The Barenaked Ladies, the household-name Canadian group known for such hits as “If I Had $1,000,000” and “One Week,” have left a lasting impression on popular music. Though it would take much more than the confines of this short news post to even summarize their influence, surely one of their greatest contributions was to cast light on the almost-lost-to-history pop stylings of Brian Wilson with their song “Brian Wilson.” Wilson, of course, was a founding member of cult-group The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys only recently released their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made Radio, an album that was a biting indictment of the radio and record industries, who for some reason never really embraced The Beach Boys, though the band does have a small but devoted fan base.
Looking to jump on the publicity firestorm surrounding BNL’s latest release Grinning Streak, Wilson has announced he’s begun work on his own solo album, his first of all original material since 2008’s That Lucky Old Sun (TMT Review). He says that playing with The Beach Boys on their 50th anniversary tour both filled his head up with new ideas and reminded him that he still probably had some BNL-cred to cash in. The as-yet-untitled release will be his 11th solo project. He’ll be joined by Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks as well as a whole host of friends-cum-BNL superfans such as Jeff Beck, Don Was, and Jim Keltner. The album will be out on Capitol Records, the label that released the first Beach Boys records way back before the dawn of time and who really missed the boat on The Barenaked Ladies. Wilson will also be playing a short tour in late July (with one date in October), joined by Jardine and Marks. The Barenaked Ladies are also touring this summer. Be sure to head out and catch both if you can, and take your dad if he’s around!
Brian Wilson Dates:
07.20.13 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
07.21.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE - Outdoor Stage
07.23.13 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
07.25.13 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
07.26.13 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
07.27.13 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Family Ampitheatre
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
A few days ago, renowned filmmaker David Lynch decided to branch out his social media presence and signed up for new “it” service Vine. He promptly posted a video simply, and appropriately, titled “Another mystery-” (cue spooky sound effects). Because this is 2013 and most people tend their work days on Twitter and/or over analyzing celebrity tweets Lynch’s post stirred up some press coverage. Was it a teaser for a new film? Is he developing a web series? None of the above! The post was, in fact, a teaser for his forthcoming record!
Save the date, because on July 16 The Big Dream will be available digitally, on CD, and on LP from the fine people at Sacred Bones in the US and Sunday Best in Europe. Dream is the follow up to Lynch’s 2011 debut Crazy Clown Time and another exercise in what Lynch calls “modern blues.” Apparently, Lynch considers the music “modern blues” not necessarily because of the sound, but because of the songwriting process: “Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues” (via Sunday Best’s press release). Either way, expect a lot of reverb drenched guitars, processed vocals, and pounding drums. Eleven of the 12 tracks were penned by Lynch himself, once again featuring engineer Dean Hurley contributing additional instrumentation and handling production duties, with the odd track being a cover of the Bob Dylan song “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” It remains to be seen if any of the quasi-dance pop is going to make the cut on the new record.
The album also includes a “bonus” track. Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li joins Lynch for a cut titled “I’m Waiting Here.” The song will be available as a same-day download with all three formats of the album. Those committed enough to buy the 2xLP set will also get the Li song on the A-side and a Lynch-penned etching on the B-side. The song features Li on vocals and is only a few degrees removed from the Lady in the Radiator song (or any of the stuff from Blue Velvet).
Check below for the complete tracklist as well as the full audio of “I’m Waiting Here,” which, again, features Lykke Li.
The Big Dream tracklisting:
01. The Big Dream
02. Star Dream Girl
03. Last Call
04. Cold Wind Blowin
05. The Ballad of Hollis Brown
06. Wishin’ Well
07. Say It
08. We Rolled Together
09. Sun Can’t Be Seen No More
10. I Want You
11. The Line It Curves
12. Are You Sure
Bonus Track: I’m Waiting Here (feat. Lykke Li)
Run DMT at Warped Tour. I still don’t understand. I thought Warped Tour was for punk rawk bands who burn their hair stick straight and wear super dark eye makeup and scream a lot about feeling mad or sad, not an electronic dude who’s remixed Major Lazer and Hundred Waters.
I guess I’m just way out of touch, because apparently Warped Tour has decided to include a handful of EDM artists in this year’s lineup, and Run DMT is one of them, because that’s what the kids are into these days. Honestly, I think they’re just trying to lure Skrillex back, because I guess they’ve maybe been on nasty terms since his old emo band From First to Last decided not to play the festival at the last minute in 2006 if they couldn’t be guaranteed an afternoon slot on the main stage. But ya know, that might not be the case at all.
So, let’s all dye our hair neon colors and dig out our checkered Vans and go to Warped Tour this year?
06.15.13 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
06.16.13 - Portland, OR - Portland Expo Concourse
06.19.13 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06.20-21.13 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
06.22.13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
06.23.13 - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
06.26.13 - Las Cruces, NM - NMSU Practice Field
06.27.13 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park
06.28.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino Parking Lot
06.29.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark
06.30.13 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07.03.13 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
07.05.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07.06.13 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake PAC
07.07.13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
07.09.13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live
07.10.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.11.13 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
07.12.13 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
07.13.13 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
07.14.13 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
07.16.13 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
07.17.13 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
07.18.13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
07.19.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07.21.13 - Shakopee, MN - Canterbury Park
07.23.13 - Bonner Springs, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
07.24.13 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
07.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07.26.13 -Tampa, FL - Vinoy Park
07.27.13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
07.28.13 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
07.29.13 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07.30.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
07.31.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
08.02.13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
08.03.13 - San Antonio, TX - Bud Light Courtyard at The AT&T Center
08.04.13 - Houston, TX - Reliant Park
Modest Mouse cancel UK tour to focus on recording, because though they have iPads, you can’t do both of those things at once
Hey, what do you know? Ol’ Isaac Whosits and his rock band Modest Mouse are still out there doing stuff. Or at least, they were about to be.
Per a little announcement on their website, they’ve kinda sorta decided to maybe hold off on playing a bunch of shows in the UK that start next week in favor of continuing work on their new album, which I reckon would follow-up 2009’s No One’s First and You’re Next, but you know, who even remembers?
Well, that’s about it. What? You want quotes or something? Fine:
After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.
Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year.
How’s that? Nice and official? Yeah, you’re right; it is. Oh, by the way, England, they’re still playing their Monterey, CA date at the end of August. USA! USA! USA!
Okay, NOW that’s about it. Don’t worry, I’ll still post all the tour dates below for no reason.
06-13 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweeden – Hulsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Adalen, Denmark – Northside Festival
06.17.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06.18.13 - Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
06.20.13 - Vienna, Austria – Full Hit the Summer
06.21.13 - Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06.22.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Paris, France – Trabendo
06.26.13 - Rennes, France – L’Ubu
06.28.13 - Vitoria-Gaseiz, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
06.30.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air St. Gallen
07.02.13 - Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
07.03.13 - Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
07.04.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.06.13 - Wercher, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07.08.13 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2
07.09.13 - Bristol, England - Briston O2 Academy
07.11.13 - London, England – Roundhouse
07.12.13 - Leeds, England – Leeds University Stylus
07.13.13 - Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07.14.13 - Gateshead, England – Sage 2
07.16.13 - Manchester, England – Academy 2
07.17.13 - Nottingham, England – Rock City Main Hall
07.18.13 - Birmingham, England – Library
07.20.13 - Puchestown, Ireland – Longitude Festival
08.25.13 - Monterey, CA – First City Festival
Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott went antiquing the other day and found(ed) a whole record label in mint condition!
The other day Joel Ford was doing a bit of antiquing when he found(ed) something that he thought was really rare and unique: an entire record label called Driftless Recordings! Naturally, he was so excited he couldn’t wait to phone up his good pal Daniel Lopatin (with whom he runs the special interest pawn shop Ford & Lopatin) and ask him when he might want to get to work refurbishing the discovery. Lopatin, however, wasn’t interested. “When do I want to start?” he chuckled, “How about Oneohtrix Point NEVER! Dude, come on, get real, every body’s found(ed) a record label or two in their day. Even Katy Perry!” Unfazed by Lopatin’s naysaying, Ford, believing he’d found(ed) something really special, set out to expose Lopatin as the dunderheaded lummox he truly was.
Eventually Ford settled on Patrick McDermott as the perfect partner to really get the most out of what he’d found(ed). Toward the end of putting out some “hot jamz right quick,” they’ll be releasing tracks from their own projects such as Airbird (Ford) and North Americans (McDermott), as well as slices of that good old rock ‘n’ roll pie from such acts as Megafortress and Jeff Gittleman (there’s a sampler below that features several of the label’s artists). Actually, since the label’s stated goal is to “unite a diverse cross-section of artists,” maybe the pie metaphor isn’t so great, unless it’s like a pie with 80 different fillings or something… I don’t know, you try coming up with great metaphors on tight deadlines like this, day in and day out! They can’t all be zingers! I mean, I’m sure you of all people saw the antiquing/pawn shop joke above. Ugh, even I’ll admit that was a stretch.
• Driftless Recordings: http://driftlessrecordings.com
Now that they’re both officially old enough to be considered adults in the US, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have announced a formal fall tour to support their just-released debut album on Cherrytree/Interscope, Settle. The locations of the shows are a bit odd as an assembled group, so it’s possible they were only booked in cities where younger brother Howard could get in? Or maybe they just have a shitty booker who could only get them slots in the country’s illustrious Knitting Factory Outlets and Blues Houses scattered across America’s great secondary cities? Seriously, where’s New York, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami?
Well, no one ever tours in Miami because the way Florida is shaped makes it a bitch to get anywhere else once you’ve descended into its phallic shaft, but it appears that recent and upcoming festival appearances in some of the larger metropolitan areas of the US are more likely the reason you won’t be able to get your dance on to Disclosure’s pop-infused garage beats as the leaves are turning and/or you’re planning or putting off your Halloween costume if you live in New York, Chicago, Denver, or L.A. But you’re probably already going to HARD L.A., Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, or Central Park Summerstage, so no worries.
10.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
10.10.13 - Spokane, WA - Kitting Factory
10.11.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.12.13 - Reno NV - Knitting Factory
10.16.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.19.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.22.13 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10.25.13 - Louisville, TN - Headliners
10.26.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
10.28.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Previously Announced Festival Dates:
08.01.13 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.03.13 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD LA
08.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
I’m at a loss for how to really process Travis Bretzer’s music. The visual content of it seems, possibly intentionally, opposed to the musical content of it. Have a butchers at the cover of his album Making Love, forthcoming on Mexican Summer. It looks dialed in on a feeling of detached coolness that one would expect from an album containing appropriately hip electro-pop. Instead we are given this:
It’s wonky with guitar detune, honest to the point of being strangely earnest, and all the while coalescing goofy and coy into an itch that forms in hard to reach places. Contrasting this sound with the fact that the final track on the EP is called “Death Rock” only aggravates the affected areas. Possibly a desirable trait for music to have, though; it probably won’t stray too far from my brain before it comes out on July 23. Perhaps if I rub the record on my skin the itching will stop.
Making Love tracklisting:
01. Billy and I
02. He’s a Gun
03. Hurts so Bad
04. Trying to Learn
05. Death Rock
Ensemble Economique to release Fever Logic on Not Not Fun, advances one step closer to dream of melting listeners into puddles of pure emotion
Ensemble Economique’s SoundCloud contains the single-line description “melting stars into puddles of light.” That’s an absolutely perfect for Brian Pyle’s music and the sense of being engulfed, almost smothered, that it creates. Played loud enough, it is truly a metabolic experience; something noise fans might appreciate if they ever caught an itch for pop. In terms of convoluted metaphors, imagine a transporter jump on the original Star Trek slowed to a crawl; remaining conscious throughout a process of oozing, glowing dis- and reassembly.
Make all that deeply emotive and personal and you get Ensemble Economique:
Lucky for everyone in the strange and lovely part of music fandom that appreciates this sort of thing, EE has a new LP coming out on Not Not Fun. This six-track album is called Fever Logic and everything points toward it being just as creative and engaging as his past work. Check the track “We Come Spinning Out of Control” below, and see if this is something to acquire come July 9.
Fever Logic tracklisting:
01. We Come Spinning Out of Control
02. Walking Into the Light
03. The Night Burning Air
04. Blindfold Me
05. Into Nowhere
06. End Scene
Smashing Pumpkins reissue the already-gigantic Aeroplane Flies High box set with 90 more bonus tracks, just to kill mother earth a little deader
Yeah. So. The 90s. Remember then? Me neither, kinda. But half-dead record label extraordinaire EMI and half-dead recording artist Billy “Bill S. Preston” Corgan probably do! Most likely because they were both making silly amounts of money by putting out ludicrous shit like the original Smashing Pumpkins box set The Aeroplane Flies High, which essentially took each of the five singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (that’s “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “Thirty-Three,” in case you spent the 90s in a block of frozen ice like Encino Man) and built five separate EPs no one even knew they wanted around them! Ah, decadence. How far away you seem today!
Here’s the thing, though. Turns out EMI and Billy are still really, really interested in making silly amounts of money when- and however possible. So, in keeping with all of the other albums that they have been reissuing over the last few years, they’ve decided to re-release this whole Aeroplane thing as an even bigger, badder, box-settier box set on June 23.
The newly expanded edition will be available in 6xCD/DVD, 5xLP, Deluxe Digital, and Standard Digital versions and will not only feature remastered versions of the original 33 tracks, but also a very 1990s-appropriate 90 bonus tracks (e.g., unreleased demos, alternative versions, live recordings, etc.; basically everything shy of the 1996 Phrenological analysis of Corgan’s bald-ass head is on this thing). In case you’re wondering what the sixth disc is for, it’s a live show straight outta the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, and the DVD is a 4th of July performance in France from 1997.
But don’t rush out and buy a thousand copies just yet, friends; there’s still the packaging to contend with. The set contains a 46-page book (I bet it’s in full-color too!), liner notes from music critic David Wild, and a nice, anal, track-by-track breakdown from Corgan’s own pen. Oh, and the whole shebang is wrapped up in some shiny, embossed foil that I’m told was only native to the 1990s and had to be time-traveled here by Bill and/or Ted.
For a complete breakdown of the tracklist, either go fuck yourself or go visit the band’s website (hey, you can order ‘em on there too!). And, ooh, by the way, the band has also apparently confirmed “plans for a new studio album” to be recorded soon. But come on, seriously; does anyone here care about that? Right.
You might’ve already heard “Word is Bond,” a track off of Joey Bada$$’ forthcoming mixtape, Summer Knights, which will be out June 12. If not, check that shit out over yonder on Chocolate Grinder. He’ll be releasing his debut LP, B4DA$$, sometime later this year, and in the meantime he’ll be scheming ways to abandon the alphabet completely, because you know, ƒµ¢k £ ∑††∑®§.
Once he figures out how to speak in only numbers and symbols and maybe even emoticons too, Joey Bada$$ will be touring, playing a few festivals and one show with Pro Era and a whole bunch of shows with Wiz Khalifa. ÇØØ£¡!¡!
06.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Roots Picnic
06.02.13 - New York, NY - Summer Jam
06.09.13 - Manchester, UK - Parklife Festival
06/12.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent $
06.15.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.16.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.21.13 - Philadelphia, PA - XXL Freshman @ Trocadero
06.22.13 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
06.27.13 - Boston, MA - XXL Freshman
07.02.13 - Arendal, Norway - Festival
07.04.13 - Du Belfor, France - Eurorockness Fest
07.05.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Touch The Lake Festival
07.06.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Splash Festival
07.15.13 - London, UK - Wireless Festival
07.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater !
07.18.13 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
07.19.13 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater !
07.20.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comcast Center !
07.21.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta @ Hard Rock !
07.23.13 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green !
07.25.13 - Austin, TX - Tower Amphitheater !
07.26.13 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion !
07.27.13 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheater !
07.28.13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion !
07.30.13 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater !
07.31.13 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre !
08.01.13 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live !
08.02.13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center !
08.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion !
08.04.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !
08.06.13 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater !
08.07.13 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre !
08.08.13 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center !
08.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Plaine Des Jeux !
08.10.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater !
08.11.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend !
08.29.13 - Fort Punta Christo Pula, CR - Outlook Festival
08.31.13 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.03.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
09.07.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rock The Bells
09.15.13 - Los Angles, CA - Rock The Bells
09.29.13 - New York, NY - Rock The Bells
$ Pro Era
! Wiz Khalifa
• Joey Bada$$: http://badassjoey.tumblr.com