EMI Group Owner: “Maybe It’ll Be Better If We Have TWO Companies That Can Go Bankrupt?”

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As if more job cuts and the proposed selling of Abbey Road studios (now retracted! yay!) weren’t enough, it appears that Guy Hands, EMI private-equity boss, proposed splitting EMI
into two separate entities.

What Hands wanted to do, according to court documents filed in regards to the legal dispute between Hands’ Terra Firma group and Citibank, was split EMI into two different money-making entities to maximize the profitability of one and minimize the losses of the other. He wanted one company for publishing (the part that makes money) and a separate one for new recorded music (the part that doesn’t make money). However, even though it appears that both sides see the positives of the split, Citigroup said “No, way Jose.” Or, more like, “Not at the current time, Jose.”

Using standard “big-word-business-talk,” Hands described the situation as follows: “We believe that we are in agreement in relation to a number of the key components of an acceptable solution including the need to separate the two businesses.” Translation: “We know we got a pile of shit on our hands and we know a couple of ideas how to fix it, but… we can’t agree on who’s gonna lose the most money.”

(Porn) Actress Sasha Grey to Release Two Industrial Albums with her Band aTelecine

Is there anything worse than the it-actress vanity album? At best, overly precious efforts from the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Scarlet Johansson teeter on the brink of tolerability, but at their lowest points these sacchariny records can feel like Michael Cera dropping a train car full of (500) Days of Summer (TMT Review) DVDs on your head.

Thank Gaia, then, for Sasha Grey: pornographic actress, star of Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (TMT Review), Current 93 collaborator, and eerie industrial musician to boot (She took her stage name from KMFDM’s Sascha Konietzko, after all). In 2008, Grey formed aTelecine, an industrial/noise band featuring Grey on guitar as well as sharing vocal and tape loop duties with bandmates Pablo St. Francis and Anthony Djuan. aTelecine’s debut And 6 Dark Hours Pass is due in early April via Dais Records (thanks for the tip, Ryan!), and not even before the month ends, another release, A Cassette Tape Culture, is slated for April 27 on Pendu Sound Recordings (Talibam!, Ghost Moth, Mialessot). Judging from the tracks available on the band’s MySpace, they will most likely be unavailable for purchase at your local Starbucks.

• aTelecine: http://www.myspace.com/atelecine
• Dais Records: http://www.daisrecords.com
• Pendu Sound Recordings: http://pendusound.com

Animal Collective and Danny Perez Collaborate on Piece For Guggenheim

Animal Collective, your favorite band of all time ever, and filmmaker Danny Perez are collaborating on a piece to be performed March 4 at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. If the name Danny Perez sounds familiar, it’s because your favorite band of all time ever collaborated with him previously on the recently released ODDSAC film (TMT Review). Their latest team-up, Transverse Temporal Gyrus, is a multimedia piece featuring video projections, costumes, and props, along with an original recorded score composed by Animal Collective. All of the aforementioned will be used to create a psychedelic environment that the audience can freely explore throughout the performance. It will be like entering Animal Collective’s mind! A dream come true for 92.43% (statistic estimated/made up) of this site’s readership!

Gain a little more insight into Animal Collective’s headspace with this quote describing their inspiration for the piece:

One of the things that you notice almost immediately in the jungle are the birds; so many different sounds coming from so many different directions. Are they communicating to each other? What are they saying? Does each variation serve a purpose? Why are there repetitions? Is there a pattern or is that just your imagination? If you don’t know the first thing about bird songs, these questions can rack a brain for days. The jungle seems louder than most New York apartments but its symbiosis makes it subtler if not more pleasing to foreign ears. The longer you sit awake in bed listening at night, the more you hear. It brings to mind Jane Goodall hanging out with chimpanzees in Tanzania and how she noticed them reacting to distant or inaudible sounds that at first she couldn’t hear, but as her ears adapted to the environment after months she began to hear them too.

But as the environments around us change quickly, as people encroach more and more on land where only select symbioses occur, we wonder how this will change the sounds around us and how this alters the way we hear things and react to them. As New Yorkers we are all familiar with the everyday noise around us—the car alarms, the subway trains braking, the music in bars—so familiar that sometimes we drown them out. But then do we not realize how these sounds are affecting us? How they make us feel or act? With this in mind we wanted to create an environment where people could take some time to listen to other kinds of sounds and get away from those familiar sounds of the city. Keeping in mind the birds of the jungle, we’ve created an array of sounds with Animal Collective’s music that is seemingly random… or is it? We invite you to come take some time out and sit with us. As time passes it is our hope that you will wonder if you are hearing songs or patterns or maybe simply hearing more. The visual work of Danny Perez has been incorporated to turn the environment of an empty museum into a more mysterious hideaway. The core elements and colors are worked into the piece in order to unite this room of sound with the inside of your brain. We hope you enjoy.

Animal Collective taking inspiration from animals? Nothing has ever made more sense! Tickets for the performance can be purchased from the Guggenheim’s website; however, they appear to be completely sold out. Here’s hoping someone got you a great birthday present. Otherwise, work on your cat burglar skills. If they can steal priceless jewels and paintings, surely they can sneak into a simple Animal Collective performance.

• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net
• Danny Perez: http://diptriana.com

Bang on a Can and Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth Cut The Ribbon On New Pieces

On February 24, two generations of the musical vanguard are collaborating on an effort that is sure to be as entertaining as it will be unpredictable. Evergreen new music pioneers Bang on a Can All-Stars are performing a handful of new compositions by Dirty Projectors’ uniquely talented Dave Longstreth. Both parties have well-earned reputations for making and breaking music, so expect the unexpected. It’s a match made in… well, New York (where else?).

The ambiguously evocative titles of Longstreth’s pieces (“Instructional Video,” “Breakfast at J&M,” and “Matt Damon”) hint at the zany adventure that’s in store. The All-Stars will also perform pieces by Oscar Bettison, Christine Southworth, and the Swedish ambient-funk composer Nik Bärtsch. For those of you who have the opportunity to bear witness, it’s all going down at exactly 7:29 PM at Merkin Concert Hall.

[Full disclosure: Deno once interned for Cantaloupe, the label owned by Ban on a Can.]

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Bang on a Can All-Stars: http://bangonacan.org/all_stars

UNKLE Slates New Album for May Release; Meanwhile, My Uncle Dale Huffs Paint in His Garage and Thinks About ‘Nam

If you’ve done the right thing and hung around with good ol’ UNKLE for their last few records, you know they’re not the type of band you’d label with that dreaded, sort-of-all-encomposing genre tag electronica. No self-respecting synthesizer jockey wants to be slapped with that sassafras, America. Maybe that geeky cousin of yours who scores his own anime soundtracks, but not your friends in UNKLE. With past collaborators ranging from Thom Yorke to Kool G Rap, James Lavelle and company are a puzzling bundle of lads who have never proven easy to pigeonhole.

So it’s with a hearty “Hey cool alright!” that I report that UNKLE will release its fourth LP Where Did the Night Fall on May 11. Out on the group’s own Surrender All label, UNKLE’s latest effort “has influences from psychedelic rock to afrobeat” and features guest vocals from Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Sleepy Sun, among others. Mosey on over to the Chocolate Grinder to hear the track’s first single, “Natural Selection.” I bet it’ll treat you real nice!

Where Did the Night Fall tracklist:

01. Nowhere
02. Follow Me Down (feat. Sleepy Sun)
03. Natural Selection (feat. The Black Angels)
04. Joy Factory (feat. Autolux)
05. The Answer (feat. Big in Japan)
06. On A Wire (feat. Elle J)
07. Falling Stars (feat. Gavin Clark)
08. Heavy Drug
09. Caged Bird (feat. Katrina Ford)
10. Ablivion
11. The Runaway (feat. Elle J)
12. Ever Rest (feat. Joel Cadbury)
13. The Healing (feat. Gavin Clark)
14. Another Night Out (feat. Mark Lanegan)

Dates:

05.21.10 - Moscow, Russia - Forum Hall
05.22.10 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
05.25.10 - London, UK - KoKo

• UNKLE: http://www.unkle.com
• Surrender All: http://surrender-all.com

Xasthur and Marissa Nadler Team Up for Ultimate Collaboration/Destruction

It’s a match made in… HELL. Black metal dude Xasthur is hooking up with eerie folk songstress Marissa Nadler for an album called Portal of Sorrow, rumored to be out this March. Now, this isn’t the first time the disparate worlds of folk and metal have collided, but it might be the most explosively compelling.

Both have issued dark proclamations – ok, whatever, they “wrote” – on their blogs. Xasthur declared that working with Nadler “is really an honor because I’m quite a fan of her music.” (As am I, Xasthur, we have so much in common!) He also adds that her voice is “another instrument to accent the music of Xasthur which is an old sound that just doesn’t come out of today’s technology.” Nadler described the collaboration by saying that “he has words but I have none. Its been lovely to break through vocal barriers and inhibitions and contribute to something harder and darker.” And lovely for all of us! Clearly this Portal of Sorrow will open some spooooky doors… to total awesomeness.

• Xasthur: http://xasthur.mercurous.net
• Marissa Nadler: http://www.marissanadler.com

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