Herbcraft announces The Astral Body Electric and releases a track, and they’d like to help you redecorate your house

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I know you’ve got some spare herbs lying around somewhere. How about artfully arranging a few sprigs of lavender in a mason jar to use as a nice centerpiece for your kitchen table? Or maybe you could hang it from the ceiling as an organic chandelier? Or, if you want to keep it simple, maybe just glue some mint leaves and basil leaves to a wooden picture frame?

Matt Lajoie and the other members of Herbcraft recently spent some time hanging out in an 18th-century New England barn, and when they weren’t gluing or painting or découpaging, they recorded a few songs. The Astral Body Electric will be Herbcraft’s third LP, and it’s no longer just Matt Lajoie playing freaky psychedelic tunes on his guitar. Dawn Aquarius plays organ, Nicholas Barker’s on drums and synth, Corinna Taylor plays flute and bass, and Doug Tuttle (of Mmoss) recorded their tunes directly to tape. He contributed to the group vocals too, as did Aaron Neveu (of Woods). Matt Valentine (of MV&EE) mastered the album, and everyone helped stitch stalks of rosemary to make lampshades and scrapbook covers.

The Astral Body Electric will be out March 5 on Woodsist, and you can check out “No Land” below to hear a few minutes of Herbcraft’s semi-improvised kaleidoscopic world. Stay tuned for craft tips from the band.

The Astral Body Electric tracklist:

01. Mother’s Gate (Shambhala)
02. A Knock at the Door in Your Mind
03. Impermanence
04. No Land
05. The Body Electric
06. Full Circle (Eternally)

• Herbcraft: http://herbcraft.bandcamp.com
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Aesop Rock postpones January dates, announces February dates to make-up for previously postponed dates, the cycle continues on

Aesop Rock is a man with poor luck, at least as of late. First, his excellent 2012 record Skelethon (TMT Review) on Rhymesayers didn’t get quite the attention it deserves. Go listen to Skelethon. Second, his East Coast dates last fall were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Hardly the worst thing to come from that storm, but a bad thing nonetheless. Now, his West Coast dates this month have to be postponed as well, due to the rapper suffering a broken rib in a recent accident. The shows, which featured Aesop Rock performing with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz and a supporting slot from Busdriver, will be rescheduled for later in the year. All ticketholders should contact their respective venue for information on a refund.

“As one tour is postponed, another’s rescheduled dates loom on the horizon” — Plato or some other old guy. Remember how, roughly five sentences ago, I mentioned those postponed dates from last fall? Well, those dates have been rescheduled. Aesop Rock, assumedly with a recovered rib, will be going on tour through the Northeast and Midwest this February. Those tickets are on sale now. If you are distraught about the West Coast cancellations and have to see Aesop Rock in the next two months, you could always buy a ticket for one of those shows and then relocate to the East Coast. NOTE: please do not drastically alter your life on my suggestion, I take no responsibility for your terrible decisions.

Aesop Rock dates:

01.19.13 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
01.21.13 - Ashland, OR - Ashland Armory
01.24.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
01.25.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
01.26.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue
01.28.13 - Missoula, MT - The Palace Lounge
01.30.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
02.06.13 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
02.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
02.09.13 - New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
02.11.13 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
02.12.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.13.13 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
02.15.13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
02.16.13 - North Hampton, MA - Pearl Street
02.18.13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
02.19.13 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
02.20.13 - Newport, KY - Thompson House

• Aesop Rock: http://www.aesoprock.com
• Rhymesayers: http://rhymesayers.com

WHY? announce winter tour, having been emboldened by Cincinnati pride

NEWSFLASH: art-rap/indie-rock/confessional mainstays WHY? now live in Cincinnati. In actuality, this isn’t news; a quick search reveals that it’s been public knowledge since at least last fall. It is, however, news to me. WHY? are now based out of Yoni Wolf’s hometown of Cincinnati, not Berkeley or Oakland or wherever else in California that you or I or anyone might have thought they were based.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? Well, WHY? are going on tour this Winter and it begins… IN CINCINNATI. After leaving Cincinnati (where they live), the band will wind around much of the United States through February and March, eventually ending at Austin for SXSW. Accompanying them on this trip will be some like-minded friends, particularly Astronautalis, Baths, Dream Tiger, and Sarah Winters. Not sure if any of those acts live in Cincinnati, but I’ll keep you posted.

WHY? dates:

02.08.13 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom #$
02.09.13 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop #$
02.10.13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall #$
02.11.13 - Hamden, CT - The Space #$
02.12.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #$
02.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg #$
02.14.13 - Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #$
02.15.13 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre #$
02.16.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #$
02.18.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups #$
02.19.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop #$
02.20.13 - Galesburg, IL Knox College #$
02.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #$
02.22.13 - Madison, WI - SETT @ UW Madison $
02.23.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fine Line %
02.24.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium %
02.26.13 - Billings, MT - Manny’s $
02.27.13 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater $
02.28.13 - Spokane, WA - A Club $
03.01.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball$
03.02.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore$
03.03.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
03.04.13 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall $
03.05.13 - Oakland, CA - New Parrish Of Oakland $
03.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $
03.07.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse $
03.08.13 - San Diego, CA - Irenic $
03.11.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls &
03.12.13 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit &
03.13-15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW

$ Dream Tiger
% Sarah Winters
# Astronautalis
& Baths

• WHY?: http://whywithaquestionmark.com
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com

Vote for Lil B to perform at the 2013 Grammys, or enjoy your decision to not watch the 2013 Grammys

I know you may have missed this in your daily perusal of CBS’s website, but apparently there’s been a a thing going on there for like the past six days called “The Gig of a Lifetime” that promises to give “aspiring musicians across the country the chance to perform in front of a live audience during GRAMMY Live, three days of live coverage and events leading up to Music’s Biggest Night.” Yeah, totally! THIS is who won last year, and OBVIOUSLY it changed all of our fucking lives so radically that we can’t even remember it happening.

But yo, this year, we just wanted to give some of you a quick heads-up that one of the candidates this year is actually Lil B! And because we weren’t paying any attention to CBS or the Grammys, THERE’S ONLY A DAY LEFT TO VOTE FOR HIM. Voting takes place on some kind of future-y Facebook app thing, after which, WHEN he gets through the “Pacific Region” prelim, he’ll advance to the final round, which runs from January 17 -24. His obvious victory will be announced on January 29, and after that, we can all watch the part of the Grammys where he’s granted “a live performance in front of an audience and webcast to fans around the globe” when they air on February 10 and bathe in the sheer ridiculousness of him being up there.

For a complete list of who’s performing at this year’s Grammys, go fuck yourself.

• The Grammys: http://www.grammy.com/
• Lil B: https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD
• GO VOTE: http://www.cbs.com/shows/grammys/gig_of_a_lifetime

Four Tet releases 0181, an album of previously unreleased material, now released, because Four Tet’s released it

You remember Pink, right? No, not the American pop singer who contributed to the undoubtedly Auto-tuned bastardization of “Lady Marmalade,” the compilation from British producer/DJ Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet, released last year. Six out of the eight tracks on that album consist of previously released singles, and the album itself was announced about a month and half prior to its release, via Hebden’s Twitter page last July.

On Monday, serving as a sort of companion piece to Pink, Hebden technically announced, again via Twitter, the nigh-immediate release of 0181, a new LP consisting entirely of previously unreleased material recorded between 1997 and 2001. Listen to it for free below, or if you’re feeling particularly patient, wait around for the vinyl version, reportedly “coming soon.” The material on 0181 predates Four Tet’s groundbreaking Pause, so consider it a slightly less fleshed-out version of that album, certainly not without its own, rather pretty moments.

• Four Tet: http://www.fourtet.net

RIP: Precious Bryant, blues singer

From the Ledger Enquirer (via Dust-to-Digital):

Blues singer Precious Bussey Bryant, who grew up in a family of musicians and honed her craft at country get-togethers, died Saturday at The Medical Center in Columbus. She was 71.

“She was always cheerful,” said Zola Bussey Goodwin, her sister and a member of the Bussey Sisters before Bryant found a niche playing the guitar and singing the blues.

[…]

Some of the popular sounds from Bryant include “Black Rat,” “I Can’t Stand To See You Go,” “You can Have My Husband But Please Don’t Mess With My Man,” and a version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

• Precious Bryant: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-3278

  

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