Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny are 200 Years, debut album on Drag City should be ready in half that time

Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny are 200 Years, debut album on Drag City should be ready in half that time http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-11-200-years.jpg

Well, Ben, you’re at it again. As if all your many solo efforts (Six Organs of Admittance), side-solo efforts (Benja Minh), bands (Comets on Fire, Badgerlore), and side projects (Rangda, August Born, and such) weren’t enough to keep those pickin’ fingers agile, you’ve gone and added another branch to the monolithic Tree of Chasny, this time carrying the name 200 Years. This new project is a collab between Chasny and Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio that developed over an 11-month stretch where they holed up in a former toolshed in Seattle and wrote tunes, the results of which will comprise their forthcoming debut album. The two are probably hitting up Key Club Studios right now to start the documentation of those many months of hibernation-style guitar craft. Luck would have it that Drag City, the home of both their main projects, has already staked claim on whatever form this session takes and is planning on releasing the recordings in LP form sometime next year. Also planned is a follow-up, “more abstract” release on Ba Da Bing! as part of the label’s subscription series. Given the known musical wanderings of both musicians, I could take a swing at what this’ll come out sounding like, but I’d rather wait to hear it myself.

• Six Organs of Admittance: http://www.sixorgans.com
• Magik Markers: http://arbitrarysigns.blogspot.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com
• Ba Da Bing!: http://www.badabingrecords.com

[Photo: Ned Raggett]

Da mystery of chesstourin’: Wu-Tang Clan expand tour

Throw your W’s up! I’m throwing mine up now. Also, I’m typing, because my Wu-Tang typing style is strong. All this W throwing isn’t for naught: The Wu-Tang Clan are extending their winter tour, essentially doubling the originally announced dates. Where once there was a smattering of Wu December appearances, there is now a full-fledged Wu journey that stretches on into January. As always, remember to protect ya neck.

Wu-Tang Clan dates:

12.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
12.04.10 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
12.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
12.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity
12.10.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.12.10 - Houston, TX - Numbers
12.16.10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theatre
12.17.10 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
12.18.10 - Falls Church, VA - The State
12.19.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
12.20.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12.21.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12.22.10 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater
12.23.10 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12.26.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
12.27.10 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
12.28.10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12.29.10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
12.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
12.31.10 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
01.01.10 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
01.05.10 - Louisville, KY - Expo Center
01.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
01.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic

• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com

World, your death wish is about to come true: tomorrow sees previously unreleased Stooges live show released, Fun House box set reissued

Charles Bronson’s classic “Maybe I’m too masculine” quip may suffice for the very few with the constitution of the “take no shit” actor himself, but what are the rest of us 290-pound weaklings supposed to do to get our adrenals pumped? We amp it up even more by turning to tough guys like Iggy Pop and The Stooges, who will issue a previously unreleased live set through henchmen Rhino. Live at Ungano’s documents a punishing Stooges set from August 17, 1970 in the small NYC Upper West Side club Ungano’s and contains two unreleased tracks (yay!) and versions of the entire Fun House album’s songs (yay!)… minus “L.A. Blues” (boo!). Stooges! Yay! The original vigilantes are back!

Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s tracklist:

01. Going to Ungano’s
02. Loose
03. Down on the Street
04. T.V. Eye
05. Dirt
06. 1970
07. Fun House
08. Have Some Fun/My Dream Is Dead

To ensure that tomorrow, November 16, 2010, will go down in history as “International Day of The Stooge,” Rhino will also be re-releasing their popular Stooges Fun House seven-CD box set that first appeared in 1999 in a limited run of 3000 copies. Those who lust for overkill will be salivating, because this box has the complete seven-hour, 52-minute recording sessions from May 1970. Does it contain multiple takes of “Loose?” Yep, 20-something versions of it! Bits of backroom blathering? Check one, check two, check out all 33 of them! In fact, this set is so complete, the only things missing in this collection are an unreleased mid-day toilet recording by Iggy (“Gruntie” [Take 4]) and complete audio of the Asheton brothers double barreling groupie icons Cynthia Plaster Caster and Pamela des Barres. Take a deep throat, er, deep breath for this exhaustive tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. Fun House (Tape Glitch Fragment)
02. Studio Dialogue (#1)
03. 1970 (Incomplete)
04. Studio Dialogue (#2)
05. 1970 (Take 1)
06. 1970 (Take 2)
07. Studio Dialogue (#3)
08. 1970 (Take 3)
09. 1970 (Take 4)
10. Studio Dialogue (#4)
11. Loose (Demo)
12. Studio Dialogue (#5)
13. 1970 (Take 5)
14. Loose (False Start, Take 1)
15. Loose (Take 2, Complete Fun House Version)
16. Down on the Street (Take 1)
17. Studio Dialogue (#6)
18. Loose (Take 3)
19. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 2)
20. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 3)
21. Studio Dialogue (#7)
22. See That Cat (T.V Eye)(LP Version)
23. Studio Dialogue (#8)
24. 1970 (Take 1)
25. Fun House (Take 1)
26. Studio Dialogue (#9)
27. Lost in the Future (False Start 1)
28. Studio Dialogue (#10)
29. Lost in the Future (False Start 2)

Disc Two:

01. Lost in the Future (Take 1)
02. Studio Dialogue (#11)
03. Lost in the Future (False Start, Take 2)
04. Lost in the Future (Take 3)
05. Studio Dialogue (#12)
06. Loose (Take 1)
07. Studio Dialogue (#13)
08. 1970 (Take 1)
09. Loose (Take 2)
10. Loose (False Start, Take 3)
11. Studio Dialogue (#14)
12. Loose (Take 4)
13. Studio Dialogue (#15)
14. Loose (Take 5)
15. Studio Dialogue (#16)
16. Loose (Take 6)
17. Loose (False Start, Take 7)
18. Loose (Take 9)
19. Loose (Take 11)
20. Loose Take 12)
21. Loose (Take 13)
22. Loose (Take 14)
23. Loose (Take 15)
24. Slide (Slidin’ the Blues)(Take 1)
25. Studio Dialogue (#17)
26. Loose (Take 16)
27. Loose (False Start, Take 17)
28. Loose (False Start, Take 18)
29. Loose (Take 19)

Disc Three:

01. Loose (Take 20)
02. Studio Dialogue (#18)
03. Loose (False Start, Take 21)
04. Studio Dialogue (#19)
05. Loose (Take 22)
06. Studio Dialogue (#20)
07. Loose (Take 23)
08. Loose (Take 24)
09. Loose (False Start, Take 25)
10. Loose (False Start, Take 26)
11. Studio Dialogue (#21)
12. Loose (Take 27)
13. Loose (Take 28)
14. Down on the Street (Take 1)
15. Down on the Street (Take 2)
16. Down on the Street (Take 3)
17. Down on the Street (Take 4)
18. Studio Dialogue (#22)
19. Down on the Street (Take 5)
20. Studio Dialogue (#23)
21. Down on the Street (Take 6)
22. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 7)
23. Down on the Street (Take 8)
24. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 9)
25. Down on the Street (Take 10)
26. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 11)
27. Studio Dialogue (#24)
28. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 12)
29. Down on the Street (Take 13)
30. Down on the Street (False Start, Take 14)
31. Down on the Street (Take 15)

Disc Four:

01. T.V. Eye (Take 1)
02. T.V. Eye (False Start, Take 2)
03. Slide (Slidin’ the Blues)
04. T.V. Eye (Take 3)
05. T.V. Eye (False Start, Take 4)
06. T.V. Eye (Take 5)
07. T.V. Eye (Take 6)
08. Studio Dialogue (#25)
09. T.V. Eye (Take 7)
10. T.V. Eye (Take 8)
11. Studio Dialogue (#26)
12. T.V. Eye (Take 9)
13. T.V. Eye (False Start, Take 10)
14. T.V. Eye (Take 11)
15. T.V. Eye (Take 12)
16. T.V. Eye (Take 13)
17. T.V. Eye (Take 14)
18. Studio Dialogue (#27)
19. 1970 (Take 1)
20. Studio Dialogue (#28)
21. 1970 (Take 2)
22. Studio Dialogue (#29)
23. 1970 (Take 3)

Disc Five:

01. 1970 (Take 4)
02. Studio Dialogue (#30)
03. 1970 (Take 5)
04. 1970 (False Start, Take 6)
05. 1970 (Take 7)
06. 1970 (Take 8)
07. Fun House (False Start, Take 1)
08. Fun House (Take 2)
09. Fun House (Take 3)
10. Studio Dialogue (#31)
11. Fun House (Take 4)
12. Fun House (Take 5)
13. Studio Dialogue (#32)
14. Dirt (Take 1)
15. Dirt (Take 2)

Disc Six:

01. Dirt (Take 3)
02. Studio Dialogue (#33)
03. Dirt (Take 4)
04. Dirt (Take 5)
05. Dirt (Take 6)
06. Dirt (False Start, Take 7)
07. Dirt (Take 8)
08. Dirt (Take 9)
09. Dirt (Take 10)
10. Dirt (False Start, Take 11)
11. Dirt (Take 12)
12. Freak (take 1)
13. Freak (Take 2)

Disc Seven:

01. Down on the Street (Mono Single Edit)
02. I Feel Alright (1970)(Mono Single Edit)

• The Stooges: http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com
• Rhino: http://www.rhino.com

The Twilight Singers announce new LP out in 2011, getting a leg up over the next Twilight installment

Winter is a good time for feeling glum. The sun goes down at five, everybody holes up in their homes, and drinking starts earlier than ever. Winter is also the most fitting time for a release from The Twilight Singers, and for the first time in five years, Greg Dulli can deliver on that. On February 15, the ex-Afghan Whigs lead will release his fifth album as The Twilight Singers, Dynamite Steps, on Sub Pop.

