Lee “Scratch” Perry album Revelation descends from Swiss chalet and into stores on August 10

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These days, reggae and dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry is still as bonkers as ever, only he’s less “hands on” about it. The twisted dub and dancehall tracks he’s glossed his croaky voice over lately often come from the minds of trusted collaborators such as Mad Professor or, as was the case of 2008’s Repentance, Andrew W.K. The Upsetter also has a tendency to stack his sleazy new LPs with extremely disparate guests acts, with contributors ranging from David Tibet and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale to Keith Richards and George Clinton.

For his upcoming record Revelation, due August 10 on Megawave Records, Perry has stuck to the same formula that’s served him so strangely for the past couple of decades. In fact, Richards and Clinton have both hopped back on the Scratch train once again (sadly, no appearance from AWK), the last time being 2008’s derided Scratch Came, Scratch Saw, Scratch Conquered. Recorded at his mountaintop abode in Switzerland (seriously), this time around Perry has enlisted the songwriting assistance of U.K.-based reggae multi-instrumentalist Steve Marshall. The last time these two collaborated resulted in a 2007 Grammy nomination for The End of an American Dream, so here’s hoping they can recapture that same magic that so enthralled the Grammy Reggae Council or whoever decides those types of dumb things.

And if all that record-making weren’t enough (seriously, he releases like four fucking albums a year), here’s a few tourdates just for good measure:

08.17.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
08.18.10 - Boston, MA - Harper’s Ferry
08.19.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
08.20.10 - Stephentown, NY - Bella Terra Festival
08.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction Festival

• Lee “Scratch” Perry: http://www.myspace.com/leescratchperry
• Megawave: http://www.spacewavemusic.com

Get pumped, then get sad, then get pumped again while being sad! Japandroids tour with The Walkmen

Japandroids love to get pumped. If the Vancouver-based duo have released a song that doesn’t sound like the aural equivalent of an endless fist pump, I have yet to hear it. They’re in the midst of putting out five different 7-inches in 2010, and I’d venture to guess that all 10 sides of music deserve at least one fist pump each. Comparatively, The Walkmen seem like complete and utter sad-sacks. Still, those guys can put out a pretty mean fist-pumper of their own (what’s up, “The Rat”?), even if it’s a little angrier, a little sadder than the Japandroids brand of stomper.

This fall, Japandroids and The Walkmen will celebrate their mutual love of the fist pump in the form of a tour that finds the former opening for the latter. Even aside from that particular trip, Japandroids have an awfully busy touring schedule for this year. The duo are currently in the midst of a European tour that lasts halfway through the month. Then, between the two halves of their tour with The Walkmen, the group will play a string of Canadian dates, primarily with countrymen Frog Eyes and PS I Love You. Is their mighty pumpedness resilient enough to handle all this touring? Probably.

Japandroids tourdates:

07.08.10 - Bremen, Germany - Tower
07.09.10 - Rüsselsheim, Germany - Phono Pop Festival
07.10.10 - Trenčín, Slovakia - Trenčín Airport (Pohoda Festival)
07.15.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Vice Mexico Party)
07.24.10 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Lake Island (Hillside Festival)
07.31.10 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Osheaga Festival)
09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Center (Bumbershoot)
09.11.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (Musicfest NW)
09.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box @ The Fonda *
09.17.10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse Music Venue *
09.18.10 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.28.10 - Nelson, BC - Hume Hotel ^
09.30.10 - Banff, AB - Wild Bill’s ^
10.01.10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room ^+
10.02.10 - Regina, SK - Distrikt ^+
10.03.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid +
10.04.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub ^+
10.06.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik ^+
10.08.10 - Victoria, BC - Logan’s $+
10.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre $+
10.14.10 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre *
10.16.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
10.18.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre *
10.19.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
10.20.10 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
10.21.10 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
10.22.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
10.23.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero *

* The Walkmen
^ Frog Eyes
+ PS I Love You
$ Ladyhawk

• Japandroids: http://japandroids.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

I’m always saying that such and such show would be great to get high and go to, but you should really get high and go to this show: Sleep announce fall tour

There are plenty of people out there who are always trying to tell you that your experience on drugs will be “way better” if you just do a certain activity, eat a specific food, or spend your time listening to a special album. I’m guilty of this, as one of my favorite things to recommend as an enhancer is to watch a great band live. I’ve seen some great bands while I was really fucking high, and I totally recommend the experience.

Now the important part: do you want to see a really awesome band that would be totally dope to see while high? Well, then I recommend seeing the recently reunited Sleep, who will be heading out on a North American tour where they will be playing their 1993 Holy Mountain album, as well as selections from Dopesmoker (which ranked at #61 on our favorite albums of the last decade). I will be taking massive bong rips before heading out to the show.

