RIP: Alvin Lee of Ten Years After

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From Exclaim!:

Blues rock guitarist Alvin Lee, best known for his work with Ten Years After, passed away today (March 6) due to compilations stemming from a routine surgery. He was 68.

The sad news was announced on his website by his wife and daughters, who wrote, “We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”

• Alvin Lee: http://www.alvinlee.com
• Ten Years After: http://www.tenyearsafter.com

Small Black announce Limits of Desire LP, intentionally mix up your order in the drive-thru

We’ve all been there: the fast-food drive-thru, rubbing our hands together, getting stoked for our “extra ketchup” cheeseburgers and large Cokes, only to pull away and realize that, shockingly, we’ve been given the wrong order, maybe a small Coke and some weird fish popper things. Well, I’m in my car right now sitting in a fast-food restaurant parking lot and I’m looking at the new Small Black record, Limits of Desire, thinking about how this is just like the time my mom accidentally put “Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens on her workout playlist and ended up napping instead of pumping some iron. You see, I was expecting Big Black’s Songs About Fucking — I was sure I ordered a large.

I’ll admit, I was bummed at first, but I’ve come around. Sometimes it’s really a good thing when mix-ups like these happen. I mean, there’s no way I’m going to be ready for swimsuit season if I keep tossing back extra-large Cokes at the rate I’m going. Unlike Songs About Fucking, Limits of Desire is out May 14 on Jagjaguwar, and though it’s still in line with Small Black’s synth-pop sound (which is definitely not chillwave, thank you very much), it reportedly sports a more refined sound, dropping the layered production of 2010’s New Chain (TMT Review) in favor of a more direct sound. No ketchup, light mustard, hold the onions.

Small Black will play an album announcement show in Brooklyn on March 8 before heading to SXSW for a series of performances. No word yet on a new Medium Black record, though unsurprisingly, it’s slated to be third-wave ska.

Limits of Desire tracklisting:

01. Outskirts
02. Shook Loves
03. Limits of Desire
04. Only a Shadow
05. Proper Spirit
06. Breathless
07. Sophie
08. No Stranger
09. Canoe
10. Free at Dawn

Dates:

03.08.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (SXSW)
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Lustre Pearl (SXSW)
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - TBA (SXSW)

• Small Black: http://www.small-black.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa collaborate on woefully cat-less album Toropical Circle

The Internet loves two things: cats and arbitrary point systems. Composer and musician Takako Minekawa apparently also “loves cats”, but does she love “karma”? The answer appear to be “no” because and I can’t find a single thing about her collaborative album with former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong that deals with cats. The album, entitled Toropical Circle, is coming out May 15 from Plancha and distinctly lacks any mention of felines. The tracklist is below, but be warned; there isn’t a single cute, furry, upvote-whore to be found.

Toropical Circle tracklisting:

01. Party on a Floating Cake
02. Windy Prism Room
03. Circle has Begun (yorokobi humming)
04. Two Acorns’ dreams Growing as One
05. I Want to be with You
06. Swimming Between Parallel Times
07. Bell Tree Dancers
08. Enneagram Journey
09. New Circle was Begun
10. Story of Roots and Hands
11. Solar Glory
12. Electric Weave
13. Mirror Underwater in a Magic Lantern

Dustin Wong is also touring in Texas, Mexico, and Japan, occasionally with Takako Minekawa. I have to assume this is a bid for yet more upvotes so here is a sure-fire way to turn the tour into a karma-train; a backing band entirely made up of cats. A foolhardy endeavor, you say? Cats can’t hold guitars, you say? These objections hold some water, but just think about the upvotes if they pull it off. Think how cool they would be then. I mean, screw the music, accruing digital points is all that really matters right? Ah well, if the music matters more to you than “Karma,” check them out when they come your way later this year. Not going to be any cats though.

03.07.13 - Denton, TX - 35 Denton
03.09.13 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival NRML
03.14-15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.24.13 - Tokyo, Japan - SOUP *
04.10.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Tsukimirukimiomofu
04.16.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Kichimu *
05.18.13 - Osaka, Japan - epok
05.19.13 - Kanazawa, Japan - 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
05.20.13 - Nagoya, Japan - K.D Japon
05.26.13 - Tokyo, Japan - O-nest *

* Takako Minekawa

• Dustin Wong: http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Dustin-Wong
• Takako Minekawa: http://www.polystar.co.jp/takako/index2.html
• Plancha: http://artuniongroup.co.jp/plancha

White Fence has single vision with the release of Cyclops Reap

In the relatively short time that Tim Presley has been releasing music under the White Fence moniker, he’s had a pretty steady output to say the least. Last year alone saw a double album on Woodsist and a collaborative album with fellow garage rock superstar Ty Segall. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down for 2013.

On April 9 we’ll get another serving of Presley’s particular brand of psychedelic garage rock with the release of Cyclops Reap. Out on Castle Face Records, the album was originally intended to be a compilation of songs that didn’t make the first four White Fence records. However, Presley changed his mind. “as i was putting [the collection] together, there were more coming,” he says in a press release, “so, instead of a retrospective i said ‘Fuck It,’ might as well use the most current songs of the bunch.”

You can listen to “Pink Gorilla” from the album here:

In addition, White Fence has some live dates lined up for this Spring (White Fence is apparently the only band not playing SXSW this year) for but expect more comprehensive tourdates announced in the near future.

Cyclops Reap tracklist:

01. Chairs in the Dark
02. Beat
03. Pink Gorilla
04. Trouble Is Trouble Never Seen
05. Live On Genevieve
06. To the Boy I Jumped in the Hemlock Alley
07. New Edinburgh
08. Make Them Dinner at Our Shoes
09. White Cat
10. Only Man Alive
11. Run By the Same

Upcoming live dates:

03.21.13 - Berkeley, CA - University of California, Berkeley *
03.23.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory (Burgerama II)
04.26.13 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
04.28.13 - Austin, TX - Carson Creek (Austin Psych Festival)
06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore @

* King Tuff
@ Father John Misty

• White Fence: http://whitefenceartcollective.blogspot.com
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

[Photo: Ruth Swanson]

Thrill Jockey announces a slew of releases for Record Store Day, including Oval reissues and Double Dagger’s final LP

Another year, another Record Store Day. The day when music fans venture to their hometown record store to support local businesses and cherish the lost art of crate digging. It’s an opportunity for smaller labels to reward their dedicated fans with special or archival releases. It’s also a great time for the major labels to cash in on vinyl nostalgia by pressing overpriced vinyl versions of popular CD-era albums or reissuing top sellers for the umpteenth time at the very start of the new fiscal year. Luckily, Thrill Jockey is going to be treating record buyers to the former with a series of cool releases for the 2013 Record Store Day on April 20 (hehehe).

First up, is Double Dagger. Although the Baltimore punks called it quits with a final tour in 2011, there have always been plans to release a final album and 333 is that album. A few years in the making, 333 will feature a diverse range of sounds with volatile punk rock anthems counterbalanced by melodic instrumentals. A fitting bookend to the band’s career. On top of that, the Record Store Day package will actually be an LP+DVD package featuring a DVD of the documentary If We Shout Loud Enough. The film, directed by Gabriel DeLouch, follows Double Dagger on their last tour, as well as documenting the Baltimore DIY scene. While there is plenty of live footage, the film also contains interviews with Dan Deacon and Baltimore music historian Tim Kabara as well as members of Future Islands, Wye Oak, Ruiner, and Thank You. You can check out a preview of If We Shout Loud Enough here.

Next up, Bay Area psych rockers Golden Void have a limited edition 7-inch in the works for Record Store Day. On the heels of their self-titled debut, the single features two brand new songs — “Rise Out of Reach,” as well as an instrumental display of the band’s musical prowess on the B-side called “Smiling Raven.” Both tracks were recorded live on a cassette four-track in an attempt to capture the frenetic energy of their live shows.

Last, but certainly not least, Thrill Jockey is going to be reissuing the first two albums from glitch pioneers Oval. Oval’s Systemisch and its companion piece 94diskont will be re-released for the first time on vinyl in the United States since their original releases way back in the mid 1990s. 94diskont centers around the 24-minute track “Do While” composed for Oval’s eight-channel, 128-speaker installation “Wohnton.” The new issue of 94diskont will feature remixes of “Do While” from Jim O’Rourke, Scanner, Mouse on Mars, and Christian Vogel.

So all this awesome stuff will be available on Record Store Day and Thrill Jockey has some other good stuff lined up for later in the year including new ones from Black Pus and Thalia Zedek. Got it?

• Golden Void: http://www.facebook.com/goldenvoid
• Oval: https://soundcloud.com/oval-official
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Van Dyke Parks to release brand-new album of semi-new songs, Songs Cycled, on Bella Union, just to remind all modern songwriters everywhere that they suck.

Hey, songwriters! Guess what? You’re all A) terrible at writing songs, and B) working too damn hard at it! (Seriously. I don’t even know what you were thinking on that last one: dominant-7 to tonic for the cadence? Yawn!) But luckily for the creativity-starved and ambition-sick listening public out there, Van Dyke Parks is just as amazing as he is lazy; and he’s about to drop some of the recycled nuggets he’s written on May 6 with the aptly-titled Songs Cycled. It’s coming out via Bella Union and, according to Pitchfork, will feature several original songs collected from his recent 7-inch series, as well as a few collaborations, covers, and re-recordings of old tunes (including “Hold Back Time”, a re-recording of a song from Orange Crate Art, his 1995 collaborative album with that one guy Brian Wilson, which you can check out below).

In Park’s grand tradition of classily re-appropriating content, here comes a bunch of the awesome bullshit that Parks himself had to say about Songs Cycled on the Bella Union site. I assume every word of it is cleverly recycled, cut, and pasted together from badass things he’s already said:

This album is released on Bella Union 45 years from my debut album Song Cycle (when I was but 24). In both cases, there’s a maverick on the loose, with a highly personal set of tunes and instrumentals. All of them reveal an iconoclast tilting at windmills, railing at tyrants, barking at masters of war, and celebrating a shameless commitment to the very definition of ‘Americana’. As I was in my brunette era, at age 70, I’m found looking through the glass darkly. These new songs show more than a hint of an eco-politic. In fact, there’s nothing more precious than the song-form to revolutionize popular thoughts and practices that need a jolt of shock therapy. Yet, songwriters must work with a leger demain. A light hand and heart can draw more approval than a heavy-handed scold. My first aim is to entertain the ear with beautiful sounds. I try to do that as an arranger. These pieces reveal my best effort.

Yup. In other words: “I’m good, and I don’t sweat it. Love, VDP.”

Songs Cycled tracklisting:

01. Dreaming of Paris (original)
02. Hold Back Time (re-recording of song from Orange Crate Art)
03. Sassafras (new recording, originally by Billy Edd Wheeler)
04. Black Gold (a fantasy on the sinking of The Prestige, off the coast of the Bay of Biscay, recorded in 2002)
05. Aquarium (cover of Saint-Saëns piece, recorded in 1971 with the Esso Trinidad Steel Band)
06. Money Is King (picks up where “Wall Street” ends, written with Growling Tiger, a.k.a. Trinidadian Calypso musician Neville Marcano)
07. Wall Street (original)
08. The Parting Hand (version of a Sacred Harp hymn from the 1800s)
09. The All Golden (a re-recording from Song Cycle)
10. Wedding in Madagascar (version of traditional folk song)
11. Missin’ Mississippi (original)
12. Amazing Graces (ft. The Van Dyke Parks Orchestra)

Upcoming Van Dyke Parks dates:

03.08.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
03.30.13 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabe’s Guitar Shop
05.05.13 - London, UK - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror

• Van Dyke Parks: http://www.vandykeparks.com
• Bella Union: http://bellaunion.com

  

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