The Music Box is an interactive installation comprised of musical architecture. It was created by non-profit organization New Orleans Airlift in collaboration with 25 artists including the international street art star Swoon. The Music Box features a collection of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses, each containing an instrument or having instruments built into its structure. The wooden shacks that make up this “shanty-town” are constructed from salvaged materials reclaimed from a late-18th-century Creole cottage that collapsed on the site several years ago. Housing a slew of unconventional and inventive instruments, The Music Box offers its visitors a blank canvas to create music in an entirely new way. Between now and the end of June The Music Box will host a series of recordings sessions and pop-up performances in the space by amazing and diverse musicians including Thurston Moore, longtime Swoon collaborators Dark Dark Dark, the beloved Cajun musician Jo-El Sonnier, the sample-based band Javelin, the Brooklyn pop punk duo Japanther, and noise heroes Black Dice. Here is the past performance, featuring Jim White (Dirty Three / Cat Power) and Andrew WK.
Mudhoney on tour, the legendary Seattle band is coming in Europe for some burning gigs: 5/20/12 "Nuits Sonores Festival". Transbordeur Club. Villeurbanne, France ||| 5/21/12 Bloom. Mezzago Monza e Brianza, Italy ||| 5/22/12 Circolo Degli Artisti. Rome, Italy ||| 5/23/12 Bronson Club. Ravenna, Italy ||| 5/24/12 Feierwerk. Munich, Germany |||
5/25/12 "Festival Musiques Volantes". Cloitre des Trinitaires, France ||| 5/26/12 "I'll Be Your Mirror". Alexandra Palace. London, England, Notes: Mudhoney will play the second day of this three-day festival. Mudhoney's day is curated by Mogwai. ||| 5/27/12 "Villete Sonique Fest". Parc de la Villette. Paris, France ||| 5/28/12 Tivoli. Utrecht, Netherlands ||| 5/29/12 Het Depot. Leuven, Belgium ||| 5/30/12 La Sirene. La Rochelle, France ||| 5/31/12 "Primavera Sound Festival". Barcelona, Spain, Notes: Mudhoney is playing the second day of this four-day festival. Mudhoney will play on the ATP stage. ||| 6/1/12 Cabaret Aleatoire. Marseille, France ||| 6/2/12 "Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival". Bonn 2. Dudingen, Switzerland |||
Our friends at Cocomachete are quite thrilled for their mate Fred Gien in France who is just this month launching a new imprint, Police Records. He has 2 releases coming out in May, both from an artist very familiar to many, none other than Hamburg, Germany's FUKKK OFFF. Features remixes from Modek, Dirty Disco Youth & more.