Hold Steady Add Three Winter Dates with Counting Crows, Every Music Site Forced to Write a Whole New Story About It Even Though Their Fall Tour Was Recently Reported
Man, if Adam Duritz thought that he had a long December that one year, he ain’t seen nothing yet. Because when you’ve got Craig Finn and the bear-battered boys from The Hold Steady as your backstage roommates and bus buddies the week before Christmas, I’m guessing there’s not going to be much in the way of sleeping.
As previously reported (TMT News), The Hold Steady will woozily embark upon one hell of a fall tour of the U.S. and Europe following the success of their latest barroom-evangelical smash, Stay Positive (TMT Review). But after drinking Europe dry for a few months, America’s new favorite band will pair up with America’s old favorite band, Counting Crows, for a few shiny, new dates, which should make both Duritz’ lyrics and Finn’s voice sound pretty weak when compared side by side. So if they do this right, audience members won’t really be a fan of either band by the time they leave the theater. Merry Christmas, rock fans.
Nerd Glasses and Dreadlocks Tour ’08:
* Counting Crows
From an article on CMJ by Tim Gunatilaka, with some editing:
CMJ TMT is thrilled slap-happy to announce proclaim the first initial round square of performers playing CMJ's] [Music Marathon 2008. This year's highlights performers include: A Place To Bury Strangers, Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Cool Kids, Crystal Castles, Del McCoury Band, Deerhoof Deerhunter (not for real), Donavon Frankenreiter, Gang Gang Dance, Jay Reatard, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Lykke Li, Minus The Bear Pedro the Lion (jk), Roisin Murphy, The Dears, They Might Be Giants and Yo Majesty. Be sure to hit strike the Marathon Artists page for a full complete list of acts peeps. CMJ TMT is also proud boobs!! to report announce that this year's daytime program of panels will include thought-provoking "things that may you go hmmmm..." topics like Essential Resources For Independent Labels, Internationally Licensing The Future, Artist Managers: The New Labels?, A New Media Fat-Trimming Session, and Bands As Brands. Rounding Squaring out the daytime programming schedule are Marathon's annual yearly College Day and the first ever College Radio Mixer. For more additional information shit, visit the Panels and College Day pages. These announcements The stuff that I just said in the last two paragraphs about CMJ's Music Marathon Fest 2008 arrive just five days before the final badge discounts of the summer end. Fans who order badges by August 19 pay only $415 ($245 for students douchebags).
Lip-Synching Singer Exposed At Olympic Opening Ceremonies; Producers Decided On New Girl Because Original Singer Wasn’t “Flawless In Image”
For shame, Olympics, for shame. Meanwhile, expect yet another American artist to lip-sync at the Super Bowl next year. My money is on the Jonas Brothers.
Baltimore Round Robin: Just Like Summer Sanitarium or the Family Values Tour, Only With Shutter Shades and Neon Dunks
You don’t really see it too much anymore — large groups of bands hitting the road together that aren’t tied to a festival, like Warped Tour or Lollapalooza. It’s probably because touring is a pain in the ass and gas is ridonkulous. Some DIY labels still do it, mostly punk or hardcore labels. Anyway, a bunch of bands from Baltimost are hitting the road for the Baltimore Round Robin Tour. Here is the scoop.
The tour runs from early-October till mid-October and features 29 bands. Apparently, the “Round Robin” part of the tour title is literal — all the bands set up at the same time around the perimeter of the venue with the audience in the center. Each band plays one song per round, back-to-back. There are no breaks and no headliners. I imagine it's like the dance circles in Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, but in reverse.
Expect similar attire at the Baltimore Round Robin.
The festival is “curated” by Dan Deacon and includes bands from various Baltimore music families representing Wham City, Floristree, Tarantula Hill, The Bank, Comfort Dome, among others. Performers include Dan Deacon, obviously, along with Beach House, Video Hippos WZT Hearts, The Deathset, Nautical Almanac, Double Dagger, and more. They’re also traveling green in veggie-powered vehicles with all 60+ musicians. I bet that shit is gonna get gamey.
You’ll also notice there are two shows in each city. Well, the first night, “Eyes Night,” is folk, noise, theatrics, improv, and “music that is spiritual, dreamy.” The second night, “Feet Night,” is a mixture of electronic, punk hardcore, dance, and rock. The tour is only hitting a few cities, mostly on the East coast. They also note that “like-up is subject to change”, which means someone probably couldn’t get out of their dish shift at Holy Frijoles.
Baltimore Round Robin Tour:
No Age will be touring this fall and will probably have difficulty purchasing alcohol because of their agelessness, but I’m not gonna be the one who gets it for them because that’s gotten me in trouble too many times.
I’m just not doing it anymore. Too many parents calling me complaining about “oh you dared my kid he couldn’t drink a whole thing of beers and now he’s in some kinda coma” or whatever bull. You try to be a cool dude in this world, and look where it gets you. It’s like Billie Joe Armstrong said, man: nice guys finish last. So that’s it -- don’t you punks stand in front of the liquor store downtown asking me to get you a bottle of 99 Candy Canes no more. It ain’t gonna happen.
Comprised of Fay Davis-Jeffers (vocals, piano, guitar), Butchy Fuego (drums, vocals, percussion, electronics/programming), and Rob Doran (bass, vocals, guitar, electronics). Pit Er Pat also employ a variety of other instruments on the record, including electric kalimba, Burmese temple gongs, bongos, shakers, bells, chimes, claps, melodica, and a bunch of other clangy hippie shit. High Time was recorded by drummer Butchy Fuego, who has also recorded Soft Circle and Matteah Baim, in their own Top Cat Studio. And if that wasn't enough, the record also includes horn arrangements by Dylan Ryan (Icy Demons, Bronze, Herculanium) and flutes.
The band is planning a monster tour in the fall to support.
Tracklisting for High Time:
Death Cab for Cutie Add U.S. Tour, Look Even More Indie Than When They Were Actually on an Indie Label
Mango Starr: What's up dude!
Ben Gibbard: Shut up.
Mango Starr: Huh?
Ben Gibbard: I said shut up.
Mango Starr: Why? What's your problem?
Ben Gibbard: Blah blah blah, shut the fuck up.
Mango Starr: Ben... this doesn't sound like you...
Ben Gibbard: I saw what you wrote about me on Tiny Mixed Tapes.
Mango Starr: What did I write?
Ben Gibbard: You know what you wrote.
Mango Starr: Whatever... I didn't write shit.
Ben Gibbard: Oh yeah? What about this:"Death Cab for Cutie are TERRIBLE. I'd rather die than listen to Ben's stupid voice."
Mango Starr: What?? I never fucking wrote that!
Ben Gibbard: Whatever... no more getting beers when I'm in town.
Mango Starr: Oh, boo hoo. I don't give a shit. You're a mean drunk anyway.
Ben Gibbard: You just don't like us anymore because we're on a major. That's childish and stupid. Our music is as good as ever.
Mango Starr: Yeah, I mean.. I'll admit that your music is still--
Ben Gibbard: You're just a whiner. Hope you die.
Mango Starr: C'mon Ben. I was just fucking around. You know I'm not like that.
Ben Gibbard: I do, but now all your fans think you hate DCFC.
Mango Starr: Oh, don't get so emo on me.
Ben Gibbard: Fuck you.
Alright, dudes-in-bands, listen up. Fucking school’s in session, and our instructor is Philip Glass. Yes, after more than four decades of making us all exclaim “Why didn’t I think of that!?!?” as we listened in awe to things like singers counting beats and singing sol feg syllables, arpeggios repeating for 13+ minutes, and electronic rock organs, flutes, and violins being used simultaneously on one record, minimalist/process music pioneer Philip Glass will finally be able to slap all casual musicians in the face at once with Glass Box, a 10-disc retrospective of his incredibly dynamic and prolific career.
Said guilt-box, which will include excerpts from Glass' largest and best-known works, such as Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, as well as selections from his ensemble pieces and highlights from scores to several films (including The Thin Blue Line, The Hours and The Fog Of War), will be released, with typical aplomb, via Nonesuch September 23.
In addition to making all other musicians feel like drains on society by comparison, Glass Box will also include a 191-page(!) booklet with notes from the composer, archival photos, libretti (uh... lyrics), texts, and appreciations from several colleagues and admirers with whom we’ll never even find ourselves in the same sentence. These include: Paul Simon, David Byrne, Chuck Close, and, oh yeah, Nonesuch Records President Bob Hurwitz. Even Billy Corgan doesn’t know all those people!
Oh, and one more thing... The CDs and booklet are ingeniously packaged in a fucking cube -- yeah that’s right -- that will be covered on five sides with classic images of Glass by Chuck Close, Robert Wilson, Francesco Clemente, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Annie Leibovitz. Oh, what’s that? Your band’s demo comes in a slim-line jewel case? Yeah... mine does too.
Brooklyn’s own delectably droney Religious Knives have put the finishing touches on yet another new release (this year alone, we've already reviewed Resin and It's After Dark). The Door will be released October 14 on Ecstatic Peace!, coincidentally one day before my birthday -- so mark that on your calendars, too.
The album is described as “a summer record for those dread days when the heat holds low and skin sticks to cheap car seats and old patio furniture… the score for disappearing neighborhoods and crumbling buildings, a hope of holding onto the past as those around us move fast to forget it.” Groovy.
The Door was recorded at Bank Row in Greenfield, MA and produced by Thurston Moore and the band. Songs have been posted on their MySpace for you to hear, if that’s your thing. Meanwhile, Religious Knives are set for a European tour starting in France September 17.
The Door tracklisting:
$ Gala Drop
YouTube Bounces Back From Poor Audio Compression System With Improved Sound, Videos of Laughing Babies Have Never Sounded Better
To anyone who's ever gotten the urge to listen to a song you don't have and then gone straight to YouTube, it should be apparent that YouTube is our generation's all-purpose, instantly accessible jukebox. Unfortunately for us, it seemed that the audio quality of YouTube clips had received a drastic blow when, towards the end of July, the website launched a new audio scheme which starkly altered the sound quality of music clips by heavily truncating their dynamic range. As reported on Wired's Listening Post blog, the move prompted not only frustration from audiophile YouTube users (apparently as much a rare breed as you'd expect), but also user-generated hacks designed to counteract the processing, conspiracy theories that the maneuver was designed to favor already-processed mainstream pop over "properly produced music," and dissent from music gear companies who felt that their capacity to advertise on the site had been compromised.
Thankfully, Listening Post's July 30 story prompted both a typically vague response from YouTube PR ("The vast majority of videos currently benefit from our audio technology, and we are committed to improving that in the future" -- oh, okay) and an actual change in the audio process. Because YouTube kept unprocessed copies of all videos' audio files, they were able to develop a new, far less problematic system which is now in place. Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the next time a mid-’90s MTV nostalgia kick infects you with the craving to listen to, say, Ghost Town DJs' "My Boo," it will sound as crisp and glorious as online streaming video usually does!