RIP: Justin Benoit, former member of Cold Cave

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From Pitchfork:

Justin Benoit, a former member of Cold Cave, has died, as the band’s Wes Eisold notes.

Benoit, who was also an author and poet, toured in Cold Cave’s live band surrounding their debut LP, 2009’s Love Comes Close. He also played on the split tape with Prurient, Stars Explode, released via Hospital Productions.

Benoit’s writing was published through Eisold’s own Heartworm Press.

• Cold Cave: http://coldcave.net

Swans announce festival dates, continue mission to melt all faces

Michael Gira does not rest.

As Swans are currently globetrotting on the heels of a massive 2012 tour in support of an album we here at Tiny Mix Tapes really liked, The Seer (TMT Review) the band has announced a handful of summer festival dates.

They’ll be playing the middle day of Spain’s Primavera Sound festival before returning to the states for a gig at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, a stop in Pittsburgh, and a set on the second day of Bonnaroo. Given the fact that recent touring has seen Gira and company playing sets upward of two-and-a-half hours, it will be interesting to see how their performance changes to fit the truncated festival format.

Swans dates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (Northside Festival)
06.14.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
06.16.13 - Manchester,TN - Bonnaroo Festival

• Swans: http://www.swans.pair.com
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

Inga Copeland releases (magical) preview EP in advance of (wondrous) forthcoming debut solo album

Inga Copeland — she of Hype Williams, she of the Inga Copeland half of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland — is striking out on her own for a debut LP called Don’t Look Back, That’s Not Where You’re Going, due to land sometime this year. (Dean Blunt’s The Redeemer will be out May 1.) Thirty-second previews on this thang have been appearing on the internet for the past few months, but sometimes 30 seconds just isn’t enough, ya know? Sometimes you want, like, at least eight minutes of music. Sometimes you just want, like, a full-on three-track teaser 12-inch. And if anything, Inga and friends are known for giving the people what they want.

Hence, Hype Williams’ World Music imprint, the benevolent candy-dispensing psychedelic Easter Bunny of weirdo music labels (you know what I mean, don’t act like you don’t know), is making three very special tracks available to you, the listener, on March 4. Produced by fellow Hyperdub associates Martyn and DVA, this EP of wonders includes tracks “So Far So Clean,” “Speak,” and “A&E,” and is available for pre-order from Boomkat. (The magical part is that you get a free digital download dropped into your account on release day. Ooooh modern technology. Top hats. Doves. MAGIC.) Like a unicorn, this shit is gonna be rare, limited edition, act now, etc.

• Inga Copeland: http://www.youtube.com/user/pollyjacobsen

ZS lubricate the portal to their new lineup, release LP of old trio recordings remixed by new trio

If you’ve seen the mighty ZS live lately, you may have been wondering why Sam Hillmer looks the same as ever, while guitar player Ben Greenberg and drummer Ian Antonio have completely switched styles and undergone extensive cosmetic surgery. Well, it turns out that Greenberg and Antonio left the lineup last year and those fellas playing up there are Patrick Higgins and Greg Fox!! Oh man, now I get why they were so resistant to spooning in my bed after the show… :(

For anyone else rocked by the news of an all-new ZS trio, the band has an LP planned for release that will help guide the listener from past to future with minimal motion sickness and maximal ~~ZS~vibe~~. Grain, out April 30 on LP and CD via Northern Spy, introduces ZS PHASE III by presiding over the final unreleased recordings of PHASE II, remixing the former trio’s work to a time-obliterating extreme across two side-long tracks, much like when fashion designers create new apparel from the husks of last year’s runway models. Side A is manhandled by Hillmer and Higgins, while Side B is all Greg Fox’s doing.

FYI, Grain is a “remix” in the same sense that MMW (TMT Review) and New Slaves (TMT Review) were “studio” recordings — where the given constraint is treated like the lead instrument, pushing beyond the physical limits of the band and transforming their sound into something huge. The new ZS have arrived… it’s just in the form of a ghostly, sweaty hologram.

Grain tracklisting:

01. Grain Part One (by Patrick Higgins and Sam Hillmer)
02. Grain Part Two (by Greg Fox)

March tourdateZS:

03.03.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The New Music Bakesale at Roulette *
03.06.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s *
03.07.13 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class *
03.08.13 - Chicago, IL - Experimental Sound Studios *
03.08.13 - Chicago, IL - The Observatory *
03.09.13 - Chicago, IL - Swerp Mansion #
03.10.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
03.11.13 - Little Rock, AR - house show *
03.12.13 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern *
03.13-15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.16.13 - Louisiana - TBA *
03.17.13 - Orlando, FL - Timucua White House
03.18.13 - Orlando, FL - Lil Indies *
03.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
03.20.13 - Raleigh, NC - NC Kings Barcade *
03.21.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
03.23.13 - New York, NY - location TBA %

* Guardian Alien
# ZS solo performances (Greg Fox, Patrick Higgins, Diamond Terrifier)
% Mivos Quartet

• ZS: http://www.zzzsss.com
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Knitting Factory Spokane’s license revoked after gang-related shootings outside venue

Sad news for fans of live music in Spokane, WA. After a series of shootings outside the city’s outpost of the venerable Knitting Factory venue, city officials have revoked the space’s license, at least temporarily shutting down operations. The Spokesman-Review is reporting that local police had given the venue fair warning about the need to curb violent offenses associated with the space after having already responded to four separate shootings there this year. The two apparently gang-related events that took place on Sunday night pushed the department over the edge, with Police Chief Frank Straub stating, “We will not tolerate these acts of violence.”

While the shootings didn’t take place inside the music venue, they occurred after a third-party-hosted DJ showcase that we’re assuming the police think the culprits attended. What the venue could have done to prevent violent actions outside of its doors is unclear, but Spokane authorities seem to think that giving young people fewer places to go is a good solution to the problem of gang violence on the street. The Knitting Factory has 20 days to appeal the decision and they appear to be in the process of doing so, noting in an official statement that it’s “difficult to control what might happen outside the venue after the concert has ended…” While the venue’s site has their Friday show listed as cancelled, all shows beyond that date appear to still be happening.

• The Knitting Factory Spokane: http://sp.knittingfactory.com

Co La announces Moody Coup full-length, overthrows an entire government, shrugs shoulders

If I ever run in to Matt Papich of Co La at a gas station, I know exactly how it’s going to go. Making sure he doesn’t see me, I’ll run inside to buy him a Coke. Back outside, I’ll place it on the hood of his car. I’ll stand perfectly still until he sees me. Eventually we’ll lock eyes and we’ll both smile. I’ll say “Co Ca” and he’ll say “Co La,” and we’ll go back and forth like that until his 2001 Geo Metro finishes filling up, at which point he’ll say, “Hey man, you want to come hang out at my house and talk about my new album?” And I’ll say, “Boy do I ever!”

Back at his place, he’ll crack open the soda I bought him, settle into his oversized recliner and say, “The new record is called Moody Coup. I guess you could call it a follow-up to Daydream Repeater (TMT Review). The brass at the label, Software Recording Co., tell me we’re going to be releasing it on May 7 of this year.” He’ll be able to tell that I’m pretty bummed I’ve got to wait that long, so he’ll say, “No worries, man, let’s listen to the first single right now. It’s called ‘Melter’s Delight,’ and if I do say so my self, it’s awfully delightful.” We’ll listen to it together:

As the hi-hat fades, we’ll both sit quiet for a minute, thinking about what choices in our lives brought us to this point. Eventually, he’ll break the silence, “You know, I really feel that this new album’s a departure for me.” He’ll talk for a long time about how “the bedrock of Moody Coup is [more] elusive and abstract” than Daydream Repeater, and about how all the “micro pieces” on the album “function mosaically, creating an impression at a macro level that is extremely potent as music as well as concept.” He’ll also probably mention the vocal contributions from Angel Deeradorian. I won’t understand all of it, but I’ll listen intently and try to say something smart about Erik Satie occasionally.

Just before sunrise, I’ll look at my watch in shock. I’ll scramble up, suddenly remembering the dentist appointment that I’d been headed to. He’ll apologize, but I’ll tell him it’s fine, I can always re-schedule. On the walk back to the gas station where I left my car, I’ll grin and think to myself how much better this went than the time I followed Avey Tare around the grocery store, waiting for the perfect moment to drop a case of applesauce into his cart.

• Co La: http://meltersdelight.tumblr.com
• Software: http://www.softwarelabel.net

  

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