Zomby to release Nothing on 4AD, though technically he’s already released something

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I had the rather unique opportunity of catching Zomby perform at Decibel Festival in Seattle this past September, which was somewhat of a surprise in and of itself, considering the British dubstep producer has a history of just not showing up for scheduled live events. But he showed up for this one, and boy was it… something. After a fairly enthusiastic first half of gamut-running electronic music, the mysterious man in the Guy Fawkes mask seemed to lose energy in a manner similar to a cigarette-smoking Solid Snake. Only those weren’t fags Zomby was smoking. Possibly discouraged by the obvious technical issues that seemed to increase as time went on, he spent the latter portion of his set toking up, sitting backstage, and occasionally returning to touch his laptop once or twice. He ended the show with possibly the most I-don’t-give-a-shit V sign I’ve ever seen.

I dare say Zomby’s general attitude toward life may be the inspiration for the title of his upcoming EP Nothing, to be released November 28 in the UK and December 6 in the US. Details are scant, but when a release is only 22 minutes in length, I’m not sure how much detail you really need. The EP, according to a press release, is being billed as, “both a companion piece and ‘something of a bridge’” between it and the slightly longer LP Dedication (TMT Review), which was released in July, also via 4AD. If this is what an indifferent Zomby sounds like, I’d love to see what an energetic and aspirational Zomby could accomplish.

Nothing tracklisting:

01. Labyrinth
02. Digital Fractal
03. Equinox
04. Sens
05. It Was All a Dream
06. Trapdoor
07. Ecstasy Versions

• Zomby: http://www.myspace.com/zombyproductions
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Ceremony tour family-friendly destinations in November and December; pack the kids up!

Looking for a way to keep your young family happy while still nurturing your love of hardcore shows? Just because you’re getting up in years and don’t see your old friends as much as you used to because you fall asleep at 9 PM every night, long before they’re even getting ready to go out, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to still take in a good up-tempo scream fest every once in a while — and here’s how you do it.

You’ve already got that vacation planned to Disneyland/World because Madison and Quinn wouldn’t stop talking about it, right? Well, now there’s a bright spot in your itinerary because Ceremony will be taking off to Southern California and Central and Southern Florida (your family vacation destinations extraordinaire) in November and December, and if you play your cards right, the stars might align and you’ll be able to sneak away from the family after a long day of meals with people in furry costumes to see a good and proper punk show.

Just make sure and take a nap and set the clock on your phone, because if you miss it on account of the rides and the pool and those damn kids wearing you out, you will never live it down. And don’t go in the pit. You’ll hurt yourself.


11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.11.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Pioneer
11.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - Submission Gallery
11.13.11 - Ventura, CA - Zoey’s Cafe
12.08.11 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub
12.09.11 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s Pub
12.10.11 - Tampa, FL - Tansitions Art Gallery

• Ceremony: http://www.ceremonyhc.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

RIP: Paul Leka, “Na Na, Hey Hey” songwriter

From The New York Times:

Paul Leka, a songwriter and producer who worked with many recording stars but who was best known for writing the chanting chorus of “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye),” a No. 1 hit in 1969 that was reborn in the 1970s as a sports arena anthem, died on Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, Conn. He was 68.

The cause was lung cancer, said his brother, George.

Mr. Leka made his name in the Tin Pan Alley tradition, writing or arranging songs for other people. He wrote and produced “Green Tambourine,” a No. 1 hit in 1967 for the psychedelic soft-rock band the Lemon Pipers; signed REO Speedwagon to its first record contract; and produced four of Harry Chapin’s albums, including 1974’s “Verities & Balderdash” containing the song that was Chapin’s lone No. 1 hit, “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

In 1969, Mr. Leka was helping a longtime friend from Bridgeport, Conn., Gary DeCarlo, fill the B-side of a single he was recording for Buddah. With Mr. Leka on keyboards, they started with a song they had written years before, a bluesy shuffle called “Kiss Him Goodbye.” But it filled only two minutes of playing time, and to make sure disc jockeys would not play it — instead of Mr. DeCarlo’s A-side — they decided to add a chorus to stretch it to four minutes, beyond the time limit of most radio formats.

“I started writing while I was sitting at the piano, going ‘na na na na, na na na na …’ ” Mr. Leka told Fred Bronson, the author of “The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.” “Everything was ‘na-na’ when you didn’t have a lyric.” Mr. DeCarlo added the “hey hey.” They chanted the chorus at the beginning and end of the original song, and as an added poison pill left the dummy lyrics in.

The record company decided to release it nonetheless as the A-side of a 45 by Steam, a fictitious group name the two men invented for the record. The song reached No. 1 in late 1969 and enjoyed a happy radio life span. Then it came back.

In 1977 the organist for the Chicago White Sox, Nancy Faust, began using the song to stoke the crowd into taunting an opposing team when, say, a visiting player struck out or a visiting pitcher was removed or the team was about to lose.

It is unclear how it spread, but within a few years the chant was heard at sports events everywhere, more ubiquitous than “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” since fans sing it at football and soccer games, too.

• Paul Leka: http://home.cogeco.ca/~mansion1/paulleka.html

Byetone to release yet another exercise in glitch profundity, Symeta, on Raster-Noton

Where would we be without Raster-Noton and artists like Byetone (Olaf Bender), who consistently remind us that there’s more to music than fanciful melodies and obvious displays of emotion? In 2008, Byetone released the acclaimed Death of a Typographer, an album whose title indirectly references Bender’s professional preoccupation with graphic design, whose driving bass lines and noise-shrouded frequency oscillations represent the perfect complement to fist-fighting robots or traversing the densely-populated core of some futuristic city. On October 31, Byetone will release Symeta, his second LP for Raster-Noton and his third LP overall.

All signs point to Symeta being more grandiose of an undertaking than even Death of a Typographer, while at the same time expanding upon some of that album’s themes. From a press release, the word “symeta” “…arouses associations with symmetry, synthesis or (meta-)structures. It doesn’t stand for a definite object, there isn’t any solution, and that is the reason why the title has been chosen. Byetone’s music tries to create such associations without really fulfilling these expectations.” Similarly, “The tracks are quite long and deal with repetition, layers of sounds, density and energy, more than melodic and engineering finesse.” With a style that appears to place an emphasis on both complexity and subtlety, and a title whose meaning implies ambiguity and indirection, the focus of this album is clearly on the mystery of it all and the (likely) multiple auditory journeys required to comprehend it.

So while Byetone’s music may not be oozing emotion through the use of cheesy R&B-style female vocals or pretentious synth buildups, it most definitely isn’t shallow. Also, if you’re lucky enough to catch him on his current tour, then obviously I’m extremely jealous and harbor deleterious thoughts about you.

Remaining dates:

10.25.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
10.26.11 - Madrid, Spain - Red Bull Music Academy
11.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - Bergain
11.04.11 - Torino, Italy - Club to Club Festival

• Byetone: http://www.myspace.com/benderbyetone
• Raster-Noton: http://www.raster-noton.net

Akira Sakata and Chikamorachi (Chris Corsano, Darin Gray) tour the world, spraying notes all over your clothes

In 2008, supreme alto saxophonist Akira Sakata made his way through Japan in a van, playing collaborative shows with Jim O’Rourke and back-up duo Chikamorachi a.k.a. many-limbed percussionist Chris Corsano and double-bassist Darin Gray. The recordings from these shows were deemed so “smokin’ hot” that Family Vineyard waited three years for them to cool down before releasing some selections last month as And That’s the Story of Jazz… (TMT Review). The 2-CD set was given Eureka! status, the TMT equivalent of something being “smokin’ hot.”

Now, after receiving critical approval from the place where criticism counts, Sakata and Chikamorachi are suiting up again for some trio shows in a small number of cities across the globe, accompanied on one date by Sergey Letov and pianist Yōsuke Yamashita on another. Seeing these guys shoot fire out of their instruments right in front of you is reason enough to attend, but if you’d like another incentive, here’s an easy way to get more out of the experience. Get into one of these shows early, position yourself as close to the front as possible, wait until a quiet moment in the set, let out a jarring, phlegmy cough, wait until 2014 for Family Vineyard to release that tour’s recordings, and finally impress your friends by fast-forwarding to the part where you coughed in Brussels three years ago and ruined a set by a jazz legend. Good luck!


10.25.11 - Moscow, Russia - School of Dramatic Arts Theatre %
10.27.11 - Krakow, Poland - Alchemia
10.28.11 - Poznan, Poland - Dragon Club
11.01.11 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
11.02.11 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
11.04.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart
11.05.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Open Circut, Japanimprov Fest
11.06.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Club #
11.09.11 - Tokyo, Japan - WWW ^

% quartet w/ Sergey Letov
# Corsano/Gray only
^ quartet w/ Yōsuke Yamashita

• Akira Sakata: http://www.akira-sakata.com
• Family Vineyard: http://family-vineyard.com

Florian Hecker to release 8/8 of new material on 2x10-inch via Presto!?

People seem to be considering everything in divided proportions these days. On Wall Street, for instance, for income brackets you’re either that loathed 1% or the disadvantaged 99. It’s good to know how much of the population I am obligated to hate. It’s also good to know how much fat is in my milk. You know what I really appreciate, though? When recordings do the math and provide information regarding exact proportions of all the ingredients. Lucky for such people, as well as fans of electronic composer Florian Hecker who are anxiously awaiting his contributions to the upcoming Russell Haswell release, Presto!? has announced the release of 2/8 Bregman 1/8 Deutsch 7/8 Hecker 1/8 Höller, a double 10-inch vinyl set produced and compiled by Florian Hecker with a contribution by Carsten Höller.

According to the press release, the title “indicates the percental inputs of the eight pieces, intertwines practical, theoretical, and conceptual proportions and its audible dramatizations.” Confused? You must be from the 1%. Poser. Tourist. Get out, and take Kanye West with you.

The press release also alludes to the record having 6/8 of the pieces untitled, with 2/8 titled “Gelbgrün” and “UpDown,” and “8/8 of the record playing on 45 RPM.” Beyond that, this release is shrouded in mystery, as 5/8 of said press release only consists of references to music theory journals.

Meanwhile, check out Hecker’s Speculative Solution (TMT Review), out now on Editions Mego.

• Hecker: http://florianhecker.blogspot.com
• Presto!?: http://prestorecords.com
• Understanding Fractions: http://www.aaamath.com/fra.html