RIP: Terence Connor, drummer of Total Slacker

RIP: Terence Connor, drummer of Total Slacker

Terence Connor, drummer of Brooklyn band Total Slacker, was killed in an accident yesterday morning. From Total Slacker’s Facebook page:

We’re unbelievably heart broken, our drummer Terence Connor was killed in a hit and run accident while riding his bike early this morning.
Sending all our love to his family and friends.

Watch the video for “Crystal Necklace” here:

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Smashing Pumpkins reissue Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness as expansive 5CD deluxe box, because it was far too succinct before

Now that it’s officially October, we’re all allowed (encouraged, even) to consume an endless supply of pumpkin-related material. To help you out with that, here’s some news about your favorite band from 7th grade — The Smashing Pumpkins. In line with the reissues already released over the last two years (Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot), the band has announced that it will release its double-disc opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in a number of new and remastered formats on December 4. These formats (and their corresponding pumpkin rating) are as follows:

• Deluxe Download – Pumpkin Rating: 2
• Double CD – Pumpkin Rating: 3
• Four-LP Vinyl Box Set – Pumpkin Rating: 6
• Five-CD + DVD Box Set – Pumpkin Rating: 9

On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 is where you gag a little when you taste anything pumpkin flavored, and 10 is where you hibernate for 11 months of the year in anticipation of October. For true Pumpkin fans, the balls out five-disc option is really the only way to go. With a velvet-lined box holding 64 bonus tracks of MC&TIS-era material, a decoupage kit for making MC&TIF-themed artwork, and a DVD of a live show from London’s Brixton Acacdemy in 1996, it’ll transport you back to the mid-90s faster than you can say “hypercolor.”

Go find your Zero shirt, enjoy pumpkin-flavored everything while it lasts, and hunker down until the reissue is available later this year.

Bonus disc tracklists:

Morning Tea (Disc 3):

1. Tonight, Tonight (Strings Alone mix)

02. Methusela (Sadlands demo)

03. X.Y.U. (Take 11)

04. Zero (Synth mix)

05. Feelium (Sadlands demo)

06. Autumn Nocturne (Sadlands demo)

07. Beautiful (Loop version)

08. Ugly (Sadlands demo)

09. Ascending Guitars (Sadlands demo)

10. By Starlight (Flood rough)

11. Medellia Of The Gray Skies (Take 1)

12. Lover (Arrangement 1 demo)

13. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby (Take 7)

14. In The Arms Of Sleep (Early Live demo)

15. Lily (My One And Only) (Sadlands demo)

16. 1979 (Sadlands demo)

17. Glamey Glamey (Sadlands demo)

18. Meladori Magpie

19. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Home Piano version)

20. Galapagos (Instrumental/Sadlands demo)

21. To Forgive (Sadlands demo)

High Tea (Disc 4):

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Sadlands demo)

02. Set The Ray To Jerry (Vocal Rough)

03. Thirty-Three (Sadlands demo)

04. Cupid De Locke (BT 2012 mix)

05. Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans (Live Studio rough)

06. Jellybelly (Instrumental/Pit mix 3)

07. The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)

08. Jupiter’s Lament (Barbershop version)

09. Bagpipes Drone (Sadlands demo)

10. Tonight, Tonight (Band Version Only, No Strings)

11. Knuckles (Studio outtake)

12. Pennies

13. Here Is No Why (Pumpkinland demo)

14. Blast (Fuzz version)

15. Towers Of Rabble (Live)

16. Rotten Apples

17. Fun Time (Sadlands demo)

18. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby (Acoustic version)

19. Chinoise (Sadlands demo)

20. Speed

Special Tea (Disc 5):

1. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Nighttime version 1)

02. Galapagos (Sadlands demo)

03. Cherry (BT 2012 mix)

04. Love (Flood rough)

05. New Waver (Sadlands demo)

06. Fuck You (an ode to no one) (Production Master rough)

07. Isolation (BT 2012 mix)

08. Transformer (Early mix)

09. Dizzle (Sadlands demo)

10. Goodnight (Basic Vocal rough)

11. Eye (Soundworks demo)

12. Blank (Sadlands demo)

13. Beautiful (Instrumental-Middle 8)

14. My Blue Heaven (BT 2012 mix)

15. One And Two

16. Zoom (7 ips)

17. Pastichio Medley (Reversed extras)

18. Marquis In Spades (BT 2012 mix)

19. Tales Of A Scorched Earth (Guitar Overdub mix)

20. Tonite Reprise (Version 1)

21. Wishing You Were Real (Home demo)

22. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby (Pit mix 3)

23. Phang (Sadlands demo)

• Smashing Pumpkins:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce first new album in a decade; god bless us, every one

God bless you, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The calendar turned red this year with a menacing 2012 staring down each month, and though for some musicians it signified a final chance to douse the internet in apocalyptic half-bakes and leftovers, for others it was a multi-trumpeted awakening call and challenge. Scott Walker just rose from a six-year slumber with machetes in hand to address the present moment, and now dark horse unit Godspeed You! Black Emperor have snuck out a timely and SUDDEN follow-up to Yanqui U.X.O. (released via Constellation Records a full 10 years ago, itself two years removed from their defining 2000 double-album Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven).

ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! has an official release date of October 19 October 16 (15 in Europe) on Constellation, but apparently the album is already pressed — on 180g vinyl in a tip-on gatefold jacket plus bonus 7-inch plus 12” x 48” pull-out poster! — and being sold on their tour, currently in progress. More details, including a preorder link, are coming very soon. 12 AM EST, to be exact.

In the decade-long wait between Yanqui and ALLELUJAH!, Constellation has been doing a fine job releasing maximal sounds by maximal artists (see: Colin Stetson and Matana Roberts), but it’s still exciting to imagine new material from the dudes behind that chilling opening narration on 1997’s F♯ A♯ ∞ (and everything that came after). GY!BE have been demonstrating their monolithic power on a few brief tours following a 2010 ATP live reformation (most recently announcing a few dates in Australia), but total studio recording snippets have been zerø until now. Oh to be in Boston tonight…

[UPDATE: Constellation is now taking preorders.]



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• Constellation:

Universal assimilates EMI’s entire recorded music division; resistance is futile!

Like a fat (really fat) person eating an entire buffet, mega-conglomorate Universal Music Group (UMG) has completed their acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division, thus making it an unstoppable musical juggeranaut that will soon be so large that it will need a motorized scooter to move from place to place.

To give you an idea of just how incredibly fucking large UMG is now, here are a list of the labels that they now control after the merger: Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Records, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Nashville, Virgin Records, and Verve Music Group. That’s, like, at least 50 percent of all the music in the world. Controlled by one company; and you think you’re going to make headway with your indie label? Again, resistance is futile; you will be assimilated, eventually.

“This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry,” said UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. “EMI is finally returning to people who have music in their blood. We are acquiring incredible labels and a roster of stellar talent, including top-selling artists like Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. We remain true to our vision of investing in EMI, growing the company as a vibrant source of new music, offering consumers more choice and supporting the growth of online music services.”

Grange also added that he enjoys the fact that consumers believe they are deciding between two competing companies and then returned to watching the rat maze he has in the office, the one with no exit and walls that slowly close in.

Lil Wayne releasing I Am Not A Human Being sequel in December; potential guests Animal Collective snubbed again

Alright guys and gals. Forget whatever albums just dropped or are supposed to come out later this year. Forget Death Gripes and Sam Walker and all the other crazies who make music these days. I don’t even know anymore. But, here’s what I do know (thx 2 Idolator): Lil Wayne is releasing another album. His tenth album.

I Am Not a Human Being II, sequel to 2010’s I Am Not A Human Being is on the release calendar for December 11 (already delayed from a planned November release), which chronologically follows last year’s Tha Carter IV (TMT Review). Check out one of the singles already released, “My Homies Still”:

Stoked? Okay!

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• Young Money:

TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek launches new label with Telepathe single, builds every release with his bare hands and sweat

Dave Sitek is tired of all these lazy, no good, dumbhead, garbage sack bozos. Taking all week mixing, recording, and producing records. Taking all month silkscreening album jackets. And, worst of all, they’re doing it wrong. Dave Sitek can’t take it, so he’s taking matters into his own hands. The TV on the Radio bassist/producer has started a new record label by the name of Federal Prism, focusing on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs. Every release on the new label will be recorded, mixed, and produced by Sitek himself. Not only that, but Sitek will hand-silkscreen each of the 500 numbered copies himself. Finally, Dave Sitek doesn’t need any of you chumps.

The question is, who shall be Federal Prism’s chrome ambassador? Well, Sitek says Brooklyn electro-pop outfit Telepathe is the label’s “chrome ambassador.” On October 9, the label will put out a digital version of the group’s new single “Destroyer,” with a vinyl edition following in October 30. The record’s B-side will contain a remix by some fellow named Trent Reznor, accompanied by his friends Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross.

Go over to Federal Prism’s website to pre-order the record. All pre-orders come with an immediate download of 320 kbps MP3s of the new single. If you were worried about having to wait for your chrome ambassadors, worry no longer.

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