Death Grips cancel their already-released new album so they can go on world tour

Death Grips cancel their already-released new album so they can go on world tour

You know what I think is just so sexy??? When people I don’t really know promise me certain stuff on the internet and then do slightly different stuff. Oh man, just thinking about it makes me want to, I dunno, fucking email someone right now about something I plan to do… and then DO SOMETHING KINDA DIFFERENT IN PRACTICE. Mmm, yeah. Like, maybe I’ll promise someone that I’ll make and release two albums in 2012 and then do one of them, but then promise to tour it for a long time instead of working on the pre-promised follow-up, then cancel those dates to work on that follow-up, then release said followup way earlier than my label even thought I was going to and under a freakin’ Creative Commons license that allows the music to be used for free by anyone for any purpose, then email that person back with a big old slab of tourdates???

Oh man, nothing gets my motor running like convoluted, internet age bullshit! Well, okay, maybe NSFW album covers with huge shlongs on them…

Death Grips dates:

10.27.12 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
11.01.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.02.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4
11.03.12 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11.05.12 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
11.06.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
11.07.12 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom #
11.08.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Bitterzoet
11.10.12 - Lyon, France - Riddim Collision Festival
11.13.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11.14.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.16.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
11.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
11.19.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
11.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
01.18.13 - Sydney, Australia - Big Day Out Festival, Sydney Showgrounds
01.20.13 - Southport, Australia - Big Day Out Festival, Parklands
01.25.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Big Day Out Festival, Adelaide Convention Centre
01.26.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Big Day Out Festival, Flemington Racecourse
01.28.13 - Perth, Australia - Big Day Out Festival, McCallum Park

# The Bug

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Dracula Lewis asks you to bounce to the beat of your own bleakness on new Permafrost 12-inch

Dracula Lewis is the dude behind the great Hundebiss label, which has been responsible for some fantastically hypnotic and warped releases over the last few years by Aaron Dilloway, Hair Police, Angels in America, and él-g, to name a few, plus a VHS collection of video work by Hype Williams and the Rapture Adrenaline feature film by James Ferraro. Now the bloodsucking fiend himself wants a piece of the pie, having just signed with Berlin’s Souterrain Transmissions and preparing a prickly 12-inch EP of cold dub proceedings that are equal parts bounce, buzz, and BLURGHHH.

Permafrost is arriving on November 5 in limited physical quantities (first 100 on orange vinyl) and infinite digital copies, with a Robert Beatty-designed cover that visualizes the “gaseous spider web” quality of Dracula Lewis’ music. Listen to the title track below, and remember to pop that ass to keep warm this winter.

Permafrost tracklist:

A1. Chrome Riderz (feat. Stargate)
A2. Permafrost
B1. Marble Eyez
B2. Spacies

Dates (all supporting The Soft Moon):

11.15.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
11.17.12 - Lyon, France - Le Sonic
11.18.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.19.12 - Stuttgart, Germany - 1210
11.20.12 - Köln, Germany - MTC
11.21.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.22.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
11.23.12 - London, UK - Cargo
11.24.12 - Bristol, UK - Start the Bus
11.25.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell Social Club
11.26.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
11.27.12 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
11.28.12 - Brighton, UK - Greenstore
11.30.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
12.01.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
12.02.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meat Factory
12.03.12 - München, Germany - Orangehouse

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Cold Cave share SPOOKY new song, go on SPOOKY tour with decidedly non-SPOOKY Divine Fits

BOOOOOO, I’m a ghost. I was once a guy, but now I’m dead, so I’m a ghost. I left some unfinished business on Earth and here I am floating around. What kind of unfinished business? Eh, I don’t know, probably need to take revenge on whoever killed me. But I’ve been dead for, like, forever, so that guy’s probably dead, too. Tough break, but whatevs.

Since I’m floating around here, might as well talk about Cold Cave. Those dark, new-wave folks have a new track out with the very Cold Cave title “A Little Death to Laugh.” Listen to it via YouTube below, and if you’re so inclined, buy it on a 7-inch here. Only a limited quantity of those 7-inches are available through the web, the first 50 of which will be signed by Cold Cave themselves. If you can’t get one through there, you’ll have a chance to buy it on the band’s fall tour with Divine Fits, who, honestly, aren’t nearly spooky enough for these guys. Then again, they did cover a song by pre-Birthday Party group The Boys Next Door and that’s pretty spooky, so maybe that not-spooky talk was uncalled for.

Once the Divine Fits/Cold Cave tour ends, Cold Cave are heading to Los Angeles to record their follow-up to last year’s Cherish the Light Years (TMT Review). If all goes as planned, we should be seeing that record in early 2013. By the way, the touring version of Cold Cave now contains Hunter Burgan of AFI, London May of Samhain, and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers. That is the spookiest lineup of all time. You cannot argue against me on this, because I am a ghost.

A Little Death to Laugh tracklist:

A. A Little Death to Laugh
B1. Young Prisoner Dreams of Romance
B2. Tristen Corbière

Cold Cave dates:

10.18.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.19.12 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
10.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Getty
10.21.12 - New York, NY - Webster *
10.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
10.24.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport *
10.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square *
10.26.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe *
10.27.12 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10.28.12 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln *
10.29.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
10.30.12 - TBA
10.31.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s *
11.01.12 - El Paso, TX - Low Brow *
11.02.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rock *
11.03.12 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s *
11.04.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda *

* Divine Fits

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Sufjan Stevens unveils new Christmas box set, symbolically choosing materialism over Jesus

Ah, Christmastime. Nothing makes hip, modern, post-religion, avant-rockin’ Logical positivists and the devout, spiritual, indie-folkin’ faithful feel mutually awkward like Jesus Christ The Redeemer’s annual goofy-as-fuck Madison Avenue birthday orgy. And no indie rock musician working today is short-circuiting under the terrible strain of being both of those kinds of people at the same time (and then documenting the smoldering, gooey aftermath on albums) than our man Sufjan. Fortunately for us, though, we get to clap and laugh and boo and cheer from the safety of the sidelines with a cup of rum-spiked hot chocolate while Stevens does enough weirding-out for all of us. And hey, isn’t that what saviors are for, anyway? Pass the Kahlua, hot cousin!

So yeah, just in time for the sadgasm of 2012’s holiday season, here come volumes 6-10 of Stevens’ Songs for Christmas series, entitled Silver and Gold: Songs for Christmas. In accordance with Pitchfork, this new yuletide offering consists of five EPs and will feature guest appearances from The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed “Not Win Butler” Perry, Raymond Raposa of Castanets, and several others. It’ll be available both physically (as a CD box set) and digitally on November 13 via Asthmatic Kitty and will also see release as a vinyl box set “some time later this year or early 2013.” Being that its release approaches an annual stuff-getting holiday, the physical versions of the box will come with all sorts of whacky incentives, such as “stickers, temporary tattoos, a holiday ornament, an ‘apocalyptic’ poster, lyric sheets and chord charts, and music for playing along, ‘hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design’ by Sufjan himself, and liner notes.” The vinyl also comes with its own crazy-balls coloring book (a page from which you can check out here) because who hasn’t imagined what Santa Claus looks like with fewer clothes on?

The whole tracklist and whatnot is viewable over on Stevens’ Bandcamp page, and you can also snag the set’s closing track there, “Christmas Unicorn,” for free. You know, it goes down pretty good with all this Kahlua!

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett working on an album of jazz duets! Nutty, cuckoo, super jazz duets!

Quick! If there’s two struggling, minor-player celebrities out there who could both use a serious boost to their public profiles and would therefore be savvy to pool their totally like-minded creative visions and unfortunately limited PR resources to the mutual benefit of both of their criminally under-examined careers, who would they be?

Exactly! Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

I know, I know; you’ve probably never heard of either of those artists, but trust me when I tell you (based on my research as a music journalist) that these are two hungry crooners that both have something to prove, and this collaborative album thing that FACT reported on earlier is sure to go a long way in busting their audience bases wide open. All they gotta do is think of a genre that everyone likes and takes seriously… hmm… HMM………… Eureka! Fuckin’ JAZZ. Everyone likes that shit. This is gonna go over like gangbusters, I can feel it. What a good use of everyone’s time, talent, energy, focus, and resources! Recently, I met up with one of the struggling singers, Mr. Bennett, outside of his Clarion in Windsor to get some serious HARD FACTS about the situation.

Hey, why don’t you explain the auspicious details of how such a potent stick of creative dynamite was born, Tony Bennett?

“Of all things, she called me from New Zealand and said, ‘I want to do a jazz album with you.’ And I said, ‘You got it!’ So that’s one of the things we’re gonna do.”

Uh. Any- anything else? Like, what’s the instrumentation like?

”[…] a big swing band.”

Oh. Cool. Well, like, I remember that you guys did do that one Rodgers and Heart tune together last year for your Duets II record. Whose standards are you singing this time? Probably some real classics, eh?

I can’t mention the composer because I don’t want anybody to do it before we do it, but there’s a great composer that’s very underrated, very famous, but not as famous as Gershwin or Porter. But he did as many hit songs as anybody, and so we’re gonna do a big swinging album.

Hmm. Well, when is this big swinging album coming out?

Wait, you haven’t started it yet?

Oh. When are you, y’know, gonna do that?

as soon as I can.

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Archaeologists uncover the “lost” second album from C86 band The Servants

Anglophiles rejpice! The “lost” second album from C86 band The Servants is due for a release later this year. The album, Small Time was shelved way back in 1991 with the dissolution of the David Westlake-led band. The demos that were recorded around that time and will be released as part of a two-disc set. In addition to Small Time, a second disc titled Hey Hey We’re the Manqués, featuring demos, alternate takes, and rehearsal versions of songs from their first album, Disinterest will be included in the package. Think of it as two albums worth of jangley guitars for the price of one!

The Servants (and C86 bands in general) seem to be getting their due recently as Captured Tracks released a retrospective compilation Youth Club Disco last year.

Unfortunately, US fans might have to wait a bit. The Small Time reissue is due out in the UK on Cherry Red Records on October 22 with no US release announced as of press time.

Small Time tracklist

01. Everybody Has a Dream
02. Don’t Leave Town
03. People Going Places
04. Complete Works
05. Daiting Then Waiting
06. Born to Dance
07. Motivation
08. Let’s Live A Little
09. Aim in Life
10. Rejection
11. Fear Eats the Soul
12. The Thrill of it All
13. All Talk
14. Out of Your Life
15. Slow Dancing
16. Born to Dance (Alt Version)
17. The Thrill of it All (Alt Version)
18. All Talk (Alt Version)
19. Out Of Your Life (Alt Version)

Hey Hey We’re The Manqués tracklist:

01. The Word Around Town
02. She Whom Once I Dreamt Of
03. You’d Do Me Good
04. She Grew and She Grew
05. She’s Always Hiding
06. Look Like a Girl
07. Third Wheel
08. Thin-Skinned
09. Hey, Mrs John
10. They Should Make a Statue
11. Move Out
12. Big Future
13. Restless
14. The Power of Woman
15. Hush Now
16. Afterglow
17. Self-Destruction

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