Boredoms to Release 77 Boadrum DVD in the Good Ol’ USA on September 7

Boredoms to Release 77 Boadrum DVD in the Good Ol' USA on September 7

Now I ain’t much for no fancy arithmancin’ or kabbalahizin’ or any such numerowhatnot, but from what I remember from Catholic school, 7 is just about the perfectest damn number you’re gonna find in this here crazy cosmos of ours. Just ask everyone’s favorite Japanoise japesters Boredoms! On July 7, 2007 at 7:07 PM, Boredoms agitator Eye gathered 77 drummers in Brooklyn’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park to create the perfect drum circle, a feat which previously lived only in the dreams of countless college hacky sack club presidents.

For those of us who missed out on this moment of percussive singularity, be prepared to live the magic on September 7 when the official 77 Boadrum DVD drops on American soil from Thrill Jockey. Along with footage of the performance itself culled from a number of videographers, the DVD also features behind the scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with the participants. The thing even comes with an exclusive set of photo postcards not available in the Japanese edition! Take that, Nipponophile jerks who probably way overpaid for your postcardless import DVDs!

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Björk sings on Antony and the Johnsons’ new album, Swanlights

In May, we told you about Antony and the Johnsons’ fourth full-length album, Swanlights (TMT News). Not much was known about the album at the time, except that it was being released on October 12 via Secretly Canadian (October 11 in the UK via Rough Trade) and that a 144-page book of the same name was expected too. Today, however, we have a little more exciting news. According to her official website, Björk collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons on a Swanlights track called “Flétta.” HOORAY! We all know how well their voices go together, too, as they previously collaborated on two Björk tracks — “Dull Flame Of Desire” and “My Juvenile.” — from her 2007 album, Volta.

In other news, Björk has also recorded a collaboration with Ólöf Arnalds. The track is called “Surrender” and is being released a part of a two-track single for “Innundir Skinni.” Both songs will be released on the full-length, Við og Við, due in November.

And, of course, don’t forget about Björk’s recent collaboration with Dirty Projectors (TMT News)! It was released today, and it’s fucking awesome. You can listen to the final track at the Chocolate Grinder.

Swanlights tracklist:


01 Everything Is New
02. The Great White Ocean
03. Ghost
04. I’m in Love
05. Violetta
06. Swanlights
07. The Spirit Was Gone
08. Thank You for Your Love
09. Flétta (with Björk)
10. Salt Silver Oxygen
11. Christina’s Farm

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RIP: Rammellzee, rap pioneer, graffiti artist, gothic futurist

From Pitchfork:

Yesterday, Fab 5 Freddy revealed on his Twitter that art-rap pioneer Rammellzee had died. Today, Stuart Argabright, Rammellzee’s collaborator in Death Comet Crew, confirms that sad news. He was 50 years old.

A legendary graffitti artist, fashion designer, and rapper, Rammellzee remains best known for “Beat Bop”, his 1983 single with K-Rob, which was produced by famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. But his long, varied career encompassed much, much more than that.

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Jagjaguwar transitions into cave-only label, signs The Cave Singers to prove it

Home recording projects have been a big deal for the past few years, but they’re a done deal now, kid. The new thing? Cave recording! Lo-fi bedroom recordings start looking pretty fancy (and, you know, really corporate) in comparison to those recorded in a dark and dusty and bat-ridden cave. Yes, sir, the new crop of buzz bands are all going to be teenage cavemen rocking with skin and bones. The biggest, baddest label in this new cave order? Jagjaguwar and their newly-signed flagship artists The Cave Singers.

For their first act with new brothers-in-arms at Jagjaguwar (after two albums on Matador, including last year’s Welcome Joy [TMT Review]), The Cave Singers are working on a new record with Randall Dunn, famed producer behind works by sunn 0))), Boris, and new labelmates Black Mountain. No idea how seasoned Dunn is at working inside a cave (though the press release does mention a studio… surely a typo), but the group hopes he’ll help give their sound “some added weight and a soaring ferocity more akin to [their] incredible live show.” The sessions between the band and Dunn should lead to a record due early next year.

The Cave Singers will venture from their shadowy dwelling next month for a couple of festival appearances. Then in September, they’ll venture all the way to China for their first time, though they have yet to announce dates for that specific jaunt.

Cave Singers tourdates:

08.06.10 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival
08.07.10 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival
08.08.10 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival
08.21.10 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park (No Depression Festival)

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Fool’s Gold announce summer tour for all, pyrite for some

One of the first things anyone writes about Fool’s Gold is that they’re one of many pop bands today that are deceptively easy to categorize. An Afropop jam-band-that’s-not-a-jam-band, the group centers around Lewis Pesacov and Luke Top, and consists of an oft-fluctuating lineup (which does little to belie the jam band accusation). With tropical sounds and a host of African regional influences, Luke Top pulls a fast one on us by singing in Hebrew. But all of this is old news. Fool’s Gold clichés, even, like that one about glittering.

The second thing that we’ll write about Fool’s Gold is that they are about to embark on a big summer tour of North America, followed by European festival dates. Now go and see for yourself that Fool’s Gold is not Vampire Weekend, and that you should’ve realized that after last year’s self-titled album (or, more recently, the “Nadine” 7-inch, out in April on IAMSOUND Records).

06.20.10 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
07.13.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
07.14.10 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City International Summer Festival
07.16.10 - Halifax, NW - Halifax Jazz Festival
07.18.10 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival
07.19.10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
07.20.10 - Montreal, QC - The Belmont
07.21.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
07.23.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
07.24.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
07.25.10 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
08.06.10 - Dranouter, Belgium - Dranouter Festival
08.07.10 - Crozen, France - Festival du Bout du Monde
08.08.10 - Hertfordshire, UK - Standon Calling Festival
08.12.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.14.10 - Leicester, UK - Leicester Summer Sundae Festival

* Baaba Maal, Yeasayer, Tinariwen

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Pygmalion Festival announces 2010 lineup; you wish your college was this cool

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the coolest bands that my college booked to perform on campus were Death Cab for Cutie, Gym Class Heroes, and, uh, Ben Harper. I’m using the word “cool” loosely, of course. If you’re lucky enough to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, then you’ll be happy to know that the lineup for this year’s Pygmalion Festival has been announced. To celebrate its sixth year, the festival will feature the likes of Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, Caribou, Built to Spill, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cap’n Jazz, Surfer Blood, Holy Fuck, Fang Island, Cults, +/-, and many more to be announced on July 7.

Festival passes are $65 and single-show tickets will go on sale July 10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Pygmalion’s website.

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