Being from the Midwest, I have always been an ampersand/umlaut kind of guy. That is, until I recently discovered the true nature of East coast men. While in a New Jersey rest stop, I was abruptly harassed by a group of truckers, who catcalled to me "Hey, little sexy white boy. Wanna play swords in my truck?" I had never been so insulted. Before calling the cops, I noticed a symbol on their hats -- BOYZZZ.
Once I was back to the normality of Indiana, I decided to write my "Monthly Letter Written in Blood" to a group of musicians called Parenthetical Girls, known as (((GRRRLS))) to hyper-sensitive fans.
I hope you go on tour soon with Au. That'd be cool beans. Hey, before you map out the tour, I'd like to warn you from traveling to the East coast. It consists of a bunch of curly bracket boys there, and they have really huge obelisks.
Your Fan and Monthly Blood Writer,
And what do you know, Parenthetical Girls will be staying on the West Coast, close to their home of Portland, Oregon, for a short tour in support of their contribution to the David Horvitz 7-inch Picture Series. Their song from the series, a cover of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's "Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)," is currently streaming on the Slender Means Society site.
* PWRFL POWER & Au
^ Abe Vigoda
~ Los Campesinos!
Forgotten Chinese Zodiac, Year of The Dance Party, Continues To Reign Supreme As Hot Chip Announce September North American Tour; Tickets On Sale TODAY
At this point, my coffee is cold because I neglected it when I checked my email and then talked to my mom on the phone. Then I sent some texts and waited for answers, but when no one replied, I figured I would start writing this article. Then as soon as Microsoft Word opened, I got a text, so I read it and then replied and then they read it and replied, and now it turns out I'm going to an ’80s dance party in the city where everyone's going to be wearing tube tops and doing lines of coke off bellies in the bathroom.
Now if that doesn't have everything to do with Hot Chip's newly announced September North American tour -- tickets on sale today May 23 -- then I don't know what does. Having released their latest album, Made In The Dark (TMT Review), this past February, Hot Chip are geared up and ready to tour with the material made explicitly with live shows in mind, which means you can expect to dance a lot harder than I will tonight, sequin tub-tops aside.
Full tourdates, including the new North American dates:
Suck on This, Bono; Thievery Corporation Attempt To Save the World, Still Have Time To Make and Support Good Music, Tour Outernationally
They are not ready for shows on the moon. In fact, outernationally actually means within the United States, but this experience is far more intellectual than geographic for Thievery Corporation. For six carefully selected live dates this summer, dubbed the Outernational Music Tour, the band will serve not only as performers but curators in this educational music endeavor.
Assembling an extremely worldly bunch for the occasion, Thievery Corporation have invited Brazilian artists Seu Jorge and Bebel Gilberto, Argentinean soul musician Federico Aubele, and Venezuelan funk band Los Amigos Invisibles to play alongside well-known favorites TV On The Radio, Ladytron, and Gnarls Barkley. Indie rock and world music colliding? How disgustingly bohemian. But with the expert international electronic purveyors of Thievery Corporation playing tastemaker and host, it sounds crazy, but it just might work.
With a broader endgame than eclectic musical flavor, the tour will also feature representatives from the United Nations World Food Programme to support the "global outlook" of the concert series. The World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian group, will aim to raise the awareness of concertgoers about the global hunger crisis and, of course, get their celebrity partners in Thievery Corporation on the cover of Time magazine.
Do your part:
06.20.08 - Greek Theatre - San Francisco CA (with Bebel Gilberto, Los Amigos Invisibles and Federico Aubele)
06.21.08 - Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino - Las Vegas NV (with Gnarls Barkley and Bebel Gilberto)
06.22.08 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles CA (with Bebel Gilberto, Los Amigos Invisibles and Federico Aubele)
06.24.08 - Stubb's BBQ - Austin TX (with Ocote Soul Sounds)
06.26.08 - SummerStage - New York NY (with Bebel Gilberto, Turntables on the Hudson and Federico Aubele)
06.28.08 - Merriweather Pavilion - Washington DC (with TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Turntables on the Hudson and Federico Aubele)
“Re-Issue! Re-Package! Re-Package! Re-Evaluate the songs!” The Red Krayola Re-Issue Jim O’Rourke’s Re-Mix of Fingerpainting, Re-Named Fingerpointing
Some things just take time to bore their way into your pleasure center. Take Jim O’Rourke’s original mix of The Red Krayola’s Fingerpainting album, recently revisited and to be reissued by Drag City in July as Fingerpointing. For some reason, O’Rourke allegedly spoke to The Frothy Knob, the favored magazine of brewing and recording enthusiasts everywhere, about the evolution of his work on the album:
“In 1999, I was collected by Mayo Thompson from the cool, crisp catchment areas around Players Hill Summit, an area in Illinois known for a certain purity and softness that tends to breed musicians particularly suited to mixing acts, and especially atypical ones like The Red Krayola. I was brought to Treehouse Studio, and in the grand tradition of 17th century Huguenot engineers, I vigorously mixed a mash of songs, which we called ‘wort’ at that point. We transferred it from filtering vessels to 20-ton storage kettles and I added hops and some other shit to the brew, giving it a pleasant tanginess, but a bit of an uncompromising taste. The Red Krayola did not use my finished mix of its Fingerpainting album. They also called me a ‘spaced-out twiddly wanksta.’
“So we left the mix to ferment and allowed the songs to mature and condition for nine years. Brewmaster Thompson uncovered the long-forgotten version while cleaning out the trunk of his car, and after playing it again, he and Drag City both liked what they heard. I’m happy that this record has been rediscovered so that people can experience the rich texture of my mix, which contains songs, ‘freak out’ interludes, and contributions from Frederick Bathleme, Steve Cunningham, David Grubbs, George Hurley, Albert Oehlen, Stephen Prina, Elisa Randazzo, Mayo Thompson, Tom Watson, Sandy Yang, Thompson, and myself. Drag City is dedicated to this variant and will release the album I recorded, now called Fingerpointing, to an eager audience July 22. It will be a limited edition, but hopefully all connoisseurs of the craft, from the pub down the road to the farthest point in the antipodes, will be able to get a copy.”
Drink up bitches! Yes, we’re Fingerpointing at you!
2. Bad Medicine
4. There There Betty Betty
6. Vile Vile Grass
9. In My Baby’s Ruth
Treasure Island: A Grocery Store, A Casino, A Robert Louis Stevenson Novel, And Now A Music Festival Too!
Maybe it’s because I don’t live in San Francisco, but I had never heard of the Treasure Island Music Festival until a few days ago, when the lineup for the 2nd annual edition was announced.
I had, however, heard of the following Treasure Islands:
- The casino/hotel in Las Vegas
- The famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson about pirates
- The grocery store in Chicago (now with seven locations!)
- The furniture store chain in New York and New Jersey, which apparently filed for bankruptcy two-and-a-half years ago
But, none of those are as important as the music festival, so let’s get down to the details, shall we?
The Treasure Island Music Festival takes place September 20-21 on an island in the middle of the San Francisco bay. Pretty sweet, I know. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 30 at 10 AM via the festival’s website. It costs $65 for single day tickets and $115 for two-day passes. In addition to a sweet lineup, the two-day celebration will also feature interactive activities for the audience, including a Ferris wheel, a vending village featuring local artists and designers, and a wide array of food and beverages.
And no story about a festival would be complete without a lineup, so here it is:
- Saturday, September 20:
Justice / TV On The Radio / Goldfrapp / Hot Chip / CSS / Antibalas / Aesop Rock / Amon Tobin / Foals / Mike Relm / Nortec: Bostich + Fussible
- Sunday, September 21:
The Raconteurs / Tegan & Sara / Vampire Weekend / Spiritualized / Okkervil River / Tokyo Police Club / The Kills / Dr. Dog / John Vanderslice / The Dodos / Fleet Foxes
Spoon, defined by Wikipedia as “Indie Rock,” will soon be touring in support of their new EP, Don’t You Evah. They have decided to tour almost exclusively in cities that already have an abundance of good shows on any given night, which is really cool. The lone exception is some place called “Troutdale,” a cozy little Oregon town which has its own blog.
The band released Don’t You Evah last month on Merge. It's 87.5% “Don’t You Evah” or a variant thereof, and features some oddly hot cover art. You can pick up a copy at any of the following dates, your local record store, or, if you really hate the band and want personal responsibility for their starvation, you can download it.
Dates dates dates dates dates:
* Beck and MGMT
$ Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Spiritualized
$ Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Spiritualized
Attention Torrent Sites I’m On: Comcast Is Throttling All BitTorrent Traffic All the Time; Still Sorry About My Ratio, Though
A couple of weeks ago, TorrentFreak reported on a new plugin that compared the rate of a person’s torrent traffic to the rest of their online traffic. The developers of the plugin have released some cool, eye-catching charts and graphs using the data they collected.
The upswing of all that boring crap is that Comcast, the largest cable television company and second largest ISP, lied to the FCC a couple months back, claiming they only throttle “excessive” traffic “during periods of peak network congestion.” About a month later, Comcast claimed they would “slow traffic for those users who consume the most bandwidth” and not “slow traffic by certain types of applications.” As you might have guessed, the aforementioned boring charts prove otherwise, pretty much unequivocally
At least the jig is definitely up for Comcast, now that a handful of bloggers and other assorted nerds are through the looking glass. The keyboard is mightier than the almighty dollar! En garde, corporate America.