Arthur magazine ceases publication

Arthur magazine ceases publication

According to Arthur’s website:

After years of service, Arthur departed the material plane today.

He died as he lived — free, high and a-dreaming of love, ‘neath vultures’ terrible gaze.

Thank you, and love to all.

INDEED: Arthur magazine has left the tangible world today. It passed away the same way as it lived — inexpensive, tall, and ruminating on relationships, something-something-I-don’t-get-it.


Chad VanGaalen titles new album Diaper Island; toddlercore sweeps the nation

When Chad VanGaalen locks himself up in his home in Calgary to work on a new record, he has the tendency to go a little crazy after cutting himself off from human contact for so long. Case in point: his new idea to make toddlercore as big a musical genre as chillwave. VanGaalen’s first step in achieving his dream is titling his new album Diaper Island, which is due out on May 17 via Sub Pop. It’s not clear what toddlercore actually sounds like, but VanGaalen has hinted that it will revolve around experimental sounds (e.g. babies crying) and lots of percussion (e.g. babies banging on things). He also claims that Diaper Island is the closest he has come to making a rock album, but I think that’s just code for more baby tears.

Diaper Island tracklisting:

01. Do Not Fear
02. Peace on the Rise
03. Burning Photographs
04. Heavy Stones
05. Sara
06. Replace Me
07. Blonde Hash
08. Freedom for a Policeman
09. Can You Believe It!?
10. Wandering Spirits
11. No Panic / No Heat
12. Shave My Pussy

One lonely tourdate:

04.01.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Christ Church

• Chad VanGaalen:
• Sub Pop:

RIP: Joe Morello, jazz drummer

From The New York Times:

Joe Morello, a jazz drummer whose elegant, economical playing in the Dave Brubeck Quartet sounded natural and effortless even in unusual time signatures, died on Saturday at his home in Irvington, N.J. He was 82.

His death was announced on his Web site, No cause was given.

Mr. Morello was most famous for his tenure in Mr. Brubeck’s band, in which he was engaged initially for a brief tour in 1955. He became a member in late 1956, and remained until the group disbanded at the end of 1967.

• Joe Morello:

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Thom Yorke, Burial, Four Tet team up for split 12-inch, Richard D. James still unimpressed

Okay, so here’s where things are at currently: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is like, totally prepared to leave his wife, kids, band, and whatever else if only Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James would reciprocate his love and agree to run off with him to live in a grass hut by the sea in Cornwall so the two of them can just, you know, lick each others’ windows for ever and ever. He has done all his homework, boning up on the Warp stuff and incorporating “skittering electronics” into all of his bullshit, U2 anthems to class them up some. He has totally reenacted the “Come to Daddy” video in its entirety using only his MacBook’s camera and Photo Booth effects.

And now, he’s even gone so far as to team up with reigning electronic badass Four Tet and the mysterious dubstep kingpin Burial for a new 12-inch single, to be released on Four Tet’s own Text label. The A-side is called “Ego,” while the AA-side is “Mirror” (ain’t no such thing as a “B-side” when your crew is freakin’ Burial, Four Tet, and Thom Yorke, duh).

Will this hip collaboration finally win Thom the respect of his longtime crush? Perhaps it depends on how badass the recordings end up. Luckily, (according to Pitchfork), we’ll all get a chance to judge for ourselves when both sides air tonight at 11:00 PM GMT, on UK radio station Rinse FM during a Four Tet session with Britain’s most nerdily-monikered DJ: Floating Points. So, Richard, if you’re listening….

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Parenthetical Girls begin pre-order for part three of Privilege; Mend & Make Do out in March

A year after they announced their Privilege project, Parenthetical Girls are 3/5 finished with the album! As you will (or won’t) remember, last January we told you about the new album, which is fragmented into five EPs, each to be released quarterly over 15 months (assuming each EP’s timely completion). Last fall, Privilege, pt. II: The Past, Imperfect made its way into the world, and on March 22, pt. III: Mend & Make Do will be available for your listening and collecting pleasure (you can also pre-order now; remember, these 12-inches are only available directly from the band).

Pt. II ranged from recognizable Parenthetical Girls fare (rich instrumentals, a coherent execution nearly choking with passion) to a fleeting cover of Gilbert Bécaud’s “Let It Be Me” (take that, Dum Dum Girls!) opening “Weaknesses,” to a pulsating, synth-heavy dance track. Mend & Make Do promises similar surprises, claiming single “The Pornographer” as a “leering blues number.” A little weird, maybe, but not too outlandish for an album numbered in blood — this time Jherek Bischoff’s.

Just like Pokémon in days past, you gotta get ‘em all (the EPs, that is), because the final installment of Privilege is designed to house all five. If you were missing one, well! Wouldn’t that be embarrassing.

Privilege, pt. III: Mend & Make Do tracklisting:

A1. The Pornographer
A2. For All the Final Girls
B1. Careful Who You Dance With
B2. Mend & Make Do (Found Drama II)

• Parenthetical Girls:

RIP: Jack Hardy, folk singer and playwright

From The New York Times:

Jack Hardy, a folk singer and folk music promoter whose Greenwich Village recordings and songwriting workshops kept alive the neighborhood tradition of counterculture troubadours, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 63.

The cause was complications of lung cancer, his son, Malcolm, said.

Mr. Hardy wrote hundreds of songs — protest songs, political talking songs and romantic ballads — his lyrics often consciously literary, his music tinged with a Celtic sound. With a singing voice raspy and yearning, he performed in clubs and coffeehouses in New York and elsewhere and recorded more than a dozen albums, many of them self-produced, though two boxed sets of his work were released by a small, independent label in 2000.

“I’m undoubtedly the least famous person with a boxed set,” he boasted in an interview that year.

• Jack Hardy:

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