Sons and Daughters release new album on Domino, and Moms and Dads couldn’t be more proud

Sons and Daughters release new album on Domino, and Moms and Dads couldn't be more proud

Glasgow’s finest country-rockin’ four-piece Sons and Daughters are back at it. After a few years of silence, the Arab Strap-affiliated Adele Bethel and Co. have a new album in the works for Domino. Mirror Mirror is the follow-up to 2008’s well-received This Gift (TMT Review), but lest you think they’ve been slackin’ for the past three years, know this: they’ve toured with Morrissey, bassist Ailidh Lennon had a baby, and um, I don’t know, maybe they all got together and watched the Lost finale together. (There aren’t a lot of details to riff on here, people.)

Mirror Mirror is due June 14 and promises to be a little bit different in terms of the band’s earlier sound (Scottish cumbia? Indie rap metal? There are so many unlikely possibilities!), with production by JD Twitch of Glasgow’s famed Optimo club nights, and mixing by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, These New Puritans). Okay, so probably the album will not have too much Scottish cumbia or indie rap metal. But at least with all that Glaswegian star power behind it, looking into the Mirror might finally become a positive experience.

A few dates:

05.13.11 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape Festival
05.21.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stag and Dagger (The Art School)
06.09.11 - London, UK - The Lexington
06.11.11 - Inverness, UK - Rockness

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Newport Folk Festival to feature The Decemberists, M. Ward, and Elvis Costello (Eminem still pending)

Ahhhh, summer festivals. I love when those come up in the news queue! Not because writing about them makes me feel all fun-in-the-sunny inside or because I have any great personal affinity for the blissfully unhygienic culture of weekend-long, bum-around-and-jam-outs. Nope, I love them because they always tell you everything you need to know about themselves on one bold, colorful, well-maintained, and easy-to-click-over-to website! Thus making my job as your humble newswriter as easy and fun as the cakewalk I’m gonna take over to Check Into Cash when I clock out today.

Take, for example, this year’s Newport Folk Festival, which just announced its 2011 lineup this past weekend. Sure, I could stress out my cuticles, eponychiums, lunulas, lateral nail folds, nail plates, periosteums, and hyponychiums (not to mention flexor AND extensor tendons) typing out a bunch of “humor-laced” bullshit about how the fest is going down July 30-31 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Or about how tickets are on sale now for $125 for a two-day pass and $69 for a single-day pass. Or about how The Decemberists, Gogol Bordello, Tegan and Sara, Mavis Staples, Emilou Harris, Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and Wanda Jackson feature near the top of the large list of acts.

OR! I could just tell you to go here:

Ah, simplicity. It’s what folk music’s all about anyway, isn’t it?

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Joe Lally has a new record out this month, so everybody take one second and stop wishing for a new Fugazi album!

Look, we all want a Fugazi reunion. But we shan’t get what we want, not today at least. What we will get, though, is a new record from one-fourth of Fugazi — specifically, bassist Joe Lally. On April 26, Lally will put out Why Should I Get Used to It, his first record since 2007’s Nothing Is Underrated. Dischord will be releasing the record, but surprisingly, they will do so in conjunction with the Lally-owned Tolotta Records. What’s so strange about this is that Tolotta have not put out anything since 2002 and the label’s website states that they’ve been defunct ever since.

While Lally’s previous records carried a heavy sense of DC-ness (seeing as they featured contributions from Lally’s Fugazi bandmates and were recorded in notable DC studios Dischord House and Inner Ear), Why Should I Get Used To It seems to skew closer to Italy than the District of Columbia. The album was recorded in Rome — the city that Lally now calls home — and instead of featuring DC scene veterans, the record is heavy with contributions from Lally’s recent European tourmates Elisa Abela and Emanuele Tomasi.

Lally has a handful of European dates scheduled for next month. However, the bassist should be adding more in the near future, as he plans to tour throughout 2011. Fugazi, for their part, will continue touring forever in my dreams and in reality probably not anytime soon.

Joe Lally dates:

05.21.11 - Montreuil, France - La Pêche
05.24.11 - Lille, France - Malterie
05.25.11 - Tours, France - Le Temps Machine
05.26.11 - Metz, France - Trinitaires

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Sublime Frequencies DVD/CD/book showcases Olivia Wilde’s Wyatt’s ethnomusical journey across Ethiopia

There comes a time in every music fan’s life — usually around 3 AM after a night of heavy drinking or just, say, a really dull Sunday afternoon — where he or she must blow the minds of his/her friends through a fascinating, unfamiliar, or just plain bizarre DVD selection. Fortunately for the curious cineastes and headphone junkies among us, we have Sublime Frequencies to fulfill our collective need to catch glimpses into the little-known musical histories of other cultures. And now the Seattle-based purveyors of all things obscure, international, and mindblowing have announced the release of Staring into the Sun, a DVD/CD/book by photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt that’s just chock-full of field recordings and Polaroid photographs of Ethopian tribes.

