The Caretaker to release new album/soundtrack Patience (After Sebald); astronomical destruction put on hold

The Caretaker to release new album/soundtrack Patience (After Sebald); astronomical destruction put on hold

Is it too early to begin compiling TMT’s Favorite 50 Albums of 2012? Would it be unfair to campaign for an album’s inclusion roughly two weeks before that album is even released? After earning the deeply respectable number four spot on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2011 for An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (TMT Review), I’m surprised The Caretaker a.k.a. Leyland Kirby hasn’t decided to pack up all of his 1920s memorabilia and call it quits at the apparent pinnacle of his career. Instead, on January 23, he’ll be releasing his newest album Patience (After Sebald), on CD, which, ignoring the relatively minute possibility of a significant drop-off in quality, will almost certainly make our year-end list come December. (And if I’m wrong, I’ve been told that, as a consequence of making such outlandish predictions, I’ll be forcibly relegated to reviewing jazz standards from the early 20th century. Swell!)

As The Quietus reports, Patience (After Sebald) is a soundtrack to Grant Gee’s film of the same name, about influential German writer W.G. Sebald. The film premiered earlier this month in the UK, and Gee reportedly contacted Kirby about the soundtrack back in 2009. The film is described as a “multi-layered… essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss,” while Kirby himself characterizes the soundtrack as “a lot more of a winter album” and “a lot darker” than An Empty Bliss, which he began work on subsequently. There doesn’t appear to be anything terribly new about the way Kirby approached the recording of this album (sampling from old records and creatively highlighting the effects of degradation), but as they say, if it ain’t broke…

Meanwhile, check out this fantastic new video for “A relationship with the sublime,” directed by Video Marsh:

Patience (After Sebald) tracklist:

01. Everything is on the point of decline
02. As if one was sinking into sand
03. Approaching the outer limits of our solar system
04. When the dog days were drawing to an end
05. A last glimpse of the land being lost forever
06. The homesickness that was corroding her soul
07. I have become almost invisible, to some extent like a dead man
08. In the deep and dark hours of the night
09. No one knows what shadowy memories haunt them to this day
10. Increasingly absorbed in his own World
11. Isolated lights in the abyss of ignorance
12. Now the night is over and the dawn is about to break

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• History Always Favours The Winners:

A$AP Rocky goes on tour with A$AP Mob, Drake, some other guys who probably also claim to be pretty

A$AP Rocky is a young man who considers himself to be quite pretty. If you don’t know this, you have not heard his mixtape from last year, LiveLoveA$AP. Or any other song featuring the young Harlem rapper. He also has a posse called A$AP Mob, which I can only assume consists of a lot of other guys who think they’re pretty. Actually, maybe Rocky is the pretty one and the rest of the Mob fulfill other specific roles. Like one’s the tough guy, and one’s the explosives expert, and, yes, I am suggesting that A$AP Mob is the A-Team. What I’m trying to say here is, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob are going on tour through late January and early February.

Once A$AP Rocky leaves the company of his A$AP brethren, he’ll spend a lot of time with a guy who definitely considers himself extremely pretty: Drake. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Rocky is opening for Drake on his massive world tour. Incidentally, “pretty” and “massive” are basically the two words that sum up Drake’s M.O. If you were somehow struggling to understand Drake, well, maybe that will help.

A$AP Rocky dates:

01.26.12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom ^
01.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House ^
01.28.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub ^
01.29.12 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre ^
01.30.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East ^
02.01.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^
02.07.12 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage ^
02.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts ^
02.09.12 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
02.10.12 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Music Hall ^
02.11.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade ^
02.14.12 - Miami, FL - Bank United Center *
02.15.12 - Gainesville, FL - Stephen C. O’Connell Center *
02.17.12 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena *
02.18.12 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center *
02.21.12 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena *
02.22.12 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena *
02.24.12 - Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center *
02.25.12 - New Orleans, LA - Launo Lakefront Arena *
02.27.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center *
02.28.12 - Oklah0ma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Center *
03.01.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
03.02.12 - Arlington, TX - College Park Center *
03.04.12 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Arena *
03.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Galen Center *
03.08.12 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center *
03.10.12 - San Jose, CA - Event Center *
03.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
03.24.12 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena *
03.26.12 - London, UK - O2 Arena *
03.27.12 - London, UK - O2 Arena *
03.29.12 - Sheffield, UK - Motorpoint Arena *
04.01.12 - Manchester, UK - MEN Arena *
04.02.12 - Glasgow, UK - SECC *
04.05.12 - Paris, France - Palais Omnisport de Bercy *
04.07.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National *
04.08.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall *
04.10.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrunderthalle *
04.12.12 - Berlin, Germany - Max Schleming Halle *
04.13.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Valby Hallen *
04.15.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe *
04.16.12 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum *
04.19.12 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena *
04.20.12 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena *
04.22.12 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena *
04.23.12 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Radio Arena *
04.25.12 - Nottingham, UK - Capital FM Arena *
05.30.12-06.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound

^ A$AP Mob
* Drake, Kendrick Lamar

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RIP: Jennifer “Miro” Anderson of San Francisco punk band The Nuns

From SF Weekly:

Jennifer Anderson, a musician, writer, and model whose doll-like looks and seductive voice helped make a name for pioneering San Francisco punk band the Nuns, died last month in New York City of complications from cancer. She was 54.

Anderson, also known as Jennifer Miro or Mistress Jennifer, had been diagnosed with both liver and breast cancer, according to her neighbor, Jill Lamar, who helped care for Anderson in the final months of her life. Refusing standard treatments and hospitalization for her illness, Anderson lived out her last months in her Manhattan studio apartment, aided by visiting nurses and Lamar. She passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at Bellevue Hospital in New York, where she had been admitted several weeks earlier for hospice care.

• The Nuns:

The Head and the Heart go on tour, confounding the worlds of medicine and science

The Head and the Heart are going on tour, and this disgusts me. No, no, I don’t have anything against them. They seem like a perfectly acceptable group of folky young men and women from Seattle. What disgusts me is the imagery. Think about it, how would you react if you witnessed a head moving autonomously from the influence of a body. Is it floating? Is it rolling on the ground? How is this head getting around?? It’s freaky at best and really gross at worst!!

Don’t even get me started about throwing a heart into the mix. Nobody, outside of maybe scientists and people in medical school, should have any business regarding a head and a heart that doesn’t involve skin, a skeleton, and a number of vital organs. The only people involved with such things are serial killers, and serial killers are jerks. Really, the whole thing is really messing with my head. It’s just… yuck. Still, the less disgusting version of The Head and the Heart, the one with bodies and guitars and stuff, are heading on tour throughout the month of March. Before that, they’re playing a handful of shows in Australia.

The Head and the Heart dates:

01.04.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel *
01.05.12 - Adelaide, Australia - The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel *
01.07.12 - Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
03.03.12 - Avon, CO - Snowball Music Festival
03.04.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
03.05.12 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
03.06.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall
03.08.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
03.09.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
03.10.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
03.11.12 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
03.13.12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
03.14.12 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
03.15.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
03.16.12 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
03.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.18.12 - New York City, NY - Terminal Five
03.20.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
03.21.12 - Richmond, VA - National
03.23.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.24.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
03.25.12 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant

* Grouplove

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• Sub Pop: http:///

Grimes signs to 4AD, prepares for magical winter pixie tour

Tiny-voiced beautiful person Claire Boucher’s musical project Grimes has signed to indie heavy hitter 4AD. After several sought-after releases on Quebec’s Arbutus Records, Ms. Boucher’s third full-length, Visions, was slated for an end of January release via Arbutus, but now it looks like 4AD won’t be unleashing this puppy until February 21 (it’ll still be released on Arbutus in Canada). That’s okay, though. In fact, that February delay is perfect. Because once you get an earful of Boucher’s swooning space R&B, you’ll wanna make her your Valentine.

Grimes is a lady about town in her adopted home of Montreal, where she rocks audio/visual music/art as part of the city’s underground loft scene. The accolades have been stacking up faster than pizza boxes in a frat house, and she toured last spring with everyone’s favorite Scandinavian popstress, Lykke Li. This winter/spring, Grimes will be braving the elements and striking out on her own lengthy tour of the United States and Canada. So if you happen to be around, say, Atlanta, on March 5 and you hear ethereal pixie music emanating from down the street, don’t worry. You didn’t take too many mushrooms, and Björk isn’t living in a tiny theater inside your closet. It’s just Grimes, bringing her Visions to the good people of North America.

02.18.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
02.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
02.21.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene
02.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
02.25.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02.27.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
02.29.12 - Austin, TX - Lambert’s
03.01.12 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
03.02.12 - New Orleans, LA - Tulane University
03.03.12 - Oxford, MS - Cats Purring
03.05.12 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03.06.12 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
03.07.12 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
03.08.12 - Miami, FL - Bardot Miami
03.13.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Brillobox
03.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Str8 Cavin
03.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
03.23.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
03.26.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
03.31.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End

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RIP: Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, Iron Butterfly guitarist and Captain Beyond founder

From the Sarasota Patch:

Bradenton native Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt the guitarist and songwriter who joined Iron Butterfly in 1971 after stints in bands with Dicky Betts and Berry Oakley before they joined The Allman Brothers Band, has reportedly died.

According to friends and family members who posted to Reinhardt’s facebook page, he died at around 6 p.m. on Monday. He was 63.

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