Stream The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s joint EP (no edible hard drives or skull vaginas this time, sorry)

Stream The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s joint EP (no edible hard drives or skull vaginas this time, sorry)

Honestly, I’d totally forgotten about the whole Flaming Lips/Plastic Ono Band two-show New Year’s shindig in Oklahoma City. I’m sure the confetti and giant plastic bubbles and cosmic sounds blasting through megaphones were great and everything, but it’s not as if they were playing any week-long songs or handing out gummy arms and legs. Apparently, however, The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band also released a four-song EP pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl. I have a few colored records, but glow-in-the-dark?! I’d take that over a gummy-encased hard drive any day (that shit would probably get pretty sticky).

Anyway, all 2000 copies have already sold out, but the tracks are all streaming over at Consequence of Sound. It’s certainly not the same as turning off all the lights and playing a glow-in-the-dark record, but hey, I can still dig it. It all sounds sort of like transmissions from a discotheque for robot ghosts on Pluto, which is pretty rad.


01. The Fear Litany
02. Do It
03. Brain of Heaven
04. Atlas Eets Christmas

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• Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band:

Damon & Naomi with Ghost back from the dead with bonus 7-inch on January 31

After meeting in 1995 and touring together in both the US and Japan through the end of the decade, slowcore duo Damon & Naomi decided to do something about the constant haunting feeling they were experiencing and collaborate on an album with Japanese psychedelic folk group Ghost. Damon and Naomi would send tracks to Japan, then Ghost would send back production and arrangement suggestions (as ghosts are wont to do). Eventually, Ghost floated over the Pacific and the recording that would become Damon & Naomi with Ghost was born in the year 2000. Despite what television is currently teaching us about the unholy union of the undead and the living, all hell did not break loose.

Cut to 11 years later, where we find ourselves in a world without access to Damon & Naomi with Ghost. Thankfully, Drag City has stepped up and announced that they will be re-releasing the album on January 31. Those interested in exploring the paranormal of the past can opt to purchase the album as an LP, a compact disc (to really get into the mood of 2000), or as a digital download. The LP version will be shipped with a bonus 7-inch featuring never-before-released material from the original recording sessions. Get it before it once again crosses to the other side…

Damon & Naomi with Ghost tracklist:

01. The Mirror Phase
02. The New World
03. Judah and the Maccabees
04. Blue Moon
05. The Great Wall
06. I Dreamed of the Caucasus
07. Don’t Forget
08. Tanka
09. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
10. Femme Fatale *
11. My Flower (Watashi No Hana) *

* bonus 7-inch (LP only)

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• Ghost:
• Drag City:

The Caretaker to release new album/soundtrack Patience (After Sebald); astronomical destruction put on hold

Is it too early to begin compiling TMT’s Favorite 50 Albums of 2012? Would it be unfair to campaign for an album’s inclusion roughly two weeks before that album is even released? After earning the deeply respectable number four spot on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2011 for An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (TMT Review), I’m surprised The Caretaker a.k.a. Leyland Kirby hasn’t decided to pack up all of his 1920s memorabilia and call it quits at the apparent pinnacle of his career. Instead, on January 23, he’ll be releasing his newest album Patience (After Sebald), on CD, which, ignoring the relatively minute possibility of a significant drop-off in quality, will almost certainly make our year-end list come December. (And if I’m wrong, I’ve been told that, as a consequence of making such outlandish predictions, I’ll be forcibly relegated to reviewing jazz standards from the early 20th century. Swell!)

As The Quietus reports, Patience (After Sebald) is a soundtrack to Grant Gee’s film of the same name, about influential German writer W.G. Sebald. The film premiered earlier this month in the UK, and Gee reportedly contacted Kirby about the soundtrack back in 2009. The film is described as a “multi-layered… essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss,” while Kirby himself characterizes the soundtrack as “a lot more of a winter album” and “a lot darker” than An Empty Bliss, which he began work on subsequently. There doesn’t appear to be anything terribly new about the way Kirby approached the recording of this album (sampling from old records and creatively highlighting the effects of degradation), but as they say, if it ain’t broke…

Meanwhile, check out this fantastic new video for “A relationship with the sublime,” directed by Video Marsh:

Patience (After Sebald) tracklist:

01. Everything is on the point of decline
02. As if one was sinking into sand
03. Approaching the outer limits of our solar system
04. When the dog days were drawing to an end
05. A last glimpse of the land being lost forever
06. The homesickness that was corroding her soul
07. I have become almost invisible, to some extent like a dead man
08. In the deep and dark hours of the night
09. No one knows what shadowy memories haunt them to this day
10. Increasingly absorbed in his own World
11. Isolated lights in the abyss of ignorance
12. Now the night is over and the dawn is about to break

• The Caretaker:
• History Always Favours The Winners:

A$AP Rocky goes on tour with A$AP Mob, Drake, some other guys who probably also claim to be pretty

A$AP Rocky is a young man who considers himself to be quite pretty. If you don’t know this, you have not heard his mixtape from last year, LiveLoveA$AP. Or any other song featuring the young Harlem rapper. He also has a posse called A$AP Mob, which I can only assume consists of a lot of other guys who think they’re pretty. Actually, maybe Rocky is the pretty one and the rest of the Mob fulfill other specific roles. Like one’s the tough guy, and one’s the explosives expert, and, yes, I am suggesting that A$AP Mob is the A-Team. What I’m trying to say here is, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob are going on tour through late January and early February.

Once A$AP Rocky leaves the company of his A$AP brethren, he’ll spend a lot of time with a guy who definitely considers himself extremely pretty: Drake. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Rocky is opening for Drake on his massive world tour. Incidentally, “pretty” and “massive” are basically the two words that sum up Drake’s M.O. If you were somehow struggling to understand Drake, well, maybe that will help.

A$AP Rocky dates:

01.26.12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom ^
01.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House ^
01.28.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub ^
01.29.12 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre ^
01.30.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East ^
02.01.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza ^
02.07.12 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage ^
02.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts ^
02.09.12 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
02.10.12 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Music Hall ^
02.11.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade ^
02.14.12 - Miami, FL - Bank United Center *
02.15.12 - Gainesville, FL - Stephen C. O’Connell Center *
02.17.12 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena *
02.18.12 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center *
02.21.12 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena *
02.22.12 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena *
02.24.12 - Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center *
02.25.12 - New Orleans, LA - Launo Lakefront Arena *
02.27.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center *
02.28.12 - Oklah0ma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Center *
03.01.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
03.02.12 - Arlington, TX - College Park Center *
03.04.12 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Arena *
03.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Galen Center *
03.08.12 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center *
03.10.12 - San Jose, CA - Event Center *
03.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
03.24.12 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena *
03.26.12 - London, UK - O2 Arena *
03.27.12 - London, UK - O2 Arena *
03.29.12 - Sheffield, UK - Motorpoint Arena *
04.01.12 - Manchester, UK - MEN Arena *
04.02.12 - Glasgow, UK - SECC *
04.05.12 - Paris, France - Palais Omnisport de Bercy *
04.07.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National *
04.08.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall *
04.10.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrunderthalle *
04.12.12 - Berlin, Germany - Max Schleming Halle *
04.13.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Valby Hallen *
04.15.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe *
04.16.12 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum *
04.19.12 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena *
04.20.12 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena *
04.22.12 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena *
04.23.12 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Radio Arena *
04.25.12 - Nottingham, UK - Capital FM Arena *
05.30.12-06.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound

^ A$AP Mob
* Drake, Kendrick Lamar

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RIP: Jennifer “Miro” Anderson of San Francisco punk band The Nuns

From SF Weekly:

Jennifer Anderson, a musician, writer, and model whose doll-like looks and seductive voice helped make a name for pioneering San Francisco punk band the Nuns, died last month in New York City of complications from cancer. She was 54.

Anderson, also known as Jennifer Miro or Mistress Jennifer, had been diagnosed with both liver and breast cancer, according to her neighbor, Jill Lamar, who helped care for Anderson in the final months of her life. Refusing standard treatments and hospitalization for her illness, Anderson lived out her last months in her Manhattan studio apartment, aided by visiting nurses and Lamar. She passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at Bellevue Hospital in New York, where she had been admitted several weeks earlier for hospice care.

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The Head and the Heart go on tour, confounding the worlds of medicine and science

The Head and the Heart are going on tour, and this disgusts me. No, no, I don’t have anything against them. They seem like a perfectly acceptable group of folky young men and women from Seattle. What disgusts me is the imagery. Think about it, how would you react if you witnessed a head moving autonomously from the influence of a body. Is it floating? Is it rolling on the ground? How is this head getting around?? It’s freaky at best and really gross at worst!!

Don’t even get me started about throwing a heart into the mix. Nobody, outside of maybe scientists and people in medical school, should have any business regarding a head and a heart that doesn’t involve skin, a skeleton, and a number of vital organs. The only people involved with such things are serial killers, and serial killers are jerks. Really, the whole thing is really messing with my head. It’s just… yuck. Still, the less disgusting version of The Head and the Heart, the one with bodies and guitars and stuff, are heading on tour throughout the month of March. Before that, they’re playing a handful of shows in Australia.

The Head and the Heart dates:

01.04.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel *
01.05.12 - Adelaide, Australia - The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel *
01.07.12 - Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
03.03.12 - Avon, CO - Snowball Music Festival
03.04.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
03.05.12 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
03.06.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s Music Hall
03.08.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
03.09.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
03.10.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
03.11.12 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
03.13.12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
03.14.12 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
03.15.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
03.16.12 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
03.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.18.12 - New York City, NY - Terminal Five
03.20.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
03.21.12 - Richmond, VA - National
03.23.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.24.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
03.25.12 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant

* Grouplove

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• Sub Pop: http:///