Björk and Michel Gondry collaborate on “scientific musical” (just what the world needs: another “scientific musical”)

Björk and Michel Gondry collaborate on "scientific musical" (just what the world needs: another "scientific musical")

What happens when two incredible artists come together? Björk and Lars von Trier made Dancer in the Dark; Lars von Trier and Charlotte Gainsbourg made Antichrist; Charlotte Gainsbourg and Michel Gondry made The Science of Sleep; and Michel Gondry and Björk made over half a dozen amazing music videos. This latter collaboration is still apparently going too, as in a recent interview by The Playlist during SXSW, Gondry dropped a few details about a super-secret film project with Björk.

Michel Gondry seems to be spreading himself thin these days, between promotion for A Thorn in the Heart (debuting in early April in NY), post-production for The Green Hornet, work on the animated film Megalomania, development of Return of the Ice Kids, and hopefully imminent preparation for The We & the I… it’s exhausting to keep up. This new collaboration with Björk is no less impressive than his ass-kicking list. “A sort of scientific musical,” Gondry described it. “[It’s a movie], but maybe more for museums. Like a 40 minute IMAX project in 3D.”

According to Pitchfork, Björk’s publicist could not officially confirm the venture, but the collaboration was also mentioned way back in February. Plus, the idea sounds just crazy enough to work… after all, The Knife’s Darwin-inspired opera turned out all right.

James Blackshaw is releasing a new album this summer, and it is called All Is Falling

James Blackshaw, the 12-string guitar GOD, will have a new record out this June/July. Titled All Is Falling, the LP will be one long piece with eight movements. It’ll be out on Young God. To help make the album, Blackshaw has enlisted Charlotte Glasson on violin and flute, Fran Bury on vocals, and Daniel Madav on the cello.

This is clearly the best news of the year. Forget all of those sanctimonious websites who told you Merriweather Post Pavilion was the best record of 2009. It was actually Blackshaw’s The Glass Bead Game (TMT Review), which failed to even get into the top 50 of those same smug websites’ 2009 year-end lists. The bastards!

Blackshaw is touring during March and May:

03.26.10 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
05.07.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.10.10 - London, UK - The Barbican
05.12.10 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
05.13.10 - Bristol, UK - St George’s
05.14.10 - Oxford, UK - Holywell Music Room
05.15.10 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
05.16.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Roxy Art House

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• Young God:

Earth bring Karl Blau on tour, try out new material on West Coast tour with Wolves in the Throne Room

Earth, the drone-metal experimenters that presumably all of us at TMT love, have announced a week-and-a-half-long jaunt around the West Coast with labelmates Wolves in the Throne Room. The series of concerts will be opened by instrumental cellist Lori Goldston, who will actually perform again once Earth hits the stage. What’s more, Earth have tapped the ever incorrigible Karl Blau (D+, The Microphones, Kelp!, etc.) to play bass with them. Blau will even get to reunite with lover-in-crime Phil Elverum at the group’s final date in Olympia. Cute!

Speaking of cute, the tour will provide a chance for Earth to test new material that they’ve been finalizing for their full-length follow-up to 2008’s adorable The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (TMT Review). If all goes to plan, the new album will be “released on Southern Lord Recordings by early 2011” and may very well have a couple tracks that drone on and on and on for 20 minutes.

If you’re curious, then you should know that Earth’s lineup for the shows will be as follows:

Dylan Carlson - Guitar
Adrienne Davies - Drums
Karl Blau - Bass
Lori Goldston - Cello

Wow! I didn’t know that Dylan Carlson was still playing with Earth! …


04.14.10 - Eugene, OR - The Oak Street Speakeasy
04.15.10 - Eureka, CA - Noctrum
04.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
04.16.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Brookdale Lodge
04.17.10 - San Diego,CA - Ché Café
04.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The EchoPlex
04.22.10 - Portland, OR - Rotture
04.23.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
04.24.10 - Olympia, WA - Capital Theatre *

* Mount Eerie and Ô Paon

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Carpark Records signs Light Pollution, presumably in fear that all the good unsigned bands will be scooped post-SXSW

SXSW has become somewhat of a staple event for people who want to get signed (but most often end up coming home empty-handed). Labels know this too, so they’ll either scout SXSW or snatch them up beforehand so they can show off their brand new signee to the industry fest that is SXSW. Case in point: Chicago’s Light Pollution, who have recently signed to Carpark Records (home to Dan Deacon, Beach House, Toro Y Moi, and a bunch of other artists) just in time for SXSW. The group’s debut full-length album, Apparitions, is due June 15 and will include “swirling analog synths, shimmering arpeggios, and washed out tape noiseembedded into combinations of 90’s shoegaze, chillwave, and vocal psych-pop.” You can check out what that sounds like at the Chocolate Grinder.

The group is currently on tour, and what do you know, they’re playing a bunch of shows at SXSW, including one in which they’ll join up with fellow Carpark artists for the SXSW Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase. Here are the dates:

03.16.10 - Denton, TX JnJ’s
03.17.10 - SXSW No Words / Day Bow Bow @ Ghost Room
03.18.10 - SXSW Hype Machine’s Lose Control @ Vice
03.18.10 - SXSW Two Syllable Acoustic Show @ Hideout Cafe
03.18.10 - SXSW Carpark / Paw Tracks @ Wave
03.19.10 - SXSW @ Justine’s
03.19.10 - SXSW Consequence of Sound @ Republic Live
03.20.10 - SXSW In-store @ End of an Ear Records
03.20.10 - SXSW Fast Folks @ The Gas Pipe Smoke Shop
03.21.10 - Wichita, KS Rock Island Live
03.22.10 - Springfield, MO The Outland Ballroom
03.23.10 - Columbia, MO Mojo’s
03.24.10 - St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
03.25.10 - Indianapolis, IN Local’s Only (MOKB & Scion event, free show!)
03.26.10 - Chicago, IL Mopery Loft
03.31.10 - Columbus, Ohio Wexner Center &
04.01.10 - Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge *
04.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN Hexagon Bar
04.09.10 - Northfield, MN The Cave @ Carlton College
04.17.10 - Bloomington, IN WIUX Culture Shock #
04.26 - Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
04.28.10 - Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage !
04.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY Glasslands $

# Best Coast
% Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
& Deerhunter
* Woodhands
! Willowz
$ Memoryhouse

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[Photo: Coach House Sounds]

RIP: Lesley Duncan, singer/songwriter and Elton John/Pink Floyd collaborator

From NME:

Singer/songwriter and Elton John and Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan has died aged 66.

Duncan passed away on Friday (March 12) aged 66 after suffering from cerebrovascular disease.

As well as carving out her own career in the mid-’60s following a move from her native Stockton-On-Tees to London, Duncan performed vocals on Elton John’s album ‘Madman Across The Water’, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and Ringo Starr’s ‘Goodnight Vienna’.

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Woods to release new album At Echo Lake, neither of which are actually found in Brooklyn

Woodsist is dropping records like mad lately, and on May 11 its flagship band/founding members Woods are joining in by releasing their fifth studio album. Titled At Echo Lake, Woods expands on the already-expanded roster of last year’s Songs of Shame (TMT Review) to flesh out a “diamond-sharp distillation of the turbulent power of their live shows.”

Gonna’ make you privvy to the tracklist here:

01. Blood Dries Darker
02. Pick Up
03. Suffering Season
04. Time Fading Lines
05. From the Horn
06. Death Rattles
07. Mornin’ Time
08. I Was Gone
09. Get Back
10. Deep
11. Til the Sun Rips

Say… do you like MP3s? Here’s a little ditty you might enjoy: “I Was Gone,” which is also available on a newly released 7-inch of the same name.

Hey! They’re also on tour. Most likely because of that little event in Texas.

03.16.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall ^
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - French Legation Museum (Other Music SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie’s a.k.a. Ms. Bea’s (SXSW)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (Woodsist Showcase SXSW)
03.22.10 - Nashville, TN - The End ^
03.23.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
03.24.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot at Case Western ^
03.25.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - University of Pittsburgh ^
03.26.10 - Haverford, PA - Haverford College ^
03.27.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel ^
03.28.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse ^
05.13.10 - New York, NY - Abrons Art Center / Joshua Light Festival *

^ Real Estate
# Happy Birthday and Wild Nothing
* MV + EE

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