Brian Eno readies special music for hospitals, because he is by our side in sickness and in health

Brian Eno readies special music for hospitals, because he is by our side in sickness and in health

The concept behind Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports may have worked in part because so many people have personally gripped the red tape inside airports. We can relate to, and perhaps subsequently joke about, all of the strain and stress-inducing stuff that occurs because, after all, most of us don’t have a choice in the matter, aside from the airlines we choose — and because, if we’re being honest here, most of what we have to endure just isn’t that serious in the long-run. Temporary outrage at being molested in the name of security leads to late-night fantasies in your subsidized hotel room. Or is that just me?

For a stark change in venue, let’s move to hospitals, which are more or less synonymous with suffering and death. Tact assumes a role of greater importance for any artist choosing the hospital as their subject, which is probably why Brian Eno plans to limit his upcoming soundtrack and light installation to (for the time being) one hospital in particular, as opposed to disseminating the work(s) to the general public. Yeah, sorry.

Eno has two sound and light installations set for debut at the Montefiore Hospital in Hove, England. The first, “77 Million Paintings for Montefiore,” is for the reception area, while the second, “The Quiet Room for Montefiore” is a specially designed space for “patients, staff, and guests” to escape more serious, non-TSA-related stresses. Serenity and mental healing is the stated goal here, while patients will presumably start giving equal prayer time to both Jesus and his cooler, younger, follicular opposite.

To reiterate, according to The Independent, a spokesperson for Eno said, “It’s true to say that ‘The Quiet Room for Montefiore’ is an album that can only be heard in the Montefiore Hospital.” It might just be worth exposing oneself to illness.

• Brian Eno:

NYMPH sign with Northern Spy, announce new album New Millennium Prayer with a seductive wink

Oh NYMPH, where have you been all my recent life!? From the moment of my musical maturation, it’s like a tiny light has been flickering inside my being, calling out for some revitalizing amalgam of free jazz, psychedelic rock, and music of vaguely Middle Eastern inspiration. Sun City Girls, it may said, capably filled that role at various points, but I can’t tell you how enamored I am to hear that NYMPH haven’t gone the route of the equally psychedelic Magic Lantern and preemptively called it quits, despite the warm reception. Instead, they’ve rescinded their social registration and signed with Northern Spy, through which they’ll be releasing their second LP (and first for the label) New Millennium Prayer on June 25.

A few notes on the band’s history: despite having but one formal release under their belt so far, NYMPH have been active participants in the New York psych scene for seven years, starting off as a project of Matty McDermott and Eri Shoji, who later expanded the band to its now seven-member composition. Since 2011, they’ve doubled as The New Quiet Screamers and served as the ensemble under free jazz musician Arthur Doyle, through whom they’ve undoubtedly honed their improvisational chops.

That would make New Millennium Prayer the band’s first release since The New Quiet Screamers became a thing. Anticipate it, supporting live dates, and coax your spirit over yonder with older track “U.F.O. Over Dome Rock.”

• Northern Spy:

Twitter launches #Music app, increasing the network’s usefulness by 1000%

The counter to music elitism is the notion that you shouldn’t judge a person by his or her taste in music, and that you shouldn’t let said person’s musical preferences dictate, in any way, your behavior toward him/her. Well, that was before Twitter allowed their #Music app to be used by the general public, which has increased the risk of being digitally shoved face-first into the steaming pile of an acquaintance’s listening habits. Ignore that risk if you’ve carefully chosen who to follow, or, obviously, if you’re following @TinyMixTapes. Then you’re golden.

The app, previously available to just a few lucky(?) celebrities, can now be accessed online via, or through the Apple App Store. The general purpose is this: to recommend you new music based on what users are tweeting about. With this aim in mind, the app consists of four tabs (or pages):

The “Popular” tab displays music that’s trending across Twitter, in case (like me) you’re ever curious about just how disconnected you are from the musical interests of mainstream society. The “Emerging” tab highlights “hidden talent,” however that works and whatever that means. The “Suggested” tab shows you artists you might like based on the artists you already follow (and also, who they follow), and the “#NowPlaying” tab lists the songs your friends are currently listening to and/or tweeting about. (There’s also a “Me” tab that displays the latest songs of the artists you follow.)

A certain boon to the app is the ability to listen to, or at least preview, the music that’s being recommended, through an interface-embedded Spotify, Rdio, or iTunes player. People who have accounts with either or both of the former services can log in and listen to full tracks.

I approached this news with skepticism, and I leave moderately less skeptical. #coolerthanithought

• Twitter:

Quasimoto possibly announces new album, Yessir Whatever, definitely announces something new something

Damn Lord Quas, you’ve gotta give the people something to work with. It’s been eight years since Madlib put out The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, his most recent record under his Quasimoto alias. So when Quas himself posts on his Facebook page that he’s now listening to a test press of Quasimoto’s Yessir Whatever, people are gonna freak out a little bit. In fact, The Daily Swarm freaked out enough to report on this sentence, while we’re just picking up their freak-out and running with it. Look, it’s just that… it would be pretty neat to have a whole new full-length record from Quasimoto. That’s all.

Only thing is, Yessir Whatever may well not be a full-length record. Madlib hasn’t posted any further information about the record, so it could really be anything. Potholes in My Blog (who picked up on the initial Facebook post) speculate that the record may actually be a compilation. They also note that a Google search reveals results listing the record for a June 2013 release and that Madlib has posted a picture of the test pressing on his Instagram. So, to sum up: Quasimoto is releasing something called Yessir Whatever, it may be an album, it may not be an album, it may be coming out in June, and there is photographic proof that this test pressing exists.

• Quasimoto:

Television to play Marquee Moon at ATP Australia; Balam Acab and an all-star Rowland S. Howard tribute band, too

As Belinda Carlisle once sang, “Ooooooh heaven is a place on Earth.” And on October 26, 2013, that exact place will be the Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Reception in Altona (near Melbourne), Australia, when ATP’s Release the Bats Halloween party will take over for a night of mayhem and magick. Headlined by The Jesus Lizard and The Breeders (who’ll be performing Last Splash in its entirety), the festival recently got a dose of awesomeness when ATP announced the addition of a few oh-so-special performers.

Television! Performing Marquee Moon! In — you guessed it — its entirety! Creepy dude Balam Acab! And Pop Crimes, a group of all-star performers assembled by Mick Harvey to pay tribute to the too-recently-departed Rowland S. Howard. The group, featuring friends, fam, and collaborators, will cover Howard’s various musical endeavors, including Young Charlatans, The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, and his solo albums.

Also on deck for this shindig are The Scientists, Fuck Buttons, Lightning Bolt, Sleep, Forest Swords, Hoss, Total Control, White Walls, The Spinning Rooms, and The UV Race. Plus the always tantalizing and mysterious “more to come.” Also, there is a costume contest! A COSTUME CONTEST. Plus a cinema, two stages, art stuff, and a food court. Whatever. Costumes! Ready the fake blood and fright wigs!

• ATP’s Release the Bats:

Jenny Hval boosts the confidence of shy nerds everywhere with new LP Innocence Is Kinky, out in May on Rune Grammofon

I remember it almost distinctly: it was around the month of August, in the year 2011, and I was just about to join a lesser-known offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, whose tagline was, “We are the 1%… of unabashed male pantyhose-wearers.” As I was browsing the web, caressing my synthetically soft and silky thighs with one hand and fingering my laptop’s trackpad with the other, I recalled that I had an album to listen to. Jenny Hval’s LP Viscera had entered my radar somehow, though I knew nothing about it, nor the Norwegian artist/writer whose named garnished the cover.

So the first track began:

“I arrived in town… with an electric toothbrush…”

I settled in for what I thought was another innocuous and somewhat quirky folk album.

“… pressed…”


“… against my clitoris.”


Apparently Hval isn’t exactly keen on lyrical or creative restraint, and the second album under her own name, Innocence Is Kinky, would appear to continue that trend, going by the title alone. Due May 14 on Rune Grammofon, the album features a string section led by avant-garde composer Ole Henrik Moe, and was produced by John Parish — who, usefully, is a long-time collaborator with PJ Harvey. Emotionally revealing. Intellectually thoughtful. Potential references to genitalia. You can barely ask for more.

Innocence Is Kinky tracklisting:

01. Innocence Is Kinky
02. Mephisto in the Water
03. I Called
04. Oslo Oedipus
05. Renée Falconetti of Orléans
06. Give Me That Sound
07. I Got No Strings
08. Is There Anything on Me That Doesn’t Speak?
09. Amphibious, Androgynous
10. Death of the Author
11. The Seer

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[Photo: Gunhild Varvin/Henie Onstad Kunstsenter]