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!!!
Junior Boys, the Hamilton, Ontario electropop duo responsible for one of TMT's favorite ’06 albums (TMT Feature), So This is Goodbye, as well as acclaimed singles like "Birthday" and "In the Morning," are set to release a new LP this spring on Domino Records. Begone Dull Care is the group's third album, following Goodbye and their 2003 debut Last Exit, both on Domino. The title is an homage to Scottish-Canadian animator and filmmaker Norman McLaren, whose innovative film manipulation and animation techniques also lent inspiration to the album's sonic attention to detail. "[T]he meticulousness of film animation is much like the process of sequencing and programming electronic music," according to the Boys' official press release for the album.
On the heels of a busy year of recording, the JBs — not to be confused with the late James Brown's awesome backing band — are readying Begone Dull Care for a March 24 release in their native Canada and April 7 in the United States, with single "Hazel" due out beforehand. The group is also readying a six-week North American tour, with dates to be announced soon.
Begone Dull Care tracklist:
1. Parallel Lines
3. Bits And Pieces
4. Dull To Pause
6. Sneak A Picture
7. The Animator
8. What It's For
Juana Molina used to be a comedian in her native Argentina. Then she dropped the comedian shtick, and between 1996 and today, she put out a couple of homemade solo albums that were delicate, whispery, and bubbling with electronics. They were very well received and, no, they are not comedy albums. What? Is that a problem for you? Are you disappointed? Did you expect something else?
Juana’s gonna be bringing her decidedly un-funny music to the unwashed American masses this February with her first-ever full-band U.S. tour. She’ll likely be playing a bunch of songs from her 2008 Domino Records release Un Día (which made #16 on our year-end favorites list), and maybe if we’re really, really lucky, she’ll play “The Chanukah Song.”
Tour Dates For Juana Molina:
02.09.09 - Bellingham, WA - Nightlight Lounge
02.10.09 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
02.11.09 - Portland, OR - Lol's Room
02.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.14.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
02.15.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOHO Restaurant And Music Club
02.17.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.20.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Whole Music Club
02.21.09 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar
02.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Morse Theatre
02.23.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
02.24.09 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
02.26.09 - Cambridge, MA - Brattle Theatre
02.27.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
02.28.09 - Arlington, VA - Iota Club And Cafe
03.01.09 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
I felt a great disturbance in the YouTubiforce, as if millions of Twilight fans cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced… I fear something copyright-infringible has happened…
Okey dokey, here’s what the fuck’s up, internet. All ya’ll YouTube frequentin’, inane iMovie video montage makin’, Twilight obsessin’, Kristen Bell mentally undressin’ motherfunkers better get ready for the big pain, ‘cuz not only does every single person with a functioning parietal lobe think your fan videos are stupid, so does YouTube itself.
Actually, that was out of line. YouTube doesn’t hate your movies that much. I even assume Steve Chen and Chad Hurley stipulated in their initial business plan that moronic fan tributes to Final Fantasy would likely account for half their server space. The real villain here, as always, are the big, fat, Goo Goo Dolls-hating record companies. For awhile, YouTube’s policy ran parallel with the record companies’ party line -- if the corporations discovered a video illegally utilizing one of their rightfully-owned songs, YouTube would automatically remove the video and pretend like there had never been an honest and heartfelt tribute to Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina set to “Iris” (I’ll never forgive you for that, YouTube).
But now YouTube has changed its tune. Instead of removing the video altogether, the site will first warn you about your dastardly copyright infringement, then suggest you either remove the music from your video and keep it online or change the audio entirely with a song from YouTube’s “library of pre-cleared music.” Oh, the glorious options! This policy most likely acts as a harbinger for a broad (and profitable) elimination of all possible infringing content.
Whatever -- as long as it gets rid of at least a few of these Naruto + Nickelback tributes, I’ll be glad.
We are in tumultuous times. Our economy’s in the toilet; we’re in the middle of two awful wars; and we’ve just inaugurated a new president who hopefully will do something about both these things. Thankfully, yesterday, a shining beacon of hope emerged, indicating that the world is slowly being restored to order, that we will emerge from this darkness, that it will be paradise when we see the light:
JOHN DARNIELLE AND JOHN VANDERSLICE ARE TOURING TOGETHER!
I can’t really do justice to how goddamn excited I am about this, and I also can’t announce the tour in a way superior to the words John Darnielle used to announce it on The Mountain Goats’ website:
We are going to light out for the Territories in a van with two acoustic guitars, some notebooks, our soundman Brandon and a pouch full of charms against ill omen. We are going to get elemental. We are going to stomp our feet and hammer at the strings until we get what we want from them. We, a couple of guys named John, are going to tour, is what we're going to do.
Amen to that. This does nothing to disprove my theory that John Darnielle is actually God in (a very thin) disguise.
03.18.09 - Asheville, NC - the Grey Eagle
03.20.09 - Norfolk, VA - the Atticus Theatre
03.21.09 - Washington, DC - Sixth and I Synagogue
03.24.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
03.25.09 - Somerville, MA - the Sommerville Theatre
03.27.09 - New York, NY - Society for Ethical Culture (Wordless Music series)
03.29.09 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
03.30.09 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.01.09 - Chicago, IL - Epiphany Episcopal
04.02.09 - Champaign, IL - Courtyard Café at University of Illinois
04.03.09 - Iowa City, IA - the Mill (Mission Creek Music Festival)
04.04.09 - Richmond, IN - Earlham College
04.06.09 - Bloomington IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
[Photo: Mark Van S.]
According to several reports, Sony Music Entertainment began layoffs last week, cutting at least 30 people from its two distribution companies: Red and Sony Global Digital Business And U.S. Sales. Although the recession has been going on for quite some time now, apparently the folks at Sony still thought that someone out there was spending money on CDs. Haven’t you been paying attention, Sony? Even Best Buy is selling vinyl now (TMT News).
Sony’s Columbia Records has also hopped aboard the layoff train, cutting people like urban marketing executive Al Branch and the president of urban music, Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua. Damn, his nickname is really “Hip Hop,” and he worked in urban music? Originality at its finest.
How Akron/Family plan to live up to the name of their new album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, on their upcoming tour:
Setting It Wild:
- The tour will be a series of intimate residencies in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with multiple nights at smaller venues than Akron/Family would normally play.
- On their tour last fall, Akron/Family created “cacophonous onstage jams” with openers Megafaun and The Dodos; and at their Emo’s show last year, they led the audience and 20 additional musicians in a shirtless sing-a-long parade throughout the streets of Austin. I don’t know about you, but those facts alone are getting me pumped for this tour.
Setting It Free:
- Can you say “hand-picked openers”? Each night of the tour will feature guest musicians joining Akron/Family on stage, creating a unique experience for the audience each night.
- The new album will be Akron/Family’s first record since Ryan Vanderhoof departed last fall, making it their official debut as a trio.
Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free is due out on Dead Oceans on May 5.
03.06.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.07.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern @
03.08.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.10.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Steve Allen Theatre
03.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Steve Allen Theatre
03.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Steve Allen Theatre
03.17.09 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theatre
03.18.09 - Austin,TX - SXSW
03.22.09 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
03.23.09 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees &
03.24.09 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees &
03.25.09 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore &
03.26.09 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore &
03.27.09 - New York City, NY - The New Museum
03.28.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
03.29.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
& Born Ruffians
[Photo: Sebastian Mlynarski]