Struggling startup label Universal forced to resort to crowdfunding

Struggling startup label Universal forced to resort to crowdfunding

Universal needs your help! Adopting a model similar to Ninja Tune, Universal is developing a crowdfunding platform in order to release records that are out-of-print on vinyl, through something called Uvinyl (via CMU). Uvinyl apparently has all the rights to Universal Music’s extensive back catalog, but doesn’t have the help of any worldwide, mega-corporate parent companies to support the project.

So that’s where you come in. In order to get in-demand titles like Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Def Leppard’s Hysteria, you just need to go to their site and let them know you want, no, DEMAND, your 180g reissue of these records. And also No Name Face while they’re at it. Make your voice heard!

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DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn unveil European dates for August, may as well name their next album Welcome to the Kat (as in Katowice)

Oh, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. The reliable footwork/juke collaborators are both from Chicago, and given their relative influence and name recognition in the city, they totally stick to its geographical limits for the majority of the year — partly due to the city’s familiarity, and partly because spontaneous street shout-outs are a natural boon to one’s self confidence. That’s the case until… the shout-outs become excessive, and before you know it, someone’s yelling “‘SHAAAAAD” or “SPINNNNN” somewhere on the platform, just adjacent to the particular L train that was moments ago boarded. Head protruding out from inside the train, looking for the source of what’s now become a regular vocal annoyance, the closing door suddenly clasps. The bonus? You’ve just removed part of the hassle of incorporating chopped vocal samples.

Anyway, wrong. My eyes widened a bit at perusing the (probably not comprehensive) tour dates for DJ Rashad over the last few years; apart from a few one-off dates in Chicago and at various festivals stateside, a rather large percentage of his performances have taken place in Europe, and this was before his Hyperdub association might’ve offered a rationale. In any case, he and Spinn have another spurt of EU dates beginning in August. Rollin’ (TMT Review) preceded shows across the Atlantic earlier this year, and so we see a similar pattern with the recent release of I Don’t Give a Fuck (TMT Review).

I do give a fuck if they have shows here in the US, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.


08.07.13 - Sibenik, Croatia - Terraneo Festival
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.09.13 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
08.10.13 - Amsterdam, Netherland - Appelsap Festival
08.15.13 - London, UK - Boiler Room
08.17.13 - Bristol, UK - Timbuk 2
08.30.13 - London, UK - Fabric
08.31.13 - Berlin, Germany - Stattbad

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Roy Harper emerges from longest nap ever to release first new album in 13 years, finally lets his roommate in to take a shower

After releasing The Green Man back in 2000, legendary English folk-rock musician Roy Harper was super tired (working with heavyweights like Kate Bush and David Gilmour throughout your career can really tucker a guy out). Though Harper is perhaps best known for 1971’s Stormcock, he’s been hard at work for 47 years recording over 20 full-lengths. Until that fateful day back in 2000 when he was last seen on his way home to take a quick nap, the guy had taken zero naps. Zero! Understandably, his “quick nap” turned into the “longest recorded period of continuous sleep in history,” and was only broken early this year. Upon waking, Harper took to AOL Instant Messenger wishing to tell his friends of his “epic” nap, but found no one online because it is 2013.

After finally unlocking the front door to his apartment and letting in his roommate (who had been unable to shower or change clothes for the entirety of the nap), Harper got in touch with the fine folks at Bella Union with an idea for a new album. You see, as his nap had begun its final years, Harper entered a lucid dreaming state in which he could comfortably compose the songs for the new album, Man and Myth. The album is out September 23 via Bella Union, and will find Harper playing a few dates in the United Kingdom in support.

Though Harper’s physical presence has been napping for over a decade, his astrally projected aura has been hard at work. Many will recall his 2011 performance in celebration of his 70th birthday, for example. Indeed it was during one of his many projection periods that Harper was inspired to begin working on a new album for when he woke up. He says, “I was inspired to write again around 2009, by many of the younger generation finding me and asking, who are you?” In addition to “Who are you?” Harper has been facing a slew of other questions since awakening. Most of them have been from his roommate and have been variations on “Why didn’t you astrally project up and open the door for me?” and “What even is this stain?”

