And lo! Woodsist begat Hello Sunshine, who begat new LPs from Jovontaes, The Polyps

And lo! Woodsist begat Hello Sunshine, who begat new LPs from Jovontaes, The Polyps

Experimental indie fans across the land can agree that Woodsist, home to releases by the likes of Jana Hunter, Ducktails, Sun Araw, Woods, Wavves, and gaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd SO MANY MORE, is one of the most promising new labels birthed in the past several years. And with this year’s creation of their new imprint, the limited-edition vinyl-only label Hello Sunshine, things just got a little bit more promisinger. I know, I know. BABIES HAVING BABIES. But when your offspring include the new LPs from Kentucky Krautrockers Jovontaes and lo-fi Portland pop dudes The Polyps, well break out the bubblegum cigars and mylar balloons, because this is one bundle of joy you’ll be delighted to receive in the mail.

Hello Sunshine’s first three releases included two LPs from Herbcraft and a solo effort by Ryan Garbes of Wet Hair and Raccoo-oo-oon. The fledgling label’s releases by the Polyps and Jovontaes will be numbers four and five respectively. Perhaps you already know Mr. Polyps, Raf Spielman, from his work with his own Eggy Records label, and through his cassette and 7” releases on Night-People, Digitalis and Not Not Fun. Well, look out, because Ants on the Golden Cone is the debut Polyps LP. The LP hits stores on October 11. Jovontaes have also done the cassette release thang through their friends at Eggy, DNT, and Double Phantom before hooking up with Hello Sunshine. Things Are Different Here drops October 11, too. Both LPs are limited to 500 and will be available as digital downloads.


Jovontaes tourdates:

10.01.11 - Chicago, IL - Dust Bowl *
10.02.11 - Detroit, MI - Donovans **
10.04.11 - Washington, DC - Papersun ***
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Don Pedros ****
10.07.11 - New York, NY - Shea Stadium *****
10.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tea Room ******

* Nitetrotter Fest
** Derek Staton (Awesome Color)
*** Buildings
**** Suspensors
***** D. Charles Speer and the Helix
****** Trevor Transylvania & Th’ Creepy Classics/Traits/Winners


The Polyps tourdates:

09.23.11 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University *
09.24.11 - Providence, RI - City Effect **
10.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Rad Town ***
10.03.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Live on WFMU
10.04.11 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s Bar ***
10.05.11 - Athens, GA - Farm255 ***
10.06.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - TBA ***
10.07.11 - Baltimore, MD - TBA ***
10.08.11 - Washington, DC - The Cherch ****
10.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Pi Lam *****

* Mount Eerie
** Japanther, Cat Vet, Jacob the Terrible
*** Lame Drivers
**** The Cheniers, Lame Drivers
***** Pet Milk, Lame Drivers


Jovontaes, Things Are Different Here tracklisting:

01. Mountain Pass
02. Nojangles
03. Falcon
04. Transcendentalism
05. Phantomask
06. Tow In


The Polyps, Ants on the Golden Cone tracklisting:

01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV

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Mogwai cancel US dates again, catastrophic levels of melancholy likely

Back in April, Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai were forced to cancel five of their East Coast tourdates due to a delay in the processing of their visa. Those dates were postponed until… now. But now the rescheduled dates have been postponed as well, presumably to a time in the future when the members of Mogwai have been deified to the point of omnipresence. Here’s the statement on their website:

It is with the utmost regret that for medical reasons we have to postpone our American shows this week and cancel the I’ll Be Your Mirror performance. We will announce new dates as soon as possible and apologise for the last minute nature of this announcement.

We wish them a speedy recovery.

Cancelled dates:

09.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.29.11 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’
10.05.11 - Beijing, China - Modern Sky Festival
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
10.21.11 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club
10.22.11 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Block 33

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Strange Boys announce third full-length recorded in studio and decidedly NOT recorded live

In the last gasps of the previous century, art-emo outfit Joan of Arc put out a record titled Live in Chicago, 1999. Despite the title, it was not a live album, as the band intended for the title’s confounding first word to be read as a present-tense verb. Why do I mention this in a story clearly about Austin-based garage rockers The Strange Boys? Because they’re pulling the same trick. On October 25, Rough Trade will put out Live Music, the group’s third record. IT IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM. IT IS AN ALBUM OF SONGS RECORDED IN A STUDIO. LOOK AT THESE CAPITAL LETTERS.

In fact, it was recorded in not one, but two studios! The record’s Side A was recorded with Spoon drummer and producer Jim Eno in his Austin-located home studio this past April. As for the record’s flip side, that was recorded in Mike McHugh’s Distillery, the same place where they recorded last year’s Be Brave (TMT Review). Here’s the kicker, though: that side was recorded back in December 2010. If Side A was recorded in 2011 and side B was recorded in 2010, that means listening to Live Music is like traveling through time. I declare this new Strange Boys record to be Album of the Year, on the grounds of time travel.

While we’re on the subject of travel (which I think we can all agree that we are), Strange Boys will be doing a little bit of traveling this fall. Actually, they may end up doing quite a bit of traveling, but currently, I can only confirm that they will be traveling to New York and Los Angeles. They are traveling to those places to play shows!

Live Music tracklist:

01. Me and You
02. Walking Two by Two
03. Doueh
04. Punk’s Pajamas
05. You and Me
06. Omnia Boa
07. Mama Shelter
08. Saddest
09. My Life Beats Me
10. Over the River and through Woulds
11. Right Before
12. Hidden Meanings, Soul Graffiti
13. You Taking Everything for Granite When You’re Stone
14. Opus

Strange Boys dates:

10.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.18.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

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“Weird Al” Yankovic announces Comedy Central live concert special and DVD. HAHAHAHAHA. I love it when things get parodied!

Our heroes in the hot British rock combo Radiohead may be great at doing hilarious, revealing, and poignant song-parodies of such beloved rock icons as CAN and George W. Bush, but even their recent announcement of a special appearance on an hour-long episode of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report pales in comparison with what “Weird Al” Yankovic has in store when he retuns to the small screen with his first cable special in 12 years. I mean, unless they plan on doing some polka stuff on there, in which case, fuck.

First of all, Comedy Central will debut the World Premiere of Al’s new special, entitled “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! — The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 PM EST. Then, on October 4, it’ll be released in North America via Comedy Central Home Entertainment on a variety of hilarious formats, including DVD (a parody of LaserDisc), Blu-ray (a parody of HD-DVD), and digital download (a parody of computer porn). Shot this summer at Toronto’s Massey Hall because of that venue’s renown for accordion-friendly acoustical specs, the DVD and Blu-ray are “extended editions” that include almost 60 minutes of axed concert footage and over 30 minutes of bonus features, including music videos for the new Lady Gaga-spoofing “Perform This Way” and “Polka Face,” three extra live performances, and some of Yankovic’s personal (hopefully not too personal) YouTube videos. Here’s hoping accordion music is still funny to you!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Alpocalypse is his newest album, released this past June by Jive/Sony. Thanks to the already-pretty-much-a-parody status of top 40 radio’s current hucksters (Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Brittney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, et al.), it debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200, which makes it Yankovic’s highest-charting album ever. In fact, “Perform This Way,” (which parodies Gaga’s “Born This Way,”) garnered over six million views in its first week, which puts it right up there with such past classics as “White & Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise,” and “Fat.” Meanwhile, Radiohead is out there hand-cranking a bunch of scary newspapers like a deranged, fear-mongering cat-lady and willfully leaving their coolest song off their record. Sheesh. Take some notes, Thom. Learn the accordion, Jonny.

Alpocalypse tour:

09.22.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
09.23.11 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
09.24.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
09.25.11 - Longview, TX - Belcher Center
09.28.11 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
09.29.11 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery PAC
09.30.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.01.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10.04.11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock
10.05.11 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Orlando
10.06.11 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
10.08.11 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
10.09.11 - Durham, NC - Durham PAC
10.11.11 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10.13.11 - Allentown, PA - Allentown Symphony Hall
10.14.11 - New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
10.15.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.16.11 - Concord, NH - Capitol Center for the Arts
10.18.11 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
10.19.11 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
10.21.11 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
10.22.11 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre
10.23.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11.02.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Christopher Cohan Center
11.04.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
11.05.11 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre
11.06.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre Oakland
11.07.11 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
11.09.11 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
11.11.11 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove of Anaheim
11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre

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Planet Mu releasing two new juke/footwork compilations with DJ Roc, DJ Rashad, and other people named DJ

Record scratches. Jazz horns layered over the jitters and crashes of a drum machine. Deconstructed electro-pop that sounds as though it’s been beamed down from outer space.

What the fuck, right? When I think of electronic dance music, I usually think of video game beeps popping in between drum beats, not meticulously constructed clashes of style and history that occur at speeds I can hardly fathom. Planet Mu has shattered my assumptions to smithereens.

The electronic label will be further showcasing the wild variety of Chicago’s footwork producers (following the outstanding Flight Music by DJ Diamond and The Crack Capone by DJ Roc) with two upcoming releases: Bangs & Works Vol. 2 and the Ghettoteknitianz EP. The former, a follow-up to last year’s Bangs & Works Vol. 1, offers a glimpse of the myriad styles pulsing through the Chicago scene, cramming an entire galaxy of soul, hip-hop, pop, and jazz elements, and featuring not only the work of established producers such as DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Roc, and DJ Clent, but also that of younger artists such as Jlin, Young Smoke, DJ MC, and DJ Rome. The latter focuses on a smaller group of producers but still shows the way such short tracks can somehow stretch back through music history and jump forward into a strange future at the same time. (There’s some insane dancing that goes along with all of this too.)

Bangs & Works Vol. 2 will see a November 7 release and Ghettoteknitianz October 10, but both are currently available for preorder on the Planet Mu website.

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sunn 0))) to reissue second album ØØ Void on Southern Lord, just in time for a life spent in eternal hellfire

If you’re like me and you’re already preparing your playlist in gleeful anticipation of the 2012 Apocalypse, then you’ll be delighted to hear that universally-recognized harbingers of doom sunn 0))) will be reissuing their second album ØØ Void November 22 on Southern Lord. The album, originally released through Hydra Head in 2000, has since only received one limited reissue via Daymare Records of Japan in 2008. As such, worshippers of the Seattle-based drone duo have more than likely had somewhat of a difficult time getting their hands on a physical copy of this album. No longer.

In addition to the core guitarists, Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, ØØ Void also features Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) on bass, and contributions from Petra Haden (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists) on violin and vocals. Similarly, while the two-disc Daymare release offered a killer collaboration with Nurse with Wound, the folks at Southern Lord are unfortunately not nearly as generous with their gratuities. This 2011 reissue just features redesigned artwork by Stephen Kasner and a layout by Stephen O’Malley. Here are some European sunn 0))) tourdates to make up for it.

09.26.11 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
09.27.11 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
09.28.11 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-son
09.29.11 - Torino, Italy - Carceri
09.30.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
10.01.11 - Cortemaggiore, Italy - Fillmore
10.02.11 - Essen, Germany - Denovali Swingfest

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