Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds announce new album just in time for Australian Christmas! (which happens in February)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds announce new album just in time for Australian Christmas! (which happens in February)

Yeah, yeah, we all know that the perverted old Grinderman is dead. But don’t offer your condolences. Nick Cave is too proud! Besides, he’s doing just fine without the functional use of his id, thank you very much! As a matter of fact, as Pitchfork reports, he and his band The Bad Seeds are set to release Push the Sky Away (their 15th studio album!) next February. “Yeah, but,” I can hear you saying to yourself, “just how sleazy is the follow-up to 2008’s sex-and-drug-addled sleaze-fest Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (TMT Review) gonna be without the influence of Grinderman?” Well, reader, I don’t know. But the new one depicts a clean-shaven and sharply dressed Cave hanging out with a tastefully nude woman in a corridor bathed in mysterious light on its cover. So I’m kinda thinking that this one is just going to be a, um, mellower kind of sleazy?

Either way, we’ll all find out together whether this new album is worthy of soundtracking ritualistic masturbation when it’s released on Feburary 18 (in the UK) and 19 (in the US). Pre-orders are up now at the band’s webpage, and the first single, “We No Who U R” will be available on December 3. In the meantime, you’ll have to content yourself with the tracklisting and album trailer below, in which Cave and his band members almost do things in a studio for about four minutes. He does say something about eating a Pygmy towards the end though, so… there’s still plenty of hope for depravity!

Push the Sky Away tracklisting:

01. We No Who U R
02. Wide Lovely Eyes
03. Water’s Edge
04. Jubilee Street
05. Mermaids
06. We Real Cool
07. Finishing Jubilee Street
08. Higgs Boson Blues
09. Push the Sky Away

• Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds:

Was Andrew W.K. just named a Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East by the U.S. State Department, or am I really high on Pine-Sol? (Update: I am really high on Pine-Sol)

Yup, turns out it was all just a dream, America; a beautiful, post-party, clothes-still-on, loveseat-too-small, fucked up tequilla-dream. According to Exclaim!, Andrew W.K. will NO LONGER be a U.S. Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East. I know what you’re thinking right now, and I totally agree: this is the single worst decision that our country has ever made.

In case you’re wondering what the fuck I’m even talking about, here’s a recap. Yesterday, Pitchfork and some other less pitchfork-y sources reported that the U.S. State Department (and yes, I checked into this, and “U.S.” definitely stands for “United States of America”) had invited Andrew W.K. to be a cultural ambassador to the Middle East. According to a now very awkward and depressing post on his website, Andrew was operating under the (totally logical) assumption that he had been “invited by the State Department to travel to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain and share his music and partying with the people there.” For “security reasons,” there were no other specific details, save for the fact that we do know that his excellent adventure and/or bogus journey was to begin this December and would surely have included plenty of bloody-nosed visits to “elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, music venues, and more, all while promoting partying and world peace.” (Again, not sending him on this mission sounds like the worst idea we’ve ever had).

Taking to his Twitter in response, Andrew pretty much summed it all up:

I’m just blown away. After a year of planning, the US State Dept. just canceled my Middle East trip because I’m too party.

Oh well. I guess it’ll fall to some other brave and wise ambassador to teach the leaders of the Middle East that “when you’re fightin’ you feel alright.”

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• U.S. Department of State:

Matthew Herbert’s Bodily Functions gets sexy prom queen reissue treatment

2001 was a year when many things happened. Wikipedia was created! A clone baby of a weird-lookin’ endangered bovine called a gaur was born! Um, some other stuff happened! (Trying to keep it light, okay? It’s the holidays.) But surely one of the most important events of all of 2001 was the release of Matthew Herbert’s seminal Bodily Functions LP, the album that made house music shake the party dust out of its eyes and start thinking about the future.

Now Herbert’s label, Accidental Records, is giving Bodily Functions a whole new snazzy look, swapping its glasses and bun for “no glasses” and sexy Gossip Girl hair a.k.a. the ol’ reissue treatment. Come December 17, the double CD reissue will worm its sexy way into the high school football captain’s heart with reworkings of classic Matthew Herbert tracks by Mr. Oizo, Matmos, Plaid, Jamie Lidell, DJ Koze, Perry Farrel, Dave Aju, and Richard Devine. Accidental will also release a limited 12-inch of new and old material from Bodily Functions, complete with remixes by DJ Koze and Dave Aju.

