Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker offer rare recordings in exchange for donations to Japan tsunami relief

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The news is still coming in on the exact magnitude of devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, but it’s been clear for days now that help is desperately needed and will be for an untold length of time. Organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have already sent teams of medical and logistical staff into Japan’s Miyagi prefecture and other areas most affected by the disaster, and they’re relying on donations from the public to fund their efforts.

As an incentive to get more people donating, America’s $1 funnyman Neil Hamburger is taking a break from insulting teenagers on Twitter to offer a rare recording from early in his career. “Live in Tokyo” features a greasy-behind-the-ears Hamburger stumbling through material in 1994, and is free for the taking, provided you give at least $5 to tsunami relief. Simply donate to a worthy organization like the above mentioned or the Red Cross, and then email your donation receipt to Tara Dunphy at management@americasfunnyman.com. You’ll get an Mp3 of “Live in Tokyo” sent back to you shortly after.

What’s that? You demand more prizes for being a decent human being? Okay… Neil is also teaming up with our good friend Tim Heidecker to record a brand new 10-minute comedy bit, but the track won’t be released until they’ve raised $10K. Heidecker says to send your donation receipt to dinnerheads@gmail.com, so I guess it won’t hurt to send it to both email addresses. Give what you can to help, and you’ll reap rewards both mental and physical.

• Red Cross: http://american.redcross.org
• Doctors Without Borders: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org
• Neil Hamburger: http://www.americasfunnyman.com
• Tim Heidecker: http://www.timanderic.com

Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker offer rare recordings in exchange for donations to Japan tsunami relief

The news is still coming in on the exact magnitude of devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, but it’s been clear for days now that help is desperately needed and will be for an untold length of time. Organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have already sent teams of medical and logistical staff into Japan’s Miyagi prefecture and other areas most affected by the disaster, and they’re relying on donations from the public to fund their efforts.

As an incentive to get more people donating, America’s $1 funnyman Neil Hamburger is taking a break from insulting teenagers on Twitter to offer a rare recording from early in his career. “Live in Tokyo” features a greasy-behind-the-ears Hamburger stumbling through material in 1994, and is free for the taking, provided you give at least $5 to tsunami relief. Simply donate to a worthy organization like the above mentioned or the Red Cross, and then email your donation receipt to Tara Dunphy at management@americasfunnyman.com. You’ll get an Mp3 of “Live in Tokyo” sent back to you shortly after.

What’s that? You demand more prizes for being a decent human being? Okay… Neil is also teaming up with our good friend Tim Heidecker to record a brand new 10-minute comedy bit, but the track won’t be released until they’ve raised $10K. Heidecker says to send your donation receipt to dinnerheads@gmail.com, so I guess it won’t hurt to send it to both email addresses. Give what you can to help, and you’ll reap rewards both mental and physical.

• Red Cross: http://american.redcross.org
• Doctors Without Borders: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org
• Neil Hamburger: http://www.americasfunnyman.com
• Tim Heidecker: http://www.timanderic.com

Lauryn Hill responds to wishes of dewy-eyed youngster Kanye West by announcing new tourdates

Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion
I wish her heart still was in rhyming

So said Mr. Kanye West on “Champion,” one of the better tracks on his kind-of-sort-of-questionable Graduation (TMT Review) album. That was roughly four years ago, but, to be fair, Ms. Hill probably gets a lot of wishes and fan mail and such to sort through. In this case, she plays the Ringo Starr to Kanye West’s Marge Simpson, as she is now answering his wishes with a string of 12 dates known as the “Moving Target: Extended Intimate Playdate Series.”

Now, Hill did do some touring last year, but from that Kanye West quote, I sense a desire for her to do a series of dates in smaller venues. Subtext, people! On this upcoming tour, Hill will in fact be playing relatively small venues, at least for someone who draws Lauryn Hill crowds, i.e. large ones. Intimate, tiny shows like Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Miami’s Jazz in the Gardens Festival! And, fine, actual small venues like the House of Blues.

Those hungry for more information about this tour will have to eschew small venues for the biggest venue of them all: the internet. By following @MsHillMvngTrgt on Twitter, you can get info on any breaking news about the tour. Alternatively, you could just use it to send along fart jokes, fulfilling your dream of possibly (but probably not, let’s be honest) making Lauryn Hill read your fart jokes. Close up the internet, folks, it has now reached its apex.

Dates:

03.16.11 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
03.19.11 - Miami, FL - Jazz in the Gardens Festival
03.23.11 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
03.26.11 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
03.30.11 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
04.03.11 - Oahu, HI - Aloha Tower
04.09.11 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer
04.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA -Club Nokia
04.23.11 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
05.07.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz and Heritage Festival

• Lauryn Hill: http://www.lauryn-hill.com

SMiLE, lost Beach Boys classic, being prepped for first official release, includes download code for one free nervous breakdown

Well, baby-boomers and pop music fans, the long and agonizing wait is finally over. Yes, that’s right, this year you will finally be able to get your copy of the lost and never completed Beach Boys album SMiLE. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, SMiLE was supposed to be The Beach Boys’ stunning follow-up to Pet Sounds but — long story short — Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson did a lot of drugs, got waaay stressed out, and had a complete and total mental and physical breakdown, and the album was never completed.

As a side-note, you can already get a whole bunch of the material that was supposed to make up the SMiLE album on releases like Smiley Smile, Brian Wilson’s solo SMiLE, and plenty of bootlegs, so in my opinion, SMiLE is very much one of the “most-released unreleased albums” of all time.

In any case, this is going to be the “first official release of SMiLE that includes all necessary and important material and is supported by all members of the band,” so that’s important to note. Brian Wilson even said: “I’m thrilled that The Beach Boys’ original studio sessions for SMiLE will be released for the first time, after all these years. I’m looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release.”

SMiLE, which is being retitled as The Smile Sessions, will be available in three versions: a two-CD set, an iTunes digital LP, and a box set containing four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles, and a 60-page hardbound book written by Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore. A release date and tracklist have not been announced, and thus we all know what the real news is: it’s not actually coming out yet and you’ll have to wait three more decades. Sorry.

• The Beach Boys: http://www.thebeachboys.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

RIP: Owsley "Bear" Stanley, 60s counterculture icon

From the National Post:

Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76.

The renegade grandson of a former governor of Kentucky, Stanley helped lay the foundation for the psychedelic era by producing more than a million doses of LSD at his labs in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

“He made acid so pure and wonderful that people like Jimi Hendrix wrote hit songs about it and others named their band in its honor,” former rock ‘n’ roll tour manager Sam Cutler wrote in his 2008 memoirs “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze” was reputedly inspired by a batch of Stanley’s product, though the guitarist denied any drug link. The ear-splitting blues-psychedelic combo Blue Cheer took its named from another batch.

Stanley briefly managed the Grateful Dead, and oversaw every aspect of their live sound at a time when little thought was given to amplification in public venues. His tape recordings of Dead concerts were turned into live albums.

The Dead wrote about him in their song “Alice D. Millionaire” after a 1967 arrest prompted a newspaper to describe Stanley as an “LSD millionaire.” Steely Dan’s 1976 single “Kid Charlemagne” was loosely inspired by Stanley’s exploits.

• Owsley “Bear” Stanley: http://www.thebear.org

Mount Eerie, much like that first robin of spring, brings joy/music to the West Coast on tour

The ever-prolific Phil Elverum (perhaps better known as the man behind Mount Eerie) is taking his lo-fi earthy show on the road again this spring and he’s bringing some special friends. Mount Eerie will appear at festivals, universities, and swingin’ hotspots across the West Coast, performing songs and out-arting the art school kids. But it’s not all about the Anacortes, WA-based musician this year — oh no! In fact, Mr. Elverum and co. are about to release recordings by their spring tourmates Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich in May, to guide our collective way into the warmer, more hopeful seasons, just as the biblical Noah released that one, gleaming, wonderful dove into the world to bring him back a symbol that the floods were abating, or perhaps to just find a nearby Jimmy John’s location.*

Anyway, sometime in late May P.W. Elverum & Sun, the record label arm of the Mount Eerie world, plans to release California Lite, an LP/download by Katy Davidson (Dear Nora, Lloyd & Michael, solo work) and an unnamed Anacortes supergroup. The mouthpiece of the Anacorteans has already described the LP as “unanimously pre-designated as a classic album.” P.W.E. & S. also has a 7-inch single by fellow tourmate Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, Mount Eerie) scheduled for a similarly enigmatic late-May 2011 release.

* Note: the release of these recordings is actually not like that at all.

Dates:

03.11.11 - Portland, OR - The Artistery
04.23.11 - Portland, OR - Lewis & Clark College’s “Sunburn” festival
05.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Occultural Music Festival
05.23.11 - TBA *
05.24.11 - Eureka, CA - TBA *
05.25.11 - Stanford, CA - Stanford University *
05.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - LAF Excelsior *
05.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts *
05.28.11 - TBA *
05.29.11 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
05.30.11 - Oakland, CA - Lobot *
05.31.11 - Placerville, CA - Cozmic Cafe *
06.01.11 - Grass Valley, CA - The Tin House *
06.02.11 - Portland, OR - TBA *
06.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *
07.15.11 - Anacortes, WA - What the Heck? Festival

* Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich

• Mount Eerie/P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com