Swans to tour North America in 2015, giving you another chance to snap an angry picture of Michael Gira

Over four years into their reunion, despite the massively acclaimed couple of albums they’ve released, if there is one place where Swans truly realize their power, it is on stage. Fully able to convey the physical potency of their music, it is a testament to the might of the band’s live show that not even their oldest fans seem to miss Swans’ industrial abjection days. On the contrary, the group takes their shows as an opportunity to develop new material for future records, while further mutating their already released cuts. Having witnessed the evolution of To Be Kind’s “Bring the Sun/Toussaint L’Ouverture,” I can assure you the live version easily trumps its recorded counterpart; and that is not an exception. I saw Swans live little over a month ago, and they are now opening their shows with a new song, apparently titled “Frankie M,” which goes on for over 45 minutes and quite probably is the most transfixing piece of music the reincarnated Swans have so far created.

All that longwinded introduction intended to highlight the joyful nature of the news I hereby bring you: Swans have announced their tour dates for the first part of 2015, and they will be traversing most of North America, with plenty of dates in the US and Canada, and will perform what, to the best of my knowledge, is their first-ever show in Mexico City. You can check the slate below:

02.17.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
02.18.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
02.19.15 - Montreal, QC - Theatre National
02.20.15 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theater
02.21.15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
02.23.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
02.24.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater
02.25.15 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
03.01.15 - Mexico City, DF - Nrmal Festival
03.23.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.25.15 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
03.26.15 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
03.27.15 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
03.28.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
03.29.15 - Knoxville, TN - BIG EARS Festival
03.31.15 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
04.01.15 - Saint Petersburg, FL - State Theater
04.02.15 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
04.03.15 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
04.04.15 - Dallas, TX - Trees
04.06.15 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.09.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater

Is your city not included on the list? Sure, you won’t be able to take an angry photo of Michael Gira — which is apparently a thing now — but you can still hear a live version of “Oxygen” in the EP Swans will release on November 25, including a remix of the titular song as well as an acoustic demo and a live take. Do you somehow prefer the band when they had two un-trained bass players, two drummers, a tape operator, and banging on a metal table was their percussion instrument of choice? Then you can get your hands on the recently reissued Filth, Swans’ 1982 debut LP. See how Gira and his boys always deliver?

• Swans: https://www.facebook.com/SwansOfficial
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

OSR Tapes quits the Internet, releases 13 new albums before going offline

Zach Phillips, ideologue and prime mover behind experimental haven OSR Tapes, has announced via a Facebook statement, that his record label will be going offline starting Jan. 1. Thus, from the new year onward, all orders, new batches, and interactions with the label will have to be carried out through physical mail and/or telephone. Phillips insists this is not a luddite gesture, but the consequence of an artistic vision/life philosophy that has proven to him that building a creative community today stands at odds with the cultural consumption/discursive environment fostered by the internet. He was already known for preferring to conduct all his music collaborations/production work in person rather than online, using 4-reel tapes and old consoles for the actual recording process. So, while not entirely unexpected, the decision is no less radical/commendable/brave/suicidal. You can read the whole statement here, including detailed instructions to keep in touch with OSR Tapes.

The batch of vinyl/tape releases the label is spreading at the moment is as follows:

On vinyl:
Hartley C. White — This Is Not What You Expect
Blanche Blanche Blanche — Hints to Pilgrims
Chris Weisman — Monet in the 90s
Ruth Garbus — Joule (a 7-inch EP)

On cassette:
CE Schneider Topical — Look Who Showed Up Out Here
Jimmie Packard — A Time to Look Back
Palberta — Shitheads in the Ditch
The Dream Scene — New Emotion
Ed Askew — Rainbow Bridge
Moth Eggs — Recursive Surfing
V/A — Music on a Tape : Songs by Chris Weisman
Ian Kovac Jr Jr — You’ll Know It When You Feel It
Kateboard — That’s Not a Helicopter

As you can see, that’s a damn fine list to go offline with, including several artists you may know already (Ed Askew, Chris Weisman, The Dream Scene, Blanche Blanche Blanche) and plenty of new music to discover while you find your way to the post office.

The cassettes are out now; the vinyl releases will be out on Nov. 17. See you offline, OSR!

• OSR Tapes: http://osr-tapes.com

Egyptrixx leaves hieroglyphs to announce new label and new album

Not to deny the friendly and welcoming environment that Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 have created via their Night Slugs label, but there comes a time, in every person’s life, when he or she has to figuratively bite off their umbilical cord and wear it around their neck as a triumphant sign of one’s passage into adulthood and one’s embrace of independence.

