Broken Water to release Tempest in May via Hardly Art. Did you know that their favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip?

Broken Water to release Tempest in May via Hardly Art. Did you know that their favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip? http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-04-broken-water.jpg

Jon Hanna would rather fiddle around on his laptop than talk to other people, but when Kanako Pooknyw started hanging out at the house he shared with one of her friends sometime prior to 2009, she wouldn’t let him hide. After a few months of smoking and playing board games and crafting, the idea of a band seemed to make sense. Pooknyw played drums and Hanna played guitar, so they really only needed a bassist, and before long they scooped up Pooknyw’s pal Abigail Ingram and became Broken Water.

The trio definitely digs alt-rock from the 80s and 90s as well as the vibe of their hometown, Olympia, but that doesn’t mean they’re a group of flannel-clad nostalgics. They’ve honed a distinctly haunted post-punk sound, and their upcoming album, Tempest, came from thoughts on “Russian punk-rock poets, the ocean, drowning, the Occupy movement, touring, nightmares, dreams, memories; relationships to privilege, substances, and other powers.” Tempest follows last year’s EP, Peripheral Star (TMT Review) and 2010’s TMT fave Whet LP, and you can check out the first single, “Drown,” here.

In case you were wondering (and I’m positive you were), Olympia had the world’s first soft-serve ice cream machine. I’m thinking when Tempest comes out on May 29 via Hardly Art, we should all get Blizzards to celebrate.

Tempest tracklist:

01. Drown
02. Coming Down
03. Orange Blossom Stains
04. Yanka Dyagileva
05. Underground
06. Thread to Connect
07. Paranoid
08. River Under River
09. Chantal Seder
10. When You Said

• Broken Water: http://www.myspace.com/brokenagua
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

Doseone (cLOUDDEAD, 13 & God) to release solo album G Is for Deep on anticon., criticizes alphabet conformism

As our knowledge of the Universe increases, a central question seems to loom even larger in the minds of physicists, astronomers, and non-scientists alike: if extraterrestrials exist, why is there no definitive case of them ever having made physical contact with us? Of course, I can already feel the tinfoil-hat wearers around Roswell, New Mexico, channeling their disagreement with my premise, and to a degree, they have a point; we do know of at least one alien life form who continues to shock and mystify human beings around the world. That would be Anticon co-founder and exemplar of eccentricity, rapper Doseone a.k.a. Adam Drucker. His lyrics are more philosophically confusing than an Ayn Rand novel, and his vocals give rise to suspicions that his nose has been permanently clamped, but any listener who feels less than enamored by all of this is, quite frankly, lying, or an alien themselves. That’s right, I just called you an alien.

Aside from his role in the founding of Anticon, Doseone has historically built up his name recognition through collaborative projects based within the label itself; albums from cLOUDDEAD, Subtle, Themselves, and 13 & God all feature his schizophrenic delivery, and all were warmly received by fans who almost certainly had no idea what was going on, but knew that it sounded both ridiculously awesome and awesomely ridiculous. On May 29, Doseone will be releasing G Is for Deep, his first truly solo album on the label.

A disclaimer for those expecting a mirror image of his previous work: a press release notes that on this album, “he veers away from the tourettic, breathlessly fast rap that brought him to prominence and toward a bent form of electronic pop music.” Get an immediate sense of what that means right here:

Doseone - “Last Life” by anticon

G Is For Deep tracklisting:

01. Dancing X
02. Last Life
03. I Fell
04. Thy Pattern
05. Therapist This
06. End&Egg
07. OwlShark
08. SEE Answer
09. Arm in Armageddon
10. The Bends

• Doseone: http://www.facebook.com/doseonedoseone
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com

Kraftwerk releasing limited-edition version of The Catalogue via MoMA starting tomorrow

Boing boom tschak, by way of introduction. You would like to know about a limited-edition version of Kraftwerk’s The Catalogue being released via MoMA starting tomorrow, and you made the right decision clicking through for more details, because here comes old gal Ms. Info: Kraftwerk released a box set in 2009 of all their not-first-three albums as The Catalogue, remastering the sounds and swapping the artwork (for a bunch of ugly icons). Starting next Tuesday, Kraftwerk will be performing all five classic albums + Techno Pop a.k.a. Electric Café, The Mix, and Tour de France Soundtracks, in an eight-night residency at MoMA.

