Demdike Stare release live album, and yes, you can genuinely hear the audience being possessed by demons

Demdike Stare release live album, and yes, you can genuinely hear the audience being possessed by demons

Has anyone addressed how to correctly pronounce the “demdike” in Demdike Stare yet? I’ve intuitively been going with “dem-dee-kee” ever since I first became familiar with the duo — partially because it sounds correct, partially because, of the two obvious pronunciations, it sounds cooler, and partially because I don’t want to inadvertently offend a particular female demographic by going with the alternative. Consider that alternate pronunciation. Now, suppose you’re in public, in a notably gay-friendly neighborhood. Can you imagine the deathly looks you might receive if you said something along the lines of, “[mumbling]… Demdike [incoherent] last night, and it was one of the most frightening experiences of my life. The only thing that I could possibly consider more frightening is hanging out with them for an extended period of time. Their minds are almost certainly chemically imbalanced, and such weirdness clearly has no place in society.” The possible misconstructions would have dire consequences on your otherwise stellar liberal reputation.

So, dem-dee-kee it is. As if we’ve even had a chance to thoroughly wrap our heads around the tremendous Elemental (TMT Review), Demdike Stare have announced the release of 15 Mai 2011: Live at Golden Pudel Club, a 59-minute live album due out… well, you’re reading this. That means it’s out. I repeat: it’s out now. The recording took place on May 15 of last year at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, Germany, and considering the album’s one track status, the inclination is to compare it to their other mixes, like Osmosis or Industrial Desert. Though, what exactly would we be comparing? Their music is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, shrouded by an apparition, and enclosed in, let’s say… a casket. Yeah, that seems fitting. It’s worthwhile nonetheless.

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Dirty Projectors to release new album Swing Lo Magellan in July

Last Friday, Dirty Projectors released a new track called “Gun Has No Trigger.” There was little context for the song, but many of us outright assumed it was a track off a forthcoming Dirty Projectors album. And, as always is the case with music journalists, we were 100% right: on July 10, Dirty Projectors will release new album Swing Lo Magellan and it indeed includes “Gun Has No Trigger.”

This is precisely why we get paid the big bucks.

Speaking of lineup changes, Angel Deradoorian is currently on hiatus from the band, but ringmaster David Longstreth received plenty of help this time around from past members, including Amber Coffman (vocals, guitar), Nat Baldwin (Bass), Brian McOmber (Drums), and Haley Dekle (vocals). It took 12 months (a.k.a. one year) to write and record the album, starting from 70 “new songs and beats,” moving to 40 demos, and finally ending with the 12 songs that make up the album. According to the press release, “The finished recordings bear the impress of this informal working style: the album is a collection of moments: accidental, fortuitous, spontaneous. The performances feel warm and imperfect. Unguarded intimacy is somewhat of a new look for this band, and it turns out it’s a very good look.”

Or, as Longstreth so wonderfully put it: “It’s an album of songs, an album of songwriting.”

We’ll probably echo something similar in our future review, but it’ll probably take us a couple paragraphs. Maybe we’ll do another acrostic or index or something. Who knows. The possibilities are endless! Wow, music journalism is really great, isn’t it?

Swing Lo Magellan tracklist:

01. Offspring Are Blank
02. About to Die
03. Gun Has No Trigger
04. Swing Lo Magellan
05. Just From Chevron
06. Dance For You
07. Maybe That Was It
08. Impregnable Question
09. See What She Seeing
10. The Socialites
11. Unto Caesar
12. Irresponsible Tune

07.10.12 - Brooklyn NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.13.12 - Chicago IL - Pitchfork Festival

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[Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg]

The Walkmen announce new album Heaven, set for release on the day you finally make penace for your sins

New York’s favorite band, The Walkmen, who celebrated their 10th anniversary together last year, have announced the release date and title of their next album. Heaven, the band’s sixth record together, will be spread amongst the masses on June 5, 2012 through Fat Possum Records. The new set of tunes was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Built to Spill) at Ek’s Seattle studio and features harmonies by Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.

