Apologies for the weak pun, and apologies to those Canucks who rely on a U.S.-based internet music zine for their tour news, because you have indeed missed some Herman Dune shows. Perhaps you should keep more of an eye out, so then next time you won't miss out on the sassy musical stylings of David-Ivar and Neman Herman Düne again. I don't know, maybe you were worried about the polar bears or your igloo melting and failed to notice that France's premier anti-folk band are hitting up North America in support of their upcoming album, Next Year In Zion. It certainly isn't my fault.

Nothing to regret for those of us in God's chosen country! All U.S. dates are with lovely and talented Texan Jolie Holland (we won't talk about her involvement with The Be Good Tanyas). And, as for all you Canucks, you've lucked out: some Canadian dates have just been added to the tour.

Next Year In Zion will be released in the States October 21. Here's the tracklisting:

Clinic Collaborate with Animator Clemens Habicht as Planetarium of the Soul on Upcoming Tour

Ade Blackburn and his cronies in Clinic are once again setting their sights on YOUR money with a relatively short European stint in November. But this ain't no typical stint. This tour will see Clinic collaborating with animator Clemens Habicht as Planetarium of the Soul, which is being dubbed as "live music and animation bleeding together in a contemporary vortex of psychedelic sight and sound." Sounds uh-mazin'!

Clinic's latest, Do It! (TMT Review -- it got , FYI), was released earlier this year on Domino, and the album's third single, "Tomorrow," will be unveiled November 24, just as the Planetarium of the Soul tour wraps up. The single will include a DFA remix, some new music, and a video by Wiz.

Most importantly, however, Clinic opened for Radiohead back in the day. Yep.

Planetarium of the Soul tourdates (all dates with Threatmantics):

DiMA & NARM Stand Up for Fair Use of 30-Second Song Samples; Find Inspiration After Watching Erin Brockovich on TBS

Market instability, oil price lunacy, hearing 30 seconds of 30 Seconds to Mars... it doesn't take much to get some organizations in a huff over what they believe to be their bucks. Music's publishing bodyrollaz like ASCAP and BMI are always trying to get paid in the name of protecting their musical charges, but it looks like they may be in for a fight when it comes to screwing royalties from those intent on using 30-second music clips. In an amicus brief filed jointly by DiMA (Digital Media Association) and NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) last month, the two groups asked a federal court to apply "fair use" with regard to the use of 30-second song samples on the internet.

"DiMA supports fair compensation for copyright owners," states DiMA Executive Director of Jonathan Potter. "DiMA members pay tens of millions of dollars in royalties to songwriters and publishers for online music sales. But the performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) who represent songwriters and publishers demand additional payment for the preview clips that facilitate these online sales."

The legal action stems from an ASCAP vs. AT&T case, which has the telephone/DSL/wireless giant fighting for its right to use 30-second ringtone and ring-back-tone song previews. Amicus briefs contain pertinent but unsolicited information filed by "friends of the court" in order to get judges to consider broader legal implications and third-party ramifications when making their decisions. In this instance, DiMA and NARM would like a federal district court, in deciding the AT&T case, to consider protection and fair use for internet retailers that use 30-second song preview clips. If the courts decide on the side of ASCAP, then it may mean a double payday for publishing houses and songwriters in the future.

Lay back and let Potter further seduce you with his amicus brief impetuses:

Internet retailers sell an extraordinary percentage of all recorded music. The iTunes Store is America’s largest music retailer, and Amazon.com, Best Buy and other DiMA members use 30-second clips to sell both CDs and digital downloads. If ASCAP succeeds in pressing its demand for a new payment for these previews, Internet music retailers would be disadvantaged simply because they are selling online, and songwriters and music publishers would be getting a royalty for the preview on top of the appropriate and well-deserved royalty that is paid when the music itself is sold.

The joint filers hope the federal court will see the possible benefits of protected use of these 30-second clips. Essentially this is free promotion for the artists, songwriters, and publishers themselves and could only help to sell their products in the long run. But the law is an unpredictable, prickly beast. For instance, a court found O.J. Simpson guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping last week. That guy's never done anything wrong!

Be careful the next time you fart... an ASCAP stooge may request royalties on behalf of someone like Daughtry or something.

Ween Release Early Live CD/DVD, Weirdness Free with Purchase

The very strange/very talented band we know as Ween will be taking fans on a trip down bizzaro memory lane November 11 with the release of an early live CD/DVD package from MVD. The CD will contain an entire show from 1992 at The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC (which happens to be one of my favorite venues). Those of you who have seen Ween live in recent years should expect something very different from this package, as early performances consisted solely of Dean and Gene Ween with a few samples, tapes, and a drum machine.

Meanwhile, the bonus DVD contains footage from several shows, including some from Halloween 1991 in Holland and 1992 in Columbus, OH. Actually, here's the tracklist for the bonus DVD:

Don Caballero to Tour Europe; Che Must Be Sick of All the Math References, But We’ll Keep Doing Them Anyway!

Math Rockers rejoice: masters of intricate music Don Caballero are hitting the road in Europe this month to support their most recent album, 2008’s Punkgasm. The Pittsburgh-based trio has developed quite the following over the last 17 years, presumably for their innovation and complexity. While their lineup has changed rapidly over the years, drummer and founding member Damon Che is still at the forefront of the group, pushing the mathematical limits of Don Caballero’s music further with every album.

Don Caballero tourdates

Andrew Bird Whistles While He Works… And Finishes New Album!

Just the other day, I was thinking to myself “Isn’t it about time for a new Andrew Bird album? Because I could really use one.” Turns out, it is that time, which is great! Due January 27, 2009 from Fat Possum Records, Bird will bring us Noble Beast, the follow-up to 2007's Armchair Apocrypha (TMT Review). The new album will consist of 12 tracks, with the new single “Oh No” ready to be heard right here. In typical Bird fashion, this song is very literate and features his signature violin and whistle.

To prepare for the unleashing of Noble Beast, Bird will be making a few live appearances to road-test some of his new material. (The inclusion of Bird’s alter ego Dr. Stringz may or may not rear his head on these dates.) Meanwhile, the Bird man will be appearing on the new Final Fantasy EP, Plays to Please, out October 21.

Noble Beast tracklisting:

Asobi Seksu Announce U.S. Fall Tour, Only If That’s Alright With You, White People!

Asobi Seksu are often compared to My Bloody Valentine, but they've also proven that they do have their own special sound. That's partly why Polyvinyl has signed the band and are set to release the single "Me & Mary," both digitally and on 7-inch vinyl, on November 18.

Now, to be blunt, Asobi Seksu's lead singer Yuki Chikudate is very attractive and Asian. We all know that white guys like Asian girls. This is fine and dandy, of course, but how is it helping Asobi Seksu record sales to non-whites? Well, it's not, which is why they've gotta expand their demographic! I've scribbled a few ideas that Polyvinyl is free to steal if it wants:

- Sell the single at Taco Bell.

- Give a free Seksu digital download to anyone who buys a mahjong set in Chinatown.

- Put up posters in hospitals in the ghetto (Okay, okay -- this was a joke. There are no hospitals in the ghetto).

Early in 2009, the group will release their third LP, produced by Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Les Savy Fav). But for now, go see them play at one of their many U.S. dates.

I'm talking to you, white people!:

Word Is Bond: Wu-Tang Documentary Set For November Premiere on BET Followed by DVD Release

All right, ya’ll! Get your white owls, get your meth, get your skins, don’t forget your 40oz, cuz the stirring saga of the incomparable Wu-Tang Clan is gonna give it to your TV raw-butt-nekkid with Wu: The Story of the Wu Tang Clan. According to Billboard, the Gerald P. Barclay-directed doc will air on BET from November 13 to 16 and drop on DVD November 18, along with an additional CD of greatest hits of the Clan proper and their approximately nine million side projects.

The documentary includes interviews by Wu-Tang insiders, as well as all nine Clanners themselves (or ten depending on your opinion of Cappadona), who will also appear on BET’s 106th and Park on the DVD drop date. In addition to all this Wu news, the Killa Bees have joined forces with The Orchard to re-release their entire discography digitally.

And oh yeah, you can still grab 8 Diagrams (TMT Review) anywhere that totally sweet records are sold. Finally, this is a picture of the Wu-Tang sweatshirt I wore while writing this story.

Wu-Tang is the greatest.

Fucked Up Celebrate New Album By Playing Free 12-Hour Show in New York City

To celebrate the release of The Chemistry of Common Life, out October 7 on Matador, Fucked Up are playing a free TWELVE-HOUR-LONG SHOW at a storefront in New York City. Yes, TWELVE STRAIGHT HOURS of live music FREE. Now, that’s Fucked Up*!

The show, which takes place October 14 from 2 PM - 2 AM at the Rogan store (corner of Bowery and Bond), is free. And, according to Matador, "All ages are welcome to attend, though the free alcohol will be limited to those 21 and over." (Wait, free alcohol?) But, don’t worry, little kids, there’s something in it for you too: Fucked Up are giving away a free limited-edition 7-inch of “Royal Swan” to the first batch of show attendees.

Of course, Fucked Up will need help to make it through 12 hours of live music. So, they're having their buds join them on stage. Guests include:

The Vivian Girls, John Joseph, Matt Sweeney, Chain Gang, Mobb Deep, Ryan Sawyer from Tall Firs, Jeff Jensen, David Cross, John Cale, K-Taro, Chris Doherty, E.K., DJ Chris, DJ Anarki, Michael Gira, members of the Australian Scapa Flow, Jeanne Bovet, Gods & Queens, Akon, The Edge, Ben Blackwell, Russell Simins, the Boogie, and more TBA.

Freshly expanded tourdates:

% Vivian Girls
# Don Caballero

* Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

“Holiday Road Ohohohohohoh”… Oh No! Pelican Robbed in Rome

If this story wasn’t so sad, I could have run with a very lame Vacation plot crammed full of Clark Griswold’s fish-out-of-water hijinks. But because robbery is never funny, and because touring is never relaxing at the best of times (especially when you are far from home and reliant on limited travel possessions for your job and sanity), this news is just plain devastating and depressing. Last week, Chicago noise addixxx Pelican got four bags of belongings stolen from their rental van in Rome while out sightseeing. (The band is currently touring around Europe with Torche.)

I’m pissed when someone steals one of my popsicles from the freezer at work, so I can’t even imagine how shitty it must feel to lose a bunch of personal and professional items. There are always many worthwhile causes vying for your hard-earned money, but if you happen to be particularly flush with extra pocket change this week, donating a few bucks to Pelican would produce a significant karmic rebound. Here’s the statement from the band:

Our otherwise excellent tour of Europe hit a severe stroke of bad luck this week. Two days ago we had a spare half hour to spend in Rome before heading to the venue, so we decided to go see the Coliseum. We parked nearby and went to take a brief twenty minute walk around the area. When we returned to our van we found that it had been broken into, despite being parked on a major street in broad daylight. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever.

The calculated loss of this theft is several thousands of dollars. Unfortunately our band only earns us a very meager living and some of us are already in the hole from years of trying to make a living as musicians. This incident therefore poses a devastating loss and puts us in a very compromised financial position. Although we realize that there is a worldwide financial crisis going on, if there are those of you who have the means and desire to help out our gratitude would run deeper than words could express. We've set up a Paypal account at the address pelicanrobbed@gmail.com. Anything you can offer, even simple condolences, would go a long way. Thanks so much for reading.

Remaining dates:

* Torche

  

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