Danny Brown and Baauer team for “Worst of Both Worlds” tour. Here’s hoping it comes off as terribly as they intend!

Danny Brown and Baauer team for "Worst of Both Worlds" tour. Here's hoping it comes off as terribly as they intend! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1303/news-13-03-danny-brown-baauer.jpg

Guys, check me out! I am being, like, so February of 2013 right now! I’m hanging out, dissin’ gas prices like a motherfucker, talking some classic shit about the Roman Catholic papacy, and re-hyping some shit I just saw on The Fader about how Detroit’s most-shocking-rapper-since-the-last-guy, Danny Brown is teaming up with Baauer (the NYC producer behind the current-as-fuck Billboard #1 smash super-hit “Harlem Shake” that I’ve been YouTubing on repeat for, like, ever!) for some tourdates around the Western United States this April! And we all know that the Western United States are the NOWest states of all! Pacific Standard Time, represent!

They’re calling the jaunt “The Worst of Both Worlds,” (which, I just Wikipedia’d this, is a play on a familiar figure of speech that usually goes “the best of both worlds”), and it’s centered around their appearances at this year’s big Postal Service Reunion Festival in Indio, California. In case you’re trying to get a GRIP on what this shit might sound like, here’s a few VIDS, man. Do you like how I all-went and “imbedded” them for you? Shit. Play ‘em both back at the same time, and that’s pretty much what you’re in for.

“Worst idea ever” or whatever it’s called:

04.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
04.10.13 - Dallas, TX - Tree’s
04.11.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.14.13 - Tucson, AZ - Congress Theater
04.15.13 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
04.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.18.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Casa De La Raza
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella

• Danny Brown: http://itsbruiserbrigade.tumblr.com
• Baauer: http://baauer.com

Phil Elverum reissues The Microphones’ catalog on vinyl, flips an entire month the bird

Look, I like Phil Elverum. He makes pretty good music (last year’s Clear Moon and Ocean Roar were both TMT favorites), he seems like a nice guy most of the time, he’s got a pleasing face, and he knows his way around the old six-string. He’s actually kind of the whole package. But sometimes even the best of friends let you down. Sometimes you’ve got to step up to the plate and tell the roommate you found on Craigslist that he’s got to quit leaving graham cracker crumbs in your bed. I’m not saying that Phil Elverum is my roommate (quite the opposite actually) but what I am saying is this: no month deserves the shafting that Elverum has just dealt to June.

You see, Elverum just announced that he’ll be reissuing The Microphones’ catalog on vinyl starting next week. That’s cool and all, especially since several of these albums have been out of print or hard to find on vinyl for some time, but check out the release schedule here and you’ll see what I’m all riled up about. You’ve got Song Islands on March 5 (a rarities collection), Don’t Wake Me Up on April 16, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water on May 28, The Glow on July 9, and Mount Eerie on August 20. Notice anything? That’s right, he skipped June! All sorts of great stuff happens in June, in case you were wondering. Check out this brief list that I totally did not just pull off Wikipedia if you don’t believe me: Kamehameha Day in Hawaii, Philippine Independence Day, Midsummer Celebrations in Finland and Sweden, LGBT Pride Month… the list really does go on.

I won’t deny it’s pretty sweet that Elverum’s getting these albums “ready for posterity” (it also sort of makes me wonder if he knows something I don’t). And these reissues are the real deal — Elverum says they’re “possession[s] worth keeping,” with their thick gatefold packaging, supplementary posters, free digital downloads, and various other bonus goodies. But come on man, think of our sixth month, won’t you? If you don’t, who will?

Starting in April, Mount Eerie will go on a short American West Coast tour, then in March they’ll head out on a European tour that conveniently ends right before June. Who knew such an upstanding guy could hold such an ugly grudge against a month that is literally incapable of doing anything to him?

Tourdates:

04.11.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.12.13 - Eugene, OR - TBA
04.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.14.13 - Oakland, CA - Lobot
04.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA- TBA
04.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.06.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
05.07.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
05.08.13 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
05.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
05.10.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival
05.11.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Huset
05.12.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
05.13.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.14.13 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
05.15.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
05.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.17.13 - Koeln, Germany - King Georg
05.18.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Mayday
05.19.13 - Cardiff, UK - Buffalo Bar
05.20.13 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.21.13 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
05.22.13 - Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
05.23.13 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
05.24.13 - London, UK - St. Giles In the Fields
05.25.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

• P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Nick Edwards readies new Ensemble Skalectrik album on Editions Mego, continues to forgo food in favor of making music

Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz has given up sleeping, eating, excreting, and possibly breathing in favor of making electronic noggin candy. He does this because he loves us. At least, that is the only sane explanation for the massive amount of his music with which we have been gifted in the past two years — such as last year’s Eureka!‘d Plekzationz (TMT Review) on Editions Mego.

Now, the same Editions Mego is releasing an LP from Edwards’ Ensemble Skalectrik project, making it clear that 2013 will continue his pattern of doing without meals, potty breaks, and time in the sun. For the ominously titled Trainwrekz, he’s added sampled, ancient vinyl to his musical crayon box and promises have been made that it will sound like “nothing else in his rapidly expanding discography.” Funny thing is, when it comes from Editions Mego, it’s actually believable. One way or another, we’ll experience the possibly novel sounds when the album arrives on April 29. Hopefully Nick Edwards will at least have gotten some sleep by then.

Trainwrekz tracklisting:

01. Wrekwhan
02. Wrektoo
03. Wrekfree
04. Wrekfore
05. Wreksank
06. Wreksikz (for Louis Johnstone)

• Ekoplekz Bulletin Board: http://ekoplekznews.wordpress.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

RIP: Van Cliburn, classical pianist

From The Washington Post:

Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly, curly-haired Texan who became the most famous classical pianist in American history over the course of a single extraordinary week in 1958, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.

His death, from bone cancer, was announced by his publicist and longtime friend, Mary Lou Falcone.

• The Van Cliburn Foundation: http://www.cliburn.org

It’s a family affair: Molly Drake, mother of Nick, gets an album release

Some people just have coolness in their genes. You know these people. They have Cool Moms. They have Cool Dads. They have the most coveted type of family: artsy parents who bought them Kraftwerk records and get drunk with their offspring on their own special recipe holiday cocktails. The natural response here is to hate and envy these families. But today, let’s take a moment to applaud them, and one English family in particular: the Drakes, of Nick Drake fame.

See, Nick Drake had a Cool Mom. Molly Drake was also a Hot Mom and a Creative Mom. (Some people, geez.) Her influence on Nick Drake’s career is evident in her soft and melancholy home recordings, which are now being released on Squirrel Thing Recordings. The self-titled collection of previously unreleased tracks was recorded at the Drake family home by Molly’s husband Rodney in the 1950s, and was restored by engineer John Wood for the CD release. (Wood also worked with Nick himself.) The album features family photos, a letter-pressed jacket, and a biography by daughter Gabrielle Drake. Available on March 5, you can also take a sneak peek at the Molly Drake Bandcamp page.

Molly Drake tracklisting:

01. Happiness
02. Little Weaver Bird
03. Cuckoo Time
04. Love Isn’t A Right
05. Dream Your Dreams
06. How Wild The Wind Blows
07. What Can A Song Do To You?
08. I Remember
09. A Sound
10. Ballad
11. Woods In May
12. Night Is My Friend
13. Fine Summer Morning
14. Set Me Free
15. Breakfast At Bradenham Woods
16. Never Pine For The Old Love
17. Poor Mum
18. Do You Ever Remember?
19. The First Day

• Molly Drake: http://mollydrake.bandcamp.com
• Nick Drake: http://www.brytermusic.com
• Squirrel Thing: http://squirrelthing.bandcamp.com

Sun City Girls raid the vaults and ready a new compilation of singles and rarities

With a back catalog as deep and varied as Sun City Girls, it’s no surprise that even after calling it quits the Bishop brothers (Alan and Richard) would do their best to keep the legacy of the Sun City Girls alive. On March 19 they will be doing just that with the release of Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles Vol. 3.

The third entry in a singles and rarities series, Eye Mohini is primarily made up of material recorded in the late 1980s and 1990s. It specifically picks up with the recording of their second full-length LP Grotto of Miracles in 1986 and goes through their move from Phoenix to Seattle in 1993 to establish their own record label, Abduction. This period saw the band adding Arabic-influenced guitar instrumentation as well as Asian folk vocalizations to their already eclectic psychedelic sound.

The CD will contain 14 tracks, including “Gum Arabic” from the Grotto sessions, all four tracks from 1992’s Mohini Eye, all 6 tracks from the Borungku Si Derita double single (including a version of “Esoterica of Abyssynia” featuring a rare appearance from both Bishop brothers on guitar), two tracks from the Three Fake Female Orgasms 7-inch (the other tracks are on the second volume of the SCG rarity compilations), a rare version of “Kickin’ the Dragon,” and a 10-minute live version of “The Flower” from their Torch of the Mystics LP recorded in 1992.

Eye Mohini isn’t a bad place to start if you’re unfamiliar with the group or intimidated by their expansive discography. It touches perhaps their most creatively fertile periods and, as with the first two compilations in the series, the collection itself is sequenced to play with the continuity of a full-length record.

Prolific and hard to categorize, the Sun City Girls formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979 and over the course of almost 30 years released nearly 50 full-length albums, dozens of cassettes, and countless singles before officially dissolving following the untimely death of drummer Charles Gocher in 2007. Alan Bishop is the co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label while Richard continues to tour and release albums under his own name.

• Sun City Girls: http://www.suncitygirls.com
• Abduction: http://www.suncitygirls.com/abduction/index.php

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