Dâm-Funk is never ever taking off those sunglasses; also, he is going on tour

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Do you like sunglasses? Then you will like funk master Dâm-Funk. Simple as that. Do a quick Google image search for “Dâm-Funk.” I guarantee you will not find more than five sunglasses-less pictures of the guy. At least, not within the first 10 pages. Look, you have to go deep to behold Dâm-Funk’s eyes.

But you won’t have to go deep at all to see him live! Segue! While Dâm’s been at work on both the follow-up to 2009’s double-album Toeachizown and his collaborative record with Steve Arrington of Slave, both on Stones Throw, he’s found time for a lengthy fall tour. It’ll be a two-leg affair: first, a solo tour, then one with his group Master Blazter. Those solo dates include a handful of DJ sets, including one with Flying Lotus and Four Tet. No matter the show, no matter the lighting, you can reasonably expect sunglasses.

Dâm-Funk solo dates:

08.26.11 - Pasadena, CA - The Terrace
08.28.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
08.29.11 - Culver City, CA - Funkmosphere at Carbon (DJ set)
08.30.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
08.31.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
09.01.11 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University at The Depot
09.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Exhibition Hall (DJ set, featuring sets by Flying Lotus and Four Tet)
09.05.11 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
09.07.11 - Calgary, AB - HiFi Club
09.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Bar None
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - Marten’s Store (DJ set)
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - MusicfestNW

Dâm-Funk with Master Blazter dates:

10.01.1 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10.02.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.04.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.05.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
10.06.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.07.11 - St. Louis, MO - Lola
10.08.11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
10.10.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
10.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.13.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
10.14.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.16.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge
10.17.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.25.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
10.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
10.30.11 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
11.03.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• Dâm-Funk: http://www.stonesthrow.com/damfunk
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Radiohead remix album to be 19 tracks long, so open your mouth wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide

Right now, somewhere deep beneath the earth, Phil Selway is seated in a hooded chair stroking a black cat in chain-mail armor. “Excellent,” he hisses at the giant monitor on which he’s been conversing a pretty nervous but attentive Thom Yorke. “Everything is going according to plan. Soon, the transformation of Radiohead from ‘greatest, most mind-bending rock band on the face of the planet’ to ‘modest little IDM side-project’ will be complete!”

“Y… yes, your excellency,” Yorke peeps back in return. “I’ve just spoken with At Ease a moment ago, and the announcement about Radiohead releasing a 2-disc, 19-track remix album titled RADIOHEAD TKOL RMX on September 16 has just been posted, in accordance with your wishes. Th… they said that there was a bit of a snafu in Japan, though, and it’s going to pop up three weeks earlier out there.”

“What, three weeks!? Ah… um, I mean, no matter. Beautiful work, Thom. You shall be rewarded. Does the announcement make clear that this album is collecting the previously announced set of vinyl singles (two of which are already out and a few more of which are on the way) on the first CD, while including brand new remixes from Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Modeselektor, Objekt, Anstam, and Blawan on the second CD?”

“Yes, Mr. Selw—”

“That’s DOCTOR Selway, Thom!” Phil roars in return in perfect sync with a nearby thunderclap. “Otherwise known as The King of Limbs! And soon, when Radiohead is no more than a boring, outsourced remix project for recycling old tracks, its former legions will have NO CHOICE but to listen to my solo albums as their only source of original music from Radiohead’s members! Hahahahahahaha! Isn’t that right, my darling little Cat A?” He strokes the cat affectionately and mumbles something to her in Portuguese.

“B… but Mr. King of Limbs, sir, I… I mean- DOCTOR Selway,” Yorke interrupts, now visibly shaking. “What about all of Jonny Greenwood’s solo music?” Cat A leaps off of Selway’s lap and he rises out of his chair before the computer monitor and removes his chain-mail armor, revealing for the first time a grotesque and clearly homemade set of bionic limbs.

“Oh,” Selway sighs. “I’ll deal with Greenwood.”


Disc 1:
01. Caribou, “Little By Little Rmx”
02. Jacques Greene, “Lotus Flower Rmx”
03. Nathan Fake, “Morning Mr Magpie Rmx”
04. Harmonic 313, “Bloom Rmx”
05. Mark Pritchard, “Bloom Rmx”
06. Lone, “Feral Rmx”
07. Pearson Sound, “Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx”
08. Four Tet, “Separator Rmx”

Disc 2:
01. Thriller, “Give Up the Ghost Houseghost Rmx”
02. Illum Sphere, “Codex Rmx”
03. Shed, “Little By Little Rmx”
04. Brokenchord, “Give Up the Ghost Rmx”
05. Altrice, “TKOL Rmx”
06. Blawan, “Bloom Rmx”
07. Modeselektor, “Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx”
08. Objekt, “Bloom Rmx”
09. Jamie xx, “Bloom Rework”
10. Anstam, “Separator Rmx”
11. SBTRKT, “Lotus Flower Rmx”

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
The King of Limbs Store: http://www.thekingoflimbs.com

Distribution center for 150+ indie record labels destroyed in London riots

Around 4 AM GMT this morning in Enfield, a three-story building owned by Sony/PIAS that housed music and DVD stock for over 150 independent labels was destroyed in a fire during the ongoing riots. PIAS is the largest distribution company in the UK, and the North London warehouse was the main hub for physical distribution throughout the UK and Ireland. The exact figures on what was lost in the fire are as-yet unknown, but reports coming in throughout the day have been making it sound like very little would be recovered.

Some of the affected labels include Domino, Beggars Group, Big Dada, Def Jux, Drag City, FatCat, Kompakt, Ninja Tune, One Little Indian, Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans, Soul Jazz, Thrill Jockey, Vagrant, and Warp, but really it’s the smaller labels that are hurting the most from this, as they simply can’t afford to lose so much physical product and have their release schedules destroyed in the process.

With that said, it seems important to repeat a sentiment expressed by Radio 1 DJ (and indie record label owner) Rob da Bank when asked for a response by The Guardian:

I’m furious that people are doing this, and I’m devastated for Pias and all the labels that have lost stock. But at the moment I’m more concerned with stopping this stupid behaviour from happening — at the end of the day it’s just physical product that’s gone, not lives or houses, so I’m trying not to get too hung up on it.

Seminal 90s electronica group returns: Plaid edition

Add British duo Plaid to the list of seminal 90s-era electronic artists who are getting back into the game after ridiculously long hiatuses. Although Mssrs. Andy Turner and Ed Handley’s eight-year break clocks in on the shorter end of that spectrum, the return of the Warp Records recording artists is being met with no less fanfare, because it’s not every day you get a new album from these two. Nor do you get a tour every day from the jolly lads — although you’ll get at least 14 such days if you’re living in North America this fall.

The duo’s latest, Scintilli, drops September 27 via their old pals Warp. But lest you think Plaid were buried deep in their electronica cave, hibernating the past near-decade away, take note. Because Handley and Turner have been very, very busy. They’ve collaborated with Björk, Mara Carylyle, and Nicolette. They’ve done remixes aplenty. They’ve created scores for a couple Michael Arias films. They’ve put together a music + art DVD with video artist Bob Jaroc entitled Greedy Baby, which came out in 2006. So you see, it’s not like we’ve all been living in a deplorably dystopian, Plaid-less world these past few years, but after eight years with no full-length? You don’t write, Plaid, you don’t call? Eight years? EIGHT YEARS? Well… ahh hell, come give us a hug. It’s good to see you, old chums.


11.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Societe Des Artes Technologiques
11.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
11.11.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.12.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.15.11 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live
11.16.11 - Austin, TX - ND at 501 Studios
11.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.19.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.23.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine

• Plaid: http://www.plaid.co.uk
• Warp: http://warp.net

RIP: Marshall Grant, bassist and manager for Johnny Cash

From The New York Times:

Marshall Grant, a bass player who, as an original member of Johnny Cash’s band, the Tennessee Two, helped create the group’s pulsing “boom-chicka-boom” sound, died on Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by the Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis. Mr. Grant, who lived in Hernando, Miss., was in Jonesboro for the Johnny Cash Festival, an event to raise money to restore Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

Mr. Grant, who played acoustic and electric bass with Cash from 1954 to 1980 and was the road manager for the group, provided the thumping foundation on “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “The Man in Black” and many other songs and on the live albums that Cash recorded at Folsom prison and San Quentin.

• Marshall Grant: http://www.mswritersandmusicians.com/musicians/marshall-grant.html

Mekons announce release date for their 1,234,977th album, schedule smattering of “An Evening with The Mekons” tourdates

Quick! Name your favorite Mekons record! One… two… three. Quick! Name five Mekons records! Name 10 Mekons records! Now name 15 Mekons records! (We’re talking full-length studios, too.) The Mekons are one of those bands that, in the course of their 30-odd-year history, have recorded something for everybody — post-punk to country tribute, anyway — and this year, they’re releasing yet another album!

Their (wait for it) 26th album, perhaps self-conciously entitled Ancient & Modern, comes out September 27 on Sin Records. Listen to featured track, “Space In Your Face,” here. For all you young kids, if you’re feeling too overwhelmed to try to get into The Mekons now, don’t worry: you’re not the only person who feels like looking through a 10-page beer list and only knowing Stella Artois. A new documentary, Revenge of The Mekons, is currently in production and is vaguely slated to be released later this year, so even if you don’t entirely bone up by September, you’ll know what you’re talking about come next spring, when you see the film/finish the discography.

Check out the as-of-yet finalized tourdates after the tracklist, which come with your choice of beer or liquor, and The Mekons acoustic or electrified.

Ancient & Modern tracklisting:

01. Warm Summer Sun
02. Space in Your Face
03. Geeshie
04. I Fall Asleep
05. Calling All Demons
06. Ugly Bethesda
07. Ancient & Modern
08. Afar & Forlorn
09. Honey Bear
10. The Devil at Rest
11. Arthur’s Angel


09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall *
10.04.11 - Evanston, IL - Space ^
10.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall @
10.08.11 - New York, NY - City Winery *

* “A quiet night in with the acoustic Mekons”
^ “Meekakucha: An evening of Pechakucha and Mekons acoustic music”
@ “A wild night out with the electrified Mekons”

• The Mekons: http://www.facebook.com/mekons#!/mekons?sk=info