Beck lines up night of stars to play sheet-music-only album Song Reader for the first time

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Remember earlier this month when we told you that Beck would be spending his summer playing a series of shows to preview tracks from an as-yet-untitled upcoming acoustic record? Well, we’ve got one more date, courtesy of Stereogum, to insert into the mix. On July 4, while TMT’s US staff and readers will be spending the day celebrating AMERICA, Beck, known scientologist, will be across the pond yucking it up in jolly ol’ England playing the songs from his sheet-music-only ‘album’ Song Reader. Delivered to fans last year, all of whom flipped through it and arched an eyebrow like, “WTF,” will have their first, and at this point only, opportunity to hear Song Reader’s tracks played and sung by Beck himself.

Though, who knows — the London show has a bevy of mostly European guests already attached to it, so it’s possible the night might end up being some kind of Beck-hosted good time jamboree featuring a series of acts doing their best Beck impression, one after the other (think a lot of shamble-shuffles, almost-playing-a-harmonica movements, and too-short pants). Ed Harcourt and Dave Coulter, who can be seen here performing a track from Song Reader, will serve as the musical directors for the event, while Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jarvis Cocker, among others, will be on hand to help bring Beck’s up-to-this-point Beck-less tunes to life. Let’s hope they all know how to read sheet music.

More special guests are yet to be named; there are 20 songs to Song Reader, so look for 20 special guests? In the meantime, a recap of Beck’s upcoming schedule is below.

05.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
07.02.13 - Paris, France - Days Off Festival
07.04.13 – London, UK – Barbican &
07.27.13 - Wantagh, NY - Americanarama Festival *
07.28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.30.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
08.02.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ^
08.04.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn) ^

& Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beth Orton, Joan As Police Woman, Michael Kiwanuka, The Villagers’ Conor J. O’Brien, The Guillemots, The Staves, James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail
* Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham
^ Electric, not acoustic

• Beck: http://www.beck.com

Fuck Buttons set to release Slow Focus on July 23; [*sex joke*]

It’s been more than three years since Tarot Sport (TMT Review). The Fuck Buttons’ last album maintained a somewhat unplaceable grace — a visceral charm equal parts geometry and fluidity. It was left-field dance music devoid of utility and set alive with exaggeration. Centered about a motorik axis, Tarot Sport’s tracks unraveled, rewound, coiled, and blossomed, a collection of serpentine trajectories born from a single pathway of unremitting linear progression.

Having previously “used producers as safety nets,” the duo have decided to go it solo on Slow Focus, ultimately making the decision to place engineering and producing responsibilities squarely on themselves. Well, they’re out there now, creatively naked as it were, with a retooled vision and a touch of wisdom under their belts. The final product remains to be heard, but I assume that it will be a droney, percussiony, post-rocky, noisey affair. Hell, that ought to be the album’s tag-line (nudge, nudge).

Slow Focus will hit shelves July 23 via ATP Records.

Slow Focus tracklisting:

01. Brainfreeze
02. Year of the Dog
03. The Red Wing
04. Sentients
05. Prince’s Prize
06. Stalker
07. Hidden XS

• Fuck Buttons: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuck-Buttons/328461343853034
• ATP Records: http://www.atpfestival.com/recordings.php

Raspberry Bulbs releasing new album on Blackest Ever Black, arguments ensue among genrefication obsessives

What the hell is Raspberry Bulbs? It’s not a punk band, and it’s not a metal band, but it could be some kind of loping, deformed offspring of the two genres. It is important to note that it is certainly not a black metal band. There is screaming here, and riffage, and banging (most any way you can interpret that), all presented in a lovely shade of pink that’s just this side of garish. This calming hue is accompanied by images of monstrosities, religious iconography and naked men. It’s also a solo act, the creative force behind it being one M. del Rio, possibly better know as He Who Crushes Teeth from Bone Awl.

It’s all mixed-up and strange and sends uncomfortable, ticklish messages to previously dormant parts of your brain. Its label pedigree speaks to Raspberry Bulb’s potential, though; its first full-length was on Hospital Productions and its upcoming sophomore album is on Blackest Ever Black. This new piece of possibly fruit-flavored not-black-metal is called Deformed Worship; locate and sign Blackest Ever Black’s “hearing loss waiver,” then check the track “Groping the Angel’s Face” below.

If that is your brand of pain, navigate your now-bleeding audio-receptors over to B.E.B and drop in a pre-order. Also, get some cotton balls and jam them in your ear canals: it will help stop the blood-loss.

Deformed Worship tracklisting:

01. Cracked Flesh
02. Lusty Climbing
03. When a Lie Becomes the Truth
04. Before Man
05. Standing in Line
06. By the Root
07. Groping the Angel’s Face
08. Wild Inside
09. I Was Wrong

• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com

Moderat embrace premature aging with new album II; full details announced!

I’ve had an itch in the back of my mind, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t stem from an undiagnosed brain disease. Amorphous though itches may tend to be, this one has a distinct alphanumeric form to it — the letters M-O-D are clearly carved out, as if Modeselektor and Moderat (the former + Apparat) have been engaging in some sort of rhythmic demonry, trying to coax my concerted exploration of their music. Then, once I’ve thoroughly delved, the imprint inside my skull will diminish to a shade, control will be relinquished, and I can go back to lounging around in my undies, content that I’m now fully acquainted with two of Germany’s most talked-about electronic outfits. I keep hearing about them, anyway.

The impulse to delve couldn’t have come at a better time, as Moderat have just announced the full details of their sophomore LP II, due out August 6 on the Modeselektor-run imprint Monkeytown, as well as some celebratory European tourdates around its release. Check out the standard CD tracklist below, though be advised that the album will released in four editions: as a standard CD, deluxe CD, standard LP, and deluxe LP. The deluxe versions differ from their standard counterparts by way of their distinct cover art and (obviously) longer tracklistings, while the tracklistings vary slightly across the CD and vinyl releases.

Recording took six “intense” months, and the trio admit to having “aged about 10 years while making” the album. Crow’s feet be damned!

II tracklisting:

01. The Mark (Interlude)
02. Bad Kingdom
03. Versions
04. Let in the Light
05. Milk
06. Therapy
07. Gita
08. Clouded (Interlude)
09. Ilona
10. Damage Done
11. This Time

Dates:

08.02.13 - London, UK - Eastern Electrics Festival
08.03.13 - Crimea, Ukraine - Kazantip Republic
08.10.13 - Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne
08.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
08.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.24.13 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka

• Moderat: http://moderat.fm
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com

Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja collaborate on score for tax documentary; “Massive Head” still free for use as a band name

So, there’s an ongoing debate, or peripheral conversation, about which city is the financial capital of the world: New York City or London. If the use of the word “financial” just now caused you to focus intently on the little hairs sprouting above your knuckles, it’s understandable. That shit is boring. There’s an inherent quality within finance and taxes that has the capacity to bore the bejesus out of most people, and some people within the industry are counting on your disinterest in order to screw you royally, as well as the country you’re living in, and probably cute little kittens too.

One such royal screwing happens to involve tax avoidance, whereby those with the means go to sometimes-elaborate measures in order to avoid paying their taxes in full. Some of this is legal. Some of it isn’t. All of it makes you want to smear caviar in a rich person’s face, no?

Adding some intrigue to what otherwise could be considered a dull topic are Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, who recently collaborated on the score to The UK Gold, a documentary about the history of tax avoidance, and which follows an English vicar as he embarks “on an odyssey to understand how London remains the financial capital of the world,” according to director Mark Donne. Given their outspokenness on various political issues, Yorke’s and Naja’s involvement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. No alarms, either.

The documentary will premiere on June 25 at the Troxy Theatre in London as a part of the East End Film Festival. According to Rolling Stone, a musical performance from a “secret act” is scheduled to immediately follow. Shall we venture a guess?

• Massive Attack: http://www.massiveattack.co.uk
• Atoms for Peace: http://atomsforpeace.info

Pharmakon tours with Swans, offers new track “Ache” for streaming. Is it “super poppy”? Click to find out!

What’s up, manggg!? Thanks for reading! It’s your fav News Donkey, NOBODADDY here, comin’ atcha LIVE from his mo-fuckin’ DESK! All to tell you “hot-off-dem-presses” about a couple-a new bits of Pharmakon newsy-news! Just gotta warn ya in-advance, dog; This. Shit. Is. Too. Hot. Too. H.a.n.d.l.e! Can I get an “Arrrrrrrrroooooooooooooogggggggggaaaaaaaaaaa!”???

Ha. Naw, just kidding. That’s not how I talk. Can you imagine? And this Pharmakon stuff is all pretty normal stuff. It’s just that Margaret Chardiet (“Pharmakon” to people who don’t know her) just got added to a few shows with Michael Gira’s Swans project, and she put up a new track for streaming to celebrate it, that’s all. (Heck, wouldn’t you if you were her? It’s fairly cool news.) Anyway, the new track is called “Ache,” and it comes from her impeccably well-reviewed (I’m not allowed to listen to music at work) album Abandon, which came out recently on Sacred Bones. As for Swans, they’re touring to promote their own (admittedly kinda impressive) still-being Swans. So yeah, I mean, everything’s kosher here. And, you know, as usual, here’s an embedded SoundCloud player with the song stuck in it, followed by those dates I was just talking about. Well, have a good one.

Sincerely,

Nobodaddy, News Writer
Tiny Mix Tapes, LLC

05.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY – The Rink
05.31.13 - Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas at Red 7
06.03.13 - Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves
06.04.13 - Little Rock, AK – Downtown Music Hall
06.05.13 - Chattanooga, TN – Sluggos North
06.06.13 - Atlanta, GA – 529
06.07.13 - Asheville, NC – Static Age Records
06.08.13 - Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
06.09.13 - Washington, DC – Black Cat
06.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly- Northside Festival
06.19.13 - San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
06.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA – Complex
06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA – The Lab
06.23.13 - Seattle, WA – Narwal $
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07.22.13 - Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House *
07.23.13 - Newport, KY – Southgate House *
07.24.13 - Columbus, OH – The Bluestone *
07.25.13 - Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom *
07.26.13 - Buffalo, NY – Trafl Music Hall *

* Swans

• Pharmakon: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pharmakon
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

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