Eric Chenaux has a new LP on Constellation, and apparently he also frequents Medieval Times! Who knew!

Eric Chenaux has a new LP on Constellation, and apparently he also frequents Medieval Times! Who knew! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-eric-chenaux.jpg

Sometimes, on cloudless spring afternoons, Eric Chenaux likes to don medieval garb and amble along highway exits while strumming a lute and singing scandalous stories. Actually, that’s probably not true at all, but when you base an entire album on the tradition of balladry, what else are we supposed to think and then report to the public?

Chenaux might not wander around in tights, boots, and a funny hat, but he is releasing Guitar & Voice, his fourth album on Constellation. He distorts any expectations of ballads by blending such disparate influences as folk, jazz, baroque, noise, and pop, and whittling them down into his most minimal album yet, one that consists of little beyond his own playing and singing, drifting between bowed-guitar instrumentals and lyrical, vocally-based tunes. Unless some nasty highway robbers steal it, Guitar & Voice will see a March 6 release (luckily those tricksters haven’t snatched the video for the album’s opening track, “Amazing Backgrounds”).

Guitar & Voice tracklist:

01. Amazing Backgrounds
02. Simple/Frontal
03. Dull Lights (White or Grey)
04. Sliabh Aughty
05. Le Nouveau Favori
06. Put in Music
07. Genitalia Domestique
08. However Wildly We Dream
09. Glitzing for Stephen Parkinson

• Eric Chenaux: http://www.myspace.com/ericchenaux
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Venetian Snares to perform quality assurance on your cochleas with Fool the Detector

Venetian Snares a.k.a. Aaron Funk may just be the most happening Canadian electronic musician not wearing a giant, dorky mouse hat on his head these days. And yet, when you take a serious look at the music that both Snares and Deadmau5 create, it’s hard to imagine a greater divide between their respective styles. One continuously defies listener expectations with indiscernable time signatures and schizophrenic references to various other genres, while the other is a veritable snoozefest of banality. Some people are apparently inclined to compare the music of Deadmau5 with that of the legendary Scottish duo Boards of Canada. The only reason that I’m even mentioning the two in the same sentence is to point out how offensive that comparison is. Seriously, stop that.

I’m getting off track here. The point is, you actually have reason to look forward to new material from Venetian Snares. And despite the fact that it’s yet another EP, you should look forward to Fool the Detector (due out March 5) as well, simply by virtue of the fact that Funk is the author. It helps that he’s rather secure in his approach: “There is a track that mainly uses analog devices to control digital devices. It seems laughable that most people want to control their analog synths with midi, imposing their ridiculous choice of notes on the music. They are pretty much rapists.” Pre-order the EP, which will only be available on vinyl and via digital download, and read the rest of his description here.

Fool the Detector tracklisting:

A1. Ego DSP
A2. Fool the Detector
B1. Chriohn
B2. Index Pavilion

• Venetian Snares: http://www.venetiansnares.com
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

RIP: Winston Riley, reggae musician and producer

From the Washington Post:

Winston Riley, an innovative reggae musician and producer, has died of complications from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 65.

Riley died Thursday at University Hospital of the West Indies, where he had been a patient since November, when he was shot at his house in an upscale neighborhood in the capital of Kingston, his son Kurt Riley said Friday.

[…]

He worked with musicians including Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Nancy and Buju Banton.

Musicologist Kingsley Goodison, who knew Riley for more than 40 years, said he was one of the people responsible for introducing reggae to England.

“Winston Riley is an unsung hero,” he said. “He was one of the hardest workers in the business.”

Riley also is credited with creating the stalag rhythm, which later influenced hip-hop and dancehall. Unlike his contemporaries who shunned dancehall music, Riley embraced contemporary reggae and had several big hits during the 1980s.

