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 Pitchfork.tv’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: http://dasracist.net
• Greedhead: http://greedhead.net

Portishead are all “Cheerio luv, we’re touring North America for the first time in 11 years” and shit, but I guess that’s cool with me

The other day I’m in this record store. It’s a newish place with plenty of clean, web 2.0 straight lines, lots of light, not enough band stickers covering the counters yet, etc. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate having another local store to visit and everyone there is friendly and cool, and they’re playing cool tunes and shit, but there’s something about the vibe of this place that’s just a little “off.” But I continue flipping through the vinyl (my turntable is busted right now, but… gotta flip through the vinyl, right?) hoping to find a cool little gem. So far there’s nothing and I’m kind of cruising on auto-pilot… but that’s when I get to the “P” section. I guess you can see where this story is going, huh?

By the way, the prices at this place are a little on the high side. Once again, I’m all about having this place in the neighborhood, but I just don’t think they’re going to last too terribly long. I feel like they are trying to appeal to some breed of yuppie hipster (“yupster,” I guess?) that, while interested in records, will undoubtedly lose that interest in 4-5 months or so because of how inauthentic and surface-level it is. Oh well. Anyway, to continue my story: so, I’m breezing through the “P” section. PA-… PE-… PH-… PI-… and there, sitting in the PO- section waiting for me (and only me), is the album I’ve been dying to own on vinyl for almost 20 years! It’s a used copy, and it’s pretty on-the-cheap compared to the other items, and I cannot believe my good luck! As many fans know, this particular band doesn’t exactly have a lot of records to its name, but the music that it did see fit to release into the world is pure, unadulterated genius. Their 90s stuff is some of the very best music ever made in my opinion, and I’ve wanted to own the self-titled on vinyl forever.

I immediately abandon my search and dash up to the under-stickered counter clutching my prize and thrust it at the clerk with my debit card. As he scans it, he flips it over and studies it with some vague longing, as if he too knows that this was the hidden treasure of the PO- section and he’s sad to see it finally go. Finally he looks up, hands the record over, and grins at me knowingly: “Big fan of Porno For Pyros, huh?”

Portishead North American dates:

07.15.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.23-24.11 - London, UK - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival
10.01-02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival
10.04-05.11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.07.11 - Montreal, QC - Jaques Cartier Peir
10.09-10.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Festival
10.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
10.21.11 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
10.23.11 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
10.24.11 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
10.27.11 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center

• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk
• Island: http://www.islandrecords.com

Ramones reissue their first four albums on totally un-punk 180-gram vinyl

If you didn’t own them already, which you should, Rhino Records has announced that, on July 19, it will be reissuing the first four albums by punk’s original boy band: The Ramones.

All four records (1976’s Ramones, 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia, and 1978’s Road to Ruin) will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl pressed from the original analog masters and will feature not only all of the original artwork, but also actual glue that you can sniff at home in your basement, just like The Ramones!

To sweeten this already sweet deal, Rhino has announced that its reissue of Leave Home will feature the track “Carbona Not Glue,” which was only available on the first pressing and replaced with “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” on later versions. This means that this copy of the record will be better than the copy you already own! Yay! Buy it again!

To super sweeten this already sweetened deal, Rhino will also be selling (more expensive) versions of all four albums (available only on their website) that come with a bonus 7-inch featuring a single from the album with its corresponding B-side. Those singles are as follows: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” b/w “California Sun/I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” on Ramones; “Swallow My Pride” b/w “Pinhead” and a live recording of “Let’s Dance” for Leave Home; “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” b/w “I Don’t Care” with Rocket To Russia; and “She’s The One” b/w “I Wanna Be Sedated” from Road To Ruin.

• The Ramones: http://ramonesworld.com
• Rhino: http://www.rhino.com

Girls announce tourdates and new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost for September but leave the Virgin Mary feeling left out yet again

San Francisco-based band Girls, who got everyone in the music world to love them after releasing their first album (2009’s Album [TMT Review]), have announced that they will be releasing their second album on September 13, with a whole bunch of tourdates surrounding the record release. The new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, while definitely a second attempt by the band to be universally loved, has left one person feeling left out: The Virgin Mary.

“It just sucks, you know, never being a part of The Holy Trinity,” said Mary in a recent interview. “I can deal with the fact that nobody but Catholics pay much attention to me but it really hurts when your friends leave you behind.”

The Virgin Mary, who has become a huge spiritual icon and gossip-magazine favorite, gained newfound popularity when she helped the boys in Girls to form a band, but despite being one of the many “girls” to inspire the band’s name, she’s not dealing well with her former friends’ new fame. “I taught them enerything they know, I’m the girl in Girls and it just disappoints me to see more men leave their mothers behind and start paying all their attention to God and Jesus.”

The new album will be released through True Panther Sounds and is hyped as being: “A truly beautiful record and the perfect amalgamation of a band’s past and present while most importantly leaving us all excited and hungry for their future,” but to those in the know, it’s the sound of a band becoming their own, leaving their past comforts behind, and stepping into a world of the unknown.

Father, Son, Holy Ghost tracklist:

01. Honey Bunny
02. Alex
03. Die
04. Saying I Love You
05. My Ma
06. Vomit
07. Just A Song
08. Magic
09. Forgiveness
10. Love Like a River
11. Jamie Marie


09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.15.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
09.16.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.17.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.19.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.22-23.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.24.11 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
09.25.11 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal Festival
09.27.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club Theatre
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.30.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave Nightclub
10.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.06.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.08-09.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

• Girls: http://www.facebook/girlssf
• True Panther Sounds: http://www.truepanther.com

RIP: Michael “Würzel” Burston of Motörhead

From The Guardian:

Few fans of the English heavy metal band Motörhead would recognise the name Michael Burston, but if presented with his stage name, Würzel, the majority would respond with unequivocal enthusiasm. The guitarist, who has died aged 61 after suffering from heart disease, came closer than any of the group’s many members to being the face of the band, with the exception of Motörhead’s founder, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Much of Burston’s enduring popularity came from his unaffected good nature, his reluctance to avoid playing the role of the rock star and his expert musicianship.

• Motörhead: http://www.imotorhead.com

Isaac Brock realized he wasn’t doing anything this summer, agreed to compose score for film Queens of Country

Attention movie-goers, music-lovers, and Party Down fans: Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock has announced that he will provide the music (an original score) for Queens of Comedy, a forthcoming feature film that is neither related to Queens of Comedy nor (mercifully) a biopic on Dolly Parton.

Last year, Brock contributed music as Ugly Casanova to 180˚ South, the Kon-Tiki-like action/adventure film in which a man travels to Patagonia in homage to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. If you didn’t see that one in the theater, you may have a better chance of watching Queens of Country on the big screen (albeit still in an independent one). It’s co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, who previously worked together on the Maynard-loves-drinking film Blood into Wine and The Heart Is a Drum Machine (Page also produced the documentary Moog).

The story sounds like a mixture between Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and every music fan’s dream at age 15: a girl, who happens to have an insane passion for country music, finds an iPod, decides that the owner is her one true love, and sets out on an epic quest to find him. The role of the countrified heroine (her name is Jolene, even) is played by Lizzy Caplan, everybody’s cute-and-sassy crush from the show Party Down. Ron Livingston — ahem, Office Space — also stars, with Joe Lo Truglio and, in a quirky twist, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan.

Given the presence of Maynard and the fact that Brock is not exactly Garth Brooks, we might assume that the soundtrack will not entirely be a stylistic tribute to Johnny Cash or Wanda Jackson (who does appear in the film, according to imdb.com). Who can tell? Queens of Country isn’t slated to come out until 2012.

• Isaac Brock/Modest Mouse: http://www.modestmouse.com/photoblog


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