Fennesz to release new 10-inch and LP, just to prove he’s still the LeBron of experimental music

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Every once in a while your world needs to be flipped around a little bit. For some, it’s merely a matter of trying a new brand of underwear or quitting a shitty, lifeless job. For others, it could be something as drastic as a gender change or killing/leaving the mother of your children. Something, anything to twist you around and throw you on your shoulders with a life-changing force. For this guy (me), it’s quite simple: hearing that Christian Fennesz will be releasing a track featuring DRUMS. I’m well aware this doesn’t come as such a damn mind-throttler to most of you peoples out there, but this is FENNESZ and Fennesz songs don’t have drums, ever, anywhere, no way. Not on a single album (I’m pretty sure) is there a single live drum beat on a track. This is some heavy shit. Or maybe I just want this to actually sound interesting. Either way, it’s new Fennesz, and that rules.

So on July 5, Fennesz will be releasing the Seven Stars 10-inch via none other than British experimental powerhouse Touch. This’ll be his first solo studio recordings since 2008’s hella good Black Sea (TMT Review), and the title track features drumming from Steven Hess. According to a statement from Fennesz in the press release, he could possibly continue this route in future recordings. Godspeed, buddy.

He’s also going to be playing The Morning Line in Vienna — a four-day festival of sorts — come June 7. Also, scope out this article over at Frieze Magazine celebrating 10 years of his seminal album Endless Summer. Cause honestly you can’t say enough about that album and the path it’s left on modern music. Truly amazing. Oh, and let’s not forget about the next installment of his series with Ryuichi Sakamoto, the full-length Flumina, which is set for release this summer on none other than Touch.

Seven Stars tracklisting:

A1. Liminal
A2. July
B1. Shift
B2. Seven Stars

• Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk

Twin Sister sign to Domino for debut album, but I heard that they’re never ever actually releasing a full-length

Last year, dreamy Long Island outfit Twin Sister released an EP called Color Your Life. And people liked it a lot. Since then, the public has taken to the streets, clamoring for a full-length of Twin Sister material. Bad news, public, it’s never gonna happen. Just the other day, my best buddies in Twin Sister (we’ve been friends ever since we played in that softball team together, The Twingurneys) approached me and confided that they would never, ever release a full-length record. Now I’m telling you, the internet, because I really feel like I can trust you. You’d never let confidential info like this leak.

Of course, Twin Sister still have to keep up appearances, hence why they are now signing to Domino Records. Domino, being the schmucks they are, really think they’ll be putting out a debut full-length from the band later this year. I mean, listen to how ridiculous this sounds: Twin Sister will be putting out a debut full-length via Domino later this year. It sounds laughable at best, a little embarrassing at worst. But just let Domino keep believing this whole full-length thing is actually going to happen, I don’t think their little hearts could take it.

While they’re busy not recording a full-length, Twin Sister will be going on a fairly extensive North American tour. Go out and see them if you’d like to hear all your old favorites from their two EPs, plus songs set to end up on some unidentified future release. If I had to guess, it’ll probably be a series of limited-edition 7-inches.


06.03.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06.04.11 - Atlanta, GA - 529
06.06.11 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall *
06.07.11 - McCallen, TX - Cine El Rey
06.08.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live *
06.09.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
06.10.11 - New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans *
06.11.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe @
06.13.11 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor @
06.14.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg [Northside Festival]
07.11.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s ^
07.12.11 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar ^
07.13.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club AE ^
07.14.11 - Columbus, OH - The Basement ^
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.18.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom $
07.19.11 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo $
07.20.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore $
07.21.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall $
07.22.11 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall $
07.23.11 - Winooski, VT - Monkey House $

* Beirut
@ Holiday Shores
^ Wild Nothing
$ Lost Boy?

• Twin Sister: http://twinsistermusic.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Let’s do the time warp again: vinyl projected to grow more than 25% in 2011

In news that’ll surely make your dad and that guy Tony who works in the basement record shop happy, it’s been announced that vinyl record sales will increase next year by more than 25%.

At a NARM presentation last week in Los Angeles, Nielsen SoundScan debuted a really well-made and entertaining series of slides that showed the continued growth of the best physical music format and illustrated that vinyl will never die, you digital bastards!

However, 25% may sound like a lot (and for vinyl it is) but the total sales increase for LPs will still only amount to 1.6% of total music sales, which is a pretty paltry amount in a day and age when iTunes makes billions of dollars a year. However, old guys with a serious addiction to collecting and organizing and nerdy teenagers who’d rather listen to music in their bedrooms than go to a club or have sex make up a pretty large part of the American population, so just you wait, vinyl may someday make up 5% or maybe even 6% of total sales, and when that happens, you’ll be sorry you threw all your needles away.

Blondie and Beirut team up, making them now tied with zombies for most-likely 2011 world domination

Blondie return to the airwaves with “Mother,” and no, it’s not a Danzig cover. The single, off the punk/new wave stalwarts’ first album in eight years, Panic of Girls, is an homage to the 90s-era NYC late night club of the same name. The video is an action-packed affair, with cameos aplenty by New York nightlife types like James Lorinz (Frankenhooker) Johnny Dynell, Chi-Chi Valenti, The Dazzle Dancers, Rob Roth, Barbara Sicuranza, Larry Fessenden, Alan Midgette, The Five Points Band, Guy Furrow, Kitty Boots, Hattie Hathaway, plus Kate from The B-52s! But lest you think Debbie Harry et al. are all hung up on the past and out of touch, they’ve inserted zombies. Because what says 2011 more than zombies? Very little.

BESIDES BEIRUT! That’s right, the band has enlisted not zombies but wandering faux-European minstrel Zach Condon for some hot trumpet action on Blondie’s cover of the Beirut song “Sunday Smile.” Panic features original Blondie members Harry, Chris Stein (guitar), and Clem Burke (drums). Original keyboard dude Jimmy Destri is sitting this one out. The album was produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Fischerspooner) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Papa Roach), and will be available as a special edition “fan pack” (including commemorative magazine!) on June 14 in the UK. The normal ol’ CD will be released in the US come September through Eleven Seven/EMI.

Panic of Girls tracklisting:

01. D-Day
02. What I Heard
03. Mother
04. The End, The End
05. Girlie Girlie
06. Love Doesn’t Frighten Me
07. Words in My Mouth
08. Sunday Smile
09. Wipe Off My Sweat
10. Le Bleu à l’âme
11. China Shoes
12. Horizontal Twist *
13. Mirame *

* fan pack only

• Blondie: http://www.blondie.net
• Eleven Seven: http://www.elevenseven.net

Eric Copeland makes another record of music for that schizophrenic uncle of yours

Mutant dance music — that’s a valid descriptor of the type of shit Eric Copeland has been making with the past couple of LPs he’s pumped out. His music takes a more ethereal and long-form approach to the fractured and spit-out form of his parent band and with repeated listens the results almost become danceable in a sort of sadomasochistic kind of way. He makes pop music in the same fashion that David Cronenberg makes Hollywood films: twisted and fucked beyond recognition.

For this next one, Copeland took shelter in a Copenhagen apartment for a few weeks and the final result of that Scandinavian retreat is Waco Taco Combo, his newest piece of wacked-out subterranean mindfuckness. As would seem appropriate for the location, the Copenhagen-based label Escho Records will be doing the album honors on May 5 with, like most of the dude’s releases, a smallish run of 500 LP copies. Go scope out a stream of the track “Krankendudel” over at Altered Zones that takes off where his 2010 LP Strange Days (TMT Review) left off and throws you right back into a Pole Position-like world where the fruit is just slightly too sour.

Waco Taco Combo tracklisting:

A1. Land of Foot
A2. Beatlemania
A3. Krankendudel
A4. Warbug
A5. Wao Taor Condos
B1. Spangled

• Eric Copeland: http://www.myspace.com/ericcopelandfan
• Escho: http://escho.net/esc21

The Dismemberment Plan releasing live LP in June; The Pixies speak out against such an obvious cash-grab

The Dismemberment Plan — mostly known for being Travis Morrison’s early band before making waves with Travistan — are back in a MEDIUM way. Not a BIG way (new songs) or a SMALL way (reunion tour) but a MEDIUM way: they’ve decided to release a live album. Back in the early months of 2011, a time so much less cynical than today, The Dismemberment Plan reunited for a handful of shows throughout the US and Japan to celebrate the re-release (and debut vinyl version) of their 1999 smash Emergency & I, an album some people love so much they’ve gone through endless court battles to try and marry it. At each of those reunion shows, The DP let some other band (too lowly to mention) warm up the crowd, but they reserved one special date in Tokyo all for themselves so they could tear through 23 songs and still have time for an X-rated afterparty.

If you didn’t have enough money to travel to Japan to see your favorite band in February, your devotion to them is highly questionable, but you’re off the hook this time because that’s the one show they’ve decided to make timeless. Live in Japan 2011 was recorded at Shibuya O-nest on February 9 and will be released June 1 by Japanese label Bad News Records. And let me tell you, they played Dismemberment Plan songs. Not just Emergency & I songs, but stuff from !, …Is Terrified, I mean you name it! Well, there’s only one other album, so I’ll go ahead and name that too: Change. Look out, Change fans, you’re about to hear that shit echo.

Finally, because the band is a super-hot stud convention, the album will also include a digital booklet of live photos and video footage of “Back and Forth” being performed with the audience singing along. That’s cute because I wasn’t there.

Live in Japan 2011 tracklisting:

01. Spider in the Snow
02. A Life of Possibilities
03. The Face of the Earth
04. Sentimental Man
05. You Are Invited
06. Bra
07. What Do You Want Me to Say
08. Pay for the Piano
09. Memory Machine
10. Time Bomb
11. If I Don’t Write
12. Following Through
13. The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich
14. Do the Standing Still
15. Girl O’Clock
16. The City
17. I Love a Magician
18. Ok Jokes Over
19. Ellen and Ben
20. Gyroscope
21. The Ice of Boston
22. That’s When the Party Started
23. Back and Forth

Couple more live shows:

06.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier (The Roots Picnic)
07.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Festival)

• The Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• Bad News: http://www.badnews.co.jp