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

Van Dyke Parks curates anthology of piano wizardry by New Orleans legend Tom McDermott http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-tom-mcdermott-van-dyke-parks.jpg

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

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

Andrew Cedermark tries to go home again this July with Home Life

Andrew Cedermark is a man with many homes. Splitting time between New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, the ex-Titus Andronicus guitarist has a reputation for putting out personal work. Fans are in luck as that’s not going to change with his new album, Home Life, dropping July 16 on the Underwater Peoples label.

The follow up to his debut LP Moon Deluxe (and that coming on the heels of a few singles and compilation appearances), Cedermark is once again hitting some reliable (and relatable) lyrical subjects such as alienation, falling in/out of love, and, as hinted at by the title, growing (and conversely not growing) up.

Appropriately, the album was recorded in a few different places. While New Paltz, NY was the home base for the album’s recording, Cedermark also found himself occupying studios in Charlottesville, VA and New York City, and includes Liquor Store’s Sarim Al-Rawi in the lineup for a few songs.

Be on the lookout for some live dates in the near future as the Andrew Cedermark Revue (Cedermark, Alex Tretiak on drums, Jacob Wolf on bass, and Evan Brody on guitar) are going to hit the road soonish.

That’s all I got for this one, so here is Home Life’s tracklist:

01. On Me
02. Tiller of Lawn
03. Canis Major
04. Canis Minor
05. Heap of Trash
06. Train Window Man
07. At Home
08. Come Back
09. Memories, Ah!
10. Men in Jail

• Andrew Cedermark: http://andrewcedermark.bandcamp.com
• Underwater Peoples: http://underwaterpeoples.com

Pharmakon and Lust For Youth begin West Coast tour, whoopeee!!!

‘Round this here West Coast place, there just really ain’t much happening. From that there city of Seattle to the ol’ Los Angeles, there really hasn’t been much going on. Sometimes I sit on my porch (which has a nice view of the entire West Coast, mind you) and as I watch the tumbleweeds roll by I think to myself, “gee, wouldn’t it be great if a couple of Sacred Bones-related acts took a tour of this here podunk Pacific area? That would really be something, wouldn’t it Edna?” And then my wife Edna is all, “sure would be Ed, then maybe we could finally hear about this “power electronics” and “synth pop” thing the kids are always talking about.” Then Edna and I would reminisce about the time “exciting” things used to happen in places like San Francisco and Portland.

Well hol-ee sheeiit! Turns out that on this very day these two groups Pharmakon (TMT Review) and that there Lust For Youth will be bringing a little life back to this dull-ass Western place. In addition, that there Pharmakon will tour to really desolate places like Iowa and Buffalo, NY with that there Swans come this here July (but we already told you about that).

So goodbye to shooting gophers all day, and a big HEEELLLLOOOO to the good ol’ time we’ve all been waiting for!

Pharmakon/Lust For Youth tour dates:

06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab #
06.22.13 - Portland, OR - Beacon Sound
06.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Narwal

# Pure Ground

• Lust For Youth: https://www.facebook.com/LustForYouth.Official
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

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