RIP: Luis Alberto Spinetta of Argentine rock group Almendra

RIP: Luis Alberto Spinetta of Argentine rock group Almendra

From BBC News:

Argentine rock star Luis Alberto Spinetta has died in Buenos Aires aged 62, after suffering lung cancer.

The songwriter and guitarist was considered a pioneer of Argentine rock music, and his songs often touched on social themes.

Fellow musicians hailed Spinetta, nicknamed El Flaco or Skinny, as “one of the greatest poets of Argentine music”.

He died at home surrounded by his four children.

Fans and fellow musicians, including Argentina’s Charly Garcia and Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez, posted tributes to Spinetta on social media websites.

The Argentine culture ministry, in a statement on its website, described him as “an exquisite poet” and a “complete autodidact in his musical training, deep reader of poetry and philosophy, jazz lover”.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain gettin’ the old gang together to play select dates in the US of A

Just think: they could’ve been called The Poppy Seeds. Or even worse (much worse): Death of Joey. You could be on the phone right now, in a Parallel Shitty Universe, telling your best friend, “Guess what, dude???? I just got tickets to the Death of Joey reunion!!!!” And then your friend would be like, “Oh, the little known movie The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue? Yeah, that didn’t get very good reviews and I had no idea what it was till I Googled it. Also it has a stupid name, although the concept sounds kind of cool.” Or more likely, “What the hell is that? Are you hanging out at suburban sports bars, dude? WTF.” But fortunately, at some magical point in the early 1980s, the band decided to go with The Jesus and Mary Chain. So now, if you’re one of the lucky few in Denton, New Orleans, Houston, or the greatest town ever SXSW, er… I mean… Austin, you can say “I am going to see The Jesus and Mary Chain reunion tour, good friend! Judge not!” And you can say it with pride. Because The Jesus and Mary Chain have just announced their first US dates since a faraway time known as 2008.

This 2012 incarnation of the brothers Reid includes guitarist and old school JAMC member John Moore, bassist Phil King and an as-yet-unnamed drummer. Who could it be???? So much mystery. What’s not a mystery is how bitchin’ the addition of Moore and King to this lineup is. After all, Moore is a noted saw player (seriously, he played the saw on an Art Brut track or two), a founding member of Black Box Recorder, and a dude “at the forefront of the revival of interest in Absinthe,” according to the wormwood heads over at Wikipedia.* King has also put in his time with JAMC, back in the 90s. He’s best known for playing with Lush and currently works as a picture researcher for Uncut Magazine. King is known to be at the forefront of a revival of interest in awesomeness.

* I someday hope to have a Wikipedia page where someone describes me as being “at the forefront of the revival of interest in Quaaludes.”


03.11.11 - Denton, TX - 35 Denton Festival
03.12.11 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
03.13.11 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.14-18.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW

• The Jesus and Mary Chain:

Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000 team up on new track to celebrate their pure altruistic love for Converse

Today when I was at Kinko’s, I saw an Elvis impersonator! I thought that was weird, but in a world where Gorillaz exist to constantly team up with bigger and bizarr-er artists to make mind-blowing, ultra-cosmic creations, Elvis leaning on a copier ain’t shit. Damon Albarn is all, “Yeah, I see your Elvis. Whatever. I’m gonna rap all over him. FOR TWELVE DIRTY MINUTES.” Okay, so maybe he’s not rapping all 12 minutes, but this new track’s got a two-verse rap by the Blurry one, and it’ll come in a 12-minute-long IN YOUR FACE explicit version. And who else is on this track that makes it so special, you might ask? Well, there’s James Murphy for one. And then there’s a man I like to call Rap Elvis: Andre 3000.

So what brought this loveable trio of musical scamps together? Advertising. Er, more specifically, their combined loooove for the Converse brand. After all, these guys are just the latest in a series of artistic types to join forces for the “Three Artists. One Song” project. And what a song it shall be! “DoYaThing,” as it has been christened, will be available through the Converse website come February 23 in the non-dirrrrty, non-super-long version. Gorillaz’s Jamie Hewlitt has reportedly created a music video featuring “a baboon in a martial arts outfit and a masked topless bloke” for that extra “WTF” factor. According to the good people at Consequence of Sound, the band is also working with Converse to create their own cartoon band shoe line.

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• Converse:

Battles announce Dross Glop 2: Even Drossier 2 the Street: the Legend of Curly’s Gold remix 12-inch

Last year, the robots in Battles put out Gloss Drop (TMT Review), their long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s Mirrored (TMT Review). Some loved it, some didn’t think it lived up to its predecessor, enthusiasts of chewed-up gum were enthralled. Everyone agreed that it certainly had more Yamantaka Eye than all of Battles’s previous releases. Actually, it might have had more Yamantaka Eye than any other record last year. Now, I have done absolutely no research besides trying to remember if he was on that Beastie Boys album (pretty sure he wasn’t), but I think it’s fair to declare Gloss Drop the Yamantaka Eye-iest record of 2011.

With that title securely in place, Battles are due a victory lap. That victory lap is a four-part series of 12-inch remixes by the name of Dross Glop. DO YOU GET IT??? Dross Glop 1 is already out through Warp and contains remixes by the likes of Gui Boratto and The Field. But that’s not news! Things that are already out are history! The real news is that Dross Glop 2 comes out February 21 in the US and February 20 in places that are not the US. This time around, the remixing is in the hands of The Alchemist, Shabazz Palaces, and Kode9; listen to the Shabazz Palaces remix below. Now, the wait begins for Dross Glop 3, featuring remixes by Yamantaka Eye, Yamantaka Eye, Yamantaka Eye, and, actually, I have no idea who is going to be on the next one.

Dross Glop 2 tracklist:

A1. Futura (The Alchemist Remix)
A2. White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
B. Africastle (Kode9 Remix)

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Lotus Plaza to release Spooky Action at a Distance on Kranky, receives belated credit towards physics degree

For all the attention that traditional shoegaze outfits like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and (less certainly) The Jesus and Mary Chain have received, the genre has remained disappointingly shallow for at least the past 15 years. And yet, if there’s a fine line between shoegaze and dream pop, Lotus Plaza — a.k.a. Lockett Pundt a.k.a. guitarist for Deerhunter — certainly straddled it with the simultaneously hypnotic and foot-tappingly worthwhile album The Floodlight Collective (TMT Review), released back in March 2009. To be sure, a full-blown resurgence of the genre seems unlikely, considering kids these days are generally preoccupied with unambiguous positivity, gangsta-ness, or music suitable for da club, but Mr. Pundt appears keen on maintaining his style regardless. Case in point: on April 2, Pundt will release his second LP as Lotus Plaza, Spooky Action at a Distance, courtesy of Kranky.

I personally wouldn’t expect a drastic change in style from his previous album, but who can say for sure? Those shoegazers are an emotional bunch. Check out the tracklist, as well as Lotus Plaza’s upcoming tourdates, below.

Spooky Action at a Distance tracklisting:

01. Untitled
02. Strangers
03. Out of Touch
04. Dusty Rhodes
05. White Galactic One
06. Monoliths
07. Jet Out of the Tundra
08. Eveningness
09. Remember Our Days
10. Black Buzz


03.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 $
04.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
04.14.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Yellow Barn ^
04.15.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison ^
04.16.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo ^
04.17.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt ^*
04.18.12 - Albany, NY - Valentine’s ^*
04.19.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery ^
04.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s ^
04.21.12 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade ^
04.22.12 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light ^
04.24.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.25.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree ^
04.27.12 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
04.28.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada ^
04.29.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe ^
04.30.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Center for the Arts
05.01.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
05.02.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.04.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.05.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
05.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
05.07.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
05.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
05.12.12 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
05.13.12 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
05.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
05.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks

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Toro y Moi jumps in his WABAC machine, plans archival 7-inch box release

Young Chad Bundick and his associates in Toro y Moi flipped more than a few wigs with last February’s stellar Underneath the Pine (TMT Review) on Carpark. The groovy sophomore outing bested the band’s solid debut LP and showcased both Bundick’s vastly improved songwriting abilities and knack for arrangements, and dredged the group up from the dingy chillwave basement and into the sunny living room of psychedelic pop.

They also released a damn good EP this past September, Freaking Out (TMT Review), and recently decided it’s time to plunder the vaults and reissue some of Bundick’s earliest material. Entitled June 2009, the new box of early 7-inch material was once available as a tour-only CD-R but will now be handsomely re-packaged as 10 songs spread across five snazzy records, all ready to order April 24. Toro y Moi are also set to be featured in the upcoming infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as a “featured artist” to watch. The band will join 16 other “featured artists” in both the magazine (Toro y Moi is one of six other bands with a prominent feature story in the magazine) as well as performing at the appropriately titled “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Beauties & Beats” two-day event in Las Vegas where they’ll be joined by other “featured artists” A-Trak, Black Lips, Delta Spirit, Maluca, White Denim and more.

June 2009 tracklist:

1-A. Best Around
1-B. Take The L To Leave
2-A. Girl Problems
2-B. Dead Pontoon
3-A. Ektelon
3-B. Drive South
4-A. Sad Sams
4-B. Talamak (First Version)
5-A. Warm Frames
5-B. New Loved Ones

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