Death Grips to fans: FUCK YUH! Tour apparently canceled, new album to be released in the fall

Death Grips to fans: FUCK YUH! Tour apparently canceled, new album to be released in the fall

Not two weeks after announcing an extension to their spring/summer Money Store tour, Pitchfork brings us the news that Death Grips have done a 180 and cancelled their tour in its entirety. The band dropped the news on Facebook, bluntly stating, “we are dropping out to complete next album NO LOVE [reportedly to be released Fall 2012]. see you when it’s done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows).” The resulting comments are a mix of outrage and disgust. It seems as if the band, what with all their current critical adulation, wanted to stir some shit up to maintain their gruff relationship with the public. It has worked.

No word on refunds, but a quick check of the venue where they’re supposed to play in Chicago still shows tickets for sale. Hopefully this is just a really bad joke and the shows aren’t actually cancelled; otherwise, someone needs to give these 40-odd venues a heads up.

Tourdates ??:

05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy

05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger

05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse

05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega

05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center

05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store

05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette

05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm

05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301

05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn

06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival

06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin

06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan

06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc

06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen

06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang

06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound

06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery

06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s

06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri

06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar

06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme

06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck

06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club

06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile

06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s

07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

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• Epic:

James Chance and the Contortions to release new album Incorrigible! possibly by the time you’ve read this, but shhh!

The French have been entirely too preoccupied with giving President Nicolas Sarkozy the figurative boot to his derrière lately. It’s one thing to wax poetic about the dangers of economic austerity in the midst of a crisis; it’s quite another to let that concern for the future of your country prevent you from informing your English-speaking friends around the world about a brand new release from one of the most well-known bands to represent New York’s No Wave scene during the late 1970s.

Actually, who knows what their rationale is, but here are the facts: on May 9 (this week), James Chance and the Contortions are releasing Incorrigible!, a full-length follow-up to their EP of the same name released back in 2010, and their first album in more than a decade. Why the short notice? It seems that the French promotional company that works with James Chance has focused their efforts entirely inside their home country. At the time of writing, a quick Google search reveals that there is almost zero information about this album written in English. We didn’t receive a press release; instead, we’ve had to rely on the skills of our in-house French translator, Chaton, to decipher pages like this one. It’s about time Chaton put in some work around here. He’s always laying about and obsessively cleaning himself.

Curiously, according to its listing on Rate Your Music, Incorrigible! also, apparently, received a promotional release way back in November. So much for the “promotional” aspect, I guess. The album itself was recorded between Rennes, France, and New York during the summer and fall of 2011. Also, you can preview the entire album for free here, which is good, since it looks like the initial release will be limited to Europe and Japan. The whole thing sounds pretty jazzy.

Incorrigible! tracklisting:

01. Dislocation
02. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
03. The Splurge
04. It Depends on the Amount
05. Pull the Plug
06. Yesterdays
07. Oz
08. Terminal City
09. Incorrigible

• James Chance and the Contortions:

RIP: Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys

From Rolling Stone:

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch’s illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.

Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke big with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, and further albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the band as a true superstar act.

In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and co-organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts of the late Nineties. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.

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• Oscilloscope Laboratories:

Oren Ambarchi teams with Fire! for new Rune Grammofon double LP to appease the father of hypno-psych-jazz, by which I mean Oren’s dad.

You know those annoying TMT news stories in which the writer takes that obnoxious, hyperbolic tack of contrasting the fact that such-and-such artist is doing so many amazing projects right now with the other fact that you, the reader, are a loser and aren’t really amounting to much of anything by comparison??? Well, basically, they’re all Oren Ambarchi’s fault.

Like, seriously, this dude is everywhere at once. We literally just reported about his recent collab with Keiji Haino and Stephen O’Malley for an Editions Mego imprint yesterday. And now we find out that he’s releasing a CD/2xLP record with Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin of Fire! on the Rune Grammofon label? And I’m supposed to notget into the fact that the rest of us are fucking wastes of space by comparison? Come on. Listen to this shit: there are two separate double vinyl editions, one on regular black and one very limited white edition (only available from the label site) that they’re only pressing 100 copies of! Also, both double vinyl editions have a 23-minute track not on the CD, and the CD edition has an eight-minute track not on the LPs. This is all just too rad to not get angry about.

And listen to this shit from the label’s website: “As with Jim O’Rourke on the previous album this is not a mere guest appearance. Ambarchi is fully intergrated as a member making this a glorious monster of a record. With their heavy, hypnotic, psychedelic rock’n’jazz explorations they have carved out a monumental and different sound than any of the projects they are normally associated with.” Monumental? Different?? See, all I’ve really done today is slurp coffee, shuffle papers around to different areas of my desk, and sneak into Mr P’s office to eat his slice of antique cake from Louis XIV’s wedding! Oh, wait, and that last one didn’t even really happen to me! It’s just a fucking Seinfeld episode that I’m remembering as my own life. Well, this is just ducky.

• Oren Ambarchi:
• Fire!:
• Rune Grammofon:

Leonard Cohen announces North American croondates

You came across the Atlantic / I was the hole in the raft

You were alone in deep water / I was the cramp in your calf

You searched all night for the North Star / I was the infinite black

You were praying for clear skies / I was the first thunderclap

You swam until you saw Boston / I’ll save you a seat in the back


10.31.12 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
11.03.12 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
11.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
11.07.12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
11.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11.11.12 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden
11.12.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11.16.12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
11.18.12 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
11.20.12 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
11.23.12 - Chicago, IL - Akoo Theatre
11.26.12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
11.28.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
12.02.12 - Quebec City, QC - Colisee Pepsi
12.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
12.07.12 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
12.11.12 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
12.13.12 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre
12.15.12 - Boston, MA - The Wang Theatre
12.18.12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
12.20.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

• Leonard Cohen:
• Sony:

Keith Fullerton Whitman opens up with Occlusions LP, due out in June on Editions Mego

There’s a tendency among some to measure a man by his beard. When you apply that standard to musicians, idolization typically centers (or has centered, on the possibility that they have since trimmed or shaved) around two individuals — Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, and Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. It’s probably not a coincidence that they both specialize in unadulterated folk either; beards capable of storing inanimate objects unfortunately aren’t a trademark of most genres. They certainly aren’t a trademark of electronic music.

But then again, neither are New Jerseyans, really. As an experimental/improvisational electronic musician, Keith Fullerton Whitman inspires some minor head-scratching with the fact that not only did he grow up in New Jersey, but he also, apparently, has an absurdly long beard. Actually, if you Google Image search it, it looks like he, at some point, decided to de-emphasize his mustache. So he looks Amish as well. He’s an Amish New Jerseyan with tremendous facial hair, who makes electronic music for the Austria-based label Editions Mego, and in the past, for Kranky and Planet Mu. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

There. Now, here’s some more interesting and (this time) completely relevant information: on June 19, Whitman will be releasing Occlusions, a companion LP to Generators, which was released earlier this year. The album consists of two “freely improvised” tracks that were recorded live during two performances in France and The Netherlands in February. How were they recorded, you might ask? Through “the absolute cheapest means available to the consumer to do so” — a Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder, which you can purchase on Amazon for 95 bucks. I’ve never used it, so I can’t vouch for its quality, but apparently the recordings “sound fantastic.” I admit to being curious now, even if the recordings end up sounding horrible. Check out the album’s official page here.

Occlusions tracklisting:

A. Occlusion (Rue de Bitche)
B. Occlusion (Weteringschans)

• Keith Fullerton Whitman:
• Editions Mego:


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