Black Lips join up with Lebanese rockers Lazzy Lung for Middle East tour

Black Lips join up with Lebanese rockers Lazzy Lung for Middle East tour

America’s most inappropriate band is about to become the Middle East’s! Constructors of catchy garage punk melodies and avid displayers of dick, Atlanta’s Black Lips have booked a two-week Middle Eastern tour to celebrate their latest, the appropriately-titled Arabia Mountain. (The album’s actually named after a REAL LIFE mountain outside of the band’s REAL LIFE home city.) Black Lips have already toured Australia, Thailand, Portugal, and India — where they famously fled the country after growing worried they’d be imprisoned for onstage naughtiness during a show in Chennai — so when the chance to tour Egypt, Dubai, and… Iraq came up, just like Van Halen, the boys jumped.

Bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley said, “We want to play everywhere on the planet, and the opportunity came up. We couldn’t say no. Anywhere that we haven’t been excites us. Not many Western bands have toured the region and to be one of the first is amazing. Adventures are the best.” Swilley adds, “People like music and having fun and I think that’s pretty universal.” So the Black Lips will venture on this fall, bringing their message of fun, rockin’ out, and inappropriately exposing oneself to audiences across this less-than-toured region. Beirut-based indie rockers Lazzy Lung will accompany Black Lips on select dates.


09.14.12 - Amman, Jordan - TBA *
09.19.12 - Larnaca, Cyprus - Savino Live *
09.21.12 - Cairo, Egypt - Culturewheel *
09.23.12 - Tunis, Tunisia - Le Squat *
09.26.12 - Dubai, UAE - Music Room *
09.28.12 - Hawler, Iraq - TBA
09.29.12 - Sulamaniah, Iraq - TBA
10.06.12 - Beirut, Lebanon - Metro Al Madina *

* Lazzy Lung

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The Yoko Ono-ing of Sonic Youth begins with new YOKOKIMTHURSTON collaboration

While the status of Sonic Youth is still in limbo following the unexpected breakup of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore late last year, no one had any doubt that the two indie stalwarts would continue to make music in some capacity. In June, we reported that Moore was starting a new band called Chelsea Light Moving, and Gordon is scheduled to perform as a solo artist this fall at the UK’s Supersonic Festival. But now we have word from FACT on their first collaborative album since their separation, following what was thought to be a one-off single with Yoko Ono released in June as a fundraiser for the Ashinaga Rainbow House, a charity that is building a Rainbow House in Japan to support victims of the 2011 tsunami.

While it’s never funny to joke about breakups, it’s hard not to when Yoko Ono is involved. At least in this instance she’s bringing Kim and Thurston back together and giving us, their adoring public, the sense that even though they may not be romantically linked any longer, they’re going to continue to collaborate. The trio’s album is mysteriously titled YOKOKIMTHURSTON and will be released September 25.


01. I Missed You Listening 
02. Running the Risk 
03. I Never Told You, Did I? 
04. Mirror Mirror 
05. Let’s Get There 
06. Early in the Morning

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Maserati announce Maserati VII, then they do about a million donuts in their rad car

A Maserati is one cool car. I guess. I don’t know things about cars, also I don’t care about cars. Still, I have this impression that a Maserati is a cool car. Lil’ Wayne mentioned a Maserati in “A Milli,” but I initially confused it with illuminati, which is a different thing. The other thing I thought of when he said Maserati was the post-rock band from Atlanta, who I also assumed named themselves after the illuminati. Again, different thing. Somewhere along the line, I figured out it was a car. With that settled, hey, Maserati (the band) are coming out with a new record! On October 2, Temporary Residence will release Maserati VII, a record which may or may not be their seventh album. Honestly, I’m a little fuzzy.

Though the band’s recent history has been shaped by the tragic death of drummer Jerry Fuchs, Maserati knows they’ve got to keep cruising their cool car down the road. Maserati VII is their first record written since Fuchs’ death, with the band hoping to capture the spirit the late drummer bought to the band during his tenure. As the album’s press release states, the group’s new drummer Mike Albanese (of Cinemechanica) has a level of “dexterity and stamina [that] proves a perfect fit for Maserati’s trademark relentless, driving rhythms and epic song lengths.” Elsewhere, the album’s described as “Moroder Metal,” which sounds like the coolest thing to ever happen. Well, until I do all these donuts in an abandoned quarry. Nothing’s cooler than quarry donuts.

