Bill Callahan announces European tour leg, meaning that they, too, will face Apocalypse

Bill Callahan announces European tour leg, meaning that they, too, will face Apocalypse

As it turned out, the apocalypse was peaceful and genial, if not slightly unsettling. At least, that’s how Bill Callahan saw it on his recent record, Apocalypse (TMT Review). Shortly before releasing Apocalypse, Callahan saw fit to inform America(!) that he’d be traveling upon their soil, as it burned under the summer sun, in order to spread word of his folksy vision. What he didn’t tell them was that he’d be spreading that very word through Europe first. Well, he’s telling you now. Before he embarks on his American tour, Bill Callahan will be touring Europe during May. Those new dates, along with the previously announced American ones, can be seen below.

Accompanying Mr. Callahan on his European trek will be fellow Drag City artist Sophia Knapp. Ms. Knapp hails from yet another Drag City group, Cliffie Swan, who, in the days when they were known as Lights, once provided tour support for Callahan. She also very recently released a 7-inch single by the title of “Nothing to Lose.” Near the end of the American dates in July, long-time folkster Ed Askew will join Callahan, who now has his 1984 album Imperfiction back in stores. Guess who reissued that? That’s right — Drag City.

Bill Callahan dates:

05.02.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
05.05.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy *
05.06.11 - Machester, UK - Central Methodist Hall *
05.07.11 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art *
05.09.11 - London, UK - The Barbican *
05.10.11 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Trinity *
05.12.11 - Cologne, Germany - Stadt Garten *
05.13.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik *
05.14.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Café Keese *
05.15.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus *
05.17.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Theatre 140 *
05.18.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif *
05.19.11 - Lille, France - Aéronef *
05.20.11 - Paris, France - Le Café de la Danse *
05.21.11 - San Sebastian, Spain - Teatro Principal *
05.23.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini Barcelona *
05.24.11 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken *
05.25.11 - Seville, Spain - Salo Cosmos *
06.14.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
06.15.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
06.16.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06.17.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
06.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.19.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
06.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.27.11 - Denver, CO - High Dive
07.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.03.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.08.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
07.10.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall $
07.11.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg $
07.12.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
08.05-06.11 - Portland, OR - Pickathon $

* Sophia Knapp
$ Ed Askew

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The Books are already on tour! Go see them or you’ll miss it! Hurry!!

The Books are coming! The Books are coming! Look out Copenhagen, look out Austria! The Books are coming and have given barely a warning! The Books, using state-of-the-art stealth equipment and black jumpsuits, have already launched a preemptive strike aimed at The United States of Europe! The Books have already visited European cities Berlin and Leipzig and are spreading their love of complex and sophisticated electronica wherever they go. Just last year they wowed the whole continent with the release of The Way Out (TMT Review) on Temporary Residence Ltd, and now it’s time to get wowed again.

So look out Europe, cuz here they come: The Books are on their way to you! They apologize for not giving you enough advance notice to properly plan a concert into your schedule, they know that you have plenty of retro-futurism, postmodernism, and crêpe cooking already on your daily to-do list, but please, go see The Books and help them enjoy the true European experience.

The Books European tour:

05.02.11 - Foligno, Italy - Auditorium San Domenico
05.03.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
05.05.11 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival
05.06.11 - Hannover, Germany - Junges Schauspiel
05.07.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05.08.11 - Ahrhus, Denmark- Atlas
05.09.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
06.23.11 - London, UK - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror

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Room40 offers free comp feat. Grouper, Xiu Xiu, David Grubbs, Andrea Belfi, and others, because they love you and have loved you for 10 years now

It’s nice when the online music community takes after the Sunday tradition at grocery stores of an abundance of free samples for all. Room40 celebrated its 10th anniversary in March, and to further commemorate a decade as one of the most innovative Australian labels around, they’ve released 10, a free download compilation of 40 tracks by Room40 “friends and family” (which is way better than a new brand of bruschetta or cubed cheese on toothpicks). If you’re one of many who didn’t get to snatch up a copy of Grouper’s new double-album A I A (TMT Review) before it sold out in record stores (as Liz Harris is wont to do), there’s a track for you here, in addition to offerings from Xiu Xiu, David Grubbs, Greg Davis w/ Ben Vida, Tenniscoats, Andrea Belfi, Koen Holtkamp, and a few dozen more.

As usual, you can also check the label’s site for cool samples that aren’t on 10, currently including Tim Hecker, Room40 curator Lawrence English, and yet another track from Grouper. Download 10 for free by subscribing here, and don’t forget: you can always buy music sometimes too.

10 tracklisting:

01. Chris Abrahams, “Water”
02. Asher, “untitled”
03. Andrea Belfi, “Poaofbp”
04. Candlesnuffer, “Euclid’s Fudge”
05. John Chantler, “The Droning Chord”
06. Richard Chartier, “Rendered1_2009”
07. Chihei Hatakeyama, “Fkpkc002”
08. Leighton Craig, “Endless Blue Sky”
09. Greg Davis and Ben Vida, “Two Dozen Windows”
10. Taylor Deupree, “Live:Brisbane”
11. DJ Olive, “Monday”
12. D.N.E., “Volatile”
13. Erikm, “Sossusvlei”
14. Ben Frost, “Feeding”
15. Friedl + Vorfeld, “Blau”
16. Glim, “Fusibil”
17. Kraig Grady, “Bima”
18. Erik Griswold, “From Heaven Above”
19. David Grubbs, “You Could Look It Up”
20. Grouper, “Hollow Tone”
21. Koen Holtkamp, “Broken Circle”
22. Rafael Anton Irisarri, “Distance”
23. I8U, “Higgs”
24. Jeph Jerman, “No Words”
25. Ulrich Krieger, “Cephei”
26. Minamo + Lawrence English, “Luminous”
27. Scott Morrison, “Ballad for Velizy”
28. Pimmon, “Limited E Country”
29. Steve Roden, “One of Forty Rooms”
30. Marina Rosenfeld, “Sweetest Sensation”
31. Sebastien Roux, “More Songs (Excerpt)”
32. Philip Samartzis, “Davis Station”
33. Janek Schaefer, “Unfolding Honey”
34. Steinbrüchel, “Same”
35. Tenniscoats, “Tasmania: for a Bay”
36. David Toop, Scanner, Io3, “Live at Open Frame”
37. Zane Trow, “Initled”
38. Tujiko Noriko Trio, “Heartga Live”
39. James Webb, “Piglet”
40. Xiu Xiu, “Ingeborg Bachmann”

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Ghostface Killah receives greatest honor of all: a limited-release beer with his name

You work hard. Sometimes you just wanna kick back with the guys, eat a ton of fuckin’ buffalo wings and relax.

For those times, Ghost Face Killah is here. No, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper won’t stop by your house with a couple of cold ones and some messy Applebee’s “meat” products for you and your overweight friend, your black friend, and your slightly sexist “bro” friend. (But it’s cool — he’s sexist in a lovable, Judd Apatowesque way! It’s cool, ladies! Now what’s your phone number? Hey hey just kidding! But seriously. WHAT IS YOUR PHONE NUMBER LADIES.) Instead, you’ll have to settle for the cool, refreshing taste of Boulder, CO’s Ghost Face Killah limited-release beer, produced by Twisted Pine Brewery.

Well, some of you will: Ghost Face Killah (the beer) is limited to about 100 bottles. Fortunately, this may be all that America needs, as the beer’s special recipe includes five different types of pepper, including the formidable Bhut Jolokia, sometimes referred to as “the ghost pepper,” possibly because it’s so freakin’ hot that you’ll want to die and become a ghost if you consume it. For real. This stuff is being developed by Indian scientists for use in hand grenades and pepper sprays… which is sad and kind of disturbing. Unlike beer. BACK TO THE BEER!!!

Ghost Face Killah (the beer) is being billed by Twisted Pine as “the hottest beer this side of hell.” The brewery had hoped to partner with Ghostface Killah (the rapper), but didn’t receive a call back when they got in touch with his people. Technically, the beer is named after a character in the kung-fu flick Mystery of Chessboxing, but yeah… that’s a lot less exciting.

Other artists to get honored in beer form recently include Pelican, Miles Davis, Wilco, and The Jesus Lizard.

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Paul McCartney’s McCartney and McCartney II to be reissued June 14; entire Wings catalog to be retroactively ‘unissued’ on the same day

Paul McCartney is in full-on “holy shit, I might keel over any minute now,” legacy mode these days. And while the majority of his constant interviewing, guesting, reissuing, occasionally re-recording, and even “personally overseeing the mastering of” exploits in recent years have mostly been related to the more or less full-time job of making sure no one finds out that The Zombies were a better pop band than The Beatles, this time he’s turning the attention to his first two solo records, 1970’s awesome McCartney and 1980’s good-by-1980-standards McCartney II.

Word is that these crazy-deluxe reissues, which are being jointly tackled by MPL and Concord Music Group, were remastered at Abbey Road while McCartney himself was sleeping on the studio couch. They’re set to hit stores and the web on June 14 in the US and June 13 everywhere else, and, as you might expect, they come in a newswriter-confounding hodgepodge of different formats and editions, including “double-disc Special Editions” and “Deluxe Editions (including DVDs and additional bonus material),” both of which are available on CD sets, vinyl sets, digital files, and as manila folders full of binary code hand-typed onto cardstock. The two different editions come with their own crazy lists of bonus B-sides and live cuts, which I will not even attempt to type out and format for TMT. Check out the man’s website for the complete tracklists and whatnot. You can also preorder there pretty soon.

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Domino sign Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains, because signing bands is what good labels do

What’s a label without some signees? Not a very good label at all, that’s for sure. See, if you want to run a successful label, you’ve got to sign some musicians and you’ve got to put out their records. That’s how you get it done. I don’t know what you’re doing with your label over there, but you’ve gotta get out there and actually sign some bands. Get it together. Maybe I’m on a tangent here, because this story’s not about your dumb label. This story is about Domino Records, a label that signs bands, and their latest signee, Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains.

These Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains folks, they’re more than just Domino’s latest signee. Because that would be dumb if Domino signed a band that wasn’t even a band. Maybe you run your label that way, but not them. They’re pros. Dang it, I’m on that whole deal about your label again! Back on topic: Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains are a breezy indie pop group from Bristol, UK. They’re the child of the brain of Mr. Fránçois Marry, a singer-songwriter/animator originally from Saintes, France. Since moving to Bristol in 2003, Marry (with the friends he gathered up to form the Atlas Mountains) has released five full-length albums. Later this year, he’ll have another out through his new label, Domino. See how it works? You have a label, you sign bands, and you release their records. And while this may or may not be directly in your control as part of the label, those bands go play shows, like the ones Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains have planned for next month. Learn a thing or two from this label/band pair and maybe your label won’t end up a fiery wreck, like so many of your predecessors.

Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains dates:

04.30.11 - Lille, France - La Péniche
05.01.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Arts Centre
05.02.11 - Bristol, UK - Kino Cafe
05.03.11 - Cardiff, UK - Ten Feet Tall
05.05.11 - London, UK - Wilimgtons Arms
05.11.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
05.12.11 - Manchester, UK - TBA
05.13.11 - Brighton, UK - TBA
05.28.11 - Besancon, France - La Rodia

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