Stones Throw Records documentary launches Kickstarter campaign, on track to reach its goal in two shakes of a lamb’s tail

Stones Throw Records documentary launches Kickstarter campaign, on track to reach its goal in two shakes of a lamb's tail

Take it for granted that there’s something quintessentially Los Angeles about Stones Throw Records. It was only a matter of time before the widely-respected, independent, and generally hip-hop label received the cinematic treatment, no? Though production reportedly began in 2010, director/producer Jeff Broadway just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature-length documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records).

Adding upon what you already know — that Stones Throw was the ambassador for critically-acclaimed releases by Madvillain, Quasimoto, J Dilla, and Dâm-Funk — the new documentary compiles “live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photograph, and in depth interviews” to offer you an entirely new (because nobody’s done this before, so it is entirely new) look at the visionary label’s history.

So what’s the campaign for, if French filmmakers Sébastien Bauer and Lucas Blaya of Media TV have already amassed hours upon hours of footage for the film? Broadway cites the need for “additional shoots and production trips” as the primary reasons. Never underestimate the cost of realizing one’s creative vision.

Here’s the Kickstarter page again. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised a little over $11,000 in less than a week. Yup, I’d say things are looking pretty positive.

Oh, and here’s the trailer for the actual documentary:

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Megaupload following Pirate Bay to great big server in the sky

Megaupload has ascended to the heavens. The file-sharing giant is moving away from traditional, physical servers to The Cloud. Whether that means the FBI and RIAA will attempt some sort of foolhardy air raid is yet to be seen. The move itself comes on the heels of a similar announcement from The Pirate Bay.

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom — “lovable” rapscallion and thorn in the recording industry’s side — has given the new service the name “Mega” (I wonder how they thought of that one). Mega is described as a “unique tool that will solve the liability problems faced by cloud storage services,” according to Dotcom in an interview with Wired. The new service will “enhance privacy rights of internet users and provide themselves with a simple new business.”

Aside from the similar name, Mega will be similar to Megaupload in its general operation. The key difference, according to the Wired article, is “that now those files will first be one-clicked-encrypted right in a client’s browser.” So what that means is that the file is going to be encrypted on your end of things before you, the user, provide a security key of your own. According to Dotcom’s partner Mathias Ortmann, it will be “impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible, for its users’ uploaded content.” That’s twice the encryption and half the none of the liability on Mega’s part!

There’s no official word yet on how this will alter plans for Megabox or if Mega will take the place of Megabox. For anyone keeping Megascore at home, Dotcom is still in New Zealand, awaiting extradition to the US following January’s raid and arrest that led to Megaupload going offline.

Morrissey postpones US tourdates (Fans are hereby not advised to try to cheer up listening to Morrissey)

Okay, so, I know that fans of Morrissey are generally, by virtue of being fans of Morrissey, kind of into things being a bummer? But… this really is a bummer. And not just a pompadour-related bummer either.

According to Pitchfork, the crooner has been forced to postpone several of his US tourdates “in order to return to England to be with his mother, who has been hospitalized due to an illness.” Okay, type it with me, now: :(

Specifically, the shows scheduled beginning tomorrow for Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, Flint, MI, and Chicago, IL, are being rescheduled, with the tour due to resume October 29 in Minneapolis, MN. Fans who purchased tickets for postponed shows are “encouraged to hold on to their tickets,” though, as rescheduling details are promised “within the coming days.” As a matter of fact, Morrissey fansite True to You has posted the press release that I keep quoting from, which, in typical Morrissey fashion, says it all better and more evocatively than I ever could.

Events for this forthcoming week are postponed - but not cancelled - as Morrissey has returned to England where his mother has been hospitalized and is unwell.

Those who have already purchased tickets for the dates in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Flint and Chicago are encouraged to hold on to their tickets and look out for the rescheduled dates. The new dates will be announced within the coming days.

The remainder of the US tour will be unaffected, resuming in Minneapolis on Oct 29.

Morrissey US tour:

10.23.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
10.24.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Indoor Pavilion
10.26.12 - Flint, MI - James H Whiting Auditorium
10.27.12 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theater
10.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
10.30.12 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
11.01.12 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theater
11.03.12 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
11.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall at University of Utah
11.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
11.10.12 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theater
11.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11.14.12 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
11.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
11.17.12 - Reno, NV - John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Rose Ballroom
11.21.12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
11.23.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at the Chelsea Ballroom
11.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
11.27.12 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11.28.12 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum
11.30.12 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Events Center
12.01.12 - Beamount, TX - Jefferson Theater
12.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
12.05.12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
12.07.12 - North Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
12.08.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City

• Morrissey:

Purity Ring head out on North American tour to play music, speak at high schools about abstinence

Finally, some good Christian values in electronic pop music. After the likes of The Knife (who I believe worship a forest spirit) and Matthew Dear (who worships a monster of grime and oil), I thought there would never be an electro-pop act for the lord. Thank God for Purity Ring, a band whose name speaks to the important act of making your body a temple. Even if you have to snap ribs and crawl inside another person to make that temple.

According to Christian teen label 4AD, the duo are spreading their message of abstinence across North America in January. They will be accompanied by Young Magic, a group of nice, clean-cut kids from Brooklyn.

Purity Ring also announced a sequel to their single “Belispeak.” The track, appropriately titled “Belispeak II,” features verses from Detroit MC Danny Brown. Now, Mr. Brown seems like a talented young man, but I just don’t know if he’s a Christian. Praying for him.

Purity Ring dates (all w/ Young Magic):

01.10.13 - Montreal, QC - Le National
01.11.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.14.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.15.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
01.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.18.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social
01.19.13 -Tampa, FL - Orpheum
01.21.13 - New Orleans, LA - Maison
01.22.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
01.23.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
01.24.13 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
01.25.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
01.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
01.28.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
01.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01.30.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.01.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

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Jawbreaker reissue Bivouac and Chesterfield King for 20th Anniversary, plaid beards rejoice

Plaid enthusiasts, rejoice! It’s been 20 years since influential punk act Jawbreaker released their sophomore record Bivouac. By my count, it’s been eight years since I listened to “Chesterfield King” on repeat in my high school bedroom. Blackball Records, the label owned by former Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler, isn’t doing anything special for the 8th anniversary of my teenage tears, but they are reissuing Bivouac to celebrate the album’s 20th birthday. On December 11, the label will release a reissued, remastered version of Bivouac on CD, digital, and vinyl formats, as well as a 12-inch version of the band’s Chesterfield King EP on the same day.

Although the LP version of Bivouac contains the album’s original tracklist, the CD and digital versions will also feature the tracks from the Chesterfield King EP. But that’s not all, other bearded guys like me! That CD/digital version also features two bonus tracks. One of these tracks is an early version of “Ache,” one of the best songs on 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, the best Jawbreaker album. (“Gasp!” you said, almost spitting up PBR onto your Jets to Brazil shirt.)

All of these Jawbreaker reissues have been remastered by John Golden. He worked from the album’s original tapes and also happened to have been the guy who mastered every one of Jawbreaker’s records except, um, Bivouac. These reissues all also feature band photos from that time in Jawbreaker’s history, as well as restored original artwork. Some people might remember that original artwork of the creepy bunny lady being a foldout in the liner notes of the CD version of Bivouac. Some people also might remember being careful not to open the Bivouac liner notes around their parents, because that artwork contained naked boobs. One of these people might be me.

Bivouac CD tracklist:

01. Shield Your Eyes
02. Big
03. Chesterfield King
04. Sleep
05. Donatello
06. Face Down
07. P.S. New York Is Burning
08. Like a Secret
09. Tour Song
10. You Don’t Know…
11. Pack It Up
12. Parabola
13. Bivouac
14. Peel It The Fuck Down
15. Ache (cassette rough)

Bivouac LP tracklist:

01. Shield Your Eyes
02. Big
03. Sleep
04. Donatello
05. P.S. New York Is Burning
06. Like a Secret
07. Chesterfield King
08. Parabola
09. Bivouac

Chesterfield King 12-inch tracklist:

01. Chesterfield King
02. Tour Song
03. Face Down
04. You Don’t Know…
05. Pack It Up

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Squarepusher refuses a life without really cool helmets, announces live EP, begins North American tour next week

If Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight taught us anything about human psychology, it’s that some people just can’t help but insert hilariously stupid lines into everyday conversation. “Have a nice trip; see you next fall!” — wait, how again does that saying apply to a criminal being arrested? It doesn’t. People just say stupid things; or, if you prefer a more critical perspective, sometimes scripts just go bad.

On a more relevant note, the movie also delved into the motivations of psychopaths, illustrating how some simply relish chaos for its own sake. I’m not calling Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) a psychopath, but most people would agree that, generally speaking, his discography evinces a preference for (at least) musical discord. Ufabulum, released earlier this year, largely continues that preference from the listener’s point of view, but creatively, there’s one important distinction: the album was entirely pre-programmed. In contrast with much of his earlier work, and as Clash reported back in April, there was no incorporation of live guitar or drums during the recording process.

Even that level of planning and organization was apparently too much for Squarepusher to handle. On November 13 (though it’s available now via Bleep), he’ll be releasing KCRW Session, a live, digital-only EP of Ufabulum reworks recorded for radio show “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Here’s Mr. Jenkinson himself on what he was trying to accomplish: “The whole session was recorded in a single take with no edits and is in keeping with the way I was performing the material in the live shows at the time. I wanted to introduce more disorder and mayhem to these pieces, and to move away from the more strictly controlled sound of the album.” See!? More disorder and mayhem. Some people apparently do just want to watch the world burn… artistically speaking.

Go here to listen to the KRCW version of the track “303 Scopem Hard,” and check out the dates for his short North American tour below.

KCRW Session tracklisting:

01. 4001 (KCRW Session)
02. Unreal Square (KCRW Session)
03. Drax 2 (KCRW Session)
04. Dark Steering (KCRW Session)
05. 303 Scopem Hard (KCRW Session)


10.26.12 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest
10.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA *
10.29.12 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore *
10.31.12 - Boston, MA - Royale *
11.01.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
11.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro *

* with Mount Kimbie

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