Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Inbox Update: Other Lives, Benjamin Gibbard, Harry Taussig

Here are highlights of a number of notable releases that have landed in my inbox this week...

Other Lives premiere "Tamer Animals" (Atoms For Peace Remix) on Pitchfork

Having wrapped up a successful spring tour, including dates supporting Radiohead, Other Lives are pleased to announce a new remix of their single "Tamer Animals" by Atoms For Peace. Listen to the premiere of "Tamer Animals" (Atoms For Peace Remix) on Pitchfork now. Vinyl & digital release of the remix will be available August 6, 2012 on 50 Weapons. Other Lives are currently on tour in the UK & will be heading off to Japan & China in August before returning to the US & Canada for a full tour this fall with supporting act Indians. Look out for a new Other Lives EP this fall on tbd records (US) / PIAS (Worldwide).

Click here to watch "Tamer Animals" video on Pichfork.

Here are the band's fall tour dates:

10.19 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO

10.20 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT

10.22 - Pink Garter Theatre - Jackson, WY

10.23 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT

10.25 - Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA

10.26 - Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC

10.27 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR

10.29 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA

10.30 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

11.01 - Don Quixote's - Felton, CA

11.02 - Soho - Santa Barbara, CA

11.03 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

11.04 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA

11.05 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ

11.08 - Sons Of Hermann Hall - Dallas, TX

11.10 - Fitzgerald's-Upstairs - Houston, TX

11.12 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL

11.13 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN

11.15 - Gabe's - Iowa City, IA

11.16 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN

11.17 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI

11.19 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI

11.20 - Magic Stick Lounge - Detroit, MI

11.21 - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern - Cleveland, OH

11.23 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON

11.24 - Cabaret Mile-End - Montreal, QC

11.26 - Space Gallery - Portland, ME

11.27 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA

11.28 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

11.29 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

11.30 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, D.C.

12.01 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA

12.03 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA

12.04 - The Basement - Columbus, OH

12.07 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL

12.08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

Benjamin Gibbard to release debut solo album 'Former Lives' on Oct. 16, 2012

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is set to release his debut solo record in fall of 2012. Former Lives will be released on October 15, 2012 in the UK/Europe (City Slang) and October 16th in North America (Barsuk). The 12 tracks were written over the course of eight years but didn’t find their fully realized form until the songwriter moved from his native Seattle down to Los Angeles. The album was recorded at longtime pal Aaron Espinoza’s (Earlimart) studio, The Ship. Limited touring will follow the release of the album.

Information: http://www.benjamingibbard.net/

Tompkins Square releases American primitive guitar pioneer Harry Taussig's first album in 47 years

'Fate Is Only Twice' available on CD/LP/DL on Aug. 21, 2012

Released as a short-run private press LP in 1965, Fate Is Only Once has long been a coveted collectible among American Primitive guitar enthusiasts. The album presages the broader movement. Acoustic musicians were still largely stuck in a rigid "Folk" mindset in 1965, and there are just not that many other examples of the exploratory guitar sounds found on 'Fate' during this time period. Alternating between haunting originals and jaunty blues-based traditional numbers, this absurdly rare LP was reissued by Tompkins Square in 2006. Taussig's only other recorded works appear on the long out-of-print Takoma compilation 'Contemporary Guitar Spring '67' alongside John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Max Ochs and Bukka White. Taussig spent years as an educator, published instructional guitar books, and traveled extensively to photograph weird museums.

Amazingly, he returns with his first album in 47 years, appropriately titled Fate Is Only Twice. The same stark, smoldering playing is evident, all the humor and inventiveness intact.

Available on LP (TSQ2738), CD (TSQ2745) and DL on August 21, 2012.

Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves/ Fontana in the US, Cargo UK for Europe, FUSE for Australia/NZ.

For more information on Tompkins Square releases, click here.

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