Earth’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light ROUND TWO scheduled for February 2012

Earth's Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light ROUND TWO scheduled for February 2012

Seattle-based sludge masters Earth have announced the upcoming release of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, the follow-up to their last album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (TMT Review), which made it on our mid-year Favorite Albums list. The new album was recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast Studios at the same time as the 2011 release and features the same lineup of Dylan Carlson on guitar, Adrienne Davies on drums, Karl Blau on bass, and Lori Goldston on cello, but is said to take the group in “an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation.” Relying heavily on long-form improvisations, the new album is sure to make your innermost organs tremble to the core (in a good way).

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II was originally supposed to be released seven months after the first installment, but was later pushed back by the band’s label, Southern Lord, to February 14, 2012. The band plans on touring prior to the album release, though no details other than word that the group will venture outside of their Northwest environs have been released. Stay tuned for more Earth-shattering news in 2012.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II tracklisting:

01. Sigil of Brass
02. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
03. Multiplicity of Doors
04. The Corascene Dog
05. The Rakehell

• Earth:
• Southern Lord:

Jonny Greenwood attempts to score Scientology and P.T. Anderson, gives up and helps score P.T. Anderson’s movie about Scientology

About a year ago, Jonny Greenwood, eyes a-glitter, wrote down his only resolution for 2011. “Write a score for everything that exists.” Now that we’re in December, the yellowed piece of paper with that single sentence written on it lies in a corner of Greenwood’s lavish study, crumbled and burnt at the edges. “Hey, how’s the resolution going, Jonnny?” asked Mr. Greenwood’s loved ones. “Oh, it’s going great! Making a lot of progress, making a lot of progress,” Jonathan was known to respond. BUT HE DIDN’T MAKE NEARLY THE PROGRESS THAT HE CLAIMED THAT HE MADE. Turns out Greenwood’s first two subjects for scores were Scientology, the religion, and P.T. Anderson, the director. Suffice it to say, it didn’t work out.

Not to be totally defeated, Greenwood has combined his ambitious plans in the fields of person-scoring and religion-scoring into one easier goal. The high priests of the Consequence of Sound religion report that Greenwood is scoring P.T. Anderson’s new film The Master, which may or may not be at least partially inspired by Scientology. Oliver Weindling of British label Babel recently put out a tweet mentioning that the Radiohead guitar-playing guy recorded a track for the soundtrack with jazz outfit Zed-U recently.

If we’re to trust IMDB (and why wouldn’t we?), The Master is about a charismatic cult leader whose religion starts to catch on, along with a drifter who becomes the leader’s right-hand man. It’s also a movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams set in the 1950s and set to be released in 2013. This isn’t the first time Anderson and Greenwood have teamed up, as Greenwood did the score for There Will Be Blood, nor is it the second time Greenwood has done a film score, since he also wrote scores for Norwegian Wood and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

• Radiohead:

RIP: Al Vega, longtime Boston jazz pianist

From The Washington Post:

Al Vega, a longtime Boston musician who played with some of the finest jazz talents through a career that spanned 70 years, has died. He was 90.

Vega died Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Kory Dodd said. No cause of death was given.

Vega, born Aram Vagramian in Worcester, Mass., was the house pianist at the Hi-Hat jazz club, and spent the late 1930s, 40s and 50s playing with some of the jazz greats, Boston radio personality Ron Della Chiesa told The Associated Press.

Della Chiesa said Vega teamed up with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and played many of the city’s legendary jazz clubs. He later led his own trio and became a fixture at Lucky’s Lounge, where he played Frank Sinatra tunes on Sunday nights.

“He was one of the most beloved musicians in the history of the city,” Della Chiesa told the AP.

Vega played both the piano and the vibraphone, and had hundreds of recordings as a pianist and a backup artist.

• Al Vega:

Oneohtrix Point Never stumbles into the MoMA and figures he might as well soundtrack a multimedia project

Daniel Lopatin, lover of religious relics (be they Buddhist, Christian, Hindi or otherwise) and the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never, is about to unleash what we can only assume will be a jaw-dropping, epilepsy-causing, tripped-out sneak attack on your brain. When New York’s MoMA hosts the project, entitled Reliquary House, on December 17, be prepared to hear all kinds of tongue-wagging from art historians and stuffy professors as they stare into the sky and proclaim, “Oneohtrix Point Never is fucking far-out!”

Collaborating with Mr. OPN on the multimedia project is visual artist Nate Boyce, who we can already tell is cool as shit. The event is part of the museum’s (also cool as shit) PopRally series, and we bet he has cooked up some relic-loving and Replica-humping (??) ideas for the occasion. Accompanying the visuals are new sounds from Lopatin, as well as “interstitial ‘sound sets’” from RVNG Intl. label head Matt Werth. Let’s face it, you’re gonna wanna get stoned for this one, buddy.

• Oneohtrix Point Never:

Damien Jurado releases new album Maraqopa in February according to the customs of our present epoch

Damien Jurado is hooking back up with Richard Swift to unleash the follow-up to last year’s Saint Bartlett (TMT Review). You can look at the backs of their necks in black-and-white and pretend you’re spying on them while they make a song by clicking here. Jurado’s either named the new project after a proud Arizona town or (more likely) his Twitter handle, Maraqopa, to really give himself a leg up with an intelligent social networking push.

The new album will see release on February 21, 2012 through Secretly Canadian, but for now you can hear “Nothing is the News” right here:

Maraqopa tracklisting:

01. Nothing Is the News
02. Life Away from the Garden
03. Maraqopa
04. This Time Next Year
05. Reel to Reel
06. Working Titles
07. Everyone a Star
08. So On, Nevada
09. Museum of Flight
10. Mountains Still Asleep

• Damien Jurado:
• Secretly Canadian:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce limited 2012 tour; additional dates dependent on whether or not they feel like it

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Does a tour qualify as a tour if it (so far) only spans two separate venues? That’s debatable, but I think people are willing to forgo a discussion on semantics when the band in question is Godspeed You! Black Emperor — repackaged, but with similar ingredients and the same great taste that had you eagerly anticipating the implosion of society back in 2002, when their last LP was released. 2011 saw the post-rock legends reuniting for a North American tour that many had previously thought would never happen, and thankfully, it looks like 2012 won’t, in fact, correspond with a repeat of the band’s temporary dissolution. On the contrary, GY!BE have just announced their first performance dates for the year: on April 15, they’ll play at the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. In the five days following, they’ll perform five consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Tickets for the show at the Fernwood Resort go on sale this Thursday, December 8 at 12 PM PST through Tickets for the shows at the Great American Music Hall go on sale Sunday, December 11 at 10 AM PST.

And that’s it. No other dates have been announced, but it is worth noting the proximity, both geographically and chronologically, of these California shows with Coachella. It’s also worth recalling stories from this past May, when band member Bruce Cawdon revealed that he and his fellow Montreal misanthropes have indeed been discussing, and perhaps working on, a new album. One might be inclined to think then, that these shows in California may just be a completely acceptable excuse to unveil their new material. If so, it’s reasonable to expect additional dates. If not, well… it is Godspeed You! Black Emperor. You’re obligated to attend.


04.15.12 - Big Sur, CA - Fernwood Resort
04.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.18.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.19.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
• Constellation: