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The next week of Arts in America posts promises to be heavily music-intensive. Apologies to all who dislike music.
—Even octogenarian jazz drummers are rockin’ the MySpace. Legendary sticksman Chico Hamilton is letting his fans download his unique beats so they can remix them and post ‘em back on MySpace, where he will pick his favorite tracks and present them on his page for all to hear.
—Output, a UK record label you should’ve known better (home to MU, the Rapture, Four Tet, and the Playgroup, among others), is folding.
—A baldie and a Blondie team up to polish the Big Apple in song.
—Wired hypes Pitchfork—only 18 months or so after every other media outlet has done its “How Pitchfork’s Dictating Taste to a New Generation of Sheepleâ€ť pieces. So very zeitgeisty.
As for tonight’s entertainment, Hannah Levin suggests you say yes to Nomeansno.
(MUSIC) While Jane’s Addiction are often cited as Gen-X’s definitive gateway band—the band that turned classic rockers on to the alternative underground—Nomeansno performed that same essential service for many, particularly in the Northwest. The BC-based punks sound as vital as ever, having just recorded All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt, a joyfully abrasive record that exudes all the bass-buoyed brattiness and jazz-informed spazziness that has helped them maintain a cult following since the early ’80s. (El CorazĂłn, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094. 9 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.) HANNAH LEVIN