Jim James goes on September solo tour, nobody has the guts to call him Jim Jim

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Jim James isn’t Jim James’ real name. This should be fairly obvious. Maybe it isn’t. Maybe we live in a world in which a set of parents with the last name James might go ahead and brand their son with the first name James as well. We might, but in this instance, we don’t. Jim James has chosen that name for himself and he’s pulling it off with aplomb. “Yeah, I have chosen a name that is basically Jim Jim or James James,” he says to the word. “Let me put on these space boots and play a guitar solo for 10 minutes. You won’t even think about Jim Jim after that.” Way to go, fellow. Live your life.

Though James is best known for his work in My Morning Jacket, he did put out a solo record on ATO earlier this year by the title of Regions of Light and Sound of God (TMT Review). When you do such a thing, you usually find yourself playing some solo dates in support of it. That is exactly what Jim James is doing this September! He’ll be putting his repetitive name right in your face and forcing you to accept it. (Note: those not attending these shows will not be forced to accept it.) He’ll also be playing some songs from that record and, hey, maybe some songs that aren’t from that record. You never know with a man like this.

Jim James dates:

09.06.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
09.07.13 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest
09.08.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
09.10.13 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
09.11.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
09.12.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
09.15.13 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

• Jim James: http://www.jimjames.com
• ATO: http://atorecords.com

Zach Hill, Janet Weiss, and Matt Cameron create drum circle jerk Drumgasm, release debut LP in August

If you can’t get enough of Teeth Mountain or Foot Village or the Union Square subway stop, then get a load of this new drum circle: DRUMGASM, featuring all percussion all the time by Zach Hill (Hella, Death Grips, Team Sleep, Marnie Stern, Nervous Cop), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Furies), and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Skin Yard, more-recent Pearl Jam, sang “Puberty Love” in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes).

Drumgasm will release their thunderous splooge upon your faces with their debut album, also titled Drumgasm, which features two tracks, both also titled “Drumgasm.” Jackpot is putting this hot mess out on August 27, so reserve your copy at Sam Goody today!

Want to know what it sounds like? Too bad, because the trailer below doesn’t give you shit!

Drumgasm tracklist:

01. Drumgasm
02. Drumgasm

• Drumgasm: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DRUMGASM/602100346476338
• Jackpot: http://www.jackpotrecords.com

Clinic announce small batch of tour dates; daddy needs a new bag of surgical masks

Old blue-haired church ladies, lock up your organs! Melodica-loving, masked British four-piece Clinic are back with a summer/fall tour. That’s right, good people of Europe and Selected East Coast Cities, Clinic are coming to your town, all ready to post up at fancy Irish outdoor festivals or skulk about your most historic cathedrals — whatever strikes their dark, moody fancy. And they’ll do it all while wearing the same tattered surgical masks they’ve been wearing since like 1997 or whatever. They’ll be playing lilting, melancholy tunes, some also from 1997 or whatever, and in the aforementioned Selected East Coast Cities they’ll be sharing the stage with Grooms.

Old tattered masks aside, Clinic are still riding high off the success of last year’s Free Reign (TMT Review) on Domino Records and the Daniel Lopatin alternate mix, aptly titled Free Reign II. They closed out another Austin Psych Fest this past April and now they’re gearing up for European summer festival season, which rolls into European fall festival season with late September’s Liverpool Psych Fest. Until then, though, they’ve got a few new US dates in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Lexington, and Washington, DC. Go to these shows, my fellow Americans, and buy these people some new masks, please; there are new versions of off-brand SARS breeding in neglected Ukranian chicken farms every year.

Dates:

08.10.13 - Oxford, UK - Braziers Park
08.14.13 - Saint Malo, France - La Nouvelle Vague
08.24.13 - Ardross Castle, UK - Doune The Rabbit Hole
08.31.13 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.13.13 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
09.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
09.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
09.18.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
09.20.13 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival
09.28.13 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Psych Fest

* Grooms

• Clinic: http://www.clinicvoot.org
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Autre Ne Veut to tour Europe, watch out ladies/fellows/monuments

America, you’ve had enough love. Autre Ne Veut, our favorite worried lover man, has been giving America all his love lately. But, America, that stops now. It’s not because Autre doesn’t love you (he does), it’s just that he’s got to be going. If you need him, he’ll be over in Europe. You won’t need him, because, damn it, you’re grown and you’ve got nothing but love to offer. America, you won’t need old Autre Ne Veut holding you back. Of course, that’s not to say he won’t be back. He’ll be back.

Now, you, Europe. Autre Ne Veut’s coming for you. He won’t be there for long. He’s coming to you at the beginning of August. A week later, he’ll be there. But a few days after a week later? Well, by then, he’ll be gone. You’ll miss him. Stop that. Don’t bother missing him, just focus on the times you had. The times you had at Katowice, Poland’s OFF Festival. The times you had at Berlin’s Left. Don’t you even forget for a second those times you had at Helsinki’s Flow Festival. Heck, why am I even telling you this? You’ll never forget.

Autre Ne Veut dates:

08.02.13 - Salzburg, Austria - Stuck Festival
08.03.13 - Berlin, Germany - Loft
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Fest
08.09.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.13 - Moscow, Russia - Strelka

• Autre Ne Veut: http://www.autreneveut.com
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

[Photo: Colin McLaughlin]

RIP: JJ Cale, singer/songwriter

From CNN:

Musician JJ Cale, whose songs “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” were made famous by Eric Clapton, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. His contemporaries considered him a legend, even if most fans weren’t familiar with his name.

He was 74.

Lynyrd Skynyrd made Cale’s song “Call Me The Breeze” famous, and bands including Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, and many others covered his songs.

He won a Grammy for his 2006 album with Clapton, called The Road to Escondido.

From Cale’s official site:

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
donations can be made to your favorite local animal shelter.

• JJ Cale: http://www.jjcale.com

Paid downloads are down and digital album sales are declining. It turns out people don’t like to pay for digital music.

In news that should shock nobody, the digital music racket is starting to lose its luster.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data reported by Digital Music News, paid downloads (the vast majority from iTunes and Amazon) are down about 2.3% from 698 million (!) at the midpoint of 2012 to a paltry 682.2 million by the halfway point of 2013. This is the fourth consecutive reporting period (I guess quarter, they didn’t really elaborate on what a “reporting period” was) in which sales have dropped, the first time ever in the history of the format. Which is, what, 10 or 15 years?

In addition to this horrible, horrible news, digital album sales are drastically slowing down. Also from Digital Music News (don’t they have such neat graphs and stuff?), digital album sales are up 6.3% last year… which is still positive, right? I take it the news here is that sales for the format are starting to plateau and if you’re familiar with the shape of a plateau, once it levels off, after a while it starts to drop.

Now, while the articles above and the headlines make it seem as if this is a major blow to the industry in general, there are a few things to remember. First, there isn’t a powerhouse album like that 2011 album from Adele that kept selling well into 2012 (ask your parents about that). Second, there isn’t a new boy band dropping two albums in one year (ask a tween of some sort). Third, there isn’t a song so ubiquitous that it’s playing in every coffee shop, grocery store, gas station and, book store you go to (that stupid fucking Gotye song that I will not dignify with a hyperlink).

One interesting thing to note is that, from what I understand, the Nielsen SoundScan data includes information from all Amazon and iTunes sales. Therefore, unlike traditional physical SoundScan data that really only takes information from major retailers, this would include any independent artists or labels that make their music available on these services. Since independent shops are sort of excluded from physical sales data, it’s sometimes hard to get an “official” gauge on how an indie record is selling. Personally, I think a better chart/graph would be to look at exactly what labels are increasing/decreasing for paid downloads. Is it just the major label stuff tanking, or have people on both sides of the equation started to jump ship from iTunes etc.? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  

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