With only about ten days standing between us and The Airborne Toxic Event’s Dope Machines, Camp TATE has been eerily quiet over the past week. Whereas previous releases have been rung in with bombastic videos, TV appearances and a string of performances around the big day, it looks like we’re in for a more low key drop this time out (barring any late surprises, which of course is always possible). That said, expect things to ramp up over the next week. Is it too much to hope for an advance stream of the full album to pop up soon, as happened a few days before Such Hot Blood hit store shelves? We’re keeping our ears peeled.
That’s not to say nothing’s happening. The biggest news this week was the announcement of a free TATE gig and album signing at Amoeba Music Hollywood on Feb. 25, the day after Dope Machines comes out. From the sounds of it, the performance is open to one and all, but if you want to get in on the signing, you’ll need to purchase the cd or vinyl in store starting on the 24th – and be among the first 200 to do so.
Detective Julie dug up one other release day opportunity: an as-yet unannounced Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with The Airborne Toxic Event on Reddit, evidently scheduled for Feb. 24 at 11 am PT. Get your questions ready!
We were alerted yesterday by some U.K. readers that they had received notices of a delay to their Dope Machines pre-orders. Sure enough, both the Amazon and iTunes stores in the U.K. are now showing an album release date of April 6. All other European and North American vendors continue to list dates on or around Feb. 24, so whatever this is, it seems to only be affecting our unlucky U.K. friends. We haven’t been able to get confirmation on whether this is a miscommunication or the album has truly been delayed in that market, but we will certainly let you know if we hear anything.
Behind the Scenes of “Wrong”
If you weren’t one of the chosen few who got a free pass inside the Ogden Theatre to participate in the early-November video shoot for “Wrong,” you can now get a taste of what you missed. Daniel Beahm was invited to film the action, and he has just released a fast-paced retrospective of the fun. The highlight has got to be Steven Chen failing to land his dramatic leap from the riser at the 3:19 mark.
In Defense of Electronica
It’s not strictly TATE-related, but in light of the ongoing debate amongst fans over the band’s shift to electronically-produced music for their latest effort, David Day’s impassioned defense of the form is well worth a read. He makes a compelling case:
But, you see, at some point the bassoon was the latest musical technology. There was a time when musicians thought perhaps that “Bassoons Have No Soul.” I understand the impetus and I have an appreciation for nearly all types of music. But if we don’t change this attitude, we could have a future where no one appreciates music, or that music is not as relevant as it once was … And that frightens me.
As time passes, things change. That’s why we like life, that is the very essence of life: change. It might even be the reason we are alive: To change.
…No instrument has a soul. It’s the person that makes it so.
A Defining Album
Blogger That Music Junkie tackled the impossible task of creating a list of 20 Albums That Should Be in Your Library, selected not on the basis of greatness per se, but on importance. Clocking in at #20:
20. “The Airborne Toxic Event” by The Airborne Toxic Event. This is one of those albums that you can just listen to all the way through time and again. The Airborne Toxic Event is compiled of a group of the most talented musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. At any given point they’ll swap instruments, or randomly do an acoustic set mid-show. I saw them live at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA. back in 2009, and that remains one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. And this is the album that started it all for them.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.