Chad VanGaalen done with Women, continues touring to busy himself

Chad VanGaalen done with Women, continues touring to busy himself

Having taken a small break last year from his own work to produce Women’s Public Strain (TMT Review), Chad VanGaalen has since released his fourth album, Diaper Island (recorded in his studio, Yoko Eno!), bringing his visceral indie sounds with him and ultimately to you, his biggest fans. The Calgary talent will finally hit stateside on October 6 in Portland, OR before finishing out the last jaunt of his tour in his Canadian homeland,

By the way, you know VanGaalen’s a fantastic animator too, right?


10.06.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.08.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
10.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival
10.10.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
10.13.11 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
10.14.11 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10.15.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rio Theater
10.22.11 - Halifax, NS - St. Antonio’s Community Hall
10.23.11 - Fredericton, NB - Capital Bar
10.25.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
10.26.11 - Kingston, ON - Chalmers United Church
10.27.11 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub
10.28.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
11.04.11 - Edmonton, AB - Myer Horowitz Theatre
11.05.11 - Calgary, AB - Central United Church
11.16.11 - Regin, SK - The Exchange
11.17.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Roxy Theater
11.18.11 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre

• Chad VanGaalen:
• Sub Pop:

Real Estate (the band) announce album details and fall tour; Real Estate (the thing) announces its market is still fucked…

If you fancy yourself a big fan of New Jersey song-singers Real Estate, but you didn’t know that their sophomore album (and Domino debut) Days is due out October 18 in the US and October 17 in the UK, then you might not really be such a big fan after all. You might just like summertime, barbecues on the beach, and hitter boxes where the little hitter thing it painted up like a cigarette so you can drive around in broad daylight smoking weed in your car without anyone noticing unless they look at you for too long, which no one will because because, duh, you’re always in motion. Unless I’m at a stoplight, in which case I’ll I gotta do is hold that shit in and keep my hands down. ‘Cept at that one light that’s like, foreverlong! Ugh! I remember that one time last winter, when… I mean, but anyway, so, yeah: Real Estate. Good band. New record. You got that, right? Cool. ‘Graph 2, here we come!

Days was recorded with Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen) in a New Paltz, NY barn-cum-studio and is dorkily described in the press release as “a coming of age moment for childhood friends Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, and Alex Bleeker,” which makes me think that something kind of freaky went down in that barn. It’ll be available on CD, cassette, and vinyl, but Domino has an exclusive vinyl preorder that includes a “white label bootleg 12-inch of the band’s June 30, 2011 live performance at Brooklyn venue 285 Kent Ave.” Basically, it’s a live preview of the whole record, recorded by NYC Taper and limited to only 300 copies. So, you know, “act now!” or whatever (sheesh, Domino should be throwing me some money for all this).

So, now that we’ve established that there’s a new Real Estate album coming out, there must be a new tour happening, right? Well, yes. Yes there is. After a few hang-outs in Europe and the UK, they’ll be jamming through the US starting on Halloween night in Chicago. They’ve also hinted that they will soon unveil the details of a free New York record release party taking place sometime in October on their Twitter thingy (@realestateband), so stick that in your hitter box and smoke it… while driving… to a beach BBQ. With some babes.

Days tracklisting:

01. Easy
02. Green Aisles
03. It’s Real
04. Kinder Blumen
05. Out of Tune
06. Municipality
07. Wonder Years
08. Three Blocks
09. Younger Than Yesterday
10. All The Same


10.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet Club
10.22.11 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan Club
10.23.11 - Brighton, UK - Hanbury Ballroom
10.24.11 - Manchester, UK - Now Wave @ Islington Mill
10.25.11 - London, UK - The Garage #
10.26.11 - Bristol, UK - Start The Bus
10.27.11 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Bitterzoet
10.28.11 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Festival
10.31.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TBD
11.03.11 - Denver, CO - Moe’s
11.04.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11.05.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
11.06.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11.07.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
11.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.13.11 - San Diego, CA - Sunset Temple
11.14.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Sail Inn
11.16.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.17.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
11.18.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
11.19.11 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies
11.20.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Art Works
11.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.23.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

* Big Troubles
# Twin Sister, Trailer Trash Tracys

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EU recordings granted 20-year copyright extension, old guard kept from heading to the poor house

Artists, producers, and label executives across the EU are praising a new ruling that extends copyright protection for sound recordings from the existing 50 years to 70 years. The new regulation also sets up a fund for session players, creates an ‘out’ for artists whose recorded music isn’t properly made available for sale by labels, and establishes a ‘clean slate’ clause that doesn’t punish artists whose recording sales don’t cover their up-front advances.

One argument for the extension purports that the expiration of upcoming copyrights on recordings by artists whose songs are more or less part of the public consciousness — The Beatles being the most obvious example — would prevent advertisers from supporting new and upcoming artists by relying on highly popular yet copyright-free material to sell their products and services. One imagines that Apple would still lean heavily on the indie community to sell its phones and MP3 players, but in a post-1960s copyright expiration world, anything could be possible.

In other words, Paul McCartney is no longer expected to begin his rapid descent into poverty. No word yet on the state of Ringo Starr, though one hopes he’s doing just fine in his Octopus garden.

• The Beatles:

Northern Spy bring hope, launch Spy Music Fest: Zs, Bird Names, Haunted House, etc.

Do you ever just lie on the ground in a deep depression, fantasizing about murdering Zooey Deschanel and wishing you had something more to look forward to than your own death? Just me? Well, at least I can postpone therapy for now while the stars have aligned and gifted me with one last treasure to anticipate. Brooklyn-based Northern-Spy Records has officially existed for one year and are accordingly throwing a one-year anniversary festival in celebration of their first 16 releases. The melancholia-lifting event will be held October 1-2 at Shea Stadium and Zebulon Cafe in Brooklyn and features the label roster (Zs, Bird Names, Colin L. Orchestra, Spanish Donkey, etc.) together for the first time in one place.

Northern Spy Records was founded by former staff of innovative jazz imprint ESP-Disk’ and has dedicated its first year as a diverse, artist-run label to releasing cutting-edge, boundary-pushing music from free improvisation to no wave to popular music.

Along with incredible performances, the festival will feature Northern Spy’s recurrent pop-up record fair program, which has worked collaboratively with New York area vinyl collectors and underground labels to bring rare stock to special locations around the Northeast. This edition will feature over 2,000 pieces of vintage vinyl titles, a host of local underground label titles, limited-edition tour merch and back catalog titles from the Northern Spy roster, including rare test pressings of NS 001-016. Holy shit! Between this and Neon Marshmallow fest, I’m going to be busy in October, which means Deschanel is safe for now.

Also, please mark your calendars for another great event that Northern Spy is presenting on September 22 at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn with free-jazz saxophone legend Arthur Doyle and His New Quiet Screamers. And don’t forget the Diamond Terrifier record release show on September 17!

Spy Music Festival lineup:

Saturday, October 1, Shea Stadium:

Bird Names
Colin L. Orchestra
Dan Melchior und das Menace
Eleven Twenty-Nine
Haunted House
Tickle Polyester (DJ set)
Weyes Blood (DJ set)

Sunday, October 2, Zebulon Cafe

The Spanish Donkey
Angels in America
Weyes Blood
Tickle Polyester (DJ Set)
Heavy Hymns (DJ Set)

• Northern Spy:

Alva Noto to release new album univrs on Raster-Noton, conscious beings of the Universe rejoice

Is there a single glitch musician more renowned, accomplished, and innovative than Germany’s Carsten Nicolai, a.k.a. Alva Noto? That’s a rhetorical question. There really isn’t. In addition to the two superb collaborative albums already released this year, Summvs with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Id with Ryoji Ikeda (under the inclusive moniker, Cyclo.), Nicolai, as Alva Noto, will be releasing univrs, his first solo album of the year, on October 17.

As the relevant press release reveals, univrs will be the unofficial sequel to Unitxt (TMT Review) from 2008 and will, from a conceptual point of view, focus on language as a source of unification and universality, as opposed to an idea concerned with bits or units of information. I won’t bother surmising in detail what this may indicate from a musical standpoint, but I think it’s reasonable to expect something less fluctuating and a bit more fluid and engrossing.

In addition to the standard album release, there will also be the option to purchase a CD+DVD special-edition version, available exclusively from the Raster-Noton web store. This edition will include two booklets explaining the visual concept behind the live performance of univrs, as well as videos of the performance itself and of the ‘uni acronym video stills,’ a series of 208 three-letter acronyms set in alphabetical order, designed to create a ‘random narrative.’

Those unfamiliar with Nicolai might be inclined to consider this a mammoth undertaking. In reality, this is exactly the type of achievement that fans of his work have come to expect.

univrs tracklisting:

01. uni c
02. uni fac
03. uni asymmetric tone
04. uni rec
05. uni dia
06. uni iso
07. uni mode
08. uni acronym feat. Anne-James Chaton
09. uni asymmetric noises
10. uni deform
11. uni asymmetric III-IIII
12. uni syc
13. uni asymmetric sweep
14. uni pro

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• Raster-Noton:

Members of Fucked Up and Tokyo Police Club to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 144 times in a row; Kurt Cobain getting chafed from all the rolling in his grave

Kurt Cobain’s attempt to compose the perfect pop song his way (and with a little help from The Pixies and Boston’s “More than a Feeling”) resulted in 1991’s Nevermind opening track and hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The track became the anthem of 90s teen angst and a theme song for the grunge movement in general. It also eventually became the most overplayed and abused song to ever come from an unlikely successful and punk-inspired group. Even worse, it was endorsed by the audiences in which the band considered themselves in opposition. I recall sitting at a pep rally in junior high as the cheerleaders danced to it and the football players cheered. I wanted nothing to do with Nirvana anymore. Anal Cunt was my jam after that.

Since the early 90s, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has further been exhausted by oblivious tools such as Hannah Montana, Metallica, Flyleaf (yeah, I don’t know, some Christian band), Chris Brown (he just kind of dances to the actual track), and some kid on American Idol. And now, after you’ve just exited an elevator that was playing a muzak version of it, here’s an announcement about one more version: a number of Ontario rockers will meet up at the Toronto Underground Cinema to perform Nirvana’s beaten-to-death ditty 144 times in a row on October 1 as their contribution to the many Nevermind 20th anniversary festivities this year. That’s right, 144 times.

The performance, titled A Brief History of Rebellion, will feature a rotating cast of musicians, including members of Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up, Woodhands, Gallows, One Hundred Dollars, The Flatliners, Junior Battles, Buck 65, and D-Sisive, with even more musicians to be announced in the coming weeks. Lyrics will be provided to audience members who would like to chant along.

It goes without saying that this doesn’t need to happen. At all. But in defense of the organizers of this event, perhaps this is more of a performance art piece? To overplay the overplayed. To create a live experience of the song’s strength and meaning decaying through repetition, right in front of your face. Nah, they don’t know what they’re doing. This is just another performance presented by Juicebox, which runs as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a series of all-night events taking place throughout Toronto on October 1 to “celebrate the arts.”