Bryan Ferry’s The Bryan Ferry Orchestra to release album of 1920s-style covers of Bryan Ferry-penned songs

Bryan Ferry's The Bryan Ferry Orchestra to release album of 1920s-style covers of Bryan Ferry-penned songs

The romance! The glamour! The Louise Brooks movies and the bootleg champagne! The whole world teetering on the precipice, spinning faster and faster toward the horrible oblivion of war war WAR! The 1920s were a mad, dazzling time. And who better than Professional Dapper Man Bryan Ferry to bring the swingin’ sounds of the era back in a “totally not another swing revival” way? The Roxy Music frontman and solo dude has assembled the finest ensemble of Roarin’ 20s-style musical players and created The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, who’ll be releasing their first album, The Jazz Age through BMG. You can check out a short promo video for track “Do the Strand” below. It’s enough to make Baz Luhrman cry.

In what sounds like a wedding band dreamed up by Andy Kaufman, the Bryan Ferry Orchestra exclusively plays — as you may have guessed from the tracklisting — covers of Bryan Ferry-penned songs in a 1920s manner. Ferry doesn’t perform or sing with the orchestra, instead standing to the side, nodding his head, dreaming of a green light at the end of a dock and sighing as he sips bathtub gin.

The Jazz Age tracklisting:

01. Do the Strand
02. Love Is the Drug
03. Don’t Stop the Dance
04. Just Like You
05. Avalon
06. The Bogus Man
07. Slave to Love
08. This Is Tomorrow
09. The Only Face
10. I Thought
11. Reason or Rhyme
12. Virginia Plain
13. This Island Earth

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RIP: John Wilkinson, rhythm guitarist for Elvis Presley

From Rolling Stone:

John Wilkinson, a guitar player who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died on Friday at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer, the Associated Press reports.

Wilkinson grew up in Springfield, Missouri, watching Presley perform on television. In 1955, when he was ten years old, Wilkinson snuck into the star’s dressing room before a concert at Springfield’s Shrine Mosque and berated the King for his musicianship. “You can’t play guitar worth a damn,” the boy said.

Wilkinson went on to become an accomplished guitarist, playing in folk groups such as the Kingston Trio and the New Christy Minstrels. Some 13 years after that first meeting in the dressing room, Presley asked Wilkinson to join his backup group, the TCB Band, after seeing the 23-year-old play on television. Over the next nine years, Wilkinson played rhythm guitar for Presley in 1,200 shows, remaining in the TBC Band until the singer’s death in 1977.

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Black Sabbath announce reunion album 13, first new studio LP in 35 years

Back in November of 2011, the heavy metal and middle-age-crisis communities were rocked by the news that Black Sabbath were reuniting in their original lineup — Tommy Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass, Bill Ward on drums, and Ozzy Osbourne on eye makeup. There was also talk of a brand-new studio album, and though that reunion has withered a bit since then (Bill Ward dropped out in February 2012) the band has now made good on their promise, announcing today that new LP 13 will be in stores come June, produced by Rick Rubin and released by original label Vertigo.

Confusingly, 13 will be the band’s 19th album; The Guardian tells us that some fans are jokingly claiming Sabbath are “disowning the six albums they made with singers Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin,” while others say it’s simply because we’re living in 2013, or even lamer, because there might be 13 tracks on the album. I’m guessing it’s simply an indication that the band is now heavily influenced by Damon Albarn, as all bands should be.

Bill Ward exiting the lineup was a pretty huge blow to enthusiasm all around, but in his place the band picked up Brad Wilk, part of the original lineup of… Rage Against the Machine. Since we’re talking about origins, I’ll note in addition that the first album Wilk drummed on was called Something Bitchin’ This Way Comes.

A world tour is in the works, with official dates coming in the next few months. Stay tchuned.

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[Photo: Tim Whitby]

Animal Collective tour North America with Dan Deacon; get your custom commemorative plate now

John Deakin, Paul Bear, Georgologist, and Ringo Tare of Animal Collective have just confirmed a North American tour this spring with Daniel Deacon! Aside from hitting up cities like Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, Covington, Nashville, Royal Oak, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver, they’re also playing Salt Lake City. FUCK YEAH! The tour is preceded by an Australian tour and ends with an appearance at the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID.

More: Animal Collective released Centipede Hz (TMT Review) last year.

Even more: Dan Deacon released America (TMT Review) last year.

Fun fact: both were released by Domino.

Pre-order tickets here.

01.17.13 - Newtown, NSW - Enmore Theatre
01.18.13 - Sydney, NSW - Big Day Out #
01.20.13 - Gold Coast, QLD - Big Day Out
01.23.13 - Melbourne, VIC - Palace Theatre #
01.25.13 - Adelaide, SA - Big Day Out
01.26.13 - Melbourne, VIC - Big Day Out
01.28.13 - Perth, WA - Big Day Out
03.07.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues*
03.08.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis*
03.09.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall*
03.11.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues*
03.12.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater*
03.13.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works*
03.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall*
03.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre*
03.17.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre*
03.18.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
03.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
03.21.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater*
03.22.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
03.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot*
03.24.13 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.04.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival

# Africa Hitech
* Dan Deacon

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[Photo: Dave Lichterman]

The Flaming Lips are reissuing Zaireeka on vinyl for Record Store Day, and this time you’ll need four turntables!

Remember a few days ago when we told you about some sketchy lo-fi dudes who call themselves The Flaming Lips? Well, according to our pals over at Consequence of Sound, it seems like The Flaming Lips have scrounged up some old material to reissue for Record Store Day, which falls on April 20 this year. Just a few tunes they recorded in Wayne Coyne’s backyard and handed out to their friends and moms sometime in 1997. It’s got some weird name, like Zaireeka, I think. Somebody over here might have listened to it once or twice? Originally, you’d get four discs that you’d play at the same time on different stereos for some crazy, spacey effects, so maybe you’ll get a whole stack of records this time around too? (Yes, this is being reissued on VINYL.) Hopefully a few people will pick up this Zaireeka thing, and maybe The Flaming Lips will finally garner some sort of following and be able to stop playing in shitty basements without lights.

I think they’d really appreciate it if you listened to one of their songs:

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Ende Tymes Noise Festival 2013: Aaron Dilloway, Pulse Emitter, Zaimph, Work/Death, lots more

With the presumed end of the world behind us, the onslaught of 2013’s many festival lineup announcements is underway. If you’re looking to give your ears a particularly brutal beating this spring and want to hang on to the apocalypse-themed year that was 2012, then look no further than the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation, a three-day marathon of auditory assault sure to leave your drums a-ringing and your optimism about the future in tatters. Shows will take place May 24-26 at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn space.

In the past, the festival has also offered a wide range of video screenings, talks, and art installations to accompany the music, and while full details are not available yet, expect more of the same in 2013. The massive lineup of noise luminaries (Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes fame) and up and comers (tons of other folks from every corner of the US and beyond) is below. Plan on investing in some industrial-strength earplugs for your ear holes, or risk having your hearing face its own special ende tymes.


Aaron Dilloway
Andy Ortmann
Bhob Rainey and Witchbeam
Breached Hull
Clang Quartet
Collapsed Arc
Crank Sturgeon
Dried Up Corpse
Francisco Meirino
Ghost Taco
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet
IDM Theftable
ISA Christ
Jason Crumer
Jason Soliday
Jean-Sébastien Truchy
Justin Marc Lloyd
Long Distance Poison
Maria Chavez
Mister Matthews
Oscillating Innards
Penny Royale
Peter J Woods
Plague Mother
Pod Blotz
Pulse Emitter
Skin Graft
Tahnee Udero
Werewolf Jerusalem

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