Billy Corgan wants you to join the Resistance, announces his new project Resistance Pro Wrestling

Billy Corgan wants you to join the Resistance, announces his new project Resistance Pro Wrestling

I’ll give myself a warning. The following may incite Billy Corgan to call me a hater on his Twitter. But Billy, I kid.

The king of banal controversy and bloggers’ favorite whipping boy, Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman (and yeah, only original member) appeared on Fox Chicago’s Good Day Live (watch video here) to discuss the buzz around his new endeavor — his very own pro wrestling company in Chicago, Resistance Pro Wrestling. This is maybe not much of a shock to people who follow Corgan, be they fans or (more likely) otherwise; he’s been into wrestling for years (big question: how’s his Macho Man impression?). Of course, Billy scoffs at wrestling as entertainment; for his own company, he wants to go back to an “old school feel,” with extra attention to concussion awareness.

For those of you that are now imagining Billy shining up his bald head and strapping on spandex, feel free to continue, but the truth is that he won’t be appearing in the ring (though think about the possibilities: “The Pumpkin Smasher” is just the beginning). As usual, Billy’s situated himself as the brains of the outfit, and he is making the media circuit to announce Resistance’s first event, at Chicago’s Excalibur. Oh, and Smashing Pumpkins have a new album coming out sometime this winter. But with Resistance Pro Wrestling to contend with, who cares? You can’t smear on face paint to celebrate a new album.

Resistance Pro Wrestling:

11.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Excalibur (The Sheikh, El Generico, Harry Smith, “and more”)

• Resistance Pro Wrestling:

Ursula Bogner, mystery-shrouded space pop lady, gets new collection on Faitiche

Who is Ursula Bogner? A forgotten mid-century German genius, pharmacologist by day, pioneering musique concrète secret synth twiddler by night? A projection of our hopes and dreams of having a mom who’s secretly into creating crazy electro tunes and something called “orgonomy,” where solar energy is harnessed and used to heal stuff? Or an internet construction by Berlin-based Faitiche Records founder/all-around glitch lover Jan Jelinek, whose label is releasing the lady’s latest this very day?

Whatever you want to believe, the super-deluxe-lookin’ Sonne=Blackbox comes out on Faitiche as of… NOW. It’s another big batch of Bogner, arriving three years after 2008’s Recordings 1969-1988, which made out Eureka! list that year. So what do you get besides the chance to convert your American dollars into trusty Euros and a Scooby Doo-sized portion of swirling mystery? Well, in the tradition of all good, sorta obscure, sorta fancy releases, you get a booklet. But not just any booklet! This one is 126 glorious pages of dazzling drawings, fantastic photographs, and something called “compositional instructions” which didn’t really work with an alliterative adjective. Just think: that’s 8.4 pages of ART for each of the 15 broadcast-in-SPACE-style tracks! You do the art math. Mystery or no, this one adds up to an eccentric deutsche electronic music head’s dream come true. Read much more about the LP/CD+book and hear some samples here.

• Faitiche:

Radiohead heading back to the studio in December; Atoms for Peace album likely finished by year’s end; Phil doing something nice too, probably

Oh Radiohead. Don’t take it so hard. We all liked The King of Limbs (TMT Review) just fine, honest! You put in the work, and we’re proud of you. Just because some egghead writes a think piece about your standing in today’s culture doesn’t mean you have to freak out like you’ve been doing, with these other songs and these remix things, and these sudden performances. You’re better than that, and it’s just… all I’m saying is you don’t have to do something drastic like shake Jimmy Fallon’s hand. Okay, you know what, you’re right, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said “freak.” Please sit back down, guys. Thom. Jonny. Ed. Colin. Baldman. You’re all talented, and— oh come on, that was barely even a joke, Phil, please! GUYS!

Damnit. Lost ‘em. Well… I did my best to slow things down, but it looks like these guys are determined to push forward with this whole post-TKOL-reviews bender thing. Radiohead are now planning on recording new material in December and January at their Oxford studio, according to an interview with Thom in Rolling Stone. One new song was mentioned — “Come to Your Senses” — but was not described beyond being “a five-minute rehearsal.” Still, sounds like an interesting new direction. Also planned is a proper 2012 tour, which has so far been delayed by the unavailability of extra drummer Clive Deamer, who started backing up Portishead as soon as he listened to The King of Limbs a few times.

Most disconcerting for those worried about the band’s future mental health is the news that Thom’s Atoms for Peace band is nearing completion of their debut album, with a goal to have it all wrapped up by the end of 2011. Thommy… buddy… do you not see the critics’ fangs dripping with venom at the mention of that Flea-ridden thing, already composing their lead paragraph that steers the narrative of your band away from “untouchable gods” into “tube sock-wearing has-beens”? Slow down, man, you’re taking this turn too faaaaAAAAAAAST!!! *sploosh*

• Radiohead:

Grass Widow begin their East Coast tour tonight, so remember to wear your Grass Widow shirt and hat at the show!

Grass Widow, the freewheeling San Francisco post-punk-pop-party trio who write freewheeling post-punk-puke-pop songs, are setting off on a mini-tour of these United States (I’m pointing at the East Coast on a map as I say this). Having released their Past Time full-length (TMT Review) on the lovely Kill Rock Stars label last year, they then went on to establish their own lovely label by the name of HLR (as in Hannah, Lillian, and Raven) and put out a 7-inch on it. This 7-inch had two covers on the B-side — “Time Keeps Time” by Neo Boys and “Mannequin” by Wire — and the A-side was a ditty called “Milo Minute” that sounded perfect for playing in front of a group of discerning gorillas, which they then went on to do.

The Milo Minute 7-inch is the first in their “Common Chord” series, with future 7-inches documenting their collaborations with Portland band Nature and the previously mentioned group of discerning Boston-based gorillas. However, all this information, while interesting, is completely beside the point, because what’s important is what’s going on NOW, and what’s going on NOW is a show tonight!! People of Poughkeepsie: find yourselves at Vassar College around 8 PM, enrolled or otherwise, because there you will find the healing sound of angular guitars and harmonized vocals beaming into your pleasure centers! Others on the East Coast: prepare for something similar near you! Prepare, I say!!!


10.13.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College #
10.14.11 - Providence, RI - AS220
10.15.11 - Boston, MA - Homegrown Festival #
10.16.11 - Worcester, MA - The Distant Castle
10.17.11 - Easthampton, MA - The Flywheel
10.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent Ave.
10.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (M’Lady’s Records Show) $
10.20.11 - Middletown, CT - Wesleyan #

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• Grass Widow:

Pitchfork welcomes Forms to the festival family; crack out the gross bubblegum cigars!

You and Pitchfork, you’ve been together for awhile. You’ve gone to see Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. You dipped over to New York last October for the #Offline festival. Maybe you’re even flying to Paris for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. MAYBE THINGS HAVE PROGRESSED THAT FAR. Well, girl, yesterday Pitchfork’s website announced that this time, they’re “going further.” Are you ready for that? Have you guys talked about this first? Do you think Pitchfork could be “the one”?

Gross. Sorry. This is about a music festival, not your short-lived but intense college romance. A music festival called, simply, Forms. (Insert your own hashtag.) Forms is a four-day multimedia bonanza put on by Pitchfork’s Brooklyn office, in conjunction with NYC promoters The Bowery Presents and videogame arts/culture people Kill Screen. Forms will be a celebration of the fast-growing connection between the spheres of music, gaming, and art, with musicians working with gamers, gamers working with artists, LOLcats working with Rufus from Gossip Girl — you get the picture. Just imagine the thrill of exploring the enchanted world of Myst with the guy from No Age by your side whilst you chat about the oeuvre of Ai Weiwei! THAT COULD HAPPEN. ANYTHING could happen at Forms, the festival where art, music and gaming take over galleries, clubs, museums, and DIY spaces across NYC. No, they haven’t announced the lineup yet, but DUH No Age will be involved because, well, PITCHFORK.

The lineup will be revealed over the next few weeks. Obviously I have no idea who’s playing. There’s only two things I CAN tell you. 1) It takes place February 1-4 next year, and 2) tickets will go fast.

• Forms:

Cambodian Space Project lead singer Srey Thy becomes UN Goodwill Ambassador

These days, music and philanthropy go together like fat kids and cake, and in addition to high-profile, holier-than-thou rock ambassadors like Bono and Chris Martin, other lesser-known musicians are also helping out the world over. Srey Thy, lead singer of The Cambodian Space Project (from you guessed it, Cambodia) was recently appointed as a Good Will Ambassador for UN Women’s UNiTE, a campaign to stop violence against women worldwide.

If for some reason you’re not up-to-date on the music scene in Southeast Asia, CSP is a seven-piece retro-inspired psych rock outfit formed in 2009 by Thy and Australian producer (and guitarist) Julien Poulson. The band just released their first album, 2011: A Space Odyssey, in September. However; unlike other do-gooding rock stars, Thy has a more personal connection with her cause. Growing up in 70s Cambodia under the oppressive Pol Pot-led Khmer Rouge (think back to 10th-grade social studies, kids), she was kidnapped as a teenager and nearly forced into a sex trafficking ring. Since that time Thy has become a prominent women’s rights activist in Cambodia, speaking at events sponsored by SISHA - Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation Organization and to community groups around the country.

And now, with CSP beginning to make their presence known internationally (they recently made their US debut at SXSW) paired with Thy working in an official capacity for the UN, she can finally spread her message and help women worldwide. Rock on, lady!

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