Apple (The Company) Bans BitTorrent Software, Apple (The Fruit) Remains Ambivalent

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.

Prurient and Cold Cave Quit Their Fast Food Day Jobs So They Can Go On Tour and Make It Big

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

The Black Lips Go Psyche with GZA and Tour

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.

Euro tourdates:
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

U.S. tourdates:
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

Not Only Do We Have to Catch Swine Flu, but Now We Can’t See, Merzbow? No Fun. And He’s Not Playing at No Fun Fest, Either

Yup. Japanese noise-monger Merzbow isn't coming to the states anymore, resulting in the cancellation of his appearance at this year's No Fun Fest. While part of me thinks it's some kind of postmodern non-performance art in some way or another, it's probably not. They probably just don't want our germs. Wusses.

While it's too bad you won't be able to catch renaissance man & "noise technician" Masami Akita, fear not, ear-bleeders: No Fun Fest is liable to be quite an avant-noisy riot without him. There are a myriad of other acts playing this weekend at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. All you deaf hipsters who haven't bought a ticket already are shit out of luck, though -- tickets for the weekend and individual days are SOLD OUT. Bites. Check out the lineup below and Swedes of the future, look out; No Fun Fest SWEDEN is coming this September to Stockholm. The lineup has yet to be announced, but I'm crossing my fingers for at least one ABBA tribute band.

No Fun Fest Lineup:

- Friday, May 15 (starts at 7 PM):

Bastard Noise


Grey Wolves

Xeno and Oaklander

Carlos Giffoni

Chris Corsano




- Saturday, May 16 (starts at 7 PM):

Sonic Youth

Bardo Pond

Rafael Toral w/ C. Spencer Yeh, Trevor Tremaine

Sons of God

Pedestrian Deposit

Blank Dogs

Yellow Tears


Pulse Emitter

- Sunday, May 17 (starts at 6:30 PM):


Prurient / Kevin Drumm

Black Pus


Cold Cave

Peter Rehberg/Marcus Schmickler


Conrad Schnitzler


It Ain’t Over ‘Til Chin Up Chin Up Play Final Show Friday; Jeremy Bolen Talks to Tiny Mix Tapes!

Chicago in 2009: so much to answer for. Not only are the Cubs and White Sox tagged to have impressive 2009 campaigns in the glorious world of Major League Baseball, but the Blackhawks have finally become a real hockey team and the Bulls almost pulled off a major upset in the “Association.” Before I get too excited and head off to McChuggigan’s S.B.A.G. (Sports Bar and Grill) to ogle skimped-out cougars and future wait-staff lifers while I mainline draft Bud and Jager in my Manny dreads, I should first take a reality pill and get my bearings. If this were Sports, I would have come up with a half-assed Huey Lewis-inspired headline. But this is rock ‘n’ roll, dammit, and for eight years, Chicago-based Chin Up Chin Up have mastercrafted their truly unique version of it. On May 15, the band will play their final gig after recently deciding to hang up their spurs for good.

Having no discernable talent whatsoever, I am unsure how ex-bands spend their time. Scrapbooking circles? Mahjongg? Investment banking? Whatever the future holds for the members of Chin Up Chin Up they can rest easy knowing they left behind a two-album legacy marked by dazzling, contorted avant-rock bliss (We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers, Flameshovel Records, 2004, and This Harness Can’t Ride Anything, Suicide Squeeze, 2006 [TMT Review]). We reached out to singer/guitarist Jeremy Bolen to get his reflections on the decision to break up, the final show, and future plans.


We might as well start with the most obvious question...what prompted the end to the band and why now? And am I going to be able to pull out either the "amicable split" or "musical differences" cliché?

Well the band has really been inactive for quite a while now. I think musical differences could be part of it, but more than anything it just suddenly felt like it was time. I really never in my wildest dreams imagined it ending at any point but things just weren't progressing in a very positive way. Everyone approaches things differently and I personally was not into how some of the members were approaching things in general. Being part of any kind of creative outlet should be fun, and when it becomes a job, well, then you kind of have to rethink where it’s all going. CUCU was the main priority in our lives for 5 years or so, we spent all of our time and energy on it, and for me at least, I wanted to get back to other parts of my life. I think this is true for everyone. We were all fine with just letting the band linger in hiatus but when Greg (Sharp, CUCU keyboardist) told me he was moving in June, it just seemed like it would be good to have some closure. I was fairly confident the band really was never going to do anything again. Our last show was a shitty street fair, and no one should go out like that.

What’s next for all of you?

