Wish Daniel Johnston a happy birthday! And listen to his radio show! And buy his comic book! Metamucil doesn’t pay for itself, you know?

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Instead of sulking about the fact that he’s turning 50 years old tomorrow (January 22), Daniel Johnston is celebrating by setting up a call-in number where fans can leave him “Happy Birthday” messages! Call (936) 463-4688 if you’re so inclined. Johnston will listen to all the messages and most of them will air — along with special musician guest messages — during his 50th birthday radio show special on the new Daniel Johnston Radio on January 22 at 8 PM CT. The live show will also include music and stories from Johnston himself.

You can also support Johnston’s metamucil habit by donating money to Kickstarter, where he is releasing his first-ever comic book, titled Daniel Johnston’s Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness. Phew, who says you can’t be productive at 50 years old?

• Daniel Johnston: http://www.hihowareyou.com

The Dismemberment Plan (nervously) play “The City” and “What Do You Want Me to Say?” on Fallon, expand reunion tour to Japan, get rich

In July 2009, The Dismemberment Plan’s principal songwriter Travis Morrison posted on his website: “RETIRED! No shows, no records, no band. Just relaxing in Brooklyn.” By the end of 2010, however, The Dismemberment Plan had officially reformed, announced the vinyl reissue of Emergency & I, booked an East Coast tour, manufactured some wares (see above), “got with it” (1, 2, 3), and even landed themselves a spot on the I-guess-it’s-maybe-sorta-kinda-indie Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

In fact, their nationally televised performance on Fallon just aired! Performing E&I tracks “The City” and “What Do You Want Me to Say?” (the latter of which being a web-only performance), The Dismemberment Plan are now officially all up in our grills again. Check out the nerve-wracked performance of “The City” and then “What Do You Want Me to Say?” below. And word has it that the group performed a second bonus song, which will likely come sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, peep D-Plan’s newly expanded reunion dates below, which now sees the group bringing their cute little tunes to Japan, Chicago, and Seattle.

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“What Do You Want Me to Say?”:

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Reunion dates:

01.21.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
01.22.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Starlight Ballroom
01.28.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
01.29.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.29.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.07.11 - Kyoto, Japan - Taku-Taku
02.08.11 - Nagoya, Japan - Apollo Theater
02.09.11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-Nest
02.13.11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-West
02.19.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
02.19.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
03.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

• Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

Times New Viking to release Dancer Equired on Merge

Like the super aggro, unwashed Norsemen before them, Times New Viking are on the verge of conquering America… or at least Merge Records, where they recently signed. The lo-fi Ohioans’ followup to 2009’s Born Again Revisited (on Matador) is called Dancer Equired. It drops April 25 in the US. The first single, “No Room to Live,” was previously available as a tour-only 7-inch while the band cavorted across the lower 48 with Guided By Voices.

Times New Viking are scheduled to pillage their way through Austin, TX during this year’s South by Southwest Festival.

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

[Photo: Julio Enriquez]

Animal Collective announce European tour to coincide with non-existent US tour; Panda Bear likes french fries

To coincide with their ATP fest (TMT News), which was recently sweetened by the likes of Terry Riley, Orthrelm, Big Boi, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (not to be confused with Steve Reich, Ocrilim, André 3000, and Soul Asylum), the boys of Animal Collective have announced a string of European dates, which we’re guessing is an effort to make the whole trip, you know, “cost-effective” or something. Jeez, always thinking about money, these boys.

05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - TBA
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo

Meanwhile, Panda Bear, who clearly enjoys eating french fries, has a new solo album. It’s called Tomboy, and it’s due April 19 (TMT News).

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net

[Photo: Tanya Pulido]

Feel the feeling of finally getting a new album: The Feelies announce new album for Spring release

It took 19 years to come true, but Feelies fans finally have a new album just months away from falling into their hands.

After the band’s reunion show opening for Sonic Youth in 2008, an ever-increasing amount of live gigs (including a 2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties show where the band played seminal album Crazy Rhythms in its entirety) and the recent reissue of their first two albums, fans have been wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ for a new album, and contrary to the Dusty Springfield song, it worked. Yes, The Feelies have announced that this Spring they will be releasing their new album, Here Before, through Bar/None Records.

New material for the album was written throughout 2010, in the midst of band rehearsals, at founding member Glenn Mercer’s New Jersey home studio. That fall, after writing 13 new tunes, the band headed into Water Music studios in Hoboken and recorded the album with their classic (since 1984) lineup featuring Mercer, Bill Million, Brenda Sauter, Stanley Demeski, and Dave Weckerman. The album will see release on all available formats (CD, digital, and LP) and is sure to be in the employee picks section of old record shops the country over.

• The Feelies: http://www.myspace.com/thefeelies
• Bar/None: http://www.bar-none.com

Mike Watt’s third opera out soon, followed by gigantic tour!

Last June, we reported that Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist/badass Mike Watt was nearing completion on his third “punk rock opera.” On October 6, Japan saw the first release of Hyphenated-Man on Parabolica Records, but only now has the rest of the world had the chance to get anything better than a CD import. Mark the date, people: Hyphenated-Man is out worldwide on March 1 via Watt’s own Clenchedwrench label.

Watt’s operas haven’t exactly been like Wagner’s. The first, Contemplating the Engine Room (1997), detailed not Valkyries or Tannhäuser, but his relationship with his father, and was met with wide critical acclaim. The 2004 follow-up opera, The Secondman’s Middle Stand received much more lukewarm reviews (TMT Review), and could be said to verge on more traditional operatic fare, introducing organ and drawing heady connections between Dante’s Divine Comedy and Watt’s own close call with death.

This third work, Hyphenated-Man, deviates from the first two in that there is no standard or linear narrative, according to Watt (who joyfully suggests that it’s a “libretto”-less opera). Check out his somewhat rambling explanation of the work here; let’s just see how long it takes now for people to start bandying around “pomo” for this one. Also, Mike Watt and The Missingmen are beginning a North America tour this spring, in which they play every night but one for two straight months. At the end of April, there’d better be a fat lady singing along in Sacramento.

Tourdates:

03.10.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
03.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.12.11- San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03.13.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
03.14.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03.15.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.16.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Ginger Man
03.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.19.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Spanish Moon
03.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
03.21.11 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar
03.22.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03.23.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.24.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.25.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.26.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.27.11 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
03.28.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29.11 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
03.30.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
03.31.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
04.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
04.03.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
04.04.11 - New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.05.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street Club
04.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s Place
04.07.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.08.11 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
04.09.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04.10.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
04.11.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.12.11 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
04.13.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04.14.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
04.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
04.16.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
04.17.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
04.18.11 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.19.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.20.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04.22.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.23.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
04.24.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.25.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
04.26.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
04.27.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
04.28.11 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage
04.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.30.11 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp

• Mike Watt: http://www.hootpage.com

[Image: Chimpomatic]