Cass McCombs schedules 2012 tour but still wants you to know that he could give a fuck if you like him on Facebook

Cass McCombs schedules 2012 tour but still wants you to know that he could give a fuck if you like him on Facebook

Huh. You know, given that the man put out two full-length(ish) albums in 2011 (the hilariously tragic WITS END, followed by the tragically hilarious Humor Risk) and managed to condescend his way through a record-high three or four cagey interviews, I’d have thought that Cass McCombs would be spending most of 2012 detoxing from all the fools he feels he’s had to suffer this year by donning a bear-proof suit and locking himself inside a sensory deprivation tank built into the middle of an anechoic chamber housed in a 100% germ-free, underground building.

But, apparently I’d be wrong (especially on some of those details, yikes), because the suddenly gregarious McCombs is going to be starting parties all over North America and Europe in January of 2012, presumably in further support of those albums. Either that or he’s got a bunch of funeral luncheon gigs lined up in advance… but that’d be kind of weird, wouldn’t it? And even though everyone in his family, his touring band, and his label urged him to take it easy and fade gracefully into the background in the new year like a good folk artist, he stubbornly refused, telling each of them to “slag off”. You just can’t reason with this guy anymore. I think he may have an addiction. To success.

Winter tourdates:

12.08.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^
12.09.11 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic ^
01.12.12 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s *
01.14.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ (Indoor Stage) *
01.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
01.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
01.18.12 - Nashville, TN - Foobar *
01.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
01.20.12 - Saxaphaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom *
01.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
01.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
01.25.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
01.26.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
01.27.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
01.28.12 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room *
01.29.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
01.30.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon *
02.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
02.02.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
02.03.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
02.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
03.05.12 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
03.07.12 - Liverpool, UK - Leaf Cafe Bold St.
03.09.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel

^ White Magic
* Frank Fairfield

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RIP: Howard Tate, soul singer

From The New York Times:

Howard Tate, a soul singer who got a second chance at a career three decades after being derailed by disputes with industry executives, personal tragedy and drug addiction, died on Friday at his apartment in Burlington, N.J. He was 72.

His death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Burlington County medical examiner. No specific cause was given.

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Dirty Three emerge from odorous hole after seven-year slumber to record new album for Drag City

Dirty Three last gifted us with an album of regal instrumental post-rock in 2005, with the epic Cinder (TMT Review) on long-time label Touch and Go. Since then, the threesome has stayed active in the music world but always separated, denying their fans any new life-enriching material for the remainder of Bush’s term and most of Obama’s. Why should they care, after all? They’re Aussies… dirty Aussies leaving us all out to dry. The closest thing to a reunion was 2007’s Blue Trees by Tren Brothers — Mick Turner and Jim White (apparently Warren Ellis was too busy complaining about vaginas) — though even that was nearly five years ago.

But NOW, as you’ve gleaned from the headline, the boys is back with a new full-length, Toward the Low Sun, arriving February 28, 2012! Interestingly, this new album is not being released on Touch and Go — their home since 1995 — but instead Drag City, who have released the aforementioned Blue Trees and most of Mick Turner’s solo stuff. Not much is known yet about the contents of the album, but you can do some Christmas window shopping here and imagine that album art blown up to LP size, cradled in your lumpy arms.

Toward the Low Sun tracklisting:

01. Furnace skies
02. Sometimes I forget you’ve gone
03. Moon on the land
04. Rising below
05. the pier
06. Rain song
07. That was was
08. Ashen snow
09. You greet her ghost

Oh and here is one of my favorite Dirty Three songs, from their 2000 album Whatever You Love, You Are. Lend an ear, swoon, sway:

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Sir Richard Bishop to release three new CD-Rs, his guitar apparently still hemorrhaging

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Sir Richard Bishop released the underrated-to-the-point-of-being-offensive album The Freak of Araby, and the void left by the apparent dearth in guitar-centered improvisational releases is starting to make me feel oddly anxious. Fortunately, through whatever spiritual channeling he undoubtedly engages in, Mr. Bishop has become fully aware of my waxing anxiety, and has announced the release of three brand-new CD-Rs due out December 12, but which are available for pre-order now. (Also planned for release next year is full-length collaboration with David Oliphant of Maybe Mental!)

Intermezzo fulfills expectations as a “collection of various pieces for electric and acoustic guitar.” On Outermezzo, Bishop ditches the guitar entirely and experiments with ambient noise. Spontaneous Collaborations seems to be the most appealing of the three releases, compiling previous live recordings and featuring a variety of artists, including Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) and Climax Golden Twins. Each CD-R is limited to 200 copies signed by Bishop himself, and each is essentially the same length as your standard LP, though one should probably expect a bit more grit in terms of the production. Grit and guitar? Certain artists by the name of Fahey and Orcutt have already proselytized me.

• Sir Richard Bishop:

RIP: Dobie Gray, soul singer and songwriter

From The Los Angeles Times:

Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with “Drift Away,” has died. He was 71.

Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney.

Before he adopted the name of Dobie Gray — a nod to sitcom character Dobie Gillis — the singer recorded under other names before breaking through with 1965’s “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which became a top 20 hit. He also had success that year with “See You at the Go-Go.”

The silky-voiced tenor was best known for his progressive rock and soul version of “Drift Away,” a 1973 top 5 hit penned by Mentor Williams that includes the lyric, “I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away.” It remains a staple of oldies radio.

• Dobie Gray:

Memoryhouse fulfill your dreams, announce February release date for debut dream-pop LP

Face it. Your brain can’t take anymore reality-based anything. What, with the reality television, the all-too-real 3D movies, and the fact that you find yourself (against your will or not) firmly planted in this here disintegrating world, it’s high time for something more… ethereal, more out-there, more dreamy, and at the same time poppy. ‘Cause it’s hard to ignore, dude, we could all use a lot more chill-out time.

Stepping in from the Ontario frost comes Memoryhouse to offer relief that feels like a warm bubble bath (minus the wrinkly raisin skin). After the home-recorded release of their EP The Years, followed by the much-talked-about 2011 version, many were left shivering, surrounded only by the harshness of real life, as word of a full-length was yet to come. Finally, you’ll get what you all wanted. The band signed to Sub Pop and has their debut album slated for February 28. Something inside you just tingled, didn’t it?

Entitled The Slideshow Effect the title refers back to their utter dreaminess, err, by that I mean it harkens back to their roots. The duo of composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion started out as a multimedia art project and just grew into something that will force itself upon you without you even realizing it. After all, it’s addictive and addictions are sneaky little buggers. Go on and get yer fix below by watching Memoryhouse perform live.

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