The Jesus and Mary Chain to reissue six albums as deluxe 2-CD/DVD sets; buy now and instantly become super fan

The Jesus and Mary Chain to reissue six albums as deluxe 2-CD/DVD sets; buy now and instantly become super fan

I hope all you TheJandMC fans have disposable income because, knowing you, you’ll be buying every one of the soon-to-be-released Deluxe Reissue 2xCD/DVD sets that were announced… right now(ish)!

That’s right, music lovers! You thought that the Jesus and Mary Chain reissues released in 2006 were going to be the “Absolutely, Positively, Never-Have-To-Buy-Them-Again Definitive Versions,” but boy were you wrong. Because, as exclusively announced by me above, The Jesus and Mary Chain will reissue all six of their albums as “Better Than Last Time” versions that include B-sides, rarities, demos, a Jesus chain, a Mary chain, radio appearances, eyeliner, psychotic candy, lacy stockings, frizzed-up hair, a dog, your mother, a personal AM/FM radio, multi-page photo-illustrated booklets, two CDs, one DVD, and plenty of stuff that you’ve already listened to. And if that’s not enough to sweeten the deal: they cost a bunch of money that you don’t have!

So, make Demon Music Group (who are doing the reissuing) happy and spend your money on extravagant CDs on the following days:

- September 19 (my birthday): Psychocandy and Darklands
- September 26 (not my birthday): Automatic and Honey’s Dead
- October 2: Stoned and Dethroned and Munki

• Demon Music Group:

James Blake announces October release date for new EP Enough Thunder, asks music journalists to stop following him into the bathroom

In a minimalist style reminiscent of his sparse self-titled debut album, James Blake announced a brand-new EP on Twitter called Enough Thunder, with nary a shred of further info beyond a cover image and a release date: October 10. Well, it turns out that the man behind both Lindisfarnes has six tracks of rump-rippling music all packaged and ready for distribution on October 10 via Atlas. Two of these songs you’ve heard in a low enough quality that your rump may not have even begun to ripple, but that’s likely to change once they’re spinning on vinyl; those songs are “Fall Creek Boys Choir” (his recent collaboration with Boney Chair), and his cover of Joni Mitchell’s Blue highlight, “A Case of You”. That only leaves four more tracks to this EP, but remember that Klavierwerke and CMYK were both only four tracks and they still managed to break up your marriage.

If you’re desperate for more info, you have three options: refresh this page constantly until you see another article about Blake; post irritating questions to Blake’s Facebook page until he responds and adds you as a friend; or pester him in the middle of his set at any of the remaining tourdates listed below.


09.16.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
09.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
09.23.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
09.24.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
09.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
10.03.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10.09.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

• James Blake:

Xiu Xiu compiling tattoos for new LP insert. Finally, the day you and your Jamie Stewart calf tattoo have been waiting for!

Some band logos are just waiting to be immortalized in the ink of the skin. Think of music’s most iconic branding: Black Flag’s four bars. Wu-Tang Clan’s W. That annoying Rolling Stones mouth. Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart nuzzling a plush cat, as depicted on the cover of Fabulous Muscles. Really, I’d like to see one Xiu Xiu fan with a tattoo depicting their love of the band without making use of this timeless, arguably overexposed iconography. And so would Xiu Xiu!

If you are a lady or fellow with a Xiu Xiu tattoo, send a high-res picture of it to the band at The benefits of doing so are near-endless! First of all, you will get your sign of utter dedication beamed directly into the eyeholes of Mr. Jamie Stewart. Next of all, your tattoo will be displayed as part of the insert of the forthcoming Xiu Xiu record, which is coming out through Polyvinyl and Bella Union in February 2012 and follows last year’s Dear God, I Hate Myself (TMT Review). Last of all, you will receive a super-special Xiu Xiu prize package, consisting of that aforementioned record in any available format, the poster featuring all the submitted tattoos, and, of course, a pair of rubber gloves. Do what you will with those gloves. The deadline here is October 1, so get on it.

Don’t have a Xiu Xiu tattoo? Get one. I have suggestions:

• A half-man/half-bee monstrosity — man on top, bee on bottom.
• The famous red square from the A Promise cover.
• “Wig Master” in Comic Sans font.
• Angela Seo vomiting.
• The words “DO YOU LOVE ME JAMIE STEWART” across your chest.

There, now you have good ideas. By the way, Xiu Xiu are about to go on their fall tour. Go out, compare your tattoos with other Xiu Xiu obsessives. Win those rubber gloves.

