K Records reissue Beat Happening’s debut, touch their past on the face, sigh nostalgically

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Back in 1985, K Records put out the self-titled debut record of their flagship group, Beat Happening. Since then, they’ve put out a lot of other great records. This year, though, they’re reaching back into that semi-distant past to reissue that very same Beat Happening record. At this present moment, you can, for the first time in many years, purchase Beat Happening’s self-titled album from K’s store in CD, LP, and digital formats.

While they’re celebrating the past, they’re also setting it ablaze and stomping on the ashes — insert a less violent metaphor, if you wish. See, the original 1985 album has been appended with a number of recordings made between 1983 and 1985. In its current form, the album contains the original sessions with Greg Sage of The Wipers, along with five songs recorded while the band lived in Japan that they released as the Three Tea Breakfast cassette. Most importantly, the record still contains “What’s Important,” which certain Tiny Mix Tapes news writers cite as possibly their all-time favorite song. (I’m the Tiny Mix Tapes news writer I’m talking about.)

As wonderful as this news is, Beat Happening also put out a number of other great records throughout their career. Well, even more wonderful news: those records are all going to be reissued by the label in chronological order throughout the year. This truly is a wonderful era.

• K: http://krecs.com

Diamond Terrifier won’t stop until he terrifies ALL the precious stones; new album The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow announced for this spring on Terrible Records

Astute readers of TMT will appreciate the fact that we’re rather enthusiastic fans of the Brooklyn-based avant-garde outfit ZS and its associated acts around here. Were we ever to pull a Sesame Street and accept the sponsorship from individual letters of the alphabet, I suspect everything on this site would be brought to you by the letter Z, with the occasional exception for Q, because Q isn’t qlose to receiving the quotidian love and qare that it deserves. On a personal level, New Slaves (TMT Review) had me hearing saxophonic oscillations for days after the first listen, and I thank ZS founder Sam Hillmer for, consequently, allowing me mitigate the buzzing noises of bees during the spring and summertime. Ahh, bees! How I loathe and fear you so.

Hillmer has a solo project called Diamond Terrifier, whose second release, with the oddly positive title Kill the Self That Wants to Kill Yourself, is reviewed here. A mere several months after that album’s release and he already has his next LP prepped for exposure — The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, billed as his “debut album” and out this spring on Diamond Terrifier’s brand new label affiliation, Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records (not to be taken literally).

Musically, I’d expect something similar to (though possibly darker than) the previous release, but compositionally, there’s one obvious difference: The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow consists of one half-hour piece split up into four parts. As far as the tracklist, album art, (more specific) release date, and supportive live performances go, stay tuned for details!

• Diamond Terrifier: http://diamondterrifier.com
• Terrible: http://www.terriblerecordsus.com

Boredoms reissue early albums Pop Tatari and Chocolate Synthesizer on 1972 Records, just ‘cause!

What exactly is the formula that 1972 Records is using to select albums for re-release? Over the past two years, they’ve re-printed albums by Aphex Twin, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Stereolab, and Television Personalities, none of which were originally released in 1972. Keeping with their method of not having any apparent method, FACT is reporting that 1972 will be adding two early Boredoms records to the mix, further diluting any narrative thread that could have been extracted from their existing set of offerings.

The two records in question are 1992’s outsider mind-fart Pop Tatari, and 1994’s Chocolate Synthesizer, an album that serves as a bridge of sorts between Boredoms’ early experimental noise work and their kraut-influenced meditations that would come later in the decade. Both albums will be released May 14 as double LPs (with no extras, take it or leave it), but are available for pre-sale on the Internet now.

• Boredoms: http://www.boredoms.jp
• 1972: http://1972thelabel.blogspot.com

Danny Brown and Baauer team for “Worst of Both Worlds” tour. Here’s hoping it comes off as terribly as they intend!

Guys, check me out! I am being, like, so February of 2013 right now! I’m hanging out, dissin’ gas prices like a motherfucker, talking some classic shit about the Roman Catholic papacy, and re-hyping some shit I just saw on The Fader about how Detroit’s most-shocking-rapper-since-the-last-guy, Danny Brown is teaming up with Baauer (the NYC producer behind the current-as-fuck Billboard #1 smash super-hit “Harlem Shake” that I’ve been YouTubing on repeat for, like, ever!) for some tourdates around the Western United States this April! And we all know that the Western United States are the NOWest states of all! Pacific Standard Time, represent!

They’re calling the jaunt “The Worst of Both Worlds,” (which, I just Wikipedia’d this, is a play on a familiar figure of speech that usually goes “the best of both worlds”), and it’s centered around their appearances at this year’s big Postal Service Reunion Festival in Indio, California. In case you’re trying to get a GRIP on what this shit might sound like, here’s a few VIDS, man. Do you like how I all-went and “imbedded” them for you? Shit. Play ‘em both back at the same time, and that’s pretty much what you’re in for.

“Worst idea ever” or whatever it’s called:

04.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
04.10.13 - Dallas, TX - Tree’s
04.11.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.14.13 - Tucson, AZ - Congress Theater
04.15.13 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
04.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04.18.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Casa De La Raza
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella

• Danny Brown: http://itsbruiserbrigade.tumblr.com
• Baauer: http://baauer.com

The Besnard Lakes go on North American tour with Suuns, reminding you that you like The Besnard Lakes

Here’s a fine band that I, among others, have a tendency to forget about: The Besnard Lakes. Every three years or so, The Besnard Lakes come back with a new record, like the upcoming Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO, out April 2 on Jagjaguwar. Inevitably, that record reminds me that, hey, I enjoy The Besnard Lakes. Between those release periods, my mind eliminates all memory of the band. Consider this the fault of my deteriorating mind; place no blame on this rather fine group.

Maybe acknowledging the band as a physical presence might help lodge them in the old brain. This technique may well be the motivation behind their upcoming North American tour, which begins April 18. For many of the dates, they’ll be joined by fellow Montreal residents Suuns. While I am mostly unfamiliar with Suuns, I do accept the possibility that my mind has also swept itself clean of any knowledge involving them. Maybe I love Suuns?

Besnard Lakes dates:

04.18.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
04.19.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid *
04.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
04.21.13 - Dekalb, IL - Otto’s *
04.22.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
04.23.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
04.25.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
04.27.13 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
04.29.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.01.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.02.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.03.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

* Suuns

• Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Suuns: http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=suuns
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Pan•American releasing new album Cloud Room/Glass Room on Kranky, plot invasion of your dreams

The quietness of Kranky always intrigues me; their releases are characterized by the pensive, the slow, and the anticlimactic. Theirs is a label that has made its way in the world by releasing music designed to be absorbed through osmosis. I’m not ashamed to say that three out of the four times I put on an album before bed, it’s a Kranky release — Grouper one night and The Dead Texan the next. I do not think this denigrates the material; although I have not consciously heard the latter half of A Stable Reference more than once, I know every note. When I buy a Kranky release, I’m selecting cartographic tools with which to map my dreamscape and picking out the designs that will illuminate it.

Come April 29, Kranky is releasing an album of new music for unconscious exploration from Mark Nelson’s Pan•American. Entitled Cloud Room/Glass Room, the album features percussionist Steven Hess as a full member of the band, as well as Nelson’s former Labradford accomplice Bobby Donne, who adds bass on several tracks. Hard to say how their rhythms will affect the restfulness of my sleep, but word has it this album has a live feel. I’m sure my REM cycles could use a house band, anyway.

Cloud Room/Glass Room tracklisting:

01. The Cloud Room
02. Fifth Avenue 1960
03. Relays
04. Glass Room at the Airport
05. Laurel South
06. Project for an Apartment Building
07. Virginia Waveform

• Pan•American: http://www.kranky.net/artists/panamerican.html
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

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