Black Dice’s Eric Copeland gets Strange on new LP; otherwise, he’s a pretty normal dude

Black Dice's Eric Copeland gets Strange on new LP; otherwise, he's a pretty normal dude

Strange Days indeed. Well, at least chameleonesque Black Dice member Eric Copeland seems to think so. With the summoning of his follow-up LP to Alien in a Garbage Dump (TMT Review) on No Age member Dean Spunt’s Post Present Medium label, he has captured (according to the fine folks over at One Thirty BPM) a vomit-crazed collage of psych-induced samples and field recordings spread oh so delicately over two tracks.

Copeland is no stranger to the concept of accompanying spastic art with his releases. If you got the LP copy of Black Dice’s Repo, you know what I’m talking about. So in due form, he’s got the white LP all wrapped up in a silk-screened jacket that I’m just gonna assume is designed by the man himself. As Copeland would have it, Strange Days is being printed in a limited quantity of 600. Keep it strange and head over to PPM and get yourself a copy, pronto.

Strange Days tracklisting:

01. Side A
02. Side B

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Urinate is a verb. Noun is a band, and Screaming Females is the result of seeing yours truly in a speedo

Whenever TMT is feeling friendless and in need of some words of encouragement, we look to our favorite novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) who said, “My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” Marissa Peternoster must be taking cues from the mystery queen, because the lead Screaming Female is stepping out solo style and releasing her imaginative debut album… today!!

Actually, Paternoster’s Noun project predates her work with the Females but much of it will finally see the light of day today, July 7. Playing on Noun’s Holy Hell record are SF drummer and bassist Jarrett Dougherty and King Mike, plus Don Giovanni labelmates Angela Boylan (Cheeky) and Miranda Taylor (Black Wine, Full of Fancy, Hunchback), who provide additional drum support. Screeching and shredding are, of course, courtesy of Paternoster.

But it’s not all Golden Girls marathons and Swanson Rib Style Boneless Pork dinners for one for the talented Ms. Paternoster, because she and her band chums have announced their next musical step as well. Castle Talk will be the fourth Screaming Females album and promises to vault the power trio into the higher echelons of kickassity. The 12-track album will be released on September 14, again through trusty imprint Don Giovanni.

Power moves:

01. Laura + Marty
02. I Don’t Mind It
03. Boss, Normal
04. A New Kid
05. Fall Asleep
06. Wild
07. Nothing at All
08. Sheep
09. Deluxe
10. Ghost
11. Sold

Lastly, here’s an upcoming Screaming Females show for your amusement:

07.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Siren Fest

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Black Francis to debut Bluefinger musical this fall (no word yet on his Saturday morning cartoon about a superhero named Tony)

Frank Black will be damned if he’s going to let those hippie-dippy fucks in Animal Collective hog all the multimedia glory. “Visual albums?” Where’s the balls in that? “Interactive art installations?” Those words are not even in Black’s punk rock dictionary. But wait… “musical stage show?” Aha! Now that’sin the man’s wheelhouse.

According to the late-80s college-rock blog Slicing Up Eyeballs, a musical stage show based on Francis’ 2007 release Bluefinger is set to premiere via the Catastrophic Theatre on November 12 in the historically liberal-loving left-wing-artist haven of Houston, Texas. The stage show (as well as the album) takes as its subject the life and death of Herman Brood, a Dutch musician and painter who committed suicide in 2001 following a tumultuous battle with depression and drugs. It’s probably safe to say that this won’t exactly be the “feel-good play of the year.”

The play will feature songs from Black’s Bluefinger record as well as songs by Brood himself, and was brought to life by Pixies biographer Josh Frank, Francis, and Catastrophic director Jason Nodler. All of this comes on the heels of Black’s recently-released 16th solo album, NonStopErotik, as well as his recent stint behind the boards for the new Pete Yorn album, which is also due this fall.

So to recap, Black’s recent output consists of helping spawn a musical suicide show, playing MOR-muse to Pete Yorn, and spelling the word “erotic” with a “k.” I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here.

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• Slicing Up Eyeballs (oh-ho-ho-ho!):
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Does the sun make music? Scientists say “Why indeed it does, and it sounds like Kevin Drumm!”

Legendary talent scouts Scientists have announced that they have recorded their first single and will be working on a full-length with newly-signed singer The Sun. You see, according to TIME, it turns out that the sun’s coronal loops (“vaguely banana-shaped plasma structures” that can measure up to 60,000 miles) produce tones and vibrations similar to music.

The coronal loops work to keep the sun’s corona (the uppermost layer of atmosphere) all stirred up and turbulent; this process of stretching and contracting, say the Sheffield, UK scientists, creates transversal oscillations and longitudinal oscillations, which in layman’s terms means music. If you’re wondering what these “oscillations” sound like, just imagine a guitar string and a woodwind instrument and you’ll see that, when combined, the oscillations make a pretty dope duet.

A team of scientists, led by Robertus von Fáy-Siebenbürgen (awesome name!) discovered the music by “compiling a catalog of high-resolution videos and still images of the Sun shot by a number of satellite observatories… [they] then used a computer algorithm that converted the visual data to acoustical information and sped up the frequency of the sound so it would fall within the human auditory range.” I wish I was a scientist and could do cool shit like that.

“It was strangely beautiful,” says von Fáy-Siebenbürgen about the six-second song, “[a]nd exciting to hear those sounds for the first time from such a large and powerful source.” If you’re curious about the solar ditty, then check it out for yourself:



Scientists have also announced that the sun will release its first album by winter of this year, and plans are being made for a Spring 2011 tour. More information to follow.

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Imbogodom (Alexander Tucker and Daniel Beban) to release debut album on Thrill Jockey, are really called Imbogodom

That skinny kid in the front of your Philosophy lecture who plays in an “improvised noise” band on the weekends is stoked right now that Alexander Tucker and Daniel Beban, the transatlantic duo behind Imbogodom, have announced plans to release their debut album on Thrill Jockey. The duo is, as its well-written press release states, “Mutual friends in sound exploration who create other-worldly transmissions where improvisation gives way to mutated song forms and intricate soundscapes.” I think that’s just another way of saying “We make instrumentals,” but I’m not too sure.

The album is entitled The Metallic Year and is due August 24.

The Metallic Year tracklisting:

01. The Metallic Year pt. 1
02. Unseen Ticket
03. Of the Cloth
04. The Endless Body
05. Indosoap
06. Bvsh Hovse Ghost
07. Report from Iron Mountain
08. Calibos
09. The Metallic Year pt. 2

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Lee “Scratch” Perry album Revelation descends from Swiss chalet and into stores on August 10

These days, reggae and dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry is still as bonkers as ever, only he’s less “hands on” about it. The twisted dub and dancehall tracks he’s glossed his croaky voice over lately often come from the minds of trusted collaborators such as Mad Professor or, as was the case of 2008’s Repentance, Andrew W.K. The Upsetter also has a tendency to stack his sleazy new LPs with extremely disparate guests acts, with contributors ranging from David Tibet and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale to Keith Richards and George Clinton.

For his upcoming record Revelation, due August 10 on Megawave Records, Perry has stuck to the same formula that’s served him so strangely for the past couple of decades. In fact, Richards and Clinton have both hopped back on the Scratch train once again (sadly, no appearance from AWK), the last time being 2008’s derided Scratch Came, Scratch Saw, Scratch Conquered. Recorded at his mountaintop abode in Switzerland (seriously), this time around Perry has enlisted the songwriting assistance of U.K.-based reggae multi-instrumentalist Steve Marshall. The last time these two collaborated resulted in a 2007 Grammy nomination for The End of an American Dream, so here’s hoping they can recapture that same magic that so enthralled the Grammy Reggae Council or whoever decides those types of dumb things.

And if all that record-making weren’t enough (seriously, he releases like four fucking albums a year), here’s a few tourdates just for good measure:

08.17.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
08.18.10 - Boston, MA - Harper’s Ferry
08.19.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
08.20.10 - Stephentown, NY - Bella Terra Festival
08.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction Festival

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