Trippy Green Skull Tells Dan Deacon To Go On Tour, Again

You ever wonder why you love Dan Deacon so much? Ever wonder why he tours all the time?

Well, you've seen that trippy green skull he tours with, right? While you're having fun, dancing along to Deacon's jams with your ironic fanny pack fastened ever so tightly to your presumably virgin waist, the green skull is hypnotizing each and every one of you. It tells you stuff like "Hanna-Barabra cartoons are da bomb" and "Dan's new CD Bromst comes out March 24th -- buy it." And it's talking to Deacon too. "Dan, go on tour, leave April 3rd, don't forget your Flintstones t-shirt!"

Why do you think someone stole it in Chicago in September 2007? It's obvious: someone found out about its powers and tried to destroy it, only to be melted by the skull's laser eyes!

The green skull must be destroyed!

Green Skull says "Come see Dan Deacon at one of these select cities. Or else!"
04.03.09 - Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
04.05.09 - Williamsburg, VA The Little Theater
04.06.09 - Asheville, NC Orange Peel
04.07.09 - Knoxville, TN Catalyst
04.08.09 - Birmingham, AL Bottletree
04.09.09 - Athens, GA 88/cp
04.10.09 - Atlanta, GA Eyedrum
04.11.09 - Tallahassee, FL FSU / Club Downunder
04.13.09 - New Orleans, LA The Candle Factory / The Heavy
04.15.09 - Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
04.16.09 - Houston, TX Orange Show
04.17.09 - Austin, TX Longhorn Caverns
04.18.09 - Ft. Worth, TX The Ft. Worth Modern Museum
04.20.09 - Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
04.21.09 - San Diego, CA Che Cafe
04.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
04.23.09 - San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
04.24.09 - Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
04.25.09 - Seattle, WA The Vera Project
04.26.09 - Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards
04.29.09 - Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
04.30.09 - Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
05.01.09 - Kansas City, MO Pistol S.C

05.02.09 - Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock (2 shows, early and late)
05.04.09 - Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
05.05.09 - Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
05.06.09 - Urbana, IL Canopy Club / Club Void
05.07.09 - Chicago, IL The Metro
05.08.09 - Mt. Pleasant, MI CMU / The Wesley Foundation
05.09.09 - Detroit, MI Scrummage
05.10.09 - Toronto, ONT The Deleon White Gallery
05.11.09 - Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
05.12.09 - South Burlington, VT HG Showcase Lounge
05.13.09 - Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
05.15.09 - Brooklyn, NY Danbro Studios
05.16.09 - New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
05.17.09 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05.29.09 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
06.03.09 - Dublin, IE - Andrew's Place
06.05.09 - London, UK - ULU
06.06.09 - Cherbourg, FR - La Terra Trema Festival
06.07.09 - Brussels, BE - La Botanique

Buzznet Figures Out How To Gain From The Recession, Receives $12.5 Million And New Name

Everyone knows that there’s a recession going on right now. I’ve heard that word so many times that I’m already sort of pissed at myself for typing it out two seconds ago. If you find yourself in need of money these days, or perhaps a new job opportunity, look no further than blog network giant, Buzznet, which garners more than 40 million visitors each month to sites like Stereogum, Idolator, and Absolute Punk. Focus Ventures, a Palo Alto-based company, has just invested $12.5 million in the blog network, coinciding with its name change from Buzznet to Buzz Media. The company intends to use the money to focus on adding more pop culture blogs to their network (look out, Mr P!). [Editor's note: I'm looking!]

Excuse me, but $12.5 million for a network of music blogs? Must be nice to have some extra cash to invest with! Meanwhile, the water for my ramen is boiling, so I’ll catch you guys later.

Burning Star Core and Wasteland Jazz Unit Will Tour Decaying Midwest in April

Do you waste your days away in America’s crumbling heartland? Are you looking for an evening of aural terrorism to drown out the dying cries of your Midwestern home if only for one night? Well you’re in luck, living dead, because the Cincinnati sound slayers of Burning Star Core and Wasteland Jazz Unit will be fixin’ up a proper dose of all sorts of destruction round these parts, including my favorite record store Apop Records in beautiful St. Louis, MO.

So perk up, Midwest! Things can only get better if our local artists tear this crapshack the hell down.
04.02.09 - Cincinnati, OH – Art Damage Lodge
04.03.09 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
04.04.09 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
04.05.09 - Columbus, OH - Skylab
04.06.09 - Toledo, OH - Woodchuck's
04.07.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
04.08.09 - St. Paul, MN - Big V's
04.09.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Treehouse *
04.09.09 - Iowa City, IA - Basement of 204 North Gilbert
04.10.09 – Chicago, IL - The Mopery
04.11.09 - St. Louis, MO – Apop Records
04.12.09 – Lexington, KY - The Fact House

* Free show: Spencer Yeh/Paul Metzger/Michael Yonkers

Photo: [Seth Tisue]

RIP: Uriel Jones, Motown drummer

From Reuters:

Motown drummer Uriel Jones, whose hard-driving funk propelled classic tunes by the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, died in a Michigan hospital on Tuesday after suffering complications from a heart attack, a family member said. He was 74.

Jones, the last surviving drummer in the Motown session band known as the Funk Brothers, was stricken in mid-February but had been showing signs of improvement, said his sister-in-law Leslie Coleman. He relapsed last Tuesday, and died at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn, she told Reuters.

He was a key component of the "psychedelic soul" foray by the Temptations, including "Cloud Nine" and "I Can't Get Next to You," and brought a party feel to their earlier hit "Ain't Too Proud To Beg."

- Uriel Jones Wikipedia entry

Check Your Wallet! Beastie Boys’ Slacker-Rap Classic Check Your Head Gets 4LP Deluxe Treatment

You can't front on this. The Beastie Boys' third album Check Your Head, originally released in 1992, is getting re-released on April 7. Optional configurations of the album, available through the band's website, will include a 4LP 180 HQ vinyl version and t-shirts to help you truly become "the master blaster drinking up the Shasta."

Check Your Head was a landmark album for the group primarily because it was the first time the trio had picked up instruments since its days as a New York City hardcore band. In place of the wall-of-samples sound that hallmarked the album's predecessor, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head vibrated with instrumental funk jams and (dare I say it?) rap rock that was actually good. Add keyboardist Money Mark and producer Mario Caldato, Jr. and you had what turned out to be one of the funkiest and most forward-thinking albums of the ’90s.

In other news, the Beasties are set to headline L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl on September 24. Pre-order the Check Your Head deluxe reissue at the band's website:

Full list of Check Your Head reissue configurations is as follows:

- Digital Download (album and b-sides)
- Deluxe Digital Option (also includes videos and video commentary)
- Deluxe, limited collector's vinyl + Digital Download
- Standard double vinyl + Digital Download
- Ecopack double CD + Digital Download
- Shirt combos:
- Deluxe Digital + shirt:
- Standard Vinyl + shirt:
- CD + shirt:
- Deluxe, limited collector's vinyl + shirt

Live Nation Slaps Concertgoers with Fishy Parking Fees; No One Surprised

In New Jersey, the PNC Bank Arts Center -- a joint that Live Nation promotes -- allegedly charged concertgoers a $6 parking fee per head, not per vehicle.

The New York Daily (via Digital Music News) uncovered the extra charge, which even supposedly dropped on people arriving on a bus. Live Nation maintains that it's charged this before; it's an overall facility fee, alleviates traffic, yadda yadda yadda. Either way, it's pissing people off.

It's uncertain what this might mean for the proposed Ticketmaster and Live Nation merger, but it seems disgruntled folks and artists are speaking up now more than ever.

Ticketmaster Loses $1 Billion in Last Quarter of 2008; Finally, Some Bad Economic News we Can All Revel In!

For the past six months, we’ve been hit with worsening economic news week after week. Whether it's unemployment, manufacturing output, or GDP growth, business news has been like watching a car crash in slow-motion and we’re still witnessing crumpling metal, shattering glass, and the painful screeching of tires on tarmac. Nevertheless, in the midst of this ugly, shocking scene, there is a bright spot: Ticketmaster lost $1 billion in the last quarter of 2008 -- heehee!

The company’s share price has fallen from $20, when it spun off from IAC/InterActiveCorp, to March 19's price of $4.09. Consequently, Ticketmaster had to take an impairment charge to account for its falling share price, resulting in this billion dollar loss. Additionally, the organization’s fourth-quarter revenue was down 4% from the previous year, thanks to the struggling economy, Live Nation’s launch of its own ticketing platform in January, and a dearth of high-profile tours compared to the same period a year prior.

For a company who screws the artists, their fans, uses personal information aggressively, and wants to monopolize the entire market for tours and events with Live Nation, forgive me if I don’t look on in glee at this particular economic car crash. The gnashing of bodywork is oh so sweet!

RIP: Eddie Bo, New Orleans-style pianist and singer

From YouTube:

From Billboard:

New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79.

His death was confirmed Friday by his close friend and booking agent, Karen Hamilton.

Hamilton said Eddie Bo, whose real name was Edwin Joseph Bocage, had a "sudden, massive heart attack" while out of town Wednesday. She said he "went very quickly, very peacefully."

Bocage was an accomplished keyboardist-pianist with a career spanning more than five decades. Hamilton said he counted Professor Longhair as one of his biggest inspirations.

- Eddie Bo official website
- Eddie Bo Wikipedia entry

Dinosaur Jr.’s Jagjaguwar Debut Farm Coming in June, Offer Free 7-Inch to Ticket-Purchasing Fans

As we reported recently (TMT News), Dinosaur Jr. have signed to Jagjaguwar for their new LP. Details were scant at the time, but details ain't scant anymore. On June 23, Jagjaguwar will release Farm, the band's fifth LP with the original lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph. The album was produced by Mascis and recorded in his Bisquiteen studio in Amherst, MA.

Having just played some shows at SXSW (TMT Review), Dinosaur Jr. are set to embark on a month-long tour beginning next week. Sure, you could just wait for DJ fanatics to upload shitty videos to YouTube (and then watch a sexy Brad Pitt montage!!), but if you purchase tickets to these shows, you will also get either a digital download code or a tour-only 7-inch for "I Don't Wanna Go There" (b/w "Tarpit"). Hmmm: the 7-inch is made of petroleum, but the download code doesn't quite have the cool currency that vinyl does. ARGH! Life is so hard! I should just end it now.

Farm tracklisting:

1. Pieces
2. I Want You To Know
3. Ocean In The Way
4. Plans
5. Your Weather
6. Over It
7. Friends
8. Said The People
9. There’s No Here
10. See You
11. I Don’t Wanna Go There
12. Imagination Blind

Dinosaur Jr. tourdates:
04.01.09 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04.02.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
04.03.09 - Portland, ME - The Station
04.04.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.06.09 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
04.07.09 - State College, PA- Lulu's
04.08.09 - Akron, OH - Musica
04.09.09 - East Lansing, MI - The Small Planet
04.10.09 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
04.11.09 - Dekalb, IL - Otto's Nightclub
04.13.09 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm and Brews
04.14.09 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.15.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
04.16.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
04.17.09 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
04.18.09 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
04.20.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04.21.09 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
04.22.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
04.23.09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
04.24.09 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
04.25.09 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
04.26.09 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
04.27.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04.29.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
04.30.09 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place Richmond
05.01.09 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05.02.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

New York Dolls (All Two of Them) Reunite with Todd Rundgren (All .38472 of Him) for New LP on ATCO Records

In 1973, Todd Rundgren scooped The New York Dolls out of a Bowery slumgutter and into the Record Plant Recording Studio to create the band's legendary debut album -- now, 36 years later, he's doing it again, only this time the phrase "peeling off a plastic-covered La-Z-Boy in Sarasota" might better apply.

This time around, two remaining Dolls David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain (bassist Arthur Kane died of leukemia shortly after the band reformed in 2006), as well as new models Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa, and Brian Delaney, flew to Kauai to Rundgren's Utopia Sound Studio to record the band's second album since reforming (fourth overall). The album is kitschily titled ’Cause I Sez So, and its 12 new tracks include a remade version of the band's classic song "Trash," originally written by Johansen and Sylvain. After releasing the album on May 5, the band plans to tour in support (dates TBA).

’Cause I Sez So tracklist:

1. ’Cause I Sez So
2. Muddy Bones
3. Better Than
4. Lonely So long
5. My World
6. Ridiculous
7. Temptation To Exist
8. Making Rain
9. Drowning
10. Nobody Got No Bizness
12. Exorcism Of Despair



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