Top 8 venues on My Bloody Valentine’s upcoming North American tour (+ photo gallery)

Top 8 venues on My Bloody Valentine's upcoming North American tour (+ photo gallery)

#8 Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Chicago, IL)
The Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed by renowned African American municipal architect Clarence W. Wigington, it was built in 1932 as the St. Paul Auditorium, and was renamed for Roy Wilkins in 1985. It is located next door to the Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#7 Aragon Ballroom (Chicago, IL)
The Aragon Ballroom is a ballroom in Chicago, Illinois. It is located on West Lawrence Avenue, Approx. five miles (8 km) north of downtown, in the Uptown neighborhood. Construction was completed in 1926. The Aragon was designed in the Moorish architectural style, with the interior resembling a Spanish village. Named for an autonomous community of Spain, the Aragon was an immediate success and remained a popular Chicago attraction throughout the 1940s. The Aragon’s proximity to the Chicago ‘L’ (elevated railway) train provided patrons with easy access, and often crowds in excess of 18,000 would attend during each six-day business week. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#6 The Kool Haus (Toronto, ON)
The Guvernment is the name of a nightclub complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1996, it was incarnated from the former RPM nightclub, which closed its doors after several years at the same location. The Kool Haus is often used as a venue for concerts and live performances. Recent events have included Gov’t Mule, My Chemical Romance, Switchfoot, Paper Route, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Paramore, Nas, Pink, Katy Perry, Lepa Brena, Rancid, NOFX, The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, Far East Movement, Wolfmother, Kings of Leon, Kesha, Joss Stone and Slash, among others (like Fatboy Slim, when the club started as The Warehouse). It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#5 Metropolis (Montreal, QC)
Métropolis is a performing arts centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Métropolis club is located in the central part of the city’s downtown, on Sainte-Catherine Street between St-Dominique, and De Bullion Streets, in an area now known as the Quartier des Spectacles. The hall plays primarily to rock music groups. Accommodating up to 2,350 people per concert, the Métropolis club has been listed as one of the world’s 100 best rock concert venues. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#4. House of Blues (Boston, MA)
House of Blues is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues first location was in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. It was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#3 Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA)
The Electric Factory is a concert venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original “Electric Factory” venue was a converted tire warehouse at 22nd and Arch Streets, which opened in 1968, and was originally called the “Electric Factory and Flea Market.” A few doors down on the north side of Arch Street, between 21st and 22nd streets, was the first concert venue in that area, independent of the Electric Factory, a place called the “Trauma.” It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#2 Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
The Hammerstein Ballroom is a two-tiered, 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios at 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan in New York City. It is known for its elegant appearance and excellent acoustic design[citation needed]. The capacity of the ballroom is dependent on the configuration of the room; it seats 2,500 people for theatrical productions and musical performances, and several thousand for events held within a central ring. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#1 Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
With his legacy on the line, President Barack Obama will embark Monday on a full-out public relations offensive to try and persuade Congress and the American public to support military strikes against Syria. His challenges include convincing skeptical lawmakers to approve limited bombing strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad for alleged chemical weapons attacks against his own people and rallying a war-weary American public to back yet another military action in the Middle East. The president will deliver a rare prime-time address on Tuesday evening, where he’ll lay out his case for war. Before that, he’ll sit for interviews with every major television network, an unusual use of the bully pulpit by Obama that underscores the high political stakes for the president.

Photo Gallery:


11.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
11.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
11.05.13 - Toronto, ON - The Kool Haus
11.06.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.07.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11.11.13 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11.12.13 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

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[Top image: Chris Reed]

Indian Jewelry to play European dates, put on crappy looking mustaches to play European dates as Coxcombs

There’s being a person, and then there’s being a person with a crappy fake mustache and glasses on. The latter is also known as being a completely different person. It’s a trick used by the sneaky throughout history. Napoleon Bonaparte used it to live a new life as Panoleon Ponabarte (a weak pseudonym, yet effective) and Amelia Earhart used it to change her identity to Gene Shalit (I knew it!). If there will ever be a time in which man cannot be tricked by a cheap mustache and glasses, it is still in the distant, distant future. On a seemingly unrelated note, Houston’s Indian Jewelry are going on tour in Europe this fall. They’ll be jet-setting throughout October, now are you properly distracted?

Haha! While you were busy paying attention to that information about Indian Jewelry, that very same band put on some fake mustaches and glasses. Now you’ll never know who they are, you dummy. That said, let me introduce the idea that they might just be their own side project, Coxcombs. During Indian Jewelry’s aforementioned European tour, they’ll take a couple chances to play shows as Coxcombs. To locate those dates, either look below or keep an eye out for people wearing mustaches and glasses. No Fu Manchus, though. That’s not them. That’s just some guy with a Fu Manchu.

Indian Jewelry dates:

10.01.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Madame Moustache
10.03.13 - Tournai, Belgium - Water Moulin
10.04.13 - Rotterdam, Holland - Worm
10.05.13 - London, UK - Reverb Conspiracy Launch Party @ Shacklewell Arms *
10.06.13 - London, UK - Reverb Conspiracy Launch Party @ Shacklewell Arms
10.08.13 - Paris, France - Actionnaire #1 (Collectif Mu)
10.09.13 - Rennes, France - Sympatic Bar
10.10.13 - Bordeaux, France - Bootleg
10.11.13 - Madrid, Spain - Villa Manuella Festival
10.12.13 - Ovideo, Spain - Calleja Ciega
10.13.13 - Vitoria, Spain - Ibu Hots
10.15.13 - Lyon, France - Sonic
10.16.13 - Genova, Italy - Garage 1517
10.17.13 - Roma, Italy - Muzak
10.18.13 - Faenza, Italy - Clandestino
10.19.13 - Zagreb, Croatia - Klub Mocvara
10.20.13 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
10.21.13 - Wolow, Poland - Stary Gramofon
10.22.13 - Berlin, Germany - 8mm Night @ Bassy
10.23.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
10.24.13 - Copenhagen, Denmakr - 5e *
10.25.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni
10.26.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fritz’s Corner

* performing as Coxcombs

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Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe, and Butchy Fuego celebrate impassioned knob-fiddling as The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group; 2xLP out this month on Drag City

Adamant as you may be of your secularism now, you’ve probably pondered the intricacies of your personalized Heaven at some point, either innocently as a child, or depressingly as an adult realizing a likelihood — that upon death, the only bright lights in your presence will the be ones shining over you at the morgue, and you won’t see them. So on that tremendous downer of a note, it’s still sort of fun to think about! Assuming you can get past the philosophical conundrums of whether you’d actually want to “live” in a place where you’re eternally happy, or if that’s even an accurate depiction of Heaven, or if abstract things like a bed of boobs are possible in that metaphysical world.

Let’s stick to the world we know for now. Per Wikipedia, WORM in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is a “non-profit foundation and multimedia alternative cultural centre” that may double as a utopia for synth enthusiasts. Making proper use of the institution’s apparently “incredible” collection during their residency, Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw), M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe, and Boredoms’ Butchy Fuego summoned both a new album and a new moniker for their collective; The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group will release their self-titled 2xLP on September 17 via Drag City.

If you’ve examined the credits and activities related to Icon Give Thank (TMT Review), you’d know that this isn’t their first collaborative rodeo. The names “Sun Araw” and “M. Geddes Gengras” both obviously garnished the header for that album, while Tony Lowe spearheaded the bundled film, and Butchy Fuego handled some of the mixing duties. And as far as CSMG goes, it’s a celebration indeed, judging by the clips and the opening track below. I’m feeling hungover already.

The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group tracklisting:

01. Warung Mini
02. 4P4C Slack
03. Millions of Decaliters
04. Worm = Spice
05. PIM
06. “Worm Sign” C M S G Suite
07. Glassed Masses
08. Hazeman
09. Haze March / Exotic Food

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Arc Light Editions plans vinyl reissue of Arthur Russell’s Another Thought

I don’t know if it’s my incompetence or the limits placed on me by TMT’s content management system, but I just spent almost three hours trying to get the Space Jam theme song to auto-play every time this news post loads, to no avail. Which, I mean, I’ll readily admit is probably way too much time. But look, I have a commitment to excellence for all my posts, especially those about musical geniuses like Arthur Russell, whose albums are getting released on vinyl for the time ever, and the Space Jam soundtrack was an integral part of my vision (you gotta get pumped up somehow!).

So the original concept involved Michael Jordan telling you all of this, but apparently he’s busy filming a commercial for fitted underpants, so here goes: Arthur Russell’s excellent 1994 release Another Thought, an album that has never before been available on vinyl, is coming out on double LP October 14 from Arc Light Editions in the UK. It’s the first release for Arc Light, which is a collaboration between curator Jennifer Lucy Allan (an editor at The Wire) and Multiverse Music.

Another Thought consists of tracks recorded between 1982 and 1990 selected by Mike Rouse and produced by Don Christiensen for Point Music. Because Russell’s boundless onward rush of creativity often had him working on several things all at once (sometimes never quite finishing anything in particular), many of these tracks are works in progress. (In fact, the guy worked so hard on so many different things that we’re still, over 20 years since his death, occasionally hearing as-yet unheard and unreleased recordings of his.) Another Thought, of course, is not just any loosely thrown together odds and ends collection. The album holds together as a cohesive whole just as well as anything in Russell’s catalog.

Another Thought features contributions from a whole bunch of Russell’s musical connections, including Peter Zummo (whose own Zummo with an X featured Russell on cello and was recently released by Optimo Music), vocals from Julius Eastman and Elodie Lauten, and percussion from Mustafa Ahmed. The reissue features new artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan herself, and it’s complete with a minimalist nod to Russell’s newspaper hat on the original. As for Arc Light itself, the label says this release is in line with its goal to “make available on vinyl some releases which have been out of print for too long, are extortionately priced second had, or which have never been graced with a vinyl release.” Pretty cool mission statement, y’all. B-t-dubs, if you’re looking for any ideas for projects down the line, hit me up, because I have definitely got a few (*cough* Space Jam Soundtrack *cough*).

In all seriousness, though, Michael Jordan and I both agree that this reissue is pretty sweet, and you should probably pre-order it if you’re at all interested in maintaining your cred.

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ATP announces Shellac and The Dismemberment Plan for final End of An Era Festival

Now that ATP has declared an end to their famous (or infamous) UK holiday camp festivals, a giant gaping maw of sadness lies in wait to consume us all in its watery saliva of nostalgia. And yearning. And pain. And did I say sadness? Whatever, say it 15 more times. So, as the ATP End of An Era festival weekends draw near, a select group of musically inclined individuals will be on hand to dispense hankies, hugs, and possible life alternatives to those going through the grieving process. Although End of Era weekend 1 is sold out, weekend 2 has recently announced a sparkling lineup of bands to help the fest go out with a bang. And a hug.

Shellac, people. They curated one of the first ATP festivals more than 10 years ago, returned again in 2012 to celebrate their 20th band anniversary, and now they’re back to reprise their role as the ATP “house band,” a nickname resulting from the band and the fest’s long and storied relationship together. Other new announcements include a rare UK performance from The Dismemberment Plan, The Magic Band, no wave legends Ut, a solo performance from the Dirty Three’s Mick Turner, and France’s Les Colettes. Also appearing will be co-headliners Slint and Mogwai, plus The Pop Group, Goat, Superchunk, Fennesz, Comets On Fire, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (performing the music of Neu! & Harmonia), Om, Ty Segall, Edan (DJ Set), Il Sogno Del Marinaio featuring Mike Watt, 23 Skidoo, Dirty Beaches, Balam Acab, Tall Firs, Wolf People, Thought Forms, New War, Dawn Hunger, White Fence, Eaux, Civil Civic, Follakzoid, Kandodo, Hookworms, The KVB and DJ Jonathan Toubin.

Weekend 2 runs from November 29-December 1 and is curated by ATP and Loop. Tickets are available online.

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Perfume announce Level 3 tracklist, share “1mm,” tour dates presumably to follow

Japanese pop powerhouse Perfume have just announced that their fourth album, Level 3, will be out October 2 — and that is good news. Unbeknownst to most of the western world, producer-writer-mastermind Yasutaka Nakata has been making some of the best electro-pop around since all the drugs and AC/DC affinities caught up with the Ed Banger crew. Judging from what we’ve already heard of the tracklist (see below), “だいじょばない” and “Spending All My Time” will demonstrate as much. “Point” even manages to incorporate a jungle-ferocious breakbeat into pop elegance à la Cornelius. Coincidence?

Probably! This announcement is accompanied by a “short version” music video of album track “1mm,” which is a Francophile electro barnstormer notably weirded the heck up by something between a synth and an autotuned vocal playing a Middle Eastern scale. Check it below, along with the Level 3 tracklist.

Level 3 tracklist:

01. Enter the Sphere
02. Spring of Life (Album-mix)
03. Magic of Love (Album-mix)
04. Clockwork
05. 1mm
06. 未来のミュージアム (Mirai no Museum)
07. Party Maker
08. ふりかえるといるよ (Furikaeru to iru yo)
09. ポイント (Point)
10. だいじょばない (Daijobanai)
11. Handy Man
12. Sleeping Beauty
13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)
14. Dream Land

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