The Berg Sans Nipple are now “With Nipple” as they show excitement over new LP

The Berg Sans Nipple are now "With Nipple" as they show excitement over new LP

After five years of inactivity, drum-and-electronics duo The Berg Sans Nipple are returning to your consciousness with a new album, Build With Erosions, set for release through Team Love on March 15. The new album was written in brief and infrequent bursts as both members worked on songs in separate countries, allowing for music that could “transcend any sense of time or space,” as months and miles could pass before a song was completed.

“The fact that we made this record living in different countries changed a lot about the way we typically had worked together when we were both living in Paris,” said member Shane Aspergren, nipples pushing hard and tight against his t-shirt as he spoke. “When we were together, we still recorded ideas and constructed a lot of samples, extracting some of those small ideas and shaping them into something completely different. But we took more time to work separately on things before getting back together, which caused the recording sessions to be full of energy because of all the uncertainty and anticipation about what was going to happen.”

Aspergren also told me that the new record was informed by “gamelan, electronica, Afro Beat, post-punk, old-soul, dub, Ennio Morricone landscapes and hip-hop beats,” and was recorded in Paris with collaborator, touring partner, and Berg Sans Nipple personal “guru” Antoine Gaillet (M83, Zombie Zombie), before once again reminding me that he used to live in Paris.

As we wrapped up the conversation, I let Aspergren know that it was “a little cold in here” with a wink and a nod, and though he understood what I meant, he still paid no attention to the obviously aroused nipples beneath his shirt, even after on-lookers stopped to gaze at them. If we could judge an album’s worth simply by the excitement of its creators, then surely The Berg Sans Nipple and their upcoming album, Build With Erosions, would score an easy “A,” if only based on its nipple-raising notoriety.

• The Berg Sans Nipple:
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13 & God are back; four horsemen of the apocalypse ride to celebrate new album

The Anticon collective has been edging away from its hip-hop roots more and more these days, what with WHY?’s evolution into merely rap-inflected pop and the release of beat-centric quasi-chillwave Baths. Anticon’s genre-bending nature goes all the way back to 1999, but it was in 2005 that 13 & God made it all the more obvious. 13 & God combined Themselves (Adam “Doseone” Drucker, Anticon founder, plus Jeffrey “Jel” Logan and Dax Pierson) and German electronic group The Notwist (siblings Markus and Micha Archer, with Martin Gretschmann) for a self-titled album (TMT Review) that was nothing if not interesting as a sum of its parts.

After all this time, 13 & God have announced triumphantly that Anticon will release their sophomore full-length, Own Your Ghost, on May 17. For the new album, Doseone recruited Jordan Dalrymple from Subtle, and voilà: 13 & God become a “bona fide band,” that “[carves] out a genre that is distinctly theirs” — which was Anticon’s original intention as a label, wasn’t it…?

Own Your Ghost tracklisting:

01. Its Own Sun
02. Death Major
03. Armored Scarves
04. Janu Are
05. Old Age
06. Et Tu
07. Death Minor
08. Sure as Debt
09. Beat on Us
10. Unyoung

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Group Doueh tour Europe in May to minimize the number of ironic “Freebird” requests

After 27 years of roughin’ it in the Western Sahara, Group Doueh have had quite a good run these past few years, with three albums under their belt courtesy of Sublime Frequencies, a co-headlining tour with Omar Souleyman, and an invitation from none other than Animal Collective to play at their ATP. Now, using the ATP show as a springboard, Bamaar Salmou (simply known as Doueh) and his band comprised of mostly family members will be sporting their provincially inspired guitar wanderings to a vast European audience. On May 11, the band will embark on a European tour spanning the rest of the month and covering Britain as well as the mainland. According to the band’s PR they’ll be playing as a six-piece, with Doueh’s son on keyboard, wife Halima on vocals, and two backing vocalists/percussionists. Get ready for some sand in your boots, Europe, cause this is gonna be some serious desertification.


05.11.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
05.11.11 - Reading, UK - South Street Arts Centre
05.13.11 - London, UK - The Barbican
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.16.11 - TBD
05.17.11 - TBD
05.18.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.19.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
05.20.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Global
05.21.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Nefertiti Jazz Club
05.23.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo (Vaunusali)
05.25.11 - TBD
05.26.11 - TBD
05.27.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.28.11 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.11 - Lille, France - Aéronef Club

$ The Brothers Unconnected (Sir Richard and Alan Bishop)

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Matmos tour Europe with J. Lesser clad in suits of 14 karat gold; John Wiese opens

Matador Records’ Matablog (not to be confused with Matmos’ “Matmoblog,” which doesn’t exist, but should) claims that electronic duo Matmos are the best-dressed men in San Francisco. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but a Google search for Matmos does produce numerous images of two sharply dressed fellows, while doing the same for San Francisco just produces a bunch of bridges and houses. Weak threads, Frisco!

Matmos will be taking their excellent fashion sense (along with buddy J. Lesser, who shall be playing with them) all the way to Europe for a tour this May. Interestingly enough, John Wiese will be opening for most dates. Surely there will be a fair deal of speculation concerning the pair’s clothing choices, so let me shut that down right now: M.C. Schmidt will be wearing a three-piece suit made entirely of 14 karat gold, while Drew Daniel will be a little more modest with a simple slacks and button-up combination, albeit while wearing the gauntlet of a dead king.

Matmos dates:

05.14.11 - Glasgow, UK - Old Fruitmarket
05.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - MAC Art Centre *
05.17.11 - Belfast, UK - SARC *
05.18.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
05.19.11 - London, UK - Auto-Italia *
05.21.11 - Torino, Italy - Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
05.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti *
05.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv *
05.26.11 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique *
05.27.11 - Brussels, Belgium - VK * #
05.28.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires *
05.29.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Centraltheater *
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1 *

* John Wiese
# Oval

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The Octopus Project head out on West Coast tour, learn a thing or two opening for Devo

Austin, TX-based quintet The Octopus Project have been practically married to the road lately as they’ve traveled the country in support of their fourth album on Peek-A-Boo Records, Hexadecagon, and to make sure the marriage lasts, the band has announced a West Coast tour along with a handful of dates supporting Devo.

The band started their tour a few days ago, but lucky for you, the bulk of the dates can still be referred to in the future tense. The Project will be joined by surf-rockers Man or Astro-man on most of those dates, and then they will head back on the road in March to open for Devo. The Octopi got the gig as Devo’s opening act after Devo’s guitarist broke his hand at 2010’s Moogfest and The Octopus Project (who were also playing the show) were called in as a replacement backing-band. The two groups got along splendidly and one thing led to another, and now The Octopus Project are helping the devolutionists fill in the shows they had to reschedule because of the injury.

The Octopus tourdates:

02.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
02.23.11 - Portland, OR - The Doug Fir Lounge *
02.24.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
02.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
02.26.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo *
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
03.01.11 - Denver, CO - The Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
03.02.11 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad

Backing-up-Devo dates:

03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater &
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom &
03.18.11 - San Franciso, CA - Warfield Theatre &
03.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia &
03.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up &
03.25.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live &
03.27.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live &

* Man or Astro-man
& Devo

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• Peek-A-Boo:

Arcade Fire show off their Grammy and newsboys costumes to all of America on spring tour

BREAKING: did you hear that Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year?! Yes, fellow Katy Perry fans, I’m afraid to say they did, and to celebrate the victory Arcade Fire are traveling the US to show off the statue and rub the accolade in the face of every Eminem fanatic across the country.

The band, who won the award for last year’s Merge-distributed The Suburbs (TMT Review), have already ordered the construction of a Pope-mobile-style car that will caravan the award through all 50 states as it trails the band on their month-long tour. The award will also be on view at every gig, secured behind bullet-proof glass and two guard-tigers, spinning on a spot-lit marble rotunda.

Finally, as the ultimate commemoration, the award will be copied and mass-produced, then sent to the homes of every single person who bought the album, or watched the Grammys, because Arcade Fire are just so darn proud; also, they feel that the Grammy is unquestionable proof that indie rock never died.

The tour includes previously announced dates at Coachella, a three-night stand at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion, and an appearance at New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Arcade Fire’s Grammy presentation tourdates:

04.09.11 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center *
04.11.11 - Orem, UT - The UCCU Center *
04.13.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre *
04.14.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel *
04.16.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Convention Center
04.20.11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre **
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.24.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.25.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.27.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park **
04.28.11 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
04.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
05.03.11 - Austin, TX - The Backyard ****
05.04.11 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ****
05.06.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz and Heritage Festival

* Local Natives
** The National
*** Okkervil River
**** Explosions in the Sky

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