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Akron/Family Bomb The Internet & Record Store Day

Earlier this year, Akron/Family approached kindred spirits and extended family (Greg Davis, Fletcher Kaufman, Phil Cook, and Mark Lawson) about an experimental collaboration based around the band’s S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. The idea was simple: Give friends free reign to re-imagine the album by using the original songs as a starting point. A skeleton for their Frankenstein. This resulted in six different re-illuminations of the album that shed an entirely new light on Shinju TNT and the band.

Culled from these six experiments, and spread over the span of two LPs, the band manages to stretch their tentacles in all directions. <bmbz> is, at once: An art project. A collaboration. A re-approach. A mind meld. An art-prank. An experiment. And, at the heart, a lesson in community. Akron/Family’s <bmbz> will be available on Record Store Day 2011 (April 16th) on double vinyl.

At times, flickers of the original songs shine through clouds of fuzz, fading in and out. There are hints of melodies in the distance. And there is new material inspired by the source material. These are neither covers, nor remixes. They are recreations, challenging the very definitions of what a definitive version of a song can be. In the spirit of a blown out dub version of a King Tubby classic, John Coltrane’s hour long deconstruction of “My Favorite Things” from Live in Japan or John Cage’s chance compositions, Akron/Family have created an alternate reality of Shinju TNT, that is deeply satisfying and pushes beyond the boundaries contained within the original album.

In a fit of Banksian inspiration, the band released these “bombed” versions to the internet via message boards and torrent sites as a prank. Along the lines of Evolution Control Committee’s Napster “bombs” during the early days of file sharing, these leaks caused confusion, were debated, shunned by fans and embraced as the “real” album. The band left a trail of breadcrumbs – clues in the metadata of the songs, subtly altered artwork, all done in the playful spirit of Akron/Family. In many cases, these leaks were fans first impressions of Shinju TNT, as this audio made its way onto the internet before the release (and leak) of the actual album.

Here you can listen side by side to “Silly Bears,” the opening single from Shinju TNT, with an alternate version “SIMILAR HAREZ” from <bmbz>.

The Luyas Share New Video, Release New Split 7-Inch with Twin Sister

Above is the new video from the Luyas for the title track off of their new record “Too Beautiful To Work.” The Luyas team up again with director Derrick Belcham of A Story Well Told, continuing a collaboration that has yielded such projects as the video for “Tiny Head” and the La Blogotheque curated live video “Everything is Outta Sight.” Check out an interview with Derrick and the band about the making of the video on Spinner right HERE.

In addition, the Luyas will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 16, with an exclusive split 7-inch with close friends Twin Sister. The record contains two new songs: the Luyas “When I Am a Woman” and Twin Sister’s “Meet the Frownies.” Twin Sister’s track was recorded for the wonderful Weathervane Music project. Check out the video, produced by Shaking Through HERE. You can spy the 7-inch below, and find more info about it HERE.

DEAD OCEANS Celebrates Record Store Day In Fine Fashion

As tomorrow we celebrate the new international holiday known as Record Store Day for a second year, DEAD OCEANS has the festivities covered on all fronts.

First up is AKRON/FAMILY’S exclusive Everyone Is Guilty 7″, which features the title track, and opening cut from the band’s forthcoming Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, as well non-album cut “Total Destruction.” Get to your local, independent record store early and don’t miss the boat on this one, dudes.

The musical mayor of San Francisco JOHN VANDERSLICE will perform a special DJ set at San Fran’s Amoeba Records at 4 p.m. Saturday. Get all the info HERE.

Then, to close out this most wonderful of days, the pride of Norman, OK, EVANGELICALS, will perform at Norman’s Guest Room Records. Peep all that information right HERE.

Find a list of all stores participating in Record Store Day HERE.

Go get you some.

AKRON/FAMILY Announce Exclusive Record Store Day 7″ and download for “Everyone Is Guilty”

“Everyone is Guilty” is the first single from AKRON/FAMILY’S upcoming May 5th full-length release, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. Featuring album opener “Everyone is Guilty” along with non-album b-side “Total Destruction,” this single is available as a limited edition 7″ and digital release. The vinyl will be available at Akron/Family shows and via record stores participating in Record Store Day 2009.

Opening with a groove unlike anything Akron/Family have ever laid to tape, this single kicks off a new chapter for the band. The percussive thunder and anthemic electric guitars of “Everyone is Guilty” make a bold statement, touching on everything from Fela Kuti to Sly and the Family Stone in under six psychedelic minutes. This is not the Akron/Family you think you know.

Meanwhile, Akron/Family is about to kick off a tour surrounding some soon-to-be legendary appearances at SXSW. Peep a full listing HERE.

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