Sigur Rós experiment with feeling angry, bring that anger to a new record and a town near you

Sigur Rós experiment with feeling angry, bring that anger to a new record and a town near you

It seems Sigur Rós have been trying out some new feelings recently: anger, fear, paranoia, and possibly some violent urges. I’d imagine their therapist said it’s positive to expand beyond the “melancholy-with-a-thin-patina-of-hope” we have all come to know and love. Previously, being told that humans normally have a range of emotions brought about forays into happiness like “Gobbledigook”. But even with all that neat-o “la la la”ing and bouncy acoustic strumming, it gets wishy-washy and their therapist (I assume they get a group rate) just sits there and shakes her head. Sigur Rós are sadness-junkies returning to their sadness-drug because it sadness-fuels them. For a prime example of how they can’t stop pumping disconsolate-but-hopeful vibes into our collective ears, check the video for their new song “Brennisteinn.”

Sure, it’s got scrunched-up industrial feedback, sure it looks like it could have been filmed backstage at Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 Woodstock performance, but it’s still clearly got that heavy heart that’s just so Sigur Rós. Obviously they are trying desperately to move away from that and failing, so if you happen to be a souless, steel-hearted monolith of a person they need to talk to you. And make it soon, because their new album, Kveikur, is supposed to come out June 18 on XL Recordings, meaning they have to stop being sad and start being angry quick.

Oh, also, they are bringing their new-found attempts at anger everywhere that has a dot on the map. Seriously, if a city has a population of more than 1000 they are probably playing a show there. Please tell their therapist if they come onto stage covered in mud and smash their instruments at the end of the set; it means they are making progress.


03.26.13 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
03.27.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
03.29.13 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
03.30.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Theatre Bowl
04.01.13 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
04.02.13 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
04.03.13 - Saint Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
04.04.13 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
04.06.13 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank
04.08.13 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
04.09.13 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
04.10.13 - Austin, TX - Cedar Park Center
04.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.16.13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
04.19.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.10.13 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Istora Senayan
05.14.13 - Toyko, Japan - Nippon Budokan
05.15.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp, Nagoya
05.16.13 - Fukuoka, Japan - Zepp, Fukuoka
05.17.13 - Osaka, Japan - Kobe World Hall, Osaka
05.19.13 - Seoul, South Korea - Olympic Gymnastics Arena
05.21.13 - Hong Kong, China - Asia World Arena
05.25.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.26.13 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
05.27.13 - Burnaby, BC - Deer Lake Park
06.19.13 - Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
06.21-23.13 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival (One performance, Date TBA)
06.21-23.13 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival (One performance, date TBA)
06.23.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Warsaw, Poland - Sowinskiego Amphitheatre
06.28.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Openair
06.30.13 - Cornwall, UK - Eden Project
07.04.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.06.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
07.18.13 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
07.20.13 - Salacgriva, Latvia - Positivus Festival
07.26.13 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
07.27.13 - Lucca, Italy - City Square
07.28.13 - Rome, Italy - Ippodromo Delle Capennelle
08.30.13 - Cheshire, UK - Jodrell Bank
08.31.13 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
11.16.13 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
11.19.13 - Nottingham, UK - Nottingham Arena
11.20.13 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre
11.21.13 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
11.23.13 - Luxembourg - Rockhal
11.24.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
11.25.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Hall
11.27.13 - Malmo, Sweden - Balgiska Hallen
11.28.13 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum

• Sigur Rós:
• XL:

James Chance, Andrew W.K., ?uestlove, Kim Gordon, and many others walk into a bar to participate in “Improvised Round Robin Duets”

Red Bull can do anything. That’s the theme of this 100% totally insane performance NY’s Red Bull Music Academy is putting on called “A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets.” You want to hear James Chance blow out a wacked saxophone riff to an Andrew W.K. party jam? You got it! You wanna see Julia Holter get down with ?uestlove? It ain’t no thang! You wanna stay up for 37 straight hours just by drinking tiny cans of weird soda? No problem! RED BULL CAN DO IT.

