Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg form Blue Water White Death, because …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was already taken

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In what may be the most random musical pairing ever, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg (he of a beautiful baritone and love of birds) and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart (he of emotional purging and general on-stage oddity) have decided to form a new band together called Blue Water White Death. Their self-titled debut album will be released October 12 through Graveface Records. While their band name may sound equally random, apparently it was taken from a 1971 documentary about a team of explorers on a quest to discover sharks in Australia’s Dangerous Reef. But what could their music possibly sound like? Before your brain explodes trying to figure it out on your own, a press release has been provided with an apt description:

On first listen Blue Water White Death may sound like a pair of reclusive eccentrics making music in a derelict mansion, perilously balancing beauty and horror with the absurd. Soon, it becomes apparent that there are three distinct modes at play – clean, even tones and the nonchalant picking of acoustic guitars that recall life on the open sea, notes and words paced like breaststrokes on the journey to the depths and finally, jarring mysterious noises meshed with vocals that echo the isolated, garbled quantities of the inside of a diver’s mask.

See what they did there? With the ocean metaphors being used to describe the music? Looks like someone took a creative writing class! In addition to Meiburg and Stewart, John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Roots) handled production for the album.

Blue Water White Death tracklisting:

01. This Is the Scrunchyface of My Dreams
02. Song for the Greater Jihad
03. Grunt Tube
04. Nerd Future
05. The End of Sex
06. Death for Christmas
07. Gall
08. Rendering the Juggalos

• Blue Water White Death: http://bluewaterwhitedeath.com
• Graveface Records: http://www.graveface.com

Marnie Stern to blow chillwave bands off their surfboards with new album in October

Guitar goddess Marnie Stern has grown sick of all those chillwave bands with their jangly riffs and lackadaisical attitudes populating her fans’ headphones this past year. To fight back, she will be releasing her third album, a self-titled affair, on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars. Teaming up once again with longtime cohort Zach Hill, Stern also brought along bassist Matthew Flegel (Women) and mixer Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta) for the recording process. The end result is… well, let’s see what Stern had to say about it via a press release: “It’s direct and honest and real. I’m no longer taking cover under guitar lines or yelping vocals.” So chill.

Check out the first track, “For Ash,” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Marnie Stern tracklisting:

01. For Ash
02. Nothing Left
03. Transparency is the New Mystery
04. Risky Biz
05. Female Guitar Players are the New Black
06. Gimme
07. Cinco De Mayo
08. Building a Body
09. Her Confidence
10. The Things You Notice

• Marnie Stern: http://www.myspace.com/marniestern1
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

[Photo: Marnie Stern]

Jimi Hendrix has gotten enough posthumous praise, so let’s give him a posthumous lawsuit! Former bandmate sues

As we all know, Jimi Hendrix is dead, and while his death has surely not curtailed his due praise and legacy, it has slowed any lawsuits against the former guitarist. However, slowed is not the same as stopped, as former saxophone-wielding bandmate Lonnie Youngblood has filed a lawsuit against Jimi, his Hendrix family estate, MCA Records, and director Martin Scorsese.

Youngblood’s case centers around the song “Georgia Blues,” which Hendrix and Youngblood wrote and recorded in the 60s, and appears on the Hendrix-centric volume of the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues album series released in conjunction with the TV series of the same name. What Youngblood claims is that no one sought his approval for use of the track and that, consequently, as the owner of the copyright on the song, he must defend the copyright that he owns.

According to the Associated Press, court documents state that the Hendrix Family Estate offered Youngblood $3,000 dollars for the rights, with Youngblood refusing and stating that, “It’s the principle, I want my song back. They had no right to take my song.” The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of lost-income damages and claims that Youngblood released the song himself through the internet and that it received a copyright in 2002.

• Jimi Hendrix: http://www.jimihendrix.com

Low, Boredoms, and Dead Meadow get spiritual at Melbourne Festival

If Beck’s lager is known for anything, it’s the cool, refreshing taste of spirituality. Well that’s the premise, at least, behind the Beck’s Festival Bar lineup at the Melbourne Festival in Australia this October. And honestly, what a cool premise it is! The performances focus around the ideas of shamanism and “music as a religious experience,” with featured artists including Boredoms, Mariachi El Bronx, Dead Meadow, Low, Dengue Fever, and Sri Lankan metal band Stigmata, along with spades of Australian bands. Contributing to the atmosphere will be Melbourne-based design duo tin&ed, who will be decking the Forum Theatre out in something called Holygrams, to fill the “many nooks, crannies, and archways of the Forum Theatre. This collection of handmade shrines, built on layers of relics, found objects, and offerings reveals the many facets of worship in pop culture, iconic artists, and underground musical heroes.” All nights will cost ya $20.

Here’s the lineup:

Boredoms, Kes Band, Bum Creek, Dead Meadow, Stigmata, Blarke Bayer/Black Widow, Sage Francis (w/ special guest B. Dolan), Dexter, Horrorshow, Dengue Fever, The Break, Johnnie and The Johnnie Johnnies, Low, Pikelet, Ponzu Island, The Drones, P.K.14, The Twerps, Mariachi El Bronx, Eagle & The Worm, and The Ukeladies

10.09.10-10.23.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre

• Melbourne Festival: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au

!!! go on tour in support of Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, even though I haven’t listened to them since 2005

A lot’s changed since the days when you were expected to give a shit about “dancepunk” outfit !!!. For instance, did you know that the band now consists of frontman Nic Offer, guitarist Mario Andreoni, horn player/keyboardist Daniel Gorman, and saxophonist/percussionist Allan Wilson, with vocalist Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum) and drummer Paul Quattrone (of Modey Lemon) rounding out the current live band? No? Me neither, because I haven’t really listened to !!! since 2005.

And did you further know that they’ve been making records (er, once in a great while, at least) this whole time, and that Warp is dropping their newest one, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? on August 24? (You can stream, download, or watch the video for the lead single “AM/FM” here; I bet it sounds dancy.) Did you maybe hear about how it was was recorded in Berlin, New York, and Sacramento? Or how it was co-produced by the band along with Eric Broucek, who is the former house engineer for DFA Records. No? Me neither, because I haven’t really listened to !!! since 2005.

And how about the fact that !!! are going on a WORLD motherfuckin’ TOUR in support of this new album? Did you find that online by google-searching “!!!”? (Oh, wait, you can’t even do that). Well, did you maybe hear that earlier from someone? No? Me neither, because I don’t really know anyone who’s listened to !!! since 2005. But jeez, look at all those dates down there. Let’s hope that someone’s been listening.

Strange Weather, Isn’t It? tracklisting!!!:

01. AM/FM
02. The Most Certain Sure
03. Wannagain Wannagain
04. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05. Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks
06. Hollow
07. Jump Back
08. Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss
09. The Hammer
10. Blue


07.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.30.10 - Yuzawa-machi, Niigata , Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
09.05.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
09.06.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.07.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
09.09.10 - Denver, CO - The Blue Bird Theater
09.10.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
09.11.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
09.13.10 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s
09.22.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.23.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
09.24.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
09.25.10 - Lincoln, NH - The Nor’easter
09.26.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.28.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - the Blind Pig
09.29.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
09.30.10 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
10.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.09.10 – Paris, France - Factory © Festival d’Ile de France, La Cigale
10.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.29.10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy II
10.30.10 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
11.01.10- Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
11.02.10 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
11.03.10 - Brighton. UK - Concorde II
11.04.10 - London, UK - Koko
11.05.10 - Orleans, France - Astrolabe
11.06.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher de Palmer
11.08.10 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
11.09.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Club
11.10.10 - Oporto, Portugal - Sa Da Bandeira
11.12.10 - Barcelona, Spain - San Jordi
11.13.10 - Marseille, France - Cabaret Aleatoire
11.15.10 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
11.16.10 - Florence, Italy - Auditorium Flog
11.17.10 - Lausanne, Swtizlerand - Les Docks
11.18.10 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
11.19.10 - Berlin, Germany - Festal
11.23.10 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
11.24.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
11.26.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.27.10 - Hamburg, Germany - U&G
11.28.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Trouw
11.29.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique Orangerie
11.30.10 - Rockhal, Luxembourg - Box

• !!!: http://www.chkchkchk.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

[Photo: MySpace]

Nick Lowe rereleases “trilogy” on vinyl, tours North America with full band, audience wonders how Elvis Costello got so handsome all of a sudden

For the first time this millenium, England’s pied pub piper Nick Lowe will drag himself and his rambleshamble backing band (I don’t think they have a proper name, so we’ll just call them the New Lowes) across these United States. What can audiences expect from a pop superbrain who hasn’t tread upon our shores since the burst of the dot-com bubble? Well, I suspect he’ll cull a lot of material from his acclaimed trilogy of albums that started with 1994’s The Impossible Bird, Empire Strikes Backed with 1998’s Dig My Mood, and finished strong with 2001’s charming The Convincer. It just so happens that all three of these albums will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 21 through Yep Roc. You kids still like all them wax stacks, right? Lowe, you silver slicked bastard, you’ve done it again for the first time!

Lowe tourdates:

10.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.07.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.12.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
10.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.15.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.16.10 - Tarrytown, PA - Tarrytown Music Hall
10.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
10.18.10 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
10.20.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.21.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.22.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.23.10 - Mt. Tabor, NJ - The Tabernacle

• Nick Lowe: http://www.nicklowe.net
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com