• Winston Riley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Riley

PIPA voting postponed after online protest; SOPA/PIPA slapped by the internet’s dick, but not dead yet

After some convincing from a full-day blackout from numerous web presences and demands from internet bigwigs, as well as the possible realization that many older legislators didn’t even know what the internet was, the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, shelved in the dark corners of Washington, where they will possibly fester and grow eviler each day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the postponement of a planned ballot for the Protect IP Act just two days after Google’s logo was boxed out, and Republican chairman of the House Judiciary committee Lamar Smith then reported that his panel had also caved and would delay any action with the Stop Online Piracy Act until more agreement on the legislation could be coerced out of techies and major internet companies.

Reid was rumored to have become quite upset that he couldn’t download the latest episode of Celebrity Wife Swap due to Megaupload being shut down. We’ve received word from an anonymous source that he admitted that he “did not realize Wife Swap would be affected” and that he really doesn’t “get how the internet works.” Reid encouraged the authors of the bill to redraft their tool of fascism with the online community in mind, so that it forged a “balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.” Film studios and major record labels then realized that Congress may no longer be their bitch, for now.

Obama also protested the bills by singing a copyrighted Al Green song right in Al Green’s fucking face, as if to say “fuck you, and those fucktards at ASCAP, too.”

• Strike Against SOPA: http://sopastrike.com

Nite Jewel and Chairlift do their best Salt-n-Pepa, reveal extraordinary dance moves on tour this spring

Get your favorite twirling shoes on! There will be lots and lots and lots and lots and just LOTS of that going on when Nite Jewel and Chairlift embark on their topsy twirly tour this spring! Do you even have enough lung room to breathe in all your excitement?!? Better shape up to shake out some shapes. Nite Jewel, a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pseudo-80’s electro sweetie Rrrrrrramona Gonzalez (tongue-rolling used for dramatic effect purposes), will join forces with the equally sassy Chairlift this March.

Maybe you should try to assemble your totally awesomely 80’s ensemble now. It’s a fine line between dorky 80s and so insanely 80s chic it’s fashion all over again! Your BFF’s NJ and CL want you to get it right. If you want to get your “Ahhhh! Push it!” move down, you’ll want to scroll down to the bottom of this article, and click over to Nite Jewel’s website link to stream her latest club nite jam “One Second of Love”.

Tourdates:

03.14-17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.26.12 - Boston, MA -Brighton Music Hall
03.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.28.12 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03.29.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
03.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03.31.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
04.03.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
04.07.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.08.12 - Portland, OR -Doug Fir
04.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.11.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
04.12.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
04.14.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.17.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.18.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.20.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.21.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
04.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.24.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Nite Jewel: http://www.nitejewel.com
• Chairlift: http://www.chairlifted.com

Wooden Shjips set sail toward bad metaphors, awesome remixes

San Francisco space rockers Wooden Shjips are sailing forth into the wild and zany waters of Remixland on February 21 with the powerful winds of Thrill Jockey blowing their latest release into record stores and online shops near and far. The aptly named Remixes 12-inch is the Niña to the band’s Pinta, last year’s critically-acclaimed full-length West LP (TMT Review) …or maybe it’s the Santa Maria. Whatever. What a stupid metaphor. Why am I talking about Christopher Columbus? That guy was a jerk.

Anyway, forget that dude: Wooden Shjips are awesome. If West wasn’t enough for you, well get ready for Remixes, where three tracks get reimagined by the magic hands of Andrew Weatherall, Sonic Boom, and kandodo. Weatherall — a gentleman who has worked his share of remixing wonders with people like New Order, Björk, My Bloody Valentine, and Primal Scream — did a number on “Crossing.” The illustrious Sonic Boom slapped his name on the mash-up “Wiking Stew (aka Red Krayola-ing).” And kandodo (a.k.a. Simon Price from The Heads) whipped a little something special up for “Ursus Maritimus (Last Bear’s Lament).” You don’t need to be a scurvy seaman to know the compass points toward radical on this one.

Remixes tracklisting:

01. Crossing Remix (Andrew Weatherall)
02. Wiking Stew (aka Red Krayola-ing) (Sonic Boom)
03. Ursus Maritimus (Last Bear’s Lament) (kandodo w/Ripley)

• Wooden Shjips: http://www.woodenshjips.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

  

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