Beatles fan reveals plan to clone John Lennon using tooth DNA; I’m walking into the sea

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Daniel Zuk, Beatles fan and Edmonton, Alberta-based dentist, has announced a plan to clone John Lennon using DNA from one of Lennon’s teeth. NME reports this.

I may just walk into the ocean.

Zuk bought the tooth for £20,000 in a 2011 auction, because, Jesus Christ, that’s a thing that happened. People got together to sell a piece of bone that was once inside a famous dead person and another person decided to pay a large sum of money for it. That same person has serious plans to clone that dead famous person so that he may live in our world again.

Hey, is anyone trying to clone long-dead rock stars in the ocean? Because that sounds like it might be a good place for me to be.

Here is a thing that Zuk said: “I’m nervous and excited at the possibility we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope. Many Beatles fans remember where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot. I hope they also live to hear the day he got another chance.” Though I’ll admit to knowing little-to-nothing about the process of cloning, I can only imagine that the clone would not retain any of the original person’s memories or experiences, thus negating this Lennon clone’s ability to write songs or perform, skills he learned throughout life. As such, I, too, am excited about the existence of this confused clone who will enter the world with no musical ability, but will be expected to have the same abilities as one of history’s most popular songwriters.

The idea that this may simply be the world’s most expensive prank has dawned on me. The existence of http://www.johnlennontooth.com, a website that uses the phrase “the tooth of the matter” and could well be either the rantings of a madman or a brilliant joke, supports this possibility and soothes me. I’m going fishing.

• John Lennon: http://www.johnlennontooth.com

Chondritic Sound offers Believer/Law LP, out October 29, to help you navigate the loneliness of a fundamentally isolated consciousness

Has the 21st century got you down? Well we’re only 13 years into it, bucko, so I’d say you better suck it up. We’ve got at least 87 more years of viral YouTube videos and global warming to go before the 22nd century rolls around and everything gets all nice and dandy again. Maybe you’re thinking, “But, Taylor, I don’t have your strength! My muscles are not as lean and toned as yours, and I could never stand strong against the evils of our present era!” Well, first off, thanks so much for noticing! I don’t really work out that much, but it really is satisfying when someone takes note of all the hard work I’ve put in and the progress I’ve made! And second… well, you know what? If you don’t mind, I’m going to go ahead and start a second paragraph for the next thing I’ve got to say.

Hey there! Welcome to the second paragraph, make yourself at home, friend. Like I was saying, if you don’t feel like you’re strong enough to stand against the trials and tribulations of our current age, I may have just the thing for you. You see, Chondritic Sound has got a new LP coming out from the New York industrial and electronic group Believer/Law on October 29. From the looks of it, it’ll be just what the news writer with the great biceps ordered. Believer/Law features members of Cult of Youth, Drunkdriver, Pure Ground, Missing Foundation, and Kama Rupa, so you know they’ve got the skills to hold you over for at least, oh, I don’t know, a decade or two of this retweet-stuffed century.

According to Chondritic, the album, which is called Matters of Life and Death, is “rooted in the trials and tribulations of living in the 21st century.” That’s right! It’s exactly what you’ve been looking for! And get this, instead of “wallowing in the negativity,” they get all uplifting and come to terms with the crushing realities of life itself. Shit is like Oprah with drum machines, and friendo, if Oprah with drum machines won’t solve your problems, then nothing in this world will.

Matters of Life and Death tracklisting:

01. Ashes
02. War Story
03. The Task at Hand
04. Contrition

• Believer/Law: https://www.facebook.com/believelaw
• Chondritic Sound: http://www.chondriticsound.com

Traxman to release Teklife Vol. 3: The Architek on Lit City Trax in September

Traxman may have gotten robbed and shot a few months ago, but the veteran producer is so prolific and dedicated he was probably chopping shit up on his MPCs later that night. Case in point: Traxman just released a solid EP, SO DAMN WHATTT !!!!, on Interscape Records, but he’s already announcing another release, this time a 21-track, double album monster for Lit City Trax due next month. It’s called The Architek and is the third installment in the Teklife series (following DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn).

The FADER just premiered a remix of a track off the album, which you can listen to here:

UPDATE: Lit City posted another non-album track, “We Had a Sick Night,” on its SoundCloud. Check it out here:

Look for Teklife Vol. 3: The Architek digitally on September 17, followed by a vinyl release at some point. We’ll tell you about it as soon as we put in our orders first. ;)

Disc One
01. Buddha Muzik
02. Electric Funk
03. Blow Your Whistle
04. Japan
05. Killing Fields
06. Bussin
07. We Takin Over (GETO DJz, Ghetto Tekz)
08. I’m the Life of the Party
09. Hold It
10 This Shit Go Hard

Disc Two
11. All I Feel
12. Off Dem Bars (We Leanin Remix)
13. Manic
14. Don’t Let Em Turn U Around
15. We Can Go Anywhere
16. Mobile Acid
17. Makin Me Itch
18. See Things My Way
19. When Dat Shit Go
20. 2200 Acid
21. Da Best Is Yet To Come

• Traxman: https://soundcloud.com/traxman
• Geto DJ’z: http://getodjz.com
• Lit City Trax: https://www.facebook.com/LITCITYTRAX

Talibam! tour through Europe and (briefly) return to improvisation

Last time we talked about Talibam! they were celebrating 10 years of merrymaking, rapping, and playing some dates in Europe. While the rap game was apparently fun, it seems to have grown tiresome for the New York duo who are known for blending styles and genres. Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea (a.k.a. MC Moaty Mogulz and MC K-Wizzle) are returing to their roots (sort of) for a show with Peter Evans and Alan Wilkinson as part of the Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival (WARNING: lots of brightly colored flash graphics) in Sant’Anna, Italy. The festival also features the likes of Cecil Taylor and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Well, maybe “tiresome” wasn’t the right word before. It’s more likely the improv bug was itching and they had to scratch, as they will be playing a series of shows highlighting their #NOSCHOOL stylings all over Europe in the weeks following the jazz festival.

For two dudes based in New York, they sure seem to play abroad a lot. My guess is it’s either they don’t send out press releases for their US shows, or our feeble American minds cannot comprehend their realness.

Anyway, here are the tour dates:

08.24.13 - Sant’Anna, Italy - Sant’Anna Arress Jazz Festival

#NOSCHOOL Rap tour dates:

08.29.13 - Charleroi, Belgium - Rockerill
08.31.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
09.01.13 - Duisburg, Germany - Platzhirsch Festival
09.02.13 - Caen, France - Ecuyes
09.03.13 - Cherbourg, France
09.04.13 - Venlo, Netherlands - radio appearance
09.08.13 - Riviers, France - Baignade -Toujours- Interditeade Festival

• Talibam!: http://talibam.bandcamp.com

Melt-Banana ready first album in six years, plot North American tour, probe your prog-core

Japanese noise-grind-prog-core outfit Melt-Banana have a big announcement, but you have to slow it down 100x to understand it. I’ll translate it for you: the band is to release their 10th album, titled fetch and containing their first set of new material since 2007, via A-Zap Records on October 1! Get ready for an entirely new onslaught of genre- and mind-bending maniacal mayhem.

The hyperactive oddballs, who still use GeoCities for their website because they just don’t give a fuck, have been touring as a duo since last summer, and they’ll do the same for their “2 do what 2 fetch” tour in support of the album.

Tourdates:

10.16.13- Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.17.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.18.13 - Portland, OR - Dante’ s
10.19.13 - Boise, ID - Nuerolux
10.20.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.21.13 - Denver, CO - Laimer Lounge
10.23.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.24.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
10.25.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pryamid Scheme
10.26.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.27.13 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
10.28.13 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
10.29.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.31.13 - Philly, PA - Union Transfer
11.01.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
11.02.13 - Providence, RI - AS220
11.03.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
11.04.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat - Backstage
11.05.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 -
11.08.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - FFF Fest -
11.11.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
11.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
11.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
11.14.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11.15.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
11.16.13 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Opera House

• Melt-Banana: http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/mb/mxbx.html
• A-Zap: http://www.geocities.jp/azaplink/index.html

Cass McCombs announces new LP Big Wheel and Others, defends tricycle as most efficient mode of transportation

Cass “Big Wheel” McCombs is a rough rider on the mean streets of the world. He doesn’t take shit from no one. Not from motorcyclists. Not from bikers. Not from folks in minivans, either. He just pedals on by and waves, the big wheel in front carrying him over any and all obstacles the open road can throw at him. “Big Wheel” McCombs is not a small man, and throughout the years, many have observed that he looks “pretty much ridiculous” and “like a weird giant riding a children’s toy.” It always seemed like Mr. Big (Wheel) didn’t take any of the negative talk seriously; at least not until now, that is.

Now I’m not so sure. He’s just announced a new LP entitled Big Wheel and Others out on Domino Records, and from the looks of it, it’s a rebuttal to all the haters. It follows what many interpreted as a “brooding silence” through 2012 that was preceded by a 2011 release schedule that could have only been managed by a man with calves made powerful by constant pedaling — he released both Humor Risk (TMT Review) and Wit’s End (TMT Review) that year. Big Wheel and Others is out October 15, and it’s a double LP that unfolds over two discs and 22 songs (he’s got a lot to say about his precious big wheel, it seems). Indeed, it is perhaps less an album and more a bundle, or an oil barrel, or a child’s toy chest of songs. It’ll arrive as both a double CD and LP, with a special edition 2xLP limited to 500 copies that comes with an exclusive 7-inch containing unreleased songs. Those who have cast shade upon the almighty big wheel need not preorder, though those whose lips have remained dry of the haterade may follow this link to the Domino store.

McCombs is touring as fast as his grownup legs can carry him on his chosen mode of transportation this fall. You can listen to “There Can Only Be One” from the album below. Honestly, and I say this from a place of total love, but yes, there can only be one. If there’s any more than one full-grown adult riding around the world on a children’s toy at one time then I’d say we are to a point where things are getting objectively out of hand.

Big Wheel and Others tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Sean I
02. Big Wheel
03. Angel Blood
04. Morning Star
05. The Burning of the Temple, 2012
06. Brighter!
07. There Can Be Only One
08. Name Written in Water
09. Joe Murder
10. Everything Has to Be Just-So

Disc 2:
01. It Means a Lot to Know You Care
02. Dealing
03. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
04. Satan Is My Toy
05. Sean II
06. Home on the Range
07. Brighter!
08. Untitled Spain Song
09. Sean III
10. Honesty Is No Excuse
11. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
12. Unearthed

Dates:

08.30.13 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.02.13 - Manchester, UK - Castle Hotel
09.05.13 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09.06.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax
09.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.14.13 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape 2013
01.13.13 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall

• Cass McCombs: https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us