Kevin Drumm puts out two limited re-releases (one is a 5CD box set) of originally ultra-limited releases

Kevin Drumm puts out two limited re-releases (one is a 5CD box set) of originally ultra-limited releases

Kevin Drumm, widely considered one of the crown princes of harsh noise, has always had the almost unmatched ability to diversify the medium in which his music is created while expressing many of the same emotions. Through textural washed-out ambient to the aforementioned harsh noise, most of his past albums share the common aesthetic of grinding, bed-wetting noise, yet they have seem him helm everything from the six-string prepared electric guitar to dual pulse generators to acoustic organ. Much of his recorded history and album concepts have been built around what instrument happened to tickle Drumm’s fancy at the time. Prior to now, Drumm’s instrumental explorations have mostly been separated and limited to one album or extended piece at a time. Like I said, until now.

Available now via Lasse Marhaug’s Pica Disk label is a 5CD box set aptly titled Necro Acoustic, showcasing what Brainwashed’s Creaig Dunton appropriately called “the full repertoire of Drumm.” The box set contains two entirely new albums — one recorded between 2006-2008 displaying the set’s namesake, the other being guitar material recorded last year. Necro Acoustic also features a limited-edition double cassette that was originally released by Hospital Productions back in 2009, along with an extremely diverse repertoire of unreleased material from way back in the day — I’m talking 1996 back in the day. I’m gonna say that this is probably an essential grab for any Drumm fan or really anyone wanting an introduction to the guy… or really, to drone/noise in general. I’m also gonna go ahead and say that these are probably fairly limited as far as pressings go, even though it’s basically a re-release of originally ultra-limited material (hmmm). Yeah, snag ‘em while you can.

Also, along this same vein, Thin Wrist Recordings have released an expanded version of the long-out-of-print self-titled debut album from Drumm. Comprised entirely of solo improvised guitar and originally recorded directly to cassette tape, this is Drumm at his most sparse and stripped down. Available on 2x 180-gram vinyl. Again, snag while you can.

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Infernal temperatures at Bonnaroo prove fatal — plus, cops crack down on over 100 drug-abusing hopefuls

It was hotter than Dante’s Inferno on the sun-parched plains of a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee (the same one that kicked up so much dust when I was there in 2006 that you could still clearly see the acronym “GHB” etched by someone’s ironic finger onto the hood of our badass black Mustang as we completed the 1,000-mile journey up the Eastern seaboard and rolled back into the streets of Boston) where Bonnaroo’s four-day music festival takes place every June. Apparently, this year the hellish heat took its toll. According to MTV News, 29-year-old David Sloan of North Carolina died Sunday in the hospital to which he was rushed after collapsing from heat exhaustion. His core body temperature had reached 108 degrees. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t the only one affected by the oven-approximating temperatures; over the weekend, 25% more concertgoers flocked to the AC-equipped medical tents than in years past. The award-winning Bonnaroo engineers should really erect more mushroom fountains throughout the grounds to keep people cool.

Meanwhile, others were being handcuffed. Over 100, in fact. At least my friends and I had the foresight to stuff our drugs in our bras before reaching the security checkpoint and suffering the requisite search. Apparently, many of them were apprehended before the music even began, as an astute sheriff’s office hellbent on ruining everyone’s fun made it their mission to lay the smack down on crack (and/or any of the other plethora of illegal substances attendees were trying to smuggle in). Because of these increased narc-seeking efforts, more than 70 Bonnaroo intendeds were apprehended in their cars before the music even started. I have a sneaking suspicion that those cops didn’t enjoy getting half-naked and fucked up in 100-degree heat to watch their favorite bands by navigating between tents and stages oh-so-helpfully named “Which, What, and That” when they were younger.

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The Vaselines return with new album and tour after more than 20 years gone; Kurt Cobain scheduled for guest appearance

Have you never heard of The Vaselines? You suck! They are humorous, irreverent, rambunctious, and even wrote the best song about a newscaster’s lips ever written! The Vaselines were to twee, lo-fi, British bands what McDonald’s is to shitty food, but before widespread audiences could experience their inherent tweeness they broke up in 1989 to the eternal agony of college radio station DJs the world over. But that’s the past, man, and the past is history, because The Vaselines have risen from the grave and will be releasing a new album and heading out on tour!

Scheduled for purchase on September 14 in the U.S. and 13 in the U.K. (through Sub Pop and Rough Trade, respectively), Sex With an X is described as “a truly stunning return to form,” by #1 fan Kurt Cobain, who helped bring the band to wide(r)spread audiences throughout the U.S. by playing their songs Unplugged. Original members Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee recorded their second album (the first being 1989’s Dum-Dum) with Jamie Watson, who produced their first LP, over 12 lovely days where the band reminisced over their early days spent in Edinburgh and talked about sex, both with an “X” and without.

Sex With an X tracklist:

01. Ruined
02. Sex With an X
03. The Devil Inside Me
04. Such a Fool
05. Turning It On
06. Overweight but Over You
07. Poison Pen
08. I Hate the 80’s
09. Mouth to Mouth
10. Whitechapel
11. My God’s Bigger Than Your God
12. Exit the Vaselines

Hey! Don’t forget that I also mentioned a tour! Here are the dates!

09.15.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Bongo Room
09.16.10 - Newcastle, England - Other Room
09.17.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
09.18.10 - Liverpool, England - Static Gallery
09.19.10 - Cardiff, England -Millennium Music Hall
09.20.10 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
09.21.10 - Bristol, England - Thekla
09.22.10 - London, England - The Scala
09.23.10 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute
09.24.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor

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Radiohead’s Greenwood gets down with Stravinksky in Manchester

Ever wonder why this website does so many Radiohead-related stories? I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s because, back in late 2006, Thom Yorke and secret fellow Leaders of the Free World Little League coach Dick Cheney bought TMT to use it as a mouthpiece for all things Radiohead and all things Republican baseball. That’s why I have a swimming pool with a retractable roof in my backyard, a personal chef, and a monkey butler dressed exclusively in Ralph Lauren all in the comfort of my own home.

JUST KIDDING! But this is, of course, another Radiohead-related story, this time about Jonny Greenwood. The Radiohead guitarist and Grammy-nominated composer will perform his white-noise-inspired piece “Popcorn Superhet Receiver” in Manchester, England on July 1 as part of an experimental night of music put on by ultra-hip indie promoter Eat Your Own Ears. So what can you expect, Lou Bega style? Well, how about a little bit of

• Avner Dorman in your life
• a little bit of Stravinsky by your side
• a little bit of Olafur Arnalds is all I need
• a little bit of Greenwood is all I see.

Yes! You can also expect Dorman and his Middle Eastern sounds, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Arnalds’ new album And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, plus performances by the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, the RNCM Concert Orchestra, André de Ridder, and the DYAD Percussion Duo. No Bega, though, sorry.

07.01.10 - Manchester, England - Bridgewater Hall

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce UK headlining shows

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the newly reunited band most well known for adding Weird Al Yankovic to their Nightmare Before Christmas lineup (Lift Your Skinny Dicks Like Antennas to Heaven?), have just announced four UK headlining shows post-ATP. Wanna go? Better act quick, as the tickets are on sale starting right now. “¡Ay, caramba!” as Efrim Menuck would say.

No word yet on the nine American shows promised in their cute reunion letter, but we’ll keep you updated.

12.03-05.10 - Minehead, UK - Butlins Holiday Centre *
12.07.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy
12.08.10 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
12.12.10 - Bristol, UK - Ansom Rooms
12.13.10 - London, UK - Troxy

* ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas

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Les Savy Fav went into the studio and all I got was this new record, Root for Ruin

2007 was a year of wonders: It was the Year of the Dolphin for the UN, the Year of the Pig for the Chinese, and the Year of Highland Culture for Scotland. It was also the last time Les Savy Fav released a record, the delightful Let’s Stay Friends. And now, here we are, only three short years later, and there’s another Les Savy Fav record, this time called Root for Ruin. The album is due September 14 on Frenchkiss.

2010, to say the least, has been a little bit less awesome than the year devoted to Flipper, but perhaps this is a sign of better things to come.


01. Appetites
02. Dirty Knails
03. Sleepless in Silverlake
04. Let’s Get Out of Here
05. Lips n’ Stuff
06. Poltergeist
07. High and Unhinged
08. Excess Engergies
09. Dear Crutches
10. Calm Down
11. Clear Spirits

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