Black Dice prepare new project Mr. Impossible for April, a taut buddy thriller starring Vin Diesel and Rowan Atkinson

Black Dice prepare new project Mr. Impossible for April, a taut buddy thriller starring Vin Diesel and Rowan Atkinson

Y’know, what I said in the headline right there wasn’t completely truthful… in fact what I did was tell a harmless fib in the hopes that you’d come down with a sudden case of the chuckles. Fingers crossed!

With that cleared up, let me tell you about the real details of Black Dice’s new project Mr. Impossible. It’s a full-length album called Mr. Impossible, which breaks from the tradition of naming their albums Repo, begun in 2009 and implied throughout the album drought of 2010-11. Mr. Impossible features nine songs, though knowing Black Dice and their irreverence toward pop forms, calling each track a “song” might be a little naïve of me. ;-)

Unlike the three-year run of real/implied albums named Repo, Mr. Impossible will not be released on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label but instead the Domino imprint Ribbon Music, a great label imprint that’s always on the lookout for forward-thinking, high-quality music and pop. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Ribbon Music continues to be a cultural guidebook and fount of inspiration. Thank you Ribbon Music.

Black Dice are offering a homemade, screen-printed version of the new album, hand-numbered and limited to 350 copies, while everyone else can pick it up on the format that best suits them, be it vinyl, compact disc, or digital files — what a time we live in, right? Everything at our fingertips. Check out the track “Pigs” in audio and video versions below. You’ll be glad you did and I’ll be glad to have facilitated the encounter. I’ll feel really good about it. Stay warm, everybody. Kisses.

Mr. Impossible tracklisting:

01. Pinball Wizard
02. Rodriguez
03. The Jacker
04. Pigs
05. Spy Vs. Spy
06. Out Body Drifter
07. Shithouse Drifter
08. Carnitas
09. Brunswick Sludge

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• Ribbon:

Jim O’Rourke to release Old News #7 and then announce #8 the day after you buy it

The prolific experimenter known to friends and fans alike as Jim O’Rourke, who was partially responsible for one of 2011’s greatest releases And That’s the Story of Jazz… (TMT Review), is gearing up for the next installment of his vinyl series Old News, following last year’s sweet #5 (TMT Review) and sweeter #6 (TMT Review). Each installment of the series provides a vinyl-only glimpse into O’Rourke’s electronic synth archive, and on February 21, the “seventh” installment will be issued as a double LP via Editions Mego, already available for preorder.

This time around, we are gifted with tracks such as “Welcome to the Django,” a two-sided mid-90s excursion of O’Rourke’s first experiments with a Serge modular system, and “Tacere Fas,” the piece originally appearing on the compilation Unentitled on These Records in 1994. There’s also a recent recording from a live performance in Nagoya at Tokuzo from last year. Have at it.

Old News #7 tracklist:

01. Welcome to the Django Part One
02. Welcome to the Django Part Two
03. Natural Bonbon Killers
04. Tacere Fas

• Jim O’Rourke:
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RIP: Tom Ardolino, drummer for NRBQ

From the Hartford Courant:

Tom Ardolino, the former drummer for cult favorites NRBQ, died Friday night after a long illness. He would have turned 57 Jan. 12.

After corresponding for years with keyboardist Terry Adams, Ardolino, a Springfield resident, joined the band in 1974 when original drummer Tom Staley departed. Ardolino remained behind the kit for the next 30 years, playing on 15 studio albums and countless live shows, until the group went on hiatus in 2004. Although he played at sporadic NRBQ reunion concerts in the intervening years, he wasn’t well enough to resume drum duties when keyboardist Terry Adams reconstituted the band with a new lineup in 2011.

“He was a great drummer and a great guy,” Al Anderson, who played with Ardolino in NRBQ from 1974-1993, said Saturday morning. “He had a totally unique style of drumming that nobody can ever duplicate. That was one of the baddest rhythm sections in the world.”


Sales of vinyl records increase for the sixth straight year; popularity of lensless glasses possibly related

Oh, happy day! Music sales have finally reversed their perpetual downward trend over the past several years, and, in an unprecedented display of humanity, the RIAA has opted to discontinue their tyrannical opposition to gratuitous file-sharing!

If only fate were so kind. As it turns out, overall album sales in the US did, remarkably, show a slight increase in 2011, but the more significant news at the moment pertains the sales of vinyl records, which have grown every year for the past six years and which increased by 25% in 2011, from 2.8 million in 2010 to 3.5 million. Have vinyl record manufacturers felt the urge to contact their doctors yet? Because this commercial erection appears to be lasting way longer than four hours.

What could possibly account for the ongoing resurgence of a medium that was previously shunned for its supposed obsolescence? Ironically, it may have something to do with the physical prominence and relative indispensability of records themselves — in other words, as a way of implicitly counteracting the digitization of music and entertainment in general, people have returned their interest to a format that requires their attention and may be a greater signifier of their passion for music than something as impersonal and easily discarded as MP3s. That’s just one theory though. Given how objectively inferior the sound quality of records are when compared to CDs, I’d like to chalk it up to some form of misplaced elitism, but I’m also quite willing to appreciate the fact that records do have their appeal, even if that appeal is based entirely on the subjective preference of the listener. Don’t hate.

Meanwhile, here is the top 10 best-selling vinyl albums of 2011, all by really white artists:

01. The Beatles - Abbey Road (41,000)
02. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (29,700)
03. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (27,200)
04. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (26,800)
05. Radiohead - The King of Limbs (20,800)
06. Adele - 21 (16,500)
07. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (16,200)
08. Wilco - The Whole Love (14,900)
09. The Black Keys - Brothers (14,200)
10. The Black Keys - El Camino (13,800)

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Ghostface Killah gets beer named after him, because who doesn’t want to taste Ghostface in their mouth?

Whenever I’m listening to albums by Wu-Tang or Ghostface Killah, I find myself preoccupied. No, it’s not the blunt that I’m trying to roll, nor is it the utter disgrace that music journalists cannot name all 9 members of Wu-Tang. It’s a more personal matter. To really understand them, I think it’d be best if I were able to smell them, to touch them… to taste them. Ghostface Killah, in particular, has always had a special place in my heart. While the doll replica of him serves as a perfect centerpiece for the shrine in my room where I pray to the Wu, I still find I feel a little lost.

Luckily, Twisted Pine Brewing knows my pain. Thus, when they set about to make the spiciest beer ever, they aptly called it Ghost Face Killah. Why? It’s a wheat ale with six different chili peppers: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeno, serrano, habanero, and bhut jolokia, the ‘ghost’ pepper. Upon its initial release last year, it was only available in Colorado, but this is my year. Starting this month, the beer will be sold in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska, Missouri, and Louisiana. I will be crossing many state lines to pick up my own individually bottled 12 ounces to fiery freedom. The chili peppers will have me sweating my ass off, but at least I’ll feel that much closer to my own Ghostface. I just hope I’m not disappointed, because my Asian glow already makes me feel like I’m running a fever every time I get drunk.

• Twisted Pine Brewing:

RIP: Bob Weston, Fleetwood Mac guitarist

From Bob Weston’s official website:

It is with great pain that I must announce that Bob Weston has died. He was found dead at home in his London flat in the evening of the 3rd January, by police making a forced entry. Local friends had become concerned at the lack of response, having not seen him for a couple of days. Cause of death has been attributed to a gastrointestinal haemorrhage. He was found in his bed/armchair [checking] in front of the TV; it is presumed he was asleep and didn’t suffer…

I spoke to Bob just a few days before Xmas; we had discussed him spending Xmas with us, but he had some gigs to do in London. Instead we made plans for a visit early in the New Year. He was in fine spirits, and was involved in several new projects. He also seemed to be very fit…

My family and I have lost a dear friend; the world has lost an enormously talented musician, with unfinished business…

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