Jim O’Rourke’s ATP festival in Tokyo cancelled; Wayne’s theory of “if you book them, they will come” immediately called into question

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Much to the capitalized disappointment of the staff here at TMT, ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Tokyo, which was originally set to be curated by Jim O’Rourke, has finally been euthanized, after months of being in a coma due to low ticket sales. As my colleague Jared Micah astutely pointed out back in March, “All Tomorrow’s Parties fancies itself a less-commercial festival, but you better book some bands that put asses in seats or the whole thing’s off, goddammit.”

Officially, however, the cancellation had less do with the draw of certain artists than the draw of the event for certain artists; a statement from ATP specifically points to venue availability, as well as “scheduling problems with artists” as the primary reasons for the event’s scrubbing. There’s no comment on whether ticket sales improved since the original postponement, but if O’Rourke performing Eureka with a 12-piece band wasn’t attractive enough before, I can’t imagine what would’ve motivated the public since then. Another opportunity to offer free ice cream frustratingly missed.

ATP are now working on an “exciting” event for 2013. In the meantime, check out our recently-posted overview of the I’ll Be Your Mirror event in New York here.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com
• Jim O’Rourke: http://tisue.net/orourke

C. Spencer Yeh releases full-on POP album Transitions on De Stijl

Sometimes I just want to listen to some good ol’ pop melodies. A fella can’t just listen to noise and free jazz all the time. But when I’m turning on the radio in the Taco Bell drive-thru, I can’t help but feel unsatisfied. I just wish intelligent people would make pop music, an artist with some goddamned self-awareness that can still write a hook. Well I must still be in a drive-thru, because someone just took that order!

Experimental composer, violinist, noisist, and Burning Star Core persona C. Spencer Yeh has established himself as a key figure in the avant scene and is now making his way over to pop music. Yeh has always dabbled with indie rock compositions, with a collection titled Songs 2002 recently reissued on cassette and a 7-inch, In the Blink of an Eye, both through De Stijl Records. Now Yeh’s first full-length pop record, Transitions, is available through the same De Stijl later this month.

The album’s single, “Whose Life,” can be heard below (via SoundCloud). And the whole damn album can be heard on the street (34 East 1st Street, NYC, to be exact) at the Silver Sound Box outside of Audio Visual Arts until October 13. Visitors are welcome to plug their headphones into the box at any hour of the day.

C. Spencer Yeh will debut Transitions to the world in a live setting at De Stijl’s CMJ event on October 19 at Death by Audio in Brooklyn. He’s put together The CS Yeh Band with Daren Ho and Ryan Sawyer, who has an improv quartet record coming soon with Yeh, Colin Stetson, and Nate Wooley.

So please pull around to the second window and receive your Transitions.

• C. Spencer Yeh: http://www.dronedisco.com
• De Stijl: http://www.destijlrecs.com

Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rifts collection to be reissued as expanded 5LP/3CD set after being discovered by astronauts in the expanse of space

It is safe to say that more people are interested in Oneohtrix Point Never in 2012 than they were in 2009. It is very safe to say this. But 2009 was when No Fun Productions put out Rifts, a multi-disc compilation of Oneohtrix Point Never’s album triptych + sorted early work. Since then, it’s been somewhat difficult to find, mostly because many of the copies were shot into space by an eccentric billionaire. Don’t worry, though, Daniel Lopatin’s (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never’s) Software label has sent its finest astronauts to recover the lost box set. And we’re pleased to report the mission was a complete success, thanks to this inanimate carbon rod.

As our other favorite space travelers FACT report, the label is reissuing the set on November 19 in triple-CD and 5LP formats. Like the original, it contains Oneohtrix’s first three full-lengths — Betrayed in the Octagon, Russian Mind, and Zones Without People — as well as a smattering of rare material. The reissued version does one better (take that, stupid original version that was shot into space) by including tracks from cassettes on NNA Tapes, Utmarken, and Catholic Tapes. Some versions (read: the CD version) even contain music from the Oneohtrix/Tim Hecker collaboration Instrumental Tourist, which just so happens to be coming out on November 20. Practically the same day! [Update: The tracklisting for both the LP and CD are identical.]

Since the reissued version of the album is made from pure moon rock, it will be limited to a 1,000-copy vinyl pressing. Fine, it is not made of pure moon rock. It is a 1,000-copy vinyl pressing. And it does come with a deluxe slipcase containing individually jacketed LPs. It’s not moon rocks, but it’s almost moon rocks? It is nothing like moon rocks.

Rifts vinyl tracklist:

LP 1: Betrayed in the Octagon
01. Woe Is The Transgression I
02. Behind The Bank
03. Eyeballs
04. Betrayed In The Octagon
05. Woe Is The Transgression II
06. Parallel Minds
07. Laser To Laser

LP 2: Russian Mind
01. Months
02. Physical Memory
03. Grief And Repetition
04. Russian Mind
05. Time Decanted
06. Immanence

LP 3: Zones Without People
01. Computer Vision
02. Format & Journey North
03. Zones Without People
04. Learning To Control Myself
05. Disconnecting Entirely
06. Emil Cioran
07. Hyperdawn

LP 4: Drawn and Quartered
01. Lovergirls Precinct
02. Ships Without Meaning
03. Terminator Lake
04. Transmat Memories
05. A Pact Between Strangers
06. When I Get Back From New York
07. I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun)

LP 5: The Fall into Time
01. Blue Drive
02. The Trouble With Being Born
03. Sand Partina
04. Melancholy Descriptions Of Simple 3D Environments
05. Memory Vague
06. KGB Nights

CD 1: Betrayed In The Octagon
01. Woe is the Transgression I
02. Behind the Bank
03. Eyeballs
04. Betrayed in the Octagon
05. Woe is the Transgression II
06. Parallel Minds
07. Laser to Laser
08. Ships Without Meaning (9:39)
09. Terminator Lake (5:40)
10. Transmat Memories (5:35)
11. A Pact Between Strangers (4:19)
12. When I Get Back from New York (16:40)

CD 2: Zones Without People
01. Computer Vision
02. Format & Journey North
03. Zones Without People
04. Learning to Control Myself
05. Disconnecting Entirely
06. Emil Cioran
07. Hyperdawn
08. Lovergirls Precinct (1:36)
09. I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun) (2:30)
10. Blue Drive (10:05)
11. The Trouble With Being Born (4:31)
12. Sand Partina (7:01)

CD 3: Russian Mind
01. Months
02. Physical Memory
03. Grief and Repetition
04. Russian Mind
05. Time Decanted
06. Immanence
07. Melancholy Descriptions of Simple 3D Environments (10:58)
08. Memory Vague (4:47)
09. KGB Nights (6:07)

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

[Photo: Erez Avissar]

RIP: Howard H. Scott, co-developer of the LP record and classical music producer

From The New York Times:

Howard H. Scott, who was part of the team at Columbia Records that introduced the long-playing vinyl record in 1948 before going on to produce albums with the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Gould, Isaac Stern and many other giants of classical music, died on Sept. 22 in Reading, Pa. He was 92.

The cause was cancer, said his daughter, Andrea K. Scott.

• Howard H. Scott: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Howard+H.+Scott

Björk puts together album of already released remixes, calls it news

If you enjoyed 2011’s Biophilia (TMT Review) as well as the series of remixes conducted for the album earlier this year, but thought the whole ordeal to be a bit ungainly, then you’re in luck. A haze of mystical woodland creatures composed of discarded parts from a now-defunct FoxCon plant bring us news of a curated selection of Biophilia remixes chosen by Ms. Guðmundsdóttir herself. Here’s why she decided to put together these bastards for your listening pleasure (courtesy of FACT):

I felt it important to gather together the essence of the remixes so I picked a quarter of them for one cd for people who are perhaps not too sassy downloaders or don’t have the time or energy to partake in the hunter-gathering rituals of the internet.

I think Björk has figured out a way to spin music pirates in a good light — just call them “sassy downloaders.” I’ve got a smile just thinking about them.

The list of contributors to bastards is a who’s who of fatherless music making, including 2012’s most consistent newsmakers, Death Grips, multiple tracks by Matthew Herbert, and one=off offerings from Alva Noto, Omar Souleyman, and These New Puritans among a few others. If you’re interested in getting your groove on to the lovely (but not particularly groovy) Biophilia, then you’re going to want to jump on the bastards-mobile when it comes to town November 19.

bastards tracklist:

01. Crystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix)
02. Virus (Hudson Mohawke “Peaches and Guacamol” Rework)
03. Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)
04. Sacrifice ((Matthew Herbert’s Pins And Needles Mix) edit)
05. Mutual Core (These New Puritans Remix featuring Soloman Is. Song)
06. Hollow (16-bit Remix)
07. Mutual Core (Matthew Herbert’s “Teutonic Plates” Mix)
08. Thunderbolt (Death Grips Remix)
09. Dark Matter (Alva Noto Remodel)
10. Thunderbolt (Omar Souleyman Remix)
11. Solstice (Current Value Remix)
12. Moon (The Slips Remix)
13. Crystalline (Matthew Herbert Remix)

• Björk: http://bjork.com

Sufjan Stevens goes on Christmas sing-a-long tour because he’s silly like that

Some indie music blog is like — Sufjan Stevens is going on tour to support his Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas CD box set that is due on November 13 from Asthmatic Kitty.

I’m like — It’s called “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Pageant On Ice.” You slay me Surfjohn, and you understand humor so well. You should put out a comedy album box set with silly artwork and stickers.

Conglomerate website is like — Oh, I hope he’s doing something with Kitty Pride. We’re funny, too, like Surfjohn!

Hipster from 2008 is like — I hope he plays “The Transfiguration,” but he won’t. I listened to Seven Swans.

Satanic family is like — This seems like the perfect holiday event. Anything dripping with this much irony during the Birth of Christ Day must be Satanic. Let’s go!

Rosie Thomas is like — I’ve collaborated with Surfjohn before and I’ll be opening up on his tour as Sheila Saputo. Isn’t that weird and wacky? I got it from Surfjohn!


11.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.24.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.12 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
11.26.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11.27.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
11.28.12 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
11.30.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.01.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
12.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12.04.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
12.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
12.06.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
12.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
12.09.12 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
12.12.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
12.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
12.14.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe
12.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
12.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.18.12 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall
12.19.12 - Providence, RI - Fete
12.20.12 - Boston, MA - Royale
12.21.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Sufjan Stevens: http://sufjan.com
• Asthmatic Kitty: http://asthmatickitty.com