From The Ramones’ official Twitter account:
We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommyRamone
• The Ramones: http://www.ramones.com
From ECM Records:
It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
Danny Brown does Wembley shows supporting Eminem; DJ Sliink remix of “Smokin and Drinkin” makes you throw up repeatedly (in a good way)
If poor life choices and a difficult upbringing were unfortunate precursors to your chucking sobriety to the wind, or if wealth and privilege precipitated the odorous bedroom wallpaper made out of non-monetary greenage, Danny Brown’s inebriated exalt “Smokin & Drinkin” might’ve had distinct appeal among the otherwise fantastic tracks of Old. To be sure, a lot of Brown’s lyrics seem to be doused in white powder and packed inside rolling papers, but thus far, have we encountered so blatant a homage from the unyielding Detroit rapper? Why… well, yes. The guy loves repeated proclamations of his repeated drug indulgences, but it seems time to pass the symbolic spliff, temporarily, in the form of a remix!
Jersey “Club King” and newfound Fade To Mind associate DJ Sliink has just unveiled an unsurprisingly club-like rendition, which you can listen to below. Separately, so long as he abstains from offending the fellow Michigander with unwanted peer pressure, Brown (with Odd Future) will be supporting the now-sober Eminem today and tomorrow at Wembley Stadium in London. I’m sensing the makings of a new Odd Couple, where the series finale is set to take place LIVE… in a gutter somewhere. Let’s hope not though! It’s all about moderation, folks.
It’s a time-tested formula. You wanna be cool? Like, icy, aloof, black leather jacket cool? Add an “X” after your first name. That’s how you know this new release from Amanda X is gonna be cool — I mean, if you couldn’t already guess from it being on Siltbreeze.
Now, in a shocking turn of events, Amanda X isn’t just one real haughty Teutonic woman. It’s three North Philadelphian women: Cat Park (guitar), Tiff Yoon (drums), and Kat Bean (bass). Together the three-piece make the kind of warm, grungy Raincoats/Sleater-Kinney-esque rock that gives a loving nod to the 90s. Back in 2012, they self-released the Ruin the Moment EP and started opening for the likes of Dum Dum Girls, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. Their new LP Amnesia drops July 28. You can check out the single “Guatemala” below (via Noisey):
02. Dream House
03. Things Fall Apart
05. Nothing Wild
07. Low and Mean
10. Woke Up
11. Friendly Tones
S undertakes series of cool choices, culminating in signing with Hardly Art and releasing new record in September called Cool Choices
Cool Choice #1: Jenn Ghetto, who already had a totally kick-ass name and also co-fronted Carissa’s Wierd, has a solo project that is so awesome it goes by the cryptic-yet-effective moniker of S.
Cool Choice #2: S had been chugging along for a few years post-Carissa’s Wierd until in 2004 Jenn Ghetto decided to put her sweet, harmonic bedroom rock songwriting tendencies on hold (not a cool choice). The cool choice emerged in 2010 when Ghetto changed her mind and started playing and recording again.
Cool Choice #3: Instead of the usual insular approach that Ghetto had adopted for her three prior S records, she decided to rope in some band members and road-test her songs for what would become S’s fourth album.
Cool Choice #4: Seattle label Hardly Art heard one of these road tests and offered to release the album that S had written.
Cool Choice #5: Ghetto roped in Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie to record a bunch of songs with S at his studio in Seattle.
Cool Choice #6: Given the series of cool choices made to reach the finished product of S’s new record, they decided to call the album Cool Choices. Which in itself is a cool choice and will be available September 23 via Hardly Art.
Cool Choice #7: This is where you come in: check out the lead single “Vampires,” or catch S live at one of the dates listed below.
Cool Choices tracklist:
02. Like Gangbusters!
04. (guitar solo)
05. White House
07. Remember Love
08. Tell Me
12. Let the Light In
10.10.14 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4-Go! Records
10.11.14 - Claremont, CA - KSPC at Claremont College
10.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
10.14.14 - San Louis Obispo, CA - Xroads
10.15.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
10.18.14 - Eugene, OR - The Boreal
[Photo: Adrien Leavitt]
Merge Records turns 25 this year and is celebrating it with a year-long series of “classic albums” re-releases. Nothing unusual there, until we realize that the latest announcement in the series involves a couple of albums by Teenage Fanclub, Man-Made and Shadows, which are certainly respectable additions to the Scottish quartet’s output, but not exactly held in as high regards as Bandwagonesque (1991), Grandprix (1995), or even the already divisive Songs from Northern Britain (1997). But it sorta makes sense here, because (and here’s the catch) Teenage Fanclub’s tenure on Merge only comprises these two albums.
So, there you go: Man-Made and Shadows are coming out on vinyl for the first time in the US, on August 5. And they’re actually pretty good, even if Man-Made involves the typical late-career move of seeking out a star producer (Tortoise’s John McEntire) to shake things up creatively and Shadows pulls the oxymoronic feat of making power pop sound at peace with middle age’s mellow stability. This is not necessarily a bad thing; if we consider that Big Star — most power pop bands’ template — never had to deal with growing too old to play this kind of music, it’s certainly interesting to see some of Chilton and co.’s heirs try and solve the dilemma.
Both albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl, individually or as a bundle deal, and the reissues will include a couple of bonus tracks. Also: Teenage Fanclub will be playing the Merge 25 festival later this month.
01. It’s All in My Mind
02. Time Stops
05. Slow Fade
06. Only with You
09. Fallen Leaves
11. Born under a Good Sign
12. Don’t Hide
13. Please Stay *
14. Falling Leaf *
* bonus tracks
01. Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
02. Baby Lee
03. The Fall
04. Into the City
05. Dark Clouds
06. The Past
07. Shock and Awe
08. When I Still Have Thee
09. Live with the Seasons
10. Sweet Days Waiting
11. The Back of My Mind
12. Today Never Ends
13. Secret Heart *
14. Dark and Lonely *
* bonus tracks
Korg has just announced the release of a new “soft synth” geared up specifically for the Nintendo 3DS. The DSN-12 was designed with app-builders Detune and features 12 monophonic synths based on the classic Korg MS-10. According to Resident Advisor, “You can add up to three effects to each of them—with modules ranging from delay and flanger to compression—and sequence them individually. Then, you can combine them into larger patterns and up to 99 ‘scenes.’” Sounds like this puppy also comes with a 3D oscillator that lets you visualize your voyage through arpeggiated insanity.
If you are totally feeling this handheld soon-to-be-vintage synth madness, you can complete your sweet rig with the Korg iMS-20, an app (also designed with Detune) for the iPad that functions similarly to the DSN-12. Put both of those right on top of Korg’s recent re-creation of the ARP Odyssey and you could be lost in space for days.
Check out a preview of the DSN-12 below:
From Wondering Sound:
Chris Grier, a member of avant-garde noise-rock group To Live and Shave in L.A. from 2003 to 2007, died last night. The Miami-born experimental collective’s co-founder Tom Smith, formerly of Pussy Galore, announced the news on Facebook, calling Grier “a brother in arms.”
“He suffered a cardiac arrest, had the presence of mind to call 911, but when paramedics arrived they found him unresponsive,” Smith wrote. “Chris was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital. Damn, damn.”
Grier is credited with guitar and treatments in the band and played on such albums as 2006′s Noon and Eternity, when To Live and Shave in L.A.’s lineup included Andrew W.K. and Thurston Moore. Grier also was in the rotating avant-rock collective Scarcity of Tanks with Minutemen’s Mike Watt and others, and he was one half of the drums-and-guitars Ultimate Vag with Scott Verrastro of psych-improv outfit Kohoutek.
During Grier’s career, the Washington, D.C.-based musician and journalist also played with the likes of Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, Little Wings, Little Howlin’ Wolf and more. In D.C., he organized 2005′s Noise Against Fascism concert on the day of George W. Bush’s second inauguration. Whether solo or in groups, Grier shared bills with Faust, Bob Pollard, Dan Higgs, Max Ochs, Grey Daturas, Flower Travellin’ Band, Ya Ho Wha 13, Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young, Sightings, Magik Markers, Wooden Wand, Religious Knives, Six Organs of Admittance, MV+EE and others.
• To Live and Shave in L.A.: http://www.toliveandshaveinla.com
Drag City and Yoga Records unearth lost synth gem with reissue of Matthew Young’s debut album Recurring Dreams
It’s often tempting to scorn 80s synth music wholesale; at times it feels like those cheesy tones and plinky-plonky drum beats were used simply because the technology was there. Then the good folks at Drag City and Yoga Records come along and prove you’re a twat who hasn’t even begun to plumb the depths of private-press synth music, just by pushing a slab of mind-melting vinyl across the table and whispering, “Have you ever heard Matthew Young’s debut album, man?”
Come July 22 you will have a chance to atone for your hitherto-ignorant lack of appreciation for home-recorded synth records when the aforementioned Drag City/Yoga reissue cult icon Matthew Young’s debut album Recurring Dreams.
Recurring Dreams is the ultra-obscure precursor to Young’s classic (yet still pretty obscure in its own right) Traveler’s Advisory album, which together make up the entirety of this synth-wizard’s oeuvre.
Far from ham-fisted slabs of available technology, Matthew Young proves with Recurring Dreams that there were early proponents of synth music who applied light touches and subtle twiddles of the knobs to create far-out meditative jams bordering on the aural equivalent of religious sermons. Listeners, repent!
Recurring Dreams tracklist:
02. First Blood
03. No Reason
04. Recurring Dream
05. Version Inversion
06. Late Poets
07. The Forest of Lilacs
08. Night Music
GOAT, the Swedish collective making swirly psychedelic sounds heavily influenced by the trippy decades of yore, have announced their second album, Commune, to be released via Sub Pop on September 23 in North America.
From the sounds of lead single “Hide from the Sun,” the four-piece are expanding on that dazed-out, hazy, mellow, worldly vibe that they executed in the most sophisticated-not-pretentious way on their 2012 debut World Music:
The masked globetrotters will take you on a space-trek across the astral plane this fall if you’re lucky enough to be in select European countries. Check the dates below and Sub Pop’s site for details about the groovy goodies included with your North American-purchased pre-order. Did someone say colored vinyl?
01. Talk to God
03. The Light Within
04. To Travel the Path Unknown
07. Hide from the Sun
09. Gathering of Ancient Tribes
07.18.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.20.14 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
08.03.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Music & Arts
08.23.14 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
09.19.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09.20.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate
09.21.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
09.23.14 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
09.24.14 - Munich, Germany - Ampere
09.25.14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
09.27.14 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Psych Festival
09.28.14 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
09.29.14 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
10.01.14 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
10.02.14 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre
10.03.14 - London, UK - Roundhouse