Cropped Out adds more hell yeah to its 2013 lineup: Borbetomagus, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy/Matt Sweeney (performing Superwolf), and Tony Clifton

Cropped Out adds more hell yeah to its 2013 lineup: Borbetomagus, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Matt Sweeney (performing Superwolf), and Tony Clifton

BREAKING: Daft Punk, Passion Pit, Hot Chip, The Black Keys, Crystal Castles, Kendrick Lamar, and The Killers were just added to some festival called Nippletrunk, it’s going to cost $400, and you’re not allowed to bring your own water. Grab your tix now! Don’t sleep! Early forecasts predict horizontal rain! Comedy tent, drama tent, 360° rotating deadmau5 stage, Popchips® booth babes, it’s ALL here!! #Nippletrunk

Ugh, nevermind… I’m going to Cropped Out this year. They already announced their initial festival lineup in Louisville, KY and it stood me up straight — Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano duo, Hair Police, Blues Control, Wolf Eyes, Endless Boogie, The Endtables, Steve Gunn, Shit and Shine, CAVE, Running, Thee Open Sex, Mayo Thompson performing Corky’s Debt to His Father — and now there are a handful of new additions that really stood me up straight (turns out I was slouching before). Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney will be there on Saturday, performing their Superwolf album in full for the first time ever! Borbetomagus will be there on Saturday, performing their horn abuse for the millionth time ever!

And guess who’s serving as the Official Grand Marshall of Cropped Out on both Friday and Saturday? No, not that one guy who reads poetry about Wilco, even crazier! Tony Clifton. Yep, Andy Kaufman may have passed away in 1984, but he’s having one hell of a 2013. The “consummate performer and class act” Kaufman alter ego will be emceeing the whole fest, and “will undoubtedly win over the Cropped Out audience with his mixture of Vegas variety, songs, and classic family-friendly parlor humor.”

Tickets to Cropped Out 2013 can be purchased now, as a $40 Fri/Sat combo, or $25 individual passes. Instead of a punishingly stacked third day, there will be a nice one-act Sunday closing party with Lambchop. Go here and check out the full lineup on a pretty drawing.

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Big Boi to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, but who cares, what’s André up to?!?!?

Okay, so we all know that the non-André 3000 half of Outkast hasn’t been up to much this summer. But now that his knee is on the mend, he can get back to doing the two things that American rappers do best: 1) making token-appearances on British reality game shows, and 2) distracting America from wondering what André 3000 is up to.

According to NME, Big Boi is going to make an appearance on (and you know, totally totally freakin’ win) the next series of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. If you’re not familiar with the concept of terrible television, its basic premise is to take a bunch of outrageous people and make them do shitty things to one another, often but not always while cramped up in some sort of weird little funhouse together. So yeah, he’ll reportedly be joining model Sophie Anderton, Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin, former football manager Ron Atkinson, and possibly Abz from the recently reunited boy band 5ive in doing that for a while. Nope, I’ve never heard of those people either! But hey, check this out: Coolio was the last US rapper to be thrown into the mix on this show back in 2009, and he actually finished in third place. So… USA! USA! USA! And either way, it’s “believed [that Big Boi] […] has agreed to a fee of £300,000 [which I think is like $6 million US dollars] to appear on the programme,” so it’s kinda like he’s ALREADY a winner!

But seriously though, folks, I don’t really know what André 3000 is up to. Do you?

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RIP: Jon Brookes, drummer for The Charlatans (UK)

From BBC News:

Jon Brookes, the drummer with indie band The Charlatans has died aged 44.

He had suffered a seizure on tour with the band in 2010 and had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

Brookes had undergone several operations, but had still been working on new material with the band over the summer. He died in hospital on Tuesday morning with his family at his bedside.

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted that the band was “torn apart” at the news and sent love to Brookes’s family.

“Jon Brookes, my friend, our drummer and inspiration to so many, passed away this morning. We are torn apart. Love & thoughts to Jon’s family,” he said.

He also thanked “everyone for their messages and memories of Jon. So much love on such a sad day”.

A further statement from the band read: “Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band.

“Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon’s family.”

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Mind Over Mirrors announces new album When the Rest Are Up at Four, possibly inspired by Yahoo! Answers

The inimitable Richard D. James, normally infallible, had things surprisingly wrong with the track “Plenty Harmonium.” Not only are we, as a species capable of hearing, lacking an overabundance of harmonium, but there isn’t even enough to satiate the residents of a small town. Forget the overwhelming human benefit of a natural resource like water, or the tremendous increase in the quality of life that manufactured drugs like penicillin have brought; the world needs more harmonium! Those extremely depressing TV advertisements telling you to send a lonely buck to an impoverished child in Africa? Forget it! Dispatch that kid a harmonium, or a recording of a harmonium, and all will be well. If cultural tensions arise, said parcels can always be used as a bargaining chip with neighboring warlords.

