Way Through to release Arrow Shower on Upset the Rhythm. Also, what exactly is pastoral punk?

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“Way Through are a pastoral punk duo from Shropshire.” Wait… pastoral punk? That sounds like some bizarre fusion of Fleet Foxes and The Clash — lumberjack poets on a mission to shock, a mission to shake the foundations of urban establishment with acoustic anthems. I just can’t imagine anyone pulling that off.

However, Way Through’s debut LP Arrow Shower offers a better definition of pastoral punk than my weirdo imagination can. Their sound has a definite garage rock vibe, drifting from raucous to reflective and back again, and they draw on elements of English history as well as modern discontent for inspiration. The album’s title comes from a junk shop copy of Philip Larkin’s poetry collection, Whitsun Weddings, one filled with a teenage boy’s scrawled commentary. Here’s what Chris Tipton of Upset the Rhythm Records had to say:

Way Through walk through ruins, trace the lost domain of the neo-romantics and hang out with hillside chalk figures, connecting with the spirit of place still deeply lodged in our consciousness. Broken fences, disused science parks and overgrown cemeteries hold as much spiritual vision for them as standing stones. With Arrow Shower, Way Through have explored a language that can help re-enchant the land and lives of all of us today.

The album is currently available for streaming through SoundCloud, and it’ll get a physical release on October 3.

Arrow Shower tracklisting:

01. Ruined Acre
02. Sad Twin
03. W. B.
04. Arro
05. Rural Fringe
06. Gallant Show
07. Widowhood
08. Handsome Knave
09. Wsh
10. Salmon Patch
11. Brother’s Rapid
12. Ower
13. Denton Welch

• Way Through: http://waythroughwithyou.blogspot.com
• Upset the Rhythm: http://www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound collaborative album coming soon 0))) via Editions Mego imprint

Diehard doomy drone fans shall rejoice in deep, prolonged growls for a newly announced release on Ideologic Organ via Editions Mego. So robe up and kick on the fog machine, ‘cause shit’s about to get grim! If you recall, while the weaker of listeners were preoccupied with Kid A, sunn 0))) recorded their second ass-splitting album, ØØ Void, 11 years ago on Hydra Head. Then in 2008, Daymare Recordings re-released the record in Japan with a bonus disc titled The Iron Soul of Nothing, which featured a collaboration between sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound. This extra material was said to be a new collaborative take on the original concept of Void.

The upcoming ØØ Void reissue on Southern Lord won’t feature those tracks, but now all that bonus material is getting its first stand-alone domestic release in the American third-world on double vinyl through the Stephen O’Malley-curated Ideologic Organ, an imprint of Editions Mego. The Iron Soul of Nothing will be available on November 29, and can be preordered here.

The Iron Soul of Nothing tracklisting (differs from original, likely due to vinyl disc space):

A. Dysnystaxis
B. Ra at Dawn Part One
C. Ash on the Tress
D. Ra at Dawn Part Two

• sunn 0))): http://www.ideologic.org
• Nurse with Wound: http://brainwashed.com/nww
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/ideologic-organ

The Flaming Lips releasing 24-hour song on Halloween, encased in the skulls of those too weak to endure their six-hour song

The Flaming Lips don’t give a shit about your qualms with “I Found a Star on the Ground,” the six-hour psych-rock/attendance-taking jam that dropped a few days ago and is the audio equivalent of taking everyone shirtless from Bonnaroo and putting them into a particle accelerator. Because by the time you’re done listening to it (in three-minute installments during The Big Bang Theory commercial breaks), there’ll be a new Lips song waiting on your Megaupload doorstep that makes “Found a Star” seem like a teaser trailer.

“Giant Fucking Mp3,” as I’m calling the untitled song for the time being, will introduce the realities of “death,” “fucking,” and “life” for the first few minutes, and will then explore those themes in greater detail for the rest of the day — literally. In total, the song will be 24 hours in length, and since it drops at midnight on Halloween, this either means that the holiday is cancelled this year or every haunted house will have the option of an alternate “spooky noises” soundtrack.

The less-than-succinct song will be available in very limited physical quantities (five!) in the form of an external hard drive tucked inside an actual human skull, provided by the Oklahoma City mom-and-pop store Skulls Unlimited. Unfortunately, the skull will be neither marijuana-flavored nor edible, and considering their gummy skull was $150 it might not be a feasible purchase for most. But maybe if you ask your parents nicely enough and promise to keep your shirt tucked in at church they’ll buy you human remains that house a song about fucking.

[Update: all five skulls have already been sold for $5,000 each. Sorry, little Timmy.]

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

The Field and friends get loopy with their bad selves, plot North American tour

It’s been two years since Axel Willner and his bandmates in The Field released their last album, Yesterday and Today (TMT Review). With it, we saw the eclectic electronics they’re capable of as a fleshed out trio. The digital release of Looping State of Mind dropped earlier this month and had us feeling like our MDMA was spiked with something wicked yet subtle. The physical release will drop on October 11 via Kompakt, so you know what that means. No, not more drugs (well, depends how you roll). Rather, The Field will embark on a North American tour to support the album.

If you haven’t already, take a listen to “Then It’s White” here, and you can immediately hear the ever-evolving material, not to mention the finesse with which they shape each track around these seemingly simple loops. Willner describes the title as such: “It comes from the feeling of having looping thoughts — both good and bad — in your head, and being unable to get them out, but then, of course, my music is based around loops and repetition too.”

Recorded in the label’s city headquarters of Cologne, Looping State of Mind expands upon the signature sounds but moves it into something further and constantly growing. Check the dates to see if The Field will be bringing their cosmic textures to your hood soon.

Dates:

10.20.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.21.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
10.24.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont
10.25.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
10.28.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10.29.11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.30.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10.31.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
11.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
11.02.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl

• The Field: http://www.myspace.com/thefieldsthlm
• Kompakt: http://www.kompakt.fm

DD/MM/YYYY break up on 09/26/2011, reform as Absolutely Free on 09/27/2011

After nearly a decade of being a band, Canadian spaz-rockers DD/MM/YYYY have announced their break-up. The band most recently put out a split with Portishead side project BEAK>, which saw release earlier this year. Prior to that, the group had put out a string of full-lengths, including 2009’s Black Square. Though the news of their break-up comes in the middle of their current tour, the band plans to still play the currently announced dates, including their set at the New Jersey iteration of ATP. Their final show will take place on November 10 in their home city of Toronto, alongside Michigan-based post-punk act Child Bite.

Fans of DD/MM/YYYY will only have to endure a short wait for news of a new project from the group’s members. In fact, the wait will last only as long as it takes to read this sentence, which rests between the previous sentence and the next. Four of DD/MM/YYYY’s five members have formed Absolutely Free. The new group’s live debut will take place on November 17 at the M for Montreal festival, one week after the final DD/MM/YYYY show.

DD/MM/YYYY final dates:

09.29.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
09.30.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP Festival
10.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Torn Curtain
10.18.11 - Halifax, NS - Gus’s Pub (Halifax Pop)
10.19.11 - Quebec City, QC - L’Agitee
11.10.11 - Toronto, ON - 918 Bathurst Street (final show, features Child Bite)

• DD/MM/YYYY: http://www.ddmmyyyy.net

Christina Vantzou to release unpretentious debut solo album Nº1 on Kranky

Followers of the Chicago-based Kranky Records have surely heard of Stars of the Lid. And if you’re familiar with Stars of the Lid, chances are that you have at least a passing familiarity with the audio-visual project The Dead Texan, of which Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie is a part. The other half of that enthralling, yet seemingly abandoned, ambient duo is Christina Vantzou, who will be releasing on October 24 her first (more or less) solo album, Nº1.

The story behind the creation of Nº1 appears on the surface to be extremely fascinating, though I admit I may have been unconsciously influenced by the dramatic and sometimes hyperbolic language that seems to accompany most press releases these days. In between her accomplished work as a visual artist specializing in a variety of mediums, Vantzou worked on Nº1 in isolation over a span of three years beginning in 2007. The result was a sprawling 45-minute single track that utilized an array of synthesizers, homemade orchestral samples and her own voice. Then, in a long distance collaboration with Minna Choi, director of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the single piece was transformed in to a 10-track score for a seven-piece orchestra.

Comparisons between Vantzou’s work and Stars of the Lid’s appear inevitable (as was the case for A Winged Victory for the Sullen), but as the press release points out, the former’s compositions “are more grounded and concerned with the terrestrial as opposed to the extra-terrestrial…”. What we may have, then, is the emergence of a profoundly thought-inspiring voice in contemporary classical music.

Nº1 tracklisting:

01. Homemade Mountains
02. Prelude for Juan
03. Super Interlude Pt.1
04. Super Interlude Pt.2
05. Small Choir
06. Adversary
07. Your Changes Have Been Submitted
08. And Instantly Take Effect
09. 11:11
10. Joggers

• Christina Vantzou: http://www.christinavantzou.com
• Kranky: http://kranky.net