Comcast, like many internet service providers, has been accused by consumer groups and press sources of interfering with customers' connections in order to block peer-to-peer traffic and disconnect BitTorrent seeds. Yet after months of denials and false promises, as well as an FCC investigation that began in January, the nation's largest cable company has been ordered by the Federal Communications Commission to stop throttling its users' traffic.
On Friday, the Associated Press reported that FCC chairman Kevin Martin will not only demand that Comcast cease its interference, but also plans to recommend FCC sanctions against the company. While the punishment will not include a fine, it will stipulate that Comcast disclose where and when it interfered with traffic in the past and announce full details of its new "protocol agnostic" traffic management plan, which will ostensibly try to control all Comcast traffic as opposed to focusing on peer-to-peer networks. Martin explained that the relatively light punishment was designed "to try to clarify what is allowed and what isn't."
The decision has been claimed as a victory by some involved in the net-neutrality movement. According to TorrentFreak, Free Press lawyer Marvin Ammori declared, "This is an historic test for whether the law will protect the open Internet. If the commission decisively rules against Comcast, it will be a remarkable victory for organized people over organized money." Martin (a Bush appointee, surprisingly enough) echoed the broad, broad political significance of this policy announcement in an interview with The New York Times, saying "The Internet is based upon the idea that consumers can go anywhere they want and access any content they want."
When Bodies of Water’s Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink was released independently on the band’s own 1000 Tongues imprint it was rightfully met with rabid acclaim. Before long, Secretly Canadian got wise and jumped in to sign the band, resulting in a redistribution of said debut album and the discharge of forthcoming sure-to-be-super-duper new album A Certain Feeling on July 22. We are not into referencing but there may be reason for being excited; any PR gush that name-drops Upsetters, Steve Reich, ESG, Velvets, an imaginary Morricone/Spector score collaboration, Wagner, Sabbath, musique concrète, and five-time tropicalia has to be good. After hearing the album, we have to admit that all of the above is true but the label forgot to mention Starship, the Like Mike soundtrack, new rave, Chris de Burgh's "Lady in Red," a Gap commercial song montage, B.O.C., "The Bartman," grime, and "Jingle Cats." Believe the hype!
I've got a certain feeling that this is the song list for A Certain Feeling. I also have a certain feeling that that line you just read sucked.
1. Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
2. Under the Pines
3. Only You
4. Water Here
5. Keep Me On
6. Darling, Be Here
7. Even in a Cave
8. If I Were a Bell
9. The Mud Gapes Open
Regardless of any possible metamorphoses Bodies of Water may have undergone from first to second record, or will undergo from song to song, the band will assuredly still be a live spectacle of the highest order, with members perched on the stage full-throatingly testifyin' and singing pop psalms as only they can. Their next clump of dates is bookended by two dates in Bodies of Water's hometown, Los Angeles, where the spectacularly overpaid and underproducing superstar Andruw Jones plays Major League Baseball (that %$#&ing bum! -- Dodger fan)
07.17.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
08.06.08 - Madison, Wisconsin - Café Montmartre $
08.07.08 - Chicago, Illinois - Schubas $
08.08.08 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop %
08.09.08 - Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo $
08.10.08 - Montréal, Quebec - Le Divan Orange $
08.12.08 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Upstairs $
08.13.08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge $
08.15.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall $
08.16.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
08.17.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage $
08.18.08 - Columbus, OH - Café Bourbon St. Annex $
08.19.08 - Indianapolis, IN - Locals Only $
08.23.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction Street Festival
09.02.08 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Media Club ^
09.03.08 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey ^
09.04.08 - Portland, OR - Holocene (Musicfest NW) *
09.05.08 - Salem, OR - IKE Box ^
09.07.08 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill +
09.08.08 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Art Center +
09.09.08 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah +
09.10.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo +
# record release show w/Seasons and The Henry Clay People
$ Port O'Brien
% Parts & Labor and Port O'Brien
^ Karl Blau
+ Throw Me the Statue
Oasis Unfurl a Red Velvet Tapestry Containing Tracklist and Title for New LP Written in Solid Gold Thread; That’s How Fancy, Awesome and British Oasis [Still] Is
Just when you thought you were safe from the near-constant barrage of "Britpop" tagged bands being hurled around the world by these the British Press's comically oversized medieval wooden catapults... here comes Oasis again, and they look as determined as ever to make sure that you NEVER forget who The Beatles were. Okay, so you don't think this is all getting a bit predictable? Let’s run down the checklist, shall we?
Two irascible brothers and competing writing forces in Liam and Noel Gallagher? Check. A heady band that won't let you forget for one damn SECOND that "British Music" is supposed to sound THEIR way, Coldplay and their lite-FM-Radiohead stylings be damned!? Check, again. Oh, music that's huge, spacey, lush, cloyingly melodic, "druggy," just a little bit longer song-per-song than it actually needs to be? Check, check, and double check, ladies and gentlemen. They've got it all down!
And, well, why shouldn't they? After all, the boys who won't let us forget that they speak the Queen’s English are now slated to release their seventh studio album in twice as many years. Aaaaand, let's seeeeee... psych-twinged album title? Uh, check. This newest effort, produced by Dave Sardy (who worked with the band last time out on 2005's Don't Believe the Truth), is titled Dig Out Your Soul and is slated for release October 7 in the United States and October 6 worldwide.
Want more proof of Oasis's "Britishness?" Well, lets see, Dig Out was recorded at Abbey Road... umm, oh, and they're releasing it independently (on their own label, Big Brother Recordings, to be exact) just to keep up with the Joneses (Yorkes, Greenwoods, etc.). So, does all of this mean that you are going to "dig" it? Oh come, now, reader. I think we both know that you've already made up your mind on that one.
Dig Out Your Soul tracklist:
Continuing his numerically themed, yearly DJ sets, Peanut Butter Wolf has scheduled eight shows at eight different clubs over eight days, starting August 1 and culminating with a show on August 8. This celebration of the Triple-8-Date follows his Heavy Metal DJ set on 6-6-06 and a Gospel-themed set of seven shows that ended on 7-7-07.
Each one of the eight shows will have a specific theme that PB Wolf illustrates through the use of eight separate styles of music, one for each night, accompanied by music videos from that genre. Wolf promises a good time by hand-picking each venue and guaranteeing that no song or video will be repeated.
To show my support of both Peanut Butter Wolf and the numerically themed events, I will be eating a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on each day between the dates of August 1-August 7, culminating in eating eight peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on August 8.
If you’re in the L.A. area around these dates, CHECK OUT THE SHOWS and revel in Peanut Butter Wolf’s DJ abilities:
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If you’re like me, you like music that’s both haunting and danceable. Something that kind of scares you, but makes you two-step at the same time.
So, if you’re like me, unidentifiable indie-gems Gang Gang Dance will certainly leave you happily flustered on the dance floor. The Brooklyn-based quartet plans to release their fourth LP, Saint Dymphna, October 21, their follow-up to 2005's God's Money (TMT's #4 favorite album of 2005). The new album will be released via The Social Registry in the U.S. and on Warp in the UK.
Known for their experimental approach to rock, electronica, and tribal music, the group has a knack for juxtaposing intricate, bizarre songs with catchy beats. If you take a look at the bands Gang Gang Dance have played with in the past -- Black Dice, Spank Rock, TV on the Radio, Architecture in Helsinki -- you’ll find it easy to see how they fit into the category of “unexplained indie rock.” Oh, just give a listen to their MySpace material, which includes new song “House Jam” remixed by XXXChange.
Gang Gang Dance will embark on a brief U.S. tour of the Northeast at the end of July, hit New York's Central Park SummerStage in August, and will head off to Japan in September.
[Photo: Georg Gatsas]
It seems like just yesterday Growing was a young band in short-pants and with a runny nose, scampering off to its first day of music school. Now, it's all grown up, sports a pencil-thin mustache, and spends every Friday night exhaling cigarettes and drinking lemon gin outside the arcade. My, how they grow!
Growing are indeed big boys now, and their refined brand of distorto-drone (Â© 2008, TMT) is hotter than scrap-metal recycling. The duo of Joe Denardo and Kevin Doria will unleash their long-awaited The Social Registry full-length album, All the Way, September 9, their first release since the exquisite 12-inch single/mini-album/EP Lateral (TMT Review) was issued way back in February.
All the Way tracklisting:
1. Green Flag
2. Wrong Ride
3. Rave Pie Only
5. Lens Around
If we were betting folk, we would put a sawbuck down on Growing -- so obviously named after the episode of "Growing Pains" where one of the boys (Mike, Ben... Alphonse?) learns a tough life lesson after he steals a skag mag and some Skoal from a convenience store, heads upstairs to the master bedroom closet with the intention of flogging his wazoo, and depositing a hunk of chaw into his father's Italian loafers but is caught by Dad mid-wrist pump (that's the "growing" part) who wraps up the episode nicely with a heart-to-heart at the kitchen table over mugs of Ovaltine and a friendly match of Hungry, Hungry Hippos -- announcing a tour sometime soon. We are not betting folk. We are cheapskates. But Growing must play soon. That’s just the way it is done. Until then, feast your eyes on this!
07.17.08 - New York, NY - New Museum in New York (with I.U.D.)
I'd like you to listen to Otis Rush's "Double Trouble" whilst reading. Now, get some bourbon, draw the shades, and let your computer screen light your room.
The last train for the night, the 2:08 AM to Philadelphia, just left the station. It's pulling out into the no-man's land of tobacco fields and moonlit wilderness, on its way to salvation. Hound dogs make leashes go taut in the hard-bred hands of the police of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Daniel Dove, holed up in some shack filled with tobacco on Jed Potash's farm, will have to go on foot. Fuck.
His best bet is to go west, to the border. Kentucky is forgiving. You can get lost in Kentucky. Jed Potash's son says those border towns have more convicts and felons than both penitentiaries combined. He used to get tiller parts from some jailbird. Most honest salesman you ever met, he says. You can start over there and no one gives a shit.
Daniel Dove flew the coop, that's what they'll say. Cooking in this shack like an oven, the tobacco smells awful, and it's all over Daniel Dove's hands. If the poh-leece catch him here, they'll pin trespassing and theft on him just for fun. That, on top of his charge for being a BitTorrent seed farmer and now jail break, he's headed down the river.
Daniel Dove was the last holdout. He wanted his day in court. BitTorrent gangs like EliteTorrents ravage towns like Big Stone Gap, making it so you can't go down the street without feeling like you done something wrong. So the Govuh-ment stepped in. The RIAA stepped in. Boom. Scott "Big Torrent" McCausland and Grant "Me My Rights" Stanley gave in. They were weak. Five months and a three-grand fine. Easy. Daniel Dove is peaceful in name only. He's as hard-bred as the poh-leece following him. 'Cept he stayed for trial. He stayed for a verdict.
According to Ars Technica, the cards were stacked against him. "The jury was presented with evidence that Dove was in charge of a small group (known as The Uploaders), recruiting members with high-speed internet connections to seed illegal content to the rest of EliteTorrents' users. Dove apparently ran a server himself, distributing the content to The Uploaders first before they seeded it to the rest of the world at large."
Court-appointed lawyers. Biased jury. High-flying Daniel Dove didn't stand a chance. So he fled. But the 2:08 AM to Philadelphia already left and Daniel Dove is facing 10 years, thinking hard about lying low in a tobacco shack on Jed Potash's farm. Sentencing comes September 9, but he doesn't have that kind of time because dogs are on his trail and the Kentucky border is 10 miles away. Daniel Dove flew the coop, that's what they'll say.
The Verve to Release Forth; Forth To Apparently Include Ten Tracks That Are Not “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
(TMT – Manchester) Nineties alt-rock legends The Verve are set to release upcoming album Forth via the band’s own imprint, On Your Own, August 26. Frontman Richard Ashcroft publicly confirmed today that a cover of “Bitter Sweet Symphony” will in no way be included on the album, contrary to the daunting and ridicule-laden expectations of the consumer public and/or former Nineties Kids! that are now slightly overweight disc jockeys at top 40s stations in and around the Midwest.
“‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ was a really sweet jam, but it isn’t on our new album,” said Ashcroft at a press event. “I’m a million different people from one day to the next,” he added, trailing off in a raspy half-mumble.
Ashcroft then launched into an unprompted discussion of the song, named the 382nd best of all time by Rolling Stone.
“You see, what I was trying to get across [in ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’] through the powerful force that is music is that being a slave to money is, like, very bad,” he explained. “It’s sort of a complex grappling with existence that will live on until the end of time as, like, the benevolent pressure of life and love and consumerism. It’s like Damn The Man!, but it’s also like just being a slave to money till you die, you know. That’s what I was getting at lyrically, you know,” he said.
“I can confirm that the tracklisting for Forth in no way includes a reference to ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony,” he said, pausing in thought to contradict himself: “Okay, maybe tangentially.”
Friend and contemporary Noel Gallagher agreed. “Yeah, maybe tangentially, sort of,” he said in a phone interview.
Indie rock can often be a confusing style of music. So many musical restrictions, a dress code, and I’ve heard there are secret handshakes too. Gosh! Luckily, TMT is here to help, with our handy guide to all these “___ Kids” bands that have been popping up lately. Read on if you want some insights on this cool new musical trend:
- The Get Up Kids: Indie rock for your little sister.
- The Black Kids: Indie rock for dorm-room dance parties.
- The Cool Kids: Indie rock for hip-hop fans.
- Cold War Kids: Indie rock for everyone.
And speaking of Cold War Kids, they have a new album, Loyalty To Loyalty, coming out September 23 via Downtown Records, and are touring later this summer and fall. They practically invented the secret handshake, so you may want to see them on tour if you need tips on mastering it.
Loyalty To Loyalty tracklist:
Since growing a cult following, Ariel Pink has formulated quite the live band, revising the self-recorded sound of Pink's earlier DIY albums. The band consists of keyboardist Kenny Gilmore (Lilys), bassist Tim Koh (White Magic, Lavender Diamond, Miho Hatori/Cibo Matto, All Night Radio, My Barbarian), drummer Jimi Hey (Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio, Devendra Banhart, Mark Olson/The Jayhawks, Chris Robinson, Indian Jewelry, The Rapture, Strictly Ballroom), and guitarist Cole M. Greif-Neill (Ethnik Klensr, Young & Natural, The Samps).
Sure that all sounds fine and dandy, maybe even a little impressive, but I can't help but feel a void.
That void is the Ethiopian armpit music of Keith Terry. What makes Pink's lo-fi material so mesmerizing is not just his keen awareness of pop sensibilities and structures, but rather his incorporation of armpit sounds replacing bass drums. So, why not hire someone to authentically recreate the sound? What would any tour be without this guy?
If you're not dumb and immature like me, you might want to go to some of the following dates for Pink's amazing live show and a limited-edition, tour-only vinyl (released in partnership with Vinyl International).
"Thanks Mama I'm Dead Tour 2008":