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Like their Elephant 6 brethren Neutral Milk Hotel, the geniuses of Olivia Tremor Control are re-emerging. However, in their case, its with a full tour and brand new material! I guess there is something in the psychedelic air…
Listen to Olivia Tremor Control’s awesome new track “The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3″ and get tour dates on Pitchfork.
Also, do yourself a huge favor and pick up their 1999 album Black Foliage when it is reissued in November. It’s one of the best psych-pop records ever recorded in my opinion.
After five years of spreading world music to the masses, Awesome Tapes From Africa is finally launching a label. Starting this October, ATFA will re-issue select recordings to hold in your very own hands. Kicking off with an album from Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia called La Grande Contatrice Malienne Vol 3, the label plans to distribute LP, CD, and MP3 formats via SC Distribution– with 50% of the profits going to the artists (yes!).
In a new interview, Beach Boy AlJardine mentioned this small bit of news:
“Capitol Records plans to issue a Beach Boys version of Smile sometime this summer to begin the celebration of The Beach Boys’ anniversary. Smile is the Holy Grail for Beach Boys’ fans, so it will be good.”
“I don’t have many details on it, although we didn’t do any new recording. I’m happy to see it finally come out. Brian’s changed his mind about releasing the material, but it was inevitable, wasn’t it? (Al chuckles).”
Say whaaaa?Yes, we have the Brian Wilson Band/Van Dyke Parks collaboration that became SMiLE 2004, which re-worked the sessions into a fleshed-out, more coherent, 3-movement album. However, a re-mastered collection of all the original session would be amazing.
It’s a sad day for fans, myself included, of the UK electronic group Broadcast. Trish Keenan, the band’s enchanting lead singer has passed away. Here is the official statement from their label Warp:
“It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care.
Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.
This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly – a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace.”
Ever since their first Warp release, the singles collection Work and Non-Work, Broadcast has been one of my favorite bandswith their ability to write great songs AND push the boundaries of electronic pop. It was always a thrill to hear her sweet, dead-pan voice juxtaposed against innovative soundscapes. She will definitely be missed.
“Fever Ray, the synth-gloom project from the Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, does creepiness better than just about anyone else, and she does it with a certain cinematic flair; check her hair-raising videos for proof. And soon, Dreijer will bring that creepiness to the big screen.
In the trailer for Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke’s fairy tale re-imagining Red Riding Hood, you’ll hear a little piece of a new Fever Ray track. And according to Hardwicke herself, Dreijer Andersson will also appear in the movie.”
“Radiohead have thrown their support behind a fan-made live DVD, providing the hi-fi soundtrack to Czech film-makers’ amateur shots. The British band provided audio masters to the makers of Prague DVD, a DIY concert film shot on 23 August 2009…
“It’s a strangely communal document, collecting the viewpoints of more than 50 camera-people – each with a cheap handheld Flip camera. A group of Radiohead fans descended on the Výstaviště Holešovice exhibition hall in Prague to capture the band perform, using as many different angles as possible,” explain the film-makers.
“Radiohead reportedly love it, giving film-makers the soundboard recordings that would make or break the movie. If you manage to access the Prague DVD website, you can download the entire set for free, including a version for the iPhone. Czech Radiohead fans can even obtain a free CD. ‘Strictly not for sale,’ reads the site. ‘By the fans, for the fans. Please share and enjoy.’
Check out the trailer and a clip below. Pretty amazing stuff!
Congrats to Jon and Patrick of Sun Airway for landing a deal with the awesome label Dead Oceans (Bishop Allen, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band)! Their debut album, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, is a must-hear mix of ambient electronics and spacey psychedelia. Get a copy on 10/26 in the US and 1/11 in the UK.
Warp Records has confirmed that it will release a new album by ambient godfather/mega producer/art-rock legend Brian Eno later this year. Without Eno, works by some of Warp’s biggest names like Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada probably would not exist as we know them, so the pairing seems cosmically just. Sign up for more info about the Eno album here.
The news comes after Exclaim reported a blog post from guitarist Leo Abrahams, who wrote, “There’s an album out soon by Brian Eno, with myself and Jon Hopkins… It contains the fruits of several years of jams between the three of us. I’ve not heard anything quite like it– it sounds ‘live’ and ‘alien’ at the same time. Some things have been permitted to survive, which only Brian would have had the courage to let go, and it’s so much the better for it.” (The text has since been deleted from Abrahams’ site.)
Tim Berners-Lee? Larry Page and Sergey Brin? Mark Zuckerberg? Morons. Thankfully, one man (that man being Prince), is here to give us a much needed reality check. He explains to the Daily Mirror the fate of that little useless thing called the Internet:
“You must come and listen to the album,” he says. “I hope you like it. It’s great that it will be free to readers of your newspaper. I really believe in finding new ways to distribute my music.” He explains that he decided the album will be released in CD format only in the Mirror. There’ll be no downloads anywhere in the world because of his ongoing battles against internet abuses. Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.
He says: “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
Legendary electronic music pioneer Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, who passed away in 2005, has received a hoppy tribute — in the form of a new beer. Check it out:
“Asheville Brewing Company and the Bob Moog Foundation are proud to announce the launch of the limited edition Moog Filtered Ale, a pale beer named in honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. The beer will be available beginning May 27, 2010 at the Foundation’s fundraising event, Moogus Operandi featuring synthesizer wizard Erik Norlander. All profits from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation to benefit their projects. The beer is being released in conjunction with Bob’s May 23 birthday.
Moog Filtered Ale will be be distributed nationally and internationally in 22-ounce bottles through Asheville’s Bruisin’ Ales and will be available on tap in various locations throughout Western North Carolina. The beer will be sold from May 27 through July 31, after which it will no longer be available.” (Moog Foundation)
The brewery’s description:
“Moog Filtered Ale is an American-style pale ale with distinctive notes of caramel and pine. It’s a very accessible beer that reflects the Moog legacy. I’ve been a fan of Bob Moog since college, and I am excited to present a beer in honor of an American pioneer,” says Doug Riley, brewer and part owner of the Asheville Brewing Company.