Not going to happen, but consider this: At the rate we're releasing now, if we don't start conserving our vital creative resources, music will be completely depleted of new melodies and beats by 2054. Alarmist? Yes. Below, tips on conservation for the proverbial throwback Thursday.
The DVD is one of a couple throwback projects from Devo. The other is a crowd-funded effort to release a recent recording of "Devo Hardcore Live," which the band's cofounder Gerald Casale describes in the Pledgemusic pitch as "the seminal, experimental songs we created in basements and garages in Akron Ohio between 1974 and 1977."
Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "All This Useless Beauty" (LP reissue). One of the lesser-known classics from the songwriting expert, Elvis Costello's "All This Useless Beauty" has just been reissued on long-player. Released in 1996 at the nadir of vinyl's "demise," an original copy goes for about $100. It's worth that for the title track alone, which is one of Costello's great musical tragedies. The record also features Aimee Mann on "The Other End of the Telescope" and the
"Blue August Moon" mix from Aquarium Drunkard. When it comes to throwback taste-makers, few are more reliable than Justin Gage and his Aquarium Drunkard site and SiriusXM radio show. Long known for its essential tips, writing and playlists, Drunkard has just unveiled its most recent mix, which is filled with typically gorgeous dusties. Among others, "Blue August Moon" features music by Gal Costa, Odetta,
The mix opens with a brief snippet of dialogue from Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," and is described in the accompanying blog post thusly: "Governed equally by the spiritual and the secular, by science and superstition, magic and economy: Mammane's organ, Odetta's baritone, Patsy's guitar. Soul, Jazz, Country, Gospel, Ambience." All true. You can listen at Aquarium Drunkard.
"Prime Time: A Rap Fan's Guide to No I.D." mix. Looking to catch up on the hits of vital Chicago hip-hop producer No I.D., who's work has helped transform pop music over the last two decades? Look no further than Trackstar the DJ, whose just-released mixtape "Prime Time: A Rap Fan's Guide to No I.D." features a seamlessly constructed mess of beats by rappers including
Trackstar, who tours with Run the Jewels, the hip-hop team of Killer Mike and El-P, knows his way around mixing and matching, and runs through 50-plus tracks on "Prime Time." It's available for streaming and download via Nah Right. There is cussing, so be careful at work.
If so, Pete Townshend wants to talk to you about a project he's working on. In honor of the band's 50th anniversary, he and Roger Daltrey are crowd-sourcing a project to collect artifacts from throughout the band's life for a reissue campaign. Those who contribute the most impressive finds will win favor with the band, and get various add-ons in conjunction with the band's upcoming set of anniversary concerts. Did you already find an artifact? Email the Who at email@example.com. Details here.
Also coming out is "The Who Hits 50," yet another gathering of the Who's monumental rock jams. It come out in the U.S. on Oct. 28.
On the horizon:
David Bowie's box set "Sound + Vision," released to great fanfare on Rykodisc during a late 1980s reissue campaign, is getting its own reissue. The collection will return on Sept. 23. (via Super Deluxe Edition).
George Harrison's son Dhani has teased "The Apple Years," a forthcoming seven-CD reissue series of the late Beatle's solo work on Apple. More info and teasers can be found here.
The Tuareg guitar rock band Tinariwen will revisit some of its early work when Modern Classics, a subsidiary of Light in the Attic Records, reissues two of the band's early records. To be released on Sept. 2, the band will press on vinyl 2001's "The Radio Tisdas Sessions" and Amassakoul, from 2004.
Also on Sept. 2, influential German rock band Can will reissue on vinyl all 14 of its albums stretching back to 1967's "Monster Movie." It will be the first time they've been in print in a decade, and will come out on the band's longtime home, Mute. More details there.