Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear announces solo album as Cant, books a tour in the distant fall, continues to scout Brooklyn bars for talent

Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear announces solo album as Cant, books a tour in the distant fall, continues to scout Brooklyn bars for talent

You may have noticed that fresh material from Grizzly Bear has been somewhat absent in the news since 2009’s Veckatimest (oh, I guess there was also 2010’s indie soundtrack). But whatever the other guys are doing, Chris Taylor, Grizzly Bear’s vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer, is far too ambitious to wait idly by for the band to score another “Two Weeks” hit. You’ve probably heard his name in the last two years as the co-founder of Terrible Records (which released Twin Shadow’s debut Forget) and maybe even sent him your demo with hopes of becoming the next big Terrible thing. But being producer and label head is still not enough for Taylor and his dream of Brooklyn(/world) domination, and so with Grizzly Bear in a barely-active lull, he has announced his own solo project as CANT.

On September 13, CANT is planning to release its first album, Dreams Come True, on Terrible Records, and if the title of the record weren’t so cheery, we’d wonder if Taylor was developing an inferiority complex. Like many “solo” projects that actually mean “apart from that supergroup he/she is known for,” Taylor isn’t entirely alone: for Dreams Come True, Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. is one-half of CANT, having both written and recorded the new album with Taylor. (For Taylor’s purposes, though, “CANT is Chris Taylor. Chris Taylor is CANT.”) While Dreams Come True is CANT’s debut full-length, he previously released a split with none other than the late Arthur Russell, which acted as the first 7-inch in a Terrible Records single series. (Russell’s side is a previously unreleased track, naturally recorded prior to his death in 1992 — Taylor isn’t that special.)

Summer won’t last fast forever, and before you know it, September will soon be upon us, which means CANT is due for a tour, dutifully scheduled for October (and featuring a full backing band). In the meantime, grab an ice cream cone and keep hoping that tastemaker Taylor will pick your band for Terrible’s newest addition. Who knows? Maybe he still has your demo CD-R in his desk drawer.


10.01.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.02.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
10.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
10.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.12.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer
10.14.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.16.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.19.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
10.22.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10.25.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.28.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.29.11 - Asheville, NC - Moog Festival

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NOFX to release an EP of hardcore covers and an EP that’s “pretty fucking terrible”

Long past are the days when NOFX first enthralled preteens uninitiated to the wonders of punk and music their parents didn’t like, when, at age 13, Punk in Drublic replaced Let It Be and white kids shouted “Don’t call me white” while struggling to find guitar tabs on the nascent web. History hasn’t exactly treated NOFX too nicely though, so it makes the timing of a covers album of 80s hardcore… questionable.

Nonetheless, after two years of waiting, said album — a thus-far untitled 7-inch — is finally slated for release August 2 from Fat Wreck Chords. Little information has been released about the nine-track EP, aside from the album artwork and a quote from Mike Burkett circa 2009, printed in Ground Control. Of the bands covered, he said:

They’re all from the US and that’s all kind of what we grew up on. […M]ostly they’re bands that no one ever heard of and most of their records never made it to CD. It’s pretty obscure — a couple of the bigger bands would be The Necros and Social Unrest and Stretch Marks. We’re just going to put it out and we’re not going to put any information on it; no credits, no song titles, no nothing — just a blank disc — so if you don’t know who it is, you won’t know who it is.

To remind listeners that NOFX did in fact exist during the glory era of those oh-so-obscure bands they’re covering, a second EP is forthcoming (possibly this summer), featuring some purportedly godawful recordings from 1984. The quote du jour, re: NOFX, is Fat Mike’s promise that “it’s pretty fucking terrible” — and you know, if that’s what it takes for NOFX to get back in my good graces, I’m all for it.

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DJ Shadow set to release mysterious new album, and the less you know the better

It seems that legendary instrumental hip-hop dude DJ Shadow’s new album The Less You Know The Better is aptly-named. Shadow’s fourth studio album is scheduled for September 5 in the UK, with no word of a US date as yet. Fortunately, fans have a slightly less mysterious EP called I Gotta Rokk to tide them over until September, and besides, I hired a private investigator to follow DJ Shadow around to figure out what his favorite food is, where he likes to let it all loose, and whatever details can be discovered about the new album — just for you!

Okay, I didn’t do that, but I did check out DJ Shadow’s website. Alas, I didn’t unearth a tracklisting or info about possible collaborations, but my in-depth mouse-clicking did reveal that I Gotta Rokk features music from the upcoming full-length. In addition to the title track, the EP includes two other new tracks, “Def Surrounds Us” and “I’ve Been Trying,” both of which were released as singles last year. It also includes remixes, glorious remixes! I Gotta Rokk has been selling out all over the place, so it’s either mindblowingly awesome or someone has been stockpiling copies to use for trade on that fateful day when the gold standard returns to America and we all live in underground bunkers, bartering goats and wedding rings and instrumental hip-hop CDs.

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Coen Brothers writing Dave Van Ronk-inspired script, plan on casting Dwayne “The Ronk” Johnson

The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan) have all but officially announced that they are working on a script for a music-based film inspired by the life of Dave Van Ronk. According to the L.A. Times, who spoke to an anonymous source, the Coens are using the autobiography The Mayor of MacDougal Street as the basis for a film on Van Ronk and his status as the undisputed heavyweight of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s.

If you’re unfamiliar with Greenwich Village heavyweights, Van Ronk is most well-known for his involvement and leadership in the same folk-music scene that Bob Dylan was born out of, with Van Ronk giving Bobby D his first big gig. In addition to discovering Mr. Dylan, Van Ronk also had a hand in developing the talents of both Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs, both artists eventually gaining fame as two of my mom’s Most Played Artists.

Finally, while the Coen’s have never been the type of filmmakers who do sequels, I’m hoping that whatever movie is developed from Van Ronk’s life will take its place as the necessary prequel that The Big Lebowski deserves.

Neutral Milk Hotel records that aren’t In the Aeroplane Over the Sea to get reissued, proving existence of other NMH records to college freshmen

With the recent news about Jeff Mangum’s upcoming tour, the iron is hot for some Neutral Milk Hotel reissues. And when the iron is hot, so is Fire Records! Because fire is hot and so is the iron and shut up, me. The point is, Fire Records will be reissuing both the band’s first 7-inch, Everything Is and their debut full-length, On Avery Island. As a TMT exclusive, we managed to get the following quote from the college freshmen of the world:


Yes, young scholars of the world, Neutral Milk Hotel released music that wasn’t In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, and soon that music will be far easier to purchase. On August 8, Fire will reissue Everything Is, unchanged from its original vinyl release. Two weeks later (August 22, if you’re not into math), the label will reissue On Avery Island, which will be available on CD, as well as on separate red and yellow varieties of vinyl. Now, kids, let me tell you about of Montreal records released in the nineteen-hundred and nineties…

On Avery Island tracklist:

01. Song Against Sex
02 You’ve Passed
03. Someone Is Waiting
04. A Baby For Pree
05. Marching Theme
06. Where You’ll Find Me Now
07. Avery Island / April 1st
08. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
09. Three Peaches
10. Naomi
11. April 8th
12. Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye
13. Everything Is
14. Snow Song Pt. 1

Everything Is tracklist:

01. Everything Is
02. Snow Song Pt. 1
03. Aunt Eggma Blowtorch

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Spank Rock returns with big summer tour… opening for Ke$ha and LMFAO. Sigh.

Baltimore MC Spank Rock (a.k.a. Naeem Juwan) has been dearly missed. The combination of twisty electro beats and mega-filthy rap isn’t an entirely fresh concept, yet Spank Rock made it sound fun and likable on his 2006 debut, YoYoYoYoYo. He’s been fairly silent since then, but it looks like 2011 may be Spank Rock’s comeback year. A few months back, he introduced his Italo disco side project Mobroder, and on September 27 he will be releasing his Boys Noize-produced sophomore record Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar through Bad Blood Records.

With all this activity, all the man needs now is a huge summer tour to really get the hype flowing. That’s why I’m so delighted to report that Spank Rock has exactly that sort of tour planned! Surprisingly, the rapper’s legend has evidently grown so much that he’s able to headline huge arenas, quite the feat for an underground MC who’s been laying low for the past few years…

Hrmm? What’s that? He’s opening for Ke$ha and LMFAO on their summer tour?

Oh. Oh my. Well. Those dates are listed below. Enjoy?

Spank Rock dates (all w/ Ke$ha and LMFAO):

07.30.11 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinett Arena
07.31.11 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08.02.11 - Spring, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08.03.11 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center
08.04.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
08.07.11 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
08.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheater
08.10.11 - Charlotte, NC - Road Runner Mobile
08.12.11 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
08.14.11 - Toronto, ON - The Molson Amphitheater
08.16.11 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
08.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier
08.20.11 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08.21.11 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
08.23.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State
08.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
08.26.11 - Clarkson, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
08.30.11 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
08.31.11 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
09.02.11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
09.03.11 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
09.06.11 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
09.07.11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
09.09.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
09.10.11 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre at Qwest Field
09.11.11 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena-TOTC
09.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
09.16.11 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood Resort
09.17.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
09.18.11 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
09.20.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre

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