Lustmord to release a new album on Blackest Ever Black July 8 a.k.a. the latest apocalypse

Lustmord to release a new album on Blackest Ever Black July 8 a.k.a. the latest apocalypse http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-lustmord.jpg

The Elder Gods have already smiled upon the musical landscape of 2013, but the cosmos are yet swirling and the planets have not aligned. For the next phase of unknowable horror that awaits mankind, the Old Ones have enlisted London-based record label and burgeoning cult Blackest Ever Black. They have, in turn, delegated the task of spreading madness to Lustmord, shepherd of the rumbling void. His newest offering is titled The Word As Power and is an “exploration of ritual music without dogma, centered around the human voice but with no words.” Samples of the album confirm the presence of otherworldly voices, reportedly belonging to the likes of Maynard James Keenan, Jarboe, Soriah and Aina Skinnes Olsen. The album is slated for a July 8 release, bringing the inky tendrils of evil and dreams of dark, cyclopean masonry with it.

Iä, Iä Lustmord fhtagn!

The Word As Power tracklist:

01. Babel
02. Goetia
03. Chorazin
04. Grigori
05. Andras Sodom
06. Abaddon
07. Y Gair

• Lustmord: http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com

After Dark 2 compilation released for free to prove Italians still, still do it better

Hey, remember 2007? It was such a radically different world! Everyone hated the president, Israel was blowing shit up in Syria, and John McClane was once again saving America one quip at a time. Actually, looking back on it, I guess some things don’t change. Ever.

Besides the usual second-term presidential politics, explosions, and over-the-hill action stars, 2007 also saw the release of After Dark, a collection of songs compiled by Italians Do It Better’s own Johnny Jewel. Nearly six years after the initial release of that comp, and a year after teasing about it, Jewel and Co. released its follow up, the aptly named After Dark 2, via iTunes earlier this year. But now, before the physical versions (both CD and LP) drop later this summer, Italians Do It Better has released the entire thing for free via SoundCloud.

After Dark 2 features tracks from IDIB mainstays such as Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Desire, as well as a cut from the label boss himself Mike Somonetti. Listen for yourself:

Here’s the tracklist for After Dark 2:

01. Glass Candy - Warm in the Winter
02. Desire - Tears From Heaven
03. Mirage - Let’s Kiss
04. Appaloosa - Fill the Blanks
05. Chromatics - Looking for Love
06. Symmetry - Heart of Darkness
07. Chromatics - Camera
08. Twisted Wires - Half Lives
09. Glass Candy - The Possessed
10. Chromatics - Cherry
11. Glass Candy - Beautiful Object
12. Farah - Into Eternity
13. Appaloosa - Intimate
14. Mike Simonetti - The Magician
15. Glass Candy - Redheads Feel More Pain

• Italians Do It Better: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com

Okkervil River unleash the floodgates, but all that comes out is some new LP called The Silver Gymnasium and some tour dates; weird!

Hey there, sports fans! I think you clicked onto the wrong site! This here news post is all about an indie-rock/indie-folk/folk-rock/alt-rock/rock-folk/ctrl-alt band called Okkervil River. Specifically, it’s about how, on September 3, said band will be releasing a brand new album of (I assume) indie-rock/indie-folk/folk-rock/alt-rock/rock-folk/ctrl-alt goodness. Nothing really too athletic or competition-based involved, I guess. But tell you what, I’ll try to make this as sports-like as possible for you, okay?

For example, this newest release marks the band’s first time up to bat for ATO Records (their previous stuff being kicked-out for the Bloomington Jagjaguwars), and ooh, get this — it’s called The Silver Gymnasium, and gymnastics are a sport, right? See, this isn’t so bad, huh? Additional details and tracklists (think starting line-up) and stuff are still forthcoming, but let’s see, what else… oh. It follows 2011’s pretty dense and hairy I Am Very Far (TMT Review), which pretty much sounded like bandleader Will Sheff asked an entire offensive line to play on it. Also, the band is hitting the road shortly after the new album comes out, which is sort of like how a road series works in baseball, only a heck of a lot longer. So see? There you go; indie-rock music can be brawny too (just please do yourself a favor and don’t google any pictures of Will Sheff).

Okkervil River tour dates:

08.24-25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
09.07.13 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
09.19.13 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
09.20.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.23.13-24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.26.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
09.27.13 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
09.28.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.01.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.02.13 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution
10.04-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.18.13 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10.24.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.25.13 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10.26.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro

• Okkervil River: http://www.okkervilriver.com
• ATO: http://atorecords.com

Tomahawk heads out on European tour, Mike Patton creeps out a child at a cafe

Mike Patton checks his watch. But, of course, Mike Patton’s not going to check his watch like most people check their watch. For one, most people don’t even have a watch these days. Mike Patton has a watch on it, but one with no numbers, no marks to traditionally tell time. Mike’s just has words, stuff like “Fantômas” or “Mr. Bungle” or “Peeping Tom.” Right now, for Mike Patton, it’s Tomahawk time.

Of all of Mike Patton’s many many many projects, Tomahawk is one of the more active in recent years. The group that finds him collaborating with the likes of Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) and John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) just put out a new record, Oddfellows (TMT Review), on Ipecac earlier this year. Now, they’re going on a pretty substantial European tour that will run through late summer. One has to wonder that, after all these years, after all these accomplishments, if there’s still someone at every show who just thinks, “I wish he’d play something off Angel Dust.”

While Tomahawk is headlining most of these dates, because Mike Patton’s a big deal and don’t you forget it, the band is opening for Nine Inch Nails during their date in Milan. Sources speculate that Patton and Trent Reznor will meet each other before the show. Both will ask if the other remembers being weird in the 90s. Both will say yes.

Tomahawk dates:

07.18.13 - Dour, Beligum - Dour Festival
07.19.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.21.13 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
07.22.13 - Wroclaw, Poland - Arsenal
07.24.13 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Nokia Theatre
08.22.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - For Noise Festival
08.23.13 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival
08.24.13 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.25.13 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
08.28.13 - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum *
08.29.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
08.31.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega &
09.01.13 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall &
09.02.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis &
09.04.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus &
09.06.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival

* Nine Inch Nails
& Bosnian Rainbows

• Tomahawk: https://www.facebook.com/Tomahawkband
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

US Copyright Office publicly states the need to put digital and terrestrial radio royalty schemes on equal ground

The way terrestrial radio stations pay for the music they play could soon be changing based on statements made yesterday by the US Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, as reported by Digital Music News. In remarks at the World Creators Summit yesterday, Pallante boldly stated that the US needed to “provide a full public performance right for sound recordings,” meaning extend the fee system already imposed on digital music services to radio stations who make bank selling advertising without directly compensating the artists it uses to entice listeners to their place on the dial.

How did this sudden change in public discourse come about? It seems that Pandora’s greasy-looking co-founder Tim Westergren got Congress involved in his negotiations with the music industry to try and reduce Pandora’s payment obligations in the the royalty scheme it had previously agreed to. His argument that it wasn’t fair that his company had to pay so much when terrestrial radio didn’t have to pay anything resulted in Jimmy Jam stepping in to note that this was indeed a shame, and that terrestrial radio really should be paying artists for their work. While this wasn’t Westergren’s intended take-away, it seems to have been enough to penetrate the wall of lobbying that Clear Channel and its ilk use to prevent change in the system from occurring.

If this new approach actually occurs and is enforced, it could change the way that traditional commercial radio stations operate. They’ll always be motivated by the profit that advertising revenues provide, but could this create a culture where labels keep the royalties they’re owed low in order to entice stations to play their artists? Exposure is really the driving factor behind the presence of people at shows, so a smart label could exchange the opportunity of higher royalty income for the prospect of gaining a wider audience. Though, this shift in mindset would need to move past conjecture, and while the government is good at making bold declarations these days, the follow-through is far less certain.

Zola Jesus releasing collaborative album with JG Thirlwell and his madcap string arrangements

A little over a year ago, we reported on Zola Jesus’ Conatus tour, highlighting her May 2012 stop at the Guggenheim in NYC to do a one-off orchestral show with string arrangements by man-about-town JG Thirlwell. We’re now happy to report that said show was SUCH a resounding success that the two have decided to put out an album in the same vein as the concert so that the rest of us plebes can enjoy what folks experienced last May in the spiral-shaped space.

The album is to be released on Sacred Bones on August 20 and will be titled Versions, because these tracks are versions of tracks ZJ has already released in her more traditional electro-goth style. Here’s how Zola Jesus frontwoman Niki Roza Danilova puts it:

Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds.

Sounds magical. The Mivos Quartet are on board to play the instruments, so get ‘boned’ later this summer as you explore the many intricate orifices that exposing Zola Jesus music to the classy treatment creates.

Versions tracklisting:

01. Avalanche (Slow)
02. Fall Back
03. Hikikomori
04. Run Me Out
05. Seekir
06. Sea Talk
07. Night
08. In Your Nature
09. Collapse
10. Avalanche [Bonus]

• Zola Jesus: http://zolajesus.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com