Throbbing Gristle highlight their latter albums for the really really millennial-millennials with next phase of reissues

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I don’t know what the state of industrial music is today. Maybe in the absence of any prominent torch-carriers, the best assuagement of genre uncertainty is to revisit the legends who have exemplified some of its best/weirdest aspects, and who are currently compelling revisits by reissuing the majority of their back catalog.

First, Throbbing Gristle reissued the handful of albums that were initially released prior to their initial breakup in 1981. Now, the band is continuing their partnership with Mute Records and reissuing the albums that were originally released between 2004 and 2007, which was the arguable honeymoon period immediately after TG reunited but before they released their final album, The Third Mind Movements. (Part Two: The Endless Not was a memorable effort during this period; and if you check out our review at the time, you can appreciate how Chris Carter, Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Peter Christopherson [RIP] managed to progress the sound that they more or less coined during the heydays of punk and countercultures generally.)

Accompanying Part Two on its reissue trip are TG Now — their first release post-reunion — and A Souvernir of Camber Sands, a 2004 live album recollecting the band’s performance at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas event that December. The two studio records’ll be packaged together on CD, limited edition clear vinyl, and digitally.

Pre-orders here. Everything comes out December 13. Meanwhile, here’s “Fed Up” from the their Camber Sands excursion:

Swans flock the fuck back into consciousness with their fifteenth album, Leaving Meaning, and brand new track

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Good news for all you Christians, Superman readers, fans of Dr. Who, et. al: “Resurrection” is not just for fan-fiction anymore; it’s now A TOTALLY EMPIRICAL FACT!

Following 2017’s (willful) dissolution of Swans in its then-current iteration, Michael Gira has resuscitated the band for album number fifteen. It’s called Leaving Meaning, and it’s out October 25 via Mute/Young God.

Written and produced by Gira, the album will feature contributions “from recent and former Swans” (including members of Angels of Light) as well as a “revolving cast” of guest artists like Anna and Maria von Hausswolff, Ben Frost, The Necks, Baby Dee, and a Hawk and a Hacksaw.” In fact, here’s a cute yearbook photo of everyone involved:


I know what your thinking: “OMG! This is insane! This is a miracle!! Why now?! Why here?!? Who the fuck ARE all these people?!?! I can’t read ANY of that shit!!!! Well, according to Gira:

Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy.

Sooo, in other words: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, plebeian! And right now, your “business” includes the following:

Head here to pre-order the album on digital, CD, or double-vinyl.

• Listen to the appropriately-titled first single “It’s Coming It’s Real” (featuring the aforementioned Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals) down below, followed by Swans’ *ALWAYS SCINTILLATING* album artwork and the new album’s full tracklist.

Easy, peasy, Hallelujah! Boy, if “God” had the Internet 2000 years ago, everything would have been a whole lot less messy.


Leaving Meaning tracklisting:

01. Hums
02. Annaline
03. The Hanging Man
04. Amnesia – with Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals
05. Leaving Meaning – feat.The Necks
06. Sunfucker – with Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals
07. Cathedrals of Heaven
08. The Nub – with Baby Dee on guest vocals, also feat. The Necks
09. It’s Coming It’s Real – feat. Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals
10. Some New Things – digital / CD only
11. What Is This
12. My Phantom Limb

M83 announces video game soundtrack/80s movie/synthesizer-inspired album that is definitely not the soundtrack to Stranger Things

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It’s a big summer for sequels. From Spider-Man to Buzz Lightyear to even Anton Chigurh, all your favorites are back again for another rollicking romp through cinemas nationwide. Getting in right on the cusp of summer sequel fever is M83, who will be releasing DSVII — their direct successor to Digital Shades VOL. 1 — on September 20 via Mute.

Released in 2007, Digital Shades VOL. 1 was a collection of unused ambient tracks — largely inspired by who else but Brian Eno — that Anthony Gonzalez wanted to properly release into the world, lest they fade into the void.

For DSVII, Gonzalez was heavily influenced by early video game soundtracks (The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy,) sci-fi and fantasy films from the 80s (John Boorman’s Zardoz, John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness), analog synth pioneers (Suzanne Ciani’s Seven Waves, Mort Garson’s Plantasia), and, of course…Brian Eno.

As Gonzalez explains, “During the summer of 2017, I spent five months in Cap d’Antibes, France. I mainly spent my time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, reading, watching films and playing 80s video games.” A charmed lifestyle we can all relate to.

He continues, “The inspiration behind this record is mainly video game music. It felt so refreshing to play all of these old school games again. There is something so naive and touching about them. It’s simple and imperfect.”

Pre-order a touch of the simple and imperfect by clicking here, before DSVII comes out September 20 via Mute. Check out the album’s artwork and full tracklisting down below.

DSVII

01. Hell Riders
02. A Bit of Sweetness
03. Goodbye Captain Lee
04. Colonies
05. Meet The Friends
06. Feelings
07. A Word of Wisdom
08. Lune De Fiel
09. Jeux D’Enfants
10. A Taste of the Dusk
11. Lunar Son
12. Oh Yes You’re There, Everyday
13. Mirage
14. Taifun Glory
15. Temple of Sorrow

Alessandro Cortini announces his first album for Mute Records, Volume Massimo, shares opening track

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Nine Inch Nails on-and-off synthesizer maven and known Conor Oberst look-alike, Italian musician Alessandro Cortini, has just announced his signing with Mute for upcoming solo LP Volume Massimo. Out September 27, the album is preceded now by single “Amore Amaro.”

While he’s also fronted two Los Angeles-based experimental rock projects, SONOIO and Modwheelmood, Cortini’s solo oeuvre is all maximalist electronic compositions that pair up wall-of-sound dissonance with a keen melodic sensibility. “Amore Amaro” follows in such vein, offering a strikingly emotive rendering of a minimal, syncopated beat slowly subsumed by noise. The forthcoming album again strives to “maximize the boundaries of contemporary electronic music,” while somewhat surprisingly being “interspersed with guitar motifs that act as a subtle punctuation for the oneiric landscapes that shimmer before us.” Which I think what the press release meant was, “it slays.”

Volume Massimo will arrive on all of your favorite formats sans laserdisc. Pre-order it here, and listen to “Amore Amaro” below:


Volume Massimo tracklisting:

01. Amore Amaro
02. Let Go
03. Amaro Amore
04. Batticuore
05. Momenti
06. La Storia
07. Sabbia
08. Dormi

Alessandro Cortini tour dates:

08.30.19 – Berlin, Germany – Atonal
09.08.19 – Białystok, Poland – Up to Date Festival
09.14.19 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Draaimolen
09.22.19 – Tokyo, Japan – TBA
09.28.19 – Ljubljana Slovenia – Sonica
09.19.19 – London, England – Barbican
09.20.19 – Madrid, Spain – LEV Matadero
09.21.19 – Athens, Greece – St Paul’s Sessions
09.25.19 – Braga, Portugal – Semibreve
09.06.19 – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
09.08.19 – Barcelona, Spain – Mira Digital Arts Festival
09.30.19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – TBA
09.06.19 – Rome, Italy – Monk
09.07.19 – Venice, Italy – Argo 16
09.11.19 – Brussels, Belgium – Bozar Electronic Series
09.11.19 – Bruges, Belgium – Concertgebouw

Cabaret Voltaire unveil archival releases of 1974-76 and Chance Versus Causality soundtrack

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If you’re talkin’ performance-focused Dadaist industrial (and I know you are), then you have to be talkin’ Cabaret Voltaire. And if you’re talkin’ Cabaret Voltaire (which you should be, assuming my previously explained logic holds), then you have to be talkin’ about what they have in those dang ol’ vaults! You know, the ones with all the old rarities, maybe a live album or two…

You can see where I’m going with this: Cabaret Voltaire have dived into those vaults like a Swiss-avant-garde-inspired Scrooge McDuck and resurfaced with two archival releases, including the first ever vinyl issue of their 1980 compilation 1974-76 and the first official release of their soundtrack to Babeth Mondini’s 1979 film Chance Versus Causality. Both arrive August 30 through Mute.

1974-76 compiles music from the group’s early years recorded on reel-to-reel tape. It first saw release on cassette in 1980 through Industrial Records and was reissued on CD in 1992 via The Grey Area of Mute. Chance Versus Causality was recorded live and improvised “with no prior knowledge of the film or instruction from the director,” reflecting their style of performance at the time. This release marks the first time it will hit vinyl, CD, digital, and basically any other format.

Pre-order here, and check out the full album tracklistings and an excerpt from Chance Versus Causality below.


1974-76 tracklisting:

01. The Dada Man
02. Ooraseal
03. A Sunday Night In Biot
04. In Quest of the Unusual
05. Do the Snake
06. Fade Crisis
07. Doubled Delivery
08. Venusian Animals
09. The Outer Limits
10. She Loved You


Chance Versus Causality tracklisting:

01. Part 1
02. Part 2
03. Part 3
04. Part 4
05. Part 5
06. Part 6
07. Part 7

New Order announce 3xLP live album recorded in 2017, share live version of “Sub-Culture”

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Look, we’ve ALL at one time or another wished we were there at the 2017 Manchester International Festival where New Order laid it down with visual artist Liam Gillick, arranger Joe Duddell, and a 12-piece synthesizer ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music in one of the most legendary sets of their already-plenty-legendary career. It’s a feeling we all know!

Luckily, if there’s anything you can say for New Order, it’s that they know what the fans want, which is why they’re bringing that boisterous performance to your record shelves in the form of the new live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes... It’s out July 12 through Mute.

Now, I know you’ve got questions (not the least of which is “How the hell am I going to pronounce that title when I ask my local brick-and-mortar record store clerk if it’s in stock?”), so you’ll be happy to hear that I’ve got answers! (Except to that question, sorry.) The record will be available on 3xLP, 2xCD, and digital formats, and the physical editions come with special deluxe booklets. I’m also being told by the voices in my head (and this press email) that the album also features three bonus tracks from their residency, including the first performance of Joy Division’s “Disorder” in 30 years! (“Disorder?” More like “I’m gonna order dis now!)

You can pre-(new)-order ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. here, and be sure to check out the just-released live version of the bonafide classic “Sub-Culture” below (where you can also find the album tracklisting). Enjoy your second-hand auditory experience, and enjoy the silence! (Wait, no, that’s not right…)


∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. tracklisting:

01. Times Change (Live at MIF)
02. Who’s Joe (Live at MIF)
03. Dream Attack (Live at MIF)
04. Disorder (Live at MIF)
05. Ultraviolence (Live at MIF)
06. In a Lonely Place (Live at MIF)
07. All Day Long (Live at MIF)
08. Shellshock (Live at MIF)
09. Guilt Is a Useless Emotion (Live at MIF)
10. Sub-Culture (Live at MIF)
11. Bizarre Love Triangle (Live at MIF)
12. Vanishing Point (Live at MIF)
13. Plastic (Live at MIF)
14. Your Silent Face (Live at MIF)
15. Decades (Live at MIF)
16. Elegia (Live at MIF)
17. Heart & Soul (Live at MIF)
18. Behind Closed Doors (Live at MIF)

MUTE announce compilation of John Cage’s famously silent “4’33”” interpreted by over 50 artists, somehow expect us to pay more than $0.00 for it

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If the headline of this news article made you instinctively look at your calendar to make sure it’s not April 1, you’re not alone. However, there’s more to this story than just a money-thirsty label figuring out how to sell a five-LP worth of silence on wax. Heck, by the end of this post, you might even be heading to their website to pre-order the damn thing.

As part of the imprint’s 40th anniversary celebration, London heavyweight MUTE has announced the May 2019 release of STUMM433, a box set collecting over 50 renditions of John Cage’s “4’33”” performed (“performed?”) by the label’s vast roster of artists. Depeche Mode, New Order, Liars, Moby, Wire, Ben Frost and others will all refrain from playing their instruments for exactly four minutes and thirty three seconds, in a homage to the 1952 piece that did for music what Duchamp’s Fountain did for art.

Here’s why the box set might actually be worth your money (and time): each artist has also created an appealing visual to accompany their “cover” of the composition, and the proceeds from the sales of the entire compilation will be split evenly between the British Tinnitus Association and Music Minds Matter charities; these organizations have been chosen to pay tribute to Inspiral Carpets’ late founder Craig Gill, who had battled tinnitus-related anxiety and depression in the years leading up to his death.

The very first visual from STUMM433 is available now and comes from the Slovenian avant-garde group Laibach. Watch it below (but first, here’s some white space):

STUMM433 featured artists:

A Certain Ratio, A.C. Marias, ADULT., The Afghan Whigs, Alexander Balanescu, Barry Adamson, Ben Frost, Bruce Gilbert, Cabaret Voltaire, Carter Tutti Void, Chris Carter, Chris Liebing, Cold Specks, Daniel Blumberg, Depeche Mode, Duet Emmo, Echoboy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Erasure, Fad Gadget (tribute), Goldfrapp, He Said, Irmin Schmidt, Josh T. Pearson, K Á R Y Y N, Komputer, Laibach, Land Observations, Lee Ranaldo, Liars, Looper, Lost Under Heaven, Maps, Mark Stewart, Michael Gira, Mick Harvey, Miranda Sex Garden, Moby, Modey Lemon, Mountaineers, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, NON, Nonpareils, The Normal, onDeadWaves, Phew, Pink Grease, Pole, Polly Scattergood, Renegade Soundwave, Richard Hawley, ShadowParty, Silicon Teens, Simon Fisher Turner, The Warlocks, Wire, Yann Tiersen

Laibach release video for “The Sound of Music” ahead of North Korea-inspired album

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Until a few years ago, Laibach’s most famous troll was a quote from 1983. “We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter.” Their deliberate provocation comes from a band that has regularly employed fascist iconography throughout its existence, extreme method-acting performance art where it’s easy to ask, “well, what’s the point?”

Maybe the fruits of Laibach’s labor finally arrived in 2015, when they became the first (and likely only) band invited to perform live in North Korea. The country — a hermit kingdom filled with propaganda posters, heavy surveillance, and a rabid cult of personality (let’s face it, a Laibachian wet dream) — does have a relationship with music, albeit an extremely shriveled one. Its citizens have never heard of Jay-Z, Miles Davis, Brian Eno, or Gwar; but are at least somewhat aware of pop stars like Michael Jackson.

With a meager playlist of sanctioned songs, Laibach chose ditties from the schmaltzy film The Sound of Music, employed by the North Korean regime as a tool to teach English. The absurd experience was captured by Morten Traavik in Liberation Day; and now, Laibach’s accompanying studio album is on its way. It includes covers of such classics as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Do-Re-Mi,” refigured of course through the band’s warped sensibilities. Also included is a version of the Korean traditional, “Arirang,” which the band incidentally released back when Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un.

Grab The Sound of Music ahead of its November 23 release date to make sure you have something to discuss with your family this Thanksgiving. All hail great and powerful exalted leader for defeating imperialist scourge!


The Sound of Music tracklisting:

01. The Sound of Music
02. Climb Ev’ry Mountain
03. Do-Re-Mi
04. Edelweiss
05. Favorite Things
06. Lonely Goatherd
07. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
08. So Long, Farewell
09. Maria / Korea
10. Arirang
11. The Sound of Gayageum
12. Welcome Speech

Laibach Live:

09.07.18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Križanke Theatre (with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra)
09.20.18 – Graz, Austria – Steirischer Herbst Festival (The Sound of Music + DJ set)
09.09.18 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Opera Club (Also Sprach Zarathustra & The Sound of Music)
09.11.18 – Moscow, Russia – Glav Club (Also Sprach Zarathustra & The Sound of Music)

Liars announce sequel to TFCF, hopefully it’s more of an Aliens situation than a xXx: State of the Union one

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While each and every day that passes makes it seem less and less likely that Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money will ever see the light of day, at least there’s one upcoming sequel to get excited about. Liars have announced TFCF 2: Still TF and CF’ing It Titles With The Word Fountain, their ninth studio album and sequel to last year’s TFCF.

While the songs were recorded during the same sessions as TFCF, please, do not think of Titles With The Word Fountain as some sort of rarities and outtakes collection. According to Angus Andrew, now in his second album as sole member of Liars, “I chose the songs that appear on TFCF based on how well they addressed the trauma of a failed creative relationship, whereas the material on Titles With The Word Fountain is more playful despite revolving around the same sentiments.” See? The new album takes the familiar sentiments of its predecessor, and plays with them to tell a new story that aims to be — while part of a whole — fresh and interesting on it’s own. A true sequel!

