Live Nation Slaps Concertgoers with Fishy Parking Fees; No One Surprised

In New Jersey, the PNC Bank Arts Center -- a joint that Live Nation promotes -- allegedly charged concertgoers a $6 parking fee per head, not per vehicle.

The New York Daily (via Digital Music News) uncovered the extra charge, which even supposedly dropped on people arriving on a bus. Live Nation maintains that it's charged this before; it's an overall facility fee, alleviates traffic, yadda yadda yadda. Either way, it's pissing people off.

It's uncertain what this might mean for the proposed Ticketmaster and Live Nation merger, but it seems disgruntled folks and artists are speaking up now more than ever.

Ticketmaster Loses $1 Billion in Last Quarter of 2008; Finally, Some Bad Economic News we Can All Revel In!

For the past six months, we’ve been hit with worsening economic news week after week. Whether it's unemployment, manufacturing output, or GDP growth, business news has been like watching a car crash in slow-motion and we’re still witnessing crumpling metal, shattering glass, and the painful screeching of tires on tarmac. Nevertheless, in the midst of this ugly, shocking scene, there is a bright spot: Ticketmaster lost $1 billion in the last quarter of 2008 -- heehee!

The company’s share price has fallen from $20, when it spun off from IAC/InterActiveCorp, to March 19's price of $4.09. Consequently, Ticketmaster had to take an impairment charge to account for its falling share price, resulting in this billion dollar loss. Additionally, the organization’s fourth-quarter revenue was down 4% from the previous year, thanks to the struggling economy, Live Nation’s launch of its own ticketing platform in January, and a dearth of high-profile tours compared to the same period a year prior.

For a company who screws the artists, their fans, uses personal information aggressively, and wants to monopolize the entire market for tours and events with Live Nation, forgive me if I don’t look on in glee at this particular economic car crash. The gnashing of bodywork is oh so sweet!

RIP: Eddie Bo, New Orleans-style pianist and singer

From YouTube:

From Billboard:

New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79.

His death was confirmed Friday by his close friend and booking agent, Karen Hamilton.

Hamilton said Eddie Bo, whose real name was Edwin Joseph Bocage, had a "sudden, massive heart attack" while out of town Wednesday. She said he "went very quickly, very peacefully."

Bocage was an accomplished keyboardist-pianist with a career spanning more than five decades. Hamilton said he counted Professor Longhair as one of his biggest inspirations.

- Eddie Bo official website
- Eddie Bo Wikipedia entry

Dinosaur Jr.’s Jagjaguwar Debut Farm Coming in June, Offer Free 7-Inch to Ticket-Purchasing Fans

As we reported recently (TMT News), Dinosaur Jr. have signed to Jagjaguwar for their new LP. Details were scant at the time, but details ain't scant anymore. On June 23, Jagjaguwar will release Farm, the band's fifth LP with the original lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph. The album was produced by Mascis and recorded in his Bisquiteen studio in Amherst, MA.

Having just played some shows at SXSW (TMT Review), Dinosaur Jr. are set to embark on a month-long tour beginning next week. Sure, you could just wait for DJ fanatics to upload shitty videos to YouTube (and then watch a sexy Brad Pitt montage!!), but if you purchase tickets to these shows, you will also get either a digital download code or a tour-only 7-inch for "I Don't Wanna Go There" (b/w "Tarpit"). Hmmm: the 7-inch is made of petroleum, but the download code doesn't quite have the cool currency that vinyl does. ARGH! Life is so hard! I should just end it now.

Farm tracklisting:

1. Pieces
2. I Want You To Know
3. Ocean In The Way
4. Plans
5. Your Weather
6. Over It
7. Friends
8. Said The People
9. There’s No Here
10. See You
11. I Don’t Wanna Go There
12. Imagination Blind

Dinosaur Jr. tourdates:
04.01.09 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04.02.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
04.03.09 - Portland, ME - The Station
04.04.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.06.09 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
04.07.09 - State College, PA- Lulu's
04.08.09 - Akron, OH - Musica
04.09.09 - East Lansing, MI - The Small Planet
04.10.09 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
04.11.09 - Dekalb, IL - Otto's Nightclub
04.13.09 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm and Brews
04.14.09 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.15.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
04.16.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
04.17.09 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
04.18.09 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
04.20.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04.21.09 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
04.22.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
04.23.09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
04.24.09 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
04.25.09 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
04.26.09 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
04.27.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04.29.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
04.30.09 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place Richmond
05.01.09 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05.02.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

New York Dolls (All Two of Them) Reunite with Todd Rundgren (All .38472 of Him) for New LP on ATCO Records

In 1973, Todd Rundgren scooped The New York Dolls out of a Bowery slumgutter and into the Record Plant Recording Studio to create the band's legendary debut album -- now, 36 years later, he's doing it again, only this time the phrase "peeling off a plastic-covered La-Z-Boy in Sarasota" might better apply.

This time around, two remaining Dolls David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain (bassist Arthur Kane died of leukemia shortly after the band reformed in 2006), as well as new models Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa, and Brian Delaney, flew to Kauai to Rundgren's Utopia Sound Studio to record the band's second album since reforming (fourth overall). The album is kitschily titled ’Cause I Sez So, and its 12 new tracks include a remade version of the band's classic song "Trash," originally written by Johansen and Sylvain. After releasing the album on May 5, the band plans to tour in support (dates TBA).

’Cause I Sez So tracklist:

1. ’Cause I Sez So
2. Muddy Bones
3. Better Than
4. Lonely So long
5. My World
6. Ridiculous
7. Temptation To Exist
8. Making Rain
9. Drowning
10. Nobody Got No Bizness
12. Exorcism Of Despair

Mos Def, Superstar Actor and Part-Time Musician, to Release The Ecstatic in June

Fresh off his role in Be Kind Rewind and Cadillac Records (TMT Review), Mos Def is taking off his acting shoes and slipping into something a little more comfortable -- his rapping shoes. On June 9, Mos Def will drop The Ecstatic on Downtown Records, but what could Mos Def possibly be ecstatic about during these awful times? Well, other than the fact that this album -- his fifth major release -- will bring in some money... well, actually, that might be the only thing to be ecstatic about. You can get a preview of the new LP at his MySpace or download them via RCRD LBL or iTunes.

The Ecstatic is being released on the 10-year anniversary of Mos Def’s breakthrough album Black on Both Sides (TMT Review). More details about the album, as well as a tour supporting it, will be made available in the coming weeks.

Constantines Announce EP, Revive Tour-Naming Trend with “The Rolling Tundra Revue”

Remember when every tour you saw had a name? Instead of the 17-year-old me telling everyone the next day at school that I saw Sparta, Glassjaw, Hot Water Music, and Dredg, I was just like “Dudes, I was totally at the SnoCore tour last night, and I talked to Daryl Palumbo for 10 minutes!” Try and get over your jealousy of me for a bit though, so we can discuss Constantines' decision to name their upcoming tour “The Rolling Tundra Revue.”

Now, “The Rolling Tundra Revue” may not roll off the tongue as easily as “SnoCore,” but I’ll forgive them for that, because they’ve also decided to release a new EP to celebrate their upcoming tour. The Too Slow For Love EP is available now from Arts&Crafts and is a companion EP to Constantines’ 2008 album, Kensington Heights (TMT Review), featuring alternate versions of four different tracks from the album.

Too Slow For Love tracklisting:

1. Young Lions (Stripped down version, originally from Shine A Light)
2. Shower of Stones (Stripped down version, originally from Kensington Heights)
3. Conductor (Stripped down version, originally from Tournament of Hearts)
4. Our Age (Stripped down version, originally from Kensington Heights)
5. Strange Birds (originally by Jon Langford & The Sadies)
6. Do What You Can Do (Stripped down version, originally from Kensington Heights)
7. I Will Not Sing A Hateful Song (Stripped down version, originally from Kensington Heights)

The Rolling Tundra Revue tour:
03.23.09 - Fredericton, New Brunswick - UNB - SUB Ballroom
03.25.09 - Quebec City, Quebec - Le Cercle
03.26.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
03.27.09 - Peterborough, ON - The Montreal House
03.28.09 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
03.29.09 - Kingston, ON - Ale House
03.31.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.01.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.03.09 - London, ON - London Music Club
04.04.09 - Guelph, ON - River Run Centre
04.17.09 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre
04.18.09 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre
04.21.09 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Ridell Centre
04.22.09 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The Odeon Events Centre
04.23.09 - Edmonton, Alberta - Winspear Centre
04.25.09 - Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Ballroom
04.26.09 - Banff, Alberta - Wild Bill’s
04.27.09 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
04.28.09 - Nanaimo, BC - Vancouver Island University Theatre
04.30.09 - Victoria, BC - Element
05.01.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
05.02.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
05.04.09 - Whitehorse, Yukon - Yukon Arts Centre

Themselves Return With New Mix Tape, New LP and Some Festival Dates

The duo of Doseone and Jel, who, after conquering the world of post-postmodern conceptualized art-rock as crucial members of Subtle, are returning to their more hip-hop flavored roots by bringing Themselves back after a six-year hiatus. Yes, it probably does have something to do with the recent 10-year anniversary of anticon., as Themselves have long been a flagship act for the label.

First off, the duo will be releasing a free mix tape, titled FREEhoudini, which will be dropping “in various places around the internets” in early March. Whoops! Am I too late?? The mix tape features a bevy of guests, including Slug, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, WHY?, Buck 65, Passage, DJ Baku, Alias, Pedestrian, Sole, Serengeti, D Styles, and The Lionesque. Doesone describes the music on FREEhoudini as “an inspired Themselves rendition of the classic mix-tape medium, housing a medley of original music, it features every rapper we have ever shared a cause with in the past decade. It is also a gift, for these curious times in the consumption of music."

