Fanboy Jeff Tweedy sucks up to Deerhoof on new collaborative 7-inch with The Raccoonists

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A few weeks ago, we reported on new developments with dad-rock heroes Wilco in the classic TMT Style™ (Yes, it’s so classic, we trademarked it). Jeff Tweedy responded in bombast to us, the short-yet-terse message you may have seen at the bottom of this very page’s random quote generator. Yet he did so not because he was hurt, but because he realized that deep down in the cockles of his heart, he might not be cool anymore. And placating the Schreibster and his droogs can only get a man so far before he just looks ridiculous.

But Mr. Tweedy realized that merely lashing out at a music website that does not accept bribes (except from Nigerian generals and Chinese counterfeit manufacturers) would not be enough to ease his worried heart. As I have stated to Less… err, Ms. Feist at one point, output matters. And when it comes to maintaining the good graces of the critical echo chamber that this website bounces off of while wearing an unbound straitjacket, making something interesting counts. So Mr. Tweedy mumbled and grumbled around the backyard of his suburban Chicagoland home with his pet duck, trying to figure out some way to keep things interesting, disregarding his upcoming album with Wilco, The Whole Love, completely in the process.

He sought out inspiration from his favorite band, Deerhoof, which he squees over every time they go on tour. Then he saw his sons Spencer and Sam jamming along to Deerhoof’s new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil (TMT Review), an advance copy he got personally from Greg Saunier. And just as he was about to raise his voice to remind them not to steal his “special” records, it dawned on him.

“Why don’t I just create an experimental band with my boys? They’re good, I think…”

Thus, The Raccoonists were born. Inspired by the very album that his sons stole from him, Mr. Tweedy gave Mr. Saunier a call to collaborate. Mr. Saunier, too nervous/scared to ask Mr. Tweedy how he got his number the third time, accepted the invite. Consequently, Deerhoof sans Satomi Matsuzaki (sending her to see her folks after talking to Jay Ferrar one too many times) joined The Raccoonists in the studio for a session or two, mostly filled with Mr. Tweedy gushing about their style for absolutely no reason and Saunier. The result was Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness, a split 7-inch now available for preorder for an October 11 release on Polyvinyl. On one side, Mr. Tweedy takes over Matsuzaki on vox for his take of “Behold a Marvel in the Darkness” from the aforementioned Deerhoof album, which the band begrudgingly admits was inspired by the man himself. On the other, he and his sons perform a new song, “Own It.”

Of course, this being Jeff Tweedy, he saw the great potential in expanding the Wilco Empire with The Raccoonists, perhaps as a vehicle to still look cool to the music critics after two decades in the music business, perhaps as a means for his sons to become the late greats that his father once tried to be. Probably both in a fusion resembling a metastatic tumor.

• The Raccoonists: http://theraccoonists.com
• Deerhoof: http://deerhoofvsevil.com

And it came to pass that Thrill Jockey would release a new High Places album

Ladies, gentlemen, and hand-holding otters of all ages, if you don’t know Los Angeles-via-Brooklyn duo High Places already, you better ask somebody. You might be thinking, “Why? I already know about, like, 247 other bands. Is another one really gonna be all THAT different?” Well, in sum, YES. Because this band is cool, and they’ve got a new album coming out on Thrill Jockey, and they tour like 14 months out of the year and maybe someday you’ll wanna impress your boyfriend/girlfriend/otterfriend by being all like, “We should get to the show early tonight because this High Places band is pretty rad.” It’s true. They actually found a loophole in the time/space continuum and drive their tourspaceship into both the past AND the future, just so they can spend more time on stage with the likes of Deerhunter, No Age, and Dan Deacon, and be more awesome more of the time.

Okay, so maybe the time travel bit… well, maybe I made that up, but the thing about this new Thrill Jockey record release, well that’s 100% true. And I’ll prove it to you on October 11, when High Places’ third full-length Original Colors comes out. For on that day, as Nostradamus once prophesied, all shall heareth 10 tracks filled with “sun-drenched references to Australia’s inimitable foliage, the expansive desert of Northern Mexico, and the crystal, blue waters of the Indian Ocean” and verily thou shalt say, “Yes, I am glad I read about this band and listened to a new track on the Chocolate Grinder, for now my stereo overfloweth with sweet jams.” And then verily, thou shall read about their upcoming fall tour, and thou shalt know to buy thine tickets in advance.

08.13.11 - New York NY - Tammany Hall
08.20.11 - St. Louis MO - Old Post Office Plaza
08.21.11 - Chicago IL - Logan Square Monument
08.21.11 - Chicago IL - Empty Bottle

• High Places: http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Jim O’Rourke’s Old News gets a new volume while my perfect game of Pac-Man just stays old news

Jim O’Rourke, who puts out more albums than McDonald’s does cheeseburgers, has announced that his Old News series (released through Austria’s Editions Mego) will be getting a “sixth” volume.

The new album, consisting of a massive, 70-minute, four-part song titled “all that’s cold is new again,” will be spread like Jenna Jameson across two LPs and, in a distinctly anti-CD move, will only be available on LP, the format of the future. Available on August 30, “all that’s cold is new again,” has been in the works since 2009 and was originally commissioned by Christian Zanesi for GRM’s Présences Électronique Festival in Paris, making it far more cultured than you could ever hope to be, although your attempts at dressing more adult are quite alluring.

Anyway, the album is surely to be loved by Jim O’Rourke fans, so my guess is that it makes it to at least the #15 spot in our year-end list. Finally, while I’m sure you’ve already heard, I got a perfect game of Pac-Man on May 26, 2011, but that’s just old news.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

RIP: Joe Yamanaka of Flower Travellin’ Band

From Kyodo News:

Popular singer Joe Yamanaka died of lung cancer Sunday morning at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture, a music industry source close to him said. He was 64.

Known as the vocalist of the rock band Flower Travellin’ Band, Yamanaka also pursued a solo career as a singer and as an actor, appearing in the 1977 movie ”Ningen no Shomei” (Proof of the Man) and singing its theme song, which became a hit tune.

Yamanaka made public in March last year that he had been diagnosed as having lung cancer.

• Joe Yamanaka: http://www.joe-yamanaka.com

RIP: Conrad Schnitzler of Kluster, Tangerine Dream

From CON-tribute:

Conrad Schnitzler passed away from stomach cancer in the evening 4-Aug, 2011. Please visit the Global Living Project page as a memory to Con.

Con will stay with us through his music. Please note his final work 00/830 was made 4 days before he leaves this world.

Wolfgang Seidel will take over the contact for order of Con’s private works, etc.

• Conrad Schnitzler: http://www.conrad-schnitzler.de

Olivia Tremor Control albums get major reissues, with hours of bonus tape loops and drones you’d never give a chance in any other context

You’ve already witnessed your shorts getting tighter/wetter over the announcement of some Olivia Tremor Control tourdates, along with the exciting news of new material being prepared, but now you can just rip those shorts off entirely and send Mr P photographs because the two OTC albums that stirred your soul in the first place are being reissued in deluxe, double vinyl + download code bonanzas!

The reissues of Music from the Unrealized Film Script “Dusk at Cubist Castle” from 1996 and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume 1 from 1999 are being handled by Chunklet, the magazine that invented ironic distance and occasionally puts out records by large men like Harvey Milk and Patton Oswalt. Chunklet might seem like a strange partner for these records, but apparently Henry Owings has a long history with that band that dates back to the early 90s when they were calling themselves Synthetic Flying Machine.

Along with being the first time these albums have been available on vinyl since their initial release, Black Foliage has been remastered from the original tapes and “sounds 100x better,” which can be scientifically proven. The albums come in sturdy tip-on gatefold jackets with re-scanned album artwork, and here’s something actually worth noting: each album will come with a download card for a sum total of three hours of rare/live/unreleased material from deep within the catacombs of Elephant 6. This includes all the B-sides and compilation tracks, as well as the Dusk bonus CD that came with the first pressing in 96, Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences.

This all comes out on November 15, and there’s various incentives to buy the albums through Chunklet’s mail order, including limited editions on green vinyl and a bundle of both albums that includes an OTC shirt, which may or may not have already been worn and pitted out by Henry Owings. Check out the tracklisting for the bonus content below, and then put your shorts back on.

Dusk at Cubist Castle bonus material:

01-09. Explanation II: Instrumental Themes and Dream Sequences
10. Black Swan Network (with Capillary Radar)
11. Black Swan Network (with Enveloping Bicycle Folds)
12. Optical Atlas
13. Language of Stationary Travelers
14. Green Typewriters
15. Do You Like Worms? (Do You Dig Worms?)
16. Little Pad

Black Foliage bonus material:

01. The Sky Is a Harpsichord Canvas (full version)
02. Beaker and Avalanche, Part 1
03. Beaker and Avalanche, Part 2
04. Combinations (live)
05. Can You Come Down with Us? (live)
06. A Sleepy Company (live)
07. Outside Explorations, Pt. 3 (live)
08. European Son
09. Glass Beard
10. California Demise (live)
11. Grass Cannons (live)
12. Can You Come Down with Us? (live)
13. Hideaway (live)
14. A Peculiar Noise Called “Train Director” (live)
15. Grains and Sauces/Ice and Rings/Aqua Waters (and a Pear Shaped Thought)
16. The Present Time/Seven Thousand Luminous Aches and Pains/The Dinner Plate

• Olivia Tremor Control: http://www.oliviatremorcontrol.com
• Chunklet: http://www.chunklet.com

  

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