David Tibet Hastens His Precious Apocalypse with a Truly Diabolical Group of Collaborators for Current 93’s Upcoming Album
“Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth.”
-- Revelation 12:3-4
It literally takes zero effort to find some badass apocalyptic passage from the Book of Revelation. Just crack open a Bible, flip to any old page of its last book, close your eyes, and point a finger anywhere on the page -- BOOM! Instant Tolkien fan fiction, written by God’s own hand! But for Current 93 's David Tibet, multi-headed, star-wiping dragons are the least of humanity’s problems come Armageddon time. According to Current 93 lore, upon the arrival of the end of days, thunderous bloodbells will chime murder as sky-eating ships devour reality itself until Lucifer at last descends on London and wages war on the judged. Oh man, the Apocalypse is so gonna have some fuckin’ sack.
So does Current 93’s music provoke Armageddon or merely anticipate it? Has David Tibet spent his career taunting and smacking the Beast on the nose with a rolled up newspaper until it finally unleashes hell on earth, or has he actually been building rock ’n’ roll’s most impenetrable theological bomb shelter? Deconstructing Tibet’s apocalyptic intentions is nigh impossible, but after reading the list of collaborators for Current 93’s first studio album in three years Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain, I have a feeling that Tibet is purposefully baiting God to pull the plug on existence. I mean, just check out a few of these names: electronics/glands wizard Steve Stapleton (Nurse with Wound), punishing guitarist Matt Sweeney (Superwolf, Zwan), renowned partier and motivational speaker Andrew W.K., drummer Alex Neilson (The Red Krayola), and your very favorite porn star Sasha Grey on vocals. How could such an unholy assemblage not incite the heavenly choirs to trumpet their deathly song upon this waking world? Well, I guess we’ll find out May 18 when the album comes out on Jnana Records. Enjoy the next few days of existence, folks. God bless!
1. Invocation of Almost
3. On Docetic Mountain
4. 26 April 2007
5. Aleph is the Butterfly Net
6. Not Because the Fox Barks
8. As Real as Rainbows
According to our buddies at Billboard, The Flaming Lips' next release will be a double album, and it's called Stay in Touch with the Samsung Eternity! Actually, no title has yet been released for the At War with the Mystics follow-up (though, The "At War With the Mystics" Follow-Up would be a pretty sweet title), but it's exciting to know that The Lips will be finally tackling their first double album. If any major label artist deserves to spread its music across two albums, it's The Flaming Lips. Hell, they've already done a four-discer!
Crazy man Wayne Coyne tells Billboard that 13 tracks have been written so far, with eight or nine more expected. The double album is tentatively slated for release later this summer on Warner Bros.. It sounds freaky too:
"I think with this there was an element of accidentally stumbling upon more spontaneous sort of freak-out stuff," Coyne tells Billboard. "We were sitting at (drummer) Steven's house and we just started out having these freak-out jam sessions where he'd play drums and I'd play bass and we just would sort of do freaky stuff. Some of those recordings, even though they're not recorded very well, really had a spontaneity about them that we probably wouldn't have purposely done.
So we just went with some of that and use those as sort of the bedrock of what we'd do later on with overdubs and lyrics and stuff like that. It sounds very exciting."
If you live in a place that has seasons (Santa hats on cacti still don't look right to me), you've probably rolled your window down and cranked the ol' "radio" up. Band of Horses is one of those great summertime bands, and my friend's wish to live in this video for their oldie-but-goodie is well justified.
That is all.
06.10.09 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
06.11.09 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
06.12.09 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
06.14.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.16.09 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
06.17.09 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
06.18.09 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
08.05.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
08.30.09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.01.09 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
09.02.09 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
09.04.09 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.05.09 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre
Rhys Chatham Looking for Guitarists To Perform A Crimson Grail, Posts Ad on Message Boards, Gets Called Out For Posting In The Wrong Section After Posting In The “Looking For Artists” Section Instead of the “Looking For Musicians” Section
Last August, we saw the cancellation of the U.S. premier of composer Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail (TMT Review) due to weather problems (TMT Feature). This year, Chatham -- who recently collaborated with Karole Armitage on Drastic Classicism (TMT Feature) and writes horoscopes (TMT News) -- has decided to take a second chance and is on a search again for 200 guitarists. The original performance, commissioned by the city of Paris in 2005, included 400 guitarists, though Chatham has shrunk it down to 200 and also made a few changes to better suit its location at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park. The performance will take place August 8, 2009.
Check out the requirements below to see if have what Rhys is looking for, and be sure to get your application in by June 15. You can find more information here.
Requirements for performing in A Crimson Grail:
1. It is necessary to be a competent guitarist with at least a rudimentary comprehension of standard musical notation. A bit of basic music reading is involved to be able to perform. All musicians participating will be assigned to one of four sections, each of which will have their parts provided in simple written notation and textual instructions, and explained by section leaders.
2. You must be able to commit to attending all three rehearsals, and all 12 hours of rehearsal time. Rehearsals will be held at a Manhattan location to be announced later, tentatively scheduled for 6 to 10pm on each of the following days: Wednesday, August 5, Thursday, August 6, and Friday August 7.
3. This may sound obvious, but you must be able to commit to attending a day-long rehearsal/sound check and the performance on Saturday, August 8. The approximate performance time for A Crimson Grail is 7:30 pm, on a multi-artist show that begins at 7pm. You and your equipment will need to be in place prior to the start of the concert. The piece is approximately 60 minutes in length. The performance is outdoors, with guitarists on the perimeter of Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.
4. Each guitarist must bring his or her own equipment for all rehearsals and performance. This must include: an electric guitar or bass of good quality that stays in tune; a good quality amp (having a power rating of not less than 50 watts); a guitar jack (20 foot minimum); a guitar strap; a digital guitar tuner; a guitar stand; and a string changer. At the composer's request, you will need to re-string your guitar, guitar strings provided by Lincoln Center.
Please note the following restrictions: No acoustic guitars. No hollow body electrics. No vibrato or whammy bars.
5. Sorry, but no beginners. Professional and semi-professional musicians will be given preference over amateurs.
6. This is an all-volunteer event. Due to the size and scale of the event, there are no fees or expense reimbursements for participating guitarists. The experience of being part of a once-in-a-lifetime performance…priceless.
My additional requirements:
1. Your guitar must have at least 5 strings on it (Yeah I know you think its artsy to only use 4 strings but we draw the limit at 1 missing string. OK.)
2. No Pete Townsend windmills.
3. You must have absolutely no knowledge or have ever once played the following songs on guitar: "Stairway to Heaven," "Freebird," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Iron Man," "Dueling Banjos," "Back In Black," and "Louie, Louie."
4. Must not have a subscription to Guitar Player or Guitar World.
5. Finally, you must look cool on stage.
Yet further evidence that these days a band's gotta move to Brooklyn or starve, Sub Pop junior label Hardly Art has just signed Atlanta/Memphis/Austin-via-Brooklyn group Golden Triangle. The sextet has been described as a "super fucked-up version of the B-52s," which makes sense with its mixed-gender players.
The band has been furiously touring over the last year with King Khan and The Shrines, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and Deerhunter, and they're keeping it up this spring and summer by continuing with dates opening for cult Brit group the Homosexuals. Golden Triangle plans to go into the studio soon to record its Hardly Art debut, which can be expected to drop in early 2010.
05.12.09 - New York, NY - Southpaw
06.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
06.18.09 - Montreal, QC - TBA
06.19.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Velvet Underground
06.20.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Yonge Dondas Square
06.20.09 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Silver Dollar
07.15.09 - New York, NY - Cameo Gallery
07.25.09 - New York, NY - Soto Velez Center (FREE BEER!)
It’s a sad, sad day when the official birthday celebration for a deceased punk rock icon is being sponsored by a hair dye product that is synonymous with Hot Topic stores, but hopefully the 14 year olds who actually use Manic Panic to dye their greasy locks bright blue will be too busy reading Twilight to attend this year’s Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
To honor what would have been Ramone’s 58th birthday, his Birthday Bash is being held Tuesday, May 19 at The Fillmore New York, at Irving Plaza. Fans will be treated to an advance listen of rough mixes of never-before-heard Ramone solo recordings. A full album of solo material is currently being readied by various producers and is slated for a posthumous release by the end of this year. The Bash will also feature headlining sets from Fishbone and Supersuckers (apparently it’s the mid-90s all over again), in addition to performances by The Friends of Joey (featuring Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir, Ivan Julian, George Tabb, Al Maddy, and Mickey Leigh), Death, Rough Francis (featuring Tommy Ramone), Bebe Buell, and Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. Matt Pinfield is set to emcee the entire event (not like he has anything else going on).
Tickets are available in advance for $25 ($30 day of show) at the Fillmore box office, or you can get them right here. For more information, visit Joey Ramone’s official website. Net proceeds from the Bash go to support the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.
Poor Barack Obama, getting all hung up on the fact that Spanish courts recently ruled that personal file-sharing is legal, and that file-sharing sites that don’t profit from copyright infringement are also protected under the law. As anyone with an internet connection knows, the United States is all like “Dude, you can’t download that torrent of the new Wolverine movie,” and they feel that Spain should adopt similar laws.
Why the big push on anti-piracy laws for Spain and not other foreign countries? Well, according to Torrent Freak, “Spain has one of the worst file-sharing problems in the world. The U.S. claims it is consistently among the top five worst countries in terms of overall downloads and that it regularly takes the top position for movie downloads per capita.” Damn, I guess Spaniards love Hugh Jackman too. The music industry is also suffering in Spain, with around two billion tracks illegally downloaded in 2008, up 80% from 2007.
Obama is hoping Spain will curb illegal file-sharing by “…includ[ing] an agreement between ISPs and copyright holders to prevent infringing content [from] being available on the Internet and should include ‘the immediate and effective implementation of graduated response three strikes procedures.’” Basically what all that legal bullshit boils down to is that Obama wants Spain to change their laws supporting file-sharing and punish citizens through a “three strikes procedure.” Come on, Barack, you mean to tell me that all the music on your iPod was paid for? I sent you a Mediafire link to the Veckatimest leak back in March, dude!
Insound Reissues Limited Ramones and Replacements 7-Inches: A Treasure for Collectors and Sea-Faring Pirates Alike
Ahoy there maties! Here be treasure far greater than ye olde doubloons, fair wenches, and Jamaican spiced rum. Perhaps ye've heard tell of two mythic 7-inch records -- one by The Ramones (the California Sun EP), the other by some blokes by the name of The Replacements (I'll Be You). Now many a landlubber hath said that such things are no longer possible to find, whether by lawful purchase, pillage, or plunder. Them landlubbers be wrong.
Take a gander at this map here, ya scurvy dogs. Just past this sea monster here and this island a' singing harpies lies a smooth passage through The Internet. Destination: Insound.com. For Insound hath made a proclamation that they'll be reissuing a batch o' these prized 7-inches, limited to 1,000 total. Aye, ye slavering fiends, they'll have the original artwork and be pressed on premium vinyl. They're available for pre-order right now, and if me pirate senses serve me right, they'll be shippin' out even before the June 9 release date.
This be a fine treasure, there's no doubtin' that. California Sun's been out of print for over 30 years, havin' been originally released in 1976. Collectors be salivating over this one, for it contains both ye olde title track, but also "I Don't Want to Walk Around With You," which were recorded live at The Roxy in 1976, and yon B-side, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." The Replacements release is no less of a pearl. From the 1989 studio album Don't Tell a Soul, this previously out-of-print lil' gem has the non-LP track "Date to Church" with a guest appearance by the fabled Tom Waits. Arrrr, Tom Waits. Pass the rum, ye blubberin' infidels, and set course -- Insound, ho!
When Meat Loaf Declared That “Objects in the Rear-View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are,” the Object He Was Talking About Was Bon Iver, Who Will Be in Everyone’s Rear-View Mirror This Summer
For a man so synonymous with winter -- from his perpetually frozen nostril icicles to his chosen chilly Francophone stage name, Bon Iver -- Justin Vernon couldn’t work better than when playing under summer’s setting sun for a mellowed festival throng. He knows it too, as his 2009 May-August live schedule is chock full of outdoor dates EVERYWHERE. Blink once and catch him sampling England’s mammoth gatherings. Blink twice and the bearded wunderkind is playing a Euro destination like Germany or Norway, Sweden or Belgium. Blink thrice and he’s bustin’ acoustic moves to an appreciative American crowd. The man and his band give and give and only ask for polite applause in return. That’s what we call “dedication” in the biz, folks (like I’d know anything about that…). The least you could do is respond in kind by going to see Bon Iver this summer. The fun begins tonight in Dennis, MA with a couple of shows at its Cape Cinema venue before Vernon and co. venture overseas, then back to the U.S., then back across the Atlantic once again, then home for a rest and one October date in Austin.
Shiver me timbers and me frosted tips:
05.11.09 - Dennis, MA - Cape Cinema
05.12.09 - Dennis, MA - Cape Cinema
05.15.09 - Minehead, England - All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlins Holiday Centre
05.18.09 - Brighton, England - Brighton Festival, Dome #
05.19.09 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
05.20.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
05.23.09 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.06.09 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay $
06.07.09 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse $
06.08.09 - Orlando, FL - Plaza $
06.09.09 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution $
06.10.09 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theater $
06.13.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival 2009
06.30.09 - London, England - Hyde Park, Serpentine Sessions
07.09.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series %
07.11.09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
07.14.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Grenada Theatre ^
07.16.09 - Fresno, CA - Tower Theatre ^
07.18.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery ^
07.25.09 - Dorset, England - Camp Bestival
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza, Grant Park
08.12.09 - Oslo, Norway - OYA Festival 2009
08.14.09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.15.09 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop
08.16.09 - Leicester, England - Summer Sundae
08.20.09 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.21.09 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands 2009
08.22.09 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park
10.03.09 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
# The Acorn
$ Elvis Perkins in Dearland
% Jenny Lewis
^ Justin Vernon with The Indigo Girls
Mario Speedwagon’s Under The Radar News Round Up: Starlight Mints To Release New Album, Double Dagger To Tour, John Vanderslice Also Heads Out On Tour, REM Reissue Reckoning
Hey chumps, here’s the weekly roundup.
- Oklahoma’s Starlight Mints will release a new album, Change Remains, on July 21 (digitally June 9) via Barsuk Records. They’ll also be on tour this summer, starting out in Kansas City at Record Bar June 4 and ending in Birmingham, AL at Bottletree June 29. For a list of all their dates, check out their MySpace page. (Thanks to TMT reader, Penny!)
- Baltimore dudes Double Dagger are heading out on tour in support of their new record MORE. Shit kicks off at Baltimore, MD at the Floristree Space May 22 and continues, off-and-on, until July 11 in Cleveland, OH at Now That’s Class. Head over to the Thrill Jockey website for a full list of dates.
- John Vanderslice is also heading out on tour this summer in support of his new jam Romanian Names, out May 19 via his new home Dead Oceans. The ’Slice will be hitting the road with The Tallest Man on Earth (the cuddly Swede, not the actual tallest man on earth, which would be kind of awesome). His tour starts in Merced, CA at the Partisan May 17 and ends June 30 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA. There are a few festival dates after. You can check out a whole mess of dates at the Dead Oceans website.
- R.E.M.’s second record Reckoning will be reissued June 23 as part of a two-disc edition for the 25th anniversary. The Deluxe edition includes the original album remastered plus a bonus second disc of an unreleased live show recorded in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom on July 7, 1984. But wait! There’s more. Not only can you get all that stuff, but also both Reckoning and Murmur will be reissued on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. For more information, head over to REM HQ (yes, head quarters).