Greg is moving to State College, PA where he is going to attend Penn State to get his Ph.D in Sociology. It’s a pretty amazing thing and I am super proud of him. At some point you will have to call him Dr. Sharp. Chris (Dye) is playing drums in a band called Speck Mountain. Nathan (Snydacker, guitar) has a daughter who is six months old or so, and I think that is his main focus at this point. I am spending the majority of my time concentrating on photography and also Vacations (Bolen, Sharp, and Bobby Burg). Jesse (Woghin, bass) is working at The Onion and playing in, like, 12 bands (Ghost Jeans, Shrimpsss, and Hardy Mums to name a few).

Will Vacations remain a "side project" to other future music outlets?

We never really meant Vacations to be a side project. It is something we try not to take too seriously because at this point I think that’s how we feel a band should be. We work hard though, so there’s a difference really. It think a lot of bands are playing office half the time. We're just not interested in that rat race anymore. We will be stepping things up a bunch this summer -- a tour in August, and recording a new record in October.

Is it with a sense of relief or sadness that you guys are ending the band? Are you looking forward to having Chin Up Chin Up behind you and starting a new chapter, so to speak?

I don't think a relief would be the right word... we’ve been practicing the last few weeks for the show and yeah, I get a little sentimental and sad. We have been though a ton together. Closure is always nice. I guess I am just happy that we can pull this off and that we’re all on good enough terms to play together still. We have been insanely lucky and really accomplished far more than I ever thought we would. My 16-year-old self is way psyched. That said, I think we have all already moved on, and that feels good.

Did you guys toy with the idea of doing a full farewell tour or has it always been a one-off Last Waltz type of thing?

Wow, I really wish we could pull off something as great as The Last Waltz. No, we never really talked about a full tour. We toyed with doing a New York show, and I still would love to, but it just never came together.

For fans of the band, The Empty Bottle venue brings up immediate and possibly uncomfortable memories, considering its association with Chris' death (note: original bassist Chris Saathoff was killed in a hit-and-run accident after a show at the club on February 14, 2004). Did the band's history with the club come into play when deciding where to book the final hoorah or was The Bottle an obvious choice?

The Bottle, for better or worse, has been our home venue from the beginning, so there was really no question on that at all. It’s where we basically started and where we have always hung out. As far as Chris, as always we kind of see it as a celebration of his life. It will be nice to play some songs we wrote together one last time.

What can fans expect you to play for the final show?

We’re going to play our favorite songs from the last 6 years, and hopefully everything people want to hear.

How will you look back at your time spent in the band and how do you think Chin Up Chin Up will be remembered?

Although it’s kind of a blur, it’s been something I wouldn't trade for anything. I guess you always kind of hope that you will be remembered in some way... but it’s not really something I'm thinking of or really concerned about now.


The end of the road:
05.15.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle #

# Tight Phantomz, Sleep Out, Rain Delay Theatre

[Photo: Chris Strong]

Wilco Streaming Wilco (The Album) RIGHT NOW

Wilco (The Band) are streaming Wilco (The Album) for Wilco (The Audience). You can find the stream right here. Or you can click on this link, but it's not really safe for work and has nothing to do with Wilco. I recommend the latter!

The album's due June 30 on Nonesuch.
05.23.09 - Tenerife, Spain - Tenerife Auditorium
05.25.09 - Malaga, Spain - Teatro Cervantes
05.26.09 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Calderon
05.29.09 - Seville, Spain - Territorios Festival, La Cartuja
05.30.09 - Oporto-Braga, Portugal - Teatro Circo
05.31.09 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseu
06.01.09 - Santiago de Compostela-Galicia, Spain - Palacio de Congresos
06.03.09 - San Sebastian, Spain - Kursaal
06.04.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Auditori Barcelona
06.12.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center
06.13.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonaroo Festival
06.15.09 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown EventsCenter
06.17.09 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
06.18.09 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall
06.19.09 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
06.20.09 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
06.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
06.23.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
06.27.09 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater
06.28.09 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
06.30.09 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
07.03.09 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks
07.08.09 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
07.10.09 - Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium
07.11.09 - Lowell, MA - LeLacheur Park
07.13.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Keyspan Park
07.17.09 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
07.18.09 - Wappingers Falls, NY - Dutchess County Stadium
07.19.09 - Lewiston, NY - Art Park
07.23.09 - Detroit Lakes, MN - 10,000 Lakes Festival
08.13.09 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.14.09 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.21.09 - Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Germany - Highfield Festival
08.23.09 - Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival
08.25.09 - London, England - Troxy
08.27.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street

Thanks to EVP for the tip!

You Can Now Listen to All Major NIN Releases in Their Entirety via the NIN: Access iPhone App; Your Correspondent Left in a Quandary!

Trent Reznor is certainly down with the kids! Last month, he announced the Nine Inch Nails iPhone App which “is a mobile window on all things NIN: music, photos, videos, message boards, even — thanks to a GPS-enabled feature called Nearby — the fans themselves.” These NIN-fanboys are now able to listen to all NIN albums ever released on their precious iPhones (with the added benefit of eavesdropping on conversations between other fans at NIN concerts).

The trouble is, as a pretentious, liberal, plant-eating TMT news writer, I don’t know whether to hate or love this news story. Should I rejoice in the fact that this is another kick in the teeth to record labels and their total inability to get the internet, or do I lament Mr Reznor’s never-ending pursuit for more profit?

It’s a tough life writing for Tiny Mix Tapes!

David Tibet Hastens His Precious Apocalypse with a Truly Diabolical Group of Collaborators for Current 93’s Upcoming Album

“Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth.”

-- Revelation 12:3-4

It literally takes zero effort to find some badass apocalyptic passage from the Book of Revelation. Just crack open a Bible, flip to any old page of its last book, close your eyes, and point a finger anywhere on the page -- BOOM! Instant Tolkien fan fiction, written by God’s own hand! But for Current 93 's David Tibet, multi-headed, star-wiping dragons are the least of humanity’s problems come Armageddon time. According to Current 93 lore, upon the arrival of the end of days, thunderous bloodbells will chime murder as sky-eating ships devour reality itself until Lucifer at last descends on London and wages war on the judged. Oh man, the Apocalypse is so gonna have some fuckin’ sack.

So does Current 93’s music provoke Armageddon or merely anticipate it? Has David Tibet spent his career taunting and smacking the Beast on the nose with a rolled up newspaper until it finally unleashes hell on earth, or has he actually been building rock ’n’ roll’s most impenetrable theological bomb shelter? Deconstructing Tibet’s apocalyptic intentions is nigh impossible, but after reading the list of collaborators for Current 93’s first studio album in three years Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain, I have a feeling that Tibet is purposefully baiting God to pull the plug on existence. I mean, just check out a few of these names: electronics/glands wizard Steve Stapleton (Nurse with Wound), punishing guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf, Zwan), renowned partier and motivational speaker Andrew W.K., drummer Alex Neilson (The Red Krayola), and your very favorite porn star Sasha Grey on vocals. How could such an unholy assemblage not incite the heavenly choirs to trumpet their deathly song upon this waking world? Well, I guess we’ll find out May 18 when the album comes out on Jnana Records. Enjoy the next few days of existence, folks. God bless!


1. Invocation of Almost
2. Poppyskins
3. On Docetic Mountain
4. 26 April 2007
5. Aleph is the Butterfly Net
6. Not Because the Fox Barks
7. UrShadow
8. As Real as Rainbows

Flaming Lips to Release Their Mellon Collie & The Infinite… HEY! WHERE ARE YOU GOING??

According to our buddies at Billboard, The Flaming Lips' next release will be a double album, and it's called Stay in Touch with the Samsung Eternity! Actually, no title has yet been released for the At War with the Mystics follow-up (though, The "At War With the Mystics" Follow-Up would be a pretty sweet title), but it's exciting to know that The Lips will be finally tackling their first double album. If any major label artist deserves to spread its music across two albums, it's The Flaming Lips. Hell, they've already done a four-discer!

Crazy man Wayne Coyne tells Billboard that 13 tracks have been written so far, with eight or nine more expected. The double album is tentatively slated for release later this summer on Warner Bros.. It sounds freaky too:

"I think with this there was an element of accidentally stumbling upon more spontaneous sort of freak-out stuff," Coyne tells Billboard. "We were sitting at (drummer) Steven's house and we just started out having these freak-out jam sessions where he'd play drums and I'd play bass and we just would sort of do freaky stuff. Some of those recordings, even though they're not recorded very well, really had a spontaneity about them that we probably wouldn't have purposely done.

So we just went with some of that and use those as sort of the bedrock of what we'd do later on with overdubs and lyrics and stuff like that. It sounds very exciting."

Band of Horses Announce Summer Tour

If you live in a place that has seasons (Santa hats on cacti still don't look right to me), you've probably rolled your window down and cranked the ol' "radio" up. Band of Horses is one of those great summertime bands, and my friend's wish to live in this video for their oldie-but-goodie is well justified.

That is all.

The tourdates:
06.10.09 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
06.11.09 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
06.12.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
06.14.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.16.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
06.17.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
06.18.09 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
08.05.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
08.30.09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.01.09 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
09.02.09 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
09.04.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.05.09 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre