Mogwai keep making new albums and touring like the good stouthearted, stifflipped [Scottish] lads they are

Mogwai keep making new albums and touring like the good stouthearted, stifflipped [Scottish] lads they are

Yup. It’s been almost 20 years now, but little old post-rockers Mogwai (you remember little old post-rockers Mogwai, don’t you?) are still out there bein’ little old post-rockin’ Mogwai. In fact, they’re touring this winter (behind a new album that I’m going to tell you more about in a few seconds). Isn’t that admirable? No? Well, I don’t care. To me it is.

Plus, either way, the fact is that this new album thing I was just talking about is actually their eighth studio album (which, yeah, means you’re old now). It’s titled Rave Tapes and will be raving its way over to you on CD, LP, and digital (the download kind) come this January 20 via Rock Action/Sub Pop! So… at least that’s something. Isn’t it? No?? Well, I don’t care. To me it is.

So, yeah. The thing’s got 10 tracks and follows up 2011’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (TMT Review) and was produced “by the band with returning associate Paul Savage (Mogwai’s Young Team, Delgados, Arab Strap)”, and you can check out the first track, “Remurdered,” for absolutely zero dollars, cents, pounds, or pence simply by clicking the little icon down below right before the tour schedule! Isn’t that just the best, most convenient thing ever? No??? Well… naw, actually, this time I agree with you. I’m probably not really going to listen to it right now either. And fuck, I’m the one doing the write-up!!

Rave Tapes tracklisting:

01. Heard About You Last Night
02. Simon Ferocious
03. Remurdered
04. Hexon Bogon
05. Repelish
06. Master Card
07. Deesh
08. Blues Hour
09. No Medecine For Regret
10. The Lord Is Out Of Control

Tour dates:

11.28.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
12.01.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of Era”
01.22.14 - Newcastle, UK - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
01.24.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.25.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.27.14 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
01.28.14 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall
01.30.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.02.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.03.14 - Paris, France - Olympia
02.04.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
02.05.14 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
02.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Temperdrome
03.23.14 - Gotherburgh, Sweden - Konserthuset
03.24.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
03.25.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Koncertsalen
03.26.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit
03.27.14 - Zurich, Germany - Volkshaus
03.29.14 - Nimes, Italy - Paloma
03.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
03.31.14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
04.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
04.02.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
04.03.14 - Lille, France - Aeronef

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Teengirl Fantasy announce Nun EP, ‘cause somebody had to make electronic music for those poor nuns out there eventually

Electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy is just one of those bands whose name accurately describes the music they make. Not necessarily in sound, mind you, but in the mission statement of all their releases. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but every Teengirl Fantasy record focuses on a common fantasy or dream for teenage girls. For instance, 2010 debut 7 AM explored the idea of being able to stay up until 7 AM, while last year’s Tracer covered tracing the phone calls of your greatest enemies. You know, teen girl stuff. Teengirl Fantasy’s newest EP, Nun, is coming out November 25 through This Is Music and covers the greatest teen girl fantasy of them all: committing yourself to god.

You teenage girls know how it is. Sitting in boring classes all day, every day, just wishing you could get out there, get shipped off to a convent to dedicate your entire being to godliness. Sadly, for many, this will never come to pass. They will simply have to listen to Teengirl Fantasy’s Nun EP. Now, while previous Teengirl Fantasy releases included samples and vocals from secular sources, this EP contains nothing of the sort. Only four tracks created by the hands of two of god’s loyal servants. Amen.

Teengirl Fantasy dates:

11.09.13 - Paris, France - Trox Aux Biches, La Java *
11.12.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios ^
11.22.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Body, Under Bron
11.23.13 - Berlin, Germany - Janus, Chester’s Club

* Telepath
^ James Ferraro

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RIP: Lou Reed

From Rolling Stone:

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”

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Ennio Morricone descends from heaven to play first-ever West Coast performances with 200-member orchestra

Long, long ago (1928) in a land far, far away (Italy) a giant glowing space egg crashed to Earth, leaving behind it a plume of wondrous rainbow-colored smoke that was seen for miles around. As it fell, diamonds and glitter gently descended from within the depths of the smoke cloud, blanketing the surrounding country with a thin layer of gold dust. Naturally, the government tried to hush things up, as described in The X-Files S4E15, a little seen episode whose broadcast was preempted for a reality show where a starving college football team stranded on a remote island tried to race a herd of angry chimps to see who could eat over 100 lbs of raw, uncooked plantains first. This amazing space rock was, of course, the spaceship that brought famed composer Ennio Morricone down to Earth from his home among the gods in Heaven.

And now the man who wrote the classic themes to Once Upon a Time in the West and Days of Heaven, among so many others, is cruising over to the US on another space egg known as an aeroplane. In 2014, Consequence of Sound reports that Morricone will make his West Coast live debut along with a 200-person orchestra (WHAT) at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on March 20. Then, on March 23, it’s over to Brooklyn for a performance at the Barclays Center. Tickets are on sale now for Earth people, angry chimps, starving college bros, and space demigods alike.

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Phill Niblock all set to Touch you with microtones over the course of two discs on October 29

You know those women’s magazine spreads that are like, “Sexy at Any Age!!!!!” or some nonsense, and it’s basically a photoshoot of how you can wear a blazer with like, a mesh top and no bra if you’re 20, a ruffly blouse if you’re 30, a simple tank if you’re 40, and like, a thin shield of metal armor if you’re 50? Well, New York-based minimalist composer and founder of Experimental Intermedia Phill Niblock is like, the role model, for Cool At Any Age!!!!! How many 80-year olds do you know who have worked with Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, inspired legions of avant-garde luminaries like Susan Stenger, Lois V. Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca, and who currently has a fifth album on the way from Touch? After all, like Aaliyah said, age ain’t nothing but a number.

And Niblock, a man who has been pushing the boundaries of music for several decades, is doing something a little different on Touch 5. Says the man himself:

In 1998, Petr Kotik asked me to make a piece for orchestra, so, I began to make scores for the musicians to play from… .These are the instructions for the scored piece on the second CD, ‘Two Lips.’ The score was prepared by Bob Gilmore, from specific directions by me: ‘Two Lips,’ aka ‘Nameless,’ is conceived as two scores, A and B, to be played simultaneously, lasting 23 minutes. Each score consists of 10 instrumental parts. The 20 separate parts should be distributed randomly amongst the musicians of the ensemble; the ‘A group’ and the ‘B group’ are not separated spatially. In each part, one note changes to the next in a graded sequence of microtonal steps… .The piece calls for very subtle gradations of tuning in order to achieve a richness of ensemble sound, full of beatings of near-unison pitches, and with clouds of overtones and difference tones.

Touch 5 gives you three different guitar quartets’ take on the piece: you get Zwerm (Belgium), Dither (New York), and an international assemblage of musicians, Coh Da (Ad Hoc spelled backwards…..!!!!). Listen to a sample, see the details, and buy it at the Touch Shop.

Touch 5 tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. FeedCorn Ear
02. A Cage of Stars

Disc 2:
01. Two Lips
02. Two Lips (Dither Guitar Quartet)
03. Two Lips (Coh Da Guitar Quartet)

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Upcoming 100% Silk documentary reportedly as shiny and smooth as the underpants you wear to the country club

When you’re hanging with rich white people at the country club or whatever and want your genitals to feel as pampered as weird sweaty royalty, you turn to 100% silk underpants. They’re the underpants you can trust. When you’re like, “Hey, I’m in the mood for some super sweet tunes to soundtrack me grinding up on these rich white people in my soft, shiny underpants,” you turn to the L.A.-based label 100% Silk, because it’s the label you can trust. With folks like Octo Octa, Maria Minerva, and Ital on the roster, both you and the rich white people you’re grinding up on are guaranteed to be grinning.

Well guess what? Now you have an excuse to open your eyes during all this grinding, because 100% Silk is about to enter the wide world of film. As XLR8R reports, the label, and in particular their 2012 European group tour, are slated to be the subjects of a film directed by Benjamin Shearn. It’s called Silk, which is about 100% shorter than what I would have predicted the title would be. In addition to following “the performances, cultural environments, and global scenes through which the troupe traveled” back in 2012, the film will make its artsiness absolutely clear by being intercut with dance sequences choreographed by performed by Mecca Vazie Andrews and the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. The sequences are designed to convey elements of the featured artists’ philosophies and approaches that apparently a regularly movie just wouldn’t carry. That does sound pretty artsy, and boy howdy do I love artsy things!

The film is set to debut next month in Denmark at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. If your mind is an actual sieve, you’re probably not sentient. If your mind is only a little bit like a sieve, though, I’ll remind you that Massacred for Gold, a film soundtracked by the smoothest and shiniest guy named Tim that I’m aware of, Tim Hecker, will debut at the same festival. Hooray for coincidences! While you try to think of other things you know about Denmark that don’t have to do with Hamlet so you don’t feel like a globally unaware jerk, you can watch the trailer for Silk below.

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