Missing a couple Blank Dogs tracks? Well, don’t download ‘em… buy ‘em in April with his new compilation album!

Missing a couple Blank Dogs tracks? Well, don't download 'em... buy 'em in April with his new compilation album! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-03-blank-dogs.jpg

We all know this story, right? A hip young musical artist finally gets some fame, a good recording studio, and more and more people listening to their music, and then some skinny-tied A&R guy is like: “Let’s take some of that hip young music you did from a few years ago, the rare 12-inches and vinyl-only tracks, and re-release them as one big package that people will buy again!”

Well, Blank Dogs is the hip young musical artist this time around and, thankfully for his hip young fans, Mr. Dogs has yet to suckle on the teat of some Big Corporate Music executive like Edgar Bronfman (and his extra-hairy nipples), because Captured Tracks will be releasing the compilation their damn selves.

As per the press release, the album is titled Collected By Itself: 2006 - 2009 and will be “…Compil[ing] long out of print singles, EP’s, cassette and compilation tracks from the Blank Dogs archive […] a wide breadth of the material recorded from this period not released on the full-length albums of this period, On Two Sides and Under and Under.” All of the music has been completely remastered, and not even a single, solitary track has ever, ever been lasered into a CD before. Plus, it comes out on April 26, which happens to be my favorite day in April — for unrelated reasons.

Check out one of them tracks — “Slow Room!” — over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Collected By Itself: 2006 - 2009 tracklist:

01. Leaving the Light On
02. Slow Room!
03. Two Months
04. Before the Hours
05. Keeping All the Time
06. Freezing Styles
07. 1480 Fox
08. The Tied
09. She’s Violent Tonight
10. Dismorphobia
11. Doorbell Fire
12. The Other Way
13. Calling Over
14. Yellow Mice Sleep
15. Outside Alarmer
16. Waiting
17. My House Is Red
18. Butler Hospital
19. Poison Ivy
20. Scenes in a New Town
21. Anywhere
22. They Said
23. Ages Ago
24. Mirror Lights
25. Splitting
26. Leaves
27. Stuck inside the World

• Blank Dogs: http://www.blankdogs.com
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com

Music sales increase for fifth week in a row; record industry slump over? Yes.

Rejoice, my record store and band-fan brethren! The end of the dry spell has finally come, as I can happily announce that music sales have increased 4.5% (31.95 million units in 2011, up from 30.56 million in 2010) for an astounding fifth week in a row! This is, according to a report on Billboard, the first time since 2004 that US music sales have enjoyed a positive gain for this length of time.

“This is the fifth week of year over year sales increases,” explains National Association of Recording Merchandisers president Jim Donio, “underscoring both the strong new release schedule and impressive catalog and digital sales.”

Close inspection of the sales data released by Nielsen SoundScan reveals that sales have increased in multiple areas, including back-catalog and digital downloads, as well as internet and mail-order retailers; however, when it comes to actual brick-and-mortar stores and new albums, sales have merely slowed their abysmal decline, and in general, executives don’t even know why the increase is taking place.

But fuck all that bad news, because I think the wound has totally healed and that we’re on the path to continual, increased growth in all areas of music sales, and Jim Donio agrees: “The last time we’ve seen this kind of positive movement over consecutive weeks was nearly seven years ago, and with more key titles coming out in the coming weeks, we remain optimistic.”

Optimistic and happy to start spending too much money on too little product once again!

Six Organs of Admittance tour California as David Lee Roth’s “California Girls” video loops infinitely

Somewhere in California, a man looks back at a colorful cast of characters. The fat lady, the donut-eating child, and the Freddie Mercury greaser, among others. Their guide — this mystery man — is David Lee Roth. This is his California, the land of cartoonish buxom women and an even more cartoonish, washed-up 70s rock frontman. This is the California that Six Organs of Admittance will tour.

If the relation between David Lee Roth and Ben Chasny’s psychedelic folk project doesn’t seem clear, think about it for a second. What modern folk visionary embodies the endless confidence of Diamond Dave more than Chasny? Devendra Banhart? Well, yeah, probably Devendra Banhart. That actually makes more sense. But, look, Ben Chasny is nothing like Sammy “The Red Rocker” Hagar! That we can agree on. Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance definitely just put out Asleep on the Floodplain (TMT Review) on Drag City, a record that has been scientifically proven to not be a Sammy Hagar record. Additionally, Sammy Hagar is not doing a short tour of California in April. Six Organs of Admittance is. Chasny 1, Hagar 0.

Six Organs of Admittance tour:

04.02.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
04.03.11 - Grass Valley, CA - St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
04.04.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.08.11 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace
04.09.11 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabes

• Six Organs of Admittance: http://www.myspace.com/sixorgans
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

RIP: Ralph Mooney, influential steel guitarist

From The New York Times:

Ralph Mooney, who played pedal steel guitar on hit recordings by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings and who was a writer of “Crazy Arms,” one of the most enduring shuffles in country music, died at his home in Kennedale, Tex., on Sunday. He was 82.

The cause was complications of cancer, said Wanda Mooney, his wife of 62 years.

Working as a staff musician at Capitol Records in Hollywood during the 1950s and ’60s, Mr. Mooney appeared on hit singles by the likes of the rockabilly star Wanda Jackson and the West Coast country singer Wynn Stewart. His bluesy introduction and slurring instrumental commentary lent a tragicomic note to Mr. Haggard’s boozy 1966 smash, “The Bottle Let Me Down.”

Mr. Mooney’s cascading steel guitar runs also galvanized several of Buck Owens’s early signature hits, including “Above and Beyond” and “Under Your Spell Again.” The epitome of the ebullient Bakersfield sound that took root in California in the late 1950s, these recordings influenced not only future country singers like Dwight Yoakam and Jim Lauderdale but also rock ‘n’ roll bands like the Beatles, the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

[Photo: Michael Manning]

RIP: Lula Côrtes, Brazilian psych-rock musician

From the Now-Again label:

We’re sad to announce the passing of the mythic Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist and visionary Luis Augusto Martins Côrtes. Côrtes died today after a long fought battle with throat cancer. He was 61 years old.

Best known by his nom de plume Lula Côrtes, he was one of the driving forces behind the late 60s to late 70s psychedelic rock scene in Recife and the artistic godfather of the likes of Nação Zumbi and, by extension, our own Seu Jorge and Almaz. The albums he produced and recorded — from the dueling guitars of Satwa to Marconi Notaro’s groundbreaking No Sub Reino dos Metazoários to his own Rosa de Sangue — put forth a revolutionary bent with a striking originality during Brazil’s military dictatorship. That his albums were almost all self-released (many on Solar, the imprint he helped found) only furthered to his legend.

[…]

In 2008, the photographer B+ put us in touch with Côrtes, and we were able to purchase some of his original artwork and strike up a conversation with him about Paebiru and his artistic trajectory. A humble, spiritual and perplexing man, Côrtes wrote us:

“Acho que o objetivo primordial de todo artista é fazer com que sua obra fale por si mesma, dessa forma a pessoa que existe em cada um transparece e se dá a conhecer.”

“I think that the primordial objective of every artist is to make it so that his work speaks for itself, so that the person that exists within him transpires to come out so that we know him.”

With that said, we can say that we hope that we know Lula Côrtes.

Thrill Jockey steps up big time for Japan with an amazing compilation and benefit sale

In Japan’s time of dire need, no effort to help can go unnoticed or be overemphasized, regardless of the overwhelming amount of people who have decided to devote their time, money, knowledge, or resources toward helping the victims and refugees of the recent tragedy and aftermath. So it’s a real pleasure to announce that the fine folks over at Chicago’s Thrill Jockey label are providing not one but two separate relief methods toward helping Japan’s recovery and stabilization.

Thrill Jockey’s Benefit for the Recovery in Japan compiles over 60 artists from all over the planet onto one sprawling album. Just a handful of the notable artists involved are Tim Hecker, Prefuse 73, Christian Fennesz, Noveller, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Ex, Parts & Labor, Grouper, Rhys Chatham, Oren Ambarchi, Sam Prekop, and of course, many, many others. 100% of the album’s proceeds go directly to the relief effort in Japan, and there’s a full tracklisting below. The benefit was curated by Antiopic’s David Daniell and James Elliott, with some shout-outs due for Regina Greene from Front Porch Productions and knob twister Greg Davis. The download-only comp can be purchased here for a mere $15.

Benefit for the Recovery in Japan tracklisting:

Part 1:
01. Fennesz: “Fearless”
02. Helado Negro: “Cabeza Bella”
03. Stephan Mathieu: “(Excerpt from) The Floating World”
04. School of Seven Bells: “Midnight Sun”
05. Lawrence English: “Hotaru”
06. Noveller: “Darkheart”
07. Zeena Parkins: “The Letter”
08. Tom Carter (of Charalambides): “Mended”
09. Akron/Family: “Deep Kazoo”
10. The Ex: “Cold Weather Is Back”
11. Shinji Masuko (of Boredoms/DMBQ): “Botsuon”
12. Oneohtrix Point Never: “The Inside World”
13. Tokimonsta: “Sound Caves”
14. Joshua Abrams: “Jackdaws”
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman: “Anzac #3”
16. Ben Frost: “Snćugla”
17. David Daniell: “Shiho-hiru-tama”
18. Grouper: “Cassiopeia”
19. Tape: “Mirrors”
20. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: “Moon in a Dewdrop”
21. D. Charles Speer: “Steel Infant”
22. Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl): “Blue Veil”
23. Blackshaw, Wood, Wood & Tomlinson (James Blackshaw & Hush Arbors):
“Are You Alright? (Chump Change)”
24. Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors): “In the Hollows”
25. Chris Forsyth & Shawn Edward Hansen: “Dirty Pool Blues”
26. Zelienople: “Stone Faced About It”
27. Elm (Jon Porras of Barn Owl): “Diamond Dust”
28. Lobisomem: “Kusha”
29. Stabbing Eastwood (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer): “Thundersnow
Mountain”
30. Alan Licht & Greg Malcolm: “Natasha Utting Reporting”
31. Scott Tuma: “To: Hasty”
32. Rhys Chatham: “Prayer for the People of Fukushima”

Part 2:

33. Prefuse 73: “The Only Climactic Dissonant Hums”
34. Growing: “Untitled”
35. James Plotkin (of Khanate): “Broken ‘96”
36. Totem Test: “Pulse Prayer for Japan”
37. Marcus Schmickler (of Pluramon): “2.71828 Up”
38. Tim Hecker: “Hatred of Music (Double Gate Mix)”
39. Sylvain Chauveau: “Colours in Darkness”
40. Bear in Heaven: “The Days We Have”
41. Spires That in the Sunset Rise (with Michael Zerang): “Collision Theory”
42. C. Spencer Yeh: “Solo Violin March 13th 2011”
43. Lau Nau: “Oi Kuolema”
44. Oren Ambarchi: “Merely A Portmanteau”
45. Warm Ghost: “Uncut Diamond (Dripping Pollen Mix)”
46. Bradley & Geofrey (Atlas Sound + White Rainbow): “Mr. Stephen’s
Private Service”
47. Peter’s House Music: “Half Step”
48. Leb Laze: “Da Plane Da Plane”
49. Matthewdavid: “Stop Laughing / Be Honest”
50. Sam Prekop: “Lakes River”
51. Simon Scott: “Of You (Before 2082)”
52. Tetuzi Akiyama/Jon Mueller/Jim Schoenecker: “Untitled”
53. Shelley Burgon: “Let It Be New”
54. Giant Sand: “Recovery Mission”
55. William Tyler: “Tears and Saints”
56. Mountains: “Still Life”
57. Ben Vida: “Quadsweep +2 (snkglazz iii)”
58. Maria Chavez: “Natural Disaster #2_2011”
59. Cleared: “Nova”
60. Neptune: “FIG IV”
61. Water Fai: “Tokitomori”
62. Parts & Labor: “Dokonimonai”
63. Jackie-O Motherfucker: “Blood of Life”
64. Greg Davis: “Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani”

If that isn’t deserving of your hard(?)-earned cash, I don’t know what is, but if so then perhaps this is a more enticing offer: the members of OOIOO and Boredoms have decided to donate 100% of the profits from the sale of several of their albums, including Taiga, Gold & Green, and Super Roots 9. Honestly, how can you turn this down? You know you were gonna spend that money on a 12-pack or a dinner at Ruby Tuesday anyway. Why not get some excellent music to improve your own life while at the same time helping improve the lives of some folk who desperately need it. Snag those over at the Thrill Jockey mailorder website.

All donations from the Japan comp go directly to the Japanese-based emergency response organization Civic Force, who are working on the ground of the disaster sites and providing aid where most needed. Proceeds from the Boredoms and OOIOO albums will go to organizations such as Civic Force, Peace Winds, and the Fukushima prefecture municipality.

• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com
• Civic Force: http://civic-force.org/english/index.html
• Peace Winds: http://www.peace-winds.org/en

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