AS(S)CAP Sues 26 Venues For Copyright Infringement; All 26 Venues Consider Selling Venues to Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch is a fucking idiot.

Anyway, pretend you're an owner of a venue (being a complete jerkoff is optional). You hire a young, probably white indie-rock DJ to fill the spot of a local group that canceled last minute, and he starts playing some shitty indie band (I don't know, The Hold Steady or something). What do you do? You pull the plug is what you do! As the owner of the venue, you know very well that you didn't pay the ASCAP licensing fees, and if you want to avoid sitting alongside the other 26 venues that were sued Monday for not forking over the dough, you best pay up first.

You see, a record company owns the "sound recording," not the actual song. The actual song (the words, music) is owned by music publishers, who will give you -- the venue owner, remember? -- the license to entertain your guests with the copyrighted music, like The Hold Steady (whose music is really owned by ASCAP). Oh, and here's another tip, junior: in addition to ASCAP, it'd be a good idea to contact BMI and SESAC, too. So, now your DJ can play whatever shitty indie and/or mainstream band he wants, and your ass will be covered. ISN'T CAPITALISM GREAT.

Alright, now fire that white DJ. He's making you look bad.

Here are the venues being sued by ASCAP:

The Mae Shi Add New Member, Release New Album, Tour For The First Time In Two Years, Then Trick Me Into Thinking They Are Playing At My House…

So, I got in touch with The Mae Shi after I wrote an article about them looking for people to help them book their summer tour. Didn't work out with, unfortunately (though, the show must go on), but they did finally get a $100-per-show tour booked, and they've even added a new member (John Gray, a jack of all musical trades) and are releasing a new album at the shows! New new new new new!

The album is called HLLLYH. You can pick it up on cassette (yes, cassette) while they are on tour, or you can wait for the Moshi Moshi digital download release this November. They've also got a limited-edition CD with them, hlllyh, which has a mish-mosh of beats and samples taken from the new album.

HLLLYH was written and recorded over the past two years and has become increasingly known through word-of-mouth. Like Shellac, The Mae Shi have decided not to send out copies to the press for review.

* XBXRX

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HLLLYH tracklisting:

1. Lamb & Lion
2. PWND
3. Boys in the Attic
4. 7 X X 7
5. The Melody
6. Leech & Locust
7. Run to Your Grave
8. Kingdom Come
9. I Get (Almost) Everything I Want
10. Young Marks
11. Party Politics
12. Book of Numbers
13. HLLLYH
14. Divine Harvest

Deerhoof Hyper-extend Fall Tour, No Actual Deer Harmed

Dear Deerhoof,

On behalf of the PETA organization, I hereby insist that you immediately cease and desist in your senseless, wanton, and ongoing character defamation of one of our most majestic and stately forest-dwelling friends and brothers, the humble Ruminantia Cervidae (that's "deer" to tragically uninformed laypeople such as yourselves).

This animal, one of God's most graceful and unassuming, has already been saddled with the brutal reality of man's careless encroachment into the wild, making him victim to constant automobile onslaughts and yearly Hunting Season massacres in America alone.

And now, your "rock and roll" (whatever that means these days!) band has the audacity to further persecute our noble friend, the deer, by attaching its otherwise pure name to the dissonant, spastic, and noisily-electric music of the devil. Sure, you may try to mask your pro-prog, anti-nature, deer-defaming agenda with clever, non-threatening album titles such as your most recent Friend Opportunity LP (TMT Review), but the facts don't lie. There is nothing friendly about your bizarre, shrill music. I can assure you that you have no friends at PETA.

Do you find it amusing to employ the name of this gentle mammal for your destructive musical ends? Are we to sit idly by while you promote the image of severed deer body parts, laughing all the way to the bank? Well, we at PETA can assure you that this is no laughing matter. Rest assured (especially you, Satomi Matsuzaki) that we will be urging our members and their families to boycott the following fall tourdates:

$ Bloc Party

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* Release the Bats with The Liars, Black Lips, & Deerhunter

Which reminds me :

Dear Deerhunter...

The Octopus Project Are Far Less Terrifying Than You Might Think, Are Touring

Assumption: The Octopus Project are thusly named because there are four normally limbed members, adding up to a total of eight arms.

Fact: There exists a two-part film, scored entirely by The Octopus Project, wherein a man is actually and accidentally attacked by a shark.

Assumption: The Octopus Project are releasing their new album, Avalanche October 9 through Graveface Records at least in part to atone for any slight involvement they had in the shark attack. Because they are nice.

Fact: The joke about a real life Octopus that is able to play music isn’t very good.

Assumption: The Octopus Project throw wonderful parties, inviting Black Moth Super Rainbow (with whom they collaborated on last year’s The House of Apples and Eyeballs) and Stereo Total (with whom they are touring much of eastern North America this fall.)

Fact: The Octopus Project should not be confused with The Arcturus Project in spite of the fact that they are both awesome and occasionally even sound similar.

Assumption: These will be fun events:

* Stereo Total

Liars To Tour With Interpol; Interpol Surround Themselves With Liars

In an exciting bit of tour news, New York City band Liars are setting out on the road to support both their new, self-titled album (out August 28 on Mute) and their large-and-in-charge Big Apple brethren Interpol on an autumn journey. From the palace known as Madison Square Garden to the plains of Idaho, Liars will play hype-man to the goth-rock circus that is Interpol. Unfortunately, Angus Andrew and the boys aren't the only liars Interpol keep as company. Without further ado, the top 10 lies told in the presence of an Interpol member:

10. "The video for 'The Heinrich Maneuver is so exciting."
9. "So true; her stories ARE boring and stuff."
8. "You don't sound that much like Ian Curtis."
7. "Can you believe it? Three albums in and no one's sick of this yet!"
6. "Hey Paul, you should wait until all of the music dies down to bellow the title line to 'No I In Threesome.' It's a killer."
5. "Two months on tour and those suits still don't smell."
4. "Underage groupie girls usually keep their mouths shut."
3. "Carlos, that mustache is straight-up sexy!"
2. "Sun exposure is overrated anyway."

1. "Cocaine should follow ecstasy like sleep follows masturbation."

I kid, of course. In other Liars news (the band, not the enablers), the Patrick Daughters-directed video for the album's first single "Plaster Casts of Everything" can be seen here and features a cameo from Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame.

Interpol/Liars:

NBC Saves Me an Hour of Writing Time; Defends Corn Farmers

From NBC/Universal's general counsel in a recent anti-piracy FCC hearing

“Because of our nation’s interlocking economy, two-thirds of the lost earnings and lost jobs [due to piracy] are in industries other than motion picture production. For example, in the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theatres would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.”

That's the joke.

While Lollapalooza Is Sponsored By The Awesome Folks At AT&T, Other Festivals Who Aren’t Sponsored By The Awesome Folks At AT&T, Like The Treasure Island Music Festival, Promote Green Initiatives

Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are presenting the first annual Treasure Island Music Festival this September 15-16. They have a pretty fucking impressive line-up for the first year -- Modest Mouse, M.I.A., Spoon, etc. -- but that's unsurprising since the festival is being put on by the same homies behind the Noise Pop Festival. It'll be the first-ever music festival to occur on Treasure Island, a man-made island which was originally created to be the grounds for the 1939 World's Fair.

The fact that it's on Treasure Island is impressive and all, but what about the acts? The first day, Saturday, will be focusing more on electronic- and dance-oriented acts, whereas Sunday will focus on, well, less electronic- and dance-oriented acts. So how 'bout that lineup?

If that list isn't impressive enough for you, then lemme tell you about some of the green initiatives they're implementing. First off, to minimize the carbon footprint, they're providing school buses that are biodiesel and have 0% carbon emissions for transportation. Also to offset some of the emissions they can't prevent, they'll be purchasing wind energy credits and investing in methane projects through Native Energy. They'll also have tents set up to educate concert goers with simple tips on how to begin "going green" when they get back home. It really is incredible to see some of these festivals really caring about one of the biggest issues on our plates here on Earth, bringing art and activism together; that's how it should go down.

Alright, so you're probably excited for the festival now; you'll get to dance your ass off to some DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist and learn how to unplug your microwave to offset carbon emissions. So, how much is this festival? Well, single-day tickets cost $58.50 and two-day tickets cost $110. Personally, I think that's hella expensive for how small the festival is. However, I'll be honest with you; if I lived near California, I'd go.

For more information on The Treasure Island Music Festival check out their official website.

Rob Marrow, You’re Not Invited: Numbers Release New LP, Tour, Spit On Graves

In August, the San Francisco-based combo Numbers (Indra Dunis, Dave Broekema, and Eric Landmark) come roaring back with a new record and a slew (slew > 25) of tourdates. Since Numbers have transcended the silly trapping of the dance-punk phenomenon, the future finds them roaming freely, not trapped in by expectations. The group has a new LP, Now You Are This scheduled to come out in the U.S. August 21 on Kill Rock Stars. It seems that marrying rough and rugged electronics with a skewed pop sound will once again be the band's M.O. This will be their second record for the label, fourth overall; the band's first two LPs were put out by Tigerbeat6.

Instant cliché: When a new record is released, a tour will surely follow. So true. The same week that their record is in stores, the band will embark on a trek across North America. This tour finds the band playing some places you don't find on most underground bands' schedules, including Jamaica Plains and Mexicali, Mexico. Not surprising in this instance, as Numbers have been known to defy expectations a time or two.

Now You Are This tracklist:

Jens Lekman To Release Disc, Tour; Then Back to Rehab After Cocaine Cop Caper With The Case of the Missing Pantaloons No Refund Hijicks Poopscapade

I know about Americans. Way too much, in fact. George Washington, Mister Rogers, even Lindsay Lohan. Everything. But what about Swedes? They have great healthcare, and ABBA was alright I suppose. But what else? Their public radio seems to be functioning well (I mean, if it plays dudes like Jens Lekman, it can’t be half bad, right?). You can tell a lot about a country through its radio. I’ve seen American Graffiti, so I know that Mexico pirated the airwaves over North America for many a years.

Now, Swedish radio. Do they syndicate the World Cafe with David Dye on every station? Or do Swedes opt for democratic variety? If I was the King of Sweden, we would know what they play and it’d be settled. (Now that you ask, I’d demand a constant loop of the best two hours of radio I’ve personally ever heard: 30 minutes of a live Elvis Costello concert, 20 minutes of early '90s dance music (Madonna, Ace of Bass, etc.), 40 minutes of David Dye and the World Cafe feat. M. Ward.) In Sweden, someday the government will mandate a station program just that, in perpetuity -- and I can milk free health care while basking alongside the Baltic Sea, Walkman tuned to David Dye.

And somewhere between Lohan, the Kind of Sweden, and an unhealthy obsession with David Dye is Jens Lekman. Swedish, young, beautiful, self-destructively reckless? Perhaps. Public radio savior? Maybe. Vier of affection and disseminator of charm? Possibly. Releaser of Night Falls over Kortedalaand tourer of cities? The world may never know.

New CD takes over Scandinavia, September 5; the rest of the world, October 9:

Two Gallants Plan Summer Tour With Time Set Aside To Recover From Taser Attacks

So Two Gallants walk into this bar, right? The third one ducks. No, come on, but seriously: these Two Gallants walk into a bar, sit down, order a couple drinks, and the bartender -- big guy, by the way, one of those rough n' tumble types, don't ask this guy how his day went, he'll either talk your ear off or bite it off -- so the bartender says to the Two Gallants, he says, "What'll it be?" First Gallant, he's like, "Something hard." Bartender's like, "Something hard?" and the first Gallant, he leans back in his chair and slams his boots up on the bar. "Something hard," he says. So the bartender gets him something hard alright -- he gets him the new Two Gallants EP, The Scenery of Farewell. "How's that for hard," he says, and balances it right on the first Gallant's boot.

So, the second Gallant's gettin' impatient, right? He's like, "I need a drink too, and that's not even a drink. That's our new EP from Saddle Creek, and it came out June 19. You can't drink a CD." So the bartender gets right up in the second Gallant's face, and he says, "I'll bet you $2,000 and the keys to my truck that I could drink your new EP faster than you could drink this bottle of rum." And like that, this bartender pulls out a huge bottle of rum from under the counter.

Second Gallant looks at the first for a second and then turns to the bartender, says, "Well obviously, that would take me forev--" but the bartender was already slamming back The Scenery of Farewell. Everyone else at the bar is looking at these Two Gallants like bartender's outsmarted 'em again, and then they start chanting "Chug! Chug! Chug!" and I swear, the bartender's three-quarters-of-the -way through with this EP, some of it's spilling on the floor, but he's getting most of it, and the bar's going nuts. These Two Gallants can't handle it; they just can't even watch it anymore, so they walk out into a swarm of mutated starving hornets, and they're never heard from again.

And that, Frank, is why your kind isn't welcome at this bar.

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