I am LOVING this economic collapse. I mean, I don’t want to rejoice over the pain and suffering of millions of Americans, because that would be horrible, but in all honesty, it’s brought us a lot of good: My mother just called me yesterday to tell me she paid under $2 per gallon of gas for the first time in forever; Barack Obama and his jolly gang of socialist/terrorist pals defeated the evil Sarah Palin and her 400-year-old, out-of-touch running mate; and, most importantly, everybody’s favorite super-evil-behemoth-man-got-you-down-corporate-ripoff-machine Ticketmaster is doing away with service charges! Rejoice! Collapse!
Okay, it's not totally doing away with the charges. According to new CEO Irving Azoff, Ticketmaster is “experimenting” with dropping convenience charges at certain events. Still, it’s progress. Ticketmaster is pretty famous with the plebes for tacking on all kinds of ridiculous surcharges and fees on top of every ticket sold. For years now, your $88.50 Bruce Springsteen ticket has magically jumped to $105, mainly because Ticketmaster is chock full of greedy bastards. The crazy thing is Ticketmaster KNEW everyone thought that, yet it CONTINUED with its crappy policies. But now, everything has collapsed. People can’t afford to pay an arm and a leg to see Neil Young, and if nobody buys tickets, that’s bad for Ticketmaster’s bottom line.
Just remember, it is not that Ticketmaster has suddenly decided that it wanted to be nice, it’s just that its stocks are down. And if the stocks are down, investors are unhappy. And then even Ticketmaster is sad. And we don’t want that, do we?
Yes, it's true! _Oxford Collapse_'s tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Hamburg_ and _Bologna_, this tour should be _immense_. But despite how _immense_ it'll be, it's expected to be _uproarious_ too, because _hum-a-nuh-hum-a-nuh-hum-a-nuh!!!_.
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _Oxford Collapse_, which again, starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Hamburg_ and _Bologna_. Just don't be surprised if _your face looks weird_, like I said in the second paragraph!
* The Spinto Band
KCRW’S Nic Harcourt Steps Down From Music Director Position; Oh No, Who Will Introduce Bands Like Coldplay To The Airwaves now?!
Although Nic Harcourt is an important, well-respected guy -- he was once called “The most influential DJ in America” by music writer Mark Weingarten -- he’s also famous for bringing some less-than-stellar artists to the KCRW airwaves, such as Coldplay, Damien Rice, Dido, and Norah Jones. Regardless of Harcourt’s questionable taste in music, though, it was announced via press release that he would be stepping down November 30 from the Music Director position he has held for the past 10 years with the Santa Monica, CA-based station. However, Harcourt will continue to be a KCRW DJ, hosting a three-hour show on Sundays from 6-9 PM.
“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to come to work every day and be surrounded by creative and passionate people and I want to keep the connection alive on my Sunday show,” said Harcourt. “As a parent of two young children, I believe it’s time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice over work, advertising and the Internet.”
He then turned away, put his headphones on, and as Chris Martin’s croon brought him back to simpler times, Harcourt sighed, crying softly to himself.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a downtown Portland hotel Wednesday.
The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office said 62-year-old Mitch Mitchell likely died of natural causes. His body was found just after 3 a.m. at the Benson Hotel. [...]
Mitchell had been playing with the Experience Hendrix tour that just made a stop in Portland at the Schnitz last Friday.
Mitchell along with bass players Noel Redding and Billy Cox backed Hendrix for the generation defining sounds of his electrified psychedelic blues. The Experience played behind Hendrix at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals in the late 1960s.
Owen Tours in an Effort to Remind Folks That You Don’t Need to Record Albums to Effectively Be A Downer
Polyvinyl's Owen may not have released anything since 2006's At Home With Owen, but that doesn't mean they (read: Mike Kinsella) can't tour. Chicago's Kinsella is continuing to tour with his solo act in an effort to remind fans that he's still around in case anyone wants to indulge their loneliness with his sad sack of songs. Owen will play most of these dates with openers Caithlin De Marrais and El May -- bands who, ideally, will be just upbeat enough to balance the evening out without jarring anyone into a happy mood.
Recession? What recession?! No one told Big Boi about any “recession,” that’s for sure! In fact, 2009 promises to be the most profitable year for he and his partner-in-exile, as the two Outkast hit-and-skit makers promise not only a pair of solo efforts, but, low and behold, another proper Outkast release to, you know, tie it all together. Three albums in early ’09? Now that’s an economic bail-out plan we can all get behind!
"The South got something to say, and we gonna keep on talking," Big Boi told MTV recently in Atlanta. And, uh, by that he of course means that he’s getting his second solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, prepped and groomed for the ol’ Outkastian throat-cram-overhype, despite the delays that have prevented its release thus far. But wouldn’t you know it? These pesky delays just so-happen to cause the roll-out plan for his new LP to coincide once again with the release of Andre’s next big thang. The plot thickens!
