Steve Hauschildt leaves Emeralds, effectively ending the group

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Just two weeks after the surprising announcement that Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire had left the group, Steve Hauschildt has just announced his own departure via Twitter.

Citing personal reasons, he makes the result of his decision quite clear: “The band is now over and all tour dates are cancelled.” Solo material is still very much in the works for all former members, as ever, but Emeralds as a group is RIP 2006-2013. Listen to their final transmission, off last year’s Just to Feel Anything (TMT Review), below.

• Emeralds: http://editionsmego.com/artist/emeralds

Solange announces February tour, bumps Beyoncé off my vision board

Beyoncé, I have bad news for you. You know my vision board? The one where you had a plumb spot in the center, right next to that picture of a Flying-V guitar? Well, it’s over. You’re just not vision board material anymore. These days, I’m more into your sister, Solange. She’s like a radiant star in the middle of my dreams, the likes of which include owning a big dog and flying a kite. And I just know she’ll love seeing this vision board when, as Pitchfork reports, she goes on tour for a string of dates this February.

These dates find Solange hopping all over the United States (with a little bit of Canada thrown in for good measure), supporting last year’s True EP. Or this year’s True EP, since it just got a physical release this week, if you’re a stickler for such things. You can argue about that. Me, I’ll be busy cutting out a picture of a basketball going through a basketball hoop.

Solange dates:

02.05.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
02.07.13 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
02.19.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.20.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.21.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.22.13 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
02.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

• Solange: http://www.solangemusic.com

Lil B not performing at the Grammys. #wrong #cruel #shameonCBS #bitchmob #taskforce #pinkflame

Well fuck. I’m gonna make this quick. Looks like Lil B won’t be performing at the Grammys after all. He wasn’t selected as a finalist in CBS’ “Gig of a Lifetime” contest, which Nobodaddy was really hyping the other day. Word over at p4k is that Lil B might have been removed from the competition before CBS even announced the winners of his region. Did the pop-punk kids who beat him rig the whole thing?

Maybe.

But probably not.

I’m done here. My internet connection sucks, and so does bad news.

• Lil B: https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD

William Basinski and Richard Chartier hold hands and wait for the sun to rise on their next release, Aurora Liminalis

While the world (or just people with really really excellent taste in music) dutifully awaits the release of William Basinski’s next full-length album Nocturnes, one’s affinity for gradual, hypnotic tones must not go unfulfilled. I’m talking about really gradual — the type of gradual where (because it’s so gradual), you don’t realize how gradual the tones actually are, until silence marks the end of the recording. You started listening to the album on a Tuesday in the winter, and by the time it’s finished, it’s the second Twednesday of August, in the year 3144. That’s right, the music was so gradual and immersive that, unbeknownst to you, it coincided not only with magnificent medical breakthroughs, but also the invention of a new day of the week: Twednesday.

Hyperbole aside, the first collaborative album between William Basinski and microsound musician Richard Chartier, released in 2004, certainly blurred the occasionally indistinct line between ambient and drone. Can we expect the same for their upcoming release, Aurora Liminalis, due out next month? The official description from Chartier’s own LINE imprint suggests… oh god, yes: “Disintegrating spatial shifts incorporating the two artists’ distinct sonic palettes mesh to create a slow, deep ebb and flow… like some melting spectral transmission.” Listen to the clip below, and feel free to get your preliminary melt on.

Aurora Liminalis tracklisting:

01. Aurora Liminalis

• William Basinski: http://www.mmlxii.com
• Richard Chartier: http://www.3particles.com
• LINE: http://www.lineimprint.com

Herbcraft announces The Astral Body Electric and releases a track, and they’d like to help you redecorate your house

I know you’ve got some spare herbs lying around somewhere. How about artfully arranging a few sprigs of lavender in a mason jar to use as a nice centerpiece for your kitchen table? Or maybe you could hang it from the ceiling as an organic chandelier? Or, if you want to keep it simple, maybe just glue some mint leaves and basil leaves to a wooden picture frame?

Matt Lajoie and the other members of Herbcraft recently spent some time hanging out in an 18th-century New England barn, and when they weren’t gluing or painting or découpaging, they recorded a few songs. The Astral Body Electric will be Herbcraft’s third LP, and it’s no longer just Matt Lajoie playing freaky psychedelic tunes on his guitar. Dawn Aquarius plays organ, Nicholas Barker’s on drums and synth, Corinna Taylor plays flute and bass, and Doug Tuttle (of Mmoss) recorded their tunes directly to tape. He contributed to the group vocals too, as did Aaron Neveu (of Woods). Matt Valentine (of MV&EE) mastered the album, and everyone helped stitch stalks of rosemary to make lampshades and scrapbook covers.

The Astral Body Electric will be out March 5 on Woodsist, and you can check out “No Land” below to hear a few minutes of Herbcraft’s semi-improvised kaleidoscopic world. Stay tuned for craft tips from the band.

The Astral Body Electric tracklist:

01. Mother’s Gate (Shambhala)
02. A Knock at the Door in Your Mind
03. Impermanence
04. No Land
05. The Body Electric
06. Full Circle (Eternally)

• Herbcraft: http://herbcraft.bandcamp.com
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Clinic’s Free Reign to be repackaged with alternate Daniel Lopatin mixes as… drumroll… Free Reign II

I’ll be honest here; I’ve never really been sure of how “Oneohtrix” is supposed to be pronounced out-loud, so I’ve literally avoided saying it whenever I talk about him. Luckily for me, I don’t have to pronounce it out loud to tell you that there’s some sweet news on the horizon for those of you who LOOOOOOOOVE you some Oneohtrix (which, if you’re reading this site, is probably you) but couldn’t give two shits about Clinic’s latest album Free Reign (which, again, if you’re reading this site, might be you)! Turns out that Daniel “the Guy from Oneohtrix Point Never” Lopatin has remixed the entirety of Free Reign left a few unused mixes with the band when he undertook mixing the original album in the hopes of eventually coaxing that second shit out of you after all!

Seems like a huge undertaking, even for a badass with a clearly unpronounceable name like Lopatin. I guess when I think about it that way… he doesn’t deserve any adulation whatsoever and is a total hack! Besides, he obviously didn’t have any spare time to think up a great title. Because it’s just called Free Reign II. So there. Dude’s not so great, is he?

Now Free Reign is being repackaged with Lopatin’s alternate mixes, and it’ll be out February 25 via Domino. Or as I like to pronounce it, “Dominohtrix.”

Free Reign II tracklist:

01. Sun & the Moon II
02. You II
03. King Kong II
04. For the Season II
05. Miss You II
06. Cosmic Radiation II
07. Seamless Boogie Woogie 10 pm BBC2 RPT II
08. See Saw II
09. Misty II
10. Done & Dusted II

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Clinic: http://www.clinicvoot.org
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us