Hopscotch Music Festival announces gigantic lineup for its second year in Raleigh, NC!

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Last fall, Raleigh, NC held its first-ever Hopscotch Music Festival with some impressive headliners. The festival, featuring shows in small venues stretching across the smallish downtown, was a huge success and elevated Raleigh to indie heights it hadn’t seen without being lumped with Durham/Chapel Hill. Well, Raleigh is one step closer to being the new Austin, Texas: Hopscotch stuck, and the lineup for the 2011 Hopscotch has just been announced, causing jaws to drop everywhere.

This year, the festival goes from September 8 through 10 and boasts quite a few big names: The Flaming Lips, Guided by Voices, Drive-By Truckers, and Swans are just a few. Of course, you don’t have to have your own encyclopedia entry (J Mascis! Sir Richard Bishop!) in order to play the festival: there are over 135 bands, including everyone from the likes of Japandroids, Oneohtrix Point Never (plus Ford & Lopatin), and Earth, to local bands like Des Ark and Lonnie Walker.

Of course, with a lineup of such caliber, the price suffers the necessary evil that befalls all developing festivals (remember when Pitchfork was cheap?). As opposed to last year’s 3-day all-club ticket for $45, this year it’s $65 — $105 to include the major headlining shows in addition to access to the smaller clubs. Still, considering the bang for your buck (if they’ve worked out some of the space issues they had last year), that’s totally reasonable as a birthday-plus-Christmas gift for yourself. Tickets are on sale now!

Full lineup (see alphabetized list here):

The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Drive-By Truckers, Superchunk, The Dodos, Swans, Yelawolf, Japandroids, J Mascis, Black Lips, Earth, Twin Shadow, The Love Language, Rhys Chatham G3, The Foreign Exchange, Krallice, Cold Cave, The Necks, Toro Y Moi, The Budds Band, John Vanderslice, Weekend, Liturgy, Kort, Lost in the Trees, Little Scream, Disappears, Lower Dens, Beans, Julianna Barwick, Xiu Xiu, Royal Bangs, Braids, Bombadil, Oneohtrix Point Never, Beach Fossils, Barn Owl, Lonnie Walker, Jeff the Brotherhood, The Light Pines, Bird Peterson, Annuals, Royal Baths, Ford & Lopatin, The Old Ceremony, Generationals, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Woodsman, Reading Rainbow, Mount Eerie, All Tiny Creatures, Frontier Ruckus, The Prayers and Tears, Apex Manor, Bandway, Fight the Big Bull, Sir Richard Bishop, Dinosaur Feathers, Wooden Wand, Des Ark, Grandchildren, Man/Miracle, Mouthus, Horseback, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Body, Prurient, Frank Fairfield, Flight, Gauntlet Hair, William Tyler, Duane Putre Sextet, Jennyanykind, Spider Bags, Tyvek, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, Andrew Cedermark, Mandolin Orange, Chip Robinson, Apache Dropout, Hog, Las Year’s Men, PC Worship, Jon Lindsay, The Super Vacations, Onward Soldiers, Empress Hotel, Steve Gunn, Dustin Wong, Whatever Brains, David Daniell, Mount Moriah, Organos, King Mez, Apple Juice Kid, Thien, Jesse Sparhawk & Eric Carbonara, Invisible Hand, Carlitta Durand, Old Bricks, Black Twig Pickers, Dylan Gilbert, The Tender Fruit, Twelve Thousand Armies, Filthybird, Yair Yona, The Tomahawks, Caltrop, Wesley Wolfe, Shit Horse, Heads on Sticks, Gross Ghost, Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Embarrassing Fruits, Family Dynamics, Yardwork, Soft Company SPCL GST, The Loners, Cassis Orange, Wembley, Bustello, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Charlie Smarts, The Strugglers, Jack The Radio, The Moderate, Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Man Will Destroy Himself, Dan Melchior Und Das Menace, Le Weekend, Oulipo, D&D Sluggers, The Caribbean

• Hopscotch Music Festival: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com

Thee Oh Sees to release Castlemania before you’re done reading this headline

Them raucous, overworked bringers of the new psych-garage underground have once again exceeded expectations for a group of fans whose expectations are already higher than most. Just a meager year after Warm Slime (TMT Review), their most recent full-length on In the Red, and a handful of 7-inches and 12-inches in the interim, Thee Oh Sees have already announced the release of Castlemania, their newest piece of work for In the Red.

While it might seem like Castlemania is just another parrallel notch along the same line of endless Oh Sees output, according to main man John Dwyer this one threatens to actually sport a theme of sorts: “I guess there is a theme going on in this record. It’s shit I didn’t realize while making it — songs about bad things, packaged in a summery record about getting numb to life and its little pleasures as you take it for granted with age.” Well said, my man. So apparently we should expect a little bit of that sunny popness that’s been poppin’ outta the Bay Area recently (à la Sonny and The Sunsets, The Mantles). I can dig it.

The four-piece has also recently recruited a fifth member into the crew — multi-instrumentalist Lars Finberg of the equality prolific Seattle band The Intelligence and former drummer for A Frames. Before the band can even get this new record on the shelves, they’ve also already announced plans for a record for the fall, which, according to the press release, Dwyer claims is “maybe our best yet.” He apparently is expecting an early death or the zombie apocalypse, cause this type of output is borderline crackhead-level. Expect Castlemania on June 14 and expect about 10-20 more releases this year.

Oh, and here’s a ton of tourdates:

04.22.11 - Berkeley, CA - Gilman Street *
04.28.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
05.04.11 - Bordeaux, France - Heretic Club
05.06.11 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick Club
05.10.11 - Oullins, France - Le Clacson
05.11.11 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
05.12.11 - Montpellier, France - Rockstore
05.13.11 - La Roche-sur-Yon, France - Lefuzz’yon
05.14.11 - Saint Oeun, France - Mains D’Oeuvres
05.21.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
05.24.11 - Berlin, Germany - West Germany
05.25.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
05.26.11 - London, UK - Tufnell Park Dome
05.27.11 - Brighton, UK - Hydrant
05.28.11 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute &
05.29.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
05.30.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05.31.11 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.01.11 - Angers, France - Chabada
06.05.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique #
06.06.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Kleine Zaal
06.25-26.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival

* OFF!, Ty Segall
& Oneohtrix Point Never
# Chain & The Gang

• Thee Oh Sees: http://www.myspace.com/ohsees
• In the Red: http://www.intheredrecords.com

RIP: Gerard Smith (TV on the Radio’s bassist)

From TV on the Radio:

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.

The following shows will be cancelled:

April 20 St. Andrew Halls, Detroit MI
April 22 Metro, Chicago IL
April 23 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 24 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 26 Ogden, Denver CO

There will be more information as it becomes available.

• TV on the Radio: http://www.tvontheradio.com

Bon Iver announces new album called Bonerizer. Naw, just kidding; it’s self-titled. [Update: it’s actually titled Bon Iver, Bon Iver]

Joke 01: Dude, I haven’t heard any new Bon Iver shit since like FOREVER AGO!

Copy 01: Following the out-of-nowhere success of 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago (TMT Review) and 2009’s Blood Bank EP (TMT Review), Justin Vernon has kept plenty busy doing anything but releasing a Bon Iver follow-up. He’s jammed with Kanye, played with some high-school kids, launched Volcano Choir, toured with Gayngs, and hung out at some St. Vincent shows.

Joke 02-a: Vernon musta heard the new Fleet Foxes record and remembered that he had to get his folky ass in gear in time for festival season, AM I RIGHT? Hi-yo!

Copy 02-a: Finally, Vernon has confirmed a June 21 release of his new full-length album on Jagjaguwar.

Joke 02-b: The new album’s called Bon Ivver.

Copy 02-b: The new album’s called Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

Joke 03: The question on everyone’s lips now is, “exactly how chillwave is this thing gonna be?”

Copy 03: Featuring 10 new tracks, the new album sees Vernon and his companions broadening their sonic palette beyond the stark acoustic folk of For Emma into what his press release refers to as “a lush landscape of silky electric guitars, beautifully intricate keys, and subtle horn and string sections […] and densely layered vocals.” It was recorded and mixed in painstaking pieces over the past three years by Vernon and his collaborators at his own April Base Studios in Fall Creek, WI.

Joke 04: Rumor has it that Kanye West spits some HUGE verses all over this record!

Copy 04: That Colin Stetson guy plays his big saxophone on this record.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver tracklist:

01. Perth
02. Minnesota, WI
03. Holocene
04. Towers
05. Michicant
06. Hinnom, TX
07. Wash.
08. Calgary
09. Lisbon, OH
10. Beth/Rest

• Bon Iver: http://www.boniver.org
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com
• Gayngs: http://www.gayngs.net
• Volcano Choir: http://volcanochoir.com

Grooveshark bypasses Android ban with non-Market app… just in time *wink wink*

Peace, love, and Trainwreck, my trippy travelers, on this most groooovy of holidaze… you caught me mid-rip so this news nugg should be going down hella smooth. Last we checked in, these Google cats had scooted Grooveshark on out of the Android Market after the fuzz started sniffing, and for one stupid-harsh second it looked like we might never stream Europe ‘72 again. But stay mellow, my dogs, because, like, squares will be squares and shapes shall shift, right, so Grooveshark is taking that no-party downer vibe and making lemonade.

Grooveshark — probably the dankest company since Ben & Jerry’s — took one look at that box they got kicked out of and immediately were like, “time to think outside this shit,” and the second they did they realized there was this crazy bomb universe outside the Android Market that was fuckin’ humming with life and shit, and so right away they’re like “click here to get the Grooveshark app straight-up and forget that schwag-ass Market,” and I’m like “are you seriously that dank?” Dudes are like the mobile-phone version of Timothy Leary.

So yeah, tonight’s Europe ‘72 long-distance listening party? Back on, my sugar magnolias!!!!

• Grooveshark: http://listen.grooveshark.com

RIP: Ray Smith, owner of Ray’s Jazz Shop

From The Wire:

Ray Smith, founder of Ray’s Jazz in London, died of cancer on 17 April aged 76. The funeral will be held at the Golders Green Crematorium on 27 April at 12pm, followed by a gathering at the Spice Of Life, on Moor Street, Soho.

Smith started out working for Collet’s bookshop at 21, where he occupied the basement selling jazz records and playing drums, sometimes hosting impromptu performances. He has a cameo appearance dancing the Twist in Ken Russell’s 1962 documentary Pop Goes The Easel, and played cricket in a team comprised of faces from the London jazz scene at the time, including Wally Fawkes, Mick Mulligan, and Frank Parr.

Smith started the Shaftesbury Avenue iteration of Ray’s Jazz in 1975. He eventually caved to increasing rents and sold up in 2002, after which he retired to watch test cricket. Ray’s Jazz is now a part of the Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road.

• Ray Smith (Guardian obituary): http://tinyurl.com/5vlgfh9

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