The Broken West Get Homesick, Release Sophomore LP This Fall

Okay, maybe it's just me on this one, but after you appropriate some Samuel Beckett action for the title of your debut LP (in this case, The Broken West's minor wave-maker I Can't Go On, I'll Go On released in early 2007 via Merge), you've really gotta throw-down big time with the weightiness of the ol' sophomore effort. Right?

...Or, you could just chill in your backyard and write another record in between alternating rounds of sinking brews and sinking bean bags, I guess! Because that's just what the LA indie-pop quartet went and did with their second (and infinitely less cleverly-titled) LP, Now or Heaven. Well, figuratively, at least. Says the band's press release:

While many bands' second albums end up being about the road, Now or Heaven originates from home, the longing to get there, and all that comes from being there. The perspective generated from time spent on the road and the distance traveled led to a new, unnamable development.

In other words, there are a lot of songs written from Dorothy Gale's post-Oz point-of-view on this record. I don't really see their cover of "Over the Rainbow" on the tracklisting though. Hmmm...

Anyway, this new batch of homebody backyard barbecue jams will see release September 9 of this year via the wonderful wizard of Merge and will be preceded by a smattering of shows along the West Coast (staying close to home, you know) and one lone summer festival date, after which any band that hates the road this much will presumably breakup and start a co-op farm or something. Ziiing!

Goodnight, everybody!

There's no place like home:

It’s Never to Early to Release the Bats! Shellac, Pissed Jeans, and More at Yet Another ATP-Sponsored Event

Ahhh yes. It is coming. I can feel it on the wind. I can read about it on the internet. That most special time of the year, Halloween, is on its way. In only four-and-a-half short months, you and I can celebrate all things dark, spooky, and named in honor of a Birthday Party song. Specifically, we can do this at ATP's now annual Release the Bats concert in London. While the lineup may not exactly be creepy/kooky/altogether ooky, it's still a pretty damn sweet roster, and if I remember last year correctly, a great excuse to make eyes at sexy, younger English boys in tight jeans and Robert Smith hair.

Festivities go down at The Forum in Kentish Town (north London), and ATP encourages attendees to dress up in spooky, Halloween-y costumes, or in outfits somehow related to the participating bands. Imagine the conceptual delight you will find in dressing as Shellac! Or Wooden Shjips, Om, Pissed Jeans, DJ Andy Weatherall, or the promised "very special guest." Note: I am guessing the special guest is not a sexy nurse, sexy cheerleader, or sexy teacher, so please plan your costume choices accordingly.

Imaad Wasif With Two Part Beast Might Like Firefox 3 If They Give It a Try; Direct Links to Firefox 3 In the Story

Screw the new albums coming out this week by Coldplay, Wolf Parade, Silver Jews, The Notwist, and Ice Cube. And fuck them too, because Firefox 3 (which Imaad Wasif may or may not use) was released today! Shit's been in active development for 34 months, but today's now officially "Firefox Download Day," which means millions of users are attempting to download the new and surely improved web browser, in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in one day.

Since Mozilla's homepage is relatively unstable due to the sheer amount of downloading, here are some direct links, courtesy of the men and women of TMT. Enjoy:

- PC
- MacOS
- Linux

And as a bonus, here are some tourdates for Imaad Wasif With Two Part Beast, a band who may or may not have anything to do with Firefox 3:

* RTX

# Black Angels, The Warlocks

% Titus Andronicus

$ The Mae Shi, The Death Set

Girl Talk to Release Feed The Animals Thursday, But Who Cares When TMT Is Hiring Newswriters!

Check it out! MTV has exclusive info (with great use of double-dashes) about the new Girl Talk album, Feed The Animals: "As luck would have it, an MTV News crew was actually with Gillis at his Pittsburgh home late Monday when he received the mastered version of [Feed The] Animals -- according to our producer, not only does the album sound great (snippets of Kanye, Shawty Lo, Madonna and Heart -- to name just a few -- are sprinkled throughout), but Gillis seemed so happy with it that he asked us to decide when it should be released to the 'Net -- our producer picked Thursday, and that's the day you'll be able to hear it."

Now, check out this amazing question and answer from Pitchfork and Gregg Gillis himself:

Pitchfork: Have you settled on a date for when it's going live?

GG: Pretty much as soon as possible. I finished it Tuesday night (June 10), and the guy who has mastered all my albums is starting the mastering process today. He promised me he'd be done by Monday, so that would give me maybe a couple days to listen to it, but I imagine it will be on the internet by Wednesday or Thursday [June 18 or 19].

Cool!

I'd like to thank MTV and Pitchfork for making this story possible. Also thanks to Mr P, who continues to be a source of inspiration for these stories (he assigned this one to me). If you think you can write a better story than this, maybe you should apply to write news for TMT. (But, you know, I've been around here for a long time, and there's a reason why, so don't expect to be immediately writing at my caliber. But hey, give it your best shot.) Finally, I'd like to thank TV sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. I've jerked off to those sexual episodes many times, so thanks!

RIAA Adopts “Pay Up and Shut Up” Policy, More Than Doubles Fines For College Students Who Dare Chall

Back in the good ol' days, college students would receive "pre-litigation letters" from the RIAA demanding $3,000 as an out-of-court settlement. Students would then either pay the fine or challenge the accusation in court. It was a wonderful scenario, as everyone tended to come out on top: the RIAA got its money on behalf of (but not for) its artists, and the pirates, most of them hilariously in debt from student loans, got their due comeuppance and achieved higher moral superiority through the consequences of their naughty, naughty pirating. How dare thee download Coldplay's new single!

Well, the good ol' days are gone apparently. According to Ars Technica, the RIAA is now tacking on an extra $1,000 if forced to "go to court to get the name" of an unresponsive student, and it's even raising the penalty as high as $8,000 if a student chooses to challenge the subpoena, more than doubling the original fine. In short: THE RIAA DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS! SPREAD THE WORD!

With the illegality of the RIAA's claims still dubious at best, it's pretty obvious why it is trying to avoid the courtroom. Hell, is it so much to ask that the RIAA keep suing us at $3,000?

RIAA Adopts “Pay Up and Shut Up” Policy, More Than Doubles Fines For College Students Who Dare Chall

Back in the good ol' days, college students would receive "pre-litigation letters" from the RIAA demanding $3,000 as an out-of-court settlement. Students would then either pay the fine or challenge the accusation in court. It was a wonderful scenario, as everyone tended to come out on top: the RIAA got its money on behalf of (but not for) its artists, and the pirates, most of them hilariously in debt from student loans, got their due comeuppance and achieved higher moral superiority through the consequences of their naughty, naughty pirating. How dare thee download Coldplay's new single!

Well, the good ol' days are gone apparently. According to Ars Technica, the RIAA is now tacking on an extra $1,000 if forced to "go to court to get the name" of an unresponsive student, and it's even raising the penalty as high as $8,000 if a student chooses to challenge the subpoena, more than doubling the original fine. In short: THE RIAA DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS! SPREAD THE WORD!

With the illegality of the RIAA's claims still dubious at best, it's pretty obvious why it is trying to avoid the courtroom. Hell, is it so much to ask that the RIAA keep suing us at $3,000?

For The Discriminating Art Aficionado, A Chance to Purchase a Basquiat-Affiliated with U2!!

Have you ever been caught up in the moment, lured by the siren call of Bono and his activist activities, and bought a U2 album expecting some serious ART? While buying How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb may not have given you the life-altering, mind-enhancing experience you wanted, you can now actually purchase verifiable, time-tested art from U2. If you are a millionaire that is.

The New York Times is reporting that the band is selling a Jean-Michel Basquiat original purchased by U2 bassist Adam Clayton. It goes up for sale at Sotheby's in London July 1. The highest price a Basquiat has ever received is $14.6 million. The U2-affiliated piece is expected to get $11.7 million. What? No one wants to lay down an extra million or two for a painting that came in frequent contact with Bono himself?

Wilderness Guitarist to Release Solo Project, The Lord Dog Bird, in August

According to "The New Guy" (who may or may not star in a comedy featuring Eliza Dushku and Zooey Deschanel), Wilderness' guitarist Colin McCann is set to release a debut, self-titled album as The Lord Dog Bird on Jajaguwar. With a name as weighty as this, one might assume the project to be a bombastic showboat featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, The Vienna Boys Choir, and guest spots from David Byrne and David Bowie (with production by Nigel Godrich, Butch Vig, and Brian Eno), but turns out the whole modest shebang was recorded on four-track in the solitude of his own home. Which, I think, is much better.

According to Jagjaguwar:

Through droning repetition and the unmistakable hiss and clip of four track cassette, a warm and engrossing atmosphere develops. These songs are buoyed by melodies that are at once sad and hopeful. The listener is immediately drawn in by their intimacy and honesty, with vocals imparting a sincerity and intensity that often borders on vulnerability.

I couldn't have said it better. Because I haven't heard the album.

The Lord Dog Bird is set for release August 5. Tracklist: