Wan bemul! (That’s an anagram for “new album” from Mice Parade, itself an anagram for Adam Pierce)

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So what does it mean to be left-handed? There’s got to be more to it than an affinity with Helen Keller, Jimi Hendrix, and Michelangelo, or the need for a left-handed can opener. Mice Parade just might have the answer – or perhaps Adam Pierce simply has no qualms about false advertising. What It Means to Be Left-Handed, Pierce’s next album (marking the first of the second decade in which he has taken on a rodent moniker, and first since 2007) will be released September 14 on FatCat Records.

According to the press release, “splashes of West African Highlife mingle with Flamenco, Brazilian jazz, and the late 80s indie rock that band founder Adam Pierce was stuck on in high school.” Such a trendy hodgepodge of cultures is bolstered by an almost absurdly multifarious list of collaborators: Pierce’s tour lineup includes classical guitarist Dan Lippel, Caroline Lufkin, and Doug Scharin (drummer for HiM – insert shrug), but for various What It Means tracks, he’s also recruited Gregory and The Hawk’s Meredith Godreau, the Swahili singer Somi, and members of Clammbon. To satisfy that “80s indie rock” promise, the album includes a cover of “Mallo Cup” by The Lemonheads, in addition to the swirls of stylistic appropriation encompassing all the rest. There is also a cover of Tom Brosseau’s far more recent song, “Mary Anne” (originally on Empty Houses Are Lonely [TMT Review]) As of now, you can listen to “In Between Times” on Stereogum, a poppy, heavily percussive ditty replete with hand-claps and pleasantly melodic vocals from Caroline Lufkin. Fall tourdates coming soon!

What It Means to Be Left-Handed tracklisting:

01. Kupanda
02. In Between Times
03. Do Your Eyes See Sparks
04. Couches & Carpets
05. Pond
06. Recover
07. Old Hat
08. Mallo Cup
09. Remember the Magic Carpet
10. Even
11. Tokyo Late Night
12. Fortune of Folly
13. Mary Anne

09.23 - Allston MA @ Great Scott
09.24 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
09.25 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
09.27 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09.28 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09.29 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
09.30 - Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange (Pop Montreal)
10.01 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

• Mice Parade: http://www.myspace.com/miceparadeband
• FatCat Records: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Nite Jewel asks Am I Real?, feel free to reply on her tour

Ramona Gonzalez, better known as Nite Jewel, will be going on a li’l tour across the US in support of her upcoming EP titled Am I Real?, performing alongside a myriad of other artists who you just might know.

Am I Real? is available right now as a digital download on her website and will be released on vinyl via Gloriette Records on August 16. The EP was produced in collaboration with Cole M. Greif-Neill, a former guitarist of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, with the title track featuring the Los Angeles duo Teen Inc.

P.S. A second album is in the works, and is scheduled to be available in the winter of 2011.

Am I Real? tracklisting:

01. Another Horizon
02. We Want Our Things
03. Forget You & I
04. Falling Far
05. White Lies
06. Am I Real? [ft. Teen Inc.]

The fun-sized Nite Jewel tourdates:

07.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
08.09.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
08.10.10 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Cafe Metropolis $
08.11.10 - Allston, MA - Great Scott %
08.12.10 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine &
08.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
08.14.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $

* Memoryhouse, Baths, Kisses
# Violens, Prince Rama
$ The Samps
% Glasser

• Nite Jewel: http://www.nitejewel.com
• Gloriette Records: http://www.glorietterecords.com

RJD2 brings democracy to the people with fan-created B-side contest

If there’s one musician’s name that is synonymous with the phrase “Democracy in Action,”* it must surely be Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen er, RJD2. The talented producer/instrumentalist just released Inversions of the Colossus, an album of B-sides and instrumentals on his own RJ’s Electrical Connections label, a companion album to The Colossus (TMT Review) from earlier this year. And now, fans have the chance to use the free remixing software available here and do a number on RJ’s track “The Glow.” One and only one lucky fan will reap all the fame, champagne, and glory that comes with the honor of having your winning remix included with a Flosstradamus remix as the B-sides to the as-yet-unreleased digital single.

Also in RJD2 news, you can now pick up free tracks from Inversions of the Colossus on dude’s MySpace page, including a hip-hop remix of Bassnectar’s “Son’s Cycle” and a bootyshakin’ remix of Candy Panther’s “The Glow,” which is coincidentally also the track featured in the remix competition.

* Okay, so looking back on this I see that it’s not TECHNICALLY democracy as the fans are not also doing the voting. But you know what I mean, right, like about how anyone can participate? Right? Riiiiight?

• RJD2: http://www.myspace.com/rjd2
• RJ’s Electrical Connections: http://www.rjselectricalconnections.com

J. Tillman was going to shower, but he decided to release a new album instead

J. Tillman is many things. He drums for Fleet Foxes, and in his spare time he’s also an accomplished singer/songwriter. He isn’t, however, a frequent bather. I guess it’s hard to blame the guy, especially with locks that are this unruly. Still, your mane would be much easier to manage, J., if you would just condition every once in awhile! Come on, man! Instead of getting in touch with his Herbal Essences, Tillman will release a new album on September 14, entitled Singing Ax. Due out on Western Vinyl, the album was recorded by some guy named Steve Albini at some place called Electrical Audio in Chicago. You can catch Tillman and his luscious locks on the road for the rest of the summer:

07.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
07.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *#
07.30.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
07.31.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre *
08.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet *
08.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
08.06.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
08.07.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
08.09.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
08.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
08.14.10 - Providence, RI - Club Hell *
08.15.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *

* Phosphorescent
# Little Wings

• J. Tillman: http://www.myspace.com/jtillman
• Western Vinyl: http://www.westernvinyl.com

Bottomless Pit reveal sophomore album Blood Under the Bridge; real bottomless pit revealed to be not bottomless at all, just really deep

A real bottomless pit is kind of a ripoff. You know it’s not bottomless, that it’s just a really deep hole some hillbilly huckster dug to make a few bucks, and you’re really just paying to see how laughable it can be. Chicago indie-lifers (half of them used to be in Silkworm, don’t you know) Bottomless Pit, on the other hand, would never rip you off. Their supremely precise post-punk is about the best deal on the market for that kind of thing, but they haven’t been doing a whole lot of business lately, as they’ve had no new releases since 2008’s Congress EP and no new full-lengths since their debut Hammer of the Gods (TMT Review) from 2007. That silence will end August 10, when they debut their sophomore LP Blood Under the Bridge courtesy of Comedy Minus One.

With a title like Blood Under the Bridge, you can expect some serious pep from these Bottomless Pit guys. The band’s description of the album supports such a high expectation, as the “album explores the awful and thrilling randomness of fate, with a hard fix on the future.” Gosh, sounds like someone’s making a serious bid to soundtrack all your late summer barbecues! Bottomless Pit will also be embarking on a short tour in November, with Black Helicopter opening all dates.

Blood Under the Bridge tracklisting:

01. Winterwind
02. Summerwind
03. Rhinelander
04. Late
05. Dixon
06. Kiss Them All
07. Is It a Ditch
08. Q.E.D.
09. 38 Souls

Bottomless Pit tourdates (all with Black Helicopter):

11.05.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.o6.10 - Milwaukee, WI - TBA
11.11.10 - Pittsburg, PA - Howlers
11.12.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle Est
11.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11.14.10 - Columbus, OH - Treehouse

• Bottomless Pit: http://www.bottomlesspit.us
• Comedy Minus One: http://www.comedyminusone.com

RIP: Margaret Ann Rich, songwriter and wife of Charlie Rich

From Billboard:

Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country star Charlie Rich, has died aged 76 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Several of Margaret Ann Rich’s songs were recorded by other artists, including her best-known composition, “Life’s Little Ups and Downs,” which made No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in January 1991 when recorded by Ricky van Shelton (Columbia). The song was originally published as “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” and published by Make A Million/BMI. Other artists to record her songs included Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (“A Part of Your Life”) and Tom Jones (“Field of Yellow Yellow Daisies”).