Attention North Americans: like Santa and the Easter Bunny, New Order comes but once a year

Like the Easter Bunny himself, New Order only comes through once a year or so, leaving delicious, sweet electropop hidden behind the shrubbery and kitchen tables and church bake sale tables of North America, just as winter turns to spring, and spring eventually to summer. Seriously, WTF do kids do to “earn” candy from this candy-spewing rabbit deep in the pocket of BIG DENTISTRY? Just be kids? Well, all New Order fans gotta do is fork over some crazy Ticketmaster fees to earn their way into that greatest of summer holidays, The Day New Order Is Playing In [insert town name]. Psh. Totally worth it.

But the band is only here in North America for a limited time this July! They kick things off in Chicago, followed by a stop at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, before journeying briefly up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada. Tickets for most dates go on sale March 21.

Dates:

07.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
07.06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
07.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

• New Order: http://newordernow.net

[Photo: Kevin Cummins]

Kanye West plots new tour dates in Europe, where the word “zeitgeist” was invented!

If there’s place on planet Earth where nothing’s shocking and anything goes, it’s gotta be that grand old hub of artsy mimes, decent absinthe, and delicious “Le Big Macs” known as Western Europe. Nevertheless, our old buddy Cornelius “Kanye” West — whom last we left caterwauling around the US on his seemingly neverending crusade to prove to the world that Yeezus (TMT Review) is the Lord and Savior everyone needs, even if no one asked for Him — will be packing up his tour and shipping the whole garish thing over there piece by piece this summer in hopes of spreading the Good News and possibly shocking a few L7 monarchs.

Rev. West will dock his proverbial slowboat in Montpellier, France on June 21 before trekking on through Frankfurt, Cologne, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, and Amsterdam before “kicking it old-school” in London and Birmingham for his Fourth of July weekend. Tickets are on sale as of March 26 if you happen to live over there or just really wanna taste the McDonald’s in Montpellier.

Yeezus’ Euro-Trip:

06.21.14 - Montpellier, France - Park & Suites Arena
06.23.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
06.24.14 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
06.25.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Palace 12
06.27.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
06.29.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
07.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
07.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
07.04-06.14 - London and Birmingham, UK - Wireless Festival

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Athens to celebrate Elephant 6 through series of exhibitions, screenings, and strictly herbivorous events

Sure, Austin may be at the center of the music world for at least a week in March, but does that necessitate the city’s monopolization of all concurrent music discussion?? Of course not! In fact, I’m making it a point to deliberately highlight a town hundreds of miles away, whose history surpasses in national significance even the Texas capital, and whose music scene has been and remains just as distinct: Athens. Thanks be to Apollo for endowing the great city of Athens with a preeminent music scene that at least partially mitigates the possibly justifiable raging evident at all those protests! Plus, can you imagine the awesomeness of the Parthenon as a music venue? A symbol of democracy being honored to this day through the equal participation in, and support of, crowd-surfing.

That’s the other Athens! The Athens in the American state of Georgia also deserves some highlighting, if not for spawning R.E.M. and a host of other memorable rock bands, then for being the eventual headquarters of the familial Elephant 6, who’ve released music from (and were in some sense founded by) The Apples in Stereo, The Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal, among plenty others. Perhaps bolstered by the excitement over NMH’s recent reunion, a number of Athens venues and organizations are taking August through December of this year to “celebrate the impact [of Elephant 6] in a season-long series of exhibitions, screenings and events.” This is all according to former TMTer Gabe Vodicka over at Flagpole.

Actual music by-way-of performances are so far missing from the scheduled celebration, but among what’s currently planned: an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art displaying original cover art by Will Hart, Chris Bilheimer, Jill Carnes, David Barnes, Will Westbrook, and more (October 4 - January 4, 2015), and a collection of props from Music Tapes performances, collages by Laura Carter, and photographs by Jason Thrasher at the Lyndon House Arts Center (August 14 - October 4).

I’m sure once we get closer to August, everything will be more clearly summarized… somewhere. Stay tuned for more event announcements.

• Elephant 6: http://www.elephant6.com

[Photo: John Kendelhardt]

America breathes a collective sigh of relief as full Record Store Day release list is finally unveiled

Record Store Day Record Store Day RECORD STORE DAY!!!!!! Aren’t you excited????!?!? Isn’t all of America excited?!?!?!? I mean, what are YOU gonna wear when you queue up on a sidewalk outside a record store at 5 AM? A disheveled hoodie and gross jeans or just straight-up pajamas? Are you going to get coffee from 7-11 or just start mainlining Red Bulls as you wait? And most importantly, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TRAMPLE YOUR FELLOW RECORD COLLECTORS TO GET?

Because in just a few weeks, on April 19, record stores will be all that matters. Human life/dignity? Mehhhhh. Exclusive, fancy, special-edition reissues and releases from the likes of Christian Death (The Edward Colver Edition 7-inch), Sam Cooke (Ain’t That Good News LP), and William Onyeabor (What?! LP)? Now that stuff is priceless. A full list of Record Store Day special releases is available here.

• Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com

Pixies announce sort-of-new double album Indie Cindy! Shut up, I love that title!

Well, well, well! After doing jack-shit in the way of new products since 1991, look who comes ca-rawlin’ back to their earlier trendsetting business model of, you know, “releasing albums of new music, sometimes.” It started innocuously enough at the end of last year with the instant-classic EP1. Then the band moved on to the much more controversial and “highly-experimental” (—Mr P) EP2. And now, according to FACT, three older, balder, fatter versions of Pixies (and one new girl who isn’t even Kelly Deal!) have NOT ONLY gone and announced the digital and vinyl release of the conclusion to their epic trilogy, EP3 (available now over at their lil’ webstore), but also their plans to release a whole honest-to-god album (of songs!) called Indie Cindy on April 28!

“Wait a minute… Indie Cindy you say? That sounds like a song I’ve heard from them already!”

Well… yeah, that’s kinda because… it is. The “new album” is actually just gonna consist of all three of these EPs stuck together, available as a limited “2CD set with a 40-page hardback book” (in which the second disc is just some of the same shit again, but played live) and 180 gram double vinyl (sans live album). But I mean, come on. You couldn’t expect a band like Pixies to put too much work into this stuff. I mean, let’s face it. They are awfully busy, you know, thinkin’ up words that rhyme with one other.

Indie Cindy tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. What Goes Boom
02. Greens and Blues
03. Indie Cindy
04. Bagboy
05. Magdalena 318
06. Silver Snail
07. Blue Eyed Hexe
08. Ring The Bell
09. Another Toe in the Ocean
10. Andro Queen
11. Snakes
12. Jaime Bravo

Disc 2 – Live in the USA:

01. Bone Machine
02. Hey
03. Ana
04. Magdalena 318
05. Snakes
06. Indie Cindy
07. I’ve Been Tired
08. Head On
09. The Sad Punk
10. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
11. Something Against You
12. Isla de Encanta
13. Planet of Sound

• Pixies: http://www.pixiesmusic.com

Second weekend of Sasquatch! Music Festival canceled due to Pacific Northwesterners’ aversion to camping

If you’re unconvinced of the notion that human beings are generally resistant to change, feel free to investigate the intriguing and occasionally fecal-stained lifestyle of AB/DLs, or you can look to Sasquatch! Music Festival’s first-ever second weekend, which had been scheduled to take place the weekend of July 4 this year at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA but is now canceled. The weekend had initially been added due to the perception that the traditionally Memorial Day weekend-only festival had reached “critical mass” in terms of overall demand for tickets, but apparently that demand wasn’t enough to buoy another weekend of performances, despite a lineup that was at least comparable in terms of quality. And you call yourselves music fans! (JK, I probably wasn’t gonna go either.)

Here’s a statement from Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle:

The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase. At least Kraftwerk’ll still be in the region around that time.

• Sasquatch!: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com

James Ferraro’s ringtone suite is live on the MoMA PS1 website; your phone is now a vessel for the vaporwave apocalypse

Hey there pal, do you remember the last time we talked about James Ferraro’s 100% exhibit at the MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York and you were all like “Uh, sounds pretty artsy and over my head, Taylor,” and then I was all like, “Nahh, reader, believe me, James Ferraro is for the children,” and you were skeptical but neither one of us wanted our date to get weird, so we just let it slide and went on to talking about our jobs some more? Well it’s happening. Hang on, let me be a little more clear and a little less ominous: James Ferraro’s 100% exhibit is currently live at the MoMA PS1.

Now maybe you’re thinking, “Well that’s neat, but I don’t live in Queens, or even New York, so how is this even relevant to me?” If you’re thinking that, you clearly didn’t read the news post I linked up above — I’m not angry that you didn’t, just disappointed — because fully two-thirds of this shit can be accessed right from your very own couch (the other third, Dubai Dream Tone, can only be heard in the museum’s elevators). Go ahead and call the museum and hear the sweet sounds of Saint Prius, music that Ferraro created to act as the museum’s hold music. Or consider visiting this website right here, where you can listen to and download each of the ringtones in the Eco - Savage Suite. There’s also a little dropdown-type menu at the top of the page where you can read details about the project, and where the number for the museum is listed. Pro Tip: if you want to feel like you’re about to be sucked into some weird sort of atemporal vortex, try playing all the ringtones at once.

The ringtones are available for both iPhones and Androids, however iPhone users take note: these are actual ringtone files (.m4r extension), so the only way you can add them to your iTunes library is in the “Tones” section. It looks like the Android ringtone files are just MP3s though, so they might be addable in the traditional way to both types of phones. I’m really not sure, as I have no experience with Android phones since I am afraid of both robots and change. Either way, these hot tones are sure to impress your buddies when your boss or roommate calls you during that TED Talk.

