Thank You announce new record Golden Worry on Thrill Jockey, but why would those nice young men consort with such hooligans?

Thank You announce new record Golden Worry on Thrill Jockey, but why would those nice young men consort with such hooligans?

Those Thank You boys are such nice young men. Just so polite and always so punctual with the church service. They’re the moral beacons of the Baltimore community and they can expect a nice batch of cookies from me whenever they want some. Nice, nice boys.

But those Thrill Jockey kids. I know, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all, but I just can’t help myself. Those folks are bad news. They’re always… jockeying thrills. No, I don’t know what it means either, but I know I don’t like it! And they’re always signing sweet Baltimore bands and corrupting them. Those Future Islands boys used to be so nice.

Oh, I’m just worried about Thank You. When they told me over tea that they were putting out their new album, Golden Worry, through Thrill Jockey, I nearly dropped my antique porcelain teacup. I just don’t see why they’d want to associate with… those types. Still, I’m sure it’ll be a wonderful album. They were telling me how it would be out January 25 and about all the wonderful poly-rhythmic drumming and post-punk sounds it was going to have. It all just sounded lovely.

• Thank You:
• Thrill Jockey:

Queens of the Stone Age move reissue release to January 11, just in time for… uh, Groundhog Day?

So, like, PUH-LEESE tell me that you already knew that stoner-rock masterminds Queens of the Stone Age were planning on reissuing their critically whatever’d, universally blah-blah-blah’d 1998 self-titled debut album in order to better reflect “the band’s original vision for the album” through the inclusion of three bonus tracks that were initially cut from the record. Because I really have to go to the bathroom right now, and I can’t just sit around explaining all this shit to you.

And while you’re at it, PUH-LEESE tell me that you’ve already heard that it’s coming via frontman Josh Homme’s Rekords Rekords label in two (count ‘em, two) formats, the first being a traditional CD release, and the second being a 180 gram, double-gatefold double LP with accompanying digital download card. Because that’s going to make my job a whole lot easier going forward.

Oh. You did know those things already? Whhhew, great! Okay then, before I pee my pants, here’s the new part: its release has been moved to January 11.

Got it, got it, got it? January 11. Yup. Okay, good. Gotta go. BYYYYE! <3

Queens of the Stone Age tracklisting:

01. Regular John
02. Avon
03. If Only
04. Walkin’ on the Sidewalks
05. You Would Know
06. The Bronze *
07. How to Handle a Rope (A Lesson in the Lariat)
08. Mexicola
09. Hispanic Impressions
10. You Can’t Quit Me Baby
11. These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For*
12. Give the Mule What He Wants
13. Spiders and Vinegaroons*
14. I Was a Teenage Hand Model

* bonus traxx

• Queens of the Stone Age:
• Rekords Rekords:
Groundhog Day:

Wham City collective plans comedy tour; think of it like a Bob Hope special but with an epileptic seizure warning

Baltimore’s resident weirdo art collective Wham City does lots of stuff. For one, they’ve got the whole visual art thing down pat, including two comics for us here at TMT, Important Comics and Do The Math Comics (by Dina Kelberman and Robby Rackleff, respectively). I’m also sure many of you have witnessed their efforts in the video realm. And it needn’t even be said that we’re all aware of Dan Deacon’s musical dabblings. Having so many fields firmly established within the crew leaves only one proper and appropriate direction for creative development: comedy.

With a couple comedy shows already in the bag, a slew of Wham City’s affiliates will be hitting the road come November 11 and stretchin’ their funny bones throughout the Northeast US. The cast of comedians and performers includes (but is possibly not limited to) the following folks:

Adam Endres
Alan Resnick
April Camlin
Ben O’Brien
Connor Kizer
Dan Deacon
Dina Kelberman
Ed Schrader
Mason Ross
Pete O’Connell
Robby Rackleff

Yep, that’s quite the lineup there. So expect you some good ol’ fashioned highbrow/lowbrow art-school comedy. Don’t worry, if you don’t end up “getting it”; there’s plenty of vacancy at the old folks home.


11.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - The Bell Foundry
11.12.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop (4314 Main Street)
11.13.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Boo Box
11.14.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.15.10 - Detroit, MI - The Burton Theater
11.16.10 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
11.17.10 - Troy, NY - 51 3rd St.
11.18.10 - Worcester, MA - The Fire House
11.19.10 - Providence, RI - Soft Approach (in building 13)
11.20.10 - New York, NY - Showpaper Gallery

• Wham City:

The Get Up Kids self-release new album, attempt to bring emo back for 2011

Emo is alive and well and… living in Kansas apparently, as The Get Up Kids have decided to pull a Jay-Z by coming out of retirement with a new self-released record in 2011. The new album — their fifth full-length to date — is entitled There Are Rules and is due January 25, 2011 on the band’s own Quality Hill Records imprint. Of course, now that they’re getting all DIY, it’s important that The Get Up Kids complete this transition by “returning to their roots” as is customary for bands that people once cared about who are trying to make a comeback. In this case, their “roots” means lots of analog recording and getting Bob Weston (who recorded their debut album Four Minute Mile) to master the new album. Certainly no comeback career is officially complete until you part ways with your old record label (Vagrant) and form your own label so you can do things your own way. Yeah! Damn the man!

There Are Rules tracklisting:

01. Tithe
02. Regent’s Court
03. Shatter Your Lungs
04. Automatic
05. Pararelevant
06. Rally ‘Round the Fool
07. Better Lie
08. Keith Case
09. The Widow Paris
10. Birmingham
11. When It Dies
12. Rememorable

• The Get Up Kids:

Joy to the world: Joy Division box set coming in time for your consumer-driven, non-denominational holiday gift fest

Ah, the holiday season. It’s a mighty special time: a time to waste electricity; a time to carefully avoid offending people who don’t suppose that they believe in the same things in which you suppose you believe; and above all, a time to hopefully net some sort of profit in terms of gifts given vs. gifts received.

And that’s where the good people at Rhino come in. So, here’s the plan. You ask someone you love for the the new career-spanning Joy Division box set, appropriately titled + -. As Filter reports, this thing contains 10 7-inch singles spanning the various phases of the band’s storied history (digital downloads are included too, so if your turntable is as broken as mine currently is, don’t let that stop you), and drummer Stephen Morris teamed up with Frank Arkwright to oversee the remastering of all of them. Drool, drool, drool. Meanwhile, journalist Jon Savage curated the set, and Peter Saville provided the artwork. And did I mention that the release will be limited to 5,000 copies, the first 500 of which are individually numbered and will include a piece of art by Saville??? No, I didn’t. But… wait, now I just did. Talk about a paradox!

Anyway, the box set arrives on December 6. So, like I said, you drop a million hints for that certain special someone to get it for you for [insert relevant holiday here], and in return, you get her… that one crappy mid-90s New Order best-of comp where half the songs are remixes. That way, it’ll seem like you thought about her enough to buy a complimentary present, but it’ll only cost you like five bucks from the used bin. You come out on top, and she won’t be able to complain because it’ll seem “poetic.” I mean, just think about the narrative: “OMG, you gave me Joy Division? I gave you New Order!” How Gifts of the Magi is that?

+ - tracklisting:

01. Warsaw
02. Leaders of Men
03. No Love Lost
04. Failures
05. Digital
06. Glass
07. Autosuggestion
08. From Safety to Where
09. Transmission
10. Novelty
11. Atmosphere
12. Dead Souls
13. Kamakino
14. Incubation
15. As You Said
16. Love Will Tear Us Apart
17. These Days
18. She’s Lost Control (12-inch Version)
19. Love Will Tear Us Apart 2
20. Isolation
21. Heart and Soul

• Joy Division:
• Rhino:

FatCat adds Mazes to roster, announces vague details about a debut

There are two brands of music floating around the web these days: that with easy polish and skilled production to belie a lack of experience (or age), and that with the slapdash, garage approach, harkening back to The Kinks, The Ramones, and countless other bands from before the current musicians’ time. The music of Mazes falls into the latter. These guys from Manchester, while barely known outside of a few singles and some press online, are already notorious for their spontaneity and speedy recording time.

Happily for Mazes, FatCat Records took notice and recently signed the group, allowing them to hobnob with other sundry Fatties like Mice Parade, Nina Nastasia, and The Twilight Sad. This November, Mazes will begin recording their first full-length album, as yet untitled. And yet, despite everything we’ve been told about their hasty approach to throwing down tracks without heavy revision, this debut won’t be out until spring 2011! For a five-plus month wait, Mazes better have some great album art. (Suggestion: puzzle packaging?)

• Mazes:
• FatCat: