Bon Iver announces West Coast tour, hooks up with Alicia Keys for baby-making music

Bon Iver announces West Coast tour, hooks up with Alicia Keys for baby-making music

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, a.k.a. the romancer of the new millennium, is a lot like his past collaboration buddy Kanye West: ‘Ye is all about fashion, while Vernon is no stranger to sexifying a fitted flannel that pairs nicely with his lumberjack beard; they both had Midwestern upbringings; and they both LOVE LOVE LOVE the lady folk! Case in point: Vernon is stealing away Swizzy’s girl Alicia Keys for a female-focused project. “I have a big idea to do an American songbook of the greatest women singers,” Vernon told USA Today. “There are so many: Casey [Dienel] from White Hinterland, Bonnie Raitt, Alicia.”

And just like his boy Kanye would do, he hit up Alicia Keys first to get the ball rolling. Although no release date or recording has yet been announced, he and Mrs. Swizz Beatz have already written some songs for the project. Hopefully Bon Iver fans think it’s worth it too, as Bon Iver is put on hold until the project is done: “I’m guessing three years. But it could be five. It could be only one more. It just depends when the songs come about. I sort of have to wait till they reveal themselves.” Right, but maybe winning a Grammy or two on February 12 might change his mind.

Meanwhile, Bon Iver has just announced a West Coast tour. Check out the dates below, as well as a recent performance of “Holocene” on SNL.


04.12.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas #
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.17.12 - Davis, CA - Freeborn Hall @ UC Davis #
04.19.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium #
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.22.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl #
04.23.12 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Ampitheater
04.27.12 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.27.12 - George, WA- Sasquatch Music Festival

# All Tiny Creatures

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• Jagjaguwar:

Ende Tymes Festival initial lineup announced: Phill Niblock, Mike Shiflet, Zaïmph, Joseph Hammer, Maria Chavez, etc.

New York’s second annual noise/drone/electronic festival Ende Tymes has announced the first chunk of confirmed artists, dates, and venues for 2012, therefore a tiny bit of pee has escaped into my pants (just kidding, I’m not wearing any pants right now). Last year’s first Ende Tymes Festival of Experimental Liberation brought some incredible performances from The Rat Bastard Experience, C. Spencer Yeh, David Linton, Phill Niblock, MV Carbon, and many, many more. This year will bring four nights of experimental music and video at “cutting-edge DIY venues in Bushwick and Ridgewood, NY” at Secret Project Robot and Outpost Artist Resources (other venues TBA) on May 17-20.

Confirmed Artists:

Cheapmachines (UK)
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya (NY)
Joseph Hammer (CA)
Thomas Dimuzio (CA)
Sickness (CT)
Goat (TX)
Zaïmph (NY)
Mike Shiflet (OH)
Telecult Powers (NY/LA)
Maria Chavez (NY)
Hyena Hive (QUE)
+DOG+ (CA)
Fatale (IL)
Andrew Coltrane (MI)
work/death (RI)
Skin Graft (OH)
Mesa Ritual (NM)
Nonhorse (NY)
Grasshopper (NY)
Husere Grav (TX)
Narcissister (NY)
Lussuria (NY)
Isa Christ (NY)
Terrors (MD)
Tar Pit (MI)
Diablo (NY)

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Sasquatch! Festival unveils Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver as headliners… and shows us their boobs

Four days of beer-chugging, eating overpriced food, and constantly brainstorming creative ways to avoid the long porta-potty lines is nearly upon us. Bask in the wonderfulness that is the Sasquatch! Festival! This year headliners Jack White, Beck, and Bon Iver will bring their latest batch of stuff to the Memorial Day weekend festival at The Gorge in George, Washington.

White will, no doubt, be promoting his first solo output, Blunderbuss, and Bon Iver will continue to gain massive amounts of fans, but as for Beck… that’s anyone’s guess. Could he possibly be ready to release new material? His last album Modern Guilt (TMT Review) came out way back in the pre-Facebook Timeline days of yore known as 2008.

If you are a rare bird and only go to festivals for the non-headliners, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can catch a shit ton of goodness at this year’s festival: The Shins, Beirut, The Roots, Feist, St. Vincent, Wild Flag, tUnE-yArDs, Shabazz Palaces, Kurt Vile, Zola Jesus, Active Child, The War on Drugs, Cass McCombs, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Dum Dum Girls, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Metric, The Joy Formidable, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Spiritualized, Grouplove, SBTRKT, Here We Go Magic, AraabMuzik, Com Truise, and Purity Ring, to name a few.

Festival passes go on sale February 11 at 10 AM PST at, where you can go to view the full lineup. Watch the animated festival trailer below and try not to wet yourself.

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announcement from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.

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sunn 0))) to tour Europe this summer, so start blowing up the beach balls

I bet I can guess what you’ll be doing once June rolls around — cramming all of your friends into your creaky old station wagon and speeding down the highway to some sunshine-y, tie-dyed music festival and blasting Belle & Sebastian or The Shins the entire way, because they’re all charming and nostalgic and perfect-for-summer and shit. I have an idea, though. How about trading hippies for metalheads and checking out Hellfest? Sounds like a rollicking good time to me!

Plus, sunn 0))) will be there. Nothing like a little doom to kick off your summer. Word on the street (that is, Drowned in Sound street) says they’ll be playing a string of European shows, including one with Nurse With Wound, presented by ATP. Check out the extensive stage setup over at The Quietus. You can still listen to your cutesy songs on the way and camp and whatnot, if you really want to.


06.11.12 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
06.12.12 - London, UK - KOKO %
06.14.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg &
06.15.12 - Hoboken, Belgium Fort 8 &
06.16.12 - Paris, France - Gaite Lyrique &
06.17.12 - Clisson, France - Hellfest

% Nurse With Wound
& Aluk Todolo

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Nate Wooley starts quarterly online music journal — for the people!

Free-jazz trumpeter and improvisational artist Nate Wooley has announced the premiere of his quarterly online music journal, Sound American, operating through the Database of Recorded American Music. The full Sound American site will launch Monday and aims to provide a platform for a more-casual and less “difficult” discussion of experimental music. Wooley explains the goal as “balancing out the academicism of [DRAM] and fostering a newer, younger audience.”

This is definitely exciting news for fans of Wooley and experimental music alike, especially for those of us who wish experimental genres beginning with the prefix “free” weren’t so confined — as the Sound American site puts it — “by a group of depraved, anti-socials that enjoy defining their superiority to the unwashed masses by adding layers of complexity, abstraction and obfuscation to their hobby worlds, thus sucking all the joy out of everything they touch.” Damn, that quote just made me pump my fist so hard that I dislocated my shoulder.

Presently, there is a “soft launch” of the site that can be viewed here for now. Also, in other related news, Nate Wooley has a new split CD with Peter Evans, entitled Instrumentals Vol. 1 that can be mail-ordered here.

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oOoOO releasing new EP Our Loving Is Hurting Us on Tri Angle in April; oOoOOh snap!

oOoOOh shit! The band with the unpronounceable name (I mean, I guess you can pronounce it “oh,” but that just seems like a waste of drama and o’s) has a new EP in the works for dark-natured It label Tri Angle. In that good ol’ spoOkOOky spirit, the mysterious San Francisco-based musical project of actual non-witch (MAYBE) human Chris Dexter Greenspan is calling said EP Our Loving Is Hurting Us. It’s jam-packed full of five ethereal tracks, two of which are collaborations with the lovely Parisian Butterclock. The EP was created in such “I’m an artist” locales as Berlin, New York, and Greenspan’s hometown, San Fran. It’s due April 10, and you can check a track from the EP, “NoWayBack,” at the Chocolate Grinder.

So, mark your calendars, fans of all things witchy! Case study: the last release from Tri Angle, label head dude Robin Carolan’s Lies Ballad, was a limited little number, with only 100 copies available. That rekkid is planned to appear in stores at intervals throughout 2012. So, oOoOO fans will wanna keep an eye out for that one. As is this way with Tri Angle releases, cult fans scoop this ish up faster than a gelato shop in Los Angeles on a 98-degree day.

Our Loving Is Hurting Us tracklisting:

01. TryTry
02. Springs (ft. Butterclock)
03. Starr
04. Break Yr Heart
05. NoWayBack (ft. Butterclock)

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