Thurston Moore curates half a month at John Zorn’s NY venue The Stone

Thurston Moore curates half a month at John Zorn's NY venue The Stone

John Zorn’s East Village venue The Stone has always catered to some of the most experimental, most forward-thinking modern-day music makers. By selecting The Stone’s curators in a sort of bi-monthly rotation, the nightly musical lineup is kept in a constant state of flux and change. That status is being firmly reinforced not only by the fact that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed will be the space’s curators for February, but also because good ol’ Thurston Moore (need I introduce him?) will act as house curator for the second half of April.

Through April 16-30, Moore is going to be putting the same prowess in musical taste that has made Ecstatic Peace! such a bearer of musical light towards selecting a fitting lineup for The Stone. With already announced acts such a Fursaxa, Samara Lubelski & Marcia Basset duo, Elisa Ambrogio, U.S. Girls, Talk Normal, and many more, it’s already set to be a killer month. Click here for the full lineup.

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The Go! Team to play US (and rest of universe) this spring

You remember The Go! Team right? You know, that band that sounds like a Sesame Street ensemble that took way too much influence from The Jackson 5 and decided to do cocaine. Seems that the Manchester-based Brighton-based group is back doing their thing again with a new record titled Rolling Blackouts slated for February 1 and a whole slew of tourdates to give this announcement some added umph.

If that wasn’t enough info to get your knocks off, check this: the new album includes guest vocal duties from that girl from Best Coast and Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof. Not only that, but they’ve decided to extend their tour over to the States where they’ll give folks on both coasts a taste of their nearly fever-inducing, crack-driven live set. Go ahead and scope out these dates along with the (absurd amount of) Euro ones below.

North American tourdates:

04.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
04.13.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
04.15.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
04.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (GBH)
04.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
04.20.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine (Popscene)

* Dom

Rest of World tourdates:

01.22.11 - Vienna, Austria - FM4 Birthday Party, The Arena
02.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
02.04.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
02.05.11 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
02.06.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
02.08.11 - London, UK - Heaven
02.09.11 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
02.10.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
02.11.11 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
02.13.11 - Falmouth, UK - The Princess Pavilion
02.14.11 - Bournemouth, UK - The Old Firestation
02.15.11 - Oxford, UK - Academy 1
02.16.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
02.18.11 - Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
02.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
02.20.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy 2
02.21.11 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
02.24.11 - Norwich, UK - The Waterfront
02.25.11 - Sheffield, UK - Academy 2
02.26.11 - Leicester, UK - Academy 2
02.27.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Millennium Music Hall
03.05.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
03.10.11 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.11.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
03.12.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Stall 6
03.14.11 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
03.15.11 - Munich, Germany - 59 to 1
03.16.11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken
03.17.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
03.18.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefaehrlich
03.22.11 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
03.23.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie @ The Botanique
03.24.11 - Rennes, France - Ubu
03.25.11 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’Or
03.26.11 - Angouleme, France - La Nef
03.30.11 - Valencia, Spain - Sala Mirror
03.31.11 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
04.01.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz

Take that, recession! Vinyl sales increase as music industry slides closer to the shit-hole

Some industries in America have always been recession-proof: war, death, alcohol — and now it seems that you can add vinyl records to the list. I mean, not really, because vinyl records still only sold 2.8 million units and overall album sales were down a whopping 12.7% from 2009 (with overall music sales down 2.4%), but at least we know that people haven’t totally abandoned physical music, because vinyl sales have grown by 14% over the last year.

In case you’re curious: the top-selling new albums on vinyl were Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, The Black Keys’ Brothers, Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and The National’s High Violet. The overall bestselling vinyl album in 2010 was The Beatles’ Abbey Road. What this shows us is that the majority of people buying records are either old or nerdy — never a good thing when you want something to become hip and popular again — but it does show us that at least someone out there still wants to hold music in their hands.

So, thanks music nerds and audiophiles for maintaining your devotion to high fidelity. With a little luck, we can prevent everything from being turned into binary-coded data-streams, which would all be erased when the power goes out.

[Sculpture: Jean Shin]

Dead Meadow tour with new J. Mascis project

Dead Meadow are taking to the road for a brief West Coast mini-tour with new J. Mascis project Sweet Apple this month. The lords of the modern day psych-rock scene will be repping their most recent album, last year’s DVD/LP Three Kings (TMT Review) on Xemu, the long-awaited, experimental, mandolins-only soundtrack to the 1999 Mark Wahlberg/George Clooney/Ice Cube war movie. (OK, not true. THAT WE KNOW OF.) This is Dead Meadow’s first expedition since an Australian jaunt in October.


01.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
01.12.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
01.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
01.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
01.16.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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The Dodos vow not to become the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, announce No Color for March

Sorry Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but The Dodos do not plan on being your neighbors in one-album wonderland anytime soon. Their fourth album, No Color, is due March 15 via Frenchkiss Records. Starting February 1, you can head over to their website and preorder No Color, which will give you an immediate download of their new song, “Black Night.” If you’re curious to know what their new album sounds like in advance, Dodo #1 Meric Long has said that it showcases his love of 90s riffs. “The most fun I had with this record was when I got to strap on the electric guitar and come up with Billy Corgan riffs while the tape was rolling,” Long said. Billy Corgan riffs? I personally can’t wait to hear “Cherub Rock” v. 2.0.

No Color tracklisting::

01. Black Night
02. Going Under
03. Good
04. Sleep
05. Dont Try And Hide It
06. When Will You Go
07. Hunting Season
08. Companions
09. Don’t Stop

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Panda Bear “really, really close” to finishing Tomboy, moves back to the US to work closer with Animal Collective

Panda Bear has a way of stringing people along and getting away with it. For three years, he’s been working on Tomboy, his solo follow-up to 2007’s Person Pitch (TMT Review). All last fall, we patiently waited for the “late 2010” release date for Tomboy, with no returns but three 7-inch singles from the elusive oeuvre; the promise of a collaborative track on Ducktails’ latest album; a sneaker designed not only by Animal Collective, but one from Panda Bear too; and news of their curatorial duties for the May 2011 ATP UK.

Noah Lennox is a reasonable guy, and in the last year, he has given us some glimpse of Tomboy’s light to tide us over. If you saw Panda Bear play at all last fall, you probably heard some of the unreleased songs. As mentioned, there’s also the availability of “Tomboy,” “You Can Count On Me,” and “Last Night at the Jetty” (however limited it may be) throughout the latter half of 2010. But now, with the advent of a new decade, Panda Bear has announced to the Wall Street Journal (who, in an attempt to be hip, interviewed Panda Bear, Andre 3000, Sean Lennon, and a bunch of other cool people about their 2011 resolutions) that Tomboy is “really, really close to a final mix.” About time, Lennox.

In order to really push things into gear, Noah and his family are temporarily moving back to the US (from Portugal) to work more closely with Animal Collective. Let’s hope for a date before the world ends in 2012!

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[Photo: Ben Beaumont-Thomas]