Bits: Sub Pop’s Andy Kotowicz, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tom Waits and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Low Anthem, Raekwon

  • On October 24 of this year, Sub Pop executive Andy Kotowicz was killed in a car accident, leaving behind a wife and young daughter. On December 4, the Showbox will host a benefit concert for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation, featuring A-Frames/AFCGT, Fruit Bats, Mudhoney, Michael Yonkers, Pissed Jeans, Shabazz Palaces, Vetiver, and Wolf Eyes.
  • At 2:00 PM EST (if my calculations are correct) today, November 16, Arte will have a live webcast of Einstürzende Neubauten’s 30th anniversary show in Paris.
  • Beginning Friday, November 19, Preservation Hall will have for sale a special 78 of Tom Waits and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s recording of “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing”, signed and numbered by Ben Jaffe. (Online sales begin November 20.)
  • The Low Anthem have announced that their new album Smart Flesh will be released on February 22.
  • November 13 would have been the inimitable Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 42nd birthday. In memory, Raekwon has released the video “Ason Jones”.


Einstürzende Neubauten 30th Anniversary

Apparently, it’s time for my generation to feel old. Anniversary shows? For my bands? That’s something that’s only supposed to happen to my parents’ bands. Paul Revere and the Raiders have anniversaries. Einstürzende Neubauten do not have anniversaries.

But I suppose I can give a little leeway to a band who have been around for three decades and have made music of everything from warehouse noise to aching ballads. On November 9, EN will be releasing the fourth in their series of “archival” albums, Strategies Against Architecture, which covers material from 2002 to present, including selections from the Musterhaus series that was available exclusively through the band’s website.

In addition, EN will be kicking off a special tour in the Netherlands on October 14 (and hitting American shores on December 1). Each city on the tour will get two shows: the first night will be a full-on Neubauten concert, while the second night will be a three-part program with music, film and other typically experimental media.

U.S. Dates

12/01/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
12/02/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
12/03/10 – San Francisco, CA – The Filmore
12/04/10 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
12/08/10 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
12/09/10 – Chicago, IL – Metro
12/11/10 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/12/10 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
12/14/10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/15/10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom


Einstürzende Neubauten Official Website