Drag City to release Andy Kaufman comedy record this summer! Bang, zoom, man on the moon!

Drag City to release Andy Kaufman comedy record this summer! Bang, zoom, man on the moon! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1305/news-13-05-andy-kaufman.jpg

For decades now, the debate has raged on: is comedy even really funny? Leading authorities in the discipline, such as Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, and of course the last 15 years’ worth of Simpsons episodes, have argued fastidiously (albeit somewhat pedantically) that it is not. But if that’s the case, how does one account for guys like Andy Kaufman, a man SO FUNNY that people even thought it was a joke when he up-and-died in 1984! Hahahaha! LOL! You know, now that you mention it, though, that doesn’t seem so funny to me. Huh.

Anyway, Kaufman blazed one heck of a trail in his campaign to promote comedy’s funniness to be sure, but one of the things he never actually got around to was putting out a comedy record. Luckily, he did record a bunch of shit on the newfangled micro-cassette tapes that he reportedly carried around with him all over the place from 1977-79, accruing some 82 hours of “put-ons, falsehoods and other provocations” and “pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations from the trivial to the deeply personal until any suspension of disbelief is out of the question for all involved, and everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality.” Wait a minutes, that kinda doesn’t sound funny at all. Sounds intense and awkward… ahhh, which maybe… is why it’s so FUNNY! Right?

Right! And leave it to the hilarious bunch at Chicago’s Drag City label to cull through those tapes and release the best of that never-before-heard stuff on a new album, Andy and His Grandmother, that they’re releasing on July 16. With the help of expert writer, producer, and comedian Vernon Chatman (South Park, Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, The Heart She Holler, Doggie Fizzle Televizzle, and previous Drag City DVD Final Flesh) and editor Rodney Ascher (director of Room 237), all that “stuff” got magically whittled, shaped, produced, and transmuted into something better than stuff: “stuff for sale.” Isn’t that hilarious? Sounds like comedy’s funniness is about to make a comeback. SNL’s Bill Hader provides narration, and liner notes are provided by Chatman and Kaufman associate Bob Zmuda. Now I’m really rolling on the floor and laughing. Are you?

Andy And His Grandmother tracklisting:

01. Andy Is Making A Record
02. Andy And His Grandmother
03. Andy’s Land Live
04. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
05. Slice Of Life
06. Andy Goes To the Movies
07. Kick In the Pants
08. Andy Can Talk to Animals
09. I’m Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
10. Hookers
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy’s English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes

• Andy Kaufman: http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/core.htm
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Drag City to release Andy Kaufman comedy record this summer! Bang, zoom, man on the moon!

For decades now, the debate has raged on: is comedy even really funny? Leading authorities in the discipline, such as Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, and of course the last 15 years’ worth of Simpsons episodes, have argued fastidiously (albeit somewhat pedantically) that it is not. But if that’s the case, how does one account for guys like Andy Kaufman, a man SO FUNNY that people even thought it was a joke when he up-and-died in 1984! Hahahaha! LOL! You know, now that you mention it, though, that doesn’t seem so funny to me. Huh.

Anyway, Kaufman blazed one heck of a trail in his campaign to promote comedy’s funniness to be sure, but one of the things he never actually got around to was putting out a comedy record. Luckily, he did record a bunch of shit on the newfangled micro-cassette tapes that he reportedly carried around with him all over the place from 1977-79, accruing some 82 hours of “put-ons, falsehoods and other provocations” and “pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations from the trivial to the deeply personal until any suspension of disbelief is out of the question for all involved, and everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality.” Wait a minutes, that kinda doesn’t sound funny at all. Sounds intense and awkward… ahhh, which maybe… is why it’s so FUNNY! Right?

Right! And leave it to the hilarious bunch at Chicago’s Drag City label to cull through those tapes and release the best of that never-before-heard stuff on a new album, Andy and His Grandmother, that they’re releasing on July 16. With the help of expert writer, producer, and comedian Vernon Chatman (South Park, Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, The Heart She Holler, Doggie Fizzle Televizzle, and previous Drag City DVD Final Flesh) and editor Rodney Ascher (director of Room 237), all that “stuff” got magically whittled, shaped, produced, and transmuted into something better than stuff: “stuff for sale.” Isn’t that hilarious? Sounds like comedy’s funniness is about to make a comeback. SNL’s Bill Hader provides narration, and liner notes are provided by Chatman and Kaufman associate Bob Zmuda. Now I’m really rolling on the floor and laughing. Are you?

Andy And His Grandmother tracklisting:

01. Andy Is Making A Record
02. Andy And His Grandmother
03. Andy’s Land Live
04. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
05. Slice Of Life
06. Andy Goes To the Movies
07. Kick In the Pants
08. Andy Can Talk to Animals
09. I’m Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
10. Hookers
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy’s English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes

• Andy Kaufman: http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/core.htm
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Spacemen 3 catalogue receiving deluxe reissue treatment; all drug-dealers’ phones immediately begin ringing off the hook.

Sonic rumination as devotional tribute?

Throbbing repetition as celestial transport?

Conversational poetry as euphoric confessional?

Gospel music for the willing junky?

Pleasure-damaged wasteland or morphine-dripped utopia?

Is this Heaven or Hell?

It’s “Heaven on Earth;” Heaven on Earth all over again, repackaged, re-colored, and reissued.

The music of Spacemen 3 is all these things simultaneously and more. The duo of Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and Pete Kember (Sonic Boom) made music custom-fit for drug use, actively “taking drugs to make music to take drugs to.” By spiritualizing brute sensation, the group realized a new plane of religiosity. A religion that could worship the senses. Its goal? To achieve a sort of nirvana, not by searching skyward or by means of moral works, but via numbing escape through the use of narcotics and the enjoyment of a type of music acutely designed to enhance this temporary, artificially manifested Eden.

It appears Fire Records is determined to remind us just how satisfying drug-scorched soul music can be. The label is reissuing 180g colored vinyl copies of the band’s first three records: Sound of Confusion, The Perfect Prescription, and the 1988 live album Performance. The celebrated centerpiece, The Perfect Prescription, is as raw as man’s first desperate attempt to shout at the heavens for answers, yet as measured as any formalized religious narrative. The album, with its 10 tracks, plays out like a storyboard for the arced journey of one’s passage through the experiences of chemical states. It’s nonfiction and fiction, both vulgar and divine. The dichotomy makes for great art, the fusion makes for a near-perfect rock album.

I pray that you already own this record, but if not, once these reissues hit the shelves (reportedly this week), you had better atone for your sins and pick up a copy. Salvation awaits.

• Spiritualized: https://twitter.com/officialSpzd
• Sonic Boom: http://www.sonic-boom.info
• Fire Records: http://www.firerecords.com

Dust off your butter churns and sexy bonnets! Woods, White Fence, The Fresh and Onlys, MV & EE, The Babies are playing Woodsist Fest Pioneertown

From deep within the haziest depths of the Mojave Desert comes magical, mysterious Pioneertown, USA. (I know I refer to a lot of things as “magical” on this website, but this one really is, ya feel me?) And from deep within the murkiest depths of Brooklyn, NY comes the Woodsist label. Together, these two awesome forces have begotten something far greater than even a baby bunny sliding down a rainbow of snuggles and Quaaludes could even imagine: the appropriately named Woodsist Fest Pioneertown. And yea! Woodsist founder/Woods singer slash guitarist dude Jeremy Earl and the lovely people who run both Pappy and Harriet’s and the Pioneertown Motel saw that it was good.

For those who missed out on Woodsist’s similarly alluring Big Sur Fest, well, Pioneertown is basically your chance to redeem yourself and to bask in the glow of hanging out in an awesome venue near Joshua Tree National Park, surrounded by buildings from former Wild West movie sets that were rehabbed and now occupied by local artsy folk. This isn’t like that town populated entirely by retired circus wee folk that your drunk friend swears he visited in rural Wisconsin; this is a very real, very wonderful place. With decent nachos. Anyway. Whereas the Big Sur fest was two days, Pioneertown is only one, but you get (at least) seven excellent artists here in the desert, including Woods, White Fence, Real Estate, The Fresh and Onlys, The Babies, Parquet Courts, Jessica Pratt, and Alex Bleeker and The Freaks. Plus a DJ set by Derek James of the Entrance Band and the ever intriguing “more TBA.”

Woodsist Fest Pioneertown takes place Saturday, September 28. Tickets are available online. Big Sur sold out in record time, so don’t sleep on this one.

• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Talibam! “rap” up the internet to celebrate their “Tin Jubliee”

Are you a fan of Talibam!? I like the fact that when I type their name out at the end of a question, it appears as if I’m being overly exclamatory, but I don’t like the fact that having an exclamation point at the end of their name means that if it falls anywhere but at the end of a sentence, I have to deal with the incorrect capitalization of the next word that today’s word processing programs “helpfully” auto-create. “TMT-people” problems… but other than that, I like them a lot. I saw them live about a year ago, and their brand of realness was so real that the decently sized crowd had dwindled down to just my concert buddy and me by the end of the 45-minute set. They were just that real. I very much now know what it’s like for (keyboardist Matt) Mottel to be in a hotel.

Speaking of Talibam! though, did you know they’ve been making muzik (and now raps) for 10 years now? It’s true, and to commemorate this momentous occasion, the group has lined up a whole bunch of internet goodness for fans to consume. We all (now) know Talibam! can rhyme motel with hotel, but did you know they’ve got the latest word on the rap game? Or that they’ve been using the likes of Dan Deacon and MBV as inspiration for their mix series, Launch Pad? Well, it’s true, and with a new tour in support of their 2012 album for Critical Heights, Puff Up the Volume, they’re practically everywhere you turn on the world wide web. Including here, where you can see the band performing the title track from last year’s album with cool hand-drawn animation overlaying their playing, courtesy of director Katharina Huber.

Said tour kicked off at the TV on the Radio-hosted ATP in the UK and continues across Europe through the end of June. See the still-forming tour schedule below!

05.19.13 - Croxhapox Gallery – Ghent, Belgium
05.23.13 - Pfaffenhofen
05.24.13 - Silly Art – Hannover, Germany
05.25.13 - Bremen, Friese
05.27.13 - Studio Grez – Brussels, Belgium
05.28.13 - Stadtgarten, Baustelle Kalk Festival – Cologne, Germany
05.29.13 - Munich, Germany
05.30.13 - Wurzburg, Germany
05.31.13 - Winter Garten, Brass Festival – Landshut, Germany
06.01.13 - Hirschwirtchw – Moosburg, Germany/Austria?

• TALIBAM!: http://talibam.bandcamp.com
• Critical Heights: http://www.criticalheights.com

Superchunk boldly announce new LP I Hate Music and tour dates, almost like how a younger band would!

Hey, music fans, do you like music? I mean, really like music? If you answered “yes” (and then yes again, I guess), then you’ll want to keep reading at least until the end of this sentence wherein I tell you the news about the new Superchunk album, I Hate Music! Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? It comes out August 20 via everyone’s favorite indie-punk label, Vagrant Records. Haha, just kidding of course! It’s coming out on Merge, duh. You know, because the singer works there? I think he’s a janitor or something. Don’t know how he got hooked up with that sweet gig. Anyway! Let’s not get bogged down in “accurate” or “detailed information.” On to more content!

I Hate Music is the band’s freakin’ tenth studio album, believe it or not; and it’s also their first since 2010’s pretty cool Majesty Shredding. In fact, the press release calls I Hate Music Majesty Shredding’s “dark twin” — which totally sounds racist, doesn’t it? — before clarifying that statement a little. Turns out that the new one is “similarly aggressive” and “every bit as energetic” but with a “dark undercurrent” as well. It also assures all the young Turks out there that the new title “isn’t tongue-in-cheek, but it’s really more a question than a statement: When you’re 20, lazy co workers and romantic missteps number among your biggest worries; two decades later, life’s bigger questions knock louder and louder, demanding answers.” Hear that? Life’s gonna get a lot worse, suckers!

Speaking of purchasing it, though (I was, wasn’t I?), it’s coming out on CD, LP, and digital, with a limited-edition deluxe LP that comes on colored vinyl and includes a bonus 7-inch with two non-album tracks and a sweet “I Hate Music” stencil (oh, and both the standard and deluxe version LPs are 150-gram vinyl with a die-cut sleeve, and all pre-orders from the Merge store will come with a sweet poster, the first 200 of which will be signed by the band). Whoa, whoa, not so fast! It’s 2013 folks, so you can check out the trailer below and find out for yourself before you just mindlessly buy a product you’ve never heard based on the band’s solid reputation alone. Come on now. Don’t act like such a bunch of pop-punk oldsters! You’ll embarrass me in front of Superchunk.

I Hate Music tracklisting:

01. Overflows
02. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
03. Void
04. Staying Home
05. Low F
06. Trees of Barcelona
07. Breaking Down
08. Out of the Sun
09. Your Theme
10. FOH
11. What Can We Do

Tourdates:

06.20.13 - Calgary, AB – Sled Island @ Republik
08.22.13 - Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
08.23.13 - Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
08.24.13 - Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09.02.13 - Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09.03.13 - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
09.04.13 - Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09.06.13 - Portland, OR – MusicFestNW @ Crystal Ballroom
09.23.13 - Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater#
09.24.13 - Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer#
09.26.13 - Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club#
09.27.13 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
09.28.13 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom#
09.29.13 - Washington, DC – 9:30 Club#

# Spider Bags

• Superchunk: http://www.superchunk.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com