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]

Laurel Halo declared innocuous to the public, announces new EP on Hyperdub, European live dates

Looking back upon my giddy hyping-up of Quarantine (TMT Review) prior to its release, it’s worth offering a statement as to whether or not my giddiness remained, post-listen. The answer, as you wait with bated breath, is… HMMMPH? — RRRRR, PHH, AHHHH, K. Without spiraling into verbosity, my opinion is basically this: Quarantine is one hell of a grower of an album, and repeated listens should be enforced at the careful urging of knife-holding Hyperdub officials. I’m not sure I have the time nor the capacity to truly grasp all that Halo was going for, but does she care? Apparently not!

Halo’s next project of art pop abstraction is already set for release, as new EP Behind the Green Door will see the light of day more or less concurrent with a series of European live dates, listed below. The exact date (beyond “April”) of the EP’s release has yet to be revealed, so keep an eye on her or Hyperdub’s website. Or we might announce it. I can’t predict these things.

Behind the Green Door tracklisting:

01. Throw
02. UHF F/O
04. Sex Mission


04.25.13 - London, UK - XOYO
04.26.13 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.27.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Trafó $
04.28.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg *
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB *
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon *

$ Andy Stott
* Animal Collective

• Laurel Halo: http://www.laurelhalo.com
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop announces album with new project The Invisible Hands, blows minds with Zen koan

“What is the sound one hand clapping?” asks the traditional Zen koan. “What is the sound of two hands that are totally invisible clapping?” asks Alan Bishop, he of Sun City Girls, Alvarius B., and Sublime Frequencies, to the collective gasp and then stunned silence of pretty much everyone within earshot. That’s right, Alan Bishop just blew your mind.

Pull yourself together. Like with all good koans, there’s more: Alan Bishop is gearing up to release an album with his new band The Invisible Hands on Abduction Records. The self-titled debut is an 11-song collection of psychedelic folk that follows in the more melodic footsteps of 2011’s Alvarius B. record, Baroque Primitiva (TMT Review).

Having trotted the globe in search of new sun cities in which to lay his head, Bishop’s new band hails primarily from Egypt. Aside from Bishop himself, members of The Invisible Hands are all residents of Cairo, including Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda of the Egyptian group Eskenderella, and drummer Magued Nagati. The Invisible Hands also features contributions from other players around the Cairo scene, including Sam Shalabi on the oud and Mohamed Medhat on the violin and viola.

Though Bishop wrote these 11 songs in English, the album was recorded twice: once in English and once in Arabic. The English version is out March 19. At first, the Arabic version will only be sold in the Middle East, though there are plans to make both versions available for digital download, and eventually package them together as a limited-edition double LP. Listen to the album’s first single, “Soma,” here:

The Invisible Hands tracklist:

01. The Same
02. Dream Machine
03. Hitman Boy
04. Dark Hall
05. Black Weather Shoes
06. Soma
07. My Skull
08. Nice on Ice
09. Black Blood
10. Summer Rain
11. Death Zoo

• Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop): http://www.myspace.com/alvariusb
• Abduction: http://www.suncitygirls.com/abduction

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.”


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