Northern Spy’s third annual Spy Music Fest circumvents an international incident through the addition of Greg Saunier and Sean Lennon to the lineup

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In early August you’ll recall that we met in a smoky back room to discuss Northern Spy’s third annual Spy Music Fest. Right, well the intel has changed, so listen up. I don’t want you going off into the field all half-cocked and causing an international incident. Most of the intel’s still good: the event’s still happening on September 7-8 and it’ll still feature acts like Loren Connors, Seaven Teares, & Diamond Terrifier. The tech is still sourced from those cutie-pies downstairs, Tiny Mix Tapes, and refreshments are coming from Sixpoint Brewery. Keep your wits about you when you imbibe, though. I had a pretty little thing in a long black dress spike my drink once when I was out in the field and I was beset by hallucinations of our founding fathers all winged and snarling for six days following.

Two major things have changed, though. First off, Thurston Moore and John Moloney won’t be in attendance as Caught on Tape on September 8. Called off on some top-secret need-to-know operation, I imagine. I can only speculate, but I’ll bet Moore’s got his American-flag dagger hilt-deep in the gut of some sonofabitch dictator somewhere. In their place, the crack team of Mystical Weapons have been called in. If you’d have read the briefing, you’d know that Mystical Weapons are Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. They’re basically the MacGyvers of improvisation, able to jam their way out of even the most dire spot. I say this as a high compliment even though I’m sure you know as well as I do that the MacGyver television program gave its viewers a hardly realistic impression or our profession. Lennon and Saunier will be joined by the projections of frequent-collaborator Martha Colburn.

The second major piece of intel that’s changed is the addition of a late Friday night festival pre-party on September 6. You know how the president rides in a motorcade so the terrorists won’t know which car he’s in? Same deal here. More performances, harder for double agents to sabotage. The pre-party will see performances from Swindella (a member of Cloud Nothings) and Colin L. Orchestra (from The USA Is a Monster). The deep-cover cross-dressing comedian Sticky Greg’ll host and root out any funny business, and Shanmations will DJ. The party will be at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn, and entry is $5 unless you’ve either got your service weapon or a festival pass on you, in which case it’s free. Pick up your tickets here so you don’t get caught out in the field with your pants down. Good luck out there, and godspeed.

Spy Music Fest lineup:

Saturday, September 7 at Spectrum (121 Ludlow)
7:00 - Driphouse
7:50 - Diamond Terrifier
8:40 - Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
9:30 - ODO (FORMA)
10:20 - Charles Gayle Trio

Sunday, September 8 at 285 Kent
7:00 - PC Worship
7:45 - Ava Luna
8:30 - Seaven Teares
9:15 - NYMPH
10:00 - Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier)
10:45 - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
11:30 - Aa (a.k.a. Big A Little a)

• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com
• Spy Music Festival 2013: http://spymusicfestival.com

RIP: Josh Burdette, manager at Washington’s 9:30 Club

From Washington City Paper:

According to a 9:30 Club spokesperson, club manager and crew chief Josh Burdette has died.

Casual club patrons may not have known Burdette’s name, but it would have been hard not to know his stretched earlobes, surly tattoos, and friendly smile. Burdette began working at the V Street NW venue in 1997, and for about as long, he was known as the face of 9:30 Club.

• 9:30 Club: http://www.930.com

Oneohtrix Point Never shares mystery file “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” that probably isn’t supported on your system, tour dates

Just as we were about to close the TMT offices for the long weekend, Daniel Lopatin announced that a file labeled “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” was now available for download. We were confused, but quickly decided that we’d love to download a file labeled “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” from Daniel Lopatin.

However, that file is in RealAudio format, with the following text description:

Advanced Television Systems Committee A/52 digital audio coding algorithm for use in satellite or terrestrial audio broadcasting, delivery of audio over metallic or optical cables, or storage of audio on magnetic, optical, semiconductor, or other storage media as contained in a RealNetworks RealAudio (dnet) wrapper.

The next 45 minutes were spent desperately trying to open “Joyvtl Jvbuayf.ra” to no avail, searching troubleshooting forums from 2006 to find a workaround. Whatever audio codec needed to be installed was no longer supported by RealPlayer, and any archived early versions of RealPlayer were no longer supported by the OS. Holy shit: death by software update. Anyone who was playing the “Problem Areas” video at 1080p HD on multiple screens in their geodesic dome had unknowingly locked themselves out of the next OPN transmission.

Finally we found some shady site that could spit out an MP3 version (…at 64 kbps…) and got the audio, five minutes of song buried under a mess of quaking, blown-out radio static oscillations, which probably sounds even better streaming through some old Gateway 2000 speakers.

So what’s going on here? Is this a comment on the fleeting nature of technology? Complex corporate control over our futures/presents, and pasts? A fracturing of the timeline where we’re hearing a degraded memory of a not-yet-released album? Don’t be so quick to cry “overthinking” — “Still Life (excerpt)” was a collaboration with Nate Boyce, “Problem Areas” with Takeshi Murata, and now “Joyvtl Jvbuayf” with Cory Arcangel, all visual artists spilling over into conceptual multimedia. You take it from here, readers… [solve the title like we did].

Also check out these upcoming OPN tour dates:

09.12.13 - Troy, NY - EMPAC
09.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral
09.22.13 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum
09.26.13 - Leeds, UK - Howard Assembly Room
09.27.13 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
09.28.13 - The Hague, Netherlands - Today’s Art Festival
10.01.13 - Glasgow, UK - Centre for Contemporary Arts
10.03.13 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
10.04.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
10.05.13 - Kortijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11.16.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Art Center
11.23.13 - East Sussex, UK - ATP @ Pontins Holiday Centre
11.25.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.28.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

The Thing plan new album BOOT! for November; read this article only if you are prepared to laugh your buns right off

The Thing — the Scandinavian free-jazz trio made up of Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Paal Nilssen-Love — are a hard musical group to talk about for a guy like me with a bunch of cut-ups for friends. I’ll be all like “Oh, Greg, did you hear that The Thing have a new record coming out on November 5?” and Greg’ll say, “Which thing? HAHAHAHAHA!” Ha ha, Greg, keep laughing and we’ll see how funny it is when I turn your entire throat inside out, how about that? Or get this, I was telling my friend Stephanie that the album’s called BOOT! and that it’s The Thing’s sixth studio album and she was just like, “BOOT!? Just one? Where’s the other one? Are they waiting… on the other boot to drop?!?!?”

My guy out in San Fran, Rufus, called me up the other night and before I could even get in a single word he just blurted out, “Did you hear that BOOT! was recorded over three ‘intense days?’ Sounds crazy. You wanna hear what I did for three intense days… with your mom?” Geez, Rufus, get a life. And Rory, god, Rory is the worst. She wanted to let me know that BOOT! features re-worked versions of compositions by John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, but she couldn’t pull herself together long enough to even do that. I guess she was too busy inviting me to Applebee’s for dinner just so she could put our name in as Donner and laugh at the host when he called out “Donner, party of two?” I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that I left that Applebee’s in a major huff.

I also told my neighbor Charlie about the impressive list of people that The Thing have worked with either collectively or as individuals, especially because I knew he was a fan of people like Neneh Cherry, The Ex, Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, and Merzbow, but all he could say was, “Heh, I hope you’re checking that list twice… you know? Like Santa Claus would!” Really, Charlie?

But that’s enough about me. Like I tried to tell my friends, BOOT! is out November 5 on The Thing Records. According to the label’s site (which is run by the group), there are also plans to re-issue the group’s entire back catalog, with 2011’s Mono coming first, later this fall. And no, Mitch, a “back catalog” is not a big book where you order new backs and have them delivered to your house. For crying out loud, that doesn’t even approach being funny. Get a hold of yourself man, you’re an adult!

BOOT! tracklist:

01. India
02. ReBOOT
03. Heaven
04. Red River
05. BOOT
06. Epilog

• The Thing: http://www.thethingrecords.com

Black Hearted Brother, featuring former members of Slowdive and Seefeel, announce debut album Stars Are Our Home

The full-fledged return of shoegaze… probably won’t ever happen, because My Bloody Valentine have assured shoegazing aspirants that attempts to replicate their legend will be met with nigh impossible odds and Kevin Shields calling you at home and breathing heavily into the receiver. But there’s an alternative: design sneakers with a smartphone enclosure, so that hypnotized stares can be redirected from the hands down to the feet. Thus, we have the rebirth of shoegaze! One could also predict a simultaneous and unprecedented boon to the chiropractic industry.

Here’s yet another alternative: refer to the music being created as something else entirely, such as “indulgent space rawk” — the phrase used by Neil Halstead, formerly of Slowdive, to describe the debut album from Black Hearted Brother, a band comprised of Halstead, Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel), and Nick Holton (Opulent Oog). We only have but one single to go on, listenable below, but the fuzziness presides, even if the track ultimately does have a certain “rawk” quality to it.

Stars Are Our Home will be released on October 22 through Slumberland, and proclamations of spaciness aside, Halstead assures us of the album’s intra-diversity: “The idea was to just make a record that was in some ways ‘unedited.’ To not worry about a particular sound or style, but to just go with the flow. We all make quite focused records individually so, as Mark says, it’s our ‘guilty pleasures’ album.” And re: the point about “guilty pleasures,” who hasn’t occasionally spent a weekend dressed in a tinfoil body suit as a means of warding off remote control from extra-terrestrials? Yeah, an alien influence appears, if you judge by the tracklisting. Not the children! Take meeeeeeeee…

Stars Are Our Home tracklisting:

01. Stars Are Our Home
02. (I Don’t Mean to) Wonder
03. This Is How It Feels
04. Got Your Love
05. If I Was Here to Change Your Mind
06. UFO
07. Time in the Machine
08. Oh Crust
09. Take Heart
10. My Baby Just Sailed Away
11. I’m Back
12. Look Out Here They Come

• Black Hearted Brother: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Hearted-Brother/210615915729479
• Slumberland: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com

Tera Melos to headline tour with Zorch and Fang Island, because I definitely don’t already feel like an asshole for not practicing the guitar more

You ready to feel like a real jerk for all the times you chose to not practice the guitar and instead went out and did silly things with your friends like eating so much cereal it wouldn’t all fit in your mouth? Well you better get ready, because according to both the internet and the cool old lady down my street who is really into math rock, Tera Melos are going on tour this fall. They’re starting off in September opening for Minus the Bear, and once October rolls around they’ll headline with Zorch, and a little bit later, be joined by Fang Island. Tera Melos, Zorch, and Fang Island are all Sargent House label buddies so you know they’re going to get into some zany hijinks and high-five a lot, all while playing their instruments better than you could ever dream of doing.

Tera Melos are touring on their latest release, this year’s X’ed Out. Zorch has a new one out this year, too, called ZZOORRCCHH. Minus the Bear and Fang Island both put out albums last year, because apparently all of these bands are also better at actually putting out records than any of us. You can watch the video for Tera Melos’ “Weird Circles” below, but only do so if you are prepared to see a bunch of fellahs bragging about how they’re so good at music that they’ve transcended “mere practicing.” Now they apparently spend most of their time puttering around the way you wish you could, by eating breakfast like sloppy goofballs and getting in some serious chill-time with their puppet bros.

Dates:

09.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s *
09.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
09.11.13 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.13.13 - Denver, CO - Marquee Theatre *
09.14.13 - Santa Fe, NM - Railway *
09.16.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East *
09.17.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues *
09.18.13 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s *
09.19.13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
09.20.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre *
09.22.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot *
09.24.13 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House *
10.15.13 - Boise, ID - The Crux @
10.17.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge @
10.19.13 - Columbia, MO - MOJO @
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo @
10.22.13 - Columbus, OH - The Basement @
10.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean @
10.24.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig @
10.25.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop @
10.26.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf #
10.27.13 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt #
10.29.13 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street#
10.30.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10.31.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
11.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #
11.02.13 - Washington DC - Rock and Roll Hotel #
11.03.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter @
11.05.13 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre @
11.06.13 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall @
11.07.13 - Athens, GA - New Earth Music Hall @
11.08.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree @
11.13.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress @
11.17.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place @
11.20.13 - Spokane, WA - The Center @
11.21.13 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown @
11.22.13 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall @

* Minus the Bear
@ Zorch
# Zorch, Fang Island

• Tera Melos: http://teramelos1.tumblr.com
• Zorch: https://www.facebook.com/zzoorrcchh
• Fang Island: http://fangisland.com
• Sargent House: http://sargenthouse.com

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