Norton Records needs your help recovering from Sandy damage

Norton Records needs your help recovering from Sandy damage

Norton Records, self proclaimed home of the “Loud Sound,” needs your help. The label’s warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last month and they are still reeling from the damage. Everything from paperwork and master tapes to new product and backstock have been damaged or destroyed. Norton is looking for volunteers to help salvage what is left of their Red Hook warehouse and openly taking donations on their website. Information about donating and volunteering is available here.

Norton has been the home for over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll for nearly 30 years. They’ve reissued material from rock pioneers Jerry Lee Lewis and Link Wray, unearthed rare material from cult acts such as ? and the Mysterians and The Sonics, and have released new material from modern acts like King Khan and The Black Lips. Their 25th anniversary show last year included The Reigning Sound, Andre Williams, Real Kids, and Tandori Knights.

Norton is not the only label to suffer catastrophic losses from the hurricane. Modern classical label New Amsterdam, home to acts such as yMusic and Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond) was also flooded in Red Hook. They’ve reportedly lost over 70% of their stock and are also seeking donations and volunteers. Information about helping out New Amsterdam can be found here.

So if you’re in the greater New York metro area and have a few hours to kill, shoot either label an email and see what you can do to help.

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Dan Friel announces blues album Total Folklore, assuming you define the blues as triumphant noise music

Quick, everybody! Who’s your favorite blues musician? Mine’s Dan Friel, the keyboard player of Brooklyn noise-rock band Parts & Labor. Perhaps you don’t define blues as pulverizing-but-melodic noise music, but, buddy, I do. Back in 2008, Friel put out a solo EP called Ghost Town (TMT Review), but remained fairly silent on the solo front since then. However, with Parts & Labor on break following last year’s Constant Future, Friel has returned to the world of solo material. Earlier this year, he put out the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP (TMT Review). On February 19, Thrill Jockey will put out his new full-length, Total Folklore. Prepare your blues face.

Listeners to Valedictorian/Exoskeleton have heard the Peaking Lights remix of Total Folklore’s opener “Ulysses.” Well, now hear it without those gross Peaking Lights folks all over it! (J/K LUV U PEAKING LIGHTS!) Listen to an edit of “Ulysses” at Thrill Jockey’s Soundcloud, then dream about the full version for the next two months. By the way, you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not a cover of the Franz Ferdinand single “Ulysses”? Remember that song? No? Really, no? Okay.

Total Folklore tracklist:

01. Ulysses
02. Windmills
03. Valedictorian
04. Intermission #1
05. Velocipede
06. Scavengers
07. Intermission #2
08. Thumper
09. Landslide
10. Intermission #3
11. Swarm
12. Badlands

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Jar Moff releases Commercial Mouth LP on PAN, for all the echolocation/laser/hip-hop fans out there

Imagine: a world where magical underwater dolphins prank call each other and leave lengthy voicemails consisting of heavy breathing over lush Myst-like waterfall soundscapes, before diving into a super rowdy game of laser tag, and then finally attending a jazz show. Now this may not have been your fantasy at the beginning of the day, but now that you know it exists, why not? Why not make it your fantasy? Because it does exist, in the mind and tunes of Athens-based sound collage artist Jar Moff.

Come December 7, PAN will release Jar Moff’s debut LP Commercial Mouth as a digital album and an LP. This is the fella’s first full-length LP (sure, it’s only two tracks, but they’re LONG ones. That’s what matters, right?); he did a digital release for Leaving Records and a remix on the Harald Grosskopf Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP last year. If you’ve ever listened to hip-hop records and thought, “what’s with the lack of laser swooshes and dolphin squeaking?” well then Jar Moff might just be your new best friend; check out the excerpt:

Commercial Mouth tracklisting:

01. Tziaitzomanasou
02. Commercial Mouth

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RIP: Michael Dunford of prog rock group Renaissance

From Renaissance’s website:

Michael Dunford, musical composer and guitarist of the progressive rock band Renaissance passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He had just returned home from the first leg of the band’s North American tour and suffered a massive Instantaneous Cerebral Hemorrhage while dining at his home in Surrey, England Monday night. He was rushed to hospital where doctors declared his condition irreversible and terminal. He passed away at 11:06 pm GMT, surrounded by his family without having regained consciousness.

The reclusive and soft-spoken composer, a mainstay in the world of progressive rock, was born, raised and educated in Surrey. His first job was selling clothing in a local shop followed by a stint as an airside driver at Heathrow Airport which enabled him to form a “skiffle” group which lead to his first rock band called Nashville Teens in the early 1960s. Nashville Teens reached #6 on U.K. singles charts with their version of Tobacco Road. On leaving them, he formed several other bands including The Pentad and The Plebes. One night he went to see the original band Renaissance perform locally and ended up joining them in the early 1970s. The original band members were Jim McCarty, Louis Cennamo, John Hawken, Keith Relf and Jane Relf.

Dunford and vocalist Annie Haslam took over Renaissance’s reins in 1971 and soon had established the group as a world class recording and touring act, selling out venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London. They would go on to release over a dozen albums before eventually parting ways in the mid-1980s. However, they would continue to write new material together and in 2001 reunited the band to record a new studio album, tour the following year, and release a live album. After another sabbatical, the refreshed line-up was introduced to the world and captured for posterity on Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories Live 2011.

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Yo La Tengo announce new record Fade, go on tour, briefly consider changing name to Yo Lo Tengo

Yolo this! Yolo that! That’s all I ever hear from the kids these days. Well, why not ease up on the Yolo for a second and get into some Yo La. Yo La Tengo that is! Hello, I am somebody’s dumb indie rock dad and I’m hear to tell you that Yo La Tengo have a new album coming out soon.

Yo La Tengo’s 13th album is titled Fade and it will be released on January 15. Like basically every Yo La Tengo record released in roughly the last two decades, Matador will be handling the release. If you’re a cool indie rock dad like myself, you’ll want to pre-order the record immediately. Well, hey champ. you can do that right here at Matador’s website. If you order the record’s deluxe edition, you will receive a bonus 7-inch featuring covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” and Times New Viking’s “Move to California.” Todd Rundgren? Times New Viking? In one place? Wowzers.

Now, sit down and let’s listen to “Before We Run,” the first released track from Fade. Go right here to listen to the song and, while you’re there, also watch the animated video. It was done by Emily Hubley! The sister of Georgia Hubley! You know, the drummer for Yo La Tengo! You kids don’t know anything. Anyway, “Before We Run” is actually Fade’s closing song. I assume that’s a typo, considering that the song is less than 10 minutes long.

As per tradition, Yo La Tengo are doing a series of Hanukkah shows at the esteemed Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell’s. Though we are not Jewish, I am dragging you to all those shows. After that, I will drag you to a number of shows on Yo La Tengo’s world tour, which begins in January. Look, kid, you’re going to watch a lot of Yo La Tengo, whether you like it or not.

Fade tracklist:

01. Ohm
02. Is That Enough
03. Well You Better
04. Paddle Forward
05. Stupid Things
06. I’ll Be Around
07. Cornelia and Jane
08. Two Trains
09. The Point of It
10. Before We Run

Yo La Tengo dates:

12.8-15.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells (Hanukkah shows)
01.23.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.24.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson
01.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead *
01.26.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
01.27.13 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
01.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Brown *
01.31.13 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant *
02.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic
02.02.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.04.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.05.13 - Madison, WI - Barrymore
02.07.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland
02.08.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
02.09.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
02.11.13 - Montreal, Quebec - Corona
02.12.13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
02.13.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.15.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30
02.16.13 - New York, NY - Town Hall
03.01.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
03.02.13 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
03.06.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Festival Millenni
03.08.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
03.10.13 - Milan, Italy - Limelight
03.11.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousontourm
03.12.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.13.13 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
03.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
03.17.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
03.18.13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
03.20.13 - London, England - Barbican
03.21.13 - Manchester, England - The Ritz
03.22.13 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
03.23.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street

* Calexico

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Unwound release live LP version of Leaves Turn Inside You, unveil online archive

The internet! In a place long ago and far away, Cyberspace’s great gasping artificially conscious beast was begat of Mr. Gore and a wacked-out speedball of irony, snarky comment sections, and funny cats. In its early days, this primitive creature existed solely of Angelfire websites and X-Files message boards, gradually growing in sophistication and power until that most glorious of days — TODAY! — when Unwound bring their own history back to life with an online tour museum of sorts: the Unwound Archive. In this museum, you can be naked. You can chew tons of gum and take all the photos you want. It’s like a paradise for people who have always had really low-level dreams of what they wish they could do in a museum… but really high-level dreams of what kind of musical history they wanna poke around in, within said museum.

See, Unwound are showing off some artifacts from their last tourdates in 2001 and 2002: videos, interviews, fliers, all that jazz. Plus new t-shirts! This museum never closes, you gum-chewing, naked freak; you can sit and listen to Unwound live shows all damn night long if you want. But if that’s not enough for you, on December 11, the band is also releasing a live double LP version of their 2001 masterpiece, Leaves Turn Inside You, consisting of live performances from their final tour. Each track was recorded by Unwound superfan and bootlegger, Mike Zeigler — a fella referred to as “The Kid” and deeply devoted to Nirvana and rock ‘n’ roll in general — who accompanied the band on their final tour. So, you can watch your Unwound tour videos on the internet while syncing up the new live version of Leaves Turn Inside You, reliving those hazy, magical days when everyone had email addresses and you shared that final moment with Unwound at Bimbo’s in San Francisco.

Live Leaves tracklisting:

01. We Invent You (10/16/2001 SF, CA. Bimbo’s)
02. Terminus (10/15/2001 SF, CA. Bimbo’s)
03. December (09/21/2001 Austin, TX. Emo’s)
04. Look a Ghost (09/21/2001 Austin, TX. Emo’s)
05. Scarlette (09/01/2001 Chicago, IL. Fireside Bowl)
06. Lifetime (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
07. Corpse Pose (09/17/2001 Athens, GA. 40 Watt Club)
08. October All Over (09/06/2001 Detroit, MI. Magic Stick)
09. Arboretum (09/22/2001 Denton, TX. Rubber Gloves)
10. Below The Salt (09/22/2001 Denton, TX. Rubber Gloves)
11. No Tech (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
12. Valentine Card (09/16/2001 Carrboro, NC. Cat’s Cradle)
13. Radio Gra (09/18/2001 Atlanta, GA. Echo Lounge)

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