Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Round Up: Lightning Bolt Have Europe Dates, So Do Icy Demons, Bumbershoot Festival Details, Chin Up Chin Up Play Final Show
Before we get into the news, I want to chat about a couple things. First, I want to announce that I worked security at a frat party last night (at a music venue where I work), and Three 6 Mafia played. Oh, and it was bad. Second, I want to talk about how I think Lost is the new Passions. **SPOILER ALERT** For those who have not watched it yet, smoke monster was insanely lame (although I was a fan of Ben-beat-down-via-Desmond.) Special effects, in the house... NOT. I’m down with the sci-fi route if that’s how they’re going to do it, but some of this shit is getting ridiculous. Granted, there is no town-witch Tabitha, or, as my friend Rohan pointed out, “Where is Timmy the midget though?” And there is no story lines like the one my friend Sarah brought up: “Remember the episode when Charity saw HELL in her bedroom closet?” Let’s hope not, at least. Lost better watch out. Okay, on to the news...
- Lightning Bolt, who haven’t done shit since 2005-2006 (they scrapped an album or whatever, but might have a new one? Who knows), have a random European tour coming up. Their tour starts mid-May in Brussels and ends in early June in Rotterdam. You can find all the dates at the Conspiracy Booking site.
- Icy Demons are also hopping across the pond for a tour, which kicks off in mid-April at the Festival Abril No Tan Cruel (which I think means April Not So Cruel, or they’re anti-tanning) in Madrid and finishes at the end of May in Cherbourg at the Festiva Terra Trema, L’Epicentre. There is a complete list of dates on their MySpace page.
- Bumbershoot, Seattle’s music and arts festival, announced a partial lineup for its 39th annual event. The three-day event will take place September 5-7 at the Seattle Center. Three-day passes are on sale now and are only $80 -- that ain’t too shabby. So far, the lineup includes Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, De La Soul, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, The Long Winters, Extra Golden, MSTRKRFT, Dead Confederate, No Age, and many more. You can find complete details on the festival at the official Bumbershoot site.
- Chin Up Chin Up have decided to break up and will play their last show May 15 at The Empty Bottle in their hometown of Chicago. Singer Jeremy Bolen posted a comment about the show and break up on their MySpace page.
Black Pus Is Going on Tour, And Here are Three Reasons Why You’re Going to At Least One of the Shows
1. Black Pus, the "solo project" of Lightning Bolt member Brian Chippendale, has released a bunch of life-altering albums that you should all listen to. Black Pus 4: All Aboard the Magic Pus (TMT Review) was released last year.
2. You likey "air guitar."
3. And you likey mushrooms?
04.11.09 - Binghamton, NY - The Cafe Oasis
04.12.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Nerve
04.13.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Art Damage Lodge
04.14.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
04.15.09 - Richmond, VA - National Theater *
04.16.09 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
04.17.09 - Baltimore, MD - a small branch on a Spidery Hill
04.18.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Copy Gallery
04.20.09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
04.21.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
04.22.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Death by Audio
04.23.09 - Providence, RI - AS220
05.17.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (No Fun Fest)
People keep talking about saving up for 09-09-09, so a Google search later, I've discovered that the entire catalogue by some band called "The Beatles" is going to be remastered. I mean, I know they did the soundtrack for 2007's Across the Universe, but I don't see what the big deal is.
Anyway, Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music will release two collections. The first is a stereo box set of 12 "Beatles" albums, Magical Mystery Tour, and Past Masters Vol. 1 and II with all sorts of goodies, like expanded booklets, replicated original UK album art (chew on that for a second), extended liner notes, and rare photos. And if I understand this incredibly dense press release correctly, each CD will be embedded with a brief documentary about the album (which will also be collected on DVD). Phew!
The second box set will be entitled The Beatles in Mono, combining 10 Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release.
