The Pains of Being Pure at Heart cover Magnetic Fields, East River Pipe for new single, tour Europe, still refuse to change band name

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart cover Magnetic Fields, East River Pipe for new single, tour Europe, still refuse to change band name

Quick! Your band is about to tour Europe for a while and you haven’t released an album since last year! What DO you do??? If you’re The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, you crank out a new 7-inch of some classic American cover songs, that’s what. USA! USA!

The Pains’ new single features one of the most patriotic Magnetic Fields tunes EVER, “Jeremy,” on the A-side, and East River Pipe’s red, white, and blue-bleeding “My Life is Wrong” on the B-side. Now get out there and show ‘em what American music is made of, Pains! (Okay, so maybe there’s really nothing quintessentially American about either of these songs… but hey, I did just LIE to you! And lying is pretty American, right?)

The single will be released on October 10 via Slumberland. It was recorded this past June at Rare Book Room, and “Jeremy” is currently streaming at the Pains fan-Tumblr thing here. Speaking of her long-time love of all-fields-magnetic, “The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why - just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.” See? There you have it. Jeremy has spoken. Oh shit. I’m not even thinking of the right song, am I?

The Pains of being on the road a lot sometimes:

10.14.12 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
10.15.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
10.16.12 - London, UK - Dingwalls
10.18.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
10.19.12 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
10.20.12 - Metz, France - La Chapelle Des Trinitaires
10.21.12 - Lyon, France - L’Épicerie Moderne
10.23.12 - Turin, Italy - Astoria City
10.24.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
10.26.12 - Bologna Bo, Italy - Covo Club
10.27.12 - Padova, Italy - Looop
10.29.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Mascotte Club
10.30.12 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
10.31.12 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
11.01.12 - Linz, Austria - Ahoi! pop 2012
11.03.12 - Augsburg, Germany - Musikkantine
11.04.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
11.05.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
11.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
11.07.12 - Tann, Germany - Aarhaus Atlas
11.08.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.09.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
11.10.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11.12.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Kojaamo

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland:

Ghostface Killah to drop new album that isn’t DOOMSTARKS in November

After what seems like an eternity since 2010’s Apollo Kids (TMT Review), Pretty Toney a.k.a. Tony Starks a.k.a. The Wally Champ a.k.a. Ghostface Killah has a new album due November 20. The record, titled Twelve Reasons to Die, will feature production from Black Dynamite composer Adrian Younge in what appears to be a heaven-sent collaboration for fans of vividly detailed crime stories, neo-blaxploitation, and heavy 70s soul. A comic book of the same name will follow in December. The RZA, who has also been keeping busy, will serve as Executive Producer and release the album on his newly minted Soul Temple Records.

In the mean time, you can check out Ghostface on "New God Flow," featured on the Kanye West-curated mixtape Cruel Summer due out September 18 on West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

In related news, hell has still not frozen over.

• Ghostface Killah:

Lower Dens expand fall tour, but really, let’s talk about the beer that got named after them

There are so many indicators for when an indie band has “made it.” Perhaps a band has been invited to move into Morrissey’s Pool House of Sadness. Perhaps they were invited to handle snakes and squint menacingly with Nick Cave. Maybe this hypothetical band’s music was featured in an episode of Gossip Girl, or used without their consent in a political campaign, or maybe somewhere in South Korea a teenager with 15,000 YouTube followers just posted a video montage of the most romantic moments in Twilight with the badly edited first 50 seconds of this tribute video backed by said band’s song. All of these things are indicative of success on one level or another, sure. But could there be any greater tip-off that a band rules than getting their own fancy beer named after them?

Because if so, Lower Dens are living the f%^&ing dream. Not only have the Baltimore indie electric folkers (yeah, I just used the word “folker.” I’m sorry, EVERYONE.) expanded their US and European tour — complete with more than a few festival appearances — they’ve also just had a beer by Maryland’s Stillwater Artisanal Brewing named after them. In theory, the brew is inspired by the band’s song, “In the End is the Beginning” off their latest on Ribbon Music, Nootropics (TMT Review). There’s even a QR code on the bottle so that you can point your phone at a bottle and hear Lower Dens rock out, which is either amazing or slightly terrifying, depending on how you feel about THE FUTURE. Twelve Percent Imports plans to distribute the beer to 35 states.


09.27.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival *
09.28.12 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording
09.29.12 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre ^
10.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^
10.04.12 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium ^
10.05.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre ^
10.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom ^
10.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom ^
10.09.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre ^
10.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre ^
10.11.12 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress
10.12.12 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace +
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 +
10.14.12 - McAllen, TX - Fall Back Records +
10.15.12 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova +
10.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada +
10.17.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.27.12 - Paris, France - Le Nouveau Casino
11.29.12 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
12.01.12 - München, Germany - ON3 Festival
12.03.12 - Berlin, Germany - Kantine am Berghain
12.04.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
12.05.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
12.06.12 - London, UK - The Forum &
12.08.12 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP Festival
12.09.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
12.10.12 - Bristol, UK - Louisiana
12.11.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
12.12.12 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
12.13.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
12.14.12 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Auntie Annies
12.15 .12 -Dublin, Ireland - The Grand Social
12.16.12 - Cork, Ireland - Cork Operahouse
12.18.12 - Istanbul, Turkey - IKSV

* Dirty Projectors
^ Grizzly Bear
+ Jennifer Castle
& Kurt Vile, Dark Dark Dark

• Lower Dens:
• Ribbon:

What takes two years and 24 milion euros? 30 file sharing lawsuits in France!

TorrentFreak is reporting that new statistics have been released on the success of France’s two-year old law that gives digital copyright violators three chances to change their ways before formal legal proceedings begin. Managed by the Hadopi Agency, 3 million IP addresses were initially identified to be illegally sharing files in France. Of those, 1.15 million were considered worthy of a first notice (or in American parlance, a strike). From there, only 102,854 were issued a second warning, and only 340 of those were issued a third and final warning. That third warning, contrary to popular belief, was not a court summons, though, but just a third documented slap on the wrist. Those 340 individuals actually had one more chance to stop their pirating ways. Just like in the previous rounds, most of them did, but a scurrilous 30 continued to disobey Hadopi and are now being sued for their wrongdoings.

What do you call two years and a reported 12 million euro annual budget used to send a bunch of emails and letters that have resulted in 30 lawsuits? A resounding SUCCESS! Yes, the President of the Commission for Rights Protection, Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, is summing up their efforts thusly. Other lawmakers, in particular the French Culture Minister Aurelie Filipetti, disagree, calling the project, “an expensive way to send a million e-mails.” ZING!

While the continued decrease in offenders after each round of warnings does demonstrate that pirates can be ‘reformed’ through what the French government is calling ‘education,’ the initial problem that the law was supposed to help curb — the loss of income by rights holders from illegal file sharing — doesn’t seem to have been reversed. People who download and share licensed content illegally are not likely to go out and pay for said content when confronted about their activities. To the major label’s detriment, those folks are just not going to consume that content at all, nor are they going to be informed enough about that content to share it with their friends, go to the content creator’s concert, or buy any other merchandise that they can’t get for free online associated with the content. Major labels still think that suing people who are the pollinators of their artists popularity is the way to go, and now France has 30 examples to help them support this totally incorrect idea. Vive la Major Labels.

Indians sign to 4AD, get to hang out on a baller privately-owned island and film videos

My aunt once told me a story about my grandmother, raising six kids in the rural Midwest during the 1950s, and how she would sometimes bundle all of them up in snowsuits, shove them outside, and say “Go make snowmen!!” And then she’d lock the door. The 4AD Sessions are kinda like that. Except instead of snotty-nosed farm children, our heroes are a well-dressed band of young Danish men. And instead of snowsuits, they have guitars and synths and stuff. Also, they’re not making snowmen, they’re making exquisitely-crafted northwoods indie pop. Plus there’s a camera crew. And our story is not set in the upper Midwest, it’s set on a privately-owned island called Osea in Essex. So yeah, it’s basically nothing like my aunt’s story.

But my, aren’t these 4AD Sessions a sight to behold! They’re like a travel ad for Scandinavian sadness. Filmed entirely outdoors in one day, the session shows the band, coats fluttering picturesquely in the wind as sailboats float serenely by, following the band’s day through songs recorded after high tide, late at night, and in the wee early hours of the morning. So who are these aforementioned natty Danes? Well, they’re called Indians, and they’re fronted by Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul. They’ve only been playing shows since February, but they self-released a debut single in April, and since then have been playing shows with heavy hitters like Beirut, Bear in Heaven, Lower Dens, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, and Weird Dreams. And then they fell into the loving arms of 4AD, who signed Indians instantly. The Indians installment of the 4AD Sessions marks the beginning of this beeee-yoo-ti-ful relationship. The debut album for Indians is expected in early 2013. Until then, the band is playing shows with Dan Deacon and Glass Animals, and then hooking up with Other Lives for their American tour.


09.19.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Ideal Bar
09.21.12 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
09.22.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Norway Exprt @ Reeperbahn
09.25.12 - Paris, France - Trabendo *
09.27.12 - London, UK - Sebright Arms #
10.19.12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre $
10.20.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
10.22.12 - Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre $
10.23.12 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat $
10.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre $
10.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl $
10.27.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
10.29.12 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s $
10.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall $
11.01.12 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music $
11.02.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club $
11.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre $
11.04.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah $
11.05.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom $
11.08.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall $
11.10.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s $
11.12.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree $
11.13.12 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley $
11.15.12 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis $
11.16.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center $
11.17.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall $
11.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme $
11.20.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge $
11.21.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern $
11.23.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern $
11.24.12 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End $
11.26.12 - Portland, OR - Space $
11.27.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise $
11.28.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
11.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg $
11.30.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel $
12.01.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s $
12.03.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox $
12.04.12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement $
12.07.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas $
12.08.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall $

* Dan Deacon
# Glass Animals
$ Other Lives

• Indians:
• 4AD:

Kevin Drumm will release Relief on November 5 via Editions Mego, after he gathers miscellaneous electronic devices and builds an instrument with them

Kevin Drumm found your hair dryer orbiting Mercury.

He found your clock-radio in a snowdrift in the woods.

He found your lawnmower in a tree near a cemetery.

He found your N64 at the bottom of a river.

He opens the door of Editions Mego, quietly.

He will release Relief on November 5, “a 36 minute hypnotic roller coaster ride through the terrain of his unique vision. A haunted melody pinned to a bed of nails. A spinning ride through aural spaces.”

• Kevin Drumm:
• Editions Mego: