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

RIP: Paul Williams, founder of influential rock crit magazine Crawdaddy! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1303/news-13-03-paul-williams.jpg

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.

• Paul Williams: http://www.paulwilliams.com

Pharmakon and Sacred Bones team up to bring fear, pain, and suffering to your ears on Abandon, because you deserve it

When ever-less-obscure author H.P. Lovecraft wrote “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” it may as well have been the lead-in to an essay about Noise music. Because, in all of its gut-punching, screeching, masochistic migraine-inducing, sine-wave ripping, sadistic brain-twisting, lobe-scrambling, and tympanic membrane-tearing it has a purpose: making the listener feel those very old emotions. Noise seeks to puncture the primal roots and let their contents leak out where everyone can sift through them in a disagreeable-but-necessary exploration of the unknown and fear-inducing.

For the last five years Margaret Chardiet, in her guise as Pharmakon, has been one of the most meticulous, adventurous, and effective purveyors of those primordial and ever-present states of mind. While her live shows have been numerous, her recorded output is desperately small. When May 14 rolls around, she’ll be spreading her carefully crafted black miasma further with the help of storied label Sacred Bones. Pharmakon’s first LP to rise out of the cassette-fetishists’ club is called Abandon; check out “Crawling on Bruised Knees” below for a taste of the coming wickedness. Play it loud, and prepare a soft spot on the floor to spasm and convulse after the song is over. That’s normal; it means the music did its job and made you feel those necessarily unpleasant things.

Abandon tracklisting:

01. Milkweed/It Hangs Heavy
02. Ache
03. Pitted
04. Crawling on Bruised Knees

• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

[Photo: Jane Pain]

Pitchfork Music Festival announces remaining 2013 lineup (including Lil B, DJ Rashad, Autre Ne Veut, Andy Stott, Daughn Gibson, and more)… so now I guess you ARE going after all?

Let me guess: you thought the line-up for Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (July 19-21 at Chicago’s shabby little Union Park) was kinda crap last year and was looking just as abysmal this year too, right? Sure, you’re into Björk, and you were all-for hearing The Breeders play Last Splash, but other than that, you were not so sure that you’d be willing to kick out the $120 for the caliber of names that they were tossing out. After all, you aren’t just any music fan. You read TMT, goddamn it, and your tastes are REFINED. You’re above it all. You’ll skip the dusty, sweltering Chicago Park District baseball fields and endless port-a-john lines this year, right?

Guess again, motherfucker. The full line-up got its ass announced yesterday, and now the thing is fortified with awesomeness. Lil B, DJ Rashad, Autre Ne Veut, Andy Stott, Daughn Gibson, and a whole slew of others just got thrown into the mix to join headliners R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian. So yeah. You’re officially obligated now. Sorry! Get your tickets here while you can, and I’ll see you out there. Don’t worry, you’ll recognize me. I’ll be the guy wearing his jeans rolled up into shorts instead of actual shorts.

Complete 2013 lineup:

Friday
Björk
Joanna Newsom
Wire
Woods
Mikal Cronin
Angel Olsen
Pissed Jeans
Daughn Gibson
Trash Talk
Frankie Rose

Saturday
Belle & Sebastian
Solange
The Breeders play Last Splash
Savages
Swans
Rustie
Low
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Phosphorescent
Andy Stott
Mac DeMarco
Ryan Hemsworth
Julia Holter
Parquet Courts
Merchandise
Metz
Ken Mode
White Lung

Sunday
R. Kelly
M.I.A.
Yo La Tengo
Lil B
Toro Y Moi
TNGHT
El-P
Killer Mike
Chairlift
Foxygen
Sky Ferreira
Glass Candy
Autre Ne Veut
Evian Christ
Waxahatchee
Blood Orange
DJ Rashad
Tree

• Pitchfork Music Festival: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com

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: http://www.radiokillarecords.com/production/index.html

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:

Tourdates:

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

• Foot Village: http://footvillage.org
• clipping.: http://clppng.bandcamp.com
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

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

• Strut: http://www.strut-records.com
• Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com