Other things to do on 09-09-09:
The ugly American in me wants to think that Sigur Rós (and probably Björk) are the only Icelanders making a decent living after the near total collapse of their nation’s economy. Then again, that’s like saying The Fray (and probably Taylor Swift) are the only Americans making a decent living after the near total collapse of their nation’s economy, which... now that I think about it... might be true... Nah! I’m pretty sure Beyonce’s doing okay, too. No need to worry, America. Crisis averted.
Despite a horrid fiscal situation the world over, the voice of Sigur Rós, Jón Ãžór Birgisson, ain’t doing too bad for himself. Hot on the heels of Sigur Rós’ fifth record Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (TMT Review), Birgisson will release a new record with colleague Alex Somers on July 20. The pair has collaborated on a number of art exhibitions over the last few years as Riceboy Sleeps, which coincidentally is the name of the album. Here’s one of their art pieces. One motherfuck of a downer, ain’t it? Well, that’s Iceland for you. Or America. Or some other place in the world where lives are being crushed either by senseless monotony or nose-diving bank accounts. Hmm, I guess that’s everywhere. Oh well, fuck the world and fuck all of you!
Legendary Japanese pysch band Ghost will be making their way over to the United States at the end of April for a three-week tour. They'll be hitting up everywhere they can between the east and west of the USA. Along the road, they will be joined by fellow Drag City newbies Magik Markers (TMT News) for a five-day stint.
Here are the dates:
04.28.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.30.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.01.09 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.02.09 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander
05.04.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
05.05.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.06.09 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot (The Pike Room)
05.07.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
05.08.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
05.09.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
05.10.09 - Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge*
05.11.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506*
05.12.09 - Ashville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music*
05.13.09 - Athens, GA - Tasty World*
05.14.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
05.15.09 - New Orleans, LA - One-Eyed Jacks
05.16.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.18.09 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.19.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
05.20.09 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
05.21.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
* Magik Markers
Rhys Chatham Finally Reaches Guitar Quota for Compositions, Begins Writing Horoscopes for Online Magazine (Seriously)
You know Rhys Chatham as an experimental musician who gained renown with his epic guitar compositions and who tuned the pianos/harpsichords of many avant-garde artists, including Glenn Gould. Perhaps you think of him as the fellow whose career really took off with 1978's Guitar Trio, which he performed alongside Glenn Branca and Nina Canal of Ut. Or perhaps you know him as the dude commissioned by the city of Paris to create a performance piece for 400 guitars. But, whatever you may think, Rhys isn't only about guitars and guys named Glenn.
With the recent unveiling of the French and English language psych/drone/out/folk blog Visitation Rites (created by TMT contributors Emilie Friedlander and Sophie Pécaud), you can also add astrologist to the list. Now, normally I like to look at my horoscope quickly and surreptitiously before I head off to work (so no one will judge my desire for guidance from the stars), but Mr. Chatham really seems to have tapped profoundly into my life. Take a look at this excerpt from the Virgo horoscope for this month:
How about those emails you were supposed to respond to? Or finally looking at your bank account to discover what horrors it holds? This is a good month to do a bit of spring cleaning.
It's like Rhys Chatham has actually looked into my inbox, my empty bank account, and my soul. Because all those things need urgent attention. And if I can read a review of a movie about Vikings with music from Brian Eno and Judas Priest while tapping into Chatham's otherwordly knowledge, then it's all for the better.
Check out Chatham's first entry here.
David "Pop" Winans Sr., of the Grammy-nominated group the Winans, passed away Wednesday at the age of 76.
The patriarch of one of the most-respected gospel families died at a Nashville hospice following complications from a stroke and a heart attack he suffered last October. According to reports, his wife Delores "Mom" Winans was at his bedside at the time of his passing.
"Pop" Winans made a name for himself following his first Grammy nomination for his 1999 solo CD, Uncensored. Winans and his wife Delores recorded a joint disc together, Mom & Pop Winans, which was also nominated for a Grammy.
