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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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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Oneohtrix Point Never and Sun Ra Arkestra added to Jeff Mangum’s ATP lineup. Suck it, Lollapalooza 95!

Hey you moops. I’m not gonna sugar coat this. Or check the spelling. Or the grammar. Or the Mangum/Magnum thing that people always do. So, Jeff Magnum just added Sun Ra Arkestra to the ATP he’s curating next month at Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK on March 9-11. Probably because he likes horns and because he’s a fan of this video. He also asked ATP to curate one of the venues themselves for the Saturday of the event, and they just added Oneohtrix Point Never and Feathers. Probably because they like Jeff Magnum and read Tiny Mix Tapes.

Did I mention that he’s also headlining (alongside Joanna Newsom and Magnetic Fields) with a set of Neutral Milk Hotel tunes and other rarities and that the total capacity of the whole fest is only 5000? And that all tickets include accommodations in “a heated apartment with TVs, beds, bathroom facilities and kitchens (in Self Catered apartments)” and that all this shit is happening indoors in three heated venues so you won’t have to deal with all the dumb mud and rain and other crap that made Woodstock fucking suck so bad???

Yeah, I know man. Get there.

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Jack White to release his first solo album on April 24. Just kidding, all of his albums are solo albums.

Enigmatic longhair John Anthony “Jack White” Gillis set the internet ablaze this past Tuesday with the digital release of his new single, “Love Interruption.” White is set to release an LP of solo recordings on Third Man Records, an exclusive deal that he secured by being said record company’s owner and only employee. The album, titled Blunderbuss, will mark his debut as a solo artist, unless one chooses to consider White’s contributions to the Cold Mountain soundtrack, the single “Fly Farm Blues,” his recording of the unfinished Hank Williams song “You Know That I Know,” and all six White Stripes albums.

Even The Raconteurs, a supposed collaboration between Jack White and an assortment of lesser-known musicians, was actually the result of a double-booked recording studio time slot. According to a Rolling Stone interview, White had intended to “lay down some hot riffs” and “vamp all night” at a rented jam space in Detroit. When he walked into the room to discover some soft-faced Midwesterners rehearsing, White allegedly told them that they could play “next to [him].” As the session was completed, Brendan Benson is said to have asked White for his thoughts on their new tracks, to which White replied “La la la! I can’t hear you!” This is why the band is known as The Saboteurs in Australia.

Young TMT readers should be reminded that Love Interruption has a failure rate of 15%-28%, though “streaming” between uses can greatly increase its efficacy. More effective methods can be obtained free of charge at your local Planned Parenthood.

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