Jim O’Rourke releases Old News No. 9, the first to feature ALL NEW material

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In 2011, the world was changed when Editions Mego announced a series of vinyl-only records from the one, the only, limited-edition, embossed hologram, 14kt gold, new and improved human that is Jim O’Rourke. The eMego series started in June 2011 with volume 5 (the first four were self-released in Japan from 2002-2005). After that, came volume 6. And after that, volume 7. Then, out of nowhere and defying all expectations, volume 8 was released. Life, while completely chaotic, random, miserable, and empty of meaning, punctuated by an acute awareness of world-weary insignificance and impending death, was good.

But during those many moments of hedonistic O’Rourke listening sessions, did you ever think about what was up with volume 9? Did you ever once think about how the eight Steamroom releases on his Bandcamp page could’ve signaled the end of the Old News series??

Of course you didn’t. That’s why I’m the journalist making the big bucks, here today to happily objectively report that O’Rourke has announced, after roughly a year since volume 8, the release of Old News No. 9. But it’s not really all that old of news, as the ninth installment features a brand new composition, recorded in Tokyo from 2012 to 2013. According to eMego: “The work here showcases the kind of experimental concrete drift which O’Rourke has been exploring for a number of years resulting in a magical blend of musical abstraction. Whistling drones morph into crystalised rain, shortwave chaos folds into haunting organ landscapes and the intimacy of this particular journey is witnessed through the ebbing tides of sound that emanate throughout this monumental release.”

Old News No. 9 is out November 4 on Editions Mego. Life goes on!

• Jim O’Rourke: http://steamroom.bandcamp.com
• Old News: http://editionsmego.com/releases/old-news
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Suede tour Europe, release ultimate vinyl box set so fancy your Persian cat will be like “whoa slow down TOO FANCY”

Box sets box sets BOX SETS!!!! If there’s one thing beloved by all of Western Civilization, it’s a comprehensive vinyl reissue box set. Especially if it’s an 11LP reissue of all six of Suede’s studio LPs in a release described by The Quietus as “lavish.” Oh behave!!!!!

You’ll get the legendary Britpop group’s self-titled 1993 debut all the way up to their sixth studio album (this year’s Bloodsports). PLUS the 1997 B-sides compilation Sci-Fi Lullabies. PLUS when you pull the first LP out of this limited-edition box set, an entire turn-of-the-century gentleman’s study pops up, replete with sexy but discreet maidservants, vintage Moet, and a domesticated pet alligator named Freddy who only eats caviar (not people, Freddy’s tasted are more refined). Lavish!!! All this can be yours on October 21, when The Vinyl Collection hits stores. Or you can see them live for slightly less money; see dates below.

Tour dates:

10.16.13 - London, UK - The Garage
10.22.13 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
10.23.13 - Southend, UK - Cliff Pavillion
10.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
10.26.13 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
10.27.13 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
10.28.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
10.30.13 - Manchester, UK - Academy
10.31.13 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
11.01.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11.02.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - den Atelier
11.04.13 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
11.07.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
11.08.13 - Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
11.09.13 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
11.11.13 - Paris, France - Festival Les Inrocks @ La Cigale
11.12.13 - Lyon, France - Transbordeu
11.14.13 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
11.15.13 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
11.16.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Hall
11.18.13 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
11.19.13 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
11.21.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
11.22.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11.23.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

• Suede: http://www.suede.co.uk

Kurt Vile shares mixtape, announces new EP and expanded album, is starting to make “lazy” look bad!

Dude, what’s up Kurt Vile??! You’re all, like, ruining laziness for the rest of us, man… I just, like, totally read (well, kinda skimmed-over at least) over at self-titled that you’ve got big, “ambitious” plans for the expanded edition of your most recent album Wakin on a Pretty Daze (TMT Review), which is called Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) and is coming on November 19 via Matador? Including “new artwork from the legendary street artist ESPO and a special new bonus EP of all-new stuff called it’s a big world out there (and i am scared), the latter of which is also available as a 12inch?

Like, are you kidding me? What the fuck is next, man? Are you gonna, like, laboriously upload that private “KV mixtape” thing of songs that you dig from Floyd and Ween and Big Star and shit from earlier this year to freakin’ SoundCloud and then feign a little sloth by claiming that you’re doing it “for the purpose of loose/good vibes”?!? I mean, Jesus CHRIST, man. PLEASE stop ruining it for the rest of us. My girlfriend is gonna start to get IDEAS when she hears about all this… this STUFF you’re doing with your time. For shame.

it’s a big world out there (and i am scared) EP tracklisting:

01. Never Run Away (string synth)
02. NRA Reprise
03. Feel My Pain
04. Snowflakes Extended
05. Wedding Budz
06. The Ghost of Freddie Roach
07. (reprise reprise)

“KV Mixtape” tracklisting:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – No Second Thoughts
Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?
David Byrne – My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks)
Randy Newman – Baltimore
Tim Buckley – Home To Stay
The Byrds – Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds – Truckstop Girl
The Flamin Groovies – Whiskey Woman
Rowland Howard and Nikki Sudden – A Quick Thing
Syd Barret – Opel
Pink Floyd – Green Is The Colour
Aphrodite’s Child – Take Your Time
Bill Fay – Warwick Town
Big Star – Stroke It Noel
Michael Chapman – You Say
Miles Davis – Here Come De Honey Man
David Bowie – Art Decade
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl
Royal Trux – Waterpark
The Rolling Stones – 100 Years Ago
Aphrodite’s Child – Valley Of Sadness
Ween – Lullabye

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

RIP: Bill Bartell a.k.a. Pat Fear of White Flag

From The Press-Enterprise:

With his Flying V guitar and always-present mustache, William “Bill” Bartell, better known as Pat Fear, made his mark on music in the Inland Empire and beyond.

Bartell founded White Flag in the early 1980s in Sunnymead, before the area became incorporporated as part of Moreno Valley.

White Flag took the ideals of the burgeoning Los Angeles punk scene and turned them upside down in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.

The singer and guitarist was found dead in his Moreno Valley home Monday, Sept. 24. The initial report from the Riverside County coroner’s office said the death was due to natural causes, but that results of the standard toxicology tests are pending.

Friends said Bartell had been struggling with declining health.

White Flag released the debut LP “S is for Space” in 1982 and put out more than 20 other releases over the years.

• White Flag: http://www.bandtoband.com/band/white-flag

Raime heads across the pond for first US tour, with liver sausage sandwiches lovingly packed by their anxious moms

I know, fellow US citizens, I know. Last year, when London-based electronic duo Raime released their totally awesome and much beloved LP Quarter Turns Over a Living Line on the Blackest Ever Black label, we all thought “well, shit; we’ll never hear another peep from THOSE dudes ever again. Cool record though.”

But looks like we were wrong! Turns out, music is a business and people sometimes keep doing it! Andrews and Halstead have just announced that they’ll be coming to the US for a few dates (including stops at the Decibel and VIA Festivals, as well as Mutek MX in Mexico City and Asheville, NC’s Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit) starting freaking TOMORROW.

Yup, and that first-ever US show will be at Dilettante in L.A. and will feature a rare performance by freakin’ Pharmakon! Not too shabby, huh? My first show was at a shit coffee shop called “X-treme Bean.” Oh well. At least it was comparably extreme to theirs on paper, I guess.

Raime US tour dates:

09.26.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Dilettante $
09.28.13 - San Francisco, CA - Balancoire
09.29.13 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door (Decibel Festival)
10.02.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Filmmakers (VIA Festival)
10.06.13 - Mexico City, MX - Teatro de Ciudad (Mutek MX)
10.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Festival

$ Pharmakon

• Raime: https://www.facebook.com/RaimeMusic
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.co.uk

Sales of vinyl records through Amazon have increased 745% since 2008; mathematicians assure us percentages can go that high

VINYL HEADS (is it alright if I call you that?), ready for another encouraging but slightly misleading statistic attesting to the continually rising popularity of vinyl records? Don’t worry. It’s only misleading in the context of music sales as a whole, because they really aren’t a huge percentage of that number, but considered on its own, it’s fun to highlight this sub-source of reigning enthusiasm, whereas otherwise, all the talk surrounds an increasingly dull digital-this and digital-that. Setting aside the convenience of its availability (which shouldn’t be understated), a mildly depressing tale lies in the rampant impersonalization of music-listening via digitization.

Sorry to say, though, that digitization may account for at least some of those vinyl sales, if that makes any sense (which it obviously doesn’t, because I haven’t ventured to explain it yet). Over here, it’s been reported that vinyl sales on Amazon are up 745% since 2008. Allow me to offer a few (not mutually exclusive) explanations for this somewhat absurd percentage increase:

1. Vinyl sales everywhere have been increasing, though at least according to this graph, not to same extent as when you focus on sales made through Amazon specifically.

2. Amazon has further cemented itself as a creepy, yet prosperous, global seller of everything during this period.

3. AutoRip-enabled vinyl records, which offer free downloadable MP3 versions alongside the physical product, are reportedly selling at a “62% higher volume than non-AutoRip albums.”

4. Mix thoroughly. Set oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about half an hour.

Mmmm, cake.


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