Cass McCombs announces new LP Big Wheel and Others, defends tricycle as most efficient mode of transportation

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Cass “Big Wheel” McCombs is a rough rider on the mean streets of the world. He doesn’t take shit from no one. Not from motorcyclists. Not from bikers. Not from folks in minivans, either. He just pedals on by and waves, the big wheel in front carrying him over any and all obstacles the open road can throw at him. “Big Wheel” McCombs is not a small man, and throughout the years, many have observed that he looks “pretty much ridiculous” and “like a weird giant riding a children’s toy.” It always seemed like Mr. Big (Wheel) didn’t take any of the negative talk seriously; at least not until now, that is.

Now I’m not so sure. He’s just announced a new LP entitled Big Wheel and Others out on Domino Records, and from the looks of it, it’s a rebuttal to all the haters. It follows what many interpreted as a “brooding silence” through 2012 that was preceded by a 2011 release schedule that could have only been managed by a man with calves made powerful by constant pedaling — he released both Humor Risk (TMT Review) and Wit’s End (TMT Review) that year. Big Wheel and Others is out October 15, and it’s a double LP that unfolds over two discs and 22 songs (he’s got a lot to say about his precious big wheel, it seems). Indeed, it is perhaps less an album and more a bundle, or an oil barrel, or a child’s toy chest of songs. It’ll arrive as both a double CD and LP, with a special edition 2xLP limited to 500 copies that comes with an exclusive 7-inch containing unreleased songs. Those who have cast shade upon the almighty big wheel need not preorder, though those whose lips have remained dry of the haterade may follow this link to the Domino store.

McCombs is touring as fast as his grownup legs can carry him on his chosen mode of transportation this fall. You can listen to “There Can Only Be One” from the album below. Honestly, and I say this from a place of total love, but yes, there can only be one. If there’s any more than one full-grown adult riding around the world on a children’s toy at one time then I’d say we are to a point where things are getting objectively out of hand.

Big Wheel and Others tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Sean I
02. Big Wheel
03. Angel Blood
04. Morning Star
05. The Burning of the Temple, 2012
06. Brighter!
07. There Can Be Only One
08. Name Written in Water
09. Joe Murder
10. Everything Has to Be Just-So

Disc 2:
01. It Means a Lot to Know You Care
02. Dealing
03. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
04. Satan Is My Toy
05. Sean II
06. Home on the Range
07. Brighter!
08. Untitled Spain Song
09. Sean III
10. Honesty Is No Excuse
11. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
12. Unearthed

Dates:

08.30.13 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.02.13 - Manchester, UK - Castle Hotel
09.05.13 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09.06.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax
09.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.14.13 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape 2013
01.13.13 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall

• Cass McCombs: https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Cass McCombs announces new LP Big Wheel and Others, defends tricycle as most efficient mode of transportation

Cass “Big Wheel” McCombs is a rough rider on the mean streets of the world. He doesn’t take shit from no one. Not from motorcyclists. Not from bikers. Not from folks in minivans, either. He just pedals on by and waves, the big wheel in front carrying him over any and all obstacles the open road can throw at him. “Big Wheel” McCombs is not a small man, and throughout the years, many have observed that he looks “pretty much ridiculous” and “like a weird giant riding a children’s toy.” It always seemed like Mr. Big (Wheel) didn’t take any of the negative talk seriously; at least not until now, that is.

Now I’m not so sure. He’s just announced a new LP entitled Big Wheel and Others out on Domino Records, and from the looks of it, it’s a rebuttal to all the haters. It follows what many interpreted as a “brooding silence” through 2012 that was preceded by a 2011 release schedule that could have only been managed by a man with calves made powerful by constant pedaling — he released both Humor Risk (TMT Review) and Wit’s End (TMT Review) that year. Big Wheel and Others is out October 15, and it’s a double LP that unfolds over two discs and 22 songs (he’s got a lot to say about his precious big wheel, it seems). Indeed, it is perhaps less an album and more a bundle, or an oil barrel, or a child’s toy chest of songs. It’ll arrive as both a double CD and LP, with a special edition 2xLP limited to 500 copies that comes with an exclusive 7-inch containing unreleased songs. Those who have cast shade upon the almighty big wheel need not preorder, though those whose lips have remained dry of the haterade may follow this link to the Domino store.

McCombs is touring as fast as his grownup legs can carry him on his chosen mode of transportation this fall. You can listen to “There Can Only Be One” from the album below. Honestly, and I say this from a place of total love, but yes, there can only be one. If there’s any more than one full-grown adult riding around the world on a children’s toy at one time then I’d say we are to a point where things are getting objectively out of hand.

Big Wheel and Others tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Sean I
02. Big Wheel
03. Angel Blood
04. Morning Star
05. The Burning of the Temple, 2012
06. Brighter!
07. There Can Be Only One
08. Name Written in Water
09. Joe Murder
10. Everything Has to Be Just-So

Disc 2:
01. It Means a Lot to Know You Care
02. Dealing
03. Sooner Cheat Death Than Fool Love
04. Satan Is My Toy
05. Sean II
06. Home on the Range
07. Brighter!
08. Untitled Spain Song
09. Sean III
10. Honesty Is No Excuse
11. Aeon of Aquarius Blues
12. Unearthed

Dates:

08.30.13 - Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.02.13 - Manchester, UK - Castle Hotel
09.05.13 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09.06.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax
09.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
09.14.13 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape 2013
01.13.13 - London, UK - Queen Elizabeth Hall

• Cass McCombs: https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Le1f announces third mixtape Tree House, climbs down for tour

As a child, did you have a treehouse? If so, lucky! I had trees and I had a house, but the two never became one. The question at hand, though: did New York rapper Le1f ever have a treehouse? My guess would be, no, as New York does not seem like a particularly treehouse-heavy city, but I can’t say for sure. Maybe Le1f spent his childhood years in a beautiful treehouse. Maybe he’s never been in a treehouse. Maybe he’s purging his childhood disappointment through his upcoming mixtape Tree House, coming out September 10.

The mixtape, Le1f’s third since last year, has a first single in the form of “Damn Son,” named after the exclamation one makes upon seeing a particularly great treehouse. Listen to that track below, via Le1f’s SoundCloud. After the tape’s release, Le1f will head out on a tour of America’s best treehouses. He will also spend some of that time playing shows. Some shows may, in fact, be in treehouses.

Le1f dates:

09.25.13 - Washington, DC - U Hall
09.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Saddle
09.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
09.28.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.03.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.04.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.05.13 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities
10.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.08.13 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Stereo Might
10.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globs
10.16.13 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain

• Le1f: http://le1f.com

Dean Blunt unexpectedly drops new album Stone Island in Russia, available to DL and stream now

Just a few hours ago, I posted a track from Dean Blunt that I thought was called “King James,” but I also speculated that, after scanning the MP3’s tags, it could be track #3 of a release called Island of Stone. Well, thanks to TMT reader Vinícius Ortolano, I’m happy to report that I was partially correct! The track is actually called “Three” (at least in the context of this Russian release) and, according to Russian website Афиша, is off a new 10-track Dean Blunt album called Stone Island. The best part? It’s already out.

The album, a thematic and aesthetic continuation of the issues he introduced on The Redeemer, was recorded in full in a Moscow hotel room last week. Stream it here:

The album is available for download here too, but you may encounter problems extracting due to how the files are named. If that’s the case, try here or here.

Seriously, aren’t we lucky to have an artist like Dean Blunt in our lives?

Stone Island tracklist:

01. One
02. Two
03. Three
04. Four
05. Five
06. Six
07. Stone Island
08. Eight
09. Heat (feat. Joanne Robertson)
10. Ten

• Dean Blunt: https://soundcloud.com/cplnd

Ahnnu announces new album World Music on Leaving Records, featuring remixes by Andrew Pekler, Matthewdavid, and more

Looks like Ahnnu is back in full force! After having just released two new non-album tracks via SoundCloud — “Kazu” and “Pe5” — the L.A. producer (a.k.a. Leland Jackson a.k.a. cakedog) has dropped details about his latest release. It’s titled World Music, and it features 12 new tracks + 5 remixes by the likes of Andrew Pekler (who, by the way, released one of our favorite albums this year), Matthewdavid, Nerftoss, and more. Here’s what Ahnnu had to say about the release:

World Music introduces a series of themes which represent various styles and likenesses I’ve adopted in my growth as a sound artist living in the digital age. In respect to my environment, I wanted to create a body of sound-work that is transient in nature. Each track was arranged as separate entities and are holistic in the sense that they are intended to inspire an experience of indifference within a space of perpetual sonic motion. “World Music” describes the continuous sensory shift of both meditative neglect and cognitive sophistication when active within a (digitally) connected culture.

Love it! World Music is out September 3 on Leaving Records. Pour yourself some scotchka and check out album track “Shame” here:

World Music tracklist:

01. Gala
02. Shame
03. Solo
04. Ghille in the Mist
05. Relative Research
06. Ballast
07. Non2
08. Reversology
09. Found
10. Mirror
11. Paia
12. Monica Swept
13. Found (Fumitake Tamura (Bun) rmx)*
14. Solo (EMV rmx)*
15. Reversology (Andrew Pekler “Mysteryology” rmx)*
16. (Lost and) Found (Nerftoss rmx)*
17. Gala (Matthewdavid rmx)*

• Ahnnu: http://www.dogtropic.net
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com

DJ/PURPLE/IMAGE sprinkling “Fresh Roses” into your bubble bath TONIGHT at 8 PM PST for first-ever Ustream show

Unless you’ve already got other plans, here’s what TMT urges you to do the second you’re off work tonight: hit up Walgreens. Grab dem bath beads. Grab dem supreme pizza. Grab whatever’s on tap at the pharmacy. Run home with a bag dangling from each arm. Smell like flop sweat when you come through the door. Sit in front of a box fan. Let the sweat-salt settle into your crevices.

Now it’s time — 8 PM PST to be exact — to step into the tub, drop trou, and log into Alex Gray a.k.a. DJ/PURPLE/IMAGE’s first-ever CHANCEIMAG.es Ustream wwwBROADCAST, where you’ll be treated to unique vibrations in real-time, using a combination of ultrasonics, echolocation, and microrepetition that will lather you up hands-free and brush past your erogenous zones in ways that evoke other times and places. This live-stream installment is called “FRESH ROSES” (implying more installments in the future!) and promises “ALL original videos/sounds by D/P/I” in addition to the fiddling going on below the water. See you there!

#streamchanceimages

Update: Here’s the archived stream of last night’s show!

• D/P/I: http://chanceimag.es