Sun Araw carves new record Ancient Romans using only his hands and a slab of gorgeous marble, goes on tour to cool down

Sun Araw carves new record Ancient Romans using only his hands and a slab of gorgeous marble, goes on tour to cool down

Let’s get the basics out of the way quickly: Sun Araw, the prolific solo project of drone-psych specialist (and Magic Lantern member) Cameron Stallones, has a new album called Ancient Romans coming out on August 23. Stallones’ own Sun Ark label will put out the record, with some help from the good people at Drag City. The album will be available as a fairly extravagant double white vinyl in a gatefold jacket, complete with fancy accompanying art book, and a somewhat less extravagant CD version. And if you’re looking for a first taste of the record, look no further than this Mp3 of “Crete.”

Okay. Let me tell you why I wanted to get all the essential info on this Sun Araw record out so swiftly. See, the description of this record in the press release (as well as the Sun Araw site) is so awesome, it turns my brain into flan. Not gelatin, not pudding, none of those low-class treats. Flan. Here it goes:

Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it.

God, don’t you just want to inhale that? I read that and I want to cry, it’s so rad. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that Sun Araw is going on a quick tour of the Northeastern United States (and a tiny lil’ bit of Canada). If any of those shows are even 10% as great as that above quote, then you must go. That said, I don’t blame you if you’re just going to stay home and read that quote over and over again.

Ancient Romans tracklist:

01. Lucretius
02. Crown Shell
03. Crete
04. Lute and Lyre
05. At Delphi
06. Fit for Caesar
07. Trireme
08. Impluvium


06.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Mutek Festival
06.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66 (WHERES YR CHILD V NYC) *
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent St. ^
06.05.11 - Baltimore, MA - Ottobar ^ +
06.06.11 - New York, NY - 108 Leonard St. (Moral Combat) #
06.07.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s ^ !

* House/Italo Night DJ Sets from Sun Araw, Sex Worker, Psychic Reality,
Todd Pendu
^ The Sun Araw Band, M Geddes Gengras
~ D’eon, Matthewdavid
+ Run DMT, Zomes
# G Lucas Crane
! Excepter, Daniel Higgs, Deep Magic

• Sun Araw:
• Drag City:

Damn! Dâm-Funk produces Steve Arrington album, flings spunk at audiences on world tour

Unlike other serious members of the TMT staff, I undoubtedly measure the importance of an artist by the volume of ejaculate they produce. The only justification I have for this is that I can only assume the production of large quantities of semen indicates divine genius. Due to my ‘research’ of hiding out in motel bathrooms and from possibly non-existent resources, I can unofficially announce that galactic-funk warlock Dâm-Funk is up there with Lady Gaga and Philip Glass.

Also, I discovered that Dâm-Funk has produced a new album from Steve Arrington (ex-Slave member) that is appropriately titled Goin’ Hard. Purchase the 12-inch or Mp3s after listening to samples on the Stones Throw site. To celebrate and show off his unfathomable amount of sperm (and play music, I’m guessing), Mr. Funk will go on tour to various cities.

Paint the town white:

05.28.11 - Detroit, MI - The Detroit Electronic Music Festival
05.29.11 - Hartford, CT - B.O.M.B. Festival
05.30.11 - New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise
06.04.11 - Nagano, Japan - Taico Club Festival
06.09.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.21.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Jazz Festival
06.24.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
06.25.11 - Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Museum of Art
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.11 - Paris, France - Bateau Concorde Atlantique
07.09.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch Festival
07.10.11 - Sete, France - Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
07.23.11 - Boston, MA - Good Life
07.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.26.11 - Pasadena, CA - The Terrace
08.28.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
08.29.11 - Culver City, CA - Funkmosphere
08.30.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
08.31.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
09.01.11 - Arcata, CA - Humbolt State University
09.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.05.11 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
09.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Bar None
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW

• Dâm-Funk:
• Stones Throw:

David Byrne may soon find himself living in a shotgun shack, watching his own newly-released documentary on DVD

Of all the David Byrnes in the world, ex-Talking Heads David Byrne is the David Byrniest. The man’s done a lot of splish-splash and ching-ching with all his bang-twangs and his bloop-bleeps and his co co rico-co co ricos. Heck, Davie’s even done did a lot of that which was done with Brit buddy Brian Eno, a collaborator who is similarly surely the most superlative Brian Eno of all known eons of Enos. For ample examples, please simply see/remember The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno tour, a tour that saw Byrnie traveling around the countryside touting the tout tunes of Davie+Eno (Davieno?) in the years 2008-09 A.D., respectively.

Now, in 2011 A.D., as The Wire ably wires, a fordone-but-not-forgone documentary of the lone travails of our hero DB on behalf of both halves (DB+BE), which was filmed on film in real time the whole time by full-time filmmaker (‘filmfilmer,’ in actuality, as he doubtless didn’t manufacture the film… if he even filmed on film, which I don’t know) David Hillman Curtis, is being made presently available on May 31, 2011 A.D. Entitled Ride, Rise, Roar, the alliterative artifact’ll be released on DVD and Blu-ray, thus making you bystander to performances of 14 tracks from the breadth of Byrneno’s longstanding and broadminded bender as the aforementioned Byrneno. Plenty of behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and whatnot also help make the thing what it is and not what it isn’t. Hitch your long eyes to the short trailer here, and that’s the height and width of it.

Ride Rise Roar:
• David Byrne:
• Brian Eno:
&bull: David Hillman Curtis:

Todd Haynes to film a My Morning Jacket performance, brought to you by American Express and unadulterated corporate exploitation

Dear Corporate America,

Hello and good day. We would like to applaud you for your unmatched ability to fund and exploit emerging cultural or social movements that could eventually prove to be broadly palatable to the tastes of white America. In doing this, you have achieved two primary goals: The first achievement involves relating to youth culture and therefore gaining a broader consumer base, either by means of collaborating with popular social media (American Express) or producing a marginalized medium (Scion). Your second main achievement is the creation and/or destruction of an artist or musical group. Your support of a close-to-mainstream indie act, à la Arcade Fire or The National, will more than likely boost them to some sort of upper pedestal within the realms of musical popularity, more than likely utterly obliterating whatever musical credibility they once maintained. We don’t blame you for this, Corporate America, we know it’s about the profits and there’s no shame in that. Honestly, the Scion 7-inch series has produced some killer shit and has proven itself to have a tasteful penchant for the split 45. American Express, props on the Duran Duran/David Lynch collab. Not bad, and now you’ve brought us something almost equally interesting.

Thank you for your time, and God bless.

This brings us to “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express,” which involves the pairing of a reputable film director with an equally reputable musical act with a huge corporate entity. Director Todd Haynes will be shooting a live performance of My Morning Jacket at Louisville’s Palace Theater. This performance will stream live via YouTube at 9 PM on Tuesday, May 31. Yeah, you remember that scene in I’m Not There where Jim James sings with the dudes from Calexico backing him up… go figure. Hopefully this performance will end like most of Haynes’ films, with the character(s) broken and utterly betrayed by human nature and alienated by the world that surrounds them.

• My Morning Jacket:

TV on the Radio announce summer tourdates because they know that post-apocalyptic love-making is always sexier when it’s hot out

According to TV on the Radio, there are nine types of light out there (frankly, I only count seven, but either way!) Of all these different varieties, everyone knows that the best kind of light is that hot-ass, dancin’-in-the-sprinklers, heavy-as-a-mofo, doin’-it-up-against-a-brick-wall summer party kind of light!

TV on the Radio knows that too, and they’re not about to waste it. This July, August, and September, they’ll be spreading their good-times message (which, I’m pretty sure distills down to something along the lines of “fuck me in a bunker!”) around select North American Cities like free ecstasy at an End of Days Dance Party. Although, all I see on the agenda are a few club stops and some major festival appearances; nothing too apocalyptic, really. Maybe they’re announcing the tour of abandoned munitions warehouses and condemned sanitariums this fall?


07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival)
07.20.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
07.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
07.22.11 - Portland, OR - Edgefield
07.23.11 - Seattle, WA - The Capitol Hill Block Party
08.27.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Crossroads
08.28.11 - St. Louis, MO - Central Field @ Forest Park (LouFest)
09.08.11 - New York, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront **
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Fest)

• TV on the Radio:
• Interscope:

Jad Fair tours Europe as Half Japanese, then a solo fraction of Half Japanese; releases personal ‘best of’ set on Fire Records

One way or the other, to hear Jad Fair and Half Japanese is to have an opinion about Jad Fair and Half Japanese. If you love him, then you should be happy to hear that he’s going on a short tour in Europe, appearing in all the festivals you dream about attending if you lived abroad. If you’re an American who thinks that Half Japanese is just off-key vocals and spitting saxophone, then you will be relieved to know that none of your friends will try to enlist you to go to his show. (“It’s Half Japanese!! How can you not want to go?”)

Fair is scheduled to play most of the dates as Half Japanese, while another handful will be billed as “Jad Fair and Gilles Rieder” (who has been a Half Japanese member in the past, but whatever…). Now, we discussed the two options for Half Japanese fandom, but if in the event that you’ve managed to ignore the Fair brothers and all of Jad’s subsequent activity (alone or with Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Daniel Johnston, Moe Tucker, etc.), then this is news for you: in February, Jad released a ‘best of’ compilation in the UK, grandiosely entitled Beautiful Songs (The Best of Jad Fair). There have been greatest hits compilations before — namely one from Safehouse in 1995, a couple years after the release of the fawning documentary Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, who went on to put together The Devil and Daniel Johnston). The tracks on Beautiful Songs, however, were hand-picked by Jad Fair as his personal favorites (there are over 100, so he didn’t feel too modest). Such self-revelry might come off as narcissistic from anyone else, but I think we can excuse the man who sings “I’m Going to the Zoo” and “U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums.”

The tourdates that follow don’t include Half Japanese’s spot in the lineup at All Tomorrow’s Parties this December, curated by Jeff Mangum and including two-thirds of The Minutemen playing Minutemen songs, Young Marble Giants, and The Raincoats performing The Raincoats (TMT News). Fleet Foxes, The Olivia Tremor Control, Superchunk, and Scratch Acid are also on the bill — can it get much better? (Yes: read about the full lineup here.)

Half Japanese tourdates:

05.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
05.28.11 - Paris, France - Festival Villette Sonique
05.31.11 - London, UK - Scala *
06.01.11 - Lyon, France - Festival Nuits Sonores

Jad Fair & Gilles Rieder tourdates:

05.30.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo ^
06.03.11 - Nice, France - Le Volume @
12.04.11 - Geneva, Switzerland - Face Z Festival

* The Lovely Eggs, Let’s Wrestle
^ Phat Trophies
@ Hifi Klub

• Jad Fair:
• Fire: