Joanna Newsom gives away brand new song!! (New to us; it was recorded when she was 17)

Joanna Newsom gives away brand new song!! (New to us; it was recorded when she was 17)

Harp to swallow, I know, but the gentle lioness Joanna Newsom was already plucking/plinking earthly melodies out of her chosen musical instrument long before The Milk-Eyed Mender came out in 2004, and even before those early self-released CD-Rs. While we were driving around our suburban backstreets, thinking we were King/Queen Shit for cruising past our math teacher’s house at 10 PM, Ms. Newsom used her 17-year-old time to get serious about her life’s passion. Hours of material were recorded around this time (though she hadn’t yet found her voice), with “an eye towards modern classical music,” according to Drag City. This was 13 years ago!!

So now we can all bear witness to the sounds of a very young Joanna by heading to Drag City’s main page and streaming/downloading the track “Instrumental 1999” immediately. This song was included on a just-released CD comp benefitting the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (NOT the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. like Mr P thought… such disillusionment and negativity…) and it has the awesome title Harpfelt Connections.

Interestingly (for shut-ins), this lone track has an official catalog number on DC’s sub-label Sea Note, so maaaaybe this is a little preview of a larger archival release? SPECULATION IS IRRESPONSIBLE BUT SO FUN!!!

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Facebook salutes Friendster in new music-creation game, Songster. JK! It has nothing to do with Friendster. (What’s that?)

Remember Napster? How about Friendster? Oh yes, those progenitors of our current music-sharing and social networking sites sure were something, weren’t they? They were early pioneers in the current time-wasting wonderland that is The Internet, and as such, they deserve our respect, and our remembrances. Well IN YOUR FACE ALL YOU -STER WEBSITES!!!! Eternal internet champion Facebook’s got a new music creation game, and they’re calling it Songster.

Songster was announced today at a very special SXSW event, where an industry bro was able to Tweet “F*&% yeah, Facebeezy! Songster is KILLING IT!” thanks to the nearby presence of a WiFi-providing homeless man. Songster is the sexy lovechild of the union between Facebook and Mowgli, and will allow Facebeezy, er, Facebook users to log in to their accounts and start creating songs in the “alternative,” “rap,” or “rock” genres. (Unfortunately “rap-metal” is not yet an option.) Then users can share their tracks with friends, connect with other fellow Songsters, and perform at what Prefix Mag very kindly [*cough* NERDS *cough*] described as “virtual venues.”

You can give Songster a whirl right here. When you’re selling out Virtual Madison Square Garden, just don’t forget who told you first.

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Antony Hegarty curates London’s magical Meltdown Festival and intends to create paradise

Most people would say that magic is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or like, cutting a lady in half but then WHOA she gets out of her magic box and she’s a whole lady again!!! But then, most people haven’t been to the wondrous Meltdown Festival put on annually by London’s Southbank Centre. Meltdown takes place at the myriad venues of the Centre’s art complex, which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Hayward Gallery. Organizers give the reins to a different music icon every year, and give him or her the leeway to curate music, art, film, performances, and discussions that reflect the artist’s unique interests. In the past, Meltdown has been directed by luminaries such as Laurie Anderson, Nick Cave, John Peel, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Morrissey, Massive Attack and… well, the list goes on and on, ever since the festival was born back in 1993. And this year the head of the fest is… drum roll please… the ever-eclectic Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons fame.

Antony takes over the Southbank Centre from August 1-12 this year. The lineup is yet to be announced, but it’s being carefully selected to mirror the themes of Hegarty’s work. The British-born musician has worked with everyone from Lou Reed to Björk to Boy George, so tickets should start flying once the lineup is unveiled in April. Antony described Meltdown in some very PR-friendly soundbytes, saying,”I want to create a kind of paradise. I want to walk through that forest and see and hear the hardcore beauty and strength in art and music that makes sense to me. The weather is changing and everybody knows it. I want to participate; What is my relationship and responsibility to the world around me?” Only five more months till fans can stroll through the forest with Mr. Hegarty as their guide.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic announces five Beethoven Remix finalists and shows that classical and electronic really are better together

Classical and electronic go together like green eggs and ham. Hall and Oates. Bananas and pajamas. Don’t believe me? Where were you when we reported that the Brooklyn Philharmonic was looking for DJs and sound artists to remix the final movement of Beethoven’s Eroica, a piece performed at the Brooklyn Phil’s debut concert back in 1857? Maybe you were living under a rock or in a bucket or in the woods of New Hampshire.

Well listen up, J.D. Salinger, because the Brooklyn Philharmonic has just announced the five finalists for its Beethoven Remix Project: composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Friel, electronic musician and cultural activist Boima Tucker, composer Andrew “Komplexx” McLean, DJ and producer DJ Eddie Marz, and a collaboration of six high school students from Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School called Swaggbrarians. Later this month, they’ll announce the winner, who will have their remix arranged by acclaimed composer Andrew Norman and performed by the Brooklyn Phil at the Bed-Stuy Orchestra Concert on June 9, which will feature Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), singer Leslie Uggams, as well as string players from the Noel Pointer Foundation Youth String Orchestra. Plus, they’ll be burning up to 2000 mix CDs with all the finalists’ remixes, which they’ll hand out for free (dropping them from the ceiling like confetti or balloons, I assume).

The Remix Project is part of a yearlong celebration of the Brooklyn Phil’s history — they’ve spent their season gadding about the borough and performing portions of Eroica in contexts that reflect the respective cultures of different neighborhoods. For the Brighton Beach Orchestra Concert, they paired the opening movement with a Russian film by Akop Kirakosyan, and for the Brooklyn Village concerts at Roulette (part of the Downtown Brooklyn Series), they’ll perform the scherzo in a 19th century reimagining.

Check out the remixes here and consider crawling out from inside your bucket for some classical beats once June 9 rolls around.

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Nurse with Wound collects rare, mildewed material for Creakiness and Other Misdemeanours release

Nurse with Wound has just reissued a collection of rare tracks titled Creakiness and Other Misdemeanours, which includes their side of the amazing and long out-of-print split LP with Spasm along with other gems from limited releases. According to Midheaven:

1991’s “Creakiness” features Stephen Stapleton, Joolie Wood, James Mannox and Tony Wakeford crafting a five-part dada-esque mix of samples from Warner Brothers cartoons, car horns, game show buzzers and other sounds. ‘Mona Twisted’ and ‘Twisted Mona’ are from the Sand Tangled Women (Echo Poeme Sequence 3) 7-inch, the 19-minute ‘Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence 1)’ was a single-track CDR—both originally released in limited editions by Klanggalerie in 2005. ‘A Perfectly Natural Explanation’ was released on the Having Fun with the Prince of Darkness 7-inch in 2004.

The CD is available now from United Jnana.

Creakiness and Other Misdemeanors tracklisting:

01. Creakiness
02. Mona Twisted
03. Twisted Mona
04. Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence 1)
05. A Perfectly Natural Explanation

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Melvins return to kick your ass so hard you’ll puke up their new album and crawl to see them on tour

Those badass motherfuckers known as the Melvins are gearing up for their June 5 release, Freak Puke, via Ipecac Records. Dubbed “Melvins Lite,” the group sees core Melv-heads Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover join forces with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, and Fantômas). If it’s Melvins heavy and the sexiness of the word “free” that you crave, then you’ll want to check out their five-song EP The Bulls & the Bees that’s been released via Scion A/V.

However, the real beauty here is that all of the Melvins will come together in unity and support the cause (themselves and their awesomeness), this April for a US tour. Check the dates after the tracklisting.

Freak Puke tracklist:

01. Mr. Rip Off
02. Inner Ear Rupture
03. Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
04. Worm Farm Walt
05. A Growing Disgust
06. Leon vs. the Revolution
07. Holy Barbarians
08. Freak Puke
09. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk


04.11.12 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club *
04.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
04.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
04.14.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
04.17.12 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock *
04.19.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
04.20.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
04.21.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
04.23.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
04.24.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live *
04.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage *
04.26.12 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend *
04.28.12 - West Chester, PA - The Note *
04.29.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
05.02.12 - DeKalb, IL - Otto’s Nightclub *
05.03.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
05.04.12 - Nashville, TN- Exit/In *
05.07.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
05.09.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company *
05.11.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theatre *
05.25.12 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
05.28.12 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
05.30.12 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Forum, Primavera Sound

* Unsane

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