Thrill Jockey steps up big time for Japan with an amazing compilation and benefit sale

Thrill Jockey steps up big time for Japan with an amazing compilation and benefit sale

In Japan’s time of dire need, no effort to help can go unnoticed or be overemphasized, regardless of the overwhelming amount of people who have decided to devote their time, money, knowledge, or resources toward helping the victims and refugees of the recent tragedy and aftermath. So it’s a real pleasure to announce that the fine folks over at Chicago’s Thrill Jockey label are providing not one but two separate relief methods toward helping Japan’s recovery and stabilization.

Thrill Jockey’s Benefit for the Recovery in Japan compiles over 60 artists from all over the planet onto one sprawling album. Just a handful of the notable artists involved are Tim Hecker, Prefuse 73, Christian Fennesz, Noveller, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Ex, Parts & Labor, Grouper, Rhys Chatham, Oren Ambarchi, Sam Prekop, and of course, many, many others. 100% of the album’s proceeds go directly to the relief effort in Japan, and there’s a full tracklisting below. The benefit was curated by Antiopic’s David Daniell and James Elliott, with some shout-outs due for Regina Greene from Front Porch Productions and knob twister Greg Davis. The download-only comp can be purchased here for a mere $15.

Benefit for the Recovery in Japan tracklisting:

Part 1:
01. Fennesz: “Fearless”
02. Helado Negro: “Cabeza Bella”
03. Stephan Mathieu: “(Excerpt from) The Floating World”
04. School of Seven Bells: “Midnight Sun”
05. Lawrence English: “Hotaru”
06. Noveller: “Darkheart”
07. Zeena Parkins: “The Letter”
08. Tom Carter (of Charalambides): “Mended”
09. Akron/Family: “Deep Kazoo”
10. The Ex: “Cold Weather Is Back”
11. Shinji Masuko (of Boredoms/DMBQ): “Botsuon”
12. Oneohtrix Point Never: “The Inside World”
13. Tokimonsta: “Sound Caves”
14. Joshua Abrams: “Jackdaws”
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman: “Anzac #3”
16. Ben Frost: “Snćugla”
17. David Daniell: “Shiho-hiru-tama”
18. Grouper: “Cassiopeia”
19. Tape: “Mirrors”
20. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: “Moon in a Dewdrop”
21. D. Charles Speer: “Steel Infant”
22. Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl): “Blue Veil”
23. Blackshaw, Wood, Wood & Tomlinson (James Blackshaw & Hush Arbors):
“Are You Alright? (Chump Change)”
24. Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors): “In the Hollows”
25. Chris Forsyth & Shawn Edward Hansen: “Dirty Pool Blues”
26. Zelienople: “Stone Faced About It”
27. Elm (Jon Porras of Barn Owl): “Diamond Dust”
28. Lobisomem: “Kusha”
29. Stabbing Eastwood (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer): “Thundersnow
30. Alan Licht & Greg Malcolm: “Natasha Utting Reporting”
31. Scott Tuma: “To: Hasty”
32. Rhys Chatham: “Prayer for the People of Fukushima”

Part 2:

33. Prefuse 73: “The Only Climactic Dissonant Hums”
34. Growing: “Untitled”
35. James Plotkin (of Khanate): “Broken ‘96”
36. Totem Test: “Pulse Prayer for Japan”
37. Marcus Schmickler (of Pluramon): “2.71828 Up”
38. Tim Hecker: “Hatred of Music (Double Gate Mix)”
39. Sylvain Chauveau: “Colours in Darkness”
40. Bear in Heaven: “The Days We Have”
41. Spires That in the Sunset Rise (with Michael Zerang): “Collision Theory”
42. C. Spencer Yeh: “Solo Violin March 13th 2011”
43. Lau Nau: “Oi Kuolema”
44. Oren Ambarchi: “Merely A Portmanteau”
45. Warm Ghost: “Uncut Diamond (Dripping Pollen Mix)”
46. Bradley & Geofrey (Atlas Sound + White Rainbow): “Mr. Stephen’s
Private Service”
47. Peter’s House Music: “Half Step”
48. Leb Laze: “Da Plane Da Plane”
49. Matthewdavid: “Stop Laughing / Be Honest”
50. Sam Prekop: “Lakes River”
51. Simon Scott: “Of You (Before 2082)”
52. Tetuzi Akiyama/Jon Mueller/Jim Schoenecker: “Untitled”
53. Shelley Burgon: “Let It Be New”
54. Giant Sand: “Recovery Mission”
55. William Tyler: “Tears and Saints”
56. Mountains: “Still Life”
57. Ben Vida: “Quadsweep +2 (snkglazz iii)”
58. Maria Chavez: “Natural Disaster #2_2011”
59. Cleared: “Nova”
60. Neptune: “FIG IV”
61. Water Fai: “Tokitomori”
62. Parts & Labor: “Dokonimonai”
63. Jackie-O Motherfucker: “Blood of Life”
64. Greg Davis: “Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani”

If that isn’t deserving of your hard(?)-earned cash, I don’t know what is, but if so then perhaps this is a more enticing offer: the members of OOIOO and Boredoms have decided to donate 100% of the profits from the sale of several of their albums, including Taiga, Gold & Green, and Super Roots 9. Honestly, how can you turn this down? You know you were gonna spend that money on a 12-pack or a dinner at Ruby Tuesday anyway. Why not get some excellent music to improve your own life while at the same time helping improve the lives of some folk who desperately need it. Snag those over at the Thrill Jockey mailorder website.

All donations from the Japan comp go directly to the Japanese-based emergency response organization Civic Force, who are working on the ground of the disaster sites and providing aid where most needed. Proceeds from the Boredoms and OOIOO albums will go to organizations such as Civic Force, Peace Winds, and the Fukushima prefecture municipality.

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Flaming Lips/Neon Indian 12-inch collaboration out now! Now! NOW!

Why are you still reading this story when you could be, right now, getting in your car, driving to Oklahoma City or Dallas, and on your way to picking up a copy of the new 12-inch vinyl collaboration between The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian? Why??

I guess it’s because you want to know why you have to drive to Oklahoma City or Dallas, right? Well, because the new EP collaboration is only, yes I said only, available at two (count ‘em, two) record stores at current time; OK City’s Guestroom Records and Dallas’ Good Records.

As far as other details go, well, there aren’t many so don’t fault me for being mysterious and uninformative. We know nothing about wide-spread release, we have some images, we know that it’ll be colored vinyl, and we have a tracklist! But that’s about it so if I were you, I would start gassing up the old car and checking out the quickest routes to Oklahoma on Google Maps.

The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian 12” tracklist:

A1. Is David Bowie Dead?
A2. Alan’s Theremin
A3. You Don’t Respond
B1. Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2

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Crystal Stilts announce spring tour in support of new album but in violation of international law

The enigmatic New Yorkers known as Crystal Stilts are taking the show on the road this spring in support of their upcoming album In Love With Oblivion. (In case you’re wondering why I so frequently refer to acts as “enigmatic,” it’s based on a complicated formula I use to see how much information comprises a band’s Wikipedia page. In the case of Crystal Stilts: not much. Voila! MYSTERY.) Slumberland will release the group’s sophomore album on April 12, and afterward will release Crystal Stilts themselves onto an unsuspecting populace. (Except for you, dear reader. Obviously you now suspect them.)

The band’s most recent single “Shake the Shackles” spent most of the latter end of 2010 blowing up the airways, and will be available on Oblivion, which is a huge relief because it’s been rattling around in my brain like a nicotine craving ever since last fall. The album promises to be an extravaganza of “perfectly chiming guitars, cranky pop organs and the punkest of rhythms.” And in turn, the tour looks to be a no-holds-barred, cross-country rock ‘n’ roll explosion (with a stop at the Austin Psych Fest)!


04.16.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
04.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04.23.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
04.25.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.26.11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
04.28.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds (upstairs)
04.29.11 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest 4 at Seaholm Powerplant
04.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05.03.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.04.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.05.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - TBD
05.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum
05.07.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.08.11 - Sacramento, CA - The Hub
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
05.13.11 - Kennwick, WA - Red Room
05.14.11 - Boise, ID - Colorcube
05.15.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.16.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
05.19.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon
05.20.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
05.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees

* Spectrum

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Marianne Faithfull named Commander of the Arts and Letters in France; an older generation rejoices

Paul McCartney speculated about the many possibilities for a man or woman at age 64 (by that time, he was knighted). Marianne Faithfull, now 64, has received a similar honor across the channel. This week, Frédéric Mitterand (pop quiz! Who is he?*) made dear old Marianne Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Commander of the Arts and Letters, in case you couldn’t guess — the highest award in the Order). In a day, she joined the ranks of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sir Michael Caine, all recipients of the award for their contribution to — well, French culture, and specifically, “the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”

Marianne Faithfull has certainly done a lot for the French since arriving in 64 and singing for Godard in 66. Just recently, she released Horses & High Heels, her umpteenth album — proving that she and Mick Jagger must indeed have a competition going for most active rocker over 50.

We at TMT are overjoyed for Marianne Faithfull. Check out the sweet pendant she gets to wear (click on “Ordre des Arts et Lettres)!

* French Minister of Culture and Communication… come on, guys!

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ATP announces Japan benefit show with Squarepusher, Fuck Buttons, and incentives galore

Some things — like going to the wedding of a cousin I last saw 20 years ago because my mom wants me to — are the right thing to do. Some things — like tequila shots — are the FUN thing to do. And some things are both! Things like ATP’s Made in Japan benefit show on April 21 at the Forum in London. There’s much to love about this show, not least of which is the lineup. Made in Japan features “a special improv/jam set” from Squarepusher, non-jam sets from Fuck Buttons and LFO, and DJing from the likes of Declan Allen and N>E>D. But that’s not all!

Proceeds from the show go directly to the Japanese Red Cross, which is incredible, but attendees will receive more than a warm, fuzzy feeling for showing their support. Every ticketholder will get a download code for an exclusive new track by Autechre called “6852.” Throughout the night, ATP will be raffling off some pretty awesome prizes, such as guest chalets for the ATP festivals, Spiritualized box sets, and other ATP-related prizes. Musical prizes from Warp, Matador, and EMI will also be available, along with posters for purchase by American pop surrealist artist Tim Biskup. Head here to secure tickets. You see, at ATP’s Made in Japan, everybody wins. Literally! Every ticketholder wins a prize. Just like one of those grade school carnivals, but for a much better cause.

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Group Doueh mercilessly announce new album Zayna Jumma, effectively bankrupting Sublime Frequencies fans

Time moves slower when you live on the outskirts of the Sahara desert, but while you and I click “Page 11” on another animated GIF Tumblr and suddenly realize it’s almost April, Group Doueh put the finishing touches on yet another album for Sublime Frequencies. No, I’m not talking about Beatte Harab — that came out, what, three weeks ago? Yesterday’s business, madam, leave that one to the historians. The new thing is Zayna Jumma, an eight-track CD-shaped beast that will be set loose on May 24. It is the opinion of many thoughtful Doueh fans that each album they release manages to outdo the previous, so by my calculations Zayna Jumma is going to be four times as mind-bending as 2007’s Guitar Music from the Western Sahara — which is frightening since that one had me doing footwork up a down escalator.

Recorded last year in Dakhla on the very edge of the Western Sahara by longtime Sublime Frequencies compiler/filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the new album inches closer to Western rock territory than ever before with the addition of bandleader Doueh’s eldest sons El Waar and Hamdan on synth and drum kit, respectively. Three female backup singers were also thrown into the mix, positioning the band one saxophone away from re-recording Dylan’s Street-Legal.

Zayna Jumma is being released when it’s being released (May 24) because the Group will be doing the Tuareg shuffle all over the UK and Europe in May. Check below for the updated dates, as some TBAs have now been A’d. Oh, and US tourdates are all but imminent.

Zayna Jumma tracklist:

01. Zayna Jumma
02. Ishhadlak Ya Khey
03. Zaya Koum
04. Met-Ha
05. Jaguar Doueh
06. Aziza
07. Ana Lakweri
08. Wazan Doueh

Updated tourdates:

05.11.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
05.11.11 - Reading, UK - South Street Arts Centre
05.13.11 - London, UK - The Barbican
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curators: Animal Collective)
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens *
05.17.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Acienne Belgique
05.18.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.19.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
05.20.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Global
05.21.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Nefertiti Jazz Club
05.23.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo (Vaunusali)
05.25.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Södra Bar, Södra Teatern
05.26.11 - Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarten
05.27.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.11 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.11 - Lille, France - Aéronef Club

$ The Brothers Unconnected (Sir Richard and Alan Bishop)
* Animal Collective

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