RT @aimeemann and @tedleo collaborate, form new group #BOTH

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In what might be one of the more left-field collaborations in recent memory, occasional Academy Award nominee Aimee Mann and occasional Shorty award nominee Ted Leo are getting together to form Twitter-friendly band #BOTH. Before you ask, yes, the hashtag is apparently part of the name. While both are frequently on the road, they recently finished their first collaborative tour, and things must have gone well. On the heels of that tour, Mann’s website is reporting the news of their new project along with some live dates. The duo will reportedly be “showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material.” There isn’t really a whole lot of other info so keep an eye on their respective websites for updates. No album details, no other tourdates.

In addition to all that, if you want to hear how the gears in Mann’s brain spin, check out her appearance on the February 21 episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

#BOTH dates:

03.08.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.09.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

• Aimee Mann: http://www.aimeemann.com
• Ted Leo: http://www.tedleo.com

[Photo: Erik Hess]

Disappears reappear, announce Kone EP, share title track and tour dates, disappear again in a puff of experimental spring reverb

Guys, guess what? I finally got all caught up on Downton Abbey last night! It’s crazy! Oh my God. What a great show, you’ve gotta check it out if you haven’t yet. Wow, wow, wow. The acting is impeccable, the costumes are expertly crafted, and the locations they shoot are just gorgeous. It’s a real visual treat, to say nothing of the intelligent and engrossing story-lines! Do yourself a favor and get into it now, before the new season starts!

Speaking of Downton Abbey, Chicago space-rock/post-punk/experimental noise purveyors Disappears have a new EP called Kone that they’re self-releasing as a 12-inch on April 16. It features, according to its press release, “more than 30 minutes of expertly crafted, intense, post-punk and experimental guitar-driven sounds.” It was recorded at Minbal studios in Chicago and mixed in Dallas by John Congleton. You can check out the title track below (via The Quietus), and you can check out the band live this spring on some tourdates they have planned.

What? If you don’t see the connection, I’m certainly not going to go out of my way to point it out to you…

Kone tracklisting:

01. Kone
02. Kontakt
03. Kone (Edit)

Disappears tourdates:

04.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.19.13 - St. Paul, MN- Turf Club
04.20.13 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge Grinnell College
04.24.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
04.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
04.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.27.13 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
05.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar
05.18.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill

• Disappears: http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com

Slava to release debut LP Raw Solutions on Software, fans slavavating in anticipation

By now, Daniel Lopatin’s Software imprint should exist firmly within the minds of anyone who appreciates experimental electronic music — from Williamsburg, NY to Williamsburg, VA, the home of Busch Gardens. From the socially-minded streets of Los Angeles, to the socially-disinclined streets of, well, probably any town in Norway, for example. And finally, most relevantly, to the downtrodden alleyways of Moscow, where… actually, come to think of it, I’m completely unaware of the daily goings-on in Moscow, as well as in Russia at large. The North American bubble, helped along by an insurmountable (in my case) language barrier, underpins stereotypes of a cold, depressing, and culturally-isolated place. Do they even listen to music there!? Are they aware of Lopatin’s Software successes?

Here’s the segue: Moscow-born, previously Chicago-based, electronic producer Slava will be releasing his debut LP Raw Solutions via Software on April 23. Following up on his Soft Control EP released about a year ago, the new album exudes a variety of genre influences, though with an appreciable nod (unsurprising, given his recent city of residence) toward hypnotic footwork rhythms. In keeping with the album’s title, and according to FACT, the entire thing was recorded in single takes using a Korg Electribe ESX. Listen to a track below.

Raw Solutions tracklisting:

01. werk
02. girl like me
03. heartbroken
04. i know
05. girls on dick
06. wait
07. on it
08. hold on
09. crazy bout u
10. how u get that
11. doit
12. wit u

• Slava: http://www.myspace.com/popterror
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

Morrissey reschedules his US tour, adds more dates to it, does its hair

In the now-immortal words of Morrissey himself: “There’s a whole lotta reschedulin’ goin’ on!” You may remember last year when the Man in Black was forced to cancel and reschedule some US dates due to some health concerns with his mother. Then, after that was seemingly sorted and some decent hair jokes were made all around, the undisputed King of Pop was forced to re-unschedule a lot of those anti-cancelled dates because of health concerns of his own. Things weren’t looking so “fab” for the quiet mop top!

But now, at long last, it seems a tour of some sort is once again moving forward; and at the very least, it does seem to involve (according to Pitchfork) some guy who calls himself “Morrissey.” So unless I’ve been somehow confusing him with a bunch of other famous singers and performers this whole time, I think this might be the real deal! And to make up for the delays, The Big M is even adding a few extra dates that weren’t on the docket before. How characteristically sweet of him! Say what you want about Old Blue Eyes, but he always knows how to put his fans first. I guess that’s why they call him “the hardest working man in show business.”

Morrissey:

02.27.13 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre ^
03.01.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center ^*
03.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood High School ^
03.04.13 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center ^
03.06.13 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre ^
03.08.13 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall ^
03.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom ^
03.14.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Vive Latino Festival
03.18.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall ^
03.19.13 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre ^
03.22.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum ^
03.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater ^
03.27.13 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom ^
03.29.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
03.30.13 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center ^
04.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ^
04.03.13 - Richmond, VA - National ^
04.06.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater ^
04.08.13 - Flint, MI - Whiting Auditorium ^
04.09.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater ^
04.12.13 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theater ^
04.13.13 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Entertainment Center ^
04.15.13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium ^
04.16.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall ^
04.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater ^
04.20.13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ^
04.23.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls ^
04.26.13 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre ^
04.28.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall ^
04.30.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield ^

^ Kristeen Young
* Patti Smith and Her Band

• Morrissey: http://www.itsmorrisseysworld.com

Dirty Projectors announce tourdates (gasp!), do some shows with The National (eh?), share new mp3 (*fart*)

Look, what’dya want, palooka? Sometimes we’s likes them Dirty Projectors fellas around here, sometimes we’s doesn’t, eh? You wanna fight about it? I didn’t t’ink so. Fact is, I don’t give a damn for any of ya’s fancy-pants “aesthetic opinions” or whatever mamby-pamby stuff like that. These guys is goin’ on some tourdates of deese here United States, and some of those tourdates is with those fine upstandin’ gents in The National. (And I know that NONE OF YOUS has a bad word to say about any band who seen it fit to name themselves after my U.S. of A. if you wanna keep the teeth ya came in wit’!) Besides, goddamnnit, it’s our job to write about tours around here, so I’m gonna write about ‘em. And yous guys is gonna read ‘em. Got it?

And anyway, Mary-mother-a-god, what do I give a rat’s ass if some of you’s guys don’t like the newest album all that much? Besides, they got a new song up on that internet contraption thing right now that don’t sound too bad to ‘deese old ears! What, whatsamatter? You don’t like this one neither??? Ahhhh, you’s just drinkin’ drano…

Dirty Projectors dates:

04.19.13 - Portsmouth, NH - Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival - The Music Hall
04.20.13 - Providence, RI - Brown University
05.10.13 - Napa, CA - Bottle Rock Festival
05.19.13 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
05.24-27.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.06.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
06.07.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06.08-09.13 - New York, NY - Governors Ball
06.10.13 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre *
06.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *
06.12.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (two shows)
06.14-16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

* The National

• Dirty Projectors: http://dirtyprojectors.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us
• The National: http://www.americanmary.com

[Photo: Amy Pearl]

RIP: Dan Toler, former Allman Brothers guitarist

From Rolling Stone:

Guitarist Dan Toler, best known for his work with the Allman Brothers, died today in Manatee County, Florida, according to Ticket Sarasota. Toler had been battling ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – and was unable to play guitar or speak for his last few months. He was 65.

Toler joined the Dickey Betts and Great Southern band in the late Seventies and moved to the Allman Brothers with his brother David “Frankie” Toler and Betts. Toler played with the Allman Brothers on their 1979 comeback album Enlightened Rogues and was in the band for their next two records, 1980’s Reach for the Sky and 1981’s Brothers of the Road.

Dan and Frankie Toler then spent much the 1980s playing with the Gregg Allman Band, touring and recording I’m No Angel in 1986 and Just Before the Bullets Fly in 1988. Toler rejoined Betts’ Great Southern band in 2002 and later created the Townsend Toler Band with John Townsend. He then joined the Renegades of Southern Rock and wrapped his career with Toler Tucci Band, along with Chaz Trippy from the Gregg Allman Band.

• Dan Toler: http://www.dantoler.com

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