Balam Acab announces projects with Vektroid (Macintosh Plus), Marissa Nadler, and LE1F

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Balam Acab, one of our favorite producers, made special announcements on Twitter recently:

Exciting, of course, is the fact that Balam Acab is collaborating with TMT favorite Marissa Nadler, working on a beat for TMT favorite LE1F, and, eventually, working on new material. But we’re particularly excited to see that he’s releasing a split with Vektroid (@waterfallvoyeur), who TMT went sorta bonkers over last year under her Macintosh Plus and 情報デスクVIRTUAL monikers. It’ll be the first time Vek (who was DJing with Balam Acab in Turntable.fm Wednesday night) will see her music on vinyl.

Meanwhile, Marissa is preparing for a European tour, LE1F just dropped a new mixtape, and you can catch Vektroid in a #rare performance with Magic Fades and S☯LΞ IPSUM at Portland’s SoHiTek tonight. More info here. And more exciting news to be revealed SOON.

• Balam Acab: https://soundcloud.com/balamacab
• Vektroid: http://vektroid.tumblr.com
• LE1F: http://le1f.com
• Marissa Nadler: http://marissanadler.com

Ellen Allien returns with LISm on March 12 via BPitch Control

It’s been a while for Ellen Allien hasn’t it? Considering the steady clip she releases her own music and curated DJ sets, Dust and its remixes makes 2010 seem like ages ago. Well, that’s going to change because on March 12, Berlin-based DJ/producer Ellen Allien will be releasing her new record, LISm on BPitch Control, the label she founded way back in 1999.

The follow-up to 2010’s Dust (TMT Review), LISm takes a different approach than her other work. Rather than a collection consisting of a dozen or so individual songs, the record is one 47:58 track meant to evoke the tone of one of her DJ sets utilizing various styles and sounds to create a complete, comprehensive work.

The album has its roots in a collaboration. Ellen Allien was approached to compose the soundtrack for a new work, Drama per Musica, by modern dance choreographers Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Always up for a challenge, Allien took the opportunity to break into the scoring business. The collaboration piece debuted in March of 2011. Since then, Allien opted to, according to the press release, “revive and rework” the piece in order to create something brand new. The sample below has an interesting mix of glitchy clicks, downtempo synthesizer melodies, smoothed out saxophones, and dreamy vocals, and should give you an idea of what’s in store.

• Ellen Allien: http://www.ellenallien.de
• BPitch Control: https://www.bpitchcontrol.de

RIP: Donald Byrd, jazz trumpeter

From the Amoeblog:

Since Monday rumors had been circulating via Twitter and Facebook that legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd had passed away but for the past few days none of these reports of the jazz musician and educator extraordinaire’s passing were confirmed and even considered some kind of cruel hoax. However today all those rumors were put to rest when confirmation of Byrd’s passing was announced by the artist’s nephew Alex Bugnon who said that his 80 year uncle had indeed died on Monday, February 4th, adding that for some reason other family members were trying to shroud his passing in secrecy. “I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” wrote his nephew. So far the exact cause of death has not been made public.

Born Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit, Michigan in December 1932 Donald Bryd was a one of a kind trumpeter whose work spanned several decades and genres. Byrd was known for not only for his indelible work in jazz (in a career in which he played alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock), but also in RnB, soul, and funk. And of course hip-hop fans know his work from the countless times it has been sampled. Large Professor, Organized Konfusion, Black Moon, The Pharcyde, Nas, Public Enemy, Madlib, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are among the many that sampled him along with fellow late great Detroit artist J Dilla was who clearly influenced by Byrd: Byrd’s song “Think Twice” (below) was reworked/sampled by Dilla on the Welcome 2 Detroit track “Think Twice feat Dwele.” Furthermore the once popular acid jazz movement heavily built upon its sound via Byrd’s work. In recent decades Byrd was known as an educator lecturing at numerous institutions on music.

• Donald Byrd: http://www.jazzdisco.org/donald-byrd/discography

RIP: Paul Tanner, developer of the electro-theremin and trombonist for Glenn Miller

From Billboard:

Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who later gave the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” its eerie hook, has died at 95.

His stepson, Douglas Darnell, of Youngstown, Ohio, says Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday morning at an assisted living center in Carlsbad, Calif.

Tanner performed with Miller from 1938 to 1942. During his long career he also worked as a movie studio and ABC musician in California, and performed with stars that included Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini and Arturo Toscanini.

He also helped develop the electro-theramin, an electronic instrument. Tanner provided its unusual sound on several Beach Boys recordings, including “Good Vibrations.”

• Paul Tanner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Tanner

James Blake’s new album is called Overgrown, and it’ll be out April 8 <3 <3 <3

Recently, a friend told me that he didn’t understand what love meant until the encore of a James Blake show. I believe him.

In 2011, we fell in love with James Blake’s self-titled debut. We ranked it at #2 on our Favorite Albums of 2011. And now, word is out that James Blake will release his second album, Overgrown, on April 8 via Republic.

Blake has performed a few new songs in recent shows, and later today(!!!), “Retrograde,” the first single off of Overgrown, will premiere on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.

❤ ❤ ❤

02.26.13 - London, England - ICA
04.14.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.16-17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
04.18.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
04.21.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
04.24.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.25.13 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
04.27.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.28.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.03.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05.04.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
05.06.13 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
05.08.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.09.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.11.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
05.12.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.13.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.14.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.29.13 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Capital

• James Blake: http://jamesblakemusic.com
• Republic: http://www.republicrecords.com

Kill Rock Stars runs the laughter gauntlet, signs Kurt Braunohler for his first stand-up LP

When not hosting fake games shows on cable or sparring with stuffed squirrels, it looks like Kurt Braunohler is going to be hanging out with Kinski, Marnie Stern, and Thao Nguyen over at Kill Rock Stars. The Oregon-based label has announced that Braunohler will be the first comedian officially signed to the label.

Braunohler, a vet of the New York comedy scene, is perhaps most known for his work with Kristen Schaal and their weekly, formally defunct, now relocated to Los Angeles, Hot Tub variety shows, as well as being featured on a slew of podcasts, radio shows, and talk show appearances.

Kill Rock Stars is hosting two days of free shows to provide material for Braunohler’s forthcoming album due out sometime this summer. Next week, there will be two shows in Seattle and two in Portland, right before and on Valentine’s Day (bring your sweetie!). Ron Funches will open up the shows in Seattle, and Braunohler will be getting support from Jason Traeger and Ian Karmel in Portland. The shows may be free, but there is an RSVP system involved, so don’t expect to just walk up to the venue five minutes before and get in. Also, don’t be that dick who laughs obnoxiously so he can hear himself stick out from the crowd when they listen to the CD. No one likes that guy (let’s be real, it’s always a guy).

Dates:

02.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Colombia City Theatre (8 PM)
02.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Colombia City Theatre (10 PM)
02.14.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios (8 PM)
02.14.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios (10 PM)

• Kurt Braunohler: http://kurtbraunohler.tumblr.com
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com