Dent May prepares for “Fun” 7-inch, tour with Real Estate, and questions about what happened to His Magnificent Ukulele

Dent May prepares for "Fun" 7-inch, tour with Real Estate, and questions about what happened to His Magnificent Ukulele http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-06-dent-may.jpg

Forget Eddie Vedder and Ukulele Songs. Everyone knows that America’s favorite ukulele chanteur is Dent May, and to show up Vedder and that major record deal of his, Dent May has announced both a summer tour and a forthcoming single on Paw Tracks.

Okay, so maybe Vedder is completely innocent of cultural appropriation, since Hawaii’s traditional instrument didn’t actually appear on his record — but then, Dent May is too this time. On the new 7-inch, “Fun” b/w “Wedding Day” (out September 13), Dent May discarded the magnificent uke and experimented instead with “cosmic synths, funky guitars, analog drum machines, loopy bass lines, and massive vocal harmonies” — which could also sort of be said for last year’s single on Forest Family, “Eastover Wives.” As we hinted at earlier, Dent May doesn’t exactly have Pearl Jam-level notoriety, and so only 700 copies of “Fun” will be pressed (but on clear vinyl!). As we also said, Dent May is going on tour, which means that if you miss out on the 7-inch, you can possibly pick up the limited-edition cassette version of the single, available only at shows and until someone buys the 100th (and last) copy. And why shouldn’t you see them on tour? They’re playing with Real Estate, for Pete’s sake!

Tourdates (all w/ Real Estate):

07.10.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
07.11.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
07.12.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.13.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
07.14.11 - Nashville, TN - Hard Rock Cafe
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.18.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
07.19.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
07.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
07.24.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell

• Dent May: http://www.dentmay.com
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com

Disappears to make almost two dozen appearances this summer in various cities throughout the US

I have a lot going on this week, so I’ve agreed to let my neighbor Zack write up a blurb for the Kranky band Disappears, who are touring behind this year’s Guilder (TMT Review) this summer, while I work on formatting the tourdates and finding all the links and stuff. Then I’m just going to piece it all together when we’re done and hope that it’s all factual and coherent and whatnot. Zack is a drummer in a noise rock band (when he’s not fixing heaters and air conditioners), so I figure he should have a healthy appreciation for Disappears’ vibe. He also went kind of ape-shit when I told him that Steve Shelley was drumming with them. But I’m thinking he’ll be fine as long as he sticks to the Wikipedia page and gets his facts right. Either way, I won’t have time to fix it, so I hope so. Take it away, Zack:

Hey readers Disappears is a band that has Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth in it on Lead Everything. Like Steve Drozd, Steve Shelley is a god of drums no question but he’s also apparently really really good at lead songwriting because he is the master of awesomeness in this band that he is the lead singer of. Like I said Disappears is Steve Shelley’s side project from Sonic Youth and proves to be an unbeaten instrumentalist of multiple talents. This evidence can be seen on the recent album that Steve released on his own boutique label Kranky after producing mixing and mastering it in his home studio in New York New York. But in addition, fans of Steve Shelley can see him on the road this summer with his touring band when he and they play shows around America for lucky delighted fans everywhere. Do not miss this chance to see rock and roll at its best format. To conclude, Steve Shelley rules hard and drummers forever.

Aw, crap.

7.20.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
7.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
7.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
7.23.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
7.24.11 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
7.25.11 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
7.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
7.27.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
7.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
7.29.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
7.30.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
7.31.11 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
8.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8.06.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues (Lolla Aftershow) *
8.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
8.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
8.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
8.22.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8.23.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
8.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite Club
8.25.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
9.07.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
9.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

* Arctic Monkeys

• Disappears: http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com/
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net/
• Steve Shelley Fan Club: http://people.maxabout.com/profile/steve-shelley/13141

Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear announces solo album as Cant, books a tour in the distant fall, continues to scout Brooklyn bars for talent

You may have noticed that fresh material from Grizzly Bear has been somewhat absent in the news since 2009’s Veckatimest (oh, I guess there was also 2010’s indie soundtrack). But whatever the other guys are doing, Chris Taylor, Grizzly Bear’s vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer, is far too ambitious to wait idly by for the band to score another “Two Weeks” hit. You’ve probably heard his name in the last two years as the co-founder of Terrible Records (which released Twin Shadow’s debut Forget) and maybe even sent him your demo with hopes of becoming the next big Terrible thing. But being producer and label head is still not enough for Taylor and his dream of Brooklyn(/world) domination, and so with Grizzly Bear in a barely-active lull, he has announced his own solo project as CANT.

