Christian Fennesz, David Daniell, and Tony Buck announce new live LP Knoxville

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It’s not every day that you bear witness to an album being created in its full form within the context of a live setting. I mean, unless you’re a DMB or Phish fan. But even taking those powerhouses into account, rarely does one experience such an event within the context of a fully improvisational live show. One such lucky crowd was those who soaked up last year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN on February 7, when a completely improvised performance took place between guitarist/computer wiz/sound manipulator Christian Fennesz, guitarist David Daniell, and drummer Tony Buck (of The Necks). The performance took place without any prior meeting or collaboration between the three musicians. Eat that, Mr. Matthews.

Since this performance was obviously of a unique and non-repeatable nature (and apparently completely mind blowing), Thrill Jockey has decided to step up and document this happening by giving it an overly appropriate name (Knoxville) and an LP and CD release come August 24 of this year. Thrill Jockey also reports that future performances can be expected from the trio. Ultimately, we can only hope that they’ll follow in the footsteps of Phish and release an album from every single one of those performances.

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RIP: Sugar Minott, the “Godfather of Dancehall”

From Dancehall.Mobi:

Foundation dancehall / reggae singer, Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott is dead. He reportedly died earlier this evening, and although the cause of death has not yet been publicized, just a couple months ago Dancehall.Mobi reported that he was gravely ill and had been diagnosed as having Angina Pectoris – a severe heart condition – and ordered by his doctor to rest. R.I.P. to the original ‘Godfather of Dancehall’.

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Junk Culture tells kids to “say NO to tobacco,” then goes on tour with Tobacco! Hypocrite!

Illegal Art beat maestro Junk Culture (a.k.a. Deepak Mantena) is a good role model for the kids. Encoded somewhere in his tripped-out sound collages is a simple message to all the children: “Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and do your best!” Pretty stand up guy, obviously, but how does such a message come off when Mantena goes on tour with someone named Tobacco this fall?? Pretty fishy, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Besides, the guy went to school in my beloved home state of Mississippi, so he has my infinite respect. At the moment, Junk Culture is in the middle of a summer tour with Common Loon. Now Common Loon, that’s a name nobody could find an objectionable message in. Unless you hate loons.

Junk dates:

07.10.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
07.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The M Room *
07.12.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks *
07.13.10 - Youngstown, OH - Lemon Grove Cafe *
07.14.10 - Cincinatti, OH - Southgate House *
07.15.10 - Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly’s *
07.16.10 - St. Louis, MO - Antartica
09.09.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 !
09.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church !
09.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
09.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse !
09.17.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !
09.18.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East !
09.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s !
09.24.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig !
09.25.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt !

* Common Loon
! Tobacco, Dreamend

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OM reunite with DO to bring doom to Australia on their first tour of the continent

Last week, I was in Australia talking to the citizenry asking them about what they miss culturally by being an isolated continent with a serious cultural lacking. Once I collated my data, I found that, besides daily professional wrestling programs, what the Aussies miss most is drone and/or doom metal.

Eager to help the problem, I got on the phone with Al Cisneros and his drone and/or doom metal band OM and begged them to play Australia so that all the Aboriginals could finally experience the ominous, brooding, and totally metal world of OM. Supporting OM throughout their Outback pilgrimage will be Lichens and Blarke Baker/BlackWidow, with special guests at each show. Ticket information and other details can be found at OM’s website listed below.

You’re welcome, Australia!

OM Australian tourdates:

07.11.10 - Geelong, Victoria - The National Hotel w/ Agents of Abhorrence,
07.15.10 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live w/Spacebong
07.16.10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar w/ Breathing Shrine
07.17.10 - Sydney - Factory Theatre w/ Naked on the Vague
07.18.10 - Brisbane - Hi Fi Bar

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Deerhunter plug microphones into a bunch of guitar pedals to announce Halcyon Digest in most “emotional” manner possible

Just when you thought your friends weren’t looking and it was safe to come-down off of this hypnogogia trip that you’ve been on for the past 18 months or so (with all these weird artistic notions of “photocopies of photocopies” and whatnot that you don’t really understand)… you’ve gotta think again. The ambient-punk fever-dream that is Deerhunter is back, baby, and they’re bringing their fourth LP with them. Pop another Tylenol 3, my friend. The forecast is looking haaaaazzzzzaaay!

This new LP, entitled Halcyon Digest, is due September 28 via good old 4AD. And, like the good chopped-and-screwed punk ethicists that they are, frontman Bradford Cox and his cronies are promoting it by encouraging fans to download and print out a promotional poster from their new website and stick it up somewhere gnarly around town. Street-teamers who take a picture of their promo effort and email it to will receive an email link to download the album’s as-of-yet unannounced lead single, as well as a non-album bonus cut. Sounds like fair compensation for services rendered, eh?

Well, what are you waiting for, dude? You heard Bradford Cox: get out there and waste some paper in the name of rock and roll!

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Slum Village (sort of) break up

The story of Slum Village will likely go down in hip-hop history as one of the genre’s grandest tragedies. And not as the sort of insipid, Behind the Music-style cautionary tale that’s marred the memories of Biggie, Tupac, and others. Slum Village didn’t lose it all in a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and guns; they simply got mercilessly fucked over by man and nature in ways that would make Sophocles blush.

Slum Village’s problems started early. Label politics at A&M prevented their acclaimed 1996 debut Fan-tas-tic (Volume 1) from seeing a proper release until fucking 2005. Good move, thankfully defunct A&M, because having a record to push couldn’t possibly have helped Slum Village crack the mainstream when they opened for A Tribe Called Quest on the group’s farewell tour in 1998. But everybody gets fucked over by their label, you say. When did the cosmos decide to take a swipe at Slum Village? A couple of times, actually: first, when former member and current hip-hop martyr Jay Dee succumbed to lupus in 2006, and again in 2009 when crucial MC Baatin died of unknown causes.

The group’s future has been in limbo ever since Baatin’s death, but the manager of eLZhi, Dilla’s SV replacement, appears to have finally put a fork in the whole thing. According to Hex Murda (yes, this is the man eLZhi trusts with his career), “For all intents and purposes concerning eLZhi, Slum Village is defunct.” He went on to say that the group’s upcoming LP Villa Manifesto, out July 27 on E1 Records, will be the last under the Slum Village name. But just to make things even more confusing, SV’s manager responded by saying that founding member T3 has no intention of retiring the Slum Village name just yet, planning instead “to take Slum Village as a brand to the next level.” And while the marketing possibilities of Slum Village™ are exciting, without Dilla, Baatin, or Elzhi, what’s left to brand besides the group’s sterling legacy? And is it worth it for T3 to live in the past if only to enjoy the success that Slum Village should have obtained in its heyday? You be the judge or something!

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