Eco - Savage Suite ringtones:

Aerosol Smile
100%
Saint Prius
Ethno-Ambiguous
Diaspora Gecko
c7欗塑&_Facial&
Eco - Detergent
Botox
Earth Jump (Small Aboriginal Dreads)
Abs
Airbag
The Warming Planet
Dianetics
Bottled Rain Water
Dream Sushi
100% 2
Pollution Technique
CD Skip Glitch 2 _ Recycle Landfill

• James Ferraro: https://twitter.com/LIL_ICEBUNNY
• MoMA PS1: http://momaps1.org

RIP: Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, GWAR frontman

From Billboard:

The frontman for gore-loving heavy metal band Gwar has died. Police have confirmed earlier reports that Dave Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his Richmond, Va. home on Sunday evening. The singer was 50.

A Richmond police spokesperson told CBS 6 that a report of a deceased individual was made at approximately 6:53 p.m. ET. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home,” the statement reads. Foul play is not suspected at this time and officials are waiting for the Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death.

The band is expected to issue a statement later Monday.

Brockie formed Gwar in 1984 and was the last original member of the horror-inspired group. Band-members adopt outlandish, other-worldly characters like Beefcake the Mighty and Balsac the Jaws of Death, and their live concerts have become notorious for carrying out satirical scenes of blood-and-gore, often involving political or pop culture figures. The self-proclaimed “Scumdogs of the Universe” have released twelve studio albums, including last year’s “Battle Maximus,” and were nominated twice at the Grammys.

Statement from Jack Flanagan, GWAR’s manager:

It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.

• Oderus Urungus: http://www.oderus.com
• GWAR: http://www.gwar.net

Pitchfork Music Festival pulls back a consecutive curtain; full lineup includes DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Majical Cloudz, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Kelela, and more

As expected, the full (as opposed to partial) lineup for the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago has now been revealed. Apparently the people behind festivals like to release their lineups in gradual iterations so that publications like us are forced to report on each announcement for sake of max exposure, and because they naturally like to emphasize their headliners, who presumably take priority when it comes to initial booking. In this case, a scheduled performance from Jeff Mangum and his lactose-tolerant bandmates would’ve been more than enough to motivate the spectacled masses into Union Park, but in case of any remaining fence-straddlers…

What/whom you might not have known about Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: It includes Friday performances from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, SZA, Hundred Waters, and Isaiah Rashad. The Saturday schedule has been appended to include performances from Danny Brown, The Field, Kelela, Cloud Nothings, St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Empress Of, and Twin Peaks. And Sunday! When fatigue, as opposed to the recitation of gospels, will be the likely impulse to stay off your feet: Majical Cloudz will be there, along with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Real Estate, Hudson Mohawke, Earl Sweatshirt, Schoolboy Q, Jon Hopkins, Dum Dum Girls, Perfect Pussy, Deafheaven, Mutual Benefit, and Speedy Ortiz.

I’ve never been, so I hereby delegate all qualitative judgments to our esteemed News Editor and forced-by-threat-of-feather-tickling festival attendee, Squeo. Look for the man donning a traditional press hat and messily eating a fudgsicle. He’s wiser than you’ll ever know. Tickets/passes available at the link below.

• Pitchfork Music Festival: http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Wold, not interested in going out for ice cream, announce possible final album Postsocial

There was a word I was looking for upon my introduction to the Providence-based but Saskatchewan-bred Wold just now, but whatever came to mind was quickly supplanted by images of the inevitable result of leaving bread out in warm, moist temperatures for too long. No, wait. It’s coming back to me… not unlike the gradual proliferation of that mint-green fuzz on my blueberry muffins just days after I bought them. Where’s the consideration in having an expiration date a mere three days post-shelving? Who can live up to those digestive expectations?

The word is “enigma.” The band for whom one collective moniker just wasn’t enough have been getting on the bad side of eardrums for more than a decade, but April 29 will mark their “most-likely” culmination in the form of “most-likely” last LP Postsocial. And in the world of appropriate album titles, this one has the added qualities of swearing to the band’s philosophical inspiration, and of accurately summarizing their upcoming album-supporting activities… which are effectively nil.

As a press release proclaims, “there will be no interviews, live performances or get-togethers,” but for those interested in a Wold experience separate from grimacing while listening to Postsocial on your home speakers, some themes are offered up for contemplation: each track supposedly represents a point on the inverted star. The first two tracks deal with “exterior and interior violence,” respectively. The next two tracks further the inverted star metaphor, culminating in “ritualistic conjuration” and “copulation of the hag.” That last track is (unofficially) about puppy dogs.

An old-ish interview is below. I’m suddenly aware of my pleb status.

Postsocial tracklisting:

01. Throwing Star
02. Inner Space Infirmary
03. Five Points
04. Spiral Star Inversion
05. Sapphire Sect of Tubal Cain

• Wold: http://wold-klan.blogspot.com
• Profound Lore: http://www.profoundlorerecords.com

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