Björk messes with children’s brains, performs in the round

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Brace yourself, for the world is about to be overtaken by mini Björks. Not only are they just as elfin in physical make up, but they are designed with scientific minds that could do much more than just hack into your email account. Where are these genius mini Björkians coming from? Why, the Biophilia (TMT Review) education series, of course.

Iceland’s hottest export (no, not Þórbergur Þórðarson) has collaborated with the New York Hall of Science to bring us a three-week series, in which the minds of middle school-aged beings are retooled as they study crystalline structures, lunar cycles, viruses, and whatever else Björk was singing about on her most recent album to date. If you really want to meet the masterminds of the future, you’ll have to go to Reykjavík, where the Biophilia educational program will be in the school’s curriculum for three years.

If you hate children and are wondering whether any of this matters to you, you’ll be glad to hear that Björk has teamed with The Creators Project and the New York Hall of Science for 10 nights of live performances for what we hear is nothing short of astounding. Each audience member should be ready for their brain to blow out of their skull, as they’ll be sitting just a few yards from the stage, which is set in the round. Some of the highlights include MIDI pipe organs, musical Tesla coils, a 24-piece Icelandic female choir, 10-foot pendulum harps, and an MIT Media Lab alum (could we really call this science without an MIT graduate on hand?).

Six of the special Biophilia shows will be held at the NYHS, and the remaining will be at the Roseland Ballroom. Tickets go on sale January 13 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

Björk tourdates:

02.03.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.06.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.09.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.12.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.15.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.18.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.22.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
02.25.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
02.28.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
03.02.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

• Björk: http://bjork.com
• One Little Indian: http://www.indian.co.uk

Prurient to release new double 7-inch with charming artwork by Genesis P-Orridge

Dominick Fernow had an eventful year in 2011 with the release of his “controversial” synth-pop record Bermuda Drain (TMT Review) as well as the follow-up Time’s Arrow EP and several cassettes. Not to mention there was the celebrated 300th release by his record label Hospital Productions and the devastating and abrupt closing of his physical retail store in NYC. This year will likely be no exception for the noise scene’s favorite busy man, and Fernow is starting off with a double 7-inch release via Dais Records (Cold Cave, aTelecine) entitled Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior.

According to Dais, this release should see Prurient still pushing forward with new territory, as the label describes the record’s four compositions as “ambient power electronics” that “throw away that past decade of experience” and “captures Prurient at its most vulnerable and sedate, reflective and rapt.” Go here to order.

For the album artwork on this limited release of 500 copies, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle supplied an original collage (pictured above). A match made in heaven? Ha! These men have nothing to do with that place.

• Prurient: http://hospitalproductions.net
• Dais: http://www.daisrecords.com

Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hilmer of ZS) brings new year cheer with new tracks premiered, new album announced, and new gigs booked

**striking wine glass with a spoon**

Excuse me everyone, but Diamond Terrifier, the solo project of ZS saxophonist Sam Hilmer, has a few things that he would like to announce before the party begins. First, many of you cherished — with good reason — his debut cassette Himalayan Appalachia from last year, and now, with the arrival of a new year that’s sure to be filled with disappointment and failure, dearest Terrifier has offered a glimmer of hope with the exciting news that some brand new tracks have been premiered for your pleasure as part of the Monthly Singles Series featured on Diamond Terrifier’s website.

Second, there’s a date for Diamond Terrifier’s first official full-length release! Expect an LP produced by Chris Taylor (who you may know from Grizzly Bear, or as the guy who stole Jessica Rylan’s band name) sometime in September on Northern-Spy Records.

Finally, while you were staining your simpers with eggnog, Diamond Terrifier played a shit-ton of shows in December that you might’ve missed. Thankfully, he’s already set a bunch of dates for January, though only in New York. Dates below. Info on supporting acts can be found here.

Dates:

01.08.12 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
01.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Spectacle Theater
01.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
01.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
01.18.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
01.19.12 - Brooklyn, NY - La Sala
01.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
01.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon

• Diamond Terrifier: http://www.diamondterrifier.com
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Stream The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s joint EP (no edible hard drives or skull vaginas this time, sorry)

Honestly, I’d totally forgotten about the whole Flaming Lips/Plastic Ono Band two-show New Year’s shindig in Oklahoma City. I’m sure the confetti and giant plastic bubbles and cosmic sounds blasting through megaphones were great and everything, but it’s not as if they were playing any week-long songs or handing out gummy arms and legs. Apparently, however, The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band also released a four-song EP pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl. I have a few colored records, but glow-in-the-dark?! I’d take that over a gummy-encased hard drive any day (that shit would probably get pretty sticky).

Anyway, all 2000 copies have already sold out, but the tracks are all streaming over at Consequence of Sound. It’s certainly not the same as turning off all the lights and playing a glow-in-the-dark record, but hey, I can still dig it. It all sounds sort of like transmissions from a discotheque for robot ghosts on Pluto, which is pretty rad.

Tracklisting:

01. The Fear Litany
02. Do It
03. Brain of Heaven
04. Atlas Eets Christmas

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: http://imaginepeace.com/?tag=yoko-ono-plastic-ono-band

Damon & Naomi with Ghost back from the dead with bonus 7-inch on January 31

After meeting in 1995 and touring together in both the US and Japan through the end of the decade, slowcore duo Damon & Naomi decided to do something about the constant haunting feeling they were experiencing and collaborate on an album with Japanese psychedelic folk group Ghost. Damon and Naomi would send tracks to Japan, then Ghost would send back production and arrangement suggestions (as ghosts are wont to do). Eventually, Ghost floated over the Pacific and the recording that would become Damon & Naomi with Ghost was born in the year 2000. Despite what television is currently teaching us about the unholy union of the undead and the living, all hell did not break loose.

Cut to 11 years later, where we find ourselves in a world without access to Damon & Naomi with Ghost. Thankfully, Drag City has stepped up and announced that they will be re-releasing the album on January 31. Those interested in exploring the paranormal of the past can opt to purchase the album as an LP, a compact disc (to really get into the mood of 2000), or as a digital download. The LP version will be shipped with a bonus 7-inch featuring never-before-released material from the original recording sessions. Get it before it once again crosses to the other side…

Damon & Naomi with Ghost tracklist:

01. The Mirror Phase
02. The New World
03. Judah and the Maccabees
04. Blue Moon
05. The Great Wall
06. I Dreamed of the Caucasus
07. Don’t Forget
08. Tanka
09. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
10. Femme Fatale *
11. My Flower (Watashi No Hana) *

* bonus 7-inch (LP only)

• Damon & Naomi: http://www.damonandnaomi.com
• Ghost: http://www.ab.cyberhome.ne.jp/~pochamal
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

The Caretaker to release new album/soundtrack Patience (After Sebald); astronomical destruction put on hold

Is it too early to begin compiling TMT’s Favorite 50 Albums of 2012? Would it be unfair to campaign for an album’s inclusion roughly two weeks before that album is even released? After earning the deeply respectable number four spot on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2011 for An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (TMT Review), I’m surprised The Caretaker a.k.a. Leyland Kirby hasn’t decided to pack up all of his 1920s memorabilia and call it quits at the apparent pinnacle of his career. Instead, on January 23, he’ll be releasing his newest album Patience (After Sebald), on CD, which, ignoring the relatively minute possibility of a significant drop-off in quality, will almost certainly make our year-end list come December. (And if I’m wrong, I’ve been told that, as a consequence of making such outlandish predictions, I’ll be forcibly relegated to reviewing jazz standards from the early 20th century. Swell!)

As The Quietus reports, Patience (After Sebald) is a soundtrack to Grant Gee’s film of the same name, about influential German writer W.G. Sebald. The film premiered earlier this month in the UK, and Gee reportedly contacted Kirby about the soundtrack back in 2009. The film is described as a “multi-layered… essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss,” while Kirby himself characterizes the soundtrack as “a lot more of a winter album” and “a lot darker” than An Empty Bliss, which he began work on subsequently. There doesn’t appear to be anything terribly new about the way Kirby approached the recording of this album (sampling from old records and creatively highlighting the effects of degradation), but as they say, if it ain’t broke…

Meanwhile, check out this fantastic new video for “A relationship with the sublime,” directed by Video Marsh:

Patience (After Sebald) tracklist:

01. Everything is on the point of decline
02. As if one was sinking into sand
03. Approaching the outer limits of our solar system
04. When the dog days were drawing to an end
05. A last glimpse of the land being lost forever
06. The homesickness that was corroding her soul
07. I have become almost invisible, to some extent like a dead man
08. In the deep and dark hours of the night
09. No one knows what shadowy memories haunt them to this day
10. Increasingly absorbed in his own World
11. Isolated lights in the abyss of ignorance
12. Now the night is over and the dawn is about to break

• The Caretaker: http://brainwashed.com/vvm/artists/the_caretaker.html
• History Always Favours The Winners: http://brainwashed.com/vvm