James Chance, Andrew W.K., ?uestlove, Kim Gordon, and many others walk into a bar to participate in “Improvised Round Robin Duets”

James Chance, Andrew W.K., ?uestlove, Kim Gordon, and many others walk into a bar to participate in "Improvised Round Robin Duets" http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1303/news-13-03-red-bull-music-academy.jpg

Red Bull can do anything. That’s the theme of this 100% totally insane performance NY’s Red Bull Music Academy is putting on called “A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets.” You want to hear James Chance blow out a wacked saxophone riff to an Andrew W.K. party jam? You got it! You wanna see Julia Holter get down with ?uestlove? It ain’t no thang! You wanna stay up for 37 straight hours just by drinking tiny cans of weird soda? No problem! RED BULL CAN DO IT.

See, the wise scholarly owls over at the Red Bull Music Academy, in conjunction with Search and Restore, Boom Collective, and the Undead Music Series have assembled a dream team of musical innovators for an evening of once-in-a-lifetime sonic border demolishing. The format is simple. The first musician gets onstage, does a solo improv thing for five minutes. Then, up comes musician #2 for five minutes of making sweet music together. At which point, musician #1 says good night and musician #3 comes up to party with musician #2. And so on and so on. It’s a Fibonacci sequence of improvised ART MUSIC. The magic happens on May 1 and Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple, where luminaries like the aforementioned ?uestlove, Andrew W.K., James Chance, and Julia Holter boogie down with Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Kim Gordon, Bernie Worrell (Parliament), DJ Spinna, Dosh, jazz clarinetist Don Byron, avant garde cellist Erik Friedlander, grammy-winning sax dude Joe Lovano, jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Matana Roberts, and bassist/Flying Lotus associate Thundercat. AND THERE’S MORE TO COME. Whaaaaaat? People say America is a melting pot. NO. This Red Bull improvised music night is a melting pot AND THE BREAD OR LITTLE POTATO WEDGES OR WHATEVER STUFF YOU STICK IN THE FONDUE IS OUR HEARTS. (Because obviously the music is fondue. Or the skewers? What would be the fondue then — Red Bull? Ugh. Metaphor = too complicated, too stupid.)

Anyway, in sum, Red Bull is taking all the musicians ever and sticking them all into this one night spectacular at the beginning of the energy drank’s frankly pretty kickass Music Academy series of events. Taking place from April 28-May 31, the entire fest features performances and talks from the likes of Brian Eno, Laurel Halo, Erykah Badu and Giorgio Moroder.

• Red Bull Music Academy: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

Keiji Haino announces US tour with a snap of his finger and a rustle of his wizard’s cloak

A distant rumble, the nearer sharp scrape of metal on metal, birds fleeing southward. Through the haze a man emerges, a guitar slung low over his shoulder and a staff in his right hand. The air crackles and smells of ozone. The face is familiar: Level 58 mage, Keiji Haino.

“For my first trick, I will need a volunteer from the audience.” He looks directly at you, and you stand without thinking. “Yes, you’ll do,” he beckons at you, and you falteringly make your way to the platform. After allowing a preliminary glance up his sleeves and pant legs, he begins.

“I will be touring the United States this April.” You look down to check the time and realize your watch is gone. This Haino is a tricky one; you’ll pay more attention going forward. He continues, “The first dates in Portland and Chicago are as yet unspecified solo performances, though they will likely be guitar and voice.” You hear laughter from the audience, and at first you laugh along, but Haino steps in front of you and gestures at your legs. The magical bastard has stolen your pants! Anger brews in the back of your mind, though you cannot but allow that Haino is master.

“April 13 and April 17 will find me conjuring with only the tool my mother gave me: my voice. For the remaining performances, I will partner with fellow travelers Chris Corsano (April 14), Tamio Shiraishi (April 18), and Loren Mazzacane Connors (April 20).” As he finishes speaking, Haino looks just above your head with a wry grin. You feel a weight shifting there — your hat has been turned into a bird! It flies away, and as it rises it suddenly bursts, raining down coins on the crowd.

Haino then guides you off the stage, quietly thanking you and offering you a coupon for 50% off his recent collaboration with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery. As you take your seat he says, “For my next trick, I will be encased in a block of ice for 30 days, because, why not?” Your watch will not be returned to you.

Tourdates:

04.10.13 - Portland, OR - Yale Union
04.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.13.13 - Oberlin, OH - Fairchild Chapel
04.14.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Club
04.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
04.20.13 - New York, NY - Whitney Museum of American Art

• Keiji Haino: http://www.fushitsusha.com

Ghost Box Orchestra release spoooooky new album, ensorcell East Coast on spring tour

Somewhere out in this crazy world of ours (Boston) is a psych-rock band named after a device ostensibly used to communicate with the dead. That device is called a ghost box, and the band in question is Ghost Box Orchestra. What a world! Comprised of Jeremy Lassetter (guitar/vocals), Nazli Green (keyboard/percussion), Chris Johnson (guitar), Martin Rex (drums), and special touring bassist Zac McGowan, the group has rocked the main stage at Austin’s Psychfest and played alongside such underground garage/psych heavy-hitters as Wooden Shjips, Psychic Ills, The Growlers, Disappears, Moon Duo ,and The Fresh & Onlys. Shake your heads in awe, mortal humans, because this band came straight out of Scary Heaven. They’re a warlock’s wet dream. And now the magickal minstrels of Ghost Box Orchestra have a new album set to drop May 14. Entitled Vanished, the eight-track LP was recorded in a former Freemasons Lodge. OF COURSE IT WAS.

