Arcade Fire announce October release date for new record, admit guilt in burning of Montreal Biosphere

Arcade Fire announce October release date for new record, admit guilt in burning of Montreal Biosphere

The Arcade Fire burned down the Montreal Biosphere. This is a theory I’ve believed for a long time, but now I have my first shred of evidence on the subject. Before I get to it, though, let me mention that Consequence of Sound reports that Arcade Fire have announced an October 29 release date for their fourth record. The group revealed this information as a response to a fan’s tweet. OKAY, now here’s where the important information about the Montreal Biosphere begins. Included in the tweet announcing the release date was this horrifying image, portraying the ghoulish band standing in front of the Biosphere. If you ask me, this is damning evidence. Now, I don’t know how the band returned to May 20, 1976, the day the sphere burned, to commit this heinous act, but I’ll put that together later.

Perhaps clues to the band’s time crime will be found in this forthcoming record. To keep authorities off the trail, Arcade Fire recorded in a number of locations, including the DFA Studios in New York with James Murphy. Has Murphy long been an expert on time traveling, thus allowing his former band LCD Soundsystem to so accurately mimic a number of forgotten musical styles? It is unlikely, but possible. Last month, Revolt TV reported that the band would premiere a new song on September 9. Many criminals want only to be caught, so keep eyes and ears out for valuable information during this time. Lastly, the group premiered new material during a private concert at Montreal’s Breakglass Studios last December. Where are the people who attended the concert? Why do they maintain this silence? Good lord, this rabbit hole may be too deep for any of us to delve.

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Actress shirks the dramatics and reveals via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville

In the music world, when you’re an artist who’s built up a reputation, mystery tends to not pose any problems. It’s not necessary to point out the supplemental producer or engineering credits on an album. Nobody needs to know the elaborate setups used to crazily manipulate a sample, or even the length of time spent secluded in an urban apartment, frustratingly hissing at the sun whenever it peeked above the horizon and between skyscrapers. “Yeah, I actually survived on string cheese and toilet bowl water while composing this LP. That’s the degree to which it monopolized my being. It’s that good.” On the contrary, qualitative and stylistic consistency only requires the revealing of two things: the name of the album and when it’s coming out. I don’t even personally need to know the tracklisting beforehand, but I understand it to be a part of the minimum as well.

Speaking of the minimum, we still await the release date, but British producer Actress a.k.a. Darren Cunningham has unveiled via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville. Confident though we can be of its distinct and totally mind-bending sound, he’s offered a wheel-turning tidbit by placing the tracklisting in an image alongside that of 2008’s Hazyville (TMT Review). A sequel? A vinyl pressing? An inability to crop? Obligatory acquisition, regardless. We have our expectations.

Ghettoville tracklisting:

01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule

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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

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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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