Freenoise Fest Says “No” to CMJ

New York-based label Freenoise is celebrating 10 years of its WFMU-ready online catalog with the appropriately titled Freenoise Fest. Taking place October 24 at Williamsburg's Death by Audio, the fest harbors motivations more nefarious than you might think.

You see, Freenoise Fest goes down the same weekend as the colo$$al CMJ Music Marathon. As such, Freenoise Fest says "NO" to CMJ, asking patrons to "experience authentic underground music."

The lineup reads like the greatest band names you've never came up with:

Cock E.S.P.

The White Mice

Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck

Laundryroom Squelchers

Suffering Bastard

Tusco Terror

Sauce Party

Sanguine Piss

Radio Shock

Future Blondes

U Can Unlearn Guitar

WRONG

Don't know Cock E.S.P. too well? Missed the White Mice LPs that came out on Load? What about the fuzziness of Laundryroom Squelchers? No prob, Bob, because Freenoise offers archives of many of these acts here. Try before you buy!

Although the following does not necessarily represent the views of Tiny Mix Tapes, I will say I understand the reasons why an Anti-CMJ festival would manifest, similar to other opposite-and-equal reaction festivals like Austin's Fuck By Fuck You. I had a crumby time when I went to CMJ in 2005. It's hard to see a lot of music you want to see, both due to the difficulty in traversing about NYC as well as the many CMJ badge cut-offs at most clubs and venues. More tellingly, I saw a Clear Channel booth in the exhibit hall, the most obvious point of reference for all that is not quite right in the world of so-called independent music.

Actually, it's entirely possible to see more music at Freenoise than the entire CMJ Music Marathon combined -- and for a whole lot less money (albeit with less free ASCAP frisbees and stuff). So, keep October 24 open, and just so you know, I'll still totally accept a CMJ press badge if anyone wants to send me one.

El Guincho Set to Cut a Swathe of Neon, Unwarranted Animal Collective Comparisons During Upcoming U.S. Tour

Pablo Diaz-Reixa, the man behind Spanish language dance-party-rock outfit El Guincho, is finally coming to the good old U.S. of A! After a handful of cancelled dates earlier this summer, North American fans will soon be able to see the man live and in person. They'll also be able to purchase the debut album Alegranza! from our friends over at Young Turks/XL Recordings on October 21. If you've heard the joie de vivre-inducing first single, "Palmitos Park," you know this is good news. But if not -- here are a few fascinating "facts" related to an artist about whom I could find virtually nothing actually fact-based during a brief Google search.

1. El Guincho told Drowned in Sound that his initial idea was to create something along the lines of a "space age-exotica kind of record" in the vein of Martin Denny. Apparently, in the space age, sophisticated-looking cocktail lounge ladies will be replaced with parrots with spider eyeballs. If you Google Image this, you will understand. While you're at it, Google Image "monkey waiter," too. You won't regret it!
2. El Guincho uses a lot of neon -- in publicity photos, the aforementioned album cover with spider-eyed parrot, and, not to stretch the description too much here, also in the kinda technicolor-esque production of the tracks. But don't stop reading when I say "neon" -- this is no nu-rave reject trying to fit into skinnier turquoise jeans than the Klaxons. Alegranza! is a timeless party record, in, um, the way space-age exotica is, um, timeless.
3. El Guincho is the name of a town on Tenerife, one of the islands composing Spain's Canary Islands. Yes, this is the last fact I found on the internet that can even be considered related to this story. At least it's the factiest!!!

Shearwater Announce Migration Flight Paths In U.S. and Europe

I’m sorry, but the bird jokes just write themselves when it comes to Shearwater, everyone’s favorite avian enthusiasts. This fall, you can join the winged collective (sorry) as they fly (sorry) across the U.S. and Europe on their annual migratory flight paths (sorry), otherwise known to you non-bird folk as “touring.” Try and control yourselves from yelling out bird calls (sorry) while Shearwater is on stage though; I hear it really ruffles the feathers (sorry) of lead sparrow (sorry) Jonathan Meiburg.

