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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wolf Parade on ‘Indefinite Hiatus’


Montreal band, Wolf Parade, announced to it’s fans on their unofficial fan site that they will be on an ‘indefinite hiatus’ from making music. The band says the reasoning for this is to focus more on their other bands.

Wold Parade began in 2003 when Spencer Krug (of Frog Eyes) was offered a gig by Grenadine Records. Krug only had three weeks to find a band when he contacted guitarist Dan Boeckner (of Atlas Strategic) to begin writing music. Arlen Thompson on drums was finally added to the band only a day before the band’s first show. On tour they wrote, recorded and released their first self-titled full length. By the end of 2003, Hadji Bakara was added to the band and this is when Wolf Parade released their self-titled EP, commonly called 6 Song EP.

In 2004, the band traveled to the Northwest and eventually signed with the Seattle-based label, Sub Pop Records. In 2005, Sub Pop released the band’s debut album, Apologies to Queen Mary which was widely-received. Eventually the band added Dante DeCaro (of Hot Hot Heat) and their sophomore album, At Mount Zoomer, followed. At the end of 2009 the band began working on their third album, Expo 86, which was released June of 2010.

The band had only just recently started their 2010 North American tour when the decision to part was made. The band has now just ended their Expo 86 album tour with a show at the Sound Academy in Toronto this past Friday. At the show, Spencer Krug, singer/keyboardist for Wolf Parade, announced this would be the last show performed in a long time.

As their unofficial fan site states, Toronto was not their last show ever and they do have plans for a few short shows next year. After that is when the band will take a serious break. But there isn’t any telling of exactly how long the band plans to be on hiatus.

Danger Mouse and Jack White’s ‘Rome’ album tracklisting revealed


The tracklisting for Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi’s forthcoming ‘Rome’ album has been revealed

The album features vocals from The White Stripes’ Jack White and Norah Jones.

It was recorded in parts over the past five years, and was inspired by the film soundtrack work of Ennio Morricone. It’s release is expected early next year.

The tracklisting of ‘Rome’ is:

‘Theme Of Rome’
‘The Rose With The Broken Neck’
‘Morning Fog (interlude)’
‘Season’s Trees’
‘Her Hollow Ways (interlude)’
‘Roman Blue’
‘Two Against One’
‘The Gambling Priest’
‘The World (interlude)’
‘Black’
‘The Matador Has Fallen’
‘Morning Fog’
‘Problem Queen’
‘Her Hollow Ways’
‘The World’

Monday, November 29, 2010

PJ Harvey Announces New Album


PJ Harvey’s eighth studio album ‘Let England Shake’ is set to be released on the February 15, 2011 on Vagrant Records in the U.S.

‘Let England Shake’ was recorded in a 19th Century church in Dorset with long time collaborator Flood who co-produced the album with PJ Harvey, John Parish and Mick Harvey. The record was also mixed by Flood.

The new album will be supported by a run of sold out live shows early next year, with dates in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and London’s Troxy on February 27th and 28th. 2011 will also see Harvey return to the festival stage, with more details to be announced. PJ Harvey will perform with a live band which includes Mick Harvey, John Parish and Jean-Marc Butty.

A new album track will be previewed at the official website www.pjharvey.net beginning Tuesday November 30. The completed tracklisting for ‘Let England Shake’ is as follows:

1. Let England Shake
2. The Last Living Rose
3. The Glorious Land
4. The Words That Maketh Murder
5. All And Everyone
6. On Battleship Hill
7. England
8. In The Dark Places
9. Bitter Branches
10. Hanging In The Wire
11. Written On The Forehead
12. The Colour of The Earth

WHILE YOU WERE EATING TURKEY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WAS SEIZING BIT TORRENT MUSIC SITES..


Business Insider:

The Department of Homeland Security’s ICE has launched a major crackdown on websites enabling copyright infringement or selling counterfeits of trademarked goods. In just the past few days ICE has seized at least 12 domains, TorrentFreak reports.

The sites fall into two categories: torrent sites that enable the download of copyrighted music, and sites selling knockoffs of trademarked goods like designer handbags.

A controversial bill that would allow the Attorney General to shut down domains on similar grounds was recently derailed (temporarily) by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

The owner of an affected site told TorrentFreak that his domain was taken over without any prior complaints or notification from the court.

Torrent Freak:

Following on the heels of this week’s domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it’s clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical counterfeit goods….

N.Y. Times:

In what appears to be the latest phase of a far-reaching federal crackdown on online piracy of music and movies, a number of sites that facilitate illegal file-sharing were shut down this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

By Friday morning a handful of sites that either hosted unauthorized copies of films and music or allowed users to search for them elsewhere on the Internet, were shut down, their content replaced by a notice that said, in part: “This domain name has been seized by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.”

In seizing the domain names of the sites, or Web addresses, the government effectively redirected any visitors to its own takedown notice.

“ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names,” said Cori W. Bassett, a spokeswoman for ICE, in a statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time.”

Among the domains seized were torrent-finder.com and three that specialized in music: onsmash.com, rapgodfathers.com and dajaz1.com. TorrentFreak, a news blog about BitTorrents — a file-sharing system that has tended to elude the authorities because it is decentralized — said that at least 70 other sites had been seized, most having to do with counterfeit clothing, DVDs and other goods.

Friday, November 26, 2010

KINGBLIND.COM PRESENTS: KINGS OF THE VINYL FRONTIER (80′s Edition)


This Saturday Nov 27th at Smarty Pants in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. DJ Kingblind, DJ Teenage Rampage and Dj Self Administered Beatdown will be spinning at our DJ night…

It’s called: KINGS OF THE VINYL FRONTIER

Here are the details,

Kings of the Vinyl Frontier is a DJ night on the last Saturday of every month for vinyl lovers at Smarty Pants in the georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Each month we pick a new theme for the night.. This month? The 80′s! that’s right all 80′s all night long..

Cost: 100% free
Date: Saturday Nov 27th 2010
Time: 9pm till closing

Please check out the website for complete details and directions
http://www.kingsofthevinylfrontier.com

Kings of the Vinyl Frontier (At Smarty Pants)
6017 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA. 98108
(206) 762-4777

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beatles Sales Bonanza on First Week on iTunes


Since becoming available on iTunes for the first time last Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Beatles have sold over 450,000 albums and two million individual singles worldwide, figures released by reveal.

The Beatles’ debut week on iTunes has, according to the Guardian, been hailed “a pretty amazing achievement” by an insider at the band’s label EMI.

Despite the overall success of the back-catalogue, only one track — ‘Hey Jude’ — managed to break into Sunday’s, Nov. 21, Top 40 singles chart, while greatest hits compilations known as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums were the only LPs to chart in the UK.

Meanwhile in the US, ‘Abbey Road’ was the top-selling Beatles’ album and ‘Here Comes the Sun’ proved most popular as an individual download, Billboard reports.

The Beatles had been expected to dominate the UK charts after the recent Fab Four-themed ‘X Factor’ but industry observers now believe that sales have been affected by the decision to make the band’s entire back catalogue available simultaneously.

Tom Waits to publish book of poetry


Tom Waits is to publish his first book of poetry, in collaboration with photographer Michael O’Brien. Hard Ground is described as a portrait of homelessness, combining Waits’s words with images of people who “live on the hard ground”.

This is the publishing debut for Waits, a songwriter who, after 40 years, dozens of film appearances and about 20 albums, has noticeably avoided committing himself to print. As he remarked in a 1975 interview, according to TwentyFourBit, “poetry is a very dangerous word”. “I don’t like the stigma that comes with being called a poet,” he said. “So I call what I’m doing an improvisational adventure or an inebriational travelogue.”

But Hard Ground seems much more serious and sincere. O’Brien has spent 30 years as a photojournalist, winning prizes for his portraits and returning several times to the theme of homelessness. For the new book, he and Waits sought to communicate the “common humanity” of people who live on the streets, letting words and images “communicate on their own terms, rather than merely illustrate each other”. Hard Ground is modelled on the 1941 classic, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which combined James Agee’s poetry and Walker Evans’s photographs of Depression-era farmers.

Although this is Waits’s first collaboration with O’Brien, the photographer has frequently taken pictures of the singer. He also shot the cover of Waits’s recent album, Glitter and Doom Live.

Hard Ground will be published by University of Texas Press in March 2011.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mark David Chapman’s Autographed John Lennon Album Up for Auction


Mark David Chapman’s autographed copy of John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’ is up for sale and is expected to fetch a staggering $850,000. The album, which Lennon signed for his killer outside of New York’s Dakota building five hours before he was shot dead on Dec. 8, 1980, has Chapman’s forensically enhanced fingerprints on the sleeve.

“The album is the most extraordinary artifact in rock ‘n’ roll history,” autograph dealer Gary Zinet told the New York Post. “There are evidence markings from the NYPD.”

But for some heartbroken Beatles fans, the idea of someone profiting from Lennon’s death goes beyond being just disturbing. And it explains why Zimet — who first sold the disc in 1999 — is again handling the confidential sale. “The current owner doesn’t want to be named because he received death threats,” Zimet said.

After Chapman murdered Lennon, the autographed album was found at the entrance to the Dakota, where Lennon lived, by a maintenance man, who handed it over as evidence.

WATCH: A VERY SLAYER CHRISTMAS (LIGHTS), CHOREOGRAPHED TO ‘REIN IN BLOOD’..

BRITAIN’S MUSICIANS AREN’T EXACTLY LIVING THE HIGH LIFE…


Digital Music News:

According to the UK-based Musicians’ Union, 87 percent ofmember artists are making less than 16,000 pounds ($25,530) pounds a year. The figure was actually relayed to Digital Music News by British licensing agency PPL, after we reported Songkick data showing that less than 30,000 artists are actually earning a sustainable living. The Musicians’ Union represents about 30,000 musicians across a variety of negotiations, as well as a variety of other services…

But wait, it gets worse. According to more stats we uncovered, it turns out that 90 percent of PRS for Music members are earning less than £5,000 a year, or roughly $8,000. PRS handles royalties for songwriters and publishers, and often finds itself defending against accusations of unfair licensing demands on small businesses, startups, and just recently, Google. (via the daily swarm)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sufjan Stevens plays Fallon (Video)


Last night, Sufjan Stevens brought his elaborate live show to “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”. Dressed in angel wings, neon stripes, and a backwards rave-kid visor, Sufjan and his massive band (backup dancers included) worked through a dense, choreographed version of the Age of Adz track “Too Much”. Maybe I’m projecting here, but Fallon looked slightly baffled afterward. Watch the video below, via Stereogum.

New Mogwai: “Rano Pano” (New Single)


Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the new album from Scottish quiet-to-loud post-rock dons Mogwai arrives February 14 in Europe via Rock Action and February 15 in North America via Sub Pop. you can use a widget to download first single, the floaty five-minute instrumental “Rano Pano”. (see below)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stereolab- Not Music (Album Review)


Could this be the last we ever hear from Stereolab? With the veteran experimentalists on a self-imposed hiatus – and now a drummer light – ‘Not Music’ offers a stopgap if not a final full stop to a kaleidoscopic career.

Recorded alongside previous album ‘Chemical Chords’, the latest record bears the band’s hallmarks, from the skipping AHD of ‘Everybody’s Weird Except Me’ to the chamber-funk of ‘Two Finger Symphony’. So is this goodbye? Let’s hope not: at the risk of sounding partisan and overly dramatic; a world without Stereolab would be like a school without a playground.

Best Coast and Wavves to go on joint 2011 North American tour


Best Coast and Wavves have announced details of an upcoming joint 2011 tour of North America.

The 26-date jaunt will begin in San Diego, California on January 21.

“We’re both in summery California bands and I think by doing the tour in winter, we’re bringing summer to places where it’s fucking freezing,” Best Coast’s singer Bethany Cosentino told Spin.com. “We’ve been talking about what we want the vibe to be, we want it to be a beach-themed sort of thing, but we’re still brainstorming.”

As previously reported, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Wavves frontman Nathan Williams have released a joint Christmas song called ‘Got Something For You’.

Best Coast and Wavves will play the following:

San Diego, CA Soma (January 21)
Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse (22)
Dallas, TX Granada Theater (24)
Austin, TX Emo’s (25)
New Orleans, LA House Of Blues (26)
Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder (27)
Athens, GA 40 Watt Club (28)
Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle (29)
Washington, D.C 9:30 Club (31)
Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom (February 1)
New York, NY Webster Hall (2)
Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg (3)
Boston, MA Paradise (4)
Montreal, QC Cabaret Mile End (5)
Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre (6)
Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall (8)
Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom (10)
Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater (11)
Omaha, NE Waiting Room (12)
Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (14)
Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge (15)
Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre (17)
Victoria, BC Sugar (18)
Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater (19)
Los Angeles, CA The Music Box (24)
San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center (26)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Matador, Domino, Merge, 4AD, XL Leave eMusic


As Billboard reports, an official statement on digital music provider eMusic’s message board lets customers know that releases from indie labels Domino, Merge, and the Beggars Group will no longer be available on the site starting tomorrow, November 18, “pending further discussion.”

eMusic writes, “This is as heartbreaking to us as it is to you. Please know we have done everything we could to keep them from leaving. Forging deals with our label partners can be pretty complex. As many of you know, labels have come and gone over the years, and we hope to see these labels back soon.”

Beggars Group (which includes Matador, XL, Rough Trade, and 4AD) issued a statement explaining their departure: “We wish this hadn’t happened, but as eMusic has brought more major labels on board, they have changed the terms on which they deal with labels in certain ways, some of which we have found impossible to accept, in our own interests, those of our artists, and ultimately those of their fans. We have loved eMusic, and the support it has given to our music, but it was the dedicated home for independent music and is, in our view, not that any more.”

Similarly, Merge’s statement says, “Unfortunately, eMusic’s unilateral changes in effort to bring on the major labels has created a situation where it would be harmful to the interests of Merge and our artists to continue our partnership at this time.”

Though eMusic began as an indie-leaning site, major labels Sony and Warner now sell their songs through the service. The biggest imprint of all, Universal Music Group, has licensed its catalog to eMusic with sales starting later this week, according to Billboard.

As of this writing, four of eMusic’s top ten downloads of the month are under the Beggars Group umbrella. (via pitchfork)