It is with great pain that I must announce that Bob Weston has died. He was found dead at home in his London flat in the evening of the 3rd January, by police making a forced entry. Local friends had become concerned at the lack of response, having not seen him for a couple of days. Cause of death has been attributed to a gastrointestinal haemorrhage. He was found in his bed/armchair [checking] in front of the TV; it is presumed he was asleep and didn’t suffer…
I spoke to Bob just a few days before Xmas; we had discussed him spending Xmas with us, but he had some gigs to do in London. Instead we made plans for a visit early in the New Year. He was in fine spirits, and was involved in several new projects. He also seemed to be very fit…
My family and I have lost a dear friend; the world has lost an enormously talented musician, with unfinished business…
RIP: Bob Weston, Fleetwood Mac guitarist
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Björk messes with children’s brains, performs in the round
By Brittany Flynn on Jan 6 2012
Brace yourself, for the world is about to be overtaken by mini Björks. Not only are they just as elfin in physical make up, but they are designed with scientific minds that could do much more than just hack into your email account. Where are these genius mini Björkians coming from? Why, the Biophilia (TMT Review) education series, of course.
Iceland’s hottest export (no, not Þórbergur Þórðarson) has collaborated with the New York Hall of Science to bring us a three-week series, in which the minds of middle school-aged beings are retooled as they study crystalline structures, lunar cycles, viruses, and whatever else Björk was singing about on her most recent album to date. If you really want to meet the masterminds of the future, you’ll have to go to Reykjavík, where the Biophilia educational program will be in the school’s curriculum for three years.
If you hate children and are wondering whether any of this matters to you, you’ll be glad to hear that Björk has teamed with The Creators Project and the New York Hall of Science for 10 nights of live performances for what we hear is nothing short of astounding. Each audience member should be ready for their brain to blow out of their skull, as they’ll be sitting just a few yards from the stage, which is set in the round. Some of the highlights include MIDI pipe organs, musical Tesla coils, a 24-piece Icelandic female choir, 10-foot pendulum harps, and an MIT Media Lab alum (could we really call this science without an MIT graduate on hand?).
Six of the special Biophilia shows will be held at the NYHS, and the remaining will be at the Roseland Ballroom. Tickets go on sale January 13 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.
02.03.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.06.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.09.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.12.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.15.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.18.12 - Queens, NY - New York Hall of Science
02.22.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
02.25.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
02.28.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
03.02.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
Prurient to release new double 7-inch with charming artwork by Genesis P-Orridge
By Jared Micah on Jan 5 2012
Dominick Fernow had an eventful year in 2011 with the release of his “controversial” synth-pop record Bermuda Drain (TMT Review) as well as the follow-up Time’s Arrow EP and several cassettes. Not to mention there was the celebrated 300th release by his record label Hospital Productions and the devastating and abrupt closing of his physical retail store in NYC. This year will likely be no exception for the noise scene’s favorite busy man, and Fernow is starting off with a double 7-inch release via Dais Records (Cold Cave, aTelecine) entitled Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior.
According to Dais, this release should see Prurient still pushing forward with new territory, as the label describes the record’s four compositions as “ambient power electronics” that “throw away that past decade of experience” and “captures Prurient at its most vulnerable and sedate, reflective and rapt.” Go here to order.
For the album artwork on this limited release of 500 copies, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle supplied an original collage (pictured above). A match made in heaven? Ha! These men have nothing to do with that place.
Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hilmer of ZS) brings new year cheer with new tracks premiered, new album announced, and new gigs booked
By Jared Micah on Jan 5 2012
**striking wine glass with a spoon**
Excuse me everyone, but Diamond Terrifier, the solo project of ZS saxophonist Sam Hilmer, has a few things that he would like to announce before the party begins. First, many of you cherished — with good reason — his debut cassette Himalayan Appalachia from last year, and now, with the arrival of a new year that’s sure to be filled with disappointment and failure, dearest Terrifier has offered a glimmer of hope with the exciting news that some brand new tracks have been premiered for your pleasure as part of the Monthly Singles Series featured on Diamond Terrifier’s website.
Second, there’s a date for Diamond Terrifier’s first official full-length release! Expect an LP produced by Chris Taylor (who you may know from Grizzly Bear, or as the guy who stole Jessica Rylan’s band name) sometime in September on Northern-Spy Records.
Finally, while you were staining your simpers with eggnog, Diamond Terrifier played a shit-ton of shows in December that you might’ve missed. Thankfully, he’s already set a bunch of dates for January, though only in New York. Dates below. Info on supporting acts can be found here.
01.08.12 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
01.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Spectacle Theater
01.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
01.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
01.18.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
01.19.12 - Brooklyn, NY - La Sala
01.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
01.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
Stream The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s joint EP (no edible hard drives or skull vaginas this time, sorry)
By Caroline Rayner on Jan 5 2012
Honestly, I’d totally forgotten about the whole Flaming Lips/Plastic Ono Band two-show New Year’s shindig in Oklahoma City. I’m sure the confetti and giant plastic bubbles and cosmic sounds blasting through megaphones were great and everything, but it’s not as if they were playing any week-long songs or handing out gummy arms and legs. Apparently, however, The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band also released a four-song EP pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl. I have a few colored records, but glow-in-the-dark?! I’d take that over a gummy-encased hard drive any day (that shit would probably get pretty sticky).
Anyway, all 2000 copies have already sold out, but the tracks are all streaming over at Consequence of Sound. It’s certainly not the same as turning off all the lights and playing a glow-in-the-dark record, but hey, I can still dig it. It all sounds sort of like transmissions from a discotheque for robot ghosts on Pluto, which is pretty rad.
01. The Fear Litany
02. Do It
03. Brain of Heaven
04. Atlas Eets Christmas
• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band: http://imaginepeace.com/?tag=yoko-ono-plastic-ono-band
Damon & Naomi with Ghost back from the dead with bonus 7-inch on January 31
By Ryan A. Detwiler on Jan 5 2012
After meeting in 1995 and touring together in both the US and Japan through the end of the decade, slowcore duo Damon & Naomi decided to do something about the constant haunting feeling they were experiencing and collaborate on an album with Japanese psychedelic folk group Ghost. Damon and Naomi would send tracks to Japan, then Ghost would send back production and arrangement suggestions (as ghosts are wont to do). Eventually, Ghost floated over the Pacific and the recording that would become Damon & Naomi with Ghost was born in the year 2000. Despite what television is currently teaching us about the unholy union of the undead and the living, all hell did not break loose.
Cut to 11 years later, where we find ourselves in a world without access to Damon & Naomi with Ghost. Thankfully, Drag City has stepped up and announced that they will be re-releasing the album on January 31. Those interested in exploring the paranormal of the past can opt to purchase the album as an LP, a compact disc (to really get into the mood of 2000), or as a digital download. The LP version will be shipped with a bonus 7-inch featuring never-before-released material from the original recording sessions. Get it before it once again crosses to the other side…
Damon & Naomi with Ghost tracklist:
01. The Mirror Phase
02. The New World
03. Judah and the Maccabees
04. Blue Moon
05. The Great Wall
06. I Dreamed of the Caucasus
07. Don’t Forget
09. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
10. Femme Fatale *
11. My Flower (Watashi No Hana) *
* bonus 7-inch (LP only)