The Toronto-based Egyptrixx a.k.a. David Psutka certainly crafted his musical persona through Night Slugs, but after releasing his worthwhile debut and sophomore LPs via the label, as well as delivering some astounding chunage via the memorable “Liberation Front,” he’s apparently felt both the need and the ability to branch away from his label godparent. Egyptrixx’s next album will be Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power], and it’s set for release in early 2015 via his just-announced label, Halocline Trance. The connotations are so intense!

Reportedly, Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power] is somewhat of an extension of his previous LP, which would explain the reappearance of Berlin-based visual artist A N F (Andreas Nicolas Fischer). Let’s recall, since there’s no other info to share:

• Egyptrixx: https://www.facebook.com/egyptrixx

Mac Miller signs to Warner Bros., wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

What’s up! It’s your man on the street, back with some HOT SPANKIN’ new Mac Miller news! Ya-ow!

Sha! Mac Miller has signed, along with his Remember Music imprint, to Warner Bros.! That is some Mac Miller news right there! Future Mac Miller releases will be put out on Warner Bros.! Yah! In addition, future releases on Mac Miller’s label, Remember Music, will also be released and distributed through Warner Bros.! Cha yeah!

Woo! When SOME PERSON asked Miller why he was signing to Warner Bros., he told ‘em that it was because Prince was signed to Warner Bros.! Dang! You tell ‘em, Mac!

Whoa-oh! In celebration of his recent signing, Mac Miller has DROPPED A SONG BOMB on y’all! KAPOW. That song has a title and, baby, that title is “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along” and, BABY BABY, you can hear it right now! Wham!

Okay, CHUMS, that’s all the Mac Miller news I got for you.

• Mac Miller: https://twitter.com/MacMiller
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti-produced Julee Cruise album Floating into the Night to get reissued on vinyl next week. LET’S ROCK?

Considering the facts that, A) David Lynch’s SMASH HIT TV SHOW Twin Peaks is set to rise again in 2016 like so much fish-flavored coffee being shuttled upward in a percolator, and B) the clothes we’re apparently supposed to be wearing in 2014 all look like this; it’s no real surprise to hear that anything and everything late-80s/early-90s that has anything to do with that series has some serious cache right now.

We already told you with great wit and alacrity a little while ago about how composer Angelo Badalamenti’s spooky hazy sexy cool soundtracks to the show and subsequent film were being reissued on vinyl this coming January. And now, the trifecta! According to FACT, Julee Cruise — the singer/songwriter whose 1989 album Floating into the Night was featured prominently in the series (the narcotic yoga-session vamp known as “Falling” was repurposed as the main theme of the show) is ALSO getting in on the reissue act. Hell. Yes. Both my arms are bending back in anticipation!

The album — which, by the way, was written and produced by Badalamenti and Lynch — is getting reissued on heavy-duty 180 gram vinyl NEXT FRIGGIN’ TUESDAY (November 18) and will come equipped with a “double-sided insert” by Plain Recordings. To pre-order, head to Boomkat
or Runt for more info. Or, failing that, make an audio cassette-recorder note to have Dianne run to the record store next week to pick one up for you and drop it in the mail after your next transcendental meditation session. Up to you.


Floating into the Night tracklisting:

01. Floating
02. Falling
03. I Remember
04. Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
05. Mysteries of Love
06. Into the Night
07. I Float Alone
08. The Nightingale
09. The Swan
10. The World Spins

• Julee Cruise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julee_Cruise
• Plain: http://www.forcedexposure.com/Label/PLAIN.RECORDINGS.html

RIP: Big Bank Hank, co-founder of The Sugarhill Gang

From The Los Angeles Times:

His voice served as a call to action, an echo that continues today whenever a kid bellows the word “hip hop” into a microphone. It was in Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson’s lyrical wobble, the way he rapped through the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the singular hit that propelled a movement when it was released in 1979.

Jackson, 57, died Tuesday morning after complications from cancer, but his influence remains.

The news was confirmed by David Mallie, the business manager for the two surviving members of the original Sugarhill Gang, Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien and “Wonder Mike” Wright.

Sir Richard Bishop unveils Tangier Sessions, paves the way for civil unions between man and guitar

For those of you planning on forgetting Valentine’s Day, there’s a perfect belated gift for your significant other: SIr Richard Bishop’s upcoming Tangier Sessions. Out February 17, the album is a solo acoustic improvisation entirely written on a 19th-century guitar that Bishop dug up while living in Geneva. Like a scene out of a film Walter Salles never wrote, Sir Rick found the instrument when he came upon a no-name luthier’s shop in an alley. He ultimately set the guitar down due to the price tag, but not before (presumably) ripping through “Stairway to Heaven” and Van Halen’s “Eruption” and then whispering the word “whoa” to himself. Luckily for both us and Rick, weeks later he came to the realization that spending all your money on yourself is actually awesome, and bought the guitar without even asking us to Kickstarter it for him.

Still channelling his life decisions from a VH1 Behind the Music episode, Bishop packed up his new guitar and headed to a rooftop apartment in Morocco; there he wrote and recorded Tangier’s seven songs in just one week. Bishop’s yet to officially drop any tracks from the album, but listeners can probably expect some ambling, neo-Fahey jams à la his VDSQ Solo Acoustic sessions from earlier this year. The album is available for pre-order over at Drag City. Buy it, as I really don’t want to get those Kickstarter emails.

Tangier Sessions tracklist:

01. Frontier
02. Bound In Morocco
03. Safe House
04. Hadija
05. Mirage
06. International Zone
07. Let It Come Down

• Sir Richard Bishop: http://www.sirrichardbishop.net
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Bust out the Kool-Aid Bursts as Peaking Lights tour the West Coast in December

Whenever I hear a husband-and-wife pop duo are touring the West Coast, I immediately head to my local Wolmart and buy a case of Berry Blue Kool-Aid Bursts for a cool one spot. Talkin’ one dollar bill, y’all.

Today I received an SMS from my best bro Dunny, telling me about Peaking Lights going on tour in December. Took the bus to Wolmart and got my Bursts. Back on the bus I put the new Peaking lights album, Cosmic Logic on my Sony MZRH1 Minidisc Hi-MD/MP3 Player. The album was released back in October on Weird World and it’s all about talking to aliens on the telephone. Took off my pants (as I always do on the bus), popped out a chilled Burst, and let the overfilled blue goo run down my arm like sugary pre-cum. I’m riding this bus Seattle, WA to see the first West Coast date on December 5. If you see me on the bus, lick your lips and I’ll share a Burst with you.

Peaking Lights tour dates:

12.05.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret
12.06.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *
12.07.14 - Portland, OR - Holocene
12.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

• Peaking Lights: http://peakinglights.com
• Weird World: http://www.weirdworldrecordco.com

Aphex Twin decides to pollute the shallow end of the web this time, dumps 30 more unreleased tracks on us

Short Version:

Do these new tracks Richard D. James just tossed out eight weeks or so after the hyped-to-shit release of Syro comprise a tight-knit, story-telling, compelling, coherent collection of the latter-day Aphex Twin digi-oeuvre that you must wrap your best-new-music-listening-ears around ASAP??? Naw. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Still… Aphex Twin is still pretty cool to know about, so you’ll want to keep reading.

Long Version:

As Pitchfork reports, a ways back, Richard D. James was hanging out and drinking tea and being his usual, genial, non-temperamental technocrat self with Dave Noyze, who runs the popular UK blog Noyzelab (I totally read it every day, believe me); when — amid talk of his goofy equipment, creative processes, wistful childhood reminiscences, etc. — he also casually happened to share a whole pixelated Super Mario Bros. 3-style flying boatload of new (to us, at least) music. Ca-ching! Right?

Well, we didn’t really know until just recently, when Part 2 of said-interview finally got posted, along with links to “over 30 recordings, including 20 sonic experiments made on Buchla and Serge modular synths (James refers to them as “a fucking racket”), outtakes from his orchestral performances in London and Poland, and more.” But just in case you don’t really wanna visit all these hyperlinks and shit, you can stream James’ 20-track “exploration of the modular synth” down below. Go ahead. Whip it on. Open another tab. Sip your favorite Keurig beverage. See how long you last. Maybe surf Amazon.com? You deserve it. Oh, and you can also hear and download the the rest of the stuff, but you have to click a hyperlink to do it. Yeah, sorry, man. Still, though. Like I said up above: Aphex friggin’ Twin, right? Still seems pretty cool to know about.

• Aphex Twin: http://warp.net/records/aphex-twin
• Warp: http://warp.net

Allelujah, Rejoice, etc. etc… Godspeed You! Black Emperor are doing something newsworthy!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!!!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring!!!

There’s not really anything else that needs to be said about this, except that if you live anywhere that is not Europe you need to prepare to be sorely disappointed or start booking flights.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring… Europe in April.


04.07.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
04.08.15 - Essen, Germany - Weststadt Halle
04.09.15 - Munich, Germany - Freiheiz
04.10.15 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
04.11.15 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
04.12.15 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
04.15.15 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
04.16.15 - Lille, France - L’Aeronef
04.17.15 - Manchester, UK -Albert Hall
04.18.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
04.19.15 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
04.20.15 - London, UK - Sheppards Bush Empire
04.22.15 - Paris, France - Bataclan
04.23.15 - Paris, France - Bataclan
04.25.15 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
04.26.15 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.28.15 - Strassbourg, France - La Laiterie
04.30.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com