What’s black and white and goes on national tours? The Thermals!

What's black and white and goes on national tours? The Thermals! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-03-thermals.jpg

The Thermals have been very busy bees, buzzing back and forth across the world to promote their newest album on Kill Rock Stars, Personal Life (TMT Review), and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

The Portland natives have now announced an upcoming US tour with Matt and Kim where they will visit almost every state (sorry Montana, Idaho, and all the others) and continue bearing their personal lives to all of their devoted, bespectacled fans. This newest tour is in addition to the already announced dates in Europe with The Coathangers and the handful of gigs in May, including a set at Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival.

Besides the massive amount of touring, the band recently shot a video for their song “Not Like Any Other Feeling.” The video, which includes stop-motion chalk animation, rotoscoping, Super-8 film, 50 volunteers, and a recreation of the moon landing, was shot in Washington and was a joint project between The Thermals, Kill Rock Stars, Seattle Sound Transit, and the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. Go ahead and view that sucker here.

Thermals dates:

03.30.11 - Manchester, UK - Roadhouse *
03.31.11 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece *
04.01.11 - London, UK - XOYO *
04.02.11 - Brussels, Belgium - BeursKafee *
04.03.11 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9 *
04.05.11 - Evreux, France - L’Abordage *
04.06.11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie *
04.07.11 - Lyon-Oullins, France - Le Clacson *
04.08.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Be Cool *
04.09.11 - Marmande, France - Garorock Festival
04.11.11 - Aarau, Switzerland - Kiff *
04.12.11 - Munich, Germany - Hansa 39 *
04.13.11 - Wien, Austria - Flex *
04.14.11 - Nuernberg, Germany - K4 Festival *
04.15.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Sinkkasten *
04.16.11 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol *
04.17.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido *
04.19.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust *
04.20.11 - Groningen, The Netherlands - Vera *
04.21.11 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Trouw *
04.22.11 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Effenaar *
04.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Int Festival of the Arts
05.20.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.28.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch Fest
05.31.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
06.01.11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
06.02.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
06.03.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade #
06.04.11 - Orlando, FL - Firestone #
06.05.11 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room #
06.07.11 - Tampa, FL - Czar Imperial Ballroom #
06.08.11 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues #
06.10.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
06.11.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s #
06.12.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
06.14.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater #
06.15.11 - Hollywood, CA - The Music Box #
06.16.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
06.17.11 - Hollywood, CA - The Music Box #
06.18.11 - Oakland, CA - The Fox #
06.20.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue #
06.21.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater #
06.22.11 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont #
06.23.11 - St Louis, MO - Pageant #
06.24.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater #
06.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater #
06.28.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
06.29 .11- New York, NY - Terminal 5 #
06.30.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues #

* The Coathangers
# Matt and Kim

• The Thermals: http://www.thethermals.com
• Kill Rock Stars: http://killrockstars.com

Zs tour Europe this spring as a retreat from the fan-swarming aftermath of New Slaves’ album-of-the-year status

When you bestow upon a band the honor of having album of the year, you put yourself in a position that, well, requires you to keep them in a sort of limelight. That is, until TMT decides to piggyback the next experimental up-and-comer out of Brooklyn!! Which will likely be in a matter of days. Until that time, we here at TMT keep our allegiances and proudly report on the goings on of any and all music that hasn’t fallen out of obscure popularity. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Zs will be riding the crest of their TMT stardom through a spring European tour, hot on the heels of their new remix LP that just dropped.

New Slaves II: Essence Implosion! (TMT Review) features remixes of the original document from the star-studded likes of Genesis P-Orridge, Jim Thirlwell, Gabe Andruzzi of The Rapture, Cex, Zebrablood of Excepter, and others. In stores now, limited-edition, don’t wait, etc.

Datezzz:

04.16.11 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival Club (Kino Capitol)
04.17.11 - Zilina, Slovakia - Stanica
04.18.11 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
04.19.11 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadtpark
04.20.11 - Nuernberg, Germany - K4
04.21.11 - Berlin, Germany - Westgermany
04.22.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Sunship (V58)
04.23.11 - Muenster, Germany - Black Box (Cuba)
04.24.11 - Rotterdam, the Netherlands - Worm (Grounds) *
04.25.11 - Koeln, Germany - Stadtgarten %
04.26.11 - Paris, France - Espace B
04.27.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Weirdofest #5 (Belle Vue Cafe)
04.28.11 - Geneva, Switzerland - Le Kab de l’Usine
04.29.11 - Delemont, Switzerland - SAS
04.30.11 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Czirp Czirp (Café DOM)

* Hype Williams
% Tannhäuser Sterben & Das Tod

• Zs: http://www.zzzsss.com
• The Social Registry: http://www.thesocialregistry.com

RIP: Aashid Himons of reggae group Afrikan Dreamland

From Nashville Scene:

Aashid Himons, the iconic dreadlocked giant of a man who earned a place as one of the most colorful figures in the history of Nashville’s club scene, died today after a long illness. He was 68.

Himons was perhaps best known for his reggae group Afrikan Dreamland, a fixture on the Rock Block during the 1980s boom years of college radio. But his music career dated back at least to the late 1950s, when he made his way to New York and then Washington, D.C., as a teenage R&B and doo-wop singer.

• Aashid Himons: http://www.goarchie.com
• Afrikan Dreamland: http://spaceformusic.com/afrikan.html

Fred Lonberg-Holm conducts The Joan of Arc Lightbox Orchestra, live album released, world saved

On February 6, Joan of Arc held a special performance at the Hideout in Chicago. Considered a ‘live component’ to the band’s limited-edition instrumental LP Oh Brother (released last month on Joyful Noise), the event exemplified exactly what TMT loves to experience in a live setting: the unexpected.

Not only was there a stage of 13 Joan of Arc members and buddies, but the entire performance was also conducted by TMT favorite Fred Lonberg-Holm, an experimental cellist who has performed with luminaries ranging from Peter Brötzmann and Mats Gustafsson to Wilco and Bobby Conn. Here, Lonberg-Holm used what was called the Lightbox, a system of colored light bulbs that guided each musician in this decidedly weird, experimental context. If you want to read more about the show, check out a review at Consequence of Sound.

The performance will be made available digitally on March 29 through Joyful Noise, but TMT has received the go-ahead to offer both a stream and download of the entire 45-minute performance for one week. Head on over to the Chocolate Grinder to listen and/or download.

Meanwhile, Joan of Arc have another album, Life Like, due May 10 on Polyvinyl (TMT News). Lonberg-Holm’s not involved, but just play Tribute to Masayuki (with Jim O’Rourke and Weasel Walter) at the same time and you’ll be good to go. FUCK, THAT’S A GREAT ALBUM.

Post-SXSW dates:

05.04.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.06.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.07.11 - Bozeman, MT - Zebra Cocktail Lounge
05.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
05.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05.14.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.16.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.17.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.19.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.20.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05.21.11 - Fayetteville, AR - JR’s Lightbulb Club

• Joan of Arc: http://www.joanfrc.com
• Joyful Noise Recordings: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Thanks to TMT’s machinations, former MVP Nat Baldwin has a new dirty project, yet must tour alone

When we at TMT awarded the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca the #2 spot on our illustrious “Favorite 50 Albums of 2009” list, the band was instantly catapulted into a Madonna-level realm of fame. As Zs — who earned the #1 spot in 2010 — are learning right now, the TMT prize brings with it endless swarms of camera-clicking paparazzi and rabid, autograph-hungry fans. We knew, however, that if we forced the band to “hit the mattresses,” DP bassist Nat Baldwin would finally get some time to work on a follow-up to 2008’s Most Valuable Player (TMT Review). It worked.

People Changes, out May 24 on Western Vinyl, features five new Baldwin compositions and two covers: Arthur Russell’s “A Little Lost” and Kurt Weisman’s “Let My Spirit Rise.” If the instrumentation is any sign — double bass, clarinet, violin, trumpet, alto saxophone, guitar, drums — People Changes might show Baldwin returning to his avant-garde jazz-coated roots: he’s a former student of first-generation Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) member Anthony Braxton. Either way, we’re glad we could help.

