ZS on campaign trail, release new free track and video

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With the closing of the voter polls this evening, America will learn if nothing is going to happen or if worse things will happen. The best part? No more campaigning, no more spending millions on ads right in our faces while we eat cold beans from a can while surrounded by a murky moat of Sandy aftermath. But some of you love the idea of the campaign: touring around the country, spreading one’s gospel, selling anthology box sets. Well, good news for those dudes, as ZS are embarking on the campaign trail, starting November 25.

Left-wing saxophonist Sam Hilmer is running for re-election as BOSS with new running mates drummer Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and guitarist Patrick Higgins (ex-Animal, Bachanalia). In the process, they’ll promote their most recent economy-stimulator of all things ZS on one voluptuous boxset, Score - The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-2007, which was released on September 11, a patriotic day, mind you.

You can see an inspirational outtake from a ZS campaign on Noisey, if you’d like. Have a star-spangled tissue handy to wipe the tears that will potentially fall from your God-fearing eyes. Also check out a free track from the boxset here:

Below we’ve listed campaigning dates and locations. As you can see, ZS are paying careful attention to swing state Ohio.

Campaign Trail:

11.25.12 - NYC - Bowery Electric
11.26.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.27.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
11.28.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
11.29.12 - Oberlin, OH - The Chapel
11.30.12 - Oberlin OH - Master Class @ The Kohl Building
11.30.12 - Oberlin, OH - House Show
12.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
12.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
12.04.12 - Kingston, NY - BSP
12.05.12 - Boston - Non-Event
12.09.12 - Allston, MA - Problem House (side projects)*
12.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Red Room

* Diamond Terrifier, GDFX, Glacia + Stereo

• ZS: http://www.zzzsss.com
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com

RIP: Doogie Paul of James Yorkston And The Athletes

From James Yorkston (via Domino):

A sad weekend. My good friend Doogie Paul died of cancer early on Saturday morning. Doogie had played double bass with me since 2001 and we’d toured all over together, playing hundreds of shows and recording five albums and numerous other things. He’d been first diagnosed a couple of years ago, but had appeared to have responded well to the treatment, to such an extent that he was well enough to play the Moving Up Country 10th Anniversary shows earlier this year. However, he relapsed at some point and this was discovered just a few weeks ago. He went down hill very quickly towards the end of last week.

His playing was spot on, instinctive and passionate. Onstage I could always rely on him to follow me down which ever path I took the songs, going off the rails spectacularly if needs be, or sitting back and playing beautifully softly, singing along with that crazy almost falsetto voice of his. I remember his harmonies in ‘Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk’ crossed the line between the major and the minor and sounded downright odd, but they also worked somehow, suggesting all sorts of different emotions. And he could speak abstract too - or pretended to, which helped me a great deal. So, if I said - I want a song to sound like an angry bear who’s just dropped his chainsaw onto his foot, Doog would give it a go, without raising an eyebrow - at least not whilst I was in the room. And as a musician, you need people like that, people who’ll trust you and go with your daft whims. It’s a hugely valuable trait. […]

You can pay your own condolences at the public facebook group remembering Doogie here.

• James Yorkston: http://www.jamesyorkston.co.uk
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Google Play adds Warner Music catalog, free scan-and-match music locker, and a time machine button that will take you back to last year when you’ll be excited about this news!

You know how a lot of people really like vinyl records because they enjoy the ritual of album hunting in tiny, dusty record shops and are willing to pay extra for the tangibility of a beautifully-made artifact that properly celebrates the deep and lasting personal connection inherent to a work of art, such as a meticulously crafted and carefully sequenced full-length album, and how they revel in the time spent carefully cataloging, storing, and displaying their inventory as an intimate reflection on their unique taste, personality, and cache of cultural capital? Ahh, sounds dreamy and romantic, doesn’t it?

Well, wake the fuck up, motherfucker. Those people are idiots. What they should be doing is leasing some goddamn MP3s from a computer company and then storing them anonymously out in some California warehouse. And Google wants to be that California warehouse.

According to Billboard, the company announced last week that it’s finally upping the ante on its Google Play download store and online locker service. For starters, they finally managed to get a license for the Warner Music Group catalog (suck it, Neil Young; I’m downloading all your shit, dubbing it to cassette, ripping that cassette to CD, and then streaming that CD on Bandcamp!), nearly a year after the service first launched. But perhaps more awesomely, now that this last piece of the puzzle is in place, they are finally add a song-match feature that’s competitive with Apple’s iTunes Music Match and whatever the hell Amazon calls theirs, whereby the service scans your catalog and automatically matches songs in Google’s library without the user having to upload songs to their Google Play locker manually. But perhaps EVEN MORE AWESOMELY, Google Play’s shit will be free (both Apple and Amazon charge $25 a year) for up to 20,000 songs.

Strangely, Google hasn’t really, you know, “announced” these significant upgrades to its service, and there are currently zero promotions up on the Google Play page about the whole Warner thing, but Zahavah Levine, director of content partnerships for Android and possible real-life android, claims that Google is “going to work with Warner in the next couple weeks to figure that out,” by which he presumably meant that once TMT broke the story, that’d be all the promotion they’d ever need. Either way, Google Play’s new shit will roll out in five European markets — UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain — on November 13, and I predict that it’ll spread to other markets (like the US) as quickly and with as much alarming toxicity as the raging apocalyptic fires that’ll result when all the people of the world simultaneously and ceremoniously burn their hideous vinyl collections.

• Google Play: https://play.google.com

[Photo: Tsahi Levent-Levi]

RIP: Elliott Carter, American composer

From The New York Times:

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 103 and had continued to compose into his 11th decade, completing his last piece in August.

His death was announced by Virgil Blackwell, his personal assistant. Mr. Carter died in his Greenwich Village apartment, which he and his wife bought in 1945 and where he had lived ever since.

Mr. Carter’s music, which brought him dozens of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, could seem harmonically brash and melodically sharp-edged on the first hearing, but it often yielded drama and lyricism on better acquaintance. And though complexity and structural logic were hallmarks of his works, the music he composed in the decade leading up to his widely celebrated centenary, in 2008, was often more lyrical, if not necessarily softer at the edges. […]

Radiohead “On A Friday” cassettes currently on eBay for $50,000. For a bit of perspective, $50,000 is the equivalent of 50,000 individual US dollars!

With another cheery and mirthful Guy Fawkes Day officially ringing in the start of the 2012 Holiday/Galactic Apocalypse Season, it’s perfectly natural to sit around Oxfordshire or wherever and ask yourself, “What do I get this year for the Radiohead fan in my life who has everything?” And while the #1 answer to that question is “plaster casts of the Greenwood brothers’ genitalia,” my bros over at Stereogum have pointed out a runner-up gift option that ain’t too bad: an eBay listing for Radiohead’s “first four demo cassette tapes”… on cassette!

Yup, for just one-half of one-tenth of one-tenth of one million US dollars, you or your significant sugar-parent can hit the “Buy it now” button and purchase these fine specimens of Thom and his buddies’ pretty awkward college rawk phase, back before they were calling themselves the obviously not-lame name of Radiohead and instead went by the completely unrelatable On A Friday (who’s ever cared about Friday?), and later by the name Shindig (a clever reference to how much the band “dug” the Collective Soul song “Shine”). And folks, top-rated eBay seller 619andyp has held nothing back in his presentation of these incredibly rare collector’s items, here. This eBay listing has got it all: a description of his online-company, a photo of the item described, pink and red sans-serif text enumerating the “artist” and “title,” international fucking shipping instructions — you name it! And sure, all of this music is available on the internet already, but that’s probably why there’s a “Best Offer” option that allows bidders to pledge less than $50k if he or she has the balls to go and sully Shindig like that.

Speaking of the music, there seems to be some tunes involved here that later got reworked for Radiohead’s most critically acclaimed album Pablo Honey, and there’s even a ska jam called “Tell Me Bitch” that I’m reasonably confident is a clairvoyant pre-rant about George W. Bush. So, yeah. Are you sold yet? I know I am! Maybe you and I could go in on this thing together. So let’s see… I’ve got… 10, 11… 11 dollars.

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com
• eBay: http://ebay.com

Drexciya compiled for the third time (out of four) on Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III

Understandably, if you’re not an enthusiastic follower of electronic music (particularly of the Detroit techno variety), then the probability of you being familiar with Drexciya is likely on the low end. On the other hand, given the duo’s previous (and continued, through surviving member Gerald Donald) preference for avoiding personal limelight, it’s unlikely that even fans are really, truly familiar with Drexciya — at least not in the same way that fans of Skrillex, for instance, are really, truly familiar with him and his, shall we say, fascinating haircut.

That preference ultimately stems from a philosophy, as described by Drexciya in an unsurprisingly impersonal, e-mail-based interview with Clash: “The music is more urgent than the organizers of it and should take a place of primary importance, so it does not matter if one is known or not known directly. Personality is not a requirement for serious music production and they should remain separate.”

Certainly, there’s no reason to associate media reclusiveness with a lack of accomplishment or talent. Numerous other artists have disproven this theoretical correlation, and Drexciya were/are/is no exception. Their sci-fi inspired, electro-pioneering back catalog is so extensive that it has needed four separate compilations to, um, compile it all, in editions of a set entitled Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, a name referencing their debut 12-inch in 1992.

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II was released at the beginning of summer, and now Dutch label Clone have announced Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III, set to be released December 3. This third installment includes material from 1992’s Deep Sea Dweller 12-inch, 1993’s Bubble Metropolis EP, and 1994’s The Unknown Aquazone, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Flying Fish” and “Unknown Journey IV.” Not often talked with, Drexciya at least deserve to be talked about. Dive in and spread the word, why don’t you?

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III tracklisting:

01. Smokey’s Illegitimate Report
02. The Countdown Has Begun
03. Aquabahn
04. Intensified Magnetron
05. Sea Snake
06. Flying Fish
07. The Mutant Gillmen
08. Unknown Journey IV
09. Nautilus
10. Vampire Island
11. Aqua Worm Hole
12. The Bubble Chamber
13. You Don’t Know
14. Red Hills Of Lardossa

• Clone: http://clone.nl