Gravetemple announce new album Ambient/Ruin on Ideologic Organ — emphasis on the “ruin”ing… of your soul

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Excuse my hesitance in admitting that I didn’t really know that a collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Attila Csihar, and sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley existed. With a name like Gravetemple, there’s an imagined risk of pissing off the deceased, and subsequently having to deal with dishes floating in mid-air and flying into walls all your life. Unsurprisingly, the music behind the name follows suit, with 2009’s Le vampire de Paris being a single-track, 54-minute step into something distinctly hellish. Low-frequency oscillations beget Csihar’s demon-channeling vocals, which later beget manic drumming but hopefully don’t lead to soiled undergarments.

Bladder intimidation continues with the release of Ambient/Ruin, out April 29 on O’Malley’s Editions Mego imprint, Ideologic Organ. The album was recorded in parts across Japan, Australia, Paris, and Isreal, and offers the presence of one-time member Matt “Skitz” Sanders on the exxxxxtreme drums. Preorder the album direct from Mego here.

• Gravetemple: http://www.myspace.com/gravetempletrio
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/releases/ideologic-organ

Mika Vainio announces new album Kilo on Blast First Petite; long live the metric system!

Addressing the potentially permanent hiatus of one of Finland’s most innovative and well-known experimental acts (Pan Sonic), founding member and generally intimidating-looking guy Mika Vainio opened his mouth, grabbed the interviewer by the shirt-collar, and emitted a cacophony of pulsating electronic sounds, immediately paralyzing the questioner opposite. This was the first evidence on record of such an advanced and dangerous form of cybernetic organism completely integrating into modern society (remember, Terminator was fictional).

Nah, what he actually said was this: “There has been no argument or bad spirit or anything like that. It’s just that after, we’ve been doing this for over 15 years, it’s time to stop and concentrate on our own solo things.” And concentrate he has, and concentrate you should, considering how downright minimal and/or inaccessible two of Vainio’s most recent solo releases have been. 2009’s Black Telephone of Matter (TMT Review) and 2011’s Life (…It Eats You Up) (TMT Review) both left me feeling woefully unqualified to listen to music.

Continuing his solo ventures, and making his (former?) partner Ilpo Väisänen seem comparatively absent, Mika Vainio will be releasing Kilo on May 6 through the imprint Blast First Petite. The album’s been deemed, according to FACT, as “the beat driven follow-up to 2011’s harrowing Life (…It Eats You Up),” which may mean a slightly welcome respite from the head-wrapping-around required for his previous releases. We’ll hear soon enough.

Kilo tracklisting:

01. Cargo
02. Cranes
03. Load
04. Docks
05. Sub-Atlantic
06. Rust
07. Wreck
08. Scale
09. Freight
10. Weight

• Mika Vainio: http://www.media-loca.com/mikavainio
• Blast First Petite: http://www.blastfirstpetite.com

Robert Hampson throws us for another loop with new Main album Ablation

“Do not create anything. It will be misinterpreted. It will not change, it will follow you the rest of your life” - Bob Dylan

Robert Hampson can sympathize. Despite outgrowing his past, despite outgrowing previous incarnations of his artist self, Hampson seems destined to be forever chained to Loop, the space-rock/shoegaze band he help found over 20 years ago. Although the doors to Loop closed in 91, the 90s proved to be an abundantly fertile period for Hampson under the guise of his next endeavor, Main.

Main’s albums (most notably Motion Pool, and the Firmament series) were the chewing, stretching, and distorting of sound-places not yet imagined. This was a fusion of ambient music that, while harking back to the early sketches of Brian Eno, owed more to the likes of musique concrète and instrumental industrial music (think SPK). In the tradition of Pierre Schaeffer, Pargmegiani, and Ligeti, Hampson (with Scott Dowson) honed in on the inherent force of sound for sound’s sake, crafting a shape of music that perpetually flirted with unshape, always questioning the notions of what could and could not constitute music.

Since Main’s conclusion in 2006, Robert Hampson has continued to pursue his excursions into musical abstraction. After hooking up with electronic music research group GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales), Hampson focused his efforts on acousmatic music, releasing a string of solo works under his own name. Now, after seven years, Hampson has decided to unearth his Main project with the release of a new album, Ablation.

This latest work is noticeably less angular and more entrancing than previous Main outings. Ablation creates an environment that sounds and feels like the exact opposite of civilization; this is the order of known things as heard through the looking glass. With spectral decay, humming drones, and violent physicality (à la Penderecki’s Threnody) Hampson conjures dream-scenes from vapor — cluttered fields lit like eschatological badlands — where shadows and sparks of light meet at obtuse, obscenely pleasurable angles.

“II” is a future-scape spawned from satellite-speak static and the glassy patter of plastic raindrops; listen to the distended claustrophobia of this track below.

Ablation is due out in April on Editions Mego.

Ablation tracklisting:

01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV

• Robert Hampson: http://www.roberthampson.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Kitty announces PLS LET IT BE WARM tour, others pray for an endless winter

Some people like it hot, some people like it cold. DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. Norway’s black metal community probably enlists few members that enjoy wearing shorts, while Florida rapper Kitty prefers a warmer climate. Evidence for this position: her upcoming tour (happening right before these dates with Danny Brown), which she has titled PLS LET IT BE WARM. This call for heat may be a fool’s errand, as the tour visits cities such as Vancouver, where it is currently a chilly 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Hardly freezing, but hardly warm either.

Before kicking off that tour, Kitty is playing a number of shows at SXSW. SXSW is happening right now, so if you’re trying to go see Kitty, well, hurry up! If you start now, you’ll still be able to catch her three more times!

Kitty dates:

03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Stereogum @ The Hype Hotel)
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Dub Frequency @ W Hotel)
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Winniecooper.net/BeatRoute Mag @ Townhouse)
03.20.13 - Portland, OR - Backspace
03.21.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
03.23.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
03.24.13 - Victoria, BC - Club 919
03.28.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.29.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits

• Kitty: http://daisyrage.com

Sparks announce first-ever live album (after taking their precious time)

You would think a tenured institution like Sparks would have put out a live album by this point right? I mean, it’s been over 40 years since the Mael brothers released Halfnelson (later renamed Sparks) and they have over 20 albums under their belt, but never a live record? Well, that won’t be true for much longer, as Sparks have announced Two Hands One Mouth: Live in Europe.

Two Hands One Mouth, a two-disc set, chronicles the band’s 2012 tour that featured the brothers playing without a backing band (or a computerized facsimile of one), hence the title. As it was something the band had never really tried before on a major tour, they wanted to “celebrate the event with a souvenir for all Sparks fans,” the brothers write on their website, “that captures this tour and the unique format.” An interesting idea from a band that is known for their criss-crossing of genres and styles.

Two Hands One Mouth tracklisting:

CD 1:
01. Sparks Overture
02. Hospitality on Parade
03. Metaphor
04. Propaganda
05. At Home, At Work, At Play
06. Sherlock Holmes
07. Good Morning
08. Under The Table With Her
09. My Baby’s Taking Me Home
10. Singing In The Shower
11. The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy To Russell Mael
12. Excerpts from THE SEDUCTION OF INGMAR BERGMAN (“I Am Ingmar Bergman,” “Mr. Bergman How Are You?,” “We’ve Got To Turn Him ‘Round,” “He’s Home”)
13. Dick Around
14. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
15. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
16. The Rhythm Thief
17. Suburban Homeboy
18. When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’

CD2 (The Encore):
01. The Number One Song In Heaven
02. Beat The Clock
03. Two Hands One Mouth

The band is still taking this new live format on the road for a handful of dates in California next month too. If you’re a fan and you waited to buy tickets, you’re shit out of luck as most of the shows have sold out:

04.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (sold out)
04.12.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery (sold out)
04.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery (sold out)
04.19.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

• Sparks: http://www.allsparks.com

RIP: Peter Banks, original Yes guitarist

From The New York Times:

Peter Banks, one of the founders of the popular British rock band Yes, died on March 7 at his home in London. He was 65.

The cause was heart failure, according to an announcement on the Web site of Flash, the band he formed after leaving Yes in the early 1970s.

Mr. Banks, a guitarist influenced as much by jazz as by rock, formed Yes in 1968 with the bassist Chris Squire, the singer Jon Anderson, the keyboardist Tony Kaye and the drummer Bill Bruford. The band’s name was Mr. Banks’s idea.

Yes was one of the first and most successful purveyors of what came to be called prog (short for progressive) rock, an adventurous style far removed from the simplicity of early rock ’n’ roll, with complex melody lines and unusual time signatures that required considerable virtuosity to master.

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Mr. Banks played on the band’s first two albums, “Yes” and “Time and a Word,” before leaving to form Flash. He was replaced by Steve Howe, who remained with Yes for 11 years and has reunited with the band several times since then.

• Peter Banks: http://www.peterbanks.net