Last week in Northampton, MA, Ghost Box Orchestra kicked off a slew of East Coast dates to promote Vanished, their second full-length, and there are still some dates left! More details about the tour can be found on Ghost Box Orchestra’s world wide web homepage, and you can listen to the new album’s first track below.

Vanished tracklisting:

01. Vader
02. Rhythm of the Hills
03. Vanished
04. From Darkness
05. Into the Light
06. Spring Beat
07. Lodge II
08. Desert Lights

Dates:

03.25.13 - New York, NY - Cake Shop *
03.26.13 - Richmond, VA - Nile Ethiopian Restaurant @
03.27.13 - Baltimore, MD - Club K $
03.28.13 - University Park, PA - Penn State (House Show)
03.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s 20 Lanes %
03.30.13 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault ^

* Midday Veil, Big Spider’s Back
@ Crushed Purple + ARS Phoenix
$ Phantom Lanterns, Permanent Makeup, Sister Model
% Hriliu + Daylight Is The Dream
^ Lobo Marino + Folkfaces

• Ghost Box Orchestra: http://ghostboxorchestra.com

Demdike Stare to release the bats AND new Testpressing#001 single on Modern Love

Terrifying Lancastrian witch-lovers Demdike Stare have unleashed a new slab of (almost) dancey menace on the record-buying public. Together with the demented elves over at Modern Love Records in Manchester, the experimental duo of Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker have ushered in a brand new series of 12-inch releases for the label under the Testpressings banner. Aptly, Demdike’s inaugural issue is called Testpressing#001 and features two blazing new tracks, both of which can be heard in full below.

The A-side, “Collision,” was recorded during late 2012 in a dentist’s office from hell, where the sun is always setting in a blood red sky but there’s also a disco ball and a human-sized vampire bat on the 1s and 2s playing warped jungle records. That bat just wants to dance! But he doesn’t know our human ways of love and “party drugs” and neon, so it’s a little bit unsettling and you can hear it in this track. Fun fact: you can actually HEAR the bat doing spoken word at the beginning of B-side “Misappropriation.” Testpressing#001 is currently available for purchase at Boomkat. The label plans to release further Testpressing 12-inches and more bats at an unspecified date in the future.

• Demdike Stare: https://www.facebook.com/demdikestare
• Modern Love: http://www.modern-love.co.uk

[Photo via Spin]

Siriusmo announces new LP Enthusiast, may be retiring, may be going out for bagels

Hello, Siriusmo! Goodbye, Siriusmo? The Berlin-based producer is putting out a new record, titled Enthusiast, on June 14 through Monkeytown. After that, he’s retiring? Maybe? Please, try your hand at deciphering this message from the press release for Enthusiast:

After eighteen years, elaborate and outrageously expensive recording with a full-size Czech symphony orchestra, Siriusmo decided to reject it and to retire with enthusiasm. This was followed by moments of euphoria, overconfidence, and many shed tears. Once at the bottom of the facts, he now proudly presents his new album Enthusiast.

Well, there you have it! Siriusmo is retiring! Or maybe he already retired and un-retired to make this new record? Also, he’s been making it for 18 years? Or has he just been making music for 18 years? And what’s this about a Czech orchestra? Augh, you’re a mystery, Siriusmo. Here’s the facts. His second full-length, Enthusiast, is coming out June 14. Monkeytown is releasing it. You can listen to the first single, “Itchy,” on Soundcloud. You can pre-order the record at Monkeytown. You can continue trying to solve the mystery of Siriusmo for the rest of your natural life.

Enthusiast tracklist:

01. Doctor Beak
02. Congratulator
03. Tränen aus Bier
04. Enthusiast
05. Cornerboy
06. Plastic Hips
07. Itchy
08. Stinky Wig
09. Liu
10. Rantanplant
11. Wattnlosmitmir
12. Petit Cochon
13. Leftovers

• Siriusmo: http://www.myspace.com/siriusmo
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com

Animal Collective reschedule live dates with the haste of a Peregrine Falcon set on not disappointing her anxious young

If the rumors are true, transplants to the Seattle area might know the feeling better than most: in one’s admirable quest to build some real connections in the area, you encounter a not-easily-traversable hump in between “mere acquaintance” and “actual human friend.” Every time you suggest a harmless rendezvous with a potential pal, there’s always some lame excuse like, “Oh, the alignment of the planets hasn’t foretold our hanging out,” or, “I’m actually a member of a semi-famous band from Baltimore, and while we previously scheduled a night of entertainment with you, we’ll have to postpone things due to one of our members spontaneously coming down with strep throat.”

Animal Collective, it should be noted, have proven themselves the opposite of flaky over the last week or so. After apologetically removing a few tourdates due to an Avey Tare throat contagion, they’ve already rescheduled those dates (with the exception of the Boise show) for September and October, with Dan Deacon more or less maintaining his support role. All prior ticket purchases will be honored, and any bad blood between the band and their fans in those cities has presumably been remedied. C’mere AC, gimme a big o’l platonic hug.

Dates:

03.18.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
03.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
03.21.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
03.22.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
03.23.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
03.24.13 - Boise, ID - Treefort Festival
05.22.13 - Nimes, France - Paloma
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.07-09.13 - Randall’s Island, NY - Governors Ball
06.10.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.11.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.12.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.13-16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.04.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Arena Stage)
07.06.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival (Tent Stage)
07.09.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
07.10.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.11-13.13 - Albany, NY - Camp Bisco
07.12-14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall *
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective: http://animalcollective.org
• Dan Deacon: http://www.dandeacon.com

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