Flowers of Hell enlist musicians from Broken Social Scene, Spiritualized, Guided by Voices, and more to join their NASA-approved space rock jam session

Flowers of Hell enlist musicians from Broken Social Scene, Spiritualized, Guided by Voices, and more to join their NASA-approved space rock jam session

Flowers of Hell are not a cult. (I’m looking at you, Polyphonic Spree. Step away from the ceremonial robes.) They are just one really large shoegazey band. One really large shoegazey band endorsed by ASTRONAUTS!!!

The 16-piece orchestral rock group was founded by Canadian Greg Jarvis in 2002 and currently boasts contributors from British Sea Power, Bat for Lashes, Broken Social Scene, Guided by Voices, Spiritualized, Spacemen 3, and Patti Smith’s band. Plus more! The group is releasing their sophomore album, Come Hell or High Water, June 15 on Unfamiliar Records. This latest effort features the work of 30 musicians in 40 sessions performed in London, Prague, Toronto, Detroit and Abilene.

The band is fully endorsed by My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, who personally invited them to tour recently, and by NASA, the space scientist people, who set footage of Discovery’s 2009 mission to music by Flowers of Hell.

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Thrill Jockey Invites You To Join Super Secret Singles Club

So, you think you’ve got all your clubs covered: You’ve joined a book club, you’ve got a weekly bridge game with the girlfriends, and you just renewed your Audubon society membership. Well, reader, you missed one — and no I’m not talking about the model rocket club you got banned from for aiming at old man Thompson’s house; it’s the second annual Thrill Jockey 12” Singles Club! Yes, for only $79, you can get a whopping seven pieces of hot wax. They include releases by Javelin, Double Dagger, Future Islands, and Jack Rose, so it’s not just some random vinyl grab bag. To make it sweeter still, some of those records are sold out save the few copies (a mere 500) that have been set aside for the singles club. Just imagine the envious chatter at next week’s bridge meeting when everyone hears you snagged the brand new Jason Ulrick track.

Here’s the full, unadulterated list of the club wares (first two ship immediately):

• Javelin - “2”
• Double Dagger - “Masks”
• Jason Urick - “Fussing & Fighting”
• Future Islands - “In The Fall”
• Jack Rose with D. Charles Speer & The Helix - “Ragged and Right”
• High Places – TBA
• Oval - “Oh”

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Hi, how are you, Europe? Daniel Johnston tours with BEAM Orchestra

For years, Daniel Johnston has been recognized as a successful artist in spite of his circumstances: in spite of his bipolar disorder, in spite of never getting Laurie, in spite of being an “outsider artist.” This may no longer be the best appraisal of him, if not downright unfair.

For Daniel Johnston seems to be doing pretty good these days. In fact, this spring, Johnston is going on tour across Europe, accompanied by BEAM, an 11-piece Dutch orchestra. His last album, Is and Always Was (TMT Review), surprised fans with a full sound of a backing band (instruments almost entirely provided by producer Jason Falkner, with occasional percussion from Joey Waronker). For once, the album resounded with an effort to appear whole, (almost) conventionally full in a way that Johnston never quite achieved in his recordings with Jad Fair or Mark Linkous (RIP), to begin the list. So it’s only natural now that he should try performing with a dozen instrumentalists, right?

After his tour with the BEAM Orchestra, Johnston will go on to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, UK, before heading to Italy for a few dates.

04.01.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso *
04.02.10 - London, UK - Troxy *^
04.03.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street *
04.05.10 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus *
04.06.10 - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany - Mousonturm *
04.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall *
04.10.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega *
04.11.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall *
04.13.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique *
04.15.10 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan *
04.16.10 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son *
04.17.10 - Bourges, France - Printemps de Bourges *
04.18.10 - Lille, France - Les Paradis Artificiels *
05.07.10-05.09.10 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival
05.10.10 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Ciak
05.11.10 - Ferrara, Italy - Ferrara Sala Estense
05.12.10 - Rome, Italy - Auditorium

* BEAM Orchestra
^ Jeffrey Lewis

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[Photo: Tim Broddin]

Dan Deacon to release remix EP without asking us if that’s okay

Last spring, international tastemakers Tiny Mix Tapes introduced the world to a complete unknown named Dan Deacon with the release its chart-topping benefit compilation (which is still for sale): Tiny Mix Tapes Vol. 1: Darfur. As usual, this single act of intelligentistic visionaryism not only served to reinforce what good-writing “criticonsumers” TMT is consisting of, but it also gave Dan Deacon the platform he needed to launch his career in earnest (shortlived though it may turn out to be in this jerkwater business).

On the heels of his TMT-buzz, Deacon released the splendid Bromst (TMT Review), a high-minded concept album concerning his eternal debt to TMT and the various lengths to which he was prepared to go to repay it. Unsurprisingly, the album was a smash. But now, Deacon has strayed from his path of indentured servitude to this site and announced the forthcoming release of a new, non-TMT-related EP that will include remixes from several Bromst tracks.

On April 19, the British label Amazing Sounds is set to release the extremely limited Woof Woof EP. A scant 500 vinyl copies of this TMT Fame cash-in will be pressed, which will include the likes of Hudson Mohawke’s squiggly remix of the title track, as well as remixes from Allez-Allez and Luke Abbot. But while Deacon, against all advice from his managers, lawyers, tourmates, friends, family, and fanclub, has obviously made the critical mistake of releasing this new EP on a record label other than Tiny Mix Tapes, we here at TMT plan on taking the high road and supporting our prodigal son anyway. You go get ‘em, Dan (if that is your real name…)

Woof Woof EP:

01. Woof Woof (Original Mix)
02. Woof Woof (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
03. Build Voice (Allez-Allez Remix)
04. Surprise Stefani (Luke Abbott Remix)

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[Photo: Bratha]

OK Go leaves EMI in a YouTube announcement, completes transition to band 2.0

Over the last few years, OK Go have found more success as a YouTube sensation than as an actual band. And all the while, longtime label EMI has provided little help in forging the band’s brave new multimedia world. As singer Damian Kulash recently wrote in a New York Times op-ed, EMI attempted to increase its streaming royalties from YouTube by preventing users from embedding the label’s videos on other websites. Kulash claims the policy has hamstrung the viralability of the band’s latest opus “This Too Shall Pass” and subsequently hindered CD and digital sales.

As a result, OK Go have parted ways with EMI and will release all future material, including a re-release of their new album Of the Color of Blue Sky, on their own Paracadute Recordings label. True to form, Kulash announced the split via YouTube and thanked EMI for their years of service to the band. But one would imagine EMI needs more than gracious goodbyes to console themselves after the recent rash of bad news the label has faced.

Meanwhile, between starting a new label and constructing a gargantuan Rube Goldberg machine, OK Go also found the time to schedule a two-month tour starting in April. Feel free to check it out if, you know, watching bands outside of the internet is your thing.

04.13.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
04.14.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.16.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
04.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
04.18.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
04.20.10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
04.21.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Earth House
04.22.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.23.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club
04.25.10 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
04.27.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.28.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
04.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.02.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - Bamboozle
05.05.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.07.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
05.09.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
05.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
05.12.10 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theater
05.13.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
05.14.10 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
05.15.10 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
05.16.10 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
05.18.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05.19.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
05.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda
05.22.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
05.28.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
05.29.10 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.11.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

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RIP: Micky Jones of Welsh band Man

From the BBC:

Guitarist and singer Micky Jones, one of the founders of Welsh prog rock band, Man, has died aged 63.

With Merthyr Tydfil-born Jones, the band had four Top 40 UK albums from the late 1960s and toured across Europe and America, where admirers included Frank Zappa.

Friend and former colleague Phil Little said Jones had a “command of melody” and was “the most humble guy”.

Jones, who had been fighting a brain tumour, died at a care home in Swansea.
Mr Little, who played with Jones in the 1980s with the London-based The Flying Pigs, said Frank Zappa once described Jones as “one of the 10 best guitarists in the world”.

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