Thurston Moore to tour Europe for the… wait, you’re actually counting?

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If Thurston Moore was indeed placed on this Earth by a higher power, I’m almost positive it was with the intent to make others in the music industry feel extremely lazy. No offense to Thurston if he happens to be reading this, and because I know how sensitive people can be about their age (yes, I totally just accused Thurston Moore as having the potential for sensitivity), but if I was deemed a musical legend by the age of 35, give or take a few years, I’m not entirely sure that I’d still be releasing albums on a consistent basis 15 years later. And I highly doubt that I’d be touring regularly either, which is exactly what Moore is doing when he travels to Europe in late November.

The tour is his second trip to Europe in support of his latest, highly acclaimed album Demolished Thoughts (TMT Review). Tours. Albums. A record label. Naturally, his body of work begs the question: is Thurston Moore a musical superhuman? Does his blood carry the biological ingredients necessary to shred like a monster and produce an innumerable amount of quality releases, both solo and as a member of Sonic Youth? If scientists weren’t so preoccupied with the study of terminal diseases, I dare say they should absolutely look into harnessing Moore’s DNA — you know, for research, and definitely not for the establishment of some sort of highly-skilled multi-instrumentalist master race.

Dates:

11.27.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11.28.11 - Glasgow, UK- Arches
11.29.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
11.30.11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
12.02.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel
12.03.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Festival
12.05.11 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne
12.06.11 - Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
12.07.11 - Ferrara, Italy - Teatro Comunale
12.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
12.09.11 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Dal Verme
12.10.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Moods / Kilbi Im Exil

• Thurston Moore: http://www.sonicyouth.com/dotsonics/thurston
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Ryan Adams a.k.a. Mr. Mandy Moore tours with new album Ashes & Fire

Mr. Mandy Moore is gearing up for a spell of tourdates this fall, beginning the same day as his 13th album gets released. October 11 is the day Ashes & Fire will be available for purchase, but for those of you who just.can’t.wait.any.damn.longer, the white-boy-rock-loving folks over at NPR are streaming it here.

In 2009, Adams announced plans to put music on hold, following his being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which affects the inner ear. Lucky for many of you, Mr. Mandy is back in action, so check him out if you can, especially since you don’t know when he might retire for real for real. So go ahead and give Ashes & Fire a deserved listen or two (or 20), then be sure to snatch up tickets to the real deal.

Ashes & Fire tracklisting:

01. Dirty Rain
02. Ashes & Fire
03. Come Home
04. Rocks
05. Do I Wait
06. Chains of Love
07. Invisible Riverside
08. Save Me
09. Kindness
10. Lucky Now
11. I Love You But I Don’t Know What to Say

Dates:

10.11.11 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater
10.13.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
10.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater
10.15.11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
10.17.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio
10.18.11 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
10.20.11 - Eugene, OR - The Shedd
10.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya
12.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
12.04.11 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
12.06.11 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
12.08.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
12.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Winter Garden Theatre
12.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Cadillac Place
12.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre

• Ryan Adams/PAX AM: http://paxamrecords.com

Holy Ghost! prove that they can headline a tour and release a single by headlining a tour and releasing a single

You there, in the headband and sleeveless Joy Division shirt! What are your favorite dance acts of the last few years? Knowing you (who I do not know), I bet they’re something along the lines of LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, and, let’s say, Chromeo. I am correct! Now, if you’ve been going to their shows like a good little concert-going rabbit, you’ve probably caught an opening set by New York disco act Holy Ghost!. They’ve been big on the opening act circuit as of late, but they’re finally moving up. Yes, they’re getting their big day in the sun. After a lot of hard work, the spotlight’s on Holy Ghost! now. Insert another platitude to signify that Holy Ghost! are headlining their own tour, the likes of which will be hitting much of North America this fall.

On this tour, they will still be supporting their self-titled debut, which came out on DFA this past April. That record is full of tracks they love with all their hearts. In fact, they love “Hold My Breath” so much that they’re releasing it as a single on October 17. That very single will feature remixes by Tiger & Woods, Cosmic Kids, and FaltyDL. Right now, Rolling Stone is running a premiere of the “Hold My Breath” video, directed by Ben Fries. Fries directed the duo’s previous video for “Wait and See” and is reported to be their very best friend in the entire world ever.

Holy Ghost! dates:

10.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.30.11 - Orono, ME - University of Maine
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Belmont on the Boulevard
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - 69 Bathurs
11.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.04.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
11.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
11.09.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box
11.13.11 - San Diego, CA - Voyeur Night Club
11.16.11 - Dallas, TX - Prophet Bar
11.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
11.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.19.11 - New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues
11.21.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• Holy Ghost!: http://www.holyghostnyc.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Users complain about Spotify/Facebook partnership, Spotify Death Watch 2011 begins

Facebook users are logging in and voicing their concern that Spotify has partnered with the devil by making it a requirement to have a Facebook account in order to sign up for the streaming music service. Helpful comments have included, “Thanks Spotify. You’re a mensch.” Lots of other services have partnered with Facebook to allow users to share what they’re listening to in their streams, but Spotify is the first to go so far as to make Facebook integration a must.

Spotify’s response to those concerned about their privacy? Go and set up a fake Facebook account and use Spotify that way. While an official acknowledgment of this suggestion has yet to be issued by Zuckerberg and crew, they’re probably not into their new partner encouraging users to break their terms of service (see part 4, section 2, “You will not create more than one personal profile”) and subsequently prevent the social network from accurately collecting the personal data it so desperately needs. Spotify is also encouraging users to manage their personal settings, from within both Spotify and Facebook, to exert more control over what’s being shared.

Spotify has seen over a million new users join since the partnership went into action, but most analysts acknowledge that this is really a boon for Facebook, not Spotify. Instead of building relationships with license holders and trying to create a Spotify-type service within Facebook, Facebook is having the service providers compete for access within the world of Facebook. Facebook then sells ads targeted to people based on what they’re listening to and Spotify gets more users whom they’ll try and turn into paying members.

To entice new users to make the switch from their free account to a paying one, Spotify is offering six months of free membership benefits, the estimated amount of time it takes for a user to appreciate the value in the services offered through a Spotify subscription. While the ads are mildly annoying, the free content users can get without a membership should suffice for most.

If this marks the beginning of the end for Spotify (which it doesn’t) there will inevitably be another service around the corner waiting to take its place as Facebook’s best music buddy.

Water Borders to release album on Tri Angle while pouring water over the face of an immobilized captive, thus causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning

Witch house! Feral cats! Spooky windswept cathedrals! San Francisco’s Water Borders are the aural equivalent of decadent writer Octave Mirbeau’s The Torture Garden, with, like, sly lookin’ little LOLcats popping up every few seconds to ask “I Can Has Depravity?” It’s like Throbbing Gristle spinoff Coil (whom the duo behind Water Borders are allegedly big fans of) for the Information Age. The men behind Water Borders, Amitai Heller and Loric Sih, have released a cassette on Skrot Up, a CD-R through Disaro (home to witchy luminaries like Salem and oOoOoo), and a 12-inch single through much-beloved blog 20jazzfunkgreats’ label, Hungry for Power. (That single Akko/Rome was described in a press release as a song about “feral cats roaming ruins.”)

Now Water Borders are announcing the imminent release of their first full-length, Harbored Mantras, on October 11 through the NYC-/London-based label Tri Angle Records, home to releases from artists like Balam Acab, How To Dress Well, and Holy Other. Mantras will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Expect heavy dance music with Gamelan rhythms, Scott Walker dramatics, and an appreciation for Glasser (who designed the album artwork and appears on Water Harbors’ cat track, “Rome.”) Ooooooeeee! As Nelly once said, “It’s getting GOTH in here/ So take off all your clothes.” No parking on the dancefloor, etc.

Harbored Mantras tracklisting:

01. Tread on Them
02. What Wiwant
03. waldenpond.com
04. Bad Ethos
05. Even in the Dark
06. Feasting on Mongeese
07. Seed Bank
08. Miners
09. Antechamber

• Water Borders: http://soundcloud.com/water-borders
• Tri Angle: http://tri-anglerecords.com

Rhys Chatham releases new LP Rêve Parisien, a collab with Jacob Kassay

Guitarist, composer, trumpeter, post-minimalist, former downtown New York music figure, and avid gardener Rhys Chatham has a new LP, Rêve Parisien, available from the non-profit art publisher Primary Information. The record features four new tracks composed by Chatham for painter, installation artist, and high-price-driver Jacob Kassay’s exhibition Art: Concept in Paris in 2010.

According to Primary Information, Rêve Parisien contains compositions for solo trumpet that were performed live and loosely function as an audio catalogue to Kassay’s exhibition. These compositions take Chatham further into his minimal and less-distorted territory, as seen on his recent Outdoor Spell for Northern Spy Records. The LP is packaged in a gatefold with an arced die-cut cover, which was designed by Jacob Kassay in collaboration with Frank Napolski. Only 1,000 copies were pressed. Sample tracks are available for stream on Primary Information’s website.

Also be sure to catch Chatham at Neon Marshmallow Fest on October 16 in NYC.

• Rhys Chatham: http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Primary Information: http://primaryinformation.org

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