R.E.M. politely say goodbye

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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.

• R.E.M.: http://remhq.com

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.

• Psychic Ills: http://psychicills.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm misses appeals court appearance for second time, found in Cambodian hospital

Gottfrid Svartholm, one of four co-founding members of the now-defunct Pirate Bay filesharing service, failed to show up in court today to appeal the 2009 ruling of criminal copyright infringement against him and his three co-founders. Separate appeals trials for the other three founders (Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström) ended in guilty verdicts in November 2010, but at the start of those trials, Svartholm also failed to show and the court decided to postpone his particular appeal. Neij, Sunde, and Lundström have vowed to appeal to Sweden’s Supreme Court, but without Svartholm, they can’t move forward. Svartholm has three more weeks to file for appeal again before the 2009 ruling will become final, resulting in $905,000 in damages due and a year’s worth of jail.

Though much mystery has swirled around the whereabouts of Mr. Svartholm, it turns out he’s been in a hospital in Cambodia. Based on his facial hair choices alone, one presumes he’s infiltrated the oft-overlooked Cambodian metal scene and was laying low before getting hurt while headbanging too aggressively at a show. Svartholm’s mother was supposed to travel to Southeast Asia to take care of and presumably oversee the safe transfer of her son back to Sweden for his hearing but failed to do so.

Meanwhile, Sunde and Neij recently launched Bayfiles.com, most likely to try and get some cash flowing via ‘legal’ channels in case their appeals continue to not go as planned.

Trash Talk to put out new Awake EP on True Panther, all labels to one day become hardcore labels

Do all indie rock labels really want to be hardcore labels? Would Merge be happier if they were actually Bridge Nine? What about Secretly Canadian, do they dream in their deepest dreams that they had Trustkill’s roster? Is Sub Pop sending subtle messages suggesting that Fleet Foxes just add a dang breakdown or two? Lord, I hope so. Sadly, if they truly house these glorious secret desires, they’re hiding it well. Matador Records, however, has no shame about such things, what with their signings of Fucked Up and Ceremony. Now, Matador-associated label True Panther is getting in on that sweet, sweet pit action by putting out an EP from Sacramento’s Trash Talk. That EP is called Awake and it will be out in 7-inch form on October 11 and will rip hard. I’m going out on a limb with that ripping hard business, but if it doesn’t actually rip hard, contact me and I will apologize a little bit.

That said, here is proof that at least 1/5 of the EP rips: the video for the release’s title track. The clip features a bounty of peaceful nature footage and space photos. It also features a lot of skateboarding and a guy breaking stuff. And it doesn’t feature any nature footage or space photos. Sorry for the confusion. Let me make it up to you by telling you about Trash Talk’s upcoming tourdates. There are two of those.

Awake EP tracklisting:

01. Awake
02. Slander
03. Blind Evolution
04. Burn Alive
05. Gimme Shelter

Trash Talk dates:

10.08.11 - Portland, OR - Branx *
10.11.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall

* Japanther

• Trash Talk: http://trashtalkhc.com
• True Panther: http://www.truepanther.com

Talib Kweli and the artist formerly known as Mos Def extend Black Star tourdates

After just three shows across the country, the Rock the Bells tour didn’t quite satisfy, especially given that the last date in Boston was canceled altogether. For those who were only going to see Mos Def (er, Yasiin, rather) and Talib Kweli perform their classic Black Star album, good news awaits.

Turns out they haven’t had enough of each other, and have decided to come correct with a (re) definition of hip-hop. So check out the below dates, and see if Black Star will be swinging through to show you they’re ruling hip-hop.


09.21.11 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
09.22.11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09.27.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore
09.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10.29.11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11.03.11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
11.04.11 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
11.05.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
11.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

Mos Def Yasiin: http://www.myspace.com/mosdef
• Talib Kweli: http://www.myspace.com/talibkweli
• G.O.O.D. Music: http://www.goodmusic-blog.com
• Blacksmith: http://blacksmithnyc.com

Russell Haswell to blow your mind with two LPs on Editions Mego, one with Florian Hecker

Multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell is planning to release two new LPs on Editions Mego, one of which will feature frequent collaborator, Mego regular, and TMT favorite Florian Hecker. The first of the two, titled Acid No!se Synthesis, is due October 25 and features Haswell’s improvisation on either modular synthesiser, computer, or electronics and pedals. According to Editions Mego, No!se was recorded and simultaneously monitored on a stereo/phase scope (for the visual aspect) and speakers or headphones (for the auditory side of things). They recommend that you have a similar experience with the record and also conclude on their website that this record “is not what you think it is.” So there. Get ready. The CD is packaged with a 16-page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms.

Following the CD’s release will be a collaborative vinyl LP with DVD featuring Florian Hecker due November 29, titled Kanal GENDYN. The LP includes recordings from 2004-2011. Both items are currently available for preorder from Editions Mego. Be sure to also check out preorders for Hive Mind and dieb13/Gustafsson/Siewert.

• Russell Haswell: http://haswellstudio.com
• Florian Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Haswell & Hecker: http://haswellhecker.blogspot.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com