Xiu Xiu announce new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom, ensure delivery of Xiu Xiu-iest album ever

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“They’re just being Xiu Xiu”
— Miley Cyrus

Xiu Xiu cannot help but be Xiu Xiu. Every Xiu Xiu album is the most Xiu Xiu album possible, yet every Xiu Xiu album is more Xiu Xiu than the one preceding it. As previously reported, Xiu Xiu will be releasing Nina, an album of Nina Simone covers, on December 2 through Graveface. Obviously, this is the most Xiu Xiu idea of all time and, logically, that makes it the most Xiu Xiu album ever released. Its reign shall be brief. On February 4, Polyvinyl will release Xiu Xiu’s new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom, the new champion in the never-ending tournament of Xiu Xiu.

Listeners to previous Xiu Xiu albums may have thought they were splashing around in a pool of darkness. DEAD WRONG. As the press release states, “Angel Guts: Red Classroom is the beginning of Xiu Xiu’s descent from grayness into the deepest blackness endurable.” It goes on to say that it’s the sound of Xiu Xiu’s death, so RIP Xiu Xiu. The album was informed by Jamie Stewart’s recent relocation from North Carolina to a dangerous neighborhood in Los Angeles, as well as by the Japanese erotic noir film from which it takes its title. These facts are among the most Xiu Xiu facts on the planet.

Listen to the first single “Stupid in the Dark” below via SoundCloud and make sure to keep an ear out for the aforementioned sounds of deepest blackness. Angel Guts: Red Classroom will be available on CD, digital formats, 180-gram clear vinyl, and a 500-copy, limited-edition 180 gram red vinyl available through Polyvinyl’s website. Yes, of all the records not to be put out on traditional black vinyl, it’s this one.

Angel Cuts: Red Classroom tracklist:

01. Angel Guts:
02. Archie’s Fades
03. Stupid in the Dark
04. Lawrence Liquors
05. Black Dick
06. New Life Immigration
07. EL Naco
08. Adult Friends
09. The Silver Platter
10. Bitter Melon
11. A Knife in the Sun
12. Cinthya’s Unisex
13. Botanica de Los Angeles
14. :Red Classroom

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com
• Bella Union: http://bellaunion.com

[Photo: Dan Bleckley]

Thee Oh Sees ready Singles Collection Volume 3, ask that you please not obsess over their gravity-defying funeral capabilities

Who even needs a singles collection from Thee Oh Sees? Go ahead and acknowledge alternative definitions (which would certainly apply here), but within the realm of the mainstream, this typically represents a planned and additional source of revenue for the Big Four — collections of songs defined by their catchiness, just in case they weren’t able to lure you into purchasing the shallow and unrewarding LP at the time of its release. I’m generalizing, but that’s pretty much the case for every Top 40 artist within the last 500 years, prior to when Billboard was a thing, and when the Founders spent their downtime gossiping and then formally compiling all the latest tunes of utmost esteem. Who wants to bet William Ellery had a ton of guilty pleasures?

In fact, who wants to bet that the inimitable Thomas Paine would’ve liked Thee Oh Sees? As a contrast, their LPs continue to regularly get us… rockin’? God no. Forget I ever verged on phrasing it that way, but appreciate what I’m getting at; they consistently churn out quality, to the point where the butter has grown sexual organs and is begging to be pushed to climax. So no, we don’t need a singles collection from the consistent San Franciscans, but we’ll certainly accept the one that they’re offering: Singles Collection Volume 3, due out next Tuesday (11/26). It follows the joint Singles Collection Volumes 1 and 2, released in 2011, and takes from a variety of non-LP sources, including an Adult Swim compilation of garage rock (“Devil Again”) and the David Shrigley installment for the Edition Fieber 7-inch series (“Ugly Man” and “Girls Who Smile”). Supplemental, perhaps. So what?

Singles Collection Volume 3 tracklisting

01. Ugly Man
02. Girls Who Smile
03. Crushed Grass
04. Burning Spear
05. What You Need
06. FBI2
07. Wait Let’s Go
08. Always Flying
09. Devil Again
10. Block of Ice (Live at the SF Eagle)
11. Destroyed Fortress/No Spell (Live at Death By Audio) (CD only)

• Thee Oh Sees: http://www.theeohsees.com
• Castle Face: http://www.castlefacerecords.com

Terry Riley’s In C remastered from original 1968 tapes, restored to its original length of “still-going-on”

Here at TMT, we must be at least kinda highbrow, because that rascally minimalist composer-guy Terry Riley tends to pop up around our pages kind of a lot! Usually, though, it’s because something or other new is happening regarding some new incarnation of his most famous work, In C. Today, however, is a completely different story!

Ha! Just kidding. Of course it’s not, you dummy! In C is the only piece of cool classical music ever. And I’m just here to tell you that, according to The Vinyl Factory, the original 1968 recording of that good ol’ “semi-aleatoric sequence of 53 short musical phrases, played an repeated
an arbitrary number of times” has been remastered and is being returned to glorious, glorious vinyl on the Pure Pleasure label. What kind of vinyl? The 180 gram kind, dummy!

Look for it on December 9. In the mean time, go over here to preorder it for yourself or the hip, “downtown” art-lover in your life, and check out some typical music-site-style embedded internet BS below. Maybe while you pet your cat or eat your lunch or something? I don’t care. Whatever you do, though, DO NOT click on videos for any of the man’s other music after you’re done watching this one though. You only like In C.

• Terry Riley: http://terryriley.net
• Pure Pleasure: http://www.purepleasurerecords.com

Aaron Dilloway decides he’s finally tired of people trying to sneak in to his house, opens Hanson Records store in Oberlin, Ohio

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Man, all of these reasonably priced downloads from Hanson Records’ Bandcamp are great and all, but I really wish I could have touched my palms to the rough skin of Aaron Dilloway’s creepy monkey mask thing while I bought them.” Oh my god, you too?! Good news then, as FACT reports, on Tuesday, November 26, Dilloway’s Hanson Records will open its first-ever brick and mortar record shop in Oberlin, Ohio, so we’ll both be able to touch our palms to Dilloway’s rough skin (masked or not) all we want! More like Woahberlin, Ohio, am I right? Because, this is definitely something that would make me exclaim “Woah!” if I hadn’t lost my vocal chords in that freak accident during the 2004 Summer Olympics.

After running the label for almost 20 years, the once-and-right-now-and-also-future-noise-king decided he’s tired of scuzzy dudes with french fries in their beards climbing through his basement window looking for tapes. Now those scuzzy dudes are going to have to climb up to the second floor of the building at 25 1/2 West College Street in Oberlin (above Smiths Home Furnishings) if they want to break in and root through tape stacks. Honestly, that seems like it’s for the best. What I’m saying is that dudes with french fries in their beards could probably benefit from a little cardio now and again, and three out of five doctors agree that using a baseball bat to hit metal doo-dads with contact mics attached to them does not count. On December 5, the store will host a grand-opening party from 5-8 PM featuring live performances and DJ sets from as-yet-unannounced folks from the local scene. If I can get my mom to drive me, I’ll totally be there.

• Hanson: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanson-Records/164637297020970

Ultra-cool surf ladies La Luz cancel tour with of Montreal due to nasty van accident; help them!

La Luz, the coolest non-oversize-Hawaiian-shirt-wearing surf band in the game, had a nasty van accident last week while driving back to their hometown of Seattle from a date in Boise. The four-piece, consisting of Shana Cleveland (guitar/vocals), Marian Li Pino (drums/vocals), Abbey Blackwell (bass/vocals), and Alice Sandahl (keyboard/vocals), have had to bow out of their remaining tour dates with of Montreal, which is a huge bummer to anyone who thinks going to the beach and sipping barrel-aged tequila with David Lynch while the sun sets in a shimmering haze would be the best possible thing that could ever happen.

See, not only was the band’s van totaled and their gear destroyed, but the members are also now recovering from injuries. But you can do something nice for these ladies, who have done so many nice things for our ears! The band’s label, Hardly Art, has set up a PayPal account to help them combat medical bills, buy a new van and equipment, and replace damaged merch. 100% of the proceeds go to the band.

• La Luz: http://laluzband.tumblr.com
• Hardly Art: http://www.hardlyart.com

sunn O))) & Ulver join forces for new collaborative work Terrestrials, due for release on Southern Lord in February 2014. Now stop with the fucking refrigerator jokes.

Just stop already. I can hear you nearly a mile away with your mouth-breather’s laugh and drool chuckle being all “huh-huh-huh bzzzzzzzrrrrrr,” when I mention sunn O))). It’s to the point where your stupid prank calls of, “hey is your refrigerator running? Well you better turn White 1 off! Hur-hur-hur,” are so insistent that I think I’m going to have to throw water in your face next time we’re hanging around the ol’ office cooler and I’m wearing my sunn O))) hoodie. In fact, I’ll probably stop wearing it anywhere in public because I know your stupid ass is going to be there to buzz and laugh at me and ask, “where’s the drummer?”

Because for the rest of us it’s pretty chill: sunn O))) and occasional buddies Ulver are going to be releasing an album on Southern Lord that will be titled Terrestrials, and let me say, this is one collaboration that will keep the bacon at a temperature that reduces the spread of bacteria. Terrestrials is slated for February 2014, and it will definitely be out in time to keep those Valentine’s candies from melting. The album will consist of three yet-to-be-named tracks, and although exact details surrounding the collaboration are scare, I’m sure that all will be revealed, all earth-shaking answers and understandings of the precise temperature needed to keep that Earth Balance butter firm, yet spreadable, and how to precisely adjust your moisture control settings in the vegetable drawer so that your kale stays fresh and crisp. These details will be released in the next month, so don’t call the appliance repair man just yet.

• sunn O))): http://sunn.bandcamp.com
• Ulver: http://www.jester-records.com/ulver
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com