RIP: Tim Dog

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Hip Hop mourns its first loss of 2013, with the death of BX veteran rapper Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair today from a seizure following a long bout with diabetes. He was 46 years old.

Tim is most noted for his “Fuck Compton” anthem, directed towards Dr. Dre and N.W.A.,which was possibly the catalyst of the “so-called” East Coast vs. West Coast rap rift. The song garnered several response tracks from DJ Quik, Compton’s Most Wanted, and Dr. Dre. He has appeared on projects with the likes of KRS-One and The Ultramagnetic MCs.

• Tim Dog: http://www.timdogmusic.com

Rainbow Arabia prepare new album FM Sushi, everyone hopes they washed their hands

Electro-pop pair and Eastern-culture enthusiasts Rainbow Arabia have announced a new album entitled FM Sushi. The album’s teaser trailer finds the band moving away from the “world music” leanings of their previous full-length — 2011’s Boys and Diamonds (TMT Review) — and serving up straight 80s synth with a sprinkling of techno-noir for flavor. If the Bladerunner-tinged trailer hooks you, the band’s new track, “River’s Edge,” is available to stream on SoundCloud.

Not content to simply diversify their cultural tastes, the wife and husband duo have decided to spice up their band life by including Dylan Ryan, drummer and former member of Cursive, in their fun. When FM Sushi comes out April 15 from Time No Place, we’ll see how this addition morphs their mojo.

FM Sushi tracklist:

01. River’s Edge
02. He Is Sorceror
03. Math Quiz
04. Lacking Risk
05. Thai Iced Tea
06. Three Moons
07. FM Sushi
08. Precreation
09. Moments I Had
10. Silence Me

• Rainbow Arabia: http://rainbowarabia.bandcamp.com
• Time No Place: http://timenoplace.com

Blackout Beach (Carey Mercer) announces Blues Trip record, still holds grudge against death

Back in the late days of 2011, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer, in the guise of his Blackout Beach solo project, very clearly expressed his feelings on death. Namely, Fuck Death (TMT Review). More than a year has passed, but Mercer’s feelings on the subject haven’t changed. He’s not done hating death and, as a result, he’s revisiting that 2011 album. On April 16, Soft Abuse will put out Blues Trip, a new Blackout Beach record that reinterprets the songs of Fuck Death.

While the original record was heavy on synthesizers, Mercer has taken a more traditional, “rockist” approach to Blues Trip. In doing so, he enlisted his Frog Eyes bandmate (and also wife) Melanie Campbell to play drums and former Wolf Parade member Dante DeCaro to play bass. The trio got together for a quick recording session at DeCaro’s studio, presumably only pausing to see who could make the gnarliest blues face.

Blues Trip will be a vinyl-only release available in limited quantities. Except it will also be available in digital format through the band’s Bandcamp page. So it’s limited in vinyl format, but exists in infinite quantities on the internet. In fact, nothing really dies on the internet, so chew on that for a second, Carey Mercer.

Blues Trip tracklist:

01. Hornet’s Fury into the Bandit’s Mouth
02. Deserter’s Song
03. Beautiful Burning Desire
04. Broken Braying of the Donkey’s Cry
05. Torchlights Banned
06. Cloud of Evil
07. Be Forewarned, the Night Has Come
08. Sending Postcards to a Ghost

• Blackout Beach: http://blackoutbeach.bandcamp.com
• Soft Abuse: http://www.softabuse.com

Wolf Eyes lose an eye (Mike Connelly), pop a spare back in (Jim Baljo), announce new album No Answer

It’s widely acknowledged by people who study furry things (study, not imitate) that wolves are pack animals. What’s sometimes neglected in the story, however, is what happens to the pack when a wolf independently decides to try their paw at other musical projects. Does their collective tendency for carnivorous rage result in its ultimate downfall? Are they able to resist the urge to kill and consume farm animals without that extra emotional support?

By now, you’ve realized that this isn’t nationalgeographic.com, and that I’m not actually talking about canines picking up and playing musical instruments. Human harbingers of noisy satisfaction, Wolf Eyes, have lost (now former) member Mike Connelly to other ventures and immediately replaced him with equally crazy person, guitarist Jim Baljo, per an announcement on their website.