Sleep practically created the “stoner metal” genre and released two awesome albums that are also great enhancers for psychedelic experiences. Dopesmoker is a fucking dope album, and it makes my brain boil with monolithic guitars, plenty of distortion, and hilarious/awesome lyrics about priests smoking pot to communicate with God. Which is what I do every day before work!

Anyway, this fall, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike (who went on to form Om and High on Fire, respectively) will be teaming up with Jason Roeder of Neurosis to blow your fucking brains out with mega-metal. Seriously, get high and go to this show, you’ll thank me.

Sleep 2010 U.S. tour:

09.03.10 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrow’s Parties
09.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
09.08.10 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple *
09.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium *
09.10.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.11.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW
09.12.10 - San Fancisco, CA - Regency Ballroom

* Lichens

• Sleep: http://www.myspace.com/rifffilledland

Ottawa’s Bluesfest 2010 kicks off next week

The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest is back again this year with another ridiculously long lineup and duration time. We’re talking nearly two straight weeks of outdoor (and under a tent) music, featuring over 230 artists in what’s normally a sleepy town filled with federal government employees and the occasional shiftless layabout.

Ottawa’s Bluesfest had a humble beginning in 1994, attracting a few thousand people and some notable names from the blues canon, including Clarence Clemons. Over the years, the organizers realized that by adding big names that had only a passing (or non-existent) connection to the blues they could sell more tickets. As a result, Bob Dylan, Built to Spill, Snoop Dogg, Gogol Bordello, Brian Wilson, The White Stripes, Manu Chao, the Handsome Furs (pictured above), and Ornette Coleman have all passed through here at some point. 2010 sees the addition of Carlos Santana, Iron Maiden, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, and RUSH to the evergrowing list. You read that right, goddamned RUSH.

The festival runs from July 6-18 and has added comedy shows to its lineup for the first time. Lewis Black, Louis C.K., and Wayne Brady are the big names, with a slew of other comedians performing every night. Look forward to full coverage from TMT, as both David Nadelle and I will be hoping to take in another brilliant performance by That 1 Guy.

• Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest: http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca

Serena-Maneesh prep split 12-inch with Fucked Up, head out on ultimate summer European party tour!!!!

Serena-Maneesh sure are spending a lot of time in France this summer. Hmm… summer European tour, or devious Norwegian plan to annex the country that gave us the Gainsbourg family, striped shirts, and delicious, buttery SNAILS? Okay, probably the former.

Whilst the shoegaze group is rockin’ festivals across the Old World in support of their newish S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor (TMT Review), a very special, newer release is being planned. Literally, the band will release five white doves representing Western civilization’s best hopes for the future.* Okay, no, that’s not true, but what is true is that the band is releasing, come August 12, a split 12-inch with Fucked Up! Norwegian/Canadian label Best of Both Records is pressing only 1,000 of these puppies, with S-M doing a track called “Opium Priest” and Fucked Up doing a saucy little number called “Here Lies Are.” That’s exciting, right? At least five times more exciting than releasing some sad, hostage doves.

* In accordance, the doves have been named Katy Perry, Snooki, Bieber Fever, John McCain, and Stimulus Package.

07.02.10 - Aust-Agder, Norway - Hovefestivalen Tromøya
07.03.10 - Belfort, France - Festival Les Eurockéennes
07.16.10 - Hainaut, Belgium - Dour Festival Dour
07.17.10 - Vestland, Norway - Softelandrock Os
07.24.10 - Riberac, France - Le Grand Souk Festival
07.31.10 - Møre, Norway - Sommerfesten Giske
08.11.10 - Oslo, Norway - Øyafestivalen
08.13.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Saint Malo, France - Festival La Route Du Rock
09.04.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09.10.10 - Klub Wytorna, Poland - Soundit Festival
09.16.10 - Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Center
09.18.10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.19.10 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat

• Serena-Maneesh: http://www.serena-maneesh.com
• Best of Both: http://bestofbothrecords.com

Arab on Radar reunite to bring that old noise magic back

You know how sometimes a band will reunite and you’ll have that one magical night where you get to see them perform live after many years away? And then they go on, on to the next city, never to return, just out of your life forever in the blink of an eye? Well, Arab on Radar wouldn’t do that to you, girl. Arab on Radar was gone, but baby, please, they are back for good. How do I know this? They’ve got a new album in the works, American tour dates up the wazoo, and a European jaunt planned for 2011. This is what “back and better than ever” feels like… ohhh yeahhhh.

Arab on Tour:

07.02.10 - Easthampton, MA - The Flywheel
07.03.10 - Providence, RI - AS220
07.10.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Dudefest
07.24.10 - Baltimore, MD - Whartscape 2010
07.30.10 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
07.31.10 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
08.06.10 - Montreal, QC - Lambi
08.07.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
08.08.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
09.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Eagle Tavern
09.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Sex
09.04.10 - La Jolla, CA - Che Café
09.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
09.06.10 - Mexicali, Mexico - Bar Monaco

• Arab on Radar: http://arabonradar.info

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