Library of Congress rips 25 new entries to the National Recording Registry… but at what BIT-RATE?!?

Library of Congress rips 25 new entries to the National Recording Registry... but at what BIT-RATE?!?

Now that Facebook is a publicly traded company and wealth and prosperity have officially returned to every corner of the U.S.A., the government can get back to more important things, like putting together a killer mix tape for tomorrow’s Thirsty Thursday flippy cup party in the Library of Congress basement. Or, to put it a completely different way, the Library of Congress announced the addition of 25 new “cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures” to its National Recording Registry of, y’know, “cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures.” See, under the terms of something called the “National Recording Preservation Act of 2000,” the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) is tasked with selecting 25 recordings each year that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old (you’ll get ‘em next year, The Postal Service!). In addition to shaming the fuck out of our lame TMT mix tapes about whatever boyfriend you can’t get over, this year’s party-starting list of entries brings the total number of recordings to 350. And yes, naturally, any piece of music not included among these 350 is a complete piece of Communist shit.

“America’s sound heritage is an important part of the nation’s history and culture and this year’s selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience,” says great-name-having librarian James H. Billington. “These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved for future generations.” And, pray tell, just what songs, words, burps, and farts is he talking about? Well, they range from Thomas Edison’s 1888 recording of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and some significant 1930s interviews compiled under the title “Voices from the Days of Slavery” to more modern Ameri-jams like Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions,” Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Prince’s “Purple Rain,” and Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Check out the entire list (ordered chronologically) below, read more about the individual entries here, and nominate your old high school punk band for next year here. (Mine was called Your Mother For $ale. Fingers crossed!)

2012 National Recording Registry (in chronological order)

01. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
02. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)
03. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)
04. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)
05. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)
06. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
07. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)
08. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 14, 1943)
09. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)
10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947)
11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)
12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)
13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)
14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)
15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)
16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962)
17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)
18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)
21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975)
22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)
23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979)
25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)

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Ain’t no party like a dabke party: Mark Gergis’ Sham Palace releases Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran comp

Dance music today. KIDS today. It’s all Skrillex [wub wub wub]. Or it’s that awful song about the guy who “w-w-w-w-work[s] OUT” that’s supposed to sound “tongue-in-cheek” but is just an endless blitz of douchebombs. People, we all know this schlock isn’t the future of dance music. So, what is? Could it be… new wave electronic dabke?

What’s a new wave electronic dabke, you ask? Well, envision Omar Souleyman locked in a recording studio with Duran Duran. Nah, scratch that. Just imagine Omar Souleyman-style jams, as he’s the maestro with whom most Westerners are probably familiar. And if that’s not working for you, imagine this: a synth-infused take on the hypnotic, special-occasion party music (think weddings, etc.) traditional to the Levantine Middle East. Dabke is characterized by the use of the mejwiz (a double-reed bamboo flute), hand percussion, and vocal chants, and it’s the jam du jour of for Syrians, Bedouins, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Druze in the Houran region in the south of Syria and the northwest of Jordan. And now the good people at Sham Palace have compiled their favorite dabke tracks culled from cassettes and discs recorded during the 90s-00s and sold throughout the Houran region, putting them all onto a nice, shiny new LP called Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran that’s sure to rock your socks off and tie up your dancin’ shoes.

Dabke is the second release (after a Souleyman 2xLP) for Sham Palace, the label run by Mark Gergis, the man behind several Middle Eastern/Southeast Asian collections for the always amazing Sublime Frequencies label. Fun fact: Gergis is the man who introduced the much-ballyhooed Omar Souleyman to the West after seeing him perform in Syria in 1997. He arranged/produced Souleyman’s collabos with Icelandic pixie genius Björk last year. Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran hits stores on June 19 and is limited to a pressing of 1,000 copies.

Dabke tracklisting:

A1. Ahmad Al Kosem, “Love Is Not a Joke”
A2. Mohamed Al Ali, “Mili Alay (Sway to Me)”
A3. Abu Sultan, “Your Love Made My Head Hurt”
B1. Ahmad Al Kosem, “Ma Dal Anouh (I Will Grieve Until I See Her Again)”
B2. Abu Wafsi, “Deg Deg Dagdeglo”
B3. Obeid Al Jum’aa, ” Instrumental Mejwiz”
B4. Faraj Kadah/Ashraf Abu Leil, “Afrah Houran (Houran Weddings)”

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Eternal Summers announce Correct Behavior LP for summer release, go on summer tour, cryogenically freeze themselves from September to June

Summer can’t last forever. Everybody with any sense of time or seasons understands this. Roanoke-based trio Eternal Summers do not understand time or seasons because, well, I don’t think I need to spell this out for you. It’s not their fault, though. You see, Eternal Summers are part of an ongoing experiment by a kooky yet charismatic scientist. It was his idea to put the three Eternal Summers members into cryogenic sleep for the periods of the year that are not summer. Hence, the trio named their band Eternal Summers, as that is their reality. Furthermore, the band is making the best of their three months of consciousness by releasing a new record, Correct Behavior, through Kanine Records on July 24.

Careful planning on their part, releasing their new record right in the very middle of summer. With such a release date, they can spend the time before the record’s release touring America. In fact, they are doing exactly that, with a short string of East Coast dates in June. Once they’ve done that, they can enjoy the release of their new album. Once they’re doing enjoying their album’s release, they go back in that cold, cold tube. And the process beings anew. Isn’t weird, experimental life a beautiful thing?

Correct Behavior tracklist:

01. Millions
02. Wonder
03. You Kill
04. I Love You
05. It’s Easy
06. Girls in the City
07. Heaven and Hell
08. Good As You
09. Disappear
10. Summerset

Eternal Summers dates:

06.08.12 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon St.
06.09.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
06.10.12 - Detroit, MI - Garden Bowl
06.12.12 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s Pub
06.13.12 - Toronto, CA - NXNE @ The Drake Hotel
06.14.12 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory
06.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy Philly
06.16.12 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong

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Björk turns New York Public Library and Manhattan Children’s Museum into giant blobs of educationalism even tho we’re all plenty smart as is

Dear room-parents,

Have you hears about this? I guess some hippie, liberal, “bras are optional” feminist who calls herself “Björk” is going around trying to educate our kids about these supposed connections between music, nature, and technology. Yeah, she’s teaming up with something called “The New York Public Library” and something else called “The Children’s Museum of Manhattan” this summer to launch a series of programs based around, get this, an “interactive album and accompanying suite of iPad apps” that she released last year called Biophilia (TMT Review). I just listened to the first 30 seconds of one of those songs, and my first thought was “I am in Hell.” My second thought was that this must be what it’s like to be on drugs. Watch the video below. This is what society today passes off as an “artist.”

The NYPL programs reflect the random, “anything-goes” nature of those stupid apps and specifically target middle schoolers with cool lights and sounds and whatnot. They begin in July and run through the fall. The CMOM ones offer daily “drop-in programming” (my pastor says this may well be an LCD reference???) to school groups, summer camps, and families with children ages 3-11. They start July 6 and running and will last through December 30. I know I don’t need to remind you all that Revelation says that during the end times of this Earth age (yes, there are more than one, little miss Björk) before Christ’s return, Satan returns first, pretending to be Christ, promising peace, harmony, and universal love. Don’t be fooled. He is using many of today’s popular entertainers and social leaders to set the stage for him. I know you are teaching this to your children and grandchildren so that they can hopefully set a good example for future generations, unlike this Björk, or whatever her real name is.

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Dominick Fernow starts up new label Bed of Nails in order to get another Vatican Shadow 12-inch out there

It’s not really news when you say that Dominick Fernow is doing shit. That’s kind of like announcing that Bushwick smells like cat litter, that Bradford Cox likes reverb, or that I have a chip on my shoulder. It’s pretty much common knowledge. But get this, Fernow isn’t just making a tape or a collage ‘zine, he’s starting a whole new imprint!

That’s right, the man behind Prurient, Vatican Shadow, and everyone’s favorite record label Hospital Productions, is beginning a new imprint called Bed of Nails. According to FACT, June 18 will mark the label’s first release with a new 12-inch by Vatican Shadow entitled September Cell (and limited to 700 copies). If the new record is any indication of the new imprint’s focus, then you should expect some rhythmic grooves beating out of the ol’ Bed of Nails. But let’s not make assumptions.

September Cell EP tracklisting:

A1. September Cell (The Storm)
A2. September Cell (The Punishment)
B1. Cairo Is a Haunted City
B2. One Day He Heard the Call

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Awesome band returns after lengthy hiatus with new album, world tour: Dead Can Dance edition

Fantastic news, everyone! Medieval gothic tomb sprites Dead Can Dance are back! The original worldbeat/goth 4AD flava etherealists have returned from their lengthy slumber and they’re bearing spoOoOoky beautiful gifts, in the form of their first album of new material in a sweet 16 years. So, that’s it. All you swoopy-haired Renaissance Festival minstrels armed with cardboard swords, cheesy harmonies, and sad 15th-century imagery can just CAN it. Because Dead Can Dance are the original purveyors of “hey, a Gregorian chant would sound cool with this swirling art rock,” and they can do it a hell of a lot better than anybody else.

Founding duo Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry started working on this baby, entitled Anastatis, back in fall 2011. The album was recorded at Quivy Studios in Ireland in the early months of 2012. Of working with Gerrard again, Perry said, “It will be a spring album to coincide with both natures awakening and the groups subsequent rebirth.” The band will set sail on a world tour for eight months this summer — their first dates since DCD’s sold out 2005 tour. (Live recordings from this tour are available as free digital downloads for a limited time via the band’s website. Each digital EP is part of the Live Happenings series, and are replaced every few months.) Fans can expect a mix of new tracks and classics on Dead Can Dance’s 2012 world tour. Just keep the velvet leggings at home, people, okay?


08.09.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
08.10.12 - Seattle, WA - Maymoor Amphitheater
08.12.12 - Berkley, CA - Greek Theater
08.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
08.15.12 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys
08.17.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
08.19.12 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyle Buell Theater
08.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Pritzer Pavilion at Millennium Park
08.23.12 - Toronto, ON - Sony Center for the Performing Arts
08.24.12 - Montreal, QE - Bell Centre
08.26.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall
08.27.12 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center/Wolftap
08.29-30.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.04.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.05.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Performing Arts
09.07.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits (Moody Theater)

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