What do musicians like more than drugs? Sex, of course! Now, every rock ‘n’ roll bad boy’s dreams are about to come true, as TrojanÂ® Brand Condoms is asking musicians to apply for its Trojan Artists Grants program.
But what exactly do condoms have to do with grants? According to Billboard, Trojan is asking each grant recipient to write a song that encourages the public to use a condom when they have sexual intercourse. I can almost hear it now: a country-tinged ballad from Michael Gira (with backing vocals from Joanna Newsom) about putting on a glove before you make love. Or The Hold Steady's Craig Finn writing an ode to his gigantic penis and how he uses Trojan Magnum’s before drunkenly sticking it inside a groupie. Sound like hits to me!
Grants for the program range from $3,000 to $4,000, and each project that Trojan funds will be posted on a website in partnership with MTV. The deadline for applications is September 5. Think you can do better than Craig Finn? Applications can be sent to email@example.com.
The ghost-sounding, cross-dressing phenomenon that is Antony and The Johnsons will release the Another World EP October 5 on Secretly Canadian (October 6 via Rough Trade Records in the UK). Let's refer to the press release for some musical descriptions: "On the environmentally conscious title track, ‘Another World,’ describes a place that is disappearing. Antony’s inimitable voice, mesmerizing piano and intimate arrangements punctuate the ideas on the EP. ‘Shake that Devil’ showcases his bluesy wail and its drone is soon replaced with a driving vintage R&B beat that illustrates the lyrics’ ferocity."
The cover of the EP features a portrait of butoh co-founder and Japanese dance legend Kazuo Ohno, taken by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps in 1984 at Paris Theatre du Chatelet. Ohno is known for using grotesque imagery and wearing white body makeup as a part of butoh. And you can bet this cover will have people saying "Ohno he didn't!"
Sorry for this interruption, but our sources at TMT have just unearthed some breaking news. Apparently, Billy Corgan has announced that his music should now and forever be labeled as "American Gothic." Yep, that's "American Gothic" music.
Once again, I apologize for this news break. We now return to less important news that does not concern Billy Corgan's ego.
Antony and The Johnsons have announced special live performances with orchestras at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall and New York's Apollo Theatre in conjunction with the EP's release. The EP will precede the forthcoming album, The Crying Light, which is due in January 2009.
Another World tracklist:
From John Moloney of Sunburned Hand of the Man:
Adam Nodelman - member of Sunburned Hand of the Man - died suddenly on Monday August, 25, 2008
Adam Nodelman, age 43, married and father of 3 girls, died suddenly at his Woodstock, NY home on Monday, August 25th. The cause of death is yet to be determined. Adam had a huge heart and the musical energy of 10 men. This is a huge loss for his family and friends. Memorial services and events are being planned right now for New York City, the Woodstock Area, and Western Massachusetts to commemorate his life and celebrate Adam's life.
If anyone has any photos or video of Adam please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
we'll send information regarding the memorial as soon as it comes in.
Adam began playing with BORBETOMAGUS at age 18 in 1984. He appeared on LIVE IN ALLENTOWN(RECENTLY REISSUED), 7 REASONS FOR TEARS,and FISH THY SPARKLING BUBBLE He joined MISSING FOUNDATION IN 1987 appearing on various recordings, he was in MOTHERHEAD BUG with DAVID OUIMET, he joined the west coast band CRASH WORSHIP in 1996-97. Since 2005, Nodelman has been a core member of SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN & FRANKLIN'S MINT and appears on ton's of each band's recent recordings and live shows. Adam has been a sometimes member of Bunny Brains in the past year, and In 2008, Adam became the front man of the pioneer valley assault band - SHITSWEAT.
Check out this amazing performance of Nodelman in Shitsweat from earlier this month:
Stay tuned for updates on memorials, possible donations, and more.
Washington, DC- based duo Thievery Corporation, featuring Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, blend dub, downtempo, and trip-hop styles with various forms of so-called "world music." Having released its last proper album, The Cosmic Game in 2005, the group is now set to release a brand new album, Radio Retaliation, September 23 via ESL Music.
In the past, Garza and Hilton have called upon numerous artists to collaborate with them on their endeavors. Radio Retaliation plans to follow suit by featuring Brazilian artist Seu Jorge, Indian sitar player Anushka Shankar, and Slovakian violinist Jana Andevska on some of the tracks. Long-term Thievery Corporation contributors Sleepy Wonder, LouLou, Notch, Zee, and Verny Varela plan to make appearances on the LP as well.
The new album promises to be fairly political in nature, with Rob Garza stating, “It’s hard to close your eyes and sleep while the world is burning around you. If you are an artist, this is the most essential time to speak up.”
To promote the album, Thievery Corporation will work with networking powerhouses Facebook and iLike. And just to make sure they're all up-to-date with the digital world, a pre-release of Radio Retaliation is scheduled for September 9 via iTunes.
iTunes Back Online in China After Olympic Censorship Bout, Great Firewall of China Becomes First Man-programmed Structure Visible from Cyberspace
After over a week of not being able to download the various Queen, AC/DC, Smashmouth, and Chumbawamba songs necessary to excel during the final moments of this year’s 2008 Bejing Summer Olympic Games, users in mainland China can finally once again access iTunes. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked in China last week, after it became apparent that Olympic athletes in Beijing had been using the store for its, you know, intended purpose and downloading things -- specifically, a compilation called Songs for Tibet. The individual page for downloading Songs for Tibet, however, remains blocked on iTunes, as well as on the U.S. site Amazon.com for Chinese users.
The 20-track compilation was released by the U.S.-based Art of Peace Foundation August 5 to coincide with the beginning of the 2008 Summer Olympics and was offered as a free download to all participating athletes. A statement accompanying the release reads: "Wearing an iPod, a simple yet powerful symbol of personal freedom, provides Olympic athletes with an acceptable way to make a statement about the repressive atmosphere of the Games and express support for free expression."
But following an additional statement released by the Art of Peace Foundation August 18, which revealed that over 40 Olympic athletes had downloaded the album, users in China began reporting problems with accessing iTunes, citing the Chinese Government's infamous internet censorship as the source of the problem.
An article posted on China.org.cn (an official government news site) August 8 stated that the album had "ignited strong indignation" among Chinese web users. According to the article, "the angry netizens are rallying together to denounce Apple in offering Songs for Tibet for purchase. They have also expressed a wish to ban the album's singers and producers, most notably Sting, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews, from entering China." Uh, but not Queen or AC/DC or Smashmouth or Chumbawamba, so that’s good at least.
On second thought, maybe Chumbawamba.
Radiohead is playing the last show of their North American tour in Santa Barbara, CA tonight and have decided to treat us to a live webcast of the performance. Sweet deal.
Earlier today, a message was posted on Dead Air Space telling us to prepare our media players (you know, just in case). A couple of hours later, the post was updated with a message from bassist, all-around cool guy Colin Greenwood:
Hello! To celebrate the end of a brilliant tour, we're going to webcast the last show here in America. We'll be playing live in Santa Barbara, at the Bowl. It's one of our favourite places to play; I think we've ended tours there before, once even playing a cover of ' cinnamon girl '. It's not too big, in fact it's very intimate, a small arena with a dirt floor, set in pretty countryside. It should be a special night, for lots of reasons, and we're going to try and share as much of it as we can on the webcast. Nigel, our producer, will be helping out getting it to you, so if it goes wrong....It's live!
Thank you so much to everyone who's come and seen us this year; it has truly been the most special and exciting tour for all of us.
Webcast details to follow...
We'll try to keep you posted with updates, but you should know the show starts at 6:30 PST (Liars are opening!). Let's just hope the occasion is the last show of this North American tour, not the end of all of them.
The Broken West are hitting the road this fall to support the September 9 release of their sophomore effort Now or Heaven via Merge Records, playing a mixture of headlining and supporting dates for most of September before heading home to Los Angeles in early October. Following up their first record, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, Now or Heaven expects to be significantly different. According to the band, the rhythm section is the heart of the record -- in fact, the recording process began by initially ignoring their guitars. I could go on referencing the press release sitting in front of me, but just go and buy it when it comes out in September. And while you're at it, see them play live if they are hitting your town (they’re not hitting mine, WTF dudes?). That is all.
