Antony Hegarty curates London’s magical Meltdown Festival and intends to create paradise

Antony Hegarty curates London's magical Meltdown Festival and intends to create paradise

Most people would say that magic is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or like, cutting a lady in half but then WHOA she gets out of her magic box and she’s a whole lady again!!! But then, most people haven’t been to the wondrous Meltdown Festival put on annually by London’s Southbank Centre. Meltdown takes place at the myriad venues of the Centre’s art complex, which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Hayward Gallery. Organizers give the reins to a different music icon every year, and give him or her the leeway to curate music, art, film, performances, and discussions that reflect the artist’s unique interests. In the past, Meltdown has been directed by luminaries such as Laurie Anderson, Nick Cave, John Peel, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Morrissey, Massive Attack and… well, the list goes on and on, ever since the festival was born back in 1993. And this year the head of the fest is… drum roll please… the ever-eclectic Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons fame.

Antony takes over the Southbank Centre from August 1-12 this year. The lineup is yet to be announced, but it’s being carefully selected to mirror the themes of Hegarty’s work. The British-born musician has worked with everyone from Lou Reed to Björk to Boy George, so tickets should start flying once the lineup is unveiled in April. Antony described Meltdown in some very PR-friendly soundbytes, saying,”I want to create a kind of paradise. I want to walk through that forest and see and hear the hardcore beauty and strength in art and music that makes sense to me. The weather is changing and everybody knows it. I want to participate; What is my relationship and responsibility to the world around me?” Only five more months till fans can stroll through the forest with Mr. Hegarty as their guide.

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Nurse with Wound collects rare, mildewed material for Creakiness and Other Misdemeanours release

Nurse with Wound has just reissued a collection of rare tracks titled Creakiness and Other Misdemeanours, which includes their side of the amazing and long out-of-print split LP with Spasm along with other gems from limited releases. According to Midheaven:

1991’s “Creakiness” features Stephen Stapleton, Joolie Wood, James Mannox and Tony Wakeford crafting a five-part dada-esque mix of samples from Warner Brothers cartoons, car horns, game show buzzers and other sounds. ‘Mona Twisted’ and ‘Twisted Mona’ are from the Sand Tangled Women (Echo Poeme Sequence 3) 7-inch, the 19-minute ‘Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence 1)’ was a single-track CDR—both originally released in limited editions by Klanggalerie in 2005. ‘A Perfectly Natural Explanation’ was released on the Having Fun with the Prince of Darkness 7-inch in 2004.

The CD is available now from United Jnana.

Creakiness and Other Misdemeanors tracklisting:

01. Creakiness
02. Mona Twisted
03. Twisted Mona
04. Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence 1)
05. A Perfectly Natural Explanation

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Melvins return to kick your ass so hard you’ll puke up their new album and crawl to see them on tour

Those badass motherfuckers known as the Melvins are gearing up for their June 5 release, Freak Puke, via Ipecac Records. Dubbed “Melvins Lite,” the group sees core Melv-heads Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover join forces with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, and Fantômas). If it’s Melvins heavy and the sexiness of the word “free” that you crave, then you’ll want to check out their five-song EP The Bulls & the Bees that’s been released via Scion A/V.

However, the real beauty here is that all of the Melvins will come together in unity and support the cause (themselves and their awesomeness), this April for a US tour. Check the dates after the tracklisting.

Freak Puke tracklist:

01. Mr. Rip Off
02. Inner Ear Rupture
03. Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
04. Worm Farm Walt
05. A Growing Disgust
06. Leon vs. the Revolution
07. Holy Barbarians
08. Freak Puke
09. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk


04.11.12 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club *
04.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
04.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
04.14.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
04.17.12 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock *
04.19.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
04.20.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
04.21.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
04.23.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
04.24.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live *
04.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage *
04.26.12 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend *
04.28.12 - West Chester, PA - The Note *
04.29.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
05.02.12 - DeKalb, IL - Otto’s Nightclub *
05.03.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
05.04.12 - Nashville, TN- Exit/In *
05.07.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
05.09.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company *
05.11.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theatre *
05.25.12 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
05.28.12 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
05.30.12 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Forum, Primavera Sound

* Unsane

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Drag City, a label, allows Dope Body, a band, to release Natural History on them

Dope Body is not an alternative band as one may infer from their in-your-face name, but once you hear their music you realize their uniqueness on your own. They’re a band that only a really inept and adroit musical journalist could describe. They’re a punk-whatever; a real one-eyed, eight-toed kitten of the litter.

All that I can personally tell you is that they are a four-piece band of sexy-ass men from the unpopular city of Baltimore who have been lucky enough to release their second album on Grammy-winning Drag City Recordings Production Industries. The album, Natural History, will be released on May 22, a day in springtime.

Dope Body’s first LP, Nupping, was released through HOSS Records in 2011, and, if you care, they have a Tumblr that features a picture of a dog, YouTube video shows, and valuable information that only a link to a band’s Tumblr could give. Also, if you hurry up and check out their shit then you’ll want to see them on tour. So, do whatever you want. I don’t care. Punk. Whatever.

“What’s a Tumblr… is this a sex site?” – my mom, Frances McDougal


03.16.12 - Austin, TX - The Whiskey Room *
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - Impose Magazine Showcase
04.27.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West #

* R. Stevie Moore
# Quintron

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MF DOOM reissues Operation: Doomsday for a second time. Guess he still didn’t notice the giant “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner.

Take notice, suckers! Veteranish rap-hop super-stay MF DOOM (a.k.a. DOOM, a.k.a. Doctor Doom a.k.a. Vince Vaughn, a.k.a. KMFDM, a.k.a. King Dorah the Explorah, a.k.a. Milton Finklebottom Dumenshireford) is all about never doing the same thing twice! Why? Because doing stuff twice is mega hella magna-cum-laude lame! And in today’s keep-swimming-or-don’t Music Industry, only the poseouts and the selleurs would dare redo something once it was done once already. Especially if it was done right. Which, if they were DOOM in the first damn place, it would have been.

Doing the same thing three times, however… I mean, that’s just totally different. Three is a totally different number than two is, you know? See, case in point, Prefix says that DOOM is remastering and reissuing his 1999 debut Operation: Doomsday on some “Gun Metal colored” vinyl on April 9 via his own imprint, Metal Face. “Hey, Nobodaddy, didn’t Stones Throw reissue that record last year on 2 CDs in a snazzy lunchbox thing and 4 LPs in a crappy PiL Metal Box canister?” Yes, but see, that was lame of them. This one is the third release of the album (and also isn’t on freaking CDs, which, duh, no one likes anymore!), and as such, it’s going to rule. It’s kinda like the that whole “Law of Threes” thing about celebrity deaths, you know? At least, in so far as the number three is mentioned in both situations. Which seems good enough for me. Probably good enough for PF CHANG or whatever his name is too.

Operation: Doomsday V. 3.0 tracklisting:

01. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
02. Doomsday
03. Rhymes Like Dimes (ft. DJ Cucumber Slice)
04. The Finest (ft. Tommy Gunn)
05. Back in the Days (Skit)
06. Go with the Flow
07. Tick, Tick… (ft. MF Grimm)
08. Red & Gold (ft. King Geedorah)
09. The Hands of Doom
10. Who You Think I Am? (ft. M.I.C.)
11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
12. Hey!
13. Greenbacks (ft. Megalon & King Geedorah)
14. The M.I.C.
15. The Mystery of Doom (Skit)
16. Dead Bent
17. Gas Drawls
18. ? (ft. Kurious Jorge)
19. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)

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Viacom gets whiff of this rising trend called a “blog,” starts one, fills it with beyond thrilling press releases

Unable to figure out what Pinterest is about, Viacom has decided to take more directly narcissistic action and started a blog. Blog.viacom is a space where the media giant can let loose, giving its stars and leaders the opportunity to offer readers “behind-the-scenes exclusives and announcements,” like how the Facebook pages for some of their more ‘hip’ brands have switched over to the new Timeline format. Exciting stuff!

Basically, the ‘blog’ is a central hub aggregating stale press releases that Viacom’s various properties release. Wondering how MTV feels about Snooki getting pregnant? They’re happy for her! Want to know how many Oscars Viacom’s movie company, Paramount, picked up this year? 6! Interested in checking out all of the Viacom-sanctioned Twitter accounts in a single stream? The Overheard section is for you! Yes, it’s Denise Richards, Bjorn Rebney (?), and a bunch of intern-helmed network accounts all in one place! Make sure and bookmark the hottest new blog to hit the ‘net in ages now so you don’t miss a single important nugget of Viacom news!

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