Judge Sentences Noise Violaters to Listen to Barry Manilow, And I Want To Know Who Your Personal Barry Manilow Is

Are you a Barry Manilow fan planning on committing a noise violation? You should probably do it somewhere in the jurisdiction of Colorado’s Fort Lupton Municipal Court, where citizens who receive noise complaints suffer a particularly unique punishment. Judge Paul Sacco, tired of repeat offenders despite fines, devised a plan wherein offenders must sit in a room for one hour while Barry Manilow and/or the Barney theme song blasts from speakers at high volume. Apparently, this has actually worked – repeat offenses are on the decline.

Sure, this is funny, but what about you, lovely TMT reader? If someone wanted to effectively punish you with the music you’d least like to hear on repeat for an hour, what should they play? Tell me here, and I will compile a special-edition Tiny Mix Tape of the music our readers think are the most annoying. Unless anyone has a better idea for how to put it to use, I’ll play it to reprimand Mango Starr every time he gets lazy and does one of those fill-in-the-blanks tour announcements he’s grown so fond of lately.

Sam Beam to Produce Next Rosie Thomas Album, Sam Beam’s Beard to Play Bass

Shocker Alert: Seattle Indie-Folker Rosie Thomas is planning on enlisting Indie-folker Sam Beam, who of course fronts the Indie-Folk outfit Iron and Wine, to produce her Indie-Folk follow-up to 2006's Indie-Folk affair These Friends of Mine. Hey, sometimes you’ve just gotta think outside the box, man.

Thomas, who is currently touring in support of her recently-released Christmas album, A Very Rosie Chistmas, claims that this totally radical, totally experimental, and highly unorthodox collaboration has been brewing for some time, critics be damned. "We've been talking about doing it for a year," Thomas said. "I think it's going to be different because we write different kinds of things [ed: ?!?]. I'm just going to come up with a bunch of songs, and when I like them I'm going to give them to him and he's going to start putting them together musically." (I wonder who used to do that job before...)

Uh, but yeah, in all fairness, Thomas does have a slightly different vibe planned this time around. Namely, she intends to “move the rhythm up a bit... go for a more soul-filled feeling" on her forthcoming tunes, which she says comes, of all people, at the behest of the dowdy, flannel-wearing Beam. "He was really pushing me for years; ‘I want you to write that Motown record you've always wanted to write,’" notes Thomas, who apparently also can’t believe that Sam Beam likes R&B. "I just start laughing, 'cause it's like, ‘Sam, look at you. You have a beard. How can I go to you to write this kind of stuff?' But I know he has it in him. It'll be fun, regardless." Well, it can’t be that hard, Rosie. This guy seems to manage just fine.

Thomas says she's written a few things already but plans to start working in earnest after the New Year, when she goes to either New York, Los Angeles, or Nashville to hunker down. "I tend to need to get away to write, get out of my comfort zone," she explains. "That's when I feel most creative." Yeah. Me too, Rosie. Say, I think I’ll get away after the New Year and maybe ask the label to fly me on down to... oh wait, I have a day job.

A Very Rosie Christmas Tour:

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

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Are you older than 21?

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Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

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Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

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Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

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As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

You're almost done! Now, I know you're extremely anxious to see which of the above albums make the final list (I'm especially excited to see the top 10), and I know we didn't mention this before you started the poll, but we'll need your demographic information before you can submit your albums.

Demographic Information (Please check all that apply):


Are you older than 21?

Are you female?

Have you completed high school?

Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

Do you own a car? If so, what kind/model?

Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

Have you had sex?

Do you know if any of your sex partners liked Diet Coke?

Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

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As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Wow, so many albums released this year and so little time! That's why we need YOU, TMT reader, to help us choose THE BEST albums of the year. Once you vote, we'll tabulate them all and then reveal the list December 15. Ready to do this? Great! Without any explanation, here are the albums you can choose from (in alphabetical order):

Favorite Albums of 2008 (Please rate on a scale 1-5):

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Daniel Menche / Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash

Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms

Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [OST]

Kemialliset Ystävät - Harmaa Laguuni

MoHa! - One-Way Ticket to Candyland

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Paavoharju - Laulu Laakson Kukista

Per Nørgård - String Quartets No. 7-10

Valerio Cosi - Heavy Electronic Pacific Rock

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

You're almost done! Now, I know you're extremely anxious to see which of the above albums make the final list (I'm especially excited to see the top 10), and I know we didn't mention this before you started the poll, but we'll need your demographic information before you can submit your albums.

Demographic Information (Please check all that apply):


Are you older than 21?

Are you female?

Have you completed high school?

Do you make under $25,000 a year?

Are you married?

Do you own/have children?

Do you own a smartphone? If so, which one?

Do you read mobile content on your cell phone?

Do you own a video game console? If so, which one?

Do you own a car? If so, what kind/model?

Do you think Swiss Miss hot chocolate is delcious?

Have you had sex?

Do you know if any of your sex partners liked Diet Coke?

Have you masturbated on a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress?

Would you purchase a TMT compilation that benefits the victims in Darfur?

Do you support and/or hate refugees?

Have you seen the Gus Van Sant film Milk yet?

Have you seen both Milk and Ang Lee's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain?

When is abortion wrong? When is it right?

Do you know how to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a Fender guitar?

Do you consider yourself a good "target market"?

What is your sister's phone number:

Do you have hair and/or like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?

Do you promise to click on Snapple ads if you see them on this website?

Thanks for completing the survey!

