Ben Frost embarks on massive world tour that massively ignores several massively inhabited US cities

Ben Frost embarks on massive world tour that massively ignores several massively inhabited US cities

Ben Frost is well-respected, no doubt. His last two albums, By the Throat and this year’s A U R O R A, have been heralded as highlights of modern composition. But curiously, there has not been a single critic that has faulted Mr. Frost for having no idea what cities in the United States of America he should seriously perform in.

This would be expected from, say, a closeted musician who existed without awareness of the rest of the world — one who never traveled and one who created in an introverted, world-ignoring state. The Iceland-based, Melbourne-born composer has clearly experienced the world — A U R O R A was recorded while he was in the goddamn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Which makes it all the more suspicious that the man decided to skip over New York City, for instance, or Seattle, or Boston, or, I don’t know, any other city besides the California majors and WTF Cincinnati! I’m really happy that people in Ohio get to see Ben Frost, but seriously, whaaaa?

He’s also going to Europe and Japan, which continues his trend of totally avoiding me.

Ben Frost tour dates:

08.15.14 - London, England - Jabberwocky Festival
09.20.14 - Oslo, Norway - Ultima Contemporary Music Festival
09.21.14 - Bergen, Norway - Bergen Kunsthall
09.22.14 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09.24.14 - Kiev, Ukraine - Museum of Modern Ukrainian Art
09.25.14 - Den Haag, Holland - Todays Art Festival
09.26.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
10.01.14 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
10.02.14 - Tokyo, Japan - WWW presents
10.04.14 - Porto, Portugal - Amplifest 2014
10.05.14 - Essen, Germany - Denovali Swingfest
10.16.14 - Krakow, Poland - Unsound Festival
10.19.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Centre
10.22.14 - Montreal, Quebec - Sala Rossa
10.23.14 - Quebec City, Quebec - Le Cerle
10.25.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - MUTEK.MX 2014
10.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos
10.29.14 - San Fransisco, CA - Grey Area Gallery
11.05.14 - Bologna, Italy - RoBOt Paths
11.06.14 - Torino, Italy - Club To Club
11.07.14 - Rome, Italy - Roma Europa Festival
11.08.14 - Bari, Italy - Time Zones
11.20.14 - Utrecht, The Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
11.21.14 - Bern, Switzerland - St. Ghetto Festival

Relive the excitement of “Venter” from A U R O R A:

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Hotflush releases new EP from Auden, starts poetry producer trend

The illustrious Hotflush label — run by British nautical enthusiast Scuba a.k.a. Paul Rose — has announced its latest coup in Auden, an upstart UK producer with a debut dropping later this month. His four-track Auden EP covers a range of moody ambience, big-room dub techno, a slow-burning acid number, and tense two-step vibes, all filtered through the new producer’s bleak sensibility. Standout cut “Flux” is functionally mixed for a huge club setting, but its swinging groove and intricate rhythmic patters are atypical for such a seemingly frank slab of techno.

Very little is known about Auden so far, besides the press release deeming him “a fresh voice in UK techno” with “range and dynamics.” That is either the most deliberately coy or generic description of electronic music I’ve ever heard. Until we learn more, Auden’s titular EP will be released on July 28, and a sampling of the four songs can be found below. Mark my words, it won’t be long before we see a hardcore jungle record from a guy named Whitman.

Auden EP tracklist:

01. Trip to Fade
02. Flux
03. Whispers
04. Tension

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Rudolf to release 2xCD Brainnectar, the chillwave album of the summer

Rudolf, the experimental heartthrob responsible for sun-kissed works such as “For Stringquartet and Asstrumpet,” and hö156435972811101, as well as one of the greatest interviews this site has ever published, will be releasing a new 2xCD called Brainnectar. It’s out August 1 via Dave Phillips’ new-ish label Schimpfluch Associates, and if it’s anything like his other LPs, it will be an aural nightmare.

Mr. has used dead fish, shotguns, and loads of screaming in the past as source sound material; this album continues down that path but promises the artist at his most polished, featuring over two hours of “extreme acoustics, instruments of shamanic origin, binaural beats” and of course “the grand lady of Japanese extreme music, scream vocalist Junko Hiroshige.” Pre-order for the album is available now; listen to preview clips below, then buy it and jam it for your neighbors.

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ISSUE Project Room announces new label Distributed Objects, initial releases from Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin

Having apparently grown tired of simply issuing projects and projecting issues, New York’s ISSUE Project Room has recently announced plans to start a small record label called Distributed Objects. Until now, of course, the space has been known primarily as the place that hosts shows I want to check out right up until I remember that I live in Indiana and that New York is far away . For example, this year’s Unsound Festival took place there, and I was unable to attend because Ohio cock-blocked me. The ISSUE Project Room has apparently taken notice of just how far away I live from it, as Distributed Objects will take the issues, projects, the issuing, and the projecting, convert them into objects, and distribute them into my (and your!) home, because, ideally, that is what record labels do.

The label’s first two releases, planned to arrive in October, will come from Sabisha Friedberg and Sergei Tcherepnin, both of whom were previously artists-in-residence at the ISSUE Project Room. Friedberg’s will be titled The Hant Variance and will feature work recorded with Peter Edwards at EMPAC. Using analog synths, tone oscillators, and field recordings, the three-movement piece is reportedly inspired by the work of the British researcher Vic Tandy into the psychic effects of extremely low frequencies. Tcherepnin’s Quasar, Lanterns comes from a 2009 German installation project that combined analog synths, field recordings, and various other pre-recorded musical elements. Both releases are available on the cheap right now through the label’s pre-order/Kickstarter right here, which will be active through August 15.

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Pelican, filling their beaks with succulent Russian atmosphere, announce live album Arktika

Eschewing the typical migratory pattern of the pelican, the Chicago-based metal/post-rock band flapped their majestic wings to St. Petersburg, Russia last year. But what would a pelican want to travel to Russia for, be it bird or band? Well, I cannot speak for birds (no man can), but I can speak for bands: Pelican played a show in St. Petersburg, which has been recorded for use in a live album. Pelican have just this week released the digital version of Arktika, their Russian live document.

Birds do not exist in the digital landscape. Pelican can, but they are also fond of this physical world. Hence, the double LP version of Arktika will be out August 26, with the digital version having just been released. Anticipate the future by pre-ordering the album here. If such a pre-order places too much faith in an ideal future, then prepare by listening to Arktika in full below. Now you are prepared, like the mighty pelican itself.

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Interpol expands fall tour for El Pintor (known by the band as “Ol’ Pirten”)

New York’s arena mopers Interpol have been releasing a steady stream of post-punk revivalism since the early aughts — first they were an inventively derivative version of Joy Division, then they were a pleasingly derivative version of themselves, and then they just kinda sucked for a while. Now with their anagrammatic fifth LP El Pintor seeing release on September 9 via longtime home Matador, it looks like the longstanding trio might be making a comeback… again. According to Rolling Stone, Interpol’s latest is “perhaps their best effort since 2004’s Antics,” which I just called “a pleasingly derivative version of themselves.” At least it’s not Our Love to Admire, right guys? And the single sounds respectable.

Currently on tour in Europe and Australia, Interpol will continue supporting El Pintor in the fall with an extensive North American tour. It’ll see the bespoke-suited band at Austin City Limits, L.A.’s FYF Fest, and back at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 to wrap up their first US jaunt in three years. Interpol may not be all the rage back home anymore, but they’re still huge in South America. Viva El Pintor, y el metro es una porno.

North American tour dates:

07.30.14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
08.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.20.14 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee Theatre
08.21.14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
08.23.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.15.14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.16.14 - Seattle, WA - Paramount
09.17.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09.20.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09.24.14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.26.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
09.27.14 - Denver, CO - Ogden
09.29.14 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
09.30.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cains
10.02.14 - Dallas, TX - Southside
10.03.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.07.14 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10.09.14 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
11.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
11.07.14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
11.08.14 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
11.10.14 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11.11.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.14.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.15.14 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theatre
11.17.14 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
11.18.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11.20.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.21.14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.22.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.24.14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.29.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

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