Marissa Nadler tours this fall, sells stuff on awesome Etsy site

Marissa Nadler tours this fall, sells stuff on awesome Etsy site

Wandering Appalachian forest wraith Marissa Nadler has saddled up the old mule, brushed the dust off her melancholy boots, and thrown several dozen copies of her new self-titled, self-released album (TMT Review) into a hobo sack, setting off once more on the winding backroads of rural America and Canada to bring music, sadness, and pure, soul-stirring beauty to fans across the land. Then, come fall, she’ll hit up an end-of-summer sale at Target and buy some floaty wings for the mule so that together they might drift over to Northern Europe to do more of the same. (How else would they get there? Obviously you cannot take a mule on a plane. Even an olde-tyme one.) Along the way, she’ll be repping her aforementioned self-titled full-length, which came out earlier this summer on the lady’s own Box of Cedar Records. The album was financed via fan contributions on everyone’s favorite dreammaker, Kickstarter, and has been racking up accolades from the good people at Spin and Pitchfork and us.

Because, for all the Southern Gothic, homespun quality of her output, Ms. Nadler’s musical career has a full on 21st-century web presence. Kickstarter! A spiffy new video to “Alabaster Queen” by artist Joana Linda available on YouTube! An Etsy page chock full of original artwork and hand-painted records! What? An Etsy page chock full of original artwork and hand-painted records? Yes! Exactly! You can get a CD of Marissa Nadler’s interpretations of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Radiohead, and Daniel Johnston! You can buy a customized art pillow that helps fund the next Marissa Nadler album! Isn’t technology wonderful? Yes, in this case yes yes yesyesyesssss, but of course, listening to the lonely strains of Ms. Nadler’s gently weeping guitar live and in person, well, the internet is no stand-in for the delightful experience of seeing Ms. Nadler in your very own hometown, whether it’s Milwaukee or Helsinki.


09.09.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.10.11 - Boston, MA - Bright Music Hall
09.11.11 - Montreal, QC - Sala
09.13.11 - Toronto, ON - Elmo
09.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Inn
09.16.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
09.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
10.04.11 - London, UK - Bush Hall
10.06.11 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
10.07.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich/Turmzimmer
10.08.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark- Pumpehuset
10.09.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.10.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Hendriksberg
10.11.11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
10.12.11 - Bergen, Norway - Perfect Sounds Forever
10.14.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
10.15.11 - Turku, Finland - Dynamo
10.16.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja

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Factory Records rarities and dance remixes reissued by Strut, re-danced to by dancers

Few record labels have been as lionized, as movie-ized, as straight up sanctified as Manchester’s Factory Records. The purveyors of some of England’s finest post-punk and acid house became synonymous with the so-called Madchester scene during the late 1980s/early 1990s, but wouldn’t ya know it? there’s more to ol’ Factory Records than the well-known Tony Wilson, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, New Order story. And what better way to relate that story than in a two-CD/LP (your choice) compilation? Come on. There is no better way IN THE ENTIRE WORLD than a classic two-CD/LP compilation. (Unless it’s 24 Hour Party People as interpreted by cats, but this seems unlikely.)

Fortunately, our friends at Strut Records have gone through the digging, the sifting, cat wrangling, and rights gathering, etc. to create FAC.DANCE, a collection of Factory’s lesser-known, more dance-oriented bands’ 12-inch mixes and rarities recorded in the years of our Lord 1980-1987. The people at Strut see your A Certain Ratio and they’ll raise you a Quando Quango. Yeah, they’ll give you The Durutti Column, but how about a Section 25 megamix? You want a megamix? They’ll GIVE YOU a megamix, complete with liner notes by Bill Brewster of On October 11, specifically, that’s when they’ll give it to you. You know what else they’ll give you on October 11? A BRAIN EXPLOSION. Yeah, that’s right, your brain will literally explode. ‘Cuz if you think you knew Factory Records before… well, as they say, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

CD 1 tracklisting:

01. Section 25, “Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)”
02. A Certain Ratio, “Wild Party”
03. Quando Quango, “Love Tempo”
04. 52nd Street, “Express”
05. Swamp Children, “Little Voices”
06. Biting Tongues, “Boss Toyota Trouble”
07. The Durutti Column, “For Belgian Friends”
08. Royal Family & The Poor, “Art on 45”
09. A Certain Ratio, “Knife Slits Water (12-inch version)”
10. Section 25, “Dirty Disco”
11. Blurt, “Puppeteer”
12. X-O-Dus, “See Them-A-Come”

CD 2 tracklisting:

01. New Order, “Confusion (Original 12-inch mix)”
02. Shark Vegas, “Pretenders of Love”
03. 52nd Street, “Cool as Ice (Jellybean Mix)”
04. Streetlife, “Act on Instinct (Hot Swedish Mix)”
05. The Hood, “Salvation! (Nitromix)”
06. Abecedarians, “Smiling Monarchs”
07. Quando Quango, “Atom Rock (Mark Kamins Mix)”
08. Marcel King, “Reach for Love (New York Remix)”
09. 52nd Street, “Look into My Eyes”
10. Quando Quango, “Genius”
11. Swamp Children, “You’ve Got Me Beat”
12. The Durutti Column, “Madeleine”

Digital-only bonus tracks:

01. Minny Pops, “Time”
02. Kalima, “Black Water”
03. Royal Family & The Poor, “Motherland”

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The Rapture announce US tour, but what does it mean for you as a homeowner? Find out within!

Nearly 10 years ago, The Rapture envisioned a scene horrifying to any American home owner: a house occupied entirely by jealous lovers. How would all these jealous lovers affect the equity? Or the assessed value? Or a third real estate term that I know nothing about? Regardless, the thought of all these jealous lovers and their exchange of hands has long chilled me to the bone. Somehow, The Rapture have managed to move on from their frightening future vision. They’re even going on a big US tour, which begins next month. Well, actually, I guess it begins at the end of this month, with a single show in New York City. But a month shall pass between that date and the next, so the word “begins” in that context means as much as the phrase “subordinate financing” means to me in any context. By the way, thank you, list of real estate terminology.

While The Rapture will surely play — shudder — “House of Jealous Lovers” and plenty of other classics, they will also surely be playing plenty off forthcoming new record In The Grace of Your Love. That particular record marks their return to the DFA label and comes out September 6. First single “How Deep Is Your Love” has been kicking around the internet for a second and you can download it right here, as long as you’re willing to part with an email address. Actually, I guess you get to keep the address, but you know what I mean.

The Rapture dates:

08.20.11 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.22.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.23.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
09.25.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
09.27.11 - Columbus, OH - TBD
09.28.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
09.29.11 - Minneapolis, MN - The Varsity
10.01.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
10.03.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
10.04.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.07.11 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
10.08.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Sound Factory
10.10.11 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
10.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.12.11 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10.13.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.17.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.18.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beachem Theatre
10.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur

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Live from New York! It’s Radiohead on Saturday Night Live!

Saturday Night Live, everyone’s favorite live-improv show on Saturday nights, and Radiohead, everyone’s favorite newspaper-publishing Britons, have reached an agreement and will soon be scratching each other’s backs.

According to various reports and press releases, Radiohead will perform on SNL’s 37th season premiere, scheduled for September 24, along with host Alec Baldwin, who will be appearing for a record-breaking 16th time. Radiohead, who have been trying extremely hard lately to reach a wider audience, are hoping that Saturday Night Live’s history of turning unknowns into stars (such as Pat, Rob Schneider, Fishbone, and Horatio Sanz) will help them finally crossover and become a hit with US audiences. On the flipside, Saturday Night Live are hoping they can be cool again, cuz let’s face it, Seth Meyers just ain’t doin’ it.

“I’m (as in me, Alec Baldwin) really looking forward to the show and to Radiohead’s unique brand of “Electro-Depression.” It should be really fun,” said host Alec Baldwin as he prepared his lunch with a Tracy Jordan Meat Machine. Meat is the new bread!

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Warp Records entire backstock destroyed in PIAS fire

In the aftermath of Trish Keenan’s death earlier this year, I was wandering around Amoeba Music looking at music, and decided to pick up an out-of-print copy of The Noise Made By People, Broadcast’s LP debut, as a sort of penitence for never listening to them prior to that. It was well worth the 20 dollars, for it was some of the finest music I have listened to in a long time (I could go into detail, but this is a news story). Depressingly, I lost the CD due to the careless efforts of a certain person at my apartment, who didn’t bother to look into his receiver when he took it back without warning a couple months ago.

I’ll admit, talking about this is quite petty, but it makes me even more depressed and livid to think of this act of carelessness in light of a recent press release from Warp — Broadcast’s label. As some of you are aware, one of the largest casualties of the London riots instigated by some middle-class gangsters was the Sony DADC warehouse in North London that also housed PIAS’ main distribution hub. As we noted, Warp was among 150+ labels hurt by the total destruction of the warehouse, but only now has the label proclaimed the extent of the damage. In a press release, the label announced that their entire backstock, spanning the 21+ years of their existence, was destroyed in the fire. In immediate terms, this means that Battles’ next single, “My Machines” featuring Gary Numan, will not be available for physical release on August 15 (today), though it is still available for digital release. (Upcoming albums from Rustie, Plaid, and CANT are still being manufactured, and remain mostly unaffected.)

The bigger problem, as noted by the press release, is the rest of the backstock, including releases by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Plaid, and (of course) Broadcast that may have been out of print for some time. While Warp is currently attempting to recoup some of the losses through creating new stock and recovering stock from its international distributors, the label unfortunately acknowledges that “some releases may never be available physically again.”

Again, you can help out labels affected by the fire in various ways, which we’ve listed here. Until then…

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Independent labels now have 31.2% market share on 2011 album sales, as long as you look at it through frosted glass on uppers

Surprise! Nielsen SoundScan has dropped some figures on US album sales in the first six months of 2011, and it turns out that indie labels collectively account for 31.2% of album sales, a larger market share than any of the four major labels! I think what this means is that Kommissar Hjuler und Frau’s new album on Feeding Tube is going to out-perform Watch the Throne on Q3 SoundScan results… right?

Not exactly. This 31.2% figure is a huge jump from the last SoundScan report, and it’s because they’ve reworked the analysis after being put in a headlock by the American Association of Independent Music over how they calculate market share. Until now, indie labels that distributed their albums through groups owned by majors have had their album sales count toward that major’s share. A SoundScan report from just one month ago listed indie market share at 12.57%, so the new calculations that take into account label ownership increase the little guys’ clout considerably.

To summarize, indie album sales are way up, but over half of them are due to distribution deals with the majors. In other news, we’re all free to pursue our dreams independently, provided we do so within a toxic, alienating environment that offers agency as the seed of complacency and later reaps the reward of our ragged, strung-out souls at first dawning of the blood-red harvest moon. Have a great weekend everybody!