Entries tagged with: Scud Mountain Boys

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by Bill Pearis

Karp and Pernice playing phone tag

Joe Pernice, of Scud Mountain Boys, The Pernice Brothers and The New Mendicants, has another new project in the works. Roger Lion is a collaboration between Pernice and producer Josh Karp who goes by the moniker Budo and, among other things, worked on Macklemore's 2005 album, The Language of My World. If that sounds like an odd combination, Pernice did too, and he tells a very entertaining, digression-filled story of how it all came to be (that also involves Tommy Stinson and the Butthole Surfers), which you can read in full below. But he's a snippet:

I get a Twitter message from Budo: "I'd love to remix a Scud Mountain Boys track."

Me (to my wife): Here we fucking go again.
Wife: Do you even know who he is?
Me: What's there to know? He's some young white kid who plays with Macklemore. (Long silence) Hello? You know, Macklemore? That tune Pawn Shop?
Wife: And that is exactly why you will always be a dinosaur in the new economy.
Me: I bet he wears those enormous red-framed glasses Sally Jessie Raphael wore before he was even conceived.
Wife: You're an idiot.
Me: I can see this prick now with his Nazi U-boat pilot haircut, eating artisanal pepperoncini while cruising Seattle on a fucking penny farthing.
Wife: Let's divorce.

Together, Roger Lion's music has an almost trip hop feel, with lushly-orchestrated beats that fit will with Pernice's honeyed vocal style. Their self-titled debut, which is apparently very loosely based on Josh Ritter and Dawn Landes' divorce (?!), will be out September 18 via Team Love. Take the Ritter part with a grain of salt -- Pernice is an Unreliable Narrator if there ever was one -- but you can stream "A Dead Man's Song" below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Scud Mountain Boys - Single Bed (MP3)

Scud Mountain Boys

We mentioned back in January that Joe Pernice's '90s-era band The Scud Mountain Boys were getting back together to make a new album. That record -- their first in over 16 years -- is done and titled Do You Love the Sun and will be out via Ashmont on July 9. Joe's honeyed vocals and harmonies intertwined with pedal steel is a welcome sound. You can stream the title track and "Double Bed" below and download the latter above.

If you pre-order the LP, you'll get an EP of three never-before heard tracks recorded back in 1996. Joe explains their origins:

Soon before the Scud Mountain Boys signed with Sub Pop in 1995, we headed into Michael Deming's Studio .45 in Hartford, Connecticut to track with Deming and our friend Thom Monahan. We recorded and mixed a few songs over a weekend. We were supposed to sign with Sub Pop a few weeks after the sessions, but the deal was taken hostage by our old label when they threatened a nuisance lawsuit. (Within minutes of receiving the call from my lawyer telling me our old label was trying to fuck us, one of my sisters called to tell me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a bad day.)

The Sub Pop deal was delayed for a stressful month. The songs from the Studio .45 session were simply forgotten. (Either that or we thought it would be indie-cred-suicide to add them to the fruits of later sessions. Cut us some slack. It was a strange time in a number of ways.)

Thankfully, my sister has been cancer-free since early 1997, the dude from our old label fell off the face of the earth, and indie cred is still dead.

In equally exciting news, Scud Mountain Boys will be touring. Four dates have been announced so far, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 19. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with new album art, tracklist and song streams, below.

Continue reading "Scud Mountain Boys releasing 'Do You Love Love the Sun' in July; touring in September (dates & new track streams)"

by Bill Pearis

New Mendicants

Joe Pernice and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake both call Toronto home these days and, what with their similar musical styles, have joined forces under the name The New Mendicants. They have recorded a 6-song EP for their upcoming Australian tour which includes three new songs, "covers" of Pernice/Blake songs as well as their take on INXS' "This Time" which you can stream below. The EP (cover art above) is being made available for non-Australians via the Pernice Brothers webstore. An album, titled The Book of Norman, is due out sometime in the near future.

In other news, Joe Pernice's '90s era country-ish band The Scud Mountain Boys (whose 1996 album, Massachusetts, for Sub Pop is a classic), have recorded a new album that is due out at some point this year. He's promising a new Pernice Brothers album too, though details on that are hazy at best. In the meantime, The Pernice Brothers' genuinely fantastic 2001 album, The World Won't End, recently saw its first-ever vinyl release which is well worth picking up. You can stream it below via Spotify.

New Mendicants stream and Australian tour dates are below.

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by Bill Pearis

Joe Pernice

Joe Pernice (of Pernice Brothers, Chappaquiddick Skyline and Scud Mountain Boys fame) wrote about The Smiths album Meat is Murder for the 33 1/3 series, one of the few (only?) titles that was a short story, not an essay. That led directly to a book deal for Joe's first proper novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop, due out August 6 on Penguin imprint Riverhead. That book will spawn a soundtrack, a single and a tour, including an August 7th show at Bowery Ballroom with The Walsh Brothers. (Tickets are on-sale.) Here's the back-of-the-book blurb:

In the vein of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Pernice's debut is a coming-of-age tale for the modern-day slacker, and an unlikely love story with a masculine perspective--but with a mordant humor and unexpected warmth that will resonate with male and female readers alike. Set to a carefully curated soundtrack of Nick Drake, The Pogues, and Peter Frampton, It Feels So Good When I Stop is the story of a deeply flawed but irrepressibly likeable hero stumbling towards adulthood, learning about heartbreak and redemption, and struggling to love and commit on his own terms.
Joe adds:
It's not a book for kids, which is a general way of saying it's not for anyone offended by raw language and sex. I sent an email to my family telling them that my book should not be read by anyone under twenty-one, anyone over fifty-five and Judy (my sister).
There's also a It Feels So Good When I Stop CD:
Though the book is not explicitly about music, there are quite a few incidental (and not so incidental) musical references throughout. Songs ranging from James and Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet" to The Chills' "Rolling Moon" to "That's How I Got to Memphis" by Tom T. Hall to "Soul and Fire" by Sebadoh. Ashmont Records is planning on releasing in some form--somewhere around the publication of my novel--the "soundtrack" to It Feels So Good When I Stop.
The It Feels So Good When I Stop soundtrack is out August 4 on Pernice's Ashmont label, and features nine covers and one new song, though maybe not in this order:

Continue reading "Joe Pernice - a book, an album & 2009 Tour Dates (Bowery)"