Neil Young to release Americana with Crazy Horse this June. Neil Young probably to release something with a crazy horse sometime after that.

Neil Young to release Americana with Crazy Horse this June. Neil Young probably to release something with a crazy horse sometime after that.

Ah, the great and wise Taoist teacher Neil Young. I ask you: is there any musician out there who willfully reflects and radiates that mysterious and sometimes confounding codependent dualism of “yin and yang” better than this insightful, moronic, badass, feeble, incising, blunt, timely, way-out asshole? It’s like the man just knows down in his soul that there’s no light without dark, no cold without hot, no water without fire, and no awesome news about a new Neil Young and Crazy Horse record without a bunch of dumb-as-shit details to gum up the works. “Such as?” you say? First of all, shut the fuck up. Second of all, such as:

Rolling Stone says that Neil Young & Crazy Horse have a new album coming out on June 5. Hey, yeah that’s great news! Oh wait, it’s called Americana? That’s a little weak for an Americana guy, isn’t it? Oh but what’s this: it’s the first album since 1996’s Broken Arrow to feature the entire Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro?? Hell yeah, sign me up, then; this record promises to shred, right? Awesome news. Oh wait, the entire album consists solely of American folk standards like “Oh Susannah” and “She’ll Be Comin ‘Round the Mountain” as “rearranged” by Crazy Horse to such a degree that “they now belong to us”? And also, “A very young choir of children plays with Crazy Horse [on the album]”?? That could potentially be… less… awesome. And just like that, the cosmic balance of complimentary opposites is harmonized. Thank you, Neil Young. Thank you.

And speaking of “complimentary,” check out some additional things he had to say about the record:

What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist, the emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.

See, that’s what Barney the big purple dinosaur thought too! People just didn’t get it.

Americana tracklist:

01. Oh Susannah
02. Clementine
03. Tom Dooley
04. Gallows Pole
05. Get a Job
06. Travel On
07. High Flyin’ Bird
08. She’ll Be Comin ’Round the Mountain
09. This Land Is Your Land
10. Wayfarin’ Stranger
11. God Save the Queen

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The Pirate Bay accelerates its war against its detractors by turning to modern day techniques

What’s that up in the sky? A bird? A plane? A remote-controlled drone being used as a hub to circumvent copyright law and promote peer-to-peer file sharing?

If you gussed the latter, you may soon be correct. The Pirate Bay announced this past weekend that it plans to take its most extreme step yet in its attempts to thwart the shut down of its popular file sharing service. Faced with the continual threat of closure over copyright violations, The Pirate Bay will soon begin moving some of their servers away from traditional land-based data centers and into the skies over international waters. Using GPS-tracked drones and newly developed hardware, The Pirate Bay will use these “low orbit server stations” in conjunction with radio transmitters and a to-be-built proxy system to transmit over 100Mbps per node from up to 50km away, a set up that the site says should work without any problems. The Pirate Bay went on to tell TorrentFreak:

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.

This is a serious and seriously badass move on the part of The Pirate Bay who have recently taken other measures, such as moving from using .torrent file streams to “magnets,” to try and stay one (or many) steps ahead of the authorities. When your approach to fighting against copyright laws involves methods that parallel the US military’s approach to modern warfare, you clearly mean business.

• The Pirate Bay:

Zappa Plays Zappa on tour this summer! Vendedores de zapatos, lock up your zapaterias!

You know, it occurs to me — and probably to lots of you — that you’re either a Zappa person, or you’re not. And if you happen to be one of the multitudinous folks out there who has never managed to muster up a callused appreciation for the man’s uncanny brand of adventurous, eclectic, provocative, and groin-grabbingly virtuosic music before, then you’re probably not going to be turned on to it now, no matter how ridiculously effective our patent-pending, advertizer-engendered “TMT FANBOY SELLOUT PROSELYTIZATION BULLSHIT” business model has become (and believe me, it pays for our maple syrup-filled pools) or, to a letter extent, no matter how much you like grabbing your own groin.

SO, unless Dweezil Zappa’s infinitely better looks than his dad’s are a deciding factor for you (a remote possibility, I suppose), I feel as though I’ve got absolutely no reason to go around hawking this list of summer tourdates on which Dweezil Zappa will perform works from Frank Zappa’s imposing canon to the adoration of the many many folks out there who were into Frank’s bag in the first place. That is, “no reason” other than the need to fill the “space quota for news blurbs” as outlined in in our patent-pending, advertizer-engendered “TMT FANBOY SELLOUT PROSELYTIZATION BULLSHIT” business model. Which I believe I’ve just about gone ahead and done. Almost. Right about… Yes.

