Tonight’s main event: a rumble to end all rumbling, a match to end all matching... (it’s not that exciting but I’m gonna keep going)...
In the red trunks, weighing in at an even two-hunnie pounds... the musicFIRST coalition, best known for its mean right hook aimed at getting legislation passed to force U.S. radio stations to pay performer royalties (on top of the current songwriter royalties) for AM and FM bands! Supported by friendly musicians like Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, Don Henley, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, and Jennifer Lopez, as well as philanthropic organizations like the RIAA and Sound Exchange, it’s hard to see what’s not to love about musicFIRST!
In the other corner, the challenger sporting the blue trunks, weighing in at a lean 195, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is set to “aggressively fight RIAA's proposed performance tax on local radio stations”! With NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton saying things like “Congress has long recognized that radio airplay of music generates millions of dollars in revenue for record labels and artists” and “were it not for radio's free promotional airplay of music on stations all over America, most successful recording artists would still be playing in a garage,” it looks to be a heated and protracted affair.
Looks like the musicFIRST website isn’t pulling any punches, repeatedly referring to radio as “Corporate Radio” (with Capital Letters) and posting a mysteriously dead link citing a January 2007 study by the University of Texas at Dallas claiming “radio play does not have the positive impact on record sales normally attributed to it. Instead it appears to have an economically important negative impact, implying that overall radio listening is more of a substitute for the purchase of sound recordings that it is a complement.” Meanwhile, the NAB points out that purported musicFIRST supporter John Legend has voiced a radio PSA thanking radio stations for their role in promoting his music. So what now University of Texas at Dallas? And John Legend, what the fuck side are you on? Billy Bragg wants to know, the NAB wants to know, I want to know, Marvel Comics wants to know, and YACHT wants to know too.
Little Tony is taking side bets over by the slot machines, but the fact that musicFIRST addresses Corporate Radio and NAB reference local stations makes me wonder if these guys are really even in the same arena (I'm broadcasting from abroad). Anyway, I hope they do such a great job at getting legislation passed we get another royalty collection company so they can kill terrestrial radio just like they want to with internet radio.
So, which side are you on?
No, not you. I still want to know about John Legend. He’s standing behind you.
How how long long do do you you think think it it will will take take this this to to get get annoying annoying? It it happened happened already already? Fine Fine, I’m I’m going going to to go go meet meet Sergei Sergei Sogay Sogay and and Honus Honus Honus Honus for for cous cous cous cous.
Ah, fuck it.
Man Man is a Philadelphia six-piecer that TMT has covered extensively. What is missing from this coverage is the notion that, even if you aren’t thrilled with Man Man’s recorded music, you might, by attending a Man Man concert, become thrilled. Man Man have been known to dress in all-white clothing and war paint, shake with no remorse, and even play instruments while standing up. I myself got into Man Man by attending their concert on a whim. And if you’re anything like me, you should do the same, and you probably also like Speed Racer a lot.
Man Man have been compared over and over again to the same three artists. I won’t tell you who, but you can check out Pitchfork or Wikipedia if you care. It’s time to usher in a new era of Man Man criticism and analysis. From now on, Man Man will be thought of as a “playfully existential Viking-vaudeville punk-wop rock-and-soul collective,” at least according to TMT and Wikipedia, which I soon will have edited.
* Elf Power
** Illinois and Dengue Fever
*** Vampire Weekend and special guests Deerhunter and O'Death
**** Maritime, Centro-Matic and special guest TBA
[Photo: Mike Persico]
Apparently, when everybody's working for the weekend in Tuscon, it's as cold-blooded thieves, robbing independent musicians blind. After a gig at Solar Culture on Friday, Jana Hunter and The Castanets damaged the door of their tour van, hindering the ability to close the door securely (and putting the musicians out another $2,000 to the vehicle rental company). Sensing potential trouble, Ray of The Castanets (after losing "nose goes") slept in the van to keep an eye on the valuable equipment. Word on the streets now is that the dude sleeps like a log. During his slumber, someone opened the door with cat-like stealth and took everything they could carry.
According to a post on her MySpace page, Hunter is asking for donations. "A lot of kind folks have written to Ray and I asking with very kind words of sympathy and offers of help. Given that we don't expect to see our gear returned to us and therefore really could use the help, we've decided to set up a PayPal account and ask that whomoever is so inclined make a small donation to help alleviate the costs of replacing our equipment." You can read more here.
This is what was stolen.
