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WAVVES Album Cover & Track Listing

2010-05-27

In Stores August 03
 
01 “King Of The Beach”
02 “Super Soaker”
03 “Idiot”
04 “When Will You Come?”
05 “Post Acid”
06 “Take On The World”
07 “Baseball Cards”
08 “Convertible Balloon”
09 “Green Eyes”
10 “Mickey Mouse”
11 “Linus Spacehead”
12 “Baby Say Goodbye”

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Smith Westerns Sign To Fat Possum

2010-05-26

 
Smith Westerns are recording an album this summer that will be released on Fat Possum.  They are on the road right now in Europe and will be in the US with The Big Pink later this summer as well as the Pitchfork Music Festival.

see more tour dates below

05.27 - Primavera Sound Festival - Barcelona, Spain *Pitchfork Stage*
05.30 - Primavera Sound Festival - Barcelona, Spain *Parc Joan Miro*
06.01 - La Fleche D'or - Paris, France
06.02 - Nation of Shop Keepers - Leeds, UK
06.03 - Nice and Sleazys - Glasgow, UK
06.04 - Spanky Van Dykes - Nottingham, UK
06.05 - Deaf Institute - Manchester, UK
06.06 - Freebutt - Brighton, UK
06.07 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
06.08 - Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden
06.10 - Debaser - Malmo, Sweden
06.11 - Lades - Copenhagen, Denmark
06.12 - Grunger Jager - Hamburg, Germany
06.13 - Waalsekrook - Brussels, Belgium
06.14 - Camp Basement - London, UK
06.15 - Madame Jojo's - London, UK
06.16 - The Garage - London, UK
07.17 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL
07.29 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA %
07.30 - Black Cat - Washington, DC %
07.31 - Maxwells - Hoboken, NJ %
08.03 - The Basement - Columbus, OH %
08.04 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI %

% with The Big Pink

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Camu Tao "King of Hearts" In Stores August 17 on Fat Possum / Definitive Jux

2010-05-25

 via Definitive Jux

Camu Tao, the legendary MC, producer, and singer, whose life was tragically cut short on May 25th, 2008 after a protracted battle with lung cancer, will have his debut solo album and final statement, King of Hearts, posthumously released on August 17, 2010 as a collaborative release between Fat Possum Records and Definitive Jux.  Described by friends, peers and colleagues as "wild, proud, loving, tough, outspoken, spontaneous, and brilliant," Tao was a creative powerhouse whose output was as staggering in its scope of influences as it was emotionally evocative. El-P describes King of Hearts as "raw, exciting and unlike anything anyone has heard."  Even newer school rappers feel the impact of Camu's work, "These songs are so before their time it's ridiculous" says Kid Cudi.  Cage sums up the album as "a masterpiece in the making."


Camu got his start in the late 90’s alongside RJD2 and Copywrite in Columbus, OH’s seminal hip hop group MHZ whose releases were issued by Bobbito Garcia's legendary vinyl only label Fondle 'Em Records. After dropping his cult classic solo debut 12-inch Hold the Floor on Definitive Jux in 2001 he went on to become a central fixture at the label, his distinctive contributions playing a key role in The Weathermen (his crew with Aesop Rock, Cage, El-P, Yak Ballz, Tame One and Breeze Brewin) and as one half of S.A. SMASH (alongside Keith "Metro" Lawson) on their 2003 Def Jux full length album Smashy Trashy. As a producer his brilliant contributions are evidenced on Cage's seminal album Hell's Winter, and The Perceptionists’ Black Dialogue, as well as appearances on Aesop Rock's Danger, Fire & Knives, El-P's Fantastic Damage and Collecting the Kid, Prefuse 73's Surrounded By Silence, and many, many others.


At the time of his death Camu Tao was working on what his friends and colleagues anticipated to be his breakthrough solo record, King of Hearts, initially scheduled for release on Definitive Jux in 2008, but left incomplete in the wake of his cancer diagnosis. Pieced together from the demos and home recordings he left behind (which have subsequently earned him fans amongst such esteemed peers as Dangermouse, Kid Cudi, and many others), the new release offers a privileged view of a magnum opus in the making by a blossoming visionary who was denied the opportunity to bring his unique masterpiece to fulfillment. The record marks a departure from his former works, most notably as it finds Camu favoring a distinctively playful, semi-soul croon as well as the off-kilter and wild rapping that earned him a reputation among peers and fans as an innovative genius. Musically King of Hearts delves into realms of gritty, electropunk pop, alternately veering between the dark carnival-esque and the sublimely summery. Pleasantly disorienting electronic tones cascade and pulse as dense, propulsive beats build a solid foundation upon which Tao constructs immensely hooky and infectious choruses. Written and produced by Camu himself, King Of Hearts is the last vision of a criminally underrated talent in the midst of a major artistic breakthrough cut short before being fully completed.


Also prior to his death Camu Tao formed production crew and side project Central Services with longtime friend & collaborator El-P, whose long awaited 2004 debut EP Forever Frozen in Television Time has gone unreleased until now. In conjunction with the release of King of Hearts Definitive Jux will be issuing Central Services’ EP as a free digital download.


Thoughts on King of Hearts:


"These songs are so before their time it’s ridiculous. The melodies and
harmonies are very clever, the lyrics are quick witted and his vocal
arrangements are genius. People need to hear this shit and know this
man's story. Camu was a great future Ohio talent who I'm sure would
have made a huge mark in this mediocre industry." - Kid Cudi


“It's a shame he couldn't fully finish this record and an even bigger  
shame we lost him. You can feel the pain in his voice as you get lost  
in his words and music. King of Hearts is a masterpiece in the making.” – Cage


"I can't tell you how exciting it is to be able to finally put our
dear friend Camu Tao's King Of Hearts record out and to have
partners like the good people at Fat Possum to do it.  The music is
raw, exciting and unlike anything anyone has heard.  Finally we get to
share the final vision of this very special person with you all." - El-P


"When i was played the Camu tracks, I thought it was one of the best things I'd ever heard from the Def Jux camp.  I'm really anxious and excited to release King of Hearts, and to be working with Def Jux." - Matthew Johnson (founder Fat Possum)


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Band of Horses / Rock For Kids

2010-05-14

 
The new Band of Horses album Infinite Arms is out May 18th. Band of Horses, Fat Possum Records, Columbia Records, and WXRT have teamed up with Chicago non-profit Rock for Kids to offer a unique opportunity: Purchase a copy at any Chicago area Target - its first week of release - and $1 of the proceeds will go to Rock for Kids -- a non-profit organization that provides support, hope, inspiration and assistance to underserved children and teens.

 
Mission Statement: Rock For Kids is a non-profit organization that provides support, hope, inspiration and assistance to underserved children and teens. Realizing that music can be a positive motivator in a young person's life, Rock For Kids provides free year-round music education for children in need. Rock For Kids positively impacts and celebrates young lives by offering access to safe and constructive learning experiences through which children may challenge themselves, build self-esteem and explore their own creative potential.

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Crocodiles West Coast Tour w/ Dum Dum Girls

2010-05-05

 
6.23.10  New Parish, Oakland CA

w/ Dum Dum Girls


6.25.10  Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR


w/ Dum Dum Girls


6.26.10  High Dive, Seattle WA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


6.29.10  Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


6.30.10  Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


07.01.10  Echo, Los Angeles CA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


07.02.10  Casbah, San Diego CA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


07.03.10  Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA


w/ Dum Dum Girls


  


 

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Wavves' Talk New Album with Pitchfork

2010-05-04

via Pitchfork

Last year, Wavves released Wavvves, an album of lo-fi, home-recorded noise-pop that made mastermind Nathan Williams internet-famous. Since then, he's had a tumultuous year-and-a-half, leaving a trail of onstage meltdowns and inter-band feuds behind him. And somewhere in there, he found time to record the follow-up to Wavvves.

The new album, tentatively titled King of the Beach, is due August 3 from Fat Possum. Williams recorded the album with his touring band, former Jay Reatard rhythm section of Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes. And he recorded it in an actual professional studio, Sweet Tea in Oxford, Mississippi, with Modest Mouse helmsman Dennis Herring producing.

Recently, Williams spoke to Pitchfork about the new album.

Pitchfork: What's the story behind the tentative title King of the Beach?

Nathan Williams: It's a real strong, strong backbone name. It's a little bit of a joke, but it's also just a name of one of the songs on the record.

Pitchfork: What are some of the other song titles?

NW: So many other songs. There's 11 more songs. We're gonna release a tracklisting pretty soon, as well.

Pitchfork: I saw you posted a video of you playing a couple of those songs in Memphis. It's hard to tell these things from a live YouTube, but they seem to have this sort of classic California punk thing going on, like the Adolescents or something.

NW: The story going into it is pretty ridiculous. There was a lot of weird stuff that went down. We recorded in this place called Sweet Tea in Mississippi; it's just this beautiful studio. It has anything imaginable that I could do. At first, I was a little taken aback, kind of scared to do it. Once we got into it and started recording, that's what the songs started to sound like. It's the same style of writing that I did before, but it comes through a lot different when you can actually hear everything. I love the Adolescents and a lot of those older California punk bands.

Pitchfork: Why did you use the studio in Mississippi?

NW: I met the guy that produced it, Dennis, last time I did a U.S. tour. He came in and said he really wanted to record me. At that point, I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do for the next record. It was kind of up in the air, and the more and more I got used to the idea of actually going and recording a record in the studio, the more I liked it.

The last thing I wanted to do was record the same record again. A lot of bands kind of get comfortable with something like that; once they know they've got something that some people like, they'll just go and try and recreate that. I just feel like that would've been so fucking boring to do. I wanted to just do something completely different. That was the beginning of the whole thing. But once I got into it, it wasn't even about recording a different record, necessarily. I was just trying to make the best record that I could, and I think that's what we did.

Pitchfork: Dennis Herring produced the last two Modest Mouse albums, and he also did a Counting Crows album.

NW: Yeah, he's got a bunch of gold and platinum records on his wall. That was the scariest thing when I went in there. I started talking to him, and I see a Counting Crows platinum record on the wall. I was like, "What the fuck did I get myself into here?" But obviously I don't sound like Counting Crows, so once I got that out of my head and realized I could use the studio to record songs how I wanted to do them, then it was more exciting than it was daunting.

Pitchfork: So will this album be cleaned up, sound-wise? Without the tape hiss?

NW: Yeah. It's clean as a whistle. Again, I don't think people wanted to hear me make the same record again. I think it would've been boring. I didn't want to do it either. It would've been boring to do.

Pitchfork: You did this one with Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes. How was it recording with the same band that you've been touring with?

NW: It was the best experience I've had recording, ever. It was so much fun. It was really cool to actually do it with other people this time. Obviously, I've previously recorded everything myself. To have some input from a couple of other people was really cool, and to have them there supporting. Everybody's in the same boat, either floating or drowning. It was a real bonding experience. We all sat in a bed together and hugged each other with our shirts off.

Pitchfork: Those guys had worked together as a rhythm section before you linked up with them. Since they already had a connection and a history, did that make things easier?

NW: Yeah, they get along. They both have been playing music together for years. Obviously, they played with Jay [Reatard] for the past maybe five years. It was cool because they're both really good at what they do. We'd gone over some of the songs we played live when we were touring in Europe, and we had a week off before we went to the studio. So we didn't really have very much time to practice the songs, but they're both really good musicians, and it came together really quickly. It was a lot of fun.

Pitchfork: A year between albums is a pretty quick turnaround. Do you want to put out an album every year?

NW: I would. I like recording better than I do touring or anything else. If I could, I'd be in the studio year-round. That's not really a possibility at this point. I'd love to be able to record a new record every year. I have enough material to record another record now. Anytime I get a chance to sit down and actually put the songs down, to try and create them into something, I'm always really excited.

Pitchfork: You've worked with Hella's Zach Hill. Are you guys going to work together more?

NW: We already recorded the record. That one's done. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it yet. It's just sitting there. It's done. I'll probably release it myself, maybe later in the year when I'm out of my contract or something like that. And then on to the next one.

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Cheap Stuff From Amazon

2010-05-03

 
Amazon must be killing it if they can offer albums this cheap.  You can go pick up The Black Keys record "Thickfreakness" for only $5 at Amazon.com.  Insane deals like this are, well, insane.  Don't trip over your mouse while rushing to get over there.  This deal lasts for the entire month of May.

While you're there, it appears that Jaguar Love's "Hologram Jams" will be $5 as well.  Get on over there and get you some records.

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