Record Labels Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine: Usenet Site Sues Dutch RIAA

Record companies love to sue! There’s nothing quite like cornering some dastardly file-sharer with a class-action lawsuit. However, it seems that the Dutch have got pretty well fed up with the labels’ lawyers taking the world and his wife to court every time an illegal download is made. The Usenet site is suing BREIN, the Dutch equivalent of the RIAA, arguing that "FTD only facilitates communication between people who quite legally download from Usenet. FTD does not facilitate or carry out any upload and therefore can not be held liable.” (via hypebot)

FTD have asked the court in the Netherlands to clarify a number of points, including the idea that downloading is legal even where copyrighted material is the subject of the download and that revealing content to users on Usenet via FTD is legal without the permission of copyright holders. I can already see label executives shuddering at the thought that the court might rule in favor of FTD. Maybe they shouldn’t have been so aggressive with their never-ending lawsuits.

Camera Obscura Touring, In Danger of Depleting Stage Banter Supply by Fall

I challenge you to find a more disgustingly cute couple than the one in Camera Obscura's "French Navy" video. Although watching them frolic and swap spit around Europe kind of makes me feel like this googly-eyed ball of fur getting tickled.

The Glasgow band will tour in support of its latest release on 4AD, My Maudlin Career, ending right before summer goes from excitingly warm to thickly miserable, everyone laying around in pools of their own sweat. Prime time for ice pops!

The tourdates:
05.28.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.29.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.30.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
06.01.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06.02.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.04.09 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.05.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.06.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06.08.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.09.09 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
06.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
06.13.09 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario
06.15.09 - Austin, TX - Antone's
06.16.09 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
06.18.09 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.19.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
06.20.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
06.21.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.22.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
06.24.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.25.09 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
06.26.09 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
06.27.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
06.29.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center (OSU)
06.30.09 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

Glastonbury Offers Answers of the Holy Grail in the Form of Music Festival; Lineup Finalized, Children’s Crusade to Follow

Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England, is shrouded in myth and lore. The church on the hill is rumored to have been built roughly 65 years after Jesus died and house the Holy Grail. It is said that the remains of King Arthur and Guinevere were found there and then moved and subsequently lost during reformation. Recently, ancient papers were found regarding the legendary music festival that happens there once a year, previously thought to be unconnected to the cities more mysterious mysteries. Carbon-data testing shows that the texts were written circa 1267, when people in England sounded a lot more like Americans. The text:

So like, Joseph of Arimathea was hanging out with Jesus at Avalon a long, long, time ago, and shit, drinking mead, playing ping-pong, talking about dinosaurs, ya know. Chillin'. When Joseph was like ‘Let's do this all the time, J’ and then Jesus was like ‘For real! We could have some bands come here and play, and shit, like once a year’ and Joseph was like ‘Dude. That's why you're the prophet. You always gots the best ideas and shit.’

The rest of the document was rendered illegible due to the passage of time and bong-water, but from what scientists were able to piece together, Indiana Jones, after finding the grail years later, decided to start Jesus' festival himself, calling it the Glastonbury Festival, since the town of Avalon had been long ago been renamed in favor of something easier to spell.

This year's already sold-out Glastonbury Festival, running June 24-28, features many stages and many, many performers, including Neil Young, The Specials, Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party, Doves, Fucked Up, Q Tip, The Streets, Ray Davies, Fairport Convention, Animal Collective, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Pussy Parlure, British Sea Power, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Kasabian, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dizzee Rascal, Spinal Tap, Eagles Of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park, Peter Doherty, Peter, Bjorn and John, The Broken Family Band, Jarvis Cocker, Passion Pit, Tindersticks, Bon Iver, M Ward, Horace Andy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Noah And The Whale, Rye Rye, Eliza Carthy, Badly Drawn Boy, Stereo MCs, Blur, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Madness, Tom Jones, Bon Iver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Art Brut, The Boxer Rebellion, Echo And The Bunnymen, Black Eyed Peas, Roots Manuva, Cold War Kids, Alela Diane, Terry Reid, Micachu and the Shapes, Robyn Hitchcock, The Aliens, Magic Numbers, Peaches, Appleblim.... and many more.

No Talkies Allowed This Saturday: The Books, Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller, and More Collaborate on Original Movin’ Pictures at Massachusetts’ SPLIT / SIGNAL Audio/Visual Evening

The crashing of the waves in the bay. The chattering of college students from MIT and Harvard. The distant echoes of pilgrims past, repressing someone in their quaint speech of yesteryear. Ahh, Boston. The unofficial “Capital of New England.” “The Cradle of Liberty.” “Beantown.” And now, home to SPLIT / SIGNAL, the movie/film event where original works of film receive live scores from acclaimed musicians. Well, actually it turns out SPLIT / SIGNAL is occurring at The Center for Arts at the Armory in beautiful Somerville, MA, which is just north of Boston, but for those of us living outside the area, the idea of “Boston” gives a pretty decent geographical idea of where this awesome event will be happening, and besides -- when a town has a nickname like “Beantown,” you gotta work it in as much as possible.

SPLIT / SIGNAL is a one-night only event. The people behind the night describe it with the following words, which I am directly quoting in their near-entirety, because I think they are funny:

Film without music. Music without film. Ripped apart at birth and cultivated in non-neighboring states. Only to be Frankensteined together with fishing wire and a searing-hot needle. Oh yes. It. Is. Alive. And now, all the striking incarnations come together in one place. One night. For your eyes and ears only.

Participating musicians include The Books, Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller, Cul de Sac, Caspian, Black Yodel, Arms & Sleepers, Devil Music, and Mike Dunkley & Todd Brozman. They’ll be working with filmmakers Rich Remsberg, Michael Maraden, VJ Dziga, Bryan Deblasio, Jon Cianfrani, Dado Ramadani, Barrett Films, and Handcranked Productions.


Location: The Center for the Arts at the Armory

Time: Show 7:00pm (Doors 6:00pm)

Admission: 21+

Tickets: $25 (

Check out the fest's Facebook page here.

They Might Be Giants Play New Dates, Tour Manager Seems to Have Just Given Up

A few years ago, I was somehow under the impression that John Popper, that guy from Blues Traveler, had died. Turned out, he had just lost a lot of weight. So, if I don't hear from you musicians in a while, assume that I've found an old CD of yours, wondered what you were doing, paid my respects in the event of death or weight loss, and moved on.

On that note, They Might Be Giants, who are not dead, are touring. And they're hitting quite the hodgepodge of places: assorted music fests, museums, a university, a casino. I know they won a Grammy for their children's album Here Come the 123s and all, but these are some rather odd venue choices nonetheless.

Anyway, now it's your turn to have "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" in your head.

The tourdates:
05.30.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
06.12.09 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.13.09 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center (two shows)
06.14.09 - New Haven, CT - New Haven Town Green
07.04.09 - Aspen, CO - Aspen Institute
07.11.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.25.09 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival
09.19.09 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art (two shows)
10.04.09 - New York, NY - American Museum of Natural History (two shows)
10.14.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
10.17.09 - Kutztown, PA - Kutztown University
10.18.09 - New York, NY - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
11.27.09 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den at Casino Mohegan

Oneida Drop Triple-Disc LP Rated O As Part Two of Thank Your Parents Triptych, Tour, Podcast, Come Up With More Badass Nicknames

Haven't heard from Fat Bobby, Baby Hanoi Jane, and Kid Millions -- collectively known as the kraut-punk camp Oneida -- since last August's Preteen Weaponry (TMT Review), but the band was evidently serious about the three-part album series known as Thank Your Parents, as the second, three-disc installment, Rated O now has a definitive July 7 release date, courtesy of Jagjaguwar.

If you've got a jonesin' to grip new songs off the forthcoming album, you can hear a podcast (zomg intarwebz!!1) previewing the album (including "commentary, insight, and explanations into the album's] inner-workings") through iTunes. Click [this to check it out, and, through the magic of modern technology, it will automatically launch your iTunes app.

Rated O tracklisting:

1.1. Brownout In Lagos

1.2. What’s Up, Jackal?

1.3. 10:30 at the Oasis

1.4. Story of O

1.5. The Human Factor
2.1. The River
2.2. I Will Haunt You
2.3. The Life You Preferred
2.4. Ghost in the Room
2.5. Saturday
2.6. It Was a Wall
2.7. Luxury Travel
3.1. O
3.2. End of Time
3.3. Folk Wisdom

Finally, Oneida will celebrate Rated O's droppage this July with a handful of stateside dates and some European ones, too. The domestic shows will feature some big ballaz -- Amps For Christ, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Wooden Shjips, and more:
07.10.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
07.11.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
07.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex &
07.24.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Todd P Event - TBA %
07.25.09 - Medford, MA - Outside the Lines Studio %
07.26.09 - New Haven, CT - BAR
08.07.09 - Kutna Hora, CZ- Art Festival
08.08.09 - Berlin, GER - Berlin Festival
08.09.09 - Scheer, GER - Klangbad Festival
08.14.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
08.15.09 - Tilburg, NL - TBC

# Wooden Shjips, Jonas Reinhardt

& Amps for Christ, Clipd Beaks

% Sunburned Hand of the Man

11 Die in Stampede at Moroccan Music Festival Promoting Tolerance… Ugh

Although probably very few of us out here in the culture vacuum known as ’merica know who Moroccan pop star Abdelaziz Stati is (I know I didn't), this last Sunday in a stadium show in Rabat, the capitol city of Morocco, 11 of the 70,000 attendees were killed in a stampede while they were leaving the show at the end of the 8th annual Mawazine festival. Forty others were injured.

The Mawazine festival is backed by King Mohammad and is aimed at promoting tolerance and publicizing Rabat as a worldly and open city, though some extremists in the country feel that pop music "encourages immoral behavior." This year, the festival drew a million people and featured an amazing 1,700 performers, including Kylie Minogue, Cheb Khaled, Warda Al-Jazairia, Ali Campbell (formerly of UB40), Johnny Clegg of White Zulu, and Stevie Wonder.

The Feel-Good Hit of the Summer: Destroyer to Do It Right with New 12-inch Vinyl EP This August; Lyrical Concerns Include the Invasion of Cuba, Parties, Madness, Suffering!

Whoa, wake up, sucker! Dan Bejar is scoring with your girlfriend! On August 18, Merge will drop a brand new Destroyer EP, Bay of Pigs, exclusively on 12-inch vinyl. Wha-bam! But wait, the story gets sexier. Yes, this is a limited-edition EP with over 20 minutes of new Destroyer material. Yes, Destroyer will be on tour in July on the East Coast. And YES, he will perform at XX Merge (tickets still available for Memorial Hall show...) -- can you top that??? No. You can not. Accept it. Move on.

At 13:37, “Bay of Pigs” is the longest of Destroyer songs (i.e. waaaaay longer than YOUR songs, if you know what I’m sayin’). The song was recorded throughout the winter of 2009 with longtime Destroyer collaborators/members John Collins and David Carswell at their JCDC Studio in downtown Vancouver in what can be summed up in two words: “Ambient Disco.” Yeah, he went there. He’s not afraid. He’s fearless. But wait, don’t look now, because he’s also sensitive. “Bay of Pigs” (the track) is an account of the 1961 American invasion of Cuba, often referred to as... The Bay Of Pigs. (He’s also quite poetic).

Meanwhile, the music for the B-side track, “Ravers,” was played entirely on analogue synthesizer and recorded by Ted Bois (Destroyer, Pink Mountaintops) in April of 2009. Do you even have an analogue synthesizer?? The song explores some of the more meditative realms of 20th-century classical composition that you don’t even know about because you’re not next-level, and it has been described as “a casual rumination on parties, political parties, madness, and suffering (for one’s art).” See? He’s even capable of “casual” and “suffering” at the same goddamn time! Just forget it, man. You lose. Dan Bejar wins. Dan Bejar always wins. Welcome to Palookaville. Population: you.

Bay of Pigs Tracklist:

A: Bay of Pigs -- 13:37

B: Ravers -- 7:50

Destroyer dates:
07.22.09 – 07.25.09 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle (XX MERGE)
07.27.09 – Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.28.09 – Washington, DC - Black Cat
07.29.09 – Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
07.30.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.31.09 – Boston, MA - Paradise
08.02.09 – Sackville, NB - Sackville United Church

Damn, we never get fests this good out in Ohio. We have our share of cool events going on, but the lineup for this year's What the Heck? Fest -- taking place July 17-19 in Anacortes, WA -- is astounding.

Of course, the expected K Records crew is in full force, with everyone from K head honcho Calvin Johnson, Kimya Dawson, and Mount Eerie to Karl Blau and Tara Jane O'Neil. But the fest also features some unexpected extras, including Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, and Grouper, as well as some out-of-state artists like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Lucky Dragons. Meanwhile, Cryptacize will be twice performing “In The Yard, Havin’ Fun,” a prison musical that they co-wrote with Nick from No Kids. The lineup hasn't been completely finalized yet, so who knows who else will be added!

Tickets for the whole weekend are only $50. Peep the official website for a promo video and s'more info.

Check out the current lineup:


Wolves in the Throne Room


Kimya Dawson



Mecca Normal



Katy Davidson The Jam Band

Your Heart Breaks

Lucky Dragons

Karl Blau

Mount Eerie

Calvin Johnson

Arrington de Dionyso

No Kids

Ô Paon

“In The Yard, Havin’ Fun” (a musical!)


Rose Melberg

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

A Space City Intensive

Angelo Spencer



St. Merman

Tara Jane O’Neil

Al Larsen


So, I chose this story because it was super short and I could finish it within the 20 minutes before The Daily Show starts; plus, it's been a long weekend, and all I wanna do is, you know, relax with a nice summery drink. Wait, no -- NO I DIDN’T. I am not that much of a slacker. NOPE. I chose the story because I am a good journalist! And I like Depeche Mode. Really, that’s why.

First up, Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi Birgisson has announced that he is working on his first solo album, which will feature string arrangements by Nico Muhly. The as-yet untitled album will be in addition to his Riceboy Sleeps project (TMT News), which will hit the market July 20. According to Eighteen Seconds Before Sunrise:

we are happy to announce that jónsi is now working on his first solo album. the album will be largely acoustic and feature string arrangements from contemporary classical composer nico muhly. according to nico, jónsi’s solo music can be described as “ecstatic.” the as-yet-untitled project will be produced by peter katis, who has recently produced albums by the interpol, national and tokyo police club. we will bring you more official info about jónsi’s solo album when we have it.

Jónsi has also remixed Depeche Mode's “Come Back,” which will be available on the “Peace” 7-inch single June 15 through the Mute label. “Peace” is the second single from Depeche Mode’s latest album, Sounds of the Universe, and the first ever to be remixed by a native speaker of a pretend language. Birgisson has stepped up to the ol’ remix plate in the past, most recently with occasional Sigur Rós collaborators/fellow Icelandic band Amiina’s single for “Seoul.” His remix for “Come Back” is only available on the 7-inch version of the single, so if you’re a fan of Birgisson and his band of merry Hopelandic men, don’t sleep on it.