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T.V. Eye: October 15-21

Live music on TV this week:

Monday, October 15:

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: 50 Cent

Tuesday, October 16:
NBC: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: PJ Harvey
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Sondre Lerche

Wednesday, October 17:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Chromeo

Thursday, October 18:

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Band of Horses
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Talib Kweli
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: They Might Be Giants
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Spoon
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Teddybears

Friday, October 19:

NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Brother Ali

Saturday, October 20:

FOX: Fearless TV: Phoenix Foundation
PBS: Austin City Limits: Femi Kuti
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Cornelius Announces 2008 Tour

Photos by Ryan Muir

Sensuous studio releases, multimedia live extravaganzas of light and sound...what more could we possibly want from Cornelius?

For those who answered that question aloud to their computer screens and said, "Why, I'd like performances of the Cornelius Group's 'Sensuous Synchronized Show' in five of the most populous United States cities," guess what? You got your wish!

Cornelius and band will head to these shores in 2008 for the five-date tour, which kicks off January 17 in L.A.  Update: Opening that show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be Plaid.

In other Cornelius news, the release of an EP composed entirely of other people covering Cornelius tracks is in the works. [MORE...]

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Devendra, Matmos, Vetiver Share Bad Trips for Book

Hey man; it's not all groovy melting rainbows and sparkly magical muffincakes that taste like yellow. Sometimes it's demons and spiders and hellfire and free fall and other shit that is totally fucked up and leaves you shattered and shaken. Yes, we're talking about a bad trip down the lysergic acid diethylamide highway, soon to be the subject of a forthcoming book from authors Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker.

Good Times: Bad Trips hits shelves later this month courtesy of Gallery 16 Books. The 138-page, hardback tome collects firsthand accounts from some fifty folks who took the bad acid-- musicians, artists, writers, and the like-- rendered in words and (you guessed it, trippy) visuals.

Musical contributors of note include Devendra Banhart, Matmos' Drew Daniel (also a Pitchfork contributor) and Martin Schmidt, and Vetiver's Andy Cabic. WAIT A MINUTE, DEVENDRA DOES DRUGS!??!

In conjunction with the book's release, Gallery 16's actual San Francisco gallery space opened an exhibition today (October 15) featuring work from Bad Trips. It runs through November 3. And while we're on the subject, let us take a moment to remind our readership to please trip responsibly.
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Photos: Beirut [Hollywood, CA; 10/12/07]

Photos by Akmal Naim

Beirut just can't seem to get enough live gigs. After wrapping up their fall U.S. tour in Los Angeles last week, appearing on KEXP in Chicago, and performing a series of DVD-worthy live videos for Blogotheque, Zach Condon and crew made one more stop at L.A.'s Amoeba Music for a not-so-secret in-store show.

Performing a number of tunes from the excellent Flying Club Cup, Beirut wowed the crowd here Stateside for the last time before heading off to Europe in a couple of weeks for a trek with the Twilight Sad. European dates and more photos below.








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The Killers Prep Rarities Comp, Do Xmas Single, Tour

Making big fat rock records, lacing tracks with/getting props from Lou Reed ("genuinely great," he calls them), trying to hang with the Beatles, and dropping a "rarities" collection only two albums into their not exactly storied career; those Killers got spunk. And those of us with a soft spot for Salt Lake-sized choruses and nifty little moustaches could do a lot worse than the Killers, who've got a couple upcoming projects not lacking in spunk. Wow, that came out wrong.

This fall, those Killers drop the aforementioned Lou Reed-blessed rarities comp and a Christmas single besides. First, the rarities comp: it's called Sawdust, and besides Lou and them's "Tranquilize", it features "All the Pretty Faces" (a B-side from the "When You Were Young" single), a cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay" from the Control soundtrack, Spider-Man 3's "Move Away", the band's take on Mel Tillis' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", and 12 more jams. Sawdust drops November 13 from Island.

And that Christmas single? It's called "Don't Shoot Me Santa" (was there some danger of that, Brandon?), it'll go to benefit the (RED) African AIDS relief campaign, and it's out December 1. The track, of course, is a follow up of sorts to last year's "A Great Big Sled". Hey, didn't the Beatles do a Christmas single every year, too? Maybe these kids can hang.

And they're touring! Ah, Killers, you slay me. [MORE...]
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Hot Chip's Taylor Talks LP, Alicia Keys, Rilo Remixes
"A lot of the songs have been inspired by Black Dice... There are also two mentions of Willie Nelson on this record to look out for."

For the second time in six months, we spoke to Hot Chip co-frontman Alexis Taylor about a new record from his band. Last time, it was their DJ Kicks mix. This time, it's an honest-to-goodness full-length follow-up to last year's The Warning, titled Made in the Dark and due on Astralwerks tentatively on February 4 in the UK and February 5 in the U.S.

The record's release will make three LPs for the band, and Taylor was kind enough to expound upon the musical changes it marks for Hot Chip. In the process, he also revealed the band's (fake) collaborations with Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, (real) remixes for Alicia Keys and Rilo Kiley, and just how deeply ingrained their eclecticism is. Oh, and he wants more people to buy Gang Gang Dance records.

Pitchfork: Why did you chose to call the album Made in the Dark instead of some of the other titles you were throwing around, like Shot Down in Flames and IV?

Alexis Taylor: There's always someone in our band-- always a different person-- to veto any of the names [that could] be taken not too seriously. IV was definitely my favorite. It could've worked. There's a great Fucking Champs album called IV, there's Black Sabbath's Vol. 4. This is our third record, so calling it IV was good. Shot Down in Flames-- Felix [Martin] was worried it sounded too much like a name the Beta Band might have come up with, so we went with the other name. "Made in the Dark" is the name of one of my favorite songs on the new record. I like its open-endedness, and it's nice to sometimes name an album after one of the sadder, more thoughtful songs rather than it just being like Coming on Strong, The Warning, and then Shot Down in Flames: big, slightly jokey, macho phrases.

Pitchfork:
Is not being taken seriously a fear you guys have?

AT: I kind of like giving people the wrong impression all the time, so I'm happy if the album's called IV and people are annoyed that it's just a stupid joke. That doesn't bother me at all, but I don't think calling the album Made in the Dark was an attempt to be any more serious; it was just a phrase that is from one of the songs and everyone agreed on it. There's not really a fear...I think if people would see us, meet us, see us play live, hear our records, if they give us any time they would see that we're very serious about comedy and very serious about serious things as well.

Pitchfork:
The press release describes the new album as "faster and rockier." Is that true, and was it an intentional move?

AT: Yeah, some of it is rockier, and there are moments that you could detect a bit of a heavy metal influence.

Pitchfork: Are there less electronic elements?

AT: No, no. Unfortunately, we never do things by adding one thing and taking something else away. We just throw everything into the mix, so it's just as much electronic stuff and just as much live stuff. There isn't really one thing gone to make room for something else.

Pitchfork:
Does that mean it's going to sound bigger and more maximalist, maybe, than previous records?

AT: Yeah, some of it is. And other tracks are much more minimalist, so if the press release says it's faster and rockier it doesn't account for that fact that there are more ballads on this record than any other record.

Pitchfork: So it's more of everything: more slow, more fast...

AT: More of everything, yeah, more of everything is probably the easiest way to describe it. That way it could be read as more of the good things, more of the bad things, more of the okay things, just more. Excessive and...no no no, it's not really [laughs]. Quite a lot of strength in certain tracks, and quite a lot of overloading in other ones.

Pitchfork: Other than the heavy metal influences that you mentioned earlier, are there any new directions or left turns that people might not be expecting?

AT: There's one that is kind of wrestling with the idea of making an R. Kelly kind of slick r&b number, but it maybe ends up sounding more like Randy Newman's "Short People". Maybe that's the strange turn. [MORE...]

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Fiery Furnaces, Ariel Pink, Dr. Dog Do Autumn Fest

October 19-20, the likes of Fiery Furnaces, Ariel Pink and Geneva Jacuzzi, Dr. Dog, Lucky Dragons, HeCuba, and a whole slew of others will take a surfin' safari to Big Sur, California's Fernwood Resort.

Why, you ask? Why, for the Autumn Music Festival, cooked up by (((folkYEAH!))) in conjunction with Everloving Records. Tasty!
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Bob Mould Signs to Anti-, Preps District Line

Bob Mould is the latest signee to the Anti- fold, joining the likes of Neko Case, Tom Waits, and, sure, the Locust. Through his new digs, he'll release new LP District Line January 8 February 5. Wows, that's next year!

Having assembled a crack band for the sessions (including Fugazi's Brendan Canty on drums), Mould has dipped back a bit on District Line: closer "Walls in Time" is an outtake from Workbook, Mould's first solo joint after Hüsker Dü disbanded.

Bob's still taking that Friends DVD around, should you be interested. A schedule of screenings for the thing, as well as a handful of shows Bob's doing both solo and with Blowoff, his new duo with producer Richard Morel, is after the jump. [MORE...]
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Photos: The Thermals Shoot a Music Video [Portland, OR; 10/14/07]

Photos by Nilina Mason-Campbell

Last week, Portland pop-punk favorites the Thermals sent out an open call for extras for their video for "Returning to the Fold" from last year's excellent Sub Pop album The Body, the Blood, the Machine.

We don't know the plot of the Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy-helmed clip just yet, but it did involve a bunch of Thermals fans chasing the band through down alley, and a shopping cart. And the band members seem to be wearing the same white outfits they sported in McConnaughy's vid for "A Pillar of Salt" (maybe they stay cleaner this time). Guess we'll have to wait 'til the Forkcast gets their hands on it to see.

The Thermals kick off their second fall tour-- which has been significantly expanded since we last reported-- tomorrow night in Vancouver. More photos and dates below.








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T.I. Arrested on Gun Charge

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Clifford Harris, aka T.I., on Saturday, October 13, in the rapper's hometown of Atlanta, according to a Reuters report. He was charged with the purchase of illegal weapons.

The arrest was the result of an undercover operation by ATF agents that began October 2 after they discovered that Harris' bodyguard was trying to buy machine guns without registering them, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

The bodyguard paid $2,200 for three machine guns, two silencers, and a pistol, and he was subsequently arrested on Wednesday, October 10. Upon arrest, he said he was buying the guns for T.I. The ATF agents allowed him to set up the delivery to Harris for Saturday in a shopping center parking lot, according to a criminal complaint filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta and cited by an AP report.

The agents arrested Harris in the same parking lot, where they found three other firearms in his car, one loaded, said the complaint. Six other firearms were found in a bedroom closet during a search of the rapper's Atlanta-area home.

These charges are especially serious for Harris since he is a convicted felon, and according to the Department of Justice, it is a federal offense for a convicted felon to have someone purchase firearms on his or her behalf. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia David E. Nahmias issued a statement saying, "[Harris] now faces serious federal charges and a potentially long prison sentence."

The arrest occurred hours before T.I. was scheduled to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, where he led all artists with nine nominations. The one award he received-- CD of the Year for T.I. vs. T.I.P.-- he shared with Common for Finding Forever.
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Psychic TV's Lady Jaye R.I.P.
Band cancels fall tour

Sad news from the Psychic TV camp. According to a post late last week on the website of Psychic TV / Throbbing Gristle head agitator Genesis P-Orridge, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge-- the Psychic TV keyboardist Genesis described as his "other half"-- passed away on October 9. She was 38.

The post reads:
Lady Jaye died suddenly on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at home in Brooklyn, New York from a previously undiagnosed heart condition which is thought to have been connected with her long-term battle with stomach cancer. Lady Jaye collapsed and died in the arms of her heartbroken "other half" Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Being overwhelmed by the enormity of their loss, Genesis and the other surviving band members of Psychic TV/PTV3 are not able to properly meet the demands of touring and performance. Obviously, her absence onstage, the conspicuous loss of her unique charisma, music and humour would be an unbearable emotional reality to confront night after night.

The group, who have been touring to promote their first studio album in 12 years, will announce future plans after an appropriate period of mourning.
Psychic TV has created a memorial MySpace page for their fallen comrade, where fans may share thoughts and memories in tribute to Lady Jaye.

The band had already cancelled a run of European dates for logistical reasons. Both these and the now cancelled North American dates-- which were to be in support of Psychic TV/PTV3's 2007 release Hell Is Invisible...Heaven Is Her/e-- lie ahead. [MORE...]
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Photos: Nick Cave [Melbourne, Australia; 10/13/07]

Photos by Richard Sharman

Grinderman may be the Hyde to Nick Cave's Dr. Jekyll, but both personalities were out this weekend at Melbourne, Australia's Forum Theatre, as the solo artist Cave performed after his other band, who recently released their terrific self-titled debut album.

Unfortunately, our photographer was allowed access only to the solo performance, but as Mr. Cave is Mr. Cave whether he's Mr. Hyde or not, we figure you'll get the idea. More photos and Cave-on-Cave tour dates below.




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