Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest added to already dazzling Rock the Bells lineup

Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest added to already dazzling Rock the Bells lineup

Summer festival season is upon us. But if your tastes run wholeheartedly away from any sort of event where you’re likely to see entire families in matching outfits slobbering corn dog grease all over their sunburnt frames and instead lean more more toward a festival where a cross section of people might boogie down to some classic Lauryn Hill jams, this year’s Rock the Bells lineup should be slapping you in the face and yelling “Go to me!!! Go to me!!!!”

The roster for this thing is the definition of killer: apart from Ms. Hill, A Tribe Called Quest is slated to perform Midnight Marauders, Snoop Dogg (!!!!!!) will be going at it Doggystyle, and the entire Wu-Tang Clan is powering through Enter the 36 Chambers with the late ODB’s first-born son standing in for his verses! DJ Premier also has a special Gang Starr-related tribute in the works. The full lineup includes Murs & 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, DJ Muggs & Ill Bill, and Jedi Mind Tricks, plus young up-and-comers Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean, The Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Boots Riley of the Coup and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Clipse, Brother Ali, Supernatural, DJ Rocky Rock, Rakim, KRS-One, and Slick Rick.

08.21.10 - San Bernadino, CA - Nos Events Center
08.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
08.28.10 - New York, NY - Governor’s Island
08.29.10 - Washington, DC - Merriweather Post Pavillion

• Rock The Bells:

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El Guincho to release limited edition EPs (is anyone else starting to suspect that he and Panda Bear are the same person?)

Is your love for cuica drums outlasted only by your obsession with Echoplex and spiced rum? Well, then you must party regularly with sample-happy space-dub aficionado Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho), who is currently getting amped to release a series of limited edition, five-song EPs in conjunction with his next several LPs.

Specifically, Diaz-Reixa’s new EP series will find him rearranging classic South American standards. Each of the EPs will feature five tracks and will include a couple of collaborations with artists from all around the globe. On his first volume, Piratas de Sudamérica, Julieta Venegas lends her pipes to Miguel Matamoros’ “Mientes” and Adrián de Alfonso inundates album closer “Marimba” with his sexy croon. Piratas de Sudamérica was recorded at El Guincho’s Barcelona home in between rum swigs, “with a deep love of the original songs, but with limited frequency response.” The finished tracks were then mixed down to tape, and the tape was then soaked in spiced rum. The entire EP series will be available on limited edition 12-inch vinyl, and this first batch is due out on July 13 via the lovable Young Turks label.

Oh, but I forgot… you don’t buy music anymore. In that case, the EP can be streamed or strum or stramed or whatever-you-call-it right over here. Did I mention that El Guincho’s follow-up to Alegranza! (TMT Review), Pop Negro, is due out this fall? So, you know, I guess you’ll look for a rip of that soon, too. Sigh. More money for spiced rum.

Piratas de Sudamérica:

01. Hindou (originally by Orefiche y Valdespi)
02. Cuerpo sin Alma (traditional)
03. Mientes (originally by Miguel Matamoros)
04. Frutas del Caney (originally by Felix Benjamin Caignet)
05. Marimba (originally by Noro Morales y Miguelito Valdés)

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• Young Turks:

RIP: Jimmy Dean

From The Washington Post:

Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, “Big Bad John,” and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.

She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

“He was amazing,” she said. “He had a lot of talents.”

• Jimmy Dean:

North Coast Music Festival announces lineup: electro, hip-hop, and Jakob Dylan fans rejoice!

As if Chicago music fans didn’t already have a dozen festivals cluttering up their busy summer plans of hating on the Cubs, eating hot dogs, complaining about Mayor Daley, lazily watching World Cup soccer, and thinking of plans to break into Lollapalooza, the North Coast Music Festival has been announced, with lineup, and is scheduled as “Summer’s Last Stand” during the weekend of September 3 - 5.

The festival, in its inaugural year, already has an impressive lineup with plenty of acts still yet to be added. So far, the list includes Chemical Brothers, Nas & Damian Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Moby (DJ Set), Pretty Lights, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Jay Electronica, Boys Noize, Flying Lotus, Benga, Jakob Dylan & Three Legs, Laidback Luke, Future Rock, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Green Velvet, Phantogram, Van Ghost, Two Fresh, Paul Kalkbrenner, Orchard Lounge, The Uglysuit, and Loyal Divide.

The festival will be held in Union Park and tickets cost $35 dollars per day! Plus, in a move sure to infuriate Mayor Daley and his “let’s suck the schools dry” program, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Urban Initiatives, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that runs a health, education, and soccer program in 14 Chicago area public schools. And trust me, if Chicago public schools need anything, it’s money, because Mayor Daley is a real jerk and he hates kids.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch the Cubs fail, again, and eat hot dogs all day while complaining about Mayor Daley and trying to find time to go a buttload of music festivals.

• North Coast Music Festival:

The Books tour North America (no room for Ulysses and Moby Dick in the van, though)

Literacy advocates, lock-up your Book-mobiles. Glitchy-yet-pastoral sample-masters The Books are getting ready to publish their new album, The Way Out, July 20 on their ironically “new” home: Temporary Residence. But if, like me, you’re disappointed with the lack of cleverly anti-clever punnery in the title of this new one, perhaps you can take some comfort in the giant-ass super tour upon which the duo is embarking this fall. Another thing you can do is throw some puns of your own out there. Go ahead and try a few out on your co-workers and neighbors. See if they stick.

For example, before the “ink dries” (hehehehehe!) on the fall tour, they’ve also got three additional summer appearances on the “books” (hahahahahahaha!): the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts, ATP New York, and a free outdoor show at Chicago’s Millennium Park “next week” (hohohohoho!… oh wait, that last one’s not funny at all. Hmm. On second thought, maybe we should all just leave the puns to The Books.)

Table of contents (phhfffffffft! hahahahaha… uh, sorry):

06.21.10 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavillion (Millennium Park)
08.13.10 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP Festival
09.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
09.30.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.01.10 - Durham, NC - Shaefer Theater
10.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.04.10 - Knoxville, TN - Square Room
10.05.10 - Charlotesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10.21.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.22.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
10.23.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
10.24.10 - Ottawa, Ontario - Capital Music Hall
10.25.10 - Toronto, Ontario - The Mod Club
10.26.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
10.27.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club
10.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Culture Center
11.13.10 - New York, NY - Zankel at Carnegie Hall
11.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theatre
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
12.03.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
12.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
12.05.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre

• The Books:
• Temporary Residence:

Boris tour US this summer, collaborate with Ian Astbury on new mini-LP, still manage to find time to perm hair

So Boris are planning an extensive tour of the U.S. this summer. Pretty massive, right? Gonna be brutal, huh? Yeah, I know all of you ironically hooded anti-hip stoner types are squirming on your hand-me-down sofas at the thought of this. Just like you did during the last five or six times Boris rounded the U.S. You’re forming in your brain a logical expression of your feelings toward this right now: “shit brah, it’s rad that Russian Circles and Red Sparowes are gonna be opening up, that’s almost twice the amount of brutalness.” Yes my little stoner friend, you are correct. It’s a whole lot of rock. I’ve got to hand it to you, though. Unlike the current-yet-somewhat-waning proto-hipster following that Boris has accumulated in the past couple of years, you, you have most likely been with them since the beginning. I’m talking Amplifier Worship days. Odds are, you’re probably a little upset at the sonic crossroad Boris has taken as of late, and deep down you’re slightly frustrated with all the newfound hype. If so, I’m elated to tell you that the culmination and highlight of this tour will be Boris performing the 2006 sunn 0))) collaboration Altar (TMT Review) in its entirety at this September’s Jim Jarmusch-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Monticello, NY. Yep, I just heard your spirits lift.

If that wasn’t enough of a Boris fix to keep the shakes away, there are also now reports coming in (holding hand to earpiece) that Ian Astbury, who you might recognize from his tenures with such notable bands as The Cult and The Doors, will be releasing a collaborative “mini-LP” with the constantly morphing Japanese heavy rockers. The album, simply to be titled BXI, was mixed and recorded in Boris’ home city of Tokyo this past April and is expected to see the light (or darkness?) this September via who else but curator of all things evil and excellent, Southern Lord. Somebody stop these guys, seriously.

If you wanna scope out some additional info into why and how this pretty rad collab came about, there’s an interview with drummer Atsuo over at P4K that’ll provide all that.

Like I said, massive:

07.24.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07.25.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
07.27.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom *
07.28.10 - Austin, TX -The Mohawk *
07.30.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
07.31.10 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room *
08.01.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
08.02.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
08.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
08.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom *
08.07.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East *
08.08.10 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe *
08.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
08.10.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
08.11.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
08.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
08.14.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
08.15.10 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *
08.16.10 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater %
08.17.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA %
08.19.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik %
08.20.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite %
08.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater %
08.23.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos %
08.24.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre %
08.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall %
08.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey %
08.28.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House %
09.05.10 - Monticello, NY - Kutsher’s Country Club (ATP) - performing Altar w/ sunn 0)))

* Russian Circles
% Red Sparowes

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