Panda Bear and Sonic Boom feast on flesh of the living, flesh out their upcoming tour

Panda Bear and Sonic Boom feast on flesh of the living, flesh out their upcoming tour

Boy, if there’s one thing I wasn’t expecting from this life, it was for Panda Bear to be a zombie. But, hey, here I am, screaming out in pain while the man legally known as Noah Lennox gnaws away the remaining meat on my left arm. Guess I won’t need pills anymore, eh? Unless they make a pill that cures being dead. Because, you know, that’s what I’m about to be. Dead.

At the very least, I can use these last moments of life to make Panda Bear look like kind of a jerk. So here goes: Panda Bear has added more dates to his upcoming world tour. Accompanying him on these shows will be Sonic Boom, the former Spacemen 3 member who co-produced Panda Bear’s latest record, Tomboy (TMT Review). Shucks, I almost forgot: Sonic Boom, also a zombie. He is currently devouring my left leg.

If you are among the living, you can purchase a deluxe edition of Tomboy, on October 31 if you reside in Europe, or November 1 if you reside in North America. What makes it so deluxe and special is the fact that it’s a four-disc vinyl version with a bunch of instrumentals and single mixes and a capella versions. That will come out through Paw Tracks. Anyway, Panda Bear, you’re welcome. You can thank me by feasting on my sweet, sweet gallbladder.

Panda Bear dates:

09.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Popped Fest
09.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl (with TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Warpaint, Smith Westerns)
09.27.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
10.01.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Masonic Temple
11.27.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
11.28.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
11.29.11 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique
11.30.11 - Lille, France - TBA
12.01.11 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
12.02.11 - Minehead, UK - Jeff Mangum Presents ATP

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Jonny Greenwood and Krzysztof Penderecki working on new LP together while Thom Yorke twiddles thumbs in corner; Radiohead to play NYC

Meeting people is easy, at least for Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Thom is just so shy! It was recently announced that Greenwood and Aphex Twin would collaboratively perform numerous compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki at Poland’s Sacrum Profanum festival, and now news has arrived from Sacrum Profanum that Greenwood is set for another collaboration with the actual Penderecki himself, who is a noted major influence on Greenwood’s own compositions (most directly in Greenwood’s score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood).

The pair recently recorded a few sessions together at the Alvernia Studios in Krakow, Poland. According to Sacrum Profanum’s website, the recordings are to be released on Nonesuch Records at a presently undetermined date. The record will contain compositions by Penderecki and Greenwood that resounded at the concert crowning Wroclaw’s European Culture Congress.

In other hot Radiohead gossip, Thom Yorke has had enough inspirational chats with Michael Stipe to conjure up the energy and will to go to work like all the rest of us have to every day. So now, in addition to their performances on SNL and The Colbert Report, the band has just announced a pair of shows at the Roseland Ballroom for September 28 and 29, with Four Tet, FaltyDL, Pearson Sound, and RocketNumberNine opening both shows. According to an issued press release, tickets will go on sale at 10 AM ET on September 26 via Ticketmaster.

In an unofficial statement, Yorke was said to discourage fans from attending because there are slave children dying in the third world and the sun will soon destroy us all.

09.28.11 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
09.29.11 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid’s final concert gets November release; give thanks!

On November 14, Norway’s Smalltown Superjazzz label will release Live at the South Bank, the final concert and collaborative album from Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) and jazz drummer and percussionist Steve Reid. The 2xCD/LP release is believed to be Reid’s last authorized recording before his untimely death back in 2010.

The performance in question took place in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on June 20, 2009, as part of the Meltdown festival curated by multi-instrumentalist and free jazz legend Ornette Coleman. Accompanying Hebden and Reid for this particular concert was Swedish “power saxophonist” Mats Gustaffson, who has previously worked with such influential acts as Sonic Youth and Jim O’Rourke. Likewise, Reid himself had worked with numerous musicians who, to be sure, need no introduction, but a few of whom I’ll mention anyway: Miles Davis, James Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Sun Ra. Needless to say, the curricula vitarum of each of the artists on this recording is astoundingly impressive.

In an article from JazzTimes, the author remarks on how Reid used to refer to Hebden as his “musical soul mate.” It would be fair, then, to consider this fifth and final recording between the two to be a tribute to Reid, and what ended up being a providential confluence of two innovative musical figures.

Live at the South Bank tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Morning Prayer
02. Lyman Place
03. People Be Happy

Disc 2:
01. Untitled
02. 25th Street
03. The Sun Never Sets

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The Smiths’ Complete box set out soon via Rhino, with remasters by Johnny Marr — Morrissey nowhere to be found

I hope you haven’t reached that point in your life when you start thinking you’re “over” The Smiths. You think it’s cool to say that you never really cared for the erudite playfulness of “Cemetry Gates,” or that “There Is a Light” just never “got to you”? You don’t have to be a depressive in a cardigan to enjoy The Smiths (Morrissey’s a different story), and that’s why, if you have a heart at all, you should be excited to hear about the new box set from Rhino: The Smiths’ Complete.

If you’re a superfan, sure, you probably already own the main records (maybe even the Rhino reissues). However, in addition to remastered versions of all four studio albums, the box includes four more albums you don’t see as much on vinyl: Rank (live album from 1988), and the comps Hatful of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen, and Louder Than Bombs (which doesn’t add up to as many duplicate versions as you might think). The remasters are done personally by Johnny Marr and Frank Arkwright at Metropolis Studios in London — oh, and it all comes with a poster, too.

In terms of a sales pitch, you’ve got three options (all of them expensive). There’s the CD Complete (A: the cheapest), the vinyl Complete (B: not so cheap), and the Deluxe Collectors Box Set (C: the antithesis of cheap). For being twice as much in price as the regular vinyl set, the deluxe version is housed in an indestructible “heavyweight trunk box” that’s sure to survive fires, floods, and dangerous break-ups (and of which there will exist only 4,000). The albums here come in both vinyl and CD formats, and are accompanied by all 25 Smiths 7-inch singles (vinyl), fancy prints of the aforementioned eight album sleeves, a poster of album artwork, liner notes by Lois Wilson, and The Complete Picture DVD (The Smiths’ music videos).

In conclusion, if you have $500, don’t spend it at bars and on silly LPs from the newest surf-beach-noise band. Forget about your rent. Don’t bother buying groceries. Preorder A, B, or C from Rhino today (physical release: A, B on October 18; C on October 25).

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Nas inks deal to write illest memoir in literary history, It Ain’t Hard to Tell

School’s in session, and hip-hop master Nas just bumped his name to the top of the required reading list. The legendary Queens rapper recently signed a deal with HarperCollins to publish his first memoir, titled It Ain’t Hard to Tell. Rolling Stone contributing editor Touré will be working as a co-writer with Nasty Nas on his debut literary effort. Touré has apparently been trying to get Nas to pen his life story for 15 years, as he tweeted just over a week ago. “This is hip-hop history. We’ll tell his life and deconstruct some songs,” Touré promises. So there IS an educational component here. Prepare to get schooled.

So what kind of Nas gold can readers expect to find within the future book’s alabaster pages? Will there be details about Nas’ dad, jazz musician Olu Dara? Insider scoop on what Damian Marley likes to get at Olive Garden? Hot gossip about his relationships with Mary J. Blige and Kelis? His charitable work with non-profit afterschool music program P’Tones Records? So many possibilities. Just don’t compare this book project to sometimes-rival Jay-Z’s 2010 memoir Decoded Oh wait… it looks like Rolling Stone already did. It Ain’t Hard to Tell hits shelves fall 2012.

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Radiohead to appear on special hour-long Colbert Report

Mark your Google calendars: Radiohead, makers of such hit tracks as “Prove Yourself” and “Vegetable,” will appear on a special edition of The Colbert Report on September 26. They’re scheduled to perform three songs from The King of Limbs, as well as new track “The Daily Mail.” Wait, what? Four songs?? Yes, wørd has it that Radiohead are so cool and special and British that The Colbert Report will run its first hour-long episode. Boy, just think how long a Kemialliset Ystävät episode would be!

Said Stephen Colbert: “I look forward to meeting the Radioheads and leveraging their anti-corporate indie cred to raise brand awareness for my sponsors.”

Radiohead will also perform a bonus song for the online version of The Colbert Report.

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