Tim Hecker announces brand-new studio album, Virgins; released via Kranky in October

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Wait a second, friend. Don’t swallow that potassium cyanide and light yourself on fire just yet. These are dark times, but I’ve just received word of a reason to keep going, at least until October: Tim Hecker’s new LP has just been announced! Yes! This life-affirming follow-up to 2011’s Ravedeath, 1972 (TMT Review) is titled Virgins and will be released October 14 through Kranky! I mean, maybe there’s no god, and maybe America is crumbling. But there’s still Canada. There’s still Canada, buddy, and that more-stable country produces great things like Tim Hecker. And Tim Hecker produces great things like what FACT calls “sensual entropy.”

And get this, my little ledge jumper: the new record finds Hecker with an expanded sound, using live ensembles that at times are absent of the distorted gristle he’s known for. With Virgins, he has brought a tighter, more percussive sound and “employs woodwinds, piano and synthesizers towards an effort at doing what digital music does not do naturally — making music that is out of time, out of tune and out of phase.”

I know that I’ve got you interested, got you wanting to hang on and see just what this genius will sound like. “But everything else is terrible,” you say, “like that new Deerhunter record.” That’s true, friend. There will always be Deerhunters in life that we’ll have to deal with. But you can’t have the sweet without the bitter. It makes that sweet all the sweeter.

And hey, look, the record was mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Tim Hecker with additional assistance by Randall Dunn and Ben Frost. You love those guys, right? Take a look at the tracklist below, and I’ll be back with more album details as they become available. Hang in there, friend.

Virgins tracklist:

01. Prism
02. Virginal I
03. Radiance
04. Live Room
05. Live Room Out
06. Virginal II
07. Black Refraction
08. Incense at Abu Ghraib
09. Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
10. Stigmata I
11. Stigmata II
12. Stab Variation

• Tim Hecker: http://www.sunblind.net
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net
• Immigrate to Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp

Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin announce Run Fast LP, doubling as a minimal guide to the 100 meter dash

As someone who’s never really been a dedicated listener of either Bikini Kill or Kathleen Hanna’s more danceable follow-up, Le Tigre, it’s surprising how much the new single from her revitalized Julie Ruin project makes me nostalgic all over the place, given the vocalized consent of my partner. Hanna’s presence reigns distinct, but there’s something about the background repetition of “Oh come on” that recalls something either generally Riot grrrl, or how my sister and I used to break out in harmonic chants whenever we had identical complaints or requests for my parents. “Friday night! Blockbuster night!” x 10. Yeah, so it’s probably more the former, and for some reason, it’s making me grin like an idiot. This requires further exploration.

As previously mentioned, The Julie Ruin is a project revitalized, a mere 15 years after Hanna, without a creative accomplice, presided over the release of the self-titled album. Well, technically, the project’s been revitalized since about 2010, when the band premiered its new multi-member lineup, but this year is when things become even more revitalizederer, as September 3 will mark the release of the (debut, I guess?) LP Run Fast, courtesy of TJR Records and distributed by Dischord.

True Bikini Kill enthusiasts might be excited to learn, if they hadn’t preempted this article by reading the news elsewhere, that Kathi Wilcox is featured on bass. Additionally, there’s Kenny Mellman on keys, Carmine Covelli on drums, and Sara Landeau on guitar, who, according to a press release, met Kathleen at Rock Camp for Girls. Things don’t seem as lo-fi as they were more than a decade ago, but judge for yourself. Here’s the album opener, “Oh Come On”:


09.03.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.07.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
09.12.13 - Portland, OR - TBA Festival
09.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s &
09.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slims &
09.19.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo &
0922.13 - San Diego, CA - Irenic &
11.08.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

* Swearin’
& La Sera

• The Julie Ruin: http://www.thejulieruinband.com
• Dischord: http://www.dischord.com

Sic Alps break up. But listen, Mike Donovan has a solo record coming out in October!

RIP Sic Alps. Pitchfork reports that the band announced their breakup last Friday during the final show of their latest European tour, so I guess we have to believe what they said. Though Sic Alps just released a 12-inch EP showing off their semi-live real-band chops for the first time (check out all three tracks here, here, and here), She’s On Top now serves as a coda to last year’s career-encapsulating/dramatizing self-titled LP. A sad turn of events, but also kinda fitting that the band who started out swiping Kinks riffs would finish up with an album suddenly gesturing toward rock opera.

Forming in 2004 with Mike Donovan and The Hospitals’ Adam Stonehouse at the helm, the project quickly became Donovan’s baby for five(ish) albums and a slew of 7-inches, dropping gems on Skulltones, Animal Disguise, Woodsist, Important, Slumberland, Siltbreeze, and finally Drag City. For a long while Matt Hartman was the Alps’ second half, and then the last couple years were a confusing blur of lineup changes (including Ty Segall, Noel Von Harmonson, Erase Errata’s Bianca Sparta, Douglas Armour, Eric Bauer, Barrett Avner, and Tim Hellman), but let’s be real: Sic Alps was Mike Donovan.

And that’s why you needn’t be sad! Mike is still here, he can’t break up with himself, and in fact he’s got a solo album called Wot all polished up for release on October 15 via Drag City! Plus he’s got a bunch of tour dates scheduled for August and September in typical on-to-the-next-tour fashion! So I’m not going to go into a big spiel about how underrated Sic Alps were and how they had incredible sound, hooks, fidelity, and songcraft; there’s basically another Sic Alps album coming in a few months.

• Sic Alps: http://www.sicalps.com
• Mike Donovan: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/mike-donovan
• Drag City: https://www.dragcity.com

Swans announce some details on a new live album, plan to record studio LP in October, and more!

Former ugly ducklings and now beautiful band, Swans, have announced, well, a ton of shit. According to Michael Gira, a new handmade live CD and DVD is set for release in August or September to be titled Not Here/Not Now. Gira will be mixing and editing the compilation taken from “seemingly hundreds” of live recordings.

Similarly to how previous live albums I Am Not Insane and We Rose… funded the production of studio albums, Not Here/Not Now is planned to do the same for a new record that Gira plans to begin recording in October. This record is to likely be released in 2014, though Gira commented, “God knows how long it will take.”

On top of all that good news, Gira will also be touring solo next March! And below we’ve listed all the shows happening NOW.

Tour dates:

07.18.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Olde Hational Centre @
07.19.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre @
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.22.13 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House %
07.23.13 - Newport, KY - Southgate House %
07.24.13 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone %
07.25.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom %
07.26.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall %
08.13.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
08.14.13 - Belfast, UK - Limelight
08.15.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
08.16.13 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue
08.18.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival

@ Low
% Pharmakon

• Swans: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Swans/13879391977
• Young God: http://www.younggodrecords.com

[Photo: Jeremy Larson]

Moby announces new album, very small tour, accidently reveals he’s started a cult

The bald and bespectacled Moby is finally doing what we all expected years ago: starting a cult. He has surrounded himself with people wearing creepy animal masks in white robes, whose numbers may or may not include the likes of Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, and Skylar Grey. And what are these fanatical devotees doing, besides human sacrifice and mud-covered forest orgies?

Apparently, they’ve put together an album. The album is called Innocents, which must have some irony behind it, because these blood-imbibing worshipers of 90s techno are anything but that. Apparently the unholy union was consummated in Moby’s bedroom studio (read: devil-worship shrine) and is currently slated to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting world in late September or early October. Although, don’t expect Moby to be spreading his musical machinations very far this time; the total number of shows supporting Innocents amounts to three. All of the shows are going to take place in Los Angeles, near the center of Moby’s cultist activity. At least those of us living outside of California can sleep a little easier at night.

Innocents tracklisting:

01. Everything that Rises
02. A Case for Shame (feat. Cold Specks)
03. Almost Home (feat. Damien Jurado)
04. Going Wrong
05. The Perfect Life (feat. Wayne Coyne)
06. The Last Day (feat. Skylar Grey)
07. Don’t Love Me (feat. Inyang Bassey)
08. A Long Time
09. Saints
10. Tell Me (feat. Cold Specks)
11. The Lonely Night (feat. Mark Lanegan)
12. The Dogs

• Moby: http://www.moby.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Varg Vikernes arrested for ties to Pussy Riot (just kidding, it’s for Nazi shit)

Bad news, black metal dudes: Varg Vikernes of Burzum fame has been arrested once again. Now don’t start tearing up and smearing your corpse paint; he hasn’t technically been charged with anything yet. The 40-year-old Norwegian native, who was just released in 2009 from his maximum sentence of 21 years in prison in Norway, was apprehended in Southwestern France with his wife recently for suspicions of plotting an act of terrorism.

Vikernes had been previously imprisoned for the the murder of Øystein Aarseth a.k.a. Euronymous, the guitarist of Mayhem, as well as for torching about four churches for shits and giggles. Normal black metal stuff. But this time, investigators have suspected that he might stage a large “terrorist act” or “massacre”!

Vikernes’s wife, French gun club member and fellow Nazi-sympathizer Marie Chachet, had recently purchased four rifles legally with her shooting permit. That puts one ding on France’s homeland security terror alert. Vikernes also received through the post a copy of a manifesto penned by none other than Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right terrorist responsible for the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 dead. Breivik sent the manifesto from prison, and this put an additional ding on the radar.

But that’s it. Buying guns legally and receiving a terrorist’s manifesto spawned an investigation that led to the arrest of the couple and a search of their home. Vikernes had even written an online article titled “War in Europe: Part V” regarding the received manifesto in which he criticized Breivik for killing more innocent Norwegians than Muslims. Vikernes concluded his think piece by calling Breivik a “Zionist agent” and a “Christian loser.” So I wouldn’t say the two are in cahoots right now. Granted, upon the Vikernes’s 1993 arrest, police discovered a stockpile of 150 kg of explosives and 3,000 rounds of ammunition in his home, which led to some speculation that he was planning to blow up Blitz House, an Oslo anti-fascist organization. So let’s not put terrorism past the guy. But he and his wife will likely be released with no other evidence to convict them, unless France has implemented a new Minority Report division that can predict the deed.