The Notwist announce North American tour, release video for “Kong” into the world

The Notwist announce North American tour, release video for "Kong" into the world

Once, there was a band called The Notwist. Great news: there’s still a band called The Notwist! It’s just been a little while since we’ve heard from them, what with their last album, The Devil, You + Me, having been released in 2008. But the long-running German electronic-but-formerly-metal band recently broke their silence with a new record titled Close to the Glass (TMT Review), out now through Sub Pop. Now, any good businessperson knows you don’t release a new album and not tour. By that measure, The Notwist are fantastic businessmen, as they’re got a quite extensive itinerary of both European and North American dates in the pipeline.

All this talk about touring and new records has got me thinking about gigantic apes. Sorry, my brain works in strange ways. That said, it’s all working out in a logical fashion, since The Notwist have released a new video for Close to the Glass track “Kong.” Watch that right here or below:

The Notwist dates:

03.10.14 - Stuttgart, Germany - Wagenhallen
03.11.14 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
03.12.14 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
03.13.14 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie (SOLD OUT)
03.14.14 - Lille, France - Le Grand Mix
03.15.14 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
03.16.14 - Glasgow, UK - Mono
03.17.14 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
03.18.14 - London, UK - Village Underground
03.19.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
03.20.14 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
04.05.14 - Milano, Italy - Magnolia
04.06.14 - Foligno, Italy - Serendipity
04.07.14 - Roma, Italy - Auditorium Parco della Musica
04.08.14 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
04.09.14 - Padova, Germany - Mame
04.10.14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - TBA
04.11.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara
04.12.14 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
04.13.14 - Munich, Germany - Circus Krone
05.26.14 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
05.27.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Laeiszhalle
05.28.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
06.09.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.10.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
06.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Société Des Arts Technologiques
06.12.14 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
06.13.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge @ House of Blues
06.14.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
06.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
06.28.14 - St. Gallen, CH - Open Air St. Gallen
07.04-06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
07.19.14 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany - Melt! Festival

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Ben Frost bursts out of the darkness wielding serrated new album A U R O R A

Composer, producer, and love of my life Ben Frost had us all in a choke-hold with 2009’s By the Throat, but he slowly relaxed his grip and drifted off into collaborative ventures, leaving me surfing OkCupid for a new partner who was into strangling. But as of a recent announcement, I can already feel the neck burns reforming about my vulnerable nape as Mr. Frost will indeed release his first solo follow-up on May 27, entitled A U R O R A!

This will be Frost’s fifth solo record, performed by himself with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, and Thor Harris of SWANS. Whew, buddy, I can barely breathe, may start hallucinating some auroras right now. Such strong hands, Ben.

The release will also be preceded by a series of live dates, including a London performance at the Village Underground on April 26:

04.26.14 - London, UK - Convergence Festival
05.15.14 - Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
05.16.14 - Cork, Ireland - Triskel Arts Centre
05.17.14 - Elsinore, Denmark - CLICK Festival
05.18.14 - Leuven, Belgium - STUK
05.20.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw at Trouw
05.21.14 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
05.22.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
05.23.14 - Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory
05.24.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - Žedno Uho Festival
05.29.14 - Montreal, QC - MUTEK Festival
06.12.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
07.11.14 - Keflavík, Iceland - ATP Festival

• Ben Frost:

RIP: Robert Ashley, experimental composer

From The Guardian:

The experimental composer Robert Ashley has died, aged 83.

Kyle Gann, who recently wrote a biography on the composer, wrote on his website that he had received confirmation of the composer’s death. Ashley had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver last June. He died on 3 March at approximately 1:30pm.

“Bob was one of the most amazing composers of the 20th century, and the greatest genius of 20th-century opera,” Gann writes. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take the world to recognize that.”

As well as being known for his radical reinvention of the operatic form, fusing electronic music into his operas and theatre works, Ashley also co-founded the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music in 1958 alongside Gordon Mumma, before creating the performing arts event ONCE Festival in the 60s. He won the John Cage Award for Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 2002.

According to Gann’s blogpost, Ashley completed a piece before he died entitled Mixed Blessings, Indiana.

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Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, and Randall Dunn advise watch synchronization so you don’t miss the release of their 2xLP Shade Themes from Kairos

Oh lord, here we go again with another convoluted and plot hole-ridden cinematic foray into the concept of time manipulation. At least Looper (TMT Review) had the chutzpah to work in actual dialogue attesting to the subject’s possibly inherent paradoxes, but is it too much to ask for some Bishop cameos, even in stories supposedly outside the X-Men universe? I feel as though time travelers with jheri curls lend a degree of credence. All that grease just has to play a role in the slipping of humans into different historical periods.

Kairos, the short film from Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop, unveiled in 2009 and serving as a fictional tale of time-turned-commodity, sadly lacked a spontaneous comic book crossover, but fulfilling the “badass” adjective nonetheless, the feature contained a score recorded and co-produced by Randall Dunn (Master Musicians of Bukkake), and composed by Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley. The ancient Greeks apparently had two words for time, neither of which accurately capture its seeming elongation that one time I found myself making direct eye contact with a urinating homeless man: “chronos,” which refers to chronological time, and “kairos,” which refers to an opportune moment.

With respect to the latter, the trio clearly appreciated something in their initial temporal collaboration. Shade Themes from Kairos, set for release May 19 via Drag City, is an extension of the aforementioned score, with further recording and mixing done at Dunn’s (now closed) Aleph studio in Seattle, and further “emanations evoked” (eh?) through the utilization of drums, analog synths, vibraphones, crotales, the requisite guitars, a shruti box, and a mellotron.

Surmise what this means in terms of the end result by watching/listening to the Kairos teaser here. Then, of course, wait.

Shade Themes from Kairos tracklisting:

01. That Space Between
02. Temporal, Eponymous
03. Circumstances of Faith
04. Sometimes
05. Ebony Pagoda

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NXNE wants you to come to a sexy Canadian pool party with Spoon, Swans, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized and some other bands that don’t start with “S”

While music industry hearts across America dream of warmer climes, of margaritas consumed outdoors, and of hotel pools, our friends to the North in Toronto are all like, “Hey! Don’t make it all about Austin, guys! We’ve got fun, too! We’ve got NXNE!” And it’s true, they do. And summer will come, if only for the week of June 13-22, when Toronto gears up for its 20th NXNE.

The festival recently made its second round of artist announcements, so now you can prepare to get your Canadian pool party on with the likes of Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-YaRdS, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, The Barr Brothers, Oneohtrix Point Never, Low, Fuck Buttons, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin’, Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Laurel, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich, Death Hymn Number 9, Criminal Hygiene, Elektrisk Gønner, Krazy Drazy, and the always intriguing “more.” You can check out the full lineup at the official NXNE website.


tUnE-yArDs announces details of Nikki Nack coming in May. Personally, I can’t wait to hear what Chuck Klosterman thinks of it.

Did you know that Merrill Garbus, the lovable tUnE-yArDs lady who manages to keep all of her looping pedals in perfect working order but somehow has a bUsTeD cApS-lOcK kEy, just celebrated her birthday? Go write an impersonal ironic emoji-laden message on her Facebook wall before it’s too late! My advice? Make liberal use of the “:putnam:” guy if you want it to be extra funny. Oh, and you know what, if you actually want to make it a little more personal, consider mentioning her rEcEnTlY aNnOuNcEd NeW aLbUm!! It’s called Nikki Nack.

Nikki Nack is Garbus’ first full-length since 2011’s marvel of spacebar technology w h o k i l l (T M T R e v i e w), and it’s out May 6 in the United States. Garbus says to listeners, “Thanks for all your support and patience while we cooked this chicken!” That’s either a joke, or in the short break she took between albums, she got totally confused about what albums are and how they’re different from chickens. Jokes: I love to make them, but I’m terrible at interpreting them when others make them. Anyhow, Garbus has put together what she’s calling a “Megamix” of the album, which you can hear in the YouTube embed below. She’s also going on an international and festival-heavy tour starting in; scope those dates below and see if any of them are near your house! Really, the only thing left for us to do is to wait for Chuck Klosterman to follow up his oH sO vErY InSiGhTfUl and t o t a l l y c o h e r e n t think-piece on w h o k i l l with something similar for Nikki Nack. Get stoked!


05.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
05.07.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
05.12.14 - London, UK - Village Underground
05.14.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
05.15.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Nochtspeicher
05.16.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuits-Cirque Royal
05.18.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
05.19.14 - Paris, France - Café de La Danse
05.23.14 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Ampitheater*
05.23-25.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.31.14-06.01.14 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summerfest
06.18-22.14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
06.19-22.14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
07.19.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

* The National

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