Rivers Cuomo Preps Live CD, Gives Rainn Wilson Yet Another Chance for Goofy Mugging

Thirsty for a drink from the mighty River of Cuomo? Get yer canteen!
The release of last year's Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers
has sparked the upcoming release of the Weezer frontman's live
CD and accompanying DVD. It was recorded in December 2008 at Fingerprintz Records in Long Beach, CA, during a promotional in-store solo
performance of Weezer and Cuomo solo songs that included plenty of
participation from the 150-member audience. The DVD will feature an
interview between Cuomo and actor/musician Jason Schwartzman.

Hopefully all you fans of nerdy, sensitive geek boys are sitting down,
because it doesn't end there. Cuomo and Schwartzman have also been
recording new material together, which they will debut April 11
on Sirius Radio's Alternative Radio Countdown. Not only that, but
apparently Rainn Wilson, best known as The Office's Dwight Schrute,
makes an appearance on the new material. Just what he's doing there is
the million-dollar question.

In other Weezer news, the band will be playing its first tour date of
2009 at Tokyo's Fujirock Festival on July 26. Other U.S. and
international dates are in the works, possibly in support of the
band's seventh album, which is rumored to be dropping later this year. They are also rumored to go on tour with the newly reunited Blink-182.

Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band Announce Free Documentary & Comparably Expensive Summer Tour Dates

When last we caught up with the lonesome crowded Conor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band (TMT News), they were prepping their oddly cheesily-titled sophomore album Outer South for a May 5 release on Merge.

Well, now it seems as though that’s just not enough. Conor Oberst wants to show gratitude to his fans for sticking by him in his latest period of Neil Young Envy, so on April 15, he and his Mystic Valley bros are releasing a free documentary that chronicles the past year or so in the life of the band. Titled One of My Kind, the documentary will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s journey over the last year and a half. Made by the band’s guitar-tech Phil Schaffart and presented by the internet’s premiere “good cause taste-maker” Causecast, the 60-minute film basically chronicles the hanging-out-and-makin’-bank of Conor and Co., from the recording of their first album in Tepoztlan, Mexico to their worldwide tour in 2008 and the making of Outer South in El Paso, Texas.

This thing will be available as a free stream or HD download exclusively on Causecast IFC.com, conoroberst.com, mergerecords.com, and wichita-recordings.com. Additionally, Causecast.org partner sites IFC.com, The Huffington Post, and MySpace IMPACT will each feature exclusive outtakes, trailers, and live acoustic performances from the film. Meanwhile, you can watch a trailer of the film here.

Outer South is currently available for pre-order at Merge, some U.S. shows are happening in the coming days, and the documentary will be up next week. But in the meantime, you should be plenty busy clicking on all of these links that we threw in here for you...

Well? What are you waiting for? Click on them. ALL of them. We’ll know if you don’t. We’ve got technology over here. You really don't want to make the Wichita Recordings people angry.


04.09.09 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
04.10.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
04.11.09 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
04.12.09 - El Paso, TX - Barnett Harley Davidson
04.13.09 - Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine Theater
04.14.09 - Tempe. AZ - The Marquee
04.15.09 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
04.17.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella
06.17.09 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
06.18.09 - Telluride, CO - Telluride BlueGrass Festival
06.19.09 - Moab, UT - Star Hall
06.20.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Library Square
06.21.09 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
06.22.09 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
06.24.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
06.25.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Summer Fest
06.26.09 - Omaha, NE - Anchor Inn
06.28.09 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
06.29.09 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
06.30.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
07.01.09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.02.09 - Bearsville, NY - Bearsville Theater
07.03.09 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

La Otracina to Embark on Tour Today; Southeastern United States in Immediate Danger of Psychic Flooding; Experts Fear Many Minds Will be Blown

Brooklyn psych connoisseurs La Otracina are about to leave the rainy, slightly chilly weather of New York for warmer skies, boiled peanuts, and southern kicks. The band, fresh off the release of Blood Moon Riders on Holy Mountain, will bring their blazing form of overt mind-bending hard rock theatrics to several spots in the Carolinas and Florida, including a tour finale in Richmond, Virginia. They will come armed with plenty of Pentagram bootlegs for the long drive and will more than likely be looking to cop a bag once they get to your town.

Here’s their itinerary.
04.08.09 - Greensboro, NC - 1701 West Friendly (house show) #
04.09.09 - Charleston, SC - 89 Columbus St (house show) $
04.10.09 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub ^
04.11.09 - Lakeland, FL - Melvin Gallery (Florida Southern College) @
04.12.09 - Tampa, FL - The Roosevelt @
04.13.09 - Gainesville, FL - The Kickstand *
04.14.09 - Greenville, SC - X-Records &
04.15.09 - Richmond, VA - Dude Manch 618 E. Franklin (house show) %
04.24.09 - NAAM Record Release Show (venue TBA)
05.20.09 - New York, NY - The Stone

# The Three Brained Robot, Iron Bitchface

$ The Dead Hippies, Appolyon

^ Bleeding Rainbow, Happy Valley

@ Evening People

* Nomenclature, The Future Now, Tanks in Series

& Orchard

% Yardwork, Caves/Caverns

Ted Leo And The Pharmacists Announce New Tourdates, Me to Invent Fake Corrupt Politicians To Inspire New Album

Now that George W. Bush is long gone, Ted Leo and his band of Pharmacists are probably having trouble coming up with ways of lashing out at The Man for their new album. Because there are only so many songs you can write about the Iraq War, I've taken it upon myself to invent fake corrupt politicians to inspire him. Here’s a list of leaders I plan to email him:

- Baron Von Clighorn: a German dictator who is responsible for waging war with the state of Pennsylvania after his Philly cheese steak gave him the runs.
- Igor The Heavyweight: an overweight eight-year-old that ran away from his fat camp in Russia and went on a killing spree all over Europe, targeting fast food employees. Ran for office after getting out of jail and won.
- Joseph Fineman: a former AIG employee that took his bonus and ran... all the way to congress, where he now fights for big business injustices.

Hear new Ted Leo songs about those corrupt politicians and more on their upcoming tour:
04.11.09 - Houston, TX - Rice University Quad
06.08.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
06.10.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre %
06.11.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
06.12.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree %
06.14.09 - Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival
06.15.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House %
06.16.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel %
06.19.09 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place %
06.20.09 - Providence, RI - AS220 %

% Titus Andronicus

TicketsNow Forced to Surrender All Broker Information

Looks like the good times might be over for brokers of Ticketmaster subsidiary TicketsNow – their records are as good as public, due to “special interest” and subpoenas from the ongoing governmental investigation of the ticket giant's shadiness. Brokers (an awfully generous term) will have no choice but to surrender records regarding individual tickets sold and even provide copies of their contracts with TicketsNow.

It's an interesting turn of events, as brokers have always been the money-making lapdogs of the ticket behemoth but now appear to be grade-A dirty laundry. Just taking a stab here, but perhaps investigators might be interested in exactly how many tickets never make it anywhere near the individual consumer for direct sale, resulting in absurdly quick sell-out times and, yes, scalping by brokers on the internet.

The text of the e-mail sent to brokers is as follows:

As you are aware, recent events have resulted in a heightened level of interest in Ticketmaster's and TicketsNow's businesses. One by-product of this heightened interest is that we have received a number of subpoenas and demands for sworn information about TicketsNow and its broker clients. These include formal requests for information and/or subpoenas from, among others, the United States Department of Justice, the New Jersey Attorney General's office, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Canadian Competition Bureau.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that we are now required to hand over certain information about TicketsNow's broker clients and their sales activities. In particular, we are required to identify: (i) information regarding any seller of tickets on TicketsNow for the May 21 and May 23, 2009 Bruce Springsteen concerts at the IZOD Center in New Jersey; (ii) the names and contact information of all ticket brokers with whom TicketsNow does business; and (iii) copies of TicketsNow broker contracts.

We are taking steps to protect the confidentiality of these materials once produced but feel we are required to provide these materials in response to lawful demands. Therefore, please be advised that we will respond to these subpoenas and demands for information one week from today. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. Any questions should be directed to legalinquiries@ticketmaster.com.

Ticketmaster Legal Department

Ponytail Hit the Road; Not One of Them to Actually Rep a Ponytail

Baltimore's newest obsession Ponytail have hit the road and are coming to your town (if you're lucky!). They are touring in support of their highly acclaimed second record, Ice Cream Spiritual (TMT Review), which came out on We Are Free in June of last year. If you haven't had the chance to see the band before, here are some words: "It's a release, a party, a cathartic getaway from the life around you. I have laid witness to Ponytail over and over, and the feeling never dwindles and the sounds never dull. Their faces are always illuminating and it transfers to your heart and grins. Your world is the now and it feels amazing. It's the sheeeezbaum!" Sounds amazing, right?! Well go check it out!

