EMA announces spring 2012 North American headlining tour, as if she didn’t already rock the hell out of 2011

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By now, you probably know the story of EMA — co-founder of Gowns who launched a solo project, kicked ass, took names, etc. With the end of the year approaching, music fools everywhere have begun to compile their best of 2011 lists, and EMA’s debut, Past Life Martyred Saints, has already appeared at #27 on The Quietus’ list, #20 on the BBC Music Writers list, #7 on Stereogum’s list, and #3 on Spin’s. The Sunday Times has named her #1 New Artist of 2011, and “California” has wound up on year-end “best track” lists for Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, and Spin. (PLMS also made its way onto our own mid-year list, hint hint.)

A deluxe edition of Past Life Martyred Saints will see an exclusive iTunes release on February 7 and will feature a bonus track entitled “To Leave With Love” and videos for “California,” “Milkman,” and “Marked,” as well as a cover of Nirvana’s “Endless, Nameless” with an accompanying video. Her recent single, “Angelo”/”Marked” is currently available as a limited-edition 7-inch via Insound and digitally via other major retailers.

Hold your horses, kids: there’s still more EMA news. After spending most of the year on tour as both a headliner and supporting the likes of CSS, MEN, Wild Beasts, Kurt Vile, Zola Jesus, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., EMA has announced the first dates of her spring 2012 headlining tour. More dates to be announced (hopefully soon, because none of these are within convenient distance from where I reside).


03.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum
03.06.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03.09.12 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
03.10.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.11.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
03.13.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.15.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.16.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• EMA: http://www.emaemaema.net
• Souterrain Transmissions: http://www.souterraintransmissions.com

[Photo: Keith Nealy]

Grinderman go to smutty old man heaven, where Nick Cave is already considered a patron saint

Weep tears into your mustache: Nick Cave’s filthy side band Grinderman seem to have disbanded. News of their dissolution comes from The Quietus, who report that, at the end of Grinderman’s set at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia, Cave announced, “That’s it for Grinderman. It’s over.” Granted, he also evidently added, “See you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier.” There’s been no official word as of yet, but if we’re to take everything literally, then goodbye to current iteration of Grinderman, hello to Grinderman in 2021! Nick Cave will be 64 years old by then!

Of course, Grinderman breaking up is kind of like a band not breaking up at all. Every member of the band is also in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who I assume (and hope and pray) are still a band. Maybe if you ask Nick Cave nice enough, he’ll throw a few Grinderman songs into their set. Maybe he’ll also spit in your face and tell you that you’re a pig dying in a gutter in some forsaken town where even mothers couldn’t love their own kids. Really, it could go either way with that guy.

• Grinderman: http://www.grinderman.com

Sleigh Bells spew threats at cowardly fans: Reign of Terror to annihilate you

Since Sleigh Bells released their debut album Treats (TMT Review), they’ve had an awful lot of time to brush up on their textbooks (great tourbus reading material), and thus they’ve decided to take a page out of the good ol’ French Revolutionary Calendar. For their sophomore full-length, Reign of Terror, the duo will unleash full throttle threats, powered by the good folks at Mom + Pop, that are sure to jumble your brain around and make you go permanently cross-eyed.

Where will they bring this terror to first? Florida, naturally — a magical land with high rates of serial killers and bestiality. Scared shitless yet? Sleigh Bells embark on a mini-tour leading up to the album’s release date, which falls on the terrifying day of St. Valentine’s. Tickets are already available here.


02.03.12 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theater
02.04.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
02.06.12 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
02.07.12 -Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
02.09.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
02.10.12 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
02.11.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
02.14.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central

Reign of Terror tracklisting:

01. True Shred Guitar
02. Born to Lose
03. Crush
04. End of the Line
05. Leader of the Pack
06. Comeback Kid
07. Demons
08. Road to Hell
09. You Lost Me
10. Never Say Die
11. D.O.A.

• Sleigh Bells: http://reignofterror.tv
• Mom + Pop: http://www.momandpopmusic.com

RIP: Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Jamaican producer and Xterminator owner

From The New York Times:

Philip Burrell, one of the most prolific and influential Jamaican record producers of the last 20 years, died on Dec. 3 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 57.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Carmelita Bailey Burrell.

Mr. Burrell churned out two decades’ worth of hit records and championed future reggae stars like Sanchez, Pinchers, Luciano and Sizzla. But his most important achievement was upholding the music’s great sonic and spiritual traditions.

• Philip Burrell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_%22Fatis%22_Burrell

Radiohead releasing “The Daily Mail”/”Staircase” single; will the music industry ever be the same?

Radiohead are a really cool band and they play guitars and drums and pedals to create rocking songs + a soundworld like no one else. Thom Yorke is the leader of the band, he plays the guitar and dances and plays the acoustic guitar too at the ends of shows + winks at fans in the front row. Jonny Greenwood is second and he plays the guitar but in unusual and exciting ways + the Max/MSP patch and the conductor’s baton. Colin Greenwood is next, he plays the bass and in general feels the groove + smiles at the other guys mid-song because they’re all family. Ed O’Brien is a guitarist, even though he is handsome he creates soundscapes with lots of pedals + also winks at fans. Phil Selway is the drummer, on tour he is very reliable to recreate the complex rhythms of all those classic songs + Oxfam. This is why Radiohead are a really cool band and I hope you have been convinced that their songs are worth purchasing at a digital retailer.

Radiohead are giving the gift of DVD/Blu-ray on December 19 as you know but the fans in the front row that Thom and Ed always wink at have been clamoring for the two unreleased songs they’ve been playing, “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” to be released on glorious 180 gram virgin vinyl picture disc with lenticular laser-cut labels or at least just regular vinyl and regular Mp3s. Radiohead decided to wink at all their fans, not just the front row, by releasing those two songs in physical and digital format on December 19. Some people might be upset that these are just the recordings from Live from the Basement and the whole appeal of the band is how they approach and tinker with the songs in a studio setting but I for one think it’s a great opportunity to hear a really cool band play two really fun songs. Radiohead are #1 and they really get the crowd moving so won’t you please join them and purchase today?

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com

Zola Jesus to seduce the darkness in our souls once again, announces 2012 tour

It’s simultaneously exhilarating and frustrating when you come across an artist who evinces obvious talent, but who has yet to harness that talent in a way that allows for the creation of a truly memorable album. From my perspective, Stridulum (TMT Review) is the closest thing that Zola Jesus has come to greatness, but that’s unfortunate, considering that, despite being an EP, it has so far exceeded the quality of her full-length releases, including her most recent on Sacred Bones, Conatus (TMT Review). Ah well, practice makes perfect, as they say, and Zola Jesus appears to be taking the mantra to heart by seemingly neglecting the importance of a permanent residence and touring as much as she possibly can. Beginning in February, she’ll embark on her first — but likely not her only — American tour of the year.

Of course, when you’re analyzing the quality of an artist’s discography, the age of the artist in question often goes unconsidered. At 22, Zola Jesus has already accomplished more than many musicians her age, and it’s important to note that it wasn’t until she was 24 that the vocally-comparable Siouxsie Sioux and her Banshees released their hallmark album Juju. So I suspect it’s only a matter of time before the lady Jesus comes up with something masterful; if not, I will inevitably die a little inside, as I’m apt to do whenever a talented artist doesn’t reach what I perceive to be his or her full potential. Just consider me the music critic version of Heathcliff Huxtable.


02.01.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent
02.03.12 - Austin, TX - Parish
02.04.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
02.06.12 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
02.08.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
02.09.12 - Miami, FL - Bardot
02.10.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
02.11.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
02.16.12 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
02.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
02.18.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
02.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.22.12 - Grinnell, IA - Herrick Chapelat Grinnell College
02.23.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Arts
02.24.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
02.25.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
02.27.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
03.03.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

• Zola Jesus: http://zolajesus.com
• Sacred Bones: http://sacredbonesrecords.com