Mark McGuire makes the rest of us feel lackadaisical by releasing yet another album on Editions Mego

Mark McGuire makes the rest of us feel lackadaisical by releasing yet another album on Editions Mego

Mark McGuire makes me feel like a lazy bum — which I am for the most part, but for real, Mark, chill out a little bit, quit making the rest of us feel so bad about our lack of productivity. The guy is a couple years my junior and has already released a slew of CD-Rs and tapes to measure up to almost a lifetime’s worth of musical accomplishment. I, for one, have given up on trying to keep up with all the musical fuzz he’s putting out there, because I’m lazy. Luckily for me (and my fellow lazy asses), Emeralds’ Mark McGuire will be releasing a compilation album comprised of rare and hard-to-find tracks from cassette and CD-R releases throughout the past few years.

A Young Person’s Guide to Mark McGuire will be released by Editions Mego on May 10 and was compiled by the label’s frontman Peter “Pita” Rehberg. As an added bonus to you drone nerds out there, Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) fame will be doing the design and layout duties for the release. With all that said, I’m now going to consider doing something worthwhile with my life, but probably won’t.

A Young Person’s Guide to Mark Mcguire tracklist:

Disc 1:

01. Dream Team (from 2008 Dream Team CD-R on Wagon)
02. The Marfa Lights (from 2009 A Pocket Full of Rain 2xCS/CD-R on Pizza Night/Wagon)
03. Clague Woods (from 2007 Patterns of Development CD-R on Wagon)
04. Slipstreams (from 2007 Patterns of Development CD-R on Wagon)
05. Stranger Than Paradise (from 2009 Stranger Than Paradise business-card CD-R on Everybody Else Has a Record Label, So Why Can’t I?)
06. Flight (from 2007 Patterns of Development CD-R on Wagon)
07. Ghosts Around the Tree (from 2007 Patterns of Development CD-R on Wagon)
08. The Path Lined with Colorful Stones (from 2008 Light Movement 2xCS/CD-R on Wagon)
09. The Wind on the Winding Road, pt. 2 (from 2008/2009 Open Chords CS/CD-R on Pizza Night/High Spirits)

Disc 2:

01. Radio Flyer (from 2009 A Pocket Full of Rain 2xCS/CD-R on Pizza Night/Wagon)
02. Icy Windows (from 2010 Between Family CS on Wagon)
03. The Lonesome Foghorn Blows (from 2009 A Pocket Full of Rain 2xCS/CD-R on Pizza Night/Wagon)
04. Time Is Flying (from 2010 tour split CS w/ Sam Goldberg on Pizza Wagon)
05. Sun Shining through the Open Barn Door (from 2009 A Pocket Full of Rain 2xCS/CD-R on Pizza Night/Wagon)
06. Explosion Alarm (from 2009 Losing Sleep CD-R on Wagon)
07. Sick Chemistry (from 2009 A Pocket Full of Rain 2xCS/CD-R on Pizza Night/Wagon)
08. Skies (from 2008 Light Movement 2xCS/CD-R on Wagon)
09. Over the Water (from 2010 Between Family CS on Wagon)
10. The Invisible World (from 2010 The Invisible World CS on Cylindrical Habitat Modules)
11. Inside Where It’s Warm (from 2010 Things Fall Apart CD-R on Wagon)

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Battles, Les Savy Fav, and Caribou unite to make ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas 3x as scarily awesome

Like a modern day Power Rangers/Chronicles of Narnia/other-thing-where-people/lions-join-forces-to-do-stuff, ATP has announced that the trifecta of Battles, Les Savy Fav, and Caribou are teaming up to curate the annual Nightmare Before Christmas festival in Minehead, England. Wrap your mind around this: each band gets to curate their own day.

The festival runs from December 9-11, 2011, and Les Savy Fav get first dibs on Friday, Battles get Saturday, and Caribou takes Sunday, the day everyone’s hungover. (Or if you’re me, that day is today. Ugh.) Like every year, ATP’s Nightmare goes down at the Butlin’s resort. The lineup this time around includes 45 musical acts, and although details are scant, it promises to be a diverse weekend full of seaside charm, delightful performances and, of course, teamwork. It’s like a living Successories poster over there at ATP HQ. Tickets are on sale as of yesterday through

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Craft Spells announce new album Idle Labor, drink magic potions on tour

Craft Spells are poised to be the newest chill-glo-lo-wave-fi band to capture your attention this year, but before they were being written about on esteemed music sites, such as the one you’re currently reading, they were struggling to get people to notice them. Luckily, their name isn’t Craft Spells for no reason, and they were able to convince the guys behind Captured Tracks to drink a special potion (similar to the one Charlie Sheen is currently on) and put out their first album Idle Labor on March 29. Further spells were cast on Beach Fossils and thus they agreed to let the band have the opening spot on their upcoming spring tour. Double double toil and chillwave, brah.

Idle Labor tracklisting:

01. For the Ages
02. Scandinavian Crush
03. The Fog Rose High
04. Party Talk
05. From the Morning Heat
06. After the Moment
07. Ramona
08. Given the Time
09. Your Tomb
10. You Should Close the Door
11. Beauty Above All

Craft(ing) Spells on the road:

04.07.11 - Stony Brook, NY - University Cafe (Stony Brook University) *
04.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04.09.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glassands ^
04.13.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
04.14.11 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
04.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas *
04.18.11 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House *
04.19.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
04.20.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour *
04.21.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
04.24.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
04.25.11 - State College, PA - Chronic Town *
04.27.11 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
05.01.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
05.02.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
05.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
05.04.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door *
05.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slims *
05.06.11 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *
05.07.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
05.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club *

* Beach Fossils
^ Cloud Nothings

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Pitchfork Music Fest reveals magical lineup; Ryan Schreiber to headline Sunday, reading 15 “classic reviews”

In the distant future, it will be summer. A time without snow, where Friday night doesn’t mean, “Eh, it’s cold out. I’m just gonna sit around and work through my Netflix queue,” a time when your coworkers won’t say “Cold enough out there for ya?” And when that magical time comes, so shall the Pitchfork Music Festival. As always, the fest takes place in Chicago’s Union Park and the lineup includes 40 mysteeeeeerious artists, some of which are being revealed TODAY!

From July 15-17, you’ll be able to bask in the unrivaled glory of TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, The Dismemberment Plan, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Destroyer, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, James Blake, OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), Das Racist, Kylesa, Curren$y, Woods, Yuck, and Sun Airway. More acts will be announced as the date approaches. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Pitchfork Festival website. Single-day tickets are available for $45, or you can spend the entire weekend soaking up hot jams and hot weather for $110. Insider tip: this ish sells out fast, so be aware. The more you know, right?

Friday, July 15:
Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist

Saturday, July 16:
Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Sun Airway

Sunday, July 17:
TV on the Radio
Cut Copy

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Fat Possum signs Bass Drum of Death; band is latest to write extremely confident press releases

Fat Possum Records are happy to announce that they have signed Bass Drum of Death, a two-piece from Mississippi, and will release their debut album GB City on April 12; the band are also gaining attention for their use of the highly popular marketing device, the “Extremely Confident Press Release.” A popular way to grab the attention of record store clerks, news writers, and bloggers, the “Extremely Confident Press Release” has seen a rise in usage since the digital age began and bands had to fight harder for attention. At the same time we talk about Bass Drum of Death, we would like to explore the “Extremely Confident Press Release.”

The “Extremely Confident Press Release” is easily distinguished by its “smash you in the face”-style remarks that attempt to push the band’s abilities to Herculean levels. Once getting past the standard press release openers of location and instruments, the band got straight to their extreme confidence and offered this quote: “Together [the band] make blown-out, blazing songs.” Whille seemingly innocent, this early performance-booster is merely the first nibble in a feeding frenzy.

Bass Drum of Death next offered this assessment of their prowess: “He [band member John] wrote and recorded the whole record himself using just a drumset, a guitar, a usb microphone, a computer, and a shitload of talent.” The band, who sound like a mixture of energetic 60s pop and fuzzed-out 90s distortion, wisely used the “Extremely Confident Press Release” to talk about the minimalism of the album’s recording, because everyone knows that minimal recording is dope.

In perhaps the band’s most confident moment they used the “Extremely Confident Press Release” to describe the entirety of the album with a super-special device known as the “Kick-Ass Two Sentence Boil-Down.” This is what the band came up with: “The songs are about drugs, trying to make it with religious girls, panic attacks, stealing stuff, mild to severe depression, Elvis appearing in your dreams and giving you advice, gravity bongs and the devil living inside your brain. This record is the soundtrack playing in your head when you’re fucked up and walking home in the middle of the night.”

Let’s step back for a moment and marvel at this spectacular use of the “Extremely Confident Press Release” and allow the band to have a moment of your time: “South by South-West shows are confirmed and will be announced shortly, a super-limited vinyl pressing will be released by Inflated Records, buy our album on April 12, and we are the best band ever.”

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Joan of Arc morph into simplified quartet, prep Life Like, tour in May; still haven’t achieved sainthood

Chicago-based, newly-Christened quartet Joan of Arc have gone ahead and made things a little easier on everyone. Gone are the days of extensive contributors, noisy interruptions, and foolhardy electronic meandering. Joan of Arc are a new beast, one that craves unique simplicity. The first step toward this new day is the recent announcement from Polyvinyl that Joan of Arc have quietly added guitarist/BFF Victor Villarreal (Cap’n Jazz, Ghosts and Vodka, Owls) to the fold for the band’s new LP, Life Like, due May 10 in the usual formats (and very limited blue cassettes!). Villarreal will join life-long Joan of Arc frontman Tim Kinsella, bassist Bobby Burg, and drummer Theo Katsaounis as the newly downsized functioning unit.

The new nine-track LP was recorded in five days following a rigorous 20-date European tour, and was produced by Windy City buddy Steve Albini at his famed Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. You can listen to a single from the album, “Love Life,” over at the album’s pre-order page (conveniently). Joan of Arc are set to play three days at this year’s SXSW Festival in mid-March, and then will begin a proper tour of the States in May.

Life Like tracklist:

01. I Saw the Messed Blinds of My Generation
02. Love Life
03. Like Minded
04. Life Force
05. Night Life Style
06. Howdy Pardoner
07. Still Life
08. Deep State
09. After Life


03.16.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
05.04.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.06.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.07.11 - Bozeman, MT - Zebra Cocktail Lounge
05.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
05.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05.14.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.16.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.17.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.19.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.20.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05.21.11 - Fayetteville, AR - JR’s Lightbulb Club

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