The Tallest Man on Earth embarks on longest tour on earth with Bon Iver percussionist S. Carey

The Tallest Man on Earth embarks on longest tour on earth with Bon Iver percussionist S. Carey

When your band consists solely of your bleating, Dylan-in-a-blender voice and a beat-up acoustic guitar that you line directly into a venue’s P.A. system, it’s probably pretty easy and liberating to just go on tour forever. I like to imagine Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, touring around solo in a 1989 Civic hatchback; just him, “Old Betsey” (that’s his guitar’s name, obviously), a beer-soaked box of LPs of his recent album on Dead Oceans, The Wild Hunt (TMT Review) for sale, and one outrageously large box of condoms. Ah, how romantic. Now that’s the life for a bearded folkie…

But wait, hold everything! Now here comes the young, handsome, and similarly bearded Bon Iver percussionst S. Carey… with all of his stupid, clatterly, clanky gear and a giant chip on his shoulder from backing Justin Vernon all these past months, eager to tour the shit out of his upcoming debut solo album for Jagjaguwar, All We Grow (due August 24 in North America and August 30 in the U.K.)! Before you know it, he’s shoving a bunch of drum kits and keyboards into that Civic; leaving sticky, half-eaten Ring Pops all over the car; asking Matsson to pull over at every damn roadside “pick your own blueberries” sign he sees; and cock-blocking the fuck out of my formerly chill friend. Ugh. Carey’s like the Nermal to his Garfield. Romantic folk-loner fantasy OVER.

Luckily, it looks like Carey’s only hanging around for the U.S. leg of Matsson’s rather enormous Western Hemisphere tour. And there’s a good chance that Matsson will mail college boy off to Abu Dhabi before it’s all over, anyway.

The Ballin’-est Man on Earth:

07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.30.10 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08.06.10 - Aulnoye-Aymeries, France - Les Nuits Secretes
08.08.10 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.09.10 - Munich, Germany - 59to1
08.10.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Glashaus
08.12.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel
08.20.10 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.22.10 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival
09.02.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.03.10 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
09.05.10 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
09.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (MusicFest NW) *
09.12.10 - Big Sur, CA - The Henry Miller Library *
09.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box *
09.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Rooms at House of Blues *
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Antone’s *
09.24.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
09.25.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National *
09.27.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts *
10.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.11.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.12.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
11.13.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Belt
11.15.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.16.10 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri.Son
11.17.10 - Grenoble, France - Le Ciel
11.18.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Volkshaus
11.19.10 - Mullhouse, France - Noumatrouff
11.20.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.22.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11.23.10 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.24.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
11.25.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.26.10 - Manchester, UK - St. Phillips Church
11.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
11.29.10 - Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse
11.30.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa Club
12.06.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.07.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.08.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Le Bonk
12.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret

* S. Carey

• The Tallest Man on Earth:
• S. Carey:
• Dead Oceans:
• Jagjaguwar:

Shellac schedule dates (musical ones, not romantic ones) with Helen Money around ATP appearance

Sure, most bands typically schedule tours around new records that they’re actively promoting. But most bands aren’t Shellac. When you’re Shellac, apparently you schedule your tourdates around the promotion of… uh, well, one of those tourdates.

Specifically, this promotional Möbius strip appears to be centered around Shellac’s appearance at this year’s ATP New York on September 4; though it may also be scheduled around Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer’s strictly regimented bathroom schedules. The band is sharing many of these US dates with Helen Money (a.k.a. cellist Alison Chesley from “that Chicago cello band” Verbow) who recorded her recently released second album, In Tune at old man Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Oh, and in order to prime you properly for these upcoming shows, the band also wanted me to tell you that you can go fuck yourself.

Hooray for confrontational rock music:

09.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Babeville’s The Ninth Ward *
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York
09.06.10 - Boston, MA - TBA *
09.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
09.08.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
09.09.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *

* Helen Money

• Shellac:
• Helen Money:
• Verbow:

[Photo: Sebastian Jarpa]

Wire gets extreme with Legal Bootlegs, Send: Ultimate, and rumored new material

If there’s anything better than a legal high (and what isn’t?), it’s a legal bootleg. Now, legendary post-punk group Wire is bringing a legal bootleg series, along with a retooled version of their comeback album, 2002’s Send, to law-abiding pleasure-seekers everywhere. The band’s Pinkflag label plans on making select live performances available as part of The Wire Legal Bootleg Series, which can be purchased in its entirety via the label’s online subscription service as individual concert performances or in batches of three. Wire will also be releasing the super EXTREME-sounding Send: Ultimate, which features rare material like the 12 Times U vinyl-only collector’s item tracks, the unreleased track “DJ Fuckoff,” plus alternate and album tracks from the two out-of-print Read and Burn EPs that didn’t make it onto the original Send. Rumor has it Wire also has new material in the works for 2011.

