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

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

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• Jagjaguwar:

[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:
Crammed Discs:

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:
• Blue Horizon:

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!”


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

• Lex:

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

• Blonde Redhead:
• 4AD:

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.

• Fred Anderson:

[Photo: Seth Tisue]