From a galaxy far, far away comes Lil Jabba’s debut LP

From a galaxy far, far away comes Lil Jabba's debut LP

In the near, near future, in a galaxy far, far away (England), Lil Jabba’s debut LP Scales will burst forth like a new star bursting forth out of a cloud of dust and pixie magic and whatever else is involved in stars being formed. (The NASA website was too long for a lazy person to read, although it does include awesome sections like “Stars and Their Fates” and “From the Remains, New Stars Arise,” which is coincidentally the name for my new screamo band. I just formed this band in response to reading this NASA webpage.) Anyway, Brooklyn/Baltimore-based, Australian-born experimental footwork dude Lil Jabba has this new LP coming out on London’s Local Action as a vinyl/digital release on July 1.

Affiliated with Chicago’s Teklife crew (DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, and friends), Jabba is the type of guy who’s into limited cassette releases, bike gangs, and creating visual art. Some of the tracks on Scales have been previously released on cassette, some of them have been introduced to fans via THE INTERNET, much like his past material. You know how it is. The album can be pre-ordered online, and you can preview an album track below. The digital release includes two bonus tracks: “Cavern” and “Spektor.”

Scales tracklisting:

01. Red Current
02. Cavern
03. Maven
04. Raiders
05. Loki
06. Echinacea
07. Tomorrow
08. Gorgon
09. Station North
10. Spektor
11. Precision
12. Serum

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Steve Albini mutters some facts about the new Shellac record from the comfort of his coveralls

So, I think I’m on the right side of history when I say, “I want more albums to be announced in the form of awkward video interviews.” Boy howdy do I want more albums to be announced in the form of awkward video interviews!! I mean, for one, since they’re more visual than blog posts and press releases (duh!) it’ll let us all get a good look at our favorite artists, coveralls, unidentified beverages, and all. What’s more, since there’s not much to be done with videos aside from posts saying, “Here look at this,” it’ll free up some time in my schedule for things like sleeping and learning to love myself more honestly. Awkward video interviews are the goddamn future.

Since we all know Steve Albini is so invested in the future, it should come as no surprise that he’s on the avant garde as far as awkward video album release announcements go (omg! do you think the video camera that the interviewer used was digital??). As you can see below, you’ve got eight whole minutes of uncomfortable silences, odd misunderstandings, and vague responses from the man himself to look forward to. And that all comes after what I imagine was a protracted period in which Albini insisted on setting up several room mics to capture the “natural sound of [his] voice” for the video.

For being eight minutes long, though, the video actually announces very little (I can’t help but wonder: is this a sign of things to come? I look forward to a 30-minute extravaganza in which a band like, I don’t know, Vampire Weekend announces little more than the existence of an announcement). As of yet, the album has no title, and no release date, though it will likely be put out by the zombie of Touch & Go. No artwork yet either, but when the artwork comes, it will almost definitely be better than anything Uriah Heep ever made. There will be nine, or maybe eight, possibly 10, no probably just nine songs on it, and one of them will be a song about how humans are monkeys called “Dude, Incredible” (could also be “Dude Incredible” sans comma. The one downside to videos is the clues you get re: comma placement are pretty scant; it could be “,,,Dude,, Incredible,,,,,” for all I know). Shellac’s also doing a few dates in Europe right around now. If you’re nearby, I recommend catching the shows so you too can have the chance to argue with Mr. Albini regarding whether or not he’s played at certain venues if you ever interview run in to him at Whole Foods.


05.19.13 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Wien Open Air
05.22-26.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.26.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
05.27.13 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
05.28.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Übel & Gefährlich
05.29.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain/Panorama Bar
05.30.13-06.01.13 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Festival

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Lauryn Hill receives three-month prison sentence from big government robber barons

So, if you’re like me (and I really hope you are because I feel very alone right now) you’ve been following this whole Lauryn Hill tax evasion story closer than a Joy Division reference. You’ve also no doubt seen our previous coverage of the developments in which our Liz Louche loosely compared the folks at Sony to the likes of the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus. Well, now the story’s changed and I’ve got one thing to say: Santa Claus is dead and we have killed him.

Okay, I’ve actually got a couple more things to say than that, but most of them are about how Sony are a bunch of jerks, and how, with all due respect, I’m gonna have to go ahead and disagree with Liz Louche about the whole Santa Claus/fairy godparents connection (actually, fwiw, I’m starting to wonder if corporate record labels really only care about money, and not at all about the smiles that may or may not light up our little faces come Christmas/Easter/Monday morning).

First, according to the Associated Press, it turns out Lauryn Hill is going to prison after all, despite her recently inked deal with Sony. She’ll spend three months in prison and an additional three months in “home confinement.” #thanksSony, am I right? I mean, it’s not her fault she got a little “mis-educated” about tax policy. You had one job, Sony! Geez. It gets worse though. Apparently the corporate suits at Sony are forcing Ms. Hill to fulfill her five-song contract EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT STOP UNCLE SAM FROM SENDING HER TO THE CLINK. Un-freaking-real! I’ll even bet the bigwigs at Sony are in bed with some of the mediumwigs at the IRS, trying to squeeze every last ounce of creative and monetary blood, sweat, and tears out of her. For her part, Ms. Hill is exuding all sorts of rebellious energy, throwing off the shackles of corporate control the best way she knows how: by adding a parenthetical onto the title of her song, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix).” Get it! You can find her note about the song on her Facebook, and purchase the song from iTunes.

