The Ramones’ first album finally goes gold, 38 years later

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The Ramones’ first album just went gold. Like, just now. The remarkable self-titled LP that was released 38 years ago and fucked up rock & roll forever got certified by the RIAA on April 30, 2014 as having sold 500,000 units.

Upon initial release, the record was commercially unsuccessful, peaking at 111 on the US Billboard 200. Critics, however, later found the record to be influential on many great successors and what some would say was the true beginning of punk (I’m not saying that, don’t write to me with your bullshit).

And of course, who could forget the iconic album cover photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley. How many band shots have mimicked it? Fuck, I even got a Christmas card with the family in leather jackets posted up on a brick wall.

I really can’t fathom why this is just now going gold. I keep imagining a 13-year-old on iTunes accidentally clicking “buy” on this album and becoming the 500,000th purchaser. Something like that. So for the rest of you who don’t own the record, pitch in and let’s take them to platinum!

Here’s the Ramones on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, because it’s weird:

• The Ramones: https://www.facebook.com/theramones

Death From Above 1979 announce new album The Physical World, raise double middle fingers to Japandroids

Not since 2004’s You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine have we heard any new recordings from the brash, minimal punk duo known as Death From Above 1979. They did the reunion circuit in 2011 and 2012, sure, and upped the game by playing some unheard material, but now the Canadian band has made us late-80s babies ecstatic with the announcement of their sophomore LP, The Physical World, in an interview with NME.

DFA1979’s drummer/singer Sebastien Grainger explained to NME that the album was conceived because of pressure from fans and music press, saying “No matter what Jesse [F. Keeler, bassist] and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above.” Perhaps he feels some bitterness, having to live in the shadow of DFA1979’s former greatness. But 2014 is a very different world than 2004, and there’s another brash, minimal Canadian duo out there called Japandroids right now, touring the globe and having huge success. With one song on The Physical World described as “Springsteen meets Sonic Youth,” it looks like Grainger and Keeler have focused their sights directly on the ‘Droids. Yeah… Canadians take their indie rock very seriously.

Produced by Dave Sardy, who lists Oasis, Nine Inch Nails, and Slayer on his resume, The Physical World is set to drop September 9 via Last Gang, the same label that handled their debut. DIY Mag has confirmed that track titles on the LP will include lead single “Cheap Talk,” as well as “Right On” and “Virgins.” Also “Fuck Japandroids.”

• Death From Above 1979: http://www.deathfromabove1979.com
• Last Gang: http://lastgangentertainment.com/records

The Ramones’ first album finally goes gold, 38 years later

The Ramones’ first album just went gold. Like, just now. The remarkable self-titled LP that was released 38 years ago and fucked up rock & roll forever got certified by the RIAA on April 30, 2014 as having sold 500,000 units.

Upon initial release, the record was commercially unsuccessful, peaking at 111 on the US Billboard 200. Critics, however, later found the record to be influential on many great successors and what some would say was the true beginning of punk (I’m not saying that, don’t write to me with your bullshit).

And of course, who could forget the iconic album cover photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley. How many band shots have mimicked it? Fuck, I even got a Christmas card with the family in leather jackets posted up on a brick wall.

I really can’t fathom why this is just now going gold. I keep imagining a 13-year-old on iTunes accidentally clicking “buy” on this album and becoming the 500,000th purchaser. Something like that. So for the rest of you who don’t own the record, pitch in and let’s take them to platinum!

Here’s the Ramones on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, because it’s weird:

• The Ramones: https://www.facebook.com/theramones

Oneohtrix Point Never to perform ECCOJAMS tonight in London alongside patten and felicita, 30 new internet micro-genres to follow closely thereafter

Woah, wait, what — you’re writing an entire news post about ONE SINGLE Oneohtrix Point Never concert now? What, putting his latest album R Plus Seven at the tippy top of your 2013 faves list and even writing some really steamy fan fiction about the mild-mannered Daniel Lopatin wasn’t enough? Now you gotta go ahead and become his personal show-fer? Okay sorry, that was a bad pun — on either “gopher” or “chauffeur,” I’m not sure which — but seriously, Oneohtrix Point Whatever! That’s what I say!

So you’re saying that this show was just announced, that it’s happening tonight in London at the Ace Hotel, and that it’s presented by Warp along with Cave Empt (who will also provide visuals) and SHOWStudio? And that patten, felicita (editor’s note: <3), Brood Ma, Ana Caprix, and J-Cush (of Lit City Trax) will also be there? And that it’s free but you gotta RSVP? I know I said it once, and that each time I repeat it, the returns are going to diminish, but… Oneohtrix Point Whatever: That shit just sounds like a regular show to me.

“But wait there’s more!” you say. Dolphins? Why yes, of course; I love dolphins! Is OPN going to perform in a dolphin suit, because that’d be funny but… Oh! You’re saying he’s going to be performing as “Ecco the Dolphin”? And that he’s going to be playing music in the style of the rarely-heard-live eccojams from Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1, a.k.a. the album that more or less maybe kind of sort of spawned vaporwave if you ask certain people on certain days of the week when the angle of the sun is just right? Oh man, you seem pretty excited about that one. Why are your teeth chattering? Is that… is that foam at the corners of your mouth? I’m sorry! I take it all back! Oneohtrix Point Always! Oneohtrix Point Always!

Also happening this evening: Lopatin will be on NTS Radio from 8-10 PM (London Time) with Mamiko Motto. Visit the NTS Radio website to listen live. He’s also got a few more dates left in the second half of June and early July. Look upon them below!

Dates:

06.13.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
06.18.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
06.19.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
06.20.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE BLKBOX
06.21.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Geary St. Warehouse
07.06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://pointnever.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

Blonde Redhead announce new album Barragán, make all the cool kids say “Bangarang!”

Perhaps best known for their critically acclaimed score work for such eclectic and highly experimental films as TRON, People Under the Stairs, and Three Ninjas Kick Back, post-no-wave New York City power trio Blonde Redhead don’t get around to releasing proper full-length albums all that often. So when they do, it’s a HUGE DEAL to EVERY COOL PERSON EVER. For real. Don’t care? You’re lame.

So yeah, this is one of those huge deal moments. The band has just announced, with all of their typical art-mysticism, that they’ll be releasing a new album, entitled Barragán (huh… must be Japanese?), on the Kobalt Music label come September 2. According to the press release, the new album was produced, engineered, and mixed by Drew Brown (Beck, Radiohead, The Books, Lower Dens, Sandro Perri), was recorded at Key Club Recording in Benton Harbor, Michigan and The Magic Shop in NYC, and is going to be awesome. How awesome?? First-single-streaming-down-below-awesome. Only times ten.

Barragán tracklisting:

01. Barragán
02. Lady M
03. Dripping
04. Cat on Tin Roof
05. The One I Love
06. No More Honey
07. Mind to Be Had
08. Defeatist Anthem (Harry and I)
09. Penultimo
10. Seven Two

Blonde Redhead world tour:

06.14.14 - Singapore - Infinite Studios
06.16.14 - Manila, Philippines - Samsung Hall
06.18.14 - Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong - Music Zone
06.19.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Legacy
06.21.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
07.18.14 - Catania, Italy - Zanne Festival
07.20.14 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festiva
07.27.14 - Denver, CO - Underground Music showcase
09.12.14 - Milan, Italy - Mito Festival
09.13.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09.14.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
09.16.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
09.17.14 - Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club
09.19.14 - Groningen, Holland - Vera
09.20.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tolhuistuin
09.21.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
09.22.14 - Paris, France - Trianon
09.23.14 - Rouen, France - 106
09.26.14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Hayal Kahvesi
09.27.14 - Istanbul, Turkey – Hayal Kahvesi
09.29.14 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
10.02.14 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
10.03.14 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
10.04.14 - Friboug, Switzerland - Fri-Son
10.05.14 - Luzern, Switzerland - Club Le Schuur

• Blonde Redhead: http://blonde-redhead.com
• Kobalt: http://www.kobaltmusic.com

Cassette Store Day expands to the US for its second year, but people still can’t find cassette stores

Originally conceived in the UK, last year’s inaugural Cassette Store Day obviously didn’t have the same financial or cultural impact as its big brother, Record Store Day. Still, more than 28 shops — including Rough Trade in London — got involved by carrying around 50 limited-edition tape releases. Now, you’re probably wondering what a “cassette store” is, and how that might be different from your typical record store. But tape stores are spreading faster than froyo parlors, baby, and this year’s Cassette Store Day promises to be bigger than ever.

This September 27 — also my brother Andrew’s birthday, who is indifferent to cassettes, so please don’t buy him any — both the UK and US will have stores participating in the event, with Fullerton, California label and shop Burger Records handling the US festivities. Speaking on behalf of the holiday, Burger stated, “We’ve built our foundation on the forgotten format and have been preaching the merits of warm analog cassette culture for years. We’re honored to be ambassadors of Cassette Store Day 2014 in the good ol USA!” Burger, the honor is ours. And if there’s anything more American than a record label called Burger expressing their love for a niche media format, then God bless ‘em. Plus, tapes are so much easier to ship after you sell them on eBay, right? Everyone wins.

• Cassette Store Day: http://cassettestoreday.com
• Burger: http://www.burgerrecords.org