Xiu Xiu dates:

09.08.11 - Durham, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.09.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
09.10.11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.11.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
09.12.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar *
09.13.11 - Plains, PA - Redwood Art Space *
09.14.11 - Hartford, CT - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art *
09.15.11 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
09.16.11 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
09.17.11 - Rochester, NY - Dubland Underground *
09.18.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
09.20.11 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
09.21.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *
09.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival (Polyvinyl’s 15th Year Anniversary)
09.25.11 - Ames, IA - DGs Tap House &

* Kindest Lines, Hedgehog
& Tires, Datagun, Coyote Slingshot

• Xiu Xiu:
• Polyvinyl:
• Bella Union:

Fang Island record dry, academic new album, go on joyless East Coast tour

Fang Island are a rock ‘n’ roll band from Providence, Rhode Island. Their music consists of an academic examination of the tones that result from the striking of guitars. Despite rumors that the group’s sound is similar to “everyone high-fiving everyone,” the principal members of Fang Island maintain that their music is only to provide mental growth and should not be compared with cheap physical acts, e.g., the slapping of hands. If one must compare Fang Island’s music to a physical act, a firm handshake with maintained eye contact is a more apt comparison.

The rock group is currently recording a new album. Last year, they put out Fang Island, a record liked by many, disliked by others, and met with indifference by those outside of the two aforementioned population groups. Their new album, which they describe as “extremely dry and technical, only for true academics,” will serve as the follow-up to their debut. Updates on that recording process may be found at the group’s Twitter page, even though the band members would vastly prefer the formality of a bi-monthly newsletter.

In September, the band has planned a break from their strenuous development of the new record. During this time, they will take to a series of concert halls to present their new theories and developments. These shows shall take place on the East Coast of the United States of America. Fellow rock group The Joy Formidable will be present on certain dates. Seating will not be provided. Please do not talk during the performance.

Fang Island dates:

09.10.11 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets
09.21.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
09.23.11 - Durham, NC - Tremont Music Hall
09.24.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
09.25.11 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum #
09.26.11 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern #
09.28.11 - Carborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
09.29.11 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall #
09.30.11 - Rochester, NY - Club at Water Street Music Hall #
10.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

# The Joy Formidable

• Fang Island:
• The Joy Formidable:

Tortoise get creepy on film score with Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez

Major films love getting indie post-rock bands to score their movies on the cheap. John Williams is just so damn expensive these days, and so are Three 6 Mafia, with their Oscar and whatnot (by the way, did they ever get that cooking show going?). Post-rock bands are picky, though. They’ll only do inspirational sports movies (Explosions in the Sky for Friday Night Lights, Mogwai for Zidane) or horror (GY!BE for 28 Days Later).

Chicago’s influential, genre-blending instrumentalists Tortoise have just finished recording for a new film in the latter genre by Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez, titled Lovely Molly. The psychological horror film depicts a newlywed young woman who returns to her childhood home to discover something bad/scary, but it’s all in her head… or is it??? That’s the twist! The script was written by Charlie Kaufman’s twin brother, I think. Anyway, Tortoise just recorded the score for the film, which is set to premiere on September 14 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

In other Tortoise news, John McEntire has informed the public of some international shows this fall and the possibility that the production of a new Tortoise record could happen this winter! Chicago has some really long winters, however, so it might be a while.

• Tortoise:

The Flaming Lips take aim at the Billboard charts once again with new six-hour song

MTV darlings The Flaming Lips are at it again with another of their trademark surefire-hit music experiments. Known for a series of top-40 successes over the past two decades, including the hit songs “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” “Talkin’ Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues,” and “The sixth track on the fourth disc of Zaireeka,” the Lips are reportedly at least 4.5 hours into the process of recording a six-hour song called “I Found a Star on the Ground,” which is sure to keep you tapping your feet from breakfast until a little after lunch.

But how does one go about the process of creating a six-hour song? In the opinion of this astute reporter, The Flaming Lips have created so vast a catalogue of audio recordings that they need only to string their classic first six LPs together. Reached for comment on this suggestion, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said, “Yeah, it’s a nice idea, but does anyone really remember how any of the songs from Transmissions from the Satellite Heart go? I know I don’t. Except for ‘She Don’t Use Jelly.’ That was a fun little tune. Too bad it never caught on.”

Wayne Coyne’s updates, in order:!/waynecoyne/status/106840716138905601

• The Flaming Lips: