Balmorhea tour, skipping their namesake town in Texas (no worries, though, they’ll be in Europe)

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So, I’m sort of a William Faulkner nerd, and I’d really like Balmorhea to score a film version of As I Lay Dying — hell, they could score film versions of every single Faulkner novel if they wanted. Balmorhea’s classical minimalism hints at memories of folk; their instrumental pieces rise and cascade in ways that somehow conjure uniquely Southern landscapes — dusty roads winding through hills, flooded rivers, magnolia trees and the like. Ideally, I’d listen to them while sitting on a creaky porch late at night while watching the stars, and their songs would crackle through an old radio. It’s music for dreams, music for often heartbreaking reality — shit, I’m getting hyperbolic.

Balmorhea are about to tour Europe to promote their most recent release on Western Vinyl, Live at Sint-Elisabethkerk (recordings from a show at Saint Elisabeth Church in Ghent, Belgium; check out “Untitled” for a hint of what it’s like), which follows up last year’s Constellations (TMT Review), and even though I’m pretty sure they won’t be playing any front porch shows, I’m sure they’ll be lovely nonetheless.

Dates:

10.26.11 - Gent, Belgium - Sint-Elisabethkerk *
10.28.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar
10.29.11 - Strasbourg, France - Le Ceeac
10.30.11 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus
10.31.11 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
11.02.11 - Milan, Italy - Scighera
11.03.11 - Genova, Italy - La Claque
11.04.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
11.05.11 - Pisa, Italy - Caracol
11.06.11 - Carpi, Italy - Mattatoio
11.07.11 - Rome, Italy - Init
11.08.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Koritu
11.09.11 - Vienna, Austria - B72
11.11.11 - Berlin, Germany - HBC
11.12.11 - Hannover, Germany - Feinkost Lampe
11.14.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Haus 73
11.15.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

* Christina Vantzou

• Balmorhea: http://balmorheamusic.com
• Western Vinyl: http://westernvinyl.com

Lil B gifts the world with a free mixtape of presidential caliber

As this past summer came and went, we were sprinkled with love and a little durty pop, as Lil B released I Forgive You, followed by the Black Flame mixtape in September. As season’s change, so do months, and here Lil B (street name: The Based God) has given us all another reason to, well, get based. When he’s not reflecting on how he feels about his adopted cat, he’s offering up free mixtape after free mixtape. This time we get a 14-track freebie in the form of The Silent President, which has apparently been dubbed as “A RARE COLLECTIONS EDITION FOR ALL THE #BASED MUSIC COLLECTERS!!”

The self-proclaimed “pretty bitch” has posted the latest mix up on DatPiff, so go get BASED! You’ll find there’s plenty of music for you to be cookin’ to — and we don’t mean that in a Breaking Bad kind of way.

The Silent President tracklisting:

01. Great China Sea
02. Black and White
03. Silent President
04. Mom Stressed Out
05. December 1989
06. Cap Pillah
07. The Original
08. The Based One
09. Same Place
10. Got You One
11. Beat the Cancer
12. Start Fishing
13. BasedGod 50
14. Stangz

• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com

Dan Treacy of Television Personalities in coma following surgery

Today, NME announced the shocking news that Dan Treacy, the lovable frontman of Television Personalities, is currently in an induced coma. Treacy recently underwent surgery to extricate a blood clot from his brain (a police investigation is “underway”) and has been in a coma now for roughly 48 hours.

His band members TexasBob Juarez, Mike Stone, and Arnau Obiols issued a statement: “The band is very much concerned for our dear friend and Brother Daniel at this time, and we are all praying for a recovery.”

Dan Treacy is now 51 years old. The most recent Television Personalities album, A Memory is Better Than Nothing, was released last year.

• Television Personalities: http://myspace.com/tvpersonalities

Paul Simon returns to Graceland for box set, tour, burlap sacks of cash

If you be his bodyguard, he can be your long-lost pal. He can call you Betty, and Betty, when you call him, you can call him Al. But whatever it is you call call him, next year marks the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning 1986 album Graceland. In honor of the quarter-of-a-century mark, Simon just announced that Song Legacy will release a Graceland box set and… (djembe drum roll) …he will reunite Ladysmith Black Mambazo to tour behind it!

Heavily influenced by African mbaqanga music and recorded with local musicians in South Africa, the album is now a classic, and has influenced many young indie bands, most notably those rambunctious ivy league upstarts Vampire Weekend. The box set, which will be released in late spring (most likely May, but no promises!) will include a documentary by Joe Berlinger, director of Paradise Lost (about the West Memphis Three) and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (about a group of aging gorillas). Last July, Berlinger shot Simon’s concert in South Africa, where he performed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo for an intimate crowd of 300 people.

Simon told Billboard, “The documentary took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it.” And for all of you keeping track out there, those lessons are: a) Apartheid is bad; b) Paul Simon is awesome; and c) Chevy Chase has some sweet dance moves.

• Paul Simon: http://www.paulsimon.com
• Sony: http://www.sonymusic.com

Phil Manzanera’s collaboration with Lucho Brieva, Corroncho, due November 8 on disco compacto

Corroncho is a slightly pejorative name given by people from the Colombian capital of Bogota to people from the Caribbean coast. It’s also the title of Phil Manzanera’s forthcoming collaboration with Lucho Brieva! In 2003, the Roxy Music guitarist joined forces with the Colombian artist/sculptor after working on a Spanish version of “Complicada,” a song by Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders. The album’s 11 tracks follow the adventures of two Latin men while highlighting a number of social issues facing modern South America, and it features contributions from Robert Wyatt, Paul Thompson, Enrique Bunbury, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, Gilad Atzmon, and Aldo Lopez Gavilan, one of Cuba’s top pianists.

Corroncho will see a November 8 release, and opening track “Lowrider” is currently available as a free download.

Corroncho tracklisting:

01. Lowrider
02. Complicada
03. Rosa
04. Para Ti Nengon
05. Suavecito
06. Angeles Y Lobos
07. Esta Vida Prestada
08. Cancion Para La Que Sea
09. Noche De Putas
10. Coyote
11. Diario

• Phil Manzanera: http://www.manzanera.com
• Lucho Brieva: http://www.luchobrieva.com

Fra Lippo Lippi box set on Rune Grammofon delights superlatively passionate fans

From a musical standpoint, Norway is perhaps most recognized for its ever-frightening black metal scene, and to a lesser extent, its general contributions to jazz and electronic music. Given this fact, it’s easy to overlook the influence of Fra Lippo Lippi, the new wave band founded in Nesodden, Norway that was primarily active during the 1980s. The band’s charming and rather unintimidating (understatement) style garnered a significant following in the Philippines and elsewhere, and in 1988 they began a brief stint with Virgin Records. Now, Rune Grammofon, the label of Fra Lippo Lippi bassist Rune Kristoffersen, has released 4-CD and 6-LP box sets commemorating, well, more or less everything the band has ever formally recorded.

The 4-CD box set collects the last four studio albums, Songs (1985), Light and Shade (1987), The Colour Album (1989), and Dreams (1992), and comes in a limited edition of 1000. The 6-LP box set comes in 300 numbered copies on white vinyl and expands upon the CD collection to include all studio albums, including the band’s first two, In Silence (1981) and Small Mercies (1983). Both box sets include personal liner notes from Rune Kristoffersen and design by Magnus Voll Mathiassen. I’d venture to guess that the majority of these will be sold within a 15-mile radius of Manila.

• Fra Lippo Lippi: http://www.fralippolippi.com
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com