RIP: John Barry, composer of James Bond music

RIP: John Barry, composer of James Bond music http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-01-john-barry.jpg

From Pop & Hiss:

John Barry, the Academy Award-winning film composer whose idiosyncratic and iconic compositions over the course of a lifetime in the movies – including some of the best known James Bond music and the themes to “Midnight Cowboy,” and “Out of Africa,” among dozens of others – died in New York on Sunday at age 77. The British-born composer not only helped define the feel of the Bond films but crafted music that served as a 1960s soundtrack to a new kind of jet-setting lifestyle. With his wildly adventurous arrangements and instrumentation, his music’s devil-may-care feel will forever be connected to fashionably mod cocktail lounges of the era.

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[Photo: Geoff Leonard]

matt pond PA tours with Rocky Votolato, because sensitive dudes with guitars need to stick together

When you have a penchant for writing heartfelt songs on an acoustic guitar, it’s best to stick with other sensitive dudes so you have someone to back you up in any bar fights that occur on the road. And by “bar fights,” I mean strongly-worded disagreements, because I think Matt Pond and Rocky Votolato are more likely to play devil’s advocate than punch someone in the face. You can decide for yourself this winter when they head out on tour together, with Matt Pond supporting his new album, The Dark Leaves, and Votolato supporting his new album, True Devotion.

02.25.11 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
02.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.27.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.01.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ [indoors]
03.02.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
03.03.11 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
03.04.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Café
03.05.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
03.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03.08.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03.09.11 - Ybor City, FL - New World Brewery
03.10.11 - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
03.11.11 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
03.12.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.13.11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
03.15.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.17.11 - Hamden, CT - The Space
03.18.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
03.19.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.20.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East [downstairs]
03.22.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
03.23.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
03.24.11 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
03.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

• Matt Pond: http://www.mattpondpa.com
• Rocky Votolato: http://www.rockyvotolato.com

[Photo: J. Kendi]

Jim O’Rourke and Christopher Heemann team up on Plastic Palace People Vol. I

King of Prolificness Jim O’Rourke has teamed up with Christoph Heemann (Mirror, Mimir, H.N.A.S.) for a new record titled Plastic Palace People Vol. I. The album is a sound documentation of the working relationship between Heemann and O’Rourke that dates back to 1991, described as “a mix of granular synthesis and concrete sounds, drawing from a wide-range of of interests and backgrounds, reshaped and reassembled after all these years.” It’s also been described as a “heavy, spooky, three-part journey,” which, hey, kinda sounds like the last decade.

Heemann, who has also worked with O’Rourke (and Lee Ranaldo) in the past on Bloomington, Indiana…Autumn, will be releasing the album February 22 on his own Streamline Records, with distribution by Drag City.

Plastic Palace People Vol. I tracklist:

1. untitled 1
2. untitled 2
3. untitled 3

• Streamline: http://www.dragcity.com/store/label/st
• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke

RIP: Milton Babbitt, avant-garde composer

From The New York Times:

Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, died Saturday. He was 94.

Paul Lansky, a composer and Princeton University colleague who was once a student of Babbitt’s, told The Associated Press he died Saturday at a Princeton hospital. Lansky said he did not know the cause of death.

Born in Philadelphia, Babbitt earned degrees from both Princeton and New York University. He joined Princeton’s faculty in 1938 and became a professor emeritus of music there in 1984.

In the 1950s, RCA hired Babbitt as a consultant as it was developing the Mark II synthesizer. He became a founder and director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where the synthesizer was installed.

He blended electronic music with vocal performances in compositions such as “Vision and Prayer” and “Philomel” in the 1960s and “Reflections” in 1975.

Princeton awarded Babbitt, then 75, a doctorate in 1992, 46 years after his dissertation on the 12-tone system of modern composers was rejected.

“His dissertation was so far ahead of its time it couldn’t be properly evaluated at the time,” Theodore Ziolkowski, dean of Princeton’s graduate school and a close friend of Babbitt, said at the time.

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“Lagniappe”:

• Milton Babbitt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Babbitt

Zola Jesus tour takes over the world and nearly asphyxiates it with chocolate syrup

Recent college graduate/Queen of the Goths Zola Jesus is heading out for a massive spring tour in support of last year’s excellent Valusia EP (TMT Review). Ms. Nika Roza Danilova, as she is known to her friends, was busy last year blowin’ up all over the place. Domestically she released the Valusia and Stridulum EPs (TMT Review). (Internationally they were combined into the full-length Stridulum II.) She rocked SXSW, appeared in NME and Vogue, and was asked by designer Angelos Frentzos to perform during Fashion Week in Milan. She toured Europe and the US, opened for Warpaint, The xx, and Fever Ray, collaborated with LA Vampires, Matrix Metals, and Prefuse 73, and performed at Primavera Club, Berlin Fest, and Pitchfork’s Offline Fest.

Judging from this tour schedule, 2011 looks to be another banner year for Ms. Danilova. You can catch her performing at the Indie-O Festival in Mexico City, and touring alongside the estimable Cult of Youth and Naked on the Vague.

Dates:

02.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Mondrian Sky Bar
03.12.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Polyforum Siqueiros [Indie-O Festival]
04.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
04.18.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
04.19.11 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk *
04.20.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
04.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
04.22.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04.23.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom * #
04.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s #
04.26.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace #
04.27.11 - Grantham, PA - Messiah College #
04.29.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon #
04.30.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
05.03.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
05.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Lounge #
05.05.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene #
05.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw #
05.07.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite #

* Cult of Youth
# Naked on the Vague

• Zola Jesus: http://zolajesus.com

Damien Jurado announces spring tour; fans of TV shows where 30-year-olds pretend to be teenagers are psyched!

Maybe it’s in the scene where the “sensitive loner guy” makes the equally “sensitive loner girl” a mix CD. Or maybe it’s the next morning, when they both wake up in bed together, still sharing the same set of iPod earbuds. Either way, Damien Jurado has provided the soundtrack to every single guilty pleasure teen drama TV show that has ever existed. So why not give the guy a pat on the back for managing to be the ultimate soundtrack to teenage tears when he hits the road this March? Jurado is also bringing Viva Voce along with him and is supporting his ninth album, Saint Bartlett (TMT Review), which was released last May on Secretly Canadian.

Dates:

03.04.11 - Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03.05.11 - Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
03.07.11 - Bend, OR – Tower Theatre
03.09.11 - San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
03.10.11 - San Diego, CA – The Loft
03.12.11 - Norman, OK – Opolis
03.13.11 - Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
03.14.11 - Little Rock, AR – Whitewater Tavern
03.16.11 - Houston, TX – The Mink backroom
03.18.11 - Austin, TX – The Tap Room
03.21.11 - Phoenix, AZ – Sail Inn
03.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
03.23.11 - Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
03.25.11 - Memphis, TN – Young Ave Deli – Fareveller Festival

• Damien Jurado: http://www.damienjurado.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com