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

DD/MM/YYYY break up on 09/26/2011, reform as Absolutely Free on 09/27/2011

After nearly a decade of being a band, Canadian spaz-rockers DD/MM/YYYY have announced their break-up. The band most recently put out a split with Portishead side project BEAK>, which saw release earlier this year. Prior to that, the group had put out a string of full-lengths, including 2009’s Black Square. Though the news of their break-up comes in the middle of their current tour, the band plans to still play the currently announced dates, including their set at the New Jersey iteration of ATP. Their final show will take place on November 10 in their home city of Toronto, alongside Michigan-based post-punk act Child Bite.

Fans of DD/MM/YYYY will only have to endure a short wait for news of a new project from the group’s members. In fact, the wait will last only as long as it takes to read this sentence, which rests between the previous sentence and the next. Four of DD/MM/YYYY’s five members have formed Absolutely Free. The new group’s live debut will take place on November 17 at the M for Montreal festival, one week after the final DD/MM/YYYY show.

DD/MM/YYYY final dates:

09.29.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
09.30.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP Festival
10.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Torn Curtain
10.18.11 - Halifax, NS - Gus’s Pub (Halifax Pop)
10.19.11 - Quebec City, QC - L’Agitee
11.10.11 - Toronto, ON - 918 Bathurst Street (final show, features Child Bite)

• DD/MM/YYYY: http://www.ddmmyyyy.net

Christina Vantzou to release unpretentious debut solo album Nº1 on Kranky

Followers of the Chicago-based Kranky Records have surely heard of Stars of the Lid. And if you’re familiar with Stars of the Lid, chances are that you have at least a passing familiarity with the audio-visual project The Dead Texan, of which Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie is a part. The other half of that enthralling, yet seemingly abandoned, ambient duo is Christina Vantzou, who will be releasing on October 24 her first (more or less) solo album, Nº1.

The story behind the creation of Nº1 appears on the surface to be extremely fascinating, though I admit I may have been unconsciously influenced by the dramatic and sometimes hyperbolic language that seems to accompany most press releases these days. In between her accomplished work as a visual artist specializing in a variety of mediums, Vantzou worked on Nº1 in isolation over a span of three years beginning in 2007. The result was a sprawling 45-minute single track that utilized an array of synthesizers, homemade orchestral samples and her own voice. Then, in a long distance collaboration with Minna Choi, director of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the single piece was transformed in to a 10-track score for a seven-piece orchestra.

Comparisons between Vantzou’s work and Stars of the Lid’s appear inevitable (as was the case for A Winged Victory for the Sullen), but as the press release points out, the former’s compositions “are more grounded and concerned with the terrestrial as opposed to the extra-terrestrial…”. What we may have, then, is the emergence of a profoundly thought-inspiring voice in contemporary classical music.

Nº1 tracklisting:

01. Homemade Mountains
02. Prelude for Juan
03. Super Interlude Pt.1
04. Super Interlude Pt.2
05. Small Choir
06. Adversary
07. Your Changes Have Been Submitted
08. And Instantly Take Effect
09. 11:11
10. Joggers

• Christina Vantzou: http://www.christinavantzou.com
• Kranky: http://kranky.net

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

  

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