RIP: Robert Hazard, New Wave musician and songwriter

From Philly.com:

Robert Hazard, 59, the Philadelphia-bred rock troubadour who wrote the pop anthem "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," died yesterday after cancer surgery in Boston, his widow, Susan, confirmed today.

Mr. Hazard, who lived with his wife and two teenage sons in the Adirondacks and in Vero Beach, Fla., last month had canceled a planned fall tour without explanation.

- Robert Hazard official website/MySpace
- Robert Hazard Wikipedia entry
- Philly.com article: "Robert Hazard, Philly rocker, dies at 59"
- YouTube video: Robert Hazard and The Heroes

Goddamn, You Fake-Japanese Tourmates! Weezer to Play with Tokyo Police Club… Who Are Actually Canadian

Seems Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s Japanese fetish doesn’t just apply to cello-players, wives, sumo-wrestlers, meditation, and fragile stationary. For the first time since 2005’s Foozer, America’s favorite eponym addicts are out of the black-walled apartment and back on the road with some super friends to promote their latest self-titled, Weezer (The Red Album) (TMT Review).

But this time around, the tour support doesn’t come from a compatible act like Dave Grohl & Co. Weezer’s enlisted the show-opening help of premature eject-ulators Tokyo Police Club, whose last two whiny releases (TMT Review) both clocked in under 30 minutes. Ticket holders will also have to sit through Blink-182 spin-off Angels and Airwaves. Do not want!

C’mon, Cuomo; if you’re going to indulge a passion, why not do it right? You’re telling me Geffen couldn’t get you Yuka Honda? OLIVIA? Not even the Harajuku Girls? That shit is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.

Rage Against the Machine Announce Show in Minneapolis During Republican National Convention

News Story Color Key:

Black = Me standing next to a tree

Blue = Me in my soapbox

Just days after playing a headlining show at Lollapalooza in Chicago, RATM have announced a show September 3 in Minneapolis. The band will play the local “venue” Target Center. Interested? Tickets will be available this Saturday morning. Don’t forget your riot gear!

As you may have heard by now, Rage’s set at Lollapalooza was like a pile of oily rags inches away from a lit match. Attendees near the front of the stage were being pulled out of the crowd in large numbers and required medical attention. Later in the set, police officers on horseback responded to a large crowd of citizens, non-attendees, who attempted to storm through a fence and make their way to the show. Throughout the violence, the band even stopped playing for several minutes on multiple occasions, making efforts to calm the more aggressive fans. Singer Zach de la Rocha pleaded with the multitude of listeners to step back, make room for everyone, and treat each other with respect. Following a second interruption of the music, in a truly disappointing and frustrating moment, de la Rocha’s appeals for calm were followed by the declaration of their next song: “This next one is called ‘Bullet In Your Head.’”

I laughed at first; the total opposite nature of the two moments seemed ridiculous. Then I realized that the irony was unintentional: did Rage really hope to put out a blaze by tossing in more wood? How can a band honestly expect peace when even their band name signifies action and protest? Can you really expect a throng of excited people, already annoyed with a day spent in the blazing sun, desperate for release, to mellow out to the hardcore sounds that Rage Against the Machine has to offer? Does anyone else see the utterly ludicrous nature and darkly humorous laughs that this situation has to offer? “Please calm down... Bullet In Your Head.”

That’s why this next date in Minneapolis has me worried. Rage Against The Machine's Target Center show coincides with this year's Republican National Convention, which will be held in St. Paul, a short highway drive away from where Rage will be performing. You’ll be able to taste the tension in the air; you may be able to cut it with a spoon. Now, I'm not suggesting that RATM are planning a violent demonstration. I know that this is just a single show, not a multiple-day festival with the antagonizing nature of heat, exhaustion, and long lines to irritate the crowd. However, with the potential for very high tensions due to the RNC invading the generally democratic Minneapolis, I fear the worst. The early days of September already look to be unstable, and a band like RATM, who seem intent on motivating their fans to action, only adds more unease.

Black Lips to Tour, Probably to Piss Onstage and/or Get Naked

...Yeah. And, speaking of fun and getting naked, check drummer Joe Bradley's (and others?) awesome rap side-project, Incoqnekro.

Over the weekend, The Black Lips played shows at Lollapalooza and Empty Bottle, as well as a free gig at MacCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, NY, but don't worry:

I Was Partially Right: Max Tundra Readies Parallax Error Beheads You in Preparation for Hot Chip Tour

Remember last week when I wrote up a story (TMT News) about Max Tundra touring with Hot Chip? Of course you don't, because you never read my shit. :*( Anyway, so the story was primarily about the tour, but I spent the majority of it bitching about how his new album has been in the works for a ridiculously long time. Fed up with the empty promises of the new album, I said the following:

But fuck it, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the new album is done and it’s being released October 7. I have nothing (really, nothing) but my gut instincts to go off from, but October 7 would be a great date, as it would coincide nicely with his upcoming UK tour with Hot Chip.

And what do you know? A week later, Domino has officially announced the arrival of Parallax Error Beheads You, due not on October 7, but October 13 (presumably October 14 in the U.S.). I was only a week off! And, since I posted the tour story a week earlier than the official announcement, perhaps my internal clock is simply a week off. Or, more likely, I can see into the future. Besides, I just knew that Greyhound bus dude was going to repeatedly stab the guy sitting next to him, behead him, eat parts of him, and then stuff body parts in his pockets.

& Wiley

^ Hot Chip

$ Domino's Crystal Anniversary series with Juana Molina

* Clinic, of Montreal, DAT Politics, James Chance

Deerhunter Tour; Inexplicably Avoid Hunting Lodges, Tours with Times New Viking

This past Sunday, I attended one of the illustrious McCarren Park Pool Parties, not knowing the full lineup and hoping to not get peed on by The Black Lips. And what was my little soul blessed with? Three wonderful, beautiful things:

1. Les Savy Fav lead singer Tim Harrington on a Slip‘n’Slide with his infant child!
2. Tim Harrington's subsequent slurred ramblings on the stage mic!
3. Quoth Harrington, as four lovely men took the stage: "D-E-E-R-H-U-N-T-E-R!"

If only Tim Harrington could accompany them as MC for this big ol' mess of tourdates. However, I am pretty sure that Trent Reznor would have something terrifying to say about it.

I guarantee that no one in Deerhunter will ever be able to utter another phrase as badass as, "Next week I'm touring with Nine Inch Nails."

T-O-U-R-D-A-T-E-S:

& Times New Viking

$ Nine Inch Nails

Rich Idiot Pays $23K For a Reel-To-Reel of Beatles Stoner Chatter

A recently unearthed reel-to-reel tape of a giggling and gossiping Beatles sold for $23,446 in an internet auction. The half-hour long tape, recorded in 1964 and discovered in a north England attic by one lucky punter, features a fun-having Fab Four chatting like pals and laughing like maniacs, including a version of “I’ll Follow the Sun” that reduces the presumably baked John and Paul to a pair of uncontrollably chuckling morons.

Along with all the merriment, early versions of "I Feel Fine," "I'm a Loser," and "Don't Put Me Down Like This" appear on the tape. The identity of the auction winner was not revealed, but honestly, I hope this yahoo remains anonymous forever. I never want to see the face of a Beatlemaniac so rabid that not even the deluxe edition of Help! provided enough footage of The Beatles getting high and giving each other titty twisters (or whatever the hell they put on the expanded special features of fucking Help!), inevitably driving the lucky winner to dropping the equivalent of an inner-city school teacher’s salary on a reel-to-reel of Liverpudlians with the munchies.

Some people have too much money.

The Streets Plans New LP, Schedules Tour, Is Probably Drunk

British MC The Streets (née Mike Skinner) is gearing up to release a new album and tour Europe this fall. Everything is Borrowed, Skinner's fourth record, will be released September 15 in the UK. Following 2006's The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, Everything is a continuation of the goofy, grime-damaged Brit-hop sound and middle-England slice-of-life storytelling that has defined his career to date.

Lead single "The Escapist," however, represents a major break for Skinner due to its experimental video, available for free at The Streets' official site. The video weds the track's gently skittering beats and downtrodden vocals to shots of Skinner wandering aimlessly along highways and through pastoral landscapes in France. Skinner says the video, shot by Ted Mayhem of Streets video/blog side project Beat Stevie, "was totally different from any other video that I've made in that it was something real that we just filmed rather than trying to create something real looking using lots of people and lots of angles." "The Escapist" will be followed as a single by Everything is Borrowed's title track a couple of weeks after the album's release.

The Streets will also hit the road shortly after the album's release, embarking on extensive tours of the UK and Germany and hitting other European destinations here and there.

Liars Tour, Pet Boa Constrictors, Japanese/English Translators

Lying is a destructive, alienating habit (just ask The Dark Knight’s Joker!). So, before we here at TMT’s 3rd Floor, Dayton Ohio-based office/private oxygen bar go around posting just any old news story about Liars allegedly playing more summer dates next month with Radiohead, we figured that we’d better make sure that our facts were straight... you know, in order to cut down on all of that potential fibbing that might slip by.

So, a few of us staff writers got into the Kompressor that I definitely own and certainly don’t lease, drove out to Liars’ home in Chicago, and talked to the ladies in the band about what their recent experience being on the road with Radiohead was really like. This is what they said, according to the Japanese/English translators that they travel with:

In a world full of fear and ripe with insincerity it’s such a relief to have met Radiohead. They are purveyors of truth, beauty and a moral responsibility to the planet. We've been welcomed with literal open arms and thoroughly schooled on how to function as a band -- not just musically, but ethically too. The honor is in learning from the best, and from the beginning we've been in class... For now, we'd like to send our huge thanks to the Radiohead crew for being so super crazy nice and supportive to us. We'll see them... during our West Coast tour with [them] in August -- so no tears yet.

Now, August is upon us, and it seems like Liars will indeed be touring the West Coast of the United States with Radiohead. The facts have been corroborated by TMT’s Fact-Checking/Regicide Department, who determined -- after speaking with several of the bandmates’ parents, label mates, children, same-sex partners, and pet boa constrictors -- that everything checked out just fine! Now... do you wanna know how I got these scars???

* Radiohead

Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ Rental Truck Recovered! But That’s Not All That Was Recovered… Wait, Yes It Is

As we reported yesterday (TMT News), Iggy Pop and The Stooges woke up Monday morning to an empty parking space. Good morning! Apparently, their rental truck and the music equipment inside it were stolen. But there is some good news currently trickling down the long, phallic press pipe: according to Rolling Stone, the 15-foot yellow Penske truck was discovered by Canadian police several blocks from their Montreal hotel (good work, pigs). Unfortunately, the musical equipment was nowhere to found.

That won't stop The Stooges, though, as their gig in Toronto tonight is still on. Rather than retooling their live rock show as an impressionistic dance production, the band will use borrowed equipment to keep the rock spirit alive. Hope they borrowed a BOSS Metal Zone distortion pedal, because I have a feeling The Stooges will want to rock harder than they've ever rocked before.

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