The Committee to Keep Music Evil, a collective of like-minded, psychedelic-leaning, quality artists, have a lot to celebrate.
First, a calmer and more genial Brian Jonestown Massacre is ready to hit the road next month. Though, I should mention that I'm not going to make any cracks at Anton Newcombe in this article. Sure, there's little doubt as to Newcombe's status as being absolutely
batshit crazy, but this makes him too easy a target. So, despite TMT's penchant for poking fun at some artists who we do genuinely like, ragging on Anton is akin to igniting a bag of dog poop on your curmudgeonly neighbor's porch. You know what you're getting into and, hence, it's not really worth it. So to that end, I just wanna chime in here to establish the following premises:
- Anton and the latest (seventh perhaps?) incarnation of the Brian Jonestown Massacre are touring.
- The BJM are amazing live, under the conditions when everything goes to plan.
- Things have been on plan in the last couple of years.
Therefore, you should go see them (make haste!). Expect a cross-catalog setlist, at least one face-kick, and music that's better than the majority of what's coming out these days. Oh, and you lucky bastards who live on the Left Coast will get to witness our leather jacket-clad boys open for Primal "fuckin'" Scream! And I hate each and every one of you for this
03.16.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia #
03.17.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Filmore #
03.20.09 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
03.21.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
03.24.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
03.26.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Turner Hall
03.28.09 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
03.29.09 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
03.30.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
04.02.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Theater
04.03.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.04.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
04.06.09 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
04.07.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04.08.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
04.09.09 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04.10.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
04.11.09 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tones
04.13.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.14.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's
04.16.09 - Tempe, AZ - Club House
# Primal Scream
In related news, BJM member Matthew Tow's retro pop vehicle The Lovetones are set to release their latest album Dimensions stateside on February 24. As is the trend with most former and current members of BJM, The Lovetones are a solid modern interpretation of late-’60s baroque pop and smooth psychedelia. Certainly worth checking out whilst waiting for you opportunity to receive an Anton face-kick. Just kidding.
Okay, so first things first: According to a modest little rag called the New York Times, Sirius XM radio is preparing to file for a possible bankruptcy. Second things second: No, you’re not crazy, the two satellite-radio businesses did just merge in July 2008, and yes, that usually means that the new company should emerge with greater solvency than before. But apparently the extra-terrestrial nature of this whole business just means that the laws of nature just don’t apply, because the joint company hilariously remains in a $3.25 billion debt. This begs the question: is Stern’s creepy voice really worth launching literal fleets of satellites into outer space for?? I mean, besides, we all saw what happened in Independence Day with those satellites, right? Think about it.
Of course, Howard “turn around... show me, show us your rack... ohmygodlookatthat... so hot, so hot!” Stern isn’t the only culprit here; this has a lot to do with that whole credit squeeze deal as well. But the high price of “talent” like Stern and that whole firing-rockets-into-space thing ain’t exactly cheap. And while subscribers have been growing steadily, less people are currently buying cars, and thus less people are installing this not-much-better-sounding and much-more-expensive instrument in their car. Plus, attempts to lure a younger audience have so far been... well, you know, met with cynicism. Sirius XM also recently announced that there would be rate increases for new customers as the satellite radio company scrounged for more revenue. Sounds like “Sirius trouble,” am I right folks!? Gabba-gabba-hey!
While a bankruptcy announcement wouldn’t likely cause any service interruption for customers and rack-connoisseurs, the NYT reports that the company could ultimately be forced to terminate the contracts with Stern, Martha Stewart and others. Or... they could just combine those two shows, am I right!? High five?? No? Alright!
Anyway, back to this horrible situation that doesn’t affect me in any way: Sirius XM owes a $175 million payment on its massive debt by the end of this month, which the company likely will be unable to pay. However, this financial pinch has opened the door for satellite TV company Echostar (who already bought up $400 million of Sirius XM’s debt that was due in December 2008) to take over Sirius XM. Sirius chief executive Mel Karmazin and Echostar chief executive Charles W. Ergen are reportedly in talks to consider Sirius XM’s options and a possible takeover. Possibly via satellite! Hey, come on! High Five!
The War on Drugs to be won with Craig Finn’s gruff vocals.
Craig Finn ditches his day-job to help The War on Drugs.
The War on Drugs plumbs to new depths.
We’re losing The War on Drugs – desperate measures required.
We’re winning The War on Drugs –The Hold Steady recruited for massive celebration.
Want to fight The War on Drugs? Start writing lyrically detailed songs backed up with punchy guitar lines.
The War on Drugs takes their name from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) attempt to fight the proliferation of illicit narcotics throughout the United States. The Hold Steady is playing in support.
The War on Drugs tourdates:
02.19.09 - Oostende, Belgium - Manuscript
02.20.09 - Lille, France - L'Aeronef
02.21.09 - Clermont Ferrand, France - Nuits de Alligator
02.22.09 - Bordeaux, France - Le St X
02.24.09 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
02.25.09 - Evreux, France - Nuits de Alligator @ L'Abordage
02.26.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
02.27.09 - Groningen, NL - Vera
02.28.09 - Den Bosch, NL - W2
03.01.09 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.02.09 - Brussel, Belgium - Botanique
03.04.09 - Munchen, Germany - Orange House
03.05.09 - Leipzig, Germany - NATO
03.06.09 - Hannover, Germany - Cafe Glocksee
03.31.09 - Albany, NY - Valentine's #
04.01.09 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall #
04.03.09 - Urbana, IL - Courtyard Cafe #
04.04.09 - Bloomington, IN - Jakes Nightclub #
04.05.09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas #
04.06.09 - St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle #
04.07.09 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador #
04.08.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown #
04.10.09 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre #
04.11.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
04.13.09 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar #
04.14.09 - Stateline, NV - Harrah's Tahoe South Shore #
04.15.09 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's #
04.18.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge !
04.20.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.21.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
# The Hold Steady
! Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Kool Keith Tours, Makes Lingerie Company, Makes Porno Company, Makes Track with Tom Waits, Makes You Listen When He Urinates
Yes, Kool Keith is going on tour as Dr. Dooom starting February 17. Yes, he is starting his own lingerie company called KK Fashion. Yes, he is starting his own pornographic film company called KK Film. Yes, he is featured on a track off the new N.A.S.A. record, Spirit of Apollo, with Tom Waits. And yes, according to the track “That Girl is a Monster” off Keith’s latest album Dr. Dooom 2, quoth the doctor, “When I urinate, you listen.”
Sorry to write so bluntly, but I had to lay it down plain so you knew I wasn’t lying. And I wasn’t. But you know what, I bet you still weren’t at all surprised. Had it been Sufjan Stevens’ name in that headline, then yeah, it would have been surprising. But not Kool Keith. HipHopDX could break a story about Keith boning Roseanne on the altar of Artemis in the lost city of Atlantis and not a single eyelash would fall from my brow due to disbelieving blinks. My own mother could break down my door and frantically tell me how Kool Keith just beat Dan the Automator to death with a petrified otter tail and scarcely a trickle of Capri Sun would burst forth from my delicate lips. Kool Keith is a mind unchained, and I will never be shocked at anything he does until a genuine, honest-to-God spaceship is involved. Barring that, I will simply be delighted by every glorious curveball Kool Keith throws at the public.
Not much more needs to be said, except that Kool Keith’s sudden love for pornographic fashion comes from his distaste for the current state of smut apparel, and the porno(s) KK Films produces will feature a soundtrack by Keith himself comprised of unreleased material. Also, if any of ya’ll are interested in a role in one of Keith’s films, contact him at this here address. He’s currently looking for “upcoming, ethnic talent” to “take [pornography] to another level.” So if you wanna be filmed having sex in front of/with Kool Keith, this is your opportunity. Don’t waste it.
02.17.09 - Victoria, B.C. - Sugar
02.19.09 - Vancouver, B.C. - Richards On Richards
02.20.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
02.21.09 - Portland, OR - Berbatis Pan
02.22.09 - Bend, OR - The Domino Room
02.24.09 - Arcata, CA - Humbolt Brews
02.25.09 - Harlows- Sacramento, CA
02.26.09 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
02.27.09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
02.28.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.05.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.06.09 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Loft
03.07.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
03.08.09 - Augustine, FL - Harvest of Hope Festival
04.02.09 – Baltimore, MA – Sonar
04.03.09 – New York, NY – Blender Theatre at Gramercy
04.04.09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
04.16.09 – Minneapolis, MN – Whole Music Club
04.17.09 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
04.18.09 – Bloomington, IN – Jake’s Night Club
04.19.09 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Independent music hasn't been a "best kept secret" for years. Of course, it's great that independent musicians are finally getting mainstream recognition and making a living off their music, but it just sort of feels like The Twilight Zone lately. Indeed, the independent is no longer independent.
Case in point: independent musicians netted 56 of the overall 110 awards at this year's Grammy Awards. Notable independent wins include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss with their album Raising Sand earning Album of the Year, and of course now-indie favorites Radiohead grabbing Best Alternative Album with their pay-what-you-please album In Rainbows (TMT Review). Good work, team indie!
Now, it will really be time to reconsider the state of “indie music” when Animal Collective get what they deserve and take home next year's Album of the Year Grammy for Merriweather Post Pavilion (TMT Review) and when Stephen Malkmus serves as MC of the show.
Being the biggest electronica duo in the world does have its perks -- in this case, teaming up with major soft drink companies to design a new bottle, for example. Thankfully, Justice totally prefers Coke to Pepsi, and so does So Me, the designer who helped them out (and also the same guy that designs Ed Banger Records cover art and directed Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” and Kanye West’s “Good Life” videos).
Unfortunately, Justice’s new Coke design is only available for sale in European dance clubs and the unveiling of the new bottle already happened last week at the VIP Room in Paris. Bummer! But if you still want to get in on all of this action, here is a list of other musicians who have decided to jump on the $oda-pop bandwagon:
- Crystal Castles are trying to revive Crystal Pepsi.
- Juggalo’s unite! Insane Clown Posse is still shilling for Faygo.
- Limp Bizkit’s reunion tour is going to be sponsored by EXTREME Mountain EXTREME Dew EXTREME BRO!
- Guns N' Roses are giving away free Dr. Pep—oh, shit, nevermind.
The religious right have found an unlikely hero in Eddie Argos, Art Brut’s frontman who glorifies in sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Songs about erectile dysfunction, pills that “taste like shit,” and “bending and folding” one’s girlfriend haven’t been enough to dampen Southerners’ enthusiasm for the British band’s bout with the devil on May 12.
Argos hopes to overwhelm Satan with punky guitars, vivid lyrics, and a “fuck you” attitude, directed by Black Francis’ “do whatever the fuck you want” conduction. Satan was unavailable for comment, but a spokesperson did say His Wickedness hoped to defeat Art Brut with a combination of The Velvet Underground, some rusted guns of Milan, the citizens of the St Pauli district of Hamburg, and a secretary at Holden & Sons named Emily Kane.
1. Alcoholics Unanimous
2. DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake
3. The Passenger
4. Am I Normal?
5. What a Rush.
6. Demons Out!
7. Slap Dash for No Cash
8. The Replacements
9. Twist and Shout
10. Summer Job
11. Mysterious Bruises
Björk’s Voltaic Box Set Combines Thrill of Volta Live Show with Great New Way to Spend Lots of Money
Attention Björk completists! Did you not get enough of her latest full-length Volta in album format? Was experiencing the Icelandic superstar's live show awesome, yet somehow lacking? Well, ladies and germs, allow me to present you with the astonishing news of Voltaic, the unholy combination of Volta and several live performances of material from Volta, all in one beautifully packaged, ultra comprehensive box set.
Voltaic currently has a mystery release date, although the official Björk website says probably sometime in March. The release will be available in standard, deluxe, and deluxe vinyl versions. What exactly this reallllly means is currently up in the air, but details are promised soon. What we do know is that the release has material from live shows in Paris and Reykjavik, as well as a studio recording OF the live set, done in London. Wrap your mind around that! Voltaic will be formatted in the following ways:
- Disc One (CD) Songs From The Volta Tour Performed Live At Olympic Studios
- Disc Two (DVD) The Volta Tour Live In Paris, Live in Reykjavik
- Disc Three (DVD) The Volta Videos and the video competition
- Disc Four (CD) The Volta Mixes.
And bonus: If you make your way through the entire four-disc set during the hours between midnight and sunrise on the Summer Solstice, a mystical troll will guide you through a magical land of neon geysers and talking trees! That's only with the deluxe edition, though.
Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Roundup: Fischerspooner Still Exist, Mastodon Release Limited-Edition Set, Meat Puppets To Release New Album, Athens PopFest Cancelled
Hey ya’ll. Today is a good day. It’s Friday. I ate some awesome Korean food. I’m going to see Dr. Dog and some of my friends' bands play. And today I found out that Neil Diamond has a Twitter. (I also follow MC Hammer and Chris Cornell.) Anyway, on to the news!
- May 5, 2009 marks the release of Fischerspooner’s LP Entertainment, four years after what's-it-called came out. Yo, it’s been a while. It was produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Sounds) and will be released on their label, FS Studios.
- Mastodon has created a special Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition of their new LP Crack The Skye, due March 24 on Warner Bros. The set includes Crack The Skye on CD, a DVD documenting the making of the new record, a photo gallery, and track-by-track band commentary. You can pre-order the set at the band's website. Meanwhile, if you happen to live in Atlanta or near by, you can catch them at the Rock Fest, which also features Neurosis, High On Fire, Harvey Milk, Boris, and a bunch of other shit that will make your face melt off. While I only live an hour a way, I can’t go because my mom is in town. Ugh.
- The Meat Puppets will release their new album Sewn Together on May 12, 2009 via Megaforce Records. If you happen to be at SXSW next month, you can catch some new stuff at Stubbs on March 19.
- And finally, Athens PopFest 2009 has been cancelled. I heard they planned on taking a year off anyway, and it seems this would be the year to do it (gotta save some green, yo). So if you planned on packing your teddy-bear backpack and slipping on your argyle socks to head down to Athens this summer and rock out to some twee, don’t. But it will be back next year!
Till next week, chumps.
Times New Viking, leaders of the newest made-up genre, shit-gaze, will be paying tribute tomorrow (Saturday) to one of the genre's pioneers, The Velvet Undground. Most people may not think of the Velvet Underground as a shit-gaze band, but their first two records, along with maybe records by the Godz, were among the most poorly-recorded records of the ’60s. Why? Because you had people like Lou Reed messin' shit up behind the mixing board. Today? In Times New Viking's case, we have Matt Horsehit, or Mike "Rep."
Times New Viking will take the stage tomorrow night, February 14, at the Mershon Auditorium in Columbus's Wexner Center, as part of the closing party for the "Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms" exhibition. They will be joined by a few local legends, including C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) and Mike "Rep"(Mike "Rep" and the Quotas) to fill out the Velvets' sound. The night will kick off with fellow shit-gaze jammers Psychedelic Horseshit.
Anyone wanna be my valentine's date?