Cymbals Eat Guitars embrace Barsuk, cover Uncle Bob (Pollard), ready second LP

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NYC quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars have announced their signing to Barsuk Records, home to such fellow luminaires as David Bazan, Maps & Atlases, Menomena, and Viva Voce. The band — no slouches, they &mdash spent nearly the last two years touring 2009’s Why There Are Mountains and are set to record their sophomore release later this month with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), who knows a thing or two about twisting knobs; the new LP is due this fall.

Cymbals Eat Guitars also contributed a cover of Guided By Voices nugget “Gleemer” to an upcoming Guided By Voices tribute LP entitled Sing for Your Meat on No More Fake Labels, which also boasts contributions from the likes of Lou Barlow, Blitzen Trapper, Crooked Fingers, Elf Power, Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Sorry About Dresden, and Superdrag. That there album is due April 16. You can listen to Cymbals Eat Guitars’ version of “Gleemer” right here, right now.

• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://cymbalseatguitars.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

RIP: Mike Starr, former Alice in Chains bassist

From Billboard:

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr — who has publicly struggled with drug addiction and appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” in 2009 — has died. He was 44.

“It’s a terrible shock and tragedy,” his father tells TMZ.

Starr was arrested and jailed for alleged drug possession in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month. Police pulled him over and found he was in possession of six Xanax pills and six painkillers called Opana.

• Alice in Chains: http://aliceinchains.com

He shoots, he scores: Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper finally announces release date for Some Days Are Better Than Others soundtrack

A year after Some Days Are Better Than Others premiered at SXSW, Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper has finally given a date for the release of his original soundtrack to the film.

In 2009, Cooper joined forces with filmmaker Matt McCormick and composed the score for McCormick’s feature Some Days Are Better Than Others. SXSW screened the film in 2010, which apparently touches on themes like the quarter-life crisis and a shaken sense of identity, and like many musician-connected films it highlights a score that can stand on its own. Its producers, David Allen Cress and Neil Kopp, should come as no surprise; both are best known for their music-movie connections, with Kopp producing Old Joy (featuring Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, with original music by Yo La Tengo) and Cress producing music videos for Thom Yorke and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Some Days Are Better Than Others is even more entrenched in indie-music-madness than by its connection with Eluvium &mdash it stars The Shins’ James Mercer and Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney. The trailer gives just a hint of the beautiful music that we can expect from Cooper, while fully managing to depress the viewer in the span of a minute and a half. If you’ve ever left a friend behind to go to college out of state, or broke up with someone you still liked, or lost a dog, then you get the idea. To fully encapsulate the essence behind “emotional baggage” and the things we throw away, Cooper used his personal collection of junked musical instruments, found over the years through thrifting and endless garage sales.

The soundtrack is out April 26, from Temporary Residence Ltd. The next question is: what will Cooper feel inspired to do if he sees the CD in the media rack at the Salvation Army?

Some Days Are Better Than Others OST tracklisting:

01. Curious Moments
02. Drifting
03. Pursuance
04. Into Dust
05. Expectation
06. What You Leave Behind
07. Reprieve
08. Worry and Care
09. Time and Abandonment
10. It’s Never What It Seems
11. Camille and the Ocean
12. Some Days Are Better Than Others
13. Katrina Outtake

• Eluvium: http://www.eluvium.net
Some Days Are Better Than Others: http://www.somedaysthemovie.com

Matt and Kim announce new tourdates, plot domestic takeover you can dance to

With all the current uprisings going on in different countries and citizens trying to oust their corrupt leaders, Matt and Kim have decided that now is the perfect opportunity to try and take control of the country. The first step in their new political agenda is to spread their own gospel across the land and brainwash US citizens with their infectious songs on tour all spring and summer. They will be supporting their recent piece of propaganda, a third full-length album sinisterly titled Sidewalks, which has been out for a while c/o the FADER label.

Indoctrinating the masses:

03.12.11 - Hayward, CA - Pukka Indie Arts Festival
03.14.11 - Austin, TX - The Belmont
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - mtvU Woodie Awards
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - The FADER Fort, SXSW
05.28.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
06.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
06.02.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
06.03.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
06.04.11 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
06.05.11 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.07.11 - Tampa, FL - Czar Imperial Ballroom
06.08.11 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
06.10.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06.11.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
06.12.11 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
06.14.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
06.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
06.16.11 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
06.18.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06.20.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
06.21.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.22.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
06.23.11 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.24.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
06.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
06.28.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.29.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.30.11 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues

• Matt and Kim: http://www.mattandkimmusic.com
• FADER: http://www.faderlabel.com

Mountains open up the Air Museum; museums with dinosaurs continue to reign supreme

Let’s get one thing straight: the members of ambient outfit Mountains are not musicians. They are sonic explorers — their press release even says so. When I traverse the world of sound, I tend to stick to established territories, but not Mountains. Those guys go out into the wilderness and end up capturing all manner of sonic waterfalls and forests and such. Later, the group contacts sonic cartographers (who are probably in Emeralds) in order to get proper maps made. This is, roughly, how the process of mapping the sonic landscape works.

During one of their most recent sonic expeditions, Mountains apparently discovered a completely new album all by themselves. The record, which they have dubbed Air Museum, will be available to the general public (who wouldn’t dare explore the far reaches of sound) on May 10 through Thrill Jockey. Unlike previous Mountains records like 2009’s Choral (TMT Review), Air Museum was recorded in a proper studio and does not feature computer-processed instrumentation. The duo have swapped computers for a variety of synths, pedals, and analog techniques. Despite the lack of computing technology involved in the record, Mountains claim that Air Museum is actually their most electronic record yet. This is not something I fully understand, but, hey, I’m no sonic explorer.

Air Museum tracklisting:

01. January 17
02. Thousand Square
03. Newsprint
04. Sequel
05. Blue Lanterns on East Oxford
06. Backwards Crossover
07. Live at the Triple Door

• Mountains: http://www.myspace.com/apestaartjemountains
• Thrill Jockey: vhttp://www.thrilljockey.com

More new music from The Flaming Lips out in April — buried in an edible gummy skull

At this point in The Flaming Lips’ career, not much that Wayne Coyne does comes as a huge shock. We told you about the slightly classist, 12-part “Two Blobs Fucking” (happy Valentine’s Day!) in February, which sure, was weird and innovative but not quite mind-shattering (ruin the experience over at the Chocolate Grinder). They announced forthcoming work with Neon Indian (a four-track 12-inch, coming soon), and recently, potential collaborations with James Murphy, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page — impressive, but in the Flaming Lips’ world, something Coyne can still be pretty blasé about. The Flaming Lips’ new, particularly bizarre offering come April? A “life-sized human skull completely made out of edible gummy bear stuff. It also has a gummy brain inside of it and, inside of that, there’s a USB flash drive that has three new songs on it” (via Pitchfork). Now that’s something.

I remember spilling coffee on my flash drive in college and losing a paper; we can assume that, nice guy that Wayne Coyne is, this gummy encasing won’t have the same effect on the music inside. Coyne explained how they decided to develop such “nervous” packaging: “We found this guy in Raleigh, North Carolina, who makes all these gummy bear things — even adult toys. I don’t know if he’s making giant dicks and pussies out of gummy bears, but we called him and said, ‘Hey, would you want to make a life-size human skull with a brain in it?’” Not something you hear every day.

A suggestion for The Flaming Lips: a discount package of the gummy skull plus a skull of Dan Aykroyd’s crystal vodka?

Pssst — don’t forget about Coyne’s promise of new songs every month of this year, or the retrospective box set, slated for release on Record Store Day!

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.wmg.com

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