Sasquatch 2009 Will Destroy All Other Music Festivals with Its Gigantic, Hairy, Superior Lineup

The moment I peeped this roster, my first thought was “SXSWho!?” The Sasquatch Music Festival, stomping into its eighth year in Seattle, WA, is taking the role of of kicking off the summer music scene very seriously with a beast (ha!) of a lineup. So, aduce me to introllow -- ahem -- allow me to introduce the complete musical lineup:

Jane's Addiction (feat. all four original members), Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Explosions In The Sky, Devotchka, Peter Bjorn & John, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, Doves, Calexico, Grizzly Bear, M83, Girl Talk, The Gaslight Anthem, The Walkmen, Chromeo (dj set), Deadmau5, Mugison, Sun Kil Moon, Airborne Toxic Event, Blitzen Trapper, Shearwater, BLK JKS, The Wrens, Tobacco, Monotonix, King Khan & The Shrines, St. Vincent, Passion Pit, John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, Blind Pilot, AA Bondy, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, The Dodos, Beach House, Arthur & Yu, The Submarines, Owl City, Viva Voce, James Pants, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Builders & The Butchers, The Dutchess & The Duke, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele, Fences, School of Seven Bells, Death Vessel, Horse Feathers, Hockey, Point Juncture, WA, The Pica Beats, Loch Lomond, Vince Mira & more to come.

Oh, big fat hairy deal. How about some larfs, ladies and germs? Comedy acts include:

Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God's Pottery, People's Republic of Komedy & more.

Now, if we could somehow poach Bad Brains and P.O.S. from the Warped Tour, this fucker would be completely perfect. Someone get on that.

You can spend four sweaty, beer-soaked days in a tent for the festival's duration, March 23-25. Passes go on sale Saturday, February 28 here.

Another Victim of the Recession: Soul Haven Daptone Records Studio Broken Into, Tens of Thousands in Equipment Stolen

You want to break a music engineer's morale? Buy an MBox or just use GarageBand. You want to kneecap said engineer, too? Steal their equipment. Daptone Records in Brooklyn, made famous by The Dap-Kings that gave Amy Winehouse some semblance of a soul in "Back to Black," got the latter Sunday night, as their studio was broken into and robbed. Gabriel Roth, head of the studio, broke the news through a letter that has been posted on various outlets. The total market value based on what was stolen or damaged is almost certainly within the tens of thousands.

The break-in occurred amidst reports of increased burglaries in the Bushwick neighborhood, where the studio was located. The timing of it was awful: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings just came out of an excellent two-night headliner over at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square on Valentine's Day weekend, and none other than Rod Stewart was expected to be tracking at the studio in the coming weeks. To make matters worse, the studio was in the process of being insured, but had not finalized the deal at the time of break-in, leaving them uninsured.

Listed below is the equipment that was definitively stolen, according to Roth. If anyone in the Bushwick neighborhood or in Brooklyn reading this sees ANY of the equipment listed below, or any high-quality microphones being hocked, please contact the local authorities. And to any engineer/producer who is living relatively comfortably still (and that's a stretch): Maybe someone can bail them out? Please?

Upon first glance we are definitely missing:

Fender Super Guitar Amp in case

Fender Deluxe Guitar Amp

A whole bunch of headphones and wires

Nydia's HP laptop computer

One Desktop MacIntosh Computer

One Purple Audio API style lunchbox with four Purple Audio Biz mic pre-amps
2 Yamaha NS10 monitors

Vintage Harmony Rocket Guitar

One steel string acoustic guitar

Martin Tenor sax in a gig bag

Technics 1200 turntable

Ion USB turntable

Teac Receiver/stereo amp

Sony dual deck CD burner/player

All of our modem/phone system stuff was ripped out and taken.

A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out exactly what's missing) The power supply for my Trident console was tossed and the board was moved (probably not gently) so the status of that is still questionable.

A baldwin organ was tossed and is probably broken.

Lacie External hard drive

M. Ward Holds Out on Us, Announces Additional Hold Time Tourdates, Holds Court on Letterman Tonight, Holds the Whole World in His Hands

Listen up, MTV! I have a new idea for a TV show. It’s called Everybody Loves Matt Ward. The concept? It’s simple. We take M. Ward, acclaimed singer-songwriter and highly esteemed producer, hook him up with some of the indie and mainstream well-to-do (oh, maybe Zooey Deschanel, Lucinda Williams, and ex-Grandaddy Jason Lytle, just off the top of my head), and have him record a new album on Merge Records called Hold Time. It’ll be... oh, I don’t know exactly... some sort of bluesy-country-folk and ’50s and ’60s AM radio-inspired affair or something. Something for the Starbucks crowd, get me? We’ll have top writers and producers working on the material, don’t worry. Okay, got the back story? Good.

Then, we proceed to film the drama, the comedy, the hope, the slapstick, and the raw humanity night after night, as Ward goes around playing a cruelly (hey, this is show business!) scant amount of tourdates. Then, once we pack-in these legions of rabid coffee-shop fans of his into shows that are too few and too small and hook them with Ward’s credentials and musical credibility, we take the series to another level by extending (that’s right, EXTENDING, baby!) that tour! And now, after an initial disappointment, many more fans will find that they have a chance to catch Ward as he performs tracks from his new this “critically acclaimed album” that we’ve cooked up for him, and BAM! The crowds pack on in, and we’ve got the most popular series on cable on our hands. Sold-out gigs, emotionally and caffeine-charged fans screaming for more. Just think of those ratings.

What do you think? Still need to think about it? Okay, fine, I see you’re playing hardball here. Tell you what: I’ll even call up CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman to get him a slot on there TONIGHT, so you can see this kid for yourself. That’s how serious I am! This thing has potential, MTV; Ward’s gonna be big! Hey, I was right about that Ashlee Simpson Show, wasn’t I?

Episode Air Dates:
02.18.09 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theater
02.19.09 - New York, NY - The Apollo Theatre
02.20.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
02.24.09 - London, UK - Bush Hall
02.25.09 - London, UK - Borderline
02.26.09 - Paris, FR - Café de la Danse
02.27.09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
03.04.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at Fonda
03.05.09 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
03.06.09 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
03.07.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
03.08.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
03.09.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
04.17.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.09 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04.19.09 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
04.20.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
04.22.09 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
04.23.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.24.09 - Milwaukee, WIK - Pabst Theater
04.25.09 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04.26.09 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
05.15.09 - Visalia, CA - Fox Theatre
05.16.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.17.09 - Davis, CA - Freeborn Hall
05.18.09 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
05.22.09 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
05.23.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival

Thank God (or the Devil): A Proper Daniel Johnston Concert Film

Music docs give you rad backstage footage, fights, bellyhoo, and loads of concert footage, but no music film was as devastatingly candid as 2005's The Devil & Daniel Johnston, which not only framed a warts-and-all portrait of "outsider" music's most intriguing figure - it also exposed his music and prose to the film world. Cultivating an ever-growing fan base after more than a quarter century output of honest, mind-bending twee folk and steadying his life for the better, Daniel emerges victorious over his storied demons, culminating with a new DVD that serves as the ying to the Devil's yang.

Despite Daniel's crippling stage fright and unusually short setlists, The Angel and Daniel Johnston presents an 81-minute, 21 song concert film shot at London's Union Chapel in the summer of 2007. Daniel invited friends James Yorkston, Adem, and early collaborator Brett Hartenbach to join him for a cross-catalog set list. The DVD itself is getting all the high tech treatment you'd expect from a professional gig, including Dolby 5.1 opportunities, bonus rehearsal footage, interviews, and Daniel's own artwork adorning the jacket and inside booklet, penned exclusively for the film.

I don't mean to come off as too much of a sales asshole in this story, but this film is a long time coming. There is nothing quite like the intimacy and ambiance of a Daniel Johnston performance, and although nothing will compare to seeing him live, his mark on music deserves proper documentation. The Devil exposed his troubled life, The Angel exalts his gorgeous music.

Akron/Family Announces Details for Set ’Em Wild, Set ’Em Free

Prepare yourselves for something different. Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, Akron/Family’s forthcoming album, will exhibit a shift from their old folk freakouts in favor of anthemics slated to live up to the adjectives “wild” and “free.” Due May 5, the album is the band’s first on the Dead Oceans label and is the first recorded by Akron/Family as a trio of Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, and Dana Janssen.

Lately, their live shows have been rather explosive, and the group has tourdates scheduled nationally, notably at SXSW. I’m excited to hear this band’s transformation from the fireside noise of their first album to a sound that they (or at least their publicists) compare to Sly and the Family Stone.

Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free tracklisting:

1. Everyone Is Guilty
2. River
3. Creatures
4. The Alps & Their Orange Evergreen
5. Set 'Em Free
6. Gravelly Mountains of the Moon
7. Many Ghosts
8. MBF
9. They Will Appear
10. Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship Version)
11. Last Year

03.01.09 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabe's Guitar Shop @
03.06.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.07.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.08.09 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.09.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Brookdale Lodge
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
03.13.09 - Las Vegas, NV - The Aruba @ Neon Reverb Festival
03.17.09 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theatre
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk - 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, NY - The New Museum
03.28.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
03.29.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

# Born Ruffians

@ Chris Darrow tribute show

The Brits, Led by Coldplay, are Invading Again – Rise Up America!

1586, 1775, 1812, 1964, and now 2009?

Last Sunday’s Grammy Awards has led some to ask if we are witnessing a new British Invasion. Robert Plant won five awards, while Adele, Duffy, Radiohead, and Estelle picked up another six between them. Coldplay headed the British contingent in 2009 with seven nominations, three awards, major label backing, and pretentious notions of being a “great band.”

However, similar to the stymied Brits in the Saratoga campaign of 1777, the incompetent Generals in the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, and John Lennon’s “We’re bigger than Jesus” claim in 1966, Coldplay’s leadership will be undermined by relentless crooning, grandma-friendly anthems, and plagiaristic guitar lines in 2009.

The decorated band will begin their campaign July 10 in Portland, Oregon, undoubtedly hoping for a quick victory against a weak target. Thousands of traitors, posing as “cool” high-school kids, will attend these events hypnotized by the insidious media’s belief that Coldplay are “hip” and “innovative trend-setters.”

Countless times before, Americans have stood up against the British imperialists and their cheap, immoral forms of popular culture. We must not fail our ancestors now! Rise up on the following dates:
07.10.09 - Portland, OR - The Amphitheater at Clark County
07.11.09 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
07.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
07.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
07.18.09 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
07.21.09 - Dallas, TX - Center
07.22.09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07.24.09 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07.25.09 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07.29.09 - Toronto, ON - TBD
08.03.09 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
08.06.09 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
08.07.09 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08.09.09 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre

Tokyo Police Club’s Upcoming Tour and My Not-So-Secret Schoolgirl Crush

I have a confession. Ever since Tokyo Police Club released their single "Your English Is Good," the mod-punk, Canadian foursome have held a special place in my heart. I attribute the attraction to the attention they've given to my diction, and it helps that their unabashed, overly-enthusiastic energy is kinda hot. In April of 2008, the band released their very first full-length album, Elephant Shell (TMT Review) with Saddle Creek, and the schoolgirl crush continued. So it comes with a certain amount of giddiness that I inform you of their upcoming tour

02.24.09 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
02.25.09 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
02.26.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.28.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
03.01.09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.02.09 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
03.03.09 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
03.05.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.06.09 - St. Augustine, FL - St. John's Fairgrounds
03.07.09 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.08.09 - Delray Beach, FL - City Limits
03.10.09 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
03.11.09 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
03.12.09 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
03.13.09 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
03.14.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.16.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
03.18.09 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
03.19.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
03.21.09 - Guelph, ON - Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph
03.25.09 - Kingston, ON - The Ale House
03.27.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.02.09 - London, ON - Call The Office

Remember the infamous scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life when the vulgar, vomiting, lard-arse Mr. Creosote is introduced, seated, and served a bucket of moules marinières, pâte de foie gras, beluga caviar, eggs Benedictine, tarte de poireaux (“that's leek tart”), frogs legs amandine or oeufs de caille Richard Shepherd (“little quails' eggs on a bed of puréed mushrooms”), six bottles of Château Latour 1945, a double jeroboam of champagne, and six crates of brown ale before self-detonating after being coaxed by the unflappable maître d’ to squeeze in one more bite of food -- a wafer-thin mint?

Anyway, here’s the tracklisting for a three-CD collection of Dntel early material due April 14 through Phthalo Records. The Early Works for Me if it Works for You II package includes remastered versions of Jimmy Tamborello’s first two Dntel albums -- Something Always Goes Wrong and Early Works for Me if it Works for You -- plus a third course of unreleased songs recorded just prior to his Life Is Full of Possibilities album:

Disc One: Something Always Goes Wrong:

1. In Which Our Hero Begins His Long and Arduous Quest
2. In Which Our Hero Finds a Faithful Sidekick
3. In Which Our Hero Is Put Under a Spell
4. In Which Our Hero Dodges Bullets and Swords
5. In Which Our Hero Frees the Damsel in Distress
6. In Which Our Hero Is Decapitated by the Evil King
7. In Which Our Hero Begins His Long and Arduous Quest (Seq Remix)
8. In Which Our Hero Was Taken By Surprise (Languis Remix)
9. The S.O.S

10. A Machine And A Memory Keep You Alive

Disc Two: Early Works for Me if it Works for You}:

1. Loneliness Is Having No One to Miss
2. High Horses Theme
3. Pliesex Sielking
4. Termites in the Bathtub
5. Fort Instructions
6. Curtains
7. Tybalt 60
8. Danny Loves Experimental Electronics
9. Sky Pointing
10. Casuals
11. Winds Let Me Down Again
12. Jewel States, “The Door Borders”

Disc Three: Early Works for Me if it Works for You II

1. New Name
2. Incomplete 1
3. Paul Guitar
4. Don’t Try
5. Serious
6. Darker Earlier
7. Smile Break
8. Incomplete 4
9. Moody
10. Slowdance
11. Fancy Ian
12. Jittery
13. Incomplete 2
14. Bluegrass (Short)
15. Mini
16. Laughs
17. The First Day After the Worst
18. Ender

Get Down with Snoop Dogg after Dark: MTV to Distribute Snoop’s Next LP

It’s kinda hard being Snoop D-O double-G, especially when record sales are tanking across the nation. But, ever the innovator, Snoop, having recently split with Interscope Records, just signed a deal with MTV to distribute his next album, Malice in Wonderland. Select tracks from the upcoming album will be released as playable songs on Rock Band. Additionally, Snoop's slated to host his own talk show, Dogg After Dark, a nighttime talk show hosted at LA nightclub Kress. It premiers tonight, February 17th at 9pm Eastern and Pacific on MTV.

Malice in Wonderland, Snoop’s follow-up to 2008’s Ego Trippin’, will feature collaborations with Pharrell, composer Lalo Schifrin, Dr. Dre, and others.

Snoop had this to say about his deal with MTV:

When Van Toffler and I sat down Boss to Boss, a global quintuple threat takeover was masterminded. As the world of entertainment keeps changing, we felt it was the right time to let Snoop Dogg back on MTV so we could continue to run thangs with music, movies, DVDs and bring Hip-Hop to Rock Band. So screw ya wigz on tight and tune in on Tuesday nights for the first step to the next level of Snoop D-O double G. Dogg after Dark is the only nightclub TV show hosted by you know who. So take a journey with me through the mind, body, soul and musical mind state of the most prolific, authentic game spitter. And tha shit is funny, so show me da money!

Woooooo! My class got canceled this morning! Oh, and a bill is up in Congress that will actually pay musicians for radio play, or whatever.

I came to DC under false pretenses: I was told it would snow all the time, and so far all I’ve gotten is one storm that produced three measly inches. So, imagine my excitement when I looked out the window this morning and those glorious white clusters were gently tumbling downwards before my very eyes! Without considering this weather’s implications, I checked my email hoping to find a response to my Craigslist ad for an apartment or at the very least some funny porn spam. What I got was neither but was possibly better -- an email from my professor canceling my only class of the day! I was overjoyed.

Then I headed over to Ye Olde Tiny Mix Tapes to see what the music world had on the grill. What was cooking was a delicious stew of good news (note to self: food metaphor not appropriate in this context)! As you may or may not know, only songwriters, not musicians, get paid when their songs are played on terrestrial airwaves (this is not the “good news” part). But a bipartisan coalition of House members is fighting to pass H.R. 4789 -- the Performance Rights Act -- which would compensate performers every time one of their songs is broadcast on commercial radio.

According to CNET News, this would be tremendously helpful in curbing losses from illegal downloading and plummeting CD sales. Although most of my favorite musicians write their own songs, it is a little sad that Katy Perry doesn’t get any money when “Hot ‘n Cold” is played on the radio, so I hope this bill passes and that this snow stays on the ground.



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