Kim Deal exits the Pixies

Kim Deal exits the Pixies

Kim Deal, Pixies bassist and Breeders leader, is now just Kim Deal, Breeders leader. Consequence of Sound reports that Deal has left the not-so-young alternative rock group, who I thought had been touring in perpetuum since reuniting in 2004 but have actually not played a show since 2011. Hmm… guess that explains why Frank Black looked no more than 110 pounds in a studded jean jacket when I saw them last Thanksgiving. What band did I see??

Pixies officially state:

We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.

No tears, though! The Breeders are still doing their anniversary tour, Deal has been sporadically releasing solo singles, and you can relive all those classic Pixies memories when Pixies: A Visual History is released in the fall. Oh Christ, it’s A Visual History: Volume 1. Kill yr idols.

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[Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg]

The Replacements return from long-term faster-than-light space mission for first shows in 22,000 years

The Replacements have returned! After a 22-year absence in which the band traveled throughout the universe at speeds greatly exceeding the speed of light, the infamous ‘Mats have once again landed on our verdant planet. “This was the plan all along,” said a chipper, if spaceworn Paul Westerberg. “You’ll notice we don’t really look all that much older. That’s because of the time dilation,” he continued before taking a long swig from his space beer. Westerberg’s science is sound. According to the folks at NASA, “When an object exceeds the speed of light, time passes differently for it with respect to the universe. Though us Earthlings have felt the passing of 22 years, The ‘Mats have only experienced about three and a half.” As expected, the band has been a bit ill at ease about some recent technological developments. Tommy Stinson apparently tried to karate chop his handler’s neck when he first heard the sound of a human voice over a telephone. He didn’t fully calm down until he was informed that phones were actually already a thing back on July 5, 1991 when the band blasted off (that was the day after their final show).

The group will play three festival dates at Riot Fests in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver alongside other space-traveling groups like Guided By Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, and Blink-182. The currently confirmed Replacements lineup will consist of Westerberg and Stinson, with the remainder to be announced later. The band has reportedly been working on lyrical updates for some fan favorites, including “Waitress in the Endless Sky of Space,” “Color me Decompressed,” and “Gary’s Got a Space Boner.”

While you’re getting all excited about the prospects of Replacements shows and deep-space exploration, maybe go and pick up Songs For Slim, an EP the group recorded last fall to help raise money for their guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had unfortunately suffered from a stroke. Really, it’s the least you can do for a band so clearly committed both to bringing the rock and to boldly going where no human has gone before.


08.24-25.13 - Toronto, ON - Fort York (Riot Fest Toronto)
09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Humboldt Park (Riot Fest Chicago)
09.21-22.13 - Denver, CO - May Farms (Riot Fest Denver)

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Dekorder announces special releases from Leyland Kirby, Pye Corner Audio, Excepter, and others in honor of 10 years of existence; apparently the 10th is the “picture-disc” anniversary (don’t tell my ex-wife!)

Would ya believe me if I told you me and my ex-wife “parted ways” (her lawyer’s words) over a botched anniversary gift? Well ya better, because it’s the truth, pal. Who’da thought a “fine lady” (also her lawyer’s words) such as herself woulda been “deeply disappointed” (lawyer talk again) and led to question my capacity to “meaningfully engage with other adults” by my thoughtful gift of a handmade sex act coupon book? I really thought I had that shit on lock down.

Anyway, enough about me. Hamburg’s Dekorder has announced that they’re coming up on their 10-year anniversary as a label, and I really couldn’t be more happy for ‘em! I mean, 10 years? That’s the long haul if you ask me. Through sickness and through health, am I right folks? So they don’t end up in a fix like I did with a mess of legal fees hanging over them, they’ve decided to get the anniversary ball rolling. Not only are they going to wine and dine themselves and take themselves out to a nice show, but they’ve also announced a whole slew of special edition picture discs that they’ve gotten for themselves (and for anyone else who’s interested)! In point of fact, they’re hybrid-vinyl picture discs with an image on one side and audio on the other in order to preserve audio quality. But let’s not get bogged down in “facts,” we’re not my ex-wife are we? HA!

Dekorder says they’re planning to produce runs of 300 to 500 copies of each disc, and they have categorically stated that they will never be repressed — it’s more romantic that way, don’t ya know. They’ve released a partial list of confirmed artists, including Leyland Kirby and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 (check out the full list below, and visit their website for more artists as they’re announced). Each release will be about 15 to 25 minutes long, and the first one, from Pye Corner Audio, is scheduled to ship some time in the next few days. The remaining nine confirmed releases will come in three sets of three in the coming months, and if you’re so inclined you can reserve all 10 of the already-confirmed discs for €150.00 ($199.60).

Confirmed contributors:

Pye Corner Audio
Bill Kouligas
sonic boom
Leyland Kirby
Black to Comm
Kemialliset Ystävät
Ensemble Economique
Alien Radio

• Dekorder:

Goldfrapp announces new album, Tales of Us; and for some reason, I write a full-on, turgid-as-balls news piece about it instead of just retweeting it

Man, it’s hot and grey outside where I am today. I could really go for a Goldfrappucino. Why the hell isn’t that a thing that exists??? If you ask me, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory (whom together comprise the synth-pop group Goldfrapp, don’t you know) are way too wrapped up in making lush, widescreen, sometimes-dancey electronic music and aren’t spending nearly enough time in the kitchen concocting delicious, frosty summery beverages.

Case in point: while the western world dries up for lack of a dome-lidded tub of frothy, creamy, caffeinated goodness, here comes another Goldfrapp album! It’s called Tales of Us and was written and produced by Alison and Will and recorded at their studio in the English countryside. It’s their sixth album to date and follows up 2010’s Head First. But okay, okay. Let’s hear them out really quick before we DIE of thirst and exhaustion. What’s so special about this new one? Enter: the press release!

Tales Of Us has been two years in the crafting and is their most narrative, cinematic and intimate recording to date.” Okay, cool adjectives. What else? “All the songs except for one are named in the first person with a cast list of evocative character sketches, the contrary love affairs, the suspense, hallucinations, fairy tales, and modern folklores documented and the traces of redemption they find in song take the poetry of Goldfrapp’s delicately considered music somewhere brand new.” Wait, is that a sentence?

Well anyway, Tales Of Us will be available from September 10 in the US (and September 9 in the UK) on CD, vinyl, and digital, as well as “a special limited edition box set that will contain an exclusive disc of bonus material and a hardback book compiled by Goldfrapp.” And jeez do I hope the bonus material is some sort of coffee drink! Meanwhile, it’s currently available to preorder at some flash-in-the-pan place called iTunes, and the band is also planning two special shows at the Manchester International Festival (notable for its distinction as the only festival to spell program as “programme”) on July 17 and 18, at which they will perform the entirety of Tales of Us live, accompanied by the Royal Northern College of Music string orchestra. More tour dates for Europe and the US this fall will be announced shortly. So you’d better head back to our homepage and keep hitting refresh until that happens. If you need me, I’ll be in the TMT kitchen inventing this Goldfrappucino thing all by myself.

Also, here’s a trailer:

Tales of Us Tracklisting:

01. Jo
02. Annabel
03. Drew
04. Ulla
05. Alvar
06. Thea
07. Simone
08. Stranger
09. Laurel
10. Clay

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Still Life Still announce new album Mourning Trance on Arts & Crafts, possibly planning extremely polite pop invasion

Leave it to a Canadian band to make emotionally impactful music that is also unerringly polite. Yes, that’s such a cliché thing to say about Canadians, and of course not all of them are constantly apologizing for things that are not their fault, but listening to Still Life Still, it’s hard not to be struck by its inoffensiveness.

Normally that would be a bad thing, but combined with their taste for wistful nostalgia and seemingly heartfelt lyrics, this all seems to be a plot to invade your brain space. Still Life Still’s first song off their new album Mourning Trance may also be the first step in their attempts at not only invading the lyric-storing centers of the brain (the lyricthalmus, for those who don’t know) but also a general invasion of the psychic space of pop music. Watch carefully for the hidden clues in the video for their first single off the album, “Burial Suit,” and you’ll see that this is not just paranoid ramblings.

It leaves so many questions unanswered. How do that many people come out of one room? What the hell kind of hula-hoops are those? Whose wedding is that? Seems like shady dealings, most certainly the kind that are spread by touring. Luckily, for now they have been confined to Canada and the East Coast. But who knows what the future holds. No doubt more will come to light when Mourning Trance is revealed by the Arts & Crafts label on August 20.

Mourning Trance tracklisting:

01. Burial Suit
02. Dancing Spines
03. Mourning Trance
04. Aim and React
05. Werewolves
06. In Enemies
07. Revolving Doors
08. Deer Hologram
09. Thinking About our Plans
10. Hanging With our Family

Live dates:

05.31.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
06.08.13 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
06.09.13 - St. Catharines, ON - SCENE Festival
06.11.13 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
06.12.13 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Room
06.13.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambi
06.14.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.20.13 - New York, NY - Pianos
06.21.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

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The Dead C announce new album Armed Courage on Ba Da Bing Records; guitars everywhere are suddenly “busy that night”

In case you didn’t know, guitars — unlike humans, some birds, and walls in historical buildings — cannot talk. They did not evolve throats like the rest of us, they do not have mouths, and they are not sentient. For the most part they are made of wood. But okay, stick with me for a second, I’m about to do something WILD. I’m going to propose a crazy what-if scenario: what if guitars could talk? That’s a crazy thought, right? It’s not that crazy, actually. With new inanimate objects learning to speak every day, a future in which guitars can yell at you whenever you mess up that sweet riff or play them out of tune is coming up faster than you think.

If that day were today, if guitars were suddenly able to utter whatever was on their tiny tuning peg bedecked minds, I’ve got a feeling I know what they’d be saying. Check it out, The Dead C just announced that they’ve got a new album coming out on Ba Da Bing Records on September 3 of this year, and it follows this year’s split with Rangda. It’s called Armed Courage, and it apparently consists of “two jarring side-long tracks.” Bands like The Dead C, bands that have been around for almost 26 years making raucous free-form experimental noisy guitar music are pretty much the scariest thing to guitars. As a guitar, getting played on a Dead C record is sorta like going to a dentist who actually does all his work on a roller coaster because he’s very inconsiderate and not interested in running a practical business.

Since I’m clearly not a guitar, I’ll go ahead and say I’m stoked about all this. Especially since you can pre-order the album today from the Ba Da Bing website! And there are special pre-order deals where you can get parts of the Dead C back catalog on the cheap! And Dead C guitarist Michael Morley is touring as Gate in September with Godspeed! You Black Emperor! And the band is on the cover of the latest issue of The Wire! Everything is happening all at once! The world feels like an incomprehensible series of lights and sounds!!! This must be what it feels like to be a guitar coming into sentience for the first time!!!!

Gate dates:

09.04.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre *
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater (Musicfest NW) *
09.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
09.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
09.14.13 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre *
09.15.13 - Solana Becah, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.16.13 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre *

* Godspeed! You Black Emperor

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