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Talk about great track record. Just take a look at Jon Dwyer's basic list: Pink & Brown, Coachwhips, and OCS/The Ohsees/Thee Oh Sees -- all pretty damn great. His current project, Thee Oh Sees, has not only experienced a few name changes (more like tweaks), but it has also gone through just as many modifications in sound. From its early sparse acoustic songs to the haunted, slow-psyche molasses rock sound of 2008 LP The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (TMT Review), the band has maintained a high level of quality.
If you are a regular reader of TMT, you already learned how to be a fan, so it is time to take that knowledge and put it to good use. The band is going on a month-long tour of the USA, and unless you live in some out-of-the-way place (like Denver or Detroit), then the tour will likely hit near your town. You could also buy some new stuff, like the band's recently released live CD+DVD, Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion (Tomlab). This live recording is a collaboration between the band and director Brian Lee Hughes, filmed around the time of last year's Sucks Blood LP.
Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion tracklist:
Monday, September 15 was a bit of a free-for-all in the land of the big boy businesses, but the weirdest bit of news is this: someone actually paid for Napster, and even weirder, Napster came with 700,000 subscribers. 700,000 people still actually use Napster, though I would be curious to find out how many of those people still think 56k is cutting edge. I suppose there's gotta be a population somewhere that's stuck in the Dark Ages of the internet. Anyway, the lucky bidder -- at $121 million -- was Best Buy, which has ruffled industry feathers as of late with its venture into the world of musical instruments (TMT News), vinyl (TMT News), and local music (TMT News).
$121 million is roughly double Napster's estimated stock market value, so Best Buy must have a pretty good master plan as to how it'll make a nearly-dead digital music service work. However, it's keeping on current CEO Chris Gorog along with most of the other HUs, the same folks whose investors threatened to take over the company if Napster didn't stop hemorrhaging. Best Buy hopes to use Napster's current resources and staff to expand its digital presence in all forms of media, but it has a unique set of variables to deal with first. Napster currently sells DRM-free individual MP3s, but users who want to access a $13/month subscription catalog get DRMed. Also, Napster currently offers free and on-demand MP3s through free.napster.com, which probably won't make the cut. Hmm. Out of those 700,000 subscribers, I'm 100% positive that 99.9% of them will be cheesed off unless Best Buy can find a good solution for it all. The plot thickens... I know I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
From an article by The Associated Press:
Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.
Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.
If you're like me, you're probably bumming hard on the fact that you never got to see Jethro Tull in their prime. Well, never fear, as Gustav Ejstes plays a psychotically mean flute, looks like he just dropped by to say hi on his way to 1974, and is bringing his band Dungen to our shores this fall.
Dungen, probably the most technically proficient psychedelic rock group currently functioning, will storm the U.S. with brain-melting visuals, a slew of new material, and courtroom evidence that you actually can jam out without ever having to resort to the dreaded "white blues" (I'm looking at you, half of Bonnaroo). No word yet on opening acts, but I had the privilege of seeing cock-rock champs Cheeseburger open for them in 2005. Hopefully this year's tour will be up to those standards.
This fall's tour is in support of their forthcoming Kemado Records release, 4, expected September 30. The new joint is, um, actually not their fourth record. Technically, it's their sixth, which is too bad considering the aforementioned "forthcoming" would've been a killer, monumentally creative pun. Well, Ian Anderson would've chortled on one leg, anyway.
For many people, this band was the sound of summer. For others, the sound of Urban Outfitters. And for still more people, they were simply the band that released that album with the kinda nu-ravey, kinda creepy cover where the person's head is all a bunch of wires or cables or something, and the chest is made out of blonde gleaming hair. Hair! They are, as I'm sure you were able to tell instantly from that intro, Brooklyn's Yeasayer. Now that we've gotten through the whole intro thing and are rapidly coming to the mid-section and dramatic conclusion of this story -- because let's face it, there's not much of one! -- you'd be right to assume that Yeasayer are preparing to embark on a fall tour.
That's right! They are! They are going to so many places too -- maybe they are going somewhere near you? Why not take a look at the following dates, slip into a cozy Urban Outfitters novelty tee, and get ready to contemplate the meaning of that album cover! It's a person with cables for brain! Cables! What could that even MEAN?
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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.