Disappears to reappear with new LP next year, play shows with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley

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Do yourself a favor. While everyone’s kid sister is out there putting Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest at the top of the year-end list she’s doing for some sort of Disney Channel online sweepstakes to win tickets to a live taping of I’m in the Band, reach for some real “ambient punk” instead.

Chicago noise-rocker quartet Disappears is releasing their sophomore LP, Guider, via Kranky on January 18 (January 17 in the UK), and this time around, they are bringing out the big noise-rock PR guns. And no, I don’t mean that they are playing up that Brian Case played with 90 Day Men and The Ponys, because who cares about those bands??? I mean that after their drummer left the band, they went out and got Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley to fill in for their upcoming live dates. Wow! Steve Shelley! He recorded Nirvana’s In Utero, didn’t he? Anyway, check out a clip of them working on a Guider track in the studio over at ye olde Choucolatte Grindeur. And check out the live dates after the jump…

…sigh. Okay, there’s no jump. Whatever.

01.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
01.20.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
01.28.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
02.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.04.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

• Disappears: http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

[Photo: Greg Simpson]

British Sea Power are determined to make you remember the release date for new album Valhalla Dancehall

With so many albums already planned for release in 2011, British Sea Power are determined to make their album stick in your head. In fact, they’ve even gone so far as to pick a release date that you couldn’t possibly forget, no matter how drunk you get on New Year’s Eve. British Sea Power’s new album, Valhalla Dancehall, is due January 11, 2011 (a.k.a. 1/11/11 for those that like numbers) from Rough Trade. You can download the first single, “Living Is So Easy,” right now on iTunes or via the band’s website. Will it be as good as 2008’s Do You Like Rock Music? (TMT Review)? Nobody knows…

Valhalla Dancehall tracklisting:

01. Who’s in Control
02. We Are Sound
03. Georgie Ray
04. Stunde Null
05. Mongk II
06. Luna
07. Baby
08. Living Is So Easy
09. Observe the Skies
10. Cleaning Out the Rooms
11. Thin Black Sail
12. Once More Now
13. Heavy Water

• British Sea Power: http://www.britishseapower.co.uk
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

Dan Boeckner chokes back the pain of Wolf Parade’s recent hiatus with a Handsome Furs tour

News of Wolf Parade’s recent hiatus hit everyone hard, but none harder than Dan Boeckner. While the decision was seemingly as much in his interest as everyone else in the band, look at the man now. He’s clearly putting on a brave face and swallowing all his sadness by immediately announcing a Handsome Furs tour! The guy’s hurting so bad that he’s running off to Europe to give himself a little time to think, as well as play some shows. It’s alright, Dan, it will all make sense in time.

Handsome Furs dates:

12.10.10 - Bucharest, Romania - Control
12.11.10 - Cluj-Napoka, Romania - Booha Bar
12.16.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Bronx Pi Sahne
12.17.10 - Vienna, Austria - B72
12.18.10 - Valletta, Malta - Escape Club
01.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)

• Handsome Furs: http://www.myspace.com/handsomefurs

Google to implement new anti-piracy measures; piracy keeps on trucking

Attention illegal music downloaders: do you use Google to help you find pirate music sites? You do? Well, you better find another way to get your free music because Google has announced four new policies that they will be implementing in the next several months that they hope will help curb access to pirated music content. However, as we all know, they probably won’t work because it takes a lot more than what they have planned to seriously deter music piracy.

The new policies, posted on Thursday, are as follows:

01: Google will act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours.
02: Google will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete.
03: Google will improve our AdSense anti-piracy review.
04: Google will experiment to make authorized preview content more readily accessible in search results.

What does all this mean? It means that little 12-year-olds who don’t have money and go on the internet looking for free music will have a harder time finding it when they use Google to search for “free pirated music” but all of the people who already use pirate websites will continue typing web addresses right into their web browser’s URL slot. Way to go Google, keep that finger in the dike.

The RIAA seems pleased though: “These are encouraging and positive first steps towards a more sensible online experience for both users and the music community. Google deserves credit for proposing a constructive set of reforms and undertaking useful steps to better protect the rights of creators and encourage legal ways to enjoy music. While there is much more work to be done, this announcement is an important acknowledgment that everyone involved in the online ecosystem has a shared responsibility to constructively address the online piracy problem that is devastating the creative industries.”

In other words: “Make sure we stop losing money because we need our money and we need it now.”

Prefuse 73 and Yeasayer’s Jaytram buddy up for Epstein remix album

Asthmatic Kitty electronic artist Epstein (a.k.a. Robert Lange) has had a pretty good year, what with putting out a series of remixes, collaborating with Julianna Barwick, and putting out a new LP called When Man Is Full He Falls Asleep (TMT Review). Nestled within two copies of that LP happened to be golden tickets, the recipients of which were given full access to the Epstein archives and commissioned to construct a remix album together. Thankfully, the lucky winners of that contest were Prefuse 73 and Yeasayer member Jaytram. Man, Asthmatic Kitty really dodged a bullet there, considering they could have ended up putting out an album constructed by, say, me and a 15-year-old with a freshly downloaded copy of Fruity Loops. Instead, the label will be releasing the quite literally-titled Prefuse 73/Jaytram/Epstein on December 13. The release will be available for download through Epstein’s Bandcamp page for a pay-what-you-want price. And while I’m sure Prefuse and Jaytram had some excellent ideas, me and that 15-year-old really wanted to explore the effect of kazoo MIDIs on Epstein’s music. Perhaps another day.

• Epstein: http://www.myspace.com/epstein7
• Asthmatic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com

Retribution Gospel Choir tour to prove they’re not boring

Retribution Gospel Choir is a tough band to say anything terribly interesting about. There isn’t a captivating element about the band; even that picture above makes me wanna curl up under my desk and take a nap. To boot, their press release states: “Retribution Gospel Choir is a rock trio founded in 2007. The group features Alan Sparhawk (of Low fame) on guitar and vocals, Steve Garrington on bass and Eric Pollard on drums and vocals.” If the description of the band doesn’t lull your mind to rest, by the time they roll through your town you should consider giving them a chance for retribution (oh dear) with their live show. Come December 28, RGC will be tumbling through the US almost exactly a year after their aptly titled second LP 2 (TMT Review) was released courtesy of Sub Pop. Dates after the jump.

JUMP!

12.28.10 - Duluth, MN - Pizza Luce *
12.29.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue, Minneapolis MN * %
12.30.10 - Club Garabaldi, Milwaukee WI *
12.31.10 - Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Brewery *
01.10.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive $
01.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
01.13.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux $
01.14.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge $
01.15.11 - Seattle, WA - High Dive $
01.16.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club $
01.19.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place $
01.20.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill $
01.21.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo $
01.22.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters $
01.23.11 - San Diego, CA - UCSD (The Loft) $
01.24.11 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture $
01.25.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon $
01.27.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds $
01.28.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada $
01.31.11 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz $
02.01.11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s $
02.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre $
02.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas $

* Meat Puppets
% The Hold Steady
$ Peter Wolf Crier

• Retribution Gospel Choir: http://www.retributiongospelchoir.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

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