Mike Patton to play Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival as Mondo Cane, then to disappear for a while again

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Mike Patton found a strange equilibrium when he decided earlier this year to release an Italian-pop tribute album under the title Mondo Cane (TMT Review). The melodrama of Ennio Morricone plus Patton’s general weirdness plus a lot of hair grease all converged to give the album a certain nostalgic intrigue, both for fans of Danger Diabolik and Faith No More – a combination not often brought to light.

This October, Mike Patton is showing that delightful mug of his at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco (October 1 - 3). This is the festival’s 10th year, still free and still in Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. For those unfamiliar with the festival, it’s not strictly bluegrass (if the addition of Patton didn’t give that away); other performers include Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Jonathan Richman, Joan Baez, Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang, and (curiously) Fountains of Wayne, to name just a very few, and to emphasize how incredible it is that it’s gratuit.

Patton/Mondo Cane is scheduled to perform on the 3rd, 5:20 PM, Star Stage. Other artists sharing the festival stages that day are Randy Newman and Umphree’s McGee, in addition to Elvis Costello, who comes right before Patton on the lineup.

Check out the rest of the lineup here, and prepare to wish you lived in the Bay.

• Mike Patton: http://myspace.com/mikepattonofficial
• Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: http://www.strictlybluegrass.com

David Bowie Rare and Unseen DVD coming this fall (surprisingly, “rare and unseen” does not mean explicit)

Dear Tiny Mix Tapes American Readership:

Okay, so apparently there’s this crazy British dude out there named David Bowie. I know, I know, I’d never heard of him either, but I guess he’s been an actor, producer, and musician for something like five decades now! Seriously. True story. I just Googled the dude, and check out what I found:

“Most famous for the gaudy, and sexually androgynous ‘Ziggy Stardust’ alter-ego that he created during early 1970’s glam-rock heyday, David Bowie has continuously reinvented his music and public image for almost fifty years and is regarded as a leading innovator, particularly within the world of rock music. He has had several hits, including “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Starman,” “Space Oddity,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance,” and more. Bowie is a talented multi-instrumentalist, often contributing guitars, keyboards, saxophone, piano, harmonica, xylophone, drums, percussion, and countless other instruments to recordings, making him one of the most consummate musicians in the world.”

See? I’m guessing from this description that he’s really influenced by, like, Kevin Barnes and of Montreal and all that stuff. Which is cool. I like of Montreal a lot. Either way, seems like we’d both better bone up on this guy a little bit, readers, so I went ahead and did some digging on Amazon for us. Looks like the dude’s got a DVD coming out on November 23 called David Bowie Rare and Unseen. I can’t remember all the info or anything, but I think that it goes something like this:

“Told through missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage, this insightful DVD contains a wealth of genuinely unseen and never-before-released-on-DVD footage and interviews, including film from the ITN archive. Previously thought-to-be-lost and now restored TV interviews from the past and rare film of the singer talking about his career are featured, including:

- UNSEEN: RUSSELL HARTY interview – restored for 16:9
- RARE: New York Interview 1999
- UNSEEN: Candid admissions on drugs and the Berlin days
- RARE: Press Conference performance
- UNSEEN: Janet Street Porter backstage before gig
- RARE: Rehearsal footage”

Man, this guy seems almost as cool as Kevin Barnes for sure. We’d better get on this, American readers. This DVD would be perfect for making us seem like we know what we’re talking about at parties this winter. Don’t forget: 11.23 release date. Mark your Google Calendars. We don’t want the rest of the world to think we’re slouches or anything.

Your Pal,

P.S. While we’re on the subject, does anyone know who this John Lennon guy is? His name kept popping up in all of my Bowie searches. Thanks, guys. L8-R!

• David Bowie: http://www.davidbowie.com
Rare and Unseen pre-order: http://tiny.cc/88lhl

Take THAT, Space Coyote! Flaming Lips to release limited-edition photo book series

Oklahoma gatekeepers-of-the-weird The Flaming Lips have always been firm believers in the “Visual Learning” approach to freaking out squares. Sure, they’ve got their “music” and all that, but let’s face it: those tunes are nothing without a helpful visual aid or three.

Now, as Prefix reports, Wayne Coyne and his crew are going all-out and creating literal photo albums of their live shows, to be sold on their website and at concerts. The series, aptly titled All We Have Is Now (after the penultimate Yoshimi track), will showcase the photography of Coyne’s very, very, very, very, very, very, very supportive wife, Michelle Martin-Coyne.

The books, which Wayne promises will “appear every six months or so,” will not only document the band’s performances, but they are also intended to highlight the fan experience and, as such, feature many-a-crowd shot. “So remember,” Coyne quips like a veteran ad man in the promo video, ” when you come to the shows, be as flamboyant and colorful as possible, and you yourself will one day end up in this photo collection.” Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

The first volume is on sale now for $12 from the group’s official website. As Wayne warns, there’s not many of these, so snatch yours up soon. As a primer, feel free to eat a few Guatemalan Insanity Peppers and watch the full YouTube clip below. Seriously. The video itself is probably worth a buck or two.



