Sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis: a real thing in America today

Sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis: a real thing in America today

Ian Curtis sunglasses. It sounds like an LCD Soundsystem B-side, but no, my friends, it’s a very, very real thing. You too can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays in a sleek pair of shades commemorating the life of a guy who basically birthed the post-punk movement, inspired a solid 20% of American teens today to purchase Unknown Pleasures album art t-shirts, and tragically killed himself — all while looking super fucking cool.

So who are the nefarious masterminds behind this kinda cool, kinda just weird creation? The good folks at indie label Ghostly International have teamed up with glasses supplier to the stars Warby Parker to bring us “Curtis,” the sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis. The shades will be available in black and gray, the colors of every Joy Division fan’s soul. The Curtis line will be available online starting tomorrow, July 16. Let the outraged tweets begin.

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Slow Walkers (Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper and Lawrence English) push back against sidewalk fascists, announce debut, self-titled LP on Peak Oil

Decibel Festival 2010 coincided with my first glimpse of the professional relationship between Australian composer/curator Lawrence English and the Portland, OR-based musical assuagement to my relationship problems, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper. As the principal figure behind the Room40 label, English performed and took on the role as MC for its dedicated showcase, which included him, Grouper, and the literally foundation-shaking Ben Frost. A brief introduction served as the only allusion, but little did we know that Harris and English ultimately shared a deeper bond — one that most of us find hard to empathize with: a craving for cerebrum. Intellectual fulfillment might be a reasonable conclusion, but I’m talking about a genuine desire for brain consumption, digestion, and releasing. They’ve so far chosen to keep it under wraps, but a new collaborative project serves as a clear disclosure…

Slow Walkers. Okay, so they aren’t actually zombies, but there’s no denying the inspiration. As the brief description of their self-titled release, due out August 20, points out, the album was “born from a mutual fascination with horrific depictions of the human present and future.” And if the phrase “horrific depictions” combined with their chosen moniker still doesn’t convince you, there’s the video for the track “Wake,” watchable below. There’s something drone-y, but not quite, about this music — analogous, perhaps, to being not quite human. Moooooreeee…

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Arcade Fire announce October release date for new record, admit guilt in burning of Montreal Biosphere

The Arcade Fire burned down the Montreal Biosphere. This is a theory I’ve believed for a long time, but now I have my first shred of evidence on the subject. Before I get to it, though, let me mention that Consequence of Sound reports that Arcade Fire have announced an October 29 release date for their fourth record. The group revealed this information as a response to a fan’s tweet. OKAY, now here’s where the important information about the Montreal Biosphere begins. Included in the tweet announcing the release date was this horrifying image, portraying the ghoulish band standing in front of the Biosphere. If you ask me, this is damning evidence. Now, I don’t know how the band returned to May 20, 1976, the day the sphere burned, to commit this heinous act, but I’ll put that together later.

Perhaps clues to the band’s time crime will be found in this forthcoming record. To keep authorities off the trail, Arcade Fire recorded in a number of locations, including the DFA Studios in New York with James Murphy. Has Murphy long been an expert on time traveling, thus allowing his former band LCD Soundsystem to so accurately mimic a number of forgotten musical styles? It is unlikely, but possible. Last month, Revolt TV reported that the band would premiere a new song on September 9. Many criminals want only to be caught, so keep eyes and ears out for valuable information during this time. Lastly, the group premiered new material during a private concert at Montreal’s Breakglass Studios last December. Where are the people who attended the concert? Why do they maintain this silence? Good lord, this rabbit hole may be too deep for any of us to delve.

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Actress shirks the dramatics and reveals via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville

In the music world, when you’re an artist who’s built up a reputation, mystery tends to not pose any problems. It’s not necessary to point out the supplemental producer or engineering credits on an album. Nobody needs to know the elaborate setups used to crazily manipulate a sample, or even the length of time spent secluded in an urban apartment, frustratingly hissing at the sun whenever it peeked above the horizon and between skyscrapers. “Yeah, I actually survived on string cheese and toilet bowl water while composing this LP. That’s the degree to which it monopolized my being. It’s that good.” On the contrary, qualitative and stylistic consistency only requires the revealing of two things: the name of the album and when it’s coming out. I don’t even personally need to know the tracklisting beforehand, but I understand it to be a part of the minimum as well.

