200 Years (Magik Markers/Six Organs) album gets November release date, calms feral cats

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Nearly 200 years ago, we reported on the newly formed duo of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers), who were heading into the studio to record their lovemaking noises for all the perv world to hear. Apparently they got carried away with all that coitus, because only now are some of the details of that tryst being made available, with a recently announced release date of November 8 for their debut self-titled record on Drag City. (There’s also a second, “more abstract” release planned as part of the Grapefruit Record Club subscription series, though that’s been “release date TBA” for about 199 years.)

For people who’ve witnessed Ambrogio on stage at a Magik Markers show — writhing and incanting, crawling inside the bass drum, force-feeding audience members wine from a jug — it might be a shock to hear that 200 Years is a quiet, meditative collection of straight-up singer/songwriter material, but even more surprising is that the music is more gentle than even the average Six Organs song. In the words of Omar Little, BELIEVE: listen to a song from the album, “Solar System,” over on Drag City’s front page. Some real rolling-flaxen-hills shit right there.

As an aside, Chasny has posted a brief appreciation of Bert Jansch following today’s sad news. He calls Jansch “the singular, most influential musician on [his] own guitar playing.”

200 Years tracklisting:

01. Wild White
02. West Hartford
03. Dead Medicine
04. City Streets
05. Through the Trees
06. Partin Wayz
07. Thread
08. Solar System
09. Bees
10. More Than Alive

• 200 Years: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/200-years
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Cam Archer]

Hedvig Mollestad Trio release debut album on Rune Grammofon, collide genres in ways that scare toddlers

Hey, you got JAZZ in my PROG ROCK! No, you got PROG ROCK in my JAZZ!

Simmer down, kids — the Hedvig Mollestad Trio made a conscious choice to get their genres all mixed up and have put out an album for you all to enjoy. Shoot! was released September 23 on Rune Grammofon and is available on CD or as an LP (with free accompanying download).

The Norwegian trio is fronted by Hedvig on electric guitar and features Ellen Brekken on bass (both stand up and electric) and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums. The three recorded the album live, and it shows — you can actually hear the tropical sounds of Norway (parrots, howler monkeys, jaunty beach-goers) in the background. It’s like being whisked away to a warm place where jazz and prog rock just make sense together.

Shoot! tracklisting:

01. Gun and the E-Kid
02. Ashes
03. For the Air
04. Doom’s Lair
05. The Dead One
06. Sidetracked
07. No Encore
08. Blood Witch
09. The Valley

• Hedvig Mollestad Trio: http://www.myspace.com/hedvigmollestadtrio
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com

RIP: Bert Jansch

From The Guardian:

Bert Jansch, a leading figure in the British folk revival of the 60s and one of the most respected musicians of his generation, has died of cancer aged 67.

A founding member of Pentangle, Jansch was also renowned as a guitar virtuoso and was sometimes hailed as a British Bob Dylan. Born in Glasgow on 3 November 1943, he released 23 solo albums, the last of which, The Black Swan (2006), featured collaborations with Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart.

Jansch was the recipient of two lifetime achievement prizes at the BBC Folk awards – one for his solo achievements in 2001 and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle. The band reformed in 2008.

• Bert Jansch: http://www.bertjansch.com

OXES reform, ready two new releases, play shows: OH MY GOD!

After roughly six years without a new recording, math-metalers and members of “Baltimore’s Rowdy Society” OXES will (finally) be releasing new music. Before the end of the year, the group — Marc Miller, Chris Freeland, and Nat Fowler — will have two new vinyl releases, a 12-inch and a 7-inch, both of which will be released by Baltimore’s Friends Records (which also released Miller’s solo effort as Microkingdom earlier this year). Not much is known about the 7-inch, but the “Bile Stbudy” 12-inch, which features new songs “Crunchy Zest”(which you can listen to at the Chocolate Grinder), “Orange Jeweleryist,” and “Bile Stbudy,” is available for pre-order and out November 22.

And, hey, OXES are playing live again too! The band had already confirmed a performance at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas event in Minehead, England on Friday, December 9 (curated by Les Savy Fav), but as any real American will tell you: if it happens in Europe, then it doesn’t really happen. Thankfully, the band has announced a show at Baltimore’s G-Sopt on November 5 with Thank You and “special guests” (spoiler: not me).

Because we’re all very hopeful for the future here at TMT, we are predicting that these shows will inevitably lead to a North American tour, a European tour, and a brand spankin’ new album to lay our grubby mitts on.

11.05.11 - Baltimore, MD - G-Spot
12.09.11 - Minehead, England - Butlins Holiday Centre

• Friends Records: http://www.friendsrecordsbaltimore.com

[Photo: Jen Mizgata]

Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties guaranteed to be Fun Fun Fun as long as you pace yourself

The sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of Austin’s 1,586,463,359 top music festivals, just announced the FFF Nites series — afterparty shows that are free to festival wristband holders. Taking place from November 4-6 (conveniently the same dates as the actual fest), the afterparties will be an extension of the festival and “allow for the Fun Fun Fun experience to continue after the park closes,” according to a press statement.

FFF Nites performers include Cold Cave, Kool Keith, The Thermals, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, DOM, Mates of State, Big Freedia and many more, with DJ sets by bands like Passion Pit, Neon Indian, and Austra. The shows are scheduled to take place in venues around Austin’s Red River district, including Mohawk, Beerland, Red 7, ND, and Beauty Bar. So if the festival’s name didn’t already give it away, with the addition of all these late night shows, there is now empirical proof that at FFF Fest the fun never stops.

• Fun Fun Fun Fest: http://funfunfunfest.com

Rhapsody buys Napster from Best Buy and picks up some gummi worms in the checkout line

According to Billboard, Rhapsody announced today that they’ve bought Napster, which was previously owned by Best Buy. This makes for an even bigger year for the streaming music subscription service, as they acquired Yahoo! Music’s Music Unlimited (along with their 400,000 subscribers) in February. While Best Buy was not able to help Napster secure deals with labels as they had hoped, Rhapsody already has an estimated 800,000 subscribers and an attractive new freemium model, which should keep their competitors — such as Spotify — at bay.

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin stated, “This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market. There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.”

The remaining paperwork is expected to become final by November 30, 2011.

• Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com
• Napster: http://www.napster.com
• Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com
• Burger King: http://www.bk.com