In a completely unpredictable turn of events, Bob Dylan has announced that he will release a two-disc collection of rarities, Tell Tale Signs, October 6. The collection will feature live tracks, demos, unreleased studio recordings, and rare songs from soundtracks. All of the material was recorded between 1989 and 2006.
The collection is actually the eighth installment of the "Bootleg Series," though releasing them legally would seem to remove their statuses as "bootlegs" (what say you to that Mr. Dylan?). The collection is also available as a three-disc box set, with the third disc containing ultra-rare tracks and two books of rare photos.
In order to promote the release of the collection, Dylan is offering a free download of the unreleased 1997 track "Dreamin' Of You" to those who sign up for his website. The MP3 is considered to be moderately rare. If you are among the first 5000 to pre-order Tell Tale Signs online, you receive a limited-edition Bob Dylan poster. And if your pre-order the box set, you also get an extremely rare 7-inch single, containing the tracks "Dreamin' of You" and "Ring Them Bells."
Jesus fucking Christ, this shit is rare.
Tell Tale Signs Tracklist:
1. Mississippi (Unreleased - Time Out Of Mind)
2. Most Of The Time (Alternate version - Oh Mercy)
3. Dignity (Piano demo - Oh Mercy)
4.Someday Baby (Alternate version - Modern Times)
5. Red River Shore (Unreleased - Time Out Of Mind)
6. Tell 'Ole Bill (Alternate version - North Country soundtrack)
7. Born In Time (Unreleased - Oh Mercy)
8. Can't Wait (Alternate version - Time Out Of Mind)
9. Everything Is Broken (Alternate version - Oh Mercy)
10. Dreamin' Of You (Unreleased - Time Out Of Mind)
11. Huck's Tune (Lucky You soundtrack)
12. Marchin' To The City (Unreleased - Time Out Of Mind)
13. High Water (For Charley Patton) (Live in Niagara, 2003)
1. Mississippi (Unreleased version #2 - Time Out Of Mind)
2. 32-20 Blues (Unreleased - World Gone Wrong)
3. Series of Dreams (Unreleased - Oh Mercy)
4. God Knows (Unreleased - Oh Mercy)
5. Can't Escape From You (Unreleased - December 2005)
6. Dignity (Unreleased - Oh Mercy)
7. Ring Them Bells (Live at the Supper Club, 1993)
8. Cocaine Blues (Live, Vienna, Va., 1997)
9. Ain't Talkin' (Alternate version - Modern Times)
10. The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore (Live, 1992)
11. Lonesome Day Blues (Live, Sunrise, Fla., 2002)
12. Miss The Mississippi (Unreleased - 1992)
13. The Lonesome River (With Ralph Stanley, from Clinch Mountain Country)
14. 'Cross The Green Mountain (Gods and Generals soundtrack)
1. Duncan And Brady (Unreleased - 1992)
2. Cold Irons Bound (Live, Bonnaroo - June 2004)
3. Mississippi (Unreleased version #3 - Time Out Of Mind)
4. Most Of The Time (Alternate version #2 - Oh Mercy)
5. Ring Them Bells (Alternate version - Oh Mercy)
6. Things Have Changed (Live, Portland, Oregon, 2000)
7. Red River Shore (Unreleased version #2 - Time Out Of Mind)
8. Born In Time (Unreleased version #2 - Oh Mercy)
9. Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Live, London, 2000)
10. Marchin' To The City (Unreleased version #2 - Time Out Of Mind)
11. Can't Wait (Alternate version #2 - Time Out Of Mind)
12. Mary And The Soldier (Unreleased - World Gone Wrong)
The Rosebuds Announce New Album; Annapocalypse Fondly Recalls The Time She Drunkenly Embarrassed Herself In Front Of Kelly From The Rosebuds
Last year, I went to see The Rosebuds at Plush, a popular bar/venue in Tucson, Arizona. Because it was summer and I had just graduated, most of my friends were out of town or had moved away. Therefore, I was stuck dragging my Top 40 radio-loving twin sister to the show with me. She proceeded to get incredibly drunk while I enjoyed sets from Land of Talk and The Rosebuds.
After the show ended, my sister threw drinks my way until I was as drunk as she was. Before I knew it, I was stumbling up to Kelly Crisp of The Rosebuds at the merch table and rambling on and on about how much I’d enjoyed their set and how fun they were live and how I’d read some good review of them on Brooklyn Vegan so I knew they would be good live anyway and how awesome their new album is and yeah. She smiled politely the entire time, and I tried to will myself to shut up, but, of course, I kept blathering on.
Several hours later, I was back home at my parents' house eating random cold cuts from the fridge (Ever notice how awesome deli meat tastes when you’re drunk? Seriously, try it sometime.) and watching a marathon of Degrassi. Moral of the story: now when I hear The Rosebuds, I think about eating salami and Paige being a lesbian.
So, with the recent announcement of The Rosebuds' forthcoming new album, Life Like -- due October 7 on Merge Records, featuring guest appearances from Mac McCaughan of Portastatic and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver -- I am going to celebrate by watching The N and eating a turkey sandwich.
This Is a Movie from The Flaming Lips
(In Respect to poet Margaret Atwood)
It was filmed some time ago.
At first it seems to be
a Wayne Coyne
epic: oxygen generators and grey martians
blended with music;
then, as you watch
it, you see in the left-hand corner
a penis-shaped man: on a psychedelic trip
(acid or DXM) in space
and, to the right, halfway up
what ought to be a gentle
hobbit, a cameo of Elijah Wood.
In the background there are instrumentals,
and beyond that, Steve Burns from Blue's Clues.
(The movie will be released
in October on DVD with the score on CD.
Isaac Brock plays a small part
in the film, just under the surface.
It is difficult to say why
precisely, or to say
how good or bad this will be:
the effect of these musicians
on film is a distortion
but if you wait long enough,
you will be able to see this film.)
Best Buy Continues to Mysteriously Cater to Music Nerds and Professionals, Introduces Musical Instruments and Gear to Stores
Best Buy, the largest consumer electronic retailer in the country, is unveiling a plan to create music centers in dozens of outlets nationwide. This move, already in effect in California, Illinois, and Minnesota, will outfit 85 stores with over 1,000 different products ranging from drums to turntables to guitar picks. "We're trying to create an authentic and genuine musical instrument store look and feel inside of Best Buy," says Best Buy VP of musical instruments Kevin Balon. The "store within a store" locations are aimed at all consumers, from amateurs to professionals.
Not only does the announcement leave Best Buy poised to become the second-largest instrument seller in the U.S., it also comes on the heels of the company's decisions to reintroduce vinyl to its music racks (TMT News) and to start selling albums from local and unsigned musicians (TMT News). If you've begin to suspect that Best Buy corporate leadership is overrun by music nerds, you may just be right: according to the Star Tribune, Best Buy's CEO, Brad Anderson, attributed the vinyl decision to the fact that "we've got an executive here who's basically responding to his own children" and added that he, "as an old vinyl collector," saw that decision as "close to his] heart." With the local music and instrument announcements following on the heels of this quote, it seems Best Buy may continue to test the indie culture waters. What's next, a record label? A Best Buy-curated [ATP? An acquisition of Tiny Mix Tapes? Stay tuned.
Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Animal Collective
5. They put the Strawberry Jam (TMT Review) on my toast.
4. I went to an AC party a long time ago, and Avey was a great host.
3. They are from Baltimore, MD, which is on Chesapeake Bay's western coast.
2. They leave Paw Tracks on my roast.
1. But this is why I love them the most:
And you thought Radiohead were green. Kurt Weisman, who recently released the critically-acclaimed-by-us Spiritual Sci-Fi (TMT Review), is about to head out on tour with his bud Rob Roy (a.k.a. Horaflora) on bikes! They're calling it the "Cycledelic (Music) Trip," and you can find on-the-road updates at their blog.
They're looking for help to fill out shows in late August/early September, so give a hand if you can. Since they're playing at "Marika's House" and "145 South Street" on this tour, something tells me they won't refuse many gigs. Meanwhile, check out Kurt Weisman's Spiritual Sci-Fi on Important Records, and then absorb yourself in the amazing sounds of Horaflora. Do other stuff, too.
$ Tumble Cat Poof Poofy Poof
& MV/EE and Travis Laplante
# Chris Weisman and Sheena Charland
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Here's that number one more time:
Jim O'Rourke, who has worked with everyone from Derek Bailey, Mats Gustafsson, Mayo Thompson, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, Fennesz, Organum, Henry Kaiser, Flying Saucer Attack, Joanna Newsom, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Stereolab, Kahimi Karie, Quruli, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad, The Red Krayola, Bobby Conn, Beth Orton, U.S. Maple, Takehisa Kosugi, Merce Cunningham, Werner Herzog, Olivier Assayas, Shinji Aoyama, Koji Wakamatsu, Chris Corsano, Weasel Walter, Kevin Drumm, The New Blockaders, Glenn Kotche, Carlos Giffoni, Akira Sakata, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Lonberg-Holm, K.K. Null, John Oswald, Mari Kimura, Eddie Prévost, Alan Licht, Andrew Chalk, Christoph Heemann, Thymme Jones, Darin Gray, Dylan Posa, Carolyn Faber, David Grubbs, John McEntire, Phil Knight, and Edward Ka-Spel to Otomo Yoshihide, is set to issue another long-lost album via Streamline Records, with help from Drag City.
Titled long night, the double album was recorded nearly 20 years ago and lasts for more than two-and-a-half hours! The best part? IT'S A DRONE. The album follows a string of recent releases that have been recovered from O'Rourke's early days, including 6 Oscillators 87/Guitar 88, Mizu No Nai Umi, and “Oscillators and Guitars” (from a split with Thomas Ankersmit). It also comes on the heels of the Drag City reissues of Tamper (TMT Review) and Osorezan.
long night is set for release August 19. Expect to hear it pumping in dance clubs across the nation.
WMG Stock Climbs 34% in 2008; Becomes the Year’s Best Performing Media Stock; Party at Seal’s House!
Warner Music Group, loving home to Ryan Cabrera
, Tangerine Dream, and every wonderful thing in between, has won a tremendous PR feather in their big conglomerate cap. According to the New York Post, WMG stock has soared 34% year-to-date with their share price currently valued $8.13. Yeah, it’s still not that high, but after facing a record low $4.36 per share on January 9, WMG did the dance called the bootstrap and now sits on top of the corporate pile as the best performing media stock of 2008 (so far)! Bully to you, WMG!
Nevertheless, WMG’s current listing is a far cry from its starting value of $29.48 when the company went public in 2005. Plus, since the stock was already so low at the beginning of the year, any minuscule improvement was bound to kick their percentage way up in comparison to their corporate homeboys. That doesn’t matter much, though, since the stock of every company in WMG’s peer group has tanked since January 1. Google fell 31%, the always charming News Corporation dropped 32%, and CBS is down 37%. So even though WMG didn’t gain that much ground, at least it can pat itself on the back for not sinking further into the current economic whirlpool.
But the whole inflated percentage thing did allow WMG to pass up the super strong nerd stocks of Marvel and Activision Blizzard, both of which saw 25% gains in their stock value, sailing each company’s price-per-share into the mid-30s. But screw them. Nerds don’t count. Let WMG have their day in the sun. Just this once.
Max Tundra Tours with Hot Chip, And Boy Do I Love Max Tundra (In Unrelated News, Broken Social Scene Are Not Releasing a New Album Anytime Soon)
Mastered By Guy at The Exchange is a perfect summer album. I've been recommending it to friends every summer since its release in 2002, and I'm still constantly listening to the album, which is a bit surprising seeing as though I'm a pretentious snob. Example: My mom asked me the other day if I wanted to do some karaoke and sing "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams. I was, like, "What are you dumb or something?? Bryan Adams sucks ass. His shit's so contrived!! Can't you see through the transparency of that innocuous buildup before the outro? USE YOUR EARS, MOM."
Anyway, Max Tundra (a.k.a. Ben Jacobs) has been hunkered away, working on his third album for years now. Back in 2006, he said that a new LP "might happen as early as this year," but added: "then again, what's the rush?" His MySpace's mini-biography makes another ridiculously false claim: "Max Tundra has been working on his third album for Domino. The work continues to this day, with a possible release date of spring 2008." But, of course, spring has passed and guest what? No new album.
But fuck it, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the new album is done and it's being released October 7. I have nothing (really, nothing) but my gut instincts to go off from, but October 7 would be a great date, as it would coincide nicely with his upcoming UK tour with Hot Chip. So, while there's no solid release date (aside from the one I made up), at least he's getting out there!
^ Hot Chip
$ Juana Molina