We’ll Shout It from the Mountaintops: High Places to Release High Places vs. Mankind and Tour…’our…’our…’our!

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At the risk of upsetting loyal TMT readers, there is yet another must-buy album due to be tickling your aural peripherals in April. We know, times are tight and April is often seen as the cruelest month on your wallet due to the massive demand for seasonal veggies like chiory and chives. Listen, one cannot predict when essential albums will collide with prime produce schedules, so, in the words of the immortal Glenn Frey and Don Henley: “Get Over It.” Robert Barber and Mary Pearson are better known as the extraordinaire eclectronic duo High Places and they will be releasing their second album, entitled High Places vs. Mankind, on April 6 through Thrill Jockey. A 12-inch is due also, collecting a new digital single, the already-issued “I Was Born,” plus some remix goodies.

Eat local, buy focal:

01. The Longest Shadows
02. On Giving Up
03. She’s a Wild Horse
04. The Channon
05. Canada
06. Constant Winter
07. On a Hill in a Bed on a Road in a House
08. Drift Slayer
09. The Most Beautiful Name
10. When It Comes

High Places vs. Mankind, eh? This epic conceptual battle takes a sharp turn in March when we see our dynamic duo shift the game to smaller, physical arenas as Pearson and Barber will combat evil show promoters and drunken moochbags trying to snare free merch and backstage drinks starting in the muddy ploughed fields of LA on the 21st of that month. War talk aside, does anyone else seem it odd that there are song titles listed above like “Constant Winter” and “Canada,” yet High Places are not planning on venturing into the Great White North for one date over two months of shows listed below? Just sayin’…

03.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan #
03.28.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $
03.30.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.31.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.01.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club %
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.05.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
04.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Kecktie
04.16.10 - Madrid, Spain - La Casa Encendida ^
04.17.10 - Barcelona, Spain - LA2
04.18.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Espacio Joven
04.20.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
04.22.10 - Milan, Italy - Amigdala Theatre
04.23.10 - Pisa, Italy - Fosfeni Festival (Citta del Teatro)
04.24.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
04.25.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Bio Oko
04.26.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - AT
04.27.10 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
04.28.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
04.29.10 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop Festival (Atheneum)
05.01.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
05.03.10 - Brighton, England - Freebutt
05.04.10 - London, England - Cargo
05.06.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Nice & Sleazy
05.07.10 - Sheffield, England - The Harley
05.08.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
05.10.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Nieuwe Anita
05.12.10 - Berlin, Germany - Spex Festival
05.13.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
05.14.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
05.15.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
05.20.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
05.21.10 - Porto, Portugal - Plano B

# w/ Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars
$ w/ Bear in Heaven
% w/ Tobacco, Hood Internet
^ w/ Javelin, Sunburned Hand of the Man

• High Places: http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com/splash.html

Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” Licensed to Play During Superbowl; All Proceeds Go to Haiti Relief Efforts

Since the earthquake ravaged Haiti on January 12, artists and celebrities everywhere have turned altruist and are holding benefits, giving donations, and doing their general best to help the thousands of people affected.

Almost immediately after the disaster, Arcade Fire converted their website into a stark appeal to fans to give money to Partners In Health, an organization working to benefit Haiti for the last two decades. The issue — while important for everyone — is all the more personal for Arcade Fire, as Régine Chassagne’s family emigrated from Haiti before her birth.

Most recently, the group announced that they, in an agreement with Partners In Health, Merge Records, Bank Robber Music, and the NFL will license their song “Wake Up” to air on the NFL Superbowl broadcast this Sunday. In an act of estimable generosity, absolutely all of the proceeds from the live airing and all future airings of Superbowl XLIV on the NFL network will be donated to Partners in Health’s Stand With Haiti relief efforts.

Originally released on Arcade Fire’s enormously popular 2004 album Funeral, “Wake Up” was introduced to the mainstream last year in the trailer for Spike Jonze’s film Where the Wild Things Are. I wouldn’t have paired Arcade Fire with professional football (I mean, look at those guys), but if it helps Haiti, we’re all for it.

