Unhand that sacrificial goat! Stop rubbing your grimy hands all over that stupid lamp! Take a break from trying to bait a leprechaun into your weird basement! Because all your dreams have already come true: there’s a new release from Aphex Twin (or AFX, on this one) on the way. Titled Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008), Richard D. James’s latest EP will drop August 21 via the good people at Warp Records. It’s James’s first release as AFX since 2005.
And what do you know, all involved have kindly gifted us with a clip of the track “serge fenix Rendered 2,” complete with strobey yet minimalist visuals and glorious jumpy techno beats.
Cop this thing for yourself on 12-inch, CD (as the press release says, “both in die-cut and spot glossed sleeves”), digital, and streaming.
01. serge fenix Rendered 2
02. dmx acid test
03. oberheim blacet1b
04. bonus EMT beats
05. simple slamming b 2
06. midi pipe1c sds3time cube/klonedrm
08. r8m neotek beat
• Warp Records: http://warp.net
NY venue Trans-Pecos pulls in a fresh batch of curators, including James Chance, Hisham Bharoocha, and David Grubbs
It wasn’t likely at all, but with the recent reception of their long-awaited liquor license, NY venue Trans-Pecos could’ve easily drowned itself in a celebratory consumption of libations, literally flooding the Ridgewood block nary a day after the framed license was nailed to the wall. Luckily, founders Sam Hillmer (of ZS) and Todd P have no interest in divvying away their DIY locale for the sake of riding a beer wave out through the windows; their focus on curatorial band bookings continues to this day, nearly two years after they opened their doors and about nine months after Kayo Dot and Islaja performed a show that distantly had me raging at my geographically-hindered attendance. The show was paradoxical and earth-shattering synergy, I imagine!
Hillmer just recently hit us up with news about Trans-Pecos’s new round of curators. Replacing folks like PC Worship and (the folks at) Northern Spy are no-wave legend James Chance, Sort Circle member/former Black Dice drummer Hisham Bharoocha, Robert AA Lowe, Hiro Kone, noise artist Bob Bellerue, Lamin Fofana, Don Devore, and David Grubbs (formerly of Gastr del Sol). Upcoming shows include one curated by Bob Bellerue that features the Lowe act Lichens and an AdHoc show featuring Silver Apples, Bookworms, and TMT favorite Giant Claw. That one looks especially good.
• Trans-Pecos: http://www.thetranspecos.com
You may remember the band Duran Duran from the hit song “A View to a Kill” and a Yoplait yogurt commercial from 2013. Those dudes from those things are back, and this time they have an album that sounds like the title of an old Mobb Deep record. It’s called Paper Gods, and it’ll be released September 18 in the US on Warner Bros. Records as a CD, a deluxe 15-track CD, a 2LP vinyl, and a limited-edition Vinyl Factory Deluxe LP box set. Janelle Monáe, Niles Rodgers, John Frusciante, Canadian Juno-Award winning singer Kiesza, and more will make guest appearance on the album. Even the moldy and decrepit Lindsay Lohan will provide spoken word vocals on the track, “Dancephobia.”
This album comes at a critical time, as in 1988 my cousin Dunny tried an attempted grope at Duran Duran backstage, but he got his outtie belly button caught on barbed wire. Craft services had to cut the barbed wire from the fence, leaving Dunny with an unwanted belly ring. Furthermore, blood from the incident stained his “Hungry Like the Wolf” happy trail tattoo. To celebrate the new Duran Duran release as well as upcoming tour dates, I have stolen money from fellow TMT staff writers to get a Duran Duran tramp stamp tattoo (“Rio” in Jokerman font; arrow pointed down to butt crack) to honor Dunny.
Paper Gods tracklist:
01: Paper Gods (feat. Mr. Hudson)
02: Last Night in the City (feat. Kiesza)
03: You Kill Me With Silence
04: Pressure Off (feat. Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers)
05: Face For Today
07: What Are The Chances?
08: Sunset Garage
09: Change the Skyline (feat. Jonas Bjerre)
10: Butterfly Girl
11: Only in Dreams
12: The Universe Alone
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
13. Planet Roaring
14. Valentine Stones
15, Northern Lights
08.05.15 - Riverhead, NY - FOLD Festival
08.06.15 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
09.01.15 - Ibiza - Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel
09.05.15 - Gibraltar – Victoria Stadium (Gibraltar Music Festival)
09.11.15 - Isle of Wight, UK - Robin Hill Park (Bestival)
09.20.15 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.23.15 - Puyallup, WA - Washington State Fair
09.25.15 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
09.26.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
09.27.15 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre
10.01.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Greek Theatre, Berkeley
10.03.15 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show, Agua Caliente Casino
11.27.15 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
11.28.15 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena
11.30.15 - Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena
12.02.15 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre
12.04.15 - Birmingham, UK - Genting Arena
12.05.15 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Radio Arena
12.06.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro
12.08.15 - London, UK - The O2
12.09.15 - Bournemouth, UK - Bournemouth International Centre
12.11.15 - Nottingham, UK - Capital FM Arena
12.12.15 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena
Initial lineup for MUTEK Mexico unveiled, featuring Lee Gamble, Lucrecia Dalt, Lotic, and more (obviously)
Even though an Asian expansion would mean increased access to one of the world’s best experimental electronic music festivals, let’s all be objectively grateful that MUTEK hasn’t gone the way of ATP and started throwing together names and locations and confused us to the point where we end up travelling to Munich for a German rendition of “Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Jupp and his). Instead, the premier event maintains its annual occurrence in Montreal, and excluding a bevy of showcases in South America, Barcelona, and elsewhere, the other MUTEK gig of comparable significance is MUTEK Mexico, which began three years after MUTEK Montreal in 2003. Residents and those reasonably inclined to make the trip to Mexico City: grab a drool bowl.
The initial lineup for this year’s edition of MUTEK Mexico has just been announced, and it includes the following artists: Alessandro Cortini, Shackleton, Voices from the Lake, Lucrecia Dalt, Lotic, Vatican Shadow, Lee Gamble (with visuals from Dave Gaskarth), Atom™ & Tobias, Clark, and DJ Koze. At least one of those former members of Nine Inch Nails is releasing a new album soon, and something similar can be said about those talented aquatic schizos.
Check out the full initial lineup at the link below. Early bird tickets are on sale here, and I really can’t imagine anyone having anything better do in late October. Shirk your leaf-raking duties.
• MUTEK Mexico: http://mutek.mx
Silicon is the sound of love. Like, all the teens are at the beach in 1980s L.A., and a breeze ruffles the hair of the hottest, blondest cool girl, and all the nerds are just drooling, and then some chiseled future white-collar criminal rolls up in his convertible and they drive away together, leaving only lingering wistful electronic beats swirling behind them. And also, those iridescent computer-generated dolphins that were so popular in the 90s are swimming through the ocean surf. Yeah, it sounds like THAT.
So who is this visionary, this dreamer of cool lovely dreams? Silicon is Kody Nielson, brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson. (They played in The Mint Chicks together.) The newly-crowned New Zealand pop prince is coming out with a debut album, Personal Computer, which you’ll be able to bathe your battered soul in once Weird World/Domino drops it August 28.
Check out the new single “Burning Sugar,” with visuals by Natalia Stuyk, below:
Four years and three albums into her 12-part exploration of the African American experience and cultural heritage via jazz, Matana Roberts will be heading to Europe next October for a short fall tour. The Chicago-born, New York-based artist will be presenting her recent Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee album, performing without the support of a band yet combining field recordings and electronic effects with her vocals and saxophone, in the poetic-reverie style of the Coin Coin series.
One of the most promising young talents in experimental music today, Roberts has been active since the early 2000s and is a member of the AACM. She’s released eight albums and featured in countless projects as a studio musician (Sticks and Stones, Burnt Sugar, TV on the Radio, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra), but is best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin series. Devised as a panoramic visit to the mystical roots of African American music, this epic series is one of the very few works of art we would not hesitate to call important today, and a consistent feature in our favorites lists.
Check Matana Roberts full tour slate below.
10.06.15 - Oslo, London UK
10.08.15 - OUT.FEST, Barreiro PT
10.09.15 - VillaManuela, Madrid ES Tickets
10.10.15 - Trafo House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest HU
10.13.15 - Rhiz, Vienna AT
10.16.15 - Kiezsalon, Berlin DE
10.17.15 - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen DK
10.19.15 - Inkonst, Malmo SE
10.20.15 - Atlas, Aarhus DK
[Photo: Jason Fulford]
Every day I like to figure out what I learned. Sometimes you’ve gotta dig a little, and it’s something less than mind-blowing. Like yesterday, I learned that my fridge magnets are getting grotty. Today, I learned something a bit more enthralling, which is: in the sport of bowling, three consecutive strikes is called a turkey.
How about that?!
With that knowledge stowed away in the old knowledge bank, we can all learn a few more things for today: (1) Mike Krol has signed to Merge, (2) his third album will be released August 28, and (3) it’s called Turkey (for reasons that will now be obvious to you).
The preview below also suggests that Krol’s penchant for skuzzy garage hooks remains, and that he may or may not moonlight as a police officer. All useful information.
Finally, in your quest for Krol-related trivia, you probably should know that he’s doing a run of dates with Mac McCaughan and the Non-Believers. Dates below.
Don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today.
09.14.15 - Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern
09.15.15 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
09.17.15 - San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop
09.18.15 - Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
Emerging from the sweaty streets of Brisbane with a penchant for creating their own take on the cross-pollination of the garage/psych/pop daisies, Blank Realm have been setting our hearts on fire for some time now. And after their “gloriously messy” Grassed Inn release from last year, the world seems to be finally catching on.
Thus, with perhaps an inkling of pressure, Blank Realm have forsaken their winning formula of not recording in a studio and have gone ahead and recorded an album… in… a… studio.
Said album will be called Illegals In Heaven and was produced by outsider music legend (and fellow Brisbane native) Lawrence English. Apart from that, just take our word for it when we say that the studio has not knocked off any rough edges or toned down the band’s intensity.
Illegals In Heaven will be released September 4 via Fire Records.
Illegals In Heaven
01. No Views
02. River of Longing
03. Cruel Night
04. Costume Drama
05. Dream Date
06. Flowers in Mind
08. Palace of Love
09. Too Late Now
Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) and Christoph Mueller (The Gotan Project) plan collaborative LP
Not to sound too conservative, but I think that when two people come together before (g/G)od, their family, and the state, it’s usually called a marriage. Which makes me wonder: why is it that when two people come together before a record label, a PR team, and the press, it’s called “a collaboration?” Why the double standard? Take, for example, Imagori by Christoph Mueller and Hans-Joachim Roedelius as Mueller_Roedelius. The press materials refer to it as “the first collaborative recording” from these “musical trailblazers,” but I say it’s more like a holy matrimony of sound between two wandering souls on the path of life who have finally found peace and safe harbor in one another’s musical arms.
Speaking of the path of life — or maybe more accurately, the highway of life — both Mueller and Roedelius have put a few miles on the ol’ life car, all the while using their life wrenches to tighten the life screws on their musical abilities. Roedelius has been zooming around with the likes of Cluster and Harmonia since the 70s, and Mueller’s been shuffling genres since the 80s, most recently with the likes of The Gotan Project. Together on Imagori, they explore the ways in which marriage and collaboration really are pretty much the same thing, pairing Mueller’s electronic work with Roedelius’s floating melodic piano compositions, the music sounding like it’s just billowing along, such as “Time Has Come,” which you can hear below. Mazel tov!
Imagori is out September 4 on Grönland Records
Crawling up outta Austin’s electro underground like a bloody monster comin’ up outta the bathtub drain in a low-budget cult horror film when you least expect it (but with, like, classy Argento stylings) comes the debut EP from Flatliner. The duo of Jesse Strait and Adam Fangsrud write music with only the fiiiiinest Monopoly Man-level high-end recording gear, but also with what can only be described as a sickening amount of vintage synths.
The pair met in 2010 when they became part of a group of local Texas gear fiends, attending a gathering to build, trade, and drool over new custom synth modules. They struck up a delightful musical partnership, and as my mom would say, the rest is history! Come July 28, Holodeck Records will release their Black Medicine EP, a disarming marriage of old-school horror movie soundtracks, pulsating atmosphere, and dancefloor-thumping beats.
Black Medicine EP tracklist:
01. Blasted Highway
02. PC Corporation
03. City Lights Receding
04. Scrap Heap