Sonic Youth Sign to Matador for Their 16th Studio Album!

Wow, wow, wow! After a tip from Mr. Thurston himself late August (TMT News), it looks like Sonic Youth have officially signed with Matador Records. According to a post on the label's Matablog:

After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.

The band will head to the studio this fall to record the album, the follow-up to 2006's Rather Ripped. Read the rest of the post here, our recent story about the label change here, and how and why major labels and independent labels work together here.

Yes! Another reason to regret not being rich, apart from my usual desire to look as eerily ageless and perfectly WASP-y as Cindy McCain. The Melvins/Mike Patton-curated Nightmare Before Christmas ATP event (a.k.a. another festival with an awesome roster that I cannot afford to attend) is adding Mastodon, The Damned, Boss Hog, Rahzel, Double Negative, Tweak Bird, and -- wait for it... wait for it -- the legendary, recently reunited no-wave group Teenage Jesus and The Jerks.

Led by Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus never released a full studio album and were known for their aggressive, abrasive live shows. They played their first show in years as part of the book release festivities associated with Thurston Moore and Byron Coley's book No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980 this past June (which also partly inspired James Chance's recent show in New York). And now you have the chance to see them December 5-7, at the oh-so-cold, oh-so-English Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead. More acts are set to be announced, but for now, let me entice you with the so-far complete listing:

Melvins / Isis / Mastodon / Butthole Surfers / The Damned / Fantômas perform The Director's Cut / Squarepusher / Soulsavers feat. Mark Lanegan / Teenage Jesus And The Jerks / Boss Hog / Neil Hamburger / Dälek / Big Business / Black Heart Procession / Rahzel / Torche / Kill Me Tomorrow / J.G. Thirlwell's Manorexia / The Dirtbombs / The Locust / Zu / Bohren And Der Club of Gore / Farmers Market / White Noise / Stockhausen's KONTAKTE with Steinberg & Winant / MadLove / Tweak Bird / Double Negative

Still Punk Rockin’ at Age 50, Bill Bragg Set to Go on Lengthy Tour

Punk rock folkster Billy Bragg has announced a 32-date tour set to kick off September 25 in Paris that'll eventually venture into the United States mid-October and finally back to Europe in November for another leg. Bragg released his 12th studio album, Mr. Love & Justice, in March of this year and has been on the road ever since, migrating back and forth from Europe to the United States. A friend’s father once told me he saw Bragg in the early ’80s, and it was one of the only concerts he can clearly remember in the past 30 years. Hopefully, Bragg’s live performance is still a memorable one. More importantly, I hope my friend’s father has overcome his drinking problem.

Billy Bragg tourdates:

John Darnielle Reveals Two New Mountain Goats EPs and, Coincidentally, The Path to My Heart

John Darnielle, you coy wordsmith, you nimble-tongued tormentor of my soul. You thought that you were simply informing your admiring public of two new slammin’ EPs and an upcoming tour with guitar virtuoso Kaki King, but John, you revealed so much more. For one instant in time, our interwebbed e-souls were one.

The ostensible reason for Darnielle’s recent post on Pitchfork was to announce two new Mountain Goats EPs arriving on Horse & Buggy Press — (1) the limited-edition (666 copies!) double 7-inch Satanic Messiah available only at Mountain Goats shows or digitally through the trendy pay-what-you-want model (TMT News) and (2) the Scott Solter-produced Black Pear Tree split with tourmate Kaki King — but the true motivation for the posting was, of course, the disclosure of Darnielle’s Flickr account and the disclosure of my heart’s fondest desires.

John Darnielle, after perusing your photostream a couple (of dozen) times, I saw through your feeble charade of “selling albums” and “gaining publicity,” and I saw into your delicate, Satan-obsessed soul. John, I too love inscrutable tofu dishes. And as a matter of fact, I also have quite the soft spot for sleepy cats and cheese-covered extruded snacks. And if you would only come through Georgia on your Last Happy Night of Your Life tour, we could indulge our twin passions together, as God intended.

Satanic Messiah tracklist:

* Kaki King

New Monuments – Noise Supergroup – Kick Off U.S. Tour

Minimalist psych overlord, violin ripper, darling of The Wire magazine,
and owner of Tony Conrad's entire catalog C Spencer Yeh (of Cincinnati's Burning Star Core) is teaming up with Borbetomagus-founder/Wolf Eyes-buddy Don Dietrich and snare-shredder Ben Hall of Graveyards for a scalp-scalding noise supergroup called New Monuments. For the group, Dietrich provides the gnarly sax textures, while Hall brings the rhythm tip -- Yeh, as always, comes correct with his mighty orchestral strings fed through myriad effects processors.

New Monuments kick off their inaugural tour this week in Brooklyn for a brief but nonetheless, um, monumental tour. As with most noise tours, the majority of the venues are untraditional (yet intimate) stops -- book shops, community centers, et al. -- and colleges. Unlike noise's most popular acts right now, New Monuments dabble more in improv and free jazz than straight power electronics, challenging your conception of music more than challenging your tympanic fortitude.

% Oa, Carlos Giffoni-Okkyung Lee, Nancy Garcia-Biba Bell, DJ Steve Loewenthal

@ Howie Stelzer, Heathen Shame, Jason Lescalleet/Bhob Rainey

^ Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano Trio

* Herons

! John Wiese, Kudler/Fraser Duo, Morally Gray

$ Emeralds

( Chris Riggs

& Spykes, Uneven Universe

Lightning Bolt Tour the World, But Inevitably Discover What They Were Searching For Was Right There Sitting Next To Them Jerking Off

Why is there so much secrecy about masturbation? Everyone does it, but most people keep their techniques a closely guarded secret. Here, for the first time, you have access to hundreds of men and women, candidly sharing their first-hand stories. Learn their styles, techniques, hints, and tips.

But first! Quotes about Lightning Bolt from the press:

- "They’re viciously technical and brilliantly retarded and they’ve made my ears bleed on no less than three occasions." --Stylus

- "What blessed bastardry is this? It's bloody brilliant, that's what it is." --Playlouder

- "So it seems that Lightning Bolt have managed to do what many would have deemed impossible: They've created a hard rock album centered around the bass that doesn't suck." --Pitchfork

- "If what this drums-and-bass duo does with infernal noise is your thing, you're a pretty happy camper." --Entertainment Weekly

- "Stellar noise pollution." --Mojo

- "Underneath all the scuzz and spasm, though, they're a groove band, hustling a hard-edged experimentalism you don't have to work hard to enjoy." --Village Voice

- "When I play this behemoth of a record, all of my relativistic critical bullshit goes bye-bye." --Tiny Mix Tapes

No new album, yet. Sorry:


$ Shellac and Pissed Jeans

Atmosphere’s Slug and Ant Hit the Road to Paint the Nation Gold… With Their Lemons?

Atmosphere, made up of frontman Slug and DJ Ant, will hit the road September 10 in support of their newest LP, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. Joining the group on the "Paint The Nation" tour are special guests Abstract Rude, Blueprint, and DJ Rare Groove.

The tour will probably hit a city near you -- just be sure to stay tuned for the second leg of tourdates.

Get a Room, You Two! Another Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid Collaboration Is on Its Way

September is always a month full of strange changes. With the anxiousness and/or ambivalence that the end of summer and beginning of a new school year brings (as opposed to just another fall season at your dead-end, suicide-contemplating job), it's comforting to be able to count on a couple of upcoming certainties that will indubitably ease the mind. Mere minutes ago, it would have seemed doubly silly to assume that:

(a) the Bratz Design Academy reality show would actually come to fruition. And that...

(b) Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid would be putting out another collaborative affair.

But, alas, for lovers of tween tart self-esteem destruction (or empowerment, as the Bratz brass would like you to believe) and inspired musical adventures, both momentous events will soon be upon us!

Reid and Hebden will release their fourth album through Domino Records November 18. Entitled NYC, it is an ardent ode to the Big Apple, Reid’s long-standing home and Hebden’s frequent flight destination. “Everything we did when making the record from choosing the studio to the food we ate to mixing the sounds to the order of tracks was done with New York in mind,” states Hebden. Rumors that the two ate at Happy Taco everyday, cussed each other out constantly, and littered the storied Avatar studio in Manhattan with piss-stained newspaper to give the recording that authentic New York feel are unsubstantiated at post time.


1. Lyman Place
2. 1st and 1st
3. 25th Street
4. Arrival
5. Between B & C
6. Departure

The duo will be playing two rare dates in December. Look here (not here... below here):
12.12.08 - New York, NY - (Le) Poisson Rouge
12.14.08 - Philadelphia, PA - International House

Citay Announce Tourdates, Appear On New WFMU Compilation, Are Further Proof That San Francisco Is The New Baltimore

I hate it when rock critics proclaim a different city each month as the new musical hot spot. Yes, there are great bands in Omaha, Montreal, Seattle, and Baltimore, but there are great bands all over this country. Take, for example, San Francisco, a city that hasn’t been on the rock critic radar much lately but is, of course, still producing some amazing bands. Citay, signed to Dead Oceans, are one of those bands. And do you know what's cool? This past spring, Citay visited WFMU for their second session and performed the song “On The Wings,” which has been included on a FREE WFMU compilation, Selected Sounds From The Free Music Archive Vol. 1.

Citay are touring this fall, so if you live in one of the seven states they’re playing in, do yourself a favor and check them out.

It’s Friday, and Bat for Lashes, Jesu, Indian Jewelry, and The Dandy Warhols Are in Love; The Cure Tribute Album Brings Out the Lovecopycats

The cliché “youth was served” gets turned on its ear more and more, now that octogenarian rockers still seem fit enough to get off their sagging rumps to regroup. The Cure have been pancaking their wrinkly asses and serving troubled teens and dark adults tales black bile for over 30 years now. Fittingly, a new tribute double album will celebrate the music of the long-running band. Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to The Cure will be released October 28 on Manimal Vinyl and proceeds from its sales will go toward benefiting the Invisible Children organization.

Disc One:

1. Xu Xu Fang - "Fascination Street"
2. Bat for Lashes - "A Forest"
3. Hecuba - "Killing an Arab"
4. Astrid Quay (of Winter Flowers) - "The Caterpillar"
5. Indian Jewelry - "The Walk"
6. Rainbow Arabia - "Six Different Ways"
7. We Are The World - "Why Can't I Be You?"
8. blackblack - "In Between Days"
9. Rio en Medio - "Pictures of You"
10. Gangi - "Fire in Cairo"
11. Joker's Daughter - "Kyoto Song"
12. Aquaserge with Laure Briard - "10.15 Saturday Night" (in French)
13. The Muslims - "Grinding Halt"
14. Voyager One - "M"
15. Ex-Reverie - "The Hanging Garden"
16. Caroline Weeks (of Bat for Lashes) - "The Drowning Man"
17. Devastations - "All Cats Are Gray"

Disc Two:

1. The Dandy Warhols - "Primary"
2. Veil Veil Vanish - "The Upstairs Room"
3. Wolkfin (ex-Junior Senior) - "Charlotte Sometimes"
4. Army Navy - "Jumping Someone Else's Train"
5. Ich Bin Aiko - "A Strange Day"
6. Lemon Sun - "The Exploding Boy"
7. Corridor - "The Kiss"
8. Katrine Ottosen (CALLmeKAT) - "The Love Cats"
9. Silver Summit - "A Night Like This"
10. Mariee Sioux - "Love Song"
11. Kaki King - "Close to Me"
12. Buddy - "Sugar Girl"
13. Les Bicyclettes Blanches - "Hot Hot Hot!"
14. Tara Busch - "Let's Go to Bed"
15. Jesu - "The Funeral Party"
16. Sarabeth Tucek - "Three Imaginary Boys"
17. Lewis & Clarke - "Disintegration"

It seems The Cure is the band to cover if one wants to bring in the charity bucks. Due September 13 is a remix EP called Hypnagogic States, which features mixes of The Cure’s four singles from their forthcoming album by the who’s who of new goth pin-ups. Royalties from the EP will go to the International Red Cross. The fifth track, “Exploding Head Syndrome” by 65 Days of Static, is a remix incorporating all four singles in one.

1. Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) - “The Only One”
2. Jade Puget (A.F.I.) - “Freakshow”
3. Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Julien-K- “Sleep When I’m Dead”
4. Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) - “The Perfect Boy”
5. 65 Days of Static - “Exploding Head Syndrome”

Admirers are all fine and good, but The Cure themselves are indeed still around and are attempting to adapt to these modern times, where men apply their lipstick and black nail polish in an altogether less haphazard fashion. October 13 (not a Friday) is the due date for The Cure’s 13th album due on Suretone/Geffen. On August 13, the band released “The Perfect Boy,” the fourth single released on the 13th day during the past four months. Um, am I the only one catching this blatant superstition side-stepping? Does The Cure care that witch covens in the Middle Ages always had 13 members? Do they disagree with the Romans, who associated the number with death and destruction? Have they ever heard of the last supper? Obviously not. The album is now to be titled 4:13 Dream and will feature all recent singles plus a lot of songs (possibly a double album?), judging by Robert Smith's recent comments online.

In even more Cure-related news: there’s an album out by someone named Charlotte Sometimes. That is all.