iTunes 11.1 brings iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, Podcast Stations; 11.2 will bring auto remix generator and the robot apocalypse

iTunes 11.1 brings iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, Podcast Stations; 11.2 will bring auto remix generator and the robot apocalypse

Apparently everybody’s iPhones are getting fancy updates. I don’t know, exactly. Basically all I know is I read an article where somebody used the word “skeuomorphism” and I tuned right out. Look, I’m a simple guy, I don’t need a fancy phone to do crazy complicated stuff like be “flat” or have “frosted glass” everywhere up in my business. As long as I can blast music out its little speakers, send emails to my mom, and watch live streaming footage from the camera I put on my cat’s collar, I’m good. But what the hell, we’re all on the internet so I can assume we all like computers at least a little bit, so here’s a bit of relevant news for ya: iOS 7 was officially released earlier this week alongside an announcement that Apple will soon make some new-ish telephones available.

You’re nodding your head, “Oh, Mr. Newswriter, that’s sort of relevant, but I mean, this is a music site, do you have anything that’s even more… musical?” Of course I do! Now, because I’m in medical school right now and doing everything I can not to keep the doctor away (gotta prepare from the MCATs somehow) I pretty much tend to avoid Apple products, but even so, I’m well aware of the company’s music delivery program iTunes, which, good news, is also getting some fancy updates in the form of iTunes 11.1. It’s got a bunch of neato-mosquito features, and perhaps most importantly, it’s the version of iTunes you need if you want to sync your newly updated telephone to your computer.

Now when I heard “new features” I got all stoked for an automatic chopped and screwed remix generator or something, but it turns out the technology isn’t quite to that point yet. According to Mac World, this new version brings a whole bunch of other new features, including iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, and Podcast Stations. iTunes Radio, of course, is Apple’s long-threatened internet radio service in the vein of others such as Pandora. As on iOS 7, you can create stations based on artists, genres, or songs for those situations when picking the perfect soundtrack for a social event is just too stressful to bear. The service is also integrated with the Apple Store, so you can purchase the songs you hear from right within the app with one click. And what’s more, you can easily share the stations you create with all your besties via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Neat! (?) As of right now, iTunes Radio is only available in the US.

Genius Shuffle lets you click a button and have iTunes generate a random-ish playlist of songs that it thinks you might enjoy, like a nosy but super helpful music butler. Neat! (?) There are improvements to the podcast section as well. You can now sync your subscriptions and playback location across devices. There’s also a new My Stations feature which basically lets you make playlists of your podcasts so you don’t have to be such an asshole on the freeway anymore when you run out of new episodes of Fresh Air or whatever. All in all, it’s been a decent day for folks who like to listen to music on their computers, a good day for those who like their telephones fancy and updated, and a great day for computers, who are scheduled to become sentient by the time iTunes 11.2 comes out.

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James Blake postpones some US dates for the opportunity to wear a tux

Bad news for fans of James Blake in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. According to our bros at p4k, Blake is postponing those October/November dates in order to fly to jolly ‘ol Engerland. Blake’s album Overgrown (TMT Review) has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, so he’ll be in London to attend the October 30 ceremony.

Blake writes on his Facebook page, “[Our] sincere apologies to those who bought tickets. Refunds are available and existing tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates TBA.” Expect the new dates to be some time in 2014 because, as you can see below, Blake is pretty busy for the rest of the year. He deserves a break.

Here are Blake’s tour dates with the postponed dates marked:

09.21.13 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
09.22.13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
09.25-26.13 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10.03.13 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
10.04.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
10.06.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10.09.13 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10.10.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10.12.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.14.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.25.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.27.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.28.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.29.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.31.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.02.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.05.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.06.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.07.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.10.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11.11.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.14.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.16.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11.19.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11.21.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.24.13 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Estudio Cavaret

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RIP: Lindsay Cooper, member of Comus and Henry Cow collaborator

Lindsay Cooper, who was a composer, Henry Cow collaborator, and member of Comus, News From Babel, National Health, and more, died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. From Henry Cow’s Chris Cutler (via Canterbury Sans Frontieres):

So sorry to pass on this unhappy news. Lindsay died this afternoon. She had contracted pneumonia and spent the last six days at home surrounded by a few old friends. She died very peacefully. The funeral will be next Wednesday 25 September at 4:30 PM at Golders Green crematorium.

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C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug slurp ‘n’ scrape in tandem for Software’s SSTUDIOS collab series

Ever since haters started hating in the early 00s, there’s been more than enough music to hate, from Funeral to King of the Beach to Random Access Memories. You name it, that album is terrible and I hate it. But today, a different kind of album has been announced; it may in fact be decent, and not something to trash in public. C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug announced an album called Wake Up Awesome, and with its crazy free-form collaborative energy there’s simply too much mental energy required to categorize and hate it properly. The album is the second release in Software’s SSTUDIOS series of collaborations, following up Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker’s Instrumental Tourist (TMT Review) last year, and it uses those same rules of improvisation to yield wholly unpredictable, cracked group-speak, interlocking micro-sounds… and belly laughs!

Yeh is best known for voice/violin, Lee for cello, and Marhaug for contact-mic noise, but all three are wide-open improvisers interested in trying anything out at least once (I own a Yeh/Marhaug 7-inch where they seem to just be smacking around wooden chairs), so expect a wide assortment of sounds and audio events, both off-the-top and pre-planned/cut-up. Listen to a little preview of album tracks “Throw Down the Fishcake” and “Anise Tongue and Durian Wet Dream” below, then check the tracklist, then get outta here before I kick yr ass.

Wake Up Awesome tracklist:

01. Wake Up Awesome
02. Hairslide
03. The Mermen of Poetry
04. Ophelia Gimme Shelter
05. The Mermaids of Extended Technique
06. Magic Seagull Lamp
07. Mission: Lazy
08. Mission: Nothing
09. Throw Down the Fishcake
10. Neutrons Whatever
11. Serious Cat’s Milk
12. Anise Tongue and Durian Wet Dream
13. Mission: Possible
14. RSVP Skunk
15. Tonight We Sleep Like Empty Hard Drives

Wake Up Awesome is out November 19 via Software and is up for preorder here.

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K reissues Girl Trouble’s 1988 debut LP; collectors of reissued late 80s LPs everywhere rejoice

K Records is reissuing Girl Trouble’s 1988 debut album, Hit It or Quit It, on December 3. A band too cool for its time (for most times, actually — they’re pretty damn cool) but not too cool for weird top hats, Girl Trouble are a Tacoma, WA four-piece with roots firmly in garage, punk, and mean surf (vs. non-mean, sunny poppy Beach Boysian surf). Now 25 years after its initial release, the band is still together and rockin’ the Pacific Northwest, practicing in the same shed behind certain band members’ parents’ house that they’ve been gathering in for several decades.

The reissue has 11 glorious original songs, a cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ classic “Steppin’ Out,” plus two, previously unreleased bonus tracks. The album was recorded on only the finest in sound engineering equipment: a $70 Sears surplus store drum kit and the band’s plywood speaker cabinets, for that raucous, pseudo “live” sound. Fun fact: Hit It or Quit It was originally a co-release between K and Sub Pop, and Sub Pop’s first ever LP release.

Hit It or Quit It tracklisting:

01. Wreckin’ Ball
02. Primeval
03. Hot Monkey Love
04. Riverbed
05. Hurt Your Heart
06. Old Time Religion
07. Steppin’ Out
08. Follow Me Down
09. She No Rattle My Cage
10. The Skin
11. My Baby’s Gone
12. Where’s The Loser?
13. White Lightning [Previously unreleased]
14. Shakin’ All Over [Previously unreleased]

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Deerhunter cancel European tour dates; all Europeans now being encouraged to kill their own deer

It’s one of the greatest movie quotes of all time for a reason. “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well… your band runs into multiple unforeseen issues within its members’ respective families and has to cancel large chunks of its 2013 European tour as a result.” Truth, folks.

Unfortunately, this is the circumstance in which our reluctant heroes in Deerhunter currently find themselves. According to a statement from the band posted by ATP yesterday (note: emoticons have been added for emphasis):

We are very disappointed to have to cancel our upcoming european tour due to unforeseen circumstances. [ :-( ] We were very excited for these shows, [ B-) ] but unfortunately family circumstances at home for multiple members of the band have made this unavoidable. [:-O] We will reschedule as soon as possible.[ :’-( ]

Dang. Really hits home with the facial expressions too, don’t you think? From what Consequence of Sound tells us, though, all of the band’s US dates are still happening as planned, and only the European dates have been affected. No word as of yet on a reschedule, but we’ll let you guys know. Promise. <3 In the meantime, though, I just kinda feel this for them right now:

:(    :(     :(

Deerhunter dates:

09.19.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.21.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

10.13.13 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
10.15.13 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2
10.16.13 - Leeds, UK - Stylus
10.17.13 - Liverpool, UK - East Village Arts Club
10.18.13 - Cardiff, Wales - SWN Festival
10.19.13 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
10.21.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
10.22.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.23.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Übel and Gefährlich
10.24.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
10.25.13 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
10.26.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
10.27.13 - Vienna, Austria - WuK
10.29.13 - Zürich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
10.30.13 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
10.31.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.01.13 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11.02.13 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.04.13 - Rouen, France - Le 106
11.06.13 - London, UK - The Roundhouse

11.16.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club ^
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
12.07.13 - Perth, Australia - Slanted & Enchanted Festival
12.09.13 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
12.10.13 - Moore Park, Australia - The Hi-Fi Sydney
12.11.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hi-Fi
12.13.13 - Meredith, Australia - Meredith Music Festival

^ Elf Power

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