People Changes tracklisting:

01. A Little Lost
02. Weights
03. Real Fakes
04. The Same Thing
05. Lifted
06. What Is There
07. Let My Spirit Rise

Despite the album’s multiple collaborators — including saxophonist Matt Bauder and violinist Caley Monahon-Ward — Baldwin will lead up to the release date with a solo tour. You see, the killer whale-like stalker-fans TMT has created are still hungry for Dirty Projector blood, so Baldwin doesn’t want to put an ensemble at risk.

Nat Baldwin solo tour:

03.31.11 - Portland, ME - Apohadion Theater
04.02.11 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House
04.03.11 - Palmer, MA - Diamond Junction Bowling Lanes
04.05.11 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault
04.06.11 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
04.07.11 - Ypsilanti, MI - Woodruff’s
04.08.11 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
04.09.11 - North Manchester, IN - the Firehouse
04.10.11 - Bloomington, IN - House Bar
04.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Mistory Theater
04.16.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
04.18.11 - St. Louis, MO - LEMP
04.19.11 - Little Rock, AR - Dreamland Ballroom
04.20.11 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.21.11 - Austin, TX - Club 1808
04.22.11 - Houston, TX - Avant Garden
04.23.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.24.11 - Lafayette, LA - Blue Moon
04.25.11 - New Orleans, LA - Mudlark Public Theater
04.27.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Charles Mansion
04.28.11 - Athens, GA - Farm255
04.29.11 - Columbia, SC - Beys
04.30.11 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
05.01.11 - Greensboro, NC - The Green Bean
05.06.11 - Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Chapel
05.07.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
05.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
05.09.11 - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog
05.11.11 - Boston, MA - Whitehaus
05.12.11 - Kittery, ME - Buoy Gallery
05.13.11 - Bar Harbor, ME - Lompoc

• Nat Baldwin: http://www.myspace.com/natbaldwin
• Western Vinyl: http://www.westernvinyl.com

Jeffrey Lewis releases new album with Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders, continues to amaze in 10,000 ways

I was record shopping the other day, and a kid came into the store and asked at the counter, “Yo, can I get the new Jeffrey Lewis?” I, being a Jeffrey Lewis fan and one who tries to keep abreast of new releases (hey, what else is TMT for?), had to admit to myself that I didn’t know about anything more recent than ‘Em Are I, his 2009 album as Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard. The guy behind the counter was none the wiser.

Well, imagine my surprise when I looked into the matter. In January, Lewis released a digital album with the 72-year-old folky Peter Stampfel, a name that should drop some jaws if you’re into important figures in psych-folk history (Stampfel played in The Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs, among other groups; he even contributed to the liner notes for Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music, for Pete’s sake!). The album is called Come on Board and you can purchase the digital download here, or order a physical CD from Olive Juice Music. The album is equal parts Jeffrey and Peter, and meshes Lewis’ anecdotal style (“I Spent the Night in the Wax Museum”) with Stampfel’s fiddle, banjo, and indisputably old-but-awesome-dude voice (see him wail in this video — can your grandfather do that?).

As always, Jeffrey Lewis is just as active as a comic book artist, and Fuss #8, his newest book, is now in stores. If you know much about Jeffrey Lewis, you know he’s also a comic historian (familiarize yourself with his complete history of punk rock in the Lower East Side, if you’re not). Well, the History Channel has picked up on Lewis’ talent as a pedagogue, and their official website now features 10 of his “illustrated low-budget documentaries” for the edification of young and old everywhere. (Like this one, for example.) Way to make us proud, Jeffrey!

Keep an eye on Lewis’ website for spring tourdates, as some are still being finalized. Here’s what there is so far:

03.30.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Magnolia
03.31.11 - Greenville, NC - Tipsy
04.01.11 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse
04.02.11 - Harrisonburg, VA - MacRock Fest afterparty
04.04.11 - Baltimore, MD - Bell Foundry
04.06.11 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College
04.07.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
04.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn *

* The Beets, él-g

• Jeffrey Lewis: http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com

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