Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Round Up: Fenn O’Berg To Release A Double-Reissue and New LP, James Blackshaw Summer Tourdates, Martin Scorsese To Direct Sinatra Movie, Harvey Milk To Tour With Torche
Hey bitches, here’s the HOT GOSS for Friday.
- The Magic Sound of Fenn O’Berg (1999) and The Return of Fenn O’Berg (2002) by Fenn O’Berg (duh) will be reissued by Editions Mego in mid-June as a double-album. In October of 2009, Christian Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, and Peter Rehberg will head over to Tokyo to record a new studio album slated for 2010. You can pre-order the reissue at the Editions Mego website.
- James Blackshaw will be hitting the road this summer in support of his latest record The Glass Bead Game, out May 26, 2009 via Young God Records. The tour starts June 8 in Brooklyn, NY at Issue Project Room and ends June 20 in Easthampton, MA... somewhere (venue TBA). He also has a few festival dates in Europe. For more information, you can get all the deetz at the Young God Records website.
- Martin Scorsese will be directing a movie about Frank Sinatra. Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures have been developing the project with the Sinatra Estate and Warner Music Group by securing life and music rights of Ol' Blue Eyes. The screenplay was written by Phil Alden (Field of Dreams).
- Harvey Milk will head out on tour this summer with Torche. Shit kicks off July 11 in Miami, FL at Churchills and ends in Harvey Milk-home Athens, GA at the 40 Watt Club on August 1. You can find a list of all the dates on the Harvey Milk MySpace page. Holler!
While one cannot force labels to sign artists, we did expect more contractual movement within the Hardly Art camp. The Sub Pop-affiliated imprint popped its cherry a couple of years ago, and although it is frequently seen out with present flings Arthur & Yu, The Dutchess & the Duke, Le Loup, and Pretty & Nice, we expected to see a number of other acts roster-tied by now. Well, the pent-up frustration was worth the wait because Hardly Art has announced not only that it has deflowered hometown sweetheart Talbot Tagora, but the young stud has also bedded village bicycle Unnatural Helpers!
Keeping it homespun, Hardly Art have signed Seattle three-piece Talbot Tagora who will release their debut album July 21 through the energetic upstart. Chris Ando, Mark Greshowak, and Ani Ricci will release Lessons in the Woods or a City after a lengthy period of self-administering sneaky CD-R, cassette, and 7-inch teasings.
Lessons in the Woods or a City tracklisting:
1. Mixed Signals through Miles of Pilgrimage
2. Ichthus Hop
3. Bounty Hunter
4. Solar Puppets
5. Hunger Strike
6. Black Ice
7. Mouth Rainboy
8. Hidden Note
10. Johnny Lazor
11. Replacing the Northwest
12. Perception Stick
13. Belt of Cander
14. Ephemeral Summer
Meanwhile, Unnatural Helpers are helmed by Double Fudge’s Dean Whitmore and also feature Leo Gebhardt (The Catheters, Tall Birds), Kimberly Morrison (The Dutchess & the Duke), and Brian Standeford (The Catherters, Idle Times). Less is known about their future record plans, but when they do decide to go all the way with their sophomore album it will definitely be with rock-hard Hardly Art. Until, then, feast your ears on some tunes from their MySpace page or catch one of these three Seattle-centric live shows:
05.16.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos #
06.20.09 - Seattle, WA - Underground Events Center $
08.22.09 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse %
# Obits, The Lights
$ Fresh & Onlys
% Box Elders
Mount Eerie Issues New CD from Experience, Titled White Stag Building , Sheds Tear For Indians While Hiding In a Creepy Building Scared of the Howling Wolves Off In the Distance
On March 30, 2009, Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum entered the White Stag Building in Portland, OR on invite from Matther Stadler and his Publication Studio Organization. The building, owned by the University of Oregon, sits on the old mud where Portland began. Elverum was invited to occupy the building for one week and record the sounds he made within the structure. What came out of this experience is a 10-song CD of 4-track recordings titled White Stag Building.
The CD-R, which comes, in classic Elverum-style, folded inside a "poster with words and imagined historical scenery," is limited, though it will probably be officially released on vinyl at some point in the future. According to an interview that Elverum did with the Portland Mercury, White Stag Building is about "how hard it is to maintain a relationship with memory when something bad has happened. It's an extreme view, but that's essentially what happened: White men decided to build here and oppress native peoples and nearly destroyed the environment in the process. Living with a memory of darkness almost requires that it be repressed or else covered up with a thin veneer of wholesomeness. With all its brutal bricks and sustainable eco-wood, this building represents that."
Get it before it's gone here! (And don't forget to purchase our benefit comp, which features an exclusive Mount Eerie track.) Meanwhile, the new "proper" Mount Eerie album, Wind’s Poem, is completed and should be out relatively soon.
You know how every print publication has been writing articles recently about how print is dead? Well, it’s more than just a marketing ploy, as Paste Magazine has been forced to reach out to their readers this week for monetary donations to help them stay in print. In a statement on their website, Paste writes:
The global recession has taken its toll on Paste as advertisers have slashed their spending. We are turning to our readers to help bridge the gap. Even a small contribution can make a big difference. Join 75+ of our favorite artists in the campaign to save Paste and get rare & exclusive tracks as a thank you.
Artists include The Decemberists, Neko Case, She & Him, Cowboy Junkies, Of Montreal, Indigo Girls, Jayhawks, String Cheese Incident, G. Love, Josh Rouse, The Hives, Matthew Sweet, The Avett Brothers, Joe Henry, John Roderick of The Long Winters, Over the Rhine, Bob Mould, Arrested Development, Brandi Carlile, John Doe, Josh Ritter, Marc Broussard and more. We also have a number of goodies (such as signed R.E.M. and Band of Horses posters, an ocean-view cabin on next year's Cayamo cruise, and more) to give to donors in random drawings.
As a thank you for donating, you will be able to download over 70 rare and exclusive MP3s from Paste. Any donations of $350 or more will be given a lifetime Paste print subscription with CD, as well as access to their digital edition and CD sampler download. If you’re interested in donating, please visit their website.
Holy shit, has it been that long? The Stone Roses reunion rumors will forever continue to swirl but what is certain is that the Manchester quartet’s eponymous debut album will definitely be reissued to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The much-loved album will be released by Silvertone (who will cease repackaging The Stone Roses catalogue when it is pried from their cold dead hands) and Legacy (friendly reissue pixies) on August 11 (Joe Rogan’s birthday, for all of you completely unrelated bracket-filler lovers). The album has been remastered by producer John Leckie and singer Ian Brown and contains a lot of goodies, depending on which version you can afford (note: the remastered album will be a hybrid of the original U.K. issue and the second 1989 U.S. issue; so, minus "Elephant Stone" but plus "Fools Gold").
Three of the planned releases below are real. One was written after a dream fueled by ecstasy and bad cocktail shrimp. Think you can tell which one is the stooge? It may not be as easy as you think…
1. Stone Roses: Special Edition includes the remastered album and an expanded booklet. Simple, understated, pure.
2. Stone Roses: Legacy Edition is a three-disc set that groups the remastered album with a second disc entitled The Lost Demos which features 15 tracks, including the previously unreleased song (“Pearl Bastard”) and a Live in Blackpool concert DVD filmed in 1989. All of this will come in a 28-page booklet. Let us pray Brown’s live voice has been doctored for the Blackpool DVD.
3. Stone Roses: Collector’s Edition is that special something for that special mixed-format friend in your life. Packing the remastered album, the Lost Demos collection, and a third CD compilation of B-sides and non-album tracks, it also comes with a 12” album folder with three vinyl albums, believed to include “the original album as well as 13 B-sides and non-album tracks housed in a gold foil-embossed hardback slipcase.” If that doesn’t sound quite ridiculous enough for you, it also comes with a lemon-shaped USB stick that holds some promo videos, ringtones, wallpapers, single cover art prints, and home-video footage of Leckie’s documenting the recording of seminal Madchester baggy indiedance anthem “Fools Gold.” AND it will come with a 48-page book of photos and band notes and celebrity fan quotes courtesy of The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, and star producer Mark Ronson. Holy marketing working overtime, Batman!
4. Stone Roses: Lunatic Edition includes the remastered album, The Lost Demos, the B-side compilation, the Live in Blackpool DVD, all of John Squire's post-Roses music and artwork, all of Ian Brown's solo albums and singles, Mani's Primal Scream work, and every demo version of all members post-Stone Roses music. It also comes with a bronze gatefold picture frame containing ultrasound images of all four band members in their mothers' wombs. The Lunatic Edition comes with a functioning R2 droid unit that produces holographic images of the band playing in Glasgow in 1990. Vouchers in select copies are redeemable for a free haircut by the band member of your choice (not including Brown or Squire). A hand-painted, Jackson Pollock-inspired thimble is thrown in the mix, as is a giant pair of foam-rubber flares. The entire thing is crammed into a Frank Gehry-designed “Stone Rose” granite complex that can only be opened by clicking your heels three times and chanting “I’m off me ‘ead! I’m off me ‘ead! I’m off me ‘ead!” The edition comes hand-delivered to your door by a bartender from the original Manchester hotspot The Hacienda who will proceed to administer a foot massage and make you dinner (the meal will consist of lychee-infused snow peas and some sort of turkey and rice concoction).
If I weren’t surprised whatsoever by the repackaging stunts I have seen over the years I would think this was an elaborate joke by Silvertone to raise Stone Roses awareness. But it's no biggie, I guess. I’ll buy all three editions if it will delete all recollection of their second album abomination, The Second Coming, from my memory.
The Stone Roses:
1. I Wanna Be Adored
2. She Bangs the Drums
4. Don't Stop
5. Bye Bye Bad Man
6. Elizabeth My Dear
7. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
8. Made of Stone
9. Shoot You Down
10. This Is the One
11. I Am the Resurrection
12. Fools Gold
The Lost Demos:
1. I Wanna Be Adored
2. She Bangs the Drums
4. Bye Bye Badman
5. Sugar Spun Sister
6. Shoot You Down (1 version)
7. This Is the One
8. I Am Resurrection
9. Elephant Stone
10. Going Down
11. Mersey Paradise
12. Where Angels Play
13. Something's Burning
14. One Love
15. Pearl Bastard
The B-Sides & Non-Album Singles:
1. Elephant Stone
2. Full Fathom Five
3. The Hardest Thing
4. Going Down
6. Mersey Paradise
7. Standing Here
9. Fools Gold
10. What the World Is Waiting For
11. One Love (Full Length)
12. Something's Burning (Full Length)
13. Where Angels Play
I’ve always thought the type of metal exhibited by the likes of Pelican and Isis would probably sit fairly well with your mum and dad. It’s melodic, not too screamy, and avoids lyrics that praise Satan’s unholy greatness. Tours by Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir are unlikely to meet with parental approval. When post-metal bands come to town, however, you can marvel your folks with Isis’ reflections on the philosophies of Jeremy Bentham and Pelican’s musings on the impacts of globalization. “You see dad,” as I explained to my father when he was horrified to learn I was going to see a metal band, “this isn’t just a musical experience, it’s an intellectual experience.” Of course I just wanted to get wasted and hit on the surprisingly attractive women at an Isis concert. But when Pelican tour during May and June in support of their new EP on Southern Lord, Ephemeral, emphasize the educational aspects to your protective mum and dad.
05.16.09 - Tokyo, Japan - Ebisu Liquidroom (Raid World Festival) #
05.19.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's *
05.20.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
05.21.09 - Houston, TX - Meridian *
05.22.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
05.23.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe *
05.25.09 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
05.26.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds *
05.27.09 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits *
05.28.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
05.29.09 - Carboro, NC - Cats Cradle *
05.30.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
05.31.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
06.02.09 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza *
06.03.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts *
06.04.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street *
06.05.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
06.06.09 - Montreal, QC - The National *
06.07.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
06.09.09 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
06.10.09 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre *
06.11.09 - Detroit, MI - Small’s *
06.12.09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge *
* Isis & Tombs
Performance Rights Act Passes House Judiciary Committee, Will Now Face a House Vote; I Can’t Think of a Finer Double-Edged Sword, Unless It’s Made with Damascus Steel
A long time ago, in a universe far far away, an unwritten truce was made. The record labels, young and untested, decided to turn a blind eye to the profit potential of performance royalty payments from an equally nascent form of media, radio, to allow both of them to grow out of a relationship of mutual reliance. This was about 70 to 80 years ago, when the first radio music broadcasts occured, and when jazz was actually popular. Not that there's anything wrong with jazz, unless it's from Utah.
We fast-forward to now, and the record labels under the RIAA are running out of effective ways to recoup the loss of their primary source of income, and are now resorting to political means to do so. Their latest effort, one that was initially reported in December in the year-end piece The War on Copyright (TMT Feature), is the Performance Rights Act, which basically forces the equally declining radio industry to pay royalties to the labels to play their music. Ironic cross-industry secret: Most of these stations get their music from the labels for free to begin with. I'm surprised the labels don't use that as a source of revenue.
The House edition of the act, H.R. 848, has passed the House Judiciary Committee yesterday on a vote of 21-9. All the Nays save one (Maxine Waters (D-CA)) were Republican, including Ranking members Lamar Smith of Texas and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, according to FMQB. Its passing means that it will go to the House for an actual vote. While there are still a few hurdles before the act reaches the President's desk, its passing means that it is one of the few bills that will likely reach the President's desk in the first place. Its massive bipartisan support in both the House and Senate (bill S.379) will likely allow it to coast there.
What does it mean if it comes to pass? On the one hand, it will do some significant damage to commercial radio, forcing them to pay upwards in the hundreds of thousands to pay for royalties, and perhaps it will be a deserved beating. The majority of you readers likely do not even listen to commercial radio, due to its monotony, lack of original selection, and non-support for local artists. There are not many that will mourn if pop radio stations go the way that newspapers are going. On the other, this will likely damage college and independent radio stations just as much. While the amendments passed by Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) before the bill's passing reduced the flat fees for radio stations making less than $500,000 in revenue, these fees can still be significantly damaging to radio stations that rely heavily on donations, especially in these trying times. Many of these stations will likely shutter in the few years after they are forced to start paying, if they can't scale back their operations significantly. Further, royalties like these often do not end up in the majority of artists' hands. And finally, the labels will only get a large amount of revenue in the short term, for as radio stations scale back and shutter, so too will the sources of royalty income.
In the end, it's a no-win situation.
Oh fudge! A recent iPhone application designed to remotely control the Transmission BitTorrent client has been re-diddly-jected by the giant, disembodied, floating, translucent head that gate-keeps that good Apple App Store. The App Wizard told the meek little Midwestern developer (in a booming voice) that this type of application is often used to infringe copyrights and that Apple has therefore decided not to allow such software on the App store. Then a bunch of cool shock-and-awe pyrotechnics went off and shit.
The program in question, Drivetrain is an iPhone application used to remotely control the multi-platform Transmission BitTorrent client via an ordinary FM radio signal... I mean, the internet. According to its developer, Maza Digital, Drivetrain “provides all the details of the web interface in a native iPhone app that’s easy to use.” The corn-based developer submitted the old girl to Apple for approval way back in the halcyon days of April, and then also resubmitted ‘er after making a few small UI changes. But darned if they didn’t just receive an email in return saying that the review would take longer than expected, which was then followed up by a second email in which the Wizard rejected the application for inclusion in the App Store, telling Maza Digital, “we’ve reviewed Drivetrain and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store.” Then he revved-up the fog machines some more.
“By now I am very disillusioned with the whole App Store process," Maza Digital told the website TorrentFreak in a torrential response, citing the old adage that people infringe copyright, not software. “We] find it rather ridiculous that they have rejected an app that does not do anything that may be ‘often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights,’” they added. Of course, all BitTorrent clients are absolutely legal, and yes, Drivetrain is just an application to control a torrent client (and as such goes absolutely nowhere near any copyright infringing material); but nevertheless, the Wizard of Apple has still decided that everything BitTorrent-related is a no go for the App Store for the time being. Time for Plan B, Maza Digital: call [Billy Mays.
Last we heard about Prurient's Dominic Fernow was that he was heading out on tour with everyone's favorite indie band Xiu Xiu, which probably didn't settle well with all their ultra-hipster fans. This time around Prurient is heading to Europe with darkwave synth artist Cold Cave. This one isn't as weird, considering the fact that Fernow recently put out a collection of early Cold Cave tracks on his Hospital label called Cremations, as well as previously issuing a seven-inch. Maybe this isn't that weird of a combination today, but imagine this happening in the '80s! Whitehouse and Depeche Mode double-bill!
Here are the dates:
05.20.09 - London, UK - The Luminaire *
05.21.09 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell
05.22.09 - Glasgow, UK - 13th Note
05.23.09 - Birmingham, UK - Vivid
05.24.09 - Cambridge, UK - Portland Arms
05.25.09 - London, UK - Cargo #
05.26.09 - Brighton, UK - Sex Is Disgusting
* Ariel Pink
# Jamie Stewart
Atlanta garage rock band Black Lips released Drop I Hold, an iTunes-only EP, last Wednesday. Known for their impressive live shows and for finding their place in the vast gray-zone between hype and substance, their new EP features a track from 200 Million Thousand, their latest album on VICE Records. Along with their questionably ironic mustaches and aviator shades, Gary Grice, better known as GZA, can be found dropping a new verse on the speak-songy psychedelic title track. I'm pretty stoked, mostly at the prospect of a new music video, which could potentially end with Cole Alexander bursting through the wall, haloed in stage lights, screaming at the whole Wu-Tang Clan with a scarf tied around his microphone. Here's hoping.
05.14.09 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape
05.15.09 - Nottingham, UK - Nottingham Trent University
05.16.09 - Sheffield, UK - Rollerpalooza
05.17.09 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
05.20.09 - Leeds, UK - TJS
05.21.09 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool City Sound Station Festival
05.22.09 - Dublin, IE - Crawdaddy
05.23.09 - Glasgow, UK - The Classic Grand
05.24.09 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
05.26.09 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom, Camden
05.27.09 - Amsterdam, AN - Melkweg
05.28.09 - Paris, FR - Vilette Soniques at Cabaret Sauvage
05.30.09 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera
06.01.09 - Essen, DE - Pfingstfestival
06.02.09 - Bremen, DE - Tower
06.03.09 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
06.04.09 - Stockholm, SE - What We Do Is Secret
06.05.09 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
06.06.09 - Malmo, SE - Debaser
06.08.09 - Bergen, NO - Hulen
06.09.09 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
06.10.09 - Aarhus, DK - Musikcafeen
06.18.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.19.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
06.26.09 - Athens, GA - Athfest
06.27.09 - Nashville, TN - Sonar
07.02.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.23.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
07.24.09 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party