Neil Young & Crazy Horse shake off all the live rust and announce tourdates

Neil Young & Crazy Horse shake off all the live rust and announce tourdates

Okay, people, we’re here. Ground zero. There’s no time to spare, so I’m not going to sugarcoat this. Americana, Neil Young’s recycling, re-imagining, re-appropriating, re-diculous album of American folk songs as slammed-through by the original members of Crazy Horse, is out this week. There’s really just nothing we can do about it. These things happen. And in fact, in order for our officially “pro-Neil Young” society to save as much face as possible, I’d advise everyone here to take the following actions as swiftly and calmly as possible: Find a stream of the new album somewhere, listen to that minor key, hard-rock version of “Oh Susannah” in which Neil and a choir of young children spit the lines “Cuz I come from Al-a-bama with a B-A-N-J-O on my knee” in successive monosyllables (you know, to better fit the song’s bewildering use of Latin groove), and get your laughs, derision, eye-rolls, criticisms, and ironic social media shares out right the fuck now. Because Neil Young seems serious about this thing being a thing.

How serious? “A whole fall tour’s worth of dates” serious. And if we as a continent of Neil Young supporters want to get through these shows and enjoy all the thoroughly ass-kicking badassery that could very well be involved when Neil Young and Crazy Horse get together to play some of our favorite old tunes on giant stages across the US and Canada with Los Lobos and Patti Smith opening, we’re going to have to pay the price. So let’s just drop whatever it is we were going to do with our summers and start putting in the time conditioning ourselves not to boo or laugh in their faces when they punctuate that badassery with liberal doses of this new record. Get listening, North America. We’ve got work to do.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse dates:

07.05.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.06.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
07.10-12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park/Outside Lands Fest
10.03.12 - Windsor, ON - WFCU Centre
10.05.12 - Kingston, ON - K ROCK Centre
10.06.12 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
10.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center
10.09.12 - Pittsburgh, PA -Petersen Events Center
10.11.12 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park / Austin City Limits Fest.
10.14.12 - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Convention Center Arena
10.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
11.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11.11.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11.13.12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11.14.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
11.16.12 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
11.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11.23.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
11.24.12 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
11.26.12 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
11.27.12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11.29.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11.30.12 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
12.04.12 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard

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Outer Space (Emeralds’ John Elliott) releasing LP #??? on Spectrum Spools in June

If you’re anything like me (and I doubt that you are), then you love when a band member from a band you enjoy has their own side project. Like Emeralds, for example! I was ecstatic when guitarist Mark McGrath became the co-host of Extra. But sometimes side projects can be something even more — like John Elliott’s long-running Outer Space solo venture — that ends up being just as full and satisfying as their band of origin.

Even more surprising in this case is that Elliott’s newest Outer Space album, Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990), sounds like space! Yep. It’s experimental space sounds. And the album is perfect for pre-gaming before seeing Prometheus or just enjoying an evening cooking pasta with gram grams. Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990) will be released July 17 on Elliott’s own Spectrum Spools (not to be confused with my amateur label, Sphincter Pools). Listen to album track “October 27th, 1989 - Bay Village, Ohio” NOW:

Akashic Record (Events 1986-1990) tracklist:

01. Ellipse
02. 11:38
03. The Fifth Column
04. October 27th, 1989 - Bay Village, Ohio
05. February 8th, 1990 - Ashland, Ohio

• Spectrum Spools:

James Plotkin and Jon Mueller to release double-LP Terminal Velocity, and no, formulas will not be provided

I’m not so much into fine art, but I’m going to attempt to draw a relevant analogy here. Jon Mueller, both philosophically and in practice, is like the percussionist version of impressionist painter Claude Monet, but without the (as far as I know) lengthy facial hair, and without the unenviable quality of being French. Even if they wouldn’t or haven’t described their respective artistic endeavors using exactly these words, the inclination, at least on my part, is to point to one phrase in particular: “organized chaos.” In an interview, Mueller explains how his initial interest in drums and percussion was inspired by this creative approach: “Hitting the drums and cymbals sounded good, no matter the combination. There were no major or minor keys to complicate things. My brain instantly shifted to this perspective: just hit them and listen, then hit them some more. Find interesting combinations of sounds. Try to get a feel for the coordination, but don’t worry too much about it if you can’t. Focus on the fun of playing. I was sold.”

Mueller’s distaste for compositional formalities is partly why he gave up on the guitar at an early age. He gave up, but folks like the perpetually doom-minded guitarist/bassist James Plotkin have shown that unorthodox playing (obviously) isn’t just limited to percussion instruments. For instance, as a member of Lotus Eaters and Khanate, he transformed what would otherwise be a wholesome little string instrument into a non-verbal call for demon gatherings. Surely that’s not something you can do without venturing off the beaten path a bit.

On June 19, Mueller and Plotkin will be releasing Terminal Velocity, a 2xLP limited to 500 copies, via the Minneapolis-based Taiga Records. The release is a formal and more dedicated follow-up to their collaboration on the leading side of Mueller’s Physical Changes LP, which was released in 2009. Unsurprisingly, I have no idea what to expect, and you shouldn’t either. Feel free to pre-order it here though, and act fast because there’s only one cool colored vinyl option left.

Terminal Velocity tracklisting:

A1. Vestibular Apparatus
A2: Hypnagogia
B1. Eigenlicht
B2. Anthypnic
B3. Praedormitium
C1. Subvocal
D1. Microsleep

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• Jon Mueller:
• Taiga:

Raleigh Moncrief goes on tour, premieres a single, teaches you a thing or two or three about North Carolina

Cities in North Carolina that also exist in Texas:
Dallas, Denton, Greenville, Mount Pleasant

Cities in North Carolina that also exist in Tennessee:
Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville

Cities in North Carolina that could also be male first names:
Grover, Jackson, Murphy, Spencer, Wendell

Cities in North Carolina that sound sort of similar to the names of musicians who are touring soon:
Mount Airy

Cities in North Carolina that are actually exactly the same as the first names of musicians who not only released an LP called Watered Lawn on anticon. last year but also just hit the road for a tour and premiered a single on Stereogum called “Beyond the Neon Lights,” which features Zac Nelson and Angel Deradoorian:


06.04.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s *
06.06.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
06.07.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
06.08.12 - Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger *
06.09.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
06.11.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
06.12.12 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar *
06.13.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live *
06.14.12 - St. Augustine, FL - The Original Cafe *
06.15.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
06.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
06.17.12 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall *

* Man Man

• Raleigh Moncrief:
• anticon.:

The xx announce new album called Coexist, absolutely whiff the opportunity to release a new album called Coexxist

Proving that they were not actually attempting to lock themselves in an amber of 2009, British sparse-poppers The xx are coming out with a new record. This new record is called Coexist and will be out September 11 through Young Turks. Due to the venn diagram of “Hyped Young Producer” and “Member of The xx” overlapping, the new album will be produced by The xx’s very own Jamie Smith. Or as some people tend to call him, Jamie xx.

Now that you’ve read that first paragraph, you’ve clearly noticed a mistake. Do you see it yet? Give it a bit.

That’s right, a band named The xx is putting out a new record called Coexist and totally resisted calling it Coexxist. This is the biggest missed opportunity since skate-punks No Use For a Name never put out an untitled record. Please, The xx, hire me to be, I don’t know, your advisor so you won’t make these mistakes again. I understand if you can’t get back to me until after summer, I know that you are playing a lot of dates basically everywhere. Those dates are at the bottom of this article. At this point in the paragraph, I am no longer directly talking to The xx.

The xx dates:

06.08.12 - Turin, Italy - Traffic Festival
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06.15.12 - Aarthus, Denmark - Northside Festival
06.16.12 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
06.22.12 - Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.23.12 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.27.12 - Haervic, Norway - Hove Festival
06.29.12 - Arras, France - Main Square Festival
06.30.12 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.04.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Liquid Room
07.07.12 - Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open’er Festival
07.14.12 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
07.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
07.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
07.28.12 - Toronton, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
07.29.12 - Montreal, QC - Metrpolis Theatre
07.31.12 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
08.02.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
08.09.12 - Sibinek, Croatia - Terraneo Festival
08.10.12 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08.11.12 - St. Pere, France - La Route du Rock
08.18.12 - St. Polten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.19.12 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.31.12 - Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.07.12 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival

• The xx:
• Young Turks:

Foxygen sign to Jagjaguwar and they’re releasing an EP this summer; badgers and weasels are jealous

I can’t think of any bands or movies or books named for raccoons or porcupines or skunks. But foxes? Those devils have always been hip. Fleet Foxes, The Fox and the Hound, Fox in Socks, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and now Foxygen, the latest addition to Jagjaguwar’s roster. Foxygen consists of Sam France, who handles vocals, and Jonathan Rado, who plays guitar and keyboards, and together, these young guns bring us an off-the-wall sort of rock ‘n’ roll that’s a little Velvet Underground and a little Dr. Dog.

This summer, Foxygen will release their debut EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, which The A.V. Club described as “simultaneously catchy and obscure, carefully composed and freewheeling, confusing and thrilling, like pop music with a free-jazz sensibility.” They’ve premiered the single, “Make It Known,” and the whole album is streaming on Foxygen’s Bandcamp page. Take the Kids Off Broadway will be out July 24 on vinyl and in digital formats. Meanwhile, I’ll be trying to make otters the next cool woodland critter. Space Otters? Otter Dream? Cool band names, ya???

Take the Kids Off Broadway tracklist:

01. Abandon My Toys
02. Make It Known
03. Take The Kids Off Broadway
04. Waitin’ 4 U
05. Teenage Alien Blues
06.Why Did I Get Married?
07. Middle School Dance (Song for Richard Swift)

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