Within the past week, America's first black president was inaugurated, Oscar nominations were announced, and Microsoft laid off a ton of friggin' employees. January is truly shaping up to be a historic month, a month all of us will remember as a mixture of elation and depression, a time of great steps forward and daunting steps back. At times, it seems almost overwhelming, all the things that are happening. And now there's another incredible event to add to the mix, an event that brings two giants of their era together to make history and totally rock out.
The two legends I speak of are none other than Thurston Moore and the man Matador Records deemed a "Scandinavian saxophone demon," Mats Gustafsson. Starting this Thursday, the man behind Sonic Youth (Moore -- you know this) and the man behind Christian Munthe and Gush (Gustafsson -- you might not know this) will be joining forces to play a string of crazy noise free jazz tourdates on the East Coast. They'll be joined along the way by pals Samara Lubelski, Magik Markers, Sickness, and so much more
01.29.09 - Florence, MA - Florence VFW*
01.30.09 - New York, NY - Club Rehab**
01.31.09 - Philadelphia, PA - International House
02.01.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands***
02.02.09 - Boston, MA - Middle East****
* Magik Markers, Nace/Pak/Noise Nomads
** Gene Moore, White Out-Samara Lubelski
***John Olson/Okkyung Lee/C. Spencer Yeh trio, Sunburned Hand of the Gene, Tovah D-day
**** Sickness, Ashley Paul, Perespirit
F Yeah Fest Plans Benefit Show with Two Gallants and Trash Talk for the Family of Oscar Grant; You Should Really Go To This
At 2:15 AM on January 1, 2009, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police officer Johannes Mehserle murdered 22-year-old Oscar Grant on a train platform in Oakland, CA. Grant and others had been detained on the platform for fighting on the train. Although officers had Grant subdued and on his knees, Mehserle inexplicably drew his firearm and shot Grant in the back in full view of the passengers on the halted train. The shooting shocked the crowd, one of whom captured the incident on a cell phone camera. Be warned – the following video is ire-inducing to the furthest degree.
Needless to say, this is one of the most egregious and puzzling acts of police brutality in California (and, therefore, American) history. The Grant family obviously has suffered a tremendous loss and must prepare for a lengthy and painful civil trial against BART.
In an admirable attempt to lighten the financial load, the always awesome folks at Los Angeles’ F Yeah Fest and Trash Talk Collective have announced a benefit concert for Grant’s family on February 8 at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley, CA. Trash Talk, Two Gallants, and two yet-to-be announced bands will perform, along with a “very special guest” who will be named on the day of the show.
$12 is all this fantastic package will cost you, so if you happen to be in the area, lend a hand to some people who’d really appreciate it just by doing what you do best: listening to good music.
Gosh. Apparently Grandaddy singer, songwriter, and non-ironic trucker hat-wearer Jason Lytle wasn't finally killed off by one of the many robots that he talked shit about during his band's shaky tenure as one of indie rock's last major label hope! In fact, you may recall that, after poor ol' Grandaddy went the way of the ol’ fambly cat back in 2005, little Lytle toured in support of final album Just Like the Fambly Cat (TMT Review) all by himself.
Nope. Darned if Lytle (the very same man responsible for asking us to imagine forest glens littered with ovens and refrigerators and mentally-challenged pilots refusing to land their air planes because they feel unloved by society, mind you) isn’t still out there, apparently huddled-up in the mountains of Montana skateboarding, licensing music for the only the trippiest of car commercials, and recording his every blip-psych whim at his own mellow, West Coast pace.
I know, he’s not exactly Thoreau, but still... sounds romantic, doesn’t it? Well, we’ll find out together come May 19, oh ye Grandaddy faithful, when ANTI- sees fit to release Lytle’s solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter. And if you’re tickled by how “Grandaddy” the title of the thing sounds, just wait until you see this tracklist. I’ll bet my vintage synths that “This Song is the Mute Button” will play-out just like it sounds it will. Any takers?
Yours Truly, the Commuter tracklist:
1. Yours Truly, the Commuter
2. Brand New Sun
3. Ghost of My Old Dog
4. I Am Lost (And the Moment Cannot Last)
5. Birds Encouraged Him
6. It's the Weekend
7. Fürget It
8. This Song Is the Mute Button
9. Rollin' Home Alone
10. You're Too Gone
11. Flying Thru Canyons
12. Here for Good
Original, mint condition:
03.07.09 - Miami, FL - Langerado Festival
04.07.09 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre #!
04.08.09 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall #!
04.09.09 - Davidson, NC - John Belk Arena/Davidson College #!
04.10.09 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace #!
04.11.09 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre #!
04.12.09 - Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theater #!
04.13.09 - Omaha, NE - Holland Theatre #!
04.15.09 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkings Auditorium #
04.17.09 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #!
04.18.09 - East Lansing, MI - Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University #
04.19.09 - Waukesha, WI - Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College #!
04.24.09 - Spokane, WA - McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University #!
04.25.09 - Boise, ID - The Morrison Center #!
04.27.09 - Sacramento, CA - Memorial Auditorium #!
04.29.09 - San Diego, CA - RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego #!
05.01.09 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall #$
05.02.09 - New Orleans, LA - Contemporary Arts Center #$
05.04.09 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #$
05.05.09 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall #$
05.06.09 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre #$
# Ra Ra Riot
! Cold War Kids
$ Matt Costa
Black Dice New Album, REPO, Due In April; Repo Humor Sort Of Touchy Right Now, So Enjoy This Tame Headline
The wonderful creatures and critters of Paw Tracks have awaken from their Winter Hibernation to bring us news that the boys of Black Dice will shed their winter coats April 7 with REPO, their fifth full-length album. When we last heard from them, they were blowing our loads on Load Blown (TMT Review), their unique style of noise gibber jabbering into hearts everywhere. Well, on REPO, it seems the crew has picked up a “blues-band philosophy,” which has allowed the band to “loosen up.” Can't wait to see what this all means.
As for what Black Dice are repossessing, it seems that these jokesters are out to get the “landscape popular culture would have us believe we cannot afford.” How exactly will this be done? By mulching sounds and images of radio, TV, and the internet into a compost heap of new life (and new songs), we will have what is ours. Ahhh, the smell of new life -- isn’t it great? A bit confusing, but that’s good, right? Right?
1. Night Cream
3. Earnings Plus Interest
5. La Cucaracha
6. Idiots Pasture
11. Urban Super Mist
12. Ultra Vomit
13. Gag Shack
Animal Collective's show tonight at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre has been cancelled due to illness. The band aims to reschedule the show for Sunday, but nothing's set in stone yet. According to the band's MySpace:
LOS ANGELES SHOW 1/23/09 CANCELLED
Hello, very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the Henry Fonda.. theater show in LA this evening due to illness. We had hoped to make it through, but after sound check it's apparent it just cannot happen. We have a hold for a possible show on Sunday in LA, that will honor the Fonda tickets so please stay tuned, and sincere apologies to all, the band is very upset to have to cancel but they have no other choice.
Check out the rest of Animal Collective's tour itinerary in Mango's weird-ass story.
Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Roundup: #67 On ‘Stuff White People Like’: Mos Def Is Back!, FCC Dude Kevin Martin Steps Down, Kanye Has Some Stupid-Ass Mullet, CFCF Releases Digital EP, Secret YACHT Show In NYC
Hey chumps. Sorry for the lack of “News Roundup” last week. I’m sure you all were bummed out. NOT. None of you fuckers even noticed. Mr P didn’t even notice until Monday. Anyway, I wrote about some shit for this week. Brace yourself.
- Ugh, Mos Def is releasing a record on February 9, 2009. The Ecstatic is his first record in three years and will be released on Downtown. Like, okay, I don’t care that Mos Def is releasing a new record, but what worries me is that he wants to revive Def Poetry on HBO. I hated that shit. I’d rather watch re-runs of Dane Cook’s Tourgasm.
- FCC Chairman Kevin Martin quit his job as commissioner. His last day was January 20, 2009 – inauguration day. Word on the street is my main man, President Obama, plans to nominate Julius Genachowski to succeed Martin.
- Kanye West has a mullet. Yeah, that’s it. I just wanted to bring it up. Check it out here.
- Montreal DJ/Producer CFCF released an EP this week exclusively on Paper Bag Digital. Panesian Nights is available for download as 320 kbps MP3s. CFCF is known for his bumpin’ remixes for Crystal Castles, HEALTH, The Presets, The Teenagers, and many others. Check it out, ya’ll.
- So, if you live in New York City and you don’t have shit to do on Monday, there is a secret YACHT show. No, not on an actual yacht, but rather those artsy hipsters from Portland. Here are the deetz: the show is Monday, January 26, 2009. It’s called the (CLL) PHN-LCKN, which is ‘Master-kraft’ for Cell Phone Lock-In. It’s at 9PM and is located somewhere in Tribeca. Other than that, I can’t help you out, but you can buy tickets at the official site. I’m not sure what the “ticket type” thing is about, but it looks like the only people who can still get in are some alt-bros and one keut azn.
Until next week, bitches...
Mango Starr’s Tour Roundup: Deerhunter (again), Fruit Bats/Sera Cahoone, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Passion Pit
- In my most recent (and first) tour roundup post, I mentioned how Deerhunter canceled their European tour. Remember? Well, turns out they've already rescheduled part of the tour (which now starts in May with their ATP appearance) and they expect to confirm even more dates next week! Check out the rescheduled dates here, and then stick 'em up, motherfucker!
- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are at it again, starting a short U.S. tour today that will continue throughout January (opening act: Bulgarian/Balkan folk group Ivan Milev Band), with scattered dates afterward, including two Valentine's Day performances in New York at the Nokia Live Theatre in February and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. That was just one sentence, FYI.
- Fruit Bats and Sera Cahoone are starting a tour together on January 27 in Eugene, OR. In order to fuck up the whole synchronization of it all, Cahoone will play a show at the Red Room one day earlier. Not sure what Fruit Bats' thoughts are on this, but I'd personally call off the tour. Dates can be found here.
- Passion Pit start their tour next Monday, January 26, at Pontiac, MI's Crofoot and end in Northampton, MA's Iron Horse Music Hall. They'll be playing with Cale Parks and Paper Route for most, if not all, the North American dates (I'm too lazy to check it up myself). Afterward, the band will head to Europe, with a break in March before playing more shows in April. Meanwhile, the band is preparing a 2009 full-length, and if you're reading this, I bet you're really excited!
From The Associated Press:
David "Fathead" Newman, a jazz musician who played with the Ray Charles Band and won fame as a tenor sax soloist, has died at age 75.
Newman played and recorded with a wide range of jazz and soul luminaries, such as Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville. He also led a successful solo career.
He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 for his work with Art Blakey and Dr. John.
Manager Karen Nemman says the jazz musician died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in a Kingston, N.Y., hospital.
According to his Web site, Newman spent 12 years with the Ray Charles Band beginning in 1954. He began as the baritone sax player and became the star tenor sax soloist.
Jonny Greenwood Begins to Fear Losing Touch with the Common Man, Instinctively Collaborates with Israeli Singer in Response
Sometimes you just get the feeling that the guys from Radiohead are just, I don’t know, advanced aliens that decided to camp out on earth for a while to do a bit of recon work on the behaviors of primitive life forms for their own home planet’s anthropology records. Being the advanced beings that they are, Radiohead are, at times, unable to resist bestowing small tokens of their advanced culture upon us lowly human beings from time to time. However, also being the advanced beings that they are, the aliens sometimes get bored with just being all “wise” and “stately” all the time, and they have to do something to “amuse their curiosities,” as it were.
Case in point? Jonny Greenwood apparently recently decided that he’d written enough incendiary movie scores and innovative orchestral works, and thus, took a bit of a slacker break to work with Israeli pop singer Dudu Tasa on his newest single. What’s that? Never heard of him? Well, by all means, let me introduce you to what you’ve been missing:
Yes, a recent interview on Israeli news site and TMT sister-publication Ynet confirms (er, trust me, it really does) that Greenwood and Tasa worked together on Tasa's new single, which is titled "What a Day." “It gave the song some depth that was not there before,” Tasa said to Ynet of the collaboration. “Jonny loves what I do and thats very flattering.”
I know, I know, let's get down to business here: what does this whole ethno-world-pop-art-explosion sound like? Well, you may be in luck, as you can stream the song here with Internet Explorer. And since most of you are probably working your shitty day job where you’re using PCs from the mid-to-late-’90s right now, I’m guessing that most of you will be able to check it out!
By the way, the track is sung in Hebrew and, according to Pitchfork’s own diabolical sleuthing techniques, contains lyrics to the effect of "I was already drunk/ Now I'm clever/ And again like an idiot/ I tend to argue.” What a day, indeed. Now... get back to work, Jonny!!!