Three Lobed (and cats) release psych comp feat. Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Wooden Wand, etc.

Three Lobed (and cats) release psych comp feat. Sonic Youth, Sun City Girls, Bardo Pond, Wooden Wand, etc. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/lorna.jpg

Who thought? Who knew? Who even slightly pondered that psychedelic music would be staging the modern comeback that it has? What’s most impressive is the form that psychedelic music has presently taken, in the form of a cross-genre hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated music formats that bear almost no aesthetic similarities other than the mutual embrace of the psych. I remember first delving into psych music in the early 2000s when the mid-to-late-90s psychedelic scene had long ago crested, listening to “The Sounds of Psychedelphia”, filled with anger toward my parents for not popping me out five years earlier. Alas, here we are in 2011, this album is a current Eureka! pick, psych is back hard, and I can finally, after all this time, forgive my parents.

So who better than long-standing purveyor of psych (even when it wasn’t cool) Three Lobed to document this moment in history with a killer comp featuring the top tier of artists representing the ultimate in mindfuck music. Not the Spaces You Know, But Between Them will be released at an indefinite date this summer as a 4xLP box set featuring such prestigious artists as Sun City Girls, Sonic Youth, Comets on Fire, Mouthus, Bardo Pond, D. Charles Speer, Wooden Wand, Steve Gunn, and Eternal Tapestry, with each artist getting a whole side of vinyl to themselves (besides Wooden Wand and D. Charles Speer, who share a side). The set comes with four distinct and separate inner sleeves for each record, an insert bearing some written word from the notorious Marc Masters, a free download card, and the whole thing (minus the Sun City Girls selection) was mastered by Patrick Klem. These things look hella killer and there’s only gonna be 700 of these puppies pressed. Meaning you can roll over to the Three Lobed website and preorder the set, see a more detailed tracklisting, and read about how felines influenced the whole process.

Not the Spaces You Know, But Between Them tracklisting:

A1. Sun City Girls, “Wide World of Animals”
A2. Sun City Girls, “Sangkala”
A3. Sun City Girls, “Caravan”

B1. Steve Gunn, “The Lurker” (extended)

C1. Sonic Youth, “In & Out”
C2. Sonic Youth, “Out & In”

D1. Mouthus, “Cabled Away”
D2. Mouthus, “Echo the Sun”

E1. Comets on Fire, “2950 3rd St.”

F1. D. Charles Speer & The Helix, “Big, Big City”
F2. D. Charles Speer & The Helix, “Shooting Star”
F3. Wooden Wand, “Holed Up (Spooning with the Void)”
F4. Wooden Wand, “Hall of Blame”
F5. Wooden Wand, “Black Nikes”

G1. Eternal Tapestry, “Doing Your Own Being”

H1. Bardo Pond, “The Invisible Fire”

• Three Lobed: http://www.threelobed.com

Karl Blau announces 12-inch EP, tour with Electric Wizard — wait, no — Little Wings

This time last spring, the K Records/Anacortes staple Karl Blau shocked all of us earnest, lo-fi, indie-loving listeners by joining Earth on bass for their tour with Wolves in the Throne Room and on their new record — a collaboration so random, so incongruous, that by the time Phil Elverum himself (the beloved mountain man behind The Microphones/Mount Eerie) appeared at the last show, we just about lost it and resigned ourselves to classical jazz for a month.

It’s clear, then, that Karl Blau has been busy since releasing his “Africa”-influenced full-length, Zebra, in 2009. To prove his industriousness, he has a new EP coming out through K Records on May 10. The 12-inch, Max, consists of four tracks and some interesting arrangements (the first song features no vocals at all, and Blau’s clear voice combined with subtle strings on track two are just a tad reminiscent of Arthur Russell). This month, Blau begins a tour, soon accompanied by Little Wings (who also have a new record!). To my great surprise, the tour ventures outside of the West Coast — but only to the Gulf and Georgia, at which point Karl high-tails it back to Washington. Go figure.

Dates:

05.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Good Records *
05.07.11 - Lafayette, LA - TBA *
05.09.11 - Panama City, FL - Zachary’s American Grill *
05.10.11 - Tallahassee, FL - The Far Side *
05.11.11 - Sarasota, FL - New College of Florida *
05.12.11 - Dunedin, FL - Dunedin Brewery *
05.13.11 - St. Augustine, FL - Present Moment Cafe
05.14.11 - Athens, GA - Flicker
05.19.11 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous !
06.09.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

* Little Wings
! Kathryn Calder

• Karl Blau: http://www.myspace.com/karlblau
• K: http://www.kpunk.com

[Photo: Kat Gardiner]

Prince tells George Lopez that it should be illegal to cover his songs — and also talks about being vegetarian

You know, I always wondered how Prince felt about Dump’s ‘tribute’ album That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Pitched Voice?; Yo La Tengo’s James McNew covers a dozen Prince tracks, from “Raspberry Beret” to what is possibly the most depressing version of “Pop Life” ever (and yes, it’s a real downer to begin with). Now, if you watched Prince’s recent interview on Lopez Tonight, you know the answer. Minneapolis’s favorite son has always been protective of his work, but what he told George Lopez the other night goes a little beyond a regular ‘Mother Hen’ complex. In the music industry, the compulsory licensing law gives artists the right to rework other musicians’ songs. Apparently, Prince would prefer that it be downright illegal for anyone to cover his songs — which puts a damper on my friend’s college cover band, Erotic City, or any band that wants to record “When You Were Mine” for a crowd-pleasing throwaway track. Watch the full interview here.

“Covering music means your version doesn’t exist anymore. A lot of times people think I’m doing Sinead O’Connor’s song or Chaka Khan’s song when in fact I wrote those songs. … There’s this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission,” Prince griped to George Lopez. “And that doesn’t exist in any other art form, be it books, movies. There’s only one version of Law & Order. There’s several versions of ‘Kiss’ and ‘Purple Rain’.” Solid logic, Prince. Bottom line: if you’re a fan or a personal friend, whatever. If you’re in the industry, hands off Prince!

• Prince: http://prince.org

Psychedelic Horseshit tour UK/US in support of Laced in May; now ain’t that some shit!

Warning: The following article features several instances of the slang word for fecal matter, and awkwardly repeats the word as if this were an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Thank you.

Though many shit-scholars will argue that The Beatles were the first shitgaze band, many shitty youth find comfort in the shitful sounds of lo-fi noise pop shitters, Psychedelic Horseshit, from that first shit-out 7-inch “Who Let the Dogs Out?” to last year’s Acid Tape, which took shit to another level.

Recently the “shitboys” signed to the shit-label FatCat and prepped their new shitty album Laced for May 10. Now these bitchshits are having a bunch of shit-shows with other shitty bands like Best Coast, Dirty Beaches, and DJ Dog Dick.

Shitty tourdates:

04.28.11 - London, UK - The Shacklewell Arms *
05.02.11 - Brighton, UK - Coalition #
05.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Captain’s
05.05.11 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
05.06.11 - London, UK - Dalston Victoria &
05.13.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands %
05.14.11 - New York, NY - Bruar Falls $

* Veronica Falls, Weird Dreams
# Best Coast
& DJ Dog Dick, Sewn Leather
% Dirty Beaches
$ Forest Fire

• Psychedelic Horseshit: http://psychedelic-horseshit.tumblr.com
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

K Records signs Jewish rapper Eprhyme, releases his sophomore album; take that, categorization!

From the very beginning, Calvin Johnson’s K Records label let it be known that if you wanted to play music, you could — and if you wanted to play music, you could get it released. Its output has spanned from Johnson’s own über-DIY band Beat Happening to punk, twee, and experimental weirdos like Old Time Relijun. K’s newest release deviates even more from the lo-fi grab bag we’ve come to expect: a hip-hop album from Eprhyme!

Dopestylevsky will be Eprhyme’s (pronounced e-prime) second full-length, and his first with K. The press release declares that this is “the first hip hop album to come on K Records in over a decade,” but try as I might, I couldn’t think of any hip-hop album to precede Eprhyme on K, with the exception of two Eprhyme 7-inches they put out in 2008 and 2009 — which is kind of like using a word in its own definition. Of course, being on K Records, this isn’t your normal brand of hip-hop. In 2009, Eprhyme put out his debut, Waywordwonderwill, on Shemspeed, a genre-bending reggae/rock/rap, world/Jewish label in Brooklyn, and (again, according to the press release, which phrases it best), it was an “around the world audio tour of the Jewish Diaspora, as well as an in-depth exploration of Contemporary Jewish American experience and identity.” One more quote from the press release, and then we’ll put it away: “Eprhyme is also one-half of the Musical Midrash Project Darshan, whih combines Hip Hop with Hebrew Chant, Folk-Rock with Electro-Pop and Love Poetry with Kabbalistic Psychology.” You just can’t make up that kind of stuff.

Kind of weird to be hobnobbing with Calvin and Karl Blau, right? (Well, maybe not so weird if you consider Chain & The Gang a political band — but who actually does that?) All I have left to say is that you should watch the official video for the song “Punklezmerap” to get a better idea. Crash, like glass at a wedding.

Dopestylevsky is out on April 26, and if you’re as intrigued as I am by this video of Eprhyme performing in a London synagogue, you can see him in action on an upcoming tour.

Tourdates:

04.28.11 - Seattle, WA - The Rendezvous ^
04.30.11 - Olympia, WA - Northern *
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
05.08.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
05.09.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers Nightclub
05.11.11 - New York, NY - Tamany Hall
05.12.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Dialogue
05.14.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Little Wing
05.25.11 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop @

^ D. Black, Erev Rav
* Arrington de Dionyso, Smoke of Oldominion, Br’er
# Arrington de Dionyso, Mad Rad, Singa
@ Arrington de Dionyo’s Malaikat dan Singa

• Eprhyme: http://www.eprhyme.com
• K: http://www.krecs.com

Gang Gang Dance announce top secret summer dates, then go back to shooting light through prisms

Hey Gang Gang Dance fans! Want to know where your favorite space-age tribal dance outfit is going to be in the near future? Well, just grab a box of Gang Gang Flakes and reach all the way to the bottom, straight through all that sugar-coated wheat goodness. That’s right, there’s a special Gang Gang Dancecoder ring at the bottom of that box! This piece of high-tech spy equipment is your key to unlocking the mysteries of the band’s forthcoming summer tour.

Once you’ve got your special decoder ring, take it to the liner notes of God’s Money (TMT Review). Yes, believe it or not, Gang Gang Dance have hidden their summer tour itinerary in the notes for a record that came out over five years ago, instead of burying them in the way more obvious liners of their forthcoming Eye Contact on 4AD. Such are their mystical powers. Now, I’lll never tell the exact details of the Gang Gang Dance tour, unless those details are in the form of the dates at the bottom of this story, but I can give you some hints. Hint number one: it starts in Brooklyn. Hint number two: the band goes to Europe. Hint number three: after returning from Europe, they go to the American East Coast. Go, Gang Gang warriors, crack the uncrackable code!

Gang Gang Dance summer of hyper mystery dates:

05.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.11.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge
05.12.11 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape 2011
05.13.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP
05.16.11 - London, UK - XOYO
05.17.11 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
05.19.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
05.21.11 - Berlin, Germany - HAU
05.23.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
07.08.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
07.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
07.11.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.12.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
07.13.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
07.14.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
07.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
07.18.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
07.19.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
07.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas

• Gang Gang Dance: http://www.ganggangdance.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

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