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

Weezer announce initial Blinkerton dates, rename Blinkerton tour to Memories Tour in yet another questionable move

Weezer, who have only gained respect since the release of Pinkerton in 1996 (JK!), have confirmed the initial dates for their Blinkerton tour. Actually, it’s named the Memories Tour now, because, you know, it’s Weezer, and they do a lot of questionable shit these days. The tour will feature double shows in each city, with the first showcasing the “Blue Album” + greatest hits, and the second Pinkerton + greatest hits. Does this mean they’ll play the full albums and then even more songs from “Blue” and Pinkerton??

Meanwhile, =w= webmaster Karl Koch also briefly wrote about the Pinkerton reissue:

Brian [Bell, Weezer’s best-looking member] was in NYC and he checked in at Sterling Sound to see how the mastering to vinyl was going for the Pinkerton Deluxe edition quadruple vinyl set! Brian reports that things sound great and he was stoked to hear “You Gave Yor Love To Me Softly” blasting out the studio speakers!

The Pinkerton reissue has a tentative release date of November 2.

=w= dates:

09.24.10 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University
09.25.10 - Peoria, IL - Bradley University
09.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
10.01.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Mirage Hotel and Casino
10.29.10 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
11.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.29.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories/Blinkerton)

• Weezer: http://www.weezer.com

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Toro Y Moi goes on tour with Nosaj Thing ‘n’ Jogger, does not go to the beach for cryin’ out loud

Toro Y Moi, one of the more prominent artists in the genre of, let’s call it, relaxing-electronic-music-that-may-or-may-not-remind-you-of-the-beach, is going on tour this fall in support of his Carpark debut, Causers of This (TMT Review). Accompanying Mr. Y Moi (or Chaz Bundick, if you’re all about real names) will be Nosaj Thing and Jogger, two relatively similarly-minded artists in the world of airy beats. It’ll be a tour filled with pretty sounds and some light dancing, a great way to take a load off after a hard work day. Kind of like a trip to the beach… ah, jeez.

Toro Y Moi dates:

10.14.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands Impakt Festival
10.15.10 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival
10.18.10 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff Arts Institute
10.19.10 - London, UK - Cargo
10.20.10 - Madrid, Spain - TBA
10.21.10 - Vigo, Spain - TBA
10.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - TBA
10.23.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
10.25.10 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.26.10 - Rome, Italy - Dimmi Disi
10.27.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Exil
10.29.10 - Leeds, UK - The Academy +
10.30.10 - Manchester, UK - The Academy +
10.31.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Picture House +
11.02.10 - Glasgow, UK - The Academy +
11.03.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Academy +
11.04.10 - Bristol, UK - The Academy +
11.05.10 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Musique Volantes
11.07.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.10.10 - La Jolla, CA - UC San Diego / The Loft *
11.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey * #
11.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop * #
11.13.10 - Eureka, CA - The Red Fox Tavern * #
11.15.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene * #
11.16.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s * #
11.17.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore * #
11.19.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * #
11.20.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird * #

* Nosaj Thing
# Jogger
+ Foals

• Toro Y Moi: http://www.myspace.com/toroymoi
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com
• Jogger: http://www.myspace.com/joggermusic
• Nosaj Thing: http://www.myspace.com/nosajthing

Like a fine wine, Joan of Arc get better with age; unlike a fine wine, Joan of Arc go on tour

Say what you will about Joan of Arc, but those guys have kept it going. Fifteen years in the business of experimental rock with a short breakup as their only real hiccup. Even with the ongoing reunion of frontman Tim Kinsella’s original band, Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc are still going strong with a lengthy fall tour. And while they haven’t quite been on it enough to release a new record this year, they do have a new 7-inch called Meaningful Work coming out. It’s a release that finds the band concerned with themes of money, environmental devastation, and economic collapse. Sounds peppy!

Joan of Arc dates:

10.27.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
10.28.10 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
10.29.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.30.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
10.31.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
11.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
11.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.17.10 - Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik *
11.18.10 - Brussels, Belgium - VUB-KK *
11.19.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - ACU *
11.21.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang Ticket *
11.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club *
11.23.10 - Dresden, Germany - AZ Conni *
11.24.10 - Nurnberg, Germany - K4 *
11.25.10 - Wien, Austria - Arena *
11.26.10 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadtpark *
11.27.10 - Milano, Italy - Leoncavallo *
11.28.10 - Roma, Italy - Init Club *
11.29.10 - Pescara, Italy - Mono Spazio Bar *
11.30.10 - Umbertide, Italy - Cinema Metropoli *
12.01.10 - Genova, Italy - La Claque / Teatro della Tosse *
12.02.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn *
12.04.10 - Würzburg, Germany - Cafe Cairo *
12.05.10 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlacthof *

• Joan of Arc: http://www.myspace.com/joanfrc