Fang Island streaming new album Major on Lars Gotrich’s NPR, tour US

Fang Island streaming new album Major on Lars Gotrich's NPR, tour US

Fang Island guitarist Chris Georges came up with a few reasons for the title of the band’s sophomore album, Major, reasons stemming from the major key, valley girls, independent labels, constellations, majors in the military, Steely Dan’s “Any Major Dude,” and rocks. I came up with a few different reasons — Belle and Sebastian’s “Me and the Major,” Broken Social Scene’s “Major Label Debut,” hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, chemistry, psychology, sociology, wolves, sharks, and lions.

Recently, Spin premiered “Seek It Out,” and P4K premiered both “Asunder” and “Sisterly,” and now NPR is streaming the entire album, which will be available July 24 via Sargent House. Why July 24? Perhaps because Zelda Fitzgerald was born July 24, 1900 or because O. Henry was released from prison July 24, 1901. Or because July 24 is Stirling Settlers Day in Stirling, Alberta.

Fang Island have already released a digital single for “Sisterly” with an Anamanaguchi remix, and they’ll tour the country throughout the rest of the summer to support Major — and because, you know, bicycles. And sailboats.

Major tracklist:

01. Kindergarten
02. Sisterly
03. Seek it Out
04. Make Me
05. Never Understand
06. Asunder
07. Dooney Rock
08. Regalia
09. Chompers
10. Chime Out
11. Victorinian


07.19.12 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern &
07.20.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.21.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier
07.22.12 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
07.23.12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
07.25.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.26.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot - Pike Room
07.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
07.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Music Festival
07.29.12 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
07.30.12 - Kansas City, MO - Czar Bar *
08.01.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
08.02.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vertigo *
08.03.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *
08.04.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
08.05.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.07.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
08.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *!
08.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar !
08.12.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room *!
08.13.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *!
08.14.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *!
08.16 .12- Dallas, TX - Club Dada !
08.17.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk !
08.18.12 - Volente, TX - Beachfront Boat Studios
08.19.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Studio !
08.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at House of Blues !
08.21.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree !
08.22.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live !
08.23.12 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Local 662 !
08.24.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits !
08.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade !
08.26.12 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall !
08.28.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings !
08.29.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter !
08.30.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg !

& The Hold Steady
* Zechs Marquise
! Adebisi Shank

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Run-D.M.C. to reunite at Fun Fun Fun Fest; Adidas stock rises exponentially

It was prior to my conception that Run-D.M.C. was formed, so unfortunately I never had the chance to appreciate the hip-hop trio during their prime. My current familiarity with them is centered around three simple facts:

1. They did that song “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, which was probably way more enjoyable at the time of its release.

2. Their song, “It’s Tricky,” was featured in the highly stylized (and highly kick-ass) snowboarding video game SSX Tricky, released way back in 2001.

3. They’re influential. And stuff.

Again, #3 isn’t really a matter of opinion, so when I point out that the surviving members of Run-D.M.C. (that is, Joseph “Run” Simmons, 47; and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, 48) are reuniting for a performance at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, you should consider it noteworthy in every respect. Festival organizers made the announcement via YouTube that the duo will be headlining the main stage, in what will be Simmons and McDaniels’ first joint performance since at least 2002. The two officially retired the Run-D.M.C. moniker following the tragic death of DJ and producer Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell late that year.

As far as the festival itself goes, it’s set to take place November 2-4 and features a bunch of artists who, aside from Run-D.M.C., haven’t been announced yet. Ugh, I’m sorry, but I can’t get the image of Run texting from his bathtub out of my head. Time to end this…

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Foot Village sign with Northern Spy, release webmercial and sampler

Motherfuck. Right when I’m having the time of my life at Northern Spy’s second annual Spy Music Festival, they go and make an announcement that sends me over the top. The eclectic and unpredictable label has just announced the signing of L.A.’s destructo-tribe Foot Village, and so now I’m rioting throughout the city because I just don’t know what else to do about it. Though, as a favor to you readers, I have taken a minor break from my violent and passionate tirade to blog for a moment, because that’s how my generation riots these days.

Foot Village will be releasing their Northern Spy debut in February of 2013, but they’ll make the songs available digitally on December 21, 2012, “just in case that is the end of the everything,” according to the press release. And what a way to go, rockin’ those thunderous rhythms of Foot Village while god smites our depraved and fragile bodies.

But wait, there’s even more to enjoy before the final countdown, as Foot Village is celebrating the signing by releasing a slew of promotional material for all the boys and girls and the in-betweens. First, a FV sampler (available below); next, a webmercial to get you even more pumped about the new record (also available below); and then a whole shit ton of more videos with more on the way. Shit on me, I am just beside myself.

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RIP: Lol Coxhill, free-improv saxophonist

From Jazzwise:

Thoughts go out to the friends and family of veteran British free-improvising saxophonist Lol Coxhill who has died in hospital aged 79, after several weeks of serious illness. Coxhill was reportedly first brought to prominence after being spotted busking by DJ John Peel outside the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank in 1968. During the late 1960s and early 70s, he forged strong links with the Canterbury scene, playing in jazz-rock groups such as Kevin Ayers & The Whole World and Delivery.

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SoundScan crunches the numbers and make groundbreaking conclusion: no one wants to buy CDs!

If you want to read the word unit over and over again until it loses all meaning, head over to Billboard to read a mind-meltingly dull article about the continued decline of physical album sales following the second quarter of 2012. If you’d rather spare yourself the pain and suffering, here’s the lowdown: even though Adele single-handedly propped up album sales in 2011 by getting your Aunt Trudy into the CD section of Best Buy, 2012 so far looks like a return to form, with sales of physical albums down 3.2%.

The online landscape continues to improve, with digital sales already growing by 13.8% in 2012 (thanks, Gotye!). This is still considered to be a bad thing, because the number of digital units plus the number of physical units totals fewer units overall as compared to the year prior.

What this analysis doesn’t take into consideration is the difference in the cost of producing/distributing a physical CD to a retail outlet versus the costs of getting a track or album into a digital storefront for download. One clearly has more upfront costs on the producer/supplier side. Even though people generally pay less for a track or album than they would for a physical CD, the profit margins have to be better for digital sales. While the record labels continue to be the biggest whiners when it comes to ‘the decline of the music industry,’ it’s really the traditional chain-type retail store that’s hurting.

As much as one can throw out numbers and percentages that demonstrate the decline of music sales until the cows come home, the reality is that people are being given a wider selection of music from a larger number of sources, both free and fee-based. Moving forward, chart-dominating behemoths like 21 are more than likely going to be considered anomalies, both because of the increase in niche-based output and because the old way of determining what’s popular needs to be retooled to reflect the way that people actually find and consume music in this, the internet age. Bottom line: units.

Pete Swanson announces Pro Style EP, but you already knew that, you superfan you

What up, Pete Swanson superfans? Catch this basketball. Nice catch! You’re always on the ball, just like you’re on the ball with all the new Pete Swanson news. Like all of the Swan Sons, you know about his work with Yellow Swans, along with his recent solo albums Man With Potential and I Don’t Rock At All. You follow all his work; you’ve even got a tattoo to prove it. By the way, cool tattoo, man. But I have a question: Did you know that the film The Professional was based on Pete Swanson’s life? WHAAAAT! That’s what you just said.

In related news, Swanson is releasing an EP titled Pro Style. As the Swan Sons at Ad Hoc report, the new EP will come out this summer through Type Records. Only Swanson knows the exact dates, because only Swanson knows anything. While you’re thinking about Swanson’s infinite knowledge, check out the video for the EP’s title track, directed by Brenna Murphy.

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