Colin Stetson to release new 10-inch in October, is rumored to have played saxophone on it

Colin Stetson to release new 10-inch in October, is rumored to have played saxophone on it

Thank you, Colin Stetson! See, folks, this is what I want from a musician whose records I “buy.” With Bon Iver or whoever’s burning up the charts these days, I sometimes feel like: “Hey, I strum a guitar alright. And sure, you’re a good singer, but if I wasn’t so lazy and tired and drunk all the time, I could probably record some songs that sound like this myself.” Not the case with Stetson. He does things I can’t do. Dude plays sax. Dude synthesizes Reich and Glass and Coltrane and trance people that I’m not even hip enough to listen to. Dude doesn’t cop out with any of those red-and-black loop pedals that purport to any sort of indie-tech, “you can do this too” nonsense (And thank god, cuz I’m sick of doing things. Aren’t you?). Dude just blows that horn and Big Bangs out a quick universe.

Or, in the case of Those Who Didn’t Run, his new 10-inch vinyl/0-inch digital release that’s coming on October 4 via Constellation, make that two universes. The two 10-minute sides were recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Islands) in Stetson’s home studio and feature nothing but some idiosyncratically-placed mics around the horn and Stetson doing two single-take performances of his best impression of Homer Simpson blowing the word “sax-a-ma-phoooone” into a mouthpiece. The 10-inch follows his recently-confirmed-as-good New History Warfare, Vol. 2 and precedes his imminent forever-tour with the aforementioned Bon Iver, during which he’ll do the exact opposite of everything I just said I liked him for. Balls. Oh well… another Caucasian, Gary!

Those Who Didn’t Run tracklist:

01. Those Who Didn’t Run
02. The End of Your Suffering

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PS I Love You continue coming on a bit strong with singles collection, North American tour

PS I Love You hearken back to a simpler time. A time when men were men and bearded indie rock dudes were bearded indie rock dudes. Last year, the Kingston, Ontario-based duo tried to travel back to 1994 through their debut Meet Me at the Muster Station. It didn’t work, but it was a pretty good record nonetheless. The duo continue undeterred in their quest for musical time travel, this time around with a collection of previously released EPs and singles called Figure It Out.

This collection will be coming out on August 30 through Paper Bag Records. While the record reaches back into PS I Love You’s pre-Muster Station releases, it will also feature more recent material like “Leftovers,” their collaborative single with best buddy Diamond Rings. Also, there will be Madonna and Rush covers!

Once fall hits (the most indie rock of all the seasons), the band will be embarking on a pretty enormous North American tour. If their bearded predecessors could do two-month long treks, so can they. Once they return to their homebase in Kingston, the duo plan to finish their sophomore LP. Tentatively, that record is set for a 1996 release.

Figure It Out tracklist:

01. Subtle and Majestic
02. Facelove (Early Version)
03. Scattered (Early Version)
04. Actually
05. Notes and Stuff
06. Starfield
07. Leftovers
08. A-D
09. Mystery Shirt
10. Where’s the Party
11. Subdivisions

PS I Love You dates:

07.13.11 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain’t Hollywood
07.14.11 - Madison, WI - U of Wisconsin Madison Memorial Terrace
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern (Pitchfork Fest Afterparty)
07.30.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.06.11 - Kingston, ON - Wolfe Island Festival
09.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.05.11 - Pullman, WA - Bell Tower Concert House
09.07.11 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
09.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
09.09.11 - Portland, OR - Backspace
09.10.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
09.12.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters
09.13.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.15.11- Los Angeles, CA - Echo
09.17.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
09.20.11 - Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel
09.21.11 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
09.22.11 - Calgary, AB - Sait’s the Gateway
09.23.11 - Saskatoon SK - Jale
09.24.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert ArmsHotel
09.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
09.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes Oasis
09.27.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
10.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
10.03.11 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain’t Hollywood *
10.04.11 - London, ON - Call The Office *
10.05.11 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks *
10.06.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
10.07.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
10.08.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *
10.10.11 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.11.11 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbour
10.12.11 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.13.11 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
10.15.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.17.11 - Durham, NC - Motorco (small room)
10.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10.20.11 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ
10.29.11 - Kingston, ON - Grad Club

* Suuns

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Marnie Stern plans hella — I mean a lot of — new shows after playing briefly with The Flaming Lips

In June, Stereogum posted a baker’s dozen list of Wayne Coyne’s favorite albums (via The Quietus), which included snooze-alerts like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jefferson Airplane, but also Marnie Stern’s sophomore album from 2008, This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That (TMT Review) — a good album, but not exactly what I expected to follow The Who’s Live at Leeds.

Soon after news of Coyne’s disturbingly normal music taste, I got word that Stern appeared as the sole opener for The Flaming Lips’ L.A. shows at Hollywood Forever Cemetery this June. As many people — particularly those living in Chicago — know, on July 7 and 8, Marnie Stern officially opened for The Flaming Lips at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, cementing their professional relationship and perhaps explaining Marnie Stern’s being on Coyne’s mind.

There are no more dates with The Flaming Lips planned for the remainder of the summer, but this September, Marnie Stern is leaving for a big tour of North America with No Joy, concluding the tour alone in Australia when our fall becomes their spring.


09.21.11 - Hamden, CT - The Space
09.23.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar *
09.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
09.25.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
09.27.11 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace *
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
09.29.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09.30.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs *
10.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
10.06.11 - Sydney, Australia - Tone
10.07.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Northcote Social Club
10.08.11 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery

• Marnie Stern:
• Kill Rock Stars:

RIP: Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell, soul/jazz producer

From L.A. Weekly:

​Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell, member of Motown hit-makers The Corporation and half of the production duo The Mizell Brothers, has passed away. He was 68 years old. The cause of death is unknown.

Mizell was recruited by writer-producer Deke Richards to join The Corporation, which also included Berry Gordy and Freddie Perren. The production team was responsible for writing and producing The Jackson 5’s early hits, including “I Want You Back” and “ABC.” After Motown moved to Los Angeles, Fonce and his brother Larry, aka The Mizell Brothers, moved as well and formed their own production company, Sky High Productions.

The first album they produced, Donald Byrd’s Black Byrd, for Blue Note Records label, launched a string of albums that helped shape the jazz fusion genre as well as lay the foundation for neo-soul.

The Mizell Brothers’ production work has been widely sampled and remixed by artists such as J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, and Madlib.

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Das Racist releasing debut album Relax in September, the least tolerant month of the year

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Perennial pranksters Das Racist stormed out of the underground in 2010 with a caustic yet buzz-worthy blend of Joycean wit and post-millennial swagger — the kind of razor-sharp boom bap that recalls the hard-as-nails rhythms of the streets yet would just as likely show up on your sociology professor’s playlist! If New York City is a melting pot, consider goofball MCs Heems and Kool A.D. the ones stirring 2011’s soup — and spiking it with a pinch of WTF, no less!

If you slept on the insane mixtape Shut Up, Dude and the batshit second mixtape Sit Down, Man, you missed out on two giant heapings of win… and get this: there’s even more wry, irreverent wordplay to come. The boys who give voice to what we’re all too polite to say out loud are finished with a brand-new album proper called Relax, but once you see the tracklist you’ll be doing anything but relaxing! It’s coming September 13 on Greedhead Music, and though there’s a song called “Michael Jackson” (ouch, too soon?) and another called “Selena” (um, can you say LOLZ?), the star of the show is, as always, the raw, “oh do they didn’t” biting lyricism that could only emerge from Brooklyn.

Excitement is at a full boil already, as in-depth articles on Relax are already in the production pipeline for Rolling Stone, The Believer, The New York Times, Sasha-Frere Jones’ and Nitsuh Abebe’s personal blogs, a segment on All Songs Considered, an appearance on Jimmy Fallon (that’s already being called “outrageous” by Gorilla Vs. Bear), and a week-long, NSFW engagement with’s “60 Seconds Left” series.

Relax tracklisting:

01. Relax
02. Michael Jackson
03. Brand New Dance
04. Middle of the Cake
05. Girl
06. Shut Up, Man (feat. El-P)
07. Happy Rappy
08. Booty in the Air
09. Power (feat. Danny Brown and Despot)
10. Punjabi Song (feat. Bikram Singh)
11. Selena
12. Rainbow in the Dark
13. The Trick
14. Celebration

• Das Racist:
• Greedhead:

The Raincoats self-reissue Odyshape in September, adding another LP to this year’s list of best reissues

The following is a true story. Recently, I was playing The Raincoats at work and a man walked up to the counter and asked me what horrible music was playing. I stared at him in disbelief, initially under the logical assumption that he was joking. The Raincoats? Horrible? When I didn’t reply, he demanded, “Well? What is it, so that I can make sure never to listen to it again?” That man may not be excited about the following news, but he was clearly deranged, possibly suffered from impaired hearing, and most likely listens to Michael Bolton on a regular basis.

There’s no argument about whether or not The Raincoats are great — there simply isn’t. No one — whether or not you like their subtly off-key vocals, sporadic horns and strings, or ostensibly homemade simplicity — can deny their influence on post-punk or the female groups that have come since. Several years ago, they reissued their 1979 self-titled debut on their own label, We ThRee (The Raincoats came out in the States through Kill Rock Stars), and We ThRee has just announced a forthcoming reissue of Odyshape, The Raincoats’ 1981 sophomore album.

The reissue comes on 180-gram vinyl(/CD) and is remastered from original masters, so “Shouting Out Loud” will sound just as jarring as you remembered it. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, one of many illustrious Raincoats fans (and in case you, like the aforementioned customer, still need convincing: Kurt Cobain was another), wrote the liner notes for the reissue, which will be available on September 13. The best part? After the release, The Raincoats are going on tour, and in December, they’re playing Jeff Magnum’s ATP. “Horrible” indeed.

09.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
09.17.11 - Washington, D.C. - Comet Ping Pong
09.19.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
09.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art
09.23.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
09.24-25.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal

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