Of course, Dulli hasn’t exactly been inactive since 2006’s Powder Burns. There was his second side-project, The Gutter Twins, with Mark Lanegan; the self-declared “Satanic Everly Brothers” released a debut LP in 2008, gloomily titled Saturnalia. More recently, Dulli has been traveling alone on his “An Evening with Greg Dulli” tour since the beginning of October.

According to The Twilight Singers’ very florid write-up of the album, Dynamite Steps treads “the thin line between life and death, mortality and immortality, resignation and celebration” — a big surprise, given Dulli’s catalog and the name of the band. Guest contributors on the album include Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco (so that’s what she’s doing these days!), The Verve’s Nick McCabe, Joseph Arthur, and Petra Haden. We can already anticipate the extreme “adult alternative” listing on Allmusic.com.

Naturally, The Twilight Singers will be touring this coming year for Dynamite Steps, and Dulli has promised tourdates soon. As proof of the reality of this fifth sullen, life vs. death album, The Twilight Singers have kindly made the tracklist public.

01. Last Night in Town
02. Be Invited
03. Waves
04. Get Lucky
05. On the Corner
06. Gunshots
07. She Was Stolen
08. Blackbird and the Fox
09. Never Seen No Devil
10. The Beginning of the End
11. Dynamite Steps

• Greg Dulli/The Twilight Singers: http://www.thetwilightsingers.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Fiery Furnaces’ Matthew Friedberger announces eight solo LPs, because you said he couldn’t and now you owe him money

Don’t ever make a bet with Matthew Friedberger. Here’s why: You (yeah, all of you!) were hanging around with Mr. Fiery Furnaces, just talking and kicking back some brews. The conversation lulled and, all of a sudden, Friedberger just spat out, “Hey, I’m going to release eight solo albums next year!” Of course, you were skeptical and had every right to be — I mean, eight solo albums is a lot of solo albums — so rather than letting it slide or laughing it off like you normally do, you just had to get all up in his face and yell “Malarkey! I bet you a million dollars you won’t do it!”

Well, bad news: Friedberger actually went and made those eight albums. With the help of Thrill Jockey, Friedberger is releasing all eight albums through a $50 subscription service, starting with the release of Napoleonette on January 25. Every two months, a new record in the series will be delivered, until the sixth installment is released. “Six? But I bet him he couldn’t make eight records,” you say. “I don’t owe him any money!” Sorry, buddy, but that sixth record is actually coming with two additional records. And if you were wondering where subscribers are going to put these eight records, an old-timey “Tip On” LP box with a hand-mounted photo comes with each set.

The whole thing already sounds pretty crazy, but wait’ll you learn about the series’ uniting concept. Each album focuses very strictly on a single instrument. As in, Friedberger plays only that instrument (though not necessarily the same exact instrument — e.g., different guitars may be played on the guitar-focused record) throughout the whole record. Where the aforementioned Napoleonette will feature piano, the as-yet-untitled second album in the series will feature guitar. The purpose here is to illustrate a Cretan-Lacedaemonian principle in which every group of instruments is against every other group of instruments; every instrument is against every other instrument; and, finally, every instrument is against itself.

If you’re not particularly familiar with Cretan-Lacedaemonian principles, well, that makes two of us. Perhaps Friedberger’s LP series will clear things up, but we’d better make sure to actually subscribe: the records will only be available on vinyl — no digital or CD releases are planned. Very small numbers of the individual records will be available in stores, as well as through Amoeba, Experimedia, Aquarius, and Other Music (for the UK and Europe: Norman Records, Rough Trade East, Boomkat, and Monorail). Considering that only 700 of each record is being made, those numbers will truly be very small. Not that it matters to you; all your money’s going to paying the guy back anyway.

Check out “Shirley” from Napoleonette at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Matthew Friedberger: http://www.myspace.com/matthewfriedberger
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Mario Speedwagon’s News Round Up: Akron/Family new LP, Vincent Moon and Efterklang movie, The Dears new LP, Steve Mason of The Beta Band tour US

Oh hey guys, remember me? Yeah I’ve been off the radar for about… oh, a year. It wasn’t supposed to be that long, but I’m back now, bitches.

Akron/Family will release their fourth LP on February 8, 2011 (March 14 across the pond) via Dead Oceans. It’s called S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, which also could be the name of a Kung Fu movie.

• Vincent Moon and Efterklang have made a movie (not a Kung Fu movie) called An Island, which was filmed on (wait for it)… an island, somewhere in Denmark. Shot in four days, the film features performances by the band, “musical experiments,” and collaborations with over 200 local musicians (and they kids and they wives). Efterklang will be touring all over Europe for most of the rest of the year. You can check out dates and a trailer for An Island on the 4AD website.

• Montreal’s The Dears are releasing their fifth LP entitled Degeneration Street on February 15, 2011 via Dangerbird Records. Check out the first track “Omega Dog” live from their Mexico City show.

Steve Mason, formerly of The Beta Band, is hitting the road in support of his latest release Boys Outside, out now Double Six Records. Here are the dates:

12.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - M Room
12.16.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
12.17.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.18.10 - Cambridge, MA - Great Scott
12.19.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
12.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar