Bass Drum of Death tear you a new one with Rip This; listen to “Left For Dead”

Bass Drum of Death tear you a new one with Rip This; listen to "Left For Dead"

You’re gonna need a bigger garage to thrash around in when Bass Drum of Death release their next album, aptly titled Rip This. There’s more unapologetic shredding going on care of BDoD mastermind John Barrett, while drummer Len Clark continues to be the man. The need to thrash is overwhelming when that man’s behind the kit.

Chances are you’re gonna wanna go see these dudes on tour cuz they rawk so hard. So, after you listen to the new album track, “Left For Dead,” go ahead and check out the link to their site, where you can see all their upcoming dates, as well as watch a highly entertaining “boyz will be boyz” type of tour video. If you don’t care about either of those, then go because they have the best cursor I’ve ever seen. If there was an award for Best Use of Cursor Art on a Band Website, then Bass Drum of Death would have that in the bag, baby. What is your favorite cursor art, and is there a less early-90s term for that? Cursoji? I vote for Cursoji.

Rip This tracklist:

01. Electric
02. Left For Dead
03. For Blood
04. Everything’s the Same
05. Sin Is In 10
06. Black Don’t Glow
07. Burns My Eye
08. Lose My Mind
09. Better Days
10. Route 69 (Yeah)

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Prolific and weird Can will officially reissue 14 albums through Mute starting in September

The prolific, weird, and wonderful Can will be reissuing 14 (!) albums from their catalog on vinyl, many of which have been unavailable for the past 10 years or more.

The first four albums to be reissued September 2 on Mute Records are Can’s debut album, Monster Movie, plus seminal releases Soundtracks, Tago Mago, and Ege Bamyasi. The group’s Lost Tapes, previously only available as a box set, will be issued in five separate releases as well, with more albums to follow at an as-yet-unspecified time. Mute is celebrating the news with an embed of “Serpentine” off their 10th album Out of Reach:

That’s not all! The first comprehensive Can biography is slated to come out later this year, too. And a 33 1/3 book on Tago Mago is due out in November. We can all be Can aficionados now!

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Dntel announces new album + bonus tape for Leaving Records, gets slightly more into hip-hop

Both Jimmy Tamborello a.k.a. Dntel and Ben Gibbard a.k.a. “Baby Gibbon” have had to live in the long shadow of The Postal Service, an electronic pop project that accompanied too many indie montages to mention in this space. Now that The Postal Service are no more, we can still take some comfort in a new Dntel album, Human Voice, which will drop next month via Leaving Records and Stones Throw.

Unlike previous music from Dntel, which featured vocal collabs from the likes of Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, and Baths, Human Voice uses computerized vocal tones that are “lost somewhere in an ether of circuitry and possessing that plaintive emotion which sounds unmistakably like Dntel.” Not to mention, Leaving are offering a companion cassette called Human Voice Outtakes, which has six b-sides and Tamborello’s entire Boiler Room performance on the flip. Until the new record is released on September 23, we can listen to the wonky techno improvisations of “If I Stay a Minute” over at the Chocolate Grinder and think back to the precious days of “Such Great Heights,” Garden State, that one car commercial, and the War on Terror.

Human Voice tracklist:

01. Human Voice
02. Fringes of Focus
03. If I Stay a Minute
04. Bike Path
05. Foraya
06. Connections
07. Bay Loop
08. Ashby

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Digitalism announce North American tour dates; find them in a Foot Locker near you

Hamburg duo Digitalism, a.k.a Jence Moelle and Isi Tüfekçi, wear French house cheese on their sleeve, so to speak. Delicious, stinky cheese. Following their 2011 sophomore album I Love You Dude — which featured a random songwriting credit from The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas on “Forrest Gump” — the German indie-electro pair will return to North America for a 13-date tour in support of their recent single, “Wolves.”

Featuring members of L.A. pop group Youngblood Hawke, “Wolves” is a pretty serious departure from Digitalism’s past work. I just played it and my co-worker said it sounded like the soundtrack to Foot Locker. I couldn’t agree more! Nevertheless, we at TMT are adverse to snap judgements, even if the band describes “Wolves” as marrying “European electronic music with American songwriting to deliver a dance-hit that proves you don’t have to make EDM to create energetic dance music.” Wait, that’s what EDM means? I thought it stood for erectile dysfunction music…

In any case, Digitalism’s North American tour will see them playing in liberal, dance-friendly cities across the United States and Canada, with their last stop in sunny Solana Beach, California. For more “Wolves” fun, remixes from Booka Shade, RAC, and Riton can all be found here. And before you hear “Wolves” in a store without asking to, check out the music video and the full list of tour dates below.

Digitalism North American tour dates:

10.23.14 - Toronto, ONT- The Hoxton
10.24.14 - Montreal, QC - SAT
10.25.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
10.26.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.29.14 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
11.01.14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.04.14 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.06.14 - Portland, OR - Whiskey Bar
11.07.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
11.09.14 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

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PC Worship announces new full-length Social Rust on Northern Spy and Dull Tools

Imagine a blank white background. Two smug looking fellahs wander in. One says, “Hi, I’m a Mac,” and the other says, “Hi, I’m a PC,” and at first you’re like, “Wait a second, isn’t this joke like at least 10 years old already?” but then, a third guy walks in. It’s Justin Frye. He says, “Hi, I’m PC Worship.” The Mac and PC guys look at each other for a moment before they suddenly burst into flames and crumble into nothingness. Frye walks forward, clearly dressed in a manner that is an ode to the late Steve Jobs’ get-up at Apple keynote addresses. He begins:

“I apologize for coming to you this way, wrapped as I am in the fabric of a nearly decade-old joke, but it’s just the way things work these days. I’m sure you understand. Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about an exciting new development in this beautiful world. I, under the mantle of PC Worship, am releasing a new album! It will be called Social Rust, and it’s out September 9. It’s not just me though! Michael Etten, Jordan Bernstein, and Shannon Sigley are also flying with me on a quartet-shaped spaceship through the universe. Actually, there were a bunch of other folks on this album with me too, so it really did lend to that ‘shambolic’ quality my friend Mr. Press-Release likes to say we have. In fact, I think I hear Mr. Press-Release coming now, I’ll let him say a little…”

As Frye has been speaking, the ashes of the Mac and PC men have been contorting themselves, forming an inky thick liquid, that finally begins to grow into a singular mass that pulses at a quick rate as it forms into a vaguely humanoid shape. A sound emanates from its midsection. It says, “Thanks Justin! Hi there, well yes, we’re very excited about this new PC Worship full-length. We’re doing a dual release with Northern Spy for the digital and CD and Dull Tools for the vinyl. I think, if you put a gun to my inky black head-like region, the one thing I’d say about the album is that ‘Social Rust portends a familial group hell bent on blending its own vision of fully realized songcraft and contagious melodicism into its trademark chaotic din.’ Basically, the album has a lot more traditional song structures than previous PC Worship records, but it’s still deeply indebted to the band’s avant-garde-type roots.” The white walls of the room go suddenly dark, and the only remaining light ekes out all orange from a SoundCloud player hovering just in front of your face. The sounds of “Rust” from the album fill the room, as you feel your bones turning to dust.

Social Rust tracklist:

01. Odd
02. Behind the Picture
03. Rust
04. Gypsy’s
05. Baby in the Backroom
06. Hawl
07. Paper Song (Dig)
08. Public Shrine
09. First Wave Back

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Goldrush Music Festival excavates its full 2014 lineup; Wolf Eyes and Eric Copeland to headline

Look who (alternatively: what) is coming up in the world! No, I’m not about to regale you with some lame-ass rags-to-riches story, where an impoverished kid from the inner city grows up to became the next best thing to Billy Mays. Goldrush Music Festival, which began in 2011, and which recently unveiled its already-stellar-enough initial lineup for 2014, has just announced its two headliners for this year’s edition. They are… groovy experimental musician Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), based out of Brooklyn, and the corneas that need no introduction but rather a timid staring-into, Wolf Eyes. And within the context of a lineup that otherwise contains Mount Eerie, clipping., The Howling Hex, Thug Entrancer, DVA, and numerous others, this is obviously the biggest Gold Rush ever. No no, don’t mention the 19th century. Ever.

And for how much?! 13 bucks — about the price of a freakin’ takeout meal these days — will get you a single-day pass, and $25 will get you a two-day pass, plus a companion cassette and limited zine. As a reminder, the festival will take place September 13-14 at the Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark venues in Denver, CO. Black Dice and Wolf Eyes actually have a collaborative history, so here’s a taste of that, if you’re curious.

Full Goldrush 2014 lineup:

Wolf Eyes (Detroit, MI)
Eric Copeland (Brooklyn, NY)
Trabajo (Brooklyn, NY)
RUMTUM (Denver, CO)
Mount Eerie (Anacortes, WA)
Mezzanine Swimmers (Brooklyn, NY)
clipping. (Los Angeles, CA)
Fingers of the Sun (Denver, CO)
Guerilla Toss (Boston, MA)
Braeyden Jae (Salt Lake City, UT)
DVA (Pardubice, Pardubický Kraj, Czech Republic)
Homebody (Denver, CO)
Thug Entrancer (Denver, CO)
Church Fire (Denver, CO)
Good Willsmith (Chicago, IL)
Aja Vision (Oakland, CA)
Kevin Greenspon (Los Angeles, CA)
Sister Grotto (Denver, CO)
REIGHNBEAU (Albuquerque, NM)
Champion (Denver, CO)
The Howling Hex (Denver, CO)
Docile Rottweiler (Denver, CO)
Sparkling Wide Pressure (Murfreesboro, TN)
CP 208 (Denver, CO)
Stag Hare (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Horse Latitudes (Denver, CO)

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