Brian Wilson, subject of the popular Barenaked Ladies song, begins work on his 11th solo album

Brian Wilson, subject of the popular Barenaked Ladies song, begins work on his 11th solo album

The Barenaked Ladies, the household-name Canadian group known for such hits as “If I Had $1,000,000” and “One Week,” have left a lasting impression on popular music. Though it would take much more than the confines of this short news post to even summarize their influence, surely one of their greatest contributions was to cast light on the almost-lost-to-history pop stylings of Brian Wilson with their song “Brian Wilson.” Wilson, of course, was a founding member of cult-group The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys only recently released their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made Radio, an album that was a biting indictment of the radio and record industries, who for some reason never really embraced The Beach Boys, though the band does have a small but devoted fan base.

Looking to jump on the publicity firestorm surrounding BNL’s latest release Grinning Streak, Wilson has announced he’s begun work on his own solo album, his first of all original material since 2008’s That Lucky Old Sun (TMT Review). He says that playing with The Beach Boys on their 50th anniversary tour both filled his head up with new ideas and reminded him that he still probably had some BNL-cred to cash in. The as-yet-untitled release will be his 11th solo project. He’ll be joined by Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks as well as a whole host of friends-cum-BNL superfans such as Jeff Beck, Don Was, and Jim Keltner. The album will be out on Capitol Records, the label that released the first Beach Boys records way back before the dawn of time and who really missed the boat on The Barenaked Ladies. Wilson will also be playing a short tour in late July (with one date in October), joined by Jardine and Marks. The Barenaked Ladies are also touring this summer. Be sure to head out and catch both if you can, and take your dad if he’s around!

Brian Wilson Dates:

07.20.13 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
07.21.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE - Outdoor Stage
07.23.13 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
07.25.13 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
07.26.13 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
07.27.13 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Family Ampitheatre
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

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Modest Mouse cancel UK tour to focus on recording, because though they have iPads, you can’t do both of those things at once

Hey, what do you know? Ol’ Isaac Whosits and his rock band Modest Mouse are still out there doing stuff. Or at least, they were about to be.

Per a little announcement on their website, they’ve kinda sorta decided to maybe hold off on playing a bunch of shows in the UK that start next week in favor of continuing work on their new album, which I reckon would follow-up 2009’s No One’s First and You’re Next, but you know, who even remembers?

Well, that’s about it. What? You want quotes or something? Fine:

After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year.


How’s that? Nice and official? Yeah, you’re right; it is. Oh, by the way, England, they’re still playing their Monterey, CA date at the end of August. USA! USA! USA!

Okay, NOW that’s about it. Don’t worry, I’ll still post all the tour dates below for no reason.

Modest Mouse:

06-13 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweeden – Hulsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Adalen, Denmark – Northside Festival
06.17.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06.18.13 - Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
06.20.13 - Vienna, Austria – Full Hit the Summer
06.21.13 - Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06.22.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Paris, France – Trabendo
06.26.13 - Rennes, France – L’Ubu
06.28.13 - Vitoria-Gaseiz, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
06.30.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air St. Gallen
07.02.13 - Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
07.03.13 - Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
07.04.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.06.13 - Wercher, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07.08.13 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2
07.09.13 - Bristol, England - Briston O2 Academy
07.11.13 - London, England – Roundhouse
07.12.13 - Leeds, England – Leeds University Stylus
07.13.13 - Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07.14.13 - Gateshead, England – Sage 2
07.16.13 - Manchester, England – Academy 2
07.17.13 - Nottingham, England – Rock City Main Hall
07.18.13 - Birmingham, England – Library
07.20.13 - Puchestown, Ireland – Longitude Festival

08.25.13 - Monterey, CA – First City Festival

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• Epic:

Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott went antiquing the other day and found(ed) a whole record label in mint condition!

The other day Joel Ford was doing a bit of antiquing when he found(ed) something that he thought was really rare and unique: an entire record label called Driftless Recordings! Naturally, he was so excited he couldn’t wait to phone up his good pal Daniel Lopatin (with whom he runs the special interest pawn shop Ford & Lopatin) and ask him when he might want to get to work refurbishing the discovery. Lopatin, however, wasn’t interested. “When do I want to start?” he chuckled, “How about Oneohtrix Point NEVER! Dude, come on, get real, every body’s found(ed) a record label or two in their day. Even Katy Perry!” Unfazed by Lopatin’s naysaying, Ford, believing he’d found(ed) something really special, set out to expose Lopatin as the dunderheaded lummox he truly was.

Eventually Ford settled on Patrick McDermott as the perfect partner to really get the most out of what he’d found(ed). Toward the end of putting out some “hot jamz right quick,” they’ll be releasing tracks from their own projects such as Airbird (Ford) and North Americans (McDermott), as well as slices of that good old rock ‘n’ roll pie from such acts as Megafortress and Jeff Gittleman (there’s a sampler below that features several of the label’s artists). Actually, since the label’s stated goal is to “unite a diverse cross-section of artists,” maybe the pie metaphor isn’t so great, unless it’s like a pie with 80 different fillings or something… I don’t know, you try coming up with great metaphors on tight deadlines like this, day in and day out! They can’t all be zingers! I mean, I’m sure you of all people saw the antiquing/pawn shop joke above. Ugh, even I’ll admit that was a stretch.

• Driftless Recordings:

Disclosure skip uni to tour the US this fall

Now that they’re both officially old enough to be considered adults in the US, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have announced a formal fall tour to support their just-released debut album on Cherrytree/Interscope, Settle. The locations of the shows are a bit odd as an assembled group, so it’s possible they were only booked in cities where younger brother Howard could get in? Or maybe they just have a shitty booker who could only get them slots in the country’s illustrious Knitting Factory Outlets and Blues Houses scattered across America’s great secondary cities? Seriously, where’s New York, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami?

Well, no one ever tours in Miami because the way Florida is shaped makes it a bitch to get anywhere else once you’ve descended into its phallic shaft, but it appears that recent and upcoming festival appearances in some of the larger metropolitan areas of the US are more likely the reason you won’t be able to get your dance on to Disclosure’s pop-infused garage beats as the leaves are turning and/or you’re planning or putting off your Halloween costume if you live in New York, Chicago, Denver, or L.A. But you’re probably already going to HARD L.A., Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, or Central Park Summerstage, so no worries.

Tour Dates:

10.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
10.10.13 - Spokane, WA - Kitting Factory
10.11.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.12.13 - Reno NV - Knitting Factory
10.16.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.19.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.22.13 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10.25.13 - Louisville, TN - Headliners
10.26.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
10.28.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Previously Announced Festival Dates:

08.01.13 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.03.13 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD LA
08.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage

• Disclosure:
• Cherrytree:

Mexican Summer to release Travis Bretzer’s Making Love EP, gives you the best rash ever

I’m at a loss for how to really process Travis Bretzer’s music. The visual content of it seems, possibly intentionally, opposed to the musical content of it. Have a butchers at the cover of his album Making Love, forthcoming on Mexican Summer. It looks dialed in on a feeling of detached coolness that one would expect from an album containing appropriately hip electro-pop. Instead we are given this:

It’s wonky with guitar detune, honest to the point of being strangely earnest, and all the while coalescing goofy and coy into an itch that forms in hard to reach places. Contrasting this sound with the fact that the final track on the EP is called “Death Rock” only aggravates the affected areas. Possibly a desirable trait for music to have, though; it probably won’t stray too far from my brain before it comes out on July 23. Perhaps if I rub the record on my skin the itching will stop.

Making Love tracklisting:

01. Billy and I
02. He’s a Gun
03. Hurts so Bad
04. Trying to Learn
05. Death Rock

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• Mexican Summer:

Ensemble Economique to release Fever Logic on Not Not Fun, advances one step closer to dream of melting listeners into puddles of pure emotion

Ensemble Economique’s SoundCloud contains the single-line description “melting stars into puddles of light.” That’s an absolutely perfect for Brian Pyle’s music and the sense of being engulfed, almost smothered, that it creates. Played loud enough, it is truly a metabolic experience; something noise fans might appreciate if they ever caught an itch for pop. In terms of convoluted metaphors, imagine a transporter jump on the original Star Trek slowed to a crawl; remaining conscious throughout a process of oozing, glowing dis- and reassembly.

Make all that deeply emotive and personal and you get Ensemble Economique:

Lucky for everyone in the strange and lovely part of music fandom that appreciates this sort of thing, EE has a new LP coming out on Not Not Fun. This six-track album is called Fever Logic and everything points toward it being just as creative and engaging as his past work. Check the track “We Come Spinning Out of Control” below, and see if this is something to acquire come July 9.

Fever Logic tracklisting:

01. We Come Spinning Out of Control
02. Walking Into the Light
03. The Night Burning Air
04. Blindfold Me
05. Into Nowhere
06. End Scene

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