- High Places' 03/07 - 09/07 is getting a physical release July 22 via Thrill Jockey. A new, as-yet untitled full-length is coming in September.
- Pontiak's Thrill Jockey debut, Sun on Sun, is being released September 9.
- More info on both bands and releases here.
- More monkey jokes here.
High Places tourdates:
# Wye Oak (hell, why not?)
Yyyeah. Anyway! American Laundromat Records announced that it will be releasing Gigantic - A Tribute to Kim Deal right about... uh, now, actually! That is, if you buy it directly from the label or on iTunes. For the brick-and-mortar set, the tribute album will drop June 3. You won't recognize too many of the artists appearing on this compilation, and that was done on purpose.
“This project was a pure labor of love for the label," says founder and president Joe Spadaro. "We wanted to get back to working with lesser-known indie arists. We started to produce Gigantic in the middle of producing the Pixies and Neil Young tributes. It was fun to work directly with the bands and hear their reinterpretations of Kim’s impressive body of work."
Tanya Donnelly of the Breeders/Belly/Throwing Muses penned the liner notes for Gigantic, so this is sure to be a Deal-approved tribute to her own art. Wise, I say. If there's anything we learned last month, it's that Kim Deal doesn't like it when people talk shit. Or allegedly talk shit. Either way...
Unwed Sailor, of the Seattle, ambient-rock persuasion, are moving to infiltrate dozens of bars, taverns, and lounges across America with Sybris, in an effort to share their instrumental love with as many anonymous partners as possible, in what will be an epic act of unprotected rock ‘n’ roll.
Their latest album Little Wars was released in 2007 and is touted in the group's MySpace blog post, "Little Wars Release Date Announced," to be the "most ambitious and complex release yet," which they're probably contractually obligated to say about every new album. The post goes on: "The songs are energetic and highly melodic, but gently colored and focused by layered keyboards and percussion with a delicate ambience [sic]."
But as interesting is what blog commentators had to say: "Congratulations, guys. I'm really looking forward to giving the whole thing a listen," "cant wait for this," and "AHHHHHH!!!!!!!" The post garnered a total of six kudos, which I would say certainly warrants your attendance at one of their shows.
See you in Reno:
^ State Radio
Hurry up! Don't miss the next voyage of this vessel called Firewater. The New York group, led by Tod A. (who was also in the excellent Cop Shoot Cop), has been taking multicultural elements and making (non-traditionally) beautiful, humorous, pissed off, and thoroughly great tunes for about 13 years. Go look through your older brother's Magnet or CMJ magazines if you want to know the score.
The band released possibly their best LP just a couple weeks ago, The Golden Hour (Bloodshot). The record was greatly influenced by Tod's three-year trek through India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey, which was apparently brought on by his divorce and the reelection of W. Well, one good trek deserves another, so in that spirit, the band is set to depart on a three-week tour all over this failure pile in a sadness bowl know as the USA. Check them out, beginning May 23 in Boston, before they (rightfully?) give up on the U.S. for good.
Why is the headline above so simplified? Because no amount of sass on my part could've made it any weirder. No, "Condoleezza Rice" isn't the name of some smart-ass indie band; it's the name of that super
sexy smart U.S. Secretary of State that we've all come to know and love. Indeed, the Secretary of State will be attending and playing at the Aspen Music Festival. She'll be giving a talk and playing some tunes at 3 PM August 2 in the Benedict Music Tent.
Condie is a former student at the Aspen Music School and supposedly she's a mean pianist. At age 15, Condie played some Mozart with the Denver Symphony and she's been playin' music ever since. She currently plays with a chamber group in Washington, DC. Seems like something you readers would be interested in knowing about.
Here's her musical background, in full detail:
In the early ’70s, our hott little teenage Rice cake was a student at the school for one summer, while her family was parked in Denver. She fell in love there with another young politician and musician by the name of Sonny Bono. Sonny and Condie fell deeply in love but had to keep it a secret from Sonny's second wife, the famous Cher, who eventually divorced Bono because of Sonny/Condie sex tapes that she found in 1975. After Condie and Sonny's summer of love, the two ended up never seeing each other again, per Sonny's request, and Condie never returned to the music school. The following summer, Condie decided that she didn't want to go to music school, because she wanted to study witchcraft instead. It's said that, while listening to "I Got You Babe," she conjured a spell that would cause Sonny Bono to die on January 5, 1998. Surely such prophetic madness couldn't come true, but it did. Sonny Bono died in a tragic skiing accident on the very day.
# Wobbly and Dublab DJs
$ Wobbly and Jason Corder a.k.a. Offthesky
& Snacks and Leprechaun Catering
Tucson, Arizona is home to many things (I should know, I went to school there for four years), including cheap Mexican food, beautiful scenic views, and every Tucson indie kid’s pride and joy, Calexico. Yes, the "alt-country" band that is BFF’s with Iron & Wine hails from good ’ol Southern Arizona (the best part of the state -- fuck you, Phoenix.) Fortunately, for those of you who have never been to Tucson and have yet to experience Calexico, they’re touring! But mostly in Canada and a few random states like Nevada and Rhode Island. Oh well, better than nothing at all.
Bring your own Mexican food:
Do you have a problem? Are you under-employed?? Have you been labeled a ‘drug addict’ by the man??? Well, then you’re sure to have the time of your life when the legendary Flaming Lips hit the stage at a drug-addled hippie-festival near you this summer!
Congratulations, man, it’s never been more coincidentally beneficial for you to be a country-fried drain on society who enjoys listening to spaced-out psychedelia and not working for a few days! Just think, all you have to do is trick your mom into giving you her credit card number, gather yourself a die-hard posse, make sure at least one of those posse members has a tent you can use, score the necessary “supplies,” quit your night job at the marshmallow factory, and BOOM. You’re right there, bubble machines, animal costumes, laser shows, and all!
And, as a bonus, if you’re fucked up enough by the time Wayne Coyne and crew take the stage, you might not even mind when they play a bunch of C+ cuts from 2006’s spotty At War with the Mystics (TMT Review)! Wow!
Yeah, I said it. Hear that, Wayne? Step it up, bro.
The dates bulletin:
- Oxford (noun): Oxfordshire, a city in England, famous for its university.
- Oxford Shoe (noun): a style of leather shoe with enclosed lacing.
- Oxford Shirt (noun): a men's shirt with a collar, a full-length opening up the front from the collar to the hem, and full-length sleeves with cuffs.
- Oxford Comma (noun): See “Songs By Overhyped Indie Rock Bands,” page 312.
- Oxford Clay (noun): a Jurassic marine sedimentary rock underlying much of South East England.
- Oxford Collapse (noun): a Brooklyn indie rock band on Sub Pop that has a new double album, BITS, BITZ!, due August 5. Please see the appendix for their tourdates.