Geoff Barrow announces… not a new Portishead record! Beak> to release sophomore album

Geoff Barrow announces... not a new Portishead record! Beak> to release sophomore album

More Geoff Barrow news that doesn’t involve Portishead in any way! Hooray!

Following the release of Quakers’ self-titled LP in March, which featured a long list of underground hip-hop collaborators MC’ing over Barrow-provided beats (under his amusing moniker Fuzzface, along with 7-stu-7 and Katalyst), Barrow is making a tonal shift to Krautrock with the sophomore release from his Beak> project. Barrow is joined on the record by his feathered friends Billy Fuller on bass and Matt Williams on keyboard. The name of the album will be aptly titled >> (pronounced “Beak-Beak”? Get ready to see that name at the top of your list whenever you sort by album title from now on, I guess), and will be released June 11 on Barrow’s Invada label.

No song titles have been announced yet, but given the avian-influenced name and the Krautrock genre, let’s take a stab at what some of the tracks might be called:

01. Squawking down the Autobahn
02. Birdz
03. Feathre-Musik
04. Chiken Sausage

What will Barrow take on next, Calypso? Traditional Malian blues music? Inuit songs? Anything but trip-hop and I’m sure fans will be pleased.

• Beak>:
• Invada:

1,2,3 announce additional spring tourdates while 3,4,5 can’t catch one break

Pittsburgh’s 1,2,3 have already been having quite a busy year and it seems like it will just get busier. To recap: they released their Dreamland Pt. 1 EP and now New Heaven LP, and they’ve already played a shit-ton of shows across this land we call the U.S.A. However, unlike other Pittsburghians, 1,2,3 will not be resting on their laurels and have announced a new set of dates to keep their fans happy throughout the month of May (a.k.a. the month my cat was born). 1,2,3 have also spilled the beans about what they will be doing on July 7: playing the Bunbury Fest with other (not) awesome bands Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

1,2,3 also need a new van to keep up this touring and they want YOU to help pay for it. But, this is America, right? So fuck that Commie bullshit because I have a new set of skis to buy and I can barely make ends meet on my six-figure salary already.

Oh, and as always, 3,4,5 will be following 1,2,3 around like a a shy younger brother. But you don’t have to worry about them, they’ll just go away after a while when you’ve had a few drinks and forget how to count.

1,2,3 tourdates:

05.09.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - Albert’s on The Alley
05.11.12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
05.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
05.15.12 - Raleigh, NC - Slims
05.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.17.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
07.14.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Fest

• 1,2,3:
• Frenchkiss:

How to Dress Well sails off on summer’s smoothest tour… holding a suitcase full of XXL JNCOs

RIP Yacht Rock: 2005-2010. (What? This thing was on till like two years ago???? Who knew.) Your humorous skewering of smooth, soulful summer jams inspired a whole new generation of smooth, dark, skewed hipster R&B. Don’t believe me? Take a crayon and draw a family tree, Oh Ye Who Doubt. That 10cc root has grown and blossomed into a beautiful How to Dress Well EP, last year’s Just Once. Okay, okay, so maybe HTDW’s ethereal rhythm and blues is more likely to have descended from good old Janet Jackson and Sade, but never ever (sorry, Michael McD) has a night with friends on a pleasure boat beneath the stars had a better soundtrack than the shimmering swells of a How to Dress Well track.

And just as we’re about to set sail into summertime, HTDW has announced a brief string of tour dates. Now, the man behind the sentence fragment/band name, Brooklynite Tom Krell, doesn’t have a new release scheduled just yet, but that’s not gonna stop him from taking some smooth time with you, girl. Krell will hit up select cities in the US and Canada, accompanied by Vancouver music dudes Aaron Read and Warp Records’ Babe Rainbow. Babe Rainbow will do the opening act thang for most of the dates listed below.

06.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Underground at the Drake
06.08.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
06.13.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene
06.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
06.16.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

• How to Dress Well:

Jean Piché’s long lost Heliograms reissued by Digitalis; take heed, fans of early Canadian electronic music

Listening to the works of Jean Piché, Canadian electronic music pioneer and video artist, is like walking into your own personal IMAX theatre, closing your eyes, and seeing what pops up behind your eyelids as you journey through the Amazon or watch a store being born or get stuck wandering inside a giant, pulsating womb. Piché’s minimalist electronic soundscapes take you there, maaaaaaan; listening is like meditating, but without all the hard work of making yourself not think and being afraid your roommates are gonna hear you doing some Enigma-style Gregorian chanting all weird and alone in your room. In short, his work is challenging, innovative, and fantastic.

Piché has taught electroacoustic music composition at the University of Montreal for the last few decades, all while building a rep as a software developer and audiovisual artist. But in a time long, long ago (the 1970s) and in a galaxy far, far away (Vancouver), dude was in college at Simon Fraser University, working on an LP made up of computer, digital synthesis, and acoustic jams. Called Heliograms, the album contains a track called “La mer à l’aube,” which has the distinction of being one of the first ever digital synthesis pieces produced in Canada. And like lots of long forgotten cool stuff and Great Art, Heliograms got lost in space when the small record label that had released it in 1982 went bankrupt.

Fortunately for music historians and fans of really freakin’ cool electronic music, Heliograms is getting a re-release through Digitalis Recordings in late May. Yankee guitarist/producer James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD, sunn 0))), ISIS) has remastered the album from ye olde original tapes, and the recordings have been magically transubstantiated into vinyl LPs. To accompany the release, Piché has created two new video projects for album tracks “Ange” and “Rouge.” No word on premiere dates for those videos yet, but you can check out excerpts from the album here:

• Digitalis Recordings:

Built to Spill, being, literally speaking, built to spill things, have, figuratively speaking, “spilled” a few things, including news about more tourdates and a new album

The plan [to tour] keeps coming up again

And the plan means [extending summer tour through September]

But [the tour] won’t accomplish anything

If it’s not [surrounding recording sessions for a new record, set for release via Warner Bros. in 2013 and following 2009’s There Is No Enemy (TMT Review)]

Like it’s always been

And [Built to Spill touring and working on a new album] makes me think of everyone [that likes that song “The Plan”]

And the cause of this is evident [in those guitar riffs still being rad]

But the [reason for me incorporating a 13-year-old song into this 2012 news story] cannot be found

Cause it’s so well hidden[?]

(BRIDGE: bum-bum-bum-bum BAHH! etc… Built to Spill fucking rules…)

This [goddamn website] doesn’t make any sense

In any less than [$30 per-thousand-impressions] increments

Of [Frito-Lay ad sales].

06.22.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.24.12 - New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival @ Randall’s Island
07.08.12 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
08.24.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08.26.12 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
08.27.12 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
08.28.12 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finns
08.30.12 - Portland, ME - The State Theatre
09.05.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
09.06.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.12 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
09.09.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
09.10.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.11.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
09.12.12 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
09.13.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.14.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
09.15.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
09.18.12 - Madison, WI - The High Noon Saloon
09.19.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.20.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
09.21.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
09.22.12 - Bellevue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre

• Built to Spill:
• Warner Bros.:

Death Grips to fans: FUCK YUH! Tour apparently canceled, new album to be released in the fall

Not two weeks after announcing an extension to their spring/summer Money Store tour, Pitchfork brings us the news that Death Grips have done a 180 and cancelled their tour in its entirety. The band dropped the news on Facebook, bluntly stating, “we are dropping out to complete next album NO LOVE [reportedly to be released Fall 2012]. see you when it’s done. (there are no longer any scheduled shows).” The resulting comments are a mix of outrage and disgust. It seems as if the band, what with all their current critical adulation, wanted to stir some shit up to maintain their gruff relationship with the public. It has worked.

No word on refunds, but a quick check of the venue where they’re supposed to play in Chicago still shows tickets for sale. Hopefully this is just a really bad joke and the shows aren’t actually cancelled; otherwise, someone needs to give these 40-odd venues a heads up.

Tourdates ??:

05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy

05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger

05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse

05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega

05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center

05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store

05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette

05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm

05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301

05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn

06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival

06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin

06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan

06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc

06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen

06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang

06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound

06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery

06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s

06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri

06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar

06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme

06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck

06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club

06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile

06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s

07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

• Death Grips:
• Epic: