One man. Six tracks. This mid-April, there's only one label with the power to reissue this out-of-print album with a bonus disc. Experience...

Jim O'Rourke in I'm Happy and I'm Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4.

Setting: the past. The years 1997-1999. Jim O'Rourke, solo artist and member of groups like Sonic Youth, Loose Fur, and Gastr del Sol, has just completed recording I'm Happy and I'm Singing on his laptop. The music was hot, and the babes were even hotter, and the cities where the album was recorded -- New York, Osaka, Tokyo, Toronto, and Malmö -- didn't even know what hit 'em. Fastforward to 2009. The album has been out of print for five years. The fans are restless. The music community has only one hope: that of a Editions Mego records reissue.

Starring Vin Diesel and Tara Reid, no other album reissue will have you THIS on the edge of your seat. Coming this mid-April, don't miss the reissue that Roger Ebert declared "a non-stop summer blockbuster of minimalism" and Leonard Maltin called "the best new artwork I've ever seen on a reissue."

I'm Happy and I'm Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4 reissue tracklisting:

Disc One:

1. I'm Happy
2. And I'm Singing
3. And a 1, 2, 3, 4

Disc Two

1. Let's Take it Again from the Top
2. Getting the Vapors
3. He Who Laughs

(FYI: Jim O'Rourke is also a comedian.)

Details Revealed for Jim Jarmusch Collaboration with Boris, Sunn O))), and Earth; Spoiler: No New Tracks :(

Pie and ice cream. Squatters and abandoned warehouses. Coffee and cream. Some things just go together.

Now you can add Jim Jarmusch and Southern Lord to that list. Jarmusch, the visionary filmmaker behind such works as Down By Law, Dead Man, Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers, and Coffee and Cigarettes, has a new flick in the works, and as previously reported (TMT News), the soundtrack leans heavily towards Southern Lord Recordings signees.

Entitled The Limits of Control, the film centers around a "mysterious loner" in modern Spain -- so, you know, it includes at least one scene of a shady business deal going down as the fiery spirit of flamenco dancers accentuates the underlying passion of, oh whatever. There will be flamenco, that's all I'm saying. (There always is in these pictures.) Yes, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton are in it, but no, RZA and Tom Waits are not. But that's okay, really, because this soundtrack is gonna knock your socks off. Or, you know, something a little doomier.

Slated for release on Lakeshore Records, the following current Southern Lords artists and tracks will be included:

Boris - " " aka "Smile" (from the Japanese version of Smile, on Disk Union Records)

Boris - "Feedbacker I & IV" (from Feedbacker, on Disk Union Records)

Boris -"Fuzzy Reactor" (from Rainbow, on Disk Union Records)

Boris -"Farewell" (from Pink, on Southern Lord)

Sunn O)))/Boris - "N.L.T." (from Altar, on Southern Lord)

Sunn O)))/Boris - "Blood Swamp" (from Altar, on Southern Lord)

Earth - "Omens and Portents 1: The Driver" (from The Bees Made Honey In The Lions' Skull, on Southern Lord)

The Limits of Control hits theatres June 3, 2009. The soundtrack is scheduled for an April 28, 2009 release.

Beck to Reissue 1994 K Records Release One Foot in the Grave in a Last-Ditch Effort to Pull One Foot of His Career Out of It

Remember the ’90s, when gas was $1.09, cell phones were for emergencies, and Beck was BECK? Well, Beck remembers too, and he’s apparently aching to remind us all that he wasn’t always an aging caricature who had to try incredibly hard to make it seem like he, you know, wasn’t trying hard. Back in the ’90s? He just straight-up WASN’T trying hard, and when you listen back to those early amateur moments, it’s clear that he was an expert at it.

Thus, the sadly overwrought Beck of 2009 plans to capitalize big-time on his devil-may-care debut with the reissue of his 1994 slacker-folk album One Foot in the Grave on April 14th, with reportedly 16 additional songs tacked onto the original tracklist. Although this out-of-print beauty (which was recorded before — but released after — Beck’s breakthrough major label debut Mellow Gold) was originally released on K Records, it looks as though Interscope Records will handle the reissue.

The news of the reissue first appeared in Japanese paper Daily Yomiuri, which interviewed Beck before his Japanese tour this month. “Well, it’s been out of print for a few years, so it’s something we’ve been planning, but I knew that we had these extra tracks. I’ve actually been working on this for the past two or three years,” Beck tried hard to not try hard to tell the paper. “[On] the original tapes there were an extra maybe 30 songs that weren’t on the record and I picked the best… and added them on there, so it’s got about a little over a dozen extra tracks that no one’s heard before.” So there you have it: the best of the worst of the slacker’s expertly unhappy-proletarian junk folk... wait, what?

Anyway, in addition to the original One Foot, the three-song It’s All In Your Mind EP (that’s the original, not the Sea Change version, son) is also reportedly included, as is a batch of unreleased songs that have appeared only on bootlegs and/or songs that have only previously existed in Beck-lore but never heard (”Teenage Wastebucket,” “Piss On the Door”). So this whole is pretty exciting/confusing/meaningful/sad/awesome/ineffectual/essential, basically, depending on your point of view. Hey, kind of like how Beck himself is at this point!

No More Nothing: 2009’s First Quarter Passes with No New Platinum Albums

In an age when corporate treasure holds are ever diminishing, music executives may now join their banking brethren in bereaving the loss of another piece of self-indulgent booty: the platinum record. Since no albums released in 2009’s first three months got even close to the one million mark, the RIAA won’t be doling out a single platinum record so far this year. In fact, only 39 releases sold more than 25,000 units in their opening week. Ouch.

The lack of platinum releases stands as a pale reflection of the sorry state of CD sales in general, which have dropped 20.3% from this time last year. While dwindling CD sales are nothing new by this point, labels now have to deal with store closings by credit-crunch ravaged retailers like Circuit City (RIP), Virgin Megatore, and Borders. Coupled with the ever increasing digital market (both legal and ehhh not so legal), I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that music industry may be in a bit of trouble. And as long as I’m making wacky theories, I don’t think newspapers are doing that great, either.

Ever since my virgin ears heard "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base playing eloquently on Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedication," I knew that Swedish music was on the rise and that ABBA, I mean Europe, had found their successors. Oh, how naïve I was.

More than a decade later, after a tirade of meaningless music fads and that one song by The Cardigans that was on the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack, Sweden's own Jens Lekman has taken center stage to win back the hearts of people who thought the Swedes went sour. Lekman has showed us that sounding similar to Kermit the frog is something sexual and intriguing, and after two delightful wingdings of recorded material, he will tour the unappreciated West Coast of the United States.

There's no word yet on whether this small tour will be with a full band or not, but you can bet your knickers it'll be appropriately intimate and Swedish. Opening for Lekman will be comedian Tig Notaro (Last Comic Standing 4, Sarah Silverman Show). Sounds tastier than ketchup on spaghetti!

05.26.09 - San Diego, CA - The Loft
05.27.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
05.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
05.29.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
05.30.09 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Art Center
06.01.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of the Hill
06.02.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of the Hill
06.03.09 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
06.04.09 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06.05.09 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06.06.09 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.07.09 - Vancouver, WA - Richards on Richards

Share Torrents on Facebook! What’s the IPREDator? Pirate Bay Investigator Gets Hacked! Yar!!! News from The Pirate Bay This Be

The following stories were found washed up on the shore in Cambodia. Three sheets of paper stuffed in a Japanese sake bottle, written in Swedish. The man who found it (we'll call him King Kong) then loaded the bottle onto his computer, zipped and uploaded it onto a server site, made it into a .torrent, and dispensed it throughout the internet through a popular torrent sharing site that will go unnamed.

Upon uploading the file myself, I cracked the bottle open and distilled these news updates regarding the notorious and/or glorious internet BitTorrent site, The Pirate Bay. Now, just weeks away from the much anticipated verdict on the copyright infringement case against the four Pirate Bay associates at Stockolm district court, here's the latest:

- Torrents on Facebook

A small icon started appearing in The Pirates Bay's search results over the weekend. An "f" in a little blue box, and an option to share. That's right, The Pirate Bay has made it that much easier to share your intellectual found objects to your friends and internet family through popular social networking site, Facebook. With roughly three clicks, you can now share a link found on The Pirate Bay's site openly with the world. Some people may be sketched out by the sheer lack of anonymity inherent in this potential violation of copyrighted law, but by making it easy and giving it the legitimacy of mob mentality, it may just overwhelm the opposition and give BitTorrent sites more widespread acceptance and legitimacy.

- Paid Privacy Service IPREDator

For those unconvinced, (or just more careful), The Pirate Bay also began beta-testing out a new privacy service called IPREDator. It's a virtual private network (VPN) software that would enable a file-sharer to use the BitTorrent tracker without leaving a trace and costs about $7 a month (€5 to be precise). The IPREDator, named after IPRED (Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive) -- the EU's attempt to beef up the enforcement of anti-piracy laws in place -- is not to be confused with Apple's new iPredator, the chic new tiger-making device.

- Hackers Hack Pirate Bay Investigator

And finally, Jim Keyzer, the cop who led the investigation against The Pirate Bay, seems to have gotten attacked by one of the unseen uncontrollables that his investigation is seeking to control. And they attacked through his girlfriend, too. Harsh. A hacker under the name "Keyzer Defender" posted a torrent titled "Where did the money come from?" exposing some of the officer's passwords, account details, news of a newly purchased house, and whatever else this hacker dude dug up on his girlfriend's Hotmail account. Personally, I bet the whole hacking event looked a bit like that scene in Hackers when Angelia Jolie, Matthew Lillard, and their cyberpunk friends stand on top of a building and hack into the cities powergrid using what appears to be a PDA running exclusively on florescent DOS software. The reason for the dramatic headline of the torrent comes from the fact that Keyzer started working for Warner Bros. before The Pirate Bay investigation was closed, stayed there for a short while, and then left. The hacker is implying that this gave him the money to buy the new house. That has been yet to be proven, but one thing sure has: You don't mess around with these hackers and expect not to be messed with.

Iron and Wine to Tour this May and Release 2CD/3LP Collection

On May 19, Iron and Wine will release a 2CD or 3LP collection of rare tracks, entitled Around the Well. Around the Well features tracks spanning the history of the group’s catalogue, from the basement tapes that eventually formed Sam Beam’s debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle (TMT Review), to the fully orchestrated affair that was The Shepherd’s Dog (TMT Review). It also includes a cover of The Flaming Lips’ “Waiting for Superman.”

Presumably, the band has chosen to release this collection to tide fans over while they record material for their follow-up to 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog, which is due in Spring 2010.

Iron and Wine has also planned nine dates in support of the forthcoming album. Setlists are composed of fan favorites chosen online, and each venue was chosen for its intimacy. So, take your loved one and listen to Sam Beam whisper beautiful nothings to the tune of a plucked guitar.

Around the Well tour:
05.04.09 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
05.05.09 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
05.06.09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05.07.09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
05.09.09 - Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
05.12.09 - Chicago, IL - Lakeshore Theater
05.13.09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
05.17.09 - New York, NY - Abrons Arts Center

Around the Well CD tracklisting:

Disc 1

1. Dearest Forsaken
2. Morning
3. Loud as Hope
4. Peng! 33
5. Sacred Vision
6. Friends They Are Jewels
7. Hickory
8. Waitin' for a Superman
9. Swans and the Swimming
10. Call Your Boys
11. Such Great Heights

Disc 2

1. Communion Cups & Someone's Coat
2. Belated Promise Ring
3. God Made the Automobile
4. Homeward, These Shoes
5. Love Vigilantes
6. Sinning Hands
7. No Moon
8. Serpent Charmer
9. Carried Home
10. Kingdom of the Animals
11. Arms of a Thief
12. The Trapeze Swinger

RIP: Duane Jarvis

From the LA Times:

Duane Jarvis, a stalwart of the Los Angeles roots music scene whose lead guitar work landed him stints playing with Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Michelle Shocked and others when he wasn't recording and touring as a respected singer-songwriter in his own right, died Wednesday after a long bout with colon cancer. He was 51.

Jarvis died at his home in Marina del Rey, where he was receiving hospice care after stopping treatment that in recent months had included two major surgeries and three rounds of chemotherapy, according to Kevin Jarvis, a drummer who performed frequently with his older brother.

"Duane passed away this morning at 1:30 a.m. with a smile on his face," Kevin Jarvis wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to family members and friends. "We knew time was short by the way things were going that day, although Duane surprised us a little by leaving us quite so soon."

- Duane Jarvis MySpace

Aaron Turner From Isis Calls Me Back, Provides More Details about New LP

Just last night I might have got a call from Aaron Turner, head of Hydra Head Records and frontman for metal heavyweights Isis, in which he provided me information about the May 5 release of the new Isis album, Wavering Radiant, on Ipecac Recordings. This is now the second in a series of interviews between me and Turner. Enjoy.

Aaron Turner: Hey, is this Kid Midnight?

Kid Midnight: Speaking.

AT: Great, I have some new information to pass on... but keep it secret, keep it safe...

KM: Sure, sure, I won’t have it published anywhere... [smiles devilishly]

AT: Excellent. I don’t want to excite the world too much.

KM: I understand. Lay it on me, big daddy.

AT: Alright, well, as you know, we’re releasing a new album, Wavering Radiant, May 5 on Ipecac Recordings. We see it as our most cohesive and challenging work yet. It’s our first full-length in two years, and we really hope that it marks yet another push towards the unexplored, solidifying our career in adaptation and transformation. Acting as the culmination of 12 years spent unleashing backbreaking riff-age and sonic explorations of light & dark, Radiant sees our colossal five-some moving beyond the visible spectrum of rock and the realm of the uninspired. Blissfully melodic, frighteningly dense, the album is an epic conflict between worlds of beauty and the darkest of demons.

KM: WOW! That sounds pretty heavy, man. How long did it take for you to write that description?

AT: Longer than it took to record the album. Moving on. If any of our fans, or any other interested parties, want to get a peek at the new album, they can head to and check out the track “20 Minutes/40 years.”

KM: Excellent, first taste is free right?

AT: Well... with the musical climate we exist in, let’s hope that most people don’t get the whole thing for free, right?

KM: Exactly. I know that I’ll be “buying” the whole thing when it comes out.

AT: …?

KM: Just joking, I only download metal bands that I’m ashamed to like.


KM: What else can you tell us?

AT: The album is 54 minutes long; the shortest track is under two minutes; the longest track is 11 minutes. Each individual “song” is really more like a part of one massive whole. It’s epic. The whole album is the sum of years of experimentation, varying influences and the organic infusion of each band members’ personality.

KM: You know, you’re not nearly as mysterious this time around. We definitely have a healthier relationship when we share what we’re feeling...

AT: Yeah... here’s the tracklist... I gotta go... [click]

KM: Oh, okay... [one tear slides down left cheek]

Wavering Radiant tracklist:

1. Hall Of The Dead
2. Ghost Key
3. Hand Of The Host
4. Wavering Radiant
5. Stone To Wake A Serpent
6. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
7. Threshold Of Transformation

05.15.09 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.16.09 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
05.17.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
05.19.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's
05.20.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
05.21.09 - Houston, TX - Meridian - Red Room
05.22.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.23.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
05.25.09 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.26.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
05.27.09 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit's
05.28.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.29.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05.30.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.31.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
06.02.09 - New York, NY - The Filmore at Irving Plaza
06.03.09 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
06.04.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
06.05.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.06.09 - Montreal, QC - The National
06.07.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
06.09.09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.10.09 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
06.11.09 - Detroit, MI - Small's
06.12.09 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
06.15.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06.16.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
06.18.09 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
06.19.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
06.20.09 - Seattle, WA Neumo's
06.22.09 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
06.23.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.24.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

Moderat Plan LP, Tour… Hold On, What Exactly Is a Moderat?

Really though, any guesses? Here’s what I’ve got so far:

A. The most fashionable type of rodent

B. An alien race featured in one of the lost episodes of Doctor Who

C. Someone who directs abruptly truncated presidential debates

D. A person who isn’t really sure how they feel about being a centrist

Oh, whoops, apparently it’s none of the above. Snazzy beatmakers Modeselektor and Apparat, who teamed up as Moderat in 2002 for an EP, are reuniting for a full-length album. The self-titled LP was recorded in the same studio that David “Jareth the Goblin King” Bowie used for Heroes and will be released April 21 via BPitch. The trio will embark on a North American club tour soon after, where they promise to get you dancing, but also probably warp your mind a little bit. Sounds like a good combination to me!

05.19.09 - Seattle, WA – Neumos
05.20.09 - San Francisco, CA - Harriet
05.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Paramount Lot
05.23.09 - Denver, CO - Beta
05.28.09 - Montreal, PQ - Mutek
05.29.09 - Toronto, ON - Circa
05.30.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Moderat tracklisting:

1. A New Error
2. Rusty Nails
3. Seamonkey
4. Slow Match (feat. Paul St. Hilaire)
5. 3 Minutes Of
6. Nasty Silence
7. Sick With It (feat. Dellé aka Eased from Seeed)
8. Porc # 1
9. Porc # 2
10. No. 22
11. Out Of Sight