Fucked Up Goes on Short Tour, Opts for More Canada Dates

Hot damn, Fucked Up are going to have a busy April after the inevitable jetlag of their recent shows in China. The hardcore band's got a show almost every night for a solid two weeks, trekking through our northern states before spending most of the tour in their home country of Canada. The travels will conclude on "the good" Coachella day. Last time I saw them, they had to pause the show because of an altercation, and I got in a mini-altercation with some dudes clad in leather and patches, so you know it's gonna be good.

Last we heard from them, Matador released the "No Epiphany" 7-inch (with a No Age remix B-side).

Fucked Up tourdates:
04.06.09 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.07.09 - Milwaukee, WI - The Borg Ward
04.08.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
04.09.09 - Winnepeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
04.10.09 - Regina, SK - The Distrikt
04.11.09 - Calgary, AB - Royal Canadian Legion No. 1
04.12.09 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
04.14.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
04.15.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's
04.19.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella

Former Ghosts = Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart + This Song Is A Mess But So Am I’s Freddy Ruppert + Zola Jesus’ Nika Roza; New LP Coming on Upset The Rhythm

Remember the supergroup The Dialectic Immaterialists? It contained members of Relish X, Senatori Strides, and Inhaler, as well as collaborations with John Kinsen (Pensive), Mary Schilling (Dark Eyes), and producer Phil Bark. Doesn't ring a bell? Well, that's because I made all of that up, but if The Dialectic Immaterialists did exist, they'd do well to get the fuck out of the way, as Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart has teamed up with Freddy Ruppert (This Song Is A Mess But So Am I) and Nika Roza (Zola Jesus) to form a new "supergroup" called Former Ghosts

Former Ghosts' debut full-length is scheduled for release "later this year" on Upset the Rhythm, according to Ruppert. You can check out a few tracks at their MySpace. As you can tell by the tracks, you'll see that all three of 'em take on vocal duties.

Meanwhile, Ruppert will play some solo shows. The dates are listed on Former Ghosts' MySpace, but it's unclear whether he'll play FG songs or not. So, go and find out for me, could ya?
04.10.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
04.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell - L’Keg Gallery !
04.14.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Lounge @
04.16.09 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar #
04.18.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio &

! White Leopards

@ Pulse Out

% Railcars, Br’er, Felt Drawings

# Los Campesinos!

& Xiu Xiu

Also, don't forget about Jamie Stewart's solo dates (TMT News):
04.02.09 - Greenville, NC - The Spazzatorium
04.03.09 - Norfolk, VA - The Boot
04.04.09 - Richmond, VA - The Triple
04.05.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.06.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Monkey Town
04.09.09 - Durham, NH - The Stafford Room
04.10.09 - Chicago, IL - Ronny's Bar
04.11.09 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge (Grinnell College)
04.14.09 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
04.15.09 - Portland, OR - Backspace
04.17.09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
04.18.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio
04.19.09 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
04.21.09 - Austin, TX - Salvage Vanguard Theater
04.23.09 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
04.24.09 - St. Augustine, Florida - Cafe Eleven
04.25.09 - Atlanta, GA - Wonderroot

Finally, keep an eye on Zola Jesus' tourdates to get confirmed here.

The National Announce New Tour, Offer Sneak Preview Of Their New Album

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from The National. In order to drum up interest for their yet-to-be-released new album, the band decided to send TMT a rough copy of the album and has allowed us to describe several of the songs for our readers:

- Track 1: Slow, churning guitars start this song, followed by singer Matt Berninger’s signature baritone, singing something about being tired and saying goodbye to a lover.
- Track 6: Slow, wistful guitars start this song, followed by Berninger’s baritone, lamenting the loss of a lover.
- Track 10: Slow, brooding guitars start this track, as Berninger's pines for an ex-girlfriend.

I think you get my point.

New tourdates:
05.03.09 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall &
05.21.09 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
05.22.09 – Montreal, QB – Metropolis
05.23.09 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
05.24.09 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05.25.09 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05.27.09 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
05.28.09 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
05.29.09 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
07.18.09 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

& Dark Was The Night Live with Dirty Projectors, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, Sharon Jones, Dave Sitek

Meet Billy Corgan’s Ego, Up Close and Personal: Audition to Be the New Smashing Pumpkins Drummer

You know how your mom always said that all those hours you spent drumming along to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in the garage wouldn’t get you anywhere? Well, fuck you, Mom, because I’m going to LA to audition for The Smashing Pumpkins!

...Okay, that’s a lie, I never played drums. But if you do and you want to experience Billy Corgan’s ego firsthand, feel free to email your background info, photos, and performance web links to pumpkinsdrummer@gmail.com. Auditions will be held Friday, April 10 in Los Angeles.

As you may know (TMT News), the auditions are to replace Jimmy Chamberlin, who announced last week that he was quitting the band, stating “I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don't fully possess. I won't pretend I'm into something I'm not.” With Chamberlin gone, Corgan is now the last original member in The Smashing Pumpkins. How shocking!

Destroyer Destroy the Past, Create New Future-Past With Reissue of 2nd and 3rd LPs! Confused?? Hey, Don’t Be! Read on! Outta Sight, My Man!

Dan Bejar is Matador’s best friend. Destroyer, Swan Lake, New Pornographers... dude’s got that record label covered in the hits department, recessions be damned. So it was probably high-time that they did him a solid and reissued those second and third Destroyer albums, right? Right.

Bejar-boosters may know that Destroyer has released four albums and an EP on Merge Records since 2002, with a new album slated for release later this year. Here to whet that good appetite of yours is the original City of Daughters (1998) and Thief (2000) LPs, which are back on vinyl where they belong and have been updated in all sorts of hyperbolic ways! For instance, vinyl-obsessed, condo-owning Destroyer fans may well-recall that the original City of Daughters suffered from some frequency-related glitches that caused it to skip on many turntables, thus ruining their indie-fondue parties.

And the original Thief mix? Well, that was never satisfying, was it? And besides, the LP/CD was shoddily mastered into mono. What a drag! But don’t worry. Thief has now been remixed by the original team of Daniel Bejar, David Carswell, and John Collins at JC/DC Studios and is available in the intended stereo mix for the first time ever.

What’s more, both albums have been remastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering and have never sounded better. Additionally, the two covers have been reworked by original artist Lester Smolenksi and printed by Stoughton as an "old style," tip-on, gatefold jacket. Sweet. And all you have to do is spend your money on them all over again! Check it out at Nominal Records.

Family Counseling Group Schedules Online Protest of David Lynch’s Transcendental Meditation Benefit Concert with McCartney and Ringo

Kat Gardiner recently reported that on April 4 David Lynch will throw a star-studded shindig at Radio City Music Hall to benefit his foundation for "Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace." With acts ranging from Paul and Ringo to Donovan and Eddie Vedder (picture that lovechild, if you will!), who wouldn’t be pumped about such an exciting affair?

Apparently Knapp Family Counseling in Malone, NY, that’s who! On April 2, Knapp will hold an online protest to teach participants “a side of the Transcendental Meditation story they won't tell you.” (I have no idea who “they” is referring to in that quote.) The site also warns of the “secret agendas” of TM leaders and equates Lynch’s commitment to TM with Tom Cruise’s devotion to the Church of Scientology. Damn son, that’s some straight up dubious claims right there! For as much crazy may be floating around in Knapp and company’s allegations, their assertion that teaching TM in schools violates separation of church and state laws is up for debate.

Still, I think it’s unfair to compare TM to any kind of religious praise. TM isn’t about forging a connection with God or some other divine force. A person meditates to connect with the deepest parts of one’s mind to reach a state of transcendental being. I suppose, though, the facet of TM that challenges people the most is the role of the yogi, which could be construed as a pervasive influence to an organization like Knapp’s (the center appears to specialize in cult recovery).

Anyway, it seems like this event could turn out to be kind of interesting, as long as these folks don’t get too out there with their accusations. The panel Knapp has assembled seems pretty interesting, and, hey, maybe David Lynch will toss his hat in the ring and defend his passion. Stranger things have happened.

The Cool Kids Sue “Teenage Cool Kids” Over Name; Speculation Abounds as to Whether Carl’s Jr.®’s Cool Kids Combos are Next to Go (This Writer Really Hopes Not)

Legal representatives of Chicago rap duo The Cool Kids have filed a cease and desist order against Texas indie bros Teenage Cool Kids for infringing on “federally registered trademark rights and dilut[ing] the products and services associated with The Cool Kids mark.” Apparently oblivious to the fact that there were groups named Cool Kids of Death, Cooler Kids and Cool Kidd, formed in 2001, 2002, and 2003, respectively, The Cool Kids have chosen to take the stance that they were the first to combine the words “cool” and “kids” in 2005 and will fight in a court of law to maintain exclusive rights to it.

The order also requests that Teen CK shut down their MySpace, and, more difficultly, “recall all... infringing products and materials relating to [their] goods and services.” So if you’ve ever bought merch from this band, you can just go ahead and mail it back to them. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.

Regarding the issue, Teenage Cool Kids member Daniel Ziegler states: “I’m not worried. It’s not the same name. I was also under the impression that musical expression didn’t need a copyright.” Assuming they make it out of this with name intact, they will have a new LP released on Protagonist in the next month and will be touring the U.S. with Fergus and Geronimo in late August.

Brooklyn Moves McCarren Park Pool Venue to Waterfront, Wistful Small Town Residents Gaze Through Rainy Windows

It's a given that New York City has more shows in a night than, say, the state of Arkansas has had in its existence. One of its most recent summer hot spots McCarren Park Pool -- situated on the border between Greenpoint and Williamsburg -- is being renovated to go back to its pool roots this summer.

The New York Times reports the outdoor venue will move to the Williamsburg waterfront this summer, with space for 6,000. For non-New York residents, that means they'll have a nice view of the skyline. For New York residents who know what the latter half of this sentence means, the new concert area will be on a strip along the East River between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets.

RIP: Maurice Jarre, Composer of Doctor Zhivago Score

From The Guardian:

The French composer Maurice Jarre, whose work on the films of David Lean won him three Oscars, has died in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

Jarre won his first Academy Award in 1963 for his grand, sweeping score for Lean's Lawrence of Arabia. He repeated the feat in 1966 with his lush, Russian-balalaika-infused score for Doctor Zhivago and took the gong for the third time in 1985 for A Passage to India. Of his relationship with Lean, Jarre once said, "I owe him everything ... He gave me the best pictures, the opportunity to receive three Oscars for four films – not so bad! – and he gave me his friendship. He was a gentleman. When I lost him, I lost not only a great director, but a great friend."

- Wikipedia entry
- IMDB entry

Patronizing headlines aside, we should be grateful for folk like Antony and The Johnsons for always throwing a much-needed jolt of wild interest into our mundane music news day. Thanks to Mr. Hegarty and his “wow factor” way of doing things, I haven’t had to pull out my old standby today: “So-and-so to play same shit-hole that every artist plays when they come through whatever town you might be living kinda nearby, yeah.” With Antony, there are certain expectations to his recording and touring announcements, and the same can be said about this one. The Antony and The Johnsons camp have revealed some high-concept 2009 plans, starting with initial details of his summer orchestra-assisted European tour.

The shows will feature 36-52 member orchestras conducted by Rob Moose playing arrangements by Antony and Nico Muhly. For the Manchester shows, Antony will unveil his commissioned “stage environment for The Crying Light (TMT Review) inspired by Bauhaus stage lighting design and considering the dreams of crystals inside mountains.” This probably does not mean you will see the tantalizing combo of Christmas lights plus a stenciled “Antony” on black construction paper pasted over the venue logo at the back of the stage -- but you never know. More concerts should be announced shortly.

Never one to remain static of mind and activity, Antony has other grand schemes for the near future. First up, will be the 7-inch and CD release of stellar single “Epilepsy is Dancing” on April 7 by Secretly Canadian. Be sure to find the accompanying video, which was directed by the Wachowski Brothers (V for Vendetta, The Matrix) and features a film-spliced Antony in a ghost-white villain mask and black fright wig dodging pogs emblazoned with Luis Buñuel’s visage. Okay, maybe not. See for yourself.

Additionally, lucky Coachella-goers will be able to see Antony play a special concert at the festival Sunday (April 19) on the Indio, CA grounds. Hegarty has tapped Matthew Herbert to play minimal electronic renditions of The Crying Light’s songs, which sounds like reason enough to venture to out California in a few weeks time.

And finally, for this news story, gallery owner and designer Agnes B has asked Antony to exhibit at “Six Eyes,” beginning April 11 at the Gallery du Jour in Paris. Other participants include William Basinski and James Elaine, Barbara Cummard, Peter Hujar, Alice O’Mally, and Kiki Smith.

Here is the full list of shows Antony will be playing over the next few months, including the symphony summer shows and many others European dates before them, which are, of course, already long sold out.

His river never will run dry:
03.31.09 - Prato, Italy - Teatro Politeama Pratese
04.01.09 - Milan, Italy - Sala Verdi Conservatorio
04.04.09 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kongresshaus
04.06.09 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
04.09.09 - Paris, France - Le Grand Rex
04.13.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar
04.15.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau de la Musica
04.19.09 - Indio Valley, CA - Coachella Festival, Coachella Polo Fields
04.24.09 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
04.26.09 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
04.27.09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Alte Oper
04.29.09 - Warsaw, Poland - National Theatre
05.01.09 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival, Main Hall
05.03.09 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - MC FritsPhilips
05.05.09 - San Sebastian, Spain - Kursaal Auditorium
05.07.09 - Murcia, Spain - Auditorio de Murcia
05.11.09 - Madrid, Spain - Palacio de Congresos
05.14.09 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
05.16.09 - Braga, Portugal - Teatro Circo
05.18.09 - Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
05.21.09 - Brighton, England - Brighton Festival, Brighton Dome Concert Hall
05.22.09 - Birmingham, England - Symphony Hall
05.24.09 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall
05.27.09 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
05.29.09 - Gateshead, England - The Sage
05.31.09 - Dublin, Rep. of Ireland - Vicar St

06.01.09 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Waterfront
06.04.09 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Playhouse
06.21.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Holland Festival, Royal Theatre Carré #
06.22.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Holland Festival, Royal Theatre Carré #
07.03.09 - Manchester, England - The Opera House $
07.04.09 - Manchester, England - The Opera House $
07.21.09 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere %
07.28.09 - Rome, Italy - Cavea, Il Parco della Musica ^
08.09.09 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Jazz Festival, Opera House open air venue *
08.14.09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival +

# Metropole Orchestra

$ Manchester Camerata (Manchester International Festival)

% Opera de Lyon Orchestra

^ Rome Sinfonietta

* Oslo Opera House Orchestra

+ Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra