New Orleans benefit album features Bonnie “Prince” Billy, My Morning Jacket, The Wrens, and more

New Orleans benefit album features Bonnie "Prince" Billy, My Morning Jacket, The Wrens, and more

Five years ago this summer, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Today, the city is dealing with the consequences of the BP oil spill, as well as ongoing rebuilding from Katrina’s destruction. On the occasion of this unfortunate anniversary, the nonprofit musicians’ resource group Air Traffic Control is putting together a little something special. It’s a digital download album called Dear New Orleans, named after a letter Times-Picayune writer Chris Rose published shortly after Katrina to thank people for their support of New Orleans.

Dear New Orleans features an enormous 31 tracks, including covers and original songs from the likes of Steve Earle, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Laura Veirs, Jon Langford, Wayne Kramer, The Wrens, Mirah, Thao Nguyen, and My Morning Jacket, plus many more. Jon Langford and McSweeney’s Publishing head Barbara Bersche provided the album art. The compilation will be available for download on August 24 from, iTunes,, Rhapsody, and Proceeds benefit arts and culture organization Sweet Home New Orleans and the environmental group Gulf Restoration Network.

Dear New Orleans tracklisting:

01. OK Go, “Louisiana Land”
02. The Mendoza Line, “Catch a Collapsing Star”
03. Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, “Midnight in the City of Destruction”
04. Janet Bean and the Concertina Wire, “My Little Brigadoon”
05. Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, “Love in the Hot Afternoon”
06. Paul Sanchez (feat. Shamarr Allen), “Don’t Be Sure”
07. Alec Ounsworth (feat. Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and John Boutte), “Dr. So and So”
08. Steve Earle, “Dixieland”
09. Luke Reynolds, “Flood”
10. Jon Langford, “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”
11. Laura Veirs, “I Can See Your Tracks”
12. Vijay Iyer, “Threnody”
13. Jill Sobule, “Where is Bobbie Gentry?”
14. Flobots, “Stand Up”
15. Rebecca Gates, “Doos”
16. The Wrens, “Crescent”
17. Indigo Girls (feat. Brandi Carlile), “Kid Fears”
18. Timothy Bracy’s Collection Agency, “Matching Scars”
19. Nellie McKay, “Late Again”
20. Blind Pilot, “Buried a Bone”
21. Mirah (feat. Thao Nguyen), “NOLA”
22. Allison Moorer, “A Change Is Gonna Come”
23. 2nd Chief David Montana, “The Change of Heart Man”
24. Wonderlick, “The American Way”
25. Bonerama, “Mr. Go”
26. Thao Nguyen and Bonerama, “Body”
27. Erin McKeown and Bonerama, “Blackbirds”
28. Nicole Atkins and Bonerama, “When the Levee Breaks”
29. Mike Mills and Bonerama (with Wayne Kramer and Dave Herlihy), “Ohio”
30. Wayne Kramer and Bonerama (with Mike Mills, Erin McKeown, Nicole Atkins and Martín Perna), “Kick Out the Jams”
31. My Morning Jacket and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Carnival Time”

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Es verdad?? of Montreal to release False Priest on cassette! No me digas!!

I don’t know about you, but when I think of producer Jon Brion (Grammy-nominated co-producer of of Montreal’s forthcoming full-length False Priest and former collaborator with the likes of Kanye West, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright), I think of shitty fidelity. To that end, someone somewhere in Kevin Barnes’ camp has decided to release the aforementioned record on limited-edition cassette via Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Records, in conjunction with Polyvinyl. The cassette edition is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies (of shitty, plastic cassettes), and the (annoyingly small-sized) artwork (again, of the shitty, plastic cassette) will feature a 12-panel booklet containing (sized-down) paintings and reinterpretations of paintings by David Barnes, Nina Barnes, and Kevin Barnes. The cassette itself will be red, matching much of the artwork. Needless to say, because it’s borderline-unplayable in most of today’s listening scenarios, high-quality MP3s and FLAC audio are included with your (shitty, plastic) cassette. But hey! The 80s, man! And noise cassettes, dude!

However, lest you feel the need to scour your local thrift store for their last ghetto-blaster, rest assured that Polyvinyl is also releasing False Priest in that good-old confusing 2010 way on September 13 in Europe and September 14 in North America on CD, LP (ahem, 2xLP/180 gram vinyl with exclusive 180-gram red vinyl edition limited to 2,000 copies, that is) and all those good digital ways.

In other oM news, the lead single from False Priest, “Coquet Coquette,” is now available for purchase at all of the finer, high-class online retailers and includes remixes of the track by Starfucker and Yip Deceiver. The band also just dropped a video for that single, directed by Jason Miller of Eikon Productions, which you can check out at the Chocolate Grinder whenever you feel like you’re ready to see a mess of cannibalistic, necrophiliac barbarians! Which, you know, hey, maybe just isn’t today. That’s okay.

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RIP: Michael Been of The Call and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Been

From Ink Tank PR:

Michael Been, vocalist and guitarist of ’80s band The Call, and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Been, passed away today in Belgium, after suffering a heart attack backstage. Been was on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, acting as their sound engineer. He was 60.

The Call erupted on the scene with a passionate sound and a strong political message, and earned numerous hits, including “The Walls Came Down,” “I Still Believe (Great Design)” and “Let the Day Begin,” which climbed to #1 on the Rock chart. Their fans included Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Bono, all contributing to albums, and Gabriel deeming them “the future of American music.”

Been was not only the father of Robert Been but a significant part of BRMC’s development. Often referenced as their fourth member, Been spent countless hours in the studio acting in many roles from mentor and guide, to helping the now internationally revered band capture their sound to tape. He acted as co-producer and engineer on numerous BRMC albums and was their loyal sound engineer for as many years.

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Mark McGuire (Emeralds, St. Louis Cardinals) preps Living With Yourself for Editions Mego

Mark McGuire has announced that he will finally be moving past his impressive (and sometimes controversial) legacy as one of baseball’s most productive batters and will be focusing on his second passion: music. The legendary player, who finished his career playing with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit 583 homers in a 15-year career, has announced that his debut album, Living With Yourself, will be released October 1 through Editions Mego.

Recorded in 2009, Living With Yourself features both electric and acoustic guitar-playing and is sure to show a side of the slugger that many fans never knew existed. The subject matter of the album “focus[es] on [McGuire’s] family, early friendships and the problems that inevitably develop through years of knowing someone.” The album is further described as “tak[ing] McGuire’s sound even further out, and contains some his most accomplished songs to date.” Hmm, I wonder if Mark’s friendship and rivalry with fellow home-run kings Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds will be addressed…

Oh, wait, what? This Mark McGuire is the musician and guitarist for Emeralds and not Mark McGwire the steroid-packed baseball player? THEN WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THIS ALBUM?

Living With Yourself tracklist:

01. The Vast Structure of Recollection
02. Around the Old Neighbourhood
03. Clouds Rolling In
04. Brain Storm (for Erin)
05. Two Different People
06. Moving Apart
07. Clear the Cobwebs
08. Brothers (for Matt)

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FYF Fest has got a lineup, and they want YOU to know it!

The FYF Fest (which doesn’t, but should, stand for Finger Your Fury) will be returning to Los Angeles’ Historic State Park on September 4 for its glorious seven-year anniversary. Started and co-booked by 24-year-old Sean Carlson (with help over the last five years from Keith Morrison of Black Flag and Circle Jerks fame), the fest is practically bursting with talent this year, easily making it (as the press release says) “the largest truly independent music festival to take place in Los Angeles.”

The lineup so far for this year’s show is as follows: The Rapture, Panda Bear, !!!, Unbroken, The Mountain Goats, Dead Man’s Bones, Sleep, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Man Man, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Delorean, Cold Cave, Nick Fury, 7Seconds, Thee Oh Sees, Washed Out, Dum Dum Dugan, Davilla 666, School of Seven Bells, AA Bondy, The Blow, Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, Wavves, The Soft Pack, Abe Vigoda, Warpaint, Off!, Vetiver, Ceremony, Big Freedia, Screaming Females, Magic Kids, The Growlers, Lower Dens, Let’s Wrestle, and Cults.

Tickets are available now, and if you go, don’t forget to Finger Your Fury!

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Kurt Vile and The Soft Pack co-headline North American tour; how will we know who to derisively ignore??

Like a latter-day, musical, not-in-a-relationship-or-criminally-inclined Bonnie and Clyde, The Soft Pack and Kurt Vile are teaming up this fall to cut a swathe of rock ‘n’ roll destruction across North America (okay, so basically the comparison doesn’t really hold after more than two seconds’ worth of close scrutiny, but you know what I mean), the former supporting its self-titled debut on Kemado and the latter the Square Shells EP (TMT Review) on Matador. Fresh off a fantastic Lollapalooza performance, The Soft Pack are heading out across America before picking up Kurt Vile in Atlanta. Who needs summer with a co-headlining tour that hot?

Soft yet Vile tour:

09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest *
09.10.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.11.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.17.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival *
09.18.10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse *
10.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco State University *
10.03.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *
10.07.10 - Dallas, TX - Sons Of Herman Hall *
10.08.10 - Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival *
10.12.10 - Laredo, TX - Old No 2. *
10.13.10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
10.14.10 - Frisco, TX - Lochran’s Pub *
10.16.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol *
10.19.10 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s *
10.20.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
10.21.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.22.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Nick
10.23.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.26.10 - Cincinnati, OH- Mad Hatter’s
10.27.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
10.28.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
10.29.10 - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit
10.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.01.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
11.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.06.10 - Portland, OR - Berbatis Pan
11.09.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
11.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.13.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

* Soft Pack only

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