Shabazz Palaces tour Europe AND the US! Ooh, globetrotters!

Shabazz Palaces tour Europe AND the US! Ooh, globetrotters!

Wonderful news! Your favorite electro hip-hop duo featuring a former member of Digable Planets sharing a name with the protagonist of Moby Dick is back! It’s not a crowded field by any means, but regardless, Shabazz Palaces are one of the best hip-hop groups in the world. Don’t believe me? Then listen to Black Up. Or if you’ve listened to Black Up, go listen to Black Up again. There’s a reason it was Tiny Mix Tapes’ favorite hip-hop record of 2011, and it’s not just because it sounded more like Emeralds than any other hip-hop record that year! (NOTE: Black Up does not sound like Emeralds, but it definitely sounds more like Emeralds than, say, Watch the Throne.)

According to Sub Pop, Shabazz Palaces are back on tour. Currently, they’re hanging out with their friends and collaborators THEESatisfaction on a tour of Europe. They’ll head back to the states for a hometown show in Seattle at the tail end of 2012, only to head out for a US tour with labelmates The Helio Sequence in mid-January. Somewhere, carved in a tree, is a heart. The heart surrounds the following letters: “SP + HS + SP 4EVA.” Shabazz Palaces. Helio Sequence. Sub Pop. Forever. So beautiful.

Shabazz Palaces dates:

11.09.12 - Nimes, France - Paloma *
11.10.12 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son *
11.12.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik *
11.13.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg *
11.15.12 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier *
11.16.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Twisted Pepper *
12.28.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre *
01.18.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree ^
01.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West ^
01.20.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall ^
01.22.13 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven ^
01.24.13 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater ^
01.25.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social ^
01.26.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^
01.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ^
01.28.13 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
01.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar ^
01.30.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird ^
01.31.13 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar ^
02.01.13 - Chicago, IL - The Shrine ^

* THEESatisfaction
^ The Helio Sequence

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Ariel Pink’s 1998 musique concrète project Thrash and Burn to be reissued despite lack of haunting or graffitti

Big news for fans of 1990s obscure music, as it has come to light that Berlin’s HEMarchiv will be remastering and reissuing Ariel Pink’s pre-Haunted Graffitti musique concrète album, Thrash and Burn, as a limited-edition, 250-copy, 4-cassette boxset.

The album, originally recorded in 1998 and released by HEM in 2006, was unleashed upon the world under Pink’s real name, Ariel Rosenberg, and is described as being “weird as shit, lo-fi if by ‘lo-fi’ you mean as unprofessional as a high school recording, and so desperately needing an editor that it sounds like an X-Men comic in the early 90s read.” That’s not a real quote, and my editor says I need to stop making things up just so I can work in X-Men references [Editor’s Note: It’s true. Kid Midnight took a gambit with that joke. Dude always goes rogue on us.].

You can stream the entire album here, or you can be COOL and actually lay down some cash for the tunes here. Or, if you’re enjoying yourself, you can just keep on reading and check out an official statement from Mr. Pink himself:

As with stored memories one has acquired early in life, Thrash and Burn survives for me less as a finished piece of music in/itself or even a moment captured in time; more a catalog of lifetimes, each piece unique and unnamed, together they recall glimpses of forgotten future-pasts; in cosmology, as one peers ever deeper into the void, first beyond the fixed population density of stars nestled in a ‘suburb’ at the outer edge of our galaxy, into an evermore all encompassing blackness surrounding a thin lane of galaxies, one heads off in one direction, floating along a lonely string of Christmas lights which recede with the distance. Much further downstream, a giant wall of light scaffolding fades into view. That is destiny’s orphan multiverse inhabiting a single frame in its infancy. In time, we would transcend it. From where we stand our footsteps recede and fade into the darkness. But our beginnings are not lost; for someone standing off and above our horizon, in a human ear much more young, the secret of our coming of age shall be preserved revealed and discovered yet once again….

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Biggest news of the day: My Bloody Valentine to release new album by year’s end

We’re all very happy that this interminable election is finally over and done with, but there’s another important reason to rejoice today: My Bloody Valentine will be releasing new material sometime before the end of the year! Considering their last full-length release was 1991’s stunning Loveless, the 21-year wait leading up to this momentous occasion was only less excruciating than the election because we actually like My Bloody Valentine.

NME has the word on the new record’s sound straight from Kevin Shields: “Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff — some engineers, the band, and that’s about it — some people think it’s stranger than Loveless. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100% necessary.” I finally calmed down from the election, and now I’ve got goose bumps all over again!

Shields will release the new, untitled album through his website, with an EP of more new material to follow shortly thereafter. When it rains, it pours buckets of shoegazey goodness.

MBV is currently scheduled to headline Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival in May 2013, providing the band with the biggest space they’ve ever performed in, so there’s a chance news of more shows will emerge once the album drops? We can only hope!

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Animal Collective announce NYC make-up shows, remind us about “Applesauce” 10-inch

Remember last month when Animal Collective cancelled their show in Brooklyn because Davey Tare’s completely unsustainable style of singing landed him a king-size case of shingles? A-ha! Me neither, because it was laryngitis! And his name’s Avey Tare! And his voice is obviously AWESOME! Either way, your ass has just been freakin’ outed as an official Animal Collective Poseur, so you’ll have to sit in the corner over there by the giant foam teeth and papier-mâché icicles listening to Foster the People while I issue the following proclamation to the AnCo Faithful:

The band has just announced a pair of NYC make-up shows at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on December 4 and 5. Fans who purchased tickets for last month’s cancelled Brooklyn dates will be awarded the distinct animal-vantage of being able to purchase tickets for the new shows starting today, before tickets are available to the public on Friday, November 9. (Looks like only the December 5 show is up on Ticketmaster right now, but the December 4 show should pop up here soon, according to the band’s PR animals). Additionally, Animal Collective will be donating some of the proceeds from these shows to the ongoing Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Oh, and don’t forget that the “Applesauce” 10-inch is coming out next week on Domino (we almost successfully reported on that before, but then something much more interesting came up). The B-side, “Crimson,” is streaming here:

Animal Collective dates:

11.07.12 - Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow ABC1
11.08.12 - Manchester, England - The Warehouse Project
11.09.12 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.10.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
11.12.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - CPH: DOX at the National Art Gallery
11.13.12 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
11.14.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11.15.12 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.16.12 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
11.17.12 - Weissenhauser, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
11.20.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - X-tra
11.21.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
12.04.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
12.05.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
12.09.12 - Miami, FL - UR1 Festival

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Dan Deacon to donate profits from his two NYC shows to Sandy Relief

In the wake of last week’s epic Snowicane that left parts of the greater New York City area devastated, Long Island native and all-around good guy Dan Deacon has announced that proceeds from his upcoming shows in NYC and Brooklyn will be donated to support the ongoing disaster relief effort.

Here’s Deacon’s message to fans and attendees:

Having grown up on Long Island, so much of my family and many of my close friends live in New York and New Jersey. I don’t feel right to going there, playing these shows and not pitching in to help out with the recovery so I’m going to donate my fee for these two shows to the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy. I chose these two organizations because they both cover the entire affected region and are both helping in very different capacities. I thought it would be best to inform my fans so that if they were also feeling conflicted about raging and partying while all this shit is so fucked, that at least they would know that their ticket was going to help aid in the recovery. Hopefully this can help ease the recovery for even just a few people. I encourage everyone to pitch in and give what they can in volunteer hours or donations.

Dan Deacon’s made it possible to jump up and down while trying to get a glimpse of that glowing skull he uses to enchant audiences and feel charitable at the same time. If you don’t live in New York, Deacon will be playing a number of other shows across North America, and donations can be made to any number of relief organizations tasked with rebuilding the parts of New York and New Jersey effected by the storm.


11.07.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall &
11.08.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick &
11.09.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace &
11.10.12 - Montreal, QC - SAT &
11.11.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground &
11.12.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery &
11.13.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club &
11.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg &
11.15.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer &
11.16.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom &
11.17.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
11.29.12 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 &
12.05.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
12.06.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
12.08.12 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
12.09.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly
12.10.12 - Savannah, GA - Dollhouse

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ZS on campaign trail, release new free track and video

With the closing of the voter polls this evening, America will learn if nothing is going to happen or if worse things will happen. The best part? No more campaigning, no more spending millions on ads right in our faces while we eat cold beans from a can while surrounded by a murky moat of Sandy aftermath. But some of you love the idea of the campaign: touring around the country, spreading one’s gospel, selling anthology box sets. Well, good news for those dudes, as ZS are embarking on the campaign trail, starting November 25.

Left-wing saxophonist Sam Hilmer is running for re-election as BOSS with new running mates drummer Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and guitarist Patrick Higgins (ex-Animal, Bachanalia). In the process, they’ll promote their most recent economy-stimulator of all things ZS on one voluptuous boxset, Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007, which was released on September 11, a patriotic day, mind you.

You can see an inspirational outtake from a ZS campaign on Noisey, if you’d like. Have a star-spangled tissue handy to wipe the tears that will potentially fall from your God-fearing eyes. Also check out a free track from the boxset here:

Below we’ve listed campaigning dates and locations. As you can see, ZS are paying careful attention to swing state Ohio.

Campaign Trail:

11.25.12 - NYC - Bowery Electric
11.26.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.27.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
11.28.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
11.29.12 - Oberlin, OH - The Chapel
11.30.12 - Oberlin OH - Master Class @ The Kohl Building
11.30.12 - Oberlin, OH - House Show
12.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
12.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
12.04.12 - Kingston, NY - BSP
12.05.12 - Boston - Non-Event
12.09.12 - Allston, MA - Problem House (side projects)*
12.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room

* Diamond Terrifier, GDFX, Glacia + Stereo

• ZS:
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