RIP: Michael “Würzel” Burston of Motörhead

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From The Guardian:

Few fans of the English heavy metal band Motörhead would recognise the name Michael Burston, but if presented with his stage name, Würzel, the majority would respond with unequivocal enthusiasm. The guitarist, who has died aged 61 after suffering from heart disease, came closer than any of the group’s many members to being the face of the band, with the exception of Motörhead’s founder, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Much of Burston’s enduring popularity came from his unaffected good nature, his reluctance to avoid playing the role of the rock star and his expert musicianship.

• Motörhead: http://www.imotorhead.com

Girls announce tourdates and new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost for September but leave the Virgin Mary feeling left out yet again

San Francisco-based band Girls, who got everyone in the music world to love them after releasing their first album (2009’s Album [TMT Review]), have announced that they will be releasing their second album on September 13, with a whole bunch of tourdates surrounding the record release. The new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, while definitely a second attempt by the band to be universally loved, has left one person feeling left out: The Virgin Mary.

“It just sucks, you know, never being a part of The Holy Trinity,” said Mary in a recent interview. “I can deal with the fact that nobody but Catholics pay much attention to me but it really hurts when your friends leave you behind.”

The Virgin Mary, who has become a huge spiritual icon and gossip-magazine favorite, gained newfound popularity when she helped the boys in Girls to form a band, but despite being one of the many “girls” to inspire the band’s name, she’s not dealing well with her former friends’ new fame. “I taught them enerything they know, I’m the girl in Girls and it just disappoints me to see more men leave their mothers behind and start paying all their attention to God and Jesus.”

The new album will be released through True Panther Sounds and is hyped as being: “A truly beautiful record and the perfect amalgamation of a band’s past and present while most importantly leaving us all excited and hungry for their future,” but to those in the know, it’s the sound of a band becoming their own, leaving their past comforts behind, and stepping into a world of the unknown.

Father, Son, Holy Ghost tracklist:

01. Honey Bunny
02. Alex
03. Die
04. Saying I Love You
05. My Ma
06. Vomit
07. Just A Song
08. Magic
09. Forgiveness
10. Love Like a River
11. Jamie Marie

Dates:

09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.15.11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
09.16.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.17.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.19.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.22-23.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.24.11 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
09.25.11 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal Festival
09.27.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club Theatre
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.30.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave Nightclub
10.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
10.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10.06.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.08-09.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

• Girls: http://www.facebook/girlssf
• True Panther Sounds: http://www.truepanther.com

RIP: Michael “Würzel” Burston of Motörhead

From The Guardian:

Few fans of the English heavy metal band Motörhead would recognise the name Michael Burston, but if presented with his stage name, Würzel, the majority would respond with unequivocal enthusiasm. The guitarist, who has died aged 61 after suffering from heart disease, came closer than any of the group’s many members to being the face of the band, with the exception of Motörhead’s founder, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Much of Burston’s enduring popularity came from his unaffected good nature, his reluctance to avoid playing the role of the rock star and his expert musicianship.

• Motörhead: http://www.imotorhead.com

Isaac Brock realized he wasn’t doing anything this summer, agreed to compose score for film Queens of Country

Attention movie-goers, music-lovers, and Party Down fans: Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock has announced that he will provide the music (an original score) for Queens of Comedy, a forthcoming feature film that is neither related to Queens of Comedy nor (mercifully) a biopic on Dolly Parton.

Last year, Brock contributed music as Ugly Casanova to 180˚ South, the Kon-Tiki-like action/adventure film in which a man travels to Patagonia in homage to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. If you didn’t see that one in the theater, you may have a better chance of watching Queens of Country on the big screen (albeit still in an independent one). It’s co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, who previously worked together on the Maynard-loves-drinking film Blood into Wine and The Heart Is a Drum Machine (Page also produced the documentary Moog).

The story sounds like a mixture between Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and every music fan’s dream at age 15: a girl, who happens to have an insane passion for country music, finds an iPod, decides that the owner is her one true love, and sets out on an epic quest to find him. The role of the countrified heroine (her name is Jolene, even) is played by Lizzy Caplan, everybody’s cute-and-sassy crush from the show Party Down. Ron Livingston — ahem, Office Space — also stars, with Joe Lo Truglio and, in a quirky twist, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan.

Given the presence of Maynard and the fact that Brock is not exactly Garth Brooks, we might assume that the soundtrack will not entirely be a stylistic tribute to Johnny Cash or Wanda Jackson (who does appear in the film, according to imdb.com). Who can tell? Queens of Country isn’t slated to come out until 2012.

• Isaac Brock/Modest Mouse: http://www.modestmouse.com/photoblog

Shellac announce tour so Steve Albini can take a break from being better than you

Steve Albini, the world’s most famous curmudgeon (if you don’t count Oscar the Grouch), has announced that he will be taking a break from “sitting around being better than everyone” so that his band, Shellac, can head out on a tour in support of their show at All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ.

Albini, who has produced more famous albums then you would ever want to shake a stick at, actually went on the same tour last year for the same reasons (support for an ATP appearence) and with the same opening act (Helen Money) but we at TMT are willing to forgive him because Songs About Fucking and 1000 Hurts are just so good.

Steve Albini Better Than You Tour:

09.26.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
09.27.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St *
09.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrows Parties
10.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
10.16.11 - Missoula, MT - Palace Lounge *
10.17.11 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective *
10.18.11 - Salt Lake City - The Urban Lounge *
10.19.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse *
10.20.11 - Los Angeles - Eagle Rock Center *
10.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center
10.22.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish *
10.23.11 - Oakland, CA - New Parish *
10.25.11 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W Hall *
10.26.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
10.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project *

* Helen Money

• Steve Albini’s food blog: http://mariobatalivoice.blogspot.com
• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

Olivia Tremor Control to play all the hits on upcoming tour: “Green Typewriters,” “Green Typewriters,” and “Green Typewriters”

We’re all excited that Olivia Tremor Control are back and working on new material. It goes without saying, because Olivia Tremor Control are very good. With that in mind, it also goes without saying that hearts are a-flutter with the prospect of an Olivia Tremor Control tour. Let your hearts begin their fluttering now: Olivia Tremor Control are going on a North American tour this fall. As exciting as this is, I’m here to remind the legendary Elephant Six band that, despite their status as a legendary Elephant Six band, this is really for the fans. I impart upon them this simple wisdom: play the hits, man.

Everybody knows what I mean by the hits. The second “Green Typewriters” track! The sixth “Green Typewriters” track! And who could forget the ninth “Green Typewriters” track! Sure, we’ll all be intrigued by the new songs, like “North Term Reality”, but there’s still that insatiable appetite for the hits. Play those, Olivia Tremor Control, and you shall be the toast of FYF Fest, the toast of ATP, and the toast of your other dozen or so dates.

Oh, and did I mention the tour is with The Music Tapes!?

Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes dates:

08.31.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
09.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
09.09.11 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
09.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
09.13.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
09.14.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
09.15.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlet Theatre
09.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
09.19.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.21.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
09.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - UPenn Rotunda
12.02-04.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival

• Olivia Tremor Control: http://www.oliviatremorcontrol.com