To commemorapitalize this occasion, a limited-edition swankier CD version of The Catalogue will be sold exclusively in the MoMA gift shop, the MoMA PS1 store in Long Island City, and the MoMA online store starting tomorrow, April 7. The new set, limited to 2,000 copies, will come in a black box with slightly different artwork. This may in fact be the only difference; each album still comes in a “mini-vinyl card wallet” and includes oversized individual booklets with total “flaunt mode” glossy snaps of Florian Fricke. Pick one of these up after the eighth night if you want to be like Drake.

Kraftwerk—Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 @ MoMA schedule:

04.10.12 - Autobahn (1974)
04.11.12 - Radio-Activity (1975)
04.12.12 - Trans Europe Express (1977)
04.13.12 - The Man-Machine (1978)
04.14.12 - Computer World (1981)
04.15.12 - Techno Pop (1986)
04.16.12 - The Mix (1991)
04.17.12 - Tour de France (2003)

• Kraftwerk: http://www.kraftwerk.com
• MoMA: http://www.moma.org

EMI officially breaks up with Grooveshark, Grooveshark tells its friends that it actually broke up with EMI, so there!

It was announced this week that EMI, the only major label to have set up a legitimate licensing deal with the shady service, is severing its ties to Grooveshark. While EMI’s impending merger with Universal probably helped support this move (seeing as how Universal as well as the other two majors, Sony and Warner Music Group, are already suing Grooveshark for use of their artists’ content without compensation), EMI put forth a simpler explanation, stating that Grooveshark failed to make any payments on a $450,000 promissory note signed at the time of the original licensing deal, way back in November 2011. Apparently the first payment of $100,000 was due this past March 15, and when Grooveshark failed to pay, the jig was up.

So how has Grooveshark responded? Well, let’s just say they’re being their usual polite, adult self. A statement released by the streaming site in response to the break with EMI noted that, “Grooveshark was recently forced to make the difficult decision to part ways with EMI due to EMI’s currently unsustainable streaming rates and EMI’s pending merger with Universal Music Group, which we consider monopolistic and in violation of antitrust laws. To date, Grooveshark has paid over $2.6 million to EMI, but we have yet to find sustainable streaming rates. In spite of this, Grooveshark’s dedication to artists and rights holders remains the same.”

Oh, that wily Grooveshark, always turning the tables! Of course it was you who broke up with EMI and not the other way around. And why would you owe them anything, anyway, since you gave them WAY more money than you were supposed to already? Stupid EMI, wanting compensation for use of their artists’ music as agreed upon in a legal contract.

Grooveshark does have a valid point with the whole “monopoly” claim, not that it seems particularly relevant to the issue at hand. A lack of licensing deals hasn’t stopped Grooveshark from doing its thing thus far, and the lack of one with EMI probably isn’t going to slow it down either. Until governments start throwing some weight behind the label’s desire to see the site go down in flames (which they’re likely to do sooner than later), Grooveshark will continue to operate in the weird delusional bubble that keeps them seemingly guilt free as they rake in the advertising dollars.

It appears Grooveshark may be legitimately scared this time, though, putting continued pressure on Digital Music News to fork over information about a potential whistleblower from within the Grooveshark Organization that may have contributed to the suits filed against the site by the major labels. Stay tuned as this story develops!

• Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com

Opeth are sad that you didn’t buy their music the first time around, so they’ll be reissuing it and you better get it this time!

