The Walkmen announce new album Heaven, set for release on the day you finally make penace for your sins

The Walkmen announce new album Heaven, set for release on the day you finally make penace for your sins

New York’s favorite band, The Walkmen, who celebrated their 10th anniversary together last year, have announced the release date and title of their next album. Heaven, the band’s sixth record together, will be spread amongst the masses on June 5, 2012 through Fat Possum Records. The new set of tunes was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Built to Spill) at Ek’s Seattle studio and features harmonies by Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.

The band have also announced a surprising pay-scale arrangement for the album: your sins will be judged, weighted, and quantified, and then you pay based on how clear your conscience is. For example: every murder you’ve committed adds $100 to your cost of the CD and if you happen to be spotless when it comes to stains on your soul then you get the album for free!

“The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone,” says singer Hamilton Leithauser, “We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement.” Leithauser also added that, along with their new generosity, the band are hoping that their new pay-scale can help people straighten up their lives and make real change in the world, hoping that once people realize their sins and have to pay a lot of money for a CD because of it, that they can start getting closer to Heaven.

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C. Spencer Yeh touring the East Coast w/ Lasse Marhaug, starting in… six hours

Sound artists C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core, CSY: Miami) and Lasse Marhaug are going on a fantastic journey throughout the East Coast this week to play shows and kick ass. Yeh and Marhaug had formerly released a 7-inch together back in the day, then they did some other stuff, and now this.

Marhaug will also be using this opportunity to celebrate the release of his collaboration with Merzbow, entitled Mer Mar, on Editions Mego. Head to the Chocolate Grinder to hear an excerpt of the album. This tour will also be the debut of Marhaug’s solo sets in this area.

The first gig is TONIGHT at The Stone, NYC. Starts at 10 PM.


03.30.12 - New York, NY - The Stone
03.31.12 - Boston, MA - Studio Soto (Non-Event)
04.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Ars Nova Workshop
04.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
04.06.12 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room
04.07.12 - Silver Spring, MD - Pyramid Atlantic
04.08.12 - New York, NY - East Village Radio “Just Music” Program 10 PM

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BI = Eric Copeland + Jimi Hey. They’re releasing a 7-inch on Mexican Summer. They also like blueberry Slurpees.

Yo, Eric Copeland and Jimi Hey, what the hell does BI stand for? Better Igloos? Blistering Ice? Bad Itchyosaur? Blueberry Ion? Bearded Iguana? I could keep going. Does BI even stand for anything? Maybe the B salutes Eric’s work in Black Dice, and the I references Jimi’s stint in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti? Did you guys just write every letter on a scrap of paper and draw two out of a baseball cap, because you weren’t sure what else to call your collaboration? I mean, that’s totally cool. I’m just curious. You can say it stands for Blueberry Ion, if you want.

Oh, I also checked out the B-side from your debut 7-inch, “Surf’N’Turf” b/w “Tuf Jak.” Kinda noisy, jangly, summery, etc. Makes me think of drinking Slurpees and driving with the windows down in humid weather. I’m telling my friends to check it out here or below and that they can pre-order it here before it comes out in limited edition on April 17 via Mexican Summer.

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A Whisper in the Noise release latest Albini-approved LP on German label Exile on Mainstream

Minneapolis-based sadfolks A Whisper in the Noise make a triumphant return with their latest album for Germany’s Exile on Mainstream Records, To Forget. It’s out April 10 in North America. Of course, by “triumphant” I mean “lingering” and “slow.” (And I mean it in the best possible way.) After all, this is a band that proudly named their new tracks things like “Sad, Sad Song” and takes inspiration from nature, as well as avant-garde luminaries like Arvo Pärt, Phillip Glass and Roger Waters.

But this is also a band beloved by legendary producer and professional Loud Dude Steve Albini. The Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac genius recorded A Whisper in the Noise’s first album, Through the Ides of March in a mere two days, and then asked the band to open for HIS band, Shellac, in Europe. A Whisper in the Noise have performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties, been featured in the M. Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water, and again in the 2009 art world scandals/politics documentary The Art of the Steal by Don Argott. Although the band (undeservedly) sometimes lives up to their name here in the States, the past several years have seen AWITN embarking on a multitude of massively successful European tours. So take note, all you Yankees who’ve been sleepin’ on them! A Whisper in the Noise may be quiet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t blow your mind. This is one release you don’t want To Forget.


01. To Forget
02. Black Shroud
03. A Sea Estranging Us
04. All My
05. Sad, Sad Song
06. Every Blade of Grass
07. Maya’s Song
08. Your Hand
09. Of This Sorrow

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The Men go on tour FOREVER, TMT keeps jamming new song from upcoming Sacred Bones Record Store Day comp

It’s March — three months into 2012 — and The Men have already played fifty-eight shows. How many have you played, hmm? And that’s not it for the band with the slightly difficult to Google name: these hard rockin’ Brooklyn overachievers are just taking a bit of a breather before heading off on another whirlwind tour of five countries, more than a few states, and a month on the road. The band have been living the road life in support of Open Your Heart (TMT Review), their latest for NYC indie goth stalwarts Sacred Bones. Released earlier this month, Open is The Men’s third full-length and it’s got a little something for everybody (as long as everybody wears a lot of black): surf rock riffs, country twang, bad attitude. (Fans of The Men would also be well advised to get up early on Record Store Day, as Sacred Bones is releasing a follow-up to last year’s RSD exclusive, Todo Muere. It’s called (brace yourselves)… Todo Muere Vol. 2, and it’s got an eight-minute track from The Men called “A Minor,” plus numbers from Amen Dunes, Crystal Stilts and Psychic Ills, amongst others. Vol. 2 comes out on April 21, which is, yep, Record Store Day. You can check out “A Minor” below…)

Then, after Record Store Day, it’s a virtual desert for fans of The Men. After 58 magical chances to see them, how will people cope with the endless expanse of The Men-less days? Ohhhhh yeah… wait… they’re touring less than a month after “A Minor” and Todo Muere Vol. 2 drop. The Men have one show in New York, then it’s off for a merry jaunt through Europe, where the band will do their thing on the summer festival circuit. They’ve got stops booked at Barcelona’s super dreamy Primavera Festival and London’s always fun Field Day. Then it’s back to North America, where the group will experience the wonders of Toronto’s NXNE fest, before slipping south for Michigan’s previously-unheard-of-by-me-but-wow-with-a-name-like-that-how-could-it-be-anything-BUT-awesome T-Rex Music Festival and of course, Chicago’s A Tribute to Perfect Strangers festival. Just kidding! Pitchfork. They’re playing Pitchfork. But man, Perfect Strangers. Now there was a show that… some people watched. (I’m not gonna say it was good. Unlike The Men.)


05.16.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.30.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
06.02.12 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
06.03.12 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
06.13.12 - Ottawa, ON - Club Saw
06.14.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison [Panache Booking NXNE Showcase] ^
06.15.12 - West Toronto, ON - Wrongbar [NXNE]
06.16.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid [T-Rex Music Festival]
06.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.19.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
06.21.12 - Spokane, WA - Mootsy’s
06.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
06.23.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
06.24.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
06.25.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - 105 Pioneer St.
06.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
06.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
06.29.12 - El Paso, TX - Lips Lounge
06.30.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
07.01.12 - Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
07.02.12 - Jackson, MS - Hal & Mals
07.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 %
07.04.12 - Belmont, NC - Haunted Mill
07.05.12 - Washington, DC - DC 9
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

* Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys
^ Black Belles, Mac Demarco & more
$ Hurry Up
% Womyn Pryson

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Balam Acab announces spooky ghost tour with spooky ghosts and Active Child

Boo! A spooky ghost here! How are you doing? I’m okay. Once I was alive, but now I’m not. Guess things could be worse. Oh, if you’re wondering, I died from a heart attack. Did you think all ghosts died in tragic, dramatic ways? You’re dumb. Anyway, I mainly just sit around here, listening to Balam Acab’s Wander/Wonder (TMT Review) album from last year. See, it sounds like ghosts and I’m a ghost and, well, stick to what you know.

If I wasn’t tethered to this lame old house that I had my heart attack in, I’d go see Balam Acab live. But I am, so I won’t. You could go, though! He’s going on a fairly lengthy tour this spring, starting at the end of April and running through most of May. All of his shows will be with Active Child, who he’s doing a co-headlining thing with. Frankly, I don’t think Active Child sounds enough like a ghost for me to care, but what do I know? I know about ghosts, because I am a ghost.

Balam Acab dates (all w/ Active Child):

04.27.12 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
04.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
04.29.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congreess
04.30.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Co.
05.02.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
05.05.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
05.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.08.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.10.12 - New York, NY - Bowery
05.11.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.12.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.15.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
05.19.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.20.12 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre

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