Mastodon plan spring Segway tour of the United States

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And lo, there was a long and steady rumble from the west, for the Mastodon had awakened from its wintry slumber. The deep thuds of distant footsteps put fear deep into the hearts of men and women alike. The rumble grew as the footsteps grew closer and harder. And then silence. For as it is known, the stomping of the Mastodon results in significant knee damage, particularly when the Mastodon neglects the stretching regimen recommended by its doctor and makes a habit of skipping exercise.

And thus it came to pass that the constituents of the Mastodon, the beastmen Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Brann Dailor, totally wrecked their knees trying to do the whole “stomp so hard mere mortals can hear you coming for miles” thing, and as such found themselves dearly in need of knee surgery. As it was written, the best way to raise the much-needed funds for four knee surgeries is to go on a spring tour. AND SO IT SHALL BE! Many voices may be heard to wonder, “How now shall these beastmen with their ruined knees dare to travel and perform upon such wounded appendages?” The answer will come forth from the clouds, loud and strong: “The beastmen will use Segways!” Accompanying Mastodon will be fellow terrifying stomping beasties on one way trips toward knee damage, Gojira and Kvelertak. Tickets are on sale now, and those that find themselves desirous of a preview might do worse than to check out Mastodon’s recent Live at Brixton release.

And then I looked, and lo, a second scroll unfurled. It contained but scant information, promising a rider on a white horse from the east bearing a follow-up to 2011’s The Hunter (TMT Review). It contained hints of work being done even now, though drawing soon to a close, in Nashville, Tennessee under the guidance of one Nick Raskulinecz. Beyond assurance that further details would be soon forthcoming, there was little. And then nothing. And then only darkness.

Dates:

04.28.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
04.29.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.01.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05.03.14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05.04.14 - Salt Lake City, NV - Depot
05.05.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
05.07.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
05.09.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
05.10.14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.12.14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05.13.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.15.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.16.14 - Boston, MA - The Palladium
05.17.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05.18.14 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range

• Mastodon: http://www.mastodonrocks.com
• Warner Brothers: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Xiu Xiu cancel/postpone North American tour due to Jamie Stewart throat issues

Is it… maybe… within the realm of possibility to love abortion too much? I’m not talking about an addiction to the physical act, which would inspire personal abhorrence to the point of vomiting, but rather a simple spoken enthusiasm. Or should I say a yelled enthusiasm. Or should I say an indirect-effort-to-pop-a-blood-vessel enthusiasm. That was a microcosmic takeaway from the one time that I experienced Xiu Xiu in concert, but really, anyone familiar with Jamie Stewart’s recorded work would, I imagine, acknowledge his ongoing penchant for vocal bipolarity. That’s why we love him. That’s why Stewart’s a chronic ruiner of movies, both inside and outside the theater. That’s why Xiu Xiu has motherfucking cancelled (or postponed) the entirety of the North American tour celebrating new Polyvinyl album Angel Guts: Red Classroom (TMT Review).

Excuse the pure speculation. Here’s the statement from Stewart himself, where he merely alludes to throat troubles, which could have a myriad of causes:

I am disappointed and very sorry to say that Xiu Xiu will have to postpone our upcoming tour. I have been having increasing trouble with my throat for years, and this week my doctor advised me not to sing for at least two months or risk losing it permanently. Hopefully, as soon as possible, we will be able reschedule these dates. Thank you to our fans for continuing to support us. We love you all and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Refunds available at the point of purchase, folks.

(Once, but no longer) dates:

02.19.14 -Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
02.20.14 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
02.21.14 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
02.22.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
02.25.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02.26.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
02.28.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.01.14 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03.02.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
03.03.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
03.05.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
03.06.14 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
03.07.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
03.08.14 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
03.09.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03.10.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.11.14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
03.13.14 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory
03.14.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
03.15.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
03.16.14 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
03.17.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
03.18.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.20.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.21.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
03.22.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.25.14 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.26.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Hark! Cinema glory! Jonny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson team up for Inherent Vice!

Jonny Greenwood’s office/recording studio/weeping willow beneath which he composes evocative, sensitive music is like the figurative Pearly Gates of Film Scores; you kill yourself working on some movie, spend some time wandering around in a bunch of clouds with singing people (I have no metaphor for what this is, but it obviously just has to be part of the narrative), and then you make your approach to the Big Man himself. If he says yes, it’s a one-way ticket to Film Score Heaven. If he says no, well, fuck your movie. It’s all sensitive coffee shop guitar guys and Skrillex beats for your crappy movie soundtrack.

But Paul Thomas Anderson has been a very good boy here in this cinema veil of sin, so it’s no wonder that FACT are reporting that he and Jonny will be frolicking through the heavens together once again for his forthcoming film Inherent Vice. Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel about seedy 60s Los Angeles (is there another kind?), the flick stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, and Maya Rudolph. Greenwood has worked on Anderson’s previous two films, There Will Be Blood and Philip Seymour Hoffman-starring The Master (TMT Review). Greenwood’s score will be recorded by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra later this month, with the film itself set to hit the festival circuit later this year.

• Jonny Greenwood: http://www.radiohead.com

Important Records’ sister tape label Cassauna awakens from slumber full of vim, vigor, pep, oomph, and several other synonyms

Many things happened in the year 2011. To list them all would be absurd and take up a lot of space. Instead, let me list one totally random thing from that year and see where that gets us: Massachusetts-based Important Records formed a sister tape label called Cassauna. Huh, what a fortuitous, but like I said, totally random fact. You see, back in 2011, after a year of putting out a whole heap of tapes from folks like Arnold Dreyblatt, Aki Onda, and Pauline Oliveros, though, Cassauna anthropomorphically realized it was super-tired and wanted to take a nap for a couple of years, which is totally fine. Naps are cool and a lot of people like them. In that way they are like sandwiches and Matt Damon. But anyhow, now that it’s 2014, turns out Cassauna has anthropomorphically realized it slept a whole lot longer than it meant to and is maybe going to be late to hang out with its brother, Important Records. Oh no!

