MAJOR BUMMER: Jookabox throw in the towel, release final record about gross shit in April

MAJOR BUMMER: Jookabox throw in the towel, release final record about gross shit in April http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/AKR074_900.jpg

Indianapolis weirdos Jookabox are breaking up, and their final record, The Eyes of the Fly, will be released April 26 via Asthmatic Kitty. That’s it. No tour. Nothing. Why y’all gotta be like that?

Jookabox began as a one-bro band, then called Grampall Jookabox and consisting of one Moose Adamson. Basement recordings became a debut record and local Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings released Grampall Jookabox’s their debut Scientific Cricket in 2007. The following year Grampall Jookabox released Ropechain via Asthmatic Kitty, recruited drummer Patrick “Ostry” Okerson, and dropped the “Grampall” from their name, becoming just “Jookabox.” Their third release was Dead Zone Boys, a super weird and super awesome record about zombies and urban sprawl. Joined by members Lisa Berlin and Benny Sanders on bass and keys, the band toured the US and Europe. Their fourth and final record, The Eyes of the Fly is about “humans and worms and slime and rotting flesh.” Hey, these guys have sung about ghosts, zombies, Michael Jackson, pregnancy, among other things. You never know what you’re going to get. I’ll tell you one thing you can expect on The Eyes of the Fly: rapping. Real talk.

RIP Jookabros. You were weird and rad and will be missed. <3 U. Head over to the Chocolate Grinder and listen to “Drops,” the band’s first single off The Eyes of the Fly, and look for future releases by Moose under the name DMA.

• Jookabox: http://jookabox.net
• Asthamtic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com
• Joyful Noise Recordings: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com
• Rhonda: http://www.rhondarealeases.com [This is the bands biggest influence. I highly suggest her “album” Country Breast. It’s really good, you guys.]

Rhys Chatham to release Outdoor Spell in April, starts tour tonight

Rhys Chatham, composer, guitarist, trumpeter, all-around cool guy, has signed a two-album deal with up-and-coming label Northern-Spy. The first release, due April 12, is titled Outdoor Spell, and if his last album, The Bern Project (TMT Review), is any indication, the new album will blow your mind. Actually, it’s probably not much of an indication, as not only does Chatham leave the guitars behind for trumpet on Outdoor Spell, but he also recently told Ars Nova Workshop that the album “marks a real break from [his] past brass releases.” He continues:

When I returned to playing brass a few years back, I spent almost a year defining a complete new way, at least for me, of playing trumpet. No more distortion, no more wah-wah pedal, just pure trumpet, making use of its entire range, from the lowest pedal tones to high triple Cs. Outdoor Spell is the first release where we can hear this new style.

The album sees Chatham collaborating with Cuban percussionist Beatriz Rojas, French improviser Jean-Marc Montera on electric guitar, and Kevin Shea (Talibam!, Peter Evans Quartet) on drums. You can check out our premiere of “Corn Maiden’s Rite” over at the Chocolate Grinder. YES YES YES.

Tourdates:

02.09.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge #
02.12.11 - Arlington, VA - Artisphere #
02.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - International House %#
02.17.11 - Montreal, Canada - Casa del Popolo #
02.18.11 - Buffalo, NY - Hall Walls Contemporary Art Center #
02.19.11 - Detriot, MI - Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art #
03.01.11 - Paris, France - Centre Culturel Suisse ^
03.22.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
03.26.11 - Liverpool, UK The Bluecoat
03.27.11 - London, UK Cafe Oto @

# Rhys Chatham Brass Trio (Rhys Chatham: trumpet; David Daniell: guitar; Ryan Sawyer: drums)
% Elliott Sharp rules
^ Trumpet performance
$ Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio
@ Solo trumpet, guitar works

Outdoor Spell tracklist:

01. Outdoor Spell
02. Crossing the Sword Bridge of the Abyss
03. Corn Maiden’s Rite
04. The Magician

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Northern-Spy: http://www.rhyschatham.net

Gang Gang Dance are releasing a new new LP in May called Eye Contact

Has this day sucked for you? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got some news that’ll perhaps make it suck just a tiny bit less. TMT just got word that Brooklyn tribal electronic beasts Gang Gang Dance will be releasing their newest full-length incarnation on May 10 via 4AD, appropriately. The new LP Eye Contact is the follow-up to 2008’s Saint Dymphna (TMT Review), and I assume it will be for the band what MPP was for Animal Collective. Take that as you will.

No US dates scheduled as of now, but the band will be playing a handful of festivals across the pond in the coming months. Thazz all we got for now.

Euro shows:

04.09.11 - London, UK - Dazed & Confused Festival
05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.26-28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

• Gang Gang Dance: http://www.ganggangdance.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Curren$y keeps busy in 2011 making sure I have plenty of music to get stoned to

Last year was a banner year for New Orleans’ own Curren$y, with both of his albums Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II receiving critical praise and dozens of hours of play time during my smoke sessions. As we all know, Curren$y is a hard-working fella, and it looks like 2011 will be another great year for the mellowed-out, dope-smoking MC.

Curren$y has already released a new mixtape, Return to the Winner’s Circle, a follow-up to 2008’s Welcome to the Winner’s Circle that features Curren$y doing what he does best over tracks like Rick Ross’ “Live Fast, Die Young” and Raekwon’s “Rainy Dayz.” If you feel so inclined, and I know you will, you can download the album at Nah Right.

Curren$y has also just recently become a member of the Asylum/Warner Brothers family, so now that he’s hit the big time (if he hadn’t already hit it before), the young rapper has announced yet another mixtape on the way, paving the way for two official albums. On April 19, Covert Coup (the second mixtape of the year) will be released through digital means and features production by the one and only Alchemist. Furthermore, while there are no release dates set in stone yet, Curren$y is also working on Pilot Talk III and a second new album, Muscle Car Chronicles.

Lastly, and sure to make Curren$y’s life busier than it already is, the MC has announced a North American tour that kicks off April 20 (Curren$y’s favorite day). Just in case you ask, the venues for the tour have NOT been announced yet, so stop bothering me about them. Just be patient, I’m sure that Curren$y is going to be playing somewhere cool.

Tourdates:

04.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - TBA
04.21.11 - Houston, TX - TBA
04.22.11 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.23.11 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - TBA
04.26.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.27.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.28.11 - San Diego, CA - TBA
04.29.11 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04.30.11 - Riverside, CA - TBA
05.01.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - TBA
05.03.11 - Fresno, CA - TBA
05.04.11 - San Jose, CA - TBA
05.05.11 - Sacramento, CA - TBA
05.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
05.07.11 - Humboldt, CA - TBA
05.08.11 - Eugene, OR - TBA
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - TBA
05.11.11 - Seattle, WA - TBA
05.12.11 - Bellingham, WA - TBA
05.13.11 - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
05.14.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - TBA
05.15.11 - Spokane, WA - TBA
05.17.11 - Missoula, MT - TBA
05.18.11 - Boise, ID - TBA
05.19.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
05.20.11 - Denver, CO - TBA
05.21.11 - Boulder, CO - TBA
05.22.11 - Ft. Collins, CO - TBA
05.24.11 - Omaha, NE - TBA
05.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
05.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - TBA
05.27.11 - Madison, WI - TBA
05.28.11 - Chicago, IL - TBA
05.29.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - TBA
05.31.11 - Toronto, Ontario - TBA
06.01.11 - Montreal, Quebec - TBA
06.02.11 - Burlington, VT - TBA
06.03.11 - Boston, MA - TBA
06.04.11 - New York, NY - TBA
06.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
06.06.11 - Washington, DC - TBA
06.08.11 - Carrboro, NC - TBA
06.09.11 - TBA, SC - TBA
06.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
06.11.11 - Birmingham, AL - TBA
06.12.11 - Oxford, AL - TBA

• Curren$y: http://www.myspace.com/flyspitta

Ponytail to release Do Whatever You Want All the Time in April

Whartscape may be over for good, but Ponytail ain’t. Rumors about Ponytail’s breakup spread quickly last year after the Washington Post posted its Whartscape review. In it, the writer claimed that Ponytails’ set was “widely believed to be its final,” adding that “after five years the band seems content to call it a day.”

Day’s not over, apparently, as We Are Free are set to release Ponytail’s third full-length, Do Whatever You Want All the Time, on April 12. The album was recorded with J. Robbins, and the cover art was designed by EYE of Boredoms. I’m giving it a 5/5.

The band’s last album, Ice Cream Spiritual, was released in 2008. It made #29 on our decade list, because it fucking rules.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time tracklisting:

01. Easy Peasy
02. Flabbermouse
03. Honey Touches
04. Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
05. AwayWay
06. Tush
07. Music Tunes

• Ponytail: http://chocolatelabinegypt.blogspot.com
• Ponytail MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ponytailtunes
• We Are Free: http://www.nowwearefree.com

Cass McCombs announces new album Wit’s End for release in April; reaches his own wit’s end because nobody knows who he is

It’s tough to be on the verge of releasing your fifth album and still have people shrug when they hear your name. Cass McCombs isn’t going to allow his lack of fame get to him, going so far as to title his new album Wit’s End, a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that he’s losing his mind because nobody, not even his own fans, have any idea who he is. Wit’s End is due out via Domino Records on April 12, and is his first release since 2009’s least-known album Catacombs (TMT Review). McCombs will show his unrecognizable face at SXSW this year, as well as on a US summer tour.

Wit’s End tracklisting:

01. County Line
02 The Lonely Doll
03. Buried Alive
04. Saturday Song
05. Memory’s Stain
06. Hermit’s Cave
07. Pleasant Shadow Song
08. A Knock Upon the Door

• Cass McCombs: http://www.cassmccombs.com
• Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.com

[Photo: Autumn de Wilde]

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