The Thermals let you read their journals as they expose their Personal Life on September 7 through Kill Rock Stars

The Thermals let you read their journals as they expose their Personal Life on September 7 through Kill Rock Stars

The Thermals have been busy lately, what with releasing their fourth album, 2009’s Now We Can See (TMT Review), and spanning the globe with five US tours, three jaunts across the European continent, and a kung-fu, commie-smashing adventure through the People’s Republic (of China).

However, The Therms seem to be “in the groove,” as they say, and are already announcing a release date for their fifth album, Personal Life. It looks like, with all this work, songwriters Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster have given up on a “personal life” (that’s two!). The album is scheduled for release on September 7 through Kill Rock Stars.

The Thermals are once again working with Chris Walla (of Death Cab fame) who mixed their first album and produced their second. If you’re curious about the musical contents and stylings contained in the album, you could go to their website, or just read this affectionate section of the press release: “Personal Life continues the Thermals tradition of high-energy punk/power/pop while also exploring darker, more introspective territory. Lyrically, Personal Life obsesses over love and lies with the same passion The Thermals have reserved for politics and death in the past.”

Sounds like the same stuff that got me to buy the first four albums! I don’t mean that as an insult. I love The Thermals! I fucking love The Thermals! Let me into your “personal life!” (that’s three!)

For all you nerds out there, I feel it necessary to mention (being an audiophile) that the album was mastered from tape and tape only. No computers here, ya Bill Gates wannabes!

Personal Life tracklist:

01. I’m Gonna Change Your Life
02. I Don’t Believe You
03. Never Listen To Me
04. Not Like Any Other Feeling
05. Power Lies
06. Only For You
07. Alone, A Fool
08. Your Love Is So Strong
09. A Reflection
10. You Changed My Life

AND! Tourdates!

07.01.10 - Calgary, AB - Distillery - Sled Island Festival
07.02.10 - Calgary, AB - Olympic Plaza - Sled Island Festival
07.03.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik - Sled Island Festival
07.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavillion
09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.09.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - Musicfest NW

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[Photo: Alicia Rose]

Islands announce summer tour; Nick Thorburn can’t promise he won’t change his name again

Nick Diamonds, Nicholas Thorburn, and according to Wikipedia, “Nick T.” Whatever it is that this guy who sings for Islands is asking you to call him these days, he’s well on his way to changing his name as many times as P. Diddy. Expect maybe two or three potential name changes when Islands hit the road on their US tour this summer, in support of 2009’s Vapours on ANTI-.

Presenting Nicki Thorbaj & The Islands:

06.27.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Music Festival
06.28.10 - Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry *
06.29.10 - Providence, RI - Jerky’s Live Music Hall *
06.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary *
07.01.10 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat *
07.02.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
07.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum *
07.04.10 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box *
07.05.10 - Houston, TX - Mangos *
07.06.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
07.07.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft *
07.08.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions *
07.09.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
07.10.10 - Madison, WI - The Terrace (University of Wisconsin) *
07.12.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
07.13.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

* Active Child, Steel Phantoms

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Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest added to already dazzling Rock the Bells lineup

Summer festival season is upon us. But if your tastes run wholeheartedly away from any sort of event where you’re likely to see entire families in matching outfits slobbering corn dog grease all over their sunburnt frames and instead lean more more toward a festival where a cross section of people might boogie down to some classic Lauryn Hill jams, this year’s Rock the Bells lineup should be slapping you in the face and yelling “Go to me!!! Go to me!!!!”

The roster for this thing is the definition of killer: apart from Ms. Hill, A Tribe Called Quest is slated to perform Midnight Marauders, Snoop Dogg (!!!!!!) will be going at it Doggystyle, and the entire Wu-Tang Clan is powering through Enter the 36 Chambers with the late ODB’s first-born son standing in for his verses! DJ Premier also has a special Gang Starr-related tribute in the works. The full lineup includes Murs & 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, DJ Muggs & Ill Bill, and Jedi Mind Tricks, plus young up-and-comers Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean, The Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Boots Riley of the Coup and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Clipse, Brother Ali, Supernatural, DJ Rocky Rock, Rakim, KRS-One, and Slick Rick.

08.21.10 - San Bernadino, CA - Nos Events Center
08.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
08.28.10 - New York, NY - Governor’s Island
08.29.10 - Washington, DC - Merriweather Post Pavillion

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[Photo: DaigoOliva]

El Guincho to release limited edition EPs (is anyone else starting to suspect that he and Panda Bear are the same person?)

Is your love for cuica drums outlasted only by your obsession with Echoplex and spiced rum? Well, then you must party regularly with sample-happy space-dub aficionado Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho), who is currently getting amped to release a series of limited edition, five-song EPs in conjunction with his next several LPs.

Specifically, Diaz-Reixa’s new EP series will find him rearranging classic South American standards. Each of the EPs will feature five tracks and will include a couple of collaborations with artists from all around the globe. On his first volume, Piratas de Sudamérica, Julieta Venegas lends her pipes to Miguel Matamoros’ “Mientes” and Adrián de Alfonso inundates album closer “Marimba” with his sexy croon. Piratas de Sudamérica was recorded at El Guincho’s Barcelona home in between rum swigs, “with a deep love of the original songs, but with limited frequency response.” The finished tracks were then mixed down to tape, and the tape was then soaked in spiced rum. The entire EP series will be available on limited edition 12-inch vinyl, and this first batch is due out on July 13 via the lovable Young Turks label.

Oh, but I forgot… you don’t buy music anymore. In that case, the EP can be streamed or strum or stramed or whatever-you-call-it right over here. Did I mention that El Guincho’s follow-up to Alegranza! (TMT Review), Pop Negro, is due out this fall? So, you know, I guess you’ll look for a rip of that soon, too. Sigh. More money for spiced rum.

Piratas de Sudamérica:

01. Hindou (originally by Orefiche y Valdespi)
02. Cuerpo sin Alma (traditional)
03. Mientes (originally by Miguel Matamoros)
04. Frutas del Caney (originally by Felix Benjamin Caignet)
05. Marimba (originally by Noro Morales y Miguelito Valdés)

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RIP: Jimmy Dean

From The Washington Post:

Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, “Big Bad John,” and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.

She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

“He was amazing,” she said. “He had a lot of talents.”

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North Coast Music Festival announces lineup: electro, hip-hop, and Jakob Dylan fans rejoice!

As if Chicago music fans didn’t already have a dozen festivals cluttering up their busy summer plans of hating on the Cubs, eating hot dogs, complaining about Mayor Daley, lazily watching World Cup soccer, and thinking of plans to break into Lollapalooza, the North Coast Music Festival has been announced, with lineup, and is scheduled as “Summer’s Last Stand” during the weekend of September 3 - 5.

The festival, in its inaugural year, already has an impressive lineup with plenty of acts still yet to be added. So far, the list includes Chemical Brothers, Nas & Damian Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Moby (DJ Set), Pretty Lights, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Jay Electronica, Boys Noize, Flying Lotus, Benga, Jakob Dylan & Three Legs, Laidback Luke, Future Rock, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Green Velvet, Phantogram, Van Ghost, Two Fresh, Paul Kalkbrenner, Orchard Lounge, The Uglysuit, and Loyal Divide.

The festival will be held in Union Park and tickets cost $35 dollars per day! Plus, in a move sure to infuriate Mayor Daley and his “let’s suck the schools dry” program, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Urban Initiatives, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that runs a health, education, and soccer program in 14 Chicago area public schools. And trust me, if Chicago public schools need anything, it’s money, because Mayor Daley is a real jerk and he hates kids.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch the Cubs fail, again, and eat hot dogs all day while complaining about Mayor Daley and trying to find time to go a buttload of music festivals.

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