RIP: Lindsay Cooper, member of Comus and Henry Cow collaborator

RIP: Lindsay Cooper, member of Comus and Henry Cow collaborator http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1309/news-13-09-lindsay-cooper.jpg

Lindsay Cooper, who was a composer, Henry Cow collaborator, and member of Comus, News From Babel, National Health, and more, died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. From Henry Cow’s Chris Cutler (via Canterbury Sans Frontieres):

So sorry to pass on this unhappy news. Lindsay died this afternoon. She had contracted pneumonia and spent the last six days at home surrounded by a few old friends. She died very peacefully. The funeral will be next Wednesday 25 September at 4:30 PM at Golders Green crematorium.

• Lindsay Cooper: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsay_Cooper

C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug slurp ‘n’ scrape in tandem for Software’s SSTUDIOS collab series

Ever since haters started hating in the early 00s, there’s been more than enough music to hate, from Funeral to King of the Beach to Random Access Memories. You name it, that album is terrible and I hate it. But today, a different kind of album has been announced; it may in fact be decent, and not something to trash in public. C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug announced an album called Wake Up Awesome, and with its crazy free-form collaborative energy there’s simply too much mental energy required to categorize and hate it properly. The album is the second release in Software’s SSTUDIOS series of collaborations, following up Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker’s Instrumental Tourist (TMT Review) last year, and it uses those same rules of improvisation to yield wholly unpredictable, cracked group-speak, interlocking micro-sounds… and belly laughs!

Yeh is best known for voice/violin, Lee for cello, and Marhaug for contact-mic noise, but all three are wide-open improvisers interested in trying anything out at least once (I own a Yeh/Marhaug 7-inch where they seem to just be smacking around wooden chairs), so expect a wide assortment of sounds and audio events, both off-the-top and pre-planned/cut-up. Listen to a little preview of album tracks “Throw Down the Fishcake” and “Anise Tongue and Durian Wet Dream” below, then check the tracklist, then get outta here before I kick yr ass.

Wake Up Awesome tracklist:

01. Wake Up Awesome
02. Hairslide
03. The Mermen of Poetry
04. Ophelia Gimme Shelter
05. The Mermaids of Extended Technique
06. Magic Seagull Lamp
07. Mission: Lazy
08. Mission: Nothing
09. Throw Down the Fishcake
10. Neutrons Whatever
11. Serious Cat’s Milk
12. Anise Tongue and Durian Wet Dream
13. Mission: Possible
14. RSVP Skunk
15. Tonight We Sleep Like Empty Hard Drives

Wake Up Awesome is out November 19 via Software and is up for preorder here.

• C. Spencer Yeh: http://www.dronedisco.com
• Okkyung Lee: https://www.facebook.com/okkyung.lee.music.page
• Lasse Marhaug: http://marhaugforlag.no
• Software: http://softwarelabel.net

K reissues Girl Trouble’s 1988 debut LP; collectors of reissued late 80s LPs everywhere rejoice

K Records is reissuing Girl Trouble’s 1988 debut album, Hit It or Quit It, on December 3. A band too cool for its time (for most times, actually — they’re pretty damn cool) but not too cool for weird top hats, Girl Trouble are a Tacoma, WA four-piece with roots firmly in garage, punk, and mean surf (vs. non-mean, sunny poppy Beach Boysian surf). Now 25 years after its initial release, the band is still together and rockin’ the Pacific Northwest, practicing in the same shed behind certain band members’ parents’ house that they’ve been gathering in for several decades.

The reissue has 11 glorious original songs, a cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ classic “Steppin’ Out,” plus two, previously unreleased bonus tracks. The album was recorded on only the finest in sound engineering equipment: a $70 Sears surplus store drum kit and the band’s plywood speaker cabinets, for that raucous, pseudo “live” sound. Fun fact: Hit It or Quit It was originally a co-release between K and Sub Pop, and Sub Pop’s first ever LP release.

Hit It or Quit It tracklisting:

01. Wreckin’ Ball
02. Primeval
03. Hot Monkey Love
04. Riverbed
05. Hurt Your Heart
06. Old Time Religion
07. Steppin’ Out
08. Follow Me Down
09. She No Rattle My Cage
10. The Skin
11. My Baby’s Gone
12. Where’s The Loser?
13. White Lightning [Previously unreleased]
14. Shakin’ All Over [Previously unreleased]

• Girl Trouble: http://www.wig-out.com
• K: http://shop.krecs.com

Deerhunter cancel European tour dates; all Europeans now being encouraged to kill their own deer

It’s one of the greatest movie quotes of all time for a reason. “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well… your band runs into multiple unforeseen issues within its members’ respective families and has to cancel large chunks of its 2013 European tour as a result.” Truth, folks.

Unfortunately, this is the circumstance in which our reluctant heroes in Deerhunter currently find themselves. According to a statement from the band posted by ATP yesterday (note: emoticons have been added for emphasis):

We are very disappointed to have to cancel our upcoming european tour due to unforeseen circumstances. [ :-( ] We were very excited for these shows, [ B-) ] but unfortunately family circumstances at home for multiple members of the band have made this unavoidable. [:-O] We will reschedule as soon as possible.[ :’-( ]

Dang. Really hits home with the facial expressions too, don’t you think? From what Consequence of Sound tells us, though, all of the band’s US dates are still happening as planned, and only the European dates have been affected. No word as of yet on a reschedule, but we’ll let you guys know. Promise. <3 In the meantime, though, I just kinda feel this for them right now:

:(    :(     :(

Deerhunter dates:

09.19.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.21.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

10.13.13 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
10.15.13 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2
10.16.13 - Leeds, UK - Stylus
10.17.13 - Liverpool, UK - East Village Arts Club
10.18.13 - Cardiff, Wales - SWN Festival
10.19.13 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
10.21.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
10.22.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.23.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Übel and Gefährlich
10.24.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
10.25.13 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
10.26.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
10.27.13 - Vienna, Austria - WuK
10.29.13 - Zürich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
10.30.13 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
10.31.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.01.13 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11.02.13 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.04.13 - Rouen, France - Le 106
11.06.13 - London, UK - The Roundhouse

11.16.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club ^
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
12.07.13 - Perth, Australia - Slanted & Enchanted Festival
12.09.13 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
12.10.13 - Moore Park, Australia - The Hi-Fi Sydney
12.11.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hi-Fi
12.13.13 - Meredith, Australia - Meredith Music Festival

^ Elf Power

• Deerhunter: http://4ad.com/artists/deerhunter
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

Odd Nosdam announces the digital release of T R I S H, a musical tribute to Broadcast’s Trish Keenan

It’s been over two years since the sudden and (needless to say) tragic passing of Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan, and at the time, there was plenty of public respect paid from fans, friends, and acquaintances alike, compelled as people were by the loss of delicacy epitomized, as well as one of the indie world’s foremost influences, to say nothing of the band as a whole.

Fortunately, a benefit of paying tribute to someone lies in the absence of an equivalent statute of limitations, which would otherwise bar people from expressing sympathy, poets from writing odes, musicians from creating tribute bands, and me from consuming an entire plate of meatloaf every Thursday night, after a certain amount of time has passed. Yes, I know the musician named after an entree is still very much alive, but it gives me an excuse to gorge on the weekly under a convincing guise of preliminary mourning. “Dude, you’re having meat loaf for dinner again?” “HAVE SOME RESPECT!” Regardless, unless the subject happens to be a criminal or a recognized terrible human being, tributes of whatever sort don’t seem to have any unwritten rules.

And with Keenan, by all accounts, being quite the opposite of a terrible human being, we more than welcome the announcement of T R I S H, a 25+ minute tribute release from producer and anticon. co-founder Odd Nosdam a.k.a. David Madson. Set for digital release on September 24 via Burnco (following a cassette release last month), T R I S H combines Nosdam’s distinct, sonically traversing, occasional hip-hop sound with, at least on the title track, samples of the lady herself. Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper and the Oakland-based Bre’r also make appearances, though more than anything, the Nosdam aesthetic would appear to be quite complementary. And complimentary. Listen below.

T R I S H tracklisting:

01. T a i k a i r
02. L o n j a e
03. L a d d e r s
04. O l y n n
05. E q u a l
06. T r i s h

• Odd Nosdam: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Odd-Nosdam/158249880937204
• Burnco: https://twitter.com/BurncoRecs

Natural Snow Buildings reissue Daughter of Darkness with Ba Da Bing!, pioneer new “giant record pile” audio format

Confirming that they are in fact attempting to hoard all the remaining vinyl in the world, Ba Da Bing! Records has teamed up yet again with the grandmasters of long-form droney folk, Natural Snow Buildings, to release a big giant pile of a record. You’ll recall last year’s 4xLP reissue of Night Coercion in the Company of Witches (TMT Review), which was followed by the 2xLP The Snowbringer Cult earlier this year. That’s a whole lot of vinyl, sure, but I don’t think anyone would quite call it a full-fledged “pile.”

Enter Daughter of Darkness. Originally released in 2009 on six cassettes and limited to 150 copies, Ba Da Bing! and Natural Snow Buildings have announced plans to reissue the beast across eight whole LPs. That, my friends, is what I call a pile. A mighty fine pile, indeed. And, get this, it’s not just a pile on its own, but a pile in a big fancy box. There are stickers in that box, too! For your skateboard I think! And there are two hand-painted covers with every set! And there’s even an insert drawn by Solange Gularte (a.k.a. 50% of Natural Snow Buildings). That’s a lot of conjunctions and exclamation points for just one new post! And I’m not even finished!

There’s also a six-CD version of the album available for those of you who prefer music piles that you can play in your car stereo, and the CD version has two tracks that aren’t available on the LPs. Both come in limited editions (328 for the LP set and 500 for the CD set) and will be available October 15, though you can preorder now over here.

Daughter of Darkness tracklisting:

01. Daughter of Darkness
02. Satanic Demona Part 1
03. Satanic Demona Part 2
04. Curare
05. Carnal Flowers
06. Her Face Is Not Her Real Face
07. Body Double
08. The Source
09. Santa Sangre Part 1
10. Santa Sangre Part 2
11. A Thousand Demons Invocation
12. Slaves for the Afterlife
13. Black Pastures
14. Will You Die For Me?
15. Devil’s Fork
16. Blood in the Ground Linking Us All (CD only)
17. The Invisibles
18. Psychic Navigation (CD only)

• Natural Snow Buildings: http://www.myspace.com/naturalsnowbuildings
• Ba Da Bing!: http://www.badabingrecords.com