Woodsist creates subsidiary label Hello Sunshine, apparently cashing in on the hippy market

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Odds are, lately you’ve been all swept up in the slew of semi-catastrophic current events taking place all over the globe. I feel ya — shit can get real heavy and wherever you go you see the glum faces of those weighted down by all this wordwide upheaval. In a time like this, it’s easy to lose track of some of the more down-to-Earth and modest accomplishments of our fellow man. Like the creation of the new Woodsist imprint Hello Sunshine, for example.

Hello Sunshine, from appearances, seems to stretch toward releasing transmissions from some of the more spacey and experimental reaches of the pop spectrum, as a sort of complement to the lo-fi and traditional sound that Woodsist has become synonymous with. Although the label was technically launched last June, it very recently spit out its second and third releases into the world. The first being Wet Hair and Raccoo-oo-oon man Ryan Garbes’ solo LP Sweet Hassle, and the next being the Portland, Maine outfit Herbcraft’s Ashram to the Stars LP.

With the winning streak that Woodsist has maintained over the years, I don’t see how Hello Sunshine couldn’t keep those same standards and continue to release some of the most interesting tunes being turned out on this side of the planet. So even if the end of the world we know is on its way (or something like that) at least this stuff can be its soundtrack.

Ryan Garbes’ Sweet Hassle tracklisting:

01. Relay
02. Boys Are Back
03. Whatever You Want
04. Thirst
05. Rain Song
06. Why
07. Slowing Down/The Walk
08. Perfume
09. Dream
10. Easily Influenced
11. 5D

Herbcraft’s Ashram to the Stars tracklisting:

01. Fleet Guru
02. Altar 2: Across the Abyss
03. Freak Flag
04. Altar 3: Birth’d
05. Get Esoteric
06. Mass
07. Jupiter Trine Sun

• Hello Sunshine: http://woodsist.blogspot.com/p/hello-sunshine.html
• Ryan Garbes: http://www.ryangarbes.com
• Herbcraft: http://herbcraft.bandcamp.com

Kathryn Calder announces new tourdates, still wonders who her mother is

Although her debut album on File Under: Music, Are You My Mother?, was released last summer, Kathryn Calder (of The New Pornographers and formally of Immaculate Machine) is still wondering who the hell her mother is. In most cases like this, adopted children will ask their parents to give them information about their biological parents’ whereabouts. Or they’ll go through birth certificates and other medical records to determine the information themselves. Calder decided to find the answer to her pressing question in another way: go on tour.

This spring, Calder will roam the streets and venues of major US cities to put an end to her pursuit for her mother. You would think naming her album after her query would have put Calder’s mind at rest, but apparently not. Join Calder in her quest to find her mother this summer:

05.18.11 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre #
05.19.11 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous #%
05.20.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore #
06.08.11 - Montreal, QC - Cagibi
06.09.11 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
06.10.11 - Toronto, ON - TRANZAC (Southern Cross Lounge)
06.13.11 - Boston, MA - T.T. The Bear’s *
06.14.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café *
06.16.11 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace *
06.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Rock Shop *

# Himalayan Bear
% Karl Blau
* Bird of Youth

• Kathryn Calder: http://www.myspace.com/kathryncalder
• File Under: Music: http://www.fileundermusic.com

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On reissued; please let there be a new all-star benefit cover…

It was a cold night on October 30, 2001 when Jermaine Dupri, Bono, Britney Spears, Fred Durst, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, and more got together on Bono’s yacht to record an all-star cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” in order to benefit the creation of fight against AIDS.

Nearly 10 years later, Motown/UMe will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the album What’s Going On with a Super Deluxe Edition reissue on June 7 that includes two CDs, one vinyl LP, 14 unreleased songs, rarities, and an oversized booklet with no Gaye nude pics.

Also, to mark the anniversary, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Minor, Janelle Monáe, and others will perform a tribute to Gaye’s album at the Hollywood Bowl on July 24. What’s Going On was deemed by various people on the street as a “really important album” and was voted by Highlights magazine as one of the “Top 10 Bestest Albums Ever”.


Word has just broke in the TMT newsroom that a supergroup known as Artists Against Tragic Things has recorded a new cover of “What’s Going On” with guest vocals from apl.de.ap, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, the new cast of Scrubs, Bruno Mars, Beaker from The Muppets, Katy Perry, John Zorn, Marvin Gaye’s dog, and Bono. Now that’s honoring a legend!

• Motown: http://www.motown.com

Cibo Matto announce reunion tour and new album, proving that every band will eventually reunite, even The Smiths

No band is immune to reuniting. If Cibo Matto can randomly decide to work on new music and play new shows after reuniting to play several benefit concerts to help Japan’s disaster relief back in March, what chance do The Smiths stand? Although he likes to be dramatic and state that The Smiths wouldn’t even reunite for $5 million, I think all it would take for Morrissey to cave is a good ol’ fashioned headlining spot for a disaster benefit show, and the promise that he’s allowed to take his shirt off, even if Johnny Marr is so not into it. Good thing Judgment Day is quickly approaching. Perhaps The Smiths can hitch their reunion wagon to that impending disaster?

Meanwhile, Cibo Matto will be avoiding the rapture by working on a follow-up to 1999’s Stereo ★ Type A that is supposedly due out in 2012 — you know, if we all live that long. They will also be touring later this summer, so brush up on your food-related song lyrics.

Cibo Tour-o:

06.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.22.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune
06.23.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
06.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s
06.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl &
07.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
07.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
07.18.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.19.11 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
07.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

& Yellow Magic Orchestra

• Cibo Matto: http://www.wbr.com/cibomatto

Architecture in Helsinki tour North America in June….BUT WILL THEY EVER GET TO HELSINKI???

As we all know, super bouncy indie poppers Architecture in Helsinki are not from Helsinki. They are from Melbourne. Ever since we all learned this, the elephant in the room has always been, have Architecture in Helsinki ever played in Helsinki? To answer that question: I don’t know, but maybe they have. While we’re at it, let’s take down some other burning questions. Have of Montreal played Montreal? Yes. Did Mission of Burma ever take a mission to Burma? Hard to know, considering any definite answer is clouded by whether you refer to the country as Burma or Myanmar. Have Woods ever played a show in the woods? Probably, but if nobody is there to hear Woods play in the woods, do Woods even make a sound?

Perhaps we’ve gotten off on a tangent here. The point is, I’m not sure if Architecture in Helsinki have ever played Helsinki and, since it’s a hard question to answer through Google, somebody else will have to tell you. What I can tell you, however, is that Architecture in Helsinki are definitely playing in North America during the summer. It is undeniable, a fact that needs no Google search at all, but simply a quick scroll down this page to the listed dates. Here’s a little more information for you, for free: Architecture in Helsinki very recently released a new record, Moment Bends, through Cooperative/Downtown Music. While we haven’t reviewed it here and I have yet to hear it, I’ll give you a review anyway: probably bouncy, probably fun, probably pretty alright. There’s a quote for the deluxe edition if ever there was one!

Architecture in Helsinki dates:

06.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
06.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
06.04.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
06.06.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
06.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.11.11 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
06.12.11 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
06.13.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.16.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.17.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe

• Architecture in Helsinki: http://www.architectureinhelsinki.com
• Cooperative Music: http://cooperativemusic.com
• Downtown Music: http://www.downtownmusic.com

Moog Music reports mysterious increase in sales, almost as if boatloads of bands were making ‘nostalgic synthpop’ or something

You know how you’re always going around complaining to your friends that still listen to you (it’s important to note that many of them simply won’t anymore, because all of their ‘fiancées’ and ‘good jobs’ and ‘new babies’ and ‘home improvement shopping’ make the prospect of listening to their one friend-who’s-still-in-a-band harp on about music trends pretty unpalatable) about how you’re unimpressed with current music’s cold, harsh, digital sound?

Well, you should shut up, because according to Billboard, Moog Music has reported that sales of their all-analog (and all-pricey) synths, guitars, effects pedals, and theremins went up by 35% this past year. For the non-Weezer fan, Robert Moog (who died in 2005) founded what would become Moog Music in 1954 and started selling these crazy analog devices to bored, rich musicians, who immediately got to work nearly ruining their records with them (suck it, Abbey Road). But eventually, Moog’s gear found its place and folks started to prize the equipment’s ‘fat, analog tits’ and ‘warm bass-y ass.’

“If you buy any other keyboard and open the back, you see a chip in there that’s sampling sounds or re-creating sounds using a digitized format,” says Moog Music president Mike Adams. “In the back of our device, there’s a sound board with 897 components. It’s a completely different sound you get. You’re really able to hear the subtleties of the sound […] Kids have grown up with the iPod, but when musicians get introduced to the analog sound, it makes a big difference to them. It may not make a difference when it comes out of the iPod, but it makes a difference to them in the studio from an inspiration standpoint.”

But wait just a filter-sweepin’ second here. Given that the synths go for between $700-$5,000, guitars start at $2,000, theremins go for $375, and effects pedals cost between $275-$700, is it really ‘kids’ that are keeping Moog Music in the black during a recession? I mean, who the hell is buying all these things anyway? Well, according to Adams… yeah, it’s pretty much 99% Lady Gaga (and 1% Rush, White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Sugarland, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Beyoncé, Alicia Keyes and Billy Joel). But he also mentions that he ” just got a huge order from Metallica.” Oh, cool. Experimental Metallica.

• Moog Music: http://www.moogmusic.com