Merge plans to reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with Icky Mettle in August

Merge plans to reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with Icky Mettle in August

Original copies of Icky Mettle, the first album by the iconic NC band Archers of Loaf, run anywhere from $50 to $100 these days — a little steep if you didn’t buy the record back in 1994. Unfortunately for those in elementary school in the early 90s, the three albums that followed are now long out of print, which is very unlucky for those same kids now in their early 20s trying to learn some tunes before shelling out more money for the reunion shows this summer (at least, those that don’t predate Icky’s release in August).

With impeccable timing, Merge has announced the glorious news that they will be reissuing all four LPs, on (blue) vinyl, CD, and as a download. Icky Mettle, following the chronology (and, let’s face it, popularity), comes first, and is given some remaster shine by none other than Shellac’s Bob Weston. To really pack it all in, they’re including some singles, B-sides, and the EP Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time (1994), complete with liner notes by “Dean of American Rock Critics” (and long-time Village Voice music editor) Robert Christgau.

The release date for Icky Mettle isn’t until August 2, but you can pre-order the album now from Merge (which gives you the immediate gratification of a video download of their show at Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle this past January). The other reissues — Vee Vee, All the Nation’s Airports, and White Trash Heroes — will be out sometime in 2012.

To further ingratiate themselves with the new generation of early-20-year-olds, Archers of Loaf will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 24. They’ve added a few more shows to the dates we announced here, so if you’re not properly excited for the reissues by the end of the summer, I don’t know what else they can do short of entering a boxing ring with Superchunk.

Additional tourdates:

07.24.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.20.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.08.11 - Portland, OR - MusicFestNW
09.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s

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Tennessee introduces bill that would prohibit sharing of online passwords to entertainment sites

As children, we all learn that sharing is good, right? WRONG! There are many things that are wrong or just downright unpleasant to share. A single jellybean, for example, or herpes. And soon, in Tennessee, your online password to services like Netflix or Rhapsody.

Lawmakers in the Volunteer State have introduced a measure Billboard is calling “groundbreaking” (others might call it “annoying”) that would prohibit using someone else’s log-in to access online entertainment websites. The new law, which is currently awaiting the governor’s signature, was enacted to keep thieves from selling internet passwords, but can also be used against people who give friends or associates permission to use their log-in info. Billboard is quick to caution that spouses and family members who share the same roof will “almost certainly” not get a slap on the wrist for sharing. The proposed law is more likely to target college students, those old online music thievin’ pariahs, who might give their password to the entire frat house/dorm floor/Future Farmers of America membership.

The bill expands on a current Tennessee law that prohibits people from stealing cable, etc. Stealing $500 or less of Netflix/Rhapsody/what-have-you could result in a misdemeanor charge, with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Obviously, more theft would involve bigger penalties, plus a felony charge.

It comes as no surprise that the recording industry is one of the most influential lobbies/taxpayers in Tennessee, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The industry’s domestic revenue has been cut in half over the past decade, falling from $15 million to $7 million. RIAA officials said the measure will be an important step toward combating online entertainment theft, second only to invisible electrified cages.

Radiohead plan King of Limbs remix 12-inch series; I’m confused… wasn’t “Codex” already a Coldplay remix?

Clouds hung heavy over Tchock Mansion. No one had seen Thom Yorke emerge from his bedroom in weeks. ‘Site traffic memos’ had been slipped under his door daily with no response, and the other band members were beginning to worry that the rumors were true: people weren’t touching themselves to pictures of Radiohead anymore. It wasn’t like those halcyon days of the early 00s, when teenage boys begged Santa for an ondes Martenot under the tree, when Ed O’Brien sneezed on someone in the supermarket and they were signed to Capitol the next week. No, the memos these days, piling up on Yorke’s hardwood floor, were looking much more grim (it didn’t help that Stanley Donwood designed them).

Phil Selway winced as he imagined the tongue-lashing they’d all soon receive from Thom. “If no one could be arsed to go get “The Universal Sigh” in person, how are Baldy Drumsticks and the rest of you fossil-fuel-dependent gits going to keep these brats’ attentions for one sodding second? Oh, go on, you planning on donating those tears to UNICEF when you’re done?” Phil tried to silence the voice in his head with drink, but too many years of abuse kept the cruel monologue in motion.

Suddenly, an olde-timey phone rang out on the other side of the door… it couldn’t be… was it? Yes: it was the special “Four Tet advice” hotline, right next to the closet where they keep the rarely used “Bangers + Mash” mini-drum! Minutes passed like hours. Finally, Thom stepped into the hallway where the band was camped out. “A bloody brilliant idea just popped into me nog: 12-inch remixes. Right: we’ll get a bollocks-load of shite from all over and let the proper remixes rise to the top! This is the 22nd century!”

True to his word, the first King of Limbs remix 12-inch in the series is all set to drop July 5 (July 4 in the UK), with remixes of “Little by Little” and “Lotus Flower” by Caribou and Jacques Greene, respectively. Independent record stores will have copies for three or four minutes, and they’ll also be available to mailorder customers from Radiohead themselves.


A. Little by Little (Caribou rmx)
B. Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene rmx)

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RIP: Andrew Gold, singer-songwriter

From the BBC:

US singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed hits in the 1970s with Lonely Boy and Never Let Her Slip Away, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

Another of his songs, Thank You for Being a Friend, was known to millions after being used as the theme for long-running sitcom The Golden Girls.

During the 1980s, Gold formed Wax UK with ex-10cc member Graham Gouldman.

His UK label, Dome Records, remembered him as “a hugely talented musician” with “a brilliant sense of humour”.

Gold, who died on Friday of a heart attack, was the son of Ernest Gold, Oscar-winning composer of films like Exodus and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

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The Books’ Nick Zammuto takes some time away from the library and steps out solo as Zammuto

Nick Zammuto, who we all know as one-half of The Books, has announced that he’s formed a new band called Zammuto. I think he named it after his father or something. The new band promises to satisfy fans of The Books as they wait, patiently, for the follow-up to last year’s The Way Out (TMT Review).

This New Musical Project, which is supplementary to The Books (don’t worry, they didn’t break-up, you’ll just have to wait another five years between albums), will be, as Zammuto describes it: “a three or four piece band, hopefully playing shows by the end of the year.” Nicky Boy also says that he’ll be posting new music by the band (on his website) as he and the band make it. However, he says you’ll only be able to download the songs for a couple days at a time, which is totally mean, and the first track, “Yay,” is already off the site, so unfortunately you’ll have to go to “the other guys” to get it.

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RIP: Martin Rushent, producer for The Human League, Buzzcocks, etc.

From 3 News NZ:

Influential music producer Martin Rushent, best known for his work with The Human League and the Buzzcocks, has died.

Music website Louder than War broke the news overnight, and his son later confirmed the news on Facebook.

Rushent was best known for his work with bands in the punk and new wave era.

His best-known work was with the Human League, producing and performing on their mega-successful album Dare, and hit single ‘Don’t You Want Me’. He was named Best Producer at the 1982 Brit Awards, and released a remix version of the album the following year, called Love and Dancing.

Other bands and artists he worked with include the Buzzcocks (and their lead singer gone solo, Pete Shelley), the Stranglers, XTC, Generation X (Billy Idol), the Go-Go’s (Belinda Carlisle) and Altered Images.

Before his career with punk and new wave bands, he worked on records by T Rex, David Essex and Shirley Bassey.

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