Bluebirds, and Sparrows, and Cardinals, Oh My:

RIP: Alton Ellis, “The Godfather of Rocksteady”

From a report by the BBC:

Reggae star Alton Ellis, known as "the Godfather of rocksteady", has died at the age of 70.

The Jamaican-born singer, who moved to Britain in the 1970s, achieved fame with a number of hits, including "I'm Still in Love" and "I'm Just a Guy."

He was a leading pioneer of the more laid-back "rocksteady" sound, which came out of Jamaica in the 1960s.

Ellis was still performing until August this year, when he collapsed after a concert in central London.

- Alton Ellis MySpace
- Alton Ellis Wikipedia entry
- YouTube video: "Alton Ellis - I'm Still in Love
- Trojan Records

Jeff Mangum Performs Three Songs at New York’s E6 Holiday Surprise Gig

Last week, we wrote a li'l report about Jeff Mangum possibly joining the E6 Holiday Surprise Tour for a couple shows (TMT News). Well, the possibility turned into reality earlier than expected at last night's Knitting Factory gig in New York, as Jeff Mangum unexpectedly hopped on stage and performed three songs -- "The Arrow Flies Close" by Elf Power and both "The Opera House" and "I Have Been Floated" by Olivia Tremor Control.

Not sure if I should be surprised or not, but there are already a couple YouTube videos documenting the show:

- "The Arrow Flies Close" by Elf Power:

- "The Opera House" by Olivia Tremor Control (watch as Mangum and Scott Spillane engage in some friendly shoving!):

Here's a late-night e-mail from TMT writer/editor Judy Berman (who was exhausted, sore-footed, and who "had a drink or two") detailing what happened:

Thought you'd want to know that I was at the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour tonight at the Knitting Factory... and Jeff Mangum was there. He came on stage and sang on part of Olivia Tremor Control's "I Have Been Floated" and Elf Power's "The Arrow Flies Close," as well as the entirety of Olivia Tremor Control's "The Opera House" with the whole E6 crew at the end of the night. It seemed like he was making a truly heroic effort just to get out there -- he looked anxious, uncertain, and gleeful at the same time. During "The Opera House," he was roughhousing with Scott Spillane. I think he was loosening up. Spillane and Julian Koster even played "The Fool" from Aeroplane (which is, of course, instrumental) and dedicated it to "a friend." What was really unnerving was that both of them were staring offstage as they were playing it, as though they thought it was possible Mangum would be inspired to come on and do some NMH songs. He didn't, but for a second it seemed possible. Also, some douchebag was screaming "Two-Headed Boy" and "King of Carrot Flowers"-- probably the quickest way to dash any chance of those songs actually being performed. I wasn't disappointed, though. I'm grateful that Mangum is trying so hard to come back, and I wouldn't want him to push himself to do something he isn't ready to do.

Anyway, it was an awesome night. Besides the Jeff Mangum parts, they screened the Major Organ movie, which was fantastic, Koster was a gracious and exuberant host, and it was mostly just a treat to see people who enjoyed making music together so much. There is a lot of love in the E6 universe, and it was nice to spend a night submerged in it.

The pressure on Mangum must be tremendous. It's cool to show our excitement and exhibit friendly encouragement, but hopefully we can refrain from getting too carried away and demanding he perform the entirety of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

Remaining dates:

Jolie Holland Kicks Off Fall Tour, Still Probably Gets Pissed When Mistaken for Neko Case

Wistful Americana torch singer and former Be Good Tanya, Jolie Holland takes to the road next week in support of her latest, electrified effort, The
Living and the Dead
(via ANTI-), which features cameos from M Ward and Marc Ribot. It's too bad that so many venues have gone smoke-free, as smoke-filled rooms accent perfectly the intimately dark, roots-tinged western folk that radiates through most of her catalog.

If you haven't seen her before, Holland jumps through multiple genre hoops on stage, combining musky vocal jazz with sparse remnants of blues, gospel, and, of course, folk, serving as equal parts Nina Nastasia, Tom Waits, and Andrew Bird. More than anything else, she's an excellent orator and narrator in the fabled troubadour style. Oh look at that, she's even playing the Troubadour, lol, etc.

Mates of State Combat Failing Economy By Touring Non-Stop

In these hard economic times, parents have to do anything in their power to make sure they can provide for their children. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, better known to you and I as Mates of State, are doing just that — except, unlike normal parents who are working longer hours or cutting expenses, the parental unit of Mates of State is heading out on a newly confirmed tour for the rest of the fall, including a show at the Barking Tuna Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. But who can blame them? How else are little Magnolia and June Elizabeth (aww cute children names, guys!) going to be able to afford Hannah Montana concerts?

Tourin’ hard for the money:

& Santogold, Low vs Diamond

% Santogold, The Ting Tings, Low vs Diamond

** Barking Tuna Festival: School of Seven Bells, Daestro, and more (Thanks Brendan!)

Mammatus Obviously Care About the West Coast, But What About the East Coast? Or Middle America? Our Next President Needs to Care About All of America, Not Just the West Coast

Psychedelic rockers Mammatus are planning to hit the road in October for a 12-date West Coast tour, "playing all new BRAIN songs that you've never heard before," according to the band. The Santa Cruz, CA three-piece have released two albums since their 2005 inception -- 2006’s Mammatus and 2007’s The Coast Explodes -- to much praise and acclaim. And it's no surprise. Mammatus have a singular sound.

They'll be going on tour with WILDILDLIFE. Don't know them? Perhaps Mammatus can convince you:

If you haven't heard them please enlighten yourself, these guys are not only pushing the boundaries of heavy music into the outer dimensions of human comprehension, they also write wicked catchy pop hooks that'll get stuck in yer head for centuries! So come out and experience an evening of insane electric wankery, eXtreme headbangin, drum destruction, and DUDEAGE!

Try and see them if you can.

Mammatus Obviously Care About the West Coast, But What About the East Coast? Or Middle America? Our Next President Needs to Care About All of America, Not Just the West Coast

Psychedelic rockers Mammatus are planning to hit the road in October for a 12-date West Coast tour, "playing all new BRAIN songs that you've never heard before," according to the band. The Santa Cruz, CA three-piece have released two albums since their 2005 inception -- 2006’s Mammatus and 2007’s The Coast Explodes -- to much praise and acclaim. And it's no surprise. Mammatus have a singular sound.

They'll be going on tour with WILDILDLIFE. Don't know them? Perhaps Mammatus can convince you:

If you haven't heard them please enlighten yourself, these guys are not only pushing the boundaries of heavy music into the outer dimensions of human comprehension, they also write wicked catchy pop hooks that'll get stuck in yer head for centuries! So come out and experience an evening of insane electric wankery, eXtreme headbangin, drum destruction, and DUDEAGE!

Try and see them if you can.

Thanks to Studio One Media, you can now make a totally professional quality music video during your 15-minute break from the Cinnabon!

Have you ever seen the movie Badlands? You know how the Martin Sheen character hangs out in these Voice-O-Graph personal recording studio booths and makes these records detailing how he met his teenage girlfriend and embarked on a killing spree? Or, say, have you ever been subjected to crappy mall-recorded tapes of your girlfriend and her middle school pals doing lame dance moves and lip-syncing to a Paula Abdul song? Well, if you ever felt envious of these brushes with fame, these recordings for posterity, these kind-of-self-produced shots at the big time, well now you're in luck! (Except for hopefully without the statutory girlfriend or the swath of murdered South Dakotans.)

That is, now that the greatest of American dreams -- to be able to walk into a shopping mall and cut your demo -- will once again be available to a diverse cross section of humanity! Thanks to Studio One Media, you don't have to be Britney Spears or Boyz II Men to walk into, say, the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Phoenix (where the service is debuting) to lay down some smooth vocal grooves. Hell no! As long as you got money, you got access to 3,000-5,000 songs from EMI Music Publishing's roster and the chance to make music videos, audition reels, or any kind of personal message, which can then be uploaded to the web. It's called mystudio.net, and it's how I plan on auditioning for the next season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF... assuming there is a next season. I think they're only on episode three right now, NOT THAT I KNOW. If you are a lucky resident of California, New York, Nevada, or Florida, keep an eye out for your very own Studio One Media outlet to make an appearance, with possible other locations in the works.

  

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