Sam Prekop thwarts amusing headline attempts with his annoyingly cool news of a new solo LP, Sea and Cake dates with Broken Social Scene

Sam Prekop thwarts amusing headline attempts with his annoyingly cool news of a new solo LP, Sea and Cake dates with Broken Social Scene

Blah blah blah, Sam Prekop. We GET it. You’re brilliant. You don’t need a day job like we do. You sing and write songs for The Sea and Cake. You paint. You “do” photography. You make solo albums. You fight. You fly. You crow. And I write about you during my 30-minute lunch break. Whatever, man. I’m cool with it.

Even as I sit here slurping shitty, weak coffee from a Styrofoam cup that I swear makes it taste worse somehow, you’ve got a new solo album coming out on September 7 from your longtime home of Thrill Jockey, called Old Punch Card. (That title seems like kind of a cruel dig at that fact that you don’t have to punch in to work every day like we do… but apparently your mind didn’t even GO there, because it refers to the old-school punch-card method that some of the first synths used. Hey, good for you. I wish I had a modular synth too.)

There’s no vocals, hardly any guitars, and no beats. I guess most of the sound material is generated by a modular synthesizer and takes inspiration from such sources as early musique concrète and electronic music, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Nuno Canavarro, Raymond Scott, David Behrman, and free improvisation; and it combines all of that into what your PR people are calling “a beautifully noisy, jagged, yet stately album of synthesizer music.” Hey, that all sounds awesome. I wish I had some PR people.

Oh, hey look at that: apparently you’ve also decided to tour your solo record by taking your well-known veteran band, The Sea and Cake, around the U.S. this fall with Broken Social Scene (on whose recent new album you also guested on). Man. I LOVE BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. Damn it. I’ve got to get back to work. Get out of my face with your awesomeness, Sam Prekop.

Old Punch Card tracklisting:

01. Old Punch Card
02. Array Wicket
03. Knitting Needles
04. Brambles
05. Tell Work
06. November September
07. A Places
08. Lazy House
09. The Silhouettes

The Sea and Cake tourdates:

09.13.10 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre *
09.14.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts *
09.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
09.18.10 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield *
09.20.10 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place *
09.21.10 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre *
09.22.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
09.24.10 - Ithaca, NY - Historic Ithaca State Theatre *
09.25.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
10.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10.03.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre *
10.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10.06.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre *
10.07.10 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon Events Centre *
10.08.10 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall *
10.09.10 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre *
10.10.10 - Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre *
10.12.10 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub *
10.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
10.14.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
10.15.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom *
10.16.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
10.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Islands Music Festival
10.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre *

* Broken Social Scene

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Label won’t put out Plan B’s new album; Plan B puts it out anyway

Let’s talk about embarrassment for a minute. Earlier this year, UK rapper Plan B (legally, Ben Drew) released a concept soul album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Recently, he was all set to go back to good ol’ fashioned hip-hop with The Ballad of Belmarsh: a “version of events” from the perspective of Strickland. This time, however, his label 649 Recordings shot him down and denied it a release. I guess the label prefers abstinence to Plan B.

Gotta hurt, right? But Plan B is dealing with it (that’s the nature of Plan B, after all) and has released the album on his own. “I know The Ballad of Belmarsh is not going to work commercially,” he says. “I know radio ain’t going to play it but I’m still going to put it out there because I love it. It’s a piece of art.” You tell ‘em, Ben Drew. Keep it real for all those young, pregnant, and scared.

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Tim Kasher of Cursive announces debut solo album The Game of Monogamy

If there’s any musician who’s qualified to release an album titled The Game of Monogamy, it’s everyone’s favorite singer/guitarist/lush/ex-husband/ex-boyfriend Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life. Kasher will release the aforementioned solo album on October 5 via Saddle Creek, who released all of Cursive’s albums, including 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen (TMT Review). Recorded earlier this year in Whitefish, MT, The Game of Monogamy will mark Kasher’s debut as a solo musician. Of course, Kasher couldn’t play every instrument by himself, so he enlisted the help of Patrick Newbery (trumpet/keys for Cursive), Erin Tate (Minus the Bear), Matt Maginn (Cursive), and members of the Glacier National Symphony.

If you live in the Chicago area, Kasher will be debuting music from the album at a special show next Tuesday, July 27 at The Tonic Room. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on Kasher’s first solo album.

The Game Of Monogamy tracklisting:

01. Monogamy Overture
02. A Grown Man
03. I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here
04. Strays
05. Cold Love
06. Surprise, Surprise
07. There Must Be Something I’ve Lost
08. Bad, Bad Dreams
09. No Fireworks
10. The Prodigal Husband
11. Monogamy

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Billy Corgan collapses at a Smashing Pumpkins show in Florida, SP still plan to play Matthew Leone benefit concert

Jokes have their place, and it’s usually alongside Billy Corgan. However, to speak of his silly tweets, manifestos, or anything since Zwan would be in poor taste here. Wednesday night, in the middle of a Smashing Pumpkins show at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Billy Corgan collapsed.

This wasn’t like Kurt Cobain’s little act in Reading over “The Rose” — Corgan stumbled and legitimately fell during “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” According to his Twitter (which, needless to say, wasn’t funny this time), “That wasn’t a stage move or clumsiness, that was me blacking out and wiping out.” There is no explicable reason for the blackout yet, but Billy claims to have a bruise to show for it.

With no ostensible serious reason for this falter, The Smashing Pumpkins are going on with the tour as planned. In fact, they play a benefit concert July 27 in Chicago for Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake. Leone was severely and tragically injured (now lacking a third of his skull due to of brain swelling) after coming to the defense of a woman in a domestic fight.

Good health to Billy Corgan, and sincere hope and wishes for Matthew Leone’s recovery.

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Three Mile Pilot plan new album for the fall, reverse their strictly-held policy of not releasing a new album

I used to think Three Mile Pilot stood for something. Ever since the San Diego trio released their 1997 record, Another Sea, Another Desert, they’ve held true to the simple principle of not releasing any records at all. I hate it when bands release new records; it’s just more stuff to put in my brain, and my brain’s starting to hurt real bad. While I’ve tried my hardest to remain ignorant of the extensive discographies of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession, both of which boast Three Mile Pilot members, I can’t hide from the knowledge that Three Mile Pilot are betraying me by putting out a new record. To my chagrin, the recently reunited group are releasing The Inevitable Past is the Long Forgotten Future (the title of which hurts my brain for completely different reasons) on September 28 via the folks at Temporary Residence Ltd. Oh, my brain.

The Inevitable Past is the Long Forgotten Future tracklist:

01. Battle
02. Still Alive
03. Grey Clouds
04. Same Mistake
05. What I Lose
06. Left in Vain
07. The Threshold
08. One Falls Away
09. Days Of Wrath
10. Planets
11. What’s In The Air
12. The Premonition

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Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg form Blue Water White Death, because …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was already taken

In what may be the most random musical pairing ever, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg (he of a beautiful baritone and love of birds) and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart (he of emotional purging and general on-stage oddity) have decided to form a new band together called Blue Water White Death. Their self-titled debut album will be released October 12 through Graveface Records. While their band name may sound equally random, apparently it was taken from a 1971 documentary about a team of explorers on a quest to discover sharks in Australia’s Dangerous Reef. But what could their music possibly sound like? Before your brain explodes trying to figure it out on your own, a press release has been provided with an apt description:

On first listen Blue Water White Death may sound like a pair of reclusive eccentrics making music in a derelict mansion, perilously balancing beauty and horror with the absurd. Soon, it becomes apparent that there are three distinct modes at play – clean, even tones and the nonchalant picking of acoustic guitars that recall life on the open sea, notes and words paced like breaststrokes on the journey to the depths and finally, jarring mysterious noises meshed with vocals that echo the isolated, garbled quantities of the inside of a diver’s mask.

See what they did there? With the ocean metaphors being used to describe the music? Looks like someone took a creative writing class! In addition to Meiburg and Stewart, John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Roots) handled production for the album.

Blue Water White Death tracklisting:

01. This Is the Scrunchyface of My Dreams
02. Song for the Greater Jihad
03. Grunt Tube
04. Nerd Future
05. The End of Sex
06. Death for Christmas
07. Gall
08. Rendering the Juggalos

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