The Flaming Lips to release non-limited Heady Fwiends on June 26, hopefully follow it up with Footy Pawjamas LPs soon

The Flaming Lips to release non-limited Heady Fwiends on June 26, hopefully follow it up with Footy Pawjamas LPs soon

Oh. Dude, you didn’t take that whole “Record Store Day” thing seriously, did you? I mean, it was just a gag, man. Come on, you know how it is when you’re working press for a rock band, don’t you? All that “exclusive release” talk was just to fill the page! Sheesh! So what if you didn’t get to buy the Flaming Lips collaborative double-album, featuring the likes of Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Tame Impala, Erykah Badu, and Chris Martin? No problem! It’s coming out for real on June 26! In physical and digital formats! Which actually makes it “better” than the Record Store Day one, if you think about it. Maybe. I don’t know. Whatever! Point IS: who cares about stores??? What are you anyway, “corporate?” Shut the fuck up, already, you stooge. It’s all about the music, man.

Oh yeah, but speaking of it being all about the music, I forgot to mention that a lot of times it’s not all about the music. Sometimes it’s about moving around from one place to another faster than the last guy did while playing that music. Case in point: the day after Heady Fwends comes out, the band will be breaking some guy who goes by the initials “J.Z.“‘s record for most concerts performed in one 24-hour period. Which seems like a cool idea… unless you’re all hung-up on supporting the record stores or whatever.

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends tracklisting:

A1. 2012 (ft. Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
A2. Ashes in the Air (ft. Bon Iver)
A3. Helping the Retarded to Know God (ft. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
B1. Supermoon Made Me Want to Pee (ft. Prefuse 73)
B2. Children of the Moon (ft. Tame Impala)
B3. That Ain’t My Trip (ft. Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
B4. You, Man? Human? (ft. Nick Cave)
C1. I’m Working at NASA on Acid (ft. Lightning Bolt)
C2. Do It! (ft. Yoko Ono)
C3. Is David Bowie Dying? (ft. Neon Indian)
D1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (ft. Erykah Badu)
D2. Thunder Drops (ft. New Fumes)
D3. I Don’t Want You to Die (ft. Chris Martin of Coldplay)

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The Melvins attempt to break Guinness World Tour Record, appear on Fox News as sludge correspondents

The Melvins — legendary, uncompromising, potentially insane — tour a lot. Lots of bands tour a lot, right? But do “lots of bands” attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest tour of the United States by a band? No, of course not. That would be insane, uncompromising, legendary… so of course, the Melvins have decided to go for it. What’s the plan? Fifty-one shows in fifty states (plus one in our nation’s proud capitol, Washington, D.C.) in fifty-one days. What are the rules? NO RULES. The band will be rockin’ stages from sea to shining sea, starting September 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and triumphantly concluding in Honolulu, Hawaii. This will be the band’s first-ever appearances in their nearly 30-year history in the fine states of Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Hawaii.

But wait — there’s more! The Melvins, in their Melvins Lite format (consisting of vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne, drummer/vocalist Dale Crover, and bass guitarist/backing vocalist Trevor Dunn) will be criss-crossing Canada (and a few select Western states) in July before they head out on their earth-shattering, record-breaking US tour. Retox will open all of those July dates, with the exception of July 4 and 20. The Melvins just released their latest full-length on Ipecac this week, Freak Puke, and they’ll be repping the new tracks at a couple of pre-world record tour events, including an appearance tomorrow at the Echoplex in L.A., and a June 30 appearance at NYC’s TT Underground Gallery. And if all that wasn’t cray cray enough for you… Buzz Osborne will be a guest on Fox News’ Red Eye with Greg Gutfield on June 28. Wow. Melvins for President 2012! Come on, guys, just think about it… if you aren’t already.


06.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
06.30.12 - New York, NY - TT Underground Gallery
07.01.12 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
07.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
07.04.12 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
07.05.12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
07.06.12 - London, ON - Call The Office
07.07.12 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
07.09.12 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center
07.10.12 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
07.11.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis’ Pub
07.12.12 - Calgary, AB - Republik
07.13.12 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
07.15.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
07.17.12 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music
07.18.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
07.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
09.05.12 - Anchorage, AK - Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
09.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at The Market
09.07.12 - Oregon - TBA
09.08.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Lounge
09.09.12 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
09.10.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
09.11.12 - Casper, WY - TBA
09.12.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
09.13.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
09.14.12 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
09.15.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.16.12 - Des Moines, IA - House of Bricks
09.17.12 - Sioux Falls, SD - The Vault
09.18.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
09.19.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Grumpy’s
09.20.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
09.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
09.22.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
09.23.12 - Louisville, KY - The Vernon Club
09.24.12 - Detroit, MI - Smalls
09.25.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
09.26.12 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
09.27.12 - Jermyn, PA - Eleanor Rigby’s
09.28.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09.29.12 - Dover, NH - Dover Brickhouse
09.30.12 - Portland, ME - Asylum
10.01.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.02.12 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met Cafe
10.03.12 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
10.04.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.05.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
10.06.12 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
10.07.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10.08.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.09.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10.10.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.11.12 - Knoxville, TN - The Square Room
10.12.12 - Greenville, SC - The Handle Bar
10.13.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.14.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
10.15.12 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
10.16.12 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
10.17.12 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s Cantina
10.18.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10.19.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.20.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis Production
10.21.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
10.22.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.23.12 - Las Vegas, NV - Artifice
10.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.25.12 - Honolulu, HI - The Republik

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Ariel Pink reveals new Haunted Graffiti album Mature Themes, first single “Baby”, advanced manscaping techniques

After checking his Gmail yesterday and re-reading the sales figures for Ku Klux Glam, Ariel Pink was left with no choice but to call up 4AD and give the all-clear on Project Promote Long-Gestating Haunted Graffiti Album — Phase One: Debut Single In High-Class Widget. And now here we are the next morning, staring at this gorgeous little rectangle:

Don’t be shy, click it! It’s the first single from Pink’s 4AD follow-up to 2010’s drowned-in-accolades Before Today (TMT Review), and it might be a familiar tune to those in the know: another cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby”! Boy is 2012 Donnie & Joe’s year! The Haunted Grafitti version features Dâm-Funk on possible sex noises/general funkmosphere, and will be released as a one-sided 12-inch on July 9 to get people horny for the new full-length Adult Themes, out in North America on August 21 and in the UK on August 20. A big ol’ N. American tour will follow in September; see the dates for that below.

SPIN has a recent feature/interview with the band about the recording sessions for Adult Themes, where Pink talks about how an Android phone transformed his songwriting process. Here’s something else he said: “What’s most inspiring and what’s led to this newfound songwriting and voice is the sense of community and process with the band. Everybody knows what they’re getting into when they get involved with me, and there’s a sense of understanding there that wasn’t there before.” Good! I say fuck the festivals, the vultures, and the beetle-spirited masses. Get out of the yellow fog and back into the studio. Looking forward to this.


06.24.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender (Ebisu Garden Hall)
06.25.12 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
09.07.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *$
09.08.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *$
09.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm (Goodson Yard Room) *$
09.11.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *$
09.13.12 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *$
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *!
09.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *%
09.16.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *%
09.18.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile End *%
09.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *%
09.20.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College *
09.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro *#
09.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *#
09.24.12 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall *#
09.25.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
09.27.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre *
09.29.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club *#
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *

* BODYGUARD (James Ferraro)
$ Moon Diagrams
% Phedre
# Dâm-Funk

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[Photo: Piper Ferguson]

Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro create summer madness with new group OMBRE

For as long as there have been victrolas and hi-fi receivers and strolling minstrels, there have been summer songs. You got your Ella Fitzgerald’s “Summertime” on one end of the spectrum, and your DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” on your other end. After all, it’s a more complicated season than you’d first think: it’s a time when the living is easy, but it’s also a time when you just straight up need a new definition of summer madness. And those songs are great, really — both of them. But sometimes you need something different… something with a more celestial, ephemeral quality, for those late summer nights under the stars with your friends, whether you’re BBQing, skinny dipping, or just plain hangin’ out on the yacht drinking gin and tonics before planning your revenge on whichever wealthy character you want to get revenge against on your vengeance-filled rich people TV show. (There are so many of them, really, take your pick.) Sometimes you need something that combines Ella’s “easy” with Jazzy and the Prince’s “madness.” And for those times, there’s a new project from Asthmatic Kitty labelmates Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro called OMBRE.

OMBRE marries Barwick’s unearthly vocals with Helado Negro’s blissed out dance vibes and births one hell of a summer jam, baby. OMBRE’s debut album, Believe You Me, comes out August 21 via Asthmatic Kitty, and it’s the perfect end-of-summer soundtrack for watching the sweatiest season slip away. But OMBRE is about more than giving you something to blast whilst attractive teens frolic around your boat, pouring champagne down each other’s J. Crew lobster print shorts — the project also gives Ms. Barwick the chance to show off some of her previously-unseen stuff. For, whereas the ambient songstress’ previous work relied mainly on her voice and effects, in OMBRE she rocks out on synths, guitar, electric piano, and my personal favorite… the vibraphone. The definition of summer madness doesn’t get any newer than this.

Believe You Me tracklisting:

01. Noche Brilla
02. Weight Those Words
03. Vistate
04. Dawning
05. Sense
06. Tormentas
07. Cara Falsa
08. The Nod
09. Pausa Primera
10. Noche Brilla pt. 2

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Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) to release album with appropriately introspective title Dreamless Sleep on Thrill Jockey

Ignore, for a moment, the fact that Texas and Arizona are two of the most politically backward states in the country right now. Just consider the landscape — the geography — of the Southwestern region of the United States. Oppressive desert conditions give way to some of the most poisonous species in the country. When it isn’t unbearably hot and dry, severe thunderstorms reinforce the notion of an unforgiving climate. In between the distantly placed cities, desolation runs rampant over the taupe and barely traversable surface. Also, “cowboys.” The image of the American Southwest isn’t an inherently attractive one, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without a story worth telling.

Guitarist Evan Caminiti, both solo and as one-half of Barn Owl, has made a career out of communicating, intentionally or not, the region’s less pleasant side. His reverberant strumming and content, synth-based ambience stands in the same tonal arena as a Cormac McCarthy novel — which is to say, somewhere between ominous and hopeful. Night Dust follow-up Dreamless Sleep, due August 21 on Thrill Jockey, reportedly continues that trend, but with a particular thematic emphasis on “the way our memory changes events in the past and how our surroundings define us.”

According to Caminiti himself, he completed a “a kind of rough draft” of the album in the spring of 2011, only to promptly forget about it for 10 months, preoccupied as he was with touring. When he finally did return home to San Francisco, he “approached the material in a completely different way, changed by a year of travel and new challenges. It was deconstructed and reformed into a different album than what it had once been…” The end result is an album that is in “constant flux between light and dark, from dirge like crawls to uplifting choral harmonies, creating a narrative unlike anything Caminiti has offered before.” Forget August. I’ll take my emotional whiplash now, please.

Dreamless Sleep tracklisting:

01. Leaving the Island
02. Bright Midnight
03. Symmetry
04. Fading Dawn
05. Absteigend
06. Veiled Prayers
07. Becoming Pure Light

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RIP: Herb Reed of The Platters

From Rolling Stone:

Herb Reed of the Platters has died in a Boston area hospice, reports the Associated Press. He was 83. Reed helped found the Platters in Los Angeles in 1952, and the group found success with hits like “The Great Pretender” and “Only You.” Reed, who sang bass on many of group’s Number One hits, was the only member of the band to appear on all of their recordings.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Platters in 1990.

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