On September 13, CANT is planning to release its first album, Dreams Come True, on Terrible Records, and if the title of the record weren’t so cheery, we’d wonder if Taylor was developing an inferiority complex. Like many “solo” projects that actually mean “apart from that supergroup he/she is known for,” Taylor isn’t entirely alone: for Dreams Come True, Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. is one-half of CANT, having both written and recorded the new album with Taylor. (For Taylor’s purposes, though, “CANT is Chris Taylor. Chris Taylor is CANT.”) While Dreams Come True is CANT’s debut full-length, he previously released a split with none other than the late Arthur Russell, which acted as the first 7-inch in a Terrible Records single series. (Russell’s side is a previously unreleased track, naturally recorded prior to his death in 1992 — Taylor isn’t that special.)

Summer won’t last fast forever, and before you know it, September will soon be upon us, which means CANT is due for a tour, dutifully scheduled for October (and featuring a full backing band). In the meantime, grab an ice cream cone and keep hoping that tastemaker Taylor will pick your band for Terrible’s newest addition. Who knows? Maybe he still has your demo CD-R in his desk drawer.

Tourdates:

10.01.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.02.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
10.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
10.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.12.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer
10.14.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.16.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.19.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
10.22.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10.25.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.28.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.29.11 - Asheville, NC - Moog Festival

• Terrible Records: http://www.terriblerecordsus.com

[Photo: The Queen’s Hall]

RIP: Harley Gaber, minimalist composer

From The Wire:

Minimalist composer, film maker, visual artist, and tennis player Harley Gaber died last week in Gallup, New Mexico. Gaber committed suicide on 16 June, two weeks after the release of his final album, In Memoriam. He was born in Chicago in 1943. […]

In the final years of his life Gaber released four albums: I Saw My Mother Ascending Mt Fuji in 2009, and in 2010, Sovereign Of The Centre and The Realm Of Indra’s Net. In Memoriam 2010 was released two weeks before Gaber committed suicide.

• Harley Gaber: http://harleygaber.com

Common signs to Warner Bros. and hints at a planned collaboration with the Looney Tunes in Space Jam 2: Jammier

After a lifetime of not being signed to Warner Brothers Records, Common has changed labels from Interscope and finally signed with Warner Brothers Records.

Everyone’s favorite rapper-turned-actor (that isn’t Ice Cube), Common, has announced that he’s found a new label to finance his dreams. The musician, who was most recently in the news because of an invitation to the White House and a controversial poem that has opinions different from conservatives’, last released an album in 2008 (Universal Mind Control) and is looking forward to the chance to collaborate with other Warner Bros. artists like Curren$y, Dire Straits, Yosemite Sam, and Ben-Hur.

“I’m very grateful to be a part of this family, to be a part of this team,” said Common to his mirror as his practiced his speech, “We have very inspirational, exciting music to team up with you. We’re just open to what this change can bring.”

No further details, including the release date for Space Jam 2: Spacier, were announced.

• Common: http://www.thinkcommon.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

NOFX to release an EP of hardcore covers and an EP that’s “pretty fucking terrible”

Long past are the days when NOFX first enthralled preteens uninitiated to the wonders of punk and music their parents didn’t like, when, at age 13, Punk in Drublic replaced Let It Be and white kids shouted “Don’t call me white” while struggling to find guitar tabs on the nascent web. History hasn’t exactly treated NOFX too nicely though, so it makes the timing of a covers album of 80s hardcore… questionable.

Nonetheless, after two years of waiting, said album — a thus-far untitled 7-inch — is finally slated for release August 2 from Fat Wreck Chords. Little information has been released about the nine-track EP, aside from the album artwork and a quote from Mike Burkett circa 2009, printed in Ground Control. Of the bands covered, he said:

They’re all from the US and that’s all kind of what we grew up on. […M]ostly they’re bands that no one ever heard of and most of their records never made it to CD. It’s pretty obscure — a couple of the bigger bands would be The Necros and Social Unrest and Stretch Marks. We’re just going to put it out and we’re not going to put any information on it; no credits, no song titles, no nothing — just a blank disc — so if you don’t know who it is, you won’t know who it is.

To remind listeners that NOFX did in fact exist during the glory era of those oh-so-obscure bands they’re covering, a second EP is forthcoming (possibly this summer), featuring some purportedly godawful recordings from 1984. The quote du jour, re: NOFX, is Fat Mike’s promise that “it’s pretty fucking terrible” — and you know, if that’s what it takes for NOFX to get back in my good graces, I’m all for it.

• NOFX: http://www.nofx.org
• Fat Wreck Chords: http://www.fatwreck.com

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