Fat Possum signs UK sibling duo 2:54; band preps detailed and itemized tour itinerary

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I know what you’re thinking: “Finally! A band with a name that sounds like I’m constantly checking the clock, a band with a name I’ll never ever in a million years remember!” But you will remember 2:54, you ol’ time-hating naysayer! In fact, you’ll remember these saucy English sisters every time you happen to hear that wonderful, numerical combination, and you’ll feel a hankering for their yearning, tough-girl rock ‘n’ roll. The London-based sibling duo of Colette and Hannah Thurlow have been racking up accolades since their Scarlet EP was released in Europe last fall and Fat Possum signed them on for a record deal here in the US.

The lovely Thurlows will touch down in the US for their first stateside tour this March, complete with bicoastal stops and the obligatory venture into the land of wonders known as SXSW, where they’ll be playing showcases for NME, Brooklyn Vegan, and Stereogum. After their American tour, 2:54 head back to the UK, where they’ll tour with amazing doom folk high priestess Chelsea Wolfe and wistful English/Welsh up-and-comers Deaf Club. Although Scarlet has been out in Europe for a minute, US fans can pick up the EP through Fat Possum on March 5.

Scarlet tracklisting:

01. Scarlet
02. Wait / Awake
03. Got a Hold
04. Dawn

Tourdates:

03.12.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - Bar96 (Brooklyn Vegan Showcase)
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Roy’s Austin (Stereogum Showcase)
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - Latitude 30 (NME Showcase)
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - Fader Fort
03.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
03.22.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop

* Big Deal

• 2:54: http://www.twofiftyfour.net
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com

Death Grips, Matthew Herbert, Alva Noto, Hudson Mohawke, and more remix Björk’s Biophilia; an unnamed few also choose to privately don her colorful clothing

Call it perfectionism. Call it dedication. Call it the result of residing in a country where the total population is exceeded by that of Raleigh, North Carolina, and where the breathtaking, varied, and expansive landscape potentially gives rise to thoughts of “Hm, well what exactly should I do today?” Given Björk’s creative history, the inclination is to look toward something entirely subjective and innate as an explanation for her relentless work ethic and musical innovation. Her albums are “projects” in the true sense of the word; to her, they’re tremendous undertakings that cannot seemingly be over-mulled before, during, and after the fact. Particularly for Björk’s latest release, Biophilia (TMT Review), and even putting aside the unique approach that she took to composition, the album-as-project idea gets even more cogent: as Scott Snibbe, an interactive artist who was commissioned by Björk in the summer of 2011 to create the iPad apps associated with the album, described it to The Guardian, “Björk’s put herself way at the forefront here by saying, ‘We’ll release this album and these apps at the same time and they’re all part of the same story.’ The app is an expression of the music, the story and the idea.”

Possibly serving as a fashionable conclusion to the numerous live performances, apps, and special editions (the most “ultimate” of which contained 10 tuning forks, each adjusted to the tone of a Biophilia track) associated with the album, One Little Indian has announced, beginning April 2, an eight-part Biophilia remix series, with contributions from Hudson Mohawke, Alva Noto, Matthew Herbert, 16-bit, King Cannibal, Death Grips, El Guincho, and These New Puritans. In addition to being available on 12-inch vinyl, CD, and digital download, each entry in the series will also be incorporated into a limited-edition deluxe package, reportedly designed with “embossed foil lettering” and “special blue mineral paper.” That’s in contrast to ordinary blue mineral paper, which only barbarians use.

Taking a look at Biophilia as a whole, it’s tough to consider it simply an “album.” Whereas her vocals, to the unacquainted, might be the most initially striking aspect of any of her work, Björk has certainly, by virtue of her general creative attitude, altered notions of what to expect from a music release. That, and she was eccentric way before eccentricity became cool. Eat your heart out Lady Gaga.

• Björk: http://bjork.com
• One Little Indian: http://www.indian.co.uk

NGUZUNGUZU tour US, make you feel stupid for trying to pronounce their name; Salva joins, points and laughs

While their names sound like the Japanese term for a Roman shower and one of Miley Cyrus’ favorite recreational activities, respectively, NGUZUNGUZU and Salva are actually L.A.-based electronic artists whose output is generally bass-heavy and well-traveled in sound. The likeminded musicians are about to embark on a North American tour, hitting up clurrrrb destinations from coast to coast as well as some presumably less thumping locales like Portland and Austin, TX for SXSW, where they’ll be performing three times, including as part of the Friends of Friends showcase alongside the likes of Shlomo and Ernesto Gonzalez. Expect to get sweaty.

NGUZUNGUZU is pronounced “en-goo-zoo-en-goo-zoo” according to the duo of Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda who make up the difficultly named outfit. Make sure and say it three times, fast, at the show to impress your friends. Salva, originally from Chicago, by way of San Francisco, owns the Frite Nite label and enjoys Red Bull. Check them out when they pass through your town, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Tourdates:

03.09.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf *
03.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03.11.12 - Portland, OR - TBD *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Barcelona, Friends of Friends Day Party) ^
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.12 - New Orleans, LA - Buku Arts and Music Fest #
03.19.12 - Philadephia, PA - The M-Room (Mad Decent Mondays) *
03.21.12 - Boston, MA - Wonderbar *
03.22.12 - Montreal, QC - Blue Dog *
03.23.12 - New York, NY - 287 Kent *
03.24.12 - Miami, FL - Electric Pickle (Winter Music Conference) *

* Salva
^ Salva, Shlohmo, Ernest Gonzales, LOL Boys
# Salva, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Sepalcure, SBTRKT, Yelle + more

• NGUZUNGUZU: http://www.soundcloud.com/nguzunguzu
• Salva: http://www.facebook.com/SALVABEATS

RIP: Jimmy Ellis, frontman of the Trammps

From Rolling Stone:

Jimmy Ellis, frontman of the Trammps, has died at the age of 74. He passed away yesterday in Rock Hill, South Carolina from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Ellis was best known as the singer of the band’s 1976 song “Disco Inferno,” which became a smash hit in the United States in 1978 after it was included on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever. The Trammps also scored hits on the R&B charts with their cover of Judy Garland’s signature tune “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “Hold Back the Night” and “The Night the Lights Went Out,” which was inspired by the New York City blackout of 1977.

• The Trammps: http://www.thetrammps.net

Scott Walker to get poked, prodded, and dissected this May… also available as an ebook!

It’s hard to imagine it’s taken this long for someone to write well about someone like Scott Walker. There’s been a handful of critical biographies here and there — fellow musician Anthony Reynolds published The Impossible Dream a few years ago and Scott’s brother John published a tell-all (that Scott didn’t participate in) — but it’s strange to think a Scott Walker solo LP has yet to be the subject of a 33 1/3 series entry. It’s infinitely stranger that Walker’s splendid, troubled solo oeuvre has yet to be raked over the critical coals by the likes of Griel Marcus, Richard Meltzer, or Nick Tosches. Stephen Kijack’s 2008 film Scott Walker: 30th Century Man was a stimulating distraction (and not a shitty flick by any means) but Orion Books and The Wire have finally decided to give Walker his long overdue spot on the critical shelf.

May 17 brings us No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker (Amazon claims a US edition is due August 15), the first critical compendium of collected writings on Scott Walker, from young heartthrob to “serious” solo musician. The new book (also available as an ebook for those who’ve given up on “physical” books because they’re so last century) will include two older pieces from The Wire archives, an interview transcript from 2006, and a feature from 1995, and will be edited by The Wire regular Rob Young. The book will also feature essays from 30th Century Man director Kijak as well as Damon Krukowksi, Nina Power, David Stubbs, David Toop, Anthony Reynolds, Ian Penman, and Wire contributors Biba Kopf and Derek Walmsley. Walker is rumored to currently be working on a new LP for 4AD as well as an opera score, so stay tuned to this channel kiddies!

• Scott Walker: http://4ad.com/artists/scottwalker
The Wire: http://www.thewire.co.uk
• Orion Books: http://www.orionbooks.co.uk

Google smooshes a bunch of storefronts together to create Google Play, makes iPhone users yawn

Ever find yourself getting lost in the vast Android Marketplace trying to find that new Kreayshawn single, only to find a sea of seemingly useless applications? Been on a crowded bus trying to download the newest Fast and Furious movie to play out loud, fellow passengers be damned, with nary a video to be had in this so-called Marketplace? Well, as of this past Tuesday, you can go worry free, as Google has unveiled a new service which means no more accessing different storefronts to find what your heart truly desires (and must have RIGHT NOW)!

Google’s newest service, Google Play, rolls a number of existing services into a single platform. Play’s aim is to integrate the Android Marketplace, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore into one storefront à la iTunes to offer users simplified access to apps, songs, books, and downloadable movies. All content previously downloaded through any of the separate entities will be converted to the new service and made available through the new Google Play interface.

Content downloaded through Play will be stored in Google’s cloud and made available to customers on their Android devices or any web-enabled PC. Users can preview content prior to purchase and share their media consuming activities on their Google+ page! Seamless integration with email and text is also a feature, though there’s no connectivity to Facebook or Twitter yet (but I mean, who uses those?).

This announcement will obviously make hundreds of thousands of Apple nerds drop their iPhones and head for the Android hills. I can hear them in the distance heading this way now…

• Google Play: https://play.google.com/store

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