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

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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.

Spin: http://www.spin.com

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.

• Merzbow: http://www.merzbow.net

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)

• Alvarius B.: http://www.myspace.com/alvariusb
• Abduction: http://www.suncitygirls.com/abduction

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.

• Underworld: http://www.underworldlive.com
• The Olympics: http://www.olympic.org

Animal Collective start up new radio show with curated mixes from the band, Black Dice, Sublime Frequencies, and conservative talk radio stars

AVEY TARE: …And we are back. I’m Avey Tare, proud American, and I am proud to be taking your calls this evening. We’ve got Chris on the line, Chris are you there?

CHRIS: Yes I’m here Avey thanks for having me.

AVEY TARE: And what can I do for you tonight Chris.

CHRIS: Well Avey I’m a mortgage broker in Montclare and I have a coworker in my office who let’s just say has some differing ideas when it comes to how our world functions.

AVEY TARE: Let me ask you a question Chris, does this coworker have an assortment of tie-dyed shirts in their wardrobe?

CHRIS: Haha yes I think you’re getting my meaning Avey. Graduated from the University of Virginia at the top of his class, and ever since he’s had a lot of idealized opinions on what values matter to this country.

AVEY TARE: Gotcha. Let me just remind our listeners that you’re listening to the Animal Collective show presented by Bayer and Domino Records on W-I-F-F 820 The Whiff. Can you smell it? Bayer: science for a better life. Domino: hear different. Now Chris let me ask you if you’ve visited our fan page on Facebook.

CHRIS: Well no, I’m…

AVEY TARE: Because we’ve been getting a lot of comments over the last few days, some very amusing comments on our Facebook fan page. Listener Hal in Oak Park had this to say, he said “I feel bad for Barack Obama if he ends up being re-elected. Just think of the mess he’ll be inheriting.” Very good comment, Hal. Very clever and amusing.

CHRIS: Ha yes I’ll have to get on your fan page and see what it’s all about. Now my coworker subscribes to Obama and the buzzkills in his cabinet on almost all matters so it should be no surprise, but in light of this horrendous tragedy…

AVEY TARE: That’s absolutely right Chris, these folks want this and this but refuse to believe in the car that gets them there. Now before we take a break let me remind our listeners that Bayer and Domino have teamed up with MyAnimalHome.net to deliver streaming sets of music starting this Sunday evening from 9 PM to 2 AM curated by our team here at The Whiff, that’s your host, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin, along with guest mixes from Black Dice, Haunted Graffiti, our friends at Sublime Frequencies, and Bayer board member Marijn Dekkers. The excitement will be over after our final show on August 19, but Domino reminds us that new Animal Collective album Centipede Hz will be available for purchase only a few weeks later, followed by an extensive tour of the nation many of us continue to fight for. Chris are you still there.


AVEY TARE: We’ll be back after these words from Citigroup.

• Animal Collective: http://radio.myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

A.C. Newman rises above all other musicians by releasing new album and touring this fall

A.C. Newman, of The New Pornographers and heir to the Randy Newman dynasty, has completed his third solo full-length. This news gets even more exciting as Newman plans on releasing his new album on Matador in the US and Last Gang in Canada. Unfortunately, the title and release date haven’t been announced.

According to the pastry/indie music blog Pitchforkmedia.com, A.C. Newman is also going to tour. We get it! You’re pulling out all the stops, but geez, a tour? Seems a little excessive to me, but I’ll take it. Ticket presales start today. This news is exhausting, so after I post this slew of tourdates, I’m going to go take a nice nap on my natty nanny, Naddy’s, lap.


10.21.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.23.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.24.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
10.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10.26.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.27.12 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
10.28.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.30.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
11.08.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret *
11.09.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
11.10.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
11.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
11.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
11.14.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

* Harriet

• A.C. Newman: http://www.acnewman.net
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com
• Last Gang: http://lastgangentertainment.com/records