Steve Reich emphasizes smoke, not terrorism with updated album cover

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As we recently mentioned, Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11 is due out September 20 on Nonesuch Records and has been an item of great controversy ever since its cover image was unveiled. The image, which previously featured a grim portrayal of the infamous second plane headed for the already smoking towers, disturbed, upset, and repulsed many onlookers (Phil Kline even commented that the artwork was “the first truly despicable classical album cover” that he had ever seen). Shame on you, Steve Reich! Too soon! And it was a bright, clear day on 9/11; those post-apocalyptic murky clouds are just inaccurate. Bah.

After long and tireless debate, Reich hoisted a white rag in his announcement to change the image so that the controversy did not overshadow the music itself. It may be too late for that, however.

The replacement image has now been released to the public’s eyes and features a less-metal photograph of smoke, which I believe is also the cover of this week’s New York Magazine. NPR decided to go the mature route and feature a full stream of the album accompanied by the new artwork without mentioning the previous cover art debacle. Republicans are now attempting to cut government funding for NPR because of their cooperation with anti-patriot Reich.

• Steve Reich: http://www.stevereich.com
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com

CAVE to tour the Earth’s core in support of new album Neverendless

In celebration of their upcoming album Neverendless, to be released by Drag City on September 20, Chicago-based krautrockers (in style only) CAVE will be launching a fairly extensive tour, beginning with a release show in their native city on September 15. Neverendless is the full-length follow-up to last year’s Pure Moods EP (TMT Review). The tour itself will take the band to such exotic and sporadically-frequented locales as Monson, ME, Carbondale, IL, and Northfield, MN. Regardless of whether or not you’ve heard of these cities, it’s important to note that the members of CAVE have; so if you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey! I’m pretty sure I live Maine!” or something similar, get your ass on Google Maps and search for the relevant venue.

Personally, I’m greatly appreciative of any artist or label that scrounges together the cash needed to visit less musically renown towns. I sometimes wonder: if I chose to abandon life in the big city in exchange for a more meditative experience along the mountains of Iceland, how would I get my fix of live music? I no longer need to worry. CAVE will be there, sooner or later.

Dates:

09.15.11 - Chicago, IL - TBA (Neverendless Release Show)
09.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Brilliant Corners
09.17.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
09.18.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
09.19.11 - Toronto, ON - Parts and Labour
09.20.11 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
09.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal - Il Motore *
09.22.11 - Monson, ME - Outdoor BBQ
09.23.11 - Boston, MA - Wherehouse
09.24.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Live with Animals
09.25.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
09.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
09.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
09.29.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar
09.30.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Nightlight
10.01.11 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
10.02.11 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
10.03.11 - Charleston, SC - Tin Roof
10.04.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar
10.05.11 - West Palm Beach, FL - The Snooze
10.06.11 - Gainesville, FL - Boca Fiesta
10.07.11 - Lakeland, FL - Evolution Records
10.08.11 - Tampa, FL - New World Brewery
10.09.11 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
10.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.11.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
10.12.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
10.13.11 - Carbondale, IL - Skihouse
10.14.11 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cheroke
10.15.11 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Medusa
11.09.11 - Northfield, MN - The Cave (Carleton College)
11.11.11 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
11.17.11 - Seattle, WA - The Comet
11.19.11 - Portland, OR - East End
11.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace
12.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern

* Liturgy

• CAVE: http://www.myspace.com/realreelpro
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Raleigh Moncrief to release Watered Lawn on anticon., takes opportunity to demonstrate how much cooler than you he is

Fancily named Raleigh Moncrief (not “Moncrief the 3rd,” somehow) has officially been signed to anticon. After establishing himself as an important behind-the-scenes player over the last few years — playing guitar on tour with Marnie Stern, releasing obscure vinyl releases with Zach Hill, earning a co-producer credit on the 2009 Dirty Projector’s album Bitte Orca — the California-based artist/producer’s anticon. signing comes in preparation of the release of his solo outing, Watered Lawn, out October 25.

Joining likeminded artists Baths and Dosh, Moncrief’s debut should fit in nicely with the label’s current roster of artists riding the chillwave of slightly hard-edged yet dreamy electronica that’s all the rage right now. Get ready to say you knew of him when!

Watered Lawn tracklisting:

01. The Air
02. A Day to Die
03. I Just Saw
04. In This Grass
05. Cast Out for Days
06. Lament for Morning
07. The Right Idea
08. Don’t Shoot
09. Time Passed By
10. Waiting for My Brothers Here
11. Mothers

• Raleigh Moncrief: http://raleighmoncrief.net
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com

Merge Records does the neighborly thing, signs Hospitality to make things more hospitable

Ever had sloppy maid service at a 5-star hotel? Or suffered an excruciatingly long wait while a timid bellboy failed to hail you a cab? Well, we’ve gotta figure that’s how Hospitality was feeling before getting signed to Merge Records. The New Yorkers join a roster that includes Wild Flag and Eleanor Friedberger, both of whom they’ll join at the Bowery Ballroom later this fall.

With singer Amber Papini’s Psychedelic Furs-influenced singing, a tinge of the bittersweet, and sweet arrangements that play around with keyboards, horns, synths, and layered guitars, Hospitality are on track for providing friendly and pleasant sounds. That’s much more than we can say about those weak front desk receptionists at the Holiday Inn. With production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells), the band’s debut full-length, due in early 2012, is one to keep an eye on.

Don’t believe us? Stream “Friends of Friends,” pat us on the back for introducing you to something excellent, and check out the tourdates below.

Dates:

09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC – The Union (Hopscotch Music Festival)
09.10.11 - Washington, DC – Red Palace
10.18.11 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *

* Wild Flag, Eleanor Friedberger

• Hospitality: http://www.facebook.com/hospitalitylives
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

D Generation (90s NYC punk rockers) reunite for tour, new album, and the hell of it

After 11 years, Generation Y band D Generation are reuniting in September to tour and record a new album. The two-month tour includes stops on the festival circuit at Spain’s Turborock! Festival, and Stateside at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is the first time D Generation have toured together since disbanding in 1999; they did, however, reunite in 2008 to play three songs at the opening of the John Varvatos Store in New York City (formerly CBGB’s). Though their career was short-lived, the NYC-based glam/punk rockers put out three albums from 1991-1999, all to critical praise. Since their break-up, the band members have gone on to pursue solo careers, most notably lead singer Jesse Malin, who has recorded with Ryan Adams.

In a statement about the upcoming shows, guitarist Danny Sage explained the motivation behind getting the old band back together: “We all still talk and have stayed in touch over the years. I’ve worked on all of [Malin’s] solo albums. Over the years we have gotten a lot of offers to play but were just busy working on our own things. This year we decided to do two shows together and the offers began to fly in from all over the world and it just grew from there.”

The tour only hits select cities in the US, so be sure to check out the complete list of dates below. This report has been brought to you by the number 90 and the letter D.

Dates:

09.17.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.23.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09.25.11 - Oakland, CA - The Uptown
10.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (Riot Fest)
11.05-06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

• D Generation: http://www.dgeneration.us

Moonface announces North American tour, starts work on new album, because what else is Spencer Krug going to do with his time

As a child, Spencer Krug made a dark pact with a demon, ensuring that he would spend all his spare moments working on music. This is not true. It is just the only explanation I can find to account for Krug’s endless output of new music. Well, the only explanation besides work ethic. Still, the guy’s prolificacy is kind of nuts: four active projects, all of which have put out at least one album within the last two years. Most recently, he’s been hard at work with his Moonface solo project, from which he just put out Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I Hoped (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar. Between that new record and a recent tour, we could hardly expect to hear anything new from the Moonface front any time soon.

Except we can. Duuuuuuuuuuuh. What else would you expect from Krug’s iron man work effort? He is like a man made out of iron! The point is, Spencer Krug will be doing things as Moonface in the near future. Namely, going on tour. Word has it that he’ll play all the songs from Organ Music, or at least most of them. Joining him on this journey will be percussionist Mike Bigelow, who will make rhythmic noises to accompany Krug’s organ noises.

But honestly, it’s not that surprising that Moonface is going on tour so soon after returning from tour. That happens all the time! What band hasn’t done that? Many, but there are also many that have done it. Less frequent is the act that starts work on a new record near immediately after releasing a record, and Moonface is that sort of act! Indeed: Mr. Krug is in Finland right now, working with Siinai on a new album. What will it sound like? Nobody knows, aside from perhaps Spencer Krug, Siinai, and anyone inside or passing by the studio. The rest of us will inevitably find out in six to eight months.

Moonface dates:

10.07.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10.08.11 - Madison, WI - The Sett @ The University of Wisconsin
10.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.11.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s
10.12.11 - Calgary, AB - Republik
10.14.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf
10.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.16.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
10.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.21.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10.23.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.25.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
10.26.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.29.11 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel
10.30.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• Moonface: http://moonface.ca
• Jagjaguwar: http://jagjaguwar.com

  

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