Details about Brian Wilson’s Gershwin album emerge, okay’d by George via Ouija board

Details about Brian Wilson's Gershwin album emerge, okay'd by George via Ouija board

I’ll be honest; I was a little afraid of this moment. Last fall, Brian Wilson got the all-clear from George Gershwin’s estate to work on songs left incomplete by Gershwin at the time of his death 73 years ago. Details about Brian Wilson Reimagines George Gershwin are now available, and I must say that I’m personally relieved that there are only two tracks actually stemming from Gershwin’s later inchoate works (I felt the same queasy chagrin when I heard about The Flaming Lips covering Pink Floyd, so maybe this reluctance to embrace reinterpretations of classics is just me), making the album into more of a tribute than true Wilson/posthumous Gershwin teamwork. One of the aforementioned two new songs, “The Like in I Love You,” is available for streaming here, and while you may not enjoy digging the same stuff your parents do, there’s no denying its near-universal appeal (unless you’re a miserable curmudgeon and hate The Beach Boys).

Brian Wilson’s band joined him in the studio, poured one down for George, and began and ended the album with an a capella rendition of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Brian Wilson Reimagines George Gershwin will be released August 17 via Disney Pearl (vinyl release on August 24), hopefully leaving enough time for someone to think of a more clever title (“Gershwin and Wilson: They Can Take Some Things Away,” maybe?).


01. Rhapsody in Blue/Intro
02. The Like in I Love You
03. Summertime
04. I Loves You Porgy
05. I Got Plenty of Nothin
06. It Ain’t Necessarily So
07. ‘S Wonderful
08. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
09. Our Love Is Here to Stay
10. I’ve Got a Crush on You
11. I’ve Got Rhythm
12. Someone to Watch Over Me
13. Nothing But Love
14. Rhapsody in Blue/Reprise

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Get pumped, then get sad, then get pumped again while being sad! Japandroids tour with The Walkmen

Japandroids love to get pumped. If the Vancouver-based duo have released a song that doesn’t sound like the aural equivalent of an endless fist pump, I have yet to hear it. They’re in the midst of putting out five different 7-inches in 2010, and I’d venture to guess that all 10 sides of music deserve at least one fist pump each. Comparatively, The Walkmen seem like complete and utter sad-sacks. Still, those guys can put out a pretty mean fist-pumper of their own (what’s up, “The Rat”?), even if it’s a little angrier, a little sadder than the Japandroids brand of stomper.

This fall, Japandroids and The Walkmen will celebrate their mutual love of the fist pump in the form of a tour that finds the former opening for the latter. Even aside from that particular trip, Japandroids have an awfully busy touring schedule for this year. The duo are currently in the midst of a European tour that lasts halfway through the month. Then, between the two halves of their tour with The Walkmen, the group will play a string of Canadian dates, primarily with countrymen Frog Eyes and PS I Love You. Is their mighty pumpedness resilient enough to handle all this touring? Probably.

Japandroids tourdates:

07.08.10 - Bremen, Germany - Tower
07.09.10 - Rüsselsheim, Germany - Phono Pop Festival
07.10.10 - Trenčín, Slovakia - Trenčín Airport (Pohoda Festival)
07.15.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Vice Mexico Party)
07.24.10 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Lake Island (Hillside Festival)
07.31.10 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Osheaga Festival)
09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Center (Bumbershoot)
09.11.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (Musicfest NW)
09.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box @ The Fonda *
09.17.10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse Music Venue *
09.18.10 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.28.10 - Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel ^
09.30.10 - Banff, AB - Wild Bill’s ^
10.01.10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room ^+
10.02.10 - Regina, SK - Distrikt ^+
10.03.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid +
10.04.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub ^+
10.06.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik ^+
10.08.10 - Victoria, BC - Logan’s $+
10.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre $+
10.14.10 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre *
10.16.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
10.18.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre *
10.19.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
10.20.10 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
10.21.10 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
10.22.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
10.23.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero *

* The Walkmen
^ Frog Eyes
+ PS I Love You
$ Ladyhawk

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I’m always saying that such and such show would be great to get high and go to, but you should really get high and go to this show: Sleep announce fall tour

There are plenty of people out there who are always trying to tell you that your experience on drugs will be “way better” if you just do a certain activity, eat a specific food, or spend your time listening to a special album. I’m guilty of this, as one of my favorite things to recommend as an enhancer is to watch a great band live. I’ve seen some great bands while I was really fucking high, and I totally recommend the experience.

Now the important part: do you want to see a really awesome band that would be totally dope to see while high? Well, then I recommend seeing the recently reunited Sleep, who will be heading out on a North American tour where they will be playing their 1993 Holy Mountain album, as well as selections from Dopesmoker (which ranked at #61 on our favorite albums of the last decade). I will be taking massive bong rips before heading out to the show.

Sleep practically created the “stoner metal” genre and released two awesome albums that are also great enhancers for psychedelic experiences. Dopesmoker is a fucking dope album, and it makes my brain boil with monolithic guitars, plenty of distortion, and hilarious/awesome lyrics about priests smoking pot to communicate with God. Which is what I do every day before work!

Anyway, this fall, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike (who went on to form Om and High on Fire, respectively) will be teaming up with Jason Roeder of Neurosis to blow your fucking brains out with mega-metal. Seriously, get high and go to this show, you’ll thank me.

Sleep 2010 U.S. tour:

09.03.10 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrow’s Parties
09.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
09.08.10 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple *
09.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium *
09.10.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.11.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW
09.12.10 - San Fancisco, CA - Regency Ballroom

* Lichens

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Ottawa’s Bluesfest 2010 kicks off next week

The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest is back again this year with another ridiculously long lineup and duration time. We’re talking nearly two straight weeks of outdoor (and under a tent) music, featuring over 230 artists in what’s normally a sleepy town filled with federal government employees and the occasional shiftless layabout.

Ottawa’s Bluesfest had a humble beginning in 1994, attracting a few thousand people and some notable names from the blues canon, including Clarence Clemons. Over the years, the organizers realized that by adding big names that had only a passing (or non-existent) connection to the blues they could sell more tickets. As a result, Bob Dylan, Built to Spill, Snoop Dogg, Gogol Bordello, Brian Wilson, The White Stripes, Manu Chao, the Handsome Furs (pictured above), and Ornette Coleman have all passed through here at some point. 2010 sees the addition of Carlos Santana, Iron Maiden, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, and RUSH to the evergrowing list. You read that right, goddamned RUSH.

The festival runs from July 6-18 and has added comedy shows to its lineup for the first time. Lewis Black, Louis C.K., and Wayne Brady are the big names, with a slew of other comedians performing every night. Look forward to full coverage from TMT, as both David Nadelle and I will be hoping to take in another brilliant performance by That 1 Guy.

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Serena-Maneesh prep split 12-inch with Fucked Up, head out on ultimate summer European party tour!!!!

Serena-Maneesh sure are spending a lot of time in France this summer. Hmm… summer European tour, or devious Norwegian plan to annex the country that gave us the Gainsbourg family, striped shirts, and delicious, buttery SNAILS? Okay, probably the former.

Whilst the shoegaze group is rockin’ festivals across the Old World in support of their newish S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor (TMT Review), a very special, newer release is being planned. Literally, the band will release five white doves representing Western civilization’s best hopes for the future.* Okay, no, that’s not true, but what is true is that the band is releasing, come August 12, a split 12-inch with Fucked Up! Norwegian/Canadian label Best of Both Records is pressing only 1,000 of these puppies, with S-M doing a track called “Opium Priest” and Fucked Up doing a saucy little number called “Here Lies Are.” That’s exciting, right? At least five times more exciting than releasing some sad, hostage doves.

* In accordance, the doves have been named Katy Perry, Snooki, Bieber Fever, John McCain, and Stimulus Package.

07.02.10 - Aust-Agder, Norway - Hovefestivalen Tromøya
07.03.10 - Belfort, France - Festival Les Eurockéennes
07.16.10 - Hainaut, Belgium - Dour Festival Dour
07.17.10 - Vestland, Norway - Softelandrock Os
07.24.10 - Riberac, France - Le Grand Souk Festival
07.31.10 - Møre, Norway - Sommerfesten Giske
08.11.10 - Oslo, Norway - Øyafestivalen
08.13.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Saint Malo, France - Festival La Route Du Rock
09.04.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09.10.10 - Klub Wytorna, Poland - Soundit Festival
09.16.10 - Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Center
09.18.10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.19.10 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat

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Arab on Radar reunite to bring that old noise magic back

You know how sometimes a band will reunite and you’ll have that one magical night where you get to see them perform live after many years away? And then they go on, on to the next city, never to return, just out of your life forever in the blink of an eye? Well, Arab on Radar wouldn’t do that to you, girl. Arab on Radar was gone, but baby, please, they are back for good. How do I know this? They’ve got a new album in the works, American tour dates up the wazoo, and a European jaunt planned for 2011. This is what “back and better than ever” feels like… ohhh yeahhhh.

Arab on Tour:

07.02.10 - Easthampton, MA - The Flywheel
07.03.10 - Providence, RI - AS220
07.10.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Dudefest
07.24.10 - Baltimore, MD - Whartscape 2010
07.30.10 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
07.31.10 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
08.06.10 - Montreal, QC - Lambi
08.07.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
08.08.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
09.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Eagle Tavern
09.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Sex
09.04.10 - La Jolla, CA - Che Café
09.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
09.06.10 - Mexicali, Mexico - Bar Monaco

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