Van Dyke Parks curates anthology of piano wizardry by New Orleans legend Tom McDermott

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Once upon a time (NOW), in a hot and sticky land called New Orleans, there lived a man with magical hands. This guy was a piano wizard, a guy who could play anything from ragtime to funk to the works of 1850s piano guy Louis Moreau Gottschalk. He wrote for film, TV, and theater, eventually winning a prestigious Obie award for his work in the off-Broadway production Nita and Zita. He even plays himself on HBO’s Treme. THE DUDE PLAYS HIMSELF ON AN HBO SERIES. The dude’s name, boys and girls, is Tom McDermott, and Van Dyke Parks is curating a collection of his piano stylings and compositions.

Bamboula they’re calling this collection, and it comes out September 24 on Minky Records. Parks is writing the liner notes, and he describes the album as “flexibly fluent, somehow of one cloth. As a composer, Tom’s compositions each read like a good short story, filled with motifs, anecdotes and suspended sub-plots that all resolve in conclusion. Take it as an ample sampler to the world that lies beyond, in the hands of a master.” McDermott the Master performed as a Duke of Dixieland, circumnavigating the globe, and founded the New Orleans Nightcrawlers brass band. He has recorded 10 albums. So show some respect.

• Tom McDermott: http://mcdermottmusic.com
• Van Dyke Parks: http://bananastan.com
• Minky: http://www.midheaven.com/label/minky-records

Drake announces huge North American tour, purchases entire region on whim

Unless Tiny Mix Tapes has a surprising readership among billionaires, it is safe to assume that Drake is richer than any of us. He has the most money, we (relative to Drake) have the least money. Rumor has it, the sweater Drake wore on the cover of Take Care cost exactly one-million dollars. Not because it was a nice sweater or anything, just because that’s how much Drake feels like he should pay for a sweater. Drake has quite a bit of money, so much that he seems like he could purchase all of North America on a whim. Look: Drake has purchased all of North America on a whim.

Well, not quite. Drake’s expressed interest in purchasing the entirety of the North American continent. But since he’s no idiot, Drake wants to check the place out first. Hence, his upcoming tour, dubbed, for a reason that someone probably understands, the Would You Like A Tour. This tour, which begins September 25 in Portland, hits 41 different cities, because, look, Drake really wants to make sure all the door frames fit and also that Tacoma hasn’t disappeared into a gigantic sinkhole. Accompanying him on these dates are his top consultant/R&B singer Miguel and business-robot/rapper Future.

Drake’s third full-length, Nothing Was The Same, will be out on September 17, more than likely. But who knows. Drake is too busy being rich to really care about such things. In fact, he just bought a yacht, which he will use to crash into another yacht.

Drake dates:

09.25.13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
09.26.13 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
09.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09.29.13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
09.30.13 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10.02.13 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
10.03.13 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
10.05.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.06.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
10.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
10.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.11.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10.12.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
10.13.13 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
10.15.13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
10.16.13 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
10.18.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
10.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
10.21.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.22.13 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
10.26.13 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
10.27.13 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10.30.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
10.31.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11.02.13 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
11.03.13 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
11.05.13 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
11.06.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
11.09.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
11.10.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
11.12.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
11.13.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
11.16.13 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
11.18.13 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
11.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
11.21.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
11.22.13 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
11.24.13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
11.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

• Drake: http://www.drakeofficial.com
• Miguel: http://www.officialmiguel.com
• Future: http://www.futurefreebandz.com

Sean McCann readies the beautiful Music for Private Ensemble, and it’s music for you too!

It goes without saying that music publicists are all about putting their clients in the best possible light. When it comes to music releases, their repertoire can include a mix of superlatives and grandiose descriptions, but I’ve noticed a separate thread as well: an emphasis on the artist’s work ethic. If it’s revealed than an album was crafted along the slopes of Mount Doom, with a gang of ringwraiths sporadically passing by for the purposes of flipping shit, you’d be all the more impressed, no? Well, how do we know that the recording actually took place within close proximity to the dreaded Eye? Isn’t that entire story fiction? When press releases mention that such-and-such artist spent however many decades conjuring and later realizing an album, I’d like to think that lounging in the most comfy of reclining chairs wasn’t deemed a part of that realization process.

Private Ensemble was written, recorded, and laboriously edited over the course of 17 months, composed both traditionally as well as through the clustering and organization of improvisations.”

Believe it, because not only does Sean McCann’s extensive back catalogue offer an attestation, but it’s difficult to imagine a (sort of ridiculously) multi-layered utilization of violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel, and percussion taking much less time. Music for Private Ensemble is his first solo LP since the intricacies of the The Capital (TMT Review), and it also represents a personal fulfillment for Recital, the label that he founded and operates, as he remarked in a prior interview with TMT: “I’ve been very interested with classical, minimalism, and overwhelmingly melodic music, like choral motets… I want to release purely beautiful music.”

Kayla Cohen offers some vocal allure to conclude the album, but otherwise this is purely a McCannian effort, more refined than a concert hall dressed in a giant tuxedo. A classier theoretical thing may not exist. The deluxe edition begins shipping July 9.

Music for Private Ensemble tracklisting:

01. Introduction: Reservations / An Exchange of Courtesies pts. 1 & 2
02. Character Change
03. City with All the Angles
04. Conclusion: Our Days of Generosity Are Over / Arden

• Sean McCann/Recital: http://www.recitalprogram.com

RIP: Bobby “Blue” Bland, blues and soul singer

From The Washington Post:

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.

• Bobby “Blue” Bland: http://www.bobbybluebland.com

SPF420 hosts live Japanese footwork event tomorrow, with Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Giant Claw

Those crazy kids at SPF420 are at it again, and we’re particularly excited, because the e-venue is hosting an event tomorrow that feels 100% tailored to TMT’s tastes. The theme this time? JAPANESE FOOTWORK. We’ve been keeping our ears on Japanese footwork for quite some time in our Chocolate Grinder section, and SPF420 has lovingly plucked two of the greatest Japanese footwork artists known to humankind: Paisley Parks, whose Бh○§† recently earned our Eureka! distinction, and Foodman, whose demented footwork album, Shokuhin, was released to my acclaim earlier this year on Orange Milk. Speaking of Orange Milk, the label’s co-owner (and kinda TMTer) Keith Rankin is playing the event too as Giant Claw. He doesn’t really do footwork and is white as a ghost, but hey, we’re not complaining.

The fest goes down tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 PM EST, hosted at the e-venue’s new home. RSVP if you want at the Facebook event page, and preview the lineup here:

Paisley Parks:

Foodman:

Giant Claw:

• SPF420: http://www.spf420.com
• Paisley Parks: https://soundcloud.com/paisleyparks
• Foodman: https://soundcloud.com/shokuhin-maturi
• Giant Claw: http://giantclaw.bandcamp.com
• Orange Milk: http://www.orangemilkrecords.com

The trailer for the new Neko Case LP is the most beautiful work of cinematography known to man; also, she’s on tour!

Remember a few years ago when you’d go to the movies and there’d always be this absolutely awe-inspiring short black-and-white film full of beautiful lovers cavorting in a field and fireworks and petals flying off a daisy in the wind, and in the midst of it all, you’d be like, “Goddammnit, I am PROUD to be an American, I am young and alive and free,” etc. And then, just as your heart was surging with the beauty of life, the screen went to black and it turned out it was actually a Levi’s commercial? And then you had to shove your heart back down your throat and pretend like, “Oh it was a commercial, whatever, it clearly didn’t make ME feel anything special”? Remember that?

Well, the trailer for the new Neko Case album is pretty much just like that wondrous jeans commercial disguised as an art film, except it actually has heart and soul and you don’t have to be embarrassed if you start crying at how glorious, just glorious, life is. Here it is!

Revel in its beauty and feel no shame! Warning: this thing includes a tantalizing 90 seconds of new music, but gives no release date. At least we know the title: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love. Neko borrowed that one from Morrissey’s ol’ bag o’ titles, obviously. Fans can love Ms. Case more this summer as she tours the US and Canada, with a nice handful of summer festival dates for those of you who like sunburns and $10 PBRs.

Dates:

06.22.13 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
07.06.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest
07.07.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Fest
08.09.13 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08.11.13 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
08.24-25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
09.06-07.13 - Chicago, IL - AV Fest/Hideout Block Party
09.08.13 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
09.16.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

• Neko Case: http://www.nekocase.com
• Anti-: http://www.anti.com