Jandek’s Corwood Industries begins social media promo blast for recently-opened web store

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The enigmatic artist Jandek, who has for many years been cloaked in mystery, shrouded in secrecy, and wrapped tightly in a perplexing fog, has recently taken to all manner of social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and oddly enough, even the new Myspace, which he personally lauds as having an “innovative side-scrolling design” and “just generally really pleasing to the eye.” The artist, who has for nearly 40 years been notable for his inscrutability, mystification, subtlety, and for generally being a tough nut to crack is now tweeting regularly at the handle @ifuckwithcorwood, and has been listening to the latest Arcade Fire album on the new Myspace pretty much on repeat since last Friday. To quote country superstar Brad Paisley, “Welcome to the future.”

This social media blitz is a bit uncharacteristic for an artist long known for his secretive nature and his ability to play the blues guitar in a way that makes it sound like it’s always out of tune no matter how accurate the tuner app he just downloaded claims to be. In fact, over the course of almost 70 albums, from 1978’s Ready for the House to more recent offerings like 2007’s The Ruins of Adventure, 2005’s Khartoum, and 2004’s Shadow of Leaves, Jandek and his label Corwood Industries have developed a mythos that is, to quote myself from earlier, “cloaked in mystery, shrouded in secrecy, and wrapped tightly in a perplexing fog.”

Anyhow, uncharacteristic though it may be, the social media extravaganza is not without purpose. In addition to announcing the founding of a TMZ-like sister site for the Corwood Industries homepage, Corwood Industries has also made a giant leap in to the future by deigning to accept online orders through a newly-opened web store. Scope the store here and find yourself wondering why the Corwood catalog numbers begin with “0739.” Where previously one either had to send Corwood Industries a letter with their order, or visit their local cool record store, put on a blindfold, and run his or her finger along the Jandek shelf until stopping on the one that “feels ripe,” now, with the magic of the internet you don’t even have to get up from that there couch of yours. To quote former US Senator Ted Stevens, “The internet is a series of tubes.”

• Corwood Industries: http://corwoodindustries.com

King Crimson, dormant mythical entity and prog band it’s cool to like, reuniting for US tour

Not unlike fellow Brit hero King Arthur, prog rock juggernaut King Crimson have entered suspended animation for several extended periods since the band’s inception in the late-1960s. The most recent hibernation came in 2008, following a string of successful shows as a sextet (their first since 2004), and now the time has come for the band to rise again — Robert Fripp, the group’s mastermind and sole permanent member, has announced a fall US tour.

Despite their on/off nature, the band has never fallen out of the limelight, with their songs popping up in soundtracks, percussionist Bill Rieflin guesting on Swans’ recent output, and Fripp himself shredding through Grinderman’s 2010 lecherous cut “Super Heathen Child”. The band’s line-up for these shows includes Fripp on guitar, longtime member Tony Levin on bass, Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals, Mel Collins on winds, and Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin on drums. Yeah, you read that right. Three drummers.

This tour has long been in the making; Fripp announced his intentions to reanimate the band last September after collaborating with several members of the current line-up on different solo ventures. This past weekend, three New York shows were announced, and now the tour schedule has expanded significantly. A tour of the UK may be in the works but remains unconfirmed at this time.

The tickets for the first NYC shows (September 18, 19, and 20) are out on June 6 at noon, so be ready to hit that Refresh button unless you want to be quarreling with your uncle Joe (who “used to love groovy music back in the day”) over who saw that scalper first.

Tour dates:

09.09.14 - Albany, NY - The Egg
09.10.14 - Albany, NY - The Egg
09.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center
09.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center
09.15.14 - Boston, MA - Colonial Theatre
09.16.14 - Boston, MA - Colonial Theatre
09.18.14 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
09.19.14 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
09.20.14 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
09.23.14 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Threatre
09.25.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
09.26.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
09.30.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10.01.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
10.04.14 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
10.06.14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre

• King Crimson: http://www.king-crimson.com

33 1/3 announces forthcoming titles, Miles Davis hangs tough with New Kids on the Block

Well, we’re here. We’ve finally made it to a time where Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew can get mentioned in the same breath as New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough and the Super Mario Bros. score. I like to imagine Miles hanging out with Jordan Knight, discussing ways to arrange “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” for trumpet, while Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg argue over how to reach Princess Toadstool in the background. Isn’t 2014 wonderful?

This fantasy scenario (which concludes with Jordan tearfully handing over a bottle of his favorite hair gel to Miles and Donnie throwing down his controller in anger as Bowser defeats him) is made possible by the 33 1/3 series from Bloomsbury, which has previously brought you in-depth critical analysis of everything from Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love to Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet. The powers that be recently finished unveiling 14 new titles that will be added to the 33 1/3 lineup, including Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live, Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out, and Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You — plus the above-mentioned Bitches Brew, Hangin’ Tough, and the Super Mario Bros. score by Koji Kondo.

As for bands that already frequently get mentioned in the same sentence, both the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead and Phish’s A Live One will get the 33 1/3 treatment in the fall of 2015.

Check out the complete list of newly announced titles here.

• 33 1/3: http://333sound.com

Caribou announces new album Our Love, ties up record store stereos until 2015

When not writing about music, I hold a day job at a record store in lower Manhattan, a pleasant profession that is heavy on downtime. “You have the best job ever, Chris,” people have said to me in passing. Little do they know that listening to music for 12 hours straight does something to a man. After a while, you start grasping for any band that you haven’t heard before, like a drug addict desperate for a taste. You find merit in 90s bubblegum pop groups from Europe. Then you have serious trouble telling what’s good from what’s bad. Eventually, your world collapses in on itself. In that dark hour, the only thing that can reorient you is a new Caribou album.

Dan Snaith — the Canadian mathematician behind psych project Caribou and the more dance-oriented project Daphni — is finally returning with his sixth LP, Our Love, on October 7 via Merge Records. Featuring guest collaborations from Hyperdub singer Jessy Lanza and JRPG enthusiast/songwriter Owen Pallett, Our Love has been described as “a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage.” Also an album that my record store will be spinning until every customer resents Dan Snaith and myself, prompting them to revisit that one kinda-good Steps album from 1998. Until then, listen to Caribou’s new single “Can’t Do Without You” below, followed by the full album tracklist and a ton of 2014 world tour dates.

Our Love tracklist:

01. Can’t Do Without You
02. Silver
03. All I Ever Need
04. Our Love
05. Dive
06. Second Chance
07. Julia Brightly
08. Mars
09. Back Home
10. Your Love Will Set You Free

Tour dates:

06.12.14 - Lucerne, Switzerland - B-Sides Festival
06.13.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar
06.20.14 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.21.14 - Berlin, Germany - Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Mauerpark
06.22.14 - Westmeath County, Ireland - Body & Soul Festival
06.26.14 - Foligno, Italy - Dancity Festival
07.04.14 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock
07.05.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch!
07.08.14 - Corsica, France - Calvi on the Rocks
07.11.14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive
07.12.14 - Liege, France - Les Ardentes Festival
07.13.14 - Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07.26.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Merge 25th Anniversary at Cats Cradle
08.14.14 - St. Malo, France - La Route Du Rock
08.15.14 - Wales, UK - Greenman Festival
08.16.14 - London, UK - Jabberwocky
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
08.27.14 - Pula, Croatia - Dimensions Festival
09.05.14 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.06.14 - Bologna, Italy - LINK Club
10.08.14 - London, UK - KOKO *
10.10.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk *
10.11.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit *
10.15.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island *
10.16.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory *
10.17.14 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 *
10.18.14 - Vienna, Austria - Electronic Beats at TMuseumsquartier *
10.19.14 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle *
10.20.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex 457 *
10.21.14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur *
10.22.14 - Lille, France - Aeronef *
10.23.14 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace *
10.24.14 - Bristol, UK - Simple Things Festival at Motion *
10.31-11.01.14 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Festival
11.07.14 - Turin, Italy - MiTo Club to Club
11.08.14 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
11.10.14 - Montreal, QB - Le National *
11.11.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
11.12.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
11.13.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
11.15.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
11.17.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
11.18.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
11.19.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
11.20.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
11.21.14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
11.22.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
11.23.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
11.24.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth *

* Jessy Lanza

• Caribou: http://www.caribou.fm
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Garage rock planets align: White Fence trades in bedroom for recording studio, enlists Ty Segall to produce new album, tours North America

Another garage-psych album release is actually anti-news; there would be something wrong with the world if one of those scruffy scallywags didn’t release a record every other week. The July 22 release of For the Recently Found Innocent from White Fence (his fifth if you’re counting) is something of a benchmark, though.

