Sigur Rós announce new album Valtari for May, prompting investigations into whale-blubber vinyl production facilities

Sigur Rós announce new album Valtari for May, prompting investigations into whale-blubber vinyl production facilities

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for mentioning what slipped out in a recent interview with list-loving Q Magazine: Sigur Rós have a new album with a shorter name than their last! The follow-up to 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (TMT Review) is called Valtari (which translates to “steamroller”) and will be released in the UK May 28 on a record label. My first guess is XL Recordings, and only the passing of time will tell if I’m as much of a “seer of things yet to be [announced]” as they say, whispered around the halls of Q Magazine.

Local xenophobes should again stay clear of this new Sigur Rós effort, as none of the lyrics will be sung in English, spelling disaster for any Americans hoping to hold office in the future when there’s an old 2012 YouTube video of them singing along to “Dauðalogn” in the tub, which roughly translates to “George W. Bush Is Still a War Criminal.” Other details on the album revealed in the interview: Valtari will be focusing on the use of electronics; Valtari will include a girls’ choir; Valtari was chosen as a title for the way, like a steamroller, “the music kind of just rolls over you,” hopefully leaving out the subsequent popping of every ligament individually and shooting arterial sprays of hot blood across the linoleum floor.

[UPDATE: listen to the album’s second track, “Ekki Múkk,” below.]

Sigur Rós are also going on tour through the Euro festival circuit this summer, with many more dates to be announced soon. The band plans to specially design the set pieces for their stage and lead singer Jónsi has pledged to give a wry, distant smile to fans at every stop. Fúkk


Valtari tracklisting:


1. Êg Anda

2. Ekki Múkk

03. Varúð

04. Rembihnûtur

5. Dauðalogn
6. Varðeldur
7. Valtari


08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.18-19.12 - Osaka/Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.25.12 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Steinberggasse
08.28.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.31.12 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.04.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
09.05.12 - Ljublhana, Slovakia - Krizanke
09.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.09.12 - Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09.16.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum
09.17.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum

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Jack White filtering his soul through vintage broadcast microphones starting in May

Jack White, musician, will go on tour in May in support of his debut solo LP, Blunderbuss. Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian novelist of historical and Arthurian fiction, has just completed Book Two of The Guardians Trilogy, slated for release this year. His previous novels include a retelling of the legend of Excalibur, about which he says, “The mystery within the story had never been solved […], how the sword got into the stone and how the kid pulled it out. I knew how it was done.” He is currently resting and golfing in California.


05.15.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
05.16.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
05.18.12 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
05.19.12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *
05.21.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
05.22.12 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
05.24.12 - Detroit, MI - Scottish Rite Theater *
05.26.12 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.27.12 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
05.28.12 - Eugene, OR - Silva Concert Hall at Hult Center for the Performing Arts
05.30.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
05.31.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
06.22.12 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
06.23-24.12 - London, UK - Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend
06.25.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
06.26.12 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
06.27.12 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
06.29.12 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.01.12 - Belfort, France - Le Eurokeennes
07.02.12 - Paris, France - L’Olympia
07.05.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
07.27-29.12 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival

* Alabama Shakes

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Motion Sickness of Time Travel to release self-titled double-LP — 80 minutes of you wondering whether your limbs are still attached to your body

A wise man (probably Confucius) once said, “At the first inkling of success, pursue it like a wild cheetah chasing its prey on the open grasslands of Africa. Then, once you have success decidedly within your reach, snap its neck to eliminate the likelihood that it will slip away from your otherwise ferocious death grip. Hoist success over your shoulder and carry it back to your camouflaged residence, where you, along with anyone you deem important enough, will be able to enjoy a succulent feast comprised of bloody and uncooked achievement, which won’t leave you wanting for some time.” Maybe it’s not a perfect analogy, but I believe the basic message of aspiration is one that we should all follow, and Motion Sickness of Time Travel a.k.a. Rachel Evans seems to be doing just that.

In addition to three limited-edition cassettes released last year, Evans garnered serious attention with her meditatively coma-inducing (in a good way) album Luminaries & Synastry, released on Digitalis last June. It’s regretful that the album didn’t make our end-of-the-year list for 2011, but I attribute that more to unawareness (including on my part) than the possibility that it simply didn’t measure up to our standards.

