Aphex Twin to perform this month with Jonny Greenwood and Steve Reich

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Sinister-grinning electronician Aphex Twin is preparing to embark on two sure-to-be-jaw-dropping collaborative performances in Europe this month. The first takes place on Saturday September 10 as part of the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw alongside Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead guitarist, composer, duh) and composer Krzysztof Penderecki (interesting esoteric nugget: Penderecki’s compositions were recently performed by members of the Krakow orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York during the Unsound Festival opening night, which also featured Ben Frost!). Aphex Twin will perform his reworkings of Penderecki’s “Polymorphia” and “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.” This will be the world premiere of both compositions.

On September 17, the second collaboration at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in the Tinning Plant of ArcelorMittal, Kraków will consist of Aphex Twin performing as part of recently no-fly listed Steve Reich’s Reich 75 project, with the following collaborators: Adrian Utley of Portishead, Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, Tom Verlaine of Television, Leszek Moz.dz.er, Pianohooligan (a.k.a. Piotr Orzechowski), and Envee. According to Warp Records, this is a one-off performance and will never be repeated again.

• Aphex Twin: http://www.drukqs.net
• Warp: http://www.warp.net

Odd Future gets series on Adult Swim, where they show Sealab 2021 and The Brak Show

Every Sunday night, Cartoon Network becomes a different place. The family-friendly channel known for Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls becomes a wonderland for grown folks, known as Adult Swim. Anchored by black-and-white footage of old people swimming and short clips of Aquaman dancing, the block features modern classics like Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, Home Movies, and Cowboy Bebop, along with original programs The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. While this foray into adult-oriented programming may make parents uneasy, it is clear that the Adult Swim is an emerging brand with a bright future.

No television block can expand without fresh programming, though. With this is mind, the Adult Swim folks are taking a big leap by announcing Loiter Squad, a program from California hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (henceforth to be referred to as simply Odd Future). Though the majority of Odd Future’s members are roughly 10 years old as of this writing, the group will create a program consisting of sketches, man on the street portions, prank clips, and segments focusing on their music. Producing the show is Dickhouse Entertainment, who are responsible for current cultural phenomenon Jackass. Oddly, the show will be live action, seemingly a first for Cartoon Network. Still, if anyone can smash the rules of Cartoon Network’s current iteration, it’s Odd Future. Maybe one of them will even win a VMA one day.

• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com
• Adult Swim: http://www.adultswim.com

Lou Reed and Metallica reveal Lulu details and single-handedly change the face of [this one news story] forever

Listen up, Jack White, Flaming Lips, et al. Here’s how the pros engage in PR-drunk, crack-pot collaborations. First off, you probably remember from that one time you were on the internet that Lou Reed (you know, art-rocky Velvet Underground guy? Kinda looks like Anthony Bourdain? Can’t sing too well anymore?) has joined forces with Metallica (you know, the only metal band ever?) to record a collaborative album after jamming together at 2009’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert. Yeah, apparently, Metallica passed the expert-musician test by successfully playing the “Sweet Jane” riff on guitar, but anyway….

So the icons hooked up later like some kind of avant-metal megazord to record what would become Lulu, an album based on a series of songs Reed wrote for American avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson and German theater group The Berliner Ensemble’s production of The Lulu Plays, which is a totally for-real thing that premiered in April at the theater that fucking Bertolt Brecht founded in Berlin. The songs themselves were inspired by German expressionist Frank Wedekind’s early-20th-century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, as well as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Which, okay, sure. German guy? Poe? That doessound pretty art-metal.

Anyway, long and ridiculous story short, now the thing is done and it’s being released on November 1 in the US via Warner Brothers and (hold your LOLs) on Halloween (October 31) everywhere else by Vertigo Records. Co-produced by Reed, Metallica, Greg Fidelman, and Hal Willner (who has produced a few of Reed’s past albums, Marianne Faithfull, and Laurie Anderson), the album contains such delicious track titles as “Mistress Dread,” “Iced Honey,” and “Junior Dad,” the last of which apparently clocks-in at over 19 minutes in length, because, duh, all serious music is long. And Lulu is serious as a heart attack, according to Reed. “We had to bring Lulu to life in a sophisticated way, using rock,” he says. “And the hardest power rock you could come up with would have to be Metallica […] We played together, and I knew it: dream come true. This is the best thing I ever did.” Hear that, everyone? BEST THING HE EVER DID.

Lulu tracklisting:

01. Brandenburg Gate
02. The View
03. Pumping Blood
04. Mistress Dread
05. Iced Honey
06. Cheat On Me
07. Frustration
08. Little Dog
09. Dragon
10. Junior Dad

• Metallica: http://www.metallica.com
• Lou Reed: http://www.loureed.com
• Lou’tallica: www.loureedmetallica.com

Steve Reich emphasizes smoke, not terrorism with updated album cover

As we recently mentioned, Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11 is due out September 20 on Nonesuch Records and has been an item of great controversy ever since its cover image was unveiled. The image, which previously featured a grim portrayal of the infamous second plane headed for the already smoking towers, disturbed, upset, and repulsed many onlookers (Phil Kline even commented that the artwork was “the first truly despicable classical album cover” that he had ever seen). Shame on you, Steve Reich! Too soon! And it was a bright, clear day on 9/11; those post-apocalyptic murky clouds are just inaccurate. Bah.

After long and tireless debate, Reich hoisted a white rag in his announcement to change the image so that the controversy did not overshadow the music itself. It may be too late for that, however.

The replacement image has now been released to the public’s eyes and features a less-metal photograph of smoke, which I believe is also the cover of this week’s New York Magazine. NPR decided to go the mature route and feature a full stream of the album accompanied by the new artwork without mentioning the previous cover art debacle. Republicans are now attempting to cut government funding for NPR because of their cooperation with anti-patriot Reich.

• Steve Reich: http://www.stevereich.com
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

CAVE to tour the Earth’s core in support of new album Neverendless

In celebration of their upcoming album Neverendless, to be released by Drag City on September 20, Chicago-based krautrockers (in style only) CAVE will be launching a fairly extensive tour, beginning with a release show in their native city on September 15. Neverendless is the full-length follow-up to last year’s Pure Moods EP (TMT Review). The tour itself will take the band to such exotic and sporadically-frequented locales as Monson, ME, Carbondale, IL, and Northfield, MN. Regardless of whether or not you’ve heard of these cities, it’s important to note that the members of CAVE have; so if you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey! I’m pretty sure I live Maine!” or something similar, get your ass on Google Maps and search for the relevant venue.

Personally, I’m greatly appreciative of any artist or label that scrounges together the cash needed to visit less musically renown towns. I sometimes wonder: if I chose to abandon life in the big city in exchange for a more meditative experience along the mountains of Iceland, how would I get my fix of live music? I no longer need to worry. CAVE will be there, sooner or later.

Dates:

09.15.11 - Chicago, IL - TBA (Neverendless Release Show)
09.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Brilliant Corners
09.17.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
09.18.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
09.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts and Labour
09.20.11 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
09.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal - Il Motore *
09.22.11 - Monson, ME - Outdoor BBQ
09.23.11 - Boston, MA - Wherehouse
09.24.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Live with Animals
09.25.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
09.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
09.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
09.29.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar
09.30.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
10.01.11 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
10.02.11 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
10.03.11 - Charleston, SC - Tin Roof
10.04.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar
10.05.11 - West Palm Beach, FL - The Snooze
10.06.11 - Gainesville, FL - Boca Fiesta
10.07.11 - Lakeland, FL - Evolution Records
10.08.11 - Tampa, FL - New World Brewery
10.09.11 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
10.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.11.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
10.12.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
10.13.11 - Carbondale, IL - Skihouse
10.14.11 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cheroke
10.15.11 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Medusa
11.09.11 - Northfield, MN - The Cave (Carleton College)
11.11.11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
11.17.11 - Seattle, WA - The Comet
11.19.11 - Portland, OR - East End
11.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace
12.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern

* Liturgy

• CAVE: http://www.myspace.com/realreelpro
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Raleigh Moncrief to release Watered Lawn on anticon., takes opportunity to demonstrate how much cooler than you he is

Fancily named Raleigh Moncrief (not “Moncrief the 3rd,” somehow) has officially been signed to anticon. After establishing himself as an important behind-the-scenes player over the last few years — playing guitar on tour with Marnie Stern, releasing obscure vinyl releases with Zach Hill, earning a co-producer credit on the 2009 Dirty Projector’s album Bitte Orca — the California-based artist/producer’s anticon. signing comes in preparation of the release of his solo outing, Watered Lawn, out October 25.

Joining likeminded artists Baths and Dosh, Moncrief’s debut should fit in nicely with the label’s current roster of artists riding the chillwave of slightly hard-edged yet dreamy electronica that’s all the rage right now. Get ready to say you knew of him when!

Watered Lawn tracklisting:

01. The Air
02. A Day to Die
03. I Just Saw
04. In This Grass
05. Cast Out for Days
06. Lament for Morning
07. The Right Idea
08. Don’t Shoot
09. Time Passed By
10. Waiting for My Brothers Here
11. Mothers

• Raleigh Moncrief: http://raleighmoncrief.net
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com