Deerhoof announce classical music performances in NYC and Adelaide; Satomi swanks up her animal heads in preparation

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Perennial noise rockers Deerhoof have always exuded a carefree attitude, so think of how antithetical it would be if they announced their future fusion with classical instruments with anything less (initially) confusing than the following video, posted on YouTube last Wednesday:

Bless the publicists whose more general responsibility is to announce things in text form, because otherwise I’d assume Deerhoof were privy to some critical global security information. An army of human-sized, trumpet-playing, dancing roosters, apes, and miscellaneous other animals is going to invade… Adelaide, of all places? Isn’t Australia’s wildlife extravagant enough?

A press release delves deeper: two upcoming performances will feature Deerhoof playing alongside classical musicians. On February 20, the band will join Ensemble Dal Niente at the Ecstatic Music Festival, taking place at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. There, a scantily-detailed composition from drummer Greg Saunier (entitled Deerhoof Chamber Variation) will be performed by the ensemble, while a new piece from Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter will receive joint actualization from both outfits.

On March 6, in the land of didgeridoos, boomerangs, and species that have the capacity to kill both you and all of your recurring lives (shout-out to the Buddhists), Deerhoof will perform alongside the Adelaide Art Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival in Brisbane — I mean, Adelaide.

As it stands, most humans don’t actually live in NYC or Adelaide, so if you’d like to hear the Merkin Hall show in particular, it’ll be recorded by WQXR’s Q2 Music and uploaded here, as well as for future broadcast on WNYC. Q2 Music will also stream it live, for the immediate experience of flutes, cellos, and pandas.

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoof.net

RIP: Tony Sheridan, Beatles collaborator

From Rolling Stone:

Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band’s early days in Hamburg, died on Saturday at the age of 72, the UK’s Telegraph reports.

Sheridan met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best in Hamburg’s red-light district in the early 1960s when the young group came to see his act every night after their own shows at a neighboring club. Sheridan took the band under his wing, advising them on their look (which at the time included black leather bomber jackets and cowboy boots) and introducing them to American R&B acts like Little Richard. The Beatles eventually served as Sheridan’s backing band at the Top Ten Club and cut their earliest recordings accompanying him as the Beat Boys on recordings of “My Bonnie” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” (The album they recorded was later released outside Germany as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.)

• Tony Sheridan: http://www.tony-sheridan.de

RIP: Mindy McCready, country music singer

From CNN:

Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the local sheriff’s office said in a statement. She was 37.

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon and found McCready’s body on the front porch, the statement read.

McCready leaves behind two boys, one of whom is 10 months old. The infant’s father, record producer David Wilson, killed himself last month.

• Mindy McCready: http://www.mindymccready.com

RIP: Shadow Morton, writer/producer famous for his work with The Shangri-Las

From The New York Times:

Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer who for a brief, luminous period in the 1960s poured the discontents of adolescence into original hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” died on Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said Amy Krakow, a family friend.

By all accounts possessed of a brazen, naïve genius — he played no instrument, could not read music and wrote his songs in his head — Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.

Ceramic Dog announce new LP on Northern Spy; listen closely and you can hear Marc Ribot make fun of your guitar solos

Well, I just looked up “ceramic” and “dog” on Wikipedia, and full disclosure, I am no closer to understanding what a “Ceramic Dog” is. Apparently it’s got something to do with the French phrase “chien de faïence,” but, seriously, who even speaks French? I can tell you one thing though: whatever it means, it’s got layers, man.

What I do understand is that Ceramic Dog is a band consisting of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist and electronics guru Shahzad Ismaily, and drummer Ches Smith. They’ve described themselves as a “free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica collective” (layers!) and unlike all the fake rock bands he’s been in over the years, Ribot says Ceramic Dog “is the first time since high school I’ve been in a real rock band.” Ceramic Dog has got a new album, a follow-up to their 2008 debut Party Intellectuals (TMT Review), coming out on Northern Spy Records on April 30; it’s called Your Turn.

There’s obviously a lot going on here. According to Ribot, the band spent nearly two years trying to get the album just right. He says:

If you listen closely, you can hear the rage, hope, disappointment, ritual excess, love and anarchy that were in our personal and collective airspace during those years.

For those of you who did better in school than I did, there’s even more to hear:

The astute listener will note our wry comment on the contradictions of producing a recording during the collapse of the industry which once paid for recordings to be produced (“We are the Professionals,” “Masters of the Internet” and the attached manifesto).

That’s right! The album comes with a manifesto! But wait, there’s more:

The very astute listener with really expensive headphones may hear the water pipes in the basement on Rivington and Allen where we recorded about half the tracks (the guitar amp isolation booth looked a lot like a bathroom).

And, apparently, if you have just the right kind of stereo and stand just close enough to the speakers in your living room, you can hear Marc Ribot’s soft voice whispering things like, “You think that’s a guitar solo? That’s pathetic. Check this out.” Bose store here I come!

Your Turn tracklist:

01. Lies My Body Told Me
02. Your Turn
03. Masters of the Internet
04. Ritual Slaughter
05. Avanti Popolo
06. Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round
07. Bread and Roses
08. Prayer
09. Mr. Pants Goes to Hollywood
10. The Kid is Back!
11. Take 5
12. We are the Professionals
13. Special Snowflake

• Ceramic Dog: http://www.marcribot.com/ceramicdog.html
• Marc Ribot: http://www.marcribot.com
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

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