It’s been 11 long years since Faith No More last took the stage, but in anticipation of their upcoming European tour, frontman Mike Patton is just happy to be playing music again after all those years of relative inactivity. “It’s been tough, man. Real tough,” Patton said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “11 years on the sidelines, doin’ bullshit material with bullshit people. It’s good to be back in the game. I’ve paid my fuckin’ dues, and now it’s time to fuck the Big Time in her fat ol’ backyard, baby.”

The post-Faith years have not been kind to Mr. Patton. Following the group’s 1998 breakup, the hammer-throated singer has become dejected and reclusive, popping up only every few hours to release a new album or score a Jason Statham movie. A string of go-nowhere bands like Fantômas, Mr. Bungle, and Peeping Tom kept him fed as he fought to break back onto the charts, but with each paycheck came its own humiliation. Soon the financial constraints became so great that Patton was forced to collaborate with anyone who crossed his path, from John Zorn and Merzbow to Björk and Neil Hamburger. “I’m not proud of things I did to keep myself alive, and I’d forget them forever if I only could,” Patton told RS, fighting back tears. “I just hope if I ever have kids someday that they don’t find out about all the disgraceful shit I had to do to get by. Fuck. Never fuckin’ again, man. I’m a goddamn star now.”

After years of indifference from the mainstream public, Patton was ready to quit the music industry all together until life mercifully gave him a second chance when Faith No More reunited earlier this year (TMT News ). “It’s a real relief, ya know. I mean, I figured I was gonna spend the rest my life sloggin’ out Whoppers at the BK or, even worse, puking up little pieces of my larynx everyday with that shrimpy saxophone blowin’ faggot Zorn,” Patton said, laughing and flexing. “Fuckin’ yes! Goddamn I feel like a fucking titan! You wanna see how many pushups I can do, dipshit journalist? I can do so many fucking pushups, motherfucker! WATCH THE LEAD SINGER OF FAITH NO MORE DO PUSHUPS, PRICK!” (The rest of the RS article is pretty much detailed descriptions about each of Patton’s pushups, except for one aside where Patton talks about how much he enjoyed the movie Up.)
06.10.09 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
06.12.09 – Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
06.13.09 – Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival
06.14.09 – Milan, Italy – Rock in Idro
06.16.09 – Berlin, Germany - Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide
06.19.09 – Nickelsdork, Austria – Nova Rock Festival
06.20.09 - Eichenring Scheeflel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06.21.09 – Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06.22.09 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
06.24.09 – Helsinki, Finland - Kaisaniemi Park
06.25.09 – Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival
06.27.09 – Borlänge, Sweden – Peace and Love Festival
06.29.09 – Moscow, Russia – B1 Club
06.30.09 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Jubileeny
07.01.09 – Riga, Latvia – Dream Factory
07.03.09 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07.04.09 – Gydnia, Poland – Heineken Open'er Festival
07.05.09 – Turku, Finland – Ruisrock Festival
08.08.09 - Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal – Sudoeste Festival
08.14.09 – Burgas, Bulgaria – Spirit of Burgas
08.15.09 – Bucharest, Romania - Sala Polivalenta
08.16.09 – Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08.17.09 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tesla Arena
08.20.09 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
08.21.09 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08.22.09 – Erfurt, Germany – Highfield Festival
08.23.09 – Oberhausen, Germany – Area 4 Festival
08.29.09 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine
09.01.09 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Fair, Trade and Convention Centre

Photo: [saba♫dija]

Franz Ferdinand Release Dub Remix LP, But They Also Announce North American Tour with Green Day. So, Wait. Does This News Make Them Hip and Credible or Money-Hungry and Disposable? You Decide.

Okay. Pop quiz, hot shot. Franz Ferdinand. Are they (A) ultra-hip, forward-looking glam-rock elevators?

