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

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

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!!

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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.

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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?


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

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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

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Prinzhorn Dance School (of DFA fame) show off shiny new video for “I Want You,” release single EP

After the release of their sophomore effort, Clay Class earlier this year, England’s Prinzhorn Dance School are back with a new single EP called I Want You, and an understated video to accompany it. The minimalist post-punk duo of bassist/vocalist Suzi Horn and drummer/vocalist Tobin Prinz have let their melodies shine on this one, and taken a step back from the icy thud-thud-thud of their 2007 self-titled debut — which isn’t to say the lyrics on this alleged love song aren’t just as brutal. The band is definitely the least neon-inflected of the bunch on James Murphy’s DFA Records; their color palette is more akin to the sepia browns and factory smoke greys of Thatcherite England.

DFA is slated to release the I Want You EP digitally on April 10, and with the lead track come four shiny new B-sides. Originals “Promise” and”Love in the Ground” lead into Prinzhorn Dance School’s reworking of “Green Worms” by Brian James of The Damned (and the Brian James Gang, and the Lords of the New Church and he was on a Saints record AND he played with Iggy Pop… some people, huh?) Then Mr. James does his own lo-fi take on Prinzhorn’s track “Usurper” as the EP closer. The video for “I Want You” is available for your viewing pleasure below:

I Want YouTracklisting:

01. I Want You (LP version)
02. Promise
03. Love in the Ground
04. Green Worms
05. Usurper (Brian James Gang Version)

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LCD Soundsystem film to hit select theaters this summer (but I heard it’s a total rip-off cuz there’s not even any new songs in it)

By now, everyone knows the story of how LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, utterly dismayed with frustrating illegibility of the cathode ray tube displays and plasma displays he encountered at every venue’s PA system on tour, decided to disband his wildly popular project last year so that he could, in my estimation of what his words may well have been, “concentrate more fully on perfecting a liquid mercury immortality potion and inventing a sound system that is literally covered in liquid crystals!” But before losing his shit completely, Murphy agreed to put on one final, career-spanning show at Madison Square Garden, ensuring that he’d be able to milk the disco ball-pierced tits of the defunct project for years to come. Afterwards, the epic funeral show quickly passed into legend. Legend has since passed into myth, and the privileged few who were there that night struggle to this day to put into words the immensity of that singular, transcendent, once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated… oh, wait. Never mind, everyone; no one’s special. There’s a movie.

Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production and theatrical distribution entity headed by Beastie Boy Adam “MCA Soundsystem” Yauch, announced this week that they’ve “acquired North American rights to Shut Up and Play the Hits,” the LCD Soundsystem film — produced by Pulse Films and directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace — that documents the final days of LCD and their final show at MSG. LCD devotees may recall that the movie had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, followed by an encore presentation at South by Southwest last month, where fans and critics gave such rave reviews as “I thought it was cool how you could hear and see everything,” “Jesus, I had no idea that guy was so old,” and of course, “I was happy that there were no new songs that I didn’t know.”

Oscilloscope will be releasing the film in special “one-night-only engagements” in theaters nationwide this summer, and then possibly doing some other stuff with it after that. More details will presumably follow shortly. Or heck, maybe they won’t! Wouldn’t that be hilarious?

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