The Smashing Pumpkins set June release date for album-within-an-album-within-a-decade-long-joke Oceania

The Smashing Pumpkins set June release date for album-within-an-album-within-a-decade-long-joke Oceania

Billy Corgan: Thanks again for an amazing night out, Guy Fieri. Chicago is my hometown but I feel like tonight you showed me what the city’s been keeping under wraps all these years. And I don’t say that just because you treated us to wraps!

Mancow Muller: Hahaha, Billy. I knew I should have booked you at Q101’s Twisted 6 concert in 1999 instead of Fiona Apple. It was the perfect lineup of Blink-182, Bush, Moby, Filter, Foo Fighters, and The Chemical Brothers… too bad that bitch wouldn’t even suck my dick backstage. What a WOT (waste of tail). Like you said at SXSW this year, Billy, you were part of a generation that changed the world, and then it got taken over by posers.

Guy Fieri: That’s partly why I took you out on the town tonight, Billy. When you’re as successful as all three of us are, it’s hard to find a place to speak freely without fag journalists taking what we say to some fag extreme. Our buddy Mancow learned the hard way when the (fag) press got on him for saying waterboarding was no big deal and then acted faggy when he pretended to endure it! So Billy, you’re among your friends and your peers, all of us completely hetero-straight. Can I ask you about the status of Oceania, the full-length album that is itself a part of the ongoing song cycle Teargarden by Kaleidyscope?

Billy Corgan: You know Guy, normally I’d say “get a job” and direct you to a preorder page, but for people who just “get me” like you — the official spokeschef of T.G.I. Friday’s — and you — an unemployed conservative shock jock — I’ll let you in on some exciting developments. EMI and I have reached a great new partnership that allows me to release Oceania — true, Guy, only 13 pieces of my full 44-song Teargarden opus — through EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution on June 19. It’s a rousing hour-long journey into the darkest parts of my psyche and I ask all my fans to listen to it in one sitting on proper stereo equipment.

Mancow Muller: You’re a legend, Billy, and you’re crazy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You would have brought the whole Rosemont Horizon down back in 1999. Well, it’s time to get our fuck on, fellas. Let’s roll.

Guy Fieri: Roger that, Colonel Cootch.

Oceania tracklisting:

01. Quasar/Stella Polaris and the People Mover
02. Panopticon
03. The Celestials
04. Violet Rays
05. My Love Is Winter
06. One Diamond, One Heart
07. Pinwheels
08. Oceania
09. Pale Horse
10. The Chimera
11. Glissandra
12. Inkless
13. Wildflower

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• EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution:

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Neneh Cherry teams with free jazz group The Thing for a covers album (MF DOOM, Suicide, Don Cherry, The Stooges, etc.)

Okay. Remember rapper/singer Neneh Cherry? Like 20+ years ago she had that hit song “Buffalo Stance.” It went like, “Who’s that gigolo, something, something, who’s looking good today, looking good in every way…” And then she’d call you a sucka while the DJ did some scratchin’ — okay, nevermind.

Anyway, she’s making a comeback, though an unlikely one. Cherry is teaming up with Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing to record a new LP entitled The Cherry Thing, due out on June 19 through Smalltown Supersound. The record will consist mostly of covers with songs originally by groups like Madvillain, The Stooges, Suicide, Martina Topley-Bird, Ornette Coleman, and Nene Cherry’s own jazz legend father, Don Cherry. Needless to say, the result is pretty fucking weird.

The Cherry Thing Tracklist:

01. Cashback (Neneh Cherry)

02. Dream Baby Dream (Suicide)

03. Too Tough to Die (Martina Topley-Bird)

04. Sudden Movement (Mats Gustafsson)

05. Accordion (Madvillain)

06. Golden Heart (Don Cherry)

07. Dirt (The Stooges)

08. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)

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Oneohtrix Point Never announces a handful of North American dates, starts looping shit for no apparent reason

Daniel Lopatin, known to his mom as Oneohtrix Point Never and regarded by many sportscasters as the next Ricky Rubio, has just announced a non-extensive/-comprehensive/-binding tour of North America. News of the tour comes after Lopatin was recently delivered the crushing news that Beck, or at least the “office of Beck,” didn’t dig his remix of Philip Glass. The remix was originally recorded for inclusion on the Beck-produced Glass remix album (due June 26, but who gives a shit now?) until Lopatin drove into the lane, lobbed the ball up, and got REJECTED. Sorta like Rubio on a bad day.

If you’re planning to release your own Glass remix album, you should check out Lopatin’s remix before finalizing the tracklist (at around the 30-minute mark):

But oh well. At least Replica is still a nice epistemological break.


04.06.12 - Boston, MA - Middle East
04.10.12 - Seattle, WA - University of Washington
04.11.12 - Vancouver, BC - W2
05.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival

• Oneohtrix Point Never:
• Minnesota Timberwolves:

Faun Fables narrowly escape gnome attack, announce spring tourdates despite exhaustion

Freaky folksters Faun Fables were pretty bummed when their trusty Mini-Winnie kicked the bucket at the beginning of their Light of a Vaster Dark tour. Want to know what I think actually happened? Gnomes. And elves. Hijacked the RV and drove it straight into a tree (let’s just be real, those fuckers couldn’t even see over the wheel).

Faun Fables took a quick hiatus after Light of a Vaster Dark (TMT Review) during which Dawn McCarthy sang on a forthcoming Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy release, but the band recently commandeered a school bus fitted with dragon wings and will be hitting the road for a spring tour as well as a yet-to-be-announced fall tour with Rasputina. And just so you know, McCarthy likes interviewing some of the characters who creep around Faun Fables shows (including a Norse/anthropology student, a Welsh nomad, and a guy who paints maimed cats). You could be next!


04.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Brava Theater (Switchboard Music Festival)
05.04.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
05.05.12 - Louisville, KY - The Mammoth
05.06.12 - Asheville, NC - Jack of the Wood
05.10.12 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
05.11.12 - West Columbia, SC - Conundrum Music Hall
05.12.12 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light

• Faun Fables:
• Drag City:

Sled Island Fest announces initial 2012 lineup: Feist, The Hold Steady, Andrew W.K., Archers of Loaf, and that’s probably not all!

Oh man, sweet, hells yeah I’m taking this news assignment! SLED ISLAND, dawg! Never heard of it, but that place sounds fun as hell: skis, slopes, dope motherfucking log cabins, hot ass chocolate with Baileys and the little plume of steam coming off it, fine-ass snow bunnies hopping around the beginners hill, literal snow bunnies being cute as fuck… all on a secluded island guarded by some fierce-ass, primordial giant, mythical snowmen with some cold-blooded sapphires for eyes! Count me in, dawg. I am there. I am so totally there.

Wait. What? Sled Island is just some lamewad Canadian Music Festival, taking place in downtown Calgary in Alberta, Canada June 20-30 of this year at Olympic Plaza as well as at several other of the city’s cultural cornerstones? Oh, boo. And I had my hyperbolic tone and overuse of casual profanity dialed in just right already, too! You can’t get that stuff back once it’s gone, you know. Well, fine, I guess that makes more sense for me to be reporting on, now that I think about it. I’ll just put the snow bunnies out of my mind! Okay, so who are the bands? Let’s see: Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Archers of Loaf, Andrew W.K., Grimes, Timber Timbre, Thurston Moore, and about 190 more to be announced? Okay, that’s actually pretty good. But how much are weekend passes? Probably like a ton. Oh, just $45 a day for the Olympia Plaza shows (on sale now), $179 for the Festival Discovery Pass and $299 for the Festival Discovery Plus Pass??? Damn, that’s… that’s pretty reasonable, I guess.

But wait a minute! “Festival Discovery”? Festival Discovery PLUS”?? This all sounds mega-confusing, and I bet there’s not even any additional information on the internet or place to buy tickets, is there? Oh, people can just visit for more details on Western Canada’s largest independent music festival? Arggg. FINE. I give up. This event seems “cool.” WHATEVER. Fuck those bunnies (whoa, not the literal ones).

• Sled Island Festival:

Peaking Lights announce new baby Lucifer and swaddle it in a mixtape; up for adoption June 18

Lucifer is coming! And sooner than the 12/21/12 date the Mayans scheduled for us! That’s because this Lucifer, set to arrive June 18 from Mexican Summer in the US and Domino sub-label Weird World internationally, is the newest gift to our ears from husband-wife duo Peaking Lights, following up last year’s smash hit 936 (TMT Review). Lucifer was recorded after the couple (Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis) discovered a new “guiding light muse for the album”… and it was hiding in Indra’s womb the whole time!

Yes, the inspiration for Lucifer is the by-product of Doyes and Indra’s consensual marital intercoursing. Thankfully, they’re going with a back story for the name that differs a bit from the popular notion that associates Lucifer with the big red guy that lives underground. The press release for the album announcement quotes the band as saying, “All of our record titles have come to us in dreams, daydreams and epiphanies. Lucifer sat so strong with us. It means ‘Venus, bearer of light’ and is the first sign of the sunrise. There are some major astrological and astronomical events involving Venus in this year of 2012.”

Interested in hearing what the album might sound like? Well, Peaking Lights, in conjunction with the album announcement, have released Lucifer Mixtape 1, the first in a series of streaming mixes that contains snippets from the album (and is a damn fine listen). Al Carson (Yeasayser, Onehotrix Point Never) helped produce the upcoming album, and based on what you hear in the mixtape teaser, we’re all going to be in for a devilishly good treat.

Lucifer tracklisting:

01. Moonrise
02. Beautiful Son
03. Live Love
04. Cosmic Tides
05. Midnight
06. LO HI
07. Dream Beat
08. Morning Star

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