Friday, August 7

Doseone Talks Collabs With Tunde and Mike Patton, Alan Moore, More


Also, Themselves reunion and new 13 & God album Doseone Talks Collabs With Tunde and Mike Patton, Alan Moore, More

Art-rap veteran Doseone is pretty busy these days. Earlier this year, he reformed Themselves, the group that he and MC/producer Jel started before forming the prog-rap band Subtle. Themselves released the guest-heavy theFREEhoudini mixtape earlier this year and toured a bit, including a stop at SXSW. On October 30, Anticon will release CrownsDown, the first official Themselves full length since 2002's The No Music.

Meanwhile, Dose also put together the Nevermen, a triple-headed supergroup with TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and avant-rock mogul Mike Patton. They have signed to Lex for the release of their debut album. And along with Fog's Andrew Broder, Dose composed the score for Unearthing, a forthcoming graphic novel from comic book legend Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta). He's also planning another album from 13 & God, the collaborative supergroup that teams Themselves with the Notwist. And he's been teaching a freestyle rapping class in Oakland.

Earlier this week, Pitchfork spoke with Dose about all the irons he's got in the fire. Check it out below.

 

New Release: Nick Oliveri: Death Acoustic


New Release: Nick Oliveri: <i>Death Acoustic</i>

Artist: Nick Oliveri
Album: Death Acoustic
Release Date: October 6
Label: Impedance / MVD Audio

 

Bob Dylan Recording Christmas Album


Bob Dylan Recording Christmas Album

He might be the last person you'd expect to pull a stunt like this, but Billboard reports that Bob Dylan is recording a Christmas album. The man is currently hard at work in Jackson Browne's recording studio in Santa Monica, and he's laid to wax at least four yuletide classics: "Must Be Santa", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "O Little Town of Bethlehem". If the album  hits record stores in time for the holiday season, it'll be Dylan's second full-length this year, following the sort of middling Together Through Life.

As Billboard points out, Dylan (real name: Robert Zimmerman) was born Jewish. There's a long and storied tradition of Jewish performers recording Christmas jams, including Neil Diamond, Phil Spector, and Irving Berlin. There is not, however, a long and storied tradition of canonized counterculture legends recording Christmas jams. Bob Dylan: Still finding ways to shock people!

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 7, 2009 at 9:55 a.m.

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New Release: Carl Craig: 69: The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King


New Release: Carl Craig: <i>69: The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King</i>

Artist: Carl Craig
Album: 69: The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King
Release Date: September 8
Label: Planet E

 

Rising: Joker


Rising: Joker

A few months ago, Joker was just one mysterious name among many that got kicked around dance music message boards. These days, he's still a pretty mysterious figure, but his profile has significantly risen, thanks to a number of inventive singles: "Gully Brook Lane", "Digidesign", the landmark "Purple City".

Joker's take on dubstep is slinkier and more melodic than those of his subwoofer-wrecking contemporaries. Though his tracks annihilate bass bins with the best of them, they make for shockingly rewarding office earbud listening. There's a certain approachability to his 80s videogame textures and Justice-esque discordant synths.

So who is Joker? It turns out that he's a 20-year-old kid from Bristol who doesn't much like talking to foreign journalists on the phone and who listens to tons of 80s synth-funk. Pitchfork recently caught up with Joker and found him to be a man of few words.

 

Thursday, August 6

John Hughes R.I.P.


A musical tribute John Hughes R.I.P.

Variety reports that film director John Hughes died this morning at the age of 59. Hughes was on a visit to New York when he suffered a heart attack while on a morning walk. Hughes directed The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Weird Science. He also wrote and produced Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, as well as many, many others.

This isn't, strictly speaking, a music news story, but Hughes' 1980s movies are jammed with iconic music moments: Judd Nelson's fist hitting the sky to the sound of the Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)", Duckie wailing "Try a Little Tenderness" to Andie Walsh, Ferris Bueller singing "Twist and Shout" from a Chicago parade float. Music from the Psychedelic Furs, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and the Smiths showed up in his movies. The Pretty in Pink soundtrack is one of the best new wave compilations in history. (Hughes' son John Hughes III also runs the Chicago-based indie label Hefty and records music as Slicker.)

Hughes' movies did as much to define and embody that particular cultural era as any other body of work, and they've left an indelible stamp on several generations. (For instance, just try reading an interview with M83 that doesn't make reference to Hughes.)

EDIT: If you read one tribute to Hughes today, make it this from We'll Know When We Get There's Alison Byrne Fields, a former penpal of the reclusive director.

Below, we've compiled a few of our favorite music moments from John Hughes films. Enjoy.

 

News in Brief: Jay-Z, Simian Mobile Disco, David Sylvian, After the Jump


News in Brief: Jay-Z, Simian Mobile Disco, David Sylvian, After the Jump

-- Just when you thought the lead-up to Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 couldn't get any more worryingly lame... MTV reports Mr. Carter will show up on the premiere episode of "The Jay Leno Show" to perform "Run This Town" with Kanye West and Rihanna. Jay fucking Leno?! Gross. The meeting of the Jays is set to go down September 14 on NBC.

-- Dance floor fillers Simian Mobile Disco will take a unique approach to promoting their forthcoming album Temporary Pleasure when they launch an "augmented reality human synthesizer" art installation in London for five days starting on the album's UK release date, August 17 (it's out August 18 in the U.S.). A press release explains: "Augmented reality [is] a new medium, which mixes real-world and computer-generated images, making it look like virtual objects exist in the real world." Let's hope it's nothing like Garfield: The Movie.

-- Veteran UK singer-songwriter-experimentalist and former Japan frontman David Sylvian readies his next solo album, Manafon, for a September 15 release on Samahdisound. The record features contributions from Fennesz, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, and Otomo Yoshihide.

-- The blogger-curated After the Jump Festival returns to Brooklyn August 28-30. Up-and-coming bands looking for (even more) web love this year include Suckers, Free Energy, Das Racist, Julianna Barwick, Javelin, and Acrylics. More info here.

Posted by Ryan Dombal on August 6, 2009 at 4:50 p.m.

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Former Shins Drummer Jesse Sandoval: "I Got Fired"


"It confuses me why [James Mercer] has a hard time saying that." Former Shins Drummer Jesse Sandoval: "I Got Fired"

Talking to Pitchfork back in May, Shins frontman James Mercer explained why keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval were no longer in the band. "It's an aesthetic decision," said Mercer, not elaborating much.

Since that time, both Crandall and Sandoval have been quiet about the split. Sandoval opened up a Portland food truck called Nuevo Mexico.

This week, Sandoval broke his silence with an interview with the Portland Mercury. And let's just say he probably was surprised to read when Mercer told us, "I'm on good terms with those guys, I hope to maintain that. I wouldn't say I'd never work with them again. I love working with those guys."

In the Mercury interview, Sandoval shared feelings about leaving the band-- or, as he puts it, getting fired. "I unequivocally got fired," he said. "And it kind of confuses me why [Mercer] has a hard time saying that. I understand he's probably doing it out of respect for me reading interviews. It might be hard for him to say it, but I got fired. There's no other way of looking at it."

 

Hear the Horrors' Frontman Cover Black Lips [MP3/Stream]


Hear the Horrors' Frontman Cover Black Lips [MP3/Stream]

The next single off of Black Lips' latest album 200 Million Thousand is "Drugs", due out in the UK August 24 via Vice. Which is great.

But the bigger story may be the flip side, which features Horrors lead singer Faris Badwan covering the Lips' "I'll Be With You" under his Lumina moniker. While the original "I'll Be With You" is a vintage old-school rock'n'roll jam, the Lumina version takes things in a decidedly more gothic direction. Stream and/or download Lumina's version of "I'll Be With You" after the jump.

Both Black Lips and the Horrors are on tour now. Press one for Lips dates, and two for Horrors dates.

 

New Release: Thao With the Get Down Stay Down: Know Better Learn Faster


New Release: Thao With the Get Down Stay Down: <i>Know Better Learn Faster</i>

Artist: Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
Album: Know Better Learn Faster
Release Date: October 13
Label: Kill Rock Stars

 

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