RIP: George Jones, country legend

RIP: George Jones, country legend http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-george-jones.jpg

From The New York Times:

George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville. He was 81.

He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, the Web site of Webster & Associates, his publicists, said in announcing the death.

Mr. Jones, who was nicknamed Possum for his close-set eyes and pointed nose, and later No-Show Jones for the concerts he missed during drink and drug binges, was a legendary figure in country music. His singing, which was universally respected and just as widely imitated, found vulnerability and doubt behind the cheerful drive of honky-tonk. With a baritone voice that was as elastic as a steel-guitar string, he brought suspense to every syllable, merging bluesy slides with the tight, quivering ornaments of Appalachian singing.

In his most memorable songs, all the pleasures of a down-home Saturday night couldn’t free him from private pain. His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation. “When you’re onstage or recording, you put yourself in those stories,” he once said.

• George Jones: http://www.georgejones.com

RIP: George Jones, country legend

From The New York Times:

George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville. He was 81.

He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, the Web site of Webster & Associates, his publicists, said in announcing the death.

Mr. Jones, who was nicknamed Possum for his close-set eyes and pointed nose, and later No-Show Jones for the concerts he missed during drink and drug binges, was a legendary figure in country music. His singing, which was universally respected and just as widely imitated, found vulnerability and doubt behind the cheerful drive of honky-tonk. With a baritone voice that was as elastic as a steel-guitar string, he brought suspense to every syllable, merging bluesy slides with the tight, quivering ornaments of Appalachian singing.

In his most memorable songs, all the pleasures of a down-home Saturday night couldn’t free him from private pain. His up-tempo songs had undercurrents of solitude, and the ballads that became his specialty were suffused with stoic desolation. “When you’re onstage or recording, you put yourself in those stories,” he once said.

• George Jones: http://www.georgejones.com

Faun Fables ready their enchanted forest stagecoach for spritely spring tour

The melodious forest elves behind Faun Fables have packed their tiny guitars in tiny magical seed pod cases and hitched their wisest rabbits to a tiny, enchanted stagecoach, which can only mean one thing: the Oakland-based duo are ready for a spring tour! Sylvan creatures Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl have shoved two kids (their own) and a nanny along with them in their tiny, enchanted stagecoach and the whole family’s literally taking the show on the road, traveling to venues across the US and the part of Canada everybody goes to. (Sorry, Saskatchewan, maybe next time.) Their last album, Light of a Vaster Dark (TMT Review), was released on Drag City back in 2010, so maybe there’s some new material on the way.

Then, later this summer, head faun Dawn McCarthy will be striking out on tour with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy in support of their most recent release together, What the Brothers Sang. Released earlier this year, the album is a collection of covers of Everly Brothers tunes. The McCarthy/Billy tour sees the duo journeying up to Alaska and the Yukon Territories (!!!!!!) before dipping back down to the lower 48.

Faun Fables tourdates:

05.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kirby Court
05.07.13 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater
05.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
05.10.13 - Madison, WI - Dragonfly
05.11.13 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
05.13.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
05.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
05.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
05.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
05.17.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe
06.08.13 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light
06.09.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Barking Legs Theatre
06.22.13 - Berkeley, CA - Starry Plough

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy tourdates:

07.17.13 - Palmer, AK - Vagabond Blues
07.18.13 - Anchorage, AK - Tap Root
07.20-21.13 - Dawson, YT - Dawson City Music Festival
07.25.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes *
07.28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.29.13 - New York, NY - Town Hall *
07.30.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
07.31.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue *
08.03.13 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival *

* Van Campbell

• Faun Fables: http://www.faunfables.com
• Drag City: https://www.dragcity.com

RIP: Bob Brozman, guitarist and ethnomusicologist

From Worldisc:

Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA in the evening of April 23, 2013.
Brozman, the steel-guitar innovator who got his start playing on the streets of Santa Cruz, died at age 59.

A legend in the world of blues and roots music who integrated styles from all around the world into his music, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience at his live shows gave him the opportunity not just to
entertain with his sharp wit, but also challenge core assumptions about the function of rhythm and sound.

“Bob is beloved to me, and to so many in so many countries,” says longtime friend and pianist, George Winston. “His legacy will live on and will no doubt become the standard-bearer to musical innovators for decades to come.”

• Bob Brozman: http://www.bobbrozman.com
• Worldisc: http://worldisc.net

Hopscotch Festival announces impressive 2013 lineup; Merzbow to roam freely in the North Carolina countryside

Get ready for some awkward conversations with your friends that end when someone angrily storms off to get more beer after saying, “No, no, it’s no big deal, I’m definitely not mad that we’re going to miss Grouper because you want to see some trendy garage rock band,” because Hopscotch has announced its 2013 lineup. Taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 5 through September 7 and featuring almost 175 artists in 15 different venues, Hopscotch has a wide enough array of artists for anyone to get in a situation where they’re pissed at their friends for having such lame taste. Look forward to bickering over the costs and benefits of trying to get in front for artists like Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Foot Village, The Breeders playing Last Splash, Wolf Eyes, Pharmakon, Holly Herndon, John Cale, and countless others! You can check out the full list on the Hopscotch website.

In addition to more artists in one place than any one human could ever reasonably hope to see in a single weekend, there’s also going to be the big bonus threat of famed Japanese noise musician Merzbow lurking just out of your line of sight. The festival’s planners have reportedly already released Merzbow into the North Carolina countryside. He will spend the next several months stalking woodland creatures and hiding in caves, gathering his strength so that when he emerges in early September, he will be in peak physical condition to perform his duties as the festival’s “improviser in residence.” As the improviser in residence, in addition to his own solo set, Merzbow will wander around the festival collaborating both with artists and (probably) people standing in line at food trucks, which sounds awesome and terrifying. Awesome because I’ve always kinda wanted to hear what a Merzbow/Waxahatchee collab would sound like, and terrifying because absent any specific legal language, there’s really nothing to stop Merzbow from deciding that “improviser in residence” actually means “dude who runs around pranking everyone with shaving cream all weekend.”

• Hopscotch Music Festival: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com

Quasimoto’s new album Yessir Whatever is a rarities collection and is coming out in June on Stones Throw. There’s really no reason to read on from here, actually.

Shit, remember what a craaaaaazy day Monday, April 22, 2013 was? It was like no one knew what was going to happen next! There was all this hyped-up mystery and intrigue and whatnot surrounding the release of a new Quasimoto album and shit, and people were going totally bonkers! For a little while, the whole world felt raw and new and limitless in its potential! It was so invigorating!

But. Now it’s Thursday, April 25, and everything pretty much sucks again. Stones Throw has spilled the beans about the new Quasimoto thing, and it turns out that it’s not a new album by Lord Quas at all. It’s “12 tracks recorded over a roughly 12-year period” of rarities/unreleased stuff. Typical! But hey, at least it’s coming out June 18 on LP & CD (the LP comes with a bonus 7-inch), both of which feature some pretty cool artwork, including a “peel-off cover sticker revealing Quasimoto’s guts.” Oh, and pre-orders and digital versions are available right now from the Stones Throw site. Maybe that’ll make life interesting again for a couple hours? Or minutes? God, I hope so. There’s such a hole in my heart, readers.

Yessir Whatever tracklisting:

01. Broad Factor
02. Seasons Change
03. The Front
04. Youngblood
05. Astronaut
06. Planned Attack
07. Brothers Can’t See Me
08. Catchin’ the Vibe
09. Am I Confused?
10 Sparkdala
11. Green Power
12. LAX to JFK

• Quasimoto: http://www.stonesthrow.com/quasimoto
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com