Ben Folds Five reunite after years of not being Ben Folds Five, announce first new album in 13 years

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A lot can happen in 12 years: my son has grown from a cute, smiley baby into an annoying and loud pre-teen, my cat went from a fuzzy little kitty into a farty, mean, slashy set of claws, and America went from being on top of the world to being on the brink of bankruptcy. Also in 12 years, a band, such as Ben Folds Five, can move past their differences, realize that they were never as popular alone as they were together, and decide to de-break-up and reunite.

In fact, that’s exactly what Ben Folds Five have decided to do; after 12 years, a handful of “no, we’re not actually back together we’re just playing a show together” gigs, and three new songs recorded for a best-of album, BFF have decided to finally get back together and once again be BFF and BFFs.

The band will not only head out on a tour (with dates in North America, the UK, Ireland, and Australia) but they will also be releasing their first new album in 13 years. The Sound of the Life of the Mind will be available for consumption on September 18 through ImaVeePee Records and Sony Music Entertainment. The album, the band’s first since The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, was created through the use of the PledgeMusic, a “grassroots, direct-to-fans initiative where artists and fans work together with charities to create albums and other projects.” Like Kickstarter, but with charities, and Ben Folds Five.

Tourdates listed below, with more to be announced.

09.13.12 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park Amphitheatre
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Central Park Rumsey Playground
09.16.12 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
09.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
09.19.12 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
09.21.12 - Pensacola Beach, FL - DeLuna Fest
09.23.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
09.24.12 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
09.25.12 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
09.28.12 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight
10.02.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
10.05.12 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhas
11.10.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.17.12 - Sydney, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.18.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.23.12 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
11.24.12 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
11.26.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11.29.12 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
11.30.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
12.01.12 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
12.03.12 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
12.04.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy
12.05.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy

• Ben Folds Five: http://www.benfoldsfive.com
• Ben Folds: http://www.benfolds.com
• PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com

RIP: Jon Lord, keyboardist for Deep Purple

From Jon Lord’s official website:

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

• Jon Lord: http://jonlord.org
• Deep Purple: http://www.deeppurple.com

Dreamcolour release The History of Dreaming in Colour, and it’s extremely purdy

If you haven’t heard of Dreamcolour, that’s probably because you don’t ride around in vehicles manufactured prior to the mid-1990s; all of their releases (with the exception of their latest) have so far been limited to cassette, with maybe a few download links located sparsely around the web, in places where only the most musically-inclined pirates congregate. If you have heard of Dreamcolour, well then… damn, maybe you should be writing this article. Or, maybe you’re just thinking of some completely irrelevant hybrid between the film companies, Dreamworks and Technicolor. Of course, such a hybrid wouldn’t be in the business of composing psychedelic and/or free improv music, which is why that particular thought would be irrelevant. Also irrelevant: “Dreamcolour” sounds like a spectacular name for a revised, exceedingly futuristic version of Hasbro’s Lite-Brite.

Relevant: Rob Magill and Alex Gray (a.k.a. Dreamcolour) have just released The History of Dreaming in Colour, their first album since 2010, available for digital purchase here. If I had to describe what I’m hearing right now with a single word, that word would be the polar opposite of “contrived.” I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing, ultimately. Also, the production veers decidedly towards the “lo” end of the fidelity scale. A conscious choice with a creative purpose? I would assume so. It definitely adds to the improvisational angle.

• Dreamcolour: http://listentocolour.com
• Deep Tapes: http://deeptapes.com

Smashing Pumpkins reissue Pisces Iscariot, but do you know what happens if you say Billy Corgan three times into a mirror? You become Billy Corgan.

Billy Corgan.

Alt-rock titans Smashing Pumpkins are reissuing their 1994 B-sides and rarities compilation Pisces Iscariot. The reissue will be released on July 17 (July 16 internationally) through EMI Music, as part of the label’s reissue campaign for the band. This will be the first time since its original release that the album has been remastered.

Billy Corgan.

The reissue will come in multiple formats. There will be a deluxe edition in both digital and physical formats, which features a live DVD and a second disc including the first Smashing Pumpkins demo and alternate versions of Pisces Iscariot tracks. There will also be standard editions in digital, CD, and vinyl formats. Producer Bob Ludwig has remastered the bonus content from the original tapes.

Billy Corgan.

For the deluxe physical version, Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild has handled the liner notes. In addition to those notes, BILLY CORGAN has written annotations for every track. This version also comes with a collection of postcards, watercolor illustrations, and photos.

Billy Corgan.

The Smashing Pumpkins released Oceania earlier this year. It is not a reissue. It’s a new album.

Billy Corgan.

Did you know? I have the same birthday as Billy Corgan.

• Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.smashingpumpkins.com
• EMI: http://www.emimusic.com

Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) announces new LP for Touch out of pure Vainioity

Former Pan Sonic member and noise generator Mika Vainio has announced in a glitchy, distorted manner that he will be following up last year’s explosive Life (…It Eats You Up) (TMT Review) with a new release titled Magnetite on Touch.

The new record, due out September 3, is said to “examine the contrast between absolute silence and noise.” My money is on more noise than silence, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Maybe he samples “4’33”” for his silent moments. Who knows! I’m not very funny today.

• Mika Vainio: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/reviews/mikavainio.html
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk

Dum Dum Girls have an EP coming out called End of Daze, and they’re touring, and they like cherry-banana-fruit-punch-flavored candy

Grape Dum Dums taste like cough syrup. Cream Soda Dum Dums taste like sunscreen. Tangerine Dum Dums taste like Orange Dum Dums. Mystery Dum Dums aren’t real flavors. They’re combinations, like cherry root beer or blue raspberry watermelon or sour apple mango.

Dum Dum Girls have absolutely nothing to do with Dum Dum lollipops. They got their name from a Vaselines album called Dum Dum and an Iggy Pop song called “Dum Dum Boys.” Right after Dum Dum Girls recorded Only in Dreams (TMT Review), vocalist/guitarist Dee Dee Gundred wrote “Mine Tonight” and “I Got Nothing,” then stashed them away for a project a bit more atmospheric than the jangly 2011 release. Both tracks ended up on End of Daze, the band’s forthcoming EP, along with three other tracks, including a cover of Strawberry Switchblade’s “Trees and Flowers.” End of Daze will see a September 25 release via Sub Pop, and the Dum Dum Girls have a string of shows lined up to support the record. They’ve got at acoustic version of “Mine Tonight” that they recorded for Rhapsody.com, and you can check it out right here:

End of Daze tracklist:

01. Mine Tonight

02. I Got Nothing

03. Trees and Flowers

04. Lord Knows

05. Season in Hell

Tourdates:

07.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - House of Vans *

07.28.12 - Seattle, WA - Little Big Show @ Neptune Theatre **

08.03.12 - Montreal, QE - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival

08.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Official Lollapalooza Aftershow @ Cubby Bear

08.05.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapallooza

08.06.12 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway

08.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

08.09.12 - Madison, WI - Pondamonium at Warner Park ^!

08.10.12 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s

08.11.12 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival ^#

* Widowspeak

** Craft Spells

^ Garbage

! Flaming Lips

# Desaparecidos

• Dum Dum Girls: http://wearedumdumgirls.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

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