Scott Walker’s The Drift to receive vinyl edition packaged in a nice suit, a swanky suit

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As it happens, you are sitting in a very nice theater. There are seats. There is a stage. There is a red velvet curtain. The curtain opens and a voice, pleasing though peculiar in a way you cannot put your finger on, pulses out of the loudspeaker. “Hello audience, please welcome your friend Mr. Scott Walker.” You applaud loudly.

Scott Walker steps to the middle of the stage. His face is obscured by television static, though the rest of his body is perfectly clear. Somehow, you are still certain that it is him. He approaches the microphone and taps it once. He frowns and, despite the static, you know he has frowned. He speaks into the microphone anyway.

“HELLO THIS IS SCOTT WALKER AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING HISSSSS

I NEED TO TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW RIIIIIGHT NOW

IN 2006 I RELEASED A RECORD CALLED THE DRIFT IT WAS A BANNER YEAR IT WAS A BANNER YEAR

IT IS 2012 AND I WILL RELEASE THAT ALBUM AGAIN THIS TIME IN VINYL FORMAT CLUNK CLUNK PSST

LISTEN TO FACT MAGAZINE THEY KNOW THEY KNOW IT IS COMING OUT ON JULY 10 PRE-ORDER IT NOW AT AN ONLINE STORE

GOODBYE WE ARE ALL FILLED WITH BLOOD”

Walker leaves the stage. You applaud Walker’s announcement. Shortly after, a Ramones cover band begins playing. They are not good. You wonder if it is impolite to leave. You frown.

• Scott Walker: http://4ad.com/artists/scottwalker
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

[Photo: Jamie Hawksworth]

Bon Iver tours; people like his music!

Last week Bon Iver released a new iTunes Session (listen to “Beth/Rest”). With his nine-person live band, Mr. Iver will jam… hard… all over the world with an upcoming tour. Don’t know if you should go or not? Check out all the glowing reviews and awards of Bon Iver, Bon Iver (TMT Review), idiot!

“Best Alternative Album” – The Grammys

“Best New Artist” – The Grammys

“Best Album of 2011” – Q

“Yeah, we like it” – Dog Fancy

“Best Album of 2011” – Pitchfork Media

“Best Album of 2011” – Exclaim!

“We play it in the waiting room” – Receptionist at All Smiles Dentistry

“Best Album of 2011” – Paste

“In April, I watched the beluga show at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. They just showed them swimming and played a Bon Iver song. I feel asleep.” – Greg Lindberg

“Album of the Year” – Stereogum Gummy Awards

“Independent Album of the Year” – Libera Awards

“Your dad and I had sex to that album last night” – My mom

Tourdates:

07.07.12 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadpark*
07.09.12 - Cologne, Germany - Tanzbrunen*
07.11.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Kardinger Plas*
07.13.12 - Southwold Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.14.12 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.15.12 - Paris, France - Olympia*
07.17.12 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Neumunster Abbey*
07.18.12 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Nyon
07.19.12 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello*
07.22.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Palacia Euskalduna#
07.24.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseum#
07.25.12 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Coliseum#
07.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Poble Espanyol%
07.28.12 - Hyeres, France - Midi Festival
07.30.12 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07.31.12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Killsbergpark#
08.01.12 - Vienna, Austria - Big Hall#
08.08.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.12 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.12 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
09.10.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
09.12.12 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center^*
09.13.12 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion^*
09.15.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion^*
09.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts^*
09.17.12 - Cooperstown, NY - Ommegang Brewery^*
09.19.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall^
09.20.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall^
09.21.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall*
09.22.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall*
10.26.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
10.28.12 - Madrid, Spain - Palace Vistalegre
10.30.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
10.31.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
11.02.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
11.04.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
11.05.12 - Berlin, Germany - Arena
11.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
11.08.12 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
11.09.12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
11.10.12 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
11.12.12 - Dublin, Ireland - O2

^ Anias Mitchell
* Poliça
# Sam Amidon
% Beth Orton

• Bon Iver: http://boniver.org
• Jagjaguwar: http://jagjaguwar.com

Alva Noto and Byetone form Diamond Version, which may or may not be an homage to Pokémon

Ironically (and until now), two of the three founders of the Germany-based Raster-Noton — Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) — haven’t done much collaborating with each other. Presumably this is a result of the friendship they established when they were teenagers; in other words, they knew (consciously or not) that spending too much time together could prove detrimental, similar to the friend/roommate progression that many college students experience. You can easily imagine how a falling out would occur: “I’m not laying down the rhythms until you clean up the communal fridge, Olaf!”

If you thought the rumor of Summvs being the final collaborative album between Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto was a sign of the former winding down his career, well then, obviously you’d be wrong. FACT reports: under the name Diamond Version, Alva Noto and Byetone have just signed to Mute, through which they’re planning to release five EPs over the rest of this year — the first of which is Technology / Empowering Change, due out July 23. Check out the sufficiently German cover art above. The duo also have a full-length album in the works for 2013.

A lingering question, though — why now, after roughly 16 years at the helm of Raster-Noton, are Nicolai and Bender choosing to fuse their creative minds? Nicolai offers an explanation: “We occasionally performed encores together after our solo sets. These spontaneous and improvised tracks always had a kind of “special energy” which we missed in our solo works … Diamond Version tries to capture this energy and combines it with conceptual ideas…”. Those conceptual ideas include titles and iconography drawn from a “host of corporate slogans,” ultimately used to form an aesthetic “charged with surreal and subversive humor.” I have no idea what this means from a musical standpoint, but Bender describes a style rooted in rhythmic music, but decidedly not club-oriented. “It’s a bit harsh, and a bit more noisy [than our solo projects], but this is not the main focus,” Bender says. It’s all too deep for me.

• Alva Noto: http://www.alvanoto.com
• Byetone: http://www.facebook.com/byetone
• Mute: http://mute.com

Excepter goes on tour, while my dad blasts Excepter from his 1994 Taurus every day of his life

New York’s Excepter are many things, but they’re mostly just the kings of dad rock. All dads love Excepter. When a baby is born, a dad goes to the store and says “Give me your finest Excepter record.” Then they blast that sucker every day, embarrassing the hell out of their lame sons. “Check out this Excepter record, son, it’s really rocking stuff,” the dads of the world exclaim. “Daaaaad, Exepter is so lame!” the sons exclaim in response. Once the sons go to college, though, they’ll pull out those old Excepter records and realize that they had some really good songs. Such is the way of the world.

Until all the kids grow up, Excepter is going on tour. After a quick show in their home city of New York, the group will be heading overseas to perform for European dads of various nations. Everywhere they go, dads with beer bellies and old baseball caps will be jumping up and down, shaking their children and yelling about the greatness of Excepter. This is the universal language. This is dad language.

Excepter dates:

07.09.12 - New York City, NY - 285 Kent
07.12.12 - Paris, France - Instants Chavirés
07.13.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
07.14.12 - Berlin, Germany - CTM
07.15.12 - Kutna Hora, Czech Republic - Creepy Teepee Festival
07.24.12 - London, UK - Café OTO
07.26.12 - London, UK - Rough Trade
08.03-04.12 - Sejero, Denmark - Sejero Festival

• Excepter: http://www.excepter.net

Christopher Owens leaves Girls. Well, where’d he leave them? HA. HA. HA. HA. HA.

You’ve probably got the backstory on Girls down now. There’s this guy in the band, he was raised in this cult. He had a crazy life with the cult, then he left the cult and later started a band in San Francisco. They released two records called Album and Father, Son, Holy Ghost, as well as an EP called Broken Dreams Club. Insert some large periods of times between events. You’ve got it, you can wrap your head around Girls.

Well. That guy, the one who was in the cult? His name’s Christopher Owens and he is leaving Girls. On July 2, he announced through his Twitter account (props on having the name @chri55ybaby) that he was leaving the band. Despite this, he clarified that he would still be writing and recording music.

Which is fine and well, but where does that leave Girls? The band consisted mainly of two core members, Owens and bassist/producer J.R. White. Will White continue on with Girls? Will the band call it quits? What about the Lena Dunham show Girls? Well, that last one isn’t really relevant, but it’s the only one with secure answers. White hasn’t released a statement on the future of the band, though the word “breakup” was not mentioned in any of Owens’s statements. The television show Girls will go on for at least another season.

• Girls: http://www.facebook.com/GIRLSsf

Lightning Bolt announces archival EP on Load to coincide with fall dates!!!!!!!!!!!

One time I saw Lightning Bolt play in a warehouse lit by a single hanging light bulb with their typical religious crowd of enthusiasts stomping around them, shaking their jazz hands as if slain in the Holy Ghost. Across the ruckus stood a lovely girl, unabashedly trying too hard and twitching her head in epileptic gracefulness. I took her home, and we porked gently to the mellow ebb and flow of Tim Hecker as the alley cats out back moaned with starvation.

A memory like that could be yours. Lightning Bolt are touring once again, and this time they’ll have an archival EP of “lost” material from 2008 as a 12-inch and digital release on Load Records, titled Oblivion Hunter to coincide with the tour. The band had originally been posting archival material to Bandcamp, but discovered so much that they deemed a proper release was called for. Get the new EP, get a ride to the show, and get got.

• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com
• Load: http://loadrecords.com