Nostalgia tripping. Why hasn’t it stopped lately? Is it because we have our hands tied when it comes to creating, you know, “original” culture? Would it be because we admire a past time period that seemed optimistic, and that we wish for a return to such hopeful times but are unwilling to resort to any means necessary because we’re so scared of even the idea of physical violence (though we commit verbal violence on a regular basis)? I swear, Demolition Man is becoming prophetic.
The nostalgia march continued in full force with development of the return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series Twin Peaks (whose title is not to be confused with the titty-bar/restaurant in Waco, Texas that was the scene of a recent shootout between multiple outlaw motorcycle gangs and local police). After significant hand-wringing and negotiation that will probably give Lynch enough money to practice transcendental meditation in Bhutan and occasionally put out an album of some sort, the production of the miniseries is back on track. With it, there’s been more people coming out of the woodwork that either have had nothing to do since Twin Peaks or have actually had meaningful careers that had been influenced little by the show.
Among them now is the original series composer Angelo Badalamenti. You also may know him as the composer to this film and this film. In a recent panel for Twin Peaks (because these happen, apparently), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) and Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson) announced his return as part of other “tidbits” dropped, such as a longer season (now 18 episodes) and some building being turned into some diner. As is typical of a show that hasn’t even started filming yet, that’s as much as they know. We don’t know if the music will be thematically the same as the original series or even what kind of sound it will take.
But don’t let that stop the nostalgia trippers. In fact, TMT’s exclusive source seemed intent on starting a pilgrimage to the series being shot somewhere in Washington State sometime this fall for release in early 2016 on Showtime. I think we need to help our source. What do you suggest? A trout, swordfish, or flounder across the face?
• Angelo Badalamenti: http://www.angelobadalamenti.com
Let’s get the obvious cultural reference out of the way: contrary to what you might think, Lil NoiD’s relative absence from the Memphis rap scene over the last 20 years isn’t due to an extremely well-concealed propaganda campaign on the part of a national pizza chain. The real Lil NoiD a.k.a. Derrick Harris looks nothing like the advertised pizza ruiner, and “avoiding the noid” likewise certainly wasn’t necessary, as Harris’s musical contributions during the early-to-mid-90s were so local that you really had to be hooked into the scene (which birthed the eventually successful Three 6 Mafia) in order to catch a listen. One such contribution was Paranoid Funk, a 1995 cassette from Lil NoiD that was buoyed by Juicy J, one of the founding members of Three 6.
I’m not even sure Paranoid Funk made it beyond the state of Tennessee at the time of its mixed conclusion, but gradually, the tape became appreciated in select circles for a style that was way ahead of its time. And now, Delroy Edwards’s LA Club Resource imprint is set to offer the first-ever vinyl release of the album, out next week on May 26.
Listen to the track “Binghampton Niggas” below, and get an immediate impression of the teenage Harris who, self-admittedly, was running wild at the time:
Paranoid Funk tracklisting:
02. Criminalistic Knowledge
03. Hoe Call
05. Try Me
06. Death Row
07. Load My Clip
08. In the Dark
09. Binghampton Niggas
• Lil NoiD: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lil-Noid/180972452612
• LA Club Resource: http://laclubresource.tumblr.com
Indie retailers and Record Store Day launch “Vinyl Tuesdays”… FINALLY records will be available on Tuesdays
You love spending money on Record Store Day! So, what if every week there was another Record Store Day? How much would you love spending money on THAT? I mean, well, technically there is, because records come out every single week of our collective lives, but do those weeks have special RSD-branded days? No!
You see, my friends, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) would like to induct you into the dark ritual (dark for your wallet, maybe) of Vinyl Tuesdays, a Record Store Day-supported initiative where exclusive, limited, what-have-you vinyl releases will be available exclusively at participating brick ‘n’ mortar retailers. This would include promotional releases, pre-releases (where you can pick up an artist’s new album ahead of its official sanctioned release date, special-edition catalog releases, RSD releases, and previously CD- or digital-only releases, cathartic releases, catch and releases, you get the picture. Coming soon to a Tuesday near you.
