We may feel safe now, but The Rapture is still coming… out with a new album in September

We may feel safe now, but The Rapture is still coming... out with a new album in September http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-05-rapture.jpg

Just the other day (guess which one), I says to my co-worker, I says, “You know, it would be great if The Rapture decided to make a come-back by releasing an album today.” The news comes a little late, but The Rapture announced today that an album is forthcoming, just as the end of the world will undoubtedly come — someday. The band posted the news on their Facebook wall, which, while technologically on par with Newt Gingrich’s ‘hip’ Tweet publicizing his decision to run for president, was infinitely cooler. The fourth full-length from The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love, will be out September 6, the same date that the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, William McKinley was shot, and Swaziland became independent. In my opinion, they could’ve picked a more universally dramatic day, but what are you going to do? (Blame James Murphy.)

Legendary French electronic producer Philippe Zdar took the production reins for the album (recorded in Brooklyn and Paris), and Murphy’s label DFA is releasing it in the States and North America (UK release: September 5). Keep on the look-out for more details in the near future, and remember to stock up on cans and keep your bathtub filled with clean water.

• The Rapture: http://www.myspace.com/therapture
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Bang! Bang! Art Brut tour! Bang! Bang! Art Brut tour!

Like Interpol and Nas before them, Art Brut will seemingly forever suffer under the shadow of a brilliant debut. I mean, look at that headline; it’s been six years and my first thought is still a pun based around Bang Bang Rock and Roll. It need not be this way. They’ve released two fine records since then and they’ve even got another, titled Brilliant! Tragic!, coming out May 24 via Cooking Vinyl. More to the point, they’re a crackerjack live band! If you know me, you know I don’t just throw around the word ‘crackerjack.’

Let’s test how apt my use of crackerjack really is, though. Art Brut are heading to the US next month. Unsurprisingly, they are heading here to play a quick string of shows. Go to these shows (or, you know, just one of them) and find out for yourself exactly how crackerjack Art Brut can be. Something tells me that they shall be quite crackerjack. And if they’re not, well, I bet they’ll play “Formed a Band” and “Emily Kane.” That ought to make you happy.

Art Brut dates:

06.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
06.16.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.17.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
06.18.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.22.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Williamsburg

• Art Brut: http://www.artbrut.org.uk
• Cooking Vinyl: http://cookingvinyl.com

Nas working with Odd Future’s Frank Ocean on new album in an early bid to be the Wayne Coyne of rap

Nas is a man with vision, a rapper who’s always evolving, taking cues from the underground, and — as One Thirty BPM put it — “looking toward the future.” THE ODD FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, Nas is collaborating with Frank Ocean of the most controversial, most over-the-top, most-Twittered-about rap group in America today, Odd Future. Details are scant, but Nas has been working on tracks for his as-yet-unnamed, currently release date-less 10th studio album, and one (or several, who knows?) will include the smooth soulfulness of Mr. Ocean.

Both Nas and Ocean are currently on the road. Ocean just wrapped his first-ever tour appearances with Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future hooligans. Nas is on tour with Damian Marley throughout the summer. As for the reasoning behind the collab, Nas tells Billboard, “I just love what’s happening [in rap]. It threatens my position or makes me question what I’m going to do next. What impact do I want to have being in the business this long? It’s a challenge…scary, even.”

• Nas: http://www.nasindependenceday.com
• Frank Ocean: http://frankocean.tumblr.com

Demdike Stare perform live score to Rape of the Vampire at an L.A. masquerade, which will remind some of the industrial club scene many others never knew

It may be nearing summer, but while most people are cutting up old jeans and digging out 70s-style tank tops, a select few favor the bleak and the cold of dank caves and castles, smearing on mascara to match “‘The Cure’ Girl” camper in Wet Hot American Summer. If you’re in doubt that such a grim aesthetic can still exist in 90-degree heat, just head to the Erotique Fantastique Masquarade Ball on June 2, held at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Demdike Stare will appear to play a live score to Rape of the Vampire, the film that, in 1968, distinguished itself as the first French vampire film. (Don’t believe it? Look into it — fangs français were indeed scarce in movies before Jean Rollin had his way.) Demdike Stare’s eerie, gothic sound is perfect for film accompaniment — a “re-vamping,” they call it–without sounding like typical John Carpenter/Goblin derivatives (Umberto, Salem, witch house). We can’t help but agree that they are a natural choice for such a confluence of dark souls, even if the audience will end up looking like a Dresden Dolls concert.

In addition to Demdike Stare’s performance (which will include Anworth Kirk), there will be DJ sets from the Killing Spree crew, and probably lots and lots of leather. If you can’t make it to L.A. (or simply don’t have enough eyeliner to present yourself properly), you should at least check out the newest Demdike collection, Tryptych (TMT Review), pulling together old and bonus material from three previously released EPs. Anworth Kirk also have a self-titled LP out, but with only 500 available, you may be a little more hard-pressed to find it.

• Demdike Stare: http://www.myspace.com/pookawig
• Cinefamily: http://www.cinefamily.org

RIP: Kathy Kirby, Eurovision singer

From NME:

Singer Kathy Kirby, best known for her 1963 hit ‘Secret Love’ has died at the age of 72.

The Essex-born singer also memorably represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘I Belong’ in 1965, coming second to Luxembourg.

She passed away yesterday (May 19) after a short illness, according to BBC News. Her family released a short statement, saying: “She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends who have stood loyal for the years.”

• Kathy Kirby: http://www.kathykirby.me.uk

The Kinks reissue three more albums, but frustratingly, “You Really Got Me” isn’t on ANY of them!

Following the March re-issue of Kinks (1964), Kinda Kinks (1965), and The Kink Kontroversey (1965), British non-Beatles The Kinks are now fixing to drop three more classic albums in a brand-new deluxe format on June 13 via the DIY boutique label Universal Music. Specifically, this is your chance to own 1966’s Face to Face, 1967’s Something Else, and 1969’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) on three beautifully cumbersome, lovably dead-format CD sets.

The two-disc “expanded editions” come with all sorts of doodads like Mono and Stereo mixes, BBC sessions, interview snippets, rare photos, and studio arguments about the merits of wearing puffy British shirts in public, all of which has been painstakingly re-mastered from original tapes by Wes Anderson. Also, there’s like 900 tracks to list, so this story is OVER. I hope you enjoyed the Wes Anderson joke.

Arthur tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Victoria
02. Yes Sir, No Sir
03. Some Mother’s Son
04. Drivin’
05. Brainwashed
06. Australia
07. Shangri-La
08. Mr Churchill Says
09. She’s Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
10. Young and Innocent Days
11. Nothing to Say
12. Arthur
13. Plastic Man
14. This Man He Weeps Tonight
15. Mindless Child of Motherhood
16. Creeping Jean
17. Lincoln County
18. Hod My Hand
19. Victoria (BBC Version)
20. Mr Churchill Says (BBC Version)
21. Arthur (BBC Version)

Disc 2:
01. Victoria
02. Yes Sir, No Sir
03. Some Mother’s Son
04. Drivin’
05. Brainwashed
06. Australia
07. Shangri-La
08. Mr Churchill Says
09. She’s Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
10. Young and Innocent Days
11. Nothing to Say
12. Arthur
13. Plastic Man (Stereo mix)
14. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Stereo mix)
15. Drivin’ (Alternate Mix)
16. Mindless Child of Motherhood (Stereo mix )
17. Hold My Hand (Stereo)
18. Lincoln County (Stereo)
19. Mr Shoemaker’s Daughter
20. Mr Reporter (Stereo)
21. Shangri La (Backing Track)

Face to Face tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. Party Line
02. Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home
03. Dandy
04. Too Much on My Mind
05. Session Man
06. Rainy Day in June
07. A House in the Country
08. Holiday in Waikiki
09. Most Exclusive Residence for Sale
10. Fancy
11. Little Miss Queen Of Darkness
12. You’re Looking Fine
13. Sunny Afternoon
14. I’ll Remember
15. Dead End Street
16. Big Black Smoke
17. This Is Where I Belong
18. She’s Got Everything
19. Little Miss Queen of Darkness (Alternate Take)
20. Dead End Street (Alternate Version)

Disc 2:
01. Party Line
02. Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home
03. Dandy
04. Too Much on My Mind
05. Session Man
06. Rainy Day in June
07. A House in the Country
08. Holiday in Waikiki
09. Most Exclusive Residence for Sale
10. Fancy
11. Little Miss Queen of Darkness
12. You’re Looking Fine
13. Sunny Afternoon
14. I’ll Remember
15. This Is Where I Belong
16. Big Black Smoke
17. She’s Got Everything
18. You’re Looking Fine (Alternate Stereo Mix)
19. Sunny Afternoon (Alternate Stereo Mix)
20. Fancy (Alternate Stereo Mix)
21. Little Miss Queen of Darkness (Alternate Stereo Mix )
22. Dandy (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Something Else tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. David Watts (Stereo Album Version)
02. Death of a Clown (Stereo Album Version)
03. Two Sisters (Stereo Album Version)
04. No Return
05. Harry Rag
06. Tin Soldier Man
07. Situation Vacant
08. Love Me Till The Sun Shines
09. Lazy Old Sun
10. Afternoon Tea
11. Funny Face
12. End of the Season (Stereo Album Version)
13. Waterloo Sunset
14. Susannah’s Still Alive (Stereo)
15. Autumn Almanac (Stereo)
16. Sand on My Shoes (Stereo)
17. Afternoon Tea (Alternate Version)
18. Mr Pleasant (Alternate Version)
19. Lazy Old Sun (Alternate Vocal Version)
20. Funny Face (Alternate Stereo Version)
21. Afternoon Tea (German Stereo Mix)
22. Tin Soldier Man (Alternate Backing Track)

Disc 2:
01. David Watts
02. Death of a Clown
03. Two Sisters
04. No Return (Mono Album Version)
05. Harry Rag (Mono Album Version)
06. Tin Soldier Man (Mono Album Version)
07. Situation Vacant (Mono Album Version)
08. Love Me Till The Sun Shines (Mono Album Version)
09. Lazy Old Sun (Mono Album Version)
10. Afternoon Tea (Mono Album Version)
11. Funny Face (Mono Album Version)
12. End of the Season
13. Waterloo Sunset (Mono Album Version)
14. Act Nice and Gentle
15. Mr. Pleasant
16. Susannah’s Still Alive
17. Autumn Almanac
18. Harry Rag (Alternate Take)
19. David Watts (Alternate Take)
20. Afternoon Tea (Canadian Mono Mix)
21. Sunny Afternoon (BBC Version )
22. Autumn Almanac (BBC Version)
23. Mr Pleasant (BBC Version)
24. Susannah’s Still Alive (BBC Version)
25. David Watts (BBC Version)
26. Love Me Till the Sunshines (BBC Version)
27. Death of a Clown (BBC Version)
28. Good Luck Charm (BBC Version)
29. Harry Rag (BBC Version)
30. Little Woman (Backing Track)

• The Kinks: http://www.thekinks.info
• UMG: http://www.universalmusic.com

  

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