!" score to There Will Be Blood, it's officially time to go Radionuts.

Bowerbirds Announce New Tour with Megafaun; The Amount of Bird Puns that Just Came to Mind Is Alarming

Every campfire has its "no wait" guitar guy. You know, the dude who picks up the only acoustic guitar, strums a few chords of "Wonderwall," then interrupts himself with "no, wait" a dozen times while everyone silently itches to snatch it away from him. Or maybe I've just had bad bonfire experiences.

Anyway, I'm all in a tizzy because Bowerbirds remind me of s'more roasting. And they've got a boatload of tourdates in support of their upcoming album Upper Air, due July 7 from Dead Oceans.

All tourdates with Megafaun, whose new album Gather, Form & Fly drops July 21 via Hometapes:
07.06.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
07.07.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
07.10.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
07.11.09 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
07.12.09 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear's Place
07.13.09 - Montreal QC, Canada - La Sala Rossa
07.14.09 - Toronto ON, Canada - Sneaky Dees
07.15.09 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
07.16.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot
07.17.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Vollrath Tavern
07.20.09 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
07.21.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
07.22.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
07.26.09 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07.27.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07.29.09 - Vancouver BC, Canada - The Biltmore Cabaret
07.30.09 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
07.31.09 - Anacortes, WA - Department of Safety
08.01.09 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.03.09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
08.04.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
08.05.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
08.06.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
08.10.09 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
08.12.09 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
08.13.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08.14.09 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
08.15.09 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
08.16.09 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
08.17.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

We here at Tiny Mix Tapes like to keep you abreast on all matters copyright-related without making pirate jokes. This is why our news feeds are set to Swedish newspapers, even though we don't speak Swedish. The past two days in Sweden have taken an interesting turn on all matters copyright on two fronts.

First, the political. Across Europe, elections for the European Parliament, the EU's legislative body, were taking place over the last few days. Much of the press spotlight has been on the UK, where Labour was crushed in elections by the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. But we don't care about Gordon Brown and his ratty YouTube smile. We care about copyright, and that's why we're in Sweden: The Piratpartien (The Pirate Party), a party dedicated to copyright reform, scored fifth in the overall election with over 7% of the vote, higher than more significant parties such as the Left and Christian Democrat parties. This means the party is guaranteed a seat in the European Parliament, to be taken by the activist Christian Engström in the fall.

Immediately, the effects are very limited. Even if the proposed Lisbon Treaty was implemented, the most the the Pirate Party could pick up is two seats out of over SEVEN HUNDRED. The influence it has on the parliament will be minimal, at best. However, the impact over the longterm is much more significant. If one were to translate its place and vote percentage into next year's Riksdag (Swedish parliament) election, it would gain about 20 seats. For reference, the last Riksdag election was determined by precisely that many seats. In politics, they call that being a "kingmaker," which means the party could significantly influence policy. And though many more votes are at stake, the Pirate Party has a lot of momentum: It is the second largest party for the 18-34 age bracket and has the largest youth wing in Sweden (which means a lot more in Europe).

It also helps that the Pirate Bay trial remains in the news constantly, which brings us to our next front: Legal. Yesterday, in the appeals case for the Pirate Bay 4, the Svea Court of Appeal heard arguments from the Stockholm District Court, whose judge, Tomas Norstrom, presided over the trial. One of the key issues with the appeal concerns the judge, who was a member of two known Swedish pro-copyright organizations. TPB attorneys presented a case a few weeks prior that the judge's membership allegedly made him biased against TPB.

So what is the Stockholm District Court's defense of his pro-copyright membership? In a statement to the court, "The memberships are simply a means to gain increased knowledge of copyright legislation issues and are not therefore grounds to establish bias," and that "it is imperative that judges remain abreast of the issues." With all due respect to the Who guitarist, this sounds like the "Pete Townshend" defense: Claiming you were involved in inappropriate/illegal activity for "research" purposes. It's also trying cheat your way out of the system.

We will keep you posted with updates on each as the trial continues, and stay tuned for our new feature column, "Michael Engström går till Bryssel." Or not.