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

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

RIP: Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer

From Spinner:

Highly regarded Czech violinist and composer Josef Suk died Wednesday, July 6, after battling an undisclosed illness, Reuters reports. He was 81.

Suk was born in Prague in 1929 and is the great-grandson of famous composer Antonin Dvorak. The violinist founded the Suk Trio in 1951 and the Suk Chamber Orchestra in ‘74.

“He was the best interpreter of Dvorak’s violin concert and his chamber compositions .. .and he also won acclaim for his Mozart and Beethoven creations,” Prague Spring’s Antonin Matzner told Reuters. “His tone was distinctive among all violinists around the world and he maintained it into old age.”

• Josef Suk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Suk_(composer)

Steve Reich readies new album WTC 9/11, takes off hat to reveal second hat underneath

Steve Reich is 74 years old, man. He’s seen some shit, heard some shit, lived through some wars, won some Grammy awards and Polar Prizes, and even earned himself a little trifle of a thing called the Pulitzer Prize for Music. So what if the kids are coming up from behind with their free downloads and interactive 3D webstreams and albums-as-iPad-apps and name-your-price fish n’ chips wrapped in limited-edition newspapers and whatever the hell else? Reich is gonna do what he always does, dammit: gather some stellar ensembles and put out an album’s worth of his recent compositions on Nonesuch. Suck it, Björk.

WTC 9/11 is the title of the newest collection from the experimental composer and minimalist (chillwaver) who brought us such washed-out classics as It’s Gonna Rain, Different Trains, Piano Phase, and Double Sextet. The new album’s title track (“WTC 9/11”) was commissioned for and recorded by the world’s resident group of chamber-music-badasses, the Kronos Quartet, and uses live instrumentation and tape to present a reflection on the meanings of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City from the perspective of 10 years later. The 15-minute piece first premiered this past March at Duke University and was co-commissioned by Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Duke University, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Damn, that’s a badass list of backers.

In true punk rock fashion, the album will also include a couple of scrappy, off-the-cuff B-sides, including the 2009 piece Mallet Quartet performed by So Percussion and 2002’s Dance Patterns, performed by members of Steve Reich and Musicians. When asked if any of the tracks would possibly be available for streaming on Bandcamp, Reich simply shook his head, gave his baseball cap a quick tug, and disappeared into the ether while strains of Electric Counterpoint rang out, seeming to emanate from both everywhere and nowhere at all.

• Steve Reich: http://www.stevereich.com
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

  

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