Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood collaborate with DOOM on compilation; Tom York and Johnny Greenwoode likely jealous

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood collaborate with DOOM on compilation; Tom York and Johnny Greenwoode likely jealous

So blah: another day, another headline-making collaboration between Radiohead top-brass Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and hip-hop mask-aficionado DOOM. Remember a little year called 2009, in which Yorke remixed the DOOM track “Gazzillion Ear”? And it sounded all glitchy and spacey and Yorkey?? And then back in March, remember when this shit happened? Me too! God, I’m just so NOSTALGIC for 2009-through-spring 2011. I’m really hoping someone makes some music about that time period soon.

Well anyway, according to the ‘Fork, the coolest dudes in the universe are up to their usual wacky hi-jinx and are once again working together on a track for an upcoming Lex Records compilation in celebration of the label’s 10-year anniversary. The track has no title at the moment, but the compilation itself is called Complex, and it will also feature tracks from from Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon project, Boom Bip solo, Doseone and Fog’s Crook&Flail project, any many more. Like all classic albums, it’ll be released digitally on a one-track-per-week basis, culminating in a mid-Jaunary physical release on something called “picture disc vinyl.” Get your 3D glasses all charged up.

Oh, and DOOM is also touring.


11.02.11 - Madrid, Spain - Matadero
11.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
11.04.11 - Manchester, UK - HMV Ritz
11.05.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse
11.07.11 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
11.10.11 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
11.11.11 - Hatfield, UK - The Forum
11.15.11 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.16.11 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
11.18.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2

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Tone Lōc suffers seizure on stage in Atlanta

The good news for 80s fans who love corny sexual metaphors is that apparently “Wild Thing” rapper Tone Lōc is still around and performing. The bad news is he made headlines last week on account of a seizure, supposedly onstage, during a performance in Atlanta, Georgia on October 15.

Tone Lōc, 45, whose real name is Anthony Terrell Smith, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was given an IV and eventually released. Concert-goers said that the rapper had the fit on stage; however, Terrell’s manager told TMZ he was merely suffering from exhaustion after a grueling tour schedule.

Tone Lōc apparently has a history of seizures, having collapsed onstage once before in 2009, and suffering another seizure just last year, while driving in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, after the news of Tone Lōc’s collapse on stage broke, sales of Funky Cold Medina rose 30%. (Okay, we’re just kidding. We still have no idea what that is, but it’s fun to say.)

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The Cave Singers announce their final tourdates for 2011 so you can see them for the fourth time this year

The Cave Singers, who have spent exactly 72% of 2011 on tour, have announced their final lineup of tourdates for the year and, despite the fact that you’ve already seen them play three other shows, I bet you’ve already bought tickets.

2011 was a big year for The Cave Singers. They toured Europe and North America multiple times, explored China and exposed Chinese youth to the magic of American folk music, played pretty much every festival worth going to, finally beat their dads at chess, and even released a third album, No Witch, on Jagjaguwar, which won the band more critical praise than any of their two other albums could hope for.

Now, most people would say “congrats, take the rest of the year off and enjoy December with your family and friends,” but The Cave Singers are heading back out on the road because the road is where they live and the road is where they’ll die.

Keep on truckin’, Cave Singers, ‘cuz my girlfriend is expecting a great show!


11.18.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
11.30.11 - Bremerton, WA - The Hi-Fidelity Lounge
12.02.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
12.04.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.06.11 - Reno, NV - Tonic Bar
12.07.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
12.08.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
12.09.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
12.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
12.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

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Leonard Cohen releasing Old Ideas next year, preceded by the taking of Manhattan and Berlin

Reclusive Folk Music Recording Artist and Collector of Every Award Ever Leonard Cohen has collected yet another award and recorded another album. The 77-year-old Cohen was in Spain to pick up another shiny mantelpiece decoration — the Principe de Asturias Prize for Literature, a special award given every year by the Asturias Foundation to authors who write in languages other than Spanish. Cohen accepted the award for his achievements in the wild world of poetry. The Asturias prize joined Cohen’s Polaris Music Prize, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, some mystical-sounding thing called The Golden Rose, and every other award known to man, plus possession of such Masonic-lookin’ titles as Officer of the Order of Canada.

But whatever. Another day, another award. Dude spent a few years as a monk, so he ain’t bothered. The real news story here is that Mr. Cohen has a new album in the works. According to Reuters, Old Ideas will drop “sometime next year.” This will be Cohen’s first album since 2004’s Dear Heather. All 10 new songs on Old Ideas have already been recorded, primarily so that DFA can get a head start on churning out seven-minute remixes just in time for the holiday dance party season. “I’ve played it for a few people, and they seem to like it,” Cohen told reporters in Spain. Sold!

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Grimes announces new album for January, while the ghostly wail of Dizzee Rascal floats above the moor

Grime is back! Eat it dubstep, hyphy, bounce, and all those other trends that popped up in the past few years. Finally, we’ll be taken back to the heyday of 2003-2006 with our ol’ buds Dizzee Rascal, Kano, Wiley….

Bwuh? What’s that? Grimes is back? Not grime? No Dizzee Rascal? Oh. Okay.

As it turns out, Montreal-based artist Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) has a new record called Visions coming out January 31 through Arbutus Records. And I don’t know if you know this about Grimes, but she is a woman that puts out a lot of records. Visions will be her fourth release in less than two years. Earlier this year, she put out the Darkbloom split EP with d’Eon, the likes of which followed up Geidi Primes and Halfaxa, her two 2010 full-lengths.

According to the record’s press release, Boucher is taking influence from some crazy disparate sources. Aphex Twin! TLC! And, of course, Enya! If the songs on Visions don’t basically sound like a mash-up of “Come to Daddy” and “No Scrubs” and “Orinoco Flow,” I will be distinctly disappointed and I will probably be the only one.

Visions tracklist:

01. Infinite ♡ without Fulfillment
02. Genesis
03. Oblivion
04. Eight
05. Circumambient
06. Vowels = Space and Time
07. Visiting Statue
08. Be a Body (侘寂)
09. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) (feat. Doldrums)
10. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Cloudz)
12. Skin
13. Know the Way (Outro)

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Hospital Productions announces 300th release compilation and new Prurient EP

I feel like my luck is about to change. I just received news that my 5th grade English teacher has died and that Hospital Productions has a couple of HUGE releases on the horizon. Things are really starting to turn around for me.

Mrs. Ray was a teacher, a Baptist, and a bad person. She will be survived by family members bidding her good riddance. Had you been her student, you would now be dancing in the streets like a Libyan rebel.

Hospital Productions is the noisy record label of Dominick Fernow (Prurient), which will be releasing its 300th release — and boy, it’s a doozy! HOS-300 White Eye of Winter Watching is a two-cassette compilation of many Hospital favorites (yet to be announced) that was birthed during the 2010 blizzards of Manhattan, according to Hospital, who describes the compilation as “a list of names of the old and new atoms flying around before collision.” I bet the collision is brutal, too. The compilation is set to be released in November or December, with a wildly packaged, limited-edition version also available.

Also available now from Hospital is Viodre’s Interpol Alchemi. Created over half a decade, Fernow himself has described the record as “one of the top ten noise albums of all time.” So there.

And don’t forget that Prurient’s new Time’s Arrow 12-inch is now available from Hydra Head. Prurient has also hinted to Tiny Mix Tapes about another Prurient EP in the works, titled Through the Window, that will be further exploring the direction in sound first observed with Bermuda Drain.

So it’s a busy time for Hospital, a lucky time for me, and a dead time for Mrs. Ray.

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