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Faint Guitarist's Metal Side Project Preps LP for Relapse

Vverevvolf Grehv-- pronounced "Frankenstein Tomb", I assure you-- is the metal side project of Dapose, guitar player for Omaha synth-rockers the Faint.

Dapose said of the Grehv project that he "wanted to hear synthesizers and filters and electronic music beat up on metal music," which is by turns a painful and intriguing notion. Crafted entirely by Dapose on guitar and laptop, Vverevvolf Grehv's debut Zombie Aesthetics is due March 4 in North America, and March 10 elsewhere from Relapse.

Neither Dapose nor the Faint have any tour dates on the way... because they're finally making another Faint record, right? Actually, right! According to the latest posting on the band's website, they've hunkered down into their newly-constructed ENAMEL studio-- the one bassist Joel Peterson told us about this past March-- recording the new one. Ooh, you've got me worked up so anticipatory!

Del the Funky Homosapien Signs to Def Jux for New LP

Photo by Jason Bergman

Because of his involvement in records like Deltron 3030 and the first Gorillaz album, it's easy to think of Del the Funky Homosapien (formerly Del tha Funkee Homosapien) as just a sci-fi rapper. But dig a little further back in his catalog (like back to his killer 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here), and you find an MC geeked on making genuinely quirky everyman anthems-- like "Pissin' on Your Steps", "The Wacky World of Rapid Transit", and "Sleepin' on My Couch".

We're not sure which of the two Dels (or maybe an amalgamation of them both?) will appear on his forthcoming full-length, The 11th Hour, but we're psyched that it exists and is coming out via Definitive Jux on February 26.

Produced entirely by Del himself, The 11th Hour is the Hieroglyphics crew member's first solo record since 2000's Both Sides of the Brain. And while February is still a little ways away, Del is currently touring the U.S. in front of the album's release, alongside Devin the Dude and friends. The tour's next stop is November 8, in Portland, Oregon. [MORE...]


Ghostface Doll Finally Available
Matching Raekwon doll still finishing miniature Only Built 4 Cuban Linx sequel

Wu-Tang is for the children, and Ghostface Killah knows his audience. Hence the announcement almost two years ago of a doll fashioned in the MC's likeness. Now that doll is finally available for purchase, and aside from the fact that its face doesn't look all that much like Ghostface's, it's a pretty cool distraction from his mild beef with the rest of the Clan over release dates.

Here's what makes 4CAST's Ghostface Doll great: 14 karat gold jewelry, a velvet robe, and an electronic chip inside of it featuring six original Pretty Toney catchphrases (recorded by the man himself!). The doll comes in a hand-numbered edition of 1000 nine-inch vinyl figures, with different editions for Europe, Japan, North America, and the rest of the world, making four in all. The doll also comes with a mixtape from the Beat Junkies' DJ Rhettmatic called 36 Deadly Darts. And like everybody else in the world, the doll has a blog.

The non-doll Ghostface is currently on the Hip Hop Live! Tour with Rakim and Brother Ali, which continues tomorrow, November 7, in Park City, Utah. His new album, The Big Doe Rehab, comes out via Def Jam on December 4, one week before the Wu's 8 Diagrams. [MORE...]

Photos: Tanned Tin Festival [Castellon, Spain; 10/31-11/04/07]

Photos by Daniel Cantó; Above: Dirty Projectors

The town of Castellón de la Plana, Spain hosted the ninth annual Tanned Tin Festival last week, offering a slew of acts performing at such venues as an old theatre, a chapel, and a casino. Presented by the label Acuarela Discos, the festival balanced the softer and harder sides of indie rock, with sets from Deerhunter, Xiu Xiu, Frog- and Wolf- Eyes (ha), Califone, the Sea and Cake, the Ex, the Dirty Projectors, Mia Doi Todd, Norfolk & Western, Asobi Seksu, Acid Mothers Temple, Bracken, Laura Gibson, Damien Jurado, David Thomas Broughton, Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina, Numbers, and Thee More Shallows

More photos below.









Photos: Pylon [Atlanta, GA; 11/01/07]

Photos by Ashley Williamson

As previously reported, recently reactivated Athens quartet Pylon set out last week to play a small string of dates, supporting their DFA-reissued LP Gyrate. As it turns out, Pylon is more than just a name: the influential new wave pioneers also decorated the stage at Atlanta's Earl club with their namesake traffic cones-- and even made them glow like jack-o'-lanterns! Halloweeny! More photos and tour dates below.



Radiohead Rainbows CD Due Via ATO New Year's Day?
Band to play webcast? Downloads to land band mad cash? Story to include periods?

You can already expect a hefty Radiohead box set and/or the clunkiest-looking USB drive ever under your pan-religious holiday tree this season, but what to do with all those gift cards and store return credits? Looks like you just might be able to use them to complete your box set, as the unconfirmed word is that In Rainbows will indeed hit U.S. shops in CD form via ATO/Side One-- and what's more, it may well do so January 1.

Reports have come in from several Pitchfork readers working in retail that this is the release date and label indicated on their order sheets; but, again, this info has not yet been confirmed by Radiohead's camp. More official-like: Radiohead's previously reported deal with XL Recordings, who'll handle In Rainbows CDs outside North America.

And while we're visiting the Radiohead rumor mill, we'd be remiss not to point out this juicy one. As BBC 6 Music radio host Adam Buxton disclosed in a recent broadcast (thanks ateaseweb!), Radiohead will purportedly take part in a BBC webcast set to air live November 9 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. UK time. According to Buxton, who'll head to Oxford to assist in the recording, Radiohead will talk and play some songs, and the vibe will be "fairly fast and loose."

Finally, on the ever-contested topic of In Rainbows sales numbers, Idolator points us to an interesting report from comScore, a service that specializes in measuring web traffic and the like. comScore tracked the traffic to during the first 29 days of October and discovered that 1.2 million web-users worldwide visited the site (which, barring a 100% download rate-- and everybody visiting on the first day-- would debunk previous reports of Radiohead moving 1.2 million digital units in one day).

The company also found that while a "significant percentage" of website visitors chose to download, only 38% worldwide chose to pay. Still, those who did pay paid an average of $6.00 for the album-- which brings the average earnings per album, in comScore's estimate, to $2.26. Of course, this doesn't include the discbox sales, nor sales of the forthcoming CD. And camp Radiohead has yet to issue any official numbers.

So it's still too early, really, to declare Radiohead's experiment in price-naming a runaway success, an utter failure, or something in between. One thing I think we can safely declare: Radiohead kick ass live. Do yourself a favor and see them next year.

Raveonettes Sign to Vice, Overload on Lust for New LP

Photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird

Danish girl group/garage duo the Raveonettes have announced that new album Lust Lust Lust, the follow-up to 2005's Pretty in Black, will mark the band's debut for their new U.S. label, Vice Records. (They were previously signed to Columbia.) The record is due out on these shores in 2008. In the UK, Lust Lust Lust comes out on Fierce Panda on November 12.

The band will embark on a few weeks of European shows starting November 13 in London, with a U.S. tour reportedly to follow in 2008. [MORE...]


Hold Steady, Black Lips, Deerhunter Join ATP vs. P4k
Plus: Wooden Shjips

The stakes just keep getting higher. As Pitchfork and All Tomorrow's Parties continue sizing each other up, staring each other down, and talkin' trash, we're thrilled to announce the addition of four new players into the ATP vs. Pitchfork festival arena.

Batting for team Pitchfork and providing the soundtrack to our beautifully besotted lives: Brooklyn warhorses the Hold Steady and Atlanta rabble-rousers Black Lips! And giving ATP's already formidable squad a boost: spacey noise-mongers Deerhunter and Sub Pop-aligned creative spellers Wooden Shjips!

These four join the previously announced 17 acts-- with many more to come-- for one massive throwdown May 9-11 at Camber Sands Holiday Centre, near Rye in Sussex county, England.

Here's what the lineup looks like as of this moment:

Chosen by Pitchfork:

The Hold Steady
Black Lips
Hot Chip
Les Savy Fav
No Age
Of Montreal
Man Man
Los Campesinos!
Glass Candy
Dirty Projectors

Chosen by ATP:

Wooden Shjips
Meat Puppets
The Black Angels
Shit and Shine
Pissed Jeans
Fuck Buttons

As mentioned previously, tickets for this shindig to end all shindigs are on sale now. The £140 pass includes accommodations at Camber Sands' chalets, which feature private bathroom suites, bars, a swimming pool, restaurants, a supermarket, go-karting, and mini-golf! Tickets for the weekend can be purchased through ATP's website in blocks of four, five, six, seven, or eight.

Stay tuned for more announcements, and we hope to see you there in May!

Finally, that's hardly the only thing ATP's cooking up in the coming months: there's also the Portishead ATP (December 7-9), the Explosions in the Sky ATP (May 16-18), and a number of Don't Look Back events.

LSF's Harrington Plays Mosquito in Commercial
Hairest. Insect. Ever.

Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington is one of the most charismatic live performers we've ever seen. He's a natural actor, sacrificing his body and dignity to his craft. And now, he's utilizing that same Method technique to play a mosquito in a PSA for the Nothing But Nets campaign.

Nothing But Nets is an organization dedicated to fighting malaria in Africa by raising money to buy insecticide-treated bed nets that protect against malaria-carrying mosquitoes. This VH1-sponsored spot is both an opportunity to raise awareness and a chance to see one of our favorite dudes literally bug the crap out of people.

(Note: This clip was edited by our friend William Kirk, whose photos you're probably familiar with.)

In more musical LSF matters, the band has a series of scattered tour dates both at the end of this year and the beginning of next in support of latest album Let's Stay Friends. The shows come before LSF's appearance in May at our own ATP vs. Pitchfork festival. Their next show is November 16 in Durham, North Carolina. [MORE...]


White Stripes Ready New Mystery Songs, Collab, Video

Photo by Thom Johnston

From illness to intrigue, photography to perplexity, those White Stripes sure do love to keep us guessing. Just peep this curious message posted on their website just yesterday:

"The White Stripes have just filmed an exciting new video and recorded three never before heard original songs (with a special collaboration) and one unique new version of a song from their latest album Icky Thump.

Stay tuned for more details about release dates of the songs and the premiere of the video!"

A rock band, recording new songs and making a music video? How intriguing! Next you'll tell me you've worked out some sort of characteristic color scheme for yourselves.

J/K J/K. In fact, new White Stripes jams? New video? Special collaboration? Yeah, we'll stay tuned. You know us too damn well, Whites.

As for a remedy for that scratched run of tour dates (which would've just wrapped a few days back), well, the band's website has two penguins squawking at each other and eventually snacking on an ape. So... they're playing colleges? Your guess is as good as ours.

Sufjan Stevens Tours Australia, Japan in January

Photo by Kathryn Yu

The U.S.: Fifty states, one Puerto Rico, and roughly 300 million stories to tell. Australia: Six states, a coupla territories, 20 million people, and enough koalas and kangaroos to inspire several string-and-horn arrangements. Time for another Sufjan Stevens concept project, eh?

While the thought of an orchestral ode to the homeland of Yahoo Serious and Kylie Minogue is enticing, no such thing is planned at the moment (at least that we know of). Sufjan is, however, headed to Australia for his first-ever Down Under tour, which includes a pair of shows surrounding a three-peat at the recently reported Sydney Festival.

Sufjan will follow his Aussie dates with a quick stopover in Japan. Whoa, nearly two dozen wards in Tokyo alone? Too much!

In other Sufjan news, well, with the BQE thing done, he's got relatively little on the horizon between now and Australia: Just a little chat in Brooklyn, maybe a screening of that film he helped soundtrack, and a few well-earned yuletide zzz's. Plenty of time to get cracking on another LP... right? [MORE...]


Photos: SunnO))) / Jesu [Portland, OR; 11/03/07]

Photos by Nilina Mason-Campbell

The music at a show featuring both doom lords Sunn O))) and metal god Justin Broadrick's Jesu is plenty dark and spooky on its own, but add Sunn O)))'s trademark fog machine and you've got air as think as the drones. On Saturday night, Portland, Oregon's Hawthorne Theatre was transformed into a lair of pure eeevil thanks to both acts, leaving audience members woozy in the head and in the stomach.

More photos and tour dates below.




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