RIP: Fred Anderson, free-jazz saxophonist

RIP: Fred Anderson, free-jazz saxophonist

From the Los Angeles Times:

One of the leading figures in the Chicago music scene was lost Thursday as Fred Anderson, saxophonist, club owner and tireless advocate for the city’s fertile jazz scene, died at 81. In a tender, illuminating obituary for the Chicago Tribune, critic Howard Reich reported that Anderson’s sons declined to get into specifics about the saxophonist’s death, but grave news of his “massive heart attack” on June 14 sent ripples of concern through the jazz community.

Owner of Chicago’s landmark Velvet Lounge and co-founder of Chicago’s intensely creative Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) collective, Anderson helped nurture the careers of many Chicago jazz heavyweights, including Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake and Jeff Parker. Anderson remained a force onstage and on record late in life, including a remarkable 2007 album with Drake and Parker, “From the River to the Ocean” (recorded by Tortoise’s John McEntire and released on the Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey), and last year’s live recording from his 80th-birthday show at the Velvet Lounge, “21st Century Chase,” a fiery, inspiring free excursion that also featured Parker along with tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Chad Taylor.

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Richard Youngs to release pop record on Jagjaguwar, yet another sign of the forthcoming apocalypse

Richard Youngs is releasing a pop record. Yes, you read that correctly: Richard Youngs, the virtuosic Scottish avant-garde/experimental sound artist who has dabbled in many a genre, is now dabbling in one in particular: pop.

And what could be a better reason and inspiration than to craft a concept album based on a dare? Word has it Youngs’ longtime collaborator Andrew Paine offered the challenge to Youngs thusly: “make a proper pop album.” And now Youngs apparently has done just that; constructed from the mold of this simple bet came Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, which will be out July 20 courtesy of most things Young-related, Jagjaguwar. No voice-only constructed pieces here, just straight unadulterated simple pop hooks. While this might not be a huge stretch for someone like, say, Vampire Weekend, for a man such as Richard Youngs, it’s an exploration of an entirely new universe. But hey, most crossover artists have fantastic success. Just take Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines, for example.

To coincide with and celebrate the LP release of Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, Youngs will be curating a special evening at London’s Luminaire in which he will be performing a set of “best of” songs from his extensive catalogue, in addition to Ultrahits in its structure-saturated entirety. This event, which should be attended by women, men, and all animals within a 1000 km radius (yeah, it’s pretty major), will be taking place July 25. So whats gonna happen next? Merzbow releasing a dubstep record? A BP exec participating in a yacht race? Oh, that actually happened.

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No Age announce Everything in Between, scientists create new sub-genres to describe No Age: fuzz-gaze, lo-fry, dazzle-punk.

Two years ago, L.A. duo No Age released their official debut, Nouns (‘cause, remember, Weirdo Rippers was a singles collection). It was a real good album (TMT Review), but it was perhaps most notable for the avalanche of made-up genres that went along with: Dream-punk! Punkgaze! And, of course, the ever lovable shitgaze! Well, get ready to make up some more silly genre names, because the firm of Randall and Spunt have a new album called Everything in Between coming out on September 28 via Sub Pop. This new fuzz-pop-gaze platter will be 13 tracks of drone-blitz anthems made using similar sampling techniques as last year’s heaven-punk Losing Feeling EP.

Leading up to the album’s release, the garbage-psych duo will do a bit of touring, two of which will take place in Russia. Other dates on the tour featuring No Age opening for Pavement, who are most accurately described as simply indie rock. How dull!

07.03.10 - Calgary, Alberta - Royal Canadian Legion #1
07.04.10 - Calgary, Alberta - Sled Island Festival
07.10.10 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
07.24.10 - Baltimore, MD - Whartscape Festival
07.31.10 - London, England - Field Day Festival
08.02.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Fringe Fest
08.04.10 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Tanci
08.06.10 - Moscow, Russia - Solyanka
08.08.10 - Myslowice, Poland - OFF Festival
09.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.12.10 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
09.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park *
09.14.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
09.16.10 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion *
09.17.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl *^

* with Pavement
^ with Sonic Youth

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Deer Tick announce summer tour; frontman John McCauley loves Hairy Palmers

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley sips a few Hairy Palmers and discusses his marriage with Nikki Darlin of Those Darlins and his preference for smoking Winston Reds. Wait… what? Yes, Hairy Palmers, which sounds like the name of a porn actor, but is actually an Arnold Palmer with some sweet tea mixed in. The More You Know. You can catch Deer Tick on the road all summer long — perhaps they’ll even let you buy them a Hairy Palmer! — and their new (well, kinda old) album, The Black Dirt Sessions, was released on Partisan Records way back on June 8.

07.17.10 - Providence, RI - Jerky’s
07.19.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
07.20.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
07.21.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
07.22.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
07.23.10 - Floyd, VA - Floyd Fest
07.24.10 - Floyd, VA - Floyd Fest
07.25.10 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre %
07.27.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social %
07.28.10 - Miami, FL - TBD %
07.29.10 - Tampa, FL - Crobar %
07.30.10 - Talahassee, FL - Engine Room %
07.31.10 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre %
08.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit In %
08.03.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s %
08.04.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone %
08.05.10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway %
08.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.09.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s
08.10.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
08.11.10 - Cleveland, OH - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
08.12.10 - York, PA - Capitol Theater
08.13.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

* Wye Oak
# Dawes
% Dead Confederate

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Cloudland Canyon find promised land, rejoice by taking new album Fin Eaves to the Holy Mountain

Former Panthers front man Kip Ulhorn’s one-time side outlet for his psych-drone meanderings hasn’t peeped its head out in some time. Not since 2008’s spectacular and guest-riddled Lie in Light has Cloudland Canyon graced us with any of the psych-spliced euphoria that they’ve so properly refined and re-defined in the past years. Alas! No longer. Cloudland Canyon have seen the light, or something like that, and have decided to release their forthcoming long player Fin Eaves on the Holy Mountain label (home to such fellow guitar-drenched notables as Birds of Maya, Blues Control, and Wooden Shjips).

Apparently Ulhorn doesn’t have any qualms about letting his fans scope out the material before buying. You can already listen to basically half the album over at the Intercoastal Arists label page with accompanying video for each track. Impressed, you should be. It’ll be coming out July 29 September 7, just in time to mix with those brain-melting summer waves.

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Four-day vinyl music festival planned for July; it’s called Vinyl Music Festival…

Attention crate-diggers, dust-breathers, and DJs! Have you been looking for an excuse to visit beautiful Sarasota, Florida? Is there a gap in your gig schedule during the weekend of July 15, and you can’t find anything to fill it? Do you have a craving to search through bin after bin of 25¢ records with a giant horde of fellow vinyl nerds (Vinerds)?

I bet you answered “yes” to all those questions and you’re waiting with crazed interest for what my suggestion will be! Well, I’d say you should head on down to Sarasota during the weekend of July 15-18 and enjoy the Vinyl Music Festival!

Plenty of details are still in the works, but expect a smorgasbord of DJs (more than 50 artists at 12 different venues) and plenty of “roof-top parties, beach parties, street parties, and general wax-focused revelry” with 5,000 people penciled in as attendees. Plus, you can expect plenty of coke — and after-parties, presumably. Is there anything else we can plan for?

“Our festival is about more than just the music,” says organizer Matt Orr. “It’s about engaging with an entire city by visiting the beautiful beaches and experiencing the arts organizations and culinary gems we’re known for while enjoying a world-class music festival.”

Oh, okay, I get it now! An ass-ton of DJs playing some shows is hardly enough to qualify as a “festival,” so you’re doing the whole “our festival is about more than just music” thing so that people buy tickets expecting a crappy show and aren’t disappointed to find out that everything costs extra, Sarasota sucks, and the coolest parts of the weekend don’t include any of the “scheduled events.” Great work, but I’ll stick to my weekly, VFW-sponsored “Vinyl Music Festival and Record Sale” and continue avoiding Florida.

You should go, though.

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