Moonface announces North American tour, starts work on new album, because what else is Spencer Krug going to do with his time

Moonface announces North American tour, starts work on new album, because what else is Spencer Krug going to do with his time

As a child, Spencer Krug made a dark pact with a demon, ensuring that he would spend all his spare moments working on music. This is not true. It is just the only explanation I can find to account for Krug’s endless output of new music. Well, the only explanation besides work ethic. Still, the guy’s prolificacy is kind of nuts: four active projects, all of which have put out at least one album within the last two years. Most recently, he’s been hard at work with his Moonface solo project, from which he just put out Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I Hoped (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar. Between that new record and a recent tour, we could hardly expect to hear anything new from the Moonface front any time soon.

Except we can. Duuuuuuuuuuuh. What else would you expect from Krug’s iron man work effort? He is like a man made out of iron! The point is, Spencer Krug will be doing things as Moonface in the near future. Namely, going on tour. Word has it that he’ll play all the songs from Organ Music, or at least most of them. Joining him on this journey will be percussionist Mike Bigelow, who will make rhythmic noises to accompany Krug’s organ noises.

But honestly, it’s not that surprising that Moonface is going on tour so soon after returning from tour. That happens all the time! What band hasn’t done that? Many, but there are also many that have done it. Less frequent is the act that starts work on a new record near immediately after releasing a record, and Moonface is that sort of act! Indeed: Mr. Krug is in Finland right now, working with Siinai on a new album. What will it sound like? Nobody knows, aside from perhaps Spencer Krug, Siinai, and anyone inside or passing by the studio. The rest of us will inevitably find out in six to eight months.

Moonface dates:

10.07.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10.08.11 - Madison, WI - The Sett @ The University of Wisconsin
10.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.11.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s
10.12.11 - Calgary, AB - Republik
10.14.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf
10.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.16.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
10.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.21.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10.23.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.25.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
10.26.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.29.11 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel
10.30.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Wire tour the UK and release sexy, titillating, tour-exclusive live album

English post-punks Wire are… how do you say? Living legends. No, wait. That makes ‘em sound venerable and old, kinda like a 500-year-old tree that only grows on a certain mountaintop in Tibet and one time each century produces some crazy-ass exotic fruit that is then profiled in a lengthy National Geographic profile. Because Wire — whilst totally “venerable” and totally in the punk rock game since 1976 — are anything but antiquated once-a-century producers. These guys are still on the road, still bringing abrasive, beauteous art punk to fans new and old, and still churning out ever-evolving sounds in their impressively prolific list of releases.

So add another one to that list of records, and add another tour to your calendar. Because Colin Newman and co. are heading back on the tour circuit, and when I say back I mean BACK. The gents spent the first half of 2011 on a worldwide tour in support of their latest, Red Barked Tree (TMT Review), and now they’re gearing up for a month-long jaunt across Ireland and the UK, with stops in several cities they haven’t graced since their first visits in the 1970s. Yankee noise rockers Talk Normal will be accompanying the almighty Wire as they navigate the lush green roads of the British Isles, and they’ll be bringing along a very special album: a live recording of a prestigious (yet unnamed and mysterious) show from Wire’s tour earlier this year, released on the band’s very own Pink Flag label. Take note, Wire completists: this mystery album is exclusive tour merchandise and won’t be available in shops until after the tour has wrapped.


11.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
11.16.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester 3
11.17.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
11.18.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
11.19.11 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
11.20.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.22.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
11.23.11 - London, UK - XOYO
11.25.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy 2
11.26.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
11.29.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
11.30.11 - Exeter, UK - Phoenix
12.01.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
12.02.11 - Oxford, UK - Academy 2
12.03.11 - Sheffield, UK - The Plug

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Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Following in Prince’s footsteps, Mos Def has decided to change his name at the end of this year. Next time he runs into Ms. Fat Booty, he’ll introduce himself as Yasiin. We can’t help but wonder if his new Arabic namesake will deflate his chances at smashing it like an Idaho potato. Of course, if she’s a moneygrubber, and a wise one at that, she’ll realize his new name is just another way of saying “rich.”

