Björk debuts Biophilia website, ushering in Web 3.0

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Four long years have passed since the release of Volta (TMT Review), and it’s felt like the world has changed in a thousand ways since then. For example, back in 2007, the idea that Björk was collaborating with “Freaky Freaky” Timbaland felt like a daring blend of styles, whereas if we heard the same news today it would sound like just another horseman of the apocalypse. This accelerated evolution of taste and acceptability intermingled with layer after layer of world-weariness and cynicism informs so many aspects of our lives today that it seems like nothing is as it once was. How important, then, that Björk continues to live in her edgeless rotating gel-sphere of a home deep within a lush Icelandic grotto that can only be seen during a full moon, because from there she can see the unfiltered world as it is, was, and shall be. Luckily for us, Ms. Guðmundsdóttir is embarking on a large-scale exploration of the natural world called Biophilia, and submitting the results to everyone’s favorite source of world-weariness and cynicism: the internet!

Björk gave a little taste of the Biophilia project back in December of last year when she contributed a song to the iPad app “Solar System”, which allows iPadders to examine 3D models of planets and wonder about their majesty. Now, with the official launch of the Biophilia website, visitors can see that Björk has created a solar system of her very own, which will surely be filled up soon with all sorts of streaming constellations and whooshing sounds but at the moment is somewhat sparse. All you can do right now is wiggle stars around and hold the ‘down’ key until you realize how small Björk is in the grand scheme of things. In an audio message on the site, Björk explains that the aesthetic of the project is about “sympathizing with sound, how sound moves and the physics of sound, and how notes in a room behave, how they bounce off walls and between objects. It’s kind of more similar to how planets and microscopic things work.”

The next part of the project will be the debut of the Biophilia live show in Manchester, starting on June 30 and continuing over the course of five more shows at the same venue — probably to give the roadies some time to recover after assembling “a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns — creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp.” Really though, they couldn’t include a sustainable ecosystem inside that pipe organ?

So there you have it. Biophilia: can ya pheel it?™ This isn’t the official tagline for the project, but with enough grassroots support it could be. Get to work.

Biophilia live dates:

06.30.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.03.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.07.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.13.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall
07.16.11 - Manchester, UK - Campfield Market Hall

• Björk: http://www.bjork.com

Bon Iver announces summer tourdates, promises to bring an inflatable pool and Slip-N-Slide to each show

When you’re playing the biggest venues you’ve ever played as a victory lap from collaborating with Kanye West, it’s only fitting that you do it up as big as possible on your upcoming tour. Especially if said tour occurs in the summer when everyone is generally in a good mood. To celebrate his success into the upper echelon of indie rock stardom, Justin Vernon a.k.a. Bon Iver will not only be performing with an eight-piece band, but he’ll be bringing along an inflatable swimming pool AND a Slip-N-Slide to every show. Yes, even if you’re seeing him in some old theater that was built in 1903, it doesn’t matter. Word has it that Vernon even bought new swim trunks for the occasion. Dude is about to get wild and crazy this summer. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. His new album Bon Iver, Bon Iver will be out just in time on June 21, via Jagjaguwar.

Wet and wild:

07.22.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
07.23.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
07.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
07.25.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre
07.27.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
07.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts
07.29.11 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Ampitheatre
07.30.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
08.01.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.02.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
08.03.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
08.05.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
08.06.11 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park
08.08.11 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
08.09.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
08.10.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell

• Bon Iver: http://www.myspace.com/boniver
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Northside Festival 2011 adds tons of bands, congratulates itself on having such good taste

To avenge their leader Sean Bin No Skinny Jeans’ death, the anti-hipster terrorist network has decided to take action. It has been widely reported this week that their next target will be McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York, anywhere from June 16 to 19, as hipsters from all across the tri-state area gather outside for the Northside Festival. As if the terrorist network needed any more proof that their plastic glasses-wearing nemesis would be in attendance, the Northside Festival announced an additional 65 new bands this week that have been added to their lineup:

Surfer Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Theophilus London, DOM, Mount Eerie, The Strange Boys, Iceage (US debut), Frankie Rose & the Outs, Cult of Youth, Alela Diane & Wild Divine, White Fence, Grouplove, Lucky Dragons, Takka Takka, Blondes, Janka Nabay, Holiday Shores, Eternal Summers, The Babies, Xeno and Oaklander, Houses, Teengirl Fantasy, Delicate Steve, Grooms, Slowdance, Grand Rapids, Radical Dads, Mainland, Easter Vomit, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Sean Bones, Dream Diary, Xray Eyeballs, The Loom, Pursesnatchers, Gatekeeper, Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids), Pop. 1280, World Atlas, Dry The River, The Black Hollies, I’m Turning Into, Quiet Lights, The Secret History, Tiny Victories, Indian Rebound, Kindest Lines, Coyote Eyes, Yellow Tears, Epee du Bois, Marie Stella, Mussels, Diehard, Sensual Harassment, Wires Under Tension, Dry the River, RYAT, The Gypsy West, Dirty Dishes, Grandfather, Bangladeafy, Grass Is Green, Anasazi, The Men, Pillow Theory, Lost Tribe, A Lull, and The Brooklyn What.

These bands will be joined by the previously announced Guided By Voices, Beirut, Deer Tick (performing as Deervana), Twin Sister, Allo Darlin’, Javelin, Ava Luna, Delicate Steve, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, and Gabriel & The Hounds. A film festival and arts festival will also accompany the music. If you dare to brave the danger, four-day badges are on sale now for a limited rate of $70 and can be purchased here.

• Northside Festival: http://www.thelmagazine.com/blogs/NorthsideFestivalNews

RIP: John Walker, founder of The Walker Brothers

From The Guardian:

John Walker, one of the founders of the Walker Brothers, has died at the age of 67.

The songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, who played a pivotal role in the band, which scored huge commercial success in the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Any More), passed away at his Los Angeles home. He had liver cancer.

Born John Maus, he and the other two unrelated members of the group, Scott Engel and Gary Leeds, adopted the Walker Brothers name after their formation in 1964.

His spokeswoman said: “Sadly John passed away yesterday morning Californian time, after a six-month battle with liver cancer.”

• The Walker Brothers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walker_Brothers

The Flaming Lips to collaborate with Panda Bear… OH MY GAWD!!!

The Flaming Lips are definitely getting the hang of this here internet contraption in 2011, with Wayne Coyne and his Merry Plush Pranksters flooding the datastream in recent months with shock-and-awe announcements that make Radiohead look like amateurs. So far they’ve got a retrospective vinyl box set and a Neon Indian collaboration in the bag, a Zaireeka-esque iPhone experiment, an edible gummy skull with new songs lodged in its brain, a planned collaboration with Lightning Bolt, and a Soft Bulletin live album in the works that will be housed in another gummy skull, this one “marijuana-flavored.” (By the way: how the hell is a “marijuana-flavored” anything appealing? Marijuana tastes like dirt and sticks and worms.)

Pretty good string of announcements so far, but what many music fans have been asking is: how does this relate to either Odd Future or Animal Collective? No response yet on the former, but according to an interview with Coyne in Esquire yesterday, Panda Bear is the latest to be tapped for a Flaming Lips collab. “We’re gonna do something with Panda Bear, too,” Coyne whispered out of the side of his mouth, setting the world ablaze.

Unfortunately, no other details are available since they presumably haven’t even met up yet, so let the speculation begin. Will this group of songs also be released in a gummy skull? Will the skull be larger or smaller than previous gummy skulls? Will the gummy skull taste like marijuana, or will the collaboration just be called something like Vaporizers Have Feelings Too? Will the gummy skull fit into a pair of Keep shoes, or is that unsanitary? Keep your browser’s homepage set to Tiny Mix Tapes and all will be revealed soon enough.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Panda Bear: http://www.myspace.com/pandabear

Calvin Johnson (America’s sweetheart) gathers up Hive Dwellers pals, makes sure no inch of Washington state remains un-toured upon

Calvin Johnson, the man behind Beat Happening and K Records, is America’s #1 great guy. And before you go around thinking this is my opinion, it’s not my opinion. This is solid fact, as solid as anything has ever been. When America thinks Calvin Johnson, they think a well-dressed man saving kittens from trees and throwing backyard BBQs where everyone’s invited.

What America wants to know is, what’s with The Hive Dwellers? America hears Calvin Johnson, already established to be the #1 great guy, talking about these Hive Dwellers that he’s been hanging out with and everybody gets a bit uneasy. Like, we all love Calvin so much, but we also hate nearly everything that dwells in a hive. Nothing good has ever come from a hive! But, you know, we’ve gotta trust Calvin on this one. The Hive Dwellers are his new band and, you know what, I bet they’re great.

But I’m not a betting man. When it comes down to it, I’ll place my money on my eyes and not on the chips on the poker wheel. (I… don’t really… know a lot about… gambling….) We can all decide for ourselves how these Hive Dwellers truly fare when they go on tour later this month. And by ‘all,’ I mean exclusively those in Washington state. Because that’s as far as this tour is going. Johnson also has some solo dates (a godsend for those who just can’t get over this whole hive thing) planned for the coming months. Those dates break free from the confines of Washington and spread all the way to… Portland, Oregon.

The Hive Dwellers dates:

05.20.11 - Kennewick, WA - Kennewick Coffee
05.21.11 - Yakima, WA - North Town Coffeehouse
05.22.11 - Seattle, WA - The Bread Factory
05.23.11 - Olympia, WA - Northern
05.28.11 - Seattle, WA - Northwest Folklife Festival
06.30.11 - Olympia, WA - Northern

Calvin Johnson solo dates:

05.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Funny Button
06.22.11 - Portland, OR - Cherry Sprout Produce

• The Hive Dwellers: http://www.krecs.com/html/artists/artistpagetest.php?interest=182

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