RIP: Slim Whitman, country singer

RIP: Slim Whitman, country singer

From the Washington Post:

Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy “Mars Attacks!,” died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.

Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law Roy Beagle said.

Whitman’s tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks — and an inspiration for countless jokes — thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records.

But he was a serious musical influence on early rock, and in the British Isles, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularizing the style there. Whitman also encouraged a teen Elvis Presley when he was the headliner on the bill and the young singer was making his professional debut.

Whitman recorded more than 65 albums and sold millions of records, including 4 million of “All My Best” that was marketed on TV.

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Astro Nautico starts Kickstarter to help finance future vinyl releases

Astro Nautico has been releasing totally free electronic music via the internet since 2009. I could go into the Brooklyn-based label’s storied history of finding and releasing music by obscure artists — many of whom we cover in the Chocolate Grinder section, such as WARM THIGHS, Time Wharp, Kuhn, aaronmaxwell, and Obey City — but I think the embedded video below does a much better job of conveying their story than I ever could, especially if you enjoy choice VHS gems and white boys with body hair.

If you made it through all 16 minutes of that, you’ll know that the time has come for Astro Nautico to move beyond the digital format their releases have up until now embodied. Vinyl is the next frontier, and they need your help to properly explore this exciting new horizon. Hence a Kickstarter campaign!

Yes, for just pennies a day, you can help Astro Nautico make their dream of vinyl come true. The first release will be an EP by Chits, which for the low, low donation amount of $75 (or more) can be yours FREE! Donations over $5 are accepted, and most donations over $10 come with access to some unreleased tracks and some Astro Nautico swag. As of the writing of this story, the campaign, which opened last Friday and closes on Bastille Day, has raised nearly $3,000 of its $7,000 goal. Why not check your balance and then make a donation today? The music they release is sweet, and in terms of effort put forth in setting up a Kickstarter page, this one leaves an impression.

• Astro Nautico:

Sarah Lipstate (a.k.a. Noveller) will provide a live score for Radiolab’s tour, and that’s almost too much cool for me to handle

Sometimes I don’t want to listen to music, so I listen to stories instead. Not audiobooks, because I hate hearing someone else recite something I know I could just be reading myself. When I don’t want to listen to music, I listen to podcasts, and I really like Radiolab, because they tell weird stories that blend science and philosophy in ways that sometimes completely blow my mind.

I know some people who won’t even look at pictures of the people who host their favorite podcasts, because they don’t want to ruin whatever images they’ve dreamed up while listening. However, if you can handle seeing Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich in real life, then the Radiolab live tour might be up your alley. They’ve got a show called Apocalyptical that they’ll be taking on the road this fall, and it’ll include stories about all varieties of endings.

And, as if this shindig wasn’t rad already, guitarist/composer Sarah Lipstate (a.k.a. Noveller) will be providing the show’s score. We quite liked Noveller’s most recent LP, Glacial Glow, and her cerebral guitar work should be a perfect soundtrack for Radiolab’s stories. Wander over here for tickets.


10.03.13 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
10.04.13 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
10.05.13 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
10.07.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
10.08.13 - Detroit, MI - Music Hall
10.11.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
10.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
10.21.13 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall - TPAC
10.22.13 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy PAC
10.24.13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10.26.13 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
10.28.13 - Hartford, CT - Mortensen Hall - Bushnell Center
11.01.13 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
11.04.13 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11.05.13 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
11.06.13 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall
11.12.13 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
11.13.13 - Cupertino, CA - Flint Center for the Performing Arts
11.14-15.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theatre
11.19.13 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
11.21-22.13 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

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• Radiolab:

AMDISCS announces Soft Frequency Vol. II, featuring Veracom, Neuport, Marvin Cruz Productions™

With a force equal to that of a sonic boom raining down from the heavens, the omnipotent and omniscient Mr P provided a nice overview of the Prague-based ∜♡MDISCS: Futures Reserve Label (a.k.a. AMDISCS) about two months ago, just prior to the first Soft Frequency — a live, high-definition audio/visual streaming event showcasing the label’s penchant for avoiding news article pigeonholing. The label’s nigh-unrivaled prolificacy is an obstacle here, but at the risk of doing our readers a disservice, here’s a few not-inappropriate buzzwords: nostalgia… inducing. Dance… promoting. Neon swish pants… compel-you-to-wearing. The news unfortunately arrived to me post-event, but I can only assume that Soft Frequency Vol. I was pulled off without a digital hitch, as Vol. II has just been scheduled to traverse the Internet tubes on Sunday, June 30 (RSVP here).

The artists involved? Neuport, Veracom, and Marvin Cruz Productions™, with visuals by Daniel Swan, Ryan Hroch, and Terrell Davis, respectively. Aspirations of interstellar travel seem almost superfluous here; browse the artist websites with their music as a soundtrack, and it’s clear you’ve entered some sort of alternate universe, where the past is the future, and the images that would otherwise seem tacky now, well… still seem slightly tacky, but within the context of the universe, are totally cool. Blasting off…



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Franz Ferdinand announce funky-fresh tour of funky-smelling North America

Dude, I had this awesome lucid dream dream last night where I had written this incredible news piece about UK amaze-balls, shock-rockin’, shot-callers Franz “Fucking” Ferdinand and their forthcoming album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. It told readers everything they could possibly want to know about the new record and all of its sensationally hyperbolic circumstances and all that shit in a succinct, easy to reference, and above-all affable style. It was like all that stuff they put in the freakin’ Voyager space probe. Only even more solid gold! ;) Get it?

Oh yeah, but so then (and this really is the best part), when the band subsequently announced a sizable tour of North America for this coming October coinciding with the release of the album, ALL I HAD TO DO WAS HYPERLINK BACK TO MY OLD STORY and post a few measly tour dates! And Bam! Just like that, I was done for the day and free to go back to talking about our favorite snack foods on the TMT forum (everyone seems to love and dearly miss Dunkaroos, by the way).

Franz Ferdinand tour dates:

10.04.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.05.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.08.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
10.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
10.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.15.13 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
10.16.13 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
10.17.13 - North Bethesda, MD - Music Center at Strathmore
10.19.13 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
10.20.13 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.22.13 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.23.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus

• Franz Ferdinand:
• Domino:

Dirty Beaches announces a tour and support for antiquated technology with cassette release

From our brohams at the ‘Fork, Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known as Dirty Beaches, is hitting the road and touring North America this fall in support of his excellent new double album Drifters/Love Is the Devil (TMT Review).

In addition to getting a chance to see Dirty Beaches live, the tour will feature an exclusive, limited edition of Drifters/Love Is the Devil. This unreleased version of the album is on cassette (ew, weird) so hopefully you can find your old Walkman in that box of your old stuff in your parents’ attic. It’s probably under the stack of completed Mad Libs, elementary school yearbooks, and your t-ball trophies. I swear I saw it there the other day when I was rifling through some of your stuff. You should really go double check, though.

Aside from two shows this month in New York, the tour kicks off in Montreal and runs through September. The tour features a handful of different bands joining Dirty Beaches on the bill so I get to have some fun and use a whole bunch of symbols. Hooray! Anyway, here are the dates:

06.26.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *#
06.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *^@%
09.04.13 - Montreal, QC - Societe des Arts Technologiques
09.05.13 - Boston, MA - Church of Boston $
09.08.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel $
09.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
09.13.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison $
09.14.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird $
09.15.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree $
09.17.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk $
09.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room $
09.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo $&
09.21.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void $&
09.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill $&
09.24.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $&
09.25.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza $&
09.26.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret $&

* Heathered Pearls
# X-Ray Eyeballs
^ Porcelain Raft
@ Andy Boay
$ Sisu
& Chasms
% Eola

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