"Me and 'Dre were on the conference call,” Big “explained.” "He's working on his album; my album is done. [I’m] gonna wait until the top of the year — January or February — to put it out. Then 'Dre is gonna come hit y'all, and [then] we're gonna do the Outkast album. So y'all gonna get three records from the 'Kast next year." You’re welcome, America.
But not so fast there, MTV Generation with your cell phone wall paper and your... your wide shoes! Recall that we have definitely heard talk about “the 'Kast” pulling the wallet-grabbing-trifecta of albums before, and it has never actually materialized. Still, the stars over Stankonia seem to be in alignment this time around, as Andre has actually confirmed that he’s finally started work on his album. "To be honest, I work best when people doubt me," 'Dre explained. "Our whole Outkast career has been built on people doubting us. [Hip-hop fans] up North hated on us from the get-go. We wouldn't be Outkast if people didn't understand what people would call weird. You know, none of that would've happened. Actually, if you see me, tell me I'm wack. That's the best thing you can do for me. You know, if you want a greater album, say that. Say that!"
You’re whack, Andre. You’re double-super-triple-mega-whack. Here’s hoping...
Last time I reported on Cut Copy’s tour itinerary (TMT News), things were pretty different. The economy hadn’t completely collapsed; I had never heard of Shibu Inu puppies before (nor spent six hours a day watching them); and Sarah Palin didn’t have a Wikipedia page yet. Most importantly, Cut Copy were playing small venues. However, after touring nonstop in 2008, they’re about to raise the bar for 2009 on their final North American tour in support of In Ghost Colours. With Matt and Kim opening, a light show, and a surprise guest DJ, it’s guaranteed to be a good final goodbye tour to the album.
Seriously, click the puppy link, and thank me later:
& Matt & Kim
Yes, it's true! _Death Cab for Cutie_'s tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Munich_ and _Paris_, this tour should be _weird_. But despite how _weird_ it'll be, it's expected to be _stange_ too, because _Ben Gibbard is still recovering from being stung by a scorpion, twice. What a dork_.
_Death Cab for Cutie's_ latest album is _Narrow Stairs (TMT Review)_, which was released or is set to be released _May 13, 2008_ via _Atlantic (Barsuk is releasing a vinyl version November 25)_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _Ben Gibbard's hair is out of control!!!!_?? HAHA!
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _Death Cab for Cutie_, which again, starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Munich_ and _Paris_. Just don't be surprised if _Ben Gibbard's hair is out of control!!!!_, like I said in the second paragraph!
$ Frightened Rabbit
This is where I would put the requisite pun that a story like this deserves, something along the lines of: “ATP just got more YOUTHful” or maybe I could do “Young Marble Giants announce GIANT show.” However I won’t bore you with puns and stupid plays on words, because I can write better than that.
Ah, the hell with it! I need to do at least one, right? Young Marble Giants made Colossal headlines today with the announcement that they will play the entirety of their only full-length album, 1980’s Colossal Youth, at next spring’s ATP UK Weekend 1: The Fans Strike Back. I was already psyched about the lineup -- Devo, Spiritualized, Grails, and stoner rock titans Sleep performing their album Holy Mountain, as well as selections from Dopesmoker -- and now this? (Side note: Now, I know that Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker are pretty fucking sweet, but I'd feel sad if I saw Sleep and they didn’t play a track from Jerusalem, too. Do them all!)
Young Marble Giants reunited early last year to play a show at last years’ Hay Festival in Wales, around the same time that Domino Records unveiled their plans to reissue Colossal Youth (this supposedly wasn't a coincidence, if you catch my drift). The trio has only one other show scheduled at the moment, and it happens to be this upcoming weekend, November 14-16, at the Swn Festival also in Wales. Jeez, you’d think that the guys in Young Marble Giants were from Wales or something, right?
In other reunited band/ATP festival news. The recently reunited experimental hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium have ALSO been added to the ATP vs. the Fans lineup. With all these bands getting back together lately, it can’t be long before Nirvana start making music again, right? Right? Oh, yeah, I forgot. Krist Novoselic is into politics these days, and you can’t have a Nirvana reunion without Novoselic.
Yes, it's true! _The Herbaliser's_ tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Portland_ and _Winnipeg_, this tour should be _amazing_. But despite how _amazing_ it'll be, it's expected to be _amazing-er_ too, because _"a scratchy, live band funk sound replaces the deep digging loops and samples" of the past, according to the press release_.
_The Herbaliser's_ latest album is _Same As It Never Was_, which was released or is set to be released _May 27, 2008_ via _!K7_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _I might actually make an appearance at the November 18 show in Chicago_?? HAHA!
Anyway, here are the tourdates for _The Herbaliser_, which again starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Portland_ and _Winnipeg_. Just don't be surprised if _I might actually make an appearance at the November 18 show in Chicago_, like I said in the second paragraph!