Zs, still coming off their high from topping our 2010 year-end list (just kidding, we suck), have just signed a multi-release deal with Brooklyn-based label Northern-Spy. Expect some box sets and solo releases in the coming months, but for now, the label has confirmed the release of a double 7-inch entitled “33.” It’s out November 8. Check out one of its tracks, “33~,” streaming above.

• Zs: http://www.zzzsss.com
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Ryoji Ikeda


My cat’s going nuts right now. Just thought you’d like to know. Just kidding. It’s because I’m listening to this album preview of Ryoji Ikeda’s +/-, which is seeing reissue on the Touch label. The album ends with a piercing high frequency tone that slowly drifts out of the human range of hearing. Well, that’s bullshit, I want to hear the entire album! On headphones or bigger speakers most of Ikeda’s work takes on a strange physical quality, with a vast range of frequencies inhabiting interwoven electronic rhythms. Obviously there are other people out there who like losing their hearing, because this is the fourth reissue of +/-, placing Ikeda one reissue behind Pink Floyd as most reissued artist of all time.

• Ryoji Ikeda: http://www.ryojiikeda.com/
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/

Laddio Bolocko

“Y Toros”

No Quarter records has announced that the too-long out of print compilation The Life & Times of Laddio Bolocko is officially re-issued. Listen to the sample below to understand why the group is already reaching that coveted canonized critical status. They really were heirs to the industrial wasteland rock vibe pioneered by those crazy Germans in the late 60s and 70s who wanted nothing more than to erase a saturated, bloated musical past and start anew.

• Laddio Bolocko: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laddio_Bolocko
• No Quarter: http://noquarter.net/

Sigur Rós


Take a look at this promo video from Sigur Rós, apparently supporting a new live album/DVD. Hey, maybe tinymixtapes will get a few extra hits from posting this thing without knowing what the fuck it is/what we’re talking about! In related, more concrete news, Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason is set to arrange a new Sigur Rós album. Which means he’ll probably write some overlaying orchestral parts. Or maybe he’ll just write the whole record. Here’s a track from Bjarnason’s fantastic 2010 album Processions, and here’s to hoping that Sigur Rós will learn how to use dissonance for two seconds:

• Sigur Rós: http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/index2.php
• Daniel Bjarnason: http://danielbjarnason.bandcamp.com/

Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau

“Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm”

According to artiste Kommissar Hjuler, who performs with his wife as Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau, they have made the “greatest album of the century” in Jacob und Wilheim Grimm. Check the sample to hear for yourself. It certainly does make most music we call “experimental” these days seem a bit rote, as if musicians picked up a basic set of ‘avant-garde’ rules somewhere along the way and we never really let go. Of course, Kommissar’s music has been labeled Neo-Dada, so what do I know? Feeding Tube Records claims that Jacob und Wilheim Grimm is a “hearty mix of sound poetry, musique concrète, absurdist performance and pornography” and that it’s “not always an easy sell. Add to that the group’s discography, which is approaching the 300 count, and it can become difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.” In the spirit of dadaism I’m going to call Feeding Tube out for setting any sort of Wheat vs Chaff precedent. The wheat and the chaff are one, man.

• Kommissar Hjuler Und Frau: http://www.myspace.com/kommissarhjulerundfrau
• Feeding Tube: http://www.feedingtuberecords.com/

Motion Sickness of Time Travel


Hobo Cult records will be handling the new tape from Rachel Evans, aka Motion Sickness of Time Travel, which sports the kind of tape art that makes me love tape art. Rachel will also be touring as one half of Quiet Evenings in August, so be sure to pick up some releases while you can.

• Motion Sickness of Tine Travel: http://motionsicknessoftimetravel.blogspot.com/
• Hobo Cult: http://hobocult.blogspot.com/


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