Thank You politely break up

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Bad news for Baltimore and post-punk and me: according to Impose, Thank You are breaking up. The group decided to disband after being approached by Future Islands to join them on a January tour, a query which caused them to question how enjoyable they found touring. This Saturday, they will play their last American show at Baltimore’s G-Spot with Oxes. Their absolute final show will take place at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival in Minehead, UK, the likes of which is curated by Thank You’s former tourmates Battles.

Thank You have one last release planned, though they have yet to release any details. They also have stated that they are all still buddies. And that they’re not leaving Baltimore. And that they love you. So don’t worry about those guys.

• Thank You: http://www.myspace.com/wethankyou

Thank You politely break up

Bad news for Baltimore and post-punk and me: according to Impose, Thank You are breaking up. The group decided to disband after being approached by Future Islands to join them on a January tour, a query which caused them to question how enjoyable they found touring. This Saturday, they will play their last American show at Baltimore’s G-Spot with Oxes. Their absolute final show will take place at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival in Minehead, UK, the likes of which is curated by Thank You’s former tourmates Battles.

Thank You have one last release planned, though they have yet to release any details. They also have stated that they are all still buddies. And that they’re not leaving Baltimore. And that they love you. So don’t worry about those guys.

• Thank You: http://www.myspace.com/wethankyou

Deep Tapes contribute to surplus label population with sublabel Heat Rave

A wise man named C. Spencer Yeh once tweeted, “7 billion people on Earth- all with their own tape label.” It’s true, and now tape labels are having little tape label babies. This calls for a thorough debate on population control in the underground music industry. Side A will be represented by Jeffrey Boltman of Oklahoma, and side B will be represented by Kim Dennis of Oregon.

Now debaters, our example scenario for this debate is the recent announcement by psychedelic label Deep Tapes, headed by Alex Gray, that it will begin a sublabel called Heat Rave, which will be responsible for all releases by Gray’s Heat Wave project. Begin the discussion.

Side A: So, Heat Wave was releasing music on the prolific label Deep Tapes and have now decided to move its discography to a small imprint for organizational purposes. Sounds logical.

Side B: It is unnecessary. Simply alphabetizing your catalog can help fans find the Heat Wave releases just as easily. Does Heat Wave really have so many releases that it requires a separate label to manage them?

Side A: Heat Wave is the most prolific act on Deep Tapes’ roster. It requires another label. Simple fact.

Side B: Then Deep Magic should get their own sublabel. Hell, why not give a label to Earthsurfers, too.

Side A: Well, that’s going too far. Then everyone would get a label.

Side B: Exactly! And then Deep Tapes would no longer be a music label, but instead a label label that only releases labels!

Side A: This is getting too meta! I demand a debate within a debate!

Side B: Very well. Side Aa will be represented by Ashley Koontz of Florida, and Side Bb will be represented by Daryll Edwards of Michigan. Debaters, the topic is the necessity of label labels….

And the spiral continues.

• Heat Rave: http://heatrave.com
• Deep Tapes: http://deeptapes.com

RIP: Alan Meltzer, founder of Wind-Up Records

From Rolling Stone:

Alan Meltzer, the founder and former chairman of Wind-Up Entertainment, died suddenly over the weekend at age 67. Meltzer, who formed the label with his wife, Diana, after purchasing indie Grass Records in 1997, was instrumental in the success of Wind-Up Records crossover acts such as Evanescence and Creed. He left the company in 2010.

• Wind-Up Entertainment: http://www.winduprecords.com

Royal Trux comp Singles, Live, Unreleased gets Drag City re-release; they’ll wait for you to call your dealer

Almost 14 years to the day after its original release on Drag City, Royal Trux’s only compilation album, the aptly titled (except for the last item in the list) Singles, Live, Unreleased, is set to be released once again on Drag City. Available as a triple LP, a double CD, or a single digital download, the album will be re-released on November 8 and is available for pre-order now.

When the compilation originally came out, Royal Trux founders Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema were emerging from their much-discussed heroin addiction and returning to their roots on Drag City after a stint with major label Virgin. Why bring back this hodgepodge of tracks now? Will sloppy noise rock be the next thing to re-emerge as a renamed genre for up-and-comers to emulate without any of the dedication to the substance abuse that made it possible in the first place? We’re almost to 2012, so put your order in now to catch up on the seminal heroin-jangle group of the roaring 90s and then place your bets for what’s to come….

Singles, Live, Unreleased tracklisting:

01. Esso Dame
02. Mercury
03. No Fixed Address
04. Red Tiger
05. Lucy Peaupaux
06. June Night Afternoon
07. Steal Your Face
08. Back to School
09. Faca Amolada
10. Luminous Dolphin
11. Spike Cyclone
12. Vile Child
13. Law Man
14. Shockwave Rider
15. Chairman Blow
16. Womban
17. Cut You Loose
18. Baghdad Buzz
19. Hero/Zero
20. Statik Jakl
21. Gett Off
22. Teeth
23. Cleveland
24. Theme from M*A*S*H
25. Strawberry Soda
26. Sunflavor
27. Love Is…
28. Ratcreeps
29. Hair Beach
30. Sometimes
31. Signed, Confused
32. Aviator Blues

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Dome (Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis of Wire) to release 5LP box on Editions Mego

Gilbert and Lewis
imaginative duo
re-released as Dome

Above is my haiku for Dome, the experimental work of Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis during Wire’s hiatus (and occasionally afterward). Editions Mego will be reissuing Dome’s complete works in a deluxe vinyl box set titled 1 - 4 + 5 that includes the albums Dome 1, Dome 2, Dome 3, Dome 4, and YCLEPT (for the first time on vinyl). The set also includes artwork by David Coppenhall, posters from the original Dome 1 and Dome 2 albums, and a matchbox.

1 - 4 + 5 is set to be released on December 6 and is available for pre-order at Editions Mego now.

• Dome/Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com