From Baltimore With Love: Upcoming Beach House Tour Brings Quiet Pretty Rock, Probably Not the SpongeBob Dance

Ah, Baltimore. Charm City. Home to John Waters, John Hopkins University, and -- according to Wikipedia -- a dance called the SpongeBob. This illustrious city on the Patapsco River is also home to a really awesome aquarium, where I bought a shirt with a beluga whale on it when I was a kid, as well as being the main headquarters of globe-trotting dream-pop duo Beach House. Although they've only been together for three years, by now you're probably familiar with the group's delicate organ-accented shoegaze jams, either through hearing their acclaimed self-titled debut or their follow-up, this year's Devotion (TMT Review).

They've been touring like crazy, hitting the road for lengthy periods of time, and going to places Sarah Palin's never even heard of! And now they're heading back across the Atlantic, getting ready to take on Europe (and the East Coast) -- very, very quietly. Of course, they'll be doing more than just racking up frequent flyer miles, posing with tourists in front of cathedrals, and playing awesome festivals. If we've learned anything from checking their MySpace profile several times a week to see when a new album is coming out -- which I, um, totally don't do -- it's that Beach House takes a nice promotional photograph. Seriously, they have some of the best promo pics I have ever seen. Way higher class than any internet picture you or I could ever hope to have. And where better to take awesome photos than on a European touring vacation?

Seriously: big things are coming from this tour. I can feel it.

@ Jana Hunter

* The Walkmen

**Tickley Feather

Earth Re-Releases Latest Album as Double LP Deluxe “Bible” Version; Every Time Southern Lord Puts Out Something Sacrilegious, a Demon Gets Its Wings Equipped with Gigantic Eyeballs

Dylan Carlson, mastermind of drone demigods Earth and hero to that weird guy in your Russian Civ class who wears a hooded cloak on chilly days, ain’t afraid to pull a sacrilege or two for the sake of his art. Like his heroes Black Sabbath before him, Carlson loves sticking it to the Christian ascendancy, filling their nightmares with scores of Beelzebubs thrashing baby Jesus with skyscraper-sized hell guitars. Unfortunately, the moral majority has no idea who Dylan Carlson is and probably never will since Christians tend to avoid people in hooded cloaks who aren’t monks. Such is their nature, and Satan bless ‘em for it!

Like so many other doom metal artists, Carlson’s brand of blasphemy is more sacrilege for sacrilege’s sake, with the latest addition in this demonstration of desecration being the limited-edition deluxe “biblical” reissue of Earth’s early ’08 album The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (TMT Review). What makes it so scriptural, you ask? According to the vile beasties at Southern Lord Records, the gold-colored, 180-gram records come in an “over the top bible-esque tripe gatefold jacket” with a faux leatherette cover and gold embossed lettering. You know, because only one version of the Bible has ever been published, and it is leather-bound and lined with gold-leaf. Dammit, Southern Lord, I know the Christian Bible isn’t exactly your thing, but you should at least realize that fake leather and gold embossing does not a Bible look-alike make. At least include some fan-fictionalized version of Acts of the Apostles or something!

Despite a disappointing score on the sacrilege scale, the rest of this package seems pretty cool. Bob Weston of Shellac remastered the audio specifically for vinyl, and the inside pages include art and photographs from dragon and skull painter extraordinaire Arik Roper . The deluxe vinyl release also includes a bonus track, “Junkyard Priest,” and if the rest of the album is any indication, this song will most likely rock considerably. Get this album for the music, not the blasphemy.

Make no mistake, our usual morning routine at TMTHQ consists of quickly rifling off and posting a couple of stories of the "Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse Both OD While Entwined in Blindfolded 69" or "Mildly Interesting Band to Tour" variety before quickly stepping out to sit around, wolf down a couple of these fucking atrocious things, and brag about our previous nights' fabricated conquests (in reality, a quick ass or nut grope in the lineup at the bar). However, if we get a real news nibble, then it's all hands on deck and noses to the grindstone until we hunt-and-peck type ourselves a story that is invariably dull and formulaic (this writer's specialty!). But at least they are timely! For example, if we get a hot tip that Radar Bros. have announced a few December U.S. dates, then it is our sworn duty to crank something out for our readers' enjoyment hasta pronto!

'Tis true. The Radar Bros. have announced some U.S. dates after they complete their current European tour, currently underway and continuing November 11 in the land of chocolate and schwingen, Switzerland. The band now consists of elder bro Jim Putnam alongside two new male siblings: Brian Hussey (bass, vocals) and Stevie Treichel (drums). The Brothers are touring in support of their latest album, Auditorium (TMT Review), released at the beginning of 2008 by matron-like label Merge.
11.11.08 - Zürich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11.12.08 - Toulouse, France - Le Cri de la Mouette
11.13.08 - Castellón, Spain - Teatre Principal, Tanned Tin Festival
11.15.08 - Don Benito, Spain - Rincon Pio Sound
11.16.08 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lounge
11.17.08 - Zaragoza, Spain - La Lata de Bombillas
11.18.08 - Grenoble, France - Eve
11.19.08 - Dijon, Spain - Deep Inside
11.20.08 - Nantes, France - Live Factory
11.22.08 - Rennes, France - Bar 1929
11.23.08 - Paris, France - Le Bellevilloise
11.24.08 - Brighton, England - Komedia #
11.25.08 - London, England - Metro
11.26.08 - Brimingham, England - Bar Academy
11.27.08 - Manchester, England - The Dulcimer
12.06.08 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
12.07.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat, Backstage
12.08.08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.09.08 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East, Upstairs
12.10.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
12.11.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
12.12.08 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head

# Shearwater

RIP: Miriam Makeba, South African singer

From YouTube:

From Pollstar:

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice but was banned from her own country for more than 30 years under apartheid, died after collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.

In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world - jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon - and sang for world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.

"Her haunting melodies gave voice to the pain of exile and dislocation which she felt for 31 long years. At the same time, her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us," Mandela said in a statement.

- Miriam Makeba official website
- Miriam Makeba Wikipedia entry
- Miriam Makeba unofficial website

Six Organs of Admittance to Release Rare Tracks, Then Retreat Back to Nature

A friend of mine once wrote that his first experience seeing Six Organs of Admittance live caused him to believe in things that were obviously untrue. He was convinced, for example, his apartment had a fourth dimension, and he was ready to take a hammer to the bathroom to discover it. This only scratches the surface concerning the mystical power of Six Organs' incandescent, Eastern-tinged, enveloping psychedelic modal noodling. It's barely conceivable what some would do to grip the rarest of Ben Chasny's repertoire. Lucky for us, RTZ curates some of the rarest and some of the best on one priced-to-own brain-burner.

The double disc (or three LP) set collects coveted, rare material, including "Resurrection" from the 6OA/Charlambadies split, one of Chasny's first recordings that was limited to 33 copies (dating back to ’99), and some choice live performances. Totally spiritual. It's like finding the arc of the covenant or some shizz.

RTZ drops January 20, 2009 courtesy of Drag City. No tracklist has yet been released, but it's not like you need a tracklist to know that you're going to pick this up.

Little Joy to Tour? Fab!

Ah, The Strokes... America’s great white hope to save rock ‘n’ roll. After one enthusiastic debut album and two less-fresh-but-still-committed follow-ups, the NYC quintet will return to the studio in February to begin recording their follow-up to First Impressions of Earth. In the meantime, the warm stare of the public eye is a hard thing to shake (not to mention worldwide popularity and advances from supermodels and A-list actresses), but so is not following the muse that made you begin playing music in the first place. So, it comes as no surprise that Fabrizio Moretti, like Nikolai Fraiture (Nickel Eye) and Albert Hammond Jr. (solo stuff), has taken a calming walk away from his day-to-day (since it's on hiatus) and is toying around with different kinds of musics.

Moretti is still behind the drums, but has added singing, guitars, piano, and melodica to his performing skills in Little Joy, a junkyard calypso pop project he has created with Rodrigo Amarante (singer/guitarist with Los Hermanos) and Binki Shapiro (an unknown entity to TMT but wethinks she is the steady of Moretti). The trio started their inaugural North American tour a few days ago and will continue to play throughout the continent in November and into the middle of December as they attempt to carve out their own sound and audience unrelated to and unfazed by Moretti’s high-profile regular gig. Kinda like Dogstar did.

11.07.08 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
11.08.08 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11.09.08 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

11.11.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Café
11.12.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Khyber Pass
11.13.08 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
11.14.08 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
11.15.08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar
11.16.08 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears
11.18.08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.20.08 - Atlanta, GA - Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta Room)
11.21.08 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
11.22.08 - St. Louis, MI - Blueberry Hill (Duck Room)
11.24.08 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
11.25.08 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
11.26.08 - Dallas, TX - The Lounge on Elm Street
11.28.08 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.29.08 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.30.08 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
12.02.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12.04.08 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
12.05.08 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (5th Avenue Side Stage)
12.06.08 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
12.07.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
12.11.08 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
12.12.08 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club
12.13.08 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan

Little Joy’s self-titled debut album (TMT Review) was issued through Rough Trade on Election Day (that was November 4 for all of you still hungover with ecstatic happiness, intense sadness, or mild indifference). If you have not bought/stolen the album yet, these tantalizing song titles may sway you to do so:

1. The Next Time Around
2. Brand New Start
3. Play the Part
4. No One’s Better Sake
5. Unattainable
6. Shoulder to Shoulder
7. With Strangers
8. Keep Me in Mind
9. How to Hang a Warhol
10. Don’t Watch Me Dancing
11. Evaporar

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