This limited-edition release is limited to 1,000 copies and is already being touted as “the latest ethno-film cinema classic.” (Well, at least Sublime Frequencies is touting it as such.) Ms. Wyatt’s work follows the goings-on of 13 different tribes out of Ethopia’s 80+ ethnic groups, so you’ll get to experience spirit possession, hyena feedings, Ethiopian TV segments, tribal wedding ceremonies, and a hell of a lot more. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll want to stick your hand in a hyena’s mouth and feed it delicious, bloody raw meat! Check out the trailer below. Staring into the Sun brings the sights and sounds of Ethiopia to a DVD/CD player near you come July 5.

CD tracklisting:

01. Konso Tribe, “Konso Lyre Song”
02. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song”
03. Azmari (Masinko Player), “Masinko Song”
04. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Syncopated Panpipes”
05. Gedeo Tribe, “Gedeo Vocals”
06. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Drum Song”
07. Dorze Tribe, “Dorze Song”
08. Mursi Tribe, “Mursi Song”
09. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song 2”
10. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Lyre Song”
11. Konso Tribe, “Konso Lyre and Percussion Song”
12. Gedeo Tribe, “Gedeo Percussion, Lyre, and Vocal Song”
13. Dirashe Tribe, “Dirashe Lyre Dance”
14. Tsemay Tribe, “Tsemay Song”
15. Borana Tribe, “Borana Singing Wells”
16. Habesha 2000 Band, “Habesha Traditional Song 3”

DVD chapter listing:

01. Intro
02. Borana Singing Wells
03. Addis Ababa Traditional Night Club
04. Harari Wild Hyena Feeding
05. Tsemay Tribe
06. Afar Tribe
07. Konso Tribe
08. Arbore Tribe
09. Amhara Tribe
10. Dirashe Tribe
11. Hookah Night Scenes
12. Zar Spirit Possession Ceremony
13. Mursi Tribe
14. Day Dreams
15. Masinko Player
16. Banna Tribe
17. Gedeo Tribe
18. Hamar Wedding

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[Photos: Olivia Wyatt]

Sleepy Sun don’t go on tour with The Black Angels. PSYCH! Sleepy Sun do go on tour with The Black Angels

On the psych-o-meter, going on tour with Austin-based psych rockers The Black Angels is at least a 7. It’s definitely more than splitting a footlong sub with a member of Comets on Fire, but it’s a lot less than eating mushrooms out of Roky Erickson’s beard. Still, it’s a pretty good reading for San Francisco’s Sleepy Sun, who will join The Black Angels — their brothers in psych — on a May-time jaunt through (primarily) the West Coast. Do people that are into psychedelics go on jaunts? I wouldn’t know, sadly. My psych-o-meter reading is a 2 at best.

Sleepy Sun + Black Angels dates:

04.30.11 - Austin, TX - East Side Drive-In (Austin Psych Fest)
05.05.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.07.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.09.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
05.10.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market Lounge
05.11.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
05.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
05.16.11 - Solano Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
05.18.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.20.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab
05.21.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft

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Times New Viking give out free tattoos with preorders of new album Dancer Equired

Finally you can give your baby that tattoo she’s been dreaming of! Or your hairless cat! Or your sleeping grandfather! Well, as long as that dream tattoo is a promotional item for the new Times New Viking album. And it’s a temporary tattoo. In the shape of Ohio.

You see, Merge Records is so jazzed to have the newly-acquired Times New Viking on their roster that they’ve produced temporary tattoos in honor of Dancer Equired, the new album from the lo-fi Midwestern rockers. If you preorder either the CD or vinyl version of the album through Merge’s online store, these temporary tattoos (and a poster of the album art!) will be delivered to your very own home, where your hairless cat will be waiting patiently to temporarily rebel through ‘body art’ against ‘the man.’ Dancer comes out April 26, so have that talk with your cat now before making this temporary commitment. Some questions to ask: does your cat/baby/catbaby really love Ohio that much? Can they commit to showing the world their appreciation for the music of Times New Viking, even in a school/work/church setting?

If not, maybe you could just gather around the baldies in the family and this NPR-crafted video about the band dealing with winter in Ohio. Either way, the magic you share will outlast the temporality of the medium.

European dates:

04.21.11 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant
04.22.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
04.23.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
04.25.11 - Norwich, UK - Fuzz (Project Norwich)
04.27.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
04.28.11 - York, UK - The Duchess
04.29.11 - Wrexham, UK - Rope (Central Station)
04.30.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice n’ Sleazys
05.01.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell (for Live in Leeds)
05.02.11 - Liverpool, UK - Club Lazy Genius (Mojo)
05.03.11 - London, UK - Upset the Rhythm (XOYO)
05.04.11 - Paris, France - Fleche D’Or
05.06.11 - Salzburg, Austria - Yeah!Club/ME (Rockhouse)
05.07.11 - Celje, Slovenia - Kino Metropol
05.09.11 - Vienna, Austria - B72

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