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Swans On Tour

Michael Gira's Swans have announced an Irish and UK tour with support from James Blackshaw, including a performance at the forthcoming Supersonic Festival in Birmingham (supported by The Wire). The latest incarnation of the No Wave group consists of original members Norman Westberg and Cristoph Hahn along with Phil Puleo, Chris Pravdica and Thor Harris (though original and long-running member, Jarboe, will not be appearing). The group are currently recording a new full length album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky to be released on Gira's Young God label in Autumn.

Tour dates are: Cork Cyprus Avenue (21 October), Dublin Button Factory (22), Birmingham Supersonic Festival (24), Glasgow Arches (25), Brighton Concorde 2 (27), London Koko Theatre (28), Leeds Uni Stylus (29), Manchester Academy (30).

Swans On Tour

Michael Gira's Swans have announced an Irish and UK tour with support from James Blackshaw, including a performance at the forthcoming Supersonic Festival in Birmingham (supported by The Wire). The latest incarnation of the No Wave group consists of original members Norman Westberg and Cristoph Hahn along with Phil Puleo, Chris Pravdica and Thor Harris (though original and long-running member, Jarboe, will not be appearing). The group are currently recording a new full length album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky to be released on Gira's Young God label in Autumn.

Tour dates are: Cork Cyprus Avenue (21 October), Dublin Button Factory (22), Birmingham Supersonic Festival (24), Glasgow Arches (25), Brighton Concorde 2 (27), London Koko Theatre (28), Leeds Uni Stylus (29), Manchester Academy (30).

Netmage 2011: Call For Participants

Netmage festival exploring media innovation in the electronic arts, has put out a call for participants to take part in Netmage 11. The call is specifically for participants in their live media floor, the main section of the festival which showcases contemporary international cinematic and inter-media art. The call is open to projects that use electronic, electroacoustic, analogue and cinematic means to produce visuals and sound. The deadline for application is 20 September, 2010, the festival takes place in Bologna, Italy in January 2011. Download the application form here.

Mick Karn

Former bassist for art rocker group Japan, Mick Karn, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Karn, who currently lives in Cyprus with his wife and son, announced the news on his website. Although his basic medical costs will be provided by the state, Karn says he is currently financially insecure. As a result he is appealing for financial help to support his family and any extra costs treatment may incur. A benefit concert organised by Midge Ure is being planned for later this year.

Felix Kubin: Electronic Umbrella

Felix Kubin has been commissioned by the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA) to create a series of English language radio episodes on the underground music scene in Eastern Europe. Through six episodes Parasol Elektroniczny, or Electronic Umbrella will look at music in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic/Slovakia, Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania, Slovenia, and Serbia/Croatia, focusing not only on the music, but also on the cultural politics, economy and survival tactics important to the artists in each country. Kubin also plans to commission newly composed anthems or hymns for each episode by the artists involved.

The episodes will start being made available for listening on MACBA's website beginning September 2010 and continue being released through May 2011.

Alt.vinyl Shop To Close

Independent record shop alt.vinyl, have announced that they will be closing the doors on their Thornton Street, Newcastle premises on 24 June. Alt.vinyl, which has been in operation from 2004, will stay open as an online shop and label (with releases from Nalle, Wooden Wand, Second Family Band, Bong, :zoviet*france:, Julian Lynch, Helena Espvall (Espers), MV&EE still to come in 2010). They'll also be holding a farewell party to thank all of their regular customers with music (and possibly drinks too) on 19 June from the late afternoon onwards.

Zs On Tour

The stateside noise trio have just announced a European tour supporting their recent album New Slaves. Ceske Budejovice Bazilika (25 July), Vienna RHIZ (26), Tolmin Sajeta Festival (28), Geneva Le Kab d'Usine (29), Lyon Grrrnd Zero (30) London Whitechapel (1 August) Leeds Brudenell Social Club (2) Bristol Start The Bus (3) Gent Cafe Video (4), Berlin Schokoladen (5) Katowice Off Festival (7) Kosice Tabackal (8), Brno House Of Arts (9).

Do That Dance! - Australian Post Punk 1977-1983

Producer Sean O'Brien has made a radio series on Australian post punk music for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The two 50 minute episodes investigate the punk scenes in Sydney and Melbourne in the late 1970s and early 80s, featuring interviews with key figures Systematics, Severed Heads, Tame O'Mearas, independent label M Squared, Primitive Calculators, Birthday Party, Moodists, and more. Both episodes will be available to download for free from ABC, August through September 2010.

SoundWalk 2010: Call For Work

SoundWalk 2010 are calling out for submissions of work from artists who use sound in their work to be included in the 7th instalment of their Downtown Long Beach, California event. Included on the programme will be sculptures, performances, and installations, but the proposed work may utilise sound in any manner. Deadline is 1 July and the Soundwalk 2010 event takes place 9 October. Click here for more details.

Ninja Tune XX

Ninja Tune are turning 20. To celebrate, the label has planned a series of releases and events, including a deluxe boxset containing six CDs of new music and remixes from their artists, six 7"s, and a hardback edition of Stevie Chick's book on the label Ninja Tune: 20 Years Of Beats And Pieces, from Black Dog Publishing. Along with that, they're currently releasing a series of downloads on their site, one a week, for 20 weeks, available here.

Beginning 26 June, a globe hopping tour organised by Coldcut kicks off at the Montréal Jazz Festival, and then makes its way through France, Germany, Belgium, UK, USA, and Japan (click here for full details). 2 October will see a massive party at London's Ewer Street Car Park with performances from Coldcut, Amon Tobin, Roots Manuva, The Bug, Kid Koala, DJ Food, Dorian Concept and many more. A limited amount of tickets are available now from the Ninja Tunes online shop.