----

As a thank you, TMT is now offering you the chance to go check out Blip Festival 2008, which is set to take place this week, December 4-7, at Brooklyn's The Bell House. The four-day event features nearly 40 musicians and artists. These dudes must know a thing or two about computers and video games, as this crazy fest is designed to celebrate the chipmusic phenomenon. We can't offer you free tickets or anything, but we're at the very least telling you about it. Besides, it's only $15/day. And since you were so kind to provide us with your personal information, we'll even give you a link: http://blipfestival.org/2008

Tokyo Police Club Tour in December, February, And March – No Word Yet On January

Because of the famous company Tokyo Police Club have been keeping lately, I feel kinda like a writer for Us Weekly. OMFG Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)! That guy from Blink-182 (Angels & Airwaves, Blink 182)! Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives Sports Night)! Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, The Golden Girls)! These are just a few of the beautiful people who TPC have met during a busy 2008. Some 2008 highlights? Releasing their Saddle Creek debut album, Elephant Shell (TMT Review), embarking on headlining tours, playing half-full U.S. arenas while opening for alt-nerd-rockers Weezer, and guestspotting as a band not named Tokyo Police Club on Desperate Housewives.

Even with all those accomplishments in 2008, you'd think the band would take the rest of the year off. Nope. Instead, the band is set to start another little tour following an appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on December 10. This tour will take them to Canada with fellow syrup-drinking leaf-lovers Metric, The Dears, and Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains.

The band's pace for 2009 seems to mirror that of 2008, as they have just announced a U.S. tour beginning February 24 in Providence, RI that runs for about three weeks and covers about two-thirds of the States. Harlem Shakes, Ra Ra Riot, and Born Ruffians, respectively, will open those shows. After the tour is over, the band will begin work on the follow-up to Elephant Shell.

Tourdates:

RIP: Odetta Holmes, Folk Singer, “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”

From YouTube:

From the LA Times:

Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was 77.

She was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for a checkup in mid-November but went into kidney failure. She died there Tuesday of heart disease, her manager, Doug Yeager, told the Associated Press.

With a repertoire that included 19th century slave songs and spirituals as well as the topical ballads of such 20th century folk icons as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Odetta became one of the most beloved figures in folk music.

She was said to have influenced the emergence of artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman.

- Odetta Wikipedia entry
- MC Records

Franz Ferdinand, Perhaps the Most Innovative Band of All-Time, Start Their North American Tour Today

Avant-garde noise act Franz Ferdinand are back with their cutting-edge music -- that is, if you can call it "music." Innovative, radical, revolutionary, experimental, spearheading, trailblazing, trendsetting -- these are just some of the words that immediately spring to mind when I think of the group's forward-thinking sounds. When all is said and done, Franz Ferdinand is a singularity in the music universe.

Don't have a way to play their non-categorizable "music" at home? You's in luck: Franz Ferdinand are touring North America starting today and, by the end of the year, will find themselves on the festival circuit before ending with a couple UK shows in January 2009. Expect to see lead Ferdinand-er Alex Kapranos consume narcotics, self-mutilate, verbally abuse the audience, expose himself, and leap off the stage. Their shows are so exciting.

Kid Midnight Emerges From 5 Years of Cryogenic Freezing: “I Can’t Believe That I Live In A World Where Digital Sales Are Higher Than Physical CD Sales!”

Duh.

Atlantic Records made history recently when it became the first major label record to announce that its digital sales were 1% higher than revenue accrued from physical CD sales! For all you mathphobics out there, this means that digital sales earned a whopping 51% of total revenue.

For those of you who have been living in some dark cave, their parents’ basement, or decided to chill out and spend a couple years frozen solid (like me), “MP3s,” as they call them, have steadily been on the rise as the prime format for music storage. Whether it be through legal or illegal means, anyone with half a brain knows that a growing segment of the population, including tech-savvy hipsters and SUV-driving hockey moms alike, have been buying up “MP3 players,” collecting “ringtones,” and “downloading” their music from online sources like “Rhapsody” or, say, “iTunes.”

Warner Music Group announced that their digital revenues rose by 39%, topping out at 639 million doll hairs in the previous fiscal year. Julie Greenwald, president of Atlantic Records, had this to say: “I think we’ve figured [music] out.”

So, what next? Will physical CD sales continue to decline? Does this signal the end of the album? Will the next Ironman movie be as good as the first? Will CDs become a thing of the past, joining vinyl records as a niche market? Will record stores die out only to be replaced by online download stations and boutique clothing shops? Who knows!

Only time will tell where mankind goes from here. Onward and Upwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard!!

Caribou to Donate Majority of His $20k Polaris Prize Money

For someone who's named himself after majestic deer and a lush foresty Canadian province -- not to mention a sample and title songs that deal with nature -- it's no surprise that Dan Snaith would want to save the earth. And since he's also a part-time teacher, Snaith seems like the kind of guy who likes to give rather than receive.

Appropriately, Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, announced last week that he will donate a majority of his $20,000 Polaris Prize money he won for 2007's Andorra (TMT Review), keeping only a small portion to fund his forthcoming album. The money will be given to environmental non-profit Ecojustice and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

"I have always thought of Canada as an environmentally progressive place... however, recently the Canadian government has acted as a global obstacle to climate action. In a study this year Canada ranked 29th out of 30 industrialized nations for tackling climate change," Snaith said, remarking on his choice of giving to Ecojustice. Meanwhile, The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a project-based charity helping communities affected by the AIDS epidemic throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Heck of a guy, that Snaith. Hopefully the money given to Ecojustice will be invested in getting real legislative efforts to come to fruition, not in another Live Earth (Sorry, Al).