The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd to Teach Oklahoma College Class Tomorrow, Answer All of Students’ Burning Questions About the Enigmatic “Double Guitar”

The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd to Teach Oklahoma College Class Tomorrow, Answer All of Students' Burning Questions About the Enigmatic "Double Guitar"

Tomorrow, February 10th, The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will present a master class with Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist and adjunct professor of Badass, Steven Drozd. Open only to enrolled students (awww), the class will consist of an interview and a Q&A session with the indie drum legend and seemingly eight-armed keyboard and guitar mastermind, who will discuss such invaluable topics as musicianship and what life is like for a professional musician (hint: there’s probably a lot of driving involved). “I wish this [school] would have been around when I was a 17- or 18-year-old kid,” Drozd told NPR recently. Although, if it were around, Drozd might have set himself on a different musical path and the spacetime continuum deal would be ALL screwed up, and who KNOWS who’d be president… so, personally, I’m sort of fifth-dimensionally glad that it wasn’t.

But either way, as NPR further reports, it’s actually not all that odd that Drozd is showing up to school with these kids, as he and Lips manager Scott Booker helped start the Academy in the first place just last fall, with the mission of teaching students about both music and the music industry. And actually, he’s not even the first music star to guest-lecture there. Last semester, students got a Master Class from the Who’s Roger Daltrey (mostly about middle-aged male hair care) , as well as a concert from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, backed by a some lucky Academy students.

The school, which grants a two-year associate’s degree in music performance and production, is the US branch of Britain’s groundbreaking Academy of Contemporary Music, based in Guildford, England. I guess that’s why crazy old Roger Daltrey showed up and lip-synced a lecture or two?

• The Academy of Contemporary Music (Oklahoma):

Golden Triangle Full-Length Debut Coming via Hardly Art, Tour Proceeds Support Opium Production

The kids just can’t seem to swallow enough of that throwback punk-driven garage rock these days. Perhaps it’s the spit-in-your-face attitude, the lack of compositional complexities, or the fact that people just want some straight-up bullet in the head rock music. Whatever it is, it’s a fine thing for psych-twinged Brooklyn spooksters Golden Triangle, because they got themselves a debut full-length jumpin’ out March 2 via Seattle institution Hardly Art. The album is titled Double Jointer, and if you’d like to give your ears a little sneak peek, head over to the Chocolate Grinder. As for me, I’m snatching this thing up strictly for the album artwork.

Anywho, here’s the tracklist:

01. Cinco de Mayo
02. Blood and Arrow
03. Neon Noose
04. I Want to Know
05. Jellyroll
06. Death to Fame
07. Rollercoaster
08. Eyes to See
09. The Melting Wall
10. Jinx
11. Arson Wells

In true form, they’ll be cruising around the states in support of said upcoming release, including several shows at SXSW.

03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel ^
03.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
03.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
03.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal %
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Mango !
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (Panache Showcase)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.10 - Austin, TX - Beerland (Panache Party)
03.22.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
03.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
03.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
03.25.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class $
03.26.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $

^ w/ The Sandwitches
* w/ The Pharmacy
% w/ Tyvek, White Rainbow, Awesome Color
! w/ Thee Oh Sees
# w/ So Cow
$ w/ Screens

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A Very Special 4/20: My Morning Jacket tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

My Morning Jacket, along with some all-star contributors, recently pitched into the upcoming Preservation Hall benefit album, due February 16 on RED. Out of that experience, something beautiful was born. (Apart from the tracks contributed by Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and many others, of course.) That something was the unbelievably dynamic pairing that is: THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND/MY MORNING JACKET JOINT TOUR 2010 OMG WOW 4EVA.

This tour starts on 4/20:

04.20.10 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
04.21.10 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
04.23.10 -Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
04.24.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
04.27.10 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
04.28.10 - Charleston, SC - Family Circle
04.30.10 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth
05.01.10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
05.02.10 - Columbus, OH - LC Outdoor Pavilion

• My Morning Jacket:
• Preservation - A Benefit Album:

King Khan & The Shrines Announce Comeback Tour After Seemingly Endless Year-Long Absence

A year is a long time. Don’t believe me? Well, a year is 365 days. A year is 8,760 hours. A year is 525,600 minutes. And last, but certainly not least, a year is 31,536,000 seconds. That’s a really big number! A really big number of seconds!

Now, of course, you must agree that a year is a long time. With a number that big, how could it not be? Since we have established that a year is a long time, we must also agree that King Khan’s upcoming comeback tour is accurately titled, since it has been about a year since he last went on tour. Might as well go see him on his one-month spring stretch of dates, since you’ll never know how long it will be until he tours again. It could literally be months.

King Khan and The Shrines ‘10 comeback special:

03.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.30.10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.31.10 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia
04.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
04.03.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.05.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.06.10 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann
04.08.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.09.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.11.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.12.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
04.13.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
04.15.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella

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Radiohead Drummer Phil Selway Announces Solo Tour, Lisa Germano Opens

Phil Selway, drummer of Radiohead is embarking on a solo European tour this March. NME announced in September 2009 that Selway is also working on a solo album; this was corroborated by Lisa Germano of 7 Worlds Collide (a band in which Selway sometimes contributes) in a recent interview. The supposed project name? Boybrain.

Who knows if the solo project will see the light of day or what it’s name will be. The tour on the other hand is a sure thing; Germano will be opening and performing with Phil at all listed dates and here they are:

03.27.10 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
03.28.10 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
03.29.10 - Ferrara, Italy - Sala Estense
03.30.10 - Bologna, Italy - Covo Club
03.31.10 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.01.10 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
04.03.10 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) de Apolo
04.04.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Auditorium
04.05.10 - Puerta de Santa Maria, Spain - Mucho Teatro
04.06.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
04.07.10 - Porto, Portugal - Casa da Musica
04.08.10 - Vigo, Spain - Museum of Contemporary Art

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Internet Radio Gets Trendy, Now Has 60 Million US Listeners

For all you Pandora Radio faithful out there, you should probably know that you’re being watched. Well, more like counted. Digital Music News is reporting that over 60 million people in the US listen to internet radio every week, indicating that the web-based broadcasts are not a mere flash in the pan, but a bona fide consumer trend.

Many of those 60 million are streaming old school radio broadcasts that are also available as online streams (futuristically dubbed “simulcasts”), but a growing number are using internet-only sites like Pandora that read your mind to magically create near-perfect personalized playlists. And if the trends shown in this Bridge Ratings report prove accurate, then the use of exclusively online radio services may eventually surpass the use of simulcasts. That’s a trend within a trend, people!


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