Lauryn Hill responds to wishes of dewy-eyed youngster Kanye West by announcing new tourdates

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Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion
I wish her heart still was in rhyming

So said Mr. Kanye West on “Champion,” one of the better tracks on his kind-of-sort-of-questionable Graduation (TMT Review) album. That was roughly four years ago, but, to be fair, Ms. Hill probably gets a lot of wishes and fan mail and such to sort through. In this case, she plays the Ringo Starr to Kanye West’s Marge Simpson, as she is now answering his wishes with a string of 12 dates known as the “Moving Target: Extended Intimate Playdate Series.”

Now, Hill did do some touring last year, but from that Kanye West quote, I sense a desire for her to do a series of dates in smaller venues. Subtext, people! On this upcoming tour, Hill will in fact be playing relatively small venues, at least for someone who draws Lauryn Hill crowds, i.e. large ones. Intimate, tiny shows like Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Miami’s Jazz in the Gardens Festival! And, fine, actual small venues like the House of Blues.

Those hungry for more information about this tour will have to eschew small venues for the biggest venue of them all: the internet. By following @MsHillMvngTrgt on Twitter, you can get info on any breaking news about the tour. Alternatively, you could just use it to send along fart jokes, fulfilling your dream of possibly (but probably not, let’s be honest) making Lauryn Hill read your fart jokes. Close up the internet, folks, it has now reached its apex.

Dates:

03.16.11 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
03.19.11 - Miami, FL - Jazz in the Gardens Festival
03.23.11 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
03.26.11 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
03.30.11 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
04.03.11 - Oahu, HI - Aloha Tower
04.09.11 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer
04.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA -Club Nokia
04.23.11 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
05.07.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz and Heritage Festival

• Lauryn Hill: http://www.lauryn-hill.com

SMiLE, lost Beach Boys classic, being prepped for first official release, includes download code for one free nervous breakdown

Well, baby-boomers and pop music fans, the long and agonizing wait is finally over. Yes, that’s right, this year you will finally be able to get your copy of the lost and never completed Beach Boys album SMiLE. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, SMiLE was supposed to be The Beach Boys’ stunning follow-up to Pet Sounds but — long story short — Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson did a lot of drugs, got waaay stressed out, and had a complete and total mental and physical breakdown, and the album was never completed.

As a side-note, you can already get a whole bunch of the material that was supposed to make up the SMiLE album on releases like Smiley Smile, Brian Wilson’s solo SMiLE, and plenty of bootlegs, so in my opinion, SMiLE is very much one of the “most-released unreleased albums” of all time.

In any case, this is going to be the “first official release of SMiLE that includes all necessary and important material and is supported by all members of the band,” so that’s important to note. Brian Wilson even said: “I’m thrilled that The Beach Boys’ original studio sessions for SMiLE will be released for the first time, after all these years. I’m looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release.”

SMiLE, which is being retitled as The Smile Sessions, will be available in three versions: a two-CD set, an iTunes digital LP, and a box set containing four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles, and a 60-page hardbound book written by Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore. A release date and tracklist have not been announced, and thus we all know what the real news is: it’s not actually coming out yet and you’ll have to wait three more decades. Sorry.

• The Beach Boys: http://www.thebeachboys.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

RIP: Owsley "Bear" Stanley, 60s counterculture icon

From the National Post:

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76.

The renegade grandson of a former governor of Kentucky, Stanley helped lay the foundation for the psychedelic era by producing more than a million doses of LSD at his labs in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

“He made acid so pure and wonderful that people like Jimi Hendrix wrote hit songs about it and others named their band in its honor,” former rock ‘n’ roll tour manager Sam Cutler wrote in his 2008 memoirs “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze” was reputedly inspired by a batch of Stanley’s product, though the guitarist denied any drug link. The ear-splitting blues-psychedelic combo Blue Cheer took its named from another batch.

Stanley briefly managed the Grateful Dead, and oversaw every aspect of their live sound at a time when little thought was given to amplification in public venues. His tape recordings of Dead concerts were turned into live albums.

The Dead wrote about him in their song “Alice D. Millionaire” after a 1967 arrest prompted a newspaper to describe Stanley as an “LSD millionaire.” Steely Dan’s 1976 single “Kid Charlemagne” was loosely inspired by Stanley’s exploits.

• Owsley “Bear” Stanley: http://www.thebear.org

Mount Eerie, much like that first robin of spring, brings joy/music to the West Coast on tour

The ever-prolific Phil Elverum (perhaps better known as the man behind Mount Eerie) is taking his lo-fi earthy show on the road again this spring and he’s bringing some special friends. Mount Eerie will appear at festivals, universities, and swingin’ hotspots across the West Coast, performing songs and out-arting the art school kids. But it’s not all about the Anacortes, WA-based musician this year — oh no! In fact, Mr. Elverum and co. are about to release recordings by their spring tourmates Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich in May, to guide our collective way into the warmer, more hopeful seasons, just as the biblical Noah released that one, gleaming, wonderful dove into the world to bring him back a symbol that the floods were abating, or perhaps to just find a nearby Jimmy John’s location.*

Anyway, sometime in late May P.W. Elverum & Sun, the record label arm of the Mount Eerie world, plans to release California Lite, an LP/download by Katy Davidson (Dear Nora, Lloyd & Michael, solo work) and an unnamed Anacortes supergroup. The mouthpiece of the Anacorteans has already described the LP as “unanimously pre-designated as a classic album.” P.W.E. & S. also has a 7-inch single by fellow tourmate Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, Mount Eerie) scheduled for a similarly enigmatic late-May 2011 release.

* Note: the release of these recordings is actually not like that at all.

Dates:

03.11.11 - Portland, OR - The Artistery
04.23.11 - Portland, OR - Lewis & Clark College’s “Sunburn” festival
05.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Occultural Music Festival
05.23.11 - TBA *
05.24.11 - Eureka, CA - TBA *
05.25.11 - Stanford, CA - Stanford University *
05.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - LAF Excelsior *
05.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts *
05.28.11 - TBA *
05.29.11 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
05.30.11 - Oakland, CA - Lobot *
05.31.11 - Placerville, CA - Cozmic Cafe *
06.01.11 - Grass Valley, CA - The Tin House *
06.02.11 - Portland, OR - TBA *
06.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
07.15.11 - Anacortes, WA - What the Heck? Festival

* Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich

• Mount Eerie/P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

‘Anonymous’ hacker group attacks BMI website over file-sharing stance, BMI retaliates by leaking their debut album Hack’n & Sack’n

Matthew Lillard and his rollerblade gang — more specifically, the branch known as ‘Anonymous’ — have struck again. Late Tuesday night, the hacker collective best known for a) targeting credit card companies that had shut off donations to WikiLeaks and b) promoting bad Alan Moore adaptations made their next move as part of “Operation Payback,” launching a distributed denial of service attack on the website of royalty-collecting organization BMI. After being taken offline temporarily, BMI.com returned to the internet and assured everyone that the Sheriff of Nottingham was back to making his rounds.

Anonymous have issued an open letter explaining the DDoS attack:

We have seen BMI consistently legislate copyright and consequently have decided to take action to show the people will not stand for its crimes against the public. This is a message to you and other corporations like you: We will not stand this abuse anymore. No company shall take advantage of our government to churn out profits and censor information in any form. This is unacceptable and will be dealt with accordingly by Anonymous. We are not pirates, we are not hackers in our mother’s basement. We are Anonymous. We do not forgive, we do not forget, you should have expected us.

Nerds these days… they’ve got panache! This week’s scuffle with BMI marks a return to the sorts of copyright-related attacks Anonymous was launching fairly frequently a year ago as part of “Operation Payback,” when they aimed their digital crosshairs at the likes of Web Sheriff, the MPAA, and the RIAA. Man, with all the publicity these guys are getting, I’m thinking of starting a rival group called ‘Synonymous.’ Who’s with me? Our first target: Discogs.com!

• Anonymous: http://anonnews.org
• BMI: http://bmi.com

Arctic Monkeys title new album Suck It and See because they’re so damn controversial and working-class and shit

UK/European Readers, please read here:

Whoa, can you guys believe that it’s only been two years since THE Arctic Monkeys, one of the most fab bands in recent history, released their last epic tour-de-force record of dominating awesomeness? And now, even though they could easily be resting on their laurels as one of the most large-looming and culturally pervasive bands in a generation, they’re already hitting it hard again with a new album, entitled Suck It and See! (Really!) The new record was once again produced by local bloke James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (he helped out a bit on the last one too, alongside that talented yank Josh Homme), and with a title like that, I think we can expect that the snide, wise-ass, street-tough attitude for which we all know and love will be ratcheted up another notch! In fact, since you probably can’t wait, you can check out the video for the lead single. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty chuffed! The bloody thing is off to record shoppes on June 6 via Domino, followed by some tourdates across the pond and here at home. So let’s all make our plans now to drive on the left side of the road to go pick up a copy! Hip, hip, hooray!

US Readers, please read here:

So, apparently that one “Let’s Fuck on Dance Floor” band is still a thing. I can’t understand a damn word they say cuz they’re all British and shit, but they have an album coming out June 7 called I’m Hot Blooded, Check It and See or something, and they’re playing some random shows here. Not P4k though. So whatevs.

Suck It and See:

01. She’s Thunderstorms
02. Black Treacle
03. Brick by Brick
04. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
05. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
06. Library Pictures
07. All My Own Stunts
08. Reckless Serenade
09. Piledriver Waltz
10. Love Is a Laserquest
11. Suck It and See
12. That’s Where You’re Wrong

Tourdates:

05.17.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
05.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.21.11 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
05.22.11 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia
05.24.11 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
05.26.11 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargoes
05.27.11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.30.11 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
05.31.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
06.10.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl *
06.11.11 - Sheffield, UK - Don Valley Bowl ^
06.26.11 - Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock A Field Festival
07.01.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.08.11 - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park
07.14.11 - Meco, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.17.11 - Bern, Switzerland - Gurten Festival
07.29-31.11 - Naeba Ski Resort, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.20-21.11 - Staffordshire, UK - V Festival
09.03.11 - Bologna, Italy - I-Day Festival

• Arctic Monkeys: http://www.arcticmonkeys.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

  

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