Beck soundtracks new PlayStation 3 game. Deadmau5 too. Anyone care?

Beck soundtracks new PlayStation 3 game. Deadmau5 too. Anyone care?

Welcome to the future, where our music stars must participate in as many media forums as possible in order to try and stay afloat in the sea of perceived relevancy. Yes, FACT reports that Beck, the once-great folk rapper, will be contributing three songs to the upcoming Playstation 3 release Sound Shapes. At least the game appears to be music-related.

Coming to consoles on August 7, the Pyramid Attack-developed game will feature levels where players can ‘play’ the new Beck tunes. The new tracks are titled “Cities,” “Spiral Staircase,” and “Touch People.” Based on the promotional video that shows two dudes playing the game on a PSP (never a dull moment in the 3+ minute running time), the songs will create the physical levels that players will traverse, unlocking parts of the track as they interact with various surfaces. Additionally, players can create their own levels from instruments and samples that the game provides, including samples from America’s giant mouse head-wearing sweetheart, Deadmau5.

Just like watching other people play video games, the experience is sure to leave you wanting more. Actually, it kind of looks like Angry Birds for music geeks, so maybe Beck’s on to something…

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The Magnetic Fields hit the road this fall to spread some healthy disdain for Magnetic Fields fans

“Okay, okay,” you’re thinking to yourself, “I’ve been to a Magnetic Fields show before, and so Stephin Merritt’s always just a jerk. So what? Old News.” Well, you’d be half right about that. Yes, the guy has made a reputation (and possible marketing gimmick) out of being all blasé, drone-voiced, contradictory, and curmudgeonly on stage. But think about it here: this is your chance to see Stephin Merritt be a jerk… in THE FALL! Yes, he and his band of slightly less-jerks, the Magnetic Fields, have announced that they’ll be playing some US dates this fall in support of this year’s slightly-less-awesome Love at the Bottom of the Sea (TMT Review), and Merritt will probably be his droll-but-jerky self all over again in the crisp, blithe air of an exciting new meteorological season of tantalizing possibilities! That means that you can be made to feel like a fool for applauding while beautiful, multi-colored leaves gracefully slip from their branches just outside the auditorium, or listen to the melancholy strains of “The Dolls’ Tea Party” in the wake of the recent US presidential elections! It’ll be like a brand new experience!

Still not convinced? Well hows about if I were to tell you that, according the band’s website, select performances will also be treated to “a special opening reading by novelist Emma Straub, also known as The Mag Fields’ merch gal extraordinaire!”? You don’t get that kind of treat every time, now do you? And if one-on-one crowd-abuse is more your thing, the band has announced that more dates for September and October are fixing to announce themselves soon, including a few Stephin Merritt solo gigs, so you can really switch it up this time and get the full brunt of an annoyed Merritt who can’t stand the sight of you! There’s really something for everyone here.

Magnetic Fields Tour Fall 2012: Get Yelled at …in the Fall!

10.25.12 - Hudson, NY - Helsinki Hudson
11.14.12 - St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
11.15.12 - Detroit, MI - The Redford Theatre *
11.16.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Lecture Hall *
11.17-18.12 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue *

* Emma Straub

• Magnetic Fields:
&bull: Merge:
• Emma Straub:

RIP: Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control, co-founder of Elephant 6 Recording Co.

From Flagpole Music:

Very sad news: Hearing that Olivia Tremor Control’s Bill Doss has passed away. No other details available yet.

From Athens journalist André Gallant:

Confirmed with ACC coroner: Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control died yesterday, investigation ongoing

From the official Olivia Tremor Control site:

We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words.

• Olivia Tremor Control:
• Elephant 6:

Tom Recchion (LAFMS) releases first solo album in six years on Elevator Bath

Once there was this shitty writer for Pitchfork, who described experimental composer, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Recchion as “generally out of the loop” and as composing oblivious to “trends and times.” While this clumsy chump didn’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, his perspective is still skewed and inaccurate, so fuck him. The truth is that Recchion has always been in the real loop since the 70s, and all of you bullshit yolo-fuckers are out of it. The irony is that P4k is the new Rolling Stone, which means it’s about as relevant as the Old Testament (just going to put this in here and see if it makes it past the editors).

But I’m a sympathetic asshole, so I’ll gladly invite you into the loop. Here’s the deets. Tom Recchion has released his first album in six years, entitled Proscenium, on Elevator Bath. The album consists of six pieces that mostly began as music for film maker and puppeteer Janie Geiser’s play Invisible Glass, an adaptation of Poe’s “William Wilson.” The music has been explained as “an attempt to create a sound world for the viewer that started as they entered the theatre and drenched them till they left in an ongoing series of atmospheres.”

The LP + 7-inch is issued in an edition of 500 copies. If you want to stay in the loop because you’re insecure or have some sort of serotonin deficiency, I suggest you get on it.

Proscenium tracklist:

01. the mesmerized chair
02. entrance music no. 2
03. entrance music no. 1
04. exit music no. 1
05. the haunted laboratory
06. lean your eye into the picture

• Tom Recchion:
• Elevator Bath:

Okkervil River tour North America for college kids and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden kids

Wow, everybody, let’s hear it for The Okkervil Rivers. Those hardworking motherfuckers are always out there sweating it out on the ol’ dusty tour trail. And you know what? Sure, sometimes its because there’s an “album” they’re “pushing,” a “product” they’re “marketing” or whatever else you want to stick annoying quotes around (as they certainly did with 2011’s I Am Very Far). But SOMETIMES, ladies and gentlemen, sometimes they just get out there and tour for the sheer fucking THRILL of bein’ out there on the road, playing out-of-sight music for eager college kids; mildly-optimistic, out-of-college kids; and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden, way-out-of-college kids. And guys, you’ll never guess what! This is one of those times. (Does anyone else ever get that creepy déjà vu feeling?)

Yup. Okkervil River is hitting the road this fall in support of absolutely nothing. Which is, now that I think about it, another way of saying that they’re hitting the road in support of absolutely anything at all! So, just take your pick of what you want them to be touring in support of, and (I assume) they’ll support it. Interested in the original TurboGrafx-16 gaming console? Boom. Blazing Lazers tour. Are you a fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson on Facebook?? Cool, because Okkervil River is touring in support of all those dumb Carl Sagan rip-off quotes that your friends are always re-posting. Do you like that one band Deerhoof? Well you’re in luck, because Okkervil River is coming to your town to promote the fact that they’ll be coming to your town like a month later. And so on and so on. In fact, the only real danger here is if the thing that you you like is actually Okkervil River. Because no matter how harmless it sounds, Okkervil River can’t tour in support of Okkervil River without starting an endless feedback loop and ripping the fabric of the universe apart, ending all of existence for all space and matter and time for ever and ever in the blink of an eye. So yeah, if you just like Okkervil River, stay home and listen to Deerhoof.


08.24.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
08.25.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
08.27.12 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
08.28.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
08.29.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
08.30.12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
08.31.12 - Bloomington, IN - Upland Brewery
10.06.12 - Denver, CO - Cultivate Music Festival @ Denver City Park *

* Best Coast

• Okkervil River:
• Jagjaguwar:

WHY? told me to announce their new LP Mumps, etc. “ASAP,” but I didn’t understand that acronym, so I had some lunch first instead

I’m no detective or anything (though I did just stay up all night long watching nine hours of that BBC show Sherlock, so I’m probably more qualified/exhausted than any any of you fucking rubes!) but does anyone else find it just a little bit suspicious that those dudes in WHY? announced a new EP last month, and now they’re coming back to tell us that that EP is actually just the precursor to a new LP, entitled Mumps, etc., that’s coming out on October 8 in Europe (via City Slang) and October 9 in the US (via Anticon), a.k.a. THE VERY SAME LABELS that put out the EP!?!? Dun-dun-duuuuuuun!!!! Huh?! Huh!? Wait… what do you mean “that’s what bands do”? So, no one else finds that suspicious at all??? Oooooh.

Well, in that case, does anyone else find it just a little bit BORING that they’re doing that? Like, how typical can you get, am I right? Are we supposed to be all “dazzled” by the fact that the band crashed the University of Texas music school and, reaching out to a professor therein, wrangled “a string quartet, an eight-person choir, woodwinds, horns” to help flesh out a pile of demos “some five years in the making” and recorded the whole set to tape with no loops whatsoever? Or that the record was produced by the brothers Wolf, and mixed in Atlanta by Graham Marsh (Cee-Lo Green, Katy Perry) with Yoni Wolf? I say “no way.” I do that sort of stuff all the time! I just don’t brag about it. Or make any money from it. Or show anyone the results. Or actually do that sort of stuff. Oh god, I’m such a horrible fraud.


08.24.12 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *&
08.25.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis *&
08.26.12 - Santa Fe, NM - SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing *&
08-27.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *&
08.28.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *#
08.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall ^*#
08.31.12 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse *#
09.01.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *#
09.02.12 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.03.12 - Boise, ID - Reef *%
09.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue *%
09.05.12 - Englewood, CO - The Gothic *%
09.06.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *%
09.07.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada *%
09.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center ^*%
09.09.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^*%
09.10.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom ^*%
09.11.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt^*+
09.12.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East^*+
09.13.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^*+
09.14.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^*+
09.15.12 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall ^*+
09.16.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle ^*+
09.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^*+
09.18.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^*+
10.05.12 - Düsseldorf, Germany - New Fall Festival
10.06.12 - Evreux, France - L’Abordage
10.07.12 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
10.08.12 - Brighton, UK - Old Market
10.09.12 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
10.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Church
10.11.12 - Bristol, UK - Fleece
10.12.12 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3
10.13.12 - Oxford, UK - The Bullingdon
10.15.12 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne
10.18.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Lois & Richard Rosethal Center for Contemporary Art Black Box Theatre
10.20.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
10.24.12 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
10.25.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
10.26.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
10.27.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
10.28.12 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10.29.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.30.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10.31.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
11.01.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s
11.02.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
11.03.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.05.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts

* Serengeti
^ Doseone
& DJ Tony Trimm
# dj sodapop
% Jel (DJ Set)
+ DJ Thanksgiving Brown

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