Talk about perfect timing! Like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen seems to be getting an inordinate amount of late-period career press, so much so that recordings of their latest dentist appointments are leaked “inadvertently” then discussed fervently in the darkest forum corners. Meanwhile, the legend-cementing continues unabated as musicologists are now attempting to amend all historical accounts to reflect the fact that Leonard Cohen built the Great Pyramid at Giza. It really has become a bit much.
Most of this type of idolatry is inane blather by inferior ninnies hopping on their virtual soap-boxes, but some of it is inspired and all of that important blather is by us at Tiny Mix Tapes. First came Drew Cordes’ brilliant and saucy two-part dissection of Cohen who is revealed, in verse at least, as a sexual roleplaya of the highest order. Then Kat Gardiner jumped into the fray and discussed Cohen’s recent master-baiting of Tickermaster’s dubious ticket-gouging practices. If you have not read these posted pièces de resistances... why the hell not? They will make you think with your mind, your head, and your brain. It goes without saying that, when discussing Cohen, all three of these are located “below the equator.”
Leonard Cohen is your man and needs no introduction -- unless you are completely unfamiliar with his work, of course. If that is the case, then you could do no wrong with picking up his The Best of Leonard Cohen album, because that’s what those greatest hits albums are for. If you would prefer your Cohen captured live, then you will soon get the chance to buy a concert performance of Cohen singing many of his best loved songs recorded at a July 17, 2008 show at London’s O2 Arena. The double-disc or DVD Live in London is released March 31 on Columbia Records and features an ultra-scarce cover version of Semisonic’s classic piece of poetry, “Closing Time.” Just kidding, kids.
1. Dance Me to the End of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain’t No Cure for Love
4. Bird on a Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. In My Secret Life
7. Who by Fire
8. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
11. Tower of Song
13. The Gypsy’s Wife
1. Boogie Street
4. I’m Your Man
5. Recitation w/N.L.
6. Take this Waltz
7. So Long, Marianne
8. First We Take Manhattan
9. Sisters of Mercy
10. If It Be Your Will
11. Closing Time
12. I Tried to Leave You
13. Wither Thou Goest
Although many touted that his first U.S. show in 15 years (February 19 in New York City) would be rarer than a dodo bird on a wire, it seems those same people spoke too soon. Cohen has announced a slate o' dates that will take him throughout the U.S and his home and native land starting April 1 in post-SXSW Austin, TX.
First we take Manhattan, then we take Saskatoon:
04.01.09 - Austin, TX - Long Center for the Performing Arts
04.02.09 - Austin, TX - Long Center for the Performing Arts
04.03.09 - Grand Prairie, TX - NOKIA Theatre Grand Prairie
04.05.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
04.07.09 - San Diego, CA - Copley Symphony Hall
04.10.09 - Los Angeles, CA - NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE
04.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE
04.13.09 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
04.14.09 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
04.19.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place
04.21.09 - Victoria, British Columbia - Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
04.23.09 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
04.25.09 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
04.26.09 - Calgary, Alberta - Jack Singer Concert Hall @ The Epcor Centre
04.28.09 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
04.30.09 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
05.03.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
05.05.09 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05.06.09 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05.09.09 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
05.11.09 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
05.12.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
05.14.09 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
05.16.09 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
05.17.09 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
05.19.09 - Hamilton, Ontario - Copps Coliseum
05.21.09 - Quebec City, Quebec - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
05.22.09 - Kingston, Ontario - K-Rock Centre
05.24.09 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre
05.25.09 - Ottawa, Ontario - Southam Hall @ National Arts Centre
05.26.09 - Ottawa, Ontario - Southam Hall @ National Arts Centre
05.29.09 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
05.30.09 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
06.02.09 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The Thermals to Release New LP and Tour, Fans Super Happy; In Other News, Kenya Human Rights Activist Shot Dead
Remember being a teenager? I have a hard time filling in all the gaps of the story -- putting events in the correct chronological order, getting facts straight, etc. Though, I do remember being insecure, having an awkward body with raging emotions, envying girls with perfect knockers, and drinking to excess in the bathroom by the art room every Valentine's Day with a few other awkward weirdos who also hated the horrible raging doldrums of adolescence.
But do you know what's the best part of recounting this era? Remembering with full clarity every detail of my dreams. Not the night type dreams, but the "I wish this would happen" dreams -- or more aptly put, the "maybe tonight, when I go see this all-ages punk rock show, it'll sound awesome and everyone there will be awesome, and I will be awesome, and it will be so totally awesome" dreams. Those dreams feel a bit like The Thermals' sound: some pop, some punk, some grunge; short and terse with some parts you can easily jump around to.
Their new album, Now We Can See will be released on Kill Rock Stars April 7, and they're touring in support. So grab your fake ID, heavy douses of cologne and/or b.o., some animal beer, and go see the quick and dirty pop-punk trio party like it's 1999
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's *
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Red Eyed Fly *
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - French Legation Museum *
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Club Deville *
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Radio Room *
03.21.09 - Austin, TX - Maggie Mae's *
04.09.09 - Portland, OR- Wonder Ballroom
04.10.09 - Salem, OR- The Grand Theater
04.11.09 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's
04.22.09 - Boise, ID- Neurolux^•
04.23.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge^•
04.24.09 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater^•
04.25.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown^•
04.26.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club^•
04.28.09 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon^•
04.29.09 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge^•
04.30.09 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig^•
05.01.09 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom^•
05.02.09 - Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit's Soundlab^•
05.03.09 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern^•
05.05.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street^•
05.06.09 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery^•
05.07.09 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs^•
05.08.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom^•
05.09.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom^•
05.12.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's^•
05.13.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat^•
05.14.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506^•
05.15.09 - Charleston, SC - The Pourhouse^•
05.16.09 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade^•
05.18.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree^
05.19.09 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe^
05.20.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Club^
05.21.09 - Dallas, TX - The Loft^
05.22.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk^
05.23.09 - San Antonio, TX - The Warhol^
05.26.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room^
05.27.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour^•
05.30.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill^
05.31.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill^•
^ The Shaky Hands
• Point Juncture, WA
If you’re in a buzz band and it’s the middle of March, chances are pretty good that you’ll either be on your way to Austin, TX for the annual SXSW Music Conference or already drunk, double-fisting Lone Star beers with David Cross. Since The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, with their self-titled debut (TMT Review), are relative newbies to this whole buzz-band phenomenon, I thought I’d share a few tips with them about how to not overexert themselves during one of the TEN showcases that they are playing over FOUR DAYS:
- Need to sober up? Go shove some BBQ in your face at Stubbs.
- Feel like throwing up after all that BBQ? Place a bucket onstage next to your guitar amp.
- Drunk again at 3 AM after playing your final showcase? Resist those sketchy late-night tacos; you’ll be shitting on the entire plane ride back to New York.
Good luck, dudes:
03.13.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7, Terrorbird/Force Field Showcase
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - Ms Bea’s, Todd P + NY Noise Showcase
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Radio Room, Brooklyn Vegan Party
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Malverde - Iamsound + Sup Magazine Party
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Opal Divine's - Green Label Sound Showcase
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's Main Room - Pitchfork Party
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Fader Fort
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - South Salina Street - After The Jump Party
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's Jr. - Slumberland + Cake Shop Showcase
03.21.09 - Austin, TX - Waterloo Records Instore
04.24.09 - Wallingford, CT - American Legion
04.25.09 - Ithaca, NY - Risley Hall - Cornell University
04.26.09 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Hall
04.27.09 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
04.28.09 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
04.29.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot
04.30.09 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
05.01.09 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
05.02.09 - Nashville, TN - The End
05.03.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.04.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.05.09 - Baltimore, MA - Talking Head Club
05.06.09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
05.12.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06.18.09 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
Flash Photography Prohibited, But Flashers Welcome! Camera Obscura Reveal All with New Album and Tour
You can call off the indie-pop police. Glasgow’s best sextet Camera Obscura have been found and will return with a career-building album called My Maudlin Career on April 21. Phew. The album is their first release in three years (since Let’s Get Out of This Country), their first for new label 4AD, and second recorded in Sweden with Jari Haapalainen. It all adds up to a record that you will be compelled to pick up as soon as you can. The title track is available for download now and can be yours for free if you sign up for the band’s e-mail list. If you are hesitant, you can test drive the song first on their website and MySpace page -- but when dealing with a band as consistently brilliant as Camera Obscura, you know you’re going to love it.
“Some people who have heard it say it’s intense and quite dark,” says lead hand Tracyanne Campbell. “I suppose it is in a way. We were more open and brave when making it than we were with the last record.”
More interesting are Campbell’s thoughts on her lyrics this time around, saying, “I’ve never been so brutal when its come to writing lyrics. I wouldn’t even call them lyrics. Just documentation of what was going on with me for a while.” Considering the girl’s mastery at writing clever and biting verse, we are anxious to see what they have up their sleeves for My Maudlin Career. A single, “French Army,” is due April 13.
My maudlin tracklisting:
1. French Navy
2. The Sweetest Thing
3. You Told a Lie
4. Away with Murder
7. Careless Love
8. My Maudlin Career
9. Forest and Sands
10. Other Towns and Cities
11. Honey in the Sun
Other towns and cities will see these shows:
03.16.09 - London, England - The Lexington
03.18.09 - Austin TX - Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
03.24.09 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
03.25.09 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
04.21.09 - Newcastle, England - Academy 2
04.22.09 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
04.23.09 - London, England - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
04.24.09 - Warwick, England - Warwick Uni Copper Rooms
04.25.09 - Sheffield, England - The Leadmill
04.26.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands Ballroom
04.29.09 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - The Stiff Kitten
04.30.09 - Dublin, Rep. of Ireland - Andrew’s Lane Theatre
07.25.09 - Derbyshire, England - Indietracks Festival
Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Roundup: Pitchfork Announces Some Festival Deetz, The Chap Tour The U.S., Eminem To Drop Two Albums In 2009, Wye Oak Are Coming To Your Town, Passion Pit Release Debut LP In May
So, sorry about the lack of “Round Up” last week. It was my birthday, and I didn’t give a FUCK. I’m pretty excited, because it’s like, 70Â°F outside today, and there are plans for it to be warmer. That being said, Sunday it snowed eigh inches in Athens, Georgia. That shit NEVER happens. Now, I’m from Baltimore so, like, I know what snow looks like, but people here freaked the fuck out. It was hilarious. Weather is so weird. Anyway, on to the news...
- Pitchfork Music Festival announced a few bands slated to play the mid-July festival, held in Chicago’s Union Park. Bands planned for Friday include Built To Spill, The Jesus Lizard (fuck yeah), Yo La Tengo, and Tortoise -- and instead of doing “Don’t Look Back,” fans will get the chance to vote on which songs the bands get to play. Saturday’s lineup includes The National, Pharoahe Monch, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, while Sunday’s lineup includes Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, and Vivian Girls. The festival runs July 17-19, and tickets go on sale March 13. You can find more information at the event’s official website. Solid.
- London pop quartet The Chap are hitting the road for the first time in the U.S. They kick off their tour March 12 in Lexington, KY at The University of Kentucky, hitting a few other cities before ending up at SXSW in Austin, and then end their U.S. tour in New York at Cake Shop March 28. You can view all of The Chap’s tourdates on their website.
- Don’t worry, everyone: Eminem is releasing another album. I know ya’ll were worried that his “hiatus” would be permanent, but like most rappers who “retire,” he didn’t... so yeah, expect not just one Eminem record, but TWO records this year. Ugh. Relapse, the first of the two records, releases on May 19, while Relapse 2 is slated to come out by the end of the year. Shit comes out on Interscope.
- On a more pleasant note, Baltimore hoodlums Wye Oak are hitting the road! They kick off their tour April 14 in Brooklyn, NY at Bell House (with Crooked Fingers) and finish up in Baltimore, MD at the Metro Gallery. They are just so cute; I just want to put them in my pocket.
- Boston dudes Passion Pit are set to release their debut LP Manners on Frenchkiss Records May 26. I dug the Chunk Of Change EP and went to see them at CMJ. Lemme tell ya, falsetto IN THE HOUSE. Dude is LOUD. It was fun though. They’ll announce tourdates soon, and they are playing SXSW.
Aight, have a good weekend, suckers.
The Jesus Lizard Bring the Greatest Gift of All to This Year’s Record Store Day: A Box Set of Out-of-Print 7-inches, No Egg Nog
Thank god Christmas, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, and all those sham holidays are over, and we can now prepare for the greatest holiday ever to grace modern-day calendars! No, I am not talking about St. Patrick's Day, that celebratory evening full of green beer and sexy lady leprechauns. I am speaking, of course, about Record Store Day. Last year at the store I work at, we got free commemorative t-shirts! WOW! But this year, there's even more. This year, there is The Jesus Lizard 7-inch box set.
Yes, you can only get it on Record Store Day. Yes, it contains every 7-inch single Touch and Go ever released by The Jesus Lizard, all of which have been out of print for at least half a decade. This is like finding a unicorn that leads you to a special treasure that only appears for a brief moment in time -- in this particular case, April 18 at your local independent Record Store Day-participating store. For, you see, this boxset not only contains all these singles, but also super rare stuff like the track "Puss," originally found on a split with Nirvana, and "Gladiator," which was given out at a 1992 show at London's Brixton Academy and NOWHERE ELSE.
They're calling the boxset INCH, and it's gonna go fast. And in case you've been living in a noiseless, nonabrasive cave, The Jesus Lizard are reuniting this year for a handful of shows and playing the upcoming ATP: The Fans Strike Back in England this May 8-10.
- "Chrome" b/w "7 vs 8"
- "Mouthbreather" b/w "Sunday You Need Love"
- "Wheelchair Epidemic" b/w "Dancing Naked Ladies"
- "Gladiator" (live) b/w "Seasick" (live)
Lash 3x7" containing:
- "Glamorous" b/w "Deaf as a Bat"
- "Lady Shoes" (live) b/w "Killer McHann" (live)
- "Bloody Mary" (live) b/w "Monkey Trick" (live)
- "(Fly) On (the Wall)" b/w "White Hole"
05.08.09 - Minehead, England - ATP: The Fans Strike Back
05.11.09 - London, England - The Forum
Alrighty, lemme try to get this straight. 1983’s Trans was Neil Young’s vocoder heavy, faux-Luddite electro-flop with a cover that implied the future’s cars would be pancake-thin DeLoreans piloted by grid-lined human holograms. Neil’s new record, on the other hand, is a concept album about electric-cars. Oooookay, so while Trans is an electric car album, Fork in the Road is an electric-car album. Ah! Now I get it! Damn, I was kinda hoping that Neil had sank his ass back into his Kraftwerk pants and was gonna bring the synthesizer out of mothballs. Oh well! I hear from Rick Wakeman that synthesizers tend to get all wonky after you leave them covered in mothballs for 26 years anyway.
Neil’s new record goes hand-in-hand with his electric-car creation experiment, LincVolt. In collaboration with so-called “motorhead messiah” Jonathan Goodwin, Neil Young plans to inspire a whole goddamn generation “by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st Century and delivers performance that is a reflection of the driver's spirit.” Oh hell yes, people: first he’s gonna inspire your sorry ass with song when Fork in the Road drops April 7, then he’s gonna launch some dynadope technological innovation all up your rump and smack you straight in the cranium with some weapons-grade inspiration. Get ready for change, America!
Oh yeah, and get ready Canada, too, because your favorite son/green-minded gearhead is gonna do a wee bit of touring come April. He’s technically still touring in support of Chrome Dreams II, but apparently he’s been playing the hell out of Fork in the Road stuff live too, so who knows. You may get a mixture of both records or you may just have to watch Neil and this Jon Goodwin character work on a car for two hours. Either way, Neil Young’s gonna be there, and that ain’t never been a bad thing.
Fork in the Road tracklist:
1. When Worlds Collide
2. Fuel Line
3. Just Singing A Song
4. Johnny Magic
5. Cough Up The Bucks
6. Get Behind The Wheel
7. Off The Road
8. Hit The Road
9. Light A Candle
10. Fork In The Road
04.06.08 - St John’s, NF - Mile One Centre
04.10.08 - Halifax, NS - Metro Centre
04.11.08 - Saint John, NB - Harbour Station
04.13.08 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre
04.15.08 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
04.17.08 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - Essar Centre
04.20.08 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
04.22.08 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
04.23.08 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
04.25.08 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre
Following in my series of Minnesota-related info-bits (TMT News), I now bring tidings of joy: Prince has signed an exclusive deal with Target, the massive, blood-stained retailer with locations near you, and plans to release a 3CD set for the low, low price of $11.98.
This latest move by The Short One has pleased suburbanite-funksters the world over, reavealing Prince as the newest in the line of big-name, past-their-prime artists signing exclusive deals with outlets like Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. Other “artists” include AC/DC, The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and Garth Brooks, who have all sold millions of bad albums through exclusive deals with big-box retailers, making it even easier for fat-assed morons, who can’t find the energy to go to more than one store, to get the music they love.
Of course, Target is quite pleased with the deal ($$$$!), and Mark Schindele, Target’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising, called me up to talk. He had this to say: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share [Prince’s] most recent work with our Target guests." I then asked Mark how he felt about Prince, personally, and he practically chortled as he gave me his response in a sing-song voice, very reminiscent of pre-teen girls talking about those lovely Jonas Brothers: "Prince has long been renowned as one of the world's most original and iconic musical artists [plus, I love those ass-less chaps he wears!]" Okay, he didn’t say anything about the ass-less chaps. But I do love Prince’s most controversial leg-wear.
Interested consumers, confused soccer moms, and Prince fanatics can pick up the 3CD box-set -- which consists of two new albums, LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND, as well as a third by his new artist, Bria Valente -- on March 29.
Keep your eyes on the left side and your ears on the right side. This is all you need to know.
Oh yeah, TR2N is coming out in 2011.
President Obama has nominated lawyer/techie Julius Genachowski as FCC Chief this past Tuesday, March 3rd. Genachowski was a fellow Harvard Law classmate, and perhaps former beer pong partner, of President Obama and served as Obama’s lead tech advisor during the campaign.
Genachowski's nomination has made supporters of net neutrality quite pleased, and there are high hopes for telecoms to get the smack down laid upon them as to what they can and cannot do. Thus, those big wigs at Comcast (TMT News) may be a little grumpy, as it would seem that the nomination of Genachowski might hinder their dream of a world where peers are throttled to dial-up speeds on their transfers.
Gigi Sohn, president of net neutrality organization Public Knowledge, seems pretty stoked about the nomination. "As the architect of President-elect Obama’s Technology and Innovation Plan, it is clear that he understands the importance of open networks and a regulatory environment that promotes innovation and competition to a robust democracy and a health economy."
Of course, senior ranks in the much more powerful Justice Department are being filled by pro-copyright lawyers, so things are sorta up in the air -- but once the Senate confirms Genachowski, the sun might start to shine at least a little brighter on the internet.