USAISAMONSTER disband, release final album R.I.P.

USAISAMONSTER disband, release final album R.I.P.

Formed roughly 10 years ago by Colin Langenus and Tom Hohmann, USAISAMONSTER have officially disbanded. Bummer. Actually, they officially disbanded last year, but I’ve sorely missed their psychedelic, proggy, Native American mythological songs ever since. The good news, however, is that the group has joined together one last time for the appropriately titled R.I.P., which also marks the first release off Brooklyn’s Northern-Spy, a new label formed by the team that resurrected ESP-Disk’. The disc sees Colin (guitars, vocals, keys, percussion) and Tom (drums, vocals) playing with Maxx Katz (keys, vocals, flute) and Peter Schuette (keys), with additional help from Jeremy Danneman (Parade of One) and TMT dreamboat Matt Mottel (Talibam!).

Check out “Grey Owl” (and the cover art) from R.I.P. over at the Chocolate Grinder, and pre-order the album here. The official release date is November 16.

R.I.P. tracklist:

01. Grey Owl
02. Ranald MacDonald
03. No Drugs Til Now
04. Heavner
05. Four More Years
06. Dynamite Day

In related news, Colin has a new project called the Colin L Orchestra. Don’t think we’ll forget whose orchestra that is. Check out their Myspace here.

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Tom Waits heads back to the Asylum to reissue albums and pick up the wallet he left there in 1975

Tom Waits is all about respecting the past and taking old ideas and making them new again. However, instead of New Orleans Jazz music, old German musicals, dusty accordions, or whatever else grabs his fancy, this time Waits is concerned with his own past.

On December 21, Rhino Records will reissue Tom Waits’ first four albums, originally released on Asylum Records, as 180-gram vinyl LPs. If you’ve had a hard time building up the Waits section in your record collection, then you better get ready to add Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner, and Small Change, which will all be available for the low, low price of $24.98 each (except Nighthawks, which is a double LP and costs 10 bucks more) and will all include the original album artwork.

If you fancy yourself a “Die-Hard Tom Waits Fan” then you’d better knock it off because your elitism is a real turn-off, and your tattoo doesn’t actually look that cool. Tom’s face looks way too rubbery. Also, you should think about throwing down the extra cash for special, limited-edition versions of all the albums, because they’re pressed on red vinyl, are limited to 1000 copies, and can only be purchased at Tom Waits’ handmade, vintage website. I’ve also heard that everyone who buys a copy will get to drink from a cup of coffee that Tom put his lips on (don’t worry normal Tom Waits fans, I’m just saying this to rile up all those hardcore fans who think that getting a job as a taxi driver or wearing pasties makes them super-cool).

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Yo La Tengo spin their magic wheel of fate, land on “Go on wacky tour determined by magic wheel of fate”

How do Yo La Tengo make their decisions? Mankind has wondered this for years. Here’s the answer: it’s a wheel. A giant Wheel of Fortune-esque wheel. Unsure of their next move, the New Jersey indie rock institution consulted the wheel by giving it a big ol’ spin. After a few spirited rotations (Ira Kaplan’s stronger than you think), the spin began to peter out around the area of “Early 2011 Tour.” But what looked like another average Yo La Tengo tour changed considerably when the wheel nudged over to “Early 2011 Tour Featuring Wacky Sets Determined By Magical Wheel of Fate.” Yo La Tengo drummer Georgia Hubley was reported to have remarked “Oh maaaaayne, this is going to be craaaaaaazy!”.

And she’s right, it is going to be crazy! Every night on their upcoming tour, the group will spin the wheel to determine exactly what kind of set they’re going to play for the show’s first 45 minutes. Yo La Tengo’s website lays out the actual custom sets the band may end up performing. The range of possibilities runs from pretty normal stuff (a reprise of their Q&A-heavy Freewheeling Yo La Tengo tour) to sort-of-weird stuff (a set comprised only of songs starting with the letter “S” — guess fans of Popular Songs are out of luck) to really weird stuff (reenactments of classic sitcoms).

After the initial 45 minutes, the band will hop backstage to figure out the rest of their show. Something tells me they’ll probably play regular ol’ songs at that point. Perhaps that’s not quite as exciting as the wheel business, but just imagine a show in which you can witness a Charles in Charge reenactment AND “Blue Line Swinger.” Good lord, that is beautiful.

Yo La Tengo dates:

01.20.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
01.21.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.22.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.23.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.25.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
01.26.10 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
01.28.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.29.10 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
01.31.10 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay
02.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
02.03.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
02.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
02.05.10 - Pittsburg, PA - Mr. Smalls

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Winter Interpol tour saves US from Seasonal Affective Disorder

Ahhhh January and February. The months most universally loathed by those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The holidays are over, the champagne has been depleted, the giant tins of popcorn we get from relatives we haven’t seen in seven years have been emptied. And all that looms in front of us is several more months of Seasonal Affective Disorder, freezing at the bus stop and eating stupid, lousy soup. (I hate soup. I have teeth! Don’t feed me that octogenarian food.) But this year, something’s different. This year there is… an Interpol tour! Sure, their latest album on Matador wasn’t so thrilling, but mark it on your calendars anyway, people. This could be the only reason to leave your house for the next five months.


01.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
01.28.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
01.29.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
01.31.11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
02.02.11 - La Jolla, CA - RIMAC Arena
02.04.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB Events Center
02.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
02.08.11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
02.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
02.15.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
02.16.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
02.17.11 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
02.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

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Surprise! LCD Soundsystem to drop new live album next week via innovative new “Pay What iTunes Wants” model

Okay, Nobodaddy, let’s get it together. You can do this. Just take a deep breath and have a look at the story: “LCD Soundsystem is releasing a new, career-spanning John Peel-style live album called The London Sessions on November 9 via DFA/Virgin that will be available exclusively on iTunes through December 6”? Hmm. Okay. Let’s think. Maybe I’ll start out with something about how LCD Soundsystem is “explosive” and James Murphy is “relevant”?

Yeah, okay, now we’re cooking. So then I can probably pull something from the press release, like “The London Sessions is a unique […] nine-track encapsulation of one of today’s most acclaimed acts in perhaps their rawest and most original recordings to date”? And then maybe play up the “live” angle with that bit that says the album “perfectly captures the intuitive live evolvement of LCD as a band” because “nothing is replicated with computers” and “everything instead is recreated in real time, tougher, looser and less clinically”? Eh. I don’t know. That seems a little hacky, actually. Maybe, Nobodaddy, you should just get to the details, like about how the session was recorded in one day at South London’s Pool/Miloco studios June 29 (right after their Glastonbury performance, I’m pretty sure) and how it features tracks from all three LCD records, which were subsequently mixed by Murphy at DFA’s New York studio and mastered by Bob Weston in Chicago. People really care about that sort of stuff in release-related news stories, I think.

Okay. Cool. This is going pretty well. Should I get into anything else here, though? Like that bit about how fans of LCD will know that radio sessions are something that the band has studiously avoided because of their (well, probably Murphy’s) belief in maintaining “the highest quality of all sonic recordings released into the ether”? Naw. You’ll lose ‘em with that shit for sure. I’d just cut to the chase. Where’s the tracklist? Ah, here it is.

The London Sessions tracklisting:

01. Us v. Them
02. All I Want
03. Drunk Girls
04. Get Innocuous
05. Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
06. All My Friends
07. Pow Pow
08. I Can Change
09. Yr City’s a Sucker

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[Photo: Jen Maler]

Beans, Beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more likely Beans will sign to Anticon for a new album

It seems as if Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Beans, of the recently reunited Anti-Pop Consortium, was looking to experiment with his next album. Appropriately, Beans headed to Anticon, the hip-hop label that everyone knows is all about experimentation, and the two parties worked out a new deal to release Bean’s upcoming fourth album, End It All.

The new album is described as being “lush, darkly tinted soundscapes from some of the most inspired names in contemporary production.” The album also displays the MC pushing his distinctive vocal stylings to “new heights,” exploring “highly stylized braggadocio,” and narratives about mysteries and the detectives who solve them.

Are you still wondering who those above mentioned “most inspired names in contemporary production” are? Well, let me enlighten you: the list of guest producers includes Four Tet, Clark, Tobacco, Bumps, Son Lux, and Interpol’s Sam Fog; this is actually Bean’s first album to feature only guest producers.

The album is set for release sometime in early 2011 and already looks to be further proof that Beans is one of the most exciting, original, and entertaining MCs making music today, as well as a crazy-versatile artist always looking to try something new. Furthermore, all this information goes to show that Beans, when eaten in excess, will most definitely make you toot.

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