Hey, before I tell you about the epic East Coast tour he’s embarking on this fall, I have to ask: did you guys know that “Black Francis” is actually the stage name “contrived by and for Charles Thompson during his residency in college rock band the Pixies, a period that ran from the group’s formation in Boston during 1986 until 1993 when the group split up”??? Because I totally had NO IDEA that those two were the same guy until I read this black-as-fuck press release detailing some October tour dates that Black Francis has on his black-ass agenda! Boy, is my face red!!!
Further, were you aware that Thompson released many [subsequent] albums under his deliciously clever “Frank Black” moniker, but returned to the Black Francis name for 2007’s Bluefinger and several noisier albums that followed, such as 2010’s self-released The Golem Rock Album and his score for the 1920 silent film of the same name!? …You were?!? Man, where have I BEEN?!? Boy, I am one lazy excuse for a rock music writer, reader.
Oh well. Anyway, so now that we’ve established that this Chris Thompson/Frank Black/Black Francis person is all the same guy and that he’s pretty famous and pop-musicologically significant… what the heck is he touring the East Coast of the US this October for???
(Whew, turns out I’m not the only lazy one.)
Frank Black Francis tour dates:
10.13.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
10.14.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
10.15.14 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
10.16.14 - Boston, MA - Arts At The Armory
10.19.14 - Northampton, MA - Parlor Room
• Black Francis: http://www.frankblack.net
“I am a patient boy. I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait [for the release of Fugazi’s first demo. But now my wait is over! Dischord is releasing First Demo on November 18. Recorded in 1988 at Inner Ear Studio after the group had played a mere 10 shows, the demo has not been previously released in any wide capacity. Of the demo’s 11 recordings, only “In Defense of Humans” has ever received a proper release, appearing on the 1989 State of the Union compilation. However, the majority of the songs on the group’s initial demo appeared in different recorded forms on later Fugazi releases. Many of the tracks appeared on the EPs that formed 13 Songs, while others surfaced on Repeater and the 3 Songs EP. One track, “Furniture,” even popped up on a 2001 EP bearing the track’s name. Recently, Fugazi finished the initial round of uploads for the Fugazi Live Series project, an archive of hundreds of Fugazi live recordings.]”
— Fugazi, “Waiting Room”
First Demo tracklist:
01. Waiting Room
04. Song #1
05. The Word
06. Bad Mouth
08. Turn Off Your Guns
09. And the Same
10. In Defense of Humans
11. Joe #1
• Fugazi: http://www.dischord.com/band/fugazi
Holy shit. 18+, the NY/L.A. duo whose self-released MIXTAP3 made it to #8 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 feature, are finally releasing their debut album, Trust. The announcement comes hot on the sexy stiletto heels of their first physical release — a 7-inch single on Houndstooth that sold out faster than you could say “Imma ride your daddy’s lap, smack, slap, slap” — and follows three glorious mixtapes exploring themes of sex, violence, and identity.
Trust sorta functions as a compilation, since none of the tracks are “new.” Most of them come from MIXTAP3, with the group even digging back to early songs like “Forgiven” and “All The Time.” The latter track, off M1XTAPE, can be heard in its newly remastered form here:
01. All The Time
02. Midnight Lucy
03. Club God
09. Almost Leaving
11.07.14 - London, UK - Birthdays
11.13.14 - London, UK - Rough Trade In-Store
Guitar savant and former Ponytail-er Dustin Wong teamed up with Japanese Francophile Takako Minekawa for the Savage Imagination LP on Thrill Jockey this month (which made our Third Quarter Favorites list today), and now they’re back with a rotoscoped video for the song “Pastel Ice Date,” which vaguely recalls another video from a Norwegian band of lore. I’ll give you a hint — it’s not Dimmu Borgir! In addition, the duo has announced an extensive North American tour for the album, which starts in Minnesota on November 7.
Savage Imagination is the second collaborative album from Minekawa and Wong, and it continues their shared love for playful and humorous sounds. “Pastel Ice Date” marries staccato guitar chords, low-tech drum hits, Casio flutes, and the pair’s wordless hymns. Eventually, Wong weaves layer upon layer of distorted guitar to create an unreal texture that is both soothing and ear-piercing. The video’s sketch animations of the duo, which are pretty lifelike, were actually drawn by Wong and colored by Minekawa! These guys are too talented for their own damn good. Just watch the video already, and then buy Savage Imagination on limited green vinyl — right now, Thrill Jockey’s offering a discounted bundle of the new LP with some of Wong’s solo releases here.
11.07.14 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College (w/ William Tyler)
11.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.09.14 - Detroit, MI - MOCA Detroit
11.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Handlebar
11.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
11.12.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
11.13.14 - Princeton, NJ - Terrace Club
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
11.15.14 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
11.16.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.17.14 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.19.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
11.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.21.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.24.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.26.14 - Tempe, AZ - 51 West
11.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos
11.29.14 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
12.01.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
12.03.14 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
12.04.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux
12.06.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
Tujiko Noriko, several ghosts, and a frisbee are back; new Noriko full-length on Editions Mego in November
The thing about ghosts is that they are very real. Maybe you’ve heard that ghosts are a “figment of your imagination” or a “distraction put forth by the liberal media,” but they are no such thing. Like many real things, such as frisbees or the mail if you don’t use the right postage, ghosts are further possessed with the capacity to return, to come back. This brings us to the new full-length by the Japanese musician Tujiko Noriko, which is fittingly titled My Ghost Comes Back, since as we have established, ghosts are possessed with the capacity to come back. It is further fitting because, like her frisbee, postal, and ghostly colleagues, Noriko herself is “back”: My Ghost Comes Back is her first release since 2012’s collaboration with Takemura Nobukazu East Facing Balcony, and it is her first solo release since 2008’s Trust. It is, however, important to bear in mind that, as of this writing, Noriko is not a ghost, and is very much still a human made out of skin, making the album’s title a little misleading if you ask me.
My Ghost Comes Back, which will be released via Editions Mego, is described as a “decidedly more acoustic affair” compared to Noriko’s past work, featuring guest contributions on the violin, the musical saw, the mandolin, and many others. The album is further described as being of a piece with Noriko’s exploration of the boundaries and intersections between avant-garde and pop music. It is as-yet unclear how I can integrate these facts into the joke above wherein I needlessly expounded on banal details about ghosts and frisbees, but we will be sure to update you as the situation develops. My Ghost Comes Back is out on November 24, pre-order it here, and peep “Through the Rain” from the album below.
My Ghost Comes Back tracklist:
01. My Heart Isn’t Only Mine
02. Land Next to Me
03. Give Me Your Hands
04. Minty You
05. Through the Rain
06. 12 Moons
07. Under the White Sheets
08. Yellow of You
09. My Ghost Comes Back
Electronic improv duo Black Spirituals have announced their first LP, Of Deconstruction, to be released by SIGE Records in October. The duo’s full-length debut follows a handful of limited-edition cassettes, like last year’s Black Listening, which introduced their mixture of acoustic percussion and electronic tone exploration. SIGE, the label Black Spirituals have chosen to release their new LP on, seems like a perfect fit for the duo’s sound and aesthetics; others on SIGE’s roster include fellow experimentalists Daniel Menche, Mesa Ritual, Mamiffer, and William Fowler Collins.
Black Spirituals is the collaborative project of Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Trammell supplies a free-form-but-groove-heavy percussion work, while Watkins gushes the tracks with buzzing synths, distorted guitars, and several other electronic sound sources. The resulting combination is a complex mixture of tense and contradicting tonalities, rooted in the conspicuous avant-garde of African American tradition (the duo has opened for the Sun Ra Arkestra), but equally in tune with the most current factions of experimental electronic music.
Of Deconstruction will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally on October 21 via SIGE. The vinyl edition is limited to 250 hand-stamped copies, featuring artwork by Faith Coloccia and custom-printed 12-inch jackets. Listen to first track “Radiant” below:
Of Deconstruction tracklisting:
Right off the heels of a sold-out European tour (Yep — the demand is there, he honestly just doesn’t want to see you), Gibbs announced a brief trek through Canada, the East Coast, and a couple other places actually deserving of his time. Well, kind of: a list of cities has been announced for the tour but most venues haven’t, as Gibbs ponders if a relaxing vacation would be nicer than this whole performing thing.
Two rousing shows are confirmed for the tour, however: the Odd Future-affiliated Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Members of Odd Future popped up several times on the aforementioned Piñata, so a live collaboration seems likely. And since I’m already making totally unsubstantiated announcements on what will happen at the show, let me just say Gibbs will also be performing Robin Thicke’s parts on “Blurred Lines” during Pharrell’s set at the festival. In Austin, Gibbs will reunite with Piñata co-conspirator Madlib at Fun Fun Fest (this part is actually true) for a set that one can assume will feature Gibbs and ‘Lib blindfolded and swinging at an actual piñata as the Piñata instrumentals play in the background (this part? probably not going to happen). Now excuse me, as I have to go clear “Camp Flog Gnaw” from my Google search history.
10.24.14 - Montreal, QC - TBA
10.25.14 - Ottawa, ON - TBA
10.26.14 - Toronto, ON - TBA
10.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Underground Arts
10.29.14 - Boston, MA - TBA
10.30.14 - Providence, RI - TBA
11.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival *
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest (w/Madlib) #
* Pharrell, Tyler, the Creator, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Trash Talk
# Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Blood Brothers, Gary Numan, Yo La Tengo, Mineral
From Dan Melchior:
My darling Letha passed away tonight at approximately 9.05.
Obviously, I am heartbroken, as I’m sure many others will be.
She was the best.
• Letha Rodman Melchior: http://melchiorfund.blogspot.com
Stara Rzeka, the one-man band of Kuba Ziolek, has a new song out through the publishing house/label Infinite Greyscale and it has received a very special one-sided, dark-green 10-inch pressing. The B-side is screen-printed thusly. You can order it through Infinite Greyscale’s website (limited to 300). The rest of their catalogue is similarly pretty. Indulge in these 10-inch designs for Holly Herndon, Jan St. Werner, and Gabriel Saloman.
Stara Rzeka’s debut album Cien Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem was a EUREKA! pick last year and made #28 on our 2013 Favorites list. But forget Google Translate, the band’s name means old river and is named after the small Polish town of that name, where Ziolek spends his summers. Two years ago, a tornado devastated the area and the destruction apparently inspired the featured track. Listen below.
As a punk fan in 2014, I don’t ask for much. I just need my bands to be young, good looking, and to write great rock & roll songs. With that being said, thank god for Sacred Bones Records — for the past few years these guys have been delivering us the perfect amalgamation of the Mickey Mouse Club and Rat Bastard. Last year, they brought us pop-industrial from the barely legal Danes in Vår; this year they’re serving us a slab of post-punk from the spritely young Texas quartet Institute.
The Salt EP is out October 14 and features five tracks culled from the same sessions as the band’s phenomenal Giddy Boys 7-inch, which was released earlier this year on Katorga Works (a label for people that wish Sacred Bones had more hairy guys from Rochester on their lineup). You could Google the band and read 80 articles saying “they sound like Crisis and feature members of Wiccans,” but let me save you the trouble, as unlike the young’uns in Institute, you might not have many years left — stream the EP’s titular track here (more on that soon in the Chocolate Grinder) and watch a live performance of the band (featuring a batshit stage presence from front man Moses Brown) below.
Salt EP tracklisting:
03. Familiar Stranger
05. An Absence