Acid Mothers Temple take ultimate sightseeing roadtrip with Tjutjuna (thanks Google Maps!)

Acid Mothers Temple take ultimate sightseeing roadtrip with Tjutjuna (thanks Google Maps!)

It’s time again for the annual migration of Japanese psych legends Acid Mothers Temple to our shores. Even though they confusingly named their 2012 tour the “Last Tour,” we already have news of their return. Given the group’s penchant for ever-so-slightly changing their name, the 2012 tour very well could have been the last tour for that particular incarnation of the band. With the crazy number of releases that the AMT machine releases in a given year, it’s difficult to keep track of exactly who or what this year’s Acid Mothers Temple will bring.

And that’s awesome! Even if you’ve seen AMT before, I can guarantee that this tour will vary in some significant fashion from what you saw the last time. They’ll be touring with Tjutjuna, who are following up 2010’s self-titled album with Westerner, a seven-track album due April 30 on Fire Talk (pre-order here). If these groups aren’t coming to your town, try to find them en route; they might very well be persuaded to hang if you’re lucky enough to find them on the road. I don’t know what they’ll be driving, but I’m imagining something akin to the Mystery Machine as integrated into a trippy Cheech and Chong reboot.

Check out the dates and a track from Tjutjuna’s new album below:

04.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.13 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.11.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
04.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.13.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.14.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
04.15.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.16.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.17.13 - Brooklyn NY - Knitting Factory
04.18.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.19.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.20.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
04.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
04.24.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
04.25.13 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.26.13 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.27.13 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.28.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
04.29.13 - Wichita, KS - Barleycorns
04.30.13 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
05.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes
05.02.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
05.03.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
05.06.13 - Victoria, BC - TBA
05.07.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05.08.13 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
05.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
05.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
05.12.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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RIP: Tony Sheridan, Beatles collaborator

From Rolling Stone:

Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band’s early days in Hamburg, died on Saturday at the age of 72, the UK’s Telegraph reports.

Sheridan met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best in Hamburg’s red-light district in the early 1960s when the young group came to see his act every night after their own shows at a neighboring club. Sheridan took the band under his wing, advising them on their look (which at the time included black leather bomber jackets and cowboy boots) and introducing them to American R&B acts like Little Richard. The Beatles eventually served as Sheridan’s backing band at the Top Ten Club and cut their earliest recordings accompanying him as the Beat Boys on recordings of “My Bonnie” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” (The album they recorded was later released outside Germany as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.)

• Tony Sheridan:

RIP: Mindy McCready, country music singer

From CNN:

Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the local sheriff’s office said in a statement. She was 37.

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon and found McCready’s body on the front porch, the statement read.

McCready leaves behind two boys, one of whom is 10 months old. The infant’s father, record producer David Wilson, killed himself last month.

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RIP: Shadow Morton, writer/producer famous for his work with The Shangri-Las

From The New York Times:

Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer who for a brief, luminous period in the 1960s poured the discontents of adolescence into original hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” died on Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said Amy Krakow, a family friend.

By all accounts possessed of a brazen, naïve genius — he played no instrument, could not read music and wrote his songs in his head — Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.

Ceramic Dog announce new LP on Northern Spy; listen closely and you can hear Marc Ribot make fun of your guitar solos

Well, I just looked up “ceramic” and “dog” on Wikipedia, and full disclosure, I am no closer to understanding what a “Ceramic Dog” is. Apparently it’s got something to do with the French phrase “chien de faïence,” but, seriously, who even speaks French? I can tell you one thing though: whatever it means, it’s got layers, man.

What I do understand is that Ceramic Dog is a band consisting of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist and electronics guru Shahzad Ismaily, and drummer Ches Smith. They’ve described themselves as a “free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica collective” (layers!) and unlike all the fake rock bands he’s been in over the years, Ribot says Ceramic Dog “is the first time since high school I’ve been in a real rock band.” Ceramic Dog has got a new album, a follow-up to their 2008 debut Party Intellectuals (TMT Review), coming out on Northern Spy Records on April 30; it’s called Your Turn.

There’s obviously a lot going on here. According to Ribot, the band spent nearly two years trying to get the album just right. He says:

If you listen closely, you can hear the rage, hope, disappointment, ritual excess, love and anarchy that were in our personal and collective airspace during those years.

For those of you who did better in school than I did, there’s even more to hear:

The astute listener will note our wry comment on the contradictions of producing a recording during the collapse of the industry which once paid for recordings to be produced (“We are the Professionals,” “Masters of the Internet” and the attached manifesto).

That’s right! The album comes with a manifesto! But wait, there’s more:

The very astute listener with really expensive headphones may hear the water pipes in the basement on Rivington and Allen where we recorded about half the tracks (the guitar amp isolation booth looked a lot like a bathroom).

And, apparently, if you have just the right kind of stereo and stand just close enough to the speakers in your living room, you can hear Marc Ribot’s soft voice whispering things like, “You think that’s a guitar solo? That’s pathetic. Check this out.” Bose store here I come!

Your Turn tracklist:

01. Lies My Body Told Me
02. Your Turn
03. Masters of the Internet
04. Ritual Slaughter
05. Avanti Popolo
06. Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round
07. Bread and Roses
08. Prayer
09. Mr. Pants Goes to Hollywood
10. The Kid is Back!
11. Take 5
12. We are the Professionals
13. Special Snowflake

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