SINGER Plan Lengthy Spring Jaunt; Robert Lowe Releases Gyromancy

Drag City quartet SINGER has mapped out an unusually busy spring tour to promote the release of last month's gloriously mouthy Unhistories. The LP, a clear mishmash of four able-bodied young musical minds, relies heavily on the vocal ranges of its members rather than their unique powers of instrumentation. The group is also ably backed by the ferociously talented Todd Rittman (U.S. Maple), so the instrumentation aspect of the LP does anything but whimper in the corner. It's not entirely clear how long SINGER plan on staying around, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to see if the new relationship is fruitful.

SINGER's founding member Robert AA Lowe (Lichens, 90 Day Men) has also recently released a new LP entitled Gyromancy (Thrill Jockey) with Rose Lazar, a book/3-inch CD bundle in the tradition of Daniel AIU Higgs' Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot. Thrill Jockey gushes: "Gyromancy looks at future past, neo antiquity, ritual magic, and patterning. The book represents a dream walk through nature and all of its influences. Repetition of imagery keeps you aware of the cyclical patterns that nature presents us with. We get caught up in these patterns without noticing them, to the point that you have to stop and take a harder look. Gyromancy is an attempt at taking a harder look."

You can purchase Gyromancy here, or spend $2 more to get a hand-crafted, limited-to-100 edition here.

Tour Galore:

* Enon

& Cloudland Canyon

Sunset Rubdown To Last Until Sunrise

I stood at the window, looking out across the beach and the ocean, watching as the sun approached the horizon. On this small Mediterranean island, no one but my loving husband was around to see my full nudity, unless one counted the birds that occasionally flew past my view of the sunset. There was a lone boat passing slowly by in the distance, its single sail raised high into the sky, but even if anyone on the boat thought to look toward the small abode, I doubted that even binoculars would allow me to be seen behind the window in the dim room.

I was physically and mentally exhausted. Our sunset-to-sunrise sexathon was nearing its end, yet despite the rawness I felt between my legs, my body still craved more, still yearned for that one final climax. And, given how my husband's manhood was lengthening against my back as his arms enveloped me with love and security, I knew that he felt the same.

Sunset Rubdown tourdates:

Indian Jewelry Want to Give You a $500 Macy’s Gift Certificate!

Okay, they don't want to give you a $500 Macy's gift certificate. No one does. Ever. But Indian Jewelry do want to give you the gift of music when they hit the road in April and May, starting at The Mink in Houston, TX on April 18 and ending on my birthday at Bottle Tree in Birmingham, AL!

All terrible segues aside, Indian Jewelry are indeed playing live all over the place, and while I haven't seen them yet, I'm simply dying to. I can just imagine the hypnotic carnage that will be on display. It will surely be the sensory equivalent of getting a shocker from Hellboy. No doubt about it. For those that need titillation in their news stories, it looks like I.J. will only be playing one BALLroom on this upcoming tour

04.18.08 - Houston, TX - The Mink #
04.19.08 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Lounge $
04.21.08 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
04.22.08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04.23.08 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.24.08 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern %
04.25.08 - Eureka, CA - The Little Red
04.26.08 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
04.27.08 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.29.08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.30.08 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
05.01.08 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr

05.02.08 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
05.03.08 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout ^
05.04.08 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
05.05.08 - Akron, OH - Thursday’s
05.06.08 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
05.07.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Belvedere’s
05.08.08 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
05.09.08 - Hanover, NH - Fuel Rocket Club @ Dartmouth College
05.10.08 - Providence, RI - AS 220
05.11.08 - New Haven, CT - Sundazed @ Bar
05.12.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
05.14.08 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black
05.15.08 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.16.08 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
05.17.08 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree

# A Thousand Cranes, Balaclavas, Wicked Poseur

$ The Carnys, ST37

% Magick Daggers, Excepter

^ Warhammer 48K

The fractious sect, who is beloved by both in-tune yogis and hip gem lovers everywhere, claim to have been holed up recording their latest, greatest in Humboldt Park, Chicago and a private residence in Houston, TX (but not in a Yearning for Zion polygamist community compound in West Texax -- I repeat, NOT in a Yearning for Zion polygamist community compound in West Texas). Now We Are Free will release the resulting skewered set, called Free Gold! (aka 120 Kilogramms of Gold & 10 KG of Diamond), on May 20. Don't let anybody fool you into thinking that it won't be a small miracle mix of musical art.

Free Gold! (aka 120 Kilogramms of Gold & 10 KG of Diamond) tracklist:

1. Swans
2. Temporary Famine Ship
3. Seasonal Economy
4. Pompeii
5. Walking on the Water
6. Too Much Honkytonking
7. Nonetheless
8. Bird Is Broke (Won't Sing)
9. Syllabic Viaagra
10. Everyday
11. Hello Africa
12. Werner's Subtle Bodies
13. Overdrive
14. Seventh Heaven

Indian Jewelry Want to Give You a $500 Macy’s Gift Certificate!

Okay, they don't want to give you a $500 Macy's gift certificate. No one does. Ever. But Indian Jewelry do want to give you the gift of music when they hit the road in April and May, starting at The Mink in Houston, TX on April 18 and ending on my birthday at Bottle Tree in Birmingham, AL!

All terrible segues aside, Indian Jewelry are indeed playing live all over the place, and while I haven't seen them yet, I'm simply dying to. I can just imagine the hypnotic carnage that will be on display. It will surely be the sensory equivalent of getting a shocker from Hellboy. No doubt about it. For those that need titillation in their news stories, it looks like I.J. will only be playing one BALLroom on this upcoming tour

04.18.08 - Houston, TX - The Mink #
04.19.08 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Lounge $
04.21.08 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
04.22.08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04.23.08 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.24.08 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern %
04.25.08 - Eureka, CA - The Little Red
04.26.08 - Portland, OR - Someday Lounge
04.27.08 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.29.08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.30.08 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
05.01.08 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr

05.02.08 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
05.03.08 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout ^
05.04.08 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
05.05.08 - Akron, OH - Thursday’s
05.06.08 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
05.07.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Belvedere’s
05.08.08 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
05.09.08 - Hanover, NH - Fuel Rocket Club @ Dartmouth College
05.10.08 - Providence, RI - AS 220
05.11.08 - New Haven, CT - Sundazed @ Bar
05.12.08 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
05.14.08 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black
05.15.08 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.16.08 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
05.17.08 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree

# A Thousand Cranes, Balaclavas, Wicked Poseur

$ The Carnys, ST37

% Magick Daggers, Excepter

^ Warhammer 48K

The fractious sect, who is beloved by both in-tune yogis and hip gem lovers everywhere, claim to have been holed up recording their latest, greatest in Humboldt Park, Chicago and a private residence in Houston, TX (but not in a Yearning for Zion polygamist community compound in West Texax -- I repeat, NOT in a Yearning for Zion polygamist community compound in West Texas). Now We Are Free will release the resulting skewered set, called Free Gold! (aka 120 Kilogramms of Gold & 10 KG of Diamond), on May 20. Don't let anybody fool you into thinking that it won't be a small miracle mix of musical art.

Free Gold! (aka 120 Kilogramms of Gold & 10 KG of Diamond) tracklist:

1. Swans
2. Temporary Famine Ship
3. Seasonal Economy
4. Pompeii
5. Walking on the Water
6. Too Much Honkytonking
7. Nonetheless
8. Bird Is Broke (Won't Sing)
9. Syllabic Viaagra
10. Everyday
11. Hello Africa
12. Werner's Subtle Bodies
13. Overdrive
14. Seventh Heaven

Thee Oh Sees: How To Become A Fan

1. Listen to some songs at Thee Oh Sees' MySpace.
2. Read Gumshoe's review:

Thee Oh Sees

The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending the Night In
[Castle Face/Tomlab; 2008]

When bands progress at a dizzying rate, there's no assurance their loyalists will stick with them. Sudden shifts in dynamic can be frustrating if they don't feel organic, as can follow-ups that have little to do with what preceded them.

John Dwyer, nee the man behind Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, and close to a dozen other lesser known entities, is one of those artists who makes drastic changes from album-to-album and somehow keeps the returns high, if not higher, with each subsequent release. Thee Oh Sees alone have already cycled through a few monikers -- including OCS -- and seven, count ’em, seven records since 2004 (including an m-f'n double-album and a 6-inch lathe-cut run of exactly 51 copies).

The quality control has remained high; while I fell in love with the echo-folk of 2 and 3 & 4, Dwyer has held my attention as his Oh Sees slowly wade into rock ‘n’ roll waters, beginning with slight traces on Cool Death of Island Raiders, bluesy belting on Thee Oh Sees Sucks Blood, and, now, all-out 1950s greaser rock with The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending the Night In, a superior specimen to Sucks Blood and another reason to join Dwyer's cult.

Sung almost entirely duet-style -- Brigid Dawson being the second layer -- The Master's Bedroom corrals 14 versions of the same song. Luckily it's a fucking sweet song, well worth revisiting over and over for nuance. A noise flutter here, an ascension there, a clickity-clack of some sort to break up the monotony; we're talking about an A-and-B conversation between musician and listener -- any distractions can oh-C their way out of it.
3. Go see them perform Gumshoe's review at one of these dates:

4. Put a Thee Oh Sees button on your jacket: you're a fan now.

Dan Deacon Bangs On A Can: Dan Deacon Set to Play Music Festival in New York

Founded 21 years ago by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolf, Bang On A Can hosted its first 12-hour marathon concert in Soho. There was no main act, and the audience was free to come and go throughout the 28 emerging composers.

Today, Bang On A Can is more than just an annual music event. The organization has expanded to include the Bang On A Can All-stars and has staged productions such as Carbon Copy Building, Lost Objects ShadowBang, and The New Yorkers. Since 1987, its marathon concerts has played host to everyone from John Cage and Terry Riley to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Yo La Tengo.

