Sacred Bones takes Psychic Ills under its thin, skeletal arm, sends new album into the world

Sacred Bones takes Psychic Ills under its thin, skeletal arm, sends new album into the world

NYC’s Psychic Ills are the latest darkly experimental addition to the cloak-wearing, virgin blood-drinking family at Sacred Bones Records. Hazed Dream will be the band’s fifth album, and their first bonafied full-length in three long, Psychic-Ills-full-length-less years (2009’s Mirror Eye, though there have been a few 12-inches in the interim). Tres Warren (guitar/vocals/synth), Elizabeth Hart (bass), and Brian Tamborello (drums) return with a slightly more accessible psych rock kinda sound after a few years delving into the more avant garde side of things, and if the phrase “new Psychic Ills album” isn’t enough to make drool start pooling in a mini Lake Tahoe on your face, well consider the phrase “recorded by Mitch Rackin of Gang Gang Dance and Black Dice.” So, this shit better be good, right? Right? DON’T FUCK IT UP, GUYS. NO PRESSURE.

And if the leaked album track “Mind Daze” is any indication, Psychic Ills’ latest looks poised to be an early fall favorite. It’s currently blowin’ up the blogosphere, setting alight the shriveled, nerdy hearts of music writers across these 50 states and beyond. Tres Warren gets all poetic on us, explaining that “this album lives in a sunny place. A half memory. A hazed dream.” Gosh, that just sounds nice, doesn’t it? It sounds like a cat. This album is the sonic equivalent of a five-year-old calico cat curled up in a spot of early autumn sunshine, snoozing his way into a funny little dream about chasing a mouse and eating your leftover dinner scraps… ALL WHILE ON OPIUM. Yeah, Hazed Dream is like that, the fuzziest imaginable cat just totally, you know, feelin’ it, maaaan. It’s out October 18, and you can watch a little video preview below.

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Talib Kweli and the artist formerly known as Mos Def extend Black Star tourdates

After just three shows across the country, the Rock the Bells tour didn’t quite satisfy, especially given that the last date in Boston was canceled altogether. For those who were only going to see Mos Def (er, Yasiin, rather) and Talib Kweli perform their classic Black Star album, good news awaits.

Turns out they haven’t had enough of each other, and have decided to come correct with a (re) definition of hip-hop. So check out the below dates, and see if Black Star will be swinging through to show you they’re ruling hip-hop.


09.21.11 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
09.22.11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09.27.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore
09.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.05.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10.29.11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
11.03.11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
11.04.11 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
11.05.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
11.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

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• G.O.O.D. Music:
• Blacksmith:

Russell Haswell to blow your mind with two LPs on Editions Mego, one with Florian Hecker

Multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell is planning to release two new LPs on Editions Mego, one of which will feature frequent collaborator, Mego regular, and TMT favorite Florian Hecker. The first of the two, titled Acid No!se Synthesis, is due October 25 and features Haswell’s improvisation on either modular synthesiser, computer, or electronics and pedals. According to Editions Mego, No!se was recorded and simultaneously monitored on a stereo/phase scope (for the visual aspect) and speakers or headphones (for the auditory side of things). They recommend that you have a similar experience with the record and also conclude on their website that this record “is not what you think it is.” So there. Get ready. The CD is packaged with a 16-page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms.

Following the CD’s release will be a collaborative vinyl LP with DVD featuring Florian Hecker due November 29, titled Kanal GENDYN. The LP includes recordings from 2004-2011. Both items are currently available for preorder from Editions Mego. Be sure to also check out preorders for Hive Mind and dieb13/Gustafsson/Siewert.

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The Beets sign to Hardly Art, share “Doing As I Do”

Four years and two albums into the gritty game that is NYC lo-fi, The Beets holed up for a grueling 48 hours and completed the recording of their upcoming release, Let the Poison Out. In addition to a new shiny drummer, Chie Mori, the follow-up to Stay Home will mark The Beets’ debut for Hardly Art. You also might want to send positive vibrations to Mr. Mori, since bassist Jose Garcia cautioned, “If this doesn’t work out, then no more Beets.” Told you — NYC lo-fi, the belly of the beast.

Get a taste of what’s to come here, in the form of “Doing As I Do,” an acoustic ditty that will have you humming in anticipation of the October 24 full-length, Let the Poison Out. The Jackson Heights crew will be giving you jangly sing-alongs live if you’re in the New York area.


09.17.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory * ^
09.19.11 - New York, NY - Skylight West Rooftop
10.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House &
10.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Hardly Art / WUSB CMJ party)

* Hunx & His Punx
^ Natural Child
& Those Darlins

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RIP: Graham Collier, jazz bassist and composer

From John Gill, Collier’s life partner:

Jazz composer Graham Collier, born James Graham Collier in Tynemouth, northern England, on 21 February 1937, named James after an uncle but known throughout his life as Graham because his mother feared the prospect of people abbreviating him to “Jimmy”, died suddenly on Friday 9 September 2011, of heart failure in the general hospital of Hania, on Crete, where we were on holiday.

As his life partner of 35 years, I can at least say that it was very quick, he was unconscious and in no pain, and I was with him. If some external agency had told me I had to choose a way for him to go, I would choose something like that.

I have been overwhelmed but also buoyed by the messages of affection for Graham that started arriving mere hours after he died. The idea for this impromptu re-arrangement of Graham’s web site is to post an informal note of his death, and to begin collating the many tributes to him that are still appearing.

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• Jazz Continuum:

Arcade Fire win Polaris Prize, Twitter satisfied by Drake’s tears

Recently, in the Twitterverse, a trending topic appeared in the form of #DrakeCriesWhen. Clearly, the trend was aimed at Toronto’s first big hip-hop superstar, following in the footsteps of his alternative rock brethren Our Lady Peace (remember those guys?) in having appeal south of the Canadian border. Why was Drake crying then? Who knows? Last time I paid attention to a hip-hop star’s emotions was when Lauryn Hill had another diva moment several years ago (sorry, Ms. Hill, but you’re not cool by trying be Jeff Mangum. Even he got out of his hermitage, and look at how popular he is!).

Now, Drake has an actual reason to cry. You see, he gained a protégé in the form of the mysterious The Weeknd. He wanted to gain the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s national music award for artistic merit, but he knew that his American-tinged hip-hop would not hold water in the Canadian critical echo chamber, whereas The Weeknd, with his added elements of chillwave and downtempo, girded the loins of the critics. So he kept him at bay, taught him some tricks, even helped him butter up the Polaris jurist by having him release the mixtape Thursday during the shortlist period. All so that he can live vicariously for those 30,000 loonies (worth more than American dollars), and show that he is an influential figure in the Toronto music scene.

But all that came for naught. For the momentum that carried The Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs to victory at the Grammys and the Junos and the BRITs continued at the Masonic Temple Hall in Toronto last night, where they won the Polaris. They bested not only The Weeknd, but 2009 winners Fucked Up, fellow band member (and TMT fave) Colin Stetson, and others such as TMT hero Destroyer, as well as newcomers Timber Timbre and BRAIDS.

So, drink up, Twitterers. Drake’s tears are yours for the taking.

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[Photo: Kristian Noel Pedersen]


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