Thee Silver Mt. Zion announce spring tour, rename band unpronounceable moniker spoken in ancient tongue

Thee Silver Mt. Zion announce spring tour, rename band unpronounceable moniker spoken in ancient tongue

First of all: insider information suggests that Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra have once again changed their name. Though it has not yet been confirmed by the group, sources claim that the band’s new name can only be pronounced in a long-forgotten tongue and even if you possessed the knowledge to speak it, reciting the unholy words to completion would take three natural lifetimes. For brevity, though, you can just call them A Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra And Tra-La-La Band With Choir, A Silver Chair Resuscitation Gone To The Holy City Jerusalem As The Sky Fills With Paladin’s Fire. Or, for further brevity, ATSMZOTBCSCRGHCJSFPF.

Last of all: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra […] are going on a spring tour through the US and Canada. They’ll be playing songs off their very, very new album Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (TMT Review). The end.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion dates:

04.06.14 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.07.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.08.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.09.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.11.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.13.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
04.15.14 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04.17.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
04.18.14 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
04.19.14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.20.14 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
04.22.14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.24.14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04.25.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
04.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
04.28.14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.30.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.01.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.02.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
05.04.14 - Calgary, AC - The Republik
05.05.14 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
05.06.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Union Sound Hall
05.07.14 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
05.08.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.09.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room)
05.10.14 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre

• Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra:
• Constellation:

PAN announces more releases than you could possibly hope to carry in that little backpack of yours from Black Sites, Bass Clef, Valerio Tricoli, and more

There’s so much news I have to cover in this post, I’m sweating already. Seriously: forehead, pits, the whole works (#sorrynotsorry). I mean, there are four EPs and a full-length coming out on PAN that I’ve got to tell you about — not to mention that toddler birthday party I have to plan — and I’m guessing you’ve got people to meet later because you’re so cool and popular, so I’m really feeling the time crunch. And I mean, the pressure is really on because at the rate PAN is putting cool new stuff out (there was Jar Moff, NHK’Koyxeи, Dalglish, and Heatsick all toward the end of last year and Helm’s The Hollow Organ already this year) I’m going to be working my poor news-writin’ fingers to the bone for the foreseeable future.

EP number one comes from that great little producer on whose name I always almost add an extra “f,” Bass Clef. It’ll be called Raven Yr Own Worl and it’s out February 17. Check out the straight bumpin’ opener “Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop” or over on PAN’s SoundCloud if you’re not suddenly afraid of your mouse and/or track pad for some reason. EP number two is a self-titled release from Beneath, the dark and shadowy producer who favors hoodies that make it so you can’t see his face over, you know, smiling for pictures, and it’s due out March 17. It’s his first release with PAN, and it follows releases spanning from Tectonic, Keysound, and No Symbols (his own label). Track two of the A-side, “Occupy,” is knocking at your door, ready to pour its grimy clatter all down the front of your shirt right here.

EP number three is from Black Sites, the collaborative project of Helena Hauff and F#X. Arriving on April 14, Unit 2669 follows last year’s Prototype (TMT Review) and continues Black Sites’ ongoing project of attempting to punch their techno thud straight through your brain and see what happens when it comes out the other side. Don’t believe me? Open your ears to hear. Big number four is from the Berlin-based producer M.E.S.H., who up until now has only an EP and remixes of Dan Bodan and Fatima Al Qadiri under their belt. There’s not a release date yet, and it seems to just be titled EP, but if the scratchy swirl of the track “Siren Server” on PAN’s SoundCloud is any indication, it’ll raise some eyebrows at that toddler birthday party I mentioned, but will otherwise be pretty sweet.

And last but not least, there’s the full-length! It’s a double LP planned for February 24 from Italian mastermind Valerio Tricoli. It’s Tricoli’s first solo release in six years, following collaborations with PAN’s own Bill Kouligas, and Thomas Ankersmit. According to Resident Advisor, the release pulls from a 2011 sound installation and features “a healthy dose of spoken word, including writings from Dante, excerpts from Ecclesiastes and text from Tricoli himself.” Check out the track “Le Qoheleth ✚” here.

Bass Clef - Raven Yr Own Worl tracklisting:

01. Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop
02. Fluorescent City Shining City
03. Euphoric Nihilism
04. Adventures Unventured, Tenderness Untendered

Beneath - Beneath tracklisting:

01. Bored 2
02. Occupy
03. One Blings
04. Stress 1

Black Sites - Unit 2669 tracklisting:

01. Unit 2669
02. Москва

M.E.S.H. - M.E.S.H. EP tracklisting:

01. Siren Server
02. Interdictor
03. Captivated
04. Imperialsewers
05. Glassel Finisher

Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares tracklisting:

01. La Distanza
02. Hic Labor Ille Domus Et Inextricabilis Error
03. Error
04. In The Eye of The Cyclone
05. Das Schräg Haus
06. Le Qoheleth ✚
07. Miseri Lares
08. In Your Ruins Is My Shelter

• Bass Clef:
• Beneath:
• Helena Hauff:
• F#X:
• M.E.S.H.:
• Valerio Tricoli:
• PAN:

33 1/3 announces open call for book proposals; time for that long-gestating academic treatise on Elephunk!

Have you always longed for a book delving into the cultural implications of Dolly Parton’s Jolene? Does your bookshelf ache for a slim but attractively packaged tome on the merits of Suicide’s 1977 self-titled album? Does the new ”Red Hot Chili Peppers song” inspire you to new heights of writing ecstasy? Well, if so, there’s never been a better time than the present to trot out the ol’ nerd glasses, the typewriter, and the 16-whiskeys-a-day drinking habit and submit a proposal for the 33 1/3 series!!!

Yes, the series that brought you Colin Meloy writing about The Replacements, Michelangelo Matos writing about Prince, our own Mr P writing about Radiohead, and an in-depth investigation of “taste” via Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love is, from today through March 3, in the midst of an open call for submissions. Interested parties will need a draft table of contents, a sample intro chapter, and more outlined in this call for proposals. Good luck.

• 33 1/3:

Mobb Deep share new track, fancy reissue news, tour dates, and the beauty and power of friendship

See, everybody? Friendship (and live performance $$$) heals all. Mobb Deep are back together again, all walking on the beach and laughing when Prodigy’s ice cream falls off the cone and a dog runs up and eats it. That’s what friends do! And these two pals don’t just do fun, friend-type stuff. No! They also reissue their seminal 1995 album The Infamous with a whole self-titled album of brand-new Mobb Deep tracks, plus a bunch of unreleased recordings from The Infamous sessions featuring unheard verses from Ghostface, Nas, and Raekwon. Titled The Infamous Mobb Deep, the oh-so-special-reissue also includes “Taking You Off Here”,” a new track that first premiered on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show:

Mobb Deep is also going on a waaaaay extensive tour this spring! So extensive in fact that, if you live in an American city, there’s a strong chance that Havoc, Prodigy, and the spooky Dracula organ they used on “Taking You Off Here” will be rollin’ on through.


03.26.14 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.27.14 - Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
03.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
03.29.14 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
03.30.14 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
04.01.14 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
04.02.14 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly
04.03.14 - Miami, FL - Bardot
04.04.14 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar Live
04.05.14 - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
04.07.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.08.14 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish
04.09.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
04.10.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.11.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.12.14 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
04.15.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
04.16.14 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
04.17.14 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
04.18.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04.19.14 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
04.20.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.22.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.23.14 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.24.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.25.14 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
04.26.14 - Denver, CO - Cervantes’ Other Side
04.29.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
04.30.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
05.02.14 - Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub

• Mobb Deep:

of Montreal shares new video, new tour dates, and sensible polo-and-khakis outfit

of Montreal are going on tour this spring. Attendees can expect a subtle, low-key performance from the Athens-based musicians. “We have always believed that music comes first and all theatricality serves only as a distraction,” frontman Kevin Barnes said in a real interview. Sources report that the band has chosen its stage attire, a sensible polo-and-khakis combination.


Last year, of Montreal released Lousy With Syvianbriar through Polyvinyl. Stereogum recently premiered a video for their single “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now,” directed by Yuan Liu and Owen Donovan. Kevin Barnes is currently swimming around in a Scrooge McDuck vault of glitter.

of Montreal dates:

02.03.14 - Honolulu, HI - Republik
03.22.14 - Natchitoche, LA - DemonFest @ Northwestern State University
03.27.14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino Festival
03.29.14 - Athens, GA - Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club
03.31.14 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger
04.01.14 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04.03.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.04.14 - Wichita, KS - The Crown Uptown
04.06.14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
05.02.14 - Little Rock, AR - The Revolution Music Room
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.04.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.05.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
05.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
05.07.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
05.08.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.09.14 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
05.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
05.11.14 - New York, Ny - Le Poisson Rouge
05.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.13.14 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
05.14.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
05.15.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom
05.18.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

• of Montreal:

Pharmakon announces some highly sensual, experiential, exponential, and experimental US dates with Helm, Godflesh, Cut Hands (and a few totally normal-ish Japanese shows)

Pharmakon, man. This industrial-noise superwoman just kills it to death on everything she does. But not only that, but she also manages to stay in excellent shape the whole time! Can you say that? No, you can’t. You’re a bum. A lazy bum!

Hopefully, though, you’re a lazy bum with money. Because it turns out she’s doing a handful of shows. Her schedule/exercise regimen entails ripping open a wormhole in space and time and jogging through it to Japan for a few shows with Croatian Amor, Lust For Youth, and Vår; and then power-swimming (wormholes only work one way, duh) all the way back home to New York to play with UK-based sound artist Helm and Copenhagen’s Damien Dubrovnik. As if that wasn’t extreme enough, she’ll then head out on a hang glider for a few more shows in Boston and Philly with Godflesh and William Bennett’s (ex-Whitehouse) newest project, Cut Hands. Honestly, the absolute least you can do is get off the couch and go to one of them. Bring some ear plugs though. If you’re unfamiliar with some of these names I’ve been throwing at you, suffice it to say that things might get… noisy.

The dates, y’all:

02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Vacant Harajuku ≈
02.08.14 - Tokyo, JP - Sodom ¶
02.09.14 - Tokyo, JP - Fish
02.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right ¥
04.10.14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza †
04.11.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts †
04.13.14 - Boston, MA - Royale †

≈ Vår & Lust For Youth
¶ Croatian Amor
¥ Helm & Damien Dubrovnik
† Godflesh & Cut Hands

• Pharmakon:
• Sacred Bones: