KCRW’S Nic Harcourt Steps Down From Music Director Position; Oh No, Who Will Introduce Bands Like Coldplay To The Airwaves now?!
Although Nic Harcourt is an important, well-respected guy -- he was once called “The most influential DJ in America” by music writer Mark Weingarten -- he’s also famous for bringing some less-than-stellar artists to the KCRW airwaves, such as Coldplay, Damien Rice, Dido, and Norah Jones. Regardless of Harcourt’s questionable taste in music, though, it was announced via press release that he would be stepping down November 30 from the Music Director position he has held for the past 10 years with the Santa Monica, CA-based station. However, Harcourt will continue to be a KCRW DJ, hosting a three-hour show on Sundays from 6-9 PM.
“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to come to work every day and be surrounded by creative and passionate people and I want to keep the connection alive on my Sunday show,” said Harcourt. “As a parent of two young children, I believe it’s time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice over work, advertising and the Internet.”
He then turned away, put his headphones on, and as Chris Martin’s croon brought him back to simpler times, Harcourt sighed, crying softly to himself.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a downtown Portland hotel Wednesday.
The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office said 62-year-old Mitch Mitchell likely died of natural causes. His body was found just after 3 a.m. at the Benson Hotel. [...]
Mitchell had been playing with the Experience Hendrix tour that just made a stop in Portland at the Schnitz last Friday.
Mitchell along with bass players Noel Redding and Billy Cox backed Hendrix for the generation defining sounds of his electrified psychedelic blues. The Experience played behind Hendrix at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals in the late 1960s.
Owen Tours in an Effort to Remind Folks That You Don’t Need to Record Albums to Effectively Be A Downer
Polyvinyl's Owen may not have released anything since 2006's At Home With Owen, but that doesn't mean they (read: Mike Kinsella) can't tour. Chicago's Kinsella is continuing to tour with his solo act in an effort to remind fans that he's still around in case anyone wants to indulge their loneliness with his sad sack of songs. Owen will play most of these dates with openers Caithlin De Marrais and El May -- bands who, ideally, will be just upbeat enough to balance the evening out without jarring anyone into a happy mood.
Recession? What recession?! No one told Big Boi about any “recession,” that’s for sure! In fact, 2009 promises to be the most profitable year for he and his partner-in-exile, as the two Outkast hit-and-skit makers promise not only a pair of solo efforts, but, low and behold, another proper Outkast release to, you know, tie it all together. Three albums in early ’09? Now that’s an economic bail-out plan we can all get behind!
"The South got something to say, and we gonna keep on talking," Big Boi told MTV recently in Atlanta. And, uh, by that he of course means that he’s getting his second solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, prepped and groomed for the ol’ Outkastian throat-cram-overhype, despite the delays that have prevented its release thus far. But wouldn’t you know it? These pesky delays just so-happen to cause the roll-out plan for his new LP to coincide once again with the release of Andre’s next big thang. The plot thickens!
"Me and 'Dre were on the conference call,” Big “explained.” "He's working on his album; my album is done. [I’m] gonna wait until the top of the year — January or February — to put it out. Then 'Dre is gonna come hit y'all, and [then] we're gonna do the Outkast album. So y'all gonna get three records from the 'Kast next year." You’re welcome, America.
But not so fast there, MTV Generation with your cell phone wall paper and your... your wide shoes! Recall that we have definitely heard talk about “the 'Kast” pulling the wallet-grabbing-trifecta of albums before, and it has never actually materialized. Still, the stars over Stankonia seem to be in alignment this time around, as Andre has actually confirmed that he’s finally started work on his album. "To be honest, I work best when people doubt me," 'Dre explained. "Our whole Outkast career has been built on people doubting us. [Hip-hop fans] up North hated on us from the get-go. We wouldn't be Outkast if people didn't understand what people would call weird. You know, none of that would've happened. Actually, if you see me, tell me I'm wack. That's the best thing you can do for me. You know, if you want a greater album, say that. Say that!"
You’re whack, Andre. You’re double-super-triple-mega-whack. Here’s hoping...
Last time I reported on Cut Copy’s tour itinerary (TMT News), things were pretty different. The economy hadn’t completely collapsed; I had never heard of Shibu Inu puppies before (nor spent six hours a day watching them); and Sarah Palin didn’t have a Wikipedia page yet. Most importantly, Cut Copy were playing small venues. However, after touring nonstop in 2008, they’re about to raise the bar for 2009 on their final North American tour in support of In Ghost Colours. With Matt and Kim opening, a light show, and a surprise guest DJ, it’s guaranteed to be a good final goodbye tour to the album.
Seriously, click the puppy link, and thank me later:
& Matt & Kim
Yes, it's true! _Death Cab for Cutie_'s tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Munich_ and _Paris_, this tour should be _weird_. But despite how _weird_ it'll be, it's expected to be _stange_ too, because _Ben Gibbard is still recovering from being stung by a scorpion, twice. What a dork_.
_Death Cab for Cutie's_ latest album is _Narrow Stairs (TMT Review)_, which was released or is set to be released _May 13, 2008_ via _Atlantic (Barsuk is releasing a vinyl version November 25)_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _Ben Gibbard's hair is out of control!!!!_?? HAHA!
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _Death Cab for Cutie_, which again, starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Munich_ and _Paris_. Just don't be surprised if _Ben Gibbard's hair is out of control!!!!_, like I said in the second paragraph!
$ Frightened Rabbit
This is where I would put the requisite pun that a story like this deserves, something along the lines of: “ATP just got more YOUTHful” or maybe I could do “Young Marble Giants announce GIANT show.” However I won’t bore you with puns and stupid plays on words, because I can write better than that.
Ah, the hell with it! I need to do at least one, right? Young Marble Giants made Colossal headlines today with the announcement that they will play the entirety of their only full-length album, 1980’s Colossal Youth, at next spring’s ATP UK Weekend 1: The Fans Strike Back. I was already psyched about the lineup -- Devo, Spiritualized, Grails, and stoner rock titans Sleep performing their album Holy Mountain, as well as selections from Dopesmoker -- and now this? (Side note: Now, I know that Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker are pretty fucking sweet, but I'd feel sad if I saw Sleep and they didn’t play a track from Jerusalem, too. Do them all!)
Young Marble Giants reunited early last year to play a show at last years’ Hay Festival in Wales, around the same time that Domino Records unveiled their plans to reissue Colossal Youth (this supposedly wasn't a coincidence, if you catch my drift). The trio has only one other show scheduled at the moment, and it happens to be this upcoming weekend, November 14-16, at the Swn Festival also in Wales. Jeez, you’d think that the guys in Young Marble Giants were from Wales or something, right?
In other reunited band/ATP festival news. The recently reunited experimental hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium have ALSO been added to the ATP vs. the Fans lineup. With all these bands getting back together lately, it can’t be long before Nirvana start making music again, right? Right? Oh, yeah, I forgot. Krist Novoselic is into politics these days, and you can’t have a Nirvana reunion without Novoselic.
Yes, it's true! _The Herbaliser's_ tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Portland_ and _Winnipeg_, this tour should be _amazing_. But despite how _amazing_ it'll be, it's expected to be _amazing-er_ too, because _"a scratchy, live band funk sound replaces the deep digging loops and samples" of the past, according to the press release_.
_The Herbaliser's_ latest album is _Same As It Never Was_, which was released or is set to be released _May 27, 2008_ via _!K7_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _I might actually make an appearance at the November 18 show in Chicago_?? HAHA!
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _The Herbaliser_, which again starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Portland_ and _Winnipeg_. Just don't be surprised if _I might actually make an appearance at the November 18 show in Chicago_, like I said in the second paragraph!
From Baltimore With Love: Upcoming Beach House Tour Brings Quiet Pretty Rock, Probably Not the SpongeBob Dance
Ah, Baltimore. Charm City. Home to John Waters, John Hopkins University, and -- according to Wikipedia -- a dance called the SpongeBob. This illustrious city on the Patapsco River is also home to a really awesome aquarium, where I bought a shirt with a beluga whale on it when I was a kid, as well as being the main headquarters of globe-trotting dream-pop duo Beach House. Although they've only been together for three years, by now you're probably familiar with the group's delicate organ-accented shoegaze jams, either through hearing their acclaimed self-titled debut or their follow-up, this year's Devotion (TMT Review).
They've been touring like crazy, hitting the road for lengthy periods of time, and going to places Sarah Palin's never even heard of! And now they're heading back across the Atlantic, getting ready to take on Europe (and the East Coast) -- very, very quietly. Of course, they'll be doing more than just racking up frequent flyer miles, posing with tourists in front of cathedrals, and playing awesome festivals. If we've learned anything from checking their MySpace profile several times a week to see when a new album is coming out -- which I, um, totally don't do -- it's that Beach House takes a nice promotional photograph. Seriously, they have some of the best promo pics I have ever seen. Way higher class than any internet picture you or I could ever hope to have. And where better to take awesome photos than on a European touring vacation?
Seriously: big things are coming from this tour. I can feel it.
@ Jana Hunter
* The Walkmen
By Sarah Palin
America, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Senator John McCain and I spent the last few months travelin’ around the country, askin’ for your vote so that we could fight the powers of evil that threaten our great nation. Alas, the majority of you did not give us that vote. And now, you will pay. In fact, Judgement Day has arrived! Now that your anti-Christ BaracKKK Hussein NObama (a.k.a., The Really Really Super Evil One) is the president-elect, Socialist ideals have already begun eatin’ away our nation. What was once a land of hard-workin’, individualistic Joe-The-Plumbers is now devolvin’ into a massive Communist orgy.
Just look at this: New York City-based socialist/terrorist/Jihadist musical group Trans-Siberian Orchestra recently left a $10,000 tip at Sullivans Steakhouse in Omaha. This IN ADDITION to the tips they’d been leaving every single night for three weeks. Now, I spent some time in Omaha while we were campaignin’ and I must say, it’s not only the nicest city in the state of Canada, but it’s probably the nicest city in all of the Northeastern United States. I don’t know why this crazy Orchestra of Siberians would spread their wealth, but I know the people of Omaha are probably secretly hurtin’ over the whole episode.
This group of collectivist sinners may typically masquerade as a rock orchestra playing pseudo-classical prog-rock versions of Christmas classics, but I am going to out them right here: they are socialists. Just like Baraq Al Qaedabama. This sort of behavior is not somethin' that the average workin’-class REAL American will stand for. To leave ten grand for the waiters at Sullivans is simply another example of “spreadin’ the wealth.” Get ready for more of this folks, because this is how it’s gonna be from here on out. It might already be too late. Take cover while you can ‘cause we’re headed back to the days when dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth together. As for me, I’m headed back to Alaska to bury my head in the snow. Bye now!