ZS lubricate the portal to their new lineup, release LP of old trio recordings remixed by new trio

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If you’ve seen the mighty ZS live lately, you may have been wondering why Sam Hillmer looks the same as ever, while guitar player Ben Greenberg and drummer Ian Antonio have completely switched styles and undergone extensive cosmetic surgery. Well, it turns out that Greenberg and Antonio left the lineup last year and those fellas playing up there are Patrick Higgins and Greg Fox!! Oh man, now I get why they were so resistant to spooning in my bed after the show… :(

For anyone else rocked by the news of an all-new ZS trio, the band has an LP planned for release that will help guide the listener from past to future with minimal motion sickness and maximal ~~ZS~vibe~~. Grain, out April 30 on LP and CD via Northern Spy, introduces ZS PHASE III by presiding over the final unreleased recordings of PHASE II, remixing the former trio’s work to a time-obliterating extreme across two side-long tracks, much like when fashion designers create new apparel from the husks of last year’s runway models. Side A is manhandled by Hillmer and Higgins, while Side B is all Greg Fox’s doing.

FYI, Grain is a “remix” in the same sense that MMW (TMT Review) and New Slaves (TMT Review) were “studio” recordings — where the given constraint is treated like the lead instrument, pushing beyond the physical limits of the band and transforming their sound into something huge. The new ZS have arrived… it’s just in the form of a ghostly, sweaty hologram.

Grain tracklisting:

01. Grain Part One (by Patrick Higgins and Sam Hillmer)
02. Grain Part Two (by Greg Fox)

March tourdateZS:

03.03.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The New Music Bakesale at Roulette *
03.06.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s *
03.07.13 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class *
03.08.13 - Chicago, IL - Experimental Sound Studios *
03.08.13 - Chicago, IL - The Observatory *
03.09.13 - Chicago, IL - Swerp Mansion #
03.10.13 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
03.11.13 - Little Rock, AR - house show *
03.12.13 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern *
03.13-15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.16.13 - Louisiana - TBA *
03.17.13 - Orlando, FL - Timucua White House
03.18.13 - Orlando, FL - Lil Indies *
03.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
03.20.13 - Raleigh, NC - NC Kings Barcade *
03.21.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
03.23.13 - New York, NY - location TBA %

* Guardian Alien
# ZS solo performances (Greg Fox, Patrick Higgins, Diamond Terrifier)
% Mivos Quartet

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

Stephen Malkmus’s live performance of Can’s Ege Bamyasi to be released for Record Store Day, making both Pavement fans AND Jicks fans happy!

Remember last fall when your weary eyes first feasted on the sensationally reported news that Stephen Malkmus would be covering the entirety of Can’s landmark album Ege Bamyasi at the too-hip-for-you WEEK-END fest in Cologne, Germany? And remember how you cursed the gods of experimental rock (whom, I guess, are just the members of Can, actually) because there was no way in hell that you’d be able to afford a trip to Cologne to see Steve and a bunch of badass German dudes he’d just met a few days earlier (including Sebastian Blume on synths, Felix Hedderich on bass, Jan Philipp Janzen on drums, and Phillip Tielsch on guitar) jam the crap out of the greatest album that you’ve never dared to pronounce out loud??

Well, forget all that, because commerce has once again come along and fixed everything. Matador announced that they’ll be wrapping the whole experience up in a nice little package and selling it to you this year on Record Store Day — that’s April 20, folks — for a lot less money than a round trip to Germany! Specifically, they’re releasing a “3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl” (Domino will also be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe) with a “hand-printed silkscreened sleeve… designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi.” See? Green vinyl? Hand-printed?? Limited edition??? Sounds to me like supporting live music just became a waste of time!

• Stephen Malkmus: http://stephenmalkmus.com
• Matador: http://matadorrecords.com

Saltland (new project of ex-Silver Mt. Zion’s Rebecca Foon) to release debut LP on Constellation; us (all of us) looking forward

You may not have heard of Rebecca Foon, but you’ve undoubtedly heard Rebecca Foon, assuming (like most of us) that you couldn’t help but dive deeper into darkness with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor side projects Set Fire to Flames, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, and (less so on a musical level) Esmerine. The latter project was co-founded by Foon around 2003, and contrary to the tags on various music websites, it represented a mild shift away from the post-rock dystopia essentially trademarked by the former outfits. Foon’s cello remained, but more for the benefit of soundtracking a stroll through a lush and isolated garden than inspiring thoughts about societal ills.

Continuing her astronomical associations, Foon has just announced I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, the debut release from her brand-new Saltland project. Out May 14 on Constellation, the album contains a degree of previously unforeseen vocal incorporation, as, according to a press release, Foon herself “sings of childhood innocence lost, of tender utopia reveries and downcast dystopic horizons, and the search for soft, stoic strength in a darkening, devolving world.” So, the jury’s out on whether you’ll need to take anti-depressants after listening to this.

The cello continues its reign as the instrument of choice, but this time it’s accompanied by percussion and signal processing from Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Esmerine), and contributions from a host of others, including Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), and Laurel Sprengelmeyer and Jess Robertson (Little Scream). The end result would seem to avoid pigeonholing, with the words “drone,” “shoegaze,” and “confessional folk” all being used in the same sentence, but beauty, on the other hand, seems like something to count on.

I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us tracklisting:

01. Golden Alley
02. I Thought It Was Us
03. Treehouse Schemes
04. Unholy
05. But It Was All Of Us
06. Colour The Night Sky
07. ICA
08. Hearts Mend

• Saltland: http://saltland.ca
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Pendu Sound launches sexy new digital singles series with a pair of songs from Tempers

Pendu Sound doesn’t play by the rules. So fuck tooth-rotting chocolate, juvenile teddy bears, and bouquets of gas station roses. For Pendu — the home of Chelsea Wolfe, Sasha Grey’s aTelecine, and White Ring, among others — this past Valentine’s Day was all about the singles. (Bad pun sorry whooooa Cathy ack.) See, the NYC-based label unveiled its SUPER SPECIAL ALL NEW single series on February 14, with the digital release of the track “Eyes Wide Wider” from the post-punk duo Tempers. Tempers, like many of the bands to be featured as part of the series, will release a full-length on Pendu later this year.

So what all is involved with this singles series? Well, you get a download of the main track, plus the accompanying video full of swirling guitars, forests, and people in creepy veils. In this case, Tempers’ “Eyes Wide Wider” was mixed by Damian Taylor, who has worked with Trust and Björk. You can peep the video below and stream before picking it up yourself from iTunes. Tempers are the NYC-based duo of Floridian collage artist Jasmine Golestaneh and !K7 and Eskimo recording artist Eddie Cooper.

• Pendu Sound: http://pendusound.com
• Tempers: http://tempersmusic.com

RIP: Kevin Ayers

From Clash:

English songwriter and bastion of the Canterbury scene Kevin Ayers has passed away at the age of 68.

In many ways, Kevin Ayers bore all the hallmarks of the psychedelic era. Hopelessly middle class and utterly radical, the songwriter has complete disregard for the trappings of what Western, capitalist civilisation could offer him.

Born in Herne Bay, Kent, in 1944, Ayers was brought up in Malaysia before returning to England. Educated at Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys, it was here that the aspiring musician formed his first group with two school friends.

As the psychedelic era dawned, The Wilde Flowers would shift into The Soft Machine as Kevin Ayers - together with band mates Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Daevid Allen - gently melted away the barriers placed on pop music.

Songs became longer, structures became distorted and free expression was encouraged via their myriad of modern jazz influences. A staggering live experience, The Soft Machine would often spar with The Pink Floyd - indeed, the two groups often shared a stage at vital London hotspot the UFO Club.

[…]Kevin Ayers again grew restless and moved to Ibiza. The White Island proved to be conducive to his creative faculties, and the artist began sketching out whimsical, Barrett-inspired acoustic sketches on the beach.

Released as ‘Joy Of A Toy’ these recordings are most closely associated with his name. In reality, though, Kevin Ayers career is much too broad to be defined by one album: a psychedelic visionary, a prog pioneer and an acoustic troubadour, the songwriter seemed to wear each mask the counter culture offered.

• Kevin Ayers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Ayers

The Postal Service add more dates because they’re too cute and modest to brag about all the already-sold-out ones

A little while ago, we totally tried to hit you up on AIM to tell you all about the Postal Service reunion — including the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition that’s coming out April 9 on Sub Pop with some previously-unreleased tracks or whatever — but the T1 line was crashing hard because online registration was raging in the residence halls. To make matters worse, a good half-dozen of those shows ended up selling out pretty damn fast while you were watching that movie Snatch with your buds after bowling club got out.

But never fear, my friend. Jimmy and that other guy have got your back. See, they’ve modestly (almost sheepishly) announced almost 20 more additional dates on their anniversary tour. A lot of those dates are in “North America’s premiere arenas, amphitheaters, and more,” because nothing says intimate, bedroom electronica like “Merriweather Post Pavillion.” Pre-sale tickets for the new dates will be available starting Wednesday, February 20 at 10 AM (local venue time, natch) directly from the Postal Service website, except for the Toronto, Columbia, MD, and Vancouver shows, which have later pre-sale dates. Like we already tried to tell you, Jenny Lewis (who sang on the original record) is still touring with them, as is Laura Burhenn (Mynabirds, Bright Eyes), just to even out the boy/girl ratio.

And speaking of that record, you can pre-order some fancy, limited-edition shit over at the Sub Pop site, which you can definitely afford now that you’re a grown-ass loser with a shit job. Oh, but those pre-orders also include a free download of the unreleased track “A Tattered Line of String.” Doesn’t that just sound like a Postal Service title??? I think everything is going to be okay, man. Really. I didn’t think so before, but I do now.

Dates:

04.09.13 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre *
04.10.13 - Davis, CA - Mondavi Center *
04.12.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Madonna Expo Center *
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre **
04.19.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan **
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.18.13 - Manchester, UK - Academy ***
05.19.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy ***
05.20.13 - London, UK - Brixton Academy ***
05.21.13 - Paris, France - Trianon ***
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound 2013
05.27.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.28.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory *
05.29.13 - Magna, UT - Saltair *
05.30.13 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater *
06.03.13 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater *
06.05.13 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
06.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater *
06.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater *
06.08.13 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion *
06.10.13 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit *
06.11.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre *
06.12.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion *
06.14.13 - New York, NY - Barclays Center
06.15.13 - New York, NY - Barclays Center *
06.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts *
06.18.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07.16.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena *
07.17.13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena *
07.26.13 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater *

* Baths
** YACHT
*** Stealing Sheep

• The Postal Service: http://www.postalservicemusic.net
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

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