School of Seven Bells announce Put Your Sad Down EP, co-headlining tour with Twin Sister

School of Seven Bells announce Put Your Sad Down EP, co-headlining tour with Twin Sister

Although dream pop seems to be a very straightforward genre, it never quite grasps how weird my dreams are. Sure, there are plenty of bands that capture the feeling of floating over fields of gold, but how many capture the feeling of having a paddle-boat ride with Jay-Z? Not a one. Maybe Brooklyn duo School of Seven Bells will give it a shot when they release their new EP, Put Your Sad Down, on November 13 through Vagrant. While I’m personally expecting more of a drifting-through-space feeling from the EP’s four original tracks, maybe they’ll capture that 0ld “David Bowie is hitting on my mom, while I eat ramen noodle soup” feeling. Aside from a cover of Silver Apples’ “Lovefingers,” that’s the only thing I really want from this EP. Got a good feeling that half of my wishes are coming true!

And now I’m reminded of my favorite quote: “Dream pop loves company, especially when it’s another dream pop band.” Or something like that. The point is, School of Seven Bells will be heading on a co-headlining tour this November with their similarly dreamy contemporaries Twin Sister. It’ll be a short, sweet tour, lasting less than a week — much like a dream, which typically tends to last less than a week. If not, watch out, you may be in a coma.

Put Your Sad Down tracklist:

01. Put Your Sad Down
02. Secret Days
03. Faded Heart
04. Lovefingers
05. Painting A Memory

School of Seven Bells + Twin Sister dates:

11.26.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
12.01.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE
12.02.12 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

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Le1f heads out on European tour wut wut wut wut

Earlier this year, NYC rapper Le1f put out a video for his song “Wut.” I’m leading with this information, because “Wut” is a great song and that video had the MC sitting on top of a guy with a Pikachu mask. Obviously, it’s the sort of thing you should watch a thousand times. You should probably also download Le1f’s Dark York mixtape from Greedhead, because it is good and it is free and you clearly have nothing to lose. Now, put on this Pikachu mask; there’s more.

As FACT reports, Le1f is going on a European tour later this month. IS THE PIKACHU MASK DUDE GOING TO BE THERE? Sorry. That Pikachu mask guy is the defining image of 2012. But truth is, Le1f’s rapping is great with or without a Pikachu mask anywhere in the vicinity. He will rap so hard that all of the people at these European dates will say “Wow, that guy can really rap.” It is true, because he can.

Le1f dates:

10.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
10.25.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
10.27.12 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.29.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
10.30.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZBD
11.01.12 - London, UK - Birthdays in Dalston
11.02.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Yaki-Da

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Brooklyn Ele*bleep*ctronic Mus*bloop*ic Festival annou*krrr*nces full line*eeee*up

We’ll go ahead and get this out of the way upfront: no Skrillex at this year’s Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. I know you’re sad, but the full lineup has just been announced, and while there is an absence of arena-filling star power, it’s chock full of artists pushing the envelope while using computers to produce music that you, our dear readers, may actually want to listen to.

The festival is being put on by promoters MeanRed and will take place over two days and nights across multiple Brooklyn venues big and small, including Glasslands, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, among others. Special rooms will be hosted by the industry’s most taste-making-est of labels, with Friends of Friends, DJ-Kicks, and Extended Play all signed up to make you feel claustrophobic as beats are thumped and knobs are twirled. If you enjoy watching people watching computers (and dancing, maybe?), then you should know that tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below!

Friday, November 9
Gold Panda / Jackmaster / Omar S / Photek / Onra / Nadastrom / Mike Q / Rizzla / Kingdom / Brenmar / Jam City / NGUZUNGUZU / Mori$ / DJ Sabo / DJ Blass / Uproot Andy / Geko Jones

Saturday, November 10
Nicolas Jaar (Live) / Pearson Sound / Benji B / Toddla T / Shlohmo / Baths / XXYYXX / Salva / Nick Hook / Dre Skull / Groundisalva / Hiawatha / Waajeed / Jubilee / Lazy Brow

• Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival:

Grimes cancels a few Canadian dates due to health reasons :-(

“O Canada”? More like “Oh no, Canada! :-(” Sorry, this story was written by an aggregation of all Presidential Debate comments posted on Twitter within the past 12 hours that gained a semblance of sentient life and is now worming its way through the internet, talking about Mitt’s teeth and writing shitty intros to stories about non-shitty music, all while skirting the issues and inappropriately using emoticons and hiding any real opinions behind the acronym “LOL.” But there’s very little to LOL about in the Twitter announcement by Perryscope Concerts and Ms. Claire Boucher that a few Grimes shows have been canceled due to issues with tinnitus and hearing loss. SOL. (Sad Out Loud.) She writes, “Hey guys, so sorry 4 the cancelled shows. im having trouble w hearing loss, tinnitus & am trying 2 stay away from loud music 4 a bit -_-“. So, Vancouver is still on, but Calgary, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, I’m afraid that you’ll be :-( and SOL.

As of today, the rest of Grimes’ tour is still going forward. LOL Vote!

10.17.12 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore
10.19.12 - Calgary, Alberta - Saits The Gateway
10.20.12 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Louis Pub
10.21.12 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Pyramid Cabinet
10.22.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
10.25.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.26.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.27.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.13.12 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.15.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux Club
11.17.12 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.18.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
11.20.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
11.21.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.22.12 - Warsaw, Poland - 1500m2
11.23.12 - Riga, Latvia - Paladium
11.24.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.26.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
11.28.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
11.29.12 - Koln, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.30.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
12.01.12 - Urecht, Netherlands - Ekko Le Guess Who Festival
12.06.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
12.07.12 - Victoria, Australia - Meredith Festival
12.08.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
12.10.12 - Sydney, Australia - OAF
12.16.12 - Coachella Cruise to the Bahamas
12.19.12 - Coachella Cruise to Jamaica

• Grimes:

Stephen Malkmus to play Can’s Ege Bamyasi front-to-back at German fest (Big deal, Steve; I play that record front-to-back in my car all the time)

Side One:

01. In a “Pinch,”* Cologne, Germany’s Week-End Fest decided to hire the coolly insane Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement fame and Jicks, uh, acknowledgement) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Can’s insanely cool Ege Bamyasi album by performing it in of all its entirely cool insanity. (*Boredoms were unavailable.)

02. At first, Malkmus was nervous. But before he could even so much as open his mouth to practice his vocal sibilance exercises (consisting of a bunch of tongue-twisting s-words, like “Sing Swan Song” and so on) back at his rehearsal space, members of Cologne-based band Von Spar knocked on the door, eager to join him in fleshing out the jams just right.

03. Wishing he had just “One More Night” to practice these pretty goddamn idiosyncratic songs, Malkmus’ wish was granted when he learned that the fest wasn’t scheduled to go down until November 30 - December 2. Phew!

Side Two:

04. But performing Can’s arguably most-famous album? In Cologne?? In front of a bunch of your pretty formidable peers, including Scritti Politti, Ty Segall, Deerhoof, The Field, Nite Jewel, Chris Cohen, James Yorkston, Fainting by Numbers (Justus Köhncke and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor), Naytronix (of tUnE-yArDs), Little Wings, Chain and the Gang, and others??? Big responsibility, Steve. Better rest up and take plenty of “Vitamin C,” so that you’re in top form for the gig.

05. I hear you can get lots of vitamin C from squash and pumpkin “Soup,” actually.

06. But then again, what do I know? “I’m So Green” on the subject of nutrition and the culinary arts in general. I mean, I’ll be honest here; I shouldn’t really be dispensing advice about squash soup to Stephen Malkmus. All I really know about soups is how best to eat them.

07. You know, with a “Spoon.”

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Jim O’Rourke and Will Oldham provide score and narration for Northern Lights documentary, because Danny Elfman and Morgan Freeman are both dead

Those of you gearing up for a long five months of slipping on ice and scraping snow off your windshields might need a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ to remind you of the beauty and majesty of winter. While copious amounts of mulled wine and hot toddies might be the obvious first choice, why not delve a little more into the spiritual, the artistic, the natural side of that sky crud we call snow? And why not do it with your two best musical buddies, Jim O’Rourke and Will Oldham?

But don’t break out those matching parkas and family-size pack of Coors Lite and don’t start mapping your indie vision quest and sleeping bag arrangements just yet. Because it’s a film. You three pals aren’t going on the best gall-darn orienteering trip the North has ever seen. But you are going on a journey into SCIENCE and NATURE, courtesy of Canadian filmmaker Kyle Armstrong’s short documentary on the northern lights, Magnetic Reconnection. Narrated by Will Oldham and scored by Jim O’Rourke, the film contrasts the wonders of the aurora borealis with the man-made junk falling apart near Churchill, Manitoba. Armstrong told Exclaim!, “The aurora footage is probably the best footage ever captured, as I travelled with an auroral imaging specialist with two decades of experience, and a custom built digital IMAX camera, purposely built for shooting the northern lights.” Using a special camera designed by Dr. Robert Eather of Brookline, MA, Armstrong and Norwegian scientist Dr. Trond Trondsen promise to show you the northern lights like you’ve never seen ‘em before. Bigger. Brighter. More northerner.

The film premieres at L.A’s AFI Film Fest, which runs November 1-8. Then, from November 8-16, it visits New York’s Imagine Science Film Festival. Watch the trailer here: