Muxtape Relaunches For Bands Only, Now With 100% Less Hideous Flash Ads Than MySpace Music!

Last fall, Muxtape, everyone’s favorite minimalist mixtape sharing site, announced that it was being reborn for bands-only after tangling with the RIAA (TMT News). This week, the new version of Muxtape officially launched, with help from Dan Deacon, of Montreal, and Girl Talk, among others.

Basically, Muxtape is a lot like MySpace’s music section, except with a filter. Instead of every sensitive jackass with an acoustic guitar and a penchant for covering Maroon 5 songs trying to friend you, Muxtape CEO and Founder Justin Ouellette has made the following promise:

Muxtape strives for simplicity and believes that music needs a clean, unobstrusive context. Artist pages will never be forced to display ads. The functionality of Muxtape will expand over time; in addition to streaming music, we will enable bands to easily sell downloads, issue tickets, create and sell merchandise, network with other bands and listeners, and track the way their music is being heard across the system. An API will be available to expand the platform even further.

Take that, MySpace Tom!

RIP: Billy Powell, Keyboardist of Lynyrd Skynyrd

From Rolling Stone:

Billy Powell, the only keyboardist Lynyrd Skynyrd ever had, died last night at his home near Jacksonville, Florida. He was 56. No cause of death has been announced, and a post on the official Synyrd Website reads, “A Great Loss — Beloved Pianist for the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, Billy Powell, passed away last night. We will post more info shortly. The family and band request your respect and understanding during this difficult time. Thank you.” The band is canceling upcoming shows and directing fans to its Website for tour updates.

- Lynyrd Skynyrd fan club
- Lynyrd Skynyrd official history site

Modest Mouse Announce Tourdates with Mimicking Birds, According to a Press Release

The press release: Modest Mouse will hit the road for a brief run of dates beginning February 22 in Oakland, CA. The dates include a stop in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and a headlining slot on the Langerado Festival in Miami, FL on Mar. 8. Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy will be playing guitar with Modest Mouse on this tour. Mimicking Birds, the newest signing to Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label, will be the opener on all dates.

My story: Modest Mouse, best known for having ad banners on their official website, "will hit the road for a brief run of dates beginning February 22 in Oakland, CA," according to a press release. The statement continues: "The dates include a stop in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and a headlining slot on the Langerado Festival in Miami, FL on Mar. 8. Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy will be playing guitar with Modest Mouse on this tour. Mimicking Birds, the newest signing to Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label, will be the opener on all dates." Cool!
02.22.09 - Oakland, CA Fox Theater
02.23.09 - Visalia, CA The Fox Theatre
02.24.09 - Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
02.25.09 - Tempe, AZ The Marquee
02.26.09 - Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Convention Center
02.28.09 - Boulder, CO Balch Fieldhouse
03.02.09 - Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
03.03.09 - Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
03.04.09 - Austin, TX Stubb's
03.05.09 - Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford
03.07.09 - Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
03.08.09 - Miami, FL Langerado Festival
03.09.09 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
03.10.09 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
03.11.09 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
03.12.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head
03.13.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.14.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
03.15.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

Daniel Martin Moore Tours, Charms, Repeats

As this news site's Louisville corespondent, I feel it's my duty to report on all things Kentucky, especially the stories that go beyond the sterotypical associations (usually bourbon and horses, which, I may add, should never be mixed). When we last left Daniel Martin Moore, we reported how he is the first artist in Sub Pop's history to be signed by way of an unsolicited demo. So it is with great pride to report on Moore's first big tour, visiting parts of the Midwest and Ol' Dixie, bringing with him his whispy, bucolic folk that's ready to take its place next to heavy hitters Iron & Wine and Bonnie "Prince" Billy (also a Kentuckian).

Moore kicks off the tour with two all-ages shows in Louisville: on WFPK's The Live Lunch (which you can stream here) and later that evening at the best record store on the planet, Ear X-Tacy. For the rest of the tour, Moore snags Louisville-based cellist Ben Sollee for the opening spot.
02.06.09 - Louisville, KY - WFPK Live Lunch
02.06.09 - Louisville, KY - Ear X-Tacy
02.17.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Locals Only *
02.18.09 - Mad Hatter - Covington, KY *
02.19.09 - Nashville, TN - Grimeys
02.19.09 - Nashville, NT - 12th & Porter *
02.20.09 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre *
02.21.09 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House *
02.25.09 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
02.26.09 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
02.27.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree *
02.28.09 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's *

Bruce Springsteen Tours; Decides Not to Tour Exclusively in “Black Face,” As It’s Been Deemed Ultimately Offensive by Masses

Want to see Bruce Springsteen live? Too bad! I got the last ticket, making this following article utterly pointless. This guy I "pleasured" in an alley said he'd give me tickets for Springsteen or Billy Joel or Elton John. I chose the true American Idol.

Just yesterday, "The Godfather of Soul" released a new album, Working on a Dream (TMT Review) at the ripe age of 59. And now he'll be touring the U.S. with -- who else? -- Dick Cheney, who will be opening with a selection of "sex poems."

Even as the biggest fan I find all this "Working on a Dream" shit quite ironic considering his 1989 hit "Runnin' Down a Dream." Well, what is it Bruce? "Workin" or "Runnin' Down"? I guess I don't care, as long as he plays some of his true hits, like "Don't Do Me Like That," "Don't Come Around Here No More," and the testicular anthem "Free Fallin'."

Springsteen, with his beautiful blonde hair, will kick off the tour a month before the "actual" tour by playing the Superbowl, most likely rockin' out to an oldie like "Mary Jane's Last Dance" or "Learning to Fly." Get ready to toke up everyone: "The Gambler" is coming to town!

This just in!!! The E Street Band has been replaced with The Heartbreakers! Commence the tourdates listing!
02.01.09 - Tampa, FL - Super Bowl XLIII
04.01.09 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion at San Jose
04.03.09 - Glendale, CA - Center
04.05.09 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
04.07.09 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
04.08.09 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
04.10.09 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Arena
04.15.09 - Los Angeles, CA - LA Memorial Sports Arena
04.21.09 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
04.22.09 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
04.24.09 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
04.26.09 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
04.28.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
04.29.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
05.02.09 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
05.04.09 - Hempstead, NY - Nassau Veterans Mem. Col

05.05.09 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
05.07.09 - Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Centre
05.08.09 - University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center Feb 2
05.11.09 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
05.12.09 - Chicago, IL - United Center
05.14.09 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
05.15.09 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
05.18.09 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
05.19.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
05.21.09 - E. Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
05.23.09 - E. Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
05.30.09 - Landgraaf, Holland - Pink Pop Festival
06.02.09 - Tampere, Finland - Ratinan Stadion
06.04.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Stadium
06.05.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Stadium
06.07.09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Stadium
06.09.09 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
06.10.09 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
07.02.09 - Munich, Germany - Olympiastadion
07.03.09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Commerzbank Arena
07.05.09 - Vienna, Austria - Ernst Happel Stadion
07.08.09 - Herning, Denmark - Herning MCH
07.11.09 - Dublin, Ireland - RDS
07.16.09 - Carhaix, France - Festival des Vielles Charrues
07.19.09 - Rome, Italy - Stadio Olimpico
07.21.09 - Turino, Italy - Olimpico di Torino
07.23.09 - Udine, Italy - Stadio Friuli
07.26.09 - Bilbao, Spain - San Mames Stadium
07.28.09 - Benidorm, Spain - Estadio Municipal de Foietes
07.30.09 - Sevilla, Spain - La Cartuja Olympic Stadium
08.01.09 - Valladolid, Spain - Estadio Jose Zorrilla
08.02.09 - Santiago, Spain - Monte Del Gozo

Goblin Cock Tour; Plan New Album; Cover The Osmonds, Monkees; Basically Have a Really Good Time in the Company of Friends or Even Just a Quiet Night at Home

Fact: There are too many metal bands in the world. It’s not even a point for discussion. Walk outside and you’ll step on one of three things -- dry leaves, wet leaves, or a metal band. Metalheads are as common as cockroaches, yet they all want to do different things to you and/or your body. Some want to intimidate, others excite. Some are laid back and stoned, others are boozed up and faster than the teeth on a roaring chainsaw. Some want to parody the others, and others want to parody the some.

