Earth has a long North American tour planned for this fall; they’ll be traveling in slow motion and only at night

Earth has a long North American tour planned for this fall; they'll be traveling in slow motion and only at night

A forest burns somewhere in the South.

Earth released Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II earlier this year (TMT Review), and on Pitchfork, you can still stream the entire album.

Somewhere in the South, three people arrange rocks into a circle.

Following September shows in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, Earth will begin their most extensive American tour since 1990.

Three people arrange rocks into a circle, then shake bark from their hair and brush ashes of dragonflies from their cheeks.

Mostly, Earth will play material from this year’s record, but the tour’s lineup will reflect the band circa The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (TMT Review). Steve Moore on keys and trombone, Don McGreevy on bass, Adrienne Davies on drums, and Dylan Carlson on guitar, but only Davies, McGreevy, and Carlson will play the September shows.

Ashes of dragonflies seep into the soil.


09.07.12 - Wellington, New Zealand - SF Bathhouse
09.08.12 - Auckland, New Zealand - King’s Arms
09.09.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
09.12.12 - Melbourne, Australia - The Toff in Town
09.13.12 - Sydney, Australia - The Hi-Fi Bar
09.14.12 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers Live
09.15.12 - Perth, Australia - Rosemount Hotel
09.16.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
09.19.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Earthdon #
09.20.12 - Osaka, Japan - Pangea #
09.21.12 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Upset &
09.22.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever ^
10.24.12 - Portland, OR - Rotture *
10.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
10.28.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
10.29.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar %
10.31.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room @
11.02.12 - Austin, TX - Auditorium Shores (Fun Fun Fun Festival)
11.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern %
11.04.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks %
11.06.12 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub %
11.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl +
11.08.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle %
11.09.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel !
11.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield !
11.11.12 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears !
11.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s !
11.13.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar !
11.14.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop !
11.15.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom !
11.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Township !
11.17.12 - Chicago, IL - Township !
11.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club !
11.19.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar !
11.21.12 - Denver, CO Marquis Theatre %
11.24.12 - The Shakedown - Bellhingham, WA =
11.25.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ~

# Mamiffer
& Mamiffer, Eternal Elysium
^ Mamiffer, Boris
* Fontanelle, Stebmo
% Stebmo
@ Balmorehea, Stebmo
+ Daughn Gibson, Stebmo
! Eagle Twin, Stebmo
= The Body, Low Hums
~ The Body, Stebmo

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Editions Mego ventures into the danceable world of hard trance with new LP by Lorenzo Senni

I’ve never been much of a trance person myself, but I readily consume almost anything that Editions Mego releases. They’re releasing a “hard-trance inspired” album; thus, I will readily consume it. Were the label to release a collection of Michael Jackson covers performed by its employees, I’m not sure that I’d readily consume that, but the name “Editions Mego” would certainly convey a degree of experimental badassery. I’ve always thought “Billie Jean” could’ve benefited from some bassline distortion anyway.

Where were we? Ah yes, the “hard-trance inspired” album. On October 8, artist and composer Lorenzo Senni (also owner of the Milan-based Presto!? label) will be releasing Quantum Jelly, an album said to be “deeply influenced” by his “love of 90s trance/hard-trance music.” As FACT points out, Senni has taken the “most obvious characteristics” of the genre and re-imagined them “in relation to his own background in experimental and noise culture.” Each track was recorded in one take using a single Roland synthesizer, and the album itself represents somewhat of a broadening in style for the label on which it’s being released.

When was the last time an Editions Mego release inspired head-nodding? Sensate Focus might’ve done it for you recently. Quantum Jelly might take things even further. Pre-order it here.

Quantum Jelly tracklisting:


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Google+ embraces its inner audiophile, launches “Studio Mode” feature for live performances online

Yes, Google+ still exists, and no, it hasn’t overtaken Facebook as the world’s most popular time-waster. That might change in the very near future though! I mean, it probably won’t, but assuming you aren’t one of those freaks (yes, freaks) who doesn’t enjoy music, you may find yourself perusing the “Plus” region of Google sooner rather than later. You won’t know how. You won’t know when. And then you’ll be all, “Ewww! What is this? How did I get here?”

Perhaps not though…

Google+ has just unveiled, as a part of Google+ Hangouts, a new “Studio Mode” feature directed at artists who want to broadcast performances live over the web. Hangouts On Air had already facilitated the performances themselves, but Studio Mode reportedly “optimizes your individual audio for music instead of conversation.” Wait, not “reportedly;” it actually does. Check out the demo that the band Suite 709 did here.

As you should undoubtedly hear, everything sounds quite horrible with Studio Mode off; they may as well be broadcasting from Eastern Europe (apologies to those actually living in Eastern Europe). Studio Mode seems to improve the audio quality considerably, which is something that shouldn’t be undervalued when it comes to streaming music online. The folks over at TechCrunch confirm that the audio in Studio Mode streams “in stereo at a higher bitrate through a different codec.”

These performances aren’t, of course, a replacement for the real thing, but they do present some worthwhile advantages to artists who may not have the money to tour, but want to reach audiences regardless. And now, fortunately, they can do so without a ruinous sacrifice in fidelity.

• Google+ Hangouts On Air:

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Lily Allen is no longer Lily Allen, starts work on third LP

Lily Allen (who is cute as a fucking button!) has decided that she no longer wants to be Lily Allen anymore. In fact, she hasn’t been Lily Allen for a while now… you see, after her parents were killed in Crime Alley by Joe Chill, Lily took it upon herself to reach mental and physical perfection, harness the fear she felt as she watched her parents die so that she could turn it against criminals, and begin a one-woman war against crime. Lily Allen is no longer Lily Allen, because Lily Allen is The Batman.

Okay, she’s not Batman, but she did get married last year and changed her name from Lily Allen to Lily Rose Cooper and wants to go by that name professionally as well. I still think she should go with Batman because that name seems to be pretty popular.

I also think that Lily Allen should be far more popular than she is but I’m a little biased because I tend to have crushes on cute, brunette, British chicks. I also think you should not judge me for how excited I am at the prospect of a new Lily Allen album, which is the main reason for the name change, as Mrs. Cooper has announced that she will be heading back into the studio to begin work on a third album. I can’t wait!

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Baroness recovering from serious tour bus crash; European dates cancelled

Now that the Olympics are officially over, England can go back to being a rainy, miserable place where only maudlin things occur. Pitchfork is reporting that stoner metal band Baroness were in what sounds like a pretty major car accident while traveling from Bristol to Southampton between shows. The band’s van careened over a viaduct near Bath, falling over 30 feet. Though the specific cause of the accident is not known yet, inclement weather is believed to have contributed.

All nine passengers were taken to a hospital, with two unidentified riders suffering particularly “serious” injuries following their removal from the accident by firefighters, according to ITV. The band’s label, Relapse Records, has issued a statement stating that all of Baroness’ remaining European tourdates have been cancelled. TMT wishes all a speedy recovery.


08.15.12 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads
08.17.12 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.18.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Highfield Festival
08.19.12 - Ludinghausen, Germany - Area4 Festival

08.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - House of Vans
09.01-02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.21.12 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang
10.27.12 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest 11
11.02-04.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Prince Rama try to win over the Mayans with upcoming album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World

The aroma of unshaven armpits is a powerfully seductive thing, especially when it’s coupled with ritualistic drumming, ritualistic chanting, reverberant vocals, and mostly incomprehensible (at least to my battered and ignorant ears) lyrics. That was basically my take-away after seeing the Brooklyn-based psychedelic duo Prince Rama open for Gang Gang Dance last year. I have no idea whether Taraka Larson’s armpits are still unshaven, and it doesn’t matter anyway. The music’s the point, even if I was temporarily distracted. Blame the circumstances of my decidedly conventional suburban upbringing.

If you’re in Europe, you’ll be able to witness Prince Rama’s music this November, when they’ll be touring with their musical godparents, Animal Collective. Body hair aside, they’ll likely be playing a multitude of tracks from their recently announced album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, which is due out November 6, courtesy of Paw Tracks.

Concerning the theme of the new album, try and follow me here. A press release describes Top Ten Hits as a “pseudo-compilation album,” consisting of songs from invented bands (complete with names, and apparently, actual biographies) that died during a hypothetical apocalypse. The songs themselves are the deceased bands being “channeled” for a performance. Accordingly, the album “explores pop music’s relationship to memory, nostalgia, and the spirit world.”

It’s a fascinating idea! It definitely seems to come across in the first single, “So Destroyed” by Rage Peace (actually Prince Rama). Listen to the track below and go here to read Rage Peace’s full biography.

Top Ten Hits of the End of the World tracklisting:

01. “Blade of Austerity” - Guns of Dubai
02. “Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever” - I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E.
03. “No Way Back” - Nu Fighters
04. “So Destroyed” - Rage Peace
05. “Receive” - Taohaus
06. “Radhamadhava” - Goloka
07. “Fire Sacrifice” - Black Elk Speaks
08. “Welcome To The Now Age” - Hyparxia
09. “Exercise Ecstasy” - The Metaphysixxx
10. “We Will Fall In Love Again” - Motel Memory

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