Kimya Dawson tours the US, hippity hoppity, do do n’ doo, and a cherry on top!

Kimya Dawson tours the US, hippity hoppity, do do n' doo, and a cherry on top! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-kimya-dawson.jpg

Stop what you’re not-doing, readers! Kimya Dawson, the girl who played Juno in the Wes Anderson movie Girl, Interrupted is touring, like, EVERYWHERE, in support of, like, EVERYTHING, like, RIGHT THE FUCK NOW! Actually, she’s mostly touring in support of last year’s album Thunder Thighs to make up for dates that got cancelled on her last tour in November, and the tour doesn’t start until March, but, shit, even still!

Also, remember that “children’s music” album she made a few years ago so that her kids and your kids and Ellen Page’s kids and everyone else’s kids could feel good about their natural audible bodily functions? Good, because Dawson’s Chicago date includes two separate shows on the same night, with the early one featuring kid-friendly stuff from that album and the second show featuring… I don’t know, slightly less kid-friendly stuff I guess? Either way, if you happen to be in that one particular city on the entire planet Earth on that one singular date with the entire 366-day span of 2012, you’re welcome!

And now, bonus content time! Resume your soul numbingly meaningless internet browsery, readers.

Tourdates:

03.19.12 - Greenville, NC - Tipsy Teapot
03.20.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar
03.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space
03.22.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum
03.23.12 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
03.24.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
03.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk (two shows)
03.27.12 - Rock Island, IL - Rozz Tox
03.28.12 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
03.29.12 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ Blue Moose
03.31.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggos
04.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Five Spot
04.02.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
04.03.12 - Carrboro, NC - Art Center
04.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
04.21.12 - Winona, MN - Mid West Music Fest - Masonic Temple

• Kimya Dawson: http://kimyadawson.com

Active Child and Balam Acab to twist each other’s knobs this spring

Everyone’s favorite choir boy Active Child a.k.a. Pat Grossi has announced his last leg of dates before he hits the studio to record the follow-up (already?!) to his spaced-out-indie-R&B debut You Are All I See. Equally as exciting is that he’ll be taking Balam Acab on the road with him for the spring dates, who’s promoting his own Wander/Wonder (TMT Review) album from last year. Between the two of them you can expect a lot of magical harp playing, knob twisting, and angelic, head-soothing vocals.

Hear Active Child’s “Johnny Belinda” remixed by White Arrows by clicking over to Vagrant’s site, or watch the video for “Hanging On” below.

Tourdates:

04.27.12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
04.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.29.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04.30.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Company
05.02.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.05.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
05.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.08.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
05.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.10.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.11.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.12.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.15.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
05.19.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.20.12 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
05.22.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

• Active Child: http://activechildmusic.com
• Balam Acab: http://www.myspace.com/thebalamacab
• Vagrant: http://vagrant.com

Death Grips planning two full-lengths for 2012; first album set for April release! Mmm… grips.

Death Grips found an open spot in our armor last year and “plunged their knife deep into our appendix, twisting the knife twice as we howled in agony” by way of a freely distributed mixtape called Exmilitary. That album was loved in secret around the TMT offices and only in December was the public informed of what we’d known all along: that Exmilitary deserved no more and no less than the #22 spot on our year-end list.

Now, Death Grips have announced their intentions to “take advantage of our agonized screams following last year’s knifing to cleave our heads off our necks” by way of TWO full-length, world-distributed albums before the year is through. To prove that these threats weren’t idle, a song/video was debuted on their site called “Blackjack” and a general first-album release date of April was tossed out to “ensure paralysis.”

You can check out “Blackjack” below, and don’t forget to grab Black Google while you’re waiting, which lays out the instrumentals/acapellas/stems of Exmilitary for free. No word yet on a nine-vinyl series of remixes, so there’s still time to make the cut.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net

[Photo: Ryan Pollock]

Metallica announce their own two-day festival in Atlantic City and put Liturgy on the bill just to see how mad real metal dudes get

James Hetfield and his raw-as-hell gang of metal miscreants are proving that they’re as TROO as TROO METAL gets with the announcement of a two-day festival on June 23-24 featuring such brutal acts as Best Coast, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, and other aesthetically disciplined hard-asses. Metallica will headline both nights in Atlantic City, naturally, and they’re planning on playing The Black Album and Ride the Lightning in their entirety during it. The festival is called Orion Music + More, as you can see by the metal-as-shit logo above that shows off some bitchin’ sound wave visualization (the same visualization you might be looking at to see exactly how brick-wall fucked the frequency range is on Metallica’s latest album).

Along with being a truly “metal only” music event, the Orion Music + More festival will “feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band’s individual interests” — I’m no expert, but having watched Some Kind of Monster I think this means there’ll be horseback riding for Kirk Hammett’s fans and anger management personal psychiatrists for everyone else. Head to the official festival site to see the various ticket deals depending on how big you want your VIP status to be displayed on your Metallica lanyard.

Lineup so far:

Metallica
Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Lucero
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers
Liturgy

• Metallica: http://www.metallica.com
• Orion Music + More: http://orionmusicandmore.com

Islands work real hard to get back into your pants with a Valentine’s Day surprise: new album and sexxxy, intimate tour

It’s been a good three years since we last heard from that old flame, Islands. Their 2009 record Vapours was another solid outing of frenetic pop, but then they just stopped calling and we thought things had run their course. Sure, we were upset, but there are other fish in the sea. And then just when we’re really, truly over it, they come waltzing back into our lives. At least they’re certainly trying this time.

Here’s what they have planned for Valentine’s Day: their new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, will be released on ANTI-, then they’re embarking on an extensive North American Tour. How do we know it’ll be different this time? Well, lead man Nick Thorburn moved to the sunny environs of Los Angeles from New York, and the change in scenery has altered Islands’ tone. Prefix recently talked to Thorburn, who noted that “[t]he record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming.” I think he’s talking about our time together.

Let’s not get our hopes up, but it really seems like this is the real deal! heck out Islands when they roll through your town this unseasonably warm winter to be sure.

02.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
02.15.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.17.12 - Austin, TX - St David’s Episcopal Church
02.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Herman Hall
02.20.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.21.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - TBA
02.22.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.23.12 - Baltimore, MD - TBA
02.24.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Chapel
02.25.12 - New York, NY - TBA
02.26.12 - Hamden, CT - The Space
02.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End
02.28.12 - Toronto, ON - Music Gallery
02.29.12 - Pontiac, MI - Magnetic Recording
03.01.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.02.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
03.03.12 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
03.05.12 - Edmonton, AB - The Haven Social Club
03.06.12 - Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
03.08.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rio Theatre
03.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
03.11.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
03.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
03.14.12 - San Diego, CA - TBA

• Islands: http://www.myspace.com/islands
• ANTI-: http://anti.com

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi continue their endless traverse of the frequency range with Imikuzushi

Wouldn’t the United Nations be so much more worthwhile of an organization if each country, instead of electing the most diplomatic and politically aware citizens to serve as ambassador, altered their criteria in order to place a completely irrelevant emphasis on one’s ability to musically improvise? Additionally, in order to overcome those pesky language barriers, each representative would be required to “speak” through the positive or negative tones of their respective instruments. Here’s how that would hypothetically play out: “In response to the continued human rights abuses by the leader of Hullabalooistan, the gentleman from neighboring Republic of Gibberishtania is recognized.” *BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BRRRRRRRRRR*

For the purpose of a coherent segway, the yearly collaboration between Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi represents something of a mini-UN in its own respect, with the three patriots of experimentation hailing from Japan, the US, and Australia, respectively. When it comes to how these three individuals came to work together, your guess is as good as mine, but speaking on behalf of free improv enthusiasts everywhere (is that okay?), it’s most definitely a welcome meeting of minds — one which continues with the release of Imikuzushi on February 28 via Black Truffle Records, who previously released the trio’s Tima Formosa (TMT Review and In a flash everything comes together as one there is no need for a subject.

In addition to using all of the appropriate adjectives — “hypnotic,” “pounding,” “intense,” “transcendent” — Melbourne-based songwriter and musician Francis Plagne describes the album as “four unedited excerpts salvaged from an epic show that lasted well over three hours, the sometimes raw nature of the recording only adds to its directness and harshly emotive quality.” Personally, I’d like to see the trio take a subtle cue from Boris and make a pop-inspired album. I realize how implausible that sounds.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• Oren Ambarchi: http://www.orenambarchi.com
• Keiji Haino: http://www.fushitsusha.com
• Black Truffle: http://www.blacktrufflerecords.com