Bobby Womack tells cancer to “get the fuck out of my colon,” cancer gets the fuck out of his colon

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I think the title says it all but, for those who aren’t “into the whole brevity thing,” Bobby Womack, who had been diagnosed with colon cancer in March, has been given word by his doctors that the cancer is completely gone from his body. In other words: the cancer got the fuck out.

Womack, who will release his first new album in 13 years, The Bravest Man in the Universe (produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell) on June 12 via XL, posted the following on his Facedbook page:

We’re delighted to announce that Bobby Womack has successfully undergone surgery for suspected colon cancer. A tumour was removed last night which turned out to be cancer free. We wish him all the best in his recovery from the operation. Thank you for all your kind messages and support.

I bet there are fans out there who would buy that tumor as a memento. Anyway, congratulations on a continued existence, Mr. Womack.

• Bobby Womack: http://bobbywomack.com
• XL: http://www.xlrecordings.com

OMG, OMG, OMG: Swans to release epic double album The Seer in August, tour the US in September with Xiu Xiu

Hoo boy, it’s going to be a long, hot summer. First day back to the grind following a long holiday weekend and what do we find waiting for us on our desks? A piece of news at once exciting and insufferable, joyous and torturous, monumental and miniscule. Yes, Swans have announced an upcoming double album, but it won’t be out for another three months.

It’s no secret that TMT is very into Swans, so when news like this comes around, the site gets a bit of a metaphorical boner (as much as a website that covers music can become erect). But three months of anticipation is a recipe for internet fanboy blue balls if ever there was one.

The album will be called The Seer and will be available as a double CD or a triple LP on Young God Records August 28, with a special-edition release that will include a bonus live DVD containing footage from Swans’ epic live shows. A sample of what you can see on the DVD, and what you can experience live this fall, is available here.

But what will the album be about, you ask? How was it made?? Let’s let Swans frontman Michael Gira field those questions:

The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.
 
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.

Experience the evolution of these new tracks as Swans take on a wide swathe of the US following the album release on August 28, with veteran art poppers Xiu Xiu on hand to start things off right each night. In the meantime, good luck with making it through the summer. It might be wise to forget you ever read this news story and just be surprised when the album drops for real.

The Seer tracklisting:

01. Lunacy
02. Mother of the World
03. The Wolf
04. The Seer
05. The Seer Returns
06. 93 Ave. B Blues
07. The Daughter Brings the Water
08. Song for a Warrior
09. Avatar
10. A Piece of the Sky
11. The Apostate

Swans tourdates (each show with Xiu Xiu):

09.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
09.07.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
09.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Grand Ballroom
09.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
09.12.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
09.14.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
09.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
09.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees
09.18.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab
09.19.12 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
09.20.12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
09.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline Music Cafe
09.22.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
09.24.12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater

• Swans: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swans/13879391977
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com
• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org

Lil B has released a classical album, so feign surprise for the next four minutes and then go on with your life

This is a Lil B news story, so everybody prepare to assume appropriate roles. Inevitably, the story is ridiculous. There is no reason to report on normal Lil B releases, as the situation of a Lil B release coming out is considerably more common than the situation of a Lil B release not coming out. With that said, everyone sit down and settle in for something surprising that you don’t quite expect but that you still sort of expect anyway. This is your life now. Alright, we good? Good.

As FACT reports, Lil B is releasing a classical music album. What! Gasp! Shock. I am surprised. Fine, I can’t say I could have ever predicted this, but still, we’re all used to not predicting things anymore, right? Right. Point is, the album is called Choices and Flowers and it’s out now. Technically, it’s not a Lil B album by the strictest sense of the word. It’s actually listed as “The Basedgod” (though Lil B is listed as executive producer), but we all know who the Based God is, so Lil B’s not fooling ANYBODY. Unlike the majority of Lil B releases, Choices and Flowers actually costs money. Maybe that’s just how this totally separate entity The Basedgod rolls, though! Anyway, you can give iTunes money for the record right here.

Choices and Flowers tracklist:

01. Made the Right Choice
02. Lessons from the Wind
03. Walking Through Berkeley
04. My Mistakes
05. New York I’m Home
06. Where Are You Going
07. Lost in the Sky of Love
08. Save the Animals
09. Happy to Live
10. What Came First Are We Alive
11. Tokyo
12. Tribute to Lil B
13. At the Zoo With Mom
14. Dreams Are Real
15. Exhale With Love in Your Chest
16. Wooden Hotel
17. Welcome to America

• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com

M.I.A. signs with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, plans collaboration with Jay-Z’s baby

Just like Billy Kidman in the 90s, M.I.A. has announced that she will be joining the flock and has signed on with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management company, joining other artists like Santigold, Wale, Shakira, Jay Electronica, and everyone’s favorite Battleshipper, Rihanna.

According to industry gossip and my Roc Nation insider, M.I.A.’s deal is only for management and shout-outs from Jay, and does not include publishing, distribution, or the chance to see Beyoncé naked while yachting. In fact, M.I.A., or as I call her, “my boo,” is still a part of Interscope Records and, despite a seeming lack of activity, is still maintaining her own label through Interscope, N.E.E.T. Recordings.

Only The Future will tell us exactly what label M.I.A.’s next album will be released on (which she is working on and is tentatively titled Kid Midnight Is a Great Lover and/or Matangi) but at least for now we know that Jay-Z will be quietly and powerfully shaping the future for Maya Arulpragasam.

• M.I.A.: http://www.miauk.com
• Roc Nation: http://rocnation.com

How to Dress Well announces new album Total Loss, nervously anticipates Tim Gunn’s evaluation

Like the voice of a lonely, shipwrecked ghost rising up through the coral reefs and the swirling turquoise waters and frolicking gaggles of sexy, sultry mermaids (note: NOT seapunk mermaids; they are totally rad, enchanting mermaids) comes the latest single from How to Dress Well, and appropriately, it’s entitled “Ocean Floor for Everything.” Check it out at the Chocolate Grinder. These textures and harmonies are so thoughtfully laid, it’s like you can practically see dude’s future philosophy degree in there, schooling merbabes on Socrates, Nietzsche, and yeah, that’s right, the philosophy of L-O-V-E. Because Tom Krell — the talented gent behind How to Dress Well — isn’t just about fine fine smooth melodies. Nope, he’s a songwriter, a producer, and — no joke — a grad student in philosophy.

Krell’s a busy man as well as a smart one. After How to Dress Well’s debut album Love Remains (TMT Review) started lighting up the blogosphere™, Krell went on to release last year’s Just Once EP, a special orchestral course in sensual seduction, the proceeds of which were directed towards raising awareness about mental illness. Now Chicago’s Acéphale label has picked up How to Dress Well and will be releasing his latest, Total Loss, this fall. How to Dress Well will be hitting select North American cities on tour this June.

Dates:

06.05.12 - New York, NY - TBD
06.07.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
06.08.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
06.13.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene
06.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
06.16.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.23.12 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival

• How to Dress Well: http://howtodresswell.blogspot.com
• Acéphale: http://acephale.bigcartel.com

Mastodon head to Europe for Festival of the Mastodon, discover that no such thing exists, play at other festivals instead

Break in half the swine, the Festival of the Mastodon has arrived! Much as we do every year, we drink the mead and burn the fire bright, in order to pay tribute to the hefty beast. Take my hand, brother, it is time to rejoice. Slap! That’s me slapping your hand! You idiot, the Festival of the Mastodon isn’t a real thing! Mastodons are dead and they ain’t never coming back. Only backwoods country rubes believe in the Festival of the Mastodon. Yeah, only real… oh. Hi, Mastodon, the metal band from Atlanta, Georgia who put out The Hunter (TMT Review) via Reprise in 2011! What are you guys doing here? Here for the… oh. The Festival of the Mastodon. Yeah. Well… um… about that. It… doesn’t exist.

Now that Mastodon have thrashed me into pulp, as aided by their impressive neck tattoos, they’re off to Europe. Some would say they’re looking for the true Festival of the Mastodon. Shame, since, Europe or no Europe, that’s still just a thing I made up. Ah well, they’ll be okay; I hear they’re going to play a million other festivals instead. Honestly, they’re playing so many European festivals, it appears that they will eventually run out of Europe and be forced to play a pair of Canadian festivals. Godspeed, you lovable titans.

Mastodon dates:

05.25.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Bela Vista Park (Rock in Rio Lisbon)
05.26.12 - Madrid, Spain - Getafe Sonisphere
05.27.12 - Landgraaf, Holland - Pinkpop Festival
05.28.12 - Werchter, Belgium - Boutique Festival
05.30.12 - Yverdon, Switzerland - Sonisphere at Rives du Lac
06.01.12 - Bavaria, Germany - Rock in Park Clubstage
06.02.12 - Nurburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring Clubstage
06.03.12 - Warsaw, Poland - Ursynalia Festival
06.06.12 - Horsens, Denmark - Open Air
06.07.12 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
06.08.12 - Zagreb, Croatia - Rokaj Festival
06.09.12 - Muenster, Germany - Vainstream Festival
06.10.12 - Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock Festival
06.13.12 - Bergen, Norway - Bergen Calling
06.15.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhall Festival
06.16.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
06.17.12 - Seinäjoki, Finland - Provinssirock
06.19.12 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
06.20.12 - Riga, Latvia - Palladium
06.23.12 - Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock A Field Festival
06.24.12 - Eindhoven, Holland - Effenaar
06.25.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg Max
06.27.12 - Rome, Italy - Atlantico
06.29.12 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock
06.30.12 - Belfort, France - Eurokennes
07.14.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
07.15.12 - Quebec, QC - Festival D’Ete Quebec
08.25.12 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.26.12 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival

• Mastodon: http://www.mastodonrocks.com
• Reprise: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com