Sufjan Stevens goes on Christmas sing-a-long tour because he’s silly like that

Sufjan Stevens goes on Christmas sing-a-long tour because he’s silly like that http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-10-sufjan-stevens.jpg

Some indie music blog is like — Sufjan Stevens is going on tour to support his Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas CD box set that is due on November 13 from Asthmatic Kitty.

I’m like — It’s called “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Pageant On Ice.” You slay me Surfjohn, and you understand humor so well. You should put out a comedy album box set with silly artwork and stickers.

Conglomerate website is like — Oh, I hope he’s doing something with Kitty Pride. We’re funny, too, like Surfjohn!

Hipster from 2008 is like — I hope he plays “The Transfiguration,” but he won’t. I listened to Seven Swans.

Satanic family is like — This seems like the perfect holiday event. Anything dripping with this much irony during the Birth of Christ Day must be Satanic. Let’s go!

Rosie Thomas is like — I’ve collaborated with Surfjohn before and I’ll be opening up on his tour as Sheila Saputo. Isn’t that weird and wacky? I got it from Surfjohn!

Tourdates:

11.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.24.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.12 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
11.26.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11.27.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
11.28.12 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
11.30.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.01.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
12.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12.04.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
12.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
12.06.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
12.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
12.09.12 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
12.12.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
12.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
12.14.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe
12.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
12.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.18.12 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall
12.19.12 - Providence, RI - Fete
12.20.12 - Boston, MA - Royale
12.21.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Sufjan Stevens: http://sufjan.com
• Asthmatic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com

Mike Love says he definitely did not fire anyone named Brian Milson from The Beach Boys, so, case closed

Hey Everybody, shut up and pay attention! Mike Love is talking! You know, Mike Love from The Beach Boys??? Anyway, you’ll totally NEVER GUESS WHAT kind of crazy shit is happening with the Mike Love/Beach Boys thing now! So, according to this huge “magazine” (whatever those are!) called Rolling Stone (whatever that is!) Mike Love (remember now, that’s the guy that everybody hates in The Beach Boys) says that he definitely “did not fire Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys” (Brian is the one everybody likes in The Beach Boys) and that any such “divisive and ugly rumors” are “all the result of a misunderstanding” (presumably, that misunderstanding arose when Mike Love, you know, fired Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys). Oh, you know what? Before I continue with any further details, let me just say Mike Love’s name in print a couple more times: Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love. That oughtta do it.

Anyway, long story short, blah blah blah, as he’s reiterated before, Love says that the specific “50th Anniversary Reunion Tour” that contained all those original motherfuckers like Brian Wilson and the other guys whose names don’t matter at all was “always envisioned as a limited run” before Love resumed his usual year-in, year-out touring under The Beach Boys’ name with a bunch of touring musicians whose names matter even less then The Beach Boys’ and that, simply put, this was just the end of that run. But then (INEX-FUCKING-PLICABLY) positive reviews prompted the reunited band to keep adding more shows, and yadda-yadda-yadda, Love had to put the kibosh on the situation because of all the Fake Beach Boys shows he had already booked and didn’t want to cancel in order to tour more with the Real Beach Boys. “To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian’s representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups,” Love said. “Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band.”

Hey, that gives me an even better idea! How about “to avoid public confusion,” we all stop giving a fuck about these pathetic walking-calamities that still careen around the music scene and variously call themselves The Beach Boys?! Why don’t we all just agree to enjoy Pet Sounds and SMiLE or whatever our choice singles are once in a while and call it a fucking day? At least that way we could stop having to put Mike Love’s ridiculous name in print next to the words “beach” and “boys” so often. Which is all this bullshit is really about anyway.

• The Beach Boys: http://www.thebeachboys.com

Band of Horses are heading out on a world tour, bay-bee

Baby. Oh baby.

Your friends Band of Horses are going on tour. They’re going everywhere, everywhere you wanted to go. And they’re taking you, baby. That’s so nice of Band of Horses. Smooth, cool guys. That’s what they are. They’re going all around this big, broad land we call America. They’re going to the East, they’re going to the West, they’re going all the places in between. Then once they’re done going everywhere, they’re going even more places, baby. They’re going to Europe. Baby baby, they’ve got everything in Europe.

But wait, baby. Just wait one second. See, once Band of Horses — they’re such great guys, they really are — once they get done in Europe, they’re going to take a little breather. It’s just going to be a second, just a little cat nap kind of breather, because then they’re going to Australia. They’ll be there for Big Day Out, in all sorts of Australian cities. You got your Sydney, you got your Adelaide, you got your Perth, you got your Melbourne.

Baby, you got it all.

Band of Horses dates:

10.10.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
10.11.12 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
10.12.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
10.14.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
10.15.12 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
10.16.12 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10.20.12 - Duluth, GA - Southeastern Railway Museum *
10.21.12 - New Orleans, LA - Woldenburg Park *
10.22.12 - Memphis, TN - Memphis Central Train Station *
10.23.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Downtown Airpark *
10.24.12 - Old Town Spring, TX - Old Town Spring *
10.26.12 - Tempe, AZ - S. Farmer Ave & 5th St. *
10.27.12 - San Pedro, CA - Ports O’Call *
10.28.12 - Oakland, CA - Middle Harbor Shoreline Park *
11.04.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
11.05.12 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
11.06.12 - Utrecht, Holland - Vredenburg
11.09.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet
11.10.12 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum
11.11.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falkoner
11.15.12 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
11.16.12 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
11.17.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
11.19.12 - Manchester, UK - Academy
11.20.12 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
12.02.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Michigan Theater
12.05.12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
12.06.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
12.09.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
12.14.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
12.15.12 - Richmond, VA - The National
01.18.13 - Sydney, Australia - Big Day Out
01.20.13 - Gold Coast, Australia - Big Day Out
01.25.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Big Day Out
01.26.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Big Day Out
01.28.13 - Perth, Australia - Big Day Out

* Railroad Revival

• Band of Horses: http://www.bandofhorses.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

The Replacements reunite for new EP!

The Replacements have reunited.

For the first time since recording a couple new songs for the 2006 compilation Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have gotten back together to record some new material.

Unfortunately, this mini-reunion is not under the best of circumstances. Slim Dunlap — the guitarist on the last few Replacements albums — suffered a massive, debilitating stroke this past February. The product of this reunion, a four-song EP of covers, has no specific release date, but is due out later this year. The 10-inch EP will be limited to a pressing of 250 with all proceeds benefiting Dunlap. The EP will include a cover of Dunlap’s solo tune “Busted Up,” the 1965 Gordon Lightfoot song “I’m not Sayin’,” Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway,” and from the Broadway musical Gypsy, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”

While original drummer Chris Mars chose not to participate in the recording, Westerberg has not ruled out a new album or reunion tour. He told Rolling Stone “it’s possible,” adding, “I’m closer to it now than I was two years ago, let’s say that.”

So, there you have it, there’s a chance it could happen. If it does, it will mark the first official Replacements show since July 4, 1991.

• The Replacements: http://colormeimpressed.com

RIP: John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, played with John Coltrane and Albert Ayler

From the Washington Post:

Danish saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz in Europe, John Tchicai, has died. He was 76.

Tchicai moved to New York in 1963 and co-founded The New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp. He later became a leading figure of the jazz avant-garde movement in Europe. He also played with John Coltrane, Milford Graves, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow.

Tchicai was born to a Danish mother and a Congolese father in Denmark. He returned to Europe in 2001 and eventually settled in southern France.

His former wife, Margriet Naber, said Monday that he had died in the hospital earlier that day. No cause of death was given but Tchicai has been in a coma since suffering a brain hemorrhage in June.

• John Tchicai: http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~jomnamo

Hecker (the one without the “Tim”) explores the nuances of language on upcoming 3LP Chimerization, via Editions Mego

I’m sure you know the feeling. You’re listening to an album, and you’re so caught up in how weird, crazy, and new it all sounds that you can barely form a coherent opinion about it — positive or negative. As my auditory palate has improved over the years, this has become a rarer and rarer occurrence, but I can say without hesitation that one of the last albums to have that effect on me wasn’t released all that long ago; it was 2009’s Acid in the Style of David Tudor (TMT Review) from German computer musician Hecker (first name: Florian). It’s difficult. It’s inaccessible. And at the time, the only reaction that I could muster was a scrunched face and shifting eyes.

Innovation, regardless of where it takes place, sometimes has that effect on people, which is why you should have your face pre-scrunched in preparation for Hecker’s newest release Chimerization, due out November 27 on Editions Mego, in a 3LP bundle.

Why three LPs, you ask? Well, each LP is in a different language — English, German, and Farsi. What’s in a different language, you ask? Well, the album is centered around an “experimental libretto” written by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani, specifically at the request of Hecker himself. I had to google it, so I may as well give you the definition here: a “libretto” is the “text of an opera or other long vocal work.” For Chimerization, a group of speakers recited the libretto in “anechoic and sound-attenuated chambers,” which are rooms designed to eliminate reflections of sound — perfect for “psychoacoustic investigations on difficult-to-define areas between language and non-language,” the underlying concept of this release.

Download and/or listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date here. For those struggling to form an opinion, let me assure you, it sounds pretty awesome.

• Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

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