I got a shaky leg… and don’t try to tell me that I’m an anthropomorphic house cat who just accidentally dipped his hinds in a deep puddle outdoors. The reality is contagious; in addition to “Shaky Legs,” the whole of Marie Davidson’s debut solo LP is some kind of catchy and deliberately heterogeneous throwback to cold wave, as Mira Aroyo conceivably looks on with glaring eyes at the formidable competition. It’s an album that followed up a series of affiliations with Montreal-based experimental outfits, and no sooner than some of us were revived of our Francophilia, Davidson has her second solo LP prepped for release almost exactly a year later, this April 14.
What I’m doing here, in this very article, is what she’s done on Un Autre Voyage, albeit with her pen and notepad directed toward a mirror. Per a press release, the album’s said to be principally a work of honest introspection, with every song stemming from personal experience or “true events.” Presumably this comment comes with more validity than the movie preface, because god damn did Argo take some liberties.
Davidson’s husband and otherwise bandmate (in Essaie Pas) has some vocal, guitar, and production contributions, maybe even on the following track:
Un Autre Voyage tracklisting:
01. Boulevard Taschereau
02. Excès De Vitesse
03. Kidnap You In The Desert
05. Balade Aux USA
From The Guardian:
Demis Roussos, the Greek pop and rock singer who became an unlikely international star in the 1970s and 80s, famed for his soaring, high-pitched voice, and voluminous kaftans, has died aged 69.
Roussos started out in the late 1960s as part of Aphrodite’s Child, a pioneering Greek trio now seen as one of the originators of progressive rock. Also in the group was another future star, Vangelis, who later composed the film scores for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. The band’s final release, 666 – a double album based on the Book of Revelation – is viewed as one rock’s first concept albums.
• Demis Roussos: http://www.demisforever.com
Sufjan Stevens, Slipknot, and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz have all just announced extensive 2015 tour dates. Sufjan will perform material from his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell across America and Canada from April to June; Slipknot will travel the world through September playing selections from acclaimed fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter; and Mr. A-Z himself will be heading from Miami to Hong Kong in February and March, treating fans to intimate performances of material off YES!, which debuted at #1 on the sales charts in 46 territories around the world.
Sufjan Stevens’ new album is set to “address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love,” while Jason Mraz’s YES! “boasts gems to soundtrack a late summer night, a beach bonfire, a long drive or a relaxing night at home.” As for Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter earned the group their eighth Grammy® nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category.
Congratulations to all!
04.10.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
04.11.15 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
04.12.15 - Hartford, CT - The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
04.14.15 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
04.15.15 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theater
04.16.15 - Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
04.17.15 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theater
04.18.15 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre
04.20.15 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
04.21.15 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
04.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
04.23.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
04.24.15 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04.27.15 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple
04.28.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
04.29.15 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.30.15 - Montreal, QC - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Place Des Artes
05.01.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
05.04.15 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
05.05.15 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.06.15 - Richmond, VA - Altria Theater
05.07.15 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
05.09.15 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
05.10.15 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
05.11.15 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
05.12.15 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
06.02.15 - San Diego, CA - Copley Symphony Hall
06.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
06.05.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06.08.15 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06.09.15 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
06.10.15 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
09.04-06.15 - North Dorset England - End of the Road Festival
Racks and stacks of old, dusty LPs can be found at every Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other various thrift stores from sea to polluted sea. But did you know you can also find the same ultra-valuable collector items on Craigslist?!
No horse shit, Jack. Looking for a water-damaged copy of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream? Craigslist! Interested in obtaining a backup Grease OST just in case you misplace your other two copies? Craigslist! Can’t live without those Barbra Streisand sleeves without any actual records inside of them? CRAIGSLIST, MOTHERFUCKER!
Plus, Craigslist (or more simply The List, as I call it) has the added benefit of being able to grip your Sesame Street and Christmas music rares from the basements of straight-up lunatics and shut-ins. Nobody can hear you scream there, which comes in handy when you’re overcome by the excitement of seeing those Dean Martin Greatest Hits albums in person (or when you’re being tied up by someone with crazy eyes). Oh yeah, the best part: You get to pay double, triple, or sometimes fadipple more dollars than you could at any junk shop, any day of the week.
Too good to be true? Proof can be found on the Facebook group Ridiculous Craigslist Vinyl Ads, where members post links to… ridiculous Craigslist vinyl ads. Rumor has it that a VG copy of Rumours could be found there for less than $20. (DIBS!)
• Ridiculous Craigslist Vinyl Ads: http://on.fb.me/1BrQzLO
Prefuse 73 has been pretty quiet of late. I mean, he launched a record label last year and put out a collaborative album with Teebs, but by his own hyperactive standards, that’s practically a drought, especially considering that his last album was 2011’s trippy The Only She Chapters.
Well, 2015 looks to be a whole lot more Prefuse-esque, because he’s just announced a collaboration with Temporary Residence via this video that features his hallmark choppy production:
It could be that the flashing images in the clip are sending me into an epileptic fit, but I feel pretty weirdly excited after watching that. The move would be a departure from Prefuse 73’s long-time home at Warp, but the artist has suggested that this has their blessing. On the horizon are two EPs — Forsyth Gardens and Every Color of Darkness — and an LP called Rivington Nao Rio.
Like the deodorant in LL Cool J’s pit hair, synth-pop duo The Blow are spreading across the West Coast on their latest series of “Unplugged” dates. For those of you just checking in on the recent works of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne, the two’s recent tours have been ostensibly “unplugged,” forgoing the laptops, projectors, puppets, smoke machines, and such that may or may not have been part of typical Blow shows. Instead, they’re playing sets using only the rig they use to produce and record their albums. Granted, the equipment contained in that rig involves an awful lot of unplugging (so unplugged!) and plugging (not unplugged) of cords.
Opening each date will be Olympia songwriter Anna Oxygen, who has previously worked with The Microphones, Mirah, and, hey, The Blow! That’s the band I’m writing about right now. What a coincidence!
In addition to these dates, The Blow have also announced a website venture by the name of WOMANPRODUCER. The mission of the site is to catalog all woman music producers, not just of the past, but also of the present and… the future!? It remains to be seen whether cataloging producers of the future is simply cataloging the woman producers of what was once a future but is now a present. Or if the site will act as a seer for which women will one day become music producers. Somewhere, a nine year-old girl reads her name on the site. “Well, I guess that’s settled,” she says.
The Blow dates (all w/ Anna Oxygen):
01.28.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
01.29.15 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
02.03.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
02.04.15 - Napa, CA - The City Winery
02.12.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
Chunklet, everyone’s favorite curmudgeonly Georgia-based magazine/publisher/label, has just announced its latest assemblage of sounds cut into that good ol’ black goop. In the past they’ve released albums from artists such as Man… or Astro Man? and Obnox, reissues of landmark works from Harvey Milk, Olivia Tremor Control, and Don Caballero, as well as a compilation from the Rock*A*Teens, but this time around there will be no tunes to bob your head to. Oh no, not this time, for you see this release will feature a seven-minute prank phone call made to a Wendy’s by somebody claiming to be from the corporate office. And in fact, the release is credited to The Corporate Office. Fancy that.
Unlike your usual prank call fare (the Jerky Boys, the Tube Bar bootlegs, yellow dudes inspired by the Tube Bar bootlegs), this call is less concerned with outrageous characters on either end of the line than holding a brilliant game of action/reaction, culminating in what was likely one man’s final action as a member of the Wendy’s “family.” Have a listen to the call here. It’s a helluva lot more enjoyable than watching Compliance or an episode of Law and Order: SVU.
The call will be released on a one-sided 12-inch in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket and is limited to an edition of 100, so head over to Chunklet’s Bandcamp page and pre-order yours.
• Chunklet: http://www.chunklet.com
Let me be honest with you: I’ve been pretty darn lit before. However, no matter how lit I have ever been, quitting has always been a possibility. I’ve always had that door open to me. Not so for New York rapper Cakes Da Killa and Jersey club artist UNiiQU3. The two have achieved a little of “litness” that prevents any chance of quitting. But rather than resign themselves to their fates, the pair are doing the productive thing and going on a tour they have appropriate dubbed “Too Lit To Quit.” Truly, an inspiration to the lit youth.
Last year, Cakes put out the (excellent) Hunger Pangs mixtape. Now that mixtape is being re-released in a deluxe edition, currently available from his website. This new edition includes 25 tracks, 13 of which are new mixes, with the other two being unreleased tracks. One of those new mixes is a remix of “Get 2 Werk” featuring UNiiQU3 and Rye Rye, which you can hear below. UNiiQU3’s great 2014 The New Classix mixtape on Lit City Trax is still streaming over here, too.
Cakes Da Killa + UniiQu3 dates:
02.19.15 - Northampton, MA - Smith College #
02.20.15 - New York, NY - Baby’s All Right
02.21.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Ballroom
02.22.15 - Detroit, MI - MOCAD
02.25.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.26.15 - Madison, WI - The Sett
02.27.15 - Winnipeg, MB - Goodwill Social Club
02.28.15 - Missoula, MT - Palace Lounge *
03.13.15 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
03.14.15 - San Francisco, CA - 1192 Folsom *
* Cakes Da Killa only
From Tangerine Dream’s Facebook page:
This is a message to you we are very sorry for…
On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.
The sadness in our hearts is immensely.
Edgar once said: “There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.”
Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.
TANGERINE DREAM TEAM
Prurient aims recently developed freeze ray at national park, plans Frozen Niagara Falls LP on Profound Lore
Time sure does fly, especially in this modern age of sleeping pills and Facebook pages. Why, one day you’re a little boy eating computer code out of your father’s hand, and the next you wake up and you’re an almost full-grown adult writing about the recently announced Prurient album on Tiny Mix Tapes. Oh yeah, Prurient. You know about him? Dominick Fernow’s noise-but-maybe-not-exactly-noise project? Well, let’s take a pause from the bustling speed of life for a minute and chat — like two totally regular humans might — about his next record on Profound Lore. It’s called Frozen Niagara Falls, it’s out May 12, and the label described it as “epic.”
Now, I know that above was less of a “chat” and more of an “info dump,” but you’ve got to give me a second to warm up my excellent conversationalist subsystems. How are you feeling? How’s your nephew? Have you kept up with the last few Prurient releases, like Washed Against the Rocks from early last year, or the collaborative release with JK Flesh in 2013? What about Fernow’s other projects like Vatican Shadow or Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement? Did your doctor say she’d definitely have to amputate? Did I already ask you about your nephew?
I’m sure your answers to all those questions would’ve gotten an A+ in civics class and were wonderful and great. Imagining what you have to say makes me really regret that I’m just a computer program on Squeo’s hard drive and that we’ll never come to know one another’s flesh. Perhaps together we can find solace in experiencing the official album trailer for Frozen Niagara Falls that I’ve embedded below. Perhaps.