RIP: Tod Dockstader, musique concrète composer

From the Unlocking Dockstader Facebook page:

This evening my dear friend and musical inspiration, Tod Dockstader passed away. He was at peace and we were listening to his music at the time. May your spirit and music always float among the radio waves you were so fond of.

• Tod Dockstader: http://dockstader.info

Amnesia Scanner releases audio play on Gum Artefacts in dubplate edition of 1, streaming edition of ∞

Back in May of 2014, a shadowy producer (as in, “we do not have a single bit of information about who this is,” not “their FADER cover partially obscures their face”) using the moniker Amnesia Scanner released a continuous set of “HD explosions and reversed cymbals,” ” aestheticized chronos, sentient beats,” and “digital shards of glass” called AS LIVE [][][][][], which was hailed by the likes of Daniel Lopatin, Janus Records, and Tony Mixtapes, coming not long after Arca’s similarly perverted &&&&& mix.

Flash-forward to Wednesday, when Amnesia Scanner reappeared on Bill Kouligas’s monthly PAN show on Rinse FM with a seven-part audio play called Angels Rig Hook that mixed surreal spoken-word visualizations with interference from SETI FM radio signals and a little bit of pressurized bass, a few reference points provided in “Drexciya,” “François Rabelais,” “Quake 7 Arena,” and “a flake of skin.” It was so abnormal that the only outlet it could possibly be physically released through was Gum Artefacts, the label that released Felicita’s Frenemies EP as a translucent yellow drawstring bag (one of my favorite releases of 2014, a truly insane collection of diverse songs that was like PC Music’s version of Fat Worm of Error). Unfortunately, the physical edition seems to be limited to one single-sided dubplate with an etching on the B-side. Fortunately, the whole thing is available to stream below:

Angels Rig Hook tracklist:

01. DeathCon Valley
02. Titan (ॐ)
03. Creeper
04. Exopsalm
05. Treasure Island
06. Oil Rigged
07. Seagullz

• Amnesia Scanner: http://www.amnesiascanner.net
• Gum Artefacts: http://gum-artefacts.tumblr.com

Best Coast’s new album might tip you off that they’re from California

In their bid to be the most ultra-California band since The Beach Boys, Best Coast are back! With a new album named California Nights! The new album, their third, drops May 5 via Harvest Records and will feature songs called “Sitting in Traffic,” “Still Sitting in Traffic 40 Minutes Later,” and the single “Oh My God, It’s 8:00 PM, Why Is It Bumper to Bumper on the 101.” Classic California night songs.

I kid! I kid! Usually traffic does not go till 8 PM here. (Just last Tuesday when it made me late to an audition.) The real magic of California Nights can be evidenced in the lovely little video below, directed by Adam Harding. Fun fact: Starting April 7, Best Coast are teaming up with record stores to allow fans to pre-order the album on vinyl and receive an exclusive 10-inch with three tracks from the release. And of course, to celebrate the release, singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno will head out on the road on an upcoming tour.

California Nights tracklisting:

01. Feeling Ok
02. Fine Without You
03. Heaven Sent
04. In My Eyes
05. So Unaware
06. When Will I Change
07. Jealousy
08. California Nights
09. Get Outta My Head
10. Run Through My Head
11. Sleep Won’t Ever Come
12. Wasted Time

Dates:

03.14.15 - Phoenix, AZ - VIVA PHX Festival
04.11.15 - San Antonio, TX - Maverick Music Festival
06.03.15 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
06.04.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
06.05.15 - Portland, OR - Alhambra Theater
06.08.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.10.15 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
06.12.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.16.15 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.18.15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
06.19.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
06.20.15 - Toronto, ON - NXNE
06.24.15 - Dallas, TX - Granada
06.26.15 - San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
06.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern

• Best Coast: http://www.bestcoast.net
• Harvest: http://www.harvestrecords.com

Dirty Beaches buddy/collaborator Shub Roy drops new album as Night Musik

Composer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/dark lord of the night Shub Roy has worked with Dirty Beaches (producing Drifters/Love Is the Devil), psych weirdos Yamantaka, and a host of other intriguing, shadowy, dark/weird music figures. He has spent countless late nights in countless cities on countless continents, spending time (presumably) still alone yet surrounded by people, by the neon whirr of the big city, by the endless din of the unsleeping skyscrapers, like a drugged-out Edward Hopper lurking in the background of a rave on mid-2000s British teen drama Skins.

And thus was born Roy’s new solo project, Night Musik. Naturally, Transit, his debut album, was created while dude was on the road, living sometimes in Berlin, sometimes in Lisbon, sometimes in the back of a van. And soon it shall be ours for the listening, with an LP and digital release via Mind Records on April 20. Watch the video for “Gold Mirror” below and pre-order here.

Transit tracklisting:

01. Theme
02. Hard to Tell
03. Between
04. Eternal
05. Gold Mirror
06. Once a God

• Night Musik: https://nightmusik.bandcamp.com
• Mind: http://mindrecordsjapan.bigcartel.com

Red House Painters box set to be released in April; Grandpa Poopsie approves!

Box sets are bigger than ever right now according to my grandpa, Poopsie. 4AD will release 1,500 numbered copies of a Red House Painters LP box set worldwide on Record Store Day, April 18, and in the US on April 21. The box set will contain the band’s first four albums, spanning the years 1992-1995 — Down Colorful Hill, Red House Painters (Rollercoaster), Red House Painters (Bridge), and Ocean Beach, which will include the Shock Me EP. The albums haven’t been available for over 20 years, so news like this could give any grandpa a boner.

Speaking of grandpa boners, my grandpa Poopsie is no dummy. He knows that Red House Painters was the early project from Mark Kozelek (also of Sun Kil Moon, releasing a new album on June 2). He also thinks The War on Drugs sound like a beer commercial. Aside from being a total douche, my grandpa is just as knowledgeable about Kozelek’s life as you and TMZ are. If there’s ever a Sun Kil Moon song titled “Some Grandpa Poopsie Offered Me Oral,” then you know who he’s talking about.

Down Colorful Hill tracklist:

01. 24
02. Medicine Bottle
03. Japanese To English
04. Down Colorful Hill
05. Lord Kill The Pain
06. Michael

Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) tracklist:

01. Grace Cathedral Park
02. Down Through
03. Katy Song
04. Mistress
05. Things Mean A Lot
06. Funhouse
07. Take Me Out
08. Rollercoaster
09. New Jersey
10. Dragonflies
11. Mistress (Piano Version)
12. Mother
13. Strawberry Hill
14. Brown Eyes

Red House Painters (Bridge) tracklist:

01. Evil
02. Bubble
03. I Am A Rock
04. Helicopter
05. New Jersey
06. Uncle Joe
07. Blindfold
08. Star Spangled Banner

Ocean Beach tracklist:

01. Cabezon
02. Summer Dress
03. San Geronimo
04. Shadows
05. Over My Head
06. Red Carpet
07. Brockwell Park
08. Moments
09. Long Distance Runaround
10. Drop
11. Brockwell Park (Part Two)
12. Shock Me
13. Sundays And Holidays
14. Three Legged Cat
15. Shock Me (Acoustic)

• Mark Kozelek: http://www.sunkilmoon.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Music industry declares with creepy enthusiasm: Friday will now be the official release day for the world

They can do that, I guess, and it’s apparent that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has put an astounding amount of thought into something that probably won’t matter a lick to the industry’s ultimate, collective bottom line.

But for the sake of making things all comfortably uniform and giving Americans in particular extra time to engage in their Tuesday night whatevers… Friday has officially been declared the global release day for the entire music industry! It won’t go into effect until this summer, but the IFPI made clear in an article/press release posted today that, basically, you wanted this to happen. You needed this to happen. Your family won’t be released from capture until this happens.

Less threateningly, the musically connected organization cites Friday as the research-backed preference of nearly 7/10 consumers who “expressed a view” on the subject. Without personally questioning the number of consumers who instead expressed total indifference, the IFPI also mentions the possibility of a global release day leading to a renewed enthusiasm over the “event” of releasing music, with Friday and Saturday encompassing peak hours in terms of social media activity.

The potential curbing of piracy is also highlighted, but surely that paragraph’s two-sentence presence in the essay’s middle must be indicative of unimportance. Curbing piracy is not the point of this initiative. Definitely not.

• IFPI: http://www.ifpi.org

Load Records plans LP release of Timeghost’s Cellular for March 17

Listen, I’m a well-known fan of ghosts of every stripe, so if something comes up in the ole TMT news queue with even a hint of ghostliness about it, I’m going to snap it up like the greedy toddler that, in many ways, I kind of am. So you can imagine that when I saw news of the March 17 LP release of Timeghost’s Cellular via Load Records I was all over it. I clicked that reserve button so hard that I broke my mouse, had to call IT to replace my mouse, had to explain to IT what I was doing when I broke the mouse, and ultimately had to submit to anger management counseling per HR’s recommendation even though I wasn’t even angry I was just excited. All of that brings us pretty much up to the present, so let’s do a paragraph break.

Timeghost is the solo work of Providence, Rhode Island’s Adam Morosky. Active since 2008, Morosky’s work blends modular synth work with found sound samples and spoken word overlays into something pulsing, skittering, and stark. Morosky actually previously self-released Cellular on CD, and Chondritic Sound put the album out on tape, but this is its first LP edition. Limited to 300 copies, it comes with a laser-cut LP sleeve and “well considered silkscreened wrappers.” It’s available to order right now from the Load site, and you can check out album opener “Cellular Automata” below:

Cellular tracklist:

01. Cellular Automata
02. Phantom Ring
03. Dissection Theater
04. Delicate Resonances
05. Uber Orgone
06. Intrusion
07. On Airs Waters, & Places
08. Gaia

• Timeghost: https://www.facebook.com/timeghostelectronics
• Load: http://www.loadrecords.com

Lawrence English swoops down on his decorated hang glider to reissue The Peregrine on Room40

A repetitive and “ominous bird of yore” has gotten all of the celebrity treatment over the past century or so, and it’s finally time for a new avian featherhead to supplant that snide bastard on the deliberately tree-lined red carpet. Harry Potter’s relentlessly classy wizard owl neglected to seize the opportunity with his mostly forgettable movie performance(s), so that really only leaves one option, in Rocky-esque comeback form: the special subject of J.A. Baker’s stupendous mid-century nonfiction book The Peregrine. That fierce and majestic fowl is being re-hoisted by experimental musician and aspiring bird-caller Lawrence English, approximately right now if you’d like to pre-order. Set aside this relevant photo for the time being.

