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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Antibalas have a busy summer and spread afrobeat across America like your mom spreads for me

This year (2010), Brooklyn-based afrobeat collective Antibalas will be celebrating its 12th year together. As we all know, staying together for 12 years can be tough. For example, by the time I was 12, I hated myself and couldn’t stand being around me. But then I discovered Antibalas and I danced my pain away! To commemorate its own anniversary, the band will be releasing a new 12-inch, reissuing its classic 2004 album Who Is This America?, and helping the country dance the night away by playing an eight-date tour. The band will also celebrate by taking a trip to Six Flags: Great America, where they will be riding the Batman ride all day.

The new 12-inch single, “Rat Race” b/w “Se Chiflo,” will be issued on the band’s newly forged Exactamundo imprint. The single’s two songs are a rip-roaring cover of Bob Marley’s “Rat Race” and a commentary on the global financial crisis (“Se Chiflo,” which is translated as “Everything’s Gone Mad” and features vocals from Marcos Garcia of Chico Mann). Both songs are certified live favorites and the disc is produced by Victor Axelrod (whose name sounds like a super-villain), a man who has worked with The Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, and Amy Winehouse, and even once helped me paint my fence.

Once you’ve bought the single, which you will totally do (I command it!), you can head back to your local record depository on August 17 and pick up the reissue of Antibalas’ critically acclaimed album Who Is This America?, which is being released by Ropeadope Records. The LP was produced by Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse) at Daptone Records’ “House of Soul” and features guest appearances from classy dudes like TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Or, you can just stay at home and do nothing, but that’s dumb.

If you would much rather celebrate Antibalas’ 12th-centennial (or whatever) by seeing the band in person, well, like I said earlier, you can totally check them out at any one of the following dates. As long as you dance when you’re there. You better fucking dance. Especially ‘cause The Sway Machinery are opening. But more especially because Antibalas are playing.

07.14.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
07.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
07.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
07.17.10 - Garberville, CA - Reggae on the River
07.19.10 - Portland, Or - Berbati’s Pan *
07.20.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
07.22.10 - New York City - River to River Festival, Castle Clinton
07.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center, Perelman Theater

* The Sway Machinery

In other news: I went over to your parents’ house last night. Your mom was home alone, and I played some Antibalas to get us dancing. Then we fucked.

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My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel set to release solo album, All Birds Say

As if it weren’t enough that he’s playing in one of the biggest “indie” rock bands out there, or opening for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, or, you know, headlining a five-night stint in New York City, My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel has announced plans for a new solo album. Entitled All Birds Say, the record is set for release on August 31 from ATO Records. According to the press release, it will be a “folky, introspective affair,” and Broemel feels that “a lot of the songs are really just me talking to myself, trying to make sense of things in my head.” Well, then. Get ready for a bit of contemplation headed your way on August 31.

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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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