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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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!

• Leonard Cohen:

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.

• Hospital Productions:

Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee’s breast cancer in remission

Here at the TMT/Bob’s Pickle Pops offices (they sublet our basement in exchange for providing free lunch for all the staff here), we keep an old, 1860s-model telegraph fully operational in case someone ever needs to contact us on it. Tech’ing it drives our IT guy nuts. His argument is a reasonable one: “No one ever contacts the music press via telegraph, you hillbillies!” Well, no one, that is, except for The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy.

But as it happens, today was a good day to have a working telegraph on hand. See, Colin took some time out from churning his family’s winter supply of butter to wire us some fantastic news (coincidentally corroborated three days earlier by SPIN) regarding the status of his band’s keyboard player Jenny Conlee in her ongoing battle with cancer. If you remember, Colin and Jenny took to The Decemberists’ website this past spring to deliver the unfortunate news that Jenny had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would have to sit out during all of The Decemberists’ spring and summer tourdates in support of The King Is Dead. But after noting that she had luckily caught the cancer early on, Conlee stated that she was “thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon.”

Well, after five months of treatment, it now looks like that wish has been granted, as Meloy painstakingly tapped us the following morse-coded message: “For those of you wondering, saw Jenny this week; our girl’s officially in remission! #teamjenny #beyondchemodome.” Turns out he had posted that same message on his Twitter earlier, but still: suck it, IT guy. And according to a recent news item on the band’s site, Conlee may be back in the fold as early as next month: “John, Chris, Jenny, and Nate will be joining forces with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey to form the King Charles Trio, the backing band for John Wesley Harding‘s upcoming November tour.” Their site lists those shows as starting on Guy Fawkes Day (November 5). So… congrats Jenny! Now if you’ll excuse me, news this great calls for a delicious, chilled pickle pop.

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Amy Klein leaves Titus Andronicus (replaced by Liam Betson), keeps her Tumblr/Twitter name as a memento

When I first heard that Amy Klein joined Glen Rock’s finest, Titus Andronicus, I’ll admit it caught my attention. While there had always been some female presence in the band, it never seemed that prominent to me, and the word went that this would change with Amy. So I kept my ear to the ground. Then, passing along The Monitor (TMT Review) to a certain friend from nearby Basking Ridge, who possesses the most extreme feelings one could have about the Garden State, he mentions after a playthrough, “Wait a sec…I know Amy!” This is not the first time this has happened to me, but it was still pretty awesome. Continuing onward, I kept apace with her work, especially as she developed her personal Tumblr into one of the finer personal blogs I have read in quite some time. I was really looking forward to her contributing to the next Titus Andronicus album, whenever that will be.

So I am rather let down by the news that Ms. Klein has now left Titus Andronicus at the end of the current tour, well before they have begun recording their next album. Thankfully, according to both parties, the split was among the more amicable I have seen in a while: “No, there was no big fight or anything — no wild partying, drug, or alcohol addiction leading to me getting fired — no dramatic story — nothing like that. It is just time for me to move on.” Liam Betson, who played guitar on The Monitor will take her place, at least for the time being. Both Ms. Klein and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus have posted their pieces on the matter, and the band has also posted some of Amy’s greatest hits, including her live cover of X-Ray Spex’ “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”

It is, admittedly, a shame we will not see her in the next album. But this is not to say that what she is doing now is insignificant. In fact, she has done quite a lot of amazing things in the last year alone: she posted her first solo album, started up two bands (one of which features our former writer Heidi Vanderslice on cello), and established a new feminist arts and activist organization, Permanent Wave. Ms. Klein is doing a lot of good out there already, and I will not be surprised in the least if, in the coming years, she becomes someone especially integral and important to the music community at large. Keep at it, Amy!

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