Godspeed You! Black Emperor say new material is being discussed; music journalists desperate for discussion transcripts

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According to a report on Pitchfork, recently-reunited cult-favorites Godspeed You! Black Emperor have begun working on new material.

The post-rock blockbusters, who reunited last year for an aptly titled Reunion Tour, revealed (through bandmember Bruce Cawdon and an interview with Montreal’s Voir magazine) that the band will convene after the end of their July tour to discuss the logistics and creativistics of a new album.

The important details, such as a release date or record label, have yet to be revealed, but music journalists (such as myself) are already fighting in bare-knuckle cage matches for the right to learn the juicy details of this highly anticipated project.

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed

RIP: Gil Scott-Heron

From NPR Music:

Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.

Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early ’80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994’s Spirits. […] He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community — such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron’s voice. […] He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, I’m New Here, to widespread critical acclaim.

• Gil Scott-Heron: http://gilscottheron.net

Sun Araw carves new record Ancient Romans using only his hands and a slab of gorgeous marble, goes on tour to cool down

Let’s get the basics out of the way quickly: Sun Araw, the prolific solo project of drone-psych specialist (and Magic Lantern member) Cameron Stallones, has a new album called Ancient Romans coming out on August 23. Stallones’ own Sun Ark label will put out the record, with some help from the good people at Drag City. The album will be available as a fairly extravagant double white vinyl in a gatefold jacket, complete with fancy accompanying art book, and a somewhat less extravagant CD version. And if you’re looking for a first taste of the record, look no further than this Mp3 of “Crete.”

Okay. Let me tell you why I wanted to get all the essential info on this Sun Araw record out so swiftly. See, the description of this record in the press release (as well as the Sun Araw site) is so awesome, it turns my brain into flan. Not gelatin, not pudding, none of those low-class treats. Flan. Here it goes:

Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it.

God, don’t you just want to inhale that? I read that and I want to cry, it’s so rad. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that Sun Araw is going on a quick tour of the Northeastern United States (and a tiny lil’ bit of Canada). If any of those shows are even 10% as great as that above quote, then you must go. That said, I don’t blame you if you’re just going to stay home and read that quote over and over again.

Ancient Romans tracklist:

01. Lucretius
02. Crown Shell
03. Crete
04. Lute and Lyre
05. At Delphi
06. Fit for Caesar
07. Trireme
08. Impluvium


06.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Mutek Festival
06.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66 (WHERES YR CHILD V NYC) *
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent St. ^
06.05.11 - Baltimore, MA - Ottobar ^ +
06.06.11 - New York, NY - 108 Leonard St. (Moral Combat) #
06.07.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s ^ !

* House/Italo Night DJ Sets from Sun Araw, Sex Worker, Psychic Reality,
Todd Pendu
^ The Sun Araw Band, M Geddes Gengras
~ D’eon, Matthewdavid
+ Run DMT, Zomes
# G Lucas Crane
! Excepter, Daniel Higgs, Deep Magic

• Sun Araw: http://sunaraw.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Damn! Dâm-Funk produces Steve Arrington album, flings spunk at audiences on world tour

Unlike other serious members of the TMT staff, I undoubtedly measure the importance of an artist by the volume of ejaculate they produce. The only justification I have for this is that I can only assume the production of large quantities of semen indicates divine genius. Due to my ‘research’ of hiding out in motel bathrooms and from possibly non-existent resources, I can unofficially announce that galactic-funk warlock Dâm-Funk is up there with Lady Gaga and Philip Glass.

Also, I discovered that Dâm-Funk has produced a new album from Steve Arrington (ex-Slave member) that is appropriately titled Goin’ Hard. Purchase the 12-inch or Mp3s after listening to samples on the Stones Throw site. To celebrate and show off his unfathomable amount of sperm (and play music, I’m guessing), Mr. Funk will go on tour to various cities.

