The Kinks Preparing New Material That Probably Won’t Be Good, For a Reunion I Will Undoubtedly Check Out Anyway

So yeah, looks like The Kinks, who according to the BBC "had hits like You Really Got Me, Lola and Waterloo Sunset" are getting back together. Frontman Ray Davies confirmed to the BBC yesterday that they've been writing new material in preparation for a comeback.

That's more or less the entire story, save the fact that Ray is only participating pending the good health of his brother Dave (that's good) and also that Ray is currently working on an album of collaborations that may sound like "a mixture of Snow Patrol and Chuck Berry" (that's bad). He contains multitudes, that Ray Davies.

RIP: Byron Lee, Ska Pioneer

From YouTube:

From Byron Lee's official website:

Byron "The Dragon" Lee passed away peacefully on November 4, after a valiant battle with cancer. But the memory of his phenomenal presence in the music of Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and, indeed, the world to which he helped introduce Jamaican music - will live on through the dynamic band that he founded: Byron Lee and The Dragonaires. With mega hits, such as "Jamaica Ska", "Tiney Winey" and "Dancehall Soca", the band's music has spanned and remained relevant and popular over its more than 50-year existence. The world-famous band will continue to entertain and to bring the music of Jamaica and the Caribbean to a worldwide audience. The Dragon may be gone but he lives on through the Dragonaires!

- Byron Lee official website
- Byron Lee Wikipedia entry

Edie Sedgwick: Scarlett Johansson Not Great Actress, Sissy Spacek a Stand-In for Menstruation

Edie Sedgwick (not to be confused with the Andy Warhold Superstar) is the moniker of Justin Moyer, founding member of El Guapo (not to be confused with El Guincho) and Antelope (not to be confused with Crystal Antlers). Aside from his music projects, his recent history is punctuated by occasional epileptic seizures. According to Dischord co-founder Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat, he Evens):

Justin's seizures spawned erratic behavior. His bands broke up. He started wearing cocktail dresses. He wrote an autobiography of Meryl Streep and tried to stage readings at Fugazi shows. And Edie Sedgwick was born.

Sedgwick's new album, Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer, is set for release via Dischord on November 11. With track titles like "Angelina Jolie," "Sissy Spacek," and "O.D.B.," something tells me this'll be quite the weird little bugger.

His tour starts today.

Edie Sedgwick tourdates:

Animal Collective Announce Winter Tour; Kid Midnight Wants Tickets to the Show In Peru

In support of the new, and ninth, album by Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion -- set for release January 20 via Domino Records (January 12 in the UK) -- a little tour has been announced. The boys have made it known via the I.N.T.E.R.N.E.T. that they will play a handful of European concerts as well as a trio of U.S. shows, all tacked onto their current little jaunt through South America.

If I didn’t know better, and maybe I don’t, I'd think that Animal Collective are busy trying to form their own version of a functioning, danceable United Nations. Regardless of intent though, I imagine a buttload of cool kids the globe over are excited to have another reason to throw away their cares and dance, dance, dance the night away. Especially if you live in Chicago or New York, where you will desperately be looking for a warm, sweaty room to duck into and keep yourself safe from the frosty, winter air.

Well, I’ll stop jabbering and just get to the meat. Here are the dates:

Spain -- a beautiful, diverse land full of exquisite architecture, mouth-watering tapas, and badass giant bats that eat charming Disney-like songbirds for dinner. (This is true! I just read about it on the internet when I Googled "fun facts about Spain.") It's the European nation closest to Africa, the land that gave us conquistadors (no matter what you think of these land-takin', heavy armor wearin' tough guys, everyone can agree that the word is fun to say!!!), and beautiful, beautiful Penelope Cruz. And now they have yet another amazing thing that we non-Spaniards cannot ever have -- no, not with such flair, such panache. I am speaking, of course, about the Tanned Tin 2008 Festival.

Taking place in Castellón, a picturesque Catalan town I can't afford to visit, Tanned Tin consists of five affordable days of awesome tunes. A ticket for all five days will cost you a cool 75 euros, or you can buy individual day passes. But can you really put a price tag on strolling underneath the sultry Spanish sun? Sharing a leisurely meal with friends late into the night? Gloating to your more impoverished, non-European friends about how you posed for pictures with Mount Eerie in front of a gothic cathedral?

