RIP: Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet)

RIP: Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet)

According to Entertainment Weekly:

Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69. A representative of New York City’s Michael Werner Gallery, which hosted several shows of his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California this morning..

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White Fence (that guy who does a lot of psych-garage stuff) to release …Is Growing Faith next year on Woodsist

The verdict is still not out on whether musicians are really greedy for attention or inordinately giving. Many stretch themselves thin, inviting themselves to every shindig with a fresh face, like a 1950s socialite attending five holiday parties on a Saturday night and showing up with a fancy casserole at each location. Tim Presley is no exception, and when you count up his recipes, he’s a regular Betty Crocker.

We reminded you earlier this year who Tim Presley is, when the Chocolate Grinder graced us with a track from the self-titled debut from White Fence, Presley’s latest project. That is, his project aside from Darker My Love, The Strange Boys, and earlier, The Nerve Agents and The Fall (okay, so his Fall contribution is isolated to playing guitar on Reformation Post TLC back in 2007, but it got your attention, didn’t it?).

…Is Growing Faith, White Fence’s next addition to Woodsist’s catalog of noisy, weird-ish (it’s not breaking any barriers, but it’s not Katy Perry) psychedelic pop with garage guitar and woozy vocals is out January 10, 2011 — at a time when the music is most incongruous with the weather, even in his sunny SoCal home. Presley’s going to do the best he can do with the climate when he sets off on a tour with The Babies in January, but White Fence are not leaving the West Coast.

…Is Growing Faith tracklisting:

01. And By Always
02. Growing Faith
03. Sticky Fruitman Has Faith
04. Your Last Friend Alive
05. Enthusiasm
06. A Pearl Is Not a Diamond
07. Tumble, Lies & Honesty
08. Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)
09. Get That Heart
10. Harness
11. Stranger Things Have Happened (To You)
12. Body Cold
13. The Mexican Twins/Life Is… Too $hort
14. Art Investor Collector
15. When There Is No Crowd
16. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (CD/digital-only bonus)

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Explosions in the Sky head back to Europe for first tour since 2008 (and to pick up pizza from that great place in Naples)

Do you live in Europe? Are you tired of hearing about new tours coming through town that don’t include Explosions in the Sky (who are your favorite band)? Do you wish you could go back in time to 2008 when Explosions in the Sky actually toured Europe? Well, put away your time machine, Dr. Doom, because Explosions in the Sky are heading back to Europe!

The tour, scheduled to start and end in May, will be the first headline shows that the Exploding boys will have played in either the UK or Europe in the last two years and are the first shows that the dudes have played anywhere since their four-city 10th anniversary shows way back in the bygone era of 2009.

The shows are being planned in advance of Explosions in the Sky’s yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2007’s All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (TMT Review), which is scheduled for release in spring 2011 through long-time home Temporary Residence Ltd. As is always the case, more details on both the new record and more dates are forthcoming and will probably be written about by me.

Explosions in the Sky European tour:

05.16.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St
05.17.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy
05.19.10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
05.20.10 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
05.23.10 - Koln, Germany - Essigfabrik
05.24.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.25.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso

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Akron/Family announce tour we can understand, for the album that we can’t

Too immersed in your work? Haven’t called home in a while? Shameful, isn’t it? Akron/Family feel the same way. They won’t be with you for Christmas (they’ve got their own loved ones), but come February, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned family road trip. They’ve got Game Boys, road maps, and snacks all set up for the tour, plus their fourth full-length, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, out February 8 on Dead Oceans (read about its inception here — it’s worth it).

More info is out since we last reported on the forthcoming album, including the tracklisting. It’ll be a two-LP deal on vinyl or regular CD for you digital saps. You have two months now to start figuring out what in hell Shinju TNT means, so start… now!


01. Silly Bears
02. Island
04. So It Goes
05. Another Sky
06. Light Emerges
07. Cast a Net
08. Tatsuya Neon Purple Walkby
09. Fuji I (Global Dub)
10. Say What You Want To
11. Fuji II (Single Pane)
12. Canopy
13. Creator

Tourdates (with Delicate Steve):

02.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.18.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
02.19.11 - Montreal, ON - Il Motore
02.20.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.22.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.23.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
02.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
02.28.11 - St. Louis, MO - Biliken Club
03.01.11 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
03.02.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
03.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley
03.05.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.24.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
03.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
03.26.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.29.11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
03.31.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
04.01.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.03.11 - Sante Fe, NM - Corazon
04.04.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04.07.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
04.08.11 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
04.09.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger announce tour of the States; still have terrible name

You remember when we told you about The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger back in July, and you got really excited because, given that you obviously love John Lennon, anything his progeny puts forth (Sean Lennon here) is instant gold? Yeah, sure you do. Their debut album, Acoustic Sessions, which came out (as promised) October 26, was so good it didn’t even need a review from Tiny Mix Tapes, or press from anyone else. After all, it’s Sean effing Ono Lennon! He’s got more talent in his blood than the Brontë sisters combined, prose and poetry included. And that’s to say nothing of bandmate Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

Maybe these two aren’t so pleased with the public’s reaction, be it an enthused spin-off of Beatlemania or a lackluster shrug. Well, the GOASTT’s chance to really get in the limelight is now, and they’re grabbing the bull by the horns this January, when they will embark on their first tour of the US. “After all the entropy, we look like black-and-white movies,” Sean plaintively croons in “Dark Water/White Noise.” Well… black-and-white movies can be exciting, right (even if they don’t make for good lyrics)?


01.06.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
01.07.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
01.08.11 - New York City, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
01.11.11 - Washington, DC - Iota
01.12.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
01.13.11 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse
01.14.11 - Athens, GA - The Melting Point
01.15.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
01.18.11 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silver Leaf
01.19.11 - Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe
01.21.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
01.22.11 - Joshua Tree/Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets
01.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
01.28.11 - Portland, OR - The Woods
01.29.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile

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Minks bring blissful sadness to Captured Tracks debut album in January

If the words ‘Cure,’ ‘funeral,’ or ‘sad’ provoke an almost Pavlovian response in you, well, you might want to hide your wallet before reading the following sentence about Captured Tracks recording artist Minks. Are you ready? This is from a Fader review of New York band Minks’ first 7-inch single, “Funeral Party.” The magazine says the 7-inch sounds “as if Robert Smith gave birth to a baby, and the baby was actually a cassette of Cure demos that had a lot more staying power than actual Cure demos.”

Drool drool bats drool… oh, right! Where was I? Anyway. Minks returned with the single “Ophelia,” which I’m told “balance(s) the feelings of joy and sadness.” I believe this means the group can make you sad, but not, say, ending-of-a-Lars-Von-Trier-movie-ohhhhh-my-Goooood-I-just-want-a-whiskey-or-a-kitten-or-ANYTHING-BUT-THIS sad. And now Minks have crafted their debut album, By the Hedge, set for a January 11 release on Captured Tracks. This makes me happy, an oh-thank-God-this-Lars-Von-Trier-movie-is-over-and-I’m-still-alive-in-spite-of-it-all happy.

By the Hedge tracklisting:

01. Kusmi
02. Out of Tune
03. Life at Dusk
04. Indian Ocean
05. Funeral Song
06. Our Ritual
07. Cemetary Rain
08. Bruises
09. Boys Run Wild
10. Ophelia
11. Juniper
12. Arboretum Dogs

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