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

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

Wye Oak reach into the heavens and crush our skulls with the beauty of their new EP and a Kinks cover!

Awww yeah! Get ready, geeks and nerds, because the mighty titans of Wye Oak are back. On a clear summer’s night, the night of June 8 to be exact, the Baltimore slowcore warriors will raise their enchanted hammers high and let out an ear-splitting cry to the heavens above. As the mystical wail reverberates around the earth, a new Wye Oak EP, My Neighbor/My Creator, will descend, a gift from the celestial bodies that overlook our pitiful world. The EP will then fall into the hands of record merchants, be they of the physical or online worlds, for us puny mortals to purchase.

When they’re not challenging the gods to epic battles, Wye Oak are usually busy doing things like covering The Kinks’ “Strangers” for earthly publication The AV Club. In an act of astounding kindness for godlike beings, Wye Oak extended an offer to Shearwater’s Johnathan Meiburg, who is but a mere mortal. Or so they think! Turns out Meiburg was bitten by a god at a young age, making him a weregod! Shock! Gasp! Ridiculous!

My Neighbor/My Creator tracklist:

01. My Neighbor
02. Emmylou
03. My Creator
04. I Hope You Die
05. That I Do (Mickey Free Remix)

• Wye Oak: http://www.myspace.com/wyeoak
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Slumberland release debut from Neverever; “what pop should sound like in 2010” says their publicist

You can usually be sure that Slumberland Records will provide today’s cardigan-wearing kids with excellent garage/twee pop and bands with cute names. New signee Neverever follow in similar stride, and their debut album Angelic Swells, which was released on CD May 25, is slated for a vinyl release tomorrow, June 8.

According to their press release, Angelic Swells is a sprawling timeline that “takes in 50s rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl-group sounds, and the 70s glam heyday of Slade and Suzi Quatro and 80s power-pop on its way to creating a bang-up-to-date idea of what pop should sound like in 2010.” (Where’s the 90s? Everybody knows that the prototype for today’s best bands on Slumberland is Black Tambourine — unless you don’t like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.) Members Jihae and Wallace Meek, originally from Glasgow, recorded the album in Los Angeles, backed by Jackson Baugh, Jessica Espeleta, and Mickey LaFranchi. Listen to tracks “Blue Genes” (originally released as a single under former name The Champagne Socialists, consisting of the Meeks, LaFranchi, and Devon Williams) and “Young and Dumb” here.

06.09.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
06.12.10 - Hollywood, CA - The Kibitz Room at Canter’s
06.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Synchronicity Gallery
06.18.10 - Oxnard, CA - Fresh and Fabulous Cafe


01. Here is Always Somewhere Else
02. Blue Genes
03. Coconut Shampoo
04. Now
05. Young Runaways
06. Cowboys and Indians
07. 16th Wonder
08. Bitch Boys
09. Teardrop Tattoo
10. Young and Dumb
11. Underwater Ballet

• Neverever: http://www.myspace.com/nevereverla
• Slumberland Records: http://slumberlandrecords.com

Bloody Beetroots remix Refused to celebrate reissue of The Shape of Punk to Come

Italian electronica duo The Bloody Beetroots do a lot of remixes. Eventually, everything that makes logical sense to remix runs out, so it’s on to remixing “New Noise” by Swedish hardcore legends Refused. Considering both Refused’s more experimental nature (at least in comparison to most hardcore) and the track in question’s quick detour into electronica, it’s not an entirely implausible choice. Now, if I hear that Alan Braxe is working on a series of Earth Crisis remixes, then I’ll know the world is ending. Anyway, you can hear the “New Noise” remix here (via Discobelle) and the imaginary Earth Crisis remixes in my nightmares.

The remix celebrates the upcoming deluxe edition of 1998’s classic The Shape of Punk to Come, coming out via Epitaph on June 9. What makes it so darn deluxe? The inclusion of an unreleased live album and the previously released Refused is Fucking Dead DVD — that’s what makes it so darn deluxe.

• The Bloody Beetroots: http://myspace.com/thebloodybeetroots


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