Matt Mondanile releases conceptual book-that-looks-like-an-LP by Title TK (Cory Arcangel, Alan Licht, Howie Chen) on New Images; your move, Beck Hansen!

Matt Mondanile releases conceptual book-that-looks-like-an-LP by Title TK (Cory Arcangel, Alan Licht, Howie Chen) on New Images; your move, Beck Hansen!

Yup. It’s just what the headline says. Ducktails dude Matt Mondanile has released a ‘book that looks like a record” on his New Images Ltd. label. By a band that’s not really a “band” so much as three dudes that sat around and talked once.

For real. It’s called Rock$ and is literally “a transcription of a private conversation” between Alan Licht, Howie Chen, Cory Arcangel (collectively being referred to as Title TK).

Still not getting it? Here: have a look. This explains it all. It costs $30, by the way.

In related news, I just wrote, produced, and directed a Hollywood blockbuster film disguised as a news story. Something tells me Mondanile and I are both gonna be rich!

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Nils Frahm announces Spaces, a not-exactly-live live album

I love Nils Frahm — firstly, because he (along with Keith Jarrett) has honorably spared me the tediousness of having to manually enter and edit complicated metadata tags often associated with pianists or classical music in general (I realize this is a very first-world problem), and secondly, because seeing him perform in concert never fails to be a breathtaking experience. Literally, Frahm has ensured the dropping down of jars from the ceiling mid-concert in order to steal our breath. The ultimate motive remains a mystery, but compliance is a worthwhile trade-off for watching the man do his thing, seemingly without effort.

Not quite as dastardly as stealing our breath, Frahm has been doing something else during these concerts, and over the course of two years: gathering potential pieces to include on his next album Spaces, set for release November 19 on Erased Tapes. Described by a press release as an “ode to the joy of live performance,” but straying from the convention of a traditional live album, Spaces was recorded in multiple locations and using different mediums, including old portable reel-to-reel recorders and cassette tape decks. A conscious decision to include takes that have people coughing (and other such show behavior) was not done out of a special appreciation for auditory phlegm, but for the purposes of capturing the whole experience and putting it to record.

A word from the Berliner himself on the subject:

What I love most about playing in front of people has something to do with a certain kind of energy exchange. The attention and appreciation of my audience feeds back into my playing. It really seems as if there is a true and equal give and take between performer and listener, making me aware of how much I depend on my audience. And since the audience is different every night, the music being played will differ too. Every space I performed in has its own magic and spirit.

Spaces tracklisting:

01. An Aborted Beginning
02. Says
03. Said And Done
04. Went Missing
05. Familiar
06. Improvisation for Piano, Laughs, Coughs and a Cell Phone
07. Hammers
08. For-Peter-Toilet Brushes-More
9. Over There, It’s Raining
10. Unter-Tristana-Ambre
11. Ross’s Harmonium

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[Photo: Tracy Morter]

Brian DeGraw from Gang Gang Dance announces new solo album as bEEdEEgEE, which I already hate typing out!

Ahh, where you been at, Brooklyn art-noise-cum-top-40 scene? Feels like it’s been a while, doesn’t it? Especially if you work around here, where we generally pick up what bands like Gang Gang Dance have been puttin’ down in recent years. And now that everyone’s gotten a little more comfortable with their erstwhile secretive opinions that Animal Collective kinda sucks, it’s starting to seem more important than ever that we hear from those dudes from time to time.

So lookout, motherfuckers; here comes lead Gang Gang Dancer Brian DeGraw as an official “solo artist” to keep the dream alive. Yup, he recently announced that he’ll be releasing his debut solo album, SUM/ONE, under the name bEEdEEgEE on the 4AD label. Written and recorded “over the course of a year in his Woodstock studio, the W0RMB1N” and employing a few notable guest stars like Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Lovefoxxx (CSS), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), and Douglas Armour, I’ve been assured that the thing will be just chock-full of the “deep synth soundscapes” and “audacious pop moments” that we’ve all been missing in our pathetically un-art-damaged lives. What a relief! I’ve felt so goddamn sane and un-fucked-up for so long that I can’t even tell you…

Anyway, the record is set for release (on CD, vinyl, and digital) on December 3, after which good ol’ bEEdEEgEE (see, rolls off the tongue already, right?) will be making his live debut supporting none-other-than Animal Collective when they trek out on North American tour this winter. Who knows, he might even get to do a few headlining sets if everyone in Animal Collective gets sick again! :( Either way, check out the first single down below. Then be sure to share it on the blogosphere, just in case this whole Brooklyn noise thing blows up again. You never know!

SUM/ONE tracklisting:

01. Helium Anchor
02. Like Rain Man (feat. Lizzi Bougatsos)
03. Empty Vases (feat. Douglas Armour)
04. Overlook
05. (F.U.T.D) Time of Waste (feat. Alexis Taylor and Lovefoxxx)
06. Bricks
07. Flowers (feat. Lovefoxxx)
08. (intellectual property)
09. Quantum Poet Riddim


11.30.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
12.01.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
12.02.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre *
12.04.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall *
12.05.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater *
12.06.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
12.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works *

* Animal Collective

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Fis to release Preparations EP on Tri Angle, take seat at gorgeous Tri Angle dinner table with beautiful cornucopia

There are labels, and then there are families. Some musical artists sign to labels, but so what? All that means is they’re gonna put out your music. Guess that’s fine (for some people), but don’t you want more? Don’t you want a label that really cares? Merge isn’t going to bail you out from jail (NOTE: Merge is a wonderful label, but this is probably true). When you want a label, but what you really want is a family, there’s only one choice. That choice is Tri Angle.

Hence why New Zealand producer Fis is putting out his Preparations EP through the label on November 18. Since the EP will be his debut for the label, it’s also his entry into a beautiful family. They’ve already set out a place for him at the family table, the long one where they eat roast duck on holidays, the centerpiece a gorgeous cornucopia made by one of the label’s many children (probably Balam Acab). Preparations will be released in digital and limited-edition vinyl formats, because Tri Angle accepts any lifestyle you choose for yourself.

Listen to Preparations track “DMT Usher” below via the label’s SoundCloud. Once you’ve done that, please pen Tri Angle a letter. They miss you.

Preparations tracklist:

01. Magister Nunns
02. DMT Usher
03. Mildew Swoosh
04. CE Visions

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Current 93 plan new release for early next year; David Tibet says, “The apocalypse is actually going to happen this time, I swear”

Alright, no one freak out, but FACT is reporting that Current 93 have a new record coming out February 8 of next year. It’s called I Am the Last of all The Field That Fell a title which, yeah, I know, is kinda murdery in that special-plan-for-this-world-perfect-mind-thundering-David Tibet-y kind of way. Beyond the date and title, there’s not much detail on the album just yet. Trust me, I understand going into the apocalypse with information so scant can seem a little intimidating. I mean, I have a wife and kids at home too (and I actually told my wife I’d pick up some organic milk on the way home so I’m double screwed if we all get consumed by a spontaneous lava flow or whatever), but please try to remain calm.

Pay no mind to the hooded figure that just handed me a package. He’s just here to drop off my advance copy of the book of Tibet’s lyrics, Sing Omega, that’s also coming out on February 8 of next year. That’s right, review copy, bitches! Even in the apocalypse, being a part of the liberal media has its perks. I also got some advance tickets to the Current 93 performance on the day that’s also on February 8 at London’s Union Chapel. To be honest though, I’m probably going to throw them up on StubHub or something. I’ve heard from an anonymous source close to Satan himself that the whole apocalypse thing will be full speed ahead by then, and the Union Chapel will be at the bottom of a crater and filled up with beasts whose taste for human flesh cannot be slaked. A Current 93 concert at the bottom of a crater combined with the opportunity to use the word “slaked” in a sentence? Yes please! Attending that concert while beset by unearthly beasts on every side? Thank you very much, sir, but I think I’m busy that night.

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People on a budget finally permitted to hear the decay of a nation with new Disintegration Loops CD-only box set

In the decade-plus since their release, William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops have become the artistic embodiment of the grief and transformational furor felt in the wake of 9/11, a status which is both burdensome and gratifying for their creator. As Basinski told TMT last year when asked about his now ubiquitous association with the tragedy:

It’s such a mixed blessing. It… I wish I never had to talk about 9/11 again, you know? But, you can’t ever forget it, and everything changed that day, the world…

I do feel like it was such an honor that was given to me, at a time when I was completely broke and didn’t really know what would happen next. I felt like I was somehow being given this incredible task. With the Disintegration Loops there came a whole new level of meaning that up until that day wasn’t part of it. Filming the last hour of daylight that night and bouncing it to the computer next day, pairing it with “dlp 1.1,” it became an elegy, and over the next weeks and months, seeing everyone in New York falling into their own disintegration loops — fear, terror, very odd ways — it felt like it had to be an elegy of some kind.

Around the time of this interview, Basinski was promoting the box set reissue of The Disintegration Loops. This 9-LP/5-CD behemoth includes a live performance DVD as well as a 148-page book chronicling September 11, 2001’s waning daylight. While no doubt exhaustive, the set is also expensive: a number of copies are still available at Temporary Residence for $225 (prepare to fork over even more on Discogs.) Thankfully, for those in need of some post-9/11 reflection in this post-2008 economy, The Disintegration Loops is being reissued in box set form again with everything except the vinyl. While this may not sit well with audiophiles, the $80 price tag should make this exquisite set accessible to more people. Plus, a portion of the profits will go to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which will soon formally induct the loops into its collection. Preorder the set in anticipation of its November 12 release here.

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