Certainly doing his part to unleash a (benign) plague of harmonium on the world, Jaime Fennelly a.k.a. Mind Over Mirrors will be releasing a new LP, When the Rest Are Up at Four, on September 17 via Immune Recordings. As if it wasn’t made clear enough in the preceding paragraph, Fennelly’s instrument of choice takes the form of an Indian pedal harmonium, manipulated through the use of an array of oscillators, tape delays, phasers, and miscellaneous other synthesizing processors.

To what end, you might ask? A press release talks about an ebb and flow made apt by the instrument’s “popularity among islanders,” but on a more straightforward level, I’m hearing via SoundCloud an enveloping throwback to the 19th century, combined with an aesthetic not too far away from Daniel Lopatin’s output. Enlightening media incoming…

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Lee Ranaldo announces new album Last Night on Earth with new band The Dust, tours every which where

A solo record works best when you feel like you’re opening a window into somebody’s life, experiencing the things they’re going through or thinking about, places they’re seeing, through their eyes. At its best, you find a universality in it.

—Lee Ranaldo

You know the other time they work best? When your insanely popular band is on indefinite fucking hiatus. :(

Matador will release Ranaldo’s new sort-of-solo effort (unlike 2012’s Between the Times and Tides, this one’s officially credited to “Lee Ranaldo and The Dust” and includes guitarist Alan Licht, bassist Tim Lüntzel, and good ol’ Steve Shelley playing the part of Ringo Starr), on October 8 (October 7 in the UK and Europe). It’s entitled Last Night on Earth, and, according to something I might just be completely making up for all you know, is “darker in tone and lyrical content” than his last album but is also “the sort of dizzying electric guitar clinic that ranks amongst the best from any era.” Yeah, sorry; still no real progression in the “titles” or “cover art” arenas, though.

Here’s a taste of the thing, followed by a whole bunch of tour dates in the US and Europe. Feel free to put it on and shred along with Lee, trying in vain to keep Kim and Thurston out of your mind.

Last Night on Earth tracklisting:

01. Lecce, Leaving
02. Key-Hole
03. Home Chds
04. The Rising Tide
05. Last Night on Earth
06. By the Window
07. Late Descent no 2
08. Ambulancer
09. Blackt Out

Lee Ranaldo and the Tour Dates:

10.08.13 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
10.09.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.11.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE/Horseshoe Tavern
10.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
10.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.14.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.17.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.18.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.19.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
10.22.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.10.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera Euser
11.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.12.13 - Berlin, Germany - TBC
11.13.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.13 - Metz, France - Le Musee De Cour D’or
11.15.13 - Metz, France - Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
11.17.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.18.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.20.13 - Villeneuve D’Asq, France - Festival Tour De Chauffe
11.21.13 - London, UK - The Garage (NME Radar Night)
11.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP
11.23.13 - Paris, France - BB Mix Festival
11.25.13 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
11.26.13 - Tours, France - Temps Machine
12.06.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
12.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex

* Built to Spill

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Joanna Newsom set to appear in Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice; extended monologues about dirigibles flatly denied

Exhaustion would be understandable as a reason for her relative absence, because god knows the impulse to hibernate in some Star Wars-esque healing chamber was strong following a mere listen of Have One on Me (TMT Review). Three years have passed since the release of that rather arduous undertaking, contracted literary experts have entered depressive states following fruitless attempts to interpret her lyrics, and unless you caught a now-rare performance courtesy of Pitchfork last month, the association with Andy Samberg probably comes just as easily now as her and her plucking. Extended intervals between albums shouldn’t be confused as unusual, but so commences the wondering of just what Joanna Newsom is up to these days, whether a new album is at least mentally in the works, or whether she’s taking an indirect cue from Marky Mark, et al. by becoming a musician turned actor, sans the baggage of embarrassing music videos from the early 90s.

As it happened, Boogie Nights arguably coincided with Mark Wahlberg’s “big break” into the film world, and now, Paul Thomas Anderson is serving as director/theoretical acting mentor once again for Newsom, who’ll be appearing in his next film Inherent Vice, set for release some time in 2014. Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and Joaquin Phoenix will presumably take on bigger roles in this 1970s-era detective story, but who’s to say that the murder investigation won’t ultimately lead to a psychopathic harpist? Those things are huge. Could definitely do some human damage.

I leave you with a Portlandia attestation to Newsom’s acting chops:

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