Michael Gira brings his solo show to the historic dungeons of Europe in April (and to the US in March!)

Michael Gira brings his solo show to the historic dungeons of Europe in April (and to the US in March!) http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-michael-gira.jpg

This spring, Stetson-wearing noisemonger Michael Gira is returning to the land of Bergman, Genet, and a freakin’ ton of dungeons. That’s right: America’s favorite vacation destination, Europe! Gira’s going the solo route this time, bringing little more than his trusty guitar, a Chinese lacquered box full of self-loathing, and Cool Ranch-flavored Doritos, plus Swans’ Christoph Hahn as an opening act. Together they’ll all navigate the roads of the Olde World, charting a magical course from familiar destinations like Paris to those more off the beaten path, such as the beautiful Norwegian town of Stavanger, which is fondly referred to by locals as “the town of a thousand creepy basements.”*

So what can European music fans expect from the tour being billed as Cool Ranch Tostitos Presents Michael Gira’s Totally Crunchtacular European Summer Vacation 2012?** This is a solo tour, so lots of great Gira classics with perhaps an Angels of Light or Swans jam thrown into the mix to spice things up, much like how Cool Ranch Doritos spice up any party!! Try ‘em today! In Original Cool Ranch and New Cool Ranch. Anyway, the tour will serve as a taster for the newly revived Swans’ upcoming live album, coming soon via Gira’s Young God Records. Crunchtacular.

* No, it’s not. My apologies to the people of Stavanger.
** Again, just kidding. My apologies to Michael Gira, summer, and Europe. But not Cool Ranch. Yuck.

UPDATE: Gira also has a handful of US dates with Sir Richard Bishop and one with Wovenhand starting mid-March. YES. Check the dates below!

03.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
03.16.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
03.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door #
03.23.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
03.24.12 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater %
04.04.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
04.05.12 - Belfast, Ireland - Black Box
04.06.12 - Glasgow, UK - St. Andrew’s Church in the Square
04.07.12 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
04.09.12 - Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere
04.10.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Upstairs
04.11.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
04.12.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival/Midi Theatre
04.14.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
04.15.12 - Aalborn, Denmark - Studenterhuset
04.17.12 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee Club inside Rockafeller
04.18.12- Stavanger, Norway - Cementen
04.19.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen
04.21.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo Culture Factory
04.22.12 - Berlin, Germany - Roter Saloon inside Volksbuhne
04.23.12 - Vienna, Austria - Chelsea Club
04.25.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
04.26.12 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Cafe Bad Bonn
04.27.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson Club
04.28.12 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
04.29.12 - Rome, Italy - Chiesa Evangelica Metodista
05.01.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Exil

# Sir Richard Bishop
% Wovenhand

• Michael Gira: http://younggodrecords.com

Disappears take custody of Steve Shelley while Sonic Youth sort shit out, announce new album and tour

Don’t bother asking post-rockers Disappears what year it is. Each year their calendar just says the same shit on on it anyway: “PUT OUT ALBUM. TOUR IT SHITLESS.” Following 2010’s Lux, last year’s Guider (TMT Review), and the ensuing tours with Sonic Youth’s worst guitar player Steve Shelley on drums, the band members presumably hung out at home for a few days, hugged a few friends and family members, got into and then over Kinect Sports, and then headed back to the studio.

This time with Shelley fully involved in the proceedings, they went to Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken New Jersey to hit the next one. And right on cue, the new Disappears record, Pre Language is ready to be toured shitless. According to some press release poetry, the thing is all about…”love,” featuring “direct allusions to Philip K. Dick, James Baldwin, and Joan of Arc.” Alright, I totally know who at least one of those people are. But anyway, the album comes out via Kranky on March 1 and was mixed with John Congelton, and although they don’t seem to be touring shitlessly quite yet, I’m sure things will rev up in a bowel-voiding way soon enough.

Pre Language tracklisting:

01. Replicate
02. Pre Language
03. Hibernation Sickness
04. Minor Patterns
05. All Gone White
06. Joa
07. Fear of Darkness
08. Love Drug
09. Brother Joliene

Tourdates:

02.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
02.19.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
02.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
02.22.11 - San Francisco - Bottom of the Hill [Noise Pop Festival]
02.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
02.24.11 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriets
02.25.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

• Disappears: http://www.myspace.com/disappearsmusic
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

The Flaming Lips + Bon Iver = ???????

