Cat Power goes on smallish, cat-powered solo tour

Cat Power goes on smallish, cat-powered solo tour

Hey there, Football fans. Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your live previous to now? No? Oh, sorry. Of course not. Um, let me try this again.

Hey there, Cat Power Fans! Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your lives previous to now? Well, good, because NOW is exactly when your chance is coming to relive that love, as she pitter-pats her way across the US this fall on a small solo tour. “WHY is she touring?” you ask? Good question. According to her label, Matador, because it’s… starting to get… cold outside? Huh.

Well, either way, who are you kidding? You’ll fucking take it. You’re a goddamn Cat Power Fan.

Cat Power dates:

10.21.13 - New York, NY - Glasslands (Elliott Smith tribute show)
11.06.13 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11.08.13 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11.10.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.13.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synogogue
11.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic
11.15.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green (Meeting House)
11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
11.18.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.20.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop (early and late shows)
11.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music (early and late shows)

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Death Grips subvert conventional notions of fall tours by cancelling the shit out of theirs

Damn, Death Grips, how’d you get so goddamn good at this shit??? I mean, let’s face it: most bands have NO IDEA how to be assholes. They just seem to go around faking it: biting chickens’ heads off and kissing one another and saying inane shit about guns and politics and playing “My Sharona” over and over again at live shows and, I don’t know, BEING Lars Ulrich or whatever. You guys seem to just roll out of bed, and BAM! controversial records! BAM! No-show at the after-party! Etc. etc. I tell ya, these guys do it right.

And now, according to a recent Fun Fun Fun Fest Facebook post (at which the Grips were scheduled to “appear” in some shirtless capacity on their upcoming fall tour), they’ve gone and just CANCELLED THAT ENTIRE FALL TOUR. BAM! FTW! It’s like: that’ll teach all you music-lovin’ motherfuckers to be so lame and typical in your lame-ass enjoyment of music! NO FUN FOR ANYONE! PISS IN YR BEER! DO NOT PASS GO; INSTEAD, GET CANCER. How DO they DO that??? Maybe it’s all the caps lock?

Anyway, as for the festival slot itself, apparently No Age will be filling in for them. Which… is cool and all, but I’d kinda rather they fly Death Grips’ equipment out there anyway so the fans can just smash it up for a while, wouldn’t you? Then again… they’d probably just find some way to SUBVERT THE FUCK OUT OF THAT TOO. I know I would if I ruled as hard as Death Grips do.

Or DO they?



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Tim Hecker embraces his inner John Williams, provides original score for documentary Massacred for Gold

If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself thinking more than once that Tim Hecker’s music has got just the right amount of ambient melancholy to make a great soundtrack for a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. Well, person like me, first off, hi! It’s nice to meet you. Second, we’re not the only ones who think that. As it happens, Tim Hecker (or as I call him in my dreams where we’re besties, “The Heckerman”) himself thinks his music would make a great soundtrack to a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. As Pitchfork reports, he’s composed an original score for the upcoming documentary film Massacred for Gold.

Pulling from R. Gregory Nokes’ book of the same name, the film tells tells the story of a group of Oregon miners in 1887 who were murdered in an anti-Chinese immigrant massacre. Directed by Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson, the film will debut at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival between November 7 and 17. You can watch the film’s trailer below. This is Lott and Anderson’s third collaboration, following 2010’s Bad Writing (which featured interviews with the likes of George Saunders, David Sedaris, and Margaret Atwood) and 2011’s Confluence.

And don’t forget, Hecker’s tribute to the only truly safe form of sex, Virgins, is also out this week, so hop on that in the most abstinent way you possibly can.

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Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo wants to teach you how to play guitar (you’re on your own for vocal lessons, though)!

Hey, what a coincidence, guys! We were, like, just talking about (former?!?) Sonic Youth shredder Lee Ranaldo! You were there for that, weren’t you? Oh. You weren’t? Well, you missed out. We had pizzas delivered and got drunk watching Frasier; it was pretty classy. But either way, onward!

So, yeah, according to a recent post on the ol’ Matablog, Ranaldo has declared his intentions to teach the good gospel of guitar-shreddery to a few lucky New Yorkers. Want to learn more? Yeah, okay! On Monday, October 28, at 8 PM EST, just mosey on over to hip record store Other Music, where Lee will be “hosting his first Guitar Clinic, having a discussion and demonstration of his weapon of choice.” You can share some words of wisdom and even get a free signed poster out of the deal. And… that’s basically all! If you live there, go do it. Easy as getting drunk watching Frasier!

Oh, ha. There’s also a tour he’s promoting. FINE, I’ll post those dates for you, Lee. Sheesh. Just know, though, this is less easy.

10.17.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.18.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.19.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
10.22.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.10.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera Euser
11.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.12.13 - Berlin, Germany - TBC
11.13.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.13 - Metz, France - Le Musee De Cour D’or
11.15.13 - Metz, France - Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
11.17.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.18.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.20.13 - Villeneuve D’Asq, France - Festival Tour De Chauffe
11.21.13 - London, UK - The Garage (NME Radar Night)
11.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP
11.23.13 - Paris, France - BB Mix Festival
11.25.13 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
11.26.13 - Tours, France - Temps Machine
12.06.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
12.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
12.14.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
01.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
01.09.13 - Hamden, CT - Spaceland Ballroom
01.10.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
01.11.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House

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Faint Wild Light debuts on Digitalis; cuddling revealed as just another of James Ginzburg’s many talents

Thank the alphabet lords for zed; otherwise, I would have had nary a clue as to James Ginzburg’s electronic preoccupations as one half of the sonically challenging Emptyset, and one whole of the founder of Bristol-based music publisher Multiverse Music, which has overseen releases from Tectonic, Kapsize, and presently, Subtext. See, ignoring the bundled press release’s mentioning of all of this, ‘z’ radiates a certain edginess (just look at those sharp corners!), whereas ‘s’, particularly in the less-assaulting “Ginsburg,” just makes me think of hippies and meadow-frolicking. Allen, what a profound effect you’ve had on the world! In other words, absent the buzzing sound, the presumption would’ve been of only Faint Wild Light, Ginzburg’s folksy undertaking, which has just recently seen its official emergence.

Just released on Digitalis, the self-titled debut album from Faint Wild Light has… lyrics. It also, giving credence to the SoundCloud classification, seems to be a genuine foray into folk, with a few strays here and there. Thoughts of Benoît Pioulard enter the contemporary mind, while those harkening back may notice a vocal style similar to Simon & Garfunkel. There’s no need to remark and mislead on the supposed rarity of electronic musicians waxing acoustic or finding their voice, so to speak, these days. Examples compile somewhat regularly, but who knows if there’s a common motivation. Let’s say cats. Here’s where you can purchase the album.

Faint Wild Light tracklisting:

01. Debris
02. Echo
03. Firmament
04. Halfsleep
05. Speak, Memory
06. Shattered Stars
07. Squares Become Lines
08. Darker
09. Fallow

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Carl Wilson’s 33 1/3 Celine Dion book reprinted in expanded edition, the only book you’ll ever need

2013: the year of Give The People What They Want! More Vin Diesel movies! A new Eminem song! A government shutdown! Jonathan Rhys Meyers as TV’s Dracula! What more could the American people want and need, with so many great offerings already on the table? Why, a newly expanded book about Celine Dion, of course! I mean, what American home is complete without a book delving into the life and work of Canada’s Sweetheart on its coffee table?

But this isn’t just any ol’ coffee table book, no! It’s the new and expanded version of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series — and it’s really more about the whys and hows of personal taste than Celine’s challenges as a young teen, her growth as an artist, and favorite milkshake flavor when she was growing up in Montreal. (Hint: it’s vanilla. The joke makes itself!) The new and improved Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste includes the complete text of the original version, plus essays from people like Mary Gaitskill, James Franco, Nick Hornby, Owen Pallett, Krist Novoselic, and more. Oh, and it’s out March 13, 2014, just in time for you to super conspicuously read it on your flight to SXSW.

Table of Contents:


Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
Carl Wilson
1. Let’s Talk About Hate
2. Let’s Talk About Pop (and Its Critics)
3. Let’s Talk in French
4. Let’s Talk About World Conquest
5. Let’s Talk About Schmaltz
6. Let’s Sing Really Loud
7. Let’s Talk About Taste
8. Let’s Talk About Who’s Got Bad Taste
9. Let’s Talk with Some Fans
10. Let’s Do a Punk Version of “My Heart Will Go On” (or, Let’s Talk About Our Feelings)
11. Let’s Talk About Let’s Talk About Love
12. Let’s Talk About Love

Essays: This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Carl Wilson, “Introduction”
Nick Hornby, “The Artists We Deserve”
Krist Novoselic, “With the Lights On, It’s Less Useless”
Ann Powers, “If the Girls Were All Transported”
Mary Gaitskill, “The Most Obvious Thing”
Jason King, “Compared to What?”
Daphne Brooks, “Let’s Talk About Diana Ross (In Memory of Trayvon Martin)”
Drew Daniel, “Deep in the Game”
Sukhdev Sandhu, “Children of the Corn”
James Franco, “Acting In and Out of Context”
Marco Roth and the Editors of n+1, “Too Much Sociology”
Jonathan Sterne, “Giving Up on Giving Up on Good Taste”
Owen Pallett, “When I Come Home”
Sheila Heti, “Playlist: Let’s Listen to Love”

Carl Wilson, “Let’s Talk Later”

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