• A2IM: http://a2im.org
With a mere flick of his wrist, Dan Bejar (a.k.a. Destroyer) can announce a new album called Poison Season, share a track from that album, and post tour dates ALL AT ONCE. Well, he didn’t do it exactly; press people did it for him. But I’m assuming it’s because he flicked his wrist at some point. But then again, maybe he didn’t? Maybe Merge or someone who works there (could it have been Mac or Laura themselves?) flicked their wrist at some point recently and set all of these dominoes into motion? And you know what, now that I think about it, notwithstanding all the people who scooped me out there, I am the one who is doing all three things at once, and I’m not even sure who flicked their wrist and I’m not sure how to even go about figuring it out.
What I’m saying is I have no idea how the music industry works, and yet it is I who is tasked with telling you that Poison Season — Destroyer’s first album since 2011’s Kaputt — is out August 28. Because I take my task very seriously, I will also tell you that, in concurrence with Poison Season, Destroyer will release a limited 12-inch containing a remix of album track “Forces From Above” in addition to “Times Square, Poison Season.” Hmm, what else? Well, he’s going on tour, of course. Not much to say about that I guess. The song he shared, or that I am sharing for him, or that the internet is kindly allowing me to share by continuing to exist and to be structured around the language of HTML of which I understand just enough to embed SoundCloud players, is called “Dream Lover.” You can listen to it below if you would like.
09.18.2015 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
09.19.2015 -San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
09.20.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
09.21.2015 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
09.23.2015 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09.24.2015 - Dallas, TX - Trees
09.25.2015 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
09.26.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
09.27.2015 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09.29.2015 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
09.30.2015 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
10.01.2015 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
10.02.2015 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.03.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.04.2015 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.05.2015 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.07.2015 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.08.2015 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.09.2015 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
10.10.2015 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.11.2015 - St. Louise, MO - The Ready Room
10.13.2015 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
10.14.2015 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.15.2015 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.16.2015 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
10.17.2015 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
10.30.2015 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
10.31.2015 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
11.01.2015 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.02.2015 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11.04.2015 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
11.07.2015 - Bologna, IT - Covo
11.08.2015 - Rome, IT - Biko
11.09.2015 - Luzern, CH - Sudpol
11.10.2015 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
11.11.2015 - St. Gallen, CH - Palace
11.12.2015 - Vienna, AT - Sczene
11.13.2015 - Munich, DE - Kammerspiele
11.14.2015 - Cologne, DE - Luxor
11.15.2015 - Berlin, DE - Lido
11.17.2015 - Bergen, NO - Hulen
11.18.2015 - Oslo, NO - Parktheatret
11.19.2015 - Stockholm, SE - Kagelbanan
11.20.2015 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
11.21.2015 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Poison Season tracklist:
01. Times Square, Poison Season
02. Dream Lover
03. Forces From Above
05. The River
06. Girl in a Sling
07. Times Square
08. Archer on the Beach
09. Midnight Meet the Rain
10. Solace’s Bride
12. Sun in the Sky
13. Times Square, Poison Season II
• Destroyer: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Destroyer/40560201870
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com
Too bad I only recently used up the one good joke I could’ve made about this new Voices from the Lake release on a noise festival. As such, there will be no “Hey, wait a minute, lakes don’t have voices! They don’t even have mouths!” tomfoolery to be found here, and indeed no jokes at all. And don’t get try to get smart with me either, buster. “Oh Taylor, surely there are other jokes you could come up with if you’ve a mind for it.” No. I’ve checked my joke codex, and all I want to do is relay information about the return of minimal techno duo Voices from the Lake (Donato Dozzy and Neel) free from the window dressing of my sharp and vivacious wit. Deal with it.
Live at MAXXI is out on CD and digitally on June 8, a date about which no comedian has ever managed to joke. It follows their Velo di Maya EP together from last year, as well as respective solo releases on eMego imprint Spectrum Spools, viz., Dozzy’s Sintetizzatrice from earlier this year and Neel’s Phobos from last year. The tracks, which were recorded live last year in Rome, are all new and original compositions, save for closer “Max,” which was written by Paolo Conte. On “Max,” the duo is joined by Brando Lupi on guitar, a.k.a. the most joke-resistant instrument since the lute. The entirety of the release finds the duo swishing around in the dreamy, looping techno melancholy in a manner that is, you guessed it, not at all conducive to jokes. But really, all jokes aside — as they have been for the entirety of this post — you can pre-order the album here, and listen to “Max” embedded below.
Live at MAXXI tracklist:
02. Sonia Danza
03. Dreamscape Generation
04. Richiami e Oscillazioni
05. Orange Steps
Melbourne post-punks Total Control are coming to America this summer. The five-piece band, formed in 2008 from members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and UV Race, toured a few years back with Thee Oh Sees, but now they’ll be heading out for their first US live dates since their album Typical System came out last year.
The band kicks off the tour with a Brooklyn date, where they’ll be performing alongside Lust for Youth, Sannhet, and Flesh World, before setting off on a mystical visionquest across America. Their final scheduled date will be in Los Angeles, where they’ll perform at punk/noise fest Berserktown in mid-August.
08.01.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
08.03.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop**
08.04.15 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class***
08.06.15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
08.08.15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk****
08.13.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08.14.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Berserktown Fest
* Lust for Youth, Sannhet and Flesh World
** The Gotobeds and EEL*
*** Pleasure Leftists
**** Radioactivity and Spray Paint
Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression to receive tribute album, because a magazine named in tribute just wasn’t enough, now was it?
“I crave tribute,” Jeff Tweedy might’ve once said. See also: Jay Farrar, Mike Heidorn, and everybody else who was ever in Uncle Tupelo. Not only do they hold an influential place in the world of alt-country, not only was a long-running publication on alt-country named after their debut album, but now that debut album is getting its own tribute record. On June 29, Reimagine Music will put out The Brighter Side: A 25th Anniversary Tribute To Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression, which is exactly what it sounds like.
No Depression has 13 tracks. And with that, The Brighter Side: A 25th Anniversary Tribute To Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression has 13 bands covering those 13 tracks. It is these who stop to pay tribute: Smoking Popes, Elliott Brood, Cheap Girls, The Last Bison, Bodies of Water, Big Sky Blue, Wooden Sky, Peculiar Pretzelmen, Crow Moses, Leeroy Stagger, David Stuart, Mikaela Davis, and Beta Radio. With their energies sent out in tribute, Jeff Tweedy can live another year.
The Brighter Side: A 25th Anniversary Tribute To Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression tracklist:
01. Graveyard Shift (The Last Bison)
02. That Year (Bodies of Water)
03. Before I Break (Big Sky Blue)
04. No Depression (Wooden Sky)
05. Factory Belt (Peculiar Pretzelmen)
06. Whiskey Bottle (Elliott Brood)
07. Outdone (Crow Moses)
08. Train (Leeroy Stagger)
09. Life Worth Livin (Smoking Popes)
10. Flatness (David Stuart)
11. So Called Friend (Mikaela Davis)
12. Screen Door (Cheap Girls)
13. John Hardy (Beta Radio)
• Reimagine Music: http://www.reimaginemusic.com
In the paraphrased words of those incomparable teenage mutant ninja turtles: “Yes, dudes and dudettes! Major label butt-kicking is back in town!” According to a recent post by XXL, yours and my favorite grimy, grindy, gnarly Atlanta hip-hop wonderguy OG Maco has officially “sold out” to the majors! Wait… there are still majors? Hang on, let me just make sure… Oh, yup! Apparently there are still one or two majors!
And one of those one or two majors is Capitol. Apparently OG’s label Quality Control did themselves a dance with the devil recently and signed a “new joint venture with Capitol Music Group and Motown Records” whereby “QCM artists will be worked on by Motown and other divisions within CMG.” And the first fruits of this new rosy partnership? Boom: Maco’s debut LP, Children Of The Rage, which is due out before the end of 2015. Ah, it’s all just like some beautiful fairy tale! I don’t want to oversell the importance of this deal, but I’d say that Music is officially BACK ON TRACK FOREVER. Don’t you think?
But like any good piece of news, the REAL question remains: has anyone officially authenticated it by Tweeting about it?? Hang on, let me just make sure… Oh, yup! Apparently XXL has, and so did Motown. And so did whatshisname! Quality Control probably did too, for that matter, but I’m kinda not into scrolling down that far right now. You know what I mean?
Sony announces lightbulb with built-in Bluetooth speaker, ‘bout time something else in my house played music
I’ll be honest; I have plenty of sets of speakers at home. There’s at least one decent pair in every room of the house. But sometimes you’re in the kitchen cooking up some spätzle — I don’t know what you eat, I’m just assuming — and you turn to your Panini press and say, “Sure you make great sandwiches, but why can’t you play me some Brainticket while I prepare this Bavarian dough?” The Panini press, however, says nothing, silently staring back at you with its indifferent and unblinking metal casing. You focus back on the task at hand, but are shaken by a feeling that you are somehow less than before.
Thank god Sony’s here to finally put an end to our ongoing nightmare of appliance silence. The company recently announced an LED Light Bulb Bluetooth Speaker, which will combine all the superpowers of a 360-lumen bulb and a 2-watt, 40mm speaker into one harmonious pod of entertainment and tasteful lighting. All you have to do is screw it in any conventional light socket. Good thing I have so many empty ones around the house. I got tired of all those mooching light bulbs thinking they could squat rent-free and not play me Sun City Girls when I asked.
Sony claims that the speaker’s position at the front of the bulb ensures optimal sound quality, while the light reflects off and around it from behind, providing wide and even distribution. The bulb comes with a remote, but users can also download an app to control sound and light through their smartphones. So if you feel weird about directly asking the bulb to play some Viper and set the lighting to “mood,” you can ask through that little middleman in your pocket. And, frankly, that is kind of weird.
The bulb is being launched May 23rd in Japan and retails for ¥23,880 (about $199), but a US release has yet to be announced. In the meantime, we’ll just have to watch the promo video below and dream of a day when we can escape the horror that is GE’s silent home.
• Sony: http://www.sony.com
Destruction Unit are back, and they’re hungry for blood! …Or like, banh mi, or avocado fries, or whatever your favorite thing to eat in NYC is. Seriously, their guitar player, Jes Aurelius, want your lunch advice if you live in NYC. That’s what their press release says. Although, hell, Jes might not be in NY anymore. I don’t know, because I’m not internet-stalking this person. But I mean, really, couldn’t we ALL use a good lunch recommendation now and then? Isn’t the spirit of community and sharing and whatever what punk rock and DIY are all about?
Anyway, whatever. The Phoenix-based purveyors of good ol’ loud rock & roll have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2013’s blazing Deep Trip, with more info to follow closer to its fall release date. But until then, the lads are keeping themselves busy with ventures such as (a) their upcoming summer US tour, and (b) this weird web shop they run featuring Ascetic House and D-Unit-related paraphernalia, including JEANS. That’s right: you can celebrate your love of Destruction Unit with (probably?) one-of-a-kind, band-related jeans. Kinda awesome. Um, tour dates are below.
06.11.15 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
06.12.15 - El Paso, TX - Monarch
06.13.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
06.14.15 - Memphis, TN - Murphy’s
06.15.15 - St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Skatium*
06.16.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.17.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
06.18.15 - Toronto, ON - S.H.I.B.G.B.’s**
06.21.15 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo***
06.23.15 - Providence, RI - Aurora
06.24.15 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs****
06.26.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
06.27.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
06.28.15 - Philadelphia, PA- TBA
06.29.15 - Baltimore, MD - The Metro Gallery
06.30.15 - Raleigh, NC - Neptune’s Parlour
07.01.15 - Athens, GA - Caldonia
07.02.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.03.15 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
07.04.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
07.05.15 - Houston, TX - Walters’ Downtown
**Institute, Sheer Mag