Black Francis is going on tour this spring to promote the comparative utility of future Pixies tours

Black Francis is going on tour this spring to promote the comparative utility of future Pixies tours

Dear TMT Newswriters of the future:

If you’re reading this, then I am dead… tired of writing for this shit magazine. Congratulations on your overworked, underpaid, overlooked, under-appreciated position as an official journeyman TMT newswriter. Before I left, Mr P made me promise that I’d create a small list of pointers for future writers here, and even though I told him to go stick it, I’m such a goddamn font of productivity that I couldn’t help but think of a few, so I figured I’d jot them down for you. Good luck, suckers.

1) If you discover that an artist whom you’ve started writing about has tourdates listed that are not already formatted in the usual TMT way, don’t write that story. But don’t un-reserve it either. No one else will want it.

2) The editors “say” they want you to embed stuff rather than use gratuitous links that carry readers away from the TMT website, but that rule never applies to that Dave Grohl “Fresh Pots” video because every music fan always needs to see that right away.

3) Just leave Jeff Tweedy alone.

4) While it’s always funny and appropriate to make up fake nicknames for venerable Pixies frontman Frank “Black ‘Prankie Blackstar’ Francis” Black, it’s important to remember that that dude is huge and scary, and that he does tour the US every once in a while in support of some such frustratingly un-Pixies project or another. And He will not hesitate to totally find you and eat your fingers. If you don’t believe me, just ask my speech-to-text assistant program about the last time I jerk-off sleeping at the yuppie’s summer pudding, knishes?

Black Francis tourdates:

04.26.13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge ^
04.27.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair ^
05.02.13 - Harrisonburg, VA - Clementine Cafe *
05.03.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm & Brews *
05.04.13 - Jackson, MS - Martin’s *
05.05.13 - New Orleans - The Mint *
05.07.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall *
05.08.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly’s *
05.10.13 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar *
05.11.13 - Charlotte, NC - Visualite Theater *
05.12.13 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother *
05.13.13 - Washington DC - The Birchmere *
05.14.13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar *

^ Dennis Crommett
* Reid Paley

• Black Francis:

Mount Kimbie announce new LP Cold Spring Fault Less Youth on Warp, appeal to feral animals with new single “Made To Stray”

Whether you couldn’t help but stare hypnotically at the gigantic ass on the front cover, or you were left completely awe-struck by the album’s evolutionary take on the dubstep (non-brostep) genre, 2010’s Crooks and Lovers (TMT Review) from British duo Mount Kimbie for sure entered your purview at some point during that particular year. Reviewers were almost universally smitten, and therein may lie the reason for the almost three-year lapse in between that album and their just-announced LP for Warp, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, due out May 28.

THE PRESSURE… to offer a worthwhile follow-up to a successful debut album would be enough on its own, but when you’re one of a handful of forerunners precipitating a post-genre movement, the pressure to keep up the post-ness, would, I imagine, tend to be overwhelming. Or maybe it just comes creatively natural to them. Or definitely it comes creatively natural to them, as you’ll undoubtedly hear if you listen to the new single, “Made to Stray,” below.

Those sure sound like original vocals. And going even further in terms of deviations from their debut, the album features two collaborations with British singer-songwriter (and part-time Rick Astley doppelganger) King Krule, on the tracks, “You Took Your Time” and “Meter, Pale, Tone.” Past the tracklisting, peruse the plethora of tourdates, many of which have Holy Other supporting. Pass that up, I surely shan’t.

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth tracklisting:

01. Home Recording
02. You Took Your Time (feat. King Krule)
03. Break Well
04. Blood and Form
05. Made To Stray
06. So Many Times, So Many Ways
07. Lie Near
08. Meter, Pale, Tone (feat. King Krule)
09. Slow
10. Sullen Ground
11. Fall Out


05.02.13 - Berlin, Germany - Certain People, Berghain
05.04.13 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City Festival
05.05.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Night + Day Festival
05.10.13 - Vienna, Austria - Poolbar mit Pratersauna
05.11.13 - Basel, Switzerland - Imagine Festival Kaserne
05.18.13 - Berlin, Germany - Night + Day Festival
05.24.13 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands - London Calling
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
05.30.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
05.31.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
06.01.13 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat *
06.02.13 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
06.04.13 - Montreal, QC - SAT *
06.05.13 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
06.07.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.08.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln *
06.09.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
06.10.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *
06.13.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
06.14.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
06.15.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
06.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
06.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06.23.13 - London, UK - Osterley Park (Night + Day Festival)

* Holy Other

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• Warp:

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

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:
• One Little Indian:

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.

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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, “ 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:

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.

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