RIP: Elliott Carter, American composer

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From The New York Times:

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 103 and had continued to compose into his 11th decade, completing his last piece in August.

His death was announced by Virgil Blackwell, his personal assistant. Mr. Carter died in his Greenwich Village apartment, which he and his wife bought in 1945 and where he had lived ever since.

Mr. Carter’s music, which brought him dozens of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, could seem harmonically brash and melodically sharp-edged on the first hearing, but it often yielded drama and lyricism on better acquaintance. And though complexity and structural logic were hallmarks of his works, the music he composed in the decade leading up to his widely celebrated centenary, in 2008, was often more lyrical, if not necessarily softer at the edges. […]

Radiohead “On A Friday” cassettes currently on eBay for $50,000. For a bit of perspective, $50,000 is the equivalent of 50,000 individual US dollars!

With another cheery and mirthful Guy Fawkes Day officially ringing in the start of the 2012 Holiday/Galactic Apocalypse Season, it’s perfectly natural to sit around Oxfordshire or wherever and ask yourself, “What do I get this year for the Radiohead fan in my life who has everything?” And while the #1 answer to that question is “plaster casts of the Greenwood brothers’ genitalia,” my bros over at Stereogum have pointed out a runner-up gift option that ain’t too bad: an eBay listing for Radiohead’s “first four demo cassette tapes”… on cassette!

Yup, for just one-half of one-tenth of one-tenth of one million US dollars, you or your significant sugar-parent can hit the “Buy it now” button and purchase these fine specimens of Thom and his buddies’ pretty awkward college rawk phase, back before they were calling themselves the obviously not-lame name of Radiohead and instead went by the completely unrelatable On A Friday (who’s ever cared about Friday?), and later by the name Shindig (a clever reference to how much the band “dug” the Collective Soul song “Shine”). And folks, top-rated eBay seller 619andyp has held nothing back in his presentation of these incredibly rare collector’s items, here. This eBay listing has got it all: a description of his online-company, a photo of the item described, pink and red sans-serif text enumerating the “artist” and “title,” international fucking shipping instructions — you name it! And sure, all of this music is available on the internet already, but that’s probably why there’s a “Best Offer” option that allows bidders to pledge less than $50k if he or she has the balls to go and sully Shindig like that.

Speaking of the music, there seems to be some tunes involved here that later got reworked for Radiohead’s most critically acclaimed album Pablo Honey, and there’s even a ska jam called “Tell Me Bitch” that I’m reasonably confident is a clairvoyant pre-rant about George W. Bush. So, yeah. Are you sold yet? I know I am! Maybe you and I could go in on this thing together. So let’s see… I’ve got… 10, 11… 11 dollars.

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com
• eBay: http://ebay.com

Drexciya compiled for the third time (out of four) on Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III

Understandably, if you’re not an enthusiastic follower of electronic music (particularly of the Detroit techno variety), then the probability of you being familiar with Drexciya is likely on the low end. On the other hand, given the duo’s previous (and continued, through surviving member Gerald Donald) preference for avoiding personal limelight, it’s unlikely that even fans are really, truly familiar with Drexciya — at least not in the same way that fans of Skrillex, for instance, are really, truly familiar with him and his, shall we say, fascinating haircut.

That preference ultimately stems from a philosophy, as described by Drexciya in an unsurprisingly impersonal, e-mail-based interview with Clash: “The music is more urgent than the organizers of it and should take a place of primary importance, so it does not matter if one is known or not known directly. Personality is not a requirement for serious music production and they should remain separate.”

Certainly, there’s no reason to associate media reclusiveness with a lack of accomplishment or talent. Numerous other artists have disproven this theoretical correlation, and Drexciya were/are/is no exception. Their sci-fi inspired, electro-pioneering back catalog is so extensive that it has needed four separate compilations to, um, compile it all, in editions of a set entitled Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, a name referencing their debut 12-inch in 1992.

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II was released at the beginning of summer, and now Dutch label Clone have announced Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III, set to be released December 3. This third installment includes material from 1992’s Deep Sea Dweller 12-inch, 1993’s Bubble Metropolis EP, and 1994’s The Unknown Aquazone, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Flying Fish” and “Unknown Journey IV.” Not often talked with, Drexciya at least deserve to be talked about. Dive in and spread the word, why don’t you?

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III tracklisting:

01. Smokey’s Illegitimate Report
02. The Countdown Has Begun
03. Aquabahn
04. Intensified Magnetron
05. Sea Snake
06. Flying Fish
07. The Mutant Gillmen
08. Unknown Journey IV
09. Nautilus
10. Vampire Island
11. Aqua Worm Hole
12. The Bubble Chamber
13. You Don’t Know
14. Red Hills Of Lardossa

• Clone: http://clone.nl

Domino makes ceremonial alliance with Julia Holter, reissues Ekstasis

Julia Holter, Los Angeles’ sorceress of weirdo pop, has signed with indie big boys Domino for an as-yet unrecorded third album. To facilitate the deal, Holter gave Domino three goats and a magical amulet that would make people lose their shit over every single Animal Collective release, and Domino gave Holter (and the world) a reissue of her second release, this spring’s Ekstasis (TMT Review). Originally released on RVNG Intl., the new version of Ekstasis, clad in ceremonial robes and purified in the blood of six chickens, will hit stores December 17.

It has been a busy year (plus some months) for Holter. Tragedy, her debut album, a conceptual piece based on Euripedes’ play Hippolytus, started fanning up heart fires once it was released in August 2011. Then this spring, Ekstasis made its inaugural appearance on this veil of sorrows. Julia Holter’s first album for Domino will be released sometime in 2013.

Ekstasis tracklisting:

01. Marienbad
02. Our Sorrows
03. In The Same Room
04. Boy In The Moon
05. Fur Felix
06. Goddess Eyes II
07. Moni Mon Ami
08. Four Gardens
09. Goddess Eyes I
10. This Is Ekstasis

• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Atoms for Peace to release debut album AMOK in January

Atoms for Peace have announced their debut album, according to Radiohead fansite AtEase. The band, which consists of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, and Flea, will release AMOK on XL Recordings, the label responsible for releasing Thom’s solo album, The Eraser. Apparently there was a release page here on XL’s website that’s no longer there. Hmmmmm. HMMM. That’s strange! (JK, I don’t care.)

For the latest and greatest news, be sure to follow Thom’s Twitter. He’s really getting the hang of this social media thing.

Look for AMOK on January 28, and listen to the album’s second track, “Default,” here:

Tracklisting:

01. Before Your Very Eyes…
02. Default
03. Ingenue
04. Dropped
05. Unless
06. Stuck Together Pieces
07. Judge, Jury and Executioner
08. Reverse Running
09. Amok

• Atoms for Peace: http://atomsforpeace.info
• XL Recordings: http://xlrecordings.com

Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) compiles sinister percussion + the War on Terror on 3xLP release It Stands to Conceal

Active participants in this year’s Halloween festivities are probably appreciating the fact that the holiday doesn’t usually come and go in a vacuum on the evening of trick-or-treating. Depending on your age and/or level of maturity, you may still be finding yourself each following morning, hungover, facepaint smeared, and in bed with a fully-donned member of the Power Rangers. What happened last night? The helmet’s on, so the only tangible affirmation of your sexual preference is the color of the ranger’s suit. It’s red. You’re a straight male. There’s no way you’re investigating further, and there’s no way you’re forgetting this year’s Halloween. Also notable: Halloween candy tends to last for weeks.

It’s important to keep in mind the relative continuance of this most ghoulish of holidays when you hear the news that this December (possibly later), Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) will be releasing It Stands to Conceal, a 3xLP compilation of his most recent cassettes — Jordanian Descent, Ghosts of Chechnya, and Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition. While not quite as ominous as Demdike Stare (who Fernow has cited as an influence), there’s an appreciable darkness to the evolving tribal rhythms characterizing Vatican Shadow’s work. No, it’s not explicitly reminiscent of modern Halloween in the same way that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is, but when you consider the holiday’s roots, as well as its alternative celebrations, there’s definitely a relevance to acknowledge. Aspiring and current occultists, never stop celebrating Halloween! Every day and forever! Pre-order the 3xLP set (limited to 911 copies) here.

It Stands to Conceal tracklisting:

LP I - Jordanian Descent
01. Jordanian Descent (Sharia Law)
02. Jordanian Descent (Guantanamo Military Commissions)

LP II - Ghosts 0f Chechnya
01. Encryption Nets
02. The House of the Followers
03. Peace Rage
04. The Hamburg Cell Was Born in Chechnya
05. He Held the Victims Responsible
06. Voices Came Crackling across a Motorola Hand-Held Radio
07. Chechnya’s Ghosts Loom Large in Death of Former Spy
08. Snipers as a Breed Tend to Be Superstitious

LP III - Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition
01. There Was a Black Banner on the Floor
02. Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity
03. Wahhabi Money Flows
04. Once This Fire Gathers Strength

• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

  

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