You Say Party! We Say Die! change name after member’s death

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After the death of drummer Devon Clifford in April — due to a massive brain hemorrhage while on stage (TMT News) — Canadian dance-punkers You Say Party! We Say Die! have taken some time off to regroup and reflect on their future as a band. This week, the group made an official public statement addressing their new name, You Say Party, and their decision to move forward:

Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon’s passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time. Losing Devon has been a profound loss for the family this band has grown to become. We have taken some time out of the spotlight these last few months to heal, process, reflect and re-evaluate the future of this band.

We have talked at great length with each other and our families and friends about the future. Devon’s parents have encouraged us to continue on and given us their blessing. It is their opinion (as well as ours) that Devon would never have wanted his death to end the band. He would have wanted us to continue on.

In the time between Devon’s passing and this statement, we have all reflected upon our personal lives. Krista has decided that her time with us has come to an end as she no longer desires the long drives, poor sleeps and revolting selection of road food. Instead she’s choosing a home, a garden, some gluten-free baking and a proper education. We will miss Krista very much and she remains a part of our lives.

We have turned to our good friends and former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band “Gang Violence” to play keyboards and drums. This new line up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dance floors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring. The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.

The cancelled European tour is being rescheduled for this fall and we will announce the dates as soon as possible. We are also planning select shows for the rest of 2010.

Out of respect for Devon and the evolution of life, today we announce that we will no longer be known as “You Say Party! We Say Die!” but instead as simply “You Say Party”.

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about the words and meanings we’ve spoken through our music. To return you to the core message of our band, we present the first track “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” as the next single in North America.

• You Say Party: http://www.yousayparty.com

Google to launch download, subscription-based service, because there’s more awesome music out there now than ever before

Tired of listening to its dad’s scratched Bob Seger vinyl on the hi-fi and its mom’s Christian radio stations in the car all the time, Google decided it was high time to get into its own scene, man. And with high school starting next fall, Google figured there was no better time than now to amass its own badass, chick-impressing record collection.

So, right after it cuts the lawn, Google is investing in a music download service tied to its search engine later this year (to be followed by a subscription service in 2011), at least according to something called The Wall Street Journal. And although this “street journal” said it was currently unclear as to whether or not label deals have been struck yet, it is pretty sure that Google is at least “in talks” about offering a music service tied to phones running its Android system. (I assume that these talks are taking place via gchat.)

So, here’s how it all goes down: Google’s download service will offer paid Google downloads by providing a Google link to its Google store when users search for an artist or song… on Google. According to that pesky Wall Street Journal, insiders have said that the download store would be an interim step towards the creation of a subscription streaming service compatible with Android phones.

But Google’s plans to use a large music library to get laid in high school could provide a challenge to digital music market leader iTunes. Then again, Apple probably doesn’t care because it (a) probably gets laid all the time, and (b) is widely expected to be preparing a cloud-based version of iTunes right now, which I WANT RIGHT THE HELL NOW. So in the words of my BOYS in D-Generation-X, suck it, Google.

• The Wall Street Journal: http://bit.ly/a9XqUd
• Google: http://duckduckgo.com

You Say Party! We Say Die! change name after member’s death

After the death of drummer Devon Clifford in April — due to a massive brain hemorrhage while on stage (TMT News) — Canadian dance-punkers You Say Party! We Say Die! have taken some time off to regroup and reflect on their future as a band. This week, the group made an official public statement addressing their new name, You Say Party, and their decision to move forward:

Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon’s passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time. Losing Devon has been a profound loss for the family this band has grown to become. We have taken some time out of the spotlight these last few months to heal, process, reflect and re-evaluate the future of this band.

We have talked at great length with each other and our families and friends about the future. Devon’s parents have encouraged us to continue on and given us their blessing. It is their opinion (as well as ours) that Devon would never have wanted his death to end the band. He would have wanted us to continue on.

In the time between Devon’s passing and this statement, we have all reflected upon our personal lives. Krista has decided that her time with us has come to an end as she no longer desires the long drives, poor sleeps and revolting selection of road food. Instead she’s choosing a home, a garden, some gluten-free baking and a proper education. We will miss Krista very much and she remains a part of our lives.

We have turned to our good friends and former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band “Gang Violence” to play keyboards and drums. This new line up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dance floors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring. The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.

The cancelled European tour is being rescheduled for this fall and we will announce the dates as soon as possible. We are also planning select shows for the rest of 2010.

Out of respect for Devon and the evolution of life, today we announce that we will no longer be known as “You Say Party! We Say Die!” but instead as simply “You Say Party”.

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about the words and meanings we’ve spoken through our music. To return you to the core message of our band, we present the first track “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” as the next single in North America.

• You Say Party: http://www.yousayparty.com

And lo, a band called Black Mountain appeared from the depths and embarked on the longest tour ever in support of new LP, Wilderness Heart

From the depths of the hobbit-filled, blind-cavefish-dwelling indie metal underworld comes Black Mountain, back and better than ever, ready to rock you in ways your creepy black-metal-loving neighbor who works at Jimmy John’s could never imagine (or maybe he can; frankly, I don’t want to know what that guy’s up to [shudder]). Come September 14, an unfathomably cool dose of rock ’n’ roll shall be revealed via Jagjaguwar in the form of the band’s third studio album, Wilderness Heart, produced by Randall Dunn (Boris, sunn 0))), Kinski) and Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, LCD Soundsystem), the somewhat-long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s In The Future (TMT Review). Those fortunate enough to catch the Vancouver-based rockers on tour this summer/fall will be treated to a handful of new songs from the album.

Now, if you like asterisks and @ signs, it’s time to gear up folks:

06.23.10 - Kamloops, BC - Pogue Mahone *
06.24.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik *
06.25.10 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
06.26.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos *
06.27.10 - Regina, SK - The Exchange **
06.28.10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre ***
06.30.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ****
07.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ****
07.02.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick ****
07.03.10 - London, ON - Call the Office *****
07.09.10 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
07.10.10 - Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07.11.10 - Balado, Kinross-Shire, Scotland - T in the Park Festival
07.13.10 - London, UK - The Lexington
07.14.10 - London, UK - The Lexington
07.16.10 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.17.10 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.18.10 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07.23.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ******
07.24.10- Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ******
07.26.10 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews *******
07.27.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room @
07.28.10 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater @@
07.30.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge @@
07.31.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux @@
08.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater @@@
08.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory @@@@
09.04.10 - Oxford, UK - Academy 2
09.05.10 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
09.10.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.11.10 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.12.10 - Leeds, UK - TJ’s Woodhouse Club @@@@@
09.14.10 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor @@@@@
09.15.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3 @@@@@
09.16.10 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms @@@@@
09.17.10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.18.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root
10.07.10 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

* Lord Beginner
** Lord Beginner, Orbital Express
*** Lord Beginner, Sleepy Sun
**** David Vandervelde
***** One Hundred Dollars
****** Quest for Fire
******* Mondo Drag
@ The Dodos
@@ Spindrift
@@@ Lower Heaven
@@@@ The War on Drugs
@@@@@ Ladyhawk

• Black Mountain: http://www.blackmountainarmy.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

The Slew turn it up to 11, give it 110% on summer tour

This is the story so far:

A couple of years ago, Kid Koala and Dynomite D were contacted to create a documentary soundtrack, to which they said, “yeah, alright.” Koala and D began to eat pot brownies and experiment with scratching and sampling blues-rock and psych-rock records, until they learned that the film had folded under financial pressure. Agreeing that their cuts-in-progress were “mad tight,” the duo decided to shape their work into a full album, movie-be-damned. The result was 2009’s 100%, for which the two DJs named themselves “The Slew”.

Meanwhile, Wolfmother bassist and drummer Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left their band over “longstanding [boner] frictions.” As luck would have it, the expatriate rhythm section happened to meet another duo of musical ronin, Koala and D, and agreed that their cuts were “indeed mad tight.” Adding disco-comedy-space-freaks Adira Amram and the Experience as an opening act, the newborn foursome hit the road, and life in North America was never the same again.

This month, The Slew begins another tour, and North America will never be the same again again. The current lineup consists of Kid Koala and DJ P-Love on turntables, Chris Ross on bass, and Myles Heskett on drums. As on the first tour, they will perform with a nomenclature-justifying six turntables.

In other news, earlier this month, Wolfmother was forced to cancel their European summer tour. Frontman Andrew Stockdale has allegedly contracted an “unknown illness,” the symptoms of which are reported to be “wanting to see The Slew on tour” and “hoping they sample a Wolfmother record this time.”

The Slew tourdates:

06.25.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn Festival
06.26.10 - Montreal, QC - Festival International De Jazz
06.29.10 - Vancouver, BC - Vancouver International Jazz Festival
06.30.10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Jazz Festival
07.01.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
07.02.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Jazz Festival *
07.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Beats Breaks & Culture Festival
07.10.10 - Quebec City, QC - The Festival d’ete de Quebec

*Kid Koala DJ Set

• The Slew: http://theslew.net
• Kid Koala: http://kidkoala.com

Azure Ray reunite and announce new album, Drawing Down the Moon

Seven years ago, as you were updating your LiveJournal and checking for hot boys or girls on MakeOutClub, Azure Ray released their last album, Hold On Love. After taking a lot of time off and working on their own solo material, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have decided to reunite and give Azure Ray one more go around. Their new album, Drawing Down the Moon, will be released on Saddle Creek come September 14. Produced by Eric Bachmann from Crooked Fingers (and formerly of Archers of Loaf) in North Carolina, the album features guest appearances by Now It’s Overhead’s Andy LeMaster and singer Liz Durrett.

Drawing Down the Moon tracklisting:

01. Wake Up, Sleepyhead
02. Don’t Leave My Mind
03. In the Fog
04. Larraine
05. On and On Again
06. Make Your Heart
07. Silver Sorrow
08. Signs in the Leaves
09. Love and Permanence
10. Shouldn’t Have Loved
11. Dancing Ghosts
12. Walking in Circles

• Azure Ray: http://www.azureraymusic.com
• Saddle Creek: http://www.saddle-creek.com

[Photo: Kevin Phillips]