Emo’s Austin closes their doors after 20 years of making Texas cool

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Now, while most Texans will disagree, there isn’t much in Texas to make it “cool” (as in hip, trendy, chic, or approved by hipsters) outside of the hot and humid city of Austin, so, in a bit of sadder news, Austin is losing one of its coolest places, as Emo’s Austin has announced that they will be closing their doors for the final time in December.

“We were going the way of CBGB’s. When Moody Theatre moved downtown, it raised the bar for everybody,” said owner Frank Hendrix in a report on Billboard. The property has already been bought by Sixth Red River LC, who will probably turn the famed venue into something not nearly as cool, such as a House of Blues or another high-priced boutique hotel. Probably just some shitty condominiums.

“What makes a venue a venue is not four walls, it’s the people and the community that support it. We haven’t lost our spirit. We’re still Emo’s,” affirms Hendrix, who will continue to maintain Emo’s legacy by selling branded products like hats and shirts, continuing to maintain sister-venue Emo’s East, and promising that a new venue will be opened “within walking distance” from the original location.

Emo’s Austin will continue to play host to bands and musicians until Christmas Eve of this year. “We’re hoping for a proper send-off, with bands who’ve played Emo’s in the last 14 or 15 years to say good-bye to the downtown location.”

• Emo’s Austin: http://www.emosaustin.com

RIP: Sylvia Robinson, “The Mother of Hip-Hop”

From The New York Times:

Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and served as the midwives for a musical genre that came to dominate pop music.

• Sylvia Robinson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Robinson

Way Through to release Arrow Shower on Upset the Rhythm. Also, what exactly is pastoral punk?

“Way Through are a pastoral punk duo from Shropshire.” Wait… pastoral punk? That sounds like some bizarre fusion of Fleet Foxes and The Clash — lumberjack poets on a mission to shock, a mission to shake the foundations of urban establishment with acoustic anthems. I just can’t imagine anyone pulling that off.

However, Way Through’s debut LP Arrow Shower offers a better definition of pastoral punk than my weirdo imagination can. Their sound has a definite garage rock vibe, drifting from raucous to reflective and back again, and they draw on elements of English history as well as modern discontent for inspiration. The album’s title comes from a junk shop copy of Philip Larkin’s poetry collection, Whitsun Weddings, one filled with a teenage boy’s scrawled commentary. Here’s what Chris Tipton of Upset the Rhythm Records had to say:

Way Through walk through ruins, trace the lost domain of the neo-romantics and hang out with hillside chalk figures, connecting with the spirit of place still deeply lodged in our consciousness. Broken fences, disused science parks and overgrown cemeteries hold as much spiritual vision for them as standing stones. With Arrow Shower, Way Through have explored a language that can help re-enchant the land and lives of all of us today.

The album is currently available for streaming through SoundCloud, and it’ll get a physical release on October 3.

Arrow Shower tracklisting:

01. Ruined Acre
02. Sad Twin
03. W. B.
04. Arro
05. Rural Fringe
06. Gallant Show
07. Widowhood
08. Handsome Knave
09. Wsh
10. Salmon Patch
11. Brother’s Rapid
12. Ower
13. Denton Welch

• Way Through: http://waythroughwithyou.blogspot.com
• Upset the Rhythm: http://www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound collaborative album coming soon 0))) via Editions Mego imprint

Diehard doomy drone fans shall rejoice in deep, prolonged growls for a newly announced release on Ideologic Organ via Editions Mego. So robe up and kick on the fog machine, ‘cause shit’s about to get grim! If you recall, while the weaker of listeners were preoccupied with Kid A, sunn 0))) recorded their second ass-splitting album, ØØ Void, 11 years ago on Hydra Head. Then in 2008, Daymare Recordings re-released the record in Japan with a bonus disc titled The Iron Soul of Nothing, which featured a collaboration between sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound. This extra material was said to be a new collaborative take on the original concept of Void.

The upcoming ØØ Void reissue on Southern Lord won’t feature those tracks, but now all that bonus material is getting its first stand-alone domestic release in the American third-world on double vinyl through the Stephen O’Malley-curated Ideologic Organ, an imprint of Editions Mego. The Iron Soul of Nothing will be available on November 29, and can be preordered here.

The Iron Soul of Nothing tracklisting (differs from original, likely due to vinyl disc space):

A. Dysnystaxis
B. Ra at Dawn Part One
C. Ash on the Tress
D. Ra at Dawn Part Two

• sunn 0))): http://www.ideologic.org
• Nurse with Wound: http://brainwashed.com/nww
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/ideologic-organ

The Flaming Lips releasing 24-hour song on Halloween, encased in the skulls of those too weak to endure their six-hour song

The Flaming Lips don’t give a shit about your qualms with “I Found a Star on the Ground,” the six-hour psych-rock/attendance-taking jam that dropped a few days ago and is the audio equivalent of taking everyone shirtless from Bonnaroo and putting them into a particle accelerator. Because by the time you’re done listening to it (in three-minute installments during The Big Bang Theory commercial breaks), there’ll be a new Lips song waiting on your Megaupload doorstep that makes “Found a Star” seem like a teaser trailer.

“Giant Fucking Mp3,” as I’m calling the untitled song for the time being, will introduce the realities of “death,” “fucking,” and “life” for the first few minutes, and will then explore those themes in greater detail for the rest of the day — literally. In total, the song will be 24 hours in length, and since it drops at midnight on Halloween, this either means that the holiday is cancelled this year or every haunted house will have the option of an alternate “spooky noises” soundtrack.

The less-than-succinct song will be available in very limited physical quantities (five!) in the form of an external hard drive tucked inside an actual human skull, provided by the Oklahoma City mom-and-pop store Skulls Unlimited. Unfortunately, the skull will be neither marijuana-flavored nor edible, and considering their gummy skull was $150 it might not be a feasible purchase for most. But maybe if you ask your parents nicely enough and promise to keep your shirt tucked in at church they’ll buy you human remains that house a song about fucking.

[Update: all five skulls have already been sold for $5,000 each. Sorry, little Timmy.]

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

The Field and friends get loopy with their bad selves, plot North American tour

It’s been two years since Axel Willner and his bandmates in The Field released their last album, Yesterday and Today (TMT Review). With it, we saw the eclectic electronics they’re capable of as a fleshed out trio. The digital release of Looping State of Mind dropped earlier this month and had us feeling like our MDMA was spiked with something wicked yet subtle. The physical release will drop on October 11 via Kompakt, so you know what that means. No, not more drugs (well, depends how you roll). Rather, The Field will embark on a North American tour to support the album.

If you haven’t already, take a listen to “Then It’s White” here, and you can immediately hear the ever-evolving material, not to mention the finesse with which they shape each track around these seemingly simple loops. Willner describes the title as such: “It comes from the feeling of having looping thoughts — both good and bad — in your head, and being unable to get them out, but then, of course, my music is based around loops and repetition too.”

Recorded in the label’s city headquarters of Cologne, Looping State of Mind expands upon the signature sounds but moves it into something further and constantly growing. Check the dates to see if The Field will be bringing their cosmic textures to your hood soon.

Dates:

10.20.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
10.24.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.25.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.28.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10.29.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.30.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.31.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
11.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
11.02.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl

• The Field: http://www.myspace.com/thefieldsthlm
• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm