Pornography. Synthesizers. Tampons. Screaming. Who can imagine the Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice season without them? Just as millions of people in cold places eagerly await to see if snow will arrive in time for a picturesque festive season, at least several hundred people are now breathlessly anticipating the release of a very special new Throbbing Gristle DVD. That's right, just in time for the holiday season, everybody's favorite industrial noise performance artists are putting out TGV, a DVD collection including footage of the band's 2004 reunion at London's Astoria Theatre as well as nine complete shows from the period between 1979-1981.
Feeling a little peace-on-earth-goodwill-toward-men emanating from our friends in Throbbing Gristle? Well, stop it! In an official press release, the band states that while you, the proud owner of the TGV DVD, may be getting an insane amount of footage, it's not exactly guaranteed to be on the level of a Merchant Ivory production. This is some raw Gristle! According to the band "the shows from 1979-81 were shot on a single VHS hand-held camera, often in poor lighting conditions, reflecting TG's guerrilla approach to live presentation, technology and documentation." So if you're in the market for a little noise this holiday season, TGV is available on December 24 from Spacelab Music.
Throbbing Gristle live show footage and more:
Recording Heathen Earth at the Industrial Records Studios, Martello St.
Rafters Club, Manchester
The Lyceum, London
Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco
The Derek Jarman film 'Psychic Rally in Heaven' London
Andrew Wheatley ?s film of the Cabinet Gallery Exhibition 'TG24'
Footage of a rehearsal at Mute Studios in February 2004
RE~TG at the Astoria Theatre
All Tomorrow?s Parties at Camber Sands
So, I was with a friend the other day, sitting around reading zines and listening to Television Personalties and Huggy Bear, when suddenly he's like,
"Have you heard Rye Rye?"
"She's on an MIA song?"
He put on her 12-inch of "Shake It to the Ground" and I immediately crapped my pants. Crapped. My. Pants. But seriously, have you heard Rye Rye on the remix of "Paper Planes"? It's pretty ripping, but also ripping are her other songs. "Shake It to the Ground" and "WASSUP WASSUP" are A-fucking-mazing -- they kind of blow my mind. I mean, fierce teenage girl rapping over minimal beats? Uuuuhhhhh yeah!
And MIA? Also pants-crappingly awesome. Do you need to be
If you don't happen to live in the UK, at least take advantage of the internet and go check out the hitssssssssssss.
Hitting it off after being introduced to one another at SXSW, Andy & Mr. Lee Perry have been, by all accounts, working on an album together, laying down what's undoubtedly going to be some of the sickest party music anyone has ever heard ever. Known as Repentance, the album's sessions began in Anaheim, CA before moving to New York City for laying down vocals and then to Jamacia for mixing. Ari Up of The Slits and David Tibet of Current 93 are both contributing vocals to the album, and despite the presence of many more talented artists, everyone's favorite motivational speaker/former Wolf Eyes member Andrew W.K. remains as the primary producer ("Scratch" retains the title of "co-producer").
Repentance is to be released on Narnack Records, temporary home to the likes of The Fall, XBXRX, and Yellow Swans, sometime next spring. Why not?
Beastie Boys Radio Is Back! First Show Airs… A Few Days Ago. Sorry. Well They’re Putting Out a New DVD and Heading Back to the Studio, If That Makes You Feel Any Better
I really meant to tell you about the radio show. I was thinking about it in the shower, and I wanted to write it down. But then I started thinking about that new Beastie Boys DVD, then about the Daft Punk movie, then about how I want to buy a vocoder, and then about how ugly Auto-Tune sounds. By the time I got out of the shower, Beastie Boys Radio had completely slipped my mind. Then I slipped on the bathmat and hurt my groin.
Well, I’m sorry you missed it, because it was really good. The theme for the show was “dance songs,” primarily featuring songs with titles like “Do The Dog” (The Specials version) or “Do The Kick Back” (by JJ Williams). But they also played M.I.A.’s “Bird Flu,” a couple of Rufus Thomas tracks, and a cover of “Monster Mash” by The Misfits. Pretty much everything they played was great, but the best part were the interludes with the boys themselves. Those dudes are so funny, could listen to a two-hour show of them talking. Oh yeah, the show was two hours long.
If it makes you feel any better, I tried to record it. But I couldn’t get the software to work, so I had to install a plug-in. But the plug-in was too new, so I had to upgrade the software. But my stolen serial number didn’t work with the new version of the software. Then I slipped on my laptop and hurt my groin.
The good news is you can catch them next week, and indefinitely after that. The show airs Tuesdays from 4-6 PM EST on littleradio.com. Oh, you’ll probably still be at work at four. I guess I could try to record it for you, since I’ll be home on disability leave for my multiple groin injuries anyway.
Oh shit! I almost forgot! One of the Beastie Boys let slip that they’ll be heading back to the studio soon! Already! You should have been listening! Right, sorry.
Oh hey, it looks like some guy recorded the show and you can download it for free. Cool.
Racism nowadays tends to articulate itself in racist manifestations, rather than through overt racism. The psychological effects of centuries of racial subjugation and discrimination can't easily be washed away through legislation or by policing oneself to withhold racist thoughts, so it's often the case that racism acts increasingly on a subconscious level and is then expressed in more subtle ways. But with a weak enough education system and a culture that often reinforces rather than defies stereotypes, it's no wonder that an Allston, MA soundman's racist remarks could offend rapper Busdriver to the point of immediately leaving Harpers Ferry, the venue in which he was scheduled to perform on November 13.
Regan Farquhar, a.k.a. Busdriver, told the following story to The Phoenix:
Here’s how it started. I settled into the venue and, yeah, I was tired from driving all day. So the soundman approaches me and asks me what’s on the tech rider — you know, what we’re going to need for cords and microphones. I gave him a lose explanation and then sent him to my tech guy, Matt Alsberg also known as Antimc, who did a [tour diary for TMT earlier this year]. And I went upstairs to have something to eat. My tech guy tells him what we’re going to need and the soundman turns to him and says ‘Good thing there’s a white guy on your crew.’ Or something like that.
[After asking Alsberg for the quote again] He actually said, ‘That’s why you gotta have a white guy on your crew.’ Matt asked him to repeat it, and he repeated it. He even went on to say that they had hired like six blacks or something, but that they couldn’t hack it so they had to let them go. I mean, he was implying that because of the color of their skin, they couldn’t wrap their minds around anything technical. So Matt texted me all this and that was it. We walked in, packed up, and left. The manager seemed to feel bad but the point is that this sound guy didn’t see anything wrong with what he said. And that was the problem.
In a letter to Busdriver, Antimc, and Daedelus (the three acts scheduled to perform that night), Harpers Ferry's general manager Andrew Dolan apologized and reiterated the club's zero-tolerance policy for "such behavior." The soundman was apparently fired the next morning and a staff meeting was held the following week regarding "racial sensitivity and appropriate behavior." He ended the letter by saying "words cannot describe how sorry I am and I hope that you do not think ill upon Harpers Ferry as I can assure that what happened is not us and who we are as a club and staff. I welcome you guys back any time in the future to show you what a great venue and staff that we do have here."
Speaking to TMT, Antimc/Matt Alsberg wanted to point out that, despite what happened at this particular venue, they have good friends and have played good shows in Boston. "We hope it isn't something that prevents us from going back there. Hopefully we'll be back through in the future and everyone can come through and have a good time"
12.06.07 - Marseille, France - La Friche Belle de Mai
12.08.07 - Paris, France - Aquaboulvard
12.11.07 - Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine
12.21.07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (with Antimc and Daedelus)
12.16.07 - Eagle Rock, CA - Eagle Rock Center - LA Record X-Mas Party
12.21.07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (with Busdriver and Daedelus)
12.06.07 - Miami, FL - Upper Eastside Garden
12.08.07 - Athens, GA - Next to Last Fast
12.14.07 - Phoenix, AZ - Stray Cat Lounge
12.21.07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour (with Busdriver and Antimc)
Oh, hello America. I didn't hear you come in.
I'd like to talk to you fine people tonight about something near and dear to all of our hearts: music.
But not just any music. Honest music. Honest music for honest FOLKS. Well, my friends, that's what seminal indie/alternative wonderwoman Kim Deal is all about. A lot of frontwomen today might try to excite and confuse the voting public with rail-thin bodies, disarming twee-asian accents, timely incontinence, or so-called "good voices," but not my friend Kim. No sir, she isn't out to "trick" America with bells, whistles, hotpants, and hairdos. She doesn't go in for any of that malarkey. She just makes records. Good records. Honest records that are made IN America, BY Americans, and FOR Americans. And THAT, good people, is why my friends and I here at TMT are proud to support KIM DEAL FOR PRESIDENT in 2008.
Oh sure, America, my friend Kim Deal might not have any "knowledge" of the American political system. She might have spent the last several years "touring" with known rock band "The Pixies" instead of campaigning for any sort of public office whatsoever. She may not have any "credentials" or fancy "bachelor's degrees." But I'll tell you what she DOES have: a BRAND NEW Breeders record, her first since Title TK back in the 2002 election, titled Mountain Battles, set for release April 8, 2008 (April 7 for all of our friends in the United Nations' beautiful Countries) via 4AD.
And don't look now, ladies and gentlemen, but even known-patriot Steve Albini has come out in support of Mrs. Deal and her campaign team (consisting once again of kid-sister and speech-writer Kelley Deal, joke- writer Jose Medeles, and mud-slinger Mando Lopez), having tracked much of Mountain Battles PERSONALLY at Electrical Audio in Chicago. My stars, what an endorsement!
So don't miss MY FRIEND Kim Deal and The Breeders on the campaign trail in 2008! And wouldn't you know it, their schedule even includes stops at Canadian Music Week, SXSW and Coachella, plus full [campaign] tours of the U.S. and Europe. And when you go to the polls/record store next April 18, remember that a vote for Kim Deal and her Breeders is a vote for:
Paid for by Citizens for Deal.
Some people believe the year 2012 will bring about great changes for those of us dwelling here on planet Earth. From alien buffs to Mayan calendar devotees to the London Olympics planning committee, there can be no doubt that millions of people all over the world are expecting something utterly astonishing and life-altering to occur. And while predictions about what exactly will occur in 2012 may differ, each theory is united by one underlying quality... that of being totally, completely wrong.
I'm not trying to harsh on the people hoping for the awakening of an enlightened global consciousness. This could very well happen, but much sooner than the sages have predicted and for a much different reason! You see, in a recent Billboard interview, Kevin Haskins, drummer for seminal goth-rock acts Love and Rockets and Bauhaus, has revealed the release date for the brand new and final Bauhaus studio album!!! The album, titled Going Away White, is due for digital and CD release on March 4, 2008, on the band's Bauhaus Music imprint via Redeye Distribution. Clearly this piece of information had been overlooked by the ancient Mayans, or they would have made some very different predictions.
The historical significance of this event is indisputable. Bauhaus reunited in 2005 for a performance at the Coachella music festival and later went on to spread the good word of goth around the world. The band went to work in the studio "with nothing prepared," but is now excited to release an album Haskins says will fit comfortably within the Bauhaus oeuvre. Unfortunately, Bauhaus will not be touring in support of the record. "We were getting along really well, but there was an incident that occurred," Haskins cryptically explained to Billboard.com. "Some of us just felt that we didn't want to carry on as a working unit."
Going Away White includes the new tracks "Adrenaline" and "Endless Summer of the Damned," which Bauhaus first showcased on their 2006
tour with Nine Inch Nails. I hope that you'll agree with me that based
on this news, and a careful numerological analysis of the song titles, mankind can now expect a truly momentous event to occur in 2008, and
not in 2012 as many people have incorrectly predicted. It will be on March 4, 2008 when we can expect a brilliant awakening. The signs may not be obvious, but when the streets become crowded with more and more people dressed entirely in black, when radio once again resounds with the swirling guitars of Bauhaus, we will all know that the world has become a better, if darker place.
Going Away White tracklist:
Listen, I talked to Arthur and he said... Yu hadn't even heard about the tour? Were Yu kidding when Yu told him that? He said he assumed Yu were at first, but that Yu kept saying weird stuff, like "Listen, I'm not Yu... I mean I like your music, the music you and Yu make, I've listened to this year's In Camera (TMT Review) quite a bit, but that doesn't make me part of the band. Please stop calling me." Are Yu reading the transcript of what Yu said to Arthur? Are Yu embarrassed? Because Yu're making almost no sense. Like, I get it. I get that the pressure of being in a band, combined with the pressure of opening for Iron and Wine, is making Yu look for an escape, an easy way out. But I'm telling Yu, just as my grandparents told me: if Yu don't try something new every once in a while, Yu'll never discover how much Yu're capable of.
And I'm being honest when I tell Yu that Yu have an incredible amount of talent, so it makes me sad to see Yu acting like this. I've heard In Camera just like the others, and with an album like that behind Yu, all these doubts and evasions are ridiculous. Look me in the eye: Yu are a singular musician. Now get Yur gear packed, stop throwing Yur hands up and shaking Yur head like Yu can't believe that I would be sincere or something, and show the world all Yu've learned throughout Yur rigorous musical training.
Arthur & Yu & Iron & Wine & Audience:
I know what you're thinking. The New England Patriots are monsters. Going for it on fourth down when they already have an insurmountable lead. Keeping Tom Brady in the game to push for a margin of victory over 50 points. Etc. etc. What willll they do next? The thing is, this is just what the NFL needs. No one wants to watch the squeaky-clean white bread Colts win again. Snooze Bowl XLII. Yeah Peyton Manning is funny in those Mastercard commercials (or whatever it is he's advertising), but he is boring. And Marvin Harrison, maybe he's one of the best, but come on, he's lame. Bob Sanders, their supposed feared defensive dood is the only potential scare factor, and even he is inconsistent. So give me the Patriots, give me the Mötley Crüe of football. It is just too bad Tom Brady is so cute.
Now, I really know what you're thinking. What does any of this have to do with Black Mountain? Well, I am a bit of a rebel, much like my partners the Patriots. Keep it on the ‘dl,’ but I got a sneak peak of this album, and it's pretty fucking good. So good I plan to buy it, the ‘it’ being In the Future (released on Jagjaguwar, based out of my home state Indiana!) on January 22, 2008 when it is officially released.
If my telepathic trend is continuing on point, I know, yet again, what you are thinking. What if I can't wait to hear the new stuff? Well, my dedicated readers, no need to worry. Black Mountain are much nicer than the Patriots and have scheduled a handful of shows out west. We can only assume their reluctance to venture east is because of The New England Patriots. Though, as I have already made it clear, the bad guys are a necessity. They are essentially pushing us for the American Dream. How you ask? Yeah, I really don't know; I just thought that'd sound good. What?
Fourth and one. Go for it!
Tonight, they play the Portishead-curated ATP, in February they play:
$ Howlin' Rain
Universal Music Group Proves To Us Once More That It Ain’t Givin’ Up On Its War Against The Internet By Barring UMG Artists on MySpace From Posting Full-length Versions Of Their Songs
Universal Music Group is hellbent on sedating the inevitable. Time and time again, it never ceases to deliver when it comes to conservatism/ignorance. Whether it's intolerance of file-sharing or the inability to give up on DRM, the group is always stirring up trouble that only hurts and embarrasses itself.
One of the newest and more questionable actions from UMG is exemplified in a message sent from Universal artist, Colbie Caillat. In this message, Colbie apologizes to her fans by writing:
Due to circumstances beyond my control I have to swap the songs out on my [MySpace] page for 90 second versions instead of full length versions. In fact some of the songs have already been swapped as I write this.
That's right, Colbie Calliat and every other Universal artist are now prohibited from posting full-length versions of "their" songs on any third-party site that is not directly affiliated and/or in a contract with UMG. According to the The Listening Post, this policy has been in motion for several months now.
Silly Universal. Will you ever learn?