Paul Simon returns to Graceland for box set, tour, burlap sacks of cash

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If you be his bodyguard, he can be your long-lost pal. He can call you Betty, and Betty, when you call him, you can call him Al. But whatever it is you call call him, next year marks the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Grammy-winning 1986 album Graceland. In honor of the quarter-of-a-century mark, Simon just announced that Song Legacy will release a Graceland box set and… (djembe drum roll) …he will reunite Ladysmith Black Mambazo to tour behind it!

Heavily influenced by African mbaqanga music and recorded with local musicians in South Africa, the album is now a classic, and has influenced many young indie bands, most notably those rambunctious ivy league upstarts Vampire Weekend. The box set, which will be released in late spring (most likely May, but no promises!) will include a documentary by Joe Berlinger, director of Paradise Lost (about the West Memphis Three) and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (about a group of aging gorillas). Last July, Berlinger shot Simon’s concert in South Africa, where he performed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo for an intimate crowd of 300 people.

Simon told Billboard, “The documentary took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it.” And for all of you keeping track out there, those lessons are: a) Apartheid is bad; b) Paul Simon is awesome; and c) Chevy Chase has some sweet dance moves.

• Paul Simon: http://www.paulsimon.com
• Sony: http://www.sonymusic.com

Death Cab for Cutie get really “out there” and test their fans’ limits with remix EP featuring Cut Copy

I guess sometimes your stadium-sized, heart-on-sleeve, I-IV harmonizing songs about fucking/not fucking just can’t exhaust all that they have to say about the universality of love’s bitter mystery on first go-around. Or maybe it’s just that they didn’t think that we heard them loudly and clearly enough when they said the word “Eno” like two dozen times when discussing this past spring’s Codes and Keys LP (TMT Review) because it paired the guitars-per-song down to seven to make room for all the atmospherics.

But whatever the combination of these two (and only these two) reasons it must have been, the recession-proof Atlantic recording combo Death Cab for Cutie announced today the forthcoming release of the Keys and Codes Remix EP (see, the title is all mixed up and backwards!), a collection of seven remixed songs from Codes and Keys. Today, the band revealed the first of the batch on their website, “Doors Unlocked and Open” by Zooey Deschanel’s hair stylist/voice coach’s step-nephew’s favorite Roxy Music-influenced band Cut Copy. The very very long track is available now on iTunes.

The band has said they’ll release one remix every Monday leading up to the November 22 release of the whole enchilada. Your move, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno.

Death Cab shows:

10.14.11 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre
10.15.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.18.11 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
10.20.11 - Portland, OR - Portland Memorial Coliseum
10.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
10.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena at Seattle Center
11.11.11 - Lubeck, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender (Festival)
11.12.11 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - den Atelier
11.13.11 - Cologne, Germany - E Werk
11.16.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
11.17.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
11.18.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Ballroom
11.19.11 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow Academy

• Death Cab for Cutie: http://www.deathcabforcutie.com
• Atlantic: http://atlanticrecords.com

A Place to Bury Strangers finds new location for body disposal in Dead Oceans, readies next EP

After an arduous search for a new location to deposit the unknown, Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers (APTBS) has signed to Dead Oceans. The announcement arrives with news of a new EP to be released in early 2012 and the unveiling of a new band member in the guise of bassist Dion Lunadon (also of The D4). The former duo of Oliver Ackerman and Jay Space will debut as a presumably even heavier trio during a headlining gig at the Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian label showcase scheduled for October 19 during CMJ Fest, with more tourdates to follow. It’s assumed that Ackerman and Space are well acquainted with the new band member and no search parties will need to be organized.

APTBS rounds out the noisier end of the Dead Oceans sound spectrum as it joins an eclectic roster of artists that includes Frog Eyes, Dirty Projectors, and Phosphorescent. The family of labels that Dead Oceans is part of doesn’t engage in multi-album contracts, which should be a good fit for APTBS who have label-hopped for each of their previous two releases, presumably to keep the feds on their toes as they hunt for new spots where drifters might be placed underground indefinitely.

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Neon Marshmallow Festival NYC begins this week, adds Thursday performances

ATP what? CMJ who? There are plenty of festivals in New York City and Brooklyn this fall, and kids are starving themselves to save up for admissions as their arms become enveloped by multiple colorful wristbands, but as for me, there’s only one festival this autumn that perfectly caters to my elite and seemingly unachievable good taste. And that, curious lads, is New York’s first annual Neon Marshmallow Festival. We previously announced the coming of the festival, which originated in Chicago, and we now are dutifully reminding you that these phenomenal performances are nigh — this weekend, to be exact.

The majority of the festival will be held at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, and the venue sound will be expanded with the addition of the full-spectrum Bunker sound-system, in addition to the PA’s recent installation of Turbosound subs (so that drone can get right into your chest). And don’t forget that there will be an hour of open Reyka Vodka bar on Friday and Saturday, and open Asahi Beer bar on all three nights!

For those of you already anxiously clutching to your all-weekend passes with sweaty hands and bated breath, good news has descended from the neon-marshmallow-like clouds: the festivities are now beginning a day early, with a recently added early reception on Thursday, featuring performances by C. Spencer Yeh and Aaron Zarzutzki. Thursday’s kick-off event will be absolutely free but requires an RSVP.

The new lineup for the festival will be as follows:

Thursday, October 13:
- Audible Silence: Opening Reception at the Clocktower Gallery
- C. Spencer Yeh & Aaron Zarzutzki Duo
- C. Spencer Yeh
- Aaron Zarzutzki

Friday, October 14:
- Grouper
- Kevin Drumm
- The Men
- Phill Niblock
- James Ferraro
Soiree After Party:
- Veronica Vascika (DJ sets)
- Xeno & Oaklander (performance)

Saturday, October 15:
- Tim Hecker
- Mark Fell
- Phoenecia
- Tim Harrington
- Carlos Giffoni
Soiree After Party:
- Spinoza (DJ sets)
- Rene Hell (performance)

Sunday, October 16:
- Rhys Chatham
- Loren Connors
- Alan Licht
- Ryley Walker
- WNYU DJs
Night Show:
- Mandelbrott & Sky
- La Big Vic
- Joe Lentini
- FORMA
- Date Palms
- DJ sets by Brian Turner, Emilie Friedlander, Ric Leichtung, & more
- Visuals by EyeBodega, Johnny Woods, Jon Williams, Rebecca Gaffney & Yr Friend Matthew

Important note: as we predicted, a corresponding cassette compilation has been released for this festival, which features rare recordings from the festival’s artists and can already be purchased here.

Would you like an additional important note? Here’s another important note: the Tim Harrington performance on Saturday will be Harrington’s first live experimental solo performance using modular synthesis. History: made. See you there.

• Neon Marshmallow: http://www.neonmarshmallow.com

Patrick Wolf says hooray for winter with Brumalia EP

Come November 28, Patrick Wolf will raise a glass in celebration of the wine drinking merriment and ecstasy that is the Roman winter solstice, Brumalia. This year, as we dress ourselves in grapes and toast to what’s sure to be one prophetic revelation after another, we’ll be pleased as punch grapes to have musical accompaniment in the form of Wolf’s EP named after the ancient tradition, as we honor Bacchus and his ritualistic madness.

Featuring six new songs (including one written on his iPad), Brumalia also features photographs of Wolf taken by our modern day Athena, Patti Smith, on a freezing cold day. It encapsulates the bleakness and melancholy of England, which as Wolf explains, was an inspiration for the tracks featured on the EP that follows up his most recent, and also mythologically themed, full-length, Lupercalia (TMT Review). Check out some of the man’s tourdates below and raise a glass to wintery merriment.

Dates:

10.22.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
10.23.11 - Belfast, UK - Speakeasy
10.24.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
10.26.11 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
10.27.11 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
10.28.11 - Sheffield, UK - Foundry
10.30.11 - Cardiff, UK - Millennium Music Hall
10.31.11 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
11.01.11 - Bournemouth, UK - The Old Firestation
11.03.11 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
11.04.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse

• Patrick Wolf: http://www.patrickwolf.com
• Hideout Recordings: http://www.hideoutrecordings.co.uk

Other-other Benz owner Kanye West pays a (hilarious) visit to Occupy Wall Street

Interested in finding new and innovative ways to increase his prestige, rapper mogul Kanye West decided to pay a visit to the Occupy Wall Street protests this Tuesday in hopes to carry on the torch of other multi-million dollar “revolutionary entertainers” such as M.C. Krazy Karl Marxxx and Lil’ Che Che. Accompanied by the even richer Russell Simmons, Mr. West brought a batch of custom made protest signs in order to help fan the flames of discontent. With classic protest mantras such as “So this is how broke people smell,” “Stop corporate greed/Start taking my picture,” and “My bank account might say I’m with the 1%, but 99% of 1% of me feels your pain,” Kanye West rallied up the masses at Wall Street in a temporary storm of confusion and “don’t know if I should be mad or amused.”

Apparently though, West must have had hundred dollar bills clogged in his lungs, because he refused to speak to the press, instead having Russell Simmons act as his spokesperson while he stood there looking slightly annoyed. “Kanye has been a big supporter spiritually for this movement,” said Simmons, who later tweeted “I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd.” Shortly after the comment, West and Simmons left the protests leaving behind the fashion chic protest signs, most likely late for their tennis match on the Moon.

When asked by a tweeter about the goal of the duo’s trip to Wall Street, Simmons replied with hints that maybe West and other artists will organize a big rally (that is, if the price is right). You can watch the awkward video interview here, as well as all the signs West made for the protests here.

Kanye West and Russel Simmons weren’t the first celebrities to makes an appearance at Wall Street. Jeff Mangum played a set there and rapper Talib Kweli also performed at the protests. Future appearances by celebrities are rumored to include Tom Morello, who will be performing solo under his Nightwatchmen moniker.

• Occupy Wall Street: http://occupywallst.org
• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com

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