Shellac announce new LP Dude Incredible; finally, someone’s giving the great Dude Incredible the recognition he deserves
On September 16, Touch and Go will release the first album from Shellac in seven years, following 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound. The album was recorded at Steve Albini’s own Electrical Audio studios in Chicago, and it’s titled Dude Incredible. But before you get all excited and start high-fiving your “bros,” saying, “dude, incredible” and other hackneyed platitudes like “gnarly,” or “awesome,” or “tight,” know this: as the album’s press release asserts, “there is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday for example.” Seeing as this title is not some empty affirmation like the common dullards out there may assume, it could only be an homage to the legendary Dude Incredible.
What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of this legendary Dude Incredible? Well, I dare say we’re both in for a treat then: you who receives the gift of knowing just one of the great man’s multitudinous exploits, and I who enjoys the pleasure of regaling you with it. Oh what a joyous day!
Dude Incredible began his life as a humble orphan on the streets of Kentucky. He made his first fortune at the dog track, picking the pockets of spectators as they watched the races. Eventually, he amassed enough sawbucks to buy the arena and quickly converted it into the world’s first horse-racing track. People came in droves to witness this exciting innovation to the world of gambling, astounded by the ingenuity of Dude Incredible. But oh, he was just getting started. Next stop was the world of traveling entertainment, where he would genetically engineer the carny and change history forever.
But that is a story for another day, and one that will undoubtedly be best told by Shellac.
Dude Incredible tracklist:
01. Dude Incredible
03. You Came in Me
04. Riding Bikes
05. All the Surveyors
06. The People’s Microphone
• Shellac: http://www.touchandgorecords.com/bands/band.php?id=22
• Touch and Go: http://touchandgorecords.com
Elisa Ambrogio (of Magik Markers) surrenders to the solo album impulse; The Immoralist out in October on Drag City
“Every dark night has its Dostoevsky,” Elisa Ambrogio once said, so who better to breathe some heavy meaning into the perpetual bleakness of 2014 than the puke-poet herself? Yes ma’am, after 50+ releases with main outfit Magik Markers and a couple with main squeeze Ben Chasny, Ambrogio is paring it down even further with a solo album called The Immoralist, out on October 21 through Drag City. I’m going to guess that the title at least partially refers to André Gide’s 1902 novel; the Markers have always had a major literary bent to complement all the mouth-breathing, and the book’s little wiki-description even sounds like a solid assessment of the band: “[w]hat some see as a story of dereliction, others see as a tale of introspection and self-discovery.”
Since the question of acoustic Ambrogio has already been answered with 200 Years, there’s really no reason to expect an MTV Unplugged 2.0 from The Immoralist. In fact, the press release is making it sound like a fully lipgloss’d pop record, with steady drums, “cheerleader chants,” and layered vocal harmonies in the style of… uh… you know, Wilson Phillips. But with an edge. Like, instead of having Brian Wilson as her dad, she’s got Waka Flocka Flame. And her mom is Peter Laughner. Anyway, fuck a reference point. Elisa Ambrogio, singer/songwriter, has 10 fully realized songs and they’re getting stuffed into your ears in October whether you like it or not. Until then, browse the backlog.
The Immoralist tracklist:
03. Mary Perfectly
04. Clarinet Queen
06. Far From Home
07. Stopped Clocks
09. Fever Sealed Yes Forever
Remember when Tennis was just a game you played next to the handball courts? Nowadays when you hear the word your head goes all woozy-like with nostalgic organs and girl group sing-songy-ness. This fall I can guarantee that will keep happening and your head will fill with even more Tennis songs for you to sing on the handball court. Ah, sports jokes. We don’t make enough of those around here… *mumbles something incoherent about the World Cup*
September 9 is the day that Tennis will release their new full-length offering, Ritual in Repeat. They’ll also be on tour starting in late September, so prepare by checking out this new track, “Never Work for Free” (and grab it from their website for free):
Ritual in Repeat tracklist:
01. Night Vision
02. Never Work for Free
03. Needle and a Knife
04. I’m Callin’
05. Bad Girls
07. Viv without the N
08. Wounded Heart
09. This Isn’t My Song
10. Solar on the Rise
11. Meter & Line
09.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
09.19.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
09.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
09.22.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.24.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.25.14 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
09.26.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.27.14 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
09.29.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.02.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrole
10.03.14 - Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10.04.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
10.05.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10.17.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.18.14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.20.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.21.14 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
10.22.14 - Portland, OR - Wonder Room
10.24.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.25.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
10.26.14 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.29.14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
11.01.14 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.02.14 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
11.04.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
11.05.14 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
11.07.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Not for three years have we been gifted with a new album from John MacLean and Nancy Whang a.k.a. The Juan MacLean, a pair that has written relevant disco music for over a decade. The nice thing is that they’re keeping the genre kicking not by adding too many modern bells and whistles, mashing styles, etc., but simply by writing really good songs. In a Dream won’t stray far from the band’s disco grounding, but it will act as a showcase for Whang’s vocals, which, while essential to the band’s sound, have always shared space with MacLean’s. The album isn’t out until September 19, when it will be released through DFA, so hold those horses, but a single called “A Place Called Space” has been released alongside an alleviating video, a tracklist, and a number of DJ dates, so please relax. You can even pre-order it.
In a Dream tracklist:
01. A Place Called Space
02. Here I Am
03. Love Stops Here
04. You Were a Runaway
05. Running Back to You
06. I’ve Waited for So Long
08. A Simple Design
09. The Sun Will Never Set on Our Love
The Juan MacLean DJ Dates:
07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Smart Bar
08.02.14 - El Monte, CA - HARD Summer 2014
09.05.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
09.06.14 - London, UK - The Nest
09.07.14 - Berlin, Germany - Panoramabar
09.12.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaiku
09.13.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
09.20.14 - Glasgow, UK - Berkeley Suite
09.21.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
09.26.14 - Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
09.27.14 - Paris, France - Badaboum
18+ putting out actual, physical release that can be touched, held, felt: “Crow”/”Horn” 7-inch on Houndstooth out in August
18+, the L.A. duo whose self-released MIXTAP3 secured the eighth spot on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, will be taking a break from amazing mixtapes to put out an actual, physical release that you can hold in your hands. The duo’s previous releases have only been available on the internet, in the abyss that is the World Wide Web, ready to download onto iPods, smart phones, and various other electronic extensions of self.
That’s about to change — on August 4, London label Houndstooth will be releasing 300 copies of a new 7-inch single collecting 18+ tracks “Crow” and “Horn.” Pick up a copy. Run your fingers over the cool, white vinyl produced by Matt Colton, the 2013 Music Producer’s Guild Mastering Engineer of the Year. Remember that you are human (but just in case you struggle with this a bit, the 7-inch comes with free WAV downloads of both tracks).
Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) announces US tour, lights a candle ensuring The Walkmen’s presence lingers forever
Aw, what’s wrong? You miss The Walkmen? Sure, they’ve only been gone for less than a year, but it’s those first days that hurt the most. Worry not, crying idiot, remnants of The Walkmen are everywhere. Earlier this month, two members of the band released their solo debuts: frontman Hamilton Leithauser with Black Hours and (more pertinently to this story) bassist Peter Matthew Bauer with Liberation (on Memphis Industries). Everywhere we go, The Walkmen are there, too! Never will we be without The Walkmen.
In the continued pursuit of making sure pieces of The Walkmen are in all places, Bauer is going on tour this coming month. He’ll be playing songs from the aforementioned Liberation, as well as telling audiences that “The Walkmen are gone but shall be with you always.” It’s a comforting, terrifying thought. On that very tour, Bauer will meet up with his pals Real Estate in Chicago. Real Estate, for the record, are only in a limited amount of places and are, thus, not everywhere.
Peter Matthew Bauer dates:
07.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
07.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.11.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
07.12.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
07.13.14 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
07.15.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse
07.16.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
07.17.14 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar
07.18.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall %
07.20.14 - Louisville, KT - Tim Faulkner Gallery
07.21.14 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
07.23.14 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
07.24.14 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
07.25.14 - Houston, TX - Walters Downtown
07.26.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
% Real Estate
Rune Grammofon announces 128-page book dedicated to free jazz on vinyl — an extended primer for the atonally inclined
Now now, hold on a minute there. If Fire! Orchestra’s recent, critically-acclaimed output has gotten you all in a tizzy over the less-straightforward forms of jazz, it’s important to keep an eye… obviously toward present developments, but with a mental acknowledgement of its “free” fore-fathers and mothers! The whole pursuit is rather intimidating to me. There are people literally breathing and eating jazz, emptying their spit valves for added flavor into their morning bowls of cereal, who still haven’t exhausted all that there is to know about the genre — to say nothing of its more experimental offshoots. If only there were a comprehensive literary overview to get us all started — specifically, one that comes in a Geltex cover and forces me to learn the conversion rate between the Norwegian Krone and the US dollar.
$1.00 US = 6.132 NOK, FYI. Likewise, Rune Grammofon has just announced Free Jazz And Improvisation On Vinyl 1965-1985, a 128-page overview of 60 independent labels and their releases of free jazz during that period. It’s a time frame that more or less ends with the advent of the CD, with freelance art historian (and author of Free Jazz) Johannes Rød surely appreciating the benefits of a narrowed but in-depth focus. Each label is presented with an intro and a discography (complete, or of Rød’s choosing), alongside 64 sleeve illustrations. Plus there’s some textual commentary from Swedish saxophone player Mats Gustafsson and Rune founder Rune Krisotffersen.
Everyone hold hands and wade into the deep end! The book’s out July 11.
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com
Voice of the Valley Noise Rally brings Mark McGuire, Carlos Giffoni, Andy Ortmann, Headboggle to a farm; digital comp available now
Move over, Girl Talk. Don’t you look at me, surprise-performance-by-Kanye-West. Get the fuck outta here, overpriced plastic bottles of water. On August 7, Tusco/Embassy is putting on an event whose only cookie-cutter aspect is the baked goods you’ll be wolfing down in your tent as you enjoy this incredibly ambitious noise fest. Created with help from 905 Tapes, Experimedia, and Rubber City Noise, Voice of the Valley Noise Rally asks for only $50 (or $60 at the gate) in return for five days of outdoor fun at a remote location in Millstone, West Virginia.
This year’s edition, its sixth, includes performances by over 70 artists, such as Mark McGuire, Carlos Giffoni, Laundry Room Squelchers, Headboggle, Brett Naucke, Wasteland Jazz Unit, Andy Ortmann, Leslie Keffer, Good Willsmith (featuring our very own Mukqs), and many, many more. Check the full lineup here. The event will be held on a farm, so be prepared. (Pro tip: bring a tent, food, extra TP for your bunghole, etc.)
In an effort to raise funds, Mike Haley of podcastial enterprises Tabs Out and TMT’s Laser Focus curated a digital compilation titled Beyond Rainbow Dome (the subtitle of this year’s edition), featuring material from artists performing at the fest. It’s $5, which is kind of a lot to ask for 38 tracks — roughly 13¢ each — of nearly all-exclusive material designed to benefit a unique, DIT noise fest. But hey, I guess that’s just experimental artists being experimental artists. Greedy as fuck!
In all seriousness though, this is a beautiful project by some beautiful people. Check out the comp below, and get your tickets here.
Students at the School of Decay have a TON of end-of-the-year work to turn in — and all of it needs to be on the teacher’s desk by the end of the month!! Thankfully, they got that Maxwell August Croy/Sean McCann LP in early (phew!) or else there’d be some serious cramming going on. Less thankfully, the final essay for their Just Intonation 201 course has been almost impossible to get done.
I mean, the two guys that were supposed to meet up and finish the source material were impossible to get together. You know who I mean: Cory Allen, that guy from Austin who is totally obsessed with set pitch classes and self-organizing structures, and Duane Pitre, son of the Big Easy and devotee of minimalist tension. On top of that, it’s June and the sun just started to come out, so all anyone wants to do is bike around and not give a shit.
Allen and Pitre did finally get their heads out of the sand long enough to make a record. The Seeker and the Healer features two side-long tracks that were built out of multiple improvisations guided by a set of predetermined rules and carried out on piano, bowed guitar, harmonium, and 49-string drone harp, something Allen made himself. Students of Decay really believed that they were going to turn in a strong piece of work if the prof gave them an extension, and the request was indeed obliged — now we can all expect to hear Allen and Pitre’s final product July 8 on both LP and digital versions. HAGS!
Hear ye a preview of both tracks:
The Seeker and the Healer tracklist:
01. The Seeker
02. The Healer
Like a rare comet or Santa himself, Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart touch down on Earth for their first show in 20 years
Jah Wobble, the man, the myth, the former London Tube driver (who knew? thanks, press release!) is celebrating 36 years of musical mayhem with a 6-CD box set called ReDux, due in October. The former Public Image Limited bass player and well-regarded solo artist’s collection will feature a Greatest Hits of sorts, plus discs devoted to his excursions into dub/world music, ambient/spoken word, jazz, and of course, post-punk (including PiL stuff). There’s also a new collection of covers and a new single, “Let’s Go Psycho.”
But that’s not all. Wobble has spoken the music geek’s most cherished words: “one-off show.” Yes. He’s bringing early-90s project Invaders of the Heart together for their first show in 20 years at London’s Under the Bridge venue. The band’s debut album Without Judgement burst onto the scene in 1990 and was followed by the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Rising Above Bedlam. After the group’s third album, they stopped playing live… until October 10, when Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart (feat. Aziz Ibrahim) touch down on Earth for an ultra-rare visit. Grab tickets here.
• Jah Wobble: https://www.facebook.com/Jah.Wobble.Music