Well, maybe you can, but with a lineup featuring Agent Ribbons, Arms, Audrey, Balmorhea, Barzin, Beach House, Benjamin Wetherill, Cass McCombs, Come, Dälek, Deer Tick, Doveman, Eric Chenaux, Fern Knight, Jana Hunter, Jeniferever, June Panic, La orquesta del caballo ganador, Mahjongg, Mary Hampton, Mom, Monkey Cup Dress, Mount Eerie, Munch Munch, Nacho Vegas, Neptune, P.G. Six, Paul Marshall, R.G. Morrison, Radar Bros., Retribution Gospel Choir, Sam Amidon, Sr. Chinarro, Tara Jane O'Neil, Thalia Zedek Band, The Declining Winter, The New Year, The Strugglers, The Wave Pictures, Voice of the Seven Woods, and Zu, consider the bang successfully gotten out of your buck

11.12.08-11.16.08 - Castellón, Spain - Teatre Principal and Casino Antiguo

RIP: Pat Leonard, Bassist of Moving Targets

From Matador:

There’s a post about the passing of Moving Targets bassist Pat Leonard on the Targets’ MySpace blog, composed by his friend, guitarist/vocalist Kenny Chambers. You can read it yourself if you’re inclined, but here’s just one sentence that sticks out : “through out the post Targets years I lost count of the number of times that fans and fellow musicians came to me to sing the praises of his talent as a player. He really was someone they all looked up to.” Amen. The original Moving Targets were one of the greatest American bands of my youth (Mr. Amory’s as well), and their 1986 debut LP ‘Burning In Water’ (Taang) compares very favorably to many of the iconic works of that period. Our thoughts go out to Pat’s friends and family.

- Moving Targets MySpace
- YouTube video: Moving Targets - Nothing Changes (Live) Alsdorf Festival
- YouTube video: Moving Targets - "Almost Certain"

Canadian Supreme Court Says Linking to Defamatory Information Is Not Considered Publishing and Therefore Legal – Replace “Defamatory Information” with “Torrents” And We Got Ourselves a Precedent for Legal File-Sharing in Canada, Folks! Yeehaw!

One day in 2006, Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes got mad at some blogs. Claiming the sites had defamed his character, he filed suit against the offending blogs as well as a number of other websites, including giants like Google, MySpace, and Wikipedia, claiming these big boys allowed users to anonymously post slanderous comments. But Crookes didn’t stop there. For his douche-de-grace, Crookes sued news focused file-sharing site P2Pnet for linking to the alleged defamatory content. Hmm, I wonder why people felt the need to libel him in the first place? He seems like such a swell fellow.

According to TorrentFreak, the British-Columbia Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of P2Pnet, determining that linking to defamatory information is not the same as publishing it, which clears P2Pnet since material must be published in order to prove defamation. Not only is this a fantastic decision for free speech, but also for everybody’s favorite hobby -- getting free shit off the internet. Since most BitTorrent sites only link to files and publish nothing on the site itself, this case could stand as an effective precedent reference against potential file-sharing suits.

So, enjoy your landmark case, Canada. I’ll be here in America, hiding under my desk hoping our fucking copyright czar doesn’t catch me downloading High School Musical 3. Sure, I could go to the theater, but I prefer to get my Zac Efron fix in private... Seriously, his eyes are like little pools of eternity.

RIP: Jimmy Carl Black, Drummer and Vocalist for The Mothers of Invention

From Rolling Stone:

Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, passed away this past weekend after a bout with lung cancer. He was 70. Black, the self-proclaimed “Indian of the group,” served with the Mothers from their acclaimed 1964 debut Freak Out! until Zappa’s 1970 album Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Black is also known for donning a dress on the cover of We’re Only In It For the Money. Black’s drumming also formed the heartbeat during the band’s chaotic live performances captured on albums like Uncle Meat and Burnt Weeny Sandwich. Black also played a noticeable role in the Zappa film 200 Motels, where he sang “Lonesome Cowboy Burt.” In his post-Mothers career, Black played in several bands, including a stint with Captain Beefheart, Geronimo Black (which Black fronted) and the Zappa tribute bands like the Grandmothers and the Muffin Men. A benefit for Black will be held November 9th at the Bridgehouse II in London.

- Jimmy Carl Black official website
- Jimmy Carl Black MySpace
- Jimmy Carl Black Wikipedia entry
- The Grande Mothers Re:Invented official website
- The Mothers of Invention Wikipedia entry
- YouTube video: "Jimmy Carl Black with Frank Zappa"
- YouTube video: "Frank Zappa - Live in Albuquerque - October 12, 1980"

Icy Demons to Tour North America With of Montreal and Yeasayer, Temperatures in North America to Correspondingly Plummet; Coincidence??

Get in here and shut that door, boy; quick, yer letting the heat out! Didn’t you hear? There’s Icy Demons outside! What?! What do you mean you “haven’t heard the legends?” Didn’t yer ma and pop teach ya anything??? Lord o’ mercy. Well, what’re ya waiting for? Sit down then... I guess it’s a granddad’s job to do everything around here.

Ya see, legend has it that every fall, when the last of them colored leaves is finished fallin’ from the last maple tree, that’s when the Icy Demons come. Awakenin’ from their summer of slumber and fresh off of the release of a new album of demonicly crafted pop inventiveness, say, this year’s Miami Ice (TMT Review), they descend upon the land of the mortals and rove the countryside with their ill-gotten chums, frostin’ over the farmlands and blowin’ down the thermometers with their icy breath!

Oh, and you better believe they’re a-comin’ for us, the whole cursed crew, with their terrible siren songs meant to lure the unawares outside into the chill! It won’t be long now. I can hear ‘em marchin’, even now. There’s the fearsome Pow Pow (Man Man, Need New Body) on drums, the demented captain Blue Hawaii (Need New Body, Bablicon) on bass and vocals, the woebegone Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar, the insatiable Josh Abrams (Prefuse 73, Sam Prekop) on upright bass, the maniacal Chicago improviser Tomeka Reid on cello, and, of course, the flesh-freezing Russell Higbee (Man Man) on guitar! They’re all comin’ for us, I tell ya! I can feel it now, boy! The grip of the Demons’ icy fingers on my heart! Runnin’ along the left side of my body! Tinglin’ my left arm and... aw, wait. Call an ambulance, boy.

Ice Forecast:

* of Montreal

** Yeasayer

*** Royal Bangs

Negativland’s Mark Hosler Fights for Your Right to Party… As a Lobbyist

Even if the extent of your political involvement consists largely of tuning into The Daily Show every night, you probably know all about LOBBYISTS. Whether they're the butt of a satirical news program joke, or the "icky" concept a candidate uses to distance himself from "Washington Insiders" and big-money legislation, lobbyists just wanna have fun. After all, why would so many of their ilk take senators on all those fishing trips to Alaska or help congressional buddies refurbish their $5 million dream kitchen? Because they're nice, giving dudes who love nothing more than havin' a good time!

And it's for that very reason that the Digital Freedom Campaign has asked legendary cut-n-paste guy Mark Hosler of San Francisco's Negativland to join the party. But there will be no deep sea fishing or home improvement projects for this guy, because he's going to Washington to work. Yes, to fight for your right to party.

- The issue: sampling in collage music.
- The background: America's new favorite "citizen lobbyist" Hosler knows all about legal ramifications to making art due to his run-in with U2 as a result of Negativland's no-holds-barred U2 samplestravaganza on their 1991 U2 EP.
- The reason: the success of 2 fast 2 illegal acts like Girl Talk have reopened the dialogue with concerned members of Congress who probably rarely throw their hands in the air like they just don't care OH MY GOD THEY COMBINED ALICIA KEYS WITH NIRVANA????
- The who: Digital Freedom Campaign is a group interested in preserving the right of artists and fans to make and listen to the collage tracks that confuse my dear mom so much.

Now that's hard-hitting. But it's not just on C-SPAN where you can get a dose of new Negativland crunk. They've revamped their website with radio broadcasts of their "Over the Edge" radio show and have a handful of live dates coming up.

Negativland tourdates:
12.02.08 - Boulder, CO - Old Man Theater
12.03.08 - Boulder, CO - Old Man Theater

Negativland screening/lecture with Mark Hosler:
11.03.08 - New York, NY - NYU
11.06.08 - Purchase, NY - Suny Purchase
11.12.08 - Knoxville, TN - Museum Of Art

  

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