OM postpone August tour after (non-tragic) skateboarding accident

OM postpone August tour after (non-tragic) skateboarding accident

The hidden — and often deadly — violent potential of skateboarding has once again reared its ugly head as OM, the stoner metal outfit from California, have announced that they will be forced to postpone their October tour after an injury to drummer Emil Amos.

Amos, while skateboarding to a local eatery, came across a set of cement steps that he “couldn’t pass up without kick-flipping over.” However, after a lack of momentum and a bad launch due to an uncomfortable pair of new slip-on sneakers, the percussionist soon realized he would not be landing the kick-flip. “I was in the middle of the air, thinking about the snacks I was planning on buying and then it hit me: I was going to come down and I was going to come down hard.”

While the specifics of the injury have not been released to the press, early rumors point towards a severely sprained ankle, making continuous bass-drumming nearly impossible. Marijuana, while suspected in the accident, has not been proved as a contributing factor, although the snacks are questionable.

Finally, the postponed dates (listed below) are planned to be rescheduled for mid-November.

08.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
08.26.12 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
08.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
08.28.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
08.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.01.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.02.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.04.12 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
09.05.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.06.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop

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Martin Eden a.k.a. Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium premieres new single “Worker” after temporarily confusing people

The name “Martin Eden” bears its significance from the eponymous 1909 novel by Jack London. You knew that, right? Well, I sure didn’t, but I thank Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium for bringing it to my attention, as I find the struggles of a young writer particularly relevant to my current preoccupations, as well as my future aspirations. Cooper, as far as I know, isn’t primarily a writer, but he likely identifies with the literary genre of which the novel is an example; ‪Künstlerroman‬ means “artist’s novel” in German, and according to Wikipedia, it’s a narrative about an “artist’s growth to maturity.” Make sure you acknowledge the word “artist” there; we don’t want any flashbacks to 8th grade health class.

So fascinated Cooper must be with Martin Eden (the novel), that he’s actually decided to assume “Martin Eden” (the name) as a moniker under which he’s releasing his latest musical works. As a part of Lefse Records’ ongoing series, Martin Eden (remember, that’s Matthew Cooper) is releasing a 7-inch, with a release date to be announced (though you can listen to a digital version of the track, “Worker,” below). Cooper describes his new project as appealing to “fans of early Aphex Twin stuff, or turn of the century electronic music,” and you know what? I definitely hear it. Go on, listen for yourself:

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Spin Magazine announces layoffs, reshuffling as print media continues its death rattle

Sad news for paying the bills this past weekend, as it was announced that Spin would be laying off a number of employees, including editor-in-chief Steve Kandell. The news of the layoffs, reported by Billboard on Friday, comes mere weeks after BuzzMedia purchased the nearly 30-year-old magazine.

“We believe there is a unique role for print and see it as another outlet for people to access content about their passion topics,” said BuzzMedia CEO Tyler Goldman when asked about Spin’s future in print after the purchase, “In the longer term, we’re still defining how print fits in from a platform perspective.” Another BuzzMedia rep issued a statement this morning, adding that they “will build upon this core staff by doubling the editorial team. This investment will enable us to continue enhancing Spin’s offerings, which includes making the SPIN archive, an incredibly important part of music history, much more accessible.”

In other news: naysayers and internet-fans are adding these layoffs, and the possible lack of a future for such an established magazine (the November/December issue has been scrapped), as one of the final gasps of the already dead medium of print. However, we here at TMT believe that the print medium died the moment TMT started publishing reviews on an Angelfire site 10 years ago.


Merzbow to reissue Merzbient box set on Merzvinyl

I know that you think you own a bunch of Merzbow and, most likely, you do own a bunch of Merzbow. We all know how prolific the Japanese music legend is; for example, the 50 CD Merzbox package (which I own and still haven’t listened to in its entirety), or the 13 Japanese Birds box, or the dozens and dozens of other albums that Merzbow has released. However, the one thing that I (and most likely most other Merzbow fans) don’t have is Merzbow on vinyl — at least, not that much of it.

