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:

Max Tundra unites the world by opening for Girl Talk

Let’s say you hate Girl Talk. I don’t necessarily agree with you, but I understand you. For lots of folks, his hyperactive brand of pop megamix is the thing aural nightmares are made of. But I have three excellent reasons why you should definitely go to a Girl Talk show in the next few months.

• Reason #1: Bouncy bedroom electro king Max Tundra is opening.
• Reason #2: Max Tundra is awesome, particularly live, as he becomes a spazzy, unpredictable being of pure charm.
• Reason #3: Max Tundra doesn’t tour North America that often, so seeing him is akin to seeing a way more fun Bigfoot or Nessie.

Basically, if you love Girl Talk and Max Tundra, great, you just won the lottery. If you hate Girl Talk and love Max Tundra, well, you can leave after Max Tundra and still feel like you got your money’s worth. If you love Girl Talk and hate Max Tundra, you are making me cry a little bit right now.

Max Tundra dates (all with Girl Talk, except 02.23):

02.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery
02.24.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
02.25.11 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
02.26.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
02.28.11 - Portland, ME - State Theater
03.01.11 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
03.03.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Compuware Sports Arena
03.04-05.11 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
03.07.11 - Madison, WI - Orpheum
03.08-09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
03.11-12.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden
03.14.11 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
03.17.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland
03.18.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
03.19.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
03.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
03.22.11 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
03.23.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
03.25.11 - Las Vegas, NV - Cosmopolitan

• Max Tundra:
• Girl Talk:

Death From Above 1979 offer the most dramatic reunion statement of all-time; awesome

I can’t tell for sure, but this official statement seems to indicate that Death From Above 1979 are saying “YES” to a reunion.


It’s been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos & 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I’m on the right path. It’s one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it & if you’re so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.

Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!


Is anyone else weeping with me in excitement?

• Death From Above 1979:

Away from home, he’s a tourist… Gang of Four North American tour starts this weekend!

Simon Reynolds calls them a “stark and severe” combo who dazzled with “taut, geometrical paroxysms.” I call them “the sandwich era’s stucco Panini” who “dawdled in doodles and pushed the wowee zowee envelope into the seventh stratosphere… exclamation Marx!!” Passionate cultural savants and directionless lunatics alike will agree it is great to have Leeds’ legendary politico-spouters Gang of Four back. The band, featuring founders Jon King and Andy Gill, will embark on a North American tour starting tonight in Toronto before heading to slates of dates in Australia and Europe.

All of this live commotion is mostly due to the Gang of Four’s recently-released, first album in 16 years, Content (TMT Review). Reviews have been mostly favorable and the record profitable, with the “Deluxe Can” version of the album (containing the album on CD, a history of the world image montage, a book of smells, a book of emotions, a book of lyrics, and a vial of Gang of Four blood) gaining the band an unlikely set of rabid Vampire Diaries fans.


02.04.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre #
02.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Art #
02.07.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
02.08.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.09.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
02.10.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
02.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
02.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.14.11 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
02.15.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
02.16.11 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market
02.17.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
02.19.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.20.11 - Anaheim, CA- House of Blues
02.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.24.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Power Station
02.25.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi Fi
02.26.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Soundwave Festival
02.27.11 - Sydney, Australia - Soundwave Festival
03.01.11 - Sydney, Australia - The Gaelic Theatre
03.02.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
03.04.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Soundwave Festival
03.05.11 - Adelaide, Australia - Soundwave Festival
03.08.11 - Perth, Australia - The Bakery
03.18.11 - Paris, France - Trabendo
03.19.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
03.25.11 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
03.26.11 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
03.27.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
04.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
04.09.11 - Nonantola, Italy - Vox Club
04.10.11 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali

• Gang of Four:
• Yep Roc:

Hypnagogist Kenny G takes break from new job, goes on tour

Celebrated for creating breakthrough chillwave records such as G Force and Dutones, the godfather of hypnagogic pop has taken a new job. “I don’t take no bribes,” Kenny G says about his new role as the Head of Riot Suppression at Luxury Prison. The Original G of woozy, zone-altering bedroom pop is now lending his smooth sax sounds to the cause of justice, plunging unruly inmates into coma-like sleep. Despite the new gig, Kenny sends a stern warning to those who might think a new nickname is in order. “Anybody who calls me Kenny Z, I’ll fuck ‘em up,” he says.



For those not currently incarcerated at Luxury Prison, you can catch the G on his upcoming tour.

Nuthin’ but a G Thang:

02.13.11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
02.14.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
03.04.11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center
03.06.11 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for Performing Arts
03.07.11 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
03.09.11 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
05.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

• Kenny G:

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]



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