Boredoms reissue early albums Pop Tatari and Chocolate Synthesizer on 1972 Records, just ‘cause!

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What exactly is the formula that 1972 Records is using to select albums for re-release? Over the past two years, they’ve re-printed albums by Aphex Twin, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Stereolab, and Television Personalities, none of which were originally released in 1972. Keeping with their method of not having any apparent method, FACT is reporting that 1972 will be adding two early Boredoms records to the mix, further diluting any narrative thread that could have been extracted from their existing set of offerings.

The two records in question are 1992’s outsider mind-fart Pop Tatari, and 1994’s Chocolate Synthesizer, an album that serves as a bridge of sorts between Boredoms’ early experimental noise work and their kraut-influenced meditations that would come later in the decade. Both albums will be released May 14 as double LPs (with no extras, take it or leave it), but are available for pre-sale on the Internet now.

• Boredoms: http://www.boredoms.jp
• 1972: http://1972thelabel.blogspot.com

Pan•American releasing new album Cloud Room/Glass Room on Kranky, plot invasion of your dreams

The quietness of Kranky always intrigues me; their releases are characterized by the pensive, the slow, and the anticlimactic. Theirs is a label that has made its way in the world by releasing music designed to be absorbed through osmosis. I’m not ashamed to say that three out of the four times I put on an album before bed, it’s a Kranky release — Grouper one night and The Dead Texan the next. I do not think this denigrates the material; although I have not consciously heard the latter half of A Stable Reference more than once, I know every note. When I buy a Kranky release, I’m selecting cartographic tools with which to map my dreamscape and picking out the designs that will illuminate it.

Come April 29, Kranky is releasing an album of new music for unconscious exploration from Mark Nelson’s Pan•American. Entitled Cloud Room/Glass Room, the album features percussionist Steven Hess as a full member of the band, as well as Nelson’s former Labradford accomplice Bobby Donne, who adds bass on several tracks. Hard to say how their rhythms will affect the restfulness of my sleep, but word has it this album has a live feel. I’m sure my REM cycles could use a house band, anyway.

Cloud Room/Glass Room tracklisting:

01. The Cloud Room
02. Fifth Avenue 1960
03. Relays
04. Glass Room at the Airport
05. Laurel South
06. Project for an Apartment Building
07. Virginia Waveform

• Pan•American: http://www.kranky.net/artists/panamerican.html
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

Phil Elverum reissues The Microphones’ catalog on vinyl, flips an entire month the bird

Look, I like Phil Elverum. He makes pretty good music (last year’s Clear Moon and Ocean Roar were both TMT favorites), he seems like a nice guy most of the time, he’s got a pleasing face, and he knows his way around the old six-string. He’s actually kind of the whole package. But sometimes even the best of friends let you down. Sometimes you’ve got to step up to the plate and tell the roommate you found on Craigslist that he’s got to quit leaving graham cracker crumbs in your bed. I’m not saying that Phil Elverum is my roommate (quite the opposite actually) but what I am saying is this: no month deserves the shafting that Elverum has just dealt to June.

You see, Elverum just announced that he’ll be reissuing The Microphones’ catalog on vinyl starting next week. That’s cool and all, especially since several of these albums have been out of print or hard to find on vinyl for some time, but check out the release schedule here and you’ll see what I’m all riled up about. You’ve got Song Islands on March 5 (a rarities collection), Don’t Wake Me Up on April 16, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water on May 28, The Glow on July 9, and Mount Eerie on August 20. Notice anything? That’s right, he skipped June! All sorts of great stuff happens in June, in case you were wondering. Check out this brief list that I totally did not just pull off Wikipedia if you don’t believe me: Kamehameha Day in Hawaii, Philippine Independence Day, Midsummer Celebrations in Finland and Sweden, LGBT Pride Month… the list really does go on.

I won’t deny it’s pretty sweet that Elverum’s getting these albums “ready for posterity” (it also sort of makes me wonder if he knows something I don’t). And these reissues are the real deal — Elverum says they’re “possession[s] worth keeping,” with their thick gatefold packaging, supplementary posters, free digital downloads, and various other bonus goodies. But come on man, think of our sixth month, won’t you? If you don’t, who will?

Starting in April, Mount Eerie will go on a short American West Coast tour, then in March they’ll head out on a European tour that conveniently ends right before June. Who knew such an upstanding guy could hold such an ugly grudge against a month that is literally incapable of doing anything to him?

Tourdates:

04.11.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.12.13 - Eugene, OR - TBA
04.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.14.13 - Oakland, CA - Lobot
04.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA- TBA
04.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.06.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
05.07.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
05.08.13 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
05.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
05.10.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival
05.11.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Huset
05.12.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
05.13.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.14.13 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
05.15.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
05.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.17.13 - Koeln, Germany - King Georg
05.18.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Mayday
05.19.13 - Cardiff, UK - Buffalo Bar
05.20.13 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.21.13 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
05.22.13 - Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
05.23.13 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
05.24.13 - London, UK - St. Giles In the Fields
05.25.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

• P.W. Elverum & Sun: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Nick Edwards readies new Ensemble Skalectrik album on Editions Mego, continues to forgo food in favor of making music

Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz has given up sleeping, eating, excreting, and possibly breathing in favor of making electronic noggin candy. He does this because he loves us. At least, that is the only sane explanation for the massive amount of his music with which we have been gifted in the past two years — such as last year’s Eureka!‘d Plekzationz (TMT Review) on Editions Mego.

Now, the same Editions Mego is releasing an LP from Edwards’ Ensemble Skalectrik project, making it clear that 2013 will continue his pattern of doing without meals, potty breaks, and time in the sun. For the ominously titled Trainwrekz, he’s added sampled, ancient vinyl to his musical crayon box and promises have been made that it will sound like “nothing else in his rapidly expanding discography.” Funny thing is, when it comes from Editions Mego, it’s actually believable. One way or another, we’ll experience the possibly novel sounds when the album arrives on April 29. Hopefully Nick Edwards will at least have gotten some sleep by then.

Trainwrekz tracklisting:

01. Wrekwhan
02. Wrektoo
03. Wrekfree
04. Wrekfore
05. Wreksank
06. Wreksikz (for Louis Johnstone)

• Ekoplekz Bulletin Board: http://ekoplekznews.wordpress.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

RIP: Van Cliburn, classical pianist

From The Washington Post:

Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly, curly-haired Texan who became the most famous classical pianist in American history over the course of a single extraordinary week in 1958, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.

His death, from bone cancer, was announced by his publicist and longtime friend, Mary Lou Falcone.

• The Van Cliburn Foundation: http://www.cliburn.org

It’s a family affair: Molly Drake, mother of Nick, gets an album release

Some people just have coolness in their genes. You know these people. They have Cool Moms. They have Cool Dads. They have the most coveted type of family: artsy parents who bought them Kraftwerk records and get drunk with their offspring on their own special recipe holiday cocktails. The natural response here is to hate and envy these families. But today, let’s take a moment to applaud them, and one English family in particular: the Drakes, of Nick Drake fame.

See, Nick Drake had a Cool Mom. Molly Drake was also a Hot Mom and a Creative Mom. (Some people, geez.) Her influence on Nick Drake’s career is evident in her soft and melancholy home recordings, which are now being released on Squirrel Thing Recordings. The self-titled collection of previously unreleased tracks was recorded at the Drake family home by Molly’s husband Rodney in the 1950s, and was restored by engineer John Wood for the CD release. (Wood also worked with Nick himself.) The album features family photos, a letter-pressed jacket, and a biography by daughter Gabrielle Drake. Available on March 5, you can also take a sneak peek at the Molly Drake Bandcamp page.

Molly Drake tracklisting:

01. Happiness
02. Little Weaver Bird
03. Cuckoo Time
04. Love Isn’t A Right
05. Dream Your Dreams
06. How Wild The Wind Blows
07. What Can A Song Do To You?
08. I Remember
09. A Sound
10. Ballad
11. Woods In May
12. Night Is My Friend
13. Fine Summer Morning
14. Set Me Free
15. Breakfast At Bradenham Woods
16. Never Pine For The Old Love
17. Poor Mum
18. Do You Ever Remember?
19. The First Day

• Molly Drake: http://mollydrake.bandcamp.com
• Nick Drake: http://www.brytermusic.com
• Squirrel Thing: http://squirrelthing.bandcamp.com

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