Animal Collective streaming new album at Baltimore airport

Animal Collective have a new album! Actually, that’s been known for a little bit now, with rumors floating around and members having confirmed its existence over the past several weeks. But details are now slowly streaming in. In fact, according to BrooklynVegan, the actual album is streaming in, as Animal Collective are reportedly looping the whole thing right fucking now at Baltimore’s BWI airport!

One of BV’s writers was there on the scene and Shazam’d an image touting a November 30 date and the word “Floridada,” among others. Avey Tare has confirmed that “Floridada” is a song title, not the album title. So, our guess? The new album will be announced on November 30 with lead single “Floridada” dropping on the same day. BOOM. If I’m wrong, I’ll just edit this later so I don’t look like a dipshit.

In any case, get pumped. It’s #AnCoSeason.

Tarzana (Spencer Clark and Jan Anderzén) touring Europe through December, despite not having asked for permission

It’s not every Wednesday afternoon that I find myself writing about a European tour, but let’s be honest, it’s most Wednesdays. Seems like a lot of musical artists think touring Europe is a pretty swell thing to do, from big name acts like Fastball in 1998 and Adele to the little guys like Fastball in 2015 and Islam Chipsy. But I think we should take a step back for a second and ask the question that no one else is asking: did Europe ever ask to be toured? Seeing as how it’s a continent and not a person or an online chatbot, my guess is that the answer to that question is no, and yet we persist.

To wit: Fantasia maestro Spencer Clark and his Finnish-freakout pal Jan Anderzén (of Kemialliset Ystävät) have just announced their plans to tour that unanswering landmass buffering Russia from the Atlantic, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I mean, on the one hand, operating as a duo under the name Tarzana (and having just dropped a new EUREKA!-worthy LP called Alien Wildlife Estate), it just seems so very appropriate. But on the other hand, I’m pretty committed to this dumb bit, so I’m conflicted.

Anyway, the dates are below, so you can evaluate on your own the extent to which you live in Europe and feel troubled by this trend.


11.25.15 - Genève, Switzerland - Cave12
11.27.15 - Milano, Italy - TBA
11.28.15 - Lyon, France - Ground Zéro
11.29.15 - Paris, France - Treize
11.30.15 - Gent, Belgium - In de Ruimte
12.01.15 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Coachwerks
12.02.15 - London, United Kingdom - The Victoria Dalston
12.03.15 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Roodkapje
12.04.15 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Het Bos
12.05.15 - Bremen, Germany - Friese

Discogs celebrates 15 years by sharing user data

Discogs came into the TMT offices last week popping bottles of Boone’s Farm like no tomorrow, shouting, “Fifteen years, y’all dick fingers!” We didn’t appreciate being called dick fingers at the time, but in all fairness, our fingers do look like dicks. After the police escorted Discogs out of the building, I spoke with Discogs one-on-one.

“Thanks for posting that article about our upcoming app. It’s going to be the shiiiiit.” Discogs lit up a blunt the size of a dick finger right in front of a cop. “No problem,” I said. “Conga rats on 15 years of success!”

Discogs then pulled a Polaroid out of its pockets, obscuring it. I could see what looked like the numbers four and three. “You like what you see?” Discogs then said, “I’m going to reveal it all to you right now.” The number was $43.5 million in transactions so far this year. I further learned that Discogs has over 6,300,000 recordings and 4 million artists, the largest physical music database in the world.

Discogs continued the celebration into the night, announcing that new features for discovering and trading physical media will be coming to the site.

Guitar Hero series rebooted, 300 playable tracks now available

Rock is back! Kinda! After a five-year slumber, the ginormous Guitar Hero franchise has returned with a new game called Guitar Hero Live. And it features some pretty major changes. Aside from a new 6-fret guitar controller, GHL introduces a full-motion, real-time interactive video experience intended to simulate a live concert. The game also marks the debut of GHTV, a 24-hour music video network that’s updated with new, playable tracks every week, a service that’s expected to continue for the foreseeable future. (The tracks can’t be purchased to own, but they’re made available on the GHTV network for free.)

Which brings us to why we’re writing this (sponsored) post. Today, Guitar Hero unveils 34 additional tracks, bringing the grand total of playable songs to a whopping 300. New tracks come courtesy of Jack White, Primus, R.E.M., Tenacious D, and many more, who will join an already-overwhelming roster of artists, some TMT-friendly (TV On the Radio, The Clash, Bob Dylan), some decidedly not TMT-friendly (Jet, Lit, My Chemical Romance). But the coverage is pretty wide: rock, classic rock, indie rock, pop rock, jock rock, mock top, sock hop, new wave, face wave, light wave, grape wave, pen, paper, cellphone charger, other stuff on my desk, blow dryer, etc. — there’s even some Rihanna, Charli XCX, and Katy Perry thrown in the mix!

Guitar Hero Live is out on all major consoles, with an app version available for Apple products.

RIP: Cynthia Robinson, trumpeter/co-founder of Sly and The Family Stone

From Cynthia Robinson’s Facebook page:

Friends, Famliy and Fans through out the world, Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co- Founder of Sly and The Family Stone has passed.

Our condolences go out to the Robinson Family and her bandmates and all family & friends ! You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are here for you. Please continue to support the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund due to the rising medical costs ( anything helps ).

SOPHIE announces 2016 tour with QT, drops final single off PRODUCT

If you need that something but don’t know what it is, then all ears here, please: SOPHIE has just unveiled the final single off PRODUCT. Titled “VYZEE,” the bouncy, effervescent, squishy, bubbly, fizzy, vivacious little banger — which garnered a cultish following when SOPHIE dropped it during last year’s Boiler Room set — fits snuggly on PRODUCT between the rubber-band trap beats of “MSMSMSM” and the beautiful squall of “L.O.V.E.”

PRODUCT is out this Friday, which is when those who pre-ordered will automatically receive the second downloadable batch of singles (“MSMSMSM,” “VYZEE,” “L.O.V.E.,” and “JUST LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE”). And if you ordered the insertable version of PRODUCT, you’ll also get an “exclusive audio track” on Friday. Whether or not it’s the same song as the bonus “GET HIGHER” track from the Japanese edition is unknown. What is known, however, is that there is a bonus track called “GET HIGHER” on the Japanese edition. Cute!

Speaking of cute, SOPHIE has confirmed dates for 2016, and QT is coming along for the bulk of them! Check out those dates and “VYZEE” below, and then get whatever hole(s) you want nice and lubed for Friday’s silicon date. As the wise philosopher GFOTY once put it, “I’m so ready to bone, like Medusa on a party phone.”

12.02.16 - Miami, FL - Art Basel
01.20.16 – Berlin, DE – Berghain
01.21.16 – London, UK – Village Underground
01.23.16 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
02.01.16 – Auckland, NZ – Laneway ;)
02.05.16 – Adelaide, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.05.16 – Sydney, AUS – Oxford Arts Factory ;)
02.06.16 – Brisbane, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.07.16 – Sydney, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.10.16 – Melbourne, AUS – Howler ;)
02.13.16 – Melbourne, AUS – Laneway ;)
02.14.16 – Perth, AUS – Laneway ;)

;) with QT

PRODUCT tracklist:

01. BIPP
02. ELLE
04. HARD
07. L.O.V.E.

Half Japanese announce new album Perfect

Half Japanese’s Jad Fair came up with a line that summed up their outlook: “the only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp.” They didn’t care about skill; they just picked up instruments and started to jam. The result was an enjoyable mess that largely influenced underground indie rock, attracting musicians from Sonic Youth and Neutral Milk Hotel to Daniel Johnston and Kurt Cobain. That spark is still in the air, as they released Overjoyed last year, their first album in 13 years. To keep the momentum going, Half Japanese have announced a follow-up.

Perfect is set to arrive January 22 through Joyful Noise. To celebrate, you can listen to their lead single “This Is That.” It’s a short, fast-paced tune with the same “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that Half Japanese are known for. Hear the guitars jangle and the sounds that don’t make sense but somehow work. Jump around. Feel good. Also check out some tour dates.

11.24.15 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
11.25.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Monkeys Club
11.26.15 - Oberhausen, Germany - Druckluft
11.27.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos
11.28.15 - Boulogne-Billancourt, France - BB Mix Festival

Perfect tracklist:

01. That Is That
02. We Cannot Miss
03. You And I
04. Perfect
05. Hold On
06. Man Without A Shadow
07. Here We Are
08. Listen To Your Heart
09. We’ll Go Far
10. That’s Called Love
11. In Your Spell
12. A New Beginning
13. That’s Right

Wild Nothing gives up on finishing movies, announces new full-length Life of Pause

So, you’ve understandably resolved to hire a tomato-hurler to bust into your house at spontaneous times in order to essentially eliminate the notion of “monotonous comfort” from your life. Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing probably isn’t the guy for you (given the amicable disposition conveyed by his upper-register vocals, spinning you inevitably toward optimism), but that doesn’t mean he can’t relate to the feeling of being fed up or offended by the idea of personal stasis. Mixing things up to varying degrees is to some extent Tatum’s musical philosophy, and Wild Nothing’s just-announced album Life of Pause is reportedly the concerted pinnacle of that. “I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me,” he says.

And marginally displace it did, as the album was recorded over the span of several weeks between studios in Los Angeles and Stockholm. Those concerned about a stylistic trip to another dimension can rest easy though, as Tatum confirms that the new album does, in fact, still “sound like him,” and not a version of him inexplicably taken over by a lust for hardcore genres. Nocturne was the very opposite of that, if you recall.

The album’s out February 19 via Captured Tracks. Here’s an audible snippet of “To Know You” and “TV Queen”:

Life of Pause tracklisting:

01. Reichpop
02. Lady Blue
03. A Woman’s Wisdom
04. Japanese Alice
05. Life of Pause
06. Alien
07. To Know You
08. Adore
09. TV Queen
10. Whenever I
11. Love Underneath My Thumb

[Photo: Shawn Brackbill]

A wiser Mikkel Metal announces first album in eight years for Echocord

It’s been a whopping eight years since Mikel Meldgaard a.k.a. Mikkel Metal released his last full-length album Peaks & Troughs, but were you aware that it’s been even longer since the Copenhagen-based DJ and producer had a direct hand in the creation of his present label mainstay, Echocord? I promise minimal embellishment when I recall the recalled story of how Mikkel waltzed into the record store where Kenneth Christiansen was working at the time, and, almost instantaneously, Christiansen was inspired and/or deliberately hypnotized into starting a label and giving Mikkel the reigns to control its initial musical direction. Thirteen years of various takes on mostly dub-inspired electronic music have left us all wobbling; now Mikkel’s reviving his LP relationship with Echocord with the announcement of… hey! He looks just like that guy who did that thing that time!

Resemblance is out February 5, and just because this is Mikkel’s first album in a while doesn’t mean we should assume producer rustiness. In the meantime, he’s released a few EPs, his track on Kompakt’s just-released Pop Ambient compilation is more than sufficiently meditative, and who’s to say that life’s typical preoccupations don’t have relevance elsewhere? Punching in your pin number at the grocery store isn’t too dissimilar to running an APC40, when you think about it.

No tracks to share, but Resemblance is rumored to epitomize Mikkel’s early musical character.

Resemblance tracklisting:

01. Pluralism
02. YFO
03. From Here
04. Affirmation
05. Monday
06. You Will Never Know
07. Allowance Of Ignorance
08. Stronghold
09. Fading Lamps
10. Quietly Calling

Neon Indian extends tour

Back in 2009, it kind of felt like the sun was shining more than it really was while listening to Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms. Its electro-warmth made it a quintessential “chillwave” album, with Hipster Runoff’s Carles considering frontman Alan Palomo one of his buzziest topics. Those were fun times. But currently, not much has changed, aside from the fact that no one uses the term chillwave with a straight face anymore. Palomo is more or less creating the same kind of music that makes one feel like they’re sitting on a beach, even though they’re actually sitting on a crowded subway train. His new album VEGA INTL. Nigh School was released last month and has been met with (mostly) critical acclaim.

Recently, Neon Indian came out with a cute promo commercial for the short film and music video of his single “Slumlord,” titled Slumlord Rising. It features Palomo and someone named Allan DeBarge. You call in and then get a text message from either one with their personal number. I called last night and got a message from DeBarge. Bummer.

Neon Indian has extended his tour and has added two North American dates. If you’re lucky, he might even play “Deadbeat Summer,” because everyone likes to feel nostalgic.

11.24.15 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Rolling Stone Cafe
11.26.15 - Bangkok, Thailand - Live RCA
11.28.15 - Seoul, Korea - Ax Hall
11.29.15 - Hong Kong, China - Clockenflap Festival
12.02.15 - Tokyo, Japan - Unit
12.03.15 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
12.10.15 - Adelaide, Australia - Fat Controller
12.11.15 - Perth, Australia - Disconnect Festival
12.12.15 - Meredith, Australia - Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre
12.14.15 - Wollongong, Australia - Uow Unibar
12.15.15 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Arts Factory
12.16.15 - Fortitude Valley, Australia - The Foundry
12.18.15 - Melbourne, Australia - National Gallery of Victoria
12.31.15 - Chicago, IL - East Room (DJ Set)
01.28.16 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
01.29.16 - Montreal, Quebec - Fairmount Theatre
01.30.16 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Place