Archers of Loaf go on tour for the weekend, else the boss is gonna be maaaad

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Like a beer-soaked grime monster rising up from the corner of your favorite dive, Archers of Loaf are back! Don’t worry, they’re a friendly beer-soaked monster. Take a picture with your buddy! In actuality, the grimemonsters Archers of Loaf have been back for a little while. The 90’s indie-rock legends made a triumphant (in their own dirt-stained, scruffy way) return last year, playing a string of dates across the nation. Now, their four records are in the process of being reissued by their fellow North Carolinians at Merge Records. Reissues of Icky Mettle and Vee Vee are already out, while the gussied-up versions of All the Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes are due on August 7 in colored vinyl, double-CD, and digital download formats. If you have to look at something besides record sleeves, the Gorman Bechard’s Archers of Loaf concert documentary What Did You Expect? will be screening in select cities on select dates soon. Look at those dates down there, lower on the page.

To capitalize on all this “Hey, Archers of Loaf are back!” momentum, the band will be doing some touring this summer. Since presumably everybody in the band has day jobs (except for Eric “Wild Man” Bachmann, cause he’s a wild man), these dates are all on the weekend. That’s good news for you if you, too, have a day job! That’s bad news for you if you’re a weirdo who only likes going to concerts on weekdays or something? Get a job, weirdo.

Archers of Loaf dates:

06.23.12 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival at Republik
07.14.12 - New York, NY - 4 Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport
08.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.11.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.18.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
08.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08.25.12. - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
08.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar

What Did You Expect? screenings:

06.18.12 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
07.05.12 - New York, NY - CBGB Fest
07.07.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
08.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Trylon

• Archers of Loaf: http://archersofloaf.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Mount Kimbie sign to Warp Records, any day now they’ll be riding bikes, going on dates, going off to college, dying

Mount Kimbie, they’re so young and beautiful. Their cheeks are rosy red, their mouths are filled with the rainbow of youth, their brains are filled with wonder. When they took their Play-Doh and made their debut album Crooks & Lovers (TMT Review) back in 2010, we all looked at them like they were the cutest electronic kids in the world. And you know why we did that? Because they were, damn it! Name a cuter tiny electronic child in the world. Don’t. Don’t do that. I will cease you.

Everybody’s gotta grow up, though. For people, that involves gross hair and bleeding and all the feelings in the world. For electronic acts, it means signing to Warp Records. And with that in mind, it looks like our little buds in Mount Kimbie are growing up. Oh, the tears. They’re signed to the label and with that, they’re going to release… something. Warp’s press release says they’re working on their first release for the label, but provides no further information. I bet it’ll be just great, though! So proud of our boys.

• Mount Kimbie: http://www.mountkimbie.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

The Fresh & Onlys are releasing an album and touring, and I’m jazzed, psyched, stoked, pumped, etc.

As if fans of garage rock weren’t already over the moon about all the recent announcements from Thee Oh Sees, now there’s something else to grin about: The Fresh & Onlys have a new album called Long Slow Dance coming out September 4 on Mexican Summer, they’ve just released the first single, and they’ve got an initial string of shows lined up. Christmas in June, amirite???

Produced by Phil Manley, who’s worked with the likes of Barn Owl, Moon Duo, Psychic Reality, and Wooden Shjips, Long Slow Dance will follow last year’s Secret Walls EP and 2010’s LP, Playing it Strange (TMT Review). Word on the street says the San Francisco group has incorporated some classical touches à la Ennio Morricone and that the album contains “a sprawling selection of stoner-anthems.” Rad.

Stream the first single, “Yes or No,” and check out the tourdates below to see if they’ll be paying your city a visit.

Yes or No tracklist:

A. Yes or No
B. Take Back the Night

Tourdates:

07.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Phono Del Sol
08.05.12 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Fest / Henry Miller Library
09.05.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room *
09.06.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
09.07.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
09.08.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
09.09.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium *
09.11.12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades *
09.13.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *#
09.14.12 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown *
09.15.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club *
09.16.12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile *

* Terry Malts
# Grass Widow

• The Fresh & Onlys: http://thefreshandonlys.blogspot.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Antony, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Washed Out, Best Coast, many more make tracks for awe-some Fleetwood Mac tribute album

From across many nations, generations, and genres they came, all united in a common love. Brave men and women grasp hands across the divide of arbitrary coolness to stand tall and say as one, “I don’t care if you don’t think they’re punk rock! Nor if my mom — and classic rock/adult contemporary stations with names like 88.1 The Fox or 98.4 The Bear or 102.5 The Honeybadger — love them! Fleetwood Mac wrote some of the greatest rock songs of the 1970s and I’m proud to say that I’m a Mac fan!” Because it’s hard out there sometimes for a Mac fan of a certain musical persuasion. Either the punk rock bartender at your usual waterin’ hole is shaking his head at you for picking “Rhiannon” on the jukebox, or you’re about to drown in pastel velour and middle-aged women in shitty capes at the Ren Fest. But my Rhiannon-loving friends, take heart! There’s a place for us now. And by “place” I mean indie-skewing Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation.

The songs of Buckingham, Nicks, McVie, and co. get a makeover on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a new comp from Hear Music/Concord due August 14. Have you ever wondered what the Mac would sound like with Washed Out’s chillwave gloss? Under Lykke Li’s Scandinavian pop lens? With a Lee Ranaldo avant-garde twist? Under Best Coast’s sweet, lo-fi surgical knife? Well, respected film and TV music supervisor Randall Poster along with Gelya Robb (the team that put together last year’s Grammy-nominated Rave On Buddy Holly comp) have asked some of indie music’s leading names to take classic Fleetwood Mac tracks from the band’s entire 45-year career and give them a new spin. Poster, who has worked with Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Todd Haynes (and many many more!), describes how “the story of Fleetwood Mac has always intrigued me. And we’ve tried to tell that story through the arc of music we’ve recorded. Working with some of our favorite artists and performers, the magical musical legacy of Fleetwood Mac shows itself to be alive and well.” So there you have it, my fellow Fleetwood Mac fans. All your dreams of Bethany Cosentino crooning about Welsh witches are crystal visions no more. They’re real. So stand tall and stand proud and Just Tell Me That You Want Me.

Tracklisting:

01. Lee Ranaldo Band (ft. J Mascis) - “Albatross”
02. Antony - “Landslide”
03. Trixie Whitley - “Before the Beginning”
04. Billy Gibbons & Co. - “Oh Well”
05. Best Coast - “Rhiannon”
06. The New Pornographers - “Think About Me”
07. Marianne Faithfull - “Angel”
08. Lykke Li - “Silver Springs”
09. Karen Elson - “Gold Dust Woman”
10. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - “Storms”
11. Washed Out - “Straight Back”
12. Tame Impala - “That’s All For Everyone”
13. Craig Wedren (ft. St. Vincent) - “Sisters of the Moon”
14. The Kills - “Dreams”
15. Gardens & Villa - “Gypsy”
16. The Crystal Ark - “Tusk”
17. MGMT - “Future Games”

• Fleetwood Mac: http://www.fleetwoodmac.com
• Hear Music/Concord: http://www2.concordmusicgroup.com/labels/hear-music

K Records history chronicled in new book that is not titled The Evolution of Tape Hiss

So yeah, the new book isn’t called The Evolution of Tape Hiss, even though that is totally what I would call it. However, there is a new book, written by Mark Baumgarten, that documents the history of Olympia, Washington’s K Records.

Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music will be released by Sasquatch Books on July 10 and examines and elucidates on the history of K Records, which, if you don’t know, is a really cool, really influential record label that indie kids, nerds, lo-fi fanatics, art schoolers, and that cute girl in glasses that you always see at the record store totally love. It was co-founded by Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, is dedicated to “exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre,” and has released records by Beck, Modest Mouse, The Microphones, Mirah, Built To Spill, The Gossip, Shonen Knife, and, of course, Beat Happening.

The book itself features interviews with “many players from the 1980s and 1990s indie underground,” both those directly involved in K Records and those who watched as fans, and comes (digitally) packaged with its own soundtrack. The (digitally) included album is not a “best of” but rather a sonic document attempting to “capture the story and spirit of K Records with a broad range of musical styles,” and will be available for download on the author’s website from July 10 through July 17; see the tracklist below.

Love Rock Revolution tracklist:

01. Beat Happening - “Foggy Eyes”
02. The Beakers - “Red Towel”
03. The Few - “Rollin’ Like the Tide”
04. Mecca Normal - “Smile Baby”
05. Beat Happening - “The This Many Boyfriends Club”
06. Some Velvet Sidewalk - “Loch Ness”
07. Girl Trouble - “Bring on the Dancing Girls”
08. Heavenly - “Starshy”
09. Rose Melberg - “My Day”
10. KARP - “Connect 5”
11. Tree People - “GRE”
12. Halo Benders - “Don’t Touch my Bikini”
13. Lois [ft. Dub Narcotic Sound System] - “Ship to Shore”
14. Black Anger - “NON- Fiction”
15. D+ - “Don’t Worry About Me”
16. The Microphones - “The Glow Pt 2”
17. IQU - “Yopparai”
18. Old Time Relijun - “Cold Water”
19. Calvin Johnson - “What Was Me”
20. Mirah - “The Garden”
21. LAKE - “Roger Miller”

• K: http://krecs.com
• Mark Baumgarten: http://markbaumgarten.typepad.com
• Sasquatch Books: http://www.sasquatchbooks.com

Bob Dylan’s recent announcement of North American tourdates was pure poetry, man.

Hey, I guess Bob Dylan will probably show up at the following places this year to do whatever he feels like:

06.30.12 - Tonbridge, UK - Hop Farm Music Festival
07.02.12 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle Spandau
07.03.12 - Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
07.04.12 - Bonn, Germany - KunstRasen Bonn.Gronau
07.06.12 - Bad Mergentheim, Germany - Lieder im Schloß
07.07.12 - Salzburg, Austria - Salzburg Arena
07.08.12 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07.11.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Explanada del Museo Guggenheim
07.13.12 - Benicàssim, Spain - Benicàssim Festival
07.14.12 - Cap Roig, Spain - Cap Roig Festival
07.15.12 - Nîmes, France - Festival de Nîmes
07.16.12 - Barolo, Italy - Collisioni
07.18.12 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière . Lyon
07.20.12 - Bayonne, France - Arènes de Bayonne
07.22.12 - Carhaix, France - Festival Vieilles Charrues
07.29-30.12 - Kent, UK - Hop Farm Fest
08.10.12 - Lloydminster, AB - Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds
08.11.12 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre
08.12.12 - Cranbrook, BC - RecPlex
08.14.12 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewery
08.15.12 - Billings, MT - Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
08.17.12 - Rapid City, SD - Barnett Arena
08.18.12 - Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Arena
08.19.12 - Fargo, ND - Civic Auditorium
08.21.12 - Rochester, MN - Taylor Arena
08.24.12 - Fort Wayne, IN - Parkview Field
08.25.12 - Indianapolis, IN - White River State Park
08.28.12 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
08.29.12 - Johnstown, PA - Cambria County War Memorial
09.01.12 - Big Flats, NY - Tag’s Summer Stage

• Bob Dylan: http://www.bobdylan.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

  

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