Radiohead heading back to the studio in December; Atoms for Peace album likely finished by year’s end; Phil doing something nice too, probably

Radiohead heading back to the studio in December; Atoms for Peace album likely finished by year's end; Phil doing something nice too, probably http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-10-radiohead.jpg

Oh Radiohead. Don’t take it so hard. We all liked The King of Limbs (TMT Review) just fine, honest! You put in the work, and we’re proud of you. Just because some egghead writes a think piece about your standing in today’s culture doesn’t mean you have to freak out like you’ve been doing, with these other songs and these remix things, and these sudden performances. You’re better than that, and it’s just… all I’m saying is you don’t have to do something drastic like shake Jimmy Fallon’s hand. Okay, you know what, you’re right, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said “freak.” Please sit back down, guys. Thom. Jonny. Ed. Colin. Baldman. You’re all talented, and— oh come on, that was barely even a joke, Phil, please! GUYS!

Damnit. Lost ‘em. Well… I did my best to slow things down, but it looks like these guys are determined to push forward with this whole post-TKOL-reviews bender thing. Radiohead are now planning on recording new material in December and January at their Oxford studio, according to an interview with Thom in Rolling Stone. One new song was mentioned — “Come to Your Senses” — but was not described beyond being “a five-minute rehearsal.” Still, sounds like an interesting new direction. Also planned is a proper 2012 tour, which has so far been delayed by the unavailability of extra drummer Clive Deamer, who started backing up Portishead as soon as he listened to The King of Limbs a few times.

Most disconcerting for those worried about the band’s future mental health is the news that Thom’s Atoms for Peace band is nearing completion of their debut album, with a goal to have it all wrapped up by the end of 2011. Thommy… buddy… do you not see the critics’ fangs dripping with venom at the mention of that Flea-ridden thing, already composing their lead paragraph that steers the narrative of your band away from “untouchable gods” into “tube sock-wearing has-beens”? Slow down, man, you’re taking this turn too faaaaAAAAAAAST!!! *sploosh*

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.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

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

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

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