Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) compiles sinister percussion + the War on Terror on 3xLP release It Stands to Conceal

Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) compiles sinister percussion + the War on Terror on 3xLP release It Stands to Conceal http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1211/news-12-11-vatican-shadow.jpg

Active participants in this year’s Halloween festivities are probably appreciating the fact that the holiday doesn’t usually come and go in a vacuum on the evening of trick-or-treating. Depending on your age and/or level of maturity, you may still be finding yourself each following morning, hungover, facepaint smeared, and in bed with a fully-donned member of the Power Rangers. What happened last night? The helmet’s on, so the only tangible affirmation of your sexual preference is the color of the ranger’s suit. It’s red. You’re a straight male. There’s no way you’re investigating further, and there’s no way you’re forgetting this year’s Halloween. Also notable: Halloween candy tends to last for weeks.

It’s important to keep in mind the relative continuance of this most ghoulish of holidays when you hear the news that this December (possibly later), Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) will be releasing It Stands to Conceal, a 3xLP compilation of his most recent cassettes — Jordanian Descent, Ghosts of Chechnya, and Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition. While not quite as ominous as Demdike Stare (who Fernow has cited as an influence), there’s an appreciable darkness to the evolving tribal rhythms characterizing Vatican Shadow’s work. No, it’s not explicitly reminiscent of modern Halloween in the same way that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is, but when you consider the holiday’s roots, as well as its alternative celebrations, there’s definitely a relevance to acknowledge. Aspiring and current occultists, never stop celebrating Halloween! Every day and forever! Pre-order the 3xLP set (limited to 911 copies) here.

It Stands to Conceal tracklisting:

LP I - Jordanian Descent
01. Jordanian Descent (Sharia Law)
02. Jordanian Descent (Guantanamo Military Commissions)

LP II - Ghosts 0f Chechnya
01. Encryption Nets
02. The House of the Followers
03. Peace Rage
04. The Hamburg Cell Was Born in Chechnya
05. He Held the Victims Responsible
06. Voices Came Crackling across a Motorola Hand-Held Radio
07. Chechnya’s Ghosts Loom Large in Death of Former Spy
08. Snipers as a Breed Tend to Be Superstitious

LP III - Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition
01. There Was a Black Banner on the Floor
02. Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity
03. Wahhabi Money Flows
04. Once This Fire Gathers Strength

• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

Mark Kozelek bears the gift of three new records, like some sort of drunk, middle-aged wiseman

Perhaps it’s just me, but there is something downright uncle-like about Mark Kozelek. This isn’t an insult by any means. He’s the cool uncle, the one with stories about 4AD and beautiful songs about boxers and New Jersey. Sure, he might hit on your college girlfriend’s sister, but he’s Uncle Mark! Sometimes you get sick of him, but you’ll always love your uncle Mark.

Kozelek’s been a very busy uncle lately. Aside from putting out the sprawling Among the Leaves earlier this year, Pitchfork reports that he’s got plans for a trio of new releases through his own Caldo Verde label. First up is On Tour, the soundtrack to his tour documentary from last year that also happens to be called On Tour. The soundtrack, which collects tracks recorded in 2004 in the US, Canada, and Europe, will be released on November 13 in digital and CD formats. If you’re within the first 1,000 to order a copy, you will receive a CD of Kozelek’s Live in Copenhagen album.

After Uncle Mark has celebrated the holidays and subsequently recovered from the holidays, he’ll put out two new releases on February 19: Like Rats and Live at Phoenix Public House Melbourne. Like Rats is a covers album featuring material from The Misfits, Ted Nugent, Bad Brains, Genesis, and, most importantly by far, The Descendents. It never occurred to me, but Mark Kozelek covering The Descendents’ “Silly Girl” is the most logical thing in the entire universe.

As for Kozelek’s other February 19 release, Live at Phoenix Public House Melbourne, it is exactly what it sounds like. A live album. Recorded at the Phoenix Public House in Melbourne. Duh. Sorry, I’m being a jerk. Uncle Mark’s set here was recorded earlier this year, June 11 to be exact. No word on the release formats for either of Kozelek’s February 19 releases, but check Caldo Verde for further details.

On Tour tracklist:

Disc 1

01. Sam Wong Hotel (from Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises)
02. Alesund (from Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises’)
03. Void - Live in Sweden
04. Bologna Piece
05. Katy Song - Live in Italy
06. Koko (from Desertshore - Drifting Her Majesty)
07. Half Moon Bay - Live in Switzerland
08. Ålesund - Live in Belgium
09. Australian Winter - Live in France
10. Logrono Piece
11. Tonight In Bilbao (from Mark Kozelek -Lost Verses Live)
12. Lucky Man - Hotel Performance
13. Seville Piece
14. Trailways - Live In Spain
15. Four Fingered Fisherman (from Mark Kozelek -Little Drummer Boy Live)

Disc 2

01. Like The River - Live In Spain
02. Lost Verses (from Mark Kozelek -Lost Verses Live)
03. Australian Winter - Airport Scene
04. Vigo Piece (listen)
05. Blue Orchids - Live In Spain
06. Third And Seneca - Copenhagen Hotel Performance
07. Carry Me Ohio (from Mark Kozelek - Lost Verses Live)
08. You Are My Sun ( from Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises)
09. First Unitarian Piece
10. Backstage Unitarian Piece
11. Natural Light - Live In USA
12. Moorestown - Live In USA
13. Heron Blue - Live In Canada
14. Sintra Hotel Performance

Bonus Tracks:

15. Take Me Out (Live In Italy)
16. Cruiser (Live in USA)
17. Mistress (Live in USA)
18. Things Mean A Lot (Live in France)

Like Rats tracklist:

01. I
02. Like Rats
03. Free-For-All
04. Young Girls
05. Right Back Where We Started From
06. Time Is Love
07. Silly Girl
08. Onward
09. Carpet Crawlers
10. 13
11. Green Hell
12. I Killed Mommy
13. I Got You Babe

Live at Phoenix Public House Melbourne tracklist:

01. I know It’s Pathetic But That Was The Greatest Night Of My Life
02. Sunshine In Chicago
03. The Moderately Talented Young Woman
04. Broken Wing
05. Glenn Tipton
06. Track Number 8
07. UK Blues
08. Heron Blue
09. Mistress
10. Church Of The Pines
11. You Missed My Heart
12. Black Kite

• Mark Kozelek: http://www.markkozelek.com
• Caldo Verde: http://www.caldoverderecords.com

Death Grips post Epic Records infringement letter on Facebook, get their asses FIRED for it, Future-Marty McFly-style

Ugh. Okay, Here’s the deal: I guess too many people must have stopped talking about Death Grips for a little while following the early release of NO LOVE DEEP WEB (TMT Review), so the band posted their letters of infringement that Epic sent them publicly on their Facebook page, according to Pitchfork.

Yup. Story checks out. Here they are. Look at them if you want to. Controversy, edginess, etc.

P.S. Their Twitter account is gone, I guess. Pitchfork says that the band confirmed deleting it themselves. Okay, NOW that’s definitely all there is to this story, right? Penises and middle fingers to you all! Byyyyyyyye! <3 <3 <3

P.P.S. Wait, WHAT? In that same link I just posted, Pitchfork says that Epic Records is officially dropping them now, stating “When marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values” and “to that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips”?!? Ugh, you know, I didn’t even notice that the first time. Oh well.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic: http://www.epicrecords.com

Grimes cancels European tour; get well soon, boo

Today in tour cancellation news, synth-strapped Montrealian (Montrealite?) water pixie Grimes has sadly canceled her entire European tour. Several weeks ago, the otherwordly Ms. Claire Boucher was forced to cancel her remaining Canadian dates due to health concerns about serious hearing issues. She explained the decision via Twitter, (the social networking site of record, a sort of NY Times for photos of cats eating hamburgers, if you will), “it’s depressing to cancel more shows, but we have to cancel all Grimes dates in Europe due to health issues :(.”

But there may still be a chance, dear European Grimes fans, that that little sad face emoticon’s frown will be turned upside down. Ms. Boucher added, “I will be updating shortly about which shows will be rescheduled.” So far, Grimes’ Twitter feed has remained silent about this subject, although her views on Taylor Swift have been expressed. (Spoiler alert: she’s pro-Swift.)

11.13.12 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.15.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux Club
11.17.12 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
11.18.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - Abart
11.20.12 - Munich, Germany - Kong
11.21.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
11.22.12 - Warsaw, Poland - 1500m2
11.23.12 - Riga, Latvia - Paladium
11.24.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
11.26.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
11.28.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie (Botanique)
11.29.12 - Köln, Germany - Gebäude 9
11.30.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
12.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko Le Guess Who Festival

• Grimes: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grimes/133232266718746

[Photo: Ben Statham]

Hot Water Music announce first headlining tour in a looong time, while I cry tears of high school regret

Personal story time, everyone. When I was in high school, Gainesville post-hardcore mainstays Hot Water Music were somewhere along the lines of my favorite band in the world. In February of 2005, they played a show in New Orleans opening for Flogging Molly. Even though I did not care for Flogging Molly, I wanted to go to that show so very badly. But I could not! Because, see, it was an 18+ show and I turned 18 one month later. Then Hot Water Music more or less broke up later that year. Oh, the bitter tears, I did cry. Also, Interpol were playing the same night and I couldn’t go to that show either, because it was also 18+. Now you know more about me than you did before.

Finally, I’ll have the chance to fix my past mistakes! My mistake, which was… being born too late? I don’t know. As Consequence of Sound reports, the reformed Hot Water Music are going on their first headlining tour in eight years. Eight years! As in, before that fateful show that remains stuck in my memory! Gasp! They’re playing a pretty extensive tour that takes them from their home state of Florida all the way to Seattle, basically the furthest you can get from Florida in the contiguous United States. Sadly, they are not playing Austin, so I will not actually be able to get satisfaction for my teenage pain. But they actually just played here and I didn’t go, so I guess that’s my bad.

Dates:

01.16.13 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
01.17.13 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
01.18.13 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theatre
01.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
01.20.13 - Charlotte, NC - Amo’s Southend
01.22.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.23.13 - Providence, RI - The Met
01.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
01.25.13 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
01.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
01.28.13 - Montreal, QC - Olympia
01.29.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
01.30.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
01.31.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
02.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
02.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
02.03.13 - Denver, CO - Summit
02.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02.06.13- Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
02.07.13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
02.08.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
02.09.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue
02.10.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox

• Hot Water Music: http://hotwatermusic.com

Loren Connors and Bill Orcutt smack each other with sound on new NATCH 8 collaboration

In Internet parlance, allow me to present you with some breaking news: prolific collaborator gon’ continue prolifically collaborating. Said prolific collaborator — experimental/blues guitarist Loren Connors — has released more than 50 albums over 30+ years, and a good portion of those releases have been joint efforts, with accomplished musicians like Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, John Fahey, Keijii Haino, and Alan Licht each taking their turn standing (or possibly sitting) alongside — in fact, we just posted a story about his latest collab (with life partner Suzanne Langille) two days ago. Obviously, the only question now is, who’s next? No, not “who’s next?” in the horror movie, psycho-killer sense of the question, but what’s the next Connors collaboration that our ears have to, er… hear forward to?

The obvious choice, in this case, has the luxury of also being the correct one. The orgasmically noisy improvisational guitarist Bill Orcutt has been building his solo chops over the past few years, but on August 30, he and Connors got together at Georgia — a multimedia studio in NYC — and recorded NATCH 8, an edition (all signs point to the last) of the collaborative series presented by the now unfortunately closed Black Dirt Studio. At the time of writing, NATCH 8 hasn’t been uploaded yet, but that should happen any day now. Keep an eye on this site, where you’ll be able to download/stream it, as well all previous NATCH editions, free of charge. And for the color-appreciative, check out the preview video below.

• Loren Connors: http://www.fvrec.com/lorenconnors
• Bill Orcutt: http://palilalia.com
• Black Dirt Studio: http://www.blackdirtstudio.com

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