Sudden Infant and Lasse Marhaug are releasing a book, appropriately titled Noise in My Head

Sudden Infant and Lasse Marhaug are releasing a book, appropriately titled Noise in My Head

I’m going to be honest — Joke Lanz a.k.a. Sudden Infant freaks me out a little bit. His sonic collages are unlike anything I’ve ever heard before — chaotic amalgamations of unearthly vocals, microphone noise, distorted static, as well as various other sounds I can’t quite identify. It’s confusing, yet I can’t help but listen to bits of certain tracks over and over again. They’re fascinating, and maybe it’ll all make more sense once the Sudden Infant book comes out.

Noise in My Head: The Actionistic Music and Art of Joke Lanz, co-edited by Lasse Marhaug, will include “photos from installations, performances, and actions; visual work including drawings and paintings; poetry and manifestos; a visual discography; reproductions of concert posters and flyers; new essays by Rudolf, Leif Elggren, Daniel Menche, Steve Underwood, Mark Wharton, and Drew Daniel; and an in-depth interview with Lanz himself.” It’ll be printed in an edition of 300 copies and will be released sometime in October, the month most closely associated with noise.

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Thurston Moore to tour Europe for the… wait, you’re actually counting?

If Thurston Moore was indeed placed on this Earth by a higher power, I’m almost positive it was with the intent to make others in the music industry feel extremely lazy. No offense to Thurston if he happens to be reading this, and because I know how sensitive people can be about their age (yes, I totally just accused Thurston Moore as having the potential for sensitivity), but if I was deemed a musical legend by the age of 35, give or take a few years, I’m not entirely sure that I’d still be releasing albums on a consistent basis 15 years later. And I highly doubt that I’d be touring regularly either, which is exactly what Moore is doing when he travels to Europe in late November.

The tour is his second trip to Europe in support of his latest, highly acclaimed album Demolished Thoughts (TMT Review). Tours. Albums. A record label. Naturally, his body of work begs the question: is Thurston Moore a musical superhuman? Does his blood carry the biological ingredients necessary to shred like a monster and produce an innumerable amount of quality releases, both solo and as a member of Sonic Youth? If scientists weren’t so preoccupied with the study of terminal diseases, I dare say they should absolutely look into harnessing Moore’s DNA — you know, for research, and definitely not for the establishment of some sort of highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist master race.


11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK- Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Comunale
12.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
12.10.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Moods / Kilbi Im Exil

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RIP: Jessy Dixon, gospel singer

From The New York Times:

Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who helped popularize gospel music with his energetic style and who found a wider audience touring and recording with Paul Simon, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.

His sister, Miriam Dixon, said he had been sick for over a year but declined to provide details.

Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,” which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

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Björk reveals tracklist for Biophilia bonus disc, giving In Rainbows Disc 2 a run for its yawn-money

Björk has briefly descended to Earth again — approaching us with a muted grace that recalls the ever-pirouetting cosmos and the bodily calm of a deep breath — to offer up some details on the bonus disc for Biophilia, which is only a week or two away from worldwide release (October 10… you do the math). Originally thought to be a data disc containing hundreds and hundreds of rare Björk, Thom Yorke, Tricky, and Tagaq jpegs over the years, the bonus disc now turns out to be a group of songs recorded during her six-date residency at Manchester’s Campfield Market Hall this past summer.

Since Björk had a few new items specially commissioned for these performances (digitally controlled pipe organ, pin-barrel harp, gamelan-celeste hybrid, 30-foot pendulum harnessing the Earth’s gravitational pull), the set is rather Biophilia-centric, but a few tracks from her other albums show up here and there too, so your nostalgia pleasure centers won’t have to miss a beat. Speaking of nostalgia, remember the good old days when you preordered the ultimate edition or at least the manual edition of Biophilia? Because this bonus disc is only offered in those two packages, and they’re both already SOLD OUT AHAHAHA NO EXTRA TRACKS FOR THE HOI POLLOI, POOR PEOPLE ARE SUCH JOKES!!!!!!

Live in Manchester tracklisting:

01. Thunderbolt
02. Moon
03. Crystalline
04. Hollow
05. Dark Matter
06. Hidden Place
07. Mouth’s Cradle
08. Virus
09. Sonnets
10. Where Is the Line
11. Mutual Core
12. Cosmogony
13. Solstice
14. One Day
15. Náttúra

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Ryan Adams a.k.a. Mr. Mandy Moore tours with new album Ashes & Fire

Mr. Mandy Moore is gearing up for a spell of tourdates this fall, beginning the same day as his 13th album gets released. October 11 is the day Ashes & Fire will be available for purchase, but for those of you who just.can’t.wait.any.damn.longer, the white-boy-rock-loving folks over at NPR are streaming it here.

In 2009, Adams announced plans to put music on hold, following his being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which affects the inner ear. Lucky for many of you, Mr. Mandy is back in action, so check him out if you can, especially since you don’t know when he might retire for real for real. So go ahead and give Ashes & Fire a deserved listen or two (or 20), then be sure to snatch up tickets to the real deal.

Ashes & Fire tracklisting:

01. Dirty Rain
02. Ashes & Fire
03. Come Home
04. Rocks
05. Do I Wait
06. Chains of Love
07. Invisible Riverside
08. Save Me
09. Kindness
10. Lucky Now
11. I Love You But I Don’t Know What to Say


10.11.11 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater
10.13.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
10.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater
10.15.11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
10.17.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio
10.18.11 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
10.20.11 - Eugene, OR - The Shedd
10.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya
12.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
12.04.11 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
12.06.11 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
12.08.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
12.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Winter Garden Theatre
12.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Cadillac Place
12.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre

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Holy Ghost! prove that they can headline a tour and release a single by headlining a tour and releasing a single

You there, in the headband and sleeveless Joy Division shirt! What are your favorite dance acts of the last few years? Knowing you (who I do not know), I bet they’re something along the lines of LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, and, let’s say, Chromeo. I am correct! Now, if you’ve been going to their shows like a good little concert-going rabbit, you’ve probably caught an opening set by New York disco act Holy Ghost!. They’ve been big on the opening act circuit as of late, but they’re finally moving up. Yes, they’re getting their big day in the sun. After a lot of hard work, the spotlight’s on Holy Ghost! now. Insert another platitude to signify that Holy Ghost! are headlining their own tour, the likes of which will be hitting much of North America this fall.

On this tour, they will still be supporting their self-titled debut, which came out on DFA this past April. That record is full of tracks they love with all their hearts. In fact, they love “Hold My Breath” so much that they’re releasing it as a single on October 17. That very single will feature remixes by Tiger & Woods, Cosmic Kids, and FaltyDL. Right now, Rolling Stone is running a premiere of the “Hold My Breath” video, directed by Ben Fries. Fries directed the duo’s previous video for “Wait and See” and is reported to be their very best friend in the entire world ever.

Holy Ghost! dates:

10.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.30.11 - Orono, ME - University of Maine
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Belmont on the Boulevard
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - 69 Bathurs
11.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.04.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
11.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
11.09.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box
11.13.11 - San Diego, CA - Voyeur Night Club
11.16.11 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
11.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.19.11 - New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues
11.21.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

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