Björk comes down with Biophilia again, forcing her to cancel… wait, wha?? ADD a bunch of North American tourdates?!

Björk comes down with Biophilia again, forcing her to cancel... wait, wha?? ADD a bunch of North American tourdates?! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-bjork.jpg

Well, now that my insipid joke about Biophilia being an illness instead of a whacky Björk album from 2011 that was kinda alright and that spawned a bunch of apps and talk-about-apps and mishaps-with-apps and, possibly, underground hip-hop rapping about “app mishaps”, let’s just move on to the main event, shall we?

See, Björk isn’t sick at all. On the contrary, she is touring like a madwoman this summer. And in addition to a couple of new festival dates that she’s adding all around the dang world, she just announced (or at least, her press-handlers did) that she’ll be adding some dates on the West Coast of the US in May and June “where the venues have been set to her original Biophilia specifications as audio-visual shows in an intimate, in-the-round setting.” Neat, huh? She also announced that she’ll be trotting out her “Biophilia Education Program, a series of interactive workshops designed teach students about the relationships between music, science and technology” at those San Francisco and L.A. shows. So, here’s your chance to get your lazy kids off of their Xbox Kinects and… into some dark buildings filled with iPads, I guess.

Björk tourdates:

05.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Craneway Pavilion
05.25.13 - San Francisco, CA - Craneway Pavilion
05.28.13 - San Francisco, CA - Craneway Pavilion
06.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
06.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
06.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywod Bowl
06.15.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.27.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
07.13.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Festival
07.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
07.19.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.10.13 - Taipei, Taiwan - Twinkle Rock Festival
09.07.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival

• Björk: http://bjork.com
• One Little Indian: http://www.indian.co.uk

Debacle Records hosts 2013 festival featuring John Wiese, Nate Young, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Panabrite; music writers scramble to whatever the plural of “thesaurus” is in search of jokes

This summer, Seattle’s Debacle Records will host its unholy mess of a sixth annual Debacle Fest. Stretching over three days — May 3, 4, and 5 — the event promises to be truly catastrophic. It will feature performances from regional and national artists playing electronic, synth, noise, drone, techno, psychedelic, improv, and metal, which sounds like a real genre Waterloo if you ask me. Contributing to the total blue ruin of everything within a several-mile radius will be John Wiese, Nate Young, Panabrite, Golden Retriever, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Expo ‘70, and many others. You can check out the full line-up and buy tickets at the calamitously discounted price of $40 from the Debacle Fest site.

Debacle Records has teamed up with Hollow Earth Radio, a free-form online radio station based in Seattle, as a non-profit beneficiary for this drubbing, and the shows will take place at partner venues The FRED Wildlife Refuge, The Highline, and The Lo Fi Performances Gallery. These venues have reportedly been in preparation for all manners of vanquishment, shellacking, misfortune, mishap, and misadventure since early this year. One source, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Last year was a pretty good time, sure, but it was also kind of a defeasance. Not to mention a total trouncing and a real crack-up.”

In other news, I still don’t know what the plural of thesaurus is, and it’s kind of bumming me out.

• Debacle Fest: http://www.debaclefest.com
• Debacle Records: http://debaclerecords.com
• Hollow Earth Radio: http://hollowearthradio.org

Swans, Black Flag, Rhys Chatham, and more to play magical festival of the future in Brooklyn

You know how people say children are the future? That’s bull$hit. Brooklyn’s Northside Festival is in the future. It’s balls-to-the-walls, “will.i.am beamed in via holograph to discuss his thoughts on the 2008 election with Anderson Cooper,” George Jetson marrying an iPhone FUTURE. It’s forward-thinking music, film, and entrepreneurship events scattered across that bastion of flying cars and robot indie rock bands, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

This festival is so future-oriented that it EVEN TAKES PLACE IN THE FUTURE. June 13-20, to be exact, with NExT: The Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology Expo kicking things off with a bang. NExT’s free innovation expo takes place in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park, with an entrepreneurship conference held in various venues within walking distance. The expo will include over 100 booths and presentations, with everything from Windowfarms, a local startup that lets city dwellers grow luscious, vitaminy lettuce all up in the space of their very own windows, to the Voxiebox, “the world’s first Volumetric Entertainment System,” which basically seems like a thingie that makes 3D real and in front of you. FUUUUUUTURE. Red Bull Creation is putting on a 72-hour innovation marathon from June 12-16 at McCarren Park.

Then of course, there’s the music. From June 13-16, almost 350 bands will rock your space robot faces, both during free McCarren Park concerts, ticketed shows, and during Williamsburg Walks (that dealie where they close down streets and people can walk around in them just like poor people in the PAST did). This year’s lineup features the first NYC performance in 26 years of the Greg Ginn-fronted Black Flag, plus the mighty Swans, Lambchop, Son Volt, Iceage, a collabo between Rhys Chatham and Oneida, WHY?, Merchandise, The Soft Moon, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Sister, Milk Music, Kisses, Lower, Destruction Unit, Good for You, Greg Ginn & The Royal We, and more gloooorious more to be announced. If you wanna add your band’s name to that list, you can submit your music prior to April 13 at Sonic Bids and ya know… see what happens. Badges for the music portion of the fest are on sale now.

• Northside Festival: http://northsidefestival.com

µ-Ziq and Ital Tek collaborate for new track “Braindead Moth,” but can’t agree on whose name is more esoteric

The first time I heard μ-Ziq’s Bluff Limbo I felt lost. I stared emptily at the highway before me, frozen in thought, tumbling in a moment stretched to forever. As someone supposedly enamored with IDM, how had I not heard this record before? This was intelligent dance music as its own galaxy, a portentous vacuum of every corner of electronic music that moved me, like a preordained compilation of my own personal history with the genre. It made me paranoid. It made me happy. It made me want to dance.

It wasn’t until I caught a glimpse of my face in the rear-view mirror — a blissful, tranced-out rictus — that I snapped back to Earth. This was a smeary smirk etched by Drum n’ Bass, pluming electro, and ambiance flotsam carried on a stream of glitch-damaged rhythms. It was too much.

Thankfully, this same practiced nebulosity resides over “Braindead Moth,” a freshly posted cut from μ-Ziq and fellow Planet Mu labelmate iTAL tEK. Anti-gravity tones, crystalline synths, and numbing sub-bass make up this collaborative effort; it’s spacious, submerged, and wonderfully lulling. As FACT report, the duo (under moniker Mick & Alan) recently put the track up on SoundCloud, along with a brief description of its origins. “Mike and I were compiling tracks for my Nebula Dance album about a year or so ago round his house. After the 10th cup of tea and the 100th demo we decided to try and write a track together.”

This is the kind of one-off collaboration that would have been all but impossible to track down 15 years ago, but we are living in the future, folks, so here it is for free; stream it (below), download it, show it to that friend you know won’t like it no matter how good you tell him it is.

• Mick & Alan: https://soundcloud.com/ital-tek/mick-alan-braindead-moth
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

Kendrick Lamar is coming to a college near you and you probably can’t see him

Kendrick Lamar has had a very busy year so far but that’s bound to happen when your major label debut is nearly universally acclaimed, getting as much praise from the hip-hop press as you do from that magazine in your dentist’s waiting room. Hell, we liked good kid, m.A.A.d city, too (TMT Review). The young Mr. Lamar is keeping the ball rolling, making his way to college campuses across the country, bringing Dim Mak boss/DJ Steve Aoki along for a bunch of the shows (via the ‘Fork).

A lot of the shows are private functions/students-only so make sure you, dear reader and Kendrick Lamar superfan, read the dates carefully before rolling up to your local university with a 30 rack of Natty Ice poured into a CamelBak and a desire to party. He doesn’t even list half the dates on his own website, so good luck pinning down all the details. I like the dates where a city is listed and it just says “Private”. Sounds mysterious.

This story makes me pine for my college days; standing alone in the back at a party, on the verge of blacking out off cheap whiskey and even cheaper beer, thinking the ladies will take my creepy silence as brooding stoicism, navigating vomit-lined trails back to the dorms, etc. Ah, good times.

Anyway, here’s where Lamar is going to be playing:

04.04.13 - Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University #
04.05.13 - Atlanta, GA - Private #
04.06.13 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia State University
04.07.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Florida State #
04.09.13 - Orlando, FL - University of Central Florida *
04.10.13 - Charlotte, NC - University of North Carolina-Charlotte
04.11.13 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University * #
04.12.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - Oakland University (Meadowbrook Music Festival) * #
04.13.13 - Athens, OH - Ohio University (#fest) *
04.14.13 - Buffalo, NY - University of Buffalo *
04.17.13 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena *
04.18.13 - Kent, OH - Kent State University *#
04.19.13 - Storrs, CT - UConn *#
04.21.13 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Center *
04.22.13 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
04.23.13 - Fairfax, VA - Private #
04.24.13 - Durham, NC - Duke University *#
04.25.13 - Williamsburg, VA - William & Mary
04.26.13 - New Britain, CT - Central CT State *
04.27.13 - Cortland, NY - SUNY Cortland *
04.28.13 - Waltham, MA - Private #
04.29.13 - Newark, DE - University of Delaware
04.30.13 - Greensboro, NC - North Carolina A&T
05.01.13 - Fairfield, CT - Fairfield University #
05.03.13 - Ithaca, NY - Private #
05.04.13 - Watertown, NY - SUNY Jefferson
05.11.13 - Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Festival
05.04.13 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival
05-17.13 - San Diego, CA - Sun God Festival
06.07.13 - New York, NY - Randall’s Island (Governors Ball)
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center (BET Experience)

* Steve Aoki
# closed to the general public/students-only

• Kendrick Lamar: http://www.kendricklamar.com
• Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope: http://topdawgmusic.com

Scientists in Minneapolis create world’s quietest room; potential kidnappers now seek simultaneous career as acousticians

“In space… nobody can hear you scream.” To the millionaire science skeptics out there, you’re welcome to explore that theory. Though Russia’s space tourism program is currently offering trips for a price of around $30 million, I hear they’re offering discounts for open displays of enthusiasm and positivity. General public gloominess in the country is at an all-time high… or low, depending on how you look at it.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to settle for the next best, non-reflective, really quiet thing: an anechoic chamber, one of the newest of which has been built by scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

Zero noise from the outside and a complete lack of sound wave reflection on the inside means that, assuming you’re solo inside the room, you’re only left with your thoughts and the sound of your heartbeat. And thoughts about how you can hear your heartbeat. And thoughts about how your heartbeat is quickening due to the onset-paranoia of being able to hear your heartbeat. And thoughts about how you’re having a panic attack on the floor. Studies from Orfield Labs show that subjects placed within the chamber tend to start hallucinating within 30 minutes.

Watch a video explanation of the room below, though be forewarned that the digital recreation doesn’t show the man tripping balls. D’awww.

• Orfield Labs: http://www.orfieldlabs.com

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