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

• Colin Stetson:
• Constellation:

RIP: Rob Grill of The Grass Roots

From Examiner:

Reports of Rob Grill’s death via social networks proved premature Friday, but his mates on the Happy Together Tour launch that night at NYCB Theatre at Westbury knew that the end was likely imminent for The Grass Roots’ lead singer.

Sadly, Grill’s wife Nancy announced his passing yesterday at 67, after a recent serious fall followed by two strokes.

Grill sang on numerous Grass Roots classic hits including the anthemic “Let’s Live For Today,” “Midnight Confessions” (their biggest, peaking at No. 5 in 1968), “Temptation Eyes” and “Things I Should Have Said.” Altogther, they tallied over a score of hit singles.

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Mission accomplished (kinda): music sales go up for first time in seven years

USA! USA! Unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banners! Cue “Don’t Call It a Comeback” and cue all the hack music bloggers that use it in every possible news story about unexpected gains in the music industry! But no guys, seriously, let’s not call it a comeback per se because this date only applies to the first half of 2011, but: for the first time in seven years, music sales are up.

Is this due to cheap Amazon sales promotions like the $0.99 one for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way? Part of the ever-increasing craze for all things 90s? A result of the fact that the world ends next year so we might as well spend all our money on music, fine wine, and an online campaign to make teen heartthrob Ian Somerhalder fall in love with me? It’s too soon to tell, but Nielsen Soundscan data shows that album sales (physical and digital) are up nearly 1%, digital album sales are up 19%, digital track sales are up 11%, and overall music sales (albums, singles, music videos) are up 8.5%. Nielsen’s figure for total album sales also includes individual tracks sold together as an album. In other news, Adele and Lady Gaga rank number one and two respectively in terms of most albums sold, with Adele selling 2.5 millions albums and Lady Gaga with 1.5 million. Congrats America.

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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• Paper Bag:

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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