And no, before you think his label head Mr. West got to his head, fret not. Mighty Mos will not act a fool if you run into him at a dinner party and mistakenly refer to him by his so-totally-90s-sounding hip-hop moniker. He’s just used to calling himself Yasiin, and with any luck you soon will be too.

Watch the short clip of Mos, er, Yasiin announcing the official change on MT’’s Sucker Free. As he says on Black on Both Sides, “a lot of things have changed, a lot of things have not.” Just make sure you add Yasiin Dante Smith Bey’s name switch to the ever-evolving list of changeovers, and commit this tidbit to memory for trivia games of the future.

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Danzig does his best to look intimidating as he announces tourdates and a best-of compilation

Glenn Danzig, who has always thought that he was more important and essential to the history of music then he really ever was (or will be), has begun puffing up his chest once again, spurred on by meager critical praise for his last album, Deth Red Sabaoth, (TMT Review), and with it has announced a series of “Special Legacy Performances.” These special shows will remind you that Danzig sounds like a goth Elvis, totally works out all the time, and made music that you faintly remember from your time listening to hard rock radio in Junior High.

So reads the press release: “Long into the future we will all be gone, but certain marks we make can live on. Decades beyond this one, Danzig’s music will be heralded by people of various musical interests; it will find a permanent place in the lives of those who need the escape and solace of his vast musical catalog.” Um, not really dudes. Danzig has this for a musical legacy: The Misfits and “Mother.” That’s it, and I bet that no one, outside of Danzig himself, has even listened to “Mother” since at least 1998.

Lastly, if this brief mention of “Mother” has reminded you that you used to listen to it every once in awhile, then make sure you pick up The Essential Danzig, a best-of compilation put together by Sony and available for consumption on October 25… but please, let me recommend that you just buy a Misfits album. You’ll enjoy it more.

Danzig’s Special Legacy Performances:

10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre (Riot Fest)
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.31.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11.04.11 - Austin, TX - Auditorium Shores (FunFunFun Fest)

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RIP: Salvatore Licitra, opera singer

From The Guardian:

The opera world was on Tuesday mourning the premature death of an Italian tenor regarded by many as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti.

The announcement that Salvatore Licitra had died came nine days after the 43-year-old suffered severe head and chest injuries after a scooter accident in Sicily. As is common in southern Italy, he was not wearing a helmet.

Licitra’s voice turned him into an overnight sensation when he made his international debut in 2002, standing in for Pavarotti at short notice at the New York Met. Pavarotti, who had been booked for two performances of Tosca, pulled out citing illness and Licitra was rushed across the Atlantic to take his place.

Licitra’s powerful top notes brought him a prolonged standing ovation and comparisons with Pavarotti. Anthony Tommasini, a New York Times critic, described his performance that night as the “starry anointing of a potential successor”.

The American soprano Deborah Voigt said on Monday: “This is just heartbreaking. Salvatore was a great singer, but he was also just a really lovely guy. Always ready for a laugh, always light in spirit.”

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Coen Brothers officially greenlight Dave Van Ronk-inspired film Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers’ next film is switching it up from the Wild West to West 4th Street. Inside Llewyn Davis, about a struggling folk musician during the height of the 1960s New York-based scene, has officially been greenlighted by the sibling directors, who will write, direct, and produce it. This will be the Coen’s follow-up film to 2010’s True Grit remake, though there is no scheduled release date yet.

The film’s title character is based loosely on Dave Van Ronk, one of the stars of the Greenwich Village folk scene. An often underappreciated folk and blues guitarist, Van Ronk was a well-known figure in Village coffee shops and night clubs, earning him the title “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” Though today his musical legacy is largely eclipsed by his folkie protégés (most famously a young Minnesotan named Bob Dylan), thanks to the Coen brothers Van Ronk may finally get his due recognition… as Llewyn Davis.