ISIS’ debut album Celestial has been re-regurgitated by Ipecac Records

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Celestial, the debut album by metal/doom band ISIS, has been re-released once again, this time by Ipecac Records. The last time it was regurgitated was in 2007, with several different colors of vinyl to choose from. This time the bait is that it’s been remastered by the seemingly omnipresent James Plotkin and has new cover artwork, which was not desperately needed but is surely welcome.

The real opportunity here is to examine where ISIS falls on the “blackness of Metal” scale. One could even go so far as to examine the scale itself; is it really more of a binary? Is metal either black or not-black? Would it then be “white metal” or does metal, like most things in life, come in shades of grey? Should we instead be using a scale of “gloominess of metal” or “doominess of metal”? If I were to go the full corpse paint route when attending a theoretical ISIS show, would I get my ass beaten, would I get laughed at, or would it be some combination of the two?

Ponder these questions deeply, gentle reader, as there will be a test once you’ve purchased the remastered, re-artworked version of Celestial, out since July 8. Be sure to ask for the test at your local record store and the staff will continue making worried faces and gently asking you to leave.

Celestial tracklisting:

01. SGNL>01
02. Celestial (The Tower)
03. Glisten
04. Swarm Reigns (Down)
05. SGNL>02
06. Deconstructing Towers
07. SGNL>03
08. Collapse and Crush
09. C.F.T (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)
10. Gentle Time
11. SGNL>04 (End Transmission)

• ISIS: http://www.isistheband.com
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

Kurt Vile announces additions to fall tour, promises to violate but not in a rude way

“TIME TO GET VIOLATED!”

In an alternate universe, this 1990s video game boss dialogue is the sort of stuff Kurt Vile opens all his live shows with. We don’t live in an alternate universe, though, we live in this universe. Here in Universe-1, Kurt Vile is too genial of a soul to say anything so threatening. Instead, he puts out slowly drifting albums like his recent Wakin on a Pretty Daze (TMT Review).

As such, Vile’s planning on slowly sprawling across America this year. He’s currently on tour this very moment, but he’s added another batch of dates to his itinerary, making for a full fall tour. Attend these shows and prepare yourself for violation. The violation of listening to pleasant, texturally rich music for an hour-plus. This is no violation at all.

Kurt Vile dates:

07.15.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree #
07.16.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West #
07.17.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle #
07.18.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle #
07.19.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre #
07.20.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
07.27.13 - Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo
07.28.13 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival
08.02-04.13 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
08.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
08.09.13 - Fresno, CA - Audie’s Olympic
08.10.13 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch in San Miguel
08.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.13.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08.15.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Cafe
08.16.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
08.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
08.19.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees
08.20.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
08.23.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
08.24.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - City Hall Concert Series
09.05-07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.25.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
09.26.13 - Cincinatti, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.13 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalian Music Festival
10.12.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
10.25.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 !
10.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer !
10.27.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
10.29.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt !
10.31.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits !
11.02.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social Club !
11.03.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder !
11.05.13 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s !
11.06.13 - Houston, TX - Walter’s !
11.11.13 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s !
11.12.13 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia !

# Swirlies
! Beach Fossils

• Kurt Vile: http://kurtvile.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Earl Sweatshirt announces Doris release date, enjoys freedom

FREE EARL! Never mind, Earl a.k.a. Earl Sweatshirt has been freed. With that task completed, the world must move on to its new rallying cry: FREE EARL’S ALBUM. Though the Odd Future member announced last year that his new album would be called Doris, he’s dropped very few details on it since. As such, let me blow your mind with a (relative) avalanche of details. As reported by Pitchfork, Earl has announced that Doris will be out August 20. Not only that, he released the record’s cover art, the likes of which you can see above. If you cannot handle this much information about Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris flooding your synapses, please stop reading now.

Alright, for those with unflooded synapses, here’s a little more. Earl recently took to Twitter to post a picture of the record’s tracklist, which you can view here. Fifteen tracks, roughly 45 minutes long, a wise decision according to some. If you hate looking at pictures, read the tracklist below. The album includes the trio of tracks Earl has released since returning to the Odd Future fold: the awesome “Chum,” the awesome “Whoa,” and “Guild,” which has Mac Miller on it.

Doris tracklist:

01. Pre
02. Burgandy
03. 20 Wave Caps
04. Sunday
05. Hive
06. Chum
07. Sasquatch
08. Centurion
09. 523
10. Uncle Al
11. Guild
12. Molasses
13. Whoa
14. Hoarse
15. Knight

• Earl Sweatshirt: http://www.earlsweatshirt.com

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.

• Warby Parker: http://www.warbyparker.com
• Ghostly: http://www.ghostly.com

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…

• Lawrence English: http://lawrenceenglish.com
• Liz Harris: https://sites.google.com/site/yellowelectric
• Peak Oil: http://www.thisispeakoil.com

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.

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com

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