Guided by Voices announce new album Let’s Go Eat the Factory! Have two spoonfuls of nostalgia and awesomeness!

Guided by Voices announce new album Let's Go Eat the Factory! Have two spoonfuls of nostalgia and awesomeness!

Original fans of Guided by Voices are probably mostly male and in their 40s by now, but hold on to your skirts, fellas, because you’re about to jump up and down like little school girls. After reuniting to tour with their “classic” lineup last year, GBV just announced that they will release a new album called Let’s Go Eat the Factory on January 1, 2012. This will be the “classic” lineup’s first studio recording since 1996’s Under the Bushes, Under the Stars, or if you’re not too technical about it, the band’s first album since 2004’s Half Smiles of the Decomposed (TMT Review).

GBV just wrapped up a year-long reunion tour that started last October at the Matador Records 21st Anniversary celebration in Las Vegas. The line-up, originally together from 1993-1996, includes front man Robert Pollard (the group’s only constant), Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos, Mitch Mitchell and Kevin Fennel. Pollard first talked about the possibility of new album last December in an interview with Spinner: “I’ve thought about it sometimes but it’s a very long shot. We all kind of do our own thing. I’m not completely eliminating the possibility…” And aren’t we glad he didn’t!

Let’s Go Eat the Factory tracklisting:

01. Laundry and Lasers
02. The Head
03. Doughnut for a Snowman
04. Spiderfighter
05. Hang Mr. Kite
06. God Loves Us
07. The Unsinkable Fats Domino
08. Who Invented the Sun
09. The Big Hat and Toy Show
10. Imperial Racehorsing
11. How I Met My Mother
12. Waves
13. My Europa
14. Chocolate Boy
15. The Things That Never Need
16. Either Nelson
17. Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday)
18. Old Bones
19. Go Rolling Home
20. The Room Taking Shape
21. We Won’t Apologize for the Human Race

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• Matador:

Trash Talk to put out new Awake EP on True Panther, all labels to one day become hardcore labels

Do all indie rock labels really want to be hardcore labels? Would Merge be happier if they were actually Bridge Nine? What about Secretly Canadian, do they dream in their deepest dreams that they had Trustkill’s roster? Is Sub Pop sending subtle messages suggesting that Fleet Foxes just add a dang breakdown or two? Lord, I hope so. Sadly, if they truly house these glorious secret desires, they’re hiding it well. Matador Records, however, has no shame about such things, what with their signings of Fucked Up and Ceremony. Now, Matador-associated label True Panther is getting in on that sweet, sweet pit action by putting out an EP from Sacramento’s Trash Talk. That EP is called Awake and it will be out in 7-inch form on October 11 and will rip hard. I’m going out on a limb with that ripping hard business, but if it doesn’t actually rip hard, contact me and I will apologize a little bit.

That said, here is proof that at least 1/5 of the EP rips: the video for the release’s title track. The clip features a bounty of peaceful nature footage and space photos. It also features a lot of skateboarding and a guy breaking stuff. And it doesn’t feature any nature footage or space photos. Sorry for the confusion. Let me make it up to you by telling you about Trash Talk’s upcoming tourdates. There are two of those.

Awake EP tracklisting:

01. Awake
02. Slander
03. Blind Evolution
04. Burn Alive
05. Gimme Shelter

Trash Talk dates:

10.08.11 - Portland, OR - Branx *
10.11.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall

* Japanther

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• True Panther:

Talib Kweli and the artist formerly known as Mos Def extend Black Star tourdates

After just three shows across the country, the Rock the Bells tour didn’t quite satisfy, especially given that the last date in Boston was canceled altogether. For those who were only going to see Mos Def (er, Yasiin, rather) and Talib Kweli perform their classic Black Star album, good news awaits.

Turns out they haven’t had enough of each other, and have decided to come correct with a (re) definition of hip-hop. So check out the below dates, and see if Black Star will be swinging through to show you they’re ruling hip-hop.


09.21.11 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
09.22.11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09.27.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore
09.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10.29.11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11.03.11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
11.04.11 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
11.05.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
11.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

Mos Def Yasiin:
• Talib Kweli:
• G.O.O.D. Music:
• Blacksmith:

Russell Haswell to blow your mind with two LPs on Editions Mego, one with Florian Hecker

Multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell is planning to release two new LPs on Editions Mego, one of which will feature frequent collaborator, Mego regular, and TMT favorite Florian Hecker. The first of the two, titled Acid No!se Synthesis, is due October 25 and features Haswell’s improvisation on either modular synthesiser, computer, or electronics and pedals. According to Editions Mego, No!se was recorded and simultaneously monitored on a stereo/phase scope (for the visual aspect) and speakers or headphones (for the auditory side of things). They recommend that you have a similar experience with the record and also conclude on their website that this record “is not what you think it is.” So there. Get ready. The CD is packaged with a 16-page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms.

Following the CD’s release will be a collaborative vinyl LP with DVD featuring Florian Hecker due November 29, titled Kanal GENDYN. The LP includes recordings from 2004-2011. Both items are currently available for preorder from Editions Mego. Be sure to also check out preorders for Hive Mind and dieb13/Gustafsson/Siewert.

• Russell Haswell:
• Florian Hecker:
• Haswell & Hecker:
• Editions Mego:

The Beets sign to Hardly Art, share “Doing As I Do”

Four years and two albums into the gritty game that is NYC lo-fi, The Beets holed up for a grueling 48 hours and completed the recording of their upcoming release, Let the Poison Out. In addition to a new shiny drummer, Chie Mori, the follow-up to Stay Home will mark The Beets’ debut for Hardly Art. You also might want to send positive vibrations to Mr. Mori, since bassist Jose Garcia cautioned, “If this doesn’t work out, then no more Beets.” Told you — NYC lo-fi, the belly of the beast.

Get a taste of what’s to come here, in the form of “Doing As I Do,” an acoustic ditty that will have you humming in anticipation of the October 24 full-length, Let the Poison Out. The Jackson Heights crew will be giving you jangly sing-alongs live if you’re in the New York area.


09.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory * ^
09.19.11 - New York, NY - Skylight West Rooftop
10.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House &
10.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Hardly Art / WUSB CMJ party)

* Hunx & His Punx
^ Natural Child
& Those Darlins

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• Hardly Art:

RIP: Graham Collier, jazz bassist and composer

From John Gill, Collier’s life partner:

Jazz composer Graham Collier, born James Graham Collier in Tynemouth, northern England, on 21 February 1937, named James after an uncle but known throughout his life as Graham because his mother feared the prospect of people abbreviating him to “Jimmy”, died suddenly on Friday 9 September 2011, of heart failure in the general hospital of Hania, on Crete, where we were on holiday.

As his life partner of 35 years, I can at least say that it was very quick, he was unconscious and in no pain, and I was with him. If some external agency had told me I had to choose a way for him to go, I would choose something like that.

I have been overwhelmed but also buoyed by the messages of affection for Graham that started arriving mere hours after he died. The idea for this impromptu re-arrangement of Graham’s web site is to post an informal note of his death, and to begin collating the many tributes to him that are still appearing.

• Graham Collier:
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