Mountains’ new album in January will be a great lazy Christmas gift

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What’s lazy Christmas, you ask? Lazy Christmas is when you give a friend or loved one a thoughtless gift after December 25. This year, I’m getting Mountains’ new album Centralia, which is released January 22 on Thrill Jockey, for my dad. Shh… don’t tell my dad! I assume I’ll receive an MP3 download of the minimalist electronic album, and I’ll just put the little coupon code into a card I got from The Dollar Tree. My dad is more of Pantera type, but I believe even he will enjoy the modular soundscapes created by duo Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg. I can’t wait for my dad to groove to these tunes. It will be a lazy Christmas miracle!

Centralia tracklist:
01. Sand
02. Indentical Ship
03. Circular C
04. Tilt
05. Propeller
06. Liana
07. Living Lens

• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

BODYGUARD, NGUZUNGUZU, Massacooramaan offer exclusive tracks for double-vinyl compilation curated by Total Freedom

Total Freedom (a.k.a. Ashland Mines), an L.A. DJ/producer from US-based club label/movement Fade To Mind (Fatima Al Qadiri, NGUZUNGUZU, Massacooramaan, Kingdom), has curated an excitingly esoteric vinyl-only compilation for Teenage Teardrop. Blasting Voice features 18 new and exclusive tracks from TMT favorites like James Ferraro’s BODYGUARD project, NGUZUNGUZU, and Massacoormaan (Dave Quam), as well as deeper cuts from lesser-known (but also fantastic) artists like Diamond Black Hearted Boy (!), Jaws, Felix Lee, DJ Yung Tellem, and artist/filmmaker Ryan Trecartin, among many others.

Blasting Voice is available now as a double-vinyl set with a full-color insert, limited to only 300. #SAVAGE #HEAT #WET #ETC!! Listen to Massacooramaan’s contribution, “Zapotecean Foster Care,” here:

• Total Freedom: http://soundcloud.com/totalfreedom
• Fade To Mind: http://fadetomind.net
• Teenage Teardrop: http://teenageteardrops.com

Morrissey’s hair announces rescheduled US tourdates with Morrissey

If you’re like me, it’s probably difficult to remember anything that happened to you prior to, say, last Thursday or so, or something that didn’t happen in simultaneity with your consumption of a McDonald’s CBO sandwich. (By the way, is your left arm all tingly too? It’s making it kind of difficult to type.) Well, in that case, you’d better pull out a couple of those bad boys right now, because I have a couple of delicious beefy news patties to lay on you that you’re probably going to want to remember come 2013.

I’ll start by reminding you about how Morrissey announced late last month that he had to postpone his entire US tour in order to be with his mother in the hospital. Okay, still with me? How’s that ooey, gooey lava pool of ultrapasteurized processed cheese product? Good. Now then, it seems that the man is being true to his word, as the Morrissey fansite True to You has revealed not only a juicy list of steam-grilled make-up dates, but also the addition of a whole pound of caramelized new dates! Oh the hickory-smoked news-iness of it all! I don’t know about you, but I just want to sop it up with a sesame seed-studded bread pillow. The new dates start in January, and I swear I’ll post them just as soon as my vision clears up.

Morrissey tour:

01.09.13 - Long Island, NY - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
01.11.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music
01.12.13 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues Atlantic City
01.16.13 - North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore
01.18.13 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Performing Arts Center
01.19.13 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
01.21.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
01.22.13 - Columbus, OH - LC Indoor Pavilion
01.24.13 - Flint, MI - The Whiting
01.25.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater
01.26.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
01.28.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
01.29.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
01.31.13 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts
02.02.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
02.05.13 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
02.06.13 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre
02.09.13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
02.10.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
02.12.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
02.13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
02.15.13 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Events Center
02.16.13 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theater
02.18.13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
02.21.13 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
02.22.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
02.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
03.01.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
03.02.13 - Sparks, NV - John Ascuaga’s Nugget - Rose Ballroom
03.04.13 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
03.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
03.08.13 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

• Morrissey: http://www.itsmorrisseysworld.com

The Walkmen announce tour with their long-lost dad, Father John Misty

The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser walked into his front yard. It was 2 PM, he had just woken up. Late for some folks, but that didn’t matter to Hamilton; The Walkmen weren’t going on tour for months. This was his vacation and he was going to enjoy it.

Clad in boxers, a Jonathan Fire*Eater t-shirt, and a plaid robe, Leithauser walked to his mailbox. He wasn’t expecting anything, but he hoped for something interesting. Inside, there sat a single, thin letter. Hamilton removed it from the box and looked at it with curiosity. No return address. “What could this be,” he thought, as he tore open the envelope. His eyes widened as he stared at the handwritten letter in his hands.

“Dear The Walkmen, I am your real father. My name is Father John Misty. Isn’t it strange that my name is Father and I’m your father? That is very strange. Anyhoo, we should go on tour together, guys! Toodle-loo!”

Hamilton dropped the letter. “Oh man!” he shouted. “I’ve gotta call the guys!”

The Walkmen dates:

01.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01.15.13 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
01.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Theatre #
01.17.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall #
01.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre #
01.19.13 - Madison, WI - Capitol Theatre #
01.21.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre #
01.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore #
01.26.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
01.27.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater #
01.28.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom #

# Father John Misty

• The Walkmen: http://thewalkmen.com
• Father John Misty: http://fatherjohnmisty.com

RIP: John Napier of Ethyl Meatplow

From Pitchfork:

John Napier of the early 1990s alternative band Ethyl Meatplow has died, according to his former bandmate Carla Bozulich. “It was drugs that got John,” Bozulich wrote.

In addition to a handful of singles, Ethyl Meatplow only released one full-length album: Happy Days, Sweetheart in 1993. The band gained notoriety for their sexually explicit lyrics and nudity-filled live shows. While he was in the band, Napier was often referred to as “Wee Wee”.

After Ethyl Meatplow, Napier started the label Basura! and headed another band, Buccinator. According to Bozulich, he received degrees in social work.

• Ethyl Meatplow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethyl_Meatplow

Colin Stetson and Mats Gustafsson provide saxual healing through Stones release via Rune Gramophone

Saxamaphoooooone. Saxamaphooooooooooone. The immortal words of Homer J. Simpson (circa 1995) have been echoing in my mind for the last couple hours, and it’s not just because I’ve spent an absurd amount of time watching classic Simpsons lately. No, but seriously, why hasn’t the show been cancelled yet? Given the genius on display during its former years, the newer seasons (whose horribleness I’m convinced of, despite my relative unfamiliarity) only serve to tarnish its reputation. Attention: narcissistic show writers, as well as the network heads at Fox — put the damn show out of its misery already!

Back to saxamaphones. Last Friday, saxophonists Colin Stetson (of Arcade Fire and New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges fame) and Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Fire!) released Stones, courtesy of Rune Grammofon in Europe. The album’s four tracks were recorded live at the 2011 Vancouver Jazz Festival, during which Stetson and Gustafsson (figuratively) fused their powerful lungs and improvisational minds for a performance that was, reportedly, wholly synergistic. As Gustafsson recalled, “It was completely magic. All was there, the communication, the interaction, the music, the mystery…” Bands can claim a unique degree of musical cohesion all they want, but when two talented saxophonists do the same, I’d say that’s particularly noteworthy. Expectations prior to listening: high.

Stones is out now in Europe and is slated for North American release on January 8, 2013.

Stones tracklisting:

01. Stones That Rest Heavily
02. Stones That Can Only Be
03. Stones That Need Not
04. Stones That Only Have

• Colin Stetson: http://colinstetson.com
• Mats Gustafsson: http://matsgus.com
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com