Paint the town white:

05.28.11 - Detroit, MI - The Detroit Electronic Music Festival
05.29.11 - Hartford, CT - B.O.M.B. Festival
05.30.11 - New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise
06.04.11 - Nagano, Japan - Taico Club Festival
06.09.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.21.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Jazz Festival
06.24.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
06.25.11 - Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Museum of Art
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.11 - Paris, France - Bateau Concorde Atlantique
07.09.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch Festival
07.10.11 - Sete, France - Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
07.23.11 - Boston, MA - Good Life
07.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.26.11 - Pasadena, CA - The Terrace
08.28.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
08.29.11 - Culver City, CA - Funkmosphere
08.30.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
08.31.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
09.01.11 - Arcata, CA - Humbolt State University
09.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.05.11 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
09.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Bar None
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW

• Dâm-Funk: http://www.myspace.com/damfunk
• Stones Throw: http://stonesthrow.com

David Byrne may soon find himself living in a shotgun shack, watching his own newly-released documentary on DVD

Of all the David Byrnes in the world, ex-Talking Heads David Byrne is the David Byrniest. The man’s done a lot of splish-splash and ching-ching with all his bang-twangs and his bloop-bleeps and his co co rico-co co ricos. Heck, Davie’s even done did a lot of that which was done with Brit buddy Brian Eno, a collaborator who is similarly surely the most superlative Brian Eno of all known eons of Enos. For ample examples, please simply see/remember The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno tour, a tour that saw Byrnie traveling around the countryside touting the tout tunes of Davie+Eno (Davieno?) in the years 2008-09 A.D., respectively.

Now, in 2011 A.D., as The Wire ably wires, a fordone-but-not-forgone documentary of the lone travails of our hero DB on behalf of both halves (DB+BE), which was filmed on film in real time the whole time by full-time filmmaker (‘filmfilmer,’ in actuality, as he doubtless didn’t manufacture the film… if he even filmed on film, which I don’t know) David Hillman Curtis, is being made presently available on May 31, 2011 A.D. Entitled Ride, Rise, Roar, the alliterative artifact’ll be released on DVD and Blu-ray, thus making you bystander to performances of 14 tracks from the breadth of Byrneno’s longstanding and broadminded bender as the aforementioned Byrneno. Plenty of behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and whatnot also help make the thing what it is and not what it isn’t. Hitch your long eyes to the short trailer here, and that’s the height and width of it.

Ride Rise Roar: http://www.rideriseroar.com
• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com
• Brian Eno: http://brian-eno.net
&bull: David Hillman Curtis: http://www.hillmancurtis.com

Todd Haynes to film a My Morning Jacket performance, brought to you by American Express and unadulterated corporate exploitation

Dear Corporate America,

Hello and good day. We would like to applaud you for your unmatched ability to fund and exploit emerging cultural or social movements that could eventually prove to be broadly palatable to the tastes of white America. In doing this, you have achieved two primary goals: The first achievement involves relating to youth culture and therefore gaining a broader consumer base, either by means of collaborating with popular social media (American Express) or producing a marginalized medium (Scion). Your second main achievement is the creation and/or destruction of an artist or musical group. Your support of a close-to-mainstream indie act, à la Arcade Fire or The National, will more than likely boost them to some sort of upper pedestal within the realms of musical popularity, more than likely utterly obliterating whatever musical credibility they once maintained. We don’t blame you for this, Corporate America, we know it’s about the profits and there’s no shame in that. Honestly, the Scion 7-inch series has produced some killer shit and has proven itself to have a tasteful penchant for the split 45. American Express, props on the Duran Duran/David Lynch collab. Not bad, and now you’ve brought us something almost equally interesting.

Thank you for your time, and God bless.

This brings us to “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express,” which involves the pairing of a reputable film director with an equally reputable musical act with a huge corporate entity. Director Todd Haynes will be shooting a live performance of My Morning Jacket at Louisville’s Palace Theater. This performance will stream live via YouTube at 9 PM on Tuesday, May 31. Yeah, you remember that scene in I’m Not There where Jim James sings with the dudes from Calexico backing him up… go figure. Hopefully this performance will end like most of Haynes’ films, with the character(s) broken and utterly betrayed by human nature and alienated by the world that surrounds them.

• My Morning Jacket: http://www.mymorningjacket.com