April 8, 2006

Weekend Hotness: Boards of Canada, Sonic Youth, Kill Rock Stars

Boards of Canada -- Trans Canada Highway>> Warpmart is taking pre-orders here for a forthcoming EP from Scottish electronic music behemoth Boards of Canada. The Trans Canada Highway EP includes five new tracks and streets on this year's most popular release date, 6/6/06. Pre-orders will ship with a Region 0-encoded DVD featuring the video for the track "Track Dayvan Cowboy." And a sticker. Oh you devils, you know how we can't resist stickers.

>> OneLouder has posted here an MP3 of Thurston Moore's appearance on Air America's Marc Maron show from earlier this week. We haven't heard it yet (downloading now) but Mr. Louder says clips of tunes from the forthcoming Sonic Youth set Rather Ripped are used as bumper music between interview segments. Thurston also discusses the New York music scene in the late '70s and politics (surprise, surprise). We're looking forward to listening.

>> According to a help-wanted ad in a recent Kill Rock Stars newsletter, label founder Slim Moon hopes to launch a free download label that would release outtakes, live and unreleased tracks from unsigned acts that KRS likes but can't sign. The Slimster is seeking volunteers to provide the labor to launch the effort, you can hit him in the email with Slim @ Kill Rock Stars etc.

>> Wireless phone service provider Cingular announced a deal Friday through which it will sell ringtones from MySpace bands. Cingular subscribers will be able to sample the master tones at participating bands' MySpace wigwams and use the miracle of modern technology to send the tone to their phone right from the page. Unbelievable, right? Each tone will run 30 seconds and cost $2.50; 10% of that goes to the artist. More details here.

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