Rhys Chatham to release Outdoor Spell in April, starts tour tonight

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Rhys Chatham, composer, guitarist, trumpeter, all-around cool guy, has signed a two-album deal with up-and-coming label Northern-Spy. The first release, due April 12, is titled Outdoor Spell, and if his last album, The Bern Project (TMT Review), is any indication, the new album will blow your mind. Actually, it’s probably not much of an indication, as not only does Chatham leave the guitars behind for trumpet on Outdoor Spell, but he also recently told Ars Nova Workshop that the album “marks a real break from [his] past brass releases.” He continues:

When I returned to playing brass a few years back, I spent almost a year defining a complete new way, at least for me, of playing trumpet. No more distortion, no more wah-wah pedal, just pure trumpet, making use of its entire range, from the lowest pedal tones to high triple Cs. Outdoor Spell is the first release where we can hear this new style.

The album sees Chatham collaborating with Cuban percussionist Beatriz Rojas, French improviser Jean-Marc Montera on electric guitar, and Kevin Shea (Talibam!, Peter Evans Quartet) on drums. You can check out our premiere of “Corn Maiden’s Rite” over at the Chocolate Grinder. YES YES YES.


02.09.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge #
02.12.11 - Arlington, VA - Artisphere #
02.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - International House %#
02.17.11 - Montreal, Canada - Casa del Popolo #
02.18.11 - Buffalo, NY - Hall Walls Contemporary Art Center #
02.19.11 - Detriot, MI - Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art #
03.01.11 - Paris, France - Centre Culturel Suisse ^
03.22.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
03.26.11 - Liverpool, UK The Bluecoat
03.27.11 - London, UK Cafe Oto @

# Rhys Chatham Brass Trio (Rhys Chatham: trumpet; David Daniell: guitar; Ryan Sawyer: drums)
% Elliott Sharp rules
^ Trumpet performance
$ Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio
@ Solo trumpet, guitar works

Outdoor Spell tracklist:

01. Outdoor Spell
02. Crossing the Sword Bridge of the Abyss
03. Corn Maiden’s Rite
04. The Magician

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Northern-Spy: http://www.rhyschatham.net

Gang Gang Dance are releasing a new new LP in May called Eye Contact

Has this day sucked for you? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got some news that’ll perhaps make it suck just a tiny bit less. TMT just got word that Brooklyn tribal electronic beasts Gang Gang Dance will be releasing their newest full-length incarnation on May 10 via 4AD, appropriately. The new LP Eye Contact is the follow-up to 2008’s Saint Dymphna (TMT Review), and I assume it will be for the band what MPP was for Animal Collective. Take that as you will.

No US dates scheduled as of now, but the band will be playing a handful of festivals across the pond in the coming months. Thazz all we got for now.

Euro shows:

04.09.11 - London, UK - Dazed & Confused Festival
05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.26-28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

• Gang Gang Dance: http://www.ganggangdance.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Curren$y keeps busy in 2011 making sure I have plenty of music to get stoned to

Last year was a banner year for New Orleans’ own Curren$y, with both of his albums Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II receiving critical praise and dozens of hours of play time during my smoke sessions. As we all know, Curren$y is a hard-working fella, and it looks like 2011 will be another great year for the mellowed-out, dope-smoking MC.

Curren$y has already released a new mixtape, Return to the Winner’s Circle, a follow-up to 2008’s Welcome to the Winner’s Circle that features Curren$y doing what he does best over tracks like Rick Ross’ “Live Fast, Die Young” and Raekwon’s “Rainy Dayz.” If you feel so inclined, and I know you will, you can download the album at Nah Right.

Curren$y has also just recently become a member of the Asylum/Warner Brothers family, so now that he’s hit the big time (if he hadn’t already hit it before), the young rapper has announced yet another mixtape on the way, paving the way for two official albums. On April 19, Covert Coup (the second mixtape of the year) will be released through digital means and features production by the one and only Alchemist. Furthermore, while there are no release dates set in stone yet, Curren$y is also working on Pilot Talk III and a second new album, Muscle Car Chronicles.

Lastly, and sure to make Curren$y’s life busier than it already is, the MC has announced a North American tour that kicks off April 20 (Curren$y’s favorite day). Just in case you ask, the venues for the tour have NOT been announced yet, so stop bothering me about them. Just be patient, I’m sure that Curren$y is going to be playing somewhere cool.


04.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - TBA
04.21.11 - Houston, TX - TBA
04.22.11 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.23.11 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - TBA
04.26.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.27.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.28.11 - San Diego, CA - TBA
04.29.11 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04.30.11 - Riverside, CA - TBA
05.01.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - TBA
05.03.11 - Fresno, CA - TBA
05.04.11 - San Jose, CA - TBA
05.05.11 - Sacramento, CA - TBA
05.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
05.07.11 - Humboldt, CA - TBA
05.08.11 - Eugene, OR - TBA
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - TBA
05.11.11 - Seattle, WA - TBA
05.12.11 - Bellingham, WA - TBA
05.13.11 - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
05.14.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - TBA
05.15.11 - Spokane, WA - TBA
05.17.11 - Missoula, MT - TBA
05.18.11 - Boise, ID - TBA
05.19.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
05.20.11 - Denver, CO - TBA
05.21.11 - Boulder, CO - TBA
05.22.11 - Ft. Collins, CO - TBA
05.24.11 - Omaha, NE - TBA
05.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
05.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - TBA
05.27.11 - Madison, WI - TBA
05.28.11 - Chicago, IL - TBA
05.29.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - TBA
05.31.11 - Toronto, Ontario - TBA
06.01.11 - Montreal, Quebec - TBA
06.02.11 - Burlington, VT - TBA
06.03.11 - Boston, MA - TBA
06.04.11 - New York, NY - TBA
06.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
06.06.11 - Washington, DC - TBA
06.08.11 - Carrboro, NC - TBA
06.09.11 - TBA, SC - TBA
06.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
06.11.11 - Birmingham, AL - TBA
06.12.11 - Oxford, AL - TBA

• Curren$y: http://www.myspace.com/flyspitta

Ponytail to release Do Whatever You Want All the Time in April

Whartscape may be over for good, but Ponytail ain’t. Rumors about Ponytail’s breakup spread quickly last year after the Washington Post posted its Whartscape review. In it, the writer claimed that Ponytails’ set was “widely believed to be its final,” adding that “after five years the band seems content to call it a day.”

Day’s not over, apparently, as We Are Free are set to release Ponytail’s third full-length, Do Whatever You Want All the Time, on April 12. The album was recorded with J. Robbins, and the cover art was designed by EYE of Boredoms. I’m giving it a 5/5.

The band’s last album, Ice Cream Spiritual, was released in 2008. It made #29 on our decade list, because it fucking rules.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time tracklisting:

01. Easy Peasy
02. Flabbermouse
03. Honey Touches
04. Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
05. AwayWay
06. Tush
07. Music Tunes

• Ponytail: http://chocolatelabinegypt.blogspot.com
• Ponytail MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ponytailtunes
• We Are Free: http://www.nowwearefree.com

Cass McCombs announces new album Wit’s End for release in April; reaches his own wit’s end because nobody knows who he is

It’s tough to be on the verge of releasing your fifth album and still have people shrug when they hear your name. Cass McCombs isn’t going to allow his lack of fame get to him, going so far as to title his new album Wit’s End, a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that he’s losing his mind because nobody, not even his own fans, have any idea who he is. Wit’s End is due out via Domino Records on April 12, and is his first release since 2009’s least-known album Catacombs (TMT Review). McCombs will show his unrecognizable face at SXSW this year, as well as on a US summer tour.

Wit’s End tracklisting:

01. County Line
02 The Lonely Doll
03. Buried Alive
04. Saturday Song
05. Memory’s Stain
06. Hermit’s Cave
07. Pleasant Shadow Song
08. A Knock Upon the Door

• Cass McCombs: http://www.cassmccombs.com
• Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.com

[Photo: Autumn de Wilde]

The Decemberists announce second leg of US tour; April to be a month of sun-fleck’d bonhomie ‘midst the hoarfrost

Okay, Decemberists junkies, we get it. You love words. You find them “bewitching.” Your “mental lexicon” is all that saves you from the “gnarled bracken” of the “coming day.” A typographical mistake sends you into “conniptions,” while a “ripe turn of phrase” sets your “bejeweled cockles aflame.” You are a descendent of both Strunk and White. You sleep with a dictionary under your pillow, a thesaurus at your feet, and six stitched-together volumes of World War I poetry as your blanket. God bless you.

Nevertheless, until Colin Meloy decides to release his songs as some sort of “nouveau roman”, you’re still forced to “stalk the profligate racks” of a modern record store whenever a Decemberists album is “consummated and sent forth.” We know it’s not easy to have this “albatross” around your neck, but according to sales figures for The King Is Dead (TMT Review), you’ve done so this time around with “heretofore unexpected alacrity.” Nicely done.

In lieu of “ducats,” Meloy and co. have decided to reward your “foolhardy spending” with a newly announced second leg of US tourdates, starting on April 16 in Colorado Springs and ending in Atlanta on May 2. They’ll even be “setting the lay of Nebraska alight” on April 17! We “beseech” you: go see ‘em.


02.09.11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater *
02.10.11 - Denver, CO - Ogen Theatre *
02.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
02.13.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
02.14.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
02.18.11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom *
02.19.11 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
03.04.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.05.11 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
03.07.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
03.08.11 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Academy
03.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.11.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
03.12.11 - Bexhill, UK - De la Warr Pavillion
03.13.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.14.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.16.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
04.16.11 - Colorado Springs, CO - University of Colorado #
04.17.11 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center #
04.18.11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa #
04.19.11 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
04.21.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center #
04.22.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
04.23.11 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion #
04.25.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College #
04.26.11 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater #
04.27.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
04.29.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
04.30.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
05.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.02.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre #

* Mountain Man
# Justin Townes Earle

• The Decemberists: http://decemberists.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

[Photo: Weekly Dig]