Björk starts Kickstarter to fund Biophilia apps for Android and Windows 8

Björk starts Kickstarter to fund Biophilia apps for Android and Windows 8

Björk needs your help! And so do the kids! Björk, who released the Biophilia album (TMT Review) in 2011 with a slew of apps for Apple toys, wants to bring those apps to Android and Windows 8 devices in order to help students from low-income households and under-funded schools. Awwww…. Check out the Kickstarter here and read a note from Björk right here:

the biophilia educational program is a new way to teach children about science and music . it has met with success in many cities , sparking interest from kids and educators all over the world , from south america to east asia to africa . the most interest has come from students from low-income households and schools with underfunded art budgets , and the only way to bring the project to those people is to have biophilia reprogrammed for android and windows 8 . the biophilia educational project is strictly non-profit and volunteer-based , and that’s why we need your help .

• Bjork:

Nick Cave tours several continents in support of new album; everything sells out and goths get way gother

Nick Cave, International Lord of Mustaches and Human Manifestation of the Preacher’s Hand Tattoos in the 1955 American cinema classic Night of the Hunter, continues to dangle tantalizing, painfully sold-out tourdates in front of fans. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds — including Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos and Conway Savage — are jet-setting around the globe this winter to rep their forthcoming album Push the Sky Away, due February 19 in the United States. Cave and his band of merry men will touch down in Mexico City for a couple days, then head off to Australia before returning once more to the US and Canada. And pretty much every show is sold out.

So it’s a good thing they’ve got these European summer festival dates lined up, huh? And more summer festival dates are rumored to be in the works. The internet is currently all aflutter about the likely timing of a Coachella stop, and I, Liz Louche: Internet Detective, have deduced from Sir Nick’s Dallas dates that he might, just might, have the right timing for a surprise SXSW appearance. That’s just a guess, of course, but HEY NICK IF YOU WANNA COME TO AUSTIN I WILL TOTALLY BUY YOU A 3AM STREET TACO. There now. That’s an incentive, isn’t it. America, you’re welcome.

In other news, the lyrics video for “Jubilee Street”, the second single from the new album, landed on the Nick Cave YouTube channel a few days ago. You know, just in case you got those Unconfirmed Tacos And Sold Out Shows Blues.


02.18.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - El Plaza
02.19.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - El Plaza
02.26.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
02.27.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
02.28.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
03.02.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
03.03r.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre
03.06.13 - Perth, Australia - Red Hill Auditorium
03.08.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage
03.09.13 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
03.14.13 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Auditorium
03.16.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
03.17.13 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
03.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Keswick
03.20.13 - Bethesda, MD - Strathmore
03.22.13 - Montreal, QB - Metropolis
03.23.13 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
03.24.13 - Boston, MA - Orpheum
03.28.13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
03.29.13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
03.30.13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
04.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04.03.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.13.13 - Bergen, Norway - Bergenfest
06.14.13 - Oslo, Norway - Norwegian Wood Festival
06.15.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
07.11.13 - Lucca, Italy - Lucca Summer Festival
07.13.13 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.28.13 - Berlin, Germany - Greenville Festival
08.17.13 - St. Pölten, Austria - Frequency Festival

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RIP: Rahn Burton, jazz pianist best known for his work with Rahsaan Roland Kirk

From JazzTimes:

Pianist Rahn Burton, also known as Ron Burton and best known for his work with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, died Jan. 25 in New York City. The cause of death was not reported.

Burton was born in 1934 in Louisville, Ky., and began playing in that city in the early 1950s. He joined Kirk’s group in 1953 and stayed with him for six years, recording with Kirk for the Argo label. Later Burton toured with George Adams, rejoining Kirk in the late ’60s and remaining with him into the mid-’70s. He started his own band, the African-American Connection in the early ’70s, while also freelancing with other musicians.

Check out Burton playing piano with Rahsaan Roland Kirk:

Pissed Jeans chillaxing across America and Canada on tour this spring

Ah, springtime. A time of new beginnings: the snow is melting, the flowers sprouting, the birds return from down South. Young love blossoms anew. The world is warm and sweet. This spring you have the opportunity to get even warmer and sweeter with the soothing melodies of Pissed Jeans as they tour in support of their new record Honeys. The follow-up to their masterpiece in placidity, King of Jeans (TMT Review), Honeys is due out on Sub Pop on February 12 and is sure to be the perfect compliment to a pleasant evening with vanilla-scented candles and a cup of chamomile tea. To get ready for the tour, Sub Pop has released a smooth, chilled-out jam ready for your relaxing pleasure. So, kick back and check out the mellow sounds of “Cathouse,” available for streaming or download (but not embedding!) on SoundCloud.

Pissed Jeans kick off their tour with a record release show in Philadelphia before hitting the road up the East Coast and heading West across Canada and the US. If your town is missing from the list, don’t fret! They are adding more dates in the near future, so you might get the chance to catch their predictably introspective and sedate live show after all.

Dates (more TBA):

02.15.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
04.12.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.13.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.14.13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
04.15.13 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.17.13 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
04.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.19.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
04.20.13 - Madison, WI - Der Rahtskeller / University of Wisconsin

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• Sub Pop:

Arca will release a new LP on Hippos in Tanks sometime this year. Stay tuned for actual details.

Arca hijacks hip-hop. He steals beats and blasts them beyond music — some place where sounds contort and plunge and stretch and split. Then, he brings them back. The tracks that return expose layers of synth and wind and static and bass and voice, which scatter. And crash.

Last year, Arca released nine such electronic experiments on Stretch 2 (TMT Review), and not only did it wind up being one of our favorite albums of 2012, it also earned the top spot on our list of favorite album covers.

Sometime this year, Arca will release a new LP on Hippos in Tanks, a label high on our radar since releasing James Ferraro’s Far Side Virtual (TMT Review) back in 2011. Currently, there isn’t a release date for Arca’s new album, nor is there a title. Obviously, there aren’t any teaser tracks either. Just hang on and watch the video for “Manners” off Stretch 2.

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Guided by Voices announce new record, English Little League, while Robert Pollard nonchalantly promises three GBV records every year forever

Since Robert Pollard is still alive and since it is Friday, Guided by Voices have announced that they’re releasing a new record. On April 29, Fire Records will put out English Little League, Guided by Voices’ fourth record since reuniting their classic mid-90s lineup. To put it in slightly different terms, it will be Guided By Voices’ fourth record in a 15-month period. To really hammer the point home, Guided by Voices are incredibly prolific and Robert Pollard is more machine than man.

To achieve better efficiency as a man-machine, Pollard recently had a recording studio installed in his house. Though English Little League wasn’t entirely recorded there, certain songs were, making them the first released output from Pollard’s new home base. This new studio will help the songwriter in fulfilling his ambitious (though, in a way, very ordinary in this context) plan of releasing three new Guided By Voices records every year from now until the end of time. Inevitably, this will be in addition to a handful of annual solo releases. Maybe a Boston Spaceships record in there. Maybe the ascension of Robert Pollard from man-machine to being of pure energy. I don’t know, Pollard says it may not all go as planned, maybe he’ll just possess a golem.

English Little League tracklist:

01. Xeno Pariah
02. Know Me as Heavy
03. Island (She Talks in Rainbows)
04. Trash Can Full of Nails
05. Send to Celeste (and the Cosmic Athletes)
06. Quiet Game
07. Noble Insect
08. Sir Garlic Breath
09. Crybaby 4-Star Hotel
10. Biopgrapher Seahorse
11. Flunky Minnows
12. Birds
13. The Sudden Death of Epstein’s Ways
14. Reflections in a Metal Whistle
15. Taciturn Caves
16. A Burning Glass
17. W/ Glass in Foot

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