Jonny Greenwood and Krzysztof Penderecki to release joint album in March — a match made in frighteningly dissonant heaven

Jonny Greenwood and Krzysztof Penderecki to release joint album in March — a match made in frighteningly dissonant heaven

I’d never go so far as to underestimate the depth of musical knowledge that readers of TMT possess, but just in case you aren’t familiar with Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki (as I unfortunately wasn’t until recently), allow me to give you a brief rundown of him and his accomplished history: he looks like exactly like my lawyer uncle from Chicago. Like, spitting image. The uncanny resemblance actually makes me wonder whether my uncle has a long-lost twin brother, which would be odd, considering that he and that entire side of my family was born in the United States and…

Krzysztof Penderecki, 78, has been described by British newspapers The Independent and The Guardian as “Poland’s godfather of the musical avant-garde” and “arguably Poland’s greatest living composer,” respectively. He’s won numerous prestigious awards, including the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992, and numerous not-so-prestigious awards, including Grammy Awards in 1987, 1998, and 2001. To give you a sense of the tone of his compositions, his work has appeared in such films as The Shining (1980), Children of Men (2006), and two films by David Lynch. Could it be fate that Penderecki and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who has himself scored several films, most notably the Penderecki-indebted There Will Be Blood (2007), are releasing a collaborative album on March 13?

The underpinnings of the album itself began last September when the two artists performed alongside one another in a concert at the European Congress of Culture in Wrocław, Poland. The show was such a success that they ultimately decided to take the same music, alongside an additional piece from Greenwood, to Alvernia Studios in Kraków. The upcoming album includes a total of four pieces performed by Poland’s UKSO Chamber Orchestra. Those pieces are: Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Polymorphia (for 48 strings), both of which date back to the 1960s, and Greenwood’s 48 Responses to Polymorphia and Popcorn Superhet Receiver, both of which were inspired by the aforementioned Penderecki works.

The album is available for pre-order here. And for our tea-drinking readers across the pond, a concert featuring all of the music on the album, performed by same ensemble, will take place on March 22 at Barbican Hall in London. Infinity cool points are most definitely assured if you attend.

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / Polymorphia / 48 Responses to Polymorphia tracklisting:

01. Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
02. Popcorn Superhet Receiver: Part 1
03. Popcorn Superhet Receiver: Part 2 A
04. Popcorn Superhet Receiver: Part 2 B
05. Popcorn Superhet Receiver: Part 3
06. Polymorphia
07. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Es ist Genug
08. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Ranj
09. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Overtones
10. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Scan
11. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Baton Sparks
12. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Three Oak Leaves
13. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Overhang
14. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Bridge
15. 48 Responses to Polymorphia: Pacay Tree

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Stones Throw embraces cost-efficient digital subscription service, Dunkaroos

Stones Throw kicks off its smelly loafers and leaps into 2012 with the announcement that they’ve gone digital. The home of J Dilla (RIP), Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Dâm-Funk recently debuted the Stones Throw Digital Discography.

Working in conjunction with Drip.FM, Stones Throw has assembled an offer few will find easy to refuse. For a measly $10 a month (you probably spent more on paper towels this month, you messy freak) you get EVERY single thing Stones Throw releases sent directly to your inbox, as well as free downloading privileges at the Stones Throw website and exclusive swag directly from the Stones Throw coffers… and billing is monthly! Hooray!

Stones Throw also announced a round of new releases that will help birth the digital discography, including a new EP from recent signee Homeboy Sandman, M.E.D.’s Classic Instrumentals LP, and the second volume of The Minimal Wave Tapes. Also upcoming: new J. Rocc EP, a new Jonwayne LP, and new LP from Quakers, a band that includes Geoff Barrow of Portishead and a 35+ member hip-hop group, which would be a saying something if all the members were over 35 years of age rather than just 35+ members. It’s still fairly intriguing, and who can say no to intrigue?

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Clark preps Iradelphic for April release — an homage to the neglected people of Iradelphia

I’m trying to think of an appropriate metaphor to describe Chris Clark’s rather unique brand of electronic music… it’s the equivalent of an original Leonardo da Vinci piece covered in dirt. It’s the most pristine bar of soap you can imagine, subsequent to its escape from the layered nether regions of numerous overweight homeless people. To be more straightforward about it: Clark’s music is gritty, but not in a way that’s indicative of an unintentional sacrifice in production value. On the contrary, his previous three albums have been hallmarks of consistency in this regard; the rhythmic roughness persists, but so does his obvious attention to detail. It’s all a part of a conscious attempt to carve out his own sound — in other words, it’s a part of the plan.

Was it a part of the plan for Clark to wait three years after Totems Flare to release his next album? Fans like myself would be inclined to let out a tearful “NO!” alongside exaggerated hand gestures, but a press release suggests otherwise: “Chris Clark has been on a journey. The adventure started three years ago after the release of previous album Totems Flare. He recorded Iradelphic in Australia, Berlin, Wales, Brussels, Cornwall, Norway, and London using a diverse range of tools ranging from the vintage to the cutting edge modern.” Whether this is code for “Clark has had the fortunate ability to vacation for the past three years and spent part of that time intermittently working on a new album” is beside the point; Iradelphic is due out April 3, and judging by the promotional release of the track “Com Touch,” it’s been worth the wait.

Iradelphic tracklisting:

01. Henderson Wrench
02. Com Touch
03. Tooth Moves
04. Skyward Bruise/Descent
05. Open
06. Secret
07. Ghosted
08. Black Stone
09. The Pining pt1
10. The Pining pt2
11. The Pining pt3
12. Broken Kite Footage

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Ben Folds Five got back together the other minute, but we’re only rushing to report it because, you know, snuh

Back on January 9, the Music-World-that-existed-on-top-of-the pre-SOPA-Internet went and sucked a bunch of fuck because At The Drive-In announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report it until two days later, because, say it with me now, “meh.” On that same day, mythical Swedish hardcore jimmer-jammers Refused announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report that until a flim-flammering four days later because… well, E. Nagurney wasn’t exactly sure why. But let me tell you, E. You were dead-on: it totally was because of “bwuh.”

But now, because (and only because) our supply of funny-sounding grumblewords is running dangerously low and must be carefully rationed from here on out, we’re totally changing our ways and reporting these reunions when they actually happen! So, to that end, Spin has reported that Ben Folds Five, er, have themselves reported that they are officially in the process of working on a new album together! Hooray! Last night, Folds tweeted this charming photo of the trio doing a bunch of blow in the studio, after which he added: “It’s happening fo sho - Day 1 in studio with Robert [Sledge] and Darren [Jessee] through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord,” and “Spring release.” There’s no details other than the untitled record’s “fo sho”-ness right now. So, not quite as detailed as the news of those previous two reunions, I guess. But still, the important thing here is that, for once, TMT is right where it belongs: hot on the scoop of yet another candy-ass 90s band that just won’t fucking go away. And so, dear readers, since we’re so ahead of the curve this time, it gives me tremendous pride to be one of the first among us to say… “bleh.”

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Death Cab for Cutie announce US tour that is totally unique, just like you, you little snowflake

Everybody’s a unique snowflake or a leaf or something. At least, that’s what that guy from Fleet Foxes told me in a song about someone telling him that. When I was 17, I totally knew I was totally unique, not like THOSE SHEEPLE who went to high school with me. To prove it, I listened to the most antiauthoritarian band of all time: Death Cab for Cutie. I’ve got no disdain for Death Cab, I mean, somebody had to make us teenage nerds feel like we were special and someone would love us. Besides, they’re about to go on a completely unique tour, the likes of which the world has never seen.

They’re playing a bunch of theaters with an orchestra.

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG. Death Cab, flipping the script on music as a whole! The orchestra accompanying them will consist of members of San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra. In the past, Magik*Magik have collaborated with folks like John Vanderslice, Mike Patton, The Dodos, The Walkmen, and, hey, Death Cab for Cutie! They played with them on VH1 Storytellers! By the way, VH1 Storytellers, still a show. They also provided the string arrangements for the last Death Cab for Cutie record, Codes and Keys (TMT Review). Finally, we can hear these songs like we’ve already heard them.

Death Cab For Cutie dates:

04.10.12 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04.11.12 - Omaha, NE - Omaha Music Hall
04.13.12 - Louisville, KY - Louisvlle Palace
04.14.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
04.15.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
04.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater
04.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
04.20.12 - Montreal, QC - St. Jean Baptiste Church
04.21.12 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center
04.23.12 - Providence, RI - Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
04.24.12 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhans Music Hall
04.25.12 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
04.27.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre *
04.30.12 - North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore *
05.01.12 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre *
05.03.12 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium *
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater *
05.06.12 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater) *
05.07.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall *
05.08.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
05.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
05.13.12 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre *

* Youth Lagoon

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Liars recording new album; other liars speaking at GOP debates

The last we’d heard from experimental rock band Liars, vocalist Angus Andrew and percussionist Julian Gross were collaborating on John Wiese’s Seven of Wands (TMT Review). This would prove to be a good indicator of what’s to come next for Liars. With the last releases Liars (TMT Review) and Sisterworld (TMT Review), we found the band taking a more direct approach to straight-forward rock songwriting, thus dodging critics of their more experimental and cryptic work.

But at the beginning of this year, Liars began a Tumblr page announcing a new record in the works and featuring regular updates on the recording process. If the blog is to be taken as any indicator of what’s to come, it looks like the band will be returning to their more experimental territories. The majority of the updates feature vague or avant-garde imagery, such as Angus Andrew riding a bike or a piece of fruit plugged into a distortion pedal. Hopefully this means we’re in store for a new collection as brilliant as They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (TMT Review) or Drum’s Not Dead (TMT Review).

Liars’ Tumblr also announced they were able to get their “idol” to produce the record and posted a couple of images of the band next to a pixelated mystery figure. I can barely stand all this anticipation!

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