The Raincoats self-reissue Odyshape in September, adding another LP to this year’s list of best reissues

The Raincoats self-reissue Odyshape in September, adding another LP to this year's list of best reissues

The following is a true story. Recently, I was playing The Raincoats at work and a man walked up to the counter and asked me what horrible music was playing. I stared at him in disbelief, initially under the logical assumption that he was joking. The Raincoats? Horrible? When I didn’t reply, he demanded, “Well? What is it, so that I can make sure never to listen to it again?” That man may not be excited about the following news, but he was clearly deranged, possibly suffered from impaired hearing, and most likely listens to Michael Bolton on a regular basis.

There’s no argument about whether or not The Raincoats are great — there simply isn’t. No one — whether or not you like their subtly off-key vocals, sporadic horns and strings, or ostensibly homemade simplicity — can deny their influence on post-punk or the female groups that have come since. Several years ago, they reissued their 1979 self-titled debut on their own label, We ThRee (The Raincoats came out in the States through Kill Rock Stars), and We ThRee has just announced a forthcoming reissue of Odyshape, The Raincoats’ 1981 sophomore album.

The reissue comes on 180-gram vinyl(/CD) and is remastered from original masters, so “Shouting Out Loud” will sound just as jarring as you remembered it. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, one of many illustrious Raincoats fans (and in case you, like the aforementioned customer, still need convincing: Kurt Cobain was another), wrote the liner notes for the reissue, which will be available on September 13. The best part? After the release, The Raincoats are going on tour, and in December, they’re playing Jeff Magnum’s ATP. “Horrible” indeed.

09.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
09.17.11 - Washington, D.C. - Comet Ping Pong
09.19.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
09.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art
09.23.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
09.24-25.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal

• The Raincoats:

Cut Copy are out to make memories, make memories with you on upcoming tour

Enough, Cut Copy. I like you, but I don’t like you. See, you’re a little sappy. First, you send me a room full of roses. I don’t even like roses. Second, you write me countless love letters. I don’t like love letters either. And when I thought you had given up, you release an entire album called Zonoscope just for me. Now, you’re getting a little closer to what I like, but, no, you still can’t have my heart. So, frankly, I don’t know where you get the idea that I want to “make dear memories” with you on a fall tour.

No matter what I say, I guess I can’t stop you, Cut Copy. You’ll just have to woo the hearts of the people of America, UK, and Brazil instead. Maybe you’ll even turn your attentions to gaining the affections of tourmates Washed Out and Midnight Magic. What am I saying? I know you, and I know you will. You’re just that kind of band, Cut Copy.

Cut Copy dates:

07.14.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.15.11 - Ferropolis, Germany - The Melt Festival
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.20.11 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Nasa Club
07.22.11 - Benidorm, Spain - The Low Cost Festival
07.23.11 - San Sebastian, Spain - International Jazz Festival
07.31.11 - Woodford, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
08.11.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Band Shell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
08.12.11 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
08.13.11 - Orange County, CA - Oak Canyon Park (The Pacific Festival)
09.09.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.13.11 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre *
09.14.11 - Portland, ME - The State Thatre *
09.15.11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.19.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
09.22.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
09.23.11 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club (Pygmalion Music Festival) *
09.24.11 - Cincinatti, OH - Midpoint Music Festival *
09.26.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
09.27.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
09.28.11 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater *
09.30.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
10.01.11 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live *
10.03.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
10.04.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater *
10.07.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue *
10.09.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder *
10.16.11 - Pensacola, FL - Deluna Fest
10.19.11 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Bar Opiniao
10.21.11 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - HSBC Brazil
10.22.11 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Circo Voador
10.27.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse

* Washed Out, Midnight Magic

• Cut Copy:
• Washed Out:
• Midnight Magic:

Portishead are all “Cheerio luv, we’re touring North America for the first time in 11 years” and shit, but I guess that’s cool with me

The other day I’m in this record store. It’s a newish place with plenty of clean, web 2.0 straight lines, lots of light, not enough band stickers covering the counters yet, etc. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate having another local store to visit and everyone there is friendly and cool, and they’re playing cool tunes and shit, but there’s something about the vibe of this place that’s just a little “off.” But I continue flipping through the vinyl (my turntable is busted right now, but… gotta flip through the vinyl, right?) hoping to find a cool little gem. So far there’s nothing and I’m kind of cruising on auto-pilot… but that’s when I get to the “P” section. I guess you can see where this story is going, huh?

By the way, the prices at this place are a little on the high side. Once again, I’m all about having this place in the neighborhood, but I just don’t think they’re going to last too terribly long. I feel like they are trying to appeal to some breed of yuppie hipster (“yupster,” I guess?) that, while interested in records, will undoubtedly lose that interest in 4-5 months or so because of how inauthentic and surface-level it is. Oh well. Anyway, to continue my story: so, I’m breezing through the “P” section. PA-… PE-… PH-… PI-… and there, sitting in the PO- section waiting for me (and only me), is the album I’ve been dying to own on vinyl for almost 20 years! It’s a used copy, and it’s pretty on-the-cheap compared to the other items, and I cannot believe my good luck! As many fans know, this particular band doesn’t exactly have a lot of records to its name, but the music that it did see fit to release into the world is pure, unadulterated genius. Their 90s stuff is some of the very best music ever made in my opinion, and I’ve wanted to own the self-titled on vinyl forever.

I immediately abandon my search and dash up to the under-stickered counter clutching my prize and thrust it at the clerk with my debit card. As he scans it, he flips it over and studies it with some vague longing, as if he too knows that this was the hidden treasure of the PO- section and he’s sad to see it finally go. Finally he looks up, hands the record over, and grins at me knowingly: “Big fan of Porno For Pyros, huh?”

Portishead North American dates:

07.15.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.23-24.11 - London, UK - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival
10.01-02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival
10.04-05.11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.07.11 - Montreal, QC - Jaques Cartier Peir
10.09-10.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Festival
10.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
10.21.11 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
10.23.11 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
10.24.11 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
10.27.11 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center

• Portishead:
• Island:

Ramones reissue their first four albums on totally un-punk 180-gram vinyl

If you didn’t own them already, which you should, Rhino Records has announced that, on July 19, it will be reissuing the first four albums by punk’s original boy band: The Ramones.

All four records (1976’s Ramones, 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia, and 1978’s Road to Ruin) will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl pressed from the original analog masters and will feature not only all of the original artwork, but also actual glue that you can sniff at home in your basement, just like The Ramones!

To sweeten this already sweet deal, Rhino has announced that its reissue of Leave Home will feature the track “Carbona Not Glue,” which was only available on the first pressing and replaced with “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” on later versions. This means that this copy of the record will be better than the copy you already own! Yay! Buy it again!

To super sweeten this already sweetened deal, Rhino will also be selling (more expensive) versions of all four albums (available only on their website) that come with a bonus 7-inch featuring a single from the album with its corresponding B-side. Those singles are as follows: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” b/w “California Sun/I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” on Ramones; “Swallow My Pride” b/w “Pinhead” and a live recording of “Let’s Dance” for Leave Home; “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” b/w “I Don’t Care” with Rocket To Russia; and “She’s The One” b/w “I Wanna Be Sedated” from Road To Ruin.

• The Ramones:
• Rhino:

Girls announce tourdates and new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost for September but leave the Virgin Mary feeling left out yet again

San Francisco-based band Girls, who got everyone in the music world to love them after releasing their first album (2009’s Album [TMT Review]), have announced that they will be releasing their second album on September 13, with a whole bunch of tourdates surrounding the record release. The new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, while definitely a second attempt by the band to be universally loved, has left one person feeling left out: The Virgin Mary.

“It just sucks, you know, never being a part of The Holy Trinity,” said Mary in a recent interview. “I can deal with the fact that nobody but Catholics pay much attention to me but it really hurts when your friends leave you behind.”

The Virgin Mary, who has become a huge spiritual icon and gossip-magazine favorite, gained newfound popularity when she helped the boys in Girls to form a band, but despite being one of the many “girls” to inspire the band’s name, she’s not dealing well with her former friends’ new fame. “I taught them enerything they know, I’m the girl in Girls and it just disappoints me to see more men leave their mothers behind and start paying all their attention to God and Jesus.”

The new album will be released through True Panther Sounds and is hyped as being: “A truly beautiful record and the perfect amalgamation of a band’s past and present while most importantly leaving us all excited and hungry for their future,” but to those in the know, it’s the sound of a band becoming their own, leaving their past comforts behind, and stepping into a world of the unknown.

Father, Son, Holy Ghost tracklist:

01. Honey Bunny
02. Alex
03. Die
04. Saying I Love You
05. My Ma
06. Vomit
07. Just A Song
08. Magic
09. Forgiveness
10. Love Like a River
11. Jamie Marie


09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.15.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
09.16.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.17.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.19.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.22-23.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.24.11 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
09.25.11 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal Festival
09.27.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club Theatre
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.30.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave Nightclub
10.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.06.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.08-09.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

• Girls: http://www.facebook/girlssf
• True Panther Sounds:

RIP: Michael “Würzel” Burston of Motörhead

From The Guardian:

Few fans of the English heavy metal band Motörhead would recognise the name Michael Burston, but if presented with his stage name, Würzel, the majority would respond with unequivocal enthusiasm. The guitarist, who has died aged 61 after suffering from heart disease, came closer than any of the group’s many members to being the face of the band, with the exception of Motörhead’s founder, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Much of Burston’s enduring popularity came from his unaffected good nature, his reluctance to avoid playing the role of the rock star and his expert musicianship.

• Motörhead: