Josiah Wolf
“Master Cleanse (California)”

WHY’s Josiah Wolf has gone solo on our asses. His debut LP, Jet Lag, is due March 2 via Anticon. Our lives will never be the same.

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Nick Jaina

“Sleep Child”

Nick Jaina’s latest, A Bird in the Opera House, is due April 13 on Hush. Expect lush orchestration, exquisite melodies, and, if you’re listening closely enough, nudity.

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“Don’t Go Phantom” (Amtrak Remix)

Jookabox’s Dead Zone Boys was released late last year via Asthmatic Kitty, but the label has teamed up recently with Audio Recon for a remix EP titled Dead Zone RMXS. I have no fucking clue what RMXS means. Anyway, check out this track, remixed by Amtrak.

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Aloe Blacc

“I Need a Dollar”

Aloe Blacc’s single “I Need a Dollar” is the lead track to the new HBO show How To Make It in America. It stars the TMT staffers, who has clearly made it in America.

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Bang on a Can

Performing Dave Longstreth compositions and more at New York’s Merkin Hall

As we recently reported, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are performing music written by various composers, including Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, at Merkin Hall tonight. Don’t have tickets? Who gives a shit when you can stream the entire performance online at WQXR’s Q2 station at 7:30 PM EST (via BrooklynVegan)! From WQXR:

This year, Bang on a Can has selected four young and innovative composers for these world premiere performances: Swiss ambient-funk-pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch, UK-based electro-acoustic composer Oscar Bettison, Boston composer-inventor Christine Southworth, and Brooklyn’s David Longstreth, the driving force behind the ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors. The All-Stars also present a recently-commissioned work by British composer Michael Nyman and selections from Brian Eno’s seminal work Music for Airports.

By the way, did you know that “merkin” is defined as a wig made out of pubic hair? And that a former TMT writer used to go by “Merkin”? The more you know, indeed.

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High Places

“On Giving Up”

High Places will release High Places vs. Mankind, their second full-length on Thrill Jockey. It’s due sometime in April. Most importantly, however, the above photo was taken by Hisham Bharoocha.

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