See, the wise scholarly owls over at the Red Bull Music Academy, in conjunction with Search and Restore, Boom Collective, and the Undead Music Series have assembled a dream team of musical innovators for an evening of once-in-a-lifetime sonic border demolishing. The format is simple. The first musician gets onstage, does a solo improv thing for five minutes. Then, up comes musician #2 for five minutes of making sweet music together. At which point, musician #1 says good night and musician #3 comes up to party with musician #2. And so on and so on. It’s a Fibonacci sequence of improvised ART MUSIC. The magic happens on May 1 and Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple, where luminaries like the aforementioned ?uestlove, Andrew W.K., James Chance, and Julia Holter boogie down with Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Kim Gordon, Bernie Worrell (Parliament), DJ Spinna, Dosh, jazz clarinetist Don Byron, avant garde cellist Erik Friedlander, grammy-winning sax dude Joe Lovano, jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Matana Roberts, and bassist/Flying Lotus associate Thundercat. AND THERE’S MORE TO COME. Whaaaaaat? People say America is a melting pot. NO. This Red Bull improvised music night is a melting pot AND THE BREAD OR LITTLE POTATO WEDGES OR WHATEVER STUFF YOU STICK IN THE FONDUE IS OUR HEARTS. (Because obviously the music is fondue. Or the skewers? What would be the fondue then — Red Bull? Ugh. Metaphor = too complicated, too stupid.)

Anyway, in sum, Red Bull is taking all the musicians ever and sticking them all into this one night spectacular at the beginning of the energy drank’s frankly pretty kickass Music Academy series of events. Taking place from April 28-May 31, the entire fest features performances and talks from the likes of Brian Eno, Laurel Halo, Erykah Badu and Giorgio Moroder.

• Red Bull Music Academy:

Deerhunter announce new album through a really, really shoegaze-y delay effects processor that makes the news not break until 4 days later!

Hey sis. Sorry, I’ve been a little busy with work and some frustrating relationship stuff with Kirsten lately (will go into it more over Easter) and haven’t been able to read all the music blogs for you and tell you what you should be up on. Hopefully it’s not too late for you to be the first one to tell the rest of the squad about the new Deerhunter album that’s coming out soon. That’s “Deerhunter,” one word. Not The Deerhunter, either. That’s a different band (yeah, I know; it’s confusing, right? Believe me, my housemates and I have totally listened to The Deerhunter by mistake and been hella confused about this new “ambient punk” shit that we were supposed to like! LOL!).

Anyway, yeah, pay attention, cuz here’s come the facts. It’s their first one since 2010’s Halcyon Digest (TMT Review). It’s called Monomania, and it’s out May 7 on 4AD. Monomania is a thing that means, like, being excessively focused on one single idea or object or thing or something (kinda like mom is with making us all go to church when we’re home, right?). Yeah, I guess that the singer (his name is Bradford Cox, BTW) told Rolling Stone a few years ago that:

I guess my time as a musician has gone by so fast that I realized that I have no personal life. The other guys in Deerhunter, they all found things. And I just have monomania. I always will. I’m obsessive about one thing, that there’s one thing that’s going to make me happy and it’s making music, or there’s one thing that’s going to make me happy and it’s this person.

Ooh, but also, sometimes records — CDs are called records, remember — are recorded “in mono,” which means that sounds aren’t split over the two left and right speakers. That might be a cool thing to know and throw out.

Speaking of cool things to throw out, you can say that Josh Fauver, the guy who played bass guitar for them, has left the band and has been replaced by Josh McKay. Oh, and if you really need to dazzle them, tell them that they “tracked the album” at this cool New York studio called Rare Book Room with this dude Nicolas Vernhes. Trust me; they won’t know what the frig any of that that means, but it’ll sound legit. Works on my friends all the time, actually. Oh, and if you really, REALLY need to dazzle them, you could always cite Pitchfork at some point. That’s usually what I do when I write stuff for that website that I do music news for.

Okay, sorry I can’t give you any more right now, but this is a pretty hip band, so you should be good to go for a while on this. I’ll put some links and stuff at the bottom too that you can follow up on. See ya Sunday. Try to stay out of freakin’ trouble until then!

Monomania tracklisting:

01. Neon Junkyard
02. Leather Jacket II
03. The Missing
04. Pensacola
05. Dream Captain
06. Blue Agent
07. T.H.M.
08. Sleepwalking
09. Back to the Middle
10. Monomania
11. Nitebike
12. Punk (La Vie Antérieure)

• Deerhunter:
• 4AD:

Keiji Haino announces US tour with a snap of his finger and a rustle of his wizard’s cloak

A distant rumble, the nearer sharp scrape of metal on metal, birds fleeing southward. Through the haze a man emerges, a guitar slung low over his shoulder and a staff in his right hand. The air crackles and smells of ozone. The face is familiar: Level 58 mage, Keiji Haino.

“For my first trick, I will need a volunteer from the audience.” He looks directly at you, and you stand without thinking. “Yes, you’ll do,” he beckons at you, and you falteringly make your way to the platform. After allowing a preliminary glance up his sleeves and pant legs, he begins.

“I will be touring the United States this April.” You look down to check the time and realize your watch is gone. This Haino is a tricky one; you’ll pay more attention going forward. He continues, “The first dates in Portland and Chicago are as yet unspecified solo performances, though they will likely be guitar and voice.” You hear laughter from the audience, and at first you laugh along, but Haino steps in front of you and gestures at your legs. The magical bastard has stolen your pants! Anger brews in the back of your mind, though you cannot but allow that Haino is master.

“April 13 and April 17 will find me conjuring with only the tool my mother gave me: my voice. For the remaining performances, I will partner with fellow travelers Chris Corsano (April 14), Tamio Shiraishi (April 18), and Loren Mazzacane Connors (April 20).” As he finishes speaking, Haino looks just above your head with a wry grin. You feel a weight shifting there — your hat has been turned into a bird! It flies away, and as it rises it suddenly bursts, raining down coins on the crowd.

Haino then guides you off the stage, quietly thanking you and offering you a coupon for 50% off his recent collaboration with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery. As you take your seat he says, “For my next trick, I will be encased in a block of ice for 30 days, because, why not?” Your watch will not be returned to you.


04.10.13 - Portland, OR - Yale Union
04.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.13.13 - Oberlin, OH - Fairchild Chapel
04.14.13 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Club
04.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
04.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - ISSUE Project Room
04.20.13 - New York, NY - Whitney Museum of American Art

• Keiji Haino:

Ghost Box Orchestra release spoooooky new album, ensorcell East Coast on spring tour

Somewhere out in this crazy world of ours (Boston) is a psych-rock band named after a device ostensibly used to communicate with the dead. That device is called a ghost box, and the band in question is Ghost Box Orchestra. What a world! Comprised of Jeremy Lassetter (guitar/vocals), Nazli Green (keyboard/percussion), Chris Johnson (guitar), Martin Rex (drums), and special touring bassist Zac McGowan, the group has rocked the main stage at Austin’s Psychfest and played alongside such underground garage/psych heavy-hitters as Wooden Shjips, Psychic Ills, The Growlers, Disappears, Moon Duo ,and The Fresh & Onlys. Shake your heads in awe, mortal humans, because this band came straight out of Scary Heaven. They’re a warlock’s wet dream. And now the magickal minstrels of Ghost Box Orchestra have a new album set to drop May 14. Entitled Vanished, the eight-track LP was recorded in a former Freemasons Lodge. OF COURSE IT WAS.

Last week in Northampton, MA, Ghost Box Orchestra kicked off a slew of East Coast dates to promote Vanished, their second full-length, and there are still some dates left! More details about the tour can be found on Ghost Box Orchestra’s world wide web homepage, and you can listen to the new album’s first track below.

Vanished tracklisting:

01. Vader
02. Rhythm of the Hills
03. Vanished
04. From Darkness
05. Into the Light
06. Spring Beat
07. Lodge II
08. Desert Lights


03.25.13 - New York, NY - Cake Shop *
03.26.13 - Richmond, VA - Nile Ethiopian Restaurant @
03.27.13 - Baltimore, MD - Club K $
03.28.13 - University Park, PA - Penn State (House Show)
03.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s 20 Lanes %
03.30.13 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault ^

* Midday Veil, Big Spider’s Back
@ Crushed Purple + ARS Phoenix
$ Phantom Lanterns, Permanent Makeup, Sister Model
% Hriliu + Daylight Is The Dream
^ Lobo Marino + Folkfaces

• Ghost Box Orchestra:

Demdike Stare to release the bats AND new Testpressing#001 single on Modern Love

Terrifying Lancastrian witch-lovers Demdike Stare have unleashed a new slab of (almost) dancey menace on the record-buying public. Together with the demented elves over at Modern Love Records in Manchester, the experimental duo of Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker have ushered in a brand new series of 12-inch releases for the label under the Testpressings banner. Aptly, Demdike’s inaugural issue is called Testpressing#001 and features two blazing new tracks, both of which can be heard in full below.

The A-side, “Collision,” was recorded during late 2012 in a dentist’s office from hell, where the sun is always setting in a blood red sky but there’s also a disco ball and a human-sized vampire bat on the 1s and 2s playing warped jungle records. That bat just wants to dance! But he doesn’t know our human ways of love and “party drugs” and neon, so it’s a little bit unsettling and you can hear it in this track. Fun fact: you can actually HEAR the bat doing spoken word at the beginning of B-side “Misappropriation.” Testpressing#001 is currently available for purchase at Boomkat. The label plans to release further Testpressing 12-inches and more bats at an unspecified date in the future.

• Demdike Stare:
• Modern Love:

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