There is a classic tour bus scene in Ladies and Gentlemen…The Fabulous Stains where Fee Waybill’s Lou Corpse character goads Ray Winstone’s angry young Billy by pontificating on how everything (musically) has been done before and how nothing (and especially Winstone’s gang of Looters’ take on punk) was new. Although his spiel is overly cynical, his argument has merit. Often, anything truly special either flies so far under the radar that its creators bang their heads against the wall until they no longer have heads to bang or gets stale quickly as copycats are mass-produced for the inevitable sell-out and cash-in. If everything has been done, adventure-seekers must look to those doing it differently or those putting a new spin on something old. A good example of pioneering spirit is English nautical juggernaut British Sea Power who have looked far into the past to record a brand spanking new score to the 1934 “docufiction” Man of Aran.
The band will release their archipelago-loving accompaniment on May 18 in an original film DVD + soundtrack CD package. Exactly a month before that issue date BSP will preview their new music at the Duke of Yorks in Brighton and again at the British Film Institute Southbank venue on April 23 (alongside a screening of the film, I presume). Here are the band’s upcoming live shows, including a spattering of festival dates.
Something old, something new..
04.18.09 - Brighton, England - Duke of Yorks #
04.23.09 - London, England - British Film Institute #
06.20.09 - Kent, England - Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
07.18.09 - Cheltenham, England - 2000 Trees Festival
08.06.09 - Ledbury, England - Eastnor Castle Deer Park, The Big Chill Festival
08.07.09 - Lancaster, England - Morecambe Library, Get it Loud in Libraries
08.16.09 - London, England - Open Air Festival
08.21.09 - Brecon Beacons, Wales - Glanusk Park, Green Man Festival
08.22.09 - Chelmsford, England - Hylands Park, V Festival
08.23.09 - Staffordshire, England - Weston Park, V Festival
# playing Man of Aran soundtrack
Broken Social Scene to Release Book; Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning Should Write Their Own Solo Biographies
The story of Broken Social Scene is a complicated one, filled with a revolving list of band members, romantic trysts, and lots of pot. Now you can finally have BSS’ story in words, with the release of their biography, This Book Is Broken, from House of Anansi Press. According to the press release: “The book is drawn from hours of interviews with members and affiliates of the band, complemented by over 150 exclusive works of art, gig posters, full-color and black and white photographs, taken from the personal collections of those closest to the band.”
This Book Is Broken was compiled by Toronto journalist Stuart Berman and features a foreword by BSS co-founder, Brendan Canning. It will be available in North America on May 16.
In a related story, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning were both seen turning in drafts of their early autobiographical manuscripts to their respective publishers. No word yet on whether or not Feist and Jason Collett are going to get in on this solo action too.
Crystal Stilts, everyone's favorite spooky psyche band doused in the blood of Morrissey's ghost, are going on tour to promote their debut album Alight of Night (TMT Review), which was released on Slumberland last October. There are some new songs out there for the echo-inclined among us, too, with a brand new 7-inch, "Love Is a Wave," on their merch table, if you're into that sort of thing. But if records are just too analog for you, check out their recent Daytrotter session to hear some new jams.
04.09.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*
04.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall*
04.24.09 - Seattle, WA - University of Washington^
04.26.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
05.08.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House#
05.18.09 - Rome, IT - Circolo degli Artisti
05.19.09 - Ravenna, IT - Hana Bi
05.20.09 - Milan, IT - Casa 139
05.21.09 - Turin, IT- Spazio 211
05.22.09 - London, UK - ICA
05.23.09 - Bristol, UK - Dot to Dot
05.24.09 - Notting’am, UK - Dot to Dot
05.25.09 - London, UK - Luminaire
05.27.09 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
05.28.09 - Bordeaux, FR - BT 59
05.29.09 - Barcelona, SP - Primavera
05.30.09 - Barcelona, SP - Primavera
05.31.09 - Marseille, FR - La Machine a coudre
06.18.09 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop@
* Comet Gain
# Blank Dogs & Religious Knives
@ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart