Jeff Mangum to curate Xmas ATP, solo shows announced (UPDATE: East Coast dates announced)

Jeff Mangum to curate Xmas ATP, solo shows announced (UPDATE: East Coast dates announced)

Jeff Mangum has been announced as The Chosen One the curator for a December installment of All Tomorrow’s Parties. The event will be held December 2-4 at a venue of my choosing Butlins Holiday Centre, Minehead. Here are the acts announced so far:

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
The Olivia Tremor Control
Young Marble Giants
The Magic Band
The Raincoats (performing The Raincoats)
A Hawk and as Hacksaw
The Apples in Stereo

New York’s Wordless Music Series has also announced a couple Mangum solo shows for the fall. The first is on September 9 at “an historic 1,150-capacity venue to be announced next week”; the second is on September 10 at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. He’ll then finish off the month with a couple performances at ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival on September 30, which is curated by Portishead.

UPDATE: Merge just announced more East Coast dates!

08.12.11 - Toronto, Ontario - Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
08.13.11 - Toronto, Ontario - Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
09.09.11 - Cambridge, MA - TBA
09.10.11 - Boston, MA - Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre (ATP)
10.03.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre (ATP)
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Town Hall
11.06.11 - Jersey City, NJ - Loew’s Theatre
12.02.11 - Somerset, England - All Tomorrow’s Parties

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Too much of a baby to see Mastodon live? Now you can pretend you were there with a new live album!

If you were lucky enough to be at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on October 19, 2009 to watch Mastodon, then you were lucky enough to be included on the recording for Mastodon’s new live CD/DVD album, Live at the Aragon. The new album, set for release on March 15 through Reprise, includes audio and video recordings of the show that saw Mastodon play their latest album, Crack the Skye (TMT Review), in its entirety; the performance also includes plenty of Mastodon’s classic hits and a Melvins cover.

Besides the entire concert, the CD/DVD hybrid album also includes a tour documentary, titled Crack the Skye: The Movie, which details Mastodon’s epic skills at sky-cracking, more commonly known as pole-vaulting. Also included are the fantastic visuals that the band projected on screens behind them while performing.

If you have a lot of money, or a desperate need to prove that you were at the show, you can also buy a “limited-edition bundle” that includes a “custom pick tin” that includes six Mastodon guitar picks and reproduction of an all-access pass from the show that is only available from the band’s website. The new live album will also be available on 180-gram vinyl, but that’s being released on Record Store Day, in tandem with their already announced split single with ZZ Top where both artists perform their version of “Just Got Paid.”

Live at the Aragon tracklisting:

01. Oblivion
02. Divinations
03. Quintessence
04. The Czar
05. Ghost of Karelia
06. Crack the Skye
07. The Last Baron
08. Circle of Cysquatch
09. Aqua Dementia
10. Where Strides the Behemoth
11. Mother Puncher
12. The Bit

• Mastodon:

Tamaryn teams up with The Raveonettes to dole out awesomeness across North America

The magical haze factory known as Tamaryn is embarking on a many-citied tour of North America with The Raveonettes. The San Francisco-based artist will be rocking New York sans Raveonettes for a couple shows in mid-February before uniting with the Danes and then scampering off across this great land of ours to bring totally awesome shoegaze to the good people of the United States and Canada. Tamaryn’s debut full-length, The Waves, was released last fall by Mexican Summer.


02.17.11 - New York, NY - Don Hills
02.19.11 - New York, NY - PS1 *
02.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
03.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
03.31.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.01.11 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
04.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.05.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
04.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04.08.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
04.09.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar (Middle of the Map)
04.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.12.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.13.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
04.15.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.16.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.17.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.18.11 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.20.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

* Mirror Mirror

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• Mexican Summer:

The Stepkids sign to to Stones Throw, Stones Throw’s real kids feel jealous as their “new siblings” announce new album

You may not know who The Stepkids are, but they happen to be a talented trio of musicians from Connecticut who are veterans of the East Coast jazz and R&B scenes, with members that have played with Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, and Pharoah Monche, toured internationally with indie punk band Zox, scored movies and commercials, and produced solo albums by multiple artists. If you haven’t heard of The Stepkids, you will soon, as they’re determined to make their name known in the Stones Throw family.

“A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” That entity is a steadily hyped band with a sound described as a “fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical.” A limited-edition 12-inch is set for release in April and a full-length album penciled in for the fall, both to be released by Stones Throw.

While details on the full-length are few and far between, we know that the 12-inch will include two songs — “Shadows on Behalf” and “La La” — and was produced, engineered, and recorded by the band straight to reel-to-reel. Listen to “Shadows on Behalf” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

The Stepkids are also heading out for a couple gigs in the Spring, including shows at SXSW.


03.01.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
04.30.11 - Meriden, CT - Daffodil Festival

• The Stepkids:
• Stones Throw:

If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s 2011, it’s time for a Lightning Bolt tour!

Everyone knows there is more than one way to skin a cat, but the very best way is to sit them down with a Lightning Bolt record. The lil’ critters just jump out of their skins listening to that befuddling mix of hissing, purring, trilling, meowing, growling, feral frenzy! Alas, Lightning Bolt albums are not the most frequent of species (last seen back in 2009), but cool cats and warm pussies everywhere will get the itch just thinking about the fact that the duo has announced a month-load of US shows. Brians Chippendale and Gibson hit American spaces both big and small beginning on March 31 in beautiful downtown Albany, New York and running through to the end of April.

The Wee Ones Parade:

03.31.11 - Albany, NY - Valentines
04.01.11 - Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit’s Soundlab
04.02.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Neutral Zone #
04.03.11 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
04.04.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.05.11 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
04.06.11 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
04.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UH - Kilby Court
04.08.11 - Boise, ID - The Shredder $
04.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Healthy Times Fun Club
04.10.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
04.12.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
04.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop %
04.14.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door ^
04.17.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
04.19.11 - Santa Fe, NM - The VFM
04.21.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.22.11 - Norman, OK - Opolis
04.23.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Centre for the Arts *
04.24.11 - Louisville, KY - Cahoots
04.25.11 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco
04.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Club Exit
04.28.11 - New York, NY - LPR
04.29.11 - Middletown, CT - Eclectic House

# Wolf Eyes
$ Wizard Rifle
% T.I.T.S., High Castle
^ Tokyo Death March
* Parts & Labor, Spelling Bee

• Lightning Bolt:
• Load:

Death Cab for Cutie announce new album Codes and Keys; Ben Gibbard horny?

Ben Gibbard was housesitting for a friend on the West Coast. We had to come visit, he would always say. An amazing house, you could watch talking birds riding the skies right from your bed, wild and private and beautiful. So, we took him up on it. On Friday evening, we made our way there, finding the steep driveway around midnight. It was late as we snuck into the house and climbed up the narrow stairs. The only place to lay our sleeping bag was right next to Ben’s new twin-sized bed. So we piled our clothes on the floor as we watched his beautiful hair spilling on his pillow and hearing his slow breathing. We slid into our bag, zipped it up, and fell asleep.

We awoke to gulls calling, cuddled in a strange new place with our friend still asleep just above our heads. We kissed and petted, full of early-morning turn-on. Unable to contain ourselves, we eventually zipped the bag open and took turns pleasuring each other — all the while trying not to make a sound. It was exquisite. Soon we were fucking, almost holding our breaths so as not to wake up Ben, but we couldn’t stop the soft sounds of flesh meeting or the wet smacks of penetration as our souls met our bodies. Trying to be quiet was an unbearable turn-on as we climaxed together.

Afterward, we lay gasping on each other, hoping that Ben hadn’t heard a thing. Suddenly, we heard a tiny moan come from the bed. Then a hand moving rhythmically under his big down comforter. And then more moans. Finally, the whole bed shook for a moment or two and went still. We were sprawled on the floor, naked, the sleeping bag tangled around our feet, sweaty and fragrant from sex, not daring to move. Ben’s flushed face and tousled hair appeared over the edge of the bed. His eyes were very bright. “Welcome, you two,” he said. His smile lit up the whole room.

Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie’s seventh album, will be released May 31 on Atlantic:

05.24.11 - Edmonton, Alberta - Shaw Conference Center
05.25.11 - Calgary, Alberta - Stampede Corral
05.27.11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
05.28.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
07.02.11 - Milton Keynes, England - The National Bowl

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