RIP: Lyman Woodard, Detroit Jazz Musician

From the Detroit Free Press (via The Daily Swarm):

“Don’t Stop the Groove” wasn’t just the title of one of organist Lyman Woodard’s best records. It was the immutable truth at the core of his being, the philosophy that transformed his live performances into four-alarm parties.

Woodard, who died Tuesday at Owosso Memorial Hospital at age 66, was a stalwart on the local jazz scene for decades. But he really hit his stride in the 1970s, when his band, the Lyman Woodard Organization, took up residence at Cobb’s Corner, a Cass Corridor nightspot that became a leading showcase for jazz in Detroit. Mixing a grits ’n’ gravy, bluesy approach to jazz with R&B, soul, funk and even a bit of disco, Woodard created a charismatic brew, with booty-shaking rhythmic grooves supporting natty horns and enough improvisation to give the music an edge of spontaneity.

Mika Miko Set To Release New Album And Tour With Every Hip Noisy Rock Band Ever

Imagine you’re a member of an up-and-coming Los Angeles punk/noise band and you’re on the cusp of releasing your long-awaited sophomore follow-up release. If the band you’re in just happens to be Mika Miko, you better step up your game. Before they release their new album, Mika Miko have decided to make sure their peers haven’t forgotten about them by touring with every single noisy rock band in existence (no exceptions!). The Mae Shi? Check. Abe Vigoda? Check. HEALTH? Check. Aids Wolf? Check. Clipd Beaks? Check. Etc.

After they’re done reminding the West Coast of their existence, the rest of the country can play catch-up by purchasing their new album, We Be Xuxa, due May 5 on PPM Records. The new album was recorded by Mike McHugh (no, not OUR Mike McHugh) at The Distillery in Costa Mesa (Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Le Shok).
03.04.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Kerckhoff Grand Salon (UCLA) #
03.16.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
03.17.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space &
03.18.09 - El Paso, TX - Black Market $
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Red 7 - SXSW PPM ^
03.21.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk - SXSW Panache Booking @
03.22.09 - Austin, TX - Panache Booking Day Party at Beerland $
03.23.09 - Odessa, TX – Roadhouse $
03.25.09 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress **

# The Mae Shi

% Lovvers, Clipd Beaks

& Health, Pictureplane, Clipd Beaks

$ Aids Wolf, Past Lives, and etc

^ Abe Vigoda, Gun Outfit, and etc

@ Health, Monotonix, Pre, and etc

** Aids Wolf, Monotonix, Crystal Antlers

Edie Sedgwick Announce Tour; Edith Minturn Sedgwick Is Still Dead

It can be really confusing when bands take their names from other famous people (I’m looking at you, Kevin Shields). In order to separate the band Edie Sedgwick from the famous Andy Warhol muse, I decided to consult my teenage little sister, who is pretty much a connoisseur of all things Edie (no, not the band). Here is her list of how to distinguish the band from the person:

Edie Sedgwick (the band):

- “Ohmygod, Anna, stop forcing me to finish your news story! I don’t care about some lame band on Dischord Records (whose latest album, by the way, is called Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer). LOL I hate you. On the other hand, did you know that Conor Oberst is touring right now?! I LOVE HIM!!!”

Edie Sedgwick (the person):

- “AHHH!! EDIE!!!!!!” (incomprehensible screaming)

…Uhh, I guess she’s a tad biased.

