RIP: Butch Morris, jazz artist and pioneer of structured improv called “conduction”

RIP: Butch Morris, jazz artist and pioneer of structured improv called "conduction"

From NPR’s A Blog Supreme:

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, an improvising musician who pioneered a system of ensemble interaction he called conduction, has died at a hospital in New York City, his publicist confirmed. He had lung cancer, which was diagnosed last August. He was 65.

Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, first gained recognition among musicians as a cornet player. His most prominent impact, however, came as a bandleader of structured improvisation. He devised a vocabulary of gestures, signifying actions for musicians to follow: repeat, sustain, play louder, among others. Standing in front of an ensemble, which only sometimes had written scores in front of it, he then deployed those gestures according to his imagination and intuition. His musicians were free to interpret them as they saw fit, giving the performances a distinct flavor of unpredictability and intimacy.

• Butch Morris:

Colin Stetson reveals details on third and final New History Warfare album, plots world tour

Canada has produced many a fine thing, such as You Can’t Do That on Television, high-stacked burger challenges, maple syrup, a functioning healthcare system, funny accents, and of course, Colin fucking Stetson, bursting blood vessels out of his straining neck as he fires heavy breaths into his enormous sax for your listening pleasure. And this Canadian is making his solo comeback this spring with New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, due out April 30 on Constellation.

As with the last installment of the Warfare series, the new LP was recorded live in single takes, with guest vocals — this time contributed by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, with whom Stetson plays with in Bon Iver — being the only overdubs. The whole shebang was mixed by Australian-gone-Icelander Ben Frost. Check the release page for more details and to preorder on CD or double-LP.

Take a listen to the album’s third track, “High Above a Grey Green Sea,” via Constellation’s SoundCloud and then clean yourself up, because this awesomeness may give you the squirts.

New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light tracklist:

01. And in Truth
02. Hunted
03. High Above a Grey Green Sea
04. In Mirrors
05. Brute
06. Among the Sef
07. Who the Waves Are Roaring For
08. To See More Light
09. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
10. This Bed of Shattered Bone
11. Part of Me Apart From You


03.01.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazz House Copenhagen
03.02.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
03.03.13 - Vendome, France - Chapelle St.-Jacques
03.05.13 - Metz, France - Caveau des Trinitaires
03.06.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
03.07.13 - Paris, France - TBA
03.08.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw aan´t IJ main hall
03.09.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Tou Scene/Maskinhallen
03.10.13 - Bergen, Norway - TBA
03.12.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - TBA
03.13.13 - Marostica, Italy - Panic Jazz Club
03.14.13 - Venezia, Italy - TBA
03.15.13 - Reykjavik, Iceland - TBA
04.05.13 - Montreal, QC - Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal
05.02.13 - Quebec, QC - Le Cercle *
05.03.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa *
05.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Burlington City Arts Center *
05.08.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts *
05.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live *
05.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum *
05.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center *
05.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas %
05.17.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig %
05.19.13 - Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
06.29.13 - Honolulu, HI - Honolulu Museum of Art

* Sarah Neufeld
% Justin Walter

• Colin Stetson:
• Constellation:

Thee Oh Sees will release Floating Coffin on April 16 via Castle Face, right after they creep around your dreams a bit

You know, I was JUST wondering when Thee Oh Sees would release an album this year. They’ve released at least one LP of garage craziness every year since 2004 and have never shown any signs of calling it quits.

Seems that once spring rolls around, we’ll get our annual dose of wild, freaked-out, and possibly creepy psych-punk when Thee Oh Sees release Floating Coffin on April 16 via John Dwyer’s own Castle Face Records. Floating Coffin follows last year’s Putrifiers II (TMT Review), which skulked its way onto our Favorite Albums of 2012 list. Dwyer explained the nightmarish vibe of Floating Coffin by saying that “these songs occur in the mindset of a world that’s perpetually war-ridden.. .overall, it’s pretty dark, and much heavier than our other albums.”

Now I’m wondering just how many albums Thee Oh Sees will release this year…

Floating Coffin tracklist:

01. I Come From the Mountain

02. Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster

03. Floating Coffin

04. No Spell

05. Strawberries 1 + 2

06. Maze Fancier

07. Night Crawler

08. Sweet Helicopter

09. Tunnel Time

10. Minotaur

• Thee Oh Sees:
• Castle Face:

DJ Rashad signs with Hyperdub for Rollin EP, due in March; ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod!!

Yes, we love Hyperdub over here at Tiny Mix Tapes. Three of its releases made our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list, including two in the top 5 (Laurel Halo’s Quarantine and Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful). And yes, we love footwork here too: footwork releases have made our year-end lists for the past several years, including two from last year: DJ Rashad’s TEKLIFE Vol. 1 and Traxman’s Da Mind of Traxman.

So it is with pure, unfiltered, unadulterated, unsupervised joy to announce that DJ Rashad, tha shiznit of footwork, will be hooking up with Hyperdub for an EP called Rollin. Aside from an announced release month of March, no further details have yet been revealed, but we’re beyond excited over here (Squeo’s behind me right now working on his erks, dribbles, and ghosts, while Nobodaddy has an MPC 1000 in his Amazon cart. On company time, those sneaky fucks!)

Meanwhile, The Manny & Rashad Show, Rashad’s long-anticipated release with DJ Manny, is apparently due February 13 via Lit City Trax. Check out “Look How She Dancing” here:

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• DJ Manny:
• Hyperdub:
• Lit City Trax:

Dean Ween and Les Claypool will soon have their own fishing show, because what the hell else are they going to do?

So. You already watch Mob Wives and Moonshiners and River Monsters, and you’re going to start watching a fishing show too. According to Glide’s Hidden Track blog, Mickey Melchiondo, a.k.a. Dean Ween — formerly of weirdo-rock duo Ween — leads a secret life as a charter boat captain, and he’s teamed up with Les Claypool of Primus for a reality show that will “fuse sportfishing with music and comedy,” because those three things go together like bacon, lettuce, and tomato, or snap, crackle, and pop, or Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

Wait, you don’t like fishing? You’ve never been fishing? Doesn’t matter. Dean Ween says that his show is “a fishing show that you do not have to enjoy fishing to enjoy.” Do you enjoy South Park? The show will be produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who created South Park. Do you enjoy celebrity guests? Dean Ween and Claypool want to take celebrity guests on their fishing trips. Cross your fingers for an episode where Skrillex catches a shark.

Although Dean Ween is currently working on a soundtrack — which will undoubtedly include sea-chanties and the like — the show currently does not have a title, nor does it have a station. Yet.

In the meantime, watch Dean Ween and Les Claypool catch two fish:

• Ween:
• Primus:

OM and Sir Richard Bishop to embark on predestined February tour of spiritual refinement

I’ll go ahead and attribute the absence of OM’s Advaitic Songs on our Favorite Albums of 2012 list to a rather unfeasible circumstance: it was just too good. Or, the staff here at TMT, generally speaking, just didn’t get around to it, as our penchant for secularism and debauchery causes us to sometimes neglect the music beneath explicitly religious album covers. Allow me to unilaterally make a ruling on this now: Advaitic Songs was one of the best albums of 2012. It’s worth many listens.

You could purchase it, you could do something that rhymes with “birate” it (though I certainly don’t advise this), or if you live in a select few cities in the western half of the US, you could bear intimate witness to OM’s ancient homages (intentional or not) by catching them on tour — a tour that begins February 8 in Seattle, Washington.

An OM performance would be worth the price of admission alone, but adding stature to your solidi is guitarist Sir Richard Bishop, who’ll be supporting the duo at each live date. Consider your attendance one of the coolest/most frugal ways of experiencing a different culture.

Dates (all w/ Sir Richard Bishop):

02.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Highline
02.09.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
02.10.13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
02.12.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.13.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.14.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
02.15.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
02.16.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.17.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
02.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
02.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Don Quixote’s Music Hall
02.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent

• OM:
• Sir Richard Bishop: