Colin Meloy announces his first solo tour in five years, admits to past use of performance-enhancing thesauruses

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Are you… intellectual? Do you know what the word “mawkish” means off the top of your head? Do you like the way Random House’s book binding glue smells a little more than Double Day’s? Are you thinking to yourself right now, “that’s a trick question, Nobodaddy, because everyone knows that Random House totally owns Double Day?” Great! Then this-here Colin Meloy solo tour is probably right up your old-timey, nine-pin bowling alley.

The Decemberists frontman has recently announced that he’ll be heading out for his first solo jaunt across the US since 2008 (he’s recently been devoting quite a bit of his time and energy to The Wildwood Chronicles, a series of kids’ books that he and his wife co-created.) But now he’s back in the singin’-songwritin’ saddle, complete with a new EP of cover songs that he recorded special for this tour that will comprise the fourth volume of a running series of these tour EP things called Colin Meloy Sings… (the previous three paid homage to the likes of Morrissey, Shirley Collins, and Sam Cooke).

So… yeah. I guess that’s it. If any of that stuff sounds good to you, here’s the cities he’ll be in. Along with the days he’ll be in them.

11.01.13 - New York, NY - Town Hall
11.02.13 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
11.04.13 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
11.05.13 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
11.06.13 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre of Durham
11.08.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11.09.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
11.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Park West
11.12.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11.13.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Woman’s Club

• Colin Meloy: http://www.colinmeloy.com
• The Decemberists: http://www.decemberists.com

RIP: Tim Wright, bassist for DNA and Pere Ubu

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Billboard):

Tim Wright, the original bassist in the Cleveland-born avant-garde rock band Pere Ubu, died Sunday, according to a notice posted on Facebook by Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas:

“Tim Wright died Sunday, August 4 2013, reports longtime partner Mary Ann Livchak. He was an original member of Pere Ubu and later a contributor to the No Wave scene of New York City.”

Pere Ubu was formed in Cleveland in 1975 by Rocket from the Tombs veterans Thomas and the guitarist Peter Laughner. The band released its first single, “30 Seconds Over Tokyo/Heart of Darkness,” that year with a lineup that included Wright, keyboardist Allen Ravenstine, guitarist Tom Herman and drummer Scott Krauss.

Wright left the group in 1978 to join the New York no-wave band DNA.

• DNA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA_(No_Wave_band)
• Pere Ubu: http://www.ubuprojex.net

Matthew Herbert to rework Terry Riley’s “In C” live this October! (Hint: I think he might play it in D!)

Big news, everyone! Or, actually… “minimalist” news, everyone! According to a recent update in The Quietus that followed from an interview posted yesterday on that site, British’s most notorious sound-fucker-around-with-er, Matthew Herbert, will be teaming up with Andre de Ridder’s stargaze collective and german Producer Pantha du Prince’s Bell Laboratory group for what promises to be a, well, bell-ish “reinterpretation” of minimalist composer Terry Riley’s landmark “In C”.

Specifically, shit’s going down at The Barbican in London on October 4, where Herbert “will be live-sampling and reworking [stargaze] playing segments of the piece,” while Pantha du Prince jams alongside him with The Bell Laboratory. Naturally, both dudes and their respective ensembles will also be “accompanied by visuals from the pioneering psych crew Joshua Light Show.” Sheesh. Suddenly the whole thing isn’t looking so “minimalist” anymore, is it? But either way, hardcore Riley fans from around the globe (or any casual Londoners walking around with too many pounds in their pockets who want some art cred, I guess) can head over to the Barbican website to procure their tickets to this night of insanity at their earliest convenience. Look, you don’t have to go to this thing, but you’re automatically less cultured and interesting if you don’t.

• Matthew Herbert: http://www.matthewherbert.com
• Pantha du Prince: http://www.panthaduprince.com
• Terry Riley: http://terryriley.net

[Photo: Martin Genz]

Over 50% of all vinyl sales now coming from independent record shops; what a quirky statistic!

Quick, a show of hands. Who’s surprised that a relatively dated medium for music is seeing its resurgence courtesy of a relatively dated medium for music purchases? I don’t mean this in a disparaging way, of course, but it seems on par with expectations that vinyl, with all of its nostalgia-based appeal, is currently avoiding (to a degree) the millennial fad responsible for burgeoning anonymous penis exposure. What happened to the good ol’ days of trench coats and dark alleyways, and what’s it called, again? Oh yeah, the Internet.

As an addendum to the recent news that vinyl sales are currently pushing the seams of one’s pants, it’s been revealed that more than 50% of all those sales are taking place in independent record shops — the kinds with physical doors, that you open. Returning to the nostalgia aspect, it might be an extension of the “ritual” that vinyl enthusiasts often espouse as a reason for their ongoing love. Or, it might stem from an aversion to perceived paradox. You can’t buy vinyl online, just like you can’t buy food from a dumpster, or purchase a winter parka at a shop bordering the Amazon. Well, you can maybe do these things, but I hear the risk of spontaneous brain explosion increases exponentially.

Context breeds feelings unfortunate, in this case. While independent record shops do account for a disproportionate percentage of vinyl sales, they play a minimal 3.2% role when it comes to all album sales, regardless of format. Kind of interesting to see record stores revert to the limited purpose prescribed by their name, though, as we’re all keenly aware of the CD’s porcelain future.

Deerhunter to embark on North American tour. HA! You schmucks will believe anything.

Kid, in this world, you gotta watch out. See, there’s a sucker born every minute. If you’re not careful, you’re that sucker. Maybe when you were born, your mother asked the doctor if you were a boy or a girl and the doctor was like “Who cares, it’s a sucker.” You’ll never know, you were a baby. Don’t ask your poor mother either. Her blood pressure’s terrible. You want that blood on your hands, kid? I didn’t think so. So get this: Deerhunter’s about to head out on a North American tour. You got it? Heh, if you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.

Anyway, enjoy your new bridge. Wonderful doing business with you, I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. The Deerhunter stuff was totally true, too. Buddy, I’d never lie to you, not about Deerhunter at least. Having put out their fifth record, Monomania (TMT Review), mere months ago on 4AD, those Atlanta-based psych-rockers-who-apparently-are-really-getting-into-garage-and-the-Meat-Puppets are hitting the road again for another good long while. Along the way, they’ll hit up some exciting festivals, like Los Angeles’ FYF Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now run along, let nobody scam you.

Deerhunter dates:

08.11.13 - Richmond, VA - Sound City Bands and Brews Music Festival
08.22.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live
08.23.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
08.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.27.13 - Sacramento, CA - Hawlow’s
08.28.13 - Acarta, CA - Humboldt State University
08.30.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
08.31.13 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
09.02.13 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.04.13 - Portland, OR - MustFestNW (Crystal Ballroom)
09.06.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban
09.07.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
09.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
09.10.13 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
09.11.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland
09.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.13.13 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
09.16.13 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
09.18.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.19.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.21.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.16.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club

• Deerhunter: http://4ad.com/artists/deerhunter
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

RIP: George Duke, jazz musician

From Radio Facts (via BET):

Radio Facts is sorry to report that vet musician George Duke died last night on August 5. No word yet on what happened but we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife and falling into a depression just a year ago. Former Supreme’s member Sherrie Payne states: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.”

• George Duke: http://www.georgeduke.com