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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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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Marnie Stern to blow chillwave bands off their surfboards with new album in October

Guitar goddess Marnie Stern has grown sick of all those chillwave bands with their jangly riffs and lackadaisical attitudes populating her fans’ headphones this past year. To fight back, she will be releasing her third album, a self-titled affair, on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars. Teaming up once again with longtime cohort Zach Hill, Stern also brought along bassist Matthew Flegel (Women) and mixer Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta) for the recording process. The end result is… well, let’s see what Stern had to say about it via a press release: “It’s direct and honest and real. I’m no longer taking cover under guitar lines or yelping vocals.” So chill.

Check out the first track, “For Ash,” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Marnie Stern tracklisting:

01. For Ash
02. Nothing Left
03. Transparency is the New Mystery
04. Risky Biz
05. Female Guitar Players are the New Black
06. Gimme
07. Cinco De Mayo
08. Building a Body
09. Her Confidence
10. The Things You Notice

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Jimi Hendrix has gotten enough posthumous praise, so let’s give him a posthumous lawsuit! Former bandmate sues

As we all know, Jimi Hendrix is dead, and while his death has surely not curtailed his due praise and legacy, it has slowed any lawsuits against the former guitarist. However, slowed is not the same as stopped, as former saxophone-wielding bandmate Lonnie Youngblood has filed a lawsuit against Jimi, his Hendrix family estate, MCA Records, and director Martin Scorsese.

Youngblood’s case centers around the song “Georgia Blues,” which Hendrix and Youngblood wrote and recorded in the 60s, and appears on the Hendrix-centric volume of the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues album series released in conjunction with the TV series of the same name. What Youngblood claims is that no one sought his approval for use of the track and that, consequently, as the owner of the copyright on the song, he must defend the copyright that he owns.

According to the Associated Press, court documents state that the Hendrix Family Estate offered Youngblood $3,000 dollars for the rights, with Youngblood refusing and stating that, “It’s the principle, I want my song back. They had no right to take my song.” The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of lost-income damages and claims that Youngblood released the song himself through the internet and that it received a copyright in 2002.

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Low, Boredoms, and Dead Meadow get spiritual at Melbourne Festival

If Beck’s lager is known for anything, it’s the cool, refreshing taste of spirituality. Well that’s the premise, at least, behind the Beck’s Festival Bar lineup at the Melbourne Festival in Australia this October. And honestly, what a cool premise it is! The performances focus around the ideas of shamanism and “music as a religious experience,” with featured artists including Boredoms, Mariachi El Bronx, Dead Meadow, Low, Dengue Fever, and Sri Lankan metal band Stigmata, along with spades of Australian bands. Contributing to the atmosphere will be Melbourne-based design duo tin&ed, who will be decking the Forum Theatre out in something called Holygrams, to fill the “many nooks, crannies, and archways of the Forum Theatre. This collection of handmade shrines, built on layers of relics, found objects, and offerings reveals the many facets of worship in pop culture, iconic artists, and underground musical heroes.” All nights will cost ya $20.

Here’s the lineup:

Boredoms, Kes Band, Bum Creek, Dead Meadow, Stigmata, Blarke Bayer/Black Widow, Sage Francis (w/ special guest B. Dolan), Dexter, Horrorshow, Dengue Fever, The Break, Johnnie and The Johnnie Johnnies, Low, Pikelet, Ponzu Island, The Drones, P.K.14, The Twerps, Mariachi El Bronx, Eagle & The Worm, and The Ukeladies

10.09.10-10.23.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre

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