Bhob Rainey’s BSC to release Manual book/album in late October — if you read this article

Bhob Rainey's BSC to release Manual book/album in late October — if you read this article

Celebrated saxophonist and improviser Bhob Rainey (nmperign) has announced a new album and book release by his eight-member electroacoustic ensemble, The BSC. The album/book Manual will focus on the improvisational nature of The BSC, both within the musical group and outside The BSC, including topics “ranging from genealogy to architecture, the boundaries of sense to the benefits of failure, flows of energy to bouts of guilt,” according to the press release.

The album is comprised of three extended improvisations over the course of six years for The BSC (Bhob Rainey, Mike Bullock, James Coleman, Chris Cooper, Greg Kelley, Vic Rawlings, Howard Stelzer, and Liz Tonne), each significantly unique and showcasing the variety of the ensemble’s talents. The book consists of contributions ranging from analytic evaluations on improvisation to prose poetry from five writers: BSC bassist Mike Bullock, Cornell University classicist Aaron P. Tate, Galaxie 500 alum Damon Krukowski, percussionist Ben Hall, and BSC founder and front man Bhob Rainey.

The release date is still to be determined, but Manual has a rumored arrival in late October.

• Bhob Rainey:

RIP: Vesta Williams, R&B singer

From The Huffington Post:

Vesta Williams, the 80’s diva known for her powerful voice, was found dead in her California hotel room last night, according to reports. Though news sources have reported the singer was 48 years old, Williams can be seen in a 2010 interview saying she was 53.

Williams scored a big hit with “Congratulations,” a song about a woman who is distraught upon learning that her former lover is getting married. “Congratulations,” with its vocal acrobatics and dramatic story, became a talent show staple.

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Facebook announces real-time music discovery feature, only no one can find it ‘cause now the feed’s all janky

September 22, 2011. A day that shall live in infamy? Nope. The day Skynet became aware? Probably not. The day the internet changed the way Mr P thinks about muffins? Sorry, already happened with Google Buzz. The day after tomorrow? Come on, dude, no. September 22 is clearly famous for being the day that Facebook announced, after months of swirly-dwirly hypnagogic fever-dream rumors, the details of how its new music piddly little music feature thingy will work. Here’s a hint: it involves sharing the music you listen to online.

As you may have noticed and had a subsequent knee-jerk negative reaction to because you’re lame, Facebook up and changed some shit the other day. And, as Consequence of Sound reports, part of that polarizing news feed lube job includes the allowance of Facebook’s 800 million users to “share and discover music in realtime” using that annoying little ‘ticker’ thing that is in the right corner. Basically, when a Facebook user connects their music service of choice (Spotify, Rhapsody, VEVO,,, what-have-you) with their Facebook, Facebook will display the song currently being listened to by that user in his/her ticker feed. Then, other users will see that hip, taste-making shit in their own ticker and they can connect to their respective music service and listen along to that song in realtime. Get it? It’s like watching hot co-eds through a locker room peep hole; only way less sexist, offensive, and misogynistic. Anyway, take it away Zuckerberg: “The key to music isn’t blocking songs, it’s to discovering more music than you’d ever thought you wanted to buy — through your friends,” he says. As true today as when it was written… but the fun doesn’t stop there. The same sharing principles apparently will soon apply to videos, news stories, recipes, and more, which should keep the internet free from productivity and free thought for some time to come. Whew.

Still confused? Check out CNET’s live blog of all the changes in f8. Or, if you’re a Facebook user, Myspace Tom can clear it up for you.

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The Twilight Sad announce new album No One Can Ever Know, share a free track. This is rad.

This morning I woke up to sporadic drizzle and fog so thick I could hardly see the trees outside my window — probably weather The Twilight Sad would dig. The gloomy Scottish rockers just announced their third full-length album, No One Can Ever Know, following up their last one from way back in 2009, Forget the Night Ahead (TMT Review), and according to the band’s press release, “No One Can Ever Know marks a sonic shift for The Twilight Sad…with moments reminiscent of the most innovative offerings of Depeche Mode, The Cure, or even Nine Inch Nails.”

