Interpol frontman Paul Banks releases a tribute to lending institutions on his new LP Banks

Interpol frontman Paul Banks releases a tribute to lending institutions on his new LP Banks

It takes a bold man to name his new solo album after himself. We’re not talking “self-titled album” here. We’re talking full-on, “this is one of the names on my birth certificate and let’s be honest, it’s a total baller name, so I’m gonna let it blaze in all its fire hot glory”-titled album. And now, in the grand tradition of Madonna, Fabio, and Bates from Downton Abbey, Interpol’s Banks — Paul Banks — is giving props to one of his names and going the James Bond route for his new LP, which is simply called… Banks. No word on the impetus behind the album title, however, so let’s not make assumptions. Perhaps Paul Banks (also known as a solo artist under his Julian Plenti moniker) is just a big fan of the large corporate entities that hold his savings? Or maybe he’s just really, really into the sloping sand/dirt leading down to a river. Heck, I don’t know, maybe dude just thinks it’s time to steep natural inclines their due. We just don’t know. Because like many a rogue cop who solves crimes in unexpected (yet snappy!) ways, Paul Banks is a LOOSE CANNON.

I mean, all the signs say “loose cannon.” This is a man who, on his last Julian Plenti EP, covered three tracks of varying levels of “ok I can see that” to “wait, what?”, including a J Dilla track, a Sinatra joint, and… the theme song from the 1987 Schwarzenegger flick The Running Man. Is it only a matter of time before Paul Banks solves MUSIC in unexpected (yet snappy!) ways? Peep the single “The Base” at Pitchfork and hear for yourself. Banks the album makes its steep incline into record stores come October 23 via Matador.

Banks tracklisting:

01. The Base
02. Over My Shoulder
03. Arise, Awake
04. Young Again
05. Lisbon
06. I’ll Sue You
07. Paid For That
08. Another Chance
09. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

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Google takes further steps to control your internet experience by altering search rankings based on copyright infringement

Google’s mighty PowerGlove hand will tighten ever more constricting ‘round the neck of the internet in the coming week as the Artificially Intelligenced search engine firm begins Phase 18 of its plan to control everything you click and right-click on throughout the internet.

What Google plans on doing, according to Billboard is this: it will start looking at the number of copyright infringement notices that websites get from the respective copyright holders and, based on those notices, lower or raise the website’s search ranking. In other words: if a website has a lot of illegal media, it will be harder for the average person to find it, and, on the flipside, the websites with legal content will be much more visible. Let’s let Google clarify even more: the change “should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily — whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.”

This is great if you own a website like Hulu, Spotify, or Amazon or if you hold the copyright for a popular song, but, should you believe in the free transmission of ideas, arts, and culture, well, then it’s “THEM” 1, and “US” zero. For example, the RIAA showed their support for corporate strength by saying: “This should result in improved rankings for the licensed music services that pay artists and deliver fans the music they love. This change is an important step in the right direction — a step we’ve been urging Google to take for a long time — and we commend the company for its action.” What a square.

Personally, I started getting mad at Google when they made me have to type, in its entirety, “blonde teen blowjob” every time I wanted to look at porn, and wouldn’t provide me with provided shortcuts if I were to, say, wanting to look up “blonde toner shampoo.” But, that’s a story for next week.

ZS release four-disc retrospective to celebrate 10 years; Sam Hillmer renews vows with himself

When I turned 10, I had developed this oddly disproportionate stomach that made me shy of shirts vs. skins matches. Next month, avant-garde New Yorkers ZS will be a whole decade old, and so far the big 1-0 is looking better for them than my own scarred past.

The band is releasing a four-disc retrospective box set, entitled SCORE – The Complete Sextet Works from 2002-2007 via Northern Spy that will officially hit stores on September 11. According to the press release, the set compiles all the out-of-print works from the band’s first five years of existence, along with a disc of never-released material. There are over four-and-a-half hours of music represented, a 20-page booklet, and four CDs in printed sleeves, all housed in a beautiful 55pt box featuring original artwork by art/design team Fredericks & Mae.

Coinciding with the release is the announcement of a new ZS lineup — now consisting of Sam Hilmer, Patrick Higgins, and Greg Fox — and a big anniversary bash/release show, featuring projects of former Zs members. I imagine that ZS will proudly play ball bareback in their triumphant 10th year.

Release Show:

08.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *

* Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer of ZS), Hubble (former ZS member Ben Greenberg), Extra Life (former ZS member Charlie Looker), Wet Ink Ensemble (former ZS members Alex Mincek & Ian Antonio), Mick Barr + Marc Edwards Duo

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ATP announces I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne, with My Bloody Valentine, Swans, God Speed You! Black Emperor, special screening of The Rescuers Down Under

If TMT is the tiniest mix-tape-that’s-not-really-a-mixtape, then ATP is probably the biggest one. Sure, they don’t divine unbeatable playlists or dish out dick-withering criticism like we do, but their epic festivals and artist-curated I’ll Be Your Mirror events have been basically telling me which bands are cool for years now, and I’m pretty sure that they’re almost as popular as we are, so I think the comparison is applicable. Besides, I can safely say that, without their help, I’d be one tasteless motherfucker. (Seriously, guys; my taste is terrible. I totally LOVE that dumb little theme song from the Spotify ads. What the fuck is that??)

Thankfully, ATP is ready to step in and tell me what’s up once again, as they recently announced their return to the land down under for I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne. This one is going down February 16 and 17 of 2013 at Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Reception in the Melbournian suburb of Altona and will be curated by ATP Records alumni The Drones (who, incidentally, we usually love. That’s tastemaking synergy, y’all). The lineup includes My Bloody Valentine (in their first Australian appearance since 1992), as well as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Swans, The Dead C, Sleepy Sun, Thee Oh Sees, and several other bands that I’ll soon be telling everyone I know that I’ve been “into for a while.” As always, more details and ticket information is available at the ATP internet word-wide web page. Tickets for this one are going on sale on Monday, August 9, which gives me a few more days to cram in some repeated listens of the “Guile” music from Street Fighter II. Sweet.

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Patrick Wolf releasing double album called Sundark & Riverlight, handing out wolf cupcakes on world tour

In 2002, when Patrick Wolf was 19, he released his very first EP, The Patrick Wolf EP. Back then, he was playing in folk clubs and galleries and on the street, playing with just one instrument and no microphone. He recorded his first album with a 4-track and a laptop and whatever else he could find.

Now, Patrick Wolf’s celebrating 10 years of crankin’ out tunes by releasing Sundark & Riverlight via his own label, Bloody Chamber Music, as well as Essential Music. It’s a double album that will feature re-recordings of songs from all over Wolf’s catalog, songs that still resonate with him today. Wolf says, “As a songwriter I realised that some songs take on a life of their own once released. I never knew that ‘Paris’ from Lycanthropy would become such an anthem for my crowd. Often when I sing the songs live after they are recorded, new words or meanings come to light then I improvise depending on how I am feeling that night. I thought it was time after ten years to take a moment to understand and document what these songs have grown up to be while I’ve been traveling them around the world the last decade.”

Wolf recorded this completely acoustic album in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. He recorded the string quartet on the balcony of the wood room studio so that, for the listener, they’ll sound like they’re playing somewhere near the sun. He recorded the woodwind quartet in The Pool Studio, where he hoped to create the sound of a reflection on water. He muses on the process in a letter on his website.

Patrick Wolf isn’t just releasing a double album and baking wolf-shaped cakes to share; he’s also going on tour. He’ll have a piano, a Celtic harp, a dulcimer, and all sorts of other instruments with him, and while he’ll certainly play some of his reworked oldies off Sundark & Riverlight, he’ll be taking requests too. Hold on for the tracklist, but if there’s something you’re absolutely itchin’ to hear, send him a note on Facebook or Twitter.

08.29.12 - London, UK - The Old Vic Theatre
09.07.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
09.08.12 - Sydney, Australia - Opera House (Studio)
09.09.12 - Sydney, Australia - Opera House (Studio)
09.11.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum 11
09.12.12 - Adelaide, Australia - The Gov
09.14.12 - Perth, Australia - Fly By Night
09.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live +
09.20.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub +
09.21.12 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub ^
09.22.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub ^
09.23.12 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral +
09.25.12 - Toronto, ON - The Music Gallery +
09.28.12 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door +
09.29.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rio Theatre +
09.30.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre +
10.02.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall +
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Park United Methodist Church / FILTER Culture Collide +
10.14.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Theatre
10.15.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
10.16.12 - Munich, Germany - Freiheizhalle
10.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Passionkirche
10.19.12 - Cologne, Germany - Kulturkirche
10.21.12 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne
10.24.12 - Rome, Italy - Teatro Ambra Jovinelli
10.25.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Teatro Rasi
10.26.12 - Venice, Italy - Teatro Corso
10.29.12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Paradijskerk
10.30.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif
10.31.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ab
11.02.12 - Iceland - Airwaves Festival
11.06.12 - Manchester, UK - Quays Theatre
11.07.12 - Cardiff, UK - The Gate
11.10.12 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa
11.12.12 - Lille, France - Eglise Saint Andre
11.13.12 - Paris, France - Le Cafe De La Danse
11.14.12 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11.20.12 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage
11.24.12 - Warwick, UK - Arts Centre
11.25.12 - Glasgow, UK - Cottiers
12.09.12 - Penzance, UK - The Ritz
12.10.12 - Bristol, UK - St. Georges
12.11.12 - Brighton, UK - St. Mary’s

+ Woodpigeon
^ Mice Parade

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Josephine Foster to leave you positively red in the face with new album Blood Rushing, out on Fire Records next month

Public speaking is supposedly one of the most common fears of human beings, so I imagine many of our readers will be able to relate to the following: you know the feeling, as a student, when your name’s about to be called to give a presentation to the class? Well, I think we all secretly acknowledge the fact that most student presentations are basically a ruse thought up by teachers in order to waste class time, but try and recall the state of your physical body during these moments. If you’re like most of us — meaning, not some freakishly outgoing person who actually excites at the idea of public speaking — then your blood’s probably pumping, HARD, out of sheer nervousness. Similarly, unless you’ve got a healthy layer of fat in between your heart and your ribcage, you can probably feel each successive pump of the former. You know Ms. Thatcher is going to utter your name any second now, but it’s too late! Your circulatory system has been working with such ferocity that your head has literally EXPLODED! There’s blood everywhere! Ahhhhhhh!

More than likely, this is not quite what Josephine Foster and co. had in mind when they were recording Blood Rushing, her new full-length album set for release on September 18. In an anecdote related by artist Natasha Pradhan, writing about (presumably) the theme of the new album, she states, “Cleansing. The sanitation of blood, even. Sometimes I hear my own flesh and it terrifies me — it’s a sonic confirmation of everything we believe in. It’s natures heart beating harder than any story I couldn’t have written on my own.” So, consciousness, and life itself both seem to be major inspirations. I guess I’ll just have to continue waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime explosive head-themed folk album. Check out the track “Child of God” below.

Blood Rushing tracklisting:

01. Waterfall
02. Panorama Wide
03. Sacred Is The Star
04. Child of God
05. Blood Rushing
06. The Wave of Love
07. O Stars
08. Geyser
09. Underwater Daughter
10. Words Come Loose

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