Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe, and Butchy Fuego celebrate impassioned knob-fiddling as The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group; 2xLP out this month on Drag City

Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe, and Butchy Fuego celebrate impassioned knob-fiddling as The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group; 2xLP out this month on Drag City http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1309/news-13-09-celebrate-music-synthesizer-group.jpg

Adamant as you may be of your secularism now, you’ve probably pondered the intricacies of your personalized Heaven at some point, either innocently as a child, or depressingly as an adult realizing a likelihood — that upon death, the only bright lights in your presence will the be ones shining over you at the morgue, and you won’t see them. So on that tremendous downer of a note, it’s still sort of fun to think about! Assuming you can get past the philosophical conundrums of whether you’d actually want to “live” in a place where you’re eternally happy, or if that’s even an accurate depiction of Heaven, or if abstract things like a bed of boobs are possible in that metaphysical world.

Let’s stick to the world we know for now. Per Wikipedia, WORM in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is a “non-profit foundation and multimedia alternative cultural centre” that may double as a utopia for synth enthusiasts. Making proper use of the institution’s apparently “incredible” collection during their residency, Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw), M. Geddes Gengras, Tony Lowe, and Boredoms’ Butchy Fuego summoned both a new album and a new moniker for their collective; The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group will release their self-titled 2xLP on September 17 via Drag City.

If you’ve examined the credits and activities related to Icon Give Thank (TMT Review), you’d know that this isn’t their first collaborative rodeo. The names “Sun Araw” and “M. Geddes Gengras” both obviously garnished the header for that album, while Tony Lowe spearheaded the bundled film, and Butchy Fuego handled some of the mixing duties. And as far as CSMG goes, it’s a celebration indeed, judging by the clips and the opening track below. I’m feeling hungover already.

The Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group tracklisting:

01. Warung Mini
02. 4P4C Slack
03. Millions of Decaliters
04. Worm = Spice
05. PIM
06. “Worm Sign” C M S G Suite
07. Glassed Masses
08. Hazeman
09. Haze March / Exotic Food

• Sun Araw: http://sunaraw.com
• M. Geddes Gengras: https://www.facebook.com/mggengras
• Butchy Fuego: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Butchy-Fuego/165523616837407
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Arc Light Editions plans vinyl reissue of Arthur Russell’s Another Thought

I don’t know if it’s my incompetence or the limits placed on me by TMT’s content management system, but I just spent almost three hours trying to get the Space Jam theme song to auto-play every time this news post loads, to no avail. Which, I mean, I’ll readily admit is probably way too much time. But look, I have a commitment to excellence for all my posts, especially those about musical geniuses like Arthur Russell, whose albums are getting released on vinyl for the time ever, and the Space Jam soundtrack was an integral part of my vision (you gotta get pumped up somehow!).

So the original concept involved Michael Jordan telling you all of this, but apparently he’s busy filming a commercial for fitted underpants, so here goes: Arthur Russell’s excellent 1994 release Another Thought, an album that has never before been available on vinyl, is coming out on double LP October 14 from Arc Light Editions in the UK. It’s the first release for Arc Light, which is a collaboration between curator Jennifer Lucy Allan (an editor at The Wire) and Multiverse Music.

Another Thought consists of tracks recorded between 1982 and 1990 selected by Mike Rouse and produced by Don Christiensen for Point Music. Because Russell’s boundless onward rush of creativity often had him working on several things all at once (sometimes never quite finishing anything in particular), many of these tracks are works in progress. (In fact, the guy worked so hard on so many different things that we’re still, over 20 years since his death, occasionally hearing as-yet unheard and unreleased recordings of his.) Another Thought, of course, is not just any loosely thrown together odds and ends collection. The album holds together as a cohesive whole just as well as anything in Russell’s catalog.

Another Thought features contributions from a whole bunch of Russell’s musical connections, including Peter Zummo (whose own Zummo with an X featured Russell on cello and was recently released by Optimo Music), vocals from Julius Eastman and Elodie Lauten, and percussion from Mustafa Ahmed. The reissue features new artwork by Jennifer Lucy Allan herself, and it’s complete with a minimalist nod to Russell’s newspaper hat on the original. As for Arc Light itself, the label says this release is in line with its goal to “make available on vinyl some releases which have been out of print for too long, are extortionately priced second had, or which have never been graced with a vinyl release.” Pretty cool mission statement, y’all. B-t-dubs, if you’re looking for any ideas for projects down the line, hit me up, because I have definitely got a few (*cough* Space Jam Soundtrack *cough*).

In all seriousness, though, Michael Jordan and I both agree that this reissue is pretty sweet, and you should probably pre-order it if you’re at all interested in maintaining your cred.

• Arc Light Editions: http://arclighteditions.co.uk

ATP announces Shellac and The Dismemberment Plan for final End of An Era Festival

Now that ATP has declared an end to their famous (or infamous) UK holiday camp festivals, a giant gaping maw of sadness lies in wait to consume us all in its watery saliva of nostalgia. And yearning. And pain. And did I say sadness? Whatever, say it 15 more times. So, as the ATP End of An Era festival weekends draw near, a select group of musically inclined individuals will be on hand to dispense hankies, hugs, and possible life alternatives to those going through the grieving process. Although End of Era weekend 1 is sold out, weekend 2 has recently announced a sparkling lineup of bands to help the fest go out with a bang. And a hug.

Shellac, people. They curated one of the first ATP festivals more than 10 years ago, returned again in 2012 to celebrate their 20th band anniversary, and now they’re back to reprise their role as the ATP “house band,” a nickname resulting from the band and the fest’s long and storied relationship together. Other new announcements include a rare UK performance from The Dismemberment Plan, The Magic Band, no wave legends Ut, a solo performance from the Dirty Three’s Mick Turner, and France’s Les Colettes. Also appearing will be co-headliners Slint and Mogwai, plus The Pop Group, Goat, Superchunk, Fennesz, Comets On Fire, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (performing the music of Neu! & Harmonia), Om, Ty Segall, Edan (DJ Set), Il Sogno Del Marinaio featuring Mike Watt, 23 Skidoo, Dirty Beaches, Balam Acab, Tall Firs, Wolf People, Thought Forms, New War, Dawn Hunger, White Fence, Eaux, Civil Civic, Follakzoid, Kandodo, Hookworms, The KVB and DJ Jonathan Toubin.

Weekend 2 runs from November 29-December 1 and is curated by ATP and Loop. Tickets are available online.

• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com

Perfume announce Level 3 tracklist, share “1mm,” tour dates presumably to follow

Japanese pop powerhouse Perfume have just announced that their fourth album, Level 3, will be out October 2 — and that is good news. Unbeknownst to most of the western world, producer-writer-mastermind Yasutaka Nakata has been making some of the best electro-pop around since all the drugs and AC/DC affinities caught up with the Ed Banger crew. Judging from what we’ve already heard of the tracklist (see below), “だいじょばない” and “Spending All My Time” will demonstrate as much. “Point” even manages to incorporate a jungle-ferocious breakbeat into pop elegance à la Cornelius. Coincidence?

Probably! This announcement is accompanied by a “short version” music video of album track “1mm,” which is a Francophile electro barnstormer notably weirded the heck up by something between a synth and an autotuned vocal playing a Middle Eastern scale. Check it below, along with the Level 3 tracklist.

Level 3 tracklist:

01. Enter the Sphere
02. Spring of Life (Album-mix)
03. Magic of Love (Album-mix)
04. Clockwork
05. 1mm
06. 未来のミュージアム (Mirai no Museum)
07. Party Maker
08. ふりかえるといるよ (Furikaeru to iru yo)
09. ポイント (Point)
10. だいじょばない (Daijobanai)
11. Handy Man
12. Sleeping Beauty
13. Spending all my time (Album-mix)
14. Dream Land

• Perfume: http://perfume-global.com

Kanye West announces solo tour featuring Kendrick Lamar; Jay Z announces solo tour featuring Rick Rubin laying on a couch

Kanye West’s six-pack abs look pretty good in a hi-res CGI approximation, but nothing beats the fleshy reality of his shape-shifting 12-pack on stage, glistening under the hot lights and forming the word “DONDA” in a complicated flex during the electrifying chorus of “Jesus Walks.”

Jay Z’s hashtags look pretty good on Twitter (#newrules #factsonly #mylaugh), but nothing beats the experience of seeing him on a jumbotron from the back row, folding his arms with a wry smile while Memphis Bleek praises New York.

Well, both megastars are coming to a town near you, separately, just as they released new albums this year, separately. Both artists are traveling across North America’s biggest arenas, so the spectacle will be grand wherever you go, but even though Kanye is bringing along Kendrick Lamar for most of his dates, I will be opting for the Magna Carter experience, simply because Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino will be opening every show by beaming a 3-month subscription to Rolling Stone into every Samsung phone in the arena.

Yeezus tour dates:

10.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena *
10.20.13 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *
10.22.13 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center *
10.23.13 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena *
10.25.13 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
10.26.13 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center *
11.01.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center *
11.05.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center *
11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center *
11.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills *
11.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre *
11.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre *
11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11.17.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden *
11.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
11.21.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center *
11.23.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11.29.13 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena *
11.30.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
12.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena *
12.06.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center *
12.07.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center *

* Kendrick Lamar

Magna Carter tour dates:

11.30.13 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
12.01.13 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
12.02.13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
12.06.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12.07.13 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
12.09.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
12.10.13 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
12.11.13 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
12.13.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
12.18.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
12.19.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
12.20.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
12.21.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
12.27.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
12.28.13 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
01.02.13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
01.04.13 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
01.05.13 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
01.08.13 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
01.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
01.10.13 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
01.12.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
01.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
01.16.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
01.17.13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
01.18.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
01.19.13 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
01.21.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
01.22.13 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
01.24.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
01.27.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
01.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
01.30.13 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
01.31.13 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Jay Z: http://lifeandtimes.com
• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com

Meat Puppets go on longest fall tour ever; this is your time to shine, Delaware!

“What are you doing this weekend?” asks Karen, the well-meaning office manager. “Me?” you ask, as if this would make Karen go away. “Well, I’m seeing a band called the Meat Puppets.” “The Meat…what?” asks Karen, confused. “Seminal underground rock band that blended country and punk?” you say. “Beloved by better-known legends like Nirvana, Pavement, and Soundgarden?” Karen pretends to look for a stapler on your desk, obviously uncomfortable. “That sounds… nice,” she says. “Have fun with your Meat Muppets!” But you can tell she doesn’t really mean it. And then, gradually, so slightly you hardly even notice, you start getting a reputation around the office as being kinda weird, and people stop inviting you to the after-work happy hours you always made excuses not to go to anyway, and then after six months you get downsized and everyone in the cubicles surrounding you breathes a sigh of relief that it was Weird Carl and not them.

But hey, it’s cool, because you, Weird Carl, will be enjoying the same Meat Puppets experiences as the literally thousands of people in cities all across America this fall, when founders Curt Kirkwood and Cris Kirkwood reunite with drummer Shandon Sahm and newly added second guitarist (and Curt’s son) Elmo Kirkwood! The Meat Puppets are hot off a series of sold out spring and summer dates in support of their recent album Rat Farm, and they’re going to pretty much every state in the upper forty-eight. Even you, Delaware! Residents of such sad, Meat Puppets-less states as Hawaii and Alaska can catch Curt Kirkwood chillin’ with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast sometime in late September.

Dates:

09.26.13 - Ames, IA - DG’s Tap House
09.27.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
09.28.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
09.30.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
10.01.13 - Toledo, OH - Frankie’s Inner City
10.02.13 - East Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
10.03.13 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at the Crofoot
10.04.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.05.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
10.06.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Southern Café and Music Hall
10.08.13 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewery
10.09.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.11.13 - Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live
10.12.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
10.13.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.31.13 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
11.02.13 - Tucson, AZ - Old Tucson Studios
11.03.13 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s
11.05.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room
11.06.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.07.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.08.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
11.09.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company
11.10.13 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
11.12.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
11.13.13 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
11.14.13 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
11.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.16.13 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
11.19.13 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
11.20.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.21.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.22.13 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music
11.23.13 - Spokane, WA - The Center
11.24.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
11.26.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11.27.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar

• Meat Puppets: http://themeatpuppets.com

  

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