Bikini Kill launch Bikini Kill Records featuring music from Bikini Kill

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Bikini Kill have technically been disbanded for over a decade now, but you shouldn’t consider their absence, or riot grrrl’s retreating prominence in American culture, as an indication of resolution to all of the feminist causes that served as an inspiration during the early-to-mid 1990s. On the contrary, with the introduction of so-called “personhood” bills in some states, and Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, one could quite easily make the case that we’re actually regressing, not progressing, when it comes to women’s issues, at least in terms of the national debate.

Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking: “What the hell is this guy doing talking about politics!? Just get to the fucking music, man!” Well, MAN (or PERSON), any discussion of Bikini Kill, and by extension, the riot grrrl movement, has to involve politics to some extent, and I find it particularly relevant that, at a time when we’re reviving debates from the 1960s about the validity of contraception, Bikini Kill have started their own record label, Bikini Kill Records, dedicated largely to reissuing each of their physical albums, in commemoration of their upcoming 25th anniversary (they were formed in 1990). The label itself is a reminder of the issues that they stood for, many of which have yet to be settled among the national consciousness.

In addition to reissuing each of their physical albums, Bikini Kill also intend to re-release their original demo tape, which contains songs that were “previously unavailable and/or hard to find on vinyl & CD.” Likewise, their self-titled EP is set to come out this fall, and members are currently sifting through their archive for “photographs, practice tapes, live recordings, unreleased songs, films, video, writing, interviews, zines and flyers” to include with future releases, or to post on their website.

Currently, digital versions of albums from Bikini Kill, The Frumpies, and The Casual Dots are available via Bandcamp, alongside several new t-shirts. One thing I wouldn’t expect any time soon: commemorative women’s razors.

• Bikini Kill: http://bikinikill.com

Sun Araw to release The Inner Treaty on September 18, exploiting UN loophole

With the release of the magnificent Icon Give Thank (TMT Review) featuring M. Geddes Gengras and The Congos this past April, Sun Araw could’ve justifiably taken it easy for the rest of this year. Instead, serving as a role model for his more motivationally-challenged followers, he’s releasing his sixth studio album The Inner Treaty, courtesy of Sun Ark Records (via Drag City). The album is due out September 18.

Since The Inner Treaty is Sun Araw’s first album after recording with The Congos in Jamaica, it might be worth highlighting the potential ways in which his time there has affected his creative outlook. In an interview with The Quietus, he remarks, “The trip was really a paradigm shift. It was an affirmation of things that I’ve been investigating for a long time, and in our subsequent trips down there that shift has been confirmed and solidified.”

The first available track off the new album, “Like Wine” (which you can listen to on his website), seems be wholly indicative of that “paradigm shift.” Regardless of their influences, Sun Araw’s albums have always, in my opinion, sounded like modern renditions, but “Like Wine” genuinely seems like something from decades past. The production seems even more stripped down, and musically, it sounds (though may not be, in actuality) even more improvised.

This should be the beginning of something. Forget vacation time. Can we get some employer-sponsored paradigm shifts?

The Inner Treaty tracklisting:

01. Town
02. Grip
03. Like Wine
04. Treaty
05. The Summum
06. And I

• Sun Araw: http://sunaraw.com
• Sun Ark: http://www.sunaraw.com/sunarkshopzone.html
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Errors intentionally release mini-album, tour, and continue to be better than my dad

The difference between my dad’s synth-goth band from the 80s, Simple Mistakes, and current band Errors is that my dad really did make a lot of mistakes. The Errors don’t allow errors and, “no room for errors,” is possibly their band motto. I mean, my dad accidentally dropped me in the toilet as a baby and the toilet was filled with razorblades. It made no sense!

Regardless of my dad’s mistakes, it’s heartwarming to have a musical influence like Errors to look up to. The group’s “error-free” eight-track mini-album New Relics will be released in October on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records label and a tour will follow in the UK. The album will be released on CD, 12-inch, digital download, and, just to be error-free, a 200-limited VHS version (not a joke!). The VHS version will include visual representations of the songs, including a collaboration with Rachel Maclean, who directed Errors’ video for “Pleasure Palaces.”

I tried calling my dad to tell him that I love him and that I forgive him for all of his mistakes. Unfortunately, my mom picked up and informed me that my dad had accidentally fallen asleep again. So, I listened to the Errors track for “Relics” from the new album and I found my peace.

Tourdates:

10.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
10.11.12 - Norwich, UK - Sound & Vision Festival
10.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Hoults Yard
10.13.12 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus
10.17.12 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
10.18.12 - London, UK - Heaven
10.19.12 - Bristol, UK - The Cooler
10.20.12 - Cardiff, UK - SWN Festival

• Errors: http://www.weareerrors.com
• Rock Action: http://www.rock-action.co.uk

Deerhoof suffer crippling ennui after defeating evil, announce new album Breakup Song for September and depressing fall tour

Deerhoof love music, so it comes as no surprise that they’d follow up their polygenre Polyvinyl debut Deerhoof vs. Evil (TMT Review) with another album of distinct songs containing music. Other bands in their cultural position have found alternate methods of keeping the public’s interest — visually stunning Tumblr accounts, promotional fonts, salvia grinders, skulls containing snuff films — but Deerhoof are still having too many melodic dreams to ride the storm. Instead, Ms. Matsuzaki, Mr. Saunier, Mr. Dieterich, and Professor Rodriguez are promoting their new batch of 11 songs by sharing bits of the music so that one might consider the worth of a melody and perhaps even smile.

The new album is called Breakup Song, and you can hear some loops over at the DEERHOOF JINGLETRON, where they’ve even supplied you with unlimited tokens — just like the arcade at DisneyQuest!! The album can be heard in full when before it’s released in North America on September 4 (September 3 in the Rest of The World) on CD, white vinyl, and limited-to-250 white cassettes. Depending on your location, the album will be available via Polyvinyl, ATP, Lost and Lonesome, High Note, or Joyful Noise. Preorder here for best results. Greg Saunier describes the new set of tunes as “Cuban-flavored party-noise-energy music,” and indeed the snippets are fairly party-noise-energy’d. The band will be bringing the party-noise-energy across America merely one day after Breakup Song’s release. Go to the show! Once I went to a Deerhoof show and they threw a couple bananas into the crowd; A+.

Breakup Song tracklisting:

01. Breakup Songs
02. There’s That Grin
03. Bad Kids to the Front
04. Zero Seconds Pause
05. Mothball the Fleet
06. Flower
07. To Fly or Not to Fly
08. The Trouble with Candyhands
09. We Do Parties
10. Mario’s Flaming Whiskers III
11. Fête d’Adieu

Dateshoof:

09.05.12 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat *
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Memorial Auditorium (Hopscotch Festival) !
09.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %#
09.18.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East %#
09.19.12 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal @ Cabaret Du Mile End %#
09.21.12 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival @ Cosmic Charlie’s %
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern # (early)
09.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern % (late)
09.23.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The Brick %#
09.24.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room %$
09.25.12 - Denver, CO - The Hi Dive %$
09.27.12 - Garden City, ID - Visual Arts Collective %$
09.28.12 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project %$
09.29.12 - Portland, OR - Branx %$
09.30.12 - Arcata, CA - The Depot @ Humboldt State University %$
10.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s %$
10.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex %$
11.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar ^~
11.04.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.05.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s ^~
11.06.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon ^~
11.07.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box ^~
11.08.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^~
11.09.12 - Orlando, FL - Accidental Music Festival @ the Plaza Live
11.10.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club ^~
11.12.12 - Richmond, VA - The National ^~
11.13.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^~<
12.09.12 - Camber Sands, UK - Camber Sands Holiday Camp (All Tomorrow’s Parties)

* Dope Body
! Liars
% Buke & Gase
# Mirel Wagner
$ Raleigh Moncrief
^ Liam Finn
~ Formica Man

• Deerhoof: http://deerhoof.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror relocates to New York; Louis C.K., Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound drop out because they love New Jersey

Good news for New Yorkers afraid of venturing out beyond their tiny island into the godforsaken wilds of New Jersey: ATP’s 2012 stateside I’ll Be Your Mirror event has been moved from New Jersey’s Asbury Park to Manhattan’s new Pier 36 venue, located along the beautiful East River. Taking place over the originally scheduled weekend of September 21-23, I’ll Be Your Mirror is being co-curated by the frontman of the newly reunited Afghan Wigs, Greg Dulli, and by the good people at ATP.

Because of the change in venue, some originally scheduled acts have been forced to drop out, most notably Louis C.K., but a number of acts have also been added to the bill to hopefully soften the blow of the loss of the beloved comic schlub. Along with C.K., Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound, and Factory Floor are out, Phillip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Demdike Stare, Lightning Bolt, and a whole host of other acts are in.

Full refunds are available to those who were just on board for the Louis C.K. action, but the fest hopes that the move back to civilization will keep people interested in attending. They also emphasize that New York actually has hotels to stay in.

More acts are set to be announced and tickets are available now.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

Laurel Halo, Pete Swanson, and more to compare hair length and perform at REWIRE Festival

The Netherlands’ ever-experimental and eclectic REWIRE Festival has announced the first round of artists slated to perform. I almost opened this story by writing “In a city perhaps best known for International Criminal Court proceedings, it would be a CRIME to miss this festival!” But then I decided against it. You’re welcome. Let’s say this: The Hague, the beautiful, culture-driven capital of the province of South Holland, plays host to some of music’s most innovative names when REWIRE returns for a second year. From November 2-4, attendees can revel in what organizers call a “program full of darkness and anxiety.” So, let the bad times roll!

Bringing the noise, the funk, and the gnashing of teeth will be former Yellow Swans dude Pete Swanson and Hyperdub’s much-ballyhooed Laurel Halo. Also on board are Black Rain, Nosaj Thing, H-SIK, FilosofischeStilte, Deaf Center, Alex Smoke, Rocketnumbernine, patten, and Halls, with more to be announced soon. Organizers hint that the next round of names may be a bit more “indie-oriented.” A small amount of €25 Early Bird Weekend tickets will go on sale Monday, July 23 via the REWIRE Festival website.

• REWIRE: http://www.rewirefestival.nl

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