“Neutral Milk Hotel’s Mangum Plots More Shows,” says Pitchfork

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Larry Fitzmaurice used to write for TMT, so I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal if we quoted directly from his recent Pitchfork post:

After years of shying away from public appearances, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has been slowly returning to the spotlight over the past year. Just yesterday, he announced two more shows as part of the Portishead-curated ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And according to Mangum’s friend and spokesman Ben Goldberg, head of the Ba Da Bing label, there’s going to be more shows scheduled in the future.

Goldberg sent over a statement today, saying that Mangum is “planning some additional performances to start in the fall of 2011. The goal will be to play more American shows, as well as get over to Europe.” He also mentioned that “I spoke with Jeff and he is quite honored and excited to be playing ATP.” Mangum isn’t the only one who’s excited.

Ah, nice to have you back Larry!! We love you!!

• Ba Da Bing: http://www.badabingrecords.com

RIP: Charlie Louvin, country music hall of famer

From The New York Times:

Charlie Louvin, a member of one of the pre-eminent brother acts in country music and an inspiration to several generations of rock musicians, died Wednesday at his home in Wartrace, Tenn. He was 83.

The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, said Michael Manning, a friend of Mr. Louvin’s and the producer of his single “Back When We Were Young,” his final recording, released last year. Mr. Louvin underwent surgery for his cancer on July 22, 2010.

Mr. Louvin achieved his greatest fame with the Louvin Brothers, the popular duo that modernized the close-harmony singing of Depression-era acts like the Blue Sky Boys and the Delmore Brothers and that anticipated the keening vocal interplay of the Everly Brothers. Typically featuring Charlie on guitar and lead vocals, and Ira, his older brother, on mandolin and high tenor harmonies, the Louvins’ music also left its mark on the country-rock of the Byrds and others. (Ira Louvin died in 1965.)

• Charlie Louvin: http://charlielouvin.net

Adventure to tour in support of The Lesser Known with “that one band”

A li’l bit ago, we announced that Toro Y Moi are soon rollin’ out on a tour of the states. Well, turns out that B-more one-man act Aventure will be joining them for a significant chunk of the tour as a precursor to The Lesser Known, his March 22 release on Carpark (TMT News). With any luck, Adventure might actually make this show, ahem, worth seeing. Zing!

Dates:

03.13.11 - Denton, TX - 35 Conferette
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Carpark/Paw Tracks SXSW Showcase at 512 upstairs
03.30.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
03.31.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
04.01.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room*
04.02.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown, Jr.*
04.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry*
04.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
04.06.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop*
04.07.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar*
04.08.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa*
04.09.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
04.10.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
04.11.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
04.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church*
04.13.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head*
04.14.11 - Washington, D.C. - Rock n Roll Hotel*
04.15.11 - Carrboro, NC - Local 506*

* Toro Y Moi

• Adventure: http://www.myspace.com/adventuresound
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com

Portishead bring Jeff Mangum to the Jersey Shore for ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror

All Tomorrow’s Parties is returning to the East Coast this September with a new location: Ashbury Park, NJ! This time around, Portishead will curate the annual “I’ll Be Your Mirror” event, which will also include two headlining performances by the group itself, their first East Coast shows since, what, 1998? Jesus.

Portishead have so far tapped Chavez, Shellac, Cults, and The Album Leaf, with more than 30 more acts to be announced. AND OH, I ALMOST FORGOT: THEY ALSO INVITED JEFF MANGUM!

That’s right: Jeff Mangum’s heading to the Jersey shore! He’ll perform Neutral Milk Hotel songs — as he has done recently — but don’t be surprised if he brings along a few new tunes. Maybe he’ll show up nude!

Mangum is playing Friday night at the Paramount Theatre (the smaller, more intimate of the bunch), and only people who purchase 3-day passes will be able to check it out. In other words, pony up the dough. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com
• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk

The Strokes announce tracklist for Angles and RELEASE IT FREE ONLINE TODAY! Oh, wait. No, just the first thing.

Okay, for those of you who aren’t up to speed on The Strokes, let me give you the 4-1-1 straight from Wikipedia. Looks like there’s a few citations needed on their page… well, no matter. I’m sure it’s all legit. Okay, let’s see: The Strokes are this guitar-based band from New York City. They haven’t put out a record in a few years because they are all fashion models, and, let’s face it, there are a lot of fashions that need modeling. So yeah, they’ve been busy doing that. And flying airplanes recreationally; they’ve been doing that too.

Anyway, so after doing a few one-off shows last year to feel things out, they recently got back together with longtime producer Bob Rock for their first album in five years. A little-known fact is that they waited that long because they are all huge fans of the song “5 Years” from Ziggy Stardust. The album is called Angles and is rumored to be a Wassily Kandinsky concept album (here’s one of his more famous paintings). The album is being released March 22 via RCA (and March 21 via Rough Trade in some foreign country called “Uk”).

Meanwhile, “Under Cover of Darkness,” the first single from Angles, will hit the radio in February and marks the first time a radio single has been mixed in 5.1 surround sound. The complete tracklisting for the album can be found below. Stay tuned for more details about its release, as well as news of a spring tour of each and every one of New York’s seven boroughs.

Angles tracklisting:

01. Machu Picchu
02. Under Cover of Darkness
03. Two Kinds of Happiness
04. You’re So Right
05. Taken for a Fool
06. Games
07. Call Me Back
08. Gratisfaction
09. Metabolism
10. Life Is Simple in the Moonlight

• The Strokes: http://new.thestrokes.com
• RCA: http://www.rcamusicgroup.com

Brian Sullivan of Mouthus preps solo release under new United Waters moniker

For all you filthy skeezeballs who claim to get some sort of enjoyment out of Brooklyn’s resident masters of the pummel (Mouthus), well, we got a fresh one for you right here. The band’s guitar punisher Brian Sullivan is planning some sort of solo excursion for the near future under the name United Waters (notable since he’s already had an outlet for solo work as Eskimo King), and said wanderings within the dense murky waters of pop music (!) will be titled Your First Ever River.

Pete Nolan’s label Arbitrary Signs will be packing up this release on vinyl. Apparently, Sullivan’s been chipping away at the sonics for close to two years, so unless he’s as big a jerkoff as Axl Rose, it’ll probably be a listener. No firm release date yet, though we do know it’s coming “soon.” Sorry, folks. At least Tony Rettman had something to say about it:

If you know the man behind United Waters (B.K.A Brian Sullivan) from anything, you’ll know him as the guitar thudder in Brooklyn’s densest duo, Mouthus. And if you were really listening to all those ninety million releases they did in the past few years, you’d notice that Mr. Sullivan is a deconstructionist of the highest order. Molten riffs that would cream the face off of both Nocturno Culto and Dave Murray combined dismantled themselves to reveal rock as a gas and thin air to be nothing but a petrified turd left over in a backstage buffet platter by Michael Angelo Batio.

On his debut release under the United Waters moniker entitled ‘Your First Ever River’, Sullivan continues to expose the contradiction of sound for what it is, but there’s not so much discombobulated shrailing this time ‘round to drive the point home. Brian’s vision on ‘Your First Ever River’ sucks in the sound and vibe of mid-nineties basement dwellers, early seventies robe donning prog rockers and present day turtle necked Germans to continue his pursuit for the never knowing sound. Let’s hope your ‘there’ enough to bask in the revelatory glow of it’s sound.

• Arbitrary Signs: http://arbitrarysigns.blogspot.com