John Cale, fun-loving layabout, to release Extra Playful on Domino imprint

John Cale, fun-loving layabout, to release Extra Playful on Domino imprint

With roughly 50 years in the business of making music, it seems that by now John Cale would be nothing but straight-laced and serious. Well, if you thought that, you’d be wrong and you’d be a fool. Cale’s as spry and whimsical as he’s ever been! “Why get a job when I can play jacks?” asked Cale. “Or push a hoop with a stick?” For what it’s worth, John Cale may be under the impression that he’s a circa-1920s street urchin.

Whatever Cale is or isn’t, he is definitely planning to show his fun-loving side with the Extra Playful EP, his first release since 2005’s blackAcetate. The EP will be Cale’s first release on Domino imprint and new best buddies for life Double Six. Between games of hopscotch and tiddlywinks, the two parties established that the new EP will be out digitally on September 19, with a 12-inch vinyl release following on September 27. According to Double Six’s press release, the record “[freewheels] through springy beats, snaking, shonky guitar lines and zones of exciting texture,” while the lyrics “veer from richly poetic to extra playful.”

As beautiful as this new friendship is, one has to wonder if it shall last forever. Good news: it shall! Or, at the very least, it will last through 2012, when Cale releases a full-length album through Double Six. But, hey, let’s not worry about the future, let’s have a snowball fight! (Snowball fight offer not valid until the oppressive heat of summer finally fades.)

Extra Playful tracklist:

01. Catastrofuk
02. Whaddya Mean by That?
03. Hey Ray
04. Pile a L’Heure
05. Perfection

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Blondie to tour this fall to promote new album (but really to re-promote “Heart of Glass”)

In an effort to thwart any critics of mine (I know you’re out there! Lying and laughing and lying…) who might think that I never know what the hell I’m talking about, I’ve decided to go ahead and admit my tenuous grasp of the information on which I’m reporting ahead of time on this one. Observe: until like 12 minutes ago, I thought that Blondie was just Debbie Harry’s stage name. Yeah, I guess as a “music journalism type” I should feel bad about that. But you know, my guess is that I’m doing a public service by admitting this ignorance. Because let’s be real here; like 5,000 people are reading this right now and thinking “shit, I didn’t realize Blondie was the band’s name either…” See, it’s okay, people! There’s no judgement here. Let the healing process begin.

Say, while we’re here together, getting to know the entity known as “Blondie” all over again, why don’t I clue you in to the fact that they (the group) are putting out a new record on their own imprint this fall? True story. It’s called Panic of Girls and it’s due on September 13. It’s actually their 9th studio album (which is a whole ‘nother surprise to me, actually, because I always just figured they made “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another” and COASTED from there) and may or may not contain a cover of Danzig’s “Mother.” (See? At least in that band Danzig was Danzig. Sheesh.) Around the time it comes out, Blondie (the band) will also embark on a North American tour, offering the perfect opportunity for you to impress a Blondie fan in your life with your new-found understanding that Debbie Harry is not Blondie.


09.04.11 - Prior Lake, MI - Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
09.05.11 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Stir Cove
09.07.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09.09.11 - Windsor, ON - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
09.10.11 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
09.12.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
09.13.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
09.14.11 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
09.16.11 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Spa & Resort – Music Box
09.17.11 - Clark, NJ - Oak Ridge Park
09.18.11 - Westbury, CT - Theatre at Westbury
09.21.11 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
09.23.11 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09.24.11 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
09.26.11 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
09.28.11 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theatre
09.29.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
10.01.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.02.11 - Mescalero, NM - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
10.04.11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Foundry
10.05.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
10.07.11 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
10.08.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

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RIP: Joe Lee Wilson, jazz vocalist who performed with Miles Davis and Archie Shepp

From The Guardian:

The reputation of Joe Lee Wilson, the jazz vocalist, who has died aged 75, never matched those of such male stars as Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling — yet his eloquent baritone voice invited him into their league, even if an easygoing nature and an inclination to sidestep the mainstream diverted him.

Wilson’s rich sound reflected an African-American swing tradition that embraced such early black pop stars as Billy Eckstine, but he also drew on the raw passions of the blues, and fuelled the mix with the volatile ingredients of 1960s free-jazz. He performed with some of the music’s biggest stars (including the saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and the trumpeters Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard), but also with such luminaries of the avant garde as the saxophonist, actor and writer Archie Shepp and the revolutionary drummer Sunny Murray.

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WHY? to answer the rest of the Five W’s on sit-down tour

WHY? — hip-hop act or not hip-hop act? It’s a debate that rages eternally/for a little while. While key member Yoni Wolf co-founded the Anticon label and served as member of abstract hip-hop outfit cLOUDDEAD, his main gig has been swimming in genre ambiguity for a while now. Here’s some evidence for the “not hip-hop” side of the debate: WHY? are going on a tour of seated venues this fall. Sitting? In hip-hop? Bwuuuuuuuuuuh?

If you really want to know why Wolf and company decided on touring exclusively seated venues, well, why don’t you ask them yourself? During each set (which will heavily feature new songs from WHY?’s forthcoming record), the group will give audience members the chance to ask questions. Once and for all, you can finally get that elusive answer to those most elusive questions: did you really, really fall asleep in a bath of hair? And how gross was it?

WHY? dates (all shows w/ Serengeti):

09.14.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Memorial Hall
09.15.11 - Carnegie, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Carnegie
09.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.17.11 - Boston, MA - The Paramount
09.18.11 - Hartford, CT - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
09.21.11 - New York, NY - Florence Gould Hall (early and late shows)
09.22.11 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
09.23.11 - Charlottesville, VA - UVA Chapel
09.24.11 - Carrboro, NC - Art’s Center
09.25.11 - Knoxville, TN - Relix Variety Theatre
09.26.11 - Atlanta, GA - Eddie’s Attic
09.27.11 - Nashville, TN - 3rd And Lindsley
09.29.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM@UCO
09.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
10.01.11 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church
10.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at The Coronet
10.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Great American Music Hall
10.07.11 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose Theatre
10.08.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project (early and late shows)
10.10.11 - Billings, MT - Visualite Theatre
10.12.11 - Englewood, CO - The Gothic
10.14.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
10.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Museum of Contemporary Art

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Fuck, shit, fuck: Silent Barn NYC robbed and needs your help

I’m having difficulty holding back my rage and sadness as I write this — The Silent Barn, one of NYC’s very finest DIY venues, was robbed and vandalized over the weekend, resulting in the loss of donated artwork, furniture, projects, tools, and over $15,000 in audio equipment, as well as extensive property damage. The space is utterly essential as an alternative venue for bands and artists that might not otherwise find such fantastic support in NYC, and serves as a locus for much of the city’s most adventurous new music. Attendees at any of its many wide-ranging, welcoming, and shockingly-reasonably-priced shows will undoubtedly feel as saddened as I do. The loss of this equipment coupled with the massive damage to the space is a huge blow for the city’s music community. You can read the venue’s statement about the robbery at their Facebook page here.

A portion of what was stolen (contact if you have any information):

- 2 powered QSC K8 speakers
- 2 powered behringer Eurolive B1800D-PRO subwoofers
- 1 Yamaha MG166CX 16-Channel Mixer
- 1 snake with 8 XLR inputs and 4 1/4”” inputs
- 2 Yamaha passive PA speakers (painted white)
- Peavey Bass Cab
- Two Peavy power amps
- Soundcraft Spirit 4 mixer
- Tape Decks
- Ampeg bass amp BA 115 bass combo
- Peavey bass combo amplifier
- Silver Stanton USB turntable
- behringer bcf2000 usb mixer

But while this is awful news, it shouldn’t have to signal the end of an era. DIY venues are nothing if not resilient, so now’s the time for you to help prove that that’s the case here as well and get this place up and running again. The Silent Barn is asking for donations to help put the place back together, and a Kickstarter is being set up right now to help speed the process, which we’ll provide a link for in this story as soon as it’s up [update (7/20): here’s the Kickstarter link]. If you’ve got anything to give, even if you don’t currently call NYC your home, it’s probably worth your while to send something their way, as their influence in providing an outlet for defiantly non-marketable music is probably felt the world over.

In summary: awesome venue robbed, let’s get them back on their feet.

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Awesome Canadians honored on Polaris Music Prize 2011 shortlist

You heard it here first: Canada is the new Portland/Williamsburg/Milton Bradley’s Candyland. You go to Canada and the place is just swimming with super-talented musicians. For real (NOTE: absolutely none of this is real), once I went to Toronto and there was one of those crazy McDonald’s where you can put vinegar on your fries and even order pizza, and it was literally staffed entirely by members of Arcade Fire. I was so amazed that I walked outside to breathe in their clean, northern air and savor my vinegar pizza™ and as I was sitting there, I was approached by a BLUEJAY who had been in a band with LESLIE FEIST. This was so astounding that I decided to see more of this beautiful country. I got on the highway and was halfway to Montreal before I realized that THE HIGHWAY CONSISTED OF A STRANGE CANADIAN MIXTURE OF ASPHALT AND HAIR FROM THE MEMBERS OF BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. So, everything in Canada is musical. And magical. It is a magical, musical land.

At least that’s the impression one might get from the shortlist for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, set to be awarded on September 19. These people are puttin’ birds on EVERYTHING, and they’re making genre-bending or just straight up supremely well-rounded music while they’re at it. Now, it’s no surprise that Arcade Fire’s album The Suburbs did extremely well at the Grammys, but check out some of these other honorees. Colin Stetson? Austra? The Weeknd? Braids? Destroyer? It really says something awesome about a nation when not only does it have a cool, supportive award like Polaris, but also a varied group of largely indie artists to choose from. You can catch live performances from the nominated artists during the awards gala via SiriusXM Satellite Radio 152 (North America), CBC Radio 3 (worldwide), or by streaming the webcast on

Polaris Music Prize shortlist:

• Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
• Austra, Feel It Break
• Braids, Native Speaker
• Destroyer, Kaputt
• Galaxie, Tigre et diesel
• Hey Rosetta!, Seeds
• Ron Sexsmith, Long Player Late Bloomer
• Colin Stetson, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
• Timbre Timbre, Creep On Creepin’ On and
• The Weeknd, House of Balloons

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