Jamie Stewart guest stars in performance piece by Vaginal Davis; Xiu Xiu tour, make antiquated entreaty for a lock of your hair

Jamie Stewart guest stars in performance piece by Vaginal Davis; Xiu Xiu tour, make antiquated entreaty for a lock of your hair http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-04-xiuxiu-hair.jpg

As you may know, Xiu Xiu just finished up a huge tour (TMT News). God really must hate them, because they’re about to start another enormous tour in just a hot second. In the middle of it all, Jamie Stewart is going to be a guest star on “Speaking from the Diaphragm,” a performance piece by the legendary Vaginal Davis. Spanning from May 15 until May 27 at the PS122 in New York City, the piece “re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs.” The performance includes a panoply of rotating guest stars live and via Skype, including musicians Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras), Gio Black Peter, Glen Meadmore, and Carol Pope, plus many, many other artists and fashion/film personalities. If you haven’t heard of Vaginal Davis for her zines or work in the homo-core punk movement (as her bio succinctly describes it), don’t confuse her for an underground Eve Ensler. Music/queercore aficionados may recognize her as the leader of Black Fag, The Afro Sisters, ¡Cholita!, Pedro, Muriel & Esther [PME], and The Female Menudo. Jamie Stewart is definitely in excellent company.

As for the tour, Xiu Xiu leave in May for Asia and Europe, following their performance of Unknown Pleasures in Austria (TMT News). Normal enough. If you’re the first person per show to bring the band a lock of your hair attached to a card marked with your name, you will receive a Xiu Xiu comb and sticker pack. A little strange, but still no different than a trip to the dentist, sticker-wise. However, when Xiu Xiu come back home, they will make a video in which they light each individual strand on fire, uttering the owner’s name and breathing in the fumes. And you thought they were creepy before!

Tourdates:

05.02.10 - Shanghai, China - YYT Live
05.03.10 - Beijing, China- Strawberry Festival
05.05.10 - Busan, South Korea - Basement
05.06.10 - Daegu, South Korea - Guess
05.07.10 - Seoul, South Korea - Rolling Hall
05.19.10 - Jerusalem, Israel - Yellow Submarine
05.20.10 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Levontin 7
05.21.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island (Altin Village Festival)
05.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU 2)
05.23.10 - Poznan, Poland - TBA
05.24.10 - Warsaw, Poland - Powiekszenie
05.26.10 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
05.27.10 - Graz, Austria - Postgarage
05.28.10 - Budapest, Hungary - A38
05.29.10 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
05.30.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - ZEDNO UHO Festival
05.31.10 - Nurenberg, Germany - K4
06.01.10 - Frankfurst, Germany - Brotfabrik
06.02.10 - Duisburg, Germany - Steinbruch
06.03.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
06.04.10 - Tier, Germany - Exhaus
06.05.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
06.06.10 - London, UK - Plan B
06.07.10 - Roubaix, France - Cave aux Poètes
06.09.10 - Paris, France - Filmer la Musique (Point Ephémère)
06.10.10 - Metz, France - Cloître des Trinitaires
06.11.10 - Lucerne, Switzerland - B-Sides Festival
06.12.10 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
06.17.10 - Rome, Italy - Init
06.18.10 - Bucharest, Romania - Liveland Festival

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu4life.blogspot.com

[UPDATED] Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips hospitalized, group cancels two festival gigs

UPDATE: Drozd posted this on his Twitter: “Thank you, everyone, for your concern. I had to do this and I’m getting it together.”

Bad news, readers. Steven Drozd, multi-instrumentalist/drummer for The Flaming Lips, has been hospitalized for a currently unknown reason, forcing the band to cancel a couple shows. According to the Palm Beach Post, the group has already axed its appearance at SunFest on April 29 (tomorrow), and Pitchfork reports that the show at the Memphis In May festival on May 1 has also been pulled.

No word yet on Drozd’s status or any future cancellations, but we’ll keep you updated.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

Woodsist announces West Coast festivals this summer, with Kurt Vile, Eat Skull, and Real Estate

Woodsist is sick of spending its summer in humid Warwick, New York and has decided to take a little trip to California in June. Luckily, this isn’t a solo trip, as the dudes behind Woodsist will be bringing along a bunch of their bands and friends for two different mini festivals: a folkYEAH!-sponsored festival in Big Sur on June 12 at the Henry Miller Library and in the Woodsist Fest on June 15 at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles. Check out the lineup for each respective festival below:

• Woodsist Fest in Big Sur: Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile, Moon Duo, The Fresh and Onlys, The Art Museums, The Mantles, Eat Skull, Spectre Folk

• Woodsist Fest in LA: Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile, Abe Vigoda, The Art Museums, The Mantles, Nodzzz, Sun Araw, All Saints Day, The Baths

• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com
• folkYEAH!: http://myspace.com/folkyeahpresents

School of Seven Bells to release Disconnect from Desire in July, flaunt it in Broken Bells’ hip, smarmy faces

Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream, kids: experimental dream-pop group School of Seven Bells is releasing the follow-up to 2008’s collection of transcontinental trance-jams, Alpinisms (TMT Review). The new album, Disconnect from Desire, is set for a July 13 release on Vagrant/Ghostly International (and Full Time Hobby in Europe). And just in case you’re into such kooky things as laying down all thoughts, surrendering to voids, listening to the color of your dreams, etc., this swirly twirly brainchild of former Secret Machines and On!Air!Library! members will also be playing two shows at Mercury Lounge in their hometown of New York City on June 9 and 10 before heading out into the, you know, Summer Tour Void or whatever. Cosmic. Plastic soul, man, plastic soul.

