A Hawk and a Hacksaw release new album. Also, “A Hack and a Handsaw” is still available as a band name.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw release new album. Also, "A Hack and a Handsaw" is still available as a band name. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-12-hawk-and-hacksaw.jpg

Show of hands, please: who here is guilty of ever having spouted out, in one of those bravado-fueled music conversations that we all pretend not to have but always do, something along the lines of “yeah, I really dig NMH’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea for the imagery and all, but what really sets the thing apart for me is those totally innovative and sometimes microtonal arrangements that favor exotic, hexatonal scales and cast a distinctly Eastern European light on Magnum’s inherently occidental folk pop”?

Yuk. Well, first of all, you suck. Second of all, get your pretentious ass into A Hawk and a Hacksaw right away. The duo, which features former NMH band member Jeremy Barnes, is releasing a new album of whirring, droning, gypsy, klesmer, mostly-instrumental, carnival, folk, world music on March 8 via their own label, L.M. Duplication. The new album is (somewhat insistently) titled CERVANTINE and contains all the innovative and interesting Eastern European jams that you know and love, with almost none of those “pedantic pop tropes” that drive you up the ivory wall. Cheers, motherfucker!

CERVANTINE tracklisting:

01. No Rest for the Wicked
02. Mana Thelo Enan Andra
03. Espanola Kolo
05. Uskudar
06. Lajtha Lassu
07. At the Vulturul Negru
08. The Loser [Xeftilis]

• A Hawk and a Hacksaw: http://ahawkandahacksaw.blogspot.com/
• L.M. Duplication: … meh? …

Pull out your Walkman! Akron/Family to release new album on cassette via Joyful Noise

Just because they can, Akron/Family have announced that, in addition to the “standard” formats of CD and LP, their new album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, will be released on Special Edition Cassette. The boring formats will be issued by Dead Oceans, with Joyful Noise Recordings giving birth to the cassette; all formats are available February 8.

The Special Edition Cassette includes the entirety of the new album and also features high-quality purple tapes (a nod to Raekwon’s influence on their sound?), a free digital download of the album, and full 8-panel artwork. The whole thing is limited to 500 hand-numbered cassettes. Preorder for this eventual collector’s item begins January 17 at the Joyful Noise website.

In support of the new cassette release, Akron/Family have an upcoming tour they would love for me to tell you about, so here are some dates:

02.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.18.10 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
02.19.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
02.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.22.10 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.23.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
02.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.25.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02.26.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
02.28.10 - St. Louis, MO - Biliken Club
03.01.10 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
03.02.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
03.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley
03.05.10 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
03.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
03.25.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03.26.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03.28.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.29.10 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
03.31.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
04.01.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.03.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
04.04.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04.07.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
04.08.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
04.09.10 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

• Akron/Family: http://www.akronfamily.com
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

Crystal Stilts muster out new album, In Love with Oblivion

When they’re not busy being the newly crowned princes of crooning Brooklyn post-pop-punk, Crystal Stilts have taken a moment or two to materialize a new piece of crooning post-pop-punk. Once again, Slumberland will be the middle man for the foursome by releasing In Love with Oblivion on April 12 (a day earlier in the UK on Fortuna Pop!). The album will act as the follow-up to last year’s “Shake the Shackles” 7-inch and 2008’s fairly well-received Alight of Night.

Other than that snippet of goodness, the band has only one show planned so far, which you’ll see below along with the new album’s tracklist. Looks like they’re playing it low-key — oh so Brooklyn-esque.

In Love with Oblivion:

01. Sycamore Tree
02. Through the Floor
03. Silver Sun
04. Alien Rivers
05. Half a Moon
06. Flying Into the sun
07. Shake the Shackles
08. Precarious Stair
09. Invisible City
10. Blood Barons
11. Prometheus At Large


04.29.11 Austin, TX East Side Drive-In (Austin Psych Fest)

• Crystal Stilts: http://www.myspace.com/crystalstilts

Holy guitars! Marnie Stern tours with Tera Melos!

When she’s not busy being written about in The New Yorker, Marnie Stern is releasing new albums (like 2010’s self-titled affair), getting remixed by Max Tundra, and of course hitting the road. This winter, she will bring fellow two-handed guitar tapping Tera Melos on the road with her. Hopefully the California boys can keep up with Stern and her string-bending ways.

Marnie Tera:

02.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
02.19.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02.20.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
02.22.11 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven
02.23.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Sons Of Hermann Hall
02.25.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
02.26.11 - Tallahasee, FL - Club DownUnder
02.27.11 - Orlando, FL - The Backbooth
02.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn w/ Cinemechanica
03.01.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
03.02.11 - Washington DC - Red Palace
03.03.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.04.11 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
03.05.11 - Danbury, CT - Heirloom Arts Theater
03.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
03.07.11 - Montreal, QU - Il Motore
03.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
03.09.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
03.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
03.11.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr
03.12.11 - Denver, CO - Moes
03.13.11 - Salt Lake City - Kilby Court
03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Branx
03.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
03.19.11 - Sacramento, CA - TownHouse Lodge w/Amaranth

• Marnie Stern: http://www.myspace.com/marniestern1
• Tera Melos: http://teramelos.tumblr.com

[Photo: Fitsum Belay]

The Kills (plural) set to release Blood Pressures (plural)

The duo may be going the way of the Dodo, but not just yet. The Kills turned a lot of heads with 2008’s Midnight Boom (Domino), incorporating beats and honest-to-goodness melody into their songs of turmoil and apocalyptic woe, and now the enigmatic duo is set to return April 4 with Blood Pressures. The new LP reportedly harkens back to that groovy Kills sound you initially fell head-over-heels for while also boasting “sexually charged lyricism” and a “fuller sound,” both of which make these new songs not merely songs, but “complex creatures.”

Now there’s an LP title.

Just sayin’.

Blood Pressures tracklist:

01. Future Starts Slow
02. Satellite
03. Heart Is A Beating Drum
04. Nail In My Coffin
05. Wild Charms
06. DNA
07. Baby Says
08. Last Goodbye
09. Damned If She Do
10. You Don’t Own The Road
11. Pots and Pans

• The Kills: http://www.thekills.tv

Thurston Moore curates half a month at John Zorn’s NY venue The Stone

John Zorn’s East Village venue The Stone has always catered to some of the most experimental, most forward-thinking modern-day music makers. By selecting The Stone’s curators in a sort of bi-monthly rotation, the nightly musical lineup is kept in a constant state of flux and change. That status is being firmly reinforced not only by the fact that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed will be the space’s curators for February, but also because good ol’ Thurston Moore (need I introduce him?) will act as house curator for the second half of April.

Through April 16-30, Moore is going to be putting the same prowess in musical taste that has made Ecstatic Peace! such a bearer of musical light towards selecting a fitting lineup for The Stone. With already announced acts such a Fursaxa, Samara Lubelski & Marcia Basset duo, Elisa Ambrogio, U.S. Girls, Talk Normal, and many more, it’s already set to be a killer month. Click here for the full lineup.

• The Stone: http://thestonenyc.com