CD 1 tracklisting:

01. You’re Unknown to Me
02. It’s Only
03. Foreign Bodies
04. Suddenly
05. I Know
06. Leave Me Now
07. The Last Beat
08. You Saw It All
09. On Reflection
10. About This Time Each Day
11. Addiction
12. I Miss You
13. It’s Only a Reprise
14. The Audience

CD 2 tracklisting:

01. Back to the Start (Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix)
02. You Saw It All (DJ Koze Mix)
03. The Audience Vs Jamie Lidell And The Famous Szizlas
04. Foreign Bodies (Plaid Mix)
05. Leave Me Now (Recloose Mix)
06. Foreign Bodies (Dave Aju Mix)
07. Back to the Start (Herbert)
08. Suddenly (Phil Parnell’s Pianissimo Play Through)
09. Addiction (Nobukazu Takemura Mix
10. Leave Me Now (Richard Devine Mix)
11. The Audience (Matmos Shifted My Tongue)
12. Addiction (Perry Farrel Version)
13. It’s Only (DJ Koze Mix)

12-inch tracklisting:

A1. You Saw It All [DJ Koze Mix]
A2. Foreign Bodies [Dave Aju Mix]
B1. Back to the Start
B2. Back to the Start [Mr. Oizo ‘Non’ Mix]

• Matthew Herbert:
• Accidental:

Norton Records needs your help recovering from Sandy damage

Norton Records, self proclaimed home of the “Loud Sound,” needs your help. The label’s warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last month and they are still reeling from the damage. Everything from paperwork and master tapes to new product and backstock have been damaged or destroyed. Norton is looking for volunteers to help salvage what is left of their Red Hook warehouse and openly taking donations on their website. Information about donating and volunteering is available here.

Norton has been the home for over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll for nearly 30 years. They’ve reissued material from rock pioneers Jerry Lee Lewis and Link Wray, unearthed rare material from cult acts such as ? and the Mysterians and The Sonics, and have released new material from modern acts like King Khan and The Black Lips. Their 25th anniversary show last year included The Reigning Sound, Andre Williams, Real Kids, and Tandori Knights.

Norton is not the only label to suffer catastrophic losses from the hurricane. Modern classical label New Amsterdam, home to acts such as yMusic and Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond) was also flooded in Red Hook. They’ve reportedly lost over 70% of their stock and are also seeking donations and volunteers. Information about helping out New Amsterdam can be found here.

So if you’re in the greater New York metro area and have a few hours to kill, shoot either label an email and see what you can do to help.

• Norton Records:
• New Amsterdam Records:

Dan Friel announces blues album Total Folklore, assuming you define the blues as triumphant noise music

Quick, everybody! Who’s your favorite blues musician? Mine’s Dan Friel, the keyboard player of Brooklyn noise-rock band Parts & Labor. Perhaps you don’t define blues as pulverizing-but-melodic noise music, but, buddy, I do. Back in 2008, Friel put out a solo EP called Ghost Town (TMT Review), but remained fairly silent on the solo front since then. However, with Parts & Labor on break following last year’s Constant Future, Friel has returned to the world of solo material. Earlier this year, he put out the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP (TMT Review). On February 19, Thrill Jockey will put out his new full-length, Total Folklore. Prepare your blues face.

Listeners to Valedictorian/Exoskeleton have heard the Peaking Lights remix of Total Folklore’s opener “Ulysses.” Well, now hear it without those gross Peaking Lights folks all over it! (J/K LUV U PEAKING LIGHTS!) Listen to an edit of “Ulysses” at Thrill Jockey’s Soundcloud, then dream about the full version for the next two months. By the way, you’ll be surprised to hear it’s not a cover of the Franz Ferdinand single “Ulysses”? Remember that song? No? Really, no? Okay.

Total Folklore tracklist:

01. Ulysses
02. Windmills
03. Valedictorian
04. Intermission #1
05. Velocipede
06. Scavengers
07. Intermission #2
08. Thumper
09. Landslide
10. Intermission #3
11. Swarm
12. Badlands

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• Thrill Jockey:

Jar Moff releases Commercial Mouth LP on PAN, for all the echolocation/laser/hip-hop fans out there

Imagine: a world where magical underwater dolphins prank call each other and leave lengthy voicemails consisting of heavy breathing over lush Myst-like waterfall soundscapes, before diving into a super rowdy game of laser tag, and then finally attending a jazz show. Now this may not have been your fantasy at the beginning of the day, but now that you know it exists, why not? Why not make it your fantasy? Because it does exist, in the mind and tunes of Athens-based sound collage artist Jar Moff.

Come December 7, PAN will release Jar Moff’s debut LP Commercial Mouth as a digital album and an LP. This is the fella’s first full-length LP (sure, it’s only two tracks, but they’re LONG ones. That’s what matters, right?); he did a digital release for Leaving Records and a remix on the Harald Grosskopf Synthesist/Re-Synthesist LP last year. If you’ve ever listened to hip-hop records and thought, “what’s with the lack of laser swooshes and dolphin squeaking?” well then Jar Moff might just be your new best friend; check out the excerpt:

Commercial Mouth tracklisting:

01. Tziaitzomanasou
02. Commercial Mouth

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