Arctic Monkeys title new album Suck It and See because they’re so damn controversial and working-class and shit

Arctic Monkeys title new album Suck It and See because they're so damn controversial and working-class and shit

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Whoa, can you guys believe that it’s only been two years since THE Arctic Monkeys, one of the most fab bands in recent history, released their last epic tour-de-force record of dominating awesomeness? And now, even though they could easily be resting on their laurels as one of the most large-looming and culturally pervasive bands in a generation, they’re already hitting it hard again with a new album, entitled Suck It and See! (Really!) The new record was once again produced by local bloke James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (he helped out a bit on the last one too, alongside that talented yank Josh Homme), and with a title like that, I think we can expect that the snide, wise-ass, street-tough attitude for which we all know and love will be ratcheted up another notch! In fact, since you probably can’t wait, you can check out the video for the lead single. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty chuffed! The bloody thing is off to record shoppes on June 6 via Domino, followed by some tourdates across the pond and here at home. So let’s all make our plans now to drive on the left side of the road to go pick up a copy! Hip, hip, hooray!

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So, apparently that one “Let’s Fuck on Dance Floor” band is still a thing. I can’t understand a damn word they say cuz they’re all British and shit, but they have an album coming out June 7 called I’m Hot Blooded, Check It and See or something, and they’re playing some random shows here. Not P4k though. So whatevs.

Suck It and See:

01. She’s Thunderstorms
02. Black Treacle
03. Brick by Brick
04. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
05. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
06. Library Pictures
07. All My Own Stunts
08. Reckless Serenade
09. Piledriver Waltz
10. Love Is a Laserquest
11. Suck It and See
12. That’s Where You’re Wrong


05.17.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
05.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
05.22.11 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia
05.24.11 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
05.26.11 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargoes
05.27.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.30.11 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
05.31.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
06.10.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl *
06.11.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl ^
06.26.11 - Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock A Field Festival
07.01.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.08.11 - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park
07.14.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.17.11 - Bern, Switzerland - Gurten Festival
07.29-31.11 - Naeba Ski Resort, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.20-21.11 - Staffordshire, UK - V Festival
09.03.11 - Bologna, Italy - I-Day Festival

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Face to Face reunite for a new album and tour; time to dig out those Punk-O-Rama compilations

Dust off your Punk-O-Rama compilations and shine up the spikes on your black leather jackets, because Face to Face are reuniting! Yes, the California punkers that you would listen to when you weren’t listening to NOFX or Guttermouth (remember them?) are back with a new album and a full US tour to support it. The album is entitled Laugh Now… Laugh Later and is due out May 17 on Antagonist Records/Century Media. Pre-orders for both the album and concert tickets are available now from Face to Face’s website.

Laugh Now… Laugh Later tracklisting:

01. Should Anything Go Wrong
02. It’s All About You
03. The Invisible Hand
04. Bombs Away
05. Blood in the Water
06. What You Came For
07. I Don’t Mind and You Don’t Matter
08. Stopgap
09. All For Nothing
10. Pushover
11. Under The Wreckage

Face the Faces on tour:

04.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04.28.11 - Kelowna, BC - Sunplex Arena
04.29.11 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
04.30.11 - Calgary, AL - Macewan Hall Ballroom
05.01.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
05.02.11 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center
05.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.05.11 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
05.06.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.07.11 - Covington, KY - Madiosn Theatre
05.08.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05.10.11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Down Under
05.11.11 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
05.13.11 - Montreal, QC - Olympia Theatre
05.14.11 - Boston, MA - The Paradise
05.15.11 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
05.17.11 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05.18.11 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
05.19.11 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
05.20.11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
05.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
05.22.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
05.23.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.24.11 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
05.25.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
05.26.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05.27.11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
05.28.11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
05.29.11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
06.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
06.02.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
06.04.11 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
06.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

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David Lynch curates charity comp with exclusive tracks from Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, and the man behind Winkie’s

In the magical unicorn-scented, doppelganger-filled whirlwind of mysterious small-town crime and rabbit people that is David Lynch’s career, news that the filmmaker/meditation advocate/artist is releasing a charity compilation might not seem all that amazing — but it is! Oh, it is. You see, this charity comp is a star-studded affair, with tracks handpicked by Mr. Lynch himself. (Okay, maybe he didn’t actually pick them up and set them aside in a “yes” pile with his own genius hands, but he probably did say, “Yes! That Iggy Pop track!” in that special, kinda nasally voice he has, before going off to read the Los Angeles weather report on YouTube and drink some of his David Lynch-brand coffee. Imagine it. Yes — it’s like you’re really there!)

These are exclusive tracks, see, set to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which is dedicated to teaching “stress-reducing, health-promoting meditation to one million at-risk youth and 10,000 veterans with PTSD,” and not, like, buying tons and tons of donuts (although that could be good, too). For $18, the DLF will unveil 17 downloadable tracks over the course of the next seven weeks from the likes of Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, Moby, and a whole host of others. The offer expires in a few weeks and is available right here.

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Will Oldham and Elisa Ambrogio embark on audiobook tour, with music by Ben Chasny to keep everyone awake

Time to start sporting your most fashionable bifocals, illiterate music fans, because come April you’ll likely be shuffling back and forth to some heady literary audio! Spurred on by fellow labelmate Bill Callahan’s recent string of tourdates where he swapped a guitar for a well-worn copy of Letters to Emma Bowlcut, Will Oldham (a.k.a. belly-jiggling Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Elisa Ambrogio (a.k.a. the sturm und drang of Magik Markers) are pairing up for a series of live readings along the East Coast. Why no guitars/drums/git fiddles on these dates? Because Oldham has a rather unusual release to celebrate, that’s why.

On April 19, Drag City will release their very first audiobook — a five-CD, six-and-a-half-hour version of Rudolph Wurlitzer’s 1984 novel Slow Fade, read by Oldham with some help from D.V. DeVincentis. (I just looked up who D.V. DeVincentis is, and apparently he was a “Vampire Underling” in Blade. Sounds like he’s got the goods.) The mini-tour promoting the book will commence a week later in Brookline, Massachusetts, and wrap up soon after in the Big Apple. Joining Oldham and Ambrogio on these dates is Ben Chasny (of Six Organs of Admittance and Rangda and August Born and Badgerlore and Comets on Fire and Basalt Fingers and 200 Years) and he’s BRINGING HIS GUITAR!!! [thunderous applause]

Now let’s say you attend one of these shows and find yourself caught up in Wurlitzer’s story but don’t want to listen to Will Oldham speak at you for over six hours. Per usual, Drag City has a solution: wait patiently in your armchair until June 21, when Slow Fade is re-released as an actual novel! Then you can even record yourself reading the novel, and put out a rival audiobook on your own label!!

For those wondering about this mysterious author and book, let’s whet your appetite with a few fun facts. Rudolph Wurlitzer’s first novel — 1969’s Nog — was met with acclaim by Thomas effing Pynchon. Damn. Wurlitzer has also written some classic screenplays, such as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and Two-Lane Blacktop. An unproduced screenplay titled Zebulon was the main inspiration for Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, a.k.a. the greatest film of all time. As for Slow Fade, here’s a nugget from Jonathan Rosenbaum:

The story alternates between [Wesley] Hardin in Santa Fe, Mexico, and New York — shooting a last-stand Western until the producer blows the whistle and shuts off the funds, generating a cinéma vérité chronicle of his own life — and A.D. and Walker writing their script on the road, so that each movement in the present is complemented by an additional piece of the past uncovered. Apart from generating a respectable amount of plot suspense, this narrative counterpoint allows Wurlitzer to pursue a satirical bent as he charts both fantasy trips, which becomes a contrast between the spiritual excesses of two generations: Yosemite Sam and Mr. Natural, each on a suicide mission.

There’s only one remaining question: can Slow Fade possibly reach the same literary heights as Neil Hagerty’s Victory Chimp? I think not.

Readings (and music):

04.26.11 - Brookline, MA - The Coolidge Corner
04.27.11 - Montague, MA - Montague Bookmill
04.28.11 - Hudson, NY - Basilica
04.29.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers (afternoon)
04.29.11 - New York, NY - Anthology Film Archives (evening)

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Warner Music Group has at least five serious bidders, is offering free shipping with ‘Buy It Now’

Hey, Warner Music Group is really getting the hang of this whole eBay thing! According to Billboard, the lumbering music company is getting more bids than it thought for both its recorded music division auction and the entire company auction, despite having a pretty low feedback score.

In addition, Warner has also listed its music publishing division, Warner/Chappell (the part of the company typically thought to be the most stable), and has gotten quite a few “best offers” from more than five different companies (“more than five” usually means six in my experience, but what do I know?) The big names thus far include Sony Music, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies, Platinum Equity, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries (which already owns 2% of Warner), and good old BMG Rights Management. I guess all but BMG met the reserve with their bids, and BMG came back later with a higher bid after hocking its nicest pair of turntables. The Financial Times has put the range of bids for Warner/Chappell at $1.4 billion to $2.0 billion, which is nice but still a ways away from the “Buy It Now” price of $16 trillion million USD. Oh well. Dream on, Warner.

Last week, financial so-and-sos Bloomberg issued their own report that “more than 10 bids” had been received, although it only actually mentions three. And contrary to the Bloomberg report, Billboard’s word is that Sony/ATV (Sony’s publishing division) did NOT put in a bid for Warner/Chappell. Although, to be fair, its pretty common knowledge that Sony usually likes to wait around until the last 10 seconds of an auction before swooping in to outbid the competition. I’m pretty sure I lost a neon light-up Budweiser sign to them once.

Another absent Warner/Chappell bidder thus far has been Universal Music Group, a.k.a. the current leading market share owners for both recorded music and music publishing. Although, Universal is in talks with Warner to purchase a number of Warner’s global recorded music assets locally via Craigslist instead, which is a convenient way to bypass all of those pesky “regulatory hurdles” that would crop up if it attempted an acquisition of an entire Warner division. Let ALONE the shipping charges. Sheesh.

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Chris Forsyth to release Paranoid Cat on Family Vineyard before commuting between the surface & the underworld

You know Chris Forsyth. Not only is he a member of Peeesseye (with Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch) and Phantom Limb & Bison, but he also heads the fantastic Evolving Ear label and collaborates frequently with musicians like Meg Baird, Talibam!, and Nate Wooley. Perhaps you recognize last year’s insane album cover for Pestilence & Joy (TMT Review), or maybe you were even lucky enough to see him perform alongside veritable artists like Träd Gräs och Stenar, Steve Gunn, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Mountains. Hell, if you’re an experimental musician, you could very well have collaborated with him at some point in your life — perhaps when you decided to stop oscillating your tones and started modulating your drones?

In any case, Family Vineyard is supporting Forsyth’s omnipresence by releasing his third solo album, Paranoid Cat. The album, due March 29, features Forsyth playing with a band featuring members of Peeesseye, Mountains, D. Charles Speer & the Helix, and others. In fact, he’ll be playing a couple shows leading up to its release later this month with the so-called Paranoid Cat Band (specifically, drummer Mike Pride, bassist Peter Kerlin, organist Don Bruno, pianist Hans Chew), preceded by an appearance on WFMU’s The Long Rally. Mark your Google calendars.

Also, check out Forsyth’s video for “New Pharmacist Boogie (for Jack)” over at the Chocolate Grinder. It’s essentially the same post that you see here, but feel free to read it again for memory retention.

Paranoid Cat tracklist:

01. Paranoid Cat Parts 1-3
02. New Pharmacist Boogie (for Jack)
03. Front Street Drone
04. Anniversary Day

Record release shows:

03.18.11 - Hudson Valley, NY - WFMU’s The Long Rally (11 AM)
03.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room *
03.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #

* Suzanne Langille & Neel Murgai
# D. Charles Speer (solo), Pigeons

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