Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop announces album with new project The Invisible Hands, blows minds with Zen koan

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“What is the sound one hand clapping?” asks the traditional Zen koan. “What is the sound of two hands that are totally invisible clapping?” asks Alan Bishop, he of Sun City Girls, Alvarius B., and Sublime Frequencies, to the collective gasp and then stunned silence of pretty much everyone within earshot. That’s right, Alan Bishop just blew your mind.

Pull yourself together. Like with all good koans, there’s more: Alan Bishop is gearing up to release an album with his new band The Invisible Hands on Abduction Records. The self-titled debut is an 11-song collection of psychedelic folk that follows in the more melodic footsteps of 2011’s Alvarius B. record, Baroque Primitiva (TMT Review).

Having trotted the globe in search of new sun cities in which to lay his head, Bishop’s new band hails primarily from Egypt. Aside from Bishop himself, members of The Invisible Hands are all residents of Cairo, including Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda of the Egyptian group Eskenderella, and drummer Magued Nagati. The Invisible Hands also features contributions from other players around the Cairo scene, including Sam Shalabi on the oud and Mohamed Medhat on the violin and viola.

Though Bishop wrote these 11 songs in English, the album was recorded twice: once in English and once in Arabic. The English version is out March 19. At first, the Arabic version will only be sold in the Middle East, though there are plans to make both versions available for digital download, and eventually package them together as a limited-edition double LP. Listen to the album’s first single, “Soma,” here:

The Invisible Hands tracklist:

01. The Same
02. Dream Machine
03. Hitman Boy
04. Dark Hall
05. Black Weather Shoes
06. Soma
07. My Skull
08. Nice on Ice
09. Black Blood
10. Summer Rain
11. Death Zoo

• Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop): http://www.myspace.com/alvariusb
• Abduction: http://www.suncitygirls.com/abduction

Slava to release debut LP Raw Solutions on Software, fans slavavating in anticipation

By now, Daniel Lopatin’s Software imprint should exist firmly within the minds of anyone who appreciates experimental electronic music — from Williamsburg, NY to Williamsburg, VA, the home of Busch Gardens. From the socially-minded streets of Los Angeles, to the socially-disinclined streets of, well, probably any town in Norway, for example. And finally, most relevantly, to the downtrodden alleyways of Moscow, where… actually, come to think of it, I’m completely unaware of the daily goings-on in Moscow, as well as in Russia at large. The North American bubble, helped along by an insurmountable (in my case) language barrier, underpins stereotypes of a cold, depressing, and culturally-isolated place. Do they even listen to music there!? Are they aware of Lopatin’s Software successes?

Here’s the segue: Moscow-born, previously Chicago-based, electronic producer Slava will be releasing his debut LP Raw Solutions via Software on April 23. Following up on his Soft Control EP released about a year ago, the new album exudes a variety of genre influences, though with an appreciable nod (unsurprising, given his recent city of residence) toward hypnotic footwork rhythms. In keeping with the album’s title, and according to FACT, the entire thing was recorded in single takes using a Korg Electribe ESX. Listen to a track below.

Raw Solutions tracklisting:

01. werk
02. girl like me
03. heartbroken
04. i know
05. girls on dick
06. wait
07. on it
08. hold on
09. crazy bout u
10. how u get that
11. doit
12. wit u

• Slava: http://www.myspace.com/popterror
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

Morrissey reschedules his US tour, adds more dates to it, does its hair

In the now-immortal words of Morrissey himself: “There’s a whole lotta reschedulin’ goin’ on!” You may remember last year when the Man in Black was forced to cancel and reschedule some US dates due to some health concerns with his mother. Then, after that was seemingly sorted and some decent hair jokes were made all around, the undisputed King of Pop was forced to re-unschedule a lot of those anti-cancelled dates because of health concerns of his own. Things weren’t looking so “fab” for the quiet mop top!

But now, at long last, it seems a tour of some sort is once again moving forward; and at the very least, it does seem to involve (according to Pitchfork) some guy who calls himself “Morrissey.” So unless I’ve been somehow confusing him with a bunch of other famous singers and performers this whole time, I think this might be the real deal! And to make up for the delays, The Big M is even adding a few extra dates that weren’t on the docket before. How characteristically sweet of him! Say what you want about Old Blue Eyes, but he always knows how to put his fans first. I guess that’s why they call him “the hardest working man in show business.”

Morrissey:

02.27.13 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre ^
03.01.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center ^*
03.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood High School ^
03.04.13 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center ^
03.06.13 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre ^
03.08.13 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall ^
03.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom ^
03.14.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Vive Latino Festival
03.18.13 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall ^
03.19.13 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre ^
03.22.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum ^
03.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater ^
03.27.13 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom ^
03.29.13 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
03.30.13 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center ^
04.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ^
04.03.13 - Richmond, VA - National ^
04.06.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater ^
04.08.13 - Flint, MI - Whiting Auditorium ^
04.09.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater ^
04.12.13 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theater ^
04.13.13 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Entertainment Center ^
04.15.13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium ^
04.16.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall ^
04.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater ^
04.20.13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ^
04.23.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls ^
04.26.13 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre ^
04.28.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall ^
04.30.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield ^

^ Kristeen Young
* Patti Smith and Her Band

• Morrissey: http://www.itsmorrisseysworld.com

Dirty Projectors announce tourdates (gasp!), do some shows with The National (eh?), share new mp3 (*fart*)

Look, what’dya want, palooka? Sometimes we’s likes them Dirty Projectors fellas around here, sometimes we’s doesn’t, eh? You wanna fight about it? I didn’t t’ink so. Fact is, I don’t give a damn for any of ya’s fancy-pants “aesthetic opinions” or whatever mamby-pamby stuff like that. These guys is goin’ on some tourdates of deese here United States, and some of those tourdates is with those fine upstandin’ gents in The National. (And I know that NONE OF YOUS has a bad word to say about any band who seen it fit to name themselves after my U.S. of A. if you wanna keep the teeth ya came in wit’!) Besides, goddamnnit, it’s our job to write about tours around here, so I’m gonna write about ‘em. And yous guys is gonna read ‘em. Got it?

And anyway, Mary-mother-a-god, what do I give a rat’s ass if some of you’s guys don’t like the newest album all that much? Besides, they got a new song up on that internet contraption thing right now that don’t sound too bad to ‘deese old ears! What, whatsamatter? You don’t like this one neither??? Ahhhh, you’s just drinkin’ drano…

Dirty Projectors dates:

04.19.13 - Portsmouth, NH - Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival - The Music Hall
04.20.13 - Providence, RI - Brown University
05.10.13 - Napa, CA - Bottle Rock Festival
05.19.13 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
05.24-27.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.06.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
06.07.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06.08-09.13 - New York, NY - Governors Ball
06.10.13 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre *
06.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *
06.12.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (two shows)
06.14-16.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

* The National

• Dirty Projectors: http://dirtyprojectors.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us
• The National: http://www.americanmary.com

[Photo: Amy Pearl]

RIP: Dan Toler, former Allman Brothers guitarist

From Rolling Stone:

Guitarist Dan Toler, best known for his work with the Allman Brothers, died today in Manatee County, Florida, according to Ticket Sarasota. Toler had been battling ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – and was unable to play guitar or speak for his last few months. He was 65.

Toler joined the Dickey Betts and Great Southern band in the late Seventies and moved to the Allman Brothers with his brother David “Frankie” Toler and Betts. Toler played with the Allman Brothers on their 1979 comeback album Enlightened Rogues and was in the band for their next two records, 1980’s Reach for the Sky and 1981’s Brothers of the Road.

Dan and Frankie Toler then spent much the 1980s playing with the Gregg Allman Band, touring and recording I’m No Angel in 1986 and Just Before the Bullets Fly in 1988. Toler rejoined Betts’ Great Southern band in 2002 and later created the Townsend Toler Band with John Townsend. He then joined the Renegades of Southern Rock and wrapped his career with Toler Tucci Band, along with Chaz Trippy from the Gregg Allman Band.

• Dan Toler: http://www.dantoler.com

Blanche Blanche Blanche drop new video, announce cute lil’ mini-tour so adorable you’ll want to eat it right up

Two things I know:

1. Things that come in groups of three are “funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.”

2. Things that are small are so adorable I could almost die.

Toward the end of being both the most adorable and the funniest band in the whole wide world, Blanche Blanche Blanche (which, come to think of it, is a pretty satisfying name for a band) have announced a three date mini-tour that is just the cutest thing you ever saw. The tour also features Ryan Power, Son of Salami, and Happy Jawbone Family Band. It’s in support of Blanche Blanche Blanche’s forthcoming Wooden Ball LP on NNA Tapes, out March 5. You can pre-order the album now from the label.

The first single from Wooden Ball is “TED Talks,” for which the band has just released a video, made by the band’s own Zach Phillips. The song is pretty cool, though it seems oddly focused on starting a beef with some guy named Ted whose only sin, as far as I can tell, was talking. Weird. Listen to it on the NNA Tapes Soundcloud or watch it here:

Aren’t these tourdates just the darndest?:

03.15.13 - Burlington, VT - BCA Center *
03.16.13 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Center *
03.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent #

* Ryan Power, Son of Salami
# Ryan Power, Son of Salami, Happy Jawbone Family Band

• Blanche Blanche Blanche: http://osr-tapes.com
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

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