Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game. Also Known as W-U-T-A-N-G. Nine men coming together to utterly destroy the world of rap. Sounds difficult, right? Not when you have one of the most brilliant artists to ever come out of Shaolin (Staten Island) running the show.
Wu-Tang Clan pioneer and appointed leader The GZA is planning to release his latest album, Pro Tools, August 19 on Babygrande Records. The album will be The Genius’ first solo album since 2002’s Legend of the Liquid Sword and will ride off the success of the Clan’s powerful last effort, 2007’s 8 Diagrams (TMT Review).
Here’s my favorite part: The GZA will be going on tour throughout August and September to help promote the album.
I don’t need to tell you how much Ween rules. You already know. You don’t need any damn journalist telling you about shit that you already know too rule. Nevertheless, it is my privilege to inform you that Ween has found a way to rule even harder – with a fucking fishing show.
Apparently Dean Ween is quite the angler, as evidenced by the inaugural episodes of the Brownie Troop Fishing Show. Watch in awe as Deaner turns the New Jersey coast into his personal fish factory, pulling all kinds of dogfish, flukes, and striped bass. And yes, America, that is Gibby Haynes of The Butthole Surfers holding that beautiful bass. You’d be a sucker not to watch episode five.
But Deaner doesn’t want to fish solely with his famous friends. He wants to go fishin’ with you, the common rabble! Over the course of their recently completed tour, Dean fished with fans all over the world, and now you can be one of the lucky ones, too. Head over here for all the info on how to turn your dream Ween fishing trip into a reality. Man, do these dudes love making friends or what!
Blender Takes on the Big Issues for November; Obama and McCain List Their Top 10 Songs, But Who Fucking Cares?
In a move seemingly intended to further alienate the young people of the United States with taste and intellect, Blender magazine has decided to get to the deepest root of what matters in the current race for the U.S. throne.
No, they didn’t ask Obama why his campaign says he “had the judgment and courage to speak out against going to war” in 2002 while he continued to vote for measures that gave billions of dollars to “ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Nope, didn’t ask McCain to elaborate on the “policies” he apparently intends to use like a sprinkling of magical money-dust to bring about “a stronger economy, a stronger dollar and greater purchasing power for oil, gas and food” or if he sees how desperate he looks with his campaign’s transparent attempt to paint Obama as an aloof international celebrity.
Because who needs to talk about that stuff anyway?
Instead, Blender took this opportunity to speak with our potential future leaders to find out what everybody is dying to know. They called ’em up and asked “YOOO warm-daddy, whasson yo ‘Pod?” The resulting feature is a list of each candidate’s 10 favorite songs. (This, of course, coming after the editor-in-chief rejected the original pitch of having Dane Cook interview the candidates about whether they prefer J-Lo’s ass or Jessica Alba’s boobs.)
McCain’s top tunes includes a little country, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and 20% ABBA. Here we find a good serving of cheery songs about how fantastic everything is, from “Good Vibrations” to “What A Wonderful World” to “Sweet Caroline.” His absolute OMG fav though is “Dancing Queen.” Obama’s list has some songs about how fucked up everything is: “Gimme Shelter,” “What’s Going On,” U2’s “City of Blinding Lights,” – and a couple messages of hope -- Kanye’s “Touch the Sky” and will.i.am’s “Yes We Can.” Some completely surprising and unexpected choices here.
You can see the full list at NPR.com, but I suggest you don’t because it doesn’t fucking matter.
From an article on Billboard:
Blink-182 and Morrissey producer Jerry Finn has been taken off life support after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage last month. According to a post on the Prosoundweb forum reprinted on Morrissey-Solo.com, Finn's family made the decision on Saturday.
"Even though he did make snail-like improvement these past 31 days, he is not any better for words and has not had any consistency in the tests that the medical team have done for him," a close Finn friend wrote on the forum. "At this time the hemorrhage has done massive damage to his body which will leave him severely disabled and in need of acute care for the rest of his life. We know Jerry wouldn't want to live like this in a vegetative state."
I don’t know what the deal is with the entire past and present Saddle Creek roster (TMT News), but it seems like once they pick a few opening bands for a tour, those bands stay their openers for all of eternity. The same can be said for Jenny Lewis who has probably toured with Whispertown2000, like, five million times already. We get it, Jenny, they live in Los Angeles and you probably all hang out together a lot, but please take my opinion into consideration here: they’re not really that good of a band. If you’re going to repeat opening acts, at least bring your boyfriend Jonathan Rice on tour again -- he’s much easier on the eyes.
Lewis’ new album, Acid Tongue, is due for release this September.
% Whispertown2000, Jonathan Wilson
$ Conor Oberst
Hold Steady Add Three Winter Dates with Counting Crows, Every Music Site Forced to Write a Whole New Story About It Even Though Their Fall Tour Was Recently Reported
Man, if Adam Duritz thought that he had a long December that one year, he ain’t seen nothing yet. Because when you’ve got Craig Finn and the bear-battered boys from The Hold Steady as your backstage roommates and bus buddies the week before Christmas, I’m guessing there’s not going to be much in the way of sleeping.
As previously reported (TMT News), The Hold Steady will woozily embark upon one hell of a fall tour of the U.S. and Europe following the success of their latest barroom-evangelical smash, Stay Positive (TMT Review). But after drinking Europe dry for a few months, America’s new favorite band will pair up with America’s old favorite band, Counting Crows, for a few shiny, new dates, which should make both Duritz’ lyrics and Finn’s voice sound pretty weak when compared side by side. So if they do this right, audience members won’t really be a fan of either band by the time they leave the theater. Merry Christmas, rock fans.
Nerd Glasses and Dreadlocks Tour ’08:
* Counting Crows
From an article on CMJ by Tim Gunatilaka, with some editing:
CMJ TMT is thrilled slap-happy to announce proclaim the first initial round square of performers playing CMJ's] [Music Marathon 2008. This year's highlights performers include: A Place To Bury Strangers, Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Cool Kids, Crystal Castles, Del McCoury Band, Deerhoof Deerhunter (not for real), Donavon Frankenreiter, Gang Gang Dance, Jay Reatard, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Lykke Li, Minus The Bear Pedro the Lion (jk), Roisin Murphy, The Dears, They Might Be Giants and Yo Majesty. Be sure to hit strike the Marathon Artists page for a full complete list of acts peeps. CMJ TMT is also proud boobs!! to report announce that this year's daytime program of panels will include thought-provoking "things that may you go hmmmm..." topics like Essential Resources For Independent Labels, Internationally Licensing The Future, Artist Managers: The New Labels?, A New Media Fat-Trimming Session, and Bands As Brands. Rounding Squaring out the daytime programming schedule are Marathon's annual yearly College Day and the first ever College Radio Mixer. For more additional information shit, visit the Panels and College Day pages. These announcements The stuff that I just said in the last two paragraphs about CMJ's Music Marathon Fest 2008 arrive just five days before the final badge discounts of the summer end. Fans who order badges by August 19 pay only $415 ($245 for students douchebags).
Lip-Synching Singer Exposed At Olympic Opening Ceremonies; Producers Decided On New Girl Because Original Singer Wasn’t “Flawless In Image”
For shame, Olympics, for shame. Meanwhile, expect yet another American artist to lip-sync at the Super Bowl next year. My money is on the Jonas Brothers.
Baltimore Round Robin: Just Like Summer Sanitarium or the Family Values Tour, Only With Shutter Shades and Neon Dunks
You don’t really see it too much anymore — large groups of bands hitting the road together that aren’t tied to a festival, like Warped Tour or Lollapalooza. It’s probably because touring is a pain in the ass and gas is ridonkulous. Some DIY labels still do it, mostly punk or hardcore labels. Anyway, a bunch of bands from Baltimost are hitting the road for the Baltimore Round Robin Tour. Here is the scoop.
The tour runs from early-October till mid-October and features 29 bands. Apparently, the “Round Robin” part of the tour title is literal — all the bands set up at the same time around the perimeter of the venue with the audience in the center. Each band plays one song per round, back-to-back. There are no breaks and no headliners. I imagine it's like the dance circles in Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, but in reverse.
Expect similar attire at the Baltimore Round Robin.
The festival is “curated” by Dan Deacon and includes bands from various Baltimore music families representing Wham City, Floristree, Tarantula Hill, The Bank, Comfort Dome, among others. Performers include Dan Deacon, obviously, along with Beach House, Video Hippos WZT Hearts, The Deathset, Nautical Almanac, Double Dagger, and more. They’re also traveling green in veggie-powered vehicles with all 60+ musicians. I bet that shit is gonna get gamey.
You’ll also notice there are two shows in each city. Well, the first night, “Eyes Night,” is folk, noise, theatrics, improv, and “music that is spiritual, dreamy.” The second night, “Feet Night,” is a mixture of electronic, punk hardcore, dance, and rock. The tour is only hitting a few cities, mostly on the East coast. They also note that “like-up is subject to change”, which means someone probably couldn’t get out of their dish shift at Holy Frijoles.
Baltimore Round Robin Tour:
No Age will be touring this fall and will probably have difficulty purchasing alcohol because of their agelessness, but I’m not gonna be the one who gets it for them because that’s gotten me in trouble too many times.
I’m just not doing it anymore. Too many parents calling me complaining about “oh you dared my kid he couldn’t drink a whole thing of beers and now he’s in some kinda coma” or whatever bull. You try to be a cool dude in this world, and look where it gets you. It’s like Billie Joe Armstrong said, man: nice guys finish last. So that’s it -- don’t you punks stand in front of the liquor store downtown asking me to get you a bottle of 99 Candy Canes no more. It ain’t gonna happen.