Bootleg albums:

25 October 1978 Bradford University:

01. Indirect Enquiries
02. Men 2nd
03. Lowdown
04. On Returning
05. Being Sucked In
06. I Feel Mysterious Today
07. The Other Window
08. A Mutual Friend
Former Airline
10. Mercy
11. Stepping Off Too Quick
12. Strange
13. Another The Letter
14. Sand In My Joints
15. French Film Blurred
16. I Should Have Known Better
Practice Makes Perfect
19. Reuters
20. 106 Beats That

21 July 1988 Astoria, London:

01. The Queen of Ur
02. In Vivo
03. Kidney Bingos
04. The Finest Drops
05. Silk Skin Paws
06. German Shepherds
07. A Public Place
08. It’s a Boy
09. The Offer
10. Eardrum Buzz
11. Boiling Boy
12. Drill
13. Ahead
14. Over Theirs

08 Dec 2000 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh:

01. Zoom
02. Heartbeat
03. Ally in Exile
04. Germ Ship
05. Boiling Boy
06. He Knows
07. Advantage in Height
08. Lowdown
09. Another the Letter
10. 12XU
11. Pink Flag
12. Drill

• Wire:
• Pinkflag:

Miss TK & The Revenge release The Ocean Likes to Party Too; oceanographers working to confirm statement

Disco might be dead, punk may or may not have passed away 30 years ago, but dance punk is still hanging on, come hell, high water, or a new album from !!! (actually, there’ll be one August 24; still no word on The Faint). Miss TK & The Revenge had also been missing from the scene for a little while, but they dusted off their synths and cowbells for the release of a new full-length, The Ocean Likes to Party Too, released yesterday. Well, okay, it’s not like they completely disappeared. They had a track featured in The Wrestler, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The Ocean Likes to Party Too marks Miss TK’s first album with Ernest Jenning Record Co., which has recently announced that it will also reissue a 7-inch of “No Biterz” b/w “Future Power,” available in a non-digital format for the first time. You can feel good about buying The Ocean, too, because part of the proceeds will go to the Surfrider Foundation and aide for the Gulf oil spill — unless, of course, it’s all cleaned up?

So show your altruistic side, put on some sequined pumps, and in the meantime, delve into the new single “Beach Master” over yonder at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Miss TK & The Revenge:
• Ernest Jenning:

[Photo: Sara Stadtmiller]

Dungen’s upcoming Skit I Allt teaches a nation to curse in Swedish but still can’t get them behind that whole “universal health care” thing

Question time, TMT readership! What effect do the poor choices of Lindsay Lohan have on your own life? If you answered “Fuck all,” then congratulations! You’re absolutely correct! And if you answered “Skit I Allt,” congratulations to you as well! You’re correct and you’re Swedish! Then again, you could just be excited about Dungen’s assuredly psychedelic new record Skit I Allt, which will hit North American shores on September 14 via Mexican Summer. That’s right folks, Dungen have engaged in the filthy practice of potty curses just to shock you into buying their new album. Feel free to complain to the band in person at one of their many upcoming tourdates this September and October.

Skit I Allt tråcklisting:

01. Vara Snabb
02. Min Enda Vän
03. Brallor
04. Soda
05. Högdalstoppen
06. Skit I Allt
07. Barnen Undrar
08. Blandband
09. Nästa Sommar
10. Marken Låg Stilla


09.03.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
09.05.10 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrows Parties
09.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
09.08.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
09.10.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
09.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.12.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09.14.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.15.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.16.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
09.23.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.26.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
09.29.10 - Oakland, CA - New Parish
10.01.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios ^
10.02.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore ^
10.03.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos ^
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock ^
10.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
10.08.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick ^
10.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop ^
10.10.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^
10.12.10 - Burlington, VT - TBD ^
10.13.10 - Boston, MA - Harpers Ferry ^

* Wooden Shjips
^ Entrance Band

• Dungen:
• Mexican Summer:

Oh my god oh my god oh my god! My third favorite John Coltrane album is being reissued on vinyl! Three others too!

Hey, all you Jazz fans! (No, not the basketball team.) Have you spent hours and hours and hours trying to amass a complete collection of all 114 of John Coltrane’s studio albums on vinyl? Yeah, so have I, and if I can say one thing about my collecting habits, I can tell you that finding every Coltrane album is really fucking tough. Especially if you want them in listenable quality.

Here to save my day and answer my fervid prayers is Rhino Records, who have announced that it’s reissuing four of John Coltrane’s classic Atlantic Records albums. Coltrane Jazz and Coltrane Plays the Blues are already available for purchase, with My Favorite Things and Coltrane’s Sound scheduled for release on July 27. The albums will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and were made at “RTI with lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Bernie Grundman.”

In October 1960, in an amazing, music changing, impossibly fertile three-day studio session, material was written and recorded that would eventually make up all four albums being reissued; countless Coltrane standards, like “Village Blues,” “My Favorite Things, “Blues for Bechet,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” “Central Park West,” “Liberia,” and “Equinox” would all see release over the next four years. Besides inspired performances by Coltrane, listeners are also treated to the musical stylings of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones.


Coltrane Jazz:

A1. Little Old Lady
A2. Village Blues
A3. My Shining Hour
A4. Fifth House
B1. Harmonique
B2. Like Sonny
B3. I’ll Wait and Pray
B4. Some Other Blues

My Favorite Things:

A1. My Favorite Things
A2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
B1. Summertime
B2. But Not For Me

Coltrane Plays the Blues:

A1. Blues to Elvin
A2. Blues to Bechet
A3. Blues to You
B1. Mr. Day
B2. Mr. Syms
B3. Mr. Knight

Coltrane’s Sound:

A1. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
A2. Central Park West
A3. Liberia
B1. Body and Soul
B2. Equinox
B3. Satellite

• John Coltrane:
• Rhino Records: