Matthew Herbert’s Bodily Functions gets sexy prom queen reissue treatment

Matthew Herbert's Bodily Functions gets sexy prom queen reissue treatment

2001 was a year when many things happened. Wikipedia was created! A clone baby of a weird-lookin’ endangered bovine called a gaur was born! Um, some other stuff happened! (Trying to keep it light, okay? It’s the holidays.) But surely one of the most important events of all of 2001 was the release of Matthew Herbert’s seminal Bodily Functions LP, the album that made house music shake the party dust out of its eyes and start thinking about the future.

Now Herbert’s label, Accidental Records, is giving Bodily Functions a whole new snazzy look, swapping its glasses and bun for “no glasses” and sexy Gossip Girl hair a.k.a. the ol’ reissue treatment. Come December 17, the double CD reissue will worm its sexy way into the high school football captain’s heart with reworkings of classic Matthew Herbert tracks by Mr. Oizo, Matmos, Plaid, Jamie Lidell, DJ Koze, Perry Farrel, Dave Aju, and Richard Devine. Accidental will also release a limited 12-inch of new and old material from Bodily Functions, complete with remixes by DJ Koze and Dave Aju.

CD 1 tracklisting:

01. You’re Unknown to Me
02. It’s Only
03. Foreign Bodies
04. Suddenly
05. I Know
06. Leave Me Now
07. The Last Beat
08. You Saw It All
09. On Reflection
10. About This Time Each Day
11. Addiction
12. I Miss You
13. It’s Only a Reprise
14. The Audience

CD 2 tracklisting:

01. Back to the Start (Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix)
02. You Saw It All (DJ Koze Mix)
03. The Audience Vs Jamie Lidell And The Famous Szizlas
04. Foreign Bodies (Plaid Mix)
05. Leave Me Now (Recloose Mix)
06. Foreign Bodies (Dave Aju Mix)
07. Back to the Start (Herbert)
08. Suddenly (Phil Parnell’s Pianissimo Play Through)
09. Addiction (Nobukazu Takemura Mix
10. Leave Me Now (Richard Devine Mix)
11. The Audience (Matmos Shifted My Tongue)
12. Addiction (Perry Farrel Version)
13. It’s Only (DJ Koze Mix)

12-inch tracklisting:

A1. You Saw It All [DJ Koze Mix]
A2. Foreign Bodies [Dave Aju Mix]
B1. Back to the Start
B2. Back to the Start [Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix]

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Norton Records needs your help recovering from Sandy damage

Norton Records, self proclaimed home of the “Loud Sound,” needs your help. The label’s warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last month and they are still reeling from the damage. Everything from paperwork and master tapes to new product and backstock have been damaged or destroyed. Norton is looking for volunteers to help salvage what is left of their Red Hook warehouse and openly taking donations on their website. Information about donating and volunteering is available here.

Norton has been the home for over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll for nearly 30 years. They’ve reissued material from rock pioneers Jerry Lee Lewis and Link Wray, unearthed rare material from cult acts such as ? and the Mysterians and The Sonics, and have released new material from modern acts like King Khan and The Black Lips. Their 25th anniversary show last year included The Reigning Sound, Andre Williams, Real Kids, and Tandori Knights.

Norton is not the only label to suffer catastrophic losses from the hurricane. Modern classical label New Amsterdam, home to acts such as yMusic and Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond) was also flooded in Red Hook. They’ve reportedly lost over 70% of their stock and are also seeking donations and volunteers. Information about helping out New Amsterdam can be found here.

So if you’re in the greater New York metro area and have a few hours to kill, shoot either label an email and see what you can do to help.

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Dan Friel announces blues album Total Folklore, assuming you define the blues as triumphant noise music

Quick, everybody! Who’s your favorite blues musician? Mine’s Dan Friel, the keyboard player of Brooklyn noise-rock band Parts & Labor. Perhaps you don’t define blues as pulverizing-but-melodic noise music, but, buddy, I do. Back in 2008, Friel put out a solo EP called Ghost Town (TMT Review), but remained fairly silent on the solo front since then. However, with Parts & Labor on break following last year’s Constant Future, Friel has returned to the world of solo material. Earlier this year, he put out the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP (TMT Review). On February 19, Thrill Jockey will put out his new full-length, Total Folklore. Prepare your blues face.

Listeners to Valedictorian/Exoskeleton have heard the Peaking Lights remix of Total Folklore’s opener “Ulysses.” Well, now hear it without those gross Peaking Lights folks all over it! (J/K LUV U PEAKING LIGHTS!) Listen to an edit of “Ulysses” at Thrill Jockey’s Soundcloud, then dream about the full version for the next two months. By the way, you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not a cover of the Franz Ferdinand single “Ulysses”? Remember that song? No? Really, no? Okay.

Total Folklore tracklist:

01. Ulysses
02. Windmills
03. Valedictorian
04. Intermission #1
05. Velocipede
06. Scavengers
07. Intermission #2
08. Thumper
09. Landslide
10. Intermission #3
11. Swarm
12. Badlands

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Jar Moff releases Commercial Mouth LP on PAN, for all the echolocation/laser/hip-hop fans out there

Imagine: a world where magical underwater dolphins prank call each other and leave lengthy voicemails consisting of heavy breathing over lush Myst-like waterfall soundscapes, before diving into a super rowdy game of laser tag, and then finally attending a jazz show. Now this may not have been your fantasy at the beginning of the day, but now that you know it exists, why not? Why not make it your fantasy? Because it does exist, in the mind and tunes of Athens-based sound collage artist Jar Moff.

Come December 7, PAN will release Jar Moff’s debut LP Commercial Mouth as a digital album and an LP. This is the fella’s first full-length LP (sure, it’s only two tracks, but they’re LONG ones. That’s what matters, right?); he did a digital release for Leaving Records and a remix on the Harald Grosskopf Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP last year. If you’ve ever listened to hip-hop records and thought, “what’s with the lack of laser swooshes and dolphin squeaking?” well then Jar Moff might just be your new best friend; check out the excerpt:

Commercial Mouth tracklisting:

01. Tziaitzomanasou
02. Commercial Mouth

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RIP: Michael Dunford of prog rock group Renaissance

From Renaissance’s website:

Michael Dunford, musical composer and guitarist of the progressive rock band Renaissance passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He had just returned home from the first leg of the band’s North American tour and suffered a massive Instantaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage while dining at his home in Surrey, England Monday night. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared his condition irreversible and terminal. He passed away at 11:06 pm GMT, surrounded by his family without having regained consciousness.

The reclusive and soft-spoken composer, a mainstay in the world of progressive rock, was born, raised and educated in Surrey. His first job was selling clothing in a local shop followed by a stint as an airside driver at Heathrow Airport which enabled him to form a “skiffle” group which lead to his first rock band called Nashville Teens in the early 1960s. Nashville Teens reached #6 on U.K. singles charts with their version of Tobacco Road. On leaving them, he formed several other bands including The Pentad and The Plebes. One night he went to see the original band Renaissance perform locally and ended up joining them in the early 1970s. The original band members were Jim McCarty, Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, Keith Relf and Jane Relf.

Dunford and vocalist Annie Haslam took over Renaissance’s reins in 1971 and soon had established the group as a world class recording and touring act, selling out venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London. They would go on to release over a dozen albums before eventually parting ways in the mid-1980s. However, they would continue to write new material together and in 2001 reunited the band to record a new studio album, tour the following year, and release a live album. After another sabbatical, the refreshed line-up was introduced to the world and captured for posterity on Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories Live 2011.

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Yo La Tengo announce new record Fade, go on tour, briefly consider changing name to Yo Lo Tengo

Yolo this! Yolo that! That’s all I ever hear from the kids these days. Well, why not ease up on the Yolo for a second and get into some Yo La. Yo La Tengo that is! Hello, I am somebody’s dumb indie rock dad and I’m hear to tell you that Yo La Tengo have a new album coming out soon.

Yo La Tengo’s 13th album is titled Fade and it will be released on January 15. Like basically every Yo La Tengo record released in roughly the last two decades, Matador will be handling the release. If you’re a cool indie rock dad like myself, you’ll want to pre-order the record immediately. Well, hey champ. you can do that right here at Matador’s website. If you order the record’s deluxe edition, you will receive a bonus 7-inch featuring covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” and Times New Viking’s “Move to California.” Todd Rundgren? Times New Viking? In one place? Wowzers.

Now, sit down and let’s listen to “Before We Run,” the first released track from Fade. Go right here to listen to the song and, while you’re there, also watch the animated video. It was done by Emily Hubley! The sister of Georgia Hubley! You know, the drummer for Yo La Tengo! You kids don’t know anything. Anyway, “Before We Run” is actually Fade’s closing song. I assume that’s a typo, considering that the song is less than 10 minutes long.

As per tradition, Yo La Tengo are doing a series of Hanukkah shows at the esteemed Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell’s. Though we are not Jewish, I am dragging you to all those shows. After that, I will drag you to a number of shows on Yo La Tengo’s world tour, which begins in January. Look, kid, you’re going to watch a lot of Yo La Tengo, whether you like it or not.

Fade tracklist:

01. Ohm
02. Is That Enough
03. Well You Better
04. Paddle Forward
05. Stupid Things
06. I’ll Be Around
07. Cornelia and Jane
08. Two Trains
09. The Point of It
10. Before We Run

Yo La Tengo dates:

12.8-15.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells (Hanukkah shows)
01.23.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.24.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson
01.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead *
01.26.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
01.27.13 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
01.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Brown *
01.31.13 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant *
02.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic
02.02.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.04.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.05.13 - Madison, WI - Barrymore
02.07.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland
02.08.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
02.09.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
02.11.13 - Montreal, Quebec - Corona
02.12.13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
02.13.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.15.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30
02.16.13 - New York, NY - Town Hall
03.01.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
03.02.13 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
03.06.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Festival Millenni
03.08.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
03.10.13 - Milan, Italy - Limelight
03.11.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousontourm
03.12.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.13.13 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
03.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
03.17.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
03.18.13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
03.20.13 - London, England - Barbican
03.21.13 - Manchester, England - The Ritz
03.22.13 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
03.23.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street

* Calexico

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