Mekons announce release date for their 1,234,977th album, schedule smattering of “An Evening with The Mekons” tourdates

Mekons announce release date for their 1,234,977th album, schedule smattering of "An Evening with The Mekons" tourdates

Quick! Name your favorite Mekons record! One… two… three. Quick! Name five Mekons records! Name 10 Mekons records! Now name 15 Mekons records! (We’re talking full-length studios, too.) The Mekons are one of those bands that, in the course of their 30-odd-year history, have recorded something for everybody — post-punk to country tribute, anyway — and this year, they’re releasing yet another album!

Their (wait for it) 26th album, perhaps self-conciously entitled Ancient & Modern, comes out September 27 on Sin Records. Listen to featured track, “Space In Your Face,” here. For all you young kids, if you’re feeling too overwhelmed to try to get into The Mekons now, don’t worry: you’re not the only person who feels like looking through a 10-page beer list and only knowing Stella Artois. A new documentary, Revenge of The Mekons, is currently in production and is vaguely slated to be released later this year, so even if you don’t entirely bone up by September, you’ll know what you’re talking about come next spring, when you see the film/finish the discography.

Check out the as-of-yet finalized tourdates after the tracklist, which come with your choice of beer or liquor, and The Mekons acoustic or electrified.

Ancient & Modern tracklisting:

01. Warm Summer Sun
02. Space in Your Face
03. Geeshie
04. I Fall Asleep
05. Calling All Demons
06. Ugly Bethesda
07. Ancient & Modern
08. Afar & Forlorn
09. Honey Bear
10. The Devil at Rest
11. Arthur’s Angel


09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall *
10.04.11 - Evanston, IL - Space ^
10.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall @
10.08.11 - New York, NY - City Winery *

* “A quiet night in with the acoustic Mekons”
^ “Meekakucha: An evening of Pechakucha and Mekons acoustic music”
@ “A wild night out with the electrified Mekons”

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Treasure Island Festival announces lineup, including DFA 1979, Flying Lotus, and Explosions in the Sky; Robert Louis Stevenson curates his own stage

For Treasure Island Festival’s fifth anniversary, they’re pulling out all the stops this fall. Not only have they just announced a sweet lineup (see below), but they also figured out a way to bring festival namesake, author Robert Louis Stevenson, back from the dead. Zombie R. L. Stevey will be curating his own side-stage too, sponsored by Long John Silver’s. The lineup for the side stage has yet to be revealed, but something tells me that Captain Flint and The Pirates are a shoo-in for a headlining spot.

The whole shindig will go down on October 15 and 16 on Treasure Island, which is off the coast of Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay. Tickets go on sale this week via the Treasure Island website.

Saturday, October 15:

Empire of the Sun
Cut Copy
Death From Above 1979
Dizzee Rascal
Flying Lotus
Buraka Som Sistema
The Naked & Famous
Shabazz Palaces
Aloe Blacc

Sunday, October 16:

Death Cab For Cutie
Explosions in the Sky
Beach House
The Hold Steady
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Friendly Fires
St. Vincent
The Head and The Heart
Wild Beasts
The Antlers
Thee Oh Sees

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Raster-Noton label celebrates 15 years with shows around the world; attendance to be higher than Texas Instruments anniversary shows

Hey, hey, hey, all you German electro-nerds and fans of digital minimalism, I know it’s only been five years since Raster-Noton’s last anniversary concert but they’ve just announced that they’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary with live shows in Berlin, Rome, and Japan. Jawohl!

While details are pretty scarce at the moment (which is how those artsy types like it), the shows will feature lineups that include (but are not limited to) Alva Noto, Atom™, Anne James Chaton, Byetone, and Vladislav Delay, plus screenings of Nicolai’s Future Past Perfect, and with plenty more artists to be announced whenever Raster-Noton feels like announcing them.

If you’re already as excited as a pig in shit and want to start making arrangements with your local airline, then I guess I can at least let you in on the dates of each show, but that’s just because keeping you informed is why they pay me (with love) even though I do highly enjoy keeping cards close to my chest. Rome is set for September 9 at Villa Massimo, Tokyoans can see the show at the Tokyo Womb on October 9, and those crazy Berliners will be going crazy on Novermber 4 at Berlin Berghain. Berlin!

Please, keep checking back for updates!


09.09.11 - Rome, Italy - Villa Massimo
10.09.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo Womb
11.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Berghain

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Fanboy Jeff Tweedy sucks up to Deerhoof on new collaborative 7-inch with The Raccoonists

A few weeks ago, we reported on new developments with dad-rock heroes Wilco in the classic TMT Style™ (Yes, it’s so classic, we trademarked it). Jeff Tweedy responded in bombast to us, the short-yet-terse message you may have seen at the bottom of this very page’s random quote generator. Yet he did so not because he was hurt, but because he realized that deep down in the cockles of his heart, he might not be cool anymore. And placating the Schreibster and his droogs can only get a man so far before he just looks ridiculous.

But Mr. Tweedy realized that merely lashing out at a music website that does not accept bribes (except from Nigerian generals and Chinese counterfeit manufacturers) would not be enough to ease his worried heart. As I have stated to Less… err, Ms. Feist at one point, output matters. And when it comes to maintaining the good graces of the critical echo chamber that this website bounces off of while wearing an unbound straitjacket, making something interesting counts. So Mr. Tweedy mumbled and grumbled around the backyard of his suburban Chicagoland home with his pet duck, trying to figure out some way to keep things interesting, disregarding his upcoming album with Wilco, The Whole Love, completely in the process.

He sought out inspiration from his favorite band, Deerhoof, which he squees over every time they go on tour. Then he saw his sons Spencer and Sam jamming along to Deerhoof’s new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil (TMT Review), an advance copy he got personally from Greg Saunier. And just as he was about to raise his voice to remind them not to steal his “special” records, it dawned on him.

“Why don’t I just create an experimental band with my boys? They’re good, I think…”

Thus, The Raccoonists were born. Inspired by the very album that his sons stole from him, Mr. Tweedy gave Mr. Saunier a call to collaborate. Mr. Saunier, too nervous/scared to ask Mr. Tweedy how he got his number the third time, accepted the invite. Consequently, Deerhoof sans Satomi Matsuzaki (sending her to see her folks after talking to Jay Ferrar one too many times) joined The Raccoonists in the studio for a session or two, mostly filled with Mr. Tweedy gushing about their style for absolutely no reason and Saunier. The result was Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness, a split 7-inch now available for preorder for an October 11 release on Polyvinyl. On one side, Mr. Tweedy takes over Matsuzaki on vox for his take of “Behold a Marvel in the Darkness” from the aforementioned Deerhoof album, which the band begrudgingly admits was inspired by the man himself. On the other, he and his sons perform a new song, “Own It.”

Of course, this being Jeff Tweedy, he saw the great potential in expanding the Wilco Empire with The Raccoonists, perhaps as a vehicle to still look cool to the music critics after two decades in the music business, perhaps as a means for his sons to become the late greats that his father once tried to be. Probably both in a fusion resembling a metastatic tumor.

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And it came to pass that Thrill Jockey would release a new High Places album

Ladies, gentlemen, and hand-holding otters of all ages, if you don’t know Los Angeles-via-Brooklyn duo High Places already, you better ask somebody. You might be thinking, “Why? I already know about, like, 247 other bands. Is another one really gonna be all THAT different?” Well, in sum, YES. Because this band is cool, and they’ve got a new album coming out on Thrill Jockey, and they tour like 14 months out of the year and maybe someday you’ll wanna impress your boyfriend/girlfriend/otterfriend by being all like, “We should get to the show early tonight because this High Places band is pretty rad.” It’s true. They actually found a loophole in the time/space continuum and drive their tourspaceship into both the past AND the future, just so they can spend more time on stage with the likes of Deerhunter, No Age, and Dan Deacon, and be more awesome more of the time.

Okay, so maybe the time travel bit… well, maybe I made that up, but the thing about this new Thrill Jockey record release, well that’s 100% true. And I’ll prove it to you on October 11, when High Places’ third full-length Original Colors comes out. For on that day, as Nostradamus once prophesied, all shall heareth 10 tracks filled with “sun-drenched references to Australia’s inimitable foliage, the expansive desert of Northern Mexico, and the crystal, blue waters of the Indian Ocean” and verily thou shalt say, “Yes, I am glad I read about this band and listened to a new track on the Chocolate Grinder, for now my stereo overfloweth with sweet jams.” And then verily, thou shall read about their upcoming fall tour, and thou shalt know to buy thine tickets in advance.

08.13.11 - New York NY - Tammany Hall
08.20.11 - St. Louis MO - Old Post Office Plaza
08.21.11 - Chicago IL - Logan Square Monument
08.21.11 - Chicago IL - Empty Bottle

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Jim O’Rourke’s Old News gets a new volume while my perfect game of Pac-Man just stays old news

Jim O’Rourke, who puts out more albums than McDonald’s does cheeseburgers, has announced that his Old News series (released through Austria’s Editions Mego) will be getting a “sixth” volume.

The new album, consisting of a massive, 70-minute, four-part song titled “all that’s cold is new again,” will be spread like Jenna Jameson across two LPs and, in a distinctly anti-CD move, will only be available on LP, the format of the future. Available on August 30, “all that’s cold is new again,” has been in the works since 2009 and was originally commissioned by Christian Zanesi for GRM’s Présences Électronique Festival in Paris, making it far more cultured than you could ever hope to be, although your attempts at dressing more adult are quite alluring.

Anyway, the album is surely to be loved by Jim O’Rourke fans, so my guess is that it makes it to at least the #15 spot in our year-end list. Finally, while I’m sure you’ve already heard, I got a perfect game of Pac-Man on May 26, 2011, but that’s just old news.

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