Grandaddy reissue The Sophtware Slump now that the slump applies to everything

Grandaddy reissue The Sophtware Slump now that the slump applies to everything

In the distant past of the year 2000, a band named Grandaddy released The Sophtware Slump, which depicted the untimely fall of technology (“sophtware”?) and also the broken hearts that would occur. The reminiscent synth-looping sounds of this oldie band will be unearthed once again with a reissue of the album on August 22 through Universal/V2… overseas, that is.

The two-disc album, including B-sides, unreleased tracks, and demos, comes at a time when starving artists, such as Björk and Radiohead, must adapt to technological movements like mobile apps and digital releases in order to remain relevant. According to Pitchfork, Grandaddy has the balls to go even more old school with vinyl reissues of their first three albums — Under the Western Freeway, The Sophtware Slump, and Sumday — via The Control Group on July 19 in the US. What’s a vinyl?

Obviously, this band is stuck in the past and doesn’t care what the people want. Where’s the interactive 3D Blu-Ray? The Grandpa’s are even re-releasing old merchandise (corncob pipes, whizzer-jazzers, etc.) on their website. Perhaps our grandparents might appreciate this nostalgia, but us youngsters will stick to the Internet Super Highway, thanks!

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Dum Dum Girls are done getting high, now just falling asleep: Only in Dreams out in September, world tour to follow

It was the 90s. Weezer’s Blue Album was out and I was obsessed with “Only in Dreams,” that eight-minute-long closing track with the easiest — and most satisfying — riff since “Come As You Are.” I remember sitting at home, playing that line along with the CD and thinking, if only there were a girl version of Weezer, some similar female incarnation that I could really sing along to, without changing pronouns or getting out of range (remember, I was young and hadn’t yet done much investigating outside of The Pretenders and Blondie). Years later, Dum Dum Girls have fulfilled my wish: their new album, Only in Dreams, is coming out September 27 from Sub Pop.

Now, okay, there’s not really any coherent link between River Cuomo’s reverie and Dum Dum Girls’. Dee Dee makes no mention of him when describing their sophomore full-length, only that, “The first record was basically the first songs I’d ever written, and I was thinking nostalgically about being a teenager. This record, it was pretty much impossible not to write about very recent, very real things.” If you knew nothing about the songs, the reality of those things might seem a bit suspect given the oneiric nature of the title, but they do in fact cover extremely personal matters — most notably, the death of Dee Dee’s mother last fall. This time around, though, Dee Dee’s not the only girl in the spotlight: all four members of the group purportedly sing on the forthcoming record.

Richard Gottehrer, who produced 2010’s debut I Will Be, did the honors again for Only in Dreams, along with The Raveonette’s Sune Rose Wagner (the two of them also worked together on the EP He Gets Me High). To make their credits even more illustrious, Dum Dum Girls recorded the album at Josh Homme’s (yes, that Josh Homme) Pink Duck Studios, which looks like it would be pretty fun if this video tour is any indication of the experience. Check out the tracklisting below, and then check out the newly announced giant world tour, where Dee Dee and her husband Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) finally get to be together on the road!

Only in Dreams:

01. Always Looking
02. Bedroom Eyes
03. Just a Creep
04. In My Head
05. Heartbeat
06. Caught in One
07. Coming Down
08. Wasted Away
09. Teardrops on My Pillow
10. Hold Your Hand


07.12.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
07.13.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
07.15.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.16.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Rock n Coke Festival
08.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction
10.01.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah $
10.02.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar $
10.03.11 - Hollywood, CA - Troubadour $
10.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $
10.07.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $
10.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl $
10.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos $
10.12.11 - St. Paul MN - Turf Club $
10.13.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
10.15.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick $
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace $
10.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore $
10.19.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise $
10.21.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $#
10.22.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat $#
10.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer $#
10.24.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s $#
11.03.11 - Berlin, Germany - FESTSAAL
11.04.11 - Cologne, Germany - MTC
11.05.11 - Lyon, France - Le Clacson (Tinnitus Festival)
11.08.11 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
11.09.11 - Roubaix Lille, France - La Cave aux Poètes
11.10.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.11.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - London Calling
11.13.11 - Manchester, UK - FAC251
11.14.11 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
11.15.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
11.16.11 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
11.17.11 - London, UK - University of London Union

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Radiohead drummer Phil Selway surpasses Thom Yorke as the most popular member of Radiohead with the release of Running Blind EP, says anonymous source

Our source is correct. Yes, Phil Selway has overtaken the position currently held by Thom Yorke and previously held by Jonny Greenwood as the most popular member of Radiohead. The reason for this surprising surge in popularity was further analyzed by our anonymous source thusly: “The rise in popularity is a two-headed beast; firstly, Selway has a new EP, Running Blind, set for release on July 25 in the UK, and secondly, Phillip has also opened a new theme park, DrumLandPhilFun, that children across Europe all desperately want to visit so that they can ride the new combination rollercoaster/water-slide High and Dry.”

The new EP, a follow-up to last year’s Familial, is comprised of four songs originally intended for Familial but left off because Selway thought they were good enough (and special enough) to deserve their own seperate release. The tracks, reworked while on tour and re-recorded with a full band, are expected to boost Selway’s newfound popularity to even more spectacular heights.

“Selway’s new fame is exciting and invigorating,” said our source, “I only expect it to rise and rise and rise, until Thom releases a new album, a new photo, or a new blog post.” North American release information is still forthcoming, but everyone can check out the title track here.

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Black Francis announces July acoustic tour blah blah blah where’s the new Pixies album

Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black, a.k.a. Frankie Blacker, a.k.a. Frunkie Blackcock, has announced that he will be heading out on an acoustic tour of these United States in July; while the tour skips over such popular cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New Orleans, Black has promised that Wellfleet, MA (where Black plays his final date of the tour) will be receiving their best, and first, public concert since Bill “Boogie Woogie” Bumballer played the city in 1939.

However, while Frank Black fans are always happy to see their favorite bald-Bostonian play some tunes, the overwhelming response from fans at the shows is sure to be “why the fuck haven’t you (Black) finished a new Pixies record yet?” After news on the potential possibility of future forthcoming Pixies album became public, fans gave up on any interest on Pixies news stories that didn’t include a release date and a tracklist with at least 10 new songs.

But since it’s very unlikely that a new Pixies record will ever happen, even if Bono asks for it, please enjoy one these many solo acoustic sets from Black Francis, the guy who should be working on a new Pixies record.

Black Francis US acoustic tourdates:

07.12.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
07.15.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
07.18.11 - Kansas City, KS - Knuckleheads
07.19.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
07.20.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
07.21.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
07.22.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
07.24.11 - New York City, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
07.28.11 - Wellfleet, MA - Beachcomber

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Arrington de Dionyso puts out Songsmith-recorded album, claims it so abrasive that it will rip the skin from your bones

Arrington de Dionyso is many things. He’s a mammal — but if we start there, we’ll never get to the meat of this story. Let’s instead start with his music credentials. Arrington de Dionyso is a musician behind abrasive, howling projects like Old Time Relijun and Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa, whose recent album Suara Naga is a TMT favorite. So with that long a history in the field of scraping songcraft, calling any record one of his “most unlistenable and abrasively grating” is quite the statement. But those are the exact words Mr. de Dionyso used to describe his new record Slow Dancin’ Under the Moon Tonight! Guh-asp!

Don’t take that guy’s word for it, though. Take it from his Bandcamp page, where you can hear the whole thing in full. If the level of abrasive sounds a bit different than the rest of the man’s discography, it’s because he’s had help from someone… or something. Remember that program Microsoft put out a few years back to write songs that match the singer’s voice? Well, that program is called Songsmith and de Dionyso used it for the creation of this record.

Slow Dancin’ will only be available through that aforementioned Bandcamp page. You can download it there for $5 in a variety of formats, including 320k Mp3 and FLAC. If you’re on the fence about whether this caustic buffet is worth your five bucks, know that all the money is being raised in service of funding Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa tour of Indonesia. Hint, hint, Indonesian Arrington de Dionyso fans!

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Erykah Badu releasing dance mixtape under new alias in the hopes that you’ll sweat ‘til you bleed

The inimitable Erykah Badu is adding another feather to her headwrap, as well as adding a new alias to her list of names. Born Erica Abi Wright, the lovely and talented Ms. Badu is now going by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, at least when she’s behind the ones and twos. That’s right: Ms. Badu/Brown is now a DJ, and she’s on the verge of releasing her first mixtape. Details are scant so far, but who can blame her? Badu has been one busy lady lately.

Over the past few years, she has toured, released New Amerykah Vols. One and Two, and — get this — made an appearance on psychedelic kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba! Word on the street is that DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown did her own mixing and producing on the upcoming mixtape, which is rumored to be dance-oriented in nature. Earlier this year, Flying Lotus announced that he was producing for Badu, but there’s no word yet if this dream duo teamed up in some capacity for her mixtape or for an as-yet-unreleased project. Badu/Brown has done her DJ thang at shows around the USA lately, so keep your eyes peeled for a mysteriously familiar young lady rockin’ the decks at your local music venues/festivals.

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