Rhys Chatham wants YOU! (to go to Liverpool and play electric guitar for the UK premiere of A Crimson Grail)

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Rhys Chatham, who you might know as that guy who TMT keeps telling you about, is looking for 100 electric guitar players (and eight bassists) to take part in the UK premiere of his 2007 masterpiece, A Crimson Grail. The premiere, which will happen in Liverpool, England, will take place at Liverpool’s aptly named Liverpool Cathedral, which is “widely acclaimed to be one of the world’s greatest 20th-century buildings, awe-inspiring to the visitor and deeply ingrained in the life of the city,” mostly because John Lennon prayed there once. The whole thing is set to be a part of the opening weekend in the Biennial celebration of Liverpool (the place where The Beatles came from).

“The challenge of finding 100 electric guitarists for the piece is one we’re sure Liverpool will rise to,” says Biennial artistic director Sally Tallant, “[A]nd we look forward to filling Liverpool Cathedral with Rhys Chatham’s epic sound,” as well as Rhys Chatham’s epic self.

So, if you don’t mind going to Liverpool, or you already live there, and you play the electric guitar, or an electric bass, then let ‘em know and you may well become a part of Liverpool history, and a part of Rhys Chatham, who we at TMT really think you should listen to.

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Liverpool Biennial: http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk

Ben Folds Five reunite after years of not being Ben Folds Five, announce first new album in 13 years

A lot can happen in 12 years: my son has grown from a cute, smiley baby into an annoying and loud pre-teen, my cat went from a fuzzy little kitty into a farty, mean, slashy set of claws, and America went from being on top of the world to being on the brink of bankruptcy. Also in 12 years, a band, such as Ben Folds Five, can move past their differences, realize that they were never as popular alone as they were together, and decide to de-break-up and reunite.

In fact, that’s exactly what Ben Folds Five have decided to do; after 12 years, a handful of “no, we’re not actually back together we’re just playing a show together” gigs, and three new songs recorded for a best-of album, BFF have decided to finally get back together and once again be BFF and BFFs.

The band will not only head out on a tour (with dates in North America, the UK, Ireland, and Australia) but they will also be releasing their first new album in 13 years. The Sound of the Life of the Mind will be available for consumption on September 18 through ImaVeePee Records and Sony Music Entertainment. The album, the band’s first since The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, was created through the use of the PledgeMusic, a “grassroots, direct-to-fans initiative where artists and fans work together with charities to create albums and other projects.” Like Kickstarter, but with charities, and Ben Folds Five.

Tourdates listed below, with more to be announced.

09.13.12 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park Amphitheatre
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Central Park Rumsey Playground
09.16.12 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
09.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
09.19.12 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
09.21.12 - Pensacola Beach, FL - DeLuna Fest
09.23.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
09.24.12 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
09.25.12 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
09.28.12 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight
10.02.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
10.05.12 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhas
11.10.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.17.12 - Sydney, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.18.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.23.12 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
11.24.12 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
11.26.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11.29.12 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
11.30.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
12.01.12 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
12.03.12 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
12.04.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy
12.05.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy

• Ben Folds Five: http://www.benfoldsfive.com
• Ben Folds: http://www.benfolds.com
• PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com

RIP: Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music”

From Billboard:

Before Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain or Taylor Swift, there was Kitty Wells, the original “Queen of Country Music.” Wells, who died at her Nashville-area home Monday morning at the age of 92, enjoyed a career that ran the gamut – from 78 RPM to digital downloads, and in doing so, she effectively kicked down the doors for every female superstar in the genre that has come since.

• Kitty Wells: http://www.kittywells.com

Remember Dreamscape? No? Well, Kranky does, and they’re releasing a retrospective collection on August 20

Dreamscape didn’t record much, and they didn’t last long. In 1990, the Bristol trio released a single, and in 1992, they released an EP. In 1993, they broke up. Guitarist Scott Purnell and bassist Jamie Gingell formed a similarly shoegaze-y project called Secret Shine. Vocalist Rebecca Rawlings disappeared.

In spite of their short existence and sparse discography, Dreamscape haven’t been forgotten. According to FACT and Exclaim!, Kranky plans to issue a new Dreamscape collection called La-Di-Da Recordings, which will feature a handful of lost tracks. The first four songs come from Greater Than God, an unreleased 1993 EP, and the last song is a demo — the only material left from a recording session that occurred right before the band broke up. The rest comes from the 1992 EP, Cradle.

La-Di-Da Recordings will be available August 20, and you can stream “Separate Sense” below via Kranky’s SoundCloud:

La-Di-Da Recordings tracklist:

01. Separate Sense

02. Greater Than God

03. Finally Through

04. Soft Fists

05. So Far from Belief

06. Cradle

07. Nine Times to Die

08. Dreamsleep Eternal

09. No More But Thought

• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

RIP: Jon Lord, keyboardist for Deep Purple

From Jon Lord’s official website:

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

• Jon Lord: http://jonlord.org
• Deep Purple: http://www.deeppurple.com

Dreamcolour release The History of Dreaming in Colour, and it’s extremely purdy

If you haven’t heard of Dreamcolour, that’s probably because you don’t ride around in vehicles manufactured prior to the mid-1990s; all of their releases (with the exception of their latest) have so far been limited to cassette, with maybe a few download links located sparsely around the web, in places where only the most musically-inclined pirates congregate. If you have heard of Dreamcolour, well then… damn, maybe you should be writing this article. Or, maybe you’re just thinking of some completely irrelevant hybrid between the film companies, Dreamworks and Technicolor. Of course, such a hybrid wouldn’t be in the business of composing psychedelic and/or free improv music, which is why that particular thought would be irrelevant. Also irrelevant: “Dreamcolour” sounds like a spectacular name for a revised, exceedingly futuristic version of Hasbro’s Lite-Brite.

Relevant: Rob Magill and Alex Gray (a.k.a. Dreamcolour) have just released The History of Dreaming in Colour, their first album since 2010, available for digital purchase here. If I had to describe what I’m hearing right now with a single word, that word would be the polar opposite of “contrived.” I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing, ultimately. Also, the production veers decidedly towards the “lo” end of the fidelity scale. A conscious choice with a creative purpose? I would assume so. It definitely adds to the improvisational angle.

• Dreamcolour: http://listentocolour.com
• Deep Tapes: http://deeptapes.com