Mercury Rev Return with Two Albums; Rev Run Returns with a New Book and a Whole Mess o’ Homespun Family Life Lessons!
Dear Mr P,
I accept the fact that I had to sacrifice a whole morning polishing your Benz for whatever it was I did wrong. But I think you're crazy to also make me write a news story telling you who I think Mercury Rev are, if they are actually going to release two Yep Roc, David Fridmann-produced albums September 30 entitled Snowflake Midnight and Strange Attractor (the latter being a companion album to Snowflake Midnight and a FREE download available to anyone on Yep Roc's Mercury Rev mailing list), and chart their forthcoming tour schedule that will take them to a number of European festivals and club dates. You see them how you want to see them... in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definition. But what I found out is that each one in Mercury Rev is a brain... and an athlete... a Jonathan Donahue... and a basket case... a Grasshopper... a princess... a Jeff Mercel... and a criminal. Does that answer your question?
Sincerely, the Breakfast Burrito.
1. Snowflake in a Hot World
2. Butterfly's Wings
3. Senses on Fire
4. People Are So Unpredictable (There's No Bliss Like Home)
5. October Sunshine
6. Runaway Raindrop
7. Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower
8. Faraway for Cars
9. A Squirrel and I (Holding On...and Letting Go)
1. Love Is Pure
2. Taken Up Into Clouds, Changed and Rained Down
3. Pure Joie de la Solitude
4. Persistence and the Apis Mellifera
5. Fable of a Silver Moon
6. Loop Lisse, Loop
7. In My Heart, a Strange Attractor
8. Incident on Abeel Street
9. Af Den Fader Kommer Den Sol
10. Because Because Because
11. Nocturne for Norwood
"Zooming in at any part of SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, at nearly any conceivable magnification, always reveals the forces of symmetry and chaos at play, shimmering, vibrating close-ups and vistas of Life driving itself onward, bursting with patterns and mandala-like forms pushed to the brink of incredible pressures then lost in an instant... blown apart by their own majestic desire to share themselves, spirals of new momentum inter-twingling with the vastness of limitless new creation... The entire album sequence appears to be a resplendent fractal, folding in upon itself, into something continually new, unpredictable and spontaneous, and yet, paradoxically at times so subtly self-aware, never failing to resemble itself in the whole..." says the band's website.
Good. I effin' love "chaos at play!"
08.07.08 - Lausanne-Pully, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.09.08 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Beatday 08
08.12.08 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Kilkenny Arts Festival
08.14.08 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop 2008
08.29.08 - Inverary Argyll, Scotland - Hydro Connect Festival
09.13.08 - North Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09.21.08 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York 2008
10.31.08 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue
11.01.08 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
11.02.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St
11.04.08 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.05.08 - Manchester, England - Academy
11.06.08 - Leeds, England - Academy
11.07.08 - Birmingham, England - Academy
11.09.08 - Newcastle, England - Academy
11.11.08 - Brighton, England - Corn Exchange
11.12.08 - Bristol, England - Academy
11.13.08 - London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
11.14.08 - Oxford, England - Academy
11.16.08 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
11.17.08 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11.21.08 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
11.22.08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.24.08 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11.25.08 - Paris, France - Elysée Montmartre
11.26.08 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.27.08 - Barcelon, Spain - Bikini
11.28.08 - Madrid, Spain - Joy
11.29.08 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, Unless You’re Prince; Prince Seeks to Destroy Copies of Tribute Album
So, there's this new Prince tribute album, Shockadelica. It's Norwegian and artistically diverse, featuring artists whose genres range from heavy metal to country to a goddamn symphony orchestra. It's actually more of a cross-section of what Norway has to offer, musically, but the 5-disc, 81-song set all happens to be a gigantic lovefest for the one and only AFNAP. It's risen to #8 on the Norwegian charts, and the whole deal is totally legal, since Norwegian label C+C Records paid their licensing fees to Prince's people. Only 5,000 copies were produced, and no one made a cent from it, as it was a total labor of love. It was when the label sent a free copy to the Artist himself that the Purple One made his wrath known, smacking C+C down with a lawsuit and demanding all copies of the tribute album set be destroyed.
Right. Because everyone is going to rush out and buy Shockadelica, instantly prefer Dog Almighty's cover of "Sexy MF" over the original, and boycott Prince's version forever. Prince, I hereby dub thee Sir Bossypants. Overreact much?
You can still preview individual tracks at the C+C Records website, but don't be surprised if someone throws a purple rock through your window with a mysterious symbol painted on it.
Last Thursday, editor Jay Babcock posted an announcement on Arthur Magazine's website, titled "Arthur Magazine needs $20,000 by July 1 or it will die." In it, he details the LA-based magazine's recent financial troubles, including poor ad sales, increased costs, "zero new backers," and more. Indeed, Arthur -- most famous for trumpeting the adventurous realms of the musical underground with writers like Byron Coley and Thurston Moore -- is still in ridiculous, credit-cards-maxed-out debt (created after Babcock saved the magazine from demise last year by purchasing publisher Laris Kreslins' half ownership).
But, in the TMT tradition of burying the lede, I'm happy to report some good news. Despite only having six days to reach its goal of $20,000, Arthur has already raised -- as of Monday morning -- $20,879 from 234 gracious "participants," thus essentially saving the magazine once again!
According to Babcock's post: "Our long-term prospects are good, if we are fortunate enough to make it through this rough patch." Apparently, the rough patch is over. But given the tightness of this situation, it definitely wouldn't hurt to donate more.
Will 2008 go down as the year that Sub Pop went rural? Sure, it has released a number of quieter folk-y/country-ish releases in the past, but this year alone we have been treated to Fleet Foxes, Grand Archives, and Sera Cahoone, not to mention the upcoming Blitzen Trapper LP. These bands sound like you might find them playing alone in a forest somewhere. Quite a change from the label's beginnings, with Green River, Nirvana, and The Fastbacks, don't you think? Yes, Sub Pop has also released Wolf Parade, Mudhoney, Kelly Stoltz, Foals, and Ruby Suns records this year, but just play along, okay?
Well, Hardly Art -- Sub Pop's sister label/subsidiary, started by SP founder Jonathan Poneman -- is not immune to this folk-ish outbreak, as it has just announced the upcoming release of a new LP by the duo of Jesse Lortz & Kimberly Morrison, a.k.a., The Dutchess & the Duke. Expect the presence of acoustic guitars, tambourines, the sound a beard makes touching a microphone, and vocal harmonies-galore on their debut LP, She's The Dutchess, He's the Duke , which you can purchase July 8. Continuing the familial feelings found at Sub Pop, the band is touring as the opener for the aforementioned Fleet Foxes. FF&D&D, fuckin' dynamite!
* Fleet Foxes
# Pink Reason
MTV to Start Accepting Political Ads… But More Importantly, There Are People Out There Who Refer to Diddy as “Poof Daddy”
I'm sorry, I don't know if I can write this story yet, because I'm still giggling like a moron. LOOK. Check out the first reader comment. Poof Daddy. Genius.
ANYWAY, political ads on MTV....
Here's an official statement from MTV Networks:
MTV Networks will accept political advertising that is national in scope, sponsored by a legally qualified candidate, a candidate's official campaign committee, a nationally recognized political party, or the official congressional campaign committee(s) of a nationally recognized party.
The change has been touted by various MTV execs as a great way for political candidates to reach youth voters, but since it will only be accepting ads from the two major political parties, I'll give you three guesses as to which presidential candidate will make better use of these new resources. Yes, even Democratic strategist Tad Devine agrees, saying, "I'm sure Obama's campaign will look seriously at advertising there, given his advantage with young people."
Let's do the math here. MTV Networks will only run political ads for the Democratic and Republican campaigns, and it's pretty much a given that Obama has the youth vote. However, the FCC states that political candidates must be given the opportunity to have equal airtime, which means McCain will probably have to come up with something for the Real World set. This is gonna be good. Republican Bikini Beach Party Jams! I see Mr P getting all hot and bothered already.
When they're not getting kicked out of rural liberal arts colleges, Toronto punkers Fucked Up have been working (no doubt ‘around the clock’) with Matador Records to prepare for the October 7 release of their forthcoming album, The Chemistry Of Common Life.
According to Matador's blog, FU guitarist "10,000 Marbles" describes the album's subject matter as “basically about rebirth and the Sun. And lightning.” Further, the album will showcase "10-15 guitar tracks on many songs, along with flutes, organs, and French horn." FURTHER, guests include Katie Stelmanis and the Vivian Girls on vocals and Max McCabe-Locos (from The Deadly Snakes) on organ.
Keep updated with Fucked Up in all its random glory at band blog, Looking for Gold. Interested parties can even download a full copy of the band's new disc (the very one repped above) here.... PSYCH! It'll be at least a month before you can download the leak of that.
* Sled Island Festival
SOHH, a site Rolling Stone labeled "the best overall hip-hip site," was invaded this morning by a "notorious hacking group." The site was plastered with Nazi images and racist, misogynist headlines. Street Knowledge has posted screenshots of the hacked website, and has also included an e-mail about the hackers from an anonymous reader. Here are some notable excerpts:
- "The details surrounding the cause of this attack is
sketchy at the moment, but it has also been reported that other rival
Hip-Hop sites such as World Star Hip-Hop, Dat Piff, and All Hip-Hop
were under siege by the hackers as well."
- "The attack was coordinated by the hackers in retaliation due to the taunting from several members in SOHH’s JBO (Just Buggin’ Out) forum, which is designed for general discussion. The attack begain with simple spamming and defacing of the website with grotesque pictures and derogatory terms, assuming this was enough for SOHH’s forums until members continued to provoke them."
I personally noticed something was fishy when my RSS reader was feeding titles like "Urgent News!!!!," "50 Cent marries a watermelon," and "OH LAWDY I BE USIN DEM INSTANETS BOSS!" After checking out what the deal was, my browser went crazy, popping up multiple windows and flashing pornographic images.
SOHH seems to be down at the moment, and I don't recommend you checking it out for yourself. I still can't get the elderly-couple-having-anal-sex images out of my head. What a way to start a Friday!
If you have a young child or are just some freak who still enjoys McDonald's Happy Meals, you may remember back in April when the fast food chain decided to promote American Idol by coming out with a series of toys that were each based on a different music genre. Collect ’em all: Disco Dave, Country Clay, Rockin’ Riley, Soulful Selma, and New Wave Nigel.
Wait... scratch that last one, as Devo are claiming that New Wave Nigel is a complete ripoff of their image. Nigel comes outfitted with an orange jumpsuit, pink sunglasses, and a hat that looks suspiciously like Devo’s famous “energy dome” hat. Hmm, sounds questionable, indeed!
Apparently, the toy also plays a “Devo-esque” song too. Devo bass player, Gerald Casale, had the following to say about the band’s position on the matter:
We are in the midst of suing them. This New Wave Nigel doll that they've created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it's copyrighted and trademarked. They didn't ask us anything. Plus, we don't like McDonald's, and we don't like American Idol, so we're doubly offended.
Oslo, Norway's Øyafestival may be one of the smartest summer bashes ever. Every festival I've attended in the great outdoors has the exact same ending: drunk people stumbling around in a sea of discarded plastic cups and other concert paraphernalia. Not so in Oslo. Øyafestival actually pays its patrons for the trash they pick up, as well as promotes a 100% eco-friendly mindset, extending even to the food served during the show. Sure, you can say your fest's earth-friendly, but how many festivals actually receive government certification backing that up? Øyafestival's got it. Here's the proverbial cherry on top: before the festival even starts, 30 different venues in the Oslo city center will put on shows featuring over 100 acts, and they're all free for festival ticket-holders. Lolla-what? Pitchfork who?
Oh, right. The lineup. It SUCKS! It's awful. That's what you sacrifice for such idyllic surroundings. I mean, who wants to see My Bloody Valentine anymore? We get it! You reunited! Bo-ring. Sonic Youth are always a total snooze; Girl Talk just has a secret boner for Britney Spears; N.E.R.D. are soooo 2004; and Sigur Rós are just totally out of place. At least there are four open-air stages, so you won't have to do all of your yawning in one place.
Here's the Big Lebowski:
My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, N.E.R.D., Sigur Rós, Clipse, Girl Talk, Jose Gonzales, Grinderman, Turbonegro (performing Apocalypse Dudes), Mayhem, Dirty Pretty Things, Health, Holy Fuck, Iron & Wine, Isis, Cut Copy, Mogwai, Lars Horntvedt w/KORK, Kid Sister & A-Trak, Notwist, Konono No 1, The Field, Jamie Lidell, Lightspeed Champion, Lykke Li, Diplo, Ida Maria, Yeasayer, The Mae Shi, The Sonics, Kaizers Orchestra, Mayhem, Buraka Som Sistema, The National, No Age, Okkervil River, The Sword, Sunn O))), Dark Meat, The Dodos, Fleet Foxes, Ane Brun, Silje Nes, Supersilent w/ Molvaer, Janelle Monáe, The Night Marchers, Dengue Fever, Booka Shade, The Presets, Kitsune Label Night, Boys Noize Label Night, Pilooski, Coliseum, The Urges, Strip Steve, Les Petit Pilous, A Place To Bury Strangers, Håkan Hellström, El Guincho, The Disciplines, Original Silence, Grand Archives, Whitest Boy Alive, Mental Overdrive, Don Juan Dracula, Nissenmondai, The Death Set, Claude VonStroke, Andrew Weatherall, LA Riots, and Best Fwends
Plus some acts from the Norwegian motherland: Raga Rockers / / Animal Alpha / Casiokids / diskJokke Band / We / Grand Island / El Cuero / Elephant9 / Gerilja / Roger Græsberg & The Anti-Music Bonanza / Thom Hell / Howl / Ingrid Olava / Kung Fu Girls / Lama / Master Piece Of Cake / Moddi / Pirate Love / Sigh & Explode / Tommy Tokyo & Starving For My Gravy / Truls & The Trees + just announced: Lukestar / Haust / Stella Mwangi / Rumble In Rhodos / Ingeborg Selnes / Bjørn Torske / Bonk / Bungalow Ranchstyle / Caddy / Le Corbeau / Like Rats From A Sinking Ship / Magnus Hænglse / Mattias Tellez / Now We've Got Members / Ost & Kjex / Rockettothesky / Shining / Nils Bech / Maribel / Nomber 5s / Hiawata! / Pow Pow
More info on Øyafestival here.
Andy Yorke, the younger brother of Thom Yorke, is set to release his debut solo album, Simple, on Aktiv, coinciding with a live appearance at London's 229. The album features contributions from Nigel Powell and Jason Moulster, both former Unbelievable Truth members (Andy Yorke's first band), who will also join Yorke onstage to perform the songs at the release show and throughout a European tour in the fall.
Unbelievable Truth's last album was released in 2000 on indie label Shifty Disco (after being dropped by Virgin), but the band has since reunited a couple times for one-off shows, as recently as last year. So why is the album filed under Andy Yorke and not Unbelievable Truth? More importantly, is the band better than On a Friday?
Simple comes out July 14 in the UK. Check out some Andy Yorke songs at Last.fm -- I know you're dying to.