Nadja team up with Jesus Lizard drummer for magical new record

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Nadja’s Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff are the sort of people who drip gold dust, wishes, and batwings wherever they go. The road before them is paved with pixie dust and glitter, and the sun gives them a thumbs up each morning when they wake up. They’re just that cool. They’re that kind of people. COOL PEOPLE. The Berlin-based Toronto expats make beautiful, droning music together, but on their latest, Dagdrøm (or “daydream” to our non-elf, non-Danish speaking friends), they go full on Big Black/Jesus Lizard.

Which only stands to reason, since the intrepid duo put their drum machine to bed on this one and got Jesus Lizard drummer Mac McNeilly to pound the skins. Baker, it turns out, had toured with Jesus Lizard bass player David Simms a few years ago, got McNeilly’s email from him, and asked if he’d like to play drums on Nadja’s new record. And the rest, as they say, is history. Magical history. Nadja has released records on Alien8, Hydrahead, Southern Records, Robotic Empire, and their own Broken Spine Productions. They’re releasing this one through Ba Da Bing! and Broken Spine come October 30.

Dagdrøm tracklisting:

01. One Sense Alone
02. Falling Out of Your Head
03. Dagdrøm
04. Space Time & Absence

• Broken Spine: http://brokenspineprods.wordpress.com
• Ba Da Bing!: http://www.badabingrecords.com

Spotify hemorrhaging money, possibly boned

Last week wasn’t a good one for Spotify.

Amid announcements that the streaming music service is teaming with Samsung to bring its particular brand of legal streams to TVs and DVD Blu-Ray™ players throughout Europe, CNET is reporting that, regardless of their 151% jump in revenue compared to 2010, the company is operating a major loss. CNET quotes PrivCo, an organization that essentially mines data on private companies’ financial statuses, declaring Spotify “unsustainable” and confirms the numbers with a Spotify spokesperson.

It seems that, as Spotify grows, it is paying out more in royalties than any amount of advertising revenue or premium memberships can compensate for. Overall, net income dropped from -$37,555,868 to -$59,136,294. While these numbers look pretty dismal, as long as Spotify’s private investors keep ponying up the cash (Coca-Cola are in investment talks too), you can still watch your friends play the same four Ke$ha songs over and over at 4 AM via your Facebook feed.

• Spotify: http://www.spotify.com
• Ke$ha: http://www.keshasparty.com

The Beatles’ penises nigh unrecognizable after Museum of Liverpool defacement

If you’re male, ponder the importance of your penis for a moment. If you’re female, imagine you have a penis and consider its importance, as well as the details of its appearance. Few appendages are as treasured and few moments as welcome as when another person takes the time to appreciate your penis through touch. So, oblige me for a second and imagine someone’s hand slowly gliding down your abdomen, towards that venerable shaft and scrotal region. Suddenly… SMASH! SMASH! SMASH! SMASH! Your penis has been flattened like Play-Doh by that ambiguous hand! Oh god!

That actually happened, albeit the penises in question weren’t actual ones, but models created by painter Jonathan Gent for a piece entitled “The Beatles in America.” That’s right — the original work depicted each member of The Beatles’ penises. According to Click Liverpool, “The Beatles in America” was defaced last week by a group of visitors to the Museum of Liverpool, who pressed the soft oil into the canvas, thereby sparking uncertainty as to whether the painting can still impregnate be auctioned and/or displayed.

A spokesperson for the museum explains, “The damage is all the more regrettable because along with other works in the exhibition the painting is due to be auctioned to raise funds for children’s charity Claire House.” How unfortu— wait, what?! A painting of penises meant to raise funds for a children’s charity? Well, I guess they don’t look like penises at first glance — more like smeared cake frosting. I hope nobody misled the children into thinking that they can lick it.

Check out this short film if you, for some reason, want to learn a bit more about the painting. In particular, note how one of the final shots is of paint slowly spilling out of a tube. Something tells me Gent has spilled his paint to more than a few Beatles photos…

L-R (top) Paul, George; L-R (bottom) Ringo, John

• Jonathan Gent: http://www.jonathangent.com
• Museum of Liverpool: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

Ulrich Schnauss to release first new album in six sad, blip-bloop-less years

After a six-year absence from the New Releases shelf at your local record store, German shoegaze/electronica maestro Ulrich Schnauss is back with a new album called A Long Way to Fall. Due for a mysteeeeerious early 2013 release, Schnauss’ latest will come out via Domino in the US and through his own Scripted Realities label in the rest of the world. On his fourth album, the My Bloody Valentine-lovin’ bleep-blip-blopper is all about the synthesizer. According to Schnauss: “While I had spent a couple of years mainly listening to songwriting based music (a lot of ‘indie’/band-type stuff), I was now rediscovering my love for electronic music based on more open structures. This provided the main inspiration of trying to record an album that would celebrate the synthesizer as the very capable musical instrument that it is, but without the need to disguise it behind a wall of echo and reverb.”

That’s right, Ulrich! Say it loud! We’re synthesizer lovers and proud! But the album isn’t just about synths and shoegaze and blip bloop blops. No! It’s also about art. And not just musical art. For Schnauss’ latest, the London-based photographers/visual artists Nat Urazmetova and Anastasija Nikitina have crafted visual works to go along with the tracks “A Ritual in Time and Death” and “I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance.” The latter track is also coming out as a single, with remixes by Tycho and ASC. As Missy Elliot once said, “Come, get your art on.”

A Long Way to Fall tracklisting:

01. Her And The Sea
02. Broken Homes
03. Like A Ghost In Your Own Life
04. A Long Way To Fall
05. I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
06. A Forgotten Birthday
07. The Weight Of Darkening Skies
08. Borrowed Time
09. Ten Years
10. A Ritual In Time And Death

• Ulrich Schnauss: http://www.ulrich-schnauss.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

William Basinski to release new album Nocturnes, hopefully before year is out

In an interview conducted by TMT earlier this week, composer and ambient legend William Basinski revealed the title and details for his next album release. Entitled Nocturnes, the disc will include two pieces, one culled deep from his Tupperware archives and the other a more recent composition. The young post-grad Basinski of the late San Fran 1970s here provides a “very trippy” prepared piano and tape loop piece, built in part upon an experiment with graphic notation. Meanwhile, Basinski the elder L.A. gun (and Williamsburg veteran) contributes a drone, loop, and feedback piece of a two- or three-year vintage, freshly revised after having originally been employed in Robert Wilson’s recent opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramović (for which decade-plus Basinski bud Antony Hegarty also spun some tunes).

There is no firm release date yet in place, but as Basinski finalizes the artwork, he hopes to have it out on his own 2062 label sometime before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Temporary Residence Ltd. is set to release on November 11 a stately 9-LP x 5-CD x 1-DVD x 144-page hardcover box set version of Disintegration Loops (our #10 favorite release from 2000-2009). You can pre-order it here. And watch for TMT’s full interview with Basinski next week!

• William Basinski: http://www.mmlxii.com
• Temporary Residence: http://temporaryresidence.com

[Photo: Seth Tisue]

Cat Power announces European tourdates, purchase of new scratching pole

As you are surely aware, indie-folk mainstay Cat Power returned this year after a lengthy absence. She returned with a new record on Matador, Sun (TMT Review), that wasn’t quite indie-folk, but also wasn’t quite not indie-folk. Do you dig? I understand if you do not dig. What I am getting at, is Cat Power has re-appeared in the world of modern music.

When you re-appear in the world of modern music, it’s generally accepted that you’ll do some touring. Just seems right. With all the confident acceptance of a strong handshake, Cat Power is doing some touring this fall. Particularly, she is going to Europe and the UK, the latter of which she has not set a foot on for four years. At least, she has not set a foot there with intent of playing music. There always exists the possibility that Cat Power took a trip to go see Big Ben or something. Now, imagine a picture of Cat Power standing in front of Big Ben, grinning ridiculously. It’s a good picture.

Cat Power dates:

11.26.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.28.12 - Koln, Germany - E-werk
11.29.12 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
12.01.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
12.02.12 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
12.03.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
12.04.12 - Bolgona, Italy - Estragon
12.06.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
12.10.12 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
12.12.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
12.14.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club

• Cat Power: http://www.catpowermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

  

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