Calvin Johnson found some rad cassettes in his garage, and now K Records is selling them

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Maybe you’ve got a lawn mower in your garage. Maybe you’ve got aquariums. Maybe you’ve got two hospital beds, a grandfather clock, an inflatable pool, and a washing machine filled with pennies.

Calvin Johnson, co-founder of K Records and member of Beat Happening, has cassettes in his garage. Or, he had cassettes in his garage. Cassettes that had been out-of-print or otherwise impossible to find for years. Black Candy by Beat Happening. Avalanche by Some Velvet Sidewalk. Jarred Up by Mecca Normal. God Don’t Make No Junk by The Halo Benders. And a whole bunch of others, all of which you can purchase here.

Now, do you know where your old Walkman is? Somewhere in your garage? Inside a broken refrigerator or maybe at the bottom of an aquarium?

• K: http://krecs.com

[Photo via Flickr]

The Postal Service to reunite for Coachella, announce Give Up 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, delayed packages

Rumors of a dissolving postal service are more exaggeration than anything — its existence is ordained by the U.S. Constitution, after all! Rumors of a dissolving Postal Service, however, have a bit more basis in reality, as neither Ben Gibbard nor Jimmy Tamborello have announced concrete plans to release a true follow-up to their quite successful, 2003 hipster transmogrifier Give Up. To the contrary, in an interview with Spinner last October, Gibbard unequivocally stated, “There are no plans to make a second record… I can’t say that enough.” He went on to equivocate: “The door is not closed. But people shouldn’t hold their breath.” And hold our breath we shan’t, especially given the duo’s recently announced, apparent swan song…

Doubling as an attempt at fan satiation, The Postal Service have announced that they’ll be reuniting for a performance at this year’s Coachella, with additional dates “in the works,” according to Billboard. Additionally, (and perhaps more importantly, to those hopelessly waiting for new material) they’ve announced the release of a 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Give Up, consisting of the original 10-track album, plus 15 bonus tracks — included among them: two brand new songs (“Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String”). Check out the full tracklist below (the release itself is due out April 8 in the UK and April 9 in North America), and if it turns out that a new album is released in a year or so, I promise to apologize telepathically to everyone I might’ve misled.

Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
02. Such Great Heights
03. Sleeping In
04. Nothing Better
05. Recycled Air
06. Clark Gable
07. We Will Become Silhouettes
08. This Place Is a Prison
09. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem

Disc 2:

01. Turn Around
02. A Tattered Line of String
03. Be Still My Heart
04. There’s Never Enough Time
06. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
07. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
08. Grow Old With Me
09. Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
10. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
11. Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
12. We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
13. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
14. Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
15. We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
16. Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron and Wine)

• The Postal Service: http://www.postalservicemusic.net
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

David Grubbs set to metamorphose into new album in April via Drag City

The cycle of life continues this April when another stage in the metamorphosis of the David Grubbs is released from the hollow logs known as Drag City. After incubating for a period of time, the Grubbs is set to emerge on April 16 as The Plain Where the Palace Stood. Here it will emit sounds both pop and experimental, calling fans of Gastr del Sol to take note and participate in the ritual known as listening to music, a key component of the Grubbs mating process. Once properly seduced, ‘listeners’ will deposit money into the coffers of Drag City’s cavernous environs, continuing the all important circle of production that is independent music.

Seriously, though, David Grubbs has been around for a good long while and this new release, the follow-up to 2008’s An Optimist Notes the Dusk (TMT Review), is being touted as a return to his days of seamlessly combining pop and experimental sounds through extended compositions with punctuated segments of straightforward songwriting. Four of the tracks on the album feature vocals, but all should take you on a mental journey not unlike that of a wriggling grub evolving into pupae. Listen to the title track, featuring C. Spencer Yeh on violin and Andrea Belfi on drums and electronics, at David’s blog.

• David Grubbs: http://blackfaurest.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Gonçalo F. Santos]

Apache Dropout drops in with new album, Magnetic Heads

Well, not exactly a new album. The Bloomington, Indiana trio is prepping an archival release, Magnetic Heads, due February 5. on Family Vineyard.

Rawer and bleaker than last year’s Bubblegum Graveyard, the 10-track album is a combination of two of their early cassette releases, 2008’s Cha Cha Cha and 2009’s Lysergic Caveman Choogle: Not for Pigs, originally released on Magnetic South Recordings. The songs are drenched in fuzz and echo with the occasional fiddle (!?) accompaniment. Check out the album’s opening track (which is also a helpful piece of advice), “Don’t Trust Banks,” below.

Magnetic Heads tracklist:

01. Don’t Trust Banks
02. Eyes Wide Open
03. Memphis, Tennessee
04. Taj Mahal
05. On The Beat
06. Put a Moth On It
07. Mary Don’t You Weep
08. Devil Story
09. I’m So Glad
10. Exaltation of the Guru in the Natural Harmonic Series

• Apache Dropout: http://www.facebook.com/ApacheDropoutUS
• Family Vineyard: http://family-vineyard.com/

Psychic Ills dude Jimy SeiTang gets all minimal electronica-y in new Stygian Stride project

Jimy SeiTang of Psychic Ills and Rhyton has embarked upon a sonic odyssey across the vast, threatening wastes of ElectronicMusicLand. To reach these distant shores, SeiTang must travel past the Skrillexian monsters of dubstep, the famed sirens of sexy deep house, and shitty dance remixes of already shitty LMFAO songs. And his vehicle for this mission is a noble steed — er, musical project — called Stygian Stride.

On SeiTang’s venture into minimal electronica, he eschewed the laptop route, instead choosing to go the “vintage, analog” route to give it that special robot machine soul. Recorded by Black Dirt Studio’s Jason Meagher (Blues Control, D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Expo ’70) and mastered in Berlin at CGB ad Dubplates & Mastering, Stygian Stride’s self-titled debut album springs from the loins of Thrill Jockey on March 19. (Sorry, that was weird.) The release will only be available in limited quantities on both CD and LP.

Tracklisting:

01. Celestial Stems
02. Hindsight
03. Drift
04. Taiga
05. Athanor Ascension
06. Fade into Bolivian

• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Apparat releasing LP inspired by War and Peace, and he’s really hoping you’ll join his book club too

I have not read War and Peace. I’m in the middle of Dee Dee Ramone’s book, and I want to read Keith Richards’ book too. I want to read everything by Roberto Bolaño and Haruki Murakami. I want to read Infinite Jest and House of Leaves, and I want to re-read Harry Potter. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to War and Peace. Sorry, Tolstoy.

You know who has read War and Peace though? Apparat a.k.a. Sascha Ring. According to Resident Advisor and FACT, the German producer spent a month working with a 30-piece instrumental ensemble to record the soundtrack for Sebastian Hartmann’s theatrical interpretation of the novel. Even though Apparat didn’t intend to officially release any of the music, he took it into the studio after the final performance of War and Peace, and, along with Apparat live band members Philipp Timm and Christoph Hartmann, tweaked it a bit and ended up with Krieg und Freiden, which will be his seventh LP. He describes the album as “a bit of a weird record with not many beats and lots of drones,” and he goes on to say that “it’s the first record ever that didn’t hurt at some point. It’s full of imperfection because it was made by humans.”

Krieg und Freiden will be released on February 15 via Mute Records. Until then, you can stream (and download!) a track called “A Violent Sky”:

Krieg und Freiden tracklist:

01. 44
02. 44 (noise version)
03. LightOn
04. Tod
05. Blank Page
06. PV
07. K&F Thema (pizzicato)
08. K&F Thema
09. Austerlitz
10. A Violent Sky

• Apparat: http://www.apparat.net
• Mute: http://mute.com