Jawbreaker reissue Bivouac and Chesterfield King for 20th Anniversary, plaid beards rejoice

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Plaid enthusiasts, rejoice! It’s been 20 years since influential punk act Jawbreaker released their sophomore record Bivouac. By my count, it’s been eight years since I listened to “Chesterfield King” on repeat in my high school bedroom. Blackball Records, the label owned by former Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler, isn’t doing anything special for the 8th anniversary of my teenage tears, but they are reissuing Bivouac to celebrate the album’s 20th birthday. On December 11, the label will release a reissued, remastered version of Bivouac on CD, digital, and vinyl formats, as well as a 12-inch version of the band’s Chesterfield King EP on the same day.

Although the LP version of Bivouac contains the album’s original tracklist, the CD and digital versions will also feature the tracks from the Chesterfield King EP. But that’s not all, other bearded guys like me! That CD/digital version also features two bonus tracks. One of these tracks is an early version of “Ache,” one of the best songs on 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, the best Jawbreaker album. (“Gasp!” you said, almost spitting up PBR onto your Jets to Brazil shirt.)

All of these Jawbreaker reissues have been remastered by John Golden. He worked from the album’s original tapes and also happened to have been the guy who mastered every one of Jawbreaker’s records except, um, Bivouac. These reissues all also feature band photos from that time in Jawbreaker’s history, as well as restored original artwork. Some people might remember that original artwork of the creepy bunny lady being a foldout in the liner notes of the CD version of Bivouac. Some people also might remember being careful not to open the Bivouac liner notes around their parents, because that artwork contained naked boobs. One of these people might be me.

Bivouac CD tracklist:

01. Shield Your Eyes
02. Big
03. Chesterfield King
04. Sleep
05. Donatello
06. Face Down
07. P.S. New York Is Burning
08. Like a Secret
09. Tour Song
10. You Don’t Know…
11. Pack It Up
12. Parabola
13. Bivouac
14. Peel It The Fuck Down
15. Ache (cassette rough)

Bivouac LP tracklist:

01. Shield Your Eyes
02. Big
03. Sleep
04. Donatello
05. P.S. New York Is Burning
06. Like a Secret
07. Chesterfield King
08. Parabola
09. Bivouac

Chesterfield King 12-inch tracklist:

01. Chesterfield King
02. Tour Song
03. Face Down
04. You Don’t Know…
05. Pack It Up

• Jawbreaker: http://www.midheaven.com/artist/jawbreaker
• Blackball Records: http://www.blackballrecords.com

Squarepusher refuses a life without really cool helmets, announces live EP, begins North American tour next week

If Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight taught us anything about human psychology, it’s that some people just can’t help but insert hilariously stupid lines into everyday conversation. “Have a nice trip; see you next fall!” — wait, how again does that saying apply to a criminal being arrested? It doesn’t. People just say stupid things; or, if you prefer a more critical perspective, sometimes scripts just go bad.

On a more relevant note, the movie also delved into the motivations of psychopaths, illustrating how some simply relish chaos for its own sake. I’m not calling Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) a psychopath, but most people would agree that, generally speaking, his discography evinces a preference for (at least) musical discord. Ufabulum, released earlier this year, largely continues that preference from the listener’s point of view, but creatively, there’s one important distinction: the album was entirely pre-programmed. In contrast with much of his earlier work, and as Clash reported back in April, there was no incorporation of live guitar or drums during the recording process.

Even that level of planning and organization was apparently too much for Squarepusher to handle. On November 13 (though it’s available now via Bleep), he’ll be releasing KCRW Session, a live, digital-only EP of Ufabulum reworks recorded for radio show “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Here’s Mr. Jenkinson himself on what he was trying to accomplish: “The whole session was recorded in a single take with no edits and is in keeping with the way I was performing the material in the live shows at the time. I wanted to introduce more disorder and mayhem to these pieces, and to move away from the more strictly controlled sound of the album.” See!? More disorder and mayhem. Some people apparently do just want to watch the world burn… artistically speaking.

Go here to listen to the KRCW version of the track “303 Scopem Hard,” and check out the dates for his short North American tour below.

KCRW Session tracklisting:

01. 4001 (KCRW Session)
02. Unreal Square (KCRW Session)
03. Drax 2 (KCRW Session)
04. Dark Steering (KCRW Session)
05. 303 Scopem Hard (KCRW Session)


10.26.12 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest
10.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *
10.29.12 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore *
10.31.12 - Boston, MA - Royale *
11.01.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
11.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro *

* with Mount Kimbie

• Squarepusher: http://squarepusher.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

Califone reissue Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People on vinyl (darn, I was hoping they’d release it on Spotify)

A: Hey, have you heard of this stuff “vinyl”? I guess it’s some space-age polymer thing that they use on the International Space Station.

B: Oh, really? Wow. What, like for some super-radiation resistant sci-fi heat shields or something like that?

A: No. What the fuck? They use it to play records. Duh.

B: Ohhhhhh. Like, the new, first-time-ever-on-vinyl double LP expanded edition release of Califone’s Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People, which was composed of the band’s first two EPs plus a few new songs and originally released on CD by the Glitterhouse label in 2000, and that’s available on November 6 (pre-order now) in an expanded edition on double vinyl format replete with “deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with all new artwork” (including the original album tracks and four previously unreleased outtakes from the final Red Red Meat recording sessions) thanks to the Jealous Butcher label???

A: Umm. Yes? Was that a question? I… I forgot what we were even talking about.

B: Yeah, no, you were talking about how the Califone double LP comes with a free digital download and how the first 300 pre-orders come on super-limited-edition translucent light blue vinyl.

A: I was? What the fuck is a califone?

Side A
01. On the Steeple With the Shakes (X-mas Tigers)
02. Silvermine Pictures
03. Pastry Sharp
04. To Hush a Sick Transmission
05. Dime Fangs

Side B
06. Red Food Old Heat
07. Down Eisenhower Sun Up With Mule
08. To Hush a Sick Transmission [Unedit]
09. When the Snakehandler Slips

Side C
10. Electric Fence
11. St. Martha Let it Fold
12. Beneath the Yachtsman
13. Don’t Let Me Die Nervous
14. Dock Boggs

Side D (previous unreleased)
15. Bathwater
16. June Rat
17. Pastry Shart (Download)
18. A Horse Sized Pill

• Califone: http://www.califonemusic.com
• Jealous Butcher: http://jealousbutcher.com

Microsoft replaces Zune Music with Xbox Music; sad day for no one

Hey, this news is relevant to you if you own an Xbox 360 and download music on it: Next Friday, October 26, Microsoft will launch Xbox Music, which will replace the Zune Music service. You just got burned, Zune! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Xbox Music will run on PCs and the silly Microsoft Slate and Surface devices using Windows 8 and Windows RT. And I guess at some point after October 29, when Windows Phone 8 is released, Xbox Music will be on there, too.

The exciting part of this news is that the service includes three levels of service: free streaming access to music you’ve never heard of (like Duke Melon) and an Xbox Music Pass subscription for $9.99 a month or $99.99 annually, which removes ads and allows you to download MP3s. Oh, and the free streaming won’t be available on phones, but will be available with the Pass subscription. And finally, to compete with iTunes, Microsoft will be adding video content as well. Ha!

Again, this news is only relevant to you if you own an Xbox 360 and download music on it.

• Xbox Music: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/music
• Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com

Grooveshark to debut new site featuring hilarious “tip jar,” laughable artist profiles, and more. Wait, they’re serious?

Against all odds, Grooveshark lives on to grab music from all over the internet to be played by whomever visits their site. Grooveshark doesn’t do much more than that, though, and with a landscape full of other music-providing options that also instinctively recommend new music to you, host various channels/stations for niche interests, and allow you to take the experience with you on the go through mobile apps (not to mention, doing all that while still playing by the labels’ rules), it’s not too surprising to learn that Grooveshark is about to try and reinvent itself.

Yes, the new Grooveshark does many of the things Spotify and Pandora have done from day one while still maintaining its sketchy source material of plundered music from the internet’s depths. The new version of the site allows you to browse genre stations, save playlists, makes recommendations based on your listening habits (provided you create a free profile), and an accompanying mobile site allows you to do all of this on your phone without the hassle of a mobile app (since Grooveshark is [and always will be] banned from both the iTunes and Play app stores).

So what’s actually new here? Well, MusicWeek reports that Grooveshark, in its usual flippant style, has partnered with Flattr to allow uses to “tip” artists they like. Who needs ASCAP when you’ve got a tip jar right there on the home page?! The new site also provides artists the opportunity to create official profiles that will allow them to manage their own content that they find on the site and interact directly with fans. Both of these new “features” are clearly attempts by Grooveshark to get artists on board with its model while keeping its back to the labels and their myriad complaints (and lawsuits) against the site.

It’s pretty laughable if Grooveshark thinks that this could replace any kind of real royalty scheme that should be in place to compensate artists for the work Grooveshark uses to pull in users (and sell advertising, it’s only revenue base). Add to it that there’s no explanation as to how payments made to Flattr are relayed back to the artists you’re listening to or how artist profiles will be verified and we’ve got a whole lot of uncertainty. And yet, the site continues on.

Try out the new Grooveshark now (or don’t!).

• Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com
• Flattr: http://flattr.com

RIP: David S. Ware, jazz saxophonist and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Saxophonist David S. Ware, a leading free jazz player during the last 20 years, died Thursday night. […]

Ware was 62. When he was 60, after nearly a decade of dialysis treatment, Ware underwent a kidney transplant. Ware’s Wikipedia entry states that the operation took place after a kidney was donated in response to an email message sent out to nearly 1,000 of his fans. Aum Fidelity recently sent out this update on Ware’s health, stating that he was”physically not doing well at all, though his spirit is in a very positive place.” The update solicited cards and emails of support from Ware’s fans to be shared with him.

• David S. Ware: http://www.davidsware.com