Alan Lomax’s Eastern Caribbean Collection gets shared online and repatriated; everybody wins

Alan Lomax's Eastern Caribbean Collection gets shared online and repatriated; everybody wins

They say if you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you and everyone else in the world with internet access, then the partnership between the Association for Cultural Equality and Trinidad’s University of the West Indies means Alan Lomax’s Caribbean Collection is truly yours. All of yours. And it’s all thanks to repatriation. It’s like that movie where Haley Joel Osment teaches people about doing right by one another and then everybody starts doing the right thing and then Bon Jovi shows up and… what? Haley Joel Osment got stabbed at the end of that movie? Whoa! The repatriation of the Alan Lomax Caribbean Collection is NOTHING like that. It is all good. It’s all good, dude.

So what IS it like? It’s like a ceremony that took place last week at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain that marked the 50th anniversary of the 60+ hours of recordings that Lomax made in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Carriacou, St. Lucia, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, and Nevis in the early 1960s. A ceremony marked by performances from local traditional music ensembles like Tobago’s Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Singers, Maraval’s The Cantique Singers, Blanchisseuse’s The Rose of Sharon Singers, and The San Jose Serenaders (you know where they’re from). Columbia College Chicago prof Dr. Rosita Sands represented the Alan Lomax Archive/Association for Cultural Equity at the ceremony, repatriating the complete Eastern Caribbean field recordings to the Alma Jordan Library at the University of the West Indies. It’s like all that, but with hundreds of field recordings just waiting to be discovered online.

And now the partnership between the university and the cultural association is allowing people to check out the hundreds of ballads, Shango ritual performances, carnival and Christmas songs, chante fables, calypso, East Indian jams, dances, game songs, and religious numbers online. Interested parties can also check out the 1100 photographs Lomax shot in the Lesser Antilles as he journeyed with his research partner, folklorist/Trinidadian Minister of Culture J.D. Elder. The Association for Cultural Equity has more on Lomax’s journeys and an absolutely huge online archive of recordings on their website.

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The Helio Sequence release new album September 11 on Sub Pop to support purchase of third yacht

If you know anything about the glittery, dark world of Indie Rock (you don’t) then you know that Blammy (a bloated Grammy) winning and over-hyped rock duo The Helio Sequence care about one thing and one thing only — MAKIN’ DA GREEN!

Their first album in four years, Negotiations, will be released September 11 on Sub Pop (as mentioned previously in headline). I don’t know about you, but when I read that last line all I see is, “Cha-Ching!” Yep, The Sequence are releasing their album on one of the hottest record release dates of the year with the biggest cash cow label in history. These guys are so rich they’re going to be wearing suits made out of $20 bills. Hilarious!

So you better start saving your cash and buy like three or four records for all of your family members, because these guys need a third yacht… badly! Just to pretend they’re not the billionaires they really are, The Helio Sequence also put together a promo video with the two members walking around in nature without the Segway they normally use to get around in. Rich!

Negotiations tracklist:

01. One More Time
02. October
03. Downward Spiral
04. The Measure
05. Hall of Mirrors
06. Harvester of Souls
07. Open Letter
08. When the Shadow Falls
09. Silence on Silence
10. December
11. Negotiations

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Prurient to perform for the first time in like a year or something!

Almost an entire year has passed since Dominick Fernow last performed a brutal onslaught of noise under his moniker Prurient. And now, Fernow is back! Perhaps it has something to do with Venus leaving retrograde, or Jupiter entering Gemini. I don’t fucking know. But a new performance is happening regardless of how the planets are aligned.

Rumor has it that this noisy little ditty will be “Oxidation-styled pure electronic noise,” and it’s all going down at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on July 21. Tickets can be purchased here, and you can read about Fernow’s new label Bed of Nails here.

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Stars to release sixth album The North and meander down memory lane

Remember being sixteen? Remember learning to drive and getting your license and driving to the mall by yourself? Remember reading The Great Gatsby for the first time? Remember really liking Bright Eyes and The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie and Stars?

Imagine for a second that you’re still sixteen — would you have freaked out last week when you heard Ben Gibbard’s cover of “Set Yourself on Fire,” the title track from Stars’ 2005 album? Would you be freaking out over SPIN’s premiere of “Theory of Relativity,” the first track off Stars upcoming album, The North, which will see a September 4 release on ATO? Would the synths confuse you? Would you be wishing for the orchestral grandeur of “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” which you used to love playing over and over and over again? Would you download it anyway?

The North tracklist:

01. The Theory of Relativity
02. Backlines
03. The North
04. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
05. Through the Mines
06. Do You Want to Die Together?
07. Lights Changing Colour
08. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
09. A Song Is a Weapon
10. Progress
11. The 400
12. Walls

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Dinosaur Jr. announce new LP (SPOILER ALERT: J Mascis plays guitar on it)

Ever since the original Dinosaur Jr. trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph reformed back in 2005, it’s been kind of like they never left. Unlike those lazy, good-for-nothing Pixies, they’ve put out several new records, toured them accordingly, and kept having hair (mostly). And let’s face it. Having hair is kinda where it’s at. Ludwig van Beethoven did just fine writing all that Coldplay-style piano music without hearing, but do you think people would have let him get away with that MOR “Ode to Joy” bullshit in his 9th if he didn’t have such a sick swatch of J Mascis-like hair puking out of his follicles??? No, sir. Gotta have hair to make it in this business. Hair and new records. And Dinosaur Jr. be havin’ both.

I Bet on Sky (the third new Dinosaur Jr. album since their reunion and 10th overall, btw) is officially hitting all retailers real and imagined on September 18 via Jagjaguwar. And while there’s no chance of its artwork being as cool as Farm’s was, fans can at least rest assured that, according to their press release, “the trio has taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix.” In other words, J Mascis does, in fact, play guitar on it. Oh, and one more thing: like the good lads that they are, they’re touring North America around the time of its release. So you can see all that glorious, believable, marketable, and reassuring hair in person.

I Bet on Sky tracklisting:

01. Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know
02. Watch the Corners
03. Almost Fare
04. Stick a Toe In
05. Rude
06. I Know It Oh So Well
07. Pierce the Morning Rain
08. What Was That
09. Recognition
10. See It on Your Side


06.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
06.23.12 - Chicago, IL - Green Music Festival
07.06.12 - Des Moines, IA - 80.35 Music Festival
08.25.12 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest 2012
09.24.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.25.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.27.12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
09.28.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.29.12 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival
10.01.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.02.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.03.12 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
10.04.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.05.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.06.12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
10.08.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
10.09.12 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.11.12 - Eugene, OR, WOW Hall
10.12.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.14.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.15.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10.17.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
10.19.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10.20.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
10.22.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bluebird
10.23.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.24.12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
10.25.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.26.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
10.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

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RIP: Pete Hayes of Echo Lake

From Echo Lake:

We are so sad to say that our close friend and brilliant drummer Peter Hayes passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 25.

I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words, we’re all completely devastated and shocked.

If you knew Pete, then you’ll know what an amazing person he was. If you didn’t know Pete then all I can say is that he was a total one off. Always caring, always giving, always straight up and always with such a positive outlook on life. That was the thing with Pete, he just got on with it. Even in his last few weeks he would be sitting up in his hospital bed smiling and having a laugh with me.

It was this outlook on life that made me perhaps take advantage of our time spent together. This situation never seemed possible because he never ever stopped being positive and joyful. He never moaned, or acted ill and was an incredibly hard worker. It’s a really rare thing to find all of these qualities in someone and he deserved more time to live his life to the full, which he always did.

If you ever saw us play live then you’ll know what a great drummer he was. I’ve been in 4 different bands over the past 10 years and while the line ups changed around us, me and Pete were always playing together. It was such a privilege to play music with him. […]

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