In case you didn’t know he was into harmonica, Bradford Cox covers Bob Dylan, Kurt Vile on free Atlas Sound mixtapes

In case you didn't know he was into harmonica, Bradford Cox covers Bob Dylan, Kurt Vile on free Atlas Sound mixtapes

Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox wants to get one thing straight with you: he sometimes plays the harmonica and acoustic guitar simultaneously. I know, I know; this is shocking news because all of your friends told you that that Deerhunter was an “ambient punk” band (and this year’s bad ass Halcyon Digest doesn’t necessarily debunk that tag), but it’s true. Dude’s into folk. Dude loves Dylan. Dude probably even has a soft spot for that dweeby James Taylor guy. Besides, have you heard Atlas Sound? In the words of Bob Dylan himself: “shit’s folk as fuck.”

And to prove it once and for all, Cox has released TWO new mixtapes for free on the Deerhunter blog that feature, among other things, Bob Dylan covers, Kurt Vile covers, and more mouth organs, blues harps, tin sandwiches, hobo harps, reckless trams, Mississippi saxophones, and honkin’ bobos than Steven Tyler’s safety deposit box. With credits and liner notes that read along the lines of “recorded at home August 2010 on TASCAM DP-08” and “B. COX: Electric Bass, Bells, Congas, Nylon Guitar, Mouth Organ, Vocals,” you can bet your bottom dollar that these tapes are a pretty loose, let-your-hair-down affair. But don’t worry, ambient punk fans, the whole vibe is still way more Neil Young than Pete Seeger (well, depending on how much oxycodone you imagine Seeger ingesting these days).

• Deerhunter/Atlas Sound:

Jack White shows his devotion to antiquated technology by announcing that the first three White Stripes LPs will be reissued on vinyl

That’s right, anti-technologists across the world, you can now celebrate the second coming of The White Stripes’ first three albums (1999’s The White Stripes, 2000’s De Stijl, and 2001’s White Blood Cells), because they are once again being released to the world at large for purchase and consumption on vinyl LP, this time via White’s own Third Man Records. All three albums — out of print in North America since 2005 — have undergone “the utmost care” in preparation for re-release: “We started by mastering each LP from the original analog master tapes, the first time this process had been used for any of these titles. While extremely labor-intensive, this method ensured that the material was never converted into a digital signal. The result is an audio quality that stiffens the hairs on the back of your neck.”

The albums are all pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the first time ever, and all of the artwork is reproduced from the original photographic prints to make the albums that much more perfect. In fact: “These are the versions The White Stripes want people to have for posterity.”

The reissues will also be handed over to the Smithsonian to document the continued development of Delta blues. Further details, including super-collector red-and-white-vinyl versions, can be discovered here, but if you’re really an anti-technologist would you be on the internet?

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• Third Man:

Fare thee well, sweet Technics: hi-fi audio brand Technics officially discontinued

Alas, poor Technics! I knew them, Horatio: a turntable
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: they hath
spun me tunes a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Blah blah blah blah blah.

(I wrote that myself.)

So, the rumors are true. Despite the dramatic rise of vinyl sales in recent years, Technics has discontinued production on analog turntables, leaving millions to weep softly and beat their chests whilst their gorge rims. Rim away, gorge, rim away.

&bull Technics:

Strange forces conspire to keep Idlewild out of America… could it be the Tea Party?

In a bit of unfortunate news, it seems that fan-favorite folk-punk Scottish band Idlewild will have to cancel their forthcoming tour in North America. Rod Jones, the band’s guitarist, broke his collarbone in an “unfortunate accident” that has rendered the musician unable to play.

Jones apologized by saying, “Myself and the rest of the band are absolutely gutted that we won’t be able to do these shows at this time. I know this is a disappointment to some of you who have been patiently waiting for five years to see us there and it is a feeling we share with you as a band. Again I’d like to extend my sincere and heartfelt apologies and hope to see you some time in the near future.”

Now, I’m no Dashiel Hammet, but something about this whole thing stinks of conspiracy. An ‘unfortunate accident?’ Strange. It sounds like somebody covering something up. Perhaps I’m just still disappointed from the election, but what type of people would conspire to keep foreigners out of America? That’s right, I’m thinking it was that collective of miscreants, The Tea Party, working against true American interests and keeping Scottish bands out of America. I’m not certain of this whole conspiracy, but I’d better talk to the Bay City Rollers and make sure they’re careful if they plan to tour anytime soon.

Cancelled Idlewild dates:

11.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.20.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
11.22.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.23.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.24.10 - Cambridge, MA. - Middle East Downstairs
11.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

• Idlewild:

Wilco: The Coffee makes its grand debut; dads everywhere ecstatic they don’t have to go to the Bucks anymore

You’ve got your Wilco albums (CD, vinyl, and digital), your Wilco t-shirts, your Wilco hooded sweatshirt, your Wilco hats, posters, DVDs, DNA collection, and you just finished eating your Wilco sandwich and need a tasty beverage to wash down your delicious meal. Well, until they create and market Wilco Water (coming June 2011), the best choice you got is a cup of brand new Wilco Coffee.

Yep, that’s right, Wilco brand coffee is coming soon to a caffeine retailer near you. Here’s a quick review: “The aromatics of coffee blossom and violet make way for an incredibly graceful and elegant cup. The body has a light and silky quality, like fresh whipped cream, that beautifully compliments the ever-present note of citron, juniper berry and vanilla. As it cools, the cup blossoms into notes of confectioner’s sugar, rosehips, and soft raisin, resonating on a pristine finish with a touch of milk chocolate.”

MMMM! That sounds delicious! Can I have some? I can if I just go to Wilco’s website.

Now that Wilco have taken two steps (the sandwich and the coffee) away from “traditional rock band merchandise,” what can we expect in the future? Here are my ideas:

01: Wilco A.M. Alarm Clock
02: Wilco Brand Condoms, cuz nothing makes me wanna fuck like Wilco!
03: Wilco Wheels, for those times you just wanna turn on someone
04: Wilco Razors
05: Wilco Brand Personal Labelers, because then you can Wilco brand anything

• Wilco:

Ra Ra Riot announce first shows of 2011, don’t know how to stop touring

It has gotten to the point where it’s not that Ra Ra Riot can’t stop touring, it’s that they don’t know how. Also, they’re probably homeless at this point, so it just makes sense for them to stay on the road as long as possible. Thankfully, 2011 will provide them with more opportunities to do so, as the Syracuse, NY-based band has already announced tourdates for January 2011 supporting this year’s The Orchard (TMT Review). Check them out below, along with their last remaining dates for 2010:

11.30.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12.01.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
12.02.10 - Boston, MA - WFNX Orpheum Theatre
12.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
12.04.10 - Kingston, ON - Chalmers United Church *
12.06.10 - Albany, NY - WEQX Show @ Jillian’s
12.16.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario del Auditorio Nacional
01.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall &
01.22.11 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s &
01.23.11 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater &
01.25.11 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall &
01.26.11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre &
01.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s &
01.28.11 - Victoria, BC - Sugar &
01.29.11 - Vancouver BC - The Biltmore &

& Givers
% Wintersleep
* The Most Serene Republic, Imaginary Cities

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[Photo: Cameron Muilenburg]