Liars title new LP WIXIW, announce tourdates and tracklist, get their own TMT section

Liars title new LP WIXIW, announce tourdates and tracklist, get their own TMT section

Boy oh boy, sure is a lot of buzz about Liars’ new record, and since they keep releasing tiny bits of info at a time, we keep on talking about them like every damn day. So I’m officially making this a separate news section, called Liars Beat.

Today on Liars Beat: our investigative team was able to uncover the new album’s title, which will henceforth be called WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”). The title is explained by front man Angus Andrew as “a familiar and universal sentiment of longing and hope, but when misspelled becomes uniquely shrouded and difficult to interpret, which in many ways is representative of our music and the songs we wrote for this album.” Here’s a trailer for the album:

The 11-track album due out June 5 on Mute will be preceded by a single, “No.1 Against The Rush,” out May 29. You can listen to it here.

And lastly on Liars Beat, we have uncovered the first handful of shows in support of the new record, listed below along with the album’s tracklist. Stay tuned for all the latest. Next time, we’ll discuss possible rumors of a Vegas wedding involving Julian Gross and a camel.

WIXIW tracklist:

01. The Exact Colour of Doubt
02. Octagon
03. No.1 Against the Rush
04. A Ring on Every Finger
05. Ill Valley Prodigies
07. His and Mine Sensations
08. Flood to Flood
09. Who Is the Hunter
10. Brats
11. Annual Moon Words


06.02.12 - London, UK - Field Day
06.07.12 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
06.08.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
06.09.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
06.10.12 - Berlin, Germany - Roter Salon
06.12.12 - London, UK - XOYO
06.15.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
06.20.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.22.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box

• Liars:
• Mute:

Ende Tymes Festival 2012 lineup revealed, Kickstarter kickstarted

Well, it’s 2012, and if the Mayans have anything to say about it, then this will be about it. Or maybe they just figured they could add to the calendar later. Either way, now’s as good a time as any to say your goodbyes when you see your pals at New York City’s second annual noise festival, Ende Tymes. Go watch the many performers wreak audible havoc through cathartic cacophonies as giant meteors hurdle toward Earth and volcanoes begin to quake.

The festival, organized by Bob Bellerue, has already announced its official lineup and has implemented a Kickstarter fundraiser to ensure a quality festival and proper artist reimbursement. And since certain donation increments award you with a weekend pass, then why the hell not chip in, you lazy fuck? It’s the end of the fucking world, anyways.


Sudden Infant (DE)
Cheapmachines (UK)
Joseph Hammer (CA)
Thomas Dimuzio (CA)
Crank Sturgeon (ME)
R. Jencks (CA)
Telecult Powers (NY/LA)
Sickness (CT)
Goat (TX)
Zaïmph (NY)
Mike Shiflet (OH)
Maria Chavez (NY)
Hyena Hive (QC)
+DOG+ (CA)
Fatale (IL)
Andrew Coltrane (MI)
work/death (RI)
Skin Graft (OH)
Mesa Ritual (NM)
Husere Grav (TX)
Terrors (MD)
Paranoid Time (MI)
Tar Pit (MI)
Nonhorse (NY)
Grasshopper (NY)
Beer Damage (NY)
Lussuria (NY)
Chaos Majik (NY)
Narcissister (NY)
Isa Christ (NY)
Diablo (NY)
The Second Sun (NY)

Film/Video performances by:

Phill Niblock /Katherine Liberovskaya (NY)
Joke Lanz (DE) / Shelley Hirsch
Sonya Stefan (QC)
Jean-Sébastien Truchy / Jean Bourbonnais (QC)
Katherine Kline / Leyla Majeri (QC)
Maussade J.B. (QC)
Erin Sexton (QC)
Alexander Wilson (QC)
Jeff Carey (MD)
Cory O’Brien / Mei Mei Chang (DC)
Jason Soliday / Jon Satrom (IL)
Jeff Donaldson (NY)
Phillip Stearns (NY)
Greg Fox (NY)

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• Kickstarter:

Best Buy big-box stores to be burnt to the ground, Best Buy Mobile stores to rise from the ashes like a Hydra-Phoenix hybrid

Take a minute and try and visualize the inside of a Best Buy store. What comes to mind? For me, it’s rows and rows of CDs, DVDs, video games, and for some reason, appliances. In a world where the media that we consume is increasingly acquired directly through digital channels, is it any wonder that the need for retail outlets that house massive amounts of tangible media merchandise are going the way of the dinosaurs? Sure, they also sell home electronics, sound systems, and accessories, but when was the last time you actually went into a store to shop and compare prices instead of hitting the internet first?

Hence it was no surprise that Best Buy announced (by way of Billboard) the continuation of its transformation from a ‘big-box’ retailer to a smaller, more mobile-focused entity this week. By the fall of 2012, Best Buy will close 50 stores in the US and subsequently open 100 new Best Buy Mobile outlets, smaller storefronts and kiosks that specialize in servicing the growing demand for cell phones, tablets, and e-readers.

As we previously reported, Best Buy has already moved to close all of its big box stores in the UK. Poor sales in the both the US and European markets, coupled with high expenses relating to the buyout of Best Buy’s mobile partner in Europe, Carphone Warehouse, led to a reported $1.23 billion loss last year. Best Buy hopes to cut costs dramatically by not having to fork over huge rent payments for its large stores and through the reduced need for big-tickets inventory items. The company hopes to conversely raise revenues by selling a bunch of cheap mobile phones on street corners across the great US of A.

• Best Buy:

Today in misleading band name news: Choir of Young Believers to release Rhine Gold on Ghostly International

Choir of Young Believers, the project of Danish multi-instrumentalist Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, are set to release their sophomore album on Ghostly International on April 10. Titled Rhine Gold, the album finds Makrigiannis expanding his eclectic bedroom pop sound by fleshing out the roster of musicians on the record. Now a full-fledged band, the album sounds like a sleepy Jens Lekman fronting The Notwist. Tinged with Eastern flourishes, well-paced melodies, and kitchen sink electronica, the album, while occasionally sounding a bit dated, is varied enough to keep the listener engaged for the full running time.

One thing definitively absent on the album: choirs of any ilk. Don’t be duped into thinking this is the newest gospel sensation, because it most definitely is not. You have been warned, believers in choir.

Rhine Gold tracklisting:

01. The Third Time
02. Patricia’s Thirst
03. Sedated
04. Paralyze
05. Have I Every Truly Been Here
06. Nye Nummer Et
07. Paint New Horrors
08. The Wind Is Blowing Needles
09. Rhine Gold

• Choir of Young Believers:
• Ghostly International:

[Photo: Tore Hallas]

Demdike Stare release live album, and yes, you can genuinely hear the audience being possessed by demons

Has anyone addressed how to correctly pronounce the “demdike” in Demdike Stare yet? I’ve intuitively been going with “dem-dee-kee” ever since I first became familiar with the duo — partially because it sounds correct, partially because, of the two obvious pronunciations, it sounds cooler, and partially because I don’t want to inadvertently offend a particular female demographic by going with the alternative. Consider that alternate pronunciation. Now, suppose you’re in public, in a notably gay-friendly neighborhood. Can you imagine the deathly looks you might receive if you said something along the lines of, “[mumbling]… Demdike [incoherent] last night, and it was one of the most frightening experiences of my life. The only thing that I could possibly consider more frightening is hanging out with them for an extended period of time. Their minds are almost certainly chemically imbalanced, and such weirdness clearly has no place in society.” The possible misconstructions would have dire consequences on your otherwise stellar liberal reputation.

So, dem-dee-kee it is. As if we’ve even had a chance to thoroughly wrap our heads around the tremendous Elemental (TMT Review), Demdike Stare have announced the release of 15 Mai 2011: Live at Golden Pudel Club, a 59-minute live album due out… well, you’re reading this. That means it’s out. I repeat: it’s out now. The recording took place on May 15 of last year at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, Germany, and considering the album’s one track status, the inclination is to compare it to their other mixes, like Osmosis or Industrial Desert. Though, what exactly would we be comparing? Their music is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, shrouded by an apparition, and enclosed in, let’s say… a casket. Yeah, that seems fitting. It’s worthwhile nonetheless.

• Demdike Stare:
• Pudel Produkte:

Dirty Projectors to release new album Swing Lo Magellan in July

Last Friday, Dirty Projectors released a new track called “Gun Has No Trigger.” There was little context for the song, but many of us outright assumed it was a track off a forthcoming Dirty Projectors album. And, as always is the case with music journalists, we were 100% right: on July 10, Dirty Projectors will release new album Swing Lo Magellan and it indeed includes “Gun Has No Trigger.”

This is precisely why we get paid the big bucks.

Speaking of lineup changes, Angel Deradoorian is currently on hiatus from the band, but ringmaster David Longstreth received plenty of help this time around from past members, including Amber Coffman (vocals, guitar), Nat Baldwin (Bass), Brian McOmber (Drums), and Haley Dekle (vocals). It took 12 months (a.k.a. one year) to write and record the album, starting from 70 “new songs and beats,” moving to 40 demos, and finally ending with the 12 songs that make up the album. According to the press release, “The finished recordings bear the impress of this informal working style: the album is a collection of moments: accidental, fortuitous, spontaneous. The performances feel warm and imperfect. Unguarded intimacy is somewhat of a new look for this band, and it turns out it’s a very good look.”

Or, as Longstreth so wonderfully put it: “It’s an album of songs, an album of songwriting.”

We’ll probably echo something similar in our future review, but it’ll probably take us a couple paragraphs. Maybe we’ll do another acrostic or index or something. Who knows. The possibilities are endless! Wow, music journalism is really great, isn’t it?

Swing Lo Magellan tracklist:

01. Offspring Are Blank
02. About to Die
03. Gun Has No Trigger
04. Swing Lo Magellan
05. Just From Chevron
06. Dance For You
07. Maybe That Was It
08. Impregnable Question
09. See What She Seeing
10. The Socialites
11. Unto Caesar
12. Irresponsible Tune

07.10.12 - Brooklyn NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
07.13.12 - Chicago IL - Pitchfork Festival

• Dirty Projectors:
• Domino:

[Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg]


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