Godspeed You! Black Emperor reveal North American dates, but really want to just watch According to Jim

Godspeed You! Black Emperor reveal North American dates, but really want to just watch According to Jim http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-09-gybe.png

You know what’s better than According to Jim? Godspeed You! Black Emperor, of course! While Efrim may not be as funny as Jim and Sophie not as wacky as Cheryl, GY!BE do something that According to Jim could never do good: write quality material! Haha!

Hilarious jokes aside, the group, which ended its hiatus earlier this year with announcements of an ATP curating gig and some UK shows, has just revealed a slew of North American dates for 2011. They ain’t coming to my neck of the woods, but as Cheryl said in an episode of According to Jim, “I’m really excited about [the GY!BE tour].”

Now back to my A!TJ marathon.

12.03.10 - Minehead, England (ATP Nightmare Before Christmas)
12.07.10 - Manchester, England - Academy
12.08.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
12.12.10 - Bristol, England - Ansom Rooms
12.13.10 - London, England - Troxy
01.14.11 - Paris, France - Parc de la Villette
01.15.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale De Bruxelles
02.16.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre
02.17.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
02.18.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
02.20.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at the Henry Fonda
03.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Masonic Temple
03.17.11 - New York, NY - Church of St. Paul the Apostle
03.19.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
03.20.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30
03.22.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
03.24.11 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
03.26.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03.27.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03.29.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

• GYBE: http://www.1119732.net
• According to Jim: http://bit.ly/HD9C7

TMT news story #0078-PSY-523-F: in which we learn via Twitter that The Flaming Lips have recorded a song for forthcoming Guided by Voices comp

Boy, oh boy, what a scoop, folks! Fresh over the wires. Hot out of the oven. Dateline: the internet. Here we go: according to a shard of a Twitter post from Flaming Lips frontweirdo Wayne Coyne, he and his fellow Lips have apparently recorded a cover of the Guided By Voices track “Smothered in Hugs” (from their 1994 classic Bee Thousand).

Just to save you the time, the post reads like this: “Spent the morning recording some singing for Guided By Voices tribute record..Smothered and Hugs…” But lest we all think that “Smothered and Hugs…” is just some kind of cute sign-off, Coyne also posted a Wayne Campbell-style EXTREME CLOSE-UP (Waaaaaaaaaah!) video snippet of himself singing part of the tune into a microphone. I’ll say this: the man’s incisors and cuspids are fucking impressive.

Anyway, there’s not a lot of additional info on this comp at the moment, and no tracklist to share yet, but our bros at Pitchfork have reported that the album is currently about 80% done and will also feature a contribution from Western Civ and a collaboration from Buffalo Killers and the Breeders’ Kelley Deal. No More Fake Labels plans on releasing the thing in early 2011.

So, to recap, then: Twitter post, Guided By Voices comp, Wayne Coyne’s teeth, more info coming later. Some story, huh? Have a great day, everyone! <3 <3 <3

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• No More Fake Labels: http://www.nomorefakelabels.com
Bee Thousand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_Thousand

[Photo: Nic R]

Hüsker Dü and Cheetah Chrome biographies coming this fall

If you long for the redundant reading assignments and neverending headaches of a scholastic environment, then you’re in luck! Voyageur Press has announced the release of two biographies centered around two beloved bands: available in October will be a Hüsker Dü’s biography, Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock, and this month Cheetah Chrome’s biography, Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy’s Tale From the Front Line of Punk Rock.

Get your read on and even write up a book report if your heart so desires. Extra credit if you can write a literary analysis paper connecting the two books.

• Voyageur Press: http://www.voyageurpress.com
• Hüsker Dü: http://www.thirdav.com/hddb.shtml
• Cheetah Chrome: http://www.cheetahchrome.net

M83’s Morgan Kibby unveils White Sea, asks M83 not to pee in it

When you’re a French Electric-Pop Club member like M83’s Anthony Gonzalez is, there are a few rules you need to obey to the letter, lest you get your French Electro-Pop ass kicked out of the French Electro-Pop Club. (It’s pretty darn desirous, by the way, to remain a part of this club for as long as possible, because it’s the only one in which the club motto reads: “the cheesier the better.”) Chief among these governing rules is the one stating that you need to “get some girl to sing some spacey shit over spacey stuff.” For M83, that girl was Morgan Kibby, co-writer and cool crooner on such annoyingly 80s Saturdays = Youth (TMT Review) jams as “Kim & Jessie.”

But now, Gonzalez’s ticket to brunchtime White Russians in a Hotel Lobby with the dudes from Air is in some serious jeopardy, as Kibby has recently announced that she’s stepping out from behind the synths and vocal reverbs to unveil her own project, dubbed White Sea, complete with a primer EP, This Frontier.

“While on tour with M83, I was exposed to so many new things,” Kibby said, sipping a White Russian. “When I returned home, I sat down and taught myself Pro Tools, and how to produce. I’ve really spent the last year figuring out what music I’m excited about making.” She singlehandedly conceived, recorded, and produced the majority of the EP, which her press agent assures me is chock-full of “disco bass lines, ’60s spaghetti westerns, and the envelope-pushing work of Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks.” But then again, that missive also goes on to say that the thing “defies categorization,” so hey. Anything goes?

This Frontier is being released oh-so confidently/independently/digitally on October 5. In the meantime, you check out a remix Kibby recently did of School of Seven Bells’ “Dust Devil” over at her MySpace page. Stay tuned for tourdates and a complete tracklist. And if you’re M83, stay tuned for the wrath of Air.

• White Sea: http://www.myspace.com/whiteseamusic
• M83: http://www.ilovem83.com

Four-disc anthology of rare Jimi Hendrix tracks set for release, policeman’s wife beheaded in Iraq attacks

Innocence… Lost… Imam… Policeman’s wife beheaded in Iraq attacks… We can see now, with the calm vision of those who have no part in their superstition, that their hope was never built on the understanding and wisdom of creation, but upon weak, human desires and narrow personal expectation. It can easily be seen that, under the great Law Eternal, it was not possible that there could be a return, a king of any sort, or that there could follow the perfecting of the race in any such a narrow, limited, personal way. When Truth has become revealed to the minds of men, they at once see that laws remain, and that the human race is bound to fit itself to them. And looking back over the centuries, and on into the future, we find that Jimi Hendrix was trying to teach us when he said, “I come not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.”

Appropriately, The Law of Reissues commands Hendrix (and his estate) to release West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a deluxe box set composed of four CDs and a 90-minute documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, all due on November 16 through Legacy Recordings. The set has a bunch (45, to be exact) of otherwise-throwaways-but-because-he-is-dead-they-might-appeal-to-completists tracks from his Experience days. It also has a Dylan cover (“Tears of Rage”), live Band of Gypsys material, and music from singles with The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, and Don Covay & The Goodtimers.

And because the Christmas bells will be ringing soon after, Legacy will also reissue, on the same day, Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions, Jimi Hendrix: Blues (a Mango Starr favorite!), Live at Woodstock, and a stunningly titled Christmas EP, Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology tracklisting:

Disc One (covers):

01. The Isley Brothers - Testify
02. Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Mercy, Mercy
03. Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Cant Stay Away
04. Rosa Lee Brooks - My Diary
05. Rosa Lee Brooks - Utee
06. Little Richard - I Dont Know What You Got But Its Got Me
07. Little Richard - Dancing All Around The World
08. Frank Howard & The Commanders - Im So Glad
09. The Isley Brothers - Move Over And Let Me Dance
10. The Isley Brothers - Have You Ever Been Disappointed
11. Ray Sharpe - Help Me (Get The Feeling) (Part I)
12. The Icemen - (My Girl) Shes A Fox
13. Jimmy Norman - That Little Old Groovemaker
14. Billy Lamont - Sweet Thang
15. King Curtis - Instant Groove

