RIP: Paul Williams, founder of influential rock crit magazine Crawdaddy!

RIP: Paul Williams, founder of influential rock crit magazine Crawdaddy!

From Billboard:

Paul Williams – the writer and editor who helped create what we now know as rock journalism with Crawdaddy!, a magazine he founded in 1966 – died last night at the age of 64 from complications related to a bike accident in 1995.

Williams began publishing Crawdaddy! at the age of 17, following his earlier work publishing science fiction fanzines – as Johan Kugelberg stresses on Williams’ website, “science-fiction fandom roots… all rock fanzines and of rock fandom” – continuing for two years, printing the early work of influential writers such as Sandy Pearlman and Jon Landau; the former would go on to produce The Clash’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope, while the latter of whom would go on to manage and produce Bruce Springsteen. In its two-to-three-year run (as Williams described it), the magazine’s distribution went from 500 copies to 25,000 and could count among its fans Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.

Following the initial success of Crawdaddy!, Williams closed up shop in New York, moving to Mendocino, California where he traveled with Timothy Leary and “ended up at John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace in Montreal.” It was also around this time that Williams struck up a friendship with the influential science fiction author Philip K. Dick, a relationship that continued after Dick’s death, when Williams was named his literary executor. Williams is often credited with securing Dick’s literary legacy and influence through the position.

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The-Dream’s IV Play delayed again, so just get back into bed

Look, the world isn’t so bad. I know, I know, terrible things are everywhere. People are murdered every day. Other people are nearly impossible to relate to meaningfully. You’ll probably never make money doing the thing you really want to do. But, hey, it’s tough all over and we’ve just got to make the best of it. You’ve got your health, you’ve got your family, and things will never get better unless you try to make them better. So, just get out of bed, shake off the sadness and…

What’s that? FACT said The-Dream’s IV Play has been delayed again? Until May 28? When it was supposed to come out May 7?

Forget it. Just go back to bed. Nothing can hurt you there. Nobody can disappoint you from your bed. Don’t blame the The-Dream, though. He’s as bummed out as you. Recently, presumably from his own bed, The-Dream posted on his Twitter that IV Play may end up as his “last commercial release” and that he’d “rather release 3 albums a year” than wait for a proper release from a label. He also said to expect more music from him after May, so that’s…that’s something to get out of bed for. Everything’s going to be fine. Everything’s going to be okay.

• The-Dream:

Foot Village tour, share new video, court Dr. Scholl’s sponsorship

Welcome to Foot Village! Home of the largest private collection of disembodied feet west of the Mississippi. Our competitors (Toe Town) would have you believe that we’ve recently suffered a spat of athlete’s foot, but pay no mind to their loose talk! Things are shiny, smooth, and itch-free here in the valley of the shadow of the foot, and we’re sure glad you’ve come to visit!

Just recently, some of our most upstanding citizens — the drum-heavy downtown who also call themselves Foot Village (they may not be creative, but boy howdy are they energetic) — have packed their upturned paint buckets and rock-filled coffee cans and taken to the road. That’s right, they’re touring the United States in support of their newest record album Make Memories out on Northern Spy. If you’ve a mind to make some memories yourself, I’ll sure do what I can to help you keep them. For a small and very reasonable fee, I’ll be happy to take your picture with any one of our more than 100 celebrity feet, including those of William Henry Harrison, Etta James, and Scott Bakula!

The band has also released a new musical video for one of the songs on their new record album. The song, which celebrates the use of pharmaceuticals in a way that I’ll be honest with ya I can’t really abide, is called “This Song is a Drug Deal.” And while I don’t support any sorts of “drug use,” me and Marlene figure it’s better to kill ‘em with kindness. And I suppose anything that keeps them off the street is a good thing! Watch those crazy kids here:

By the time Foot Village make it to the West Coast they’ll be joined by some hip-hoppers called clipping. I don’t know much about the group, but I’m sure they’re stand-up boys if they’re spending time with our Foot Village. At any rate, some fellahs on the internet seem pretty excited about their record album Midcity (TMT Review) and about their performance at something called a Unisex Earplug. I even heard they re-mixed Foot Village’s song “This Song is a Drug Deal,” and even though the only re-mixing I know about is when I ask Marlene to put a little extra Jack in my diet soda on the weekends (a boy’s gotta have his fun some times!), I’m sure you’ll listen to it here if you’re so inclined:


03.29.13 - Palm Desert, CA - The Hood
03.30.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell *
04.11.13 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
04.12.13 - Providence, RI - AS220
04.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
04.14.13 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
04.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn
05.05.13 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis *
05.06.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Barn *
05.07.13 - Boise, ID - The Crux *
05.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge *
05.09.13 - Vancouver, BC - Zhoo Zhop *
05.10.13 - Portland, OR - Red and Black Cafe *
05.11.13 - Oakland, CA - Lobot *
05.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell ^

* clipping.
^ Black Pus

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Strut Records re-releasing rare, trippy Italian library LP Desert; 4/20 release date not a coincidence

Let me see a show of hands for fans of Cluster. Okay, a good showing. Now, keeping those hands up, let’s see how many people like Tangerine Dream. Not bad, not bad at all. With those hands still raised, how many fans of Emeralds do we have?

Excellent. Now that I have botched taking a census by show of hands and have your attention, let’s talk about Strut Records reissuing the album Desert. This little kosmische-leaning gem by Antonio Vuolo and Elio Grande was originally released in 1979 in Italy, so chances are even your weird uncle does not have a copy kicking around his basement. Luckily the kind women and men of Strut have seen fit to drop this baby right into your lap come Record Store Day 2013. It’s worth your while too; check out the hot, electronic action on “Trasvesuvian” below. If it sufficiently twists your brain, think about patronizing your local vinyl dispensary come April 20 and pick up a copy. Then maybe take it around to your uncle’s place; I’m sure he has plenty of the, um, “vegetation” to enjoy it properly.

Desert tracklisting:

01. Take Flight
02. Drops in the Wind
03. Leaving
04. Soft Melody
05. Desert
06. Blow Bubbles
07. Transvesuvian
08. Creation
09. The End

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Daft Punk’s new album arriving in less than two months, titled Random Access Memories because… computers

Daft Punk is back, y’all! Did it seem like Daft Punk never really left? Somehow, perhaps through the sheer power of Discovery, it seems like the band continued to capture the public’s imagination despite not releasing any albums since 2005. Well, they did put out the soundtrack for that boring Tron movie. And some of the population may be pretending that they haven’t put out any records since 2001. Anyway, the point is, Daft Punk are back and, as Pitchfork reports, they are actually putting out a new record and that record is called Random Access Memories and that record will be out May 21.

Oh, hello. I see you’re still here. Perhaps you’re waiting for me to share more information about Daft Punk’s fourth album. Well, sorry sugar, there’s not a lot to share. I can tell you that it’s coming out through Daft Life Limited, the group’s imprint on Columbia Records. I can also tell you that you can pre-order the record on iTunes, where the record is listed as having 13 tracks, or in physical formats, where the record is listed as costing $39.98. Other than that, the only scrap of information I have for you is this commercial for the record. It is very brief and tells you nothing you don’t already know, but it does contain a snippet of music, presumably from the record. This music sounds like Daft Punk.

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Bad News from Houston (John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Thollem McDonas) release In the Valley of the Cloud Builder

No news is good news. Wait, scratch that. No news is actually bad news, and bad news is actually good news. Good news is over there, being its relentlessly positive self, while slow news has yet to make its appearance.

If amazingly detailed abstract compositions of guitar, amplified piano, and miscellaneous electronics tickle your brain fancy, then the release of In the Valley of the Cloud Builder by Bad News from Houston is undoubtedly good news for you — go ahead and ignore the recent drop in American unemployment. John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and Thollem McDonas (Tsigoti) apparently have a history as collaborators, but only recently have they jointly decided on the Bad News moniker, presumably as a reference to the Townes Van Zandt song? Makes sense to me.

As I mentioned, the album is one hell of a sonically-detailed release, to the point where I’m wondering why I can’t hear the gaseous expulsions of the members themselves. Emotional tones vary from track to track, but instrumental consistency prevents an overwhelming sense of disparate directions. The album’s out now via Post-Consumer.

In the Valley of the Cloud Builder tracklisting:

01. Red Dirt Meet
02. Make It Fall
03. They War
04. Changery
05. Middle Man Problems
06. Confuse the Ghosts
07. Invisible River
08. Stone Juice
09. Inverted Mountain

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