Explosions in the Sky announce last leg of US tour, their first leg paralyzed from too many crescendos

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“Explosions in the Sky” — simply the name of a band, or a not-so-subtle indication of the Austin quartet’s penchant for (as yet, unachieved) airborne terrorism? I think I recall seeing them live for the first time prior to the release of All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (TMT Review). Obviously, given the epic (I hate using that word, by the way, but it’s fitting) nature of their previous albums, and given the fact that their following was but a fraction of what it is now, I expected an experience to remember. And it was. But now they appear to be touring suspiciously often. They were in my town last summer. They’ll be in my town this summer. They’ll be in your town… probably when you least expect it, at around dusk, and invite themselves into your house. They’ll intentionally rummage through your carefully organized sock drawers. Are they touring, or scouting for vulnerabilities in our national security?

Who the hell cares? Given the thoroughly enjoyable nature of their discography, can’t we forgive whatever terrorist sympathies they harbor? Sure we can. After all, over the past year, they’ve headlined at such prestigious venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall and London’s Brixton Academy. In their just announced final leg of US tour dates, they’ll be performing their first show ever at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. These guys are capitalists. They’re embodiments of the American Dream. Now lull us with your emotional guitar-playing, or somebody’s calling the cops.

Dates:

05.25.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.17.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #
06.18.12 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall #
06.19.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor #
06.20.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central #
06.21.12 - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre #
06.22.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater #
06.24.12 - Randall’s Island, New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
06.25.12 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St. #
06.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre #
06.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #

# Zammuto

• Explosions in the Sky: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com
• Temporary Residence Limited: http://temporaryresidence.com

Don Preston, synth whiz and Mother of Invention, honored with collection of solo works; Jimmy Carl Black not so lucky

Our dear friends at The Wire report that keyboardist/FOF (Friend of Frank) Don Preston is set to be honored with a collection of electronic compositions. Preston, an original member of Zappa’s psychedelic, traveling road show that was the Mothers of Invention was a confidant of Zappa’s and a core member of The Mothers until his departure in 1974. Preston played on nearly every “essential” Zappa LP and was best known for his ridiculously sublime Moog solo on 1972’s “Waka/Jawaka” off the LP of the same name, which even knocked Bob Moog himself flat on his ass.

Preston would later play with both jazz and rock heavies alike (and find the time to appear in a string of wildly silly B-movies including 1976’s Sinister Flesh) but this is the first collection of his original, electronic compositions. Entitled Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982, the collection was spearheaded by Sub Rosa and features Preston playing an instrument he designed and constructed himself, “a homemade synthesizer with a series of oscillators and filters.” Preston, who still regularly tours, writes, and records, released his latest LP in October, Escape From 2012 a collaboration on Ictus with minimalist composer Andrea Centazzo. Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982 is available from Sub Rosa now.

Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982 tracklist:

01. Electronic Music
02. Analog Heaven #1
03. Analog Heaven #2
04. Analog Heaven #3
05. Analog Heaven #4
06. Analog Heaven #5
07. Analog Heaven #6
08. Analog Heaven #7
09. Fred & Me (CD bonus track only)

• Don Preston: http://www.united-mutations.com/p/don_preston.htm
• Sub Rosa: http://subrosa.itcmedia.net/en.html

John Peel’s virtual record collection springs to life, debuts first weekly batch of 100 LPs, flexes in the mirror

We drooled over it earlier this year, and now the John Peel Archive is alive on the internet, all tarted up and decreasing productivity in some of the most soul-crushing sectors of our global workforce. From May to October, the faceless BBC/Arts Council archivists will upload 100 albums each week from the massive 25,000 LP/40,000 single collection, so right now you’ll only be able to co-opt Peel’s tastes up to Adam & The Ants. Still, with one click, each album can be streamed in full via Spotify, so 100 separate album spins a week (plus ads!) should keep most people busy.

Though still in its infancy, it’s already very clear that the Archive is a serious venture, with a fantastic interface (I’m giggling just running the cursor along the spines of the records!) and professionally produced extras, such as documentary-style “featured artist” videos — where underappreciated sing-song weirdos of yesteryear smile into the camera sporting enormous white beards and brag about how John Peel liked them. Along with the record collection itself, you can roam around Peel’s room and check out photos, radio shows, and streamable Peel Sessions by a million bands. It’s sorta like that Gorillaz online world, but instead of driving a jeep with Dan the Automator and unlocking hi-res Damon Albarn images, you just take your shoes off in John Peel’s room and mess around with whatever you want!

• John Peel Archive: http://thespace.org/content/s000004u/index.html

Oops, someone’s suing Google again: artist’s images of Hendrix, Coltrane = alleged copyright infringement

Oops they did it again! It’s 2000, everybody’s scared of Y2K, and Google’s all dressed up like a sexually provocative over-tanned schoolgirl!! Nah, j/k guys, I’m talking about Google getting sued for copyright infringement. That’s what’s happening again. It’s definitely not that other stuff. But this time, Billboard reports, the case has a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ different going on. This time the lawyers are all up in arms about the company’s Google Music service, which launched in late 2011 and tiptoed out onto some shifting legal sands when it showcased artwork by Thiery “Mr. Brainwash” Guetta, who appropriated photos of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane to make a newer, Googlier, more sueable piece of art.

If you saw the Banksy doc Exit Through the Gift Shop, you might recognize Guetta as a practitioner of “appropriation art,” in which photocopied images of another’s work get the “yo, I made this a different color” or “hey I stuck some more things in this picture of this one thing” treatment. And now Guetta has raised the ire of the estate of influential rock photog Jim Marshall by using his images of Hendrix and Coltrane. And since Google Music used Guetta’s art as a backdrop to announce their new service last year and allowed others to photograph said backdrop, thereby getting those images all up over the internet, the suits are pissed. The Marshall estate says all they want is to put a stop to willful copyright infringement and get their rightful profits back. It’s a tale as old as time, people; if we’ve learned nothing from late-90s anorexic shitfest Ally McBeal it’s that lawyers, music, and art… they do not mix.

• Google Music: https://play.google.com/music

RIP: Charles “Skip” Pitts

From Billboard:

R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles “Skip” Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft”-died yesterday (May 1) in Memphis. He was 65 and had suffered from lung cancer.

Pitts’ pioneering skill with the wah-wah pedal is one of the focal points in the 2011 documentary “Cry Baby: the Pedal That Rocks the World,” alongside Buddy Guy, Slash and Eddie Van Halen. In addition to his collaborations with the Isleys and Hayes, Pitts performed and recorded with several other R&B and blues legends, including Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas and Albert King. He first learned to play guitar in his native Washington, D.C., getting tips from neighbor Bo Diddley. Pitts’ first recording was as a 15-year-old on the Gene Chandler hit single “Rainbow 65.”

• Charles “Skip” Pitts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Pitts

Black Bananas go on tour to support Rad Times Xpress IV, actual black bananas continue to be gross

BLACK BANANAS!?!?!?!

Gross. Who left these bananas out so long? Either eat these bananas within four days or throw them away. We’re not running an orphanage for gross food orphans. We’re not running an orphanage at all!

There’s only one Black Bananas I like and that’s the band, Black Bananas. Once Jennifer Herrema was in Royal Trux. Then she wasn’t. Then she was in RTX. Then RTX changed their name to Black Bananas, so now she’s in Black Bananas. Under the new name, Herrema and crew released their “debut” earlier this year, a little record by the name of Rad Times Xpress IV. Now it’s time to bring that record to the masses! Yeehaw. Go see them as they cross through the United States, also go throw away those bananas, they are nasty.

Black Bananas dates:

05.09.12 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
05.11.12 - Laredo, TX - Old No. 2
05.12.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
05.13.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s *
05.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia *
05.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
05.16.12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook *
05.17.12 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club &
05.18.12 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Fest
05.19.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig &
05.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall &
05.21.12 - Madison, Wi - High Noon Saloon &
05.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar &
05.23.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium &
05.25.12 - Missoula, MT - The Palace &
05.26.12 - Seattle, WA - The Comet ^
05.27.12 - Portland, OR - Star Theater &
05.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore &
06.05.12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Galaxy

* Magik Markers, Dwarr
& Kurt Vile and the Violators
^ Broken Nobles

• Black Bananas: http://www.blackbananasband.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

[Photo: Douglas Harrison Neill]

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