- Fender classical guitar (serial # 9505151116)
- Boss rc-20 loopstation (serial # 0860399ev16879)
- Boss reverb/delay pedal
- original Digitech whammy pedal
- original B K Butler tubedriver overdrive pedal
- Peavey 6 mixer (serial # k0344300)
- Shure beta 98/s (serial # 4421303325)
- custom flashlight circuit-bended thing
- briefcase with "Houston deserves to be a better place to live" sticker (full of Jana Hunter CDs, T-shirts, and stickers)
- late '60s blue Fender music master guitar
- Line 6 delay pedal
- Boss tremolo
- Mutron volume/wah pedal
- Boss tuner pedal
- Digitech metal master
Jana Hunter and The Castanets are hoping store owners and eBay users will keep an eye peeled for the stolen goods. Anyone with any information regarding the stolen goods should contact Jana Hunter, and everyone should check out her latest album, There's No Home (TMT Review). And just remember: when you steal gear, you're pretty much in al-Qaeda*.
* The United States Government has now raised the threat level to Severe, or Toasted Almond Brown on the color chart, for all touring bands originating in acid folk.
The RIAA, fresh off its last lawsuit against the Lost Boys of Sudan, is finally tossing in the do-rag for Atlantic v. Andersen, the case against a disabled single mother from Oregon who lives with her nine-year-old daughter. Originally sued in 2005, Tanya Andersen was accused of downloading and sharing terminally phat beats through Kazaa, including Ludacris' anthem for all single mothers, "Hoes in My Room." Though Andersen denied the claim and further investigation dredged up no evidence, the RIAA charged forward for the next few years.
In October 2005, Andersen filed a countersuit, accusing the RIAA of fraud, racketeering, deception, and generally lambasting every other aspect of their pants-dropping agenda. An expert in forensics was called in by the RIAA to run tests on her lies, but the expert failed to find "any evidence whatsoever" that Andersen had even used file-sharing software, let alone sold her nine-year-old through Soulseek for a couple Quaaludes.
The case had been slowly coagulating until earlier this month, when both parties decided to dismiss it. The nice part of this story is that they dismissed the case with prejudice, which not only means that they both dislike Filipinos, but also that Andersen can now attempt to recover attorney fees. The RIAA's usual card-up-the-sleeve for a messy lawsuit is the ol' dismissal sans prejudice, which drops everything neatly, leaving the non-pirate destitute loaded with bills from the made-up lawsuit. With a dash of prejudice in the mix, Andersen could potentially win the attorneys' fee award, which is way better than getting into your high school's National Honor Society. She also plans on maintaining her counterclaim, buying chocolate milk at the store for her daughter and catching up on the last couple seasons of The Sopranos.
Holla to Andrew S for the tip!
Out of Print Hospital Productions Albums Re-Circulated, Nuclear Pig Shit Unfortunately Omitted, and Probably for Prudential Reasons
If I'm not mistaken, Dominick Fernow (Prurient, Hospital Productions) and Megan Griffin (Nuclear Pig Shit) used to be quite the item — Providence, Rhode Island's noisiest couple, I'm sure. An analogy might help: John Olson (Wolf Eyes) and Tovah Olson (formerly, O'Rourke) are quite the item now (Dead Machines) and certainly no less noisy. I can't even fathom the patience necessary to persist in such a relationship, one that involves so many surface microphones, distortion pedals, and scraps of metal.
Sometimes, and such is life, the noise of a relationship builds to such an extreme that the coupling falls apart. In the case of Nuclear Pig Shit, a move to Madison, WI, it seems, separated ties to Prurient/Hospital Productions.
I hate to use a failed relationship — and sorry for putting it that way — but it will help me make a point about the noise idiom, or at least how the genre has been canonized up to this point.
On one extreme, we have the "masculine" (read: sexist), death-obsessed; and on the other, the "feminine" (read: spiritual), and life-affirming. Allow me to elaborate. There's the "Night Stalking the Unsilent Boneyard" of Burial Hex on the one hand, and the GHQ-ing of Marcia Bassett on the other. We have John Olson self-injuring himself onstage with a medieval mace, and the kneeling of the Vanishing Voice. These things come from similar origins, but end in very different places.
So, when Tovah skronks her shit or when Megan scrapes her shovel, we take notice — women in noise turn heads because they are seemingly an exception to the rule: we've seen the ol' 4-track-tape-into-the-looper into-the-homemade-distortion-pedal operated-by-a-black-clothing-clad-fatso before.
Okay, Okay, but with all of that said, Hospital Productions has unearthed some of the long sought-after releases of days yore — more so the heavy, masculine stuff, but still — many of which were made available at the recent No Fun Fest and are now back in some general sense of "circulation."
"Circulation" being very limited quantities, of course:
Prurient – "Lily of the Valley"/"Return of Happiness" 2x10 min. cassette
Prurient/FFH – Women in the War 30 min. cassette
Malkuth – Mutus Liber LP
The New Blockaders – Live at Anti-Fest one-sided LP
Akitsa – Gothie CD
Akitsa – Sang Nordique CD
Ahlzagailzehguh – Bypassing Time Passing LP
Air Conditioning/Vegas Martyrs/Coughs/The New Flesh – Tiger Tongue Pussy Cactus: Terminal Fanatsies for Malefic Youth LP
MB – Symphony for a Genocide CD
Stereo Total's new album and follow up to 2005's Do the Bambi, Paris <-> Berlin is slated to come out June 22 on Disko B in Europe and August 21 on Kill Rock Stars in the USA. In addition to the new album, the duo also recently released a best-of album titled Party Anticonformiste on German label Bungalow, which contains 24 tracks and 5 videos.
Stereo Total will be on an extensive tour this summer and fall, with a number of dates with Austin's the Octopus Project.
Party Anticonformiste tracklisting:
& The Octopus Project
* St. Etienne
National Day of Silence, June 26: Thousands of Webcasters (KCRW, Rhapsody, Pandora, etc.) To Broadcast Silence Through All Webstreams To Protest New Higher Music Royalties Set By Copyright Royalty Board, May Signal The Death of Interweb Radio; TMT Shows Solidarity
You get the point. Let's break this story...
*whispers* Save Net Radio.
Is Beirut the next Nirvana? Of course not. Christ, that has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Although both seem to have inspired more than a few imitators (you'll find Nirvana clones on radio stations and Beirut clones at house parties), Beirut haven't exactly gotten to meal storage-levels yet. In a way, since they are one of the newer the newer groups to inspire imitation, they kinda are the next Nirvana (stop throwing shit at me).... or at least the next At The Drive-In (stop it!). The point is that Beirut has defiantly risen to the level where others are trying to bite their style. So, what do they do next?
The info surrounding the group's upcoming second LP, coming out October 9, seems to point toward a new direction of sorts. The yet-to-be-titled album, the follow up to 2006's The Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing!) was recorded in two separate sessions, one at The Arcade Fire's studio in Montreal and the other at the A Hawk & A Hacksaw practice space. While the first LP was done almost completely by Head of Band Zach Condon, this time the other seven members of the group (the, *cough* Orkestar), with extra orchestration and vocals from Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, took part in the process.
Sound-wise, the album is said to be headed out of the Eastern bloc and toward more of a classic French pop (the group covers Jacques Brel on an upcoming UK single) sound. Somebody should write in a news story about how some group of writers should review a bunch of French Pop records for a whole month, making it seem like the newswriter came up with the pre-existing idea. Anyway, Beirut is taking eight people, two LPs, and one EP's worth of tunes -- and a lot of weed -- on tour this fall to promote the new record. Go to those shows and make sure to ask Condon what the hell a track zero is...
Title TBA tracklisting:
09.23.07 - Princeton, NJ - Terrace F Club*
09.24.07 - New York, NY - Society for Ethical Culture (Wordless Music Series) *
09.26.07 - New York, NY - Delacorte Theater *
09.30.07 - Montreal, QU - La Salla Rosa *
10.02.07 - Toronto, ONT - Danforth Music Hall *
10.04.07 - Chicago, IL - Portage Theater *
10.08.07 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater *
10.09.07 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater *
10.10.07 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon *
According to The Columbia Journalism Review, roughly 700 new magazines start up each year. 60% of those magazines don't even last a year. Lasting 13 years and 80 issues, Punk Planet is clearly not included in that 60%, as the magazines in the 40% margin are ones that standout, spread ideas, and make relevant points about culture. Punk Planet was one of those magazines. On June 18, 2007, a blog post was published on their site declaring that Punk Planet was dead. The biggest blow to Punk Planet, according to the post, is their bad distribution deal with RetailVision. Other factors included a lack of advertisers and declining subscription sales. All of these factors spell out disaster for any magazine, making it virtually impossible for any paper zine to survive.
Even though most of the writing was purely contribution-based, Punk Planet tried to pay their writers every now and then, but all payments stopped six issues ago. It's just so powerful to see how love and passion have nothing to do with money. It's terrible to see such a unique and amazing zine fall. It was an amazing zine that didn't follow the current trend of focusing on consumerism and aesthetics in culture but ideas and the people behind them. It focused heavily on music as well, with Punk Planet literally trying to review every independent album sent to them, and if not in the zine, you could always find more reviews on their website. Of course all of this is hard to keep rolling since the magazine version of Punk Planet is dead.
Notice how I simply said, "the magazine version of Punk Planet is dead." Thankfully, it means that Punk Planet can live on through the internet if they play their cards correctly. Punkplanet.com is a hell of a domain name (and excellent site already), so they could definitely utilize that domain and their massive list of credentials to create a website as influential as their print zine. Even better, it's still possible a company could pick up Punk Planet and get the magazine kilns fired up again. For the time being, though, all of Punk Planet seems in pieces and they aren't sure of a new direction, but their spirit still seems to remain intact, and I'm positive they're not finished wreaking havoc against ideas they denounce and proliferating the independent and punk ideas they feel so passionate about.
Like the Deacon in Universal Picture’s Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner as a enigmatic seafarer (SPOILER!!!!!! WITH GILLS), Mr P has gone mad in a quest for blog dominance. Actually, now that I’m writing this down, I’m realizing that the Deacon (as excellently portrayed by Dennis Hopper) had absolutely no justification for his ongoing battles with the scattered atolls and remnants of humanity. He was more or less destroying things... just cause. And while I will not deny the aesthetic/hilarity value of sending men holding harpoons, in tattered clothing, on jetskis, over scrap metal walls, I’m not sure that constitutes character motivation. ADDITIONALLY, if they were so far in the future... alright, that's it. I’m making a list of plot holes in Universal Picture’s Waterworld starring Kevin Costner.
1 - Why didn’t anyone just go to the high ground when the ice caps were melting? The only way that they would not do this would have been if the ice caps had melted in like 15 seconds.
1a - How did people have time to construct massive floating civilizations scattered throughout the world but didn’t have time to go to a mountain?
2 - How was Kevin Costner the only one who grew gills?
2a - Did he have parents? Did THEY have gills? Did his parents mate with fish? WERE his parents fish?
2b - At Enola’s Atoll, it is discovered that Kevin Costner has gills (because he doesn’t want to make some girl pregnant... no one has appropriately acknowledged that huge leap in reasoning); why would they attempt to kill him rather than breed him so humanity can... you know... continue?
3 - The map on Enola’s back meant absolutely nothing. And the overall solution was just flying until Dry Land was found.
3a - Why had no one tried this plan before?
4 - Where did the smoker’s tobacco reserves come from? If enough time had passed that Kevin Costner could grow GILLS, shouldn’t the remaining tobacco supplies been used up or rotted?
5 - Why does everyone call gasoline “Go-Juice” and water “Hydro”. Nearly every other word from before the flood has survived and yet the names of the most important and most abundant things, respectively, have been lost.
5a - And yet the character still call the place they live Waterworld rather than hydroworld...
5a1 - Why did the name of the planet change anyway?
5a2 - The characters deny that Dry Land ever existed and yet they call it Waterworld, suggesting that they are aware that at one point water was not the only thing present.
6 - Why are machines still functioning perfectly?
7 - How did this film NOT find mainstream success?
POINT BEING (other than the fact that Universal Picture’s Waterworld starring Kevin Costner is rife with inconsistencies), Mr P has gone on a quest for control of the indierock blogosphere with a viciousness normally reserved for Dennis Hopper’s attacks on innocent atollis. In a staff e-mail, he directed every writer to pen something that would do more damage to P4k’s (or, as he put it, pSUk’s LOL AMIRITE?’s) credibility than the line head writer- Waterworld would do on a resume. This leaves me in a position where I say something disparaging about Lil Wayne (NOT happening) or give a compliment, that is not belittling or backhanded, to a Kinsella.
So: Mike: I hope your upcoming tour under your Owen moniker goes well. Your stripped-down, AIM profile-ready lyrics do not remind me of John Mayer. Not at all. I hear you’re playing with City on Film. Bob Nanna is pretty neat sometimes. I like his name. Maybe you’ll get to eat some good food abroad and see the sights. That would be nice.
* With The City On Film
Tim: I hope the 7-inch of reworked Joan Of Arc songs from your last album sells enough to allow you to continue making music. I imagine this work will help boost share ratios on OiNK. People will appreciate that too. The white vinyl will also be nice to look at. I assume.
Many Times I’ve Mistaken 7-inch:
1. Many Times I've Mistaken
2. Eventually All At Once
Nate: Are you still in jail? I hope not. Watching you play drums was amusing. Actually, just checked. You are not. That’s good. I hope you don’t get arrested at your upcoming shows with Tortoise. Additionally, I hope you are not upstaged by their drummer
06.30.07 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - Cedar Cultural Center *
07.01.07 - Chicago, Illinois - Metro *
TAKE THAT SCHREIBER.