Ceramic Dog announce new LP on Northern Spy; listen closely and you can hear Marc Ribot make fun of your guitar solos

Well, I just looked up “ceramic” and “dog” on Wikipedia, and full disclosure, I am no closer to understanding what a “Ceramic Dog” is. Apparently it’s got something to do with the French phrase “chien de faïence,” but, seriously, who even speaks French? I can tell you one thing though: whatever it means, it’s got layers, man.

What I do understand is that Ceramic Dog is a band consisting of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist and electronics guru Shahzad Ismaily, and drummer Ches Smith. They’ve described themselves as a “free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica collective” (layers!) and unlike all the fake rock bands he’s been in over the years, Ribot says Ceramic Dog “is the first time since high school I’ve been in a real rock band.” Ceramic Dog has got a new album, a follow-up to their 2008 debut Party Intellectuals (TMT Review), coming out on Northern Spy Records on April 30; it’s called Your Turn.

There’s obviously a lot going on here. According to Ribot, the band spent nearly two years trying to get the album just right. He says:

If you listen closely, you can hear the rage, hope, disappointment, ritual excess, love and anarchy that were in our personal and collective airspace during those years.

For those of you who did better in school than I did, there’s even more to hear:

The astute listener will note our wry comment on the contradictions of producing a recording during the collapse of the industry which once paid for recordings to be produced (“We are the Professionals,” “Masters of the Internet” and the attached manifesto).

That’s right! The album comes with a manifesto! But wait, there’s more:

The very astute listener with really expensive headphones may hear the water pipes in the basement on Rivington and Allen where we recorded about half the tracks (the guitar amp isolation booth looked a lot like a bathroom).

And, apparently, if you have just the right kind of stereo and stand just close enough to the speakers in your living room, you can hear Marc Ribot’s soft voice whispering things like, “You think that’s a guitar solo? That’s pathetic. Check this out.” Bose store here I come!

Your Turn tracklist:

01. Lies My Body Told Me
02. Your Turn
03. Masters of the Internet
04. Ritual Slaughter
05. Avanti Popolo
06. Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round
07. Bread and Roses
08. Prayer
09. Mr. Pants Goes to Hollywood
10. The Kid is Back!
11. Take 5
12. We are the Professionals
13. Special Snowflake

• Ceramic Dog: http://www.marcribot.com/ceramicdog.html
• Marc Ribot: http://www.marcribot.com
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

Ducktails announces tour in support of The Flower Lane, makes use of the carpool lane

Listening to Ducktails’ newest album The Flower Lane, you might notice a couple of standout characteristics. One: the lo-fi aesthetic typical of Matthew Mondanile’s previous work under the moniker has essentially been abandoned, and two: unless he has a surprising talent for altering his voice so that it sounds undeniably feminine, Mondanile seems to have found a few cohorts to contribute to his previously, almost strictly, solo project. The female voice might be Madeline Follin or Jessa Farkas, depending on which track you’re listening to, and the album itself offers all kinds of extra-Mondanile credits, including Joel Ford, Daniel Lopatin, and a few multi-instrumentalists. It’s all for the better, I say; The Flower Lane is easily my favorite Ducktails album.

Assuming I’m not alone in my thinking, you may be interested to know that Ducktails (meaning Mondanile and several of his creative companions) are set to tour the US at the beginning of March. Along the way, the band will play shows with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Merchandise, Mark McGuire, and more. Check out the dates below, just after the seemingly deity-sent DJ Sprinkles remix (barely, it seems) of “Letter of Intent.”

03.06.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
03.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade *
03.08.13 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Festival *
03.09.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
03.10.13 - Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
03.12.13 - Houston, TX - Walter’s on Washington
03.17.13 - Dallas, TX - Spillover Fest
03.20.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void @
03.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo @ #
03.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel @
03.24.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios @
03.26.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl @ %
03.27.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza @ %
03.30.13 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club %
03.31.13 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin %
04.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival, The Mill %
04.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle %
04.03.13 - Toronto, ON - Garrison %
04.04.13 - Montreal, QC - II Motore %
04.05.13 - Boston, MA - Brandeis University %

* Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
@ Mark McGuire
# Merchandise, Wet Hair
% Monopoly Child Star Searchers

• Ducktails: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ducktails/78029223987

[Photo: Madalyn Baldanzi]

Black Pus (Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt) offers new track, some tour dates, and, as always, another mental image of some black fucking pus

Listen mister know-it-all, too-cool-to-listen-to-stuff-for-more-than-24-seconds, music-blog reader-guy. If you wanna be all shitty and stereotype-y and say that Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale’s solo work as Black Pus probably just “sounds like lightning Bolt without the other guy from Lightning Bolt playing so much bass over the top of it,” then fine. But I, for one, am going to give the guy a little bit of RESPECT and a modicum of fucking CREDIT and actually listen to the new track, “1000 Years,” that the Thrill Jockey label has offered in advance of his new album All My Relations that comes out on March 19. So if you’ll kindly excuse me…

Oh. No. Wait. Nevermind. You were right. That’s exactly what it sounds like. Okay! Hey, catch him on tour this May (live loops, drumming, some singing, yadda-yadda-yadda)! And pre-order the album now to receive an “11” x 11” hand-made three-color silk screen print” of one of Chippendale’s comics! Do it! While I slink away! Byyyyye!

All My Relations tracklist:

01. Marauder
02. Fly on the Wall
03. 1000 Years
04. Word on the Street
05. All Out of Sorts
06. Hear No Evil
07. Nowhere to Run
08. A Better Man

Black Pus tourdates:

05.03.13 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elks Lounge
05.04.13 - Buffalo, NY - Sound Lab
05.05.13 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
05.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.09.13 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
05.10.13 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
05.11.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.13.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.14.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge ^
05.16.13 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
05.18.13 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Lobot Gallery
05.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell #
05.22.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
05.23.13 - Tucson, AZ - Topaz Tundra
05.24.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Small Engine
05.26.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Inside)
05.29.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.30.13 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
05.31.13 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
06.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
06.02.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio

* Skoal Kodiak, Seawhores
^ MTNS, Numbs
# Foot Village, Street Buddy

• Black Pus: http://blackpusone.blogspot.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://thrilljockey.com

Tyler, The Creator sets release date for Wolf, premieres new video for “Domo 23,” announces tour, exists paradoxically

Tyler, the Creator, who has reportedly traveled back in time on no less than three occasions to “accidentally” kill his forebears (rendering his existence temporally paradoxical), has announced a new album, Wolf, which will be out April 2. Wolf will have three separate album covers, presumably one for each of the different timelines “created” by his willy-nilly jaunts through time, with the deluxe version featuring artwork by L.A. artist Mark Ryden. The album’s first video, for “Domo 23,” just dropped via the Odd Future website:

Further dispatches from the Odd Future camp consisted of garbled transmissions on the return of Odd Future’s Adult Swim show “Loiter Squad” on March 10, Tyler’s new Golf Wang clothing line, and something about time’s ability to be altered that ended up sounding kind of misogynistic. The clothing line will be available on the upcoming tour, which will find Tyler taking his space-time warping black hole of Steve Albini-infuriating mayhem around the US, Canada, and Europe beginning in March. No scientists could be reached for comment, but one imagines they all have their fingers crossed that Tyler manages to rewrite the laws of physics before heading out or else we are all probably doomed.


03.12.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
03.15.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
03.16.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.17.13 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
03.18.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
03.20.13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
03.21.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03.22.13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
03.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.24.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
03.28.13 - Paris, France - Trabendo
03.29.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festall Kreuzberg
03.30.13 - London, England - Islington Academy
04.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04.03.13 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
04.05.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.07.13 - La Jolla, CA - Porter’s Pub
04.08.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Slo Brew
04.10.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
04.11.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

RIP: Tim Dog

From The Source:

Hip Hop mourns its first loss of 2013, with the death of BX veteran rapper Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair today from a seizure following a long bout with diabetes. He was 46 years old.

Tim is most noted for his “Fuck Compton” anthem, directed towards Dr. Dre and N.W.A.,which was possibly the catalyst of the “so-called” East Coast vs. West Coast rap rift. The song garnered several response tracks from DJ Quik, Compton’s Most Wanted, and Dr. Dre. He has appeared on projects with the likes of KRS-One and The Ultramagnetic MCs.

• Tim Dog: http://www.timdogmusic.com