Calexico line up summer tour with festival dates and wrasslin’ galore

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Hey Calexico fans, wrassle up yer tie-dye and yer hacky sacks, because Joey Burns and John Convertino have more festival dates booked than you can shake one of those weird/gross sticks hippie dudes try to juggle at festivals at! Okay, okay, so really, the Tucson-based duo and friends have only a handful of festival dates, but what festival dates they are! These are some of the big ones: Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz Fest, for example. And some lesser known gems, too: the Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Fest, Ozark, AR’s Wakarusa Festival, and Tucson’s Festival En El Barrio.

All this in addition to a summer US tour in support of last year’s much lauded Algiers release on Anti-, which will take the band from deepest Indiana to wildest Montreal. The band’s latest release was born in a converted church in — appropriately enough — New Orleans’ Algiers neighborhood, birthplace of legendary jazz musicians, and home to many a warehouse where the city’s carnival krewes dream up and assemble their floats. So magic is in the air there. Trombones, too. Magic and trombones: coming soon to a city near you.

Dates:

03.24.13 - Tucson, AZ - Festival En El Barrio
04.28.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
05.30.13 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
05.31.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
06.01.13 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
06.03.13 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
06.04.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.06.13 - Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
06.07.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.08.13 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met Café
06.09.13 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville
06.11.13 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
06.13.13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
06.14.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival

• Calexico: http://www.casadecalexico.com
• Anti-: http://www.anti.com

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Google looks to launch music streaming service, say various sources and unimpressive fortune tellers

Pandora can’t catch a break. In the company’s struggle to achieve long-term viability (despite its popularity among the general public), they could certainly do without competition from a powerful California-based multinational corporation known for offering free services and having cool interactive logos whenever a special day rolls around — Robert Moog’s birthday, for instance.

I could be talking about Apple, since rumors of them starting their own music streaming service arose last October, but then we’d all have to engage in some hearty laughter at the idea of them making a habit of offering things for free. No, as you’ve probably gleaned from the title of this article, the rumors this time surround Google. The Financial Times reports (reportedly, because you may have to purchase a subscription in order to view their article on the subject; ain’t nobody got time for that) that the search engine turned search-engine-and-technological-overlord has plans to enter the music streaming business.

Details are completely lacking, but the rumor itself and its presumable coming-to-fruition could’ve been predicted. Google, as the owners of YouTube, already have a stranglehold on the video streaming industry, and the company’s music side has evolved quite a bit, with Google Play, home to more than 13 million downloadable tracks, as well as your cloud music locker, really getting going over the last couple of years.

This news should rightfully concern the folks over at Pandora and Spotify, but as a regular ol’ music fan, I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what develops.

• Google: https://www.google.com

RIP: Damon Harris of The Temptations

From The Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore native Otis “Damon” Harris, a one-time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday after losing a 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer, according to family spokesman Chuck Woodson. Harris was 62.

Harris, a resident of Owings Mills, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill. Woodson said he was in remission until three years ago. The cancer had “gotten pretty bad” by the end of last summer, Woodson said, leaving Harris in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.

• The Temptations: http://www.temptationssing.com

RIP: Justin Benoit, former member of Cold Cave

From Pitchfork:

Justin Benoit, a former member of Cold Cave, has died, as the band’s Wes Eisold notes.

Benoit, who was also an author and poet, toured in Cold Cave’s live band surrounding their debut LP, 2009’s Love Comes Close. He also played on the split tape with Prurient, Stars Explode, released via Hospital Productions.

Benoit’s writing was published through Eisold’s own Heartworm Press.

• Cold Cave: http://coldcave.net

Beat Delete helps validate your love for obscure Ninja Tune records by reissuing vinyl via crowdsourced interest

Did you arrive late to the Amon Tobin party, only to realize your new favorite artist’s seminal records are out of print on vinyl? FACT is reporting that Beat Delete, a new project backed by Ninja Tune Records, is looking to help you out of your very specific conundrum. Following the now-ubiquitous Kickstarter model, Ninja Tune is putting up select out-of-print records for the crowdsourcing treatment. If enough people pre-order the yet-to-be-reissued slab of vinyl in question, the label will repress the piece with the security of knowing the discs will already have new homes to call their own.

While the majority of albums available for pre-purchase are from the Ninja Tune catalog, like-minded labels such as Domino, Beggars Archive, and Big Dada have joined the fun with a handful of releases, allowing the small but dedicated fan bases for individual artists and records to dictate the reissue process instead of relying on the often unreliable whims of the unwashed masses. This process could also help shine some light on a label’s back catalog, which might contain some gems of which newer fans are unaware.

In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to predict what’s going to sell, let alone keep an ‘independent’ operation afloat financially, it’s definitely worth trying any model that might ensure income and increase overall awareness (with very little input or risk on the part of the participants). Look for more labels to join this bandwagon soon, or for the public to adopt the model all on their own, demanding via pre-order that records be reissues for their consumption. Power to the people!

• Beat Delete: http://www.beatdelete.com
• Ninja Tune: http://ninjatune.net

Swans announce festival dates, continue mission to melt all faces

Michael Gira does not rest.

As Swans are currently globetrotting on the heels of a massive 2012 tour in support of an album we here at Tiny Mix Tapes really liked, The Seer (TMT Review) the band has announced a handful of summer festival dates.

They’ll be playing the middle day of Spain’s Primavera Sound festival before returning to the states for a gig at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, a stop in Pittsburgh, and a set on the second day of Bonnaroo. Given the fact that recent touring has seen Gira and company playing sets upward of two-and-a-half hours, it will be interesting to see how their performance changes to fit the truncated festival format.

Swans dates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (Northside Festival)
06.14.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
06.16.13 - Manchester,TN - Bonnaroo Festival

• Swans: http://www.swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

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