William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops NYC performance to be webcast today

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As previously mentioned, William Basinski’s still-powerful Disintegration Loops (specifically, the hour-long opening track “dlp 1.1”) will be performed as a live orchestration this afternoon by The Wordless Music Orchestra to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The performance will be preceded by three other musical works that deal with themes of memory and memorial, and the full (free) program begins at 3:30 PM EDT in the Temple of Dendur exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’re anywhere near Manhattan right now, start walking.

If you’re nowhere near Manhattan right now, here’s an alternative: NPR Music and Q2 are hosting a live audio webcast of the concert, which will then be archived for streaming during the following week. Basinski himself wrote a short essay for the occasion that you can read here, recollecting the making of The Disintegration Loops, and you can read our own thoughts on the music here.

• William Basinski: http://www.mmlxii.com
• Wordless Music Series: http://wordlessmusic.org

The Silent Barn approaching its fundraising goal with eight days left!

It’s been hard times for the actual music community this summer, and it feels like the world really is out to get them. Even before the PIAS fire, the ransacking of The Silent Barn in Queens was a devastating blow. In response, the venue started a Kickstarter project with a $40,000 goal of recovering their losses, and also making their new venue more compliant with fire code and other safety regulations. In a wonderful display of support, the community donated over $20,000 on the first day, and another $10,000 in the first week. Admittedly, donations fell by the wayside a little after that, but a steady clip was maintained nonetheless.

Now, as of this writing, Rebuilding The Silent Barn has a little over eight days left before its deadline of early September 18, and currently stands at $39,305, just $695 left before the goal is reached. $695! If about 50 of you donated $15 (which is basically beer money for most of you for a couple days), they’d make it over the top. Several writers, editors, and former staff here at Tiny Mix Tapes have made their donations, so if you haven’t done so already, get to it! Even if, by the time you read this, they’ve already reached their goal, additional donations will always be welcomed. Every little bit shows you’re doing the right thing.

• Rebuilding The Silent Barn: Kickstarter page

Group Inerane embark on their first and best European tour

The Tuareg people are nomads who inhabit a stretch of desert in northwestern Africa. Their society is matrilineal, so social status is transmitted through women, families generally reside close to the wife’s parents, and women own the family’s livestock. Tuareg men wear an indigo veil that conceals most of the face, and the garment has earned them the nickname of “Blue People,” because indigo pigment tends to stain the skin.

Group Inerane has developed a sound that embodies the mystique of Tuareg history and even slightly channels 60s psychedelia, a sound that the group’s label, Sublime Frequencies, says “rivals both the Magic Band’s early 70s marathon workouts and The Velvet Underground’s drone on tracks like ‘Sister Ray’.” The Wire reports that Group Inerane has a handful of European dates scheduled throughout November and December, and their most recent album, Guitars from Agadez Vol. 3 (TMT Review), will be repressed along with a new 7-inch, which will be sold exclusively on tour.


11.11.11 - Trondheim, Norway - Fri Resonans
11.12.11 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
11.13.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Clandestino Institut
11.15.11 - Malmo, Sweden - Inkonst
11.16.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Mayhem
11.18.11 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11.19.11 - Krefeld, Germany - Suedbanhnhof
11.20.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Worm
11.21.11 - Berlin, Germany - Kreuzberg
11.22.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Nato
11.23.11 - Geneva, Switzerland - Usine-Kab
11.24.11 - Lyon, France - Sonic
11.25.11 - Paris, France - Instants Chavires
11.26.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Kunstencentruum Belgie
11.27.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who
11.29.11 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
11.30.11 - London, UK - Plan B
12.02.11 - Glasgow, UK - Kinning Park Complex
12.03.11 - Leeds, UK - Assembly Rooms
12.04.11 - Minehead, UK - Butlins

• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

Blackout Beach has a new album called Fuck Death, but you’re not tagged in it

“Fuck Death” seems like a phrase someone might paint across the side of an abandoned building in bubble letters the colors of Christmas lights, and Blackout Beach could easily be the title of a post-high school graduation Facebook album, one where everyone looks sweaty and beer cans are conveniently blurred out.

However, spray paint and digital cameras did nothing to inspire the forthcoming LP from Frog Eyes’ frontman Carey Mercer’s solo project. The title comes from a Leon Golub painting, and Mercer cites a variety of influences including the book of Job, George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, Kraftwerk, fuzz, cosmic sounds, Iraq, and Chinese soldier poems. Somehow, this all adds up to the sound of a slow-motion electro-apocalypse, and Mercer says, “The most important lyric on Fuck Death is ‘run away.’ It’s a bit heavy, especially because the dominant 2011 story is that kids want to live on an invisible beach within their hearts and party this stuff away. But not all kids scorn uneasiness. And not all music is made for kids.”

Pack your bags and start thinking about where you’re going to crash tonight, because that “run away” track, “Beautiful Burning Desire,” is available to download at Dead Oceans. Fuck Death will be out on vinyl and digital formats on November 15.

Fuck Death tracklisting:

01. Beautiful Burning Desire
02. Torchlights Banned
03. Deserter’s Song
04. Be Forewarned, the Night Has Come
05. Hornet’s Fury into the Bandit’s Mouth
06. Drowning Pigs
07. Broken Braying of the Donkey’s Cry
08. Sending Postcards to a Ghost

• Blackout Beach: http://www.myspace.com/blackoutbeach
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Crystal Antlers announce reflective tour in support of Two-Way Mirror

LA Weekly described Crystal Antlers’ latest album Two-Way Mirror (TMT Review) as carrying a “concert”-like atmosphere. One wonders, then, just how unimaginably noisy, energetic, and reverberant the psychedelic band from Long Beach will be when they actually perform live on their upcoming tour. Beginning September 10, though not truly getting in to the swing of things until September 22, the band will be performing a series of shows throughout Europe and then across the US from late October through November. Also, providing further draw, keyboardist Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens (The Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents) will join the band on select dates.


09.10.11 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
09.22.11 - Plymouth, UK - Sublime
09.23.11 - Gloucester, UK - Gloucester University
09.24.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Admiral
09.25.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.26.11 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
09.27.11 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
09.28.11 - Swansea, UK - Sin City
09.29.11 - Birmingham, UK - Bar 1 Birmingham University
09.30.11 - London, UK - Tutu’s (KCLSU)
10.02.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10.03.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Paradiso
10.04.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
10.05.11 - Lille, France - La Peniche
10.07.11 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
10.09.11 - Paris, France - The International
10.19.11 - Riverside, CA - The Barn (UC Riverside)
10.26.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
10.27.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
10.28.11 - El Paso, TX - The Low Brow Place
10.29.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.30.11 - Dallas, TX - GOOD Records
10.31.11 - Lafayette, AR - JR’s Lightbulb Club
11.01.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
11.02.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
11.03.11 - Atlanta, GA - 529 Bar
11.04.11 - Durham, NC - The Pinkhook
11.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time at Voyeur *
11.06.11 - Washington DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *
11.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11.10.11 - Boston, MA - The Middle East (Downstairs) *
11.11.11 - Montreal, QC - IL Motore *
11.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
11.13.11 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
11.14.11 - Chicago IL - Empty Bottle *
11.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
11.16.11 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
11.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
11.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
11.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
11.22.11 - Los Angeles CA - The Troubador *

* Wu Lyf

• Crystal Antlers: http://crystalantlers.com
• Recreation Ltd: http://crystalantlers.com/recreationltd.php

Aphex Twin to perform this month with Jonny Greenwood and Steve Reich

Sinister-grinning electronician Aphex Twin is preparing to embark on two sure-to-be-jaw-dropping collaborative performances in Europe this month. The first takes place on Saturday September 10 as part of the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw alongside Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead guitarist, composer, duh) and composer Krzysztof Penderecki (interesting esoteric nugget: Penderecki’s compositions were recently performed by members of the Krakow orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York during the Unsound Festival opening night, which also featured Ben Frost!). Aphex Twin will perform his reworkings of Penderecki’s “Polymorphia” and “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.” This will be the world premiere of both compositions.

On September 17, the second collaboration at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in the Tinning Plant of ArcelorMittal, Kraków will consist of Aphex Twin performing as part of recently no-fly listed Steve Reich’s Reich 75 project, with the following collaborators: Adrian Utley of Portishead, Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, Tom Verlaine of Television, Leszek Moz.dz.er, Pianohooligan (a.k.a. Piotr Orzechowski), and Envee. According to Warp Records, this is a one-off performance and will never be repeated again.

• Aphex Twin: http://www.drukqs.net
• Warp: http://www.warp.net