Former Crowded House frontman Neil Finn has announced that he is getting his old band back together. No I’m not talking about Crowded House or Split Enz -- instead, Finn is entering the studio with both a fresh set of originals and the group of musicians who performed on his 2002 benefit live album, Seven Worlds Collide.
Members of the untitled supergroup include Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, Johnny Marr of Modest Mouse (and some other ’80s band that nobody remembers), four-sixths of Wilco, Soul Coughing’s Sebastian Steinberg, 4AD artist Lisa Germano, Eddie Vedder of Temple of the Dog (and some other ’90s band that nobody remembers), Neil’s son Liam Finn, and more. Phew. I would imagine it’ll be pretty tough scheduling practices for these guysm but at least they have a good motivation: All proceeds from the album -- set to drop in 2009 -- will benefit Oxfam International.
It’s unclear if the album will be released under the name Seven Worlds Collide or something else, so I took the liberty of coming up with some alternate possibilities. Neil Finn, if you’re out there, you can definitely have these names for free.
- Crowded Mouse (or Modest House, although this band is more crowded than modest)
- The Splmiths
- Radio Jam
- Seven Worlds Wilcollide
Comprised of two graphic designer dudes who went to the Maryland Institute College of Art (Bruce and Nolen) and a Perry Hall native (Denny), Baltimost's Double Dagger have become the latest band from the city to be added to the Thrill Jockey roster.
Double Dagger formed sometime in 2002 and released their self-titled LP on local label Hit-Dat Records (Sean Gray, in the house!). Finding inspiration from their MICA days (okay sorry, I’m watching Puppy Cam, and these two puppies are playing, and one was rolled over on its back and got stuck; it’s so fucking cute), Double Dagger’s songs were about, like, art school, art history, weird chicks, and graphic design and stuff. In 2005, there was a drummer switch-up, and then they released their next record, Ragged Rubble, on Stationary (Heart) Recordings.
Double Dagger’s 2009 plans are to record a new record for Thrill Jockey.
Okay, back to Puppy Cam.
Yes, it's true! _Death Sentence: PANDA!_'s tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Bologna_ and _Basel_, this tour should be _yummylicious_. But despite how _yummylicious_ it'll be, it's expected to be _noisy_ too, because _Death Sentence: PANDA! sound like Melt Banana eating Teenage Jesus' liver!!_.
_Death Sentence: PANDA!'s_ latest album is _Insects Awaken_, which was released or is set to be released _September 29, 2008_ via _Upset the Rhythm_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _SOMETHING AWESOME WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN_?? HAHA!
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _Death Sentence: PANDA!_, which again, starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Bologna_ and _Basel_. Just don't be surprised if _SOMETHING AWESOME WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN_, like I said in the second paragraph!
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I love Eluvium. If I had the space, this article would just read “I love Eluvium” over and over. Talk Amongt the Trees (TMT Review) might be my favorite ambient work, EVER, but quality does not drop to anything below great on any of his works.
So this little nugget of news is especially titillating to yours truly, as it has been announced that pretty much every piece of music Eluvium has ever put out will be released in a very special seven-disc set. Aptly named Life Through Bombardment, the set will be available in a very limited format: a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies on wonderful 100% virgin black vinyl. Also included will be a code for high-quality MP3s and some fantastic artwork by Jeannie Lynn Paske. Those hungering for this ambient treasure can find it through Eluvium’s label, Temporary Residence.
Life Through Bombardment tracklisting:
1. The Unfinished
2. Under The Water It Glowed
3. There Wasn't Anything
1. Zerthis Was A Shivering Human Image
2. I Am So Much More Me That You Are Perfectly You
1. An Accidental Memory
2. Genius And The Thieves
3. Perfect Neglect In A Field Of Statues
1. In A Sense
2. The Well-Meaning Professor
3. An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death
1. New Animals From The Air
2. Show Us Our Homes
3. Area 41
1. Everything To Come
2. Calm Of The Cast-Light Cloud
2. We Say Goodbye To Ourselves
2. Swallows In The Bath
1. I Will Not Forget That I Have Forgotten
2. As I Drift Off
3. All The Sails
4. When I Live By The Garden And The Sea
1. Untitled (For Piano)
2. Untitled (For Orchestra)
3. Untitled (For Rhodes And Tape)
2. Indoor Swimming At The Space Station
3. Seeing You Off The Edges
1. Prelude For Time Feelers
2. Requiem On Frankfort Ave.
3. Radio Ballet
1. After Nature
2. Reciting The Airships
1. Hymn #1
2. Repose In Blue
Megachurches Speak Out Against the FCC’s Decision to Open White Space Up to Wireless Technology, But They’re Probably Just Confused by the FCC’s Baffling Use of Drug Metaphors
Long ago, when a pastor could deliver his or her words of fire and brimstone to a crowd of thousands of suburban SUV-drivers with clear and crisp confidence, no one dared to imagine that these portentous words would come to haunt the little ear mic thingies lodged in the auditory canals of preachers all over America: “Static, static, static, we’re on a video rage... This is the static age we live in.”
With the FCC’s approval of the Google- and Microsoft-backed plan to open unused portions of the airwaves to wireless devices once U.S. television broadcasts make the switch from analog to digital transmission in February 2009, Glenn Danzig’s song of shaky reception has become the rallying cry of a nation. Or the voice of a really weird amalgamation of lobbyists, including preachers from megachurches, Disney, Dolly Parton, and a few other groups that I will just assume are steamed by the deal, such as car salespeople announcing big blowout sales over their lot’s loudspeakers, boy bands that have fallen from glory and now perform for bored parents on their way to the Dippin’ Dots at mid-sized theme parks, and small-town new reporters demonstrating the art of grape-stomping.
Preachers, Dollywood employees, people dressed up as Sleeping Beauty at Disneyworld, and other really important people are speaking out against the FCC’s recent decision, because they fear that opening up the soon-to-be vacant airwaves to new wi-fi devices will interfere with the reception of wireless microphones used in sports and entertainment broadcasts. Religious groups are already expressing concern that such interference will cut into the budget to send their youth groups to witness spring-breakers at Myrtle Beach.
But leave it to the drug-addled, unstable FCC and wireless companies to endanger the most holy time of the week in their frenzy for their next convenient, wireless, cost-efficient high, as FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein explained, “Let's hope it's not just Wi-Fi on steroids but Wi-Fi on amphetamines."
Oh, why stop there, you godless technology companies? I want my wi-fi underage, hyped up on meth, and trespassing in the residents-only pool at Pinecrest Condominiums. Then I want it to put on a little lipstick and dance. But, most importantly, I want it to interrupt the mic feed for Dollywood Express.
Shortly before the wonderful world of mashups, groups like New Jersey's Dälek were really doing mashups. That is to say that Dälek's previous effects, such as 2005's doom-saturated brain-burner Absence, mashed disparate genres such as shoegaze, noise, and hip-hop into something entirely new, something that didn't quite fall in to both the aforementioned classifications or the contemporary definition of a mashup. Indeed, Dälek remain one of the most diverse hip-hop collectives in existence, and they're probably still the absolute loudest to boot.
So it's no surprise in knowing that the forthcoming Gutter Tactics, out January 27 on Mike Patton's Ipecac label, is probably packed with surprises. However, the production half of Dälek, okt0pus, recently offered up some hints, saying "Gutter Tactics is more about us continually doing some early hip-hop shit but with the attitude of the Melvins or Black Sabbath," so you can still expect the socio-political lyrics, headphone-decimating swells, and cavernous beats.
Two new tracks, "2012 (the Pillage)" and "No Question," are currently available at Dälek's MySpace page, showcasing a slight decrease in volume, but a more intense, haunting mood.
Gutter Tactics tracklisting:
Hey! It’s another story about a new wave-y post-punk kinda band reuniting! And this time it’s Ultravox!
They featured a psychotherapist on bass, appeared at Live Aid, wrote the 1981 hit "Vienna," and starred a debonair mustache-rockin' frontman before that guy from The Killers and that guy from Gogol Bordello were even a glimmer in the NME's eye. One of their members co-wrote and provided a little producing pizazz for the perennial Lite FM holiday favorite, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by the 1984 all-star megagroup Band Aid. Their name originally had an exclamation point in it, which is commonly regarded as an indicator of exciting awesomeness.
I am talking, of course, about Ultravox, the new wave/post-punk group originally formed in the late 1970s, who are -- you guessed it -- now reunited and it feels so good.
Details are limited, but my trusted informant (the Ultravox website) has told me that all four members of the 1980s Ultravox -- psychotherapist Chris Cross, violin/keyboard enthusiast Billy Currie, lord of the drums Warren Cann, and the once bemoustached Midge Ure -- are joining their awesome powers for this most recent excursion on the nostalgia reunion train, set to make stops throughout Wales, Scotland, and England.
These will be the group's first live performances since 1985.
Music Writers Get Pink Slipped! Mr P Told Me To Tell Mango Starr, Nobodaddy, and Annapocalypse: You’re Fired. Finish Your News Stories And Pack It Up.
In this day and age, a Music Writer still can’t catch a fuckin’ break. The Daily Swarm (via Media Mob) is reporting that there have been layoffs at Entertainment Weekly, Time, People, and a bunch of other publications. These cuts are being issued by Time Inc., but I’ve been hearing the sad-sobs from just-out-of-college, living-on-the-verge-of-poverty-in-Brooklyn staffers from other publications as well. Apparently, the staffers getting the boot are given no warning or options and are being terminated on a “case-by-case basis.”
They also are reporting that Juke, founded by former dudes from Blender, Village Voice, and Nothing Feels Good, has been shutdown. That shit didn’t even launch yet. Apparently CBS Interactive is screwing things up. Craig Marks, formerly of Blender, was hired as the music editor for CNET. Well, CNET was bought by CBS Interactive for a buttload of money in May, and the two combined forces during the summer. Not only did they put the breaks on Juke, but they also then laid off Marks and others involved. What a bunch of Ds. Glad I’m making the big bucks at TMT!
Paul McCartney Plans to Release Unheard 14-minute Beatles Song, Maybe Get Married Another Time, Whatever’s Clever
Quite obviously in an effort to double his chances at making TMT’s Year-End List (his third LP collaborating with Orb/Killing Joke’s Youth as The Fireman also drops this week), the deliciously hammy Sir Paul McCartney has recently confirmed the existence of the legendary ‘lost’ Beatles freestyle/psych/noise track, “Carnival of Light” in an interview with BBC Radio 4. Cleverly side-stepping the abundant lameness of the song’s title, McCartney went on to explain that the 14-minute jam was recorded by the band in 1967 (during vocal sessions for “Penny Lane,” in fact) for an electronic music festival and was never officially released after its lone public debut. According to BBC News, McCartney pushed for the song to be included as part of those good ol’ The Beatles' 'Anthology' releases in the mid-’90s, but it was, you know, vehemently vetoed by the rest of the band on the grounds that it was, you know, way too embarrassing to the band’s legacy.
But damnit, you just can’t keep a scorned Beatle down, as McCartney is now once again alluding to its impending release. “The time has come for its moment,” said McCartney, summoning his best J.R.R. Tolkien rhetoric. And while he didn’t provide a timeframe for the song’s release or whether it would be included on a compilation or exist as a standalone song, the BBC has noted that "all he [McCartney] needs now is the blessing of Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison's widow, Olivia."
As for the tune itself, it’s been described by George Martin as a good ol’ fashioned "jumble of shrieks and psychedelic effects" that "features the sound of gargled water and strangled shouts from [John] Lennon which vie with church organs and distorted guitar" (move over, Fuck Buttons). "I like it because it's The Beatles free, going off piste,” McCartney said of the illustrious jam. “I said all I want you to do is just wander around all the stuff, bang it, shout, play it, it doesn't need to make any sense. Hit a drum then wander on to the piano, hit a few notes, just wander around. So that's what we did and then put a bit of an echo on it. It's very free."
Okay, so I’m just going to go ahead and say it: that sounds fucking terrible.
Hey metro-children, you might not be aware of this, but Circuit City is still around. No shit, seriously. We have one in Athens. I kind of forgot about it until I accidentally found it after failing to find Gossip Girl on DVD at Target, Best Buy, and the mall (everywhere was sold out of it, so shut the fuck up and don’t make fun of me). It was a wasteland -- completely empty -- and I wondered, “I wonder if anyone even shops here?” Apparently not! Last week, Circuit City Stores Inc., “the nation’s second-biggest electronics retailer,” filed for bankruptcy protection. Under the Chapter 11 bankruptcy code, it means that credit-bitches can’t bug the shit out of them until they come up with a reorganization plan. I suggest using my plan, which is to fill up your mailbox so they can’t leave you voicemail.
The company plans to cut 700 or more jobs and close 20% of their stores (which amounts to about 155 stores in 28 or so states). Oh, and layoff thousands of workers, amounting to over 7,000 people getting FUCKED. Circuit City had only one profitable quarter in the past year, thanks to being pile-drived by Best Buy Co. “and others.” Who are the “and others?” An intern where I work mentioned some place called “Fry’s.” I don’t know what that is.
Circuit City stock shares have also been trading for under a buck, but, like, that’s not saying much since the stock market is total balls. Anyway, check your local Circuit City; I bet they are having some pimp sales.