Cassette Store Day becomes a reality, just in time to stop the menace of home taping

Cassette Store Day becomes a reality, just in time to stop the menace of home taping

While vinyl records were basking in their glorious limelight like the winner of a beauty pageant thanks in part to a certain Record Store Day, the nearby cassette has been wringing its hands in second place jealousy. If one could listen into the dark background, you might hear this: “someday, I’ll have my own day, and then, and then…”

Well looky here lil’ cassette, YOUR OWN DAMN DAY! According to the official Cassette Day website, this is now a thing. Move over Record Store Day! Same with you Boxing Day! Go fuck yourself National Doughnut Day! Once September 7 rolls around, we are going off the hook! Me and the whole Riboflavin family are gonna be buying cassettes like Cracklin’ Oat Bran. New cassettes from Fucked Up and Fair Ohs we will stack to our eyeballs, not to mention HOT reissues of classics by The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and At The Drive-In. It’s like side A/side B Pokémon over here, we are gonna catch ‘em ALL!

“Buuut Wibofwavin,” you say to me in the most adorable voice, “I bowght a tape at wecowd stowre day. Pwus my town doesn’t have a cassette stowre!” Ditto, dude. All participating stores (who, and don’t kill the messenger here, may or may not be dedicated cassette-only stores), will be announced next week. So maybe your local Hastings will hit up the warehouse and fill the shelves with unsold Quiet Riot and Rush tapes, who knows. What I do know is that if Hastings starts telling people to, “come on dowwwwn and buy new music from Art Is Hard and everybody’s favorite label Mirror Universe,” I will gladly punch myself in the face in public. Is Hastings even a thing anymore?

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen compose the score for Wayne McGregor’s modern dance piece Atomos, make crying jags fashionable again

Sometimes crying is okay. As a male in a society that expects us to be emotionally detached, this can be a difficult prospect, which is where A Winged Victory for the Sullen comes into the picture. Theirs is music to have a good, strong and manly cry to. They know this; at concerts they pass out little packets of tissues at the door and the venues’ trashcans are inevitably overflowing with balled-up, snotty wads of Kleenex by the end of the show.

For those of us who enjoy this kind of emotional masochism/catharsis, there is good news: A Winged Victory for the Sullen have composed new music for Wayne McGregor’s modern dance piece Atomos. How their floating, ethereal music translates into dance is difficult to picture. Hopefully, openly weeping has been incorporated into the choreography.

Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie will be providing a live soundtrack for Atomos at its premiere in London at Sadler’s Well and a spate of warm-up dates leading up to it. Little pockets of emotional catharsis are going to be popping up all over the UK come October. Better invest in some hankies.

Tour dates:

15.-16.03. MONTCLAIR, NJ (US) – Atomos US Premiere at Montclair State U
17.-19.03. KRANKY TOUR (US) – venues tbc.
20.-23.03. MONTCLAIR, NJ (US) – Atomos at Montclair State U

10.01.13 - London, UK - Village Underground
10.02.13 - Reading, UK - South Sea Arts Center
10.03.13 - Leicester, UK - Bishop Street Church
10.04.13 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage
10.09-12.13 - London, UK - Sadler’s Well (Atomos world premiere)
03.15-16.14 - Montclair, NJ - Montclair State U (Atomos US premiere)
03.20-23.14 - Montclair, NJ - Montclair State U

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Kim Gordon and Bill Nace prep Body/Head tour and album on Matador; Kim Gordon does some art, too

I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Kim Gordon. I mean, she talked about the dissolution of her marriage to Elle a while back and that article bounced around the web. So there’s that, I guess. We also know she’s been working with avant garde dude Bill Nace for a project called Body/Head and that they’ve played some festival dates and put out a limited release or two but she most certainly kept a lower profile than (possibly) ex-bandmate Lee Ranaldo and (definitely) ex-husband Thurston Moore. Until this fall anyway.

Gordon and Nace have announced a debut album proper and an accompanying (short) US tour. Coming Apart is due out September 10 on 2xLP and CD from Matador (as were Moore’s and Ranaldo’s albums). The album represents a shift in the duo’s approach to music making. Initially started as an improvisational and instrumental project, Gordon slowly started to incorporate vocals into the mix. As time, the occasional live date, and studio sessions went on, vocals and some semblance of structure began to emerge. That isn’t to say there’s no room for long, jammy improvisations. There’s bound to be plenty of that.

In addition to the record release, Gordon will be opening an art exhibit at the White Columns Gallery in New York. The exhibition is titled Design Office with Kim Gordon since 1980 and runs from September 7 to October 19. A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, Gordon’s Design Office is something of an experimental/psychological interior decoration project that she started in 1980 and if the title of the exhibition wasn’t a giveaway, it collects the work she’s done on the project over the past 30+ years.

Anyway, back to the music. Here are the upcoming tourdates:

09.10.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
09.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
09.13.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
09.14.13 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing *
09.21.13 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival
09.24.13 - Chicago, IL - Museum of Contemporary Art
09.25.13 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
10.02.13 - Augusta GA - Sacred Heart Cultural Center at Westobou Festival

* (also features a speaking engagement from Gordon)

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Lil B (#BasedGod) has inspired a senior fashion thesis collection (#BasedGod), and now you can preorder some of these items online (#BasedGod)

“They look at me and see a black man? I feel like a white woman” - Lil B

“Fuck a Maserati I pull up in a minivan swaggin’ like a mommy” - Lil B

“Nikki Minaj I’m the finest bitch out, ya feel me?” - Lil B

“20 on my dick because I look like Miss America” - Lil B

“I’m Miley Cyrus” - Lil B

“I look like Paris Hilton” - Lil B

“Suck my dick because I look like JK Rowling” - Lil B

Maybe we should have seen this coming; the combination of Lil B’s “swag to the maximum” and women’s fashion seems like a natural thing, it just feels right, right? He has always been comfortably in touch with his feminine side, errr… or at least comfortable claiming to look like famous white female celebrities. Luckily (phew) that vision is one step closer now that anyone (Lil B included) can snag some ladies’ threads with The BasedGod’s image not-so-subtly emblazoned about them.

The Fader has hipped us to the fact that a senior thesis clothing collection inspired by Lil B’s swagger recently showcased at the Parson’s school graduation fashion show. Aptly entitled “BASED,” the collection includes a bomber jacket, custom Timberland boots, a fishnet skirt, and even full-length dresses. All of these, of course (duh), are drenched in the deliciously BASED image of Bay Area rapper and free-form genius Lil B. Some of designer Isabel Simpson-Kirsch’s handmade pieces can be pre-ordered here, but only for a very limited time, so hit it quick. If you ever wanted to counter Lil B lyrics like “you’re on my dick” with a pair of boxers with his face literally ON your dick, this is your golden opportunity. And for those in need of a serious Lil B refresher course, or a fitting introduction to this amorphous rapper’s work, I defer you to the writings of resident BasedGod expert C Monster, cuz he BASED AS FUCK!

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Wooden Wand plans new album for Three Lobed Recordings, out in October, does so very sneakily (better check your cabinets)

You might have lost track of Wooden Wand some years back.

Well, Mr. Press Release, some might have, but I certainly didn’t. He’s right… ugh! That rascal! Where did he go??

No one would blame you.

I blame me! He, James Jackson Toth, the fella at the center of Wooden Wand was right here a minute ago. I saw him!

But even those that couldn’t hope to keep up with the endlessly prolific Mr. Toth took notice of 2011’s ragged glorious Briarwood album.

Now you’re really starting to hurt my feelings, Press Release. Are you just looking for a reason to fire me as Toth’s babysitter? I need that money! Don’t you think I’m capable of telling the people about Briarwood? Remember when we talked about that re-issued version with the demo tracks? I’m totally aware of this year’s Blood Oaths of the New Blues (TMT Review). I’d describe it as sorta, I don’t know, spookier, and maybe a little more languid than Briarwood

The languid and spooky 2013 follow-up, Blood Oaths of the New Blues


Like its two predecessors, Wooden Wand & the World War IV was…

Okay, Press Release, are you gonna let me do the heavy lifting here or not? I mean, I did read you after all. Maybe I get a little distracted sometimes, but I can certainly inform these nice folks about the new release, Wooden Wand & the World War IV. I know it was recorded with the same group of folks that worked with Toth on Briarwood and Blood Oaths of the New Blues down in Homewood, Alabama. I am also well aware of the fact that it’s out on Three Lobed recordings on October 15, and that you can pre-order it now. It’s also part of a limited release (1000 copies), so we should all act fast, especially since, as we’ve seen, Toth is feisty and mysterious.

Visit our Bandcamp site to listen to a sample track, “I Hate the Nightlife.”

Dude, I was seriously about to say that. I was just trying to get the embed code right. You know how bad I am with HTML!

Wooden Wand & the World War IV tracklist:

01. Someday This Child Will Die
02. Directions to Debbie Harry’s House
03. Complain Dept.
04. I Hate the Nightlife
05. Our Father the Monster
06. Human Instrument
07. McDonald’s on the Moon

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Björk announces release of Android for Biophilia! … Oops, I mean: Biophilia for Android

Because the world was turning Icelandic-fucking-blue holding its breath waiting for this Biophilia app/album thingy (TMT Review) to come out for devices other than those snooty Apple ones that like nobody owns or likes or uses or even really knows much about, famed singer-songwriter Björk Hansen (best known for her Karaoke classic hit “It’s Oh So Quiet”) announced today that, though a collaboration with San Francisco-based company Apportable, she is officially releasing the apps/album (or maybe “appalbum”?) for Android tablets and phones.

As we all know (because the thing came out like two years ago), the 10 Biophilia apps were created to correlate to a corresponding song from the album. What many of us kind of ignored because we’re jerks, though, is that the apps were/are meant to serve mostly as “the cornerstone of the Biophilia Educational Program, which incorporates the apps in a series of interactive workshops to bring science and music instruction to students around the world.” So, now that they’re coming out for Android, they will be able to serve a much wider market of students and educators around the world. Or, in Björk’s words (don’t worry, they’re English words):

The Biophilia Educational Program is a new way to teach children about science and music. It has met with success in many cities, sparking interest from kids and educators from all over the world, from South America to East Asia to Africa. The most interest has come from students from low-income households and schools with underfunded art budgets, and the only way to bring the project to those people is to have Biophilia reprogrammed for Android and Windows 8.

As for Apportable, they’re all, you know, “honored that Björk has chosen Apportable’s technology to power Biophilia’s much-anticipated arrival on Android” and stuff, according to CEO Collin Jackson. “Just as it broke new ground for interactive music apps with its original iOS release, Biophilia is breaking the boundaries of cross-platform mobile development as the first-ever Objective-C music app on Android.” And yeah, those boundaries can now be broken for the low, low download price of $12.99 in the Android Market. So hop it it, music educators of the world!!! What are you waiting for? Leonard Bernstein is fucking dead! Björk and some tablets are what you’ve got to work with now.

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