Noveller announces December tour with Anna von Hausswolff, together they create new holiday: Novhaussmas!

Noveller announces December tour with Anna von Hausswolff, together they create new holiday: Novhaussmas!

Forget Christmas. Forget Hanukkah. Forget Kwanzaa. Forget Thanksgiving, if you can. There is only one fourth-quarter holiday worth celebrating now. I speak, of course, of Novhaussmas, the one true holiday. Forgo gift-giving and feasting this holiday season, your only gift, your only sustenance will come from the elemental power of a crushing drone. Many historians have asked where this new holiday came from, but what they should be asking is, where will it come from? The one true holiday has not been invented, yet it soon will be, when drone-but-not-drone guitarist Noveller goes on tour with gothic-but-not-gothic songwriter Anna von Hausswolff. Praise be and all that.

And, hey, if you’re looking to cook up some of that Novhaussmas cheer with some new music, have I got some great suggestions for you! Noveller just released her sixth record, No Dreams, through Important Records, while Hausswolff released Ceremony last year. Boy, will these releases put you in the right frame of mind to think about the crushing everything of existence! Happy holidays.

Noveller and Anna von Hausswolff dates:

12.04.13 - Washington, DC - Lang Theatre (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
12.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
12.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
12.07.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12.09.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
12.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
12.14.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
12.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar

• Noveller:
• Anna von Hausswolff:

Kanye announces updated Yeezus tour schedule. Kanye WEST, that is! Sorry, you probably didn’t know who I was talking about at first.

Okay, right, so I know you probably don’t give a shit about Kanye West and that obnoxious Yeezus hoopla and its related tour circuses and whatnot, like, at all (that’s why you’re reading this article all ‘bout them, right??). And, okay, THAT’S COOL. ME NEITHER. But look, whatever, here’s what you need to know to, you know, “stay current.”

Last week, this happened to Kanye’s goofy tour. In fact, there was a press release and everything. It went like this:

Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair. This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA. As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated. Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans. The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.

I know, I know; sounds lame or whatever. You don’t care. But the point is, our boys over at the fork have just reported that Mr. West has announced that the whole shebang will be getting back on track starting November 16 in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, only three of the canceled shows (the ones in Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, because those cities are actually important) are being made-up. They’re just being jammed onto the end of the tour in late December now, instead. As for the other shows? Well, those other cities (Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis) just aren’t important enough to the history and/or future of RAP MUSIC to make it worth his while. Sorry.

Anyway, yeah. Here’s the rundown. As Samuel Jackson would say, “hang onto your butts!” Oh, sorry. That’s Samuel L. Jackson! You probably didn’t know who I was talking about at first.

11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
11.08.13 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena #
11.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
11.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
11.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
11.13.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
11.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre #

11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center #
11.17.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden #
11.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center #
11.20.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center +
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center #
11.23.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden #
11.24.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden +
11.27.13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena #
11.29.13 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena #
11.30.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum #
12.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena #
12.03.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center #
12.05.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena #
12.06.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center #
12.07.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center #
12.08.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center #
12.10.13 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center #
12.13.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12.17.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
12.18.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
12.19.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
12.22.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #
12.23.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre #

# Kendrick Lamar
+ A Tribe Called Quest

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• Island Def Jam:

Blackest Ever Black preps dark, scary new release from Barnett + Coloccia (members of Oakeater, Mamiffer)

“Dark and scary, ordinary /
Explanation, information /
Nice to know ya, paranoia /
Where’s my mother, biofather?”

— Blink-182, “Aliens Exist”

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may because a SYNONYM FOR “DARK” new record is on the horizon for Blackest Ever Black. This latest release pairs Faith Coloccia (of Mamiffer and Everlovely Lightningheart) and Alex Barnett (of Oakeater) for their collaborative debut under the totally predictable band name Barnett + Coloccia. The album’s called Retrieval. All signs indicate that this record, out on LP December 2, will be of a piece with the consistently high quality, SYNONYM FOR “DARK”, and SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” music we’ve come to expect from those rascals over at Blackest Ever Black.

Though Barnett and Coloccia live several thousand miles apart, the bulk of the recordings came about as a result of “condensed in-person meetings,” because, all things considered, composing by way of online file sharing is really not SYNONYM FOR “DARK” or SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” enough. Combining treated vocals, tape-manipulation, AM radio sounds, synths out the wazoo, and drum loops so SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” your jaw will drop, over a series of short and intense sessions, they arrived at Retrieval. The album is reportedly a big-ole-grab-bag-pile of everything from techno and psychedelia all the way into straight noise. That’s definitely pretty SYNONYM FOR “DARK” sounding, but maybe not so SYNONYM FOR “SCARY” since it is more or less typical Blackest Ever Black fare. I don’t know though, reader. You can decide for yourself; after all, you’re the one who gets to fill in all these adjectives later! Check out “Hallway” off the album below. You can also preorder the thing over at the Blackest Ever Black site.

Retreival tracklisting:

01. Harbor
02. Switch
03. So How Much Do You Know About Me?
04. Hallway
05. Repeating Pit
06. Retrieval
07. Birds Eye

• Mamiffer:
• Oakeater:
• Blackest Ever Black:

Actress unveils new 3xLP Ghettoville, box set with remastered debut, a fest he plans on playing, and maybe nothing-else-ever!

Oh yeah, baby; it’s happenin’. All of it. Ghettoville, baby, Ghettoville. Talkin’ fuckin’ Actress, mo-fos. Talkin’ fuckin’ January 27 release via Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune. Talkin’ triple-disc-ass-mother-fluxin’ follow-up to 2012’s wicked R.I.P. (TMT Review) and press-release-touted “sequel” to bangin’ 2009 debut Hazyville (TMT Review). Also-talkin’ some long-awaited vinyl release of some Hazyville shit, totally-remastered and made all-available as part of this Ghettoville box set that I’m about to lay out for ya (it’s got a 32-page booklet, triple-vinyl Ghettoville, and double-vinyl Hazvyville). Yo, you digging this? I SAID YOU DIGGING THIS?

Well… good, because all hype aside, the press release seems to indicate (it’s hard to say, really; it’s even more of a cryptic mess than my first paragraph up there) that this might be Darren Cunningham’s final release under the Actress moniker.

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout. Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language. The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited. Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence, the machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user. A fix is no longer a release, it’s a brittle curse. Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues. R.I.P Music 2014.


Well, maybe you can ask him to clarify this shit yourself when you go see him play as part of this year’s Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival on November 9. Either way, let’s see: new record and vinyl debut release in January; Pre-order for the new one over here; festival appearance in like four days; maybe the end of the whole damn project. You with me? Good, because that’s about as clear as it’s gonna get.

Ghettoville tracklisting:

01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule

Actress World Tour 2013:

11.09.13 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival)

• Actress:
• Werkdiscs:
• Ninjatune:

Mogwai keep doing even MORE stuff like touring North America (like the good stouthearted, stifflipped North American lads they freakin’ WISH they were!)

Remember last week when I was all like: Mogwai keep making new albums and touring like the good stouthearted, stifflipped British lads they are? And I told you about their new album, Rave Tapes, coming out in January and some tour dates in Europe and all that junk?

And then I felt all stupid when you guys pointed out that they were, sorta, you know, technically Scottish and not British???

Well, now it turns out that we were BOTH wrong! Yeah. Seriously. Mogwai have just taken to the internet to announce that they’re actually… North American. Yup. No kidding. I’m sure of it. I just read all this stuff that their PR people sent me about all the time they plan on spending in the US and Canada and stuff next spring after their European tour is finished. They’re even celebrating their homecoming by playing a bunch of shows that tickets go on sale for this weekend. What’s more American than that? Case closed. I’m going home for the day.

For real, though, there’s no reason to even double-check that shit. Besides, none of this bullshit happens ‘til next year anyway, so there’s plenty of time to suss it all out… IF I’m mistaken… which I’M FUCKING NOT.

Old-as-shit European tour dates:

11.28.13 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
12.01.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of Era”
01.22.14 - Newcastle, UK - Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
01.24.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.25.14 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
01.27.14 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
01.28.14 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall
01.30.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.01.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.02.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
02.03.14 - Paris, France - Olympia
02.04.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
02.05.14 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
02.06.14 - Berlin, Germany - Temperdrome
03.23.14 - Gotherburgh, Sweden - Konserthuset
03.24.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
03.25.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Koncertsalen
03.26.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit
03.27.14 - Zurich, Germany - Volkshaus
03.29.14 - Nimes, Italy - Paloma
03.30.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
03.31.14 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
04.01.14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
04.02.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
04.03.14 - Lille, France - Aeronef

New and sensational North American tour dates:

04.21.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.22.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
04.23.14 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.24.14 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.25.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
04.26.14 - Raton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
04.27.14 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
04.29.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
04.30.14 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
05.01.14 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
05.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
05.06.14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
05.07.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.08.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.09.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.10.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
05.14.14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05.15.14 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
05.17.14 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
05.18.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
05.20.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.21.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.24.14 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05.25.14 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

• Mogwai:
• Sub Pop:
• Rock Action:

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova missing after prison transfer following hunger strike

For today’s Depressing News and Sobering Reminders that Music People in Other Parts of the World Pay a Heavy Price for Things Many of Us Take for Granted, jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone missing following a jail transfer. One of two members of the Russian punk rock band to receive jail time after a performance in a Moscow church protesting Vladimir Putin (which garnered the women a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”), Tolokonnikova had recently grabbed headlines around the world once again for her hunger strike to bring awareness of the desperate conditions where she was imprisoned.

Her family reported the musician missing after being transferred from a Mordovian prison nearly two weeks ago, with the hunger strike considered a prime factor in the disappearance. Tolokonnikova’s husband Petya Verzilov told Lord of the Listicles and Apparent Sometimes Receiver of Actual News Buzzfeed that his wife had presumably been removed by Muscovite authorities in an attempt to “cut her off from the outside world.” It might feel like lazy internet activism, but hey, you know, sometimes signing something from Amnesty International really works.

• Free Pussy Riot:


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