The band have also announced a surprising pay-scale arrangement for the album: your sins will be judged, weighted, and quantified, and then you pay based on how clear your conscience is. For example: every murder you’ve committed adds $100 to your cost of the CD and if you happen to be spotless when it comes to stains on your soul then you get the album for free!

“The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone,” says singer Hamilton Leithauser, “We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement.” Leithauser also added that, along with their new generosity, the band are hoping that their new pay-scale can help people straighten up their lives and make real change in the world, hoping that once people realize their sins and have to pay a lot of money for a CD because of it, that they can start getting closer to Heaven.

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C. Spencer Yeh touring the East Coast w/ Lasse Marhaug, starting in… six hours

Sound artists C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core, CSY: Miami) and Lasse Marhaug are going on a fantastic journey throughout the East Coast this week to play shows and kick ass. Yeh and Marhaug had formerly released a 7-inch together back in the day, then they did some other stuff, and now this.

Marhaug will also be using this opportunity to celebrate the release of his collaboration with Merzbow, entitled Mer Mar, on Editions Mego. Head to the Chocolate Grinder to hear an excerpt of the album. This tour will also be the debut of Marhaug’s solo sets in this area.

The first gig is TONIGHT at The Stone, NYC. Starts at 10 PM.


03.30.12 - New York, NY - The Stone
03.31.12 - Boston, MA - Studio Soto (Non-Event)
04.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Ars Nova Workshop
04.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
04.06.12 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room
04.07.12 - Silver Spring, MD - Pyramid Atlantic
04.08.12 - New York, NY - East Village Radio “Just Music” Program 10 PM

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BI = Eric Copeland + Jimi Hey. They’re releasing a 7-inch on Mexican Summer. They also like blueberry Slurpees.

Yo, Eric Copeland and Jimi Hey, what the hell does BI stand for? Better Igloos? Blistering Ice? Bad Itchyosaur? Blueberry Ion? Bearded Iguana? I could keep going. Does BI even stand for anything? Maybe the B salutes Eric’s work in Black Dice, and the I references Jimi’s stint in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti? Did you guys just write every letter on a scrap of paper and draw two out of a baseball cap, because you weren’t sure what else to call your collaboration? I mean, that’s totally cool. I’m just curious. You can say it stands for Blueberry Ion, if you want.

Oh, I also checked out the B-side from your debut 7-inch, “Surf’N’Turf” b/w “Tuf Jak.” Kinda noisy, jangly, summery, etc. Makes me think of drinking Slurpees and driving with the windows down in humid weather. I’m telling my friends to check it out here or below and that they can pre-order it here before it comes out in limited edition on April 17 via Mexican Summer.

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A Whisper in the Noise release latest Albini-approved LP on German label Exile on Mainstream

Minneapolis-based sadfolks A Whisper in the Noise make a triumphant return with their latest album for Germany’s Exile on Mainstream Records, To Forget. It’s out April 10 in North America. Of course, by “triumphant” I mean “lingering” and “slow.” (And I mean it in the best possible way.) After all, this is a band that proudly named their new tracks things like “Sad, Sad Song” and takes inspiration from nature, as well as avant-garde luminaries like Arvo Pärt, Phillip Glass and Roger Waters.

But this is also a band beloved by legendary producer and professional Loud Dude Steve Albini. The Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac genius recorded A Whisper in the Noise’s first album, Through the Ides of March in a mere two days, and then asked the band to open for HIS band, Shellac, in Europe. A Whisper in the Noise have performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties, been featured in the M. Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water, and again in the 2009 art world scandals/politics documentary The Art of the Steal by Don Argott. Although the band (undeservedly) sometimes lives up to their name here in the States, the past several years have seen AWITN embarking on a multitude of massively successful European tours. So take note, all you Yankees who’ve been sleepin’ on them! A Whisper in the Noise may be quiet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t blow your mind. This is one release you don’t want To Forget.


01. To Forget
02. Black Shroud
03. A Sea Estranging Us
04. All My
05. Sad, Sad Song
06. Every Blade of Grass
07. Maya’s Song
08. Your Hand
09. Of This Sorrow

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