Sublime Frequencies collaborator starts new label; plans to conquer the world (through music) nearly complete

Sublime Frequencies collaborator starts new label; plans to conquer the world (through music) nearly complete

If you’re familiar with the internationally-focused Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies, then chances are you’ve probably questioned on more than one occasion the practicality of owning a passport. Their catalog is a veritable smorgasbord of artists from regions of the world most of us will likely never have the opportunity to visit (due to unreliable means of transportation or other factors), and some of which we possibly haven’t even heard of. Another case of developed-world elitism? I think not: “Ethnic Minority Music” from North Vietnam and Cambodia? Tuareg music from the Agadez Region of Niger? Ornamental sounds from the Lhasa region of Tibet? How many other labels are constantly releasing music from these sporadically-frequented areas?

At least one more, according to The Wire. Adding to his work as a long-time contributor and collaborator with Sublime Frequencies, Mark Gergis has started his own label, Sham Palace. When asked about his motivations, Gergis had this to say on the subject: “I’ve started the label in order to be able to share more of this mountain of sounds and images I’ve been accumulating from around the world for almost two decades.” So essentially, Gergis needed a second, entirely new label of his own from which to release all of the obscure musical artifacts he’s uncovered and is uncovering from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. That’s fair enough. It’s like needing an extra hard drive.

Sham Palace’s first release will come on November 22, when Syrian musician Omar Souleyman will release the double-LP Leh Jani.

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Björk, Jeff Mangum, Guided by Voices, and some lesser beings to play Primavera Sound 2012

Come 2012, spring ‘bout to get sprung. So when you’re booking your yearly vacation to Barcelona and Porto, make sure you leave room in your boozy itinerary for Primavera Sound. Björk, Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, freshly reunited slowcore heroes Codeine, Neon Indian, and Other Lives will all be on hand for both the San Miguel Primavera Sound festival (May 30-June 3) and the new addition of Optimus Primavera Sound (June 7-10) in Porto. And if you’re thinking, “Well, that’s cool, but what about Guided by Voices?” The most legendary of their lineups will be on hand in Barcelona, showcasing new material off their upcoming album due in early January. More lineup announcements can be expected, but so far so bueno.

So what’s the hold up?? You should be clicking over to Primavera Sound to book your 160€ ticket ($219.76 US bones, plus booking fee), which is at a special price through November 30. Don’t you want to see Mangum in front of millions? It’ll be even bigger than his performance at Occupy Wall Street. Don’t you want to see Björk wear a ginormous orange wig and get all biophiliac on you? Don’t you want to see Guided by Voices be their badass amazing selves? And wouldn’t you rather say you did this all with a Catalonian flair, while your sorry ass friends were pathetically downing another PBR?

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Lee Ranaldo gives birth!!! (to a solo LP on Matador)

Rolling Stone’s 33rd greatest guitar player of all time is back with another solo album, this time on Matador Records! What does it sound like to hear the dude ranked a mere two slots behind Dick Dale just totally shred on his axe? It’d sound a lot like Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo because, well, it’d BE Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo. (Thurston is ranked #34, in case you’re interested. Isn’t that nice? It warms the heart. SHARING.) Ranaldo’s latest, Between the Times and the Tides hits stores March 20. It will be his ninth studio LP.

Now, this may be a solo album, but it doesn’t mean Lee Ranaldo’s going it alone. Nope, he’s brought a whole gaggle of friends along for the ride, including Nels Cline (Wilco), Alan Licht, John Medeski (Medeski Martin and Wood), bassist Irwin Menken, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth/Disappears/Spectre Folk), Jim O’Rourke, and Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Boss Hog). Ranaldo, along with Licht, Menken, and Shelley, will be getting their groove on this December as part of New York’s Glasslands Festival. Tourdates and tracklist to come!


12.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery

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The Necks release their first-ever vinyl album and tour with Harold Budd

Aussie avant-jazz trio The Necks have taken a break from whatever stereotypically Australian thing you could imagine them doing to release their latest LP, Mindset, marking the band’s first time on vinyl (most albums have been a single track nearly filling the capacity of a CD). The LP is available now on ReR Megacorp and the release has set the group on the road — or in a plane, probably. The Necks will be playing throughout the UK this month on a double bill with avant-garde composer and poet Harold Budd, presented by Sound and Music.


11.21.11 - Liverpool, UK - Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University
11.22.11 - Oxford, UK - Holywell Music Rooms
11.23.11 - Exeter, UK - Phoenix Arts Centre
11.24.11 - Birmingham, UK - Stan’s Café
11.25.11 - Leeds, UK - Opera North, Howard Assembly Rooms

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Codeine begin reuniting, reissuing records in 1998, finish reuniting, reissuing records now

When Codeine was a band back in the 1990s, their songs unfurled at a glacial pace. Which is why they called their first record Frigid Stars. Because glaciers are frigid. Hrmm. That said, Codeine applied that gradual pace to all aspects of their band. Some say that back in 1998, Codeine began reforming. Consequence of Sound says that the band finished their reforming this year by planning a number of shows in Europe, the US, and the UK. Those dates will surely be revealed in a very languid manner, but one date has been announced: ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in London in May 2012.

While Codeine is out playing ATP (and you’re out watching them???), Numero Group will be reissuing the band’s discography. On May 8, the label will put out deluxe, double-vinyl versions of 1990’s Frigid Stars, 1992’s Barely Real, and 1994’s The White Birch. These sets will feature expanded liner notes and packaging, perfect for you to pore over while you sit devoid of motion. With each set’s bonus materials of live tracks, Peel sessions, singles, and demos, you can sit there and listen and read liner notes until your muscles stop working. Never move again.

Frigid Stars tracklist:

01. D
02. Gravel Bed
03. Pickup Song
04. 3 Angels
05. New Year’s
06. Second Chance
07. Cave-In
08. Cigarette Machine
09. Old Things
10. Pea

Bonus material:

11. Castle (Afternoon Delight compilation)
12. Three Angels (Previously unreleased)
13. Skeletons (Previously unreleased)
14. Corner Store (Previously unreleased)
15. Squid (Previously unreleased)
16. Summer Dresses (Previously unreleased)
17. Pickup Song (Demo, Previously unreleased)
18. Pea (Alternate)
19. Second Chance (B-side of “D” 7-inch)
20. D (Live, Yo Yo A Go Go compilation)
21. A L’Ombre De Nous (Split 7-inch with Bastro)

Barely Real tracklist:

01. Realize
02. Jr
03. Barely Real
04. Hard to Find
05. W.
06. Promise of Love

Bonus material:

07. Media (Peel Session, Previously unreleased)
08. We’re dead (Peel Session, Previously unreleased)
09. Realize (Live, Previously unreleased)
10. Hydroplane (Live Unrest cover, Previously unreleased)
11. I Wonder (Previously unreleased)
12. Cracked in Two (Revolution compilation)
13. Jr (Instrumental, Previously unreleased)
14. Broken-Hearted Wine (B-side of “Realize” 7-inch)

The White Birch tracklist:

01. Sea
02. Loss Leader
03. Vacancy
04. Kitchen Light
05. Washed Up
06. Tom
07. Ides
08. Wird
09. Smoking Room

Bonus material:

10. Ides (Alternate version, Working Holiday compilation)
11. Smoking Room (Demo, Previously unreleased)
12. Atmosphere (Joy Division cover, A Means to an End compilation)
13. 2 Faced Man (Suicide cover, Your Invitation to Suicide compilation)
14. Loss Leader (Peel Session, Previously unreleased)
15. Something New (B-side to “Tom” 7-inch)
16. Wird (Demo, Previously unreleased)

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Jeff Mangum’s ATP weathers cancellations, additions, holy rattlesnakes, and pianos filled with flames

I’d bet some damn good money you’re still freaking out over Jeff Mangum’s 2012 tour announcement. I sure am. Try to cool your jets for a second, though, because ATP has just confirmed the lineup for the recently rescheduled Jeff Mangum-curated ATP Festival in Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK. Headliners include Jeff Mangum (obviously), as well as Joanna Newsom and The Magnetic Fields. And even though Panda Bear, Tinariwen, Superchunk, Group Inerane, The Mountain Goats, and Colin Stetson won’t be able to make the new dates, Versus, The Music Tapes, Group Doueh, and Mike Watt & George Hurley will. ATP also plans to add more artists — they’re hoping to confirm Fleet Foxes, Sun Ra Arkestra, and Micachu and the Shapes soon. Check out the festival website for the full lineup.

If you already purchased tickets for the original dates, don’t worry, those will still be valid in March. However, if you’re still hoping to snag tickets, ATP is offering a limited number of installment tickets as well as family tickets. I’m not sure how much fun you’d have with your family, though, considering that your mom drinks until she’s no longer speaking and your dad dreams of all the different ways to die.

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