Edie Sedgwick (the band):
03.12.09 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
03.13.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
03.14.09 - Chicago, IL - Ronny's
03.15.09 - Lexington, KY - Southgate House
03.16.09 - Nashville, TN - Springwater
03.17.09 - Dallas, TX - Lounge on Elm Street
03.18.09 - Austin, TX @ SXSW Showcase @ Wave (8 PM)
03.19.09 - Austin, TX Day Into Night Showcase (5 PM)
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Salvage Vanguard Theater (early show 2:45 PM)
03.20.09 - San Antonio, TX - Artpace
03.22.09 - Lafayette, LA - Artmosphere
03.23.09 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggo's
03.24.09 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
03.25.09 - Atlanta, GA - 529
03.26.09 - Raleigh, NC - Berkeley Cafe
03.27.09 - Richmond, VA - The Czar
03.29.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
03.31.09 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head #
04.03.09 - Harrisonburg, VA - MACROCK

# Medications and Played Tomorrow

The Feelies Schedule Two (Sorta-Kinda Three) Reunion Shows for March

Last summer saw the return of one of punkdom’s spazzier bands, The Feelies. Best known for their jerky as Jack Links 1980 debut Crazy Rhythms and for more or less creating R.E.M. (yeah thanks a lot, fellas), The Feelies had been inactive since 1992 until, like so many other old punk bands these days, they saw the aughts as an opportunity to cash in on renewed interest and began playing shows again, including a New Year’s Eve rager with Yo La Tengo.

In anticipation of the reissues of their first two records -- the aforementioned Crazy Rhythms and 1986’s The Good Earth -- these New Jersey nerd royalty will be playing two headlining shows in mid-March. Before all that, though, The Feelies are playing one song at a Carnegie Hall tribute to their erstwhile progeny, R.E.M. Really, one measly song? I guess Michael Stipe doesn’t want the word to get out that The Feelies did everything he did three years earlier and three times better. Ingrate.
03.11.09 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall (R.E.M. Tribute)
03.13.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.14.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

King Khan and The Shrines Expand Tour into the Ever-Expanding Universe

Your favorite freaky, Indian-American, garage-psych-souler is set for a Spring U.S. tour. Which freaky, Indian-American, garage-psych-souler, you ask? Let me narrow it down for you -- it's King Khan! Yes, the King and his Shrines are set for a proper U.S. release of 2007's barn-burning full-length What Is?! on April 21 via Vice Records (TMT News). To support it, the crew is hitting the road on a tour that will take the band through March's SXSW conference in Austin and May's Sasquatch Festival in Quincy, WA.

Here's the full tour schedule:
03.06.09 - Elkton, FL - Harvest of Hope
03.07.09 - Miami, FL - The Vagabond
03.08.09 - Orlando, FL - Wills Pub
03.10.09 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
03.12.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.13.09 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
03.14.09 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
03.15.09 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
03.16.09 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Loft
03.17.09 - San Antonio, TX - The Warhol
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's - SXSW Vice
04.29.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.30.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.01.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Willamsburg
05.02.09 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
05.03.09 - New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse
05.07.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.08.09 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
05.09.09 - Montreal, PQ - La Sasa Rossa
05.12.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
05.13.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
05.14.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
05.15.09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.16.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
05.19.09 - Calgary, AB - The Warehouse
05.20.09 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
05.22.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
05.23.09 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.25.09 - Portland, OR - Dante's
05.28.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
05.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
05.30.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo

Now that The Flying Luttenbachers are no more (TMT News), Weasel Walter (XBXRX, Burmese, Lake of Drakula) is bustin a move on the free improv world, jammin' with anyone he can. He'll soon be hitting the road for the next few months, tearing out your ears with his brand of high-energy, brutal free-improv.

For the U.S. portion of the tour, Weasel will be cruising around, tapping into each town's free improv circle for each show, as well as doing one No Wave video lecture at Bard College. For the European portion, he'll join up with Sheik Anorak and Mario Rechtern for a week, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evens for another week, Marco Eneidi for a few dates, and then finishing up the tour with one date in London with Evan Parker and Peter Evans.

Tons of new releases on his ugEXPLODE label, so check them out. And check out Leveer's recent DeLorean review of The Flying Luttenbacher's 2007 release Incarceration by Abstraction here.

