Joe Meek’s pop masterpiece I Hear a New World gets the chance to haunt a whole new generation of audiophile geeks

Joe Meek's pop masterpiece I Hear a New World gets the chance to haunt a whole new generation of audiophile geeks

As FACT report, Glasgow label PoppyDisc are set to issue an expanded edition of Joe Meek’s experimental pop masterpiece I Hear a New World in March.

“I hear a new world/Calling me/So strange and so real/Haunting me”

These poignant phrases of exploratory thought became eerie prophecies of a life headed strange-ward into the void. As David Toop once noted, Joe Meek — like Brian Wilson, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Phil Spector — is one of those rare sound scientists that wrestled on the fringes of sanity in order to conjure music from some “not-yet-existent” other place. The risk of course, in attempting to tap into such depths, is total disillusionment — a sudden detachment from reality. Wilson’s LSD-addled mind was lost somewhere in his sandbox, Perry flooded, then burned his cherished Black Ark studio to the ground, and in 1967, Meek murdered his landlady before turning the shotgun on himself.

Meek is now rightly regarded as one of the most influential engineers of all time, a pioneer of the studio-as-instrument (and producer-as-artist) recording approach. In 1959, Joe Meek, alongside Rod Freeman and The West Five, fleshed out the spectacular, space-themed visions ghosting his brain. The result was I Hear a New World, a collection of dreamy pop vignettes, adorned with dubby echoes and tape-warped sonic tendrils. These pop experiments, originally released in abbreviated form, were all but ignored at the time. It seems that music made for and about the future must wait for the future to arrive before it can be sufficiently understood and appreciated.

This release is a veritable time capsule, a reissue as a near-perfect distillation of Meek’s nameless genius, likely the closest we’ll ever get to his envisioned final product. I Hear a New World was a Sun Ra-style moment of interstellar clarity, a lassoing of the moon and stars put to magnetic tape that foresaw decades of psych music’s space worship. Sitting comfortably between Wilson’s SMiLE and the Forbidden Planet soundtrack, I Hear a New World is a seminal moment in both electronic music and avant-pop history; it’s about time we get to hear it in its unabridged, fully eccentric shape. This is something to be excited about.

I Hear a New World is due on March 18. Enjoy the spectacular title track below.

I Hear a New World tracklisting:

01. I Hear a New World
02. Orbit around the Moon
03. Entry of the Globbots
04. The Bulblight
05. March of the Dribcots
06. Love Dance of the Saroos
07. Glob Waterfall
08. Magnetic Field
09. Valley of the Saroos
10. Dribcots Space Boat
11. Disc Dance of the Globbots
12. Valley of No Return
13. Early History
14. Ibc / Triumph / Rgm / Pye
15. Holloway Road / Studio Gear
16. A Day in the Life / Making Records / Production
17. Interview to Camera by Joe Meek (World in Action documentary from 1964)

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Aaron Dilloway gives away free album “Siena” via Bandcamp, uploads dozens of Hanson Records past classics

SHATTER ALL ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES… except that Bandcamp revenue stream!

Aaron Dilloway — ultra-prolific noise artist, floppy-mask-wearing creep, shrieking jester to our inner King Lear — has gifted the internet a brand-new solo album entitled Siena, named for its “[r]aw recordings made inside and outside in Siena Italy, summer of 2012.” The eight-track album is being offered for free download via Bandcamp, and will only be available on digital formats. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I have downloaded it. Looks great in iTunes 11.

Siena is only the tip of the digital iceberg, however. Perhaps even more exciting is that 30+ albums from the Dilloway-run Hanson Records back catalog are now available for perusal and cheap purchase, the majority of which were only available in super-limited tape editions. Hanson has been around since 1994, so there are literally hundreds of omissions, but what’s up so far has to be among the cream of the crop — Kevin Drumm’s Land of Lurches, Hair Police’s Drawn Dead, Emeralds’ Solar Bridge, ohhhhh nelly! Also don’t miss the titles in Hanson’s Flashback Series, such azz The Haters’ 1986 debut LP and To Live and Shave in L.A.’s 30-Minuten Männercreme from 1994.

Finally, and MOST excitingly, Hanson Records is on Facebook now. Let all your distant cousins know you’re fiending for more Exhumed Corpse!

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Ariel Pink announces US tourdates, gets to play music in a cemetery; the hell are you doing with YOUR life, huh?

NME called his oeuvre “the work of a unique mind,” which is like half a compliment, half the way a perplexed teacher tries to explain to anxious parents that their little darling has been drawing pictures of angry vampires mass-murdering the entire drive-thru line at the In-N-Out Burger in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Except for the only thing Ariel Pink is killing is our preconceived notion of what pop music should sound like! Hey now!!!!!

And so Los Angeles’ most mighty purveyor of freak pop trudges onward, carrying his burden from city to city, all in the hopes of enlightening the people. This spring he’s touring in support of last summer’s critically be-drooled-over second record for 4AD, Mature Themes (TMT Review). And he’s playing festivals! He’s playing Hollywood Forever Cemetery! He’s playing the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, America’s sexiest library! He’s playing Portland’s Wonder Ballroom, the ballroom that begs the question, “Why doesn’t every city have a place called Wonder Ballroom? Hot damn that’s a cool name.” All for you, America, Ariel Pink does it all for you.


03.09.13 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival NRML
03.23.13 - Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama Festival
05.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
05.18.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.20.13 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
05.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
05.23.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05.25.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
05.27.13 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Fest
05.28.13 - Missoula, MT - Badlander
05.31.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Do-Division
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (late show)
06.02.13 - Dekalb, IL - Pink Otto’s
06.03.13 - Champaign, IL - Blind Pig
06.04.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.05.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar
06.06.13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
06.07.13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
06.08.13 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
06.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.10.13 - Washington DC - U Street
06.11.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
06.13.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.14.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
06.15.13 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
06.17.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees
06.18.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk

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Killer Mike is opening for Big Boi on an extensive US tour and you literally have no good excuse not to be there

We here at TMT love us some Killer Mike; check out our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list if you find that statement dubious. Last year’s R.A.P Music on Williams Street Records is so damn exceptional one is forced to use words like “scrumptious” and “ambrosial” when describing it. His tracks like “Go!” tend to be prefaced with hyperbolic statements like “what I am about to play is so good it will literally revive the dodo.” It’s often claimed his flow is so wantonly perfect they’re considering bottling it for use as an aphrodisiac. Now, obviously a song can’t live up to such a blatantly false and ridiculous thing, but his flow is actually that good. Between that and the fact that he and Big Boi are appearing in almost every major city across the US, you have no reason not to hit at least one of these shows.

Oh damn, right, Big Boi is technically the headliner of “The Running Shoes Tour.” Hey, that’s cool, we like Big Boi too. But Killer Mike’s music is so kinetic they use it to generate energy in nuclear power plants. How can you beat that?


03.23.13 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
04.18.13 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
04.19.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
04.20.13 - Charlottesville, VA - University of Virginia
04.21.13 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage
04.23.13 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
04.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
04.25.13 - Williamsburg, VA - College of William & Mary
04.26.13 - University Park, PA - Penn State University
04.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
04.30.13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
05.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
05.02.13 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco State University
05.03.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.04.13 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Festival
05.05.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
05.07.13 - Denver, CO - Cervantis
05.08.13 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
05.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.13.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
05.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
05.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
05.19.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Observatory
05.23.13 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Hall
05.24.13 - Austin, TX - The Backyard
05.25.13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.26.13 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Fest
05.30.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
05.31.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
06.01.13 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
06.02.13 - Birmingham, AL - Avondale Brewing Co.
06.04.13 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
06.05.13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
06.06.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewsters Megaplex
06.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
06.08.13 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
06.09.13 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center
06.11.13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
06.12.13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
06.14.13 - Washington, DC - Howard’s Theatre
06.15.13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
06.16.13 - Toronto, Ontario - North By Northeast
06.19.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
07.12.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

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RIP: Stompin’ Tom Connors

From Billboard:

Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, whose songs about every nook and cranny of Canada, its people and favorite pastime included “The Hockey Song,” “Sudbury Saturday Night,” “Bud The Spud,” “Tillsonburg” and “Big Joe Mufferaw,” died Wednesday of natural causes at his home, in Halton Hills, Ontario, his family at his side. He was 77.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted “We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’’ Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.”

The 11 o’clock news across the country dedicated segments to Connors, some even leading with the story. Twitter and Facebook were filled with dedications and personal comments about meeting or working with him or simply enjoying his music or his true patriotic love for Canada.

At the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators game, his enduring anthem “The Hockey Song” was played in its entirety after news of his death was announced on the scoreboard. The song is played during every third period. The lyric includes: “Oh, the good old hockey game is the best game you can name. And the best game you can name is the good old hockey game.”

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Arctic Monkeys announce US tour, promise to play that song you like

Hey buddy.

Don’t know if you heard, but the Arctic Monkeys are coming to town. Your town, that is. Well, maybe not your town. Probably not even your town, actually. But, hey, you know, them’s the shakes. Ha ha. Well, thing is, they are coming to some towns in the United States. Doing a tour, that’s what they’re doing here, buddy.

Maybe you should go see them. They said they’re going to play that song you like. Unless, you know, they play the songs that you don’t like, but other people like. Boy, that would be a bummer. Just how it goes sometimes, heh. Still, to go to a town that’s not your town (because they’re not playing your town), just to have ‘em play songs that you don’t like? Woof.

They are playing six US dates this May, though. Look, I know you’re on the fence. If they’re playing your town, you should go see them. I really think they’ll play that song you like. Maybe don’t go if they’re not playing your town or they’re only playing towns far away from your town or you’ve got work tomorrow. Really, your call, man.

See you later, buddy.

Arctic Monkeys dates:

05.24.13 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
05.25.13 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
05.26.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
05.28.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
05.29.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
05.31.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues

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