Maybe that’s why Goblin Cock is so refreshing. Led by the venerable Lord Phallus (a.k.a. Pinback’s Rob Crow), Goblin Cock doesn’t fall in any of the aforementioned camps, but they still command notice, if only for how much fun they have. Neither poking fun nor inciting riots, Goblin Cock is the garage metal band that doesn’t suck -- not a joke, but not meant to be taken seriously. In short, pop music as a whole, not just metal, could stand to learn a great deal from Goblin Cock’s attitude.

And so it is my pleasure to announce that Goblin Cock will be having a fuckload of fun all over the country, and you are cordially invited to join them. Even better, the boys (L.P., Bane-Ass Pounder, King Sith, Braindeath, and Loki Sinjuggler, respectively) are preparing a new long player, Come With Me If You Want to Live. No details or dates have yet been attached to the record, save for the promise that it will be “a collection of new supercharged action-metal wonderhits.”

And in even betterer news, Goblin Cock is also releasing a new EP called Dragonfucker, a 20-minute opus of God-knows-what with a set of B-side covers of The Roaches, Monkees, and Osmonds. While all three of those bands may not be represented on the B-side, it would certainly be a treat just to hear one of those covers. Godspeed, Goblin Cock.
01.28.09 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
01.31.09 - Mesa, AZ - Hollywood Alley
02.02.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7
02.03.09 - Dallas, TX - Loft - Palladium Ballroom
02.04.09 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
02.05.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.06.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
02.07.09 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
02.09.09 - Washington, DC - DC9
02.10.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
02.11.09 - New York, NY - The Highline Ballroom
02.12.09 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
02.13.09 - Allston, MA - Harpers Ferry
02.14.09 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
02.15.09 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
02.17.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
02.18.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.19.09 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
02.20.09 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.21.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.23.09 - Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
02.24.09 - Portland, OR - Satyricon
02.26.09 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (Noise Pop Festival)
02.27.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory (Front Room)

Breaking News: Living in a cave may seriously help your defense against an RIAA court case!

Pop quiz: Which of the following tactics can be used effectively to evade an RIAA-instigated copyright infringement lawsuit?

- Give Mitch Bainwol a blow job
- Buy five thousand copies of Miracle: Happy Summer from William Hung
- Evade subpoenas and don’t show up to the trial
- Render prosecutors blind by throwing a Bible at their heads

While A would probably work, B would put you out a lot of money for a really shit album, and D didn’t help Michael Bluth very much, it seems that for one lucky Boston University student, C did the trick.

According to Ars Technica, the RIAA was unable to prosecute BU student Christopher Brennan for sharing five songs (including Smashmouth’s “Beer Goggles”) after the defendant failed to appear in court and did not respond to attempts to contact him. After the case was thrown out in February, a judge denied the RIAA’s many subsequent re-filings of motions for a default judgment, citing that no arguments could progress against a defendant who may not have been aware a case against him was pending. Looks like Mr. Brennan got lucky -- he didn’t have to face a court case or get his internet connection suspended.

So, if you’re ever caught in this situation, ask yourself: would I rather go into hiding and walk out a couple months later safe from a vindictive corporation or have this album cover all over my house?

It’s sort of a hard choice, so why not do both?

RIP: Charlie Cooper of Telefon Tel Aviv

From a MySpace post by Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv (via Pitchfork):

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another's expense.

Aside from Charlie's singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people everywhere. His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to the world - his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying loyalty to those whom he loved. In the spirit of honorable mention, however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous, knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.

He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me, and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during these extremely turbulent waters.

- Telefon Tel Aviv official website
- Telefon Tel Aviv MySpace

Talibam! Get Bromantic on European Tour

"Research into friendship and masculinity has found that recent generations of men, raised by feminist mothers in the 1970s, are more emotionally open and more expressive," says Wikipedia. I believe it, because I believe everything I read (did you know that high fructose corn syrup is okay in moderation??). Well, get yourself prepared for a Very Bromantic Talibam! 2009, as Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea spread the bromance on their seventh European tour since 2006, supporting three split vinyls -- with But God Created Women (Holiday Records), Jealousy Party (Wallace Records), and a 12-incher with Wasteland Jazz Unit (Thor's Rubber Hammer) -- from late 2008.

What's on the Talibam! schedule after the tour?

- The Talibam! boys will even more bromantic with two forthcoming collaborative releases with Daniel Carter (Roaratorio) and PEESSEYE (Invada Records), due later this year.
- Two studio albums are "currently in production."
- From March 4-14, see Talibam! at The Kitchen with choreographer Karole Armitage's Dance Punk Series, where they'll interpret composer David Linton's "Watteau." Shea will also sit in on drums for a piece by excusable earthling Rhys Chatham.
- Talibam! will begin a U.S. tour on March 21, their first tour of the states since 2005. They'll head to Europe afterward

01.27.09 - Madrid, Spain - Wurlitzer Ball Room
01.28.09 - Braganca, Portugal - Bar da Agraria
01.29.09 - Porto, Portugal - Plan B
01.30.09 - Bilbao, Spain - Zeanuri
01.31.09 - Barcelona, Spain - TBA
02.01.09 - Torino, Italy - Velvet
02.02.09 - Basel, Switzerland - Hirscheneck
02.03.09 - Lyon, France - Ground Zero
02.06.09 - Paris, France - Instants Chavires *
02.07.09 - Nantes, France- Blockhaus
02.08.09 - Rennes, France - LA BASCULE
02.09.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart
02.11.09 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Paradox
02.12.09 - London, England - Old Blue Last
02.13.09 - Brighton, UK - TBA
03.04.09 - New York, NY - The Kitchen (512 W. 19 Street)

* TALIBAM! feat. Rhys Chatham & J.F. Pauvros! w/ Chewbacca (lyon)

# TALIBAM! in Think Punk featuring Karole Armitage, David Linton, Rhys Chatham

Isis Announce New Album Details, But Remain Mysterious

Here for your reading pleasure is an "interview" I conducted with Aaron Turner, head of Hydra Head Records, founding member of Isis, and metal music mastermind.

Kid Midnight: Hey, Aaron, great to see you again!

Aaron Turner: Oh, yeah, for sure, last time I saw you I didn’t think that you were going to get out of that prison alive.

KM: Yeah, well, you know… Mondays, right?

AT: Hahaha, you are so funny Kid Midnight.

KM: Thanks. Now let’s get down to the new album… what can you tell us?

AT: The new album is called Wavering Radiant, and it’s coming out on Ipecac Recordings May 5.

KM: Excellent, are we going to see a vinyl release?

AT: Of course, of course. We love vinyl just as much as any metal band does, which is a lot, so we’re going to have a limited-edition vinyl version that comes out April 21.

KM: Wow, I can’t wait! Can you tell us anything else about the album?

AT: It’s produced by Joe Baressi, who’s worked with Tool and Queens of The Stone Age -- Adam Jones from Tool even contributed some guitar work to two songs.

KM: That sounds awesome! Kind of like Iggy Pop singing for Ramones?


KM: Well, I’m excited for the new stuff.

AT: Good to hear.

KM: Use three words to describe the new material.

AT: Monolithic, atmospheric, dense.

KM: Ah, the classic favorites, but, like I said, I’m excited. Like I always say: a bad Isis album would still be better than most other good metal albums.

AT: Wise words…

KM: Can you tell us anything else about the album?

AT: More details will follow.

KM: Oh… that’s a little mysterious… tracklist? song titles? A peek at the album artwork?

AT: More details will follow.

KM: Alright, I get the picture, can’t pull back the veil of secrecy too far, right?

AT: More details will follow



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