J To The Dilla To The New Box Set: Stones Throw to Reissue Ruff Draft Box Set, Complete With Vile of J Dilla’s Sweat!
As you may know, James Yancey (J Dilla) died from lupus a couple years ago, three days after both his birthday and the release of his last album, Donuts. Several albums have since been released or reissued, including The Shining (his second "official" album) and Ruff Draft, the latter of which was reissued by Stones Throw last year and fleshed out with additional songs to form a ‘complete’ version of its original EP form. For a limited time, the album was also released in cassette-form in a box set.
Due to popular demand, Stones Throw are now reissuing the box set again. Titled TURN IT UP! A Little Louder, the set includes the original version of the album on cassette, along with other assorted goodies like:
- A brown tee that says "TURN IT UP! A Little Louder."
- A "Reckless Driving Ticket" that Stones Throw created to ‘ticket’ people outside of Ruff Draft listening parties in Spring 2007.
- A photo of J Dilla taken by B+.
- A 15x12x3-inch box to keep all the goods in.
The box set retails at $39.95 (includes shipping) and you can purchase it from Stones Throw here.
Crystal Antlers are no longer free agents. The Long Beach-based psychedelic/punk/soul band has signed with Touch and Go records, according to an announcement from the label. A full-length album is in the works and is expected out in the first part of 2009, but before that, Touch and Go will be reissuing the Crystal Antlers EP (produced by The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens) on CD in October and pressing it to vinyl for the first time in November.
You can catch Crystal Antlers live now or with The Strange Boys and Fucked Up starting at the end of the month. Or, of course, you can buy a costly badge and see them at the CMJ Music Marathon.
# Fucked Up
$ The Strange Boys
Blitzen the Reindeer, Trapper John, and Blitzen Trapper Tour the U.S., Blitzen and Trapper John Cancel Due to Their Both Being Fictional
Ah, Blitzen Trapper. Them ragtags will just jump at any old chance to hit the road for a few months and live out of a trunk, now won't they folks? But then again, I suppose this ol' yarn-spinner reckons that that makes some sense. Of all the bands that I ever knowd of, none are born to ramble like these guys is born to ramble. Their ramshackle, country-fried indie-rock jamboree music was dag-gone practically built to be packed into the back of them li'l wood-paneled station wagons, carted around these you-nited states on America's bluest of blue highways, setup at a wood-built campground amphitheater near you, and packed back up again after the band done-gets paid-in-full in moonshine and whole chickens until tomorrow night's hoedown. Yup. As long as they can spread their gospel of animal-love and barefoot mountain livin' across the land, you can bet yer best rooster's lucky blue foot that they'll keep rolling along like so many frontiersmen before them, mouth harps and all.
And yessiree, releasing a brand new album for Sub Pop offers these here fellas the perfect excuse to blow-off any games of lawn darts or community puppet shows that they may have had planned in favor of feelin' that wind on their face, taking pride of the bug splatters on their windshield as they drive all across this here wild mountain nation that they love so much. Sure, the womanfolk might be a tad upset by their leavin' and all, but with the rootin-tootin outdoorsy album FURR due September 23 and a handful of dates with their alpha-rambler Stephen Malkmus out on the ol' card table, well shucks, you couldn't stop these boys with all the pork loins in a Ponderosa Steak House... though I reckon they'll be eaten at plenty of them on the road, god bless 'em.
Freakin' Blitzen Country Trapper Jambaroo '08:
* Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
**Iron and Wine
Matthew Herbert to Release Album of Unwieldy Orchestrated Samples, Avant-Big-Band Beats, Protest Lyrics; Listeners to Shrug
Looking for some political content and ’30s-jazz horns with your innovative listener-oriented house music? Well, has Matthew Herbert got the album for you! Longstanding house godhead (and rock press fav) Herbert is gearing up to release There's Me and There's You. The record is out October 28 on Berlin's Studio !K7 records, perhaps best known for distributing the DJ-Kicks compilation series. Following on the jazz-throwback motif of his 2001 LP Goodbye Swingtime, the album will incorporate big-band instrumentation that will require an 18-person orchestra for its subsequent tour (for which a small handful of dates have been scheduled), as well as political lyrics excoriating the 21st century's pattern of abuses of power.
