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Reznor Hammers Another Nail in the Industry's Coffin

For the second time in a little over a week, a major player on the alt-rock scene has announced their departure from the mainstream music industry, as Trent Reznor announced today via the Nine Inch Nails website that he is no longer signed to longtime label Interscope, and may perhaps be choosing to go it alone:

"Hello everyone. I've waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label. I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate.

Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008.

Exciting times, indeed."

Reznor very publicly clashed with Interscope over the release of the last NIN record, Year Zero, leaking pieces of the album himself and encouraging fans to download it for free. So it would be unlikely that he would sign with another major, or even any label at all-- given Reznor's large and rabid cult following, he could very easily pull a Radiohead and take matters into his own hands. (Perhaps that is what is alluded to by that "direct relationship with the audience.")

Regardless, we sure hope that remix album comes out soon.

Thanks to for the heads up.


Photos: Justice / Midnight Juggernauts [San Diego, CA; 10/07/07]

Photos by Natalie Kardos

French electro duo Justice joined their favorite new band, Melbourne's Midnight Juggernauts, at Canes in San Diego this weekend, for their first Stateside live gig on their sizeable North American tour. Justice are supporting their debut LP, on Vice/Ed Banger, and Downtown in the US, with a big glowing cross and a disco ball. More photos and tour dates below.




FIFA '08 Features PB&J;, Bonde, !!!, Robyn, CSS, SMD

EA Sports, like most other video game companies, has realized the vast cross-promotional opportunities of lifting tunes from real musicians for their games. So, for their FIFA '08 footballpalooza (or soccerpalooza for us Yanks), they've gathered a bunch of tracks both suitable and shrugworthy to get you pumped for all that hot dribbling action.

Though there are 50 tunes on the FIFA '08 soundtrack, the ones you're likely to recognize through the door of your roommate's pad include Art Brut's "Direct Hit", Peter Bjorn & John's "Young Folks", Bonde do Role's "Solta O Frango", Robyn's "Bum Like You", CSS' "Off the Hook", Simian Mobile Disco's "I Believe", !!!'s "All My Heroes Are Weirdos", Datarock's "Fa-Fa-Fa", Digitalism's "Pogo", Maximo Park's "The Unshockable", Modeselektor's "Silikon", Santogold's "You Will Find a Way", that Madness song with Sway, and tracks by Kenna, K-Os, and, yup, Travis. Travis? Is that some kind of psych-out or something?

You can push buttons while listening to the above songs (and many more!) starting tomorrow, October 9, when the game is released for virtually every system but the PS3. That pack of early adopters will have to wait 'til the 16th for their FIFA.


Soulsavers (With Lanegan) Announce Brief Fall Tour

Like those dudes in the well-starched, short-sleeved shirts and crewcuts knocking on your door when you're making your lunch, Rich Machin and Ian Glover are dead set on saving your soul. And Machin, one half of those well-meaning Soulsavers, is set to embark on a brief but nonetheless powerful evangelical mission. (Seems Glover prefers to worship in the studio.) In November, Machin will tour the U.S. with his friends in good faith Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA, Gutter Twins, etc.), Rich Warren and Kevin Bales of Spiritualized, gospel singers Carmen Smart and Wendi Rose, bassist Matt Stravick, and guitarist Steve Gullick.

These dates come hot on the heels of the recent cancellation of the Savers' opening spots on the Jesus and Mary Chain tour. The pious-sounding band name must've fooled 'em until they got their hands on the lyrics to "Kill Surf City". Blasphemy!

The group's latest missive, the Lanegan-heavy It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land, drops October 16 on Columbia. [MORE...]


Hold Steady Add Bonus CD to Boys UK Reissue

Hold Steady, Bristol! Soon enough, you'll be up to your neck in sweat and more, uh, Hold Steady. The hardest working dudes in bro business are reissuing last year's Boys and Girls in America in the UK on Vagrant with a bonus disc chock full of tracks from that Live at Fingerprints EP.

According to the tracklist on, the disc appears to sport two tunes not on Fingerprints: "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" and "First Night". In other words, a dude like myself better start saving for the import right quick.

Er, maybe not: A deluxe version Boys and Girls is being planned specifically for America as well. Details are a bit slim at the moment-- it's not due 'til sometime next spring, we're told-- but it'll come with a DVD shot at the band's October-December 2006 U.S. shows, as well as their European tour earlier in 2007. There'll also be some footage from the band's forthcoming tour with Art Brut, and possibly some new audio as well, just nothing from the Fingerprints EP.

England gets yet another shot of Hold Steady October 22, when Vagrant UK releases "Massive Nights" as a digital-only, bonus-track-free single. [MORE...]


Photos: The Shins [Los Angeles, CA; 10/07/07]

Photos by Akmal Naim

Woodie dominators the Shins continued their fall tour in support of this year's Wincing the Night Away with a show at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre last night. The band continues around the country for the next month, before heading off to Europe and finally all the way to Japan in November. They'll hit "The Tonight Show" tonight, where they'll perform Wincing track "Sea Legs".

Opening band the Shaky Hands are chronicling their adventures on the road with the Shins for Portland paper Willamette Week's music site Local Cut.

More photos and tour dates below.



T.V. Eye: October 8-14, 2007

Live music on TV this week:

Monday, October 8:

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Calvin Harris
NBC: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: the Shins
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Shout Out Louds
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Modest Mouse (rerun)

Tuesday, October 9:

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Jamie T
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Justice
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Black Lips

Wednesday, October 10:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Datarock
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Queens of the Stone Age
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Modest Mouse

Thursday, October 11:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jose Gonzalez
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Klaxons

Friday, October 12:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Q-Tip
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Morrissey

Saturday, October 13:

FOX: Fearless TV: Be Your Own Pet, The Cribs, Jamie T
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Foo Fighters
PBS: Austin City Limits: Decemberists, Explosions in the Sky

Photos: Sunset Rubdown / Johnny and the Moon / Magic Weapon [Cambridge, MA; 10/07/07]

Photos by Josh Bean

A bandana-wearing Spencer Krug led his excellent band Sunset Rubdown to Boston's Middle East club last night, for the second show on the tour in advance of their new LP, Random Spirit Lover, out tomorrow on Jagjaguwar. At the end of the set, Krug announced that it was the birthday of their sound technician, Dave, who threatened to pull the plug on the mixer if anybody struck up "Happy Birthday". Krug called his bluff anyway, and led the crowd in a rousing rendition.

Opening for Sunset Rubdown on this trek is Johnny and the Moon, the side project of Krug's fellow Wolf Parader Dante DeCaro. Continuing the side project fever, also opening the show was Magic Weapon, featuring Jordan Robson-Cramer of Sunset Rubdown.

More photos and tour dates below.






Thurston Opens for Bright Eyes, Adds Shows
Conor Oberst suddenly realizes what he's going to look like in 30 years

Photo by Jason Bergman

Sure, Bright Eyes are massively popular and have top 10 records and stuff. And Sonic Youth are massively influential and have top 10 records (on critics' polls) and stuff. But one suspects neither young Conor Oberst nor skronkfather Thurston Moore ever thought the elder statesguy of noise-rock would assume the warmup slot for teary rock's poster boy. But lo and behold, it's happening.

Attendees of Bright Eyes' November 19 show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC might want to be extra mindful of punctuality, as Thurston will be knocking over those Trees tracks before Bright Eyes take ya'll to Cassadaga and back.

In addition to the Bright Eyes opening slot, Thurston's added a few more European dates to his own tour, and a couple Stateside in-stores as well. His next gig, in fact, will be amongst the iPhones at NYC's SoHo Apple Store on October 17.

Sonic Youth, who recently wrapped up a trio of Texan dates over the weekend, appear to have no further plans for 2007. Unless "being collectively awesome" is a plan. [MORE...]


Lil' Wayne Arrested on Fugitive Charges in Idaho

According to, Lil Wayne was arrested Friday night in Boise, Idaho following a concert. He was slapped with a felony fugitive charge springing from the fact that he missed two court dates in August relating to a 2006 drug arrest in Georgia.

Wayne was apparently unaware he was due in court in August, according to his attorney, William Head. Head claims that Wayne never received any notice about the court appearances, as he was "under the impression that those charges had either been resolved or dismissed." Wayne is currently out on a $20,000 bond, and is due back in a Fulton County, Georgia court for his arraignment tomorrow. [MORE...]


Photos: Sigur Ros / Will Oldham at Wordless Music Series [New York, NY; 10/05/07]

Photos by Chris Owyoung

Despite sweltering conditions inside the Good-Shepherd Faith Church near the Lincoln Center, Toronto's Sandro Perri (aka Polmo Polpo), composer Nico Muhly, and Icelandic producer/artist Valgeir Sigurðsson played to the rapt attention of a standing-room only crowd. And it was worth the effort: the three artists were joined by special guests Sigur Rós, who played a short and intimate three-song acoustic set, and Will Oldham.

With every artist incorporating vocals into significant portions of their music, the evening was a worded exception for the 2007-2008 Worldless Music Series.

As previously reported, the series explores the intersection points between classical music and more traditionally unassociated genres such as indie rock, electronic dance music, and free jazz. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Múm, Max Richter, and Grizzly Bear are among the artists scheduled for the remainder of the 2007/2008 season.

Sigur Rós setlist:

Ágætis Byrjun





The Decemberists Cancel UK Dates

Sorry, British Decemberists fans. The band has been forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour due to illness. A message posted on their website on Saturday stated:

With much regret The Decemberists have cancelled the remainder of our European tour. One of our band members is ill and needs to return immediately home to mend.

Our deepest apologies to all of our fans whom have purchased tickets to our forthcoming European shows. Unfortunately our calendar doesn't allow us to return to Europe at any point soon so please refund tickets at point of purchase.

Full calendar, eh? All I see is this month or so of "Long and Short of It" dates. You guys hitting the studio soon? Please? [MORE...]
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