Drag City release new solo album by Masaki Batoh of Ghost

Masaki Batoh of Ghost has a very special solo album “Brain Pulse Music” coming out on Drag City. The music on it is designed as a prayer and requiem for both the victims and the survivors of the Japanese earthquake. The album has been made with his BPM Machine, developed and built by MKC Inc upon Batoh’s request.

The machine enables the user to generate sounds via their brainwaves. The project took a new turn after the Japanese earthquake delayed the original recording session and Batoh saw an increase of patients coming to his acupuncture clinic with stress and trauma-related problems. This changed the direction he decided to head in with this project which took on a more spiritual aspect. The album combines the BPM Machine with traditonal Japanese instruments.

All proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross. For more information, visit Batoh’s facebook page

PIAS London warehouse on fire

The saddest tales of the London riots are the number of small businesses destroyed in the violence. Now, we are finding that independent record labels could be joining those ranks. The warehouse where distributors PIAS keep their stock has been set on fire with some reports claiming it has burnt down. Labels distributed by PIAS include the likes of Drag City, Thrill Jockey, Matador, Domino, Fat Cat, Finders Keepers, Twisted Nerve, Mute, Jagjaguwar and many others.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by these events.

update the latest news is that all stock in the warehouse has been lost. Please support the affected by labels by buying their music digitally and also buying up any stock left in the shops (which is now going to be very limited and collectable) so they have cash coming in to keep them afloat.