Maserati VII tracklist:

01. San Angeles
02. Martin Rev
03. The Eliminator
04. Flashback
05. Abracadabracab
06. Solar Exodus
07. Lunar Drift
08. Earth-Like
09. San Tropea

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Bikini Kill launch Bikini Kill Records featuring music from Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill have technically been disbanded for over a decade now, but you shouldn’t consider their absence, or riot grrrl’s retreating prominence in American culture, as an indication of resolution to all of the feminist causes that served as an inspiration during the early-to-mid 1990s. On the contrary, with the introduction of so-called “personhood” bills in some states, and Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, one could quite easily make the case that we’re actually regressing, not progressing, when it comes to women’s issues, at least in terms of the national debate.

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “What the hell is this guy doing talking about politics!? Just get to the fucking music, man!” Well, MAN (or PERSON), any discussion of Bikini Kill, and by extension, the riot grrrl movement, has to involve politics to some extent, and I find it particularly relevant that, at a time when we’re reviving debates from the 1960s about the validity of contraception, Bikini Kill have started their own record label, Bikini Kill Records, dedicated largely to reissuing each of their physical albums, in commemoration of their upcoming 25th anniversary (they were formed in 1990). The label itself is a reminder of the issues that they stood for, many of which have yet to be settled among the national consciousness.

In addition to reissuing each of their physical albums, Bikini Kill also intend to re-release their original demo tape, which contains songs that were “previously unavailable and/or hard to find on vinyl & CD.” Likewise, their self-titled EP is set to come out this fall, and members are currently sifting through their archive for “photographs, practice tapes, live recordings, unreleased songs, films, video, writing, interviews, zines and flyers” to include with future releases, or to post on their website.

Currently, digital versions of albums from Bikini Kill, The Frumpies, and The Casual Dots are available via Bandcamp, alongside several new t-shirts. One thing I wouldn’t expect any time soon: commemorative women’s razors.

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Sun Araw to release The Inner Treaty on September 18, exploiting UN loophole

With the release of the magnificent Icon Give Thank (TMT Review) featuring M. Geddes Gengras and The Congos this past April, Sun Araw could’ve justifiably taken it easy for the rest of this year. Instead, serving as a role model for his more motivationally-challenged followers, he’s releasing his sixth studio album The Inner Treaty, courtesy of Sun Ark Records (via Drag City). The album is due out September 18.

Since The Inner Treaty is Sun Araw’s first album after recording with The Congos in Jamaica, it might be worth highlighting the potential ways in which his time there has affected his creative outlook. In an interview with The Quietus, he remarks, “The trip was really a paradigm shift. It was an affirmation of things that I’ve been investigating for a long time, and in our subsequent trips down there that shift has been confirmed and solidified.”

The first available track off the new album, “Like Wine” (which you can listen to on his website), seems be wholly indicative of that “paradigm shift.” Regardless of their influences, Sun Araw’s albums have always, in my opinion, sounded like modern renditions, but “Like Wine” genuinely seems like something from decades past. The production seems even more stripped down, and musically, it sounds (though may not be, in actuality) even more improvised.

This should be the beginning of something. Forget vacation time. Can we get some employer-sponsored paradigm shifts?

The Inner Treaty tracklisting:

01. Town
02. Grip
03. Like Wine
04. Treaty
05. The Summum
06. And I

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Errors intentionally release mini-album, tour, and continue to be better than my dad

The difference between my dad’s synth-goth band from the 80s, Simple Mistakes, and current band Errors is that my dad really did make a lot of mistakes. The Errors don’t allow errors and, “no room for errors,” is possibly their band motto. I mean, my dad accidentally dropped me in the toilet as a baby and the toilet was filled with razorblades. It made no sense!

Regardless of my dad’s mistakes, it’s heartwarming to have a musical influence like Errors to look up to. The group’s “error-free” eight-track mini-album New Relics will be released in October on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records label and a tour will follow in the UK. The album will be released on CD, 12-inch, digital download, and, just to be error-free, a 200-limited VHS version (not a joke!). The VHS version will include visual representations of the songs, including a collaboration with Rachel Maclean, who directed Errors’ video for “Pleasure Palaces.”

I tried calling my dad to tell him that I love him and that I forgive him for all of his mistakes. Unfortunately, my mom picked up and informed me that my dad had accidentally fallen asleep again. So, I listened to the Errors track for “Relics” from the new album and I found my peace.


10.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.11.12 - Norwich, UK - Sound & Vision Festival
10.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard
10.13.12 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus
10.17.12 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
10.18.12 - London, UK - Heaven
10.19.12 - Bristol, UK - The Cooler
10.20.12 - Cardiff, UK - SWN Festival

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