I Am A Broken And Joyless Writer Subject To The Whims And Fancies Of A Pitiless Editor; I Blame Feist And Her Heartless Booking Agent
I refuse! This is the work of unpaid interns. Where the hell's the tourdate kid? The one day he doesn't come to work, Feist rolls in with a scroll of upcoming shows -- bitch has a planner this thick. This many appearances is totally uncalled for. Nobody likes her that much, and no one's going to know about it anyway because I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT. Yeah, that's right, I have self-respect! I deserve a little respect! I'm a god-damned highly paid music journalist working for a premier web-based music news and reviews website (Tiny Mix Tapes). I was hired to hang out with rock stars and write off hotel room mini bar bills, NOT format tourdates.
They can't make me do it. I won't do it. I won't.
I was just whipped:
- Official Deerhoof Website
- Deerhoof MySpace
- Kill Rock Stars
04.18.08 - Albany, NY - The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Space
06.07.08 - Philadelphia, PA - The Roots Family Picnic @ The Festival Pier &
07.18.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park (Celebrate Brooklyn) $
07.19.08 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club for the Halifax Jazz Festival
07.27.08 - Hollywood, CA - KCRW's World Festival @ The Hollywood Bowl *
* Gnarls Barkley
& The Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings
Throw on your flannel shirts, dust off your Jagstang guitars, and chug some Crystal Pepsi, because apparently it’s the ’90s all over again. The partial lineup was revealed this week for Seattle’s premier music and arts festival, Bumbershoot, and with headliners like Beck and Stone Temple Pilots, it’s looking like another summer festival is turning back the clock.
Another, you say? Why yes, Bumbershoot is just the latest in a recent trend of a big ’90s uprising on 2008 lineups. Need proof, you say? Cast your eyes on the evidence below:
- Coachella 2008 headliners: Portishead, The Verve, The Breeders
- Lollapalooza 2008 headliners: Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine
- Bonnaroo 2008 headliners: Pearl Jam, Metallica
- Langerado 2008 headliners: R.E.M., Beastie Boys, 311
But have no fear, the entire Bumbershoot lineup does not stem from the grunge years; check out some of the other artists that will be appearing:
Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo and Nino Moschella, Pacifika
...Well, Jakob Dylan's a ’90s guy, but hey, at least he’s appearing sans his Wallflowers! It’s a start, right?
The 38th annual Bumbershoot is being held at the 74-acre Seattle Center, located just beneath the Space Needle, during Labor Day Weekend (August 30 – September 1). In addition to live music, the festival includes comedy, theater, dance, film, urban crafts, literary arts, and visual arts spread over 20 indoor and outdoor stages. Three-day passes are available now at Bumbershoot’s website for $80 through August 15 ($100 thereafter). Single-day specific tickets will be available at Bumbershoot and through Ticketmaster outlets for $35, from July 15 to August 15 ($40 thereafter).
Sadly, after roughly seven years of touring and recording, Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman have decided to end Yellow Swans. "There are no specific reasons why we've come to this point," says Pete Swanson. "But both Gabriel and I have decided that it's in our best interest to move on from the project." Thankfully, Yellow Swans are finishing up a final studio album (expected for release in 2009) and have a "handful" of under-the-radar releases coming up. And if you're geographically lucky (I am!), you can still catch them on the remaining tourdates -- I've seen them live many times, and they are amazing performers. But after June, say goodbye to Yellow Swans.
As one of the more well-known noise groups, it comes as bit of a surprise the two have ended things now, especially given the widespread acclaim of At All Ends (TMT Review), which was released last year on Load. What's not surprising is that Pete and Gabriel will continue to work on other projects. In fact, Pete has just started a new label called Freedom To Spend, and the first release is Light Ships by Bulbs. So, don't fret. Yellow Swans will be over soon, but Pete and Gabriel will still be around.
You'll see me at one of these remaining Yellow Swans dates:
Way back, like, waaaaaaayyyyy fucking back in July 2007, Secretly Canadian reported that Damien Jurado entered the Avast! Studio in Seattle to record a follow-up to 2006's And Now That I'm In Your Shadow with producer Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Richard Swift). Times were certainly different back then, but I'm sure glad we live in the here and now, as Jurado's new album is now complete and set for release sometime in September on Secretly Canadian -- terrific! Full details are being guarded like a wrestler's nuts in a tournament, but we'll keep you updated.
In other news, Jurado has a bunch of dates set (where I bet he'll play new tunes!) with the one, the only Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft). Enigk's latest album is the live release The Missing Link, which was released on 567 Records last year. His last studio album was World Waits, released way back, like, waaaaaayyyyyyy fucking back in October of 2006.
Damien Jurado and Jeremy Enigk tourdates:
Damien Jurado and David Bazan tourdate:
04.10.08 Wenham, MA - Gordon College
Having just released AM on Whistler Records to acclaim (TMT Review), you'd think Karl Blau would be walking on clouds. Well, he might be anyway, but I'd be pissing on those clouds if some idiot stole my vintage Silvertone guitar! That's right, some jerk from New Jersey stole Karl Blau's guitar off a Greyhound bus -- classy. But this ain't just any ol' guitar. This is the same guitar Bret Lunsford used in Beat Happening!
Here's a picture of Karl with the guitar:
New Jersey/East Coast readers: keep your eyes peeled. There are many identifying characteristics on this mighty axe, so it shouldn't be hard to spot hanging in a pawn shop window or strapped around some dude trying to play the intro to "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins (tab below). Contact us if you have any leads, and we can put you in contact with Mr. Blau. Trust me, you don't want to see him without that guitar.
In more (dance) positive news, Karl recently finished recording/mastering his next album, Nature's Got Away, at Dub Narcotic. The album features the band Lake backing him and is set for release on K Records sometime either this year or early next. Meanwhile, pickup AM and get you some KELP!
Intro tab for "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins:
---11----13----11----15p11----- play this cutesy little riff
------11----11----11-------11--- 4x solo, then 8x with band
Leave it to those bigwigs at the Copyright Royalty Board and SoundExchange to get all existential on our asses about the true value of that new Mariah Carey jam. The Daily Swarm is reporting (via Digital Media Wire) that SoundExchange has honed in on Last.fm, the internet radio/social networking website, alleging that the site may not be in compliance with royalty requirements for the songs it uses. An audit will assess the "only a couple of thousand dollars a year" that Last.fm paid under the Small Webcasters Settlement Act, despite selling out to CBS for more than $200 million shortly thereafter. It is this Small Webcasters act that has kept much of internet radio functioning due to pressures from the Copyright Royalty Board. If Last.fm is indeed found to be ducking charges, the real loser will be the truly "small" webcasters for whom the act is designed to protect.
However, more questions sit at the center of the debate, as examined in detail by DC attorney David Oxenford. In plain English, Oxenford argues that the copyright holders (record companies) assume that the success of sites like Last.fm are based solely on the music they provide, and they should be compensated as such. What they fail to realize, he notes, is that, if this were true, internet radio would be thriving and anyone could do it. Really, it is the "community aspects" of sites like Last.fm or iMeem that serve as the main draw. When these success stories are eventually bought out for unreal amounts of money (in an effort to expand the service), the record companies will eventually be paid their share if the successes continue.
And so the question remains: is there an "intrinsic value" to music or should it be judged only as a tool that leads to "revenue"? It all might seem like a load of industry mumbo-jumbo, but as a fan and a listener, it is quite terrifying that when these court precedents about who owns what and how much it is "worth" finally come down, they will dictate how and when we hear music.
What's the deal with Foot Village? Well, according to their MySpace:
Our national language is drumming.
Our national pass-time is screaming.
Founded in the barren ruins of Hades, after the millenialist event evaporated the seas, Foot Village is both redemption and punishment for mankind. It is a nation unlike any other and only by visiting there can you really know.
Indeed, these crazy motherfuckers make noise without electric instruments (the gall!), and guess what? They're going on tour! Their latest album, the drum-heavily awesome Friendship Nation, was released on TOME back in March. It has nude cover art, too. Society is crumbling y'all, and you can help it crumble faster by participating in the insanity at one of these dates:
* Thanks Taylor
P.S. Bring drumsticks and/or drumkeys to any of the shows, and you'll receive a free, tour-only CD-R called Before They Were Foot Village, which I'm sure you can guess what that's all about.
EMI Hires Google Exec to Head Up Digital Music on April Fool’s Day, Realize It Might Actually Be a Good Idea
Former Google Chief of Information Officer Douglas Merrill is trading Google's dress code (jeans, "witty saying" t-shirt, Converse) for EMI's (sup, Bill Blass?) and starting a new gig as head of EMI's digital music. In the past, EMI has been less associated with change and progress and more associated with releasing singles without telling its artists (TMT News), blaming profit nosedives on the nearest parking meter, and axing employees left and right.
But don't worry. It all makes perfect sense!
After a few pints at the Irish pub down the block (you know, the kind that doesn't have Guinness but allows people to blast Flogging Molly at all hours of the day), the boys from the office thought of a total screamer! The news of Merrill's hiring dropped on April 1, which many serious businesses with Real Suits forget is April Fool's Day. Of course, no one believed those cut-ups at EMI, and the whole office had quite a chuckle over the funny joke they had played on the rest of the industry. Hiring one of those hippies over at Google? The very idea! But Merrill stopped by to join the hilarity and slipped something into the CEO's tea, and whaddaya know? Dude got himself a job. For real.
Thanks to hallucinogenic drugs, it will be soooooo much easier to get the latest on EMI's new digital releases. Finally, I can effortlessly buy albums from Yellowcard and 30 Seconds to Mars on the internet.
Maybe it's because of all of the recent "Go Green" hype, or maybe it's because of the swell in homeland hope and pride that accompanies an upcoming presidential election, but whatever the reason, one thing is clear: America is ready to clean up its act!
And we're starting with those Columbus, OH speaker-wreckers Times New Viking. Over the past several years, these sludgy noise-poppers have been dumping their noise-polluted records, most recently their Matador Records debut Rip It Off (TMT Review), and no one has had the courage to stand up to their skuzzy onslaughts.
But now, at long last, a new day is dawning. No longer will the United States look the other way about Times New Viking's catchy brand of noise pollution. That's why we're packing them up, cramming them onto a cargo ship, and depositing them (safely) on the other side of the Atlantic. And do you know what else? We're even packing up their dirty, dirty records and shipping them overseas too! That's right, as part of its community service, Matador is spearing-up all of the Rip It Off copies it can find along the side of the highway and shipping them over to the UK on April 28 (where, presumably, they can be recycled into lightweight furniture for Thom Yorke's solar-powered summer house).
Now if only we could pass a bill to clean up all those Dirty Projectors, we'd be in business.
Good riddance to rad rubbish:
* Thanks Hari!
# Thanks Kevin!