White Hills
“Paradise”

New York’s White Hills must fondly remember the days of carefree late-60s go-go dancing if their video for “Paradise” is any indication. Taken from H-p1, their latest album out now on Thrill Jockey, the track is a blistering space-rock dirge that wouldn’t be out of place on a Krautrock and kosmische music mixtape, yet the video somewhat lightens the weight of the jam, referencing the era when the Beat turned millions of mild-mannered children into thrusting, heaving, flailing music fiends. Heavy.

• White Hills: http://whitehillsmusic.tumblr.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

R/S (Rehberg / Schmickler)

“USA”

R/S is Peter Rehberg, founder of the Editions Mego label, and Marcus Schmickler, mastermind behind the Pluramon project. They have a new LP out on PAN which documents several improvised live outings from 2009. These sounds could be classified under harsh noise, but I don’t want to sound like a little prick by making that claim outright, so I’ll just say that the level of interplay and variation here is far beyond what most noise-makers get away with these days. Check out the preview above.

• Peter Rehberg: http://editionsmego.com/
• Marcus Schmickler: http://www.piethopraxis.org/
• PAN: http://www.pan-act.com/

Zs

“33~”

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

INNI

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/

  

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