Madlib teams up with Freddie Gibbs to deliver another Madvillain 2 stopgap

Madlib teams up with Freddie Gibbs to deliver another Madvillain 2 stopgap

Madlib a.k.a. Otis Jackson Jr. a.k.a. The Beat Konducta a.k.a. The Loop Digga a.k.a. Quasimoto a.k.a. Yesterdays New Quintet a.k.a. DJ Rels a.k.a. Monk Hughes a.k.a. Malik Flavors a.k.a. Ahmad Miller a.k.a. Kamala Walker a.k.a. Joe McDuphrey a.k.a. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble has just recently collaborated with Gary, Indiana’s finest rapper Freddie Gibbs a.k.a. that guy who awkwardly smoked weed with Best Coast at P4K Fest. The two have a thus-far untitled full-length album in the works that’s planned for Q1 of 2012, but in the meantime there’s an EP available now, though I’d really call it a maxi-single since it’s two vocal tracks, the instrumentals, and some bonus beats — also because I love to see people’s faces when I correct them over pointless technicalities.

The “EP” is called Thuggin’, and based on the title track it’s probably because the mixture of Gibbs’ hard rhymes and Madlib’s fillet-of-soul creates a sound that moves beyond mere “dope shit” into “straight thuggin’” territory. The 12-inch is released on Madlib’s own imprint, Madlib Invazion, as the first non-Medicine Show release on the label, and can be ordered aquí.

Thuggin’ EP tracklisting:

A1. Thuggin’
A2. Thuggin’ (instrumental
A3. Riot Call (bonus beats)
B1. Deep
B2. Deep (instrumental)
B3. Cold on the Blvd (bonus beats)

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[Photo: Matthew Scott]

Lambchop recipe #11 discovered, details to be released as Mr. M on Merge in February 2012

Kurt Wagner’s Lambchop have announced the impending release of their — count ‘em — 11th studio album on the band’s longtime label Merge. Come February 21, when you’ll be feeling the need for something to warm you up, you can pick up a copy of Mr. M, grab a cup of a hot (spiked) beverage, and settle in for some bizarre lyrics mumbled over dreamy, lilting melodies that offer just a hint of Nashville goodness.

Based on the only track released so far, “If Not I’ll Just Die,” the album finds Mr. Wagner and team continuing in the trajectory of their last few albums, adding in more orchestrations (string arrangements courtesy of Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely) than their previous release OH (ohio), (TMT Review) and continuing the use of dark lyrics sung in a light, almost cheery manner that undercuts their sometimes disturbing meaning.

Mr. M is dedicated to the late Vic Chesnutt and features many of Lambchop’s longtime members along with some special guests, including founding member Jonathan Marx, Nashville singer-songwriter Cortney Tidwell, and fiddler Billy Contreras, who worked most recently with Laura Cantrell on her Kitty Wells tribute album released earlier this year. Chesnutt, a fixture of the Nashville music scene up until his suicide in 2009, collaborated with Lambchop in 1998 when the group served as the backing band for his album The Salesman and Bernadette.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks are touring Europe this January, probably by automobile and plane and NOT BY THOSE JETPACKS THEY WERE PROMISED SO LONG AGO GOT DANG IT

Like Milhouse van Houten pining for the fireworks factory, all We Were Promised Jetpacks want are those damn jetpacks. I mean, they were promised them! Who would do that? Probably an eccentric billionaire. If you’re an eccentric billionaire and you promised four young Scottish gentlemen some jetpacks, you really should just buy them the jetpacks. You are a billionaire, you have the money to make these dreams come true.

You should do it ASAP, too. We Were Promised Jetpacks are going on a fairly extensive European tour in January. Instead of trudging around in cars and buses and aeroplanes and what have you, the Scottish mopesters could be flying around on jetpacks! Everyone on Earth agrees that would be a million times cooler.

We Were Promised Jetpacks dates:

01.14.12 - Opwijk, Belgium - Nijdop
01.16.12 - Paris, France - Point FMR
01.17.12 - Martigny, Switzerland - Les Cave du Manoir
01.18.12 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
01.19.12 - Firenze, Italy - La Limonaia
01.20.12 - Rome, Italy - Traffic
01.21.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
01.22.12 - Aarau, Switzerland - Kiff Club
01.24.12 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
01.25.12 - Vienna Austria - Flex
01.26.12 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
01.27.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
01.28.12 - Munster, Germany - Sputnik Halle
01.31.12 - Bremen, Germany - Lagerhaus
02.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
02.02.12 - Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
02.03.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
02.04.12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
02.05.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje

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Thee Silver Mt. Zion to tour North America; still haven’t considered the timeless advice of Bobby McFerrin

Contrary to popular beliefs based on no factual evidence, the winter holiday season has a fairly justifiable reputation as being a time of joyous celebration and happiness. Prior to the writing of this article, I unconsciously adhered to the notion that once Thanksgiving rolled around, the slightly melancholic among us suddenly descended into a bottomless pit of anger and depression, of which the only remedy was a gift on par with Skyrim, or unfortunately, a tragic conclusion. Well, allow me to shed a ray of optimism on this seemingly absurd commentary — it’s totally untrue! As the Los Angeles Times points out, “It is a baseless notion, according to a body of published studies by statisticians who have examined hundreds of thousands of suicides in the United States and around the world. The number of suicides goes down, not up, over the holiday season, by as much as 40%.” Obviously, this is a welcome statistic.

…A welcome statistic that doesn’t necessarily make up for the fact that this time of year still has the capacity to be unbearably cheerful. Perhaps bringing us back down to Earth, Thee Silver Mt. Zion will be spreading their cynical, dystopian vision across North America beginning in late January. There doesn’t appear to be any new release associated with this particular tour, so consider it another attempt on the part of these Québécois to make depressives out of all of us.


01.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
01.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
01.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
01.31.12 - Calgary, AB - The Republik
02.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
02.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
02.04.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
02.06.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
02.07.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
02.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.09.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.10.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02.12.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
02.13.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
02.15.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.16.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
02.17.12 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab

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Tall Firs sign to ATP Recordings for new album, just in time to deck the halls

Tall Firs could easily be the name of a Christmas band consisting of a couple middle-aged guys in matching suits, one playing the piano and the other shaking jingle bells while trying to channel Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby. They’d play shows in pharmacies and craft stores, places that break out their wreathes and colored lights well before Halloween.

As far as I know, that’s not how Aaron Mullan and Dave Mies roll. They’re the core duo of the actual Tall Firs, a folk rock band from Annapolis, and they’ve just been signed to ATP Recordings for their third album, Out of It and Into It, which will be out March 12 of next year. However, on November 28, just in time for visions of sugar plums and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Tall Firs will release “Crooked Smiles,” the first single off their new album. The release coincides with the beginning of their tour with Thurston Moore, and it’ll be available as a digital download and a limited-edition 7-inch. In addition, ATP is inviting fans to help out with a music video for “Crooked Smiles.” They’re looking for off-stage footage from past ATP festivals, ideally edited to parts of the song (which can be streamed via SoundCloud). Send your footage to, and if you’re not sure what to submit, Aaron Mullan has a few thoughts on his favorite parts of ATP:

One of my favorite things is watching people pile in on the first day. What’s better than seeing smiling girls in their first-day-of-ATP outfits, laughing with their crew, literally staggering under the weight of the beer they intend to pound right fucking now? It’s so optimistic I could lose my shit. And then later you see the same people 5 gigs and 1000 brews later staggering again, but now they’re alone in the dark and rain, still smiling in the midnight shadow of the Butlin’s tabernacle, searching for one more good time.

(P.S. Tall Firs will be playing Jeff Mangum’s ATP in March.)

Crooked Smiles 7-inch tracklisting:

A. Crooked Smiles
B. Highway 5


11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Communale
12.08.11 - Roma, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milano, Italy - Teatro dal Verme

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[Photo: Noah Wall]

Many Arms sign to Tzadik, release new album in 2012, use one of their arms to choke you

Dear Many Arms,

I know you spend most of your time experimenting with the chaotic sounds of free-jazz and punk, and that you just signed to John Zorn’s label, Tzadik Records, and that you’re releasing your third full-length album, Beyond Territories, in March 2012. That’s all cool. In fact, it’s swell — hell, it’s damn peachy. But, I have a question: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually have more than two arms?? Sure, you’d have to sew extra sleeves onto all your shirts, but imagine how many things you could do all at the same time! I’d probably try making French toast while drinking a cup of coffee while writing a play while painting a portrait of my cat (if I had a cat, that is). I think I could dig having a few extra arms. What do you think? What would you do with more than two arms? Would you even want extra arms? Just wondering.

Anyway, can’t wait to see you guys live with “Little Women + more” on December 1 at Philadelphia’s Elena’s Soul Lounge!

• Many Arms:
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