Jim O’Rourke will curate, perform for ATP Japan; Tiny Mix Tapes editors’ heads collectively implode then explode

Jim O'Rourke will curate, perform for ATP Japan; Tiny Mix Tapes editors' heads collectively implode then explode http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-jim-orourke.jpg

Today just got a little lot brighter.

ATP announced this morning that Jim O’Rourke has been selected to curate this spring’s I’ll Be Your Mirror. The event, named after the brief Velvet Underground B-side, had its inaugural run last summer with headliner Godspeed You! Black Emperor and was so successful they’ve decided to give it another go.

While the initial line-up has yet to be announced officially, ATP did share that O’Rourke is scheduled to perform at the event — and that’s enough info for us. O’Rourke moved to Japan several years ago and has continued to regularly perform, record, and release music while living overseas. O’Rourke’s last LP of new material in his own name was 2009’s stellar The Visitor (TMT Review), though he’s unloaded a plethora of material — archival, sorta-new, and collabs aplenty in the last couple years.

I’ll Be Your Mirror is scheduled for April 14 and 15 at Studio Coast in Shin Kiba, Tokyo, Japan.

• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke
• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com

Merzbow and Lasse Marhaug to release new collaborative LP in March… and I love it!

You know what I hate? When people say shit like, “my true self” or “we’ll touch base.” I also hate when I’m stuck next to law school students projecting at high volumes about the philosophical foundations of tort law. But you know what I love? Noise. Brutal, gut-wrenching noise to drown out the obnoxious chatter of the world. I love it like black metal kids love spiked gauntlets. I love it like indie filmmakers love anti-climatic story lines.

I love Merzbow. What’s better than Merzbow? Not much, but when you put Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Lasse Marhaug together, you get something like Megazord. And on March 13, Megazord will be unleashed on the unsuspecting public via Editions Mego. Merzbow and Marhaug’s collaboration, Mer Mar, was recorded at GOK Sound Studios in Tokyo in 2010 and is finally set to be released in luminous and highly flammable vinyl; pre-order here.

According to Editions Mego, the record was “made using a combination of scrap metal screeching, analogue synths, and enough effect pedals to give you overweight with most airline companies.” That’s nuts.

Noise trivia:

  • This isn’t the first time Akita and Marhaug have worked together. In 2001, Merzbow and Jazzkammer (Marhaug’s project with John Hegre) released a live album.
  • The first release on Marhaug’s label Jazzassin Records in 1995 was the “First Rock” split single.
  • Masami Akita is a hardcore vegan and has pet chickens.
  • Marhaug is responsible for Mer Mar’s beautiful album art.

• Merzbow: http://merzbow.net
• Lasse Marhaug: http://www.lassemarhaug.no
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Eric Chenaux has a new LP on Constellation, and apparently he also frequents Medieval Times! Who knew!

Sometimes, on cloudless spring afternoons, Eric Chenaux likes to don medieval garb and amble along highway exits while strumming a lute and singing scandalous stories. Actually, that’s probably not true at all, but when you base an entire album on the tradition of balladry, what else are we supposed to think and then report to the public?

Chenaux might not wander around in tights, boots, and a funny hat, but he is releasing Guitar & Voice, his fourth album on Constellation. He distorts any expectations of ballads by blending such disparate influences as folk, jazz, baroque, noise, and pop, and whittling them down into his most minimal album yet, one that consists of little beyond his own playing and singing, drifting between bowed-guitar instrumentals and lyrical, vocally-based tunes. Unless some nasty highway robbers steal it, Guitar & Voice will see a March 6 release (luckily those tricksters haven’t snatched the video for the album’s opening track, “Amazing Backgrounds”).

Guitar & Voice tracklist:

01. Amazing Backgrounds
02. Simple/Frontal
03. Dull Lights (White or Grey)
04. Sliabh Aughty
05. Le Nouveau Favori
06. Put in Music
07. Genitalia Domestique
08. However Wildly We Dream
09. Glitzing for Stephen Parkinson

• Eric Chenaux: http://www.myspace.com/ericchenaux
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Venetian Snares to perform quality assurance on your cochleas with Fool the Detector

Venetian Snares a.k.a. Aaron Funk may just be the most happening Canadian electronic musician not wearing a giant, dorky mouse hat on his head these days. And yet, when you take a serious look at the music that both Snares and Deadmau5 create, it’s hard to imagine a greater divide between their respective styles. One continuously defies listener expectations with indiscernable time signatures and schizophrenic references to various other genres, while the other is a veritable snoozefest of banality. Some people are apparently inclined to compare the music of Deadmau5 with that of the legendary Scottish duo Boards of Canada. The only reason that I’m even mentioning the two in the same sentence is to point out how offensive that comparison is. Seriously, stop that.

I’m getting off track here. The point is, you actually have reason to look forward to new material from Venetian Snares. And despite the fact that it’s yet another EP, you should look forward to Fool the Detector (due out March 5) as well, simply by virtue of the fact that Funk is the author. It helps that he’s rather secure in his approach: “There is a track that mainly uses analog devices to control digital devices. It seems laughable that most people want to control their analog synths with midi, imposing their ridiculous choice of notes on the music. They are pretty much rapists.” Pre-order the EP, which will only be available on vinyl and via digital download, and read the rest of his description here.

Fool the Detector tracklisting:

A1. Ego DSP
A2. Fool the Detector
B1. Chriohn
B2. Index Pavilion

• Venetian Snares: http://www.venetiansnares.com
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

RIP: Winston Riley, reggae musician and producer

From the Washington Post:

Winston Riley, an innovative reggae musician and producer, has died of complications from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 65.

Riley died Thursday at University Hospital of the West Indies, where he had been a patient since November, when he was shot at his house in an upscale neighborhood in the capital of Kingston, his son Kurt Riley said Friday.

[…]

He worked with musicians including Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Sister Nancy and Buju Banton.

Musicologist Kingsley Goodison, who knew Riley for more than 40 years, said he was one of the people responsible for introducing reggae to England.

“Winston Riley is an unsung hero,” he said. “He was one of the hardest workers in the business.”

Riley also is credited with creating the stalag rhythm, which later influenced hip-hop and dancehall. Unlike his contemporaries who shunned dancehall music, Riley embraced contemporary reggae and had several big hits during the 1980s.

• Winston Riley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Riley

PIPA voting postponed after online protest; SOPA/PIPA slapped by the internet’s dick, but not dead yet

After some convincing from a full-day blackout from numerous web presences and demands from internet bigwigs, as well as the possible realization that many older legislators didn’t even know what the internet was, the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, shelved in the dark corners of Washington, where they will possibly fester and grow eviler each day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the postponement of a planned ballot for the Protect IP Act just two days after Google’s logo was boxed out, and Republican chairman of the House Judiciary committee Lamar Smith then reported that his panel had also caved and would delay any action with the Stop Online Piracy Act until more agreement on the legislation could be coerced out of techies and major internet companies.

Reid was rumored to have become quite upset that he couldn’t download the latest episode of Celebrity Wife Swap due to Megaupload being shut down. We’ve received word from an anonymous source that he admitted that he “did not realize Wife Swap would be affected” and that he really doesn’t “get how the internet works.” Reid encouraged the authors of the bill to redraft their tool of fascism with the online community in mind, so that it forged a “balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.” Film studios and major record labels then realized that Congress may no longer be their bitch, for now.

Obama also protested the bills by singing a copyrighted Al Green song right in Al Green’s fucking face, as if to say “fuck you, and those fucktards at ASCAP, too.”

• Strike Against SOPA: http://sopastrike.com

  

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