Christopher Lee (Dracula, Lord of the Rings, other films) announces metal record, wears faded Black Sabbath shirt

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Christopher Lee, the famed actor known for Lord of the Rings and his portrayal of Dracula, is 91 years old. He may also be 15 years old. That is not a criticism of any kind, but many of Sir Lee’s interests align themselves cleanly with a number of kids I knew during my high school years. An obsession with fantasy tropes, an interest in early heavy metal, probably good grades in History and English classes, probably bad grades in Math. But if a 15 year-old with a three-hair mustache made a metal album called, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, it would be the sort of thing that gets you kicked out of the AV Club. When Christopher Lee does it, as The Guardian says he is, it makes perfect sense.

On May 27, Lee will release the aforementioned Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, the follow-up to his 2010 metal record Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. In composing the album’s music, Lee worked with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. However, the record’s guitar parts were not played by Faulkner, but instead by Hedras Ramos, who was 2009’s Guitar Idol runner-up, which is a contest I just learned about.

If you’ve heard the previous record in Lee’s Charlemagne series, perhaps you thought that it wasn’t quite 100% metal. Sure, 95% metal. Maybe. Well, Lee assures you that this one will be “100% metal,” at least in regards to his singing style. “I’ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal,” Lee said. “I’m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal.” My fears are assuaged. Not that I should have worried, because his previous record did win The Spirit of Metal prize at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards, which is another thing I just learned about.

• Christopher Lee: http://christopherleeweb.com

Ólafur Arnalds announces July tour of the US, declares that he is, for now, summer

Well excuse me for previously thinking that Ólafur Arnalds and cousin Ólöf Arnalds were actually the same person. Their music probably gets coverage from the same publications, and my mind tends to jumble words together whenever they exude the reliably confusing quality of being Icelandic, or just Nordic in general. “Ola… something something… Arnalds.” Likewise, it makes you wonder about the country’s ability to secretly plan something evil. Here’s a country with less than the population of Raleigh, North Carolina, speaking a language that hardly anyone grasps on a global level. Add that to the generally unthreatening, often extremely calming nature of the country’s musical output, and you have what could be a concerted effort to get everyone to, at least, think you’re harmless.

Just throwing that out there. Feel free to ponder possible conspiracies as you read about the following news: the more classical-minded Ólafur Arnalds is going on short tour of the US during the month of July. The tour consists of five dates and follows For Now I Am Winter, his latest album released this past March. He may not have been a participant in our showcase, but his performances at this year’s SXSW still received some pretty positive reviews. View a clip here.

Dates:

07.12.13 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Forever Masonic Lounge
07.13.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
07.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
07.17.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.18.13 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion

• Ólafur Arnalds: http://olafurarnalds.com

RIP: Henri Dutilleux, French composer

From the L.A. Times:

Henri Dutilleux, the French composer whose modernist music has received international acclaim and is performed regularly by major orchestras, died Thursday in Paris. He was 97.

His death was announced by his publisher, Schott Music. No cause of death has been released.

Dutilleux is widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. He wasn’t a prolific writer, but his style, singular voice and iconoclastic tendencies won him admirers around the world, inviting comparisons to fellow Frenchman Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen — though Dutilleux and the former reportedly did not always get along. […]

• Henri Dutilleux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Dutilleux

Load Records announces Humanbeast LP Venus Ejaculates into the Banquet, streams first single; #gross

Can’t a guy spend a nice late spring day sitting outside eating a ham and mayo sandwich while digging into his summer reading list without being forced to imagine a banquet stocked with the finest foods and wines being suddenly covered in a layer of sticky white fluid not entirely dissimilar to the delicious stuff he earlier slathered on the very ham and mayo sandwich that is currently on its way toward his mouth hole? I GUESS NOT.

If my rhetorical flourishes have not made it absolutely clear, the above-mentioned guy is me, and I just now heard tell of the latest Humanbeast record which is, believe it or not, called Venus Ejaculates into the Banquet. Now, I know Roman gods are all about “running amok” and “what have you,” but this is a bridge too far. Was there not, I don’t know, a sock or pair of old boxers around? Come on Venus, get your shit together. Some of us are eating.

Anyway, the Humanbeast record is out July 16 on Load Records, and you can stream the first single below. It’s called “Chandelier” as in, “the chandelier that Venus was swinging from all Errol Flynn-style as she ejaculated straight into everyone’s wine goblet.”

Humanbeast are also touring the US starting in June with Russian Tsarlag and they’ve advised concertgoers to bring condoms or ponchos. The most complete currently available listing of dates is below, but the band will add more as they arise on their blog.

Dates:

06.04.13 - Providence, RI - Dungeon C @ (Humanbeast Record Release Show)
06.06.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
06.08.13 - Chicago, IL - Situations #
06.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - House of Rock and Roll Science $
06.11.13 - Iowa City, IA - TBA
06.12.13 - St. Louis, MO - Apop %
06.13.13 - Kansas City, MO - TBA &&
06.14.13 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
06.18.13 - Olympia, WA - TBA $$
06.19.13 - Portland, OR - Multiplex
06.21.13 - Sacramento, CA - TBA %%
06.22.13 - Oakland, CA - The Church
06.23.13 - San Francisco, CA - Division of Labor Fest
06.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Not Not Fun
06.25.13 - Los Angeles - Mata ##
06.27.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunkspace
06.29.13 - Austin, TX - TBA *
07.01.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Human Conduct Records
07.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Apothecary
07.03.13 - Carrboro, NC - Quantum Instability &
07.04.13 - Baltimore, MD - The Bank
07.05.13 - New York, NY - TBA @@

@ Angels in Amerca, SHV
# Andy Ortman, Bomb Banks
$ Mar Harbrine, Prostate
% Larva, Ghost Ice
& Mark Van Fleet, Bad News
* BabyaspirinDVD
@@ Jane Pain
## Pedestrian Deposit, Unmanned
$$ Thee Source Ov Fawnation
%% Screature
&& Drew

• Humanbeast: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humanbeast/162383830480520
• Load: http://loadrecords.com

Prefuse 73 starts Yellow Year Records label, announces collab series featuring Teebs, Nathan Fake, Nosaj Thing, Garfield the Cat, a pizza delivery boy, Spiro T. Agnew, Mad Dog Murdock, a tomato, a human skull, and more

Does Prefuse 73 own a label? It’s a fair question. Guillermo Scott Herren seemed like he’d own a label. If I’m going with my gut, I would say, yes, Guillermo Scott Herren a.k.a. Prefuse 73 owns a label. But I’d be wrong! Except Pitchfork says that now I’m not wrong. Funny how time goes so quick like. Alongside Seattle photographer Angel Ceballos, Herren has started a new label: Yellow Year Records.

If you’ve got a label, you’ve got to put out some releases. This is really Owning-A-Label 101. As it turns out, Yellow Year Records has 12 releases planned, all part of a series of collaborative EPs titled Speak Soon. Through this series, Prefuse plans to work with Teebs, Nosaj Thing, Nathan Fake, Lapalux, Synkro, Dimlite, and, one would assume, six others. Because the world’s fun like that, allow me to predict the other six: Beetle Bailey of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, the ghost of William Shakespeare, Prince Paul, a box of matches, Harmony Korine, and Paul Anka. Check out the (unfortunately Paul Anka-less) trailer for the series below, which features music from Prefuse’s collaboration with Teebs:

• Prefuse 73: http://www.prefuse73.com
• Yellow Year: http://www.yellowyearrecords.com

Awesome Tapes from Africa have a new awesome tape: accordion-heavy Ethiopian cassette from Hailu Mergia

Awesome Tapes from Africa might be the most literal record label in the African Reissue game. They’ve got a new LP/CD/MP3/C60 release, guys. And it’s awesome. It was originally a tape. And you might wanna sit down from this one — IT’S FROM AFRICA! Ethiopia, to be exact. It’s from a gentleman named Hailu Mergia, who reworked classic songs from his home country into super awesome reimaginings based around that holy trinity of instruments, accordion, keyboards, and “low-key rhythm machine.” Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument drops June 25.

Now, it might not be so easy to catch the majority of these purveyors of awesome tapes in action. But that’s why the Good Lord gave us DJ nights, isn’t it? (He must’ve given them to us for some reason.) Perhaps this is also why he gave us Germany — specifically for the Awesome Tapes from Africa guys to DJ in. I mean, Dude is DJing there in three different Deutsche cities in a month. Hell, I’m not even going to be in Germany next month, let alone DJing in it.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set dates:

06.07.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
06.08.13 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
06.13.13 - Luzern, Switzerland - B-Sides Festival
06.14.13 - Montabaur, Germany - B-05 Galerie
06.15.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
06.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Chalet
06.21.13 - Lille, France - 240
06.22.13 - Hanover, Germany - Theaterformen

• Awesome Tapes from Africa: http://www.awesometapes.com