19 June 2011

Rest in Peace Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, passed away last night at the age of 69. He had suffered a stroke last week, and complications are said to be the cause.
There's a scene in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou where Steve (played by Bill Murray) is watching old footage of his departed friend Esteban, and he happens across this interview featuring the two of them. The reporter says, "Eleanor [Steve's wife] is widely considered to be the brains behind Team Zissou. What does that make you, Steve?" Without hesitation, Esteban says, "He's the Zissou". It's not a perfect comparison, but that was my first thought this morning when I heard the news. Clarence Clemons was the E Street Band. Rest In Peace Big Man.

New Lou Reed Project

The internets reported this week that Lou Reed and uh, Metallica, have recorded a batch of songs together. The two parties performed together in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert, and apparently things began to take off from there. (Writer's Note: Lou played with Jack White one time at the VMA's. Where's that record?)
Based on the information out there at the moment, initially they were going to do an album of some more obscure Lou songs but Reed presented a series of songs that he had written for the German play, Lulu. The album was recorded in Metallica's San Francisco based studio, and thats about all that is known at the moment. To quote the man himself, Reed says, "A marriage made in heaven. I knew it from the first day we played together: 'Oh man, this is perfection, right in front of me'... They're bringing Metallica, with all that power."
There's no release date or album title, although it seems to be a safe bet that it won't be called Metal Machine Music Pt. II, just the supremely odd revelation that Lou Reed and Metallica collaborated on an album together.

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New Mastodon Album

While there isn't any information as to when this new record will arrive, word has worked its way through the slipstream to announce that masters of the universe, Mastodon, will be releasing a new long-player sometime in the foreseeable future. It will officially be titled The Hunter, and the band has gone ahead and revealed the names of four of the tracks off the album. They are: "Blasteroids", "Stargasm", "The Octopus Has No Friends", and "Curl of the Burl".
More details when they become available, but already this sounds awesome.


11 June 2011

TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene Team for Tour

Eight dates to be exact, but TV on the Radio and Broken Social Scene will be sharing the same bill. Pretty fucking exciting if you ask me, but I am only one man. The new TVOTR album, which is unsurprisingly stellar, was released back in April, and they were already touring then and now the live shows will continue on through until at least the end of September. Broken Social Scene have much more relaxed summer plans save for a few Canadian dates, a stop in the Pacific Northwest, and Austin City Limits. Tour dates listed below, as well as the new Broken Social Scene video for "Sweetest Kill" off of Forgiveness Rock Record. (Writer's Note: This video is being described as NSFW. There is some dismemberment going on, this can't be denied and I certainly wouldn't watch this at my work. At the same time, its not that graphic. A lady hacks her man up, and you see her go at his arm with an axe and then a saw. There's blood all over the floor as well, but I would argue I've seen worse. Again, I am only one man though.)
9/6 Boston, MA
9/8 New York, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
9/9 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Centre
9/12 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
9/13 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
9/14 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
9/16 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9/20 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

video for "Sweetest Kill" (NSFW)

Black Lips Daytrotter Session

Arabia Mountain was just dropped on the masses this past week, and if that wasn't enough then head over to Daytrotter for a few more heady cuts. Three of the four recorded appear on the new album, and all four make for a good time.
Also up on Daytrotter at the moment is a set from J Mascis which predictably owns quite a good deal.
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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - "Senator"

As promised, Matador has made a track from the forthcoming Stephen Malkmus album available as a free download. "Senator" is one of fifteen songs on Mirror Traffic, which was produced by Beck and is being released on August 23. The Matador website also indicates that this album will not be a part of the Buy Early Get Now promotion based on a comment that says those instances occur when there is a surplus of extra material to work with which is unfortunately not the case for this joint. However, a preorder will yield a free poster and the first one hundred orders include a flexidisc of "Jo Jo's Jacket", originally released as a promo for the first Malkmus album in December of 2000.
As far as this song goes, dig on it for it is a welcome return. The last offering came out in 2008, so the timing is about right for there to be something new to chew on. Download it, hangout, and see how many times you repeat the lyrics out loud.
From the Matablog

02 June 2011

Woods - "Sun and Shade"

Unforgivably late on this, but there is a new Woods record. As always, it can be ordered through their imprint Woodsist. The official street date is listed as June 14, but the review is already up on Pitchfork and it is available for download on both Amazon and iTunes. No need to think that it'll be anything other than majestic. (Writer's Note: There may be some favoritism in that statement, but its no secret that I really fucking dig this band.)
There's a tour in the works as well with a myriad of supporting acts such as Kurt Vile, the Fresh & Onlys, Ducktails, and White Fence depending on the day. It begins on July 11 in Boston with some stops in Canada and several on the West Coast including Woodsist Festival in Big Sur on July 30 and 31. A couple south dates, and then New York on August 13. Alas, no stops in Philadelphia or Baltimore/DC but they are going across the pond in September.


Shake out of your slumber. It's a new day. Put cigarettes out on your carpet if you need to. My records spin the right way while yours go backward. Move faster than you're comfortable. Could you please spot me a cup of coffee? This heat won't break, and I'm out of clean drawers. A few more days can pass if need be, but shit baby I could use some help. I'm firmly resolving to making apples and coffee my exclusive diet, but I still have my concerns. Two weeks without caffeine, days without food, and a few hours sans smokes. I'm scraping by, and loving it. Do you believe? I'm obligated to so bring on tomorrow. Lazier beings grow tired, but its just getting interesting. Sleeping and rest yield night terrors that are no longer meaningful, time for a change if that's what you want to call it.

Brent Hinds of Mastodon in a Burrito Commercial

Hopefully this is enjoyed by all. This is a jokey spoof but it still features Mastodon's Brent Hinds, who has just finished albums for two side projects, still found time to appear this ad for an Atlanta burrito joint. This dude rocks an awesome face tattoo, a righteous beard, and also totally shreds on the guitar. It goes without saying, but if you ever find yourself in Georgia you should probably stop by Elmyr's for nourishment.

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