RSD 4.19: More releases announced from Sub Pop, Thrill Jockey and James Williamson

Good afternoon readers,

It's possible that this news has already coursed through the navigable and applicable avenues of the world wide web and that my efforts are largely redundant at this point. However, as I'm one to promote the ever more cynical motivation behind Record Store Day and those lovely little exclusives that eBay will subsist upon from late April till Christmastime, I'm going to waste your time and mention this shit anyway. If you choose to read, hope this is helpful.

This first round of release info was provided by Sub Pop:

Sub Pop Makes Record Store Day 2014 Worth Living

Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP
Pissed Jeans: The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP
Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single
The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single

Herewith, details on Sub Pop’s elaborate and ingenious plans for Record Store Day 2014: a quartet of limited-edition releases comprised of two singles, one EP and a full-length-er, all of which will be available for what we are really hoping is a short-ish period of time on Saturday, April 19th at participating retailers. The list of releases includes:
Mudhoney On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP: In 2013 both Mudhoney and Sub Pop turned 25, and, in celebration of this milestone, the band performed on the actual roof of Seattle’s iconic and also very tall Space Needle. Due to space limitations up on top, and the obvious safety issues involved, only about 13 people were able to bear witness to this performance (and you can hear each of them, clapping individually between songs). Our friends at KEXP recorded and broadcast this monumentally historic event, and this limited-edition vinyl LP preserves it for eternity. Limited to 2,700 copies worldwide. Pissed Jeans The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12” EP: Here are four live-in-the-studio tracks that (finally!) give meaning and validation to Sub Pop’s existence. This historic platter is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, and these versions of the tracks are exclusive to this release.

Chad VanGaalen “I Want You Back” 7” Single: This single features four new tracks from the Calgary artist’s vault of unheard music. Exactly none of these tracks appear on Chad's forthcoming album,
Shrink Dust (out 4/29 on Sub Pop!). The dare-we-say incredible cover art is by Chad himself. Limited to 2,300 copies worldwide.

The Notwist “Run Run Run” 12” Single: “Run Run Run” is from the band’s just-released album,
Close to the Glass, and this single also includes three more, unreleased tracks: one new song, and two exclusive remixes of “Run Run Run.” Both sides of the record feature a special double groove, with each parallel groove containing a different song. Limited to 1,900 copies worldwide.

Please find a complete list of individual release details below.

On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle
LP only / Limited Edition of 2,700

1. Touch Me I’m Sick
2. I’m Now
3. The Final Course
4. Into the Drink
5. Chardonnay
6. Who You Drivin’ Now?
7. What to Do With the Neutral
8. I Don’t Remember You
9. Suck You Dry
10. The Only Son of the Widow From Nain

Pissed Jeans
The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC
12” EP / Limited Edition of 3,000

1. Romanticize Me
2. False Jesii Pt. 2
3. Cafeteria Food
4. Teenage Adult

Chad VanGaalen
“I Want You Back”
7” Single / Limited Edition of 2,300

1. I Want You Back
2. Candle
3. It Must Be Alright
4. She Calls for Me

The Notwist
“Run Run Run”
12” Single / Limited Edition of 1,900

1. Run Run Run
2. Run Run Run (Ada remix)
3. Magnificent Fall
4. Into Another Tune (Nuel remix)


 The following items were submitted by Thrill Jockey Records:

A Minor Forest reissue two classic albums for Record Store Day

Alexander Tucker reissues his self-titled debut on vinyl for the first time / Instore at Flashback Records

Glenn Jones will release an EP of live selections and one lost track

Record Store Day is Saturday, 19th April 2014

"… look at how much of the San Francisco trio's legacy has been ratified and perpetuated by indie-rock posterity: Hypnotically slithery emo jangle? Check. Appealingly disruptive math-spazz freakouts? Check. Twitchy dynamic shifts under drawling voice recordings? Check. Exquisitely crass song titles? Check" - SF Weekly

A Minor Forest's two classic albums, Flemish Altruism and Inindependence, will be reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day. Flemish Altruism is being presented with brand new artwork featuring many newly unearthed archival photos and was remastered from the original tapes. The records, which have been out of print for nearly a decade, will be packaged together in a special 4 LP set for Record Store Day and includes both albums in their own gatefold jackets with download cards for the first time. A Minor Forest have reunited and will be touring the US this May. All dates can be found HERE.

The A Minor Forest story begins in the late 80's in San Diego, where Andee (the drummer) and Erik (the guitar player) grew up. Andee was studying art at U.C.S.D., working at the college radio station and playing in a metal band. The bass player in said band was still in high school with Erik, who was pretty much Goth at the time. The two met through this mutual friend and began to hang out. In 1990 Andee moved away, eventually relocating in San Francisco. Erik followed in 1992, moving to the Bay Area to study music at U.C. Berkeley. The two began to play music together that spring. After months of searching for an acceptable bass player, John entered the picture in January of 1993. He had attended music school at Berkeley as well, playing clarinet in the symphony. One week after their first rehearsal, the three played their first show.

In the spring of 1994, Dominique Davison, another music student at Berkeley, began playing cello with the group, helping with recordings and occasional live performances. Through Dominique's band, Spitboy, AMF hooked up with Steve Albini in August of 1995. The band went on to record a number of sessions with both Steve and Bob Weston that would make up Flemish Altruism, their debut record for Thrill Jockey. Dominique left the band shortly before the record came out, but appears on some of that material as well as on various vinyl on releases that came out prior to Flemish. After much touring the band recorded their second record for Thrill Jockey, Inindependence with Brian Paulson in Winter of 1998 in Chicago. The band continued to tour and release singles and make compilation appearances for most of 1998, before deciding to take a hiatus in Fall of 1998. A collection of much of this out of print material and a couple new tracks made it onto the Were They in Some Sort of Fight? CD on My Pal God Records in 1999.

During A Minor Forest's hiatus, Andee went on to play in many bands including Lumen and the currently active Imperils. He became co-owner of Aquarius Records, one of the best record stores in the US. He also started his own record label, Tumult. Erik went on to work in public radio and pursue chamber music with Dominique in their group Threnody Ensemble. This led him to attend graduate school in music at U.C. San Diego. From there, he went on to play with the band Pinback for six years. On Nov. 9th 2013, A Minor Forest played their first show in 15 years at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, which has been followed by jaunts to LA and their birthplace of San Diego. 

"Eddying psychedelia that calls to mind thunderclouds building over an English meadow in the summer" - NME

Alexander Tucker’s self-titled debut was released in a micro-edition on CD-R in 2005, a quiet beginning to a solo career that would establish him as one of Britain’s most forward-thinking songwriters and sound sculptors. In addition to establishing frameworks that Tucker would explore and toy with for the next decade and a half, it also lays the groundwork for his work with Imbogodom and Grumbling Fur, showing his innovation as a songwriter and expert sonic collage-maker. It proves that while his methods have evolved, his bold conceptual schema were set into place from the beginning. This incubative work is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever for Record Store Day 2014, following the acclaim of his duo Grumbling Fur’s breakout LP Glynnaestra. The download code that accompanies the release features over 20 minutes of additional material.
The album was recorded just after Tucker graduated from a 4 year stint at the Slade School of Fine Art, setting out into the wider world in mildly disappointed and unsure of what was to come next. When he set about recording the album, Tucker imagined a collection of sounds that were purposefully out of time, using new technologies and techniques to make sounds that would sound at home on a lost wax cylinder. Tucker populates his soundworld with rudimentary electronics, traditional acoustic instrumentation, field recordings, and free improvisation, presenting himself as a fearless explorer blending styles in ways that would only become popular years after this album’s release.

Alexander Tucker will be celebrating Record Store Day by playing record stores in his home town of London. He is currently in the studio with Daniel O’Sullivan working on a new Grumbling Fur release.

Tucker further explains the process of writing and recording his self-titled debut:

“The first solo recordings i made onto dictaphone soon moved onto the newly introduced mini-disc recorder into which I recorded guitar noise improvisations and field recordings. It wasn't until 2001 that I got hold of my own 8 track machine. Initially I wanted to make a Faust tapes inspired collage of the mini disc improvisations spliced together with the field recordings, this was until i started processing the material through FX and loop pedals to create cut up assemblages.

Around this time I had been on a steady diet of 60's psychedelia, Krautrock, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Bardo Pond, Dead C, Oval, John Fahey, Alexander Spence, Charalambides and Jandek. These influences began to merged to form the basis for my 1st self titled collection of songs and sound worlds. I liked the idea of primitive guitar work next to rudimentary electronics and combining these elements within the same place.”

Limited quantities of the vinyl reissue will include a one-off artwork design for free, each one unique, designed and signed by Alexander Tucker. This offer will be available at selected record stores (more details very soon).

He will be playing a imitate instore at Flashback Records (Essex Road branch) in London, UK on Record Store Day.

“It’s incredibly calming to watch Glenn Jones play acoustic guitar....there’s nothing flashy about his style, only careful consideration as he gently hops over the frets like a lily-padding frog” - NPR
Glenn Jones has emerged as a clear leader in the new wave of American Primitive music for solo acoustic guitar. Many have mentioned his friendship with the late John Fahey, the genre’s progenitor and demigod, but Glenn’s music is truly all his own. His pensive sentimentality and playful spirit, not to mention his innovative technique, have become just as ingrained in
to the style’s DNA as any hallmarks of the original Takoma school. Welcomed Wherever I Go is a collection of live numbers, one featuring fellow guitarist Cian Nugent, and one forgotten tune recorded, speculatively, during the 2007 sessions for Jack Rose’s Dr. Ragtime and His Pals.
“Island III” and “Against My Ruin” were both originally recorded for Glenn’s 2007 album
Against Which the Sea Continually Beats, and were subsequently played live as a medley. The recording that appears on Welcomed Wherever I Go was recorded in December of 2011 at the well-loved and now shuttered Brooklyn club Zebulon. “From A Lost Session” was a recording lost to time until Glenn discovered an unmarked CD-R in his archives, presumably during that classic session with Jack Rose. It is a particularly meditative track for Glenn, in a minor key with an incessant pedal tone not unlike Rose’s pieces of the same era. The entire b-side of the release is occupied by a live take of “The Orca Grande Cement Factory at Victorville,” a duet with similarly innovative guitarist Cian Nugent. Glenn will only play the song live in duet settings where the second musician has little to no preparation or coaching, letting them add to his instrumental musings, ignore them, or destroy them completely. Nugent’s interpretation leans more toward the former.
Welcomed Wherever I Go is being released in a limited edition, vinyl-only format for Record Store Day 2014. Glenn will be doing limited touring in 2014, mostly in support of a new biography on John Fahey by Steve Lowenthal. Welcomed Wherever I Go follows 2013's My Garden State


Stooges alum James Williamson is releasing an album of reconsidered Stooges songs called, Re-licked.  In an attempt to tease the album, Williamson is releasing a Record Store Day exclusive single of "Open Up and Bleed" b/w "Gimme Some Skin," both of which are sung by singer Carolyn Wonderland.

I caught his rendition of "Open Up and Bleed" via Gregg Foreman's The Pharmacy a week or so ago in an episode featuring an interview with Lydia Lunch.  You can find that here

All the info below comes courtesy of Pavement PR.





While on a break from touring this year, the members of The Stooges (sans Iggy) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74. These songs were never properly recorded since the band didn't have a record deal at the time.

James Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming album entitled Re-Licked. "Open Up & Bleed"/"Gimme Some Skin" is the first single from Re-Licked, which will be out later this year. The Stooges' James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & touring drummer Toby Dammit are joined on both tracks by Texas blues singer & guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, who adds her own forceful and soul-drenching takes on these two rarely heard gems.

Re-Licked will also feature other lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time. Songs such as "I Gotta Right," "Rubber Legs," "She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills," "Wild Love" and others will be fronted by a wealth of talented vocalists such as Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink, Lisa Kekuala (The BellRays) and others to be announced soon. 

James Williamson & Carolyn Wonderland's new limited vinyl single "Open Up & Bleed"/"Gimme Some Skin" will be available at independent record stores worldwide on Record Store Day, April 19th.

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