Man and Myth tracklist:

01. The Enemy
02. Time Is Temporary
03. January Man
04. The Stranger
05. Cloud Cuckooland
06. Heaven Is Here
07. The Exile


08.17.13 - Glanusk, Wales - Green Man Festival
08.18.13 - Devon, UK - Beautiful Days Festival
10.22.13 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
10.25.13 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
10.27.13 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall

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White Poppy cannot soothe your allergies, but she can offer you a debut self-titled LP on Not Not Fun

From the perspective of someone who’s probably spent far too much time in the figurative clouds listening to ambient music, the notion of anything in the pop genre (heterogeneity appreciated) being “therapeutic,” to me, almost sounds oxymoronic.

But I suppose that’s the point. When the Vancouver, BC-based White Poppy a.k.a. Crystal Dorval uses the term “experimental therapeutic pop” to describe the psychedelic coming-together of fuzzy guitars and reverberant vocals, it’s not suppose to be complementary, even if the auditory result ultimately is. And ultimately is it! We can quibble over the inherently vague or subjective definitions of “pop” and “experimental,” but there should be no doubt as to the restorative properties of the ironically-titled “Wear Me Away,” the new single from White Poppy’s debut, self-titled LP, due September 3 on Not Not Fun. The NNF catalog tends to be conducive to toking anyway, but more for its own sake, as opposed to consoling the troubled or angst-ridden.

There’s the press release, which refers to Dorval’s quite independent “songcraft” as “deceptively vulnerable,” and then there’s the tracklisting for the album itself, which is full of allusions to a static mental anguish. It’s Camus all over again. We’re alone in the universe. Nobody really cares about you. It’s summer and I just got chocolate on my white t-shirt. Deal with it! The music might help.

White Poppy tracklisting:

01. Darkness Turns to Light
02. Wear Me Away
03. Joyride
04. Today Tomorrow
05. Dead Night
06. Emotional Intelligence
07. Without Answers
08. Dizzy
09. Skygaze
10. Existential Angst


09.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
09.14.13 - Portland OR - Pals #
09.16.13 - Arcata, CA - Mex ‘N’ Wow !
09.17.13 - Sacramento, CA - Lowbrau (Le Twist Tuesdays)
09.18.13 - Oakland, CA - Stranded
09.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Life Changing Ministries *
09.20.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void
09.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Boy Manor
09.22.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Crossroads

# Talkative
! Tabloid
* High Wolf

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Jim James goes on September solo tour, nobody has the guts to call him Jim Jim

Jim James isn’t Jim James’ real name. This should be fairly obvious. Maybe it isn’t. Maybe we live in a world in which a set of parents with the last name James might go ahead and brand their son with the first name James as well. We might, but in this instance, we don’t. Jim James has chosen that name for himself and he’s pulling it off with aplomb. “Yeah, I have chosen a name that is basically Jim Jim or James James,” he says to the word. “Let me put on these space boots and play a guitar solo for 10 minutes. You won’t even think about Jim Jim after that.” Way to go, fellow. Live your life.

Though James is best known for his work in My Morning Jacket, he did put out a solo record on ATO earlier this year by the title of Regions of Light and Sound of God (TMT Review). When you do such a thing, you usually find yourself playing some solo dates in support of it. That is exactly what Jim James is doing this September! He’ll be putting his repetitive name right in your face and forcing you to accept it. (Note: those not attending these shows will not be forced to accept it.) He’ll also be playing some songs from that record and, hey, maybe some songs that aren’t from that record. You never know with a man like this.

Jim James dates:

09.06.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
09.07.13 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest
09.08.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
09.10.13 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
09.11.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
09.12.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
09.15.13 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

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Zach Hill, Janet Weiss, and Matt Cameron create drum circle jerk Drumgasm, release debut LP in August

If you can’t get enough of Teeth Mountain or Foot Village or the Union Square subway stop, then get a load of this new drum circle: DRUMGASM, featuring all percussion all the time by Zach Hill (Hella, Death Grips, Team Sleep, Marnie Stern, Nervous Cop), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Furies), and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Skin Yard, more-recent Pearl Jam, sang “Puberty Love” in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes).

Drumgasm will release their thunderous splooge upon your faces with their debut album, also titled Drumgasm, which features two tracks, both also titled “Drumgasm.” Jackpot is putting this hot mess out on August 27, so reserve your copy at Sam Goody today!

Want to know what it sounds like? Too bad, because the trailer below doesn’t give you shit!

Drumgasm tracklist:

01. Drumgasm
02. Drumgasm

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