Conor Oberst To Go On Tour FOR-EV-ER

Even if you wanted to, there would be no way to escape all things Oberst this summer and fall. Love him or hate him, Omaha’s son will be hitting every single country over the next few months. No, seriously, I think the only place he isn’t playing is the Middle East. You see, Oberst has a new self-titled record coming out August 4 in the UK on Wichita and August 5 in the U.S. on Merge. And of course he has to tour and support it, because there still may be some people out there who have yet to hear of him.

It’s an Oberst summer:

Late In Breaking News: Robert Pollard New Band Boston Spaceships Set To Release Record, Worry About Being Placed Next To Boston In Record Racks

Most of Robert Pollard's musical activities over the last five or six years have not garnered much of my time. Having read much about Pollard online and in print -- TMT, Inc. demands that I stay on the internet reading about music for 10 hours a day, much to my girlfriend's chagrin -- I think I have been rightly apathetic. People appear to have a blind soft spot for him, which keeps them from writing totally negative reviews (aside from our most recent review, of course), but I haven't seen so many 3-star (6-star if you prefer) reviews in my life. Plus, who can get excited when something new from the man is released every couple months? These aren't fuckin' Chryslers, for god's sake. There are so many records that being a RP fan is a full-time undertaking.

This time around, ol' Bobby has another new band for us, and it is called Boston Spaceships. This one seems a bit -- if not musically, at least quality-wise -- different. That was the impression I got after listening to an MP3 on the band's site and reading the listed influences of Cheap Trick, Wire, Alice Cooper, The dB's on the upcoming record, Brown Submarine. Admittedly, it did get me a little geeked. The LP was recorded in Portland, OR and Kent, OH and is set for release on RP's own GBV, Inc. label September 9. Along with Uncle Bob, the band is rounded out by Chris Slusarenko (GBV, Takeovers) and John Moen (Decemberists, Perhapst), and will also feature Jason Narducy and Tommy Keene in its live incarnation.

Live, yes, I said it. The band is a live entity, which is rare for Pollard in the last couple years. The band will head out on tour a couple weeks after the LP's release, beginning the trek with The High Strung in Cincinnati at the Midpoint Music Festival and wrapping it all up October 18 in Nashville.

Tourdates:

* The High Strung

No Animals to be Harmed In Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals Tour

I have opted to go and see Girl Talk this summer/fall on his huge whirlwind tour in support of Feed the Animals -- released digitally June 19 and expected physically September 23 via Illegal Art -- because:

Viva La Vida wasn't as awesome as I thought it'd be, so I need a new favorite band of ’08

I didn't pay for Feed the Animals and need to make up for it somehow

I am trying to annoy my overly-religious parents who hate this kind of music and already think that I might be gay

I am trying to convince a girl that I actually do know how to dance

I didn't pay for Feed the Animals OR In Rainbows, and I REALLY need to make up for it somehow

I work at one of these clubs and have to show up either way. Who the fuck’s Girl Talk?

I didn't pay for Feed the Animals (TMT Review), In Rainbows (TMT Review), OR Ghosts I-IV (TMT Review), and REALLY REALLY need to make up for it somehow

I need to feel like I do "black" things sometimes

Recording Industry Calls Broadcasting Industry “A Form of Piracy”; Royalty Bill On Its Way to full Judiciary Committee

A couple weeks ago, we reported how the Performance Rights Act was under negotiations:

The bill primarily aims to (1) amend the Copyright Act by granting equal rights to musicians when receiving compensation from terrestrial broadcasters, and (2) establish a flat rate for non-commercial and public terrestrial stations that make less than $1.25 million a year. Essentially, the bill wants to place the same enforcement on terrestrial radio that already exists on internet and satellite radio." --[Performance Rights Act Currently Under Negotiations; Local Radio Freedom Act Gaining Steam
->http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Performance-Rights-Act-Sure-to]

Last Monday, the recording industry called AM-FM broadcasting a "form of piracy":

On Monday, the recording industry sent the National Association of Broadcasters -- the trade group representing the $16 billion a year AM-FM broadcasting business -- a can of herring to underscore that it believes its arguments against paying royalties are a red herring. The NAB says its members should not pay royalties because AM-FM radio “promotes” the music industry. ...] "It's a form of piracy, if you will, but not in the classic sense as we think of it," said Martin Machowsky, a musicFirst spokesman. --[Recording Industry Decries AM-FM Broadcasting as "A Form of Piracy" (Thanks James K.)

On Thursday, the Performance Rights Act passed a U.S. House subcommittee and is heading to a full Judiciary Committee:

A U.S. House subcommittee passed a bill Thursday that would require radio stations to pay royalties to artists for playing their music. The Performance Rights Act passed on voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. The next step for the bill is a vote by the full Judiciary Committee. --House Subcommittee Votes Yes On Royalty Bill

Next week?

Recording Industry Calls Broadcasting Industry “A Form of Piracy”; Royalty Bill On Its Way to full Judiciary Committee

A couple weeks ago, we reported how the Performance Rights Act was under negotiations:

The bill primarily aims to (1) amend the Copyright Act by granting equal rights to musicians when receiving compensation from terrestrial broadcasters, and (2) establish a flat rate for non-commercial and public terrestrial stations that make less than $1.25 million a year. Essentially, the bill wants to place the same enforcement on terrestrial radio that already exists on internet and satellite radio." --[Performance Rights Act Currently Under Negotiations; Local Radio Freedom Act Gaining Steam
->http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Performance-Rights-Act-Sure-to]

Last Monday, the recording industry called AM-FM broadcasting a "form of piracy":

On Monday, the recording industry sent the National Association of Broadcasters -- the trade group representing the $16 billion a year AM-FM broadcasting business -- a can of herring to underscore that it believes its arguments against paying royalties are a red herring. The NAB says its members should not pay royalties because AM-FM radio “promotes” the music industry. ...] "It's a form of piracy, if you will, but not in the classic sense as we think of it," said Martin Machowsky, a musicFirst spokesman. --[Recording Industry Decries AM-FM Broadcasting as "A Form of Piracy" (Thanks James K.)

On Thursday, the Performance Rights Act passed a U.S. House subcommittee and is heading to a full Judiciary Committee:

A U.S. House subcommittee passed a bill Thursday that would require radio stations to pay royalties to artists for playing their music. The Performance Rights Act passed on voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. The next step for the bill is a vote by the full Judiciary Committee. --House Subcommittee Votes Yes On Royalty Bill

Next week?

Mercury Rev Return with Two Albums; Rev Run Returns with a New Book and a Whole Mess o’ Homespun Family Life Lessons!

Dear Mr P,

I accept the fact that I had to sacrifice a whole morning polishing your Benz for whatever it was I did wrong. But I think you're crazy to also make me write a news story telling you who I think Mercury Rev are, if they are actually going to release two Yep Roc, David Fridmann-produced albums September 30 entitled Snowflake Midnight and Strange Attractor (the latter being a companion album to Snowflake Midnight and a FREE download available to anyone on Yep Roc's Mercury Rev mailing list), and chart their forthcoming tour schedule that will take them to a number of European festivals and club dates. You see them how you want to see them... in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definition. But what I found out is that each one in Mercury Rev is a brain... and an athlete... a Jonathan Donahue... and a basket case... a Grasshopper... a princess... a Jeff Mercel... and a criminal. Does that answer your question?

Sincerely, the Breakfast Burrito.

Snowflake Midnight:

1. Snowflake in a Hot World
2. Butterfly's Wings
3. Senses on Fire
4. People Are So Unpredictable (There's No Bliss Like Home)
5. October Sunshine
6. Runaway Raindrop
7. Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower
8. Faraway for Cars
9. A Squirrel and I (Holding On...and Letting Go)

Strange Attractor:

1. Love Is Pure
2. Taken Up Into Clouds, Changed and Rained Down
3. Pure Joie de la Solitude
4. Persistence and the Apis Mellifera
5. Fable of a Silver Moon
6. Loop Lisse, Loop
7. In My Heart, a Strange Attractor
8. Incident on Abeel Street
9. Af Den Fader Kommer Den Sol
10. Because Because Because
11. Nocturne for Norwood

"Zooming in at any part of SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, at nearly any conceivable magnification, always reveals the forces of symmetry and chaos at play, shimmering, vibrating close-ups and vistas of Life driving itself onward, bursting with patterns and mandala-like forms pushed to the brink of incredible pressures then lost in an instant... blown apart by their own majestic desire to share themselves, spirals of new momentum inter-twingling with the vastness of limitless new creation... The entire album sequence appears to be a resplendent fractal, folding in upon itself, into something continually new, unpredictable and spontaneous, and yet, paradoxically at times so subtly self-aware, never failing to resemble itself in the whole..." says the band's website.
Good. I effin' love "chaos at play!"
08.07.08 - Lausanne-Pully, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.09.08 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Beatday 08
08.12.08 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Kilkenny Arts Festival
08.14.08 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop 2008
08.29.08 - Inverary Argyll, Scotland - Hydro Connect Festival
09.13.08 - North Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09.21.08 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York 2008
10.31.08 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue
11.01.08 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
11.02.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St

11.04.08 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.05.08 - Manchester, England - Academy
11.06.08 - Leeds, England - Academy
11.07.08 - Birmingham, England - Academy
11.09.08 - Newcastle, England - Academy
11.11.08 - Brighton, England - Corn Exchange
11.12.08 - Bristol, England - Academy
11.13.08 - London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
11.14.08 - Oxford, England - Academy
11.16.08 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
11.17.08 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11.21.08 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
11.22.08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.24.08 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11.25.08 - Paris, France - Elysée Montmartre
11.26.08 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.27.08 - Barcelon, Spain - Bikini
11.28.08 - Madrid, Spain - Joy
11.29.08 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, Unless You’re Prince; Prince Seeks to Destroy Copies of Tribute Album

