FatCat adds Mazes to roster, announces vague details about a debut

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There are two brands of music floating around the web these days: that with easy polish and skilled production to belie a lack of experience (or age), and that with the slapdash, garage approach, harkening back to The Kinks, The Ramones, and countless other bands from before the current musicians’ time. The music of Mazes falls into the latter. These guys from Manchester, while barely known outside of a few singles and some press online, are already notorious for their spontaneity and speedy recording time.

Happily for Mazes, FatCat Records took notice and recently signed the group, allowing them to hobnob with other sundry Fatties like Mice Parade, Nina Nastasia, and The Twilight Sad. This November, Mazes will begin recording their first full-length album, as yet untitled. And yet, despite everything we’ve been told about their hasty approach to throwing down tracks without heavy revision, this debut won’t be out until spring 2011! For a five-plus month wait, Mazes better have some great album art. (Suggestion: puzzle packaging?)

• Mazes: http://www.myspace.com/mazesmazesmazes
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Swans are old, but not dead yet; add more tourdates

This fall has seen a lot of awesome old dudes getting back together and touring — Pavement, Guided by Voices, and The Vaselines, to name a few. I, personally, was sorely disappointed to miss Swans’ date in Chicago this fall, as they joined the illustrious lineup of 2010 reunions (or the “reconstitution,” as Michael Gira stubbornly preferred to call it) sweeping across the country. Now that Swans fans have been given more time to obtain and memorize all songs from the new album on Young God, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (TMT Review), Gira has made the wise decision of adding more dates into 2011.

Remaining dates plus new additions:

11.23.10 - Gronignen, Netherlands - VERA *
11.24.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Fest at Tivoli de Helling *
11.25.10 - Brussels, Belgium - AB *
11.26.10 - Lille, France - Le Grande Mix *
11.27.10 - Rouen, France - 106 Club *
11.28.10 - Paris, France - BBMIX Festival *
11.30.10 - Toulouse, France - Le Phare *
12.01.10 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
12.02.10 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine *
12.03.10 - Turin, Italy - Musica90 c/o Sala Espace *
12.04.10 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotive Club *
12.05.10 - Rome, Italy - Piper Club *
12.07.10 - Vienna, Austria - Arena *
12.08.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Akropolis *
12.09.10 - Wroclaw, Poland - Firlej *
12.10.10 - Warsaw, Poland - Palladium *
12.12.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel *
12.13.10 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuehne *
02.18.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk ^
02.19.11 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall ^
02.22.11 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ^
02.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre ^
02.26.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room ^
02.27.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater ^
03.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Grand Ballroom ^
03.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey ^
03.06.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - Powerstation
03.10.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre
03.11.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
03.12.11- Sydney, Australia - Metro Theatre
04.09.11 - Lisboa, Portugal - Aula Magna
04.10.11 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Casa da Musica
04.12.11 - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel - Barby
04.14.11 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
04.16.11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival (Main Stage)
05.02.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05.03.11 - Aarhuis, Denmark - VoxHall
05.04.11 - Sweden - TBA
05.06.11 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
05.07.11 - Drammen, Norway - Union Scene
05.08.11 - Sweden - TBA
05.10.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
05.11.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
05.12.11 - Tallinn, Estonia - Von Krahl Theatre Bar
05.13.11 - Riga, Latvia - Grivas Mebeles
05.14.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKIF Festival
05.15.11 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Club
05.17.11 - TBA
05.18.11 - TBA
05.19.11 - TBA
05.20.11 - Brataslava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
05.21.11 - Budapest, Hugnary - Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
05.23.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Teatar Itd
05.24.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
05.25.11 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse

* James Blackshaw
^ Wooden Wand

• Swans: http://www.myspace.com/swansaredead
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

RIP: James Phelps, soul singer

From Rolling Stone:

Soul singer James Phelps, who performed alongside Sam Cooke and had a hit on Chess in 1965 with “Love Is A Five Letter Word,” died in Los Angeles on October 26th from complications stemming from diabetes. He was 78. Born in Shreveport Louisiana, Phelps moved to Chicago around 1960 and performed in gospel groups like the Holy Wonders, the Clefs of Calvary and, most notably, the Soul Stirrers, who catapulted Sam Cooke to fame a few years earlier. Phelps sang on their 1964 classic “Lead Me to the Calvary. “That’s actually Sam Cooke and I in the background,” Phelps told the web site Soul Cellar in 2002. “Sam is singing the top voice and I’m next to him and then Sonny Mitchell.”

Nostalgic for 2007 already? Don’t fret — Feist has a new documentary coming out in December!

It may have only been three years ago, but 2007 was a pretty unforgettable year, especially when you had Feist’s “1, 2, 3, 4” stuck in your head for more than half of it. To jog your memory about her last album, The Reminder, Feist is releasing a documentary film, Look at What the Light Did Now, on December 7 via Cherrytree/Interscope. The DVD will not only contain the documentary, but will also include all of Feist’s music videos, rare live and archival footage, and a 13-track bonus CD that will feature solo and duet versions of the film’s title track, rare live performances, and solo piano reinterpretations of Feist songs by her producer, Chilly Gonzales. In case December 7 feels too far away, you can attend a screening of the film in a theater near you before then:

11.09.10 - Berkeley, CA - Pacific Film Archive Theatre, Berkley Art Museum
11.10.10 - London, UK - Curzon Soho Cinema
11.14.10 - Weissenhauser Strand, Germany - Rondell, Rolling Stone Festival
11.16.10 - Vancouver, BC - Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre
11.17.10 - Liverpool, UK - FACT
11.18.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Smart Cinema
11.24.10 - Calgary, AB - Cantos Music Foundation
12.03.10 - London, UK - ICA
12.11.10 - Bristol, UK - Arnolfini

Bonus CD tracklisting:

01. Look at What the Light Did Now (Solo)
02. Limit to Your Love
03. When I Was a Young Girl
04. My Moon My Man
05. Secret Heart
06. Strangers
07. So Sorry
08. Where Can I Go Without You?
09. Intuition
10. The Water
11. Sea Lion Woman
12. 1234
13. Look at What the Light Did Now (Duet with Little Wings)

• Feist: http://www.listentofeist.com
• Cherrytree: http://www.cherrytreerecords.com

Elfin Saddle DVD extravaganza out on Constellation; what a wonderful Wurld!

Big news for fans of otherworldly accordion/musical saw combos and wee folk enthusiasts: Constellation just released Elfin Saddle’s 23-minute video piece Wurld on DVD and it sounds pretty amazing. According to Constellation, Wurld involves stop-motion animation, time-lapse video, and sculpture, all centered around an installation site in the duo’s Montreal backyard, where they showcase “an historical arc of civilization from early settlement and relative harmony with nature to gradual industrialisation, mechanisation and the inevitable discontents of over-production, waste and decline.”

The DVD features the film, plus 30 minutes of previously-unreleased music from the group. You can also pick up a DVD + 10-inch vinyl package from Constellation, both of which are extremely limited (editions of 900 and 500). Check out pictures of the pretty package and stream the 30 minutes of new music here.

• Elfin Saddle: http://elfinsaddle.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Women cancel tour after fighting onstage

Apparently it doesn’t matter how critically acclaimed your band is — if you’re burnt out, you’re burnt out. In the case of Women, the positive reviews of their 2010 album Public Strain (TMT Review) didn’t stop the band from exchanging words and then fists onstage during their show in Victoria, BC this past Friday, October 29, telling the audience that they were “breaking up” and that it was their “last show.” A witness sent in a personal account of what went down at the show to Exclaim:

“We were just at a show Women were headlining at Lucky Bar in Victoria, BC. As they initially came on stage the band members seemed to be struggling with Patrick [Flegel, guitarist] and a fight almost broke out. They went backstage again for several minutes. The band came out again minus Patrick and were making small talk with the audience. Patrick came out acting really erratic and said something to the effect of ‘we’re breaking up right now, you’re all going to see our last show.’ They played about five songs, which sounded pretty awful. At one point Patrick said (into the mic, during a song) ‘you fucked that up’ to Christopher [Reimer, guitarist]. Christopher and Matthew [Flegel, bassist] left the stage at the end of the song. Michael [Wallace, drummer] left after another minute or two or later, saying ‘my music career is over.’ Lucky turned the house music on while Patrick continued ‘playing.’ Security tried to talk him off stage. He left, and then came back and started smashing Matthew’s guitar against an amp. This was all extra comical in Halloween costumes (Mr. T, a sailor).”

Yikes! Women cancelled their remaining shows in Canada over the weekend, as well as their Edmonton, AB show scheduled for November 6. Refunds are available at points of purchase. Their November 13 show in Karlsruhe, Denmark is still on (for now). The band’s label, Flemish Eye, has also released a statement on the matter: “The band has been under a lot of stress on this tour, and are pretty exhausted from the intensive schedule of the last two months. We are cancelling the next three shows so they can get some sleep and work things out. There are no plans to cancel other upcoming dates.” Well, here’s to Women possibly patching things up?

Cancelled dates:

10.30.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
10.31.10 - Ymir, BC - Fon’s Church
11.06.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
11.13.10 - Karlsruhe, DE - Carambolage

• Women: http://www.myspace.com/womenmusic
• Flemish Eye: http://www.flemisheye.com