Pitchfork welcomes Forms to the festival family; crack out the gross bubblegum cigars!

Pitchfork welcomes Forms to the festival family; crack out the gross bubblegum cigars! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-10-forms-pitchfork.jpg

You and Pitchfork, you’ve been together for awhile. You’ve gone to see Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. You dipped over to New York last October for the #Offline festival. Maybe you’re even flying to Paris for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. MAYBE THINGS HAVE PROGRESSED THAT FAR. Well, girl, yesterday Pitchfork’s website announced that this time, they’re “going further.” Are you ready for that? Have you guys talked about this first? Do you think Pitchfork could be “the one”?

Gross. Sorry. This is about a music festival, not your short-lived but intense college romance. A music festival called, simply, Forms. (Insert your own hashtag.) Forms is a four-day multimedia bonanza put on by Pitchfork’s Brooklyn office, in conjunction with NYC promoters The Bowery Presents and videogame arts/culture people Kill Screen. Forms will be a celebration of the fast-growing connection between the spheres of music, gaming, and art, with musicians working with gamers, gamers working with artists, LOLcats working with Rufus from Gossip Girl — you get the picture. Just imagine the thrill of exploring the enchanted world of Myst with the guy from No Age by your side whilst you chat about the oeuvre of Ai Weiwei! THAT COULD HAPPEN. ANYTHING could happen at Forms, the festival where art, music and gaming take over galleries, clubs, museums, and DIY spaces across NYC. No, they haven’t announced the lineup yet, but DUH No Age will be involved because, well, PITCHFORK.

The lineup will be revealed over the next few weeks. Obviously I have no idea who’s playing. There’s only two things I CAN tell you. 1) It takes place February 1-4 next year, and 2) tickets will go fast.

• Forms: http://www.formsfestival.com

Cambodian Space Project lead singer Srey Thy becomes UN Goodwill Ambassador

These days, music and philanthropy go together like fat kids and cake, and in addition to high-profile, holier-than-thou rock ambassadors like Bono and Chris Martin, other lesser-known musicians are also helping out the world over. Srey Thy, lead singer of The Cambodian Space Project (from you guessed it, Cambodia) was recently appointed as a Good Will Ambassador for UN Women’s UNiTE, a campaign to stop violence against women worldwide.

If for some reason you’re not up-to-date on the music scene in Southeast Asia, CSP is a seven-piece retro-inspired psych rock outfit formed in 2009 by Thy and Australian producer (and guitarist) Julien Poulson. The band just released their first album, 2011: A Space Odyssey, in September. However; unlike other do-gooding rock stars, Thy has a more personal connection with her cause. Growing up in 70s Cambodia under the oppressive Pol Pot-led Khmer Rouge (think back to 10th-grade social studies, kids), she was kidnapped as a teenager and nearly forced into a sex trafficking ring. Since that time Thy has become a prominent women’s rights activist in Cambodia, speaking at events sponsored by SISHA - Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation Organization and to community groups around the country.

And now, with CSP beginning to make their presence known internationally (they recently made their US debut at SXSW) paired with Thy working in an official capacity for the UN, she can finally spread her message and help women worldwide. Rock on, lady!

• Cambodian Space Project: http://www.cambodianspaceproject.com

Jarvis Cocker, noted smart person, hired as editor-at-large at UK publishing house

If we’ve learned anything from talking owls with scholar’s caps and glasses, it’s that glasses mean you’re smart. If you’re a talking owl, this qualifies you for work as a Tootsie Pop pusher, a child safety demonstrator puppet, or even a prolific career as a model for stock images. If you’re bespectacled Britpop star Jarvis Cocker, people will be less impressed by your human vocal chords, but they will likely still be into your witty, incisive lyrics and your charming performance in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. (Foxes!!!! It’s a movie where foxes wear clothes!!!!) And then those people will think, “We need an editor-at-large for our prestigious music books division. Smart people like books, yes? Smart people wear glasses, no? You know who loves boogieing down and has glasses and also a high level of literacy? OWLS.” But then all the owls were filming that movie with the fake Celtic-sounding names where owls save the Owl World and sing songs about sharing and learn about friendship or whatever. (I don’t know, the Wikipedia was really long and I couldn’t make myself read it). So instead they hired Jarvis Cocker.

Okay, so Mr. Pulp has done some editorial work before. This summer Cocker was chosen to guest edit the poetry submissions to The Mays Anthology, a collection of work by students at Oxford and Cambridge. And now he has been hired on at famed UK publishing house Faber & Faber, where he’ll work with editors Lee Brackstone and Hannah Griffiths to select titles from a small list of potential Faber music publications. The publishing house is also printing Cocker’s Mother, Brother, Lover, a collection of lyrics and commentary, next week. Faber & Faber’s upcoming music-related publications include yet another Julian Cope outing called (of course) Copendium, and a memoir by James Fearnley a.k.a. the guy who played accordion in The Pogues. Also joining Jarvis Cocker on Faber & Faber’s ever-expanding list of Fancy Employees will be Mystic River author Dennis Lehane and chef/travel show host/my kinda creepy older man crush Anthony Bourdain.

• Jarvis Cocker: http://www.jarviscocker.net
• Faber & Faber: http://www.faber.co.uk

Balmorhea tour, skipping their namesake town in Texas (no worries, though, they’ll be in Europe)

So, I’m sort of a William Faulkner nerd, and I’d really like Balmorhea to score a film version of As I Lay Dying — hell, they could score film versions of every single Faulkner novel if they wanted. Balmorhea’s classical minimalism hints at memories of folk; their instrumental pieces rise and cascade in ways that somehow conjure uniquely Southern landscapes — dusty roads winding through hills, flooded rivers, magnolia trees and the like. Ideally, I’d listen to them while sitting on a creaky porch late at night while watching the stars, and their songs would crackle through an old radio. It’s music for dreams, music for often heartbreaking reality — shit, I’m getting hyperbolic.

Balmorhea are about to tour Europe to promote their most recent release on Western Vinyl, Live at Sint-Elisabethkerk (recordings from a show at Saint Elisabeth Church in Ghent, Belgium; check out “Untitled” for a hint of what it’s like), which follows up last year’s Constellations (TMT Review), and even though I’m pretty sure they won’t be playing any front porch shows, I’m sure they’ll be lovely nonetheless.

Dates:

10.26.11 - Gent, Belgium - Sint-Elisabethkerk *
10.28.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar
10.29.11 - Strasbourg, France - Le Ceeac
10.30.11 - Luzern, Switzerland - Treibhaus
10.31.11 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
11.02.11 - Milan, Italy - Scighera
11.03.11 - Genova, Italy - La Claque
11.04.11 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
11.05.11 - Pisa, Italy - Caracol
11.06.11 - Carpi, Italy - Mattatoio
11.07.11 - Rome, Italy - Init
11.08.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Koritu
11.09.11 - Vienna, Austria - B72
11.11.11 - Berlin, Germany - HBC
11.12.11 - Hannover, Germany - Feinkost Lampe
11.14.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Haus 73
11.15.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

* Christina Vantzou

• Balmorhea: http://balmorheamusic.com
• Western Vinyl: http://westernvinyl.com

Lil B gifts the world with a free mixtape of presidential caliber

As this past summer came and went, we were sprinkled with love and a little durty pop, as Lil B released I Forgive You, followed by the Black Flame mixtape in September. As season’s change, so do months, and here Lil B (street name: The Based God) has given us all another reason to, well, get based. When he’s not reflecting on how he feels about his adopted cat, he’s offering up free mixtape after free mixtape. This time we get a 14-track freebie in the form of The Silent President, which has apparently been dubbed as “A RARE COLLECTIONS EDITION FOR ALL THE #BASED MUSIC COLLECTERS!!”

The self-proclaimed “pretty bitch” has posted the latest mix up on DatPiff, so go get BASED! You’ll find there’s plenty of music for you to be cookin’ to — and we don’t mean that in a Breaking Bad kind of way.

The Silent President tracklisting:

01. Great China Sea
02. Black and White
03. Silent President
04. Mom Stressed Out
05. December 1989
06. Cap Pillah
07. The Original
08. The Based One
09. Same Place
10. Got You One
11. Beat the Cancer
12. Start Fishing
13. BasedGod 50
14. Stangz

• Lil B: http://www.basedworld.com

Dan Treacy of Television Personalities in coma following surgery

Today, NME announced the shocking news that Dan Treacy, the lovable frontman of Television Personalities, is currently in an induced coma. Treacy recently underwent surgery to extricate a blood clot from his brain (a police investigation is “underway”) and has been in a coma now for roughly 48 hours.

His band members TexasBob Juarez, Mike Stone, and Arnau Obiols issued a statement: “The band is very much concerned for our dear friend and Brother Daniel at this time, and we are all praying for a recovery.”

Dan Treacy is now 51 years old. The most recent Television Personalities album, A Memory is Better Than Nothing, was released last year.

• Television Personalities: http://myspace.com/tvpersonalities