Wilco unveil their own independently curated festival; Wilco fans have reservations about so many things, but not about this

Wilco unveil their own independently curated festival; Wilco fans have reservations about so many things, but not about this http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-04-wilco.jpg

Wilco get accused of being a lot of things: dad rock, an American Radiohead, washed-up, “better when they were called Steely Dan,” etc. The list goes on. But no one ever targets Jeff Tweedy and the gang for what they really are: shameless and megalomaniacal self-promoters of their own brand.

This is a band that named their last album Wilco (The Album) (which, let’s not forget, contained a single called “Wilco: the Song”), a band that released a book in 2004 called nothing more than The Wilco Book. When Sam Jones was putting the finishing touches on his documentary, 2002’s excellent I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, who do you think demanded he add the subtitle A Film About Wilco? Need more proof? What’s Wilco’s website called, you ask? Wilco World. I’m not saying that this name is meant to imply that Wilco believes they exist on some separate plane of reality or that they are intending a merciless overthrow of global government through their pleasant rock. But I’m not not saying that.

The Solid Sound Festival is the latest in this long string of self-promotion. On August 13-15, Wilco will curate their own festival outside at MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). At first glance, this looks like a good thing: Wilco has no East Coast dates planned for this summer, and the country needs more independently produced festivals. But one look at the festival’s lineup and you see it for what it really is. So far, it’s been announced that Wilco will be headlining, supported by drummer Glenn Kotche’s sideproject On Fillmore. Lead guitarist Nels Cline’s Nels Cline Singers and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s Pronto are also on the bill. Add The Autumn Defense, which also contains Wilco members, and you’ll realize that this festival exclusively consists of Wilco sideprojects. Why didn’t they just name it “Wilco: The Festival”?

Entry for the festival is $86.50, and tickets for Solid Sound go on sale Friday, April 9 at the festival’s official website. The band promises it to be a “three-day event of music, art, comedy, interactivity, and more.” But knowing Wilco, this may just mean Jeff Tweedy is going to do a stand-up set, and Glenn Kotche will be making overpriced caricatures out in the parking lot.

Meanwhile, Wilco is on tour. Dates below.

04.09.10 - Hartford, CT - Bushnell Center
04.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
04.11.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall
04.22.10 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat
04.23.10 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp Tokyo
04.27.10 - Auckland, New Zealand - Civic Theatre
04.28.10 - Wellington, New Zealand - Wellington Town Hall
04.30.10 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
05.01.10 - Sydney, Australia - State Theatre
05.02.10 - Marrickville, Australia - Factory Theatre
05.05.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum
05.06.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum
05.20.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Kulttuuritalo
05.21.10 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
05.23.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
05.25.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Musikhuset
05.28.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.30.10 - Rome, Italy - Auditorium Parco Della Musica
08.13.10 - Boston, MA – Solid Sound Festival
09.03.10 - Snowmass, CO - Jazz Aspen
09.12.10 - Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09.14.10 - London, England - Royal Festival Hall
09.15.10 - Newcastle, England- Academy
09.16.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland
09.20.10 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Tonhalle
09.21.10 - Offenbach, Germany - Capitol
09.23.10 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
09.24.10 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
09.26.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Musikhalle
09.27.10 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast

• Solid Sound Festival: http://www.solidsoundfestival.com
• Wilco: http://wilcoworld.net

[Photo: Autumn de Wilde]

Swans announced as first act to play Supersonic Festival 2010

“Supersonic is all about bringing together a like minded community from all corners of the UK and further afield,” says a representative for Capsule, the promoters of Supersonic Festival 2010. “For one weekend we can all enjoy a great selection of music, exhibitions, talks, a film program, and of course cake, in a relatively intimate setting. Oh, yeah and we can also enjoy listening to the motherfucking Swans because they’ll be playing a fucking set at our fucking festival which is fucking awesome because THE MOTHERFUCKING SWANS WILL BE PLAYING A SET.”

That’s right Michael Gira fans, as you undoubtedly already know, Swans were recently reassembled and are the first announced band to play the Supersonic Festival 2010. The eclectic UK festival will be held in and around Birmingham’s Custard Factory, and even though no other performers have been announced, the fest promises to be an exciting one BECAUSE THE MOTHERFUCKING SWANS WILL BE PLAYING.

Supersonic Festival, taking place between October 22-24 (yes, it IS happening in October, not July as usual, presumably because M. Gira hates singing when it’s hot out) is well known as one of the few places “where you can listen to funeral doom, prog, folk, avant jazz and grindcore in one weekend.” It is also the only place, at the moment, where you can hear THE MOTHERFUCKING SWANS PLAY A SHOW.

More information can be found at the Supersonic webpage. You can also head over to The Quietus and read a statement by Michael Gira about the Swans reunification.

• Supersonic Festival: http://myspace.com/supersonicfestival
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

Mates of State confirm covers album about love—what else?

For a while I thought that Mates of State’s “cutest couple” status might have been usurped by the rise of Matt & Kim, but Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner are back on the top of the lovey-dovey pile. They have just confirmed the completion of Crushes (The Covers Mixtape), their newest album and a semi-eclectic covers collection of love (or love-lorn) songs. Just take a look at the tracklisting.

01. Laura (Girls)
02. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
03. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
04. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
05. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
06. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
07. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
08. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
09. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

Hammel and Gardner recorded and produced the album, with Peter Katis (The National, Swell Season, Interpol) as the third-wheel help with mixing. According to husband and wife, we can expect another Mates of State album in the not-so-distant future. “When we were finished, we couldn’t wait to write our own songs again,” they said. The Crushes album is out this summer, but in the meantime you can download “Laura” for free here or stream it at the Chocolate Grinder. Jason calls Kori a bitch!

• Mates of State: http://www.matesofstate.com

Band of Horses reveal details for Infinite Arms to a crowd of cheering onlookers

Band of Horses have released details for their new album, Infinite Arms, due out May 18 on Fat Possum/Columbia Records (TMT report). This news is pretty on course for any band that is about to release a new record. However, you can make it more exciting by reading the following tracklisting out loud with a Southern accent.

Infinite Arms tracklisting:

01. Factory
02. Compliments
03. Laredo
04. Blue Beard
05. On My Way Back Home
06. Infinite Arms
07. Dilly
08. Evening Kitchen
09. Older
10. For Annabelle
11. NW Apt.
12. Neighbor

Hear (and spread your) Infinite Arms on the road this spring and summer:

04.08.10 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
04.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
04.10.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04.12.10 - London, UK - Koko
04.14.10 - Koln, Germany - Kulturkirche
04.16.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
04.17.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
04.18.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.23.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04.24.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04.26.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
04.28.10 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
04.29.10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
05.01.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
05.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
05.03.10 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center $
05.04.10 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center $
05.06.10 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena $
05.07.10 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Center $
05.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena $
05.10.10 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena $
05.13.10 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center $
05.15.10 - Hartford, CT - XL Center $
05.17.10 - Boston, MA - TD Garden $
05.21.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden $
05.27.10 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater !
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.04.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
06.05.10 - Bangor, Ireland - Ward Park ^
06.07.10 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
06.08.10 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
06.09.10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
06.11.10 - Oxford, UK - Academy
06.12.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park ^
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Olympic Island Concert %
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater

# Widespread Panic
! She & Him
$ Pearl Jam
^ Snow Patrol
% Pavement, Broken Social Scene

• Band of Horses: http://www.bandofhorses.com
• Fat Possum: http://fatpossum.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

Soul Jazz cross the pond for a new Krautrock comp, Deutsche Elektronische Musik

The fanheads over at Soul Jazz Records are at it again. Having already amassed a catalog chock full of compilations covering an array of musical time periods and genres — 80s New York noise, late-60s and early-70s Brazilian Tropicália, and even the sounds coming out of the blaxploitation film movement — the next big move for the prestigious UK label is to head back over to their side of the pond with a compilation presenting and briefly summarizing the German Krautrock/Elektronische music scene from 1972-1983.

This compilation covers only a minute portion of the output that sprung out of this era in German experimental music, but like most of Soul Jazz’s attempts at unearthing marginalized music, its purpose is to merely act as a springboard for curious fans. Some of the more memorable (and in some cases still existing) bands that are represented from this era are Can, Faust, Kluster (Cluster), and Tangerine Dream. But in true Soul Jazz fashion, the comp doesn’t just include the big boys of Krautrock. It also includes some of the bands swept under the rug, like Harmonia, Amon Düül II, and Michael Bundt. What will they cover next? Mid-to-late 90s US boy bands? I’m thinkin that one’s lost in the ashes for good.

The compilation is titled Deutsche Elektronische Musik and is set for release April 19. You can pick it up in a 2xCD or 4xLP format, and its already available for pre-order over at the Soul Jazz website.

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

Petra Haden (That Dog, The Decemberists) becomes reality show vocal coach, because why not?

Petra Haden’s life checklist must be an awfully strange thing. Play in well-loved 1990s power-pop group That Dog? Check. Tour with The Decemberists? Check. Release a full-length cover album of The Who’s The Who Sell Out? Check. Become a vocal coach for a reality show about a capella vocal groups? Well, um, check. Indeed, Haden spent a month in Burbank coaching a number of finalists on the forthcoming NBC reality show The Sing Off. “I was really there to help with people’s pitch and dynamics of the songs,” Haden said. “It was challenging, but still a great experience.”

Move over, “The Marriage Ref”!!

• Petra Haden: http://www.petrahadenmusic.com