My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James does the solo album cha cha, swerves into steampunk territory?

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James does the solo album cha cha, swerves into steampunk territory? http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1211/news-12-11-jim-james.jpg

My Morning Jacket main man Jim James is releasing his first-ever solo album under his own name, called Regions of Light and Sound of God. “Oh ho,” you may be saying, because you are a steampunk. “But,” you may be saying because you are a My Morning Jacket superfan who just KNOWS TOO MUCH, “didn’t our merry bandleader release a debut solo EP back in 2009?” And to this I say, “No, dear friend, that EP was released under the cleverly disguised moniker Yim Yames and was therefore TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Totally different, people. In the anachronistic steampunk future, kids at record stores will be like, “Wow, bro, this Yim Yames fella sure does sound a lot like this Jim James fella.” And then their friends will be like, “Nah man, they’re TOTALLY DIFFERENT. You better get your monocle checked.”

Anyway, James’ debut solo LP under his own non Y-ed up name comes out February 5 via ATO and is based largely on Lynd Ward’s 1929 graphic novel God’s Man, a book about an artist dealing with corruption, temptation, and all that good stuff whilst discovering — ahhhhhhh — love. Says Jim James via the press release, “I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense—like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot.” After speaking these words, James donned a cape, doffed his top hat and hopped into his steam-powered brougham carriage, and disappeared off into the night. Fans were left to whisper among themselves, “Golly that does sound kinda steampunk, oof,” and post GIFs from that touchstone of the steampunk movement, Will Smith vehicle Wild Wild West (also starring Salma Hayek, in a career-defining role). Just kidding, fans. James’ record doesn’t actually sound like it was recorded by a sexy saloon girl robot in a dainty corset or whatever those people are into. It just sounds good.

Regions of Light and Sound of God will be available on CD, vinyl, tinny sounding 78 (just kidding! another joke!), digital download, and as a limited-edition package that includes a t-shirt, autographed print, keychain, and of course, a tote bag. Jim James also has some year-end shows with My Morning Jacket lined up on the East Coast, including one to ring in the New Year in Boston.

Regions of Light and Sound of God tracklisting:

01. State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)
02. Know Til Now
03. Dear One
04. A New Life
05. Exploding
06. Of the Mother Again
07. Actress
08. All Is Forgiven
09. God’s Love to Deliver

Dates:

12.27.12 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.28.12 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.29.12 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
12.31.12 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena *

* Preservation Hall Jazz Band

• Jim James: http://jimjames.com
• My Morning Jacket: http://www.mymorningjacket.com
• ATO: http://atorecords.com

Austin Psych Fest shares 2013 lineup: Deerhunter, Boris, Quintron, and others who are not Hugh Laurie

As if Austin, TX didn’t have enough live music to offer the world — what with SXSW in March, Austin City Limits in the summer, and all of the normal activity in support of the area’s claim as the live music capital of the world — we bring you news of another stellar looking festival. The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest will take place at Carson Creek Ranch over the weekend of April 26-28 and will feature a who’s who of the world’s greatest Korean pop cover bands. Oh, my bad — that’s the Austin Psy Festival, which only takes place in my head.

The initial lineup of artists lives up to the festival’s name, offering up a plethora of local and international acts who fit somewhere along the ever-expanding swathe of sounds that comprise the term ‘psych’ (with its many prefixes, suffixes, and sub-genres). Highlights include Deerhunter, Acid Mothers Temple, Boris, and Goat, with the full initial lineup below. More acts will be announced in January along with the release of a retrospective DVD of the 2012 event, but festival passes are available now for $120. Get your weird on this spring without the hassle of waiting in a million lines to see mostly untested acts (à la SXSW).

Austin Psych Festival initial lineup:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Black Angels
Deerhunter
Tinariwen
Clinic
Warpaint
Black Mountain
Boris
Spectrum
Man Or Astroman?
The King Khan & Bbq Show
The Growlers
Acid Mothers Temple
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
The Soft Moon
White Fence
Diiv
Dead Skeletons
The Warlocks
Vietnam
Goat
Black Bananas
The Black Ryder
Lumerians
Elephant Stone
The Laurels
Gary War
Woodsman
The Cult Of Dom Keller
Golden Animals
Holydrug Couple
Vinyl Williams
Ttotals
Dreamtime

• Austin Psych Fest: http://www.austinpsychfest.com

RIP: Billy Scott, R&B singer of The Prophets

From Boston.com:

Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70.

Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame said Scott died from pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte.

Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name and with his wife Barbara in 1966 began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968’s “I Got The Fever.” Other hits included “California” and “Seaside Love” as the Georgia Prophets. […]

• Billy Scott & The Party Prophets: http://www.theprophets.com

Pack all your sorrows in a box: Death Cab for Cutie to release box set of albums

Hey all you sad-ass people who are starting to get nostalgic for those grand old days of the late 90s and early 2000s! Do you remember when you used to watch shows at those precious few venues that allowed under-21-year-old bands to play, not drink, and then go home and listen to emo music as you pined away for the cute girl who plays bass in your friend’s band? Well, now you can relive every depressing minute of Death Cab for Cutie’s musical catalog from that period and remember exactly how it felt when you would spend most of your time desperately in love with girls that you never built up the courage to talk to.

Artist in Residence has announced that they will be re-educating the world on DCFC’s early work by reissuing You Can Play These Songs with Chords (first time ever on vinyl!), Something About Airplanes, We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, the Forbidden Love EP (first time ever on vinyl!), The Photo Album, The Stability EP (first time ever on vinyl!), and Transatlanticism as one indie-powered, sorrow-packed, limited-to-1,500-copies, remastered, cloth-bound vinyl box set so that you can spend your weekend reminiscing about your glory days.

To make the whole thing that much more bittersweet, not only is the set pretty limited, but it’s also hand-numbered and signed by the entire band. However, if you start spending too much time living in the past and thinking about all your old crushes, then your wife is gonna get a little mad.

• Death Cab for Cutie: http://www.deathcabforcutie.com
• Artist in Residence: http://www.ainr.com

Cannibal Ox promise you a new album and shows, pinky swear to show they’re serious

With little competition out there, we can definitively declare 2001 as the most Cannibal Ox year ever. They put out their sole full-length, The Cold Vein (#17 on our decade list), they played shows, and they existed as an active musical group. Even that last item has been arguable for most years following 2001. In recent memory, the most Cannibal Ox action we’ve gotten has been in the form of a variety of solo albums from both Vast Aire and Vordul Mega. It certainly seemed like Cannibal Ox had broken up.

But that’s not how Cannibal Ox sees it. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, Vast Aire says that the group never broke up. Oh yeah? Prove it, Vast Aire! Well, actually, he plans on proving it by getting together with Vordul Mega and putting out a new Cannibal Ox album in 2013. That is a very good way to prove that you are a functioning group! However, it’s worth noting that the group planned a second album for release back in 2006 and, clearly, that never happened. Here’s hoping this one will.

In more concrete proof that Cannibal Ox live, the duo will be doing a show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on December 9. Tickets for that show are currently on sale. The group is also planning more dates for 2013, including a string of West Coast dates. If you happen to attend one of these shows, please try to reach out and touch the hand of Vast Aire. This will prove that he is not a ghost or a hologram or a being made out of fog.

• Vast Aire: https://twitter.com/VASTAIRE2090

Kompakt continues its annual electronic lullaby, announces Pop Ambient 2013

Annual label compilations are somewhat of a risky undertaking. On the one hand, if the compilations are consistently good (as Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series was from about 2001 until 2007), then all you’re doing is showcasing talent and marketing your label in a beneficial way. Alternatively, if the compilations are consistently bad, then you’re doing the complete opposite: highlighting how horrible your label is, and revealing just how deluded you are by continuing to release horrible compilations.

Fortunately for Kompakt, the latter editions of Pop Ambient haven’t been horrible — I’m not going that far — but were instead relatively uninspired, presenting a contrast with earlier editions. Has Pop Ambient settled into a comfortable niche characterized by pleasant-sounding, though not altogether memorable, ambient music?

Although it won’t be released until January 21, the tracklist for Pop Ambient 2013 offers some reasons to be enthusiastic. Argentine keyboardist Leandro Fresco renews a relationship with Kompakt that began with the release of Amor Internacional in 2002, and Michael Mayer, co-founder of the label, makes his first appearance ever on the series through a Wolfgang Voigt mix of “Sully,” the opening track from Mayer’s 2012 album Mantasy. Followers of the Pop Ambient series will also appreciate contributions from Wolfgang Voigt himself, dub techno artist Mikkel Metal, and Marsen Jules, who must be doing some serious favors to earn a spot on four of the last six editions.

I’m actually kind of excited for this. Don’t let us (me) down, Kompakt.

Pop Ambient 2013 tracklisting:

01. Leandro Fresco, “Cuando El Sol Grita La Manaña”
02. Michael Mayer, “Sully (Wolfgang Voigt Mix)”
03. Jens-Uwe Beyer, “Deutz Air 2”
04. Triola, “Jean Vigo”
05. Marsen Jules, “Point of No Return”
06. Mikkel Metal, “Recombination”
07. Anton Kubikov, “Ambianopolis”
08. Wolfgang Voigt, “Rückverzauberung 7”
09. Leandro Fresco, “El Cruce Imposible”
10. Terrapin, “Cirrus Minor”

• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm

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