Oneohtrix Point Never stumbles into the MoMA and figures he might as well soundtrack a multimedia project

Oneohtrix Point Never stumbles into the MoMA and figures he might as well soundtrack a multimedia project

Daniel Lopatin, lover of religious relics (be they Buddhist, Christian, Hindi or otherwise) and the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never, is about to unleash what we can only assume will be a jaw-dropping, epilepsy-causing, tripped-out sneak attack on your brain. When New York’s MoMA hosts the project, entitled Reliquary House, on December 17, be prepared to hear all kinds of tongue-wagging from art historians and stuffy professors as they stare into the sky and proclaim, “Oneohtrix Point Never is fucking far-out!”

Collaborating with Mr. OPN on the multimedia project is visual artist Nate Boyce, who we can already tell is cool as shit. The event is part of the museum’s (also cool as shit) PopRally series, and we bet he has cooked up some relic-loving and Replica-humping (??) ideas for the occasion. Accompanying the visuals are new sounds from Lopatin, as well as “interstitial ‘sound sets’” from RVNG Intl. label head Matt Werth. Let’s face it, you’re gonna wanna get stoned for this one, buddy.

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Damien Jurado releases new album Maraqopa in February according to the customs of our present epoch

Damien Jurado is hooking back up with Richard Swift to unleash the follow-up to last year’s Saint Bartlett (TMT Review). You can look at the backs of their necks in black-and-white and pretend you’re spying on them while they make a song by clicking here. Jurado’s either named the new project after a proud Arizona town or (more likely) his Twitter handle, Maraqopa, to really give himself a leg up with an intelligent social networking push.

The new album will see release on February 21, 2012 through Secretly Canadian, but for now you can hear “Nothing is the News” right here:

Maraqopa tracklisting:

01. Nothing Is the News
02. Life Away from the Garden
03. Maraqopa
04. This Time Next Year
05. Reel to Reel
06. Working Titles
07. Everyone a Star
08. So On, Nevada
09. Museum of Flight
10. Mountains Still Asleep

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce limited 2012 tour; additional dates dependent on whether or not they feel like it

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Does a tour qualify as a tour if it (so far) only spans two separate venues? That’s debatable, but I think people are willing to forgo a discussion on semantics when the band in question is Godspeed You! Black Emperor — repackaged, but with similar ingredients and the same great taste that had you eagerly anticipating the implosion of society back in 2002, when their last LP was released. 2011 saw the post-rock legends reuniting for a North American tour that many had previously thought would never happen, and thankfully, it looks like 2012 won’t, in fact, correspond with a repeat of the band’s temporary dissolution. On the contrary, GY!BE have just announced their first performance dates for the year: on April 15, they’ll play at the Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. In the five days following, they’ll perform five consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Tickets for the show at the Fernwood Resort go on sale this Thursday, December 8 at 12 PM PST through Tickets for the shows at the Great American Music Hall go on sale Sunday, December 11 at 10 AM PST.

And that’s it. No other dates have been announced, but it is worth noting the proximity, both geographically and chronologically, of these California shows with Coachella. It’s also worth recalling stories from this past May, when band member Bruce Cawdon revealed that he and his fellow Montreal misanthropes have indeed been discussing, and perhaps working on, a new album. One might be inclined to think then, that these shows in California may just be a completely acceptable excuse to unveil their new material. If so, it’s reasonable to expect additional dates. If not, well… it is Godspeed You! Black Emperor. You’re obligated to attend.


04.15.12 - Big Sur, CA - Fernwood Resort
04.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.18.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.19.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.20.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

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• Constellation:

Scott Walker (the musician) working on new album for 4AD and an opera score; Scott Walker (the politician) working on new ways to fuck over schools

Scott Walker is in the recording booth right now!! I say so because I know so. I know so not because I saw the man wheeling his meat-punching apparatus into the studio but because 4AD, his label for the last few releases, posted this on his timeline: “2011 — Scott begins to record his new album for 4AD Records.” I remember that part of his career!! It was a really exciting time! Most likely set for release sometime in 2012, the album will close a six-year gap since his last album, The Drift, which was our eighth-favorite album of 2006 back when we were all teenagers, and our 28th-favorite album of the 2000s, back when men where men and women loved them for that.

Also of note on his timeline is the news that Scott is composing a fresh new score for the OperaShots series at the Royal Opera House, to be premiered at an unspecified date in 2012. OperaShots are similar to jello shots, but with more of a focus on commissioning new operatic works outside the mainstream. Walker has worked in the theater realm a few times in the last few years, with the instrumental dance piece And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? — released as a limited album on 4AD in 2007 — and another dance piece earlier this year for a Jean Cocteau-inspired performance at the Royal Opera House, called Duet for One Voice. It seems that Scott Walker and opera go together like meat shanks and a sturdy fist. More details coming when they’re available.

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Nurses tour with The Mountain Goats, and they’ll explain the difference between avant-garde folk metal and Viking glam metal

Remember “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” from the Mountain Goats’ 2002 album All Hail West Texas? Remember that one line about potential band names, “Satan’s Fingers and The Killers and The Hospital Bombers”? Particularly that last name — not the bombers part, just the hospital part. Nurses work in hospitals. So, it’s pretty wild that the psych pop band Nurses will join the Mountain Goats for a tour of the Southern US early next year, right?! Foreshadowing! How did John Darnielle KNOW?

He didn’t know, obviously. Fuck foreshadowing. This isn’t a high school English class. Regardless, Nurses are most definitely hitting the road with The Mountain Goats. Earlier this fall, Nurses released their third album Dracula (TMT Review) on Dead Oceans, and recently they filmed a session with Brooklyn music blog Hooves on the Turf in which they played spare renditions of “New Feelings” and “Trying to Reach You,” both off their latest record. The tour bypasses West Texas, but I have a feeling that Jeff and Cyrus and all the other death metal bands out there will be just fine.

Nurses tourdates:

12.09.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom * SOLD OUT
12.31.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios &
01.14.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
01.15.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
01.19.12 - Austin, TX - Antone’s $
01.20.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s $
01.21.12 - New Orleans, LA- Tipitina’s $
01.23.12 - Tallahassee, FL- Club Downunder $
01.24.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social $
01.25.12 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar $
01.27.12 - St. Augustine, FL - The Original Cafe Eleven $
01.28.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl $
01.30.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club $
01.31.12 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre $
02.02.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle $
02.03.12 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger $
02.04.12 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom $

* Portugal. The Man
& Radiation City
# Deleted Scenes
$ The Mountain Goats

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