Drag City, a label, allows Dope Body, a band, to release Natural History on them

Drag City, a label, allows Dope Body, a band, to release Natural History on them http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-03-dope-body.jpg

Dope Body is not an alternative band as one may infer from their in-your-face name, but once you hear their music you realize their uniqueness on your own. They’re a band that only a really inept and adroit musical journalist could describe. They’re a punk-whatever; a real one-eyed, eight-toed kitten of the litter.

All that I can personally tell you is that they are a four-piece band of sexy-ass men from the unpopular city of Baltimore who have been lucky enough to release their second album on Grammy-winning Drag City Recordings Production Industries. The album, Natural History, will be released on May 22, a day in springtime.

Dope Body’s first LP, Nupping, was released through HOSS Records in 2011, and, if you care, they have a Tumblr that features a picture of a dog, YouTube video shows, and valuable information that only a link to a band’s Tumblr could give. Also, if you hurry up and check out their shit then you’ll want to see them on tour. So, do whatever you want. I don’t care. Punk. Whatever.

“What’s a Tumblr… is this a sex site?” – my mom, Frances McDougal

Tourdates:

03.16.12 - Austin, TX - The Whiskey Room *
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - Impose Magazine Showcase
04.27.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West #

* R. Stevie Moore
# Quintron

• Dope Body: http://dopebody.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

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MF DOOM reissues Operation: Doomsday for a second time. Guess he still didn’t notice the giant “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner.

Take notice, suckers! Veteranish rap-hop super-stay MF DOOM (a.k.a. DOOM, a.k.a. Doctor Doom a.k.a. Vince Vaughn, a.k.a. KMFDM, a.k.a. King Dorah the Explorah, a.k.a. Milton Finklebottom Dumenshireford) is all about never doing the same thing twice! Why? Because doing stuff twice is mega hella magna-cum-laude lame! And in today’s keep-swimming-or-don’t Music Industry, only the poseouts and the selleurs would dare redo something once it was done once already. Especially if it was done right. Which, if they were DOOM in the first damn place, it would have been.

Doing the same thing three times, however… I mean, that’s just totally different. Three is a totally different number than two is, you know? See, case in point, Prefix says that DOOM is remastering and reissuing his 1999 debut Operation: Doomsday on some “Gun Metal colored” vinyl on April 9 via his own imprint, Metal Face. “Hey, Nobodaddy, didn’t Stones Throw reissue that record last year on 2 CDs in a snazzy lunchbox thing and 4 LPs in a crappy PiL Metal Box canister?” Yes, but see, that was lame of them. This one is the third release of the album (and also isn’t on freaking CDs, which, duh, no one likes anymore!), and as such, it’s going to rule. It’s kinda like the that whole “Law of Threes” thing about celebrity deaths, you know? At least, in so far as the number three is mentioned in both situations. Which seems good enough for me. Probably good enough for PF CHANG or whatever his name is too.

Operation: Doomsday V. 3.0 tracklisting:

01. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
02. Doomsday
03. Rhymes Like Dimes (ft. DJ Cucumber Slice)
04. The Finest (ft. Tommy Gunn)
05. Back in the Days (Skit)
06. Go with the Flow
07. Tick, Tick… (ft. MF Grimm)
08. Red & Gold (ft. King Geedorah)
09. The Hands of Doom
10. Who You Think I Am? (ft. M.I.C.)
11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
12. Hey!
13. Greenbacks (ft. Megalon & King Geedorah)
14. The M.I.C.
15. The Mystery of Doom (Skit)
16. Dead Bent
17. Gas Drawls
18. ? (ft. Kurious Jorge)
19. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)

• DOOM: http://www.metalfacedoom.com
• Previous reissue: http://www.facebook.com/stonesthrow/posts/181698451863951

Viacom gets whiff of this rising trend called a “blog,” starts one, fills it with beyond thrilling press releases

Unable to figure out what Pinterest is about, Viacom has decided to take more directly narcissistic action and started a blog. Blog.viacom is a space where the media giant can let loose, giving its stars and leaders the opportunity to offer readers “behind-the-scenes exclusives and announcements,” like how the Facebook pages for some of their more ‘hip’ brands have switched over to the new Timeline format. Exciting stuff!

Basically, the ‘blog’ is a central hub aggregating stale press releases that Viacom’s various properties release. Wondering how MTV feels about Snooki getting pregnant? They’re happy for her! Want to know how many Oscars Viacom’s movie company, Paramount, picked up this year? 6! Interested in checking out all of the Viacom-sanctioned Twitter accounts in a single stream? The Overheard section is for you! Yes, it’s Denise Richards, Bjorn Rebney (?), and a bunch of intern-helmed network accounts all in one place! Make sure and bookmark the hottest new blog to hit the ‘net in ages now so you don’t miss a single important nugget of Viacom news!

• Blog.Viacom: http://blog.viacom.com

The Flaming Lips’ possibly depressing, possibly transcendent Yoshimi musical debuts this winter

Hey Flaming Lips fans! Here’s a light-hearted musical romp through the greatest hits of the Lips’ catalog, with a special focus on 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots OH MY GOD IT’S ABOUT WHAT????? I thought musicals were all supposed to be nauseating fever dreams with saccharine melodies and blondes who can lift their legs higher than humans frankly should be able to. Well, not this one, people. This one’s depressing! With the great Lips tunes — including tracks from The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics, amongst others — that we all know and love! But come on, what else would you really expect from Wayne Coyne and his fearless freaks?

“There’s the real world and then there’s this fantastical world,” Coyne told Entertainment Weekly back in 2007. “This girl, the Yoshimi character, is dying of something. And these two guys are battling to come visit her in the hospital. And as one of the boyfriends envisions trying to save the girl, he enters this other dimension where Yoshimi is this Japanese warrior and the pink robots are an incarnation of her disease. It’s almost like the disease has to win in order for her soul to survive. Or something like that.” Yep, this musical will send you barreling down the tracks with a one-way ticket to Bummersville. Or Transcendenceville. Depending on how this thing works out.

Flavorpill is reporting that said musical, entitled Pink Robots, makes its world premiere this winter at California’s La Jolla Playhouse. Des McAnuff, whose credits include overseeing the current Broadway incarnation of both Jersey Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar, wrote and directed the whole robotic shebang. The Social Network genius Aaron Sorkin was attached to this thang back in 2007, but the LA Times has stated that his name is mysteeeeriously absent from the official press release.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• La Jolla Playhouse: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org

Prurient releases double cassette Oxidation this week; Dominick Fernow makes you look unproductive

The President of Noise Dominick Fernow is hard at work as usual and is following up his Prurient project’s 7-inch Stun Gun (last month) and double 7-inch Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior (January) with a new double cassette release on his own Hospital Productions titled Oxidation. So for the months of 2012 so far, he’s three for three.

Oxidation is a straight-up noise assault that Fernow has mastered over his many years in the scene. Are these cacophonous compositions supposed to reflect the drug addictions of their song titles? History has taught us not to take Fernow too literally, as his concepts can stem from intricate and even sometimes personal foundations. But have fun assuming anyway!

Just in case you get bored with only getting to buy one new Prurient record each month, Fernow’s electronic project Vatican Shadow also has a new release called Kneel Before Religious Icons. The LP is Boomkat’s record of the week!

• Hospital: http://hospitalproductions.net

Panabrite inserts his colored peg and illuminates with Soft Terminal (or, his name reminds me of that one toy I had as a child)

Without spending too much time invoking the work of an artist whose name in acronym form is “OPN,” it’s extremely refreshing to come across any musician who readily embraces the synth, instead of masking its sound with an excessive number of patches or through the utilization of additional instruments. This isn’t to say that bands who incorporate the synthesizer are necessarily deserving of scorn for doing the latter — just that they’d be totally more worthy of a listen if members decided to relinquish their guitars, drum kits, violins, didgeridoos, etc., and grab a vintage ARP 2600 or Korg MS-20 instead. You know New Order? As powerfully seductive as Bernard Sumner’s vocals and Peter Hook’s bass-lines were/are, I frankly would’ve been fine had they decided to go all-synth. Okay, that’s a complete lie, and the majority of this paragraph has been a serious exercise in hyperbole, but I stand by my initial point — the organic sound of a synthesizer is a beautiful thing, and unfortunately, we’ve strayed from the infatuation that we, as a culture, had for it during the 1970s and 80s.

For his part, Panabrite a.k.a. Noah Chambers is apparently one of the few that we can count on to lead a resurgence of all that synthy deliciousness. After numerous cassette releases and a recent 12-inch on Aguirre, he released his first “proper” LP, Soft Terminal on March 1 via Digitalis. A press release notes, “Some will be quick to chalk Soft Terminal up as another ‘synth record,’ but that’s just the surface dressing. There is something deeper and much more complex happening here. Vivid, liquid dreams are sculpted into intricate fantasy landscapes, each layer revealing what a wizard Chambers is.” So on and so forth. Short of suggesting that Chambers has magical powers, I will say that what I’ve sampled of his work is quite immersive. Oh yes, Panabrite, take me on a journey via cloud to a time when pubic hair was unkempt, and computers were room-sized…

• Panabrite: http://panabritesounds.blogspot.com
• Digitalis: http://www.foxydigitalis.com

  

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