Andrew Bird announces new album, new tour, new shirts and ties he just bought from H&M

Andrew Bird announces new album, new tour, new shirts and ties he just bought from H&M

Well, here we are, reader… you and me… together on… teetering on the brink… of complete and total annihilation. Yes, we’re terminally approaching the year of the 2012 apocalypse. Yes, I believe the Mayans were right. Yes, I’ve started saving my urine and am slowly starting to introduce the taste of it to my taste buds and digestive system so that I can handle it when the time comes. Shit’s gonna be over in less than 12 months, man, and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to freak out a little bit already; I just can’t take the pressure, can you? What we need is someone to calm us down. Someone who’s always handsomely attired and charmingly stubbly. Someone who routinely offers lush, delicate packages of bucolic, intricately orchestrated farm music that are lush with his own country-boy musings. Also, preferably, someone who whistles. Who can we get?

Alright, then. Call up Andrew Bird. Tell him we need him to drop his first new album since 2009’s fairly respectable Noble Beast (TMT Review). I don’t care what he calls it, really. Maybe something like Break It Yourself? Whatever. That’s fine. Just as long as he releases it by March 6 on Mom + Pop. And actually, this is kind of embarrassing, but I don’t really um, pay for music anymore… so yeah, tell him to plan a huge tour next spring or something and give the album (as well as two live EPs: Fake Conversations, which includes material recorded during Bird’s October tour, and some live cuts of the new album, which he’ll deliver in the spring) away for free to anyone who buys tickets to it. Ooh, better yet, tell him to report all that to Pitchfork so I can feel all corroborated and whatnot when I report it. Where should he tour? Oh, I don’t know. Everywhere. There’s gonna be a lot of freaked-out people out there come next year.

Break It Yourself teaser:


01.12.12 - Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Theatre
03.05.12 - London, UK - Barbican Cantre
03.06.12 - Paris, France - La Cigale
03.08.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
03.09.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre #
03.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf #
03.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle #
03.19.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #
03.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre #
03.22.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
03.23.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Uptown Theater #
03.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater #
04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre $
04.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue $
04.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $
04.13.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater $
04.18.12 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center $
04.19.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center $
04.20.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater $
05.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.04.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre %
05.05.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre &
05.06.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
05.08.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
05.09.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live %
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit @
05.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre @

* Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller’s “Sonic Arboretum”
# Eugene Mirman
$ Laura Marling
% Patrick Watson & with Tift Merritt
@ Mucca Pazza

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[Photo: Dominick Mastrangelo]

Nite Jewel to release new album One Second of Love on Tom Arnold’s birthday

According to Wikipedia, here are some famous births for the date of March 6:

• 1340 - John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster
• 1787 - Joseph von Franuhofer, German physicist
• 1906 - Lou Costello, American actor and comedian
• 1926 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
• 1936 - Choummaly Sayasone, president of Laos
• 1959 - Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
• 1992 - Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer
• 2012 - One Second of Love, Nite Jewel album coming out through Secretly Canadian

Wikipedia doesn’t lie, people. Nite Jewel, the synth-pop project of Ramona Gonzalez, are definitely releasing an album on that very date. One Second of Love will be Nite Jewel’s first album since 2008 debut Good Evening, which probably came out on a day that some babies were born. The record’s title track can be heard right over here on SoundCloud.

RIP to Ivan the Young, the former ruler of Tyver who died on March 6, 1490.

One Second of Love tracklist:

01. This Story
02. One Second of Love
03. She’s Always Watching You
04. Mind & Eyes
05. In The Dark
06. Memory, Man
07. Unearthly Delights
08. No I Don’t
09. Autograph
10. Clive

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Earth’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light ROUND TWO scheduled for February 2012

Seattle-based sludge masters Earth have announced the upcoming release of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, the follow-up to their last album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (TMT Review), which made it on our mid-year Favorite Albums list. The new album was recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast Studios at the same time as the 2011 release and features the same lineup of Dylan Carlson on guitar, Adrienne Davies on drums, Karl Blau on bass, and Lori Goldston on cello, but is said to take the group in “an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation.” Relying heavily on long-form improvisations, the new album is sure to make your innermost organs tremble to the core (in a good way).

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II was originally supposed to be released seven months after the first installment, but was later pushed back by the band’s label, Southern Lord, to February 14, 2012. The band plans on touring prior to the album release, though no details other than word that the group will venture outside of their Northwest environs have been released. Stay tuned for more Earth-shattering news in 2012.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II tracklisting:

01. Sigil of Brass
02. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
03. Multiplicity of Doors
04. The Corascene Dog
05. The Rakehell

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Jonny Greenwood attempts to score Scientology and P.T. Anderson, gives up and helps score P.T. Anderson’s movie about Scientology

About a year ago, Jonny Greenwood, eyes a-glitter, wrote down his only resolution for 2011. “Write a score for everything that exists.” Now that we’re in December, the yellowed piece of paper with that single sentence written on it lies in a corner of Greenwood’s lavish study, crumbled and burnt at the edges. “Hey, how’s the resolution going, Jonnny?” asked Mr. Greenwood’s loved ones. “Oh, it’s going great! Making a lot of progress, making a lot of progress,” Jonathan was known to respond. BUT HE DIDN’T MAKE NEARLY THE PROGRESS THAT HE CLAIMED THAT HE MADE. Turns out Greenwood’s first two subjects for scores were Scientology, the religion, and P.T. Anderson, the director. Suffice it to say, it didn’t work out.

Not to be totally defeated, Greenwood has combined his ambitious plans in the fields of person-scoring and religion-scoring into one easier goal. The high priests of the Consequence of Sound religion report that Greenwood is scoring P.T. Anderson’s new film The Master, which may or may not be at least partially inspired by Scientology. Oliver Weindling of British label Babel recently put out a tweet mentioning that the Radiohead guitar-playing guy recorded a track for the soundtrack with jazz outfit Zed-U recently.

If we’re to trust IMDB (and why wouldn’t we?), The Master is about a charismatic cult leader whose religion starts to catch on, along with a drifter who becomes the leader’s right-hand man. It’s also a movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams set in the 1950s and set to be released in 2013. This isn’t the first time Anderson and Greenwood have teamed up, as Greenwood did the score for There Will Be Blood, nor is it the second time Greenwood has done a film score, since he also wrote scores for Norwegian Wood and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

• Radiohead:

RIP: Al Vega, longtime Boston jazz pianist

From The Washington Post:

Al Vega, a longtime Boston musician who played with some of the finest jazz talents through a career that spanned 70 years, has died. He was 90.

Vega died Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Kory Dodd said. No cause of death was given.

Vega, born Aram Vagramian in Worcester, Mass., was the house pianist at the Hi-Hat jazz club, and spent the late 1930s, 40s and 50s playing with some of the jazz greats, Boston radio personality Ron Della Chiesa told The Associated Press.

Della Chiesa said Vega teamed up with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and played many of the city’s legendary jazz clubs. He later led his own trio and became a fixture at Lucky’s Lounge, where he played Frank Sinatra tunes on Sunday nights.

“He was one of the most beloved musicians in the history of the city,” Della Chiesa told the AP.

Vega played both the piano and the vibraphone, and had hundreds of recordings as a pianist and a backup artist.

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Oneohtrix Point Never stumbles into the MoMA and figures he might as well soundtrack a multimedia project

Daniel Lopatin, lover of religious relics (be they Buddhist, Christian, Hindi or otherwise) and the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never, is about to unleash what we can only assume will be a jaw-dropping, epilepsy-causing, tripped-out sneak attack on your brain. When New York’s MoMA hosts the project, entitled Reliquary House, on December 17, be prepared to hear all kinds of tongue-wagging from art historians and stuffy professors as they stare into the sky and proclaim, “Oneohtrix Point Never is fucking far-out!”

Collaborating with Mr. OPN on the multimedia project is visual artist Nate Boyce, who we can already tell is cool as shit. The event is part of the museum’s (also cool as shit) PopRally series, and we bet he has cooked up some relic-loving and Replica-humping (??) ideas for the occasion. Accompanying the visuals are new sounds from Lopatin, as well as “interstitial ‘sound sets’” from RVNG Intl. label head Matt Werth. Let’s face it, you’re gonna wanna get stoned for this one, buddy.

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