Mike Watt’s third opera out soon, followed by gigantic tour!

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Last June, we reported that Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist/badass Mike Watt was nearing completion on his third “punk rock opera.” On October 6, Japan saw the first release of Hyphenated-Man on Parabolica Records, but only now has the rest of the world had the chance to get anything better than a CD import. Mark the date, people: Hyphenated-Man is out worldwide on March 1 via Watt’s own Clenchedwrench label.

Watt’s operas haven’t exactly been like Wagner’s. The first, Contemplating the Engine Room (1997), detailed not Valkyries or Tannhäuser, but his relationship with his father, and was met with wide critical acclaim. The 2004 follow-up opera, The Secondman’s Middle Stand received much more lukewarm reviews (TMT Review), and could be said to verge on more traditional operatic fare, introducing organ and drawing heady connections between Dante’s Divine Comedy and Watt’s own close call with death.

This third work, Hyphenated-Man, deviates from the first two in that there is no standard or linear narrative, according to Watt (who joyfully suggests that it’s a “libretto”-less opera). Check out his somewhat rambling explanation of the work here; let’s just see how long it takes now for people to start bandying around “pomo” for this one. Also, Mike Watt and The Missingmen are beginning a North America tour this spring, in which they play every night but one for two straight months. At the end of April, there’d better be a fat lady singing along in Sacramento.


03.10.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
03.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.12.11- San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03.13.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
03.14.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03.15.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.16.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Ginger Man
03.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.19.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Spanish Moon
03.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
03.21.11 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar
03.22.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03.23.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.24.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.25.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.26.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.27.11 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
03.28.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29.11 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
03.30.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
03.31.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
04.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
04.03.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
04.04.11 - New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.05.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street Club
04.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s Place
04.07.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.08.11 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
04.09.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04.10.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
04.11.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.12.11 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
04.13.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04.14.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
04.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
04.16.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
04.17.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
04.18.11 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.19.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.20.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04.22.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.23.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
04.24.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.25.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
04.26.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
04.27.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
04.28.11 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage
04.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.30.11 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp

• Mike Watt: http://www.hootpage.com

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Hunky pretty boys Kurt Vile and J Mascis to tour together

When you look up pictures of shredding overlord J Mascis and classic rock young-blood Kurt Vile, you find the following two consistencies: both dudes are usually clutching a guitar like it’s landmine that they’ve got to save their platoon buddies from… and both dudes’ hair look totally, hilariously, anachronistically absurd.

But come March, you might see another interesting thing when you Google these two: a lot more buddy pics. Both Mascis and Vile have records coming out that month — Mascis’ Several Shades of Why is due March 15 on Sub Pop and Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo is due March 8 on Matador — so the two are teaming up for a string of US dates to celebrate. The pairing of this guitar-centric duo is not exactly a stretch, considering Vile makes an appearance on Several Shades (as do a bunch of other luminaries like Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, The Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins, and more), but it’s nonetheless momentous news when you consider the fact that it’s probably been decades since this much hair hit the road at one time.

J Mascis w/ Kurt Vile and The Violators:

03.10.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
03.11.11 - Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
03.22.11 - Brattleboro, MA - Headroom Stages
03.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
03.24.11 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
03.25.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.26.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.30.11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.31.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04.01.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04.02.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.08.11 - Athens, GA - The Melting Point
04.09.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.10.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

J. Mascis:

04.29.11 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
04.30.11 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
05.03.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
05.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.05.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
05.06.11 - Echo Park, CA - Echo
05.07.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• J. Mascis: http://jmascis.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• Kurt Vile: http://www.kurtvile.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead to release Norwegian Wood score in March; hypnagogic pop may or may not be mentioned in this news story

You already knew that Jonny Greenwood scored the soundtrack to Norwegian Wood, the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s eponymous novel (TMT News), but did you know that it’s being released March 7, just days before the film’s March 11 premiere? I did, because I read NME.

Check out “Doghouse,” as performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra (not to be confused with the BBC Hypanagogic Pop Band). It sounds exactly like Ludwig van Mozart to my ears, but what do I know — I’m just a renowned musicologist.



• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com

The Mountain Goats tour with Megafaun in support of All Eternals Deck

The Mountain Goats’ new album, All Eternals Deck, is being lovingly released by Merge on March 29, but according to Merge’s Guide to Indie Rock Success (co-written by Simon Reynolds), the M. Goats must either tour in support of the new album or hope for a favorable review on popular website Pitchfork. Latter’s pretty tough, though — Hell, I should know: my band Mango Starr & The Hurlers released a new album last year called Gold-Minded, and it only received a 7.6 with no “Best New Music”! — and since I doubt their new album can be filed under chillwave or hypnagogic pop, I think they made the right move when they booked a tour with Megafaun.

Check out “Damn These Vampires” over at Stereogum.

03.24.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
03.25.11 - Washington DC - 930 Club
03.26.11 - York, PA - Strand-Capitol PAC
03.28.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.01.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.02.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
04.03.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
04.05.11 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
04.06.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.07.11 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
04.08.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.10.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.11.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.12.11 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr Smalls
04.15.11 - Philadelphia PA- Theater of Living Art

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Coachella announces 2011 lineup, mysteriously snubs Sundafyllir Mostrarskegg La Resistance

Coachella has announced its 2011 lineup via a poster! As you can see, the bigger the font, the better the band. Alright, that’s not true (Kings of Leon is notably larger than Lightning Bolt in font size, and Kings of Leon FUCKING SUCK), but hey… there are some pretty sweet acts this year: Animal Collective, Death From Above 1979 (whoa!), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wire, Ariel Pink, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Titus Andronicus, The Black Keys, blah, blah, blah. I think the poster speaks for itself, no?

The festival will be held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA on April 15-17.

Hey, wonder what’s up with No Fun Fest this year.

• Coachella: http://www.coachella.com

Dan Deacon to score Francis Ford Coppola film, collaborates with So Percussion

When was the last time you saw a Francis Ford Coppola film you actually enjoyed? Lord knows it wasn’t Jack, and I hope for your sake it wasn’t Dracula — possibly The Rainmaker. Regardless, the guy hasn’t made an exceptionally solid film in quite some time, and what questionably halfway decent flicks he has made in the recent past have definitely left zero room for creative surprises……. until now. For Coppola’s next film Twixt Now and Sunrise, he will be enlisting Baltimore’s crazy king Dan Deacon to score it. And hey, if that weren’t enough, Deacon and Coppola are also going to be collaborating on a large(r)-scale secret project in the near future. Seriously?

With Dan Deacon scoring and all, you might think the plot of Twixt Now and Sunrise would involve, I don’t know, midget clowns, glitter, and visions of Satan or something, but it’s actually going to be a “gothic romance” staring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, and Elle Fanning. Don’t worry, I’m just as wigged-out by all this as you are. No word on a release date for the film, but according to IMDB, it’s currently in post-production.

In other news, Deacon’s got some new composition for So Percussion that he’s debuting in NYC on the 20th and a new orchestral work he’s performing with the Kitchner-Waterloo Symphony in Kitchner, Ontario early next month. Other than that, I’m not convinced any of this is actually real.


01.20.10 New York, NY - Merkin Concert Hall *
02.03.10 Kitchener, ON - Conrad Centre for the Arts #
02.04.10 Kitchener, ON - Conrad Centre for the Arts #
02.12.10 Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Iowa City
02.23.10 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.13.10 Denton, TX - 35 Conferette

* So Percussion
# billed as “Dan Deacon’s Electronic Bus”

• Dan Deacon: http://www.dandeacon.com