Zappa Plays Zappa:

06.26.12 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre
06.28.12 - Wilkes Barre, PA - FM Kirby Center
06.29.12 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
06.30.12 - Westbury, NY - Capitol One Bank Theatre
07.01.12 - New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion PAC
07.06.12 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
07.07.12 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
07.08.12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
07.10.12 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
07.11.12 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
07.12.12 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
07.13.12 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery Ballroom
07.14.12 - Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theatre
07.15.12 - Merrillville, IL - Star Plaza Theater
07.17.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
07.18.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues G
07.19.12 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Center for the PAC
07.20.12 - Albany, NY - The Egg

• Dweezil Zappa:
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The Flaming Lips reveal 2LP Record Store Day comp of collabs with Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, Chris Martin; still no Susan Boyle

As we all know from skimming, re-reading, ingesting, and re-releasing into the air in a poisonous vapor, Coldplay’s Chris Martin is “a charming guy. Like, very charming.” But an even more charming major label artist is Wayne Coyne, who tweets pictures of naked things and uses really enthusiastic language. It was only a matter of time before charms collided, and that moment came/will be on April 21 a.k.a. Record Store Day, when shelf space is cleared for a double LP of Flaming Lips collabs, some old but most new and prime cuts of BUZZworthy flesh.

Chris Martin’s contribution sits at the very end of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, a record featuring a Cecil B. DeMille-indebted cast of thousands, including Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Jim James, Tame Impala, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Ke$ha, and Biz Markie. We’ll have to wait til (closer to) Record Store Day to discover what became of these “meatings of the mind,” but based on the older material that fills in some gaps in the content, a psychedelic freakout of some sort is in order regardless of how straight edge the guests. The double album will be on swirly vinyl (pictured above) with no two copies looking the same, and there are no plans for repressing after the initial batch.

Also available on the same day will be a split 7-inch with Mastodon, who cover “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” on the B-side. The A-side is the Lips’ version from The Soft Bulletin, which really comes alive on 45 rpm.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends tracklisting:

A1. 2012 (ft. Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
A2. Ashes in the Air (ft. Bon Iver)
A3. Helping the Retarded to Know God (ft. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
B1. Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee (ft. Prefuse 73)
B2. Children of the Moon (ft. Tame Impala)
B3. That Ain’t My Trip (ft. Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
B4. You, Man? Human? (ft. Nick Cave)
C1. I’m Working at NASA on Acid (ft. Lightning Bolt)
C2. Do It! (ft. Yoko Ono)
C3. Is David Bowie Dying? (ft. Neon Indian)
D1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (ft. Erykah Badu)
D2. Thunder Drops (ft. New Fumes)
D3. I Don’t Want You to Die (ft. Chris Martin of Coldplay)

• The Flaming Lips:

Deathbomb Arc reissues 3LP discography of 90s Bay Area avant-rock outfit rRope

San Francisco’s noisy avant-rockers rRope are getting their entire discography, including EPs and whatnot, reissued in a 3xLP volume titled We Are You There on Deathbomb Arc Records. The elusive group released only two stunning full-length records in the 90s before disappearing into uncertainty, right at about the time the music scene was a ripe venue for their stylings, of which had not gone unnoticed by the likes of esoteric archivist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Now the complete collection is finally available in an edition of 300 for your mouth-foaming consumption. Pre-order now; records should ship around May 15.

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Chilly Gonzales emerges from the burning building, kittens in hand, to tell you about his tour, as well as vague details on Solo Piano II

Oh my god, the old glue factory is awash in flames! That old building has been unoccupied for years, but we all know that’s where the town’s stray kittens live! Who will save the kittens? They may not be in the family of man, but they make up for it in sheer adorableness. Will none among us sacrifice to save these defenseless creatures? Wait! A shadowy figure is running into the blaze. It’s that mysterious drifter, the one we’ve all looked upon with scowls and suspicious eyes. Look! He’s emerging from the inferno, arms full of fuzzy kittens! The fire has burned off his shadowy hood, revealing his face and it’s…

Chilly Gonzales! Who knew this figure of intrigue was none other than the Renaissance man who plays piano for Guiness-winning lengths of time, collaborates with the likes of Andrew W.K. and Jamie Lidell, and produces records of the stars, i.e. Feist and Peaches? How could we have known? But, oh, if only we could have known! Now, this heroic man is addressing the crowd. Come, let’s get closer, find out what he has to say.

“Hi, folks. It’s me, Chilly Gonzales. Check out these kittens, they’re pretty cute. Bummer about the building, though. Anyhoo, I’m going on a North American tour this spring. Please check me out. By the way, I also just put out a Minimix for Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1. Get out a notepad and write down this web address:”

Moving words from a true poet. In tribute to this man and his great deeds, I shall surely go to these shows. Wait! He’s speaking again. What shall he impart to us now?

“Oh, yeah, forgot to mention. I’ll be putting out Solo Piano II later this year. Don’t know when, but Arts & Crafts will put it out. See ya later!”

Beautiful. I may cry.

Chilly Gonzales:

04.06.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
04.07.12 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah (2 Shows)
04.09.12 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose Theater
04.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
04.11.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rio Theatre
04.16.12 - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theater
04.17.12 - Toronto, ON - Glenn Gould Studio
04.18.12 - Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar at Charles Hotel
04.20.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
04.21.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Chilly Gonzales:
• Arts & Crafts: