Wooden Wand releasing deluxe edition of Briarwood LP, touring the US in a flying car

Wooden Wand releasing deluxe edition of Briarwood LP, touring the US in a flying car http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-02-wooden-wand.jpg

The forthcoming two-disc deluxe edition of Wooden Wand’s Briarwood will include eight demo versions of tracks from the album, recordings that James Jackson Toth describes as his grimoire. I didn’t know what the hell a grimoire was at first, but I imagined it might resemble an old trunk filled with sticky, silver, primordial clay. I’m not sure why, just something about the way the word sounds. Good thing I looked it up to check, because a grimoire is actually a book of magic spells.

Anyway, when he wasn’t summoning spirits or practicing invisibility, Toth recorded those eight tunes at home in Lexington, Kentucky on a Roland BR1600 digital eight-track, and he says that they don’t sound much like the album versions, save for the vocals. Toth recorded the album versions down at Ol Elegante Studios in Homewood, Alabama along with a new line-up of musicians (magicians?) assembled just for this album — including his best friend, Brian Lowery, as well as Duquette Johnston and his band The Gum Creek Killers, plus Jody Nelson of Through the Sparks. Briarwood – Deluxe Edition will see an April 17 release via Fire Records, and Wooden Wand will be touring the US in March. Who knows, maybe they’ll teach you a thing or two about magic spells.

You can listen to both demo and full studio versions of “Winter in Kentucky” here!

Briarwood – Deluxe Edition tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Winter in Kentucky
02. Scorpion Glow
03. Wither Away
04. Be My Friend Mary Jo
05. Big Mouth USA
06. Good Time Man
07. Motel Stationary
08. Passin Thru
09. The DNR Waltz

Disc 2:
01. Winter in Kentucky (Demo)
02. Scorpion Glow (Demo)
03. Wither Away (Demo)
04. Be My Friend Mary Jo (Demo)
05. Good Time Man (Demo)
06. Motel Stationary (Demo)
07. The DNR Waltz (Demo)
08. Passin Thru (Demo)

Tourdates:

03.06.12 - Nashville, TN - Foobar
03.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.08.12 - Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey Theater
03.10.12 - Shreveport, LA - The Collective
03.11.12 - Denton, TX - 35 Denton
03.13.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.17.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.18.12 - Little Rock, AR - Dedicated
03.19.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley Of The Vapors
03.21.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggo’s North
03.22.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday
03.23.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
03.24.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

• Wooden Wand: http://www.myspace.com/woodenwand
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

Busdriver and Del the Funky Homosapien, together at last on new EP

Once upon a time, way back when, before you could send your young ones to school with GPS attached to them, there was that one bus driver who smelled like he never used dental floss and he’d make fun of your (actually awesome) holographic Cabbage Patch lunchbox. Then, one day he died and you were all, “I’m too young to understand death, so whatever, no more insults from the bus driver. Free at last!”

Anyway, that story has nothing to do with anything except that the mean old dead guy shared a name with the dude who’s collaborating with Del the Funky Homosapien. Yep, that radical weirdo Busdriver is set to release an EP with the legendary Del the Funky Homosapien. Or if you’re in the know you might refer to him as “Del tha Funkee Homosapien,” who is one of the very few highlights to come out of Oakland. You punk-ass snitches better recognize. Busdriver, just like your breast feeding high school “friends”, took to his Facebook page to share the news.

(Fair warning: if you’re going to click over to Busdriver’s site make sure you’ve already eaten something as scrumptious as those Voodoo Doughnuts look.)

• Busdriver: http://busdriverse.com
• Del the Funky Homosapien: http://delthefunkyhomosapien.hifidev.com

Dean Blunt of Hype Williams leaks goth R&B LP The Narcissist II

Sure, David Lynch is already making electronic music under his own name, but a listen to the new Dean Blunt LP could certainly fool one into thinking the duo’s ghostly brand of 3 AM R&B shot straight outta the auteur’s brain and into the grooves of a long-forgotten private press soul record. Hyperdub confirmed that Blunt, the male half of Hype Williams, leaked a new solo record(/mixtape?) called The Narcissist II on Sunday. The female half of Hype Williams, Inga Copeland, is featured toward the end of the free recording.

If The Weeknd delves lyrically into the scary side of the late night lifestyle, The Narcissist II is like the soundtrack to a horror film. It’s like INLAND EMPIRE through a funk filter: both beautiful and terrifying. Full of samples, cell phone vibrations, and enough atmospherics to make you take a baseball bat to bed, the LP likely won’t be around online for free for long (download here).

Meanwhile, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have a new LP coming out April 17 through Hyperdub called Black Is Beautiful (FYI: it is not under the Hype Williams moniker), and if it’s anything like this one, fans will be scrambling to get it. Or get away from it. The tracklisting for Black Is Beautiful is listed below:

01. Venice Dreamway
02. 2
03. 3
04. 4
05. 5
06. 6
07. 7
08. 8
09. 9
10. 10
11. 11
12. 12
13. 13
14. 14
15. 15

• Hype Williams: http://www.youtube.com/pollyjacobsen

RIP: Michael Davis, bassist for the MC5

From the Washington Post:

Michael Davis, the bassist of influential late 1960s rock band MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68.

Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, said Angela Davis.

Born on June 5, 1943, the bassist gained attention in the revolutionary Detroit band MC5 and later played in a version of the group called DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums.

The original MC5 rose to prominence from 1964 to 1972, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early-punk sound, starting with their first album “Kick Out the Jams,” released in 1969.

A sought-after bassist and also producer, Davis was planning to be in Belgium this week recording with punk rock musician Sonny Vincent, said Davis’ wife.

• Michael Davis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Davis_%28bassist%29

London’s Resonance 104.4 FM holds fundraising auction through the weekend: here’s your chance to get a portrait of actor Dudley Sutton!!

Resonance 104.4 FM, the London-based community radio station that promotes itself as “the world’s first art radio station” is holding an auction fundraiser through the end of this weekend. The long list of items available for bids range from an original poster for the awesome-looking 1973 film The Sex Adventures of the Three Musketeers to a signed copy of “Candy Coated Unicorns,” a poetry collection from artist Inua Ellams, with lots in between. Most of the items were donated from the vast volunteer base of local artists and musicians that the station relies on for programming and includes many pieces of artwork, books, movies, recordings, and unique experiences.

104.4’s programming is as diverse as the list of items up for auction. The station hosts live music programs and other independent music features, including a regular show presented by UK-based music mag The Wire and shows targeting underserved foreign language communities in their native tongues, as well as public information programming, such as Calling All Pensioners, where retired Londoners can get information about available benefits.

Proceeds generated from the auction will be used to pay for the station’s annual licensing fees and toward the purchase of a new transmitter and other equipment. Check out the list of items up for auction and support a vital independent resource for arts, culture, and information in the London area.

• Resonance 104.4 FM: http://resonancefm.com

Pulse Emitter and Panabrite release albums through Aguirre Records on Tuesday; let’s blow through this weekend fast!

Has anyone else noticed things being a little more stressful than usual lately? I can’t put my finger on the specifics, but I just get this general sense that every little thing that happens to me is contributing to a larger inner tension that’s pulsing in some connected superbrain under the soil, faster and faster until finally it awakes from its centuries-long slumber and feasts on us, all of us, with ravenous glee. Like until somewhat recently, my regular morning ritual was to hit the snooze button a couple times, put the teapot on for my girlfriend, get in the shower, and get a sack lunch ready before I stepped out the door. Now I turn the alarm off entirely, sleep until noon, check the news on my phone, write furious comments under the articles, walk past my local coffee shop to find a Starbucks, use my phone while in line to send an angry email to the city planners for not installing a Starbucks closer to me, stumble over words and drop my money in front of the barista, curse out the homeless man on my way out, read about a celebrity death on Facebook walking home, take out my phone a second time to see that my mother “poked” me, start sprinting down the sidewalk without realizing it, and finally get back into bed in a thick sweat.

For people like us, there are a couple albums being released this upcoming Tuesday through Aguirre Records that might help slow our heart rates down a little: Pulse Emitter’s Aeons and Panabrite’s Sub-Aquatic Meditation. Both albums use a similar therapeutic technique as that used in Elvis Presley’s body of work, but where Presley healed teenagers’ hearts by gyrating their hips until they felt strong enough to face the world, Pulse Emitter and Panabrite have moved the point of gyration to the frontal lobe and slowed the oscillations down until those teenagers can feel every crinkle of their brain receiving a massage at the hands of experts.

Firstly: Pulse Emitter released one of my favorite LPs of last year, Spiritual Vistas, and if that album was a gradual zooming-out from “Tree Lined Asphalt” to a gorgeous “Nebula,” then follow-up Aeons both reaches further out and arcs back down to Earth, beaming achingly human melodies into cavernous space. Secondly: Panabrite lay it out for you right there in the title, but meditation can come in many forms, so don’t think this album is going to serve purely as a laxative for your sleep valve. Sub-Aquatic Meditation recalls the imagined chirping early electronic library music of Ursula Bogner over 12 short pieces, recasting Bogner as an ingenious but intensely private crustacean experimenting with all the abandoned synths that ended up on the ocean floor over the years. Finally, check the Chocolate Grinder for a new Panabrite video: “Octopus in Your Dreams.” Thanks, and continue to pray for our species.

Aeons tracklisting:

01. Hermits
02. Spaceship
03. Pangaea
04. Immortality

Sub-Aquatic Meditations tracklisting:

01. Slipping into the Deep
02. Atoll
03. Whirlpool
04. Fissures
05. Neptune Visions in the Cryst
06. These Are Barnacles
07. Octopus in Your Dreams
08. Sunlight Dive
09. Memory Tank
10. Acquario
11. Siphonophore
12. Lullaby of the Abyss

• Pulse Emitter: http://synthnoise.com
• Panabrite: http://panabritesounds.blogspot.com
• Aguirre: http://www.aguirrecords.com