Alvarius B announces tour dates, probably not coming to a city near you

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Alvarius B, one of the mighty Bishop brothers of Sun City Girls, just announced a slew of August tour dates with Montreal guitar player Sam Shalabi, plus two Brooklyn dates with everyone’s favorite music critic, Byron Coley.

The first 75 people to turn up at each show will get a super-limited-edition 7-inch featuring two previously unreleased recordings by the acoustic axe-wielding superman, with artwork by Coley. It’s a tour-only release out on Poon Village Records. Cool… if you live in Brooklyn, Montreal, or Pawtucket, Rhode Island. If you happen to reside pretty much anywhere else, you’re probably out of luck or will have to scour the crevices of the internet to get the release. No West Coast or Midwest dates have been announced, and Alvarius is barely even hitting the East. Nothing in D.C. or Boston, no Baltimore or Philadelphia shows. Alas!

Dates:

08.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
08.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
08.16.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
08.17.14 - Somerville, MA - Johnny D’s
08.18.14 - Portland, ME - Portland Empire
08.20.14 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube
08.22.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
08.23.14 - Montreal, QC - La Plante

• Alvarius B: http://www.suncitygirls.com/discography/alan.php

Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with throat cancer, will take time off to regain health

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto posted some sad news to his website earlier today: he’s been diagnosed with throat cancer, and he’s taking time away from his work in order to focus on his health.

The 62-year-old Sakamoto, one of the founding members of Yellow Magic Orchestra, has collaborated with everyone from David Byrne to Fennesz (the two released three albums between 2005 and 2011), and in 1987 received an Academy Award for his score to The Last Emperor. He’s also participated in protests against the Japanese government’s decisions regarding nuclear power. “Keeping silent after Fukushima is barbaric,” he said in an article for a Japanese newspaper.

Sakamoto has canceled all of his upcoming performances and appearances, noting that he will not be able to attend the first-ever Sapporo International Art Festival in his role as guest director, a project that he has spent “the past two painstaking years in preparation for.” Sakamoto worked on an art exhibition called “Forest Symphony in Moerenuma” for the festival, which will also feature works by Anselm Kiefer and performance artist Fuyuki Yamakawa. Sakamoto was also scheduled to perform live.

Sakamoto promises that the festival’s programming will still be of the “highest quality” and asks for everyone to “enjoy the festival in [his] place.”

“Please bare with me while I regain my health,” he writes. “I promise to return after a full recovery. Thank you very much.”

Get well soon, Ryuichi!

• Ryuichi Sakamoto: http://sitesakamoto.com

Alvarius B announces tour dates, probably not coming to a city near you

Alvarius B, one of the mighty Bishop brothers of Sun City Girls, just announced a slew of August tour dates with Montreal guitar player Sam Shalabi, plus two Brooklyn dates with everyone’s favorite music critic, Byron Coley.

The first 75 people to turn up at each show will get a super-limited-edition 7-inch featuring two previously unreleased recordings by the acoustic axe-wielding superman, with artwork by Coley. It’s a tour-only release out on Poon Village Records. Cool… if you live in Brooklyn, Montreal, or Pawtucket, Rhode Island. If you happen to reside pretty much anywhere else, you’re probably out of luck or will have to scour the crevices of the internet to get the release. No West Coast or Midwest dates have been announced, and Alvarius is barely even hitting the East. Nothing in D.C. or Boston, no Baltimore or Philadelphia shows. Alas!

Dates:

08.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
08.15.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool *
08.16.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
08.17.14 - Somerville, MA - Johnny D’s
08.18.14 - Portland, ME - Portland Empire
08.20.14 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube
08.22.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
08.23.14 - Montreal, QC - La Plante

• Alvarius B: http://www.suncitygirls.com/discography/alan.php

Coachwhips announce “loogie-shined” reissue of Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine

Before Thee Oh Sees, before The Ohsees, and before OCS, big man John Dwyer had a band called Coachwhips, and they were notorious for insanely loud garage punk. After a day-long hiatus when Coachwhips broke up, I remember seeing Dwyer perform at The Smell with his other, folkier band OCS. All of 17 years old, I walked up to him at the merch table and introduced myself, asking why he’d ended the Coachwhips like that. He shrugged and said that it just got boring. Boring, playing the same powerchords with the same squalid distortion in two-minute bursts.

But Dwyer was in denial, because he’ll never be able to escape that heavy sound. And over the past eight years, Thee Oh Sees has morphed into a heavier beast, sounding more and more like his former project. Now, to make things even more confusing, Dwyer has announced a “loogie-shined” reissue of seminal Coachwhips LP Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine via his label Castle Face. According to the label, these mixes have been tweaked “with the scuzz and squall crackling ever so slightly and revealing a coffee-can of earworms underneath.” Less scuzz and more fuzz, it seems. The revised Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine drops on August 19 and, like Goldilocks, we’ll find out if Dwyer’s optimal amount of heaviness has finally been reached.

Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine tracklist:

01. I Put It In, Way Down South
02. 1000 Years
03. Like Food, It Feeds
04. Tonights the Night
05. Just One Time
06. Manner in Which the Girl Was Treated
07. UFO, Please Take Her Home
08. Hey Stiffie
09. Couldn’t Find Love
10. Nife Fight
11. My Baby, I Killed Her
12. Yes, I’m Down
13. Other Man
14. Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine

• Coachwhips: http://www.discogs.com/artist/476285-Coachwhips
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

Planes Mistaken for Stars announce tour, new material, all of which is sponsored by Friendster and Deadjournal

Influential 2000s post-hardcore act Planes Mistaken for Stars have been gone for a while. How long of a while? Long enough for their most recent relevant website to be a Myspace page. Admittedly, they have not been completely gone since their 2008 break-up, having done a reunion tour in 2012. But since then, they’ve been fairly quiet, playing no shows and releasing no music. Let those habits be reversed, though, as Planes Mistaken for Stars are returning next month for a tour spanning the West Coast and Midwest. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the band’s work before these shows, check out their Myspace page. Look, I can’t get over this Myspace thing.

Though Planes Mistaken for Stars haven’t put out any music since a slightly different set of social networks were popular (their last record was 2006’s Mercy, from a time when Friendster was a recent memory), they should be entering the world of Twitter and Instagram soon. The group is in the early stages of writing a new LP. Who knows when that new LP will be released, though maybe Planes Mistaken for Stars can finally announce an album through a Vine video. If, you know, Vine is still a thing by then. Time is merciless.

Planes Mistaken for Stars dates:

07.12.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burts Tiki-Lounge
07.13.14 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
07.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
07.15.14 - Ventura, CA - Gigis Cocktail Lounge
07.16.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
07.17.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07.18.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Backstage Bar & Billiards
07.20.14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
07.21.14 - Omaha, NE - O’Leaver’s
07.22.14 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
07.23.14 - Normal, IL - Firehouse Pizza

• Planes Mistaken for Stars: https://myspace.com/pmfs

Prestige Records celebrates its 65th anniversary with a catalog-wide reissue, including Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and others

With the so-called Jazz age nearly a century away, it can’t surprise anyone that most album announcements coming from that field take an archival spin. Thus, centennials or golden anniversaries are in order, cueing the commemoration of a legacy with more gravitas than the sheer nostalgia-peddling behind most reissues. With the recording industry mining its back catalog to the point of exhaustion, jazz has (fortunately) shown a proclivity for offering non-banal re-releases, with alternate takes and live registers providing much more than the mere dumping of beloved albums’ leftovers. For instance, think about the impressive, mostly revealing reissues Miles Davis has been the subject of in recent years. Appropriately, Prestige Records turns 65 this year and has announced a massive reissue plan in celebration, falling somewhere between awestruck didacticism and an adventurous exploration of its archives.

Perhaps lacking the clout of Blue Note or Impulse!, Prestige evolved from a small record shop into a powerhouse in the 50s and 60s, to finally flutter through blues, soul, folk, and fusion by the turn of the 70s — though it had previously ventured into heterodox terrain through its New Jazz off-shoot. Very few labels can brag about a roster as brilliant as Prestige’s: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Yusef Lateef, Coleman Hawkins, and many others released stone-cold classics with it. Most importantly, Prestige’s house engineer was the celebrated/infamous (depends on who you ask) Rudy Van Gelder, whose 90th anniversary is also being commemorated with this reissue campaign, comprising some of Van Gelder’s work highlights. With this in mind, Prestige is undertaking a massive re-release plan both on vinyl and digital, running through the whole year and including John Coltrane’s Soultrane, Eric Dolphy’s Outward Bound, Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus, and Oliver Nelson’s Screamin the Blues, among many others. You can check their herculean reissues program, including dates, here.

Not content with putting out enough music to keep us busy until their next anniversary, Prestige are launching a new video series, “Prestige Minutes,” showcasing the finest moments from the label history. Cynicism aside, this anniversary is as good an opportunity as any other to become familiar with a handful of 20th-century music masterpieces. Of course, you can always wait until Sonny Rollins passes away, or for Thelonious Monk’s centennial to arrive, to catch up with them. It’s not like anyone is force-feeding you these, is it? Oh no, no pressure at all. We’ve got all the time in the world. At least until the recording industry finally collapses, and these gems are either lost forever or freely accessible to anyone interested. Guess which is the most likely scenario. You can ponder that while you go back to enjoying your sweet, “new,” freely-streamable music.

• Prestige: https://www.concordmusicgroup.com/labels/Prestige