Boris and eight other Japanese bands prep My Bloody Valentine tribute album Yellow Loveless (wait, that’s racist!)

Boris and eight other Japanese bands prep My Bloody Valentine tribute album Yellow Loveless (wait, that's racist!)

My Bloody Valentine represent an almost astounding triumph of quality over quantity. 21 years after their monumental album Loveless was released to critical acclaim, people are still talking about them, arguably more than ever before, and as if their discography consisted of, you know, more than just two full-length albums. The band’s just-announced third album was undoubtedly spurned by this waxing appreciation, but what ultimately accounts for it? Lost in Translation? A generation of exceedingly hip P4K devotees? I won’t pretend to know the exact cause, but I can point out the symptoms — at least one of which fortunately doesn’t involve monologues from the newly acquainted and overly enthused. (What… too misanthropic?)

Yellow Loveless will be released on January 23, and it features nine Japanese bands (of varying genres, and including Boris!) offering a track-for-track rendition of that legendary shoegaze record. Also featured on the album are GOATBED (who recorded their version of “Loomer”), pop trio Shonen Knife (“When You Sleep”), and fittingly, Tokyo Shoegazer (“Only Shallow” and “I Only Said”). Racial connotations aside, the cover for Yellow Loveless appears to be simply a yellow-hued replication of the one for the original Loveless. And coinciding roughly (okay, not coinciding at all, but it’s worth mentioning) with the release of Yellow Loveless is MBV’s appearance at the Tokyo Rocks festival next May.

Clearly, Japan and My Bloody Valentine have some kind mutual infatuation with one another. Get a capsule room, you two.

Yellow Loveless tracklisting:

01. 東京酒吐座 (Tokyo Shoegazer) - Only Shallow
02. GOATBED - Loomer
03. The Sodom Project - Touched
04. Lemon’s Chair - To Here Knows When
05. 少年ナイフ(Shonen Knife) - When You Sleep
06. 東京酒吐座 (Tokyo Shoegazer) - I Only Said
07. Age of Punk - Come In Alone
08. Boris - Sometimes
09. Shinobu Narita (4-D Mode1) - Blown A Wish
10. Lemon’s Chair - What You Want
11. Sadesper Record - Soon

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Cat Power postpones European tour

Guys, I think maybe it’s time we stopping dumping all of our emotional pain and problems on poor Chan Marshall. I know she can’t actually hear us. And believe me, I also know all too well that we all feel better after projecting our petty insecurities onto third-party objects — for instance, whenever I get dumped on at TMT for writing stories that hinge on milquetoast premises and then compounding the problem by calling hyphened-off attention to that fact, I like to go home at the end of the day and yell at my bucket of KFC mashed potatoes until I pass out in them — but I just smoked a lot of weed, and I’m starting to think that using Chan as a totem for all of our petty bullshit is maybe somehow telekinetically making her physically sick .

As Primavera Sound tells us, Chan’s just announced that she is officially postponing a trek to Europe that she had planned for 2013 in support of her critically-acknowledged new album due to her continuing struggle with Angioedema. But wait, before you Google-search that word, check out what she posted on her Instagram:

As many of my fans know, I’ve been suffering from angioedema. It can attack at random & is extremely frightening and dangerous when it hits my throat, windpipe, or tongue, and I’ve been hospitalized for it eight times since the first attack, 2 DAYS AFTER MY RECORD RELEASE. Since then, I worked very very hard with all the best allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, accupuncurists, homeopathists & renowned healers that I could find, Body Talk, Reiki, Yoga, etc. so that I COULD DO THIS AMERICAN TOUR. I did my best & I want to do MORE & BETTER.

The American tour has been wonderful and amazing, and with me being unable to AFFORD to bring my show with full production, (which i helped create) to Europe, financially, really dumped a huge additional amount of stress on me as i was and still am fighting trying to get tour support.

I have to postpone my European tour until early next year, so I can return home and re-engage myself back into my health regimen.

I fucking love my fans. Everything I do regarding my career, I FIRST, think of my fans and this world we all share. But right now, I HAVE TO think of myself because I have to learn trough meditation & being clear from alcohol & cigarettes & red meat and lots of rest amongst my menagerie of doctors…. I have to think of MYSELF right now because I have to now LEARN to heal myself. Through that, I can learn to help others to heal themselves. I know my fans will understand and I thank them and love them much more than I believe they could ever know. I am here and do what I do, for them and because of them. You have kept me alive this long, I refuse to give up on you OR MYSELF. And that goes to all the journalists who write a true story as well. To you all in the struggle. May light be on your path at every step.

Bummer, I know. But I urge Cat Power fans to think twice about getting too emotionally distraught about all of this, lest the poor woman ends up in the emergency room. Sorry, but you’ll just have to find another outlet. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go freak the fuck out on some sour cream.

Cat Power dates:

11.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
11.26.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.28.12 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
11.29.12 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
12.01.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
12.02.12 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
12.03.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
12.04.12 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
12.06.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
12.07.12 - Madrid, Spain - Matadero
12.08.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sant Jordi Club
12.10.12 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
12.12.12 - London, England - Roundhouse
12.14.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club

01.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

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Shabazz Palaces tour Europe AND the US! Ooh, globetrotters!

Wonderful news! Your favorite electro hip-hop duo featuring a former member of Digable Planets sharing a name with the protagonist of Moby Dick is back! It’s not a crowded field by any means, but regardless, Shabazz Palaces are one of the best hip-hop groups in the world. Don’t believe me? Then listen to Black Up. Or if you’ve listened to Black Up, go listen to Black Up again. There’s a reason it was Tiny Mix Tapes’ favorite hip-hop record of 2011, and it’s not just because it sounded more like Emeralds than any other hip-hop record that year! (NOTE: Black Up does not sound like Emeralds, but it definitely sounds more like Emeralds than, say, Watch the Throne.)

According to Sub Pop, Shabazz Palaces are back on tour. Currently, they’re hanging out with their friends and collaborators THEESatisfaction on a tour of Europe. They’ll head back to the states for a hometown show in Seattle at the tail end of 2012, only to head out for a US tour with labelmates The Helio Sequence in mid-January. Somewhere, carved in a tree, is a heart. The heart surrounds the following letters: “SP + HS + SP 4EVA.” Shabazz Palaces. Helio Sequence. Sub Pop. Forever. So beautiful.

Shabazz Palaces dates:

11.09.12 - Nimes, France - Paloma *
11.10.12 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son *
11.12.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik *
11.13.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg *
11.15.12 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier *
11.16.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper *
12.28.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre *
01.18.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree ^
01.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West ^
01.20.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall ^
01.22.13 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven ^
01.24.13 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater ^
01.25.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
01.26.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^
01.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ^
01.28.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
01.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar ^
01.30.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird ^
01.31.13 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar ^
02.01.13 - Chicago, IL - The Shrine ^

* THEESatisfaction
^ The Helio Sequence

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Ariel Pink’s 1998 musique concrète project Thrash and Burn to be reissued despite lack of haunting or graffitti

Big news for fans of 1990s obscure music, as it has come to light that Berlin’s HEMarchiv will be remastering and reissuing Ariel Pink’s pre-Haunted Graffitti musique concrète album, Thrash and Burn, as a limited-edition, 250-copy, 4-cassette boxset.

The album, originally recorded in 1998 and released by HEM in 2006, was unleashed upon the world under Pink’s real name, Ariel Rosenberg, and is described as being “weird as shit, lo-fi if by ‘lo-fi’ you mean as unprofessional as a high school recording, and so desperately needing an editor that it sounds like an X-Men comic in the early 90s read.” That’s not a real quote, and my editor says I need to stop making things up just so I can work in X-Men references [Editor’s Note: It’s true. Kid Midnight took a gambit with that joke. Dude always goes rogue on us.].

