Black Pus (Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt) set to ooze new album All My Relations out of Thrill Jockey’s orifice

Black Pus (Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt) set to ooze new album All My Relations out of Thrill Jockey's orifice

Single-handedly making the word “pus” that much cooler and more offensive to the brain, Brian Chippendale belies the disposition of those pussy chipmunks with his carnivorous assault on the snare. Surely you’re familiar with his more electric associations, but his solo Black Pus project is about to gain some major energy, courtesy of a release through the Chicago-based indie (but not impoverished) label Thrill Jockey.

All My Relations comes out March 19, and all of the adjectives used to describe Chippendale’s previous musical work have rightly reconvened: “furious,” “physicality,” “voracious,” “unrestrained.” By contrast, however, and as a press release notes, this album will be the first for which Chippendale has “fully embraced” the recording studio and all of its amenities. Recording and production duties were assumed by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI. The result, metaphorically, is an urban riot underneath a spotlight. Clarity meets chaos, with an undoubtedly slight pop element “more fully integrated.” As always, brace yourselves. See the video below.

All My Relations tracklisting:

01. Marauder
02. Fly on the Wall
03. 1000 Years
04. Word on the Street
05. All Out of Sorts
06. Hear No Evil
07. Nowhere to Run
08. A Better Man

• Black Pus:
• Thrill Jockey:

Win a date with Marnie Stern! (It’s on the day her new album comes out, so you’ll have something to talk about)

Guitar whiz and sex-symbol-no-one-asked-for Marnie Stern has a weird problem on her fretboard-shredding hands. On the one fretboard-shredding hand, a lot of guys (and girls), myself included, think that there’s nothing “hotter” and more chock full of glib innuendo than a blonde girl who knows how to handle a guitar. But on the other fretboard-shredding hand, her ability to shred that fretboard better than you or I could ever hope to in a million years is really fucking emasculating. My guess is that this is why she’s still single (even after this stunt) and we’re still total douche bags.

Despite (or perhaps inspired by???) this dynamic emotional interplay, Stern’s label Kill Rock Stars has just announced the “Win a Release Date Date with Marnie Stern” contest on their website. Naturally, curious parties are encouraged to peruse all the steamy details at on the label’s totally NSFW page, but for those who are too busy and/or bashful to look, here’s the long and the short of it (innuendo!):

- It’s open to dudes only (lame).
- Those dudes need to be from New York City (also lame).
- Stern’s new record, The Chronicles of Marnia, comes out on March 19, so that’s when you’ll need to be free for going out for pizza and doing it.
- Race, religion, and your age won’t factor in; but it’ll help your chances if you’re down with the usual hipster bullshit like Law and Order SVU, chicken wings, cute dogs, niceness, and dating girls that are over 30.

To enter, you’ve got to email a recent photo of yourself and your favorite Marnie Stern song to, along with your completed application questions, which consist of these things right here:

Are you gainfully employed? Elaborate.
When/ how long was your last relationship?
What are your hobbies/interests?
What qualities do you most enjoy in a woman?
List any anti-depressants you currently take:
What do you know about Marnie and why do you want to date her?
What would your most recent ex-girlfriend say about you? Can we get her email?
Where would you take Marnie on a first date and why?

Well, shit. Is anyone here gainfully employed?

• Marnie Stern:
• Kill Rock Stars:

Attention all daddy macs: Kriss Kross reuniting!

The onslaught of 90s nostalgia continues today with the announcement of Kriss Kross’ return to the live stage. As FACT is reporting, the popular rap/pop group came to fame in 1992 with their hit single “Jump” (you can thank me later for getting that stuck in your head) and their unique and highly impractical habit of wearing clothes backwards. Now 20 years later, they’re reuniting as part of an all-star show reviewing the output of Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Records, the Atlanta-based label that issued records in the 90s by Da Brat, Xscape, and Lil’ Bow Wow, among others. The acts that will join Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac have yet to be announced, but be certain that if you remember them, their reemergence will make you feel old.

No one mentioned in this story actually has a web site, but rest assured Wikipedia and YouTube can get you up to speed if you’ve never worn your jeans backwards or left one of the straps on your overalls unlatched.

• Kriss Kross:

Primavera Sound 2013 uses Blur, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Swans, and more to grab your search engine’s attention

Hey, what do you know? Primavera (the festival that happens in Barcelona, Spain every spring and takes place this year on May 22-26) announced its full line-up!


Wait. Did you want to know what it is?

My Bloody Valentine
Wu-Tang Clan
The Knife
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Postal Service
Fiona Apple
Hot Chip
The Breeders (performing Last Splash)
Band of Horses
The Jesus and Mary Chain
James Blake
Animal Collective
Grizzly Bear
Crystal Castles
Death Grips
Local Natives
Daniel Johnston
Dinosaur Jr.
Hot Snakes
Bob Mould
John Talabot
Killer Mike
Jessie Ware
Dead Can Dance
Fuck Buttons
Neko Case
Fucked Up
Meat Puppets
Dan Deacon
Four Tet
Simian Mobile Disco
The Vaccines
Thee Oh Sees
Matthew E. White
Omar Souleyman
Christoper Owens
How to Dress Well
King Tuff
Mac DeMarco
Wild Nothing
Mount Eerie
The Bots
Glass Candy
Camera Obscura
The Sea and the Cake
Nick Waterhouse
White Fence
Titus Andronicus
The Vaccines
Dead Skeletons
Tame Impala
Los Planetas
Melody’s Echo Chamber
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Nils Frahm
Antona Font
El Inquilino Comunista
Do Make Say Think
The Babies
Chris Cohen
La Brigada
Fred I Son
Sean Nicholas Savage
L’Hereu Escampa

• Primavera Sound:

Calvin Johnson found some rad cassettes in his garage, and now K Records is selling them

Maybe you’ve got a lawn mower in your garage. Maybe you’ve got aquariums. Maybe you’ve got two hospital beds, a grandfather clock, an inflatable pool, and a washing machine filled with pennies.

Calvin Johnson, co-founder of K Records and member of Beat Happening, has cassettes in his garage. Or, he had cassettes in his garage. Cassettes that had been out-of-print or otherwise impossible to find for years. Black Candy by Beat Happening. Avalanche by Some Velvet Sidewalk. Jarred Up by Mecca Normal. God Don’t Make No Junk by The Halo Benders. And a whole bunch of others, all of which you can purchase here.

Now, do you know where your old Walkman is? Somewhere in your garage? Inside a broken refrigerator or maybe at the bottom of an aquarium?

• K:

[Photo via Flickr]

The Postal Service to reunite for Coachella, announce Give Up 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, delayed packages

Rumors of a dissolving postal service are more exaggeration than anything — its existence is ordained by the U.S. Constitution, after all! Rumors of a dissolving Postal Service, however, have a bit more basis in reality, as neither Ben Gibbard nor Jimmy Tamborello have announced concrete plans to release a true follow-up to their quite successful, 2003 hipster transmogrifier Give Up. To the contrary, in an interview with Spinner last October, Gibbard unequivocally stated, “There are no plans to make a second record… I can’t say that enough.” He went on to equivocate: “The door is not closed. But people shouldn’t hold their breath.” And hold our breath we shan’t, especially given the duo’s recently announced, apparent swan song…

Doubling as an attempt at fan satiation, The Postal Service have announced that they’ll be reuniting for a performance at this year’s Coachella, with additional dates “in the works,” according to Billboard. Additionally, (and perhaps more importantly, to those hopelessly waiting for new material) they’ve announced the release of a 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Give Up, consisting of the original 10-track album, plus 15 bonus tracks — included among them: two brand new songs (“Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String”). Check out the full tracklist below (the release itself is due out April 8 in the UK and April 9 in North America), and if it turns out that a new album is released in a year or so, I promise to apologize telepathically to everyone I might’ve misled.

Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
02. Such Great Heights
03. Sleeping In
04. Nothing Better
05. Recycled Air
06. Clark Gable
07. We Will Become Silhouettes
08. This Place Is a Prison
09. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem

Disc 2:

01. Turn Around
02. A Tattered Line of String
03. Be Still My Heart
04. There’s Never Enough Time
06. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
07. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
08. Grow Old With Me
09. Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
10. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
11. Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
12. We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
13. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
14. Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
15. We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
16. Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron and Wine)

• The Postal Service:
• Sub Pop: