The latest chapter in the saga of the internet's leaky faucet and Thunderdome of publicity stunts features a rather unusual, rather awesome story from Mogwai.
Our favorite stalwart purveyors of doom are not deterred by several tracks of the triumphantly-titled The Hawk is Howling racing through the blogosphere, but rather a ‘leaked,’ unfavorable Pitchfork review. The band posted on their official site: "Dear dear me, it seems that there has been a second unfortunate Mogwai related leak this week. This was forwarded to us by an anonymous source, it is the unedited Pitchfork.com review of The Hawk Is Howling."
However, akin to Mogwai's technicolor shroud of mystery, it seems entirely probable that Mogwai wrote the review themselves, insofar as most of the writing is not in the typical dissertation-esque format. For example, the supposed Pitchfork writer dives into album epilogue "The Precipice" by lamenting how "guitars curlicue around the pounding of mannish tom-toms like the garland of graying pubic hair around your uncle's boner… [they] offer you a lollipop and the promise of videogames, the ghost of Slint dulling your senses into a glassy-eyed hypnosis, until you realize that Mogwai are fucking you, fucking you, fucking you." In "Thank You Space Expert," Mogwai "absently strike their guitars, glockenspiels and who-diddly-dang-bangles."
Moreover, sarcastic jabs alluding to common criticisms of Pitchfork reviews are spread throughout ("I should note here that I will simply use the term ‘music’ in this review... no time for useless genre struggles"). The most compelling evidence, however, is that none of the credited authors in this particular review are listed on Pitchfork's staff masthead.
If it is real, Pitchfork should up their QA standards. However, since Mogwai has often demonstrated their sense of humor throughout their discography, I'll put my money on saying that this is a pretty hilarious prank from our favorite cheeky Scots. It appears as Pitchfork might be on the same shitlist as Blur, especially considering the hate brought in its review of Mr. Beast.
Look for the new "Pitchfork is Shite" shirts at the merch booth as they kick tires, light fires, et al. across North America with Fuck Buttons:
Last week, a lot of us were watching Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech. But unlike you, I was hanging out with Matt and Kim at the same time. All three of us were pretty drunk (Matt makes some mean screwdrivers), which led me to convincing both of them to dress up as Barack and Michelle Obama for the first show of their tour on Halloween. I know it sounds pretty cliché, but just imagine “Barack” and “Michelle” doing all of this. Now that’s patriotism.
Change we can believe in:
Dark Meat Set Out on North American Tour; Athens, GA Food Service Industry to Suffer Critical Understaffing
Flower children, gather ‘round — I have an announcement. The 17-piece psychedelic symphony (oh hey, cacophony is almost, like, the same word?!) known as Dark Meat (TMT Interview) will be rolling out the ol' 1972 GMC coach for a 21-date tour of the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada in support of the re-release of Universal Indians on Vice Records. Yes, it’s sad but true. For the months of September and October, stages will seem a little emptier, keyboards will have 170 less fingers tinkling on them, and bands all over Athens will limp sadly through their sets, as members fall prey to the Pied Piper’s call of the Dark Meat. But seriously, who’s going to make my latte?
For the First Time in Ten Years, James Chance and the Contortions Will Flip Faces in NYC, Also Plan New Album
Hot on the heels of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks’ June reunion concert, the hardest working man in No Wave, James Chance and his indispensable Contortions, will take the stage for the first time in a decade at New York’s City’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center this Saturday (August 30). Chance’s longtime collaborator Robert Aaron as well three original contortionists round out the band’s latest incarnation, but Chance has dedicated the evening’s performance to the Contortions’ original guitarist, the late Jerry Agony.
With 2008 marking the 30th anniversary of the legendary Brian Eno-curated No New York compilation, No Wave has managed to once again subvert its way back into the unpopular consciousness. Along with these two recent reunions, this year Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and journalist Byron Coley published a memoir about the genre titled No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York 1976-1980. Also in ’08, the entire recorded catalog of No New York alumnus Mars was finally released in a clean, non-water damaged format, via the 31-minute long Mars LP.
In addition to such confrontational classics as “Contort Yourself” and “I Can’t Stand Myself,” The Contortions will perform new songs from a forthcoming album. At the moment, there are no further details about the new record nor has the group announced any plans for a tour, but if this 2008 No Wave renaissance keeps cooking, in a few months James Chance and his impeccable coif might just stroll into your town! Keep your fingers crossed, America!
What do musicians like more than drugs? Sex, of course! Now, every rock ‘n’ roll bad boy’s dreams are about to come true, as TrojanÂ® Brand Condoms is asking musicians to apply for its Trojan Artists Grants program.
But what exactly do condoms have to do with grants? According to Billboard, Trojan is asking each grant recipient to write a song that encourages the public to use a condom when they have sexual intercourse. I can almost hear it now: a country-tinged ballad from Michael Gira (with backing vocals from Joanna Newsom) about putting on a glove before you make love. Or The Hold Steady's Craig Finn writing an ode to his gigantic penis and how he uses Trojan Magnum’s before drunkenly sticking it inside a groupie. Sound like hits to me!
Grants for the program range from $3,000 to $4,000, and each project that Trojan funds will be posted on a website in partnership with MTV. The deadline for applications is September 5. Think you can do better than Craig Finn? Applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ghost-sounding, cross-dressing phenomenon that is Antony and The Johnsons will release the Another World EP October 5 on Secretly Canadian (October 6 via Rough Trade Records in the UK). Let's refer to the press release for some musical descriptions: "On the environmentally conscious title track, ‘Another World,’ describes a place that is disappearing. Antony’s inimitable voice, mesmerizing piano and intimate arrangements punctuate the ideas on the EP. ‘Shake that Devil’ showcases his bluesy wail and its drone is soon replaced with a driving vintage R&B beat that illustrates the lyrics’ ferocity."
The cover of the EP features a portrait of butoh co-founder and Japanese dance legend Kazuo Ohno, taken by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps in 1984 at Paris Theatre du Chatelet. Ohno is known for using grotesque imagery and wearing white body makeup as a part of butoh. And you can bet this cover will have people saying "Ohno he didn't!"
Sorry for this interruption, but our sources at TMT have just unearthed some breaking news. Apparently, Billy Corgan has announced that his music should now and forever be labeled as "American Gothic." Yep, that's "American Gothic" music.
Once again, I apologize for this news break. We now return to less important news that does not concern Billy Corgan's ego.
Antony and The Johnsons have announced special live performances with orchestras at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall and New York's Apollo Theatre in conjunction with the EP's release. The EP will precede the forthcoming album, The Crying Light, which is due in January 2009.
Another World tracklist:
From John Moloney of Sunburned Hand of the Man:
Adam Nodelman - member of Sunburned Hand of the Man - died suddenly on Monday August, 25, 2008
Adam Nodelman, age 43, married and father of 3 girls, died suddenly at his Woodstock, NY home on Monday, August 25th. The cause of death is yet to be determined. Adam had a huge heart and the musical energy of 10 men. This is a huge loss for his family and friends. Memorial services and events are being planned right now for New York City, the Woodstock Area, and Western Massachusetts to commemorate his life and celebrate Adam's life.
If anyone has any photos or video of Adam please contact us at email@example.com
we'll send information regarding the memorial as soon as it comes in.
Adam began playing with BORBETOMAGUS at age 18 in 1984. He appeared on LIVE IN ALLENTOWN(RECENTLY REISSUED), 7 REASONS FOR TEARS,and FISH THY SPARKLING BUBBLE He joined MISSING FOUNDATION IN 1987 appearing on various recordings, he was in MOTHERHEAD BUG with DAVID OUIMET, he joined the west coast band CRASH WORSHIP in 1996-97. Since 2005, Nodelman has been a core member of SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN & FRANKLIN'S MINT and appears on ton's of each band's recent recordings and live shows. Adam has been a sometimes member of Bunny Brains in the past year, and In 2008, Adam became the front man of the pioneer valley assault band - SHITSWEAT.
Check out this amazing performance of Nodelman in Shitsweat from earlier this month:
Stay tuned for updates on memorials, possible donations, and more.
Washington, DC- based duo Thievery Corporation, featuring Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, blend dub, downtempo, and trip-hop styles with various forms of so-called "world music." Having released its last proper album, The Cosmic Game in 2005, the group is now set to release a brand new album, Radio Retaliation, September 23 via ESL Music.
In the past, Garza and Hilton have called upon numerous artists to collaborate with them on their endeavors. Radio Retaliation plans to follow suit by featuring Brazilian artist Seu Jorge, Indian sitar player Anushka Shankar, and Slovakian violinist Jana Andevska on some of the tracks. Long-term Thievery Corporation contributors Sleepy Wonder, LouLou, Notch, Zee, and Verny Varela plan to make appearances on the LP as well.
The new album promises to be fairly political in nature, with Rob Garza stating, “It’s hard to close your eyes and sleep while the world is burning around you. If you are an artist, this is the most essential time to speak up.”
To promote the album, Thievery Corporation will work with networking powerhouses Facebook and iLike. And just to make sure they're all up-to-date with the digital world, a pre-release of Radio Retaliation is scheduled for September 9 via iTunes.
iTunes Back Online in China After Olympic Censorship Bout, Great Firewall of China Becomes First Man-programmed Structure Visible from Cyberspace
After over a week of not being able to download the various Queen, AC/DC, Smashmouth, and Chumbawamba songs necessary to excel during the final moments of this year’s 2008 Bejing Summer Olympic Games, users in mainland China can finally once again access iTunes. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked in China last week, after it became apparent that Olympic athletes in Beijing had been using the store for its, you know, intended purpose and downloading things -- specifically, a compilation called Songs for Tibet. The individual page for downloading Songs for Tibet, however, remains blocked on iTunes, as well as on the U.S. site Amazon.com for Chinese users.
The 20-track compilation was released by the U.S.-based Art of Peace Foundation August 5 to coincide with the beginning of the 2008 Summer Olympics and was offered as a free download to all participating athletes. A statement accompanying the release reads: "Wearing an iPod, a simple yet powerful symbol of personal freedom, provides Olympic athletes with an acceptable way to make a statement about the repressive atmosphere of the Games and express support for free expression."
But following an additional statement released by the Art of Peace Foundation August 18, which revealed that over 40 Olympic athletes had downloaded the album, users in China began reporting problems with accessing iTunes, citing the Chinese Government's infamous internet censorship as the source of the problem.
An article posted on China.org.cn (an official government news site) August 8 stated that the album had "ignited strong indignation" among Chinese web users. According to the article, "the angry netizens are rallying together to denounce Apple in offering Songs for Tibet for purchase. They have also expressed a wish to ban the album's singers and producers, most notably Sting, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews, from entering China." Uh, but not Queen or AC/DC or Smashmouth or Chumbawamba, so that’s good at least.
On second thought, maybe Chumbawamba.
Radiohead is playing the last show of their North American tour in Santa Barbara, CA tonight and have decided to treat us to a live webcast of the performance. Sweet deal.
Earlier today, a message was posted on Dead Air Space telling us to prepare our media players (you know, just in case). A couple of hours later, the post was updated with a message from bassist, all-around cool guy Colin Greenwood:
Hello! To celebrate the end of a brilliant tour, we're going to webcast the last show here in America. We'll be playing live in Santa Barbara, at the Bowl. It's one of our favourite places to play; I think we've ended tours there before, once even playing a cover of ' cinnamon girl '. It's not too big, in fact it's very intimate, a small arena with a dirt floor, set in pretty countryside. It should be a special night, for lots of reasons, and we're going to try and share as much of it as we can on the webcast. Nigel, our producer, will be helping out getting it to you, so if it goes wrong....It's live!
Thank you so much to everyone who's come and seen us this year; it has truly been the most special and exciting tour for all of us.
Webcast details to follow...
We'll try to keep you posted with updates, but you should know the show starts at 6:30 PST (Liars are opening!). Let's just hope the occasion is the last show of this North American tour, not the end of all of them.