In August, Themselves plan to release their third (official) full-length album, titled CrownsDown. When pressed for more information, Doseone only offered a cryptic tease: "CrownsDown is our statue -- to rap as it reared us -- and the arch and arrow, of what it is to be us, in a decade of music made and the temperature of these two thousands." Trippy stuff, dudes!

Finally, Themselves have recently completed a handful of shows at SXSW and are about to embark on a North American tour that'll lead them to Coachella

03.25.09 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
03.26.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.27.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
03.28.09 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
03.29.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Lambi
04.01.09 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
04.02.09 - Princeton, NJ - Terrace F. Club at Princeton University
04.03.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.04.09 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
04.06.09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary w/ Pattern Is Movement
04.07.09 - Washington DC - DC9
04.08.09 - Blackburg, VA - The Lantern
04.09.09 - Atlanta, GA - 529
04.10.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe
04.11.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.13.09 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
04.14.09 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.19.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.05.09 - Brussels, Brussels-capital - Ancienne Belgique

One of the things any true Bob Dylan fan loves about the man is his ability to change. To shift shapes abruptly and drastically and not to give one iota what you think. And for every single reissue, rehash, best of, essential collection, and bootleg series, there's an album out there that the majority of fans probably hate (Infidels, Street Legal, and Shot of Love to name a few). Which really shows some balls, if you ask me. When was the last time The Rolling Stones attempted change? 1982? It would be so easy for him to rest on his 1966 laurels. Hell, a lot of his fans really wish he would numerous times throughout his career.

All I'm saying is that I hope you weren't getting too attached to the way things were going, because there's word that this new album, {Together Through Life, promises to drop his newest incarnation (from 1997's Time Out of Mind, through 2001's Love and Theft, onto 2006's Modern Times) in favor a new one. Well, a new old one. From what I gather, it's to be a kind of self-aware nod to old Chess Records of the 1950s. When asked about that comparison, he didn't really flinch that much: "...the old Chess records, the Sun records... I think that’s my favorite sound for a record," Dylan said in a recent interview with Bill Flanagan. "I like the mood of those records -- the intensity. The sound is uncluttered. There’s power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. It’s alive. It’s right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache."

I think that describes most of this guy's music, but hey, he could be talking about Chuck Berry and Memphis Slim, too. Just as long as he doesn't get all Blueshammer on this shit, I think we'll be just fine.

Dylan's European tour:
03.23.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Globe Arena
03.25.09 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
03.27.09 - Jönköping , Sweden - Kinnarps Arena
03.28.09 - Malmö , Sweden - Malmö Arena
03.29.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
03.31.09 - Hanover, Germany - AWD Arena
04.01.09 - Berlin, Germany - Max- Schmeling - Halle
04.02.09 - Erfurt , Germany - Messehalle
04.04.09 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
04.05.09 - Saarbrücken , Germany - Saarlandhalle
04.07.09 - Paris, France - Palais des Congres
04.08.09 - Paris, France - Palais des Congres
04.10.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
04.12.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
04.14.09 - Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
04.15.09 - Milan, Italy - MediolanumForum
04.17.09 - Rome, Italy - PalaLottomatica
04.18.09 - Florence, Italy - MandelaForum
04.20.09 - Geneva, Switzerland - Geneva Arena
04.21.09 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith
04.22.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
04.24.09 - Sheffield, England - Sheffield Arena
04.25.09 - London, England - O2 Arena
04.28.09 - Cardiff, Wales - CIA
04.29.09 - Birmingham, England - NIA
05.01.09 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena
05.02.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
05.03.09 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse
05.05.09 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
05.06.09 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena

From The New York Times:

Israel Cachao López, the Cuban bassist and composer who was a pioneer of the mambo, died on Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 89 and lived in Coral Gables.

The cause was complications resulting from kidney failure, said Nelson Albareda, whose company, Eventus, was his manager.
From The New York Times:

Israel Cachao López, the Cuban bassist and composer who was a pioneer of the mambo, died on Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 89 and lived in Coral Gables.

The cause was complications resulting from kidney failure, said Nelson Albareda, whose company, Eventus, was his manager.

Cachao, as he was universally known, transformed the rhythm of Cuban music when he and his brother, the pianist and cellist Orestes López, extended and accelerated the final section of the stately Cuban danzón into the mambo. “My brother and I would say to each other, ‘Mambea, mambea ahí,’ which meant to add swing to that part,” he said in a 2006 interview with The Miami Herald. The springy mambo bass lines Cachao created in the late 1930’s — simultaneously driving and playful — became a foundation of modern Cuban music, of the salsa that grew out of it, and also of Latin-influenced rock ’n’ roll and rhythm-and-blues. For much of the 20th century, Cachao’s innovations set the world dancing.

- Cachao López Wikipedia entry