Kishi Bashi to release debut full-length 151a on Joyful Noise — oh my god, that’s my apartment number!

Kishi Bashi to release debut full-length 151a on Joyful Noise — oh my god, that's my apartment number! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-03-kishi-bashi.jpg

No, Kishi Bashi (real name: K Ishibashi) isn’t, in fact, a former competitive eater from Japan who once inhaled 64 hot dogs in a 12-minute span at Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest; that would be Takeru Kobayashi. My apologies to the former; as a third-generation American almost exclusively accustomed to Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic names, names originating from the Land of the Rising Sun tend to, for me, blend in to one another. But really, who cares about some guy who’s been genetically blessed with an unusually large gullet? I can only think of so many professions where such a quality would be advantageous. I’ll let you use your imagination.

Needless to say, Kishi Bashi’s musical talents are much more impressive than the ability to shove diabetes down one’s throat, and you may even be familiar with some of his work, despite a possible insistence otherwise. As a violinist, he’s recorded, toured, and has close relationships with two rather popular acts — Regina Spektor and of Montreal — and is also the founding member of Jupiter One, a Brooklyn-based band specializing in mostly traditional-sounding indie rock. Now, after self-releasing his Room for Dream EP last summer, he’s set to release his debut full-length 151a via Joyful Noise on April 10.

If Room for Dream is any indication, expect a sound sporadically (and eerily) reminiscent of the kind that of Montreal are particularly known for — “avant pop,” as a press release fairly describes it — you know, suitable for happy folk, or at least those aspiring to be.

151a tracklisting:

01. Intro / Pathos, Pathos
02. Manchester
03. Bright Whites
04. It All Began With a Burst
05. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me
06. Chester’s Burst Over the Hamptons
07. Atticus, In the Desert
08. I Am the Antichrist to You
09. Beat the Bright Out of Me

• Kishi Bashi: http://www.kishibashi.com
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

Kishi Bashi to release debut full-length 151a on Joyful Noise — oh my god, that’s my apartment number!

No, Kishi Bashi (real name: K Ishibashi) isn’t, in fact, a former competitive eater from Japan who once inhaled 64 hot dogs in a 12-minute span at Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest; that would be Takeru Kobayashi. My apologies to the former; as a third-generation American almost exclusively accustomed to Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic names, names originating from the Land of the Rising Sun tend to, for me, blend in to one another. But really, who cares about some guy who’s been genetically blessed with an unusually large gullet? I can only think of so many professions where such a quality would be advantageous. I’ll let you use your imagination.

Needless to say, Kishi Bashi’s musical talents are much more impressive than the ability to shove diabetes down one’s throat, and you may even be familiar with some of his work, despite a possible insistence otherwise. As a violinist, he’s recorded, toured, and has close relationships with two rather popular acts — Regina Spektor and of Montreal — and is also the founding member of Jupiter One, a Brooklyn-based band specializing in mostly traditional-sounding indie rock. Now, after self-releasing his Room for Dream EP last summer, he’s set to release his debut full-length 151a via Joyful Noise on April 10.

If Room for Dream is any indication, expect a sound sporadically (and eerily) reminiscent of the kind that of Montreal are particularly known for — “avant pop,” as a press release fairly describes it — you know, suitable for happy folk, or at least those aspiring to be.

151a tracklisting:

01. Intro / Pathos, Pathos
02. Manchester
03. Bright Whites
04. It All Began With a Burst
05. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me
06. Chester’s Burst Over the Hamptons
07. Atticus, In the Desert
08. I Am the Antichrist to You
09. Beat the Bright Out of Me

• Kishi Bashi: http://www.kishibashi.com
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

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!!!

• Joanna Newsom: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/joanna-newsom
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com
• Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation: http://www.supportsierranevada.org

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.

• Songster: http://songster.mowgligames.com/landing.php

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.

• Meltdown Festival: http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk
• Antony and the Johnsons: http://www.antonyandthejohnsons.com

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.

• Brooklyn Philharmonic: http://www.bphil.org