Jim “Ol’ Reliable” O’Rourke slings out another collab (with Merzbow and Mats Gustafsson) for Editions Mego

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Regardless of his intentions when making the migration from the states to Japan a few years back (apparently to learn the art of filmmaking) Jim O’Rourke just can’t seem to keep his little musical fingers still. Just in the past year the man has released collaborations with Oren Ambarchi & Keiji Haino, Lee Ranaldo & Christoph Heemann, and The Thing, and he’s got another collaboration with Heemann coming out this Tuesday called Plastic Palace People Vol. 1. As evidenced, O’Rourke possesses all the qualities of a childhood pet — he’s loyal, consistent, lovable, and plays well with others. Apologies if you didn’t have a childhood and can’t relate.

But those weren’t enough! Clear the “recent arrivals” bin, record store folks, because One Bird Two Bird will be released on March 11 via the always excellent, increasingly popular Editions Mego label. The disc features a 2009 Tokyo studio session between Masami Akita (a.k.a. Merzbow), Mats Gustafsson, and O’Rourke. If you’re not familiar with these dudes, I’m gonna go ahead and tell you to expect somethin’ brutal, cause that’s exactly what it’s gonna be.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• Editions Mego: http://www.editionsmego.com

The Fresh & Onlys go on tour when the ice thaws — if nature cooperates

We all know The Fresh & Onlys are catchy, mostly-upbeat garage pop, and we unanimously agreed that last year’s Play It Strange was pretty great. These are the reasons for which you should prepare yourself, now, for the excitement about to brim over as you read: The Fresh & Onlys are going on tour this spring.

There, I said it! These guys are packing up and leaving San Francisco in March, with an inaugural date at Austin’s SXSW. And — get ready for this — they’re doing it to promote a mysterious new EP from Sacred Bones. There’s no information to be found anywhere about the EP, but maybe you can ask Tim Cohen in person when March and April come. Assuming there are no more major ice storms, political upheaval, natural disasters, or celebrity deaths, does spring get any better?

Tourdates:

02.27.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
03.16-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Alehouse
03.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
04.12.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *&
04.13.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon *&
04.15.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *&
04.18.11 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub &
04.19.11 - Saint Louis, MO - The Billiken Club *
04.20.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *&
04.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour *&
04.22.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *&
04.23.11 - Brookln, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *&
04.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *&
04.25.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace *&
04.27.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *&
04.28.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *&

^ with Growlers, Pleasure Kills, Wrong Words
* with Crocodiles
& with Young Prisms

• The Fresh & Onlys: http://www.myspace.com/thefreshonlys
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Borders finally goes under; files Chapter 11 and closes 200 stores

We’ve heard of rumors and hard times for a while, but today it’s official: Borders is filing for bankruptcy. Over the coming weeks, the store will close 200 of its locations (roughly 30% of stores nationwide), meaning… going-out-of-business sales on R. Kelly and Criterion DVDs? According to Billboard.biz, GE Capital and other corporations are giving $505 million to Borders in debtor-in-possession financing.

It’s easy to bash the supposed “big guys” in support of independent shops (both for books and music), but when you get down to it, that’s a lot of unemployed workers — not to mention the important question: where will small-town kids buy CDs now that their one local media outlet has closed? (Let’s face it, not everyone lives near an Amoeba.) The moral of the story: down with Kindle and Amazon!

• Borders: http://www.borders.com

New Beach Fossils EP invites your ears to the most bodacious beach party ever

Like the robin that signals the beginning of spring, Beach Fossils’ announcement of their upcoming EP for Captured Tracks must surely be one of this crazy world’s best harbingers of summer fun. Technically, said new EP comes out in March, which isn’t really summer unless you live in some magical, perpetually warm place like say, the Bahamas or Mexico, or maybe if you’re one of those weird sophomore dudes who wears shorts even in December and seem to infest college campuses across the Midwest. Whatever. Because, come March 8, when Captured Tracks releases What a Pleasure, it won’t matter that summer is like three months away. Tossing a beach ball! Roastin’ weenies! Being grossed out at dead fish on the beach! Those are the sights you’ll envision once Beach Fossils have their way with your ears.

You can catch Beach Fossils main dudes Dustin Payseur and John Peña at SXSW this spring. Fun fact: the CD EP contains one more track than the fancy vinyl EP.

What a Pleasure 12-inch tracklisting:

01. Moments
02. What a Pleasure
03. Fall Right In
04. Out in the Way (feat. Jack Tatum)
05. Distance
06. Calyer
07. Adversity

What a Pleasure CD tracklisting:

01. Moments
02. What a Pleasure
03. Fall Right In
04. Out in the Way (feat. Jack Tatum)
05. Face It
06. Distance
07. Calyer
08. Adversity

Tourdates:
02.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *
03.16-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW

* Crystal Stilts, Widowspeak

• Beach Fossils: http://www.myspace.com/beachfossils
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com

Franz Nicolay keeps on trucking in his worldwide quest to collect accolades

America’s favorite former member of The Hold Steady, Franz Nicolay, has been amassing a scrapbook full of accolades, and he’s now announced a seven-week tour where he will gather further accolades and congratulatory blurbs, as his gigs will be written up in free-alternative-weekly newspapers the country over.

Franz, who is involved in so many side projects and collaborations that he has officially become too popular for his own good, is also traveling the country to remind fans about his old band’s Luck and Courage album from last year, one of the many albums that has been garnering Mr. Nicolay growing levels of acclaim and critical devotion.

The tour, which visits all of the cool states in the US, includes two days worth of shows at South by Southwest and will see Franz joined by David Dondero for every gig, with plenty of other opening acts already tuning up their guitars in anticipation and plenty more dates to be announced.

Tourdates:

02.25.10 - Brooklyn NY - Union Pool
02.26.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
02.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.28.10 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
03.01.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.02.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
03.03.10 - Columbia SC - New Brookland Tavern
03.04.10 - Athens, GA - Caledonia
03.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.06.10 - Macon, GA - The Rookery
03.07.10 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
03.08.10 - Ybor City, FL - New World Brewery
03.09.10 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggo’s
03.10.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
03.11.10 - Jackson, MS - Ole Tavern
03.12.10 - Shreveport, LA - Mediastar Lounge
03.13.10 - Denton, TX - Conferette Festival
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Cactus Records Instore
03.16.10 - Houston, TX - The Mink
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
03.21.10 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn
03.22.10 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Alehouse %
03.23.10- Los Angeles, CA - Echo %
03.24.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters
03.25.10 - Merced, CA - Black Box Theater
03.26.10 - Sacramento, CA - Beatnik Studios
03.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.30.10 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s
03.31.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.01.10 - Kennewick, WA - Red Room
04.02.10 - Tacoma, WA - O’Malley’s
04.03.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.05.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.06.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
04.07.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.08.10 - Normal, IL - Firehouse
04.09.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
04.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
04.12.10 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
04.13.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose
04.14.10 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar
04.15.10 - New York City, NY - Cakeshop

% O’Death

• Franz Nicolay: http://www.franznicolay.com

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)
Superchunk
The Olivia Tremor Control
Candlebox
Young Marble Giants
The Magic Band
The Raincoats (performing The Raincoats)
A Hawk and as Hacksaw
Tinariwen
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

• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com
• Wordless Music Series: http://www.wordlessmusic.org

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