RIP: Tony Marsh, jazz drummer

RIP: Tony Marsh, jazz drummer

From The Wire:

Jazz drummer Tony Marsh died from cancer [on Monday], on 9 April.

Marsh had been performing until very recently, including a two night residency at London’s Cafe Oto with Roscoe Mitchell and John Edwards on 9 and 10 March. In the coming months he was due to play with Mark Sanders at Freedom Of The City in May, and with John Edwards at Evan Parker’s free improvisation residency at The Vortex…

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[Photo: Andy Newcombe]

David Bowie celebrates life on Mars with 40th anniversary edition of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Yes, I know, “Life on Mars” was on Hunky Dory, you don’t have to tell me. I’m a lifelong Bowie fan, and I’m currently training for a marathon so that I can slim down and give myself the nickname of The Thin White Eric. However, as we all know, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is Bowie’s definitive statement on his love of Mars.

Regardless of whenever Bowie’s love for Martian society originated, the big news today is that David Bowie and EMI have announced that they will be remastering, reissuing, and reawesomizing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; the new version of the album has set its phasers to “purchase” for June 5, 2012. The deluxe new remaster will be available on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and DVD audio, with the DVD version featuring bonus tracks “Moonage Daydream (instrumental),” “The Supermen,” “Velvet Goldmine,” and “Sweet Head.”

As we all know, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is, without a doubt, the best David Bowie album. Yes, Hunky Dory and Low are incredible, unique masterpieces (and if you press me hard enough, I’ll even admit that I think “Life on Mars” is Bowie’s best song) that helped define their eras but neither of them are as important or as integral as Ziggy Stardust. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is an Essential Document and a full understanding of pop music in the Western World is impossible without it. Beyond its musical impact, Ziggy Stardust changed pop culture forever; it brought glam rock to the masses, made it cool to wear face paint, and set the stage for punk rock and all of its multiple sub-genres. It is a fully-realized, flawless vision of youth, escape, super-stardom, the often-harsh realities of life, and, of course, sparkly-eyed Martians who will inevitably blow your mind.

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Wilco announce US summer tour with and within Lee Ranaldo

Mr P: want to write up a Wilco news post?
Keith Kawaii: hah dont fuck with me
Mr P: why, you don’t like ‘em?
Keith Kawaii: jeff tweedy is a little twat
Mr P: don’t be mean!
Mr P: jk. tell me more
Keith Kawaii: hah im just recalling his TMT comments
Mr P: we deserved it though. maybe WE are the twats
Keith Kawaii: thats true
Keith Kawaii: everyone involved
Mr P: apparently wilco is touring with lee ranaldo
Keith Kawaii: im not surprised by that
Mr P:

05.10.12 - Fayetteville, AR - Arkansas Music Pavilion
05.11.12 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
05.12.12 - Jackson, MS - Thalia Mara Hall
05.14.12 - Tampa, FL - Morsani Hall
05.15.12 - Miami Beach, FL - The Jackie Gleason Theater
05.16.12 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
05.19.12 - Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheatre
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.04.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.08.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Festival
06.22.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
06.23.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre #
06.25.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden %
06.26.12 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden %
06.28.12 - Missoula, MT / Big Sky Brewery %
07.01.12 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park %
07.02.12 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Auditorium %
07.07.12 - Sioux City, IA - Saturday in the Park
07.08.12 - Geneva, IL - Fifth Third Bank Ballpark @ $
07.15.12 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.21.12 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center # &
07.27.12 - Newport, RI - Fort Adams State Park % ^
07.28.12 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang !
07.29.12 - Essex Junction, VT - Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo !
07.31.12 - North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA
08.01.12 - Hartford, CT - The Bushnell !
08.03.12 - Rochester, NY - Highland Bowl !
08.10.12 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.12 - Rees-Haldern, Germany - Haldern Festival
08.12.12 - Cornbury Park, England - Wilderness Festival
08.14.12 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
08.16.12 - St. Polten, Austria - Frequency Festival

* with Punch Brothers
# with Dr. Dog
% with Blitzen Trapper
& with Avett Brothers
^ with Megafun
@ with Andrew Bird
$ with The Congregation
! with Lee Ranaldo

Mr P: those are the dates
Mr P: you wanna go to a show with me?
Keith Kawaii: in MN?
Keith Kawaii: yeah
Mr P: cool. i’ll fly you out w/ the TMT account
Keith Kawaii: ill fly out with my childs college fund
Mr P: hey, can i post this as the news story?
Keith Kawaii: you were intending to the whole time, thats why you were being a little smartass

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[Photo: Mark Yuen]

Calgary Folk Music Festival announces lineup, bans bottled water but scraps plans to also ban smiling

Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based music preservationists, The Society For The Preservation of Folk Music, has taken to the airwaves to announce the first round of artists slated to play this year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival. The SPFM has also promised that the festival’s ban on bottled water, introduced last year, will once again be in effect, despite protests by hundreds of thirsty festival-goers.

“We just want a drink of water! We don’t understand any other way to procure water except in bottled form! Help us!” said the thirsty festival-goers with dry, dry lips and tongues. However, the SPFM turned a deaf hear and stuck to its guns, stating: “We provide free water to all partrons of the festival, as many glasses of free water as you want, and don’t understand why these people seem incapable of drinking water unless it comes from a bottle. Yes, we serve you tap water, is that so bad?”

Thirstiness aside, this year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival will feature “some of the biggest names in music,” including, but not limited to, Beirut, Jeff Mangum, Iron and Wine, Sinead O’ Connor, Rural Alberta Advantage, Junior Brown, Besh o droM, Justin Townes Earles, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Randy Newman, The Barr Brothers, and Sam Baker. The full list of performers will be released on April 26 but the CFMF promised that this year’s lineup will assuredly provide “authentic, even magical encounters that surprise the most dedicated festival aficionados, creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for both artists and audience members,” which I hope means Sinead O’ Connor vs. Randy Newman in a steel cage.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival takes place July 26-29 on Prince’s Island Park in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with tickets available now.

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Andrew W.K. announces 10th anniversary reissue of I Get Wet to a whole new generation of unimpressed Sleigh Bells fans

Since the recession hit back in 2008, times have been tough for Main Street USA entrepreneurs like Andrew W.K. First, he lost a great full time job as an Events Planner. Then, his nation-wide self-help speaking tour (entitled “You Work All Night, And When You Work You Don’t Feel Alright”) fell through. After that, his Bikini Inspector’s license got revoked, and he fell into a deep and crippling depression. “Why didn’t I listen to my parents in college?” he lamented. “They wanted me to go into something stable, like investment banking, but NOOOOOO; I had to do something stupid like double-major in Partyology and Fight Science!” But then… just when things looked their bleakest, an epiphany came to him in a dream he was having while passed out after losing a fight to someone at a party who didn’t think Partyology was a real thing: in order to succeed, you’ve got to do what you like, and like what you do! Eureka!

So I’m now happy to report that the man is back in the business of partying, fighting, and singing about both of those things, and he’s never felt better or bloodier. Since March, he’s been touring for the 10 year anniversary of his giant testosterone sack of a debut, I Get Wet, playing the record from front to back. And now that the tour is almost over, he’s taken a little time out from spitting water all over himself to announce (via Pitchfork) that he’s also releasing a “commemorative reissue” in celebration of 10 years of getting wet without catching pneumonia. The reissue, which is being handled by Century Media and will see release on July 17, will contain the original full-length album as well as a second giant slab of “previously unheard recordings, demos, live tracks, and alternate mixes.” Oh, and a limited number will also include Andrew’s autograph and a little special something “private” from his collection? You know, ticket stubs, postcards, bloody Kleenex, dead Gigapets, locks of hair, locks of other things, bags of “contingency urine,” dodo eggs, whatever’s lying around. It’s all good, really.

In the meantime, unlike everyone else, I refuse to embed the “Party Hard” video at the end of this story. Instead, here’s a three-hour lecture on the theory of special relativity.

Remaining UK I Get Wet shows:

04.12.12 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
04.13.12 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
04.14.12 - Glasgow, UK - Garage

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Gauntlet Hair tour, release live performance video to get you all frisky

Fresh off the early spring festival circuit (SXSW, Snowball), everyone’s favorite follicly-inclined band is preparing for a tour! Preparations include hours at the warrior’s salon, intensive strand-to-strand combat training, and a final application of extra-hold spray for that sought-after helmet shape and texture. They will be ready; the question is: will you?

For those of you who can’t wait until late next month to see Gauntlet Hair in action, the band have just released a live performance video produced by the Portland, Oregon based production studio Into The Woods. The video finds Gauntlet Hair in Portland’s premiere Thunderdome-esque space — under an overpass. While the video focuses on the band performing the track “Lights Out,” the real drama took place off camera. The location was selected after an approved location fell through, the cops showed up, and the team behind the project was left with only a half hour to complete the shoot. The countdown started ticking and it was a real test against the clock. Gauntlet Hair, ever ready for a tense battle, rose to the occasion and played their tune like pros. Check it out here, and then go see them battle is out next month.


04.22.12 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
04.23.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
04.26.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.27.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Jr.
04.28.12 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording &
04.29.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.30.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
05.03.12 - Portland, OR - Rotture %#
05.04.12 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown $#
05.05.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf w/ Dana Buoy
05.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza (Neumos Jr.) $#
05.08.12 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp #
05.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
05.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite #
05.13.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #

* Tezeo
& Pictureplane
% Yukon Blonde
# Dana Buoy
$ IG88

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