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NIN Remix LP Tracklist, Release Date Revealed
New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Switch, Paul Epworth all confirmed

Looks like Trent Reznor hasn't quite rid himself of Interscope just yet. The once-mysterious Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D album will be released on the label in a number of formats November 20.

In a post to Nine Inch Nails' website yesterday, Trent laid out all the details for the remix album. In addition to previously confirmed remixers the Faint, Sam Fogarino of Interpol, Fennesz, the Knife's Olaf Dreijer, Ladytron, Saul Williams, and Bill Laswell, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D also contains previously rumored, now confirmed remixes from New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Switch, Paul Epworth, and a ragtag crew of others, including a fan.

Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D will be available as a digital download, a CD/DVD-ROM combo, and a triple-disc LP. The digital download and CD/DVD-ROM share the same tracklist, but the latter "also contains a DVD-ROM (not a movie) that contains every track from Year Zero in multitrack format for you to do with what you please." He adds, graciously, "Mac or PC."

Both the vinyl and the CD come packed in a six-panel jacket designed to match Year Zero, though a number of tracks are exclusive to each. But frankly, Trent doesn't really care which version you buy, or if you buy it at all.

Having trouble sorting through your options? Let Uncle Trent explain:

"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 [the] Amazon [digital music store] (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." You're the boss!

Trent's straight talk express kept on rollin':

"**insert comment from NINSUX: 'I thought he said all the multitracks were going to be posted online, now he wants us to PAY for them??'

Relax, friend. One second after this package goes to the manufacturing plant someone will kindly upload those missing multitracks and everything will be OK. If they don't soon enough for your liking, just yell loudly out the window and I'll do it myself."

Awesome! We love it when artists leak their own albums!

He continues: "As for the record itself, I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. Remix records can be disposable garbage (of which I myself have been guilty of to some extent) but this collection feels good to me. I reached out to heroes, friends, and strangers. I encouraged those I approached to do anything and insert themselves as much as possible into the track. Some of the stuff that was done earlier led me to choosing other people to balance things out. The Pirate Robot Midget mix is a fan's work-- I thought it was great, it filled a need and I asked permission to use it here.

"It's always interesting for me to hear my work reinterpreted-- I hope it is for you as well."

Upon the release of Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, Trent and co. will launch remix.nin.com, designed as a hub for submission and discussion of fan remixes. [MORE...]

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Liars Craft "House Clouds" Single, Extend Tour

Following up the face-melter "Plaster Casts of Everything", the first single from Liars' recent self-titled LP, couldn't be an easy task. But "House Clouds", the almost Beck-like tune that follows "Plaster Casts" on the LP, seems like a natural choice for the next gem to be culled from the magnificent muck of Liars. So it shall be October 29, when Mute issues that song as a single on CD, 7", and digital download "House Clouds".

The "House Clouds" CD and download feature new cut "Red Dirt" and the Tiny Masters of Today remix of "Clear Island" (the latter a favor repaid for Liars remixing a TMT song). The disc also contains the uncensored version of that bugged-out "Plaster Casts" video. The "House Clouds" 7" sports a new tune called "Dear God".

That tour with Interpol seems to be going rather well, if the pictures we've seen are any indication. Tonight both bands hit our homebase of Chicago. After the Interpol tour, Liars tour Europe in November and December, with a stop off at the ATP Halloween gala. [MORE...]

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Indie Rock Hits the Funny Pages

When historians look back on our current decade, the date of October 10, 2007 will live in infamy. And not just because it was In Rainbows day. But because it was the day that ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead got a shout-out in Sally Forth. (See above.)

Big, big thanks to reader Nicholas Scheurich for catching that!

The story line continues today:



Too bad "the Killers" and "Awesome Color" are already taken.

Also, is it just us, or is Sally Forth really depressing these days?



Speaking of Trail of Dead, the dates for their Adult Swim tour have been announced. Look in the front row for the girl with the hipster haircut and brown jacket with food all over it.

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Photos: PJ Harvey [New York, NY; 10/10/07]

Photos by Kathryn Yu

Like the slightly more prolific Robert Pollard, PJ Harvey has decided to grace U.S. audiences with but two live appearances this year, the first of which went down last night at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Adorned in a vintage white dress with writing scrawled on the arms-- not unlike the one she sports on the cover of the just-released White Chalk-- a solo Harvey treated the gathered to selections spanning her diverse catalog, including the raw "Man-Size", alt-rock radio hit "Down by the Water", and plenty of the new Chalk material.

Ghostly Harvey haunts Los Angeles' Orpheum on October 15.




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John Pugh Leaves !!!, Fires Up Free Blood
Debut Free Blood EP features Hot Chip remix

This just in from the Department of Unsurprising Revelations: John Pugh of !!! fame has formed a band with the self-proclaimed desire to create "manic background music for ensuing debauchery." This new kid on the party-starting block is called Free Blood and is Pugh's collaboration with pal Madeline Davy.

Turns out Free Blood came at a cost, however, as Pugh has, according to his publicist, officially quit !!! to concentrate on his new digs full time.

Free Blood's first release is the "Quick & Painful" / "Never Hear Surf Music" EP, which comes out in the UK on October 15 via Adventures Close to Home. It's the first of three EPs Free Blood will release on the label, and it features a Hot Chip remix of the first track and an iTunes-only remix of the second track by the label's crew. All three EPs will have 12" vinyl as well as digital releases.

Meanwhile, the now Pugh-less !!! are still going strong on their tour with the Field. Their next show is tonight, October 11, in NYC. [MORE...]
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Jonny Greenwood Talks In Rainbows
"It's just interesting to make people pause for even a few seconds and think about what music is worth now."

While most of the civilized world got lost this morning In Rainbows, NYC's Gothamist blog chatted with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who shared some insight on the new album, as well as his own exploits in orchestral composition and film-scoring. It's worth your while to peruse the entire interview here, but quick-fixers can cut to the chase right now:

Gothamist: What's motivating the band to distribute the album this way?

Jonny Greenwood: Just getting it out quickly. It was kind of an experiment as well; we were just doing it for ourselves and that was all. People are making a big thing about it being against the industry or trying to change things for people but it's really not what motivated us to do it. It's more about feeling like it was right for us and feeling bored of what we were doing before.

Gothamist: Why give people the option to pay whatever they want?

Greenwood: It's just interesting to make people pause for even a few seconds and think about what music is worth now. I thought it was an interesting thing to ask people to do and compare it to whatever else in their lives they value or don't value.

Gothamist: Have you gotten any figures of how much people are choosing to pay?

Greenwood: No we get the numbers tomorrow supposedly. Yeah, I don't know. The more exciting thing for me is just hearing it on the radio today and knowing it's landed on everybody's desk at the same time. That's what's exciting. But yeah, I'm sure our manager will have some idea soon.

Gothamist: How did the process of making In Rainbows differ from Hail to the Thief?

Greenwood: It was more like earlier Kid A stuff, more based in studio experiments and trying out ideas and spending quite a long time. That's what we did with Kid A and Amnesiac.

Gothamist: What song on the album proved most difficult to finish?

Greenwood: Even ones that we finished quickly we spent a long time deciding if they were good enough. None of them were easy, actually. "Reckoner" kind of came together quickly.

Beyond that, Greenwood also revealed that he's yet to start work on the commissioned piece that comes as part of his BBC British Composer Awards victory ("Thanks for reminding me, I must start something soon on that.") and that he likely won't be attending the U.S. premiere of Popcorn Superhet Receiver this coming January in New York City.

Oh, also: Radiohead hope to tour in 2008!!!

Greenwood also spoke with RollingStone.com's Rock&Roll Daily blog today and said more or less exactly the same things, sometimes word-for-word. One new topic he did touch upon, however, is the touchy subject of the 160 kbps In Rainbows mp3s. Justified Jonny: "We talked about it and we just wanted to make it a bit better than iTunes, which it is, so that's kind of good enough, really. It's never going to be CD quality, because that's what CD does."

In related news, since the In Rainbows download didn't come with album art, folks have started making their own. Here's our favorite so far:

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Boards of Canada, Islands, Xiu Xiu Join Why? on Single
So do Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), Dntel, Half-Handed Cloud

Avant-rap folkie Why? (aka Yoni Wolf) and crew (pictured leftward) are set to release a pair of 12"s for new single "The Hollows" in the U.S. and the Europe on Anticon and Tomlab, respectively. The Anticon-issued "Hollows" single is due November 19, and in addition to the title track, it sports a remix by Dntel, and covers of older Why? tracks by Xiu Xiu and Half-Handed Cloud.

The Euro Tomlab single-- out November 18 but subject to change-- gets a Boards of Canada remix and covers by both Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo's other thing) and Islands. Hey, Boards of Canada! Glad to hear you guys are still around.

"The Hollows" features the three main Why? dudes (Yoni Wolf, Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid) along with guest stars Doseone (Subtle), Nedelle (the Curtains/Cryptacize), and Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Fog.

But wait, a single generally accompanies an album, right? Correct. Alopecia, the forthcoming Why? LP, will drop March 11 from Anticon in the States. Again, Tomlab will handle things in Europe, though the release date for that has not been nailed down. "By Torpedo or Crohn's", the track that Dntel remixes on "The Hollows" U.S. single, and "Good Friday", the song Boards of Canada tackle on the Euro version, will also be included on Alopecia. Yup, they're releasing remixes before the originals.

Why? currently have exactly one tour date scheduled, and it's a special one. They'll play New York's Knitting Factory this Sunday, October 14, and the cost of admission is exactly $1.00. Being cheap, the thing's gonna sell out fast, so be a smarty and shoot an e-mail to whyrsvp@gmail.com to guarantee entry. [MORE...]

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CSS, Peaches, Ladytron Remix Bonde do Role on EP
Exhaustion, where is thy sting?

Apparently, Bonde Do Role didn't get their own memo. You guys are supposed to be tired, finally ready to rest (or at least recharge) after relentlessly supporting With Lasers, remember? Not putting out another record!

Nevertheless, the Brazilian trio will indeed release the Marina Gasolina single/EP via Domino on December 4 in the U.S. (November 26 in the UK). The U.S. EP is a CD release with 10 tracks, including remixes by CSS, Peaches, Architecture in Helsinki, and Ladytron. The UK single comes in 7" and 12" formats, and the latter adds a couple other names to aforementioned list of remixers. Digital versions of all tracks will be available in both the U.S. and the UK.

Bonde still have plenty of tour dates. They've even added a couple! Oh Bonde, when will you learn? [MORE...]

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Page France Frontman Becomes Cotton Jones

Maryland man Michael Nau has a curious knack for assuming musical monikers that transcend mere non-sequiturs. First, there was Page France, a name as deeply confusing as it is seemingly simple. Now that PF is de facto defuncto for the foreseeable future because of the band members' busy lives, Nau's gone all Wooden Wand on us with his new name: the Cotton Jones Basket Ride. Whatever gets him writing, we guess.

By the looks of things, Nau's done quite a bit of writing recently, as he has plans to release a Cotton Jones EP, seven-inch, and full-length soon. The EP comes in a handmade booklet, and five of the six tracks are demo versions of songs that will appear on the forthcoming album, Paranoid Cocoon. The EP is only available at Cotton Jones shows and his label Quite Scientific's website, where it ships on November 5.

Specific information regarding Paranoid Cocoon and the seven-inch-- Lovely Day, I Guess-- is still forthcoming, though Quite Scientific plans to release the album early next year.

The Cotton Jones Basket Ride will make its full-band debut on October 19 as part of the Quite Scientific CMJ showcase. The band has two other shows scheduled for November. [MORE...]
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Ghostface to Drop New LP Same Day as Wu-Tang Clan
Stages Kanye/50-esque battle with self

December 4, looks like you, me and the Ironman have a date with the record shop. Not only will Ghostface's highly praiseworthy verse from the well-interpolated "The Heart Gently Weeps" pop up on the Wu-Tang Clan's forthcoming album 8 Diagrams-- which, of course, drops December 4 on SRC-- but Tony Starks himself will have a brand new disc of his own on sale the very same day.

New Ghostface!? Believe it. The Big Dough Rehab will be out December 4 via Def Jam.

Peep this breathless Photobucket video (via Idolator):



Def Jam has confirmed that this is, in fact, true, and not just the dense, delirious ramblings of a dense, delirious rambler par excellence.

As for all that tour stuff Ghost talks about at the top of the video, we're already on it. Dates after the jump. [MORE...]
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Maximo Park Cover Justin Timberlake on New Single

Maxïmo Park have more in common with Travis than travel plans; turns out, they're both fond of the winking cover of the ubiquitous American pop tune. Much like Travis' semi-earnest take on Britney's "...Baby One More Time", Maxïmo Park have-- according to NME.com-- stuck "Like I Love You", a cover of Justin Timberlake's first solo hit, onto the single for "Karaoke Plays".

The Warp-issued single-- from this year's Our Earthly Pleasures disc-- will see UK release November 12.

Apart from the recent re-Neptuning, the "Karaoke" single furthers the band's "Obituary Series", this time memorializing French postmodernist philosopher Jean Baudrillard, author painter Jonathan Coleman, and Labour party stalwart calypso singer George Brown.

UPDATE: Pitchfork was given incorrect information about the "Obituary Series" subjects on this single, via the band's publicist and NME.com. The band set the record straight in a MySpace post.

The disc-- both on CD and 7", with different B-sides for each-- will not get a proper U.S. release, though it will be available for import. Full Maxïmo dates after the jump. [MORE...]

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New Pornographers Slate Challengers Bonus Material

Remember the New Pornographers' "Buy Early Get Now" Executive Edition of Challengers? Wondering what all those lucky people who pre-ordered the Executive Edition got as their bonus gifts? We hear ya. So, too, do Matador Records, who recently posted a list of the download schedule (past, present, and future) for all that sweet Challengers swag.

Those who bought early have gotten most of this already, but here it is anyhow:

07-04 "The Speed of Luxury" (B-side)
08-03 "Silent Systems" (B-side)
08-28 "Fortune" (iTunes pre-order B-side)
09-11 "Showstoppers", "Failsafe", and "Myriad Harbour" (demos)
09-25 "Go Places (Alternate Mix)"
October: "Challengers" video and photos
November: "Live From the Future", "Fugue States" (iTunes album-only B-side), and photos

Those dates, we're told, are subject to change, although presumably not the ones that happened in the past. Unless Dan Bejar has worked up some kind of "Quantum Leap" contraption in his time away from doing stuff. If so, I wanna hear the new Destroyer album... now. Dammit, didn't work.

In other, only slightly less ridiculous New Pornographer news, the band has announced the third in their string of Challengers challenges. They're looking for somebody to "cover" a New Pornographers song in the style of "Weird" Al Yankovic. This one's tricky, as the Pornographers' song titles tend to be rather declarative and nondescript (not a diss, just the truth). Winner gets to dare the band to do something, or an iPhone.

Add to that a tour that kicks off tomorrow night (October 11), and you've got yourself quite a lot of Porno. OMG CLEAR THE CACHE [MORE...]

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