Loveless was due for reissue in 2008, but mysteriously delayed – that remaster along with yet another remastered version will now be bundled together on a two disc set. All three sets will be released – so we’re told – on 7 May by Sony.
And yet more reissues on the horizon, with news that three Van Dyke Parks albums – Song Cycle, Discover America and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper – are being rereleased on CD and vinyl in June by Bella Union. Unusually, the albums will not be bulked out with extra tracks; nor will they feature new artwork. bellaunion.com An oral history tracing the rise of Berlin Techno has just been published. The book includes interviews with the likes of Juan Atkins, Mike Banks, Danielle De Piciotto, Alec Empire, Mark Ernestus, Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Ron Murphy, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Van Dyke and others. The catch? It’s in German only. Titled Der Klang Der Familie: Berlin, Techno Und Die Wende, which translates as The Sound Of Family: Berlin, Techno And The Reunification, the book has been put together by journalists Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen. suhrkamp.de
Under the banner Tate à Tate, London activist organisations Liberate Tate, Platform and Art Not Oil have commissioned a series of guerrilla audio tours of Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Tate Boat in protest at the galleries’ involvement with oil giant BP. Former Wire staffer and current contributor Phil England has produced a
Tate Modern tour with Jim Welton titled Drilling The Dirt (“A Temporary Difficulty”), referencing Tate Director Nicholas Serota’s comments that: “We all recognise they [BP] have a difficulty at the moment but you don’t abandon your friends because they have what we consider to be a temporary difficulty.” Ansuman Biswas has produced a tour for Tate Britain, and Isa Suarez, Mae Martin and Mark McGowan have created a soundtrack for the Tate Boat. All Tate à Tate tours can be downloaded onto smartphones. tateatate.org
Hamish Dunbar, the founder and director of East London new music venue Cafe Oto, has been awarded the inaugural £25,000 Genesis Prize, which is designed to encourage the development of new talent in all areas of the arts. Dunbar will be starting an Associate Artists Programme with the funds, teaming emerging performers with established musicians. genesisfoundation. org.uk
Dark corners of Leeds city centre will be transformed later this month via a series of installations and performances as part of Overworlds & Underworlds (18–20 May), which includes compositions by Gavin Bryars, plus work by film makers The Quay Brothers, librettist Blake Morrison, dancers and choreographers. overworldsandunderworlds.com
Three members of Russian Riot Grrrl collective Pussy Riot have been arrested and charged with hooliganism for a performance of a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The performance was part of a protest against the regime of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and appealed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin [to] chase Putin out”. At the time we went to press with this issue, the women, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevic, were reported to have gone on a 12 day hunger strike, while their trial hearing had been scheduled for 24 April.
Drag City has produced a limited number of Ghost member and acupuncturist Masaki Batoh’s Brain Pulse Music Machine, which converts brain waves into sound. The machine is reportedly being trialled by a number of hospitals in Tokyo, and Batoh uses the machine in his practice daily. Batoh expects it to be “an effective therapy for depression, panic disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome”, the theory being that through listening to their brainwaves patients learn to recognise spikes in brain activity. dragcity.com/products/brain-pulse-musicmachine
Los Angeles label 100% Silk, home to LA Vampires, Ital, Maria Minerva and others, is asking supporters to drop some pennies in the pot to help fund a film documenting their forthcoming tour around UK and Europe. The label is aiming to raise $3500 by the end of April via crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo. If the film is fully funded, those who pledged cash will receive rewards ranging from a thank you, to a mixtape or a mention in the credits. indiegogo.com/silkdoc
100% Silk aren’t the only ones crowdfunding this month. Mad King Edmund, a collective of jazz and electronic musicians led by Ed Pettersen, is crowdfunding a project to release a 2011 recording by free jazz saxophonist Giuseppe Logan, who recorded two albums for ESP-Disk in the 1960s before disappearing for 30 years. The Kickstarter project aims to raise $6000 to fund vinyl pressing and mastering, with any extra cash going towards the repair of Logan’s saxophone. kickstarter. com/projects/710927283/the-giuseppilogan-project-a-free-jazz-album
German video art festival Videonale has put out an open call for single or multi-channel video works to be considered for the 2013 festival. Videos can cover any subject but must not date from before 1 January 2010. The festival takes place at the Bonn Kunstmuseum, 15 February–7 April 2013, where around 40–50 works will be exhibited. Closing date for submissions is 6 July 2012. videonale.org
A new Grateful Dead documentary is scheduled for release this month. In addition to tracing the group’s history, the film charts the rise of the San Francisco psychedelic underground and associated groups such as Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Dawn Of The Dead: The Grateful Dead And The Rise Of The San Francisco Underground is released on DVD by MVD Entertainment Group on 22 May.
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