The Flaming Lips unveil website to stream their 24-hour Halloween song (Note to self: take off work on November 1)

The Flaming Lips unveil website to stream their 24-hour Halloween song (Note to self: take off work on November 1)

Given the rapid and uncontrollable mutation of The Flaming Lips’ “batshit gene” in the past two years or so, it was hardly a stretch to imagine that The Flaming Lips would eventually get nuts enough to attempt the ultimate cosmic apogee of weed/skulls evolution: the 24-hour-long song. But what not even Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm could have predicted that, in the process, they would also become super-intelligent enough to make a specific website for it. And not just because he’s not a real person (though, yeah, mostly because of that). But according to Prefix, life once again found a way.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Flaming Lips 24 Hour Song Dot Com. And right now, the only thing that’s on there is a picture of one of those USB gummie skulls (apparently titled “7 Skies H3”?) and a countdown clock to 12 AM CST on Halloween, at which point the stream of the massive party track will begin. As of the time of this writing, you’ve got a little over three days and 11 hours to charge up all of your web-enabled devices, buy a boatload of coffee, and empty your mind of all the extraneous bullshit like work and family and spatial reasoning and motor skills that could interfere with your being accosted for an entire day by what I can only assume is the sound of Stephen Drozd feeding a bale of hay to a hungry baby grand piano on which Michael Ivins is simultaneously playing J.S. Bach’s entire catalog to accompany Wayne Coyne as he speech-sings the entirety of Ulysses through his megaphone to a hungry crowd of disgruntled seniors in a nursing home cafeteria. Or heck, maybe it’s just “U Smile 800% Slower, 8000% slower.” Either way, see you guys in hell in a couple days!

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Cloud Nothings release sophomore album recorded by Steve Albini in January; the sky is the limit!

This summer I forced an old high school friend to listen Cloud Nothings, telling him that that singer Dylan Baldi had an appealing (if possible) voice reminiscent of Tom DeLonge of Blink 182. My friend, an ex-Blink 182 fanatic, said he didn’t like Baldi’s voice, and that I was wrong.

Often, I am wrong, but if you like an album for nostalgic reasons personal to you then the musicians must have done something right. But, if Cloud Nothings self-titled full-length debut did nothing for you, well then possibly the follow-up Attack on Memory, to be released on January 24 on Carpark Records, will place you on cloud nine.

A cloud joke, get it?

According to Exclaim!, the entire staff of the Canadian music zine listened to some of the new album and claims it sounds like a mix of Superchunk and Cap’n Jazz. Big whoop! My mom made the same comparison about my diarrhea sounds in the bathroom last night.

Luckily, Steve Albini in Chicago (No, not Steve Albini in Phoenix!) recorded this album and probably made the album sound exactly like Blink 182, which is something we all hope for with most albums.

Now, get your head out of the clouds and watch a teaser for Attack on Memory via Carpark Records!

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RIP: Charles Hamm, musicologist and author

From The New York Times:

Charles Hamm, who helped establish the field of American popular music history with two books that have become standard texts, died on Oct. 16 in Lebanon, N. H. He was 86.

The cause was pneumonia, his son Stuart said.

After beginning his career as a specialist in Renaissance music, Mr. Hamm became frustrated with the condescension of his fellow musicologists toward contemporary popular music. He began to write and lecture on the subject.

“There was no literature in my own discipline to guide me,” he later recalled in “Putting Popular Music in Its Place,” a 1995 collection of his essays. “My first attempts were shots in the dark, guided only by the germ of a conviction that popular music should be approached as a complex field encompassing composers, performers, audiences, the music industry, the media and the state.”

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Captain Ahab European tourdates, new music video, and animated GIFs… all the techno-punk you could ever need

So. Your Tumblr’s been looking pretty lame these days. You can’t find any new videos of cats stuck in boxes or photos of stylish people on city streets. What the fuck else can you post? You already took a picture of that pasta you made for dinner and the Christmas lights you strung around your room two months early.

WAIT. How about one of the new Captain Ahab GIFs? Animated representations of a techno-punk duo! Download them here! Cool! Or better yet, how about their new video for “Girls Gone Wild,” directed by Patrick Kennelly? The song isn’t new at all — it’s actually about six years old — which makes the whole thing sort of vintage, right? Or, how about getting the hell off of the internet and going to one of Captain Ahab’s upcoming shows?


11.16.11 - Milan, Italy - Cox 18
11.17.11 - Faenza, Italy - Il Clandestino
11.18.11 - Feltre, Italy - Bandalarga
11.19.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica
11.20.11 - Brno, Czech Republic - Boro Klub
11.21.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Final Club
11.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - Klub Alchemia
11.23.11 - TBA
11.24.11 - TBA
11.25.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
11.26.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Worm
11.27.11 - TBA

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Morrissey vs. NME Round 34: libel edition

Over the course of his 52 years, Morrissey has been many things: Reuniter of the New York Dolls, Sad Person Royalty, Subject of FBI Investigation After Anti-Bush Comments. But there is one thing Steven Patrick Morrissey wants you to know that he is not: a racist. For many years, the Smiths frontman has been a professional courter of controversy, making seemingly off-the-cuff comments that run the gamut from the offensive to the misconstrued and are tirelessly snapped up by journalists looking for a juicy lede. But now one magazine in particular has roused the jangly sadman’s ire, and Morrissey’s not gonna take it.

Perhaps you remember that infamous 2007 NME interview where Morrissey made certain comments about the British identity and culture fading as a result of immigration. Or perhaps you don’t want to remember — after all, these are just the sort of remarks that Morrissey fans try to forget/rationalize away and journalists love to run away with. Whatever he might have meant at the time, the legend steadfastly denies that his comments are indicative of racial prejudice. And indeed, in a nice bit of poetic justice/damage control, when NME pulled its sponsorship from London’s Love Music Hate Racism concert in 2008 and the famed celebration of all things harmonious teetered on the brink of financial collapse, Moz personally ponied up £75,000 to keep the event going.

But still the rumors swirl. So Morrissey took a libel case to the courts this month. While Moz maintains that NME twisted his words to make him look like a racist jerkoff, the magazine maintains that the case should be thrown out, due to the lengthy period of time between the inflammatory article’s publication and the court case. According to The Quietus, Mr. Justice Tugendhat of England’s high court wrote, “Overall, in my judgment a proper balance between the Article 10 right of freedom of expression of [NME magazine] and Mr Morrissey’s right to the protection of his individual reputation requires, in the circumstances of this case, that the action be permitted to proceed.” So, in Moz vs. NME Round 34 (or whatever this is), it looks like this point goes to the erstwhile Smiths frontman. Whether Morrissey or NME wins the final challenge, however, remains to be seen. The case will go to trial in 2012.

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Oval gets his OvalDNA all over you with upcoming release of CD/DVD combo on Shitkatapult

After a 10-year hiatus from releasing new music, Markus Popp returned with his expansive double album O (TMT Review) in 2010; 2011 appears to be no less prolific for Popp’s Oval. FACT reports that Popp will release a CD/DVD combo called OvalDNA on November 25 on Shitkatapult that will make glitch fetishists cream their pants with excitement.

The CD will feature 13 rare Oval tracks spanning his 20-plus-year career as well as 12 previously unreleased tracks. The DVD will include an additional 10 songs, a music video for the track “Glass UFO,” and an Oval documentary. If that wasn’t enough, the whole package will also include a 20-page booklet assembled by Popp and Wire contributor David Toop, plus 2,000 AIFF sound files from the Oval vaults. Listeners are encouraged to use the source material as they choose.

Popp is calling the massive release an “open source manifesto.” Hopefully fans will take Popp’s “DNA” and create new songs from the genetic material used to produce Oval’s catalog thus far. Then maybe Oval will take those songs and remix them until a mutant race of unstoppable glitch monsters emerges. It could happen! Who does Popp think he is, God? Call your senators today and demand that these bizarre practices be outlawed before it’s too late! Or just support Oval’s ballsy move by snatching up a copy of the package next month and start making some music!

OvalDNA tracklist:

01. Quito

02. Kasino

03. Tweakk

04. Australasia

05. Credit Line

06. Mare Fax

07. Heroci

08. Octaeder 0.2

09. 70 kino
10. Alpen

11. Mersey

12. In + Love

13. Stealth

14. Gegenlese

15. Savvy

16. Eigentlichen 2.0
17. Doku_Drama

18. Breeno

19. I

20. Flageo

21. Whypunkt

22. Instantan 1+2
23. Pockyrocky

24. IV

25. Op

DVD Bonus Tracks:

01. Esigh

02. Excel M
03. II

04. I

05. Glass UFO

06. II(2)

07. Story Mode

08. Latvia

09. III

10. Inwending

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