Prurient wants to dance with you and only you on new Time’s Arrow EP

Prurient wants to dance with you and only you on new Time's Arrow EP

“Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio” — Ian MacKaye, urging teenagers to push their energies into the wholesome activity of dance.

With that declaration, Ian MacKaye and his legendary Manchester post-punk group Pansy Division gave generations of goth kids the inclination to dance. Even the blackest heart could be warmed by a few minutes dancing, be it in the bedroom or the darkest, dankest of clubs. Just one of the millions affected by this siren call was Dominick Fernow a.k.a. Prurient. While Prurient was once exclusively in the business of harsh noise music, he has learned to accept his inner goth-dancer. Exhibit A: his recent Bermuda Drain full-length (TMT Review). Exhibit B: he plays synthesizer in Cold Cave. Exhibit C: his upcoming EP, Time’s Arrow, out October 25 through Hydra Head.

Described by those in the know as “a brutal yet at times dance-laden assault on the senses,” Time’s Arrow is meant to provide somewhat of a counterpoint to Prurient’s past abrasive tendencies. Though still said to include “feats of unbridled harshness,” the new EP also contains such elements as glistening synth melodies, dancey beats, and an uncomfortable sense of intimacy. Dancing? Synthesizers? Uncomfortable? Clearly, Fernow is out to accurately depict everyone’s high school prom in music.

Prurient has just shy of a handful of live dates on the horizon. With that said, congratulations Prurient fans in Italy and Belgium! Fewer congratulations to the rest of you!

Time’s Arrow tracklist:

01. Time’s Arrow
02. Time’s Arrow (Unsolved)
03. Let’s Make a Slave (De-shelled)
04. Maskless Face
05. Slavery in the Bahamas


10.08.11 - Gallarate, Italy - MAGA Museum *
10.09.11 - Vittorio Veneto, Italy - Odalunga
10.15.11 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen Conservatoriumplein 1

* live collaboration with Nico Vascellari

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Trentemøller releases collection of remixes because he has his own label, tours US this fall

Anders Trentemøller of, well, Trentemøller, has announced the upcoming release of a new double album titled Reworked / Remixed on his own label, In My Room. As the name implies, the pair of discs will feature remixes Trentemøller has done for other artists, as well as reworked guest versions of Trentemøller tracks from 2010’s Into The Great Wide Yonder.

Artists and bands contributing their take on Trentemøller’s Euro soundscapes (think if The Knife and Coldplay got together to score a Spaghetti Western) include Marie Fisker, Andrew Weatherall Prinz, and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. Trentemøller provides remixes of tracks by the likes of Depeche Mode, Modeselektor with Thom Yorke, and Franz Ferdinand, among others.

To support the release, Trentemøller has also announced a fall tour of the US with a full band in tow. If clips from this summer’s performances at various European festivals are any indication, Trentemøller brings more than just his laptop to try and entertain audiences. Expect moving set pieces, dramatic lighting, pretty girls playing Theremin, and silly northern European haircuts.

Reworked / Remixed Tracklisting:

01. Trentemøller: Sycamore Feeling (Marie Fisker Version)
02. UNKLE: The Answer feat. Big in Japan (Baltimore) (Trentemøller Remix)
03. The Dø: Too Insistent (Trentemøller Remix)
04. Trentemøller: Tide (Efterklang Remix)
05. Trentemøller: Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go !!! (Andrew Weatherall Prinz Mix)
06. Franz Ferdinand: No You Girls (Trentemøller Remix)
07. Trentemøller: Tide (Modeselektors Last Remix Ever)
08. Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke: White Flash (Trentemøller Remix)
09. Lars and The Hands Of Light: Me Me Me (Trentemøller Remix)
10. Kasper Bjørke: Does Not Matter feat. The Pierces (Trentemøller Remix)
11. Trentemøller: Tide (Alternative Instrumental Version)

01. Trentemøller: Neverglade (Trentemøller Remix)
02. Chimes And Bells: The Mole (Trentemøller Remix)
03. Trentemøller: … Even Though You’re With Another Girl (I Blame Coco Version)
04. Efterklang: Raincoats (Trentemøller Remix)
05. Trentemøller: Neverglade (UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session #16)
06. Depeche Mode: Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)
07. Sleep Party People: The Dwarf And The Horse (Trentemøller Remix)
08. Mew: Beach (Trentemøller Remix)
09. Trentemøller: … Even Though You’re With Another Girl (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)
10. Giana Factory: Dirty Snow (Trentemøller Remix)
11. Trentemøller: Neverglade (Instrumental Version)


10.12.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
10.14.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
10.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.19.11 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
10.21.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10.22.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex
10.25.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee
10.26.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.31.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.01.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
11.02.11 - Vancouver, BA - Commodore

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Ponytail officially call it quits

The future of Baltimore art-rock band Ponytail has been uncertain for the past year, and now it seems the worst has finally come. Due to difficulties touring with band members geographically dispersed across the country, Ponytail announced in a statement that they are officially splitting up:

We regret to inform you that the wonder group known as Ponytail have officially called it a day. After releasing their amazing album “Do Whatever You Want To All the Time” they were unable to make the touring portion come to life as the members have dispersed across the country in search of other life experiences. It’s a bummer the world will never see Ponytail live again because it was truly honest music that filled you with extreme joy. An experience like that is rare these days and if you did see Ponytail live consider yourself lucky. Hopefully more bands will come along like Ponytail and shed light on the fakers.

Much love to the future.

Xoxo. Sir james winnie

As a final parting gift, the band debuted the music video for “Easy Peasy,” off this year’s Do Whatever You Want to All the Time (TMT Review), on Stereogum. Directed by Willy Siegel, the six-minute video pieces together scraps of (mostly) underwater animal-themed footage from Disney’s The Little Mermaid to insane close-up shots of a giant hippo. Farewell, sweet Ponytail. At least there’s still hope for your solo projects.

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Guided by Voices announce new album Let’s Go Eat the Factory! Have two spoonfuls of nostalgia and awesomeness!

Original fans of Guided by Voices are probably mostly male and in their 40s by now, but hold on to your skirts, fellas, because you’re about to jump up and down like little school girls. After reuniting to tour with their “classic” lineup last year, GBV just announced that they will release a new album called Let’s Go Eat the Factory on January 1, 2012. This will be the “classic” lineup’s first studio recording since 1996’s Under the Bushes, Under the Stars, or if you’re not too technical about it, the band’s first album since 2004’s Half Smiles of the Decomposed (TMT Review).

GBV just wrapped up a year-long reunion tour that started last October at the Matador Records 21st Anniversary celebration in Las Vegas. The line-up, originally together from 1993-1996, includes front man Robert Pollard (the group’s only constant), Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos, Mitch Mitchell and Kevin Fennel. Pollard first talked about the possibility of new album last December in an interview with Spinner: “I’ve thought about it sometimes but it’s a very long shot. We all kind of do our own thing. I’m not completely eliminating the possibility…” And aren’t we glad he didn’t!

Let’s Go Eat the Factory tracklisting:

01. Laundry and Lasers
02. The Head
03. Doughnut for a Snowman
04. Spiderfighter
05. Hang Mr. Kite
06. God Loves Us
07. The Unsinkable Fats Domino
08. Who Invented the Sun
09. The Big Hat and Toy Show
10. Imperial Racehorsing
11. How I Met My Mother
12. Waves
13. My Europa
14. Chocolate Boy
15. The Things That Never Need
16. Either Nelson
17. Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday)
18. Old Bones
19. Go Rolling Home
20. The Room Taking Shape
21. We Won’t Apologize for the Human Race

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R.E.M. politely say goodbye

R.E.M. have decided to say farewell to their 31-year-old namesake and move on to other ventures, according to a statement on their official website. The band released their 15th album, Collapse into Now, earlier this year, and though it may not have thrilled as many listeners as Murmur did back in 1983, their influence on “alternative rock” of all stripes has been huge, and they’ll be missed by many.

Front man Michael Stipe had this to say about the split:

A wise man once said—‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave. We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.

I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.

Statements from Mike Mills and Peter Buck have also been posted on the site.

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Sacred Bones takes Psychic Ills under its thin, skeletal arm, sends new album into the world

NYC’s Psychic Ills are the latest darkly experimental addition to the cloak-wearing, virgin blood-drinking family at Sacred Bones Records. Hazed Dream will be the band’s fifth album, and their first bonafied full-length in three long, Psychic-Ills-full-length-less years (2009’s Mirror Eye, though there have been a few 12-inches in the interim). Tres Warren (guitar/vocals/synth), Elizabeth Hart (bass), and Brian Tamborello (drums) return with a slightly more accessible psych rock kinda sound after a few years delving into the more avant garde side of things, and if the phrase “new Psychic Ills album” isn’t enough to make drool start pooling in a mini Lake Tahoe on your face, well consider the phrase “recorded by Mitch Rackin of Gang Gang Dance and Black Dice.” So, this shit better be good, right? Right? DON’T FUCK IT UP, GUYS. NO PRESSURE.

And if the leaked album track “Mind Daze” is any indication, Psychic Ills’ latest looks poised to be an early fall favorite. It’s currently blowin’ up the blogosphere, setting alight the shriveled, nerdy hearts of music writers across these 50 states and beyond. Tres Warren gets all poetic on us, explaining that “this album lives in a sunny place. A half memory. A hazed dream.” Gosh, that just sounds nice, doesn’t it? It sounds like a cat. This album is the sonic equivalent of a five-year-old calico cat curled up in a spot of early autumn sunshine, snoozing his way into a funny little dream about chasing a mouse and eating your leftover dinner scraps… ALL WHILE ON OPIUM. Yeah, Hazed Dream is like that, the fuzziest imaginable cat just totally, you know, feelin’ it, maaaan. It’s out October 18, and you can watch a little video preview below.

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