Here are the tourdates:
03.01.09 - Chicago - Hungry Brain - Weasel Walter/Mike Forbes/Andrew Scott Young + WW/Josh Berman/Jason Stein/a.o.
03.05.09 Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, Bard College - NO WAVE video lecture
03.07.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon - Mary Halvorson/Weasel Walter
03.08.09 - Providence, RI - The Dark Lady - Nondor Nevai Ensemble feat. Weasel Walter w/ Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Made in Mexico a.o

03.09.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Art Alliance - Darius Jones/Evan Lipson/Weasel Walter
03.16.09 - Sacramento, CA - Java Lounge -Ava Mendoza/Devin Hoff/Weasel Walter

Weasel Walter / Sheik Anorak with guest Mario Rechtern:
04.30.09 - Paris - TBA
05.01.09 - Nantes - Festival venue TBA
05.02.09 - Bordeaux - La Centrale
05.03.09 - Clermont Ferrand - Raymond Bar
05.04.09 - Lyon - Grnd Zero
05.05.09 - Genève - Cave12

Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans:
05.06.09 - Paris - Les Instants Chavires
05.07.09 - Berlin - Ausland
05.08.09 - Wurzburg - Cafe Cairo
05.09.09 - Graz - Lendwirbel Festival
05.10.09 - Vienna - The Rhiz
05.11.09 - Budapest - TBA

Weasel Walter / Marco Eneidi:
05.12.09 - Vienna - Celeste
05.13.09 - Zagreb - KSET
05.14.09 - need show Slovenia (need help)

Weasel Walter / Evan Parker / Peter Evans:
05.22.09 - London - Tufnel Park Dome

[Photo: Joe Tunis]

RIAA Cuts Employees, Internet Dies Laughing Smugly

Remember in Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? when Bob Hoskins performs such a sidesplitting slapstick routine that it leads to the deaths of five animated weasels? You do? Awesome! Now, as long as your imagination has got that scene queued up, replace Bob Hoskins with roughly 30 (possibly 100+) soon-to-be jobless RIAA employees, and swap the weasels’ hysterical laughter with a holier-than-thou yet distinctively insecure cackle and turn their zoot suits into “Chocolate Rain” t-shirts. Congratulations! You now have a reasonably accurate visual representation of the internet’s capacity for sensitivity and compassion, except in this scenario the weasels don’t die, they just keep laughing and laughing and £4µ9h1n9 forevermore.

Now I could be wrong, but I suspect that not every RIAA staffer has a curly mustache, a few yards of rope, and easy access to railroad tracks. Even though these layoffs will cut a swath through some anti-piracy units, I imagine most of the jerkoffs who make all the jerkoff decisions will stay put in their high positions. There have yet to be any specifics about what types of jobs are being cut, but maybe, just maybe, the RIAA’s heart grew three sizes bigger and they’re downsizing every key member of their anti-piracy staff. But back here in reality, it’s more likely they’re ditching secretaries and bean counters who don’t have much say in the organization’s policy.

So, quit laughing when people lose their livelihood, internet, because once this economy kicks you in the beanbag, I doubt that Karma is gonna reward you with that job in Doritos’ quality assurance department you’ve always dreamed of.

Jai Ho! Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca Set for Release in June, Which May or May Not Be A Concept Album About a Mermaid Triumphing in the Face of Adversity

On June 9, Domino (in conjunction with Domino the rapper) will release Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors' fifth LP and follow-up to 2007's life-altering-because -- really -- everything-alters-your-life-whether-you-know-it-or-not Rise Above (TMT Review). The album will be preceeded by a single, "Stillness Is the Move," which will include B-sides and a Lucky Dragons remix.

Meanwhile, Dirty Projectors have added two new touring members, bassist Nat Baldwin (TMT Review) and vocalist Haley Dekle, according to P4K. They'll play some scattered U.S. dates starting today that will take them to SXSW and then ultimately to England. While they're in London, Bang on a Can will debut a work by head DP member Dave Longstreth at New York's Kaufman Center.

Meanwhile, another album is already in the bag, according to Billboard. We expect details shortly. Jai ho, indeed!

Bitte Orca tracklist:

1. Cannibal Resource
2. Temecula Sunrise
3. The Bride
4. Stillness Is the Move
5. Two Doves
6. Useful Chamber
7. No Intention
8. Remade Horizon
9. Fluorescent Half Dome
02.27.09 - Bennington, VT - Bennington College Student Center *
02.28.09 - Haverford, PA - Lunt Basement
03.06.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center
03.07.09 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - The Parish - SXSW NPR
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's Annex - SXSW Windish showcase
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's Jr. - SXSW Pitchfork/Windish bash
03.21.09 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.24.09 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms @
03.25.09 - Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach @
03.27.09 - Belfast, Ireland - Black Box @
03.28.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy @
03.29.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC2 @
03.31.09 - Brighton, England - Komedia @
04.01.09 - Manchester, England - Mint Lounge @
04.02.09 - London, England - Scala @
04.03.09 - Bristol, England - Arnolfini @
04.04.09 - Coventry, England - Taylor Johns House @

* Icy Demons

@ Lucky Dragons, Polar Bear

Latest Jagjaguwar Signing Dinosaur Jr. Embark on Spring Tour, Give You Free Stuff

I saw Dinosaur Jr. once a few years back. It was very exciting, because I got to leave work early to see one of my favorite bands. Plus, while it was a really hot day, the club had some serious air-conditioning, which I didn't have at my apartment. But then drinks were like $6, and I was like, "noooo waaay," so I just shared a glass of water with my date for the show, who I'm sure was duly impressed by my, um, frugality. And now, with this extensive new Dinosaur Jr. tour schedule, a similarly fascinating and remarkable experience could be yours! Really, I mean it! Every bit as interesting!

The band recently signed on to Jagjaguwar, and a new album is in the works. Hence, this tour. Everyone who buys a ticket gets either a limited 7-inch or a digital download of a new track called "I Don't Want To Go There" (B-side: a reworked version of You're Living All Over Me's "Tarpit"), recorded during a feature. No release dates on that promised album yet, but attendees at any of the following shows should get a healthy dose of new material

03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Cedar St. Courtyard
04.01.09 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04.02.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
04.03.09 - Portland, ME - The Station
04.04.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.06.09 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
04.07.09 - State College, PA- Lulu's
04.08.09 - Akron, OH - Musica
04.09.09 - East Lansing, MI - The Small Planet
04.10.09 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
04.11.09 - Dekalb, IL - Otto's Nightclub
04.13.09 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm and Brews
04.14.09 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.15.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
04.16.09 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
04.17.09 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
04.18.09 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
04.20.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04.21.09 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
04.22.09 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
04.23.09 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
04.24.09 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
04.25.09 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
04.26.09 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
04.27.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04.29.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
04.30.09 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place Richmond
05.01.09 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05.02.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

Mexican Summer Release Schedule: Valet, Kurt Vile, Little Girls, Wooden Shjips, and Bobby BeauSoleil

The sparkling fresh, sixth-month-old record label Mexican Summer has announced its spring release schedule. Valet will release False Face Society; Kurt Vile of The War On Drugs has gone all solo with God Is Saying This To You; Little Girls are giving you Thrills; Wooden Shjips are releasing one called Contact; and Bobby BeauSoleil & The Orkustra will release a definitive compilation of almost all of their recordings. Five albums in the span of a few months from a brand spankin' new label? All I can say is whoa!

Okay, so Mexican Summer is loosely, ambiguously, kind of covertly connected to Kemado Records, but get this: all the releases are printed in limited editions of high-quality LPs (all the spring releases are in batches of 500) -- some colored, some pictured -- and are later sold as MP3s exclusively online through their site. They even offer subscriptions for those of you who don't want to chance it.

The label's short discography is already riddled with gems, including releases by Dungen, Tallest Man on Earth, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti, and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Killer business model, no? I so wish I did it first.

So, you get me? Get what I'm saying here? If not, here it is: Hot Damn! Mexican Summer's got it right!