They tried to run from it. Lead singer Peter Morén buried himself in his solo album, The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling claimed he was “busy” producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling, and Primal Scream. Hell, they even thought they’d float a low-key and mostly instrumental (and mostly terrible) album, Seaside Rock, out there and see whether or not anyone noticed that, you know, they were the same band responsible for... you know, that song.

But finally, it caught up with them. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The Sweedish trio cannot hide any longer, and the time has come for Peter Bjorn and John to... sigh, follow up... to follow up... “Young Folks.”

Yeah, I know. You’re sitting there thinking, “Oh fuck.” And rightfully so. It’s hard to believe, but it has been two years since Sweden’s Peter Bjorn and John subversively sauntered onto the world MOR stage with the seemingly never-ending success of that unfathomable anti-song. “Young Folks” was a sheer anomaly. A song so annoyingly anti-catchy that it became the catchiest damn thing on the face of the planet; that fucking song became a global smash and was almost certainly DIRECTLY and SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for “PB+J” (as they came to be annoyingly referred by young urban professionals in suits everywhere) blowing-the-proverbial-fuck-up and performing to sold out venues and late-night TV talk shows all across America and beyond. This fucking song was even named "Track Of The Year" by iTunes; oh, and don’t forget how it, you know, casually popped-up in countless movies and TV shows until you were about ready to shoot yourself. Oh, and remember how SEVERAL cover versions then appeared in not only English, but also Spanish and Japanese? And then how, because of “Young Folks,” Writer’s Block ended up earning an absurdly prominent spot in the upper reaches of the general music press’ often-dubious year-ennd polls, with the ever-so-classy Paste magazine even declaring, “PB+J give us even more reason to love the Swedes”?? Yeah??? Remember all that stuff, do you?!?

Well, me too. And so does everyone else. And so do they, I bet. So here we are: New album. Living Thing. Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International record label. March 31, 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén. There was a bunch more press-release hype, but yeah, I just went ahead and deleted it. Best of luck, guys.

Living Thing tracklist:

1. The Feeling
2. It Don’t Move Me
3. Just the Past
4. Nothing to Worry About
5. I’m Losing My Mind
6. Living Thing
7. I Want You!
8. Lay It Down
9. Stay This Way
10. Blue Period Picasso
11. 4 Out Of 5
12. Last Night

War Child Announce Full Tracklist And Artist Lineup For Heroes Benefit Compilation, Now Complete With “Heroes” Cover!

Last fall, we reported brilliantly on charity organization War Child and the then-forthcoming details of their partnership with Astralwerks Records in releasing Heroes, a benefit album whose proceeds will provide humanitarian assistance to the war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions in the world.

In case you’ve forgotten, the album's concept mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child's efforts in war zones around the world -- to place faith in the next generation (not that Next Generation, you nerd). In other words, they basically asked a whole heaping mess of rock elders to select a classic track from their own canon and nominate an artist from the current scene to create a modern reworking of that classic song.

Well, it seems the record is now complete, boasting 16, count ’em, 16 tracks of classic tunes from the likes of The Clash, Dylan, The Kinks, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, and many more, as interpreted by such TMT-relevant acts as TV on the Radio, Beck, The Hold Steady, Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. It’s like your very own Best New Music compilation CD... whatever that is!

Anyway, Heroes will officially be released on February 24, 2009 via Astralwerks. And hey, it looks like our personally-biased, overly-critical, yellow journalism has paid off once again, because what’s that down there rounding out the tracklisting? A cover of Bowie’s “Heroes!” Ah, the system works... Ahem, now, save those kids, everyone!

Heroes tracklist:

1. Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
2. The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
3. The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
4. Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
5. Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
7. Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
8. Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
9. Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
10. Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
11. Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
12. Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
13. Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
14. Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
15. The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
16. TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

Leonard Cohen Will Perform in America for the First Time in 15 Years

I can't believe that:

- more than 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip.
- Guantanamo agents have gotten away with so much already.
- the porn industry is asking for a bailout.
- Bin Laden is still making headlines, urging jihad against Israel.
- Carla is still in the running on Top Chef, but she is pretty awesome.
- a teen killed his mother and wounded his father after they took away Halo 3 from him.
- Leonard Cohen will be playing his first American show in 15 years on February 19 at New York's Beacon Theatre.

On April 16, Merce Cunningham -- the influential dance choreographer who has worked with everyone from John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg to Radiohead and Sigur Rós -- is celebrating his 90th birthday with a BAM. Along with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, mixed-media composer Takehisa Kosugi, and the lovable humans in Sonic Youth providing the soundtrack, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform a new piece, to be held April 16-19 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

AND THERE IS MORE. In addition to some Steve Shelley shows in February, Lee Ranaldo's traveling group exhibition "Bad Moon Rising 3," and a Sonic Youth multimedia museum exhibit titled "Sensational Fix," Sonic Youth are also putting the finishing touches on their Matador Records debut (TMT News). According to a recent Uncut interview, Thurston Moore said they're making a record "replete with juicy supersonic songs!" Whoa, how newsworthy of him to say!!

And, finally, look for Sonic Youth at No Fun Fest 2009, May 15-17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY (TMT News). Their performance is on the 16th, and they say it'll be a "noise set." Gotta please the fans.

04.22.08 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.23.08 - Munich, Germany - Haus der Kunst
04.24.08 - Dusseldorf, Germany - 3001
05.16.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Girl Talk Tours; He’s Also in a Microsoft Commercial – Odd, I Always Pegged Him as a Mac Man

Being a student at a university known for its football and beer, a.k.a. Penn State, can surprisingly have its perks: sometimes we get free shows featuring semi-decent artists. Well, this past December, right before finals week, Girl Talk graced Happy Valley with his presence -- FO FREE. It was all very exciting until I entered the auditorium and saw that Gregg Gillis had to perform with the lights on, and that there was a shit load of people in a small-ass room. By the end of the night, apparently things got destroyed -- like a magazine rack -- and now the school is pissed off! God only knows who will be booked at the next free concert -- Maroon 5? (Actually that would be pretty sweet... but that is beside the point.)

Luckily, Girl Talk is touring right now, so I have another chance to see him with the lights off. Too bad I will have to pay this time, but I guess you could consider my overpriced tuition as payment for that Girl Talk show and for fixing the magazine rack. Sure wish his shows were pay-what-you-want, too

01.16.09 - Bloomington, IN - Jake's Nightclub *$
01.17.09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *$
01.18.09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *$
02.12.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room !
02.13.09 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford !
02.19.09 - Missoula, MT - University of Montana Ballroom %
02.20.09 - Bozeman, MT - Gallatin Co. Indoor Arena %
03.03.09 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggos *#
03.04.09 - Gainesville, FL - The Venue * #
03.05.09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon *#
03.06.09 - St. Augustine, FL - Harvest of Hope
03.07.09 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone *#
03.08.09 - Miami, FL - Langerado Music Festival 2009 - Bicentennial Par

* Grand Buffet

$ Hearts of Darknessess

! Mad Happy

% That 1 Guy

# Hollywood Holt

Natasha Khan, aka Bats for Lashes, is following up her debut Fur and Gold with Two Suns, to be released April 6. Even though Khan laid down most of the instrumentation for each track all by her lonesome, guests Scott Walker, Yeasayer, and her own band The Blue Dreams appear on several tracks.

Expect comparisons to Animal Collective for all present primal and tribal rhythms, and also expect comparisons to Björk since Khan is a woman with a wondrous voice. True fans can expect something mind blowingly reminiscent of Oingo Bongo, and we should all expect an announcement of an upcoming U.S. tour.

All this exciting information makes me want to EXPLODE!!!

Two Suns tracklist:

1. Glass
2. Sleep Alone
3. Moon and Moon
4. Daniel
5. Peace of Mind
6. Siren Song
7. Pearl's Dream
8. Good Love
9. Two Planets
10. Traveling Woman
11. The Big Sleep

Foot Village Want You To Contribute to Their Next LP, Want You to Pose Nude, Want You to See Them Perform Live, And Want You to Download an FV-Related Project for Free

Four things Foot Village want you to do:


Foot Village are recording a new album, Anti-Magic (following-up last year's Friendship Nation -- TMT Review), and they want you to be on it! This raucous, rambunctious, raging bunch of noise-makers are inviting family, friends, and online music and film magazine editors (whoa!) to contribute to the album's final track, "Chicken and Cheese." According to Upset the Rhythm, the track is "a celebration of requited love, a call to arms, an espionage and also an ever evolving loop about the world uniting through music -- hence the inspired idea to throw the song open to everyone."

How can you get involved? Well, the loop starts with the band, and then it continues by getting passed onto YOU. All you have to do is record your own music inspired by this loop and email it off to And if you're apprehensive about the openness of this project, don't fret: you're encouraged to "really go crazy" with your interpretation. "Change it as much as you like, take it to places only you can reach." Here are the lyrics, for your reference: "We write love songs in a secret language that no one can resist"

Due date is Tuesday, January 20, a day after President-elect Obama ramps up the rhetoric. The album will come out later this year on UTR.


If the cover of Friendship Nation didn't already clue you in, Foot Village are absolute PERVS, which is why they are now asking fans to strip off their clothes, do a little dance, and then pose while they take a sexy snapshot of your hot-or-not bod for the album cover. The whole thing is really offensive to me because I look terrible naked, but I'm really eager to see all of your dicks and tits. So, if you live in the LA area and want to do nothing else but strip for some noise-makers on January 17 or 18 (just before Obama ramps up the rhetoric), get in contact with the group via and RSVP. Oh, and the band wants you to take test photos and send them to me, too, thanks.


Foot Village will play some West Coast shows in February, and they want you to be there -- naked or not:
02.16.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace *
02.18.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill &
02.19.09 - Portland, OR - Dekum Manor #
02.20.09 - Seattle, WA - Chilladelphia
02.21.09 - Oakland, CA - Heco's
02.22.09 - Davis, CA - House Party $
03.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell !

* Puppy Dog, E&E

& The Drums, T.I.T.S., Casey and Brian

# Experimental Dental School, Magic Johnson, Pete Swanson

$ Ghost to Falco, Dead Western

! The Mae Shi, Past Live


Grace Lee, Brian Miller, and Josh Taylor from Foot Village are set to release their sixth and final album, There it is, The Creeping Moral Decay of the Past Thousand Years, with their other group, Rose For Bohdan (which also features Cole Miller and Nick Murray). But since the album doesn't come out until June on Realicide Youth, they have provided this link, where you can download the entire album for free, in either MP3 or WAV formats ("But I only listen to Real Audio files!"). Okay, sure, the album is free, but please consider donating money (any amount), which you can send via PayPal to -- yep, you guessed it --

Music clips, naked RSVPs, and money to one email address? Sounds like someone has life figured out.

[Photo: Jan]

Bruce Springsteen Rallies Again For the Little Guy

In keeping with the Boss' image as the working class hero, Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band will gear up to release a new greatest hits album to be distributed exclusively by independent record stores throughout the country. This move aims to help out small business and to keep money from the purchases Greatest Hits in the... hang on, what? Oh, I might have misread that. Let me grab that press release again... brb.

Okay, back. So, turns out I was dead fucking wrong. Bruce Springsteen is releasing Greatest Hits on January 13 exclusively through Wal-Mart. Silly me.

The compilation features 12 big ol' songs about rising up from oppression and what you should do around his engines, including "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," "Born To Run," "Dancer In The Dark," "Born In The U.S.A," "The Rising," and "Radio Nowhere." The release next week coincides with the E-Street Band's performance during Super Bowl XLIII's halftime show on February 1.

I won't say that I'm not a little disappointed that Bruce is making me go to Wal-Mart to grip the new joint. Be it as it may. At least we still have a voice that speaks for us, like Rage Against the Machine, who rage against the machine by shunning major labels and refusing to play the AT&T stage at Lollapalooza... oh, wait.

Like a Hard-Livin’, Homicide-Obsessed Phoenix, Murder City Devils Return for a String of Totally Rockin’ Tourdates

This is kind of a big deal. We may not have a bitchin' economy right now, or the ability to pay off our student loans in a timely and affordable fashion, or even -- for some of us -- a job. But like how some people will always have Paris, we'll always have rock ‘n’ roll. And the band that begat modern-day punk stalwarts Pretty Girls Make Graves and Big Business is getting ready to kick it up a notch.

After breaking up in 2001 and leaving the punk rock world with a gaping nautical star-shaped hole in its heart, the sailor-obsessed, organ-lovin' Seattle garage rockers Murder City Devils have returned at last, for a series of very special, very-geographically limited touring engagements. Well, it's not that limited, if you live on the West Coast, that is, since they're cutting a pretty wide swath from Canada to Cali.

Since their final Halloween show so many years ago, the band has played a few notable shows within the past couple years, including 2006's Capitol Hill Block Party and 2007's Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. But this time around, we are talking multiple dates, multiple cities, multiple opportunities for sweaty, drunk fun. As a special addition to the tour, Sub Pop will be reissuing all of the band's full-length albums plus the Thelema EP on February 17, 2009. Right in time for everybody's favorite holiday!!!
02.11.09 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
02.12.09 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
02.13.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
02.14.09 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
02.15.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.16.09 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
02.17.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater

Open Your Eyes Records Teams With Torrent Site; Pigs Seen Flying Over RIAA Headquarters

In perhaps the most unlikely music pairing in, well, maybe the history of the music industry, Open Your Eyes Records has teamed up with, the website that brings you tons of lovely albums with quality standards via torrent (for “free”). Along with, is responsible for filling the gigantic shoes of former music site OiNK. Despite the claims of industries that try to eliminate music piracy, these sites will not die, and obviously some people in the industry are starting to embrace these underground power sites with open arms.

According to (which you won’t be able to see unless you are one of the lucky elite invited to this site):

Open Your Eyes Records and are collaborating to revolutionize the industry landscape by making it clear that P2P technology and record labels can work hand-in-hand to accomplish their ultimate goals: getting artists heard and growing their fan base.

So, although Open Your Eyes Records are only responsible for one artist at the moment, it would seem that some record labels are indeed embracing file-sharing, though it seems pretty unlikely we will be getting a glowing press release from the RIAA anytime soon showing their enthusiasm for this partnership. Cheers to 2009 kicking off with a partnership in the industry that is truly embracing change! Now let’s see how "this one" can do.