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

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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

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

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

RIP: Pinetop Perkins, Delta blues musician, boogie-woogie master

From The New York Times:

Pinetop Perkins, the boogie-woogie piano player who worked in Muddy Waters’s last great band and was among the last surviving members of the first generation of Delta bluesmen, died on Monday at his home in Austin, Tex. He was 97.

His death was confirmed by Hugh Southard, his agent for the last 15 years.

From his days in the groups of Waters and the slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk to the vigorous solo career he fashioned over the last 20 years, Mr. Perkins’s accomplishments were numerous and considerable. His longevity as a performer was remarkable — all the more so considering his fondness for cigarettes and alcohol; by his own account he began smoking at age 9 and didn’t quit drinking until he was 82. Few people working in any popular art form have been as prolific in the ninth and tenth decades of their lives.

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• Pinetop Perkins: http://www.pinetopperkins.com

[Photo: Carl Lender]

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