Joan of Arc release instrumental LP Oh Brother feat. Zach Hill

Joan of Arc release instrumental LP Oh Brother feat. Zach Hill

It has been, what, about a month since Joan of Arc released something new? According to a clause in their contract, they must consistently keep releasing new music every 30 to 60 days, otherwise a kitten will die. Yes, really. In order to save the kittens, Joyful Noise Recordings will release Oh Brother, a limited-edition instrumental LP (and digital release) from the band, on February 8, 2011. Not only will the LP be hand-numbered and limited to 500 copies, but it also features collaborations with 14 different musicians, including Zach Hill of Hella, Rob Lowe of Lichens, and other members of Make Believe and Cap’n Jazz. Pre-order it here.

Be sure to see Joan of Arc perform their new songs on tour next year:

01.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
01.22.11 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe
01.23.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
01.25.11 - Orlando, FL - Blackbooth
01.26.11 - Pembroke Pines, FL - The Talent Farm
01.27.11 - Ybor City, FL - New World Brewery
01.28.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
01.29.11 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar
01.31.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.01.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
02.02.11 - New Haven, CT - Bar Night Club
02.03.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
02.04.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn (Oh Brother release show)
02.05.11 - Champaign, IL - High Dive
02.06.11 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout (Oh Brother release show)

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[Photo: Ryan Russell]

Lights out, Cliffie Swan on — Brooklyn’s Lights change their name

Do you remember Lights’ 2008 album Rites (TMT Review)? Would you remember it better if the album title didn’t sound like the band name with a speech impediment? Better yet, would you keep better track of it if you could actually Google “Lights” with a little success? (Note: when I Googled “LIGHTS”, the number one hit was a Myspace for the band — but not the Brookyln girls I was looking for.)

Lights (from Brooklyn) just made things a little easier. Search the internet no more for common nouns — the trio has officially renamed itself Cliffie Swan, which assuredly will distinguish them from their aforementioned rivals in Canada. Drag City makes sure to point out that there is no animosity between (Canadian) Lights and Cliffie Swan — Linnea Vedder and Sophia Knapp both do yoga, the label states, which means that it’s physically impossible for them to harbor ill will towards anything.

In other Cliffie Swan news, the group (as Lights) contributed a cover of “As the World Falls Down” to the charity album We Were So Turned On: Tribute to David Bowie this fall, putting them one step away from the man himself (who approved the tribute). That’s pretty good, considering they won’t be releasing their second album until early 2011, under their new name.

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Abe Vigoda deny false reports of their death by teaming up with Wild Nothing for winter tour

Abe Vigoda (the actor) has experienced many false reports of his death over the years. I guess when you start approaching your 90s, it’s bound to happen sooner or later. Abe Vigoda (the band) hope to combat similar rumors that they too have met an early demise by going out on tour with Wild Nothing next year in support of their new album, Crush (TMT Review), out now on Post Present Medium.

Wild Vigoda:

02.01.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
02.02.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
02.04.11 - Austin, TX - Red 7
02.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
02.07.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
02.08.11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
02.09.11 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
02.10.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
02.11.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02.12.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
02.13.11 - New York, NY - Rock and Roll Hotel
02.16.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
02.17.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
02.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.19.11 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College
02.21.11 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller/ U of W
02.22.11 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
02.23.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
02.24.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
02.25.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.26.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
02.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
02.28.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
03.01.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
03.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop/Popscene
03.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum

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Q-Tip announces title of fourth LP, but no release date. How typical of that guy!

Give rapper/producer Jonathan Davis/Kamaal Ibn John Fareed/Q-Tip/The Abstract a break. Sure, he doesn’t pop up in public too often. But I mean, for one thing, the dude keeps changing his name, so for all I know, he put out like 20 chillwave records this year. For another, dude’s got a lot on his plate, what with his day job as a rhyme checker and his moonlighting gig as a midnight marauder. So, when he says a record like Kamaal/The Abstract (TMT Review) is going to drop in 2002 and it doesn’t actually surface until 2009, cut the man some slack. He’d cut you some, I bet.

Besides, the reason we’re here right now is so that Tip can announce the title and release date of his newest album (which is technically the follow-up to 2008’s The Renaissance) to me over the phone so that I can pass that info along to you LIVE! Woohoo! Here we go… okay, I’m getting word that the forthcoming album is going to be titled The Last Zulu. He’s saying that he revealed the name of his fourth record in a recent interview on the satellite radio station Shade 45. Okay, sweet! Let’s see, he’s also telling me that that fans should expect a concept album that combines world music and boom-bap, and that the resulting LP is “probably going to be the hardest shit I ever did.” Awesome!

Okay, now let me just ask him when it’s officially coming out. Oh, wait… Tip, you there? Sorry everybody, there’s a lot of static, and… Tip? Tip?? Huh. I guess I lost him.

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Disappears to reappear with new LP next year, play shows with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley

Do yourself a favor. While everyone’s kid sister is out there putting Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest at the top of the year-end list she’s doing for some sort of Disney Channel online sweepstakes to win tickets to a live taping of I’m in the Band, reach for some real “ambient punk” instead.

Chicago noise-rocker quartet Disappears is releasing their sophomore LP, Guider, via Kranky on January 18 (January 17 in the UK), and this time around, they are bringing out the big noise-rock PR guns. And no, I don’t mean that they are playing up that Brian Case played with 90 Day Men and The Ponys, because who cares about those bands??? I mean that after their drummer left the band, they went out and got Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley to fill in for their upcoming live dates. Wow! Steve Shelley! He recorded Nirvana’s In Utero, didn’t he? Anyway, check out a clip of them working on a Guider track in the studio over at ye olde Choucolatte Grindeur. And check out the live dates after the jump…

…sigh. Okay, there’s no jump. Whatever.

01.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
01.20.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
01.28.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
02.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.04.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

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[Photo: Greg Simpson]

Bhang bhang, Dum Dum Girls aren’t complete burnouts; plan spring tour and new EP

For all of those people (myself included) who felt miffed when Dum Dum Girls cancelled the last portion of their tour with The Vaselines this fall, plus some of their own, 2011’s looking up. The Vaselines have gone back to Glasgow for post-tour snogging or whatever it is they do, but Dum Dum Girls will prevail without them — the nominal reference to the perverted Scots will just have to suffice on marquees. Come February, Dee Dee promises to follow through with new tourdates across the United States. As collateral for the deal, DDG agreed to play a show this December in Los Angeles!

Oh, and there’s a reason for all these dates in ‘11: the impending release (and subsequent celebration) on March 1 of a new EP on Sub Pop, called He Gets Me High. It’ll be available on CD, 12-inch, and mp3, which means that all you Ogg Vorbis fanboys are out of luck.

He Gets Me High EP tracklisting:

01. Wrong Feels Right
02. He Gets Me High
03. Take Care of My Baby
04. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths cover)


12.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
02.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.18.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.21.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
02.23.11 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
02.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.25.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
02.26.11 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo Club
02.27.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.01.11 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
03.02.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.04.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.06.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
03.08.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.11.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.12.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social

* Abe Vigoda

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