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

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.

ISIS’ debut album Celestial has been re-regurgitated by Ipecac Records

Celestial, the debut album by metal/doom band ISIS, has been re-released once again, this time by Ipecac Records. The last time it was regurgitated was in 2007, with several different colors of vinyl to choose from. This time the bait is that it’s been remastered by the seemingly omnipresent James Plotkin and has new cover artwork, which was not desperately needed but is surely welcome.

The real opportunity here is to examine where ISIS falls on the “blackness of Metal” scale. One could even go so far as to examine the scale itself; is it really more of a binary? Is metal either black or not-black? Would it then be “white metal” or does metal, like most things in life, come in shades of grey? Should we instead be using a scale of “gloominess of metal” or “doominess of metal”? If I were to go the full corpse paint route when attending a theoretical ISIS show, would I get my ass beaten, would I get laughed at, or would it be some combination of the two?

Ponder these questions deeply, gentle reader, as there will be a test once you’ve purchased the remastered, re-artworked version of Celestial, out since July 8. Be sure to ask for the test at your local record store and the staff will continue making worried faces and gently asking you to leave.

Celestial tracklisting:

01. SGNL>01
02. Celestial (The Tower)
03. Glisten
04. Swarm Reigns (Down)
05. SGNL>02
06. Deconstructing Towers
07. SGNL>03
08. Collapse and Crush
09. C.F.T (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)
10. Gentle Time
11. SGNL>04 (End Transmission)

• Ipecac:

of Montreal announce new album, lousy with sylvianbriar, recorded without computers; promptly use an ass-ton of computers to get the word out

Hey, what the hell, man? It’s been a year or so since their last official release, right? So where the fuck is the next clockwork-banged-out of Montreal Record??? Oh. Here it is. Good. I was getting so bored with them!

Okay, let’s see, let’s see; so the next record from Kevin Barnes and co. is called… lousy with sylvianbriar; okay. And… um, it’s out October 8 on Polyvinyl. Cool, cool, cool; but what else? Oh, here we go: it was “created with a new songwriting approach, a different recording method, and a fresh group of musicians,” according to the press release. Great, FRESH! That’s exactly what I’m ALL ABOUT. FRESHNESS! NEWNESS! NOWNESS! Ahhhhh! Does anyone else smell paint fumes? No? Anyway: the album will have a limited pressing of 1,500 copies on clear green vinyl available for preorder before the ugly old pink retail copies hit the market. Also, there’ll be a limited run of 250 cassettes on Joyful Noise Recordings.

But yeah, about that new approach thing: basically, Barnes “eschewed computer recording, with its pitch correction, limitless effects plug ins and editing possibilities” for this new one, opting instead — with the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg (Deerhunter, Toro y Moi) — to record the whole shebang on a weak-ass, dime-a-dozen 24-track tape machine in his home studio. Can you believe that?!? (I’m using my 24-track as a coat rack right now, personally.) Anyway, the band (which consisted of of Barnes [guitars, bass, vocals], Rebecca Cash [vocals], Clayton Rychlik [drums, vocals], Jojo Glidewell [keys], Bob Parins [pedal steel, bass], and Bennet Lewis [guitars, mandolin]) tracked everything live in the same room and were forced to work quickly, “with the band members composing their parts on the fly with little second guessing.” Hey, that’s kind of how I work too! Onward! New approach!

“I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s,” Barnes said of the process. “I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered.” The album was done in three weeks. You can check out the first single from it below, but you’d better do it fast, because it’s going to be old-as-shit and passé-as-balls in a few weeks (heck, maybe even days, I don’t know!). Personally, I’m already just furious that I don’t know what the next of Montreal album is going to sound like.

lousy with sylvianbriar tracklisting:

01. fugitive air
02. obsidian currents
03. belle glade missionairies
04. sirens of your toxic spirit
05. colossus
06. triumph of disintegration
07. amphibian days
08. she ain’t speakin’ now
09. hegira émigré
10. raindrop in my skull
11. imbecile rages

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Kurt Vile announces additions to fall tour, promises to violate but not in a rude way


In an alternate universe, this 1990s video game boss dialogue is the sort of stuff Kurt Vile opens all his live shows with. We don’t live in an alternate universe, though, we live in this universe. Here in Universe-1, Kurt Vile is too genial of a soul to say anything so threatening. Instead, he puts out slowly drifting albums like his recent Wakin on a Pretty Daze (TMT Review).

As such, Vile’s planning on slowly sprawling across America this year. He’s currently on tour this very moment, but he’s added another batch of dates to his itinerary, making for a full fall tour. Attend these shows and prepare yourself for violation. The violation of listening to pleasant, texturally rich music for an hour-plus. This is no violation at all.

Kurt Vile dates:

07.15.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree #
07.16.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West #
07.17.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle #
07.18.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle #
07.19.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre #
07.20.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
07.27.13 - Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo
07.28.13 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival
08.02-04.13 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
08.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
08.09.13 - Fresno, CA - Audie’s Olympic
08.10.13 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch in San Miguel
08.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.13.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08.15.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Cafe
08.16.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
08.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
08.19.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees
08.20.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
08.23.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
08.24.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - City Hall Concert Series
09.05-07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.25.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
09.26.13 - Cincinatti, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.13 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalian Music Festival
10.12.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
10.25.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 !
10.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer !
10.27.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
10.29.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt !
10.31.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits !
11.02.13 - Orlando, FL - The Social Club !
11.03.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder !
11.05.13 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s !
11.06.13 - Houston, TX - Walter’s !
11.11.13 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s !
11.12.13 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia !

# Swirlies
! Beach Fossils

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Earl Sweatshirt announces Doris release date, enjoys freedom

FREE EARL! Never mind, Earl a.k.a. Earl Sweatshirt has been freed. With that task completed, the world must move on to its new rallying cry: FREE EARL’S ALBUM. Though the Odd Future member announced last year that his new album would be called Doris, he’s dropped very few details on it since. As such, let me blow your mind with a (relative) avalanche of details. As reported by Pitchfork, Earl has announced that Doris will be out August 20. Not only that, he released the record’s cover art, the likes of which you can see above. If you cannot handle this much information about Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris flooding your synapses, please stop reading now.

Alright, for those with unflooded synapses, here’s a little more. Earl recently took to Twitter to post a picture of the record’s tracklist, which you can view here. Fifteen tracks, roughly 45 minutes long, a wise decision according to some. If you hate looking at pictures, read the tracklist below. The album includes the trio of tracks Earl has released since returning to the Odd Future fold: the awesome “Chum,” the awesome “Whoa,” and “Guild,” which has Mac Miller on it.

Doris tracklist:

01. Pre
02. Burgandy
03. 20 Wave Caps
04. Sunday
05. Hive
06. Chum
07. Sasquatch
08. Centurion
09. 523
10. Uncle Al
11. Guild
12. Molasses
13. Whoa
14. Hoarse
15. Knight

• Earl Sweatshirt:

Sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis: a real thing in America today

Ian Curtis sunglasses. It sounds like an LCD Soundsystem B-side, but no, my friends, it’s a very, very real thing. You too can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays in a sleek pair of shades commemorating the life of a guy who basically birthed the post-punk movement, inspired a solid 20% of American teens today to purchase Unknown Pleasures album art t-shirts, and tragically killed himself — all while looking super fucking cool.

So who are the nefarious masterminds behind this kinda cool, kinda just weird creation? The good folks at indie label Ghostly International have teamed up with glasses supplier to the stars Warby Parker to bring us “Curtis,” the sunglasses inspired by Ian Curtis. The shades will be available in black and gray, the colors of every Joy Division fan’s soul. The Curtis line will be available online starting tomorrow, July 16. Let the outraged tweets begin.

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