You can stream the entire album here, or you can be COOL and actually lay down some cash for the tunes here. Or, if you’re enjoying yourself, you can just keep on reading and check out an official statement from Mr. Pink himself:

As with stored memories one has acquired early in life, Thrash and Burn survives for me less as a finished piece of music in/itself or even a moment captured in time; more a catalog of lifetimes, each piece unique and unnamed, together they recall glimpses of forgotten future-pasts; in cosmology, as one peers ever deeper into the void, first beyond the fixed population density of stars nestled in a ‘suburb’ at the outer edge of our galaxy, into an evermore all encompassing blackness surrounding a thin lane of galaxies, one heads off in one direction, floating along a lonely string of Christmas lights which recede with the distance. Much further downstream, a giant wall of light scaffolding fades into view. That is destiny’s orphan multiverse inhabiting a single frame in its infancy. In time, we would transcend it. From where we stand our footsteps recede and fade into the darkness. But our beginnings are not lost; for someone standing off and above our horizon, in a human ear much more young, the secret of our coming of age shall be preserved revealed and discovered yet once again….

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Biggest news of the day: My Bloody Valentine to release new album by year’s end

We’re all very happy that this interminable election is finally over and done with, but there’s another important reason to rejoice today: My Bloody Valentine will be releasing new material sometime before the end of the year! Considering their last full-length release was 1991’s stunning Loveless, the 21-year wait leading up to this momentous occasion was only less excruciating than the election because we actually like My Bloody Valentine.

NME has the word on the new record’s sound straight from Kevin Shields: “Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff — some engineers, the band, and that’s about it — some people think it’s stranger than Loveless. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100% necessary.” I finally calmed down from the election, and now I’ve got goose bumps all over again!

Shields will release the new, untitled album through his website, with an EP of more new material to follow shortly thereafter. When it rains, it pours buckets of shoegazey goodness.

MBV is currently scheduled to headline Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival in May 2013, providing the band with the biggest space they’ve ever performed in, so there’s a chance news of more shows will emerge once the album drops? We can only hope!

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Animal Collective announce NYC make-up shows, remind us about “Applesauce” 10-inch

Remember last month when Animal Collective cancelled their show in Brooklyn because Davey Tare’s completely unsustainable style of singing landed him a king-size case of shingles? A-ha! Me neither, because it was laryngitis! And his name’s Avey Tare! And his voice is obviously AWESOME! Either way, your ass has just been freakin’ outed as an official Animal Collective Poseur, so you’ll have to sit in the corner over there by the giant foam teeth and papier-mâché icicles listening to Foster the People while I issue the following proclamation to the AnCo Faithful:

The band has just announced a pair of NYC make-up shows at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on December 4 and 5. Fans who purchased tickets for last month’s cancelled Brooklyn dates will be awarded the distinct animal-vantage of being able to purchase tickets for the new shows starting today, before tickets are available to the public on Friday, November 9. (Looks like only the December 5 show is up on Ticketmaster right now, but the December 4 show should pop up here soon, according to the band’s PR animals). Additionally, Animal Collective will be donating some of the proceeds from these shows to the ongoing Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Oh, and don’t forget that the “Applesauce” 10-inch is coming out next week on Domino (we almost successfully reported on that before, but then something much more interesting came up). The B-side, “Crimson,” is streaming here:

Animal Collective dates:

11.07.12 - Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow ABC1
11.08.12 - Manchester, England - The Warehouse Project
11.09.12 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.10.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
11.12.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - CPH: DOX at the National Art Gallery
11.13.12 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
11.14.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11.15.12 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.16.12 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
11.17.12 - Weissenhauser, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
11.20.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - X-tra
11.21.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
12.04.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
12.05.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
12.09.12 - Miami, FL - UR1 Festival

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