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

Little Wings return! New LP/CD Black Grass from folk romantic Kyle Field in February

Chocolate Grinder’s ahead of the game on this one, but we thought that bit of news was just big enough that we’d make sure you heard. Kyle Field, the man behind Little Wings, has let fly a new song, but more importantly, it comes from Black Grass — his first LW album since 2007’s Soft Pow’r. The album is slated for release on February 25, from RAD (Marriage Records).

We’d almost lost sight of Field over the last few years, though he was busy in a gentle, meandering kind of way. In the same year that saw Soft Pow’r, the label Ahornfelder published Put It in a Nutshell, an impressive book of Kyle’s drawings (for those who didn’t know, he’s as talented in visual arts as aural). In 2008, Field switched things up (well, just a little) by putting out an album under the name Be Gulls, consisting of himself and Lee Baggett. There have also been art exhibitions, some shows on the West Coast, and t-shirts offered from Rad Records (Field’s own corner of Marriage), but not too much recorded material short of a Daytrotter session last January.

You might recognize several of the songs posted in the 2010 Daytrotter session on Black Grass, which will continue the same intimate, lolling feeling of previous Little Wings records. According to Field, his newest work is influenced by such disparate references as Dos (one of several post-Minutemen bands, this one featuring Mike Watt and ex-wife/ex-Black Flag’s Kirra Roessler) and the song “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys. Who knew? Whatever the outcome, we’re excited.

Black Grass tracklisting:

01. Gold Teeth
02. How Come?
03. Mr. Natural
04. Can I Knock on This Door
05. I Grow Too
06. Come Fall
07. Stay Joking
08. Fall Skull
09. Little Bit
10. Black Grass

• Kyle Field: http://www.kyledraws.com
• Marriage: http://www.marriagerecs.com

Animal Collective add a handful of US dates; Panda Bear announces tracklist for Tomboy

Remember when we posted about Animal Collective yesterday? No? Good, because I want to repost it here to make this story look fatter:

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.

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).

Anyway, turns out that Animal Collective have also added a handful of gigs in California, culminating with a performance at Coachella (TMT News). Check out the dates below. (Secret bonus: scroll a little further and the tracklist for Panda Bear’s Tomboy shall be revealed!!!)

04.11.11 - Arcata, CA - Kate Buchanan Room
04.12.11 - Redway, CA - Mateel Community Center
04.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.14.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
04.16.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
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
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera

Tomboy tracklist:

01. You Can Count on Me
02. Tomboy
03. Slow Motion
04. Surfer’s Hymn
05. Last Night at The Jetty
06. Drone
07. Alsatian Darn
08. Sheherezade
09. Friendship Bracelet
10. Afterburner
11. Benfica

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

[Photo: Ben Beaumont-Thomas]

Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass hospitalized, makes “The Decision” to play through pain UNLIKE CHRIS BOSH

Despite having three of the best players in the NBA, the Miami Heat ain’t looking too “hot” these days. LeBron James recently sat out games due to an ankle injury, and now Chris Bosh is out with an ankle sprain, resulting in a four-game losing streak for the Heat.

Apparently, these Miami millionaires could take some inspiration from Alice Glass of Crystal Castles, who, despite having re-injured her ankle in Tokyo a couple days ago (the first ankle injury occurred late last year on their European tour), has decided to play through the pain. In fact, Glass’ ankle might even be broken, yet she still performed with Crystal Castles at the Big Day Out festival in Auckland and is so far expected to keep making her way through a European tour that’ll take the band to mid-February before their spring tour of the US.

The NBA’s trade deadline is soon. Maybe coach Spoelstra should have someone do scouting work on the Crystal Castles tour. They could use someone like Glass if they’re looking for people who can play through broken ankles. God, it’s not like they even run that much on the court. Fucking annoying.

Crystal Castles North American dates:

03.02.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
03.03.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
03.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
03.06.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
03.07.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
03.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
03.11.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
03.13.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
03.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
03.16.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.18.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
03.26.11 - Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival
04.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
04.19.11 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club (Coachella)

• Crystal Castles: http://www.crystalcastles.com
• Fiction: http://fictionrecords.co.uk

[Photo: Chris Zakorchemny]

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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“The City”:

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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]