Wednesday, October 31, 2007

DFA Records Offer Free Music For November

As long as your willing to cough up some modest and not so forthright personal information, DFA Records is giving you the chance to download two songs and one video, for free through 7Digital.

The songs are radio session tracks from Prinzhorn Dance School and Shocking Pinks and a video of LCD Soundsystem playing "Us Vs Them" live in Manchester.

The download option expires on November 30th.

Gold Standards Labs: R.I.P.

It always a sad day when a fellow lab of the experimental musical variety closes, and with that introduction, it should be said that Gold Standard Labs has decided to shut its doors.

On Monday, they made the following announcement from the GSL web site, "In recent years, we've experienced the onset of factors that have seriously limited our ability to maintain what we feel is the essence of the label; the experimental attitude and artistic freewheeling of times past are simply no longer sustainable. Rather than compromise our goals and beliefs, or allow our course to be charted by financial constraint and an industry in flux, we've decided the time has come for GSL to cease releasing new music, and to close this chapter of our story."

The current home of bands like Dmonstrations, The Mars Volta, Sabertooth Tiger, as well as being the past home to Arab On Radar, GoGoGo Airheart, XBXRX, and a long list of bands.

The announcement went on to say "The experimental attitude and artistic freewheeling of times past are simply no longer sustainable. Rather than compromise our goals and beliefs, or allow our course to be charted by financial constraint and an industry in flux, we've decided the time has come for GSL to cease releasing new music, and to close this chapter of our story."

Don't worry, the back catalog will always be available at Redeye Distribution/

Friday, October 12, 2007

Trent Reznor Announces Nine Inch Nails Remix Album Titled Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D

Trent Reznor recently announced he was taking Nine Inch Nails down the path of freedom by being label free, and he quickly followed with the news of a new remix album that will feature the likes of saul williams, ladytron, bill laswell, the faint, and more on a release called Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D.

He'll release for download through Amazon, Vinyl, and a CD / DVD package, as well as offering pre-formatted tracks for GarageBand, Ableton Live and Wave files for people to remix on their own. Hold on to your hats, people, he's just getting going with this not being tied to a label thing.

Here's what Trent Reznor said about it on the Nine Inch Nails web site"I can make this easy for you: if you just want to hear the tracks as cheaply as possible, get it digitally. The highest fidelity will likely be Amazon (through legal means). If you want something that's aesthetically cool and will enhance any collection, get the vinyl. Trust me, it looks great. The extra tracks are fairly minor embellishments to the whole (and surely someone will upload them instantly). If you want higher quality tracks legally, a nice package AND a complete multitrack of the whole record, get the physical CD / DVD ROM."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Vashti Bunyan Does Live Bit on BBC

Now in the midst of the big PR tour for upcoming album release of Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, Vashti Bunyan made a recent appearance on BBC's Radio 6, recording 3 acoustic tracks for the Freak Zone show.

You can check out an archived version at the BBC web site.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Pitchfork to curate All Tomorrow's Parties

Just in from the All Tomorrow's Parties people -- Pitchfork will curate the 2008 Spring version of All Tomorrow's Parties in the Spring of next year.

They'll bill it as ATP vs. Pitchfork, meaning that both camps will split up the picking of the bands. The festival happens May 9-11 at Camber Sands Holiday Park (in the U.K.), and has announced some initial bands, with more to come:

Pitchfork's choices so far:
Of Montreal
Man Man
Los Campesinos!
Glass Candy
Dirty Projectors

ATP's choices so far:
Pissed Jeans
Fuck Buttons

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

MP3: Clipd Beaks Sign to LovePump United

Dark and scary and of this earth. Ladies and gentlemen, with Clipd Beaks, I give you the first band offering worthy of the Fall season. The music is actually more experimental than scary, and scary might be a bit of a strong word, but the band uses subconscious themes to a devastating effect, and the power of that sound might freak you out.

Real drums, analogue synth, lots of creativity and some lo-fi samples of found sounds get thrown together into a heady vortex of sound and cacophony and chaos. Occasionally they bring the music back into to order, just so they can make it all crazy again, you know? The back and forth is nice.

They recently signed to LovePump United to release their upcoming album Hoarse Lords on November 6th.

MP3: Clipd Beaks

Clipd Beaks: Hoarse Lords Track List:
Release Date: November 6th, 2007
01 Melter
02 Wrathscapes
03 Manipulator
04 High on Charms
05 Hoarse Lords
06 We Will Bomb You (We Will)
07 Woo Melodies
08 Black Glass
09 Let It Win

Monday, October 1, 2007

MP3: Phosphorescent

The soon to be released album Pride by Phosphorescent is starting to make waves. Matthew Houck et al will make their way out on the road starting on October 10th for a smattering of tour dates. There's also an MP3 of A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise available online from the upcoming album. It comes out on October via the label Dead Oceans.

MP3: Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent Tour Dates:
10/09/07 Grantham, PA - Larsen Student Union, Messiah College
10/10/07 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10/11/07 Scranton, PA - Test Pattern
10/12/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
10/13/07 Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
10/14/07 Chicago, IL - AV-aerie
10/15/07 Urbana, IL - Canoply Club - Void Room
10/16/07 Rock Island, IL - Huckleberry's Pizza Parlor
10/18/07 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10/19/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10/22/07 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10/23/07 Portland, OR - Towne Lounge w/ Au
10/24/07 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
10/26/07 Los Angeles, CA - El Cid
10/27/07 Phoenix, AZ - Casa Blanca
10/29/07 Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe
10/30/07 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11/01/07 Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey Arts Center
11/02/07 Murfreesboro, TN - The Boro Bar & Grill
11/04/07 Charlotte, NC - Black Congo House
11/05/07 Washington, DC - Black Cat
11/07/07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Side Chapel
11/08/07 Allston, MA - Great Scott
11/09/07 Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn
11/10/07 New York, NY - Cake Shop
11/22/07 Den Haag, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival w/ Akron/Family
11/23/07 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club w/ Akron/Family
11/24/07 Brighton, UK - Pressure Point w/ Akron/Family
11/25/07 Bristol, UK - The Croft w/ Akron/Family
11/27/07 Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree w/ Akron/Family
11/28/07 Glasgow, UK - The Beat Club w/ Akron/Family
11/29/07 Newcastle, UK - The Other Rooms w/ Akron/Family
11/30/07 Manchester, UK - Phoenix w/ Akron/Family
12/01/07 Leeds, UK - Faversham w/ Akron/Family
12/02/07 London, UK - Cargo w/ Akron/Family
12/04/07 Nottingham, UK - The Social w/ Akron/Family
12/05/07 Coventry, UK - Taylor John's House w/ Akron/Family