Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings are just two guys with new haircuts (pretty nice haircuts!) and a US tour

Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings are just two guys with new haircuts (pretty nice haircuts!) and a US tour

Everybody knows the first element to making great new wave: synthesizers. Everybody also knows the second element to making great new wave: haircuts. Two of the brightest stars in modern new wave, Twin Shadow and Diamond Rings, have the synths and they have the ‘cuts. This fall, they’ll be paying tribute to the latter on what has been dubbed the Clean Cuts Tour. If you plan on heading to any of those shows, make sure to prep your 1985 David Gahan pompadour.

Aside from the clear dedication these groups have to stylish hairdos, their love for ridiculous hair will come through in the pre-order deal they’re offering for these shows. If you pre-order tickets between June 16 and June 21 (pre-order link here, you’ll receive a t-shirt with a specific hairstyle from the tour poster, as well as a 1.5” button corresponding to your particular city’s haircut on said poster. It’ll be the most haircut-riffic pair of items you shall ever own.

Twin Shadow + Diamond Rings dates (festival dates are sans Diamond Rings):

09.06.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
09.07.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.08.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.12.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
09.13.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
09.15.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.18.11 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Plaace
09.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09.24.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
09.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
09.26.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.27.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
10.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.06.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.07.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

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Pelican join the Power of the Riff festival and announce additional tourdates, still rely on the Power of the Donut to wake up each morning

Pelican, who last released an album in 2009 (What We All Come to Need) and have since remained off the road and nowhere near performing venues, have announced that they will be taking a break from new material and various less-important side-projects to head out on a West Coast tour. The series of dates include three shows with Southern Lord’s traveling Power of the Riff festival and, for the enjoyment of the band’s Kentucky fans, a gig at the Boomslang Festival.

Pelican will join the POTR Festival for three of the tour’s confirmed dates (skipping out on one of the San Fran shows) and will be joined by other like-minded and heady metal acts like Pentagram, Winter, Noothgrush, and others. As for Kentucky, the Boomslang festival will also feature Swans, Secret Chiefs 3, Horseback, and more.

The band has also stated that they are all dealing with massive levels of addiction to both sugar and glaze and have promised that their current troubles with donuts, long johns, crullers, fritters, and bear claws are being dealt with as soon as the tour is done. The band, who long ago made it public that they can”t wake up in the morning without the help of fried and sweetened dough, have already scheduled a month-long stay at noted Sugar Addiction treatment center, Johnny Cake Clinic.

Pelican dates:

08.12.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
08.13.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo/Echoplex *
08.14.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company
08.15.11 - Fresno, CA - Audie’s Olympic
08.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Mezzanine *
08.17.11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
08.18.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
09.24.11 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival

* Power of the Riff

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John Fahey’s earliest recordings excavated for 5CD set; this news is too exciting to undermine with a dirty joke about “fingerpicking”

Before Red Cross, before Fare Forward Voyagers, before The Yellow Princess and Requia, even before Blind Joe Death (his first self-released album from 1959), future fingerpicking master John Fahey made a series of recordings for his fellow record-collecting friend Joe Bussard’s budding Fonotone label. Issued on 78 RPM records (an unusual choice even in 1958) in extremely low numbers under his own name and various monikers (see “Blind Thomas” above), only the most obsessive Fahey scholars have heard even a fraction of these recordings, and even those who were lucky enough to order them by mail at the time have yet to hear the songs at the correct speed, as Bussard cut the 78s too fast (resulting in the records playing back slower than recorded). Now, after over 10 years of scavenging, compiling, EQing, and cursing from audio engineers, all the music sent to Bussard by Fahey from 1958 to 1965 is being released late September/early October in a deluxe 5CD set by the kings of deluxe 5CD sets, Dust-to-Digital.

Along with the rare Fonotone 78s, John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965) will include roughly three hours of music from Bussard’s master tapes that was never issued on any format and could only have been heard previously if you were hiding in the tree outside Fahey’s window at the time of recording. The sum total is 115 extremely rare recordings, all edited by steel-string sensation (and Fahey collaborator) Glenn Jones, with the full approval of the Fahey estate.

The set will also include an 88-page book with essays and analysis from Byron Coley, Malcolm Kirton, Claudio Guerierri, and Eddie Dean; reminiscences from close friends and associates; reproductions of all the original Fonotone record labels; and tons of unpublished photos direct from Jane C. Hayes — Fahey’s mother. Dust-to-Digital has an amazing track record with its compilations, and in 2005 it released a Fonotone retrospective that ended up earning a Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, so expect this one to be prettier than your sweetheart. For more details about the project (and its long history), check out this interesting recollection from Glenn Jones.

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Jeff Mangum announces five new North American shows! They take place in the 1940s, but who cares!

Okay, readers. You’re cool, aren’t you? I mean, you know Jeff Mangum. We’ve already told you that this guy is a “genius” or whatever, haven’t we? And you like geniuses, don’t you? See your co-worker over there in the next cubicle? He probably doesn’t like geniuses, does he? His life hasn’t been changed by the stirring power of that Airplane On the Sea, or whatever it’s called, and he probably can’t even spell “recluse.” He’s not as sensitive to the Oversoul as you are. He probably likes Kings of Leon. Yuk. Right. So, then, this news is for you.

Jeff Mangum, earstwhile founding-member of the stupendously magnificent Neutral Milk Hotel, has announced that he’s planning five new shows in North America this summer/fall in addition to the sold-out tour he’d already booked earlier. (This is the part where you go ape-shit like a trained seal slapping his fins together for a herring. Are you doing that? Do that.) In addition, a limited number of tickets will be released for the Boston show on September 10. Those tix go on sale Tuesday (June 21) at high noon EDT, while the rest go on sale Wednesday at the same time. So even though you missed out on what you thought was your last chance to “be there” when Mangum was also “there” too, you’ve got another shot, champ. Cancel your dentist appointment, call in sick to work, smash your television, divorce your spouse, disown your kids, starve your pets, shave your balls, unplug your sick relatives’ respirators. NO DISTRACTIONS.

And hey, each newly announced date will benefit Children of the Blue Sky, an organization that aims to help rebuild the lives of Mongolian street children, by donating $1 for each ticket sold.

Jeff Mangum tour 2011 (new dates in bold):

08.08.11 - Burlington, VT - First Unitarian Church
08.10.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile-End
08.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Trinity St. Paul’s United Church $
08.13.11 - Toronto, ON - Trinity St. Paul’s United Church $
09.07.11 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music Theatre
09.09.11 - Cambridge, MA Sanders - Theatre at Harvard University $
09.10.11 - Boston, MA - Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
09.26.11 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space at St. John’s Church
09.27.11 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space at St. John’s Church @
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP America – Paramount Theatre $
10.03.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre @ $
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Town Hall $
11.06.11 - Jersey City, NJ - Loew’s Jersey Theatre $
11.30.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s $
12.02.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties - Butlins Holiday Centre $#
12.08.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel $
12.09.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel $

$ sold out
@ A Hawk and A Hacksaw
# curated by Jeff Mangum

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Josef Van Wissem teams up with Jim Jarmusch for craziest filmaker/musician collaboration of the year

When it comes to filmmaker/musician collaborations, the new LP featuring Dutch minimalist composer/lute player Josef Van Wissem and Stranger than Paradise/Broken Flowers/Coffee & Cigarettes director Jim Jarmusch makes the David Lynch/Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse collabo album Dark Night of the Soul look positively mainstream. For, you see, Van Wissem is no run-of-the-mill, bawdy summer Renaissance Festival, LARPing lute player. No — he is an artist, in the most all-encompassing, artiest sense of the world.

Van Wissem makes Renaissance and Baroque lute jams not just contemporary, but straight-up experimental. His music combines field recordings, electronics, and No Wave influences. He has collaborated with avant-garde luminaries such as James Blackshaw and Keiji Haino, and was even commissioned by London’s National Gallery to write a composition based on the Hans Holbein painting “The Ambassadors.” Fun fact: he also wrote lute and vocal melodies for the new medieval version of the Sims computer games.

And now, with the release of The Joy that Never Ends, Van Wissem’s collabo with Jarmusch (who plays the guitar and amps up the feedback) and vocalist Jeanne Madic, you too can live every day accompanied by the music of Mr. Van Wissem and his lute. JUST LIKE THE MEDIEVAL SIMS!!!! (Except that you’re actually sentient and breathing, but you get it.) The new album will be available as a CD or LP on Important Records come June 28. The LP is part of a limited run of 500, and the CD includes a bonus track. Check out “His Is the Ecstasy” here.

The Joy that Never Ends tracklisting:

01. The Joy that Never Ends
02. His is the Ecstasy
03. Concerning the Beautiful Human Form After Death
04. Concerning the Precise Nature of Truth
05. The Hearts of the Daughters Are Returned to their Mothers
06. The Great Joy (CD-only bonus track)

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Shonen Knife release Ramones tribute album in July; is a Marky Ramone & The Intruders tribute far behind?

Just like the calendar says, it’s been 30 years since 1981 and 30 years since Shonen Knife formed in Osaka, Japan. Over the course of countless albums, hundreds of tours, and three decades, they’ve become one of the most famous Japanese bands to head East and cross over to an American audience. To celebrate the anniversary, Shonen Knife have announced that they will be release a tribute album to The Ramones, titled Osaka Ramones: Tribute to The Ramones, through Good Charamel Records on July 19.

“Ramones were my all-time idols since I first heard their music from a radio and rushed to a record shop,” says Naoko, Shonen Knife’s guitarist and vocalist. “This year is the 30th anniversary of Shonen Knife. For celebration, we decided to record a cover album of our favorite band The Ramones. The title is Osaka Ramones with our respect. I’m very happy to release an Osaka Ramones project and to recognize their contri­bution to the evolution of Shonen Knife.”

Osaka Ramones: Tribute to The Ramones tracklist:

01. Blitzkrieg Bop
02. Rock and Roll High School
03. We Want The Airwaves
04. She’s The One
05. Rockaway Beach
06. Sheenah Is a Punk Rocker
07. Scattergun
08. Psychotherapy
09. The KKK Took My Baby Away
10. We’re A Happy Family
11. Chinese Rock
12. Beat on the Brat
13. Pinhead

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