Ween break up, possibly because of a premonition Gene Ween had last night that his band wouldn’t still be really popular in November.

Ween break up, possibly because of a premonition Gene Ween had last night that his band wouldn't still be really popular in November. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-05-ween.jpg

As John Lennon might very well have said if he had been a much, much worse songwriter and much, much crazier dude: the psychotropic, experimental-alternative, goof-core dream is over. Yup, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo were once Gene and Dean Ween, but now they’re just Aaron and Mickey. Or at least, that’s the case Freeman made for himself in Rolling Stone this week when he stated that Ween is “pretty much” over after 25 years of tricking kids like me into liking Frank Zappa without realizing it. “It’s time to move on,” the former Mister Ween said when asked about retiring his moniker. “For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open… There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.” Actually, Dean or Mickey or whoever he is now seemed to have no idea what his former collaborator was talm’bout. But hahaha, you know, isn’t that just SO WEEN? LOL??

Anyway, fans will remember that Gene and Dean first hooked up in 1984 (they met in typing class in 8th Grade) and went on to mangle experimental art rock, psychedelia, noise, comedy, and even good ol’ Alternative Rock (RIP) into 11 albums’ worth of delicious, bona-fide gnar-bars, including bizzaro classics like “Push th’ Little Daisies” and the Parker/Stone sanctioned “Even if You Don’t”. And any fans that don’t remember any of that have probably been high for kind of a while and should probably be alerted of the fact that it’s now 2012 and that they’ve been joblessly watching Comedy Central in their basement for the past 21 years or so.

• Ween: http://www.ween.com
• Chocodog Records: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocodog_Records

RIP: Pete Cosey, guitarist for Miles Davis’ 1973-75 band

From the Chicago Reader:

Guitar fans have had a rough couple of days. Yesterday brilliant folk and country guitarist Doc Watson died at age 89. This morning, according to the private Facebook page of fellow guitarist and collaborator Vernon Reid, Chicago’s own Pete Cosey died at 68. Obituaries and remembrances for Watson have already appeared all over, and deservedly so—few instrumentalists so completely absorbed America’s folk and country traditions, and fewer still brought such quiet virtuosity to them. Watson was a key catalyst in the folk revival after his discovery by producer Ralph Rinzler in 1960.

Pete Cosey, on the other hand, was a classic musician’s musician; he’s not especially well-known, though he played on tons of classic records. As such, word of his passing is traveling rather more slowly.

Cosey was a key session musician at Chess Records in the 60s, appearing on sides by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil Cohran in the latter’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. He’s probably most famous, though (to the extent that he’s famous at all), for his mind-melting work with Miles Davis in the early 70s: he played on the trumpeter’s heaviest, most electric albums, including Agartha, Pangaea, and Get Up With It. After Davis broke up the band in 1975 and went into semi-retirement, Cosey was never able to build the solo career he so richly deserved. He used his guitar like an abstract expressionist painter, creating thick, richly textured solos with fierce rhythmic power, dazzling colors, and nonchalant violence.

• Pete Cosey: http://www.thelastmiles.com/interviews-pete-cosey.php

Dirty Projectors add European tourdates after a premonition Longstreth had last night that his band would still be really popular in October.

Dirty Projectors (the band) are celebrating all the future fun they had from July 5 — August 18 touring North America by lining up another tour for October! This bonus tour has them traveling all over Europe, from the powdered wig factories of Manchester to Berlin, “the biggest coffee shop in the world.” Expect to hear ascending melodies, see receding hairlines, and “smell color” at any of these shows; the Projectors’ tour page has handy ticket links to each venue if interested.

Swing Lo Magellan comes out July 10 on Domino and can be preordered in limited debossed 25-bit tip-on fold-out O-card here. Listen to “Gun Has No Trigger” at the Chocolate Grinder, and look for our forthcoming Kickstarter campaign to get Bitte Orca (TMT Review) re-released with a matte album cover.

old dates:

07.05.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.06.12 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
07.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
07.08.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
07.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park *^
07.11.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls *
07.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival *
07.14.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
07.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
07.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant ^
07.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater ^
07.20.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Nightclub ^
07.21.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue ^
07.23.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox ^
07.24.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore ^
07.25.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ^
07.27.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater ^
07.28.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern ^
07.29.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
07.31.12 - Marfa, TX - The Crowley Theatre ^
08.02.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East ^
08.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater ^
08.04.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues ^
08.06.12 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
08.07.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
08.09.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
08.10.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
08.11.12 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
08.13.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
08.14.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
08.15.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
08.16.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
08.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^


10.14.12 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Hall
10.15.12 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
10.17.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
10.18.12 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique
10.20.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.21.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
10.23.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
10.25.12 - Aarhus, Denmark - VOXHALL
10.27.12 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
10.28.12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10.30.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
10.31.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.01.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain

* Purity Ring
^ Wye Oak

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

The Shins add fall tourdates after a premonition Mercer had last night that his band would still be really popular in September.

Good news, everyone! Even though he can hardly bear the sty-in-the-eye of his artistic integrity that is having parts of his songs performed by other musicians (because of course, “performance” is just a small hop away from “interpretation,” which is one false move away from “ownership,” which is one court hearing away from “intellectual property theft”), James Mercer is literally taking one for the team this year and agreeing to perform his DIY songs all over the world… (shudder) with a cast of additional musicians. For at least a few fleeting months, these musicians will be formally known as “The Shins” and will ably perform selections from Mercer’s new album Port of Morrow (TMT Acrostic Review), as well as some other Mercer-related albums.

In addition to the summer dates that we could-have-reported-before-but-didn’t, Mercer has added another dozen North American dates in September and October, including an appearance at this fall’s Austin City Limits festival, at which it’ll be awfully hard to keep the cameras off of the other players, who, according to Mercer’s PR person (who I assume is Mercer), will consist of Mxxk “James Mercer” Wxxxxxs on additional guitars and lap steel, Yxxxi “James Mercer” Mxxxxxxs on bass, Jxxxxxa “James Mercer” Dxxxxn on guitar, Rxxxxxd “James Mercer” Sxxxt on keyboards, and Jxe “James Mercer” Pxxxxxr drums. A portion of the dates’ pre-sale tickets will be available today at a lifestyle site that Mercer wrote the code for called Gilt City, and the rest of them will be available at James Mercers’ LinkedIn site; both starting at noon EST, also known as Mercer-o’clock.


05.31.12 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrahs Council Bluffs
06.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
06.02.12 - Kansas City, KS - Livestrong Sporting Park
06.04.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.05.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
06.06.12 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit
06.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
06.09.12 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheatre
06.10.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.22.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Lüften Festival
06.23.12 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.24.12 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.25.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grobe Freiheit 36
06.27.12 - Arendal, Norway - Hovefestival
06.29.12 - Helsinki, Finland - The Garden Party
06.30.12 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love
07.02.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren
07.03.12 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Club
07.051.2 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.07.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.23.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
07.25.12 - Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavilion
07.27.12 - Byron Bay, Australia- Splendour In The Grass Festival
07.29.12 - Nigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
08.17.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Highfield
08.18.12 - Hasslet, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.23.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Open Air Festival
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock En Seine
08.25.12 - Reading, UK - Richfield Avenue
08.26.12 - Leeds, UK - Bramham Park
09.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09.25.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
09.26.12 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.30.12 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
10.02.12 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
10.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.04.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
10.07.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.08.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10.10.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.11.12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

• The Shins: http://www.theshins.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com
• Aural Apothecary: http://www.facebook.com/Aural.Apothecary

Dntel creates time machine to go back to 2001, accidentally sets the dial back too far and is forced to relive high school

As we reported back in February, Jimmy Tamborello’s Dntel project is set to release its first album since 2007’s Dumb Luck (and prior to that, 2001’s Life Is Full of Possibilities, the Dntel album that you actually remember). The new album on Pampa Records now has a release date — June 5 — and features guest vocals from electro-pop luminaries Nite Jewel and Baths in addition to vocal contributions from Tamborello himself. But that’s all old news!

In new news, self-titled has released an exclusive mix by Dntel as part of their Needle Exchange series covering an assortment of early, unreleased recordings. By early, we mean like high school early. Over on the site, you can stream or download the mix and read Jimmy’s play-by-play. Since he’s reminiscing about music made back when he was just a wee teenager, it’s very cute. In addition to exploring IDM in its heyday, Tamborello also dabbled in industrial, found sound, and the musical offerings of a friend’s golden retriever. Regardless of how precocious the whole endeavor is, he was definitely more productive than I was at that age.

Now that you’ve had a chance to digest all that Dntel news both old and new, plan on checking them out live if you live on the West Coast. Dntel will be playing a string of shows in June, primarily with likeminded artist Shlohmo, but also with Baths for a gig in Los Angeles where you’ll hopefully get to hear Baths take the mic for Aimlessness’s second single, “Still.”

Aimlessness tracklist:

01. waitingfortherest II

02. Jitters

03. Still

04. My Orphaned Son

05. Bright Night

06. Retracer

07. Puma

08. Santa Ana Winds

09. Trudge

10. Jitters (Geotic mix)

11. Doc (Dntel mix)

12. Paper Landscape


06.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
06.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Low End Theory / The Airliner &
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene %
06.15.12 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo %
06.16.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf %

& Baths
% Shlohmo

• Dntel: http://dyingsongs.tumblr.com
• Pampa: http://pamparecords.com

Spectre Folk (Pete of Magik Markers) whooshes through your neckbeard this July with a new album on Steve Shelley's new label

Pete Nolan’s Spectre Folk project has gotten super slick recently. CD-Rs with that moniker used to get tossed out in dirty envelopes filled with nothing but static pitstains, and now the whole band is taste-testing foie gras for GQ’s blog or something. Things started getting all U2 3D in 2009 with Nolan’s deep-fried Compass, blanket, lantern, mojo (TMT Review), and the next step was recruiting Tall Firs’ Aaron Mullan, Lucky Peach’s Peter Meehan, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley for the sake of press photos and on-stage pyrotechnics.

The new KISS-like assemblage introduced themselves in matching lycra pants last year with The Blackest Medicine Vol. 2 EP on Woodsist and now they’re full-on pedicured for a new album on Steve Shelley’s new label Vampire Blues, featuring yet another winner from album artist Robert Beatty. Joe “Press” Release tells us that this new album, Ancient Storm, is part longhair strut along the lines of Crosby’s first solo album and part downcast Jandek album cover stare. The six-track album will be released on LP July 31, and comes with a download card for five extra songs and a limited-edition UPC number of 655037000211.

Check out the lead single from last year’s EP in the meantime:

Ancient Storm tracklisting:

01. The Ancient Storm
02. Mantraphonics
03. Please Come Home
04. Gypsy Grammar
05. Knife
06. Trees

• Spectre Folk: http://arbitrarysigns.blogspot.com
• Vampire Blues: http://vampireblues.net