Hear for yourself by listening to “Murdrum,” fresh from Titles With The Word Fountain, down below…which is where you can also check out the album’s artwork and full 17 song tracklisting (looks like we’ve got a real The Godfather: Part II on our hands.) All the above being said about the album being its own thing, Titles With The Word Fountain will be packaged with TFCF and released digitally and on cassette via Mute on September 21, with a limited edition — very limited edition — release on green vinyl to come on November 2. Pre-order the album in any format you desire here.

Titles With The Word Fountain

01. 97 Tears
02. Face In Ski Mask Bodies To The Wind
03. Murdrum
04. Pure Context
05. Double Elegy
06. Left’s Got Power Right Hasn’t
07. Past Future Split
08. P/AM
09. Fantail Creeps
10. Perky Cut
11. Feed The Truth
12. Gawking At The Accident
13. Absence Blooms
14. Extracts From The Seated Sequence
15. On Giving Up
16. Sound Of Burning Rubbish
17. A Kind Of Stopwatch
(The digital version features an 18th track, “No Help Pamphlet (The Alpha Ceti Orchestra Remix),” which originally appeared on TFCF)

Oh yeah, here’s some Liars Australian tour dates too!

09.27.18 – Melbourne, Australia – The Curtin
09.28.18– Melbourne, Australia – ACMI Late Nights
09.29.18 – Surry Hills, Australia – Oxford Art Factory
09.30.18 – Wollongong, Australia – Yours & Owls Festival

Legendary Manchester post-punk funksters A Certain Ratio announce final set of reissues for July

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There are many funny scenes in the Tony Wilson/Factory Records bio-pic 24 Hour Party People. However, for legendary punk-influenced funk combo A Certain Ratio, the movie might not quite be a Manchester scenester laugh-riot. While they are represented in the film, it is somewhat disparagingly so. And although their music is featured, they were left off the popular soundtrack album (although for a funny reason itself: according to ACR’s Martin Moscrop, the band stole back their master tapes from the Factory offices when they got a whiff that the label was going bankrupt, thus preventing London Records from owning them).

Despite these cinematic slights, not only are A Certain Ratio considered one of the most influential bands of their era, but, barring any historical hiatuses, their career era has spanned over 40 years! Mute Records and the band have announced the latest, and final, installment of their original album reissues.

Following the re-releases of The Graveyard and The Ballroom, To Each…, I’d Like to See You Again, Force, and acr:mcr; the final existing three studio ACR albums will be issued July 27 (ACR’s two other studio albums, Up in Downsville and Good Together, were reissued last week). This forthcoming trio of albums includes what many consider their high-water marks in experimental lo-fi DIY funk: 1982’s dark-yet-funky Sextet, 1997’s understated ambient soul mix Change the Station, and their last album proper, 2008’s Mind Made Up.

Check out Mute’s ACR order page for all pre-order info and available formats for these releases. Original album tracklistings and a few scattered UK dates are also listed below. But before you do that do, why not Do the “Du” down below, too?


Sextet:

01. Lucinda
02. Crystal
03. Gum
04. Knife Slits Water
05. Skipscada
06. Day One
07. Rub Down
08. Rialto
09. Below the Canal


Change the Station:

01. Listen to the Sound
02. Some Day
03. Your on Your Own
04. Waiting for You
05. Yeah Boy
06. Sister Brother
07. Desire
08. Samba 123
09. Pole
10. Do Du Beep
11. Golden Balls
12. Funk Off


Mind Made Up:

01. I Feel Light
02. Down, Down, Down
03. Everything Is Good
04. Way to Escape
05. Rialto 2006
06. Mind Made Up
07. Teri
08. Bird to the Ground
09. Starlight
10. Which Is Reality?
11. Skunk
12. Very Busy Man

Live dates:

06.30.18 – Birmingham, England – Hare and Hounds #
09.07.18 – Portmeirion, Wales – Festival No. 6
09.15.18 – Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club
09.29.18 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Voodoo Rooms
11.24.18 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
12.01.18 – Clitheroe, England – The Grand

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