"Lookout weekend/ 'Cause here I come/ Because weekends/ Were made for fun":
04.23.09 - Washington DC - DC9
04.24.09 - Wesleyan, CT - Eclectic House
04.25.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
04.26.09 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
04.27.09 - Burlington, CT - Monkey House
04.28.09 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
04.29.09 - Toronto, Ontario - The Deleon White Gallery
04.30.09 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
05.01.09 - Mt. Pleasant, MI - Rubble Bar
05.03.09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
05.04,09 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot+
05.05.09 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
05.07.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.08.09 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.09.09 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
05.10.09 - Portland, OR - Holocene
05.12.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05.13.09 - Visalia, CA - Howie and Sons
05.15.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
05.16.09 - Irvine, CA - Acrobatics Everyday
05.17.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Phix Gallery
05.19.09 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprocks
05.20.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's Chaos in Tejas pre-party
05.21.09 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern
05.22.09 - Brimingham, AL - The Bottletree
05.23.09 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.24.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.25.09 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar

* Marnie Stern, Think About Life

+ Vivian Girls

Kill Rock Stars Sign New Distribution Deal, Continue Killing Rock Stars




Just joking, I read the website that I work for; and even though there were initial rumors of T&G completely shutting down (it won’t), the label is mainly just discontinuing distribution for other labels and won’t release new music for awhile. But now most people are wondering: “What’s going to happen to all the labels that used T&G as a distributor?” I don’t know about most of the labels (like Merge, Drag City, Suicide Squeeze, or Jade Tree), but like the headline read: Kill Rock Stars has moved on and found a new distributor.

The venerable Northwest indie label announced on Monday that it has signed a new deal with independent distribution company, Redeye. The entire KRS catalog will now be carried by the indie firm ensuring that records by Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, Bikini Kill, and Sleater-Kinney will still be available to emo kids and riot grrrls everywhere.

Redeye distributes labels like Barsuk, Warp, Luaka Bop, Daptone, and Yep Roc and also ensures that releases by artists like Public Enemy, The Faint, The Donnas, Lisa Loeb, and Cake make it to store shelves.

The first Redeye-distributed record from Kill Rock Stars will be the new album by The Thermals, Now We Can See, expected for release on April 7.

....okay, there are the riots. And headquarters of the people responsible for all those Calvins we see peeing on each other. Oh, and there's that extreme poverty, racial tension, and economic collapse that surrounds the city like a horrible cloud of insidious smoke. There's that, too. But in spite of all that shit (or maybe because of it), you end up with a by-product unparalleled in cities larger, richer, and arguably smarter.

You get music. Killer amazing music. You get Motown. You get Iggy and The Stooges and MC5 (that's Motor City Five, by the way). And then there's John Lee Hooker, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sonny Bono, Question Mark & the Mysterians, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, and Alice Cooper; The Gories,The White Stripes, The Dirtbombs, The Von Bondies, J Dilla, and Eminem. See what I'm saying? Besides New York, Chicago, and LA, can you think of anywhere else that has given us so much and so varied a musical retrospective?

Now, enter Tyvjk (a.k.a. Tyvek a.k.a. TVK), and think messy garage art punk. Think hammers and nails eeking out a melody and four-tracks recording sporadically. These guys take that Detroit molten lava, throw it against the wall -- not in anger, but in pure joy -- just to see how it settles. They've been compared to The Velvet Underground and MC5, as well as Times New Viking and The Vivian Girls. I just think they're good old fashioned punk rock from the days before "punk rock" was a thing you needed to scream through or dress up as. They don't have a website yet (beyond their MySpace page); they've only released 7-inches (most notably on Sub Pop's singles club - TMT News). Hell, even John Waters is a fan.

Sounds like a good time to catch a show, if you ask me. They play tonight at the Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, then it's off to Europe with Cheveu

04.10.09 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
04.11.09 - Torino, Italy - Asilo Occupato
04.12.09 - Rome, Italy - Locanda Atlantide
04.13.09 - Italy - TBA
04.14.09 - Italy - TBA
04.15.09 - Zagreb, Croatia - Spunk
04.16.09 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadtpark
04.17.09 - Praha, Czech Republic - TBA
04.18.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Beat Club
04.19.09 - Göteborg, Sweden - Utmarken
04.20.09 - Helsingor, Denmark - Musikhuset Elvaerket
04.21.09 - Germany - TBA
04.22.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occii
04.23.09 - Tournai, Belguim - TBA
04.24.09 - Paris, France - Fleche D’or (Pheromoans)
04.25.09 - Ris Orangis, France - La Ferme De La Justice (Aeroflot)

Flowered Up! Petal Pushers Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett, Devendra Banhart, Josephine Foster, and Mark Kozelek Pay Tribute to Kath Bloom

We should be grateful we live in this age of insane mass commercial availability, but rehashing the pointless and unimportant can get a bit sickening. However, some reminiscences are no-brainers, and a gentle rekindling of appreciation is required. Take, for example, Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom, which eases into life by Chapter Music today, April 7.

Apart from the formidable Ms. Bloom, who gets a full disc to herself, the collection will feature some big-name admirers taking on her best and beloved songs. Hot-blooded men like Bill Callahan, Devendra Banhart, Mark Kozelek, The Dodos, and others have recorded tracks for the project. The female contingent boasts absolutely no slouches either: Josephine Foster, Meg Baird, Scout Niblett, Mia Doi Todd, and Corrina Repp all give props to the sad-voiced lady of the lowlands (of Connecticut?).

Bloom is mostly known for a number of lovely avant-folk, small-label records and limited CD-Rs she recorded with guitar guru Loren Mazzacane Connors in the late-1970s/early-1980s, but after returning to the recording arena in the 1990s, her too-few solo albums have garnered a great deal of praise as well. And no, while you will notice two versions of "Come Here" on each disc listed below, it is not because the song gained popularity after being featured in the Ethan Hawke/Julie Delpy film Before Sunrise. It is simply Bloom unleashing her inner Neil Young, who is a master of the duplicitous double song shots on some of his rekkerds. For Kath Bloom, it’s better to always burn brightly than to fade away.

Disc One (The Covers):

1. Marble Sounds - "Come Here"
2. Bill Callahan - "The Breeze/My Baby Cries"
3. Laura Jean - "When I See You"
4. Mark Kozelek - "Finally"
5. Mick Turner & Peggy Frew - "Window"
6. Devendra Banhart - "Forget About Him"
7. Scout Niblett - "I Wanna Love"
8. The Dodos - "Biggest Light of All"
9. Josephine Foster - "Look at Me"
10. Mia Doi Todd - "Ready or Not"
11. Corrina Repp - "Fall Again"
12. Marianne Dissard & Joey Burns - "It’s So Hard to Come Home"
13. Amy Rude - "In Your School"
14. Tom Hanford - "If This Journey"
15. Meg Baird - "There Was a Boy
16. The Concretes - "Come Here"

Disc Two:

1. Come Here
2. The Breeze/My Baby Cries
3. When I See You
4. Finally
5. Window
6. Forget About Him
7. I Wanna Love
8. Biggest Light of All
9. Look at Me
10. Ready or Not
11. Fall Again
12. It’s So Hard to Come Home
13. In Your School
14. If This Journey
15. There Was a Boy
16. Come Here

Bloom recently completed a small handful of dates in California, playing with the likes of Little Wings, Mia Doi Todd, and Be-Gulls, but she will be sticking closer to home for a couple shows in the next couple months. Come here, no, below here, to see the sites of her shows.
05.02.09 - New Haven, CT - Café Nine
06.21.09 - Litchfield, CT - Haight Vineyard

Metric Announce Summer Tourdates; I’m Still Waiting On That Alabama Reunion

It’s been awhile since Toronto’s Metric have been on the road. But this summer, they’re back supporting Fantasies, their fourth full-length studio album. Since March 31, fans have been able to purchase the album on iTunes, two weeks ahead of next week's release date (April 14). However, Metric isn’t the only Canadian band getting back into the swing of things this summer. Take a peek at the other Canadian reunions below:

- Alabama – Did you know that this ’70s pop band has a member named Buster Fykes? That’s just cruel.
- Finger Eleven – Angst never gets old, apparently.
- I Mother Earth – Canada’s Soul Asylum.
- Moist – Canada’s Dishwalla.

Metric or Alabama? Tough choice, indeed:
06.04.09 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
06.05.09 - Portland, OR - Wonder
06.06.09 - San Francisco, CA - BFD
06.07.09 - San Diego, CA - Independence jam
06.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
06.11.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden
06.12.09 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
06.13.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
06.14.09 - Chicago, IL - Metro
06.15.09 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
06.17.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.18.09 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.19.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero