You have to love the guys who run The Pirate Bay (or hate them a lot, depending on what you have at stake). Whether they're bold-facedly advertising The Simpsons Movie available for download on its first day in theatres or trying to start their own country where file-sharing is legal, they tend to grab the bull by the prairie oysters. Well, those smug assholes have done it again. Or at least they're about to have done it again.

Let's back up. About three weeks ago, the well-publicized Pirate Bay trial reached a verdict requiring the management of The Pirate Bay to pay a fine of 30-million SEK. The money was to be paid to Danowsky & Partners Advokatbyrå, the small law firm representing the IFPI in the recent trial. Of course, Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm and his three co-pirates, relaxed comfortably atop their beanbag chair-sized testicles, had no intentions of paying the fine.

Their current plan is to enact what is now being called a "Distributed Denial of Dollars" (or DDo$) attack. It is basically an adaptation of the DDoS attack, a technique by which a number of internet users intentionally overload a server in order to make it inaccessible to its intended users. In this case, The Pirate Bay is asking users to make tiny donations of 1 SEK (approx. 0.13 USD) to the bank account in which the 30 million SEK is meant to be deposited.

Here's how it works: The first 1000 transfers made to the account cost nothing to Danowsky. Any further transfers, however, will cause the bank to charge Danowsky with a fee of 2 SEK. This means that any donations (beyond the first 1000) of 1 SEK will end up costing Danowsky 1 SEK. Bear in mind that The Pirate Bay has about 3.6 million users.

As Danowsky is a small firm that handles all transactions by hand, this attack will probably end up wasting a lot of their time. And time is money. So it will end up wasting some of their money, and then a lot of their money. Now, unless Danowsky is so overwhelmed that they have to close their doors, this still does not explain how Svartholm and his mates will avoid paying their fine. But as the old pirate saying goes, "If ye be drownin, 'tis best that the last bit of ya ter be seen be yer sinkin' middle finger."

Hounding her MySpace page has finally paid off: Fever Ray is coming to the States and Canada. From the looks of the videos already posted on YouTube, the tour's gonna have some spooky shit with a high chance of lasers and subsequent nightmares. Sign me up!

Fever Ray will be supporting her self-titled solo album (TMT Review), which was released via Mute back in March.

Here are the tourdates:
05.20.09 - Graz, Austria - Electronic Beats Festival
05.21.09 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain (two shows)
05.23.09 - Cologne, Germany - Electronic Beats Festival
06.13.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Where the Action Is
06.20.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar By Night
07.03.09 - Arvika, Sweden - Arvika Festival
07.04.09 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.11.09 - Brighton, England - Loop Festival
07.12.09 - Naas, Ireland - Oxegen Festival
07.14.09 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
07.16.09 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
07.17.09 - Southwold, UK - Latitude Festival
07.18.09 - Leipzig, Germany - Melt! Festival
08.13.09 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.14.09 - Göteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.16.09 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
09.28.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.29.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.01.09 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10.02.09 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.03.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.05.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
10.07.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater

RIP: MC Dolla

From Rolling Stone:

Up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Dolla was shot and killed in an altercation outside a shopping mall in Los Angeles on Monday, May 18th. He was 21 years old. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dolla was gunned down while he waited at the Beverly Center’s mall valet with rappers DJ Shabbazz and Scrapp DeLeon. Dolla’s publicist said that before the shooting, a man and woman were trailing the rapper. Police have “two persons of interest” in custody; cops picked up one man at the ticketing area of the Los Angeles International Airport with a gun in his possession. As of this morning, the man in custody, Aubrey Berry, has been charged with murder, TMZ reports.

- Dolla MySpace page
- Dolla Twitter

The Psychedelic Furs Reunite… Again, Tour America… Again

Late-1970s post-punk/new wave/John Hughes movie soundtrack hitmakers The Psychedelic Furs are preparing to rock America during a brief summer tour. Word on the street (internet) is that brothers/founding members vocalist Richard Butler and bassist Tim Butler, along with guitarist John Ashton, were all living in upstate New York prior to their 2000 reunion, which means touring the northeastern states is perfectly logical and seems like the obvious choice, but now it totally ruins the whole "They were formed in London in 1977! They're, like, such a seminal English band and now they're totally COMING TO AMERICA for a no-holds-barred spectacular reunion tour!!" angle that I was going to take. Oh well. They've got a date at the Benicassim Festival in Spain, and more U.S./European dates on the way. That's exciting enough on its own, right? Right??

Anyway, The Psychedelic Furs are on the move. The lineup this time features the aforementioned Butlers, John Ashton, drummer Frank Ferrer of Love Spit Love (Richard Butler's post-Furs band) and Guns N' Roses, former Information Society and World Party keyboardist Amanda Kramer, and previous Furs collaborator saxophonist Mars Williams. That's like, four bands for the price of one -- maybe even five.

06.06.09 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
06.07.09 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
06.08.09 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
06.09.09 - Fairfield, CT - StageOne
06.11.09 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head on Stage
06.12.09 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
06.13.09 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
07.19.09 - Benicassim, SPAIN - Benicassim Festival

Chicago Instrumental Groovers CAVE Announce Summer Tour

This summer the stalactites will be falling from club ceilings across the country as Chicago neo-hippie/punk instrumentalists CAVE announce a tour in support of their new album Psychic Psummer. Former members of now-defunct Missouri-based Warhammer 48K and other Chicago musicians comprise CAVE, whose album should be expected to receive better visibility on Important Records than the band's previous self-releases. If the record's merging of Can-like grooves, winding guitars, and howling dub echoes presupposes the band's live set, it should make for a pretty killer show. The band will be making stops in some off-the-beaten-path cities such as El Paso, TX, Ventura, CA, Mobile, AL, and East Moline, IL

05.18.09 - Denver, CO - BarBar
05.20.09 - Sacramento, CA - the HUB
05.21.09 - Petaluma, CA - the Phoenix Theater
05.22.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern w/ Mammatus
05.23.09 - Oakland, CA - LOBOT w/ Nothing People + Lemmon Pretend
05.24.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Blue Lagoon w/ Mammatus + Jealousy
05.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Ding-A-Ling w/ Jealousy
05.27.09 - Ventura, CA - Gradys Record Refuge
05.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - SMELL w/ Nite Jewel + Jealousy
05.29.09 - LA area, CA - space w/ Skarekrau Radio (excerpt)
05.30.09 - Tucson, AZ - Dry River
05.31.09 - El Paso, TX - House w/ Dozal Brothers
05.03.09 - Austin, TX - Beerland
05.04.09 - Houston, TX - the MINK w/ Balaclavas
05.05.09 - New Orleans, LA - Nowe Miasto w/ Quintron + Fishercat
05.06.09 - Pensacola, FL - House w/ JUICEBOXXX
05.07.09 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box w/ JUICEBOXXX
05.08.09 - Nashville, TN - House
05.09.09 - St. Louis, MO - Lemmons w/ Skarekrau Radio + Ghost Ice
05.10.09 - East Moline, IL - Racers Edge w/ Mondo Drag + Eyes
05.12.09 - Chicago, IL - Automatic Space w/ Chandeliers + Prince Rama

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce Summer Tour, but Don’t Expect to See Karen O. Spit Beer in Your Face Anytime Soon

Remember back in the day when a Yeah Yeah Yeahs live performance would have Karen O. doing this, this, or even maybe something like this? Well, no more! The last time Karen spit beer into the crowd, she was bombarded by beer companies trying to sponsor her next loogie. After a short stint with PBR (hated the taste), a lengthy partnership with Old Rasputin thanks to Nick Zinner, and some good times with Corona (hey, she was touring in Mexico!), Karen has announced that she is done with corporate sponsorship and is sticking to water. Uh oh, someone alert the reps at Poland Spring and Aquafina... I hear they love It’s Blitz! (TMT Review), the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album out now on Interscope.

Yeah Yeah H20 Yeah:
05.23.09 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.26.09 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
05.27.09 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargos
05.28.09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
05.30.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
05.31.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
06.02.09 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.03.09 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
06.06.09 - Mountain View, CA - Live 105 BFD
06.12.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.31.09 - Jersey City, NJ - All Points West

David Byrne Records Live EP for Amnesty International, Makes It Even Harder to Find Fault in Him

David Byrne, fresh off the unanimous critical praise of his recent collaboration with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (TMT Review), has announced his latest collaboration. This time it's with hallowed non-governmental organization Amnesty International, who will receive the proceeds from the online sales of a four-song EP, cheekily entitled [Everything That Happens Will Happen on This Tour], recorded during Byrne's latest tour.

Says Byrne of the EP: "Some time ago Amnesty International asked if I might do "something" for that organization this year- (in previous years I had done one of my tour dates as a benefit for them). Amnesty has such an amazing and consistent track record of speaking out and helping to illuminate courageous people who might otherwise not be heard from so the answer was 'yes.'"

Preview the album here.

Radiohead Officially Starts Recording New Album with Nigel Godrich, BUT WHAT IS THE RELEASE METHOD

Radiohead, the little band that could, have officially started recording their follow-up to 2007's In Rainbows (TMT Review). Speaking to NME at Brighton's Great Escape festival, bassist Colin Greenwood said "We've just started work [in the studio] last week. It's really cool and everything is sounding great. It's early days and it is a bit like having a scrapbook at the moment because everything is up in the air, but it's good to be back in the studio."

"It was very noisy and chaotic and really fun," Greenwood said in a different interview with the BBC. "It’s at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out and we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we're just looking at all the bits and thinking what’s next?"

Radiohead are in the studio again with producer Nigel Godrich, who is best known for his work with Travis, the "alternative rock band" Radiohead ripped off for 1995's The Bends. So what does Colin think about the famed Travis producer? "He's brilliant. He can make everything sound like it's working together rather than us trying to kill each other." (Jeez, get a room!)

It's definitely exciting to know that new Radiohead music is on the way, but how will they distribute the album? Hopefully someone leaks a text file explaining what's sure to be another paradigm shift in music distribution. Perhaps they should release the album solely on compact discs with cutting-edge anti-ripping technology? C'mon, Radiohead, let's get the industry back on CDs!!

Arcade Fire Sell Autographed DVD For Benefit; Richard Reed Parry Realizes Napoleon Dynamite Is SO 2004 And Sells His Old Glasses

Seriously, Richard, the glasses are a bit behind the times. And I hope you’re not selling that sweaty helmet, too. I can’t imagine what the thing smells like.

Anyway, if you’re interested in helping a good cause and actually buying legitimate Arcade Fire merchandise, the band has signed 250 copies of the deluxe edition of its recent Miroir Noir DVD and combined them with a limited-edition silk-screened poster, signed and numbered, all of which will be available in a special package to benefit Partners In Health. Arcade Fire has been working with Partners In Health since 2007, when they donated a share of ticket sales from their Neon Bible (TMT Review) tour to the PIH program in Haiti, which delivers high quality healthcare to the poor.

The package can be purchased exclusively from Arcade Fire’s website.

Those Pesky “Law” Things Do Indeed Apply to Camel Cigarettes, Deemed Guilty in Rolling Stone Indie Rock Ad Case

This bit of news, ladies and gentlemen, involves a few stories from the distant past. Way back in 1997, cigarette companies became subject to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement 97, which made it illegal for cartoon characters and other such fictional likenesses to be used in tobacco ads. Skip to 2007, when Camel Cigarettes, owned by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company, decided it would be a great idea to do an advertising spread in Rolling Stone called “The Indie Rock Universe.” The ad featured cartoon drawings of the names of bands like Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Xiu Xiu, and Fucked Up, totaling 186 artists. Did Camel ask these bands if they could use their names in the ad? Nope. A class-action lawsuit was filed against R.J. Reynolds, Rolling Stone, and the Wenner Media Group by all artists pictured, which you can read about in this excellent post from our very own Hanky Panky.

While the class-action suit has not yet reached an agreement, other cases have: the lawsuits filed by nine state attorneys, which claimed that R.J. Reynolds acted against the aforementioned Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement by creating cartoon-like depictions of band names in a cigarette ad, which is exactly what the agreement is supposed to prevent. According to The Daily Swarm (via Pitchfork), the ruling was made by a Philadelphia judge, who must have had the strange sensation of shooting fish in a barrel. Now, R.J. Reynolds must "either run a 'youth oriented anti-smoking advertisement' in the magazine in the next year or pay a sanction of more than $300,000." Ironic, but somehow satisfactory.

Given the fact that intellectual property rights laws are pretty much designed for this sort of thing, I think we can be confident that the slandered bands will be compensated as well. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Who fucks with Ian MacKaye!?