Jim O’Rourke schedules six consecutive career-spanning shows in Tokyo, new orchestral pop LP (still) almost done

Jim O'Rourke schedules six consecutive career-spanning shows in Tokyo, new orchestral pop LP (still) almost done http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-orourke.jpg

Q: Hey Jim, you’ve just scheduled a personally unprecedented six consecutive days of shows at Tokyo’s SuperDeluxe, with each day focusing on a specific part of your extensive musical oeuvre. Although you rarely perform under your own name, you’re heavily involved in gigs around the city, and had the previously-scheduled ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror Japan not been cancelled, you would’ve performed Eureka in its entirety on the day you were scheduled to also curate. Clearly, you have deep interest in the live experience. Why don’t you tell us about it?

A: If I didn’t have to ever play a show again, I’d be happy.

Q: Oh. Well… alright, next question. Your musical versatility and contributions to a range of genres can hardly be overstated. Many of us know you through your work with Sonic Youth, but the number of collaborations (here’s a recent one) that you’ve been involved with, as well as a your solo work, is a testament to your diverse talent and ongoing penchant for innovation. Could you elaborate on your apparent interest in testing the limits of the instruments you use?

A: I don’t understand liking your instrument, it’s just a pain-in-the-ass thing you have to use in order to do what you want to do. Having an interest in your instrument — I don’t understand it, it just makes no sense to me. Why don’t you just stay home and caress it and stuff? Why are you playing for people?

[I’ll go ahead and add this disclaimer after the fact: the above wasn’t an actual interview carried out by TMT, but they are actual (out-of-context) Jim O’Rourke responses, in all their unabashed and straight-shooting glory, culled from a recent story in Time Out Tokyo.]

In addition to the aforementioned six days of shows, word has also been soooort of given about the “the next song record” — his long-delayed, much-anticipated orchestral pop album — which, after “12 goddamn years” is “probably” due out this year.

Here’s a brief rundown of those six shows, though, per Time Out. Dates (all at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo, Japan):

06.17.13 - 80’s: The Cassette Years (80’s table top guitar [solo] & 80’s electronics [solo])
06.18.13 - College Days Compositions (String Quartet & Oscillators [world premiere], Aunt Esther, Mizu No Nai Umi)
06.19.13 - Happy Bad Timing Days (Bad Timing & Happy Days combined performance)
06.20.13 - Big Band & Tapes
06.21.13 - Toward the Future One (new jazz trio [compositions by Jim O’Rourke] & Kafka’s Snore)
06.22.13 - Toward the Future Two (songs, old and new)

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke

My Bloody Valentine announce North American tour to support new album Detox

My Bloody Valentine just announced North American dates in support of m b v.

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06.09.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
06.10.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Archa Theater
06.13.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Oslo, Norway - Norwegian Wood Festival
07.07.13 - Belfort, France - Eurockeennes Festival
07.13.13 - Balado, Scotland - T in the Park
07.26.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
07.27.13 - Ansan Daebu Island, Korea - Valley Rock Festival
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.06.13 - Vienna, Austria - Vienna Arena
08.08.13 - Sibenik, Croatia - Terraneo Festival
08.10.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.16.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
08.17.13 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
08.19.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
08.21.13 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Events Center
08.23.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
08.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.30.13 - Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.05.13 - Cologne, Germany - Cologne Live Music Hall
09.07.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.08.13 - Munich, Germany - Munich Tonhalle
10.31.13 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
11.03.13 - Lille, France - Aeronef

• My Bloody Valentine: https://www.facebook.com/mybloodyvalentine

Brian Wilson, subject of the popular Barenaked Ladies song, begins work on his 11th solo album

The Barenaked Ladies, the household-name Canadian group known for such hits as “If I Had $1,000,000” and “One Week,” have left a lasting impression on popular music. Though it would take much more than the confines of this short news post to even summarize their influence, surely one of their greatest contributions was to cast light on the almost-lost-to-history pop stylings of Brian Wilson with their song “Brian Wilson.” Wilson, of course, was a founding member of cult-group The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys only recently released their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made Radio, an album that was a biting indictment of the radio and record industries, who for some reason never really embraced The Beach Boys, though the band does have a small but devoted fan base.

