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

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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

• ZS: http://www.zzzsss.com
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com

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

• Josephine Foster: http://www.myspace.com/josephinefoster
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

Fennesz, all by his lonesome, to release 12-inch on Editions Mego; full-length album due out next year

If you take a glance at Fennesz’s solo discography, you’ll see that his last genuine full-length album (in other words, not a score to a film, and not an extremely limited collection of samples), Black Sea (TMT Review), was released back in 2008. Clearly, in the intervening years, the Austrian ambient guitarist has just been taking it easy, shifting his focus to a relaxing hiatus in the scenic Villgratental, while casually neglecting the desperate pleas from his fans for new material.

Totally wrong! Did you believe me? Where have you been? Is Ace of Base still popular there? Do I need to direct you to the TMT reviews of his recent collaborative albums here and here?

The point being, Fennesz has neither been “taking it easy” nor “relaxing,” despite his ongoing (and apparent) lack of enthusiasm for individual releases. That enthusiasm waxes a bit with the news that, on October 1, he’ll be releasing a new 12-inch called Fa 2012. I say “new,” but it’s essentially a remix album, consisting of two new versions of the track “Fa” (one by Fennesz himself and the other from Mark Fell), which originally appeared on Fennesz’s debut solo album Hotel Paral.lel, released back in 1997.

Perhaps more importantly, Editions Mego describes the 12-inch as a “warm up for the new Fennesz album, which is currently scheduled for 2013 release.” Get excited now; the man deserves your undivided appreciation, even if he is so rarely undivided.

• Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Beck’s new album is just a book of sheet music, NOT an adorable puppy tied with a bow

When you’re an internationally-acclaimed indie rock songwriter like Beck, you can do whatever the F you want. You can voice a character in the Rugrats movie. You can build a waterslide into a giant vat of Diet Pepsi. You can breed standard poodles paired to create an ultradog that looks exactly like Kim Kardashian in dog form) You can release an album that’s no album at all — it’s a book — and you can tell people, “come on, man, don’t be a square, that’s my new album maaaaaaan.” You can do whatever you want because you’re Beck and even my mom knows who you are and is moved to tears in 30 seconds or less of hearing the opening track from Sea Change.

Now, Beck could do all the things listed above, if he wanted to. But Beck’s not that kinda guy; he doesn’t want to abuse the power the Gods of Indie Rock have given him. So he’s only done, say, half of the magical things on that list. (I’ll let you guess which ones.) And now he really is releasing that long-awaited new album as a book — well, a song reader, rather. What’s a song reader, you say? What are you, born after 1930? A song reader is — according to a press release — “an almost-forgotten form — twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.” So naturally Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, released in conjunction with (who else?) McSweeney’s is the rootin’ tootin’est song reader this side of World War I, complete with full color era-evocative illustrations, ukulele notations (when “necessary”), and a fancy hardcover carrying case. The song reader features 20 new Beck songs, plus illustrations from artists Marcel Dzama (who also arted on Beck’s Guero), Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, Leanne Shapton, and the always intriguing “many more.” There’s also an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, New York Times) and a foreword by Mr. Hansen himself. Beck Hansen’s Song Reader drops, in its 108 color illustrated paged glory, sometime in December.

• Beck: http://www.beck.com
• McSweeney’s: http://www.mcsweeneys.net

Pussy Riot trial concludes; members make closing statements

Russian punk band and political activist group Pussy Riot have been enduring a painfully fascist trial over their protest of Russian President Vladmir Putin, a now-infamous performance in Moscow’s main cathedral with the Pussy gals singing a prayer to Mary for the removal of Putin. Charged with “hooliganism” motivated by “religious hatred,” the activists were facing a maximum sentence of seven years for such shenanigans, though the prosecution was pushing for three years, describing their use of naughty words in church as “an abuse of God.” If that’s the case, Russia, then watch out, I’m a goddamned terrorist.

The trial as of yesterday has officially ended, and much to the surprise of Pussy Riot and their lawyers, the verdict has been delayed for another week. The band’s lawyers had been expecting a quick conviction for the full three-year sentence, but the judge’s delay in sentencing has offered a gleam of hope.

“To take a quick decision under such pressure is very dangerous for the authorities, so they’ve taken a time out,” lawyer Nikolai Polozov said. “No matter what the verdict is, we have won.”

Band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has described the charges as “political order for repression,” commented on the impending verdict, saying, “Even though we are behind bars, we are freer than those people.”

Media sources are attributing this potentially lighter sentence to the amount of media coverage and celebrity support of Pussy Riot. China has expressed their solidarity as well.

• Free Pussy Riot: http://www.freepussyriot.org

Cat Power pounces on North American audiences this fall

Meeeow! Calling all fans of pussy control, because Cat Power has just announced that she’ll be hitting the road this fall in support of her upcoming ninth LP, Sun. To be released September 4 on longtime label Matador, the record has two singles out so far: the previously announced “Ruin,” and the just-out ”Cherokee,” which boasts a bonus remix by Nicolas Jaar. As noted in the last piece to be published on TMT about Ms. Marshall, they both sound very Cat Power-y.

Once known for being an erratic mess on stage, much like a skittish feline, Chan Marshall has grown much more comfortable performing live in the last eight years or so, strutting across the stage like a prize-winning purebred. If her breathy vocals and polished production are your kind of thing, make sure and snag a ticket, as they’re likely to go fast. Most go on sale starting August 10.


10.11.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.13.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
10.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.22.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.23.12 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.24.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.27.12 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
11.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.03.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
11.04.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11.06.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

• Cat Power: http://catpowermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Austin Conroy]


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