“Kill It In The Morning” is currently available as a free download on the band’s website, and the track certainly shows off this electro-goth direction. The first single, “Sick,” will see a November 15 digital release, and the LP is due out February 2012 on FatCat Records. Tracklist forthcoming.

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• FatCat:

Absolutely Kosher Records halts production indefinitely

This sucks. Absolutely Kosher — the excellent off-center indie rock label formed in 1998 that fostered a hell of a lot of great 00s bands in their pre-stardom years (Frog Eyes, Xiu Xiu, Sunset Rubdown, The Wrens, The Mountain Goats) — is saying goodbye to record-making for the time being, due to financial bullshit. Label owner Cory Brown posted a statement about the decision on the label’s website:

After 13 years, Absolutely Kosher will cease to release records for the foreseeable future. We’ve got one more album to share with the world before scaling back the operation to just administer our catalog. It’s by a Canadian artist called Himalayan Bear and the album is called Hard Times. No, the irony isn’t lost on me.

We should’ve been celebrating the label’s bar mitzvah this year, but it’s not to be. I wish I could tell you there’s a grand plan, a new chapter waiting to be written, but the truth is, we’ve been struggling for years and the only thing on my plate right now is to eliminate our debts and rejuvenate my spirits. We’ve made all sorts of adaptive changes at the label over the last several years, many of them yielding some positive results, but none at the scale and speed we need them to be at.

I got the chance to briefly chat with Brown at a record fair a few years ago, and he came across as a really smart, nice dude, and the fact that the artists on Absolutely Kosher were never really bound by any contract says a lot about the label’s generosity. Here’s hoping things turn around for them soon.

• Absolutely Kosher:

The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music Series brings John Maus, Oneohtrix Point Never, Grouper, Peaking Lights to Chicago next week; how fast can you get here?

As a Chicagoan, I’ve got it easy. Pretty much every major or minor tour comes through here; big-ass fests are go-down blocks from my house annually; and I have plenty of shitty baseball teams on which to to take out my personal frustrations and shortcomings. So when I see a thing in the local press about London’s The Wire bringing their ninth annual Adventures in Modern Music series back to the Windy City for five days of “outsider sounds” at venues that I could throw a rock at from my street and hit with ease, I’m just like “oh, cool. Maybe I’ll go to that shit. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the Bears game… those fucking bums.”

But for anyone who doesn’t have my good fortune and can’t get enough glitches in their synths and synths in their glitches, I say get the hell over here right away. “Adventures in Modern Music: A Five Day Celebration of Outsider Sounds” kicks off next Wednesday (September 28) and runs through Sunday, October 2. It features a whole deep dish pizza-load of rare performances by all the experimental musicians you know and love if you read this bullshit website (including John Maus, Pelican, Ducktails, Grouper, Oval, Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never, Liturgy, Sun Araw, and more) performing non-bullshit sets at such bullshit-deterrent venues as The Empty Bottle, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and Heaven Gallery in the Wicker Park neighborhood. There’s even a movie screening or two and an oddball collaboration between lo-fi’s own Dirty Beaches and retro’s own Frankie Rose.

Tickets range from $15 to $20 a night, which really isn’t too bad when you consider that it would cost you like twice that much if the tickets were twice as expensive. Right?

AiMM schedule:

Wednesday, September 28 (The Empty Bottle)
- John Maus
- Liturgy
- Dirty Beaches & Frankie Rose
- Chandeliers

Thursday, September 29 (The Empty Bottle)
- Carlos Giffoni
- Grouper
- Starlicker
- Vockah Redu & The Cru

Friday, September 30 (The Museum of Contemporary Art)
- Oval
- Peaking Lights
- Plus a screening of collected visions from Deep Magic

Saturday, October 1 (Heaven Gallery)
- Sun Araw
- Oneohtrix Point Never
- Plus an edited screening of Staring into the Sun by Olivia Wyatt

Sunday, October 2 (The Empty Bottle)
- Pelican
- Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross
- Ducktails
- Nicholas Szczepanik

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