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

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:

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:
• Jagjaguwar:

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:
• Kid Koala:

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:
• Saddle Creek:

[Photo: Kevin Phillips]

Swans to release My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky in September; Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (REM), and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) guest

It’s no big secret: we love Michal Gira. Not only do we love him recently for Angels of Light and Young God (the label responsible for such artists as Devendra Banhart and Akron/Family), but we also love him for recently “reactivating” his Swans project by announcing a fall tour and a new album (TMT News). The album, Swans’ first since 1997’s Soundtracks For The Blind, is currently being mixed at Trout Recordings and has been titled My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky. It features guest spots from Devendra Banhart, Bill Rieflin (drummer for REM), and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev.

Expect it in September!

09.28.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.30.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
10.01.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal Festival
10.02.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
10.04.10 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.06.10 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
10.08.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.22.10 - Birmingham, England - Supersonic Festival

• Swans:
• Young God:

RIP: Chris Sievey, a.k.a. Frank Sidebottom

From the BBC:

The man who played comedian, musician and North West showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom has died.

It is understood entertainer Chris Sievey collapsed at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, in the early hours.

The 54-year-old was pronounced dead at Wythenshawe Hospital, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Known for his over-sized, papier-mache head, he found fame through a series of TV appearances in the 1980s and remained a popular cult comedy figure.

• Frank Sidebottom: