Zammuto to open for Explosions in the Sky on US tour, Explosions in the Sky fans to treat whole Zammuto set like an even longer build up to an Explosions in the Sky climax

Zammuto to open for Explosions in the Sky on US tour, Explosions in the Sky fans to treat whole Zammuto set like an even longer build up to an Explosions in the Sky climax http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-02-zammuto.jpg

The Books’ Nick Zammuto has a new project and it is called Zammuto and it is also a very exciting thing. As you MIGHT HAVE HEARD, he’s putting out his self-titled debut full-length on April 3 through Temporary Residence. Mr. Zammuto will celebrate that release by hobnobbing with his Temporary Residence labelmates Explosions in the Sky on an April tour of the United States. Yes, despite only having three songs released, Explosions in the Sky are opening for Zammuto on a tour of theaters and similarly large venues. Wait, that can’t be right. Let me check my notes.

Okay, notes have been checked. Explosions in the Sky are headlining and Zammuto are opening. Really, that probably should have never made it to final print. You now know how the sausage is made. One has to wonder, though, are the climax-happy fans of Explosions in the Sky going to put up with the more subdued sounds of Zammuto? Eh, I bet they will. Those folks seem pretty languid.

Zammuto dates (all w/ Explosions in the Sky):

04.05.12 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
04.06.12 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater & Club
04.07.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
04.08.12 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
04.11.12 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
04.12.12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
04.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theater
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theater
04.22.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
04.24.12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live

• Zammuto: http://www.zammutosound.com
• Explosions in the Sky: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com
• Temporary Residence: http://temporaryresidence.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

Southpaw music venue owner “over Park Slope,” throws in proverbial towel

Brooklyn has lost another credible, vibrant music venue with the shuttering of Park Slope bar Southpaw. Owner and founder Mikey Palms credits Southpaw’s demise with the current trend in the bar’s neighborhood towards more family-friendly fare. “I’m kind of over Park Slope — it’s not a destination for nightlife anymore,” Palms told NY Eater last month. Southpaw had been a staple in the neighborhood since 2001. Past performers included Joan Jett, Roky Erikson, Bill Callahan, Cat Power, Built to Spill, Dave Chapelle, Frank Black, The Dirtbombs and many others.

The venue’s few remaining shows will take place next weekend with the “Brooklyn County Fair: 3 Nights of Great Country Music” event February 17-19 and a final closing event on February 2o. The final closing event is an early, free event entitled “Southpaw: End of an Era” and will feature a live interview and slide show, DJ sets, and “brief” performances by Artifacts, Jean Grae, Keith Murray and Masta Ace.

• Southpaw: http://spsounds.com

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