RIP: Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer/composer who collaborated with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler

RIP: Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer/composer who collaborated with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler

From JazzTimes:

Ronald Shannon Jackson, a drummer and composer who worked largely within the realms of free jazz, funk and fusion, died this morning, Oct. 19, in Ft. Worth, Tex. Jackson’s passing was confirmed by his cousin, Tobi Hero, on Jackson’s Facebook page. No cause of death was cited, however, Jackson was suffering from leukemia and had been living in a hospice. He was 73.

• Ronald Shannon Jackson:

sunn O))) reissue Black One on Southern Lord for RSD Black Friday; where do we stand on Record Store Day again?

Hello, sir | madam, I’m here today to tell you about some news: the legendary | refrigerator-like drone duo sunn O))) have got plans to reissue their 2005 release Black One on Black Friday, November 29. Black Friday, of course, is the day that families come together to shop for great deals | the people of America become inexplicably even more willing than usual to be pulverized in the great meat grinder of capitalism. Like last year, there’s now a Record Store Day on Black Friday which is another cool way to get people excited about supporting local record shops | pouring money into the pockets of greedy corporate overlords all in the name of yet another random Bob Dylan reissue and/or Lana Del Rey picture disc. That fact that sunn O))) decided to participate by reissuing Black One in particular makes a lot of sense to me | me want to drown myself in turkey gristle even though I’m a vegetarian, since it’s coming out on Black Friday and both things have the word “black” in them. Wow | Ughh!

Black One was a bit of a shift for sunn O))) when it first came out. Featuring somewhat shorter songs and significant guest spots from the likes of Oren Ambarchi, Xasthur’s Maelfic, and John Wiese, it now serves as a clear entry point into the band’s somewhat intimidating | uniformly refrigerator-y discography. If you’ve not yet made its acquaintance, you can check it out over on their Bandcamp, where literally pretty much everything they ever recorded is available to stream, or even purchase if you’re not a(n) freeloader | internet activist. This particular reissue comes from Southern Lord as a double LP limited to 1,000 copies on black vinyl, and 1,000 on white which is a neat way to make the album collectible for fans | a transparent method of artificially driving up demand. There’s also a silver disc version that will be available only in Europe. The album is available for preorder now, and preorders will ship in early November.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars announce fall tour, promise 2014 LP full of songs about alien mountains and a big ocean

“Why are there so many songs about mountains?
— Paul Williams/Kermit the Frog, “Mountain Connection”

This is also basically what classic-indie-rock recreationists Cymbal Eat Guitars named their first record, give or take or move a few words. As suggested, most of the songs on that record were about mountains. Later, they put an album that I believe was about aliens, the second most popular subject for songs. Now, thinking about mountains and aliens is all well and good, but sometimes, you’ve gotta get out there yourself. As such, Cymbals Eat Guitars are going on tour in November, in search of mountains (easy) and aliens (harder). Why else would they be going on tour? Just to play shows? You are naive.

While on search for mountains and aliens, the band will also be playing live some of the new songs they’ve written. These songs are expected to make it to a new record due out next year, following up 2011’s Lenses Alien (TMT Review). Unconfirmed rumor: this new record is a concept album about an alien who is also a mountain. Remember, this is unconfirmed. Wink. Wink. Wink.

Cymbals Eat Guitars dates:

11.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite ^
11.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
11.08.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.09.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball
11.13.13 - State College, PA - Chronic Town #
11.14.13 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch *
11.15.13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s *
11.16.13 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar *
11.17.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewery, Co. *
11.18.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco *
11.19.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
11.20.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 #
11.22.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire #
11.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #

^ Mrs. Magician
* Stagnant Pools
# Grooms

• Cymbals Eat Guitars:

Arise ye proto-punk creatures of the night! Pere Ubu announce December West Coast dates

Pere Ubu are a bunch of witches. David Thomas made a deal with the devil in exchange for musical genius. David Thomas associates with Lucifer himself, guitarist Keith Moliné is a vampire, synth dude Robert Wheeler is the creepy ghost that lives inside bathroom mirrors when you’re awake after 2 AM, other synth person Gagarin is a malevolent forest elf, bassist Michele Temple is a large black cat that speaks human language (with sassy flair!), and drummer Steve Mehlman is a spOoOoky wizard. All rumors, sure, but I mean, how else do you explain this? How else do you explain how this band has been making innovative, awesome, shocking music for more than three decades?

Surely science can offer no truly rational explanation as to why Lady from Shanghai (TMT Review), Pere Ubu’s newish album (it came out on Fire Records in January), is so damn good. It is for us to interpret the signs, to respect Pere Ubu’s dark dealings, and to try not to piss them off till we know if their coven exists to do good :-) or evil :-(. Judging by how many seminal punk and underground bands Thomas and co. have inspired, the more likely answer is: “good.” But don’t take MY word for it. (After all, I’m just a giant sentient swamp blob with the ability to type out weekly news stories for Everyone has a different dream!) You can go see them on tour this winter, if you’re a resident of one of the following swell West Coast cities.


12.12.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
12.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12.19.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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• Fire:

Cross Record joins the Ba Da Bing! family, releases one album and readies another for 2014

Cross Record is the newest member of the (ever-growing) Ba Da Bing! family, and like any good family member would, the label will be reissuing Emily Cross’s debut record. Originally released in a small run of 300 LPs on Lay Flat Records, Be Good acted as the debut full-length after a handful of digital releases through Bandcamp. Ba Da Bing will be distributing the last remaining copies of the LP version of the album (it comes on white wax with a poster insert), as well as releasing Be Good on CD for the first time.

Emily Cross, it turns out, sent her music to Ba Da Bing’s office after seeing label rostermates Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Xenia Rubinos play live in Chicago. The folks over at Ba Da Bing liked it so much they not only agreed to re-release the first album but will also be putting out the forthcoming follow-up. See kids, dreams still can come true.

There’s a video for the track “Maybe I’m Crazy” featuring a lot of upside-down fun. You can check it over at Vimeo, or, for your convenience, right under this sentence:

Be Good tracklist:

01. Watching Something Nice
02. Little Orange
03. Cups in the Sink
04. Maybe I’m Crazy
06. Dirt Nap
07. Skins of Fishes
08. Hungry, Thirsty
09. Not Quite White Light
10. Be Good

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• Ba Da Bing!:

Dosh takes a holiday from the mystical land of Narnia for a tour with Matthew E. White and a new album release

Hearing new music from Dosh — Martin Dosh — is a little bit like opening the door into Narnia for the first time. What at first seems a little strange suddenly seems familiar, and then shit gets weird again. Like Dosh’s electronic and abstract hip-hop elements are the wintry wood and then OH SNAP the haunting looped vocals are the friendly faun man peering at you inquisitively from around a tree. And such is the magic of Dosh, a one-man band who has worked with Andrew Bird and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and most recently with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on a 25-minute collaborative piece at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

That song, “Legos (for Terry),” along with six other tracks, comprises Dosh’s latest for Graveface, Milk Money. The album is due October 22, and just about a month later, Dosh takes to the road for a short East Coast tour with Matthew E. White. Until then, stream the full album at PopMatters, or watch a Beats Per Minute video of the man himself hanging out, making music in his underground bunker… er, faun lair:

Milk Money tracklisting:

01. We are the Worst
02. Death Set
03. Kisses
04. 20 Year
05. Unto Internity
06. Golden Silver
07. Legos (for Terry)


11.23.13 - Duluth, MN - Tycoon’s Alehouse
12.04.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
12.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12.06.13 - Philadephia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
12.07.13 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n Roll Hotel *
12.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

* Matthew E. White

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