Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow get busy, name their spawn Sal Mineo, and immediately take it on tour

Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow get busy, name their spawn Sal Mineo, and immediately take it on tour http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1302/news-13-02-xiu-xiu-oxbow.jpg

Xiu Xiu progenitor Jamie Stewart and Oxbow vocalist Eugene S. Robinson have combined their weird and frightening forces to deliver a new album of collaborative music under the name Sal Mineo. Apparently influenced by the deceased actor of the same name, the duo describes their lovechild as “30 second to 3 minute long focused bursts of sonic crime, that plumbs the cooling depths of a pleasure cruised death.” If you dig or can at least wrap your pretty little head around that, Sal Mineo will be out April 23 on Important Records. Just remember: anything these purveyors of the perverse say is “much more about the accretion of failure, cinematic and otherwise” is going to dish out the auditory rough trade. No need to be embarrassed; we’re into that, too.

Stewart and Robinson have already taken their progeny on tour, playing one show a month throughout Europe.

03.02.13 - Brussels, BE - Les Ateliers Claus
04.02.13 - Paris, FR - La Fleche D’Or
05.02.13 - Copenhagen, DK - Huset KBH
06.02.13 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
07.02.13 - Milan, IT - Magnolia
08.02.13 - Rome, IT - Init
09.02.13 - Bologna, IT - Lokomotiv Club

• Sal Mineo: https://www.facebook.com/MINEOSAL
• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Oxbow: http://www.theoxbow.com
• Important Records: http://importantrecords.com

Deerhoof announce classical music performances in NYC and Adelaide; Satomi swanks up her animal heads in preparation

Perennial noise rockers Deerhoof have always exuded a carefree attitude, so think of how antithetical it would be if they announced their future fusion with classical instruments with anything less (initially) confusing than the following video, posted on YouTube last Wednesday:

Bless the publicists whose more general responsibility is to announce things in text form, because otherwise I’d assume Deerhoof were privy to some critical global security information. An army of human-sized, trumpet-playing, dancing roosters, apes, and miscellaneous other animals is going to invade… Adelaide, of all places? Isn’t Australia’s wildlife extravagant enough?

A press release delves deeper: two upcoming performances will feature Deerhoof playing alongside classical musicians. On February 20, the band will join Ensemble Dal Niente at the Ecstatic Music Festival, taking place at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. There, a scantily-detailed composition from drummer Greg Saunier (entitled Deerhoof Chamber Variation) will be performed by the ensemble, while a new piece from Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter will receive joint actualization from both outfits.

On March 6, in the land of didgeridoos, boomerangs, and species that have the capacity to kill both you and all of your recurring lives (shout-out to the Buddhists), Deerhoof will perform alongside the Adelaide Art Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival in Brisbane — I mean, Adelaide.

As it stands, most humans don’t actually live in NYC or Adelaide, so if you’d like to hear the Merkin Hall show in particular, it’ll be recorded by WQXR’s Q2 Music and uploaded here, as well as for future broadcast on WNYC. Q2 Music will also stream it live, for the immediate experience of flutes, cellos, and pandas.

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoof.net

RIP: Tony Sheridan, Beatles collaborator

From Rolling Stone:

Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band’s early days in Hamburg, died on Saturday at the age of 72, the UK’s Telegraph reports.

Sheridan met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best in Hamburg’s red-light district in the early 1960s when the young group came to see his act every night after their own shows at a neighboring club. Sheridan took the band under his wing, advising them on their look (which at the time included black leather bomber jackets and cowboy boots) and introducing them to American R&B acts like Little Richard. The Beatles eventually served as Sheridan’s backing band at the Top Ten Club and cut their earliest recordings accompanying him as the Beat Boys on recordings of “My Bonnie” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” (The album they recorded was later released outside Germany as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.)

• Tony Sheridan: http://www.tony-sheridan.de

RIP: Mindy McCready, country music singer

From CNN:

Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the local sheriff’s office said in a statement. She was 37.

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon and found McCready’s body on the front porch, the statement read.

McCready leaves behind two boys, one of whom is 10 months old. The infant’s father, record producer David Wilson, killed himself last month.

• Mindy McCready: http://www.mindymccready.com

RIP: Shadow Morton, writer/producer famous for his work with The Shangri-Las

From The New York Times:

Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer who for a brief, luminous period in the 1960s poured the discontents of adolescence into original hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” died on Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said Amy Krakow, a family friend.

By all accounts possessed of a brazen, naïve genius — he played no instrument, could not read music and wrote his songs in his head — Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.

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