Psychic Ills and Mazzy Star pop out of North-American-tour-shaped box, and though we were excited, we could totally tell what it was before unwrapping it

Psychic Ills and Mazzy Star pop out of North-American-tour-shaped box, and though we were excited, we could totally tell what it was before unwrapping it

Tours, like the word “pillow,” start to seem weirder and weirder the longer you think about them. A band goes to a town and plays some music? Then they go to another city and they maybe hang out in a hotel or do some illegal drugs before playing more of the music they played in the last city in the new one? Then they just… keep doing it? And people cram into sweaty rooms to watch them do it? Honestly, you’d think that inventions like The Walkman, MP3s, and hot tubs with speakers in them would’ve rendered the practice obsolete. Somehow, though, it persists.

The latest groups to get peer pressured into participating in this barbaric practice are Psychic Ills and Mazzy Star. Starting in mid-November the bands will travel together for a short stint in places as far-flung as Minneapolis, Detroit, and Montreal! They’ll play songs! They’ll probably bond while hanging out backstage or during the long drives! They might even write a song or two about the experience! Overall, it promises to be a very tour-like affair, so if you’re into that sort of thing, I’d say you’re in for a treat. Since none of the dates are coming very close to my house, I’ll probably end up just watching the video for “See You There” from Psychic Ills’ latest album One Track Mind on the iPad embedded in my refrigerator, and bumping Mazzy Star’s Seasons of Your Day (TMT Review) through the miniature speakers that I attached to my cats.

Dates (all w/ both bands):

11.12.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
11.15.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
11.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
11.17.13 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
11.19.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.20.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.22.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.23.13 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring

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Family Matters fans Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti announce two US shows this winter, live remixing Desertshore

January. It was the best of times (champagne!), it was the worst of times (soul crushing cold!). And into the future frigid wintry wonderland of January 2014 came Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, all ready to play two — count ‘em TWO!!!! — shows in the USA’s biggest cold cities. Just in time for your mom’s Epiphany party comes the duo’s January 5 show at MoMA PS1. Then, on January 9, avant-garde music’s biggest Perfect Strangers fans (just a guess, really) journey to Chicago, where Balki and Larry once lived, laughed, and loved, all to the secret soundtrack of Throbbing Gristle songs ABC was too much of a pussy to broadcast. They’ll be performing at the Metro Club, scene of the infamous Perfect Strangers/Family Matters crossover episode where Carl Winslow busts Balki’s underground Eurotrash rave and Urkel, while high on designer drugs and covered in glow-in-the-dark body paint, turns to the camera and says “Did I do that?” It was A Very Special Episode and ABC did NOT want teens to see it.

Anyway, anyway. Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are performing as X-TG, doing a live REMIX (Missy Elliot voice) of select tracks from double album Desertshore/The Final Report. This is the debut US performance of the REMIX tracks. “Supporting sound,” whatever that may be, comes from former Emeralds dude John Elliot’s Outer Space project and Chicago’s Hieroglyphic Being. This is Chris and Cosey’s first US appearance since their sold out 2009 jaunt across the pond as Throbbing Gristle.


01.05.14 - Long Island City, NY - MoMA P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center
01.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Metro Club

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• Cosey Fanni Tutti:

Teengirl Fantasy announce Nun EP, ‘cause somebody had to make electronic music for those poor nuns out there eventually

Electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy is just one of those bands whose name accurately describes the music they make. Not necessarily in sound, mind you, but in the mission statement of all their releases. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but every Teengirl Fantasy record focuses on a common fantasy or dream for teenage girls. For instance, 2010 debut 7 AM explored the idea of being able to stay up until 7 AM, while last year’s Tracer covered tracing the phone calls of your greatest enemies. You know, teen girl stuff. Teengirl Fantasy’s newest EP, Nun, is coming out November 25 through This Is Music and covers the greatest teen girl fantasy of them all: committing yourself to god.

You teenage girls know how it is. Sitting in boring classes all day, every day, just wishing you could get out there, get shipped off to a convent to dedicate your entire being to godliness. Sadly, for many, this will never come to pass. They will simply have to listen to Teengirl Fantasy’s Nun EP. Now, while previous Teengirl Fantasy releases included samples and vocals from secular sources, this EP contains nothing of the sort. Only four tracks created by the hands of two of god’s loyal servants. Amen.

Teengirl Fantasy dates:

11.09.13 - Paris, France - Trox Aux Biches, La Java *
11.12.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios ^
11.22.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Body, Under Bron
11.23.13 - Berlin, Germany - Janus, Chester’s Club

* Telepath
^ James Ferraro

• Teengirl Fantasy:
• This Is Music:

RIP: Lou Reed

From Rolling Stone:

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”

• Lou Reed:

Ennio Morricone descends from heaven to play first-ever West Coast performances with 200-member orchestra

Long, long ago (1928) in a land far, far away (Italy) a giant glowing space egg crashed to Earth, leaving behind it a plume of wondrous rainbow-colored smoke that was seen for miles around. As it fell, diamonds and glitter gently descended from within the depths of the smoke cloud, blanketing the surrounding country with a thin layer of gold dust. Naturally, the government tried to hush things up, as described in The X-Files S4E15, a little seen episode whose broadcast was preempted for a reality show where a starving college football team stranded on a remote island tried to race a herd of angry chimps to see who could eat over 100 lbs of raw, uncooked plantains first. This amazing space rock was, of course, the spaceship that brought famed composer Ennio Morricone down to Earth from his home among the gods in Heaven.

And now the man who wrote the classic themes to Once Upon a Time in the West and Days of Heaven, among so many others, is cruising over to the US on another space egg known as an aeroplane. In 2014, Consequence of Sound reports that Morricone will make his West Coast live debut along with a 200-person orchestra (WHAT) at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on March 20. Then, on March 23, it’s over to Brooklyn for a performance at the Barclays Center. Tickets are on sale now for Earth people, angry chimps, starving college bros, and space demigods alike.

• Ennio Morricone:

Phill Niblock all set to Touch you with microtones over the course of two discs on October 29

You know those women’s magazine spreads that are like, “Sexy at Any Age!!!!!” or some nonsense, and it’s basically a photoshoot of how you can wear a blazer with like, a mesh top and no bra if you’re 20, a ruffly blouse if you’re 30, a simple tank if you’re 40, and like, a thin shield of metal armor if you’re 50? Well, New York-based minimalist composer and founder of Experimental Intermedia Phill Niblock is like, the role model, for Cool At Any Age!!!!! How many 80-year olds do you know who have worked with Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, inspired legions of avant-garde luminaries like Susan Stenger, Lois V. Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca, and who currently has a fifth album on the way from Touch? After all, like Aaliyah said, age ain’t nothing but a number.

And Niblock, a man who has been pushing the boundaries of music for several decades, is doing something a little different on Touch 5. Says the man himself:

In 1998, Petr Kotik asked me to make a piece for orchestra, so, I began to make scores for the musicians to play from… .These are the instructions for the scored piece on the second CD, ‘Two Lips.’ The score was prepared by Bob Gilmore, from specific directions by me: ‘Two Lips,’ aka ‘Nameless,’ is conceived as two scores, A and B, to be played simultaneously, lasting 23 minutes. Each score consists of 10 instrumental parts. The 20 separate parts should be distributed randomly amongst the musicians of the ensemble; the ‘A group’ and the ‘B group’ are not separated spatially. In each part, one note changes to the next in a graded sequence of microtonal steps… .The piece calls for very subtle gradations of tuning in order to achieve a richness of ensemble sound, full of beatings of near-unison pitches, and with clouds of overtones and difference tones.

Touch 5 gives you three different guitar quartets’ take on the piece: you get Zwerm (Belgium), Dither (New York), and an international assemblage of musicians, Coh Da (Ad Hoc spelled backwards…..!!!!). Listen to a sample, see the details, and buy it at the Touch Shop.

Touch 5 tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. FeedCorn Ear
02. A Cage of Stars

Disc 2:
01. Two Lips
02. Two Lips (Dither Guitar Quartet)
03. Two Lips (Coh Da Guitar Quartet)

• Phill Niblock:
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