I'm so sick of reading "criticism" from the usuals -- Pitchfork, Dusted, Coke Machine Glow, etc. I mean, they're usually a regurgitation of one-sheets anyway. So, where are we expected to go for the real nitty gritty criticism? The kind of honest criticism from THE PEOPLE? Amazon, of course! Despite the critical reception for No Age's new album, Nouns (TMT Review), here are some comments that'll make you question your favorite pro critics:
- Lovblad (Geneva, Switzerland): Avoid!!!! This is really pretentious and horrible. In the other reviews as well as elsewhere this has been treated very very reverentially whereas it is really a lot of talentless and pointless stuffing around on instruments...A waste of time and money. Buy the original innovative stuff such as My Bloody Valentine, Loop or Sonic Youth and when you are done with them...buy them again before this...No really, this goes beyond testing my patience and I have listened to a lot of bad stuff in my life (belive my friends, parents and wife!).
- Thomas Szabo "Cheater" (Charlottesville, VA): I always give a CD three listens before condemning it. This CD sucks. I listened at home. I listened at my desk. I listened in the car. I can listen to nearly anything and enjoy. This CD sucks. Most CD's have 1 or two songs that probably shouldn't have been published....Nothing on this CD should have ever leaked out. Sorry to be so negative but when I finally flipped off the 2ed song, when I couldn't stand it any more...I had to look and make sure that I had actually gone forward because the 3rd cut was as bad as the 2ed.
- S. D. Mason (Greenville, NC): The sound of these indie rockers is certainly a strange one, but the word that ultimately describes it is frustrating. The music itself is good, the instrumentation isn't groundbreaking and the band members aren't geniuses with what they have in their hands, but they at least make it fit. The production, however, is what makes the album dismissable. The vocals are pushed back to such an extent that it's extremely difficult to discern them from the rest of the music. Maybe that's the point. If so, I don't get it. It's not bad, and certainly none of it is unlistenable; their punk rock, indie, and electronica influences (most notably Boards of Canada) are all high-spirited. Next time, maybe?
Point being: don't buy the album. But I hear their live show is amazing:
From an article in The Star Tribune:
He was only in the band for its final year (1990-91), but the Replacements' replacement drummer Steve Foley told biographer Jim Walsh, "It will always be a treasure in my mind."
"Some days I walk down the street and go, ‘God, I was in that [expletive] band?’ Unbelievable. It is."
Foley, 49, died over the weekend of an apparent accidental drug overdose, said his sister, Colleen Foley. He was found at home in Minneapolis by some co-workers Monday when he did not show up for his job as a car salesman.
Björk has called out journalists (and singled out Pitchfork) for spreading misinformation about credits for her albums. According to a post on her website, the Icelandic singer had been reading in various press sources, including the English-language newspaper The Reykjavik Grapevine, that composer and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson had written the entirety of her 2001 album Vespertine. Björk not only discredited this rumor by offering the Vespertine credits, but turned her correction into a slammin' attack on rockism in music reporting.
After an initial explanation that Sigurðsson's role was strictly as a programmer and engineer for two-thirds of the album, Björk launched into an enumeration of ideas about what may have caused the confusion. The four reasons that Björk suggested might have prompted the error included the fact that the "pop critics of this world have not totally yet worked out the difference between engineering, programming, writing, and producing electronic music." Unlike a rock recording session with a strict division between those playing instruments on one hand and engineers and producers on the other, "visually this appears very similar: a man/woman sitting in front of a computer."
Björk also discusses the role of sexism in the misreporting, comparing her situation to that of M.I.A., who confronted Pitchfork in an interview last year over similar issues of sexist reporting regarding Diplo's role in her music. Pitchfork, in the wake of Björk's reference to the M.I.A. issue, have denied that they ever credited Diplo with M.I.A.'s albums.
Björk's other two (far less incendiary) points include that critics have probably not read the album credits very thoroughly for albums that they may be reviewing or reporting on. She also notes that the misconception has had such a long life because neither her nor Sigurðsson ever publicly denied it. Björk also dispelled rumors that contemporary classical wunderkind Nico Muhly has written arrangements for her. Once more, all together now: "This is not true. Journalists: please read the creditlist before you write your articles." Done and done, Ms. Guðmundsdóttir.