De Stijl to digitally reissue massive 10LP set Poetry Out Loud in less-heavy mp3 form

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As of today, De Stijl Records is making available their new digital reissue of the classic 10-LP set Poetry Out Loud, originally released between 1969 and 1977 as a sort of “magazine of oral poetry.” The originators of Poetry Out Loud were two couples: Peter and Patricia B McGarry (Harleman), from Topeka, Kansas, and Klyd and Linda Watkins, from Nashville. Together they achieved a common goal of “taking poetry off the page,” seeking a return to the oral tradition of poetry. As Peter McGarry said it then, “The poem on the page has no relationship to the poet. There has to be an integral relationship between poet, performer and audience.”

De Stijl is sharing such sentiments by making all 10 phenomenal LPs available for download and turning poets into recording artists! Preview a bunch of tracks on the label’s SoundCloud page, then go here for the download, and if you’re quick enough you can even pick up original LP copies of some of the Poetry volumes for a reasonable price.

• De Stijl: http://destijlrecs.com

Best Coast to release The Only Place on May 15, with little to no input from Dave Grohl

It took all we had not to kill our super-chilled-out-beach-hair-cool vibes when we heard that the powerhouse known as Best Coast (the only band we know of managed by a cat named Snacks) aired the exciting news that their next album will arrive on May 15 through Mexican Summer. Entitled The Only Place, the sophomore effort is produced by Jon Brion and its cover art features a big ol’ bear cradling the 4:20-friendly state that is California.

The cuddly feelings you get when you see the art are sure to carry over to the album itself, as singer Bethany Cosentino describes it as “seriously emo.” Previously released tracks “How They Want Me to Be,” “Dreaming My Life Away,” and “Up All Night” are all included on the upcoming full-length. If that’s not enough Best Coast for you, well, luckily you can you spend your summer chillaxxxed the fuck out, then get off your stoned ass to make it to one of Best Coast’s tour stops. Snacks the cat would want you to.

The Only Place tracklisting:

01. The Only Place
02. Why I Cry
03. Last Year
04. My Life
05. No One Like You
06. How They Want Me to Be
07. Better Girl
08. Do You Love Me Like You Used To
09. Dreaming My Life Away
10. Let’s Go Home
11. Up All Night

Tourdates:

03.12.12 - San Antonio, TX - The Big Spill at the Korova
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Parking Lot at 9th + Trinity (Google Music SXSW Showcase)
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Urban Outfitters Back Lot Performances
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - Stubbs (Spin SXSW Showcase)
03.17.12 - The Hype Hotel (Hype Machine SXSW Showcase)
05.18.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern *
05.19.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox *
05.21.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin *
05.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune *
05.23.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore *
05.25.12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up *
05.26.12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater *
05.27.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada *
05.29.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown *
05.30.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
06.01.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
06.02.12 - Houston, TX - Free Press Fest *
06.03.12 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas *
06.16.12 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
06.17.12 - Manchester, UK - HMV Ritz
06.18.12 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
06.20.12 - London, UK - SBE
06.21.12 - Brighton, UK - Coalition
06.22.12 - Isle of Wight, UK - Isle of Wight Festival
06.24.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica’s Orion Festival ^
07.09.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
07.10.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central ^
07.12.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety ^
07.13.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
07.14.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
07.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
07.17.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 ^
07.18.12 - Boston, MA - Royale ^
07.20.12 - Montreal, QC - Le National ^
07.21.12 - Toronto, ON - Pheonix ^
07.23.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Theater ^
07.24.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^
07.25.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic ^
07.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic ^

* JEFF the Brotherhood
^ Those Darlins

• Best Coast: http://bestycoasty.blogspot.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Metric continue being Canadian and overachieving by announcing new album Synthetica

Fans of Canadian sadpop will be delighted to learn that one of the busiest bands in indie rock ‘n’ roll, Metric, are back with another LP on their own label, Metric Music International (in partnership with Mom + Pop in the US). The Toronto-based foursome’s latest, Synthetica, drops on June 12. It will be the band’s fifth studio album. Recorded at New York’s fabled Electric Lady Studios, Synthetica was produced by Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw and mixed by John O’Mahony (The Cribs, Alberta Cross, Kaiser Chiefs, and Coldplay, yes… Coldplay).

Metric’s previous album, Fantasies, was a game changer for band members Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joules Scott Key, and Joshua Winstead. Metric became the first artists ever to score a Top 20 hit on the US commercial music charts without the backing of a big-time, big bucks traditional label. On the Fantasies tour, Metric continued to headline festivals around the globe and sell out shows — all kind of par for the course with these guys — but they also picked up a couple of Juno Awards, performed for the Queen of England, wrote the theme song for sparkly Mormon vampire love epic Twilight: Eclipse, and wrote a score for David Cronenberg. The band’s huge success with self-releasing Fantasies has given them the leeway to do pretty much whatever the f&^* they want to with Synthetica, but one thing’s for sure; like Super America, this band never stops. Watch this space for tour and tracklisting details as they’re announced.

• Metric: http://ilovemetric.com

Pickathon 2012 lineup announced, and it’s folktacular!

While Newport Folk Festival, the eminent gentleman of the roots music festival world, has announced a lineup so heavy on the usual-suspect indie artists that it’s starting to feel like pandering (Iron and Wine, Conor Oberst, The Head and the Heart), Portland, Oregon’s homegrown alternative, Pickathon, comes out the gate with a lineup full of folk and roots artists that most people likely won’t have heard. Don’t get me wrong, these artists kick ass, and super folk nerds like me are fuckin’ down with it, but the Paste crowd are gonna be scratching their heads over names like Los Cojolites (the Mexican son jarocho version of the Avett Brothers), Vieux Farka Touré (son of Africa’s Malian guitar king Ali Farka Touré), or Bruce Molsky (dopest old-time fiddler around).

Sure, it may not be the best financial strategy, but it is a sign that Pickathon has become a destination in and of itself. People go to Pickathon to be part of Pickathon, not to see some giant bands from the 90s that we all keep trying to forget about. And organizers are already predicting a ticket sell-out, which makes it a perfect position to be in for any really creative festival director: now they can finally concentrate on booking amazing artists rather than worrying about which artists are going to draw and which other festivals will be competing for a top act. Being at Pickathon is like being at a festival that really cares about your experience, the kind of festival that grows on its own and is beholden to no corporate sponsors and no Live Nation bullshit. That’s why you’re gonna want to go to Pickathon this year. So save August 3-5 on your calendar right now.

Oh yeah, and that part where we talked about the artists being crazy obscure? Well, I like to nerd out and talk about obscure folk artists, but the reality is that PICKATHON FUCKING KNOWS MUSIC. I mean seriously: Blitzen Trapper, Neko Case, Alela Diane, The Cave Singers, Bowerbirds, Langhorne Slim, Laura Gibson, Dr. Dog, etc., etc.?? Check out the lineup for proof:

Neko Case
Dr. Dog
Blitzen Trapper
Heartless Bastards
The Wood Brothers
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Phosphorescent
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Cave Singers
Vieux Farka Touré
Langhorne Slim
Abigail Washburn
Lost Bayou Ramblers feat. Gordon Gano
Cass McCombs
Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Alela Diane
Los Cojolites
Handsome Furs
Bowerbirds
CW Stoneking
Laura Gibson
Bruce Molsky
Robert Ellis
White Denim
AA Bondy
Cajun Country Revival
Sonny & The Sunsets
The Mynabirds
Petunia & The Vipers
Typhoon
Whitey Morgan & The 78’s
Genticorum
Lake Street Dive
Southeast Engine
Reverend KM Williams
The Barr Brothers
Foghorn Stringband
Doug Paisley
Captain Bogg & Salty
Two Man Gentlemen Band
Y La Bamba
Shovels & Ropes
Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys
Lonnie Walker
Midtown Dickens

Here’s a great preview of what you can expect at Pickathon:

• Pickathon: http://pickathon.com

Tomahawk announce vinyl collection, so you can just put those Mr. Bungle/Helmet/Jesus Lizard records in the trash

Somehow, there are records involving Mike Patton (of Faith No More/Mr. Bungle/Fantômas/you get the idea) that haven’t been put out in every conceivable format. This puzzles me. Mike Patton nurtures the sort of fandom where I can only assume every single one of his fans owns every thing he’s done in every way he’s done it. He’s the kind of guy who could release a new single on a pile of spaghetti with no explanation toward use/reason and his fans will buy three. In fact, they may well prefer it that way.

Which is why it’s so weird that Tomahawk’s three records have never been released on vinyl. For those who forgot and those who lost track of Patton’s 700 projects, Tomahawk featured Mike Patton, John Stanier (Helmet/Battles), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), and Kevin Rutmanis (The Melvins). Some might refer to the band as a “supergroup” and, sure, that’s just fine. FACT reports that, for Record Store Day (April 21, mark your calendars), Ipecac is putting out From Eponymous to Anonymous, a vinyl box set containing the band’s three full-lengths: 2001’s Tomahawk, 2003’s Mit Gas, and 2007’s Anonymous. The set will be limited to 5000 copies, presumably all of which will be picked up by individuals locked in arguments about whether King for a Day…Fool for a Lifetime or Album of the Year was better.

Those arguments will be temporarily silenced by the news that Tomahawk is putting out a new record. Ipecac says that the new album should be out this summer. The label also stated that the forthcoming work will be a Detroit techno-inspired soundtrack for a conversation Dario Argento once had with Eddie Murphy. That last part’s not true, but why wouldn’t it be?

• Tomahawk: http://www.ipecac.com/artists/tomahawk
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

Black Dice announce tour, share new song on SoundCloud, earn 28% less than white dice

So get this. Here I am at the TMT offices, minding my own business, watching The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask walk-through videos on YouTube, right? Typical Monday. And who walks in but fucking Squeo, the goddamn geriatric, suspenders-wearing, cigar-smoking News Editor who still wears his high school class ring all the time. And here he is in my office pointing his smoldering cigar all in my face, and he’s all like like: “Nobodaddy, Black Dice just announced some shit, and I need you to polish up a gem on it toot-sweet! What a scoop!” So I say “sure thing, boss; you can count on me” but internally I’m all like: ugh, really? Black Dice?? On a Monday??? I was just about to find out how to get the Bunny Hood from Romani Ranch so that I could use its powers to run faster across Termina on-foot in order to stop the moon from falling from the sky and crushing Clocktown by the end of the Third Day because of that spell that the Skull Kid put on it when he was possessed by Majora’s Mask!. Again, I should stress that this was all internal.

Anyway, so I’m like, “what ‘shit’ did they announce, boss?” And he’s pretty excitable, so he’s twitching and gesticulating and getting cigar ashes all over my little Formica-top desk when he explains, “Well, they just used a new-fangled doohickey called Soundcloud to share the opening track “Pinball Wizard” from their upcoming full-length Mr. Impossible, which is hitting the streets April 10 in the US and April 9 in all them communist countries on that-there Ribbon Music label! What’s more, they big North American tour in store, which they’re calling they, uh, ‘Electronic Mind Monsters Reader 2012’ tour or something It’s hot stuff, just came in off the wires this morning. Priority one, Nobodaddy! Mr P wants it yesterday!” So I just kinda jot down what he’s saying and nod, trying to seem oblivious to the billowing curls of pungent cigar smoke that are slithering out to all corners of my shit little office. Without looking up from my notepad, I mumble some shit like “What about those Legend of Zelda reports you wanted, Squeo?” And he doesn’t miss a fucking beat. “Oh, no, definitely do those first.”

Black Dice:

04.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Living Bread (album release show)
05.03.12 - Boston, MA - Blue Triangle
05.04.12 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
05.05.12 - Toronto, Ontario - Polyhaus
05.06.12 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House
05.07.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
05.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
05.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Tavern
05.12.12 - Portland, OR - YU Contemporary
05.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab
05.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for Arts
05.18.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
05.19.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
05.22.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.23.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.24.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Emoda Warehouse
05.26.12 - New York, NY - Secret Project Robot

• Black Dice: http://www.blackdice.net
• Ribbon Music: http://ribbonmusic.com