Sic Alps break up. But listen, Mike Donovan has a solo record coming out in October!

Sic Alps break up. But listen, Mike Donovan has a solo record coming out in October! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1307/news-13-07-sic-alps_0.jpg

RIP Sic Alps. Pitchfork reports that the band announced their breakup last Friday during the final show of their latest European tour, so I guess we have to believe what they said. Though Sic Alps just released a 12-inch EP showing off their semi-live real-band chops for the first time (check out all three tracks here, here, and here), She’s On Top now serves as a coda to last year’s career-encapsulating/dramatizing self-titled LP. A sad turn of events, but also kinda fitting that the band who started out swiping Kinks riffs would finish up with an album suddenly gesturing toward rock opera.

Forming in 2004 with Mike Donovan and The Hospitals’ Adam Stonehouse at the helm, the project quickly became Donovan’s baby for five(ish) albums and a slew of 7-inches, dropping gems on Skulltones, Animal Disguise, Woodsist, Important, Slumberland, Siltbreeze, and finally Drag City. For a long while Matt Hartman was the Alps’ second half, and then the last couple years were a confusing blur of lineup changes (including Ty Segall, Noel Von Harmonson, Erase Errata’s Bianca Sparta, Douglas Armour, Eric Bauer, Barrett Avner, and Tim Hellman), but let’s be real: Sic Alps was Mike Donovan.

And that’s why you needn’t be sad! Mike is still here, he can’t break up with himself, and in fact he’s got a solo album called Wot all polished up for release on October 15 via Drag City! Plus he’s got a bunch of tour dates scheduled for August and September in typical on-to-the-next-tour fashion! So I’m not going to go into a big spiel about how underrated Sic Alps were and how they had incredible sound, hooks, fidelity, and songcraft; there’s basically another Sic Alps album coming in a few months.

• Sic Alps: http://www.sicalps.com
• Mike Donovan: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/mike-donovan
• Drag City: https://www.dragcity.com

Swans announce some details on a new live album, plan to record studio LP in October, and more!

Former ugly ducklings and now beautiful band, Swans, have announced, well, a ton of shit. According to Michael Gira, a new handmade live CD and DVD is set for release in August or September to be titled Not Here/Not Now. Gira will be mixing and editing the compilation taken from “seemingly hundreds” of live recordings.

Similarly to how previous live albums I Am Not Insane and We Rose… funded the production of studio albums, Not Here/Not Now is planned to do the same for a new record that Gira plans to begin recording in October. This record is to likely be released in 2014, though Gira commented, “God knows how long it will take.”

On top of all that good news, Gira will also be touring solo next March! And below we’ve listed all the shows happening NOW.

Tour dates:

07.18.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Olde Hational Centre @
07.19.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre @
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.22.13 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House %
07.23.13 - Newport, KY - Southgate House %
07.24.13 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone %
07.25.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom %
07.26.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall %
08.13.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
08.14.13 - Belfast, UK - Limelight
08.15.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
08.16.13 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue
08.18.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival

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• Swans: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Swans/13879391977
• Young God: http://www.younggodrecords.com

[Photo: Jeremy Larson]

Moby announces new album, very small tour, accidently reveals he’s started a cult

The bald and bespectacled Moby is finally doing what we all expected years ago: starting a cult. He has surrounded himself with people wearing creepy animal masks in white robes, whose numbers may or may not include the likes of Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, and Skylar Grey. And what are these fanatical devotees doing, besides human sacrifice and mud-covered forest orgies?

Apparently, they’ve put together an album. The album is called Innocents, which must have some irony behind it, because these blood-imbibing worshipers of 90s techno are anything but that. Apparently the unholy union was consummated in Moby’s bedroom studio (read: devil-worship shrine) and is currently slated to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting world in late September or early October. Although, don’t expect Moby to be spreading his musical machinations very far this time; the total number of shows supporting Innocents amounts to three. All of the shows are going to take place in Los Angeles, near the center of Moby’s cultist activity. At least those of us living outside of California can sleep a little easier at night.

Innocents tracklisting:

01. Everything that Rises
02. A Case for Shame (feat. Cold Specks)
03. Almost Home (feat. Damien Jurado)
04. Going Wrong
05. The Perfect Life (feat. Wayne Coyne)
06. The Last Day (feat. Skylar Grey)
07. Don’t Love Me (feat. Inyang Bassey)
08. A Long Time
09. Saints
10. Tell Me (feat. Cold Specks)
11. The Lonely Night (feat. Mark Lanegan)
12. The Dogs

• Moby: http://www.moby.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Varg Vikernes arrested for ties to Pussy Riot (just kidding, it’s for Nazi shit)

Bad news, black metal dudes: Varg Vikernes of Burzum fame has been arrested once again. Now don’t start tearing up and smearing your corpse paint; he hasn’t technically been charged with anything yet. The 40-year-old Norwegian native, who was just released in 2009 from his maximum sentence of 21 years in prison in Norway, was apprehended in Southwestern France with his wife recently for suspicions of plotting an act of terrorism.

Vikernes had been previously imprisoned for the the murder of Øystein Aarseth a.k.a. Euronymous, the guitarist of Mayhem, as well as for torching about four churches for shits and giggles. Normal black metal stuff. But this time, investigators have suspected that he might stage a large “terrorist act” or “massacre”!

Vikernes’s wife, French gun club member and fellow Nazi-sympathizer Marie Chachet, had recently purchased four rifles legally with her shooting permit. That puts one ding on France’s homeland security terror alert. Vikernes also received through the post a copy of a manifesto penned by none other than Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right terrorist responsible for the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 dead. Breivik sent the manifesto from prison, and this put an additional ding on the radar.

But that’s it. Buying guns legally and receiving a terrorist’s manifesto spawned an investigation that led to the arrest of the couple and a search of their home. Vikernes had even written an online article titled “War in Europe: Part V” regarding the received manifesto in which he criticized Breivik for killing more innocent Norwegians than Muslims. Vikernes concluded his think piece by calling Breivik a “Zionist agent” and a “Christian loser.” So I wouldn’t say the two are in cahoots right now. Granted, upon the Vikernes’s 1993 arrest, police discovered a stockpile of 150 kg of explosives and 3,000 rounds of ammunition in his home, which led to some speculation that he was planning to blow up Blitz House, an Oslo anti-fascist organization. So let’s not put terrorism past the guy. But he and his wife will likely be released with no other evidence to convict them, unless France has implemented a new Minority Report division that can predict the deed.

ISIS’ debut album Celestial has been re-regurgitated by Ipecac Records

Celestial, the debut album by metal/doom band ISIS, has been re-released once again, this time by Ipecac Records. The last time it was regurgitated was in 2007, with several different colors of vinyl to choose from. This time the bait is that it’s been remastered by the seemingly omnipresent James Plotkin and has new cover artwork, which was not desperately needed but is surely welcome.

The real opportunity here is to examine where ISIS falls on the “blackness of Metal” scale. One could even go so far as to examine the scale itself; is it really more of a binary? Is metal either black or not-black? Would it then be “white metal” or does metal, like most things in life, come in shades of grey? Should we instead be using a scale of “gloominess of metal” or “doominess of metal”? If I were to go the full corpse paint route when attending a theoretical ISIS show, would I get my ass beaten, would I get laughed at, or would it be some combination of the two?

Ponder these questions deeply, gentle reader, as there will be a test once you’ve purchased the remastered, re-artworked version of Celestial, out since July 8. Be sure to ask for the test at your local record store and the staff will continue making worried faces and gently asking you to leave.

Celestial tracklisting:

01. SGNL>01
02. Celestial (The Tower)
03. Glisten
04. Swarm Reigns (Down)
05. SGNL>02
06. Deconstructing Towers
07. SGNL>03
08. Collapse and Crush
09. C.F.T (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)
10. Gentle Time
11. SGNL>04 (End Transmission)

• ISIS: http://www.isistheband.com
• Ipecac: http://www.ipecac.com

of Montreal announce new album, lousy with sylvianbriar, recorded without computers; promptly use an ass-ton of computers to get the word out

Hey, what the hell, man? It’s been a year or so since their last official release, right? So where the fuck is the next clockwork-banged-out of Montreal Record??? Oh. Here it is. Good. I was getting so bored with them!

Okay, let’s see, let’s see; so the next record from Kevin Barnes and co. is called… lousy with sylvianbriar; okay. And… um, it’s out October 8 on Polyvinyl. Cool, cool, cool; but what else? Oh, here we go: it was “created with a new songwriting approach, a different recording method, and a fresh group of musicians,” according to the press release. Great, FRESH! That’s exactly what I’m ALL ABOUT. FRESHNESS! NEWNESS! NOWNESS! Ahhhhh! Does anyone else smell paint fumes? No? Anyway: the album will have a limited pressing of 1,500 copies on clear green vinyl available for preorder before the ugly old pink retail copies hit the market. Also, there’ll be a limited run of 250 cassettes on Joyful Noise Recordings.

But yeah, about that new approach thing: basically, Barnes “eschewed computer recording, with its pitch correction, limitless effects plug ins and editing possibilities” for this new one, opting instead — with the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, Toro y Moi) — to record the whole shebang on a weak-ass, dime-a-dozen 24-track tape machine in his home studio. Can you believe that?!? (I’m using my 24-track as a coat rack right now, personally.) Anyway, the band (which consisted of of Barnes [guitars, bass, vocals], Rebecca Cash [vocals], Clayton Rychlik [drums, vocals], Jojo Glidewell [keys], Bob Parins [pedal steel, bass], and Bennet Lewis [guitars, mandolin]) tracked everything live in the same room and were forced to work quickly, “with the band members composing their parts on the fly with little second guessing.” Hey, that’s kind of how I work too! Onward! New approach!

“I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s,” Barnes said of the process. “I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered.” The album was done in three weeks. You can check out the first single from it below, but you’d better do it fast, because it’s going to be old-as-shit and passé-as-balls in a few weeks (heck, maybe even days, I don’t know!). Personally, I’m already just furious that I don’t know what the next of Montreal album is going to sound like.

lousy with sylvianbriar tracklisting:

01. fugitive air
02. obsidian currents
03. belle glade missionairies
04. sirens of your toxic spirit
05. colossus
06. triumph of disintegration
07. amphibian days
08. she ain’t speakin’ now
09. hegira émigré
10. raindrop in my skull
11. imbecile rages

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com
• Joyful Noise: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

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