Aloe Blacc is gonna have some Good Things for America on September 28

Aloe Blacc is gonna have some Good Things for America on September 28

Early autumn is traditionally a low point for America’s groove reserves. As summer cools into fall, many Americans begin to lose their swagger in a search for ever-tackier thrift store sweaters and smart pea coats from Express. It’s a pivotal time for the U.S.A. to get up with the gettin’ down, lest a poor groove harvest lead to a very square winter. Luckily, Stones Throw’s soul superhero Aloe Blacc is gonna bring his Justin-Timberlake-meets-Matthew-Herbert brand of R&B to the ears of a stultified nation this fall with his new LP Good Times. But don’t expect September 28 to be full of only bell-bottom jeans and pictures of the sun wearing sunglasses. According to the press release, Aloe Blacc is gonna get all political and shit on this record, so keep your ears open for some good old governmental dissension and disillusionment disguised as smooth neo-soul grooves. The lead-off track, “I Need a Dollar,” is streaming over at the Chocolate Grinder. You have been warned!

Good Times tracklisting:

01. I Need a Dollar
02. Green Lights
03. Hey Brother
04. Miss Fortune
05. Life So Hard
06. Take Me Back
07. Femme Fatale
08. Loving You Is Killing Me
09. Good Things
10. You Make Me Smile
11. If I
12. Mama Hold My Hand
13. Politician (Reprise)

• Aloe Blacc:
• Stones Throw:

Sufjan Stevens reveals new album The Age of Adz, is still a pretty boy

Remember when Sufjan Stevens announced the All Delighted People EP? Of course you do: IT WAS JUST LAST WEEK. But now pretty-boy Sufjan is back in the news again with the announcement of a new full-length album, The Age of Adz, set to be released to the uglier-than-him masses on October 12 via Asthmatic Kitty. But how does it sound? According to Asthmatic Kitty:

We can say it shows an extensive use of electronics (banjos and acoustic guitars give way to drum machines and analog synthesizers), and an obsession with cosmic fantasies (space, heaven, aliens, love), to create an explicit pop-song extravaganza, augmented by heavy orchestration, and maybe even a few danceable moments. Enjoy Your Rabbit meets the BQE. But with songs. Verse, chorus, bridge, backbeat. Gated reverb. Space echo. Get your boogey on.

Sounds like a Wolf Eyes ripoff to me.

The Age of Adz tracklisting:

01. Futile Devices
02. Too Much
03. Age of Adz
04. I Walked
05. Now That I’m Older
06. Get Real Get Right
07. Bad Communication
08. Vesuvius
09. All for Myself
10. I Want To Be Well
11. Impossible Soul

• Sufjan Stevens:
• Asthmatic Kitty:

RIP: George David Weiss, songwriter who wrote “What a Wonderful World” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

From the BBC:

US songwriter George David Weiss, who helped write chart-topping tracks such as Can’t Help Falling In Love and What a Wonderful World, has died aged 89.

The musician died of natural causes at his home in Oldwick in New Jersey, his wife Claire said.

Weiss also co-wrote songs which were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Elvis Presley.

• George David Weiss:

Women announce fall tour in support of Public Strain, well drinks $2, all domestics $3

To promote their upcoming fall US tour, I propose that Women introduce a “ladies” night that would take place before each show. You know, something like “LADIES IN FREE BEFORE 11, FIRST 50 THROUGH THE DOOR GET A FREE SHOT, ALL WELL DRINKS ONLY $2, ALL DOMESTICS $3! SORRY, GENTS, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO START CROSS-DRESSING IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL THOSE SWEET DEALS, TOO!” Wouldn’t that be uproarious!? Anyway, Women will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Public Strain, due September 28 via Jagjaguwar and following up 2008’s self-titled “joint” (TMT Review).

08.30.10 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
08.31.10 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
09.01.10 - London, UK - Cargo
09.02.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
09.03.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.04.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Captain’s Rest
09.05.10 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
09.06.10 - Brighton, UK - Freebutt
09.07.10 - Gent, Belgium - Pleasure
09.08.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Studio 80
09.09.10 - Paris, France - Cafe De La Danse
09.10.10 - Heidelberg, Germany - HDKV Kunstverein
09.11.10 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2
09.12.10 - Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club
09.13.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
09.14.10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.24.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
09.25.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert
09.26.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
09.27.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas &
09.28.10 - Detroit MI - Magic Stick &
09.29.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace %
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National %
10.01.10 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub %
10.02.10 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain’t Hollywood %
10.04.10 - Jamestown, NY - Mojo’s
10.05.10 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House &
10.06.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott &
10.07.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge &
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory &
10.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s &
10.11.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 &
10.12.10 - Columbus, OH - Skullys &

& dd/mm/yyyy
% Liars

• Women:
• Jagjaguwar:

Sun Araw goes Off Duty with new Woodsist 12-inch

It has been quite the year for Mr. Stallones, the single terrestrial behind the outer-planetary project Sun Araw. Starting with the excellently minimal Sun Ark 7-inch on Not Not Fun and spilling out a 7-inch and LP with his band Magic Lantern after that, the man still had the ability to introduce his most epic statement to date, the Eureka‘d On Patrol (TMT Review). If the guy retired from his sonic wanderings after this year alone, his legacy would already be cemented.

That’s not his style, though. He’s gotta keep cruisin’ those acid-washed bass lines and stay, well, on patrol. Turns out he’s going Off Duty via yet another 12-inch, this time through Woodsist on October 12. Drifting back in time a tad, he’s also offering a CD version of the EP that comes equipped with the Boat Trip EP, which was originally a 3-inch CD-R and then reissued as its own 12-inch on Woodsist. Well, that’s awesome. Keep ‘em comin’ Cameron.

Off Duty tracklisting:

01. Last Chants
02. Midnight Locker
03. Deep Temple

Boat Trip tracklisting (CD only):

04. In the Trees
05. Canopy

• Sun Araw:
• Woodsist:

The day we feared has come: Seabear has crawled upon the land to tour North America. Good lord, no.

For years, we feared and respected Seabear. We knew he lived in the waters surrounding Iceland (where the people referred to him as Sindri Már Sigfússon), and we knew he was a peaceful beast, but we also knew not to be drawn in by his indie-folk siren song, lest we offend the ancient creature and find ourselves crushed between his powerful jaws. As long as we left Seabear untouched, he would afford us the same courtesy. Those peaceful days are over now, for a fool has disturbed Seabear, perhaps in a misguided search for the beast’s legendary treasures. Seabear, now in an unstoppable rage, has crawled upon the lands of North America, bringing destruction and sorrow everywhere he ventures. The beast will stop only at a small string of venues, where he will calm himself long enough to play roughly an hour of his folk-inflected indie rock. Our only chance for survival is to attend these shows and pay tribute to Seabear, in hopes that the bloodshed will cease. Otherwise, we’re totally done for, man.

Seabear dates:

10.16.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
10.18.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.19.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.22.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market *
10.23.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.27.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

* Blitzen Trapper

• Seabear:

[Photo: Lilja Birgisdóttir]