RIP: Jim Marshall, inventor of the Marshall amplifier

RIP: Jim Marshall, inventor of the Marshall amplifier http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-04-jim-marshall.jpg

From The Guardian:

The man who gave rock one of its key visual and sonic props has died. Jim Marshall, known as “The Father of Loud” for inventing the Marshall amplifier, was 88 years old.

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend’s request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the “Marshall stack” was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands’ backlines for generations to come.

Virtually every major guitarist has used Marshall amps at one time or another, and giant arrays of Marshall cabs – often suggested to be empty boxes, with no actual amplification purposes – have become key stage props for generations of metal bands, especially.

• Jim Marshall: http://marshallamps.com

Death Grips continue pre-release promotion with excellently timed spring tour announcement

Not sure if it has anything to do with their recent signing to Epic, but Death Grips are really good at promotion these days. First, in early February, they premiered a new track called “Blackjack.” Then word gets out a couple weeks later that not only are they releasing two full-length albums this year, but they have also signed to major label Epic. The label announcement coincided with the release of a new track called “Get Got,” which was followed by a practice clip of another new track, “Lost Boys,” which was soon followed up with the studio version of “Lost Boys,” then soon another new track, “The Fever (Aye Aye),” and then a crazy video last week featuring 109 looped videos.

And now we have a tour announcement, which will take the Sacremento group from their neck of the woods (California) to Hugh Grant’s neck of the woods (Europe) to my neck of the woods (Minnesota). The tour is in support of The Money Store, the first of the two albums due this year, which is out April 24 on Epic. But of course, there’s still time to do some promotion between now and then, so expect a new video for “I’ve Seen Footage” on April 13… and maybe an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Or pehaps a sex tape?

Tourdates:

04.12.12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.05.12 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Electronic Music Festival
05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK - Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Store Door
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Porto
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic/Columbia: http://www.sonymusic.com

[Photo: Ryan Pollock]

A Place to Bury Strangers announce Worship LP and DEAAAAAAAAATH

Death! Death!! Death!!!!! Oh, hello. As you may have gathered, there is some news about Brooklyn noisemakers A Place to Bury Strangers. Back in, I believe it was 2006, all music writers (past, present, and future) signed a contract to begin all A Place to Bury Strangers-related stories with a triple cry of death. Some of us are slacking off, but that’s not how we do things here. We do things right here.

Why the death cries today? Well, it’s because A Place to Bury Strangers have announced that their new album, Worship, is coming out June 26 through Dead Oceans. Those in Europe will be getting the album a bit earlier than us in the states, as the record comes out June 11 in Europe and the UK. Don’t worry, Dead Oceans will be handling the release in those areas, too. A fair pairing for two parties who love DEATH so much. Right now, Spin has a stream of the album’s first single, “You Are The One.” Go over there real quick if you’re interested in hearing it, but you’ll probably also have to hear about how Theophilus London makes music without borders or limits or rules or something, so we’ve embedded it here too:

The group will soon spread their death all across the land, mainly by going on tour. This is assuming that the land is Europe. Some say Europe is the deadliest land of them all. Nobody says that.

Worship tracklist:

01. Alone
02. You Are The One
03. Mind Control
04. Worship
05. Fear
06. Dissolved
07. Why I Can’t Cry Anymore
08. Revenge
09. And I’m Up
10. Slide
11. Leaving Tomorrow

A Place to Bury Strangers dates:

04.05.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
04.06.12 - Moncalieri, Italy - Audiodrome
04.07.12 - Milan, Italy - Mezzago
04.08.12 - Saint Jean De Vedas, France - Secret Police
04.09.12 - La Rochelle, France - La Sirene
04.10.12 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa
04.12.12 - Lyon, France - Le Ninkasi
04.13.12 - Chelle, France - Les Cuiines
04.14.12 - Reims, France - La Cartonneire
04.16.12 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
04.18.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
04.19.12 - Oslo, Norway - Blaa
04.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.21.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
04.23.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
04.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
04.25.12 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
04.26.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Impetus Festival
04.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
04.28.12 - Murcia, Spain - 12 & Medio
04.29.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
05.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
05.02.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.04.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
05.05.12 - Courtrai, Belgium - De Kreun
05.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.08.12 - London, UK - Cargo
05.09.12 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
05.11.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
05.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
05.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.24.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica’s Orion Festival, Bader Field

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• Dead Oceans: http://deadoceans.com

Prinzhorn Dance School (of DFA fame) show off shiny new video for “I Want You,” release single EP

After the release of their sophomore effort, Clay Class earlier this year, England’s Prinzhorn Dance School are back with a new single EP called I Want You, and an understated video to accompany it. The minimalist post-punk duo of bassist/vocalist Suzi Horn and drummer/vocalist Tobin Prinz have let their melodies shine on this one, and taken a step back from the icy thud-thud-thud of their 2007 self-titled debut — which isn’t to say the lyrics on this alleged love song aren’t just as brutal. The band is definitely the least neon-inflected of the bunch on James Murphy’s DFA Records; their color palette is more akin to the sepia browns and factory smoke greys of Thatcherite England.

DFA is slated to release the I Want You EP digitally on April 10, and with the lead track come four shiny new B-sides. Originals “Promise” and”Love in the Ground” lead into Prinzhorn Dance School’s reworking of “Green Worms” by Brian James of The Damned (and the Brian James Gang, and the Lords of the New Church and he was on a Saints record AND he played with Iggy Pop… some people, huh?) Then Mr. James does his own lo-fi take on Prinzhorn’s track “Usurper” as the EP closer. The video for “I Want You” is available for your viewing pleasure below:

I Want YouTracklisting:

01. I Want You (LP version)
02. Promise
03. Love in the Ground
04. Green Worms
05. Usurper (Brian James Gang Version)

• Prinzhorn Dance School: http://www.prinzhorn-dance-school.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

LCD Soundsystem film to hit select theaters this summer (but I heard it’s a total rip-off cuz there’s not even any new songs in it)

By now, everyone knows the story of how LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, utterly dismayed with frustrating illegibility of the cathode ray tube displays and plasma displays he encountered at every venue’s PA system on tour, decided to disband his wildly popular project last year so that he could, in my estimation of what his words may well have been, “concentrate more fully on perfecting a liquid mercury immortality potion and inventing a sound system that is literally covered in liquid crystals!” But before losing his shit completely, Murphy agreed to put on one final, career-spanning show at Madison Square Garden, ensuring that he’d be able to milk the disco ball-pierced tits of the defunct project for years to come. Afterwards, the epic funeral show quickly passed into legend. Legend has since passed into myth, and the privileged few who were there that night struggle to this day to put into words the immensity of that singular, transcendent, once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated… oh, wait. Never mind, everyone; no one’s special. There’s a movie.

Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production and theatrical distribution entity headed by Beastie Boy Adam “MCA Soundsystem” Yauch, announced this week that they’ve “acquired North American rights to Shut Up and Play the Hits,” the LCD Soundsystem film — produced by Pulse Films and directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace — that documents the final days of LCD and their final show at MSG. LCD devotees may recall that the movie had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, followed by an encore presentation at South by Southwest last month, where fans and critics gave such rave reviews as “I thought it was cool how you could hear and see everything,” “Jesus, I had no idea that guy was so old,” and of course, “I was happy that there were no new songs that I didn’t know.”

Oscilloscope will be releasing the film in special “one-night-only engagements” in theaters nationwide this summer, and then possibly doing some other stuff with it after that. More details will presumably follow shortly. Or heck, maybe they won’t! Wouldn’t that be hilarious?

• LCD Soundsystem: http://lcdsoundsystem.com
• Pulse Films: http://www.pulsefilms.co.uk
• Oscilloscope Laboratories: http://www.oscilloscope.net/films

Dischord to resurrect Lungfish’s A.C.R. LP whether you want them to or not

Lungfish may be a permanent fixture on the Dischord defunct list (their last LP under the Lungfish moniker was 2005’s intriguing Feral Hymns) but they garnered enough attention and acclaim (lead vocalist Daniel Higgs is still a thundering force of nature) during their two decade plus career as a band to warrant an upcoming re-release of an LP that never was. 1999’s A.C.R. was recorded with current(ly defunct) members Higgs, Nathan Bell, Michael Feldstein, and Asa Osborne. The original recording sessions were recorded and mixed in Baltimore with Craig Bowen (Growing, Oranges Band, Slow Jets) but never officially released. The band nixed the sessions soon after recording was done and tackled what would later become 2000’s Necrophones. Six of the 10 songs on A.C.R. were re-recorded and re-released for Necrophones but the other four are now available for the very first time.

It may not be a totally essential re-release and may amount to a stray fart on the subway, when all you’re really trying to do is finish the last chapter of that new Rachel Maddow book so you can feel a real sense of accomplishment and brag to your friends about how she writes like she talks and boy, wasn’t she just super on Fresh Air last week… but Lungfish completists should be pleased. A.C.R. 1999 is due May 14.

A.C.R. 1999 tracklist:

01. Eternal Nightfall (version)
02. Symbiosis
03. Screams Of Joy
04. Occult Vibrations (version)
05. I Will Walk Between You
06. Aesop
07. Sex War (version)
08. Infinite Daybreak (version)
09. Hanging Bird (version)
10. Shapes in Space (version)

• Lungfish: http://www.dischord.com/band/lungfish
• Dischord: http://www.dischord.com

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