We’re shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Women guitarist, Chris Reimer. Chris’ virtuosic playing is one of the many reasons we fell in love with this band in the first place. If you were lucky enough to ever see them play live, you know what we mean. Always calm and collected while shredding. So much fun to watch. All of that aside, Chris was an incredible friend. He was one of the warmest and funniest people we’ve been lucky to know and work with. As sad as this is, it’s hard to not smile when thinking of him. Our love and support goes out to Chris’ family and friends. So so much love for you, Chris.
Small Black’s Moon Killer mixtape is now available on this 11th day of the 11th month and 11th full moon of 2011. The mixtape features a bunch of new jams, two collaborations with Heems of Das Racist, remixes by Star Slinger & Phonetag and some other goodies. They’ll be playing a release party next Friday at Glasslands in Brooklyn w/ Heavenly Beat and some very special guests. Nab tickets right HERE. Visit Small-Black.com for more info on the show and the mixtape. For now, Moon Killer on repeat:
Lots going down in the Moonface world today. First off, that picture above was sent to us a few days ago from Finland. Spencer is currently holed up in a Finnish studio recording a new Moonface record with Siinai. We haven’t heard a ton from the session but it’s safe to say you’ll be stoked.
Second, Moonface will be heading back out on tour this October in the US playing ALL THE HITS from Organ Music not Vibraphone like I’d Hoped. Joining Spencer will be world renowned nice guy/electric marimba player, Mike Bigelow. Click on through for a full list of stops.
Joyful Noise will be reissuing Dinosaur Jr’s 1988 classic “Bug” on cassette come June 21st. The limited edition cassettes sold out in no time flat but the band will be selling them on tour where they’ll be playing “Bug” in it’s entirety. Check out the tour dates HERE and more info on Joyful Noise HERE.
Pink Mountaintops recently remixed Lia Ices’ “Love Is Won” from Grown Unknown. Our friends at RCDRD LBL put it best:
What starts as just voice and piano slowly builds to a crescendo with layers of electronic noise, a subtle electric guitar playing country licks, and heartbeat-like drumming. It maintains the restrained, dramatic performances of Grown Unknown while still adding a bit of bombast.
In late June, Lou, Murph, and J will be playing their classic 1988 album Bug in it’s entirety at select shows along the East Coast and in London. Joining them will be: Thurston Moore, OFF!, Fucked Up, Flaming Lips, Deerhoof as well as Henry Rollins who will be interviewing Dino live. Full dates and details below. More
Unfortunately, Women will be canceling their European tour which was planned to start later this month. Here’s the official statement from their manager, Ian Russell:
“With a heavy heart, we regret to say that the band Women is exhausted and are in need of a break from touring. They have experienced a lot of stress recently, and this culminated in a disastrous public conflict on Friday. Band members have been suffering from poor health, and are in near-exhaustion; as of today, all upcoming shows have been cancelled.
We feel that it’s necessary to emphasize that this is a very difficult time for the band, and is not a trivial decision for a group that has spent as much time touring as they have. The band is a close-knit group of friends that have known each other since elementary school, and the personal health of these individuals forces this decision.
The band would appreciate some privacy as they sort things out and recover.”
It’s definitely a bummer that the tour is off but it was, as Ian mentioned, a very tough decision to make. Right now personal health and well being is most important and everyone at Jagjaguwar is hoping that’s attainable.
Wonderful news, friends! Our Canadian brethren in Women have released another song for your aural consumption. “Narrow With The Hall” is the third track on the guy’s new record, “Public Strain,” and it’s quite possibly the best marriage of melody and chaos that you’ll hear anytime soon. Go forth and spread the MP3 HERE.
The guys are currently on tour in Europe where they stopped by the BBC studios to record a session with Mark Riley. They’ll be hitting the US with friends DD/MM/YYYY and Manchild later this month. Check out the full list of dates below: More
Have you ever listened to a Black Mountain song and thought “Man, the only thing that could make this better is if J Mascis was shredding ALL OVER this piece!” Dudes. SAME HERE! Thankfully, Mr. Mascis (Emperor of Shredington) has granted us this wish.
That’s right, folks. When you pre-order Women’s stellar new record, “Public Strain,” you’ll get a limited edition 7″ that includes two brand new, non-album, tracks. Here’s a little more info on the songs:
Both tracks on this limited 7″ deliver additional insight into the collision of style that informs Women’s complex new album. “Grey Skies,” a pristine, 1950’s slow dance weeper is a throwback to an era when musical composition wasn’t entirely hinged-upon irony. “Service Animal” seamlessly bounces upon charmingly polarized guitar phrases and 60’s inspired melody.”
Above is a picture of the beaut. You can snag your own copy by pre-ordering HERE.
It’s been just under 2 years since the self titled debut release from these Canadian dudes. They were hard at work in that time, though. Matt toured China with Marnie Stern. Mike released a record on St. Ives with his band Friendo. And, as Women, they played over 200 shows around the world. Somewhere in between all of that, they found time to write and record a new record. That record is titled: Public Strain More
BJ, Dan, and Joe, of Parts & Labor, have been laying low for sometime now. BJ has played a few shows as Shooting Spires while Dan has been out and about under the moniker of “Dan Friel”. In between those, all three of the guys have been writing new material as Parts & Labor and now they’re ready to unleash them on the world! Well, more specifically, DC, Philly, and Brooklyn. Above you’ll see the video flyer that BJ made along with his fish for the shows.
If you guys go, upload the shows to youtube. KTHNX!
It’s been almost a full two weeks since we regrettably had to part ways with Austin, TX and some of us here at the office still can’t get the smell of spilled street beer out of our noses. Oofda. Helping us forget about that nauseous oder are the guys of Small Black. If you had a chance to see them at SXSW, you likely also saw their Glo-town Revue (SWISH!) with Washed Out. If you weren’t lucky enough, do not fret, dear friend, for the Internet has your back.
Yours Truly and Pitchfork.tv were on hand at the Klub Krucial* show and filmed a few songs from the Washed Out set. Check out a live show with 5 front men HERE.
Also, the guys will be on tour for a few more days:
It’s been a little over two years, or 1,051,200 minutes, or roughly 61,835 back-to-back “Bright Lights” since the release of “In The Future”. All of the Black Mountaineers have been staying busy, though.