This year’s Bang On A Can will be held May 31-June 1 at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York. There will be performances by Alarm Will Sound, Caleb Burhans, Hartt Basses, Contact Contemporary Music, Crash Ensemble, and, of course, every hipster's electro hero: Dan Deacon.

Remember Kids, Gateway Drugs Are Only a Gateway to More Fun and Hilarity; Black Moth Super Rainbow to Get Waxploited, But It’s for The Cause

Black Moth Super Rainbow, before they were Black Moth Super Rainbow:

Tobacco: Alright guys, we’re getting nowhere here. We NEED a band name. Power Pill Fist, dude, “Drop the Laundry Off at the East Wall and Run”? What the hell is that? Is that a band name suggestion or were you having a mini stroke? Let’s get serious here, people! We should have settled on something months ago, and now we’ve put it off and our t-shirts are supposed to be pressed in [looks at watch] three hours time! Let’s just free associate and see where it takes us...

The Seven Fields of Aphelion: Yak Roth Hooper Van Gogh?

Tobacco: Sack Cloth Pooper Monroe?

Power Pill Fist: Whack Froth Blooper Rambo?

Father Hummingbird: Quack Broth Stupor Outgrow?

All: BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW!!!

Iffernaut: There. That didn’t take long at all! Let’s go do some heroin!

And so the legend of Black Moth Super Rainbow was born. Allegedly. The exuberant heroin use is unsubstantiated but makes for good copy, so we’re keeping it in there. What can be said with certainty is that Black Moth Super Rainbow have signed to Waxploitation, the humanitarian label home to Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley and the recent releaser of the Causes 1: Darfur compilation to benefit victims of the ongoing Sudanese conflict/genocide. The ins and outs of the deal are not yet specified, but it is believed the label will help BMSR on the management and publishing end of things and will release a solo album by lead agitator Tobacco as part of the deal.

Also, due out May 6 on Suicide Squeeze is a new group 7-inch single, “Zodiac Girls”/”The Fields Are Breathing (Tobacco’s Wispy Version).” And there are two shows announced in April and July. If you go to either of these, be sure to shout out at the top of your lungs: SLACKS GOTH POOPER SLAIN TORSO!!! The band will definitely know what you’re talking about

04.25.08 - Troy, NY - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
07.27.08 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park Pool

Hi! Welcome to the Ecstatic Sunshine news story! Onward!

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Ecstatic Sunshine's new album is called WAY, and it's out now on Cardboard. Here is the tracklist:

1. B
2. Herrons
3. Perrier

As we've previously reported (TMT News), Dustin Wong is no longer in Ecstatic Sunshine, but the band is forging ahead as David Zimmerman, Matthew Papich, and Kieran Gillen. They're cute. Google them.

And if you like swirling guitar sounds and bad-ass instrumentals, then see these boys on these dates:

Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer, Tours; TMT Declared “Bob Dylan Week” Last Week

In honor of Bob Dylan winning the Pulitzer, we here in the TMT offices have decided to retrospectively declare last week Bob Dylan Week.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that all the content published last week was related to Bob Dylan. While the connection between a review of the new Man Man CD and an interview with Blitzen Trapper may not seem immediately Dylan-related, TMT’s Bob Dylan Week argued that all current music (absolutely no exceptions) stems from his influential seeds. No, I’m not talking about Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers (still trekking though, god bless their underachieving souls). I’m talking about the wordy croons of Richard Swift, the early Dylan-era strums of Jim Noir’s guitar, and Islands’ references to religion and gospel that smack of Dylan’s ’80s obsession with the subjects.

But Bob Dylan Week was not simply to remember Bob for a brief moment, only to wallow in the nether-reaches of our collective psyche the other 51 weeks of the year. And it also wasn't just a reminder of the year-round struggle to recognize the Bob in each and every record we currently listen to, review, purchase, download, and enjoy. Instead, Bob Dylan Week was primarily meant to highlight the influence of Bob that's embedded in every second of all music, before and after his birth.

And He’s on tour:

Culture Shock 2008 Featuring Beach House, Dead Child, Blueprint, Immigrants

Two immigrants arrive in Bloomington, IN and are discussing the difference between the Old Country and the U.S. One of them says that he's heard that people in the U.S. eat dogs, and if they're going to fit in, they better eat dogs as well. So, they head to the nearest hot dog stand and order two ‘dogs.’ The first guy unwraps his, looks at it, and, nervously looks at his friend. "What part did you get??"

Haha, stupid immigrants! Anyway, after eating/blowing/inserting the dogs, the two immigrants went to Culture Shock 2008, held on April 19 by Indiana University's studio radio station, WIUX-LP 99.1FM. Featuring awesome acts like Beach House, Dead Child, Blueprint, Mahjongg, and Pattern Is Movement, the annual event was a lot of fun for the two immigrants. And because they are cheap, stingy immigrants (no surprise), they both loved the fact that it was free.

Visit Culture Shock 2008's website for more information.