Disc Two:

01. Fire
02. Are You Experienced
03. May This Be Love
04. Can You See Me
05. Love or Confusion
06. Little One
07. Mr. Bad Luck
08. Cat Talking to Me
09. Castles Made of Sand
10. Tears of Rage
11. Hear My Train a Comin
12. 1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn to Be)
13. Long Hot Summer Night
14. My Friend
15. Angel
16. Calling All the Devils Children
17. New Rising Sun

Disc Three:

01. Hear My Freedom
02. Room Full of Mirrors
03. Shame, Shame, Shame
04. Messenger
05. Hound Dog Blues
06. Untitled Basic Track
07. Star Spangled Banner
08. Purple Haze
09. Young/Hendrix
10. Mastermind
11. Message to Love
12. Fire
13. Foxey Lady

Disc Four:

01. Stone Free
02. Burning Desire
03. Lonely Avenue
04. Everlasting First
05. Freedom
06. Peter Gunn/Catastrophe
07. In from the Storm
08. All Gods Children
09. Red House
10. Play That Riff [Thank You]
11. Bolero
12. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
13. Suddenly November Morning

• Jimi Hendrix: http://www.jimihendrix.com
• Legacy: http://www.legacyrecordings.com

Portugal. The Man announce tour! Unfortunately, a deal with the devil is forcing them to open for Primus

Portugal. The Man, who are currently on a massive European tour, recently signed a contract in blood that will provide the band fame and recognition far exceeding what they’ve already amassed but in greater quantities than vocalist and guitarist John Gourley could ever imagine.

“We just felt it was time to reach the big top,” Gourley (I think it was him) informed me in a phone interview. “So we got on the phone with our publicist and she said we could work out a great bargain with Lucifer as long as we were willing to make a deal. We discussed it as a band and we collectively decided that we would all be willing to put up with whatever the devil threw at us, as long as we eventually became the biggest band in the US.”

Unfortunately, what Beelzebub threw at the band just happened to be a round of gigs opening for Primus. At first, Portugal. The Man felt honored to play with the long-lasting, fan-favorite “alternative” band that first saw fame in the 90s, but once Gourley and crew took time to reexamine Primus’ catalog of music, they rediscovered that Primus is a piece of shit.

“They suck, they suck hard, and it’s gonna suck to be forced to play 11 shows with them, but what else can you do when you make a deal with the devil?” asked bassist Zachary Carothers, before taking Rhinoplasty out of his CD player and punching it repeatedly.

The gigs opening for Primus start on September 20 and will be a part of the “Oddity Faire 2010,” wherein Primus will assemble bands and oddities that forcefully convince festival-goers that the once-“weird” band is still “weird.” Once the Faire reaches its conclusion, Portugal. The Man will stay on the road for a headlining tour of North America.

In other news, Portugal. The Man are currently at work on their upcoming, untitled debut release for Approaching AIRballoons/Atlantic Records. The LP is scheduled for release in early 2011.

Portugal. The Man tourdates:

09.20.10 - Eagle, ID - Eagle Park Pavilion
09.21.10 - Central Point, OR - Lithia Motors Amphitheater
09.22.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
09.24.10 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater @ Qwest Field Events Center
09.25.10 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
09.27.10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
09.28.10 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom @ University of Calgary
10.30.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
10.01.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
10.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
10.03.10 - Detroit, M - Fillmore Detroit
10.05.10 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club
10.06.10 - Columbia, MO - Forrest Rose Park @ Mojo’s
10.07.10 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge
10.08.10 - Fort Worth, TX - Aardvark
10.10.10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival @ Zilker Park
10.11.10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.12.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.14.10 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Soundstage
10.15.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.16.10 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10.17.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.20.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10.21.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.22.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
10.23.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
10.28.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
10.29.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater

• Portugal. The Man: http://portugaltheman.com
• Approaching AIRballoons: http://myspace.com/theapproachingairballoons