Thrill Jockey releases debut album by kandodo, world’s first band named after a supermarket (at least according to a quick Google search I did)

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It’s a long way from English stoner rock to African-inspired jams with titles like “witchdoctor” and “lord hyena, 3am,” but The Heads’ Simon Price don’t care, baby; he’s ready to take you there. Price is steppin’ out to do the solo thang, and with the moniker kandodo and a little help from his friends at Thrill Jockey Records, the singer/guitarist has got a debut self-titled album, kandodo, on the way. Inspired by Price’s youth in Zambia and Malawi, the nine tracks on his solo debut have more to do with Spacemen 3, Neu!, and Brian Eno than tribal rhythms, although the inspiration behind all the tracks is, according to Thrill Jockey, “animist religions, hyenas, sharks and dusty drives.” And grocery stores, apparently: Kandodo is the name of a Malawian grocery store where Price and his family shopped in the 80s. If only Tesco or Rainbow Foods or my local Food 4 Less could inspire such dreamy tunes.

The project gathers some of Price’s first-ever solo recordings, which he made at home with a secondhand MacBook, a guitar, a tambourine, some keyboards, a drum pedal, and a Walkman, which he used for field recordings. (Look it up, kids.) This summer, kandodo’s eponymous debut is slated to be released as both a CD and everybody’s favorite, a gatefold LP. Curious parties can meet Lord Hyena on June 12, when Thrill Jockey releases the album into the wild.

kandodo tracklisting:

01. dawn harmonix
02. laud the hyena
03. ceramy
04. yamadharma
05. dagga
06. witchdoctor
07. shangri last
08. kandodo
09. lord hyena, 3am

• kandodo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kandodo/168305819900725
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Leonard Cohen still unpacking and repacking a single suitcase for his European Old Ideas tour in August

You were trimming my roses / I was the slip of the shears

You were feeding my dogs / I was your animal fear

You were fixing my bike / I was the broken gear

You were washing my car / I was the neighbor’s leer

You were asleep on my porch / I was not even there

Come visit me in Europe / I’m on a tour, dear

Tourdates:

08.12.12 - Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter’s Square
08.14.12 - Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter’s Square
08.25.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rosenborg Castle
08.26.12 - Aalborg, Denmark - Molleparken
08.28.12 - Bergen, Norway - Bergenhus Festning - Koengen
08.31.12 - Goenberg, Sweden - Tradgardsforeningen
09.02.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Sonera Stadium
09.05.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
09.06.12 - Monchengladbach, Germany - Hockey Field
09.11.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Imma
09.12.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Imma
09.25.12 - Verona, Italy - Verona Arena
09.28.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.29.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.30.12 - Paris, France - Olympia
10.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - St. Jordi
10.05.12 - Madrid, Spain - Palais Desportes
10.07.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico

• Leonard Cohen: http://www.leonardcohen.com
• Sony: http://www.sonymusic.com

Black Dirt Studio starts NATCH, a free collaborative recording series ft. Stellar OM Source, Steve Gunn, Pigeons, more planned

Upstate New York’s Black Dirt Studio, established in 2005 by No-Neck Blues Band dude Jason Meagher, has seen a lot of activity in the fairly short time it’s been around, with all sorts of great bands and labels (many likely influenced by NNCK) recording their best work within its walls. Peaking Lights, Hototogisu, Psychic Ills, the late Jack Rose, Blues Control, Expo 70, and Charalambides have all recorded there, as have artists on labels like Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Kranky, Locust, Northern-Spy, Soft Abuse, and The Social Registry. With that much concentrated heaviness permeating the place, Black Dirt had to create some sort of pressure release valve, so they’ve started up NATCH, a series of new, unheard collaborative recording sessions offered up for streaming/downloading free of charge.

Unlike the frantic energy of a recording session meant for future commercial release, NATCH sessions are intended to be approached by the artists as “open format,” meaning they can feel free to travel down any of the roads they might be less open to explore on their own albums, “from improvisation to cover songs to instant composition to sound environments to sound environments to original prewritten material to a simple exploration of the process.” A prequel session was released from 2007 with two long pieces recorded by Dave Nuss (NNCK), Rahdunes, Stellar OM Source, and Aswara, but other than that each session should be fresh music from 2012. NATCH 1 features The Black Twig Pickers and Steve Gunn, recorded this January, and NATCH 2 was recorded in February by Pigeons, Dave Shuford, and Margot Bianca. Two additional sessions are also finished and on-deck, NATCH 3 being a collab between Volcano the Bear’s Aaron Moore and Carter Thornton:

You can stream and/or download all NATCH sessions at their blog, or over at the Free Music Archive. Cool stuff, right? That’s why I just told ya bout it, knucklehead!!

NATCH: http://natchmusic.tumblr.com
• Black Dirt Studio: http://www.blackdirtstudio.com

Patti Smith announces Banga, the hottest new dance craze coming your way this June!

After taking a quick detour into award-winning authorship in 2010 (what do you mean, you haven’t read Just Kids yet?? It’s awesome, do it), Patti Smith has announced her return to the ol’ music game with the June release of studio album number 11 on Columbia Records, Banga. Smith’s last outing was the covers record Twelve, released way back in 2007, and her most recent album of original compositions dates back to the pre-colonial days of 2004, when Smith released Trampin’, an album about trampin’.

Not one to keep listeners waiting, Smith released the first single from the new record, “April Fool,” for purchase on iTunes (or for free listens on Spotify) concurrently with the announcement. The track features Tom Verlaine (on guitar?) and showcases Smith’s easy, breezy vocal stylings. Back for all the tracks recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC are Smith’s usual collaborators: Tony Shanahan on bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums, and Lenny Kaye on guitar.

Not sounding intellectual enough? Well, Rolling Stone fixes that by reporting that Smith likes to explain the album thusly: “There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 (‘Amerigo’)”. Other songspirations include Johnny Depp’s birthday (“You’re a big boy now, get a haircut already”) and Amy Winehouse’s death (“This is the Girl who loved mice”). Get your Smith on June 5!

Banga tracklisting:

01. Amerigo 
02. Fuji-san 
03. April Fool 
04. This Is the Girl 
05. Banga 
06. Maria 
07. Tarkovsky (The Second Stop is Jupiter) 
08. Mosaic 
09. Nine 
10. Seneca 
11. Constantine’s Dream
12. After the Gold Rush

• Patti Smith: http://www.pattismith.net
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

RIP: Jim Marshall, inventor of the Marshall amplifier

From The Guardian:

The man who gave rock one of its key visual and sonic props has died. Jim Marshall, known as “The Father of Loud” for inventing the Marshall amplifier, was 88 years old.

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend’s request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the “Marshall stack” was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands’ backlines for generations to come.

Virtually every major guitarist has used Marshall amps at one time or another, and giant arrays of Marshall cabs – often suggested to be empty boxes, with no actual amplification purposes – have become key stage props for generations of metal bands, especially.

• Jim Marshall: http://marshallamps.com

A Sunny Day in Glasgow start Kickstarter campaign to record new album, meet goal, still willing to exchange all kinds of unique goods and services for additional donations

A Sunny Day in Glasgow have started a Kickstarter page to raise money for the recording of their yet-to-be-named new album. After taking less traditional approaches to recording their previous two well-known full-lengths, ASDiG want to take a stab at working with a proper producer and recording in an actual recording studio this time. And that costs money! Their 2007 album, Scribble Mural Comic Journal, was recorded at home by band leader Ben Daniels, and their 2009 album, Ashes Grammar (TMT Review) was recorded in an echoey dance studio in New Jersey. This time, they’ve enlisted the help of Jeff Ziegler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) and his North Philly studio, Uniform Recordings, but the process is proving to be be more expensive than originally planned.

That’s where you come in! Since ASDiG are nice guys (and two nice gals), donations at all levels come with incentives. They range from a simple personal acknowledgement on their website ($5 or more) to limited edition copies of previously released albums and EPs, to in-person experiences (music lessons, karaoke sessions) with band members.

Because of the awesome rewards that they’re offering in return for donations, many of the packages have already sold out, and ASDiG have actually already raised slightly more than their original $5,000 goal. They’ve now got enough to finish the album, but if people keep donating, they’ve promised to “do a lot more.” Details are cryptic, but the possibilities are grand. Maybe if they make it to $10,000 they’ll do a tribute album to all of the donors, writing mini-songs for everyone who contributed. Or they could just be badasses and rent a giant tour bus and throw parties on it each night for the donors in a given town. That can be done for $5,000, right? Regardless, contributing to ASDiG’s album efforts will undoubtedly result in many returned riches.

• A Sunny Day in Glasgow: http://asunnydayinglasgow.com
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1077560989/a-sunny-day-in-glasgow

  

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