Bing & Ruth is magic. If you believe in the afterlife, this is probably what will be playing when you float up to heaven. And now RVNG Intl. are releasing their original debut, City Lake. The album originally came out five years ago in what they’re calling “an unusually limited edition,” but now, for your listening pleasure, it’s coming out again on November 13. You can check out the beautiful video for track “Rails” below.
Word on the street is that RVNG Intl. somehow mistakenly got ahold of City Lake as an unmarked white label test press from their shared vinyl manufacturer some years back, put it on the turntable, and let it sit there for a few months, then it basically never left their turntable and the label reached out to frontman David Moore about what would eventually become Bing & Ruth’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age album. Now they’ve remastered and reimagined the group’s debut as a limited-edition double LP, CD, and digital download. If you live in Europe, I got a few tour dates you might be interested in, too.
City Lake tracklisting:
01. Broad Channel
02. Put Your Weight Into It
03. And Then it Rained
05. City Lake / Tu Sei Uwe
06. Broad Channel / A Little Line in a Round Face
07. Here’s What You’re Missin
08. You’re Gonna Need That When He’s Gone (Bonus Track)
09. In This Ruined House (Bonus Track)
10. Broad Channel (Solo Piano) (Bonus Track)
12.08.15 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
12.09.15 - Hasselt, BE - Autumn Falls @ CCHA
12.10.15 - Leuven, BE - Autumn Falls @ 30CC
12.11.15 - Den Haag, NL - State x New Forms Festival*
*A Winged Victory For The Sullen
[Photo: Emily Johnston]
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com
Didn’t we make things clear enough less than 48 hours ago? It’s a MIDI bonanza! And the only solution to this notational craze is to use the MIDI files that Oneohtrix Point Never (or his alien companion Ezra, if we’re amicable players) made downloadable here as the bases for creating your own tracks, which a press rep kindly requests that you send over to the following email for eventual archival release: firstname.lastname@example.org. All of those MIDI snippets do supposedly stem from OPN’s upcoming album, after all, but we can probably equate Lopatin’s admission of it being his most “physical” record to something superlative in our own minds. So good luck out there, music-makers.
Additional G.O.D. news comes with supportive international tour dates being announced for this November and extending into December. OPN will be joined by friend and prior visual collaborator Nate Boyce on guitar, while Lopatin himself will be bordered by floodlights and brought in via harness through the rafters as a theatrical supplement to the Zeus-like qualities of his vocals. You can count on the vocals, at least.
Dates are below. Garden of Delete comes out November 13 via Warp.
11.07.15 - Turin, Italy - Club 2 Club
11.08.15 - London, UK - Illuminations Festival at the Village Underground
11.09.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
11.10.15 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11.20.15 - New York, NY – TBA
11.23.15 - Vancouver, BC - TBA
11.24.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.25.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir lounge *
11.27.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
11.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater *
12.02.15 - Tokyo, Japan - Liquidroom
12.04.15 - Osaka, Japan - Fanj Twice
* James Ferraro
The nightmare is over. After 80 years of publishing company Warner/Chappell Music capitalizing off the “Happy Birthday To You” song, a federal judge ruled that its copyright claim is fucking bullshit. More specifically: “Because Summy Co. [which is now the Warner/Chappell-owend Birch Tree Group] never acquired the rights to the Happy Birthday lyrics,” wrote judge George H. King, “Defendants, as Summy Co.’s purported successors-in-interest, do not own a valid copyright in the Happy Birthday lyrics.”
“‘Happy Birthday’ is finally free after 80 years,” said attorney Randall Newman. “Finally, the charade is over. It’s unbelievable.”
The lawsuit came about when Warner/Chappell recently tried to fine filmmakers $1,500 for using the song. The publishing company — estimated to have earned more than $2 million a year on fees — commonly charged for usage of the song in everything from movies to greeting cards. Even restaurants owners were technically violating copyright law when they sang the song to their patrons, no matter how off-key or annoying they were.
But that’s all in the past, and now it’s time to celebrate the ruling. The melody of the song turned 122 this year; the first print appearance of the melody and lyrics turned 103; and Summy’s copyright registration turned 80. Let’s celebrate the only way we know how:
My dad’s a great guy. Attentive, kind, an even-hand with discipline — my father had it all. Well, except for that one dark cloud on my childhood. Sometimes, when I really needed him, Dad would be out making a new experimental noise record. Dad, I gotta go to Little League! Tell Merzbow to go home! Yeesh.
Dan Friel, formerly of Parts and Labor, makes noise music with a sweet edge. Where my dad got into the noise game after getting into the fatherhood game, Friel’s going the other way. He’s been making noise for a while, now he’s got a son, and it’s time for him to combine those pursuits. On October 16, Friel will be putting out his new album Life through Thrill Jockey. Thematically, the album revolves around the birth of his son. Listen to first single “Life Pt.1” below.
Daddy’s gotta make that money, though, so Friel will be on the road with Lightning Bolt in Europe this November and December. Before that, he’ll be playing a show at Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot accompanied by a horn section. Also present for that show will be string quartet ETHEL, who will be performing an original Friel composition.
01. Lullaby (For Wolf)
05. Sleep Deprivation
06. Life (Pt. 1)
07. Jamie (Luvver)
10. Life (Pt. 2)
10.15.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot (w/ ETHEL)
11.17.15 - Lyon, France - Grrrnd Zero *
11.18.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Music Hall *
11.19.15 - Toulouse, France - Connexion *
11.20.15 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie *
11.21.15 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival *
11.24.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Hangar *
11.25.15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
11.26.15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom *
11.27.15 - Prestatyn, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas - Pontins
11.29.15 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival *
12.01.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse *
12.02.15 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Folk *
12.03.15 - Oslo, Norway - Bla *
12.04.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan *
* Lightning Bolt
Have you ever longed for a full-on immersive Edith Piaf experience? An unfettered 20+ hours of nothing but listening to the leeeeettle sparrow while you thumb dreamily through a deluxe 30-page book that contains a new biography and various photos? What if I told you that you could move tiny little Lego people into a pop-up of emblematic scenes from Edith Piaf’s life and envision yourself gleefully chattering and laughing over silly shared jokes with the legendary French chanteuse? WHAT IF?
Well, your dreams are coming true, ya freakin’ weirdo! Because Parlophone is releasing a 20-disc deluxe box set in honor of Piaf’s 100th birthday. It’ll be limited to 10,000 copies worldwide, so the above scenario only has a dim likelihood of occurring anywhere within a 50-mile radius of you… maybe. Anyway, all these glorious recordings have been remastered in high definition, using the original master tapes and vinyl pressings. You’ll also get rare recording sessions, rehearsals, a 1962 interview with Ms. Piaf, and live performances at the Paris Olympia (in 1955, 1958, 1961 and 1962), at the New York Carnegie Hall (in 1956 and 1957), as well as at the Paris Bobino in 1963.
The Integrale 2015 Limited Edition Box Set hits stores — and our hearts — on November 27. You can also get a digital version, but you have to make your own pop-up fantasy world for that one.
Thurston Moore, Lil B, Jello Biafra, Killer Mike, and almost the entire cool part of the music industry sign on to support Bernie Sanders
S O C I A L I S T
Who says it’s a label reserved for euphemistic communists and individuals consciously seeking to unweave the very fabric of the United States? I’m sure independent senator from Vermont and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would argue that his free-market skepticism makes him even more patriotic than his counterparts, because such a position is actually for the objective well-being of the country, whereas those using their invisible hand to cup the butt cheeks of Adam Smith are at least mistaken and at most doing irreparable harm to our national life-state. Bernie’s brand of socialism, due in no small part to his own fervor concerning economic inequality, is resonating, and there’s a particular demographic that kind of has a knack for contributing to that sort of thing. Resonance, I mean.
Musicians! A litany of musicians have recently declared their support for Sanders, and their names appear on his website among a more general list of “artists and cultural leaders” who hate (love) America. Some of those musicians are Thurston Moore, Lil B, Jello Biafra, Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr.), Yoni Wolf (WHY?), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Hans Zimmer. Check out the full list of artists and composers below, originally printed by Stereogum:
• Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion)
• Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
• Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh)
• Bhi Bhiman
• Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
• Elvin Bishop
• CJ Boyd
• Nicholas Britell
• Jackson Browne
• Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years)
• Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go’s)
• Tommy Castro
• Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)
• Marshall Crenshaw
• David Crosby
• Bob D’Amico (Sebadoh)
• John Densmore (The Doors)
• Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
• Steve Earle
• Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes)
• Alejandro Escovedo
• Jon Fishman (Phish)
• Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
• Andy Fleming (Brother Trucker)
• Bill Frisell
• Mike Gordon (Phish)
• Billy Gould (Faith No More)
• Adam Harding (Dumb Numbers)
• Maureen Herman (Babes In Toyland)
• Chris Holmes
• Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks)
• Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
• Killer Mike (Run The Jewels)
• Tim Kinsella (Joan Of Arc)
• Nate Kinsella (Joan Of Arc)
• Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
• Wayne Kramer (MC5)
• Zoë Kravitz
• Lil B
• Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh)
• Jesse Malin
• Trevor McFedries (Yung Skeeter)
• Justin Meldal-Johnsen
• Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
• Charlie Musselwhite
• Graham Nash
• Meshell Ndegeocello
• Will Noon (Fun.)
• Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli)
• Holly Palmer
• Joel Rafael
• Bonnie Raitt
• Duke Robillard
• Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship)
• Chris Schlarb
• Walter Schreifels
• Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters)
• Eve Sicular (Isle Of Klezbos)
• Corky Siegel
• Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
• Jill Sobule
• Sam Sparro
• Serj Tankian (System Of A Down)
• Stretch Armstrong
• Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
• Loudon Wainwright III
• Mike Watt (Minutemen)
• Dusty Watson (The Sonics)
• Dar Williams
• Lucinda Williams
• Yoni Wolf (Why?)
• Hans Zimmer
• Bernie Sanders: https://berniesanders.com
In the illimitable words of MLB legend Mark McGwire, “Do you want to know the shocking truth? Or do you want to see me sock a few dingers!?!”
In other words: who the hell cares WHY the “English indie rock band” Tindersticks haven’t put out any original music since 2012’s pretty-killer The Something Rain! All that ACTUALLY matters is that they JUST ANNOUNCED a new one! Like, right this second. And here we are reporting it to you. I mean: YAY! HOORAY!!! That’s fucking JOURNALISM.
Anyway, speaking of journalism: this earth-shattering, balls-jittering new record is called The Waiting Room, and it’s coming at us like a fastball on January 22 via the City Slang record label. We also know for a stone-cold figgaty-fact that each track on the album will be “accompanied by a short film, a visual interpretation by its own director, featuring Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna.”
Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll prove it to you: check out the short film for a new track featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages (directed by by Gabriel Sanna) and a duet with Lhasa De Sela right down below. (Damn, I hope it shows up down there. Please god, please god, please god, please god…)
The Waiting Room can be pre-ordered here. Check out its tracklist below, followed by confirmed dates for 2016.
01. Follow Me
02. Second Chance Man
03. Were We Once Lovers?
04. Help Yourself
05. Hey Lucinda (feat. Lhasa De Sela)
06. This Fear of Emptiness
07. How He Entered
08. The Waiting Room
09. Planting Holes
10. We are Dreamers! (feat. Jehnny Beth)
11. Like Only Lovers Can
The Waiting Room Cine-Concert live events:
02.11.16 - Clermont-Ferrand, FR - Clermont-Ferrand ISFF
02.13-14.16 - Berlin, DE - Volksbuehne
04.19-21.16 - Paris, FR - Le Bouffes du Nord
04.26.16 - Copenhagen, DK - Chp Pix
04.29.16 - London, UK - The Barbican
If you’ve fallen prey to the Sun City Girls cult, it was more than likely the eccentric band’s simultaneously rare and most popular album Torch of the Mystics, released on vinyl in 1990, that gave you a sip of something from which you didn’t want to wake up. I’m not sure how I was able to listen to it initially, given that I was a wee child probably still suckling at my mother’s teat when the first edition came out (and given the fact that I found it almost impossibly difficult to find online once the advent of downloading music became truly that), but somehow I became exposed to the engaging weirdness of the originally AZ trio last decade. The drunken riffs of “Radar 1941” permeate my mind, and from Torch, I descended further, but we all remember the common origin.
And now, thankfully, you won’t have to look for it like I did, as Sun City Girls’ own label Abduction has finally decided to reissue Torch of the Mystics on CD and LP October 30! The album did receive a separate CD release back in 1993, but other than that, this is the first true reissue of an album that has otherwise been desperately in need of one. Whoever asks the question “why now?” is missing the point, of course; let us only express gratitude.
Torch of the Mystics tracklisting:
01. Blue Mamba
02. Tarmac 23
03. Esoterica of Abyssynia
04. Space Prophet Dogon
05. The Shining Path
06. The Flower
07. Café Batik
08. Radar 1941
09. Papa Legba
10. The Vinegar Stroke
11. Burial in the Sky
It may not be an immersive theater reenactment of the toad and lizard circus from Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain (sans the bloodshed part; that part was sad and not awesome), but for fans of the Chilean director/mystic/all-around fantastic weirdo, Light in the Attic’s upcoming release of the score to the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune is still pretty rad.
Kurt Stenzel’s original score to the doc, an exploration of the director’s amazing-sounding yet never-made take on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, has a Tangerine Dream-esque quality, with one foot firmly in THE FUTURE and one in some oddball synthy version of the past. The flick was originally meant to star Salvador Dalí, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles, with designs by H. R. Giger and music by Pink Floyd. Alas. You can check out the track “Parallel World” below and wallow in your own sorrow and speculation about what could have been.
The release hits stores November 13. If you pre-order, you get a version with Cosmic Swirl wax, a silver foil numbered jacket, and a poster — you know the drill.
• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net
Julian Koster (The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel) plans free immersive theater performances at NYC carousel
Julian Koster is a delight. There, I said it. On this site of all sites, that statement is very controversial, I know, but I’m brave and strong and I really do think that pretty much everything I know about Julian Koster is delightful. I mean, what’s not to like? His 2012 album Mary’s Voice? A real charmer. His sleep-overs and lullabies and Christmas caroling? Literally, all I had to do was think of those things, and I just melted into a puddle of happiness because I just feel so damn positive. Thanks be to my roommate who came and mopped me up so I could keep on typing about Koster’s newest project with his theatrical troupe, The Orbiting Human Circus, because it’s pretty much a beam of concentrated glee.
On October 2-4, the troupe will host three free performances of Night Janitor, Carousel. It’ll take place on board the Pier 62 Carousel in New York City’s Hudson River Park, and it will feature an assortment of brand new Music Tapes tracks built around an “immersive theatrical experience” following Koster’s character of The Janitor on a journey “through surreal flights of fancy and hallucinatory daydreams in which even the audience may just be a figment of his imagination.” Each performance will last 30 minutes and begin promptly at the stated start time (7:45 PM on October 2, and 8:15 PM on October 3 and 4). The whole series is a part of the En Garde Arts BOSSS theater festival. I believe that it is fundamentally impossible for me to think of anything better.