Animal Collective come down with a case of déjà vu; all July tour dates postponed

Animal Collective come down with a case of déjà vu; all July tour dates postponed

You know those funky strains of influenza predictably referred to on the news as the next inevitable human-wiper-outers? Avian flu, swine flu, cockatoo flu, (separately) Paula Deen IBS, and the like? Well, hard-working epidemiologists don’t have a reason to spread the word amongst the general public, but I have it under secret authority that all of those illnesses got their animal-based names not from a biological adaptation, but because the members of arguably the most appreciated animal-friendly band out there right now, Animal Collective, are the only ones with that responsibility. The animal aspect is explicit. Recently, they’ve also shown a mildly disturbing habit of coming down with tour-disrupting maladies, so one can’t help but wonder if their side occupation of manufacturing diseases (and naming them) has finally gotten their better.

You need only go back to March of this year, when an Avey Tarian case of strep throat postponed a few dates, which (credit to the band) were rescheduled in exceedingly short order. Unfortunately, damn you coincidental occurrence of similar thing happening not too long after! A statement from AC themselves:

Hey AC fans,

Due to illness, we will unfortunately not be able to perform our upcoming July tour dates, including the Camp Bisco and Forecastle festivals. We deeply apologize and tried our best to make it work with an alternate set, but ultimately we didn’t feel like we were giving fans what they deserved from an Animal Collective show. We are working on rescheduling the non-festival dates as soon as possible. Again we send our sincerest apologies to fans anticipating these shows, especially considering the cancellations earlier this year.

Avey Tare, Deakin, Geoligist [sic], and Panda Bear

No sense in adding speculation to the “who” or “what” of the illness. I’m sure they’ll be back to their energetic, crowd-pleasing selves as quickly as possible.


07.11.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
07.12.13 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco
07.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW *
09.07.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.14.13 - Mexico City, MX - Ceremonia Festival
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.21.13 - Los Angeles,CA - Wiltern *
10.22.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.25-27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective:

Hookworms sign to Weird World to re-issue debut album, continue to sink creepy, microscopic teeth into intestinal walls of unsuspecting mammals

Hookworms are a psychedelic noise rock band that lives in Leeds, though they may also be found in the intestines of several species of large mammals, including dogs, cats, and certain humans. Hookworms are thought to infect as many as 200 million people in the United Kingdom alone, causing significant epigastric pains, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea — not to mention wanderings around museums wearing headphones — in those afflicted. Hookworms are taken very seriously by doctors the world over. According to several medical sources close to this author, “Hookworms are kinda gross,” and “have you seen a close up picture of one? They look like creepy goddamn aliens.”

Through a strange trick of evolution and the music industry, Hookworms managed to release an album entitled Pearl Mystic earlier this year on the UK label Gringo Records. In an attempt to spread their parasitic endeavor, Hookworms have now signed with Weird World Records, an imprint of Domino Records and the home of acts such as Peaking Lights and Washed Out. Through Weird World, the album will be made readily available to the minds and intestines of the rest of the world. This announcement was made through a previously un-observed hookworm behavior in which thousands of the tiny creatures temporarily exited their hosts and formed a human-shaped mass of writhing worm flesh that spoke in a low rasp. Those present for the announcement uniformly described the event as “pretty upsetting to watch” and are mostly all dead now.

Though death by the internal tearing caused by a writhing mass of hookworms is always unfortunate, those unlucky few were especially unlucky in this instance. They will never have the chance to see the September 3 release of Pearl Mystic on Weird World (September 2 in Europe). Nor will they have the chance to gaze upon the sophomore album from the band/parasite that should be available in the “not-too-distant future.” Personally, I find a fragment of consolation in the thought that those who have now moved on from our world might have at least pre-ordered the album from Weird World, as pre-orders are available now. And it is this writer’s sincere hope that while those victims of the writhing wormbeast drifted across the river Styx, they had the sounds of “Away / Towards,” from Pearl Mystic, echoing throughout their fading minds. Listen below so that if you too meet an untimely fate, you will go at least having heard this song.

Pearl Mystic tracklist:

01. Away / Towards
02. Form And Function
03. i
04. In Our Time
05. Since We Had Changed
06. Preservation
07. ii
08. What We Talk About
09. iii

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Your besties Andrew Pekler, Tom Carter, Decimus, Marcia Bassett, and Call Back the Giants contribute to a free compilation based on a J.G. Ballard story

If everybody in the world were like me, the professional world would basically be grinding to a halt for the next couple of hours because we would all be rocking back and forth at our desk jobs where we can’t listen to music, pulling at our hair, itching to get home so we can finally listen to this cool thing we just heard about on the internet. Much to my narcissistic chagrin (and, apparently, my mother’s delight) I am the only me, so the world will probably keep on spinning. However, that doesn’t mean other people might not also feel lead to shirk their professional responsibilities once they feel the gentle warmth of the knowledge bomb I’m about to drop.

Check it, nerds: a Greek music blog called Soundeyet has released a free compilation based on J.G. Ballard’s excellent short story “The Enormous Space,” and I am so far beyond stoked I’m coming around for a second pass. Though it is literally all Greek to me, and in spite of Google Translate’s constant attempts to further defamiliarize the English language, I can at least say for sure that the blog covers a wide range of interesting music, some of which will be familiar to TMT readers. For example, recent posts cover Alan Licht’s Four Years Older (TMT Review) and Urpf Lanze’s Procession of Talking Mirrors (Chocolate Grinder). The compilation itself boasts contributions from Andrew Pekler, Call Back the Giants, Locust, Marcia Bassett, and several others, all of whom provide music that seeks either to soundtrack a particular scene in Ballard’s story, or highlight the mood or atmosphere (check out the tracklisting below for a complete list of contributors.)

Regardless of whether you listen to this comp or not (though, if you don’t, you can consider this burgeoning internet friendship OVER), Ballard’s 1989 story is worth your time to an almost comical degree (Soundeyet posted a Scribd link if you’ve not yet had the pleasure of making the story’s acquaintance). It describes the personal dystopia of a recently divorced man who cuts himself off from the world by permanently holing up in his home, and it does what Ballard does best, by taking an interesting, if simple, premise to darkly surreal ends.

The Enormous Space tracklisting:

01. Expo ‘70, “Primitive Crystallized Hemisphere”
02. Mordant Music, “Martinique or Mauritius”
03. Locust, “Carpenter’s Interlude”
04. Alastair Galbraith, “A View To Endless Black”
05. Decimus, “The Letter Slot Rattles”
06. Troy Schafer, “Untitled”
07. Tom Carter & Barry Weisblat, “The Enormous Space”
08. Bridget Hayden, “Shipwrecked”
09. Call Back The Giants, “Cat Trap”
10. Migraine Inducers, “Sunset Gun / Smashed Milk”
11. Marcia Bassett, “The Enormous Space”
12. Andrew Pekler, “Sustain”

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Legendary Pink Dots tour in support of new album The Gethsemane Option, are legitimately legendary at this point

As the adage goes, you die a Legendary Pink Dot or you live long enough for a portion of your name to become literal. When the London-based experimental group started back in 1980, there was probably a tinge of irony to their name. Who are these youngbucks and where do they get off calling themselves legendary? After 33 years, The Legendary Pink Dots are kind of, sort of legitimately legendary. To tell it less charitably: they’re just long-lived and persistent. Let’s just stick with legendary, though.

A key piece of the Legendary Pink Dots legend is their massive discography, consisting of roughly 50 or 60 albums. It’s so massive, even The Legendary Pink Dots don’t know. Now, though, that discography has to be amended to 51 or 61 albums. The band’s newest record, The Gethsemane Option, is out now through Metropolis. Assumedly, the record went through a longer gestation period than usual, as the album was a year in the making. Do the math and you’ll see that you don’t get 50+ albums in 33 years by taking a year on each one. According to frontman Edward Ka-Spel, the record revolves around a central concept, BUT is not a concept album, because “concept albums were already passe in the 80s.” It is no longer the 80s.

To cement their legend in the North American territories, the band is going there on tour this fall. By starting in Vancouver, touring for roughly a month throughout the US and Canada, and finishing up in Seattle, the band will successfully create a circle around the area. From there, they will fill it with pink paint, transforming it into a pink dot many would consider legendary. They will also probably write a new record in that time. I mean, they’ve got to get to 52 or 62 records.

