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Bjork Preparing Live-ish Album, Adds Dates

Hey! Remember the time Björk toured the globe and there were lasers and exploding columns of flame and an all-lady brass section? Well hold tight to those memories, because Björk has a live album on the way, but from what we gather it won't quite be like that.

Instead, according to the swan princess's website, this will be a "Live Session Album", recorded a few weeks back at London's Olympic Studios and featuring Björk's present live band (so at least we'll get the brass section, plus the electronic-gizmo-handler people).

No word yet on such silly matters as titles, tracklists, release dates, formats, labels, and the like, but hey, the very notion of a Björk live album's existence is enough to take to the water cooler.

And speaking of live Björk, Björk plays live at scattered dates throughout September. She's also added some shows in Mexico and South America. [MORE...]

Waits, Spektor, Metallica Play Neil Young School Benefit
Plus: Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Vedder, Tegan and Sara, Kronos Quartet

The headbang sure has come a long way since "Great Balls of Fire", and to demonstrate just how far, Metallica and Jerry Lee Lewis will soon rock the very same stage. For the kids!

Yes, it's the latest Bridge School Benefit-- the 21st annual, to be sure-- put together by Neil Young. Young's wife Pegi co-founded the school, which, according to its mission statement, seeks "to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities."

Along with Metallica and Mr. Lewis, Young will also perform at the October 27-28 event, as will Tom Waits (joined by Kronos Quartet!), Regina Spektor, Bridge School Benefit vet Eddie Vedder (joined by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Tegan and Sara. Also: John Mayer. The two-day fundraising bash takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater near San Francisco.

Neil Young, as previously reported, has a new album on the way titled Chrome Dreams II. It's due October 16 from Reprise, and according to Mr. Young's website, the new LP will come bundled with a bonus disc at select retailers. In a Pumpkins-esque move, different retailers' bonus discs will each house a different preview track from "The Riverboat", a live disc from the forthcoming Neil Young multi-disc set Archives Volume 1, planned for release early next year.

In addition to the Bridge School Benefit, Young also plays Farm Aid at NYC's Randall's Island on September 9.

Charlie Louvin Tours, Issues Live Disc

We music writers toss a lot of words around lightly: "transcendent," "epic," "boners." But when we refer to someone as a "legend," we're often going a little far. Sure, your band slogged it out on the DIY touring circuit, playing VFW halls and surviving on ramen noodles. But did you sign your first record deal in 1947, count Johnny Cash as a fan and Elvis Presley as an opening act, and have your songs covered by the Byrds, Uncle Tupelo, and the Raconteurs? I don't think so.

So believe me when I tell you that Charlie Louvin is a legend. The 80 year-old country mainstay has released dozens of albums both with the Louvin Brothers-- the group he formed with his late sibling Ira some 60-odd years ago-- and on his own, including this year's self-titled, star-studded LP.

On October 30, Louvin will release a live album on Tompkins Square, recorded at a May 2007 performance at Cincinnati's Shake It Records. And, as befits a guy putting out a disc showing off his live prowess, he'll tour the U.S. for a month starting in mid-September, sharing a few dates along the way with Ms. Lucinda Williams. [MORE...]


Vitalic to Issue Live Album
OK Concertgoer

Maybe they spotted your fake ID coming down the block and turned you away at the door. Perhaps you sipped a few too many appletinis before the show and spent the evening doubled over in a heap of green regret. Or does your agoraphobia make the idea of hordes of people getting down to dance music in the flesh seem a little too much to take?

Whatever the reason, if you've missed out on some of the finer electronic artists doing their thing in front of an audience recently, you're in luck: Pascal Arbez-- the man behind Vitalic-- has joined a few other notables in dropping a live set onto wax this fall.

Recorded at an October 2006 show at Brussels' Ancienne Belgique, Vlive collects a full, unedited, postproduction-free Vitalic throwdown, complete with "extracts" from his awesome OK Cowboy and eight tracks native to his live set. It's out September 24 on Different.

Those of you impervious to the elements and willing to get your troubled groove on with Pascal in person can do so on a handful of Vitalic live appearances across Europe this fall. [MORE...]


White Williams Unfurls Smoke on Debut LP
Tours with Battles, Dan Deacon, Girl Talk

New York City via Cleveland scenester Joe Williams will release Smoke, the debut album from his White Williams moniker, via Tigerbeat6 on November 6.

For his tour this fall in support of the album, Williams will join up with Dan Deacon and way-back pal Girl Talk on their joint jaunt. He'll also play a handful of dates with Battles in November.

Williams' next show is September 5 in New York City. [MORE...]

Oakley Hall Follow You on New LP, Tour

Brooklyn sextet Oakley Hall, recently adopted into the Merge family, will release its first full-length for the label (and fourth overall) on September 11. I'll Follow You is the follow-up to the band's not one but two 2006 albums, Second Guessing and Gypsum Strings.

Sure, four albums released in just over three years is quite an accomplishment by itself, but the band seems intent on keeping up its productive pace with I'll Follow You's accompanying North American tour, scheduled for this fall.

The tour begins September 4 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Joining the band on select dates will be the Clientele, Black Mountain, the 1900s, the Teeth, and Whalebones. [MORE...]

Tiny Masters of Today Pal Around With YYYs, Liars, CSS

Surely it's been said before, but it bears repeating: Tiny Masters of Today are exactly that. Tiny. Barely-teenaged bro Ivan and sis Ada-- two years Ivan's junior-- threw a few tracks on MySpace some months back, which caught the attention of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion/Jena Malone drummer Russell Simins. (Simins would end up drumming for TMT both in concert and on Bang Bang Boom Cake, their debut album.)

Eventually, other oldsters caught on. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, CSS, and Liars became friends, and none other than David Bowie compared them to Suicide and (flatteringly, we'll assume) gloriously terrible amateur rock legends the Shaggs. They truly are tiny masters of today...but do they pack their own lunches?

Bang Bang Boom Cake
, already out in the UK from Mute, is coming to the U.S. and Canada from World's Fair imprint Great Society. The disc features guest appearances from Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, Fred Schneider of the B-52s, and Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes.

In addition to touring the globe and releasing an album long before they discover the healing power of Clearasil, the band is also trying its hand at knob-twiddling. The Tiny Masters of Today remix of Liars' "Clear Island" will appear on a forthcoming single plucked from the Liars LP, and Liars have returned the favor with a remix of the Tiny Masters' "Hey, Mr. DJ", which will appear on the single for that song, due September 17 on Mute.

CSS also remixed "Hey, Mr. DJ", which can be downloaded below. Of TMT, Adriano Cintra from CSS said, "I first heard Tiny Masters on MySpace. I got really crazy about them, I wanted to have younger brother and sister like them. Kinda of, hey, let's make party songs for when we get I am older and I'm glad I got Tiny Masters as friends!"

Makes you wish you played a lot less Earthworm Jim when you were 13, don't it? [MORE...]


Sufjan, McBean on Chris Schlarb's Asthmatic Kitty LP
"Schlarb" is a really fun word to say

How does one flip a life as a UPS driver, a beatmaker, and a father into that of an indie-folkie/free-jazzbo? Perhaps only renaissance guy Chris Schlarb can say for sure. Papa Schlarb, when not running the Sounds Are Active label or performing in the free jazz groups Create (!) and I Heart Lung, has been raiding his address book for Twilight and Ghost Stories, his guest-laden Asthmatic Kitty solo debut.

Schlarb's 40-minute, single-track composition is out December 4. He's joined in his quest to test your patience by Sufjan Stevens (who contributes piano), Black Mountain's Stephen McBean (who "muses inaudibly about music boxes"), Castanets frontguy Ray Raposa, Dirty Projectors main man Dave Longstreth, Liz Janes, Half-Handed Cloud's John Ringhofer, Future Rapper's Michael Kaufmann, Sandy Ewan of Weird Weeds, and many others. It was recorded in parts on a Parisian hill, in an Icelandic home designed by a Nazi, and all over these United States.


Black Moth Super Rainbow Reissue Early Material

Did your Dandelion Gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight? Fear not, psych-o! Black Moth Super Rainbow, those on-the-rise Pennsylvanian popsters, are letting fans run loose like kids in a candy shop through their tasty back catalog and reissuing their first two little-heard releases. Dee-lish!

There's 2003's Falling Through a Field, which gathers four-track and sampler recordings of future Black Moth favorites in their infancy, and 2004's Start a People, which shows off the band's fixation with the sounds of PBS television (think more "3-2-1 Contact", not "Wishbone"). Both arrive complete with bonus tracks October 23 from Graveface.

And that's not all! Black Moth bassist Power Pill Fist's second solo album KONGMANIVONG is out this month on Graveface, and band leader Tobacco has a new DVD, entitled Fucked Up Friends, with a dozen new compositions set to visuals. Perhaps you saw the too-hot-for-YouTube "Hairy Candy" on the dare-to-bare Forkcast?

But wait, there's more! Black Moth Super Rainbow are touring with Flaming Lips, Aesop Rock, and their own bad selves throughout the fall. [MORE...]

Funny Guy Michael Showalter Readies Debut Album
He's outta heeeeere

Michael Showalter, one of the actors and writers behind "The State" and "Stella" as well as Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter (which he also directed), will release his first comedy album on November 13 via JDub Records.

The record, Sandwiches & Cats, is a mixture of stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy recorded in the studio and at shows this past July at Brooklyn's Union Hall and Chicago's Lakeshore Theater. In addition to guest appearances from Janeane Garofalo and Eugene Mirman, it features six tracks ("Erotica", "We Had to Do the Show!", "The Mountain", "Lake Wasood", "Sandwich Commandments", and "Erotica (Radio Edit Version)") performed by a band called the Doilies made up of Showalter and his friend/fellow actor Zak Orth.

Showalter's single scheduled live appearance is tomorrow, August 31, at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival with Stella, his group with Michael Ian Black and David Wain. [MORE...]


Lou Reed Preps Live Metal Machine Music CD/DVD

Lou Reed has switched his focus from one old album to another, from Berlin to the even more daunting Metal Machine Music. With his theatrical adaptation and subsequent European tour of the former out of the way now, Reed will release a CD/DVD performance of the latter via Asphodel on September 4 in the U.S. and September 3 in the UK and Europe.

The new Metal Machine Music release is a live document of Reed's performance of the album with German avant-garde chamber orchestra Zeitkratzer at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele on March 17, 2002 in Berlin. The performance showcases Zeitkratzer's transcribed score of the piece (quite a feat for a record that's bascially a bunch of guitar feedback) and features Reed slinging the electric guitar.

The DVD portion of the package includes the performance and an exclusive, 25-minute interview with Reed himself.

Ex-Q and Not U Dude Becomes President
Would that it were true, sigh

With his former Q and Not U bandmate Chris Richards making plenty of noise as Ris Paul Ric and ex-Q stickman John Davis turning into George James, Harris Klahr went for some serious oneupsmanship: he named his new project President, and named his debut record Take Music.

So where is Klahr planning to Take Music exactly? Well, as our Marc Hogan wrote in his Forkcast post on Take Music closer "In the Sun", he's headed to a spot "as relaxed as it is heliolithic." This being the news section, we're more apt to tell you Take Music is heading to the Friends label September 4 for a digital-only release, though an accompanying 12" of non-LP tracks is on the way. Sounds (d)electable!

President has a single show slated at the moment, September 23 at Brooklyn's Monkeytown. I imagine the "Hail to the Chimp" joke quotient at that show to be high. [MORE...]
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