Blonde Redhead reveal Penny Sparkle, tour

Blonde Redhead reveal Penny Sparkle, tour

Blonde Redhead, everybody’s favorite band named after a DNA song, is back! They’ve got a new look, a new attitude, and a new album. (Okay, only that last bit is probably true. Until it’s time for a MALL MAKEOVER MONTAGE!!!!! Somebody cue the Duran Duran.) They’re calling the album Penny Sparkle, which, incidentally, is also the name of a nice crack dealer I met in a Super America bathroom.* It hits US stores September 14, released by the venerable 4AD label. Penny Sparkle was recorded in New York and Stockholm by Fever Ray producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid and mixed by Alan Moulder, the producer behind such shoegaze luminaries as Lush and My Bloody Valentine. The band will be touring Europe in support of the album this summer/fall.

* Just kidding, real job! I met her at P.F. Chang’s.


07.16.10 - Ottawa, ON - Blues Festival
07.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
09.15.10 - Geneva, Switzerland - La Batie
09.16.10 - Paris, France - Bataclan
09.18.10 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
09.19.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.21.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09.22.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
09.23.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
09.24.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Virgin Oil Co.
09.29.10 - London, UK - Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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RIP: Fred Anderson, free-jazz saxophonist

From the Los Angeles Times:

One of the leading figures in the Chicago music scene was lost Thursday as Fred Anderson, saxophonist, club owner and tireless advocate for the city’s fertile jazz scene, died at 81. In a tender, illuminating obituary for the Chicago Tribune, critic Howard Reich reported that Anderson’s sons declined to get into specifics about the saxophonist’s death, but grave news of his “massive heart attack” on June 14 sent ripples of concern through the jazz community.

Owner of Chicago’s landmark Velvet Lounge and co-founder of Chicago’s intensely creative Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) collective, Anderson helped nurture the careers of many Chicago jazz heavyweights, including Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake and Jeff Parker. Anderson remained a force onstage and on record late in life, including a remarkable 2007 album with Drake and Parker, “From the River to the Ocean” (recorded by Tortoise’s John McEntire and released on the Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey), and last year’s live recording from his 80th-birthday show at the Velvet Lounge, “21st Century Chase,” a fiery, inspiring free excursion that also featured Parker along with tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Chad Taylor.

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RIP: Pete Quaife, original bassist of The Kinks

From Rolling Stone:

Pete Quaife, the original bassist in the Kinks who played with the British Invasion band from their formation in 1961 through 1969, has died, according to a source close to the band. He was 66. The exact cause of death is unknown, but he had been undergoing kidney dialysis for over a decade. Quaife played on all of the early Kinks classics, including “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Waterloo Sunset,” which also features his background vocals.

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Hey, here’s a dumb idea, let’s give the new Arcade Fire album eight different covers!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Arcade Fire will be releasing their third album, The Suburbs (scheduled for release on August 2 in Europe and August 3 in the US), with eight different covers.

Okay, maybe you think it’s way cool or something stupid like that, but the only other album that I can remember with multiple covers off the top of my head was Korn’s Issues, and it was a dumb idea then. I can totally imagine the marketing guys going ape shit about the concept: “That’s a great idea, guys! We can make eight album covers and then all the stupid fans will be so tempted to buy all eight that they totally will buy all eight covers! We’ll increase our sales by 800%!”

“I got the cover where Win and Regine are smiling!”
“Oh, yeah? Well, I got the cover where Win and Regine are kissing!”
“OH YEAH? Well, I got the cover where Win and Regine are dancing so my album is way better!”

Anyone who buys this album more than once, with the intent of collecting the covers, is a moron and doesn’t realize that this is a stupid idea. That said, editor-in-chief Mr P and news editor Squeo just went halfsies on a set of eight.

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Richard Youngs to release pop record on Jagjaguwar, yet another sign of the forthcoming apocalypse

Richard Youngs is releasing a pop record. Yes, you read that correctly: Richard Youngs, the virtuosic Scottish avant-garde/experimental sound artist who has dabbled in many a genre, is now dabbling in one in particular: pop.

And what could be a better reason and inspiration than to craft a concept album based on a dare? Word has it Youngs’ longtime collaborator Andrew Paine offered the challenge to Youngs thusly: “make a proper pop album.” And now Youngs apparently has done just that; constructed from the mold of this simple bet came Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, which will be out July 20 courtesy of most things Young-related, Jagjaguwar. No voice-only constructed pieces here, just straight unadulterated simple pop hooks. While this might not be a huge stretch for someone like, say, Vampire Weekend, for a man such as Richard Youngs, it’s an exploration of an entirely new universe. But hey, most crossover artists have fantastic success. Just take Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines, for example.

To coincide with and celebrate the LP release of Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, Youngs will be curating a special evening at London’s Luminaire in which he will be performing a set of “best of” songs from his extensive catalogue, in addition to Ultrahits in its structure-saturated entirety. This event, which should be attended by women, men, and all animals within a 1000 km radius (yeah, it’s pretty major), will be taking place July 25. So whats gonna happen next? Merzbow releasing a dubstep record? A BP exec participating in a yacht race? Oh, that actually happened.

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No Age announce Everything in Between, scientists create new sub-genres to describe No Age: fuzz-gaze, lo-fry, dazzle-punk.

Two years ago, L.A. duo No Age released their official debut, Nouns (‘cause, remember, Weirdo Rippers was a singles collection). It was a real good album (TMT Review), but it was perhaps most notable for the avalanche of made-up genres that went along with: Dream-punk! Punkgaze! And, of course, the ever lovable shitgaze! Well, get ready to make up some more silly genre names, because the firm of Randall and Spunt have a new album called Everything in Between coming out on September 28 via Sub Pop. This new fuzz-pop-gaze platter will be 13 tracks of drone-blitz anthems made using similar sampling techniques as last year’s heaven-punk Losing Feeling EP.

Leading up to the album’s release, the garbage-psych duo will do a bit of touring, two of which will take place in Russia. Other dates on the tour featuring No Age opening for Pavement, who are most accurately described as simply indie rock. How dull!

07.03.10 - Calgary, Alberta - Royal Canadian Legion #1
07.04.10 - Calgary, Alberta - Sled Island Festival
07.10.10 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
07.24.10 - Baltimore, MD - Whartscape Festival
07.31.10 - London, England - Field Day Festival
08.02.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Fringe Fest
08.04.10 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Tanci
08.06.10 - Moscow, Russia - Solyanka
08.08.10 - Myslowice, Poland - OFF Festival
09.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.12.10 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
09.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park *
09.14.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
09.16.10 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion *
09.17.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl *^

* with Pavement
^ with Sonic Youth

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