Bonne chance to S. Carey of Bon Iver: solo debut announced for August release

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Let’s be honest: nobody thinks of Bon Iver for the percussion, much less for his touring drummer, Sean Carey. For one thing, cymbals and a bass pedal aren’t exactly at the forefront of For Emma, Forever Ago (TMT Review) – Carey didn’t even have anything to do with the album originally, which, as we all know by now, was recorded in the desolate woods of Wisconsin. Basically, it’s perfectly acceptable if you didn’t exactly know Sean Carey was a drummer. Admit it – you probably wouldn’t know he existed unless you’d seen Bon Iver live, or had music theory and the odd English class with him at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Be that as it may, S. Carey won’t be relegated to the obscure status of “tour addition” for long, even if it did get him on The Late Show courtesy of Justin Vernon. On August 24, Jagjaguwar will be releasing S. Carey’s (that’s right, the initial is key) debut solo album, All We Grow. His training in classical percussion is more than manifest on the album, which takes cues from the likes of Steve Reich, jazz, and Talk Talk. Lyrics, as is apparent on the track “In the Dirt” are not necessarily Carey’s strong point, but he does prove that drummers can do more than just haul band equipment.

All We Grow tracklist:

01. Move
02. We Fell
03. In the Dirt
04. Rothko Fields
05. Mothers
06. Action
07. In the Stream
08. All We Grow
09. Broken

• S. Carey: http://www.myspace.com/scareymusic
• Jagjaguwar: http://jagjaguwar.com

[Photo: Cameron Witting]

Superchunk add tourdates for October, but hey! 7-inch out in July!

In early June, we reported on Superchunk’s sort-of return to rock by announcing the release date of their forthcoming album, Majesty Shredding (first since 2001), and their guest spot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon come September. (Note: before we resign Superchunk to the “old but not dead yet” category, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the fact that they covered Destiny’s Child on the 2007 Guilt by Association comp; would old fogeys do that?) Now we even have news that actually concerns this summer: Superchunk will release the 7-inch “Digging for Something” b/w “February Punk” on July 13!

Only 1,000 copies will be made, hand-numbered on multi-colored vinyl. There are about 309,573,000 people living in the U.S., and I think it’s a safe bet to say that about 45% of them are Superchunk fans (too high? Maybe you don’t give Americans enough credit). So if you don’t manage to be one of those lucky 1,000 (or if you don’t want to wait for July to hear Side A), you can stream “Digging for Something” here. B-side “February Punk” will not be included on Majesty Shredding, but “Digging for Something” – with vocals from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats – is the first track off the new album. To further make the single super indie, Harrison Haynes (Les Savy Fav) contributed the cover art, which is cool. Might have been cooler if the forest silhouette was Alfred Hitchcock though, instead of just hinting at a form.

Superchunk have added a few more tourdates on top of the ones listed in our Majesty Shredding heads-up (hell, here’s the link one more time), but somehow I feel like these guys still aren’t partying to their full 1990s-Chapel Hill potential.

Additional tourdates:

07.24.10 - Omaha, NE - MAHA Music Festival
09.17.10 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
09.18.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.21.10 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
10.14.10 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.15.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box at Fonda

• Superchunk: http://www.superchunk.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

[Photo: Lucius Kwok]

Bonne chance to S. Carey of Bon Iver: solo debut announced for August release

Let’s be honest: nobody thinks of Bon Iver for the percussion, much less for his touring drummer, Sean Carey. For one thing, cymbals and a bass pedal aren’t exactly at the forefront of For Emma, Forever Ago (TMT Review) – Carey didn’t even have anything to do with the album originally, which, as we all know by now, was recorded in the desolate woods of Wisconsin. Basically, it’s perfectly acceptable if you didn’t exactly know Sean Carey was a drummer. Admit it – you probably wouldn’t know he existed unless you’d seen Bon Iver live, or had music theory and the odd English class with him at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Be that as it may, S. Carey won’t be relegated to the obscure status of “tour addition” for long, even if it did get him on The Late Show courtesy of Justin Vernon. On August 24, Jagjaguwar will be releasing S. Carey’s (that’s right, the initial is key) debut solo album, All We Grow. His training in classical percussion is more than manifest on the album, which takes cues from the likes of Steve Reich, jazz, and Talk Talk. Lyrics, as is apparent on the track “In the Dirt” are not necessarily Carey’s strong point, but he does prove that drummers can do more than just haul band equipment.

All We Grow tracklist:

01. Move
02. We Fell
03. In the Dirt
04. Rothko Fields
05. Mothers
06. Action
07. In the Stream
08. All We Grow
09. Broken

• S. Carey: http://www.myspace.com/scareymusic
• Jagjaguwar: http://jagjaguwar.com

[Photo: Cameron Witting]

Konono N°1 go on North American tour, spark a million conversations about what a likembé is

Maybe I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but around this continent we call North America, most bands do not use a likembé. Perhaps your drone/jazz/80s hardcore trio makes prominent use of one, but most of our fine musical groups aren’t pulling out too many likembés. However, everyone agrees that North America is mired in a huge likembé shortage. What are you gonna do? Call Konono N°1, that’s what. The Congo-based outfit will be filling all of our likembé needs by touring all over the fine lands of North America in support of the recently released follow-up to Congotronics (TMT Review) on Crammed Discs, Assume Crash Position. Tune your ears to the sound of the likembé by listening to “Wumbanzanga” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Now, if Konono is coming to your town, prepare yourself for the countless conversations to explain what exactly a likembé is. Here’s a good way to start: “Bro, it’s kind of like a piano, but, uhhh, like you use your thumbs and…”

Konono N°1 dates:

07.07.10 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
07.08.10 - Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Pier
07.09-10.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.13.10 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City International Summer Festival
07.15.10 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Blues Festival
07.16.10 - Montreal, QC - Festival Nuits D’Afrique
07.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn
07.18.10 - New York City, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
07.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Millenium Park
07.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07.21.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
07.22.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
07.23.10 - Floyd, VA - Floyd Fest
07.25.10 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival

Konono N°1: http://www.myspace.com/konononr1
Crammed Discs: http://www.crammed.be

The Black Angels and Fleetwood Mac: together at last! Kinda. New album and new label in the works

Just as J. Timberlake brought sexy back, Austin’s The Black Angels are bringing the 60s back. (WHOA: Dad joke alert! Sorry everybody.) The neo-psych rockers have a new record on the way, entitled Phosphene Dream, which is slated for a September 14 release on the newly revived Blue Horizon label. Founded in the late 60s, Blue Horizon was home to blues artists like boogie-woogie pianist Champion Jack Dupree and… OH YEAH Fleetwood Mac. Sire Records founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer (also the co-founder of indie music distributor The Orchard) are the men behind the label.

Black Mountain and Wolfmother producer Dave Sardy worked with The Black Angels to record the album over a six-month period in Los Angeles. A fall tour is in the works, and the band has some very special performances lined up for the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris, and the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in New York state.

08.12.10 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.26.10 - London, UK - The Borderline
08.27-28.10 - Leeds, UK - Reading Leeds Festival
08.29.10 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
09.05.10 - Monticello, NY - Kutshers Country Club (ATP)

• The Black Angels: http://www.theblackangels.com
• Blue Horizon: http://www.bluehorizonrecords.com

DOOM announces European tour as well as plans to conquer the nation of Latveria

After news of a forthcoming live album, DOOM decided that the best way to build up hype for a live recording was to play some shows, live. Accordingly, the metal-faced wordsmith has announced a European tour scheduled for the fall that will run through the rainy depths of England all the way to the icy Norse-haven of Stockholm. Expect further news on additional shows, links for ticket purchases, and information on opening acts from Lex.

In more important news, DOOM has also announced that he will be returning to his homeland of Latveria, where he will conquer the country with magic, super technology, and an iron fist that will provide near-Utopian peace, despite total, fascistic control over all aspects of life. In a prepared statement, Reed Richards, founder of The Fantastic Four and world-renowned genius, has vowed that “DOOM’s reign of terror will never come to fruition, and the people of Latveria can expect full aid and protection from the entire Fantastic Four.”

In response, DOOM has stated: “I am DOOM! None shall oppose me, especially not that fool, Richards! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

Dates:

10.13.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy 1
10.14.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
10.15.10 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
10.16.10 - Bristol, UK - Academy 1
10.19.10 - Paris, France - Bataclan
10.20.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - WATT
10.21.10 - Brussells, Belgium - AB
10.22.10 - Munster, Denmark - Munsters Palace
11.01.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.03.10 - Oslo, Norway - Spikerboks
11.05.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
11.06.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Göta Källore

• DOOM: http://www.myspace.com/mfdoom
• Lex: http://lexrecords.com