Thurston Moore to tour Europe for the… wait, you’re actually counting?

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If Thurston Moore was indeed placed on this Earth by a higher power, I’m almost positive it was with the intent to make others in the music industry feel extremely lazy. No offense to Thurston if he happens to be reading this, and because I know how sensitive people can be about their age (yes, I totally just accused Thurston Moore as having the potential for sensitivity), but if I was deemed a musical legend by the age of 35, give or take a few years, I’m not entirely sure that I’d still be releasing albums on a consistent basis 15 years later. And I highly doubt that I’d be touring regularly either, which is exactly what Moore is doing when he travels to Europe in late November.

The tour is his second trip to Europe in support of his latest, highly acclaimed album Demolished Thoughts (TMT Review). Tours. Albums. A record label. Naturally, his body of work begs the question: is Thurston Moore a musical superhuman? Does his blood carry the biological ingredients necessary to shred like a monster and produce an innumerable amount of quality releases, both solo and as a member of Sonic Youth? If scientists weren’t so preoccupied with the study of terminal diseases, I dare say they should absolutely look into harnessing Moore’s DNA — you know, for research, and definitely not for the establishment of some sort of highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist master race.

Dates:

11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK- Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Comunale
12.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
12.10.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Moods / Kilbi Im Exil

• Thurston Moore: http://www.sonicyouth.com/dotsonics/thurston
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

RIP: Jessy Dixon, gospel singer

From The New York Times:

Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who helped popularize gospel music with his energetic style and who found a wider audience touring and recording with Paul Simon, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.

His sister, Miriam Dixon, said he had been sick for over a year but declined to provide details.

Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,” which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

• Jessy Dixon: http://www.jessydixon.com

Björk reveals tracklist for Biophilia bonus disc, giving In Rainbows Disc 2 a run for its yawn-money

Björk has briefly descended to Earth again — approaching us with a muted grace that recalls the ever-pirouetting cosmos and the bodily calm of a deep breath — to offer up some details on the bonus disc for Biophilia, which is only a week or two away from worldwide release (October 10… you do the math). Originally thought to be a data disc containing hundreds and hundreds of rare Björk, Thom Yorke, Tricky, and Tagaq jpegs over the years, the bonus disc now turns out to be a group of songs recorded during her six-date residency at Manchester’s Campfield Market Hall this past summer.

Since Björk had a few new items specially commissioned for these performances (digitally controlled pipe organ, pin-barrel harp, gamelan-celeste hybrid, 30-foot pendulum harnessing the Earth’s gravitational pull), the set is rather Biophilia-centric, but a few tracks from her other albums show up here and there too, so your nostalgia pleasure centers won’t have to miss a beat. Speaking of nostalgia, remember the good old days when you preordered the ultimate edition or at least the manual edition of Biophilia? Because this bonus disc is only offered in those two packages, and they’re both already SOLD OUT AHAHAHA NO EXTRA TRACKS FOR THE HOI POLLOI, POOR PEOPLE ARE SUCH JOKES!!!!!!

Live in Manchester tracklisting:

01. Thunderbolt
02. Moon
03. Crystalline
04. Hollow
05. Dark Matter
06. Hidden Place
07. Mouth’s Cradle
08. Virus
09. Sonnets
10. Where Is the Line
11. Mutual Core
12. Cosmogony
13. Solstice
14. One Day
15. Náttúra

• Björk: http://www.bjork.com

Ryan Adams a.k.a. Mr. Mandy Moore tours with new album Ashes & Fire

Mr. Mandy Moore is gearing up for a spell of tourdates this fall, beginning the same day as his 13th album gets released. October 11 is the day Ashes & Fire will be available for purchase, but for those of you who just.can’t.wait.any.damn.longer, the white-boy-rock-loving folks over at NPR are streaming it here.

In 2009, Adams announced plans to put music on hold, following his being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which affects the inner ear. Lucky for many of you, Mr. Mandy is back in action, so check him out if you can, especially since you don’t know when he might retire for real for real. So go ahead and give Ashes & Fire a deserved listen or two (or 20), then be sure to snatch up tickets to the real deal.

Ashes & Fire tracklisting:

01. Dirty Rain
02. Ashes & Fire
03. Come Home
04. Rocks
05. Do I Wait
06. Chains of Love
07. Invisible Riverside
08. Save Me
09. Kindness
10. Lucky Now
11. I Love You But I Don’t Know What to Say

Dates:

10.11.11 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater
10.13.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
10.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater
10.15.11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
10.17.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio
10.18.11 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
10.20.11 - Eugene, OR - The Shedd
10.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya
12.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
12.04.11 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
12.06.11 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
12.08.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
12.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Winter Garden Theatre
12.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Cadillac Place
12.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre

• Ryan Adams/PAX AM: http://paxamrecords.com

Holy Ghost! prove that they can headline a tour and release a single by headlining a tour and releasing a single

You there, in the headband and sleeveless Joy Division shirt! What are your favorite dance acts of the last few years? Knowing you (who I do not know), I bet they’re something along the lines of LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, and, let’s say, Chromeo. I am correct! Now, if you’ve been going to their shows like a good little concert-going rabbit, you’ve probably caught an opening set by New York disco act Holy Ghost!. They’ve been big on the opening act circuit as of late, but they’re finally moving up. Yes, they’re getting their big day in the sun. After a lot of hard work, the spotlight’s on Holy Ghost! now. Insert another platitude to signify that Holy Ghost! are headlining their own tour, the likes of which will be hitting much of North America this fall.

On this tour, they will still be supporting their self-titled debut, which came out on DFA this past April. That record is full of tracks they love with all their hearts. In fact, they love “Hold My Breath” so much that they’re releasing it as a single on October 17. That very single will feature remixes by Tiger & Woods, Cosmic Kids, and FaltyDL. Right now, Rolling Stone is running a premiere of the “Hold My Breath” video, directed by Ben Fries. Fries directed the duo’s previous video for “Wait and See” and is reported to be their very best friend in the entire world ever.

Holy Ghost! dates:

10.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.30.11 - Orono, ME - University of Maine
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Belmont on the Boulevard
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - 69 Bathurs
11.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.04.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
11.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
11.09.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box
11.13.11 - San Diego, CA - Voyeur Night Club
11.16.11 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
11.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.19.11 - New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues
11.21.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• Holy Ghost!: http://www.holyghostnyc.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Users complain about Spotify/Facebook partnership, Spotify Death Watch 2011 begins

Facebook users are logging in and voicing their concern that Spotify has partnered with the devil by making it a requirement to have a Facebook account in order to sign up for the streaming music service. Helpful comments have included, “Thanks Spotify. You’re a mensch.” Lots of other services have partnered with Facebook to allow users to share what they’re listening to in their streams, but Spotify is the first to go so far as to make Facebook integration a must.

Spotify’s response to those concerned about their privacy? Go and set up a fake Facebook account and use Spotify that way. While an official acknowledgment of this suggestion has yet to be issued by Zuckerberg and crew, they’re probably not into their new partner encouraging users to break their terms of service (see part 4, section 2, “You will not create more than one personal profile”) and subsequently prevent the social network from accurately collecting the personal data it so desperately needs. Spotify is also encouraging users to manage their personal settings, from within both Spotify and Facebook, to exert more control over what’s being shared.

Spotify has seen over a million new users join since the partnership went into action, but most analysts acknowledge that this is really a boon for Facebook, not Spotify. Instead of building relationships with license holders and trying to create a Spotify-type service within Facebook, Facebook is having the service providers compete for access within the world of Facebook. Facebook then sells ads targeted to people based on what they’re listening to and Spotify gets more users whom they’ll try and turn into paying members.

To entice new users to make the switch from their free account to a paying one, Spotify is offering six months of free membership benefits, the estimated amount of time it takes for a user to appreciate the value in the services offered through a Spotify subscription. While the ads are mildly annoying, the free content users can get without a membership should suffice for most.

If this marks the beginning of the end for Spotify (which it doesn’t) there will inevitably be another service around the corner waiting to take its place as Facebook’s best music buddy.