Drag City reissuing Royal Trux’s 3-Song EP in June, could not be convinced to rename it

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There seem to be two schools of thought concerning Royal Trux. One sees Accelerator (Drag City, 1998) as RT’s magnum opus, the long-awaited distillation of the heroin-damaged chaos that marked their earlier work; the other sees it as an album eight years past their prime, a perversely muted affair in comparison to the monomaniacal purity of 1990’s Twin Infinitives.

Regardless of the poison you pick — and don’t be fooled, it’s exactly that — you’re guaranteed a generous helping of hydrochloric substance. Royal Trux could always be counted on to provide an essence of something altogether broken, whole, dead, and alive all at once. Their sound? A nocturnal, Stooges-like mess of broken glass, smog, motor-oil, and frayed nerves. If Twin Infinitives was an exquisite corpse of shattered parts — the result of a monstrous structure collapsed from unbearable perversity — Accelerator was the sound of putting the Humpty Dumpty back together again. In the two records one can find both poles of the Royal Trux spectrum, a sort of diptych of their delightfully grotesque legacy.

Hanging somewhere in the void is everything else the band recorded, which includes 98’s 3-Song EP. After Accelerator’s unexpectedly warm reception, a tour was soon scheduled. This entailed assembling a full-fledged band, one made up of many Drag City players, most notably bassist David Pajo. After arriving at Royal Trux’s Virginia ranch for rehearsal, the newly formed band was hurriedly prepared for the recording of a new EP. The end result was the 3-Song EP, a relatively straightforward, proggy, and low-end heavy set of songs; which didn’t make them any less intoxicating, mind you. After all, it was still Royal Trux, for fuck’s sake.

The 3-Song EP has been rather difficult to track down as of late, being out of print for almost a decade. But! Drag City (swooping in to save the day) has been unearthing the Royal Trux archive piece by piece, and the next step will be reissuing the 3-Song EP on June 18.

And if you don’t already own the first few albums (as well as Accelerator) don’t worry, everything is going to be okay; you can still rectify your impoverished situation by picking them up at the Drag City store.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

RIP: Chris Kelly a.k.a. Mac Daddy of Kriss Kross

From Mercury News:

Authorities in Georgia say Chris Kelly, a member of the 90s rap duo Kriss Cross, has died in Atlanta.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old Kelley was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy” performed alongside Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” in the early and mid-90s. The duo might be best remembered for the song “Jump” from their 1992 debut album, “Totally Krossed Out.”

• Kriss Kross: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kross

Your town will get weirder when Pere Ubu come through this fall, fair warning

Pere Ubu’s weirdness is seemingly eternal. I mean, David Thomas’ monster has been a continuous presence in music since the mid-70s. Every time I see that they’ve come out with something new, like this year’s Lady From Shanghai on Fire Records (TMT Review), it’s a bit like the sun rising again each morning; comforting and expected.

I would say it’s surprising to hear that they’re touring again, but with their massive back catalogue and their previously stated hyper-activity it’s more like an expected present that is exactly what you wanted. At the very least, Pere Ubu is never boring, so seeing them live is a pretty safe bet. Maybe it won’t just be a “normal” show and they’ll do something like their soundtrack to It Came from Outer Space. Not terribly likely, as this is one band that tends not to do repeat performances, but something equally cool may be just around the corner. I mean, their first show of this run is at the same festival as Pharmakon, Spiritualized, and John Cale; anything can happen. The Ubu Projex “corporate slogan” is, after all, “Art is forever, the audience comes and goes.”

Pere Ubu fall tour:

09.06.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.10.13 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
09.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
09.12.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.13.13 - Providence, RI - Fete Lounge
09.14.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.15.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge
09.16.13 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick’s
09.17.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
09.18.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.19.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
09.20.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
09.21.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

• Pere Ubu: http://ubuprojex.net
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

Beck to tease new album with a handful of acoustic shows this summer, just in case we need reminding that he’s folk sometimes

Let’s get something straight, guys. Beck hasn’t released an album since 2008’s good-ish-for-Beck-ish Modern Guilt (TMT Review). And no, whatever dumb bullshit like video game soundtracks and song books you have to play yourself don’t count. So yeah. It’s been five years. End of discussion! And while he dropped a few hints last year about kinda sorta working on a new one in his spare time, there’s been no real activity in his camp since. Until NOW!

See, he’s just announced a small smattering of solo acoustic shows this July — including one with Bob Dylan and Wilco for Dylan’s not-stupidly-titled-but-only-because-he’s-Dylan “AmericanaramA” tour — followed by two full-band sets in Boston and Brooklyn in August. And for all you cynical jerks out there (hi, mom!) who may be sardonically thinking “psssht, this little string of solo acoustic dates probably just is the new Beck album,” congratulations! You may not be far off! Upon perusing his most recent press release on the subject (tucked without fanfare in between the usual crap about him being a stylistic chameleon and his Song Reader thingy being genius or whatever), I found this shit:

In addition to acoustic renditions of some of Beck’s best loved classics, these very special performances will feature never before heard material from an upcoming acoustic record. The record can best be described as a self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion of last year’s groundbreaking Song Reader sheet music album.

Huh. So there you go. Go see him play some intimate, inspired new material this July on acoustic guitar, or watch him dance around to “Sexx Laws” this August. No easy choice.

Beck’s New Album Better Not Be a Tour 2013:

05.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
07.02.13 - Paris, France - Days Off Festival
07.27.13 - Wantagh, NY - Americanarama Festival *
07.28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.30.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
08.02.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ^
08.04.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn) ^

* Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham
^ Electric-as-fuck

• Beck: http://www.beck.com

The Body sign to Thrill Jockey, announce summer tour of DOOOOOOM

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

Portland-based doom metal duo The Body have signed to popular record label Thrill Jockey. The band plans on releasing a new full-length on the label this fall. They also have a new EP, Master, We Parish out on At A Loss Records right now. You may check out a video for “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash,” one of the EP’s tracks, right here. It is very disturbing and, most likely, not safe for work-viewing.

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

The Body will be heading out on tour this spring. The tour will continue on into the summer months, for some dates in both June and July. The band will play songs.

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

The Body dates:

05.07.13 - Boise, ID - Red Room
05.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Salt Haus
05.10.13 - Kansas City, MO - PUA Gallery
05.11.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
05.12.13 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
05.13.13 - Dubuque, IA - Eronel
05.14.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.15.13 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
05.16.13 - Harrisburg, PA - Grindlab Skatepark
05.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Heaven’s Gate
05.19.13 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets
06.09.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
06.10.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
06.30.13 - Berkeley, CA - This is Not a Step Fest
07.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge *
07.04.13 - Oakland, CA - 1234 Go Records *
07.05.13 - La Puente, CA - Bridgetown *
07.07.13 - Riverside, CA - Blood Orange *
07.08.13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *

* Subservient Fuck

• The Body: http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Silver Apples, and more to play Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit! Best worst-named festival EVER!

What’s in a name, reader? Surely a rose by any other name would present just as deadly a threat to unsuspecting hemophiliacs, right? Therefore, by the Lazy Associative Property of Wonky Poetic Metaphor that I just made up, an electronic-leaning summer music festival that used to be called Moogfest, when called by any other, less-catchy, less-fun, more convoluted name, should theoretically have just as badass a lineup of must-see artists. Right! Don’t question it; let’s just move on.

As Pitchfork reports, the 2013 lineup for the newly-titled Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, which takes place October 25-27 in Asheville, North Carolina, basically has everyone that’s ever been cool ever playing at it. We’re talking the works here, people: a newly reinvigorated Neutral Milk Hotel (with Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, How to destroy angels_, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell, Disclosure, Tricky, Jacques Greene, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Bug, Bosnian Rainbows, and even freaking Silver Apples! Oh, and did I mention that that’s not all? Because that’s not all. The full lineup is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

What more could you even want? Worried that it’ll be too chilly for an incredible electronic music festival at the end of October?? No problem. According to the festival’s site, all the shows will take place at venues which are “indoors, within easy walking distance of one another, in the heart of downtown Asheville.” Too lazy or internet-challenged to find out when and where tickets can be procured? No problem. Passes go on sale THIS THURSDAY, May 2 at Noon EST right over here. Just plain hate reading things? No problem. Here’s a goddamn video reiterating everything I just said! (Although one has to wonder how you even got this far.)

• Mountain who-cares-what-it’s-called Fest: http://mountainoasisfestival.com

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