Godspeed You! Black Emperor say “G’Day!” to Australia in 2013. (Hope you Australians enjoyed that headline!)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor say "G'Day!" to Australia in 2013. (Hope you Australians enjoyed that headline!) http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-09-godspeed-you-black-emperor.jpg

Ah, Australia.

The land where everything is upside down, the spiders are the size of small cars, people ride kangaroos to work, and toilets flush backwards. Fresh off ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival, the ladies and gents of Godspeed You! Black Emperor are getting ready to say “G’day!” to the fine folks of Australia. The Canadian post-rockers are planning their first ever group of shows in the land down under over a series of three dates on the Australian coast early next year. So, if you’re in Aussieland grab tickets before you slip another shrimp on the barbie, because who know when GY!BE will be back on your island!

Alright, I think I burned through all my Australian clichés and stereotypes so here are the tourdates:

02.13.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Tivoli
02.14.13 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
02.15.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed/main.html

Animal Collective prep new “Applesauce” single on 10-inch viiiieeewhaaa!?! Scott Walker released details on a new album last night??

Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin are back at the top of the heap with a cool new 10-inch single available for preorder featuring Centipede Hz (TMT Review) album track “Applesauce” backed with a brand-new recording of live favorite “Crimson.” It comes out November 13 on Domino and that’s the single artwork above, with all kinds of yummy exotic fruit sliced—

**NO, WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT? I WENT TO SLEEP AT 8PM. NO. NO HE DIDN’T. SCOTT WALKER DOES NOT HAVE A NEW ALBUM ON 4AD AND IT IS NOT COMING OUT BEFORE THE YEAR IS OVER. DO NOT SAY THAT IF YOU DON’T MEAN IT. LOOK ME IN THE EYE. OKAY. YOU’RE NOT MESSING WITH ME. FUCK. WHY WAS I WASTING TIME ON THIS CENTIPEDE HZ LEFTOVER BULLSHIT????????**

Alright folks, change of plans. Swapping out the artwork right now. Now you should see a foreboding painting of the words Bish Bosch on a black background. This looks to be the cover art of Scott Walker’s new album on 4AD, and it too has a release date (December 3/4!) and a preorder link ($13 for the CD, $27 for the double vinyl!). The announcement comes six long years after The Drift gave us the coked-out Elvis nightmares we never knew we needed, and from the lengthy description on the album’s just-released website it’s sounding like Bish Bosch is going to be even more terrifying and grandiose.

For example, about the 20-minute centerpiece track “SDSS14+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)”: “The title contains two brown dwarves: one, the coldest sub-stellar body in the universe discovered so far; the other, Zercon, was a real-life Moorish jester at the fifth century court of Attila the Hun.” The song follows someone attempting to reach “a height beyond calculation” before freezing to death in the solar system. Other songs make use of four-foot machetes, chisels, and an enormous kudu shofar. As The Wire’s Rob Young summarizes, “Bish Bosch is big enough to contain heaven and hell.” So yeah, there’s a new black hole of a Scott Walker album, and an Animal Collective 10-inch called “Applesauce.” FYI.

Bish Bosch tracklisting:

01. ‘See You Don’t Bump His Head’
02. Corps De Blah
03. Phrasing
04. SDSS14+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)
05. Epizootics
06. Dimple
07. Tar
08. Pilgrim
09. The Day The “Conducator Died”

• Scott Walker: http://www.bishbosch.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com
• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill team up for America’s hip-hop dream (good or bad) tour

Hip-hop gods Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill have descended from their sprawling unicorn ranch on Mount Olympus to grace us mortals with the dream tour most of us never knew we had… until now. Nas has a few solo dates lined up — including stops at New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival and Asheville’s always fascinating Moog Festival — before he joins up with Ms. Hill in Dallas for the sure-to-be-legendary Life Is Good/Black Rage tour. And when such a tour exists, how could life be anything but?

The dual-sided name comes from Nas’ recent #1 album, Life Is Good, along with Ms. Lauryn Hill’s new track, “Black Rage,” about racial inequality. The track comes out this fall. As the tour press release puts it, Ms. Hill released the song “as a juxtaposition to the statement ‘life is good,’ which she believes can only be so when these long standing issues are addressed and resolved.”

Dates:

10.06.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
10.20.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Arizona State Fairgrounds *
10.26.12 - Asheville, NC - MOOG Festival *
10.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Riverfront Park *
10.28.12 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival *
10.29.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
10.31.12 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
11.02.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11.03.12 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa Theatre *
11.04.12 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
11.07.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11.09.12 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory *
11.11.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
11.16.12 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
11.17.12 - Magna, UT - Salt Air
11.19.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Oakland Theater
12.03.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *

* Nas solo

• Nas: http://www.nasirjones.com
• Lauryn Hill: http://mslaurynhill.tumblr.com

James Ferraro to release Rainstick Fizz Plus (or Shoop2DaDoop) in November; weighs 180 lbs naked, 186 lbs with virtual erection

We’ve got some new-album news via a new track, readers. From the mind that recently released tracks like “Rainstick Fizz Plus” and “SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED” comes “SO N2U,” a new (bebe)tune by the mind that also brought you 2011’s ringtone symphony Far Side Virtual. The mind, depicted here, belongs to host body #20-0398-227030 a.k.a. James Ferraro, expert pattern-recognizer, symbol-masher, and value-creator, who dropped the track with the announcement of a new album called Rainstick Fizz Plus. (UPDATE: the album might be called Shoop2DaDoop.)

Aside from the possible album title and the possibility of it being released under “James Ferraro” (also possibly ☣ NEW AGE PLAYBOY ☣), all we know is that it’s due sometime in November via Hippos In Tanks. Stay (bebe)tuned for more info. In the meantime, we recommend that you calibrate your senses and hydrate daily in preparation.

Listen to “SO N2U,” the latest track preview from the new album, here:

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• Hippos In Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

New term “Mega Labels” created as EU approves EMI/Universal merger

The first major hurdle in merging two of four major label players has been overcome! The European Union has announced that its regulators have officially given the green light to the coming-together of two heavyweights, Universal and EMI, with some required changes to the new company’s structure as caveats. In order to move forward, Universal will need to sell off approximately 30% of EMI’s holdings to attempt to even the playing field for competitors. This Billboard article has the full list of divestments Universal is planning on shedding as part of the merger, but with the expected buyers to be the other major players in the label game, it’s hard to see how this request on the part of the EU commission is helping the overall landscape of the music business… at all.

IMPALA, the trade group representing independent labels in Europe, has continually called for the Universal-EMI deal to be struck down, citing their concerns about the resulting power that Universal could potentially yield in the marketplace, compromising distribution networks and manipulating pricing. Universal, in an attempt to soften EU officials on the issue of the merger, proposed that the divested assets should be reserved for sale to independent entities, to spread the wealth around, but just as with the prior sale of EMI’s publishing rights to Sony, the likely recipients of the discarded assets are the other major and semi-major labels, with Warner, Sony, and BMG leading the pack. If BMG picks up the assets, estimated at just under $500 million, it would effectively take the place of EMI as the fourth major label. Out with the old and in with the new!

The EU decision, which most expected to result in approval, sets the stage for US regulators to make the same call on the merger. Here’s a handy timeline of the entire deal. Bottom line: you can shuffle a deck of cards any way you want, but it’ll still be comprised of 52 cards at the end of the day.

• EMI: http://www.emimusic.com
• Universal Music Group: http://www.universalmusic.com

[Photo: Alex Wong]

Cloudland Canyon to release three 12-inch EPs on three different labels before the end of the year. The rest of you are bums.

Cloudland Canyon is not the name of a roller coaster in a Care Bears-themed amusement park.

Cloudland Canyon is not the title of a new fantasy-thriller movie about an astronaut who chases dust storms across Martian plateaus and catches comets with a butterfly net.

Cloudland Canyon is a state park in Georgia.

Cloudland Canyon is also an ambient-psych group fronted by Kip Uhlhorn, formerly of Panthers. The group hasn’t released much since Fin Eaves back in 2010 (TMT Review). Maybe they’ve been building that roller coaster or making that astronaut movie or maybe just watching episodes of Fraggle Rock on old VHS tapes. Either way, they’re planning to release three 12-inch EPs on three different labels before the end of the year. First is Aureliua (pictured above), a record that centers on the cosmic cycling of the 13-minute title track, out October 23 via UK label The Great Pop Supplement; check out that track below. Second is the disco groove of Prophetic Frequencies, out just a week later on October 30 via the Austin-based Monofonus Press. And finally, Born Blonde/Sea Cycles will be out on December 4 via Trensmat, an Irish label. Sonic Boom (a.k.a Peter Kember) of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum did all of the mastering at his New Atlantis Studios in Rugby, UK.

Now, how about a scavenger hunt to track down all these damn records?

Aureliua tracklist:

01. Closer
02. Aureliua
03. Light Falling

Prophetic Frequencies tracklist:

01. Prophetic Frequencies
02. Sundowners

Born Blonde/Sea Cycles tracklist:

01. Born Blonde
02. Sea Cycles

• Cloudland Canyon: http://soundcloud.com/cloudlandcanyon
• The Great Pop Supplement: http://www.greatpopsupplement.com
• Trensmat: http://www.trensmat.com
• Monofonus Press: http://monofonuspress.com