DOOM and Masta Ace finish joint album! (They call themselves MA DOOM, instead of my much cooler idea: DOOm fACE)

DOOM and Masta Ace finish joint album! (They call themselves MA DOOM, instead of my much cooler idea: DOOm fACE)

Even though the man puts down projects like I put down 24-packs, for some reason nobody bothered to see what hip-hop mastermind (MF) DOOM has been up to lately. But according to Brooklyn emcee Masta Ace’s Twitter account, he and DOOM have been finalizing a new collaboration album for “4ever.” According to HipHopDX, the joint project is called MA DOOM, and the resultant album is entitled Son of Yvonne. Man, don’t you just love how DOOM’s name makes every collaboration sound instantly badass?

Apparently, DOOM doesn’t provide any verses on the new album, though he does handle all of the beats. Yesterday, Masta Ace confirmed that he “handed in” the project, but there’s no sign yet of label or release dates. So… yeah, I got nothing else. Oh! But, in the mean time, Masta Ace also announced recently that he’ll be releasing a 10th anniversary reissue of Disposable Arts that will feature re-recorded album tracks with a full live band! Although, there’s actually no release date set for that either. Fuck. So… everybody sit by your computer hitting the refresh button for the next few weeks. And when you find out what the deal is with these projects, write up a good story and slap my name on it. Sound good? I’m going to get a 24-pack.

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen to provide tie-wearing music, tie-wearing live dates

When I listen to the music of beloved drone duo Stars of the Lid, I feel the need to put on a tie. My usual attire of cut-off shorts and “Big Dog” t-shirts just never seems appropriate for the beautiful, austere music of the Austin-originated group. At the very least, I need a tie and suit jacket. But Stars of the Lid haven’t put out a record since 2007’s And Their Refinement of the Decline (TMT Review) and, as such, my ties have gathered dust and my “Big Dog” shirts are getting ratty and faded. Please, someone deliver me the classy music I desire.

My wish has been granted, and with swiftness! While the estimated release date for a new Stars of the Lid record is still a string of question marks followed by a triangle (scientists are currently attempting to decode the triangle’s meaning), Stars member Adam Wiltzie has a new project with composer Dustin O’Halloran. This new drone-tastic duo possesses the rather lengthy moniker of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and they have a self-titled record coming out through Kranky on September 12. I know, the question at hand: is it classy? Oh boy! It is classy. Listen to “Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears” at the duo’s website and prove me right.

While I love being able to put on my finest tie and jacket at home, something’s missing from the equation until I have a suitable occasion to head out in my fancy garb. Thank the heavens and the earth, such an occasion is soon to come, as A Winged Victory for the Sullen will be going on tour this fall. All those classy dates will be supported by similarly classy Kranky artists Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden. Early word has it that Pioulard will be dressed to the nines, while Camden will be trying to pass off a tuxedo t-shirt as fancy. Come on, Camden.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen dates (all w/ Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden):

10.29.11 - Phildelphia, PA - St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
10.30.11 - New York City, NY - West Park Presbyterian Church
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
11.02.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum
11.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House
11.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
11.10.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

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Warner Bros./Reprise Records lay off top-level execs and hope that saves them

As if anyone needed more evidence that the record industry was in trouble, last week Warner Brothers-owned label Reprise Records laid off some of its Senior Vice Presidents in the promotions department. Founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra, today Reprise is home to artists such as Eric Clapton, Green Day, Devendra Banhart, and Oasis. According to Billboard, among those let go were Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob Weil, Warner VP of Pop Radio Promotion Ken Lucek, and Reprise VP of Alternative Promotion Lynn McDonnell.

The layoffs come two months after Warner Bros. was purchased by Len Blavantnik’s Access Industries and Stephen Cooper was newly appointed CEO. Upon leaving, long-time staff member Rittberg sent out an inspirational email to the staff, waxing nostalgic about a golden age in the industry: “Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. […] I will always remember my lunch with [legendary Warner President] Mo Ostin when I got the job ‘down the hall’ to run Reprise. He told me stories about Sinatra starting Reprise and how the first rock signings were Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks. It’s that spirit — of trying to forge new ground — that I will always carry with me in my next endeavor.”

• Warner Bros.:

Brian Eno announces new EP and that he’s growing his hair out again

Everyone who’s anyone is aware of British composer and mastermind-producer Brian Eno’s longstanding reputation as “the 5th Beatle.” But what many people don’t know is that that’s completely false (although it’s difficult to imagine the Fab Four creating a masterpiece like “Flying” without his trans-temporal influence). Seriously though, Eno is all kinds of British, and when you’re a composer and producer, you don’t get to be British overnight. You have to put in the time. And let me tell you, no one has put in more time making records than Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste Doctor Teeth de la Salle Eno.

Take last year, when Eno made the jump to the Warp label with the pretty classically-Eno-ish Small Craft on a Milk Sea, only to shift gears with some robot beat poetry glitchpop a few months ago when he and also-British poet Rock Holland collaborated on TMT’s Eh-This-Is-Okay-Music’d Drums Between the Bells. Now the second-hardest working man in show business is coming back at us again, this time with a new EP of songs from the Drums sessions titled Panic of Looking. Another collaboration with Holland, the new EP is due November 8 (November 7 in the UK) via Warp. It’ll be served up on vinyl, CD, and digital pizza pie. It features production and artwork from Eno, as well as six new tracks that, according to his publicist, “continue the exploration of how lyric and song are perceived.” Take that, all-other-songs-with-lyrics-ever!

The lyrics, of course, are comprised of Holland’s poems, which aren’t exactly “sung” but aren’t exactly spoken plainly either. As for the sound of Eno’s arrangements, yeah, there’s synths; yeah, there’s guitars; yeah, there’s glitchy, skittery drums; and yeah, it’s all totally thoughtful and precise-sounding. But hey, don’t take my word for it. You can listen to “Panic of Looking” (the title track, not the whole EP) for yourself over here. Needless to say, this ain’t your momma’s Historical Art Society, cucumber-sandwiches, afternoon poetry reading. Or maybe it is if your mom is sleeping with Brian Eno.

Panic of Looking tracklisting:

01. in the future
02. not a story
03. panic of looking
04. if these footsteps
05. watch a single swallow in a thermal sky, and try to fit its motion, or figure why it flies
06. west bay

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Don’t be Sunday’s clown, check out ATP’s 2.5-hour I’ll Be Your Mirror mixtape

Two weeks until the dawning of I’ll Be Your Mirror — the New Jersey Festival curated by Portishead and sister event to All Tomorrow’s Parties. Are you stoked? What’re you going to play on the drive there? Perhaps In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on repeat, because you still can’t believe Jeff Mangum has emerged from J.D. Salinger-esque seclusion and that you’re actually going to see him? Maybe Fear of a Black Planet, because secretly you’re more psyched about Public Enemy than any of the other bands playing, and you just can’t get enough Flava Flav? How about the 2.5 hour I’ll Be Your Mirror mixtape, which features almost every artist in the lineup? Battles, Peanut Butter Wolf, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Deerhoof, The Album Leaf, plus 26 others. There’s some indie soul, some noise rock, some experimental electronica, something for all the friends you’ll have crammed into your little car. All this music for the low, low price of… oh wait, IT’S FREE.

Go download it. And, if you still need a ticket, snag a Three-Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Pass.

• ATP Festival:

Hans-Joachim Roedelius to release new collaborative album Stunden, tour US for first time in 150 years

It’s a wonder that Hans-Joachim Roedelius has any time to eat his breakfast, much less travel thousands of miles to bestow on the American people his legendary brand of organic ambient music. Since the late 1960s, the 76-year-old Berliner has been relentlessly active in the German experimental and electronic music scenes, being one-half of a famously influential Krautrock duo (Cluster), collaborating with a number of noteworthy artists (like Brian Eno), and building an impressively deep solo discography. On October 25, Roedelius, alongside Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot), will be releasing another one of his collaborative albums, Stunden, which is due on Bureau B.

Taking the opportunity to sample a few of the tracks on the upcoming album, there’s a degree of purity in the production that separates itself from the enveloping soundscapes of more contemporary ambient artists. It’s like time-traveling back to the 1970s, when digital synthesizers were relatively unheard of and effects processing was kept to a comparative minimum. Ah, simplicity. Check out “Single Boogie” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Additionally, October 1 marks the beginning of an extremely rare solo tour that, while not being terribly extensive, is worth highlighting simply because of Roedelius’ presence. Seriously, this sort of thing isn’t common. Check out the dates below.

Stunden tracklisting:

01. Stunden I
02. Liebe
03. Geschichte
04. Stunden II
05. Das Eine
06. Single Boogie
07. Miniatur
08. Stunden III
09. Boogie Drone
10. Zug
11. Upper Slaughter
12. Land


10.01.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrow’s Parties (with Simeon of Silver Apples as ‘Silver Qluster’)
10.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield Performance + Art Space * ~
10.04.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe *
10.05.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter * !
10.07.11 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC * ^
10.08.11 - The Eyedrum - Atlanta, GA *
10.09.11 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light *
10.12.11 - Velvet Lounge - Washington D.C. *
10.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - M. Room *
10.15.11 - Woodcliff Lake, NJ - 1000 Pulses *
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
10.20.11 - Cincinnati, OH - The Mockbee *
10.23.11 - Portland, OR - Mt. Tabor Theater *
10.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord *
10.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
10.28.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest #

~ PAK Big Band
! Head Molt
^ DJ Chris Ballard
# Lunzproject w/ Tim Story

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