Fuck Yeah Fest Releases Full Line Up, New Activities

July 31, 2008

Its almost August and that means summer is starting to wind down for alot of those collegiates out there. There must be someone out there willing to defend our summer days. In this case its an area. That’s right its time for the fifth annual Fuck Yeah Fest in Echo Park. Spend your August 30th and 31st walking between the festival’s three stages at the Echo, EchoPlex and Jensen Rec Center enjoying the staggering lineup and activites including a scavenger hunt and taco eating contest.  Full line-up after the jump Read the rest of this entry »


Jay Reatard Anounces Next Single in Series, Tours (kinda)

July 31, 2008

Jay Reatard has apparently never heard that story about the Tortoise and the Hare. It was only a week ago that the garage-punk released his last effort from his Matador singles series and he’s already announced the next.

Reatard’s fifth release in the series contains three brand new tracks: “Trapped Here,” “Hiding Hole” and “DOA.” If you’re lucky enough to nab one of these ultra limited babies you can be enjoying the single as soon as August 19th. A fan of limited engagements, Reatard also has a few upcoming dates. Tour info and single mp3 after the jump Read the rest of this entry »

TV on the Radio Release Dear Science Tracklist, Expand Tour

July 31, 2008

It’s really happening. Dear Science is on its way. TV on the Radio have been slowly doling out info about their follow up to Return to Cookie Mountain and had promised a few upcoming dates, but now we have the full tracklist and a much expanded set of tour dates.

Dear Science will be released September 23 on Interscope in the U.S. while 4AD will be bringing it to our foreign brethren September 22.

Dear Science Tracklist
01 Halfway Home
02 Crying
03 Dancing Choose
04 Stork & Owl
05 Golden Age
06 Family Tree
07 Red Dress
08 Love Dog
09 Shout Me Out
10 DLZ
11 Lover’s Day

TVOTR tourdates

5 Portland, Or – Roseland
6 Seattle, WA – Showbox
12 Boise, ID – Big Easy
13 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
14 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks (Monolith Festival)
19 San Diego, CA – Street Scene
20 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Festival

10 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
13 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
14 Brooklyn, NY – Masonic Temple
15 Brooklyn, NY – Masonic Temple
18 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
19 Indianopolis, IN – Vogue Theatre
20 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.
21 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.
22 Chicago, IL – Riviera
24 New Orleans, – LA Voodoo Festival
25 Atlanta, Ga – Tabernacle
26 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
28 Dallas, TX – Lakewood Theatre
30 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
31 Oklahoma City, CA – Diamond Ballroom

6 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
8 San Diego, CA – 4th and B

(originally written for Filter Magazine)

Two Quarters For Your Thoughts?

July 27, 2008

I took this straight off of Urban Prankster because well I didn’t come by any of this information on my own and I’d have nothing new to add. I think this is just too cool to pass up though as this would have to be the most fun business to run/the most interactive art I could think of. This is the good type of interaction, not like that other thing I wrote about earlier.

anywho, words by Charlie Todd.

“Jake Bronstein recently bought a toy vending machine off the Internet. He filled the toy capsules with ideas of fun things to do and started placing the machine in various spots around New York. For 50 cents you get the original toy, an idea, and a map to guide you to the location for your idea. Each capsule also contains a quarter, refunding half of your purchase price (the machine wouldn’t let him charge less than 50 cents.)”

Mildly Amusing, 50 Cent and Taco Bell

July 25, 2008

Major corporations are crafty (remember that Minor Threat x Nike fiasco? Actually that case was more like lazy and retarded) Well now it seems that corporate America has set its sights on another bastion of artistic credibility.

50 Cent is suing Taco Bell for using his name, image, etc to sell products during their “why pay more” advertising campaign. I find the whole situation to be pretty funny because for one I’ve never seen any of the ads and can’t find them online so the marketing campaign seems pretty unsuccessful considering how much time i waste looking at random stuff on the ol’ internet. It appears that things really got cooking (if they ever actually did) when the news media picked up the story (again unnoticed by yours truly.) In fact, the only pages I can find are reports that Curtis is suing Taco Bell for 4 Million bucks for hurting his reputation. Which of course brings us to the real (kind of) funny. Read the rest of this entry »

Stones Throw Makes Store, Cleans Out Basement

July 23, 2008

This kind of reminds me of when I was a kid and would set up shop outside my friend Taylor’s house and we’d sell any toys/random crap we could find which pissed off our parents to no end. More recently, and more applicably i suppose, I made an ebay account and went around my house with a crazed look in my eye trying to find anything i didn’t need that was small enough to ship easily. Something like this probably happened over at stones throw a little while ago as they just added some pretty sweet stuff to their store.

Sure there are the ultra hip Parra made shirts

but mostly its about the joints over there. There’s now a CD Version of Madlib‘s Saturday Morning Remixes out which I can’t comment on because I haven’t ever heard it.

Things get more exciting with the release of Sniper Elite and Murder Goons which are two tracks recorded by Dilla with Doom and Ghostface separately that were intended to be mixed together for Donuts. The EP contains each track separated and then the combined version. I actually ended up having to buy these tracks on the spot and I gotta say I already kind of love them. I think Doom is a pretty over-rated mc whose verses can sound a little forced, but the beat really complements his style. The volume of those cymbals in the back, the retro sounding intro, and those held notes make it seem like Doom has the room for a lazy verse but the spastic moments in the guitar give Dooms delivery a sense of urgency like he’s getting tripped up by how much he wants to spit out his words. Then there’s Ghostface, who always sounds like he’s going to get tripped up these days for the same reason. This is more of the same for Ghost but its on a beat that’s perfect for him. It sounds kind of like a bank heist car chase in the 70’s. These tracks just remind me of why every artist wanted to work with Dilla, not only was he going to have the best beats, he was going to have the best beats for them.

The super big fanboy news however is the release of the “Madvillainy 2” box. Apparently this is what happens when Madlib has time to kill on a plane. The box will include the 25 track reworking of the original, a “One Beer” 7″, a cassette of the original Madvillain demo, a tee, and a comic book continuation of the All Caps video, oh and a dope box “wrapped in a silver like a mask” This thing looks absolutely crazy (which is mirrored in the 125 dollar price tag) and you can check out all the gear here. Oh and they promise that there’s still stuff going on with the new Madvillain too but it doesn’t sound too promising. If you really are losing sleep over that thing you might actually considering trying to hold yourself over with one of these bad boys.

here’s an mp3 for boulder holder (originally money folder) that came with the announcement

**edit** Stones Throw has now made the album available for download for 10 bucks

The Go! Team Launches “Free Digital Stuff” Site

July 22, 2008

Been trying to get your hands on that “Get It Together” seven inch The Go! Team put out back in the day? Got a craving for some remixes? Your in luck. The sextet launched their Free Digital Stuff site Monday and should be continuing to update it. As of the launch the site contains clips of music for fan remixes, the band’s first EP, “Get It Together”, and a number of remixes done by The Go! Team (of Jim Noir ‘s “Key of C” and Polyphonic Spree’s “Soldier Girl”) and to them (by Hot Chip, Simian Mobile and more)

All said its a pretty good haul and a nice unexpected treat.

The Go! Team will be packing a few U.S. dates in between their trips overseas

30 Jul First Avenue (w/ CSS) Minneapolis, Minnesota
31 Jul Turner Hall (w/ CSS) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
01 Aug Lollapalooza Festival Chicago, Illinois
02 Aug Magic Stick, Detroit, Michigan
04 Aug MEG stage / Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada
05 Aug Phoenix (w/ CSS) Toronto, Ontario
07 Aug Trocadero (w/ CSS) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
08 Aug All Points West Festival, Liberty Island, New York
09 Aug The Roxy (w/ CSS) Boston, Massachusetts
10 Aug 2008 Virgin Mobile Festival, Baltimore, Maryland