James Blackshaw switches it up with new LP

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I know what you’re thinking: The 12-string wunderkind known to the world as James Blackshaw has decided to spellbind us again with his ninth album of sedating composition and tear-inducing finger-plucked symphonies. Except this time, perhaps not. I’m going to assume that if you’re taking the time to read this, you have somewhat of an interest in Blackshaw and are probably familiar with his back catalog. Assuming this, I’m sure you’re aware that he hasn’t laid his hands on an electric guitar, well, ever, as far as his recordings are concerned.

But it appears that this has all changed now. On his newest release All is Falling, Blackshaw has decided to embrace the 12-string electric guitar as his wand of choice. While this might sound like a huge departure (which it very well may be), the album, which is comprised of eight pieces, will still include Blackshaw’s signature backing multi-instrumental orchestration comprised of piano, glockenspiel, violin, etc. Some of you might be comforted by this fact, while others might find a sliver of excitement from the fact that Blackshaw has recently been influenced by the post no-wave maximalist guitar composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham. Interesting for sure.

Expect this one on August 24 via Young God.

• James Blackshaw: http://www.myspace.com/jamesblackshaw
• Young God: http://www.younggodrecords.com

Interpol franchise their name in order to pay for new bassist, drop new LP update

New York new-wave-sad-sacks Interpol have fallen on hard times in this down economy. Bassist Carlos D left the band after his pork belly futures tanked, and the band was forced to cancel most of its forthcoming tour after its stockbrokers nervously called the stability of the Yen into question. Down and out, with few options left, the members of Interpol threw up a Hail Mary and decided to open a school to train a bunch of regional Interpols. Now, instead of touring around the world and wasting precious time, fossil fuels, energy, and other financial resources, each world-territory has been assigned its own International Interpol School-accredited “Local Interpol” to handle the grunt work (e.g. Paul Banks imitations, et al.) while the master group back in NYC (now known as Interpol of New York City) concentrates on cranking out new albums and finding a new bass player. It’s almost too simple.

And apparently, this business model is already paying off. According to the band’s website, Interpol of New York City have decided to title their new album Interpol (most likely in an attempt to unite all of the different Interpols under one self-titled album), and they’ve announced its arrival in mid-September of 2010. They’ve also revealed their replacement for Carlos D: longtime Slint member David Pajo. In addition to Slint, Pajo has also gigged around with Tortoise, Stereolab, Zwan, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Royal Trux, the For Carnation, Dead Child, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He also graduated with high honors from the Carlos D College of the IIS.

Now that they’ve got their shit together, you can go check out one of the many fine regional Interpol acts this year at a venue near you. Quality guaranteed.

06.21.10 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall !
06.22.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom !
06.23.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre !
06.25.10 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe !
06.27.10 - Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium *
06.28.10 - Des Moines, IA - People’s Court !
06.30.10 - East Lansing, MI - Spartan Stadium *
07.01.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s !
07.02.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues !
07.03.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre *
07.05.10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note !
07.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field *
07.08.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club !
07.09.10 - Miami, FL - Land Shark Stadium *
07.10.10 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm !
07.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field *
07.14.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live !
07.16.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.17.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.19.10 - New York, NY - New Meadowlands Stadium *
07.20.10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel !
07.21.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place !
07.23.10 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights !
07.24.10 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon !
09.16.10 - Caen, France - Le Cargo
09.18.10 - Paris, France - Stade De France *
09.21.10 - Lille, France - Aeronef
09.22.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Stade Roi Boudoin *
09.23.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Stade Roi Boudoin *
09.25.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Vigean
09.26.10 - San Sebastian, Spain - Anoeta Stadium *
09.28.10 - Granada, Spain - La Industrial Copera
09.29.10 - Seville, Spain - Olympic Stadium *
10.01.10 - Santiago, Spain - Santiago De Compostela
10.02.10 - Coimbra, Portugal - Estadio Cidade Coimbra *
10.03.10 - Coimbra, Portugal - Estadio Cidade Coimbra *
10.05.10 - Bilboa, Spain - Rockstar Barakaldo
10.06.10 - Toulouse, France - Li Bikini
10.08.10 - Rome, Italy - Olympic Stadium *
11.12.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeño
11.13.10 - Madrid, Spain - Palacio Vistalegre
11.14.10 - Barcelona, Spain - San Jordi Club
11.16.10 - Marseille, France - Dock Du Sud
11.17.10 - Milan, Italy - Palasharp
11.18.10 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
11.20.10 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
11.21.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
11.22.10 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 2
11.24.10 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
11.25.10 - Newcastle, England - O2 Academy
11.26.10 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy
11.27.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Corn Exchange
11.29.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
12.01.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
12.03.10 - Manchester, England - Apollo
12.04.10 - Liverpool, England - Liverpool University
12.06.10 - London, England - O2 Academy Brixton
12.07.10 - London, England - O2 Academy Brixton

* U2
! Twin Tigers

• Interpol: http://www.myspace.com/interpol

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and friends head out on summer benefit tour

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James — now going by his top secret alter ego Yim Yames — will be a busy man this summer. It’s work, work, work for our alt-country friend, nary a moment for Slip’n’Slides, ice cream trucks, or buying corn from dudes on the side of the road. See, Yames is performing on the Appalachian Voices tour with Kentucky singer-songwriters Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, whose album Dear Companion, which Yames produced, was released earlier this year. The album benefits Appalachian Voices, a group dedicated to stop the environmentally unfriendly practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Our three Kentuckians will be making their way through the South, to Brooklyn, and to the Newport Folk Festival, with a portion of the proceeds going to Appalachian Voices.

Afterward, James/Yames will be performing with My Morning Jacket at the Mile High Festival in Colorado PLUS SOME DATES WITH TOM FRICKIN’ PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS. In July, he’s also doing a solo concert alongside the Blind Boys of Alabama and Yo La Tengo at Lincoln Center in New York. And he recently performed on Letterman with John Prine in celebration of the Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, a tribute featuring My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst and many more.

Yim Yames:

07.12.10 - New York, NY - Lincoln Center *
07.22.10 - Lexington, KY - Lexington Opera House **
07.23.10 - Knoxville, TN - The Bijou Theater **
07.25.10 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage**
07.26.10 - Marlinton, WV - Pocahontas Opera House**
07.27.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater**
07.29.10 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater**
07.30.10 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg**
07.31.10 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
08.01.10 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival**

* Yo La Tengo, Blind Boys of Alabama
**Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore

My Morning Jacket:

08.15.10 - Commerce City, CO - Mile High Festival
08.19.10 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center *
08.21.10 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center *
08.24.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center *

*Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

• Appalachian Voices: http://www.appvoices.org
• Yim Yames: http://www.yimyames.com
• My Morning Jacket: http://www.mymorningjacket.com

Gruff Rhys makes crazy industrial album, South American documentary

Musicians: they can’t get enough of making documentaries about South America! (See Diplo’s favela doc.) This time, the man with the video camera is Super Furry Animals/Neon Neon’s Gruff Rhys, whose Separado! “takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of Rhys’ long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist Rene Griffiths,” according to a press release. Ponchos? I’m sold.

The film has been five years in the making, and in it Rhys and co-director Dylan Goch touch on topics ranging from family to Welsh immigration. The US premiere happens on June 24 and 26 in Los Angeles. Brits can also expect screenings this summer, and our Mexican friends not only get a July 3 premiere, but also a live performance from Rhys.

In other Rhys/South America-related news, fans will soon have a very limited chance to cop the man’s recent collabo with Brazilian industrial guru Tony Da Gatorra, The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness, a digital release via OVNI/Turnstile Records, coming out July 26. In fact, Separado! features footage of the recording process. Not sure about the poncho status on this album, but any recording where the artists have a sort of laser eye thing going on has got to be worth a listen.

• Gruff Rhys: http://www.myspace.com/gruffrhys24hrs

Alela Diane appears on two recent albums, books small tour in July; you’re lucky I found out, because she doesn’t know what the internet is

Alela Diane might be the only person ever to attempt to sew a website. Until recently, her internet presence consisted of some dried wildflowers and lace pinned to a yellowing photograph. Perhaps some stray troubadour with knowledge of basic HTML got lost and wandered into the forest clearing where Diane and her cat frolic, as she now has a home page with embedded Quicktime videos of live performances. I should be kinder, though, as she has also acquired a Facebook page, a t-shirt shop, and a blog with pictures of breakfast.

Diane has contributed a cover of “There’s Only One” to the upcoming compilation Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash’s Songs For Beginners. Released May 25, the salute to the ‘Simple Man’ also contains tracks from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Vetiver, and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Diane also appears on the track “The Tree” from the upcoming album from her 2009 tourmates Blitzen Trapper. In fact, the album, Destroyer Of The Void, is due today, the band’s fifth and most aggressively-titled LP yet.

Diane is currently at home in Portland, allegedly working on her 2011 album. We can’t be sure what she’s doing at this exact moment because she doesn’t know about Twitter yet, but she will certainly be touring soon. Tweet #AlelaDiane @TMTzine to win tickets! Just kidding, you have to mail her a locket containing photos of your seafaring ancestors just to get the tourdates. Luckily for you, I already did that:

07.03.10 - Perpignan, FR - Voix De Femmes Festival Maury
07.04.10 - Grenoble, FR - Festival Imaginez Maintenant
07.05.10 - Zurich, CH - El Lokal
07.08.10 - Paris, FR - Salle Pleyel
07.09.10 - Cognac, FR - Festival De Cognac
07.11.10 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival Brugge

* Vetiver
^ The Moore Brothers

• Alela Diane: http://www.aleladiane.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

[Photo: Megan Holmes]

RIP: Marvin Isley of The Isley Brothers

From the New York Daily News:

Marvin Isley, whose muscular bass lines propelled the hits of his classic sibling band The Isley Brothers, died Monday in Chicago at age 56.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, though Isley suffered from diabetes severe enough to have caused him to leave the band in 1997. Later, his condition led to the amputation of both legs.

Isley will be remembered for the resilience and power of his bass work, which, for one thing, formed a crucial hook in the undulating ’70s hit “Fight The Power.” The bassist also played on the smash “Who’s That Lady,” as well as on prominent songs like “For The Love Of You” and “Harvest For The World.”

• The Isley Brothers: http://myspace.com/isleybrothers