Sir Richard Bishop to release three new CD-Rs, his guitar apparently still hemorrhaging

Sir Richard Bishop to release three new CD-Rs, his guitar apparently still hemorrhaging

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Sir Richard Bishop released the underrated-to-the-point-of-being-offensive album The Freak of Araby, and the void left by the apparent dearth in guitar-centered improvisational releases is starting to make me feel oddly anxious. Fortunately, through whatever spiritual channeling he undoubtedly engages in, Mr. Bishop has become fully aware of my waxing anxiety, and has announced the release of three brand-new CD-Rs due out December 12, but which are available for pre-order now. (Also planned for release next year is full-length collaboration with David Oliphant of Maybe Mental!)

Intermezzo fulfills expectations as a “collection of various pieces for electric and acoustic guitar.” On Outermezzo, Bishop ditches the guitar entirely and experiments with ambient noise. Spontaneous Collaborations seems to be the most appealing of the three releases, compiling previous live recordings and featuring a variety of artists, including Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) and Climax Golden Twins. Each CD-R is limited to 200 copies signed by Bishop himself, and each is essentially the same length as your standard LP, though one should probably expect a bit more grit in terms of the production. Grit and guitar? Certain artists by the name of Fahey and Orcutt have already proselytized me.

• Sir Richard Bishop:

Best Music Writing needs your help to become an independent publication

Daphne Carr, editor of the heralded Best Music Writing series that dates back to 2006, has issued a call for support in changing the way the anthology works. In the past, Carr and a guest editor would collect submissions for the year’s best music writing, wade through them, and personally select the best from the bunch to be published as a book by Da Capo Press. Moving forward, Carr would like to independently publish the anthology and other music-related works and have the entries in the anthology be selected by an editorial panel. This shift in focus takes money.

Carr’s goal is to raise $30,000 to publish the 2012 edition independently. In addition to the costs of physically printing the book, this figure would cover stipends for the newly created editorial board, graphic design, and administrative fees. The editorial board would be composed of 10 music writers who would have the ultimate say in which pieces are included in the anthology. After that, continued donations and the income produced by the 2012 anthology and future publications would keep the new music writing-focused publisher going indefinitely.

Any amount is welcome, but a donation of $15 or more secures you a copy of the 2012 publication. Donate now to create a new home for the publication. Or better yet, donate in a friend or relative’s name and let them know they’re supporting the cause of independent music writing this holiday season — people love that kind of thing.

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Spiritualized announce new album, and I just lost a $20 bet because it’s NOT called The Gospel of Elvis, Drugs, and Fucking

Dateline 2011: While his old Spacemen 3 chum Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember continues to satisfy his creative urge by gleefully ruining all of Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox’s music, his fellow music dabbler Jason “J Spaceman” Pierce has decided to take a break from his full-time gig (White Guy Nickname Inventor) to pursue another course; one that, you know, sometimes people who make music consider pursuing. It’s called writing songs and then subsequently putting them out in a new album. I know, odd choice for a such a brilliant nickname artist to make, right? But hey, different strokes, I guess.

Anyway, after a few of his standard delays, J Spaceman has finally announced the release of his new album, the follow-up to 2008’s Songs in A & E and the seventh Spiritualized album overall. Continuing in his compulsion to create nicknames for everything, the new album J Spaceman’s New Album has been cleverly nicknamed Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The actual date doesn’t seem to have been solidified yet, but it’s also due via Fat (“Big-bottom”) Possum Records in March (“February II”) of 2012.

After recording intermittently over the past two years in Wales, Los Angeles, and Reykjavik, Iceland (at least, I should hope it was intermittent), J headed to his own home to mix for a year. If this seems like a long time to labor over something, that’s because it is. But if you ask the man, he’ll tell you that sometimes you’ve just got to put in the hours. He’ll also probably tell you to fuck off. “When you make a record, it has to be the single most important thing in your world,” Pierce said in his press release. “This time around, I wanted to do something that encompassed all I love in rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s got everything from Brötzmann and Berry right through to Dennis and Brian Wilson. I’m obsessed with music and the way you put it together and I don’t believe there are any rules.” There you have it. Man likes his music. Stop judging him, already. Although actually, you can watch J performing two tracks from the new album live at Other Voices Festival over here and judge the shit out of them for all I care.

Sweet Heart Sweet Light tracklist:

01. Hey Jane
02. Little Girl
03. Get What You
04. Too Late
05. Heading for the Top
06. Freedom
07. I Am What I Am
08. Mary
09. Life Is a Problem
10. So Long You Pretty Things

• Spiritualized:
• Fat Possum:

Andrew Bird announces new album, new tour, new shirts and ties he just bought from H&M

Well, here we are, reader… you and me… together on… teetering on the brink… of complete and total annihilation. Yes, we’re terminally approaching the year of the 2012 apocalypse. Yes, I believe the Mayans were right. Yes, I’ve started saving my urine and am slowly starting to introduce the taste of it to my taste buds and digestive system so that I can handle it when the time comes. Shit’s gonna be over in less than 12 months, man, and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to freak out a little bit already; I just can’t take the pressure, can you? What we need is someone to calm us down. Someone who’s always handsomely attired and charmingly stubbly. Someone who routinely offers lush, delicate packages of bucolic, intricately orchestrated farm music that are lush with his own country-boy musings. Also, preferably, someone who whistles. Who can we get?

Alright, then. Call up Andrew Bird. Tell him we need him to drop his first new album since 2009’s fairly respectable Noble Beast (TMT Review). I don’t care what he calls it, really. Maybe something like Break It Yourself? Whatever. That’s fine. Just as long as he releases it by March 6 on Mom + Pop. And actually, this is kind of embarrassing, but I don’t really um, pay for music anymore… so yeah, tell him to plan a huge tour next spring or something and give the album (as well as two live EPs: Fake Conversations, which includes material recorded during Bird’s October tour, and some live cuts of the new album, which he’ll deliver in the spring) away for free to anyone who buys tickets to it. Ooh, better yet, tell him to report all that to Pitchfork so I can feel all corroborated and whatnot when I report it. Where should he tour? Oh, I don’t know. Everywhere. There’s gonna be a lot of freaked-out people out there come next year.

Break It Yourself teaser:


01.12.12 - Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Theatre
03.05.12 - London, UK - Barbican Cantre
03.06.12 - Paris, France - La Cigale
03.08.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
03.09.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre #
03.16.12 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf #
03.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle #
03.19.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium #
03.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre #
03.22.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
03.23.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Uptown Theater #
03.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater #
04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre $
04.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue $
04.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall $
04.13.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater $
04.18.12 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center $
04.19.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center $
04.20.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater $
05.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer %
05.04.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre %
05.05.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre &
05.06.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
05.08.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
05.09.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live %
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit @
05.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre @

* Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller’s “Sonic Arboretum”
# Eugene Mirman
$ Laura Marling
% Patrick Watson & with Tift Merritt
@ Mucca Pazza

• Andrew Bird;
• Mom + Pop:

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Nite Jewel to release new album One Second of Love on Tom Arnold’s birthday

According to Wikipedia, here are some famous births for the date of March 6:

• 1340 - John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster
• 1787 - Joseph von Franuhofer, German physicist
• 1906 - Lou Costello, American actor and comedian
• 1926 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
• 1936 - Choummaly Sayasone, president of Laos
• 1959 - Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
• 1992 - Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer
• 2012 - One Second of Love, Nite Jewel album coming out through Secretly Canadian

Wikipedia doesn’t lie, people. Nite Jewel, the synth-pop project of Ramona Gonzalez, are definitely releasing an album on that very date. One Second of Love will be Nite Jewel’s first album since 2008 debut Good Evening, which probably came out on a day that some babies were born. The record’s title track can be heard right over here on SoundCloud.

RIP to Ivan the Young, the former ruler of Tyver who died on March 6, 1490.

One Second of Love tracklist:

01. This Story
02. One Second of Love
03. She’s Always Watching You
04. Mind & Eyes
05. In The Dark
06. Memory, Man
07. Unearthly Delights
08. No I Don’t
09. Autograph
10. Clive

• Nite Jewel:
• Secretly Canadian:

Earth’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light ROUND TWO scheduled for February 2012

Seattle-based sludge masters Earth have announced the upcoming release of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, the follow-up to their last album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (TMT Review), which made it on our mid-year Favorite Albums list. The new album was recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast Studios at the same time as the 2011 release and features the same lineup of Dylan Carlson on guitar, Adrienne Davies on drums, Karl Blau on bass, and Lori Goldston on cello, but is said to take the group in “an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation.” Relying heavily on long-form improvisations, the new album is sure to make your innermost organs tremble to the core (in a good way).

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II was originally supposed to be released seven months after the first installment, but was later pushed back by the band’s label, Southern Lord, to February 14, 2012. The band plans on touring prior to the album release, though no details other than word that the group will venture outside of their Northwest environs have been released. Stay tuned for more Earth-shattering news in 2012.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II tracklisting:

01. Sigil of Brass
02. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
03. Multiplicity of Doors
04. The Corascene Dog
05. The Rakehell

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