Public Enemy stick it to the man with a fancy 25th Anniversary vinyl box set!

Public Enemy stick it to the man with a fancy 25th Anniversary vinyl box set!

No matter what your race, religion, or stance on the social acceptability of viking helmets, if you’ve ever wanted to haul off and just tell the establishment to go shove it, Chuck D, Flava Flav (and their badass production team, the Bomb Squad) were there for you. In fact, heck, they were there to do it for you. Starting with their 1987 debut Yo! Bum Rush the Show and culminating with 1998’s He Got Game, these guys spent over a decade, six studio albums for Def Jam, and a lot of crazy clock necklaces dedicating themselves to the task of raging/partying against the machine on your behalf.

Now, an incredible 25 years since they first crashed onto the scene and pretty much defined hardcore hip-hop, Island/Def Jam is celebrating the group’s gritty, take-it-to-the-streets mentality by releasing their entire catalog “on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, in a limited edition box set” that you can probably, possibly, maybe-kinda afford. Fight the power!

Either way, though, all the jams are here (“Public Enemy No. 1,” “Bring the Noise,” “Fight the Power,” “Welcome to the Terrordome,” “911 Is a Joke,” etc.) on a total of nine heavy-ass 12-inch vinyl records, presumably enclosed in some sort of appropriately-violent looking box. The whole shebang includes Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987), It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), Fear of a Black Planet (1990), Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black (1991), Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994) and He Got Game (1998); and will be released on April 15. Pre-order info seems scant at the moment, but TMT is a pretty big deal, so we probably just got the press release ahead of anyone else in the music biz. In the meantime, I suggest we all prepare by adding the word “terrordome” to the dictionaries of all the electronic devices we use.

Public Enemy 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection:

01. Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)
02. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
03. Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
04. Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)
05. Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994)
06. He Got Game (1998)

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Mexican Summer reissues three Lansing-Dreiden releases on crisp shiny new vinyl records

Lansing-Dreiden, the enigmatic early 2000s NY band and first result you get when typing “Lansing Dr–” into Google, (just above “Lansing drug bust” and “Lansing dry cleaners”! Congrats!) are getting their reissue on. The good people at Mexican Summer are dusting off three releases from the group, slapping ‘em onto wax, and garlanding them with “new unreleased material.” 2003’s self-released The Incomplete Triangle, 2004’s self-released EP A Sectioned Beam, and the 2006 Kemado LP The Dividing Island are all due for the Nerd Becomes Sexy Hot Girl High School Makeover treatment. Not that I’m calling anyone a nerd here. You’re all sexy hot high school girls in my book. Anyway, whatever. It all comes out on April 9 in the US and April 22 in the UK BECAUSE YOU JUST GOTTA WAIT, OK?

The sorely under-appreciated Lansing-Dreiden are a favorite of the similarly-veined Ariel Pink, Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear, and Lilys’ Kurt Heasley, who said, “The Incomplete Triangle was played in our house every day for over a year. It somehow made the war in Iraq more understandable.” Good times, right? The early 2000s. The Iraq War. Dick Cheney. Some things (like all of the above) shouldn’t be forgotten because they’re horrible. Some things (like Lansing-Dreiden) shouldn’t be forgotten because THEY’RE AWESOME.

And so hats off to you, Mexican Summer, for remastering these releases, doing the bonus material shuffle, and getting these thangs put on vinyl for the first time ever. You can check out the official single for The Incomplete Triangle, a little number called “Metal on a Gun” right here:

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RZA to play San Francisco cop in TV series, reportedly the sharpest policeman in the whole department

RZA would make a great cop. Hear me out. First of all, he’s the sharpest of all the Wu-Tang Clan, even if GZA’s the head in their proverbial Voltron. Second of all, he’s got the Digital Bullet, which has the power to turn bad men good. Third of all, did you read the part about the Digital Bullet? It’s got the power to turn bad men good! That is a permanent solution to crime!

Clearly someone at Fox understands Bobby Digital, as FACT reports that he’s been cast as one of the leads of the network’s new series Gang Related. On the show, RZA plays a member of the San Francisco Police Department’s gang task force. His partner and best friend is Ryan Lopez (played by Ramon Rodriguez), who just so happens to be — GASP — a gang member attempting to infiltrate the department. Will RZA discover his friend’s true motives? How will Lopez obscure his identity week after week? Fox hopes you’re interested enough to find out!

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Joe Meek’s pop masterpiece I Hear a New World gets the chance to haunt a whole new generation of audiophile geeks

As FACT report, Glasgow label PoppyDisc are set to issue an expanded edition of Joe Meek’s experimental pop masterpiece I Hear a New World in March.

“I hear a new world/Calling me/So strange and so real/Haunting me”

These poignant phrases of exploratory thought became eerie prophecies of a life headed strange-ward into the void. As David Toop once noted, Joe Meek — like Brian Wilson, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Phil Spector — is one of those rare sound scientists that wrestled on the fringes of sanity in order to conjure music from some “not-yet-existent” other place. The risk of course, in attempting to tap into such depths, is total disillusionment — a sudden detachment from reality. Wilson’s LSD-addled mind was lost somewhere in his sandbox, Perry flooded, then burned his cherished Black Ark studio to the ground, and in 1967, Meek murdered his landlady before turning the shotgun on himself.

Meek is now rightly regarded as one of the most influential engineers of all time, a pioneer of the studio-as-instrument (and producer-as-artist) recording approach. In 1959, Joe Meek, alongside Rod Freeman and The West Five, fleshed out the spectacular, space-themed visions ghosting his brain. The result was I Hear a New World, a collection of dreamy pop vignettes, adorned with dubby echoes and tape-warped sonic tendrils. These pop experiments, originally released in abbreviated form, were all but ignored at the time. It seems that music made for and about the future must wait for the future to arrive before it can be sufficiently understood and appreciated.

This release is a veritable time capsule, a reissue as a near-perfect distillation of Meek’s nameless genius, likely the closest we’ll ever get to his envisioned final product. I Hear a New World was a Sun Ra-style moment of interstellar clarity, a lassoing of the moon and stars put to magnetic tape that foresaw decades of psych music’s space worship. Sitting comfortably between Wilson’s SMiLE and the Forbidden Planet soundtrack, I Hear a New World is a seminal moment in both electronic music and avant-pop history; it’s about time we get to hear it in its unabridged, fully eccentric shape. This is something to be excited about.

I Hear a New World is due on March 18. Enjoy the spectacular title track below.

I Hear a New World tracklisting:

01. I Hear a New World
02. Orbit around the Moon
03. Entry of the Globbots
04. The Bulblight
05. March of the Dribcots
06. Love Dance of the Saroos
07. Glob Waterfall
08. Magnetic Field
09. Valley of the Saroos
10. Dribcots Space Boat
11. Disc Dance of the Globbots
12. Valley of No Return
13. Early History
14. Ibc / Triumph / Rgm / Pye
15. Holloway Road / Studio Gear
16. A Day in the Life / Making Records / Production
17. Interview to Camera by Joe Meek (World in Action documentary from 1964)

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Aaron Dilloway gives away free album “Siena” via Bandcamp, uploads dozens of Hanson Records past classics

SHATTER ALL ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES… except that Bandcamp revenue stream!

Aaron Dilloway — ultra-prolific noise artist, floppy-mask-wearing creep, shrieking jester to our inner King Lear — has gifted the internet a brand-new solo album entitled Siena, named for its “[r]aw recordings made inside and outside in Siena Italy, summer of 2012.” The eight-track album is being offered for free download via Bandcamp, and will only be available on digital formats. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I have downloaded it. Looks great in iTunes 11.

Siena is only the tip of the digital iceberg, however. Perhaps even more exciting is that 30+ albums from the Dilloway-run Hanson Records back catalog are now available for perusal and cheap purchase, the majority of which were only available in super-limited tape editions. Hanson has been around since 1994, so there are literally hundreds of omissions, but what’s up so far has to be among the cream of the crop — Kevin Drumm’s Land of Lurches, Hair Police’s Drawn Dead, Emeralds’ Solar Bridge, ohhhhh nelly! Also don’t miss the titles in Hanson’s Flashback Series, such azz The Haters’ 1986 debut LP and To Live and Shave in L.A.’s 30-Minuten Männercreme from 1994.

Finally, and MOST excitingly, Hanson Records is on Facebook now. Let all your distant cousins know you’re fiending for more Exhumed Corpse!

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Ariel Pink announces US tourdates, gets to play music in a cemetery; the hell are you doing with YOUR life, huh?

NME called his oeuvre “the work of a unique mind,” which is like half a compliment, half the way a perplexed teacher tries to explain to anxious parents that their little darling has been drawing pictures of angry vampires mass-murdering the entire drive-thru line at the In-N-Out Burger in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Except for the only thing Ariel Pink is killing is our preconceived notion of what pop music should sound like! Hey now!!!!!

And so Los Angeles’ most mighty purveyor of freak pop trudges onward, carrying his burden from city to city, all in the hopes of enlightening the people. This spring he’s touring in support of last summer’s critically be-drooled-over second record for 4AD, Mature Themes (TMT Review). And he’s playing festivals! He’s playing Hollywood Forever Cemetery! He’s playing the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, America’s sexiest library! He’s playing Portland’s Wonder Ballroom, the ballroom that begs the question, “Why doesn’t every city have a place called Wonder Ballroom? Hot damn that’s a cool name.” All for you, America, Ariel Pink does it all for you.


03.09.13 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival NRML
03.23.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama Festival
05.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
05.18.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.20.13 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
05.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
05.23.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.25.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
05.27.13 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Fest
05.28.13 - Missoula, MT - Badlander
05.31.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Do-Division
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (late show)
06.02.13 - Dekalb, IL - Pink Otto’s
06.03.13 - Champaign, IL - Blind Pig
06.04.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.05.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
06.06.13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
06.07.13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
06.08.13 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
06.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.10.13 - Washington DC - U Street
06.11.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
06.13.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.14.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
06.15.13 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
06.17.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees
06.18.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk

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[Photo: Raymond Flotat]