RIP: Randy Bewley, Pylon guitarist

From OnlineAthens:

Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley died this afternoon after suffering a heart attack while driving in an Athens neighborhood Monday.

Bewley was driving on Barber Street on Monday evening, and his van drifted off the road and tipped over, bandmate Vanessa Hay said in an e-mail to supporters.

- Pylon MySpace
- Randy Bewley Wikipedia entry

Ticketmaster Agrees to Stop Linking to Subsidiary TicketsNow

I asked some folks to play a round of free association with the word "Ticketmaster." Their responses:

- "Convenience fees."
- "Death."
- "A raging, bloody-mouthed, bursting-veined, 10-story-tall capitalist pig raging through New York City destroying the youth of America and sucking their pockets and souls dry."

Their words, not mine.

After the hubbub surrounding Bruce Springsteen's shows, Ticketmaster reached a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General (via The Daily Swarm), in which the company has agreed to stop linking customers to its subsidiary, TicketsNow. If you haven't heard, customers that tried purchasing tickets were redirected to TicketsNow, a company that was charging fans inflated scalper prices while tickets were still available at face value.

More than 2,200 Boss fans complained -- a few million short of the grumbles the site receives daily -- resulting in a 2,000-ticket lottery that will award entrance at the original face value.

People who don't win will be given a $100 gift certificate and a chance to purchase Springsteen tickets next time he rolls into the Garden State. And get this: The ticket site has to pay New Jerz $350,000 to cover the investigation price tag.

Meanwhile, Ticketmaster will continue to raise blood pressure (TMT News) if it successfully merges with Live Nation.

HEALTH to tour //NOISE//DISCO//FASHION; You to get sick //SNEEZE//VOMIT//SHIT YOURSELF

HEALTH, those manic noise addicts who first introduced you to Los Angeles tofu-dog-mecca The Smell, are setting out on a late-winter tour whistling across Dixie. They want none of your dreary northern state's frigid Arctic climate. Instead, they're going to enjoy the sunny skies and warm breezes of real America, touring for real Americans. Who could blame them?

If only we could all be so lucky to live in a cultural and subtropical oasis like Lubbock, Texas. Well, we can't. But I've got good news...

For those of us who have to suffer through the snowy months HEALTHless with runny noses, headaches, fevers, sore throats, and diarrhea, I've got the cure: here's an old Québécois sugar shack recipe to rid you of that pesky winter cold:

In a small saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil

Add:

- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- ½ lemon (rine and all)
- 5 tbsp of maple syrup
- 7 tps cayenne pepper

Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

Reduce heat

Simmer until mixture reduces to approximately 1 cup

Strain

Salt to taste

Drink and enjoy!

Tourdates:
02.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo w/ Abe Vigoda, Captain Ahab
03.07.09 - St. Augustine, FL. Harvest of Hope Festival @
03.17.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space %
03.18.09 - El Paso, TX - Black Market !
03.21.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Panache Booking/Lovepump SXSW Showcase)
03.23.09 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Down Under #
03.24.09 - Knoxville, TN - The Catalyst # ^
03.25.09 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Club #
03.26.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl # *
03.27.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon #
03.28.09 - Houston, TX - Free Press Block Party #
03.30.09 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprocks #
03.31.09 - Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse21 #
04.01.09 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture #

# Pictureplane

@ Girl Talk, Against Me, Monotonix, Mae Shi

% Pictureplane, Clipd Beaks, Mika Miko, WAVVES, Abe Vigoda

! Mika Miko, Clipd Beaks, Pictureplane

^ WAVVES, Vampire Hands

* Judi Chicago, Dj Craig Preston

European dates start April 10. Check the dates here.

Walkmen to Tour with Kings of Leon

According to their website, The Walkmen are writing new songs, which is just fine with me: last year’s You & Me (TMT Review) solidly rocked. In fact, to prove just how fine this is, listen to The Walkmen perform on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic here or check out their video for "Four Provinces."

Meanwhile, The Walkmen are going on a cross-country tour with the Kings of Leon, with dates starting in April. In May, the Walkmen will be playing the Sasquatch Music Festival.

U.S. tourdates with Kings of Leon:
04.18.09 - Boston, MA - Agannis Arena
04.19.09 - Boston, MA - Agannis Arena
04.20.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa*
04.21.09 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
04.22.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palumbo
04.24.09 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
04.25.09 - Philadelphia - Spectrum
04.27.09 - Norfolk, Va - Constant Convocation Center
04.28.09 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth Ampitheatre
04.30.09 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum
05.04.09 - St, Augustine, FL - St Augustine Ampitheater
05.05.09 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
05.07.09 - Miami, FL - Bank United Center
05.08.09 - Tampa, FL - Sundome
05.08.09 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum
05.12.09 - Cincinnati, OH - National City Pavillion
05.13.09 - Cleveland, OH - Tower City
05.19.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Ampitheatre
05.21.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

* solo headline

No Kids Like Parenthetical Girls, Parenthetcal Girls Like No Kids; Both Blush and Go On Tour

March Madness is almost upon us. Meaning, every crappy, local, "hipper than thou" band will be headed down to Austin, TX for the annual SXSW Music and Media Conference. This is every unsigned hometown "indie" band's so-called chance for super stardom. "Hey, look Mom, we're playing South By Southwest; we finally made it. We might get signed!" Likewise, thousands of people are going to pack their vans and head south in hopes of catching the "next big thing" (or maybe a chance to rub shoulders with Moby). Well, I'm not. I'm staying home -- away from all the madness, away from the young high school kids with their Radiohead t-shirts and their shaggy hair, away from more bad bands than you can shake a stick at. Don't get me wrong -- there will be many great bands to see among the array of bad ones, and in fact I'd like to provide some details on a handful of them.

Parenthetical Girls and No Kids will set out on a tour, with dates that will sandwich their SXSW appearances. They will be joining fellow Tomlab artist Casiotone For the Painfully Alone for the SXSW Tomlab/K/ Asmatic Kitty showcase, which will also include performances by Tara Jane O'Neil and Jeremy Jay.

Seriously though, Keep Austin Weird!
03.12.09 - Seattle, Washington - Sunset Tavern
03.13.09 - Portland, Oregon - Backspace
03.14.09 - Boise, Idaho - Neurolux
03.15.09 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Kilby Court
03.16.09 - Denver, Colorado - Hi Dive
03.18.09 - Austin, Texas - SXSW*
03.19.09 - Austin, Texas - SXSW
03.20.09 - Austin, Texas - SXSW
03.21.09 - Austin, Texas - SXSW
03.22.09 - Austin, Texas - SXSW
03.23.09 - Phoenix, Arizona - Stinkweeds
03.24.09 - San Diego, California - Bar Pink
03.25.09 - Los Angeles, California - Spaceland
03.27.09 - San Francisco, California - Cafe Du Nord

* Tomlab/K/Asmatic Kitty Showcase: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Jeremy Jay, Tara Jane O'Neil

Conor Oberst To Release Outer South In May, Tests Naming Conventions After His Eponymous Album, And Tours With The Mystic Valley Band

Ever since Conor Oberst went out on that album-naming limb and dubbed his 2008 solo album Conor Oberst (TMT Review), he's been traveling and playing and singing his little heart out with The Mystic Valley Band (Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Nathaniel Walcott and Jason Boesel). This same, fabulous quintet of talented musicians is again lending a hand to Conor's upcoming album, more adventurously named Outer South. It'll be coming to us May 5 through Merge Records.

Taking a break from the Bright Eyes moniker, Conor gave us sing-songy goodness on the topics of time, heartache, life, and death on his eponymous album. We can only hope Outer South will be more of the lyrical adeptness that we've become accustomed to.

While patiently waiting for the album release, you can view a performance of "Nikorette," one of 16 tracks being released on Outer South, here. Meanwhile, those of you living on the Left Side can catch Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band in the flesh.

Check it out:
04.09.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.10.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
04.11.09 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
04.12.09 - El Paso, TX - Barnett Harley Davidson #
04.13.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.14.09 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
04.15.09 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
04.17.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music & Arts Festival
06.18.09 - Telluride, CO Telluride - Bluegrass Festival

# Hands of Love & Hope Benefit

Warner Bros. Pushes Limits of Hyperbolic Use of the Phrase “Musical Revolution” with Compilation Featuring The Flaming Lips, Mastodon, and… Adam Sandler

Back in December, viewers of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman let out a terse but piercing cry as perennial man-child Adam Sandler performed a pedestrian cover of Neil Young's winding guitar epic "Like a Hurricane." It was a chilling performance, if not so much for its mere terribleness then for the spooky revelation that Adam Sandler's annoying baby voice actually sounds a lot like Neil Young.

Well, those of you who saw the performance and still didn't develop a tremor in your remote-flipping hand will be thrilled to know that Warner Bros. is releasing Sandler's cover alongside 11 more contemporary covers of classic WB-owned songs. Covered: A Revolution in Sound, which will be released exclusively on Amazon.com March 10 and in stores everywhere on March 24, begs fan to consider questions such as "What could a band so bereft of melody as Taking Back Sunday possibly do with a Tom Petty song?" and "Is there any way I could dislike The Used more than hearing their what-is-sure-to-be-awful cover of The Talking Heads' ‘Burning Down the House’?" Oh, and, "Are the Flaming Lips really so bored that they need to take part in this?"

Okay, sure, there's a few eye-catching tracks on the list: it'd be near-impossible for Against Me! to screw up The Replacements' classic "Here Comes a Regular"; Mastodon are pretty solid for a ZZ Top cover; and The Black Keys get class points for covering a non-Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart tune (though minus points for the fact that it's the only other Beefheart tune most people know because it's on the Big Lebowski soundtrack). But let's be honest: in a year's time, it's a safe bet that, like all covers compilations, the only place Covered will be making any sort of "revolutions" is in the dollar bin.

And now, Adam Sandler's Dec. 15, 2008 performance of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" on the CBS Late Show:

Covered: A Revolution in Sound tracklist:

1. Mastodon: "Just Got Paid" (by ZZ Top)
2. The Black Keys: "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" (by Captain Beefheart)
3. Michelle Branch: "A Case Of You" (by Joni Mitchell)
4. Against Me!: "Here Comes A Regular" (by The Replacements)
5. Missy Higgins: "More Than This" (by Roxy Music)
6. James Otto: "Into The Mystic" (by Van Morrison)
7. Adam Sandler: "Like A Hurricane" (by Neil Young)
8. Taking Back Sunday: "You Wreck Me" (by Tom Petty)
9. The Used: "Burning Down The House" (by Talking Heads)
10. Disturbed: "Midlife Crisis" (by Faith No More)
11. Avenged Sevenfold: "Paranoid" (by Black Sabbath)
12. The Flaming Lips With Stardeath And White Dwarfs: "Borderline" (by Madonna)

Watch Ticketmaster/Live Nation Senate Hearing TODAY (Provided You Have a Computer and Pinstripe Suit)

Are you interested in following the path that our freshly restored nation chooses to follow? Do you believe major mergers like that between Ticketmaster and Live Nation (TMT News) affect us as consumers and concert attendees? Are you still pissed about your Bruce Springsteen ticket purchase ($350 per ticket or six male legs)? Do you find super managers and CEOs wringing out their neckerchiefs at a steady interval while being filmed strangely intimate?

Well, hurry up and click here because the parade and subsequent proceedings are streaming live today at 2:30 PM (EST), and Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff will not repeat his final joke. House hearings will follow on Thursday, and Friday is judicial recess for the i:Scintilla show.

When questioned last year about the possibility of a Faith No More reunion, Mike Patton (Fantômas, Mr. Bungle, etc.) said "I highly doubt it," yet in another interview said that he "wouldn't rule it out." Well, guess what? Last night, Patton's publicist confirmed that a Faith No More reunion is indeed in the works, with a European tour slated for the summer. Faith No More's last show was way back in April 1998.

Details are currently scant, as the news was tacked onto the bottom of a press release about Mike Patton completing his first major motion film score -- for Crank 2: High Voltage -- but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Oh, which reminds me: Patton just completed his first major motion film score for a movie called Crank 2: High Voltage.

Meanwhile, Patton will perform with labelmates Zu (who are awesome) March 19 in San Francisco and at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 17 with beatboxing extraordinaire Rahzel.

Wilco to Tour Supporting Ashes of American Flags

Wilco are touring this spring in support of their forthcoming live DVD, Ashes of American Flags. Jeff Tweedy will kick off their tour with a few solo dates in late March, followed by full-band gigs nationally and internationally through August.

Ashes of American Flags, which premiered last Friday at the Big Sky Film Festival (where it won the award for Best Cinematography), will be available in select independent record stores April 18 in celebration of Record Store Day, with a wider release two weeks later. As we reported earlier (TMT News), the DVD will showcase footage from five shows from last February.

Tourdates:
03.26.09 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground (Jeff Tweedy solo) *
03.27.09 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre (Jeff Tweedy solo) *
03.28.09 - Beacon, NY - Beacon High Auditorium (Jeff Tweedy solo) (Benefit for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater)
04.14.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
04.15.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
04.16.09 - Bloomington, IN - IU Auditorium
04.17.09 - Athens, OH - Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
04.18.09 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
04.20.09 - Athens, GA - Classic Center
04.21.09 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
04.22.09 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
04.23.09 - Oxford, MS - Lyric Oxford
04.25.09 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.23.09 - Tenerife, Spain - Tenerife Auditorium
05.25.09 - Malaga, Spain - Teatro Cervantes**
05.26.09 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Calderon **
05.29.09 - Seville, Spain - Territorios Festival, La Cartuja
05.30.09 - Oporto-Braga, Portugal - Teatro Circo
05.31.09 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseu
06.01.09 - Santiago de Compostela-Galicia, Spain - Palacio de Congresos, Sala Braque
06.03.09 - San Sebastian, Spain - Kursaal
06.04.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Auditori Barcelona
07.11.09 - 07.14.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
07.22.09 - 07.25.09 - Detroit Lakes, MN - 10,000 Lakes Festival
08.21.09 - Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Denmark - Highfield Festival

* Pronto

** Akron/Family