Joyful Noise announces flextacular 2012 series of flexi disc recordings, featuring Deerhoof, Tortoise, and of Montreal, among others

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Readers will excuse my ignorance, but flexi discs sound like something that should be featured in a television infomercial: the creepily enthusiastic host dressed in khakis and a shirt with no tie explains to the audience how the commonly-used recording mediums are just too damn (sans explicit language) fragile and prone to ruination. He feels the need to demonstrate this by destroying CDs and traditional vinyl records in a variety of innovative of ways: breaking them in half with his bare hands, running them over with his car, placing them in an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and so on. Eventually, the host introduces the spotlighted, magnificently indestructible flexi disc — capable of bending as though it were made purely of rubber, and available for purchase at the absurdly low price of $19.95!

But what’s in a name, really? So long as flexi discs faithfully serve the purpose of accurately reproducing the recorded material, the fact that it’s somewhat cheesily-named shouldn’t even matter, and the fact that it’s a relatively obscure medium might even be a point of attraction. Such is undoubtedly what the Indianapolis-based record label Joyful Noise is counting on with the announcement that, for 2012, they’re offering a monthly subscription of “exclusive” flexi disc recordings from 12 different artists, including of Montreal, Tortoise, Akron/Family, Danielson, and Deerhoof. Subscriptions to the series cost $4/month, and each release is limited to 500 copies. Furthermore, every song featured is entirely new, and according to a press release, “will never be released in any other format” — not officially, anyway.

If you’re still wondering what the hell a flexi disc actually is and whether or not your current system has the capacity for playback, check out Joyful Noise’s brief description of the medium on their subscription page. Apparently your standard turntable will do the job just fine.

• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

Fujiya & Miyagi to go on US tour, as was written in the scrolls

Late in 2006, a man took pen to scroll and scrawled out, “Fujiya & Miyagi are a band and in about five or six years, they’ll go on tour in the United States.” Remember, this was before the internet was the internet, so everybody was still writing on scrolls. When they weren’t writing on scrolls, they were drawing pictures of tigers. Prove me wrong. Anyway, the guy also wrote some stuff about how Fujiya & Miyagi weren’t actually from Japan and some passing references to Krautrock and stuff like that. But who cares? Dude wrote it on a scroll, and I don’t read anything written on scrolls.

Still, that part about them going on tour in the US still rings pretty true. As predicted, Fujiya & Miyagi are coming to America (like Eddie Murphy!!!!!) in January. They’ll be here for about a couple of weeks, then they’ll get homesick for the grey skies of their native England as soon as February hits. Some say there’s no better time to be in England! Plan a trip now!

Fujiya & Miyagi released a record called Ventrilloquizzing last January. More recently, they put out a single by the title of Ecstatic Dancer, which you can hear by clicking on that very link. That, too, was written on the scroll. Really, this was all in the midst of an intense scroll-writing session, the likes of which has been compared to a fever dream and/or nightmare and/or boring afternoon.

Fujiya & Miyagi dates:

01.19.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
01.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
01.21.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
01.22.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
01.23.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
01.24.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
01.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
01.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
01.27.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
01.28.12 - Portland, WA - Mississippi Studios
01.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
01.31.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo

• Fujiya & Miyagi: http://www.fujiya-miyagi.co.uk
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Sub Pop allows Eugene Mirman to tour as long as he sticks to telling jokes

For centuries, comedy and music have gone together like oil and vinegar, and the brilliant combination has opened the doors for such acts as The Darkness, Eddie Murphy, Dane Cook, Machine Gun Kelly, and Fleetwod Mac. Sub Pop is a label that is no stranger to having a few comedians in their lineup, and those dudes at the Sub Pop factory think it’s funny as shit to make these joke-tellers go on tour, opening up for bands.

Eugene Mirman (not to be confused with Donald Merman, the “Mermaid” comedian) is being forced to open for that savvy whistleblower, Andrew Bird, and he may or may not perform some of his famous jokes from Sub Pop albums like God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s (ruh-roh Christian community, that sounds offensive!).

Mirman is best known as the landlord, Eugene, from Flight of the Conchords and the Russian kid, Eugene, from Home Movies who pees in Coach McGuirk’s canteen. My hunch for this specific Mirman tour is that he and Andrew Bird would be more than happy to play a duet rendition of Lou Reed’s “Women” if you shout the request obnoxiously 48 times in a row.

Tourdates:

01.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Pretty Good Friends @ SF Sketchfest) *
01.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Pretty Good Friends @ SF Sketchfest) *
01.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Cobb’s Comedy Club (Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show @ SF Sketchfest) #
03.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater $
03.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf $
03.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle $
03.19.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Audiotorium $
03.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre $
03.22.12 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant $
03.23.12 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater $
03.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater $
05.19.12 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College

* Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael Showalter, Paul F. Tompkins, and more
# Jon Glaser, David Cross, Paul Rudd, Brett Gelman, Jessi Klein, Andy Blitz, and more
$ Andrew Bird

• Eugene Mirman: http://eugenemirman.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Help Non-Event make Boston a better place by “Kickstarting” performances by Phill Niblock, C. Spencer Yeh, etc.

There’s been a lot of different organizations that work toward making Boston a better place. Some make efforts to reduce the city’s crime rates, while some work incessantly to provide care for Boston’s homeless. And then there are some who would just like to see some culture sprout among the congested Irish pubs. Such an organization is Non-Event, an experimental music concert series that has snuck cutting edge music past the city limits of Boston for a decade now.

This year, with the series’ rapid expansion and new venue additions, like any good cause in Boston, Non-Event needs your help with funding, thus a Kickstarter page has emerged. Giving what little you can will help Celtics fans see performances from already-confirmed artists Phill Niblock, Lasse Marhaug, Alvin Curran, Belarisk, C. Spencer Yeh, Greg Kelley, Leif Elggren with C.M. von Hausswolff, and Thomas Köner. Their fundraising deadline is January 18, and all pledges over $5 receive some lovely incentives.

Now if someone could just do the same for Baltimore.

• Non-Event: http://www.nonevent.org
• Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1665987477/non-event-2012-concert-se…

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RIP: Richard Lainhart, electronic composer

From Richard’s Facebook page:

Dear friends of Richard. This is Richard’s wife Caroline Meyers. I have very sad news to report to you all. Richard died yesterday December 30 from complications from surgery on December 22. He struggled valiantly to overcome his infection, but it was not to be. We are all in shock and cannot grasp the idea of his not making music, talking music, teaching, posting and playing.

Richard’s closest friends and I are planning a memorial service and I will let you know the date and time. I would be most grateful if you have a story about your connection to Richard if you could share it here and we can bring all your thoughts to the memorial when it happens.

I never thought I would write such a Facebook post as this and I beg your prayers for Richard Lainhart, musician and irreplaceable human being.

(Thanks to The Out Door for the tip.)

• Richard Lainhart: http://www.otownmedia.com/he/about.html

  

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