RIP: Kelly Groucutt, bass player of Electric Light Orchestra

From Kelly Groucutt's official website:

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Anna and Kelly's family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song. He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life and he will be greatly missed by us all.

- Kelly Groucutt official website
- Kelly Groucutt Wikipedia entry
- Electric Light Orchestra official website

Legendary L.A. Rockers X Wanna Spend AT LEAST One Night with You

This spring, seminal L.A. punk band X are bringing all the sunshine, ocean breezes, and, um, publicity photos of a bunch of pals hanging out in an exhumed grave that one typically associates with southern California to their fans in more tanning and grave-digging challenged areas of the United States (and England!). X may have formed over 30 years ago, but they still bring a blistering, high-energy show, and it features all original members of the band, including Exene Cervenka, John Doe, D.J. Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom.

But sometimes one night just isn't enough. I mean, how can you go back to your workaday routine when you've just had the raw power of rock ‘n’ roll unleashed in front of your very eyes? Well, if you are a resident of Seattle, Denver, or New York (so, pretty much half the tour), you don't have to! You can celebrate not one, but TWO, maybe even THREE (if you live in NY) nights of X-cess. There are also a couple of promising festival dates, such as the Breeders-curated All Tomorrow's Parties in England and the Cure/Paul McCartney/The Killers Coachella.

In other X-related news, co-frontman John Doe is embarking on a tour in support of his upcoming covers album with The Sadies, Country Club, just before X hits the road.

X dates:
04.09.09 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.10.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04.11.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04.14.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
04.15.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
04.19.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
05.15.09 - Minehead, England - All Tomorrow's Parties
05.29.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.30.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.31.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

John Doe solo dates:
02.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.05.09 - Brisbane, AUS - The Troubadour
03.06.09 - Sydney, AUS - Manning Bar at Sydney University
03.07.09 - Melbourne AUS - The Corner Hotel
03.08.09 - Melbourne, AUS - Golden Plains Festival

Andrew Bird Touring Noble Beast; Useless Creatures Less Relevant But May Find Some Worth On Tour

You know those people who find it necessary to serenade you by whistling some stupid tune? Well, they suck. Pretty much the only person who should be allowed to whistle is Andrew Bird. Fresh off yet another solid release, Andrew Bird is doing what we've come to expect of musicians nowadays: touring in support of his new album Nobel Beast (TMT Review). For those of you who do not fancy whistling (or lyrics in general), you should pickup Nobel Beast, as it comes packaged with a bonus instrumental disc titled Useless Creatures, which, despite its name, finds plenty of use for activities such as writing articles for TMT. So yeah, we may be a little late to the party on this one, as Bird has indeed already been touring, but there are still many dates to come. Check the list below to see if Bird has neglected your hometown or if you are one of the lucky ones who can see Dr. Stringz himself in concert.

Andrew Bird tourdates:
02.19.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.20.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.21.09 - Portland, OR - The Roseland Theater
02.23.09 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theater
02.24.09 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.25.09 - Murray, UT - The Murray Theater
02.26.09 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater
02.27.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
03.15.09 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
03.17.09 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
03.21.09 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.22.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.23.09 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
04.03.09 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04.04.09 - Montreal, QC - Le National
04.05.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.07.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall
04.10.09 - Chicago, IL - The Civic Opera House
04.11.09 - Minneapolis, MN - The State Theater

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone Goes Gospel, Prepares Two New Records

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth, will release two separate records in the next two months. The first of the two, Advance Base Battery Life, is a collection of B-sides and rarities from Ashworth's back catalog, set for release on March 10. It will include tracks from both older 7-inches and more recent projects, including the Bruce Springsteen tribute record he did with his bro’s Concern project.

The second release is a brand new record titled Vs. Children, due April 7. Aswhroth’s fifth album will feature a sound "decidedly absent of the battery-powered keyboards" and "arrangements built largely on the sounds of piano, organ, Mellotron, and acoustic percussion, both live and sampled." Casiotone’s label Tomlab also says Vs. Children will be “like gospel music, if you can imagine that most of the choir has gone home for the evening and the church musical director is just really into samplers.” So, this record will not only make you cry, but it will also make you shout for joy! Shy Kids Around the World Rejoice!

Tracklisting for Advance Base Battery Life:

1. Old Panda Days (w/ Nick Krgovich)
2. Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show (version)
3. White Corolla
4. White on White
5. Holly Hobby
6. Lonesome New Mexican Nights
7. The Only Way To Cry
8. It's A Crime
9. Missoula
10. Hot Boyz (w/ Dear Nora)
11. Born in the U.S.A. (w/ Concern)
12. Streets of Philadelphia (w/ Concern)
13. Graceland
14. Sunday St
15. Voice of the Hospital

Tracklisting for Vs Children:

1. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone vs. Children
2. Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended at Ace Hardware in
Libertyville, IL
3. Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In)
4. Natural Light
5. Traveling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone on Christmas in Montpelier, VT
6. Man O' War
7. Northfield, MN
8. Killers
9. Harsh The Herald Angels Sing
10. You Were Alone
11. White Jetta

It's that time of year again. When we in the New World begin reading press releases about totally amazing festivals in the Old one and start really, really wishing that these glittering, unattainable festival lineups could somehow be replicated over here, in our land. Alas! Of course, they cannot be. For how could we here, in say, St. Louis, or, um, Winnipeg, ever hope to replicate the delicate salt breezes of the Mediterranean coast and the vibrant architecture of the Catalan capital of Barcelona? Or, apart from that, to cobble together such a totally bitchin' lineup? Because this year's Estrella Damm Primavera Sound looks to be even better than last year, when I proclaimed it to be even better than the year before (but probably couldn't really remember what exactly that previous year's lineup was. Our secret.)

From May 28-30, Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum will be alive with the sounds of My Bloody Valentine (performing twice), Aphex Twin, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, Jarvis Cocker, The Jayhawks, and (WHOA!) A Certain Ratio. Plus The Jesus Lizard! And Shellac! And Joe Henry and The Black Lips! And pretty much like every band ever! There's a lot more, so check out the complete (so far) listing for the festival below.


A-Trak, A Certain Ratio, Alela Diane, Andrew Bird, Angelo Spencer, Aphex Twin, Ariel Pink, Art Brut, The Bad Plus, Bat For Lashes, Black Lips, Bloc Party, Bowerbirds, The Bug, Carsick Cars, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Stilts, Cuzo, Chad VanGaalen, Damien Jurado, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Deerhunter, Dj Mehdi, The Drones, Ebony Bones, El-P, Extra Life, The Extraordinaires, Extraperlo, Fucked Up, Gang Gang Dance, Ghostface Killah, Girl Talk, Girls, Jarvis Cocker, Jason Lytle from Grandaddy, Jay Reatard, The Jayhawks, The Jesus Lizard, Joe Crepüsculo y Los Destructores, Joe Henry, John Maus, Karl Blau, Kimya Dawson, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Lemonade, Lightning Bolt, The Lions Constellation, The Mae Shi, Magik Markers, Magnolia Electric Co., Mahjongg, Marnie Stern, Michael Mayer, Michael Nyman, My Bloody Valentine, The New Year, Oneida, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Phoenix, Plants & Animals, Ponytail, Rosvita, The Secret Society, Shearwater, Shellac, Simian Mobile Disco, SkatebÃ…rd, Sleepy Sun, The Soft Pack, Sonic Youth, Spectrum, Spiritualized, Squarepusher, Sunn O))) performing "The Grimmerobe Demos", The Tallest Man On Earth, Throwing Muses, Uffie, The Vaselines, Veracruz, Vivian Girls, Wavves, Women, Wooden Shjips, Yo La Tengo and Zombie Zombie.

Terry Riley’s “In C” Turns 45 With Reissue, Performance, Stark Aplomb

The score for "In C” is comprised of 53 short musical phrases that can be repeated ad infinitum, leading to performances as long as four hours.

Terry Riley's landmark minimalist composition "In C" will be reissued March 24 on Sony Classical.

The musicians arbitrarily choose which phrase to play and for how long before moving on to the next, making each performance unique.

New liner notes feature interviews with Riley and the supporting musicians.

“In C” was a huge influence on the future work of composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

This edition, which is remastered from the original session tapes, is part of a new branded series through Sony Classical, called “Carnegie Hall Presents.”

In addition, the piece will be performed April 24 at New York's Carnegie Hall.

This reissue commemorates the 45th anniversary of its premiere.

Performers are Carnegie Hall will include Riley himself, as well several of the participants from the original 1964 recording.

Some editions of the score indicate that it is customary for one musician ("traditionally played by a beautiful girl," Riley notes) to play the note C in repeated, octave eighth notes on a piano. This functions as a metronome and is referred to as "The Pulse."

The piece was named for its constant pulse of C notes on the piano.

Steve Reich even participated in its first performance, possibly keeping the C “metronome” pulse on the piano?

Players are also encouraged to play the phrases starting at different times, even if they are playing the same phrase.

The phrases are supposed to be played in order, but I’m pretty sure that you could mix them up however you’d like, if you were so inclined.

Steve Reich is not a beautiful girl.

Hear Times New Viking’s Velvet Underground Tribute Show!

As we reported pre-show on Friday (TMT News), Times New Viking played a Velvet Underground tribute set at the Mershon Auditorium in Columbus' Wexner Center for the closing party of the "Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms" exhibition. Thanks to reader Pat Leonard, those of you who didn't happen to be in Ohio Saturday night (and let's hope that was most of you — just kidding, we love you Ohio!) can hear the show in MP3 form on Leonard's website. C. Spencer Yeh and Mike Hummel join TNV on violin and guitar/vocals, respectively. The MP3 also includes openers Psychedelic Horseshit's set, which featured two VU classics, "Sister Ray" and "Stephanie Says."

Here's the full setlist:

Psychedelic Horseshit:

Sister Ray

Stephanie Says

Times New Viking:

Run Run Run

I'll Be You're Mirror

I'm Waiting for My Man

All Tomorrow's Parties

Sunday Morning

Venus in Furs

I Can't Stand It Anymore


Pale Blue Eyes

Here She Comes Now

After Hours

YACHT Has Great Merch, Tours

YACHT, DFA's newest addition, have amazing merchandise. I mean, wow. They come into town with anchors emblazoned, full bleed and metallic, and the next day everyone you know and their uncle is showing off their new ironic threads. I mean, check this shit out:

Does Andrew Lloyd Webber know about that that shirt? And that album of Nirvana covers with Bob Marley on the cover -- Courtney is gonna crap her panties. Get there early and come with $50 to blow on new clothing and accessories, and leave as soon as you're bored with the jams (it's alway been around song two or three for me). But seriously. Their merchandise is AWESOME.

Oh, and longtime collaborator Adam Forkner, of Portland's psychotropic White Rainbow, will be joining YACHT on tour this time, too. Check it:
02.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
02.27.09 - Melbourne, Australia - Prince Bandroom (w/CSS)
02.28.09 - Sydney, Australia - Future Music Festival at Randwick Racecourse
03.01.09 - Perth, Australia - Future Music Festival at Wellington Park
03.05.09 - Sydney, Australia - The Metro (w/CSS)
03.07.09 - Brisbane, Australia - Future Music Festival at Doomben Racecourse
03.08.09 - Melbourne, Australia - Future Music Festival at Flemington Racecourse
03.09.09 - Adelaide, Australia - Future Music Festival at Rundle Park
03.12.09 - Las Vegas, NV - NEON REVERB Music Festival at Beauty Bar
03.13.09 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
03.14.09 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
03.16.09 - St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle Club*
03.17.09 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon*
03.18.09 - Norman, OK - Opolis*
03.19.09 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.22.09 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues Pontiac Garage*
03.23.09 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live*
03.24.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
03.25.09 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Parish*
03.26.09 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder*
03.27.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club*
04.10.09 - New York, NY - The New Museum
05.01.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
05.02.09 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival @
05.07.09 - Marseille, France - L'Espace Sextius
05.08.09 - Luxembourg - Exit07

* Playing with Chairlift

@ Antony and the Johnsons, Cocorosie, Stereolab, Aphex Twin DJ Set

Comprised of James Iha, Cheap Trick Members, and Taylor Hanson, Tinted Windows Already Gives Supergroups a Bad Name

Much like Communism, credit cards, and Calvin Coolidge, supergroups have always sounded great in theory but in practice leave much to be desired. Bringing musicians from big bands together may appear to be a stroke of genius, but it too often descends into money-grabbing conventionalism.

Nevertheless, despite their existence as mammoth cash-cows, supergroups have always oozed "coolness," whether it’s Velvet Revolver’s licks and lovers or A Perfect Circle’s passion and power. The latest group to acquire the ‘super’ prefix is Tinted Windows, which features James Iha and former members of Cheap Trick (Bun E. Carlos), Fountains of Wayne (Adam Schlesinger), and err Hanson (Taylor Hanson). Apparently, the band seems to have decided to forget the music, drop the “cool” pretense, and focus their efforts entirely on making as much money as possible.

At least previous supergroups were made up of musicians who were in vaguely respectable bands. But Hanson? Guys, come on -- when making a supergroup, you need to at least have consumers thinking “Damn that’s cool” (like Slash and Scott Weiland in a band together, for example). People are just going to see ‘Tinted Windows’ and think “Hmmm, where are my Smashing Pumpkins CDs?”

Anyway, the "supergroup" has already recorded an album and will be playing at SXSW -- although, if they value their dignity it would probably be best to avoid Austin completely. I doubt they’ll have too many people rocking out to “MMMBop” with chugging guitar lines.

RIP: Louie Bellson, jazz drummer

From the LA Times:

Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84.

According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications of Parkinson's disease following a broken hip in November.

Bellson's long, productive career stretched from his teens -- when, in competition with 40,000 other young players, he won the Slingerland National Gene Krupa drumming contest -- to the tours and seminars he continued until 2008.

- Louie Bellson official website
- Louie Bellson Wikipedia entry