The Raveonettes excite and bum you out by announcing a new album, tour

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The small Scandinavian nation of Denmark has given the world so much. Hans Christian Andersen. Fine mid-century teak furniture. The eponymous pastry. And lest we forget, 10 years ago Denmark gave us scuzzy throwback duo The Raveonettes. Ten years, can you believe it? Over the course of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharon Foo’s rockin’ decade together, the noise-lovin’ Danes have traversed a great musical land, covering ground from fuzzed-out distortion and lyrics dealing with lust, death, and other great topics from the underbelly of 1950s/1960s/surely not nooooooooow America to yearning doo wop-style harmonies and guest spots from Suicide’s Martin Rev and The Ronette’s Ronnie Specter. And now The Raveonettes are about to cross an even greater musical frontier: namely, the divide between bands that use pianos in their songs and bands that don’t. That’s right — there’s a piano in the mix on the band’s upcoming full-length, Observator, and take it from me, sonny, in typical Raveonettes fashion, she ain’t a happy piany.

So what inspired the band’s new direction? According to Wagner, he and Foo were compelled by the siren call of Los Angeles. After throwing out his back and generally feeling like s%^&, Wagner decided it was time to go West, to find the California of easy livin’ and The Doors. But instead, he says, “What I found however was quite the opposite. I found dread and despair in LA, a wicked loneliness that only furthered my intake of substances. I couldn’t focus and inspiration was fleeting or mostly absent.” (Apparently Wagner did not watch Mulholland Drive before packing up the U-Haul.) Instead of creating a super dirty Beach Boys album or whatever the band’s intention was, Wagner decided to just dive into the stories of the people he met in both California and New York, where the band is based, and start writing. Observator is the result of those songs. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. with Richard Gottehrer, who also worked on the band’s Pretty in Black. (Dude’s also a legend from having worked with Blondie, The Go-Gos, and Richard Hell.) Observator will bum you out — piano style! — when it’s released via Vice on September 11. Until then, The Raveonettes have a few shows in Chicago this month. Once the album is out, the band plans on rockin’ a full-scale US (with a brief dip into Canada) tour.

Dates:

09.21.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
09.22.12 - Seattle, WA- Neumo’s
09.23.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
09.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
09.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.28.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
09.29.12 - Columbus, OH - A&R Bar
09.30.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.05.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.06.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.07.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10.11.12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club

• The Raveonettes: http://www.theraveonettes.com
• Vice: http://www.vicerecords.com

The Raveonettes excite and bum you out by announcing a new album, tour

The small Scandinavian nation of Denmark has given the world so much. Hans Christian Andersen. Fine mid-century teak furniture. The eponymous pastry. And lest we forget, 10 years ago Denmark gave us scuzzy throwback duo The Raveonettes. Ten years, can you believe it? Over the course of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharon Foo’s rockin’ decade together, the noise-lovin’ Danes have traversed a great musical land, covering ground from fuzzed-out distortion and lyrics dealing with lust, death, and other great topics from the underbelly of 1950s/1960s/surely not nooooooooow America to yearning doo wop-style harmonies and guest spots from Suicide’s Martin Rev and The Ronette’s Ronnie Specter. And now The Raveonettes are about to cross an even greater musical frontier: namely, the divide between bands that use pianos in their songs and bands that don’t. That’s right — there’s a piano in the mix on the band’s upcoming full-length, Observator, and take it from me, sonny, in typical Raveonettes fashion, she ain’t a happy piany.

So what inspired the band’s new direction? According to Wagner, he and Foo were compelled by the siren call of Los Angeles. After throwing out his back and generally feeling like s%^&, Wagner decided it was time to go West, to find the California of easy livin’ and The Doors. But instead, he says, “What I found however was quite the opposite. I found dread and despair in LA, a wicked loneliness that only furthered my intake of substances. I couldn’t focus and inspiration was fleeting or mostly absent.” (Apparently Wagner did not watch Mulholland Drive before packing up the U-Haul.) Instead of creating a super dirty Beach Boys album or whatever the band’s intention was, Wagner decided to just dive into the stories of the people he met in both California and New York, where the band is based, and start writing. Observator is the result of those songs. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. with Richard Gottehrer, who also worked on the band’s Pretty in Black. (Dude’s also a legend from having worked with Blondie, The Go-Gos, and Richard Hell.) Observator will bum you out — piano style! — when it’s released via Vice on September 11. Until then, The Raveonettes have a few shows in Chicago this month. Once the album is out, the band plans on rockin’ a full-scale US (with a brief dip into Canada) tour.

Dates:

09.21.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
09.22.12 - Seattle, WA- Neumo’s
09.23.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
09.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
09.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.28.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
09.29.12 - Columbus, OH - A&R Bar
09.30.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.05.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.06.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.07.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
10.11.12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club

• The Raveonettes: http://www.theraveonettes.com
• Vice: http://www.vicerecords.com

Thom Yorke’s new band to release 12-inch single, so I’m pretty sure Radiohead are definitely breaking up

RADIOHEAD ARE BREAKING UP

Well, I mean, maybe. Actually, probably not. Actually, almost certainly not. Radiohead aren’t breaking up. But Thom Yorke’s other band, Atoms for Peace, are putting out a single. Clearly, Thom Yorke has no more time for Radiohead, because he is definitely dedicating all his time to putting out this single. So… RADIOHEAD ARE BREAKING UP, ALL THE SIGNS ARE POINTING THAT WAY.

But they’re probably not. Atoms for Peace are absolutely putting out that single, though. The release finds the band remixing their own track “Other Side” on the B-side. Hold up, what’s on the A-side then? Could it be a Radiohead song? No, Radiohead is absolutely no longer a band. Stillwater, Oklahoma’s Other Lives, however, are a band. Since they’re a band and Radiohead probably isn’t a band anymore, it only makes sense for Atoms for Peace to remix Other Lives’ “Tamer Animals” on the A-side. You can hear that remix over at Pitchfork, where you can also read some Radiohead reviews and reminisce about their time as a band.

On August 6, Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label will put out this Atoms for Peace single. If Radiohead were still a band, they’d probably put out a single from them, too. But that cannot be, because Radiohead are not a band. Goodbye, Radiohead.

Fine, Radiohead are still a band.

• Atoms for Peace: http://www.atomsforpeace.co.uk
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com

RIP: İlhan Mimaroğlu, musique concrète composer and musician

From Turkish Journal:

Famous Turkish musician and composer and member of the Advisory Board of Moon and Stars Project İlhan Mimaroğlu died.

The 86 year-old musician, internationally known for his compositions in which he utilized electronics, was equally at home producing records for major popular and jazz artists, including many who were signed to Atlantic Records.

As an executive and in-house producer for Atlantic he was responsible for recordings of Charles Mingus, Modern Jazz Quartet, John Cage, Eric Salzman, Luciano Berio, Idil Biret, Meral Güneyman, Vladimir Ussachevsky. Janis Siegel, and many others. He also collaborated with Jean DuBuffet on Coucou Bazar at the Guggenheim museum. His own label, Finnadar, that specialized in contemporary works, was highly respected for its innovative and important recordings. Mr. Mimaroğlu both studied and taught at Columbia University, was active in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and has lectured and written widely on music.

In 2008 Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society co-sponsored a tribute to the life and work of İlhan Mimaroğlu by concert pianist Meral Güneyman. Our deepest condolences go out to his beloved wife Güngör Mimaroğlu and his family and friends.

• İlhan Mimaroğlu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0lhan_Mimaro%C4%9Flu

Rhys Chatham wants YOU! (to go to Liverpool and play electric guitar for the UK premiere of A Crimson Grail)

Rhys Chatham, who you might know as that guy who TMT keeps telling you about, is looking for 100 electric guitar players (and eight bassists) to take part in the UK premiere of his 2007 masterpiece, A Crimson Grail. The premiere, which will happen in Liverpool, England, will take place at Liverpool’s aptly named Liverpool Cathedral, which is “widely acclaimed to be one of the world’s greatest 20th-century buildings, awe-inspiring to the visitor and deeply ingrained in the life of the city,” mostly because John Lennon prayed there once. The whole thing is set to be a part of the opening weekend in the Biennial celebration of Liverpool (the place where The Beatles came from).

“The challenge of finding 100 electric guitarists for the piece is one we’re sure Liverpool will rise to,” says Biennial artistic director Sally Tallant, “[A]nd we look forward to filling Liverpool Cathedral with Rhys Chatham’s epic sound,” as well as Rhys Chatham’s epic self.

So, if you don’t mind going to Liverpool, or you already live there, and you play the electric guitar, or an electric bass, then let ‘em know and you may well become a part of Liverpool history, and a part of Rhys Chatham, who we at TMT really think you should listen to.

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Liverpool Biennial: http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk

Ben Folds Five reunite after years of not being Ben Folds Five, announce first new album in 13 years

A lot can happen in 12 years: my son has grown from a cute, smiley baby into an annoying and loud pre-teen, my cat went from a fuzzy little kitty into a farty, mean, slashy set of claws, and America went from being on top of the world to being on the brink of bankruptcy. Also in 12 years, a band, such as Ben Folds Five, can move past their differences, realize that they were never as popular alone as they were together, and decide to de-break-up and reunite.

In fact, that’s exactly what Ben Folds Five have decided to do; after 12 years, a handful of “no, we’re not actually back together we’re just playing a show together” gigs, and three new songs recorded for a best-of album, BFF have decided to finally get back together and once again be BFF and BFFs.

The band will not only head out on a tour (with dates in North America, the UK, Ireland, and Australia) but they will also be releasing their first new album in 13 years. The Sound of the Life of the Mind will be available for consumption on September 18 through ImaVeePee Records and Sony Music Entertainment. The album, the band’s first since The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, was created through the use of the PledgeMusic, a “grassroots, direct-to-fans initiative where artists and fans work together with charities to create albums and other projects.” Like Kickstarter, but with charities, and Ben Folds Five.

Tourdates listed below, with more to be announced.

09.13.12 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park Amphitheatre
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Central Park Rumsey Playground
09.16.12 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
09.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
09.19.12 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
09.21.12 - Pensacola Beach, FL - DeLuna Fest
09.23.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
09.24.12 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
09.25.12 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
09.28.12 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight
10.02.12 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
10.05.12 - Buffalo, NY - Kleinhas
11.10.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.17.12 - Sydney, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.18.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Harvest Festival
11.23.12 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
11.24.12 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
11.26.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11.29.12 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
11.30.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
12.01.12 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
12.03.12 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
12.04.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy
12.05.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy

• Ben Folds Five: http://www.benfoldsfive.com
• Ben Folds: http://www.benfolds.com
• PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com