Turntable.fm shutting down because online avatar DJ parties are kind of sad

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So if you’re cool and have sex often, you’re probably wondering what the fuck Turntable.fm is. It’s an internet thingie where you enter a virtual dance floor as a virtual douchebag and have the option to virtually DJ for other virtual attendees, or just virtually hang out and listen to the other virtual DJs. If virtual attendees don’t enjoy your virtual DJing, their virtual douchebags will stand still and you will be voted off your virtual turntable, virtually.

Personal anecdote: I signed on once a while back, hopped on a turntable, and started spinning Merzbow for the kids; everybody gave me a bad rating, and my song was skipped to let some asshat have his turn playing Foster the People or some horseshit like that. Fat Worm of Error and Anal Cunt also got vetoed. Finally I wrote an email to Turntable.fm suggesting that they just take down the site because people are stupid and have bad taste. It took them a while to come around, but they have now responded by announcing that they will be shutting down permanently.

“We thought bad music was being played in stores and on radios because of the major label machine,” Team Turntable should have announced, “but it turned out only a small percentage of the online population has the aptitude and innate intelligence to come up with a playlist that doesn’t include mainstream shopping mall hip-hop.”

December 2 will be the official last day online for Turntable.fm, and they’ll be having an all-day farewell party. Virtually, I mean, because nerds don’t throw real parties. And while I’m certain that it was the users’ terrible taste that ruined the site, the founders have also noted that royalty expenses are too high to keep the site going. In other words, turntable.fm is following a steady trend of no longer being willing to pay artists for their music. They instead want to focus on Turntable Live, “an interactive way to hold concerts online,” so that you can make the music on the site at no expense to them. Watch this painful video about it if you hate yourself and want to see a white folk singer try to rap Salt ‘N’ Pepa.

• Turntable.fm: https://turntable.fm

Olivia Tremor Control’s 1997 Peel Session unearthed by Chunklet, discovery is printed onto vinyl for good of science


In 1997, Olivia Tremor Control recorded a BBC session with legendary DJ John Peel. For one reason or another, the results have been lost to history. Many top scholars believed the music recorded would never be recovered. Until now!


It is now 2013. Pitchfork reports that Chunklet has acquired the long-lost sessions. Men and women of science and progress, the folks at Chunklet are releasing this music on vinyl for the masses. This discovery is particularly exciting in that it contains previously unreleased music by the band, in addition to Olivia Tremor Control classics like “Green Typewriters.”


The first 200 to order these recordings will receive their copies on clear vinyl. Others, those busy with thumb-twiddling, will receive theirs on red vinyl. All copies come with a download code, evening the field for all involved. Orders are expected to ship in early/mid January. Science marches on.

John Peel Session tracklist:

01. I’m Not Feeling Human
02. Suite One: Memories of Jacqueline 1906 / The Giant Day / Outer Themes / Green Typewriters

03. Suite Two: Frosted Ambassdor / Green Typewriters / The Princess Turns the Key to Cubist Castle / Looking for Meaning

• Olivia Tremor Control: http://www.oliviatremorcontrol.com
• Chunklet: http://www.chunklet.com

Merge reissues Lambchop’s Nixon as part of their 25th anniversary celebration; we are all but dust mites in the sands of time

Well hey, whaddaya know? More news about Merge’s 25th anniversary! Since I know your eyeballs are glued to this news section like they’re wood, and the news section is also wood, and together you form the corner of a well-crafted analogy bird house built by someone’s dad, I’m not gonna bother re-explaining any of the hoary details of the 7-inch subscription series they’ve got planned, especially since my original post on the matter was so expertly hilarious. I’m also not going to spend too much time on the 25K the label is putting on in conjunction with Bull City Running Company in Chapel Hill-Durham in March, since, to be honest, talking about running makes me feel guilty and slovenly.

What I am going to spend approximately a paragraph, maybe two, describing is the fact that the label recently announced plans to reissue Lambchop’s Nixon. Throughout 2014, Merge plans to reissue records from their back catalog each month, and Nixon is the first one in line. Marking the end of the band’s “let’s see how big and unreasonable of a band we can have in order to play pranks on sound guys around the country” phase, the album features the girth of a 14-person iteration of Lambchop, giving it all the shimmering R&B inflected folk flourish they can muster. Merge’s reissue comes as either a double-CD or an LP with CD, featuring both the original album and a remastered live session entitled White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power, notable in large part for Wagner’s long-winded description of the time he bumped into Chan Marshall at a Limp Bizkit concert in 1997 on the band’s Three Dollar Bill, Yall tour. Pre-order the reissue here; it’s scheduled for release on January 28.

Nixon tracklisting:

01. The Old Gold Shoe
02. Grumpus
03. You Masculine You
04. Up with People
05. Nashville Parent
06. What Else Could It Be?
07. The Distance from Her to There
08. The Book I Haven’t Read
09. The Petrified Florist
10. The Butcher Boy

• Lambchop: http://www.lambchop.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

RIP: Bernard Parmegiani, electroacoustic composer

From Le Figaro:

Le compositeur Bernard Parmegiani, un des pères de la musique électroacoustique et ancien membre du Groupe de recherches musicales de l’Ina, est mort dans la nuit de hier à aujourd’hui à 85 ans.

Bernard Parmegiani a composé 78 opus, 27 musiques de films, 14 musiques pour chorégraphies, 12 musiques de scène… dont “La création du monde” et “De natura sonorum”.

Sa création la plus connue du grand public est le jingle de l’aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, utilisé de 1971 à 2005. “Le monde de la musique électroacoustique est en deuil avec la disparition d’une de ses figures emblématiques et un de ses pères fondateurs”, a dit dans un communiqué le Pdg de l’Ina Mathieu Gallet. Il a exprimé sa “fierté” que l’institut ait “aidé à construire sa mémoire pour les générations futures” en publiant un coffret de 12 CD de ses oeuvres en 2008. “Son influence musicale a traversé plusieurs générations de mélomanes et de musiciens et il est aujourd’hui considéré comme l’un des pionniers et maître du genre électroacoustique”, écrit-il.


The composer Bernard Parmegiani, one of the fathers of electronic music and former member of the INA Groupe de Recherches Musicales, died last night at the age of 85.

Bernard Parmegiani composed 78 opuses, 27 film scores, 14 musical pieces for choreography, and 12 albums… including The Creation of the World and De natura sonorum.

His most famous creation is the public jingle for the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, used from 1971 to 2005. “The world of electroacoustic music is mourning the disappearance of one of its emblematic figures and one of its founders,” read a statement from INA CEO Mathieu Gallet. He expressed his “pride” that the institute has “helped build its memory for future generations ” by posting a 12 CD box set of his works in 2008. “His musical influence has gone through several generations of music lovers and musicians and is now considered a pioneer and master of the electroacoustic genre,” he wrote.

• Bernard Parmegiani: http://www.parmegiani.fr

Julianna Barwick is on an autumn tour, because I guess some of you deserve beauty

Before you read this story, stand outside and listen to the simple rustling of the autumn leaves. Stand there for no less than 15 minutes. If it’s cold, put on a scarf, sweater, cardigan, peacoat, hoody, whatever you prefer to keep warm. Now you are in the right mindset for this story. Hi. How are you? Perhaps you’d be interested in knowing that Julianna Barwick, the ambient artist who recently released her new record Nepenthe (TMT Review), is going on tour this fall. On certain dates, she’ll be sharing the stage with Hannah Epperson and ex-Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire. This is all very pleasant news.

Sit down for some tea. Would you like to watch something? As it turns out, Barwick has a new video for her song “The Harbinger,” directed by Derrick Belcham. Just sit and watch it below for just a moment. Barwick and Belcham work so well together, don’t you think? They must think so, too, since Belcham, along with E. Lee Smith, recorded Barwick performing “Crystal Lake” at New York’s Judson Churhc on August 20. That performance featured assistance from very nice people like guitarist Scott Bell, violinist Rose Nelis, and vocalists Sharon Van Etten, Kate McGuire, and Prince Rama’s Taraka and Nimai Larson. Watch that video and reflect on how nice it is when nice people get together.

This was lovely. Have a wonderful day.

Julianna Barwick dates:

11.22.13 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey *
11.23.13 - Portland, OR - Old Church *
11.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel ^
11.27.13 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
11.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Church on York ^
11.30.13 - San Diego, CA - Luce Loft ^
12.01.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
12.02.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Immanuel Presbyterian Church
12.03.13 - Marfa, TX - Ballroom Marfa
12.05.13 - Austin, TX - The Parish
12.06.13 - Dallas, TX - Old Bowling Alley of Sons of Hermann Hall
12.07.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Womb Gallery

* Hannah Epperson
^ Mark McGuire

• Julianna Barwick: http://www.juliannabarwick.com
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Damien Jurado’s new album gets a music video and a frankly kinda moving essay by Father John Misty that makes me want to slurp down a milkshake at a dingy roadside diner ASAP

On his 11th studio album, Seattle-based Damien Jurado is all about turning expectations on their head. For example, the album is called Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, but it’s not about a cult! And it was recorded at a place (a recording studio, to be exact, but maybe you guessed that already) in Cottage Grove, Oregon called National Freedom, but that’s not a weird death cult either! Or even a weird death militia! To give fans a little taste of what the album’s all about, Spin has an essay about said album by Father John Misty, but that’s not about a cult either ohhhhhh who are we kidding, it’s Father John Misty, let’s all just don white robes and run off into the wilderness with him and Damien Jurado.

Which, for denizens of the majority of Western Civilization, shouldn’t be too hard, since Damien Jurado’s upcoming winter tour is leaving no corner of Europe or the United States untouched. You can preview the work Jurado did with producer Richard Swift below via the music video for album track “Silver Timothy,” which again, denies all expectations:

Father John preaches:

Abandoned motels, barren highways, magazine killers, Chevrolets backing out of driveways in the middle of the night, wedding photos, intoxicated hands, bleary-eyed circus clowns, barstool salvation, yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it: “America.” We’d all like to live there, but we don’t. No one does. We’re stuck with Jamba Juice and the internet, occasionally a charming, aesthetically pleasing dilapidated monument of the pre-Air Conditioned Nightmare on the side of the road. For a minute we can marvel and say “Wow, there’s nothing out here!” Nothing except a huge fucking interstate freeway and a massive telecommunication network on which we can Instagram bucolic isolation.

If you see Father John, give him a hug and take him to a Bob’s Big Boy, preferably one that still has the giant fiberglass Big Boy outside. Maybe he can find happiness there. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is out January 21.

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son tracklisting:

01. Magic Number
02. Silver Timothy
03. Return to Maraqopa
04. Metallic Cloud
05. Jericho Road
06. Silver Donna
07. Silver Malcolm
08. Silver Katherine
09. Silver Joy
10. Suns in Our Mind


12.01.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
12.03.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Huis 23
12.04.13 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
12.05.13 - Paris, France - La Loge
12.06.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.08.13 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Del Arte
12.11.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Red Cinema Sessions @ Roode Bioscoop
01.17.14 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
01.22.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
01.23.14 - Allston, MA - Brighton Hall
01.24.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
01.25.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
01.26.14 - Washington, DC - DC9
01.28.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Arts
01.29.14 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
01.30.14 - Madison, WI - Frequency
01.31.14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
02.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.18.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif
02.19.14 - Gent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
02.20.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
02.21.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
02.22.14 - Berlin, Germany - Heimathafen
02.23.14 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9
02.25.14 - Munich, Germany - Milla
02.26.14 - Ravenna, Italy - Bronson
02.27.14 - Rome, Italy - Lanifico 159
02.28.14 - Milan, Italy - Bellezza
03.01.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - El Lokal
03.03.14 - London, UK - Village Underground
03.05.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s

• Damien Jurado: http://damienjurado.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://secretlycanadian.com