Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Following in Prince’s footsteps, Mos Def has decided to change his name at the end of this year. Next time he runs into Ms. Fat Booty, he’ll introduce himself as Yasiin. We can’t help but wonder if his new Arabic namesake will deflate his chances at smashing it like an Idaho potato. Of course, if she’s a moneygrubber, and a wise one at that, she’ll realize his new name is just another way of saying “rich.”

And no, before you think his label head Mr. West got to his head, fret not. Mighty Mos will not act a fool if you run into him at a dinner party and mistakenly refer to him by his so-totally-90s-sounding hip-hop moniker. He’s just used to calling himself Yasiin, and with any luck you soon will be too.

Watch the short clip of Mos, er, Yasiin announcing the official change on MT’’s Sucker Free. As he says on Black on Both Sides, “a lot of things have changed, a lot of things have not.” Just make sure you add Yasiin Dante Smith Bey’s name switch to the ever-evolving list of changeovers, and commit this tidbit to memory for trivia games of the future.

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Autechre emerge from Richard D. James’ converted bank vault/bachelor pad to re-release obscure EPs in a (theoretically) ridiculously expensive format

In their ongoing mission to forever turn listeners’ brains to shit (I mean that in the best way possible), the mindfuck electronic duo Autechre is releasing their two collaborative EPs with The Hafler Trio together in a package titled ah3eo & ha3oe (has a nice ring to it, eh?). The double DVD release features four hours of experimental material recorded in 5.1 surround sound, in both Dolby Digital and DTS. According to a press release, in order to experience the music as intended you will need a 5.1 surround amplifier and speaker setup (a DTS ready system if you wish for the best quality experience), a DVD player capable of playing PAL-format video (or capable of converting PAL to NTSC format), a nuclear fusion reactor, the Staff of Ra, Dilithium crystals, and 100 sacrificial lambs offered to the god of fire Xiuhtecuhtli. A television or video monitor is recommended, but optional.

The release will be issued as a limited edition of only 1000 copies by Die Stadt and Simply Superior on September 29. Finally, a Zaireeka for the exclusively wealthy (eat your heart out Wayne Coyne)!

ah3eo & ha3oe tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. “ah3eo” (Region: 0 Duration: 120 minutes Media: Replicated Dual Layer DVD-Video
Soundtracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 2.0 Video Resolution:
720×576 (PAL)

Disc Two:

01. “ha3oe” (Region: 0 Duration: 120 minutes Media: Replicated Single Layer
DVD-Video Soundtracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Video Resolution:
720×576 (PAL)

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Stooges postpone tour due to Iggy Pop foot injury, forever proving that he can feel pain

We’re all going to get old and die. Think about that for a while. Savor its bitter flavor and let it dance upon your palette. One day you’re rolling around in peanut butter and cutting yourself on stage, the next you’re knocking on death’s door. And you might hope that death isn’t home, but he’s probably going to be. He’s going to open that door and hand you a big palmful of doom, like the most terrifying Halloween participant of all time. Don’t try to resist it, because you can’t even stop yourself. It’s like the sweetest candy, except it is truly the most bitter. Huh? Bwuh? What were we talking about again? Halloween?

Back on track: everybody gets old, including Iggy Pop. While Pop may have once fought through a Stooges show with a beartrap on one leg and three bullets in the other, those days are gone. Last month, he broke two of the bones in his foot during a concert in Romania. As such, he will need to rest for six to eight weeks and will be unable to perform at The Stooges’ upcoming West Coast dates.

In related Stooges medical news, drummer Scott Asheton has also had a difficult time of it recently. Though his ailment has not been specified, Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone that the drummer had to be rushed to the hospital after the band’s appearance at Hellfest in France this past summer. Pop said that had proper medical attention not been sought, his bandmate would have died. Currently, Asheton is recovering in Florida, but he plans to rejoin the band next year. Until then, Larry Mullins will serve as his temporary replacement. Also, manning the saxophone will be the dark specter of death, his bony hands playing the most ripping sax runs that you have ever heard.

Canceled Stooges dates:

09.10.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
09.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
09.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

Dates will be rescheduled in the near future.

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Gang Gang Dance to re-embark on tour, not shun the West Coast

An inconsistent qualitative musical output can be one of the most frustrating things when deciding whether or not to see a band live. Should I go ahead and check out such-and-such band at so-and-so venue, even though their last album totally blew chunks, or if, aside from one spectacular album, the rest of their discography is the very definition of mediocrity? Fans of Gang Gang Dance, for the most part, don’t have this problem. Each of the band’s three LPs since 2005 has been warmly received by both fans and critics alike, who appreciate… I don’t know, new age experimentation mixed with a mild danceability? At the very least, it’s pretty enjoyable.

Still fresh off of the release of Eye Contact (TMT Review) back in May, Gang Gang Dance will be continuing a tour this month that essentially began in May, when they traveled through Europe and then through the Northeast and the Midwest in July. This tour, if you’re dead set on separating it from their most recent, will be focused primarily west of the Mississippi. No second thoughts here.


09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.28.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.30.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Theatre Fru Fru
10.01.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.03.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.05.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.08.11 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets
10.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Cultural Collide Festival
10.10.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
10.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.14.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.15.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.19.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
10.21.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

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RTX tour the West Coast with Ty Segall, Kurt Vile, Heavy Cream, and bitchin’ hair

RTX, a.k.a. post-Royal Trux Jennifer Herrema + band + gnarly, bangs-down-to-there surfer shag, are hitting the road for the month of September with a slew of dates up and down the West Coast. The tour features support from the nattily-kempt ‘dos of the ladies and gentleman in Nashville’s Heavy Cream and includes dates with blond moppet Ty Segall and Kurt Vile’s sensual brunette mane.

Long, lustrous nights of old-school garage-punk rocking will leave your own follicles smelling like smoke, sweat, and good memories. Lather, rinse, repeat. Or don’t. Whatever, man!

In other news, Drag City has announced a new RTX album slated to drop in early 2012. Siiiiiiick.

09.06.11 - Olympia, WA - The Brotherhood *
09.07.11 - Vancouver, ON - Logan’s Pub *
09.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse *
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *#
09.12.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish *#
09.13.11 - Fullerton, CA - Continental *
09.14.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Freak City *
09.15.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar *
09.22.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *$

* Heavy Cream
# Ty Segall
$ Kurt Vile

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[Photo: Mike Piscitelli]

Los Campesinos! announce? new: album…

No one can seem to talk about Los Campesinos! without rambling about the effect of their exclamation point. Twee! Glee! Jubilee! OMG!

But wait — what if Los Campesinos! had chosen to punctuate their name differently? Los Campesinos? might be an avant-garde minimalist group that employs solely sitars and kazoos. Perhaps Los Campesinos; would be some sort of orchestral folk outfit, a 19-piece group that records all their songs in the forest. And possibly Los Campesinos/ would somehow manage to fuse psychedelic metal, dubstep, and reggae. Who knows?

The title of the exclamation-pointed band’s fourth LP Hello Sadness — an album that documents the frustration and confusion of a failing relationship — seems to send the band into emotional territory usually only found in the land of the comma, maybe even the darker ellipsis. You know… the land of lo-fi electro-emo and acoustic shoegaze. Somehow, however, Los Campesinos! manage to keep it quick and rollicking while remaining complex and honest — indie pop definitely worthy of an exclamation point.

So! Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness! Arts&Crafts! November 15!


01. By Your Hand
02. Songs About Your Girlfriend
03. Hello Sadness
04. Life Is a Long Time
05. Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
06. Hate for the Island
07. The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
08. To Tundra
09. Baby I Got the Death Rattle
10. Light Leaves, Dark Sees pt. II

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