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

Joyful Noise announces flextacular 2012 series of flexi disc recordings, featuring Deerhoof, Tortoise, and of Montreal, among others http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-joyful-noise.jpg

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

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

RIP: Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood of Mothers of Invention

From The Guardian:

Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood, who has died aged 69, was a member of Frank Zappa’s original Mothers of Invention. He appeared on all the group’s early albums, up to and including Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970), as well as on Zappa’s solo disc Lumpy Gravy. He later performed with the Grandmothers, a group of musicians who had accompanied Zappa during different phases of his career.

• Jim Sherwood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Sherwood
• Mothers of Invention: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mothers_of_Invention

RIP: Sam Rivers, jazz musician and composer

From Ottawa Citizen:

Members of New York’s jazz community including composer Darcy James Argue and trumpeters David Weiss and Marcus Printup are passing along word that the great saxophonist/composer/bandleader Sam Rivers died yesterday.

Rivers, who was 88 and lived near Orlando, Florida, made music with great stylistic breadth, informed by a wealth of inspirations. He was a striking figure in the story of free jazz, but he was also thoroughly steeped in the rigours of bebop. Rivers was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s before Wayne Shorter joined the group, and he appears on the 1964 album Miles in Tokyo. Rivers subsequently appeared on some bracing Blue Note recordings including the classic under his own leadership Fuchsia Swing Song, Tony Williams’ Spring and Life Time, Larry Young’s Into Somethin‘ and Bobby Hutcherson’s Dialogue.

• Sam Rivers: http://www.rivbea.com

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