That all changes on September 10, though, as Soleilman will be reissuing the Merzbient box set as an 18-record, double-box, jizz-inducing collection. Originally released in 2010 on CD (ewww), the collection features recordings from the 1980s and 1990s with some material having never seen the light of day, not even on the CD version.

For those not familiar with me (Kid Midnight) my birthday is on September 19 and I know you want to get me a present. Please make it this.

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Alvarius B. to play a few East Coast shows in September, when summer will almost be over

I’m sick of summer. I’m sick of days when it’s 90 degrees outside but feels like 110 because of the goddamn humidity. I’m sick of my sunglasses fogging up every time I get into my car. I’m sick of wearing shorts.

Once September rolls around, it’ll still be at least 80 degrees where I live, but, apples will be in season, and sweater weather will be close. And, on September 1, Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls will begin his first tour under the moniker Alvarius B. He’ll be celebrating the reissue of his second self-titled double LP (the one from 1998, previously only available on limited vinyl) as a double CD, as well as the digital release of his entire catalog and, more generally, the entire Sun City Girls discography. Plus his comedic music work under the name Uncle Jim!

For 27 years, Bishop played bass in Sun City Girls, whose projects ranged from an incomplete soundtrack to a film about a prehistoric flying reptile to collage-like radio broadcasts to a mind control experiment. They disbanded in 2007 following the passing of drummer, Charles Gocher, and final album Funeral Mariachi (TMT Review). Bishop also started the Sublime Frequencies label, which collects all sorts of odd and obscure music from around the world and has released over 70 records. As Alvarius B., Bishop plays off-the-wall folk tunes, including instrumentals, songs about characters from the underworld, and a reconstruction of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” He’s been living and recording in Cairo for the past year and might have a few new songs to play at these fall shows, which should be nice and cool. Bring a sweater.


09.01.12 - Boston, MA - Tavern at the End of the World
09.02.12 - Florence, MA - Byron Coley’s VFW
09.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.04.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - The Hive @ Busy Bee (Hopscotch)

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Underworld providing music for Olympics opening ceremony, releasing it as an album in August

Olympics Olympics OLYMPICS!!! Gin drinks! Foxy boxing outside of a red phone booth! (I’m watching NBC’s Olympics coverage as I write this.) Boris Johnson’s hair! The Olympics are about the triumph of the human spirit, the finest in red and blue tracksuits, and showcasing the heights of the host nation’s culture. And in that tradition, the London Olympics Opening Ceremony’s artistic director/film director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is teaming up with frequent collaborators/Opening Ceremony music directors/electronic legends Underworld to create the most majestic, the most British, the potentially most… druggy… opening ceremony music of all time. And it premieres tonight! At the Olympics Opening Ceremony! (The Olympics give me $5 every time I type out the words “Olympics Opening Ceremony.”)

Imagine the swelling pride, the burst of hope, the essential dignity of mankind that you will feel once the ceremonies begin! Or — depending on when you’re reading this — remember the swelling pride, the burst of hope, the essential dignity of mankind that you felt once the ceremonies began? Now you can bottle that sentiment and take it home with you to relive over and over again! Because Underworld are releasing the jams they wrote for this shindig immediately after the event wraps, say midnight on July 28 via iTunes. Isle of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as it’s being called, will also get a physical release August 6 through Decca/Universal. Spoiler alert: the opening ceremony is said to be “inspired by Caliban’s dream in the Tempest,” according to a press release. Super Olympophiles take note: the Closing Ceremony music will also be released as an album, available digitally on August 12. That one’s going by the name of A Symphony of British Music - Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Side note: The Chemical Brothers are also getting in on the Olympics music-making thang, with a track called “Theme for Velodrome,” devoted to six magical days of cycling events. You can read more about that number and preview the track at The Guardian.

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