Bert Jansch is back — with a vengeance and with Neil Young on tour

Bert Jansch is back — with a vengeance and with Neil Young on tour http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-04-bert-jansch.jpg

Everyone’s favorite acoustic guitar player — well, at least Neil Young’s favorite (and mine) — has announced that he will be returning to the US as Young’s “special guest” for a spring tour.

The British bombshell, who recently overcame lung cancer and released one of the best albums of his career, 2009’s The Black Swan, will be heading back to the states for a 15-date tour that starts in Durham and ends in the second-best city in America: Chicago. The guitarist will also quietly (and politely) ask you to buy his Charisma-era albums, 1974’s L.A. Turnaround, 75’s Santa Barbara Honeymoon, and 77’s A Rare Conundrum, which have all been reissued by Drag City on both CD and vinyl — and if you don’t own them, you are surely a loser.

“Bert Jansch is on the same level as Jimi [Hendrix],” says tour partner and train-afficionado Neil Young, who is supporting his latest album, Le Noise (TMT Review). “That first record of his is epic. Bert Jansch is the best acoustic guitarist. Except me.” Just joking Tiny Mix Tapers, Neil isn’t that full of himself.

Bert Jansch/Neil Young tourdates:

04.15.11 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
04.17.11 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theater
04.19.11 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
04.20.11 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
04.22.11 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
04.24.11 - New York, NY - Avery Fischer Hall
04.25.11 - New York, NY - Avery Fischer Hall
04.27.11 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre
04.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre
04.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
05.01.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
05.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Arnoff Center For The Arts
05.04.11 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
05.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre

• Bert Jansch: http://www.bertjansch.com
• Neil Young: http://www.neilyoung.com

Library of Congress adds 25 new musical recordings to the Posterity Party, including Captain Beefheart and De La Soul

It was announced yesterday that the Library of Congress has gone on a major shopping spree in record stores across Washington, DC, in an obvious attempt to impress the Senate and the Department of Agriculture, and has added 25 new recordings to its already bulging backstock of music.

The Library of Congress, which has spent the last couple years struggling with puberty and multiple attempts to ‘express itself,’ has added new music (by artists ranging from De La Soul to Captain Beefheart) to the ninth annual National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which adds 25 new songs each year.

“Audio recordings have documented our lives and allowed us to share artistic expressions and entertainment. The salient question is not whether we should preserve these artifacts, but how best collectively to save this indispensable part of our history,” says LoC Librarian (and total nerd) James H. Billington.

Other recordings/musicians selected by the LoC this year include: Al Green, Edward Meeker’s 1908 sing-along “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a 1970 recording of “Songs of a Humpback Whale,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” Steely Dan’s Aja, Nat King Cole, Les Paul, Lydia Mendoza, Kid Midnight, Blind Willie Johnson, The Sons of Pioneers, George Crumb, comedian Mort Sahl, and The Almanac Singers. Sorry, Justin Bieber. Keep the dream alive.

• Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov

Wildbirds & Peacedrums tour North America and support women simultaneously

Wildbirds & Peacedrums are all about gender equality. In fact, some of their early tourdates were supporting such lovely ladies as St. Vincent and Lykke Li. Now that they’ve made a bit of a name for themselves, Wildbirds will be back on the road this spring in support of Rivers on Leaf, a double-release of two different five-song EPs entitled Retina and Iris, the former of which features the Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir, as used by another very famous woman — Björk — on her album Medúlla. Yes, it may be April and women’s history month may be over, but there’s just no stopping Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ rampant support.

Dates:

05.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
05.31.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
06.01.11 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.03.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.06.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
06.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
06.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel
06.11.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
06.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

• Wildbirds & Peacedrums: http://www.wildbirdsandpeacedrums.com
• Leaf: http://www.theleaflabel.com/en/index.php

Kyle Bobby Dunn preps new album for May; confused fan accidentally orders Zakk Wylde album

Kyle Bobby Dunn is a boring guy. So boring because he makes drone music. So boring because he was born in Canada. So boring because he’s been making the same music since he was 14. So boring that… I have to make him sound boring just to position myself as less boring. So boring, in fact, that he’s not really boring at all.

Ways of Meaning, KBD’s first release since 2010’s compilation A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn, is sure to be a continuation of his “boring” aesthetic under the guise of some deep universal and philosophical understanding of something or another. The album will be dropping May 3 via Desire Path Recordings, this being his second release for the label. He also has a performance coming up on April 24 at the Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge.

Ways of Meaning tracklisting:

01. Dropping sandwiches (in Chester Lake)
02. Statuit
03. Canyon Meadows
04. New Pures
05. Movement for the Completely Fucked
06. Touhy’s Theme

Live:

04.24.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Kyle Bobby Dunn: http://www.myspace.com/kbdunn
• Desire Path: http://www.desirepathrecordings.com

Julianna Barwick’s spring tour extravaganza: come one, come all!

That Julianna Barwick, she is a one-woman, voice-looping, song-constructing machine! The towering monuments of reverb-soaked vocals she creates, they are something else. Now now, my friend, I know you’ve heard her new album on Asthmatic Kitty, The Magic Place (TMT Review). But have you seen Julianna Barwick live?

Well, here’s your chance! Ms. Barwick, ever the go-getter, is going on a rather extensive North American and European tour this spring, running all the way into the summer. Hold on a second! It won’t just be Julianna Barwick, it won’t just be her at all! Many of these dates will also feature the talents of Okkervil River and Titus Andronicus, two fine bands of musical troubadours. Barwick! Okkervil! Andronicus! It’s the deal of the century!

Julianna Barwick dates:

04.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Founders Festival (KXSC Festival)
04.14.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
04.15.11 - New York, NY - Barnard College
04.16.11 - Madison, NJ - Drew University
05.18.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif *
05.19.11 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
05.20.11 - Dublin, Ireland - TBA
05.22.11 - London, UK - Slaughtered Lamp
05.23.11 - Manchester, UK - Kraak Gallery
05.24.11 - London, UK - Rough Trade
05.25.11 - Paris, France - Espace B
05.27.11 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
05.28.11 - Pisa, Italy - Caracol
05.30.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi
06.02.11 - Ljublijana, Slovenia - Trubarjeva Hisa Literatura
06.03.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Arkaoda
06.06.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Astra Stube
06.07.11 - Dresden, Germany - Thalia
06.08.11 - Berlin, Germany - HBC
06.14.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
06.15.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater &
06.16.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge &
06.17.11 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.18.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre &
06.20.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre &
06.21.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom &
06.22.11 - Berkeley, CA - Fox Theater &
06.23-25.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
07.03.11 - Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival

* Bill Callahan
& Okkervil River and Titus Andronicus

• Julianna Barwick: http://www.juliannabarwick.com
• Asthmatic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com

J. Rocc drops Some Cold Rock Stuf on your lumpy head, flees to Japan and Europe for tour

How’s this for consistency: J. Rocc — member of “The World Famous” Beat Junkies DJ crew since the early 90s, winner of many a turntable battle — drops his first solo 12-inch single “Play This (One)” in 2003, then waits seven years to deliver his second single, “Play This Too,” which just happens to flow seamlessly from the last minute of the first single — DJ music for DJs, indeed. It’s this blend of craftsmanship and insanity that likely led to J. Rocc’s status as “Madlib’s DJ,” joining him on most shows (even in the days of Jaylib) and collaborating on some of the latest volumes of the Beat Konducta series. Now seems as good a time as any to declare “Dude can scratch!” and make everyone within earshot feel uncomfortable.

For all that time taken between singles, J. Rocc’s kept himself busy with countless DJ mixes (five volumes of the Taster’s Choice series, four volumes of Dilla tribute series Thank You Jay Dee) and collaborations with labels like Jazzman and Now-Again, but it’s only RIGHT NOW (well… YESTERDAY) that Some Cold Rock Stuf, the man’s debut album proper, is made available for the public. As Stones Throw explains on their website, this thing is “Not a mix tape. Not a DJ album. Not a beats album. It’s THE album.” For an album worthy of underlining a word to describe it, the label has spared no expense in the packaging department; available as a 2-CD set or a triple-vinyl monster with double-sided poster and sticker sheet, each copy has one of its discs ominously labeled “Mystery Disc,” of which there are three different possibilities. It’s like those 25-cent machines that don’t tell you what’s inside, and you think it might be a really nice watch but it ends up being just another “sticky hand” that gets dust and hair on it on the drive home. Except any given “Mystery Disc” is likely to be closer to getting the watch.

To celebrate the album’s release, J. Rocc is going ahead with a Japan tour that was scheduled before the disaster, with 100% of the tour’s profits now going to the Red Cross. That tour’s almost over, but a sprinkling of European dates will follow shortly after, and everyone knows you don’t have to speak the language to rock the crowd (though I’m guessing bands like The Hold Steady are still having troubles with that). Check the dates below, and find musical relief when you apply Some Cold Rock Stuf to your most sensitive areas.

Japan/Euro dates:

04.08.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Unit *
04.09.11 - Osaka, Japan - Studio Partita *
04.24.11 - Glasgow, UK - Electric Frog $
04.27.11 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Old Gaslaboratory (Eindhoven University)
04.28.11 - Brighton, UK - Digital
04.29.11 - Galway, Ireland - Kellys
04.30.11 - Paris, France - Bellevilloise
05.01.11 - Madrid, Spain - Black Book Club
05.05.11 - Landshut, Germany - Wintergarten
05.06.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
05.07.11 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne
05.13.11 - London, UK - Fabric (Room 3) %
05.14.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Westelijk Handelsterrein

* Peanut Butter Wolf & Mayer Hawthorne DJ sets
$ Kode 9, Francois K
% James Pants, Kutmah

• J. Rocc: http://www.stonesthrow.com/jrocc
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com