Royal Trux comp Singles, Live, Unreleased gets Drag City re-release; they’ll wait for you to call your dealer

Royal Trux comp Singles, Live, Unreleased gets Drag City re-release; they'll wait for you to call your dealer

Almost 14 years to the day after its original release on Drag City, Royal Trux’s only compilation album, the aptly titled (except for the last item in the list) Singles, Live, Unreleased, is set to be released once again on Drag City. Available as a triple LP, a double CD, or a single digital download, the album will be re-released on November 8 and is available for pre-order now.

When the compilation originally came out, Royal Trux founders Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema were emerging from their much-discussed heroin addiction and returning to their roots on Drag City after a stint with major label Virgin. Why bring back this hodgepodge of tracks now? Will sloppy noise rock be the next thing to re-emerge as a renamed genre for up-and-comers to emulate without any of the dedication to the substance abuse that made it possible in the first place? We’re almost to 2012, so put your order in now to catch up on the seminal heroin-jangle group of the roaring 90s and then place your bets for what’s to come….

Singles, Live, Unreleased tracklisting:

01. Esso Dame
02. Mercury
03. No Fixed Address
04. Red Tiger
05. Lucy Peaupaux
06. June Night Afternoon
07. Steal Your Face
08. Back to School
09. Faca Amolada
10. Luminous Dolphin
11. Spike Cyclone
12. Vile Child
13. Law Man
14. Shockwave Rider
15. Chairman Blow
16. Womban
17. Cut You Loose
18. Baghdad Buzz
19. Hero/Zero
20. Statik Jakl
21. Gett Off
22. Teeth
23. Cleveland
24. Theme from M*A*S*H
25. Strawberry Soda
26. Sunflavor
27. Love Is…
28. Ratcreeps
29. Hair Beach
30. Sometimes
31. Signed, Confused
32. Aviator Blues

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Dome (Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis of Wire) to release 5LP box on Editions Mego

Gilbert and Lewis
imaginative duo
re-released as Dome

Above is my haiku for Dome, the experimental work of Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis during Wire’s hiatus (and occasionally afterward). Editions Mego will be reissuing Dome’s complete works in a deluxe vinyl box set titled 1 - 4 + 5 that includes the albums Dome 1, Dome 2, Dome 3, Dome 4, and YCLEPT (for the first time on vinyl). The set also includes artwork by David Coppenhall, posters from the original Dome 1 and Dome 2 albums, and a matchbox.

1 - 4 + 5 is set to be released on December 6 and is available for pre-order at Editions Mego now.

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Blues Control & Laraaji collaborate for FRKWYS series, introduce Americans to the concept of “stillness”

Welcome back to Tiny Mix Tapes, your most trusted source for news, tips, and gossip relating to zithers, laughter therapy, abstract hard rock, and white baseball caps. Last we left Blues Control, it was 2009 and they’d just released Local Flavor (TMT Review) on Siltbreeze, which later received props for being a really good record. Last we left Laraaji, it was 1980 and he’d just released Day of Radiance, the third entry in Brian Eno’s Ambient series, which was followed up by many other albums that we all ignored since they weren’t entries in Brian Eno’s Ambient series and instead simply offered “deep centering and calm.” Now it’s 2011, the year that all things must converge, and so Blues Control and Laraaji chose to collaborate on an album as part of RVNG Intl.’s ongoing FRKWYS series, to be released on November 15 on LP, CD, and double-cassette. Previous FRKWYS volumes have paired up Julianna Barwick/Ikue Mori, Arp/Anthony Moore, and James Ferraro/Daniel Lopatin/Laurel Halo/Sam Godin/David Borden, but this might be the Laraajiest entry yet.

Keyboard conjurer and wearer of flannel Lea Cho spoke with Andy Beta earlier this year about working with Laraaji, describing it as “an emotional, spiritual, positive, healing experience. I really can’t convey the immensity in words… It’s rare that I cry from sheer joy, gratitude, and awe of beauty, but I was holding back tears at one point during the session.” The album was edited down from a single-day, four-hour improvisation at Black Dirt Studio with the three musicians + occasional contributions from Laraaji’s pal Arji Cakouros, and since there was way more bliss produced than could be contained on a single record, a couple download-only tracks are going to be included as a bonus (such as the 35-minute “Somebody Scream” zither megajam). Listen to the opening track over at RVNG’s SoundCloud and get your pre-order in here.

In other news, Blues Control are currently in the studio finishing up their next album, to be released by Drag City sometime in 2012. You can check out a home recording from earlier this summer right now at their own SoundCloud. Turns out it’s even prettier than that framed Chickenfoot setlist on your wall.

FRKWYS Vol. 8 tracklisting:

01. Awakening Day
02. Light Ships
03. City of Love
04. Freeflow
05. Somebody Scream *
06. Astral Jam *

* bonus tracks

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Steve Hauschildt (Emeralds) to release solo album on Kranky, assures us that he’s really really not Mark McGuire

If Mark McGuire is the most prominent and accomplished member of the Emeralds clan, then Steve Hauschildt is arguably his antithesis, at least in terms of his apparent personality. As a press release notes, “Steve Hauschildt is usually found at their live performances playing the serious scientist as foil to the other two members more animated stage presence.” Let it be known, however, that outward enthusiasm on stage is hardly the best indicator of musical talent, as demonstrated by just about every artist currently on rotation at your local popular music radio station. In fact, some of the most notoriously mysterious artists have also put out some seriously fantastic and memorable work — I won’t name-drop, as I’m sure you can think of a few just off the top of your head. Burial comes to mind.

With the release of Tragedy & Geometry on November 14, Hauschildt may very well be doing away with whatever degree of demureness he currently exemplifies. The album is being billed as his “first major statement as a solo artist,” and the fact that it’s being released through Kranky carries with it an air of esteem all on its own. Musically, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the album will likely qualify as ambient, but I’m emphatically curious to hear how it’ll differ from McGuire’s solo work. Certainly, the fact that Hauschildt considers himself “more of an artist than a musician,” and that he “sees his work both in group and solo settings as much a visual experience as it is an aural one,” likely influenced his approach as well as the process itself. In other words, prepare your senses, folks.

Tragedy & Geometry tracklisting:

01. Polyhymnia
02. Batteries May Drain
03. Cupid’s Dart
04. Already Replaced
05. Peroxide
06. Arche
07. Music for a Moire Pattern
08. Blue Marlin
09. The Impossible Flower
10. Too Short a Season
11. Allegiance
12. Tragedy & Geometry
13. Overnight Venusian
14. Stare into Space

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Tapeworm begins book publishing imprint Bookworm without consulting the worm community

Cassette-only UK label The Tapeworm has begun a new venture, and no, it’s not a non-cassette music media format addition. It’s books! Books are like cassettes in that they are being replaced by digital formats, but lo, Tapeworm is here to rescue yet another dated source from obsoletion!

The book imprint, henceforth to be known as The Bookworm, has released its first publication, titled The Art of Worms. The book features an essay by Ken Hollings (Destroy All Monsters, Welcome to Mars), “Parasitic Infestation” and illustrations from the first 25 Tapeworm tapes.

According to Bookworm, other future publications are currently being penned by writer/poet/ex-model/”Grandmother Of Trip-Hop” Leslie Winer and graphic designer Chris Bigg (4AD, David Sylvian).

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Albatrosh went to Yonkers, and all they’ve got to show for it is their new album on Rune Grammofon

Albatrosh, the jazz duo of Eyolf Dale (piano) and André Roligheten (saxophone), have released a new LP called Yonkers on Rune Grammofon. The title isn’t what happens when you put a bunch of marbles in your mouth and try to say ‘bonkers,’ as the band’s name would imply (just try it with the word ‘albatross’), it’s the town where the album was recorded! So, how did Eyolf and André get all the way from Norway to Yonkers, NY? One would assume a transcontinental flight and a commuter train ride, but what actually led them to record their new album there? Well, Yonkers is home to Oktaven Audio studios, a recording space specializing in classical and jazz recordings, the ideal technical setting for capturing Albatrosh’s unique brand of Norweigan jazz.

Both Dale and Roligheten are only 26, and this being their third album in as many years of accessible jazz compositions shaded by influences from both sides of the pond, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more of them on our shores in the years to come. For now, though, the only way to catch them is to join them back on their native soil next month.


11.10.11 - Victoria Scene - Oslo, Norway

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