Nitzer Ebb release new album, tour after 15-year hiatus

Nitzer Ebb release new album, tour after 15-year hiatus

A lot can happen in 15 years. Children grow into young adults, a live action Garfield movie gets the green light, and the name Urkel loses all popularity in the world. And somewhere, off in Merry Olde England, an industrial/EBM giant of a band known as Nitzer Ebb returns from an epic, 15-year hiatus. Last week, the group released Industrial Complex, their first new album since 1995’s Big Hit. (After a European release earlier this year, it was previously only available here in the US as an import.) They’re currently gallivanting across the United States in support of said album, bringing joy and gloomy music to the people of America.

11.16.10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
11.18.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.23.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.24.10 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
11.26.10 - Houston, TX – Numbers

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Zs become the Guns N’ Roses of noise, prep New Slaves remix LP, tour with Arrington De Dionyso

New York’s Zs have always reminded me of a carnival in the way they deliver their somewhat-controlled musical mayhem. Like a scene from a Baz Luhrmann film, the result is madness on a grand scale, yet the execution maintains a sense of striking beauty. Take this, for example.

In tune with said carnival-like tendency, the band has gone and pulled the ol’ switcheroo with two-thirds of its crew, making tenor sax man Sam Hillmer the only remaining member from the old setup. The new group now consists of a quartet of musicians, with new members Charlie Looker on guitar, WFMU’s Brandon ‘Marty McSorley’ Perry on DJ and electronics, and none other than eternal percussion wunderkind Weasel Walter on the kit. Some of you might be saying to yourselves, “fuckin’ A, what happened to the bros who conjured up Music of the Modern White (TMT Review) and New Slaves (TMT Review)?” Well have no fear, youngins. According to the band’s website, this classic incarnation of the band is still able and willing to perform on demand, and they hope to be able to reproduce those albums live on a regular basis.

Capitalizing on this new shift in the band’s direction, Zs already have a new record in the works! Well, sorta. The quartet will be reinterpreting and remixing tracks from New Slaves for The Social Registry on the all-too-likely-titled New Slaves II: Essence Implosion!, which is also going to feature a fairly stellar list of guest producers — folks like Genesis P. Orridge, Jim Thirwell, Dutty Artz, and Gabe Andruzzi (The Rapture).

11.16.10 - Oakland, CA - The Shooting Range
11.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar
11.18.10 - Sacramento, CA - The Hub
11.19.10 - Irvine, CA - Acrobatics Everyday
11.20.10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell #
11.22.10 - Isla Vista, CA - Biko Garage
11.23.10 - Hollywood, CA - Hustle House in North

* all dates are with Arrington De Dionyso
# featuring TMT’s Ben Pearson in the crowd!

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iTunes finally becomes the last guy on the internet to get into The Beatles, gets all of their albums

Did you guys hear? iTunes is finally getting into The Beatles! He’s been listening to every album in chronological order. He says he needs to listen to them all again, but Revolver is definitely “the coolest.” I didn’t want to overwhelm him by telling him about all of the B-sides, alternate transfers of the studio albums, and live recordings that he definitely doesn’t have. I thought about lending him my vinyl copy of The Esher Demos, since he really liked “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” but I’m almost sure he doesn’t have a record player.

At press time, the front page of reads, “Tomorrow is another day. That you’ll never forget,” in what appears to be a misguided attempt to quote Beatles lyrics. This yearbook quote is accompanied by four clocks displaying the time of day in important locations worldwide when people ought to have something more important to do than listen to “an exciting announcement from iTunes.”

What does this mean, other than that Apple has a low opinion of its customer base’s capacity to use Google? According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. and EMI Group Ltd. have finally reached an agreement that will allow Apple to sell little AAC files of The Beatles catalogue. It is unclear whether the deal will allow other online music distributors to sell the catalogue as well, but one thing is sure:

With iTunes currently accounting for 90% of online music sales, America can get ready to buy The Beatles for the first time all over again.

Nat’s “Just Gettin’ Into The Beatles” Mix Tape:

01. Lady Madonna (Single Version)
02. Your Mother Should Know (Magical Mystery Tour)
03. I’m Looking Through You (Rubber Soul)
04. Good Day Sunshine (Revolver)
05. Julia (The Beatles)
06. I’m Just Happy To Dance With You (A Hard Day’s Night)
07. Oh Darling! (Abbey Road)
08. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
09. A Day In The Life (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

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RIP: Henryk Górecki, avant-garde composer

From The New York Times:

Henryk Gorecki, a renowned Polish composer whose early avant-garde style gave way to more approachable works rooted in his country’s folk songs and sacred music and whose Symphony No. 3 — an extended lamentation subtitled “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” — sold more than a million copies on CD in the 1990s, died on Friday in Katowice, Poland. He was 76.

Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, the general director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, announced Mr. Gorecki’s death, telling The Associated Press that he had been hospitalized with a lung infection. Mr. Gorecki lived in Katowice.

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Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny are 200 Years, debut album on Drag City should be ready in half that time

Well, Ben, you’re at it again. As if all your many solo efforts (Six Organs of Admittance), side-solo efforts (Benja Minh), bands (Comets on Fire, Badgerlore), and side projects (Rangda, August Born, and such) weren’t enough to keep those pickin’ fingers agile, you’ve gone and added another branch to the monolithic Tree of Chasny, this time carrying the name 200 Years. This new project is a collab between Chasny and Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio that developed over an 11-month stretch where they holed up in a former toolshed in Seattle and wrote tunes, the results of which will comprise their forthcoming debut album. The two are probably hitting up Key Club Studios right now to start the documentation of those many months of hibernation-style guitar craft. Luck would have it that Drag City, the home of both their main projects, has already staked claim on whatever form this session takes and is planning on releasing the recordings in LP form sometime next year. Also planned is a follow-up, “more abstract” release on Ba Da Bing! as part of the label’s subscription series. Given the known musical wanderings of both musicians, I could take a swing at what this’ll come out sounding like, but I’d rather wait to hear it myself.

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Da mystery of chesstourin’: Wu-Tang Clan expand tour

Throw your W’s up! I’m throwing mine up now. Also, I’m typing, because my Wu-Tang typing style is strong. All this W throwing isn’t for naught: The Wu-Tang Clan are extending their winter tour, essentially doubling the originally announced dates. Where once there was a smattering of Wu December appearances, there is now a full-fledged Wu journey that stretches on into January. As always, remember to protect ya neck.

Wu-Tang Clan dates:

12.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
12.04.10 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
12.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
12.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity
12.10.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.12.10 - Houston, TX - Numbers
12.16.10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theatre
12.17.10 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
12.18.10 - Falls Church, VA - The State
12.19.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
12.20.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12.21.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12.22.10 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater
12.23.10 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12.26.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
12.27.10 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
12.28.10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12.29.10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
12.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
12.31.10 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
01.01.10 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
01.05.10 - Louisville, KY - Expo Center
01.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
01.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic

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