Philip Glass curating Tibet House benefit with James Blake, Laurie Anderson, and others for 2012 (a.k.a. the year of the fucking water dragon!)

Philip Glass curating Tibet House benefit with James Blake, Laurie Anderson, and others for 2012 (a.k.a. the year of the fucking water dragon!)

According to the Tibetan Calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. I’m pretty damn jazzed about it. Remember Gyarados, the water dragon Pokémon, one of those cards everyone wanted but hardly anyone could find? Having a Gyarados card made you a badass, so the Year of the Water Dragon has to be badass too, right?

Probably not, because let’s just be real, that sort of logic doesn’t work. But still, what better way to celebrate the new year than with a concert — specifically, the 22nd annual benefit concert for Tibet House, an organization dedicated to preserving the culture of Tibet? According to Consequence of Sound, Philip Glass will act as the show’s artistic director and curator, and so far the lineup includes James Blake, Laurie Anderson, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, and Rahzel. More artists have yet to be announced; past lineups have included the likes of Patti Smith, The Flaming Lips, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Lou Reed, and Sigur Rós.

The show will take place on Monday, February 13 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and tickets are available through Carnegie Charge (212-247-7800) as well as at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Tibet House is also offering special benefit package tickets, which include prime seats as well as admission to a post-show dinner party. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that you’ll probably have to leave your Gyarados at home.

• Tibet House:

Sandwell District closes, boards up, becomes abandoned, and gets replaced by squatters

Sandwell District, we hardly knew ye. Or at least I didn’t until about October of last year, when I first came across their extremely solid self-titled label compilation, which now appears to have doubled as a chune-laden death knell. After nine years of a relatively low-key existence releasing mostly 12-inch productions, the anonymously-based underground techno label has decided to formally dissolve, with no reason(s) specifically highlighted. In a December 31 blog post on their website/Tumblr page, it’s revealed that, effective immediately, “regular audio communications from Sandwell District will cease,” and that “all vinyl artefacts have been decommissioned.”

The message goes on to mention the possibility of “future, albeit irregular, print communications with audio accompaniment,” but admits that “details — and indeed content — is [sic] uncertain at this moment in time.” The post ominously concludes, “Stasis is death. See you on the other side.” Wait… my stasis? Their stasis? See who on what other side? Am I arriving first or are they? Should I bring a change of clothes? What kind of weather should I pack for? More information, please!

Also posted on December 31 was a mix, presumably by former Sandwell constituent Silent Servant, featuring artists such as Delia Derbyshire, Throbbing Gristle, HTRK, and John Maus. The entire tracklist can be found on their Tumblr page, but feel free (because it is) to download the mix directly, here.

• Sandwell District:

Radiohead add West Coast tourdates to dat azz

hi, my name is jerry, i got one extra ticket to the radio head show at hp pavilion hit me up if interested. willing 2 part with tix for face value or 1/2 price for one (we’d be sitting together then). radio head are prob my favorite band along w/ creedence elliott smith and m83, the later of which put on the best show of my life last month lol. also into ultimate frisbee, vintage cars, stuff like that. pretty easy going dude who likes to rock out in small doses.

so like i said hit me up if you want to go to the san jose show on 4/11. i already got tix for 4/9 in seattle, 4/12 in santa barbara, and 4/14 + 4/21 at coachella (so killer) but my sis got dibs on those so i really just need san jose covered. get at me will have fun peace ~jerry~

Updated Tourdates:

02.27.12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena #
02.29.12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum #
03.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena #
03.03.12 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center #
03.05.12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center #
03.07.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center #
03.09.12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center #
03.11.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center #
03.13.12 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center #
03.15.12 - Glendale, AZ - Arena #
04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena #
04.11.12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion #
04.12.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl #
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.17.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol # *
04.18.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol # *
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
06.30.12 - Rome, Italy - Hyppodrome (Rock in Roma) *
07.01.12 - Florence, Italy - Parco Delle Cascine *
07.03.12 - Bologna, Italy - Piazza Maggiore *
07.04.12 - Codropio, Italy - Villa Manin *
07.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wulheide *
07.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wulheide *
07.10.12 - Nimes, France - Les Arenes
07.11.12 - Nimes, France - Les Arena
07.13.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao BBK Live
07.15.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive!
07.25.12 - Taipei, Taiwan - Nanang Exhibition Hall

* Caribou
# Other Lives

• Radiohead:

Diane Cluck starting six-month Song-of-the-Week project in March; subscribe now to improve the fidelity

Attention man friends, woman friends, dog friends, and plant friends: the tangled troubadour which ye love, Diane Cluck, is back in the song-sharing spirit after a long public silence following the early-00s collections on Important Records and 2005’s lovely and overlooked Countless Times. In the intervening years, new songs were almost certainly still planted and harvested, but likely only reached the microscopic ears of the slowly simmering zucchini in Ms. Cluck’s kitchen. For 2012, Diane has decided to leave the door ajar for half the year and let anyone listen who’ll lend an open ear and a bit of money.

The “Song-of-the-Week” project will proceed as you might imagine — starting in March, Diane will grace subscribers’ inboxes with a brand-new song each week for six full months, resulting in 24 songs released by the end of August! Tentative listeners can sign on for a single month at a low rate ($10) while true beliebers can get all the songs for $50, plus there’ll be the occasional video and a subscriber-only message board to talk about the songs and make requests for the remaining weeks. Please don’t attempt to say this is a bad idea; it’s a great idea, Joe, and your baseless negativity has no place here.

To make the project feasible, Diane is hoping to raise $15,000 by January 30, which will be used for the developing/hosting/engineering/etc. of all these songs (see a detailed rundown here). In the vein of Kickstarter (but more homebrewed and less associated with funding sleepovers), different subscription levels beyond the ordinary are available and sound supremely worth it: $75 gets you two physical CDs with proper mastering, lyrics, and artwork signed by Diane, and still larger donations will be rewarded with hand-drawn illustrations, personalized songs (!), and live shows in your own backyard.

As of yesterday, the Song-of-the-Week project is 45% funded, and I’m going to be really disappointed in our readers if it’s not 89% funded by Wednesday. Cluck’s songs are open and direct in all the right ways, aloof and mysterious in others, and always mesmerizing and personal. Diane says on the project’s page to “tell cats, bats & rats.” Consider the rats informed.


01.21.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
02.06.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Storefront BK Gallery
02.12.12 - Toronto, ON - Holy Oak Cafe
02.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo

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• Song-of-the-Week Project:

Studio walk off into the sunset, taking Information Records with them

At one point in our collective history, Swedish balearic dance act Studio existed. Analysis suggests that this time period was roughly from 2001 to last month, because FACT rather strongly suggests that they broke up last month. Before deciding not to exist, Studio technically put out a sole full-length in the form of 2006’s West Coast. The reason I say “technically” is not because I’m a huge weirdo nerd, but because they also put out 2007’s Yearbook 1 and 2008’s Yearbook 2, a pair of full-length collections of their material. The former collected West Coast and a 12-inch single, while the latter collected a bunch of their remixes. Either I’m dumb or Studio’s output was a little confusing.

Like the villain in an action movie with a lot of guns and explosions, Studio aren’t going down alone. Where they’re the villain, Information Records is our hero’s romantic interest/son/army buddy. But Information Records was the label that Studio themselves ran with Daniel Nordh, who lives in London, that put out Studio’s output, along with music by The Crêpes, Fontän, Frak and Studio member Dan Lissvik’s solo music. So, in this movie, I guess Studio was in love with Information Records also, or they were in that terrible war with them or something? My analogy has gotten annoyingly twisty.

• Studio:

Black Dice prepare new project Mr. Impossible for April, a taut buddy thriller starring Vin Diesel and Rowan Atkinson

Y’know, what I said in the headline right there wasn’t completely truthful… in fact what I did was tell a harmless fib in the hopes that you’d come down with a sudden case of the chuckles. Fingers crossed!

With that cleared up, let me tell you about the real details of Black Dice’s new project Mr. Impossible. It’s a full-length album called Mr. Impossible, which breaks from the tradition of naming their albums Repo, begun in 2009 and implied throughout the album drought of 2010-11. Mr. Impossible features nine songs, though knowing Black Dice and their irreverence toward pop forms, calling each track a “song” might be a little naïve of me. ;-)

Unlike the three-year run of real/implied albums named Repo, Mr. Impossible will not be released on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label but instead the Domino imprint Ribbon Music, a great label imprint that’s always on the lookout for forward-thinking, high-quality music and pop. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Ribbon Music continues to be a cultural guidebook and fount of inspiration. Thank you Ribbon Music.

Black Dice are offering a homemade, screen-printed version of the new album, hand-numbered and limited to 350 copies, while everyone else can pick it up on the format that best suits them, be it vinyl, compact disc, or digital files — what a time we live in, right? Everything at our fingertips. Check out the track “Pigs” in audio and video versions below. You’ll be glad you did and I’ll be glad to have facilitated the encounter. I’ll feel really good about it. Stay warm, everybody. Kisses.

Mr. Impossible tracklisting:

01. Pinball Wizard
02. Rodriguez
03. The Jacker
04. Pigs
05. Spy Vs. Spy
06. Out Body Drifter
07. Shithouse Drifter
08. Carnitas
09. Brunswick Sludge

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