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

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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.

Tracklisting:

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

• A Whisper in the Noise: https://www.facebook.com/awitn
• Exile on Mainstream: http://www.mainstreamrecords.de

We’re 200% sure that 100% Silk just announced a European showcase tour w/ Maria Minerva, Ital, LA Vampires

According to their Facebook page, Los Angeles-based dance label 100% Silk “makes 45 RPM 12 inch singles of diamond-life dance & bliss-disco & basement luxury grooves.” For me, that means sequins falling from a ceiling made of flashing neon panels, throbbing bodies, sunglasses shaped like lightning bolts and stars, smoke rising from a checkerboard floor, television static, and ghosts.

A couple weeks ago, we told you a little about a tour and a lot more about a proposed documentary for this Not Not Fun offshoot, and now I’ve got some details to toss your way thanks to Dummy Mag. Once May rolls around, diamond-dance/bliss-disco/basement-luxury/electro-summer fun/magic-beat-house-etc. jammers LA Vampires, Ital, Maria Minerva, and Magic Touch will all board a plane or cram into a canoe or hop onto a flying dragon to make their way over to Europe for a showcase tour.

LA Vampires is the project of Amanda Brown (founder of 100% Silk), Ital recently released Hive Mind on Planet Mu (TMT Review), Maria Minerva recently appeared on the Chocolate Grinder, and Magic Touch might be able to turn things invisible. And, in case you’re curious, for me Europe means baguettes and jam, crumbling castles hidden in forests of pine trees, wizards, tiny cups of coffee, and Wuthering Heights.

Tourdates:

05.30.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB $

05.31.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OT301
06.01.12 - Berlin, Germany - Kater Holzig ^

06.02.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Distortion Festival

06.03.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich *

06.06.12 - Sheffield, UK - Fez Club

06.07.12 - Glasgow, UK - Nice n Sleazy &

06.08.12 - Bristol, UK - Motorcycle Showroom ^

06.09.12 - London, UK - Secret East London location

06.11.12 - Moscow, Russia - Artplay

06.14.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux

06.15.12 - Madrid, Spain - Nasti Club

06.16.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival

$ Peaking Lights
^ Heatsick
& Innergaze
* LA Vampires, Maria Minerva + 100% Silk DJs

• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com
• Maria Minerva: http://www.facebook.com/mariaminervamusic
• Ital: http://planet.mu/artists/ital
• LA Vampires: http://www.myspace.com/lavampiresbite
• Magic Touch: http://soundcloud.com/magic_touch

Daniel Johnston cruelly forces fans to unlock new album through whimsical iPad game

Clear your schedules, folks, because if you want to hear Daniel Johnston’s latest album it’s gonna cost you some time and a whole bunch of finger swooshin’. Johnston’s new iPad game Space Ducks pits you, the player and hero to everyone you know, against a nefarious army of sentient quackers hell bent on destroying whatever it is you call Daniel Johnston’s conception of reality. Or maybe you’re in league with the ducks and together you fight off hordes of anti-duck legislators who want to send the fowl’s sexual rights careening back into the 19th century. “Stay out of my cloaca, Santorum!” is a stirring line that could be but is almost certainly not included within the game’s storyline. Sorry, I don’t have an iPad, so I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest edition of TMT’s Conjecture Corner!

Each victory in the game unlocks a song from the Space Ducks LP, at long last turning video games into a rewarding practical endeavor. (There’s also a Space Ducks comic if you’re really into this concept.) The app represents Johnston’s latest foray into the realm of new media since coming out with his “Hi, How Are You?” iPhone game in 2009. With any luck Johnston will come out with another app in a few years, thus ensuring that no one who owns an iPhone or iPad will ever be bored again!

• Daniel Johnston: http://www.hihowareyou.com
Space Ducks: http://spaceducks.com
• BOOM! Studios: http://www.boom-studios.com

Bloc Party sign to Frenchiss record label, plan summer tour

Here we are in the year 2012 and here I am making a joke about how Bloc Party doesn’t have a “K” in their name. Because people usually spell “block party” with a “K,” you dig? Ah, welcome back to 2005. I also have some great “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” jokes, if you’ve got time. Before I get to those, Pitchfork reports that Bloc Party have signed to Frenchkiss, who will officially be changing their name to Frenchiss in solidarity. Ha, no K! Currently, the group is working on a follow-up to their last record, 2008’s Intimacy. Unofficially, they’re taking a lot of inspiration from the Frenchkiss-released Separation Sunday, because, you know, 2005. Along with the Frenchkiss signing, the group has made a deal with Cooperative Music to handle their releases outside of the US.

To further their nostalgia trip, the band is reissuing their debut single “She’s Hearing Voices” on vinyl for Record Store Day. That particular release came out in 2004, the older, slightly-wiser brother of 2005. Transgressive Records will be handling that release. While everyone’s dreaming about the middle of last decade, Bloc Party will be heading out on the road for a quick tour of European festivals. By the way, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Bloc Party dates:

06.26-30.12 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
07.04.12 - Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open’er Festival
07.08.12 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
07.12.12 - Bilbao, Spain - BBK Live
07.13-15.12 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
08.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival
08.04-05.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.16-18.12 - St. Polten, Austria - Frequency
09.04.12 - Mallorca, Spain - Mallorca Rocks
09.05.12 - Ibiza, Spain - Ibiza Rocks

• Bloc Party: http://blocparty.com
• Frenchkiss: http://frenchkissrecords.com
• Cooperative Music: http://cooperativemusic.com

Can fans, hold hands: Mute releasing triple-CD The Lost Tapes in June, all unearthed material from 1968-1977

Can, the legendary krautrock weirdos that influenced everyone from LCD Soundsystem to James Murphy solo (probably a few others too), have been riding the reissue train lately, with a deluxe edition of 1971’s Tago Mago out last year and reissues of all their albums in a vinyl box set on the horizon. That’s great and all, but you should really be smacking yourself hard if you haven’t heard all those Can albums already (pre-Landed, at least). Superfans have found much to satiate their need for more Can, with fantastic bootlegs (like Radio Waves and Horrortrip in the Paperhouse), and recent releases of pre-Can material (The Inner Space’s Agilok & Blubbo), but it seemed like the archives would be running dry about now… .. ..ohmanlookingforwardtothenextparagraphherewego!

However, Mute Records has announced that it will release — in the shape of an oversized reel-to-reel tape box — The Lost Tapes, a 3-CD set compiled by Can keyboardsman Irmin Schmidt and Mute head Daniel Miller consisting of unreleased, rediscovered CAN JAMS from 1968-1977, featuring the lineup of Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, and both Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki on vocals! Thank god it wasn’t material from 1978-1989. The set (along with 28-page booklet) comes out June 18 in Europe and June 19 in the US. Irmin Schmidt explained the origins of this random bounty:

Obviously the tapes weren’t really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn’t allow forgetting.

And there’s the cold hard facts. Head here to sign up for a mailing list about any new information, and hear an edit of the opening cut “Millionenspiel” below. Yep, it’s as good as you’d hope!

• Can: http://www.spoonrecords.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Prefuse 73 and Teebs join together to form Sons of the Morning; Satan sues for trademark infringement

Yes, we all know that Twitter was essentially designed to give people with narcissistic personality disorder a more dedicated outlet to vent their trivial frustrations, but there are also some clear benefits to the service: 1. It’s hilarious reading people’s attempts to condense insightful thoughts down to 140 characters, only to have the resulting tweet be an incoherent mishmash of abbreviations (circa 2005), hash tags, and “at” signs. 2. Established artists like Prefuse 73 and Teebs can bypass traditional methods of publicity-seeking, and instead opt for such casual messages as, “big day today. starting work with Prefuse 73 on a collab record,” and “@teebsio yup! i’m there! + this musical email is amazing. I got the Other ‘5/5/2k12’. @teebsio + prefuse73 are: ‘SONS OF THE MORNING.’” For the purpose of clarity, and credit to Prefix: Warp mainstay Prefuse 73 and Los Angeles-based Brainfeeder bulwark Teebs are working on a joint album under the moniker Sons of the Morning.

Considering the numerous collaborations that Prefuse 73 a.k.a. Guillermo Scott Herren has already contributed his services to (Savath y Savalas, A Cloud Mireya, Prefuse 73 & The Books, Diamond Watch Wrists), this appears to be one of the few in which the artists involved both lie within close proximity to one another along the musical landscape. Ever since the release of Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives back in 2001, Prefuse 73 has steadily paved the way for the next generation of experimental/instrumental hip-hop, and Teebs, who has settled in on a label founded by Flying Lotus, seems to have found his niche specializing in a more downtempo continuation of that. I’ll take the evolution of hip-hop for now, but where the hell are those hoverboards we were promised?

• Prefuse 73: http://prefuse73.com
• Teebs: http://www.facebook.com/teebsio
• Warp: http://warp.net
• Brainfeeder: http://www.brainfeedersite.com

[Photo: Eric Coleman]

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