Apparently volume 3 of The Pitchfork Review, which is some “quarterly of long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera, The Pitchfork Review documents music culture, past and present," contains a vinyl single featuring this new song from King Tuff and one from The Lentils.
Huh, didn’t know any of this was on the way, but I do love all things King Tuff.
I love the original iconic JP movie art so much, that I might’ve been worried about the album art had I know it was on the way. But each of the two versions album art was done spectacularly, and couldn’t be more perfect. Especially the version A gatefold interior, almost worth not have the Amber just for that. Ogle some pictures below before you breakdown and snag a copy for yourself.
I spent much of my childhood listening to the JP soundtrack on cassette until I wore that thing out, and its been on my mind to snag a vinyl copy of this for too long. Brilliant reissue Mondo. Well played, well played.
That about sums up my love for all things King Tuff. Wish it was coming a little sooner than September 23rd, but I guess I can content myself blasting his first two albums while cruising these hot summer days. I honestly had no idea this was even on the way, but it sounds like its wasn’t completely planned on their end either:
It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014.
No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The Devil.
So STFU and pre-order that deluxe loser edition Sub Pop wax, cause Kyle never disappoints.
King Tuff - Black Moon Spell LP is up for pre-order from Sup Pop now, and all preorders will receive the fancy Loser Edition on glow-in-the-dark and black splatter colored vinyl. In addition, customers who pre-order will also receive the following, while supplies last:
-An embroidered patch featuring art from the album cover.* -An instant download of the first single, “Eyes of the Muse”. -Advance access to stream Black Moon Spell in full, 1 month before street date, exclusively from your SubPop.com account.
Obligatory post to share a pic of my hand dipped one of a kind Tobacco vinyl that finally arrived after a month of manufacturing delay, and then then another month being lost in world of forgotten mail that is the USPS. It was sold out pretty instantly, but you can still grab it on yellow vinyl, a killer album regardless of the extra fancy vinyl variant.
Damn this track is good. Happy to hear I’ll catch some new tracks when I see them play Pearl Street end of September. Oh yeah, fall tour schedule is up as well. The new album, Ritual in Repeat is out 9/9
Grab the first single as a free download from Tennis for the cost of an email.
New Beverly album is even better than I was expecting. This track in particular has some nice harmony going on, giving me some serious Grass Widow vibes. The vinyl is delivered and pretty as you can see. Go grab one for yourself.
Audio Preview from Karen O Crush Songs. Well sort of…
If you’re a fan of Karen O/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you probably heard the news of a solo album on the way called Crush Songs. However this is not new material, but recorded in private back when she was around 27 in 2005 as described in the hand written note accompanying the release pre-order on her website.
I’ll mention the fancy limited edition that was sold out almost immediately this week, which just resurfaced for sale again. Act quickly before it vanishes again.
Karen O - Crush Songs LP is available as a limited, signed, and numbered LP on sunburst colored vinyl + custom envelope containing 15 cards of personal drawings with hand-written lyrics. Pre-order the deluxe vinyl now. Regular ol’ boring vinyl to come
But what I find more interesting is that you can already hear likely what Crush Songs will sound like from the 2006 leaked personal recording K.O. At Home. On December 10, 2006, a home-recorded album titled K.O. At Home was leaked via an invite-only bittorrent tracking site. The album, originally a personal gift to Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, was discovered inside a suitcase Sitek left behind in a New York City apartment. The disc’s 14 tracks and scan of the cover — a photograph of Karen O with Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, with an Oscar Wilde quote written on the back — quickly spread. Karen O’s response to the leak was “shit happens” and although she was somewhat “grossed out,” she offered advice on which of the mp3s she liked the best.
These demo recordings from K.O. At Home were recorded around the same time as described by Karen O in the Crush Songs note, and even the album title alludes to possibly the incident with Dave Sitek.
Whatever Crush Songs ends up sounding like, I doubt it’ll be K.O. At Homeverbatim, but maybe we’ll hear some of these demos again, and at the least it’ll keep you occupied in the meantime.
I feel like there’s gonna be a love it or hate it split on the mixing route Spoon has clearly taken with the new album out July 31st. Its super raw and dirty, almost demo like mixing. A very different sound from the polished pop we’ve heard before, but I am so down with it. Props to Spoon for experimenting with a different sound, and not just pumping out identical tracks to the last couple of albums. In my mind, musicians that evolve their sound across many albums show much more inherent talent to bands pumping out the safe tried and true formula from their last album. Plus I just like it rough n dirty.
Spoon - They Want My Soul LP is available in two 180g vinyl variants. Translucent blue vinyl with a glow-in-the-dark album album cover or white vinyl without the fancy jacket. Pre-order either now from them directly
Alex Hungtai, aka Dirty Beaches, is a musician that is incredibly difficult pigeonhole into a particular sound, even after making music for the past six years across 3 dozen various releases. Yeah he recorded the hyped (not unjustly) Badlands LP in 2011, but everybody seemed to glaze over the real gems scattered throughout his extensive catalog. Singles on obscure labels, limited cassettes, splits 2 & 4 ways, OSTs and more. Alex’s real remarkable talent, is that he can keep reinventing and changing his sound without ever sounding contrived or anything other than himself.
Case and point is this Hotel EP, which I’m thrilled is getting the proper vinyl treatment for us Dirty Beaches diehards. His intimate sharing of how he came to compose these songs, without even knowing how to play the piano, completely exemplifies exactly why he will remain one of my favorite contemporary artists.
Dirty Beaches - Hotel EP is Ltd to 200 copies on vinyl, with only about40 copies remaining at this time, order your directly from Big Love. Originally it was only available as a bonus CD to purchases of Drifters / Love Is The Devil exclusively from Big Love, but it is now available on vinyl for the first time. A little pricey at about $35 ppd, but once its gone, you can be sure there will be no repress and everyone will be holding on to their copies. If you just want some digitals, grab it from his BnDcMp here.
Brief Info on HOTEL:
During the past 4 European tours (between 2011-2012) there would be occasionally a piano in the lobby or somewhere close to the dining area in the hotels we’ve stayed. Sometimes at night around 3 or 4am when I can’t sleep, I would sneak downstairs and play the piano and record bits and pieces of ideas onto my cellphone. Of course, there were many times I was caught and was asked to leave and stop disturbing the other guests that were sleeping, and it was quite embarassing…
But that was the birth of the idea of HOTEL. Later on during the writing and recording of Drifters in Montreal, I taught myself note by note how to translate these ideas into actual piano pieces. I don’t know how to play the piano, as you can probably tell from this recording, haha. But there are a lot of emotions and ideas that I find very expressive and intimate in this instrument. It gave me a voice to communicate these very intimate thoughts that I tried to relay back to the one person that meant the world to me.
In hindsight, perhaps this is some sort of prelude to the story that later became Drifters/Love Is The Devil. Hotels are very powerful symbols I find as it could be some sort of purgatory, a stopping point between A and B, but never yet as defining as the destination. Just a pit stop between before and after. Of heartbreaks, romance, and isolation, it could be everything and anything in your mind. A place where the morning light sets upon that person’s face that you adore laying next to you, or an empty room full of dark shadows on a wall full of blood and shit stains. Or perhaps, just a waiting room of some sort before you escape this limbo, a place where time doesn’t exist.
I wish you all in good health, and in good spirits.
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