Legendary Pink Dots dates:

09.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
09.15.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
09.17.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.18.13 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
09.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
09.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
09.22.13 - Detroit, MI - TBA
09.23.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.25.13 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
09.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
09.28.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
09.29.13 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah @ Tremont
10.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.02.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
10.03.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
10.04.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
10.05.13 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
10.07.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
10.08.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.09.13 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy
10.10.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.11.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
10.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
10.16.13 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe

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• Metropolis Records:

Tropic of Cancer release new LP on Blackest Ever Black, ready their bat-driven carriage for European tour

Tropic of Cancer are the soundtrack to two synthpunk ice cubes falling in love in Nick Cave’s West Berlin refrigerator in 1987. Los Angeles-based Camella Lobo’s dark electronic project debuted in 2009 with the 10-inch single “The Dull Age” b/w “Victims” on the Downwards label. Since then, Tropic of Cancer have released 12-inches with cult labels Mannequin, Sleeperhold Publications, and a live split with HTRK on Ghostly International. Now they’re back with the band’s first-ever studio full-length, Restless Idylls, which drops September 23 via Blackest Ever Black.

Idylls is Tropic of Cancer’s return to the Blackest label, after the release of three-song EP The Sorrow of Two Blooms a while back. The new album will be available on LP, CD, and digital download. And to put the proverbial cherry on top of yer goth sundae, Blackest Ever Black is re-pressing The Sorrow of Two Blooms in August, plus a one-sided, limited edition 7-inch of album single “More Alone.” The band will tour Europe this fall, with Dva Damas as support on most dates. Tour wraps up at the Blackest Ever Black showcase in London, and the Unsound Festival in Krakow.

Restless Idylls tracklisting:

01. Plant Lilies at My Head
02. Court of Devotion
03. The Seasons Won’t Change (And Neither Will You)
04. More Alone
05. Children of a Lesser God
06. The Hardest Day
07. Wake the Night
08. Rites of the Wild


09.19.13 - London, UK - Boiler Room *
09.20.13 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club *
09.21.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns *
09.24.13 - Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree *
09.25.13 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz *
09.26.13 - Cologne, Germany - Tsunami Club *
09.27.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Catclub *
09.28.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw Amsterdam
09.29.13 - Njimegen, Netherlands - Merleyn Club *
10.01.13 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz *
10.03.13 - Torino, Italy - Stereo Live *
10.04.13 - Bologna, Italy - RoBOt Festival
10.05.13 - Milan, Italy - TBA *
10.06.13 - Rome, Italy - Teatro Lo Spazio *
10.08.13 - Paris, France - La Machine du Mouline Rouge *
10.09.13 - Padua, Italy - Pulse *
10.10.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog *
10.11.13 - Madrid, Spain - Siroco *
10.12.13 - London, UK - Blackest Ever Black Fest at Corsica Studios London *
10.13.13 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival

* Dva Damas

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• Blackest Ever Black:

kandodo to release sophomore album k2o on Thrill Jockey, water molecules rearrange themselves accordingly

Look, I might be your average kind of psych loving guy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have standards (slaps back of Ford pickup). These standards have been raised from the infertile soil to the tops of luscious mushrooms trees. And while I’ve been spending all this time harvesting this heavy psych mentality, I’ve come to know a good execution of the genre from a bad one (throws hay bale into back of truck).

(Scene change.) So when folks come asking around about what good kind of psychedelic music experience I would recommend to them, I look into their eyes and say (places clean dishes into dish drying rack), “this here ‘kandodo’ really seems to do the trick (holds up bottle of degreasing liquid).” And then I tell them, “the experience gained from being a member of The Heads really shows in the quality. Not to mention the (Simon P)rice is very reasonable.”

(Another scene change.) And it’s not even the great execution between Krautrock and stoner metal that really does it for me. Much like last year’s self-titled (TMT Review), it how wonderfully these things blend together, the builds and compositions. That’s the kind of magic that can only be made at the hands of a true expert. Go long, buddy! (throws football to son).

(Final scene.) So whether it’s that true drug heavy feeling or as that there press release says, “music that is at once infinite and immediate,” I’m sticking with kandodo, the household name I’ve come to know and trust (rubs face against toilet paper).

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