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Wolves in the Throne Room Reissue ‘Diadem of 12 Stars,’ Plot North American Tour

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Back in 2006, we identified an “intensity and a primeval power” within Wolves in the Throne Room‘s Diadem of 12 Stars. Now, the Olympia, WA black metal duo have announced that their debut is set to be reissued this summer.

The album will see its re-release on June 17, arriving on CD, vinyl, cassette and all digital formats. Pre-orders are now live and can be seen here. Diadem of 12 Stars had previously been out of print in North America since 2007, while it was last reissued in Germany in 2010. Both vinyl pressings command a hefty price on Discogs.

Along with the reissue announcement, Wolves in the Throne Room have lined up a string of live performances, marking their first time onstage since mid-2014 and first East Coast dates in five years. The trek will take place this September and will keep them primarily within the United States, with the lone Canadian date lined up for September 24 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. More dates will be added in the coming weeks.

Wolves in the Throne Room’s last release was 2014’s Celestite. Take a scroll through the current September tour itinerary below.

Tour dates:

09/13 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
09/14 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
09/15 Washington, DC – DC9
09/17 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
09/18 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
09/19 New Orleans, LA – Sisters In Christ
09/20 Austin, TX – Barracuda
09/21 Dallas, TX – Dada
09/22 Lawrence, KS – Riot Room
09/23 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
09/24 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
09/26 Portland, ME – Space Gallery
09/27 Somerville, MA - Cuisine En Locale

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​Canadian Filmmakers Explore Bob Moog in ‘Electronic Voyager’ Doc

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Canadian filmmakers Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm were responsible for 2014’s I Dream of Wires, a documentary charting the history and resurgence of the modular synth. Now, they’re pairing up once again to turn the camera on the man behind the modular synth — Bob Moog.
 
Fantinatto and Amm are working with Moog’s daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa and the Bob Moog Foundation to create a new film exploring the life of the musical innovator and the “psychedelic world of the 1960s music scene.” Titled Electronic Voyager: Retracing Bob Moog’s Sonic Journey, the doc will follow Moog’s life from his birth in New York to establishing Moog Inc. in Asheville, NC.
 
Throughout the film, Moog-Koussa will visit the places and people “who were a part of Moog’s history.” The filmmakers have also been given exclusive access to family photographs and historical artifacts.
 
Fantinatto and Amm have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the film. In a message on the crowdfunding page, they note that the film’s production was spurred on by the death of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Keith Emerson. It reads: “The recent, tragic passing of Bob Moog’s close friend and important collaborator, Keith Emerson — perhaps the most iconic Moog keyboardist — was just another reminder of how important it is to document Bob Moog’s crucial chapter in the history of electronic music, NOW.”
 
Moog, widely considered a pioneer of early electronic music, began developing modular analog synthesizers in the 1960s and went on to invent and market a wide range of electronic instruments. He passed away in 2005, though Moog Music continues to release new makes and even recently brought back some classics. He was previously the subject of a 2004 documentary titled Moog, and was even honoured with his own Google doodle to mark what would have been his 78th birthday in 2012.
 
Check out a video trailer for the upcoming Electronic Voyager project below.
 

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Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees Members Unite as Levee Walkers

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While Duff McKagan has reunited with Slash and Axl Rose for a Guns N’ Roses tour, the famous rock bassist has also linked up again with members of Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees for a new project called Levee Walkers.

The band also features Pearl Jam guitarist Mick McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Strong. Previously, they had got together for a Mad Season reunion in 2015, with McKagan subbing for the late John Baker Saunders. Shortly afterwards, they formed Levee Walkers.

A band bio explains that the trio specializes in “blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest.” Already, they’ve issued two tunes, with both “Freedom Song” and “Tears for the West” streaming now through Spotify.

The tracks feature Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman, though it’s added by the band that the vocalist is “just the first in a handful of select singers who will be putting words and voice to the music of the Levee Walkers.” More info is forthcoming, though there are apparently a few guidelines to meet before entering the inner circle.

“To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek,” the band wrote. “More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths. If you have that kind of grit, then you can listen to music with us, walk with us, and grow with us.”

You can stream Levee Walkers’ first two tunes down below.

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Iggy Pop to Explore the History of the Stooges for ‘Total Chaos’ Biography on Third Man Books

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Iggy Pop has been touring in support of his recent Post Pop Depression album with Josh Homme, but the music legend will soon be reflecting on his time with proto-punk unit the Stooges in an upcoming book. Titled Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, the tome arrives this winter through Third Man Books.

A press release confirms the book’s arrival, and notes that Total Chaos marks “the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words.” The book found author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg interviewing Pop at his Miami home. Over the course of two days, their questions about the Stooges were met with “candid, bare-all responses.”

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of the Stooges,” Gold said in a statement. “He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humour, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre — punk rock — and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. “

It’s added that the “almost unbelievable tale” has Pop delivering “the alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim.”

A street date has yet to arrive, but Total Chaos is pegged for a winter 2016 release.

The Stooges were formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI. Their first phase produced a self-titled debut in 1969 and 1970’s Fun House. They broke up briefly, but reunited for 1973’s Raw Power, which was mixed by David Bowie.

After breaking up again, Pop would focus on a solo career, but the band came back in 2003. Since then, they’ve issued two albums: 2007’s The Weirdness and 2013’s Ready to Die.

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Mick Harvey Reinterprets More Serge Gainsbourg on ‘Delirium Tremens’

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Some 20 years after first starting to translate French chanson favourite Serge Gainsbourg‘s hefty catalogue, Australian outsider Mick Harvey has announced his third volume of covers. Titled Delirium Tremens, the album arrives June 24 through Mute.

A press release explains that work on the collection began after mid-’90s entries Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants were compiled as a double album in 2014, which led to a few live performances of Harvey’s French-to-English translations. Apparently, the third volume includes work he had wanted to do the first time around.

“Many of the songs I have recorded are ones I had hoped to translate the first time I approached this material, but I just thought they would be ones that were too hard to translate,” Harvey explained in a statement, “but once I sunk my teeth into the task I found they were no more problematic than most of the songs from the first two albums.”

Calling this latest project “enormous fun,” it finds Harvey tackling the title track to Gainsbourg’s funky, 1976 offering, L’homme à Tête De Chou (a.k.a. The Man with the Cabbage Head), the controversial “SS C’est Bon” from the World War II-themed Rock Around the Bunker, early material like “Couleur Café” and more.

Recording sessions were split between Melbourne and Berlin. The Aussie sessions found Harvey working with his regular live band, while the German performances had him teaming up with Toby Dammit (the Stooges, the Residents) and esteemed string arranger Bertrand Burgalat.

Furthermore, Xanthe Waite added vocals to a series of tracks adapted from Gainsbourg’s Anna TV special with Anna Karina, while Harvey’s wife, Katy Beale, sung the Jane Birkin parts from “La Décadanse.”

Below, you’ll find the tracklisting info for Delirium Tremens, as well as Harvey’s version of Anna number “Ne Dis Rien,” presented here as “Don’t Say a Thing.”

Delirium Tremens:

1. The Man With The Cabbage Head (a.k.a. L’homme à Tête De Chou)
2. Deadly Tedium (a.k.a. Ce Mortel Ennui)
3. Coffee Colour (a.k.a. Couleur Cafe)
4. The Convict’s Song (a.k.a. Chanson de Forçat)
5. SS C’est Bon (a.k.a. Est-ce Est-ce Si Bon)
6. I Envisage (a.k.a. J’envisage)
7. A Day Like Any Other (a.k.a. Un Jour Comme Un Autre)
8. A Violent Poison (That’s What Love Is) (a.k.a. Un Poison Violent C’est Ça L’amour)
9. More and More, Less and Less (a.k.a. De Plus en Plus De Moins en Moins)
10. Don’t Say A Thing (a.k.a. Ne Dis Rien)
11. Boomerang (a.k.a. Boomerang)
12. The Decadance (a.k.a. La Décadanse)

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Drake Unveils Cover Art for ‘Views from the 6′

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It’s officially blockbuster season for big-name artists. Following Beyoncé’s surprise release, we’re finally closing in on Drake‘s long-awaited new album Views from the 6. To keep us from losing our minds with anticipation, Drizzy has shared the release’s album art.

Over his social media, the rapper offered up the cover for his latest release. The image sees Drake perched atop the CN Tower and looking over the city of Toronto. It’s a decent Photoshop job, to be sure, but it’s also a rather cloyingly literal take on the album’s title.

Drake also appeared at his own pop-up shop in Toronto earlier today (April 24), where he explained that the album has “like 20 songs on there for y’all to enjoy.”

Check out the album art for Views below and stay tuned for more from Drizzy as we approach the album’s April 29 release date.
 

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Heritage Minister to Usher in New Era of Cancon Laws

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Heritage Minister to Usher in New Era of Cancon Laws

Thanks to our country’s Cancon laws, radio and television broadcasters are required to air a percentage of homegrown content on their networks. It seems that the scope of Cancon laws will soon be expanding thanks to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, who has announced that she will be conducting public consultations with the aim of bringing content regulations into the 21st century.

These updates are long overdue, since Cancon regulations pre-date the Internet. The last time the laws underwent a major revision was in 1991, when Brian Mulroney’s government overhauled the Broadcasting Act. Last year, the CRTC said that it would be easing Cancon requirements on TV stations.

Joly has said that she is open to changing laws, modifying the mandates of the CBC and the CRTC, and creating new agencies. Currently, digital technologies (such streaming services) aren’t covered by existing Cancon laws.

“I think the current model is broken, and we need to have a conversation to bring it up to date and make sure we harness its full potential,” Joly told the Globe & Mail. “For a long time, politicians have been afraid to deal with these difficult issues, but I don’t understand why it wasn’t done.… The issue is how can the government be relevant today, instead of being left behind.”

The first phase of the consultations on this issue is an Internet survey, which has already launched. In a message attached to the questionnaire, Joly said, “As we adjust to the realities of rapid technological advances and changing consumer behaviour, I am launching consultations to better understand the challenges and opportunities brought on by this transformation.”

The survey asks open-ended questions about how Canadians consume media along with questions about the role that the government should play in facilitating local content.

The online survey will run until May 20, and it will be followed by a panel that will conduct consultations called “Strengthening Canadian Content, Discovery and Export in a Digital World.” Changes will begin taking place in 2017, with the aim of encouraging the creation and distribution of Canadian content.

Expect to hear of plenty of developments surrounding Cancon in the next couple of years.

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​Beyoncé Drops ‘Lemonade’ Visual Album

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We knew Beyoncé was up to something when she announced a world tour and new project called Lemonade. Tonight (April 23), that project debuted as a one-hour HBO special and revealed itself to be another full-length visual album.
 
Lemonade follows up the masterful surprise drop for her 2013 self-titled album. It’s currently streaming in both audio and video formats via Tidal.
 
The record features twelve new tracks and boasts a number of high-profile cameos from artists including Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake and the Weeknd.

“Hold Up” shares songwriting credits between Diplo, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Emile Haynie and Father John Misty, as well as a sample of Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” and Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On.”
 
White co-wrote “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” which also features a sample of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks,” while the Weeknd guests on “6 Inch,” which was co-written by The-Dream and uses samples of Animal Collective’s “My Girls” and Isaac Hayes’ “Walk on By.”
 
James Blake features on “Forward,” followed by a guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar on “Freedom” before Diplo’s name shows up once again for producing “All Night,” which samples Outkast. Jon Brion handled string across the entire album.
 
See the full tracklisting below, along with a Tidal stream of the audio album. Beyond that, relive the previously released video for closing track “Formation.”
 
Finally, check out Exclaim!’s recently compiled list of Beyoncé’s finest (and not so fine) music videos here.
 
Lemonade:
 
1. Pray You Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself (ft. Jack White)
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch (ft. The Weeknd)
6. Daddy Lessons
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward (ft. James Blake)
10. Freedom (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
11. All Night
12. Formation
 

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Watch Coachella’s Live Stream in 360 This Weekend

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Music fans are kicking off the second weekend of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, and as is tradition, those of us aren’t taking in the beauty of the West Coast can live stream the festivities online. However, this weekend marks a change in the streaming format.

Doing away with their professionally shot camera angles, the festival is offering 360-degree live streaming of sets through the festival YouTube channel using a singular video feed, which you can find below. Last weekend’s stream made use of three separate feeds.

Tonight’s streaming schedule kicks off at 6:40 p.m. EDT with a performance from Robert DeLong, followed by Lord Huron, the Kills and Sufjan Stevens. Saturday will feature sets from Moon Taxi, Gary Clark Jr., Run the Jewels, Chvrches, Ice Cube and Guns N’ Roses, while Sunday features Nathaniel Rateliff and Matt & Kim.

A complete list of set times can be found over here. Watch the 360-degree stream in the player below.

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New York Is Getting a Tim Burton-Themed Bar

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New York Is Getting a Tim Burton-Themed Bar

Following Toronto’s Seinfeld-themed bar and Italy’s Wes Anderson-themed bar (designed by Anderson himself), New York is adding to the list of unique locales with a new Tim Burton-themed bar.

The spot is called Beetle House, and its purveyors promise “an atmosphere and menu inspired by the works of Tim Burton.”

Beetle House has offered up some photographic evidence of their cocktails, which include The Jack Skellington and The Chocolate Factory.

Further, the bar will also have a full food menu which you can peruse here. We’re not sure about you, but we’re dying to try the Edward Burger Hands followed by the Warm Wonka Bar Chocolate Cake.

Beetle House is expected to open at the end of the month, so plan your trip to New York accordingly.

Thanks to /Film for the tip.







 

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