WHY? announce winter tour, having been emboldened by Cincinnati pride

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NEWSFLASH: art-rap/indie-rock/confessional mainstays WHY? now live in Cincinnati. In actuality, this isn’t news; a quick search reveals that it’s been public knowledge since at least last fall. It is, however, news to me. WHY? are now based out of Yoni Wolf’s hometown of Cincinnati, not Berkeley or Oakland or wherever else in California that you or I or anyone might have thought they were based.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? Well, WHY? are going on tour this Winter and it begins… IN CINCINNATI. After leaving Cincinnati (where they live), the band will wind around much of the United States through February and March, eventually ending at Austin for SXSW. Accompanying them on this trip will be some like-minded friends, particularly Astronautalis, Baths, Dream Tiger, and Sarah Winters. Not sure if any of those acts live in Cincinnati, but I’ll keep you posted.

WHY? dates:

02.08.13 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom #$
02.09.13 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop #$
02.10.13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall #$
02.11.13 - Hamden, CT - The Space #$
02.12.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #$
02.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg #$
02.14.13 - Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #$
02.15.13 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre #$
02.16.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #$
02.18.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups #$
02.19.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop #$
02.20.13 - Galesburg, IL Knox College #$
02.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #$
02.22.13 - Madison, WI - SETT @ UW Madison $
02.23.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fine Line %
02.24.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium %
02.26.13 - Billings, MT - Manny’s $
02.27.13 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater $
02.28.13 - Spokane, WA - A Club $
03.01.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball$
03.02.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore$
03.03.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
03.04.13 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall $
03.05.13 - Oakland, CA - New Parrish Of Oakland $
03.06.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $
03.07.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse $
03.08.13 - San Diego, CA - Irenic $
03.11.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls &
03.12.13 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit &
03.13-15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW

$ Dream Tiger
% Sarah Winters
# Astronautalis
& Baths

• WHY?: http://whywithaquestionmark.com
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com

Vote for Lil B to perform at the 2013 Grammys, or enjoy your decision to not watch the 2013 Grammys

I know you may have missed this in your daily perusal of CBS’s website, but apparently there’s been a a thing going on there for like the past six days called “The Gig of a Lifetime” that promises to give “aspiring musicians across the country the chance to perform in front of a live audience during GRAMMY Live, three days of live coverage and events leading up to Music’s Biggest Night.” Yeah, totally! THIS is who won last year, and OBVIOUSLY it changed all of our fucking lives so radically that we can’t even remember it happening.

But yo, this year, we just wanted to give some of you a quick heads-up that one of the candidates this year is actually Lil B! And because we weren’t paying any attention to CBS or the Grammys, THERE’S ONLY A DAY LEFT TO VOTE FOR HIM. Voting takes place on some kind of future-y Facebook app thing, after which, WHEN he gets through the “Pacific Region” prelim, he’ll advance to the final round, which runs from January 17 -24. His obvious victory will be announced on January 29, and after that, we can all watch the part of the Grammys where he’s granted “a live performance in front of an audience and webcast to fans around the globe” when they air on February 10 and bathe in the sheer ridiculousness of him being up there.

For a complete list of who’s performing at this year’s Grammys, go fuck yourself.

• The Grammys: http://www.grammy.com/
• Lil B: https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD
• GO VOTE: http://www.cbs.com/shows/grammys/gig_of_a_lifetime

Four Tet releases 0181, an album of previously unreleased material, now released, because Four Tet’s released it

You remember Pink, right? No, not the American pop singer who contributed to the undoubtedly Auto-tuned bastardization of “Lady Marmalade,” the compilation from British producer/DJ Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet, released last year. Six out of the eight tracks on that album consist of previously released singles, and the album itself was announced about a month and half prior to its release, via Hebden’s Twitter page last July.

On Monday, serving as a sort of companion piece to Pink, Hebden technically announced, again via Twitter, the nigh-immediate release of 0181, a new LP consisting entirely of previously unreleased material recorded between 1997 and 2001. Listen to it for free below, or if you’re feeling particularly patient, wait around for the vinyl version, reportedly “coming soon.” The material on 0181 predates Four Tet’s groundbreaking Pause, so consider it a slightly less fleshed-out version of that album, certainly not without its own, rather pretty moments.

• Four Tet: http://www.fourtet.net

RIP: Precious Bryant, blues singer

From the Ledger Enquirer (via Dust-to-Digital):

Blues singer Precious Bussey Bryant, who grew up in a family of musicians and honed her craft at country get-togethers, died Saturday at The Medical Center in Columbus. She was 71.

“She was always cheerful,” said Zola Bussey Goodwin, her sister and a member of the Bussey Sisters before Bryant found a niche playing the guitar and singing the blues.


Some of the popular sounds from Bryant include “Black Rat,” “I Can’t Stand To See You Go,” “You can Have My Husband But Please Don’t Mess With My Man,” and a version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

• Precious Bryant: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-3278

The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” officially enters public domain under current European copyright law. In related news, Europe in the middle of revising its copyright law

Hey fellas. I missed this the other day, but Rolling Stone recently reported that “Love Me Do,” the very first single by Frank Ocean’s favorite band, The Beatles, has technically entered into the public domain in Europe!

Yes, thanks to the fact that Europe’s current copyright law estimates the lifespan of human beings at 35 years because of all the horrific wars that took place there in the 20th century, the copyrights for recorded music are set to expire after 50 years. Ergo, since we all totally know off the top of our heads that “Love Me Do” (along with its lesser-known B-side tribute to American air pressure measurements, “P.S.I. Love You”) was released all the way back in 1962, that would mean that… yes, say it with me now, “Europeans can theoretically use that song for whatever goofy purpose they want as of January 1, 2013!”

And boy, are they ever! A company called Digital Remasterings has already taken advantage of the fact and included “Love Me Do” on an early Beatles compilation that it just released; and the classical reissue label Pristine Classical released it as a “remastered single,” but only because they wanted to protest the “trouble the extended copyright will cause in its work reissuing old symphonic recordings,” which sounds like the most boring protest ever. So far, it seems that Ringo Starr has resisted his urge to record new drums on top of the song and re-releasing it, but if I was him, you can bet your ass that’s what I’d be doing.

Unfortunately, though, even though I’m out of quips, there’s more to the story than that. A “move is underway” to extend recording copyrights in ye olde European Union to a more robust 70 years (it’s currently set at 95 years in the US, if you were wondering), with the new law including a pretty unassailably logical “use it or lose it clause,” which means that rights-holders (which pretty much just refers to record labels in the 60s) for recordings released before 1963 would have to keep making them available for public consumption for the copyright to remain in effect. But if/when they pass, these laws won’t go into effect until November. So MOVE YOUR ASS, Ringo! I know you read this website.

• The Beatles: http://myspace.com/thebeatles

Heterotic (Planet Mu founder Mike Paradinas and Lara Rix-Martin) prep debut album Love & Devotion… aww

Everyone knows married couples make the best musical duos. Actually, reality has yet to confirm such an idea, and stereotypes would suggest the opposite; do I really want to creatively collaborate with somebody who has smelled my dirty underwear and, not to mention, knows all of my deepest and darkest secrets? Frustrations inevitably arise, and then comes the potential for blackmail. I have to deactivate my Facebook account. The reputation of the label I’m running has become tarnished with accusations that I like wearing nothing but a Halloween mask and a purple feather boa on my days off. Is it worth the risk, I ask? Is it!?!?!

Thankfully, the debut album from Heterotic — the duo of Lara Rix-Martin and spouse Mike Paradinas a.k.a. μ-Ziq — appears to have been produced without incurring any bad blood. Love & Devotion comes out March 25, and it follows a handful of tracks previously released and listenable via their SoundCloud, including a spacey, extended take on Kuedo’s “Shutter Light Girl,” and a splendid house original, “Probingzed.”

Both of those songs are instrumentals, but four out of the eight tracks on the upcoming album feature Nick Talbot, of the folkish Gravenhurst, supplying vocals. Curiosity piqued. Commence waiting.

Love & Devotion tracklisting:

01. Bliss
02. Blue Lights (feat. Gravenhurst)
03. Wartime (feat. Gravenhurst)
04. Robo Corp
05. Devotion (feat. Gravenhurst)
06. Knell
07. Slumber (feat. Gravenhurst)
08. Fanfare

• Heterotic: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heterotic/138367089545225
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu