Important Records gives birth to Cassauna, the bastard tape child; plans Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tashi Wada releases

Important Records gives birth to Cassauna, the bastard tape child; plans Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tashi Wada releases

The evolution of record labels can be strange. Remember the old days of early digital when labels were migrating from LP to CD? Or a handful of years later when we were going from CD to MP3? Of course not. You’re like 12 years old. But trust me, this all started just a few decades ago, and now, interestingly enough, mirco-labels, and even the lager indie powerhouses, are adopting what some would see as a sort of de-evolution in format, or at least an obscuring of the idea of technological “advancement,” by releasing music on cassette tape (did you order your Deerhoof vs. Evil cassette yet?).

Just take Important Records’ new sister imprint Cassauna for example. Important, which is currently celebrating 10 years of mind-blowing existence (now with a shopping cart — finally!), has developed a subsidiary label whose sole purpose is to release music on cassette. In fact, Cassauna has already released six tapes — one being a collaboration between Pauline Oliveros & Michael T Bullock, another being a new release by Aki Onda — and have plans to release more later this year by the likes of Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ezra Buchla, Tashi Wada, Richard Lainhart, Gaspar Claus, Zachary Watkins, and Deceh 3.

So why the cassette label? According to John from Important:

About 12 years ago, I “released” two cassettes while working at a record shop. When I started Important, I had planned on starting a lathe label, but the lathe was quite daunting to learn. I recently sold the lathe and bought a small letterpress and a couple stacks of refurbished Nakamichi two-headed decks that were once part of a professional dubbing rig in Vermont.

Important’s place in modern experimental music can’t be overstated, which means this is something to wet the bed over, readers. And hell, Important itself continues to release some fantastic shit, too. What’s on schedule for the first quarter of the year? No less than albums by Arnold Dreyblatt, Vampillia, Maurizio Bianchi & Francisco Lopez, and Julia Kent. Also look for releases by Master Musicians Of Bukkake, Ellen Fullman, Asva, Christina Kubisch, Larsen, Eliane Radigue, and other “important” records later this year.

• Cassauna:
• Important:

Nodzzzz add one more z, not really, but their new album is about baseball, also not really

Word around the Bay Area is that raucous trio Nodzzz have signed to the all-too-well-known Woodsist label for Innings, their sophomore LP and follow-up to 2008’s self-titled effort on What’s Your Rupture. It seems that Nodzzz haven’t lost touch with their inner bro on this one, as the album title is an obvious baseball-themed shout-out to the early days when the band formed in Olympia, WA (apparently Anthony Atlas and Sean Paul Presley met while playing the aforementioned sport). No exact date on when this one will be heading “outta the park,” but I would expect possibly a release within the next couple of months.

Nodzzz will be settin out to cruise the West Coast at the end of this month and have a UK tour planned in mid-March with sister group The Mantles. You should probably go see them.

West Coast dates:

02.24.11 - Portland, OR - East End
02.25.11 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern ^
02.26.11 - Olympia, WA - House show *
03.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Knockout
03.03.11 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Alehouse &
03.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
03.05.11 - Sacramento, CA - The Hub %

^ Gun Outfit, Milk Music, HPP
* Gun Outfit
& English Singles
% The Finches

[Photo: David Armstrong]

Thurston Moore gets his tribute on in honor of Jack Rose

Wikipedia lists several Jack Roses. One is a cocktail. One was an “American gambler and underworld figure in NYC.” One was the “British colonial administrator of Cayman Islands.” (Truly, it is a name full of wonderful connotations.) However, the Jack Rose we are concerned with today was an experimental guitar dude and member of noise/drone outfit Pelt. Sadly, Rose died in December 2009, but Thurston Moore is keeping his memory alive by giving him the tribute album treatment.

12 String Meditations for Jack Rose, due this month, will be part of the Vin du Select Qualitite series of limited-edition, acoustic guitar-only vinyl records curated by Swingset Magazine and Plastic Records’ Steven Lowenthal. The album will join the elite ranks of releases by Emeralds’ Mark McGuire and Codeine/Come/New Year dude Chris Brokaw.

• Thurston Moore:
• Vin du Select Qualitite:

Thao and Mirah release an album together, forever

Who needs last names? Especially if your first names are as awesome and unique as Thao and Mirah. After bonding over their uncommon names, the ladies decided it was about time they took the material they played live together on the road last year and collaborate on an album. The end result, which was co-produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs, is entitled Thao and Mirah and is due April 26 via Kill Rock Stars.

Thao and Mirah tracklisting:

01. Eleven
02. Folks
03. Little Cup
04. Rubies and Rocks
05. Teeth
06. Spaced Out Orbit
07. How Dare You
08. Sugar and Plastic
09. Likable Man
10. Hallelujah
11. Squareneck

• Mirah: htt://
• Thao:
• Kill Rock Stars:

About Group (featuring Hot Chip, This Heat, and Spiritualized members) to release Start and Complete on Domino

On April 26, the ‘supergroup’ known as About Group will release Start and Complete, their second album, on Domino. But what’s so ‘super’ about them? Well, aside from its members — which boasts Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack), and Pat Thomas (who has played with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, etc.) — the group went into the studio and.. aw, fuck it, let me just quote the press release:

The songs were written by Taylor over the last few years and some, but not all of them, were given out as a CD in piano/vocal demo form for the other members of the group to hear a few days before the studio date. The idea was that no one band member would know the songs well enough to have specific parts, or be prevented from playing something like the first ideas that came into their head.

Pretty super if you ask me. Check out a clip of About Group performing “You’re No Good” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Start and Complete tracklist:

01. Married To The Sea (a)
02. Don’t Worry
03. With Each New Day
04. Repair Man
05. Lay Me Down
06. A Perspective
07. There’s a Way To End This Run of Doubt
08. A Sinking Song
09. Nothing But Words
10. You’re No Good
11. Rough and Smooth
12. Start and Complete
13. Dreamt I Saw You Late Last Night
14. Married To The Sea (b)

• Domino:

The Walkmen tour with The New Pornographers; it’s like some sort of mad dream from 2004

Years ago, the theory that The Walkmen could possibly tour with The New Pornographers existed solely in the realm of madness. Our nation’s severely deranged spoke of the pairing in terms like “Power Bill” and “Worth Every Penny” and “Signals From Jupiter.” While that last one probably referred to a different subject (most likely a Deerhoof/Enon tour), it’s clear that these predictions were only the twisted dreams of one driven mad by living in 2004. Time has passed and cooler heads have prevailed, yet the dreams of those tortured souls have come to fruition! Just as the lunatics predicted, The Walkmen are going on tour with The New Pornographers! The two groups will join together for a string of dates in April, bringing two of the world’s most acclaimed indie rock bands together. Additionally, the deranged’s prediction that The Walkmen would also play some dates by themselves beforehand has also proven true. Whether their other prophecy, the one concerning the return of the mighty Tiamat and the destruction he shall trigger, comes true, frankly, that’s still up in the air.

The Walkmen dates:

03.02.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
03.03.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.04.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Bar-B-Que
03.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.22.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
04.23.11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
04.25.11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
04.26.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts *
04.27.11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa *
04.28.11 - Champagne, IL - Canopy Club *
04.29.11 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note *

* The New Pornographers

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