Magnetic Fields’ to Release “Deluxe Box Set” Vinyl of 69 Love Songs, Which Is Astounding Because That Record Seemed Pretty Deluxe Already, Right?

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Stephin Merritt is exactly the kind of guy I would expect to spell his name with a ‘p-h’ instead of the more lax, casual, and modern ‘v’. He’s always so damn meticulous, so damn particular, so damn classical and authoritative-sounding, so damn proper, so damn content-oriented, and so damn difficult. And speaking of all of those adjectives: on April 20, good old Merge will release the sprawling Magnetic Fields conceptual classic 69 Love Songs as a deluxe vinyl box set. Holy shit, a deluxe edition of a 69-song project? I’m guessing there ain’t any bonus tracks?

The limited-edition, meticulous, particular, classicist, authoritative, proper, content-oriented vinyl box will spread remastered versions of all those damned-catchy and highly stylized conceptual love songs over six vinyl disks, all wrapped up in a one giant-ass box that will include a 10-inch version of the original insert booklet (featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler) as well as an MP3 download code. Pre-orders over at the Merge site will also get you a $10 discount and a printable and presumably “Book of Love”-themed Valentines Day e-card.

By the way, the story goes that Stephin Merritt came up with the idea for 69 Love Songs while sitting in an elegant midtown Manhattan gay piano bar. He originally planned for it to be a live musical revue, to be performed with a rotating cast of singers and toured around the plush hotel bars and cabarets of New York City. Keep that in mind while I remind you that April 20 is Hitler’s birthday.

• The Magnetic Fields: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof to Perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures

On April 29, the mighty Xiu Xiu are teaming with the feisty Deerhoof to perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures at Austria’s Donaufestival (which runs from April 28 through May 8). Let me repeat that for you: On April 29, the mighty Xiu Xiu are teaming with the feisty Deerhoof to perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures at Austria’s Donaufestival (which runs from April 28 through May 8). This is something to get excited about, TMT readers!

So, yeah, Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, and Joy Division. Together. Here’s a message from their publicist about the peculiar circumstances regarding the collaboration:

It’s funny Xiu Xiu should ask Deerhoof to perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures with them. Just a short time before this, Deerhoof received a MySpace comment containing a Joy Division video and the words “COVER THIS”; and then a Facebook message asking when there would be a full-on collaboration between Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu. Add to this the sheer coincidence that Ian Curtis committed suicide on May 18, Greg Saunier’s birthday, and the conclusion seemed inevitable.

Spooky shit. Anyway, Donaufestival also features Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, Wolf Parade, The Ex, Fuck Buttons, Alex Empire, and more spread throughout various days, but you’ll be most excited about April 29, as the mighty Xiu Xiu are teaming with the feisty Deerhoof to perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures at Austria’s Donaufestival.

Deerhoof have two singles coming out: one is a 7-inch split with One One on Someone Good, and the other via ATP Recordings. Meanwhile, Xiu Xiu’s Dear God, I Hate Myself is released February 23 via Kill Rock Stars. Both are starting tours this month.

• Donaufestival: http://www.donaufestival.at
• Xiu Xiu: http://www.xiuxiu.org
• Deerhoof: http://www.myspace.com/deerhoof
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com
• Someone Good: http://www.someonegood.org
• ATP Recordings: http://www.atpfestival.com/recordings.php

Frog Eyes, The Transcontinental Travelers, Form Alliance With Dead Oceans, Musical Businessmen Of Good Rapport, And Carey Mercer Ghostwrites This Headline

Frog Eyes and Dead Oceans sitting in a tree, s-i-g-n-i-n-g. Uh-woo-ooh! It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our shambolic Canadian friends. In fact, last time we saw those folks, it was 2007 and they were releasing The Tears of the Valedictorian (TMT Review) on their old flame, Absolutely Kosher. Hopefully the two parties had an amicable break up, since Dead Oceans is totally flaunting its new relationship by releasing Frog Eyes’ new record, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph. I don’t want to be a buzzkill to the happy lovers, but a tomb ain’t really a triumph. Usually means someone’s dead, bro.

Well, triumph or not, Paul’s Tomb will be coming out on April 27 (and April 26 in UK). “A Flower in a Glove,” the record’s opening track, can be heard over at the Chocolate Grinder. During its nine-minute runtime, you can decide whether or not Paul’s Tomb is a Beatles reference or not. You know, Paul is dead and all that. Could this be Frog Eyes’ big Beatles tribute record? Probably not, but we will see.

Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph tracklist:

01. A Flower in a Glove
02. The Sensitive Girls
03. Odetta’s War
04. Rebel Horns
05. Lear, in the Park
06. Styled by Dr. Roberts
07. Lear in Love
08.Violent Psalms
09. Paul’s Tomb

• Frog Eyes: http://myspace.com/frogeyes
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Definitive Jux As a Traditional Label Is Over

The rumors are true: Definitive Jux, the seminal NY-based independent hip-hop label, has officially called it quits — as a label at least. In a statement issued on its official website, El-P (the label’s co-founder) says that Definitive Jux as a traditional record label “will effectively be put on hiatus.” But he also clarifies that the label is not closing, it’s changing. Besides, El-P plans to be a full-time producer and artist from here on out, so it’s certainly not all sad news.

From El-P:

This year, a decade after starting DEF JUX and after overseeing the releases of some incredible albums including the forthcoming release of my dear late and great friend Camu Tao’s brilliant “KING OF HEARTS” LP, I’m stepping away from my duties as artistic director for the label to concentrate on what I love most: being a producer and an artist full time. This is something I’ve been contemplating for a few years now, and can’t think of a better time or, with the eventual release of Camu’s record, a more poetic way to transition into a new direction.

This means change for JUX. Of course we’ll still have our website, we will still sell our catalog, merch and more as well as bring you news and updates on all our projects and artists. We will be releasing “KING OF HEARTS”, a DEF JUX remix compilation, a 10 year anniversary retrospective and some other goodies. But then as a traditional record label DEF JUX will effectively be put on hiatus. We are not closing, but we are changing. The process is already underway, and the last several months (for those wondering what the hell we’ve been up to) have been spent dealing with the technical aspects of wrapping up the label in it’s current form and re-imagining our collective and individual futures.

Read the rest of his post here.

• Definitive Jux: http://www.definitivejux.net

The Flaming Lips to Perform Dark Side of the Moon at Bonnaroo

In an interview with Spinner, The Flaming Lips’ head weirdo Wayne Coyne revealed the group’s plans to perform Dark Side of The Moon in its entirety at this year’s Bonnaroo. “As of yesterday, we’re gonna do it at Bonnaroo at the midnight slot, the first night. We do a Flaming Lips set then starting about 2:30 we do this Dark Side of the Moon thing. In that sense, it’s perfect for that. It lets you play a little bit longer.”

I recently caught up with Coyne for a fake interview to talk DSOTM, bubblegum, and his penis.

Are you really performing DSOTM at Bonnaroo?
What’s DSOTM?

Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd.
Oh, yes, we are.

What do you think of bubblegum?
I like to chew it and then string it around my penis.

Huh. That’s kinda weird.
You’re kinda weird. And I hate your gutz!

The complete Bonnaroo lineup is currently TBA, but we’ll update you once the lineup is confirmed.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Bonnaroo: http://www.bonnaroo.com

Gil Scott-Heron to Release First Album in 15 Years; Be Sure to Catch Revolution Streaming on Hulu Shortly Afterward

On February 9, soul legend and proto-rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron is releasing I’m New Here on XL (wait a second, I’m fairly sure he is not new here. Scott-Heron always says the darndest things!), his first LP since 1994’s Spirits.

Two songs off the album are currently streaming on Scott-Heron’s website. The first, “Me and the Devil,” is spaced-out soul, and Scott-Heron’s gravel-paved voice sounds like it may actually be bleeding profusely (check out the video for this track at the Chocolate Grinder). The second, “Where Did the Night Go,” is spoken word about putting on socks and writing letters and staying up late… but really obsessively, like a One Hour Photo-themed slumber party, only somewhat politically minded.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. On Coming from a Broken Home (Pt. 1)
02. Me and the Devil

03. I’m New Here

04. Your Soul and Mine

05. Parents (Interlude)

06. I’ll Take Care of You

07. Being Blessed (interlude)

08. Where Did the Night Go

09. I Was Guided (Interlude)

10. New York Is Killing Me

11. Certain Things (Interlude)

12. Running

13. The Crutch

14. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)

15. On Coming from a Broken Home (Pt. 2)

• Gil Scott-Heron: http://myspace.com/revolutionwillnotbetelevised
• XL: http://www.xlrecordings.com