Not only is this the first time White Fence has ventured out of his bedroom to lay down his sweet, 60s-tinged fuzz jams, but he’s also roped in other humans to play on the album too, notably in the form of garage renaissance man Ty Segall on production and drums. Also noteworthy: NASA has just confirmed that with the release of For the Recently Found Innocent you can now make a single stack of every garage record recorded in California during the last decade that would be visible from the moon.

Being the chronically hyperactive type that he is, when White Fence isn’t recording he’ll be out on the road somewhere, so, true to form, there’s a string of dates that you can check out below, including a run of shows in October with bizzaro Australian counterparts King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

To the Recently Found Innocent tracklist:

01. The Recently Found
02. Anger! Who Keeps You Under?
03. Like That
04. Sandra (When the Earth Dies)
05. Wolf Gets Red Faced
06. Goodbye Law
07. Arrow Man
08. Actor
09. Hard Water
10. The Light
11. Afraid of What’s It’s Worth
12. Fear
13. Raven on White Cadillac
14. Paranoid Bait


07.12.14 - San Francisco, CA - Phono Del Sol
07.24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
07.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
08.05.14 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library (Woodsist Fest)
10.13.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
10.14.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
10.15.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
10.16.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
10.17.14 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog #
10.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
10.19.14 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall #
10.20.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Metro Gallery #
10.21.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts #
10.23.14 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge

# King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

• White Fence: https://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Fence/109125289153214
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Hyperdub celebrates 10 years with second of four compilations featuring Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, Jessy Lanza, Kode9, more

Many years ago, in a time nearly forgotten, a seed was planted. That seed grew into a tall tall tree. Eventually that tree was cut down, a victim of humankind’s ever-expanding need to bend the Earth to its will. The wood from that tree was worked by the rough hands of a man with marital troubles, and eventually it found its way into a factory that created lumber for home construction. That wood then went on to make up the framework of one Steve Goodman’s childhood home, and, at least in part, it was that home that led Goodman, under the guise of his Kode9 moniker, to form Hyperdub as a webzine back in 2000 and a label in 2004. And thus, here were are today, 10 years hence from that storied day in 2004.

The above was an example of how someone can bullshit about the passage of time. Hyperdub, who are in fact turning 10 this year, aren’t doing any of that. Instead, as we already told you once you forgetful goober, they’re releasing four compilations containing highlights from their few years as a label as well as a few new tracks thrown in to the mix. We’ve already seen their first comp (grab it here), which showcased the grimey/dancey/footwork-y end of the label’s discography, and now the label has announced the second comp. Planned for release on July 22, Hyperdub 10.2 plays up the label’s more R&B-leaning side, featuring tracks new and old from Jessy Lanza, Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, Cooly G, and Kode9 himself. The label also has a few celebratory dates left featuring several of the artists on this second comp, which I’ll list below. Aaaannnnd, rumor has it they’re planning a US tour for early fall, so keep your ticket-purchasing fingers limber.

Hyperdub 10.2 tracklist:

01. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Signal 2012
02. Burial - Shell of Light
03. Jessy Lanza - 5785021
04. Cooly G - Obsessed
05. Fhloston Paradigm - Never Defeated (feat. Rachel Claudio)
06. DVA - Solid (feat. Zaki Ibrahim)
07. Ikonika - I Know (That U Are The 1) (feat. Dam-Funk)
08. Morgan Zarate - Pusher Taker (feat. Roses Gabor)
09. Jessy Lanza - You and Me
10. Morgan Zarate - Sticks & Stones (feat. Eska & Ghostface Killah)
11. DVA - Just Vybe (Soule Power Mix) (feat. Fatima)
12. Terror Danjah - You Make Me Feel (feat. Meleka)
13. DJ Rashad - Only One (feat. Spinn & Taso)
14. Kode9 - Lies Lies Lies (feat. copeland)


06.13.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain $
06.14.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool %

$ Kode9, Scratcha DVA, DJ Spinn & Taso, Laurel Halo, Cooly G, Kuedo
% Kode9, DJ Spinn, Scratcha DVA, Cooly G, Ikonika

• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net