Isaac Brock realized he wasn’t doing anything this summer, agreed to compose score for film Queens of Country

Isaac Brock realized he wasn't doing anything this summer, agreed to compose score for film Queens of Country

Attention movie-goers, music-lovers, and Party Down fans: Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock has announced that he will provide the music (an original score) for Queens of Comedy, a forthcoming feature film that is neither related to Queens of Comedy nor (mercifully) a biopic on Dolly Parton.

Last year, Brock contributed music as Ugly Casanova to 180˚ South, the Kon-Tiki-like action/adventure film in which a man travels to Patagonia in homage to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. If you didn’t see that one in the theater, you may have a better chance of watching Queens of Country on the big screen (albeit still in an independent one). It’s co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, who previously worked together on the Maynard-loves-drinking film Blood into Wine and The Heart Is a Drum Machine (Page also produced the documentary Moog).

The story sounds like a mixture between Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and every music fan’s dream at age 15: a girl, who happens to have an insane passion for country music, finds an iPod, decides that the owner is her one true love, and sets out on an epic quest to find him. The role of the countrified heroine (her name is Jolene, even) is played by Lizzy Caplan, everybody’s cute-and-sassy crush from the show Party Down. Ron Livingston — ahem, Office Space — also stars, with Joe Lo Truglio and, in a quirky twist, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan.

Given the presence of Maynard and the fact that Brock is not exactly Garth Brooks, we might assume that the soundtrack will not entirely be a stylistic tribute to Johnny Cash or Wanda Jackson (who does appear in the film, according to Who can tell? Queens of Country isn’t slated to come out until 2012.

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Shellac announce tour so Steve Albini can take a break from being better than you

Steve Albini, the world’s most famous curmudgeon (if you don’t count Oscar the Grouch), has announced that he will be taking a break from “sitting around being better than everyone” so that his band, Shellac, can head out on a tour in support of their show at All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ.

Albini, who has produced more famous albums then you would ever want to shake a stick at, actually went on the same tour last year for the same reasons (support for an ATP appearence) and with the same opening act (Helen Money) but we at TMT are willing to forgive him because Songs About Fucking and 1000 Hurts are just so good.

Steve Albini Better Than You Tour:

09.26.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
09.27.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St *
09.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrows Parties
10.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
10.16.11 - Missoula, MT - Palace Lounge *
10.17.11 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective *
10.18.11 - Salt Lake City - The Urban Lounge *
10.19.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse *
10.20.11 - Los Angeles - Eagle Rock Center *
10.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center
10.22.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish *
10.23.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish *
10.25.11 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W Hall *
10.26.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
10.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *

* Helen Money

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Olivia Tremor Control to play all the hits on upcoming tour: “Green Typewriters,” “Green Typewriters,” and “Green Typewriters”

We’re all excited that Olivia Tremor Control are back and working on new material. It goes without saying, because Olivia Tremor Control are very good. With that in mind, it also goes without saying that hearts are a-flutter with the prospect of an Olivia Tremor Control tour. Let your hearts begin their fluttering now: Olivia Tremor Control are going on a North American tour this fall. As exciting as this is, I’m here to remind the legendary Elephant Six band that, despite their status as a legendary Elephant Six band, this is really for the fans. I impart upon them this simple wisdom: play the hits, man.

Everybody knows what I mean by the hits. The second “Green Typewriters” track! The sixth “Green Typewriters” track! And who could forget the ninth “Green Typewriters” track! Sure, we’ll all be intrigued by the new songs, like “North Term Reality”, but there’s still that insatiable appetite for the hits. Play those, Olivia Tremor Control, and you shall be the toast of FYF Fest, the toast of ATP, and the toast of your other dozen or so dates.

Oh, and did I mention the tour is with The Music Tapes!?

Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes dates:

08.31.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
09.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
09.09.11 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
09.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
09.13.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
09.14.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
09.15.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlet Theatre
09.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
09.19.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.21.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
09.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - UPenn Rotunda
12.02-04.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival

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RIP: Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer

From Spinner:

Highly regarded Czech violinist and composer Josef Suk died Wednesday, July 6, after battling an undisclosed illness, Reuters reports. He was 81.

Suk was born in Prague in 1929 and is the great-grandson of famous composer Antonin Dvorak. The violinist founded the Suk Trio in 1951 and the Suk Chamber Orchestra in ‘74.

“He was the best interpreter of Dvorak’s violin concert and his chamber compositions .. .and he also won acclaim for his Mozart and Beethoven creations,” Prague Spring’s Antonin Matzner told Reuters. “His tone was distinctive among all violinists around the world and he maintained it into old age.”

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Steve Reich readies new album WTC 9/11, takes off hat to reveal second hat underneath

Steve Reich is 74 years old, man. He’s seen some shit, heard some shit, lived through some wars, won some Grammy awards and Polar Prizes, and even earned himself a little trifle of a thing called the Pulitzer Prize for Music. So what if the kids are coming up from behind with their free downloads and interactive 3D webstreams and albums-as-iPad-apps and name-your-price fish n’ chips wrapped in limited-edition newspapers and whatever the hell else? Reich is gonna do what he always does, dammit: gather some stellar ensembles and put out an album’s worth of his recent compositions on Nonesuch. Suck it, Björk.

WTC 9/11 is the title of the newest collection from the experimental composer and minimalist (chillwaver) who brought us such washed-out classics as It’s Gonna Rain, Different Trains, Piano Phase, and Double Sextet. The new album’s title track (“WTC 9/11”) was commissioned for and recorded by the world’s resident group of chamber-music-badasses, the Kronos Quartet, and uses live instrumentation and tape to present a reflection on the meanings of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City from the perspective of 10 years later. The 15-minute piece first premiered this past March at Duke University and was co-commissioned by Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Duke University, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Damn, that’s a badass list of backers.

In true punk rock fashion, the album will also include a couple of scrappy, off-the-cuff B-sides, including the 2009 piece Mallet Quartet performed by So Percussion and 2002’s Dance Patterns, performed by members of Steve Reich and Musicians. When asked if any of the tracks would possibly be available for streaming on Bandcamp, Reich simply shook his head, gave his baseball cap a quick tug, and disappeared into the ether while strains of Electric Counterpoint rang out, seeming to emanate from both everywhere and nowhere at all.

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Beirut unleashes The Rip Tide on new album and tours in hopes of seeing Rip Torn in the front row

Zach Condon, the rock world’s most famous living ukulele player (R.I.P. Tiny Tim), has been summoned by the siren call of the road from the absinthe-scented, swingin’ 1930s gypsy jazz club in Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood where he lives while he’s not making records or playing every summer festival ever. The man behind Beirut has a new album in the works, so it’s goodbye to nights spent exchanging witty repartees with the gin-sozzled ghosts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Louise Brooks and HELLOOOOO to a four-month-long bus tour through every single city in Europe and America. This is Beirut’s first US tour in over four years, however, so dust off your hat box, Ghost Louise Brooks, and get on the bus! A show like this hasn’t traversed America since the golden days of vaudeville!

Because not only is Condon bringing his usual ukulele, trumpet, and pianey on the road, he’s also bringing some musically inclined friends. Accordion/piano dude Perrin Cloutier, Paul Collins (electric bass, upright bass), Ben Lanz (trombone, piano, tuba), Kelly Pratt (trumpet, euphonium), and Nick Petree (drums) are also coming along for the ride. (ACCORDION! EUPHONIUM!) And it’s all in support of the new Beirut album The Rip Tide, coming out August 30 on his own Pompeii Records. The new album is being described as more of an “inward journey,” with less Jacques Brel-eqsue songs about lost love in dark Parisian ghost cafes and more songs about “impressions of life at a quarter century of age,” presumably in this year of our Lord 2011 instead of sweet, faded 1931.


07.09.11 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda
07.12.11 - Arles, France - Arles Fest
07.14.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.16.11 - Valencia, Spain - Benicassim Festival
07.18.11 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07.20.11 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07.29.11 - Portland, ME - State Theater
07.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga
08.02.11 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
08.04.11 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix *
08.05-07.11 – Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
08.12.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
08.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09.02.11 - Dorset, UK - End of Road Festival
09.04.11 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.06.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
09.08.11 - Amsterdamn, Netherlands - Paradiso
09.12.11 - Paris, France - Olympia
09.14.11 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
09.16.11 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
09.21.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.22.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.28.11 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
10.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
10.09.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.11.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
10.25.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
10.27.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.29.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek
11.11.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
11.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

* Owen Pallett

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