Looking to jump on the publicity firestorm surrounding BNL’s latest release Grinning Streak, Wilson has announced he’s begun work on his own solo album, his first of all original material since 2008’s That Lucky Old Sun (TMT Review). He says that playing with The Beach Boys on their 50th anniversary tour both filled his head up with new ideas and reminded him that he still probably had some BNL-cred to cash in. The as-yet-untitled release will be his 11th solo project. He’ll be joined by Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks as well as a whole host of friends-cum-BNL superfans such as Jeff Beck, Don Was, and Jim Keltner. The album will be out on Capitol Records, the label that released the first Beach Boys records way back before the dawn of time and who really missed the boat on The Barenaked Ladies. Wilson will also be playing a short tour in late July (with one date in October), joined by Jardine and Marks. The Barenaked Ladies are also touring this summer. Be sure to head out and catch both if you can, and take your dad if he’s around!

Brian Wilson Dates:

07.20.13 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
07.21.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE - Outdoor Stage
07.23.13 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
07.25.13 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
07.26.13 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
07.27.13 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Family Ampitheatre
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

• The Barenaked Ladies: http://barenakedladies.com
• Brian Wilson: http://www.brianwilson.com
• Capitol Records: http://www.capitolrecords.com

David Lynch follows up Crazy Clown Time with The Big Dream. Instead of a new movie :(

A few days ago, renowned filmmaker David Lynch decided to branch out his social media presence and signed up for new “it” service Vine. He promptly posted a video simply, and appropriately, titled “Another mystery-” (cue spooky sound effects). Because this is 2013 and most people tend their work days on Twitter and/or over analyzing celebrity tweets Lynch’s post stirred up some press coverage. Was it a teaser for a new film? Is he developing a web series? None of the above! The post was, in fact, a teaser for his forthcoming record!

Save the date, because on July 16 The Big Dream will be available digitally, on CD, and on LP from the fine people at Sacred Bones in the US and Sunday Best in Europe. Dream is the follow up to Lynch’s 2011 debut Crazy Clown Time and another exercise in what Lynch calls “modern blues.” Apparently, Lynch considers the music “modern blues” not necessarily because of the sound, but because of the songwriting process: “Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues” (via Sunday Best’s press release). Either way, expect a lot of reverb drenched guitars, processed vocals, and pounding drums. Eleven of the 12 tracks were penned by Lynch himself, once again featuring engineer Dean Hurley contributing additional instrumentation and handling production duties, with the odd track being a cover of the Bob Dylan song “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” It remains to be seen if any of the quasi-dance pop is going to make the cut on the new record.

The album also includes a “bonus” track. Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li joins Lynch for a cut titled “I’m Waiting Here.” The song will be available as a same-day download with all three formats of the album. Those committed enough to buy the 2xLP set will also get the Li song on the A-side and a Lynch-penned etching on the B-side. The song features Li on vocals and is only a few degrees removed from the Lady in the Radiator song (or any of the stuff from Blue Velvet).

Check below for the complete tracklist as well as the full audio of “I’m Waiting Here,” which, again, features Lykke Li.

The Big Dream tracklisting:

01. The Big Dream
02. Star Dream Girl
03. Last Call
04. Cold Wind Blowin
05. The Ballad of Hollis Brown
06. Wishin’ Well
07. Say It
08. We Rolled Together
09. Sun Can’t Be Seen No More
10. I Want You
11. The Line It Curves
12. Are You Sure
Bonus Track: I’m Waiting Here (feat. Lykke Li)

• David Lynch: http://www.davidlynch.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com
• Sunday Best: http://www.sundaybest.net

Run DMT announces Warped Tour dates……?

Run DMT at Warped Tour. I still don’t understand. I thought Warped Tour was for punk rawk bands who burn their hair stick straight and wear super dark eye makeup and scream a lot about feeling mad or sad, not an electronic dude who’s remixed Major Lazer and Hundred Waters.

I guess I’m just way out of touch, because apparently Warped Tour has decided to include a handful of EDM artists in this year’s lineup, and Run DMT is one of them, because that’s what the kids are into these days. Honestly, I think they’re just trying to lure Skrillex back, because I guess they’ve maybe been on nasty terms since his old emo band From First to Last decided not to play the festival at the last minute in 2006 if they couldn’t be guaranteed an afternoon slot on the main stage. But ya know, that might not be the case at all.

So, let’s all dye our hair neon colors and dig out our checkered Vans and go to Warped Tour this year?

Dates:

06.15.13 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
06.16.13 - Portland, OR - Portland Expo Concourse
06.19.13 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06.20-21.13 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
06.22.13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
06.23.13 - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
06.26.13 - Las Cruces, NM - NMSU Practice Field
06.27.13 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park
06.28.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino Parking Lot
06.29.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark
06.30.13 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07.03.13 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
07.05.13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07.06.13 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake PAC
07.07.13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
07.09.13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live
07.10.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.11.13 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
07.12.13 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
07.13.13 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
07.14.13 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
07.16.13 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
07.17.13 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
07.18.13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
07.19.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07.21.13 - Shakopee, MN - Canterbury Park
07.23.13 - Bonner Springs, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
07.24.13 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
07.25.13 - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07.26.13 -Tampa, FL - Vinoy Park
07.27.13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
07.28.13 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
07.29.13 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07.30.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
07.31.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
08.02.13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
08.03.13 - San Antonio, TX - Bud Light Courtyard at The AT&T Center
08.04.13 - Houston, TX - Reliant Park

• Run DMT: http://rundmtbeats.com
• Warped Tour: http://www.vanswarpedtour.com

Modest Mouse cancel UK tour to focus on recording, because though they have iPads, you can’t do both of those things at once

Hey, what do you know? Ol’ Isaac Whosits and his rock band Modest Mouse are still out there doing stuff. Or at least, they were about to be.

Per a little announcement on their website, they’ve kinda sorta decided to maybe hold off on playing a bunch of shows in the UK that start next week in favor of continuing work on their new album, which I reckon would follow-up 2009’s No One’s First and You’re Next, but you know, who even remembers?

Well, that’s about it. What? You want quotes or something? Fine:

After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year.

MODEST MOUSE

How’s that? Nice and official? Yeah, you’re right; it is. Oh, by the way, England, they’re still playing their Monterey, CA date at the end of August. USA! USA! USA!

Okay, NOW that’s about it. Don’t worry, I’ll still post all the tour dates below for no reason.

Modest Mouse:

06-13 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweeden – Hulsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Adalen, Denmark – Northside Festival
06.17.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06.18.13 - Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
06.20.13 - Vienna, Austria – Full Hit the Summer
06.21.13 - Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06.22.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Paris, France – Trabendo
06.26.13 - Rennes, France – L’Ubu
06.28.13 - Vitoria-Gaseiz, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
06.30.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air St. Gallen
07.02.13 - Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
07.03.13 - Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
07.04.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.06.13 - Wercher, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07.08.13 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2
07.09.13 - Bristol, England - Briston O2 Academy
07.11.13 - London, England – Roundhouse
07.12.13 - Leeds, England – Leeds University Stylus
07.13.13 - Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07.14.13 - Gateshead, England – Sage 2
07.16.13 - Manchester, England – Academy 2
07.17.13 - Nottingham, England – Rock City Main Hall
07.18.13 - Birmingham, England – Library
07.20.13 - Puchestown, Ireland – Longitude Festival

08.25.13 - Monterey, CA – First City Festival

• Modest Mouse: http://www.modestmouse.com
• Epic: http://www.epicrecords.com