“Drone Marathon” happening in Brooklyn this weekend with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Sarah Lipstate

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If you thought that you were the only girl in your school who fantasizes regularly about making out to La Monte Young’s “Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer” or the only boy who puts on Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow in Curved Air” while he lifts weights in the garage, then get ready to make some new friends. Electric Temple, a new production company/label based in Brooklyn, NY, has announced what they are (presumptuously) calling the “first annual” Drone Marathon at Brooklyn, NY’s Issue Project Room, and it’s all going down tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Headlining the event will be none other than John Cage’s old Pictionary partner Tony Conrad, who is dusting off his 1961 piece “Performing Three Loops for Performers and Tape Recorders” for the occasion. Other performers include multimedia artist and Touch recording artist Phill Niblock, Marcia Bassett, brooklyn newcomer Kyle Bobby Dunn, Sarah Lipstate (a.k.a. Noveller), and Electric Temple founder Ancient Ocean, who will perform a minimal/phasing drone (how original, right?) with Tom Carter, Michael Hentz, and Century Plants.

But if John Cage is a Mortal Kombat character to you, this all might sound a little confusing. Fair enough. Let’s just cut to the press release. “Modeled after the theories of La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, John Cage, and other experimental forefathers, the drone marathon is meant to be experienced as a living sound installation, built for those to meditate on an experience much like that of La Monte Young’s ‘Dream House,’ Maryanne Amacher’s ‘Music for Sound Joined Rooms,’ and the patience-testing performances of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp.” See? You like U2 and King Crimson and Bowie and all that shit. It’s cool. You’re cool.

The First Annual Drone Marathon Schedule:

• Ancient Ocean/Tom Carter/Century Plants — 2pm
• Noveller/Shahin Motia (Oneida) duo — 3:30pm
• Kyle Bobby Dunn (solo) — 4:30pm
• Phill Niblock — 6pm
• Tony Conrad — 8pm
• Marcia Bassett — 10pm

• Electric Temple: http://electrictemple.tumblr.com
• Issue Project Room: http://www.issueprojectroom.org

Geologist shows his love for the chillins by designing a shoe (what, everyone else was doing it!)

It’s common knowledge that Animal Collective’s Keep Shoe designs were being marketed toward the masked consumerism and intentionally underplayed fashion sense of the hipster community — granted, it’s for a good cause. Now, not only can they sport their own pair of AC kicks, but so can their overly dressed youngsters! Geologist, the third member of the band to step up to the plate, has designed his own pair of Keeps, only this batch is specifically geared toward the oft-ignored little ones.

Apparently the decision to go with the kid’s model was inspired by his own offspring, and to give a little more insight, the dude had this to say:

My design was inspired by three things — a doodle I often draw based on an image of a shark I saw on a beach closed sign, a birthday card Abby Portner made me a while back that had sort of a wall paper feel to it, and having to get clothes for my kid. I just thought about how psyched I would be when I was a kid to have had sharks on my shoes and how psyched my kid will be to wear a pair if he ends up liking sharks. So basically I wanted to make a shoe for him and I decided to combine the above three things.

Sounds pretty rad! What’s cooler and more badass than sharks when you’re a kid? Nothing. Except for maybe “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

These babies don’t go on sale for another couple weeks, but go ahead and pre-order them to ensure your tape of unreleased Animal Collective sounds. Oh, and due to the obvious high demand and an overpopulation of developmentally challenged adults, Keep has decided to release the shoes in adult sizes as well. Now before you go and decide which Animal Collective footwear you adore the most, I would go ahead and wait until Panda Bear’s design is revealed, which should happen VERY SOON.

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net
• Keep: http://www.keepcompany.com
• Socorro Island Conservation: http://socorroislandconservation.org/socorro

Deutsche Grammophon bids adieu to Hamburg, moves to Berlin

Deutsche Grammophon is growing out its hair, cutting holes into some skinny jeans, and moving to Berlin! That’s right, like many artists before it, the classical record label is leaving its hometown of Hamburg behind and setting its sights on the thriving artistic wonderland known as Germany’s capital in pursuit of cheap rent and bitchin’ parties… or, well, to just be closer to its parent company, Universal Music Germany, and in the heart of the German classical music scene. The relocation will take place in summer 2011. Deutsche Grammophon — home of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn, and Gustavo Dudamel — have been in Hamburg for more than 50 years.

Fun fact: Did you know that all of Faust’s classic albums from the 70s were engineered by Deutsche Grammophon’s own Kurt Graupner? It’s true!

Less-fun fact: Did you know that Sting’s last three albums have been released on Deutsche Grammophon? It’s true!

• Deutsche Grammophon: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com

Omar Souleyman can’t be put to rest, plans more shows in these United States

Omar Souleyman, the crown prince of Syrian dabke street music, has been in high demand as of late. Within the last year, the man has struck out on a couple of extensive European and UK tours promoting his third album for Sublime Frequencies, Jazeera Nights (TMT Review), during which he was handpicked to play the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, England. In between European tours, he did a stint in the US and Canada, and it was awesome.

But as recent as all that seems, he’s somehow back in the US at the end of this month, starting off a series of shows by appearing at MoogFest 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina, followed by a few dates up North. No word on how or why he’s decided to extend his run through this side of the world. Odds are he just doesn’t know how to stop movin’, and we should all be grateful for that.

Souleyman tourdates:

10.31.10 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest
11.01.1o - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar
11.02.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.03.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.04.10 - Boston, MA - Arts-Emerson
11.05.10 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase

• Omar Souleyman: http://www.myspace.com/omarsouleyman
• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

Pitchfork’s new #Offline festival mysteriously aligns with CMJ Music Marathon (a.k.a. Schreiber’s nuts are fucking huge)

If we were all living inside a supernatural teen romance, the mystical aligning of Pitchfork’s #Offline music festival with the CMJ Music Marathon in New York this year would be akin to, say, the appearance of some weird comet that unleashes witches on the EXACT SAME solstice anniversary as the implementation of a spell to release dozens of MUMMY VAMPIRES. Since we live in a world free from reanimated heartthrobs, however, maybe it’s all just a really big coincidence that #Offline coincides with CMJ… Hey, you never know!

Anyway, you can catch Zola Jesus, Times New Viking, A-Trak, and more during October 21-23 at the Brooklyn Bowl. Full lineup listed below. With $10 ticket prices for each days’ worth of music, this festival is so affordable it’s SCARY.

• Thursday, October 21
Dave Sitek/Maximum Balloon (DJ set)
Times New Viking
Gold Panda
Beach Fossils
Wild Nothing
Small Black
Lower Dens
Dominique Young Unique
Dent May
+ More TBA

• Friday, October 22
Avey Tare (DJ set)
Zola Jesus
Marnie Stern
How to Dress Well
Candy Claws
Andrew Cedermark
Sun Airway
Cloud Nothings
Big Troubles
+ More TBA

• Saturday, October 23
Fool’s Gold Three Year Anniversary Presented by Scion (Ft. A-Trak, Treasure Fingers, Donnis, CyHi Da Prynce, the Suzan, Kingdom, Araabmuzik)
Matthew Dear
Freddie Gibbs
Active Child
Ty Segall
Diamond Rings
Lord Huron
+ More TBA

• Pitchfork: http://www.cmj.com
• CMJ: http://www.pitchfork.com

Matthew Dear leaves the Black City to tour the white city, the blue city… all the cities!

Man, it must be awful being in the Black City all the time. So glum, so dark! Matthew Dear lives there (or at least made an album by the same name), so I can’t blame him for wanting to see the world and check out some cities that aren’t so darn monochromatic. And that’s just what he’s planning to do, as the menacing electro maestro has plotted a tour that takes him across much of North America before hopping over to Europe for a string of dates. Word of advice, Matt: snap a couple of pictures while you’re out there. They’ll be real nice to have once you’re back in that sad, bleak Black City room of yours.

Matthew Dear dates:

10.14.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
10.15.10 - Hamilton, ON - Red Mill Theatre
10.16.10 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
10.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Belmont
10.19.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.21.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
10.22.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall (CMJ Festival)
10.23.10 - New York, NY - Pitchfork CMJ Festival Event
10.24.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.28.10 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf
10.29.10 - Austin, TX - TBA
10.30.10 - Dallas, TX - Meltdown Festival
11.02.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
11.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Vanguard
11.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - Mighty
11.08.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene !
11.09.10 - Seattle, WA - TBA
11.10.10 - Vancouver, BC - TBA
11.13.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.15.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
11.23.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
12.03.10 - Liverpool, UK - 02 Academy 2
12.04.10 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
12.05.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
12.06.10 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
12.08.10 - Brighton, UK - Audio
12.09.10 - London, UK - XOYO
12.10.10 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
12.11.10 - Rennes, France - Transmusicales Festival
12.13.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Rotonde Botanique
12.14.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw

# Four Tet
! Small Black

• Matthew Dear: http://www.myspace.com/matthewdear
• Ghostly International: http://ghostly.com

[Photo: Will Calcutt]