In any case, my eyes and ears are wide open for the recently announced 2xLP Motion Sickness of Time Travel, due out May 15 on the Editions Mego offshoot Spectrum Spools. As its self-titled… title might suggest, the release promises to be Evans’s most dedicated and tremendous undertaking to date, consisting of four tracks, each over 20 minutes in length. Stylistically, “big changes in sound and scope are evident; a shift from the murky, mysterious haze of the older recordings into a highly addictive concentrate of airy tones and gem-like glow, each track forming a universal sky-map.” Meanwhile, the album cover depicts what appears to be a pastry on top of a rainbow signpost, opposite a mountain of khaki-colored sludge. If that isn’t evidence of a monumental achievement, then I don’t what is.

Motion Sickness of Time Travel tracklisting:

01. The Dream
02. The Center
03. Summer of the Cat’s Eye
04. One Perfect Moment

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Arrington de Dionyso releases new LP Songs of Psychic Fire, easily controls you with his thoughts

Experimental artist Arrington de Dionyso, known for his surrealist world music mindfuckonrecord work, has a new album out, Songs of Psychic Fire, Vol. 3. The sound consists of, as Dionyso describes it, “Extreme throat-singing noise overload, tape echo manipulations inspired by shamanic fortress, and gnostic sub-bass destruction and rebirth.” And that’s about as accurately as one can describe it.

The record was tracked during the Spring Equinox this year, using voice, bass clarinet, modified Marantz tape recorder, and echoplex at Dub Narcotic in Olympia. Dionyso attributes the record’s inspiration to his recent tour in Sweden, where he “performed far away from any city in the ruins of an ancient fortress, feeling the call of the spirits through the rocks and burning branches.”

Arrington de Dionyso also has a new book out with Davide Toffolo entitled 25 Disegni, published by Paper Resistance in Bologna, Italy in 2011. The book is part of a series by Paper Resistance where two artists are chosen for each edition and invited to submit 25 drawings that somehow refer to similar concepts or themes. Within the inside cover and the middle page, both artists collaborate on a drawing together. Toffolo and de Dionyso chose an erotic concept.

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Paul McCartney reissues 1971’s Ram in six dizzying formats, which is just fine by me!

It’s a scenario you’re bound to encounter if you spend enough time near the “M” section in any record store anywhere. Or maybe even in “P” if your local LP parlor happens to be yokel-owned and operated:

Sweaty dude #1: Goddammit Paul McCartney sucks.

Sweaty dude #2: Yeah, but Ram is pretty good.

Sweaty dude #1: Yeah. (Wipes nose on Rush shirt)


Yes, bewitching and fully realized fictional constructs, Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album is indeed a good one. So good in fact that the Droopy Dog Beatle himself is reissuing the ever-loving shit out of it on May 22. Presumably still high off of winning 2012’s Best Historical Album Grammy for his mammoth reissue of Band on the Run (seriously) and the McCartney/McCartney II reissues, Sir Paul is letting go of the horns and unleashing Ram on the public in no fewer than six different formats. Fans can choose from the standard single-disc CD with the original 12-song lineup, or the two-disc special edition with eight bonus tracks, or the four-CD/one-DVD/one-112-page-book deluxe box set, or the double-LP 180-gram vinyl, or the single-disc limited edition mono vinyl, or just fucking downloading it on iTunes. Tracklists aren’t available yet for all those bonus features, so keep a close eye on AARP Magazine’s culture section for the next couple weeks or just play “Long Haired Lady” on a constant loop until the answer reveals itself upon the dancing wind or something.

Ram tracklisting:

01. Too Many People
02. 3 Legs
03. Ram On
04. Dear Boy
05. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
06. Smile Away
07. Heart of the Country
08. Monkberry Moon Delight
09. Eat at Home
10. Long Haired Lady
11. Ram On
12. The Back Seat of My Car

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Locrian sign to Relapse, reissue expanded The Clearing, work on new material. Hardcore, man.

I sort of knew one kid in high school who was really into metal. I remember how he’d roll into the parking lot every morning with his windows down, blaring something frenetic and fast and a little bit scary. I wasn’t sure what to think, because at that point, I just wanted to listen to The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie and Stars.

I don’t listen to much of that same music from high school, but one thing’s definitely still the same: I don’t know shit about metal. I really wanted to crack a clever joke or two about Locrian signing to Relapse, contributing their dark drone-metal to a roster that includes bands with names such as Toxic Holocaust, Dying Fetus, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, but it looks like I’ll just be spittin’ out the facts, straight up. According to the Chicago Reader, Relapse will reissue Locrian’s vinyl-only The Clearing (TMT Review) as an expanded, two-disc set called The Clearing/The Final Epoch, and before long they’ll be recording new material with producer Greg Norman. Oh, and they recently released a spilt 7-inch with fellow Relapse-ers, Horseback. I’ll just go listen to Chutes Too Narrow now…

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