Release for documentary about Sufjan Stevens’ family finally on the horizon — sort of

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We like Sufjan Stevens: his baby face, his ridiculous — now abandoned — state project, and the grandiose albums that have followed. But what do we really know about the man? December saw the official Swedish release of Beyond This Place, a very personal film about the emotional reunion of father-plus-son-plus-bikes, directed by Stevens’ longtime friend, Kaleo La Belle (who also commissioned Sufjan and Ray Raposa of Castanets to provide the score). With Beyond This Place beginning to make the rounds, Stevens and La Belle have been in film news for another movie, of more interest to those more inclined to music than dysfunctional family dramas. In 2006, these two things merged in the best way possible, when La Belle filmed an as-of-yet unreleased documentary about Sufjan and his (equally oddly named) brother, Marzuki, traveling to Michigan to see their estranged pop.

According to Pitchfork, after four years, Crooked River is finally being remastered and is on the lookout for distributors. Check out the trailer here, featuring footage of Sufjan dominating Pac-Man — already more talked about than the music he wrote for the project or anything else.

Crooked River: Facebook

Spring break! In February! Ducktails and Woods announce week-long tour

Spring break woooooooo! We all know spring break is a time to take a load off and get a little crazy, and who’s crazier than those nuts in Ducktails and Woods? Nobody, hence why they’re taking their spring break in the middle of winter — February to be exact. In what is sure to be the world’s haziest, most melodic beer bash, the two bands are playing a week-long string of dates in the Northeast. If partying with those crazy dudes wasn’t incentive enough, the two groups promise some collaborative moments, as well as an acoustic sampling of the follow-up LP to At Echo Lake (TMT Review). Also, tequila shots out of Jeremy Earl’s beard? Anything is possible!

Woods + Ducktails dates:

02.02.11 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House
02.03.11 - Portland, ME - Apohadion
02.04.11 - New York, NY - Monster Island Basement
02.07.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Chapel at First Unitarian Church
02.08.11 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West

Ducktails-only dates:

01.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Pi Lam
01.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Grasslands *

* Smith Westerns

• Ducktails: http://alexphelan.com/ducktails
• Woods: http://www.woodsist.com/woods.htm

Brent Knopf leaves Menomena, gives us I Am the Fun Blame Monster reissue to remember him by

As Pitchfork reports, a post on experimental-rock outfit Menomena’s website states that multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf has left the group. According to the site, Knopf departed in order to focus on his Ramona Falls project, along with other creative pursuits. “We want to thank Brent for his vast con­tri­bu­tions over the years and wish him noth­ing but hap­pi­ness in all of his future endeav­ors,” said the band in the posted statement.

While not entirely surprising considering fairly well-publicized tensions within the group, it is somewhat unexpected that the rather democratic band’s previously announced spring tour will continue as scheduled. Replacing Knopf on tour will be Paul Acott. All those dates can be found just below.

Also, if you want to reminisce about the days when Brent Knopf was still in Menomena, FILMguerrero plans to reissue the band’s 2003 debut I Am The Fun Blame Monster in deluxe CD/DVD format this spring. What, no vinyl origami monster?

Menomena dates:

02.04.11 - Brisbane, Australia - Fortitude Valley
02.05.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Footscray Community Arts Centre
02.06.11 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney College of the Arts
02.07.11 - Sydney, Australia - The Factory Theatre
02.09.11 - Melbourne, Australia - East Brunswick Club
02.11.11 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowler’s Live
02.12.11 - Perth, Australia - Perth Cultural Centre
03.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN - U of M
03.05.11 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
03.06.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
03.09.11 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
03.10.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
03.11.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
03.12.11 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
03.15 .11 -New Orleans, LA - Republic
03.16.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
03.17-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.15-17.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella

• Menomena: http://menomena.com
• FILMguerrero: http://www.filmg.com

Beasties Boys’ Adam Yauch says reports of him being cancer-free are “exaggerated”

In sadder news than we’re used to on Monday mornings, it appears as if the happy news we received on Friday about Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch being cancer free was a little premature. The MC had this to say through press-release: “While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”

The Beastie Boys’ previously announced new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, is still scheduled for a spring release.

• Beastie Boys: http://www.beastieboys.com

[Photo: Michael Morel]

RIP: Jesus "Jess" Porras of The Mixtures

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Jesus “Jess” Porras, longtime resident of San Diego, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 26, 2010. Jess was born in Oxnard, to Felipe and Dolores on November 20, 1941 and with his sister Maria and brothers Phil and Art, were raised surrounded by a large, loving extended Mexican American family.

Jess came from a lineage of professional musicians and his first love was music which he took to early, learning the violin at nine, followed by tenor and alto sax, flute, horn, guitar, and piano.

He was a member of “The Mixtures,” an R&B band, and played all the major L.A. Clubs from 1957 to 1962. Their album “Stompin at the Rainbow” is being re-released April 5.

Sleeping in the Aviary wake up to head out on tour; okay, but yesterday was Mr. Bean’s birthday!!

(Happy belated birthday Mr. Bean!)

Sleeping in the Aviary, whose website looks like PerezHilton.com if it were designed by someone on acid and hosted on GeoCities (R.I.P.), are heading out on a super-long tour, which started in fact on Mr. Bean’s birthday. Formerly of Madison, the band now lives in Minneapolis and released their third LP Great Vacation in 2010 via Madison label Science of Sound. Sleeping in the Aviary also released a new music video for their song “Y.M.C.A. (No Not That One),” which you can watch via City Pages, along with their videos for “Maria’s Ghost” and “Last Kiss on a Sinking Ship.”

Tourdates:

01.06.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
01.07.11 - Madison, WI -  High Noon Saloon
01.09.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward
01.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
01.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN -  Radio Radio
01.12.11 - Bloomington, IN - Rachael’s Cafe
01.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton Collective
01.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The 529
01.16.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Saint
01.18.11 - Houston, TX -  Jet Lounge
01.19.11 - San Antonio, TX -  The Ten Eleven
01.20.11 - San Marcos, TX - Triple Crown
01.21.11 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
01.22.11 - Dallas, TX - Double Wide
01.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Winning Coffee Co.
01.26.11 - Tucson, AZ - The Hangart
01.27.11 - Phoenix, AZ -  Trunkspace
01.28.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
01.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Pink House
01.30.11 - Oakland, CA - First Church Of The Buzzard
02.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Blue Moon
02.04.11 - Corvallis, OR - Corvallis DIY Co-op
02.05.11 - Portland, OR - Sea Shanty
02.11.11 - Grand Junction, CO - The Midnight Special
02.12.11 - Boulder, CO -  Astroland
02.13.11 - Denver, CO - Backforty
02.14.11 - Pueblo, CO - Red Raven
02.15.11 - Wichita, KS - Kirby’s
02.16.11 - Norman, OK - Red Room
02.17.11 - Little Rock, AR - Happy Fuckers Unite!
02.18.11 - Hot Springs, AR - The Exchange
02.20.11 - Lincoln, NE - Powerhouse
02.21.11 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews

• Sleeping in the Aviary: http://www.sleepingintheaviary.com
• Science of Sound: http://www.scienceofsound.com