The Avalanches, Spiritualized, Sonny Rollins, Odd Future, and more head down under for Australia’s Vivid Live; put another bad joke on the barbie!

The Avalanches, Spiritualized, Sonny Rollins, Odd Future, and more head down under for Australia's Vivid Live; put another bad joke on the barbie!

The Avalanches, Sonny Rollins, Odd Future, Chris Cunningham, Cut Copy, Bat for Lashes, and others have all been announced as part of the lineup for Sydney, Australia’s Vivid Live, a series of concerts that will all take place at Sydney’s fan-favorite Opera House. The music festival is part of Sydney’s annual Vivid Sydney (May 27 - June 13), an annual “festival of light, music, and ideas” that “celebrates the city as a leader in the field of the creative and cultural industries both nationally and throughout the region.”

However, most of the artists involved in the concert series are mostly looking forward to the chance to repeatedly tell native Australians: “That’s not a knife; now this, this is a knife,” before brandishing a large hunting knife, to the astonishment of onlookers. Band members are generally elated to make this, and many other tired, old, unfunny jokes because let’s face it, it’s what most people know about Australia; expect plenty of jokes about vegemite and Mad Max.

This year the music festival is curated by Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic, founder of the hugely successful Sydney-based record label Modular. The complete lineup is as follows: Bat for Lashes, Sonny Rollins, Spiritualized, Chris Cunningham, Yo Gabba Gabba (?), Cut Copy, Tame Impala, Architecture in Helsinki, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, OFWGKTA, Wu Lyf, Azari & III, The Crystal Ark, The Avalanches (DJ set), 2ManyDJs, Lucky Dragons, Dom, Bag Raiders, Sneaky Sundays, Daniele Baldelli,Canyons, Horse Meat Disco, Superbien, Mad Racket, The Swiss, Tom Kuntz, Beni, Van She, Flight Facilities, Club Kooky, Softwar, Bamboo Musik, and Changes. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below.

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Jay Reatard’s 1998 debut Teenage Hate to be reissued with bonus tracks and remastered hatred

The late, great Jay Reatard’s first album (with The Reatards) is getting the deluxe reissue treatment. It’s called Teenage Hate and come May 31, Goner Records will release the double album as a compact disc as well as a limited-edition clear vinyl set. Teenage Hate was originally released by teenage Jay back in 1998 with 18 tracks, but this fancy new version will more than double that number with the addition of early tracks like “Fuck Elvis Here’s The Reatards” that were previously available only on cassette. Not only that, you can find tracks featuring Greg Cartwright from The Oblivians and the Reigning Sound! You can find covers of Fear, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and The Dead Boys! And so much more!

If you’re a Jay Reatard fan, deluxe Teenage Hate is like 39 chests of buried treasure. In an early review, soon-to-be fan Dave Dunlap called Mr. Reatard “a real ‘Little Lord Punkleroy.’” Heh. However, Dunlap designated the pubescent garage rocker as “easily the most blistering pizzunk to dribble down the leg of the raspy whore that is the ‘Memphis scene’ in a long while.” Teenage Hate is where it all began, people. As a wise Black Eyed Pea once put it, “Let’s get it started in here.”

Teenage Hate tracklisting:

01. I’m So Gone
02. Stacye
03. I Love Living
04. When I Get Mad
05. C’Mon Over
06. Out of My Head, into My Bed
07. You Fucked Up My Dreams
08. It Ain’t Me
09. Down in Flames
10. I Gotta Rock n Roll
11. Memphis Blues
12. Quite All Right
13. Fashion Victim
14. Old News Baby
15. Not Good Enough for You
16. Ollie V.
17. Not Your Man
18. I Can Live without You
19. Black September
20. Chuck Taylors All Stars Blues
21. I Lie To
22. Memphis Blues
23. On the Go
24. Give It to Me
25. Carot Belly Bunny Blues
26. You Build Me Up Just to Bust Me Back Down
27. Your the One
28. When I Get Mad
29. Get the Fuck Outta My Home
30. You Build Me Up Just to Bust Me Back Down
31. You Ain’t No Fun No Mo
32. I Lie To
33. Give It to Me
34. C’Mon Over
35. Not Your Man
36. Your Old News Baby
37. Crazy Man
38. Action Woman
39. I’m Down

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Dead Meadow to release their Peel Sessions while John Peel is still dead

Good news today for fans of Dead Meadow and those types of people who collect Peel Sessions like baseball cards, as Dead Meadow have announced that they will be releasing the sessions they did for John Peel on May 10 via Xemu Recordings.

Recorded in 2000, the six-song sessions were the first Peel Sessions that legendary DJ John Peel allowed to be recorded outside of the UK. “At the time we had no money and no tour to head to the UK but John Peel really wanted us on his show,” explains bassist Steven Kille. “He allowed us to record locally and since we were all good friends with Fugazi while living in DC we tracked the songs on reel-to-reel tape at their practice space in Arlington, VA.” Besides the six songs recorded for Peel, the CD will also include acoustic versions of “White Worm” and “Golden Cloud,” which were recorded at the same time but in seperate sessions.

In continuing sad news, John Peel remains dead while pop music slowly decays from within and great bands die due to lack of exposure.

Peel Sessions tracklist:

01. Dusty Nothing
02. Good Moanin’
03. The Boot
04. Indian Bones
05. Drifting Down Streams
06. Breeze Always Blows
07. White Worm
08. Golden Cloud

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Raekwon readies massive North American tour with one hand, holds the Pyrex steady with the other

You may know him as Corey Woods — okay, probably not. So you may know him as Raekwon, or even as Raekwon the Chef, or even “that one guy from Wu-Tang Clan.” He’s been making music since the 90s, with a flow fresh enough to put Irish Spring out of business. (Note: this has not yet happened. Irish Spring still has “all the freshness of Ireland bottled.” It’ll leave you feeling clean! But enough with the asides.) Now Rae’s back and hitting the road in support of his new Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (TMT Review) album that was released in March on Ice H20/EMI.

Originally conceived of as an album showcasing the entire Wu-Tang Clan, Shaolin now counts as Raekwon’s fifth studio album, albeit one with many a storied guest star, including a Wu member or four — Ghostface, Black Thought, Rick Ross, Estelle, Nas, GZA, Method Man, and Inspectah Deck all appear. Raekwon’s tour starts this week, and although no special guests are guaranteed to appear, ol’ Corey Woods probably has enough megawattage of his own to make every night of the tour star-studded.


04.14.10 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
04.15.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
04.16.10 - Pawtucket, RI - Tommy’s Lounge
04.17.10 - New York, NY - BB King’s
04.18.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
04.20.10 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
04.21.10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
04.22.10 - Calgary, AB - Dickens
04.23.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramis Cabaret
04.26.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
04.27.10 - El Paso, TX - Buchanon Events Center
04.28.10 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
04.29.10 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
04.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.01.10 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
05.03.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
05.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - Messanine
05.06.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05.08.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
05.10.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Elevate
05.11.10 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
05.12.10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
05.16.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
05.19.10 - Chicago, IL - The Mid
05.20.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Mad Hatter
05.21.10 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theatre
05.22.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
05.26.10 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
05.27.10 - Miami, FL - Eve
06.02.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
06.03.10 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
06.04.10 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
06.05.10 - Virginia Beach, VA - Hangar 09
08.04.10 - Fuente Alamo, Spain - Panorama

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Emeralds reach post-pubescence and take the opportunity to tour Europe unchaperoned

When they’re not busy conquering the world of new-wave Kosmische musik or releasing slews of CD-Rs with their cavalcade of side-projects, the three space cadets in Emeralds do appear to have lives outside of recording music. Those lives are made up entirely of touring. That’s right, the princes of the outer realms are once again setting out across the mighty waters to prove they’ve still got what it takes to twist them knobs and pluck them echo-laden strings under the scrutiny of live eyes and ears, perhaps playing a few ditties from last year’s Does It Look Like I’m Here? (TMT Review) on Editions Mego. Check the dates below. Oh, ALSO, guitar man Mark McGuire has a solo date in Colorado comin’ up real soon.

Yes, Emeralds are realizing it’s a big world out there and sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that Cleveland, while still the greatest city in the world, does not encompass the world.

Emeralds Dates:

05.14.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hornstull Strand Etablissement
05.15.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
05.16.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Musikcaffeen
05.17.11 - Kortrjik, Belgium - De Kreun
05.18.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Indiestad Festival (OT301)
05.20.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancinne Belgique
05.21.11 - London, UK - Village Underground
05.22.11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.23.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
05.24.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
05.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primaverasound Festival
05.27.11 - Paris, France - Sonique Villette Festival
05.28.11 - Milan, Italy - Audiovisiva Festival
05.30.11 - Pisa, Italy - Circolo Caracol
06.01.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra ^

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Mark McGuire dates:

04.13.11 - Boulder, CO - Communikey Festival

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RIP: Gil Robbins of folk group The Highwaymen

From The Los Angeles Times:

Gil Robbins, a musician and actor who was a member of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, died Tuesday at his home in Mexico, said his son, actor-director Tim Robbins. He was 80 and had prostate cancer.

“He was very charming, open and funny,” Tim Robbins said Saturday. “He had a real strong moral center; he spoke up for what he believed in.”

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