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

The Besnard Lakes go on North American tour with Suuns, reminding you that you like The Besnard Lakes

Here’s a fine band that I, among others, have a tendency to forget about: The Besnard Lakes. Every three years or so, The Besnard Lakes come back with a new record, like the upcoming Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, out April 2 on Jagjaguwar. Inevitably, that record reminds me that, hey, I enjoy The Besnard Lakes. Between those release periods, my mind eliminates all memory of the band. Consider this the fault of my deteriorating mind; place no blame on this rather fine group.

Maybe acknowledging the band as a physical presence might help lodge them in the old brain. This technique may well be the motivation behind their upcoming North American tour, which begins April 18. For many of the dates, they’ll be joined by fellow Montreal residents Suuns. While I am mostly unfamiliar with Suuns, I do accept the possibility that my mind has also swept itself clean of any knowledge involving them. Maybe I love Suuns?

Besnard Lakes dates:

04.18.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
04.19.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid *
04.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
04.21.13 - Dekalb, IL - Otto’s *
04.22.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
04.23.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
04.25.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
04.27.13 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
04.29.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.01.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.02.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.03.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

* Suuns

• Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Suuns: http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=suuns
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Pan•American releasing new album Cloud Room/Glass Room on Kranky, plot invasion of your dreams

The quietness of Kranky always intrigues me; their releases are characterized by the pensive, the slow, and the anticlimactic. Theirs is a label that has made its way in the world by releasing music designed to be absorbed through osmosis. I’m not ashamed to say that three out of the four times I put on an album before bed, it’s a Kranky release — Grouper one night and The Dead Texan the next. I do not think this denigrates the material; although I have not consciously heard the latter half of A Stable Reference more than once, I know every note. When I buy a Kranky release, I’m selecting cartographic tools with which to map my dreamscape and picking out the designs that will illuminate it.

Come April 29, Kranky is releasing an album of new music for unconscious exploration from Mark Nelson’s Pan•American. Entitled Cloud Room/Glass Room, the album features percussionist Steven Hess as a full member of the band, as well as Nelson’s former Labradford accomplice Bobby Donne, who adds bass on several tracks. Hard to say how their rhythms will affect the restfulness of my sleep, but word has it this album has a live feel. I’m sure my REM cycles could use a house band, anyway.

Cloud Room/Glass Room tracklisting:

01. The Cloud Room
02. Fifth Avenue 1960
03. Relays
04. Glass Room at the Airport
05. Laurel South
06. Project for an Apartment Building
07. Virginia Waveform

• Pan•American: http://www.kranky.net/artists/panamerican.html
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

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