Shellac to curate Winter ATP, Steve Albini to reshape fest as Albini Tomorrow’s Parties

Shellac to curate Winter ATP, Steve Albini to reshape fest as Albini Tomorrow's Parties

Shellac (of North America) and All Tomorrow’s Parties are no strangers. By this point, they are basically the closest friends that either have in this entire world. To date, the band has played over 10 ATP-related events, in addition to curating a few themselves. Pitchfork even called them “ATP’s house band,” due to what buddies the two seem to be. I bet some other people have said that, too. Despite the two carving gruesome hearts into trees together, Shellac have not curated any of ATP’s festivals since sharing duties with Mogwai and Tortoise in 2004.

Good news is that Shellac and ATP will be officially locked in another of their curation makeout sessions this year, as the band is confirmed to assemble the lineup for this year’s Winter ATP. The festival will take place from November 30 to December 2 at the Pontins Holiday Centre in Camber Sands, England, which happens to be the festival’s original location. Tickets for the event are now on sale. As for who’s actually playing, well, nobody knows. Never mind, I know Shellac will play. Other than that, nobody knows. Except for the fact that there will be 35 other bands. I know that, and I know nothing else.

• Shellac:
• All Tomorrow’s Parties:

David Byrne and St. Vincent to release Love This Giant in September; can someone tell me what’s with the album cover?

Dear St. Vincent,

Ever since I heard “Krokodil” on your Record Store Day release, I’ve really been looking forward to your punk album. Or rather, hoping for your punk album. Something noisy. Something unhinged. Something along the lines of Swell Maps or even Screaming Females.

Frankly, I’d forgotten that you and David Byrne had announced a collaborative album a while ago, and when I listened to “Who,” the first track on Love This Giant, I realized that this definitely isn’t the punk project I’ve been imagining (not that I really thought it would be, but still). Don’t get me wrong, I can roll with the funkier direction that “Who” seems to indicate, and I’ll for sure give Love This Giant a listen when it comes out September 11 on 4AD. Heard about the tour too — pretty jazzed about it.

But, I still really dig the likes of “Krokodil” — oh, and your cover of The Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good and Evil.” Keep them in mind for next time? Maybe?


Love This Giant tracklist:

01. Who
02. Weekend in the Dust
03. Dinner For Two
04. Ice Age
05. I Am An Ape
06. The Forest Awakes
07. I Should Watch TV
08. Lazarus
09. Optimist
10. Lightning
11. The One Who Broke Your Heart (ft. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas)
12. Outside of Space & Time

Tour dates:

09.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
09.16.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
09.18.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
09.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09.21.12 - Montreal, QC - Eglise St-Jean Baptiste (POP Montreal)
09.23.12 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
09.25.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.26.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
09.30.12 - N. Bethesda MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
10.02.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10.05.12 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
10.06.12 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center
10.07.12 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (SMU)
10.10.12 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s
10.11.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10.12.12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10.15.12 - San Francisco, CA- Orpheum Theatre
10.17.12 - Seattle, WA - 5th Ave Theatre
10.1.128 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10.20.12 - Vancouver, BC - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

Love This Giant:
• St. Vincent:
• David Byrne:
• 4AD:

Stage collapse prior to Radiohead concert in Toronto leaves one dead and three injured

Radiohead’s scheduled performance in Toronto this past Saturday — what would’ve been their first show in the city in roughly four years — was cancelled following a fatal stage collapse at Downsview Park. The collapse occurred at around 4 PM the same day and left one person dead and three people injured. One of the injured was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital with a “serious but non-life-threatening head injury,” according to the CBC, and two others sustained minor injuries that allowed them to forgo significant medical treatment. The one fatality has since been revealed to be Radiohead’s drum technician, Scott Johnson, 33, from Doncaster, England. Radiohead’s website currently offers this statement in reaction:

“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Investigators from the Toronto police and the provincial Ministry of Labour are still trying to determine what exactly caused the stage’s collapse and specifically whether safety standards were properly followed by staff working at the event. One witness describes a crackling sound, followed by twisting and snapping of the stage’s back scaffolding. Also, in contrast to the widely-publicized stage collapse last year at a Sugarland concert in Indiana, the weather was reportedly calm at the time of the incident.

• Radiohead:

Google, Amazon, trade groups vying for .music extension; ICANN says, “Show me the money!”

As you may have heard, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expanding the list of used domain name extensions from the current 22 old favorites to a whole host of words that will follow a period that itself will follow any given number of letters and/or numbers. This is exciting stuff people: we could change the name of this very site to tinymixtapes.boners if we wanted to in the very near future.

But since this is a story about music, and how this domain name extension expansion is going to impact the industry, let’s talk about two of the most sought-after extensions up for grabs: .music and .tickets. Since the application process began, ICANN has received eight applications for .music and five for the .tickets extension. The reason for the low numbers, considering how much influence the rights holders for these extensions could wield, is the whopping application fee of $185,000. TMT won’t be getting that name change after all…

So who’s in the running? Not surprisingly, it’s a heady mix of trade groups and megasites. Google and Amazon want the .music designation so they can make their sites the hubs for artists and labels, tapping in easily to their existing retail structures. An applicant called Far Further represents a host of industry trade groups and is favored to win the rights to the extension. It’s presumed they’ll do the bidding of groups like the RIAA and use the designation to police the internet, doling it out only to sites that are ‘reputable’ and not involved in any form of piracy (even when said piracy is what makes an artist famous, marketable, and rich in the first place).

In December or January, ICANN will be done going through all of the applications. If there’s more than one candidate who has successfully met a set of unspecified criteria, the group that is deemed the most community-based application will win. Barring that, ICANN will hold an auction and probably buy a yacht with the ridiculous amounts of money it will haul in exchange for a word preceded by a period.


RIP: Tim Mooney, drummer of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon

From Mark Eitzel (American Music Club):

I haven’t seen Tim for a few years now but that still didn’t lessen the impact of his passing. He was the drummer of AMC for many years. He was absolutely instrumental in whatever sound we had. His style was absolutely unique and as an artist no one could match what he did. He was a good friend to so many people and will be missed. What an absolute loss. I wish all the best to his wife Jude and his daughter Dixie. I have spent all day in a fog thinking about him.

• American Music Club:
• Sun Kil Moon:
• Toiling Midgets:

Bailterspace releasing their first album in 13 years on Fire Records. Hmm, has the 90s nostalgia kicked in yet?

In 1999, I was playing Pokemon Yellow and listening to boy bands and collecting Beanie Babies. Rocket Power premiered. Freaks and Geeks premiered. The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy released I See a Darkness.

In 1999, Bailterspace released Solar.3, the last new album they’d release before announcing a hiatus in 2004. The New Zealand noise rock group had been recording since 1987, first as Nelsh Bailter Space, then simply as Bailterspace, and the band garnered comparisons to the likes of Sonic Youth and gained a reputation for intense live shows. The members of Bailterspace didn’t move to the mountains to live as hermits in 2004 — in fact, they subsequently put out a best-of compilation and even played a few shows. They just quit recording new albums.

Until now. Bailterspace has announced Strobosphere, their first new album in 13 years, which will see worldwide release on Fire Records. They’ve shared the first single, “No Sense”, and it demonstrates that the band’s just as noisy as ever. Look for the record on August 21.

Strobosphere tracklist:

01. Things That We Found
02. Strobosphere
03. Blue Star
04. Polarize
05. No Sense
06. Meeting Place
07. Island
08. OP1
09. Live by the Ocean
10. Dset
11. Would We Share

• Bailterspace:
• Fire: