Flying Lotus to live score Heaven and Earth Magic for the second time; as if a giant animated fish making out with a dog isn’t weird enough without an accompaniment

Flying Lotus to live score Heaven and Earth Magic for the second time; as if a giant animated fish making out with a dog isn't weird enough without an accompaniment http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-02-flying-lotus.jpg

I’m hardly an authority when it comes to film, and I’m even less of an authority when it comes to animated film, excepting any discussion that revolves around the social and political commentary present in that mid-90s example of comedic versatility, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Certainly, this isn’t indicative of an inherent disinterest on my part — just that I can’t be bothered to immerse myself in a new art form when I’m already preoccupied by other, more intellectual forms of creative expression. Kitten videos! Can there ever be too many?

It takes a Pixar sponsorship, or an event like the one that occurred at the 48th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, to really spur my interest in animated film. It was at the latter where Flying Lotus first performed his live score of Harry Smith’s acclaimed 66-minute animated collage Heaven and Earth Magic, which was completed in 1962. On February 28, he’ll be reprising that performance at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles.

For those who are geographically fortunate enough to be able to experience this event, expect a complete diversion from the hip-hop-tinged sound characterizing his formal albums; while the usual instruments (laptop, drum machine, turntables, synthesizer) are all incorporated, the sound (from what I’ve gathered watching amateur video on YouTube) more accurately reflects the abstract nature of its film counterpart. In any case, unless Mr. Lotus decides to commit this performance to record, this will, in all likelihood, be one of the only chances you have of hearing this side of his musical self. Go on Steven, tell us how you feel.

• Flying Lotus: http://flying-lotus.com
• The Cinefamily: http://www.cinefamily.org

Public Image Ltd “drop” a new one after two decades of staying off PiLs

Are you stoked to hear there will be lots more John Lydon in your life soon? Well, you probably don’t have much else going on, so you might as well buy into it and give this day’s version of PiL a chance when they release their first album in 20 years this May or June. But, before you can get your grubby, fat fingers to press play in the cloud, you can get a preview of what’s to come with “One Drop”. Go ahead, take a listen. I’ll wait…

Yes, you heard him right. Lydon is a self-proclaimed “ageless” teenager. So, now you know what’s in store. “One Drop” will appear on a Record Store Day EP ahead of the new full-length, This Is PiL.

• Public Image Ltd.: http://www.pilofficial.com

WU LYF are going on a US tour in the spring just so they can shout and shout and shout into your face

To think, WU LYF were hardly more than a mysterious Tumblr presence about a year ago. Now, look at those boys! They’re like a real band that plays concerts and has a record out called Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and has pictures proving that its members are real human beings and not just collages of mountains and fire. It’s cute, is what it is. They also do a lot of unintelligible shouting, which is pretty cool but really not all that cute. A puppy would never shout at you.

But a puppy would never tour the United States in the spring of 2012 either. Hello, that was a transition. WU LYF are coming to the United States next spring, so that they can shout at you and you can shout back. “NOH MATTAHH WHUUT TAHEAY SAEH, DOLLAH IZ NAWT YORE FRAYEND,” they shout. “NOH MATTAHH WHUUT TAHEAY SAEH, DOLLAH IZ NAWT YORE FRAYEND,” you shout back. It’s a beautiful sight of terror, but also, yeah, a little adorable.

WU LYF dates:

04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.23.12 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel
04.24.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.26.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.27.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.28.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

• WU LYF: http://www.wulyf.org

Guitar Wolf are going on tour, please turn your speakers up to maximum volume before reading this story

GUITAR WOLF ARE GOING ON TOUR AND THEY’RE COMING TO YOUR TOOOOOOWN. There’s no time for subtlety, this is Guitar Wolf we’re talking about! Our vegan Brooklyn friends at Brooklyn Vegan have the scoop and the scoop pertains to Guitar Wolf’s upcoming US tour. The Japanese Ramones-worshipping punk institution will play 10 shows across the United States through April. And a tiny bit of March. One date in March. That is a tiny bit.

Hanging out with Guitar Wolf on some of these dates will be New Zealand act The Transistors. Will they be able to conjure up the same level of punk guitar squall? Well, you should go check out some of the band’s free releases on their Bandcamp page. That ought to settle it for you, you dummy.

Guitar Wolf dates:

03.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
04.04.12 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *
04.05.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
04.06.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
04.07.12 - Des Moines, IA - Gas Lamp
04.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 7th Street Entry
04.14.12 - Seattle, WA - Corazon
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the HIll
04.21.12 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch *
04.24.12 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit

* The Transistors

• Guitar Wolf: http://www.guitarwolf.net/english
• Transistors: http://transistors.bandcamp.com

Rosie Thomas releases With Love, tours, joins TMT community by admitting deep appreciation for Bette Midler

Looking for something to sweeten up your Tuesday? Look no further than With Love, the new full-length from Rosie Thomas, out as of V-Day on Sing-A-Long Records. Produced by Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan and featuring guest vocals from Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam, it’s a veritable frosted cupcake of indie deliciousness!

Prior to recording With Love, Thomas struggled for two years with a thyroid disorder that created the unfortunate side effect of severe anxiety. That sounds… not happy? The album, however, reflects her experience of emerging out of that period in her life, as well as the changes that took place over the course of its creation, including a move from Seattle to New York and a wedding.

When asked about the making of the album recently, Thomas noted that Bazan asked her early on in the process to, “list every singer and song that she loved, including the guilty pleasures.” Obviously she instantly thought of Metallica frontman James Hetfield, popular screamo group Hawthorne Heights, and Diamanda Galas (I kid). No, Thomas called out some obvious influences, like Linda Rondstadt and Joni Mitchell, but also noted some surprising favorites, like the recently late Whitney Houston’s “Dance with Somebody” and the entire Bette Midler ouvre. With these icons at the forefront of their minds, Bazan encouraged Thomas to record songs with additional vocal heft, bringing her voice to the forefront of the album’s mix.

With Love tracklisting:

01. Where Was I
02. Over the Moon
03. In Time
04. Like Wildflowers
05. Two Worlds Collide
06. 2 Birds
07. Is This Love
08. Back to Being Friends
09. A Really Long Year
10. Sometimes Love

To support the release, Thomas will head out on tour next month, sticking to the East Coast and Midwest. Said love is strictly reserved for residents of the following cities.

Tourdates:

03.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
03.16.12 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java
03.17.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
03.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Red Light Cafe
03.20.12 - Nashville, TN - 12th and Porter
03.21.12 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
03.23.12 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
03.24.12 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin
03.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
03.26.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
03.27.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
03.28.12 - Akron, OH - Musica
03.30.12 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music
03.31.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub
04.25.12 - Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
04.27.12 - San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
04.29.12 - Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe
04.30.12 - San Diego, CA UCSD - The Loft
05.01.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.04.12 - Dallas, TX - La Grange
05.05.12 - Austin, TX - Lambert’s
05.06.12 - Tulsa, OK - Fassler Hall
05.08.12 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove Underground
05.09.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
05.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre

• Rosie Thomas: http://www.rosiethomas.com

Kraftwerk announce belated Hannukah celebrations — an eight-night retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

I can’t say for certain, considering I haven’t yet been fortunate enough to visit the country personally, but I have the sneaking suspicion that Kraftwerk are as representative of German culture, and are as much a part of the German consciousness, as Elvis Presley or Clint Eastwood is here in the United States – probably even more so, when you consider the relative size of the two countries, and the fact that barely anybody outside of Las Vegas still gives a shit about Elvis. Clint Eastwood is still knee-deep in the movie industry, but his ongoing presence inspires reactions more in the vein of, “Oh, he’s still alive?” than “Oh my God, it’s Clint Eastwood, icon of American cinema and culture! I’m so glad he’s still making movies.” Since the release of Autobahn in 1974, Kraftwerk have indeed maintained a hearty international fanbase, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that their most passionate followers reside within the borders of Deutschland itself.

Just because people in the United States generally happen to have an anomalistic aversion to the genre doesn’t mean that the more enlightened among us can’t show our appreciation for inarguably the most noteworthy pioneers of electronic music. From April 10-17, in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Kraftwerk will perform each of their eight albums (one album per evening), in a “time-based” event called “Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” designed to showcase not only their musical innovations, but also their artistically unique and visually arresting live shows. According to a press release, the sets “will combine sound and 3D images to present more than 40 years of musical and technological innovation, with new improvisations and 3D projections.”

Summing up the basis for the performance(s), Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large and not an alternate for Fritz Hilpert, states, “In Kraftwerk’s practice, all of the components—melodic music and ambient sound, elaborate stage sets, live performance and performance by robots, their trademark videos and logo-like still imagery, all conceived and realized by the artists themselves—coalesce as one work of art.” If any band deserves an event like this…

Tickets are $25 and go on sale next Wednesday at 12 PM. Check out the official event page here.

• Kraftwerk: http://www.kraftwerk.com
• MoMA: http://www.moma.org

  

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