Neutral Milk Hotel reuniting all over your cheerios

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After pulling out of our 2007 Tiny Mix Fest at the last minute, it seemed like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, and crew might never actually get back together for some shows under the Neutral Milk Hotel moniker. But now that news of a full-fledged reunion is coming in from more reputable sources, we can confirm that The Milks are reuniting for a series of shows that will only be expanded upon in the near future! Early reactions across the blog-o-sphere include “YEAAAAAAAAAA,” “OMGG,” and “UR ALL SHEEPLE.”

In any case, there’s no turning back the clock now. Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster will be in the same room with you (if you get tickets soon as they go on sale), and with enough luck you might hear them over the din of an entire audience screaming along to every word.

Dates:

10.22.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
10.23.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club $
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium $%
11.28.13 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Festival
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Festival

* Elf Power
$ Half Japanese
% Daniel Johnston

• Neutral Milk Hotel: http://walkingwallofwords.com

Zomby announces new album With Love… with a smile eerily similar to that of a Guy Fawkes mask

British producer Zomby, never one to act like a piece of undead tungsten and embrace the physical spotlight, has announced via Twitter the release of his third LP With Love, due out June 18 in the US and June 17 in the UK, courtesy of 4AD.

Then there’s the official album page — minimally detailed, but given the man’s penchant for mystery, it almost makes you wonder if he wrote the description himself. Okay, it doesn’t, but bear with my train of thought: suppose he’s writing album descriptions and passing them off as the work of someone else, in a mild and otherwise absurd attempt at redemptive copyright de-fringement, so to speak. Lest we recall that embarrassing controversy from early 2012? No, don’t. Such blatant creative thievery (or at least, delayed creative acknowledgement) leaves a lasting wound on my soul.

More relevant in terms of actual musical redemption, and especially for those who shirk the clichés and see the value in quantity as well as quality, With Love will be released in two volumes: as a 33-track triple vinyl, and as a double-CD. On the quality side, I’ll let you judge for yourself. Listen to the track “Soliloquy” below.

• Zomby: http://4ad.com/artists/zomby
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Ghostface Killah releases Apollo Brown-produced version of Twelve Reasons to Die in all formats, embraces the listicle

Tony Starks, hip-hop extraordinaire, motivational speaker, and much-lauded mortality advocate, recently rocked everyone’s world with his music listicle Twelve Reasons to Die (TMT Review). Twelve Reasons to Die packed such a punch because it asked one simple question (viz., “Why do you fear death?”) before going on to pose 12 reasons why death is neither horrible nor particularly life-altering. Indeed, in Ghostface’s own words, death is “actually mostly okay.” He says, “I’ve been dead for like six years and it’s totally alright,” going on to explain, “It’s kind of like White Castle if you think about it. Everybody’s all like, ‘blah blah blah, so awful, worst thing,’ but then they try it — after that they’re hooked.”

Now, because the internet is hungry for content and listicles can be turned out at a high rate of speed, Soul Temple will be releasing an Apollo Brown-produced variant of Ghost’s motivational listicle-cum-LP on all formats. The new release is called Twelve Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape and began as a Record Store Day-exclusive cassette. However, it’s available right this instant both as a stream (see below) and a digital download from the Soul Temple Bandcamp. CDs and vinyl are slated to ship in early June, and it will be available on iTunes and from physical retailers starting June 11. There are even rumors that hooded figures will be sneaking copies into the burnt-out Sam Goody down the street from your parents’ old house.

Ghostface is also touring the US right now with his good pal in death-advocacy, Killah Priest. The two will be puttering around the country through late May, rocking people’s preconceived notions about the finality of death, so be sure to come out if they visit your town. The concerts are sure to must-see-for-fear-of-the-metaphysical-consequences events!

Tourdates:

04.30.13 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
05.01.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.02.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bluebird
05.03.13 - Columbus, OH - A&R Room
05.04.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
05.05.13 - Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theatre
05.07.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Music
05.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur
05.10.13 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place
05.11.13 - Providence, RI - The Met
05.12.13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley
05.13.13 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
05.14.13 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
05.16.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
05.17.13 - Asheville, NC - Asheville Music Hall
05.18.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
05.19.13 - Tampa Bay, FL - The Orpheum
05.20.13 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
05.22.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s

• Ghostface Killah: https://www.facebook.com/GhostfaceKillahOfficial
• Soul Temple: http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com

All Tomorrow’s Parties discontinuing their holiday festivals; final party set for late November. Pour out some whiskey.

Happy Friday, everyone! If ever you’ve needed an excuse to reach for another office donut, throw back that extra “I really shouldn’t” whiskey ginger, or just bust out the black-feathered horses and carriage for a good old-fashioned Cockney funeral, well, boy have I got one for you today! The venerable festival gods at ATP have announced that their winter holiday camp series of festival events will be ringing in their last solstice this year. According to The Quietus, the reasoning behind the decision to stop putting on winter events is to “allow ATP to focus on their growing schedule of city and international based events in 2014 and beyond.”

So goodbye, Butlin’s Minehead weekends of inarticulable bliss. Goodbye nights of unknown pleasures and days of horrible, wretched, vile hangovers at Pontin’s Camber Sands. Since 2000, ATP has hosted the likes of Patti Smith, Matt Groening, Nick Cave, and Iggy Pop whilst they curated/performed at assorted holiday camp festivals by the sea. And now, the last ride on the carousel of good music and bad decisions comes around.

Appropriately/sadly titled End of an Era Parts 1 and 2, the final Camber Sands festivals will take place on November 22-24 and November 29-December 1, respectively. The first weekend, put on in conjunction with Barcelona’s incredible Primavera Sound fest, will be headlined by Television, performing Marquee Moon in its entirety. The legendary New Yorkers will be joined by Thurston Moore’s new project Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr, Mike Watt, Dinos Chapman, Les Savy Fav, múm, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hebronix, Forest Swords, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Wolf Eyes, BEAK>, Eraa, and more TBA. The following weekend sees neglected English drone rockers Loop reforming for a special weekend with friends The Pop Group, 23 Skidoo, Dirty Beaches, Fennesz, Edan (DJ set), The KVB, Eaux, Hookworms, and Thought Forms. So, tonight, sweet ATP holiday camp festivals, we pour one out for you. RIP, fair festival. And please “grow” your “schedule of city and international based events” to Los Angeles.

• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com

Lauryn Hill avoids jail time after inking deal with Sony’s fairy godmothers

Hey kids! You know about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny, right? Sure ya do! But whaddaya know about the Monopoly Man? Sure thing, the bespectacled top-hat-waving ol’ money grubber is just as 100% real as you or I or the bunny that brings you teeth-rotting sweets! And if ever you believe enough and have enough heart and are in biiiiiiiiig enough trouble with the IRS, just close your eyes and wish hard enough. He’ll appear with a couple big ol’ sacks of money, a new tune to whistle, and a whole lotta heart.

At least that’s what happened for hip-hop genius/legend Ms. Lauryn Hill. See, sometimes it happens that celebrities “forget” to pay their taxes, or have issues with giving money to the government or whatever. And this is pretty much what happened with Ms. Hill for the years 2005-2007, when she reportedly pulled in $1.8 million from film and music royalties. So the IRS got pissed. (But more than anything its feelings were hurt. Ahhhhh.) And the IRS threatened Hill with jail time and a $100,000 fine. Luckily, Ms. Hill had faith and a ton of really awesome hit songs, and when she clicked her heels and said his name backwards three times, Uncle Pennybags and his cohorts at Sony Music materialized in a cloud of magical smoke. Sony offered Hill a million dollar deal, plus money for studio time. The IRS offered Hill till May 6 to pay down some of that $$$ she owed. And Hill offered us, the people, the promise of five new songs. So how directly is Hill’s debt to the IRS directly related to her deal with Sony? Is it at all? No one’s exactly saying, but that’s how magical record industry fairies are — keepers of secrets, wielders of great fortunes. And in the end, isn’t it happily ever after for everyone concerned? The end.

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

RIP: George Jones, country legend

From The New York Times:

George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville. He was 81.

He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, the Web site of Webster & Associates, his publicists, said in announcing the death.

Mr. Jones, who was nicknamed Possum for his close-set eyes and pointed nose, and later No-Show Jones for the concerts he missed during drink and drug binges, was a legendary figure in country music. His singing, which was universally respected and just as widely imitated, found vulnerability and doubt behind the cheerful drive of honky-tonk. With a baritone voice that was as elastic as a steel-guitar string, he brought suspense to every syllable, merging bluesy slides with the tight, quivering ornaments of Appalachian singing.

In his most memorable songs, all the pleasures of a down-home Saturday night couldn’t free him from private pain. His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation. “When you’re onstage or recording, you put yourself in those stories,” he once said.

• George Jones: http://www.georgejones.com

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