Aesop Rock goes on fall tour! YOU CHUMPS.

Aesop Rock goes on fall tour! YOU CHUMPS.

Hey chumps! Listen up!

Underground rap fixture Aesop Rock was gone for a while, but now he’s back. Well, he wasn’t entirely gone, what with him releasing a record as Hail Mary Mallon, his group with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. He was partially gone, as he hadn’t put out a solo record since 2007’s None Shall Pass. The point is, he’s totally back now, having put out his new record Skelethon (TMT Review) mere months ago via Rhymesayers. Now you know the story, chumps! Maybe you knew the story before.

But wait chumps! There’s more!

This fall, Aesop Rock will be embarking on a couple of jaunts through North America. In a few days, he’ll head out on a West Coast trip. After that, he’ll soak his feet in a fine soaking tub, only to emerge again for a more Midwest/East Coast-focused trip. He will do some raps and it will be a fine time, you chumps.

Aesop Rock dates:

08.30.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
08.31.12 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryder’s
09.01.12 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fuck Yeah Fest
09.04.12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
09.07.12 - Spokane, WA - A Club
09.08.12 - Yakima, WA - The Seasons
09.10.12 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
09.12.12 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theater @ Humboldt State
09.13.12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
09.14.12 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
09.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.02.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.04.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
10.05.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
10.06.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit Inn
10.08.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
10.10.12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
10.11.12 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
10.12.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine

• Aesop Rock:
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Dam-Funk designs drum machine for the dam-funkless

When it comes to selling music these days, it’s not enough to just put an album out and have people listen to it. A good album isn’t like a well-sourced, well-prepared, well-cooked steak dinner wherein customers will simply consume, digest, and applaud. No. Music’s all like fondue now. The customers gotta be able to fuck with it themselves. Case in point, a little while ago, Stones Throw posted the usual yadda-yadda about old-school funk proselytizer Dam-Funk releasing a new 12-inch maxi-single “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Star” in preparation for his upcoming full-length Invite the Light. Pretty standard stuff.

Then they revealed that said 12-inch contains, in addition to the title track, a cover of Prince’s “17 Days.” A little juicer.

Then, they further revealed the news that the single is going to be — get this — released alongside the “Dam Drum,” a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dam-Funk himself. Jackpot! Move over “experts”! It’s time for us inexperienced mouthbreathers to push all the shiny buttons!

This little tiny hand-held work distraction was developed by the Austin, Texas company Bleep Labs (which, as Ad Hoc pointed out, is the same company that built and released the Neon Indian guy’s PAL198X mini-synth) and can be ordered directly from Stone’s Throw’s site, but you gotta act fast, because there’s only 100 of ‘em to go around, and I have a feeling that they’ll probably sell out some time between the time it takes me to think of a snappy headline for this story and the time it takes you to read it YEP IT’S GONE. But just because you missed out on your chance to be the coolest and/or most annoying kid/grownup on your block/sales floor by snatching up one of these little things, don’t sweat it. You can still listen to the Prince cover below. You’ll just have to jam along on your calculator instead.

• Dam-Funk:
• Stones Throw:
• Bleep Labs:

Thrill Jockey announces even more 20th Anniversary shows!

Another day, another story about Thrill Jockey’s never-ending celebration of itself. It can’t even drink yet and we’re supposed to be all excited. We previously announced the first round of 20th-anniversary shows to be held in Baltimore, New York, and Portland, and now comes word of two additional West Coast shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Chicago-based label’s extensive roster of acts clearly spans the breadth of the nation, allowing it to get down and party everywhere but its hometown so far (though word is a Chicago spectacular will round out the year’s celebration sometime in December). Bottom line: if you’ve got a couch, Thrill Jockey would like to crash on it.

Like the already announced shows, the two new gigs look to be stellar reflections on a still-strong label’s first two decades at work.

If that wasn’t enough, Thrill Jockey will also be hosting a day party at this year’s Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, NC, featuring what is rumored to be an ‘all-star’ line-up set by Man Forever. It’s still possible Thrill Jockey bands will be playing in your mom’s basement or that dive bar down the street, so stay tuned for additional announcements to come.

Tickets are still available for all of the announced shows so far, so if you like good music and you live in California or North Carolina (or Oregon, New York, the greater-DC area, and eventually London or Chicagoland), go find your billfold and start transacting now.

09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Neptune’s Parlour (Hopscotch Day Party)
Man Forever
White Hills
Guardian Alien

12.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Wooden Shjips
Trans Am
Barn Owl
Man Forever
Eternal Tapestry

12.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
Wooden Shjips
Trans Am
Man Forever

• Thrill Jockey:

The Psychic Paramount will be touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, but no elves will be joining them

A message from a garden gnome that lives on a friend’s mantle: The Psychic Paramount have hopped onto a few of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s fall shows, and they’ll be playing All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York City.

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Geez, Caroline’s really gone off the rails now. Next she’ll be telling us that she’s got elves living in her fireplace and that they bake muffins.” But c’mon, The Psychic Paramount released II last year (TMT Review), and we listed it as one of our favorite albums of 2011. Their 2005 album Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural fared pretty damn well too. Garden gnomes know a thing or two about noise rock.


09.05.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
09.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.07.12 - Durham, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.09.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.12.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.13.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.15.12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
09.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.19.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
09.20.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
09.21.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.12 - New York, NY - All Tomorrows Parties

• The Psychic Paramount:
• No Quarter:
• The Jesus and Mary Chain:

Laurel Halo and Ital tour together, are difficult to understand

Looking to check out the latest in awkward dance moves? Well, if you live in the Northeast or the more hip portions of the Midwest, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Ital/Laurel Halo tour. Kicking off in Brooklyn next month, the it-boy and -girl of the outsider house scene will traverse the shores of the Great Lakes through early October, bringing tidings of modulated vocals and broken beats to all who attend! It’s a late-summer miracle!

Ital’s Daniel Martin-McCormick will be playing tracks from his Planet Mu debut, Hive Mind (TMT Review), while Halo will hopefully cover lots of the Eureka!-worthy territory found on her Hyperdub release Quarantine (TMT Review) from earlier this year. As a bonus, show up early to check out sets from Damon Palermo’s Magic Touch project (also a co-member of Martin-McCormick’s group Mi Ami) and likeminded artist M. Geddes Gengras. The crowd that turns out for rave music on quaaludes should be a glorious thing to behold.


09.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
09.22.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
09.23.12 - Washington, DC - DC 9
09.25.12 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase College
09.26.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scotts
09.28.12 - Toronto, ON - Parts and Labour
09.29.12 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
09.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.02.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
10.03.12 - Gambier, OH - The Horn Gallery
10.04.12 - Detroit, MI - Adult Contemporary
10.06.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Festival at 6119

• Ital:
• Laurel Halo:
• Planet Mu:
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Nite Jewel reissuing Good Evening via Secretly Canadian, possibly appearing as a glow-in-the-dark character in a new fantasy series

Alright, I’ve got a bunch of things to say about Nite Jewel, but I’m currently trying to eavesdrop on a conversation happening across from me: three women maybe in their 50s and one 13- or 14-year-old girl all discussing how to write the next best young adult novel. I can’t tell which one of them is the writer or if they’re all writers, but there’s talk of goths and vegetarianism and bedrooms with zebra-striped floors.

And they’re gone, which means it’s now time for Nite Jewel. She’s reissuing her debut album Good Evening via Secretly Canadian on November 11. The lo-fi synth-pop record has been out of print on vinyl for a while, and this reissue will include two bonus tracks: a cover of “The Kamera Song” by The Inner Space, who were a super-early incarnation of Can, as well as a DāM-FunK remix of Nite Jewel’s “What Did He Say.” They’re streaming (for a limited time only!) on Gorilla Vs. Bear .

Nite Jewel also collaborated with Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids) on a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You,” which isn’t on the reissue, but is available to stream below, and also recently released a José Wolff-directed video for “Clive,” a track off her most recent LP, One Second of Love (TMT Review). On top of all of this, she’ll be on tour throughout August and September.

Here’s an idea: Nite Jewel as the title of that new YA novel? Or a character? A warlock or a vampire or a unicorn or something? Yeah?

Good Evening reissue tracklist:

01. Bottom Rung
02. Suburbia
03. What Did He Say
04. Weak For Me
05. Heart Won’t Start
06. Universal Mind
07. Artificial Intelligence
08. Let’s Go (The Two Of Us Together)
09. Chimera
10. Lower
11. The Kamera Song (The Inner Space Cover)
12. What Did He Say (DāM-FunK remix)


08.23.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (Krautrock Classics New York) ^
08.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Electric Warehouse &
08.25.12 - Montauk, NY - The Surf Lodge
09.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.06.12 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene at Rickshaw Stop*
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene - Musicfest NW $
09.09.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
09.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
09.12.12 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
09.14.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar - San Diego Music Thing
11.02.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival

^ Peanut Butter Wolf, Chrome Canyon & DJ Scott Mou
& Lemonade (DJ) and MikeQ
* Soft Metals and Cosmetics
$ Trust

• Nite Jewel:
• Secretly Canadian: