George Harrison documentary to premiere on HBO this fall, finally shed light on what the fuck he was thinking when he wrote “Blue Jay Way”

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For half a century, everyone in the world got by just fine thinking they knew everything they needed to know about The Beatles’ most Eric Clapton-enjoying member, lead guitarist George Elizabeth Harrison. In the beginning, he was known as the Quiet Beatle. Later on, he became the Sitar Beatle. By the end of the the band’s career, he was the “I just bought a Moog, lads; lets shoehorn it into this last record” Beatle. Finally, with the dawn of the CD era, he was the Skip-this-track Beatle. All the scholars agreed that this was the end of Harrison road. What more could there be to know about the esteemed author of “Piggies”?

But now, as John Lennon himself once sang, “the times they are a-changin’.” As Rolling Stone reports, a new documentary about the life and times of George Harrison is fixing to premiere on HBO in October. It’s called George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and it will reportedly feature a wealth of highly invasive home movies, unseen footage, and lit-cigarette-for-no-reason interviews with Paul “Macca” McCartney Ringo “Dickie” Starr, Yoko “Hold On” Ono, George “Fifth Beatle” Martin, Phil “Sixth Beatle” Spector, and Eric “HarrisonFan45” Clapton. The film was produced by Harrison’s widow Olivia and Martin Scorcese, who hadn’t really heard of these Beetle guys until pre-production, stating that he instead preferred Glen Miller as his summer of love soundtrack. A book meant to accompany the film that features photos, letters written on blotting paper, and embarrassing diary entries will hit stores in September in advance of the documentary, which is set to air in two parts on October 5 and 6. Check out George’s website below for more info, and get ready for the Autumn of George.

• George Harrison: http://www.georgeharrison.com
• HBO: http://www.hbo.com

Xiu Xiu announce new 7-inch, leave out the hair and blood but keep the rest as harrowing as possible; tour the eastern halves of Europe and the US

So Xiu Xiu have announced a new 7-inch, which obviously means there are limited edition t-shirts with Jamie Stewart’s blood and hand-numbered packets of fecal matter sent out, right? Wrong. This time, there’s nothing tangibly related to bodily functions accompanying the single, though it’s not without its share of surprises. To make up for the physical lack of corporeal flourishes, the A-side, “Daphny,” is based on a devastating true story in which Jamie’s friend was arrested for shoplifting an Xbox and was then raped in custody by a police officer. Pretty brutal, even in Xiu Xiu’s scope. Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls) and Sam Mickens (The Dead Science) co-wrote the song with Jamie Stewart, their first writing collaboration since Pennington and Mickens officially joined Xiu Xiu earlier this year.

If you thought “Daphny” packs a punch to the gut, wait till you hear the B-side: a cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” — nearly the most perfect pairing since Chardonnay and gruyère cheese (think about it: it works wonders). Only 1,000 copies of the 7-inch (pressed on light blue vinyl) will be available from Polyvinyl Records come September 6, but you can listen to both tracks over at Pitchfork now (or better yet, preorder your copy here). Once you have the record in hand, if you’re somehow embarrassed about buying a Rihanna cover, you can just tell friends the 7-inch is a tribute to N.W.A. (re: the explicit cop-bashing artwork).

Xiu Xiu have also announced tourdates with the new lineup, beginning a massive sweep of Eastern Europe before returning to the States in September. Finally, you can see Stewart, Seo, Pennington, and Mickens officially united under one name, just as you thought should happen years ago!

Tourdates:

07.29.11 - Kosice, Slovakia - Momento More Festival
07.30.11 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Subclub
07.31.11 - Kutna Hora, Czech Republic - Creepy Teepee Festival
08.01.11 - Dresden, Germany - Groove Station
08.04.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Za! Ozhidaniya
08.05.11 - Riga, Latvia - Dirty Deal Cafe
08.06.11 - Katowice, Poland - OfF Festival
08.07.11 - Zilina, Slovakia - Stanica
08.09.11 - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Klub Orlando
08.11.11 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
09.08.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.09.11 - Asheville, NC - The Gray Eagle *
09.10.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Southern *
09.11.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
09.12.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Alter *
09.13.11 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Redwood Art Space *
09.14.11 - Hartford, CT - Wadsworth Museum *
09.15.11 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
09.16.11 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk *
09.17.11 - Rochester, NY - Dubland Underground *
09.18.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
09.20.11 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room *
09.21.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *
09.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Festival

* Kindest Lines

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Leyland Kirby, your favorite uncle, stops by your dad’s house to say hi and release Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2

Mom says it’s wrong to play favorites with family, but Uncle Leyland Kirby is my favorite! Uncle Leyland’s always putting out highly acclaimed records as The Caretaker along with ambitious solo work at a prolific rate. All my other uncles just want to watch football and play catch. It’s a bummer. I hate my other uncles.

Just the other day, Uncle Leyland dropped by our house, just to say hi! I was so happy to see Uncle Leyland! But I was even happier when he told me he had a present. He told me that, at that very moment, he was releasing Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2, the second part of his four-part 12-inch series. Then he told me not to tell anybody (but that if I told everybody on the internet then that was okay) the record was available in a limited run of clear 12-inches through his History Always Favours the Winners label.

What I like most about Uncle Leyland is when he tells me stories. He told me a story about the B-side of Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2, about how it was a 20-minute song called “Complex Expedition.” I liked that story a lot, but I wanted to know more about the next two volumes of Intrigue & Stuff. “Well, young man, you’ll just have to wait,” he said. “Those are in, well, various states of construction, but they will be out by the end of the year.” I hate waiting and I hate cliffhangers. But I love Uncle Leyland!

Intrigue & Stuff Volume 2 tracklist:

01. Eventually, it eats your lungs
02. Speeded up slow motion
03. Complex Expedition

• Leyland Kirby: http://brainwashed.com/vvm

Rilo Kiley break up; The Wizard shoots up Netflix queues

Rather popular pop-rock outfit Rilo Kiley have broken up. This is not entirely surprising, considering that they haven’t put out a record since 2007 and frontwoman Jenny Lewis (you know, that girl from Troop Beverly Hills) is arguably more successful than her now-former group. But, evidently, the band didn’t just fade peacefully into non-existence. Guitarist Blake Sennett (you know, Pinsky from Salute Your Shorts) told Spinner the following: “I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to. I had related that frustration to music but I just thought, ‘I’m not going to put myself in that position again,’ so I said, ‘Fuck that, I can’t do this anymore.’”

Deception! Disloyalty! Greed! Cursing! Any dreams you had of Rilo Kiley returning and, arm-in-arm with Cursive and Bright Eyes, ushering in a new Omaha golden age (even though Rilo Kiley were from LA, but you always kind of lumped them in with all those Saddle Creek bands anyway) have been dashed by anger and in-fighting. That said, Sennett did state that he hopes the band has one last release in the future, namely a 40-track compilation of unreleased tracks. Currently, there are no concrete details on the possibility of such a release. For now, let’s have a moment to reflect on all the child actor quips and puns that could have been.

• Rilo Kiley: http://www.rilokiley.com

British popstars rile up Kill Rock Stars: Comet Gain ready US release of newest album, and KRS slashes prices on the back catalog

Currently Kill Rock Stars’ band of the week, Comet Gain recently released a new full-length in the UK for the first time in six years, and the album, Howl of the Lonely Crowd, is officially reaching the States this fall on What’s Your Rupture?. Those who are new to Comet Gain may have lately found an entrance through Crystal Stilts, with whom they both toured and released a split 7-inch this year (there’s also the Comet/Stilts band collaboration, Cinema Red and Blue). Older fans, however, know that of the two, Comet Gain are the original purveyors of sweet, sloppy pop rock, and they have enthralled pop enthusiasts since their debut Casino Classics in 1995, which had — depending on the singer — alternate touches of twee and jangly power pop, with liner notes from Television Personalities’ Dan Treacy (which, yes, does say something). To quickly finish up the history lesson: Kill Rock Stars picked up the group in 1998 with Tigertown Pictures, also releasing the US version of City Fallen Leaves (2005, with Track & Field) and 2002’s Realistes (which included a particularly recognizable KRS thumbprint in the form of a guest appearance from Kathleen Hanna, going back to the riot grrrl roots everyone attributes to the group’s early years).

Though the new Comet Gain isn’t an official Kill Rock Stars release, KRS are so excited about the news that they’re selling the last three studio albums at bargain-bin prices. The vinyl version of Tigertown Pictures, for example, is running $3.99, which still includes the accompanying 7-inch in the deal (“Hate Soul” b/w “When You Come Back I’ll Feel Like Jesus Coming Off the Cross”). Check out more details for Howl of the Lonely Crowd at Fortuna POP!, which, as we said, has already released the album in the United Kingdom.

• Comet Gain: http://www.myspace.com/thecometgain
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com
• Fortuna POP!: http://www.fortunapop.com

Amen Dunes releasing second LP Through Donkey Jaw in August; let someone else’s anxiety supplant your own!

Amen Dunes a.k.a. Damon McMahon is back and this time he’s coming for your children with a knife. No, I’m sorry, that’s not true at all! I meant to say that he has a new album! Please, put those thoughts of Amen Dunes rushing up to your daughter on the playground with a wild look in his eyes out of your mind. There’s nothing to substantiate those rumors. In fact, making an album is a really positive, non-violent thing to do, so I’m glad Amen Dunes chose that path instead of choking a toddler before he/she had a chance at life. It would be just terrible if Amen Dunes chose the alternative. I commend him for narrowly escaping this conundrum again.

Back in the halcyon, murder-less days of 2009, Amen Dunes’ debut album Dia was released on Locust and (privately) loved by many here at TMT. Interestingly, those recordings were made way back in the fall of 2006 and left to rot until somebody smart came up to him and said, “Were you harassing my child at the supermarket, he’s been sobbing in his room all week!” No, shoot, I’m sorry. That’s not what they said. It was more like, “You better release those recordings pronto because you have a unique voice and you can conjure really dense songs that sound like they’re beamed from the past and the future at the same time.” Mr. Dunes also released the Murder Dull Mind EP on Sacred Bones last summer, comprised of recordings he made after he moved to Beijing (but before Dia was released!). Those songs were also a delight and the lyrics in no way resembled detailed instructions on how to snuff out the life of those with yet-undeveloped brains.

Now it’s the present day, no one involved in this story has yet been charged with infanticide, and Sacred Bones is proud to put out Amen Dunes’ sophomore album on August 16, entitled Through Donkey Jaw. Because of the lag time between recording and releasing the last album/EP, these are actually the first Amen Dunes recordings in nearly five years, so they should sound quite a bit different — almost as if the artist had gone through a troubling, life-changing experience during that time. Word on the press release street is that the songs on Through Donkey Jaw are bigger and badder compared to the acoustic, improvised-on-the-spot nature of Murder Dull Mind (setting aside the noise cloud memory eraser “Ruined Girlies”), and they’re described as the “winter” to that EP’s “summer.” I wouldn’t rule out a bunch of these songs slaying, and even the recording engineer agreeing that he killed them. The songs.

Through Donkey Jaw tracklist:

01. Baba Yaga
02. Lower Mind
03. Swim Up Behind Me
04. 1985
05. Not a Slave
06. Jill
07. Sunday
08. For All
09. Good Bad Dreams
10. Bedroom Drum
11. Lezzy Head
12. Christopher
13. Gem Head *
14. Tomorrow Never Knows *

* CD only

• Amen Dunes: http://www.myspace.com/amendunes
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

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