Posted by: on October 30, 2007 at 12:45 pm

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ROBERT WYATT, Comicopera (Domino, 2007)

Listen: “A Beautiful War”
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Now in his 60s and sporting a wooly white beard that wraps around his cheery face like fingers of fog off the Irish Sea, art rock pioneer Robert Wyatt has returned to solo work with an album for the ultra-cool Domino imprint. (His labelmates now include darlings like Animal Collective, Bonde Do Role, and Cass McCombs.) Of course he has. Ever since he drummed Read more

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Posted by: on October 30, 2007 at 11:30 am

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“On the next wacky episode of Oxygen’s ‘Coolio & the Gang’, Cool gets more than he bargained for when his six precocious teenagers bring home a rascal of a space alien to live with the family. It’s a fantastic voyage you won’t want to miss, this week on Oxygen!”

The new Magnetic Fields album will be called Distortion and is scheduled for a January 2008 release, according to an announcement on the band’s Web site.

David Bianculli’s down with the “Nip/Tuck” premiere, which airs tonight on F/X, and so is Detour, since “N/T” is one of the few shows on television willing to skewer formula as much as it simultaneously panders to the cliche it represents. Moving the show’s locale to LA (and putting Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” to brilliant use in the trailers) should only make the show stronger.

Acrassicauda is still on the run. The Iraqi death metal band we first wrote about in September is now feeling the heat to get out of Istanbul, as Turkey’s bickering with Kurdish rebels escalates. More on the band’s plight and how you can help here.

Everything you’ve always wanted to ask Adrian Lyne about Flashdance, but were afraid to ask because his inset picture in this EW article is so fucking creepy.

News Dump is compiled by Thomas Rooker White. Send him shouts, tips, and dirt at trw@detour-mag.com.

[tags]Adrian Lyne, Flashdance, Acrassicauda, Nip/Tuck, Magnetic Fields, Coolio[/tags]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2007 at 10:15 am

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“Empty Walls” is the newest single from Elect the Dead, the solo debut of System of a Down mouthpiece/main brain/chief beard Serj Tankian (SOAD is on something called “extended hiatus”), and he certainly hasn’t softened the rhetoric or the warbling for his solo turn. The clip for “Walls” depicts a pitched battle in the playroom complete with cardboard confetti Read more

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Posted by: on October 30, 2007 at 9:00 am

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Begun as a vessel for the releases of Sufjan Stevens, Asthmatic Kitty has become a home for a clutch of artists who share Stevens’ idiosyncratic, intuitive, esoteric pop sound. It’s not like they’re copy, uh, cats — it’s just that, like Stevens, AK artists such as Castanets, Liz Janes, and the incredible My Brightest Diamond work from a place where the brains are bigger. Is Read more

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 4:30 pm

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CLUSTER, Zuckerzeit (Brain, 1974)

Listen: “Hollywood”
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Imagine if that old toy Casio keyboard gathering dust in your attic only had one button: the “awesome” preset. One press and the sounds of drunken droid-speak, grainy analog synth pads and bubbling loops falling in and out of synch would play as if generated randomly by an algorithm for beauty. Melodies? Compared to those hypnotic ATARI beats, they’re just incidental Read more

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 3:15 pm

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VARIOUS ARTISTS, Heartworn Highways (HackTone, 2007)

Listen: Guy Clark, “L.A. Freeway”
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“When God created the heaven and earth, He created all things. He also created barley, rye, and if He didn’t think that was good for man, He wouldn’t let those things grow.” That statement from an old friend of Townes Van Zandt is just one of the pinches of wisdom between the cheek and gum of Heartworn Highways, Hacktone’s classy reissue of the 1981 documentary Read more

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 12:45 pm

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Advertising images, childhood terror, ooh they want to take you to videotape razor wire, strobe light sickness, come on pretty mama to backwards kittens, slutty video effects, why don’t we go down to…Black Dice will definitely be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band down in “Kokomo.” — Johnny Loftus

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[tags]Black Dice, Kokomo, Load Blown, Paw Tracks[/tags]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 11:30 am

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Country music legend Porter Wagoner died Sunday night; he was 80. The spry, lanky gentleman of the Grand Ole Opry, “The Porter Wagoner Show,” and countless country music and gospel recordings had recently made his Anti bow with the incredible Wagonmaster.

The Green Lantern will be the next durable comic product to be CG’d within an inch of its life.

Here’s a Q&A with David Lynch. Remember, the “Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Editon” comes out Oct. 30.

Here’s a sampling of the punglorious headlines reporting Saw IV‘s box office from its opening weekend: “Saw IV butchers the competition” (Variety); “Still Life in Saw‘s bones with $32.1 mil debut” (Hollywood Reporter); “Saw IV inflicts box-office torture on Dan in Real Life” (MTV.com).

Bono owns…a mansion overlooking Dublin Bay.

Just as the geeks have their queens, so does the indie music set. And Natalie Portman is a benevolent ruler.

News Dump is compiled by Thomas Rooker White. Send him shouts, tips, and dirt at trw@detour-mag.com.

[tags]U2, Natalie Portman, Twin Peaks, David Lynch, Porter Wagoner, Green Lantern[/tags]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2007 at 10:10 am

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LES SAVY FAV, Let’s Stay Friends (Frenchkiss Records, 2007)

Listen: “Patty Lee”
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When New York City post-punk godfathers Les Savy Fav released an odds-and-sods compilation a few years ago, they may have flubbed the title. Instead of the anointed Inches, “Antics” may have been a better suiting moniker. (Too bad those sharp dressed bastards in Interpol got to that handle first.) Because it’s the old handicap for bands that are so explosive, so Read more

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