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Boyd Rice and Cold Cave announce tour; maybe they’ll change things up this time and wear Hawaiian shirts?

Boyd Rice gets around like a cat in heat. He’s worked with everyone up to and including Frank Tovey, Coil, Chris and Cosey, and David Tibet. Now he is teaming with Wes Eisold of Cold Cave to bring doom, gloom, and that wonderful brew of industrial he does so well to exactly 10 cities in North America.


Really, here’s hoping this is the tour he finally pulls out all the stops and goes full Tiki. No more black curtains, hyper-bright aggressive spotlights, and ambiguous use of Nazi imagery. It’s time for little wooden Tiki idols, Hawaiian shirts, and Zombies with little fiddly umbrellas in them. His synthesizer will be covered in dashboard hula girls that’ll be rocking out right along with him. Maybe he can draw little pentagrams on their tummies, just to keep all parties satisfied. I don’t know if all this would fit with his most recent album, Back to Mono, which I’d imagine is the focus of this tour, but a boy can dream. Maybe dreaming hard enough will get us all an appearance by The Rock Cats.

Boyd Rice/NON June tourdates:

06.14.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
06.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works
06.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Morgan’s Pier
06.20.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
06.22.13 - Columbus, OH - Skullys Music Diner
06.24.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.25.13 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at The Crofoot
06.26.13 - Toronto, ON - The Shop at Parts & Labor
06.28.13 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear’s
06.29.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent

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Mac DeMarco announces summer US/Canada tour, shares new video imbued with creep-magic

A new era is upon us. The old ways no longer make sense. The stars no longer chart our courses. A new animal had to be added to the Chinese Zodiac, that’s how CRAZY shit is getting. That new animal is gap-toothed rock ‘n’ roll charmer Mac DeMarco, the Montreal weirdo pop madman who has been steadily conquering the supple, pliant, silky eardrums of music fans everywhere, a man who’s basically the living, walking, breathing embodiment of a Tiger Beat cover from Hell. He’s partying with snakes and tigers and rats and what-have-you, turning fortune cookies into cookie DUST with one fateful strum of his guitar. And now this wild, flannel-loving genius is coming to a town near you, and you, and YOU! Yes, even you, Saskatchewan. It is a new era indeed.

Mac’s hitting the road this summer for an epic US/Canada tour, featuring stops at Halifax, Nova Scotia’s OBEY Festival, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, Calgary’s Sled Island Festival, Quebec City’s Summer Festival (someone take me to this, it sounds Frenchified and wonderful), and wrapping up at Chicago’s Pitchfork Fest. Dude just finished a huge tour with Phoenix, so you know his tourin’ shoes are still tap-tap-tapping at the door to get out again. Until that first June tour date, however, fans will have the creepy magic of the Alex Lill-directed video for “My Kind of Woman” to keep them warm (or chilled, depending on how you respond to DeMarco’s crazed Joker eyes and spidery mascara.)


06.06.13 - Halifax, NS - OBEY Festival
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (Panache Northside Festival Showcase) *
06.14.13 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
06.15.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.16.13 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording
06.18.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.20.13 - Calgary, AB- Sled Island Festival
06.21.13 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
06.22.13 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
06.24.13 - Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
06.25.13 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
06.26.13 - Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
06.27.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
06.28.13 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin
06.29.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
06.30.13 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
07.13.13 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle (Quebec City Summer Festival)
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

* White Fence, Walter TV

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Deerhunter announce tons of tourdates to support some new punk album I read about on NPR

You’re never going to believe this, readers, but the Atlanta-based “dirty-southern” punk band Deerhunter just had the best idea that anyone’s ever had! (I’m pretty sure Bradford Cox either thought of it himself or cleverly appropriated it from an idea jointly hatched at some historically significant moment in rock’s past by Iggy Pop and John Cage). See, they had a new album come out yesterday, and on the SAME DAY, they announced a gigantic tour of Europe, North America, and beyond for the next thousand months that starts pretty much next week!

Don’t you see the genius here? Now they can play music from the new record AT these live shows, thereby simultaneously increasing the likelihood that a) fans who don’t own the record will be won over by what they hear and see from the stage and proceed to purchase it based on the positive concert experience they’ve just had; and b) fans who arrive at the show having previously purchased the album will have their affinity for certain tracks reinforced by experiencing the presumably more visceral and immediate “live versions” of those tracks, thereby sorta “sealing the deal,” as it were, on those fans’ general, you know, geeked-out love of Deerhunter. In other words, they’ve found a way to LITERALLY turn commerce on its METAPHORICAL EAR and impregnate that ear with John Lennon’s frozen semen to create a true post-historical Gesamtkunstwerk of Art-commerce metafusion! Well, the whole idea is actually all a little more “Berlin” than that, but you get the idea.

Deerhunter dates (I know a lot of these sound suspiciously like venues, but trust me, they are all garages):

05.18.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko Le Guess Who Festival
05.20.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
05.21.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
05.22.13 - Paris, France - La Trianon
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.30.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.07-09.13 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06.21-23.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP Festival
08.23.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08.27.13 - Sacramento, CA - Hawlow’s
08.30.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
08.31.13 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
08.31-09-02.13 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.03-08.13 - Portland, OR - Music Fest Northwest
09.06.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban
09.07.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
09.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
09.10.13 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
09.11.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland
09.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.13.13 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.16.13 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.21.13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
09.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender

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