Swans announce fall tourdates… wait, you mean that they’re playing more than just one show?

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The recently reunited Swans, who already made me blow one load simply by announcing their reunion, have made me blow two more consecutive loads. Even though my new jeans are ruined, I’m pleased as a pumpkin to share the word that the motherfucking Swans have announced fall tourdates!

After announcing themselves as one of the acts of the upcoming Supersonic Festival 2010, Michael Gira and crew have announced nine more tourdates, including a stop at the Montreal Pop Festival. The band lineup for all shows is set to include Gira, two original members, two not-orignal-but-been-around-awhile members, and two new guys who are just happy to be there!

Outside of the fall gigs, the band are also hard at work on their next album, and I am also hard at work trying to not blow my load everytime I get too excited. Unless I’m with my girlfriend, then I can blow my load whenever I want, even if I’m not excited!

09.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
10.01.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal Festival
10.02.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
10.04.10 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.22-24.10 - Birmingham, England - Supersonic Festival

• Swans: http://swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

[Photo: Wim Van De Hulst]

Jeremy Jay to release two LPs, Splash and Dream Diary, tours all over the world

Jeremy Jay is doing two tours… well, sort of. First, Jay will be gigging in Europe and then afterwards North America. It’s just as well too, as he has two projects slated for release this year: Splash, his third album will be relesaed May 25, while Dream Diary, yet another album, is due sometime in the fall; both are being released, of course, on K Records.

So, yes, two tours. Don’t forget to bring a date for some slow-dancin’ and air-walkin’.

European Dates:

05.15.10 - Cannes, France - Cannes Film Festival (Belle Epine Pool Party)
05.19.10 - Bordeaux, France - Saint Ex
05.21.10 - Madrid, Spain - Astoria
05.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 De Apolo
05.24.10 - Ghent, Belgium - Pleasure
05.25.10 - Koln, Germany - King George Diskotech
05.28.10 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38
05.29.10 - Bucharest, Romania - The Front
05.30.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
05.31.10 - Warsaw, Poland - Powiekszenie
06.01.10 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
06.03.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
06.05.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradisio

North American Dates:

06.16.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw
06.20.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern
06.25.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
06.26.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
06.27.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.30.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
07.01.10 - Columbus, MS - Princess Theatre
07.02.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
07.03.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
07.05.10 - Washington D.C. - Black Cat
07.06.10 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
07.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kungfu Necktie
07.08.10 - New York City, NY - The Cake Shop
07.09.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
07.11.10 - Boston, MA - TT & The Bears
07.12.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Casa Del Popolo
07.16.10 - Lawrence, KS- Jackpot Saloon
07.18.10 - Santa Fe, NM - El Corazon
07.19.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room

•Jeremy Jay: http://www.myspace.com/jeremyjay
• K Records: http://www.krecs.com

Xasthur sells black metal CDs on eBay

Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, the guy you’re buying stuff from on eBay is somebody famous? I do. I like to think that every time I buy a plastic toy-gun for my gigantic G.I. Joe collection that I could be buying it from Nic Cage, Meryl Streep, former President Jimmy Carter, or any number of celebrities known for their G.I. Joe collections. Sometimes I like to think that all the used books I purchased on eBay came from Huey Lewis’ personal library.

If you ever do have this fantasy, then you can help bring it to total fruition and start buying used black metal CDs from ambient black-metal musician Malefic, of Xasthur fame, through the modern marvel of eBay!

If you take a look at the e-garage sale, you’ll see that ol’ Malefic is going through one of his “phases where [he] become[s] addicted to getting rid of stuff,” and that “now is one of those times.” At the auction, you’ll find signed posters and first-pressings of early albums by artists like Beherit, Darkthrone, Burzum, Paragon Belial, and Graveland. If you don’t take a look, then I guess you’ll never know what you missed.

• Xasthur: http://xasthur.mercurous.net

Terra Firma raises more money for EMI Records’ “How Much Money Can We Lose” contest

EMI Records, the record label with growing notoriety as “that record label that’s totally fucked,” has gained more money, through its owner, Terra Firma Capital Partners, so that its loan agreement with Citigroup stays all legal and healthy.

Can any of you friendly Terra Firma employess provide us with insider-insight on this development? “Uh, yeah, we totally could, but it would just sound panicked and tense so we’ll stick to ‘no comment.’ No comment.”

How much money is EMI asking for this time? According to reports, it’s somewhere’s around 105 million British pounds, which is 156 million in US dollars! That’s a lot of money to save a sinking ship! Too bad these guys weren’t on the Titanic! Sinking ship or not, Terra Firma was able to secure the funds by begging for the (75%) support of its investors, with fanzine The Wall Street Journal reporting that the necessary approval wasn’t achieved until seconds before the May 10 deadline. But they did indeed get it, and now that Terra Firma has decided to throw more money at the problem, it has until this Friday to let Citigroup know that “Baby! We got your money!” so that it doesn’t have to endure the punishment of LOAN DEFAULT.

Now all it has to do is pay a buttload of cash by June 12. After that, the only thing EMI has to worry about are similar “loan tests” in 2011 and 2012! That and making a bunch of records that sell a trillion copies.

Woods to tour California, and a few other places.

Woods released At Echo Lake, the band’s fifth album, earlier this month, and in honor of this momentous occasion will be heading out on a fairly concise North American tour. With five shows in California alone, it’s obvious there’s some serious left-coast love going on; I suppose it’s one place where lo-fi psych-folk will always be welcome in large quantities. If you aren’t on the West Coast, the only other option is New York. I guess the rest of us will have to be happy with playing the record at home.

Oh, and there’s some other great acts tagging along, so get your butts out of the house — it’s spring, readers!

The dates:

05.13.10 - New York, NY - Abrons Art Center (Joshua Light Festival)
06.07.10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern #
06.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club #
06.09.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene #
06.10.10 - Arcata, CA - Jambalaya #
06.11.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slims #$
06.12.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library (Woodsist Festival) #$%
06.14.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Jensen’s $%
06.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Woodsist Festival) #$%
06.25.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Fest / Woodsist Showcase) %^

# Art Museums, The Mantles
$ Kurt Vile
% Real Estate
^ The Fresh and Onlys, Moon Duo and Sic Alps

• Woods: http://woodsist.com
• Woodsist Records: http://www.woodsist.com

RIP: Dave Fisher of The Highwaymen

From the LA Times:

Dave Fisher, founding member and lead singer of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, whose recording of the Civil War anti-slavery song “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” became a surprise pop hit in 1962, has died. He was 69.

Fisher died Friday at his home in Rye, N.Y., of myelofibrosis, a rare blood disease, family friend Nicole Fiftal said Wednesday.

“The original Highwaymen, along with the Kingston Trio and, later, Peter, Paul and Mary, were among those responsible for popularizing original American music — call it folk, blues, country, whatever,” Kris Kristofferson told The Times on Wednesday. “Those of us who were able to walk through the doors they opened are grateful.”

• The Highwaymen: http://originalhighwaymen.com