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

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

The Afghan Whigs to ride or die to a town near you this fall

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Are you ready to Whig out? Do you get my joke?

Well, either way, The Afghan Whigs — a “rock and roll band from Cincinnati” — are touring the country again in support of new record In Spades, which came out back on May 5. The 28-city tour will take them all over the place, and hopefully it won’t be a DULLi time (the joke is that the lead singer’s name is Greg Dulli). Har Mar Superstar will support at all dates.

The band is currently touring Europe, but after that tour ends, this one will start. That’s how it works, if you can wrap your head around it. See, since an object can’t simultaneously exist in two spaces, it must exist in one space and then in another space, and “time” is the pure form of sensuous intuition that we use to make sense of the events those events being successive. Therefore, The Afghan Wigs will continue to tour Europe and then tour the U.S. “afterwards,” to selflessly remind us that time and space exist. So, at least there’s that.

Anyway, feel free to continue contemplating all of these transcendental issues and more at one of the following dates (which are all listed below, following the obligatory video content).

The Afghan Whigs’ upcoming tour dates:

09.06.17 – Orlando, FL – The Social *
09.07.17 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West *
09.08.17 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09.09.17 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club *
09.11.17 – Richmond, VA – The National *
09.12.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
09.14.17 – Boston, MA – Paradise *
09.16.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
09.18.17 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount *
09.19.17 – Toronto, ON – Opera House *
09.21.17 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave *
09.22.17 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
09.23.17 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
09.24.17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *
09.26.17 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews *
09.28.17 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
09.29.17 – Nashville, TN – Exit IN *
09.30.17 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn *
10.12.17 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up *
10.13.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre *
10.14.17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
10.16.17 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
10.17.17 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
10.18.17 – Seattle, WA – Showbox *
10.20.17 – Salt Lake, UT – Urban Lounge *
10.21.17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre *
10.22.17 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
10.24.17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk *
10.25.17 – Dallas, TX – Trees *
10.26.17 – Houston, TX – Heights Theater *
10.27.17 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Festival

* Har Mar Superstar