Bang on a Can and Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth Cut The Ribbon On New Pieces

Bang on a Can and Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth Cut The Ribbon On New Pieces

On February 24, two generations of the musical vanguard are collaborating on an effort that is sure to be as entertaining as it will be unpredictable. Evergreen new music pioneers Bang on a Can All-Stars are performing a handful of new compositions by Dirty Projectors’ uniquely talented Dave Longstreth. Both parties have well-earned reputations for making and breaking music, so expect the unexpected. It’s a match made in… well, New York (where else?).

The ambiguously evocative titles of Longstreth’s pieces (“Instructional Video,” “Breakfast at J&M,” and “Matt Damon”) hint at the zany adventure that’s in store. The All-Stars will also perform pieces by Oscar Bettison, Christine Southworth, and the Swedish ambient-funk composer Nik Bärtsch. For those of you who have the opportunity to bear witness, it’s all going down at exactly 7:29 PM at Merkin Concert Hall.

[Full disclosure: Deno once interned for Cantaloupe, the label owned by Ban on a Can.]

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UNKLE Slates New Album for May Release; Meanwhile, My Uncle Dale Huffs Paint in His Garage and Thinks About ‘Nam

If you’ve done the right thing and hung around with good ol’ UNKLE for their last few records, you know they’re not the type of band you’d label with that dreaded, sort-of-all-encomposing genre tag electronica. No self-respecting synthesizer jockey wants to be slapped with that sassafras, America. Maybe that geeky cousin of yours who scores his own anime soundtracks, but not your friends in UNKLE. With past collaborators ranging from Thom Yorke to Kool G Rap, James Lavelle and company are a puzzling bundle of lads who have never proven easy to pigeonhole.

So it’s with a hearty “Hey cool alright!” that I report that UNKLE will release its fourth LP Where Did the Night Fall on May 11. Out on the group’s own Surrender All label, UNKLE’s latest effort “has influences from psychedelic rock to afrobeat” and features guest vocals from Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Sleepy Sun, among others. Mosey on over to the Chocolate Grinder to hear the track’s first single, “Natural Selection.” I bet it’ll treat you real nice!

Where Did the Night Fall tracklist:

01. Nowhere
02. Follow Me Down (feat. Sleepy Sun)
03. Natural Selection (feat. The Black Angels)
04. Joy Factory (feat. Autolux)
05. The Answer (feat. Big in Japan)
06. On A Wire (feat. Elle J)
07. Falling Stars (feat. Gavin Clark)
08. Heavy Drug
09. Caged Bird (feat. Katrina Ford)
10. Ablivion
11. The Runaway (feat. Elle J)
12. Ever Rest (feat. Joel Cadbury)
13. The Healing (feat. Gavin Clark)
14. Another Night Out (feat. Mark Lanegan)


05.21.10 - Moscow, Russia - Forum Hall
05.22.10 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
05.25.10 - London, UK - KoKo

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Xasthur and Marissa Nadler Team Up for Ultimate Collaboration/Destruction

It’s a match made in… HELL. Black metal dude Xasthur is hooking up with eerie folk songstress Marissa Nadler for an album called Portal of Sorrow, rumored to be out this March. Now, this isn’t the first time the disparate worlds of folk and metal have collided, but it might be the most explosively compelling.

Both have issued dark proclamations – ok, whatever, they “wrote” – on their blogs. Xasthur declared that working with Nadler “is really an honor because I’m quite a fan of her music.” (As am I, Xasthur, we have so much in common!) He also adds that her voice is “another instrument to accent the music of Xasthur which is an old sound that just doesn’t come out of today’s technology.” Nadler described the collaboration by saying that “he has words but I have none. Its been lovely to break through vocal barriers and inhibitions and contribute to something harder and darker.” And lovely for all of us! Clearly this Portal of Sorrow will open some spooooky doors… to total awesomeness.

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George Winston Releases Second Vince Guaraldi Tribute Album, Tours a Bunch of Venues You Have Never Been To and Will Never Return To After His Show

George Winston occupies a strange territory of the cultural landscape. Somehow, early in his career, he came to be categorized alongside some of the shittiest music in the world: “easy listening.” A few dull landscape-photography album covers later, Winston had unintentionally cemented his status as the soundtrack to yoga classes nationwide. It is understandable that one would misclassify Winston as such (assuming the “one” in question has a subscription to Harper’s and eight or more matching square plates). His music can be soft, impressionistic, and subtle, creating a depth of imagery not through a raw sonic assault, but through a gradual and understated totality of sound, much like the champion of the 18th-century easy listening scene, Antonio Vivaldi.

In truth, Winston is a complex, fascinating piano virtuoso and is alive right now. His well-documented web of influences spans from Fats Waller to The Doors to Appalachian fiddle music. He is also an incredible slack-key guitarist and blues harmonica player, talents which are demonstrated on only one of his 18 albums, Remembrance: A Memorial Benefit. And I defy any New-York-Times-Art-and-Leisure-section-trusting Starbucks drinker to listen to “Miles City Train” during his or her next scented bath and call it “easy”.

I think that George Winston is limited by the audience that supports him. When I saw Winston perform at the Abrons Arts Center last November, he heavily prefaced one piece, warning the audience that the ending would be a little experimental. As the song came to an end, he muted the piano and began slamming on the keys, playing them alone as a percussion instrument. He finished the piece and immediately apologized.

Winston’s renditions of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi’s lively melodies on Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi Volume 2 are hardly relaxation fodder, with the possible exception of “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.” On February 2, Winston released this follow-up to his 1996 tribute to Guaraldi, Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, in a 16-song regular edition and a 19-song deluxe edition. Enterprising gentlemen and ladies may stream the first track for free, courtesy of Play it at your next Lamaze class.

Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi Volume 2 tracklist:

01. Time For Love
02. It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
03. Macedonia/Little David
04. Woodstock
05. Fenwyck’s Farfel/Calling Dr. Funk
06. Room at the Bottom
07. Air Music
08. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
09. You’re Elected, Charlie Brown/Little Birdie
10. Brasilia
11. Jambo’s (Casaba)
12. Pebble Beach/Dolores Park
13. Love Will Come/Slow Dance
14. Rain, Rain Go Away
15. Nobody Else
16. Love Will Come 2
17. Dilemma *
18. Seeds For Thought/Ballad For Oscar *
19. Christmas Time Is Here *

* Deluxe Edition only

George Winston tourdates:

02.23.10 - Decatur, GA - Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College
03.02.10 - West Hartford, CT - Hoffman Auditorium at Saint Joseph College
03.04.10 - Fairfield, CT - FTC Stage One
03.06.10 - Old Saybrook, CT - Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
03.08.10 - Newburyport, MA - Firehouse Center for the Arts
03.09.10 - Newburyport, MA - Firehouse Center for the Arts
03.12.10 - Chatham, NJ - The Sanctuary Concerts
03.14.10 - Glen Allen, VA - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
03.21.10 - Easton, MD - Avalon Theatre
03.30.10 - Arlington Heights, IL - Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
03.31.10 - Arlington Heights, IL - Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
04.07.10 - Phoenixville, PA - Colonial Theatre
04.09.10 - North Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
04.12.10 - Tryon, NC - Tryon Fine Arts Center
04.15.10 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center for the Performing Arts
04.22.10 - Berea, KY - Phelps Stokes Auditorium

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Sleepy Sun Tour, Plan to Follow the Earth’s Rotation But Will Probably Get Lazy

Santa Cruz psych jammers Sleepy Sun embark on a tour of the US starting February 26, primarily sticking close to the West Coast. They’ve got a debut album titled Embrace (TMT Review) out now on ATP. I’d say more, but I’m getting sleepy.

02.26.10 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
03.09.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
03.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
03.13.10 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
03.14.10 - Palm Springs, CA - J.Dee’s Landing
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Annex (SXSW)
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (SXSW)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Peckerheads (SXSW)
03.21.10 - Dallas, TX - Double Wide (Bro Fest)
03.23.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive Club
03.24.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
03.25.10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Mia’s Lounge
03.26.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon
03.27.10 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door

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Avett Brothers Announce Tour, Play Bonnaroo, Don’t Shave

Grandma had an old saying: “Snatch not from an Avett’s hand, for an Avett does not rest.” At the time, I had no clue what that meant. Nowadays, I can only assume my sweet ol’ grandmother was talking about The Avett Brothers. Those rootsy North Carolinians put out a record pretty much every year of the past decade, along with being seemingly constantly on tour. Case in point: The Avett Brothers are going on tour again, warming the cold hearts of the frozen Midwest. In somewhat warmer news, they’re also going to be playing Bonnaroo, where only the beers are cold, bro.

Cold dates:

02.24.10 - Athens, OH - Ohio University Athens
02.26.10 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre
02.27.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
02.28.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian room @ Murat Centre
03.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Missouri Theatre
03.03.10 - Midwest City, OK - Rose State PAC
03.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.06.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
03.07.10 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
03.09.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater

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