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When I first read about Touch and Go signing Atlanta-by-way-of-Alabama trio, All The Saints, I did a double-take, as a hazy mental image of the British all-female pop group All Saints immediately popped into my head. I think my sister bought a CD single of theirs from Sam Goody sometime in the late ’90s... but I digress.
All The Saints’ debut album, Fire On Corridor X, will be released on Touch and Go digitally September 9 and on vinyl November 4. The CD version is currently available from Killer Pimp Records. And in case you’re wondering what this new trio sounds like, their press release claims that the debut album “May be steeped in a heavy psych/drone tradition, but under the din lay songs that contradict the cacophony.” I can get on board with that.
Check out their upcoming mini-tour with former Killer Pimp labelmates:
& A Place To Bury Strangers
Who knows why certain musicians decide to team-up together for collaborations or for tours. Maybe it’s a deep and intangible musical kinship, or maybe it’s merely an advantageous pairing birthed in the minds of record execs. But it’s probably just the shared love of cute
costumes! I’m sure that this is the ultimate motivation behind the upcoming Cryptacize and Danielson tour. The costumed cohorts kick off their U.S. tour on Halloween, and rumor is that certain Cryptacize members will be pulling double duty as Danielson family band members.
The Natural Good Time Family Band Solution known as Danielson will be touring in support of the upcoming anthology Trying Hartz, a two-disc compilation gathering a decade’s worth of previous material, live jams, unreleased tracks, and track commentary from the trunk of the Tree of Knowledge himself, Daniel Smith.
Trying Hartz tracklist:
Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, And 30 of Their Closest Friends Hit the Road in Support of Two Jazztacular New Releases!
There are many timeless combinations that are so culturally ingrained, so perfectly complementary that we modern-world citizens automatically imagine them as inextricable: macaroni ‘n’ cheese, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Minneapolis and St. Paul. And, now, you can add to that list No Wave aficionado Weasel Walter -- he of The Flying Luttenbachers, XBXRX, Lake of Dracula, To Live and Shave in L.A. (and tons and tons of other bands) fame -- and, well, the many gifted and talented musicians accompanying him on his upcoming fall tour. Mr. Walter and crew will be tearing up the East Coast (plus Chicago!) in what one can only assume will be an explosion of avant-garde jazz awesomeness. All this to-do is in support of two new releases: one, the combined effort of the Peter Evans and Weasel Walter group entitled Oculus Ex Abyssum; the other, a live CD-R by the Evans/Fei/Smith/Walter outfit. Both are available from ugEXPLODE Records. There's a lot to list here, so let's get to it.
* Weasel Walter (drums), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mike Forbes (tenor saxophone), Andrew Scott Young (contrabass)
** Weasel Walter (drums), Forbes Graham (trumpet), Greg Kelley (trumpet), Paul Flaherty (saxophones). Also appearing: Ba Na Nas, White Mice and Big Disappointments.
*** Guests TBA. Also appearing: Zs A.O.
**** Weasel Walter (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Peter Evans (trumpet)
***** Weasel Walter (drums), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Lisle Ellis (contrabass), Nate Wooley (trumpet)
****** Weasel Walter (drums), Marc Edwards (drums), Peter Evans (trumpet), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Paul Flaherty (saxophones), Tom Blancarte (contrabass). Also appearing: Weasel Walter/Peter Evans Duo and Jeff Gretz Ensemble.
Danish garage-noir duo The Raveonettes apparently don’t get out much. But, given the success of this year's critically adored album Lust Lust Lust (TMT Review), we could probably give the uber-cool pair a bit of a break and humor them, huh? Just this once. Okay, here goes...
The Raveonettes rocked the music world this week with the announcement of completely never-been-done-before plans to release... get this: digital-only EPs on Vice. Since this has certainly never ever been done by a rock band before, and most certainly not in a similar fashion by rock bands as big and famous as, say, Nine Inch Nails or Radiohead, the press and fans alike have been understandably and decisively described by many analysts as “agog.”
“What an age we live in!” said one clichéd character when fake-interviewed about all of this futuristic madness. “This new format of releasing music digitally to the public, sometimes at no cost, is most likely going to catch on; and future generations are sure to cite none other than The Raveonettes as the proverbial Godparents, once the initial bouts of gob-smacked confusion wear off and fans are able to come to grips with the exciting possibilities of the digital age.”
The edgy duo plans to release these four space-record EPs over the course of the next few months. And now that they find themselves completely unfettered by the constraints of what most of us would refer to as “analog time,” the group is breaking yet another mold that certainly has not been broken before by anyone famous or British by announcing that their first EP (a collection of three Lust Lust Lust remixes courtesy of hypnotic Japanese electro producer 80KIDZ, Alec Empire-conspirator Nic Endo, and Danish DJ superstar Trentemøller, respectively) will be available for free... RIGHT NOW! Click here if you think you can handle the future of music distribution, man.
Remix EP tracklist (uh, I mean... “file-list”):
1. Dead Sound (80KIDZ remix)
2. Aly, Walk With Me (Nic Endo remix)
3. Lust (Trentemøller Remix)
After calling it quits and playing their most recent "final show" nearly a year ago (in that "I'm Jay-Z, and I'm quitting music forever... until I stop quitting music forever and release a new album a couple years later"), seminal South Bronx mutant disco act ESG have already announced a reunion! No one necessarily knows for how long they will be reunited, how many shows they will play, or if they will be asked to join the growing ranks of bands reuniting at festivals I cannot afford to attend this year. What is known is that their first show as the reunited, living, and breathing embodiment of sweet disco/post-punk/funk is happening tomorrow, September 13, and that they expect to record a new album and announce more shows sometime in the future.
After some legal trouble last year, it's good to know that more people will now have the chance to see ESG in their latest incarnation. This new version of the band features the original sisters Renee, Marie, and Valerie Scroggins, Renee's daughter Nicole Nicholas, guitarist David Miles, and bassist Leroy Glover -- with loads and loads of stone cold jams, of course
09.13.08 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
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Cleveland Police Force Captures OiNK Administrator, Elitetorrents Admin Fined and Jailed – Next Up: Bin Laden
To all of the hardworking musicians and artists out there who can’t stand the damn kids on the torrent-tracking sites who steal your precious art: rejoice! Like Harvey Dent before them, the Cleveland police force have made the streets a lot safer for you and your children. Alan Ellis, the highly pernicious administrator of the now defunct-terrorist/torrent site OiNK has been captured and charged with conspiracy to defraud. Phew! Another criminal behind bars.
Authorities extended Ellis’ bail date five times due to “lack of evidence,” but they've apparently come up with enough “evidence” to nab him. The Cleveland police have also arrested six OiNK uploaders and charged them with copyright infringement for uploading a single CD. The suspects were required to provide fingerprints and DNA samples (there’s no word yet as to whether a tangible link to Al Qaeda has been discovered).
Meanwhile, Daniel Dove, an admin for BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Rest easy, everyone; your government is keeping you safe.
Jack White of The White Stripes has done it again! Ostensibly in support of Coca-Cola's long, sordid history of class-action race-discrimation lawsuits, pesticide use, water polluting, and other questionable business practices and environmental I-don't-give-a-shits, Jack has written another jingle for the giant soda company, according to MarketWatch (via Stereogum). Unlike his first jingle in 2006, this one's for Coca-Cola Zero, a calorie-free alternative to the high fructose corn syrup-heavy original.
And guess what? The James Bond-themed commercial has everything an idiot Bond fan would want out of a commercial: fast cars, shapely women, and, of course, a macho soundtrack. BUT WHAT ABOUT COCA-COLA'S SHADY BUSINESS PRACTICES? Sorry, whiner, too busy watching shit blow up and numbing my mouth with Coke's high acidity.
This news comes on the tail of the Alicia Keys/Jack White collaboration "Another Way to Die," recorded for the upcoming James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, which had a budget of -- ahem -- $224.87 million.
Okkervil River Embark on Carbon Neutral Tour; Meanwhile, Toby Keith Unrelentingly Farts into a Zippo Flame to Offset “All Them No Good Indie Rock Eco-Queers”
Nature is important to Okkervil River. Whether they're staring catatonically in their favorite forest or nervously chatting in their outdoor breakfast nook, these folky bros love the earth and plan to keep it in decent shape for awhile, or at least until their contractor finally installs that damn oven and range in the wildflower patch. So in an effort to save the planet, Okkervil River are going green across the country in support of their new album The Stand Ins (TMT Review) in what they hope will be a carbon neural tour.
But the O-Riv can't achieve carbon neutrality all on their lonesome. They need you, the fans, the, dare I say, heroes, to pitch in and lend a hand for Mother Gaia. Since 80% of a tour's carbon-dioxide emissions come from commuting fans, the band are encouraging you to take the bus, carpool with friends, or hop on your hoverboard to your local Okker show. Community bike rides have already been organized in Madison, Portland, Tempe, and Athens, with more to come. The band will also be selling recycled stickers, which will offset 300 pounds of CO2 emissions with each purchase.
In addition, the band is planning to.... actually, that's their entire plan. So really, Okkervil River haven't made their tour carbon neutral, they're just encouraging you to be environmentally responsible with your ride to the venue and maybe buy their eco-friendly merchandise. But, whatever, their hearts seem to be in the right place. Good for them, and good for you if you plan to follow their good advice. Good for all, I say!
The Stand Ins is available now on Jagjaguwar or for a limited time as a free stream on the band's MySpace. The tour kicks off tonight in Lawrence, KS, so get on that hoverboard and start kickin'. But don't use that thing on water... unless you got pow-ah.