But consider the relevant album in English’s discography. The Peregrine is unabashedly inspired by that eponymous piece of literature, and the original release had a rather limited pressing back in 2011. Now it’s being released on vinyl again thanks to English’s Room40 label, alongside a CD and an inaugural authorized digital version, so you don’t have to worry about that messy vinyl ripping process.

It’s rather drone-y. Maybe you liked last year’s Wilderness of Mirrors?

The Peregrine tracklisting:

01. October 1 - The Hunting Life
02. November 16 - Dead Oak
03. December 24 - Frost’s Bitter
04. January 30 - Grey Lunar Sea
05. February 10 - The Roar Seasing
06. March 16 - Heavy Breath of Silence
07. April 4 - And He Sleeps

• Lawrence English: http://lawrenceenglish.com
• Room40: http://room40.org

Real Estate announce May/June tour dates, housing market completely rebounds overnight in response

Real talk, everyone: Following the release of their spectacular, stupendous, colossal 2014 smash-hit of an album Atlas, Real Estate (the band) have officially, emphatically, undeniably, indefatigably announced that, after they finish up a couple Australian shows this month, they’ll be coming back around to North America for a bunch of festival appearances, some headlining gigs, and some bar crawls with their friends in Woods (the “rustic” band) at this year’s Woodsist Festival and Belle and Sebastian (the “Glaswegian” band) at some place called Radio City Music Hall. The bulk of the action is going down this May and June, because that’s when it’s NOT SHITTY AS BALLS OUTSIDE.

Because I know you’re dying to know and can’t be bothered to look it up on the internet that you’re reading this far on: YES, tickets to Woodsist Festival, Sasquatch, and Radio City Music Hall are already on sale. All the other shit goes on sale this coming Friday (Feb 27), with the exception of their NXNE show, which goes on sale Thursday (today).

This is all, of course, great news for anyone who loves Real Estate (the band), but pretty lousy, useless news for anyone who cares about real estate (the thing). It also seems to qualify as fair-to-middling news for people who like Woods — which is probably some people — and Belle and Sebastian — which as far as I can tell from all of the movies I’ve seen is all cool sensitive people everywhere. But yeah, if you’re into buying houses and flipping properties and selling buildings and whatnot more than easy-breezy-beautiful indie rock music, you’re reading the wrong hilarious music magazine. You wanted Rolling Stone.

Real Estate (the tour):

02.26.15 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Art Factory
02.27.15 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
03.28.15 - Phoenix, AZ - McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04.02.15 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.12.15 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre ^
05.08-10.15 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05.18.15 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
05.19.15 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery *
05.21.15 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall *
05.22.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial *
05.23.15 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
06.10.15 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall ^
06.19.15 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
06.20.15 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
06.22.15 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
06.23.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.24.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.25.15 - Providence, RI - The Columbus Theatre

^ Belle and Sebastian
* Woods

• Real Estate: http://www.realestatetheband.com
• Domino: http://dominorecordco.com

iLoveMakonnen announces that heLovesTouringtheUnitedStates

Makonnen loves iLoveMakonnen. Drake loves iLoveMakonnen. Tiny Mix Tapes loves iLoveMakonnen. Hell, my mom even loves iLoveMakonnen (or, at least she said “It’s certainly interesting” after my siblings and I conspired to play the iLoveMakonnen EP during some of our family Christmas/pagan solstice festivities this year because we all agreed that deciding to stop selling molly is a great thing to celebrate in conjunction with the birth of our Lord/atheistic movement of our beautiful sun). But, reader, since we don’t even know each other, in large part because I’m not even convinced you’re actually real, I don’t know where you stand on iLoveMakonnen. Do you love him? Well, perhaps a good way to demonstrate that love (while simultaneously demonstrating that you’re not just a computer program on the internet) is to hit him up on the recently announced Loudest of the Loud tour. Dates are below.

And, if you’re reading this before 2 PM EST on February 26, it may not yet be too late for you, because until that time there is a fan pre-sale for tickets going on over on Makonnen’s website. The public sale starts at noon on Friday, February 27. Do the right thing, reader, whatever that is. Actually, in this case the right thing may be starting a Whitehouse.gov petition to prevent Drake from going back and remixing every single one of iLoveMakonnen’s tracks. We may never know for sure, though.

Dates:

04.28.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.29.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.01.15 - Washington, D.C. - Howard Theatre
05.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
05.03.15 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
05.04.15 - Milleville, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
05.07.15 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.08.15 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
05.09.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.12.15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
05.14.15 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
05.15.15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.16.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent

• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com
• OVO Sound: http://ovosound.com