Also of note, and perhaps unsurprising, given their preposterously-sized back catalog, is word of a new album, No Answer, set to be released at an unspecified date as a set of four 7-inch singles (via American Tapes), and eventually compiled on CD/LP (via who-knows-what label). European tourdates are also in the works, and as a final commentary on the auditory manifestation of Wolf Eyes’ slightly new composition, here’s the following: “The new era of the Wolf sound is tight simplified steady slow burning electronics/guitar/tapes/reeds unheard before in the canon of the band.” Yes.

• Wolf Eyes: http://www.wolfeyes.net
• American Tapes: http://americantapes.us

Unsound Adelaide Fest hosting Hype Williams, Tim Hecker, Raime, Actress, Demdike Stare, etc. Damn.

Australia’s Adelaide Festival is the sort of event that seems so magical, so innovative, so inspiring that it exists only in an opium dream dreamt by a unicorn who was listening to a lot of Motörhead when she dozed off in a field of fresh, spring daisies. It’s that amazing. But it’s real! Totally and gloriously real! And this year it takes place in the beautiful South Australian capital of Adelaide from March 1-17.

The Adelaide Festival encompasses all things that are good in life — from theatre, music, dance, literature, art, film, and what looks from the website to be a lobster flying off into space, toward a more promising future. But perhaps the most amazing part of all is the fest’s Unsound Adelaide event, in which only the dreamiest artists in music today melt your eardrums into a slush of love, awe, and in the case of Demdike Stare, lingering, gnawing fear.

Over the course of March 14-17 at the Queen’s Theatre, Tim Hecker, Daniel Lopatin, Hype Williams, Raime, Actress, Lustmord, Ben Frost, Robin Fox, Biosphere, MFO, Pole, and the aforementioned Demdike Stare with Zephyr Quartet and Friends will ruin your lives over how amazing three days can be and how you either a) cannot afford a ticket to Australia or b) are going and already ruing the fact that you’ll never have those days to live over again. Either way, ruination awaits! But in an awesome, mists of time slipping through your fingers/we’re all just living in a Lisa Frank unicorn’s drug dream sorta way.

• Unsound Adelaide Festival: http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2013/music/unsound_adelaide

She & Him announce third record, go on tour, cuddle pups

Evidently, New Girl is a very good show. People keep telling me this, but I just haven’t gotten around to watching it. Is it on Netflix? I think it might be. Anyway, I don’t know anything about New Girl, so here’s something I do know: She & Him are releasing their third record, Volume 3, via Merge on May 7 (or May 13 for UK/Europe). If you don’t know — and were incredibly curious about why I brought up New Girl seemingly apropos of nothing — She & Him are the folk-pop duo consisting of actress/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel (pictured above) and non-actor/singer/songwriter M. Ward (pictured above in three stages of life).

Though Deschanel has obviously been busy with New Girl, writing songs for the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie, and probably a million other things, she wasn’t too busy to write 11 of Volume 3’s 14 songs (the other three are covers). Contributing to the forthcoming record is a fairly lengthy list of collaborators, including NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, Mike Watt, Tilly and the Wall, Rilo Kiley’s Pierre de Reeder, and DeVotchka’s Tom Hagerman. Sadly, Mike Watt’s participation does not seem to involve a cover of The Minutemen’s “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing.” Missed opportunity, truly.

Shortly after the record’s release, She & Him will head out into the wilds of America for a month-long tour. Providing support on a pair of dates will be the duo of Emmylou Harris & Rodney Cowell, while Camera Obscura will open much of the tour’s second half. Now I guess I should get to watching New Girl.

Volume 3 tracklist:

01. I’ve Got Your Number, Son
02. Never Wanted Your Love
03. Baby
04. I Could’ve Been Your Girl
05. Turn to White
06. Somebody Sweet to Talk To
07. Something’s Haunting You
08. Together
09. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
10. Snow Queen
11. Sunday Girl
12. London
13. Shadow of Love
14. Reprise (I Could’ve Been Your Girl)

She & Him dates:

06.13.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
06.15.13 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
06.16.13 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
06.18.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater
06.19.13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
06.21.13 - San Diego, CA - SDU Open Air Theatre
06.22.13 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre *
06.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
06.25.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Gardens
06.27.13 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Stir Cove
06.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #
07.01.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium #
07.03.13 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Festival (Symphony Hall) #
07.04.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Festival #
07.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage #
07.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts #
07.10.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion #
07.11.13 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap #

* Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
# Camera Obscura

• She & Him: http://www.sheandhim.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com