Azure Ray reunite and announce new album, Drawing Down the Moon

Azure Ray reunite and announce new album, Drawing Down the Moon

Seven years ago, as you were updating your LiveJournal and checking for hot boys or girls on MakeOutClub, Azure Ray released their last album, Hold On Love. After taking a lot of time off and working on their own solo material, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have decided to reunite and give Azure Ray one more go around. Their new album, Drawing Down the Moon, will be released on Saddle Creek come September 14. Produced by Eric Bachmann from Crooked Fingers (and formerly of Archers of Loaf) in North Carolina, the album features guest appearances by Now It’s Overhead’s Andy LeMaster and singer Liz Durrett.

Drawing Down the Moon tracklisting:

01. Wake Up, Sleepyhead
02. Don’t Leave My Mind
03. In the Fog
04. Larraine
05. On and On Again
06. Make Your Heart
07. Silver Sorrow
08. Signs in the Leaves
09. Love and Permanence
10. Shouldn’t Have Loved
11. Dancing Ghosts
12. Walking in Circles

• Azure Ray:
• Saddle Creek:

[Photo: Kevin Phillips]

Swans to release My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky in September; Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (REM), and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) guest

It’s no big secret: we love Michal Gira. Not only do we love him recently for Angels of Light and Young God (the label responsible for such artists as Devendra Banhart and Akron/Family), but we also love him for recently “reactivating” his Swans project by announcing a fall tour and a new album (TMT News). The album, Swans’ first since 1997’s Soundtracks For The Blind, is currently being mixed at Trout Recordings and has been titled My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky. It features guest spots from Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (drummer for REM), and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev.

Expect it in September!

09.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
10.01.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal Festival
10.02.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
10.04.10 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.06.10 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
10.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.22.10 - Birmingham, England - Supersonic Festival

• Swans:
• Young God:

RIP: Chris Sievey, a.k.a. Frank Sidebottom

From the BBC:

The man who played comedian, musician and North West showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom has died.

It is understood entertainer Chris Sievey collapsed at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, in the early hours.

The 54-year-old was pronounced dead at Wythenshawe Hospital, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Known for his over-sized, papier-mache head, he found fame through a series of TV appearances in the 1980s and remained a popular cult comedy figure.

• Frank Sidebottom:

Mountain Man announce release date for debut LP Made the Harbor; tour non-mountainous areas

You’re well-versed enough these days that you know not to expect much truth from a name. Little Girls share nary a female part among them; same with Women, Girls, and any number of distaff-named bands without a corresponding soprano. In keeping with this fad for erroneous appellation, Mountain Man consist not so much of one woodsy, Jedediah Smith-type, but a lineup more along the lines of a mountain man’s three daughters.

Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath are not sisters, but their harmonies evoke the image of a trio of beautiful, homespun girls in gingham, singing to the open frontier from a dusty front porch – even when they play on a street in New York (video). Made the Harbor, Mountain Man’s debut full-length, is slated for release July 20 on Partisan Records, the same day as a 10-inch release (Sun Dog) from Underwater Peoples.

Before then, however, Mountain Man are leaving their home of Vermont to tour Europe and then the U.S. with Bear in Heaven and Twin Sister (who are only 1/5 female, in case you were wondering).


06.22.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
06.23.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Melkweg
06.24.10 - London, UK - Union Chapel
06.26.10 - London, UK - Hard Rock Calling Festival
06.27.10 - Glastonbury, UK - Glastonbury Festival (The Queens Head Stage)
06.28.10 - Leeds, UK - Nation of Shopkeepers
06.29.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Way out West Party (Debaser)
06.30.10 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way out West Party (Pustervisksbaren)
07.01.10 - London, UK - St. Augustine’s Tower
07.02.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
07.13.10 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear’s Place *^
07.14.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall *^
07.15.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo *^
07.16.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig *^
07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Pitchfork Festival afterparty) *^
07.18.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club ^
07.19.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *^
07.20.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *^
07.09.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s Pub @
07.10.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
07.12.10 - York, PA - Capitol Theater @
07.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Old American Can Factory
07.14.10 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival (Mass MOCA)
07.20.10 - Glanusk, UK - Green Man Festival
09.11.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.12.10 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival

* Bear in Heaven
^ Twin Sister
@ Deer Tick

• Mountain Man:
• Partisan Records:
• Underwater Peoples:

Buyer of CBGB brand accrues enigmatic debt, files for bankruptcy

It’s a sad day for people everywhere who buy rock t-shirts at Urban Outfitters and had perhaps some day dreamed of getting just 100% totally shitfaced on Pineapple Upside Down Cake shots at a CBGB-brand theme bar in Vegas for their bachelor/bachelorette party. That’s right: the investors who but a wee two years ago purchased the CBGB brand have filed for bankruptcy. The company has debts “of $1 million to $10 million,” according to Billboard. Yeah, I can’t keep track of how much money I owe to the factories that churn out my special Liz Louche-brand clothing (TM), either.


Clinic to release Bubblegum in October, supposedly a “curveball”

Clinic, the cute Liverpudlians from Liverpool, are releasing their sixth album, Bubblegum, on October 4 in the UK (the US release date has yet to be confirmed). The album, according to the all-powerful press release, sees Clinic “throwing us a curveball”: “In place of churning riffs and wired vocals is a dream state of harpsichords, dulcimers and strings. Melody and softness combine with the band’s unique internal logic to produce a record of pop beauty.” In other words, Domino, the group’s label, is trying to assure us that Bubblegum won’t sound like every other Clinic album (that is, a slightly mutated Internal Wrangler) — terrific!

A new single, “I’m Aware,” will be released in late September in anticipation for the new album, but mosey on over to the Chocolate Grinder to hear a “unique megamix” of Bubblegum. You’ll even get to see the same press photo again!

Bubblegum tracklist:

01. I’m Aware
02. Bubblegum
03. Baby
04. Lion Tamer
05. Linda
06. Milk & Honey
07. Radiostory
08. Forever (Demis’ Blues)
09. Another Way Of Giving
10. Evelyn
11. Un Astronauta En Cielo
12. Freemason Waltz
13. Orangutan

• Clinic:
• Domino: