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Dancing About Architecture Indie Music News 10.19.10

October 19, 2010 | Posted by Ian Wright

The bit at the start.

Howdy, there’s not a whole lot interesting stuff going on this week so it’s something of a short one but I want to start off by referring to something from last week’s column.

Remember the Steve Albini slamming Sonic Youth for being major label sellouts or whatever it was that got him in a tizzy when he spoke to GQ? Well he wasn’t completely negative in it and did take time to cite Grandfather, a band that he’d worked with recently as one that he admired for their approach to their music and the control they exerted over it’s release. Well the band have showed an awful lot of gumption and followed up on as much reporting of the Albini story as possible to point out that they’re very much a DIY outfit and the album that they recorded with Albini is available for stream and download for free on their website.

In fact it’s right here, and you know what, it’s rather good. Lots of heavy grunge era sounds, some really sick sounding Jesus Lizard style guitar tones, well worth hearing, I’d check it out were I you.

Beg, borrow, buy, steal or download this album.

Porn On Vinyl – Old Folk’s Home

Went up on bandcamp last night, unfairly good in places.

Listen to it here.

So that’s two good records you can listen to today that you probably didn’t know existed before you read the last hundred or so words.

So I guess my work here is done.

Shit, right, the news.

You news, you lose

Oddest idea for a cover ever?

Remember “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart?”


Single by Elton John and Kiki Dee?


Here’s the video if that was a “no,” sort of, be warned, it’s pretty terrible, but it does have muppets in it.

Well if I told you to guess which well regarded indie type peeps had covered it who would you go for? Personally I’d say the chick from Best Coast and the dude from Dirty Projectors (who tried to do all the music from remembering how it went having not heard it for years).

I bet you’re wrong, because the answer is Craig Finn from The Hold Steady, and Frightened Rabbit, from Scotland.

The song will be a b-side to FR’s upcoming single “The Loneliness & the Scream” which is out on November 22nd internationally and December 6th in the US on Fatcat. Frightened Rabbit recorded it in Glasgow and Finn did his part (he’s doing the Kiki Dee bits) in New York.

Scott Hutchinson told the Ragged Words website, “The b-side has been an idea of mine for a couple of years, actually– two guys singing the Elton John/ Kiki Dee duet. When I was making a list of the ideal Kikis, Craig Finn was at the top. I couldn’t believe it when he agreed to do the part. I imagined it sounding like two drunk guys doing the whole ‘I love you, man’ speeches towards the end of a drunken night. I don’t think there are many writers who document scenarios like these better than Craig. He is quite simply one of my favourite lyricists, and his voice works brilliantly in the role.”

Awesome, I bet that I only ever listen to it once.

For the members of Team Avey.

Avey Tare’s solo album Down There is out on the Animal Collective’s own label Paw Tracks on the 26th of this month. However you can listen to it in full on the NPR site right now.

To be honest I’m not all that immediately taken with it.

Ty Braxton goes all fancy.

Tyondai Braxton left Battles earlier in the year to pursue his own musical interests. It turns out that part of those interests were to start touring with the Wordless Music Orchestra. That’s right he’s swapped badass John Stanier with his shorts and no shirt dress code for a bunch of people who probably wear dinner jackets on stage, or cravats. Or at least who don’t play topless.

Braxton and crew will tour through Minneapolis, New York and DC next year playing material from his 2009 solo record Central Marketas well as selected other pieces by other experimental composers.

What follows is not strictly SFW.

So I’ll leave a large block of nothing but carriage returns either side of the copy regarding it …

On Sunday night Kanye West tweeted “Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix! In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug! So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”

Which is a fair enough thing to think, if you’re the type of person who thinks that this is a good album cover:

Now banned might be going a bit far as a source at Island Def Jam told the LA Times that West was being persuaded to change the cover so that big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart would stock it but he, “was told if he wanted to do it, the label would stand behind him.”

Now personally I think he showed change it on the grounds of good taste (that’s aesthetic rather than moral good taste) but that’s just me.

Sort of Radiohead related news, which makes it obligatory.

November 11th is the day that hostilities ended in World War 1 and in the UK on that date each year a 2 minutes silence is held to commemorate the military personal who have been injured or killed, not just in that war but in all wars while on duty. On November 7th the British Legion (which is a veteran’s organisation) will release a 2 minute “silent single” with all the proceeds going to that organisation.

To accompany the single a video has bee made for it which features amongst others Thom Yorke, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Bryan Ferry and Mark Ronson. Here’s a clip from it:

As an aside this isn’t the first campaign centered around a silent single going on in the UK right now, following on from last year’s successful effort to make “killing in the name of” the Christmas #1 instead of the X-Factor (a bit like American Idol, but they keep the really terrible people on for a while) winner this year a campaign has begun to get John Cage’s 4’33” to the top spot for Jesus’ birthday.

More new Brian Eno music before I finish and go to bed, it’s 3:15 here.

This is called “Horse” and it’s from Eno’s forthcoming album on Warp.

Brian Eno – Horse (taken from Small Craft On A Milk Sea) by Warp Records

The YouTube video of the week

Titus Andronicus fucking rule …

Titus Andronicus | FOR NO ONE from FOR NO ONE on Vimeo.


If you can you should go to these gigs.

Tyundai Braxton

03-04 Minneapolis, MN – Walker Arts Center
04-07 New York, NY – Alice Tully Hall
03-10 Washington, DC – Library of Congress

Writing under the influence

Without which this column would not have been possible:

Talk Radio
Porn On Vinyl – Old Folk’s Home
Silver Jews – American Water

The bit at the end

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