Prince Rama to puncture consciousness of the soul-mind in 13 drops of amber rain on new album Trust Now

Prince Rama to puncture consciousness of the soul-mind in 13 drops of amber rain on new album Trust Now

Out in distant space, two mystic symbols reside. Though they spin peacefully through infinite space, eventually the pair shall collide, marking the arrival of a new Prince Rama album and… you know what? Forget it. I’m embarrassing myself. While the members of Prince Rama were raised on a Hare Krishna commune in Florida, I was raised in the suburbs of Mississippi, perhaps the least psychedelic place in existence. That said, Prince Rama are in fact releasing a new record, Trust Now, through Paw Tracks on October 4.

Trust Now is the Brooklyn-based psych band’s fifth album overall and their second for Paw Tracks, following up last year’s Shadow Temple (TMT Review). The record also happens to be the group’s first without member Michael Collins, who has taken a hiatus from the band. For the new record, the remaining members of the group, sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson, took to a 19th century church with producer Scott Colburn, who has produced a ton of Sun City Girls records. Colburn has also done work for Animal Collective and Arcade Fire, but I think the Sun City Girls stuff is what’s really key here.

At this very moment, the members of Prince Rama are in the midst of their residency at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. Their work there involves using VHS workout music to soundtrack group exorcisms and somehow “re-staging apocalypses through chopped and screwed pop songs,” all in the service of exploring the link between music and utopia. On Thursday, they’ll play Montreal’s Suoni Per il Popolo fest, but that seems considerably minor league in the face of re-staging apocalypses.

Trust Now tracklisting:

01. Rest in Peace
02. Summer of Love
03. Trust
04. Portaling
05. Incarnation
06. Golden Silence

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RIP: Clarence Clemons, E Street Band saxophonist

From The New York Times:

Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock’s most beloved sidemen, died Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.

The cause was complications from a stroke, which he suffered last Sunday, said a spokeswoman for Mr. Springsteen.

From the beginnings of the E Street Band in 1972, Mr. Clemons played a central part in Mr. Springsteen’s music, complementing the group’s electric guitar and driving rhythms in songs like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” with muscular, melodic saxophone hooks that echoed doo-wop, soul and early rock ’n’ roll.

But equally important to the group’s image was the sense of affection and unbreakable camaraderie between Mr. Springsteen and his sax man. Few E Street Band shows were complete without a shaggy-dog story about the stormy night the two men met at a bar in Asbury Park, N.J., or a long bear hug between them at the end of the night.

Mr. Clemons also became something of a celebrity in his own right, acting in Martin Scorsese’s “New York, New York” and other films, and on television shows like “Diff’rent Strokes,” and jamming with President Bill Clinton at the 1993 inaugural ball.

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RIP: Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, outsider musician

From The New York Times:

Wild Man Fischer, a mentally ill street musician who became a darling of the pop music industry in the 1960s and as a result enjoyed four decades of strange, intermittent and often ill-fitting celebrity, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66.


A singer-songwriter, Mr. Fischer was sometimes called the grandfather of Outsider music, but he was an outsider even by Outsider standards.

His voice was raspy and very loud. There was little tune to his melodies, and his lyrics had the repetitiveness and seeming simplicity of nursery rhymes. His singing, typically a cappella, was punctuated by vocal effects like hooting, wailing and shouting.

Whether Mr. Fischer was a naïve genius whose work embodied primal truths, or simply a madman who practiced a musicalized form of ranting, is the subject of continuing debate.

But he attracted — and retains — a cult following, which over time has included well-known figures in the music business. Among them were Frank Zappa, who produced Mr. Fischer’s first album; the child actor-turned-musician Bill Mumy; the radio host Dr. Demento; and the singer Rosemary Clooney, with whom Mr. Fischer recorded a duet.

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks announce fall tour; Bob Nastanovich announces day job

Man, I love me some “Gold Soundz” as much as the next guy, but thank god that abysmal Pavement reunion is over. And don’t pretend like I’m out of line and just not a big enough Pavement fan to have “realized the significance” and blah blah blah. No. You know I’m right. That shit sucked. Plus, now Malkmus can get back to doing what he most loves to do: confounding people’s expectations left and right with all of his pretty-spotty-but-still-generally-cool-and-interesting Jicks records. In fact, I hear there’s a new one coming out soon. Why don’t you tell us all about it in ‘graph 2, Nobodaddy?

Hey, thanks Nobodaddy, and welcome back folks! Okay, the new Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks record, Mirror Traffic, is hitting streets in the UK on August 22 via Domino and August 23 in the US via Matador. And after you’ve had a few weeks to learn all of the non sequitor lyrics by heart and master all of the drum fills on your air-drums, the band will hit the road in North America for a month’s worth of theater dates so that you can scream the words and air-drum along with the band to your heart’s content. You know, kinda like Bob Nastanovich.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks dates:

09.20.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
09.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
09.22.11 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
09.23.11 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
09.24.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.26.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.29.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
09.30.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
10.01.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10.02.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.04.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.05.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Earth House
10.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.07.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
10.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.20.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

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Eleanor Friedberger releases video single on some music site, announces tour apart from The Fiery Furnaces

Brothers and sisters are like any other kind of couple: they do well in a band, or they don’t. Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces are one example of a blood duo that works, and mostly works well. Since 2009’s I’m Going Away (TMT Review), The Fiery Furnaces have sort of faded from the limelight and Matthew has spent more time trying his hand at a solo career. This year alone, he’s releasing eight albums via the Thrill Jockey Solos subscription series (half of these albums are set to be shipped out in July, September, and November). You know how sibling rivalries go — Eleanor was not going to be left behind, and in April, we reported that she had plans of her own for a solo album, out July 12 on Merge. There may or not have been some competitive name-calling involved at the dinner table, but considering that Matt and Eleanor just finished a FF tour, I think they’re okay with each other.

The countdown to Last Summer still has some weeks to go, but to prove to us that the debut is worth it, Eleanor released a music video for her single “My Mistakes” on Pitchfork. The old-looking footage in the video (by Sara Magenheimer) is actually taken from a 14-year-old VHS tape of a college art project — there are no Urban Outfitters facsimile tricks here. It’s overall a smart, catchy track, and by the time you hear the sax solo at the end, you’ll be asking, Matthew who?

Now that you’re won over, you’ll be happy to know that Eleanor is planning a solo tour, coinciding with the July release date for Last Summer. We at TMT just hope that life for the Friedberger family won’t be anything like that Simpsons episode “Lisa on Ice” from now on.


06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Cecilia’s Church
07.11.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
07.12.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat Backstage
07.14.11 - Cambridge, MA - Lizard Lounge
07.16.11 - New York City, NY - South Street Seaport (Village Voice/4knots Festival)
07.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
07.20.11 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
07.23.11 - Portland, OR - Neumo’s Crystal Ball (Capitol Hill Block Party)
07.24.11 - Seattle, WA - Doug Fir Lounge
07.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah Saloon
07.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

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SoundCloud receives investment from Ashton Kutcher, and I’m dying to make a Punk’d joke about it

So, yeah. Takin’ the high road on this one. No Punk’d jokes or cougar references or anything. You want to read that low-brow shit, buy one of Mr P’s overpriced books. Meanwhile, like my classy friends over at Billboard tell me, the cloudy, music-sharing-y website SoundCloud (you know, the one that lets people write annoying remarks like “whoaa, fuckin AWESOME!!!!” right on top of the waveform graphic thing?) has just received “an undisclosed amount” from Ashton Kutcher’s venture capital fund, A-Grade Fund. The way it goes down is that Kutcher, along with artist manager/entrepreneur Guy Oseary and billionaire investor Ron Burkle, basically go around throwing stacks of cash, blood diamonds, and editions of Action Comics #1 at whatever cool start-up companies they think might have a shot at hitting it big (for instance, they’ve previously made investments in such startups as non-hotel company Airbnb and non-illegal scalpers SeatGeek).

At the same time, SoundCloud also reported that it has recently surpassed five million users of its puffy, cumulus service, and co-founder Alexander Ljung is all about chalking that growth up to the butterfly effect. “It’s totally awesome to welcome Guy and Ashton into the SoundCloud family, especially this week as we celebrate such a significant user milestone,” he said. “A-Grade are joining our mission to get everyone creating and sharing sound in their everyday lives, and with their knowledge and passion for new technologies and using social media to reach and influence people all over the world, their support will be invaluable.” See? Things we do, like, totally affect the future! Ahhhhhh.

But seriously folks, the growth that SoundCloud is experiencing right now is kind of nuts. Only two months earlier, Ljung apparently reported that the company had just surpassed 4 million users. Even more crazily, it had a measly 1 million in May 2010. EVEN MORE CRAZILY, it blew up from 2 to 3 million in only 97 days. So maybe consider posting the message “congrats SoundCloud Dudez!!!!!” on one of your roommate’s new “sample heavy” loop tracks the next time she shoves one down your throat using SoundCloud.

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