Haha, I hope that “Oh no” didn’t worry you too much. Important Records is anthropomorphically totally chill, so it’s no big deal. Now that Cassauna is up and moving again, though, it’s doing a whole lot of stuff. First off, there’s a brand-new Cassauna Bandcamp on which you can run grubby little internet fingers all over, oh, I don’t know, perhaps Richard Lainhart’s Lux? Or John Bischoff’s Field Transfer? Or maybe if you’re into things that TMT news writers describe as “free” and “brand-new” you might want to pick up Total Life’s Burner, which, as I hinted, is both free and brand-new.

In a totally not anthropomorphic way, Cassauna (or should I say, “the folks at Cassauna?”) also have two additional new releases available right now. First is Randy Gibson’s First Pillar Appearing in Supernova, which combines layers of individual vocal drones with the characteristics of tape itself into a “dense harmonic world from a simple intervallic source.” Order it here. There’s also Zachary James Watkins’ Moveable. Moveable is a piece written for the pianoforte that awesomely uses a tool called the Piano Monster which was “built by NYC artist Ranjit Bhatnagar,” and “uses 16 voltage controlled motors with attached objects that resonate piano strings.” That’s right folks, robot piano. Invite it into your home at this link. In addition to these two, Cassauna is already planning releases from Claudio Rochetti & Pietro Riparbelli as well as Sarah Davachi.

And finally, Important Records has also dedicated the entirety of the latest episode of their podcast to Cassauna’s awakening. The podcast features tracks from past, present, and future releases, and you can stream it below.

Randy Gibson - First Pillar Appearing in Supernova tracklisting:

01. The First Pillar Imploding the Principal Drone under the Addition of 9 in Melodic Counterpoint from Apparitions of the Four Pillars
02. The First Pillar Exploding the Upper Drone with the Violin Analogue, the Nestled Melodic 27, and the Apparition of the Eternal Tonic from Apparitions of The Four Pillars

Zachary James Watkins - Moveable tracklisting:

01. Moveable: Live Concert Recording At Maybeck Studio, Berkeley
02. Moveable: Majestic Star Tuning Remix

• Cassauna: http://www.importantrecords.com/cassauna
• Important: http://www.importantrecords.com

Kelela vibrates yr ears and butt on new song “The High,” announces first-ever headlining shows

Abandon all presumptions of innocence. CUT 4 ME (TMT Review), the excellent debut release from Los Angeles-based and initial Night Slugs/Fade to Mind collaborator Kelela, has a connotation separate from a casual self-reverence manifested through music recording. Listening to the title track, the “cut” doesn’t refer to a “take” in the recording sense, but instead the depths of one’s dominant infatuation, as our narrator requests, “Cum 4 me. You’re all that I need.” Alternatively, things take a decidedly dark turn if you hear or choose to replace “cut” for “cum;” physical pain may be a precondition for emotional involvement with this particular sadist, or she’s just assuming the role of an elementary school teacher and proposing an insurmountable project involving safety scissors and a limitless supply of colored construction paper! No no, just look at those jagged edges. Cut it… mm, “tenderly.”

Let’s go back to the innocent interpretation though. If CUT 4 ME was a release aimed at self-satisfaction, then surely the fact that Kelela’s just announced her first-ever headlining shows is evidence of an imminent artistic selflessness. Come March, she’ll be performing at SXSW, and come April, she’ll take to the stage in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Oh! And she has a new song called “The High,” produced by Gifted & Blessed. Probably not the high that you’re thinking of:

Dates:

03.12.14-03.14.14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.02.14 - Los Angeles - The Echo
04.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic

Jon Porras of Barn Owl to release new LP Light Divide this March on Thrill Jockey; meanwhile, I don’t even know what I’m doing for dinner later

Most people know Jon Porras as one half of the spooky desert-jam outfit Barn Owl. And yes, a select few fans are also aware of his far-more provocative career as the understudy-to-the-third-understudy for one of the Jonas Brothers (I’m not sure which one, exactly. I think all of them?). But it seems hardly anyone — outside of us consummate musical insiders here at TMT — really knows him as a solo artist.

Well, all that shit’s about to change on March 25, when ol’ whats-his-name releases his new full-length album, entitled Light Divide, on the Thrill Jockey label! For once, it’ll be HIS NAME out there, all alone in that typically very crowded spooky drone-rock spotlight! And don’t look now, but I’ve even got some juicy press release hyperbole to get the accolade-ball rolling:

Light Divide showcases Porras as “shifting his focus entirely to electronic synthesis, using a wide array of analog and digital systems to exponentially expand his sonic palate.” Can you believe it? The results are “silhouettes of distant rhythms, abstracted traces of techno wastelands that come in and out of focus like an urban, post-industrial sprawl being overtaken by fog.” Hell yes. And the results of that are billions of dollars, a couple of entourages, and a Maserati truck full of Mercury Prizes!

Ha. For real though, Porras is also totally playing a set at this year’s Austin Psych Fest in April, and you can pre-order the album (LP + download) from the Thrill Jockey website right-the-heck now. And both of those things make him a hell of a lot cooler and more famous than I am! So I’ll just shut up now.

Light Divide tracklisting:

01. Apeiron
02. Recollection
03. Divide
04. New Monument
05. Pleiades

• Jon Porras: http://www.jonporras.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: Sky Madden]