September 2, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Chris Black with Dawnbringer, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Canadian old-school thrash band Exciter will be playing the Defenders of the Old Festival III which goes down in Brooklyn at The Bell House on March 13 & 14, 2015 with the band's original lineup. Exciter hasn't played the US in 30 years. In addition to Exiter, the initial line-up also includes old-school US metal band The Rods, the like-minded October 31, and Montreal's retro doom-y band Cauchemar. No word on advance tickets yet, but stay tuned here and at the event's Facebook page for more developments.

In related news, Chris Black's High Spirits, the awesome Chicago retro metal band that earlier this year released the fantastic LP You Are Here. Black's better-known band Dawnbringer is releasing a new album this year, too, out on October 28 on Profound Lore. Dawnbringer recently shared "One-Eyed Sister" off of Night of the Hammer and you can listen to it in this post. As we've come to expect from Dawnbringer -- and, really, anything from Chris Black -- it's excellent and, on first listen, seemingly timeless.

Stream below...

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The good folks at guitar pedal shop Death by Audio have just announced their latest limited-edition artist collaboration: The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal. That's what it looks like (naked torso not included), above, and here's a description of what it does:

The Flaming Lips have worked with Death By Audio to design a truly unique effect capable of manipulating and transporting sound into exciting new dimensions. The circuit works by using a telephone decoding chip that is then squashed into a ring modulator comprised of specially matched diodes and custom wound transformers. This creates blooming, rich sounds ranging from warped tremolo staccatos to wild arpeggiator type sequences to alien fax machines hurled at the sun.

The Space Ring has knobs for Volume, Psychedelic Warp, and an XYZ switch that flips the carriers with the modulators to create more modulated insanity.
To hear what that actually sounds like, check out a video in this post. The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal is only available the month of September and comes with a poster designed by Wayne Coyne. The first 200 pedals are signed by the band -- order yours.

Previous DbA collaborations have included Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.

In other news, Lips side project Electric Wurmz released their album a couple weeks back, and Flaming Lips' song-by-song cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is due later this year.

The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal demo video below...

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Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.

RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...

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Jamie xx w/ The xx in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The annual NYU Mystery Concert takes place this Wednesday (9/3) at the Skirball Center, and the lineup is secret no more. It includes Jamie xx, Ghostface Killah and Ratking. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets will be available for free day-of via NYU Ticket Central on a first come, first served basis. The show is only open to NYU students.

Ratking and Ghostface are locals, but for Jamie xx, the show is part of a few other remaining US dates he has leading up to Hopscotch this weekend. He also played the first day of Electric Zoo this past weekend before it was shut down. All dates are listed below. He'll be back with The xx to play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit in November.

Ratking were also just announced as a support act on Run the Jewels' upcoming tour.

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by Bill Pearis

Dive Index

Will Thomas has been making music under the Dive Index moniker since the mid-'00s. His records are collaborative and he's worked with Mark Gardener (Ride), Ian Masters (Pale Saints), Roger Eno, Joseph Arthur and more. Dive Index's new album, Lost In The Pressure, will be out September 30 via Neutral Music. This one is a collaboration with Isaiah Gage (La Strada) and singer-songwriter Simone White (who has released albums on Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's label). Gage sings lead on new single, "A Person to Hide With," that recalls the low key grandeur of The Blue Nile. That song makes its premiere in this post.

Stream it, along with a couple other tracks from the new album, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

James and Mario in the studio (photo by Heather Harris)
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The Stooges guitarist James Williamson is releasing a solo album, Re-Licked, features "lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time" with an impressive list of guest lead singers, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.'s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album's due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records. Artwork and tracklist below.

"I'm Sick of You," which has The Orwells' Mario Cuomo on guest vocals, makes its premiere in this post. James says it "was one of the very earliest songs [he] wrote with Iggy back in around late 1970," and that they "played it live at the King's Cross Cinema Show while [they] were in London just before [they] recorded Raw Power." Mario's a good choice, considering Iggy seems like a big influence on him, and he gets his Danzig or his Jim Morrison on a bit for this one too. Check it out below.

The Orwells also have a previously discussed fall tour which hits NYC on October 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream, LP artwork, tracklist, and another pic from the recording session, below...

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New Order & Mute's Daniel Miller clink glasses, sign contract...
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Mute Records have signed New Order and will release the band's next album. Says label head Daniel Miller:

This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future
New Order are now labelmates with Depeche Mode, Erasure, Liars, and more. As for what to expect: in an interview with Consequence of Sound, singer Bernard Sumner has hinted that a James Murphy collaboration could be in their future. (DFA denies it, though.) Stay tuned.

In other news, Bernard Sumner will release an autobiography, titled Chapter And Verse, on September 25 via Transworld. And former bassist Peter Hook will soon be touring North America, playing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full.

by Bill Pearis

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Spanish artist Cráneo Prisma records under the name Holögrama, using synthesizers to accommodate "the most lysergic acid sounds and turn stained with nice melodies." It's also a little like Suicide (or Spacemen 3) but with a positive spin. Holögrama's debut album, Waves, will be out October 28 via Trouble in Mind and you can get an early taste via the blissed-out "In Your Head" which makes its premiere in this post. Stream it and check out album art and tracklist, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

PC Worship

NYC's PC Worship have been making noise around their hometown for years now, and their new album Social Rust is their most cleaned-up (and possibly best) album to date. It comes out next week (9/9) as a split release on Northern Spy and Dull Tools (their first for both labels), and throughout its running time touches on dark post-punk, psychedelic rock, and outsider folk, while still finding some time to keep their noisier roots intact. Fans of anything from Parquet Courts to The Young to Destruction Unit should check this out. The album stream premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

If you like what you hear you can pre-order the vinyl, and all vinyl pre-orders come with a free edition of the "PC Worship - Dead Rust" cassette, which features alternate versions of songs from Social Rust, recorded and produced by Ben Greenberg.

PC Worship also have a tour coming up which includes three previously discussed NYC shows. First they play Palisades on September 10 with Naomi Punk (tickets), then Death by Audio on September 26 with Dick Diver, Free Time and Guerilla Toss (no advance tickets); and finally they open for Parquet Courts with Blues Control on December 11 at Webster Hall (tickets).

All dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...

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DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)
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Death from Above 1979's long-awaited new album, The Physical World, is out next week (9/9) but the Canadian duo have offered up an early listen of the whole thing via iTunes. Next week, DFA1979 will be in NYC to play The Late Show with David Letterman on September 10 and while here will also play a special release show at Rough Trade on Monday, September 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon. The band will then be back in NYC as part of their fall tour with Biblical, hitting Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair.

If you're in Toronto this week, there will be a DFA1979 The Physical World: Pop Up Shop & Tattoo Parlour on September 3 & 4, ahead of this weekend's Riot Fest appearance. In addition to being able to pick the album -- and get some free ink -- the guys are promising surprise events. All tour dates are listed below.

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