Architecture in Helsinki announce US tour with DOM, using multiple exclamation points

Architecture in Helsinki announce US tour with DOM, using multiple exclamation points

These are difficult economic times for the United States and its citizens. Unemployment has hovered around 9% for months. Our infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. The homeless man who hangs out by that Mexican fast-food restaurant seems to have completely given up… on trying to keep his pants hoisted. Such a disheartening environment can naturally only be remedied by one thing: an escapist foray into the inimitably cheerful land of twee with Architecture in Helsinki!

Beginning November 2, the band from Down Under will be touring the US alongside the equally sprightly DOM, in a synergistic attempt to lift everyone’s spirits. And if your spirits are already lifted, they will be lifted even further, until the unmistakable spirit of musical euphoria has wafted over you and elevated your metaphysical presence to heights rivaled only by the most potent entactogen. Or you might just get really pissed off. It depends on your frame of mind.


11.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey Theatre * !
11.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore * !
11.04.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre !
11.05.11 - Mexico City, MX - El Plaza Condesa *
11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.07.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s * #
11.09.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder * #
11.10.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central * #
11.11.11 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar * #
11.12.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade * #
11.14.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle * #
11.15.11 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club * #
11.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * #
11.17.11 - Boston, MA - Royale * #
11.18.11 - New York City, NY - Irving Plaza * #
11.19.11 - Alfred, NY - Alfred College * #
11.20.11 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College - * #
11.21.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro * #
11.22.11 - St Paul, MN - Macalaster College * #

! The Sandwitches

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang expand fall tour, conquer more random-sounding venues

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang continue their march across the Southern and mid-Atlantic portions of the United States to bring you a fresh slice of the finest country-tinged folk warbling around, probably with a few tracks from the upcoming Bonnie album on each setlist.

Joining Bonnie & The Gang at most of the shows will be The Phantom Family Halo, whom BPB teamed up with to release a limited-edition 10-inch called The Mindeater earlier this year on Sophomore Lounge Records. While the SLR site lists the limited-to-1000 release as sold out, one hopes they have a few of the opaque blue and/or special ‘haze’ colored pressings for sale on the tour. Or, for all of you who aren’t obscure vinyl fetishists, just wait for the CD version to be released on Partisan Records sometime later this year.

To find out what Will Oldham’s facial hair is currently up to, make sure and check him and the gang out at one of their upcoming shows.

09.27.11 - Nelsonville, OH - Stuart’s Opera House ^
09.28.11 - York, PA - Capitol Theater ^
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Hall *
10.02.11 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere ^
10.04.11 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre ^
10.05.11 - Marshall, NC - Marshall High Studios ^
10.06.11 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox ^
10.09.11 - Louisville, KY - The Clifton Center

^ Phantom Family Halo
* Shellac, The Album Leaf, more

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• Phantom Family Halo:
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Silent Barn benefit comp on sale now, with exclusives from Aaron Dilloway, Excepter, Fossils, and 40 others

After a robbery back in July forced Silent Barn to close its doors, the future of the Queens D.I.Y. venue seemed bleak. However, support for the performance space/art gallery/independent video game arcade/zine library/artist residence stretches far beyond the Ridgewood neighborhood, and last Monday Silent Barn reached its Kickstarter goal of $40,000. If you haven’t already donated, you have until September 18 to do so, and now there’s a new way to help out: purchase a special Silent Barn benefit compilation from the Obsolete Units label!

The album features new and exclusive tracks from 43 different artists of the noise persuasion, including Aaron Dilloway, Telecult Powers, Andy Ortmann (Panicsville), Ben Miller, Phil Julian (cheapmachines), Millions, MV Carbon, Tom Smith (To Live and Shave in L.A.), Bunnybrains, C. Spencer Yeh, Excepter, The Tenses (members of Smegma), Pregnant Spore, Chapels, Cellular Chaos, Mike Shiflet, Derek Rogers, Long Distance Poison, Id M Theft Able, WZT Hearts, and Fossils, plus album artwork by the esteemed Graham Lambkin.

The Noise from Ridgewood is currently available for digital download, and a limited number of CDs (which include extra inserts, artwork, and handmade packaging) will be available October 1. All proceeds will go directly to Silent Barn. Information about future plans can be found on the Kickstarter page.

[Disclosure: the owner of Obsolete Units freelances for Tiny Mix Tapes]

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DOOM and Masta Ace finish joint album! (They call themselves MA DOOM, instead of my much cooler idea: DOOm fACE)

Even though the man puts down projects like I put down 24-packs, for some reason nobody bothered to see what hip-hop mastermind (MF) DOOM has been up to lately. But according to Brooklyn emcee Masta Ace’s Twitter account, he and DOOM have been finalizing a new collaboration album for “4ever.” According to HipHopDX, the joint project is called MA DOOM, and the resultant album is entitled Son of Yvonne. Man, don’t you just love how DOOM’s name makes every collaboration sound instantly badass?

Apparently, DOOM doesn’t provide any verses on the new album, though he does handle all of the beats. Yesterday, Masta Ace confirmed that he “handed in” the project, but there’s no sign yet of label or release dates. So… yeah, I got nothing else. Oh! But, in the mean time, Masta Ace also announced recently that he’ll be releasing a 10th anniversary reissue of Disposable Arts that will feature re-recorded album tracks with a full live band! Although, there’s actually no release date set for that either. Fuck. So… everybody sit by your computer hitting the refresh button for the next few weeks. And when you find out what the deal is with these projects, write up a good story and slap my name on it. Sound good? I’m going to get a 24-pack.

• Masta Ace:

A Winged Victory for the Sullen to provide tie-wearing music, tie-wearing live dates

When I listen to the music of beloved drone duo Stars of the Lid, I feel the need to put on a tie. My usual attire of cut-off shorts and “Big Dog” t-shirts just never seems appropriate for the beautiful, austere music of the Austin-originated group. At the very least, I need a tie and suit jacket. But Stars of the Lid haven’t put out a record since 2007’s And Their Refinement of the Decline (TMT Review) and, as such, my ties have gathered dust and my “Big Dog” shirts are getting ratty and faded. Please, someone deliver me the classy music I desire.

My wish has been granted, and with swiftness! While the estimated release date for a new Stars of the Lid record is still a string of question marks followed by a triangle (scientists are currently attempting to decode the triangle’s meaning), Stars member Adam Wiltzie has a new project with composer Dustin O’Halloran. This new drone-tastic duo possesses the rather lengthy moniker of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and they have a self-titled record coming out through Kranky on September 12. I know, the question at hand: is it classy? Oh boy! It is classy. Listen to “Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears” at the duo’s website and prove me right.

While I love being able to put on my finest tie and jacket at home, something’s missing from the equation until I have a suitable occasion to head out in my fancy garb. Thank the heavens and the earth, such an occasion is soon to come, as A Winged Victory for the Sullen will be going on tour this fall. All those classy dates will be supported by similarly classy Kranky artists Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden. Early word has it that Pioulard will be dressed to the nines, while Camden will be trying to pass off a tuxedo t-shirt as fancy. Come on, Camden.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen dates (all w/ Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden):

10.29.11 - Phildelphia, PA - St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
10.30.11 - New York City, NY - West Park Presbyterian Church
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
11.02.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum
11.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House
11.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
11.10.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

• A Winged Victory for the Sullen:
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Warner Bros./Reprise Records lay off top-level execs and hope that saves them

As if anyone needed more evidence that the record industry was in trouble, last week Warner Brothers-owned label Reprise Records laid off some of its Senior Vice Presidents in the promotions department. Founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra, today Reprise is home to artists such as Eric Clapton, Green Day, Devendra Banhart, and Oasis. According to Billboard, among those let go were Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob Weil, Warner VP of Pop Radio Promotion Ken Lucek, and Reprise VP of Alternative Promotion Lynn McDonnell.

The layoffs come two months after Warner Bros. was purchased by Len Blavantnik’s Access Industries and Stephen Cooper was newly appointed CEO. Upon leaving, long-time staff member Rittberg sent out an inspirational email to the staff, waxing nostalgic about a golden age in the industry: “Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. […] I will always remember my lunch with [legendary Warner President] Mo Ostin when I got the job ‘down the hall’ to run Reprise. He told me stories about Sinatra starting Reprise and how the first rock signings were Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks. It’s that spirit — of trying to forge new ground — that I will always carry with me in my next endeavor.”

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