The real key ingredient to Herbert's sound — dubiously touted as "sophisticated subversion" by the official press release — is his use of bizarre, grandly conceived samples. Sounds incorporated into There's Me and There's You's aural fabric will include, among many, many others: (1) The sound of protesters in Palestine being shot against the West Bank wall dividing Israeli and Palestinian territories; (2) vocal sounds taped inside a London McDonalds; (3) the sound, not only of several dozen condoms being dragged along the floor of the British Museum, but also an orchestrated ruckus in the British Museum's entrance hall which includes the sound of several people spraying Britney Spears' perfume brand Curious; and (4) the machine used to keep Herbert's own premature son alive after his birth. Well, erm, I guess the British Museum's floors produce a remarkably unique timbre, and Britney Spears demanded the use of highly four-to-the-floor conducive spray bottles circa Curious' 2004 launch. Either that, or Herbert just has a penchant for gratuitous conceptual spectacle.
There's Me and There's You tracklist:
TV On The Radio Dramatically Expand Tour in Support of Dear Science,; Ethno-Sectarian Violence Is Funny If You Think Really Hard About It
- This, you already know: On September 23, TV On The Radio will release Dear Science,, the group's third full-length album. The follow-up to Return to Cookie Mountain (TMT Review), Dear Science, marks the band's second album for major label Interscope, though 4AD will release the album September 22 outside the U.S.
- This, you didn't already know: TV On The Radio have significantly expanded their upcoming U.S. tour, which effectively books the group all the way to November. Meaning: if you were hoping for TV On The Radio to play your Bar Mitzvah sometime soon, you can forget about it right now. Joining the band for a handful of dates will be Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, with The Dirtbombs taking over opening duties once they hit the East Coast.
TV On The Radio tourdates:
On September 30, I recommend moseying on down to your local Video Emporium and picking up a copy of the newly (and finally) re-released movie Beach Boys and The Satan, a documentary exploring some of the more dubious events and people of the 1960s. Originally released in 1997, the film has since been long out of print, and many a fan of The Beach Boys and ’60s-era pop culture patiently await the re-release date.
The film dives headfirst into the later history of “America’s Band,” exploring Dennis Wilson’s involvement and friendship with Charles Manson (who recently released an album from prison) and his “Manson Family” cult. The band’s history and development is illustrated with rare footage and interviews with band mastermind Brian Wilson. Furthermore, it attempts to offset the current image of the 1960s as a peaceful, loving, and almost heavenly place by comparing ’60s good guys The Beach Boys with some of its more colorful figures, like Anton LaVey and Kenneth Anger. The film goes on to explore the darker aspects of The Summer of Love and how those undercurrents affected even The Beach Boys. Definitely worth a watch.
Again, the film comes out September 30, will probably cost around $19.95, and comes fully recommended by Kid Midnight. This recommendation also carries with it the full backing and support of TMT editor Mr P, cause, well, he does whatever I do -- just like how little brothers always act.
Idea for Fable: “The MC and the Shoe.” Aesop Rock Tours, Releases Adidas Design. Moral: “Slow and Steady Wins the Ankle Brace.”
Summer: when a young person's fancy turns to carefree days down at the ol' fishin' hole; swarming losers for their flash sneakers; and red hot smokin' rock tours! The reddest, hottest, and most smokin'est tour this summer may very well prove to be Aesop Rock, who is back with a block of dates starting August 15 in Boston. By his own fast-paced standards, Aesop Rock has been relatively quiet of late, or at least out of the gaze of us nosy peepers. Away from the velvet ropes and TMZ coverage, the man born as Ian Matthias Bavitz has presumably been his usual workaholic self, hinting at a bunch of recordings, collaborations, and guest spots (he shows up with Yak Ballz on one of Amp Live’s Tokyo Police Club remixes). Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz will play on all dates, and shows will have differing opening acts depending on which U.S. coast you live. The one exception is the show at McCarren Pool in NYC, which features guests Panther and Chin Chin. That is, unless any more dead bodies are found there.
If seeing Aesop Rock live or corpse rockin’ in New York isn’t your thing, Bavitz saw his own sneaker design rolled out through Urban Playground's Original Adidas series on July 31. It looks like this and -- attention eBay gougers! -- is a limited run of 500 pairs. A new pair of shoes has been introduced to the discriminating podalic marketplace every Thursday since July 17, with sets designed by Herbert Baglione, David Choe, and Sam Flores (forthcoming). The Aesop Rock model is a Stan Smith and the MC explains his design thusly:
The faded green and gold colors have a strange eerie-meets-regal vibe that I liked when designing the art for last year's None Shall Pass album. I wanted to continue that color scheme, and keep it pretty simple. I didn't want anything too intrusive. Basically I just wanted something that I'd rock, and my mother might even wear them.
08.15.08 - Boston, MA - The Roxy #
08.16.08 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place #
08.17.08 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Pool $
08.19.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater #
08.20.08 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
08.22.08 - Columbus, OH - Skully's #
08.23.08 - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub #
08.25.08 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's #
08.26.08 - Duluth, MN - Pizza Luce #
09.12.08 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse %
09.13.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour %
09.14.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour %
09.15.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour %
09.17.08 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up %
09.18.08 - Fresno, CA - The Exit %
09.20.08 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
09.22.08 - Bend, OR - Domino %
# Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, Yak Ballz, LuckIam
$ Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, Panther and Chin Chin
% Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, The Mighty Underdogs, Grayskul
Los Campesinos! Announce New Album; That Sensation You’re Experiencing Right Now Is Called “DÃ©jÃ vu”
Remember back in April when peppy Welsh septet, Los Campesinos!, released their debut album, Hold On Now, Youngster? Well, they’re about to do it all again. Apparently one album in 2008 wasn’t enough, because the band has just announced the release of their sophomore follow-up. Already?! Jeez, you guys can take a year or two to chill in-between albums like most bands do, you know.
Nevertheless, Los Campesinos! are, uh, back with their second album, entitled We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. The album is due out on Arts&Crafts November 11 in North America and was produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead, Bikini Kill). I know what you’re thinking: after touring for most of the year, how the hell did Los Campesinos! even have time to write and record 10 songs? Well, the band would like to assure you that there are no B-sides on the album or “songs that weren’t good enough to be on the album cobbled together with some remixes and field recordings.” Instead, the album consists of brand new, never-before-heard tracks. Check out the tracklisting for proof.
We Are Anxious, We Are Prolific tracklisting:
Yo La Tengo are finally making all of their film score work available on a compilation CD, released through their own label, Egon. Cleverly titled They Shoot, We Score, the compilation will not only include the original soundtracks to Game 6, Junebug, Old Joy, and Shortbus, but it will also include a handful of outtakes.
The CD contains 27 instrumental tracks (26 of which are unreleased) and comes with a booklet of international posters. It'll also feature four different covers, one for each movie, and here's an animated GIF to prove it:
CDs ship September 5, at which time a digital download option will become available. You can pre-order the CD now.
In other news, Yo La Tengo will be playing the final free McCarren Park Pool Party along with Titus Andronicus and Ebony Bones on August 24. The gig is a week before Sonic Youth plays the venue's final show August 30.
From the Associated Press:
Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. He was 65.
A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.
- Isaac Hayes official website
- Isaac Hayes Wikipedia entry
- Issac Hayes IMDB entry
- YouTube video: Isaac Hayes - Shaft - live 1973
- Associated Press article: "Singer, songwriter Isaac Hayes dies at age 65"