Erykah Badu banned from performing in Malaysia over, of all things, a promotional photo

Erykah Badu banned from performing in Malaysia over, of all things, a promotional photo

Erykah Badu, well known for doing some pretty risque stunts, has been banned in Malaysia over a promotional photo with the arabic word for Allah temporarily tattooed on her chest. A local paper unknowingly published the photo to promote the concert and has since publicly apologized following complaints from politicians and religious groups. The Information Ministry subsequently banned Badu, who was already in the country, from performing at an upcoming jazz festival in an attempt to prevent “various situations that may lead to social excitement…”

Badu has said that image was inspired by the 1973 film, The Holy Mountain, a surrealist film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and was clearly not produced as an insult to the Muslim world, which includes Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Badu has responded to the ban in a pretty classy way, though, stating that, “It’s sad, because we traveled a long way, but I’m totally understanding of (the minister’s) protection of the laws and its people. He doesn’t want anything to happen. I’m good with that.” Malaysian media seem to be taking that as an apology, which is probably stretching it, but the daughter of Ms. Jackson herself is definitely taking the high road here, going so far as to explain her understanding of the way art is often misinterpreted in religious countries:

“I think art is often misunderstood in the realm of religion, and it’s OK,” she said. “In America, it’s a lot different. Art is also misunderstood but it is not such a harsh gesture to promote the names of God. I am learning and understanding about Islam in other countries more as we travel.

While we could go on and on about how awesome Ms. Badu is, her handling of this unfortunate situation is probably example enough for now.

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Xiu Xiu announces tour, releases a split 7-inch with Dirty Beaches, all the while passing out candy to strangers

What if Jamie Stewart has tricked us all? Maybe he’s pulled a fast one with Xiu Xiu’s upcoming album, Always? For all I know, he’s been strolling down sidewalks with wagons of puppies and reading The Lorax to kindergartners and maybe writing songs about unicorns dancing in fields of ice cream cones. Hell, what if Always is downright cheerful?

It’s not (surprise!). Stewart discussed his inspirations for each track over at Spin and mentioned topics such as “living a rotted punk house in Seattle” and “feeling impossibly imperiled by the fragility and cruelty of Earth.” I’m just going to hazard a guess and say this means he won’t be zipping around in a cloud mobile with Care Bears when Xiu Xiu embarks on their world tour in March, but Dirty Beaches will be along for the ride, and so will Yamantaka // Sonic Titan as well as Father Murphy.

Speaking of Dirty Beaches, who earned the #17 spot on our end-of-the-year list with Badlands (TMT Review) — how about pairing Alex Zhang Hungtai’s lo-fi rockabilly with Xiu Xiu’s noisy freakouts? They’ll be releasing a limited-edition split 7-inch for Record Store Day — just a little music for those times you feel like wandering through swamps at midnight with the ghost of Elvis.

Before that, however, Xiu Xiu will release RARE, which includes 16 songs off various 7-inches and compilations as well as a few bonus tracks, all ranging from 2002-2011. The album also includes three EPs: Fag Patrol, Tu Mi Piaci (acoustic covers), and Creep Show (a collaboration with Grouper). RARE will see a March 6 release via Xiu Xiu’s website, the same day as Always, which will be out via Polyvinyl.

Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches 7-inch:

A. “Always” (Xiu Xiu covering Erasure)
B. “Tu Ne Dis Rien” (Dirty Beaches covering Francoise Hardy)


03.11.12 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - FebriQ Festival
03.12.12 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
03.13.12 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge
03.14.12 - Glasgow, UK - The Captain’s Rest
03.15.12 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
03.16.12 - London, UK - Rich Mix
03.17.12 - Lille, France - La Peniche
03.18.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
03.19.12 - Strasbourg, France - Stimultania
03.21.12 - Bordeaux, France - Le Saint Ex
03.22.12 - San Sebastian, Spain - Lugaritz
03.23.12 - Murcia, Spain - Microsonidos
03.24.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Be Cool
03.25.12 - Santander, Spain - Black Bird
03.27.12 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Lara
03.28.12 - Valencia, Spain - El Loco
03.29.12 - Seville, Spain - Malandar
03.31.12 - Marseille, France - Grim
04.01.12 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
04.02.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv Club
04.03.12 - Milan, Italy - Salumeria della Musica
04.05.12 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Zal Ozhidaniya Club
04.06.12 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Fest
04.07.12 - Istanbul, Turkey - Salon IKSV
04.09.12 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
04.10.12 - Munich, Germany - Kranhalle
04.11.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.12.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
04.13.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade 30
04.14.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.16.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OT301
04.17.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
04.18.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Vooruit
05.01.12 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
05.02.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
05.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
05.04.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
05.05.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
05.07.12 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *
05.08.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery *
05.09.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
05.11.12 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks *
05.12.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
05.14.12 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room *
05.15.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme *
05.17.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
05.18.12 - Madison, WI - Memorial Union Terrace *
05.19.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
05.21.12 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
05.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
05.23.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
05.24.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
05.27.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos (Barboza room) ^
05.28.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^
05.29.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ^
05.31.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
06.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock ^
06.02.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
06.05.12 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s ^
06.06.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
06.07.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks ^
06.08.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree ^
06.09.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^

* Dirty Beaches, Father Murphy
^ Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Father Murphy

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RIP: Davy Jones of The Monkees

From ABC News:

Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s rock band The Monkees has died. He was 66.

An official from the Martin County, Fla. medical examiner’s office confirmed to ABC News that the office has been notified of Jones’ death and is is “currently evaluating whether or not the medical examiners office will take jurisdiction.”

Representatives for Jones did not immediately respond to’s requests for comment. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.

The British born Jones joined The Monkees in 1965 and fronted a stable of rock hits, including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” The band was formed as part of a TV series about a rock band also called “The Monkees.” When the show got canceled in 1971, the group, which included Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith, broke up.

They reunited in various incarnations, most recently last spring for a tour through England and America. A second leg of the tour was slated for fall 2011 but the dates were axed without explanation in August.

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Anthony Pateras to release Errors of the Human Body on Editions Mego; flatulence reportedly not an inspiration

I think those of us who aren’t religious fanatics or 21st-century hippies advocating ineffective forms of alternative medicine generally consider hospitals and centers for scientific research important factors in improving the overall well-being of civilization. And yet, despite the fact that I haven’t had any traumatizing experiences in a hospital, and that I certainly accept the vital nature of their existence, I can’t help but think that several levels beneath the ground floor of any given medical or scientific institution, doctors and other professionals are performing all kinds of crazy, unsanctioned experiments. Come to think of it, that’s probably where they make all of those god-awful GEICO commercials.

Eron Sheean’s film Errors of the Human Body apparently does nothing to rectify the subtly ominous image that some people have of any place where “experiments” are performed, being described as a “psychological thriller” developed in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. Given the film’s tone, it’s no wonder, then, that Sheean once again called upon his fellow Australian and multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Pateras, to produce the score, which was their first feature-length collaboration. On March 6, that score will receive a 2LP release courtesy of Editions Mego. According to the official release page, “Pateras’ distinct keyboards and electronics permeate throughout, evoking the film’s key themes of isolation, scientific intrigue, ambiguous ethics and hallucinatory metamorphosis.” Is it even possible to have an uplifting film or television series set in a hospital that doesn’t involve Zach Braff?

Errors of the Human Body tracklisting:

A1. Cellular Cloud 1
A2. Burton
A3. Easter Gene
A4. Research From Unexpected Places
A5. Automatic 1
A6. Infectious
B1. River Elbe
B2. Personal Delivery
B3. Mouse House
B5. Automatic 2
C1. Burtons Lullaby
C2. Milk & Mice
C3. Cellular Cloud 2
C4. Sorry About Your Tail
C5. Automatic 3
D1. At Least I Knew Who I Was Fucking
D2. Fahrschein Bitte
D3. Burtons Syndrome
D4. Automatic 4
D5. Humans & Mice

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Sleigh Bells announce US tour without Santa Claus

Ah, Sleigh Bells. The band for dudes who are too afraid of seeming uncouth to just listen to real metal and chicks who are too afraid of not seeming quirky to just listen to Top 40. Hey, at least it’s a game plan. Anyway, my excellent sources tell me they got some smashed-up gas station Cherry Pie of a new album out, so I guess it’s time to “tour it up” or whatever you might want to call it. But you know, it occurs to me that I’m just not doing the band any true aesthetic justice by not “pushing my equipment to its maximum” while I’m writing about them. So, in homage to Sleigh Bells and their upcoming tour, I will now abuse my word processor to expose the hidden strengths inherent to its presupposed limitations:

       sex?            dicks?            vagina?
        !   !                   !       ! !
      !  !!      ! !       !  !   !!       !
! !!! ! !!!  !       !  !! ! ! !  !!!!!!
 ! !!!!   ! !!!!!!! !!! !!   !!! ! !!!!


03.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
03.27.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.03.12 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
04.04.12 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
04.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
04.07.12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at SoDo
04.09.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04.12.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.13.12 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
04.14.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.16.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
04.17.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
04.18.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
04.20.12 - Georgetown, TX - Southwestern University (Corbin J Roberston Center)
04.21.12 - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University (Alumni Lawn)
04.23.12 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
04.24.12 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa (IMU Main Lounge)
04.25.12 - Detroit, NI - St. Andrews Hall
04.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center %
04.30.12 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place %
05.02.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre %
05.04.12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center %
05.07.12 - Boston, MA - TD Bank %
05.10.12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center %
05.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center %

% Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Dntel set to return this May with positive mentality and new LP; Baths and Nite Jewel guest

Jimmy Tamborello isn’t a household name but his work as Dntel (especially 2001’s “(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” which arguably created not only The Postal Service but nearly one billion other like-minded electronic/emo hybrids that continue to pop up irregularly to this day and show no sign of dying off anytime soon) and as half of The Postal Service (along with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard) has earned him worldwide recognition — especially if you frequented hip clothing stores, hip coffee houses, or were subjected to hip movie trailers in the early 00s.

Tamborello is set to return this May with Aimlessness, his first LP of new material in five years. The LP is his first with Pampa Records, a label run by DJ Koze and Marcus Fink. Tamborello reports on his Tumblr (Dying Songs) that Aimlessness will feature “a little” of his own singing as well as guest vocals by both Baths and Nite Jewel, which re-affirms that the people love their special guests (and backing beats) and the people will not be denied.

Aimlessness tracklist:

01. waitingfortherest II
02. Jitters
03. Still
04. My Orphaned Son
05. Bright Night
06. Retracer
07. Puma
08. Santa Ana Winds
09. Trudge
10. Jitters (Geotic mix)
11. Doc (Dntel mix)
12. Paper Landscape

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