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.
A Swans live show can be a brutal thing, so imagine not only being at every one of M. Gira’s pummeling onslaughts, but also being on the stage in the center of each unfolding maelstrom. That dubious pleasure belongs to one man: Norman Westberg, the guitarist who has played in both incarnations of Swans along with Gira and a man who we suspect would have more than a hint of tinnitus by now.
Thanks to Room40, you’ll be able to gain an insight into Westberg’s probably tinnitus-addled mind when they release his solo album 13 on November 13. The album consists of three long-form solo guitar pieces recorded during 2013 (you notice a trend emerging?). Pitchfork are premiering the opening track “Frostbite Falls,” which is basically the eerie, droney parts of a Swans opus and exactly as awesome as that description sounds.
Meanwhile, as we reported recently, Swans are hunkered down to record the final record for this iteration of the band. Sigh.
01. Frostbite Falls
02. Bunny Bill
03. Oops, Wrong Hat
UPDATE: Drake and Future are streaming What a Time To Be Alive right now on OVO Sound Radio.
After a couple weeks’ worth of rumors, nasty teasers, and jokes, Drake and Future finally confirmed the existence of their new joint release. Titled What a Time To Be Alive, the album will premiere on OVO Sound Radio tomorrow at 6 PM EST and will then be made available afterward via Apple Music and iTunes.
What a Time To Be Alive follows two of our favorite releases of the year, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Future’s DS2, the latter of which featured the two rappers flappin’ their multi-million-dollar gums on “Where Ya At.”
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Who needs #FBGOVO anyway? On this dark, dreadful night, James Ferraro has taken to SoundCloud to drop a three-track playlist called WAR. The release is a prelude to his new album, Skid Row, which is due later this year. For background info on the release, read Ferraro’s description here:
In the spring of 2015 I had a chance to experience “Bravemind” the immersive virtual reality exposure therapy system designed for Iraq war veterans suffering from PTSD. Head-mounted display a tunnel into a virtual battlefield representing the shellshocked mind of warriors with PTSD
burning oil fields , endless desert roads , flight of a drone scanning desert floors. as I wondered the virtual war zone, I felt artificial,surrounded by representations of human beings.. aggressive pixels eternally living the terrors of war played out in the simulated environment.. harsh gradient desert landscape.. immersion into full violent digital environment. the virtual battle field a map of shattered dreams/ war experiences constructed into a virtual space. trauma subspace of the warriors mind. trauma hits. the explosions , those sims are automatically prescribed sentience by the mind.
when I took the head piece off I felt cognitive dissonance , the cyber violence of war had seeded deep into my subconscious mind. I felt like a surrogate for the trauma of war. felt dissociation in an orange sunset that enveloped the streets of Los Angeles in a daze.. driving around Downtown LA vaguely suicidal and enlightened, there was no difference from the simulation of war and the violence that occurs randomly and insistently in the world outside of Brave mind..
so this is the prelude to Skid Row.. a shell shocked solider of digital war.
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• James Ferraro: https://soundcloud.com/b-e-b-e-t-u-n-e
When you get to the higher echelons of the music business Illuminati, they reveal a lot of shit to you. One of the best-kept secrets in music is that L.A.-based/UK-born artist Mark Van Hoen is pretty much responsible for a large portion of the music/media we consume. The dude has been making tunes for three or so decades, collaborating with Seefeel’s Daren Seymour, Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Nick Holton as Black Hearted Brother, Louis Sherman as Locust, and Martin Maeers with Children of the Stones. His career spans TV, radio, and film, and he has released records on Touch, Editions Mego, City Centre Offices, The Tapeworm, and Saint Marie Records.
His latest one is for Saint Marie Records, too. Nightvision is exactly what it sounds like: electro/drone for 4 AM, when everyone else is asleep. It comes out November 13 as an LP/CD/digital download.
• Mark Van Hoen: http://www.markvanhoen.com