RIP: Margaret Ann Rich, songwriter and wife of Charlie Rich

RIP: Margaret Ann Rich, songwriter and wife of Charlie Rich

From Billboard:

Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country star Charlie Rich, has died aged 76 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Several of Margaret Ann Rich’s songs were recorded by other artists, including her best-known composition, “Life’s Little Ups and Downs,” which made No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in January 1991 when recorded by Ricky van Shelton (Columbia). The song was originally published as “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” and published by Make A Million/BMI. Other artists to record her songs included Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (“A Part of Your Life”) and Tom Jones (“Field of Yellow Yellow Daisies”).

Blonde Redhead confirm epic fall tour

Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first (maybe… it depends on where you get your news): Blonde Redhead are taking to the highways, the country roads, and, um, some other kind of road this fall in an epic tour across the mighty lands of the US and Canada to rep their upcoming album, Penny Sparkle. Slated for a September 14 release on 4AD, the new album was produced by audio wunderkinds Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Massive Attack). Hear a track from it over at the Chocolate Grinder — do it! You can also catch Blonde Redhead at a venue near you (maybe… it depends on where you live. Sorry Idaho!) with Rough Trade artist Pantha Du Prince opening for the first part of the tour.


10.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10.16.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
10.17.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10.18.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10.20.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
10.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
10.23.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
10.24.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10.25.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
10.27.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
10.29.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.30.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.31.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.01.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
11.03.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
11.14.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11.15.10 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
11.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
11.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
11.20.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
11.21.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11.29.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
11.30.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.01.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa

* Pantha Du Prince

• Blonde Redhead:
• 4AD:

Sean Ono Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl to release debut as Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger; win award for worst band name since Dogs Die in Hot Cars

You’ve probably made up a few band names in your life. There’s the inane conversation everybody’s had of animal band inventions (“You ever heard of Jaguars Go to Malls in Hartford? Yeah, they’re playing tomorrow.”). Then there’s the even more generally odious conversation involving convincing some poor kid that you like a pretend band with the most ridiculous name possible. Sean Ono Lennon is now in one of those bands: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. For real.

Abbreviated as GOASTT, the band consists of Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, and their debut album Acoustic Sessions is coming out October 26. The album is technically a homemade deal, recorded and mixed in their living room — kind of like all those DIY bedroom groups sprouting up around Jersey and everywhere else. Except those groups don’t have John Lennon and Yoko Ono as parents. Kemp Muhl also has a sort of interesting back story, but one relatively more formulaic than Sean’s (military family, teenage model). Despite Sean’s less-than-humble beginnings, GOASTT is releasing the album on the duo’s own record label, Chimera Music (whose other artists in its short history include The Plastic Yoko Ono Band and Yoko Ono — maybe not so humble).

Listen to the very 60s single “Jardin du Luxembourg” here at the Chocolate Grinder, produced by Mark Ronson and released July 6. Otherwise, their songs are (according to the press release, which is just too good not to quote) “like Dali’s imaginary landscapes: lavender roads, oil slicks radiating rainbows, ballerinas tipping off tightropes, sweating snowmen, black and white films beamed from the future, Schroedinger’s cat meets Pavlov’s dog…” That gives you a good idea, right? (Oh wait, it’s just the tracklisting paraphrased.)


01. Lavender Road
02. Jardin du Luxembourg
03. Candy Necklace
04. Schroedinger’s Cat
05. Rainbows in Gasoline
06. Dark Matter, White Noise
07. Robot Boy
08. The World Was Made for Men
09. Song for James

Tourdates (all with Beth Orton):

08.09.10 - New York City, NY - Other Music
08.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
08.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
08.17.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
08.18.10 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head
08.19.10 - New York City, NY - Joe’s Pub
08.21.10 - Woodstock, NY - Woodstock Animal Sanctuary

• Sean Ono Lennon:
• Chimera Music:

Sam Prekop thwarts amusing headline attempts with his annoyingly cool news of a new solo LP, Sea and Cake dates with Broken Social Scene

Blah blah blah, Sam Prekop. We GET it. You’re brilliant. You don’t need a day job like we do. You sing and write songs for The Sea and Cake. You paint. You “do” photography. You make solo albums. You fight. You fly. You crow. And I write about you during my 30-minute lunch break. Whatever, man. I’m cool with it.

Even as I sit here slurping shitty, weak coffee from a Styrofoam cup that I swear makes it taste worse somehow, you’ve got a new solo album coming out on September 7 from your longtime home of Thrill Jockey, called Old Punch Card. (That title seems like kind of a cruel dig at that fact that you don’t have to punch in to work every day like we do… but apparently your mind didn’t even GO there, because it refers to the old-school punch-card method that some of the first synths used. Hey, good for you. I wish I had a modular synth too.)

There’s no vocals, hardly any guitars, and no beats. I guess most of the sound material is generated by a modular synthesizer and takes inspiration from such sources as early musique concrète and electronic music, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Nuno Canavarro, Raymond Scott, David Behrman, and free improvisation; and it combines all of that into what your PR people are calling “a beautifully noisy, jagged, yet stately album of synthesizer music.” Hey, that all sounds awesome. I wish I had some PR people.

Oh, hey look at that: apparently you’ve also decided to tour your solo record by taking your well-known veteran band, The Sea and Cake, around the U.S. this fall with Broken Social Scene (on whose recent new album you also guested on). Man. I LOVE BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. Damn it. I’ve got to get back to work. Get out of my face with your awesomeness, Sam Prekop.

Old Punch Card tracklisting:

01. Old Punch Card
02. Array Wicket
03. Knitting Needles
04. Brambles
05. Tell Work
06. November September
07. A Places
08. Lazy House
09. The Silhouettes

The Sea and Cake tourdates:

09.13.10 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre *
09.14.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts *
09.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
09.18.10 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield *
09.20.10 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place *
09.21.10 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre *
09.22.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
09.24.10 - Ithaca, NY - Historic Ithaca State Theatre *
09.25.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
10.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10.03.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
10.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10.06.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre *
10.07.10 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon Events Centre *
10.08.10 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall *
10.09.10 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre *
10.10.10 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre *
10.12.10 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub *
10.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
10.14.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
10.15.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom *
10.16.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
10.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Islands Music Festival
10.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre *

* Broken Social Scene

• Sam Prekop:
• The Sea and Cake:
• Thrill Jockey:

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Label won’t put out Plan B’s new album; Plan B puts it out anyway

Let’s talk about embarrassment for a minute. Earlier this year, UK rapper Plan B (legally, Ben Drew) released a concept soul album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Recently, he was all set to go back to good ol’ fashioned hip-hop with The Ballad of Belmarsh: a “version of events” from the perspective of Strickland. This time, however, his label 649 Recordings shot him down and denied it a release. I guess the label prefers abstinence to Plan B.

Gotta hurt, right? But Plan B is dealing with it (that’s the nature of Plan B, after all) and has released the album on his own. “I know The Ballad of Belmarsh is not going to work commercially,” he says. “I know radio ain’t going to play it but I’m still going to put it out there because I love it. It’s a piece of art.” You tell ‘em, Ben Drew. Keep it real for all those young, pregnant, and scared.

• Plan B:

Tim Kasher of Cursive announces debut solo album The Game of Monogamy

If there’s any musician who’s qualified to release an album titled The Game of Monogamy, it’s everyone’s favorite singer/guitarist/lush/ex-husband/ex-boyfriend Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life. Kasher will release the aforementioned solo album on October 5 via Saddle Creek, who released all of Cursive’s albums, including 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen (TMT Review). Recorded earlier this year in Whitefish, MT, The Game of Monogamy will mark Kasher’s debut as a solo musician. Of course, Kasher couldn’t play every instrument by himself, so he enlisted the help of Patrick Newbery (trumpet/keys for Cursive), Erin Tate (Minus the Bear), Matt Maginn (Cursive), and members of the Glacier National Symphony.

If you live in the Chicago area, Kasher will be debuting music from the album at a special show next Tuesday, July 27 at The Tonic Room. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on Kasher’s first solo album.

The Game Of Monogamy tracklisting:

01. Monogamy Overture
02. A Grown Man
03. I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here
04. Strays
05. Cold Love
06. Surprise, Surprise
07. There Must Be Something I’ve Lost
08. Bad, Bad Dreams
09. No Fireworks
10. The Prodigal Husband
11. Monogamy

• Tim Kasher:
• Saddle Creek: