Oneohtrix Point Never’s Rifts collection to be reissued as expanded 5LP/3CD set after being discovered by astronauts in the expanse of space

Oneohtrix Point Never's Rifts collection to be reissued as expanded 5LP/3CD set after being discovered by astronauts in the expanse of space

It is safe to say that more people are interested in Oneohtrix Point Never in 2012 than they were in 2009. It is very safe to say this. But 2009 was when No Fun Productions put out Rifts, a multi-disc compilation of Oneohtrix Point Never’s album triptych + sorted early work. Since then, it’s been somewhat difficult to find, mostly because many of the copies were shot into space by an eccentric billionaire. Don’t worry, though, Daniel Lopatin’s (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never’s) Software label has sent its finest astronauts to recover the lost box set. And we’re pleased to report the mission was a complete success, thanks to this inanimate carbon rod.

As our other favorite space travelers FACT report, the label is reissuing the set on November 19 in triple-CD and 5LP formats. Like the original, it contains Oneohtrix’s first three full-lengths — Betrayed in the Octagon, Russian Mind, and Zones Without People — as well as a smattering of rare material. The reissued version does one better (take that, stupid original version that was shot into space) by including tracks from cassettes on NNA Tapes, Utmarken, and Catholic Tapes. Some versions (read: the CD version) even contain music from the Oneohtrix/Tim Hecker collaboration Instrumental Tourist, which just so happens to be coming out on November 20. Practically the same day! [Update: The tracklisting for both the LP and CD are identical.]

Since the reissued version of the album is made from pure moon rock, it will be limited to a 1,000-copy vinyl pressing. Fine, it is not made of pure moon rock. It is a 1,000-copy vinyl pressing. And it does come with a deluxe slipcase containing individually jacketed LPs. It’s not moon rocks, but it’s almost moon rocks? It is nothing like moon rocks.

Rifts vinyl tracklist:

LP 1: Betrayed in the Octagon
01. Woe Is The Transgression I
02. Behind The Bank
03. Eyeballs
04. Betrayed In The Octagon
05. Woe Is The Transgression II
06. Parallel Minds
07. Laser To Laser

LP 2: Russian Mind
01. Months
02. Physical Memory
03. Grief And Repetition
04. Russian Mind
05. Time Decanted
06. Immanence

LP 3: Zones Without People
01. Computer Vision
02. Format & Journey North
03. Zones Without People
04. Learning To Control Myself
05. Disconnecting Entirely
06. Emil Cioran
07. Hyperdawn

LP 4: Drawn and Quartered
01. Lovergirls Precinct
02. Ships Without Meaning
03. Terminator Lake
04. Transmat Memories
05. A Pact Between Strangers
06. When I Get Back From New York
07. I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun)

LP 5: The Fall into Time
01. Blue Drive
02. The Trouble With Being Born
03. Sand Partina
04. Melancholy Descriptions Of Simple 3D Environments
05. Memory Vague
06. KGB Nights

CD 1: Betrayed In The Octagon
01. Woe is the Transgression I
02. Behind the Bank
03. Eyeballs
04. Betrayed in the Octagon
05. Woe is the Transgression II
06. Parallel Minds
07. Laser to Laser
08. Ships Without Meaning (9:39)
09. Terminator Lake (5:40)
10. Transmat Memories (5:35)
11. A Pact Between Strangers (4:19)
12. When I Get Back from New York (16:40)

CD 2: Zones Without People
01. Computer Vision
02. Format & Journey North
03. Zones Without People
04. Learning to Control Myself
05. Disconnecting Entirely
06. Emil Cioran
07. Hyperdawn
08. Lovergirls Precinct (1:36)
09. I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun) (2:30)
10. Blue Drive (10:05)
11. The Trouble With Being Born (4:31)
12. Sand Partina (7:01)

CD 3: Russian Mind
01. Months
02. Physical Memory
03. Grief and Repetition
04. Russian Mind
05. Time Decanted
06. Immanence
07. Melancholy Descriptions of Simple 3D Environments (10:58)
08. Memory Vague (4:47)
09. KGB Nights (6:07)

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[Photo: Erez Avissar]

RIP: Howard H. Scott, co-developer of the LP record and classical music producer

From The New York Times:

Howard H. Scott, who was part of the team at Columbia Records that introduced the long-playing vinyl record in 1948 before going on to produce albums with the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Gould, Isaac Stern and many other giants of classical music, died on Sept. 22 in Reading, Pa. He was 92.

The cause was cancer, said his daughter, Andrea K. Scott.

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Björk puts together album of already released remixes, calls it news

If you enjoyed 2011’s Biophilia (TMT Review) as well as the series of remixes conducted for the album earlier this year, but thought the whole ordeal to be a bit ungainly, then you’re in luck. A haze of mystical woodland creatures composed of discarded parts from a now-defunct FoxCon plant bring us news of a curated selection of Biophilia remixes chosen by Ms. Guðmundsdóttir herself. Here’s why she decided to put together these bastards for your listening pleasure (courtesy of FACT):

I felt it important to gather together the essence of the remixes so I picked a quarter of them for one cd for people who are perhaps not too sassy downloaders or don’t have the time or energy to partake in the hunter-gathering rituals of the internet.

I think Björk has figured out a way to spin music pirates in a good light — just call them “sassy downloaders.” I’ve got a smile just thinking about them.

The list of contributors to bastards is a who’s who of fatherless music making, including 2012’s most consistent newsmakers, Death Grips, multiple tracks by Matthew Herbert, and one=off offerings from Alva Noto, Omar Souleyman, and These New Puritans among a few others. If you’re interested in getting your groove on to the lovely (but not particularly groovy) Biophilia, then you’re going to want to jump on the bastards-mobile when it comes to town November 19.

bastards tracklist:

01. Crystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix)
02. Virus (Hudson Mohawke “Peaches and Guacamol” Rework)
03. Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)
04. Sacrifice ((Matthew Herbert’s Pins And Needles Mix) edit)
05. Mutual Core (These New Puritans Remix featuring Soloman Is. Song)
06. Hollow (16-bit Remix)
07. Mutual Core (Matthew Herbert’s “Teutonic Plates” Mix)
08. Thunderbolt (Death Grips Remix)
09. Dark Matter (Alva Noto Remodel)
10. Thunderbolt (Omar Souleyman Remix)
11. Solstice (Current Value Remix)
12. Moon (The Slips Remix)
13. Crystalline (Matthew Herbert Remix)

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Sufjan Stevens goes on Christmas sing-a-long tour because he’s silly like that

Some indie music blog is like — Sufjan Stevens is going on tour to support his Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas CD box set that is due on November 13 from Asthmatic Kitty.

I’m like — It’s called “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long: Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Pageant On Ice.” You slay me Surfjohn, and you understand humor so well. You should put out a comedy album box set with silly artwork and stickers.

Conglomerate website is like — Oh, I hope he’s doing something with Kitty Pride. We’re funny, too, like Surfjohn!

Hipster from 2008 is like — I hope he plays “The Transfiguration,” but he won’t. I listened to Seven Swans.

Satanic family is like — This seems like the perfect holiday event. Anything dripping with this much irony during the Birth of Christ Day must be Satanic. Let’s go!

Rosie Thomas is like — I’ve collaborated with Surfjohn before and I’ll be opening up on his tour as Sheila Saputo. Isn’t that weird and wacky? I got it from Surfjohn!


11.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.24.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.12 - Saxapahaw, NC - The Haw River Ballroom
11.26.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
11.27.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
11.28.12 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
11.30.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.01.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
12.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12.04.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
12.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
12.06.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
12.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
12.09.12 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
12.12.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
12.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
12.14.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe
12.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
12.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.18.12 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall
12.19.12 - Providence, RI - Fete
12.20.12 - Boston, MA - Royale
12.21.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Laurel Halo will go on an audio-visual tour of Europe and release a single, but she still might not invite you to her birthday party

Remember that one birthday party in middle school that all of your friends went to, but you didn’t? Maybe you couldn’t find a ride. Maybe you had to hang out with your grandparents that day. Maybe you just weren’t invited. Remember how everyone talked about it for weeks afterward, and you just sulked?

Maybe that’s how you feel if you like Laurel Halo and live anywhere other than Europe. She’s about to start a crazy AV tour across Europe that Tom Scholefield/Konx-om-pax helped her create, but she isn’t jetting back across the pond for any shows, at least not anytime this fall. And it’s a bummer, because Tom/Konx says, “I wanted to create other worldly environments filled with gravity defying plasma sculptures, beams of light shining through misty organic mutant plant life. Alongside floating metallic space station very much inspired by Moebius and Ron Cobb,” which sounds wild.

Ah well. Even if you’re stuck in an igloo somewhere in Alaska, you can still check out the tour trailer? And listen to Quarantine again (TMT Review)? We thought it was pretty damn cool.

At the very least, Laurel Halo will release a new single called “Sunlight on the Faded” sometime after the tour ends on November 21.


10.12.12 - Riga, Latvia - Skanu mezs Festival
10.13.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
10.14.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Pudel
10.17.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Robert Johnson
10.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Horst
10.20.12 - London, UK - Hackney Empire
10.25.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Body Tonic
10.26.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
10.27.12 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Petes
10.30.12 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bonn Bad
10.31.12 - St.Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.02.12 - The Hague, Netherlands - Rewire Festival
11.03.12 - Bilbao, Spain - L’mono
11.04.12 - Madrid Spain - Nave de Musica
11.08.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
11.09.12 - Turin, Italy - Club2club
11.10.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Musicbox
11.21.12 - London, UK - Plastic People

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Mike Love says he definitely did not fire anyone named Brian Milson from The Beach Boys, so, case closed

Hey Everybody, shut up and pay attention! Mike Love is talking! You know, Mike Love from The Beach Boys??? Anyway, you’ll totally NEVER GUESS WHAT kind of crazy shit is happening with the Mike Love/Beach Boys thing now! So, according to this huge “magazine” (whatever those are!) called Rolling Stone (whatever that is!) Mike Love (remember now, that’s the guy that everybody hates in The Beach Boys) says that he definitely “did not fire Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys” (Brian is the one everybody likes in The Beach Boys) and that any such “divisive and ugly rumors” are “all the result of a misunderstanding” (presumably, that misunderstanding arose when Mike Love, you know, fired Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys). Oh, you know what? Before I continue with any further details, let me just say Mike Love’s name in print a couple more times: Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love, Mike Love. That oughtta do it.

Anyway, long story short, blah blah blah, as he’s reiterated before, Love says that the specific “50th Anniversary Reunion Tour” that contained all those original motherfuckers like Brian Wilson and the other guys whose names don’t matter at all was “always envisioned as a limited run” before Love resumed his usual year-in, year-out touring under The Beach Boys’ name with a bunch of touring musicians whose names matter even less then The Beach Boys’ and that, simply put, this was just the end of that run. But then (INEX-FUCKING-PLICABLY) positive reviews prompted the reunited band to keep adding more shows, and yadda-yadda-yadda, Love had to put the kibosh on the situation because of all the Fake Beach Boys shows he had already booked and didn’t want to cancel in order to tour more with the Real Beach Boys. “To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian’s representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups,” Love said. “Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band.”

Hey, that gives me an even better idea! How about “to avoid public confusion,” we all stop giving a fuck about these pathetic walking-calamities that still careen around the music scene and variously call themselves The Beach Boys?! Why don’t we all just agree to enjoy Pet Sounds and SMiLE or whatever our choice singles are once in a while and call it a fucking day? At least that way we could stop having to put Mike Love’s ridiculous name in print next to the words “beach” and “boys” so often. Which is all this bullshit is really about anyway.

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