So, there's this new Prince tribute album, Shockadelica. It's Norwegian and artistically diverse, featuring artists whose genres range from heavy metal to country to a goddamn symphony orchestra. It's actually more of a cross-section of what Norway has to offer, musically, but the 5-disc, 81-song set all happens to be a gigantic lovefest for the one and only AFNAP. It's risen to #8 on the Norwegian charts, and the whole deal is totally legal, since Norwegian label C+C Records paid their licensing fees to Prince's people. Only 5,000 copies were produced, and no one made a cent from it, as it was a total labor of love. It was when the label sent a free copy to the Artist himself that the Purple One made his wrath known, smacking C+C down with a lawsuit and demanding all copies of the tribute album set be destroyed.

Right. Because everyone is going to rush out and buy Shockadelica, instantly prefer Dog Almighty's cover of "Sexy MF" over the original, and boycott Prince's version forever. Prince, I hereby dub thee Sir Bossypants. Overreact much?

You can still preview individual tracks at the C+C Records website, but don't be surprised if someone throws a purple rock through your window with a mysterious symbol painted on it.

Arthur Magazine: “We have no more money.” – Fans: “We do!”

Last Thursday, editor Jay Babcock posted an announcement on Arthur Magazine's website, titled "Arthur Magazine needs $20,000 by July 1 or it will die." In it, he details the LA-based magazine's recent financial troubles, including poor ad sales, increased costs, "zero new backers," and more. Indeed, Arthur -- most famous for trumpeting the adventurous realms of the musical underground with writers like Byron Coley and Thurston Moore -- is still in ridiculous, credit-cards-maxed-out debt (created after Babcock saved the magazine from demise last year by purchasing publisher Laris Kreslins' half ownership).

But, in the TMT tradition of burying the lede, I'm happy to report some good news. Despite only having six days to reach its goal of $20,000, Arthur has already raised -- as of Monday morning -- $20,879 from 234 gracious "participants," thus essentially saving the magazine once again!

According to Babcock's post: "Our long-term prospects are good, if we are fortunate enough to make it through this rough patch." Apparently, the rough patch is over. But given the tightness of this situation, it definitely wouldn't hurt to donate more.

The Dutchess & The Duke Make Hardly Art A Little More Noble

Will 2008 go down as the year that Sub Pop went rural? Sure, it has released a number of quieter folk-y/country-ish releases in the past, but this year alone we have been treated to Fleet Foxes, Grand Archives, and Sera Cahoone, not to mention the upcoming Blitzen Trapper LP. These bands sound like you might find them playing alone in a forest somewhere. Quite a change from the label's beginnings, with Green River, Nirvana, and The Fastbacks, don't you think? Yes, Sub Pop has also released Wolf Parade, Mudhoney, Kelly Stoltz, Foals, and Ruby Suns records this year, but just play along, okay?

Well, Hardly Art -- Sub Pop's sister label/subsidiary, started by SP founder Jonathan Poneman -- is not immune to this folk-ish outbreak, as it has just announced the upcoming release of a new LP by the duo of Jesse Lortz & Kimberly Morrison, a.k.a., The Dutchess & the Duke. Expect the presence of acoustic guitars, tambourines, the sound a beard makes touching a microphone, and vocal harmonies-galore on their debut LP, She's The Dutchess, He's the Duke , which you can purchase July 8. Continuing the familial feelings found at Sub Pop, the band is touring as the opener for the aforementioned Fleet Foxes. FF&D&D, fuckin' dynamite!

Tourdates

* Fleet Foxes

# Pink Reason

MTV to Start Accepting Political Ads… But More Importantly, There Are People Out There Who Refer to Diddy as “Poof Daddy”

I'm sorry, I don't know if I can write this story yet, because I'm still giggling like a moron. LOOK. Check out the first reader comment. Poof Daddy. Genius.

ANYWAY, political ads on MTV....

Here's an official statement from MTV Networks:

MTV Networks will accept political advertising that is national in scope, sponsored by a legally qualified candidate, a candidate's official campaign committee, a nationally recognized political party, or the official congressional campaign committee(s) of a nationally recognized party.

The change has been touted by various MTV execs as a great way for political candidates to reach youth voters, but since it will only be accepting ads from the two major political parties, I'll give you three guesses as to which presidential candidate will make better use of these new resources. Yes, even Democratic strategist Tad Devine agrees, saying, "I'm sure Obama's campaign will look seriously at advertising there, given his advantage with young people."

Let's do the math here. MTV Networks will only run political ads for the Democratic and Republican campaigns, and it's pretty much a given that Obama has the youth vote. However, the FCC states that political candidates must be given the opportunity to have equal airtime, which means McCain will probably have to come up with something for the Real World set. This is gonna be good. Republican Bikini Beach Party Jams! I see Mr P getting all hot and bothered already.

  

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