Speaking of the minimum, we still await the release date, but British producer Actress a.k.a. Darren Cunningham has unveiled via Twitter the tracklisting for his new LP Ghettoville. Confident though we can be of its distinct and totally mind-bending sound, he’s offered a wheel-turning tidbit by placing the tracklisting in an image alongside that of 2008’s Hazyville (TMT Review). A sequel? A vinyl pressing? An inability to crop? Obligatory acquisition, regardless. We have our expectations.

Ghettoville tracklisting:

01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule

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Animal Collective come down with a case of déjà vu; all July tour dates postponed

You know those funky strains of influenza predictably referred to on the news as the next inevitable human-wiper-outers? Avian flu, swine flu, cockatoo flu, (separately) Paula Deen IBS, and the like? Well, hard-working epidemiologists don’t have a reason to spread the word amongst the general public, but I have it under secret authority that all of those illnesses got their animal-based names not from a biological adaptation, but because the members of arguably the most appreciated animal-friendly band out there right now, Animal Collective, are the only ones with that responsibility. The animal aspect is explicit. Recently, they’ve also shown a mildly disturbing habit of coming down with tour-disrupting maladies, so one can’t help but wonder if their side occupation of manufacturing diseases (and naming them) has finally gotten their better.

You need only go back to March of this year, when an Avey Tarian case of strep throat postponed a few dates, which (credit to the band) were rescheduled in exceedingly short order. Unfortunately, damn you coincidental occurrence of similar thing happening not too long after! A statement from AC themselves:

Hey AC fans,

Due to illness, we will unfortunately not be able to perform our upcoming July tour dates, including the Camp Bisco and Forecastle festivals. We deeply apologize and tried our best to make it work with an alternate set, but ultimately we didn’t feel like we were giving fans what they deserved from an Animal Collective show. We are working on rescheduling the non-festival dates as soon as possible. Again we send our sincerest apologies to fans anticipating these shows, especially considering the cancellations earlier this year.

Avey Tare, Deakin, Geoligist [sic], and Panda Bear

No sense in adding speculation to the “who” or “what” of the illness. I’m sure they’ll be back to their energetic, crowd-pleasing selves as quickly as possible.


07.11.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
07.12.13 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco
07.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW *
09.07.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.14.13 - Mexico City, MX - Ceremonia Festival
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.21.13 - Los Angeles,CA - Wiltern *
10.22.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.25-27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

* Dan Deacon

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Hookworms sign to Weird World to re-issue debut album, continue to sink creepy, microscopic teeth into intestinal walls of unsuspecting mammals

Hookworms are a psychedelic noise rock band that lives in Leeds, though they may also be found in the intestines of several species of large mammals, including dogs, cats, and certain humans. Hookworms are thought to infect as many as 200 million people in the United Kingdom alone, causing significant epigastric pains, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea — not to mention wanderings around museums wearing headphones — in those afflicted. Hookworms are taken very seriously by doctors the world over. According to several medical sources close to this author, “Hookworms are kinda gross,” and “have you seen a close up picture of one? They look like creepy goddamn aliens.”

Through a strange trick of evolution and the music industry, Hookworms managed to release an album entitled Pearl Mystic earlier this year on the UK label Gringo Records. In an attempt to spread their parasitic endeavor, Hookworms have now signed with Weird World Records, an imprint of Domino Records and the home of acts such as Peaking Lights and Washed Out. Through Weird World, the album will be made readily available to the minds and intestines of the rest of the world. This announcement was made through a previously un-observed hookworm behavior in which thousands of the tiny creatures temporarily exited their hosts and formed a human-shaped mass of writhing worm flesh that spoke in a low rasp. Those present for the announcement uniformly described the event as “pretty upsetting to watch” and are mostly all dead now.

Though death by the internal tearing caused by a writhing mass of hookworms is always unfortunate, those unlucky few were especially unlucky in this instance. They will never have the chance to see the September 3 release of Pearl Mystic on Weird World (September 2 in Europe). Nor will they have the chance to gaze upon the sophomore album from the band/parasite that should be available in the “not-too-distant future.” Personally, I find a fragment of consolation in the thought that those who have now moved on from our world might have at least pre-ordered the album from Weird World, as pre-orders are available now. And it is this writer’s sincere hope that while those victims of the writhing wormbeast drifted across the river Styx, they had the sounds of “Away / Towards,” from Pearl Mystic, echoing throughout their fading minds. Listen below so that if you too meet an untimely fate, you will go at least having heard this song.

Pearl Mystic tracklist:

01. Away / Towards
02. Form And Function
03. i
04. In Our Time
05. Since We Had Changed
06. Preservation
07. ii
08. What We Talk About
09. iii

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