Bloc Party get even more “Ratchet” than before on new EP for Frenchkiss Records

Bloc Party get even more "Ratchet" than before on new EP for Frenchkiss Records

UK art-punk veterans Bloc Party are back, and maybe it’s a bit late, but they’ve got your Song of the Summer. FINALLY. Move over, Daft Punk. The new track is called “Ratchet” and it’s a tribute to rapper Waka Flocka Flame. (Okay, probably not, but maybe.) If you’ve ever dreamed about watching a music video where a guitar pops out of a guy’s head (but not like, in a gross bloody way or anything), then the “Ratchet” video, featuring the work of animator Cyriak, is for you:

“Ratchet” comes to us off the band’s forthcoming Frenchkiss Records EP called The Nextwave Sessions, which is a tribute to micro genres like “chillwave” and shit. (Okay, again, probably not, but maybe.) The EP is due August 13 as a digital download. The album was produced by studio wizard extraordinaire Dan Carey, who has worked with Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes.

The Nextwave Sessions tracklisting:

01. Ratchet
02. Obscene
03. French Exit
04. Montreal
05. Children of the Future

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• Frenchkiss:

Harold Budd to release limited edition live LP this September, just in time to lull you lovingly into a beautiful winter coma

Ever feel turned off by the way some music just seems way, way too “insistent” upon itself? Ever feel like bands just have too many people in them and are too noisy? Ever suddenly think to yourself while listening to some crappy little snippet of best-new western pop music something along the lines of “gee, why is this so loud?” Or “gah, does that guy have to be hitting cymbals the whole time like that?” Or even “boy, this music sure would be better if some idiot wasn’t spoiling the powers of my imagination by singing all these pathetic fucking words over the top of the whole thing and just flat out telling me what his dumb song is about?”

Two words. Harold Budd, baby. (Although also, you might want to cut back on the narcotics, bro).

But yeah, in case you’re not up on this stuff, Budd has long been (among other things) one of the masters of the kind of sweet, chill-ass, semi-ambient, semi-piano-based music that is so dreamy-weamy-swirly-wirly-awesome-wawesome that it almost borders on cheese-ball… which is what makes it so goddamn awesome. And now, he’s announced that he’ll be releasing a full-on double LP (and double CD) of the stuff on the Root Strata label on September 20.

The album in question is called Perhaps and consists of a December 8, 2006 live recording performed by Budd at a memorial event for fellow avant-garde composer James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts. It was originally released digital-only (and available only via the Samadhi Sound label’s website). But now, thanks to the miracle of everyone’s growing disdain for the environment, it’s being made available for the first time on beautiful, disgusting, non-recyclable wax and plastic! From the Root Strata site:

[Perhaps] is Harold Budd sublimely distilled. Striking in its restraint & simplicity yet profoundly resonant in its depth & message, it is both eulogy to a departed friend and defining statement from an artist at the apotheosis of his career.

But be warned, the LP edition is only 500 strong. So like I said, if you hate all other forms of popular music and need a little Budd in your life, you’d better not sleep on it. Besides, there’ll be plenty of time for that after you throw it on and chew a few Ambien.

Perhaps tracklist:

01. Templar
02. Tong War
03. Quandari
04. Vari
05. Nec Spero
06. Moss Landing
07. Chualar
08. Atl Atl
09. Nec Metus
10. Drita
11. Monument
12. Reini
13. Ghost Cloud

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Ideologic Organ to unleash Ákos Rózmann’s towering Images of the Dream and Death triple LP in August

This music is devastating. Between 1974 and 1977, the late Hungarian-Swedish composer Ákos Rózmann began work on a composition entitled Images of the Dream and Death. On August 26, Editions Mego’s Ideologic Organ imprint will release the fourth and final version of this unplaceable masterpiece (revised at the Stockholm Electroacoustic Music Studio, 2001) as a triple LP. Ákos Rózmann — formally trained at the Bartok School of Music and Liszt Academy — remains one of the most under-celebrated pioneers in electroacoustic music, and the reissue of Images of the Dream and Death is a crucial step in vindicating the singular efforts of this brilliant visionary.

Images of the Dream and Death is an indecipherable narrative of electroacoustic noises depicting an inhuman space-time. It is a desert of horizon-less dream-space, a spectral-procession of soundscapes capable of tarnishing the sanity right from your skull. It’s as if a microphone was dropped somewhere into a lost world, and the music here is the result of the sounds collected by that event: the stirrings of alien wildlife, the noises birthed by the ghostly movements of unimaginable creatures, the terrestrial buzz that would fill a planet inhabited by all the entities depicted in that strangest of books, Codex Seraphinianus.

It’s hard to imagine an item of music more ideally suited for mental escape, more capable of delivering the listener into a state of otherness. This attribute is fantastic, but the measure of Images of the Dream and Death’s capacity to conjure atmospheric portraits up from the depths of non-existence is also brutal and frightening. The textures within these aural images are of such heightened detail that sensations of climate, color, physical depth, and touch become at once unavoidably real in an unshakable way.

Rózmann’s genius demanded a ruthless and persistent excavation of his ideas, an unwavering intensity bordering on self predation. This uncompromising pursuit of his vision drove him to solitude, but it gave us a truly original work of art; a window into a bizarre, gorgeous, and often disturbing surreality. With Images of the Dream and Death, Rózmann showed, if only through audio, that possible worlds do exist, that fantasies can be actualized.

This is an essential, must-have release for fans of experimental electronic music. Preview an excerpt from Images of the Dream and Death below, and preorder it here. These copies will sell out very, very quickly.

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Nobody is releasing Vivid Green on July 30, Nobody at all; I guess no news is good news?

Every year around the end of July somebody steps up to release a new record on Alpha Pup Records. This year Nobody is doing that. That’s right, Nobody is releasing an album on Alpha Pup, and Nobody is calling it Vivid Green. Why has Nobody stepped up to the plate? I guess because Nobody feels like he is capable. Apparently Nobody is interested in “bass heavy beats, electronic bangers and psychedelic rock,” because, if somebody had an album coming out at the end of the month that’s probably what it would have on it. Since Nobody is releasing an album, though, who knows what’ll happen as our verdant planet rolls into a new month.

If anybody was putting this album out, they’d probably get vocal collaborations with folks like Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Baths, Nocando, Anna Wise, and Teri Gender Bender. But again, Nobody. Nobody has put a single on SoundCloud, either. (Seems a little unbelievable, right? No one? No new tracks on SoundCloud? I’m sticking right with the press release, though.) If anybody, anybody at all really, had put something new up on SoundCloud, I would def post it below (it is my job after all, LOL!).

Nobody has been making music since back in 2000, when Nobody made an album called Soulmates. Honestly, that previous sentence seems like a huge overreach. Nobody’s made any new music in over 13 years?!?!?!?! For real? I just double checked the press release, though, and that’s what it says. I guess if anything, that’s the real news in this news-free post: all that music we thought we had been listening to? Turns out it’s all been fake.

Imagined tracklist for Vivid Green which Nobody is actually putting out:

01. Third Charm
02. Pentwater
03. Our Last Dance
04. Rhombus
05. Flat Black
06. Sleeping Alone
07. Iceplants
08. Rex
09. Spliff!
10. In Limbo
11. Vivid Green
12. Beaches

• Nobody:
• Alpha Pup:

Frank Ocean double LP rarities collection (unofficially) released; Frank Ocean faves your Doctor Who gifset on Tumblr

Last year, Frank Ocean broke barriers by becoming the first major recording artist to openly use Tumblr. “I thought Tumblr was only for people obsessed with Doctor Who or Sherlock or anything with gaunt British men, but I guess if Frank Ocean uses it, it must be okay” said the public. After Ocean revealed that he was a Tumblr user, Tumblr usage rose by 5000000000%, making the microblogging platform the most popular website in the history of the internet. But what does a man who has changed the face of the internet and put out the acclaimed record Channel Orange (TMT Review) do next? Well, as reported by FACT, he sits back and lets some bootlegger release a vinyl-only rarities collection by the title of unreleased, MISC.

Printed on clear vinyl, the double record is limited to only 750 copies. The release includes “Wise Man,” written for Django Unchained but previously unused, and OF Tape 2 track “Wise Man,” along with all sorts of other Tumblr-inspired tracks from Ocean. John Mayer’s even there on “White,” if that’s a factoid that you’re at all interested in knowing. Supposedly, you could buy the release from Rough Trade’s store, but the album seems to have mysteriously disappeared since FACT’s initial report. Did they sell all 750 copies already? Did the release disappear into the ether? Did Frank Ocean decide to sell it exclusively through Tumblr? These are all possibilities.

unrelated, MISC tracklist:

A1. Rocket Love
A2. Time Machine
A3. Heartbreak + Jet Lag
B1. Bedtime Story
B2. Voodoo
B3. White (ft. John Mayer)
B4. No Love
B5. 4 Tears
C1. Acura Integurl
C2. Analog 2 (ft. Tyler, The Creator)
C3. Whip Appeal
D1. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
D2. Scared of Beautiful
D3. Wise Man

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Move over Dr. Drew: Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood to host BBC 6 Music program

Radio is on its way out! Nobody listens to radio! How do we get teens to listen to radio? More LMFAO remixes of Justin Bieber songs? More creepy middle-aged shock jocks in sweatpants pushing the “boner noise” sound effect button? Shittier music? These are the questions/hysterical assertions that plague radio execs across the land. “More teenagers calling Dr. Drew to see if they can get pregnant while they’re in the hot tub! More commercials! More Early Morning Zoo Crew!” they cry, in between pounding their feet on their desks and throwing bananas at underlings. (All radio execs are wacky chimps in suits. I know. I used to work in radio.)

The situation is different over at England’s BBC 6, however, where the station’s popular “Sunday Service” program is run by a bunch of chimps with really good taste in music. Normally hosted by Jarvis Cocker, the show will be taken over by Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood whilst the erstwhile Pulp frontman goes on vacation for three weeks. (John Lydon previously did the honors last time Jarvis was on holiday.) But Greenwood’s not going it alone — he’ll have brother Jonny and comic/6 Music regular Adam Buxton along for the ride. The concept of the show (yes, it has a concept) is that the brothers Greenwood are reenacting their favorite post-concert tour bus musical listening moments… or something. According to FACT, “as they travel between concerts, each one takes it in turn to play an influential and much loved tune in the hope that it’s universally appreciated. And 6 Music regular Adam Buxton is along for the ride in the role of compere and tour manager.” The first wacky boner noise-filled romp took place yesterday, July 7, which you can preview and view the playlist for here.

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