RIP: David S. Ware, jazz saxophonist and composer

RIP: David S. Ware, jazz saxophonist and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Saxophonist David S. Ware, a leading free jazz player during the last 20 years, died Thursday night. […]

Ware was 62. When he was 60, after nearly a decade of dialysis treatment, Ware underwent a kidney transplant. Ware’s Wikipedia entry states that the operation took place after a kidney was donated in response to an email message sent out to nearly 1,000 of his fans. Aum Fidelity recently sent out this update on Ware’s health, stating that he was”physically not doing well at all, though his spirit is in a very positive place.” The update solicited cards and emails of support from Ware’s fans to be shared with him.

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Hype Williams’ Dean Blunt reissues The Narcissist II mixtape on Hippos in Tanks

Back in February, Hype Williams genius Dean Blunt released a mixtape called The Narcissist II, a sort of precursor to Dean Blunt and Inga Copelands’ Hyperdub LP Black Is Beautiful. The 30-minute downloadable mixtape sounded like a travelogue of all the states of late-night urban ennui, as narrated by a laudanum-addicted Barry White trapped in a Victrola. Plus, it had Inga, the other half of Hype Williams, providing soporific and seductive vocals on the title track. It was a mini-masterpiece, now lost to the magical tides of the internet.

But no longer! The good people over at Hippos in Tanks/World Music have decided to give this thing a proper coming-out party and send it off into the world in all its remixed and remastered glory come November 26. You can get this thing as a digital download or as a limited-edition vinyl dealie. And stay tuned, because word on the street is that The Narcissist III is in the works!

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Superdrag’s Regretfully Yours gets vinyl reissue. Now your former angsty-teen self and your current hipster-with-money self can both be happy!


The 1996 Superdrag or Weezer or Superchunk or Nada Surf or Green Day or Supergrass album Regretfully Yours (it’s the white one with that chick’s face in the mirror on the cover… I think it’s Superdrag) is about to get released on vinyl for the first time ever. Indie-punk-centric, L.A.-based label SideOneDummy Records just announced that they’re willfully eschewing the fact that 1996 is a year-in-music best heard on CD and pressing 1,000 copies of this mopey classic to 180-gram vinyl this December. Cool, right? Yeah, the only caveat was that they had to cut “Sucked Out” from the tracklist because it made the Side A runtime a little too long. Hahahaha, I’m just kidding! (OR AM I? [YES.])

In addition to the straight-up vinyl package for 15 bones, there’s a couple different pre-order options for you to get all nostalgic about on your lunch break, including the classic LP-with-a-slightly-too-tight-t-shirt bundle and the perennially hip LP-with-big-black-hoodie bundle, either of which would have looked totally badass on you back in your high school bowling club. They’ll run you $27 and $40, respectively, but let’s be honest: that’s probably not that much more than the CD cost you when you plucked its monstrous, plastic-shackled ass from the cluttered Sam Goody shelf.

Besides, one thing you’ve got now that you didn’t have back in high school bowling club is a motherfucking credit card. Because you’re a fucking 30-year-old man. What the fuck are you waiting for? Get out there and re-buy your past with money.

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Don Caballero Gang Banged live

Math rock Instrumental rock stalwarts Don Caballero are releasing their first live album on November 27 via Joyful Noise. Kinda surprising that, in their long career, the venerable Pittsburgh band hasn’t officially released a live album. Anyway, the record, titled Gang Banged with a Headache and Live (see what I did with the headline?) documents a 2003 Chicago show featuring the reformed lineup of Gene Doyle, Jeff Ellsworth, Jason Jouver, and (obviously) Damon Che. The “authorized bootleg” features material from over a decade of the band’s career, spanning from their 1993 debut For Respect to songs that would eventually end up on 2006’s World Class Listening Problem.

Gang Banged with a Headache and Live tracklist:

01. Fire Back About Your New Baby’s Sex
02. And And And, He Lowered The Twin Down
03. In the Absence of Strong Evidence to the Contrary, One May Step Out of the Way of the Charging Bull
04. Delivering The Groceries at 138 Beats Per Minute
05. Don Caballero 3
06. Let’s Face It Pal, You Haven’t Lived Afro Pop
07. Belted Sweater
08. Palm Trees In The Fecking Bahamas
09. I Never Liked You
10. From the Desk of Elsewhere Go

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School of Seven Bells announce Put Your Sad Down EP, co-headlining tour with Twin Sister

Although dream pop seems to be a very straightforward genre, it never quite grasps how weird my dreams are. Sure, there are plenty of bands that capture the feeling of floating over fields of gold, but how many capture the feeling of having a paddle-boat ride with Jay-Z? Not a one. Maybe Brooklyn duo School of Seven Bells will give it a shot when they release their new EP, Put Your Sad Down, on November 13 through Vagrant. While I’m personally expecting more of a drifting-through-space feeling from the EP’s four original tracks, maybe they’ll capture that 0ld “David Bowie is hitting on my mom, while I eat ramen noodle soup” feeling. Aside from a cover of Silver Apples’ “Lovefingers,” that’s the only thing I really want from this EP. Got a good feeling that half of my wishes are coming true!

And now I’m reminded of my favorite quote: “Dream pop loves company, especially when it’s another dream pop band.” Or something like that. The point is, School of Seven Bells will be heading on a co-headlining tour this November with their similarly dreamy contemporaries Twin Sister. It’ll be a short, sweet tour, lasting less than a week — much like a dream, which typically tends to last less than a week. If not, watch out, you may be in a coma.

Put Your Sad Down tracklist:

01. Put Your Sad Down
02. Secret Days
03. Faded Heart
04. Lovefingers
05. Painting A Memory

School of Seven Bells + Twin Sister dates:

11.26.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
12.01.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE
12.02.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

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Le1f heads out on European tour wut wut wut wut

Earlier this year, NYC rapper Le1f put out a video for his song “Wut.” I’m leading with this information, because “Wut” is a great song and that video had the MC sitting on top of a guy with a Pikachu mask. Obviously, it’s the sort of thing you should watch a thousand times. You should probably also download Le1f’s Dark York mixtape from Greedhead, because it is good and it is free and you clearly have nothing to lose. Now, put on this Pikachu mask; there’s more.

As FACT reports, Le1f is going on a European tour later this month. IS THE PIKACHU MASK DUDE GOING TO BE THERE? Sorry. That Pikachu mask guy is the defining image of 2012. But truth is, Le1f’s rapping is great with or without a Pikachu mask anywhere in the vicinity. He will rap so hard that all of the people at these European dates will say “Wow, that guy can really rap.” It is true, because he can.

Le1f dates:

10.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
10.25.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
10.27.12 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.29.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
10.30.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZBD
11.01.12 - London, UK - Birthdays in Dalston
11.02.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Yaki-Da

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