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com
• Partners in Health: http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti
• NFL: http://www.nfl.com

John Wiese Hits West Coast With Lasse Marhaug, Then Takes Sissy Spacek All Over the USA

John Wiese seems to be one of the busiest men, if not the busiest man, in the US noise scene right now, releasing solo music left and right, collaborating with Merzbow and sunn 0))), and touring the world. Just this year, he has released a collaborative LP with Gerritt and a collaborative CD with Lasse Marhaug, both of which he will be touring in support of in the upcoming months.

Wiese kicked off a week-long West Coast tour with Lasse Marhaug (Jazkammer, etc) yesterday at L.A.’s KXLU and will see him heading from the US to Vancouver and back to L.A. again. Pretty short and simple, no doubt. But at the end of the month, February 26 to be precise, Weise will kick off another tour with his harsh noisecore group Sissy Spacek, who will be joined by Gerritt Whitmer and Paul Knowles for a five-week tour from the West Coast to the East Coast and, yes, back again. If you wanna see how busy of a man Wiese is, check out his merch table at any one of these shows.

John Wiese with Lasse Marhaug:

02.02.10 - Los Angeles, CA - KXLU 88.9fm
02.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab
02.07.10 - Oakland, CA - Terminal
02.10.10 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge
02.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - Hotel Gallery!
02.12.10 - Portland, OR - Reed College*
02.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell

Sissy Spacek with Gerritt Whitmer & Paul Knowles:

02.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell$
02.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - F House
02.28.10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Visica Pisces
03.01.10 - Grand Junction, CO - Le Giragge
03.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin
03.03.10 - St Louis - TBA
03.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Redcat Theater#
03.05.10 - Bloomington, IN - TBA
03.06.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Art Damage Lodge^
03.07.10 - Lexington, KY - TBA
03.08.10 - TBA
03.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
03.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - TBA%
03.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA%
03.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - TBA~
03.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
03.14.10 - New York, NY - TBA~
03.15.10 - Providence, RI - As220=
03.16.10 - Boston, MA - TBA
03.17.10 - Bennington, VT - TBA
03.18.10 - Northampton, MA - Flywheel
03.19.10 - Annandale Hudson, NY - Bard College
03.20.10 - Rochester, NY - TBA
03.21.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
03.22.10 - Oberlin, OH - TBA
03.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Robinwood Concert House
03.24.10 - Ypsilanti, MI - Dreamland Theater?
03.26.10 - Chicago, IL - TBA
03.27.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward<
03.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
03.29.10 - Omaha, NE - The Cave
03.30.10 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
03.31.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
04.02.10 San Francisco, CA - TBA
04.03.10 - Oakland, CA - Terminal

! w/ Shearing Pinx, The Rita
* w/ Daniel Menche, Zbigniew Karkowski
$ w/ The Haters, AMK
# CREIT Festival - John Wiese Only
^ w/ Wolf Eyes, Sword Heaven
% w/ DJ Dog Dick
~ w/ Silk Flowers
= w/ Mark Lord
? w/ Charlie Draheim, John Olson
< w/ Jon Mueller, Peter J Woods

• John Wiese: http://www.john-wiese.com
• Lasse Marhaug: http://www.lassemarhaug.no
• Sissy Spacek: http://www.myspace.com/ssississpssk
• Gerritt Whitmer: http://www.gerrittwittmer.com

[Photo: Seth Tisue]

Don’t Stop Believin’ That Moon Duo’s Debut Album Will Be Issued in February

It seems that everything winning label Woodsist touches turns to gold. So, although we were skeptical when we heard an upcoming release of theirs would be Moon Duo’s faithful full-length reworking of Journey’s 1981 AOR masterpiece Escape, we know it will turn out to be, gulp, “good.” Nah, of course we jest. The only thing in common with the two records in question is that Journey’s Escape and Moon Duo’s Escape are both called Escape. And the possible presence of some Neal Schon-style shredding on both. Regardless of your own personal musical journeys, Moon Duo’s debut will come out on February 16 and is expected to be a wild, interstellar ride given that it involves the spaced-age twosome of Erik “Ripley” Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada playing droney psychedelic jams.

Escape tracklisting, I Love You:

Side A:
01. Motorcycle, I Love You
02. In the Trees

Side B:
01. Stumbling 22nd St.
02. Escape

Space is the place:

02.11.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern #
02.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Synchronicity Space $
02.13.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Showcave %
02.15.10 - Davis, CA - KDVS Radio
02.16.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Brookedale Lodge ^
02.18.10 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous *
02.19.10 - Vancouver, BC - Aaza Club +
02.20.10 - Portland, OR - East End ~
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
07.06.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lades

# w/ Nothing People
$ w/ Pocahaunted, Psychic Handbook
% w/ Psychic Handbook, Former Ghosts, Popdrone
^ w/ The Entrance Band, Lights
* w/ Du Hexen Hase, Midday Veil
+ w/ Stellar OM Source, Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band
~ w/ The Urinals, Leaders, Eat Skull

Magnetic Fields’ to Release “Deluxe Box Set” Vinyl of 69 Love Songs, Which Is Astounding Because That Record Seemed Pretty Deluxe Already, Right?

Stephin Merritt is exactly the kind of guy I would expect to spell his name with a ‘p-h’ instead of the more lax, casual, and modern ‘v’. He’s always so damn meticulous, so damn particular, so damn classical and authoritative-sounding, so damn proper, so damn content-oriented, and so damn difficult. And speaking of all of those adjectives: on April 20, good old Merge will release the sprawling Magnetic Fields conceptual classic 69 Love Songs as a deluxe vinyl box set. Holy shit, a deluxe edition of a 69-song project? I’m guessing there ain’t any bonus tracks?

The limited-edition, meticulous, particular, classicist, authoritative, proper, content-oriented vinyl box will spread remastered versions of all those damned-catchy and highly stylized conceptual love songs over six vinyl disks, all wrapped up in a one giant-ass box that will include a 10-inch version of the original insert booklet (featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler) as well as an MP3 download code. Pre-orders over at the Merge site will also get you a $10 discount and a printable and presumably “Book of Love”-themed Valentines Day e-card.

By the way, the story goes that Stephin Merritt came up with the idea for 69 Love Songs while sitting in an elegant midtown Manhattan gay piano bar. He originally planned for it to be a live musical revue, to be performed with a rotating cast of singers and toured around the plush hotel bars and cabarets of New York City. Keep that in mind while I remind you that April 20 is Hitler’s birthday.

• The Magnetic Fields: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Black Francis Gives Us Too Much Information on his Latest Album, NonStopErotik

Black Francis’ latest solo outing, NonStopErotik, is set for release on March 30. Co-produced by former Captain Beefheart sideman and PJ Harvey collaborator Eric Drew Feldman, the album is out via Cooking Vinyl. Album name not erotic enough for you? Well, it seems Francis has devoted this latest LP to the pleasures of the flesh, with track titties (I mean, titles) like “When I go Down on You” and “Six Legged Man” (cough), as well as interesting album statements. Now, one can hardly describe a TMT writer as “shallow,” but a record devoted to Black’s sexual exploits is just far too much information for these innocent ears.

NonStopErotik tracklist:

01. Lake of Sin
02. O My Tidy Sum
03. Rabbits
04. Wheels (Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
05. Dead Man’s Curve
06. Corrina
07. Six Legged Man
08. Wild Son
09. When I Go Down on You
10. Nonstoperotik
11. Cinema Star

• Black Francis: http://www.blackfrancis.net
• Cooking Vinyl: http://www.cookingvinyl.com

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