A Place to Bury Strangers tour West Coast with This Will Destroy You, show off split 7-inch with Ceremony

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A Place to Bury Strangers are currently ruining eardrums across Europe, but come this June, they’ve got something special lined up for West Coast fans: FREE KITTENS!!!! Nah, just kidding. It’s a tour. Obviously it’s a tour. It says so in the headline, WHO AM I KIDDING. The New York loudsters make their triumphant return to the United States with Suicide Squeeze signees This Will Destroy You. You know how interval training — when you alternate sprinting with walking or whatever — is supposed to be all good for your heart and stuff? Well, consider this tour interval training for your ears. You get a slow, textured serving of This Will Destroy You, followed by a raw, punishing dose of A Place to Bury Strangers. TAKE YOUR VITAMINS. YOU’RE GONNA LIKE ‘EM.

A Place to Bury Strangers are out on the grind right now to rep their latest EP, Onwards to the Wall. Onwards is a sort of teaser release for the band’s June 26 full-length, Worship, comin’ atcha courtesy of Dead Oceans. (A June 11 release is planned for Europe and the UK.) You can peep an advance listen to single “You Are the One” right now:

APTBS super fans will also be interested to know that the band just put out a split 7-inch with Ceremony to benefit the Ariel Panero Memorial fund at VH1 Save the Music. This one comes out on Famous Class Records and can be copped/bookmarked/lovingly stared at right here.


04.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.21.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
04.23.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
04.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
04.25.12 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
04.26.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Impetus Festival
04.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
04.28.12 - Murcia, Spain - 12 & Medio
04.29.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
05.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
05.02.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.04.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
05.05.12 - Courtrai, Belgium - De Kreun
05.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.08.12 - London, UK - Cargo
05.09.12 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
05.11.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
05.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
05.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.02.12 - Austin, TX - 29th Street Ballroom *
06.03.12 - El Paso, TX - Low Brow *
06.04.12 - Houston, TX - Rhythm Room *
06.05.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
06.06.12 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door *
06.07.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06.08.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
06.09.12 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda *
06.10.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
06.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile *
06.12.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
06.24.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica’s Orion Festival, Bader Field

* This Will Destroy You

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://aptbs.tumblr.com
• Dead Oceans: http://deadoceans.com

Go get Madalyn Merkey’s album on Matt Mondanile’s New Images Ltd. label! You already got it last week? Don’t fucking click then

Listen here, you like Ducktails, right? There’s been great stuff under that name. Why I might even trust that guy with an album recommendation or two, were I to run into him in the Rock/Pop section of a record store. This logic I’d even extend to the conceptual, were Matt Mondanile to symbolically stamp a record with his approval. Heck, if it turned out to be good enough, I’d even sit down in my wicker chair for a moment to tell others about it on my blog.

The record wouldn’t even necessarily have to sound like Ducktails, either. I’ve been way into Ursula Bogner lately, so if it turned out to be something along those lines, with a cool radiophonic sound that just jumps all over the place in the speakers, that would be cool with me. Especially if it’s mixed with a drawn-out woozy Dean Blunt feel on some tracks. And maybe even a sorta Ducktails vibe, real chill but with a certain heaviness. I don’t care if the album’s called Scent or if it’s all played by someone named Madalyn Merkey, I’d just want to get the word out on how nice the whole thing sounds. But who would listen? I’m a nobody in this world. My opinion’s about as valuable as an egg on Twitter. I should go back to school and this time really apply myself. I’m gonna go to a coffee shop now and think about this in public. This cardigan should do the trick. Later.

Scent tracklisting:

01. Neptune
02. Siren
03. Nexus
04. Mend
05. Mulch

• Madalyn Merkey: http://crossseeing.info
• New Images Ltd.: http://newimagesltd.tumblr.com

Seattle’s Substrata 1.2: Tim Hecker, Daniel Menche, Lawrence English, Loscil, and more highlight what your ears have been ignoring

I had the luxury of attending the inaugural edition of Substrata (Substrata 1.1) last July, and even putting aside the fact that it was/is held in the Chapel Performance Space of Seattle’s Good Shepherd Center, in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood, the event was truly something of a spiritual experience. As I gradually became consumed by the resonant timbres of musical subtlety, I half expected Jesus Christ himself to come flying in through one of the stained-glass windows, in order to perform some actual levitational tricks, while my mind was already floating. Then he’d be knocked down from the rafters with a broom and forced to pay the price of admission, because secular tradition admits to no special treatment, not even for theoretical saviors of humanity. The fading rays of dusk sunlight and the serenity of the venue itself were appreciable accessories to the event’s unconscious significance.

Substrata 1.2, which will take place on August 3-5, aims to continue what the first edition started, though with a few important distinctions. First, the similarities: naturally, Substrata wouldn’t be Substrata without an international lineup of artists dedicated to exploring auditory minutiae and the human relationship to it. The first evening will feature “pioneering” UK artist Scanner, Australian media artist and curator Lawrence English, and Daniel Menche, an audiovisual artist from Portland. The second evening will feature performances from Chicago’s Pan•American, Tim Hecker (who, it appears, will be performing the entirety of Ravedeath, 1972 (TMT Review)), Loscil, and Widesky. On August 5, similar to the third day of Substrata 1.1, a limited group of attendees will join Lawrence English and Robin Rimbaud (a.k.a. Scanner) on a field trip to Puget Sound, where the day’s activities will revolve around “hiking, field recording, exploring, and learning.” Sing-alongs are not explicitly mentioned.

Separating Substrata 1.2 from last year’s edition is the inclusion of two free daytime educational events on Saturday, August 4 — the first being a lecture from Lawrence English on the “the interconnections of humanity, sound and the wider environment,” and the second being a panel discussion entitled, “Economics of Uncertain Futures and Sustainability (Surviving the Apocalypse of Art).” Organizers have also put together a three-pronged crowd-funding initiative, which you can learn more about on the festival’s website.

Trust me, Substrata is a rare type of event. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out.

• Substrata: http://www.substratafestival.com

RIP: Levon Helm of The Band

From Spinner:

Levon Helm, the enigmatic drummer and baritone vocalist behind The Band has died at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer, the Times-Herald Record reports. Helm had been hospitalized at New York’s Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center.

“We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him,” Larry Campbell, Helm’s guitarist and band leader, told the news paper. “As sad as this was, it was very peaceful.”

• The Band: http://theband.hiof.no

[Photo: David Gans]

Blur to deluxe-reissue every record ever made by anyone ever, start with their own catalog for simplicity’s sake

Indie rock kid: Welp, it’s literally been 21 years since the release of Blur’s debut album Leisure. How old does that make YOU, grandpa?

Grandpa: Who the hell is Blur? Goddamnit, You’re such a little pecker, grandson.

Indie rock kid: Grandpa! You’re making me LOL! They’re this British band who has influenced, like, everyone who makes rock music today. Their frontman is this dude Damon Albarn, and he said recently that Blur is probably not going to continue on as a band, which, like, sux and everything; but on July 30, they’re putting out this massive box set and reissuing their entire catalog in newly expanded, special edition formats that include bonus discs of previously unreleased material, expanded booklets, unseen photographs, and a bunch of new liner notes based on a new interview with the band. I read about it on this website, Consequence of Sound.

Grandpa: British! Damon?! WEBSITE?!? What in God’s holy name are you talking about, grandson? Don’t you realize how stupid you sound every time you open your idiot mouth?

Indie rock kid: Aw, come on, grandpa. You don’t mean it. Anyway, they’re also doing this huge box set compiling all seven special edition albums, plus for more rarities discs, a collectible 7-inch single, three DVDs, and a hardcover book…

Grandpa: No, I definitely mean it. Why the Sam Hill are you even telling me this? And open your mouth when you talk, for the love of the Lord Jesus! You don’t like one of them mental patients down the way, there…

Indie rock kid: Oh, well, you should like this part, Grandpa! There’s also going to be a box set of Blur’s proper albums on vinyl records, compiling each of their seven LPs into a “sturdy hard case.” You know, 33 1/3 RPM and all that?

Grandpa: I swear to the blessed virgin Mary, every time you say “Blur,” it sounds like you’re throwing up your own feces.

Go to Consequence’s page for the tracklist; it’s super long.

• Blur: http://www.blur.co.uk
• Parlophone: http://www.parlophone.co.uk

Xtra Mile launch North American branch, recruit Future of the Left as ever-friendly ambassadors

Xtra Mile is a prominent UK record label, boasting popular acts like Frank Turner, Against Me!, and Look Mexico. However, they do not have a North American branch. That’s no way to run a North American record label! In fact, that’s almost certainly one of the worst ways. I didn’t go to business school, but I know enough to get by. You guys should start a North American branch of your record label.

Thankfully, it looks like Xtra Mile are finally taking that advice I gave them one sentence ago. Xtra Mile are starting a North American branch of their record label! Now that they’ve teamed up with Independent Label Group for help with distribution and marketing, they’re ready to spread their records across the United States and Canada. They’ve recruited the sunniest of ambassadors to introduce themselves to this chunk of the world: Future of the Left. Some of the members of Future of the Left used to be in McLusky and none of those members have gotten any more easygoing since leaving McLusky. Their new record, The Plot Against Common Sense, will be out June 12 through the shiny, new American branch of Xtra Mile. Venom and dark humor will likely be present.

• Xtra Mile: http://xtramilerecordings.com
• Future of the Left: http://futureoftheleft.net