A likely recipe for whatever The Flaming Lips and Bon Iver have in the works:

- one cabin in the wilderness of Wisconsin
- enough confetti to thoroughly pollute the atmosphere
- all stars that have fallen to the ground
- four CD players
- five skulls
- a pinch or two of Autotune
- jagged vacance, thick with ice
- one giant plastic bubble
- snow
- swarm (herd? pack? gaggle?) of pink robots

Directions:

Stuff all ingredients into the cabin and see what happens. Gather other Lips’ concoctions (with Death Cab For Cutie, Nick Cave, Ghostland Observatory, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, and maybe with Lykke Li, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha as well). Let simmer until April (Record Store Day-ish).

Enjoy!

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Bon Iver: http://boniver.org

Refused got back together the other day, but we didn’t really rush to report it because, you know, huh?

Back on January 9, the music world that exists on top of the internet went buck because At The Drive-In announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report it until two days later, because, you know, meh. On that same day, mythical Swedish hardcore beast Refused announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report that until now because huh? I don’t know why. Probably because of bwuh.

Past the bwuh and huh, Brooklyn Vegan broke the news that Refused were getting back together to play Coachella. Hey now, that’s the same festival At The Drive-In is playing. Y’all plan that? Pretty cute, guys, pretty darn cute. As it turns out, they’re also going to play Sweden’s Way Out West festival. That means they’re playing two dates. Or, wait, three dates, because Coachella is a two-weekend thing now. Bwurgh? They also say they’re going to play more dates, which should make people who aren’t in a constant state of confusion happy. I guess it makes me happy, too.

Refused dates:

04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
08.09-11.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival

• Refused: http://officialrefused.com.preview.binero.se

Mad Men Season 5 spoiler alert!!! Don Draper road trips with blue muppet in new Herman Düne video; band tours, releases EP

Don’s been known to steal away with the top down, and in the new video for “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” the first single from Herman Düne’s upcoming EP of the same name, he does just that, only instead of a busty lady in the passenger seat, it’s a nice, hitchhiking blue muppet who accompanies him on his journey. After viewing, one thing’s clear — that muppet is a way less wooden actor than January Jones.

Surely this is a look inside the mind of one of televised drama’s most complex characters. Or possibly just a cute accompaniment to a catchy tune? Probably the former, so you’ve been warned in case you’re waiting indefinitely for Season 5 to begin and don’t want the video to ruin it for you anymore than this news story already has.

Herman Düne have been doing more than making Jon Hamm look pretty with wind in his hair, though — they’re about to embark on a brief All-North American tour promoting their new EP, set to drop January 17 on Strange Moosic Records. If you like vaguely European accents singing over easily digestible pop music (and missed Peter Bjorn and John the last time they blew through town), then make sure and catch Herman Düne this month. Don’t worry, Mad Men won’t start until the band’s safely back in Europe, so no need to set the DVR while you’re at the show.

Dates:

01.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)
01.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Theatre Raymond Kabbaz
01.16.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub
01.17.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
01.18.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
01.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern

• Herman Düne: http://www.hermandune.com
• Strange Moosic: http://terrorbird.com/tags/strange-moosic-records

Ariel Pink works on two albums and a werewolf movie, naturally. What’s next? A cookbook?

According to Prefix, Ariel Pink, or “Pinker the Stinker” as my mom and her new juggalo boyfriend Stephen Wolf like to call him, has announced he has two new albums down the pipeline. Also, in a move to obviously cash in on the “man-wolf” craze started by Benicio del Toro, Ariel Pink plans on collaborating with writer/director Dave Gebroe on a werewolf movie set in the 1960’s. Tentatively called Bad Vibes. Pink will act, produce, and score the film.

One of the new albums, with the unconfirmed title A Death in Hollywood, will feature Pink’s Haunted Graffiti band. The other album, appropriately titled Ku Klux Glam, will be a collaboration with R. Stevie Moore. An unfinished version of this project is available for listening on SoundCloud.

I’ll report back with more info as soon as I find out if John Maus is doing a Hawaiian-themed vampire film.

• Ariel Pink: http://www.arielpink.com
• R. Stevie Moore: http://www.rsteviemoore.com

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