Swedish metal dudes Opeth, who you recognize as the “kinda pretty” band that your younger brother listened to during his Goth phase, have been skulking around their Swedish villas all winter long. They’re upset that, even though the albums were popular, not nearly enough people bought 2002’s Deliverance, 2003’s Damnation, 2001’s Blackwater Park, or 2004’s Lamentations.

Accordingly, Opeth have de(i)cided to reissue all four albums, through The End Records and available for consuming on April 10 (my cat’s birthday!) and they’re really hoping that, finally, this time, they’ll all sell at least a billion copies. The boys in Opeth are also throwing in a brand-new bonus DVD with Blackwater Park, and a documentary about the recording of Damnation and Deliverance is included with Lamentations. “How much sweeter could they get?!” asks Opeth guitarist Michael Akerfeldt.

Well, it can get a whole lot sweeter when you go on tour, Mr. Akerfeldt. Which is exactly what they’re doing because Opeth have already announced (and are even already on) a pretty freakin’ long tour with that other metal band, Mastodon, that has run its course across Europe, Australia, and is just now about to inundate North America with loud-as-fuck guitars.

Opeth/Mastodon co-headlining tourdates:

04.06.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *!
04.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre * !
04.09.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory * #
04.10.12 - Wallingford, CT - The Dome * #
04.11.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom * #
04.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre * #
04.14.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection * #
04.15.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE * #
04.16.12 - Knoxville, TN - TN Theater * !
04.18.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom * #
04.19.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom * !
04.20.12 - San Antonio, TX - Back Stage Live * !
04.21.12 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street * !
04.23.12 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium * !
04.25.12 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues * #
04.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre * !
04.27.12 - Oakland, CA Fox Theatre * !
04.28.12 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort * #
04.30.12 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount * !
05.01.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre * !
05.03.12 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Center * !
05.04.12 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall * #
05.05.12 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon * !
05.06.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre * !
05.09.12 - Washington, DC - The Fillmore * #
05.10.12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore * #
05.11.12 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues * #
05.12.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park * #

* Ghost
# Mastodon closes show
! Opeth closes show

• Opeth: http://www.opeth.com
• The End: http://theendrecords.com

Unsound New York: Sun Araw, Actress, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Peaking Lights are playing. Pop some allergy meds and get out there!

2003 wasn’t just the year after Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. 2003 was the year Unsound Krakow started up, a festival that, according to its website, “is interested in the idea of cross-border collaboration, and thinking of the festival as a tool for commissioning and fostering new work.” 2010 wasn’t just the year before Strobo Trip. 2010 was the year Unsound New York cropped up, an offshoot of the Krakow festival that somehow brings together everything “from contemporary classical music to post-industrial sounds to black metal to new directions in bass driven club music.”

This year’s festival will take place April 18-22 across five different venues: BAMcinématek, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Public Assembly, Lincoln Center, and ISSUE Project Room. The lineup includes a number of artists from Eastern Europe as well as plenty from the USA and the UK: 2562, Actress, Baaba, Black Rain, Biosphere, Tomek Choloniewski, Dave Q, Demdike Stare, Distal, Eltron John, Jeremy Grimshaw, Laurel Halo, Heat Wave, Hieroglyphic Being, Mark Van Hoen, Julia Holter, Jenny Hval, Hype Williams, Inner Tube, Ital, Jacaszek, Julia Kent, Denis Kolokol, Kotra, Lustmord, LXMP, Maria Minerva, Monolake, Napszyklat, Next Life, Nguzungzu, Nondor Nevai, Peaking Lights, Andrea Pensado, Pole, Sepalcure, Sun Araw, Teeth, Throwing Snow, Dave Tompkins, Nate Wooley, Zemi17, and Zavoloka.

Any of those strike your fancy? Hit up the Unsound website for individual tickets (some of the events are free!!!)

Unsound Festival New York 2012 is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Goethe-Institut New York.

• Unsound: http://unsound.pl/en

  

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