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

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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

Ween give Facebook a purpose and release Quebec demos through social-networking black hole

In a blink-and-you-missed-it moment earlier this month, Dean “Mickey Melchiondo” Ween updated his status on Facebook and surprised fans by letting them know that what was on his mind was a double-album’s worth of Mp3-only songs titled The Caesar Demos. All of the music contained therein was recorded between 2001 and 2003 as the band worked up ideas and rhythms for what would eventually be the fourth-best Ween album, Quebec.

Then, just as fast as the tracks appeared (and because of crashing servers), Deaner removed his status update from all of the known internet. However, as we all know, nothing ever really gets deleted from the internet and multiple people who downloaded the initial post have been reposting the songs. Now, as Dean cackles wildly at his plans coming together perfectly, Ween fans have begun trading the tracks like baseball cards.

“[A]lmost all of this was recorded at our beach house in Holgate, NJ onto 16 track tape,” explains Dean. “A tiny bit of it was recorded in the garage behind Aaron’s (Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman) house in Pt. Pleasant, PA. Some of it was recorded in the spare bedroom of my house in New Hope. Most of the tunes are just me and Aaron, with the two of us playing everything, with me on drums. The songs with Claude, Dave, and Glenn are pretty obvious. On just a few tunes we took what you hear here and cleaned them up and had Andrew Weiss mix them for the record after some overdubs.”

The Caesar Demos tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Chocolate Town
02. Pot Luck
03. Ooh Vah Lah
04. So Many People in the Neighborhood
05. Linda (The Sexy Dancer)
06. That Man (From the Flatland)
07. Happy Colored Marbles
08. Hey There Fancypants
09. If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)
10. It’s Gonna Be a Long Night
11. Oh My Little Country Cottage
12. Among His Tribe
13. Transdermal Celebration
14. Captain
15. Tried & True
16. I Fell in Love Today

Disc 2:
01. I Don’t Want It
02 Ambrosia Parsley
03. Zoloft
04. Love Come Down (recorded on 9-11-01)
05. Alcan Road
06. Don’t Let the Moon Catch You Cryin’
07. You Can Go Shit in Your Hat (Matt)
08. Someday
09. She Caught My Fancy
10. Eulogy for David Anderson
11. Things You Already Know
12. Hello Johnny
13. I’m Wide Open

• Ween: http://www.ween.com

Sudden Infant and Lasse Marhaug are releasing a book, appropriately titled Noise in My Head

I’m going to be honest — Joke Lanz a.k.a. Sudden Infant freaks me out a little bit. His sonic collages are unlike anything I’ve ever heard before — chaotic amalgamations of unearthly vocals, microphone noise, distorted static, as well as various other sounds I can’t quite identify. It’s confusing, yet I can’t help but listen to bits of certain tracks over and over again. They’re fascinating, and maybe it’ll all make more sense once the Sudden Infant book comes out.

Noise in My Head: The Actionistic Music and Art of Joke Lanz, co-edited by Lasse Marhaug, will include “photos from installations, performances, and actions; visual work including drawings and paintings; poetry and manifestos; a visual discography; reproductions of concert posters and flyers; new essays by Rudolf Eb.er, Leif Elggren, Daniel Menche, Steve Underwood, Mark Wharton, and Drew Daniel; and an in-depth interview with Lanz himself.” It’ll be printed in an edition of 300 copies and will be released sometime in October, the month most closely associated with noise.

• Sudden Infant: http://www.suddeninfant.com
• Lasse Marhaug: http://www.lassemarhaug.no

Thurston Moore to tour Europe for the… wait, you’re actually counting?

If Thurston Moore was indeed placed on this Earth by a higher power, I’m almost positive it was with the intent to make others in the music industry feel extremely lazy. No offense to Thurston if he happens to be reading this, and because I know how sensitive people can be about their age (yes, I totally just accused Thurston Moore as having the potential for sensitivity), but if I was deemed a musical legend by the age of 35, give or take a few years, I’m not entirely sure that I’d still be releasing albums on a consistent basis 15 years later. And I highly doubt that I’d be touring regularly either, which is exactly what Moore is doing when he travels to Europe in late November.

The tour is his second trip to Europe in support of his latest, highly acclaimed album Demolished Thoughts (TMT Review). Tours. Albums. A record label. Naturally, his body of work begs the question: is Thurston Moore a musical superhuman? Does his blood carry the biological ingredients necessary to shred like a monster and produce an innumerable amount of quality releases, both solo and as a member of Sonic Youth? If scientists weren’t so preoccupied with the study of terminal diseases, I dare say they should absolutely look into harnessing Moore’s DNA — you know, for research, and definitely not for the establishment of some sort of highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist master race.

Dates:

11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK- Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Comunale
12.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
12.10.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Moods / Kilbi Im Exil

• Thurston Moore: http://www.sonicyouth.com/dotsonics/thurston
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

RIP: Jessy Dixon, gospel singer

From The New York Times:

Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who helped popularize gospel music with his energetic style and who found a wider audience touring and recording with Paul Simon, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.

His sister, Miriam Dixon, said he had been sick for over a year but declined to provide details.

Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,” which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

• Jessy Dixon: http://www.jessydixon.com

Björk reveals tracklist for Biophilia bonus disc, giving In Rainbows Disc 2 a run for its yawn-money

Björk has briefly descended to Earth again — approaching us with a muted grace that recalls the ever-pirouetting cosmos and the bodily calm of a deep breath — to offer up some details on the bonus disc for Biophilia, which is only a week or two away from worldwide release (October 10… you do the math). Originally thought to be a data disc containing hundreds and hundreds of rare Björk, Thom Yorke, Tricky, and Tagaq jpegs over the years, the bonus disc now turns out to be a group of songs recorded during her six-date residency at Manchester’s Campfield Market Hall this past summer.

Since Björk had a few new items specially commissioned for these performances (digitally controlled pipe organ, pin-barrel harp, gamelan-celeste hybrid, 30-foot pendulum harnessing the Earth’s gravitational pull), the set is rather Biophilia-centric, but a few tracks from her other albums show up here and there too, so your nostalgia pleasure centers won’t have to miss a beat. Speaking of nostalgia, remember the good old days when you preordered the ultimate edition or at least the manual edition of Biophilia? Because this bonus disc is only offered in those two packages, and they’re both already SOLD OUT AHAHAHA NO EXTRA TRACKS FOR THE HOI POLLOI, POOR PEOPLE ARE SUCH JOKES!!!!!!

Live in Manchester tracklisting:

01. Thunderbolt
02. Moon
03. Crystalline
04. Hollow
05. Dark Matter
06. Hidden Place
07. Mouth’s Cradle
08. Virus
09. Sonnets
10. Where Is the Line
11. Mutual Core
12. Cosmogony
13. Solstice
14. One Day
15. Náttúra

• Björk: http://www.bjork.com

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