Sleep rise like the world’s most lethargic behemoth to announce North American tour

Sleep rise like the world's most lethargic behemoth to announce North American tour

San Jose’s Sleep are widely considered to be the emperors of the stoner rock genre. While I, being no expert on stoner rock, cannot really debate this claim, let’s consider the evidence. Exhibit A: they released a highly-regarded album entitled Dopesmoker. Exhibit B: they released a highly-regarded album entitled Dopesmoker. If Sleep aren’t the world’s greatest stoner rock band, they certainly play the part. Any challengers to the throne can throw down the gauntlet during the group’s brief upcoming North American tour. Come forward, ye lurching juggernauts.

You’ll only have a few chances to meet eye-to-eye with Sleep, though. Their upcoming tour basically meets only the minimum requirements of the word “tour,” as it consists of a mere three dates. Most interesting of the three may be the group’s date at Calgary’s Sled Island Festival, where the bill features acts like The Buzzcocks, Blonde Redhead, and The Dandy Warhols. If you’re reading this, single human being who makes up the venn diagram overlap between “Sleep fans” and “Dandy Warhols fans,” then this story is for you.

Once Sleep have finished off this trio of dates, you may not get another chance to see them for a while. The band doesn’t tour particularly often, having done only a relatively short North American tour since reuniting in 2009 (albeit, still way longer than this upcoming one) and two ATP Festival appearances. But, hey, their members are busy being in High on Fire and OM. You really can’t blame them too much.

Sleep dates:

06.22.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.24.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
06.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

• Sleep:

Want a new record from Sleepingdog? Well, if you ever do, they have one coming out!

Ignoring a common idiom, Chantal Acda and Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie will not let Sleepingdog lie and instead have announced that, after three years, they will return to their Sleepingdog project and will both release a new album and head out on a tour of Europe.

The album, titled With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields, will see release through Gizeh Records on April 25. The album — the third for the group — is “press-released” as being “the sound of glacial moving, dark cough syrup pop music… some beautifully crafted melancholic orchestration that reminds us all that we exist in a world of strangers, drifting only two feet apart.” Or closer, if you’re Kid Midnight. The new album will be available on CD, digital download, and LP (with the first 500 records appearing on limited clear vinyl).

Sleepingdog have also been picked as Low’s opening band on select dates of the band’s tour of Western Europe, after which they’ll surely disappear to avoid public scrutiny for another handful of years before releasing any new music.

With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields tracklist:

01. Untitled Ballad of You and Me
02. It Leaves Us Silent
03. Polish Love Song
04. Kitten Plays the Harmony Rocket
05. He Loved to See the World Through His Camera
06. From where It Was
07. Horse Lullaby
08. Scary Movie


05.16.11 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.17.11 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
05.18.11 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage
05.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
05.20.11 - Bristol, UK- Trinity
05.21.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Nuits de Botanique
05.23.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.24.11 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Catharina Church

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• Gizeh:

The Sea and Cake, adorable as ever, announce cute lil’ mini-album The Moonlight Butterfly

Is there no Chicago indie rock institution more adorable than The Sea and Cake? No, there is none. Nothing’s more cuddly and wonderful than The Sea and Cake’s sweet, smooth melodies. That buttery Sam Prekop voice could melt even the coldest robot’s heart (because robots have hearts and they are cold). Sadly, though, their hearts haven’t been thawed since 2008, when The Sea and Cake put out Car Alarm (TMT Review). But fear not! The Sea and Cake are ending their drought with The Moonlight Butterfly, their ninth album, out on May 10.

That said, if The Sea and Cake are ending their drought, they’re ending it with more of a sprinkle than a flood — turns out The Moonlight Butterfly is technically an adorable little mini-album, boasting six songs in roughly 33 minutes. D’aww! Evidently, the group is using this release as a chance to break free from the typical Sea and Cake game plan, finding them “exploring new textures, extended structures, and different instrumentation.” Somehow, I doubt it’ll be the same degree of left-turn as Prekop’s Old Punch Card (TMT Review) solo record from last year, but, still, good to see The Sea and Cake messing with their own formula. What a lovable bunch.

While the band have been laying low the last few years, the release of Butterfly seemingly marks the beginning of a high-productivity period for The Sea and Cake. At the moment, the group is working on another new album, which they hope to have out late this year or early the next. And they shall remain adorable all the time.

The Moonlight Butterfly tracklist:

01. Covers
02. Lyric
03. The Moonlight Butterfly
04. Up on the North Shore
05. Inn Keeping
06. Monday

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• Thrill Jockey:

John Zorn hosts benefit concerts for earthquake relief, “always felt a strong personal connection to Japan”

Disasters tend to bring out the best in people, and — in terms of musicians — collaborations, compilations, and shows both interesting and inspiring (while sometimes maybe not the most cohesive works). John Zorn, for one, has stepped up to offer support to Japan by organizing an outstanding concert to benefit relief efforts in the wake of the earthquake earlier this month. On Sunday, March 27, experimental greats will gather to perform at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, from Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth to Cibo Matto and John Zorn’s own Aleph Trio. All of the proceeds go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund — and tickets are already sold out!

Don’t worry though, the Japan Society recently announced additional concerts for Japan on April 8 and 9, also organized by Zorn. The former includes performances from Thurston Moore and Norah Jones, and the latter — lasting a whopping 12 hours — features Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and Ryuichi Sakamoto! Zorn is behind a total of five anticipated concerts in NYC, all benefiting Japan 100%.

Go here for information on the concert at Miller Theatre, or here for the April dates now finalized. Finally, to really warm your heart, check out this interview with Zorn about the events over at The Awl.

Too bad you never moved to Brooklyn, huh?

Official lineup (Miller Theatre, March 27):

Sonic Youth
Yoko Ono
Mike Patton
Sean Lennon
Cibo Matto
Marc Ribot
Uri Caine
Aleph Trio
John Zorn, host

• John Zorn:
• Japan Society:

RIP: Loleatta Holloway, soul and disco singer

From Spinner:

Soul and disco singer Loleatta Holloway has died at the age of 64.

The singer passed away on Monday evening, March 21, after a brief illness, her manager Ron Richardson announced (via Spinning Soul).

Holloway’s biggest hit ‘Love Sensation’ came in 1980 and proved a major inspiration to a variety of dance acts that followed. Her vocal from the track was most notably sampled on Black Box’s 1989 UK No. 1 ‘Ride on Time’, although at the time the Italian house trio employed a French model to mime along to Holloway’s powerful vocal.


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The Wake 7-inches to be reissued by Captured Tracks, deemed too derivative of Franz Ferdinand

Hey now, Captured Tracks! It’s about damn time you hopped on that early-to-mid-80s UK post-punk gravy train. In fact, you might be a little late riding this particular reissue phenomenon to the bank. Come on, Teenage Codex Premonition got the reissue treatment, what, five years ago? I really thought that Orange Juice box was going to seal the lid on this stuff, but lo and behold, the big wigs over at CT had to squeeze their bit in. Yeah, well, whateva… hats off to ‘em anyway, cause word around town is that The Wake were one hell of a killer band in their time, being on Factory Records and such.

On April 16, in collaboration with this year’s Record Store Day, Captured Tracks will be re-releasing two super-scarce 7-inches from the Glasgow folks — the first being pre-Factory days On Our Honeymoon, which the band originally produced through Scan Records way back when (1982). The second is Crush the Flowers — the band’s first release for the now-defunct Sarah Records. Hold your britches, now, because not only is the label releasing these two oft-forgotten classics but they’re also throwing out a third 7-inch with two Captured Tracks artists doing their own fancy renditions of The Wake songs. Beach Fossils will take on “Plastic Flowers,” and Wild Nothing will do an updated “Gruesome Castle.” Captured Tracks has also let us know that if you purchase the 3x7-inch bundle from their web store, you get an über-trendy The Wake button. Hell, Walmart can’t even compete with the deals they’re throwing out!

Oh, and check out this fan video for The Wake track “On Our Honeymoon.” It’s cute.



On Our Honeymoon tracklist:

A. On Our Honeymoon
B. Give Up

Crush the Flowers tracklist:

A. Crush the Flowers
B. Carbrain

Gruesome Flowers: A Tribute to The Wake tracklist:

A. Beach Fossils: “Plastic Flowers”
B. Wild Nothing: “Gruesome Castle”

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