The album was produced by band member Benjamin Curtis in the band’s home studio and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig at Ocean Way in Los Angeles. “From the start, we knew we wanted to make a record that connected on more of a direct and personal level than we ever had before,” Curtis said. “It’s a complete account of our lives this past year, and it’s crazy how taking an honest look at yourself can tell you the most about the world around you.” Yeah, did I mention that this is a sophomore album?

Tracklist:

01. Windstorm
02. Heart Is Strange
03. Dust Devil
04. I L U
05. Babelonia
06. Joviann
07. Cammarilla
08. Dial
09. Bye Bye Bye
10. The Wait

Tourdates for S(VII)B, more to be announced:

06.09.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.10.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

• School of Seven Bells: http://www.sviib.com
• Vagrant: http://vagrant.com
• Ghostly International: http://ghostly.com
• Full Time Hobby: http://www.fulltimehobby.co.uk

[Photo: Krittiya Sriyabhandha]

The Hundred in the Hands sign with Warp for debut EP, This Desert

Warp Records have been the purveyors of plenty of great dance music through the years, and now they’ve got another offering. Brooklyn-based The Hundred in the Hands (otherwise a pair: Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell) recently signed to Warp for their debut EP, This Desert, out May 18. Only a few weeks ago (April 6), the duo released their first 12-inch single, “Dressed in Dresden” (also on Warp), accompanied by remixes from Kyle Hall, Various, and Maxime. The EP will admittedly display a moodier side to the dance pop exhibited on “Dressed in Dresden.” The latter was a “fast, heavy, raw stomper,” they say (decide for yourself: you can listen on their MySpace), whereas This Desert is “the more ethereal, gauzy side of our tastes; the Summertime-Gothic and dreamy tracks we made thinking they’d go well with open hydrants and looks that kill.”

THITH may seem death-obsessed for what is essentially a fun dance band – after all, their name was taken from the Battle of the Hundred in the Hands (as the Lakota called it – to Jason and Eleanore’s likely ancestors and most American history books, the Fetterman Battle/Massacre; see Frederick E. Hoxie’s Encyclopedia of North American Indians for more history). Yet there’s something more to them than destruction and fire-bombing. This Desert EP may, as they say, show another “side” to their sound, but the polyhedral duo hope to show even more with a full-length by the end of the year.

• The Hundred in the Hands: http://thehundredinthehands.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

[Photo: Sarah Wilmer]

Arrington de Dionyso takes Malaikat dan Singa out on the ethnopoetic road

With a name like Arrington de Dionyso, it’s pretty obvious that this guy might be a little on the exotic side of things. No doubt: with his new band, Malaikat dan Singa, he one-ups his previous work in Old Time Relijun by singing in Indonesian atop his usual hodgepodge of throat-singing, bass clarinet-blasting, and ultra funky punk rhythming. Malaikat dan Singa saw their very first, self-titled release last year on K Records (TMT Eureka!) and is now ready to do a full-on US tour to show the states what they’re all about (full disclosure: TMT’s own Santo Peligro will be touring in the band; though, he did not know anyone from the band when he wrote his review of the group’s latest album). “Some artists push the envelope, de Dionyso eats the envelope and spits out an origami of sound.” Check out the dates below:

04.28.10 - Portland, OR - East End
04.29.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.02.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
05.03.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.04.10 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
05.05.10 - San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven
05.06.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside
05.07.10 - Houston, TX - Super Happy Fun Land
05.10.10 - Athens, GA - Secret Squirrel
05.11.10 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
05.12.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - LocaL 506
05.13.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Random Row Books
05.14.10 - Washington, DC - Comet Pizza
05.21.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
05.22.10 - New York, NT - Cake Shop
05.23.10 - Lowell, MA - 119 Gallery
05.24.10 - Providence, RI - AS 220 Art Space
05.25.10 - Portland, MA - Space Gallery
05.26.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.29.10 - Buffalo, NY - Sound Lab
05.31.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
06.02.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Art Damage Lodge
06.03.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
06.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
06.05.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagle’s Nest
06.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
06.08.10 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander
06.09.10 - Spokane, WA - Empyrean
06.10.10 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
06.13.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

• Arrington de Dionyso: http://myspace.com/arringtondedionyso
• K: http://krecs.com