Black Dirt Studio starts NATCH, a free collaborative recording series ft. Stellar OM Source, Steve Gunn, Pigeons, more planned

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Upstate New York’s Black Dirt Studio, established in 2005 by No-Neck Blues Band dude Jason Meagher, has seen a lot of activity in the fairly short time it’s been around, with all sorts of great bands and labels (many likely influenced by NNCK) recording their best work within its walls. Peaking Lights, Hototogisu, Psychic Ills, the late Jack Rose, Blues Control, Expo 70, and Charalambides have all recorded there, as have artists on labels like Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Kranky, Locust, Northern-Spy, Soft Abuse, and The Social Registry. With that much concentrated heaviness permeating the place, Black Dirt had to create some sort of pressure release valve, so they’ve started up NATCH, a series of new, unheard collaborative recording sessions offered up for streaming/downloading free of charge.

Unlike the frantic energy of a recording session meant for future commercial release, NATCH sessions are intended to be approached by the artists as “open format,” meaning they can feel free to travel down any of the roads they might be less open to explore on their own albums, “from improvisation to cover songs to instant composition to sound environments to sound environments to original prewritten material to a simple exploration of the process.” A prequel session was released from 2007 with two long pieces recorded by Dave Nuss (NNCK), Rahdunes, Stellar OM Source, and Aswara, but other than that each session should be fresh music from 2012. NATCH 1 features The Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn, recorded this January, and NATCH 2 was recorded in February by Pigeons, Dave Shuford, and Margot Bianca. Two additional sessions are also finished and on-deck, NATCH 3 being a collab between Volcano the Bear’s Aaron Moore and Carter Thornton:

You can stream and/or download all NATCH sessions at their blog, or over at the Free Music Archive. Cool stuff, right? That’s why I just told ya bout it, knucklehead!!

NATCH: http://natchmusic.tumblr.com
• Black Dirt Studio: http://www.blackdirtstudio.com

Patti Smith announces Banga, the hottest new dance craze coming your way this June!

After taking a quick detour into award-winning authorship in 2010 (what do you mean, you haven’t read Just Kids yet?? It’s awesome, do it), Patti Smith has announced her return to the ol’ music game with the June release of studio album number 11 on Columbia Records, Banga. Smith’s last outing was the covers record Twelve, released way back in 2007, and her most recent album of original compositions dates back to the pre-colonial days of 2004, when Smith released Trampin’, an album about trampin’.

Not one to keep listeners waiting, Smith released the first single from the new record, “April Fool,” for purchase on iTunes (or for free listens on Spotify) concurrently with the announcement. The track features Tom Verlaine (on guitar?) and showcases Smith’s easy, breezy vocal stylings. Back for all the tracks recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC are Smith’s usual collaborators: Tony Shanahan on bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums, and Lenny Kaye on guitar.

Not sounding intellectual enough? Well, Rolling Stone fixes that by reporting that Smith likes to explain the album thusly: “There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 (‘Amerigo’)”. Other songspirations include Johnny Depp’s birthday (“You’re a big boy now, get a haircut already”) and Amy Winehouse’s death (“This is the Girl who loved mice”). Get your Smith on June 5!

Banga tracklisting:

01. Amerigo 
02. Fuji-san 
03. April Fool 
04. This Is the Girl 
05. Banga 
06. Maria 
07. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop is Jupiter) 
08. Mosaic 
09. Nine 
10. Seneca 
11. Constantine’s Dream
12. After the Gold Rush

• Patti Smith: http://www.pattismith.net
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

RIP: Jim Marshall, inventor of the Marshall amplifier

From The Guardian:

The man who gave rock one of its key visual and sonic props has died. Jim Marshall, known as “The Father of Loud” for inventing the Marshall amplifier, was 88 years old.

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend’s request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the “Marshall stack” was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands’ backlines for generations to come.

Virtually every major guitarist has used Marshall amps at one time or another, and giant arrays of Marshall cabs – often suggested to be empty boxes, with no actual amplification purposes – have become key stage props for generations of metal bands, especially.

• Jim Marshall: http://marshallamps.com

A Sunny Day in Glasgow start Kickstarter campaign to record new album, meet goal, still willing to exchange all kinds of unique goods and services for additional donations

A Sunny Day in Glasgow have started a Kickstarter page to raise money for the recording of their yet-to-be-named new album. After taking less traditional approaches to recording their previous two well-known full-lengths, ASDiG want to take a stab at working with a proper producer and recording in an actual recording studio this time. And that costs money! Their 2007 album, Scribble Mural Comic Journal, was recorded at home by band leader Ben Daniels, and their 2009 album, Ashes Grammar (TMT Review) was recorded in an echoey dance studio in New Jersey. This time, they’ve enlisted the help of Jeff Ziegler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) and his North Philly studio, Uniform Recordings, but the process is proving to be be more expensive than originally planned.

That’s where you come in! Since ASDiG are nice guys (and two nice gals), donations at all levels come with incentives. They range from a simple personal acknowledgement on their website ($5 or more) to limited edition copies of previously released albums and EPs, to in-person experiences (music lessons, karaoke sessions) with band members.

Because of the awesome rewards that they’re offering in return for donations, many of the packages have already sold out, and ASDiG have actually already raised slightly more than their original $5,000 goal. They’ve now got enough to finish the album, but if people keep donating, they’ve promised to “do a lot more.” Details are cryptic, but the possibilities are grand. Maybe if they make it to $10,000 they’ll do a tribute album to all of the donors, writing mini-songs for everyone who contributed. Or they could just be badasses and rent a giant tour bus and throw parties on it each night for the donors in a given town. That can be done for $5,000, right? Regardless, contributing to ASDiG’s album efforts will undoubtedly result in many returned riches.

• A Sunny Day in Glasgow: http://asunnydayinglasgow.com
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1077560989/a-sunny-day-in-glasgow

Death Grips continue pre-release promotion with excellently timed spring tour announcement

Not sure if it has anything to do with their recent signing to Epic, but Death Grips are really good at promotion these days. First, in early February, they premiered a new track called “Blackjack.” Then word gets out a couple weeks later that not only are they releasing two full-length albums this year, but they have also signed to major label Epic. The label announcement coincided with the release of a new track called “Get Got,” which was followed by a practice clip of another new track, “Lost Boys,” which was soon followed up with the studio version of “Lost Boys,” then soon another new track, “The Fever (Aye Aye),” and then a crazy video last week featuring 109 looped videos.

And now we have a tour announcement, which will take the Sacremento group from their neck of the woods (California) to Hugh Grant’s neck of the woods (Europe) to my neck of the woods (Minnesota). The tour is in support of The Money Store, the first of the two albums due this year, which is out April 24 on Epic. But of course, there’s still time to do some promotion between now and then, so expect a new video for “I’ve Seen Footage” on April 13… and maybe an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Or pehaps a sex tape?

Tourdates:

04.12.12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.05.12 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Electronic Music Festival
05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK - Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Store Door
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Porto
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic/Columbia: http://www.sonymusic.com

[Photo: Ryan Pollock]

A Place to Bury Strangers announce Worship LP and DEAAAAAAAAATH

Death! Death!! Death!!!!! Oh, hello. As you may have gathered, there is some news about Brooklyn noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. Back in, I believe it was 2006, all music writers (past, present, and future) signed a contract to begin all A Place to Bury Strangers-related stories with a triple cry of death. Some of us are slacking off, but that’s not how we do things here. We do things right here.

Why the death cries today? Well, it’s because A Place to Bury Strangers have announced that their new album, Worship, is coming out June 26 through Dead Oceans. Those in Europe will be getting the album a bit earlier than us in the states, as the record comes out June 11 in Europe and the UK. Don’t worry, Dead Oceans will be handling the release in those areas, too. A fair pairing for two parties who love DEATH so much. Right now, Spin has a stream of the album’s first single, “You Are The One.” Go over there real quick if you’re interested in hearing it, but you’ll probably also have to hear about how Theophilus London makes music without borders or limits or rules or something, so we’ve embedded it here too:

The group will soon spread their death all across the land, mainly by going on tour. This is assuming that the land is Europe. Some say Europe is the deadliest land of them all. Nobody says that.

Worship tracklist:

01. Alone
02. You Are The One
03. Mind Control
04. Worship
05. Fear
06. Dissolved
07. Why I Can’t Cry Anymore
08. Revenge
09. And I’m Up
10. Slide
11. Leaving Tomorrow

A Place to Bury Strangers dates:

04.05.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
04.06.12 - Moncalieri, Italy - Audiodrome
04.07.12 - Milan, Italy - Mezzago
04.08.12 - Saint Jean De Vedas, France - Secret Police
04.09.12 - La Rochelle, France - La Sirene
04.10.12 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa
04.12.12 - Lyon, France - Le Ninkasi
04.13.12 - Chelle, France - Les Cuiines
04.14.12 - Reims, France - La Cartonneire
04.16.12 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
04.18.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
04.19.12 - Oslo, Norway - Blaa
04.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.21.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
04.23.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
04.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
04.25.12 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
04.26.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Impetus Festival
04.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
04.28.12 - Murcia, Spain - 12 & Medio
04.29.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
05.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
05.02.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.04.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
05.05.12 - Courtrai, Belgium - De Kreun
05.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.08.12 - London, UK - Cargo
05.09.12 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
05.11.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
05.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
05.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.24.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica’s Orion Festival, Bader Field

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• Dead Oceans: http://deadoceans.com