(Hint: In the wake of the release of their relatively well-received third record, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (TMT Review), the esteemed Glasgow quartet completed a stellar North American Tour, which saw sold-out shows from coast to coast, as well as a poised and impressive appearance on David Letterman. Then, this week, they followed all of this success up with the release of Blood, a dub version of Tonight mixed by Tonight producer Dan Carey, which was filled to the brim with nine incredible versions of Franz originals and one additional song, “Be Afraid,” a version of “Dream Again.” Talk about badass. This might even earn them the Jonny Greenwood Stamp of Approval.)

But wait! Don’t answer so fast.

Because there is also another choice. Could they be (B), tepid torch-bearers of rock ’n’ roll’s, uh, 21st-century breakdown who are content to play to pierced and “opinionated” 15-year-olds, young parents who fill their Rhapsody playlists with songs they hear on local alternative radio, and outdoor-venue-patronizing hackie sack enthusiasts before turning the oversized stage over to the shmaltziest big-budget rock headliners on earth, who use some vague notion of pouty politics to sell three-chord throwaways before they’re too old to look “young”??

(Hint: I’m not talking about Wilco.)

That’s right. Franz Ferdinand is following up the release of their experimental dub record by touring the U.S. again later this summer as the opening act for Green Day. Confused? Me too. Bye bye, Greenwood stamp!

Blood tracklist:

1. Feel The Pressure
2. Die On The Floor
3. The Vaguest of Feeling
4. If I can’t Have You Then Nobody Can
5. Katherine Hit Me
6. Backwards Of My Face
7. Feeling Kind of Anxious
8. Feel The Envy
9. Be Afraid

Green Daytes:
08.08.09 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
08.09.09 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
08.11.09 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
08.12.09 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
08.13.09 - Omaha, NE - Qwest
08.15.09 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
08.16.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - ESA (Energy Sol Arena)
08.18.09 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
08.20.09 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
08.21.09 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay
08.22.09 - Phoenix, AZ - US Air Arena
08.24.09 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
08.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Forum
08.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA – Forum

Polvo Sign To Merge… Again

For the second time in 19 years, Chapel Hill's noisy math rock legends Polvo have signed to Merge Records. The band originally released two albums with Merge back in the early ’90s, but its subsequent albums were released via Touch and Go. And now, after spending a good part of March and May recording in Carrboro and at Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC (with Brian Paulson), the band has emerged with In Prism, the group's first album in 12 years, set for release on September 8.

Polvo, who reformed in 2008 at the Explosions in the Sky-curated ATP, are scheduled to play a couple fests this summer, including the Seaport Music Festival with Obits and XX Merge in July with a round of legendary Merge artists including The Magnetic Fields, Superchunk, Lambchop, Spoon, and plenty more. Polvo will also be touring in the fall to promote In Prism, so keep an eye out for a TMT update.

In Prism tracklisting:

1. Right the Relation
2. D.C. Trails
3. Beggar’s Bowl
4. City Birds
5. Lucia
6. Dream residue/Work
7. The Pedlar
8. A Thousand Waves
07-22-09 - 07/26/09 - XX Merge*
07-31-09 - Seaport Music Festival#

# Obits

* Lou Barlow, The Broken West, Richard Buckner, The Clientele, Destroyer, Erectus Monotone, The Essex Green, Guv'ner, Imperial Teen, The Ladybug Transistor, Lambchop, The Magnetic Fields, The Music Tapes, Oakley Hall, Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Pipe, Portastatic, Radar Bros., The Rosebuds, Spent, Spoon, Matt Suggs, Superchunk, Tenement Halls, Telekinesis, Versus, M. Ward , She & Him, American Music Club, Wye Oak

RIP: Sam Butera, Saxophonist

From New Orleans' Times-Picayune (via The Daily Swarm):

Sam Butera, the hard-driving, hard-swinging New Orleans saxophonist who was Louis Prima’s longtime musical partner, died Wednesday in Las Vegas following a long illness. He was 81.

Mr. Butera joined Prima’s band in 1954. With singer Keely Smith, they built one of the most popular acts in the golden age of Las Vegas. Mr. Butera cooked up the arrangements that gave the likes of “Just a Gigolo,” “I Ain’t Got Nobody” and “Jump Jive An’ Wail” maximum impact.

“Louis’s ace-in-the-hole was Sam Butera,” said Gia Prima, the fifth of Louis’s five wives and the singer in his band from 1962 to 1975. “That animal attraction that they had, with Sam’s honking sax and Louis’s jumping and jiving—without Sam, Louis couldn’t have pulled it off.”

- Sam Butera Wikipedia entry

I Have It! Yo La Tengo to Release Some More Popular Songs

Yo La Tengo, the 25-year-old Alternative Rock Band, are set to release their 12th full-length, Popular Songs, the follow-up to 2006's I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (TMT Review) (not counting Fuckbook) on September 8. The album was recorded earlier this year in Hoboken and Nashville by members Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew with producer Roger Mountenot. Described by Matador as "the bravest musical statement to date in a career full of ‘em," Popular Songs is purported to be stylistically varied and "at the height of their creative powers." But, to paraphrase Thom Yorke, how can we be sure?

To find out, we turn in fact to Thom Yorke, front man of another Alternative Rock Band, who got a sneak preview of the new Yo La Tengo album earlier this week.

So, what's the deal? Is the new Yo La Tengo album all it's cracked up to be?

Yes. It's fantastic. It's their bravest musical statement to date in a career full of 'em.

Oh, really?

Yes, I truly believe Yo La Tengo are at the height of their creative powers.

Well... boy, I guess that's all I need!

Wait, don't you want to ask about the new Radiohead album? We've been tinkering in the studio lately.

Thom, this is about Yo La Tengo, not you. Newsflash: not everything revolves around you.

Newsflash: I hate your guts!

There you have it, folks. Check out "Periodically Double or Triple," the first MP3 from Popular Songs. Tracklisting and a Buy Early Get Now campaign will be announced shortly via Matador's Matablog. Also expect a fall tour, but in the meantime:
06.04.09 - Paris, FR - L'Alhambra
06.07.09 - Hamburg, DE - Imperial Theatre
06.08.09 - Berlin, DE - Babylon (seated)
06.11.09 - Amsterdam, - Bimhuis
06.12.09 - Brussels, BE - Botanic, Orangerie
06.15.09 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall
07.13.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Keyspan Park/Coney Is

07.17.09 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

Black Dice’s Eric Copeland Discovers Alien in a Garbage Dump After Following Its Paw Tracks for Weeks, Collaborates on 13 Songs

Eric "The Cute One" Copeland, founding member of Black Dice, is going solo AGAIN with Alien in a Garbage Dump August 18 via Paw Tracks. But you, being the fancy-schmancy Black Dice fan, probably already knew this. Shit, you probably own all their albums, all their EPs, all their 7-inches, all their tour-only CD singles, and all side-project releases, not to mention Copeland's 2007 solo debut Hermaphrodite (TMT Review). You also know a friend who's cousin ran into Black Dice at The Pink Pussycat (on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village) jerking off to nudie magz. Hell, you're probably such a big fan of Copeland (Tell-All TMT Interview) that you've already heard the entirety of Alien in a Garbage Dump before we even caught wind of the album!!

Big deal: seven of the songs were released under the same title as a vinyl EP on Paw Tracks last year, and the other six were released on a vinyl EP titled Al Anon via Catsup Plate. So yeah, you're not so cool after all, MR. FUCKING HOT SHOT.

Alien in a Garbage Dump tracklist:

1. King Tits Womb
2. Alien in a Garbage Dump
3. Corn on the Cob
4. Osni
5. Scones and Bowls
6. Reptilian Space Beings Shapeshifting Bloodsucking Vampires
7. Everybody's Libido
8. Auto Dimmer
9. Al Anon
10. Narc
11. Lunar Bad Land
12. Wolfman
13. Muchas Gracias

Meanwhile, Andrew Black Dice Clay are currently on tour:
06.02.09 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre *
06.03.09 - Norman, OK - Opolis
06.04.09 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
06.05.09 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek *
06.06.09 - Oxford, MS - The Library *
06.07.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
06.08.09 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre *
06.09.09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room *
06.10.09 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone *
06.11.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
06.12.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 #
06.13.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar #
06.14.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
06.15.09 - Boston, MA - Outside The Lines Studio/Gallery #
06.16.09 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
06.17.09 - Toronto, ON - The Gladstone Hotel #
06.18.09 - Detroit, MI - MOFA + #
06.19.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks #
06.20.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #
09.12.09 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrow's Parties

* Animal Collective

+ Wolf Eyes

# Awesome Color

RIP: Koko Taylor, Chicago Blues Artist

From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor died Wednesday afternoon at age 80, after surgery May 19 to correct a gastrointestinal bleed.

“She was recovering slowly but surely, and then she had a real bad night,” said Marc Lipkin, a spokesman for Taylor’s longtime Chicago-based label, Alligator Records. Taylor was recovering from her surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital when she died.

She had performed only weeks earlier at the Blues Music Awards ceremony in Memphis, Tenn., where she received her record 29th Blues Music Award.

- Koko Taylor official website
- Koko Taylor MySpace
- Koko Taylor Wikipedia entry

The Handsome Family Leave Their Family Behind, Go on Tour

Hot off the release of Honey Moon, their brand new record on Carrot Top, The Handsome Family are hitting the West Coast and aren't looking back. Not even if they pass the world's largest farmer's market! The down-home Albuquerque duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks are now on their 20th year of marriage and their 8th studio record as a band. They recently played a number of sold-out shows on the East Coast, so now it's time to see if the West Side will show them the same love. You don't want them thinking the East Coast loves them more than the West Coast now, do ya West Coasters? They wouldn't want that. As for the Midwest, well, no one cares about the Midwest.

Here are the dates, starting off in Ireland:
06.03.09 - Cork, Ireland Crane Lane Club
06.04.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
06.05.09 - Belfast, Ireland - The Errigle Inn
06.06.09 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
06.07.09 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Cleere’s
06.26.09 - Albuquerque, New Mexico - TBA
07.14.09 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
07.15.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
07.16-19.09 - Dawson City, YT - Dawson City Music Festival *
07.21.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.23.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.24.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
07.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
07.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA - McCabe’s
07.29.09 - Tucson, AZ - The Congress

* Sunset Rubdown

It Takes a Village of Feet to Hold Us Back: Foot Village Pedal New Album and Website

The notice on the bathroom stall was simple: “Seeking foot worshipper for long walks, to watch movies (Walk Hard, Stepping Out, Stomp the Yard) and Scattergories! Will not turn down eager, open-minded ankle biters and calf lovers but prefer those with an erotic, sexual, unshakeable attraction for the foot, proper! No one bearing plantar warts, bunions, or ingrown nails need call." I looked once. Twice. I was no foot fetishist by any stretch of the imagination but I did love L.A. kick-thumpers Foot Village. If this message could get me closer to the sole of the band in any way then maybe I would take my chances. I hesitantly jotted down the number and skulked out thinking about the prophylactic promise of what could be…

Little did I know that I could have just turned on my fuckin’ computer, brought up the new and improved Foot Village website, and gotten dem goods that I so dearly needed! Fellow followers of drum love will rejoice when they see that the Foot Village not only have a new album, Anti-Magic, coming out on Upset the Rhythm on July 21 (July 6 in the U.K./Europe) but have made freely available to everyone a ton of full-length, unedited, mp3 covers of their “Chicken and Cheese 2” -- parts of which will be included in the “super-collage” at the end of Anti-Magic’s LP and CD versions (which use different pieces for their respective collages) -- on the site at this very direct link. While on the site you can check out Anti-Magic’s awesome and insane cover art.

Who be thee artists and friends providing the cover versions of “Chicken and Cheese 2”? Be thee: AIDS Wolf, ANAVAN, Big Digits, Bio Bitch, BITCHES, Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Brian Lewis Saunders, Cap N Fresh & The Stay Fresh Seals, Death Sentence: PANDA!, Eddie Brnabic, Fuck Hits Combo, Fur Fur, Geiger Retort, Gian Carlo, Herons, Holy Slouch, Ice Sea Dead People, I.E., Italic Indian, Jason Forrest, Kid Infinity, Kyle H Mabson, Laco$te, Lee Noble, Meta Magical, Mr. Pardiero, Narwhalz, Nero’s Day at Disneyland (contributing two versions), Paid in Puke, Power Sherlock, Robert Inhuman, Spirit Duplicator, Sunken Landscapes, tik///tik, T.I.T.S., Tussle, Two 2 Tango, Vankmen, Weird Habit, Window$, Wolfblitzer, and don't forget YNGWLV.

The digital and cassette (!) collage edits have yet to be completed by the band so there is still time to record a version of “Chicken and Cheese 2” and send it along to have your noise live forever in infamy, posterity, and absurdity.

Magic mushrooms:

1. Energy Hunters
2. Reggae War Zone
4. Death of the Endless
5. -.. .-. ..- -- -.-. .. .-. -.-. .-.. . (a.k.a. Morse code “No Jam”)
6. Grace’s Death
7. National Jamthun
8. Crybaby
9. .-. --- … . .- -. -. . (a.k.a. Morse code “Roseanne”)
10. Anti-Magic
11. Chicken and Cheese 2 (with friends)

The band of sausage-toed athletes will screech their asses across the Atlantic for dates in the U.K. and Europe in October and November (lock up your sons and daughters, etc.) but for now, only residents of California and ambitious travelers will be able to see the band. Hoof it hard to these shows:
06.20.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
06.28.09 - Los Angleles, CA - The Smell #
07.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell ^
07.12.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab $
08.03.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace *

% Religious Girls, Our Brother the Native, Voice on Tape

# DAT Politics, Captain Ahab, Battlehooch

^ Upset the Rhythm Showcase with K.I.T., Gowns, Death Sentence: PANDA!, Lucky Dragons

$ Upset the Rhythm Showcase

* Sean Carnage Anniversary Show with Nu Sensai

A-Trak Announces Massive Tour, Promises Not to Blog in All Caps from the Road Like Kanye

When he’s not busy manning the one’s and two’s for a certain male diva, or being Kid Sister’s boyfriend, or putting out mix albums like Infinity +1 (TMT Review) and Fabriclive 45, or being an all-around badass DJ, A-Trak sometimes manages to carve out a few months for a lengthy tour, like his newly announced summer jaunt with Baltimore emcee Rye Rye and Fool’s Gold's Treasure Fingers. Hopefully he has better blogging and tweeting skills than Kanye though, because if I see one more caps lock blog entry, I might have to start a RAP WAR with Kanye this summer

06.17.09 - New York, NY - Ultra Lounge +
06.18.09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues +
06.19.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory +
07.02.09 - Charlotte, NC - The Forum +
07.03.09 - Atlanta, GA - Opera +
07.04.09 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues +
07.05.09 - Tampa, FL - Czar *
07.08.09 - Miami, FL - Liv *
07.10.09 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall +
07.11.09 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
07.13.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red *
07.14.09 - San Diego, CA - Voyeur ^
07.16.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
07.17.09 - Portland, OR - Rotture ^
07.18.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
07.22.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards ^
07.23.09 - Calgary, AB - Hi Fi *
07.24.09 - Edmonton, AB - Star Lite Room ^
07.25.09 - Toronto, ON - Time Festival
07.30.09 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub *
07.31.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
08.01.09 - Montreal, QC - Sat *
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival

* Rye Rye, Treasure Fingers

^ Rye Rye

# Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London, Jack Beats

+ MSTRKRFT, Major Lazer, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, Drop the Lime